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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a particularly large one mixed liberally with the game's biggest HopeSpot, when the Empire appears to be crying "uncle" after the Espers are unleashed on them. [[spoiler:[[ILied They lied]], the Emperor attempts [[AGodAmI to ascend to godhood]], [[TheStarscream Kefka]] gets caught in the effect instead, and [[OmnicidalManiac destroys the world as a result]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a particularly large one mixed liberally with the game's biggest HopeSpot, when the Empire appears to be crying "uncle" after the Espers are unleashed on them. [[spoiler:[[ILied They lied]], the Emperor attempts [[AGodAmI [[GodhoodSeeker to ascend to godhood]], [[TheStarscream Kefka]] gets caught in the effect instead, and [[OmnicidalManiac destroys the world as a result]].]]


* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the bomb was dropped more than once, most potently when [[spoiler:her mom died]]. Season 6 seemed to consist of nothing ''but'' Drama Bombs (and a MusicalEpisode).

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the bomb was dropped more than once, most potently when [[spoiler:her mom died]]."[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E16TheBody The Body]]". Season 6 seemed to consist of nothing ''but'' Drama Bombs (and a MusicalEpisode).



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' season openers are usually pretty laid back, fun-romps which exist to introduce new characters (if there are any). This was blow out of the water with the opening episode to Season 6, "The Impossible Astronaut" has the [[spoiler:Doctor begin to regenerate, and then die. The finale showed it was only supposed to ''look'' like that, but the Doctor's companions didn't know this until the same time as the audience.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' season openers are usually pretty laid back, fun-romps which exist to introduce new characters (if there are any). This was blow out of the water with the opening episode to Season 6, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut" Astronaut]]" has the [[spoiler:Doctor begin to regenerate, and then die. The finale showed it was only supposed to ''look'' like that, but the Doctor's companions didn't know this until the same time as the audience.]]



* ''Series/BreakingBad'': The third-to-last episode, "Ozymandias". Dear. Lord. [[spoiler:It sees the consequence of just about every one of Walt's actions and sins in the entire series. It sees his drug empire completely collapse, his brother-in-law murdered by neo-Nazi hitmen he had hired to kill someone else, Jesse taken hostage and tortured (after Walt tells him he saw and let his girlfriend die) by the neo-Nazis and MadeASlave for them, Walt's family completely destroyed and their lives ruined. Walt runs away, kidnapping his baby daughter, until he finally comes to the realization that he was the one responsible for the family's destruction. Before returning Holly he makes a phone call to his wife, while the police are with her, acting as an abusive husband to absolve her from their crimes, and finally using Saul's eraser man to start a new identity.]] Feel happy? Even in a final season of nothing but WhamEpisode after WhamEpisode, it STILL stands out.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': The third-to-last episode, "Ozymandias"."[[Recap/BreakingBadS5E14Ozymandias Ozymandias]]". Dear. Lord. [[spoiler:It sees the consequence of just about every one of Walt's actions and sins in the entire series. It sees his drug empire completely collapse, his brother-in-law murdered by neo-Nazi hitmen he had hired to kill someone else, Jesse taken hostage and tortured (after Walt tells him he saw and let his girlfriend die) by the neo-Nazis and MadeASlave for them, Walt's family completely destroyed and their lives ruined. Walt runs away, kidnapping his baby daughter, until he finally comes to the realization that he was the one responsible for the family's destruction. Before returning Holly he makes a phone call to his wife, while the police are with her, acting as an abusive husband to absolve her from their crimes, and finally using Saul's eraser man to start a new identity.]] Feel happy? Even in a final season of nothing but WhamEpisode after WhamEpisode, it STILL stands out.


* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' gets hit with one halfway through the series (Episode 12): [[spoiler:Himari dies, seemingly permanently. The Takakura parents are revealed to have been responsible for the 1995 terrorist attacks. And the penguin hat stops working]]. Things [[FromBadToWorse go downhill from there]].

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* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' ''Anime/{{Penguindrum}}'' gets hit with one halfway through the series (Episode 12): [[spoiler:Himari dies, seemingly permanently. The Takakura parents are revealed to have been responsible for the 1995 terrorist attacks. And the penguin hat stops working]]. Things [[FromBadToWorse go downhill from there]].



* Episode 7 of the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' starts off as your normal BeachEpisode, [[spoiler:but turns into this like WOAH. Namely, in explained ''why'' Rikka behaves that way, in the ''very'' TearJerker manner.]]

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* Episode 7 of the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' starts off as your normal BeachEpisode, [[spoiler:but turns into this like WOAH. this. Namely, in it explained ''why'' Rikka behaves that way, in the ''very'' TearJerker a''very'' TearJerk-ing manner.]]



%%* Chapter 15 of ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''. [[TearJerker And let's leave it at that]].

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%%* Chapter 15 of ''[[{{Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} ''[[Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]''. [[TearJerker And let's leave it at that]].



* Chapter 10 of ''FanFic/TheLegendOfSpyroNoRestForTheWicked'' is a pretty big one. [[spoiler:First off, Spyro's new friend Caden is killed alongside hundreds of other dragons in the battle against the humans. Then Spyro manages to drive the humans away by accidentally unleashing his SuperpoweredEvilSide, only for it to nearly completely take over him even when Cynder tries to get through to him. Then, the biggest shocker comes during the aftermath when Galiron blames the humans' attack on Cynder for what she did to them, to which Spyro defends her, only for Galiron to reveal that among Cynder's victims during her time when she was evil were ''Spyro's biological parents'', shocking Spyro to the point that he actually '''smacks''' Cynder when she tries to explain she didn't know and runs off]].

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* Chapter 10 of ''FanFic/TheLegendOfSpyroNoRestForTheWicked'' ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroNoRestForTheWicked'' is a pretty big one. [[spoiler:First off, Spyro's new friend Caden is killed alongside hundreds of other dragons in the battle against the humans. Then Spyro manages to drive the humans away by accidentally unleashing his SuperpoweredEvilSide, only for it to nearly completely take over him even when Cynder tries to get through to him. Then, the biggest shocker comes during the aftermath when Galiron blames the humans' attack on Cynder for what she did to them, to which Spyro defends her, only for Galiron to reveal that among Cynder's victims during her time when she was evil were ''Spyro's biological parents'', shocking Spyro to the point that he actually '''smacks''' Cynder when she tries to explain she didn't know and runs off]].



* ''FanFic/ThreeGuysGoToABarAndThenTheyBeatYouWithIt'' is mostly a darkly humorous story about Bakugou, Tokoyami and Shinsou getting their revenge after being forced to take on the role of villains for that year's final exams. Things take a sharp turn, however, when the first two discover that their partner's mother is an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, and Katsuki takes matters into his own hands, immediately exposing what's been happening to their teacher... and several of their classmates. This leads to Hitoshi [[spoiler:effectively being ''orphaned'', as his mother is stripped of custody and his father is currently in prison due to abusing his MindControl Quirk]].

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* ''FanFic/ThreeGuysGoToABarAndThenTheyBeatYouWithIt'' ''Fanfic/ThreeGuysGoToABarAndThenTheyBeatYouWithIt'' is mostly a darkly humorous story about Bakugou, Tokoyami and Shinsou getting their revenge after being forced to take on the role of villains for that year's final exams. Things take a sharp turn, however, when the first two discover that their partner's mother is an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, and Katsuki takes matters into his own hands, immediately exposing what's been happening to their teacher... and several of their classmates. This leads to Hitoshi [[spoiler:effectively being ''orphaned'', as his mother is stripped of custody and his father is currently in prison due to abusing his MindControl Quirk]].


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a few well-spaced ones, but of particular note was the ''cluster'' Drama Bomb towards the end of Season 2, where an episode ends with [[MetaGuy Sokka]] blithely mentioning how [[TemptingFate smoothly]] things have been going, followed by [[spoiler:[[CuteBruiser Toph]] getting captured by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Xin Fu and Master Wu]], [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] being revealed to still control the [[SecretPolice Dai Li]], and instead of Suki and the [[AmazonBrigade Kyoshi Warriors]] coming to the aid of [[TheFederation Ba Sing Se]], it's actually [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad friends]] in disguise.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had a few well-spaced ones, but of particular note was the ''cluster'' Drama Bomb towards the end of Season 2, where an episode ends with [[MetaGuy Sokka]] blithely mentioning how [[TemptingFate smoothly]] things have been going, followed by [[spoiler:[[CuteBruiser Toph]] getting captured by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Xin Fu and Master Wu]], Wu, [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]] being revealed to still control the [[SecretPolice Dai Li]], and instead of Suki and the [[AmazonBrigade Kyoshi Warriors]] coming to the aid of [[TheFederation Ba Sing Se]], it's actually [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad friends]] in disguise.]]

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* Pretty much a OnceASeason thing for the ''Franchise/LoveLive'' franchise, usually denoted by GrayRainOfDepression.
** In ''[[Anime/LoveLive School Idol Project]]'', [[spoiler:Kotori is approached with an offer to study fashion design overseas, which would force her to leave μ's. At the same time, Honoka starts excessively overworking herself during training and subsequently falls ill to the point where she collapses during a live performance, causing Kotori to nearly accept the offer until Honoka begs her not to leave.]]
** In ''Anime/LoveLiveSunshine'', [[spoiler:Chika forces Dia and Mari to sit down and disclose the truth behind Kanan's failure to perform two years ago, which results in Mari confronting Kanan over [[PoorCommunicationKills her failure to tell her anything about why she seemingly abandoned her friends.]]]]
** In the ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestivalAllStars'' game, [[spoiler:the failure of the School Idol Club to gather enough volunteers for the School Idol Festival causes the protagonist to become [[OOCIsBadNews uncharacteristically]] [[TookALevelInJerkass distant and insensitive]] due to her mounting stress and guilt combined with her increasing obsession with the Festival, which results in a falling out with Ayumu that causes her to leave the club.]]

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** Played for laughs in episode 7 where Perry and Snake have a very dramatic exchange when Perry gets knocked out of his bumper car, forcing Snake to drive it solo.
--->'''Seth''': That was...dramatic.


When a story has been coasting along quite well and nothing really strange is happening, beware. This is exactly the kind of environment writers can't stand. After all, a story without conflict is dull, and [[RuleOfDrama no-one likes a dull story]], right? So, just when you think everything has settled, they pull out the best weapon they can bring to bear on your sensibilities: a sudden explosive moment of drama.The happy couple breaks up. A character [[KilledOffForReal dies and doesn't get better]]. Somebody crosses the MoralEventHorizon. A well done authorial blitzkrieg attack will leave you stunned, shocked, yet wanting for more.

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When a story has been coasting along quite well and nothing really strange is happening, beware. This is exactly the kind of environment writers can't stand. After all, a story without conflict is dull, and [[RuleOfDrama no-one likes a dull story]], right? So, just when you think everything has settled, they pull out the best weapon they can bring to bear on your sensibilities: a sudden explosive moment of drama. The happy couple breaks up. A character [[KilledOffForReal dies and doesn't get better]]. Somebody crosses the MoralEventHorizon. A well done authorial blitzkrieg attack will leave you stunned, shocked, yet wanting for more.



Similar to VerySpecialEpisode, except the consequences carry and a lesson needn't be learned. Can be the first sign of CerebusSyndrome, but not always.

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Similar to VerySpecialEpisode, except the consequences carry and a lesson needn't be learned. Can be the first sign of CerebusSyndrome, but not always.
always. DeathByNewberryMedal is a common cause in children's literature.



* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''''Manga/DragonBall'' has this occur many times:
** Arguably the first is when Goku accidentally turns into an Oozaru at the end of the Pilaf Arc, which is not at all played for comedy and reveals the cause of his beloved grandfather's death.
** While the Red Ribbon Army are a formidable foe, Blue especially, the coming of Mercenary Tao has him kill Bora in front of his young son for no reason other than he was in the way. It's the first time Goku is infuriated and he spends the rest of the arc reverting this tragedy.
** So Goku has just lost to brutal but recently-reformed Tenshinhan but are on friendly terms, but realizes he forgot his Four Star Ball and Nyoi-bo. Krillin offers to go get it, and in a shocking turn is killed off entirely off-screen by a random mook of Piccolo Daimao, a literal embodiment of evil who more than lives up to the name. This kick-starts an arc that is filled with much more drama and anguish than any prior (and some after), where previous storylines were more happy-go-lucky that never had the fate of the planet truly on the line.



** When Super Buu returns after he seemingly self-destructed, everyone is baffled since he didn't get any stronger and is still outmatched against Gohan. He challenges Gotenks to a fight instead of Gohan, who obligates. Buu then absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, becoming stronger than ever.
** After Vegeta forces Buu to revert back to his original form, things seem fine since this version of Buu doesn't appear to be as strong as his other forms. Then Buu blows up the Earth, killing Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo.

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** When Super Buu returns after he seemingly self-destructed, everyone is baffled since he didn't get any stronger and is still outmatched against Gohan. He challenges Gotenks to a fight instead of Gohan, who obligates.obliges. Buu then absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, becoming stronger than ever.
** After Vegeta forces Buu to revert back to his original form, things seem fine since this version of Buu doesn't appear to be as strong as his other forms. Then Buu blows up the Earth, killing Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo.Piccolo, and swiftly goes on a planet-destroying rampage.


* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The death of Loren Singer in season 8. [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Enter]] ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': The third-to last episode, "Ozymandias". Dear. Lord. [[spoiler:It sees the consequence of just about every one of Walt's actions and sins in the entire series. It sees his drug empire completely collapse, his brother-in-law murdered by neo-nazi hitmen he had hired to kill someone else, Jesse taken hostage and tortured (after Walt tells him he saw and let his girlfriend die) by the neo-nazis and MadeASlave for them, Walt's family completely destroyed and their lives ruined. Walt runs away, kidnapping his baby daughter, until he finally comes to the realization that he was the one responsible for the family's destruction. Before returning Holly he makes a phone call to his wife, while the police are with her, acting as an abusive husband to absolve her from their crimes, and finally using Saul's eraser man to start a new identity.]] Feel happy? Even in a final season of nothing but WhamEpisode after WhamEpisode, it STILL stands out.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The death of Loren Singer in season Season 8. [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Enter]] ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': The third-to last third-to-last episode, "Ozymandias". Dear. Lord. [[spoiler:It sees the consequence of just about every one of Walt's actions and sins in the entire series. It sees his drug empire completely collapse, his brother-in-law murdered by neo-nazi neo-Nazi hitmen he had hired to kill someone else, Jesse taken hostage and tortured (after Walt tells him he saw and let his girlfriend die) by the neo-nazis neo-Nazis and MadeASlave for them, Walt's family completely destroyed and their lives ruined. Walt runs away, kidnapping his baby daughter, until he finally comes to the realization that he was the one responsible for the family's destruction. Before returning Holly he makes a phone call to his wife, while the police are with her, acting as an abusive husband to absolve her from their crimes, and finally using Saul's eraser man to start a new identity.]] Feel happy? Even in a final season of nothing but WhamEpisode after WhamEpisode, it STILL stands out.



* ''Series/DocMartin'': When [[spoiler:Joan]] is KilledOffForReal at the start of season 5.

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* ''Series/DocMartin'': When [[spoiler:Joan]] is KilledOffForReal at the start of season Season 5.

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*** Season 5: [[spoiler: Back in the 70s, the islanders reunite and try to detonate the hydrogen bomb and destroy the island by throwing it into the island's pocket. However, this ends up causing the Incident, killing numerous Dharma employees. Juliet breaks up with Sawyer and is dragged into the island's pocket during the events of the titular Incident. Meanwhile, in present day, we finally meet Jacob. The survivors of the most recent flight reveal that Locke is still dead, and that "Locke" is actually the Man In Black, Jacob's rival who just convinced Ben to ''kill Jacob''. But there's a chance that none of this could even matter since Juliet not only survived falling into the island's pocket but managed to detonate the hydrogen bomb. It's not shown whether or not it was effective, but if it was, it would mean that all of the events of the last five seasons will have never happened.]]

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*** Season 4: [[spoiler: The Oceanic Six escape the island, but flash-forwards show them driven to return. Sawyer stays on the island so that his friends can escape. Desmond reunites with Penny. The man in the coffin turns out to be Locke. Ben moves the island far away at the cost of not being able to return. Locke becomes the leader of the Others. The freighter explodes with Michael and presumably Jin on it.]]

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** Even more so, the season finales are well-known for being some of the biggest drama bombs in television history:
*** Season 1: [[spoiler: The Others aren't hunting down Claire's baby. They're hunting down Walt. The raftgoers contact a ship only to discover that it's a ship full of Others, who take Walt, shoot Sawyer, and destroy the raft.]]
*** Season 2: [[spoiler: Locke tests to see if the hatch's countdown actually does anything. It turns out it does, and ends up destroying the hatch, trapping Locke, Eko, and Desmond inside. Also, Jack, Kate, and Sawyer get trapped by the others, and Penny discovers the island.]]
*** Season 3: Easily the biggest Drama Bomb in the entire series. [[spoiler: The Others' attempted raid ultimately fails, resulting in a large amount of their deaths. Charlie unjams the signal and contacts Penny, only to learn that she didn't send Naomi. Charlie sacrifices himself to save Desmond, but renders him unable to reconnect with Penny. Locke wakes up and kills Naomi, firmly turning to the side of the Others. Despite all that's happened this episode, Jack manages to send a distress call that actually gets answered. A flashforward shows that at least Jack and Kate managed to escape, but Jack's life has been a complete wreck since then, and he wants to return to the island.]]


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* ''FanFic/ThreeGuysGoToABarAndThenTheyBeatYouWithIt'' is mostly a darkly humorous story about Bakugou, Tokoyami and Shinsou getting their revenge after being forced to take on the role of villains for that year's final exams. Things take a sharp turn, however, when the first two discover that their partner's mother is an {{Abusive Parent|s}}, and Katsuki takes matters into his own hands, immediately exposing what's been happening to their teacher... and several of their classmates. This leads to Hitoshi [[spoiler:effectively being ''orphaned'', as his mother is stripped of custody and his father is currently in prison due to abusing his MindControl Quirk]].



* In ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', everything looks like it's worked itself out, at least to some extent. Then [[spoiler:Neil shoots himself.]]

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* In ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', everything looks like it's worked itself out, at least to some extent. Then [[spoiler:Neil shoots himself.]]himself]].


* ''Series/Superstore'' ended its second season on a surprisingly intense note. It starts out fairly normal with Glenn trying to figure out who to fire and Jonah trying to make amends with Amy after accidentally calling her sexy. [[spoiler: Glenn finally ends up firing six of his workers, including Marcus and Justine, only for a tornado to appear and start destroying Cloud 9. In all of the chaos, Amy and Jonah kiss, Mateo desperately calls Jeff, Sandra leaves Carol to die, and Brett is assumed to be dead. Once the tornado ends, the workers realize that Cloud 9 has been completely destroyed.

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* ''Series/Superstore'' ''Series/SuperStore'' ended its second season on a surprisingly intense note. It starts out fairly normal with Glenn trying to figure out who to fire and Jonah trying to make amends with Amy after accidentally calling her sexy. [[spoiler: Glenn finally ends up firing six of his workers, including Marcus and Justine, only for a tornado to appear and start destroying Cloud 9. In all of the chaos, Amy and Jonah kiss, Mateo desperately calls Jeff, Sandra leaves Carol to die, and Brett is assumed to be dead. Once the tornado ends, the workers realize that Cloud 9 has been completely destroyed.]]

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* ''Series/Superstore'' ended its second season on a surprisingly intense note. It starts out fairly normal with Glenn trying to figure out who to fire and Jonah trying to make amends with Amy after accidentally calling her sexy. [[spoiler: Glenn finally ends up firing six of his workers, including Marcus and Justine, only for a tornado to appear and start destroying Cloud 9. In all of the chaos, Amy and Jonah kiss, Mateo desperately calls Jeff, Sandra leaves Carol to die, and Brett is assumed to be dead. Once the tornado ends, the workers realize that Cloud 9 has been completely destroyed.


* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' provides examples of both the use and overuse of the Drama Bomb. A fairly early episode has Kirby get a robo-puppy that becomes something of a little brother to him. The episode ends with the puppy [[TearJerker sacrificing itself to save Kirby]]. The overuse comes when they do this ''two additional times''. By the third self-sacrifice, you can't help thinking "Oh, not again."

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* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' provides examples of both the use and overuse of the Drama Bomb. A fairly early episode has Kirby get a robo-puppy that becomes something of a little brother to him. The episode ends with the puppy [[TearJerker sacrificing itself to save Kirby]]. The overuse comes when they do this ''two additional times''. By the third self-sacrifice, you can't help thinking "Oh, "[[OhNoNotAgain Oh, not again.again]]."

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