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* The UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} Heat, led by [=LeBron=] James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, ran roughshod through the Eastern Conference in the 2011 playoffs, defeating even the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in five games apiece. Entering the Finals against Dallas, the Heat led the series 2-1... before losing the next three games to the Mavericks. It especially stings when you consider [=LeBron=] saying that he'd win multiple championships with Wade and Bosh. The media, the fans ''and'' the internet never let the Heat live it down after that, and the loss was haunting enough that it sent [=LeBron=] past the DespairEventHorizon. (he lead the Heat to the title the following year [[TheAce winning basically every award in the process]], but the legacy remains because he left UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} solely to finally get a title, only to fail again with a better team)

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} Heat, led by [=LeBron=] James, Usefulnotes/LeBronJames, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, ran roughshod through the Eastern Conference in the 2011 playoffs, defeating even the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls in five games apiece. Entering the Finals against Dallas, the Heat led the series 2-1... before losing the next three games to the Mavericks. It especially stings when you consider [=LeBron=] saying that he'd win multiple championships with Wade and Bosh. The media, the fans ''and'' the internet never let the Heat live it down after that, and the loss was haunting enough that it sent [=LeBron=] past the DespairEventHorizon. (he lead the Heat to the title the following year [[TheAce winning basically every award in the process]], but the legacy remains because he left UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} solely to finally get a title, only to fail again with a better team)



* The 2016 NBA playoffs had two involving the Golden State Warriors: the Western Finals where in spite of the Oklahoma City Thunder opening 3-2, the "Dubs" still won the series (leading Kevin Durant to bail them for those same Warriors in search of a championship ring, reducing the Thunder from a title contender to just a good team); and the finals themselves, where in spite of opening a 3-1 advantage over the same Cleveland Cavaliers they beat the previous year, suffered an epic comeback by the Usefulnotes/LeBronJames-led Cavs (like the Patriots case above, a record-breaking 73 win regular season came to naught as it didn't result in a title).



** In 2014, Brazil is the host nation, their first home tournament since their 1950 defeat (itself already a ShockingDefeatLegacy). With their new superstar in Neymar, Brazil was the heavy favorites for the World Cup - although it was nip and tuck a lot of the way. They made it to the semifinals, but they had lost Neymar to injury, forcing him to miss the rest of the tournament. As a result, Brazil gets utterly humiliated by Germany with a score of '''7-1 in front of their own native fans''', which is both Germany's greatest margin of victory ''and'' Brazil's greatest margin of defeat, as well as one of the most lopsided games in World Cup history. While Germany would go on to win the final against Argentina, Brazil would have to settle for a third place match against the Dutch... only to lose yet again 0-3. This will ''not'' ever leave Brazil's consciousness for quite some time. To the point it reached MemeticMutation, with subsequent bad performances of the national team (or the country itself) having Brazilians react with "Germany goal!" and "7-1 wasn't enough!".

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** 1954 had another consequence for Hungary, which went from one of the dominant football powers on earth to an afterthought, virtually overnight (didn't help that 2 years later, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956 an uprising]] made some of their best players leave the country).
** In 2014, Brazil is the host nation, their first home tournament since their 1950 defeat (itself already a ShockingDefeatLegacy). With their new superstar in Neymar, Brazil was the heavy favorites for the World Cup - although it was nip and tuck a lot of the way. They made it to the semifinals, but they had lost Neymar to a tournament-ending injury, forcing him along with defender\captain Thiago Silva to miss the rest of the tournament.yellow cards accumulation. As a result, Brazil gets utterly humiliated by Germany with a score of '''7-1 in front of their own native fans''', which is both Germany's greatest margin of victory ''and'' Brazil's greatest margin of defeat, as well as one of the most lopsided games in World Cup history. While Germany would go on to win the final against Argentina, Brazil would have to settle for a third place match against the Dutch... only to lose yet again 0-3. This will ''not'' ever leave Brazil's consciousness for quite some time. To the point it reached MemeticMutation, with subsequent bad performances of the national team (or the country itself) having Brazilians react with "Germany goal!" and "7-1 wasn't enough!".



* Perhaps the biggest defeat in soccer history was the 3:2 Germany inflicted upon Hungary in the final of the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Hungary went from one of the dominant soccer powers on earth to an afterthought, virtually overnight.


** Arguably the beginning of the end for the empire was when Tarkin blew up Alderaan. Which caused a huge backlash that led to high rebel recruitment.
** And again with the Battle of Jakku, which put the perverbial nail in the coffin of The Empire.
* The destruction of [[spoiler:Vulcan]] in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''. Not only was a massive loss for the Federation, but a signal to the fans that this was not going back to the status quo.

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** Arguably the beginning of the end for the empire Empire was when Tarkin blew up Alderaan. Which It caused a huge backlash that led to high rebel recruitment.
** And again with the Battle of Jakku, which put the perverbial proverbial nail in the coffin of The the Empire.
* The destruction of [[spoiler:Vulcan]] in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''. Not only was it a massive loss for the Federation, but a signal to the fans that this was not going back to the status quo.



* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' these were the [[spoiler: Battle of Manticore]] for Haven and [[spoiler: Grendelsbane disaster during the opening stages of the Second Havenite War and later the Operation ''Oyster Bay'' (though Manticorans didn't knew its official name)]] for Manticore, though both nations recovered from these pretty damn quickly, and with a vengeance.
* Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series has the nuclear bombardment of the Dabog colony by the Earth Alliance strike fleet as the opening round of the First Galactic War. In fact, this trope was [[PresidentEvil President Hammer]]'s original plan. The fleet would show up without warning, nuke two major cities on the planet, and land troops to quickly rout any defenders. Unfortunately for them, they didn't expect the colonists to have very effective [[RealRobotGenre Real Robots]] that routed the invaders. The pissed-off admiral of the fleet has the planet nuked so thoroughly that 1000 years later it's still uninhabitable. In fact, even after a millenium, the mere mention of Dabog is enough to stop a fight. However, the destruction of the colony only serves to band the colonies together and, after decades of vicious fighting, take the fight to Earth itself.

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* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' these were the [[spoiler: Battle of Manticore]] for Haven and [[spoiler: Grendelsbane disaster during the opening stages of the Second Havenite War and later the Operation ''Oyster Bay'' (though Manticorans didn't knew know its official name)]] for Manticore, though both nations recovered from these pretty damn quickly, and with a vengeance.
* Creator/AndreyLivadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series has the nuclear bombardment of the Dabog colony by the Earth Alliance strike fleet as the opening round of the First Galactic War. In fact, this trope was [[PresidentEvil President Hammer]]'s original plan. The fleet would show up without warning, nuke two major cities on the planet, and land troops to quickly rout any defenders. Unfortunately for them, they didn't expect the colonists to have very effective [[RealRobotGenre Real Robots]] that routed the invaders. The pissed-off admiral of the fleet has the planet nuked so thoroughly that 1000 years later it's still uninhabitable. In fact, even after a millenium, millennium, the mere mention of Dabog is enough to stop a fight. However, the destruction of the colony only serves to band the colonies together and, after decades of vicious fighting, take the fight to Earth itself.



** To elaborate: Borg cubes had been probing the Federation's outer defenses for weeks, inflicting huge numbers of causalities. An investigation found that the ships were coming from a wormhole in the Azure Nebula. The Federation sent ships there to guard the line if any more ships came out, and were quickly reinforced by the Klingons. Some politics behind the scenes also managed to get aid from many other major powers, even those unfriendly to the Federation. In total, there were over 300 allied ships at the Nebula, and were said to have enough firepower to take on ''ten'' Borg cubes. [[spoiler:Then the wormhole opened and ''over 7500'' Borg ships came through. The allied force barely qualified as a nuisance, [[PlotArmor and only ''Voyager'' survived]].]]

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** To elaborate: Borg cubes had been probing the Federation's outer defenses for weeks, inflicting huge numbers of causalities.casualties. An investigation found that the ships were coming from a wormhole in the Azure Nebula. The Federation sent ships there to guard the line if any more ships came out, and were quickly reinforced by the Klingons. Some politics behind the scenes also managed to get aid from many other major powers, even those unfriendly to the Federation. In total, there were over 300 allied ships at the Nebula, and were said to have enough firepower to take on ''ten'' Borg cubes. [[spoiler:Then the wormhole opened and ''over 7500'' Borg ships came through. The allied force barely qualified as a nuisance, [[PlotArmor and only ''Voyager'' survived]].]]



** There was another one. The Doctor himself mentions that he was at the Fall of Arcadia, and that he might be able to come to terms with it someday. In "The Day of the Doctor" it's revealed that Arcadia was the second biggest city on Galifrey, and its fall to the Daleks meant that the Time Lords were on the verge of annihilation. This ends up motivating the Doctor to [[spoiler:destroy both races]].

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** There was another one. The Doctor himself mentions that he was at the Fall of Arcadia, and that he might be able to come to terms with it someday. In "The Day of the Doctor" it's revealed that Arcadia was the second biggest city on Galifrey, Gallifrey, and its fall to the Daleks meant that the Time Lords were on the verge of annihilation. This ends up motivating the Doctor to [[spoiler:destroy both races]].



** HOWEVER the killing of Archimonde, the whatever happened to Sargeras and Azeroth's ability to merely RESIST the Burning Legion are all pretty big. And implied to be bigger than anyone knows. Given this entails two {{cosmic horror}} like beings killed in a setting every (sane) person knows to be a {{cosmic horror story}} its kinda big.
** ''Wrath of the Lich King'' introduced the battle of Wrathgate, where a united Horde and Alliance force was destroyed by treasonous members of the Forsaken. This set back the offensive aginast the Lich King by years and renewed the waning war between the two factions.

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** HOWEVER the killing of Archimonde, the whatever happened to Sargeras and Azeroth's ability to merely RESIST the Burning Legion are all pretty big. And implied to be bigger than anyone knows. Given this entails two {{cosmic horror}} like beings killed in a setting every (sane) person knows to be a {{cosmic horror story}} its story}}, it's kinda big.
** ''Wrath of the Lich King'' introduced the battle of Wrathgate, where a united Horde and Alliance force was destroyed by treasonous members of the Forsaken. This set back the offensive aginast against the Lich King by years and renewed the waning war between the two factions.



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Shanxi, a human colony that was blockaded and besieged by the turians during the First Contact War until it was forced to surrender. The ''Bring Down the Sky DLC'' has Shepard narrowly avert one, preventing a devastating ColonyDrop by batarian extremists on Terra Nova.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Shanxi, a human colony that was blockaded and besieged by the turians Turians during the First Contact War until it was forced to surrender. The ''Bring Down the Sky DLC'' has Shepard narrowly avert one, preventing a devastating ColonyDrop by batarian Batarian extremists on Terra Nova.



* The entire First Opium War was this to UsefulNotes/{{China}}. China's capitulation and the total lack of ''any'' CurbStompCushion in sight humbled the Chinese and marked the beginning of a era of being forced to negotiate from a position of weakness, and ending China's belief that it was the Middle Kingdom without a peer, with total hegemony over other nations. They even came up with the term [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unequal_treaty Unequal Treaty]] to describe the treaties that resulted from these losses. Even in contemporary China, it's still invoked with anger as is the Six-Nation Army's sack and looting of China in the Boxer Rebellion and the defeat to Japan in the First Sino Japanese War.

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* The entire First Opium War was this to UsefulNotes/{{China}}. China's capitulation and the total lack of ''any'' CurbStompCushion in sight humbled the Chinese and marked the beginning of a an era of being forced to negotiate from a position of weakness, and ending China's belief that it was the Middle Kingdom without a peer, with total hegemony over other nations. They even came up with the term [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unequal_treaty Unequal Treaty]] to describe the treaties that resulted from these losses. Even in contemporary China, it's still invoked with anger as is the Six-Nation Army's sack and looting of China in the Boxer Rebellion and the defeat to Japan in the First Sino Japanese War.



* While the Battle of Gettysburg is popularly considered the turning point of the AmericanCivilWar , many however actually see the Battle of Antietam as the real turning point of the war, because this was the last real chance the Confederacy had of not just temporarily carrying the war north (there was also a Southern offensive in the west at the time, while even if Gettysburg had been won by Lee, Vicksburg still would have fallen to Grant), but also to gain recognition from the major European powers. Gettysburg had essentially no impact on the long term reputation of Lee and his army; the Northern public and the South alike considered him undefeated when Grant began his offensive in 1864.

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* While the Battle of Gettysburg is popularly considered the turning point of the AmericanCivilWar , AmericanCivilWar, many however actually see the Battle of Antietam as the real turning point of the war, because this was the last real chance the Confederacy had of not just temporarily carrying the war north (there was also a Southern offensive in the west at the time, while even if Gettysburg had been won by Lee, Vicksburg still would have fallen to Grant), but also to gain recognition from the major European powers. Gettysburg had essentially no impact on the long term reputation of Lee and his army; the Northern public and the South alike considered him undefeated when Grant began his offensive in 1864.



* The disasters that were the Battles of Mukden and Tsushima were largely responsible for the Tsarist government to fold the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, despite the still enormous strategic advantage and intelligence reporting of the impending collapse of the Japanese economy. The sense of national shame still felt forty years later was one of the major reasons the Soviet Union agreed to join the war against Japan in the closing days of WWII, despite technically still being neutral[[note]]The details of the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Empire of Japan said that it would lose power only a year after its denonsation or non-prolongation, which happened in the Spring of '45[[/note]].

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* The disasters that were the Battles of Mukden and Tsushima were largely responsible for the Tsarist government to fold the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, despite the still enormous strategic advantage and intelligence reporting of the impending collapse of the Japanese economy. The sense of national shame still felt forty years later was one of the major reasons the Soviet Union agreed to join the war against Japan in the closing days of WWII, despite technically still being neutral[[note]]The details of the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Empire of Japan said that it would lose power only a year after its denonsation denunciation or non-prolongation, which happened in the Spring of '45[[/note]].



* The UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Red Sox emassed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Bambino#.22Cursed.22_results quite some]] in their 86 year drought. The Chicago Cubs's [[http://www.billygoattavern.com/legend/curse/ one also deserves mention]].

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Red Sox emassed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Bambino#.22Cursed.22_results quite some]] in their 86 year 86-year drought. The Chicago Cubs's [[http://www.billygoattavern.com/legend/curse/ one also deserves mention]].

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** Republic City itself borders on being this too. It is located on former Earth Kingdom territory that was lost to the Fire Nation's unexpected assault during the last great war. A century or so later, Kuvira and many other Earth Kingdom citizens still aren't willing to let that indignity go uncorrected.


** Incredibly and unbelievably {{Subverted}} in the Italian revenge for that, the Raid on Alexandria, in which six frogmen with three manned torpedoes penetrated Alexandria's harbour and sank two battleships and damaged a tanker (plus a destroyer by accident: it was too close to the tanker when the mine placed on it by the frogmen exploded). In theory the Mediterranean Fleet had been neutralized, and the Italians were free to dominate the Mediterranean Sea until the battleships could be repaired or replaced... Except the Italian high command ''failed to find out'': the frogmen had been all captured before they could report their success, and the British immediately raised the battleships (sank in shallow waters) and patched them up enough that air recon believed they had not been damaged. While the raid ''did'' mark the start of six months of Axis victories in the Mediterranean, had the Italians knew of it nobody knows what they would have done.

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** Incredibly and unbelievably {{Subverted}} in the Italian revenge for that, the Raid on Alexandria, in which six frogmen with three manned torpedoes penetrated Alexandria's harbour and sank two battleships and damaged a tanker (plus a destroyer by accident: it was too close to the tanker when the mine placed on it by the frogmen exploded). In theory the Mediterranean Fleet had been neutralized, and the Italians were free to dominate the Mediterranean Sea until the battleships could be repaired or replaced... Except the Italian high command ''failed to find out'': the frogmen had been all captured before they could report their success, and the British immediately raised the battleships (sank in shallow waters) and patched them up enough that air recon believed they had not been damaged. While the raid ''did'' mark the start of six months of Axis victories in the Mediterranean, had the Italians knew known of it nobody knows what they would have done.


[[ThisCannotBe Said planet falls anyway]], [[OhCrapsending a chilling wave down the spines of the Federation]]. Sometimes it could be a [[DecisiveBattle turning point in the war]], but not always: any faction could suffer a defeat like this and not necessarily be defeated. Perhaps this defeat was due to a [[FailedASpotCheck surprise attack]]. Could have been a PyrrhicVictory for the attackers. Sometimes it's described as a NoodleIncident in some stories. What ever the reason, it's still an incredible loss, and [[NeverLiveItDown no one will ever forget it]]. The defeat likewise can have terrible dramatic consequences because it sets a mentality for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revanchism revanchism]] and trigger a factional fight among groups about who is responsible for the defeat and who do we scapegoat to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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[[ThisCannotBe Said planet falls anyway]], [[OhCrapsending [[OhCrap sending a chilling wave down the spines of the Federation]]. Sometimes it could be a [[DecisiveBattle turning point in the war]], but not always: any faction could suffer a defeat like this and not necessarily be defeated. Perhaps this defeat was due to a [[FailedASpotCheck surprise attack]]. Could have been a PyrrhicVictory for the attackers. Sometimes it's described as a NoodleIncident in some stories. What ever the reason, it's still an incredible loss, and [[NeverLiveItDown no one will ever forget it]]. The defeat likewise can have terrible dramatic consequences because it sets a mentality for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revanchism revanchism]] and trigger a factional fight among groups about who is responsible for the defeat and who do we scapegoat to make sure it doesn't happen again.


* Donovan [=McNabb=] was the best quarterback in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by almost every statistical measure. He holds the records for regular-season and postseason wins for the Eagles, as well as several other passing records. Despite his success in these areas, he is mostly remembered in Philadelphia for going 1-4 in the NFC finals, with three of those losses coming in games he was favored to win. Salt was rubbed in the wound in 2018 when the Eagles won the NFC title game in convincing fashion with their backup quarterback, magnifying [=McNabb's=] struggles and helping to further cement his legacy as a quarterback who came up short in big games.

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* Donovan [=McNabb=] was the best quarterback in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by almost every statistical measure. He holds the records for regular-season and postseason wins for the Eagles, as well as several other passing records. Despite his success in these areas, he is mostly remembered in Philadelphia for going 1-4 in the NFC finals, with three of those losses coming in games he was favored to win. Salt was rubbed in the wound in 2018 when the Eagles won the NFC title game in convincing fashion their first Super Bowl with their backup quarterback, magnifying [=McNabb's=] struggles and helping to further cement his legacy as a quarterback who came up short in big games.

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* Wrestler Dan Gable had an incredible college career, going undefeated until the NCAA finals his senior year when he lost his last college match to Larry Owings. This defeat would motivate Gable to a tremendous post-college career, including a 1972 Olympic Gold Medal (where he dominated his bracket, not allowing a single point) and a superlative coaching run at the University of Iowa that saw his teams win an amazing 15 national championships.


As an example: TheFederation is fighting an intergalactic war against ScaryDogmaticAliens, but there's [[TemptingFate one place in the galaxy that has no chance in hell]] of ever falling at the hands of the enemy: A [[PlanetSpaceship planet-sized starship]] that's armed with [[WaveMotionGun weapons of]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom mass destruction]], fortified by thousands of [[KillSat automated]] [[AttackDrone defenses]], an armada of [[TheBattlestar the most powerful]] [[LightningBruiser warships ever built]], guarded by countless [[SpaceFighter space fighters]], [[HumongousMecha mechanized infantry]], and [[SuperSoldier genetically bred]] [[SpaceMarine elite warriors]], all commanded by [[FourStarBadass the most brilliant military genius in the galaxy]].

[[ThisCannotBe Said planet falls anyway]], [[OhCrap sending a chilling wave down the spines of the Federation]]. Sometimes it could be a [[DecisiveBattle turning point in the war]], but not always: any faction could suffer a defeat like this and not necessarily be defeated. Perhaps this defeat was due to a [[FailedASpotCheck surprise attack]]. Could have been a PyrrhicVictory for the attackers. Sometimes it's described as a NoodleIncident in some stories. What ever the reason, it's still an incredible loss, and [[NeverLiveItDown no one will ever forget it]]. The defeat likewise can have terrible dramatic consequences because it sets a mentality for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revanchism revanchism]] and trigger a factional fight among groups about who is responsible for the defeat and who do we scapegoat to make sure it doesn't happen again.

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As an example: TheFederation is fighting an intergalactic war against ScaryDogmaticAliens, but there's [[TemptingFate one place in the galaxy that has no chance in hell]] of ever falling at the hands of the enemy: A [[PlanetSpaceship planet-sized starship]] that's armed with [[WaveMotionGun weapons of]] [[EarthShatteringKaboom mass destruction]], fortified by thousands of [[KillSat automated]] [[AttackDrone defenses]], an armada of [[TheBattlestar the most powerful]] [[LightningBruiser warships ever built]], guarded by countless [[SpaceFighter space fighters]], {{space fighter}}s, [[HumongousMecha mechanized infantry]], and [[SuperSoldier genetically bred]] [[SpaceMarine elite warriors]], all commanded by [[FourStarBadass the most brilliant military genius in the galaxy]].

[[ThisCannotBe Said planet falls anyway]], [[OhCrap sending [[OhCrapsending a chilling wave down the spines of the Federation]]. Sometimes it could be a [[DecisiveBattle turning point in the war]], but not always: any faction could suffer a defeat like this and not necessarily be defeated. Perhaps this defeat was due to a [[FailedASpotCheck surprise attack]]. Could have been a PyrrhicVictory for the attackers. Sometimes it's described as a NoodleIncident in some stories. What ever the reason, it's still an incredible loss, and [[NeverLiveItDown no one will ever forget it]]. The defeat likewise can have terrible dramatic consequences because it sets a mentality for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revanchism revanchism]] and trigger a factional fight among groups about who is responsible for the defeat and who do we scapegoat to make sure it doesn't happen again.



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* End of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' season one when the [[{{LaResistance}} Black Rebellion]] fails spectacularly in the throes of what almost looked like their Finest Hour. HistoryRepeats in season two when the Black Knights are AGAIN defeated, this time by Lelouch, amplified by the fact that it means he now [[{{TakeOverTheWorld}} rules the world]] with an iron fist. [[spoiler: Which is then followed up by him being publicly assassinated by Zero - actually Suzaku in Zero's costume - at his apparent moment of triumph, in order to cement the final step of his [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]]: [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans making himself into an effigy of all the evils of the world and then dying, taking all the world's hatred with him.]]]]

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* End of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' season one when the [[{{LaResistance}} [[LaResistance Black Rebellion]] fails spectacularly in the throes of what almost looked like their Finest Hour. HistoryRepeats in season two when the Black Knights are AGAIN defeated, this time by Lelouch, amplified by the fact that it means he now [[{{TakeOverTheWorld}} rules the world]] with an iron fist. [[spoiler: Which is then followed up by him being publicly assassinated by Zero - actually Suzaku in Zero's costume - at his apparent moment of triumph, in order to cement the final step of his [[ThanatosGambit Zero Requiem]]: [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans making himself into an effigy of all the evils of the world and then dying, taking all the world's hatred with him.]]]]






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* The Rebel Alliance from ''{{Star Wars}}'' blowing up not only the first Death Star, but the second one as well.

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* The destruction of [[spoiler: Vulcan]] in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''. Not only was a massive loss for the Federation, but a signal to the fans that this was not going back to the status quo.

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* In the backstory of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[PlanetLooters the Diamond Authority]] suffered one when Pink Diamond's attempt to mine the planet Earth [[CreateYourOwnHero pushes Rose Quartz to start a rebellion]] that ends in Pink Diamond being shattered, infuriating her three Diamond siblings to the point of retaliation by Corruption Wave and leaving behind a gem cluster that would destroy the planet and all life on it. (Rose Quartz and Steven counter these two threats respectively.) Blue Diamond to this day remains in an extreme state of grief from Pink Diamond's demise.



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* The Battle of the Alamo, which was a major defeat for the Republic of Texas. Subverted and completely reversed in that the Alamo actually [[{{DefensiveFeintTrap}} fulfilled its objectives.]] While a tactical defeat, it was a resounding strategic victory that not only severely bled out the Mexican Army and allowed the Texan Army to organize into a fighting force, but also provided substantial [[{{RememberTheAlamo}} morale boost.]] The men of the Alamo had actually been ordered by Sam Houston to leave--Bowie's men originally came to destroy the fort, but the defenders chose to stay. Perhaps a better example from that war is the Battle of San Jacinto, where the relatively ragtag and much smaller Texan army hid out in the swamplands near what is now Houston, and defeated Santa Anna's men in a completely unexpected attack.

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* During the early 90s, the Buffalo Bills were the best AFC football team in the NFL and went to four straight Super Bowls, only to lose them all. But it's the first SuperBowl loss that people remember the most. Buffalo had their full arsenal with Jim Kelly, one of the best quarterbacks of the 90s leading his team. Their opponents, the New York Giants, were a weaker team on paper and they were led by their backup quarterback, Jeff Hostetler, who was at the end of his long career. What should have been a sure win for the Buffalo Bills, turned out to be a close, competitive game that ended in one of the most unforgettable, heartbreaking, field goal kick misses in NFL history, known as "Wide Right".

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* During the early 90s, the Buffalo Bills were the best AFC football team in the NFL and went to four straight Super Bowls, only to lose them all. But it's the first SuperBowl UsefulNotes/SuperBowl loss that people remember the most. Buffalo had their full arsenal with Jim Kelly, one of the best quarterbacks of the 90s leading his team. Their opponents, the New York Giants, were a weaker team on paper and they were led by their backup quarterback, Jeff Hostetler, who was at the end of his long career. What should have been a sure win for the Buffalo Bills, turned out to be a close, competitive game that ended in one of the most unforgettable, heartbreaking, field goal kick misses in NFL history, known as "Wide Right".


* During the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]], Kolchak's defeat at Tobol was the turning point for the Whites to start losing. After that defeat, Kolchak's Eastern White army started a retreat that quickly escalated to panicked flight resulting in the fall of Omsk, the rebellion at Irkutsk and Admiral Kolchak's own demise. For Denikin's Southern White army, the failure of his Moscow offensive at the battle of Orel was such a defeat; after Tobol and Orel the Reds had a practically guaranteed win, and the rest of the war was basically cleanup of remnant Whites, Blacks and Greens.

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* During the [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War]], Kolchak's defeat at Tobol was the turning point for the Whites to start losing. After that defeat, Kolchak's Eastern White army started a retreat that quickly escalated to panicked flight resulting in the fall of Omsk, the rebellion at Irkutsk and Admiral Kolchak's own demise. For Denikin's Southern White army, the failure of his Moscow offensive at the battle of Orel was such a defeat; after Tobol and Orel the Reds had a practically guaranteed win, and the rest of the war was basically cleanup of remnant Whites, Blacks and Greens.


* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there are numerous examples of this, as well as a couple of subversions, but given the name of the game, that's hardly surprising. There is the WarOfTheAncients which led to the destruction of the Kaldorei kingdom and the world splitting apart. Then the Orcs almost complete annihilation of the Draenei on Draenor. After which, said orcs go on to invade the world of Azeroth and sack the human city of Stormwind. Later, they go on to enslave the Red Dragon Flight, with which, they almost reduce Quel'Thalas to burning ash. Later, Prince/Death Knight Arthas ends up killing every man, woman, and child in Stratholme. After that, he kills his father, several paladins, including another father figure, Uther, then sacks Quel'Thalas and Silvermoon City to use the Sunwell, which he then blows up. Oh yeah, at the end of that campaign, Archimonde comes around to completely demolish Dalaran. The Kaldorei lose their beloved demigod, Cenarius, in a battle with Grom Hellscream. Finally, the Kaldorei give up their immortality by blowing up the World Tree to kill Archimonde. Did I mention there were a lot of examples in this?

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' there are numerous examples of this, as well as a couple of subversions, but given the name of the game, that's hardly surprising. There is the WarOfTheAncients Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients which led to the destruction of the Kaldorei kingdom and the world splitting apart. Then the Orcs almost complete annihilation of the Draenei on Draenor. After which, said orcs go on to invade the world of Azeroth and sack the human city of Stormwind. Later, they go on to enslave the Red Dragon Flight, with which, they almost reduce Quel'Thalas to burning ash. Later, Prince/Death Knight Arthas ends up killing every man, woman, and child in Stratholme. After that, he kills his father, several paladins, including another father figure, Uther, then sacks Quel'Thalas and Silvermoon City to use the Sunwell, which he then blows up. Oh yeah, at the end of that campaign, Archimonde comes around to completely demolish Dalaran. The Kaldorei lose their beloved demigod, Cenarius, in a battle with Grom Hellscream. Finally, the Kaldorei give up their immortality by blowing up the World Tree to kill Archimonde. Did I mention there were a lot of examples in this?


* The 2004 Dream Team during the 2004 OlympicGames, who were soundly beaten by... ''Puerto Rico'' and ''Lithuania'' (the latter of whom came close to beating the squad 4 years prior!). And then, worse yet, were trumpled in the semifinals to Argentina, breaking a streak of three straight gold medals with NBA players. The media refused to let American basketball players forget, until they got it together for the Redeem Team run in 2008.

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* The 2004 Dream Team during the 2004 OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, who were soundly beaten by... ''Puerto Rico'' and ''Lithuania'' (the latter of whom came close to beating the squad 4 years prior!). And then, worse yet, were trumpled in the semifinals to Argentina, breaking a streak of three straight gold medals with NBA players. The media refused to let American basketball players forget, until they got it together for the Redeem Team run in 2008.


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* The classical liberal / libertarian / liberal FDP had been in ever German ''Bundestag'' since 1949 and a part of ''all'' governing coalitions from 1969 to 1998 (plus several between 1949 and 1966 as well as 2009 to 2013) so it came as a political earthquake when they failed to make it back into federal parliament in the 2013 elections, especially since they had had their best result in party history just four years prior and ''no'' party that lost federal representation once ever made it back. The party basically [[ReTool retooled]] itself from a "tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts" party into one laying more focus on societal liberalism and party leader Christian Lindner. While their 2017 electoral results ''were'' impressive, some observers say that Lindner's theatralic gesture in letting coalition talks fail with the words "It's better to not govern at all than to govern badly" were seen as both lingering effects of their 2013 shellacking and a possible trigger for a further humiliation at the polls. Time will tell whether Lindner and his party drew the right conclusions.
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* Donovan {McNabb} was the best quarterback in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by almost every statistical measure. He holds the records for regular-season and postseason wins for the Eagles, as well as several other passing records. Despite his success in these areas, he is mostly remembered in Philadelphia for going 1-4 in the NFC finals, with three of those losses coming in games he was favored to win. Salt was rubbed in the wound in 2018 when the Eagles won the NFC title game in convincing fashion with their backup quarterback, magnifying {McNabb's} struggles and helping to further cement his legacy as a quarterback who came up short in big games.

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* Donovan {McNabb} [=McNabb=] was the best quarterback in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise by almost every statistical measure. He holds the records for regular-season and postseason wins for the Eagles, as well as several other passing records. Despite his success in these areas, he is mostly remembered in Philadelphia for going 1-4 in the NFC finals, with three of those losses coming in games he was favored to win. Salt was rubbed in the wound in 2018 when the Eagles won the NFC title game in convincing fashion with their backup quarterback, magnifying {McNabb's} [=McNabb's=] struggles and helping to further cement his legacy as a quarterback who came up short in big games.

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