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* ''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, serving as humanity's introduction to the galactic community at large.

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* ''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, serving as humanity's introduction to the galactic community at large. Humanity successfully dislodging the turians from the colony in the subsequent battle also established that despite being newcomers, humanity would not be a pushover.


* The Battle of Fei River. Had Jin lost, the Han Chinese could have lost control of China, however, Xie An (who was famous as a great administrator and had little military experience) decided he wasn't going to let Former Qin [[TookALevelInBadass run wild]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome beat back a far more experienced army well over twice the size of his own]]. It was the single largest catalyst in the fall of Former Qin and just ten years later practically ceased to exist.

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* The Battle of Fei River. Had Jin lost, the Han Chinese could have lost control of China, however, Xie An (who was famous as a great administrator and had little military experience) decided he wasn't going to let Former Qin [[TookALevelInBadass run wild]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome beat back a far more experienced army well over twice the size of his own]]. It was the single largest catalyst in the fall of Former Qin and just ten years later practically ceased to exist.


* 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.

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* The destruction of [[spoiler:Vulcan]] in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''.''Film/StarTrek2009''. 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.


* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The Battle Of Unnumbered Tears. It begins as a noble effort of the Elves, Men, and Dwarves to finish [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] once and for all. It's the first coalition of all the races together to fight Morgoth, and the greatest army seen so far in the world outside of the gods. It gets crushed so badly and so many people die that Morgoth literally makes a hill out of the corpses. The worst part is that they never had a chance. And things get so much worse from there.

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* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': The Battle Of Unnumbered Tears. It begins as a noble effort of the Elves, Men, and Dwarves to finish [[{{Satan}} [[EvilOverlord Morgoth]] once and for all.all (and to avenge the Elves' previous shocking defeat by Morgoth's forces in the Battle of Sudden Flame). It's the first coalition of all the races together to fight Morgoth, and the greatest army seen so far in the world outside of the gods. It gets crushed so badly and so many people die that Morgoth literally makes a hill out of the corpses. The worst part is that they never had a chance. And things get so much worse from there.

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* The Second Schleswig War of 1864 is this for Denmark, and would come to shape both the general Danish foreign policy and view on warfare for least the next century, if not still affecting to some degree today. The Danish army was poised against the Prussian Army and the Austrian Army, which were superior in both manpower and technology. The leading Danish politicians had seen the war coming for some time, and had hoped to rally either English or Swedish support to the Danish cause, but in the end, these attempts fell through and the Danes were rather hopelessly alone in their fight. Though much of the country was ignited with PatrioticFervor, the more pragmatic members of the Danish government more or less knew that that they had no real chance of actually winning the war, but had hoped to at least put up a successful enough defensive war to fight the Prussians and their Austrian allies to a standstill and eventually sue for a lenient peace deal. These hopes were eventually completely crushed when the Prussian forces won two definitive victories in the spring of 1864, first in the "Battle of Dybbøl" and then in the "Battle of Als". Denmark eventually had to limb to the negotiating table and accept a very harsh peace deal, ceding a sizeable chunk of the country, and was as a result thrown into a downright existential crisis as a nation. This lead to Danish foreign policy being dictated by the view that Denmark simply could not be able to muster an army large enough to successfully defend its territory, especially should it come to a war with Germany, and that armed resistance in such a scenario was only going to amount a needless waste of Danish lives. It also informed a view that warfare was simply not a viable political tool to enforce Danish ambitions, and that diplomacy and careful appeasement of Denmark's neighbors should be the way forward. But the most tangible effect of the defeat was without a doubt the Danish government's decision to peacefully surrender to Nazi Germany when they invaded the country in 1940.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Savo_Island Battle of Savo Island]] was the worst defeat suffered by the US Navy in history, and led to a number of operational and structural changes to prevent such a disaster from happening again.


* The UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar is what named the concept of revanchism. The Prussians victory, their capture of Head-of-State Napoleon III and them using the Palais de Versailles for the founding of UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany alongside the taking of territories of Alsace and Lorraine created kvetching like you can't believe. School-children were taught geography about missing territories and how when they [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack grow up they are going to get it back]]. It also led to the Paris Commune which was brutally suppressed and more or less ended monarchism in France with even conservatives agreeing to be a Republic. It was the permanent end of France in favor of Germany as Continental Europe's great power.

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* The UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar is what named the concept of revanchism. The Prussians victory, Prussians' victory at Sedan, their capture of Head-of-State Napoleon III and them using the Palais de Versailles for the founding of UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany alongside the taking of territories of Alsace and Lorraine created kvetching like you can't believe. School-children were taught geography about missing territories and how when they [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack grow up they are going to get it back]]. It also led to the Paris Commune which was brutally suppressed and more or less ended monarchism in France with even conservatives agreeing to be a Republic. It was the permanent end of France in favor of Germany as Continental Europe's great power.


* ''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 during the First Contact War until it was forced to surrender. The ''Bring Down surrender, serving as humanity's introduction to the Sky DLC'' has Shepard narrowly avert one, preventing a devastating ColonyDrop by Batarian extremists on Terra Nova.galactic community at large.



** Before all this, the krogans' defeat during the Krogan Rebellions and the use of the [[SterilityPlague genophage]] against them severely damaged their population and their psyche, with many of them adopting a resentful and fatalistic worldview that negatively affects them to the in-universe present day,



** Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia. The French Grande Armée, with over 680,000 soldiers, was the largest army ever fielded at that point. Knowing that they couldn't take on such a large army directly, the Russians instead avoided engaging directly, instead retreating and relying on [[SaltTheEarth scorched earth tactics]] and guerrilla warfare to wear the French down and deny them supplies. Napoleon eventually took Moscow, but failed to destroy the Russian army, and with winter setting in, they were eventually forced to retreat. In the end, only about 27,000 French soldiers made it out, with Napoleon (and France's) reputation severely damaged.



* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1842_retreat_from_Kabul#Aftermath British retreat from Kabul]] during the First Anglo-Afghan War resulted in the loss of practically all their troops and accompanying civilians, with only a single [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Brydon British soldier]] and a handful of Indian sepoys making it back to safety in Jalalabad.



* Gallipolli for Australia and New Zealand. It's viewed in much the vein as Dunkirk for the UK, only more so.

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* Gallipolli Gallipoli for Australia and New Zealand. It's viewed in much the vein as Dunkirk for the UK, only more so.



* The Battle of the Philippine Sea, in 1944, became another one for Japan. After two years, they had finally rebuilt their carrier forces, brought their newest and most advanced carrier--the armored carrier Taiho--into play, they had a huge advantage in position, geography, and circumstances (a strong wind that would considerably bolster Japanese carrier attack ranges while reducing the Americans', air bases closer to the enemy to field additional and heavier aircraft as well as land carrier aircraft returning from an extreme range attack on the enemey, etc), and the Americans were in the middle of invading islands that would give America airbases within strategic bombing range of the Japanese home islands. They sent out attack wave after attack wave, considerably more aircraft than they had had at their disposal at Midway, and the wind advantage meant that they were seemingly beyond the range of American reprisal. Only for the Japanese to find out that their pilots, planes, doctrine, technology, and ships were ''horribly'' outmatched when the American forces absolutely annihilated wave after wave of Japanese aircraft (this coming to be known as "the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"), with only minor damage on a battleship to show for it. Then American submarines sank two of their best fleet carriers--including the brand-new and pride-of-the-fleet Taiho, and the American counterattack still managed to catch up to and sink one more fleet carrier. The battle completely dashed any hope of the Japanese Navy turning the war around.

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* The Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941 is widely considered the worst military defeat in US history, with over 23,000 soldiers killed and 100,000 captured, who would go on to face more than three years of harsh treatment by their captors.
* The Battle of the Philippine Sea, in 1944, became another one for Japan. After two years, they They had finally rebuilt their carrier forces, brought their newest and most advanced carrier--the armored carrier Taiho--into play, they had a huge advantage advantages in position, geography, and circumstances (a strong wind that would considerably bolster Japanese carrier attack ranges while reducing the Americans', air bases closer to the enemy to field additional and heavier aircraft as well as land carrier aircraft returning from an extreme range attack on the enemey, etc), and the Americans were in the middle of invading islands that would give America airbases within strategic bombing range of the Japanese home islands. They sent out attack wave after attack wave, considerably more aircraft than they had had at their disposal at Midway, and the wind advantage meant that they were seemingly beyond the range of American reprisal. Only for the Japanese to find out that their pilots, planes, doctrine, technology, and ships were ''horribly'' outmatched when the American forces absolutely annihilated wave after wave of Japanese aircraft (this coming to be known as "the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"), with only minor damage on a battleship to show for it. Then American submarines sank two of their best fleet carriers--including the brand-new and pride-of-the-fleet Taiho, and the American counterattack still managed to catch up to and sink one more fleet carrier. The battle completely dashed any hope of the Japanese Navy turning the war around.



** The Americans themselves suffered one at the Battle Of Kasserine Pass. Following the successes of Operation Torch, the Americans were riding high from the victory, but up to that point, they'd only faced Italian and Vichy French resistance. At Kasserine, they rolled up on Rommel himself and his ''Afrika Korps,'' which proceeded to devastate and rout the American forces. The major contributing factor in this battle was that America had little experience in armored warfare, so their tactics and equipment was sorely outdated, in contrast to Rommel's veteran soldiers with the most modern technology available. It was this defeat that spurred General Patton to completely rewrite America's book on armored warfare, to the point that even ''Rommel'' was impressed when he next encountered Patton.


* In the MagicalGirl CrisisCrossover ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'', [[spoiler:the total massacre of the [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha TSAB's]] [[TheFederation Dimensional]] [[TimePolice Navy]], done singlehandedly by [[PersonOfMassDestruction Unison Reinforce]], lets everyone know that [[LegionOfDoom Dead End]] is not screwing around with the whole [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ multiversal destruction]] thing, and they've damn well got the firepower to pull it off.]]

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* In the MagicalGirl CrisisCrossover ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'', ''FanFic/ShatteredSkiesTheMorningLights'', [[spoiler:the total massacre of the [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha TSAB's]] [[TheFederation Dimensional]] [[TimePolice Navy]], done singlehandedly by [[PersonOfMassDestruction Unison Reinforce]], lets everyone know that [[LegionOfDoom Dead End]] is not screwing around with the whole [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ multiversal destruction]] thing, and they've damn well got the firepower to pull it off.]]


* 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, UsefulNotes/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 UK has the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portillo_moment Portillo moment]] from the 1997 general election, when Conservative MP and outgoing Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, widely tipped as THE frontrunner for leadership of the Conservative Party after their inevitable loss, unexpectedly lost his seat of Enfield Southgate to Stephen Twigg, a relative political nobody. The defeat all-but-killed Michael Portillo's political career - he would only run for the Tory leadership once, in 2001, and be eliminated on the third ballot, before retiring from politics in 2005. To this day, "Portillo moment" is used as a shorthand for shocking defeats of Cabinet ministers or other high-profile party figures, which Portillo himself lampshaded, saying "My name is now synonymous with eating a bucketload of shit in public."

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* The UK has the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portillo_moment Portillo moment]] from the 1997 general election, when Conservative MP and outgoing Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, widely tipped as THE frontrunner for leadership of the Conservative Party after their inevitable loss, unexpectedly lost his seat of Enfield Southgate to Stephen Twigg, a relative political nobody. The defeat all-but-killed Michael Portillo's political career - he would only run for the Tory leadership once, in 2001, and be eliminated on the third ballot, before retiring from politics in 2005. To this day, "Portillo moment" is used as a shorthand for shocking defeats of Cabinet ministers or other high-profile party figures, which Portillo himself lampshaded, saying "My name is now synonymous with eating a bucketload of shit in public."

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* The UK has the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portillo_moment Portillo moment]] from the 1997 general election, when Conservative MP and outgoing Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, widely tipped as THE frontrunner for leadership of the Conservative Party after their inevitable loss, unexpectedly lost his seat of Enfield Southgate to Stephen Twigg, a relative political nobody. The defeat all-but-killed Michael Portillo's political career - he would only run for the Tory leadership once, in 2001, and be eliminated on the third ballot, before retiring from politics in 2005. To this day, "Portillo moment" is used as a shorthand for shocking defeats of Cabinet ministers or other high-profile party figures, which Portillo himself lampshaded, saying "My name is now synonymous with eating a bucketload of shit in public."


** The Americans themselves suffered one at the Battle Of Kasserine Pass. Following the successes of Operation Torch, the Americans were riding high from the victory, but up to that point, they'd only faced Italian and Vichy French resistance. At Kasserine, they rolled up on Rommel himself and his ''Afrika Korps,'' which proceeded to devastate and rout the American forces. The major contributing factor in this battle was that America had absolutely no experience in armored warfare, so their tactics and equipment was sorely outdated, in contrast to Rommel's veteran soldiers with the most modern technology available. It was this defeat that spurred General Patton to completely rewrite America's book on armored warfare, to the point that even ''Rommel'' was impressed when he next encountered Patton.

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** The Americans themselves suffered one at the Battle Of Kasserine Pass. Following the successes of Operation Torch, the Americans were riding high from the victory, but up to that point, they'd only faced Italian and Vichy French resistance. At Kasserine, they rolled up on Rommel himself and his ''Afrika Korps,'' which proceeded to devastate and rout the American forces. The major contributing factor in this battle was that America had absolutely no little experience in armored warfare, so their tactics and equipment was sorely outdated, in contrast to Rommel's veteran soldiers with the most modern technology available. It was this defeat that spurred General Patton to completely rewrite America's book on armored warfare, to the point that even ''Rommel'' was impressed when he next encountered Patton.


* 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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