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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''

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Occasionally part of AnAesop, to show ''[[CrapsackWorld just how crappy]]'' the world becomes when you violate the lesson; frequently used to try and show a '[[DarkerAndEdgier gritty]]', [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] world. Sometimes, it's an attempt at tragedy that makes the mistake of nullifying itself by ''[[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy making it impossible to care]]''. Depending on the particulars, it can overlap with DiabolusExMachina, and is a frequent cause of AngstAversion.AngstAversion and EndingAversion. In short, this is a story where at its conclusion you have to ask ''"What the hell was the point?"''


Did you feel like [[SelfDemonstratingArticle that story]] was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot the Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.

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Did you feel like [[SelfDemonstratingArticle that story]] was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot the Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him them [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists heroes won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them.them, but [[TheBadGuyWins the villains will win everything]] and [[KarmaHoudini go unpunished]]. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Also has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun the filming process]] of the Disney film ''Film/TheShaggyDog'', or its {{Remake}}. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an actual dog (that may or may not be shaggy).

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Also has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun the filming process]] of the Disney film ''Film/TheShaggyDog'', or its {{Remake}}. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an actual dog (that may or may not be shaggy).



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* From ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin [[http://hylian90.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/raccoon-complete-thumb1.jpg finds]] an injured baby raccoon and tries to help it. He fails, and the raccoon dies. The real point of the story was showing how Calvin would cope with death.


The ultimate DownerEnding. See also CrapsackWorld. Compare ResetButtonEnding, which may lead to or be the cause of one of these. If the writer's a cynical bastard it might be a BlackComedy, and writers who are fond of using this type of ending are very likely to have a [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] worldview. Tends to result in a form of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy if the writer isn't really good at it. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an actual dog. Often a SequelHook. Very frequently a TearJerker.

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The ultimate DownerEnding. See also CrapsackWorld. Compare ResetButtonEnding, which may lead to or be the cause of one of these. If the writer's a cynical bastard it might be a BlackComedy, and writers who are fond of using this type of ending are very likely to have a [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] worldview. Tends to result in a form of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy if the writer isn't really good at it. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an actual dog. Often a SequelHook. Very frequently a TearJerker.



[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Also has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun the filming process]] of the Disney film ''Film/TheShaggyDog'', or its {{Remake}}. See also RocksFallEveryoneDies for a roleplaying equivalent.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Also has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun the filming process]] of the Disney film ''Film/TheShaggyDog'', or its {{Remake}}. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an actual dog (that may or may not be shaggy).

See also RocksFallEveryoneDies for a roleplaying equivalent.


The ultimate DownerEnding. See also CrapsackWorld. Compare ResetButtonEnding, which may lead to or be the cause of one of these. If the writer's a cynical bastard it might be a BlackComedy, and writers who are fond of using this type of ending are very likely to have a [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] worldview. Tends to result in a form of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy if the writer isn't really good at it. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an [[InfantImmortality actual dog]]. Often a SequelHook. Very frequently a TearJerker.

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The ultimate DownerEnding. See also CrapsackWorld. Compare ResetButtonEnding, which may lead to or be the cause of one of these. If the writer's a cynical bastard it might be a BlackComedy, and writers who are fond of using this type of ending are very likely to have a [[StrawNihilist nihilistic]] worldview. Tends to result in a form of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy if the writer isn't really good at it. Not to be confused with ShootTheDog, which is a [[WhatTheHellHero regrettable act]] that may or may not involve an [[InfantImmortality actual dog]].dog. Often a SequelHook. Very frequently a TearJerker.


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* PlayedForLaughs in the non-sequitur Levi's advert featuring [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCzsEgUcWfU Kevin the Hamster]].

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* From ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin [[http://hylian90.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/raccoon-complete-thumb1.jpg finds]] an injured baby raccoon and tries to help it. He fails, and the raccoon dies. The real point of the story was showing how Calvin would cope with death.
* Happens regularly on ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' in Rat's stories about "Angry Bob". In a typical example, Angry Bob decides to go to a bar to socialize, and quickly strike up a romantic rapport with a beautiful woman. They begin [[AutoErotica kissing in her car]], only for Bob to get caught by the woman's [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts UFC husband]] and die horrifically.

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* Creator/BoBurnham gives a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRyxIMkyazc tale of a frog]] that falls subject to this while looking for a beautiful lady frog. Bo even says at the end that the moral of the story is [[spoiler:"irrelevant, 'cause we're humans."]]


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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot the Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.

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Did you feel like [[SelfDemonstratingArticle that story story]] was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot the Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.


On a brigher side, a villain trying to invoke this trope in a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech fails virtually always.

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On a brigher side, a villain trying to invoke this trope in with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech fails virtually always.



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On a brigher side, a villain trying to invoke this trope in a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech fails virtually always.


Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.

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Did you feel like that story was pointless? It was. Sometimes an author will go one step beyond a ShaggyDogStory, and Shoot The the Shaggy Dog. They won't just KillEmAll; they'll make the characters' accomplishments a moot point [[SenselessSacrifice and their deaths completely senseless]]. They won't just have the protagonist die an agonizing death; they'll [[GroundhogDayLoop trap him in a grim cycle of reincarnation]], and make him [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption a failure in every incarnation]]. Sometimes they won't ''even'' Kill Em All; the protagonists won't even get to bring the {{Villain}}s down with them. All in all, [[StatusQuoIsGod the only thing that's changed in the last 400 pages is that a few ineffectual people have died]]... some of whom were the protagonists.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). See also RocksFallEveryoneDies for a roleplaying equivalent.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun Shooting Shaggy's]] [[ScoobyDoo Dog]] (or for that matter, his [[TheScrappy other dog]]). [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Also has nothing to do]] with [[JustForPun the filming process]] of the Disney film ''Film/TheShaggyDog'', or its {{Remake}}. See also RocksFallEveryoneDies for a roleplaying equivalent.

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