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* ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriorsAgeOfCalamity'' is a ''Dynasty Warriors''-esque game with lots of mooks for the Champions of Hyrule to thrash about and the potential for lots of invigorating fights against threatening foes. However, it takes place during the titular Calamity, which [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild the game it's a prequel to]] establishes as the abject downfall of Hyrule, with its Champions and defenders slain, Link sealed in regenerative stasis and [[LateArrivalSpoiler Zelda imprisoning herself inside Hyrule Castle]] [[SealedEvilInADuel to keep Calamity Ganon locked up with her]]. Do not expect a happy ending for this game.


* Creator/ChinuaAchebe's ''Literature/ThingsFallApart'' was imagined from the very beginning as a classical tragedy. The hero, Okonkwo, is a strong and prosperous man in his Igbo village, with big fields of big yams and a big, well-maintained compound and three wives. He is very proud of his achievements and of his manliness--but his manliness and pride cause him to act rashly, eventually getting him exiled for manslaughter (when his FiringInTheAirALot kills someone), lead his son to abandon him, and ultimately causes his suicide.

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* Creator/ChinuaAchebe's ''Literature/ThingsFallApart'' was imagined from the very beginning as a classical tragedy. The hero, Okonkwo, is a strong and prosperous man in his Igbo village, with big fields of big yams and a big, well-maintained compound and three wives. He is very proud of his achievements and of his manliness--but his manliness and pride cause him to act rashly, eventually getting him exiled for manslaughter (when his FiringInTheAirALot kills someone), lead his son to abandon him, him and all the GoodOldWays he stood for, and ultimately [[DrivenToSuicide causes his suicide.suicide]].

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* ''Literature/TheArtsOfDarkAndLight'' follows what appears to be the downfall of the once great Amorran Republic, and certainly that of one of its foremost champions, General Sextus Valerius Corvus, as he struggles to preserve it.


* TheBadGuyWins: SubTrope of DownerEnding in which the hero loses and only the villain(s) come out on top.



** TheBadGuyWins: Sub-trope of DownerEnding in which the hero loses and only the villain(s) come out on top.
*** Averted with Creator/{{Aeschylus}}'s ''Theatre/{{Eumenides}}'', which does have a happy ending. Aeschylus's ''Theatre/TheSuppliants'' likewise ends with the titular characters being granted what they wanted, namely sanctuary, but since there's going to be a war and it was the first part of a trilogy, it's an ambiguous one.



** Averted with Creator/{{Sophocles}}'s ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'', in which Oedipus doesn't die. In the same playwright's ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', there's some ambiguity about who the protagonist actually is: basically, the confusion comes from the misconception that the hero of a play is identical with its protagonist.[[note]]The hero of ''Antigone'' is Antigone herself, who dies, but the main protagonist is Creon, who is a VillainProtagonist and doesn't.[[/note]]


* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is marinated in this, particularly as the Horus Heresy became more fleshed-out. The setting's gradual in-universe descent into the shitter is punctuated with people making bad decisions based on their flaws that end up coming back to bite them catastrophically, usually with the assistance of one of the setting's fascinating variety of evil gods. The Necrontyr's resentment of the Old Ones' longer lifespans was used by the C'tan to trick the Necrontyr into becoming the zombie-robot Necrons. The Eldar empire descended into excess and wouldn't back away despite warnings, leading to it basically orgying a Chaos God into existence and turning the heart of the Eldar empire into the Eye of Terror. The Horus Heresy saw a lot of mini-tragedies as half the Primarchs succumbed to their failings and fell to Chaos, all set against the backdrop of one big tragedy as the Emperor's egotism and separation for humanity led him to alienate the nine sons who would turn on him and eventually kill him. In particular, Magnus the Red is portrayed as having gone through an arc not too dissimilar from a classical tragedy: his arrogance led to him assuming he knew better than everyone else about the Warp and how to use it, starting a chain of events that ended with Magnus's dessicated homeworld burned to black glass and a significant chunk of his Legion killed in the engagement.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is marinated in this, particularly as the Horus Heresy became more fleshed-out. The setting's gradual in-universe descent into the shitter is punctuated with people making bad decisions based on their flaws that end up coming back to bite them catastrophically, usually with the assistance of one of the setting's fascinating variety of evil gods. gods.
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The Necrontyr's resentment of the Old Ones' longer lifespans was used by the C'tan to trick the Necrontyr into becoming the zombie-robot Necrons. Necrons.
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The Eldar empire descended into excess and wouldn't back away despite warnings, leading to it basically orgying a Chaos God into existence and turning the heart of the Eldar empire into the Eye of Terror. Terror.
**
The Horus Heresy saw a lot of mini-tragedies as half the Primarchs succumbed to their failings and fell to Chaos, all set against the backdrop of one big tragedy as the Emperor's egotism and separation for humanity led him to alienate the nine sons who would turn on him and eventually kill him. him.
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In particular, Magnus the Red is portrayed as having gone through an arc not too dissimilar from a classical tragedy: his arrogance led to him assuming he knew better than everyone else about the Warp and how to use it, starting a chain of events that ended with Magnus's dessicated Magnus' desiccated homeworld burned to black glass and a significant chunk of his Legion killed in the engagement.engagement.
** One of the most tragic ones: The Emperor was a militant atheist and crushed all religion in his empire in the mistaken belief that this would starve the Chaos gods of power. In fact it's not belief that keeps Chaos strong (faith in the Emperor is one of the more potent weapons against daemons) but ''emotion'', the only way to wipe it out would be to suppress rage, desire (see "orgying a god into existence", above), hope and love in all sentients in the galaxy (something only the Necrons have tried, [[OmnicidalManiac through very direct methods]]).


->''"Tragedy!\\
When the feeling's gone and you can't go on\\
It's tragedy!\\
When the morning cries and you don't know why\\
It's hard to bear!\\
With no one to love you\\
You're going nowhere!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeeGees''', "Tragedy" ([[CoveredUp or, for younger, British Tropers, "Steps"]])

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->''"Tragedy!\\
When the feeling's gone and you can't go on\\
It's tragedy!\\
When the morning cries and you don't know why\\
It's hard to bear!\\
With no one to love you\\
You're going nowhere!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeeGees''', "Tragedy" ([[CoveredUp or, for younger, British Tropers, "Steps"]])


** As a whole, the entire Star Wars saga (the prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and new trilogy) is an [[TheEpic epic]] [[GenerationalSaga generational]] tragedy, at least in regards to the Skywalker family. The prequels have Anakin Skywalker start out as a promising young Jedi Knight (as well the ChosenOne), who eventually turns to the Dark Side due to his fear of losing Padme, his growing discontent with the Jedi Council, and his manipulation at the hands of Palpatine/Darth Sideous. He dismantles the Jedi Order and ushers in an era of darkness and tyranny throughout the entire galaxy by helping Darth Sideous form the Empire. The original trilogy revolves around his son Luke Skywalker defeating said Empire and redeeming him shortly before his death. In the sequel trilogy [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo, the son of Anakin's daughter Leia Organa and Han Solo, and that [[HistoryRepeats much like his grandfather Anakin]], he trained as a Jedi but eventually fell victim to the Dark Side and helped establish the First Order, a dictatorship much like the Empire. Ben is partially driven by a desire to live up to the dark legacy his grandfather left behind, and a desire to prove himself to his master Supreme Leader Snoke by severing all remaining emotional ties, including his parents. Despite this, there is still some remaining light inside of him, as seen by the guilt he feels after killing his father, and his inability to go through with killing his mother. Luke Skywalker tried and failed to bring back the Jedi Order after the events of the original trilogy, and exiles himself to a distant island, [[DespairEventHorizon having lost all hope]] after his nephew and former student Ben Solo pulled a FaceHeelTurn and murdered half of his students while taking the rest with him. Ben's FaceHeelTurn officially started when Luke, in a moment of weakness, contemplated killing him once he realized just how great his potential for evil was. By the end of [[Film/TheLastJedi Episode VIII]], Luke passes away while [[CallBack gazing peacefully at a twilight sky with two moons]], using the last of his strength to buy time for the Resistance (led by his sister Leia) and confront Kylo Ren. In [[Film/RiseOfTheSkywalker Episode IX]], Leia and Ben Solo die ]].

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** As a whole, the entire Star Wars saga (the prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and new trilogy) is an [[TheEpic epic]] [[GenerationalSaga generational]] tragedy, at least in regards to the Skywalker family. The prequels have Anakin Skywalker start out as a promising young Jedi Knight (as well the ChosenOne), who eventually turns to the Dark Side due to his fear of losing Padme, his growing discontent with the Jedi Council, and his manipulation at the hands of Palpatine/Darth Sideous. He dismantles the Jedi Order and ushers in an era of darkness and tyranny throughout the entire galaxy by helping Darth Sideous form the Empire. The original trilogy revolves around his son Luke Skywalker defeating said Empire and redeeming him shortly before his death. In the sequel trilogy [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo, the son of Anakin's daughter Leia Organa and Han Solo, and that [[HistoryRepeats much like his grandfather Anakin]], he trained as a Jedi but eventually fell victim to the Dark Side and helped establish the First Order, a dictatorship much like the Empire. Ben is partially driven by a desire to live up to the dark legacy his grandfather left behind, and a desire to prove himself to his master Supreme Leader Snoke by severing all remaining emotional ties, including his parents. Despite this, there is still some remaining light inside of him, as seen by the guilt he feels after killing his father, and his inability to go through with killing his mother. Luke Skywalker tried and failed to bring back the Jedi Order after the events of the original trilogy, and exiles himself to a distant island, [[DespairEventHorizon having lost all hope]] after his nephew and former student Ben Solo pulled a FaceHeelTurn and murdered half of his students while taking the rest with him. Ben's FaceHeelTurn officially started when Luke, in a moment of weakness, contemplated killing him once he realized just how great his potential for evil was. By the end of [[Film/TheLastJedi Episode VIII]], Luke passes away while [[CallBack gazing peacefully at a twilight sky with two moons]], using the last of his strength to buy time for the Resistance (led by his sister Leia) and confront Kylo Ren. In [[Film/RiseOfTheSkywalker [[Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker Episode IX]], Leia and Ben Solo die ]].


** As a whole, the entire Star Wars saga (the prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and new trilogy) is an [[TheEpic epic]] [[GenerationalSaga generational]] tragedy, at least in regards to the Skywalker family. The prequels have Anakin Skywalker start out as a promising young Jedi Knight (as well the ChosenOne), who eventually turns to the Dark Side due to his fear of losing Padme, his growing discontent with the Jedi Council, and his manipulation at the hands of Palpatine/Darth Sideous. He dismantles the Jedi Order and ushers in an era of darkness and tyranny throughout the entire galaxy by helping Darth Sideous form the Empire. The original trilogy revolves around his son Luke Skywalker defeating said Empire and redeeming him shortly before his death. In the sequel trilogy [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo, the son of Anakin's daughter Leia Organa and Han Solo, and that [[HistoryRepeats much like his grandfather Anakin]], he trained as a Jedi but eventually fell victim to the Dark Side and helped establish the First Order, a dictatorship much like the Empire. Ben is partially driven by a desire to live up to the dark legacy his grandfather left behind, and a desire to prove himself to his master Supreme Leader Snoke by severing all remaining emotional ties, including his parents. Despite this, there is still some remaining light inside of him, as seen by the guilt he feels after killing his father, and his inability to go through with killing his mother. Luke Skywalker tried and failed to bring back the Jedi Order after the events of the original trilogy, and exiles himself to a distant island, [[DespairEventHorizon having lost all hope]] after his nephew and former student Ben Solo pulled a FaceHeelTurn and murdered half of his students while taking the rest with him. Ben's FaceHeelTurn officially started when Luke, in a moment of weakness, contemplated killing him once he realized just how great his potential for evil was. By the end of [[Film/TheLastJedi Episode VIII]], Luke passes away while [[CallBack gazing peacefully at a twilight sky with two moons]], using the last of his strength to buy time for the Resistance (led by his sister Leia) and confront Kylo Ren. It remains to be seen whether or not Ben Solo will redeem himself, or if the Skywalker line will continue or die out]].

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** As a whole, the entire Star Wars saga (the prequel trilogy, original trilogy, and new trilogy) is an [[TheEpic epic]] [[GenerationalSaga generational]] tragedy, at least in regards to the Skywalker family. The prequels have Anakin Skywalker start out as a promising young Jedi Knight (as well the ChosenOne), who eventually turns to the Dark Side due to his fear of losing Padme, his growing discontent with the Jedi Council, and his manipulation at the hands of Palpatine/Darth Sideous. He dismantles the Jedi Order and ushers in an era of darkness and tyranny throughout the entire galaxy by helping Darth Sideous form the Empire. The original trilogy revolves around his son Luke Skywalker defeating said Empire and redeeming him shortly before his death. In the sequel trilogy [[spoiler: it's revealed that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Solo, the son of Anakin's daughter Leia Organa and Han Solo, and that [[HistoryRepeats much like his grandfather Anakin]], he trained as a Jedi but eventually fell victim to the Dark Side and helped establish the First Order, a dictatorship much like the Empire. Ben is partially driven by a desire to live up to the dark legacy his grandfather left behind, and a desire to prove himself to his master Supreme Leader Snoke by severing all remaining emotional ties, including his parents. Despite this, there is still some remaining light inside of him, as seen by the guilt he feels after killing his father, and his inability to go through with killing his mother. Luke Skywalker tried and failed to bring back the Jedi Order after the events of the original trilogy, and exiles himself to a distant island, [[DespairEventHorizon having lost all hope]] after his nephew and former student Ben Solo pulled a FaceHeelTurn and murdered half of his students while taking the rest with him. Ben's FaceHeelTurn officially started when Luke, in a moment of weakness, contemplated killing him once he realized just how great his potential for evil was. By the end of [[Film/TheLastJedi Episode VIII]], Luke passes away while [[CallBack gazing peacefully at a twilight sky with two moons]], using the last of his strength to buy time for the Resistance (led by his sister Leia) and confront Kylo Ren. It remains to be seen whether or not In [[Film/RiseOfTheSkywalker Episode IX]], Leia and Ben Solo will redeem himself, or if the Skywalker line will continue or die out]].]].

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* Elizabeth Cary's ''Theatre/TheTragedyOfMariam'' ends with the death of the title character at the hands of her impulsive and jealous husband.


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->''Tragedy!\\->''"Tragedy!\\



You're going nowhere!''

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You're going nowhere!''nowhere!"''


* ''Film/TheFly1986'' follows a brilliant, reclusive scientist who has invented teleportation technology and, upon entering the first romantic relationship of his life with a beautiful journalist, is able to perfect it. But his obsessive passions for both his work and his lover lead to a TragicMistake -- when he mistakenly believes he is being cuckolded, he gets drunk and teleports himself, accidentally genetically merging himself with a housefly in the process. Initially the SlowTransformation that results leaves him DrunkWithPower, but with time he inexorably loses '''everything''' that makes him human, leaving only an instinctual, desire-driven creature that is a danger to his lover most of all, who [[spoiler: ends up merged with his own teleportation device and has to ask her to slay him]].

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* ''Film/TheFly1986'' follows a brilliant, reclusive scientist who has invented teleportation technology and, upon entering the first romantic relationship of his life with a beautiful journalist, is able to perfect it. But his obsessive passions for both his work and his lover lead to a TragicMistake -- when he mistakenly believes he is being cuckolded, he gets drunk and teleports himself, accidentally genetically merging himself with a housefly in the process. Initially the SlowTransformation that results leaves him DrunkWithPower, but with time he inexorably loses '''everything''' that makes him human, leaving only becoming an instinctual, desire-driven creature that monster who is a danger to his lover most of all, and who [[spoiler: ends up merged with his own teleportation device and has to ask her to slay him]].

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* ''Film/TheFly1986'' follows a brilliant, reclusive scientist who has invented teleportation technology and, upon entering the first romantic relationship of his life with a beautiful journalist, is able to perfect it. But his obsessive passions for both his work and his lover lead to a TragicMistake -- when he mistakenly believes he is being cuckolded, he gets drunk and teleports himself, accidentally genetically merging himself with a housefly in the process. Initially the SlowTransformation that results leaves him DrunkWithPower, but with time he inexorably loses '''everything''' that makes him human, leaving only an instinctual, desire-driven creature that is a danger to his lover most of all, who [[spoiler: ends up merged with his own teleportation device and has to ask her to slay him]].

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* ''Literature/BelCanto'' follows a hostage crisis, and lots of sympathetically portrayed StockholmSyndrome and LimaSyndrome even as it is made clear that it will inevitably end in the deaths of most to all of the highly sympathetic hostage takers and perhaps some of the hostages as well.


* Neil Gaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' was a five-year tragedy, carefully crafted in the Greek tradition of {{Tragedy}}.

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* Neil Gaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' was is a five-year tragedy, carefully crafted in the Greek tradition of {{Tragedy}}.{{Tragedy}}, about a mythical god-king trying to fix the mistakes of his past but unable to change the rigidity that caused those mistakes to begin with [[spoiler: so he kills himself to allow a new god-king to rule]].


* While you do not ''need'' TheReveal and reversal of fortune stemming from it, Aristotle considered those tragedies superior to those without it.

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* While you do not ''need'' TheReveal and reversal of fortune (''peripeteia'' in Greek) stemming from it, Aristotle considered those tragedies superior to those without it.

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