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  • The first instalment of the To Love-Ru fan fic, To Love DEATH looks like most of the characters will be saved, until zombies attack Rito's unrequited love, Haruna, forcing him to end her life. Then a zombie attacks the helicopter and kills Nana in front of her sister. Rito can't help do anything but faint. That's how it ends. This is quite a comparison to its happier original medium, after all, this is a Fan Fiction made by Mr Law.
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  • The Warhammer 40,000 fan film Damnatus ends with a powerful daemon getting unleashed upon Sancta Heroica, everyone on the team getting killed off, and the planet itself being destroyed via the Exterminatus order of Inquisitor Lessus. Par for the course for 40K.
  • Cleaves, Cuts and Cracks has a rather subtle one. When all seems well and fine after a strenuous battle that caused much damage on Spinel, a rather simple and easily forgettable line rings back. "These damages are permanent."
  • Depravare begins with a bittersweet Together in Death scenario and ends with a good solid Gut Punch.
  • Twilight Revised features one, made worse by the preceding Hope Spot. The Bad Guy Wins, and Twilight gets sealed in the sun with Celestia. Might possibly count as a Bittersweet Ending, since Celestia was the only pony Twilight ever loved, and it's implied that Twilight still loves her despite everything Nightmare Moon put her through.
  • While Earth and humanity go through a more Bittersweet Ending in The Conversion Bureau: Not Alone, Equestria definitely gets this type of ending when the story wraps up. Although the they're able to safely make it back to their home dimension in one piece, their military is nearly completely decimated thanks to the war against humanity, and in their hasty retreat, the princesses were forced to leave roughly three thousand Equestrian ponies plus eight hundred newfoals behind to an uncertain future on Earth. On top of that, the population is revealed to be losing their faith in Celestia and Luna, and the zebra and gryphon kingdoms are not very happy to hear about the princesses' Assimilation Plot. The story closes off with the gryphon queen writing a letter to Celestia stating that Celestia's Omniscient Morality License has been revoked and that she will "know accountability for the first time."
    • And as the sequel The Conversion Bureau: Conquer the Stars shows, things get even worse. First, all the other countries in Equis launch a massive economic embargo against Equestria, forcing the heavily import-dependent country to become self-sufficient for the first time in ages (and not doing very well at it), all the while dealing with scarcities of several different resources in the meantime. Some time later, negotiations were re-established for the next five years, during which things seemed like they'd be okay... only for, on the fifth Hearth's Warming Eve, all nations to declare war on Equestria simultaneously. The following campaign was so devastating to Equestrianote  that the Princesses were forced to relocate to another planet. Said planet is a barely habitable freezing ice ball that's infested with dangerous monsters which are only kept away by the Barrier. And even then, the relocation was done by leaving several pieces of Equestria, like the entirety of Appleloosa and literally half of Hoofington, behind. By the time the USS Calvin discovers Equestria, the country is ravaged by civil war, extremely impoverished, has lost use of the Elements of Harmony, and a resistance movement is midway through a plan to "bring the Princess to her miserable knees".
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  • Another My Little Pony example is I Did Not Want To Die.
  • Yet another My Little Pony example is The Writing on the Wall, which relies on a combination of this and Fridge Horror via its Gut Punch ending. Daring Do's Wrong Genre Savvy has led to Ahuizotl and herself exploring a nuclear waste dump left behind by a now-lost humanity. Ahuizotl's already dead from radiation poisoning — and, as it ends, Daring Do herself is dying from the same.
  • Teen Titans: The Corruption: Thanks to the corrupting influence of Mal'Bolough's crystal, Raven has fully succumbed to her demonic half and has been Left for Dead in the demonic dimension she was trying to bring to this world to invade; her demonic ally Iron Mask has escaped capture and a year later is now plotting with a new demonic force which may or may not be a Not Quite Dead Raven.
  • Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has Episode 10. While Wily's plan is stopped, an innocent girl was harmed in the carnage, and Mega Man blames himself. And even worse, Wily tortures ProtoMan.
  • The Slender Man fic By the Fire's Light ends with the Slender Man victorious and the Earth taken over by Eldritch Abominations.
  • Sonic X: Dark Chaos ends with a race of Eldritch Abominations called the Forerunners returning after trillions of years of imprisonment, and eventually devastating most of the universe in the process.
    • The author created four alternate endings for the rewrite on his DeviantArt page, with two of them being this trope and the other two bittersweet. Ending B has Dark Tails detonating the Dark Planet Egg, killing the entire cast and turning the entire Virgo Supercluster into a hellish warped nightmare. Ending C is the Forerunner ending above.
  • From Kill la Kill AU, we have the ending to comic 41, which has Ryuuko sick and hospitalized, as her condition gets worse. To further caps this off, she wished to be the "sick one" instead of Satsuki, which ends as one would expect.
  • In the limited series titled Lex Luthor Triumphant Lois Lane gets an interview with Lex Luthor, 8 months after Superman vanished without a trace. During the 12 chapter saga we find out that he captured Superman and mined his body for commercial gain, took over the Fortress of Solitude and reverse-engineered everything for science and profit, faced and defeated Batman, bought out Wayne Enterprises, thoroughly defeated Wonder Woman in court and defeated a Superman rescue by Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. In the final chapter, he is aware that the fight against the costumed interlopers is a never-ending one, but as a self-made billionaire, he knows he lives in a cutthroat world and only idiots stay still to count their blessings. The Golden Age of Superheroes is over, but Luthor's machinations brought a spectacular age for humanity.
  • In the Naruto fanfiction the first half of canon New Blood written by JFalcon ends with konoha being taken over, sand destroyed and plenty of characters dead, turned traitors or their fates ambigious. So with a complete and total loss for the heroes.
    • Then it's seems to be getting better in the second half [It's not finished yet] but it still has plenty of beloved characters dying. Like Ryu who just died in one of the recent chapters, one of the most noble and unambigiously good characters [Despite working for Orochimaru]
  • A rare humorous example can be found in nearly everything written by Hans Von Hozel.
  • Hetalia fanfic series Soviet Insanity. While Web of Delusions does end with Lithuania finally being rescued, he's already suicidal, emotionally exhausted, and generally broken beyond repair; then, once he's out, he is rejected by Belarus. He... does not take it well.
  • Shows up in two different stories by Kalash93.
    • Last One Standing is the more heartwrenching of the two. It is considered one of the saddest stories in the fandom.
    • Shell Shock is less likely to make you sob than it is to make you scream while tears stream down your face. Fluttershy succumbs to the madness around her and kills an unarmed, defenseless, colt while he is desperately trying to escape being massacred by soldiers.
  • One of 3 endings in Dyl Man's What the Ed...?
  • A fanfic from Villains' Bad Girl's Family Guy fan series, Brian and Barbara, called "Memories" features one where the OC character Barbara dies of a heart attack from overeating out of depression from the death of Brian (who, in the fanfics, was her mate), and Vinny still doesn't get any love from her kids, as he didn't get any love from Barbara when she was alive, even when he becomes their foster father at the end of the fanfic. However, after DecaTilde re-obtained the rights to the Brian and Barbara series from Villains' Bad Girl on May of 2018 after he found out she doesn't take requests, he moved the downer ending to a new fanfic (as a sort of deleted scene) and gave "Memories" a better, Happy Ending where Barbara survives her heart attack and her daughter Briana befriends the dog Barbara lost her fighting dog title to, Arnie.
  • The Gorillaz fanfic Just Over the Stars has one that has shades of a Bittersweet Ending but really leans more towards a Downer Ending: 2D dies in his sleep, but he is with Murdoc, so he died happy. However, Noodle and Russell are implied to be dead or at least missing, and Murdoc actually kills himself at the end.
  • That Guy with the Glasses in Space has one of these, where, after The Nostalgia Critic travels back in time and it seems like he has prevented the beginning of the war from happening, Ask That Guy discovers the Critic's dead body, realizes that he's from the future, and muses on how it would be fun if he and Doctor Insano made everyone from the TGWTG site immortal so that they could fight each other for all eternity. At the very least, it leaves the reader a bit uncertain or worried about what happens after that.
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia fandom, any story involving one of the nations falling in love with a human. These often cross with a Bittersweet Ending as after the human's inevitable death (be it natural causes or not) there is a time skip a-hundred-or-so years into the future, showing the nation remembering their lost love on their birthday or visiting their grave even after such a long time.
    • A somewhat in canon example is France and Joane of Ark. She literally died for him.
  • Part 2 of Clash of the Elements, which ends suddenly with the revelation that Alex Whiter sacrificed himself to destroy his evil counterpart.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Power Trip Squirtle has to leave his best friend Quill forever, because his goal was to prevent human contamination of the alpha preserve, but he contaminated the preserve simply by being there and acting like a human. The story ends with Quill begging Squirtle not to leave, or to take Quill with him as Squirtle leaves in a chopper. Word of God says that they never meet again.
  • Reimu chooses to die with Yukari during the events of Touhou MAMA. However, it is also a Bittersweet Ending because Yukari died happy and seemed to be at peace, Reimu releasing her from her howling grief and insanity she had over her assumed infertility, and changed into butterflies of their perspective colors, red and purple.
  • The Star Trek: New Voyages episode has Chekhov afflicted with Rapid Aging which causes him to die at the end of the episode. The final scene after the closing credits, however, reveals that most of the episode may be All Just a Dream.
  • A particular brutal one in a fandom where most fan fics have happy endings occurs in the Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja fan fic Killer Chimps In Norrisville. It ends with OC Niall Warburton betraying his morals as a pacifist and kills a chimp to save the Ninja, after that he suffers a mental breakdown. For all intents and purposes, Niall was, and still is to some extent The Woobie. Considering there was actually a poll that decided whether or not Niall would live or die, it could have been worse. Also, this was Niall's introductory story.
  • The Friend has three endings. Two are bittersweet and one is a complete downer...Ending B, where the protagonist is forced to kill his best friends for his own survival, allowing Star Wolf to roam free in Lylat, with nothing to stop them.
  • Rest can be described as a fanfic that "begins sweet, yet ends sad", which it does, as the fic has a rather heartbreaking ending, with the implications that Ryuuko was Dead All Along, leaving Satsuki behind with her ghost and a bittersweet memory.
  • Small World is an unusually dark story in The CATverse, focusing on the Scarecrow's mother Karen Keeny and her young daughter Marilyn being pursued by her murderous son, and ends on an extremely bleak note for what is generally a humor-focused series. Karen is murdered, strangled to death, and Marilyn, one of the most innocent characters in the series, is left alone crying, terrified and hopelessly insane, the Scarecrow's henchgirls disturbed by his actions but unable to do anything to help her and risk angering him. The only real hope left open for her is that she wasn't killed, and even that's more Cruel Mercy from Crane than anything else.
  • Arc 3 of The Racket-Rotter Chronicles ends this way: The Builder gets away with the deaths they caused. Additionally, Shark breaks up with Sinbad after finding out he and Dennis were former criminals.
  • The Ranma ½ fanfic The Bitter End, as the title suggests, ends badly. Akane ends up snapping and murdering Ranma and Ukyo, and ends up gets committed to an insane asylum.
  • There's a Man in the Woods is already quite dark, but Final Moments manages to top that when the teacher kills Sid, only to learn too late that his actions were witnessed by another student, who has been traumatized to the point where she has had to be pulled out of school. The teacher is guilt-stricken for the rest of his life - which isn't very long, as he is executed via electric chair.
  • The Dragon Ball Z fic No More Forgiveness begins with Gohan disowning his father for his poor parenting skills, and ends Gohan still angry with his father, with absolutely no signs of reconcilement between them despite Goku's attempts to be a better father.
  • The Mother Of Many Faces plays with this. It's left ambiguous weather or not Chrysalis succeeded in killing Celestia and taking her place.
  • No Regrets for Sunset, a story where Sunset Shimmer never fled through the mirror after being banished, big time. She loses her mind and does nothing but paint pictures of Celestia and herself, wanting nothing but Celestia to forgive her and take her back as her student. Celestia, upon meeting Sunset years later does neither of those, so Sunset decides to kill herself on the balcony outside Celestia's room to spite her. Royal Guards notice her corpse and get rid of it before Celestia notices, however. The story ends with Celestia having changed her mind, sending Sunset a letter saying that she's forgiven and that she'd take her as a student once again.
  • Played for Laughs in My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap: "28 Pranks Later", which ends with the entire town having an existential crisis and one pony even saying god has forsaken them. Cut to black.
  • Hammer Brother ends with the titular hero being eaten alive by the Buried Alive Model. Which only solidifies it's position as the worst Super Mario World ROM Hack ever made.
  • Raindrops ends with Satsuki being left to muse on Ryuuko's death and the events prior. It's sequel,Sunshine, however, ends on a more bittersweet note.
  • The fanvid POP Culture ends with Cassie's career going down the drain and her committing suicide.
  • Stress Relief ends with Cinder Fall pulling a Suicide by Cop so she won't have to kill Jaune or spend the rest of their lives hunted by Salem, dying in Jaune's arms before she can finish saying she loved him. Pyrrha realizes some time afterwards that Cinder deliberately kept her Aura away from her heart so Pyrrha could kill her then kept her thoughts on the girl so she'd become the new Fall Maiden. The epilogue reveals that an echo of Cinder still lives within Pyrrha but it fades away right as Pyrrha declares that she'll protect Jaune with her life.
  • The Harvest Moon Dark Fic Auschwitz is set during during World War 2. Gale is a young Jewish boy living in 1942 France. When Gale and his parents are captured and sent to a concentration camp, Gale meets various other characters, such as Marlin and Kasey. It ends with Gale and Molly being gassed together.
  • No One Breaks My Heart Like You: The ending of the first chapter. After Peter and Mary Jane divorce, Mary Jane is sad and alone at a cast party, due to there being some gossip about her divorce. Barbara drives her home, and Mary Jane goes to bed sad and alone, missing Peter by her side and starting to cry.
  • Into My Heart:
    • Ann's story ends with Ann having her heart broken because Ryan is in love with Nina.
    • In Nina's oneshot, Jack can't get his heart into being farmer and returns back home. He gives Nina a Love Letter before he leaves.
    • In Ellen's story, Jack acts as the best man at Ellen's wedding, despite having unrequited feelings for her himself.
  • Paragon (Kim Possible) ends with Kim's entire family dead, Ron technically being dead, and Josh Mankey also dead. Kim and Ron-in-Josh's-body are Driven to Suicide in a Suicide Pact.
  • Frank's Night Out ends with Frank failing to save his penis, almost everyone aside from Greg, Frank and Rodrick are dead, and Frank becomes a serial killer.


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