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  • In Survival of the Fittest, when a character gets rolled and isn't saved by any of the other handlers within the time limit, you can be sure that their death is only just around the corner. The same fate falls upon inactive characters who don't get adopted.
  • Half of seasons 9 and 10 of Red vs. Blue are prequel stuff, taking place several years before the beginning of season 1. Due to the events of the previous 8 seasons we know that most of the Freelancers we meet are going to go crazy, almost all are going to die (often at the hands of their former teammates), and those that survive will be irreversibly damaged by what they go through. We also know several key events that will occur, just not how or when they do.
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  • It's played up as suspenseful, and doesn't officially occur until halfway through the first season, but it was pretty obvious who's going to end up on team RWBY, given that teams are made of 4 people and 4 characters had their own trailers (and these 4 characters have names starting with R, W, B and Y).
  • An odd one with Achievement Hunter. In Episode 68 of VS. had Ryan beat Michael, and would face Gavin next episode. However, next episode was Ryan vs. Ray, skipping Ryan vs. Gavin. So, the next episode had to show how this came to be.
  • In The Kindness of Devils, a good chunk of the shorter stories outside of the main chronological ones take place several years in the past. Since Hardestadt Delac is alive and well during Girls on Film, which takes place in the present, it's clear that Delac will survive whatever perilous situation he finds himself in. Whether or not his allies and/or loved ones survive varies.
  • The Legatum series takes place over different time periods, so some stories nonchalantly reveal what happens at the end of other stories.
    • The Road to Hell... takes place twenty years before the events in The Green Wanderer. This automatically means, based on some of the characters' dialogue in The Green Wanderer, that King Chorn Torgash will eventually die, and the orcs will succeed in their rebellion and restore Kosslivo to a more inhabitable community.
    • Scrambled Egg involves an Egg MacGuffin containing a creature that may or may not cause The End of the World as We Know It. Chronologically, this is the first story in the series, so the apocalypse will obviously be averted by the end.
  • In The Salvation War, Satan himself orders the Grand Duke Abigor to lead an army of approximately four hundred thousand demons to Earth, to subjugate humanity. Unfortunately for them it's 21st-century Earth (the point of divergence being January 2008). Human technology has already made short work of several Kaiju-like demons, and Abigor's army is made up of demons only slightly bigger than humans, fighting with feudal technology and tactics. So forget the plan, Abigor's army itself does not survive the first battle with humans, and an overarching theme of the story is just how doomed the demons were the moment they entered Earth.
  • It should be exceedingly obvious at this point that everyone that has anything to do with the Slender Man is going to die horribly. Averted, surprisingly, by Marble Hornets - Tim lives. So does Jessica. Jay and Alex and everyone else, however...
    • This also applies to Slender and its sequel. Every Slender game, really.
  • It could be argued that the various The Abridged Series of anime out there on the Internet (Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, etc.) can be this as they're all based on popular pre-existing works and while some Filler may be cut out and new jokes added, it's still the same plot as the original and all the major events of the original series have to occur.
  • In SuperMarioLogan, every episode of Doofy the Dragon ends with the titular character killing himself, typically by gunshot, but other ways have happened. In the episode, "Bowser Junior's Broccoli Problem!", Junior notes that Joseph and Cody can't leave until they see how Doofy ends today. Joseph notes that he just always kills himself so there's no secret. The group are then bothered by a crocodile who is forced to explain the differences between a crocodile and an alligator after the three think he's an alligator. When they return to the television, Doofy is over and Junior notes he doesn't know how it ended. Joseph yells at him that "he just dies!".
  • Discussed at length in Belated Media's series "What if the "Star Wars" Prequels Were Good?". In the three-part series, Michael argues that this trope was a major reason why the Star Wars prequel trilogy wasn't quite as strong as it could have been, as it lost a lot of its dramatic tension because most of the audience already knew how it would end; they knew that Anakin would become Darth Vader, that the Republic would become a despotic Empire, that the Jedi would fall, and that most of the major characters who weren't in the Original Trilogy would probably be dead by the end of Episode III. To remedy that, Michael's version ends before many of those major events happen (preferring to simply leave them implied in the Time Skip between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope) and it actually leaves Padme alive. By the time his version of Episode III ends, Palpatine is still just the corrupt Chancellor of the Republic, Anakin is just a murderous Dark Jedi, and the Jedi are heavily diminished but still very much alive.
  • World War II: As a Documentary series about one of the most well known historical events, almost anyone watching can be expected to know how the war is going to turn out. This doesn't stop the audience from jokingly commenting about possible Axis victories, continuing a Running Gag from The Great War where commenters jokingly speculated on a victory for the Central Powers.

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