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The Movie

  • Hannah joining the other monsters back in the book. And later, doubling with Heartwarming, being re-written back into reality.
  • All of the monsters, to an extent. Being frozen in a tiny prison while a world you can hear, but can't see or touch goes on around you is its own sort of hell. It doesn't justify the destruction they cause upon release, but it's easy to see why they're pissed.
    • Makes it more depressing that Stine locked them all away, so obviously they're enraged that their creator, their father, locked them away because he knew how dangerous they were.
    • It's especially the case for Slappy. He was Stine's best friend and was never said to have done anything villainous before his imprisonment. Despite this Slappy still attempted to be nice to Stine when released and only got hostile when he saw Stine trying to lock him back up. He sounds truly hurt in the funhouse at the carnival.
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The Books

  • The first book Welcome To Dead House has a bit of one: The whole town is populated by undead who are Weakened by the Light as well as apparently hating their existence. At the end Amanda succedes at knocking down a tree and the sunlight destroys all the undead, who thank her for releasing them from their torment.
    • A more mundane one from the same book but still sad: early in the book (before they discover the supernatural stuff going on) Amanda tells the reader about how she had to leave a lot of friends behind when they moved and, due to their new address being a four hour drive away, she won't get to see them much any more. There's a scene where her friend Kathy comes to visit. The two girls talk for a bit but then when it's time for Kathy to leave they both burst into tears.
    • Upon discovering that the undead townspeople have been trying to kill her and her family, Amanda feels betrayed by her new "friend" Karen and says "but you seemed so nice!" Karen sadly replies, "I was nice until I moved here ..."
    • The fate of Petey, the family dog. The townsfolk murder him and turn him into a zombie, just because he could sense what they really are. What's worse, unless he was destroyed along with the other undead, he's doomed to forever wander the streets of Dark Falls, never to be loved like a living dog again.
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  • The ending of The Ghost Next Door (both the book and the TV episode). The protagonist, after discovering that she was in fact the ghost that the title is referring to and has been dead all along, saves another kid from dying in a fire like she did. Then she rejoins her family in the afterlife.
  • The Haunted School, especially if you're familiar with several real-life school tragedies. The real kicker is the ending, where Thalia, one of the children who escaped Greyworld, chooses to return there so the protagonist can escape. Then, it's revealed the evil photographer from long ago is still alive, and ready to repeat his crime.
  • In Be Careful What You Wish For, just seeing how Samantha's wishes horribly backfire is bad enough, but it's somehow sadder when you realize Clarissa isn't just ruining her life for kicks. As messed up as she is, Clarissa still gave Samantha several chances to undo her mistakes and genuinely seemed to think of Samantha as her friend. When Samantha chews her out for her terrible wish granting, she turns meek and solemn, as if she's just now realizing how much ''worse'' she made her new friend's life.
    Clarissa: You are unhappy.
    Samantha: Your wishes have ruined my life!
    Clarissa: I don't want you to be unhappy. I was trying to repay your kindness.
    Samantha: I wish i'd never met you!

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  • In My Hairiest Adventure, Larry's town is full of stray dogs that are left over from previous dog-to-children experiments. After Lily becomes a dog, her parents abandon their former daughter with the others and pretend she never existed. After Larry transforms, his parents, feeling remorse, stay behind to take care of him. This means that out of all the parents in town, they were the only ones who truly loved their assigned "child."
  • The scene in Deep Trouble where Billy and his family are being left to drown. The Comic Adaptation has an extra panel where he realizes how hopeless the situation is.
  • Carly Beth in The Haunted Mask is one of the biggest Straw Loser characters in the earlier books due to how she is constantly teased for being easily frightened. When Jerkass Steve plays a trick on her by getting her to eat sandwich with worms in it, everyone in the lunchroom laughs at her, including her supposed best friend Sabrina. In the TV show adaption, when Carly Beth returns home and finds that her mother made her a duck costume for Halloween, her brother uses it to scare her again. When she's alone, she just starts sobbing and rips the costume to shreds from how tired she is of being mocked. Thankfully, after her horrific ordeal with the Haunted Mask, she becomes much more braver and manages to handle Steve and his friends on her own.
    • If you think about it, the backstory of the masks. They weren't just demonic or evil, they were sentient creatures that were locked away because of their deformities and grew more and more twisted from the isolation. In the TV adaptation, we even hear them begging Carly Beth to be their friend as they chase her...
    • Shep Mooney has it worse in the Ghost of Slappy, in the cafeteria when trying to apologize to Maryjane, Shep becomes speechless, as Slappy in ghost form possesses a bowl of spaghetti to fall on top of him and a plate of custard pie to hit him in his face. Everyone in the lunchroom, including the other students and the teachers laugh, though as Shep points out no one is laughing as hard as the girl he likes who actually has tears coming out her eyes from laughing too hard, and over the laughter, Slappy cackles in his raspy voice. This does make you wonder if Slappy possessed everyone to laugh, since he does do mind control, but this is high unlikely in this circumstance, it is quite possibly just a coincidence. In the case of the teachers, they most likely do not laugh to show negative feelings towards him, it is just spur of the moment, and they probably do not do it on purpose, they just probably think it is merely a prank, either one he did to himself or that the girls pulled on him, but if we try to see it from Shep's point of view, it is most likely much harsher than it actually is. Fortunately nothing comes from that. There are other reasons to feel sorrier for Shep though, because he loses his only friend, a former friend bullies him for an accident that happened years ago (though Shep profusely apologized for it), the girl he has always likes actually started liking him until Slappy took over, and Shep's sister teases him, his parents do not understand him that much, but they are not bad parents, though it is quite unfair how his father punishes him for the outcome of the birthday party though it was not his fault. The ending also has both Slappy and the ghost of another doll haunt Shep. You just want to feel so sorry for this kid, and considering how nice he is, makes you even feel even sorrier.
  • In The Curse of Camp Cold Lake, the ghost stalking Sarah is a lonely little girl who wants a friend to take to the afterlife. She had previously tried to do the same to Briana, another camper, but Briana's ghost refused to go with her. When you think about it, her being rejected a second time in years is heartbreaking.
  • In A Night in Terror Tower, Morgred the sorcerer makes an emotional confession that he failed his king when he promised to protect the king's children, Edward and Susannah of York, from execution by their usurperous uncle. The High Executioner caught him before he could rescue them. Especially in the TV adaptation, where he nearly breaks down in tears when he tells them the truth.
  • The Night of the Living Dummy series has the children being blamed for things that the dummies in each of their respective books have conspired. But the one that fits this territory the most is easily the second book. The protagonist, Amy, is The Unfavorite one of the family, and towards the second half of the story, she gets accused of vandalizing her sister's room and her family immediately believes she's crazy. It doesn't even end there either. During a three-year-old's party, Slappy injures the former's hand and ruins the party by frightening the other guests, causing Amy to break out in tears as she runs back home. Keep in mind that this was a day before she was accused of painting her name on her sister's bedroom wall and gets blamed for it again! Not only is she double punished for something she didn't do, her family even go as far to get her a doctor, thinking she needs help. When you begin to think about it, Slappy is torturing Amy psychologically by having her whole family turn on her and believe she's gone nuts, causing her to alienate them. It's rather depressing really. Fortunately Amy has the honor of being the first kid in the living dummy saga where the parents find out the truth about Slappy and their name is cleared.
    • There's also a sub-plot about how all throughout the book Amy is jealous of Sara for being The Ace. At the end we find out Sara is in fact jealous of Amy since she doesn't have to prove herself all the time, which is why she didn't tell the truth about Slappy at first. At the end the two of them have a tearful moment where they hug and forgive each other.
  • The big plot twist of Ghost Beach. The kids that the two main characters met their first day are ghosts, 300-year-old Pilgrim children that died the first winter in the New World.
    • And on that note, the trio's words to Jerry and Terri as this is revealed are genuinely heartrending, especially for this series:
    Louisa: We never had a chance. That first winter, so long ago...
    Sam: We sailed here with our parents to start a new life...But we all died in the cold!
    Nat: It wasn't fair! We barely had a life at all!
  • A more subtle one in The Cuckoo Clock of Doom: Michael is pretty obviously The Unfavorite to his Annoying Younger Sibling, and nothing he does is ever good enough for his parents, especially his father. Worse, as he goes back in time, the reader can see that it's been like this his whole life. As a twelve-year-old? His little sister torments him and his parents don't do jack shit about it, even calling him a liar when he tries to tell them. As a kindergartner? He ties his shoes for the first time (as he's mentally twelve it's easy, but apparently he'd been having trouble at that age) and all his dad says is, "Took him long enough." Even as a baby, at a stage where you can't really expect much of a kid, his dad complains that he's "slow" because his friend's kid is learning how to talk faster than his. Good thing the Twist Ending is happy for once - his sister is Ret-Gone from existence and he is treated much better by both parents.
  • The Werewolf of Fever Swamp: Grady's dad preparing to put down Wolf after he's suspected of the Fever Swamp murders. Grady's reaction can hit home for anyone who's lost a beloved pet that way.
    • When you think about it, the revelation that Will is a werewolf. He didn't choose to be one and was presumably abandoned by his parents because of it. As a human, he seemed to genuinely want to be Grady's friend. In the TV episode, he even warns Grady to stay away because he doesn't want to hurt him. Because of this, he could be considered a sympathetic Designated Villain.
  • The entire backstory of Hill House in The Headless Ghost. Andrew was a horrid kid, but he didn't deserve to have his life ripped away and his family die in despair.
  • The ending of Let's Get Invisible! where it's implied that the protagonist's younger brother is trapped in the mirror world forever and was replaced by a mirror clone. Luckily, the TV episode has the mirror repair itself so that the protagonist can go get him one day.
  • In Ghost Camp, upon discovering the truth about the ghosts, Harry angrily confronts Lucy about all the horrible things the kids did to scare him and his brother. Lucy replies with a sad little speech about how they were just trying to have a little fun, since they'll never grow up or achieve their dreams now.
  • In Headless Halloween, Brandon Plush, of all characters, gets a moment where he laments that he's never going to return to life and contemplates just returning home to say goodbye to his family. As much of an awful person he is, there was still a spark of humanity behind his cruel exterior. Even worse, Norband denies him the chance to come back, even after he'd completed all his tasks, effectively destroying any hope of him learning to be a better person.

The TV Show

  • As cheesy as it may seem now, the TV adaptation of The Werewolf of Fever Swamp has two particularly sad revelations: The Swamp Hermit was trying to hunt down the monster that killed his family. He dies trying to save Grady. Later, the werewolf partially changes back, revealing it to be Grady's friend Will, who is distraught by his transformation and warns Grady to stay away. Grady tries to find help for him, but Will realizes it's too late and dies after becoming a monster again. He even says "poor Will" after he dies.
  • The TV episode of Night of The Living Dummy III has Rocky, Slappy's right-hand dummy, pull a Heel–Face Turn after realizing he loves his human family more than serving Slappy. He gives up his life to destroy the tyrannical dummy, and the kids thank him for his sacrifice.
    • In the "Bride of the Living Dummy" episode he head is seen decaptatied along with Slappy's other rivals.
  • The Television version of Piano Lessons can be Murder has Dr. Shreek act like a kindly old man, even going so far as to say his hands 'weren't what they used to be' when he fudged a music note on a piano, until something happens and he chases after Jerry Hawkins screaming 'Beautiful Hands!'. The sheer emotion the actor used when he said the part about his hands failing can actually bring a tear to one's eye because it actually sounds real.
  • The Shopkeeper from The Haunted Mask gets more of a backstory explaining why he created the Unloved Faces.


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