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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \
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Yu Yu Hakusho: This is somewhat debatable. Is a hollow victory grounds for invoking this trope? It\\\'s not like we have an End of the World as We Know It moment or anything like that. The fact that we learn tragic information about the demons\\\' background doesn\\\'t really negate the fact that \\\"the good guys\\\" live to fight another day, and their charge is not lost, either.

Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\\\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\\\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \\\"Shoot the Shaggy Dog.\\\"

Code Geass: This entry makes perhaps the least sense, since in fact Lelouch ultimately accomplishes his goals along the way. The fact that he faces his sister as a rival and dies a martyr at the end doesn\\\'t change the fact. If somehow it turned out that this happy ending were thwarted after the end or something like that, THEN I could see this fitting the trope.
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\\\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\\\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \\\"Shoot the Shaggy Dog.\\\"

Code Geass: This entry makes perhaps the least sense, since in fact Lelouch ultimately accomplishes his goals along the way. The fact that he faces his sister as a rival and dies a martyr at the end doesn\\\'t change the fact. If somehow it turned out that this happy ending were thwarted, THEN I could see this fitting the trope.
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\\\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\\\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \\\"Shoot the Shaggy Dog.\\\"
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even one consider this a Downer Ending, there is zero evidence to support it being an instance of Kick the Shaggy Dog.
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Death Note: Who/what qualifies as the shaggy dog? Even if you consider Light as the sole protagonist, he\\\'s succeeded in much of his mission to rid the world of crime. He ultimately met his fate at the hands of Ryuk as expected. L\\\'s successors succeeded where he failed. Every human who wrote a name in the book dies (also expected). Even if one considers this a Downer Ending, it cannot reasonably be cited as an instance of \\\"Kick the Shaggy Dog.\\\"
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