By now, we all take some of objective truths for granted. The sky is blue, the Earth is round, and good ultimately triumphs over evil. Particularly in some of our favourite sci-fi creations, when we sit down to watch our favourite heroes duke it out with a megalomaniac titan or a dashing rogue, nine times out of ten we'll see the triumphant hero with a grin on his face and a boot up the behind of our vengeful villain.
But every now and then that single time out of ten comes along and throws us for a loop. Suddenly the sky is red, the Earth is flat and everything we've been taught to believe turns out to be a bald-faced lie.
In those times we see the villain; royalty-free laser sword in hand, burning into the wound of our fallen hero, and we simply don't know what to do next.
Honestly, though? I reckon we love it.
Celebrating this peak of subversive storytelling, here are some of the best stories in which the heroes don't come out on top. Worse still - they don't even come out alive.
An eclectic soul with absolutely no self-restraint when it comes to pop-culture. There are three things you will normally find me doing; reading a novel nobody has ever heard of, listening to music powerful enough to make my ears bleed or simply slaying demons in the delightful hell-scapes of Doom.