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26th Jan '16 10:35:55 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''TabletopGaming/{{Warhammer40000}}'' comic ''ComicBook/{{Bloodquest}}'', the quest to recover the BloodAngels relic sword is successful and the heroes managed to stop a Black Crusade from rampaging across the galaxy, but all members of the group are dead save for a single survivor are dead, and the leader who sacrificed himself to end the crusade was previously possessed by a Daemon. Even the sole survivor's escape is uncertain since he is last seen drifting in space waiting to be picked up by a Imperial vessel.
23rd Nov '15 2:51:19 PM elaine22459
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*In Marvel Swords of the Swashbucklers comics (spin off of Marvel Graphic Novel of the same name) final issue (#12) Domino Drake (an Earth teen who had been traveling with the alien Swashbucklers) used her elemental powers to fight the Swashbucklers pursuers, the Colonizers. Unfortunately, her flame ignites the Cloudwall (an unstable space abnormality between dimensions). She turns her body to stone to shield her and her cat, Cap’n Kidd, and leap off the ship. As she passes through the Cloudwall back to Earth, the Swashbucklers’ ship disintegrates behind her. She returns to the beach house where her parents and Dodger (a former thief from the Swashbucklers’ dimension) lives. [[spoiler:Domino is reunited with her friend and parents but it is unknown if she still have her elemental powers, Cap’n Kidd is no longer sentient, and all of the Swashbucklers are dead.]]
4th Nov '15 3:15:17 AM Koolkev
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* At the ending of ''{{ComicBook/Circles}}'', Paulie [[spoiler:sadly dies from leukemia]] and Douglas finds it hard to cope. Until he realizes that he still has family who loves him and takes care of him. Paulie did what he could to keep the family together and on good terms so that they are never alone [[spoiler:after his passing.]]
23rd Oct '15 7:36:05 PM hamza678
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* In ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', the heroes manage to stop the [[OmnicidalManiac Anti-Monitor's]] plan to [[ApocalypseHow end the multiverse]]. Unfortunately much of reality is destroyed, leaving only one new universe. Many heroes have lost their lives, including [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. And the remaining universe is DarkerAndEdgier, with the heroes changed by the events, unofficially beginning UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks.
7th Sep '15 2:30:37 PM Scoutstr295
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* ''ComicBook/AGodSomewhere'': Superhero-turned-megalomaniac Eric Forster has been defeated, but he went on a rampage of death and destruction across the U.S. before he was put down. And the friends he left behind continue to be negatively affected by his actions; Alma, who was raped by Eric, suffers from PTSD while Sam abandons his journalism career.
14th Jul '14 9:50:30 PM MagiMecha
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* The ending of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' is this: Mega Man's able to restore his world to how it was, but Dr. Eggman, refusing to let Sonic win, interrupts his Chaos Control, then attacks it, transforming Mobius to a version never seen before. A few issues later, we learn that it did worse than that: the entire multiverse collapsed upon itself and then rebuilt [[spoiler:then, [[EarthShatteringKaboom Mobius shattered]].]]
20th May '14 8:26:07 AM StrixObscuro
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* Every ending in the ''{{Blacksad}}'' series is bitter sweet. Blacksad finds the missing girl, but [[spoiler: her mother is now dead]]. In another album Blacksad stops nuclear proliferation but [[spoiler: doing so loses him the woman he had come to love]].
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* Every ending in the ''{{Blacksad}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' series is bitter sweet.bittersweet. Blacksad finds the missing girl, but [[spoiler: her mother is now dead]]. In another album Blacksad stops nuclear proliferation but [[spoiler: doing so loses him the woman he had come to love]].

* ''YTheLastMan'' ends in a DistantFinale where cloning has been perfected and the first twenty or so reliably immune men have recently been released into the 'wild', however Yorick Brown 1.0 himself does not fare quite so well. He finds out that the girlfriend he had rounded the globe tracking down was about to dump him when the fateful telephone call was cut off, eventually she shacks up with his sister. Then the woman that had been slowly falling in love with him, 355, gets shot dead at Alter's command in the hopes of securing an 'honorable' death in combat with the only available male. He begins the DistantFinale straitjacketed and locked in a hidden room in the French Presidental Palace by his own daughter after an apparent suicide attempt shortly before his eighty-sixth birthday... he claims he thought it would be ironic.
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* ''YTheLastMan'' ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' ends in a DistantFinale where cloning has been perfected and the first twenty or so reliably immune men have recently been released into the 'wild', "wild". however Yorick Brown 1.0 himself does not fare quite so well. He finds out that the girlfriend he had rounded the globe tracking down was about to dump him when the fateful telephone call was cut off, off; eventually she shacks up with his sister. Then the woman that had been slowly falling in love with him, 355, gets shot dead at Alter's command in the hopes of securing an 'honorable' "honorable" death in combat with the only available male. He begins the DistantFinale straitjacketed and locked in a hidden room in the French Presidental Palace by his own daughter after an apparent suicide attempt shortly before his eighty-sixth birthday... he claims he thought it would be ironic.

* The "{{ComicBook/Livewires}}" mini series ends with all but two members of the team of RidiculouslyHumanRobots damaged possibly beyond repair, the least damaged and most recently activated having saved the rest tries to take them to their original base for supplies only to discover the team blew it up before the start of the mini series. * The ending of ''FinalCrisis'' sees Darkseid and Mandrakk defeated, and Superman using the Miracle Machine to restore space/time to its normal state. However despite Nix Uotan's claim that Superman wished for a happy ending with the M.M., that is not the case. Because the Machine could only be used once, the deaths of the Anti-Life enslaved people and both Batman and Martian Manhunter still happen. Superman could have helped out earlier, if only he had returned from the 30th century earlier.
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* The "{{ComicBook/Livewires}}" mini series ''ComicBook/{{Livewires}}'' mini-series ends with all but two members of the team of RidiculouslyHumanRobots damaged possibly beyond repair, the repair. The least damaged and most recently activated activated, having saved the rest rest, tries to take them to their original base for supplies supplies, only to discover the team blew it up before the start of the mini series. * The ending of ''FinalCrisis'' ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' sees Darkseid and Mandrakk defeated, and Superman using the Miracle Machine to restore space/time to its normal state. However despite Nix Uotan's claim that Superman wished for a happy ending with the M.M., Machine, that is not the case. Because the Machine could only be used once, the deaths of the Anti-Life enslaved Anti-Life-enslaved people and both Batman and Martian Manhunter still happen. Superman could have helped out earlier, if only he had returned from the 30th century earlier.

* The "{{ComicBook/Livewires}}" mini series ** ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen: Minutemen'' ends with all but two members of the team of RidiculouslyHumanRobots damaged possibly beyond repair, the least damaged Silhouette, Gretchen, and most recently activated having saved Dollar Bill dead, Byron Lewis confined to a mental hospital, and Hollis Mason spending the rest tries to take them to their original base of his life being blackmailed by the Comedian after the latter tricks him into killing Hooded Justice by framing HJ for supplies only to discover the team blew it up before the start "Friend of the mini series. * The ending of ''FinalCrisis'' sees Darkseid Children" murders. On the other hand, Mason has a goddaughter to dote upon and Mandrakk defeated, a successor to train, and Superman using the Miracle Machine to restore space/time to its normal state. However despite Nix Uotan's claim a job that Superman wished for a happy ending with the M.M., that he loves. Meanwhile, Nelson Gardner is not the case. Because the Machine could only be used once, the deaths of the Anti-Life enslaved people and both Batman and Martian Manhunter still happen. Superman could have helped out earlier, if only he had returned from the 30th century earlier.in a presumably healthier relationship.

* ''{{We3}}'': 3 doesn't survive the encounter with 4, but 1 and 2 are adopted by the homeless man who tried to help them earlier in the series.
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* ''{{We3}}'': ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'': 3 doesn't survive the encounter with 4, but 1 and 2 are adopted by the homeless man who tried to help them earlier in the series.

* ''SinCity'' stories often end with the hero defeating and possibly even killing the BigBad but at the cost of his life... one way or another. Wallace's story ''Hell and Back'' is perhaps the only 100% happy ending in the entire series. * The end of the DC event "{{Our Worlds at War}}" sees the world mourning the apparent deaths of Aquaman, Guy Gardner, Sgt. Rock, Hippolyta, with Superman himself mourning the destruction of his family farm and apparent death of the Kents along with the rest of the state of Kansas.
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* ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' stories often end with the hero defeating and possibly even killing the BigBad but at the cost of his life... one way or another. Wallace's story ''Hell and Back'' is perhaps the only 100% happy ending in the entire series. * The end of the DC event "{{Our Worlds at War}}" ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'' sees the world mourning the apparent deaths of Aquaman, Guy Gardner, Sgt. Rock, and Hippolyta, with Superman himself mourning the destruction of his family farm and apparent death deaths of the Kents Kents, along with the rest of the state of Kansas.

* Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Gilbert's book TheProfessorsDaughter: Ihmotep and Lillian get married and have three children, but Lillian's father is killed and wrapped in bandages, placed as a part of the Museum's Egyptology exhibit. * In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler: Siphon dies and no-one gets their powers back]]. However, a flash-forward shows that the heroes and villains do eventually move on and find closure. * All of MarvelUniverse cosmic events; ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}, WarOfKings and TheThanosImperative, have had such endings, where the victory comes usually at a great cost or leads to a temporary peace with the threat still out there.
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* At the end of Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Gilbert's book TheProfessorsDaughter: ''ComicBook/TheProfessorsDaughter'', Ihmotep and Lillian get married and have three children, but Lillian's father is killed and wrapped in bandages, and then placed as a part of the Museum's Egyptology exhibit. * In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler: Siphon [[spoiler:Siphon dies and no-one gets their powers back]]. However, a flash-forward shows that the heroes and villains do eventually move on and find closure. * All of MarvelUniverse cosmic events; ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}, WarOfKings ComicBook/WarOfKings and TheThanosImperative, ComicBook/TheThanosImperative, have had such endings, where the victory comes usually at a great cost or leads to a temporary peace with the threat still out there.

* In {{Joss Whedon}}'s run on {{Astonishing X-Men}}, the X-Men managed to save the world from a large bullet that was sent by the citizens of the Breakworld, but [[spoiler: Kitty Pryde ends up being stuck in the bullet after phasing it to make it pass through the Earth and ends up spiraling out towards space.]] The second to last panels had [[spoiler: Colossus]] looking up at the sky in sadness. * The ending of ''{{Bone}}'' is quite bittersweet. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad The Lord of Locusts]] is destroyed, Kingdok and Briar are killed, Thorn becomes queen, the Valley is at peace, and Fone Bone makes peace with [[ThoseTwoGuys the two Stupid Rat Creatures]]. But Lucius is dead, Fone Bone and Thorn will probably never see each other again, and the Bone cousins have to leave the valley forever. The last scene has the Bone cousins and [[TeamPet Bartelby]] heading out into the desert together, planning to return to Boneville...]] * TransformersWingsOfHonor: The ending of the second Arc is actually happier than [[SuddenDownerEnding the first.]] [[BigBad Deathsaurus]] is defeated and driven back, the traitorous Combaticons are locked away and the autobots succeed. However, so many have died at this point including Ricochet, one of the comic relief characters. In the end, Rumbler is killed in the final battle, and Sprocket, the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, continues to talk to him as if he was alive. [[spoiler: TheHero, Dion is shot along with TheCaptain Magnum, both are near death, when they go into operation, one dies, and the other emerges as Ultra Magnus.]] The Autobots all agree to leave or go into stasis, taking their war away into the Generation one series.
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* In {{Joss Whedon}}'s At the end of Creator/JossWhedon's run on {{Astonishing X-Men}}, ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen'', the X-Men managed to save the world from a large bullet that was sent by the citizens of the Breakworld, but [[spoiler: Kitty [[spoiler:Kitty Pryde ends up being stuck in the bullet after phasing it to make it pass through the Earth and ends up spiraling out towards space.]] The second to last second-to-last panels had [[spoiler: Colossus]] [[spoiler:Colossus]] looking up at the sky in sadness. * The ending of ''{{Bone}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' is quite bittersweet. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad The Lord of Locusts]] is destroyed, Kingdok and Briar are killed, Thorn becomes queen, the Valley is at peace, and Fone Bone makes peace with [[ThoseTwoGuys the two Stupid Rat Creatures]]. But Lucius is dead, Fone Bone and Thorn will probably never see each other again, and the Bone cousins have to leave the valley forever. The last scene has the Bone cousins and [[TeamPet Bartelby]] heading out into the desert together, planning to return to Boneville...]] * TransformersWingsOfHonor: ComicBook/TransformersWingsOfHonor: The ending of the second Arc is actually happier than [[SuddenDownerEnding the first.]] [[BigBad Deathsaurus]] is defeated and driven back, the traitorous Combaticons are locked away and the autobots succeed. However, so many have died at this point including Ricochet, one of the comic relief characters. In the end, Rumbler is killed in the final battle, and Sprocket, the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, continues to talk to him as if he was alive. [[spoiler: TheHero, Dion is shot along with TheCaptain Magnum, both are near death, when they go into operation, one dies, and the other emerges as Ultra Magnus.]] The Autobots all agree to leave or go into stasis, taking their war away into the Generation one series.

* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'': The heroes have all made peace with each other, done away with secret identities, regained the world's love and trust, and last but not least, Superman and Wonder Woman are married and having a child. However many of the heroes [[spoiler: were killed during the climax by a nuclear explosion]].
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* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'': The At the end of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', the heroes have all made peace with each other, done away with secret identities, regained the world's love and trust, and last but not least, Superman and Wonder Woman are married and having a child. However However, many of the heroes [[spoiler: were [[spoiler:were killed during the climax by a nuclear explosion]].
6th Apr '14 10:58:35 AM iowaforever
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* The ending of ''{{Bone}}'' is quite bittersweet. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad The Lord of Locusts]] is destroyed, KingDok and Briar are killed, Thorn becomes queen, the Valley is at peace, and Fone Bone makes peace with [[ThoseTwoGuys the two Stupid Rat Creatures]]. But Lucius is dead, Fone Bone and Thorn will probably never see each other again, and the Bone cousins have to leave the valley forever. The last scene has the Bone cousins and [[TeamPet Bartelby]] heading out into the desert together, planning to return to Boneville...]]
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* The ending of ''{{Bone}}'' is quite bittersweet. [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad The Lord of Locusts]] is destroyed, KingDok Kingdok and Briar are killed, Thorn becomes queen, the Valley is at peace, and Fone Bone makes peace with [[ThoseTwoGuys the two Stupid Rat Creatures]]. But Lucius is dead, Fone Bone and Thorn will probably never see each other again, and the Bone cousins have to leave the valley forever. The last scene has the Bone cousins and [[TeamPet Bartelby]] heading out into the desert together, planning to return to Boneville...]]
25th Mar '14 10:34:02 AM kyojikasshu
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* ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]: Regeneration One'''s present-day aftermath of the final issue is very bittersweet. [[spoiler: Rodimus Prime has defeated the dark Matrix creature, ending the threat it posed to the multiverse, but at the cost of forever cutting off his own universe from Primus; Optimus Prime has died again, this time for good; thanks to the Matrix creature, Cybertron has been rendered uninhabitable; and most of the Transformer population on Cybertron were turned into shadow-leeches by the creature, before its defeat allowed what was left of their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] to pass]]. But, the DistantFinale reveals that [[spoiler: the ForeverWar has come to an end, as Autobots and Decepticons become emissaries of peace; the survivors of Earth and Nebulos succeed in rebuilding their worlds; and eons later, when Rodimus finally passes, his Matrix-spark breathes new life into Cybertron, allowing the long-dormant [[{{Precursors}} Primordials]] to be reborn as a new race]].
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* ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]: Regeneration One'''s present-day aftermath of the final issue is very bittersweet. [[spoiler: Rodimus Prime has defeated the dark Matrix creature, ending the threat it posed to the multiverse, but at the cost of forever cutting off his own universe from Primus; [[PhysicalGod Primus]]; Optimus Prime has died again, this time for good; thanks to the Matrix creature, Cybertron has been [[ApocalypseHow rendered uninhabitable; uninhabitable]]; and most of the Transformer population on Cybertron were turned into shadow-leeches [[LivingShadow shadow-leeches]] by the creature, before its defeat allowed what was left of their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] to pass]]. But, the DistantFinale reveals that [[spoiler: the ForeverWar has come to an end, as Autobots and Decepticons become emissaries of peace; the survivors of Earth and Nebulos succeed in rebuilding their worlds; and eons later, when Rodimus finally passes, his Matrix-spark breathes new life into Cybertron, allowing the long-dormant [[{{Precursors}} Primordials]] to be reborn as a new race]].
25th Mar '14 10:26:06 AM kyojikasshu
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* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: The Shadowplay arc was a flashback arc dedicated to bringing Rung out of a coma by trying to get him to remember. It has Optimus (then Orion), Ratchet, Windcharger, Skids and one of the few good Senators all coming together to stop a malicious plot by the senate to kill a bunch of innocents and frame the, then innocent, worker's party. It succeeds, they retrieve the bomb, and save everyone. However they can't find any evidence connecting the senate to the bomb spree, the Senator is [[PunishedForSympathy taken away]], and Optimus befriends Zeta, who would grow up to be another tyrant. The arc concludes with Rung waking up in the present while the senator [[spoiler: had the titular Shadowplay performed on him turning him into the emotionless MadScientist Shockwave who's schemes would come to threaten the whole of the planet.]]
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* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': The Shadowplay arc was a flashback arc dedicated to bringing Rung out of a coma by trying to get him to remember. It has Optimus (then Orion), Ratchet, Windcharger, Skids and one of the few good Senators all coming together to stop a malicious plot by the senate to kill a bunch of innocents and frame the, then innocent, worker's party. It succeeds, they retrieve the bomb, and save everyone. However they can't find any evidence connecting the senate to the bomb spree, the Senator is [[PunishedForSympathy taken away]], and Optimus befriends Zeta, who would grow up to be another tyrant. The arc concludes with Rung waking up in the present while the senator [[spoiler: had the titular Shadowplay performed on him turning him into the emotionless MadScientist Shockwave who's schemes would come to threaten the whole of the planet.]]]] * ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]: Regeneration One'''s present-day aftermath of the final issue is very bittersweet. [[spoiler: Rodimus Prime has defeated the dark Matrix creature, ending the threat it posed to the multiverse, but at the cost of forever cutting off his own universe from Primus; Optimus Prime has died again, this time for good; thanks to the Matrix creature, Cybertron has been rendered uninhabitable; and most of the Transformer population on Cybertron were turned into shadow-leeches by the creature, before its defeat allowed what was left of their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]] to pass]]. But, the DistantFinale reveals that [[spoiler: the ForeverWar has come to an end, as Autobots and Decepticons become emissaries of peace; the survivors of Earth and Nebulos succeed in rebuilding their worlds; and eons later, when Rodimus finally passes, his Matrix-spark breathes new life into Cybertron, allowing the long-dormant [[{{Precursors}} Primordials]] to be reborn as a new race]].
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