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22nd Sep '15 8:49:51 PM nombretomado
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* Ragnarök, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Ásgarđr die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed their opponents, the frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone, thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.
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* Ragnarök, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology.Myth/NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Ásgarđr die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed their opponents, the frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone, thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.
16th Mar '15 9:22:02 PM jormis29
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is [[Literature/TheOdyssey an interesting story]]). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is [[Literature/TheOdyssey an interesting story]]). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.
25th Feb '14 11:58:08 AM Skuld
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* Ragnarok, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Valhalla die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed the forces of evil prevalent in NorseMythology (frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone), thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.
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* Ragnarok, Ragnarök, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Valhalla Ásgarđr die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed their opponents, the forces of evil prevalent in NorseMythology (frost frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone), gone, thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.
30th Jan '14 4:02:14 AM Furienna
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** But the younger gods do survive, and we also have Baldur returning from the dead along with his wife and his brother.
9th Apr '13 3:13:43 PM 313Bluestreak
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[Literature/ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] He comes back, but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[Literature/ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] He comes back, but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, punished, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
3rd Apr '13 5:55:50 AM LordGro
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is [[TheOdyssey an interesting story]]). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is [[TheOdyssey [[Literature/TheOdyssey an interesting story]]). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.

* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] He comes back, but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[ParadiseLost [[Literature/ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] He comes back, but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
29th Nov '12 12:09:24 PM Nothingtoseehere
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is an interesting story). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute. ** Versions of Odysseus' story also have a BittersweetEnding that verges on a full-on DownerEnding - Odysseus and Penelope get back together, he gets to see Telemachus - and then has to take an oar to a people who have never heard of the sea in order to appease Poseidon. Cue another ten year round trip to Russia and back.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is [[TheOdyssey an interesting story).story]]). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute. ** Versions of Odysseus' Odysseus's story also have a BittersweetEnding that verges on a full-on DownerEnding - Odysseus and Penelope get back together, he gets to see Telemachus - and then has to take an oar to a people who have never heard of the sea in order to appease Poseidon. Cue another ten year round trip to Russia and back.
25th Apr '12 1:10:30 AM LordGro
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The Trojan War eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is an interesting story). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: The Trojan War TrojanWar eventually ends, and beautiful princess Helen survives. So does Odysseus (though his trip home is an interesting story). But just about everybody else is dead, a lot of women and children were sacrificed or enslaved, and a great city is in ruins. And it's not clear the gods involved even managed to settle their dispute.

* Ragnarok, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Valhalla die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed the forces of evil prevalent in NorseMythology (frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone), thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.
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* Ragnarok, the GrandFinale of NorseMythology. The Norse gods die in battle, the warriors of Valhalla die to a man this time for good, and the conflict kills nearly every living thing in the world. The "nearly" is what keeps the ending bittersweet. [[AdamAndEvePlot Two people manage to survive]], and another power arises to restore the world. And the Norse gods destroyed the forces of evil prevalent in NorseMythology (frost giants, fire giants, Loki, etc., they're all gone), thus ensuring that they won't be around to cause any problems ''this'' time.time. ----
25th Apr '12 1:08:48 AM Feather7603
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Cleaning I Got Better potholes.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] [[IGotBetter He comes back,]] but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' is packed with [[BittersweetEnding Bittersweet Endings]] from start to finish. Humanity gains knowledge, but [[ParadiseLost loses paradise.]] The Israelites are freed from slavery, but at the cost of thousands of Egyptian lives. Moses serves long and well as a prophet, but dies before reaching the Promised Land (indeed, he's not even allowed in, for striking a rock to bring forth water, rather than speaking to it as {{God}} commanded). The Jews build a magnificent temple, which is subsequently wrecked when the country is conquered... [[KickTheDog twice.]] {{Jesus}} preaches and wins many followers, but then he gets [[CriticalExistenceFailure painfully executed.]] [[IGotBetter He comes back,]] back, but a month later [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes back home]] (subverted with him promising to return someday). People start off happy, they sin, they get an asskicking, they reconcile, they get redeemed, rinse and repeat, with the eventual death of nearly every character. (Well, it all happened thousands of years ago, what did you expect?)
18th Feb '12 2:23:40 PM Achaemenid
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** ''The Odyssey'' also has a BittersweetEnding that verges on a full-on DownerEnding - Odysseus and Penelope get back together, he gets to see Telemachus - and then has to take an oar to a people who have never heard of the sea in order to appease Poseidon. Cue another ten year round trip into Russia.
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** ''The Odyssey'' Versions of Odysseus' story also has have a BittersweetEnding that verges on a full-on DownerEnding - Odysseus and Penelope get back together, he gets to see Telemachus - and then has to take an oar to a people who have never heard of the sea in order to appease Poseidon. Cue another ten year round trip into Russia.to Russia and back.
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