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* [=ClockUp=]'s more serious, cynical, DarkerAndEdgier games (i.e. ''Euphoria'', ''Fraternite'', ''Maggot Baits'') thrive on this trope, to put it simply. And sometimes, this is the ''only'' kind of One True End.
13th May '16 2:07:43 PM cakecake
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* ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors]]'', the True Ending (which, admittedly, is the only one that isn't an outright Bad Ending). Yes, the only death among the "nine persons" is the one who dies before the very first dialogue choice, but [[spoiler:Junpei never gets to see Akane again, chasing after her for the rest of his life.]]
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has one: [[spoiler: The good ending features the six surviving students escaping, only to find the outside world ravaged by the Despairing Incident.]]
* ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'': Hooray, the Internet is saved! [[spoiler:Because Emilia [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] to take down Reaper.]] At- at least the whole thing will be remembered?



* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', an earlier work from the [[{{Nasuverse}} makers]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
** In the True Ending for Arcueid's route, [[spoiler: Arcueid technically survives, but after saying one last goodbye to Shiki, she leaves to sleep, presumably forever now that Roa is DeaderThanDead. However, the manga ending has him track her down and they reunite, perhaps to keep it consistent with sequels.]]
** Arcueid's is easily matched, bordering into DownerEnding, by the True Ending for Hisui's route, with [[spoiler:Akiha killed by SHIKI, Kohaku committing suicide, and Shiki and Hisui leaving the mansion]].
** Likewise, both of Akiha's "good" endings are bittersweet. In one, Shiki saves Akiha's life by [[spoiler:seemingly[[note]]Kagetsu Tohya has a sidestory that continues from this ending which confirms that he lived[[/note]] killing himself so that the lifeforce she lent him will return to her.]] In the other, Shiki [[spoiler: can't kill himself, so Akiha lives out her life as an insane beast that feeds on his blood.]]
** Ciel's good ending is unambiguously happy, on the other hand, unless you're Ciel herself. Why? [[spoiler:Because Arcueid cheerfully sticks around and decides to go for a threesome ending of sorts. Ciel is not happy about having to share in her good end. Shiki himself also spends much of his time figuring out how to keep Arcueid and Ciel from killing each other.]]
* In the freeware VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}'', [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] IllGirl Setsumi escapes her bleak existence of hospitalizations and discharges, experiences life on the open road, and finds a little bit of happiness for the first time- then promptly kills herself. It's implied that the unnamed protagonist (also ill) doesn't last much longer.



* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' true ending, ends with [[spoiler: Rintaro preventing both the bad future and Kurisu's death, but the Lab member except Rintaro doesn't remember any of their experience together and Suzuha disappeared because of the Time Paradox created by the new timeline and there's a chance she might not exist in this timeline. But it is hinted that the members might not have completely forgotten their memories, as shown when Rintaro met Kurisu again in Akihabara and she still has memories of the nicknames Rintaro gave to her]]



* ''VisualNovel/DigitalALoveStory'': Hooray, the Internet is saved! [[spoiler:Because Emilia [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] to take down Reaper.]] At- at least the whole thing will be remembered?
* Depending on which side of the fantasy fence you sit on for the possible endings of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the final fate of all the cast members is either this, [[spoiler:where the Metaworld is real and Battler is reunited in death there with Beatrice and his whole family]] or a downer, [[spoiler:where the whole thing is just made up as a way for an amnesiac Battler to sort out his own thoughts about the Rokkenjima incident]]. Still, no matter which viewpoint you take, it doesn't change the fact that by the end of the series, [[spoiler:almost everyone who was on Rokkenjima is dead]].
* Several games of the ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' series contain a few {{Bittersweet Ending}}s, even in their best Endings.
** ''VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete'': No matter which storyline you go and no matter what you do, the main heroine, Mayu, [[KilledOffForReal won't resurrect]] and thus you won't be able to become a couple with her. The best you can do for her, is to help her [[QuestForIdentity recover her memories]] and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence; and for you, thanks to her help and the quest you shared with her, it's either realizing you love Tomoko and get a RelationshipUpgrade with her, or find a new love in Mayu's sister Mami or with your neighbour the Sexy Lady.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'': Don't expect coming out unscathed of saving Maria from the Yakuza's clutches by [[StormingTheCastle storming their headquarters]] with Boy and pals, as there's only two possible outcomes: either being jailed for gunning down the Yakuza boss who was trying to shoot Maria; or [[TheHeroDies being killed]] by said Yakuza boss [[TakingTheBullet by protecting Maria with your body]]. However, after those events, you'll discover (either after you've served your 5-years jail time and reunited with Maria in her native Philippines, or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent after awakening as a ghost]] 2 years after your death), to your joy, that Maria had become pregnant with your kid during the time you were living together, and gave birth to a little boy.



* In the freeware VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}'', [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] IllGirl Setsumi escapes her bleak existence of hospitalizations and discharges, experiences life on the open road, and finds a little bit of happiness for the first time- then promptly kills herself. It's implied that the unnamed protagonist (also ill) doesn't last much longer.
* The "Agent" endings of ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' run in this direction: not as good as the "[[GoldenEnding Super Spy]]" endings but better than the "[[DownerEnding Rookie]]" and "[[KillEmAll Nightmare]]" endings. The villain's plots are mostly foiled but not without cost; Shield and her love interest go on about their lives and still have feelings for each other, but they can't necessarily be together and just try to maintain as much of a relationship as they can given the obstacles.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' true ending, ends with [[spoiler: Rintaro preventing both the bad future and Kurisu's death, but the Lab member except Rintaro doesn't remember any of their experience together and Suzuha disappeared because of the Time Paradox created by the new timeline and there's a chance she might not exist in this timeline. But it is hinted that the members might not have completely forgotten their memories, as shown when Rintaro met Kurisu again in Akihabara and she still has memories of the nicknames Rintaro gave to her]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', an earlier work from the [[{{Nasuverse}} makers]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
** In the True Ending for Arcueid's route, [[spoiler: Arcueid technically survives, but after saying one last goodbye to Shiki, she leaves to sleep, presumably forever now that Roa is DeaderThanDead. However, the manga ending has him track her down and they reunite, perhaps to keep it consistent with sequels.]]
** Arcueid's is easily matched, bordering into DownerEnding, by the True Ending for Hisui's route, with [[spoiler:Akiha killed by SHIKI, Kohaku committing suicide, and Shiki and Hisui leaving the mansion]].
** Likewise, both of Akiha's "good" endings are bittersweet. In one, Shiki saves Akiha's life by [[spoiler:seemingly[[note]]Kagetsu Tohya has a sidestory that continues from this ending which confirms that he lived[[/note]] killing himself so that the lifeforce she lent him will return to her.]] In the other, Shiki [[spoiler: can't kill himself, so Akiha lives out her life as an insane beast that feeds on his blood.]]
** Ciel's good ending is unambiguously happy, on the other hand, unless you're Ciel herself. Why? [[spoiler:Because Arcueid cheerfully sticks around and decides to go for a threesome ending of sorts. Ciel is not happy about having to share in her good end. Shiki himself also spends much of his time figuring out how to keep Arcueid and Ciel from killing each other.]]
* Depending on which side of the fantasy fence you sit on for the possible endings of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the final fate of all the cast members is either this, [[spoiler:where the Metaworld is real and Battler is reunited in death there with Beatrice and his whole family]] or a downer, [[spoiler:where the whole thing is just made up as a way for an amnesiac Battler to sort out his own thoughts about the Rokkenjima incident]]. Still, no matter which viewpoint you take, it doesn't change the fact that by the end of the series, [[spoiler:almost everyone who was on Rokkenjima is dead]].
* All of Wildfire's endings are either this or a DownerEnding in ''VisualNovel/War13thDay'' for a reason. [[spoiler:To be exact, the entire game is Wildfire's DyingDream.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Ambrosia:''' If you have your best friend, you will lose your lover. If you have your lover, you will lose your best friend.]]
* All of the endings in the ''Coda'' section of VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum2. Even Setsuna's True End, the closest thing in the game that could be considered a traditional HappilyEverAfter ending, still hints that not all things are right behind the scenes.



* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has one: [[spoiler: The good ending features the six surviving students escaping, only to find the outside world ravaged by the Despairing Incident.]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors]]'', the True Ending (which, admittedly, is the only one that isn't an outright Bad Ending). Yes, the only death among the "nine persons" is the one who dies before the very first dialogue choice, but [[spoiler:Junpei never gets to see Akane again, chasing after her for the rest of his life.]]
* All of the endings in the ''Coda'' section of VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum2. Even Setsuna's True End, the closest thing in the game that could be considered a traditional HappilyEverAfter ending, still hints that not all things are right behind the scenes.
* The "Agent" endings of ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' run in this direction: not as good as the "[[GoldenEnding Super Spy]]" endings, but better than the "[[DownerEnding Rookie]]" and "[[KillEmAll Nightmare]]" endings. The villain's plots are mostly foiled, but not without cost; Shield and her love interest go on about their lives and still have feelings for each other, but can't necessarily be together and just try to maintain as much of a relationship as they can given the obstacles.

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* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has one: [[spoiler: The good ending features the six surviving students escaping, only to find the outside world ravaged by the Despairing Incident.]]
* ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors]]'', the True Ending (which, admittedly, is the only one that isn't an outright Bad Ending). Yes, the only death among the "nine persons" is the one who dies before the very first dialogue choice, but [[spoiler:Junpei never gets to see Akane again, chasing after her for the rest of his life.]]
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Several games of the endings ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' series contain a few {{Bittersweet Ending}}s, even in the ''Coda'' section of VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum2. Even Setsuna's True End, the closest thing in the game that could be considered a traditional HappilyEverAfter ending, still hints that not all things are right behind the scenes.
* The "Agent" endings of ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' run in this direction: not as good as the "[[GoldenEnding Super Spy]]" endings, but better than the "[[DownerEnding Rookie]]" and "[[KillEmAll Nightmare]]" endings. The villain's plots are mostly foiled, but not without cost; Shield and her love interest go on about
their lives best Endings.
** ''VisualNovel/KisetsuODakishimete'': No matter which storyline you go
and still have feelings no matter what you do, the main heroine, Mayu, [[KilledOffForReal won't resurrect]] and thus you won't be able to become a couple with her. The best you can do for each other, but can't necessarily be together her, is to help her [[QuestForIdentity recover her memories]] and just try AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence; and for you, thanks to maintain as much of a relationship as they can given her help and the obstacles.quest you shared with her, it's either realizing you love Tomoko and get a RelationshipUpgrade with her, or find a new love in Mayu's sister Mami or with your neighbour the Sexy Lady.
** ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'': Don't expect coming out unscathed of saving Maria from the Yakuza's clutches by [[StormingTheCastle storming their headquarters]] with Boy and pals, as there's only two possible outcomes: either being jailed for gunning down the Yakuza boss who was trying to shoot Maria; or [[TheHeroDies being killed]] by said Yakuza boss [[TakingTheBullet by protecting Maria with your body]]. However, after those events, you'll discover (either after you've served your 5-years jail time and reunited with Maria in her native Philippines, or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent after awakening as a ghost]] 2 years after your death), to your joy, that Maria had become pregnant with your kid during the time you were living together, and gave birth to a little boy.
19th Aug '15 10:47:09 AM Willbyr
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* In the freeware VisualNovel ''{{Narcissu}}'', [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] IllGirl Setsumi escapes her bleak existence of hospitalizations and discharges, experiences life on the open road, and finds a little bit of happiness for the first time- then promptly kills herself. It's implied that the unnamed protagonist (also ill) doesn't last much longer.

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* In the freeware VisualNovel ''{{Narcissu}}'', ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}'', [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] IllGirl Setsumi escapes her bleak existence of hospitalizations and discharges, experiences life on the open road, and finds a little bit of happiness for the first time- then promptly kills herself. It's implied that the unnamed protagonist (also ill) doesn't last much longer.
4th Aug '15 4:58:50 PM JoieDeCombat
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* The "Agent" endings of ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' run in this direction: not as good as the "[[GoldenEnding Super Spy]]" endings, but better than the "[[DownerEnding Rookie]]" and "[[KillEmAll Nightmare]]" endings. The villain's plots are mostly foiled, but not without cost; Shield and her love interest go on about their lives and still have feelings for each other, but can't necessarily be together and just try to maintain as much of a relationship as they can given the obstacles.
27th Sep '14 3:47:28 PM wootzits
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** Made slightly less bittersweet in the [[UpdatedRerelease Realta Nua ending.]] [[spoiler: As Arturia (Saber) lies dying, Merlin visits her mentally and tells her that if her soul will wait forever; and if Shirou will look for her forever; they will meet restored at the field of Avalon. He makes it perfectly clear that this is impossible. [[DiedHappilyEverAfter It happens]].]] Let me make that clear. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Saber will always, throughout time, for eternity, wait for Shirou, and that Shirou will always be trying to move towards Saber, to find her again]].]] Pity that to unlock the ending you have to get [[HundredPercentCompletion all 40 deaths, and all 5 endings.]] [[GuideDangIt And THEN you have to play the Fate route again.]]

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** Made slightly less bittersweet in the [[UpdatedRerelease Realta Nua ending.]] [[spoiler: As Arturia (Saber) lies dying, Merlin visits her mentally and tells her that if her soul will wait forever; and if Shirou will look for her forever; they will meet restored at the field of Avalon. He makes it perfectly clear that this is impossible. [[DiedHappilyEverAfter It happens]].]] Let me make that clear. [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Saber will always, throughout time, for eternity, wait for Shirou, and that Shirou will always be trying to move towards Saber, to find her again]].]] Pity that to unlock the ending you have to get [[HundredPercentCompletion all 40 deaths, bad endings, and all 5 actual endings.]] [[GuideDangIt And THEN you have to play the Fate route again.]]
7th Jul '14 3:22:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Yandere-chan}}'': The only good ending in the whole game is this. Mia's mental instability is discovered and she's being treated, no one died in the process, and the main character still loves her. However, it's noted that Mia will probably never be healthy enough to leave the mental asylum, and the main character seems to be putting their life on hold just to be with her. [[spoiler:[[TheManyDeathsOfYou The rest of the endings result in your bloody demise]].]]

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Yandere-chan}}'': ''VisualNovel/YandereChan'': The only good ending in the whole game is this. Mia's mental instability is discovered and she's being treated, no one died in the process, and the main character still loves her. However, it's noted that Mia will probably never be healthy enough to leave the mental asylum, and the main character seems to be putting their life on hold just to be with her. [[spoiler:[[TheManyDeathsOfYou The rest of the endings result in your bloody demise]].]]
24th Jan '14 8:26:08 PM MyssaRei
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* All of the endings in the ''Coda'' section of VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum2. Even Setsuna's True End, the closest thing in the game that could be considered a traditional HappilyEverAfter ending, still hints that not all things are right behind the scenes.
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* ''[[VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors]]'', the True Ending (which, admittedly, is the only one that isn't an outright Bad Ending). Yes, the only death among the "nine persons" is the one who dies before the very first dialogue choice, but [[spoiler:Junpei never gets to see Akane again, chasing after her for the rest of his life.]]
9th Aug '13 9:53:13 PM zizoloziz
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* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has one: [[spoiler: The good ending features the six surviving students escaping, only to find the outside world ravaged by the Despairing Incident.]]
10th Jul '13 2:04:02 PM AJJG
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Yandere-chan}}'': The only good ending in the whole game is this. Mia's mental instability is discovered and she's being treated, no one died in the process, and the main character still loves her. However, it's noted that Mia will probably never be healthy enough to leave the mental asylum, and the main character seems to be putting their life on hold just to be with her. At least they have each other.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Yandere-chan}}'': The only good ending in the whole game is this. Mia's mental instability is discovered and she's being treated, no one died in the process, and the main character still loves her. her. However, it's noted that Mia will probably never be healthy enough to leave the mental asylum, and the main character seems to be putting their life on hold just to be with her. At least they have each other.her. [[spoiler:[[TheManyDeathsOfYou The rest of the endings result in your bloody demise]].]]
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