History EarnYourHappyEnding / LiveActionTV

4th Mar '18 8:10:47 PM nombretomado
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* To an extent, the ending of ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' (the 2004 BBC drama with Creator/BenedictCumberbatch). [[StephenHawking Stephen's]] had to deal with a serious incurable illness while working very hard, but by the end of the movie he's made a scientific breakthrough, his university's offered him a fellowship, his girlfriend's agreed to marry him, and despite his medical issues, he's [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} still alive and doing science.]]

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* To an extent, the ending of ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' (the 2004 BBC drama with Creator/BenedictCumberbatch). [[StephenHawking [[Creator/StephenHawking Stephen's]] had to deal with a serious incurable illness while working very hard, but by the end of the movie he's made a scientific breakthrough, his university's offered him a fellowship, his girlfriend's agreed to marry him, and despite his medical issues, he's [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} still alive and doing science.]]
3rd Feb '18 8:18:00 AM Sapphirea2
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** "The Doctor Falls", the Series 10 finale has this for [[spoiler: Bill Potts]], who in the previous episode "World Enough and Time" was [[spoiler: mortally wounded, trapped in a hospital and forced to wait for the Doctor for ten years (while only minutes passed for him), and -- just as he was arriving -- Cyber-converted by a false friend who did this solely to torment the Doctor. Traditionally this would doom her to a Mercy Kill, Heroic Sacrfice, or suicide]], and there's nothing the Doctor can do to help under the circumstances. Nonetheless, the poor soul [[spoiler: stands with him in a final battle against the other Cybermen. As she weeps over his seemingly dead body her long-lost sweetheart Heather, "The Pilot" of the season premiere, returns and turns Bill into a fellow time-and-space-travelling shapeshifter with her refined/expanded powers. After leaving the Doctor in the TARDIS in hopes he might yet live, Bill and Heather explore the universe together]].

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** "The Doctor Falls", the Series 10 finale finale, has this for [[spoiler: Bill Potts]], who in the previous episode "World Enough and Time" was [[spoiler: mortally wounded, trapped in a hospital and forced to wait in hospital for the Doctor for ten years (while only minutes passed for him), and -- just as he was arriving -- Cyber-converted by a false friend who did this solely to torment the Doctor. him. Traditionally this would doom her dooms someone to a Mercy Kill, Heroic Sacrfice, Sacrifice, or suicide]], and there's nothing the Doctor can do to help under the circumstances. Nonetheless, the poor soul [[spoiler: stands with him in a final battle against the other Cybermen. As she weeps over his seemingly dead body her long-lost sweetheart Heather, "The Pilot" of the season premiere, returns and turns Bill into a fellow time-and-space-travelling shapeshifter with her refined/expanded powers. After leaving the Doctor Doctor's body in the TARDIS in hopes he might yet live, TARDIS, Bill and Heather explore the universe together]].together]]. The only down point of this ending for is that [[spoiler: she may never know that he lived, as she hoped]].
** Downplayed for the Twelfth Doctor at the end of his MythArc. He wants to die for good instead of regenerating at the end of "The Doctor Falls", having lost everyone important to him and believing he failed in his quest to [[spoiler: redeem Missy]], but then he encounters his '''original''' self, who ''also'' didn't want to regenerate. The GrandFinale that follows ("Twice Upon a Time") has a crisis but [[spoiler: it's all a misunderstanding]], he manages to convince the First Doctor that he should embrace his future by looking to the good he can do and not the suffering that will come with it, he learns that [[spoiler: Bill got a happy ending after all]], and finally he [[spoiler: has his memories of Clara restored]] as a gift from [[spoiler: the antagonist that isn't]]. From there, though he remains alone and longs for a final rest, he decides that helping others is WorthLivingFor and regenerates with peaceful, accepting hearts into Thirteen.
9th Sep '17 9:00:23 AM Sapphirea2
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** This seems to happen in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]". [[spoiler:He's managed to RetCon his greatest regret, the destruction of Gallifrey, and now sets out to find it.]]

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** This seems to happen in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]". [[spoiler:He's managed to RetCon his greatest regret, the destruction of Gallifrey, and now sets out to find it.]]]] Then again, [[spoiler: see the next entry for how ''that'' turned out]].


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** "The Doctor Falls", the Series 10 finale has this for [[spoiler: Bill Potts]], who in the previous episode "World Enough and Time" was [[spoiler: mortally wounded, trapped in a hospital and forced to wait for the Doctor for ten years (while only minutes passed for him), and -- just as he was arriving -- Cyber-converted by a false friend who did this solely to torment the Doctor. Traditionally this would doom her to a Mercy Kill, Heroic Sacrfice, or suicide]], and there's nothing the Doctor can do to help under the circumstances. Nonetheless, the poor soul [[spoiler: stands with him in a final battle against the other Cybermen. As she weeps over his seemingly dead body her long-lost sweetheart Heather, "The Pilot" of the season premiere, returns and turns Bill into a fellow time-and-space-travelling shapeshifter with her refined/expanded powers. After leaving the Doctor in the TARDIS in hopes he might yet live, Bill and Heather explore the universe together]].
30th May '17 7:02:23 PM nombretomado
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* This can happen on {{game show}}s: a contestant struggles throughout the main game, but still manages to win anyway and does even better in the BonusRound. A good example is a 2003 episode of ''WheelOfFortune'' where a rough main game led to first place having only $5,500 but she won $100,000 in the BonusRound.
* Throughout the run of ''GoodTimes'', the Evanses have seen just about every attempt to make a better life for themselves and get out of the pojects end in utter disapointment. At the end of the series, Keith's leg gets better and he signs a contract with the Chicago Bears, allowing he and Thelma (who's pregnant) to buy an apartment in a swanky building and they invite Florida to live with them. Willona is promoted to head buyer at The Boutique and is also able to buy an apartment in the same building for herself and Penny, making them neighbors. JJ designs a new comic book character and is picked up by a publisher, who gives him an advance large enough for him to move out on his own. With everyone else financially secure, Michael decides to move into a dorm on campus. After five and a half seasons of struggling to make it, the family has definitely lived up to this trope!

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* This can happen on {{game show}}s: a contestant struggles throughout the main game, but still manages to win anyway and does even better in the BonusRound. A good example is a 2003 episode of ''WheelOfFortune'' ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' where a rough main game led to first place having only $5,500 but she won $100,000 in the BonusRound.
* Throughout the run of ''GoodTimes'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', the Evanses have seen just about every attempt to make a better life for themselves and get out of the pojects projects end in utter disapointment.disappointment. At the end of the series, Keith's leg gets better and he signs a contract with the Chicago Bears, allowing he and Thelma (who's pregnant) to buy an apartment in a swanky building and they invite Florida to live with them. Willona is promoted to head buyer at The Boutique and is also able to buy an apartment in the same building for herself and Penny, making them neighbors. JJ designs a new comic book character and is picked up by a publisher, who gives him an advance large enough for him to move out on his own. With everyone else financially secure, Michael decides to move into a dorm on campus. After five and a half seasons of struggling to make it, the family has definitely lived up to this trope!
13th Jan '17 1:04:11 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': So far, Hot Pie is the only character to exit the story in a content, non-violent manner by becoming a baker in a quiet wayside inn. It's actually quite touching.
1st Jan '17 6:50:41 AM Hjortron18
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* To an extent, the ending of ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' (the 2004 BBC drama with BenedictCumberbatch). [[StephenHawking Stephen's]] had to deal with a serious incurable illness while working very hard, but by the end of the movie he's made a scientific breakthrough, his university's offered him a fellowship, his girlfriend's agreed to marry him, and despite his medical issues, he's [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} still alive and doing science.]]

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* To an extent, the ending of ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' (the 2004 BBC drama with BenedictCumberbatch).Creator/BenedictCumberbatch). [[StephenHawking Stephen's]] had to deal with a serious incurable illness while working very hard, but by the end of the movie he's made a scientific breakthrough, his university's offered him a fellowship, his girlfriend's agreed to marry him, and despite his medical issues, he's [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} still alive and doing science.]]
22nd Jul '16 10:26:05 AM TotalDramaRox97
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* In The Twilight Zone (which doesn't tend to have happy endings) episode "A Penny For Your Thoughts", ends with the main character going out with a coworker who was attracted to him, getting his job back after warning the boss about an embezzler with a promotion, getting a vacation for a man he wrongly (though justifiably) accused of plotting to rob the bank, and lost his powers (which was good because he hated them).
22nd Jun '16 4:34:59 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', specifically, the end episode begins with a BittersweetEnding, but then [[spoiler:Janeway travels back in time]] and we get a really happy ending.

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* ** In ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'', specifically, the end episode begins with a BittersweetEnding, but then [[spoiler:Janeway travels back in time]] and we get a really happy ending.
22nd Jun '16 3:37:25 PM ruthlesstyrant
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*** One of these divorces was with the woman he ultimately ends up with anyway, though. Still the ButtMonkey.
10th Jun '16 1:44:36 PM Doug86
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* ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' has one hell of a trip until Christopher and Valentine end up together. Christopher's manipulative wife, who only cares about him when she thinks another woman is attracted to him, repeatedly tries to rip them apart. Not to mention that Christopher has to serve in WorldWarI for years while battling his own outdated moral code (which he himself despises). Four episodes go by without a kiss or so much as a [[CanNotSpitItOut declaration of feelings]] (although Valentine does agree to be his mistress, although the act is initially unconsummated). [[spoiler: The LoveTriangle finally ends when Christopher resists Sylvia's manipulation after she cuts down the Groby tree and decides to start over with Valentine and the two are ''finally'' together.]]

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* ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' has one hell of a trip until Christopher and Valentine end up together. Christopher's manipulative wife, who only cares about him when she thinks another woman is attracted to him, repeatedly tries to rip them apart. Not to mention that Christopher has to serve in WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI for years while battling his own outdated moral code (which he himself despises). Four episodes go by without a kiss or so much as a [[CanNotSpitItOut declaration of feelings]] (although Valentine does agree to be his mistress, although the act is initially unconsummated). [[spoiler: The LoveTriangle finally ends when Christopher resists Sylvia's manipulation after she cuts down the Groby tree and decides to start over with Valentine and the two are ''finally'' together.]]
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