History EarnYourHappyEnding / VisualNovels

19th Jan '17 6:18:43 PM Monolaf317
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* [=ClockUp=]'s ''Euphoria'': [[spoiler:In almost each route, Takato and the chosen girl must endure through suffering that goes beyond the white cage to get their happy ending together. We say almost because the Nemu route ends on a cliffhanger, but technically that route continues in the Kanae one where the same as the other routes happen... although Kanae, the real BigBad, gets her KarmicDeath while the real Nemu gets her happy ending.]]
23rd Aug '15 12:29:46 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' has a serious case of DysfunctionJunction on top of everyone spending most of the series killing each other off, then once things [[MindScrewdriver start making sense]], we see them overcoming their issues and [[spoiler:finally escaping the [[FateWorseThanDeath Endless June that Rika had spent a full century's worth of time trapped in]] and defeating Takano]] and going on to live happy lives. [[spoiler:Saikoroshi-hen doesn't count.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' has a serious case of DysfunctionJunction on top of everyone spending most of the series killing each other off, then once things [[MindScrewdriver start making sense]], we see them overcoming their issues and [[spoiler:finally escaping the [[FateWorseThanDeath Endless June that Rika had spent a full century's worth of time trapped in]] and defeating Takano]] and going on to live happy lives. [[spoiler:Saikoroshi-hen doesn't count.]]
18th Aug '15 7:21:31 PM Prfnoff
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* The ending of Ayu's route in ''{{Kanon}}'' implies that [[spoiler:Ayu gets better (as opposed to being dead, which was what it seemed like even to Yuuichi) precisely because he had the strength to [[TraumaInducedAmnesia face and accept what happened seven years ago]] after [[PowerOfLove admitting he loved her and always would]].]]
* ''{{Ever 17}}'' has five different endings, with the fifth achieved by earning the other four. Two of said endings end with the death of at least one of the main characters, and the other two are stacked full of TomatoInTheMirror and tragic BreakTheCutie. The fifth ending keeps up with the Tomatos, throwing TheMole, LukeYouAreMyFather and even a SoapOperaDisease... before giving you one of the most gloriously happy (if really improbable) endings ever. Considering the DiabolusExMachina {{Visual Novel}}s love to throw at you this was a genuine (and very welcome) surprise.

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* The ending of Ayu's route in ''{{Kanon}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' implies that [[spoiler:Ayu gets better (as opposed to being dead, which was what it seemed like even to Yuuichi) precisely because he had the strength to [[TraumaInducedAmnesia face and accept what happened seven years ago]] after [[PowerOfLove admitting he loved her and always would]].]]
* ''{{Ever ''VisualNovel/{{Ever 17}}'' has five different endings, with the fifth achieved by earning the other four. Two of said endings end with the death of at least one of the main characters, and the other two are stacked full of TomatoInTheMirror and tragic BreakTheCutie. The fifth ending keeps up with the Tomatos, throwing TheMole, LukeYouAreMyFather and even a SoapOperaDisease... before giving you one of the most gloriously happy (if really improbable) endings ever. Considering the DiabolusExMachina {{Visual Novel}}s love to throw at you this was a genuine (and very welcome) surprise.



* In ''{{Tsukihime}}'', Hisui's Good End, which is still rather bittersweet, and Kohaku's end. Kohaku's end gets the benefit of [[spoiler:looking like not only did this path's heroine just die, but you'll have to kill Akiha because Roa is corrupting her.]] But neither happens.

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* In ''{{Tsukihime}}'', ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Hisui's Good End, which is still rather bittersweet, and Kohaku's end. Kohaku's end gets the benefit of [[spoiler:looking like not only did this path's heroine just die, but you'll have to kill Akiha because Roa is corrupting her.]] But neither happens.



* ''LittleBusters'' requires the player to have gone through each of the other girl's route in order to [[spoiler: have Riki and Rin become stronger]] and even after you have gained access to the refrain route [[spoiler:it requires you to have Riki live through the 'real' events where the bus crash killed everyone but him and Rin, and then fix that reality so everyone lives]]
* FamilyProject. Seriously, for a game where a DysfunctionJunction is the ''premise'', things turn out pretty well in the end.

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* ''LittleBusters'' ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' requires the player to have gone through each of the other girl's route in order to [[spoiler: have Riki and Rin become stronger]] and even after you have gained access to the refrain route [[spoiler:it requires you to have Riki live through the 'real' events where the bus crash killed everyone but him and Rin, and then fix that reality so everyone lives]]
* FamilyProject.''VisualNovel/FamilyProject''. Seriously, for a game where a DysfunctionJunction is the ''premise'', things turn out pretty well in the end.



* ''KatawaShoujo'': All of the routes involve some deal of angst, but two routes stand out amongst the rest. [[spoiler:In Lilly's route, she seems to go off to Scotland and Hisao runs after her only to ''have a heart attack and appear to die''. Even when you realise he's still alive he's stuck in a hospital again with an even more reduced lifetime knowing that Hanako is happy away with her other friends and that Lilly is gone forever. At least, until you hear the music box and Lilly reappears, promising to stay in Japan and with Hisao.]] Secondly, in [[spoiler:Rin's route, which is as a whole noticeably darker than Act 1 and the other routes, she goes through a slow spiral into depression in her attempt to create art and find herself and doesn't really snap out of it until the very end, leaving many players to become convinced they've accidentally gotten a Bad End.]]

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* ''KatawaShoujo'': ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': All of the routes involve some deal of angst, but two routes stand out amongst the rest. [[spoiler:In Lilly's route, she seems to go off to Scotland and Hisao runs after her only to ''have a heart attack and appear to die''. Even when you realise he's still alive he's stuck in a hospital again with an even more reduced lifetime knowing that Hanako is happy away with her other friends and that Lilly is gone forever. At least, until you hear the music box and Lilly reappears, promising to stay in Japan and with Hisao.]] Secondly, in [[spoiler:Rin's route, which is as a whole noticeably darker than Act 1 and the other routes, she goes through a slow spiral into depression in her attempt to create art and find herself and doesn't really snap out of it until the very end, leaving many players to become convinced they've accidentally gotten a Bad End.]]
23rd Apr '15 12:47:44 AM Jgamer
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* The TrueEnding of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' is definitely this. [[spoiler: Okabe goes through hell in order to save Mayuri, the girl he loves as a sister figure, and stop SERN from taking over the world. However, in the end, he has to sacrifice Kurisu, the girl he loves romantically. And even then he won't be able to stop the world from plunging into World War III because of her father publishing her paper on time travel. However, once he makes the sacrifice, the world line he's on allows him to to view a previously unreadable D-mail, a video from his future self, who manages to pep talk his spirits back and inform him of his plan to [[TrickedOutTime trick out time]], and save the future and both of the women he loves. And he succeeds.]]

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* The TrueEnding of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' is definitely this. [[spoiler: Okabe goes through hell in order to save Mayuri, the girl he loves as a sister figure, and stop SERN from taking over the world. However, in the end, he has to sacrifice Kurisu, the girl he loves romantically. And even then he won't be able to stop the world from plunging into World War III because of her father publishing her paper on time travel. However, once he makes fails to save Kurisu the sacrifice, first time, the world line he's on allows him to to view a previously unreadable D-mail, a video from his future self, who manages to pep talk his spirits back and inform him of his plan to [[TrickedOutTime trick out time]], and save the future and both of the women he loves. And he succeeds.]]
22nd Apr '15 10:37:50 PM Jgamer
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** In ''[[VisualNoval/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of the Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of the Law.]]

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** In ''[[VisualNoval/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of the Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of the Law.]]
* The TrueEnding of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' is definitely this. [[spoiler: Okabe goes through hell in order to save Mayuri, the girl he loves as a sister figure, and stop SERN from taking over the world. However, in the end, he has to sacrifice Kurisu, the girl he loves romantically. And even then he won't be able to stop the world from plunging into World War III because of her father publishing her paper on time travel. However, once he makes the sacrifice, the world line he's on allows him to to view a previously unreadable D-mail, a video from his future self, who manages to pep talk his spirits back and inform him of his plan to [[TrickedOutTime trick out time]], and save the future and both of the women he loves. And he succeeds.
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25th Oct '14 5:00:46 PM rjd1922
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** In ''[[VisualNoval/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of Law.]]

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** In ''[[VisualNoval/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of of the Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of the Law.]]
10th Oct '14 8:03:02 PM Jgamer
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** In ''[[VisualNoval/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', the legal system is in the middle of the Dark Age of Law, where prosecutor and lawyer alike seek victory at any legal cost and trust in the legal system is at an all time low. And the catalyst for the Dark Age, Phoenix's disbarment and [[spoiler: Simon Blackquill's incarceration for the murder of Athena's mother]]. While the former was dealt with in the previous game, the later is still very much a problem. And that's not even getting into what happens in the game: [[spoiler: A courtroom was bombed right at the begining of the game (though it happens later chronologically). The victim of the forth case was Apollo's friend, and Athena gets accused of his murder, causing Apollo a conflict of loyalties, Blackquill is just one day from his execution by the day of of the final case, and getting him acquitted will only get Athena convicted of the murder of her own mother. And Trucy is held hostage at the Space Museum with several others.]] In the end, [[spoiler: both Athena and Blackquill are proven innocent, Trucy is safe and the real culprit is bought to justice, with the Wright Anything Agency intact and ready to put an end to the Dark Age of Law.]]
22nd Feb '14 5:42:16 PM Viira
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* In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Phoenix has to take on four seemingly impossible cases, go through all sorts of stress and hardships to win them, suffers the blow of his mentor being murdered, and ultimately has to tackle a case so difficult, it went unsolved for fifteen years. But it all pays off in the end, when all the clients are found innocent, [[spoiler:von Karma is proven to be the guilty party behind the DL-6 Case, and Edgeworth realizes that his father's death was not his fault.]]

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* In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Phoenix has to take on four seemingly impossible cases, go through all sorts of stress and hardships to win them, suffers the blow of his mentor being murdered, and ultimately has to tackle a case so difficult, it went unsolved for fifteen years. But it all pays off in the end, when all the clients are found innocent, [[spoiler:von Karma is proven to be the guilty party behind the DL-6 Case, and Edgeworth realizes that his father's death was not his fault.]]



** In ''ApolloJustice'', Phoenix is disbarred, [[spoiler:framed for using forged evidence]], and reduced to playing poker at a restaurant to make a living. [[spoiler:He spends several years quietly investigating the truth behind the case he lost, putting all the pieces together.]] And by the end, [[spoiler:the truth is revealed, he's proven innocent of forging evidence, and is able to retake the bar exam and become a lawyer again.]]

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** In ''ApolloJustice'', ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Phoenix is disbarred, [[spoiler:framed for using forged evidence]], and reduced to playing poker at a restaurant to make a living. [[spoiler:He spends several years quietly investigating the truth behind the case he lost, putting all the pieces together.]] And by the end, [[spoiler:the truth is revealed, he's proven innocent of forging evidence, and is able to retake the bar exam and become a lawyer again.]]
5th Oct '13 3:55:38 PM ZeldaQueen
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** In the last trial of ''Justice for All'', [[spoiler:Maya is kidnapped, and Phoenix is given the SadisticChoice of getting his client (who actually ''is'' guilty, for a change) off the hook, or having Maya be killed by her kidnapper. As Gumshoe, Mia, Edgeworth, and even Franziska scramble to find some way to catch the kidnapper and save Maya, Phoenix finds himself having to either abandon his ideals and pin an innocent woman with the crime, or let Maya be killed. All the while, his reputation plumets as the audience of the courtroom has no clue why he continues to defend a man who's obviously guilty. At the very end though, thanks to last-minute evidence scrounged up, he's able to get the kidnapper to release Maya and turn on his client.]]
** In ''ApolloJustice'', Phoenix is disbarred, [[spoiler:framed for using forged evidence]], and reduced to playing poker at a restaurant to make a living. [[spoiler:He spends several years quietly investigating the truth behind the case he lost, putting all the pieces together.]] And by the end, [[spoiler:the truth is revealed, he's proven innocent of forging evidence, and is able to retake the bar exam and become a lawyer again.]]
13th May '13 5:20:11 PM GXNext
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' has you go through all of the character endings in order to get the ''Dream'' ending where [[spoiler: Misuzu dies as a result of the curse placed on her previous incarnation Kanna and Yukito lives on as a crow.]] However at the very end of it, and it's shown in the anime, you see two children playing on the beach, wondering about what Yukito and Misuzu have in store for their future. [[spoiler: It is shown that these are reincarnations of Misuzu and Yukito who will live out their lives happily. In fact, the little girl holding the unknown hand that is used as the logo for Air is shown to be this incarnation of Misuzu and the hand she is holding is Yukito's.]]
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