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24th Apr '17 12:25:13 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'' ends with Control having died, but his death triggers a change in the Crawler. Grace and Ghost Bird leave the Crawler's tunnel and go past the remains of the Southern Reach. It's unknown whether there is a doorway out of Area X anymore and if the terraforming has extended to the rest of the Earth or if Control's death has made the Crawler realize that its mission was pointless.
21st Apr '17 1:29:41 PM sotnosen95
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Tweek x Craig". The titular pair end up MistakenForGay by the whole town due to some {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s making fanart of them. They fake a break-up which ends up making the whole town sad, so at the end they pretend to get back together for the town's sake. However, there are possible implications in the episode (as well as future episodes and from WordOfGod) that they might actually have feelings for each other for real.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Tweek x Craig". The titular pair end up MistakenForGay by the whole town due to some {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s making fanart of them. They fake a break-up which ends up making the whole town sad, so at the end they pretend to get back together for the town's sake. However, there are possible implications in the episode (as well as future episodes material and from WordOfGod) that they might actually have feelings for each other for real.
23rd Feb '17 11:34:02 AM Raidrik
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' had a special called ''"Rise and Fall of C.C.I"'' covering the events of the Amalgam Universe's version of ''Film/Godzilla2000''. In it the end, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Mitsuo Katagiri]] and [[GentleGiant Godzilla Junior]] come face to face again for the first time in years. Katagiri had tortured Junior in his toddler days with a shock collar and it's clear the now adult Godzilla remembers him. Junior walks up to the building Katagiri was standing on and they stare each other down for a time with Katagiri calmly speculating how Godzilla will take his revenge. However Godzilla turns and walks off, but his tails brushes up against the building and Katagiri goes over the edge to fall to his death. Whether or not Junior intentionally caused the fall, if he was just weary from the fight with Orga and it was an clumsy accident, or if Katagiri jumped by his own volition is left unanswered.
27th Jan '17 1:55:10 AM DrFraud
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* In "Wolf Bait!" in ''The Haunt of Fear'' #13 a sleigh full of people with sympathetic backstories is being chased by ravenous wolves through the Russian countryside. After the guard runs out of bullets they decide to sacrifice one of the passengers so the rest can escape while the wolves are busy with their meal. The chosen victim is deliberately not specified.

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* In "Wolf Bait!" in ''The Haunt of Fear'' #13 a sleigh full of people with sympathetic backstories is being chased by ravenous wolves through the Russian countryside. After the guard runs out of bullets they decide to sacrifice one of the passengers so the rest can escape while the wolves are busy with their meal.escape. The chosen victim is deliberately not specified.
27th Jan '17 1:44:05 AM DrFraud
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* In "Wolf Bait!" in ''The Haunt of Fear'' #13 a sleigh full of people with sympathetic backstories is being chased by ravenous wolves through the Russian countryside. After the guard runs out of bullets they decide to sacrifice one of the passengers so that the rest can escape while the wolves are busy with their meal. The chosen victim is deliberately not specified.

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* In "Wolf Bait!" in ''The Haunt of Fear'' #13 a sleigh full of people with sympathetic backstories is being chased by ravenous wolves through the Russian countryside. After the guard runs out of bullets they decide to sacrifice one of the passengers so that the rest can escape while the wolves are busy with their meal. The chosen victim is deliberately not specified.
27th Jan '17 1:43:29 AM DrFraud
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* In "Wolf Bait!" in ''The Haunt of Fear'' #13 a sleigh full of people with sympathetic backstories is being chased by ravenous wolves through the Russian countryside. After the guard runs out of bullets they decide to sacrifice one of the passengers so that the rest can escape while the wolves are busy with their meal. The chosen victim is deliberately not specified.
31st Dec '16 11:20:39 PM DeepRed
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If there are two possible outcomes, one reasonable and one magical, it's MaybeMagicMaybeMundane. In a horror context, see NothingIsScarier. When fans wish this would have happened, but it didn't, then it is a case of FanDislikedExplanation.

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If there are two possible outcomes, one reasonable and one magical, it's MaybeMagicMaybeMundane. In a horror context, see NothingIsScarier. When fans wish this would have happened, but it didn't, then it is a case of FanDislikedExplanation.
FanDislikedExplanation. When an armed force is involved, see BolivianArmyEnding.
26th Dec '16 10:40:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersTorment''; [[spoiler: At the end of the fic, Leorin attacks the Dread Emperor, and it is up for the readers to decide what the outcome of the battle was. It doesn’t matter to Leorin; if he defeats the Dread Emperor, he’ll rid the world of one of its most brutal serial killers, and if he is killed, he will finally be able to pass on to his final reward. (The author has [[WordOfGod given a reason why]] he left the outcome ambiguous: If Leorin had won, the fic would have ended with him being denied what he truly wanted, but if it had won with him dying, the ending would have been showing favoritism towards an undeserving villain. Thus, the outcome was left uncertain. One can rest assured that if Leorin did indeed triumph, he would have found more villains like the Dread Emperor to face until he eventually died heroically fighting one, and would eventually get his final reward.)]]
20th Dec '16 6:46:37 PM Prometheus117
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* ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'': It only has one ending, but it's just as ambiguous. After all of the trials the Undead Hero endured, they finally claim the Throne of Want. Then...that's it. The game ends with no indication of whether the Undead Hero claiming the Throne changed anything or simply perpetuated the cycle from the previous game. The ''Scholar of the First Sin'' update added a second ending in which the Undead Hero abandons the Throne, choosing to forsake the cycle in favor of trying to find another way to break the curse. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not another way even ''exists'', so whether this spitting in defiance of fate was praiseworthy, fruitless, or both is left unknown.

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* ''Videogame/DarkSoulsII'': It originally only has one ending, but it's just as ambiguous. After all of the trials the Undead Hero endured, they finally claim the Throne of Want. Then...that's it. The game ends with no indication of whether the Undead Hero claiming the Throne changed anything or simply perpetuated the cycle from the previous game. The ''Scholar of the First Sin'' update added a second ending in which the Undead Hero abandons the Throne, choosing to forsake the cycle in favor of trying to find another way to break the curse. It's left ambiguous as to whether or not another way even ''exists'', so whether this spitting in defiance of fate was praiseworthy, fruitless, or both is left unknown.
25th Nov '16 11:55:51 PM OmegaNemesis13
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** Somewhat addressed in the Kids OVA. [[spoiler:It shows Ed's grandchildren in our world, coming to visit an aged version of him, ending with text saying that somewhere in our world Ed turned one hundred in 2005.]]

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** Somewhat addressed in the Kids OVA. [[spoiler:It shows Ed's grandchildren in our world, coming to visit an aged version of him, ending with text saying that somewhere in our world Ed turned one hundred in 2005.]]]] Though, in this case it was stated by WordOfGod that it was merely a WhatIf scenario and not intended to be taken as the final ending of the series.
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