History Main / AmbiguousEnding

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.
23rd Nov '16 12:16:08 AM 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.
15th Nov '16 7:07:01 AM Arcana4th
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* ''Webcomic/BestFriendsForever''was discontinued in Chapter 24, resulting in a BittersweetEnding, and tons of questions unanswered, like [[spoiler:Are Vincent and Teddy really okay with being JustFriends or are there still unresolved issues? Will Vincent and Louis get together? Will John ever redeem himself in Teddy's eyes?]].
31st Oct '16 9:42:16 AM Morgenthaler
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SuperTrope to AmbiguousCloneEnding.
30th Sep '16 7:57:39 AM redandready45
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* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'': The film ends with slavery still prevalent in 21st century America, but the revelation that [[spoiler: John Fauntroy, one of the influential white supremacists in America]], and the fact that the CSA economy is crumbling due to maintenance of slavery, means people may be beginning to seriously question the system.
26th Sep '16 4:51:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': Shakara stops his evil counterpart Brenneka's plan to destroy reality in time by trapping both of them inside the [[DoomsdayDevice God Engine]]'s implosion. The evil Hierarchy collapses and peace mostly returns to the cosmos. Then a yellow Shakara (Shakara #1 was red and Brenneka was blue) emerges from a crashed ship in another reality, leaving it ambiguous whether this is a reincarnation of the main Shakara, some combination of him and Brenneka, or a new entity altogether.
21st Sep '16 8:05:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/MonstersBall'': Leticia eventually finds out that Hank is the former prison guard who executed her husband, but she doesn't confront him over it and as the credits roll it's left ambiguous whether their relationship will survive this revelation.
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