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27th Jun '16 5:41:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* The made-for-TV movie ''Special Report: Journey to Mars'' ends with the crew of the first manned mission to Mars overcoming the obstacles and landing on the red planet. A crew member than exits the craft, starts saying her first words, then her eyes go wide, she utters "Oh my God...", and the transmission cuts off. The space agency sends a satellite in orbit to scan the area, followed by shots of the planet... and then credits. We're left to wonder what the astronauts encountered on Mars and whether they're alive at all.

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* The made-for-TV movie ''Special Report: Journey to Mars'' ends with the crew of the first manned mission to Mars overcoming the obstacles (mostly caused by a powerful corporation having a vested interest in the mission failing) and landing on the red planet. A crew member than exits the craft, starts saying her first words, then her eyes go wide, she utters "Oh my God...", and the transmission cuts off. The space agency sends a satellite in orbit to scan the area, followed by shots of the planet... and then credits. We're left to wonder what the astronauts encountered on Mars and whether they're alive at all.
27th Jun '16 5:39:08 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Film/TheBreakUp'' ends with the titular couple meeting up on the street months after their break-up and exchanging pleasantries. It's left ambiguous if they will just go their separate ways or make another try at their relationship.
* ''Film/{{Alice}}'': The film ends much like how Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland did, with Alice waking up in her room from the dream. However, Alice notices that [[spoiler: the glass case that contained the White Rabbit is still broken and the Rabbit missing]]. This makes it unclear if the dream is actually over or if she's still in Wonderland.

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* ''Film/TheBreakUp'' ends with the titular couple meeting up on the street months after their break-up and exchanging pleasantries. It's left ambiguous if they will just go their separate ways or make another try at their relationship.
relationship. An alternate deleted scene shows them meeting up with their new boy/girlfriend, who happen to look very similar to their exes, showing that they're not completely over one another.
* ''Film/{{Alice}}'': The film ends much like how Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland did, with Alice waking up in her room from the dream. However, Alice notices that [[spoiler: the glass case that contained the White Rabbit is still broken and the Rabbit missing]]. This makes it unclear if the dream is actually over or if she's still in Wonderland. Wonderland.
* The made-for-TV movie ''Special Report: Journey to Mars'' ends with the crew of the first manned mission to Mars overcoming the obstacles and landing on the red planet. A crew member than exits the craft, starts saying her first words, then her eyes go wide, she utters "Oh my God...", and the transmission cuts off. The space agency sends a satellite in orbit to scan the area, followed by shots of the planet... and then credits. We're left to wonder what the astronauts encountered on Mars and whether they're alive at all.
8th Jun '16 3:10:55 AM DarkHunter
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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.

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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.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': Three endings this time. Again the long-term consequences of each ending are left vague. [[spoiler:The player may Link the Fire as so many have done before them, burning for an Age and extending what little life the Fire has left to allow the world to limp on. Another option is to allow the End of Fire, finally ushering in the Age of Dark. But, as everything goes black, it ends on a tiny note of hope, that one day new light may be kindled somewhere. Finally, the player may choose to Usurp the Fire, stealing what's left of the Fire's power for themselves, and channeling that strength into becoming the Lord of Hollows, and ruling over whatever comes next... for good or ill.]]
3rd Jun '16 3:46:59 PM eroock
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** In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs'', [[spoiler: Oswald Mandus kills himself in a HeroicSacrifice that destroys the Machine and its Manpigs. But who knows how much slaughter it carried out on London's population, or how such devastation will affect the fate of the world when World War One rolls up in a few decades, as it's seemingly guaranteed to do...]]
30th May '16 6:46:23 PM NESBoy
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' it was a RunningGag that Lucy never lets Charlie Brown kick the football, always pulling it away from him at the last minute. In the last strip featuring this, Lucy is called by her mother for lunch, so she lets her little brother Rerun hold the ball for her. Charlie Brown charges at the football, and... AND... cut to later, at the Van Pelt house:
-->'''Lucy:''' What happened? Did you pull the ball away? Did he kick it? What happened?\\
'''Rerun:''' You'll never know..\\
'''Lucy: AAUGH!'''
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26th May '16 9:24:23 AM libertydude
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* ''Film/{{Alice}}'': The film ends much like how Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland did, with Alice waking up in her room from the dream. However, Alice notices that [[spoiler: the glass case that contained the White Rabbit is still broken and the Rabbit missing]]. This makes it unclear if the dream is actually over or if she's still in Wonderland.
4th May '16 3:28:37 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheBreakUp'' ends with the titular couple meeting up on the street months after their break-up and exchanging pleasantries. It's left ambiguous if they will just go their separate ways or make another try at their relationship.


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* In ''Literature/TheBellJar'', Esther undergoes shock treatment for her depression. The book ends just as she's about to meet with the consultant to see if she has recovered and can be discharged. The final line is the ambiguous "I stepped into the room."
* The book version of ''{{Film/Brooklyn}}'' has an ambiguous ending. Eilish breaks it off with Jim and gets back on the boat to America. She's not sure if she's done the right thing and the book ends with her trying not to think about it. The film changes this to a more direct happy ending, where Eilish is seen reuniting happily with Tony in New York.
27th Apr '16 10:32:01 AM TobuIshi
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* ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'' has an unusually ambiguous ending for a children's book. [[spoiler:Was Sara-Kate just lying about the elves the whole time? Despite all the evidence in support of this conclusion, the finale still leaves you with a whisper of doubt. Maybe, just maybe...]]
24th Apr '16 9:54:00 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The two-part SeriesFinale of ''Series/{{Fraiser}}'' ends somewhat ambiguously. After all his friends and family have gone on to start new chapters in their lives, the viewers are led to believe Fraiser has accepted a new job in San Francisco, and assume the plane he is on (where he has been relating the story to a fellow passenger) is going there. [[spoiler:However, the final scene shows it landing in Chicago, where Charlotte has moved. Fraiser asks the other passenger to wish him luck, and the episode, along with the series, ends. Presumably, he wants to get back together with Charlotte, and it's up to the viewers to decide whether or not he's successful, and whether or not they live happily ever after.]]

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* The two-part SeriesFinale of ''Series/{{Fraiser}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' ends somewhat ambiguously. After all his friends and family have gone on to start new chapters in their lives, the viewers are led to believe Fraiser has accepted a new job in San Francisco, and assume the plane he is on (where he has been relating the story to a fellow passenger) is going there. [[spoiler:However, the final scene shows it landing in Chicago, where Charlotte has moved. Fraiser asks the other passenger to wish him luck, and the episode, along with the series, ends. Presumably, he wants to get back together with Charlotte, and it's up to the viewers to decide whether or not he's successful, and whether or not they live happily ever after.]]
4th Apr '16 7:23:06 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The two-part SeriesFinale of ''Series/{{Fraiser}}'' ends somewhat ambiguously. After all his friends and family have gone on to start new chapters in their lives, the viewers are led to believe Fraiser has accepted a new job in San Francisco, and assume the plane he is on (where he has been relating the story to a fellow passenger) is going there. [[spoiler:However, the final scene shows it landing in Chicago, where Charlotte has moved. Fraiser asks the other passenger to wish him luck, and the episode, along with the series, ends. Presumably, he wants to get back together with Charlotte, and it's up to the viewers to decide whether or not he's successful, and whether or not they live happily ever after.]]
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