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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.]]
19th Jan '16 1:55:52 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Something of a series trait for Frictional Games' line of SurvivalHorror games:
** In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', [[spoiler: depending on your actions in the final chamber, you can get [[MultipleEndings either one of two of these]]: If you topple the pillars and disrupt the ritual, Alexander is devoured by the Shadow and Daniel is allowed to go free... with no hints as to whether this is a good thing or not. If you send Agrippa's head through the portal instead, Alexander is devoured and Daniel is enveloped in shadow -- but it's implied Agrippa and Weyer rescue Daniel and bring him to their new dimension. The third ending is a straight-forward DownerEnding, with Daniel being SwallowedWhole and condemned to eternity inside the pitch-black darkness of the Shadow's guts.]]
*** Meanwhile, in the official expansion pack ''Amnesia: Justine'', [[spoiler: your player character turns out to be the titular sadistic monster, and despite her stated goals about her "test", you've apparently learned nothing: even if you save all three men, you just lock them up in your TortureCellar and go on your merry way, with the only difference being dialogue between Justine and her maid.]]
** 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...]]
** In ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'', [[spoiler: Simon Jarrett ultimately learns that the BrainUploading works by creating perfect copies, rather than transferring consciousness. So, even though a copy of Simon is living a blissful existence on the [=ARK=], at least one and possibly two other Simons are left aboard the ruined remains of PATHOS-II, leaving him/then buried alive in a decaying aqua-station on the bottom of the ocean of a dead planet, trapped, possibly alone, for all eternity.]]
19th Jan '16 8:45:03 AM kome360
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* The ending of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is pretty conclusive, but the end leaves Kratos' ultimate fate a little unclear. [[spoiler:He appears to die via a HeroicSacrifice in order to purge the world of the evils of PandorasBox, and then left dying on a beach by Athena. However, a post-credits scene shows his body missing and a trail of blood leading to the sea, making his true fate unknown.]]

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* The ending of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is pretty conclusive, but the end leaves Kratos' ultimate fate a little unclear. [[spoiler:He appears commits suicide to die via a HeroicSacrifice in order to purge empower humanity with the world of the evils of PandorasBox, same violent, god-killing hope that he's been using all along, and then left dying on a beach what's left of the mountain by Athena. However, a post-credits scene shows his body missing and a trail of blood leading to the sea, making his true fate unknown.]]
11th Jan '16 9:19:04 PM nowaymanguy
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* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' the events that apparently occurred in the Nevada Mars Mission Test Site are vital to the plot, although not much is actually known about what happened. All we know by the end of the game's true path, as well as the epilogues, is: That on December 31 2028 it was the place where Radical-6 first got out, claiming the infection's first victims. The people in the site where on a Mars mission simulation simulating a manned mission to Mars and among those at the site were Sigma, Phi, and a mysterious Woman. Aand the fact that the entire Nonary Game was creating a complex time-loop which would allow both old-man-Sigma and Phi to mind-swap into their bodies from a week before the Radical-6 outbreak, so that they could go to the test site and attempt to stop it and create an alternative history where the entirety of the game's events never happened. All of which explains primarily what's going on in Virtue's Last Reward's plot, so this isn't ''NoEnding'', but it still leaves many things unanswered. The main one of which is obviously whether or not Phi and Sigma succeed in their mission to stop the outbreak.
** The entire Nevada Test Site is full of noodle incidents which are obviously supposed to be left open for the game's sequel. Such as the incident where Sigma apparently lost his arms saving a woman, the moment where Radical-6 somehow got out, and by whom and how all this happened. The sequel itself however is on indefinite hiatus. Meaning we may never get a proper ending.
10th Jan '16 6:16:46 AM TheSinful
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* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/38135/1/who-we-are/chapter-1 Who We Are]]'' ends with the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic changeling]] among the Mane Six finally revealing herself to the others but it's never revealed who it is.
4th Jan '16 6:27:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Last episode of {{Cybersix}} ends ambiguously. Cybersix was so close to the exit, did she make it? The BigBad is dead but Jose is shown to have survived and the very last shot is of Lucas wondering the streets, looking up and seeing light in Adrian/Cybersix's window. Since the show was cancelled so we will likely never know what happened.

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* Last episode of {{Cybersix}} WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}} ends ambiguously. Cybersix was so close to the exit, did she make it? The BigBad is dead but Jose is shown to have survived and the very last shot is of Lucas wondering the streets, looking up and seeing light in Adrian/Cybersix's window. Since the show was cancelled so we will likely never know what happened.
2nd Jan '16 1:52:48 PM Premonition45
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Contrast HappyEnding and DownerEnding, where the conclusion is obvious, and BittersweetEnding, which is ambiguous about the ''happiness'' of the resolution, but not on the events themselves.

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Contrast HappyEnding and DownerEnding, where the conclusion is obvious, and BittersweetEnding, which is ambiguous about the ''happiness'' of the resolution, but not on the events themselves.
themselves, and EsotericHappyEnding, which is ostensibly happy [[FridgeLogic until the audience actually thinks about it]].
1st Jan '16 7:34:16 PM jormis29
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* The ending of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is pretty conclusive, but the end leaves Kratos' ultimate fate a little unclear. [[spoiler:He appears to die via a HeroicSacrifice in order to purge the world of the evils of Pandora's Box, and then left dying on a beach by Athena. However, a post-credits scene shows his body missing and a trail of blood leading to the sea, making his true fate unknown.]]

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* The ending of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is pretty conclusive, but the end leaves Kratos' ultimate fate a little unclear. [[spoiler:He appears to die via a HeroicSacrifice in order to purge the world of the evils of Pandora's Box, PandorasBox, and then left dying on a beach by Athena. However, a post-credits scene shows his body missing and a trail of blood leading to the sea, making his true fate unknown.]]
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