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26th Jun '17 9:21:07 AM RedScharlach
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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?]].

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* ''Webcomic/BestFriendsForever''was ''Webcomic/BestFriendsForever'' was discontinued in Chapter 24, resulting in a BittersweetEnding, and tons of questions unanswered, like 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?]].eyes?]]
26th Jun '17 9:16:28 AM RedScharlach
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** The two sequels also end on this note. [[spoiler: In the second, they appear to get together, but with little idea how it will end given that the developed different lives in the aftermath of the first film. The third film is similarly ambiguous, though they are now married, it is less than perfect and it ends with them questioning whether they would stay toCathgether but leaning towards yes.]]
* The end of 2011 British horror ''Film/TheAwakening'' leaves the veiwer uncertain of whether the heroine (Florence Cathcart) survived the poisoning attempt and is alive or whether she's a ghost who's haunting Robert. On one hand, many assumed she was dead because she walked past people without them even seeing her (even when she was very, very close) and in the background you can hear the headmaster talking about her as though dead ("Yes, she always ''was'' a bit strange, that Cathcart girl"). On the other hand, some thought her alive because she tells Robert she's working on a manuscript for a new book and asks him to get her a taxi back to London, which isn't a activity most ghosts endevour in. The film's ending is purposefully contradictory to add suspence and disettlement.
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' Is the story Francis tells about Dr. Caligari and Cesare true or just the ravings of a madman?

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** The two sequels also end on this note. [[spoiler: In the second, they appear to get together, but with little idea how it will end given that the developed different lives in the aftermath of the first film. The third film is similarly ambiguous, though they are now married, it is less than perfect and it ends with them questioning whether they would stay toCathgether together but leaning towards yes.]]
* The end of 2011 British horror ''Film/TheAwakening'' leaves the veiwer viewer uncertain of whether the heroine (Florence Cathcart) survived the poisoning attempt and is alive or whether she's a ghost who's haunting Robert. On one hand, many assumed she was dead because she walked past people without them even seeing her (even when she was very, very close) and in the background you can hear the headmaster talking about her as though dead ("Yes, she always ''was'' a bit strange, that Cathcart girl"). On the other hand, some thought her alive because she tells Robert she's working on a manuscript for a new book and asks him to get her a taxi back to London, which isn't a activity most ghosts endevour in. The film's ending is purposefully contradictory to add suspence and disettlement.
* ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'': Is the story Francis tells about Dr. Caligari and Cesare true or just the ravings of a madman?



* ''Film/ASeriousMan''--After having played the part of {{The Woobie}} for most of the film, things finally begin to look up for progatonist Larry Gopnick. After having been concerned about his job security throughout much of the film, Larry is informed he'll indeed make tenure. And while it's never specifically stated that Larry is reunited with his wife Judith (who had sought to divorce Larry and marry an older man until he died in a car crash), the two are seen smiling and holding hands at their son Danny's bar mitzvah, implying as much. Danny even manages to get his transistor radio back after having it taken away during Hebrew School. However just as the movie seems to take an upbeat turn, Larry recieves a phone call from his doctor, telling him that the results from his physical are in and that he needs to see him in his office; while we are not told what the problem is, we can imply it is most likely a serious medical condition. The movie ends with Danny at Hebrew School when it's announced there is a tornado and the students must be evacuated for shelter. The last shot is Danny staring at the rapidly approaching tornado as the teacher struggles to open the door of the shelter.

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* ''Film/ASeriousMan''--After having played the part of {{The Woobie}} for most of the film, things finally begin to look up for progatonist Larry Gopnick. After having been concerned about his job security throughout much of the film, Larry is informed he'll indeed make tenure. And while it's never specifically stated that Larry is reunited with his wife Judith (who had sought to divorce Larry and marry an older man until he died in a car crash), the two are seen smiling and holding hands at their son Danny's bar mitzvah, implying as much. Danny even manages to get his transistor radio back after having it taken away during Hebrew School. However just as the movie seems to take an upbeat turn, Larry recieves receives a phone call from his doctor, telling him that the results from his physical are in and that he needs to see him in his office; while we are not told what the problem is, we can imply it is most likely a serious medical condition. The movie ends with Danny at Hebrew School when it's announced there is a tornado and the students must be evacuated for shelter. The last shot is Danny staring at the rapidly approaching tornado as the teacher struggles to open the door of the shelter.



* ''Series/TheSopranos'' arguably has the king of all ambigious endings in its series finale. After disposing of his arch-nemesis Phil Leotardo, Tony is seen taking his wife Carmela and son AJ to a diner, later to be joined by their daughter Meadow. It's seemingly an upbeat scene, with the exception of Tony discussing potential legal troubles on the horizon. Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" starts playing in the background, and you begin to see curious shots of seemingly random persons in the diner mixed in with shots of Tony and his family happily chomping down on onion rings. Arguably the most curious is a man wearing a Members Only jacket seen walking towards the bathroom. The music swells, and suddenly--cut to black, series over. To this day, fans continue to argue whether this implied that Tony was suddenly shot as the screen cut to black (Perhaps by the man in the Member's Only jacket?), or that it meant nothing at all--Tony and family continued to enjoy their food without interruption.

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* ''Series/TheSopranos'' arguably has the king of all ambigious ambiguous endings in its series finale. After disposing of his arch-nemesis Phil Leotardo, Tony is seen taking his wife Carmela and son AJ to a diner, later to be joined by their daughter Meadow. It's seemingly an upbeat scene, with the exception of Tony discussing potential legal troubles on the horizon. Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" starts playing in the background, and you begin to see curious shots of seemingly random persons in the diner mixed in with shots of Tony and his family happily chomping down on onion rings. Arguably the most curious is a man wearing a Members Only jacket seen walking towards the bathroom. The music swells, and suddenly--cut to black, series over. To this day, fans continue to argue whether this implied that Tony was suddenly shot as the screen cut to black (Perhaps by the man in the Member's Only jacket?), or that it meant nothing at all--Tony and family continued to enjoy their food without interruption.



* The two-part SeriesFinale of ''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.]]

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* The two-part SeriesFinale of ''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 Frasier 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 Frasier 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.]]



* ''Literature/FindingHope'' ends with [[spoiler:Nobody deciding on whether or not he should become the new town sherif.]] Whether he agrees to that offer is left up to the reader's imaginations.

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* ''Literature/FindingHope'' ends with [[spoiler:Nobody deciding on whether or not he should become the new town sherif.sheriff.]] Whether he agrees to that offer is left up to the reader's imaginations.
26th Jun '17 9:10:02 AM RedScharlach
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** The two sequels also end on this note. [[spoiler: In the second, they appear to get together, but with little idea how it will end given that the developed different lives in the aftermath of the first film. The third film is similarly ambiguous, though they are now married, it is less than perfect and it ends with them questioning whether they would stay together but leaning towards yes.]]
* The end of 2011 British horror ''Film/TheAwakening'' leaves the veiwer uncertain of whether the heroine (Florence CathCart) survived the poisoning attempt and is alive or whether she's a ghost who's haunting Robert. On one hand, many assumed she was dead because she walked past people without them even seeing her (even when she was very, very close) and in the background you can hear the headmaster talking about her as though dead ("Yes, she always ''was'' a bit strange, that CathCart girl"). On the other hand, some thought her alive because she tells Robert she's working on a manuscript for a new book and asks him to get her a taxi back to London, which isn't a activity most ghosts endevour in. The film's ending is purposefully contradictory to add suspence and disettlement.
* ''Film/TheCabinetofDrCaligari'' Did the story Francis tell about Dr. Caligari and Cesare true or just the ravings of a madman?

to:

** The two sequels also end on this note. [[spoiler: In the second, they appear to get together, but with little idea how it will end given that the developed different lives in the aftermath of the first film. The third film is similarly ambiguous, though they are now married, it is less than perfect and it ends with them questioning whether they would stay together toCathgether but leaning towards yes.]]
* The end of 2011 British horror ''Film/TheAwakening'' leaves the veiwer uncertain of whether the heroine (Florence CathCart) Cathcart) survived the poisoning attempt and is alive or whether she's a ghost who's haunting Robert. On one hand, many assumed she was dead because she walked past people without them even seeing her (even when she was very, very close) and in the background you can hear the headmaster talking about her as though dead ("Yes, she always ''was'' a bit strange, that CathCart Cathcart girl"). On the other hand, some thought her alive because she tells Robert she's working on a manuscript for a new book and asks him to get her a taxi back to London, which isn't a activity most ghosts endevour in. The film's ending is purposefully contradictory to add suspence and disettlement.
* ''Film/TheCabinetofDrCaligari'' Did ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'' Is the story Francis tell tells about Dr. Caligari and Cesare true or just the ravings of a madman?
15th Jun '17 8:53:28 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'', a person is found guilty of Ian Arts's murder, but it's not that clear that person actually did it due to the vagueness of the crime. Then Apollo approaches Athena and tells her that the police are checking a man's blood to determine whether he's the real killer, but his name is never mentioned. Even the author himself admits the ending is ambiguous.
2nd Jun '17 2:06:30 PM Gosicrystal
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* The ending of VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma is this. [[spoiler: Did Carlos shoot Delta? Or did he let him live?]]

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* The ending of VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' is this. [[spoiler: Did Carlos shoot Delta? Or did he let him live?]]
22nd May '17 2:03:22 PM Joe32
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* ''Film/{{In Bruges}}'': The film ends with Ray being carried into an ambulance after getting shot multiple times, however, we never find out whetever he survives or not.

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* ''Film/{{In Bruges}}'': The film ends with Ray being carried into an ambulance after getting shot multiple times, however, we never find out whetever whether he survives or not.
18th May '17 9:18:00 AM mariofan1000
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14th May '17 1:47:50 AM Alvin
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* The film and the play of Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' end with [[spoiler: the audience not knowing what really happened to ConMan Paul, and it's unclear whether Flan and Ouisa's marriage is over for good, or if they're just having a fight]].

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* The film and the play of Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' ''Theatre/SixDegreesOfSeparation'' end with [[spoiler: the audience not knowing what really happened to ConMan Paul, and it's unclear whether Flan and Ouisa's marriage is over for good, or if they're just having a fight]].
14th May '17 1:42:08 AM Alvin
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* ''Film/ASeriousMan''--After having played the part of {{The Woobie}} for most of the film, things finally begin to look up for progatonist Larry Gopnick. After having been concerned about his job security throughout much of the film, Larry is informed he'll indeed make tenure. And while it's never specifically stated that Larry is reunited with his wife Judith (who had sought to divorce Larry and marry an older man until he died in a car crash), the two are seen smiling and holding hands at their son Danny's bar mitzvah, implying as much. Danny even manages to get his transitor radio back after having it taken away during Hebrew School. However just as the movie seems to take an upbeat turn, Larry recieves a phone call from his doctor, telling him that the results from his physical are in and that he needs to see him in his office; while we are not told what the problem is, we can imply it is most likely a serious medical condition. The movie ends with Danny at Hebrew School when it's announced there is a tornado and the students must be evacuated for shelter. The last shot is Danny staring at the rapidly approaching tornado as the teacher struggles to open the door of the shelter.

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* ''Film/ASeriousMan''--After having played the part of {{The Woobie}} for most of the film, things finally begin to look up for progatonist Larry Gopnick. After having been concerned about his job security throughout much of the film, Larry is informed he'll indeed make tenure. And while it's never specifically stated that Larry is reunited with his wife Judith (who had sought to divorce Larry and marry an older man until he died in a car crash), the two are seen smiling and holding hands at their son Danny's bar mitzvah, implying as much. Danny even manages to get his transitor transistor radio back after having it taken away during Hebrew School. However just as the movie seems to take an upbeat turn, Larry recieves a phone call from his doctor, telling him that the results from his physical are in and that he needs to see him in his office; while we are not told what the problem is, we can imply it is most likely a serious medical condition. The movie ends with Danny at Hebrew School when it's announced there is a tornado and the students must be evacuated for shelter. The last shot is Danny staring at the rapidly approaching tornado as the teacher struggles to open the door of the shelter.



* The film and the play of ''Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' end with [[spoiler: the audience not knowing what really happened to ConMan Paul, and it's unclear whether Flan and Ouisa's marriage is over for good, or if they're just having a fight]].

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* The film and the play of ''Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' end with [[spoiler: the audience not knowing what really happened to ConMan Paul, and it's unclear whether Flan and Ouisa's marriage is over for good, or if they're just having a fight]].
7th May '17 1:28:28 PM lipranzer
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* The film and the play of ''Theatre/''SixDegreesOfSeparation'' end with [[spoiler: the audience not knowing what really happened to ConMan Paul, and it's unclear whether Flan and Ouisa's marriage is over for good, or if they're just having a fight]].
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