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10th Oct '17 5:30:12 PM Premonition45
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Contrast HappyEnding and DownerEnding, where the conclusion is obvious, BittersweetEnding, which is ambiguous about the ''happiness'' of the resolution, but not on the events themselves, and EsotericHappyEnding, which is ostensibly happy [[FridgeLogic until the audience actually thinks about it]].

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Contrast HappyEnding and DownerEnding, where the conclusion is obvious, BittersweetEnding, which is ambiguous about the ''happiness'' of the resolution, but not on the events themselves, and EsotericHappyEnding, which is ostensibly seems happy [[FridgeLogic until the audience actually thinks about it]].
9th Sep '17 10:13:02 PM Aiguille
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* Season 1 of ''Podcast/WithinTheWires'' ends with "Cassette #10: Horopito," which medical prison staff member Hester will mail to a cottage, meant to be a safe house for friend and escaped patient Oleta. We have no way of knowing if Oleta ever receives it (though between Side A and Side B, we hear sounds of the ocean, suggesting that she does) or if she will wait there for Hester. We are unsure if Hester will be able to successfully wipe the Institute's records to facilitate her own escape, or if they will be able to track down Oleta again.
28th Aug '17 4:56:26 PM benda
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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.
6th Aug '17 2:02:45 AM Boba_Fett88
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* ''FanFic/MyLittleAnimaniacs'': Due to the author not having any ideas for the climax in the final chapter, he had to take a suggestion from a reader, and virtually nothing about the BigBad is explained, including the method the ponies and Animaniacs use to defeat it.
29th Jul '17 7:26:44 AM Axslayer33
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ends with a beautiful nine-minute hand-drawn animated movie that answers almost no questions and leaves a million plot threads hanging. Was Lord English defeated? Did he get destroyed by the black hole? What did the "weapon" actually do? Do the events that result in the kids' souls being trapped inside it happen sometime after the end of the game, or was that actually a different set of kids from a different timeline? If it ''is'' the same group of kids, are they ever freed from the juju? Hussie has hinted some of these questions might be answered later in an epilog, but it'll be a while before that happens, if ever.
* ''[[Wecomic/AliceGrove]]'' finished in a rapidly paced ending, with Alice [[spoiler: casually murdering Pate in one of her rage states, Gavia and Ardent learning that their reality is a Matrix-like simulation, Sedna losing an arm, and the fact that humanity is about to have a intellectual and technological awakening to advance it back to its pre-war state]]. Despite that, in the course of three pages [[Gavia and Ardent are told they cannot return home, Sedna is given a new arm, and Alice decides to get in a ship and fly off into the unknown.]] Case closed. No explanation for the cause of the war, what Alice, Church or the rest of their kind did in the war, or what The Walker did to the moon [[spoiler: with Gavia's nanotech.]] The result is a [[BrokenBase bitter fandom towards Jeph.]]

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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ends with a beautiful nine-minute hand-drawn animated movie that answers almost no questions and leaves a million plot threads hanging. Was Lord English defeated? Did he get destroyed by the black hole? What did the "weapon" actually do? Do the events that result in the kids' souls being trapped inside it happen sometime after the end of the game, or was that actually a different set of kids from a different timeline? If it ''is'' the same group of kids, are they ever freed from the juju? Hussie has hinted some of these questions might be answered later in an epilog, epilogue, but it'll be a while before that happens, if ever.
* ''[[Wecomic/AliceGrove]]'' ''[[Webcomic/AliceGrove]]'' finished in a rapidly paced ending, with Alice [[spoiler: casually murdering Pate in one of her rage states, Gavia and Ardent learning that their reality is a Matrix-like simulation, Sedna losing an arm, and the fact that humanity is about to have a intellectual and technological awakening to advance it back to its pre-war state]]. Despite that, in the course of three pages [[Gavia [[spoiler: Gavia and Ardent are told they cannot return home, Sedna is given a new arm, and Alice decides to get in a ship and fly off into the unknown.]] Case closed. No explanation for the cause of the war, what Alice, Church or the rest of their kind did in the war, or what The Walker did to the moon [[spoiler: with Gavia's nanotech.]] The result is a [[BrokenBase bitter fandom towards Jeph.]]
29th Jul '17 7:25:21 AM Axslayer33
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* ''[[Wecomic/AliceGrove]]'' finished in a rapidly paced ending, with Alice [[spoiler: casually murdering Pate in one of her rage states, Gavia and Ardent learning that their reality is a Matrix-like simulation, Sedna losing an arm, and the fact that humanity is about to have a intellectual and technological awakening to advance it back to its pre-war state]]. Despite that, in the course of three pages [[Gavia and Ardent are told they cannot return home, Sedna is given a new arm, and Alice decides to get in a ship and fly off into the unknown.]] Case closed. No explanation for the cause of the war, what Alice, Church or the rest of their kind did in the war, or what The Walker did to the moon [[spoiler: with Gavia's nanotech.]] The result is a [[BrokenBase bitter fandom towards Jeph.]]


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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?

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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 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.
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