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27th Aug '16 10:10:49 AM Sammettik
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* In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], you meet a couple of Alik'r warriors who are hunting a Redguard woman in Whiterun. The woman, Saadia, insists that her real name is Iman and that they're hunting her for speaking out against the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]. The head of the Redguard warriors, Kematu, says that her real name is Iman... and that she's really wanted for selling out a city to the Aldmeri Dominion. It's up to the player to decide who's telling the truth, but neither side is completely straightforward.

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* In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you meet a couple of Alik'r warriors who are hunting a Redguard woman in Whiterun. The woman, Saadia, insists that her real name is Iman and that they're hunting her for speaking out against the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]. The head of the Redguard warriors, Kematu, says that her real name is Iman... and that she's really wanted for selling out a city to the Aldmeri Dominion. It's up to the player to decide who's telling the truth, but neither side is completely straightforward.
7th Aug '16 9:51:02 AM wuggles
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* On ''Series/TheMusketeers'', Athos' ex-wife Milady de Winter (also an assassin and con-artist) is sentenced to death by hanging for murdering Athos' brother Thomas, but manages to escape. According to her, Thomas was attempting to rape her, so she killed him in self defense. Due to her untrustworthy nature, however, Athos and the other characters don't believe her, and Athos thinks she was simply trying to scam him. However, when Athos asks her if this is true, she seems to telling the truth about what happened.
4th Jul '16 2:39:09 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}'' ends with March trapped in a standoff at the former site of Auschwitz, surrounded by Gestapo agents. As he draws his weapon, he imagines Charlie successfully managing to deliver the evidence to the US, though even he admits it's an unlikely possibility.
29th Jun '16 4:03:05 PM Anddrix
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The short version: A character who has the explicit ability to return from any death, except one that is either ''heroic'' (HeroicSacrifice) or ''just'' ([[KarmicDeath die for their crimes]]), dies and does not return. Hardly any readers think this is a heroic death, but there's ambiguous evidence suggesting that it's not a just death either, and that the real reason the character doesn't return is because of a cosmic accident cheating them out of their revival. [[note]]The longer, spoileriffic version:The character in question is Vriska, the comic's BaseBreaker and reigning queen of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. She had committed many murders, was deliberately responsible for the creation of [[BigBad Bec Noir]], and was killed while leaving to fight Bec Noir--if Vriska had not been stopped, Bec Noir would have killed all her friends. However, Vriska's FreudianExcuse, her eleventh-hour remorse over prior misdeeds, and her desire to reform may or may not have redeemed her enough that her death no longer qualified as just. Further complicating the matter, the simultaneous ([[TimeyWimeyBall for a given value of "simultaneous"]]) destruction of a magic clock, whose pendulum was swinging between ''heroic'' and ''just'', may or may not have interfered with the universe making the right ruling on the nature of her death. Death sure is confusing![[/note]] [[WordOfGod Word of Hussie]] [[http://www.formspring.me/mspadventures/q/205977743303664796 has outright stated]] that he intended for this to be ambiguous and divisive.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The short version: A character who has the explicit ability to return from any death, except one that is either ''heroic'' (HeroicSacrifice) or ''just'' ([[KarmicDeath die for their crimes]]), dies and does not return. Hardly any readers think this is a heroic death, but there's ambiguous evidence suggesting that it's not a just death either, and that the real reason the character doesn't return is because of a cosmic accident cheating them out of their revival. [[note]]The longer, spoileriffic version:The character in question is Vriska, the comic's BaseBreaker and reigning queen of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. She had committed many murders, was deliberately responsible for the creation of [[BigBad Bec Noir]], and was killed while leaving to fight Bec Noir--if Vriska had not been stopped, Bec Noir would have killed all her friends. However, Vriska's FreudianExcuse, her eleventh-hour remorse over prior misdeeds, and her desire to reform may or may not have redeemed her enough that her death no longer qualified as just. Further complicating the matter, the simultaneous ([[TimeyWimeyBall for a given value of "simultaneous"]]) destruction of a magic clock, whose pendulum was swinging between ''heroic'' and ''just'', may or may not have interfered with the universe making the right ruling on the nature of her death. Death sure is confusing![[/note]] [[WordOfGod Word of Hussie]] [[http://www.formspring.me/mspadventures/q/205977743303664796 has outright stated]] that he intended for this to be ambiguous and divisive.
29th May '16 10:54:05 PM billybobfred
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* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', it's never confirmed whether [[spoiler:Gundam Tanaka]] killed [[spoiler:Nekomaru Nidai]] using [[spoiler:his hamsters to hit his "Good Night" button]] or if [[spoiler:he simply fought him on even terms]]. The killer insists that he/she used the latter method, but the former is simpler and slightly more believable. Both are plausible, however.

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* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', it's never confirmed whether [[spoiler:Gundam Tanaka]] killed [[spoiler:Nekomaru Nidai]] using [[spoiler:his hamsters to hit his "Good Night" button]] or if [[spoiler:he simply fought him on even terms]]. The killer insists that he/she used it was the latter method, but the former is simpler and slightly more believable. Both are plausible, however.
14th May '16 7:49:10 AM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' ends with [[spoiler:Spike, grievously wounded, collapsing in front of what remains of Vicious's gang]]. The creator said that [[spoiler:whether he lives or dies]] is entirely up to the viewer.
13th May '16 3:45:04 PM Vir
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has this for the entire land of Termina. Theories abound about what its story is. Is it some sort of afterlife? A hallucination? An alternate universe? A representation of Link's mental state/the five stages of grief/depression? Just a regular land? All the player knows is that Link goes though an incredibly trippy sequence to get there. The people all look the same as the ones from Hyrule, but that was done to make sure the game was finished sooner and it's never acknowledged in-universe. The implied backstory throws a lot more into the mix, with interesting carvings at Stone Tower that have lead to speculation that Terminia may have been cursed by the goddesses for blasphemy.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has this for the entire land of Termina. Theories abound about what its story is. Is it some sort of afterlife? A hallucination? An alternate universe? A representation of Link's mental state/the five stages of grief/depression? Just a regular land? All the player knows is that Link goes though an incredibly trippy sequence to get there. The people all look the same as the ones from Hyrule, but that was done to make sure the game was finished sooner and it's never acknowledged in-universe. The implied backstory throws a lot more into the mix, with interesting carvings at Stone Tower that have lead to speculation that Terminia Termina may have been cursed by the goddesses for blasphemy.
13th May '16 3:44:48 PM Vir
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has this for the entire land of Terminia. Theories abound about what its story is. Is it some sort of afterlife? A hallucination? An alternate universe? A representation of Link's mental state/the five stages of grief/depression? Just a regular land? All the player knows is that Link goes though an incredibly trippy sequence to get there. The people all look the same as the ones from Hyrule, but that was done to make sure the game was finished sooner and it's never acknowledged in-universe. The implied backstory throws a lot more into the mix, with interesting carvings at Stone Tower that have lead to speculation that Terminia may have been cursed by the goddesses for blasphemy.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has this for the entire land of Terminia.Termina. Theories abound about what its story is. Is it some sort of afterlife? A hallucination? An alternate universe? A representation of Link's mental state/the five stages of grief/depression? Just a regular land? All the player knows is that Link goes though an incredibly trippy sequence to get there. The people all look the same as the ones from Hyrule, but that was done to make sure the game was finished sooner and it's never acknowledged in-universe. The implied backstory throws a lot more into the mix, with interesting carvings at Stone Tower that have lead to speculation that Terminia may have been cursed by the goddesses for blasphemy.
2nd May '16 9:47:55 PM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' ends with [[spoiler: Seto successfully breaching through to the afterlife. He has Aigami's Quantum Cube and promises Mokuba he'll return, but the movie leaves it up in the air as to whether going there made him dead as well, and whether or not he'll win against Atem when he finally duels him]].

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' ends with [[spoiler: Seto successfully breaching through to the afterlife. He has Aigami's Quantum Cube and promises Mokuba he'll return, Cube, but the movie leaves it up in the air as to whether going there to the afterlife made him dead as well, and whether or not he'll win against Atem when he finally duels him]].him. Complicating matters further is that he leaves [=KaibaCorp=] in Mokuba's hands, suggesting he may not return right away, if at all]].
27th Apr '16 11:08:07 AM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' ends with [[spoiler: Seto successfully breaching through to the afterlife. He has Aigami's Quantum Cube and promises Mokuba he'll return, but the movie leaves it up in the air as to whether going there made him dead as well, and whether or not he'll win against Atem when he finally duels him]].
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