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23rd Mar '18 12:59:03 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', though, which further confirms the worst possible ending available for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' - that [[spoiler:James is missing, having probably committed suicide]]. Mind, the only thing that ''Silent Hill 4'' makes clear is that James never returned to his old life; [=SH2=]'s creative director has gone on record that there is [[ShrugOfGod no official canon]] ending to James' story, and players were meant to choose whichever ending that offers the best closure for themselves, so whether [[spoiler:James took his own life, remained in the town to try and revive Mary, or left with Maria or Laura to start over again]] depends on what one personally feels he ''should'' have done.

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', though, which further confirms the worst possible ending available for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' - that [[spoiler:James is missing, having probably committed suicide]]. Mind, the ''[[AmbiguousSituation Maybe.]]'' The only thing that ''Silent Hill 4'' makes clear is that James never returned to his old life; [=SH2=]'s creative director has gone on record that there is [[ShrugOfGod no official canon]] canon ending to James' story, story]], and players were meant to choose whichever ending that offers the best closure for themselves, so whether [[spoiler:James took his own life, drowned himself in Toluca Lake, remained in the town to try and revive Mary, or left with Maria or Laura to start over again]] depends on what one personally feels he ''should'' have done.
23rd Mar '18 12:52:52 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', though, which further confirms[[note]]Or tries to; [=SH2=]'s creative director has gone on record that there is [[ShrugOfGod no official canon]] ending to James' story.[[/note]] the worst possible ending available for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' - that [[spoiler:James is missing, having probably committed suicide]].

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** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', though, which further confirms[[note]]Or tries to; [=SH2=]'s creative director has gone on record that there is [[ShrugOfGod no official canon]] ending to James' story.[[/note]] confirms the worst possible ending available for ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' - that [[spoiler:James is missing, having probably committed suicide]].suicide]]. Mind, the only thing that ''Silent Hill 4'' makes clear is that James never returned to his old life; [=SH2=]'s creative director has gone on record that there is [[ShrugOfGod no official canon]] ending to James' story, and players were meant to choose whichever ending that offers the best closure for themselves, so whether [[spoiler:James took his own life, remained in the town to try and revive Mary, or left with Maria or Laura to start over again]] depends on what one personally feels he ''should'' have done.
19th Mar '18 6:38:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, Creator/DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, Creator/EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.

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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, Creator/DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, Creator/EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.
26th Feb '18 2:39:11 PM RedScharlach
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* Happens a lot in ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games. They all have MultipleEndings, but occassionally a sequel to an older game will confirm one of those endings directly or indirectly - usually for the better. Examples include:

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* Happens a lot in ''Franchise/SilentHill'' games. They all have MultipleEndings, but occassionally occasionally a sequel to an older game will confirm one of those endings directly or indirectly - usually for the better. Examples include:
22nd Feb '18 9:55:52 AM GreatKeith
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ended with a ton of unanswered questions and offscreen happenings, namely who Negi liked and how the [[BigBad Lifemaker]] was defeated respectively. The StealthSequel ''Manga/UQHolder'' has answered most of the lingering plot threads and gave definitive answers to who Negi was attracted to and showed how the Lifemaker was ultimately taken care of.
30th Jan '18 4:34:01 AM Michael_McManus
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* ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit'' ends with the title character sick and in trouble with his mother for losing his clothes. Its sequel, ''Literature/TheTaleOfBenjaminBunny'', shows that Peter was traumatised by the events of the first book, but his mother forgives him when he recovers his clothes. He grows up to be OlderAndWiser in later books, and has a happy life as a successful cabbage farmer and CoolUncle to Benjamin's children.
23rd Dec '17 7:38:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, Creator/DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.

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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, Creator/DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, EoinColfer, Creator/EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.
10th Dec '17 1:45:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.

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* ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.'' To start, DouglasAdams Creator/DouglasAdams had expressed the desire to continue after ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''' DownerEnding, but AuthorExistenceFailure caught up with him. One of his acquaintances, EoinColfer, was then given the rights to finish it by Adams' widow, and the book, ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', ends on a fairly happy ending compared to the previous one.
29th May '17 10:29:02 AM DoctorCooper
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Compare IKnewIt, which is about fan theories being proved right, whereas a BelatedHappyEnding is specifically about the characters (regardless of fan theories). See also MaybeEverAfter, an ending which this trope can resolve. The inversion is HappyEndingOverride where the heroes' victory and happy ending [[ShootTheShaggyDog is turned into dust and ruins.]]

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Compare IKnewIt, which is about fan theories being proved right, whereas a BelatedHappyEnding Belated Happy Ending is specifically about the characters (regardless of fan theories). See also MaybeEverAfter, an ending which this trope can resolve. The inversion is HappyEndingOverride where the heroes' victory and happy ending [[ShootTheShaggyDog is turned into dust and ruins.]]
20th May '17 1:15:17 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VagrantStory'' (which takes place centuries after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''), various item descriptions mention the Zodiac Brave Story from the first game, naming Agrias, Orlandu and several others as well-known heroes. That means the Durai report from ''Tactics'', containing a true account of what happened during the war, was eventually accepted as historical canon.

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* In ''VagrantStory'' ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' (which takes place centuries after ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''), various item descriptions mention the Zodiac Brave Story from the first game, naming Agrias, Orlandu and several others as well-known heroes. That means the Durai report from ''Tactics'', containing a true account of what happened during the war, was eventually accepted as historical canon.
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