History Main / BolivianArmyEnding

22nd Jul '16 7:48:10 PM Camberf
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* The ending of the animated film version of [[Literature/ThePlagueDogs]] has the two protagonists swimming out into the ocean, trying to reach an island. While it at first seemed that there was likely no island at all, the film gives just a tiny bit of ambiguity to their fates by having the fog clear during the credits to reveal that there was in fact an island, albeit a distant one.
17th Jul '16 8:55:19 AM nombretomado
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The trope is named for ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', which ends with the two heroes apparently surrounded by the entire Bolivian army. They could surrender, but instead they choose to come out all guns blazing. The film ends just as they do so, and we never see them die. [[note]]The original version of the film showed their death, but Creator/RobertRedford preferred a more ambiguous ending. There is some historical evidence that the real Butch Cassidy may have survived the event, but none for the Sundance Kid.[[/note]]

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The trope is named for ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', which ends with the two heroes apparently surrounded by the entire Bolivian army. They could surrender, but instead they choose to come out all guns blazing. The film ends just as they do so, and we never see them die. [[note]]The original version of the film showed their death, but Creator/RobertRedford preferred a more ambiguous ending. There is some historical evidence that the real Butch Cassidy may have survived the event, but none for the Sundance Kid.[[/note]]
2nd Jul '16 6:02:01 AM MoPete
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Escape From Pearl Bayley," Steve and his friends are trapped in a bus with an angry mob that wants to beat them up. Steve, who had been having problems with his friends thoughout the episode, offers to make up with them. They accept, and they decide to go out in a blaze of glory, jumping out of the bus and trying to take a few of the mob with them. The image freeze-frames when they make the leap, but the trope is ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] because the sound continues and you can clearly hear Steve and his friends getting pounded.
21st Jun '16 3:13:41 PM scaredinmate#94
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* In 1847, during the Mexico-U.S.A. war, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niños_Héroes Boy Hero]] Francisco Márquez, was surrounded by the U.S.A. army inside the Castle of Chapultepec and they command him to give up. He didn't obey and shoot and killed a U.S.A. soldier, the army opened fire and killed him. He was 14 at the time.
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16th Jun '16 7:59:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', Comicbook/{{Nova}} and [[GuardiansofTheGalaxy Star-Lord]] stayed behind in the collapsing Cancerverse to prevent {{Thanos}} from escaping. A memorial service for the two heroes was held, but their fates were never made explicit. Both Thanos and Star-Lord were revealed to have survived two years later, while the existence of a [[AffirmativeActionLegacy new Nova]] seems to suggest that his predecessor didn't make it.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', Comicbook/{{Nova}} and [[GuardiansofTheGalaxy [[ComicBook/GuardiansofTheGalaxy Star-Lord]] stayed behind in the collapsing Cancerverse to prevent {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} from escaping. A memorial service for the two heroes was held, but their fates were never made explicit. Both Thanos and Star-Lord were revealed to have survived two years later, while the existence of a [[AffirmativeActionLegacy new Nova]] seems to suggest that his predecessor didn't make it.
10th Jun '16 2:34:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' has the surviving characters take off in a helicopter to an uncertain fate. The ending as it was originally planned would see all characters get killed; the last shot of the film, under the end credits, would've shown their helicopter sitting empty with the rotor turning -- for a few minutes, at least, before the engine ran out of fuel and the rotor spun down to a halt.

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* The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' has the surviving characters take off in a helicopter to an uncertain fate. The ending as it was originally planned would see all characters get killed; the last shot of the film, under the end credits, would've shown their helicopter sitting empty with the rotor turning -- for a few minutes, at least, before the engine ran out of fuel and the rotor spun down to a halt.
29th May '16 6:13:49 PM Pseudoname
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* The non-canon monster victory ending in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' features the hunters hopelessly outmatched by a horde of monsters that advances on them, picking off a few of them, before ending in a GoryDiscretionShot.
23rd May '16 9:01:30 PM MyFinalEdits
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' comic ''Forge of War'' has the remnants of the defeated Empire army rally at a narrow mountain pass to hold off a massive Chaos army to buy time for the rest of the Empire to regroup and send reinforcements. The comic ends with barely a dozen men, a dwarf, and a mage on a gryphon mount charging ''thousands'' of Chaos warriors.
** In the comic "Condemned by Fire" shows they won (reinforcements came)

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' comic ''Forge of War'' has the remnants of the defeated Empire army rally at a narrow mountain pass to hold off a massive Chaos army to buy time for the rest of the Empire to regroup and send reinforcements. The comic ends with barely a dozen men, a dwarf, and a mage on a gryphon mount charging ''thousands'' of Chaos warriors.
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warriors. The comic "Condemned by Fire" shows they won (reinforcements came)



** Confirmed several years later during ''Comicbook/OriginalSin''. Nova performed a HeroicSacrifice by combining the Nova Force with the Cosmic Cube, which transported the others (including Thanos) to safety at the cost of his life.



* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has shades of this, [[ActorExistenceFailure especially as far as]] ComicBook/TheJoker [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is concerned]] due to Heath Ledger's premature death: Is ComicBook/TheJoker doing time in a federal prison for his infamous crimes, or did that guy on the SWAT team that cornered him decide they'd had enough of his antics and put a bullet between his eyes? [[ShrugOfGod We'll never know for sure.]]

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** The movie
has shades of this, [[ActorExistenceFailure especially as far as]] ComicBook/TheJoker [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is concerned]] due to Heath Ledger's premature death: Is ComicBook/TheJoker doing time in a federal prison for his infamous crimes, or did that guy on the SWAT team that cornered him decide they'd had enough of his antics and put a bullet between his eyes? [[ShrugOfGod We'll never know for sure.It'll remain unanswered.]]



** It isn't ambiguous though, at an early screening the director said [[spoiler:that it was the end of the world.]]
23rd May '16 8:26:38 PM Anddrix
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has shades of this, [[ActorExistenceFailure especially as far as]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is concerned]] due to Heath Ledger's premature death: Is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker doing time in a federal prison for his infamous crimes, or did that guy on the SWAT team that cornered him decide they'd had enough of his antics and put a bullet between his eyes? [[ShrugOfGod We'll never know for sure.]]
** Averted with the novels; the novelization of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' includes a passing mention of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and implies [[spoiler:he's either serving a life sentence in a padded cell at Arkham or has broken out and slipped off the radar]], though not even Selina Kyle knows where he really is.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has shades of this, [[ActorExistenceFailure especially as far as]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is concerned]] due to Heath Ledger's premature death: Is SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker doing time in a federal prison for his infamous crimes, or did that guy on the SWAT team that cornered him decide they'd had enough of his antics and put a bullet between his eyes? [[ShrugOfGod We'll never know for sure.]]
** Averted with the novels; the novelization of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' includes a passing mention of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker and implies [[spoiler:he's either serving a life sentence in a padded cell at Arkham or has broken out and slipped off the radar]], though not even Selina Kyle knows where he really is.
22nd May '16 5:14:27 PM DUHTROOPZ
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts2'' where after defeating [[spoiler:Xemnas]], Sora and [[spoiler:Riku]] are stuck fighting an uncountable number of Nobodies. Subverted when a [[Main/TimeLapse]] shows them coming out okay, aside from [[spoiler:Riku]]'s broken foot.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts2'' where after defeating [[spoiler:Xemnas]], Xemnas, Sora and [[spoiler:Riku]] Riku are stuck fighting an uncountable number of Nobodies. Subverted when a [[Main/TimeLapse]] [[Main/TimeLapse time lapse]] shows them coming out okay, aside from [[spoiler:Riku]]'s Riku's broken foot.
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