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22nd May '18 1:02:46 PM lalalei2001
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* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground.'' The former got screwed because of a heaping dose ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]A combination of being beaten by ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' in ratings and the new head of ABC deciding to get rid of everything done by the last guy and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' was one of them[[/note]]. In some cases, it was canceled in MID-BROADCAST, leaving the audience hanging.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground.'' The former got screwed because of a heaping dose of ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]A combination of being beaten by ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' in ratings and the new head of ABC deciding to get rid of everything done by the last guy and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' was one of them[[/note]]. In some cases, it was canceled in MID-BROADCAST, mid-broadcast, leaving the audience hanging.




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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicTrollsAndTheTrollWarriors'' ends with clear plans for a TV series as several plotlines are unresolved, but one wasn't made.
19th May '18 7:00:04 AM NotGonnaDoALot4
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* The final cutscene of ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' features the protagonist eerily telling [[GreaterScopeVillain his father]] that he's going to find him, coupled with an appearance from [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Springtrap]]. If the next game was going to build off of this or not is unknown, as despite teasing it, Creator/ScottCawthon [[{{Vaporware}} shelved it]] since he wasn't finding it fun to develop under rising expectations.
4th May '18 12:57:24 PM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' suffers from this; even though the game has a complete storyline and a fair amount of content, the game's plot was implied to be only a third or even a fifth of what Creator/HideoKojima had planned for the GrandFinale to the ''Metal Gear'' series. Unfortunately, with Kojima having left Creator/Konami, any DLC that replaces the planned two-to-four chapters will have to be done by his understudies, and based on how jaw-droppingly surreal the [=MGS5=] backstory was under Kojima, it's unlikely that they will succeed at capturing the full grandeur of what could have been.
* The final cutscene of ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' features the protagonist eerily telling [[GreaterScopeVillain his father]] that he's going to find him, coupled with an appearance from [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Springtrap]]. If the next game was going to build off of this or not is unknown, as despite teasing it, Creator/ScottCawthon [[{{Vaporware}} shelved it]] since he wasn't finding it fun to develop under rising expectations.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' suffers from this; even though the game has a complete storyline and a fair amount of content, the game's plot was implied to be only a third or even a fifth of what Creator/HideoKojima had planned for the GrandFinale to the ''Metal Gear'' series. Unfortunately, with Kojima having left Creator/Konami, any DLC {{DLC}} that replaces the planned two-to-four chapters will have to be done by his understudies, and based on how jaw-droppingly surreal the [=MGS5=] backstory was under Kojima, it's unlikely that they will succeed at capturing the full grandeur of what could have been.
* The final cutscene of ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' features the protagonist eerily telling [[GreaterScopeVillain his father]] that he's going to find him, coupled with an appearance from [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Springtrap]]. If the next game was going to build off of this or not is unknown, as despite teasing it, Creator/ScottCawthon [[{{Vaporware}} shelved it]] since he wasn't finding it fun to develop under rising expectations.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' was originally set to have a GrandFinale with the characters learing they were on a [=TV=] show that was ending. Nickelodeon, however, [[ExecutiveMeddling gave it the axe]] because it went against their "no ending" policy at the time[[note]]This policy is no longer in place, having been officially broken with the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' GrandFinale "Lady Sings the News".[[/note]], as well as the ending of the episode itself, which involved the Beavers going to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cartoon Heaven]], being seen as too sad for the target audience to be worth breaking the rule for.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' was originally set to have a GrandFinale (for which [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPP4zUDuo4c dialogue was recorded]]) with the characters learing they were on a [=TV=] show that was ending. Nickelodeon, however, [[ExecutiveMeddling gave it the axe]] because it went against their "no ending" policy at the time[[note]]This policy is no longer in place, having been officially broken with the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' GrandFinale "Lady Sings the News".[[/note]], as well as the ending of the episode itself, which involved the Beavers going to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cartoon Heaven]], being seen as too sad for the target audience to be worth breaking the rule for.
4th May '18 12:55:32 PM rjd1922
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* The ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' spinoff ''Thomas & Sarah'' was supposed to have a second series, but this was wiped out by a technicians' strike at ITV. The first series had ended on an unresolved cliffhanger.

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* The ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' spinoff ''Thomas & Sarah'' was supposed to have a second series, but this was wiped out by a technicians' strike at ITV. The first series had ended on an unresolved cliffhanger.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' had ended on a cliffhanger after one season due to low ratings.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' had ended on a cliffhanger after one season due to low ratings.
4th May '18 12:55:03 PM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' One season run due to low ratings. Ended on a cliffhanger too.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' One season run due to low ratings. Ended had ended on a cliffhanger too.after one season due to low ratings.
4th May '18 12:51:25 PM rjd1922
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* The episodic ''{{Videogame/D4}}'' remains incomplete at one season due to director Swery starting his own company - and his previous company won't sell him the rights to his games.
* As videogames go, there isn't a more notorious example than ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. The ending of Episode 2 establishes that Gordon will most likely next be visiting an Aperture ship called the Borealis, which was just established the Combine are also interested in; and also, [[spoiler:Dog is somehow immune to the Combine Advisor psychic abilities, which given that the Advisors are now concerned about Freeman enough to intervene personally, is likely to play a major role. It was also revealed that Alyx is ''also'' one of the G-Man's hirelings, and Eli has some kind of contract with the G-Man.]] All in all, one hell of a setup for the next chapter. But, Episode 3 never materialized, and Valve has by all appearances abandoned the Half-Life franchise entirely.

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* The episodic ''{{Videogame/D4}}'' ''{{VideoGame/D4}}'' remains incomplete at one season due to director Swery starting his own company - and his previous company won't sell him the rights to his games.
* As videogames video games go, there isn't a more notorious example than ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. The ending of Episode 2 establishes that Gordon will most likely next be visiting an Aperture ship called the Borealis, which was just established the Combine are also interested in; and also, [[spoiler:Dog is somehow immune to the Combine Advisor Advisors' psychic abilities, which given that the Advisors are now concerned about Freeman enough to intervene personally, is likely to play a major role. It was also revealed that Alyx is ''also'' one of the G-Man's hirelings, and Eli has some kind of contract with the G-Man.]] All in all, one hell of a setup for the next chapter. But, Episode 3 never materialized, and Valve has by all appearances abandoned the Half-Life franchise entirely.
4th May '18 12:50:57 PM rjd1922
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* LightNovel adaptations are infamous for almost never adapting the whole series, as they're treated more like promotional gimmicks for the source material than potential revenue sources in their own right. Once the light novel series has finished publication, no one wants to keep producing adaptations just to finish out the plotlines. A glaring example is Creator/KyotoAnimation only adapting the first five books in the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, despite the ''massive'' popularity of the source material ''and'' the smash hit status of the anime adaptation.

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* LightNovel adaptations are infamous for almost never adapting the whole series, as they're treated more like promotional gimmicks for the source material than potential revenue sources in their own right. Once the light novel series has finished publication, no one wants to keep producing adaptations just to finish out the plotlines. A glaring example is Creator/KyotoAnimation only adapting the first five books in the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' series, despite the ''massive'' popularity of the source material ''and'' the smash hit status of the anime adaptation.
29th Apr '18 3:24:10 PM costanton11
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* ''Franchise/Bionicle2015'' was launched with an intended 3 year lifespan, with the possibility to extend its run if the toys sold well. It got abruptly canceled in less than two years, with the last wave of toys [[NoExportForYou not reaching Asian and Pacific markets]]. At least its story got a haphazard conclusion, though many secrets were left unanswered.

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* ''Franchise/Bionicle2015'' ''Toys/Bionicle2015'' was launched with an intended 3 year lifespan, with the possibility to extend its run if the toys sold well. It got abruptly canceled in less than two years, with the last wave of toys [[NoExportForYou not reaching Asian and Pacific markets]]. At least its story got a haphazard conclusion, though many secrets were left unanswered.
23rd Apr '18 8:37:39 AM bitemytail
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Even more frustratingly, often shows create {{Myth Arc}}s haphazardly, stringing viewers along and never really intending to offer any conclusion to the story {{arc}}s they tell the first 2/3s of, or answering the questions they raise. This is called TheChrisCarterEffect. Those that do care utilize the Front13Back9 episode plan in an attempt to avert ''this'' Trope, though that's no guarantee when RealLifeWritesThePlot[[note]]i.e. Any Tropes in that index plus TVStrikes[[/note]].

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Even more frustratingly, often shows create {{Myth Arc}}s haphazardly, stringing viewers along and never really intending to offer any conclusion to the story {{arc}}s they tell the first 2/3s of, or answering the questions they raise. This is called TheChrisCarterEffect. Those that do care utilize the Front13Back9 episode plan in an attempt to avert ''this'' Trope, though that's no guarantee when RealLifeWritesThePlot[[note]]i.e. Any Tropes in that index plus TVStrikes[[/note]].
UsefulNotes/TVStrikes[[/note]].
16th Apr '18 2:07:29 PM Juneberries
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* Anime based upon Creator/RumikoTakahashi's manga seem usually subject to this. The anime versions of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', and ''Manga/InuYasha'' are all Cut Short. Possibly because Takahashi manga are so long. However, ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' did get a theatrical wrap-up and ''Manga/InuYasha'' was eventually finished with a second anime series called ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'', which covered the manga from the point where the first series left off to its conclusion, albeit in abridged form.

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* Anime based upon Creator/RumikoTakahashi's manga seem usually subject to this. The anime versions of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', and ''Manga/InuYasha'' ''Manga/{{RINNE}}'' are all Cut Short. Possibly because Takahashi manga are so long. However, ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' did get a theatrical wrap-up and ''Manga/InuYasha'' was eventually finished with a second anime series called ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'', which covered the manga from the point where the first series left off to its conclusion, albeit in abridged form.
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