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17th Oct '17 4:52:22 PM Korados
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Denouement (pronounced day-noo-mahn) is French for "unknotting", and denotes the point in the story when mysteries are unraveled, fates are determined and explanations made. It is not synonymous with [[TheClimax climax]]: This is the aftermath of the action, not the peak. It is usually the scene ''after'' the climax -- although it can happen in such close proximity to the events of the climax that it may appear to be part of it. An equivalent English expression would be "tying up loose ends".

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Denouement Dénouement (pronounced day-noo-mahn) is French for "unknotting", and denotes the point in the story when mysteries are unraveled, fates are determined and explanations made. It is not synonymous with [[TheClimax climax]]: This is the aftermath of the action, not the peak. It is usually the scene ''after'' the climax -- although it can happen in such close proximity to the events of the climax that it may appear to be part of it. An equivalent English expression would be "tying up loose ends".
9th May '17 11:40:14 AM JohnPrestwick
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** This is a DiscussedTrope in book 12, as Snicket explains the difference between the dénouement and ending of a story, in traditonal Snicket style.

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** This is a DiscussedTrope in book 12, as Snicket explains the difference between the dénouement and ending of a story, in traditonal traditional Snicket style.
24th Dec '16 11:34:12 AM nombretomado
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* The slideshow/text epilogue, with voiced narration, was used for all ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games and ''{{Arcanum}}''.

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* The slideshow/text epilogue, with voiced narration, was used for all ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games and ''{{Arcanum}}''.''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura''.
6th Oct '16 7:27:41 AM Jerry
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* In-universe example from ''TheDarkEye''. Theatre plays in Maraskan have the tradition to [[ThrowItIn pick up]] every suggestion by the audience. After the [[KillThemAll usually messy]] climax, a narrator has the task to explain all the strange [[PlotDerailment twists of destiny]] and the ways, they show AnAesop. This can take up to a third of the whole play.
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10th Jul '16 10:16:01 AM nombretomado
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* On a similar note, the [[NoEnding abruptness of the end]] and thus lack of Denouement in the final ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game... well, the fan outcry isn't pretty. It was so bad that {{Bioware}} went back and patched in a more detailed version. Not exactly done to satisfaction for some, but at least it finally explained a few things.

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* On a similar note, the [[NoEnding abruptness of the end]] and thus lack of Denouement in the final ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game... well, the fan outcry isn't pretty. It was so bad that {{Bioware}} Creator/BioWare went back and patched in a more detailed version. Not exactly done to satisfaction for some, but at least it finally explained a few things.
15th May '16 2:21:25 PM Tahaneira
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* ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'' has an entire chapter devoted to showing what happens to everyone after the FinalBattle against [[BigBad Snow]].
2nd Mar '16 2:01:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* The UnreliableNarrator of ''HowToKillAMockingbird'' gets it wrong:

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* The UnreliableNarrator of ''HowToKillAMockingbird'' ''WebAnimation/HowToKillAMockingbird'' gets it wrong:
5th Feb '16 2:24:18 PM justanid
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It is fairly [[UniversalTrope ubiquitous]], though not all stories have dénouements. How final and extensive it is depends on the scale of the plot -- and whether there may be a sequel. For a HappyEnding or even BittersweetEnding, this is generally where the happiness is shown. As a consequence, [[RuleOfDrama many usual rules -- directed at keeping conflict and suspense going]] -- are suspended here. The LawOfInverseFertility, for instance, does not apply; if TheHero and the LoveInterest married at the climax, a dénouement may show them [[BabiesEverAfter happily anticipating the birth of, or cooing over, their first child]].

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It is fairly [[UniversalTrope [[UniversalTropes ubiquitous]], though not all stories have dénouements. How final and extensive it is depends on the scale of the plot -- and whether there may be a sequel. For a HappyEnding or even BittersweetEnding, this is generally where the happiness is shown. As a consequence, [[RuleOfDrama many usual rules -- directed at keeping conflict and suspense going]] -- are suspended here. The LawOfInverseFertility, for instance, does not apply; if TheHero and the LoveInterest married at the climax, a dénouement may show them [[BabiesEverAfter happily anticipating the birth of, or cooing over, their first child]].
3rd Jan '16 3:39:51 AM shamblingdead2
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* Discussed in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}''. Charlie mispronounces it [[ItsPronouncedTropay "De-newy-ment."]]
11th Dec '15 5:23:22 PM TheWhistleTropes
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[[caption-width-right:200:Pictured: the Dénouement in her element, unraveling plot threads.]]

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[[caption-width-right:200:Pictured: the Dénouement in her element, [[VisualPun unraveling plot threads.]]
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