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24th Jul '16 7:54:58 PM KonaKonaFan
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* ''Film/TheGraduate'' basically writes this into the film. The two lovers are reunited and flee their families in a school bus... only for their happy smiles to drift into uncertainty as the realities of their situation begin to dawn on them.
18th Jul '16 7:11:40 PM Valiona
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* RedString ends with Makoto and Miharu getting engaged. The author would have you believe that this is the best outcome for all parties, but anyone with more than five brain cells can easily point out the problems with this. Makoto has just thrown away his very good and stable job to be with her, which he totally didn't need to do because he is marrying into the family anyway. He has savings, but those things aren't limitless and he will eventually run out, which has lead many fans to believe that he will sponge off of his very wealthy parents and avoid getting a job so he can be with Miharu all the time. Miharu, meanwhile, has no stable goal in life (besides shopping, eating and dating) and no job skills besides a waitress, which is a mediocre pay at best. Neither of them show any real chemistry with one another besides heavy petting and sexting, and they avoid actual, meaningful communication like the plague. They are co-dependent to a fault and almost consciously refuse to see the consequences of their actions towards one another and others. It tallies up to two selfish, petty and immature individuals who won't make it past the honeymoon stage and will eventually become broke and destitute due to their own stupidity.

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* RedString ends with Makoto and Miharu getting engaged. The author would have you believe that this is the best outcome for all parties, but anyone with a more than five brain cells critical examination can easily point out the problems with this. Makoto has just thrown away his very good and stable job to be with her, which he totally didn't need to do because he is marrying into the family anyway. He has savings, but those things aren't limitless and he will eventually run out, which has lead many fans to believe that he will sponge off of his very wealthy parents and avoid getting a job so he can be with Miharu all the time. Miharu, meanwhile, has no stable goal in life (besides shopping, eating and dating) and no job skills besides a waitress, which is a mediocre pay at best. Neither of them show any real chemistry with one another besides heavy petting and sexting, and they avoid actual, meaningful communication like the plague. They are co-dependent to a fault and almost consciously refuse to see the consequences of their actions towards one another and others. It tallies up to two selfish, petty and immature individuals who won't make it past the honeymoon stage and will eventually become broke and destitute due to their own stupidity.
18th Jul '16 4:57:12 PM BoyNinja
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* Extremely parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' in "The Others", where Gumball and Darwin become aware of the other older students of school Anais sees. They focus on her friend Clare leaving the school and the city because of her dad losing his job. As Clare constantly tries to narrate her thoughts, Gumball and Darwin constantly butt in [[SpotlightStealingSquad just to remain in focus of the episode]]. This culminates with Gumball ''forcing'' a happy ending on Clare by fixing everything wrong with her life. Loudly.
17th Jul '16 7:36:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Both versions of the ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' end with Evan managing to avert all the repercussions of his time-traveling shenanigans by changing the past so that he never meets the love of his life, accepting that any kind of relationship with her (romantic or otherwise) is doomed to end in tragedy. This is treated as a magic fix-all...even though it doesn't change the fact that Kayleigh's father is still an abusive pedophile, and her older brother is still a sadistic psychopath. The Director's Cut version is even wore: Evan uses his powers to ''commit suicide in his mother's womb'', accepting that he's the sole cause of all of his friends' misery, and that the world would genuinely be a better place if he'd never been born.
** Somewhat averted in the original cut, as it's known that Kayleigh's brother was only sadistic because of the abuse suffered a child at the hands of his father, who was only a part of his childrens lives because Kayleigh decided to stay with him to stay near Ethan.
15th Jul '16 2:00:46 PM Willbyr
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* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. The Earth survives the ordeal in one piece and humanity is relatively safe, which when compared to what happened in ''{{Narutaru}}'' is a positive cause for celebration. All the main characters died, thousands of Japanese died, some 33 thousand other universes and Earths were destroyed, and the game goes on with a new set of [[strike:victims]] players as if nothing has happened... Yay?

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* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}''. The Earth survives the ordeal in one piece and humanity is relatively safe, which when compared to what happened in ''{{Narutaru}}'' ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' is a positive cause for celebration. All the main characters died, thousands of Japanese died, some 33 thousand other universes and Earths were destroyed, and the game goes on with a new set of [[strike:victims]] players as if nothing has happened... Yay?
14th Jul '16 6:53:47 AM AlienPatch
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* Many horror and suspense movies, such as the ''Film/JurassicPark'' series, arguably end like this; with the (surviving) protagonists having a happy ending with relaxing music merely because they’re still alive…even though they went through enough horror and stress to make sure any sane person would break down or suffer serious mental consequences; physical damage that could very well translate into infections, permanent scars, or even worse; and all of this, of course, after having witnessed many people, including close ones, die horribly at the hands (or teeth) of the dinosaurs.
** And despite seeing flocks of pterodactyls leaving the island for food in populated areas in ''Film/JurassicPark3''.
** The worst offender, though, would have to be ''Film/JurassicWorld''; where, despite Owen and Claire seemingly happy and together; God knows how many people died or got wounded after the dinosaurs escaped, and Claire and her associates are more than surely going to suffer the consequences of it all.
30th Jun '16 7:54:15 PM Loekman3
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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'': After killing anyone and everyone who has ever even vaguely pissed him off until there is nothing left of the world but a charred, storm-swept wasteland, Kratos discovers that he has accidentally become the physical repository of the concept of hope, released from Pandora's Box. Instead of giving it to the ghost of Athena to rebuild mankind on her terms, he commits suicide to release it to all of mankind... The currently busy with drowning, being riddled with plagues and locust swarms, tormented by the dead returning from the graves and having no afterlife, having to escape fire falling from the sky, ravaged by constant lightning strikes and uncontrollable storms and living in a world without sunlight, order or gods of mankind. Literally, the only thing they have left is hope. The only brightside is that without the tyranny of the Olympians, the world can finally heal and start over.

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'': ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'': After killing anyone and everyone who has ever even vaguely pissed him off until there is nothing left of the world but a charred, storm-swept wasteland, Kratos discovers that he has accidentally become the physical repository of the concept of hope, released from Pandora's Box. Instead of giving it to the ghost of Athena to rebuild mankind on her terms, he commits suicide to release it to all of mankind... The currently busy with drowning, being riddled with plagues and locust swarms, tormented by the dead returning from the graves and having no afterlife, having to escape fire falling from the sky, ravaged by constant lightning strikes and uncontrollable storms and living in a world without sunlight, order or gods of mankind. Literally, the only thing they have left is hope. The only brightside is that without the tyranny of the Olympians, the world can finally heal and start over.
30th Jun '16 7:58:57 AM Jhimmibhob
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* Flannery O'Connor famously claimed that ''Literature/WiseBlood'' had a "very hopeful" ending. This is a real stretch, unless one considers O'Connor's Catholic sensibilities, and protagonist Hazel Motes's innermost struggles and priorities.
** Most of O'Connor's works share this trait--but she herself insisted that she was a writer of comic stories, rightly regarded. Again and again, her protagonists (often ironically and grotesquely) lose everything they thought they wanted and valued--their possessions, their dignity, their self-image, even their lives. Burned down back to the foundations, they are left unarmored and open to the [[GoodIsNotNice terrible incursion of God's grace]].

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* Flannery O'Connor famously claimed that ''Literature/WiseBlood'' had a "very hopeful" ending. This is a real stretch, unless one considers O'Connor's Catholic sensibilities, and protagonist Hazel Motes's innermost struggles and priorities.
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Most of O'Connor's Creator/FlanneryOConnor's works share this trait--but she herself insisted that she was a writer of comic stories, rightly regarded. Again and again, her protagonists (often ironically and grotesquely) lose everything they thought they wanted and valued--their possessions, their dignity, their self-image, even their lives. Burned down back to the foundations, they are left unarmored unarmored, often ridiculous and humiliated, but finally open to the [[GoodIsNotNice terrible incursion of God's grace]].grace]]. O'Connor famously claimed that ''Literature/WiseBlood'' had a "very hopeful" ending; this reading, though, absolutely depends on understanding the author's and protagonist's priorities, which many readers have trouble internalizing.
30th Jun '16 12:43:55 AM Sammettik
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* The ending of ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' features Bug accepting his bug form and getting his true love February, Tootsie and Mega-Girl getting married and everyone saving the bug world from the G.L.E.E. Happy right? Well, what happens when the G.L.E.E. comes back and investigates? Where do the Rangers go from here, are they stuck on the planet? Mega-Girl is still a robot. So what happens when Tootsie ages and dies while she stays the same? And Bug is still a bug so he and February have, at most, probably a week together.

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* The ending of ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'' features Bug accepting his bug form and getting his true love February, Tootsie and Mega-Girl getting married and everyone saving the bug world from the G.L.E.E. Happy right? Well, what happens when the G.L.E.E. comes back and investigates? How is Dr. Space Claw going to react when he finds out about his son's death? Where do the Rangers go from here, are they stuck on the planet? Mega-Girl is still a robot. So what happens when Tootsie ages and dies while she stays the same? And Bug is still a bug bug, so he and February have, if you take the "Six long days of life" joke at most, probably a week together.face value the same could apply to them.
30th Jun '16 12:29:59 AM Sammettik
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** Invoked in the co-op campaign. It ends with [=GLaDOS=] telling the bots "you saved science!" and the robots starting dancing with joy as the very upbeat electro song "Robots FTW" starts playing. How did the robots save science? By rescuing thousands of humans preserved in cryogenic storage, who are now going to be put through dangerous tests like Chell was, until they die painfully. Just to hit the point harder, after the robots get blown up by [=GLaDOS=] due to being made obsolete, the happy music ''still'' plays, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality because the robots only cared about science]]. To them, what happened was a success.

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** Invoked in the co-op campaign. It ends with [=GLaDOS=] telling the bots "you saved science!" and the robots starting dancing with joy as the very upbeat electro song "Robots FTW" starts playing. How did the robots save science? By rescuing thousands of humans preserved in cryogenic storage, who are now going to be put through dangerous tests like Chell was, until they die painfully. Just to hit twist the point harder, after knife further, the robots get blown up by [=GLaDOS=] due to being made obsolete, the happy music ''still'' plays, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality because the robots only cared about science]]. To them, what happened was ''Peer Review'' DLC reveals all those humans died off in less than a success.week.
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