History Main / EsotericHappyEnding

15th Jan '18 12:32:57 AM Cryoclaste
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* The {{Lassie}} film, ''Film/ThePaintedHills'': Shep (Lassie) managed to avenge the death of her owner by driving his killer, Taylor, off a cliff. And rather than simply give up and die, she decides to live on with Tommy, the son of Jonathan's late partner. But Taylor had killed Jonathan in order to steal their gold claim for himself. The site of Jonathan's claim died with the two of them, and Taylor had hidden the gold dust he and Jonathan had already gathered: a fortune lost to Tommy and his mother.

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* The {{Lassie}} ''Franchise/{{Lassie}}'' film, ''Film/ThePaintedHills'': Shep (Lassie) managed to avenge the death of her owner by driving his killer, Taylor, off a cliff. And rather than simply give up and die, she decides to live on with Tommy, the son of Jonathan's late partner. But Taylor had killed Jonathan in order to steal their gold claim for himself. The site of Jonathan's claim died with the two of them, and Taylor had hidden the gold dust he and Jonathan had already gathered: a fortune lost to Tommy and his mother.
29th Dec '17 8:48:27 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'': While Stone [[EarnYourHappyEnding more than earns her happy endings]], surviving all those near-fatal encounters and making it back to Earth alive, the planet's orbit is now undergoing Kessler Syndrome. Basically, all that debris is going to be zooming around and making it highly impractical to send anything into orbit for decades, possibly even ''centuries.'' Nobody is leaving the planet anytime soon.
25th Dec '17 4:01:59 PM PiDa
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** The ''Compilation of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' suggests that humanity switched from Planet-destroying Mako energy to... fossil fuels, which are destroying our own planet in real life. Fans tend to assume that people are reverting to fossil fuels as a stopgap to keep society going while looking for more ecologically sound alternatives, but there's no evidence for this in the text, and - as we know from real life - switching over is unlikely to be easy.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV: Episode Ignis'''s GoldenEnding gives a happy ending to the bros (and Ravus) and screws over Ardyn's plan, but Ardyn's still a pile of demons biding his time, Lunafreya is still dead, and Lucis is still an absolute monarchy with all its sins of unchecked privilege, imperialism and apathy. Your [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation opinion on Ardyn]] and your own political views will probably influence whether a good guy being in charge of that institution is a happy ending or not.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV: Episode Ignis'''s GoldenEnding gives a happy ending to the bros (and Ravus) and screws over Ardyn's plan, but Ardyn's still a pile of demons biding his time, Lunafreya is still dead, and Lucis is still an absolute monarchy with all its sins of unchecked privilege, imperialism and apathy. Your [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation opinion on Ardyn]] and your own political views will probably influence whether a good guy being in charge of that institution is a happy ending or not. On top of that, Ardyn's only been given another couple of millennia to think about his plan before another candidate for the prophecy is born...
22nd Dec '17 8:29:45 PM Hylarn
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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Sure, you rescue Elly and reunite with all of your friends, but in the end Krelian ends up with [[TheBadGuyWins exactly what he wanted too]], and nearly the entire population of the world is either dead or turned into painful mutants and absorbed into Deus.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. Sure, you rescue Elly and reunite with all of your friends, but in By the end Krelian ends up with [[TheBadGuyWins exactly what he wanted too]], and nearly time ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is over most of the entire world's population of the world is either dead or turned into painful mutants worse. The ending focuses on the fact that you've saved Elly and absorbed into Deus.taken care of the forces that'd been working against you, but does it really matter at that point?
22nd Dec '17 3:15:34 PM PiDa
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* Like a lot of works that feature both [[RealityWarper reality warping]] and a "face reality" Aesop, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' ends with the characters returning to the real world and facing all the problems they'd previously tried to escape from. This makes a certain degree of sense in the Japanese version, but the English translation puts less emphasis on how many people are suffering in Mewt's world (which is implied by the fact that three zombies/vampires share the same names as Mewt's bullies), and more emphasis on the idea that perhaps said world is just as real as their own, making the whole thing somewhat pointless. What's more, Doned is still crippled.

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* *''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' ends on an upbeat note, with Squall having made substantial progress in overcoming his emotional issues, Ultimecia defeated, and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Time Compression]] thus prevented. Unfortunately, the StableTimeLoop means that Ultimecia's rise in the future, and her subsequent reign of terror up until her death at the hands of the protagonists, are inevitable.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV: Episode Ignis'''s GoldenEnding gives a happy ending to the bros (and Ravus) and screws over Ardyn's plan, but Ardyn's still a pile of demons biding his time, Lunafreya is still dead, and Lucis is still an absolute monarchy with all its sins of unchecked privilege, imperialism and apathy. Your [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation opinion on Ardyn]] and your own political views will probably influence whether a good guy being in charge of that institution is a happy ending or not.
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Like a lot of works that feature both [[RealityWarper reality warping]] and a "face reality" Aesop, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' ends with the characters returning to the real world and facing all the problems they'd previously tried to escape from. This makes a certain degree of sense in the Japanese version, but the English translation puts less emphasis on how many people are suffering in Mewt's world (which is implied by the fact that three zombies/vampires share the same names as Mewt's bullies), and more emphasis on the idea that perhaps said world is just as real as their own, making the whole thing somewhat pointless. What's more, Doned is still crippled.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' ends on an upbeat note, with Squall having made substantial progress in overcoming his emotional issues, Ultimecia defeated, and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Time Compression]] thus prevented. Unfortunately, the StableTimeLoop means that Ultimecia's rise in the future, and her subsequent reign of terror up until her death at the hands of the protagonists, are inevitable.
20th Dec '17 9:46:23 PM RaisenRhaasen
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* The ending of Creator/CSLewis's final [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] book, ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', qualified as this for many young readers. Narnia ends, and everyone except Susan dies. Some minor characters are tormented and destroyed by a horrific many-armed GodOfEvil, while others who are judged unworthy and vanish forever into Aslan's shadow. [[OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding But the important people don't care about that]] because they all go to the "real" Narnia (a stand-in for heaven) as the Christian subtext becomes text. It can be uplifting or inspire nightmares, depending on which scenes stick with you. (Creator/NeilGaiman brilliantly deconstructed this in his short story "The Problem of Susan," in which he shows what happened to Susan after her siblings died in a train crash and she had to [[BodyHorror identify their corpses]].)

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* The ending of Creator/CSLewis's final [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] book, ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', qualified as this for many young readers. Narnia ends, and everyone except Susan dies. Some minor characters are tormented and destroyed by a horrific many-armed GodOfEvil, while others who are judged unworthy and vanish forever into Aslan's shadow. [[OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding But the important people don't care about that]] because they all go to the "real" Narnia (a stand-in for heaven) as the Christian subtext becomes text. It can be uplifting or inspire nightmares, depending on which scenes stick with you. (Creator/NeilGaiman brilliantly deconstructed this in his short story "The Problem of Susan," ''Literature/TheProblemOfSusan'', in which he shows what happened to Susan after her siblings died in a train crash and she had to [[BodyHorror identify their corpses]].)
27th Nov '17 12:04:07 AM BattleMaster
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* ''Film/SevenPounds'' which tries to make Tim's obsessive self-flagellation and ultimate suicide a morally uplifting HeroicSacrifice. Also, his preferred method of suicide is box jellyfish. Which has a natural neurotoxin and will render the organs he wants to donate useless.

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* ''Film/SevenPounds'' which tries to make Tim's obsessive self-flagellation and ultimate suicide a morally uplifting HeroicSacrifice. Also, his preferred method of suicide is box jellyfish. Which has kills via a natural neurotoxin and that will render the organs he wants to donate useless.
19th Nov '17 5:06:14 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** That said, Sayaka at least was horrified when she found out what Homura had done, and Homura had to [[GettingSmilesPaintedOnYourSoul forcefully erase her memories]] to make her "enjoy" the world she created.
19th Nov '17 5:02:48 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* Unabashedly used in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}''; due to the nature of how BrainUploading works in that universe, after all the effort of trudging through the monster-riddled ruins of [=PATHOS=II=] and launching the [=ARK=], protagonist Simon is left stranded in his cobbled-together ArtificialZombie body at the bottom of the oceanic abyss, as he was only able to make a copy of his mind aboard the satellite's artificial reality, rather than directly transferring himself. As he fights with his only companion, a previously-uploaded engineer who created the [=ARK=], about this fate, she finally overloads the imperfect computer she's been forced to use to host her consciousness and kills herself, leaving him completely alone, the last vestige of human sentience, under miles of water on a planet where the surface has been scorched clean. Up above, the duplicates of Simon and Catherine enjoy a happy reunion in the [=ARK=]... although how long it'll actually ''survive'' is anyone's guess.

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* Unabashedly used in ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}''; due to the nature of how BrainUploading works in that universe, after all the effort of trudging through the monster-riddled ruins of [=PATHOS=II=] [=PATHOS II=] and launching the [=ARK=], [=ARK=] into space, protagonist Simon is left stranded in his cobbled-together ArtificialZombie body at the bottom of the oceanic abyss, as he was only able to make a copy of his mind aboard the satellite's artificial reality, rather than directly transferring himself. As he fights argues with his only companion, a previously-uploaded previously uploaded engineer who created the [=ARK=], about this fate, she finally overloads the imperfect computer she's been forced to use to host her consciousness finally overloads and kills herself, her, leaving him completely alone, the last vestige of human sentience, under miles of water on a planet where the surface has been scorched clean. Up above, the duplicates of Simon and Catherine enjoy a happy reunion in the [=ARK=]... although how long it'll actually ''survive'' is anyone's guess.
19th Nov '17 5:33:34 AM AgentSkyblueM7
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** Another aspect that is open to debate is how Lelouch first had to reach the DespairEventHorizon following the Black Knights' mutiny and Nunnally's supposed demise. ForWantOfANail, Lelouch may well have gone with a less destructive and suicidal method. In addition, a few of the Britannian survivors had committed murderous acts in the series while [[TheStoolPigeon the two specific people]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom responsible]] for [[KangarooCourt aforementioned hasty betrayal]] also got a HappyEnding. Lelouch himself admittedly saw beyond such concerns and recognized that everyone had to move toward the future together regardless of the past, but some viewers found the methods and results at least partially [[BrokenAesop self-contradicting]].

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** Another aspect that is open to debate is how Lelouch first had to reach the DespairEventHorizon following the Black Knights' mutiny and Nunnally's supposed demise. ForWantOfANail, Lelouch may well have gone with a less destructive and suicidal method. In addition, a few of the Britannian survivors had committed murderous acts in the series while [[TheStoolPigeon the two specific people]] [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom responsible]] for [[KangarooCourt aforementioned hasty betrayal]] also got a HappyEnding.HappyEnding ([[FridgeBrilliance though it's implied they might be making it up to Nunnally for it]]). Lelouch himself admittedly saw beyond such concerns and recognized that everyone had to move toward the future together regardless of the past, but some viewers found the methods and results at least partially [[BrokenAesop self-contradicting]].
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