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1st Feb '16 8:58:15 PM Willbyr
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* ''AfterSchoolNightmare''. The entire series was taking place in the minds of the unborn babies in a maternity ward. The babies are all born safely, but they grow up knowing nothing about anything that occurred in the series. A scene at the very end shows Mashiro and Sou running into each other and having no idea who the other is, pointlessly teasing readers about possibilities that will never be.
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* ''AfterSchoolNightmare''.''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare''. The entire series was taking place in the minds of the unborn babies in a maternity ward. The babies are all born safely, but they grow up knowing nothing about anything that occurred in the series. A scene at the very end shows Mashiro and Sou running into each other and having no idea who the other is, pointlessly teasing readers about possibilities that will never be.

* Subverted in ''[[BirdyTheMighty Birdy the Mighty: Decode]]''. At the end of season 1, the Roppongi area of Tokyo gets completely trashed by a combination of the ryunka and the sanctum sanctorum Killsat used to attack it. However, season 2 is mostly about how these events affected people, including the survivors.
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* Subverted in ''[[BirdyTheMighty Birdy the Mighty: Decode]]''.''Anime/BirdyTheMighty: Decode''. At the end of season 1, the Roppongi area of Tokyo gets completely trashed by a combination of the ryunka and the sanctum sanctorum Killsat used to attack it. However, season 2 is mostly about how these events affected people, including the survivors.

* ''CodeGeass'' ends with an uplifting ending showing all the surviving characters smiling, despite the bittersweet nature of the preceding events and Lelouch's death, which is enough to make certain fans consider the whole thing a tragedy. The ending also leaves open what will happen to the world during the subsequent reconstruction phase. It is possible for viewers to speculate about how all the resulting death and destruction would have affected the social and economic structures of Japan, which may paint a rather pessimistic picture of this fictional world's future when all is said and done.
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* ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ends with an uplifting ending showing all the surviving characters smiling, despite the bittersweet nature of the preceding events and Lelouch's death, which is enough to make certain fans consider the whole thing a tragedy. The ending also leaves open what will happen to the world during the subsequent reconstruction phase. It is possible for viewers to speculate about how all the resulting death and destruction would have affected the social and economic structures of Japan, which may paint a rather pessimistic picture of this fictional world's future when all is said and done.

* ''FLCL'' implies that Naota moves on with his life, but Amarao's entire story is foreshadowing: he fell in love with Haruko at a young age and she eventually abandoned him. Amarao tries to warn Naota but Naota ultimately chooses Haruko, who then predictably abandons him. Naota's subsequent reaction to Ninamori ordering the carbonated drink shows that he hasn't changed or matured as a character; the emphasis on Haruko's guitar in his room reinforces this fact. Naota is going to spend the rest of his life pining for ''TheOneThatGotAway'' just like Amarao.
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* ''FLCL'' ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' implies that Naota moves on with his life, but Amarao's entire story is foreshadowing: he fell in love with Haruko at a young age and she eventually abandoned him. Amarao tries to warn Naota but Naota ultimately chooses Haruko, who then predictably abandons him. Naota's subsequent reaction to Ninamori ordering the carbonated drink shows that he hasn't changed or matured as a character; the emphasis on Haruko's guitar in his room reinforces this fact. Naota is going to spend the rest of his life pining for ''TheOneThatGotAway'' just like Amarao.

* An in-universe example with ''YakitateJapan'' during the Yakitate 25 arc, where Azuma starts declaring every victory for Pantasia a happy ending, apparently ignoring the fact that their opponents (who most of the time aren't particularly bad people) have been [[ItMakesSenseInContext transformed by Pantasia's bread]] with no sign of changing back any time soon, or the two occasions where the match ended with Ken becoming a {{Yakuza}} leader against his will or Kuroyanagi suffering from serious internal bleeding. Kawachi is usually quick to point this out.
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* An in-universe example with ''YakitateJapan'' ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' during the Yakitate 25 arc, where Azuma starts declaring every victory for Pantasia a happy ending, apparently ignoring the fact that their opponents (who most of the time aren't particularly bad people) have been [[ItMakesSenseInContext transformed by Pantasia's bread]] with no sign of changing back any time soon, or the two occasions where the match ended with Ken becoming a {{Yakuza}} leader against his will or Kuroyanagi suffering from serious internal bleeding. Kawachi is usually quick to point this out.
1st Feb '16 8:25:57 PM BatmanKalEl
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** Skinner didnt want Remy for his own use, he thought Remy was just part of some elaborate mind-game Linguini was playing with him. You're right about the rest though, it seems unlikely that the new restaurant wont run into trouble over what sunk Gustau's. We can only hope that Linguini and Colette have made sure that no one will be able to figure out that Remy is the one doing the cooking in the kitchen. * ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' ends with Moses having freed the slaves from Egypt. The final scene is Moses walking back to the Israelites, having made the Ten Commandments. Anyone who is well versed in the story of Moses knows [[FromBadToWorse this is the point where things start going downhill for them.]]
31st Jan '16 7:08:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/RockyV''. Rocky kicks Tommy's ass in a street fight, but he's still broke, and Tommy is still the champion. No wonder Stallone declared it CanonDiscontinuity, though ''RockyBalboa'' still opens with Rocky back in his old neighborhood, though thankfully no longer broke as he now runs his own restaurant.
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* ''Film/RockyV''. Rocky kicks Tommy's ass in a street fight, but he's still broke, and Tommy is still the champion. No wonder Stallone declared it CanonDiscontinuity, though ''RockyBalboa'' ''Film/RockyBalboa'' still opens with Rocky back in his old neighborhood, though thankfully no longer broke as he now runs his own restaurant.
30th Jan '16 11:29:50 PM SilentStranger
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** Skinner didnt want Remy for his own use, he thought Remy was just part of some elaborate mind-game Linguini was playing with him. You're right about the rest though, it seems unlikely that the new restaurant wont run into trouble over what sunk Gustau's. We can only hope that Linguini and Colette have made sure that no one will be able to figure out that Remy is the one doing the cooking in the kitchen.

* It's been rumored that the elaborate end-title sequence in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', showing the humans and the robots successfully rebuilding Earth over many generations, was added with the intent of averting this trope, after the initial test audiences thought all the humans died due to the polluted planet.
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* It's been rumored that the elaborate end-title sequence in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', showing the humans and the robots successfully rebuilding Earth over many generations, was added with the intent of averting this trope, after the initial test audiences thought all the humans died due to the polluted planet.planet, though this is debatable since the ending of the movie shows that WalL-E's plant was just one of many, it was just the only one he had found in the city.

* ''Film/RockyV''. Rocky kicks Tommy's ass in a street fight, but he's still broke, and Tommy is still the champion. No wonder Stallone declared it CanonDiscontinuity.
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* ''Film/RockyV''. Rocky kicks Tommy's ass in a street fight, but he's still broke, and Tommy is still the champion. No wonder Stallone declared it CanonDiscontinuity.CanonDiscontinuity, though ''RockyBalboa'' still opens with Rocky back in his old neighborhood, though thankfully no longer broke as he now runs his own restaurant.

* According to WordOfGod, the idea for ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' came from the director wondering whether or not an ending where the main character goes insane could be happy.
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* According to WordOfGod, the idea for ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' came from the director wondering whether or not an ending where the main character goes insane could be happy. On one hand, the lead character is tortured into insanity, on the other, well, he's no longer aware of it.
30th Jan '16 3:00:01 PM FurryKef
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Giygas, not Gigyas
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' ends with Giygas destroyed, Porky's plans in shambles, and the protagonists returning to their normal lives. The problem with this? By the time of the finale, Gigyas had become so [[EldritchAbomination monstrously powerful]] that it was literally impossible to defeat him head on, so Doctor Andonuts instead sends the party back in time to right before Gigyas broke free of his prison so that they could defeat him, meaning that there is a very real chance that the world Ness and his friends return to isn't even their world at all, but an AlternateTimeline where Gigyas never existed, and thus their original timeline, their original families and friends, have no idea what happened to them and they could very well be dead. Fan game ''The Halloween Hack'' takes this to its logical conclusion, with Andonuts going {{omnicidal|Maniac}}ly insane due to the guilt of "killing" Ness and co.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' ends with Giygas destroyed, Porky's plans in shambles, and the protagonists returning to their normal lives. The problem with this? By the time of the finale, Gigyas Giygas had become so [[EldritchAbomination monstrously powerful]] that it was literally impossible to defeat him head on, so Doctor Andonuts instead sends the party back in time to right before Gigyas Giygas broke free of his prison so that they could defeat him, meaning that there is a very real chance that the world Ness and his friends return to isn't even their world at all, but an AlternateTimeline where Gigyas Giygas never existed, and thus their original timeline, their original families and friends, have no idea what happened to them and they could very well be dead. Fan game ''The Halloween Hack'' takes this to its logical conclusion, with Andonuts going {{omnicidal|Maniac}}ly insane due to the guilt of "killing" Ness and co.
27th Jan '16 1:19:28 PM Sapphirea2
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** "Hell Bent" (the Series 9 finale) has the Doctor risk time and space to save Clara from her fixed-point death by removing her from her timestream just before she dies. In the BittersweetEnding, Clara -- who is functionally immortal in this state -- ends up with her own TARDIS and, accompanied by another functional immortal in Ashildr/Me, decides to return to Gallifrey and her death "the long way 'round", enjoying more adventures before restoring the time-space balance. The problem? It was established earlier in the season that the Doctor would not take Ashildr on as a companion because as a virtual immortal himself it would be too easy from both of them to become emotionally distant from mortals and from there villainous, a problem she was already struggling with on her own. Thus, Clara and Ashildr could just become what the Doctor -- who does not know what has become of them due to a mind wipe that's caused him to lose many of his memories of the former -- feared, making for a most unhappy ending somewhere down the line. (Counterarguments: Clara knows she ''must'' return to her death sooner or later, and they could acquire mortal companions the way the Doctor does.)
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** "Hell Bent" (the Series 9 finale) has the Doctor risk time and space to save Clara from her fixed-point death by removing her from her timestream just before she dies. In the BittersweetEnding, Clara -- who is functionally immortal in this state -- ends up with her own TARDIS and, accompanied by another functional immortal in Ashildr/Me, decides to return to Gallifrey and her death "the long way 'round", enjoying more adventures before restoring the time-space balance. The problem? It was established earlier in the season that the Doctor would not take Ashildr on as a companion because as a virtual immortal himself it would be too easy from both of them to become emotionally distant from mortals and from there villainous, a problem she was already struggling with on her own. Thus, Clara and Ashildr could just become what the Doctor -- who does not know what has become of them due to a mind wipe that's caused him to lose many of his memories of the former -- feared, making for a most unhappy ending somewhere down the line. (Counterarguments: Clara knows she ''must'' return to her death sooner or later, and they could acquire mortal companions the way the Doctor does.)) Meanwhile, the Doctor is now a fugitive from his people and homeworld once again for his actions during his SanitySlippage, and the exiled Rassilon and his cronies might be tracking him down seeking {{Revenge}} -- though that's par for the course for the Doctor, really, and so far nothing says he can't just mend fences with the Time Lords on Gallifrey as well as Sisterhood of Karn confidante Ohila offscreen.
25th Jan '16 3:57:38 AM Omeganian
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* Perrault’s tale "The Fairies" also known as "Diamonds and Toads". A Fairy [[SecretTestOfCharacter tests the politness of two sisters]]. She rewards the polite [[YoungestChildWins youngest sister]] with having either a jewel, a diamond or a pretty flower fall from her mouth whenever she spoke and curses the rude eldest sister with having either a Toad or a snake fall from her mouth whenever she spoke. The mother then drives both out of the house. The good sister meets and and marries a prince while the bad sister is rejected by everyone and starves in the woods. One may argue that maybe [[UnintentionallySympathetic the eldest sister]] may not deserve such [[DisproportionateRetribution horrible fate]] or point out that the mother [[KarmaHoudini gets away]] with the mistreatment of both her daughters but the worst is definitely the fact that the youngest sister will [[BlessedWithSuck spit diamonds, pearls and flowers for the rest of her life]] and the story mentions how the prince fell “in love“ with her ''because'' of [[GoldDigger her ability to produce diamonds]].
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* Perrault’s tale "The Fairies" also known as "Diamonds and Toads". A Fairy [[SecretTestOfCharacter tests the politness of two sisters]]. She rewards the polite [[YoungestChildWins youngest sister]] with having either a jewel, a diamond or a pretty flower fall from her mouth whenever she spoke and curses the rude eldest sister with having either a Toad or a snake fall from her mouth whenever she spoke. The mother then drives both out of the house. The good sister meets and and marries a prince while the bad sister is rejected by everyone and starves in the woods. One may argue that maybe [[UnintentionallySympathetic the eldest sister]] may not deserve such [[DisproportionateRetribution horrible fate]] or point out that the mother [[KarmaHoudini gets away]] with the mistreatment of both her daughters but the worst is definitely the fact daughters. Not that clear with the youngest sister - some will [[BlessedWithSuck spit diamonds, pearls and flowers for say that the rest of only reason the prince loves her life]] and is the gems, but the story mentions how only says that the prince fell “in love“ in love with her ''because'' of [[GoldDigger after she told him her ability story, so optimists can believe that he loves her for herself, and merely views the gems as a way to produce diamonds]].avoid ParentalMarriageVeto. The [[ArtisticLicenceEconomics problems with constant gemstone production]], however, are indisputable.
24th Jan '16 8:32:03 AM ZeldaQueen64
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* ''The Beast Within: Literature/ATaleOf Beauty's Prince'' does this to the happy ending of Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. The curse is broken, the Beast is human again, and he and Belle are together... except the novella adds a backstory for the Beast that involves dumping his first fiancee for being poor, horrifically abusing his second finacee and gleefully allowing her family to go to ruin, and ''ordering a hit on a painter'' because he didn't like that the painting being made reflected the curse on him. Belle never learns about any of this, which means she's unwittingly ending up with someone considerably worse than she thought, while the Beast himself forgot his past for reasons never fully explained, meaning there's no chance of him learning from his past or making amends. The ending is still treated as completely happy, but more than a few readers have expressed the wish for Belle to leave the Beast altogether.
23rd Jan '16 2:29:00 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has an in-universe example in the episode "The Ember Island Players." The ending of the play ''[[PropagandaPiece The Boy in the Iceberg]]'' is happy if you're from [[TheEmpire the Fire Nation]], but since the heroes are the Fire Nation's biggest foes, they find it highly uncomfortable to see themselves dying while the audience applauds.
23rd Jan '16 1:04:51 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Interestingly, ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' inverts the trope. The ending's tone is depressing and pessimistic, what with Homura's FaceHeelTurn. Except...she returns Madoka and Sayaka to the world of the living. Madoka gets to be reunited with her family. Sayaka gets to be reunited with her friends. Even Mami gets a new friend in Nagisa. Really, the only ones who seem to be suffering are [[SelfInflictedHell Homura]] and [[AssholeVictim Kyubey]]. *** Actually ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' 's ending is a DoubleSubversion of this trope. Sure everyone except Homura and Kyubey looks happy. But in order for Homura to create this universe, she had to erase and alter everyone's memory involved and isolated Madoka from her friends (hence why Homura's Universe!Madoka is a transfer student). It's pretty much said that Madoka will revert back to her Law of Cycles self, it's just a matter of when. Homura knows that and knows that she has made things impossible to go back how it was. The thing with Homura that she based Madoka's desire of never wanting to be separated from her family and friends from a Madoka who had sealed her memories and powers as the Law of Cycles (to save Homura in her Witch Barrier undetected from Kyubey) who didn't get the development and knowledge she had through the TV series. We know that Madoka was willing to make that sacrifice of erasing herself from the universe because her desire to protect everyone was much stronger than being with them. Sayaka herself had an opportunity to return to her regular life from Madoka but she refused it. Even worse that Madoka could've been a figment created by Homura's Witch Barrier as Homura wasn't even 100% sure that that Madoka was the actual one. Homura basically created a Happy Ending that no one asked for and is putting the Universe in peril for it as it is not sustainable.
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** Interestingly, ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' * ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' inverts the trope. The ending's tone is depressing and pessimistic, what with Homura's FaceHeelTurn. Except...she returns Madoka and Sayaka to the world of the living. Madoka gets to be reunited with her family. Sayaka gets to be reunited with her friends. Even Mami gets a new friend in Nagisa. Really, the only ones who seem to be suffering are [[SelfInflictedHell Homura]] and [[AssholeVictim Kyubey]]. *** Actually ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' 's ending is a DoubleSubversion of this trope. Sure everyone except Homura and Kyubey looks happy. But in order for Homura to create this universe, she had to erase and alter everyone's memory involved and isolated Madoka from her friends (hence why Homura's Universe!Madoka is a transfer student). It's pretty much said that Madoka will revert back to her Law of Cycles self, it's just a matter of when. Homura knows that and knows that she has made things impossible to go back how it was. The thing with Homura that she based Madoka's desire of never wanting to be separated from her family and friends from a Madoka who had sealed her memories and powers as the Law of Cycles (to save Homura in her Witch Barrier undetected from Kyubey) who didn't get the development and knowledge she had through the TV series. We know that Madoka was willing to make that sacrifice of erasing herself from the universe because her desire to protect everyone was much stronger than being with them. Sayaka herself had an opportunity to return to her regular life from Madoka but she refused it. Even worse that Madoka could've been a figment created by Homura's Witch Barrier as Homura wasn't even 100% sure that that Madoka was the actual one. Homura basically created a Happy Ending that no one asked for and is putting the Universe in peril for it as it is not sustainable.Kyubey]].

** Actually, it says that he fell in love with her after she told him the story. About the gems, it is only stated that he believed them a good dowry, which can, if one wishes, be interpreted as the prince being capable of marrying the girl without losing face for her being poor. Of course, the possible inflation still remains a problem.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' two-parter "Stimpy's Big Day". Stimpy [[CelebrityIsOverrated gives up his celebrity status and fame]] to return to living with Ren. After a tearful reunion, Ren [[WhatTheHellHero smacks the everloving hell out of Stimpy]] because [[EasyComeEasyGo he also "gave away" his vast multimillion dollar fortune.]] ** Actually, ''The Ren & Stimpy Show'' is ''stacked'' with these. The banned "Man's Best Friend" ends with Ren beating his owner George Liquor to a bloody pulp with an oar... after which he commends Ren for being such a good guard dog and the cartoon closes with them dancing along with Stimpy to upbeat Raymond Scott music.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': ** The two-parter "Stimpy's Big Day". Stimpy [[CelebrityIsOverrated gives up his celebrity status and fame]] to return to living with Ren. After a tearful reunion, Ren [[WhatTheHellHero smacks the everloving hell out of Stimpy]] because [[EasyComeEasyGo he also "gave away" his vast multimillion dollar fortune.]] ** Actually, ''The Ren & Stimpy Show'' is ''stacked'' with these. The banned "Man's Best Friend" ends with Ren beating his owner George Liquor to a bloody pulp with an oar... after which he commends Ren for being such a good guard dog and the cartoon closes with them dancing along with Stimpy to upbeat Raymond Scott music.

*** That would better fall under GainaxEnding, though. *** It's a ShoutOut to Film/TheThreeStooges, for what that's worth.
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