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10th Oct '17 10:13:06 PM PaulA
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': [[TheRemnant The First Order]]'s Starkiller Base has been destroyed, and Rey has discovered her Force potential along with the location of [[spoiler:the now-reclusive]] Luke Skywalker. But the First Order still used Starkiller Base to [[EarthShatteringKaboom annihilate the New Republic's center along with several other planets in the same system]] beforehand, murdering ''billions'' and most likely throwing the Republic into chaos. We'll see how ''Film/TheLastJedi'' will address this.
10th Oct '17 4:53:50 PM Premonition45
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': [[TheRemnant The First Order]]'s Starkiller Base has been destroyed, and Rey has discovered her Force potential along with the location of [[spoiler:the now-reclusive]] Luke Skywalker. But the First Order still used Starkiller Base to [[EarthShatteringKaboom annihilate the New Republic's center along with several other planets in the same system]] beforehand, murdering ''billions'' and most likely throwing the Republic into chaos. We'll see how ''Film/TheLastJedi'' will address this.
4th Oct '17 6:48:01 AM jormis29
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* ''Bend Sinister'' by Creator/VladimirNabokov ends with the protagonist arrested by his nation's totalitarian government, and his young son horrifically killed by a crowd of mental patients--on film!--due to a ''clerical error''. But then Nabokov [[{{Metafiction}} reaches through the layers of reality]] and gives his main character the gift of insanity to make him forget all his pain. The novel ends with Adam Krug, as a result of his insanity, rushing the dictator and being shot to death. Nabokov, however, refuses to write this conclusion (after implying its inevitability) and instead describes his room and decides to go mothing. It's a strange case of being incapable of giving Krug a happy ending (even the insanity so benevolently bestowed upon him results directly in his being killed), and so at least giving him the consolation prize of not writing it at all, and therefore not allowing it to happen. It's about as esoteric as a 'happy ending' can get.

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* ''Bend Sinister'' ''Literature/BendSinister'' by Creator/VladimirNabokov ends with the protagonist arrested by his nation's totalitarian government, and his young son horrifically killed by a crowd of mental patients--on film!--due to a ''clerical error''. But then Nabokov [[{{Metafiction}} reaches through the layers of reality]] and gives his main character the gift of insanity to make him forget all his pain. The novel ends with Adam Krug, as a result of his insanity, rushing the dictator and being shot to death. Nabokov, however, refuses to write this conclusion (after implying its inevitability) and instead describes his room and decides to go mothing. It's a strange case of being incapable of giving Krug a happy ending (even the insanity so benevolently bestowed upon him results directly in his being killed), and so at least giving him the consolation prize of not writing it at all, and therefore not allowing it to happen. It's about as esoteric as a 'happy ending' can get.
30th Sep '17 5:15:36 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''Anastasia'' by Creator/GoldenFilms has one. When Anastasia begins recovering her memories about her family, there is a happy atmosphere and a quick jump to the credits song, which is the same song Anastasia sung in her birthday, and is a happy song. However, all her family were shot, ergo she will never see them again.

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* ''Anastasia'' by Creator/GoldenFilms has one. When Anastasia begins recovering her memories about her family, there is a happy atmosphere and a quick jump to the credits song, which is the same song Anastasia sung in her birthday, and is a happy song. However, all her family were shot, ergo she will never see them again. Meanwhile, Rasputin has [[TheBadGuyWins successfully taken over Russia.]]
28th Sep '17 1:41:09 PM Elgnirp100
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* ''[[{{Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho064TheNextLife}} Doctor Who: The Next Life]]'' ends seemingly happily: The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are back in the main universe (or in it for the first time in C'rizz's case), acting like friends again and ready to go on adventures. Rassilon and Kro'ka got their comeuppance, and it seems everything worked out for the best. Except for the fact that [[spoiler: the Divergent Universe is doomed to reset over and over again. All of the stories set within the Divergent Universe will repeat again and again, but without the Doctor, many of them will have a much less happy ending for those involved, to say nothing of what will happen to the Eutermesans without C'rizz around. And even beyond that, Zagreus and Keep have decided to team up to terrorise this universe, so who knows what havoc and misery they will sow. The TARDIS team may have achieved their happy ending, but for the residents of the Divergent Universe, the horror is only just beginning...]]
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24th Sep '17 3:52:33 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': The ending of the show is very uplifting but bittersweet: The majority of the Tekkadan members and their allies died. Mars finally got their independence, which led to the formation of the Martian Union while Gjallarhorn was reformed, abolishing the Seven Stars and lessening their presence on Mars. However, the guy responsible for the reforms had committed a lot of atrocities and [[KarmaHoudini was never punished for them]], using the death of nearly half the Seven Stars to reform Gjallarhorn, ironically doing what [=McGillis=] Fareed wanted. Since history is WrittenByTheWinners, [=McGillis=] and Tekkadan's names are [[HeroWithBadPublicity forever stained as villains]] [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold with only a few people knowing what they truly are]].
23rd Sep '17 2:15:59 PM kome360
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** Also, they find out they're in a movie. So they decide to do something about it by inventing a trans-dimensional teleporter to kick the asses of the film writers. They go through the portal, and... that's it. And then you realize they're still foot-tall convenience items who are now entering a world that isn't comically slanted in their favor. Deleted scenes reveal the last we see of them is their panic over the writers calmly eating their avatars in a diner, oblivious to the screaming deli meats outside the restaurant.
22nd Sep '17 5:27:19 PM TroperDoper
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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]'' ends with Peri's body becoming the host to Kiv's brain before King Yrcanos supposedly finishes her. However, it is revealed later in the season that Peri in fact did not die and actually went on to rule Krontep alongside Yrcanos as his queen. While this is portrayed as a good thing, it should be noted that Peri showed no interest in Yrcanos the entire story and objected to the notion of becoming his wife. Expanded material has offered different versions of what become of Peri, though actress Nicole Bryant prefers her original fate in ''Mindwarp''.
18th Sep '17 12:13:07 PM N8han11
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* The ''{{Literature/Goosebumps}}'' books were famous for featuring [[CruelTwistEnding Cruel Twist Endings]], but ''The Cuckoo Clock of Doom'' has one that's played as happy and upbeat despite being utterly horrifying in implication: After repairing the titular clock and returning to the present, the protagonist discovers that he has inadvertently erased his [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Sister]] from existence. This is played as a good thing for him because [[FelonyMisdemeanor she ruined his birthday party and embarrassed him in front of the girl he likes]]. DisproportionateRetribution, much? And while he does say that there's ''probably'' a way to use the clock to revive her, and he'll ''probably'' do it someday, given that he himself was nearly erased the first time he used the clock, what guarantee is there he'll even survive trying, let alone actually succeed?
** Saying what she did was a FelonyMisdemeanor is understating things. The girl is portrayed as a real EnfantTerrible, to the fact that the vast majority of fans ''despise'' her. To them, the ending is a straight up KarmicTwistEnding that works out happily for the protagonist.
16th Sep '17 4:29:14 PM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/ReCreators'': The world is saved, but almost nobody knows that since they thought the final battle was all a show or weren't aware of it. The villain received no punishment whatsoever and in the end got what she wanted. Most of the fictional characters that came to the real world accomplished nothing and/or died, and those who lived in the end still went back to their stories, subjected to their authors' whims. Oh, and there's still a crazy murderer on the loose in the real world. Hooray?
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