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23rd Mar '17 3:15:33 AM Korodzik
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* The Polish novel series ''Mr Hopkins'' for young readers--about a time-travelling gentleman--has the occasional weird mystery that never quite gets explained. The endings of the second and third books, in particular, get quite trippy:
** The second installment has a bizarre ending where Mr Hopkins decides to time-travel to London to visit his grandfather Franchise/SherlockHolmes, but instead inexplicably ends up in a featureless void where he meets a man implied to be UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, then he finds himself back at his home only to realize that he's actually his own young sidekick, Karol. Then Karol looks into a mirror and sees Mr Hopkins inside, who promises that he will return soon and vanishes. The book ends at this point. In the third book, it's explained that that entire ending was Karol's fever dream, which is probably the only explanation possible.
** At the end of the third and final installment, some time after meeting the TimePolice who forbid him from time-travelling ever again, Mr Hopkins somehow meets the three mythical [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moirai Moirai]] (the series having never involved any mythical or supernatural elements up to that point) who tie his thread of life into a loop. Mr Hopkins then ends up back at the beginning of the series, with no memories, and the narration implies that he's now trapped in a StableTimeLoop forever. [[DownerEnding The end.]]
20th Mar '17 5:15:41 PM JudasZala
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* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'': Cat Ninden Teyandee's finale involves a [[ColonyDrop comet on a collision course]] with Edoropolis. Thanks to a last ditch effort by TheHero (with a pinch of DeusExMachina), the comet is destroyed. It seems at first that the hero might have died in a HeroicSacrifice, so the mood is [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.]] But then he comes back safely. Everyone rejoices. Including Omitsu, known for her habit of launching missiles from her hair when excited. She is so overjoyed to see him alive that she launches ''a giant nuclear missile'' from her hair, which [[AllForNothing blows up the parts of the city that haven't already been damaged by the comet.]] [[{{Bowdlerise}} The nuke scene was cut from the ''Samurai Pizza Cats'' dub.]]

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* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'': Cat Ninden Teyandee's finale involves a [[ColonyDrop comet on a collision course]] with Edoropolis. Thanks to a last ditch effort by TheHero [[TheHero Speedy Cerviche/Yattaro]] (with a pinch of DeusExMachina), the comet is destroyed. It seems at first that the hero Yattaro might have died in a HeroicSacrifice, so the mood is [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet.]] But then he comes back safely. Everyone rejoices. Including Omitsu, rejoices, including Omitsu/Lucille, known for her habit of launching missiles from her hair when excited. She is so overjoyed to see him alive that she launches ''a giant nuclear missile'' from her hair, which [[AllForNothing blows up the parts of the city that haven't already been damaged by the comet.]] [[{{Bowdlerise}} The nuke scene was cut from the ''Samurai Pizza Cats'' dub.]]
15th Mar '17 8:40:41 AM MyFinalEdits
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** WordOfGod states that Literature/{{Revan}} and the Exile never returned from the Unknown Regions. Fans are waiting for the announcement that the Sith Empire would have invaded a hundred years earlier, if those two hadn't single-handedly crippled their invasion force.
*** And that's close to what happened. The Sith Emperor used Revan as a living power source, but in doing so left Revan in a position to subtly influence the Emperor's mind, playing on his fear that the Sith Empire might not win against the Republic. And the Exile's Force ghost helped Revan stay sane enough to keep at it. Their original plan was to confront the Emperor with a doubting Sith Lord at their side. During the battle, during which the Emperor was totally dominating all three (even after Revan regained his full memories and power), the Sith Lord has a vision of a different Jedi Knight standing over the Emperor's body, realizes they're not going to win this fight, and salvages his own situation by stabbing the Exile InTheBack, which distracts Revan long enough for the Emperor to blast him with lightning.

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** WordOfGod states that Literature/{{Revan}} and the Exile never returned from the Unknown Regions. Fans are waiting for the announcement that the Sith Empire would have invaded a hundred years earlier, if those two hadn't single-handedly crippled their invasion force.\n*** And that's close to what happened. The Sith Emperor used Revan as a living power source, but in doing so left Revan in a position to subtly influence the Emperor's mind, playing on his fear that the Sith Empire might not win against the Republic. And the Exile's Force ghost helped Revan stay sane enough to keep at it. Their original plan was to confront the Emperor with a doubting Sith Lord at their side. During the battle, during which the Emperor was totally dominating all three (even after Revan regained his full memories and power), the Sith Lord has a vision of a different Jedi Knight standing over the Emperor's body, realizes they're not going to win this fight, and salvages his own situation by stabbing the Exile InTheBack, which distracts Revan long enough for the Emperor to blast him with lightning.



* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is almost a DoubleSubversion: the plot is a GambitPileup we don't get too many details about, and the ending is just utterly confusing. However, you're then given the ability to unlock reports explaining what happened. But ''then'' you eventually get all of them, and unlock a final scene that makes even less sense.
** When the events of the ending reduce the ''protagonist'' to screaming "WHAT THE HELL?!," it's a sure sign of this trope.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is almost a DoubleSubversion: the plot is a GambitPileup we don't get too many details about, and the ending is just utterly confusing. However, you're then given the ability to unlock reports explaining what happened. But ''then'' you eventually get all of them, and unlock a final scene that makes even less sense.
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sense. When the events of the ending reduce the ''protagonist'' to screaming "WHAT THE HELL?!," it's a sure sign of this trope.



* ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' invokes this trope no matter which of the MultipleEndings one achieves. Both Good endings have Alessa and Cheryl merging and forming a giant glowing woman thingy. Kaufman splashes some red liquid on it, and it suddenly becomes a giant red demon thingy, which Harry then has to kill. After its death, the glowing woman returns and gives Harry a baby, who then runs off into the fog. The end. The Bad ending has Harry kill the glowing woman thingy, which says "thank you" in Cheryl's voice before dying. Harry collapses in grief as the room crumbles, before Cybil snaps at him to leave. The Worst ending is also the worst Gainax Ending, as it only has Harry still in the car from the accident at the beginning of the game, unconscious/dead and bleeding from the head.
** Gainax ending? [[BlatantLies It makes perfect sense!]] The glowing woman thingy is both Alessa and Cheryl, as they are the same person. The red liquid is supposed to exorcise the demon so you don't have to kill Alessa/Cheryl; that's why she gives you a baby in the good ending, it's HERSELF.
** By those standards, the alien ending, in which Harry is abducted by aliens after asking them if they've seen his daughter, almost ''makes sense''.

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* ''Franchise/SilentHill'':
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''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' invokes this trope no matter which of the MultipleEndings one achieves. Both Good endings have Alessa and Cheryl merging and forming a giant glowing woman thingy. Kaufman splashes some red liquid on it, and it suddenly becomes a giant red demon thingy, which Harry then has to kill. After its death, the glowing woman returns and gives Harry a baby, who then runs off into the fog. The end. The Bad ending has Harry kill the glowing woman thingy, which says "thank you" in Cheryl's voice before dying. Harry collapses in grief as the room crumbles, before Cybil snaps at him to leave. The Worst ending is also the worst Gainax Ending, as it only has Harry still in the car from the accident at the beginning of the game, unconscious/dead and bleeding from the head.
** Gainax ending? [[BlatantLies It makes perfect sense!]] The glowing woman thingy is both Alessa and Cheryl, as they are the same person. The red liquid is supposed to exorcise the demon so you don't have to kill Alessa/Cheryl; that's why she gives you a baby in the good ending, it's HERSELF.
** By those standards, the alien ending, in which Harry is abducted by aliens after asking them if they've seen his daughter, almost ''makes sense''.
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15th Mar '17 6:31:39 AM ChronoLegion
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*** And that's close to what happened. The Sith Emperor used Revan as a living power source, but in doing so left Revan in a position to subtly influence the Emperor's mind, playing on his fear that the Sith Empire might not win against the Republic. And the Exile's Force ghost helped Revan stay sane enough to keep at it.

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*** And that's close to what happened. The Sith Emperor used Revan as a living power source, but in doing so left Revan in a position to subtly influence the Emperor's mind, playing on his fear that the Sith Empire might not win against the Republic. And the Exile's Force ghost helped Revan stay sane enough to keep at it. Their original plan was to confront the Emperor with a doubting Sith Lord at their side. During the battle, during which the Emperor was totally dominating all three (even after Revan regained his full memories and power), the Sith Lord has a vision of a different Jedi Knight standing over the Emperor's body, realizes they're not going to win this fight, and salvages his own situation by stabbing the Exile InTheBack, which distracts Revan long enough for the Emperor to blast him with lightning.
14th Mar '17 8:04:16 PM Baconsavior
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* ''Literature/TheFall'' ends with the narrator breaking the fourth wall and implying that the reader was, like himself, an accomplice to the suicide described earlier in the story.
7th Mar '17 6:02:22 AM TokoWH
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' spends most of the anime dealing with a dimensional war and Yuya's SuperPoweredEvilSide Zarc. When Zarc finally takes full possession of Yuya while the dimensions are starting to merge together and is defeated by Reira, who splits the dimensions back up the rest of the episodes pretend like a greater part of the series never happened. Instead, the remaining few episodes were spent on a TournamentArc and Yuya trying to regain his nerve to use the four dimension dragons after regaining his memories, all while attempting to make a baby smile in the process. Yes. You read that right.
--> [[BigNameFan RANK10YGO]]: ''Are we really doing this? Is the final arc of the show really a dragged-out series of attempts to get a baby to smile?''
21st Feb '17 3:59:34 AM AnsemPaul
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* ''VideoGame/Punch Club'' The game opens with the protagonist's father being shot and killed by the mysterious man in black and he takes your fathers medallion, which acts as the game's mc guffin. After hard training and fighting your way to to the top, you head to a secret island which has Sub Zero on it for some reason and fight your brother who is considerably weaker than the last 2 guys you fought to get here. The result of this fight has no effect on anything but 2 lines of dialogue, then you confront the Man in Black and he reveals that he is your father. Yep your father's killer is your father ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldda7vhmuxU ) and that he took the medallion so he could destroy because the medallion turned your father and he destroyed a city except not really or something. Maybe time travel was involved? Not that anyone says, and time travel had not been mentioned up to the that point. Nothing else is explained, no one reacts, asks questions or says anything else, then you get to walk around for a few more seconds before the credits role and that's it. No after scene credits and loading your save takes you back to the last of fight of the championship. Also played for laughs in the the Dark Fist quest line (unlike the main story where the ending is quite serious). It ends with the revelation that evil Mastermind is [[spoiler your cat who faked his own death]] and you stop him by [[spoiler: telling him off, telling him not to try taking over the world then taking him home]]

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* ''VideoGame/Punch Club'' The game opens with the protagonist's father being shot and killed by the mysterious man in black and he takes your fathers medallion, which acts as the game's mc guffin. After hard training and fighting your way to to the top, you head to a secret island which has Sub Zero on it for some reason and fight your brother who is considerably weaker than the last 2 guys you fought to get here. The result of this fight has no effect on anything but 2 lines of dialogue, then you confront the Man in Black and he reveals that he is your father. Yep your father's killer is your father ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldda7vhmuxU ) and that he took the medallion so he could destroy because the medallion turned your father and he destroyed a city except not really or something. Maybe time travel was involved? Not that anyone says, and time travel had not been mentioned up to the that point. Nothing else is explained, no one reacts, asks questions or says anything else, then you get to walk around for a few more seconds before the credits role and that's it. No after scene credits and loading your save takes you back to the last of fight of the championship. Also played for laughs in the the Dark Fist quest line (unlike the main story where the ending is quite serious). It ends with the revelation that evil Mastermind is [[spoiler [[spoiler: your cat who faked his own death]] and you stop him by [[spoiler: telling him off, telling him not to try taking over the world then taking him home]]
21st Feb '17 3:58:23 AM AnsemPaul
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* ''VideoGame/Punch Club'' The game opens with the protagonist's father being shot and killed by the mysterious man in black and he takes your fathers medallion, which acts as the game's mc guffin. After hard training and fighting your way to to the top, you head to a secret island which has Sub Zero on it for some reason and fight your brother who is considerably weaker than the last 2 guys you fought to get here. The result of this fight has no effect on anything but 2 lines of dialogue, then you confront the Man in Black and he reveals that he is your father. Yep your father's killer is your father ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldda7vhmuxU ) and that he took the medallion so he could destroy because the medallion turned your brother evil and he destroyed a city except not really or something. Maybe time travel was invovled? Nothing else is explained, no one reacts, asks questions or says anything else, then you get to walk around for a few more seconds before the credits role and that's it. No after scene credits and loading your save takes you back to the last of fight of the championship

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* ''VideoGame/Punch Club'' The game opens with the protagonist's father being shot and killed by the mysterious man in black and he takes your fathers medallion, which acts as the game's mc guffin. After hard training and fighting your way to to the top, you head to a secret island which has Sub Zero on it for some reason and fight your brother who is considerably weaker than the last 2 guys you fought to get here. The result of this fight has no effect on anything but 2 lines of dialogue, then you confront the Man in Black and he reveals that he is your father. Yep your father's killer is your father ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldda7vhmuxU ) and that he took the medallion so he could destroy because the medallion turned your brother evil father and he destroyed a city except not really or something. Maybe time travel was invovled? involved? Not that anyone says, and time travel had not been mentioned up to the that point. Nothing else is explained, no one reacts, asks questions or says anything else, then you get to walk around for a few more seconds before the credits role and that's it. No after scene credits and loading your save takes you back to the last of fight of the championshipchampionship. Also played for laughs in the the Dark Fist quest line (unlike the main story where the ending is quite serious). It ends with the revelation that evil Mastermind is [[spoiler your cat who faked his own death]] and you stop him by [[spoiler: telling him off, telling him not to try taking over the world then taking him home]]
21st Feb '17 3:54:29 AM AnsemPaul
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* ''VideoGame/Punch Club'' The game opens with the protagonist's father being shot and killed by the mysterious man in black and he takes your fathers medallion, which acts as the game's mc guffin. After hard training and fighting your way to to the top, you head to a secret island which has Sub Zero on it for some reason and fight your brother who is considerably weaker than the last 2 guys you fought to get here. The result of this fight has no effect on anything but 2 lines of dialogue, then you confront the Man in Black and he reveals that he is your father. Yep your father's killer is your father ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldda7vhmuxU ) and that he took the medallion so he could destroy because the medallion turned your brother evil and he destroyed a city except not really or something. Maybe time travel was invovled? Nothing else is explained, no one reacts, asks questions or says anything else, then you get to walk around for a few more seconds before the credits role and that's it. No after scene credits and loading your save takes you back to the last of fight of the championship
7th Feb '17 1:32:35 AM rjd1922
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* ''Fable'', a 1996 adventure game of no relation to the one from Lionhead Studios. The entire game is full of SceneryPorn and an admittedly interesting story. However, once you try to give yourself the knowledge of the Mecubarz, all you see is a cutscene where the protagonist is in jail, with the narrator describing how it was his birthday and how he couldn't believe that he killed all of his own family with a spoon. Another version of the game existed where he simply returned to have lunch with his girlfriend. A Gainax Ending gone ''horribly'' wrong, so bad it's even listed on the NoEnding trope as one of its worst offenders.

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* ''Fable'', a 1996 adventure game of no relation to [[VideoGame/{{Fable}} the one from Lionhead Studios.Studios]]. The entire game is full of SceneryPorn and an admittedly interesting story. However, once you try to give yourself the knowledge of the Mecubarz, all you see is a cutscene where the protagonist is in jail, with the narrator describing how it was his birthday and how he couldn't believe that he killed all of his own family with a spoon.frozen mackerel. Another version of the game existed where he simply returned to have lunch with his girlfriend. A Gainax Ending gone ''horribly'' wrong, so bad it's even listed on the NoEnding trope as one of its worst offenders.
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