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15th Oct '17 8:52:06 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], this trope is one of the driving forces of [[spoiler:the true BigBad, Nightmare Eclipse, who often uses video game metaphors (such as calling everypony who's ''not'' her past self, [[FutureMeScaresMe Twilight Sparkle]], and Discord s [=NPCs=]). Her ultimate goal is to create a 'Golden World' with her [[PsychoRangers Nightmare Gallery]]. This is impossible, as she's far too obsessed with {{Revenge}} on Discord [[RevengeBeforeReason to ever stop punishing him to actually achieve it]], and thus would have kept resetting the GroundhogDayLoop she trapped the world in for eternity. Thankfully, Twilight and company manage to put and end to her and Twilight ultimately creates a 'Golden World' of her own (by sacrificing herself to create the [[StealthSequel prime timeline]] as a seperate universe).]] The irony of this is that, according to LooseCanon, [[spoiler:[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/334941/pony-pov-series-fading-futures-final-cut had Eclipse actually done the right thing]] and saved her version of the timeline rather than throwing it away, she'd have gotten a much happier end than even the final group of Mane Six actually managed, due to not having her own meddling making things worse.]]

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], this trope is one of the driving forces of [[spoiler:the true BigBad, Nightmare Eclipse, who often uses video game metaphors (such as calling everypony who's ''not'' her past self, [[FutureMeScaresMe Twilight Sparkle]], and Discord s [=NPCs=]). Her ultimate goal is to create a 'Golden World' with her [[PsychoRangers Nightmare Gallery]]. This is impossible, as she's far too obsessed with {{Revenge}} on Discord [[RevengeBeforeReason to ever stop punishing him to actually achieve it]], and thus would have kept resetting the GroundhogDayLoop she trapped the world in for eternity. Thankfully, Twilight and company manage to put and end to her and Twilight ultimately creates a 'Golden World' of her own (by sacrificing herself to create the [[StealthSequel prime timeline]] as a seperate universe).]] The irony of this is that, according to LooseCanon, [[spoiler:[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/334941/pony-pov-series-fading-futures-final-cut had Eclipse actually done the right thing]] and saved her version of the timeline rather than throwing it away, she'd have gotten a much happier end than even the final group of Mane Six actually managed, due to not having her own meddling making things worse. Cadence, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy aren't KilledOffForReal, Magica, Poison Apple, and Amethyst Star never have to experience death in the first place (a still traumatic experience for them even after their revival), Twilight ascends naturally to become an Alicorn, Fluttercruel and Discord both have a chance for redemption while still alive, and the Princesses are still at full power and Celestia still has her memory. This is on top of a great many changes Eclipse made that worsened the timeline considerably never happening to begin with and the countless lives she sentenced to Oblivion never being erased. The only negative compared to the final timeline is Mortis not permitting Libra to do a mass resurrection to bring all of Discord and his minions victims BackFromTheDead and Rarity not becoming Libra to begin with, but compared to the damage Eclipse caused, it's a fair trade off.]]
14th Oct '17 1:25:48 PM Quanyails
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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', you can achieve an ending which [[spoiler:Mona Sax survives]], after finishing the game in the highest difficulty. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:due to the events of Max Payne 3, this ending is revealed to be non-canon]].

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* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', you can achieve an ending which [[spoiler:Mona Sax survives]], after finishing the game in the highest difficulty. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:due to the events of Max ''Max Payne 3, 3'', this ending is revealed to be non-canon]].
8th Oct '17 6:27:32 PM nombretomado
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* {{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}'' has three endings: one where you fail to save the planet and it is doomed to plunge into the sun, another where you save the planet but fail to fix the communication system or the planetary defense system and therefore are stuck there (but given the consolation prize of an unlimited bank account and a home in the country), and the best ending, where not only is the planet saved and you are found by the Stellar Patrol, but all the loose ends are tied up: Your RobotBuddy (who earlier made a HeroicSacrifice) is repaired, your JerkAss boss is demoted to toilet scrubber, and the game's red herrings are lampshaded.

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* {{Infocom}}'s Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}'' has three endings: one where you fail to save the planet and it is doomed to plunge into the sun, another where you save the planet but fail to fix the communication system or the planetary defense system and therefore are stuck there (but given the consolation prize of an unlimited bank account and a home in the country), and the best ending, where not only is the planet saved and you are found by the Stellar Patrol, but all the loose ends are tied up: Your RobotBuddy (who earlier made a HeroicSacrifice) is repaired, your JerkAss boss is demoted to toilet scrubber, and the game's red herrings are lampshaded.
6th Oct '17 11:06:24 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/InTheHunt'' subverts this with a cruel twist. Use continues to reach the ending? You get the ''best'' ending, in which you go home with D.A.S. dismantled and people celebrating your victory. If you no-continue clear the game, D.A.S. is still destroyed...but [[HeroicSacrifice your sub is destroyed in the process]].
6th Oct '17 10:59:20 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/InTheHunt'' subverts this with a cruel twist. Use continues to reach the ending? You get the ''best'' ending, in which you go home with D.A.S. dismantled and people celebrating your victory. If you no-continue clear the game, D.A.S. is still destroyed...but [[HeroicSacrifice your sub is destroyed in the process]].
16th Sep '17 6:36:52 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/BlueRevolver'', in which the only effect difficulty has on the ending is a special message from the developers awarded for a no-continue clear on [[HarderThanHard Parallel mode]].

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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/BlueRevolver'', in which the only effect difficulty has on the ending is a special message from the developers awarded for a no-continue clear on [[HarderThanHard Parallel mode]]. Said no-continue clear includes beating the Parallel-exclusive TrueFinalBoss, by the way.
13th Sep '17 3:08:41 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/BlueRevolver'', in which the only effect difficulty has on the ending is a special message from the developers awarded for a no-continue clear on [[HarderThanHard Parallel mode]].
1st Sep '17 6:34:03 AM benda
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* This is the plot of the film, ''Film/MrNobody''. The plot centers around the character of Nemo Nobody, who is aware of all the possible versions of his existence. His ultimate goal is to live as long as he has to in his current timeline, so he can go back to the perfect timeline he is now aware of and be with the woman he loves.

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* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': After being trapped in the loop for God knows how long and getting God knows how many endings, Phil manages to help everyone in the town with all of their problems, woo Rita, and bring about a perfect day. Only then does the loop break. Unfortunately, even on a perfect day someone just has to die...
* This is also the plot of the film, ''Film/MrNobody''. The plot centers around the character of Nemo Nobody, who is aware of all the possible versions of his existence. His ultimate goal is to live as long as he has to in his current timeline, so he can go back to the perfect timeline he is now aware of and be with the woman he loves.
13th Aug '17 6:00:19 PM CombativeBoil
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has five endings (one for Fate, two for UBW, two for HF) and a bunch of {{Nonstandard Game Over}}s. Its UpdatedRerelease, ''Realta Nua'', has a sort-of Golden Ending accessible only after unlocking and finishing all three routes' true endings, which [[DistantFinale takes place far after the events]] of ''Fate''. [[spoiler:It sees Saber and ([[FutureBadass at that point]]) Archer re-united in Avalon, despite [[StarCrossedLovers the events that forced them apart during "Fate"]].]]

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has five endings (one for Fate, two for UBW, two for HF) and a bunch of {{Nonstandard Game Over}}s. Its UpdatedRerelease, ''Realta Nua'', has a sort-of Golden Ending accessible only after unlocking and finishing all three routes' true endings, which [[DistantFinale takes place far after the events]] of ''Fate''. [[spoiler:It sees Saber and ([[FutureBadass at that point]]) Archer Shirou re-united in Avalon, despite [[StarCrossedLovers the events that forced them apart during "Fate"]].]]
13th Aug '17 5:56:30 PM CombativeBoil
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* ''VisualNovel/TheLetter'' allows you to get an EverybodyLives ending, and depending on your choices, it's even possible to obtain your preferred friendship and romance outcomes. [[spoiler:However, this is not the true ending of the VN. That ending requires triggering multiple character deaths that are otherwise avoidable, and ends with only three of the story's seven main characters surviving.]]



** Overall, however, the game [[DefiedTrope defies]] the idea of this trope from the get-go; the CentralTheme of ''Fate Stay Night'' is that you can't save everyone, and all the endings are bittersweet because of it.
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