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19th Nov '16 1:35:31 PM Prfnoff
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* Some cast albums of musicals end on a happier note than the show does, since older musicals tended not to fully score their more downbeat moments. An egregious case is ''Theatre/GoldenBoy'', where the original cast recording's "Finale" ends with the crowd cheering at the conclusion of the big fight; the show's continuation, however, reveals that [[CasualtyInTheRing the loser died]], the knowledge of which causes the winner to be DrivenToSuicide.
9th Nov '16 9:30:18 AM Morgenthaler
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6th Nov '16 10:50:02 AM SAMAS
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' ends with the Federation and Zeon finally resolving their conflicts and the implication that [[BittersweetEnding peace would finally be achieved]] in the Universal Century after so much bloodshed. That is if you didn't watch any of the Gundam series set after that. Chronologically, ''Unicorn'' takes place decades before the brutal [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Cosmo Babylonia War]] and, much later, the even more gruesome [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare War]], which may be even worse than the One Year War, the Gryps Conflict and the various Neo Zeon incursions. Nevertheless, by revealing the contents of Laplace's Box, Banagher and Mineva ''finally'' put a hopeful end to a century awash in blood and tears, even if for just twenty-odd years.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' ends with the Federation and Zeon finally resolving their conflicts and the implication that [[BittersweetEnding peace would finally be achieved]] in the Universal Century after so much bloodshed. That is if you didn't watch any of the Gundam series set after that. Chronologically, ''Unicorn'' takes place decades before the brutal [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Cosmo Babylonia War]] War]][[note]]and a supplementary manga prologue even has yet another battle with the final(really-for-real-we-mean-it-this-time-honest!) Zeon remnants[[/note]] and, much later, the even more gruesome [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare War]], which may be even worse than the One Year War, the Gryps Conflict and the various Neo Zeon incursions. Nevertheless, by revealing the contents of Laplace's Box, Banagher and Mineva ''finally'' put a hopeful end to a century awash in blood and tears, even if for just twenty-odd years.
3rd Nov '16 4:34:37 AM Koveras
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* The ''[[WebAnimation/ExtraCredits Extra History]]'' miniseries on [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Emperor Justinian]] originally ended on the high note, with [[UsefulNotes/FlaviusBelisarius General Belisarius]] finally taking Rome back for the Roman Empire. However, the second miniseries set the historical record straight by revealing how all of Justinian's efforts to restore the Empire to its glory have gradually been undone later.
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2nd Nov '16 3:16:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* The SpeculativeDocumentary ''TheFutureIsWild'', which is about what animals could eventually appear on our planet's surface in the distant future, apparantly begins with the start of a new ice age, and ends with the formation of a new supercontinent. The last episode apparantly ends with a closeup of the Sun in the sky, because it's going to play an important role after the series...
* The animated film of ''PlanetHulk'' ends with the Red King's overthrow, rather than going through with the horrible events that led up to ''WorldWarHulk'' in the comics.

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* The SpeculativeDocumentary ''TheFutureIsWild'', ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', which is about what animals could eventually appear on our planet's surface in the distant future, apparantly begins with the start of a new ice age, and ends with the formation of a new supercontinent. The last episode apparantly ends with a closeup of the Sun in the sky, because it's going to play an important role after the series...
* The animated film of ''PlanetHulk'' ''WesternAnimation/PlanetHulk'' ends with the Red King's overthrow, rather than going through with the horrible events that led up to ''WorldWarHulk'' ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' in the comics.
1st Nov '16 7:38:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Martin Scorsese's ''The Aviator'' somewhat averts this. It ends on a moment of total public triumph for Howard Hughes, but in the last scene Hughes suffers an obsessive-compulsive fit and is reduced to hiding away, helplessly staring into a darkened bathroom mirror and repeating "the way of the future."

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** Martin Scorsese's ''The Aviator'' ''Film/TheAviator'' somewhat averts this. It ends on a moment of total public triumph for Howard Hughes, but in the last scene Hughes suffers an obsessive-compulsive fit and is reduced to hiding away, helplessly staring into a darkened bathroom mirror and repeating "the way of the future."



** Averted in ''Pollock''. The last half of the film chronicles Pollock's wife leaving him, his subsequent depression and the ultimate consequences of his alcoholism throughout the film: the final scene depicts the car wreck that kills him.

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** Averted in ''Pollock''.''Film/{{Pollock}}''. The last half of the film chronicles Pollock's wife leaving him, his subsequent depression and the ultimate consequences of his alcoholism throughout the film: the final scene depicts the car wreck that kills him.
1st Nov '16 7:37:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does not mention that Hercules eventually kills Megara and their children in a fit of madness set upon him by Hera. Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son, and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
*** In the original myth, killing Meg is one of the ''first'' things Herc does as an adult. All of his heroic deeds involving lions and hydras are forms of [[TheAtoner atonement]]. It's really just an entirely different story.
*** Hercules' parentage apparently varies DependingOnTheWriter - some myths have him as Zeus' (naturally illegitimate) offspring (Hera, ''Goddess of marriage'', was always faithful to her husband) and given the name "Heracles" - "Beloved of Hera" - to try and deflect some of the expected heat from the Goddess. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]

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** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does not mention that ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'': In the original myth, Hercules eventually kills Megara and their children in a fit of madness set upon him by Hera. Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son, and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
*** In the original myth, killing Meg is
It's one of the ''first'' things Herc does as an adult. All of his heroic deeds involving lions and hydras are forms of [[TheAtoner atonement]]. It's really just an entirely different story.
*** Hercules'
Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son[[note]]Hercules' parentage apparently varies DependingOnTheWriter - some myths have him as Zeus' (naturally illegitimate) offspring (Hera, ''Goddess of marriage'', was always faithful to her husband) and given the name "Heracles" - "Beloved of Hera" - to try and deflect some of the expected heat from the Goddess. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]Goddess.[[/note]], and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
1st Nov '16 3:30:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does not mention that Hercules eventually kills Megara and their children in a fit of madness set upon him by Hera. Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son, and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
*** In the original myth, killing Meg is one of the ''first'' things Herc does as an adult. All of his heroic deeds involving lions and hydras are forms of [[TheAtoner atonement]]. It's really just an entirely different story.
*** Hercules' parentage apparently varies DependingOnTheWriter - some myths have him as Zeus' (naturally illegitimate) offspring (Hera, ''Goddess of marriage'', was always faithful to her husband) and given the name "Heracles" - "Beloved of Hera" - to try and deflect some of the expected heat from the Goddess. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' ends with Mowgli about to go to the human village. In [[Literature/TheJungleBook the book]], he goes to the village and is rejected there, too. It ends on a fairly depressing note, with Mowgli lamenting that there's nowhere he belongs. The sequel, however, does show Mowgli having trouble adjusting to village life.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' cuts off right after [[KingArthur Arthur]] finds the sword and gets declared king, sparing kids the saga of his doomed love life and the dissolution of everything he ever worked for. T. H. White's ''The Sword in the Stone'' ends there as well, but the rest of ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' covers Arthur's reign and final fall, which never got animated. Trying to fit together [[ContinuitySnarl all of the different parts]] of the KingArthur mythos into one coherent line would be [[YourHeadAsplode frustrating, to say the least]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does something similar, ending with the heroes as small business owners in mid-1920s USA. The Great Depression started in 1930.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' ends just after the Hebrews cross the Red Sea and escape, with a JumpCut to Moses bringing the Commandments down - skipping over that business with the ''calf'', the wandering in the desert, and omitting the ending where Moses dies on the Promised Land's doorstep.
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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does not mention that Hercules eventually kills Megara and their children in a fit of madness set upon him by Hera. Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son, and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
*** In the original myth, killing Meg is one of the ''first'' things Herc does as an adult. All of his heroic deeds involving lions and hydras are forms of [[TheAtoner atonement]]. It's really just an entirely different story.
*** Hercules' parentage apparently varies DependingOnTheWriter - some myths have him as Zeus' (naturally illegitimate) offspring (Hera, ''Goddess of marriage'', was always faithful to her husband) and given the name "Heracles" - "Beloved of Hera" - to try and deflect some of the expected heat from the Goddess. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' ends with Mowgli about to go to the human village. In [[Literature/TheJungleBook the book]], he goes to the village and is rejected there, too. It ends on a fairly depressing note, with Mowgli lamenting that there's nowhere he belongs. The sequel, however, does show Mowgli having trouble adjusting to village life.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' cuts off right after [[KingArthur Arthur]] finds the sword and gets declared king, sparing kids the saga of his doomed love life and the dissolution of everything he ever worked for. T. H. White's ''The Sword in the Stone'' ends there as well, but the rest of ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' covers Arthur's reign and final fall, which never got animated. Trying to fit together [[ContinuitySnarl all of the different parts]] of the KingArthur mythos into one coherent line would be [[YourHeadAsplode frustrating, to say the least]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does something similar, ending with the heroes as small business owners in mid-1920s USA. The Great Depression started in 1930.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' ends just after the Hebrews cross the Red Sea and escape, with a JumpCut to Moses bringing the Commandments down - skipping over that business with the ''calf'', the wandering in the desert, and omitting the ending where Moses dies on the Promised Land's doorstep.
** This sort of ending tends to occur in most adaptations of the Exodus story. It was even parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Simpsons Bible Stories"

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* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does not mention that Hercules eventually kills Megara and their children in a fit of madness set upon him by Hera. Of course, this Hercules is ''Hera's'' son, and she isn't even slightly antagonistic, and the whole thing's been thoroughly [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]], so Herc and Meg are probably fine.
*** In the original myth, killing Meg is one of the ''first'' things Herc does as an adult. All of his heroic deeds involving lions and hydras are forms of [[TheAtoner atonement]]. It's really just an entirely different story.
*** Hercules' parentage apparently varies DependingOnTheWriter - some myths have him as Zeus' (naturally illegitimate) offspring (Hera, ''Goddess of marriage'', was always faithful to her husband) and given the name "Heracles" - "Beloved of Hera" - to try and deflect some of the expected heat from the Goddess. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' ends with Mowgli about to go to the human village. In [[Literature/TheJungleBook the book]], he goes to the village and is rejected there, too. It ends on a fairly depressing note, with Mowgli lamenting that there's nowhere he belongs. The sequel, however, does show Mowgli having trouble adjusting to village life.
** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' cuts off right after [[KingArthur Arthur]] finds the sword and gets declared king, sparing kids the saga of his doomed love life and the dissolution of everything he ever worked for. T. H. White's ''The Sword in the Stone'' ends there as well, but the rest of ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' covers Arthur's reign and final fall, which never got animated. Trying to fit together [[ContinuitySnarl all of the different parts]] of the KingArthur mythos into one coherent line would be [[YourHeadAsplode frustrating, to say the least]].
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does something similar, ending with the heroes as small business owners in mid-1920s USA. The Great Depression started in 1930.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' ends just after the Hebrews cross the Red Sea and escape, with a JumpCut to Moses bringing the Commandments down - skipping over that business with the ''calf'', the wandering in the desert, and omitting the ending where Moses dies on the Promised Land's doorstep.
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This sort of ending tends to occur in most adaptations of the Exodus story. It was even parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Simpsons Bible Stories"



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* Originally, the "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' was actually going to extend into the Cenozoic era after they show the dinosaurs going extinct, complete with appearances of different extinct mammals such as wooly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, before finally ending with the appearance of mankind and their discovery of fire. However, due to ExecutiveMeddling, all of this was actually cut from the final version of the film, and as a result, all of this was replaced by a scene where the entire Earth gets lashed by earthquakes before finally being flooded by a massive tidal wave caused by a solar eclipse.
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* Originally, the "Rite of Spring" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' was actually going to extend into the Cenozoic era after they show the dinosaurs going extinct, complete with appearances of different extinct mammals such as wooly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, before finally ending with the appearance of mankind and their discovery of fire. However, due to ExecutiveMeddling, all of this was actually cut from the final version of the film, and as a result, all of this was replaced by a scene where the entire Earth gets lashed by earthquakes before finally being flooded by a massive tidal wave caused by a solar eclipse.
4th Oct '16 10:26:20 PM CrazyLegs2
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* The "junior" version of ''IntoTheWoods'' completely cuts out the DarkerAndEdgier second act, and instead ends with the HappilyEverAfter ending of the first act.
16th Sep '16 6:48:44 AM Koveras
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAge'' games always end with the PlayerCharacter resolving a world-threatening conflict and being exalted as a hero... only for a new civil conflict and BigBad / EldritchAbomination to threaten the world again next game. This is {{lampshaded}} by the third game's player character after a two-year time skip following the [[spoiler:HappyEnding of the]] main game, who can angrily wonder, "Can't one ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' thing in this world stay fixed??"

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAge'' ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games always end with the PlayerCharacter resolving a world-threatening conflict and being exalted as a hero... only for a new civil conflict and BigBad / EldritchAbomination BigBad[=/=]EldritchAbomination to threaten the world again next game. This is {{lampshaded}} by the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition third game's game]]'s player character after a two-year time skip following the [[spoiler:HappyEnding of the]] main game, who can angrily wonder, "Can't "Can one thing in this ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' thing in this world just stay fixed??"
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