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3rd May '16 7:12:01 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' never resolves the question of what happened to Zuko's mom.
** The SequelSeries to ATLA, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', features a character asking the phrase above ''verbatim''. The adressee is ''[[TrollingCreator cut off before she can answer]].'' At least the viewers are given the hint that it was a happy ending.
** A Tie-in comic called ''The Search'' finally answers the question.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' never resolves the question of what happened to Zuko's mom.
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mom. The SequelSeries to ATLA, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', features a character asking the phrase above ''verbatim''. The adressee is ''[[TrollingCreator cut off before she can answer]].'' At least the viewers are given the hint that it was a happy ending. \n** A Tie-in The question is finally answered in a sequel comic book called ''The Search'' ''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]'' finally answers the question.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' ends with Venom and Carnage-esque symbiotes being spread across the world. A book on Spider-Man mentioned that had the second season happened, Spidey and the resistance would save the day. The class system on the Second Earth would be abolished and Spidey would return to his own planet. Looks like they were going to go back to basics.
** To twist the knife even further, Unlimited Spidey [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse gets killed off by one of the Inheritors.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' ends with Venom and Carnage-esque symbiotes being spread across the world. A book on Spider-Man mentioned that had the second season happened, Spidey and the resistance would save the day. The class system on the Second Earth would be abolished and Spidey would return to his own planet. Looks like they were going to go back to basics.
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basics. To twist the knife even further, Unlimited Spidey [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse gets killed off by one of the Inheritors.]]Inheritors in ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse''.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an odd tendency to start episodes with one plotline [[HalfwayPlotSwitch that somehow activates another]], and what happened to initiate the new plotline is rarely, if ever mentioned again. A {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing occurred in the episode "A Tale of Two Springfields" when, after the plot had shifted, a badger who had been living in the dog-house tries to reassert itself, but Homer accusingly tells it that they're onto something else now. The episode ends with the badger [[RuleOfFunny leading any army of badgers to invade Springfield]] when they're [[ThePowerOfRock distracted by a concert]] by Music/TheWho.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an odd tendency to start episodes with one plotline [[HalfwayPlotSwitch that somehow activates another]], and what happened to initiate the new plotline is rarely, if ever mentioned again. again:
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A {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing occurred in the episode "A Tale of Two Springfields" when, after the plot had shifted, a badger who had been living in the dog-house tries to reassert itself, but Homer accusingly tells it that they're onto something else now. The episode ends with the badger [[RuleOfFunny leading any army of badgers to invade Springfield]] when they're [[ThePowerOfRock distracted by a concert]] by Music/TheWho.



** ''Every'' Spider-Man based animated series so far qualifies. [[note]]Starting from the 90's show at least.[[/note]] To wit...
*** ''Spider-Man Unlimited''- Ended with Venom and Carnage carrying out their plan and raining down symboites on Counter-Earth.
*** ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'': Peter defeats the Gaines Twins, but his friends Indy, is injured thanks to them tricking Peter into attacking her. Harry, who was starting to come around that Spider-Man might not be so bad, goes back to hating him and Peter ultimately quits being Spider-Man and throws the costume into the Hudson River.
* "Things Change", the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', was about two things. First, it was about Beast Boy finding a Terra look-alike and trying to figure out if it was really her (which is left ambiguous). The second is about a completely unexplained conflict between the other four Titans and a random white chameleon thing. [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere It's never explained what it is, where it came from, why it's causing trouble, or how the Titans will catch it.]] Later [[AllThereInTheManual confirmed it was her]] in the comic series ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo!''

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** ''Every'' Spider-Man based animated series so far qualifies. [[note]]Starting from the 90's show at least.[[/note]] To wit...
*** ''Spider-Man Unlimited''- Ended with Venom and Carnage carrying out their plan and raining down symboites on Counter-Earth.
*** ''Spider-Man: The New Animated Series'':
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'': Peter defeats the Gaines Twins, but his friends Indy, is injured thanks to them tricking Peter into attacking her. Harry, who was starting to come around that Spider-Man might not be so bad, goes back to hating him and Peter ultimately quits being Spider-Man and throws the costume into the Hudson River.
* "Things Change", the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', was about two things. First, it was about Beast Boy finding a Terra look-alike and trying to figure out if it was really her (which is left ambiguous). The second is about a completely unexplained conflict between the other four Titans and a random white chameleon thing. [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere It's never explained what it is, where it came from, why it's causing trouble, or how the Titans will catch it.]] Later [[AllThereInTheManual confirmed it was her]] in the comic series ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo!''''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo''



* WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars [[spoiler: Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order, but so many plot resolves (i.e. What happens on Mandalore, what did Darth Sideous do to Darth Maul, "Did Palpatine really clone the Zillo Beast?", and "How do Poggle the Lesser and Wat Tambor escape from prison to be in ''Revenge of the Sith''?") were left hanging after the show got axed after Season Five ended.]]

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* WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars [[spoiler: Ahsoka '''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' [[spoiler:Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order, but so many plot resolves (i.e. What happens on Mandalore, what did Darth Sideous do to Darth Maul, "Did Palpatine really clone the Zillo Beast?", and "How do Poggle the Lesser and Wat Tambor escape from prison to be in ''Revenge of the Sith''?") were left hanging after the show got axed after Season Five ended.]]
2nd May '16 12:47:00 PM MsChibi
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This special feeling is usually preceded by a glance at the clock, [[SpoiledByTheFormat noting that it is 9:54]], and saying, "Wow, they sure have a lot of loose ends to wrap up in the next six minutes. I wonder how they pull it off?" The answer: they don't.

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This special feeling is usually preceded by a glance at the clock, [[SpoiledByTheFormat noting that it is 9:54]], and saying, "Wow, they sure have a lot of loose ends to wrap up [[CosmicDeadline in the next six minutes.minutes]]. I wonder how they pull it off?" The answer: they don't.



Compare CliffHanger and BolivianArmyEnding, when deliberately used as an artistic device. Frequently this is an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, particularly as the result of a sudden GeckoEnding that fails to resolve all lingering plot threads.

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Compare CliffHanger and BolivianArmyEnding, when deliberately used as an artistic device. Frequently this is an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, particularly as the result of a sudden GeckoEnding that fails to resolve all lingering plot threads.
threads. It may also be the result of a GainaxEnding.
21st Apr '16 3:21:36 PM MegaMarioMan
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* The final book of K.A. Applegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ended this way by introducing a new antagonist with absolutely no desire from the author to go further with it (she even admits to leaving the reader hanging in the afterword).
** Another incident in-series is the fate of SixthRanger David. At the end of ''The Return'' he begs Rachel [[MercyKill to kill him]] rather than force him to [[FateWorseThanDeath live out the rest of his days as a rat]]. Whether or not she does it is never revealed.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
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The final book of K.A. Applegate's ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book, "The Beginning", ended this way by introducing a new antagonist with absolutely no desire from the author to go further with it about 3 pages before the book and series end (she even admits to leaving the reader hanging in the afterword).
** Another incident in-series is the fate of SixthRanger David. At the end of ''The Return'' "The Return" he begs Rachel [[MercyKill to kill him]] rather than force him to [[FateWorseThanDeath live out the rest of his days as a rat]]. Whether or not she does it is never revealed.
2nd Apr '16 9:25:29 PM louisXVI
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* The first and only season of''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' ends with a series of dramatic events, including Joan sleeping with JFK, Scudworth being apprehended by the Board of Shadowy Figures, and all the clones being frozen. The show was cancelled and we never learned what became of anyone.
2nd Apr '16 9:21:10 PM louisXVI
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has this odd tendency to start episodes with one plotline [[HalfwayPlotSwitch that somehow activates another]], and what happened to initiate the new plotline is rarely, if ever mentioned again. A {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing occurred when, after the plot had shifted, a badger who had been living in the dog-house tries to reassert itself, but Homer accusingly tells it that they're onto something else now. The episode ends with the badger [[RuleOfFunny leading any army of badgers to invade Springfield]] when they're [[ThePowerOfRock distracted by a concert]] by Music/TheWho.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has this an odd tendency to start episodes with one plotline [[HalfwayPlotSwitch that somehow activates another]], and what happened to initiate the new plotline is rarely, if ever mentioned again. A {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing occurred in the episode "A Tale of Two Springfields" when, after the plot had shifted, a badger who had been living in the dog-house tries to reassert itself, but Homer accusingly tells it that they're onto something else now. The episode ends with the badger [[RuleOfFunny leading any army of badgers to invade Springfield]] when they're [[ThePowerOfRock distracted by a concert]] by Music/TheWho.
2nd Apr '16 8:41:17 PM MyFinalEdits
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Seegg also NoEnding. If the hanging thread is trivial to the plot, it's WhatHappenedToTheMouse. Let the KudzuPlot grow out of hand, and you have TheChrisCarterEffect. If it was going to be explained, but the intended story was canceled, it's an AbortedArc.

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Seegg See also NoEnding. If the hanging thread is trivial to the plot, it's WhatHappenedToTheMouse. Let the KudzuPlot grow out of hand, and you have TheChrisCarterEffect. If it was going to be explained, but the intended story was canceled, it's an AbortedArc.



* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up. And with the PSG team gone to form [[Creator/StudioTrigger Studio Trigger]] and Gainax stuck with making subpar and mediocre adaptations of {{Shonen}} manga like ''Manga/MedakaBox'', this plot will not be resolved in our lifetime.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' wraps up everything which concerns episodes 2 to 16, but the very first episode is a mash up of future events in the show, where there's a particular short scene where a blond girl slices Issac's ear off with a spear. The girl's name, Adele, is not even mentioned through the show as she would later appear in a future arc from the source material right after where the anime ends.
** The loose ends are lampshaded in the [=OVAs=], where [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Carol asks Gustav why the story doesn't have a proper ending]]. Gustav's answer [[SoapWheel is that life always throws in another plot thread for everyone it ties up, meaning that there's going to be loose threads no matter where you stop, and now's just a good place as any to end things]]. Carol, on the other hand, thinks it's just a SequelHook.

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* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up. And with the PSG team gone to form [[Creator/StudioTrigger Studio Trigger]] and Gainax stuck with making subpar and mediocre adaptations of {{Shonen}} manga like ''Manga/MedakaBox'', this plot will not be resolved in our lifetime.
up.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' wraps up everything which concerns episodes 2 to 16, but the very first episode is a mash up of future events in the show, where there's a particular short scene where a blond girl slices Issac's ear off with a spear. The girl's name, Adele, is not even mentioned through the show as she would later appear in a future arc from the source material right after where the anime ends.
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ends. The loose ends are lampshaded in the [=OVAs=], where [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Carol asks Gustav why the story doesn't have a proper ending]]. Gustav's answer [[SoapWheel is that life always throws in another plot thread for everyone it ties up, meaning that there's going to be loose threads no matter where you stop, and now's just a good place as any to end things]]. Carol, on the other hand, thinks it's just a SequelHook.
2nd Apr '16 7:56:34 PM xelldx
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See also NoEnding. If the hanging thread is trivial to the plot, it's WhatHappenedToTheMouse. Let the KudzuPlot grow out of hand, and you have TheChrisCarterEffect. If it was going to be explained, but the intended story was canceled, it's an AbortedArc.

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See Seegg also NoEnding. If the hanging thread is trivial to the plot, it's WhatHappenedToTheMouse. Let the KudzuPlot grow out of hand, and you have TheChrisCarterEffect. If it was going to be explained, but the intended story was canceled, it's an AbortedArc.



* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up. And with the PSG team gone to form [[Creator/StudioTrigger]] and Gainax stuck with subpar anime, this plot will not be resolved in our lifetime.

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* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up. And with the PSG team gone to form [[Creator/StudioTrigger]] [[Creator/StudioTrigger Studio Trigger]] and Gainax stuck with making subpar anime, and mediocre adaptations of {{Shonen}} manga like ''Manga/MedakaBox'', this plot will not be resolved in our lifetime.
31st Mar '16 11:44:20 AM xelldx
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* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up.

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* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up. And with the PSG team gone to form [[Creator/StudioTrigger]] and Gainax stuck with subpar anime, this plot will not be resolved in our lifetime.
28th Mar '16 1:30:05 PM xelldx
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** To twist the knife even further, Unlimited Spidey [[ComicBook/SpiderVerse gets killed off by one of the Inheritors.]]
24th Mar '16 3:45:11 AM Venatius
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* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'' pulls this to a seemingly sadistic degree. [[spoiler:In literally the last minute, Stocking inexplicably [[FaceHeelTurn reveals she's actually a demon]], chops Panty into pieces, and leaves Brief on a quest to gather them back up.]] The end. Aside from a tease in the episode itself, there hasn't been a whisper of a new season in the six years since to follow any of this up.
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