History Main / NoEnding

23rd Apr '17 10:55:15 AM tyrekecorrea
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If external factors end the story, it is CutShort: see {{Cancellation}}/AuthorExistenceFailure. If the [[WordOfGod author's comments]] about the ending are similarly ambiguous, it's the ShrugOfGod. Compare EndOfSeriesAwareness, NoRomanticResolution, DeadFic (in fanfiction), OffscreenInertia, DropTheCow and EndlessGame.

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If external factors end the story, it is CutShort: see {{Cancellation}}/AuthorExistenceFailure. If the [[WordOfGod author's comments]] about the ending are similarly ambiguous, it's the ShrugOfGod. Compare EndOfSeriesAwareness, NoRomanticResolution, DeadFic (in fanfiction), OffscreenInertia, OffscreenInertia,TheResolutionWillNotBeIdentified, DropTheCow and EndlessGame.
17th Apr '17 1:49:27 AM RacattackForce
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** The whole series goes out on a similar note, with Beast Boy rushing towards a fight with a mysterious monster and the screen fading to light, leaving the whole "Terra/Schoolgirl" enigma up in the air without any answers forthcoming. It didn't go over well with many viewers. It was later addressed in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo''[[note]]the comic based on this show, not the DenserAndWackier [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo sequel cartoon of the same name]], or the comic based on said sequel...[[/note]], explaining she is indeed Terra. The real problem for fans is whether to consider the Go! comics canon to the show or not.

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** The whole series goes out on a similar note, with Beast Boy rushing towards a fight with a mysterious monster and the screen fading to light, leaving the whole "Terra/Schoolgirl" enigma up in the air without any answers forthcoming. It didn't go over well with many viewers. It was later addressed in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo''[[note]]the comic based on this show, not the DenserAndWackier [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo sequel cartoon of the same name]], [[RecursiveAdaptation or the comic based on said sequel...sequel]]...[[/note]], explaining she is indeed Terra. The real problem for fans is whether to consider the Go! comics canon to the show or not.
17th Apr '17 1:47:36 AM RacattackForce
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** The whole series goes out on a similar note, with Beast Boy rushing towards a fight with a mysterious monster and the screen fading to light, leaving the whole "Terra/Schoolgirl" enigma up in the air without any answers forthcoming. It didn't go over well with many viewers. It was later addressed in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', explaining she is indeed Terra. The real problem for fans is whether to consider the Go! comics canon to the show or not.

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** The whole series goes out on a similar note, with Beast Boy rushing towards a fight with a mysterious monster and the screen fading to light, leaving the whole "Terra/Schoolgirl" enigma up in the air without any answers forthcoming. It didn't go over well with many viewers. It was later addressed in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo''[[note]]the comic based on this show, not the DenserAndWackier [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo sequel cartoon of the same name]], or the comic based on said sequel...[[/note]], explaining she is indeed Terra. The real problem for fans is whether to consider the Go! comics canon to the show or not.
1st Apr '17 2:20:29 PM XMenMutant22
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** There was supposed to be a [[TheMovie movie]] to wrap things up, but unfortunately it's been stuck in DevelopmentHell for ages.
10th Mar '17 1:43:32 PM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'': The show 'ends' with [[spoiler: [[{{Cliffhanger}} Megabyte having taken over the Principal Office and telling the heroes to prepare for "The Hunt".]]]] That's it. No explanation, no resolution, nothing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'': ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': The show 'ends' "ends" with [[spoiler: [[{{Cliffhanger}} Megabyte having taken over the Principal Office and telling the heroes to prepare for "The Hunt".]]]] That's it. No explanation, no resolution, nothing.
10th Mar '17 1:42:46 PM StFan
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** ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' does this almost constantly. Many episodes follow this formula: Lum or one of the other aliens introduces a new device or power. One of the other characters misuses it for selfish reasons. Things rapidly spin out of control until the entire town is engulfed in chaos. And...that's it. The episodes often end just when things are at their craziest, without even considering how the cast will get out of this mess.
*** The series itself ends this way, too. The final storyline [[spoiler: is one big lampshading of the fact that after all these years, Ataru still refuses to tell Lum he loves her. He literally is willing to risk the destruction of the world to avoid doing this. When the townsfolk discover this, they form a mob and hunt Ataru down to try to force him to say he loves Lum. He ''still'' won't, and the series ends with him about to be beaten to death.]]

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** ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' does this almost constantly. Many episodes follow this formula: Lum or one of the other aliens introduces a new device or power. One of the other characters misuses it for selfish reasons. Things rapidly spin out of control until the entire town is engulfed in chaos. And... that's it. The episodes often end just when things are at their craziest, without even considering how the cast will get out of this mess.
*** ** The series itself ends this way, too. The final storyline [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is one big lampshading of the fact that after all these years, Ataru still refuses to tell Lum he loves her. He literally is willing to risk the destruction of the world to avoid doing this. When the townsfolk discover this, they form a mob and hunt Ataru down to try to force him to say he loves Lum. He ''still'' won't, and the series ends with him about to be beaten to death.]]



* The ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' BeachEpisode ends with a ghost girl looking out the window to the protagonists. The issue is never mentioned again.
** [[spoiler: The whole series apparently ends with Watanuki and Doumeki talking about a dream of Yuuko's. Except that it's Doumeki's ''grandson'' and Yuuko's dream is telling Watanuki that he can leave the shop at last. Nothing about the fates of Kohane, Himawari and her husband, the original Doumeki, the unhatched egg that's now a Doumeki family heirloom, and Syaoran.]]

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* ''Manga/XxxHolic'':
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The ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' BeachEpisode ends with a ghost girl looking out the window to the protagonists. The issue is never mentioned again.
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The whole series apparently ends with Watanuki and Doumeki talking about a dream of Yuuko's. Except that it's Doumeki's ''grandson'' and Yuuko's dream is telling Watanuki that he can leave the shop at last. Nothing about the fates of Kohane, Himawari and her husband, the original Doumeki, the unhatched egg that's now a Doumeki family heirloom, and Syaoran.]]



* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'': The titular heroine Subaru is being chased by employees of the Immigration Department, with her ballet troupe trying to get her to flee with them and [[LoveInterest Alexander]] holding them off. But then Alexander admits that he and Subaru will never have a future together, so Subaru willingly falls into the hands of the Immigration Department. What exactly happened after that moment isn't told. Unless one reads ''[[Manga/MoonSubaruSolitudeStanding the sequel]]''.
* Manga/SchoolRumble. It's not so bad in the anime adaptation, since it ended ''before'' the series took a turn for the [[TearJerker Tear Jerkingly Serious]]. The manga leaves the audience hanging in such a bad way that some have debated whether the author was just saying "screw you" to the audience.

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* ''Manga/{{Subaru}}'': The titular heroine Subaru is being chased by employees of the Immigration Department, with her ballet troupe trying to get her to flee with them and [[LoveInterest Alexander]] holding them off. But then Alexander admits that he and Subaru will never have a future together, so Subaru willingly falls into the hands of the Immigration Department. What exactly happened after that moment isn't told. Unless one reads ''[[Manga/MoonSubaruSolitudeStanding the sequel]]''.
''sequel]]''.
* Manga/SchoolRumble. ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': It's not so bad in the anime adaptation, since it ended ''before'' the series took a turn for the [[TearJerker Tear Jerkingly Tear-Jerkingly Serious]]. The manga leaves the audience hanging in such a bad way that some have debated whether the author was just saying "screw you" to the audience.



* One of the last few episodes of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' focuses on the heroines' class entering a chorus competition. The episode ends immediately after their performance, with absolutely no indication of whether they won.

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* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'':
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One of the last few episodes of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' of focuses on the heroines' class entering a chorus competition. The episode ends immediately after their performance, with absolutely no indication of whether they won.



* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'': Ozymandias asks the omniscient Dr. Manhattan if [[WellIntentionedExtremist his terrible actions to stop World War III]] [[VindicatedByHistory will be justified "in the end."]] Manhattan's response is a warning that history will keep on going, and the future will always have new problems. [[ThisIsReality The real world]] can't be guaranteed an eventual happy ending. Sure enough, the comic itself ends with Rorschach's journal being considered for publishing, when it contains the truth that Ozymandias orchestrated the current Roman peace.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'': ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Ozymandias asks the omniscient Dr. Manhattan if [[WellIntentionedExtremist his terrible actions to stop World War III]] [[VindicatedByHistory will be justified "in the end."]] Manhattan's response is a warning that history will keep on going, and the future will always have new problems. [[ThisIsReality The real world]] can't be guaranteed an eventual happy ending. Sure enough, the comic itself ends with Rorschach's journal being considered for publishing, when it contains the truth that Ozymandias orchestrated the current Roman peace.



** ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Visionaries: Neal Adams, which ends with Xavier collapsing and near death (in part because the subsequent issue, wasn't drawn by Neal Adams).

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** ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ''ComicBook/XMen Visionaries: Neal Adams, Adams'', which ends with Xavier collapsing and near death (in part because the subsequent issue, wasn't drawn by Neal Adams).



** ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} Visionaries: Peter David V4 leaves an entire storyline dangling (X-Factor going to Genosha, after the US decides to deport a bunch of Genoshan mutates seeking asylum) because David left the storyline after the first issue due to executive meddling. Not to mention reprinting the X-Cutioner's Song storyline tie-in issues.

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** ComicBook/{{X-Factor}} ''ComicBook/XFactor Visionaries: Peter David V4 V4'' leaves an entire storyline dangling (X-Factor going to Genosha, after the US decides to deport a bunch of Genoshan mutates seeking asylum) because David left the storyline after the first issue due to executive meddling. Not to mention reprinting the X-Cutioner's Song storyline tie-in issues.



* Happens in the old Advanced Dungeons and Dragons comic. A lich had kidnapped one of the characters because he wanted her as a 'wife'. Everything was set for a rescue, but the series was dropped, resulting in just one final unconnected special and a new Spelljammer line.

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* Happens in the old Advanced ''Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Dragons'' comic. A lich had has kidnapped one of the characters because he wanted her as a 'wife'."wife". Everything was set for a rescue, but the series was dropped, resulting in just one final unconnected special and a new Spelljammer line.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip has Calvin ask his dad to tell him a story with him and Hobbes in it. Dad proceeds to recap Calvin's day up until noon, and when Calvin complains that he doesn't continue on [[HeartwarmingMoments Dad explains that the story has no end, for Calvin and Hobbes will go out and write more of it the next day]].
* For a long time, it looked like ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' would not only end like this, but on a cruel cliffhanger. When the strip was officially cancelled on March 10th, 2010, Annie was in Guatemala with her kidnapper, the terrorist leader the "Butcher of the Balkans". Warbucks has no idea where she is, or even that she's still alive, and the Butcher tells Annie that he neither will let her go nor kill her -- for fear of being captured and because he will not kill a child despite his many political killings -- and adds that she has a new life now with him. The final panel of the strip reads "And this is where we leave our Annie. For Nowó" [[spoiler: ''However'' the story restarted with a glimmer of hope in 2013 in another strip, ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', where Warbucks enlisted the detective's help to find her. Eventually, Annie was located after a letter from her came up, revealing her location and the Butcher's true identity. A final BelatedHappyEnding wrapped Annie's story up on October 12th of the same year. (She has since appeared as a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] in the strip on occasion.]]
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* Most [[TheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]], particularly those based on {{Long Runner}}s. The (unpaid, amateur) creators get bored and/or start devoting their time to new projects, [[ScheduleSlip wait times between episodes get longer and longer]], and eventually the series is forgotten. Several series effectively ended this way when their creators formed Creator/TeamFourStar.



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* Being a SoBadItsGood homage to ''Film/TheBirds'', ''{{Film/Birdemic}}'' ham-fistedly hits all of the films' major points, including the sudden ending. [[Birdemic2TheResurrection The sequel]] also apparently decided to forgo any kind of proper ending to make a ''SunsetBoulevard'' reference instead.

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* Being a SoBadItsGood homage to ''Film/TheBirds'', ''{{Film/Birdemic}}'' ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' ham-fistedly hits all of the films' major points, including the sudden ending. [[Birdemic2TheResurrection The sequel]] also apparently decided to forgo any kind of proper ending to make a ''SunsetBoulevard'' ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' reference instead.






[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* ''The Jewels of Nabooti'' of the ''Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' series, took this to its LogicalExtreme: there were a series of choices that made an infinite loop.
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* ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}'' by Creator/ThomasPynchon ends just as Oedipa makes any real headway in solving the mystery.

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* ''Literature/{{The Crying of Lot 49}}'' ''Literature/TheCryingOfLot49'' by Creator/ThomasPynchon ends just as Oedipa makes any real headway in solving the mystery.



** He later did a lesser-known follow up, The Discourager of Hesitancy. It's essentially the same story with a slightly different twist; instead of two doors that give no clues, there are two women who give different indicators (one smiles, the other frowns) but the hero has no way of knowing which is the "correct" one, or for that matter whether either means anything at all. At the end, the narrator of the story tells to his guests that if they can tell him which woman was the correct one, he will tell them whether the lady or the tiger came through the door. Cue groans and sighs of resignation from the reader.

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** * He later did a lesser-known follow up, The Discourager of Hesitancy. It's essentially the same story with a slightly different twist; instead of two doors that give no clues, there are two women who give different indicators (one smiles, the other frowns) but the hero has no way of knowing which is the "correct" one, or for that matter whether either means anything at all. At the end, the narrator of the story tells to his guests that if they can tell him which woman was the correct one, he will tell them whether the lady or the tiger came through the door. Cue groans and sighs of resignation from the reader.



* InfiniteJest: The novel goes on for over ''one thousand pages'' and practically all the main plot points are unresolved at the end. On the other hand, we see one of the main characters after the main events in the first chapter, so...

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* InfiniteJest: ''Literature/InfiniteJest'': The novel goes on for over ''one thousand pages'' and practically all the main plot points are unresolved at the end. On the other hand, we see one of the main characters after the main events in the first chapter, so...



* One of the ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' collections features the urban legend of the medical students who pull the prank on one of their peers by cutting a hand from a cadaver and tying it to the pull string of the light in her room. The ending was apparently deemed inappropriate for children, so the story ends with the prankster returning and discovering the girl sitting on the floor of her closet and muttering to herself, apparently driven mad. The narration: "The joke had worked. But no one was laughing." End of text.
** For the curious, the usual ending to this story is that [[spoiler:the students break into her room and discover she has been driven mad and started to ''eat'' the arm.]]

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* One of the ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' collections features the urban legend of the medical students who pull the prank on one of their peers by cutting a hand from a cadaver and tying it to the pull string of the light in her room. The ending was apparently deemed inappropriate for children, so the story ends with the prankster returning and discovering the girl sitting on the floor of her closet and muttering to herself, apparently driven mad. The narration: "The joke had worked. But no one was laughing." End of text.
**
text. For the curious, the usual ending to this story is that [[spoiler:the students break into her room and discover she has been driven mad and started to ''eat'' the arm.]]



* ''The Jewels of Nabooti" of the Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure series, took this to its LogicalExtreme: there were a series of choices that made an infinite loop.



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* The SeriesGoal of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was to see Arthur reinstate magic back into the kingdom. He dies before this ever happens, and though the episode (sans coda) ends with the image of Guinevere taking the throne after having realized that Merlin has magic, we're given no indication whatsoever about how her reign went, whether Merlin returned to Camelot, or how the magic issue was resolved.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a number of episodes with unresolved conflicts:
** In the episode with John Cleese, Gonzo's arm gets longer after catching a cannonball. After getting teased by Fozzie and Floyd throughout the episode, he goes to John Cleese for help, but Cleese ends up stretching his other arm and both his legs. Afterwards, Gonzo isn't seen again for the rest of the episode. In the next episode his arms and legs are the normal size again, without explanation.
** In the episode with Kaye Ballard, the orchestra quits the show because they don't like the theme song. Eventually, the band agrees to stay as long as Floyd is allowed to write the new theme. Kermit doesn't like it, and by the end of the episode, only Rowlf is the only musician in the orchestra. It's never shown what makes the band stay, and in the next episode The Electric Mayhem performs in the opening number, as if there hadn't been a conflict.

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* The SeriesGoal of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' was to see Arthur reinstate magic back into the kingdom. He dies before this ever happens, and though the episode (sans coda) ends with the image of Guinevere taking the throne after having realized that Merlin has magic, we're given no indication whatsoever about how her reign went, whether Merlin returned returns to Camelot, or how the magic issue was resolved.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a number of episodes with unresolved conflicts:
** In the episode with John Cleese, Gonzo's arm gets longer after catching a cannonball. After getting teased by Fozzie and Floyd throughout the episode, he goes to John Cleese for help, but Cleese ends up stretching his other arm and both his legs. Afterwards, Gonzo isn't seen again for the rest of the episode. In the next episode his arms and legs are the normal size again, without explanation.
** In the episode with Kaye Ballard, the orchestra quits the show because they don't like the theme song. Eventually, the band agrees to stay as long as Floyd
is allowed to write the new theme. Kermit doesn't like it, and by the end of the episode, only Rowlf is the only musician in the orchestra. It's never shown what makes the band stay, and in the next episode The Electric Mayhem performs in the opening number, as if there hadn't been a conflict.resolved.



[[folder:Mythology]]
* The Egyptian myth of "The Doomed Prince", dating back to the 18th Dynasty, written in hieratic text, probably had an ending originally, but it may never be known, as the scroll with that part was destroyed before the rest could be deciphered. The story is one where the King of Egypt prays for a son, as his wife seems barren; the gods grant his wish, and his wife finally bears him a son. However, the day the prince is born, he is visited by the goddess Hathor at birth in her guise as the Fates, who prophesies that he will die by a snake, crocodile, or dog. After living a sheltered, lonely life due to his father who tries to protect him, the prince finds out about the prophecy, and decides he'd rather face it with dignity. He later wins the love of a princess, and with her help is able to kill a snake that attacks him in his sleep. Then, however, the dog he raised from a puppy attacks him, and he flees, only to be ambushed by a crocodile -- who offers to spare him in exchange for his help in a fight against a water demon. This, however, is where it breaks off. (Most scholars believe it probably had a happy ending with a ScrewDestiny or ProphecyTwist theme somewhere at the end, with the hero and the princess living HappilyEverAfter.)
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--> ''I once told a friend that nothing really ends, no-one can prove this''
--> ''So I'm asking you now: "Could it possibly be that you still love me?"
--> ''Do you feel the same''
--> ''Do I have a chance of doing that old dance again''
--> ''Is it too late for some of that romance again''
--> ''Let's go away, we'll neer have the chance again''
--> ''I'd take it all from you''.

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--> ''I -->''I once told a friend that nothing really ends, no-one can prove this''
--> ''So
this\\
So
I'm asking you now: "Could it possibly be that you still love me?"
--> ''Do
me?"\\
Do
you feel the same''
--> ''Do
same\\
Do
I have a chance of doing that old dance again''
--> ''Is
again\\
Is
it too late for some of that romance again''
--> ''Let's
again\\
Let's
go away, we'll neer have the chance again''
--> ''I'd
again\\
I'd
take it all from you''.



-->We were looking for an endless summer\\

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-->We -->''We were looking for an endless summer\\



It's no surprise we'll be looking endlessly

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It's no surprise we'll be looking endlesslyendlessly''



[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip has Calvin ask his dad to tell him a story with him and Hobbes in it. Dad proceeds to recap Calvin's day up until noon, and when Calvin complains that he doesn't continue on [[HeartwarmingMoments Dad explains that the story has no end, for Calvin and Hobbes will go out and write more of it the next day]].
* For a long time, it looked like ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' would not only end like this, but on a cruel cliffhanger. When the strip was officially cancelled on March 10th, 2010, Annie was in Guatemala with her kidnapper, the terrorist leader the "Butcher of the Balkans". Warbucks has no idea where she is, or even that she's still alive, and the Butcher tells Annie that he neither will let her go nor kill her -- for fear of being captured and because he will not kill a child despite his many political killings -- and adds that she has a new life now with him. The final panel of the strip reads "And this is where we leave our Annie. For Nowó" [[spoiler: ''However'' the story restarted with a glimmer of hope in 2013 in another strip, ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', where Warbucks enlisted the detective's help to find her. Eventually, Annie was located after a letter from her came up, revealing her location and the Butcher's true identity. A final BelatedHappyEnding wrapped Annie's story up on October 12th of the same year. (She has since appeared as a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] in the strip on occasion.]]

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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip has Calvin ask The Egyptian myth of "The Doomed Prince", dating back to the 18th Dynasty, written in hieratic text, probably had an ending originally, but it may never be known, as the scroll with that part was destroyed before the rest could be deciphered. The story is one where the King of Egypt prays for a son, as his dad to tell wife seems barren; the gods grant his wish, and his wife finally bears him a story with him and Hobbes in it. Dad proceeds to recap Calvin's son. However, the day up until noon, and when Calvin complains the prince is born, he is visited by the goddess Hathor at birth in her guise as the Fates, who prophesies that he will die by a snake, crocodile, or dog. After living a sheltered, lonely life due to his father who tries to protect him, the prince finds out about the prophecy, and decides he'd rather face it with dignity. He later wins the love of a princess, and with her help is able to kill a snake that attacks him in his sleep. Then, however, the dog he raised from a puppy attacks him, and he flees, only to be ambushed by a crocodile -- who offers to spare him in exchange for his help in a fight against a water demon. This, however, is where it breaks off. (Most scholars believe it probably had a happy ending with a ScrewDestiny or ProphecyTwist theme somewhere at the end, with the hero and the princess living HappilyEverAfter.)
* In Literature/TheBible, the Literature/BookOfJonah ends with God asking Jonah "Shouldn't I be concerned for that great city [Nineveh]?" While this question may serve as the [[AnAesop moral of the story]], Jonah's reply is lost to posterity.
** In the New Testament, the book of Acts
doesn't continue on [[HeartwarmingMoments Dad explains that the story has no end, for Calvin and Hobbes will go out and write more really have an ending either. The outcome of it the next day]].
* For a long time, it looked like ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' would not only end like this, but on a cruel cliffhanger. When the strip
Paul's trial before Caesar, which he was officially cancelled on March 10th, 2010, Annie was in Guatemala with her kidnapper, the terrorist leader the "Butcher of the Balkans". Warbucks has no idea where she is, or even that she's still alive, awaiting at the end of Acts, is disputed among scholars to this day.
** The earliest surviving manuscripts of Mark end not with the resurrected Christ's appearance to his disciples, but with a mysterious, unnamed man telling Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James,
and the Butcher tells Annie Salome that he neither will let her Jesus has risen, and that they should tell the apostles and go nor kill her -- see him for fear of being captured and themselves; however, they don't tell anyone, because he will not kill a child despite his many political killings -- and adds that she has a new life now with him. they're afraid. The final panel of the strip reads "And this is where we leave our Annie. For Nowó" [[spoiler: ''However'' the story restarted with a glimmer of hope in 2013 in another strip, ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', where Warbucks enlisted the detective's help to find her. Eventually, Annie was located after a letter from her came up, revealing her location and the Butcher's true identity. A final BelatedHappyEnding wrapped Annie's story up on October 12th of the same year. (She has since appeared as a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] End. Indeed, in the strip on occasion.]]original Greek of those manuscripts, the last verse arguably breaks off in mid-sentence with the word "for," an unusual construction.
** The last parts of Literature/BookOfJudges points out Israel's moral decay and need for a king.



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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a number of episodes with unresolved conflicts:
** In the episode with John Cleese, Gonzo's arm gets longer after catching a cannonball. After getting teased by Fozzie and Floyd throughout the episode, he goes to John Cleese for help, but Cleese ends up stretching his other arm and both his legs. Afterwards, Gonzo isn't seen again for the rest of the episode. In the next episode his arms and legs are the normal size again, without explanation.
** In the episode with Kaye Ballard, the orchestra quits the show because they don't like the theme song. Eventually, the band agrees to stay as long as Floyd is allowed to write the new theme. Kermit doesn't like it, and by the end of the episode, only Rowlf is the only musician in the orchestra. It's never shown what makes the band stay, and in the next episode The Electric Mayhem performs in the opening number, as if there hadn't been a conflict.
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-->'''Greenslade''': What do you think, dear listeners? Were they standing on Rockall? Or was it Napoleon's piano? Send your suggestions to anybody but us.

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-->'''Greenslade''': -->'''Greenslade:''' What do you think, dear listeners? Were they standing on Rockall? Or was it Napoleon's piano? Send your suggestions to anybody but us.



[[folder:Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible, the Literature/BookOfJonah ends with God asking Jonah "Shouldn't I be concerned for that great city [Nineveh]?" While this question may serve as the [[AnAesop moral of the story]], Jonah's reply is lost to posterity.
** In the New Testament, the book of Acts doesn't really have an ending either. The outcome of Paul's trial before Caesar, which he was still awaiting at the end of Acts, is disputed among scholars to this day.
** The earliest surviving manuscripts of Mark end not with the resurrected Christ's appearance to his disciples, but with a mysterious, unnamed man telling Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, and Salome that Jesus has risen, and that they should tell the apostles and go see him for themselves; however, they don't tell anyone, because they're afraid. The End. Indeed, in the original Greek of those manuscripts, the last verse arguably breaks off in mid-sentence with the word "for," an unusual construction.
** The last parts of Literature/BookOfJudges points out Israel's moral decay and need for a king.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/SuperMarioBrosZ'''s final episode was only a few episodes long as opposed to many of the others in the series and [[CliffHanger right before a climactic battle]] no less! As a result, several events never got resolved that were established in previous episodes. This is [[CreatorBacklash all due to the creator's refusal to continue working with sprite animation]], although the ending credits [[CutShort suggest otherwise]].
* ''WebAnimation/BunnyKill'': WordOfGod is that even if he hadn't canceled the series, the "Episode 5 saga" was never going to get a resolution.
* The last episode of ''WebAnimation/GirlChanInParadise ends on a cliffhanger, where Kenstar is about to use his secret bloodline technique against Swirly Glasses after he reveals himself as "Captain Taisho Bushido Blaster Buster #1". That was back in 2010, and since then WordOfGod is that the show is on indefinite hiatus.
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* [[http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/killroyandtina.php The last page]] of ''Killroy And Tina'' looks like the end of the latest chapter. Then nothing. Then six months later, Justin Pierce started up ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' and that was that.
** What makes this example {{egregious}} is that the bottom of the last non-{{Filler}} page said [[BlatantLies "To Be Continued"]].
* ''VeliaDear'' ended on a cliffhanger concerning Velia and her dying mother, asking the audience what they thought should happen... to no real avail, as the story was never continued.

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* [[http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/killroyandtina.php The last page]] of ''Killroy And and Tina'' looks like the end of the latest chapter. Then nothing. Then six months later, Justin Pierce started up ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' and that was that.
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that. What makes this example {{egregious}} is that the bottom of the last non-{{Filler}} page said [[BlatantLies "To Be Continued"]].
* ''VeliaDear'' ''Webcomic/VeliaDear'' ended on a cliffhanger concerning Velia and her dying mother, asking the audience what they thought should happen... to no real avail, as the story was never continued.



* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pulls this off while he was reviewing [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames a game based on]] the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' series, as the video cuts to black just when Spoony is about to tell what would happen in the second level. (The first level ended just as abruptly, to be noted.)
** [[ShoutOut Even more appropriate]], before the cut you could hear the ''exact'' same song that played during [[Series/TheSopranos the certain more famous occurrence of this trope.]]
* Most plotlines in NationStates end this way, as posters become uninterested or disconnected and move on to other things. It'll be a cold day in the Rejected Realms, as it were, when you see an actual epilogue. The good ones have sequels, though, so it's not as much of a problem as you might think.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest V2'' ends with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Danya]] gives this big evil speech and Bryan Calvert attacks Danya,]] and nothing else happens. As of v4, people ''still'' don't know what happened after that. There was supposed to be a part two, but at this rate we'll never know other than [[BigBad Danya]] and [[TheDragon Wilson]] got out of the situation alive. A final end may or may not be upcoming.

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* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': Spoony pulls this off while he was reviewing [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames a game based on]] the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' series, as the video cuts to black just when Spoony is about to tell what would happen in the second level. (The first level ended just as abruptly, to be noted.)
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) [[ShoutOut Even more appropriate]], before the cut you could hear the ''exact'' same song that played during [[Series/TheSopranos the certain more famous occurrence of this trope.]]
* Most plotlines in NationStates Website/NationStates end this way, as posters become uninterested or disconnected and move on to other things. It'll be a cold day in the Rejected Realms, as it were, when you see an actual epilogue. The good ones have sequels, though, so it's not as much of a problem as you might think.
* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest V2'' ends with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Danya]] gives this big evil speech and Bryan Calvert attacks Danya,]] and nothing else happens. As of v4, people ''still'' don't know what happened after that. There was supposed to be a part two, but at this rate we'll never know other than [[BigBad Danya]] and [[TheDragon Wilson]] got out of the situation alive. A final end may or may not be upcoming.



* ''SuperMarioBrosZ'''s final episode was only a few episodes long as opposed to many of the others in the series and [[CliffHanger right before a climactic battle]] no less! As a result, several events never got resolved that were established in previous episodes. This is [[CreatorBacklash all due to the creator's refusal to continue working with sprite animation]], although the ending credits [[CutShort suggest otherwise]].



* ''WebAnimation/BunnyKill'': WordOfGod is that even if he hadn't canceled the series, the "Episode 5 saga" was never going to get a resolution.
* Most [[TheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]], particularly those based on {{Long Runner}}s. The (unpaid, amateur) creators get bored and/or start devoting their time to new projects, [[ScheduleSlip wait times between episodes get longer and longer]], and eventually the series is forgotten. Several series effectively ended this way when their creators formed TeamFourStar.
* The last episode of GirlChanInParadise ends on a cliffhanger, where Kenstar is about to use his secret bloodline technique against Swirly Glasses after he reveals himself as "Captain Taisho Bushido Blaster Buster #1". That was back in 2010, and since then WordOfGod is that the show is on indefinite hiatus.
* WebVideo/JonTron ends most of his videos either with one of these or a GainaxEnding. The ''Film/HomeAlone'' game review, for example, starts with Jon sleeping for a month after [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext inhaling noxious fumes after trying to cook nuts on a stove to find that his bird starved to death and the only way to bring him back is to find a good Home Alone game to appease the ghost of Macaulay Culkin (who's not dead.)]] When he finally finds a halfway decent one, he comes back to try and get ghost!Culkin to reappear, only for Jon to realize "Shit, I hallucinated that, didn't I?" End video.
** Jon even lampshades this in his ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' review. "Jon doesn't know how to end videos."

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* ''WebAnimation/BunnyKill'': WordOfGod is that even if he hadn't canceled the series, the "Episode 5 saga" was never going to get a resolution.
* Most [[TheAbridgedSeries Abridged Series]], particularly those based on {{Long Runner}}s. The (unpaid, amateur) creators get bored and/or start devoting their time to new projects, [[ScheduleSlip wait times between episodes get longer and longer]], and eventually the series is forgotten. Several series effectively ended this way when their creators formed TeamFourStar.
* The last episode of GirlChanInParadise ends on a cliffhanger, where Kenstar is about to use his secret bloodline technique against Swirly Glasses after he reveals himself as "Captain Taisho Bushido Blaster Buster #1". That was back in 2010, and since then WordOfGod is that the show is on indefinite hiatus.

* WebVideo/JonTron ends most of his videos either with one of these or a GainaxEnding. The ''Film/HomeAlone'' game review, for example, starts with Jon sleeping for a month after [[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext inhaling noxious fumes after trying to cook nuts on a stove to find that his bird starved to death and the only way to bring him back is to find a good Home Alone game to appease the ghost of Macaulay Culkin (who's not dead.)]] When he finally finds a halfway decent one, he comes back to try and get ghost!Culkin to reappear, only for Jon to realize "Shit, I hallucinated that, didn't I?" End video.
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video. Jon even lampshades this in his ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' review. "Jon doesn't know how to end videos."




10th Mar '17 5:32:00 AM JamesAustin
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* ''[[Film/{{Wings 1966}} Wings]]'': Nadya, missing her GloryDays as a World War II fighter pilot, is given to visiting the airfield and chatting up the pilots. When one pilot has to go back to the hanger, Nadya climbs up into his plane on a whim. The pilots, who all know her, start pushing the plane around the field. Nadya gets an odd look on her face. To everyone's surprise, she starts the engine and takes off. There's another POV shot from a plane soaring through the air. [[TheEnd конец]].
* With ''{{Film/Cake}}'' being a SliceOfLife about a woman dealing with chronic pain, this is expected. The final scene of the movie has Claire and Silvana laying some flowers on Nina's grave and then getting back into the car to drive home. Showing how this can still be used positively Claire - who for the rest of the movie had preferred to ride in the car lying down - chooses to ride in the car sitting up. This at least hints that she's making progress.

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* ''[[Film/{{Wings 1966}} Wings]]'': ''Film/{{Wings|1966}}'': Nadya, missing her GloryDays as a World War II fighter pilot, is given to visiting the airfield and chatting up the pilots. When one pilot has to go back to the hanger, Nadya climbs up into his plane on a whim. The pilots, who all know her, start pushing the plane around the field. Nadya gets an odd look on her face. To everyone's surprise, she starts the engine and takes off. There's another POV shot from a plane soaring through the air. [[TheEnd конец]].
* With ''{{Film/Cake}}'' ''Film/{{Cake|2014}}'' being a SliceOfLife about a woman dealing with chronic pain, this is expected. The final scene of the movie has Claire and Silvana laying some flowers on Nina's grave and then getting back into the car to drive home. Showing how this can still be used positively Claire - who for the rest of the movie had preferred to ride in the car lying down - chooses to ride in the car sitting up. This at least hints that she's making progress.
3rd Mar '17 1:58:27 AM jormis29
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* In the arcade ''DJ Boy'' (really obscure beat-'em-up), you play a breakdancing, skating brawler taking on the street gang that swiped your boom box. Even says so right on the cabinet: "DJ BOY'S BEEN RIPPED OFF! HELP HIM GET HIS BOOM BOX BACK." After slugging your way through a multitude of bruisers (and some pretty weird bosses), your final, climactic battle is...a couple of ordinary bosses. Well, okay, a victory is a victory. The ending? 1. DJ Boy does the same fade-to-black dance bit he did at the end of each of the previous levels, just a bit longer. 2. Credit scroll. ''That's it''. You never even find out if he recovered his boom box!

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* In the arcade ''DJ Boy'' (really obscure beat-'em-up), ''VideoGame/DJBoy'', you play a breakdancing, skating brawler taking on the street gang that swiped your boom box. Even says so right on the cabinet: "DJ BOY'S BEEN RIPPED OFF! HELP HIM GET HIS BOOM BOX BACK." After slugging your way through a multitude of bruisers (and some pretty weird bosses), your final, climactic battle is...a couple of ordinary bosses. Well, okay, a victory is a victory. The ending? 1. DJ Boy does the same fade-to-black dance bit he did at the end of each of the previous levels, just a bit longer. 2. Credit scroll. ''That's it''. You never even find out if he recovered his boom box!
1st Feb '17 9:21:16 PM cartoonfan945
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* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' often toys with this trope in various segments, as some of them never had a proper conclusion. This often laps with AbortedArc or LeftHanging.
** Both Kyubi's and Manjimutt's segments have this. Kyubi plans on trying to win Katie's after his second appearance, but nothing else afterwards.
** The last episode of "The Great (Dog) Escape" has [[spoiler: Manjimutt getting a visit from Charlie, who is a serial killer. What happened to Manjimutt after that is unknown, though we see in a later episode that he is still fine.]]
** Gusty Bones's debut ends with Nate almost winning, [[spoiler: when two yo-kai added more prize balls in the machine]].


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* ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' never ending with a proper conclusion of either Cavitus getting captured or the kids' parents coming back. The last episode shows them defeating Cavitus, but that was all.
23rd Jan '17 1:33:23 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' ends with [[spoiler:D leaving Tokyo and Leon, with their relationship unresolved]], the continuation of the plot not only introduces a replacement for [[spoiler:Leon]], but also makes clear that the latter is chasing [[spoiler:D]] all over the world, but even then, they seem to never find each other and their relationship is unclear again.
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.NoEnding