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20th Sep '17 1:32:18 PM DuneAgain
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* In ''Literature/BreakingDawn'', the main characters all get happy endings. Meanwhile, every other secondary character goes back to a nomadic life, presumably on the Volturi's target list.

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* In ''Literature/BreakingDawn'', the main characters all Bella and Edward (and Nessie) get a ridiculously happy endings. ending. Meanwhile, all of the other Cullens still have their original problems (Jasper still has bloodlust, Rose still can't have kids, etc.) and every other secondary character goes back to a nomadic life, presumably on the Volturi's target list.list for standing with the Cullens. We're supposed to believe that Jacob also got a happy ending but, as he was someone who hated imprinting, it sure doesn't feel like that.
19th Sep '17 8:44:14 PM jtierney50
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* Zig-zagged in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. By the end of the show, most of the main characters are dead, including the lead, Jean Valjean. However, most of them (barring Javert) are living happy in heaven, which is an idealized version of Paris where their dreams have been realized. Likewise, in the ''real'' Paris, the poor are still as downtrodden and oppressed as before. On the other hand, the four main characters who do survive the show, including [[KarmaHoudini two of the most despicable characters in the show]], and Marius and Cosette are [[HeroicBSOD scarred for life after witnessing the deaths of various friends and family]].
17th Sep '17 7:29:58 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Altair/the "Military Uniform Princess" of ''Anime/ReCreators'' is pretty unusual because she's an InUniverse invocation of this trope. [[spoiler:The titular Creators bring back Altair's Creator as a fictional character and have her talk Altair out of her SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum that is impossible to stop otherwise because she has become an InUniverse VillainSue, and they both walk away into the sunset as the only couple of people [[BittersweetEnding unambiguously happy and untraumatized]] from the CurbStompBattle ''massacre'' that was the [[CrisisCrossover Elimination Chamber Festival]].]]
17th Sep '17 10:50:47 AM Tropemaster849
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* ''VideoGame/Pikmin'', Pikmin 3 ends with Koppai's food shortage remedied, but Hocotate Freight is still in debt, they've lost a ship, possibly losing ''more'' money and Louie seems to have gone insane.

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* ''VideoGame/Pikmin'', ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'', Pikmin 3 ends with Koppai's food shortage remedied, but Hocotate Freight is still in debt, they've lost a ship, possibly losing ''more'' money and Louie seems to have gone insane.
29th Aug '17 12:28:14 PM Tropemaster849
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* ''VideoGame/Pikmin'', Pikmin 3 ends with Koppai's food shortage remedied, but Hocotate Freight is still in debt, they've lost a ship, possibly losing ''more'' money and Louie seems to have gone insane.
26th Aug '17 1:27:20 PM lalaTKG
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* ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' and ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' both have MultipleEndings based on hidden relationship meters between the characters, the Main Characters of course get their happy ending no matter what, but.. for those who have bad scores the endings can edge on TearJerkers.

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* ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' and ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' both have MultipleEndings based on hidden relationship meters between the characters, the Main Characters of course get their happy ending no matter what, but.. for those who have bad scores the endings can edge on TearJerkers.{{Tear Jerker}}s.
6th Jun '17 5:55:11 AM mega95gox
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* At the end of Episode: Hope of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Makoto and the survivors of class 78's killing game (plus Komaru) all survive the final killing game, and restart Hope's Peak Academy. Meanwhile, former Remnants of Despair, while all alive and cured from the effects of Junko's Brainwashing Despair Video, are unlikely to be able to return to society ever again, due to their actions as Junko's lackeys and the fact that they helped to cover up the Final Killing Game, and due to the fact that Mitarai is now associating himself with them, he's in the same boat. Literally. Meanwhile, Munakata's off to do who knows what all alone, with the knowledge that the woman he loved was a member of the movement he hated so much, and that his best friend's death is partially his fault. And everyone else is dead.

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* At the end of Episode: Hope of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Makoto and the survivors of class 78's killing game (plus Komaru) all survive the final killing game, and restart Hope's Peak Academy. Meanwhile, the former Remnants of Despair, while all alive and cured from the effects of Junko's Brainwashing Despair Video, are unlikely to be able to return to society ever again, due to their actions as Junko's lackeys and the fact that they helped to cover up the Final Killing Game, and due to the fact that Mitarai is now associating himself with them, he's in the same boat. Literally. Meanwhile, Munakata's off to do who knows what all alone, with the knowledge that the woman he loved was a member of the movement he hated so much, and that his best friend's death is partially his fault. And everyone else is dead.
6th Jun '17 5:54:41 AM mega95gox
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* At the end of Episode: Hope of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Makoto and the survivors of class 78's killing game (plus Komaru) all survive the final killing game, and restart Hope's Peak Academy. Meanwhile, the Remnants of Despair, while all alive and un-brainwashed, are unlikely to be able to return to society ever again, due to their actions while brainwashed, and the fact that they helped to cover up the Final Killing Game, and due to the fact that Mitarai is now associating himself with them, he's in the same boat. Literally. Meanwhile, Munakata's off to do who knows what all alone, with the knowledge that the woman he loved was a member of the movement he hated so much, and that his best friend's death is partially his fault. And everyone else is dead.

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* At the end of Episode: Hope of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'', Makoto and the survivors of class 78's killing game (plus Komaru) all survive the final killing game, and restart Hope's Peak Academy. Meanwhile, the former Remnants of Despair, while all alive and un-brainwashed, cured from the effects of Junko's Brainwashing Despair Video, are unlikely to be able to return to society ever again, due to their actions while brainwashed, as Junko's lackeys and the fact that they helped to cover up the Final Killing Game, and due to the fact that Mitarai is now associating himself with them, he's in the same boat. Literally. Meanwhile, Munakata's off to do who knows what all alone, with the knowledge that the woman he loved was a member of the movement he hated so much, and that his best friend's death is partially his fault. And everyone else is dead.
24th May '17 5:04:26 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter Among all potential Grey Warden]] {{Player Character}}s, only the ''main'' Human Noble can get an unambiguously happy ending. [[spoiler:They don't deal with deeply ingrained and inescapable societal racism like most other Wardens (mage, elf, casteless dwarf), and unlike the dwarf noble they're allowed to kill the traitorous bastard who destroyed their family without consequence. The Human Noble is also the only Warden allowed to marry Alistair or Anora and become King or Queen. Even the Dwarf Noble is not allowed to marry the Ferelden monarch because of their race, OR clear their name and become King/Queen of Orzammar.]]

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** [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter Among all potential Grey Warden]] {{Player Character}}s, only the ''main'' Human Noble can get an unambiguously happy ending. [[spoiler:They don't deal with deeply ingrained and inescapable societal racism like most other Wardens (mage, elf, casteless dwarf), and unlike the dwarf noble they're allowed to kill the traitorous bastard who destroyed their family without consequence. The Human Noble is also the only Warden allowed to marry Alistair or Anora and become King or Queen. Even the Dwarf Noble is not allowed to marry the Ferelden monarch because of their race, OR clear their name and become King/Queen of Orzammar. A Dwarf Commoner can also get an unambiguously good ending if they made Bhelen king, becoming a Paragon and noble in their own right and also in-laws with the king who reforms the oppressive caste system.]]
22nd May '17 6:17:59 PM ProfessorThascales
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* Very common in the novels of Paula Volsky. Her settings are grim and dangerous, and many characters wind up dead or with other bleak fates. The protagonists tend to turn out OK--alive at the end, and often with romance as well.
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