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22nd Sep '16 9:33:33 PM nombretomado
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* The end of ''Film/BirthOfANation'', with the main characters happily married and the Klan firmly in control of the South, is kind of like that. Or maybe that's just ValuesDissonance.

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* The end of ''Film/BirthOfANation'', ''Film/{{The Birth of a Nation|1915}}'', with the main characters happily married and the Klan firmly in control of the South, is kind of like that. Or maybe that's just ValuesDissonance.
17th Sep '16 8:22:39 PM martod
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* In ''VideoGame/ZeroTimeDilemma'', not only do only the leads get a happy ending , but only one dimension's version of the leads gets a happy ending. They do not succeed in stopping the end of the world. They only succeeded in transferring themselves into the consciouses of themselves in a dimension where the plague that causes the apocalypse never happens. The other versions of themselves die in other dimensions or watch helplessly as humanity is brought to its knees, and the people in the dimension the leads end up in weren't "saved" since they were never in any danger in the first place.

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* In ''VideoGame/ZeroTimeDilemma'', ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'', not only do only the leads get a happy ending , but only one dimension's version of the leads gets a happy ending. They do not succeed in stopping the end of the world. They only succeeded in transferring themselves into the consciouses of themselves in a dimension where the plague that causes the apocalypse never happens. The other versions of themselves die in other dimensions or watch helplessly as humanity is brought to its knees, and the people in the dimension the leads end up in weren't "saved" since they were never in any danger in the first place.
17th Sep '16 8:21:55 PM martod
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* In ''VideoGame/ZeroTimeDilemma'', not only do only the leads get a happy ending , but only one dimension's version of the leads gets a happy ending. They do not succeed in stopping the end of the world. They only succeeded in transferring themselves into the consciouses of themselves in a dimension where the plague that causes the apocalypse never happens. The other versions of themselves die in other dimensions or watch helplessly as humanity is brought to its knees, and the people in the dimension the leads end up in weren't "saved" since they were never in any danger in the first place.
11th Sep '16 12:35:44 PM Give1Take2
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** This is sadly common for Yuu Watase's work. Consistently expect only the OfficialCouple to get a HappyEnding (or a BittersweetEnding if that's the best the characters can hope for in that story), while all the other characters wind up dead, emotionally scarred, on the losing side of a LoveTriangle, and whatever other unsatisfying conclusion you can think.



* Inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' for a female Warden who was in a relationship with Alistair and didn't harden him, or for a male Warden who was in a relationship with Morrigan. Everyone '''but''' the leads (in your party anyway) gets a happy ending.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' for a non-human noble female Warden who was in a relationship with Alistair and didn't harden him, or for a male Warden who was in a relationship with Morrigan. Everyone '''but''' the leads (in your party anyway) gets a happy ending.


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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.]]
25th Aug '16 7:46:59 PM humanpunk
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' frequently subverts the trope by having Jack Bauer save the day while refusing to grant him a measure of peace. Day 1 ends with the murder of his wife and ''[[Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay Live Another Day]]'' ends with him surrendering himself to the Russians. He loses another three significant women in his life along the way.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' frequently subverts inverts the trope by having Jack Bauer save the day while refusing to grant him a measure of peace. Day 1 ends with the murder of his wife and ''[[Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay Live Another Day]]'' ends with him surrendering himself to the Russians. He loses another three significant women in his life along the way.
24th Aug '16 11:47:32 PM humanpunk
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' frequently subverts the trope by having Jack Bauer save the day while refusing to grant him a measure of peace. Day 1 ends with the murder of his wife and ''[[Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay Live Another Day]]'' ends with him surrendering himself to the Russians. He loses another three significant women in his life along the way.
12th Aug '16 1:23:44 AM PaulA
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* The epilogue of LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]'' starkly emphasizes that the leads may have gotten their happy ending, but a lot of innocent people died along the way.

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* The epilogue of LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Shards of Honor]]'' Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' starkly emphasizes that the leads may have gotten their happy ending, but a lot of innocent people died along the way.
7th Aug '16 9:59:40 AM lavendermintrose
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* Inverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where [[TheHeroDies Lelouch dies]] and Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] and forever takes on the identity of Zero, while the surviving main characters move on with their lives and attend Ohgi and Villetta's wedding.

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* Inverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', where [[TheHeroDies Lelouch dies]] and Suzaku [[FakingTheDead fakes his death]] and forever takes on the identity of Zero, while the surviving main characters move on with their lives and attend - Kallen gets to finish school without having to hide her identity, Ohgi and Villetta's wedding.Viletta have BabiesEverAfter (and probably both go back to teaching school after Ohgi's term as prime minister), Tamaki opens a bar, and Empress Nunnally, Chairman Kaguya, and Tianzi Lihua rule over a peaceful world. And C.C. rides off in a cart to who-knows-where... [[BrokenBase and no]], [[{{Jossed}} Lelouch wasn't driving it.]]
22nd Jul '16 2:15:11 PM nmn3r3
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[[caption-width-right:350:Hey, look! The main couple had a HappyEnding after all! (But don't ask about [[NoEndorHolocaust those mind slaves in the background]].)]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Hey, look! The main couple had a HappyEnding after all! (But don't ask about [[NoEndorHolocaust those mind slaves slave zombies in the background]].)]]
10th Jun '16 10:29:44 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* DeanKoontz's ''Literature/TheBadPlace''.

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%%* DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Literature/TheBadPlace''.
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