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12th Jan '18 9:21:35 AM RedScharlach
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The '''Series Fauxnale''' is an episode of a series that was planned to serve as an adequate, even great, final episode of the show, brought upon by how its future on television was uncertain. Often precedes a PostScriptSeason, though some shows last for many, many years thereafter.

It is likely to have all the attributes of the StockSeriesFinales. If the following years of the show are considered lackluster, there'll be more than a couple fans that claim FanonDiscontinuity on it, and say that this was when the show ''really'' ended.

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The '''Series Fauxnale''' is an episode of a series that was planned to serve as an adequate, even great, final episode of the show, episode, brought upon by how its future on television was uncertain.about the temporary uncertainty of the show's future. Often precedes a PostScriptSeason, though some shows last for many, many years thereafter.

It is likely to have all the attributes of the StockSeriesFinales. If the following years of the show are considered lackluster, there'll be more than a couple of fans that claim FanonDiscontinuity on it, and say that this was when the show ''really'' ended.



* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic recently had a deliberate example. Issue 31 of the ongoing series is purposely written so that it can be used as the final issue for the entire IDW continuity. As such, exactly what's happened between the previous issues and issue 31 is unclear. It takes place hundreds of years in the future, Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining memebers of the original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cyberton, and Megatron and Optimus Prime have disappeared. This has now been Jossed. ''ComicBook/Transformers/DarkCybertron'' saw Gorlam Prime destroyed and left Ironhide concerned and suffered with depression that the happy ending he saw will not come to pass.

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* IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic recently had a deliberate example. Issue 31 of the ongoing series is purposely written so that it can be used as the final issue for the entire IDW continuity. As such, exactly what's happened between the previous issues and issue 31 is unclear. It takes place hundreds of years in the future, Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining memebers members of the original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cyberton, and Megatron and Optimus Prime have disappeared. This has now been Jossed. ''ComicBook/Transformers/DarkCybertron'' saw Gorlam Prime destroyed and left Ironhide concerned and suffered with depression that the happy ending he saw will not come to pass.



* ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' was originally meant to be the final entry in the series, [[spoiler: which is why it ends with Earth being blown up by a nuclear weapon]]. However, the producers wanted to squeeze more money out of what had become a CashCowFranchise, and decided to continue the series by [[spoiler: using TimeTravel to take the surviving protagonists back to the period in history just before the apes took over]].

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* ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' was originally meant to be the final entry in the series, [[spoiler: which is why it ends with Earth being blown up by a nuclear weapon]]. However, the producers wanted to squeeze more money out of what had become a CashCowFranchise, and decided to continue the series by [[spoiler: using [[spoiler:using TimeTravel to take the surviving protagonists back to the period in history just before the apes took over]].



* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series ended pretty conclusively in ''Scorpia Rising'', with Alex [[spoiler: losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure]] and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. To drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of ''Never Say Die'', [[spoiler: Jack has turned out to be alive after all]] and Alex is back in England, [[ResetButton the status quo restored.]]

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* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series ended pretty conclusively in ''Scorpia Rising'', with Alex [[spoiler: losing [[spoiler:losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure]] and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. To drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of ''Never Say Die'', [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack has turned out to be alive after all]] and Alex is back in England, [[ResetButton the status quo restored.]]



** ''WebAnimation/DeathComesToTime'' might have been intended as this for ''Doctor Who''. It came out in 2001, when the show had been off-air for 12 years, save a TV Movie in 1996, although there was still the huge Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse was still running. It has a universe where the Time Lords have either been mostly killed off or are withdrawing, possibly tying into the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures at the time. It also has [[spoiler:the Doctor dying in a HeroicSacrifice to destroy rogue Time Lord Tannis and save his companion Ace]], and Ace gaining Time Lord powers, bringing about a new age for the Universe. However it, oddly enough, features the 7th Doctor instead of the 8th, who was the current Doctor, and in many ways feels unlike "Doctor Who", with aspects like changing Time Lords from SufficientlyAdvancedAliens to [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]]. Thankfully "Doctor Who" was revived 4 years later, and "Death comes to Time" is now generally regarded as an AlternateContinuity, though some fans use it to [[FanonDiscontinuity de-canonize]] the TV Movie and revived series.

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** ''WebAnimation/DeathComesToTime'' might have been intended as this for ''Doctor Who''. It came out in 2001, when the show had been off-air for 12 years, save a TV Movie movie in 1996, although there was still the huge Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse was still running. It has a universe where the Time Lords have either been mostly killed off or are withdrawing, possibly tying into the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures at the time. It also has [[spoiler:the Doctor dying in a HeroicSacrifice to destroy rogue Time Lord Tannis and save his companion Ace]], and Ace gaining Time Lord powers, bringing about a new age for the Universe. However it, oddly enough, features the 7th Doctor instead of the 8th, who was the current Doctor, and in many ways feels unlike "Doctor Who", with aspects like changing Time Lords from SufficientlyAdvancedAliens to [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]]. Thankfully "Doctor Who" was revived 4 years later, and "Death comes to Time" is now generally regarded as an AlternateContinuity, though some fans use it to [[FanonDiscontinuity de-canonize]] the TV Movie and revived series.



%%** Season 11 ends with Jonah eaten by Reptilicus Metallicus during his forced wedding by Kinga Forrester, though by the way Kinga expresses her anger, there's the idea that we could see a Season 12.

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%%** Season 11 ends with Jonah eaten by Reptilicus Metallicus during his forced wedding by to Kinga Forrester, though by the way Kinga expresses her anger, there's the idea that we could see a Season 12.



** Due to a lack of understanding and faith in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' for long term survival by the various networks, when it was finally given its chance by Fox it was only meant to last for one season of 40 episodes total, only to be replaced by a more suitable long term show once found. The show's intended series finale would have been the two part episode "Doomsday" in which Rita Repulsa would have been permanently defeated in a similar manner as her counterpart in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''. Due to the show's unforeseen popularity however, the ending of "Doomsday" was changed in the last minute to leave open the possibility of future episodes. In addition, new suits and footage were quickly and specially commissioned from Toei by Saban to expand the first season to 60 episodes total, as Saban had only minimal usable footage of ''Zyuranger'' left after the first 40 episodes. At the same time Saban also secured the rights to use footage from subsequent ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows for future ''Power Rangers'' seasons.

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** Due to a lack of understanding and faith in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' for long term long-term survival by the various networks, when it was finally given its chance by Fox it was only meant to last for one season of 40 episodes total, only to be replaced by a more suitable long term long-term show once found. The show's intended series finale would have been the two part two-part episode "Doomsday" in which Rita Repulsa would have been permanently defeated in a similar manner as her counterpart in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''. Due to the show's unforeseen popularity however, the ending of "Doomsday" was changed in at the last minute to leave open the possibility of future episodes. In addition, new suits and footage were quickly and specially commissioned from Toei by Saban to expand the first season to 60 episodes total, as Saban had only minimal usable footage of ''Zyuranger'' left after the first 40 episodes. At the same time Saban also secured the rights to use footage from subsequent ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' shows for future ''Power Rangers'' seasons.



** ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' was also meant to serve as the last season for the series, as the plan was for Disney (who'd bought out the series) to end it and put it into syndication. The seasonal content reflected this; in addition to featuring a 10th anniversary special that had every Red Ranger ever return, the two parter finale was tellingly named "The End of the Power Rangers." And then someone convinced Disney to move filming to New Zealand and cut costs by a third.

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** ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' was also meant to serve as the last season for the series, as the plan was for Disney (who'd bought out the series) to end it and put it into syndication. The seasonal content reflected this; in addition to featuring a 10th anniversary special that had every Red Ranger ever return, the two parter two-parter finale was tellingly named "The End of the Power Rangers." And then someone convinced Disney to move filming to New Zealand and cut costs by a third.



** The season 4 finale, "Win, Lose or Draw" was also written as a respectable finale [[spoiler: with Leslie winning the city council election]].

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** The season 4 finale, "Win, Lose or Draw" was also written as a respectable finale [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Leslie winning the city council election]].



** A unique case with the Season 6 episode "Moving Up" with [[spoiler: Leslie accepting a new job with the National Parks Department, the Unity Concert, and a 3 year time skip]]. The show had already been renewed but the storylines of Season 6 were well in place pre-renewal. So they just went with it and it's looking as though Season 7 will be a PostScriptSeason

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** A unique case with the Season 6 episode "Moving Up" with [[spoiler: Leslie [[spoiler:Leslie accepting a new job with the National Parks Department, the Unity Concert, and a 3 year 3-year time skip]]. The show had already been renewed but the storylines of Season 6 were well in place pre-renewal. So they just went with it and it's looking as though Season 7 will be a PostScriptSeason PostScriptSeason.



** If it weren't for confirmation of a season 4 literally right as it ended, you'd be certain that Season 3 was it's last. [[spoiler:Oliver retires to live a life with Felicity knowing that the city is in safe hands with the other superheroes around in Black Canary and Speedy, Diggle is hinted at becoming the new Green Arrow, Ray gets plenty of set-up for his spin-off show, Malcolm becomes the new Ra's Al-Ghul thanks to his deal with Oliver, and Nyssa returns to the League of Assassins in order to bide her time until she can avenge Sara's murder. Even in the flashbacks, Oliver is show to be capable of returning to Starling City when he wants but holds it off for his own reasons.]].Essentially all the major players and plots are accounted for in a fashion that doesn't leave viewers hanging in case the show couldn't have gotten renewed.

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** If it weren't for confirmation of a season 4 literally right as it ended, you'd be certain that Season 3 was it's its last. [[spoiler:Oliver retires to live a life with Felicity knowing that the city is in safe hands with the other superheroes around in Black Canary and Speedy, Diggle is hinted at becoming the new Green Arrow, Ray gets plenty of set-up for his spin-off show, Malcolm becomes the new Ra's Al-Ghul thanks to his deal with Oliver, and Nyssa returns to the League of Assassins in order to bide her time until she can avenge Sara's murder. Even in the flashbacks, Oliver is show to be capable of returning to Starling City when he wants but holds it off for his own reasons.]].Essentially all the major players and plots are accounted for in a fashion that doesn't leave viewers hanging in case the show couldn't have gotten renewed.



* The frequent uncertainty over the future of ''Series/RedDwarf'' since it was UnCancelled in 2009 means that each series finale has had to be written in mind that it might be the last ever (excluding the eleventh series, as it was filmed back-to-back with the twelfth series). Including the original 1988-99 run, there are ''five'' different episodes that could have served as the last ever.

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* The frequent uncertainty over the future of ''Series/RedDwarf'' since it was UnCancelled in 2009 means that each series finale has had to be written bearing in mind that it might be the last ever (excluding the eleventh series, as it was filmed back-to-back with the twelfth series). Including the original 1988-99 run, there are ''five'' different episodes that could have served as the last ever.



* The 2015 revival of Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling could have ended after a year with ''Wrestling/{{FMW}} For Whom the Glory is Final ~ FMW Disbands Immediatly If it Doesn't Become a Full House Special''. The turnout was apparently adequate tough, as it kept going.

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* The 2015 revival of Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling could have ended after a year with ''Wrestling/{{FMW}} For Whom the Glory is Final ~ FMW Disbands Immediatly Immediately If it Doesn't Become a Full House Special''. The turnout was apparently adequate tough, adequate, though, as it kept going.



* The original final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' - "Endgame" - has become one of these. When the series was written Nick had only commissioned one season as a SequelSeries to their very popular ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. As such it wrapped up all the major plot points: [[spoiler: Amon's true identity is revealed and he is defeated, Korra enters the Avatar State for the first time, the love triangles are resolved by Korra and Mako getting together, and Korra learns how to restore the bending that Amon had taken away from others.]] However, it's popularity meant that Nick commissioned another 3 seasons.

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* The original final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' - "Endgame" - has become one of these. When the series was written Nick had only commissioned one season as a SequelSeries to their very popular ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. As such it wrapped up all the major plot points: [[spoiler: Amon's true identity is revealed and he is defeated, Korra enters the Avatar State for the first time, the love triangles are resolved by Korra and Mako getting together, and Korra learns how to restore the bending that Amon had taken away from others.]] However, it's its popularity meant that Nick commissioned another 3 seasons.
29th Dec '17 5:38:47 PM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series ended pretty conclusively in ''Scorpia Rising'', with Alex [[spoiler: losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure]] and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. Seemingly to drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of ''Never Say Die'', [[spoiler: Jack has turned out to be alive after all]] and Alex is back in England, [[ResetButton the status quo restored.]]

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* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series ended pretty conclusively in ''Scorpia Rising'', with Alex [[spoiler: losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure]] and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. Seemingly to To drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of ''Never Say Die'', [[spoiler: Jack has turned out to be alive after all]] and Alex is back in England, [[ResetButton the status quo restored.]]
29th Dec '17 5:35:40 PM nighttrainfm
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* Most famously, "The Final Problem" for SherlockHolmes, in which Arthur Conan Doyle killed Holmes off in a struggle with Professor Moriarty. Because of public outcry, he eventually retconned the death and resumed the series.

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* Most famously, "The Final Problem" for SherlockHolmes, Literature/SherlockHolmes, in which Arthur Conan Doyle killed Holmes off in a struggle with Professor Moriarty. Because of public outcry, he eventually retconned the death and resumed the series.series.
* The ''Literature/AlexRider'' series ended pretty conclusively in ''Scorpia Rising'', with Alex [[spoiler: losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure]] and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. Seemingly to drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of ''Never Say Die'', [[spoiler: Jack has turned out to be alive after all]] and Alex is back in England, [[ResetButton the status quo restored.]]
29th Dec '17 4:13:09 PM nombretomado
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** The last episode of season 11 (hosted by Anjelica Houston and Billy Martin with musical guest GeorgeClinton and Parliament-Funkadelic) was written as the series finale as well, due to the low ratings and terrible reviews the show had gotten during the season. The final scene had everyone in the cast (except for Creator/JonLovitz) locked in a room that Lorne had set on fire. When the show was given a second chance at life, the final scene (and everything about season 11) was written off as AllJustADream ("...a horrible, horrible dream").

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** The last episode of season 11 (hosted by Anjelica Houston and Billy Martin with musical guest GeorgeClinton Music/GeorgeClinton and Parliament-Funkadelic) was written as the series finale as well, due to the low ratings and terrible reviews the show had gotten during the season. The final scene had everyone in the cast (except for Creator/JonLovitz) locked in a room that Lorne had set on fire. When the show was given a second chance at life, the final scene (and everything about season 11) was written off as AllJustADream ("...a horrible, horrible dream").
26th Dec '17 4:56:02 PM Mr340
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* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' had an air of finality to it, with the game taking place 30 years after the demise of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and the fate of the original animatronics, the murdered children and their killer being revealed. Overall, it felt like a fitting end to the series... and then the ''[[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 actual]]'' GrandFinale was announced. Then even ''that'' [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation turned out to be not-so-final]] after all! That being said, ''3'' is still the last game chronologically, so it's still a finale for the overall mythos.

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* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' had an air of finality to it, with the game taking place 30 years after the demise of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and the fate of the original animatronics, the murdered children and their killer being revealed. Overall, it felt like a fitting end to the series... and then the ''[[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 actual]]'' GrandFinale was announced. Then even ''that'' [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation turned out to be not-so-final]] after all! That being said, And ''3'' is still isn't even the last game chronologically, so it's still a finale for the overall mythos.chronologically anymore.
23rd Dec '17 4:07:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Series/SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' is a weird case, as they weren't ''told'' to wrap it up because they were being canceled--they were intending to end the show after 10 seasons. Then TheCW [[ExecutiveMeddling told the writers that they wanted the show]] around to help with the transitional period after [[{{UPN}} the]] [[TheWB merger]], so make an eleventh season. It... wasn't as well-received as the previous seasons.

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* ''[[Series/SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' is a weird case, as they weren't ''told'' to wrap it up because they were being canceled--they were intending to end the show after 10 seasons. Then TheCW Creator/TheCW [[ExecutiveMeddling told the writers that they wanted the show]] around to help with the transitional period after [[{{UPN}} [[Creator/{{UPN}} the]] [[TheWB [[Creator/TheWB merger]], so make an eleventh season. It... wasn't as well-received as the previous seasons.
8th Dec '17 9:11:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'''s hosts had to release a video soon after the season one finale battle between Goku and Superman ended [[spoiler:with the Earth being destroyed]], letting fans know that there's going to be more ''Death Battle'' - this was just a Season Finale, not the ''Series'' Finale.

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* ''WebVideo/DeathBattle'''s ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'''s hosts had to release a video soon after the season one finale battle between Goku and Superman ended [[spoiler:with the Earth being destroyed]], letting fans know that there's going to be more ''Death Battle'' - this was just a Season Finale, not the ''Series'' Finale.
4th Dec '17 2:30:00 PM Vir
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** The classic ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' games were evidently intended to wrap up with ''VideoGame/MegaMan6''; this is apparent in the tone of the music, particularly the songs used for the title screen, final stages and final boss, and after the final boss Mega Man arrests Dr. Wily.[[note]]Although after the credits, there is a ToBeContinued, but who knows if it was meant to refer to ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' or the eventual ''VideoGame/MegaMan7''.[[/note]] ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' came along and opens with Wily escaping from prison, then ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan8 8]]'' came along and became ''another'' Series Fauxnale before ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan9 9]]''. ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'''s ending serves as the current finale, as it implies Wily made a HeelFaceTurn, though it hasn't been officially stated to be the last entry in the series.

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** The classic ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' games were evidently intended to wrap up with ''VideoGame/MegaMan6''; this is apparent in the tone of the music, particularly the songs used for the title screen, final stages and final boss, and after the final boss Mega Man arrests Dr. Wily.[[note]]Although after the credits, there is a ToBeContinued, but who knows if it was meant to refer to ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' or the eventual ''VideoGame/MegaMan7''.[[/note]] ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' came along and opens with Wily escaping from prison, then ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan8 8]]'' came along and became ''another'' Series Fauxnale before ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan9 9]]''. ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'''s ending serves as the current finale, as it implies Wily made a HeelFaceTurn, though it hasn't been officially stated to be the last entry in the series.
27th Nov '17 1:45:57 AM EricW
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16th Nov '17 9:26:29 AM cwickham
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* The frequent uncertainty over the future of ''Series/RedDwarf'' since it was UnCancelled in 2009 means that each series finale has had to be written in mind that it might be the last ever (excluding the eleventh series, as it was filmed back-to-back with the twelfth series). Including the original 1988-99 run, there are ''five'' different episodes that could have served as the last ever.
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