->'''Woody:''' Come on, let's see the next episode!\\
'''Stinky Pete:''' That's it.\\
'''Woody:''' What?\\
'''Stinky Pete:''' The show was cancelled after that.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''

The polar opposite of a GrandFinale: a series ends abruptly, without resolution of its basic premise, due to some unplanned event such as {{cancellation}} or AuthorExistenceFailure. The story does not end, it simply stops ''in medias res'', possibly with a CliffHanger. In a few lucky cases, TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised, but goes directly to DVD. In even luckier cases the series will be able to WrapItUp with a miniseries, a movie, or a new season. More often than not, however, there is no final resolution.

Even more frustratingly, often shows create {{Myth Arc}}s haphazardly, stringing viewers along and never really intending to offer any conclusion to the story {{arc}}s they tell the first 2/3s of, or answering the questions they raise. This is called TheChrisCarterEffect. Those that do care utilize the Front13Back9 episode plan in an attempt to avert ''this'' Trope, though that's no guarantee when RealLifeWritesThePlot[[note]]i.e. Any Tropes in that index plus TVStrikes[[/note]].

If the work has a sufficiently dedicated fanbase, this can become FanficFuel for a {{Continuation}} fic.
Compare NoEnding, in which there is a deliberate decision to end a work abruptly, and LeftHanging, where while the series ends, many questions are left unanswered. If it doesn't deal with the major plot issues, a GeckoEnding will include this. See also OrphanedSeries and TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised (when a work is wrapped up in a different medium).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This has happened to at least two separate shows in the ''Franchise/MobileSuitGundam'' franchise:
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was meant for 50 episodes, but the ratings were less than desirable by the end, so the show got cut down to 42 episodes. It still resolved most of the plot just fine, though, and didn't leave any unanswered questions that wouldn't be answered [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam seven years later]].
** ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' was originally meant for 50 episodes, but was cut down to 39, resulting in the last arc being only 3 episodes long, and extremely rushed.
* Anime based upon Creator/RumikoTakahashi's manga seem usually subject to this. The anime versions of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', and ''Manga/{{RINNE}}'' are all Cut Short. Possibly because Takahashi manga are so long. However, ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' did get a theatrical wrap-up and ''Manga/InuYasha'' was eventually finished with a second anime series called ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'', which covered the manga from the point where the first series left off to its conclusion, albeit in abridged form.
* LightNovel adaptations are infamous for almost never adapting the whole series, as they're treated more like promotional gimmicks for the source material than potential revenue sources in their own right. Once the light novel series has finished publication, no one wants to keep producing adaptations just to finish out the plotlines. A glaring example is Creator/KyotoAnimation only adapting the first five books in the LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya series, despite the ''massive'' popularity of the source material ''and'' the smash hit status of the anime adaptation.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': As with adaptations of Rumiko Takahashi's manga, the length of the manga made it all but impossible to fully adapt into an anime. This may change with the manga's conclusion in 2014.
* The anime version of ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' ended at volume 12 or so of the manga, leaving the "Kaoru and Aoi" plot thread unresolved. (The manga ran for 17 volumes and did have a proper ending.)
* The ''Manga/AoiHana'' anime cuts off right at the crucial moment at which [[spoiler:Fumi realizes Akira was her first love]]. Originally more seasons were planned, but due to disappointing [=DVD=]-sales it's highly unlikely any more will be produced.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', its anime first episode is a huge indication of that, apparently the unknown blond girl sliced Isaac's ear off for no reason; her name is Adele by the way and she is a major character further where the anime left off. It seems Brain Base didn't expect this much of a flop; the series had to be cut short.
* ''Manga/{{Barrage}}'' ended with only 16 chapters as it was going through its first story arc. The finale sees Astro beating Mr. Black [[spoiler: [[BrokenPedestal the man who had inspired him to look out for others]]]] and continuing his training to be a proper prince.
* This actually happened to ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' in both the manga and its anime adaptation.
** For the manga, it was suddenly cancelled due to poor ratings the last several months it was being released. The final chapters was forced to rush the section of the Ishiyama Upstart arc it was on to end the fight against Fuji, and then capped the manga off with a 2-year-jump epilogue in the final chapter.
** As for the anime, it rushed through the climax of the Akuma Academy arc to create a GeckoEnding.
* The ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' anime notoriously ends at the conclusion of "Band of the Hawks", a very long flashback that explains HowWeGotHere for the first few episodes. Not only does this leave the series with a massive DownerEnding, [[LeftHanging it isn't clear how they'd get out]] (even though you ''know'' they do because of the opening episodes), [[spoiler:because the Skull Knight - who rescues Guts and Casca in the manga - isn't in the anime]]. It's interesting to note that the anime series did not end abruptly because of cancellation or AuthorExistenceFailure - it just... [[NoEnding ended.]]
** After [[SequelGap 18 years]] of retreading the same material that the 90s anime covered, a [[Anime/{{Berserk2016}} sequel series]] that finally continues the story beyond the "Band of the Hawk" arc finally premiered in summer 2016.
* Atsuhi Ohkubo's first manga ''Manga/BIchi'' has a intense build-up to the final confrontation, BigBadFriend Emine starts the Gathering of the Masks, the protagonist Showtaro has [[TakeALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]] and is ready to jump in, determined to save his friend… and a big END is splashed at the bottom of the page. The series ends abruptly just before the final arc, with several questions unresolved and others only vaguely answered. It's safe to assume that it wasn't meant to end this way.
* Depending on who you ask, ''Anime/TheBigO'' qualifies. Some will argue that they tried to wrap it up when they discovered they wouldn't get a third season, others believe they left the end of season two as is in the hopes of getting a season three.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** The anime regularly OvertookTheManga prompting [[{{Filler}} filler arcs]] lasting up to a full year. When the anime caught up to the manga again at the end of the Lost Agent Arc, it was unceremoniously cancelled rather than going into filler while the Final Arc was still in publication. There was never any official word on either the reason for the cancellation or whether any plans had been made to animate the Final Arc.
** In interviews, Kubo Tite stated the Final Arc would run at least as long as the 26-volume Arrancar Arc to tie up all loose ends in the story. However, 19 volumes into the Final Arc, ''Bleach'' announced it would be ending, and the finale coincided with its fifteenth anniversary. Kubo had been suffering increasingly ill health since 2010, that made continuing the manga a struggle for him. Although he had known what the final chapter back when he began the manga, he wrapped up the story much faster than he originally planned. The extremely rushed conclusion left many questions and didn't even resolve the fates of many key characters'.
* The anime version of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' ended so abruptly, even the characters were shell-shocked, the show was pretty popular despite the MoralGuardians in Japan finding it controversial, but the reason the show ended early was due to one of its sponsors being in a financial crisis at the time
* The original ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' OVA is rather infamous for this. It got to episode 8, which was a big CharacterDevelopment moment for [[PlayfulHacker Nene Romanova]] and the MidseasonUpgrade for everyone, and then... a combination of internal politics and budget issues caused a schism between the two companies that produced the show, ending production abruptly before the remaining planned 5 episodes could be completed. ''Bubblegum Crash!'' tried sometime later to tie things up, but didn't have everyone on board, and the result was... [[FanonDiscontinuity not well received by fans]].
%%* ''Manga/CageOfEden''
* Poor ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' has had this happen to her plenty of times over the years.
** The original 1973 anime series got cancelled after 25 episodes due to its at the time racy content.
** ''New Cutey Honey'', started out as a 4 episode OVA that ended up being so popular, that eight more episodes were ordered. Unfortunately, it ended up being cancelled after airing four of the eight promised episodes.
** ''Cutie Honey a Go Go!'' was cancelled right in the middle of the story after 10 chapters due to the series reaching the limit of an average serial manga series. Another reason was that the manga was meant to be an adaptation of the 2004 live-action movie, but the author decided halfway through to change it up and do his own thing, taking multiple elements from the original manga.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-09-27/daily-lives-of-high-school-boys-manga-abruptly-ends abruptly ended]] in September 2012, with a final chapter that doesn't remotely look like a finale. No reason was given for this.
* The manga adaptation of ''LightNovel/DateALive'' gets cut short just before Shidou's first date with Tohka, which is ''in the middle of the first volume of the light novel''. However, the reason why it gets CutShort isn't because of ExecutiveMeddling or for unknown reasons, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-02-23/date-a-live-manga-ends-abruptly-due-to-artist-health but because of the artist's health issue.]]
* ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' was supposed to be longer than 3 episodes and was supposed to have a sequel, but that never happened resulting in the OVA's ending on a cliffhanger, it later got a sequel named ''Great Dangaioh'' was supposed to be 26 episodes, but it was so poorly recieved by [[FanonDiscontinuity both fans and critics]] that the series cut to 12 episodes and once again ended on a cliffhanger, effectively ensuring that the ''Dangaioh'' series as a whole would never get a proper ending, let alone resolve the OVA's events.
* ''Manga/DominaNoDo'', where the manga just suddenly ends with no CharacterDevelopment and nothing resolved.
* ''Manga/DoubleArts'', a {{shonen}} manga, had just finished setting up its premise, characters, the BigBad, even debuted the titular fighting style,and it was really starting to distinguish itself from its generic beginnings... [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis when the person writing the tale closed the book saying, "I may continue it... some other time"]].
* The ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' anime was this for a long time. By the time the initial series ended, Celty still hadn't found her head, two major characters from the light novels were introduced in the ''very last episode'', and it still hadn't been revealed what [[BigBad Izaya's]] ultimate plans are. It finally got another season after 5 years which finished off the story, making this a very rare example of a light novel series that received a complete anime adaptation.
* The ''Manga/ElfenLied'' anime ended early due to marketing and broadcasting issues (which is [[{{Gorn}} for good reason]] and [[RRatedOpening for the anime's notoriety]]; how can you market something like ''that'' to a ten to fifteen-year-old?!). Instead, the anime propels itself to a GeckoEnding, while the manga goes for a complex GrandFinale. However, due to the [[SleeperHit surprising fanbase for a manga that had literally one ad for its anime]], there's a ''slight'' possibility of there being a second season, but a greater possibility for an OVA or movie-based remake.
* ''Manga/FaeriesLanding'' started off slow and then built up to ramming speed with the plot, finally hitting important and very well put together plots and scripts, introduced a new love interest, finally had the main heroine meet her parents completely and both the main villain of the heroine and the main villain of the hero attack their respective targets and just as the hero and heroine go towards their targets for battle...... the volume ends. What makes this a problem? The author dropped the series to start on another promising to come back for it and never doing so. Effectively the series ENDS on a cliffhanger just before the resolution!
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' was cut short from the original 52 episodes to 24, resolving the latter parts with voiced dramas, books and a web novel that [[NoExportForYou never see the light outside Japan]].
* ''Manga/FireCandy'' ended with a particularly violent CliffHanger after only nineteen chapters, leaving the biggest part of the plot entirely untouched.
* The ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' anime parodies this. At the end of every single season, a huge cliffhanger is set up, and the next season makes absolutely no mention of it whatsoever.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', or rather the anime version: due to the very slow updating of the source manga, only the first three arcs were adapted before a [[GeckoEnding confusing filler ending]] concluded the series.
* The second series of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' stops at a point in the storyline just before the eighth manga volume begins. It had previously added to and extended the manga's material in order to have enough for a third series. The final nail in the coffin is that the Second Generation manga (volume 10 onward) has now been adapted to anime, leaving the ending of the original series likely never to be covered, outside of a the odd flashback in the new series.
* ''Manga/GunBlazeWest'' ended with the heroes managing to pass a test and allowed to be shown a secret way to the fabled location but never actually showing them reaching there. The final bits showing a earlier character thought killed coming upon the gun he gave to the main character who left it as sort of a bread crumb to follow him.
* Happened ''twice'' with the 1999 ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' anime, at first immediately after a big [[TheReveal reveal]] right in the middle of an intense story arc due to [[OvertookTheManga overtaking the manga]]. Needless to say, fans weren't pleased and as a result the animation studio released a series of [=OVAs=] that covered the rest of the arc and the one after that. Unfortunately those ended in the ''middle of a chapter.'' This had an even worse effect on the English dub since, for whatever reason, Viz Media [[NoExportForYou didn't bother]] [[NoDubForYou dubbing the [=OVAs=]]].
* Ero-manga story ''Junk Story'', featured in Eros Comix's ''Silky Whip Extreme'' ends with the heroine ?_, waiting for a rescue by a character who appears to have been KilledOffForReal. This would just be a DownerEnding combined with NoEnding, except for the fact that it ''leaves every single plot thread unresolved'', and even introduces ''new plot threads that will never be resolved.''
* The anime of ''Manga/KareKano'' got cut off after one season for several reasons, among them Studio Gainax having the usual Studio Gainax problems and, rather more importantly, the manga's author reacting ''very'' badly to the direction the anime took and pulling the rights.
* The ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' anime ended this way, right after the Future Arc when they come home, all they do is say that Tsuna needs more training before coming a boss and just stare at the sky right when the credits roll.
* The ''Anime/KillLaKill'' manga not only doesn't adapt the second half of the story, but is noticeably more and more rushed as it goes on. The first volume is pretty much an 1:1 adaptation, but then two whole episodes are skipped and the rest is abridged.
* The ''Manga/LoveHina'' anime finished its first season, began setting up a second...before getting canceled a few episodes in and with zero resolution. Eventually, a few {{OVA}}s came out that tried to rush through the missing plot arcs.
* The LeftHanging nature of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' was intentional. The non-ending of its movie continuation was not, since it was a planned trilogy that had its second and third installments canceled.
* Ditto ''Manga/{{Mx0}}''. How the guy was able to continue illustrating after those is an incredible feat altogether.
* The [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce official fourth season]] of the Franchise/LyricalNanoha franchise seems to have gone this way, while no WordOfGod has confirmed the series cancelation, considering the fact that there has been a prolonged hiatus since September 2013 the future isn't looking so bright.
* ''[[Manga/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]]'', the 4Kids English dub of ''Tokyo Mew Mew'' was canceled after Episode 26, never adapting episodes 27-52. What's worse, is that the dub ended with a "To Be Continued..." title card. In addition, many, many foreign dubs used this version as a reference, and many of them (such as Spanish, Greek, and Brazilian Portuguese) ended up canceled as well. Apparently it was canceled because 4Kids could not find a merchandising deal for the property.
* The ''Manga/NaruTaru'' anime ended at about halfway through the manga's story, giving next to no closure. [[DownerEnding But that may be a merciful choice]].
%% * OEL manga got hit hard with this around 2005.
* The ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'' manga wasn't doing too hot in the ratings and ended up getting canceled shortly after chapter 207 was released. However, the mangeka was given the ability to write three final monthly chapters, 208, 209 and 210, to at least give the final battle against Seimei, and the rest of the Gokadoin household, some form of a conclusion. The anime also never went further than the Kyoto Arc.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': After twenty-six episodes, the anime sort of just... ends abruptly, without final confrontation among the hero and the BigBad or his Dragon.
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' only had FOUR episodes made, there's no introduction of the plot from the manga or any explanation of why Count D does what he does, for a ten volume Manga (which is complete and with a sequel in progress) it is very disappointing that the anime didn't get into any of it.
* While not the whole anime obviously, a storyline that happened during the Unova saga of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was cut short by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Said storyline involved Team Rocket searching for the [[MacGuffin Meteonite]] and was going to conclude with them clashing with Team Plasma ([[MissingEpisode the episodes were even made]]) before the tsunami occured. Because of that, the arc was never resolved and Team Plasma didn't show up in the anime until after the Unova League, and when they finally did in the Episode N arc, the two unaired episodes were [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] into having never happened for the English dub. TV Tokyo still holds the two-part arc conclusion and has maintained that they will be broadcast in Japan someday, but when that someday is no-one can say. [[spoiler: Various trailers and a synopsis based on leaked information show that it went pretty much how one would expect it to go - with Team Plasma stealing the Meteonite from Team Rocket, the two teams fighting over it, and Ash intervening and having Pikachu destroy it to end the conflict.]]
** A Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver manga, ''Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys'', ended abruptly after three volumes. It didn't finish the Johto arc and despite numerous references to [[Videogame/PokemonRedAndBlue Red]] we never see him.
** On a more obscure note, the second installment in Creator/TakeshiShudo's [[LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation novelizations]] of the anime included a "to be continued" note in the afterword, but the third volume was never released, plus Shudo died in 2010.
* ''Manga/{{Presents}}'' ends without main plot thread resolved -- after we finally get a hint how it might be a few chapters before the end -- and the final collection ends with a piece that doesn't even match the theme of the rest of the series.
* The ''Manga/PrettyFace'' manga was also cut short. While the ending was clearly intentional, only one of the major plot points was resolved on screen, and a whole additional year passed with the basic premise, with no clear reason why that didn't deserve to be shown, whilst the year we did see did.
* ''Anime/PrincessRouge'' was supposed to be six episodes long, but funding ran dry, and it got cut off at two episodes, with the second episode even going so far as to hint at a new villain for the third episode... which does not exist.
* ''Manga/{{Prism}}'' was put on an indefinite hiatus and eventually cancelled due to scandals involving the mangaka and plagiarism.
* The anime of ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'' ends after the BeachEpisode, barely a third of the way through the manga storyline. Not only does it not resolve the love triangle, it barely managed to finish defining it!
* The ''Manga/RaveMaster'' anime just ends right after the introduction of Lucia, the true BigBad of the series, is shown. The show had promptly been canceled due to low ratings and it's assumed this was a gambit to get readers to check out the manga to see what happens next.
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', whose anime OvertookTheManga and whose manga tragically ended with a DeusExMachina (and an apology) following a dispute between the producers and the publishers. The manga did get a sequel that picks up almost right where the original left off.
* ''Manga/SchoolZone'' ends with the lead characters discovering what they have to do to put an end to the thirteen ghost stories... and ending the current crisis at the school as they start on it. It ends without their actually finishing their new task... and without fully resolving the subplot regarding the mystery of twins Mako and Miko.
* [[Manga/{{Toriko}} Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's]] original Weekly Jump manga ''Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi!'' was cut after five years due to his conviction of soliciting an underage prostitute.
* ''Manga/SilentMoebius'' ends like this. The manga, however, completes the story... and was released before the series, so its a rare case of the trope working in reverse.
* Tatsunoko Productions' '90s remake of ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' was planned to be 52 episodes, but a change in directors and a significant drop in ratings caused the series to wind up overhauled midway through production. It wound up being pulled after 34 episodes were produced. A dub of this version titled ''Anime/SpeedRacerX'' would air on Nickelodeon in 2003, but only got through 13 episodes before it was abruptly cancelled due to Speed Racer Enterprises filing a lawsuit against [=DiC=] over ownership rights to the dub.
* Seems to be a curse with ''Anime/SpiderRiders''. The manga ended after 10 chapters, when the magazine which serialized it was discontinued. It was never picked-up elsewhere. As for the anime itself, original plans for the show revealed that it would have an actual conclusive ending. However, to make room for a second season, the ending was made open instead. That second season never came, and viewers are still left wondering about Aqune's past/whether her memories will return, whether Hunter ever intends to go back to his own world, and any romantic resolution, among other things. And as for the novels, there were supposed to be five. Fans get... three and a half?
* The ''Manga/{{SWOT}}'' manga ended rather abruptly at chapter 20, right after the conclusion of a fight that would've been building up to a TournamentArc.
* The ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' anime ends on a cliffhanger with no resolution to the story. The manga also ends with no real conclusion, only a brief monologue by Ranmaru saying that [[spoiler: the world ended two years later]], with no further explanation.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', which had a very very unsatisfying ending due to the CreatorBreakdown the artist Kentaro Yabuki went through -- his wife sleeping around on him, kidnapping their daughter, ''selling the daughter back to him'', stealing his computers ''and'' life savings. The ending was extremely, extremely abrupt, solved no plot threads, and generally pissed off the fanbase -- until Website/NicoNicoDouga and [=2Channel=] put together the news articles about the divorce and figured out what happened.
** Even though the story has taken a rather drastic change in tone and major characters, it has seemed to successfully subvert this trope and is now continuing with the sequel, "To-Love-Ru Darkness".
** Kentaro Yabuki's other series, ''Manga/MayoiNekoOverrun'', was Cut Short as well, and far, far worse than ''To-Love-Ru'' was - at least that had an [[AndTheAdventureContinues ending of sorts]]. The last chapter of ''Manga/MayoiNekoOverrun'' is the beginning of an {{arc}} and it even tells the reader to check the next month for the continuation. Which doesn't exist.
* While ''Anime/WildKnightsGulkeeva'' does end with the heroes having a showdown with the BigBad, [[spoiler:it's made clear that the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt main crisis befalling earth]] hasn't been averted yet and that the BigBad's [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning spirit still lingers in the parallel world the heroes hail from]] and needs to be defeated before earth is totally safe.]] In addition, [[spoiler:TheDragon becomes TheUnfought because he doesn't see TheHero as worthy of a battle yet (The BigBad's physical form was defeated by a DeusExMachina partially powered by a HeroicSacrifice)]], and on top of all that, [[spoiler:a minor supporting character reveals his FaceHeelTurn]] and there's a conversation with TheDragon vaguely talking about an ArtifactOfDoom MacGuffin. It's clear the show was setting up for another story arc, but was cut due to poor ratings.
%%* ''Manga/YamatoGensouki''.
* ''Manga/ZombiePowder'' ends without a conclusion or resolution to the story. Rumor has it that Creator/TiteKubo had a CreatorBreakdown that led to its cancelation.
* The 90's {{hentai}} manga series ''Dragon Pink'' by ITOYOKO had [[OrphanedSeries nothing after its fourth volume;]] it stopped on a cliffhanger of Pink, its main female protagonist, being impaled by a sword, the sort of cliffhanger you'd expect a series to follow up on. ITOYOKO himself is still active in the H manga drawing scene, making it strange how he hasn't yet finished the story.
** In [[WordOfGod a private email to a troper,]] ITOYOKO said he wants to continue the series and [[{{Uncancelled}} may in fact do so someday,]] but he has no time right now. Hopefully this example will eventually be removed & get replaced with a description of the GrandFinale.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/CrossGen's entire MythArc was cut short due to financial collapse, and even the WrapItUp mini series was nipped in the bud. Especially ironic for fans who were leery over getting involved due to having experienced the same thing with Valiant, a few years earlier.
** The Creator/CrossGen characters are now owned by Marvel and a revival of some kind is in the works.
* The collapse of Dreamwave Comics cut several ''{{Transformers}}'' comics short; none of the titles were picked up by IDW, due to Pat Lee not paying his employees. This is a particularly bad example, since when Dreamwave collapsed, the comics were right square in the middle of resolving the epic MythArc that had been set up. Dreamwave's bankruptcy left numerous plotlines hanging, ended the series on a cliffhanger, and made several scenes that were important foreshadowing look like a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* The second volume of ''ComicBook/BatmanAdventures'', which had taken comic book tie-ins to cartoons to a new level; it was set in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and during(ish) ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', acting almost like a sequel series with well-written stories that averted the original [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]] while also bringing closure to various characters and foreshadowing new ones. It was canceled after only 17 issues to make way for ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s tie-in comic. Before going out, they were able to resolve some plot threads: [[spoiler:revealing the truth behind the Penguin's mayoral election, having Penguin quit as mayor, making a major revelation about Poison Ivy which acted as her exit from the series, providing closure for the stories of Clayface and Mr. Freeze, and having Batman confront Joe Chill without even knowing it.]] But that also [[LeftHanging left various plot threads unresolved]]... [[spoiler:The identity of the DCAU's new Red Hood who was only able to make one full panel appearance, the Phantasm's motivations for allying with him, the Riddler being left in a coma, Talia's reactions to being abandoned by Batman after taking a bullet for him, Eel O'Brien was introduced but never got around to becoming ComicBook/PlasticMan, and so on...]] On message boards creators Dan Slott and Ty Templeton have spoken of much more awesome sounding ideas for future issues which would tie DC Animated Continuity together in new and awesome ways... they had planned for up to their 40th or so issue!
* ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'' was [[strike:canceled]] suspended after issue #17, then resumed eleven months later with issue #34 as a meta TimeSkip. The comic then resumed at #18, building towards the events in #34, but was canceled for good before that could be shown.
* The 1980s UK ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' comic (written by Creator/GrantMorrison) was canceled just as the story started to become really interesting.
* ''ComicBook/XMenForever'' was intended to be an ongoing series that was cut short due to lackluster sales. it was an attempt for Creator/ChrisClaremont to wrap up long simmering plot points from his original legendary run with X-Men from '74-'91. While some of the plot points were wrapped up, the comic was cancelled just as a ''whole new set of plot points had been introduced.'' However, while for most comic writers, this is a severe annoyance, for [[KudzuPlot Chris]], [[ButForMeItWasTuesday it was just Tuesday]].
* The ''Maggie the Cat'' mini-series, a spin-off from ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance'', was cancelled after two issues with no resolution.
* ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'' ground to a halt with none of its plots resolved when creators Reed Waller and Kate Worley split up. With Worley's death in 2004, it looked like there was no chance it would ever be finished. However, Worley's husband James Vance began writing new scripts from her notes, and the story was finally finished in 2013.
* In 1998 ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'' volume 2 was published, intended to be a continuing series, but was canceled after 6 issues due to poor sales. It was decided to move the storyline to the ''Strange Tales'' anthology, of which four issues were solicited with the specific intention of wrapping up plot lines that the first cancellation left hanging. Ironically, ''Strange Tales'' was canceled as well after two issues, killing the chances of seeing those nagging questions answered.
* The most recent storylines in ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' was hit with this ''bad'' due to a major case of ScrewedByTheLawyers - former writer Ken Penders had sued Archie and Sega to regain custody of the characters he created and won. However, he was willing to let them use them again under two stipulations that both companies balked at - that the storyline "Mobius: 25 Years Later" became the comic's future canon[[note]]Which not only went against Sega's mandate of "Sonic can't have a steady relationship", but also required writers to keep certain people unaltered, including Julie-Su, Lara-Su and Locke, the last of which was KilledOffForReal during the whole legal mess[[/note]] and that everything involving his characters had to be vetted by him[[note]]Which meant that Archie had to get approval from ''two'' groups and Sega also had to sign off to him, turning him into a second licensor.[[/note]]. During the height of the mess, Archie opted to [[PutOnABusToHell put the Echidnas created by Penders into an alternate dimension, then reboot the universe during]] ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'', thus not only making the comic universe video game-friendly, but also forcing a lot of stories to be stopped abruptly - the King Naugus storyline ends with Naugus having a major freakout and running away when he's hit with visions of the old universe, Antoine no longer comatose, Bunnie back to being a cyborg and Sally no longer roboticized.
** And in 2017 the comic was abruptly put on indefinite hiatus, subscribers refunded, and the Mega Drive miniseries and a few plot threads from the main series left hanging. In July 2017, it was confirmed to be cancelled, meaning there will likely never be any resolution to the aforementioned miniseries and plot threads.
* The Creator/ValiantComics ''Unity 2000'' mini-series was going to cross over and merge the [=VH1=] and [=VH2=] universes, and a third universe would be introduced and destroyed, showing potential ideas from before the [=VH2=] era. The mini-series was cancelled before its resolution.
* There's an interesting case with the Argentine comic book ''ComicBook/ElEternauta''. The writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld joined the Montoneros, a terrorist organization, and became a fugitive of the military government (all this is real world stuff, not comic book plot). And yet, he managed to continue writing the comic book (with an {{Anvilicious}} tone in support of the Montoneros) while being on the run, sending the scripts by mail to the artist Francisco Solano López, who made the weekly comic book and sent it to the publisher. The comic book ''is'' a finished work, but Oesterheld was captured and killed at some unknown point. To this day, it is not known if he has really managed to finish the comic book before his capture, or if some other Montonero sent scripts in his name afterwards.
* [[{{ComicBook/Venom}} Agent Venom's]] ongoing got cancelled right as it was beginning to resolve it's overarching plot. While the character is still appearing in other books, nobody has done anything so far to wrap up the loose ends such as the hellmarks, Jack O' Lantern's fate, Mania, and the surviving Symbiote Slayer.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': The anime stops after Lenalee and Allen defeat the Level 4 Akuma, with Lenalee discovering the new Crystal Type Anti-Akuma Weapon. Afterwards, there's a shot of the main cast, who have survived the attack, and the Noah Clan with different appearances, indicating a time skip. The show ends with Allen and the Millennium Earl preparing for the inevitable fights ahead. The last thing we get is a cut to black with the word "FIN" covering the screen. The show was cancelled due to a combination of low ratings and the anime getting close to overtaking the manga.
* ''ComicBook/{{Swordquest}}'' was a series of pack-in comic books created by Creator/DCComics for Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Swordquest}}'' adventure game series. UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 prevented the last game from being released, and only the first three issues exist.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' simply stopped being published after issue #10. There was an announcement about a follow-up series to wrap up the story, but [[DevelopmentHell more than 5 years have passed since then with no further news.]]
* Archie Comics' ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' was put on indefinite hiatus following the release of the fifty-fifth issue, with the plot having begun to set up an adaptation of ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' (and said final issue {{foreshadowing}} the events of later games). As of October 2016, no-one (not even the creative team) knows when or if the series will return.
* DC's 12-issue ''Sonic Disruptors'' series from the 1980s was cancelled after issue #7.
* ''Big Numbers'' was a 12-issue series by Creator/AlanMoore and Bill Sienkiewicz, but only the first two issues were released.


* InUniverse. The former TropeNamer and current Trope Quote is ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', where Woody watches an episode of the TV show he was based on, ''Woody's Roundup'', that ends in a cliffhanger, only to discover the show was cancelled after that, [[FandomRivalry due to the rising popularity of space toys]].
* ''Film/TheWeddingMarch'' was not supposed to be this. It ends with Nicki going through with his ArrangedMarriage to Cecilia, on a day full of ominous foreboding, while his lover Mitzi promises to marry the jealous Schani. It was followed up with an immediate sequel, ''The Honeymoon'', in which the messy LoveDodecahedron was pursued to a full DownerEnding--but the only known print of ''The Honeymoon'' was lost to a fire in 1959. Consequently ''The Wedding March'' is left hanging.
* The adaptation of the ''{{Literature/Divergent}}'' trilogy. Following the then-current trend of a MovieMultipack, it was decided to split the last novel ''Allegiant'' into two films, first titled ''Allegiant - Part 1'' and ''Allegiant - Part 2'', and then changed to ''Allegiant'' and ''Ascendant''. However, ''Allegiant'' bombed at box office, leaving the studio scrambling to conclude the series either as a MadeForTVMovie or a TV series. But none of the original cast were contracted for that, and as negotiations dragged on, Lionsgate's rights to the franchise expired, leaving the series without an ending.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' fell victim to this. The ending very unsubtly set up a plot thread involving the Sinister Six and the mysterious Gustav Fiers, which will now never be resolved thanks to the series being cancelled and rebooted with ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.

* ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood'', Creator/CharlesDickens's last novel, was CutShort when Dickens died halfway through writing. What made it even worse was that ''Drood'' was published serially, like all of Dickens' novels, thus frustrating his readers.
* This appears to be the fate of the ''Literature/ErastFandorin'' series of Russian mystery novels, at least for English-speaking readers. Thirteen books have been published in Russia but book #10, ''The Diamond Chariot'', is the last to be translated into English.
* ''[[Franchise/DotHack .Hack//Zero]]'': a series of novels set in the main .hack canon that tells the story of a (female) Heavy Axmen named [[GenderBlenderName Carl]] and her encounters with Aura and Skeith/Sora. The series abruptly ended with no real resolution after it's first volume relegating Carl's story to side materials (She ends up Data Drained by Skeith apparently) and since the .hack series as a whole has moved on a good number of years in the timeline (being on the 3rd version of The World now) it shows no signs of ever being finished. It's also a case of NoExportForYou, likely due to its unfinished nature.
* In-universe in ''Series/TheFaultInOurStars'' by John Green. The main characters love a book called ''An Imperial Affliction''; "the books ends right in the middle of a"
* Also in-universe: This is the premise of ''Rodrigo y el libro sin final'' (''Rodrigo and the unfinished book''), where the child protagonist borrows a book from the library and reads it only to find that it lacks an ending, which sets up the whole plot.
* ''Literature/TheTimeTraders'' ends its book run just as it's portraying a long time series of enemies as good guys. AuthorExistenceFailure, though Andre Norton had lived a long life and the new books were made fairly late in it.
* ''Literature/TheSalmonOfDoubt'' was the novel Douglas Adams was working on at the time of his death and remains, as yet, unfinished with no indication of plans to create a completion.
* The ''Literature/EdgarAndEllen'' book series ends partway through its second arc.
* The ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' novelizations by S.D. Perry end with Code Veronica. [[spoiler:All the gaping plot holes between games have been tied up nicely thanks to [[OriginalCharacter Trent]] and a couple of original novels, and the entire plot as a whole has built up to a final stand against the NebulousEvilOrganisation Umbrella that we'll never get to read.]]
* The famed SoBadItsGood fantasy novella ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' suffered this problem for a long time: the most-distributed copy was a xerox that had accidentally misplaced the final pages. Copies of the original fanzine in which it was published, including the ending, were eventually found; but given the nature of the work, most didn't mind the presence of this trope, and indeed some ''prefer'' it.
* Averted with ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' - many fans feared this would happen due to Jordan dying, but enough notes were left behind that the series could come to a conclusion.
* ''The Spellcoats'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones contains an in-universe example. The narrator tells the story as she goes along by weaving it into the eponymous coats in a form of textile writing. Over the course of the story, the coats themselves become plot-significant items, such that the plot cannot be resolved until the coats are complete. This means the narrator cannot weave the ending. We are left to deduce what happened from a museum curator's note written hundreds of years later.

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* ''Cliffhangers'', from 1979, a game attempt by NBC to popularize the concept of old-time movie serials in a weekly television series format. Each week had three installments:
** "Stop Susan Williams," inspired by the old ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'' serio-dramas of the 1930s. Here, the "Pauline" character is filled by model Susan Anton as the title character, a journalist who, while investigating her brother's murder, discovers that the killing was part of an international conspiracy.
** "The Secret Empire," a U.S. marshal who discovers a futuristic underground city. This installment was based on "The Phantom Empire" movie serial starring Gene Autry.
** "The Curse of Dracula," about the famous Brams Stoker character taking the guise of a college professor, in an attempt to achieve mortality.\\
Only one of these -- "The Curse of Dracula" -- reached its conclusion within the 10-week run. Low ratings and the absurdity of the storylines, plus [=ABC=]'s one-two punch of ''Series/HappyDays'' and ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', turned "Cliffhangers" into a show that truly left the viewer hanging after cancellation. As a postscript, the "Stop Susan Williams" and "The Secret Empire" installments were re-edited into two-hour "made-for-TV" movies for later re-airing by NBC, and included their intended conclusions.
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}'': The 14th season finale, "Conundrum," also was billed as the series' finale of the original CBS version. However, the episode itself was not unlike the other season finales (a massive plot development to entice the audience into tuning in that fall). Here, J.R. fears he has lost his empire and everyone that means everything to him, and contemplating suicide, is visited by an angel(?), who, in an ItsAWonderfulPlot-type dream, shows him how others would have fared without him. In the end, J.R. trains the gun at his head; Bobby, concerned for J.R.'s welfare, arrives at Southfork just in time to hear gunfire coming from J.R.'s bedroom, rushes to the door and says, "Oh my God!" Viewers are left to wonder whether J.R. killed himself ... a question that wouldn't be answered for another five years and the first of the reunion movies.
** The 2012 reboot was cancelled abruptly at the end of the third season, leaving numerous unresolved plot lines, although given how many {{Aborted Arc}}s there were from the first two seasons, there's no guarantee they would have been resolved anyway.
* ''Series/{{Alf}}'': The series cancellation in the spring of 1990, after its fourth season, left the fate of the title character unresolved, as government agents surround the alien and he faces certain vivisection. This was all resolved in a made-for-TV movie aired several years later (he is rescued).
* ''Series/DearJohn'''s star Ralph Bates died in 1991, so plans to continue the series were scrapped.
%% * ''Series/AmericanDreams''
%% * ''Series/AceLightning''
%% * ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''
%% * ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was cancelled with no clear conclusion, but was later able to wrap up several important plot points in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. While it was a comedy and therefore didn't have a huge MythArc or anything, it did have Earl's karma list. Also, for four seasons, viewers had never known who Dodge's father was (though Earl was ''not'' a likely candidate for several reasons) and had assumed that Darnell was the father of "Earl Junior" (given that they're both black, while Joy and Earl are white). The last episode reveals that ''Earl'' is Dodge's dad (which makes some jokes in the episode "Guess Who's Coming Out Of Joy" Harsher in Hindsight), and proves that Darnell ''isn't'' Earl Junior's dad. The episode ended just as Joy was about to begin explaining, and then the series got canceled. We don't even know how far along on his list Earl was, or what he had left to do.
** A ShoutOut in ''Series/RaisingHope'', Greg Garcia's next show, has a news anchor saying that Earl has finished his list [[LeftHanging "and you'll never guess how it ended!"]]
** According to WordOfGod, they originally planned for the series to end with Earl encountering someone with a list of their own with him on it, and when he asks them where they got the idea they reply that they got it from someone else with a list. Earl then realizes that his list started a chain reaction of other people with lists trying to right their own wrongs, and he tears up his own list and [[RidingIntoTheSunset walks into the sunset]] a free man after realizing that he's finally put more good into the world than bad. Also Earl Junior's father was planned to be someone famous that came to town on tour, like Dave Chappelle or Lil Jon.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' ends with them finding a baby that does not belong to them. There was going to be more explanation of the baby's origins had the show continued.
** This was the same episode where they were told that Kryptonians are genetically incompatible with humans (or, at least, Clark and Lois aren't), destroying their hopes of starting a family.
* ''Series/HotelBabylon'': While not having many, if any, continuing stories over the show's run, the final episode was something of a WhamEpisode, leaving one main character forced to make [[spoiler: a choice between two potential love interests and a decision affecting the entire future of the hotel]]. No ending was ever produced because the series was cancelled due to low ratings.
%% * ''Marker''
* The 1970s UK scifi show ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' was cut short due to a strike at ITV. It was meant to end properly with an epic two-parter, but plans had to be scrapped.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': One of the lucky ones. They averted it as they were able to wrap up the major plot points of the entire series by the end of Season 8. The series was {{Uncancelled}} after season 8, and the Ori Arc was subsequently introduced as part of a {{Retool}} at the beginning of the ninth season. Then after ending with no real resolution at the end of season 10, the Ori {{Arc}} is concluded with ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'', a direct-to-DVD movie. They were also able to conclude another unfinished plot with the movie ''Film/StargateContinuum'': the defeat of the villain Baal, who had been the last threatening Goa'uld in the series.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' ends with the Wraith still being a major threat to the Pegasus (and possibly the Milky Way) Galaxy. The war with the Wraith was supposed to have been wrapped up in TV movies similar to how SG-1 was finished, but the failure of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and MGM's financial troubles basically [[FranchiseKiller torpedoed any chance of new Stargate-related content]] for the forseeable future.
* The spinoff ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was unceremoniously cancelled midway through its second season. The series ends on something of a {{Cliffhanger}}, with [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised no resolution whatsoever]] to any major plot arc. [[spoiler:Almost the entire main cast goes into stasis pods for a projected three-year bypass of the galaxy that the Destiny is in. However, the crew is short by one (1) stasis pod, and whoever remains outside it would have only two weeks to live and attempt to repair it; if he or she leaves the life support on for any longer than that, Destiny will not have enough power to make it to the next galaxy for 1,000 years or more. [[TheWatson Eli Wallace]], of all people, elects to show that he has indeed undergone CharacterDevelopment, and remains outside the stasis pod. Whether he repairs it successfully or not, and the ultimate fate of the crew of the Destiny, are left completely indeterminate.]]
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' has an InUniverse example. Turns out that the adventures of the Winchester brothers were unknowingly recorded by a Prophet of the Lord, who had been publishing his writings as a [[ShowWithinAShow series of urban fantasy novels]]. Unfortunately, the publisher goes bankrupt and the last book ends with one of the main characters dragged off to Hell.
%% * ''Series/TimeTrax''
* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'': ExecutiveMeddling canned the show, in spite of its success (the show aired in the FridayNightDeathSlot, but had excellent ratings), in favor of the far less successful ''The Legend of Custer''.
* ''Series/TerraNova'''s first season wrapped up the major plot arc and seemed set to start a new direction, but ended on a pretty epic cliffhanger about an old boat. Alas, the show was mercilessly (or thankfully, was mercifully) cancelled, but a make-your-own-comic internet game has been created to fill up some of the sadness with the abrupt ending.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': The series ''does'' resolves its initial premise ([[DrivingQuestion "Who killed Laura Palmer?"]]), but [[PostScriptSeason then goes on]] with the related plot of dealing with the one behind it (Killer BOB) and a new antagonist (Wyndom Earle), which reaches what can potentially be seen as a conclusion (Cooper saves Annie from Earle and [[TheBadGuyWins gets possessed by BOB]]) but is really more of a CliffHanger. A theatrical film follow-up, ''Fire Walk with Me'', ended up being a prequel rather than resolving any remaining story points from the TV series. ''The Return'' finally picked up the main plot 25 years in-show and 26 real life years later.
* ''Series/SpaceCases'' ends before any of the various mysteries could be solved or before the characters made it home.
* ''Series/LasVegas''. The Writer's Strike resulted in it's season finale being very abrupt, ending with ''To Be Continued...''. Unfortunately, the show was not brought back for another season, ending the story on a total cliffhanger.
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': Both the 1984 version and the 2009 version were canceled, ending on massive cliffhangers.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''; canceled on a cliffhanger (due to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork being cancelled after the producers were assured of renewal]], which was later resolved in the miniseries ''Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars''.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' ended right in the middle of a cliffhanger with God and the Devil fighting over her soul as a tick bite throws everything she's ever believed into question.
** Season two ended with her meeting the mysterious Ryan Hunter, who apparently either also spoke to God in the past or spoke to the Devil or ''was'' the Devil.
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'', the ending may have been a ForegoneConclusion due to it being based on real history (the Allies would defeat the Germans and the characters would be liberated) but it was still never shown. That said, the heroes and Klink had involvement in D-Day, Operation Valkyrie, and scuttling Germany's Heavy Water experiments.
* ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'' was canceled before it could resolve its SeasonFinale CliffHanger.
* ''Series/TruCalling'' is (sadly for its unluckily small cult fanbase) an ''excellent'' example of this. Not only was the final episode [[MissingEpisode never actually aired]], but even the network's ''initial'' episode order for the second season turned out to be only 6 episodes... when the writers had not only obviously been settling in for the long haul by setting up an epic-level MythArc, but, according to the writing staff, they had already planned through episode '''''eight''''' of that season. ''Ouch.''
** Not to mention, the series was cut ''directly after'' the episode with extremely important plot lines - namely that Tru had just learned that others have the same powers as her, including her own father [[spoiler:and Jason Priestley's character, although they both try to do the opposite of what Tru does i.e. make sure people stay dead.]].
* ''Series/ThePretender'' was canceled at the end of season four on a cliffhanger. There were two made-for-TV movies that continued the story, but didn't finish it. (There were supposed to be 4 movies made, but the last two were also canceled.)
* ''Series/Sense8'' was canceled a month after Netflix released season 2. The series was clearly planned to have a third season as many plotlines remain unresolved to be a hook. Such as the fate of [[spoiler:Wolfgang, Whispers, and Jonas]] (or every character really, it just kinda cuts to credits in the middle of the climax of the arc)
* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'': Although, in the words of series creator Shaun Cassidy, "we saw the ending coming soon enough to wrap the story up," the last episode left a lot of unanswered questions: what did Merlyn's disappearance mean? Was her [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice a failure, or not? Was she absorbed into Caleb? Does he now possess her powers and innate goodness with which to fight Buck's sinister influence?]] Will Gail still be under Buck's thrall, or will she snap out of her {{Chickification}} and bite him in the balls again? Will Selena ever stop going through that HeelFaceRevolvingDoor? Is Buck going to succeed in corrupting Caleb or not? Even for a mystery show, and one which by its very nature is cyclical, not much makes sense here.
%% * ''Series/{{Profiler}}'' ended on a cliffhanger.
* ''Series/NightCourt'' ended with an episode that seemed part CliffHanger and part WrapItUp, with roughly one third of the cast electing to stay in their current jobs and half the cast moving on to some new life outside the courthouse. While some of these career changes seemed poised to start a spin-off series (Christine is elected to Congress) most of them seemed poised to continue the series. Perhaps the strangest of these was bailiff Bull Shannon being persuaded to leave Earth by humanoid aliens who needed a tall guy to reach the things on their high shelves...
** An episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' was built around shooting a proper finale for ''Series/NightCourt''.
* The final episode of the sci-fi war series ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' sets up a great cliffhanger, with two of the main characters trapped behind enemy lines, another main maimed and possibly near death, the battle plan Earth Forces had pinned all of their hopes on compromised...and then it's over. We never even find out if Earth wins the war or not. Thanks, FOX!
* ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy'' was cancelled after half a season on an epiosde which introduced ''several'' new plot threads ''and'' ended on a {{Cliffhanger}}.
* The 2002 sci-fi series ''Series/OdysseyFive'' ends with astronaut Angela Perry abducted by the [=AI's=] and scientist Kurt Mendel being arrested on suspicion of killing her. Plus the mysterious Cabal, which the team assume have something to do with the [=AI's=] and the impending destruction of the Earth, turn out to be a government force trying to ''stop'' the [=AI's=] and who believe that the Odyssey 5 team are the traitors.
* ''Series/KyleXY'' ended with Kyle uncovering a nefarious plot and discovering [[spoiler:the identity of his mother]]. It's left on cliffhanger with Kyle only partially stopping the plot. It's left unresolved who his true love interest is. WordOfGod described the rest of the series in broad strokes. Very annoying as the series was cancelled halfway through the season and no moves were made to provide even the slightest hint of a better resolution.
* ''Series/JohnDoe''. The last episode before the cancellation reveals that one of the leaders of the Phoenix Organization appears to be John's best friend. WordOfGod claims that this is false, though, and the man was supposed to have been revealed an impostor who underwent plastic surgery.
* The original series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' got cut short after the final episode "The Hand of God", although it did get a follow up of sorts with ''Galactica 1980'', which original series fans [[FanonDisContinuity prefer not to talk about]]. Then it got [[ReMake re-imagined]] into the {{Retool}}ed 2003-2009 ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' was canceled at the end of its fifth season on a CliffHanger. A [[PsychicPowers Psychic]] tells the heroes [[EverybodyDies Everybody Is Going To Die]], requiring one to go on one last slide to save everything. Not every fan was broken up about the finale; for many, the show [[JumpTheShark hadn't been worth watching for years]]. The producers did a cliff hanger because they were hoping the fans would convince the network for [[http://www.dimensionofcontinuity.com/bts.htm#cliff another season]]. In-universe, the last episode is set on an Earth where ''Sliders'' is a hugely popular [[http://sliders.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seer TV show]].
* The last episode of ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' left multiple plot threads unexplained, as well as introducing a FaceHeelTurn and a resurrection in the last few minutes.
* After several seasons of [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast The Future]] saying that the main character, Tom Baldwin, was the key that would [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong save the world]], ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'''s fourth season ends with him contemplating a [[NewSuperPower Promicin]] injection [[spoiler:that he was already [[YouCantFightFate ''prophesized to take'']]]]. Incoming super-powered badassery? Check. Possible conclusion to the ''[[FirstEpisodeSpoiler main plot thread]]?'' Check. ...And then it got canceled.
** Although the books ''Welcome to Promise City'' And ''Promises Broken'' follow on from the series even revealing [[spoiler:Tom's [[NewSuperPower Promicin Power]] to be [[BarrierWarrior creating force fields]]]] but still ending with a CliffHanger of sorts
* ''{{Series/Riget}}'' ended after two seasons with many loose ends due to a rare TV case of [[AuthorExistenceFailure Key Person Existence Failure]]: two leading actors died, the risk of this having been heightened due to the lengthy gaps between seasons and the advanced ages of several characters.
* ''Series/NowhereMan''. Ended on a huge cliffhanger. Gets extra points since it was one of UPN's most-watched and most critically acclaimed shows. Was replaced by a show that was so horrible that it didn't even last 10 episodes.
* ''Series/{{Reunion}}'' ended before its murderer could be revealed. A small but dedicated group of fans asked the producers to reveal the murderer, causing the producers to admit that [[ShrugOfGod they hadn't ''decided'' yet.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is an odd example - it cuts short the resolution, as a result of cancellation, but it actually worked as the grand finale for the show - "You never stop fighting..."
* ''Series/DarkAngel''. ScrewedByTheNetwork and [[{{Series/Firefly}} replaced with a show that also got cut short.]]
%% * ''Series/{{Reaper}}''.
* The '90s AMC series ''Series/RememberWENN'' ended with an unresolved cliffhanger after the network's new management abruptly canceled the show.
* ''Series/{{Soap}}''. Creator Susan Harris had written out a five-season arc for the show, but it was yanked by the network after season four, leaving several unresolved cliffhangers.
* The ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'' spinoff ''Thomas & Sarah'' was supposed to have a second series, but this was wiped out by a technicians' strike at ITV. The first series had ended on an unresolved cliffhanger.
* ''Series/MySoCalledLife''. Ended on a cliffhanger that would have been answered in Season Two.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' ended with a cliffhanger that had clearly been intended to set up another season.
* ''Series/{{Intelligence2006}}'' was cancelled abruptly after two seasons. The last image of the series, therefore, was [[spoiler:the main character lying in a pool of his own blood after being shot repeatedly]], with no resolution.
* ''Series/DefyingGravity'', after being ScrewedByTheNetwork, ends just as everything appears to be reaching a climax of sorts. The sets were destroyed by the time the episodes were shown, dashing all hopes of a revival. While by that point the identity of [[spoiler:Beta]] was revealed, this only raised more questions than it answered. WordOfGod helped fill in some of the blanks but not enough to get an idea of where the show was going.
* ''Series/{{Drive}}'' only lasted 6 episodes with the final episode showing the main characters robbing a bank and one of them getting shot and bleeding badly.
* ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior'' ends on a particularly cruel CliffHanger--barring a miracle, either one main character is dead or another killed a man in cold blood, and we'll never find out which it was.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The last episode of the first season, ”Skeleton Crew”, ended on a cliffhanger with Rabb arrested as a murder suspect. At the same time JAG was cancelled on Creator/{{NBC}} but soon got uncancelled on Creator/{{CBS}}. The story was eventually resolved in third season episode ”Death Watch”.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' never got a finale in the show itself. You can blame that on ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}''[='=]s fanbase; the series was very popular and wouldn't have been cancelled if the ''Gunsmoke'' fandom wasn't so invested in keeping that series on the air. If ''Gilligan'' had been solidly renewed for a fourth season instead of falling victim to the ''Gunsmoke'' fanbase, the castaways probably would've succeeded in getting off the island during the fourth season. There were, however, a few TV movies that tried to wrap up the series.
* ''Series/KeenEddie'' [[ShortRunners only got thirteen episodes]], and only a handful were aired before it was canceled. Watching the rest of the episodes, especially the last, shows they were building up to something, and while there thankfully wasn't a cliffhanger, none of the character-arcs were even kinda resolved.
* ''Series/FlashForward2009'' - with only one season, it was never really given a chance to prove itself, so now the screwed-over viewers are left to wonder what may have been, what D. Gibbons' wall of crazy said, and why [[spoiler:2016 meant "The End"]].
* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys'' ends on a major cliffhanger with many dangling plot threads and the central question (exactly what the cops want to know from Joey "Ice Cream" completely unanswered, or in this case, as it's a question, unasked)!
* The HBO series ''Series/{{Luck}}'' had good enough ratings to renew it early in its first season, but they were forced to cancel it when three horses died during production.
* Being a SketchComedy, ''Series/TheAmandaShow'' itself didn't suffer from this after its abrupt cancellation, but ShowWithinAShow ''Moody's Point'' had ended the final season on a huge {{cliffhanger}} in which the main character learned that she'd been SwitchedAtBirth and that she wasn't who she thought she was. Even creator Dan Schneider doesn't know what would have happened next, because he never got a chance to write it.
* After the third season ''Series/LieToMe'' wasn't renewed. So the series basically concluded on the season ender, which included Lightman admitting to his daughter that he loves Foster.
* The second season of ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' ended with Sonny taking a job as a musician at a restaurant, and ''something of'' a reconciliation between Chad and Sonny, but no real ending for the series, as the show was retooled in 2011 as the [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] ShowWithinAShow ''Series/SoRandom'' after star Music/DemiLovato decided not to return [[RealLifeWritesThePlot following her stint in rehab for bulimia and cutting]].
** ''Series/SoRandom'' itself was Cut Short, only lasting for one season and 26 episodes before being cancelled in 2012.
* There was a WhatCouldHaveBeen for the second season with ''Series/UnnaturalHistory'''s season finale.
* ''{{Series/Alcatraz}}'' ended its first (and only) season with the female protagonist dying on an operating table after getting shot. Clearly meant to be a {{Cliffhanger}}, unfortunately the show was cancelled after the season ended.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': ended its second season with a cliffhanger and John Connor trapped in the future ... and was then cancelled.
%% * ''Series/{{Earth 2}}'': ended its only season with a cliffhanger.
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': a rare inversion of this trope. Although the series was cancelled abruptly after only two seasons, the show's somewhat unique storytelling format, which resulted in most episodes ending in such a way that they could almost all stand as finales, allowed it to end in a satisfying manner (so much so a later revival TV movie was seen as superfluous).
* ''Series/ColdCase'' manages to end on multiple cliffhangers, despite the fact that cliffhangers lasting beyond the end of a two-part episode were relatively rare on the series as a whole.
* ''Series/HowToRock'': Only got a season, the show ends on the Christmas episode, nothing more. Not because of ratings, but because the [[{{Creator/Nickelodeon}} channel it airs on]] was on transition.
* ''Series/LastResort'': Averted. The serialized military drama was cancelled, but the network allowed the series to air its allotted 13 episodes, as well as film a concluding episode written to wrap up the storyline.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': An example of an unresolved story arc. The first two seasons centered around a Temporal Cold War. The storyline didn't impress fans, so it was dropped in favor of the year-long Expanse arc, and then the fourth season consisted of a number of mini-arcs. Had the series not been cancelled, it likely would have returned to the Temporal Cold War arc and wrapped it up (given past precedent of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' all more or less going full-circle in their finales). Despite the fact the Trek franchise has a healthy literary and comic book component, so far TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised has not applied.
* ''Series/TheOthers'', a midseason show on NBC in 2000, ran for thirteen episodes and ended in truly brutal fashion: almost ''every'' main character apparently [[KillEmAll dies]] in a cliffhanger that was never resolved, since the show was not renewed for a second season.
* Canadian series ''Series/MythQuest'' ended after 13 episodes. The final episode, despite introducing a new, potentially important recurring character, has elements of AndTheAdventureContinues. It's not clear whether it was a half-season that wasn't renewed, or an outright cancellation.
* While ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' managed to wrap up most of its story arcs, its spin-off show, ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld'', didn't. Its first and only season ends with Evan killing the ''Albertosaurus'', only for the anomalies to start disappearing because something changed. The show ends with Evan and Dylan running towards an anomaly, and we have no idea why the anomalies began to disappear--or even if they made it back to the present in time.
* When ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcdowd'' was canceled, Eddie had only done 40 of his 100 good deeds, so he will remain a dog for eternity.
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': Ended on a huge cliffhanger just after Stanton Parrish's attack on Grand Central Station, with Dr. Rosen (potentially) dead, and a possible new batch of enhanced Alphas. Parrish's group of terrorist Alphas were also still on the loose.
* ''Series/TheHour'' ended its second season on a massive cliffhanger (Freddie was left beaten senseless outside Lime Grove Studios) and was canceled soon after.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': For some reason, Nick decided to cancel the show ''despite it getting ratings'' on the same reason the aforementioned ''How To Rock'' got cancelled, and thus, has no happy ending, and also led to the FandomRivalry of Music/VictoriaJustice and Music/ArianaGrande (which destroyed their friendship) to boot.
** The renewed friendship between Victoria and Ariana (along with some likely joking comments from Matt Bennett) have given some fans a glimmer of hope, but there are no known plans to continue the show in any form.
%% * ''Series/BigTimeRush'': The show's BreakingTheFourthWall Moments.
* ''Series/{{Zoey101}}'': The popular show was cancelled supposedly because of Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy and the resulting controversy around it, though Nickelodeon later claimed the ending of the show was planned from the beginning and her pregnancy occured after the final filming.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' ends before resolving the identity of the suspiciously JustForFun/TimeLord-like Shopkeeper or resolving the UST between Clyde and Rani because of the [[ActorExistenceFailure untimely death of Sarah Jane's actress]] Creator/ElisabethSladen. The last episode ''was'' edited to include a tribute montage of Ms. Sladen in the role, ending with the line [[AndTheAdventureContinues "and the story goes on...forever"]], however.
* ''Series/TheNeighbors''. Despite ''enormous'' potential for a third season.
* ''Series/OhDoctorBeeching'' ended without resolving the question of whether or not the railway station at Hatley, and with it the jobs of the central characters, would fall victim to the Beeching Axe, as Creator/TheBBC decided not to renew it for the third series that would have answered this question.
* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' was axed after two series, although there had been plans for up to five. The final episode ends with the villainous Pasiphae returned from the dead and regaining control of Atlantis, and the heroes about to go in search of the Golden Fleece (setting up a third series that would explore the legend of Jason and the Argonauts.) The whole thing was left unresolved, as were other major questions (the consequences of Jason's heart being "blackened" by evil, and whether he would end up with [[BettyAndVeronica Ariadne or Medea]]) as well as the ForegoneConclusion of Atlantis eventually sinking into the sea, and the entire issue of Jason having come from the future.
* Similarly to ''Atlantis'', the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' introduced several elements in its final episodes that were supposed to set up a planned fourth series: Archer [[LegacyCharacter taking over the mantle of Robin Hood]], and King Richard being captured. But the show was cancelled and so none of these were ever resolved. However, as with the ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' example, most of the original cast had already moved on and the fanbase subsequently felt it had long since JumpedTheShark.
* ''Series/{{Sinbad}}'' was cancelled after only one season, which more or less gave all the characters and storylines ''some'' closure, though a mild cliff-hanging finish (a young woman [[spoiler:they had just rescued from the Land of Dead appeared to have carried an evil parasite back with her]]) demonstrates there was certainly the expectation of more episodes to come.
* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' was set in the German-occupied Channel Islands during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. It was cancelled after two seasons without any kind of wrap-up, stopping halfway through the war with the Germans still in occupation and the ultimate fates of the individual characters unresolved.
* ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' originally planned to have multiple seasons adapting various characters and storylines from the comics, but was cut down to only 13 episodes and ended without any resolution to the story arc.
* ''Series/JekyllAndHyde2015'' suffered from this; while plans for season 2 were made, the series stopped at season 1 on a cliffhanger, ending with everyone apparently dead.
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'': Due to the show's cancellation, the plot ended with Bogg and Jeff wrapping up another case successfully (of course, there will always be another one) but failing to capture Drake.
* ''Series/Class2016'', spin-off of ''Series/DoctorWho'', was cancelled after one season due to low ratings, mixed reception and creator Patrick Ness leaving the show. This effectively ended the show on two cliffhangers: the Governors staging the invasion of the Weeping Angels and April coming back to life in the body of Corakinus.
* ''[[Series/{{Blade}} Blade: The Series]]'' only ran for one season because of Spike TV deciding that the show was too costly to continue production of. As a result, the series ended on a cliffhanger where Marcus Van Sciver started attacking Krista due to becoming wise to the fact that she was infiltrating the House of Chthon to enable Blade to track Marcus down and kill him.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'' was cancelled after its second season, and while the seasonal StoryArc was resolved in satisfying manner, several plot threads introduced earlier were left hanging. Not to mention that the final episode ended with one of the main characters getting shot by an unseen person, so with the cancellation both the fate of the shot character and the identity of the shooter remain a mystery.

* "I Want You, She's So Heavy" by Music/TheBeatles from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' is abruptly cut short near the end, surprising every listener who hears it the first time.
* "Theme From Turnpike" by Music/{{dEUS}} from ''Music/InABarUnderTheSea'' also ends abruptly.
* Music/DanielJohnston: He recorded most of his early songs on home made cassette recordings. As a result a lot of songs end quite abruptly or with audible cuts. Especially the final track of each album also has its ending CutShort.
* Music/ElvisPresley: Arguably the most notorious and atrocious concert album in his career is ''Music/HavingFunWithElvisOnStage'', a 35-minute collection of nothing but Elvis cracking jokes with the audience, without any music or context explaining what is going on. All of it is quickly edited together as one long painfully unfunny collection of incomprehensible bits from various concerts. And it's not even done subtly. Often the conversations are just cut short half way through with another one starting out of nowhere.
* Anathema's title track from ''Judgement'' ends with a sudden RecordNeedleScratch right out of nowhere.
* Music/{{Chicago}}: "Dialogue, Part II"
-->"We can make it happen,
-->We can make it hap--"

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' ran as a serial strip in newspapers for 86 years until it was unceremoniously cancelled in 2010. The final strip inexplicably did not resolve the ongoing plotline, but instead [[http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/06/14/little-orphan-annie-ending/ ended on Annie being held in South America by a serial murderer and Daddy Warbucks staring hopelessly into the distance believing his beloved daughter to be murdered by gangsters.]] The sun ''won't'' come up tomorrow in this universe...
** However, the storyline WAS continued in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' in 2014 after hints were dropped in a few 2013 strips.

* Many Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines ended without concluding their stories -- ''{{Toys/Slizers}}'' just as the forces of good and evil were about to clash, ''Toys/RoboRiders'' before they revealed who the BigBad was, but nothing got hit harder than ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Beginning from the 2009 line, the creative team attempted a drastic {{Retool}}, taking the story away from the Matoran Universe onto other planets. They eagerly planned the story ahead for at least 3 years, there is evidence to believe that some sets were also partially designed, they contracted voice actors and made a trilogy-starter movie, wrote a draft for the sequel, the story writer was covered up to his glasses in all the [[KudzuPlot potential plot threads he set up]], and fan interaction hiked... then, Mr. LEGO called that they're canceling the line. Although in 2010, 6 meager little figures ''were'' released (though reluctantly, and under the guise of a 10th year MilestoneCelebration commemorative line, in place of the sets they originally wanted to make), and the writer was allowed to continue the stories, RealLife soon forced him to just abandon the whole thing, [[LeftHanging leaving a tremendous amount of plotlines unresolved]]. Despite how tragic this may sound, the line still lasted for an impressive decade, while most other LEGO themes only go for just a couple years.
* The Myth/NorseMythology tale "Rigsthula" abruptly breaks off after introducing two named characters who may be Rig's adversaries, because its only source is a manuscript whose final pages have been lost.
* Phase 3 of the {{Music/Gorillaz}} storyline had been building up to a supernatural confrontation involving a 50-foot drummer and a demon-man living on an island made of plastic with a hostage. There was also a subplot involving a young female super soldier and her robotic doppelganger. Sadly, it was never completed, and a lot of fans are upset about it.
* This often happens to Fanfiction due to various reasons.
* The infamous fanfic ''Fanfic/LegolasByLaura'' ends in the middle of a sentence.
* ''Franchise/Bionicle2015'' was launched with an intended 3 year lifespan, with the possibility to extend its run if the toys sold well. It got abruptly canceled in less than two years, with the last wave of toys [[NoExportForYou not reaching Asian and Pacific markets]]. At least its story got a haphazard conclusion, though many secrets were left unanswered.
* The World Series, the championship of [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Major League Baseball]], has been canceled on two occasions in history, leaving that year's MLB season cut short without any champion.
** The first time, in 1904, it was because John [=McGraw=], the owner of the National League championship team, the UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} Giants (now the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Giants), refused to have his team face the American League champions, the UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Americans (now the Boston Red Sox). His reasons were petty: he felt that the American League was inferior to the National League, and that his Giants, having won the National League championship, had already proven themselves to be the best. Therefore, in his eyes, the World Series was little more than an exhibition series.
** The second time, in 1994, the entire MLB postseason was canceled due to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994%E2%80%9395_Major_League_Baseball_strike a players' strike]]. Perhaps the hardest-hit team was the UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Expos, who had been racking up a "dream season" that year; they had won more games than any other team that year, and were among the favorites to win the World Series [[ICouldaBeenAContender (which would've been their first)]]. The Expos [[CreatorKiller never recovered from the strike-shortened season]]; they fell into a DorkAge in the second half of the '90s, and they eventually moved to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and became the Nationals in 2004.
* The PuppetShow ''Series/RiminiRiddle'' was cancelled before it could wrap up the story.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Given the open-ended nature of professional wrestling, it wouldn't be a surprise if numerous storylines from defunct promotions would be halted when those companies went out of business.
* Wrestling/EricBischoff knew from looking at the Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling that an invasion of Wrestling/{{WCW}} could ultimately be best for business, but killed an invasion angle already in progress dead because he didn't want that company to be [[Wrestling/{{SMW}} Smoky Mountain Wrestling]].
* Internacional Wrestling Revolucion Group simply stopped recognizing its Intercontinental Super Welterweight and Intercontinental Women's divisions in 2007, as the title belts were being held by Wrestling/{{Mistico}} and La Amapola, who were contracted by Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, whom IWRG was no longer working with.
* A 2001 WCW storyline involving Wrestling/RicFlair and Wrestling/JeffJarrett being forced to kiss [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]]' ass continued up to the second-to-last ''Nitro'' (where they ended up kissing a donkey supposedly owned by [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes Dusty]]) and was abandoned when the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] buyout was announced, with Stamford booking the final ''Nitro''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The episodic ''{{Videogame/D4}}'' remains incomplete at one season due to director Swery starting his own company - and his previous company won't sell him the rights to his games.
* As videogames go, there isn't a more notorious example than ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. The ending of Episode 2 establishes that Gordon will most likely next be visiting an Aperture ship called the Borealis, which was just established the Combine are also interested in; and also, [[spoiler:Dog is somehow immune to the Combine Advisor psychic abilities, which given that the Advisors are now concerned about Freeman enough to intervene personally, is likely to play a major role. It was also revealed that Alyx is ''also'' one of the G-Man's hirelings, and Eli has some kind of contract with the G-Man.]] All in all, one hell of a setup for the next chapter. But, Episode 3 never materialized, and Valve has by all appearances abandoned the Half-Life franchise entirely.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}''. The second installment ended with Ryo finally meeting Shenhua and discovering that the mirror he's been carrying does indeed have some sort of supernatural power. Then Yu Suzuki got the plug pulled on his series due to poor sales, so we'll never know the significance of this, nor Lan Di's ultimate role in the story. Then Suzuki quit at Sega, guaranteeing that we'll ''really'' never know how it all would have turned out. (Well, until ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenmue_III Shenmue III]]''.)
* The 1999 PC SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/{{Nocturne}}'' ended on a positively agonizing cliffhanger, which over a decade later has yet to be revisited thanks to the game's storyline morphing into ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}''. All is not lost, though: an interview with the developers stated that ''Nocturne'' is not CanonDiscontinuity, and that they created ''Bloodrayne'' specifically to have an intellectual property they could relinquish to Majesco if and when they severed ties with the company. They still hope to release a true sequel to ''Nocturne'' someday.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce 2'' ends with the Jean Grey Expy, Alchemiss encountering an entity calling itself ''Energy X''. Unfortunately, there has been no confirmation one way or the other if we'll ever see a third game...
** [[http://irrationalgames.com/new-featured/a-message-from-ken-levine-2/ We definitely won't now]].
* The ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series. The last game does give a glorious send off (of a sort) to one of its two main protagonists and does end on a hopeful note but the BigBad is still at large and there's plenty of dangling story strings to be resolved. A final game to wrap the series up will almost certainly not be made due to the main writer departing and the death of Creator/TonyJay.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series falls under this trope, in light of the ''Legends 3'' cancellation by Creator/{{Capcom}}.
** Two series of remakes were also Cut Short by Capcom. The ''[[VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp Powered Up]]'' series and the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Maverick Hunter X]]'' series would have continued on from being remakes of their respective source series if not for the fact that both remakes were commercially unsuccessful.
* It would be easier to list multi-part modules for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights''/''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' that managed to finish their plot than ones that don't.
* Namco's ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' franchise was also Cut Short after Episodes ''I'' and ''II'' fell short of sales expectations. Originally intended to be six games produced over a decade and spread out across the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 and what was to become the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, it was wrapped up after only three games, with the final one ending on a non-commital SequelHook just in case it somehow sold well enough to warrant an actual ''Episode IV''. [[DownerEnding It didn't]]. ''Episode II'' is derided as a FranchiseKiller, and for good measure (it was not a very good game), but it wasn't the only factor fans like to single out.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur V]]'''s Story Mode, as production time was running out.
* As per the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' example, it would probably be quicker to list Mario fan games and ROM hacks that DO end up as part of a full series than ones that get abandoned before then. Given that fan works are usually spare time deals done for no monetary return, this probably shouldn't surprise anyone. And getting just one finished game is already kind of a 'likely to never happen' kind of thing.
* ''VideoGame/TransformersUniverse'' lasted only six months in open beta-testing before the plug was pulled. It's estimated that only 10% of the planned story content made it online during its short lifespan.
* ''VideoGame/ObsCure II'' ends with the surviving protagonists facing down a giant monster, after learning about the GreaterScopeVillain that was secretly behind the events of the two games. However, the sequel fell into DevelopmentHell, and by the time it finally came out, it was a DivorcedInstallment known as ''Final Exam''. As a result, the cliffhanger at the end of ''[=ObsCure=] II'' becomes a BolivianArmyEnding, even with the hopeful note it goes out on.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceofPersia2008'' The game ends after the prince removes the seal from the Temple releasing Ahriman to bring Elika back to life, where he carries her in his arms as Ahriman flies over them. This ending made people pitch for a resolution,and a few months later Ubisoft released the DLC "Epilogue" that adds few more hours after the first ending, They go in a ruined temple overrun by the recent corruption to seek refuge, Elika is extremely angry (slapping him) at the Prince for releasing the god of darkness but they work together to get out of the temple while fighting Elika's father, now one of Ahriman's corrupted. For the whole DLC Elika keeps a grudge to the prince, despite him explaining that he did that because Ahriman when he would have been freed nothing could have stopped him with Elika dead, while saying that she is capable of stopping him and that Ahriman fears her, Elika instead scolds the prince for having put the world to its doom for her, saying that she's incapable of stopping him. At the end, when the two manage to get to the end, Elika simply abandons the prince to his fate while saying that she needs to find her people and leaves, without a single goodbye, with the prince calling out at her, ending with Ahriman saying that the prince was now alone, a clear "to be continued" message.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheFallenKing'' The DS game follows the ending of the first game, the prince having found a way to get out of the temple after being abandoned by Elika, tries to seek aid to fight Ahriman in the city of New Dawn, now under siege by Ahriman ,where he finds a new ally,the Magus King Zal that helps him drive off Ahriman from the city, but dies in the process due of the corruption. The prince then after cleansing the city from the corruption is left to seek aid from the God of light and that a new ally would have showed up, effectvely ending the game with a new cliffhanger.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' suffers from this; even though the game has a complete storyline and a fair amount of content, the game's plot was implied to be only a third or even a fifth of what Creator/HideoKojima had planned for the GrandFinale to the ''Metal Gear'' series. Unfortunately, with Kojima having left Creator/Konami, any DLC that replaces the planned two-to-four chapters will have to be done by his understudies, and based on how jaw-droppingly surreal the [=MGS5=] backstory was under Kojima, it's unlikely that they will succeed at capturing the full grandeur of what could have been.
* The final cutscene of ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' features the protagonist eerily telling [[GreaterScopeVillain his father]] that he's going to find him, coupled with an appearance from [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Springtrap]]. If the next game was going to build off of this or not is unknown, as despite teasing it, Creator/ScottCawthon [[{{Vaporware}} shelved it]] since he wasn't finding it fun to develop under rising expectations.
* ''VideoGame/Conduit2'' ended with the protagonist accidentally drawing the attention of an alien ship out in deep space, causing it to travel towards Earth, followed by several former Presidents of the USA (decked out in power armour) showing up to help him save the world. The chances of the series getting a third and final game to round out the trilogy, however, were dashed following the game's mediocre critical reception and awful sales (coming in at just over a fifth of the sales of the original ''Conduit''). Aside from a mobile port of the original game in 2013, the series fell off the face of the earth following the second game's release in 2011, with not even a hint of it being in development for the entirety of the following console generation.

%% * ''Webcomic/ElfOnlyInn'', twice.
* ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' was infamously cancelled during its final arc in 2006 due to a severe case of ArtistDisillusionment. With the author moving onto a professional animation career, it seemed unlikely that it'd ever get a formal conclusion from the original creator, Ian Jones-Quartey. A fan-based attempt to pick up where the original series left off ([[ApprovalOfGod with the author's blessing]]) occurred in 2016, but went on a year and a half's (and counting) hiatus after just a few months. After over a decade, however, the series was given an official, if informal (most of the comic's dangling plot threads were LeftHanging), conclusion via a crossover with one of Ian's more recent works, ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'', with Ian himself [[http://ianjq.tumblr.com/post/166049167579/here-it-is-the-final-rpg-world-comic-a-recent inking a final page]] as a proper ending.
%% * ''Webcomic/VenusEnvy''. Seems to be back, if sporadically, as of September 2009.
* ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'' is an odd example of a webcomic doing this ''deliberately''. The story of Paul and Gary just ended without any resolution; since this, John Campbell has continued writing comics in [[MagicRealism the same style]], just with no overarching plot or recurring characters.
* ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery'' ended in the middle of two story arcs because the artist couldn't fit it in between commitments.
* ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'' ended after just two of the planned eight chapters (one for every [[LetterMotif letter]] in the title acronym) because writer Creator/TCampbell felt unsatisified with the project's direction.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Many roleplays on ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'' end short of the planned climatic grand finale.
* The ''Franchise/DragonAge'' machinima series "WebVideo/WardensFall" ends just after Kristoff tracks down Cyril, who had been bringing human sacrifices to the Mother's servants to feed her hunger. Cyril kills himself by jumping off a building and Kristoff stalks off having reached a dead end in his investigation. Apparently a sixth episode was planned but was never made.
* Creator/JustinRoiland's short-lived series ''WebVideo/HouseOfCosbys'' was cancelled because of a cease and desist from one of Bill Cosby's attorneys. As a result, a lot of plot threads were left unresolved, such as Cosby 10 and Mitchell finding out why aliens attacked the compound, Evil Cosby's intentions, and Cosbyette giving birth to Mitchell's child.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Ran for ''four'' seasons but [[Creator/GenndyTartakovsky Genndy]] jumped ship to focus on other ventures leaving no real ending. He promised a movie to wrap up the series, but so far it's been stuck in DevelopmentHell. Instead, a comic went into publication that acted as a spiritual season 5, which left some hope intact. This hope was validated when Adult Swim announced that a new season of the show will premiere in 2016 (later pushed back to 2017) on its Toonami block, with Tartakovsky returning as executive producer.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' One season run due to low ratings. Ended on a cliffhanger too.
* Another Spidey example is ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which left many a plot thread hanging. You can thank Sony and Disney's purchase of Marvel for this. Sony had to relinquish the television rights to keep the film rights.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' was ended before they could gather all 13 {{McGuffin}}s, or defeat the BigBad.
* The two American-made HumongousMecha AnimatedSeries from TheNineties, ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'', both end with unresolved {{Cliff Hanger}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', which went three seasons without a single CliffHanger, ended its run with an episode where the title character (a talking duck, private detective and widower) remarries only to have the wedding disrupted by the return of his dead wife, Beatrice. She asks why he didn't wait for her. He says he thought she was dead. She asks why Cornfed (Duckman's partner) didn't tell him the truth. Cornfed says he can explain everything. And ToBeContinued pops up on the screen. Naturally, the one time they ended the season with a CliffHanger expecting renewal, the show was canceled.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. At least it was some kind of resolution since it was supposed to be the season finale, but it was a {{Cliffhanger}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has fallen victim to this. Due to its abrupt cancellation, it ended with many unresolved plotlines and unexplored characters. The final episode itself only resolved a ''fraction'' of the many plot points introduced earlier in the season.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'' ended right when the BigBad had been resurrected and the Hyperforce and [[GondorCallsForAid all of their previous allies]] where about to go at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', and ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground.'' The former got screwed because of a heaping dose ExecutiveMeddling[[note]]A combination of being beaten by ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' in ratings and the new head of ABC deciding to get rid of everything done by the last guy and ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' was one of them[[/note]]. In some cases, it was canceled in MID-BROADCAST, leaving the audience hanging.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen:'' The last episode ended with a scene in which Apocalypse rules in the future leaving no clue as to what's going to happen next. The show only lasted one season.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' [[ShortRunners only lasted 39 episodes]] before being abruptly cancelled, leaving many loose ends unresolved..
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' Due to [[ExecutiveMeddling those pesky Nickelodeon execs]], the show was cancelled right when the plot was about to surface. InternetBackdraft abounds. Still, fans cling to the hope of it being {{Uncanceled}}, and the possibility remains. As of 2015, a comic series has been confirmed to be in production.
** Fortunately, a finale in the form of a movie was announced in April 2017 with the original cast returning.
* Obscure 1980s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheBluffers'' centered around a GangOfCritters trying to find out the secret of a villain named Clandestino. It got canceled before they could say what his secret was.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was planned to end with a theatrically released GrandFinale, "The Jungle Movie", which would have resolved practically every plot thread - Arnold goes with his class to San Lorenzo to find his parents, and he finally [[RelationshipUpgrade hooks up with Helga]]. The show's final episodes, "The Journal", were the movie's prologue and ended on a CliffHanger. Unfortunately, thanks to the box office failure of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'', and because creator Craig Bartlett couldn't agree with Nickelodeon over a contract extension, the movie was cancelled and the show ended without explaining what happened to Arnold's parents on their final mission. Over the years, many a fan have petitioned to have it made and even Bartlett expressed his wish to come back and make it.
** Thankfully, in 2015, Nickelodeon -- on a nostalgia kick with the success of [=TeenNick=]'s The 90's Are All That/The Splat block -- announced that they were finally giving ''[[WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie The Jungle Movie]]'' the green light as a two-part TV movie in 2017. Bartlett and most of the original crew, including several of the voice actors, returned as well, much to the delight of fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' got ScrewedByTheNetwork and producer Tom Ruegger felt there was no further life to it; it was cancelled after [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]] episodes, leaving the series to end on the sad note of only eleven of the ghosts being captured....
* ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' was unexpectedly cancelled after two seasons and 26 episodes, with its premise (collecting all the {{MacGuffin}}s and freeing the original King and Knights) far from resolution.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', which was cancelled because they could not interest toy companies and a splintering of the production team that made it hard to keep it going, despite it being a widely loved show.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', while having something akin to a finale, still had the Glorft on the loose and Coop with a replacement for his Megas but with much better firepower.
** From the same creators, we have WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}, cut down before its first season had even finished airing. Fortunately, they remembered what happened with Megas and prepared for this by delivering a glorious finale to soften the blow.
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' was cancelled prior to a final episode (which was scripted but never animated) that resolved plot threads such as whether the characters got home and the relationship between Dungeon Master and Venger.
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' came to an end when the writers had several episode ideas to put on the table. Consider it TooGoodToLast.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' was originally set to have a GrandFinale with the characters learing they were on a [=TV=] show that was ending. Nickelodeon, however, [[ExecutiveMeddling gave it the axe]] because it went against their "no ending" policy at the time[[note]]This policy is no longer in place, having been officially broken with the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' GrandFinale "Lady Sings the News".[[/note]], as well as the ending of the episode itself, which involved the Beavers going to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Cartoon Heaven]], being seen as too sad for the target audience to be worth breaking the rule for.
* The season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' was as close to a literal cliffhanger as they come. The episode ends with Stroker, Hoop, Double Wide plunging to a chasm when their captor intentionally lands on the release switch, after being held at gunpoint. Sadly, the show was axed afterwards due to financial reasons, though the creators were able to reveal what would have happened in the end, had the show had been renewed for a second season.
* ''Around the World in 79 Days,'' a revisionist take on Jules Verne's story which was a segment of 1969's ''WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats'', ended after 17 episodes with the round-the-world trip for Phineas Fogg Jr., Jenny and Happy unfinished.
* ''Bailey's Comets,'' an obscure [=DePatie=]-Freleng show from 1973 about eleven teams of roller derby skaters going cross country to find clues to a treasure, ended with the treasure unfound.
* Every single one of the videos in the series ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyAdventuresOfRonaldMcDonald'' ends with an announcer telling the audience to look for Ronald's next adventure. This includes "The Monster O'[=McDonaldland=] Loch" even though it was the last video ever made.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' was canceled very suddenly despite being successful. The series under way for a sixth season and had story plans for a seventh and eighth season when Disney acquired the rights to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise and ordered to finish the series, not wanting to ChannelHop the show to any of their networks as part of the acquisition. At this point multiple episodes were still in different stages of production. [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised 13 episodes were finished and composed Season 6 which aired on Netflix]], 8 more were later released on StarWars.com with rough incomplete animation, some finished scripts were also adapted into the ''Literature/DarkDisciple'' novel and a ''Son of Dathomir'' comic mini-series. Despite all this, both the last broadcast and the last released episodes serve as a fit ending for the series: one ties up Ahsoka's arc and the other ends with a philosophical conclusion about the greater role of the Jedi in the Clone Wars.
** Disney later made a sequel series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', with Rex and Ahsoka making appearances.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' nearly ended with the season one finale "Gideon Rises". Alex Hirsch stated in interviews following the show's conclusion that creating the first season was so stressful and challenging for him, that it was show's quickly growing fanbase pushing him to continue on from that episode's cliffhanger that made him willing to create one last season.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' just ''stops'' after the initial 26-episode run, giving the impression that the series was intended to continue past the first season. Indeed, WordOfGod says the show was initially greenlit by the Hub Network for a second season, only for the network to change their minds a month later.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' met it's fate because Disney thought that 80 episodes was long enough for a series, and were going to make more money by showing re-runs on Disney XD rather then give it a third season. Similar to WesternAnimation/CloneHigh, the show unfortunately ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger.
* Because of the series' rather dismal reception, ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'' ended its run without Sammy, Dean, Bing, Frank, and Tony reuniting with their brother Perry and taking him back to their monastery.
* While ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'' didn't end on a major cliffhanger, the final episode of it's first and only season did imply that more was to come. Due to dissatisfaction with [[GirlShowGhetto not having enough male viewers and too many female viewers]], Kids' WB canned the show as fast as it could. Taken even further in America as Kids' WB was so upset at not getting the exact demographic that they wanted that they removed the show from the schedule after only six episodes had aired.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' was cancelled after its first season, leaving to end on a cliffhanger. At the time of its cancellation, the creators Shannon Eric Denton and Dan Norton were working on story ideas for a second season, which would've lasted for 39 episodes.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a notorious example, with its English dub covering 130 episodes and 6 movies before Creator/FUNimation decided not to license future episodes, leaving the series off on a cliffhanger with no resolution.
* ''Anime/TokyoMewMew'''s English dub "Mew Mew Power" only covered the first 26 out of 52 episodes due to Creator/FourKidsEntertainment not reaching a merchandise deal for the show. Only 23 episodes aired in the US, finishing with a pretty standard episode and nothing resembling a conclusion. All 26 English dub episodes aired in Canada, the UK, and Australia, ending the series on a really sharp cliffhanger complete with a "To be Continued..." message. To make matters worse, the English dub was the source of many foreign dubs like the Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, Danish, and Greek dubs, which all ended on the same cliffhanger, while the French, Hebrew, Serbian, and Portuguese dubs were {{Uncanceled}} and got their own local dubs of the second half of ''Tokyo Mew Mew''.
* ''[[VideoGame/FZero F-Zero GP Legend]]'''s English dub from Creator/FourKidsEntertainment (which was surprisingly pretty accurate) only covered the first 15 episodes out of 51.
* Was originally the case with ''Manga/DGrayMan'' (until 2016). The English Dub initially ended when Allen Walker and co. were leaving on a ship still on the search for General Cross with the Millennium Earl and Road Kamelot looking at a large amount of Akuma (that are clearly meant for the exorcists). Then...nothing. The English Dub endded at that point halfway through the series with no plans at the time to dub the other half due to the Japanese licensors asking for more money than Creator/FUNimation is willing to pay. However, this changed, due to the fact that Creator/FUNimation has in fact licensed the 2016 series, ''Hallow'', as part of the 2016 Summer Simulcast season, along with licensing the second half of the series a week later on June 30th, 2016.
* ''Anime/FullMoonOSagashite'' only had 28 episodes released to DVD in the US, though apparently all 52 episodes were dubbed, the last batch have never been released.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' also got an English dub that covered the whole series, but only the first 50 episodes out of 75 were released to DVD, while the first 72 eps were streamed on ''Toonami Jetstream''. The remaining 3 episodes were never released in the US until several years later when the series was made available for download through iTunes. However, the New Years Eve special (which itself didn't have an ending) has never been dubbed.
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'''s English dub covered the first 15 episodes before it was canceled due to low sales. The remaining 28 episodes were released to DVD subtitled-only.
* Creator/FUNimation's English dub of ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' only reached half the series (episode 51 out of 102) before it was canceled due to low sales.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s [=DiC=] English dub was originally cut short in the middle of R (the second season) with only 65 episodes dubbed (covering the first 72 Japanese episodes) before it was {{Uncanceled}} after YTV and Irwin Toy in Canada offered to fund more episodes to wrap up the storyline, which resulted in the last 17 episodes of R being dubbed and labeled "The Lost Episodes." It was another three years before YTV and Creator/CartoonNetwork funded episodes of the ''S'' and ''[=SuperS=]'' seasons (with [[Creator/{{Geneon}} Pioneer]] funding dubs of the movies) without [=DiC=] and instead with Toei's US branch "Cloverway." Unfortunately, they were never able to dub the final season ''Sailor Stars'' (the first arc of which directly continued on from the end of ''[=SuperS=]''). It wasn't until Viz Media picked up the series and commissioned an entire redub that an English dub of that season was finally announced, or indeed for there to be an official English release of ''Sailor Stars'' (a subtitled version of which was posted on Creator/{{Hulu}} once subs of the rest of the series' run had been re-released there, beginning immediately after Viz had announced the license). They also plan to dub the special shorts that were attached to the movies, as well as the mini specials that were part of the [=SuperS=] season.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s English dub from Creator/FUNimation and BLT Productions was cut short after the first 13 episodes and first movie. It wasn't until ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' found success in the US was Creator/FUNimation able to give the show a second try and produce an all-new English dub from scratch.
** The late-1980s Harmony Gold dub of ''Dragon Ball'' was also abandoned after one movie and a couple of episodes.
** The original [=FUNimation=] produced, Saban distributed, Ocean voiced version of ''Dragon Ball Z'' ended after 53 episodes (or 56 episodes if the butchered ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight'' three-parter is counted). This led to these 53 episodes being rerun '''countless''' times on Cartoon Network until [=FUNimation=] finally dubbed new episodes. There is a common misconception that the "Ocean dub" continued in Canada only, however this dub (which covered the Cell-Buu arcs) was a completely separate production with drastically different music and many recasts.
** The infamous "Big Green" dub of the ''Dragon Ball Z'' movies ended at the ninth one (''[[Anime/DragonBallZBojackUnbound Bojack Unbound]]'') for some unknown reason.
* ''Anime/FistOfTheNorthStar'''s English dub from Creator/MangaEntertainment and Showtime Beyond covered only 36 out of 152 episodes (not including Creator/StreamlinePictures' dub of the movie). However Creator/DiscotekMedia picked up the series and released it in it's entirety subtitled-only (with only the first 36 eps bilingual).
* ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'''s English dub from [[Creator/{{Geneon}} Pioneer]] and Phuuz was cut short after 80 episodes. This discounts an unrelated English dub of eps. 145 and 155 from Creator/StreamlinePictures. Only 25 of those episodes (skipping episode 3) aired on Creator/AdultSwim due to low ratings with more episodes released to DVD and broadcast on G4. The DVD releases were canceled due to low sales. There was a rumor that more episodes or even ''all'' the episodes were dubbed by Phuuz, but this has never been proven true. All 82 English dub episodes (including 145 and 155) were uploaded to Creator/{{Hulu}}, but nothing else seemed to come until December 2015 when Website/{{Crunchyroll}} posted episodes 81-155 subbed in North America, to be followed with Creator/DiscotekMedia announcing that they were going to release the entire series on DVD starting in 2016.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'''s English dub was initially canceled after episode 36 due to low VHS sales, but was UnCanceled, and the remaining 60 episodes were dubbed and released years later with a mostly different cast.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'''s edited English dub from [=DiC=] entitled ''Knights of the Zodiac'' was canceled after 40 episodes, though only 32 aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Then Creator/ADVFilms (who was releasing the [=DVDs=]) was allowed to produce their own uncut English dub, which ended at episode 60 because [=DiC=] refused to license anymore episodes. After [=DiC=]'s license expired, the series remained in limbo for many years before it was rescued by Flatiron Films/Cinedigm, who released a sub-only boxset of the first 73 episodes.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'''s second English dub entitled ''Anime/GForceGuardiansOfSpace'' was cut short at episode 80 (covering the first 82 episodes) before a straight uncut English dub of the whole series was done in 2003.
** Also, the two sequel series ''Gatchaman II'' and ''Gatchaman Fighter'' weren't included in ADV's dub and were later released by their successor company, Sentai Filmworks, subtitled-only.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'''s English dub originally only covered the initial 51 episodes before it was UnCanceled and reached episode 78. Creator/FUNimation has the license to the first 104 episodes, but has put their dub on hold. As more years go by, it's looking more and more likely that the dub isn't continuing, and it's extremely unlikely that all 360+ episodes will be localized.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'''s English dub only covered the first season before Creator/{{Geneon}} went under. The series was later rescued by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, who chose not to dub the remaining three seasons.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'''s English dub also only covered the first season before Creator/{{Geneon}} went under. The sequel series, which explains the plot of the first season, has never been licensed or dubbed (though it got a sub-only release in Australia). Both seasons have been rescued by Creator/SentaiFilmworks, but unfortunately, like ''[=FoZ=]'', these seasons will not dubbed.
* The English dub of the 1999 adaptation of ''Manga/HunterxHunter'' only covers the original 62 episode run of the television series. Creator/VizMedia [[NoDubForYou never bothered dubbing the OVAs]], ''which continue the story''.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' dub due to Cartoon Network making it an online exclusive and their attempts to broadcast it stifled when they did it out of order and attempts to do it properly pretty much wrecked any chances of it. Due to this, Viz decided to cut their losses and discountined the dub, which ended at Zonnen filler arc.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' and ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' largely due to a combination of 4Kids' idiocy and them going bankrupt. ''GX'' only got up to the third season but they never dubbed the fourth making the show seem like it ended on a DownerEnding. ''5Ds''[='=] dub stopped right in the middle of the last season just as the villains were putting their endgame into motion.
* The Creator/FourKidsEntertainment dub of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' (''Magical [=DoReMi=]'') only covered (most of, barring [[MissingEpisode episode 30]]) the first season of the show. Even then, only twenty-six episodes aired on television, with the remaining episodes all premiering online a year later.