Playing With / Earn Your Happy Ending

Basic Trope: A character goes through hardships, but end up happy as a result.
  • Straight: Hiro and his True Companions have gone through perilous times due to their battle against Emperor Evulz and his minions, but in the end, it was Worth It.
  • Exaggerated: Hiro and his crew have survived severe catastrophes, oppressive regimes, monstrous villains, and minor setbacks just to change the Crapsack World; in the end, it paid off so well that even the villains' casualties come Back from the Dead and everyone lives Happily Ever After.
  • Downplayed: A sweeter Bittersweet Ending.
  • Justified: Having accomplished whatever goal he set out to accomplish, the hero has that if nothing else.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Diabolus ex Machina. All that hard work the heroes went through to get a happy ending, and just when things look like they're gonna be alright, a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere appears and kills everyone.
  • Double Subverted: Deus ex Machina. A Bolt of Divine Retribution kills the space flee stone dead and then brings everyone Back from the Dead
  • Parodied: Everything is bleak and helpless, until a Deus Ex Machina shows up and makes everything better within the last five seconds, causing the heroes to forget everything bad that has happened to them.
  • Zig Zagged: Hiro endures trials and tribulations, and in the end he gets his good ending. Lance does the same, but gets completely shafted. Space Flea kills the background cast and gets a good ending. Bob does absolutely nothing and gets the happiest conclusion of anyone.
  • Averted:
    • There is no ending, happy or otherwise.
    • The heroes don't have to earn their happy ending.
  • Enforced: The author wants to create a positive story wherein determination allows the characters to save the world.
  • Lampshaded: "We may have been damaged, and we may have lost many things, but look where it got us."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Lance has a cynical remark about their ends:
    Lance: "'It was worth it' my ass! Do you realize what happened to us along the way?!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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