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* And occasionally, you ''will'' get a [[PlayedStraight straight up]] HappilyEverAfter, but then the story will ''keep going'', which leads to the [[KillEmAll inevitable conclusion of all the characters dying]].

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* And occasionally, you ''will'' get a [[PlayedStraight straight up]] HappilyEverAfter, but then the story will ''keep going'', which leads to the [[KillEmAll inevitable conclusion of all the characters dying]]. Then GhostReunionEnding occurs.


* [[PyrrhicVictory When the victory is only achieved]] at the [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] of people dear to the heroes ([[TheHeroDies if not the heroes themselves]]) -- or perhaps was [[SenselessSacrifice attempted to be won at this cost]], and the heroes had to soldier on to victory without any benefit from it.

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* [[PyrrhicVictory When the victory is only achieved]] at the [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] of people dear to the heroes ([[TheHeroDies if not the heroes themselves]]) -- or perhaps was [[SenselessSacrifice attempted to be won at this cost]], and the heroes had to soldier on to victory without any benefit from it.



Bittersweet Endings can fall on either end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. They come up frequently in HighFantasy, for obvious reasons -- an epic that ends with the hero triumphing over the ultimate BigBad and bringing peace and prosperity to the land, but at the same time defeating the ultimate BigBad does not always come without sacrifices, whether be most or all of the characters dying in the end or the characters are at a loss about [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow what to do now]]. Sometimes these are worlds and stories where you can EarnYourHappyEnding, though it won't be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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Bittersweet Endings can fall on either end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. They come up frequently in HighFantasy, for obvious reasons -- an epic that ends with the hero triumphing over the ultimate BigBad and bringing peace and prosperity to the land, but at the same time defeating the ultimate BigBad does not always come without sacrifices, whether be most or all of the characters dying in the end or the characters are at a loss about [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow what to do now]]. Sometimes these are worlds and stories where you can EarnYourHappyEnding, though it won't be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



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* The [[KarmaHoudini bad guys get away now]], but their current plans have fallen through. The heroes will have to face them again, and they know it.

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* The [[KarmaHoudini [[VillainExitStageLeft bad guys get away now]], but their current plans have fallen through. The heroes will have to face them again, and they know it.



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* Episode four of ''Podcast/MysteryShow'', titled "Vanity Plate." [[spoiler:Starlee finds the plate's owner and learns that it refers to September 11th, which is the woman's mother's birthday, an occasion that saved her from being in New York on 9/11. The plate is a tribute to her mother and to the friends that she lost.]]



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* Stories featuring a RestrictedRescueOperation often end like this.


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* Some endings include the heroes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo lamenting to the effect that they had no choice but to use violence or take life]] in order to get the job done.

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* Some endings include the heroes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo lamenting to the effect that they had no choice but to use violence or take life]] in order to get the job done. Also occurs in many cases of AlasPoorVillain.


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* The end of the "Legend of a Hero" arc in Season 7 of ''Animation/HappyHeroes''. Sure, they drove out the invaders, but at what cost? [[spoiler:Kalo's life, for he was the one who sacrificed himself to save the planet]]. Needless to say, the heroes are still in tears despite the enemy being driven away.


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->''"This was a happy story. But... it could still be a whole lot happier..."''
-->-- '''Kubo''', ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''



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* ''Podcast/InterstitialActualPlay'' sees two pop up during the Door to Darkness one-shots.
** ''A Touch of Darkness''. [[spoiler: Shego defeats Kim Possible, kills Betty and leaves Fred to die, and makes Archie so angry that she's able to take control of his Darkness and allow him to be Norted. Archie leaves with the Organization, but shortly after an amnesiac Nobody made from Betty appears and is able to rouse Fred from the brink of death]].
** ''Lonely Hearts''. [[spoiler: The defeat of the Sheriff at Bright Eyes' hands helps dissuade a good portion of the xenophobia they had prior, and the Killjoys remain in Twin Peaks to help continue he healing. However, Bright Eyes and Calumon are separated and alone because Calumon wiped himself from everyone's memory and chose not to restore himself to Bright Eyes]].
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