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** It's continued in the sequel, which ''does'' have a satisfying ending... then the ''next'' sequel also lacks an ending. Or does it? [[ToBeContinuedRightNow Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" and the film continues as normal.]] But Bob still doesn't find Alice, and the credits roll... [[RunningGag "Will you please stop trying to end the film?! For ]]''[[PrecisionFStrike fucks ]]''[[RunningGag sake, ]][[BreakingTheFourthWall not only do I, but the audience also wants to know where Alice is!"]] Then the credits glitch out and the BigBad appears, indulging in an EvilLaugh as he glitches the film out. [[OverlyLongGag That is, until the credits become sentient and fight back. The credits eventually defeat the]] BigBad [[OverlyLongGag , and start to roll... ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WILL. YOU. STOP?!"]] [[MindScrew and then Bob has to literally fight the ending.]]

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** It's continued in the sequel, which ''does'' have a satisfying ending... then the ''next'' sequel also lacks an ending. Or does it? [[ToBeContinuedRightNow Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" and the film continues as normal.]] But Bob still doesn't find Alice, and the credits roll... [[RunningGag "Will you please stop trying to end the film?! For ]]''[[PrecisionFStrike fucks ]]''[[RunningGag sake, ]][[BreakingTheFourthWall not only do I, but the audience also wants to know where Alice is!"]] Then the credits glitch out and the BigBad appears, indulging in an EvilLaugh as he glitches the film out. [[OverlyLongGag That is, until the credits become sentient and fight back. The credits eventually defeat the]] BigBad [[OverlyLongGag BigBad[[OverlyLongGag , and start to roll... ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WILL. YOU. STOP?!"]] [[MindScrew and then Bob has to literally fight the ending.]]


** It's continued in the sequel, which ''does'' have a satisfying ending... then the ''next'' sequel also lacks an ending. Or does it? [[ToBeContinuedRightNow Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" and the film continues as normal.]] But Bob still doesn't find Alice, and the credits roll... [[RunningGag "Will you please stop trying to end the film?! For ]]''[[PrecisionFStrike fucks ]]''[[RunningGag sake, ]][[BreakingTheFourthWall not only do I, but the audience also wants to know where Alice is!"]] Then the credits glitch out and the BigBad appears, indulging in an EvilLaugh as he glitches the film out. [[OverlyLongGag That is, until the credits become sentient and fight back. The credits eventually defeat the BigBad, and start to roll... ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WILL. YOU. STOP?!"]] [[MindScrew and then Bob has to literally fight the ending.]]

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** It's continued in the sequel, which ''does'' have a satisfying ending... then the ''next'' sequel also lacks an ending. Or does it? [[ToBeContinuedRightNow Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" and the film continues as normal.]] But Bob still doesn't find Alice, and the credits roll... [[RunningGag "Will you please stop trying to end the film?! For ]]''[[PrecisionFStrike fucks ]]''[[RunningGag sake, ]][[BreakingTheFourthWall not only do I, but the audience also wants to know where Alice is!"]] Then the credits glitch out and the BigBad appears, indulging in an EvilLaugh as he glitches the film out. [[OverlyLongGag That is, until the credits become sentient and fight back. The credits eventually defeat the BigBad, the]] BigBad [[OverlyLongGag , and start to roll... ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WILL. YOU. STOP?!"]] [[MindScrew and then Bob has to literally fight the ending.]]


** The story somehow ends ''before'' the start.

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** [[MindScrew The story somehow ends ''before'' ends]] ''[[MindScrew before]]'' [[MindScrew the start.]]



** The credits start to roll, before Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" The film then continues as normal.

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** [[ToBeContinuedRightNow The credits start to roll, before Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" The film then continues as normal.]]



* '''Zig Zagged''': The plot has neither a beginning nor an ending.

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* '''Zig Zagged''': Zagged''':
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The plot has neither a beginning nor an ending.
** It's continued in the sequel, which ''does'' have a satisfying ending... then the ''next'' sequel also lacks an ending. Or does it? [[ToBeContinuedRightNow Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" and the film continues as normal.]] But Bob still doesn't find Alice, and the credits roll... [[RunningGag "Will you please stop trying to end the film?! For ]]''[[PrecisionFStrike fucks ]]''[[RunningGag sake, ]][[BreakingTheFourthWall not only do I, but the audience also wants to know where Alice is!"]] Then the credits glitch out and the BigBad appears, indulging in an EvilLaugh as he glitches the film out. [[OverlyLongGag That is, until the credits become sentient and fight back. The credits eventually defeat the BigBad, and start to roll... ]][[PunctuatedForEmphasis "WILL. YOU. STOP?!"]] [[MindScrew and then Bob has to literally fight the
ending.]]

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** The credits start to roll, before Bob protests "I'm not done yet!" The film then continues as normal.


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** ..But Bob still never finds Alice.


** [[CutShort The writer forgets about]] ''Bob's Quest''.

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** [[CutShort The writer forgets about]] ''Bob's Quest''.Journey''.

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** ''Bob's Journey'' begins on the final chapter, with Bob and Alice together and goes through the chapters in reverse order, with the final one shown being the prologue...but the prologue provides no information as to Emperor Evulz's origin or what motivated him to kidnap Alice.


** The story ends years later, with Bob and Alice together, but no explanation as to how they reunited.

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** The story ends years later, with Bob and Alice together, but [[NoodleIncident no explanation as to how they reunited.]]



** The plot is abruptly resolved.

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** The plot is [[DeusExMachina abruptly resolved.resolved]].



* '''Played for Drama''': Bob dies on the way to Emperor Evulz's castle, and Alice's fate is never mentioned.

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* '''Played for Drama''': Bob [[ShootTheShaggyDog dies on the way to Emperor Evulz's castle, castle]], and Alice's fate is never mentioned.

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** EndingFatigue


* '''Inverted''': The story has no ''beginning''. [[note]](i.e., it starts with Bob in the middle of his quest.)[[/note]]

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* '''Inverted''': '''Inverted''':
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The story has no ''beginning''. [[note]](i.''beginning'', i.e., it starts with Bob in the middle of his quest.)[[/note]]quest.
** The plot is abruptly resolved.



* '''Zig Zagged''': ???

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* '''Zig Zagged''': ???The plot has neither a beginning nor an ending.


'''Basic Trope''': A story which lacks an ending.

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'''Basic Trope''': A story which lacks an ending.ends abruptly, without resolving the plot.



** The story ends ''before'' the start.

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** The story somehow ends ''before'' the start.



** The story ends with Bob defeating [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]], but before we find his fate with Alice.
** AWinnerIsYou for video games.
** "The end...for now."

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** The story ends with Bob defeating [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]], but before we find his fate with Alice.
** AWinnerIsYou for video games.
** "The end...for now."
[[WhatHappenedToTheMouse it is never shown what became of Alice]].



** Bob eventually gives up on his quest and [[HomeSweetHome goes home]], having apparently forgotten about both [[TheBadGuyWins Emperor Evulz]] and [[ForgottenFallenFriend Alice]].
** A series has many sequels, which all vary between having proper endings and lacking them.
** AWinnerIsYou for video games.
** "The end...for now."



** The author is a TrollingCreator
** The author wants the viewers to imagine their own desired ending.
** AuthorExistenceFailure kicked in, but the publisher [[MoneyDearBoy publishes]] [[DeadArtistsAreBetter what's been written]] anyway.
** The story dragged on for long enough to where the writer decided to just stop it at that moment.
** The writer decided it was better to set a abrupt ending there than at a later, less opportune moment.



* '''Parodied''': The story cuts off during Bob ''talking''.
* '''Zig Zagged''': A series has many sequels, which all vary between having proper endings and lacking them.
* '''Averted''': ''Bob's Quest'' story actually ends properly.
* '''Enforced''': CutShort
* '''Lampshaded''': "If you start a story, you have to ''finish it''."
* '''Invoked''': Emperor Evulz deliberately ends the story so Bob can't save Alice.
* '''Exploited''': Emperor knows the story is going to end anticlimactically, so he holds Alice captive until the end.
* '''Defied''': When Bob gets to the castle: "TheEnd... But not right now."
* '''Discussed''': "Well, so much for figuring out what happened to Alice."
* '''Conversed''': "[[SarcasmMode What a wonderful way to end this story!]]"
* '''Implied''': Even after all loose ends are tied, the story ends with a narration along the lines of "But is it over? No, nothing is ever over. Such is the true nature of life itself."

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* '''Parodied''': The '''Parodied''':
** Bob questions if he'll ever find Alice. Not even he gets an answer.
** Bob himself was somehow cause of the
story cuts off during ending abruptly.
** Emperor Evulz has a [[MagicFromTechnology story-ending machine]], and deliberately ends the story so
Bob ''talking''.
can't save Alice.
* '''Zig Zagged''': A series has many sequels, which all vary between having proper endings and lacking them.
???
* '''Averted''': The story has a traditional ending, which may be [[HappyEnding good]], [[DownerEnding bad]], or [[BittersweetEnding somewhere in the middle]].
* '''Enforced''':
** AuthorExistenceFailure kicked in, but the publisher [[MoneyDearBoy publishes]] [[DeadArtistsAreBetter what's been written]] anyway.
** [[CutShort The writer forgets about]]
''Bob's Quest'' story actually ends properly.
Quest''.
* '''Enforced''': CutShort
* '''Lampshaded''': "If you start a story, you have
'''Lampshaded''':
** "Well, so much for figuring out what happened
to ''finish it''.Alice. And now I'm not even sure I'll ever make it back home."
** "TheEnd. Or rather, the stopping point."
* '''Invoked''': Emperor Evulz deliberately ends Not applicable. (This trope is beyond the story so Bob can't save Alice.
control of the characters.)
* '''Exploited''': The Emperor [[GenreSavvy knows the story is going to end anticlimactically, anticlimactically]], so he holds Alice captive until the end.
* '''Defied''': When Bob gets to Not applicable. (This trope is beyond the castle: control of the characters.)
* '''Discussed''':
**
"TheEnd... But not right now."
* '''Discussed''': "Well, so much for figuring out what happened ** "If you start a story, you have to Alice.''finish it''."
* '''Conversed''': "[[SarcasmMode What a wonderful way to end this story!]]"
story!]]" "Well, at least this way, I can write a {{fanfic}} that ends [[AuthorAppeal the way I want]] without contradicting {{canon}}."
* '''Implied''': Even after all loose ends are tied, the story ends with a narration along the lines of "But is it over? No, nothing is ever over. [[TruthInTelevision Such is the true nature of life itself."]]"
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''':
** The writer is a TrollingCreator.
** The story was supposed to end on a vague note, or a no-ending actually works better in the setting than tying up loose ends.
** The story dragged on for long enough to where the writer decided to just stop it at that moment.
** The writer decided it was better to set a abrupt ending there than at a later, less opportune moment.
** The writer wants people to imagine their own desired endings.



* '''Played for Laughs''': Bob himself was somehow cause of the story ending abruptly.
* '''Played for Drama''': Bob questions if he'll ever find Alice. Not even he gets an answer.
* '''IntendedAudienceReaction''': The story was supposed to end on a vague note, or a no-ending actually works better in the setting than tying up loose ends.

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* '''Played for Laughs''': Bob himself was somehow cause of the The story ending abruptly.
cuts off when Bob is in ''mid-sentence''.
* '''Played for Drama''': Bob questions if he'll ever find Alice. Not even he gets an answer.
* '''IntendedAudienceReaction''': The story was supposed to end
dies on a vague note, or a no-ending actually works better in the setting than tying up loose ends.way to Emperor Evulz's castle, and Alice's fate is never mentioned.



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Back to NoEndingWell, that's the end of this page. [[NoEnding Or is it?]]


* '''Averted''': ''Alice and Bob'' story actually ends properly.

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* '''Averted''': ''Alice and Bob'' ''Bob's Quest'' story actually ends properly.


** The story is told from the first person perspective of an individual in a CrapsackWorld, and ends directly with their death which comes suddenly.

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** The story is told from the first person perspective of an individual in a CrapsackWorld, and [[ShootTheShaggyDog ends directly with their death which comes suddenly.suddenly]].

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** The story ends ''before'' the start.


** The story ends at the start.

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** The story ends at a few seconds after the start.

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