The phrase "alternate ending" can be used in several distinct contexts, including:
- Adaptational Alternate Ending: A story is retold or adapted to a new medium, and the new version of the story has a different ending from the old one.
- Multiple Endings: A work (such as a video game) has several possible endings built in, with the audience's choices determining which one they get to see.
- Revised Ending: The ending of a work is changed before it is released, or for a re-release, and the original ending is either quietly buried or resurfaced as a DVD extra.
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