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    Anime and Manga 
"Equivalent Exchange doesn't encompass everything that goes on here, but I still choose to believe in its principle, that all things do come at a price, that there's an ebb and a flow, a cycle, that the pain we went through, did have a reward, and that anyone who's determined and perseveres, will get something of value in return, even if it's not what they expected."
Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 anime

"There is no point to lessons that don't bring with them pain. People can't gain anything without sacrificing something after all. A lesson without pain is meaningless. But once you overcome that pain and make it your own, you will gain an irreplaceable Fullmetal heart".
Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

"I don't smile, huh? You're right about that. I don't know a single person who would agree with me, but... I believe that a boxer has to earn his right to smile. And when he does, it's something that only a boxer could experience."
Miyata Ichirou, Hajime no Ippo

"Would you like to see again the writing of this world?
Take the colours that He has chosen for you to paint with.
Take the good, the bad, and without sorting them out, accept them.
Don't cover your eyes, look at them all."

    Comic Books 
Annie: One of the things about finding out what the world's really like is, you start to realise things. Connect things. You're harder to fool, because you don't want to fool yourself anymore.
Wee Hughie: An' what's the world really like, then?
Annie: It's... harder than I thought. Colder. [moves to hold his hand] But there's good stuff if you know where to look for it.
The Boys #26

"And though the story may have dark turns, it is so the ending might become all the brighter by comparison."
The Clockmaker, "The Clockmaker's Daughter", Flight

    Fan Fics 
"It’s a story about happiness, and happiness—as it so happens—is all the more potent when it takes a great deal of work to get to it."
The Narrator (Scootaloo), Appledashery

Leo: Do you really think I am that dense? That I don't realize that actual lives are on the line here? I've been part of this adventure from practically the beginning. I've seen people lose their homes and lives even before I joined this team, or did you forget that my town was practically ruled by a ravenous dragon for several years?" Do I treat this adventure of ours like a story? Certainly I do. But not all stories are nice and light and fluffy tales of happy people. I'm well aware that ours isn't. Stories can sometimes go to very dark places. So dark that sometimes it doesn't seem like there's any light at the end of the tunnel.
The point is, Ash... do I treat this like it's a story? Yes, I do. Because life is a story, and definitely not a stupid one. And there's no reason it can't have a happy ending if you work for it. After all, the best stories are the ones where characters have to earn their happy ending, and I honestly think we're on our way there, after everything we've been through. All of us are.
Ash:...You... you really think there's a happy ending? For all of us?
Leo: Hell yes. I have to, because otherwise, we might as well just give up no and let the Nilhilators win.
Ash:... Thank you, Leo. You've... given me a lot to think about.
Brave New World, Chapter 62

Nanoha: I was wrong.
Fate: Wrong?
Nanoha: There are happy endings. Maybe not always, but not never, either. You just… have to work for them. Earn them. Do something worth it.
Fate: Was it? Worth it, I mean.
Nanoha: Yes. Yes. It was worth it.

    Films — Animation 
"You can't see paradise if you don't pedal!"
Fowler, Chicken Run
"I'll trust my heart. What else can I do?
I can't live in dreams if my dreams are to come true.
There's a better life that's waiting! Past the mountains I must climb.
I will take a chance on love to get my once upon a time!
Oh, I want so much more, so much more than a dream!"
More Than a Dream, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

"I remember Daddy told me
Fairy tales can come true,
But you gotta make them happen,
It all depends on you"
Almost There, The Princess and the Frog

    Films — Live-Action 
Child: Does it come with a happy ending?
Percy: I'm afraid we can't guarantee that.

"It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why."
Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

"When the veil of dreams has lifted,
And the fairy tales have all been told,
There's a kiss at the end of the rainbow
More precious than a pot of gold."
Mitch and Mickey, A Mighty Wind

"James... earn this. Earn it."
Captain Miller, Saving Private Ryan

"The sun never sets on those who ride into it."
The Narrator, Shock Treatment

R.J. Fletcher: Hey, wait! What are you doing?!?
[Everybody cheers as the fanfare music plays and fireworks goes off]
Harvey Bilchik: Wow! Look at that!
R.J. Fletcher: YOU CAN'T DO THAT! We have an agreement, Remember?!? An oral contract! I'll sue them!
John Vector: R.J. Fletcher? R.J. Fletcher?
R.J. Fletcher: Yes?
John Vector: I am John Vector of the FCC. I know that your station is late for its license renewal. Now, normally this kind of violation would be punishable by a stiff fine, but I've been watching you lately and you've made a big impression on me. Yeah, I'm revoking your license. Effective immediately, you're off the air.
Pamela Finklestein: This just in, R.J. Fletcher's VHF station went off the air and was defeated by the FCC.

Wonka: (while writing) "So shines a good deed in a weary world." (turns around) Hey, Charlie? My boy, YOU WON! YOU DID IT! I KNEW YOU WOULD DO IT! I JUST KNEW IT! Oh, Charlie. I am so sorry to put you through it, Please Forgive me. (to Arthur Wilkinson) Come here, Mr. Wilkinson! (to Charlie) Charlie, meet Mr. Wilkinson.
Wilkinson: A pleasure.
Charlie Bucket: It's Slugworth!
Wonka: [Chuckles] NO! NO! NO! That's not Slugworth. He works for me!
Charlie: For you?
Wonka: Why yes. You see, We had to test you, Charlie. And you passed the test. YOU WON!
Grandpa Joe: Won what?
Wonka: The jackpot, sir. The grand and glorious jackpot.
Charlie: You mean, the chocolate?
Wonka: The chocolate? Oh yes, the chocolate. But that is just the beginning. We got to move, we have so much time and so little to do. Wait a minute, strike that, reverse it! Thank You! This way, please. We'll take the Wonkavator! (as they enter) Now, this is the great glass Wonkavator.
Grandpa Joe: It's an elevator.
Wonka: It's a Wonkavator. An elevator can only go up and down, but the Wonkavator can go sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways...
Charlie: And frontways?
Wonka: ...and squareways, and front ways, and any other ways that you can think of. It can take you to any room in the whole factory just by pressing one of these buttons. Any of these buttons. Just press a button, and ZING! You're off. And up until now, I've pressed them all... except one. (points to a button) This one. Go ahead, Charlie.
Charlie: Me?
Wonka: Yes...
(Charlie presses the button)
Wonka: Here we go! Not sure what is going to happen. Faster, Faster! If we don't get enough speed, We won't make the day come through.
Grandpa Joe: Through what?
Wonka: A-ha!
Grandpa Joe: You mean we're going-
Wonka: Up and Out!
Grandpa Joe: But, the roof is made out of glass! It will smash into bits and pieces and we will all be cut to ribbons.
Wonka: Probably. Hold on, everybody, Here it comes! (''The Wonkavator breaks through the sky window and nobody were cut to ribbons)
Grandpa Joe: Well, YOU DID IT! Congratulations, Mr. Wonka!
Wonka: Take a look, Charlie.
Charlie: WOW! The city looks nice from up here.
Grandpa Joe: Hey, We can see our house from up here.
Charlie: And there's my school.
Wonka: How did you like my chocolate factory
Charlie: It's the best place in the world.
Wonka: I'm glad you can say that! Because I'm giving the entire factory to you. If you would not mind that.
Charlie: I would.
Wonka: WHY YES! You see, I can't go on forever. Because I really don't want to try. So who can trust me when I leave the factory?

"The idea at the ending is that in a strange way everybody gets exactly what they want although it took a mess to get that."

"This is space. It doesn't cooperate. At some point, everything's gonna go south on you... everything's going to go south and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem... and you solve the next one... and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home."
Mark Watney, The Martian

"Andy Dufresne: the man who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side."

"Seven long years I served for thee,
The glassy hill I clomb for thee,
Thy bloody clothes I wrang for thee;
And wilt thou not waken and turn to me?

He heard, and turned to her."
The Black Bull of Norroway

"Suddenly he was afraid... The woman in front of him was an almost complete stranger. Though he had never stopped thinking about her and how much he wanted to be with her in the prison camps, it struck him so forcibly that in their nine years of marriage, this was just their fifth day together as man and wife."
Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad

"Stepsisters slicing off toes to fit into glass slippers, little girls cutting their way out of wolves' bellies... Happily ever after doesn't come cheap, that's for sure."
— "For Lizzy", a short story by Anton Strout.

"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but — I hope — into a better shape."
Estella, Great Expectations

"All that is very well,” answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden."

Michael Banks: Shall we, too, Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins: Shall you, too, what?
Michael Banks: Live happily ever afterwards?
Mary Poppins: Perhaps. It all depends.
Michael Banks: What on, Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins: On you.

    Live-Action TV 
Miss Yvonne: We demand something, Pee-Wee! Why are you selling the playhouse?
Pee-Wee Herman: Me, Selling the playhouse? I don't what you are talking about... (Mind struck his head) I had got this. You see, There was no room left on this sign that said "Lemonade" So I to make room another sign. It must had come loose.
Miss Yvonne: Oh!
Pee-Wee Herman: You see, The sign would had said "Lemonade For Sale"!
(Everyone whewed after they were worried about the end of the playhouse)
Chairry: You mean, You are not selling the playhouse, Pee-Wee?
Pee-Wee Herman: Of course not, Chairry. I would never sale the playhouse for a million trillion gazillion dollars. And besides, A playhouse is a place that anybody can play.
(Everybody cheered)
Dirty Dog: We don't have to travel!
Cool Cat: We don't have to rome!
Chickie Baby: And whenever we humble, (In Unison) There is no place like home!
Pee-wee's Playhouse, "Playhouse for Sale"

*As The Sad Family becomes happy again*
Guy Smiley: Well, I guess this proofs that Happiness does begin at 40. Until then, This America's Favorite Game Show Host, Guy Smiley saying Tune in next time remind yourself that...
Audience: Happiness Begins at 40!
Guy Smiley: Right! Wonderful, Wonderful, Everybody!
Sesame Street, "Happiness Begins at 40"

The Fish (Bob): What's wrong you guys?!? Why are you all so sad?
Everybody: We lost the stick!
The Fish (Bob): You mean this stick?
The Fisherman (Telly): THAT'S THE STICK!!! I used to that as the fishing rod.
The Princess (Gabi): NO THAT'S OUR STICK!!!
The Princess (Rosita): We used that as the magic wand!
The Baseball Player (Luis): That's the stick!
The Baseball Player (Lexine): We used it as a baseball.
The Hat Catcher (Carlo): That's the stick. I used it to grab a hat.
*Everybody argues*
The Fish (Bob): ONE AT A TIME, ONE AT A TIME! Hey, Why don't you cooperate and take turns.
The Baseball Player (Luis): Take turns? THAT'S A GREAT IDEA!
The Fisherman (Telly): WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THIS BEFORE! I will use it August.
The Princess (Gabi): Then we will use it September.
The Baseball Player (Lexine): Then we will use it in October.
The Hat Catcher (Carlo): Then I will use it November.
*Everybody cheers*
The Narrator (Celina): And so, Everybody takes turn and shared the stick. And nobody in the kingdom wasn't sad anymore. And they lived Happily ever after. The end
*The Cast takes a bow*
The Announcer: And that's the end of The Princesses and the stick, The story of The Princesses and the Stick was sponsored by the letter L, and by the number 3. Sesame Street is a production of The Children's Television Workshop.
—The ending to The Princesses and the Stick episode of Sesame Street.

"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen."
Conan O'Brien, in his last episode of The Tonight Show

"Happily ever after just takes time
Once upon this broken heart of mine."
The Beu Sisters, "Once Upon a Broken Heart"

I've fought reptilian monsters;
I've crossed a bloody sea
Just to -- Meet you here --
And now I'm coming home, my dear.

"The light is warm,
Outside at dawn.
The garden has no weeds,
No grave beneath the tree.
Through the silent house
My love, after all,
Curled up in a ball,
There you are..."
The Broken Bride, Part 3: The Lamb and the Dragon, by Ludo

You gotta live it every day,
Let the broken hearts stand
As the price you gotta pay.
Keep pushing 'til it's understood
That these Badlands start treating us good!"
Bruce Springsteen, "Badlands"

"Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones."
Fix You, Coldplay

"only one thing really matters:
we’re still here. we’re still here.
through the static,
through the ashes
we were brave..."
— "We're Still Here", by Ryan O' Neal

"I've paid my dues, time after time,
I've done my sentence, but committed no crime.
And bad mistakes, I've made a few.
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face,
But I've come through."
Queen, "We Are The Champions"

"We're neither pure nor wise nor good.
We'll do the best we know.
We'll build our house, and chop our wood,
And make our garden grow."
Candide, "Make Our Garden Grow"

"The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell."
Imagine Dragons, "It's Time"

"When you're lovers in a dangerous time
Sometimes you're made to feel as if your love's a crime
But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight."
Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"

"I fought all through the night
Oh, oh, but I made it alive
The sun's starting to rise
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times
This fight of my life is so hard, so hard, so hard
But I'm gonna survive
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times"
Owl City, "Beautiful Times" ft. Lindsey Stirling

    Tabletop Games 
The tenth and final Sphere is Judgement: bliss and damnation are at hand.
As mages progress, they suffer. Thus it always has been regardless of time, place or culture. Mystical understanding blossomed into the nine-sided jewel of the Spheres, but the singular brilliance of that achievement is hidden behind a veil of pain. The Traditions call the journey the Path of Thorns: a trail that has bled their fellowship to the last drop. Now we reach the end of that bitter road, to discover why Ascension and Armageddon are one. Their torment is, in the end, the key to victory.
Mage: The Ascension - Ascension

    Video Games 
"No more crying. Smile. My wrath... is finally... gone. Durga... I'll be home soon..."
Asura, Asura's Wrath

"Only the strong ones
Can stand the test of time
Caught in between these two worlds
Finding our way
The sun will rise
To pierce the skies
When this wonderful world
Starts to shine"
Dark Chronicle, "Time is Changing"

If you would ever see peace again, make war now with all your heart!
— Farseer Taldeer, Dawn of War

"People who want happy endings have to write their own."
Paine, Final Fantasy X2

"If we were ever to do another Portal, I would like for Chell to kind of... she's been through a lot. Let her have her day."
Erik Wolpaw, Portal 2 writer

Kerrigan: You about ready to get out of here, cowboy?
Raynor: (smiles) Hell, it's about time.

"The blackest night yields to brightest dawn."
The Leper, Darkest Dungeon, on becoming Stalwart

"This life is a hardship, Billy. It is long and it is paved with heartbreak. You will be old before you reach road's end. Just remember, my boy; it will end better than it began."

I am free — after everything Mother has done to me — I am alive and sane enough to be curious about the sun. When you rescued my new Sisters, I felt every one. And it gave me hope for the first time in years. Now, I will do the same for all the others — starting with this one.
Eleanor Lamb, Bioshock 2

     Visual Novel 
Our pasts may be scattered and at times overshadowed by sadness, but they're also an irrevocable part of our lives and personalities. Even if I could change a single thing, I wouldn't, because my past was what led me here. That's why, even with all that's happened to us before, and all that may well befall us... together, we'll keep walking forwards. Forwards... towards the future. Our future.
Katawa Shoujo, "Forwards, with Gusto!", Lilly's Good Ending

    Web Comics 
"Do not check up on me if you think she's asleep. You need to make her your world tonight. You both need to trust I'm as cool with this as I say I am. I know that's tough for you, but happy endings ain't for wimps."
Ally, to Rikk concerning Rumy, Fans!

Roy: C'mon Elan, time for you to go to bed.
Elan: But I'm waiting for my happy ending!
Roy: Elan, you can't just stand around waiting for that prophecy. You have to go out and make it happy.
Elan: But the Oracle said—
Roy: Yeah, I know, but trust me on this: that happy ending of yours will be a lot more satisfying when you end up earning it on your own.

    Western Animation 
Eddy: We did it, Double D! Everyone loves us! We're finally in, baby!
Edd/Double D: And it only took 130 episodes, 4 specials, and a movie, Eddy!
Ed: Let's sing a song!

Chief Wiggum: Well, we made a terrible, terrible mistake. Uh, it won't happen again.
Krusty the Clown: IT BETTER NOT, you dimwit!
Homer Simpson: Krusty, I'm man enough to admit I was wrong, and I'm sorry I fingered you in court. I sincerely hope that the horrible stories I heard about what goes on in prison are exaggerated.
Krusty: Well, the important thing is that I regain the trust of the children. But there was one boy who trusted me all along. Bart? (to Bart) Bart?
Bart: Yes?
Krusty the Clown: Thank you!
[after the camera shot of Krusty and Bart, we see new merchandise in Bart's bedroom as Krusty is bailed out of jail]
The Simpsons, "Krusty Gets Busted" after Sideshow Bob is arrested.

"Girls, Call the Police! This crook isn't going to deceive us, Anymore!"
Professor, The Powerpuff Girls, "Mommy Fearest"

"It made us feel good again too! And I got my trophy back! Now I am really the happiest citizens of Townsville! HOORAY!!!"
—- Bubbles, The Powerpuff Girls, "The City of Frownsville"

I know I was in a pretty dark place after I was poisoned. But I finally understand why I had to go through all that. I needed to understand what true suffering was so I could become more compassionate to others. Even to people like Kuvira.
[Asami interrupts, and Korra secures her happy ending.]
Korra, The Legend of Korra, "The Last Stand"

Rutabaga: Hey. Do you need the movie star speech?
Carolyn: Yeah.
Rutabaga: Okay. Carolyn, you are the star of a movie. This is the part of the movie where you get your heart broken. Where the world tests you, and people treat you like shit. But it has to happen this way. Otherwise, the end of the movie, when you get everything you want, won't feel as rewarding. There are assholes out there, but in the end, they don’t matter. Because this movie's not about them. It’s never been about them. All this time, the movie’s been about you.
Bojack Horseman, "Higher Love"

Spider-Man: Well, Madame Web, where to now?
Madame Web: Face front, true believer. We are going to find the real Mary Jane Watson.
Spider-Man: (amazed) What?
Madame Web: It has been a long, hard journey, and I think you are finally entitled to some happiness.
Spider-Man: Amen to that, dear lady. Amen to that.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series, "Spider Wars Part 2: Farewell, Spider-Man"

"Sometimes it is hell trying to get to heaven."

    Real Life 
"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

"In a fairy-tale our heroes have to walk through the dark forest, kill the monsters, evade the giant spiders but the important thing, without which the story could never be written, is that they emerge from the other side, into the light. [...] You need tragic relief. You need darkness for the light to show up. A truly dark novel would be a forest with no way out."

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

"Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven."

"I think we deserve a soft epilogue, my love. We are good people, and we've suffered enough."
Nikka Ursula


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