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The basic idea of this trope is that a cast of characters in a story go through a lot more hardship, anguish and grief than is really necessary. In the end, however, you see them get their happily-ever-after. Though humans may act bad and the world may seem like it's a crapsack, that doesn't mean that the worst villain is beyond redemption, or that things can't be improved with hard work or even The Power of Love.
Not to be confused with the Golden Ending in video games, where players actually have to earn their happy ending. It is possible for both tropes to be in play at the same time, however. This trope is a specific example of Laser-Guided Karma.
There may be some overlap with Bittersweet Ending or Surprisingly Happy Ending. Compare Earn Your Bad Ending, the polar opposite, and Happily Ever After, a Super Trope to this.
As this is an ending trope, assume examples will be spoilertastic.
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Odysseus embodies this trope so much you could rename it The Odyssey. After surviving the bloody Trojan War, Poseidon develops a grudge on him, he suffers numerous misfortunes, near-death experiences, and a trip to the Underworld, eventually loses all of his friends and crew and is left to drift on the sea for months, is made a sex-slave for a few years, has been gone for two decades by the time he finally comes home, and finds that his wife is being forced to pick a suitor, so he and his son have to slaughter them all. And his dog died the minute he caught sight of him.
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Played straight for Jesus. After all He went through to save us, the Book of Revelations identifies Him as the future ruler of the Ressurected faithful. However, being God, his dominion over us should have been His birthright rather than something earned, and many people will end up in Hell anyway.
The last part of which really depends on the teachings of one's denomination: Lutherans believe that all have been saved by Christ's sacrifice regardless of any sins, whereas Catholics teach that one must accept salvation and some have to go through Purgatory before their eternal reward.
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From the last book in The Bible, describing the end of time, Revelation 21:3-4,
Subverted in that people can't "earn" or "work" their way to heaven by filling out a checklist. In Paul's letter to the Romans (specifically, Romans 11:6), he says this in regards to how to "work" your way to heaven:
In other words, no matter how hard you work you can't earn your way to Heaven. This sounds pretty bad at first, until you realize that Paul's meaning in this is that because Jesus died for our sins, all we have to do is accept him as our savior to make it to Heaven, which is a lot easier than trying to earn brownie points with God.
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The Goose Girl involves a fair bit of struggle to get to Happily Ever After, when the princess is robbed and impersonated by her maid, and employed as a servant.
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After twenty years of rivalling Peanuts's Charlie Brown as newspaper's biggest Butt-Monkey, Bloom County's Opus finds paradise falling into the pages of his copy of Goodnight Moon. Even Steve Dallas is touched.
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