The popular preference for a story with "a happy ending" is not, or at least was not, a mere sweet-stuff optimism; it is the remains of the old idea of the triumph of the dragon-slayer, the ultimate apotheosis of the man beloved of heaven.
Some stories just end happily, with the villain defeated (or the basic problem resolved) and the heroes triumphant. It remains the most common type of ending, even if it can be disdained by some. Far, far too common to provide example.
Contrast Downer Ending and Bittersweet Ending.
Has nothing whatsoever to do with "Happy Ending" Massage, so get your mind out of the gutter!
Not to be confused with the sitcom Happy Endings.
No examples, please; this is an Omnipresent Trope. So please add only tropes to this category, not works.
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