"Cliffhanger" should not be confused with Cliffjumper.

In fiction, the term "cliffhanger" or "cliffhanger ending" refers a plot device featuring a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. A cliffhanger is usually used to ensure the audience will return to see how the dilemma gets resolves, thus raising the audience ratings. It is like tv show's version of "to sell toys" in a certain way.

The cliffhanger could be used at the end of an episode from a series of continuous episodes, or the end of the season finale. It has been used in many Transformers shows since "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1", the first episode of the original Generation 1 cartoon. Later, the Beast Wars started to use the cliffhanger in the season finale.

Notable examples

Beast Wars cartoon

In the episode "Other Voices, Part 2" ended the first season with the death of Optimus Primal while "The Agenda (Part III)" closed the second season with Megatron's attempt to kill Optimus Prime.

Beast Machines cartoon

The episode "End of the Line" ended the season with the alluded demise of Optimus Primal.

Prime cartoon

The first season finale "One Shall Rise, Part 3" ended with Megatron's declaration that Orion Pax is one of the Decepticon comrades.

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