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There are several possible endings to the story of Heavy Rain. One ending may be having all the characters die and not finding the Origami Killer. Another may be having all the characters survive and eventually find him. The main points that decide the ending the player receives are who is alive, who is dead, and whether Shaun Mars was saved or not.

Ethan MarsEdit

Ending Title Requirements Epilogue Results
Ethan's Grave Ethan dies. Shaun cries over his father's grave, looking back toward it one last time as he leaves with his mother Grace. If Madison and/or Scott are still alive, they will be seen watching from afar.
A New Start Ethan survives and is not imprisoned; Shaun survives; Madison is never kissed, rejected, or dies. Ethan and Shaun prepare to move into their new home together. Shaun then tells Ethan that they will be together forever, and Ethan playfully chases his son.
A New Life Ethan survives and is not imprisoned; Shaun survives; Madison is kissed, forgiven, and survives. Ethan, Madison and Shaun prepare to move into their new home together; it is implied that Ethan and Madison are now married. Madison tells Ethan that they've earned their peace after everything they've been through, and someday it will feel like nothing more than a dream. She then laughs as she watches Ethan playfully chase his son.
Origami Blues Ethan survives and is not imprisoned; Shaun dies; Madison is never kissed, rejected, or dies. Ethan sits in the motel, takes the gun from The Shark Trial and shoots himself.
Tears in the Rain Ethan survives and is not imprisoned; Shaun dies; Madison is kissed, forgiven, and survives. Ethan and Madison are visiting Shaun's grave. Ethan is visibly upset, but Madison tries to console him, encouraging him to start a new life and family with her and telling him that she loves him. Ethan asks Madison to wait for him as she turns to leave, then pulls out a gun and shoots himself before she can stop him, leaving her to cry over his body.
Helpless Ethan is imprisoned; Shaun dies. Ethan is framed as the Origami Killer and imprisoned with dozens of origami figures in his cell, where he hangs himself.
Innocent Ethan is imprisoned; Shaun survives. Ethan's innocence is proven and he is released from prison, and is greeted by Shaun and Grace, where it is implied that they will try to mend their relationship.

Madison PaigeEdit

Ending Title Gameplay Conditions Epilogue Results
Dead Heroine Madison dies. Britney Sanders stands at Madison's grave, reporting her tragic death, then shows her actual indifference afterwards. If Ethan is still alive, he can be seen watching from afar.
Heroine Madison survives and reaches the warehouse; Shaun survives; Ethan never kisses Madison, rejects her, is imprisoned, or dies. Madison saves Shaun and is praised as a heroine. She appears on a talk show and writes a book titled Heavy Rain about her experience. At a book signing, someone named Vincent says that she deserves a more "ferocious" adversary. When she looks up, he's gone.
Square One Madison survives, but does not reach the warehouse; Ethan never kisses Madison, rejects her, is imprisoned, or dies. Madison's insomnia begins to get worse as she can't tell reality from her dreams. After Sam leaves another message on her phone (clearly worried about her), intruders from her first scene surround her.

Norman JaydenEdit

Ending Title Gameplay Conditions Epilogue Results
Uploaded Norman dies. Captain Perry invites Carter Blake to Norman's funeral, but Blake immediately declines. Perry does not mind, allowing Blake to keep Norman's ARI glasses. Blake puts them on, and sees Norman in the simulated environment, much to his shock. This implies that Norman's persona, through overuse of ARI, was "uploaded" to it, and still lives after death through the glasses as a digital ghost.
Resignation Both Norman and Shaun survive, but Norman does not reach the warehouse. Unable to resolve the case, Norman resigns from the FBI, saying that he wants to live a normal life. His boss tells him that he can keep the ARI glasses because a newer model will become standard issue next month. Norman declines his offer, saying they won't help him in the real world. He places the glasses on the desk and leaves.
Case Closed Norman survives and reaches the warehouse; Shaun survives. Norman is hailed as a hero and appears on a talk show. Later, he is seen in a bathroom, and flushes a vial of Triptocaine down the toilet, overcoming his addiction. He is then seen in a new office working with ARI, and sees miniature tanks appear on his desk. He sees them again even after he takes the glasses off, implying that Tripto, ARI, or both have damaged his brain.
Smoking Mirror Norman survives, but does not reach the warehouse; Shaun dies. Norman is in an ARI environment without the glasses, talking with an off-screen voice about his guilt over not saving Shaun Mars. The voice warns him about the dangers of using Triptocaine as a solution, and that the drug may have already affected him more than he realizes. The voice is revealed to be a copy of Norman himself, and the scene transitions to Jayden in a motel room, on the floor, dying of a drug overdose.

Scott ShelbyEdit

Ending Title Gameplay Conditions Epilogue Results
Origami's Grave Scott dies. Lauren stands at Scott's grave. She damns him for his actions, spits on his grave and walks away. If Lauren is dead, it will show John Sheppard's grave and later Scott's grave.
A Mother's Revenge Both Scott and Lauren survive. Lauren confronts Scott on the street, and honors her promise to her son by shooting him.
Unpunished Scott survives; Lauren dies. Scott walks through a crowded, rainy street, getting away with all of his crimes.

Trivia Edit

  • If Shaun dies and Ethan lives, Ethan will always commit suicide.
  • While it is possible for all four playable characters to die at the end of the game, it is impossible for all of them to survive - even if they have survived their in-game chapters, all of the characters except Madison can still die in their epilogues.
  • Lauren and at least one of the other playable characters must die in order for Scott to survive his epilogue.
    • If Ethan arrives at the warehouse alone, he must choose not to shoot Scott (and will be gunned down by the police as he leaves).
    • If Norman or Madison arrive at the warehouse, the one who fights Scott must lose (and will be killed as a result).
    • If no one arrives at the warehouse (whether by dying, being imprisoned, or failing to find the address), Ethan will die in his epilogue (as will Norman, if he is still alive).