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26th May '17 12:24:23 PM arbesan
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** The final level of the evil campaing of the sequel, all hero units you've played through the campaing return to attack [[spoiler:Rivendel]]. The list included [[TheDragon The Mouth of Sauron]], some black riders, Shelob, [[CanonForeigner Drogoth, Gorkil]], as well as some fellbeast and eventually[[spoiler: [[BigBad Sauron]] himself]].

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** The final level of the evil campaing of the sequel, all hero units you've played through the campaing return to attack [[spoiler:Rivendel]]. The list included [[TheDragon The Mouth of Sauron]], some black riders, Shelob, Shelob (who only appeared in the Black Forest mission), [[CanonForeigner Drogoth, Gorkil]], Drogoth]] (who only appeared as an NPC on the Withered Heath mission), [[CanonForeigner Gorkil]] (absent in the previous three missions), as well as some fellbeast fellbeast, the Witch King and eventually[[spoiler: [[BigBad Sauron]] himself]].himself]].
** Also applicable to the final mission of the good campaing where you have to attack [[spoiler:Dol Guldur]]. The mission starts with Elrond , who only appeared in the first mission. Eventually, the elven army of Arwen, Glorfindel and Glon, and the dwarf army of king Dain will reappear to help you as soon as the player activates two signal fires on the map.
26th May '17 5:04:58 AM ChronoLegion
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* The Season 3 finale of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' brings back Jay Garrick, Gypsy, Harry (although he appeared in a few scenes in the previous episode), and the Black Flash to battle Savitar. Additionally, the Speed Force itself makes an appearance as Nora Allen [[spoiler:to take Barry into the Speed Force, as he has reached his finish line]].
24th May '17 4:10:58 PM arbesan
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* ''VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth'', in the evil campaing, the nazgul on fellbeasts that helped you in some special missions through the campaing, come back in the last mission on Minas Tirith to be playable again.
** The last mission of the good campaing, the black gate, give you the opportunity to play both as Rohan and Gondor, using all of their heroes. Unlike the books and the films, you can bring to the battle characters that should have been absent like Eowin, Faramir, [[SparedByTheAdaptation Boromir or Theoden]].
** The final level of the evil campaing of the sequel, all hero units you've played through the campaing return to attack [[spoiler:Rivendel]]. The list included [[TheDragon The Mouth of Sauron]], some black riders, Shelob, [[CanonForeigner Drogoth, Gorkil]], as well as some fellbeast and eventually[[spoiler: [[BigBad Sauron]] himself]].
22nd May '17 3:19:24 AM CaptainTedium
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* The {{Uncancelled}} final season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' brings back numerous recurring and one-shot characters from the previous seasons, even if it's just for brief cameos. For example, the BadGuyBar Ashi visits in episode six is filled with all the bad guys Jack defeated in the earlier seasons like Da Samurai and Demongo.

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* The {{Uncancelled}} final season Creator/AdultSwim revival of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' brings back numerous recurring and one-shot many characters from for the previous seasons, even if it's just for brief cameos. For example, GrandFinale, including the BadGuyBar Ashi visits in episode six is filled with all Scotsman and his daughters, Rothchild the bad guys dog archaeologist, the Spartans, and the Monkey-Man who taught Jack defeated in the earlier seasons like Da Samurai and Demongo.how to "jump good".
9th May '17 4:53:34 AM jormis29
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* The SeriesFinale of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had recurring characters Victor Bennet, Grams, Future Wyatt, and Patty return along with old leads Leo and Future Chris. Shannen Doherty did not return though, because of a [[WordOfGod variety reasons]] but most notably 1) Because she was too expensive and 2) She said no.

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* The SeriesFinale of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had recurring characters Victor Bennet, Grams, Future Wyatt, and Patty return along with old leads Leo and Future Chris. Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty did not return though, because of a [[WordOfGod variety reasons]] but most notably 1) Because she was too expensive and 2) She said no.
7th May '17 4:29:04 PM DustSnitch
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In more dramatic works, this can often overlap with BackForTheDead, since if it's the last time we're ever going to see these characters, the writer has no reason to keep them alive, so [[TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics Metafictional Thermodynamics]] tell us the writer will surely kill them.

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In more dramatic works, this can often overlap with BackForTheDead, since if it's the last time we're ever going to see these characters, the writer has no reason to keep them alive, so [[TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics [[SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics Metafictional Thermodynamics]] tell us the writer will surely kill them.
7th May '17 4:28:34 PM DustSnitch
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When a character who has left the series returns for the GrandFinale, or the final film in the series.

A SubTrope of TheBusCameBack.

Not to be confused with LastEpisodeNewCharacter. When ''everybody'' comes back, it's a ContinuityCavalcade. Can overlap with ChekhovsGunman, if the returning character previously had a very minor role in the plot but ends up playing a large part in the climax of the story, or ClimacticBattleResurrection.

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When a character from a serial work who has left the series hasn't appeared for some time returns for the GrandFinale, or GrandFinale.

Writers want to end on a high note, and to really make that GrandFinale impactful, it helps to make it encapsulate all
the final film in best parts of their work. So it's only natural that the series.

A
finales bring back all types of character, minor or major, for the sake of a [[ContinuityNod rewarding viewers for keeping up with the continuity]], [[BrickJoke paying off a joke set up long ago]], or [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue show what those characters have done with their lives]].

In more dramatic works, this can often overlap with BackForTheDead, since if it's the last time we're ever going to see these characters, the writer has no reason to keep them alive, so [[TheSecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics Metafictional Thermodynamics]] tell us the writer will surely kill them.

Often a
SubTrope of TheBusCameBack.

TheBusCameBack, where a character returns to the show after their was a reason given for their absence.

Not to be confused with LastEpisodeNewCharacter.LastEpisodeNewCharacter, where character appears for the first time in the finale. When ''everybody'' comes back, it's a ContinuityCavalcade. Can overlap with ChekhovsGunman, if the returning character previously had a very minor role in the plot but ends up playing a large part in the climax of the story, or ClimacticBattleResurrection.ClimacticBattleResurrection, if they not only return to the story, but also return to life.



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** The ''New Who'' series 4 finale brings back [[spoiler:Harriet Jones, Sarah Jane Smith (and her son and living computer), Captain Jack (and his ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' co-stars), Martha Jones, Rose, Jackie, Mickey, Davros and Dalek Caan.]]

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** The ''New Who'' series 4 finale brings back [[spoiler:Harriet Harriet Jones, Sarah Jane Smith (and her son and living computer), Captain Jack (and his ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' co-stars), Martha Jones, Rose, Jackie, Mickey, Davros and Dalek Caan.]]



** The 2013 Christmas special that [[spoiler:finished Matt Smith's run as the Doctor]] brought back [[spoiler:Amy Pond, as a hallucination in the Doctor's mind, wishing her Raggedy Man goodnight]].

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** The 2013 Christmas special that [[spoiler:finished finished Matt Smith's run as the Doctor]] Doctor brought back [[spoiler:Amy Pond, as a hallucination in the Doctor's mind, wishing her Raggedy Man goodnight]].



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1st May '17 7:14:24 AM AtticusOmundson
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* In a subversion, Sharona Fleming from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is supposed to 'fly in' during the last episode of the sixth season. Then the problem resolves itself, and she never shows up. It's zig-zagged for the final season, as she does return during it, but ''not'' during the final episode, instead showing up a few episodes prior, though she does make a cameo via picture that Randy brings with him when he transfers to New Jersey to live with her.

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* In a subversion, Sharona Fleming from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is supposed to 'fly in' during the last episode of the sixth season. Then the problem resolves itself, and she never shows up. It's zig-zagged for the final season, as she does return during it, but ''not'' during the final episode, instead showing up a few episodes prior, though she does make a cameo via a picture that Randy brings with him when he transfers to New Jersey to live with her.
1st May '17 7:13:39 AM AtticusOmundson
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* In a subversion, Sharona Fleming from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is supposed to 'fly in' during the last episode of the sixth season. Then the problem resolves itself, and she never shows up. It's zig-zagged for the final season, as she does return during it, but ''not'' during the final episode, instead showing up a few episodes prior.

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* In a subversion, Sharona Fleming from ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is supposed to 'fly in' during the last episode of the sixth season. Then the problem resolves itself, and she never shows up. It's zig-zagged for the final season, as she does return during it, but ''not'' during the final episode, instead showing up a few episodes prior.prior, though she does make a cameo via picture that Randy brings with him when he transfers to New Jersey to live with her.
24th Apr '17 6:56:31 AM chopshop
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* The {{Uncancelled}} final season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' brings back numerous recurring and one-shot characters from the previous seasons, even if it's just for brief cameos. For example, the BadGuyBar Ashi visits in episode six is filled with all the bad guys Jack defeated in the earlier seasons like Da Samurai and Demongo.
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