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30th Aug '16 7:22:19 PM PaulA
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* One of these was planned for the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime at one point, as noted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b70GRNYnacI a Japanese trailer for the first movie]]; aside from footage that doesn't actually appear in the movie proper, the crux of the trailer involves [[spoiler:an older Misty talking to a mysterious young girl with pinkish hair. No explanation as to who she is or who the other blue-haired lady with them is, and we'll never know]]. [[LongRunners We know how well that one turned out, don't we]]?



* ''Time Regained'', the last volume of Creator/MarcelProust's ''A la recherche de temps perdu'', inverts this trope. We see all the characters we met in the preceding volumes—all those who have survived, at least—years or sometimes decades after they had last figured in the narrative. The party at which this all takes place is, however, the [[LongRunner entire epic's]] ''present'', with the whole story told in {{Flashback}}.

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* ''Time Regained'', the last volume of Creator/MarcelProust's ''A la recherche de temps perdu'', inverts this trope. We see all the characters we met in the preceding volumes—all volumes--all those who have survived, at least—years least--years or sometimes decades after they had last figured in the narrative. The party at which this all takes place is, however, the [[LongRunner entire epic's]] epic's ''present'', with the whole story told in {{Flashback}}.



* ''The Series/GuidingLight'' 's [[LongRunners 72-year run]] ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.

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* ''The Series/GuidingLight'' 's [[LongRunners 72-year run]] run ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.
1st Aug '16 5:16:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* The main events of the epilogue of ''WarAndPeace'' take place 8 years after the events of the novel conclude. Tolstoy, per his genius, covers 8 years in thirty pages, compared with the first 7 years of the novel which took [[{{Doorstopper}} a thousand pages]] to describe.

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* The main events of the epilogue of ''WarAndPeace'' ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' take place 8 years after the events of the novel conclude. Tolstoy, per his genius, covers 8 years in thirty pages, compared with the first 7 years of the novel which took [[{{Doorstopper}} a thousand pages]] to describe.



* ''{{Nation}}'', set around the turn of the 19th century, finishes in the present day with an old man wrapping up the story to his grandkids, [[spoiler:who are [[ShootTheShaggyDog not remotely impressed]] by the BittersweetEnding.]]
* Arguably, [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] - the scholarly appendix at the end on Newspeak is written in the ''past'' tense in standard English, implying Newspeak is no longer the spoken language. A matter of some dispute.

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* ''{{Nation}}'', ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', set around the turn of the 19th century, finishes in the present day with an old man wrapping up the story to his grandkids, [[spoiler:who are [[ShootTheShaggyDog not remotely impressed]] by the BittersweetEnding.]]
* Arguably, [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' - the scholarly appendix at the end on Newspeak is written in the ''past'' tense in standard English, implying Newspeak is no longer the spoken language. A matter of some dispute.
10th Jul '16 5:21:57 PM jormis29
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* ''The GuidingLight'' 's [[LongRunners 72-year run]] ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.

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* ''The GuidingLight'' Series/GuidingLight'' 's [[LongRunners 72-year run]] ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.



* A variation on ''TheWestWing'': The ''opening'' of the last season is set 3 years after the end of the previous one, and shows who has married, who has changed careers etc. It still leaves open the big question of who won the next general election, though.

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* A variation on ''TheWestWing'': ''Series/TheWestWing'': The ''opening'' of the last season is set 3 years after the end of the previous one, and shows who has married, who has changed careers etc. It still leaves open the big question of who won the next general election, though.



* ''StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'' has a strange exception, considering the final episode is a film. It takes place a year after Josie disappears into the worm hole.

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* ''StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'' ''Series/StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'' has a strange exception, considering the final episode is a film. It takes place a year after Josie disappears into the worm hole.



* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ends in the present day with Merlin walking down a road and looking out at the island of Avalon, still waiting for Arthur to return.

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* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' ends in the present day with Merlin walking down a road and looking out at the island of Avalon, still waiting for Arthur to return.
10th Jun '16 1:53:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]'' almost ends like this. After the defeat of the White Witch it jumps to the children having grown up in Narnia. Then they wander back into the real world (having nearly forgotten it) and discover not only has no time passed since they arrived (because of YearInsideHourOutside) but they're children again.

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* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]'' ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' almost ends like this. After the defeat of the White Witch it jumps to the children having grown up in Narnia. Then they wander back into the real world (having nearly forgotten it) and discover not only has no time passed since they arrived (because of YearInsideHourOutside) but they're children again.



* ''TheHandmaidsTale'' ends x-mumble years later with the finding of the documents that made up the preceding book, and scholars opining: "Oh, my, weren't people back then just so foolish; of course, nothing like that could ever happen again."

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* ''TheHandmaidsTale'' ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' ends x-mumble years later with the finding of the documents that made up the preceding book, and scholars opining: "Oh, my, weren't people back then just so foolish; of course, nothing like that could ever happen again."



* ''Titan'' by Stephen Baxter has a very Distant Finale; it jumps several billion years to when the Sun has gone red giant and Titan is warm enough to have evolved sentient life.

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* ''Titan'' ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' by Stephen Baxter has a very Distant Finale; it jumps several billion years to when the Sun has gone red giant and Titan is warm enough to have evolved sentient life.



* ''ManifoldSpace'' features a very brief finale set in the extreme future to demonstrate that the cycle of extinction events was indeed broken at last.

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* ''ManifoldSpace'' ''Literature/ManifoldSpace'' features a very brief finale set in the extreme future to demonstrate that the cycle of extinction events was indeed broken at last.
3rd Jun '16 6:50:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Mike Costa ended his run on IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics with a Distant Finale. Issue 31 skips ahead hundreds of years into the future where a new age of peace has begun. Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime and Megatron have both disappeared with their names becoming legend. The issue ends with a group of young Transformers asking Ironhide to tell the story of when the Autobots finally defeated Megatron....

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* Mike Costa ended his run on IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics with a Distant Finale. Issue 31 skips ahead hundreds of years into the future where a new age of peace has begun. Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime and Megatron have both disappeared with their names becoming legend. The issue ends with a group of young Transformers asking Ironhide to tell the story of when the Autobots finally defeated Megatron....
30th May '16 12:41:47 PM Josef5678
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** Will and Emma [[spoiler: have more children]] and continue to work at McKinley, now a [[spoiler: performing arts school.]]

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** Will and Emma [[spoiler: have more children]] and continue to work at McKinley, [=McKinley=], now a [[spoiler: performing arts school.]]
25th May '16 9:30:53 AM Willbyr
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* ''ScrappedPrincess'' ends with a few scenes showing all the characters living HappilyEverAfter.

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* ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' ends with a few scenes showing all the characters living HappilyEverAfter.



* ''ParadiseKiss'' (10 years later).

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* ''ParadiseKiss'' ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' (10 years later).
4th May '16 3:01:40 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Discworld/SmallGods'' had a finale set 100 years after the main storyline, leading to endless headaches for ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fans as they tried to work out if this meant the bulk of the novel was set 100 years in the past relative to the other books, or if the finale was set 100 years in the future of the other books, and what either of these options meant for the portrayal of Omnianism in later books. ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' revealed [[spoiler: that a century of Omnian history had been conflated together by the History Monks, and nobody noticed.]]
30th Apr '16 9:41:48 AM Willbyr
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28th Apr '16 2:24:41 PM Generality
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** In the movie, though it omits the other character's scenes, it expands on Simon's epilogue. [[spoiler: He's going around helping people in need, in exchange for planting flowers, fulfilling Nia's dream.]]

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** In the movie, though it omits the other character's scenes, it expands on Simon's epilogue. [[spoiler: He's going around helping people in need, in exchange for [[FillItWithFlowers planting flowers, flowers]], fulfilling Nia's dream.]]
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