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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has had THREE of these. "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings]]" rather sweetly concluded the fourth season, and it was canceled for several years...until the straight-to-DVD movies, culminating in the real finale, ''[[Recap/FuturamaM4IntoTheWildGreenYonder Into the Wild Green Yonder]]'', which ended with all of the major characters flying into a wormhole, not knowing where in the universe it would bring them, but admitting it didn't matter if they never found their way back to Earth, as long as they had each other. Then the show was completely UnCanceled, and it was revealed that the wormhole led straight to Earth. And then season 6's "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E25Overclockwise Overclockwise]]" was a ''third'' series finale. [[WordOfGod They say]] they wrote it in case Comedy Central didn't pick up any more seasons (indeed, they picked up ''two'' more seasons).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has had THREE of these. "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E18TheDevilsHandsAreIdlePlaythings The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings]]" rather sweetly concluded the fourth season, and it was canceled for several years...until the straight-to-DVD movies, culminating in the real finale, ''[[Recap/FuturamaM4IntoTheWildGreenYonder Into the Wild Green Yonder]]'', which ended with all of the major characters flying into a wormhole, not knowing where in the universe it would bring them, but admitting it didn't matter if they never found their way back to Earth, as long as they had each other. Then the show was completely UnCanceled, and it was revealed that the wormhole led straight to Earth. And then season 6's "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E25Overclockwise Overclockwise]]" was a ''third'' series finale. finale in which Bender overpowers himself and Fry and Leela worry about their future together. [[WordOfGod They say]] they wrote The show writers]] created it in case Comedy Central didn't pick up any more seasons (indeed, they picked up ''two'' more seasons).seasons, with the actual finale being "Meanwhile").



* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had the episode "Lucky's Wedding Suit," in which Lucky and Luanne got married (and, in a shining example of ContinuityPorn, many single-episode characters showed up). The show was later renewed for three more seasons (with the final episode being "To Sirloin with Love" where Hank finally discovers that Bobby has a talent that doesn't embarrass him[[note]]identifying and inspecting the quality of meat[[/note]] and the series ends with everyone gathering for a small, neighborhood barbecue...and then there were the four {{Missing Episode}}s only viewable on syndication, with "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day"[[note]]the episode where Hank and his friends use Kahn to build a grill after learning that he's very talented at robotics when he's not on his medication to curb his bipolar disorder[[/note]] as the final broadcast episode).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' originally ended with a MusicalEpisode, "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" in which the girls make a deal with a reality-altering gnome to rid Townsville of the villains plaguing it in exchange for their powers. Realizing that evil still lurks in Townsville in the form of a cult formed by Gnomey, and that evil will always exist as long as there is good, the deal is broken and they go to stop him. The episode ended up being banned for unclear reasons: Some say it's the alleged Communist undertones, while most place the blame on the strobe lighting effects that would have caused epileptic seizures in sensitive viewers (much like the ''Pokémon'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon.") The episode is available for viewing on the complete series DVD set and is also available as a digital download where available (If you're willing to pay money that is). It's even more ironic since it's a season 5 episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' had the episode "Lucky's Wedding Suit," in which Lucky and Luanne got married (and, in a shining example of ContinuityPorn, many single-episode characters showed up). The show was later renewed for three more seasons (with the final episode being "To Sirloin with Love" where Hank finally discovers that Bobby has a talent that doesn't embarrass him[[note]]identifying and inspecting the quality of meat[[/note]] and the series ends with everyone gathering for a small, neighborhood barbecue...barbecue and showing that Kahn can give his daughter a break in studying, Luanne and Lucky are happy together as a married couple and parents, Dale can please his wife better than John Redcorn, and Boomhauer has a job [[spoiler:as a member of the Texas Rangers]]...and then there were the four {{Missing Episode}}s only viewable on syndication, syndication (both cable and free-to-air TV) and streaming sites, with "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day"[[note]]the episode where Hank and his friends use Kahn to build a grill after learning that he's very talented at robotics when he's not on his medication to curb his bipolar disorder[[/note]] mood swings[[/note]] as the final broadcast episode).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' originally ended with a MusicalEpisode, "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" in which the girls make a deal with a reality-altering gnome to rid Townsville of the villains plaguing it in exchange for their powers. Realizing that evil still lurks in Townsville in the form of a cult formed by Gnomey, and that evil will always exist as long as there is good, the deal is broken and they go to stop him. The episode ended up being banned for unclear reasons: Some say it's the alleged Communist undertones, while most place the blame on the strobe lighting effects that would have caused epileptic seizures in sensitive viewers (much like the ''Pokémon'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon.") The episode is available for viewing on the complete series DVD set and is also available as a digital download where available (If (if you're willing to pay money that is). It's even more ironic since it's a season 5 episode.episode and season five is considered the weakest season.



* The third season (2010) of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ended with Huey foiling a fake terrorist attack, and Granddad stating that it might be time to move. That was it until the fourth and final season aired in 2014, without Aaron [=McGruder=]'s involvement.

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* The third season (2010) of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' ended with the episode "It's Going Down" where Huey foiling foils a fake terrorist attack, and Granddad stating that it might be time deciding to move. move out of his gated community. That was it until the fourth and final season aired in 2014, without Aaron [=McGruder=]'s involvement.involvement (though AdultSwim and most viewers [[OldShame pretend that the fourth season never happened]], with Adult Swim airing ''Boondocks'' reruns up to "It's Going Down".



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'''s infamous season 7 opener, "Hot Water", was written to be aired as a finale when the writers weren't certain Fox would renew the show. When it ''was'' announced that ''American Dad!'' would continue, the episode was turned into a season premiere that was wildly non-canon and meant to be a special stand-alone episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'''s infamous season 7 opener, "Hot Water", was written to be aired as a finale when the writers weren't certain Fox would renew the show. When it ''was'' announced that ''American Dad!'' would continue, the episode was turned into a season premiere that was wildly non-canon (since the episode ended with Stan dying and failing to stop the demonic hot tub) and meant to be a special stand-alone episode.episode.
**"Blagsnarst: A Love Story" is another, with the entire series revealed to be Stan reading a story that chronicles how Kim Kardashian was born and putting a book called ''American Dad! on FOX'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic on a shelf next to some classic novels]] (''The Brothers Karamazov'', ''Moby Dick'', ''From Whom the Bell Tolls'', and ''War and Peace'')...then came the TBS episodes, which, like the ''Boondocks''' fourth season, [[FanonDiscontinuity is considered by some to be so bad that they pretend it doesn't exist]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has the aptly titled episode "The Finale", which deconsructed the series NegativeContinuity and revealed that the Wattersons' past actions had long term consequences. The episode definitely has the feel of a series finale, but the show was renewed for another season (albeit with new voice actors for Gumball and Darwin since the old ones were hitting puberty and didn't sound like little kids anymore). Just as well, anyway, considering the episode ends with [[BolivianArmyEnding the Wattersons' implied death at the hands of just about the whole populace of Elmore, which has finally had enough]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has the aptly titled episode "The Finale", which deconsructed parodied the notion of {{negative continuity}} and showed that everything the Wattersons have done in the series NegativeContinuity and revealed has consequences, leading to them being imprisoned and, at the end, mobbed by the entire town who wants them dead. Seems like it would make a nice finale...if you ignore the fact that the Wattersons' past actions had long term consequences. The episode definitely has the feel of a series finale, but the show was renewed for another a third season (albeit before the second season even finished and that the episode ended with new Gumball wishing that a magical device would reset the events and make everyone forget what happened (which turns out to be the end credits). Nowadays, it ''is'' considered a finale episode...for Gumball's and Darwin's original voice actors for Gumball (Logan Grove and Darwin since the old ones were hitting Kwesi Boakye), who hit puberty and didn't sound like sounded too old to play little kids anymore). Just as well, anyway, considering the boys (though not before giving them a proper send-off episode ends with [[BolivianArmyEnding in the Wattersons' implied death at form of the hands of just about the whole populace of Elmore, which has finally had enough]].season three premiere "The Kids").
24th Sep '16 8:22:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Despite the blatant NegativeContinuity the show has, the creator made it clear that no matter how long the show goes for, the movie will always be the series finale {{canon}}-wise, no matter how little sense it may make due to material in any given post-movie episodes... but then the series carried on due to ExecutiveMeddling, so either the movie wasn't canon, or it was a case of TheyJustDidntCare. (And if that was not enough, WordOfGod says that there's a sequel coming out sometime this year, and it may indicate that the first movie may or may not be canon, or a potential finale, with said movie being another potential one.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Despite the blatant NegativeContinuity the show has, the creator made it clear that no matter how long the show goes for, the movie will always be the series finale {{canon}}-wise, no matter how little sense it may make due to material in any given post-movie episodes... but then the series carried on due to ExecutiveMeddling, so either maybe the movie wasn't canon, or it was a case of TheyJustDidntCare.canon. (And if that was not enough, WordOfGod says that there's a sequel coming out sometime this year, and it may indicate that the first movie may or may not be canon, or a potential finale, with said movie being another potential one.)
19th Sep '16 10:18:11 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Each season of ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' felt like the series could've ended on that point. Season 1 ended with [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E26SummertimeBlues an episode where protagonist Blythe moves away to another state for a few years]], only for her to suddenly return in [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E1MissingBlythe the Season 2 opener]] because she hated living there so much. Season 2 then ended in a [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E25TheExpoFactorPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E26TheExpoFactorPart2 parter]] in which Blythe's amateur fashion design gained international recognition and she was on the fast track to going pro. Nothing really became of that, and Season 3 went on like the other two seasons, then ending with another [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E25ItsThePetFestPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E26ItsThePetFestPart2 parter]] with Blythe founding her own convention and becoming a celebrity via the talents her friends and family have demonstrated over the previous two seasons. Then, like with Season 2, life just went back to normal for her. The series ended with Season 4 though, so the finale there was for real.

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* Each season of ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' felt like the series could've ended on that point. Season 1 ended with [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E26SummertimeBlues an episode where protagonist Blythe moves away to another state for a few years]], only for her to suddenly return in [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E1MissingBlythe the Season 2 opener]] because she hated living there so much. Season 2 then ended in a [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E25TheExpoFactorPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E26TheExpoFactorPart2 parter]] in which Blythe's amateur fashion design gained international recognition and she was on the fast track to going pro. Nothing really became of that, and Season 3 went on like the other two seasons, then ending with another [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E25ItsThePetFestPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E26ItsThePetFestPart2 parter]] with Blythe founding her own convention and becoming a celebrity via the talents her friends and family have demonstrated over the previous two seasons.seasons, even ending in a ClimacticMusic sequence. Then, like with Season 2, life just went back to normal for her. The series ended with Season 4 though, so the finale there was for real.
19th Sep '16 10:08:33 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Each season of ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' felt like the series could've ended on that point. Season 1 ended with [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E26SummertimeBlues an episode where protagonist Blythe moves away to another state for a few years]], only for her to suddenly return in [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E1MissingBlythe the Season 2 opener]] because she hated living there so much. Season 2 then ended in a [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E25TheExpoFactorPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E26TheExpoFactorPart2 parter]] in which Blythe's amateur fashion design gained international recognition and she was on the fast track to going pro. Nothing really became of that, and Season 3 went on like the other two seasons, then ending with another [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E25ItsThePetFestPart1 two]]-[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S3E26ItsThePetFestPart2 parter]] with Blythe founding her own convention and becoming a celebrity via the talents her friends and family have demonstrated over the previous two seasons. Then, like with Season 2, life just went back to normal for her. The series ended with Season 4 though, so the finale there was for real.
8th Sep '16 4:23:07 PM TitaniumDragon
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had a shorter season 3 that would have officially made it a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon. The finale of season 3 is a MusicalEpisode that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore changes the status quo]] when main character Twilight Sparkle authors her own magic, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence]], and returns as an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] [[LateArrivalSpoiler princess]]. More hints of a fourth season appeared in the weeks before the finale, and the day before it aired, one of the writers stated that she considered it the first in a three-episode arc.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had a shorter season 3 that would have officially made it a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon. The finale of season 3 is a MusicalEpisode that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore changes the status quo]] when main character Twilight Sparkle authors her own magic, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence]], and returns as an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] [[LateArrivalSpoiler princess]]. More hints of It was intended as the series finale when it was written. Months after the episode was made, a fourth season appeared in of the weeks before the finale, and the day before it aired, one show (and a movie) were ordered. One of the writers on the show later stated that she considered it the first in a three-episode arc.
4th Sep '16 12:37:31 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s "Meet the Quagmires" (where Peter travels back to the 1980s, kisses Molly Ringwald, and goes back to a reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald) and later, the 100th episode "Stewie Kills Lois[=/=]Lois Kills Stewie." (That explains why the episode ends with a mid-sentence cut-to-black parody of ''Series/TheSopranos''' series finale, just be glad that you don't hear Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believin" playing in the background.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''[='s=] "Meet the Quagmires" (where Peter travels back to the 1980s, kisses Molly Ringwald, and goes back to a reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald) and later, the 100th episode "Stewie Kills Lois[=/=]Lois Kills Stewie." (That explains why the episode ends with a mid-sentence cut-to-black parody of ''Series/TheSopranos''' series finale, just be glad that you don't hear Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believin" playing in the background.)
2nd Sep '16 3:07:35 PM MarcoPolo250
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** ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' was going to be the last ''Godzilla'' film, as it takes place in the future, the Big Bad is killed, and they all live hapilly ever after. But, it was not, as a REALLY bad sequel followed, as did others, that were not quite as bad.
** It would be attempted again with ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', where everything comes full circle with the birth of a monster from the very thing that killed the original Godzilla to [[spoiler: the death of the then current Godzilla.]] After seeing the failure that was ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', however, Toho decided to show everyone how it's done by making more Godzilla movies, coming to a head with ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.

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** ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters'' was going to be the last ''Godzilla'' film, as it takes place in the future, the Big Bad is killed, and they all live hapilly ever after. But, it was not, as a REALLY bad sequel followed, as did others, that were not quite as bad.
wasn't.
** It would be attempted again with ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', where everything comes full circle with the birth of a monster from the very thing that killed the original Godzilla to [[spoiler: the death of the then current Godzilla.]] After seeing the failure that was ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'', however, Toho decided to show everyone how it's done by making more Godzilla movies, coming to a head with ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''.



* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' was supposed to be the final ''{{Franchise/Shrek}}'' film, but then it was followed by the SpinOff movie ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' and in 2014 a fifth movie in the main series was announced.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter'' was supposed to be the final ''{{Franchise/Shrek}}'' film, but then it was followed by the SpinOff movie ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'' and in 2014 ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. In 2014, a fifth movie in the main series was announced.
2nd Sep '16 3:04:16 PM MarcoPolo250
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** ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' was very clearly meant to be the definitive final film in the series. Then ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' came along, retconning the ending of ''H20'' into a DownerEnding to set the stage for yet another slash-by-numbers affair, which ended up failing to revitalize the franchise anyway, so it was all that for nothing. The series then [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} got rebooted]] to a new continuity with Music/RobZombie at the helm.
** Also, ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' was originally supposed to conclude the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} original film]]'s story (which itself wasn't supposed to have a sequel), and the [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third film]] had a brand new story. The [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth film]] brought back the Michael Myers story for good.

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** ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' was very clearly meant to be the definitive final film in the series. Then ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' came along, retconning the ending of ''H20'' into a DownerEnding to set the stage for yet another slash-by-numbers affair, sequel, which ended up failing failed to revitalize the franchise anyway, so it was all that for nothing.anyway. The series then [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} got rebooted]] to a new continuity with Music/RobZombie at the helm.
** Also, ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' was originally supposed to conclude the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} original film]]'s story (which itself wasn't supposed to have a sequel), and the [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third film]] had a brand new story. The Instead, the [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth film]] brought back the Michael Myers story for good.
30th Aug '16 6:33:16 PM nombretomado
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* A rather GenreSavvy example: the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' titled "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" was actually made halfway through the first season; that way the producers had a final episode that they could neatly wrap up the series with all ready to air, in the event that the DisneyChannel didn't renew the show for a second season or ended up cancelling it prematurely.

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* A rather GenreSavvy example: the season one finale of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' titled "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" was actually made halfway through the first season; that way the producers had a final episode that they could neatly wrap up the series with all ready to air, in the event that the DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel didn't renew the show for a second season or ended up cancelling it prematurely.
26th Aug '16 4:41:31 PM Vir
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** Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''s "Meet the Quagmires" (where Peter travels back to the 1980s, kisses Molly Ringwald, and goes back to a reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald) and later, the 100th episode "Stewie Kills Lois[=/=]Lois Kills Stewie." (That explains why the episode ends with a mid-sentence cut-to-black parody of ''Series/TheSopranos''' series finale, just be glad that you don't hear Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believin" playing in the background.)

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** Similarly, ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''s * ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s "Meet the Quagmires" (where Peter travels back to the 1980s, kisses Molly Ringwald, and goes back to a reality where Lois is married to Quagmire and Peter is married to Molly Ringwald) and later, the 100th episode "Stewie Kills Lois[=/=]Lois Kills Stewie." (That explains why the episode ends with a mid-sentence cut-to-black parody of ''Series/TheSopranos''' series finale, just be glad that you don't hear Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believin" playing in the background.)
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