Created By: Koncur on September 3, 2010 Last Edited By: Koncur on September 3, 2010
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Fly At The Camera Ending

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Harry charges the camera making his O-face.

The last scene of the movie is coming to a close. For some reason, something in the scene - perhaps a flying machine, an object, or even a character - decides to start flying, and comes straight at the camera. Just as it's about to "impact", the scene cuts to black and we go to the credits.

The flying person/object doesn't need to be actually flying, but more often than not, it is.

Most common in special-effects laden movies. After the rise of CGI, this became much more popular, but earlier movies display it as well.

Contrast Riding into the Sunset where it ends with something moving away from the camera.

This is an Ending Trope so there may be spoilers ahead.

Examples

Film
  • The first Back to the Future ends with the De Lorian flying up in the air, turning around, then warping through time just as it hits the camera.
  • Casper ends with Casper flying up to the camera, winking, spelling out "The End", then the friendly ghost apparently trying to devour the audience.
  • Serenity has a chunk of the titular ship flying at the camera.
  • The Hitchhicker's Guide To The Galaxy ends with The Heart of Gold flying at the camera and engaging it's Infinite Improbability Drive.
  • Batman Begins ends with Batman swinging off a rooftop and into the camera.
  • The end of The Matrix. Slightly averted as he flies by the camera before it goes black.
  • The feather in Forrest Gump
  • To many fans' horror, the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie ends with a freeze frame of Harry flying at the camera, so his giant face is smushed across the screen.
  • Evil Dead inverts this with the camera flying at Bruce Campbell at the end.
  • The ending of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, with an Atlantean flying machine obscuring the camera.
  • The end of Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian ends with an old fashioned biplane flying at the camera.
  • Open Season ends with a rabbit thrown at the camera.

Live Action TV
  • The last episode of The Vicar of Dibley ends with Geraldine flying into the air and towards the camera. Yeah.

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Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • August 6, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Would the ending to Batman Begins qualify?
  • August 6, 2010
    Koncur
    I think so. I'll add it.
  • August 6, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I believe How To Train Your Dragon also has this ending.
  • August 6, 2010
    JonnyB
    The end of The Matrix. Slightly averted as he flies by the camera before it goes black.
  • August 6, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    The feather in Forrest Gump?
  • August 6, 2010
    Narsil
    Monty Python And The Holy Grail ends with a policeman blocking (or breaking) the camera lens with his hand--is that the same, or there another trope for that?
  • August 6, 2010
    SevenOfDiamonds
    To many fans' horror, the Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban movie ends with a freeze frame of Harry flying at the camera, so his giant face is smushed across the screen.
  • August 7, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Evil Dead inverts this with the camera flying at Bruce Campbell at the end.
  • August 7, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The Holy Grail example is Film The Hand, but it can be this as well.

  • August 8, 2010
    VampireBuddha
    The last episode of The Vicar Of Dibley ends with Geraldine flying into the air and towards the camera. Yeah.
  • August 8, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    The end of Night At The Museum Battle of the Smithsonian ends with an old fashioned biplane flying at the camera.
  • August 9, 2010
    ChunkyMonkey2o
  • August 10, 2010
    berr
    Would Fly To Black work as a name / redirect?

    Alternately, just Fly At The Camera, since it's always an ending anyway,

    like the Camera Goes Up And Out or whatever it's called (sister trope to this).
  • August 11, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Open Season ends with a rabbit thrown at the camera.
  • August 14, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Not sure if something being THROWN by someone else is really applicable to a trope about someone FLYING at the camera. @ Unknown Troper
  • August 30, 2010
    Koncur
    Shameless YKTTW Bump to save this from death row.
  • August 30, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Is there anything in particular you see lacking with the description or title? You certainly have more than enough examples to launch this.
  • August 30, 2010
    Koncur
    You think so? Then I guess if there's no objections, I'll launch it.
  • August 30, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    I just wanted to get an idea of what exactly you thought needed sprucing up because I'd love to help you with that. Otherwise, it seems decent enough, and if there are any problems down the line, it's nothing Wiki Magic won't be able to fix.
  • August 30, 2010
    Koncur
    Well, I feel like the description isn't long enough. Did you find you understood what the trope was about before reading the examples?
  • August 30, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    I was able to figure the trope out pretty well right from the title. My only problems with the description though are really minor things, like the phrase "some random thing." Mind you, I just really despise the word "random," but the description will read a lot better if that word was cut and you just left "something" in its place.

    Other than that, use of the word "thing" could probably be cut out. Perhaps right after explaining how "something in the scene starts flying/moving towards the camera," you can give a few examples for what kind of things might do that (characters, vehicles, machines, flying animals, etc.); I'd recommend limiting yourself to three potential examples because three is a magic number. Then, I'd replace other occurrences of the word "thing" in the description with phrases such as "the flying item," "the flying person or object," "person or object," etc.

    That's basically all I'd suggest.
  • August 31, 2010
    neoYTPism


    I would suggest this for a page image.

    EDIT: And it is from the ending of Batman Begins.
  • August 31, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    That picture is completely unclear.
  • August 31, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Doesn't seem so unclear to me @ Sean Murray I
  • August 31, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    It's way too dark and blurry to make anything out in the foreground. Batman's cape is barely visible, and his head and torso are a vague blur and don't do nearly enough to make the character or his actions identifiable. The only thing that's clearly visible is the background, which doesn't help any.
  • August 31, 2010
    MeanDean
    I can't make it out either.

    The Harry Potter freeze-frame, being a freeze-frame, would presumably work...
  • August 31, 2010
    neoYTPism
    What Harry Potter freeze-frame? I am not aware of any linked to in this YKTTW @ Mean Dean
  • September 1, 2010
    Medinoc
    No Mercy in Left 4 Dead. However, in Dead Air, the plane flies into the horizon instead.
  • September 1, 2010
    MeanDean
    To many fans' horror, the Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban movie ends with a freeze frame of Harry flying at the camera, so his giant face is smushed across the screen.
  • September 2, 2010
    Koncur
    Updated the description as per @Sean Murray I 's suggestion. Also, I found this picture of that Harry Potter ending (at least, I assume it is, I've never seen the movie.) Unfortunately I have the dumb and don't know how to upload it to TV Tropes and display it properly.
  • September 2, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Doesn't seem to make clear enough that he's flying at the camera anyway. @ Koncur

    Oh, and as for uploading to tvtropes, just google "tvtropes image uploader" and, well, choose your file, then upload it. (The link to the image once it's uploaded should show up.)
  • September 2, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    That picture is not nearly as bad as the way the example was written made it out to be. As long as it's resized properly, I think it can work.
  • September 2, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    ^^ Yeah, it does. The motion blur conveys exactly which directly Harry is moving, and he's clearly moving really, really fast.
  • September 3, 2010
    Koncur
    Thanks for the tip, @neoYTPism . Unfortunately, the Batman image is dark, with little contrast between Batman and the background. That's too bad, because I like Batman and loathe and want to set fire to dislike Harry Potter, but as it stands, the Harry Potter image more clearly conveys the trope, I think.
  • September 3, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    I'd say this one is Ready For Launch.
  • September 3, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Indeed. Just make sure you picked the best title (only reason I regret launching I Will Show You X too soon; I wish I'd called it I Got Your X Right Here instead) and launch it. For what it's worth, I don't have any suggestions yet for alternative titles anyway. We can add further examples as we go along, and if we find a better page image we can replace it anytime.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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