Formerly Solemn Credits Song. song played during the credits. Common especially in anime and video games. In most cases pensive, retrospective or sad. Often so melodramatic that it falls into Narm territory. Very often in Japanese. Since except in some cases the soundtrack usually supports the temper of the ending, this is often a sign of a bittersweet or Downer Ending, except in anime, where the opening theme is usually more exciting in order to build excitement for the coming show while the closing theme is more somber to provide a resting period or moment of reflection between shows. Preferably provide links to the song (Youtube or otherwise) when adding examples. Take care, linked credits videos might obviously contain ending spoilers; to prevent this, it would be optimal to link the song without the credits video or mark credits videos as such.
- Wolf's Rain, "Gravity". Sung in English by Maaya Sakamoto.
- Cowboy Bebop has The Real Folk Blues as the answer to the intro theme TANK!
- Outlaw Star features this for the first 13 episodes, and a slightly less solemn one for the rest of the series. Yes, both far more somber than the opening theme.
- Baccano!!, "Calling". Extremely noticeable in contrast to the jazzy upbeat opening, "Guns & Roses".
- The 3rd season of Sailor Moon featured this in the original Japanese, it was changed to an instrumental version of the US opening credit song when it ran in syndication on Cartoon Network.
- Gasaraki features one.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion features Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" sang by several different female vocalists, each with her own unique voice style.
- Excel Saga ends with a parody of this. The last episode parodies the parody.
- The ending theme of Queen Millennia. True, the title theme isn't exactly Hard Rock either, but the ending seems to be a bit more solemn.
- "May It Be" for the first Lord of the Rings movie.
- And while May It Be can sound hopeful and hymnlike, "Gollum's Song" in the second film is downright funereal.
- Gerry Anderson's UFO has a fast upbeat opening theme, but closes with an ominous atmospheric piece.
- Game of Thrones.
- When Mick Foley first appeared as "Mankind" in the WWF, he had two themes, an entrance theme and a different, more solemn exit theme that played when he won a match.
- Last Scenario ends with "Moji no dengon" by Sound Horizon.
- "Drift" by Laura Shigihara at the end of Quintessence.
- Iji ends with a cover of the VNV Nation song "Further".
- Many Final Fantasy games end with one of these.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has "I am the Wind".
- "Run toward the sun" in La-Mulana.
- Inverted for the dog ending of Silent Hill 2. The starting theme is melancholy, then the game ends with an upbeat J-pop anthem followed by a cheery "singing dog". The normal endings are played straight, however.
- Shadow of the Colossus has a very sad "Battle over" theme. It's appropriate considering that during the game you are basically killing the last of an ancient race. Nobody will ever see creatures like them ever again.
- Metal Gear Solid features a Gaelic one. Almost all the Metal Gear ending songs are like this, with the exception of "Can't Say Goodbye To Yesterday" and the one to the original Metal Gear (which was ridiculously peppy). "Way To Fall" by Starsailor in Metal Gear Solid 3 is a mournful alt-rock ballad, "The Best Is Yet To Come" is a Gaelic ballad and "Calling To The Night", "Here's To You" and to a slightly lesser extent "Heaven's Divide" are all super-melodramatic Power Ballads.
- "Late Goodbye" by Poets of the Fall in Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.
- Turn Based Battle! [link] parodies this with "Cheesy RPG Song."
- A partial example: Wild ARMs 3 has a fairly sad theme that plays whenever you quit the game. The credit theme is a softer, more solemn theme of the opening theme, though possibly not solemn enough to qualify for this trope.
- Legend of Legaia plays this trope far straighter.
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