Created By: neoYTPism on January 1, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on July 21, 2011

End On A Sidenote

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Penn Jillette: One step; take control of your life, all by yourself, no bullshit.
Gary Busey: It's called a miracle... why don't I take you around the house and show you some things.
- From the ending to the B&T:BS episode about 12-stepping.

Do We Have This One?? Oh, and I am open to title suggestions.

Often it seems that in the context of a work, or a sample of a work, (such as an episode of a show) or something within it, (such as a speech) there will be, near the end of it, a conclusion summing up its overall message in a very general sense... and then after that it will suddenly mention something strangely specific, as to end on a sidenote.

Oh, and by the way, this Needs More Examples.

Examples:

  • The page quotation, of course.
  • Toy Story 3: "So long, partner... oh, hey, Buzz! You haven't met Bonnie's toys yet!" It's the very last spoken line before the credits.
  • The fourth book of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy ends with a completely unrelated story about a brilliant genetic engineer who, due to his absent-mindedness, wound up creating a new breed of fly capable of flying through the open half of a half-open window and an off switch for children instead of focusing on his actual job, which was creating a breed of super soliders to fight off an advancing conquering army. In the end, the conquering army reaches his planet, but is so taken aback with the man's achievements that they call off their attack and offer to form a trade agreement instead. The final line in the book reads, "There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind."
  • A few "New Rules" segments from Real Time with Bill Maher seem to end this way; if other users recall specific examples and can cite them that would be appreciated.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 1, 2011
    DAN004
  • January 1, 2011
    Prophet
    No, this is not And Knowing Is Half The Battle. That is when an aesop is delivered at the end of a show, usually breaking the Fourth Wall. This is about when the focus suddenly shifts to something different towards the end of a work.

    And not to be rude, but it should be e.g., not i.e....just so ya know.
  • January 5, 2011
    MorganWick
    The quotes don't illustrate the trope very well.
  • January 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I'm feeling like we have this, either as Arson Murder And Jaywalking or something related.
  • January 6, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Not really. If anything, Arson Muder And Jaywalking might be a subtrope, but it's not the same trope. @ randomsurfer
  • January 6, 2011
    MorganWick
  • January 8, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Again, that would be more so a subtrope. @ Morgan Wick
  • March 6, 2011
    AmeliaL
    I agree that it isn't Bread Eggs Milk Squick, or any of the other things mentioned. It's more along the lines of the characters going 'Ah, yes, and now we are at the end of our tale! . . . . Now, let's get back to fighting that pink dragon!' It seems to be a difficult trope to put one's finger on, though.
  • March 6, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Well, more so that it is hard to describe, Amelia L.
  • March 7, 2011
    ced1106
    Needs some examples. Reminds me of the anti-climax technique too many comics use: They say something *after* the punchline, to distract the reader's attention from the punchline, which typically sucks in today's comics.
  • June 23, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I know it needs examples, and I would have sworn I have seen this several times. That is why I am asking others for examples.
  • June 23, 2011
    jaytee
    God, that's a great name for a trope.
  • June 24, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Was that sarcasm? @ jaytee
  • July 12, 2011
    RedWren
    ^If it was, consider it restated differently. So, the page quotation. Is it an example? If so, it should also be in the example section, if not, it'd be kind of a weird page-topper.
  • July 13, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I figured it was obviously enough of an example not to need to be repeated. In any case, I shall add it now.
  • July 14, 2011
    RedWren
    ^I just thought it should go there, since we're thin on examples.
  • July 15, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Ah, got it. @ Red Wren
  • July 17, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    The fourth book of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy ends with a completely unrelated story about a brilliant genetic engineer who, due to his absent-mindedness, wound up creating a new breed of fly capable of flying through the open half of a half-open window and an off switch for children instead of focusing on his actual job, which was creating a breed of super soliders to fight off an advancing conquering army. In the end, the conquering army reaches his planet, but is so taken aback with the man's achievements that they call off their attack and offer to form a trade agreement instead. The final line in the book reads, "There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind."
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