Created By: countmall on November 27, 2012 Last Edited By: countmall on February 5, 2013

Final Glance Around

When a character leaves, but looks around before they do

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Jill has lived in her home for many years, perhaps even growing up there. But, unfortunately, plot happens, forcing Jill to leave her home, and she may not see it again. Maybe its burning down, or perhaps the change is political. Regardless, as Jill is leaving she will take a moment to glance around, saying goodbye to her home, her possessions, and/or her past. She is being forced along by what is, but in this brief moment she clings to what was one final time. And then she leaves.

Frequently followed by Watching Troy Burn. Sometimes people will say goodbye to someone as well, especially with Dads who are disappearing. Frequently blended with Affectionate Gesture to the Head.

Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
  • In the last episode of Azumanga Daioh, as the girls are leaving the school for the last time, Chiyo-chan takes one last look back at it and bows.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ends this way.
  • In The Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring. Before Frodo leaves Bag End he wanders around the familiar rooms. He later says "Goodbye!" and waves his hand to the dark blank windows while standing outside it.
  • Mentioned at the end of a couple of the Gor books. Tarl looks back to see the terrain, because his Friend of the Book has taught him that a native looks back on his journey every once in a while to see what it will look like on his return journey - even though Tarl knows that he won't be coming back there.
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[[folder:Film-Live-Action]]
  • The film of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a scene similar to this when Harry and Hermione leave their respective homes.
  • In the film of Eragon, when Eragon and Brom are fleeing, Eragon pauses and looks back at his burning house one last time.
  • In The Day After Tomorrow, the president takes one last look around the Oval Office before evacuating to Mexico.
  • In James Bond Skyfall, 007 takes one last look at his childhood home before it explodes in flames. Then he does it again two minutes later, Watching Troy Burn from a little further away and not inside it this time, but on the moor just as Silva catches him.
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[[folder:Film-Animated]]
  • At the end of Toy Story, Andy's Mom shouts "Bye, House!" as she and Andy leave to move to another house.
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[[folder:Theater]]
  • In Our Town Emily is dying and has a famous monologue that includes her saying Good-bye to quite a number of things.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
  • In Doctor Who episode "Closing Time", the Doctor beleives he is going to his death. Before he goes, he stops and says goodbye to a group of random children.
    • In the next episode, "The Wedding of River Song", the Doctor glances around the Tardis as he resolves himself to face his death.
  • On the final episode of ALF, the title character takes one last look around the Tanner family's house before leaving with them to go get picked up by his Melmacian friends
  • Friends does this in its final episode.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • Mass Effect: If Shepard romanced a squadmate in the first game but not the second, before leaving for the Omega 4 Relay in Mass Effect 2 s/he'll spend a long moment looking at the photo on his/her desk of his/her lover from Mass Effect.

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  • Played for Laughs in Futurama - Played for Laughs when Farnsworth's about to be taken away by the "Sunset Squad" to a compulsory retirement home.:
    Farnsworth: Goodbye cruel world! Goodbye cruel lamp! Goodbye cruel velvet drapes with the cute little curtain-pull cords, cruel though they may be I... *Sunset Squad robot gives up waiting and knocks him out*
  • In the episode "A Necessary Bond" of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hondo and his pirate gang are forced off their planet by General Grievous. Hondo is the last of the evacuating pirates to get off his bike, and makes sure to shut it down properly before making his way to the ship.
    • Ends up being a subversion, though. His next appearance in the show's chronology has them back their base.
  • Jonny Quest episode "Attack of the Tree People". A fire accidentally starts aboard Dr. Quest's boat Sea Quest, requiring the protagonists to abandon ship. Before going overboard, Dr. Quest says "I'll miss you, old friend" to the boat. Moments later it explodes.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, "Over the Edge", when Bruce Wayne has to flee from Wayne Manor, possibly forever. He looks at the painting of his parents and says "I'm sorry." He doesn't spare a second thought for any of his many possessions.
  • In one episode of Billy And Mandy, the idiot Billy says good-bye to various features of the house, licking each one. Grimm has to advise him against licking the wall socket.
    Billy: Good bye inch-and-a-quarter molding. *licks*
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Home Sweet Pineapple", SpongeBob says goodbye to the spot where his pineapple house once stood before it was eaten by nematodes. Subverted, as a tear that he sheds upon doing so allows a pineapple seed that he unknowingly planted to sprout and grow a new pineapple for him.
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Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • November 27, 2012
    StarSword
    Not sure if this counts.

    EDITED.

    Video Games
    • Mass Effect: If Shepard romanced a squadmate in the first game but not the second, before leaving for the Omega 4 Relay in Mass Effect 2 s/he'll spend a long moment looking at the photo on his/her desk of his/her lover from Mass Effect 1.
  • November 27, 2012
    Duncan
    In Our Town Emily is dying and has a famous monologue that includes her saying Good-bye to quite a number of things.
  • November 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • Jonny Quest episode "Attack of the Tree People". A fire accidentally starts aboard Dr. Quest's boat Sea Quest, requiring the protagonists to abandon ship. Before going overboard, Dr. Quest says "I'll miss you, old friend" to the boat. Moments later it explodes.

    Watch it here.
  • November 28, 2012
    elwoz
    I'm not sure if this counts, and I'm also not sure if it happens in all versions of the story:

    • Near the beginning of Fullmetal Alchemist, the protagonists burn their family house down before leaving town, as a symbol of their determination not to return until their quest is complete.
  • November 28, 2012
    StarSword
    ^It happens in all versions of the story, but I don't think it counts.
  • November 28, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    In Batman The Animated Series, "Over the Edge", when Bruce Wayne has to flee from Wayne Manor, possibly forever. He looks at the painting of his parents and says "I'm sorry." He doesn't spare a second thought for any of his many possessions.
  • November 28, 2012
    Robotech_Master
    This would seem to run afoul of No New Stock Phrases.
  • November 28, 2012
    StarSword
    ^I think it's a worthwhile exception, since it's such an unusual phrase it's hard to imagine how the trope could become about that dialogue pattern.
  • November 28, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    . (deleted--does not apply)
  • November 29, 2012
    Irrisia
  • November 29, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In one episode of Billy And Mandy, the idiot Billy says good-bye to various features of the house, licking each one. Grimm has to advise him against licking the wall socket.
      Billy: Good bye inch-and-a-quarter molding. *licks*
  • November 29, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    @countmall: "Real life" would be the heading where my "Minnesota Goodbye" example (^^^) would go, not "Western Animation".
  • November 30, 2012
    Madrugada
    I don't see how the Minnesota Goodbye is this. This trope isn't "any extended goodbyes". It's "Saying goodbye to something inanimate when leaving", and may be very brief.
  • November 30, 2012
    LancelotG
  • December 1, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^ While the trope proposer did apparently include that, upon looking at this again you're probably right that it doesn't fit. This sounds more like a farewell to inanimate objects that are symbolic to all you are leaving, generally done when the time apart from the place (your old home or whatever) will be for a very long time, or possibly forever (like when a hero goes off to war or something).

    I suppose a lingering goodbye among friends could be its own trope though.
  • December 1, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^ The novel A Tree Grows In Brooklyn came out in 1943. Our Handling Spoilers policy says that a work more than 50 years old doesn't need to be spoilered.

    Also, the example is a Zero Context Example since it doesn't say how it's an example of the trope.
  • December 2, 2012
    WaxingName
    • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Home Sweet Pineapple", SpongeBob says goodbye to the spot where his pineapple house once stood before it was eaten by nematodes. However, a tear that he sheds upon doing so allows a pineapple seed that he unknowingly planted to sprout and grow a new pineapple for him.
  • December 3, 2012
    MaxWest
    On the final episode of ALF , the title character takes one last look around the Tanner family's house before leaving with them to go get picked up by his Melmacian friends
  • December 5, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • In the film of Eragon, when Eragon and Brom are fleeing, Eragon pauses and looks back at his burning house one last time.
  • December 6, 2012
    Arivne
    Literature
    • The Fellowship of the Ring. Before Frodo leaves Bag End he wanders around the familiar rooms. He later says "Goodbye!" and waves his hand to the dark blank windows while standing outside.
  • December 6, 2012
    GothicProphet
    The film of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows has a scene similar to this when Harry and Hermione leave their respective homes.
  • December 7, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Removed my own "Minnesota Goodbye" example from the draft--it doesn't belong there.
  • December 8, 2012
    SneakySquirrel
    • In the last episode of Azumanga Daioh, as the girls are leaving the school for the last time, Chiyo-chan takes one last look back at it and bows.
  • December 8, 2012
    DracMonster
  • December 15, 2012
    Generality
    • In The Bible: Even though specifically warned not to, Lot's wife looks back on Sodom as the family flees its demolition, and is turned into a pillar of salt for her transgression.
  • December 16, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Real-Life example: It has been said about ex-prisoners leaving the prison after doing their time that if they look back once outside, they will end up in there again.
  • December 16, 2012
    elwoz
    "Final Glance Around" is finally a title I like.
  • December 16, 2012
    StarSword
    Film:
    • In The Day After Tomorrow, the president takes one last look around the Oval Office before evacuating to Mexico.

    Also, a repeat of one I posted earlier: Video Games
    • Mass Effect: If Shepard romanced a squadmate in the first game but not the second, before leaving for the Omega 4 Relay in Mass Effect 2 s/he'll spend a long moment looking at the photo on his/her desk of his/her lover from Mass Effect 1.
  • December 16, 2012
    countmall
    I'm on the fence as to whether Generality's Bible example is this trope or Watching Troy Burn.
  • December 16, 2012
    SpiderRider3
    The trio in Threes Company does this before leaving their apartment for the last time in the series finale.
  • December 16, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Pretty sure it's the latter since God was well into His Death From Above at that point.
  • December 16, 2012
    SharleeD
    Does it count if the character verbally reminisces about all the things they'll miss, rather than actually looking at them?
  • December 17, 2012
    countmall
    Sharlee D: If nothing else I guess it'd be an invoking.
  • December 17, 2012
    Riddler
    Friends does this in its final episode.
  • December 24, 2012
    lakingsif
    In James Bond Skyfall, 007 takes one last look at his childhood home before it explodes in flames. Then he does it again two minutes later, Watching Troy Burn from a little further away and not inside it this time, but on the moor just as Silva catches him. M also witnessed this as Silva's men were attacking the house from far down the moor (she was sent to 'safety' that wasn't very safe).
  • December 24, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Mentioned at the end of a couple of the Gor books. Tarl looks back to see the terrain, because his Friend of the Book has taught him that a native looks back on his journey every once in a while to see what it will look like on his return journey - even though Tarl knows that he won't be coming back there.
  • February 4, 2013
    Cassis
    "Long Last Look"? As in the Don Henley Song "The End of the Innocence":

    But, somewhere back there in the dust
    That same small town in each of us
    I need to remember this
    So baby give me just one kiss
    And let me take a long last look
    Before we say goodbye

    (Although maybe in the song he's looking at the person and not the town? Whatever.)

    • In Once Upon A Time Snow White returns to her devastated castle and shows her (now grown) daughter the nursery she'd prepared for her. When they leave, Snow can't resist one last tearful look at the room, representing the life they should have had.

  • February 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In one epsidode of The Jeffersons Louise goes back to the small apartment she grew up in; after having some Flashbacks, she takes one final glance around before leaving.
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