Created By: Koveras on March 29, 2013 Last Edited By: Koveras on April 27, 2013
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Group Picture Ending

The story closes on a still picture of the main cast.

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When a visual work (movie, TV episode, video game, etc.) ends with a group picture of the main cast, especially if it's an ensemble. For the authors, it provides a perfect way to capture the entire ensemble dynamics in a single frame--one that is guaranteed to stick in the audience's memory.

Sometimes the actual picture taking is replaced with a simple freeze frame, which serves the same purpose.

Also, hilarity will often ensue, as some of the cast can miss the mark and look the wrong way or even intentionally prank each other. May be followed up by Photo Montage in the Closing Credits.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Both the original last chapter of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S manga and the bonus chapter release one and a half years later end with a group shot of the Riot Force 6 Forwards and their mentors.
  • Patlabor: The final episode of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity ends with a group shot of the members of SVU's 2nd division, along with Shinobu Nagumo, the 1st division's captain.
  • The ending of Fullmetal Alchemist has this accept it's a future photo of the characters years after the Final Battle.
  • Azumanga Daioh ends with a very plain picture of the girls walking happily together when they all graduate.
  • Subverted at the end of Pokémon episode 40, "The Battling Eevee Brothers": Psyduck sets up a camera for a group photo of all the episode's characters, then trips trying to get into place when the timer goes off. At least that's the way the episode ends for the heroes; the actual last scene is of Team Rocket lamenting the failure of their latest scheme.

Film
  • The final shot of 1990's Street Fighter ends with most of the characters taking a pose vaguely resembling the ones they take in Street Fighter II.
  • Lethal Weapon 4 ends with the main cast getting a picture taken to celebrate the birth of Lorna's baby. The credits showcase a 'scrap book' of pictures with the whole cast and crew, either in groups or taken during production (to the tune of "Why Can't We Be Friends?").
  • The prologue of Hellboy closes on a photo of Hellboy with Dr. Broom and the US Army platoon which found him, which then segues into the opening credits sequence.
  • Animal House ends with a still of the Delta gang as the credits roll.
  • Speed Racer shows a picture of the Racer family in the trophy ceremony after the Grand Prix, as well as pictures of Taejo and Royalton, as parts of newspaper and magazine headlines which describe the end of the story (the rejoice of the Racers, the testification of Taejo, which leads to Royalton being sent to jail).

Live-Action TV
  • The last scene with dialog in Six Feet Under is of the cast getting a group photo. Then, however, there's a montage that flashes through decades, and the absolute last scene lingers on several other photos.
  • The miniseries version of Jane Eyre (2006) ends up with her family sitting outside of their house, being painted for a family portrait.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger ended with a photo of the main cast, along with the caption/narration "Until We Meet Again".

Video Games
  • The Mass Effect 3 DLC campaign "Citadel" ends with a group photo of Shepard and whatever former and current squadmates and notable Normandy crew are still alive. This photo then stays projected onto the wall of Shepard's new apartment. In a meta way, it also serves as the ending to the entire Shepard trilogy, as "Citadel" was the final piece of content produced for it (though chronologically, it comes before the game's ending).
  • In the Persona series:
    • The Persona 3 characters did this after defeating the 12th Shadow. Subverted however, since they quickly found out that their task was not over.
    • Played Straight in the ending of Persona 4, which has the Protagonist leaving Inaba sitting in a train, looking at the photo of the whole group.
    • The Persona 4: Golden Vita Updated Re-release of the original game adds in a "Golden Ending" epilogue (if the player meets certain criteria) which ends with another photo being taken (which shows the cast a year after the original ending, with new appearances which reflect their Character Development).

Visual Novels
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Case 1-4 (orginally the ending of the first game before the Updated Re-release) ends with the reveal of the picture taken by Lotta Hart of Phoenix and his friends celebrating their victory. Turns out the ghost of Mia Fey decided to celebrate with them.
    • Trials and Tribulations has a variation in its final case, where, rather than a picture, a notebook with a drawing of the main cast is used to the same effect. In a bittersweet turn, the other page has another group picture of three main/important characters who lost their life.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth ends with an unsanctioned group photo.

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Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • March 29, 2013
    McKathlin
    Western Animation
  • March 30, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • The Persona 3 characters did this after defeating the 12th Shadow. Subverted however, since they quickly found out that their task was not over.
    • Played Straight in the ending of Persona 4, which has the Protagonist leaving Inaba sitting in a train, looking at the photo of the whole group.
  • March 30, 2013
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Patlabor: The final episode of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity ends with a group shot of the members of SVU's 2nd division, along with Shinobu Nagumo, the 1st division's captain.
  • April 5, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 10, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 10, 2013
    Gamermaster
  • April 10, 2013
    KingZeal
    Film
  • April 10, 2013
    Koveras
    @Gamermaster: Can you give me just a little more detail? Just to avoid Zero Context Example accusations...
  • April 10, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Does Six Feet Under count? The last scene with dialog is of the cast getting a group photo. Then there's a montage that flashes through decades, and the absolute last scene lingers on several other photos.
  • April 10, 2013
    Gamermaster
    @Koveras: How exactly do you give content to something that is basically "Everyone standing together as a picture is taken"?
  • April 10, 2013
    Elbruno
    Visual Novels
    • Ace Attorney:
      • Case 1-4, Turnabout Goodbyes[[note]]Orginally the ending of the first game before the Updated Rerelease[[/note]], ends with the reveal of the picture taken by Lotta Hart of Phoenix and his friends celebrating their victory. Turns out the ghost of Mia Fey decided to celebrate with them.
      • Trials and Tribulations has a variation in its final case, where rather than a picture it's a notebook with a drawing of the main cast used to the same effect. In a bittersweet turn, the other page has another group picture of three main/important characters who lost their life.
  • April 10, 2013
    MiinU
    Slight correction for the Patlabor example: it's along with Shinobu Nagumo, as seen in the comments section.
  • April 11, 2013
    XFllo
    I kind of like the idea, but I'd make it more general and broad. One film version of Jane Eyre ends up with her family sitting outside of there house. They are being painted for a family portrait.
  • April 11, 2013
    Koveras
    @AmyGdala: I'd say it fits, since it's pretty close to the end of the series. I've added it.

    @Gamermaster: A full sentence with a subject and a verb would be nice, even if it's just "Ash and his gang take a picture of themselves in the end of..." :)

    @MiinU: Fixed.

    @XFllo: I don't see anything in the current description that disallowed the inclusion of paintings... But I eliminated references to photography from the laconic and added your example.
  • April 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In Universe on Supernatural hunters take a group photo just before a big hunt where several of them might be (and often are) killed during the battle.
  • April 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Done on a small-scale in the second ED of Mobile Fighter G Gundam. The ED is a simple looped animation (of Rain giving Domon a peck on the cheek), but when it ends, it freezes and zooms out to show a picture of the entire cast.
  • April 11, 2013
    Koveras
    @randomsurfer: But in which sense is it an ending?
  • April 11, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Lethal Weapon 4 ends with the main cast getting a picture taken to celebrate the birth of Lorna's baby. The credits showcase a 'scrap book' of pictures with the whole cast and crew, either in groups or taken during production (to the tune of "Why Can't We Be Friends?").
  • April 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ If it's a series of pictures, then it's a case of Photo Montage (which should be mentioned somewhere in the description, by the way).
  • April 11, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • The prologue of Hellboy closes on a photo of Hellboy with Dr. Broom and the US Army platoon which found him, which then segues into the opening credits sequence.
  • April 11, 2013
    Bisected8
    The Persona 4: Golden Vita Updated Rerelease of the original game adds in a "Golden Ending" epilogue (if the player meets certain criteria) which ends with another photo being taken (which shows the cast a year after the original ending, with new appearances which reflect their Character Development).
  • April 12, 2013
    XFllo
    at OP: OK, cool. Probably what "bothered" me, but couldn't quite word it -- the emphasis on photography. I'll try to look up which Jane Eyre version was that.
  • April 12, 2013
    Astaroth
    The first story arc of Order Of The Stick ends with five of the six members striking a victory pose as though they're about to have their photo taken. Belkar enters the scene and asks them what they're doing, then joins the pose when Haley tells him.
  • April 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    If Hellboy counts... didn't Watchmen also end its prologue with a photo of the Crimebusters, which segued into the opening photo montage?
  • April 12, 2013
    Koveras
    I dunno, you tell me. :)
  • April 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^^ No, the photo is taken during the montage.

    EDIT: By the way, you have to broaden the scope of this trope if you're going to start taking examples that have nothing to do with story endings.
  • April 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Also, some of the examples seem to end on freezeframes, not photos. That seems like it's not covered.
  • April 12, 2013
    Koveras
    @Paradisesnake: Zapped the G Gundam example, since it wasn't a proper ending. All other examples appear to be actual endings, whether of the entire story, or just an arc/episode.

    @Larkmarn: Can you point them out to me?
  • April 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    The Avatar The Last Airbender, Order Of The Stick (though that may get past since it's a lampshade hanging), Street Fighter...
  • April 12, 2013
    Koveras
    Avatar example is currently worded as the cast actually taking a picture. In Street Fighter, they pose for a picture. Not having watched either, I only go by what I am told.
  • April 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    The ending of Full Metal Alchemist has this accept it's a future photo of the characters years after the Final Battle.
  • April 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^ Having seen them both, I'm telling you there's no camera in either. They're both just freeze frame endings.
  • April 12, 2013
    Koveras
    OK. I gravitate towards including them, since freeze frames are pretty much stand ins for instant snapshots. I will expand the description.
  • April 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    In that case, mine Pastel Chalked Freeze Frame, which has examples.
  • April 12, 2013
    Koveras
    I would, but since this is an ending trope, I am kinda vary of spoilers there...
  • April 17, 2013
    XFllo
    Re: Jane Eyre: It's from the 2006 miniseries. I'll edit it to the draft.
  • April 18, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 21, 2013
    Koveras
    Bumping for more examples and hats.
  • April 21, 2013
    KevinKlawitter
    Walker Texas Ranger ended with a photo of the main cast, along with the caption/narration "Until We Meet Again".
  • April 21, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Regarding the Persona examples I think you should add another bullet to the P4 example and Wiki word Golden Ending.
  • April 21, 2013
    Lyendith
    • Azumanga Daioh ends with a very plain picture of the girls walking happily together when they all graduate.

  • April 22, 2013
    DAMartin
    The last episode of X Men Evolution ends this way.
  • April 22, 2013
    gallium
    Film

    • Animal House ends with a still of the Delta gang as the credits roll.
  • April 22, 2013
    henke37
  • April 22, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Wish I'd looked in here sooner; here's a better description for the Pokemon example that was mentioned, which may not actually fit:

    • At the end of Pokemon episode 40, "The Battling Eevee Brothers", Psyduck sets up a camera for a group photo of all the episode's characters, then trips trying to get into place when the timer goes off. At least that's the way the episode ends for the heroes; the actual last scene is of Team Rocket lamenting the failure of their latest scheme.
  • April 22, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Sort of a variation, that might count:

    Live-Action TV

    At the end of the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", the "Niners" (the station's baseball team that Sisko put together to play a team of Vulcans in the episode, which included all the major and many minor characters on the station) each autographed the baseball which Sisko keeps on his desk, which is shown at the end of the episode.
  • April 23, 2013
    Koveras
    @UltramarineAlizarin: That's what I call a subversion.

    @WeAreAllKosh: I can see how it goes in the same direction, but it'd really be a Square Peg Round Trope...
  • April 23, 2013
    Koveras
    @raphabr: Return Of The Jedi is not an example, since it's not a still picture IIRC.
  • April 24, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 24, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 26, 2013
    Koveras
    Bump.
  • April 27, 2013
    XFllo
    I've hatted this already -- a few days ago I think. Description is fairly ok, name is ok, it has enough examples... Solid trope and launchable.
  • April 27, 2013
    Bisected8
    I'm inclined to agree. This looks ready to launch.
  • April 27, 2013
    Koveras
    Thanks.
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