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 StrikerS 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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Western Animation
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