A series finale or epilogue where we're shown what happens to the characters, places and/or the setting. Usually takes place many years after the proper ending of the plot. Intervening events may be depicted via FlashBack.

If the series [[UnCanceled gets a sequel that picks up after the finale]], it becomes a TimeSkip.

Differs from WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue in that it's a full scene that shows interaction between characters and most likely dialogue. If the Distant Finale shows how the entire cast dies, it's a DeadlyDistantFinale. When a Distant Finale is used to reunite characters who separated at the end of a series, see FastForwardToReunion. Might suffer from ModernStasis.

Contrast of course DistantPrologue.

'''This is an {{Ending Trope|s}}. As such, it contains massive spoilers.'''

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* The ending of ''Manga/DeathNote'' takes place a year later.
* ''{{Simoun}}'''s ending takes place five years later.
* The 2nd season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'') ends with a [[{{Montages}} montage]] showing the characters as they are six years after the series ends as they get ready for a reunion of the cast [[SequelHook through a new mission that they'll all participate in]]. The third season (''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'') begins 4 years after ''that.''
* ''GunBuster'', in which the two main characters return to a hero's welcome twelve thousand years after the end of the war.
** Worth noting that while twelve thousand years have passed on earth, very little time has passed for the two main characters. For them the war ended just yesterday, or a few days ago at most.
** The sequel, ''DieBuster'', has a much more modest version -- only ten years. [[spoiler:Turns out to be ''the exact same scene'', from another perspective]].
* The final manga volume of ''KareKano'' is set many years after the series to show the cast as happy adults.
** Though [[spoiler:Arima]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny was killed]]. [[BlatantLies By an assassin's bullet]].
* Both the anime ending and the manga ending of ''{{Mahoromatic}}'' happen about 20 years after the events of the main story but both offer different perspective endings where in the anime [[spoiler:Suguru moves to the new Saint and human planet and gets cybernetic enhancements and kills combat androids. Either is dying or badly injured and sees Mahoro again and they walk together.]] The manga gets a different ending where [[spoiler:Suguru becomes an officer in Vespar and defeats the last of Management and when he goes back home sees Mahoro again after she was reborn as a baby and grew up with all of her memories intact.]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s last episode ends two years after the Demon Tournament and the events of Sensui. The humans that were in Middle School were now almost finished with High School. Koenma went back to work,Genkai willed the group her estate before she dies,and Yusuke finally fulfilled his promise to return to Keiko.
* The ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manga flashforwards 4 years to reveal why Syaoran left Tomoeda in such a hurry: he was starting the process to become a permanent resident of Japan, so he could be with Sakura permanently.
* ''ScrappedPrincess'' ends with a few scenes showing all the characters living HappilyEverAfter.
* ''DaCapo Second Season'' ends with [[spoiler:the two obviously destined characters]] getting married, and in the repeated ending animation, 2 adults are shown (faceless) looking through a photo album. The finale's credits finally reveal (as if no one could have guessed) that the two adults are a married [[spoiler:Nemu and Junichi]].
* ''ParadiseKiss'' (10 years later).
* In ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'' we see the lives of the main characters ten years after the events in the previous episode, in which [[spoiler:Kurau loses her Rynax, causing her pair Christmas lots of grief]]. The most important event in the last episode therefore is [[spoiler:the return of the Rynax-Kurau out of Christmas' body, much like Christmas herself did when she appeared out of Kurau years before]].
* The ending of ''StellviaOfTheUniverse'' fast-forwards two years to the day when the protagonist's younger brother enrolls into same academy as herself. Since a sequel was planned, it's safe to assume that he would have been its new protagonist but unfortunately, it was canceled.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a TimeSkip ''and'' a Distant Finale. The finale shows the characters about 20 years after the events of the show, with Rossiu [[spoiler:becoming the benevolent president over the entire galactic alliance with Leeron as his aide]], Yoko becoming principal of her school, teaching young children, Darry and Gimmy piloting Gurren Lagann, [[spoiler:Viral being the supreme commander over the entire fleet]] and Simon [[spoiler:still living out his life WalkingTheEarth as a hermit, free of all bonds of authority and the responsibilities it involves]].
** In the movie, though it omits the other character's scenes, it expands on Simon's epilogue. [[spoiler: He's going around helping people in need, in exchange for planting flowers, fulfilling Nia's dream.]]
* The anime ending of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' takes place a year after the girls return from Cephiro. [[spoiler: Hikaru, Umi and Fuu see the once again restored country of Cephiro in the large windows of TokyoTower, from where ironically enough they were taken to Cephiro both times.]] Considering however that [[spoiler:Hikaru wishes to return to Cephiro once more to discover the new story of the land, it's questionable whether this is really a Distant Finale or a foreshadowing of another trip waiting to happen. After all it was the girls' wish to return to Cephiro the second time that took them back! Dun dun dun!]] The manga's ending takes place ''sometime'' after the adventure, but it's not explicitly stated how long.
* The manga ending for ''RurouniKenshin'' picks up 5 years later, where Kenshin has retired from swordsmanship and [[BabiesEverAfter is married to and has a son with Kaoru]], Kaoru has revived the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryû with numerous students, and Yahiko has become a master swordsman. The ending deals with Yahiko inheriting Kenshin's reverse blade sword. This becomes a TimeSkip with the release of the third OAV, which shows the final years of Kenshin's life (which is not canon, anyways).
* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' had one of these, with the events of the .hack games taking place in between. The game characters show up in the final episode.
** The bonus episode is called ".hack//UNISON", and was only included in a super-duper special limited DVD edition. It was shown in Britain on the Anime Central channel following the series proper, but wasn't included in the rerun because the rerun was cut short. It's available on Website/YouTube, but only in subbed Japanese.
*** Unison is considered non-canon because Sora is in it and that complicates things later on. Sora is Haseo and lost his memories of ever playing The World.
** ''.hack//Roots'' also had one entitled Returner. Like unison it has characters from the GU games and Roots in it.
* The final episode of ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' is set unspecified time after the showdown with the BigBad. Judging by how much Ellis has grown, it must have been several years.
* The last episode of ''[[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Godannar]]'' is set 7 years after the final battle, showing us what ''everybody'' is up to now. The last scene of that episode is then set one year after that.
* The epilogue scene of ''{{Zegapain}}'' is set an ambiguous number of years after the final battle, with the lighthouse visited in an earlier episode now ravaged by time and reclaimed by nature. Depending on the viewer's interpretation, it can be a BittersweetEnding ([[spoiler: as Kyo started aging once he had been reconstituted as a real human being, but the time needed to restore this technology, and save the rest of mankind, might have surpassed his own lifespan]].)
* The last chapter of ''Manga/InuYasha'' takes place 3 years later, then jumps ahead a bit for the last pages.
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga '''way''' overshoots the mark. The last few scenes completely skip past Kyo and Tohru's (and everyone else's!) marriage and life together and shows them as elderly grandparents (although indicating they've been happy.)
* ''Anime/SonicX'' originally skipped 6 years into the future for its finale, though the series was then resurrected for a further 26 episodes. These episodes took place 6 years after the original series in the Human World, but only 6 months in Sonic's universe.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' pulled one of these off. It's both this and a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, as it shows us the digidestined's reunion after 25 years, with Takeru also narrating on voiceover with interspersed little clips of the kids' careers and families now that they're all grown up.
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' also has a distant finale, five years after the final battle.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' serves as something of a Distant Finale for the entire ''Gundam'' franchise: it manages to do a surprisingly good job in tieing what would otherwise be completely separate [[AlternateUniverse timelines]]. Also referenced in SD Gundam: G Generation Spirits where [[spoiler:an omnicidal autonimous Turn-A Gundam appears to bring about the apocalypse, effectively ending the entire Universal Century and leading to the events of Turn-A the series. Probably not the canon version of events,though.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has its own Distant Finale at the end of the movie, showing humanity 50 years after the conclusion of the story. [[spoiler:They're at perfect peace with the ELS and are just about to launch their first interstellar starship, crewed entirely by Innovators and built with ELS components, to meet other sentient species across the stars.]]
* In the final episode of ''[[NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water]]'' the main Characters are shown married and with a child.
* The final episode of ''InfiniteRyvius'' takes place a year after the previous episode; the very end of the episode then jumps thousands of years into the future.
* ''[[MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~]]'' skips five years, to show how the students and instructors of the mage institute are doing and how some of them are dealing with [[spoiler:Sora's death]].
* The manga ending of ''LoveHina'' depicts practically a new beginning in the Hinata Inn, with a female character very much resembling Keitaro going through almost the exact same shenanigans he went through when he first arrived, and ultimately showing Keitaro's and Naru's wedding.
* The last chapter of ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' takes place at least a decade later.
* There is one in ''MichikoToHatchin'', where Hatchin, grown up with a little kid, [[spoiler:falls into the arms of her beloved Michiko]].
* ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'' had an abrupt ending in which Taiga transferred out for a year, finally returning a year later.
* One of [[MundaneAfterlife thr]][[AlternateUniverse ee]] possible interpretations for Takaki's recurring dreams in ''Film/FiveCentimetersPerSecond.'' Any posited "happy ending" for that movie fits here by definition.
* ''RoseOfVersailles'' concludes stating what happened to Marie Antoinette in 1793, and later to Fersen in 1810. This is told by the three surviving main characters: Rosalie, Bernard, and Alain.
* The final scenes of ''SoltyRei'' take place several years after the FinalBattle (and attendant HeroicSacrifice) to save the city from Eirene. [[spoiler: Roy finds Solty floating in space, still alive]].
* The second bonus chapter of the ''Manga/ShoujoSect'' manga jumped into the future to show that Momoku, Shinobu, and Maya were living together, and having this fact revealed to all of Shinobu's coworkers, much to her embarrassment.g
* The 13th episodes of both ''PleaseTeacher'' and ''PleaseTwins'' are these.
* The ending to the ''ShamanKing'' manga, "Funbari No Uta," is one of these. [[spoiler: It follows Yoh and Anna's son Hana, his emerging spiritual powers, and how he meets his very own Anna, whom he is destined to be with.]] We also get to see the main characters and what's become of them now that they're all grown up.
* The ending to ''DragonBallGT'' is set 100 years in the future where Goku and Vegeta's descendants fight in a World Martial Arts Tournament.
** ''DragonBallZ'''s ending was set 10 years after the Buu saga.
** ''DragonBallZ'' also had the episode "Free the Future", in which Future Trunks returns to his own time and takes out the Androids and Cell of that timeline.
* The manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'' had an "epilogue" added in the final collected volume, which shows what happened to all of the characters (skipping between 1932 and 1999) and ties up some of the lose ends left over from the (much more open-ended) ending published in the original magazine.
** The final scene in the anime also shows Father Remington in the Vatican on May 13, 1981, 52 years after the "end" of the series, where Aion appears and apparently is behind the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
* ''Anime/MyselfYourself'' has an ending episode taking place ten years later.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' (30 years later)
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'''s manga epilogue takes place 4 years later, when [[spoiler:Tina finally returns to Japan]].
* ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's]]'' final episode takes place two months after the final battle, showing how various characters are dealing with normalcy, then it shows Ed and Al after two years, as they depart on their own journeys. The episode ends with [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue a collage of photographs showing the characters]] several years later.
** The Kids OVA for [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime series]] is also this to [[spoiler:Ed, set in ''our'' world's 2005]].
* In ''Manga/KuroganeCommunication'' there is a scene set several years after the GrandFinale, in which [[spoiler:Haruka and Katano return from Mars to have a joyous reunion with the robots that stayed behind on earth. They also bring their daughter with them]].
* After the credits to ''{{Noein}}'' it is revealed that Yuu came to terms with his angst and went to school in Tokyo, while Haruka and friends once again lead an ordinary life. Though she has Yuu, Haruka hasn't forgotten Karasu, and looks up at the church spire where she first saw him and tells him Yuu is coming back.
* ''{{Amagami}} SS'' has two examples of this, both taking place ten years into the future:
** Morishima Haruka's epilogue has [[spoiler:both of them married and living together, with Junichi working as a detective. The setting is a visit from their friend Hibiki.]]
** Ayatsuji Tsukasa's epilogue has [[spoiler:Tsukasa, Junichi and their daughter visiting the Founder's Festival where they both recall the promise they made to each other ten years ago.]]
* The last few minutes of ''GunXSword'' take place a few years after the final battle. The final scene shows [[spoiler: Van and Wendy]] unexpectedly meeting again after having reluctantly parted from each other. Although the scene is all too brief, the future [[MaybeEverAfter looks promising for them]]. Without that Distant Finale, this would have been a BittersweetEnding.
* The last scenes of the final episode of ''EurekaSeven'' are set a year later. They show Eureka's children with Renton's grandfather, and also give brief glimpses of Renton and Eureka, and Dominic and Anemone.
* At the end of ''SpeedGrapher'', we see an epilogue set five years later, which shows what several major and minor characters are doing now, [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds tying up some romantic loose ends]] and [[spoiler: reuniting Saiga and Kagura, now that she's no longer JailBait.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' has the finale set 4 years after the main events, when [[spoiler:Kazuya returns to Japan after the war, finally reuniting with Victorique who has been staying with his family, waiting for his return]]. It is also implied that [[spoiler:they get married as well]].
* The {{OVA}} of ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'' functions as a Distant Finale of sorts, with the main story sandwiched as a flashback between scenes which take place some 4 years after the end of the TV series, showing [[spoiler:a grown-up Saga and Greta, who apparently have become the best of friends]].
* One of these was planned for the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime at one point, as noted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b70GRNYnacI a Japanese trailer for the first movie]]; aside from footage that doesn't actually appear in the movie proper, the crux of the trailer involves [[spoiler:an older Misty talking to a mysterious young girl with pinkish hair. No explanation as to who she is or who the other blue-haired lady with them is, and we'll never know]]. [[LongRunners We know how well that one turned out, don't we]]?
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'': The epilogue takes place 7 years in the future, showing a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the class.
* The final episode of ''SakamichiNoApollon'' jumps 8 years into the future, showing [[spoiler: the first meeting of the Kaoru, Sentaro and Ritsuko since the end of high school]]. We're also shown what became of several other members of the cast, such as [[spoiler: Yurika marrying Junichi and Seiji fulfilling his dream of becoming a pop idol]].
* The second half of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'''s final episode takes place a few months after the final battle, showing the girls a little while later: [[spoiler: Tsubomi's a proud older sister and is back to wearing her glasses, Itsuki's dumped the male uniform for a standard female one and Yuri's much more happier than before.]] However, the ending is hard to reconcile with the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movie series which doesn't show these changes.
* ''Manga/LoveLucky'': After Fuuta and Kirari no longer had to keep their marriage a secret, [[spoiler:Fuuta became a HouseHusband]]. It then skips one year and we get to see how they were living. [[spoiler:They live at a BigFancyHouse, Kirari's father moved in and demands Fuuta to make his tea]].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is weird about this. On the one hand, Part 2 ends with Joseph as an old man about to visit his grandson in Japan.... which is the beginning to Part 3. On the other hand, it also ends with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue detailing the lives of Speedwagon, Erina, Lisa Lisa, and Smokey. Considering all the parts take place years after each other (except for part 7, it's complicated), this should be an aversion, but it's the only part to do this.
* ''GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' ends by showing that, five years later, a few of the [[TrueCompanions crew members]] have settled into normal lives back on Earth, but others remain on the Daiku Maryu, and its forays into space have become hampered by alien monsters, so the Daiku Maryu calls on Daiya once again to pilot Gaiking. AndTheAdventureContinues.
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[[folder:Audio Play]]
* The GrandFinale of AudioPlay/WereAlive skips ahead 14 years after the climax to show Saul and Lizzy's now 14 year old son, Nicolas, taking his first steps out into the larger world by choosing to become a guardian.
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* There was foreshadowing that this device would be used in ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'', with a scene set in a university history lecture several thousand years after the events of the main story discussing Halo's significance as a historical character/folk hero. However, the comic was, unfortunately, never finished.
* PeterDavid set the final issue of his 12-year-run of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' 10 years after the previous issue. A Daily Bugle [[FlashBack interview]] with [[UnreliableNarrator Rick Jones]] serves as a fitting end to both David's tenure on the title and the Hulk mythos in general.
** David may have been influenced by Alan Moore's ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', which uses a similar narrative device (a Daily Planet interview with Lois Lane) to end the legend of the SilverAge {{Superman}}.
* The final issue of ''{{Planetary}}'' takes place a year after the previous one. And was released 3 years after the previous issue.
* Most of the last volume of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is this. Interestingly, it plays with the timeline by skipping back to Shakespeare at the end.
* The end of ''SupermanRedSon''.
** Almost [[spoiler: Most of the epilogue is the timeline over thousands of years after Superman's "departure" but it technically ends with Superman's time ship crashing back in 1918 using Siegel and Shuster's orginal idea that Superman was a super advanced human from the future as opposed to an alien.]]
* Mike Costa ended his run on IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics with a Distant Finale. Issue 31 skips ahead hundreds of years into the future where a new age of peace has begun. Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime and Megatron have both disappeared with their names becoming legend. The issue ends with a group of young Transformers asking Ironhide to tell the story of when the Autobots finally defeated Megatron....
* The final issue of ''YTheLastMan'' gives us a view of what Earth has become 60 years after the series' climax, with flashbacks to update us on how the surviving characters spent the intervening time. Somehow, the issue maintains the same dramatic tension and plot twist quantity as all the others in spite of this device.
* ''Hard Time'' was about Ethan Harrow, a 15-year-old school shooter who was sentenced to 50 to life at a maximum security prison. The comic was canceled just as Ethan neared the end of his first year inside; the final issue took place [[spoiler:49]] years later and centered on [[spoiler:Ethan's parole hearing. It was approved, if you're wondering.]]
* The final installment of ''ComicBook/TheBojeffriesSaga'' is set twenty years after the others, reflecting the real-world hiatus.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action ]]
* ''BillyElliot'' - Last scene is of his father and brother going to see him as a professional Danseur (Ballarino).
* The classic Hitchcock film ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' ends with a tense and [[spoiler:literal cliffhanger in which Roger is desperately coaxing a frightened, dangling Eve to grab his hand so that she doesn't fall from Mount Rushmore. The camera zooms in on her terrified face as she flails to reach him, and suddenly his encouraging words turn to "Come along, Mrs. Thornhill!" and the screen wipes to show the two of them playing in bed on their honeymoon. That little wipe contains ''the resolution to the danger'' as well as their return from the mountain, any debriefing between them and the Professor, and their engagement and marriage.]]
* ''Film/DarkWater'' - The last scene shows Ikuko, now in her teenage years, as she returns to the haunted apartment she shared with her mother, Yoshimi, as a child. [[spoiler:She is briefly reunited with the ghost of her mother before she disappears]]. The final shot shows her [[spoiler:walking away from the building]], as she realises that [[spoiler:her mother has been watching over her ever since her death]].
* In the final scene of Tim Robbins' ''Cradle Will Rock'', which is set in TheThirties and is about the corruption of both theater and the art world by money, the cast of a vaudeville show that has had its government funding yanked due to the RedScare form a funeral procession for a discarded ventriloquist dummy and carry the tiny coffin into Times Square, which is shown to be the Times Square of TheNineties
* ''RaisingArizona'' ends with H.I. dreaming about his distant future and [[spoiler: the children he will eventually have with Ed.]]
* The ''DeadLikeMe'' direct-to-DVD movie ''Dead Like Me: Life After Death'' takes place 5 years after the series.
* The "Double Secret Probation Edition" of the ''AnimalHouse'' DVD takes the well-known WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue to the movie even further, with a fake documentary, actually titled "Where Are They Now", taking the text blurbs from the movie and running with them. Director John Landis is the documentarian, who revisits his earlier "documentary", interviewing the characters. Save for Bluto; the hard-partying, mischief-making, unlikely-to-graduate fratboy is now "President Blutarsky". Unfortunately, he could not be interviewed on account of John Belushi being inconveniently dead.
* ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' had an epilogue that is both this and a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, due to the request of the test audiences. It's a full scene of [[spoiler:Elle giving the valedictorian speech at her Law School graduation ceremony]], with interspersed text blurbs detailing what happened to the supporting characters.
* In ''AIArtificialIntelligence'', David and Teddy remain frozen in the ice for over 2,000 years before they're thawed out by the Future Mechas, when humanity has long since died out.
* In the last scenes of ''{{Atonement}}'' the main character tells what happened to the others, more than sixty years after the story took place. It [[TheEndingChangesEverything changes]] [[TearJerker quite a few things.]]
* The last scene of ''BroadcastNews'' shows the three main characters seven years on.
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' ends with the main character on a boat off the coast of Rhode Island, married to another woman, more than a decade later.
* In the finale/epilogue of ''Film/{{Elf}}'', after an undisclosed period of time, Buddy and Jovie have since married and have a daughter (or son, in the Broadway musical) when they revisit the North Pole/Christmastown.
* An...interesting variation occurs in ''{{Film/Jumanji}}'', wherein [[spoiler: after [[BookEnds time reverses to the beginning of the game in 1969 following the end of it in 1995]],]] the finale occurs 26 years later [[spoiler: in 1995, which was the present for most of the movie.]]
** Ditto for ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'', where Jenna appears to wish herself to become a 30-year-old. She wakes up in a nice apartment, discovering that she's incredibly successful but lonely. She meets up with a guy who was her only friend in school and realizes she has feelings for him. They sleep together, but he then shuts her down, explaining that he's about to get married, and a brief rekindling of the flame is not enough to derail a long-term commitment. So... she wishes she was 13 again. She wakes up in the same closet where she locked herself after a failed party, runs out and kisses the boy. Cut to 17 years later when they're moving into their dream house.
* The main action in the {{Biopic}} ''Chaplin'' ends in 1952: Creator/CharlieChaplin, leaving for a film premiere in his native England, learns that he's been effectively exiled from the United States over [[RedScare accusations that he is a Communist]]. In the framing device set in 1963, he admits to a (fictional) biographer that he hasn't considered returning to the U.S., even though he could, as he doesn't feel that Americans care about him anymore. The distant finale takes place at the 1972 Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, where -- as he watches an audience enjoy a montage of his work in the leadup to his receiving an Honorary Oscar -- he realizes they still do.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', this is seven-thirteenths of ''The Beatrice Letters''. Ostensibly they're just supplementary reading, but there's no such thing as "optional," is there?
* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' [[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]] trilogy, the last chapter in ''Absolution Gap'' ends with the HordeofAlienLocusts (Called Greenfly) eating up worlds, spreading through the universe. If you read the Shadow's dialogue, you'll realize [[spoiler: that the ''entire'' universe is doomed]]
* Happens in the later books of Literature/TheBible, with Revelation skipping from the 1st few centuries A.D. to the end of the world. Obviously that makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Of course, it can be argued that the New Testament's authors expected the world to end in their lifetimes (several of Jesus' prognostications can be read like that), so Revelation may not have been skipping very far forward at all.
* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe]]'' almost ends like this. After the defeat of the White Witch it jumps to the children having grown up in Narnia. Then they wander back into the real world (having nearly forgotten it) and discover not only has no time passed since they arrived (because of YearInsideHourOutside) but they're children again.
* The main events of the epilogue of ''WarAndPeace'' take place 8 years after the events of the novel conclude. Tolstoy, per his genius, covers 8 years in thirty pages, compared with the first 7 years of the novel which took [[{{Doorstopper}} a thousand pages]] to describe.
* The last chapter of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' takes place 19 years after the end of the story. It shows all the main characters taking their children to the Hogwarts train, where we briefly catch up with what they've been doing for the last few years. Naturally, most of them have married each other.
* ''TheHandmaidsTale'' ends x-mumble years later with the finding of the documents that made up the preceding book, and scholars opining: "Oh, my, weren't people back then just so foolish; of course, nothing like that could ever happen again."
** Deny none of it.
* ''{{Nation}}'', set around the turn of the 19th century, finishes in the present day with an old man wrapping up the story to his grandkids, [[spoiler:who are [[ShootTheShaggyDog not remotely impressed]] by the BittersweetEnding.]]
* Arguably, [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]] - the scholarly appendix at the end on Newspeak is written in the ''past'' tense in standard English, implying Newspeak is no longer the spoken language. A matter of some dispute.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', in which the Distant Finale was, in fact, [[spoiler: a construct that took place in the minds of the characters while on an exploding planet. This was, oddly enough, at the BEGINNING of the novel. The story continues uninterrupted from there.]]
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' ends several decades in the future, where Bobby has been able to live out his life as if he had never been a traveler. Given how much the world has irrevocably changed by this point, it's not clear how this is possible.
** Well, it's kind off clear. Solara granted the wishes of the travelers, including Bobby, for them to get to live back in there homes, so it created an alternate timeline for them to live their lives in, until it was time for the traveler's to return to Solara.
* ''Titan'' by Stephen Baxter has a very Distant Finale; it jumps several billion years to when the Sun has gone red giant and Titan is warm enough to have evolved sentient life.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The first book begins with a prologue taking place thousands of years before the main story.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was originally going to have one with Sam telling the story to his children, but Tolkien decided against including it. It was eventually published in ''Sauron Defeated''.
** The appendices include ''The Tale Of Years'', which ends by summarising the next 150 years and telling us what happened to most of the main characters: Sam becoming a widower at an advanced age and (according to hobbit tradition) crossing the Sea to rejoin Frodo; Merry and Pippin dying as centenarians in Minas Tirith and later being entombed with Aragorn himself; Gimli crossing the Sea with Legolas after Aragorn's death, the only Dwarf ever to wish to do so or be allowed.
* ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' has an epilogue taking place much later, [[spoiler:after Winnie has died of old age]].
* The finale of ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' is set 11 years after the main story.
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' prequel ''Bluestar's Prophecy'' ends many years after the main story, with Bluestar making a decision which causes the events of the first book.
* ''ManifoldSpace'' features a very brief finale set in the extreme future to demonstrate that the cycle of extinction events was indeed broken at last.
* The ''{{Necroscope}}'' series eventually ends with an epilogue implying Vampirism is eventually cured in a few hundred years' time, that the whole world has developed esper skills[[note]]the UnfortunateImplications being no one without esper skills survived to breed[[/note]], and is now a post-scarcity environment
* The novel of ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' ends with Susie's charm bracelet, which could have provided a clue to her murder, being found years after the fact by a couple who has no idea who it once belonged to.
* ''Time Regained'', the last volume of Creator/MarcelProust's ''A la recherche de temps perdu'', inverts this trope. We see all the characters we met in the preceding volumes—all those who have survived, at least—years or sometimes decades after they had last figured in the narrative. The party at which this all takes place is, however, the [[LongRunner entire epic's]] ''present'', with the whole story told in {{Flashback}}.
* ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'' has two of them. The first takes place after ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''[[note]]The rest of the book's TNG timeline takes place just after "Sarek" in season three.[[/note]] [[spoiler:and the ''Enterprise''-D's destruction]] and deals with Picard receiving a time capsule from Starfleet Archives containing a message to him from Kirk, [[spoiler:whose ship he encountered in the book due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie]]. The second takes place centuries in the future, in a time when the Federation has united the entire galaxy and a ship with "sidewarp" drive has traveled beyond its edge, finding a [[{{Precursors}} Preserver]] beacon out in deep space and opening a new era. "In the language of the time, the ship's name is ''Enterprise''."
* ''Literature/InfernalDevices'': [[spoiler: The epilogue of ''Clockwork Princess'' takes place in modern day, with Tessa recalling her life with Will, his death of old age in her arms as Jem played the violin, and finally meeting with Jem who has been freed from the Silent Brothers and the two of them starting a new life together.]]
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': [[spoiler: The epilogue to Oblivion features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]
* A good number of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' books end this way, although the "distance" is usually only a few years. Enough to show a happy family with a child or two. As can be expected, these characters are not featured in any subsequent books, their stories having ended. One notable example in the book ''The [[AMechByAnyOtherName Serv]]-Battalion'', where the titular battalion is wiped out to a man. The DistanceFinale, in this case, involves the recovery of their mostly-intact machines and refitting them for further service in the war. Due to the nature of the BrainComputerInterface, the machines slowly regain the memories and personalities of their dead pilots. They reform the battalion and return to the place of their creation to rescue the inventor of the machines.
* After the [[FinalBattle penultimate chapter]] of Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', we get a [[TearJerker pretty satisfying]] one of these in the final chapter, when [[spoiler: Jenny goes to [[GrimReaper guide]] Calvin [[{{Psychopomp}} to the next world]] about seventy years later]].
* ''Queenie'' by JacquelineWilson is set in 1953, when eleven-year-old Elsie and her grandmother go to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Its final chapter takes place sixty years later with Elsie, now a grandmother herself, wondering whether she will live to take her own grandchildren to see Prince Charles's coronation.
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* ''SixFeetUnder'' ("Everyone's Waiting," [[spoiler:follows (almost) all of the main characters to their deaths years in the future.]])
* ''MadAboutYou'' ("Final Frontier," 22 years later, with [[FlashBack flashbacks]])
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' ("Sleeping in Light," 19 years later, as well as the season 4 finale "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars", a whole episode of this trope, showing us the impact of the titular space station 100, 500, 1000, and 1000000 years in the future.
* ''DawsonsCreek'' (Two-parter "All Good Things..." and "...Must Come to an End," 5 years later. This had the added effect of making the actors look [[DawsonCasting only 5 years older than their characters rather than 10 years]].)
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' ("These Are the Voyages," 6 and 200 years later)
** Interestingly, the episode is woven in with a Next Generation episode that aired more the ''15 years'' before.
* ''{{Eureka}}'''s first season finale is four years in the future, but this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] because two characters then proceed to time-travel back four years.
* This trope seems to be popular with the latter-day producers of ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' -- in approximate descending order of their reception -- all have final episodes that show possible futures for the crew, but each has a caveat that leaves wiggle room: Respectively, "All Good Things..." centers around the results of a a complicated time-travel event, "Endgame" is changed in a more straightforward way by time travel, and the events depicted in "These Are The Voyages..." are a retelling through a holodeck simulation. (Many fans latched onto that last one out of a widely-agreed-upon belief that [[spoiler:Trip dying a senseless, anticlimactic death to some minor bad guys six years later]] was a particularly lousy way to go out.)
* ''Series/ReGenesis'' "The Truth", 35 years later, although it's heavily implied to be [[spoiler:David's dying hallucination.]]
* The epilogue of ''WillAndGrace'' occurs when the pair, who had a falling out around the time they each had children, are reunited by the [[GenerationXerox meeting-in-college]] and eventual marriage of said children.
* Parodied in ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob''!, as one of the earliest episodes is a preview of the 50th AnniversarySpecial.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s final episode "Unending" featured SG-1 and General Landry being caught in a time-distortion field and living and aging 50 years while less than a second of time passed outside. This was undone and everyone but Teal'c completely forgot the 50 years that had been.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' reverses this - the premise is that 20 or so years after the main character has met, married and had kids with the girl of his dreams, their father decides to tell the story of how the two of them met - and the entire series becomes a giant flashback to relate this story, going on for half a dozen seasons with only occasional [[strike:remarks from]] StockFootage of the kids to keep the frame story intact.
* ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' [[spoiler: [[OhCrap 150,000 years later...]]]]
* Inverted on ''{{Newhart}}'': In the final scene of the last episode, Dick Loudon wakes up to discover that [[spoiler: his entire life from 1982 to 1990 as depicted in ''Newhart'' was actually a dream of Bob Hartley, the protagonist of ''The Bob Newhart Show'', which had last aired in 1978]]. That comes after a false WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue in the same episode.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}: Epitaph One'', included with the first season [=DVDs=], is set 10 years in the future, [[spoiler: showing what the consequences of the Dollhouse's technology will be on civilization.]] It's not pretty.
** This is picked up in the second season, with ''Epitaph Two: Return'', where [[spoiler:the world is restored thanks to Topher's HeroicSacrifice, Paul is anticlimactically shot, and Echo receives an imprint of him as a parting gift from Alpha]].
* ''The GuidingLight'' 's [[LongRunners 72-year run]] ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.
* The final scene of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is set a few years into the future: Dixon visits Sydney and Vaughn, who are living in peace by the sea with their two children, to ask for their help catching Sark (again). Also, we learn that Isabelle has the potential to be a great spy, just like her mom -- but it seems she just wants to lead a normal life.
* A variation on ''TheWestWing'': The ''opening'' of the last season is set 3 years after the end of the previous one, and shows who has married, who has changed careers etc. It still leaves open the big question of who won the next general election, though.
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' revealed that [[spoiler:the Flash-Sideways was a distant afterlife. Christian tells Jack that some of the other characters died "long after" Jack, and given that Hurley became the island's immortal protector, it's quite possible that millennia have passed since Jack's death.]]
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' ends like this. [[spoiler: All the members of the cast are elderly and Gruber and Helga (now married with children) come to visit and they wonder whatever happened to the Fallen Madonna. Helga still has the [[ItMakesSenseInContext left boob in her purse]] and they work out that the rest of the painting is in the local statue of Rene the town put up. Then Rene elopes with Yvette as Edith shouts out the attic window at them.]]
* The CW TV series ''LifeUnexpected'' was cancelled in its 2nd season due to low ratings. To prevent ending the series without closure for the fans in an already short 2nd season, there is a random 2 year time skip at the end of the final episode, taking place after [[spoiler: Kate runs into Ryan's ex-girlfriend Julia, who it turns out '''WAS''' pregnant from her brief affair with Ryan when he and Kate were separated. Kate returns to break the news to Ryan, and suddenly a "TWO YEARS LATER" title card appears and we are at Lux's graduation, where she is ''Valedictorian'' of her class, and we are slowly revealed that Julia and Ryan are now a couple, as are Math and the radio show producer, who is now pregnant. After the speech and the group posing for a photo op, the show ends with the big reveal that Kate and Baze are finally a couple (We watch the two of them share a long passionate kiss), thus giving Lux a real family with her real mom and dad.]]
* ''{{Smallville}}''[='=]s final scenes takes place in year 2018, with LexLuthor elected as the US president, Clark, Lois and the younger Jimmy working at the Daily Planet and also had a scene of Chloe reading a Smallville comic book to her son.
* ''StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'' has a strange exception, considering the final episode is a film. It takes place a year after Josie disappears into the worm hole.
* ''ThirdWatch'' ends with Office John "Sully" Sullivan giving an epilogue on the fates of all the characters--marriage, children, jobs, etc., including himself, retired and living upstate.
* {{Series/Merlin}} ends in the present day with Merlin walking down a road and looking out at the island of Avalon, still waiting for Arthur to return.
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' ends "several decades in the future", with three new agents who are a lot like Pete, Myka and Artie, and Claudia having not only taken up Mrs Frederic's position but her StealthHiBye skills, some of her attitude, and her hairstyle.
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* At least a decade passes between the 3rd act and the 4rth (only in the musical update) of ''Vanities''. In the original, the Manhattan tea party was the finale. The off-Broadway version also had a HowWeGotHere format. In the Theatreworks version, it was more of a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
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* Zero's ending in VideoGame/MegaManX6 was retconned into this when Capcom decided to continue to the series for a few more games.
* The visual novel ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has several, due to its MultipleEndings:
** Last Episode: [[spoiler:Saber welcomes Shirou into Avalon, after apparently having waited for him for an ''eternity''. Presumably an epilogue to the Fate scenario of the game]]
** Heaven's Feel:
*** [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding The Normal End]] ends decades in the future, Shirou having disappeared and Sakura having taken over his residence. [[TearJerker Its implied that she dies as a lonely spinster, faithfully awaiting Shirou's return]].]]
*** [[spoiler: [[GoldenEnding The True End]] takes place a few years after the events of the route, and depict Sakura and Shirou settling down and living peaceful lives together. Rin and Rider survive and everybody gets to view CherryBlossoms together.]]
* Asellus' "Human" and "Half-Mystic" endings in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' take place decades after killing the BigBad, [[spoiler: Orlouge. The Human ending shows a slideshow of her living out the rest of her life, while the Half-Mystic ending shows her having retained eternal youth, visiting her old [[MayflyDecemberRomance friend]], Gina.]] Her Full-mystic ending takes place more or less immediately after the final battle.
* ''MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' does this in pure text, presumably to eliminate the need for new sprites.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s last scene is after the credits, showing Red XIII and his children, 500 years after the game, coming upon the ruins of Midgar. It is an edge case of the trope, since it's a short scene, but it only covers one character and there's no voiceover narration or text explanation.
* ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' takes place 500 years after the end of the previous game, in which time has stopped for everything except the people, no one dies, and no newborns can be conceived.
* The final screen of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Infinity'' [[spoiler:is set in ''the last quantum moment before the end of the universe.'']]
** Not quite as impressive, but ''Marathon 2's'' ending screen detailed events happening 10000 years after the end of the gameplay.
* Used in the VisualNovel ''{{Crescendo}}'', where the bad ending for Yuka's path takes place several years later at a class reunion
* The good ending of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. The little sisters grow up to live normal, happy lives. Oh, and you die of old age...with every little sister you saved by your side in your final moments.
* An unorthodox version in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': [[spoiler: At the end of the game you go back 10 years into the past and save Yomiel from the meteorite. The epilogue shows what happened 10 years after that (though it's the same day as when the rest of the game was set) and how everyone's lives have changed as a result of the new timeline.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' shows Welkin and Alicia married with their daughter named [[spoiler: Isara]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has a secret ending that shows that Sora is embarking on a quest 11 years after the events of the game to save most of the series' cast from their [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead fates.]]
* ''ShiningForce 2's'' epilogue occurs two years after the victory against Zeon.
* ''{{killer7}}'': Chapter 6 ("Smile") is the proper final stage in the game, in which Garcian Smith discovers that his true identity is Emir Parkreiner and that the other six Smiths are actually people that he killed years ago in the Union Hotel. The epilogue, known as Cahpter 7: "Lion" is set five years later and has Garcian, having reverted back to his Emir identity, fulfilling a final mission on Battleship Island, eliminating the last few Heaven Smiles and either killing or sparing eminent Japanese politician Kenjiro Matsuoka. The very final scene is set one hundred years after that, [[spoiler:showing Harman and Kun Lan meeting again in Shanghai beginning the next cycle of their eternal game against each other.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games show the montage of your adventure's long-term consequences, most of which depend on your sidequests' results.
* The [[DarkerAndEdgier "A Wonderful Life"]] ''HarvestMoon'' sub-series ends with these, after you [[BitterSweetEnding die]].
* While most of ''RogueSquadron'''s story takes place prior to the Battle of Hoth, the last mission is years later during the ''DarkEmpire'' conflict, specifically the Battle of Calamari where the World Devastators were stopped.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ends several years (possible decades or centuries) after the events of the finale, with an old man telling a story to a child about the series' protagonist, now known as "[[MeaningfulName The Shepard]]". In one ending, the interlude is about 50000 years.
** With the Extended Cut, we also see still-frames showing what the various characters and factions got up to after Shepard's work was done. The possible scenes run the gamut from Awesome to Heartwarming to straight-up TearJerker territory, depending on what characters survived, and what choices Shepard made.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' ends with the protagonist as an old man, telling his story to his grandchildren.
* [[spoiler:Lily Sheerfield's]] epilogue in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' takes place a thousand years after the events of the story when [[spoiler:her mother]] finally breaks out of a sealed dimension and returns home.
* The final scene in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is set [[spoiler: 1000 years after the rest of the game, during the modern day, in which an immortal Zobek tries to enlist Gabriel (AKA Dracula) into helping him stop Satan from returning to earth]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' Where at the end the protagonists find that [[spoiler: Due to the meteor's radiation the world had evolved quickly, and the futuristic ending is the present for them.]]
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* ''UnicornJelly'' ends with jumps of 350, 116666, and finally 150000 years. Then the semi-sequel ''PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' jumps ''700000'' years after the original. And then ''that'' sequel has a 100000 years later Distant Finale.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' the epilogue is 3 years in the future, with a dramatic ArtShift to boot. [[spoiler: Fighter and Black Mage never did find that Armor of Invincibility from the beginning of the strip.]]
* ''PennyAndAggie'', a high school dramedy, skips ahead 6 years in its final chapter (the previous arc having ended just before the main cast's senior year) to the characters' ClassReunion.
* ''WebComic/DominicDeegan'' shows the titular character and his wife growing old together, apparently gaining at least one child along the way. As both were effectively sterilised along the course of the plot, if they adopted or became fertile again is left up the reader.
** To a lesser degree, Dominic is given one last vision from the Heart of Magic, showing a few brief snippets of the future of his family, friends and homeland.
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* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has the [=Y3K=] story, set almost a millennium after the rest of the plot, and the [[AbortedArc abortive]] '"Tech Infantry: Exodus'' project, set several centuries after that.
* ''FanFic/{{Lothiriel}}'' by [=JunoMagic=] is fan fiction of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The first 109 chapters happen in the years during and after ''The Lord of the Rings'', but chapter 110 "Epilogue" skips ahead some decades.
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': The last episode took place 17 years in the future (although it seems ''much'' farther), complete with all of the generic Sci-Fi cliches about the future. It stars Filbert's kids, who ask Filbert, who suddenly is a very old man [[LampshadeHanging (This is lampshaded)]] about a banana they found in an abandoned house, which happened to be Rocko's. He tells them that a mix-up with a monkey that was intended to be launched into space eventually ended with Rocko, Heffer, Spunky, and the monkey travelling aimlessly through the stars. Because Nickelodeon could never let a show truly end, the ship they were stuck on crash lands next to Filbert's house, and the main cast suddenly meets up again, probably meant to be the start of a SpinOff. One could assume that naming a futuristic spin-off of a show with the word "modern" in the title wouldn't have been too hard, either.
* The 2nd-season finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Epilogue" (often mistaken for the first-season finale because the [=DVDs=] inexplicably package the first two 13-episode seasons as a single 26-episode season), was originally meant to be the series finale. It takes places some number of years after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Franchise/{{DCAU}} series set the farthest into the future, making it both a FullyAbsorbedFinale and a Distant Finale for the entire DCAU.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' series finale takes place when the kids of Sector V have grown up into rather old adults (who, in an artistic twist, are portrayed by real life actors rather than animated characters). Most of the episode is told via interviews and flashbacks, and attentive viewers can infer what the kids of Sector V grew up to be.
** It's flat out stated that Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 4 got married, as did Numbuhs 2 and 5. Numbuh 3 is also president of the Rainbow Monkey Corporation.
* There is an ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' movie which gives closure to the series and shows us that Ginger ended up publishing her diaries. We also see that [[spoiler:Ginger and Darren are now married and have a baby.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Peter declares his house an independent country after Mayor West reveals that Peter's house is not on Quahog's map ends with the entire previous twenty-one minutes' shown as having been presented to a class of children in in a future history class in space. The only question raised was whether or not people understood Stewie when he talked (which is what a lot of fans wondered back in the early days of the show. WordOfGod reveals that people ''do'' know that Stewie can talk, but because he's a baby, they don't take his threats or cursing seriously).
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' ended with a reunion in the future, with a B-plot set in the show's "present" shown through flashbacks.
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' takes place in the future with Chowder as an adult with his own apprentice.
* While not a finale per se, the Season 4 episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' "Artifacts" shows archaeologists unearthing the Batcave 1000 years in the future, interspersed with a story set about 20 years from the main timeframe of the series. The episode was well-received, with nods to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" (even using that as a TitleDrop) and other elements of Batman mythos including something that, due to its cause, you'd never expect in a Batman cartoon; Barbara being Oracle (Read ComicBook/TheKillingJoke).
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' ends with a peek ahead at Orel as an adult. [[spoiler: He managed to overcome the hellish family situation he had, and is seen happily married to his DistaffCounterpart Christina, with two kids, and a dog.]]
* ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', the first LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', shows the life of Timmy Turner and his fairies 13 years after the timeframe of the cartoon.
* The classic Creator/ChuckJones Creator/WarnerBrothers short "WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening", shows the plot's cycle beginning anew a century later.
* Mixed with WhatCouldHaveBeen, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Christmas episode from season 23 ("Holidays of Futures Passed") takes place 30 years in the future, showing Bart and Lisa as parents trying to raise their children and realizing that parenting isn't as easy as it looks (Bart is a divorced dad living in what used to be Springfield Elementary School—which is now an apartment complex, while Lisa is trying to bond with her rebellious teenage daughter whom she had with Milhouse, and Maggie, now a popular singer, is about to have a child of her own). What makes it a "finale" of sorts is that it was supposed to be the last episode of the series (since the show was suffering from budget issues and FOX was considering cancellation to save money. After everyone agreed to cutting the show's budget, the show was saved from cancellation and greenlit for seasons 24 and 25).
** Which is just about where they would be, since the series time was "frozen" in 1989 or so.
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