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->''"He's here to save the nation,\\
So stay tuned to this station,\\
If not, we'll be unemployed,\\
Freakazoid! Freakazoid!"''
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''' (opening theme)

A specific type of MediumAwareness, where the impeding end of the series is referenced within the show itself. Such events generally happen on the GrandFinale. Depending on the series, this may be done in the form of events in the final batch of episodes having a double meaning that alludes to an ending of some kind or characters directly BreakingTheFourthWall.

Because this can sometimes imply a vocal dissatisfaction with the conditions (lack of viewers, ExecutiveMeddling, ScrewedByTheNetwork) that could bring about an early end to a show, this may tie in with BitingTheHandHumor, and is generally used in media that lend themselves to it, such as LiveActionTV or WesternAnimation.

The opposite sort of lampshade to AndTheAdventureContinues. Contrast TheResolutionWillNotBeIdentified, where an intentionally written finale is not acknowledged as such in universe or on its network.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': The characters (including the narrator) complain that the series is canceled just before an epic fight, and the narrator complains that he was never visible through the entire series.
%%* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' does this before the last episode of the anime.
%%* The ''Manga/LupinIII'' manga does this in the last chapter of the original series.
* The first ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' anime has Satsuki and Zazie narrating the next episode preview for the final episode, during which they both point out they've yet to have any lines.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', the preview at the end of episode 25 has Faye saying "It's over?"
* One of the chapter covers in ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' had a character on a phone stating there was only one volume to go before the series ends.
* Happens ''oh so very much'' in ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'', often with plenty of SelfDeprecation from the characters as well. In fact, there's a whole episode based on the fact that the anime was unexpectedly cancelled (as opposed to all the times they were ''expecting'' to be cancelled) and the characters try to plan a fitting ending for the series.
* The final episode of ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' begins with Hajime ranting about how he feels when a SliceOfLife ThirteenEpisodeAnime is ending, and [[AwesomenessWithdrawal how he wishes he could see what happens to the characters afterwards]]. He also notes that just before an anime ends, something happens, like a graduation. [[spoiler: And at the end of this anime? Well, the episode is titled "[[BabiesEverAfter Me, Her, and Another]]".]]
** Ironically, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-12-25/i-cant-understand-what-my-husband-is-saying-anime-gets-2nd-season/.82612 a second season was announced after the episode ended]].
* The Funimation dub of ''Anime/CrayonShinChan'' spent its third season finale shattering what was left of the fourth wall.
-->'''Narrator:''' Boy, this show's been swearing more this season. That's either a sign that the Supes support it.. o-or don't care about it! Hey Zach! We're not getting canceled, are we!? \\
'''ADR Director Zach Bolton:''' Nah, they got like 600 of these in Japan. [[TemptingFate We'll be doing this for years!]]
* ''Manga/ChroniclesOfTheGoingHomeClub'' has this trope turn up as early as episode 4, with the cast trying to avoid cancellation or retooling into a fighting anime. Discussion of the ending also comes up in episode 11 (out of 12).
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', the antagonist [[spoiler:Anshin'in-san]] claims that the motivation for their master plan ([[spoiler:Namely, having Zenkichi dethrone Medaka as the main character of the series]]) is that "Any manga that goes over 10 volumes is just coasting. And this series is already three volumes over the limit." [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as Medaka reveals that Anshin'in doesn't have true MediumAwareness, but rather a psychological condition where she ''believes'' she's a fictional character, and needed to see something impossible like a protagonist being dethroned before she could commit suicide and end her existence.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1156 The Blackhawks plead with their fans to buy their comic or they'll be cancelled]].
%%* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1311 The Flash tries the same trick]].
%%** ComicBook/TheFlash did it again in the Julius Schwartz [[http://www.comics.org/issue/215551/cover/4/ tribute issue]].
%%* ComicBook/SheHulk did that, too, only [[http://www.comics.org/issue/46244/cover/4/ more]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/93403/cover/4/ threateningly]].
%%* [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=31&Itemid=47&limitstart=69 This cover]] of J2. It was canceled three issues later.
* During Creator/PeterDavid's run on ''ComicBook/CaptainMarVell'', Rick Jones developed [[FourthWallObserver Comics Awareness]], knowing he's in a comic book and that it was about to be cancelled. The final issue of the series was entirely about the fact that it was the final issue of the series.
%%* ComicBook/AmbushBug hosted an after-party at the end of his first MiniSeries.
* In a Creator/RobertKanigher issue of ComicBook/WonderWoman during UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/08/26/i-love-ya-but-you%e2%80%99re-strange-when-robert-kanigher-personally-fired-the-supporting-cast-of-wonder-woman/ one story]] was about Kanigher himself dropping most of the supporting characters to retool Wonder Woman into something closer to UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, as well as [[RunningGag characters wondering whether or not he has a yellow bowtie]].
* Robert Kirkman's ''Irredeemable ComicBook/AntMan'', staring superhero slacker Eric O'Grady got the can at #12 leading to [[http://images.wikia.com/marveldatabase/images/a/af/Irredeemable_Ant-Man_Vol_1_12.jpg this cover]]. Which has various references to the previous cancelled titles from marvel's stable. In the reader mail section it's explained lack of buyers killed the book and Kirkman repeatedly jokes "Well if you buy 10,000 of this issue we can keep going."
* Issue #10 of the Marvel run of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' (which was derived from the Bakshi animated series) had the hero aware of the final issue as he confronts a foe he first feels he cannot defeat but soon reaches an epiphany:
-->'''Mighty Mouse:''' I've starred in ten gosh-darned good issues and nothing can change that!
* In Cartoon Network Block Party, the cover of issue #59 has everyone from CN who has appeared in the comic appear on a stage to take their last bows.
* The very last issue of ''ComicBook/XStatix'', Guy Smith is increasingly gripped with a sense that the team's final mission is going to be a ''very'' final mission. Sure enough, the whole team is killed off.
* The last issue of ''ComicBook/TheIntimates'' features Punch talking about how much he hates when companies just suddenly cut off a comic book series without providing a resolution, which is precisely what happened to ''Intimates''.
* Issue #17 of the first ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'' series ends with Woody picking up a telephone, then informing Quantum (and the reader) that the book has been cancelled. The trope was reversed when the title was un-cancelled a year later with a ''second'' phone call.
* ''[[ComicBook/MegaMan Archie's Mega Man]]'' last issue was #55 before "going into hiatus" and ended with Dr. Light receiving a shock from [[VideoGame/MegaManII the Time Skimmer]]. He sees visions of everything that will happen to Mega Man from adaptations of the 4th game onward, ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man X]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]], ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]], and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]'' before eventually being brought out of it, ensured that Mega Man, no matter what generation, will keep fighting the good fight. The issue ended with a full page Short Circuit comic (usually reserved for silly quick gags) which had Mega Man, his friends and villains singing "We'll Meet Again" even including other incarnations such as Bad Art Mega Man featured in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken Street Fighter x Tekken]]'', [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan the 90's Mega Man cartoon]], European covers of Mega Men, and even his version from ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster Captain N]]''. Closing out with [[ThankingTheViewer thanks to the viewers for reading]], a gag about ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends2''[='=]s infamous CliffHanger ending, and the classic death explosion.
** Now it seems as if it really is the end, as many of the people who worked on the comic left to work on IDW's version of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic, taking the chance of the series continuing with them.
* ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' foreshadows the end of that series in #23, when Gwen realizes she can only see two more issues on the horizon through her {{medium awareness}} ability. Surely enough, it was confirmed ''Gwenpool'' would be ending at issue #25 shortly after the release of the former.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The last month or so of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' was replete with this trope, as the characters are "fired" by UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump (whose brain was implanted into Bill The Cat), and try to find jobs in other comic strips: Steve Dallas turns up as one of ''ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}'''s dates, Oliver integrates ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', Milo appears in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', et cetera. At one point, Opus even laments that "comic strips aren't supposed to end!", and in the penultimate strip, summarily boots Ronald Ann through the doorway to ''[[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Outland]]'' (yes, Berke Breathed's Sunday-only successor strip, mentioned by name), reasoning that "she was dawdling, and ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' is taking over this space Monday."
** When its spin-off comic, ''Opus'', was coming to a close, Opus had to choose the one spot he wished to be for the remainder of eternity. [[spoiler: He ended up picking ''Literature/GoodnightMoon''.]]
* In the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{FoxTrot}}'', the characters are aware that their creator, Bill Amend, is going to stop drawing regular daily comics and switch to Sundays only.
* The final daily strips of ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' had some hidden messages about the end of the strip, such as Lanolin wearing a sign on her body that says "The End is Near", and Orson [[spoiler: reading a newspaper and trying to find himself in there. When Orson finds out he isn't in there, [[PuffOfLogic he disappears.]]]]
-->'''Sheldon:''' Orson, did you ever wonder if our days are numbered?\\
'''Orson:''' Not only numbered, but [[MediumAwareness signed and dated]], Sheldon.\\
'''Sheldon:''' No! Seriously!\\
'''Orson:''' Seriously, I live each moment as if it were my last panel. And after that, there's always [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends animation]]!\\
'''Sheldon:''' ''SERIOUSLY!''
** Finally, there was the Looney Tunes-style Porky Pig gag at the end of the [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/otherpeople2/cutsthecorn2.html very last comic.]]
* The last story arc of the strip ''Cleats'' had one character believe that if he stopped playing hackeysack with his soccer ball, the world would end. several "signs of the apocalypse" were shown, including an obese character becoming fit overnight. It was decided that "there's only one way to find out", upon which the character was jostled to make him drop the ball. And thus, the strip ended.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://dizzypacce.deviantart.com/art/Nothing-Lasts-Forever-200091731 This short fanfic]] for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' takes the [[{{Fanon}} fan interpretation]] that one character has MediumAwareness and runs with it... [[TearJerker right off a cliff into a river of tears]].
* In the epilogue of the final ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode, the heroes ponder over their adventures and remark on how it feels like [[EndOfAnEra an era has ended]], tying into the end of the series.
* The plot of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' at one point starts to involve the threat of somehow being "cancelled" by in-universe characters. It even changes its name to ''Cancelled Series''.
* ''WebVideo/OuranTheVaguelyAbridgedSeries'' has a three-part series finale in which Haruhi and the hosts eagerly await the ending of the show, and even try to stop it from getting renewed.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': In "The Pet Games", when the flamingo gets disqualified from a talent competition for using Disney footage in his performance, the color commentators note that this copyright violation might get ''Ultra Fast Pony'' taken off the internet.

* In one of Mo Willems' ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' books, "Literature/WeAreInABook", the main characters [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin realize they're in a book]]. Piggie flips ahead to see how many pages are left, and Gerald freaks out when he sees how few there are. Subverted in that the book is ''not'' the end of the series.
* Similar to the above example, in the ''Series/SesameStreet'' books ''Literature/{{The Monster at the End of This Book}}'' and ''Another Monster at the End of This Book'', Grover becomes more and more panicked as he realizes that it's getting close to the end of the book and we're about to see the monster. ([[spoiler: In the first book, he is the monster at the end. In the second, it's Elmo.]])

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the last episode of the first season of ''Series/TheNeighbors'' many LeaningOnTheFourthWall moments happen, the most obvious being Alien Larry Bird begging his father to let his group stay on Earth for "another season" -- before quickly changing this to "I mean, another year".
* In the ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' episode "S.O.B.s", several characters make veiled references to the impending cancellation of their show and the behind-the-scenes negotiations about moving to a different network. At one point, the narrator, Creator/RonHoward, says "please tell your friends about this show," in an effort to increase the fanbase to save it.
** The last episode ends with Howard saying "It '''was''' ''Arrested Development''."
** Not to mention they manage to introduce the possibility of the story being continued in a movie in-universe, without breaking the FourthWall.
* The show ''Series/IMarriedDora'' was about a man and his maid who have a CitizenshipMarriage. In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvVR99yafr8 last scene of the last episode,]] he is about to leave on a two-year job assignment overseas when...
-->'''Peter:''' It's been cancelled.\\
'''Dora:''' The flight?\\
'''Peter:''' No, our series.
* In the last episode of ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', the plot is interrupted by news that the series has been cancelled. Suddenly the characters have to deal with their reality falling apart, as sets are being dismantled all around them.
** A character dies because he had spoken his last line.
** Dave and Maddie rush off to find a preacher in the hope that by getting married they can save the series (and their lives).
** A popular supporting character chews out the leads for their off-set drama derailing the series and asserts that if there is a god in heaven she and her love interest will get a spin off.
** The closing narration notes that the crime they were investigating before they got distracted by the fact their show was ending has never been solved.
* The last episode of ''Series/{{Becker}}'' has a brief mention of a patient named Nielsen (after the company that provides TV ratings) and how the numbers of his chart seem fine to him.
** Also the last episode was titled "DNR" meaning Do Not Resucitate. A medical term for patients who do not want to be revived if they are dying.
* The short-lived Stephen Bochco musical procedural ''Series/CopRock'' did this in the final scene.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** The show called out the then-Sci-Fi Channel in the Season 10 episode "Family Ties" through the use of this trope. Note the careful word choice.
--->'''Carter:''' The truth is, the Stargate program just doesn't get the support it used to from the people in charge.\\
'''Jacek:''' Why not?\\
'''Dr. Lee:''' Series/{{Eureka}}! One down, twelve to go.\\
'''Jacek:''' That's too bad because after all your Stargate program has accomplished for this network of planets, I would think that the decision-makers would show it the respect it deserves.
** That episode has an even more blatant example in the very first line:
-->'''Mitchell''': They cancelled it? Really? I didn't even know the new season had started.
** Each season from 6 to 9 were expected to be the last of the show, so there was always a great deal of EndOfSeriesAwareness and plenty of time to plan epic season finales, but they were always renewed at the last second. Interestingly, the show was picked up for an 11th season comparatively early initially...but that didn't pan out, sadly. As such, the actual series finale is the first season finale since season ''six'' that couldn't have made a perfect GrandFinale. It was a LockedInARoom character study, fun but total {{Filler}} as far as moving the plot along goes. Of course, we got two WrapItUp movies, the first ending the last two seasons' storyline and the second bringing ''[=SG1=]'' to the epic conclusion it deserved.
* The swan song of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' hints at this by having Q tell Picard that "All good things must come to an end."
** He also announces at one point that "it's time to end your trek across the stars."
* In the last episode of British children's drama ''Series/BykerGrove'', the entire youth club is made aware of the fact that they are all fictional characters, that their entire world is fictional, and that the almighty scriptwriters have decided to end their show. But the scriptwriters give them a parting gift...a stack of magic script paper; anything they write on the paper will happen in front of them. The idea is that they can write their own happy endings before the show is finished for good. They do...until two of the younger children write in a ton of dynamite and try to blow the youth club up.... ''(end credits)''
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' was absolutely relentless about this, [[NoFourthWall it being how it is..]]
* The last episode of ''Series/StElsewhere'' had a fat lady sing in the last hospital scene. Then after the infamous AllJustADream ending, the [=MTM=] kitten flat-lined.
* On the season three episode of ''Series/CougarTown'', "It'll All Work Out", Jules decides to celebrate Thanksgiving early because she is afraid that they won't all be together in the fall. They also mention how they missed Thanksgiving last fall (with Laurie adding that she missed Halloween and Christmas as well), a reference to the fact that season 3 was set back to mid-season.
* This was the whole driving force behind the ''Series/RedDwarf'' special "Back to Earth", in which the characters discover they are the stars of a popular TV series... which is about to end.
* The final episode of ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' runs on this trope, as the characters have become aware that they are in a television show that is about to be cut short, so they try all kinds of methods to prolong their series (e.g. introducing long-term plotlines, refusing to fight the FinalBoss, etc.) while the producers rewrite the show around them to cram in as many EndingTropes as humanly possible.
* ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' ended the last episode of its original run with the cast bidding farewell to the viewers in song.
-->We're glad you came to call\\
We really had a ball\\
The show is done, we hate to run\\
We're sorry, but that's all.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' always joked about the likelihood that it would be cancelled, and it did it more and more as the show reached its (preplanned) final episodes.
* In one of the last episodes of ''Series/MonsterGarage'', Jesse repairs some damage to the project car and says to the mechanics working on it "Need a body specialist? I'll be out of a job in three weeks."
* Brazilian sitcom ''Toma Lá Dá Cá'' had such a moment with insane PostModernism. A riot on the condominium was threatening the main characters' lives. The solution was giving a notebook for the character [[ActorAllusion played by the show's co-creator\writer]], so he could [[WhoWritesThisCrap give them a better ending.]] So [[DeusExMachina a spaceship boarded by a character previously]] PutOnABus appears and takes everyone away from the angry mob.
* ''Every'' series of ''Series/MrsBrownsBoys'' - inevitably, as it has NoFourthWall.
* ''Series/TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson'' increasingly pointed out that they were approaching their series finale (complete with a "Just a few more weeks of this crap~!" jingle). The finale featured a [[OnceAnEpisode viewer e-mail]] from someone who had apparently only started watching Ferguson ''that week.''
-->'''Geoff Peterson:''' You're watching the very last ''Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson''; now Grandma can finally get some sleep!
* {{Game Show}}s in general, although this practice isn't near as common as it was prior to about the mid-1990s.
** The last syndicated ''Series/CardSharks'' in 1987 has consistent use of "last show of the season", although host Bill Rafferty slips while explaining the Money Cards to the final champ and says "series". Later, while said champ places the four Jokers, Bill can be heard saying "Which one?", evidently referring to being told which card is the CAR one; as it was the leftmost card the player had marked with a Joker, Rafferty opted to start from the right and go in descending order.
** A variation occurred during the last episode of Ray Combs' tenure as the host of ''New Series/FamilyFeud'' in 1994 -- when the second contestant got ''zero points altogether'' during Fast Money, a (''very'' justifiably) bitter Combs decided to use the moment to mark his exit from the program:
--> '''Ray:''' You know, I've been doing this show for six years and this could be the first time that I had a person who actually got no points and... I think it's a damn fine way to go out. Thought I was a loser 'til you walked up here, you made me feel like a man.
** "If ''you'' would like to be a contestant on ''Series/HitMan''...'''forget it!'''"
** While ''Series/PressYourLuck'' doesn't appear to have had a direct mention of its demise, several comments by host Peter Tomarken during 1986 indicate they knew (or at least strongly suspected) their days were numbered.
** '''''Series/SaleOfTheCentury''''': The 1989 U.S. finale ... on the final week of the show, the studio's prize areas (for both Instant Bargains and what was then the Big Money Winner's Game) clearly were disassembled, as though the producers were beginning to take things apart. Host Jim Perry dropped hints throughout the week that the show's last episode was airing that Friday (March 24), and several Instant Bargains that week reflected that theme. On the next-to-last episode, a special GarageSale Instant Bargain was held with more than $8,000 in previously unwon merchandise up for offer (the contestant bought it); and on the finale, after the contestant played the Instant Cash game but failed to find the correct box containing $1,000 ... Perry simply commented that the cash would forever be unclaimed.
** In the final scene of the last episode of the original run of ''Series/TheCrystalMaze'', after handing out the commemorative crystals to the players, then host Ed Tudor Pole remarks that this was the very last episode. And it was, until the revival in 2016 and 2017.
--> "Well, sadly, that's the very last show in the series. I don't know when I'm going to see you again, but hopefully soon."[[note]]The show eventually returned.[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'''s final episode starts as a simple GraduateFromTheStory plot, but then proceeds to utterly tear itself apart as Ivan finds out that the show has been cancelled and tries to save it. It ends on a somewhat [[BittersweetEnding melancholy note]] as Ivan gives a speech about [[TrueCompanions how the cast has become like a family]] and everyone else [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx5X1MYgRWk sings a song]] about how everything must eventually come to an end.
* The last episode of ''each series'' of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' ended with a joke about it being the end of the series or getting cancelled.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' did this with its final two episodes "The Grey Team" and "Without Reservations"[[note]]The former was intended to be the GrandFinale of the show, but ended up airing before the latter[[/note]]. "Howling Mad" Murdock is seen wearing a shirt that reads "Almost Fini" in "Without Reservations" ("Fini" being French for "End") and a shirt reading "Fini" in "The Grey Team". In addition, the very end of "The Grey Team" has the A-Team wonder what will be in store for them after all their adventures are over.
* On the GrandFinale of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Herc's nephew Evander finds a dead bird and doesn't understand why it won't wake up. Zeus tells him that all things have beginnings, so it's only fair that they have endings, too. Evander asks if things could just start over again--reflecting how that's what happened when the show went into reruns. Also, during a fight, Hercules quips that he's done "after this one" (though in the last scene he decides against officially retiring because he's yet to find a place he'd actually want to stop his travels at).
** "Hercules, Tramps & Thieves" actually features a sly one. It seems like just a typical adventure with Autolycus, but in the last scene, Hercules leaves a crowded bar of partying people (played by various production personnel), looks at them a bit sadly, and leaves. Due to production scheduling, this was the last episode to be filmed and that was the final scene Kevin Sorbo shot. In effect, it's basically him taking one last look at the cast and crew before departing for other projects.
* The final episode of ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' starts with a clip show of the main cast set to a somber piano version of the theme song. Also, the main cast is hesitant to end the series by [[spoiler:sacrificing its [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic Weapons]] to seal the Power Spot that caused everything]].
* In the final episode of ''Series/ChouSeiShinGransazer'':
--> '''Mika''': Our final battle, right?
--> '''Tenma''': Yeah.


[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Gene Kelly episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', although officially the first episode of season 5, was the last episode to ever be filmed. The main backstage plot has Beauregard convinced (thanks to some dodgy fortune-telling) that the end of the world is nigh, and trying to warn the others. Meanwhile, the "Pigs in Space" crew approach the end of the universe.

* The final episode of the Secondary Phase of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' has the continuity announcer, who normally asked ridiculous rhetorical questions as cliffhangers, ask if the show would ever be renewed for another series.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The last book of the 3.5 edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''Elder Evils'', featured a score of {{EldritchAbomination}}s so powerful, their mere ''presence'' is enough to radically alter whole ''worlds''. WordOfGod is that they were created to give players the option to clear their old campaign worlds in time for 4[[superscript:th]] edition.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has two gags at the end of the first game that joke about how it probably won't get a sequel. Including one crack about how the sequel could turn into ''No More Heroes [[VideoGame/DukeNukemForever Forever]]'' and be delayed forever and another where a character flat out says "Too bad there will never be a sequel!" All of it was averted, mind you, since it was [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle able to get a sequel]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts]]'', it is CONSTANTLY joked that the game will sell terribly, the fans will hate it for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks being vehicle-based instead of the traditional platformer they were promised 8 years ago]], and that there will never be another Banjo-Kazooie game. Sadly, [[ShaggyDogStory it seems like they were right]], as there hasn't been a ''Banjo-Kazooie'' game since. That said, at the end of the game, [[AuthorAvatar L.O.G]] promised that the next game (if there is one) would be a traditional platformer if ''Nuts & Bolts'' is poorly received. He was right... [[VideoGame/YookaLaylee sort of]].
* [[BlackMagicianGirl Merrill]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' appears to have this; the CloudCuckoolander she is, she asks [[TeamMom Aveline]] if she thinks "we'll win in the end," because "it feels like something is ending." She also asks Varric, TheNarrator of the story, how it will end, only for him to gently rebuff her in-story because he really doesn't know (at that point).
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has this in the Citadel DLC, the final piece of Commander Shepard's story.
-->'''Joker''': It's been a good ride. Can't wait to see what you'll have us do next.\\
'''Shepard''': [[{{Beat}} ...]] [[WasntThatFun The best.]]
* The 2009 installment of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' being the end of the line is made explicit in the hidden "Mac's LastStand" mode. After its completion, Career Mode is [[PermanentlyMissableContent locked permanently]], emphasizing that Little Mac has retired.[[note]][[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros For a while, anyway]].[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' had some version of this, as an EasterEgg set to react to the date of Rocksteady's founding (December 13, 2004) has Calendar Man tell Batman "The end of days is coming," foreshadowing the GrandFinale ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''.
** Speaking of ''Arkham Knight'', one snippet of mook chatter has one thug boast about how they've survived [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Arkham Asylum]], ''and'' [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]], and is ready for whatever is next. However, another thug states he has a feeling that this is the end, but notes that it was still a fun ride.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/TheMisfortuneOfBeingNed'': "Aw man! There goes my timeslot!"
* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' ShowWithinAShow "Limozeen: But They're In Space!" has its characters announce it's being cancelled... in the middle of the pilot episode. Keep in mind that, even in universe, this was an ''animated show''...

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The final Dragon magazine strips of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' involve the characters being told about the history of the magazine and its impending cancellation by metaphor, and then flying off into the sunset.
* The characters in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' know exactly when their comic is going to end, and it causes plenty of angst among the characters.
* Some characters in ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' are aware of the impending end of the comic.
* ''WebComic/BrawlInTheFamily''[='=]s 580th comic, appropriately titled "World Eight-Four", where the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' characters announce the comic's end, with Kirby reacting as pictured. And then the grand finale, "Meet Me At Final Destination", in which the characters learn their worlds are changing because [[spoiler: Master Hand is tired and wishes to pass on the torch to someone else so all the characters' adventures can continue in some form.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In Website/NFLQuarterbacksOnFacebook, Drew Brees points this out, to the shock of Colin Kaepernick:
-->'''Drew Brees:''' Fine. Go ahead. Get all these ď[Cutler's] Mom jokesĒ out of your system. Might as well, since itís our last convo and all.\\
'''Colin Kaepernick:''' Yeah, use them up, since this is our lastÖ WAIT, ITíS OUR WHAT?!?!\\
'''Drew Brees:''' Our last convo. What, did you think this was going to go on forever and ever. Itís not the Cleveland Browns Super Bowl drought, you know.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the 100th episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. Frylock starts obsessing about the number 100, and Shake realizes it is the 100th episode, time to cash in for syndication cash. However, the network heads inform him that since the show is only 11 minutes long, they really only have only 50 half hours. Returning home, he finds a giant creature in the shape of the number 100 destroying the Aqua Teen set, demanding "Give me the episodes!" Suddenly, the gang are transformed into a parody of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' called ''Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1''. From that point on the show has adopted a new name every season (Although the series premise remains the same).
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the family gets counselling, and is no longer prone to wacky misadventures. Lisa says, "Could this be the end of our series?" When the family gives her odd looks for the statement, she tacks on "...of events?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Granddad mentions that his life is getting too stressful, and that he might not have a lot of episodes (a descriptor for heart attacks, as well) left.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s first episode ''back'' [[UnCanceled from cancellation]], a scene is shown of Peter informing the family too soon that they were cancelled. Lois asks if there's anything that can be done, to which Peter says only if [[LongList every show that was aired in the meantime]] gets cancelled, which they were.
** One of the pre-cancellation episodes has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag: a Magazine/TVGuide cover with Luke Perry on the cover also has the note "If you're reading this, we haven't been cancelled yet."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' exhibited this for a significant number of its last episodes due to the creator's suspicion that only being renewed for a nine episode third season was a sign of impending cancellation, which it was. And then he dedicated the GrandFinale specifically to pointing out the main character had to grow up.
* The theme tune of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' mentions this in its final verse, the page quote. This proved prophetic, and the final episode of the second season ended with a musical curtain call to the tune of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY "We'll Meet Again"]], sung by virtually every character that appeared in the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' plays with this. The characters always imply at the end of each season that the series is cancelled, while each season premiere begins with the show being "[[UnCanceled renewed]]".
* This was the ''premise for'' the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', at least until some higher-up at Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} saw that it broke the network's continuity rules of the time (which forbade any series from having any final resolution) and [[ExecutiveMeddling refused to air it]]. That's just one version of the story, of course--executive producer Mary Harrington says she thought it was brilliant but refused to air it because the main characters AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, which might upset the kids.
* WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle definitely became aware that their series was in danger, though possibly not when it was actually cancelled.
-->'''Rocky:''' Bullwinkle, I'm worried.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Ratings down in the show again?\\
'''Rocky:''' No.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' That's odd.\\
'''Rocky:''' I'm worried because there have already been two attempts on your life.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' Oh, don't worry. We will be renewed.\\
'''Rocky:''' I'm not talking about ''The Bullwinkle Show''.\\
'''Bullwinkle:''' You had better; we could use the publicity.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The final CouchGag during its initial run on Fox read "See you on some other network."
** In one episode of the original final season, Bender refers to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' as "another classic science-fiction series cancelled before its time."
** The show also gives us a rare post-cancellation example. When it was revived on Comedy Central, the first episode opened with the Professor explaining that Planet Express had been shut down 2 years ago by the brainless drones at the Box delivery network, but that their spaceship was now back "on the air".
** The opening text at the beginning of their most recent finale says "AVENGE US".
* Taken to extreme extremes with ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow''. Prior to its airing, there was no indication whatsoever that "Cardburkey" was going to be the final episode, or even that the show was ending at all, until Brak delivers the episode's final line "I wish we [[ItMakesSenseInContext weren't penguins]] and [[BreathlessNonSequitur our show wasn't cancelled!]]" Cut to black. Cartoon Network logo with a [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand deflated]] snippet of the theme song. End.
** As this was aired during a New Year's Eve Marathon at the time, bumpers had various Adult Swim characters watching the TV with Brak's Dad lampshading how sudden the cancellation was.
* The (aired) final episode of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', "Just Chillin'!" has a scene in the beginning with Henry and June discussing that the show is coming close to cancellation. (Also note that this show was one of Nick's best examples of being ScrewedByTheNetwork.)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' had an interesting spin on this with "Mitefall", where [[GreatGazoo Bat-Mite]] is tired of the show and desires a DarkerAndEdgier ''Batman'' series, and thus tries to get the show cancelled by making it [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]]. Meanwhile, ComicBook/AmbushBug tries to stop him by alerting Batman of both of his existence as a fictional character and of Bat-Mite's plot. Ultimately, Bat-Mite ends up succeeding in cancelling the series, [[ProductionForeshadowing replacing it with a more serious CGI cartoon]], only for Ambush Bug to pop in and remind him that he's also a fictional character and that cancelling the show has erased his own existence, as a more serious Batman show has no room for {{Fourth Wall Observer}}s like them. The episode ends with all the characters that have appeared over the cartoon's run, now aware that this is the final episode of a television show, having a farewell party in the Bat-Cave.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** In the final episode, when Bobby expresses an honest interest in a manly hobby, Hank says, "I've been waiting thirteen years to hear you say that." 13 is both Bobby's age and the number of seasons the show ran.
** Also from the finale: as the episode draws to a close, Hank and Bobby are grilling steaks. Bobby looks at the final steak left to be cooked and says meaningfully "Well, dad, I guess this is the last one."
** The finale aired as the second half of a two-parter with the penultimate episode, which began with the foursome in the alley realizing, "Oh no, we're out of projects!"
* Upon finding out ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'' was cancelled, the animators had Maggie wave goodbye to the audience at the end of the final episode.
* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' had the ending song give implications that they did everything they thought they could do throughout the series, "Time To Go Home" and "Let's Go Wandering". The latter is a stronger example of this though, since not only were people crying and bidding farewell to the [=ChalkZone=] gang, but [[FreezeFrameBonus if one looks closely]], Skrawl [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness was among the people tearfully waving goodbye]].
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'':
** ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'' has Edd (Double D) stating it took it only took "130 episodes, 4 specials, and a movie" for the Eds to finally get their respect from the Cul-De-Sac kids.
-->'''Jonny:''' What? [[TheStinger There's no time left]]? It's the end of the movie? ''What'' movie?
** And before ''that'', the final episode proper ("A Fistful of Ed") ended with Eddy sharing some hot dogs with Ed and Edd after saving them from the Kanker Sisters and angrily asking if everyone was happy already.[[note]]There were two 11-minute episodes created after this for a sixth season that was scrapped in favor of the aforementioned movie, but "A Fistful of Ed" was advertised as the final episode while these were advertised as {{Missing Episode}}s upon airing over a year later. (And considering the strange circumstance of being a two-episode season, they're an example of KeepCirculatingTheTapes.)[[/note]]
* The [[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama first series finale]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' (before it was UnCanceled) had Drakken after he was defeated and being thrown into a paddy wagon stating "This can't be over!" only for Ron to close the door on him and answer "Deal with it, Dude. It's over."
** The second GrandFinale, "[[Recap/KimPossibleS4E22Graduation Graduation]]", not only has [[GraduationForEveryone all the characters graduate high school]] (except [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]], [[LaserGuidedKarma who has to go to summer school]]), but has an alien invasion which [[TrashTheSet destroys all the major locations of the series, from Kim's house to Drakken's lair to even Bueno Nacho.]]
* The very last scene in the DirectToVideo ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' GrandFinale, ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'' is T.J. waving goodbye to the audience. As this scene was a reference to the end of the theme song (which could've been interpreted as T.J. waving hello to the audience ready for their next adventure), [[TearJerker many tears were shed]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
** An episode, "The Discount of Monte Cristo", predicted the reason the show ended. The episode is all about Aloysius cutting the show's budget. In the episode, Orson hated Aloysius ruining the story by firing people who made the show in order to keep the show's budget low. The reason for ''Garfield and Friends''[='=] cancellation is that CBS wanted budget cuts for the show, and the show's creators refused to let the show suffer the budget cuts.
** Also in the episode "A Tall Tale" the [[ExecutiveMeddling network executives]] want [[SitcomArchNemesis Nermal]] to take over as star for an episode. Garfield refuses to have him on his show and says ([[TemptingFate So what if they don't like it. What can they do to me?]]) and an announcer then says that ''Garfield and Friends'' will never be seen again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' begins its final episode with Comicbook/IronMan telling Comicbook/CaptainAmerica that he has started wondering how the Avengers will go down in history after he's gone.
-->'''Captain America:''' This is only the second time I've heard you use the word, "history."\\
'''Iron Man:''' That's because I've never been able to imagine a world without me in it... until recently.
** By the time the episode ends, the Avengers save the world from getting destroyed by ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, and the civilians' cheers (preceding a fade to the show's title) reassure Cap and Tony that history will remember them as legends.
-->'''Captain America:''' You wanted to know how history will remember the Avengers, Iron Man? Well, here's your answer.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' episode "The Musical Elimination Special, Part II: The Musical Elimination" contained references to the show's cancellation. A magazine the Jew Producer reads has the headline, "Popular Creator/ComedyCentral toon cancelled", two "fun facts" refer to the episode as if it was the last, and the episode ends with the cast entering the unemployment office with their belongings.
-->'''Toot:''' Hey, assholes! Thanks for watching!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' did this in the final episode "A Father Should Be...". The final shot of the episode was Jem waving to the audience, and the final song ever played in the series was titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbcPSB4ay0 "This Is Farewell"]]. It is a LeaningOnTheFourthWall example. "This is Farewell" is written in-series about [[spoiler:Ba Nee]] leaving with [[spoiler:her father]], however it is clearly the characters saying farewell to the audience. All the bands come together to say goodbye and they say it to the "camera".
* After every episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' ended, one of the main production companies, DNA Productions, would have a short bumper where a three-eyed genetically altered monkey named Paul would pop up and wave to the audience, saying, "Hi, I'm Paul!". Once "Lady Sings the News", the last episode of series, went to credits and the DNA Productions bumper came on, Paul the monkey does not show up. Expecting him to appear, someone calls out, "Paul?". This and a BigDamnKiss between Jimmy and Cindy made it clear that the series was over. The post-credits gag was also a LampshadeHanging of the fact that the DNA Productions company itself had just been dissolved after a messy lawsuit, and Paul was now out of a job. Although it was a commonly used closing logo (Nicknamed "[[http://www.closinglogos.com/page/DNA+Productions Coffee Break Paul]]"), its use here was fitting.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' ended on a flashback clip show parody (all of which was original content) while the titular duo commented how extremely unlikely it would be for their show to get renewed for a second season.
* The last episode of ''Disney's WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had the titular character bidding his journal farewell as he prepared for a new chapter in his life, most likely resulting in a new journal. Due to him narrating the episodes to the audience, this is also seen as him bidding farewell to them.
* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' when Bloo finds out Mac is moving, he tries to convince him to stay by listing things they can do, all of which were the plots of previous episodes. When Mac tells him they've done all those things already, Bloo says that if they've done everything, the only thing left is to jump the shark. The episode also ends with the opening scene of Foster's being drawn played in reversed, almost like it's being erased.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' is filled with this. The episode's premise is that Sylvester [[spoiler:dreams that he]] finally eats Tweety Bird, resulting in the show being cancelled when Tweety's replacement proves unpopular and there are several remarks people make about the show having had its day in the sun. The episode's title was even "This is the End".
* The third (and so far last) season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}} F.A.S.T.'' has Turbo deliver a witty line that makes everyone laugh for once, and deciding to bow out on a high note.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s final few episodes of the series have the characters preparing for a battle that could potentially [[ApocalypseHow destroy or reset the universe]] as it has countless times before. And with ''Regular Show'' [[WidgetSeries being the type of show it is]]...
** "Operation Hear No Evil" had a sly one with Mordecai and Rigby getting hooked on a TV Show called Lazer Hunters which Muscle Man tells them has ran for eight seasons and has its final episode airing in a week. ''Regular Show'' itself ran for eight seasons, with its own finale airing in a few months.
** The episode "Meet the Seer" has the characters going to Planet Nielsen[[note]]a blatant reference to the media company that measures television viewership data[[/note]] to meet the titular seer, a being that watches the events which occur in all universes, and who refers to the adventures of the Park Crew as if they were episodes in a television series. In fact, her room is filled with television screens playing various episodes of the show, the intro sting included, and she spends the remainder of the episode mentioning the show's tropes, [[GrowingTheBeard its changing]] [[SeasonalRot quality over]] [[WinBackTheCrowd the years]], [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome audience]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments reception]] [[TearJerker to some storylines]] like Mordecai's romance troubles, and how all shows must eventually end (even noting that their "universe" has [[LongRunner lasted longer than most]]).
** The episode "Cheer Up, Pops" has the characters record their memories on a Blu-Ray Box Set that contains the show's eight seasons and two bonus discs, for people to watch in the next universe in the event that they fail.
** The third and final part of the GrandFinale, "A Regular Epic Final Battle", is entitled "The Power": [[BookEnds the exact same name as the show's first episode]]. As reality collapses, the characters find themselves flying through the title card, becoming post-it note drawings and storyboard sketches, and even falling into one of the creator's student films (which was the first appearance of some of the characters). After a TimeSkip ending, Pops remarks "Jolly good show" as a VHS tape of the series finishes playing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' holds a tribute to History's Lasts (to compliment the first episode's tribute to History's Firsts) and closes an a large guest musical number that the entire cast joins in on. And while everyone stresses it's just the last episode of the season, no one seems to be able to say "of the season" in a way that sounds confident that there will be any more seasons.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has the series' BigBad, Bill Cipher, perform the song "We'll Meet Again".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Vegging", the word puzzle on ''[[ShowWithinAShow Win or Don't Win]]'' clearly has the answer "The show ends after season _", referencing the show being intended to end with its 6th season.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' ended with a two-part episode called "Spider Wars", the second part of which had the subtitle "Farewell, Spider-Man", as if acknowledging that it was the very final episode of the series.