When a show ends without a GrandFinale—likely if it was cancelled without enough warning to the producers to film a proper ending—the producers may instead [[WrapItUp wrap up any loose ends]] in an episode of another show set in the same [[TheVerse Verse]].

Conceptually, this is the CounterTrope of a PoorlyDisguisedPilot. The Poorly Disguised Pilot is effectively the ''first'' episode of a show on a different show; the Fully Absorbed Finale is effectively the ''last'' episode of a show on a different show. Like the Poorly Disguised Pilot, the main characters from the "absorbing" show may take a back seat in the episode, with the focus on the characters from the "absorbed" finale.

If the ended show was launched with a Poorly Disguised Pilot on one show, the Fully Absorbed Finale will usually be an episode of the same show (assuming, of course, that the parent show is still in production).

Alternatively, things might get wrapped up in TheMovie.

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!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{X 1999}}'' shows what happened to Subaru and Seishiro after the events of ''TokyoBabylon''.
* Hiroya Oku created two mangas, both called ''Hen'' ("strange"). The original one ran from 1988 to 1992, and the second one ran from 1992 to 1997. The books had completely different casts, and the second book was much more popular than the first one. The last three volumes of the second book are widely despised because they brought back the cast of the first book, and more than half of the stories revolved around characters that many readers didn't know or care about.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When the series ''[[{{ComicBook/Aztek}} Aztek: The Ultimate Man]]'' started publishing, co-writer Creator/GrantMorrison was also writing the series ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and had Aztek join the team. When his solo series was cancelled, Morrison wrapped up his storyline in the pages of JLA.
** Averted with GeoffJohns transferring Star-Spangled kid from the canceled ''Stars and STRIPE'' to the successful ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' title. Far from being a finale, SSK went on to become a major character in JSA and eventually took on the name Stargirl.
* The cancellation of the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan2099'' comic left the identity of villain Thanatos unresolved until writer PeterDavid did TheReveal in the pages of Captain Marvel (Vol. 4) David stated that Thanatos' true identity [[spoiler:had several possibilities, but he decided that the alternate reality Rick Jones concept fit best with the resolution in Captain Marvel (where the main Rick Jones is a major character.)]]
** Given Rick and Mar-Vell's part in the original defeat of Thanos and the HUGE production made of ''[[PutOnABus The Death Of Captain Marvel]]'', the irony or blatant gotcha applied by having Rick's alternate be Thanatos—[[spoiler:a death god whose name was referenced in naming Thanos on the first place]]—is downright epic.
* The ''TransformersCybertron'' comic by [[Franchise/TransformersTimelines Fun Publications]] concludes the plot of ''Transformers Universe''.
* A storyline in ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' ended on a cliffhanger with Kid Eternity being kidnapped by the Calculator. This was resolved sometime later in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}}'', where the title character discovered that Eternity had been beaten to death by Calculator.
* The original ''OmegaTheUnknown'' series ended on a cliffhanger with the fates of most of the cast left unrevealed. The storyline was concluded in ''ComicBook/TheDefenders''.
* The ''Mighty Crusaders'' mini-series served as this for the DCU versions of the Red Circle heroes before their rights reverted to ArchieComics.
* This also happened with the AdamWarlock series from the 1970s—after Marvel cancelled it in the middle of an epic story arc involving [[spoiler:Warlock killing himself so that he would not become the Magus, his future/past evil self]], Jim Starlin finished up in whatever books he could get his hands on, including a few issues of Strange Tales, the Marvel Team-Up Annual, Marvel Two-in-One Annual, and the Avengers Annual.
* DwayneMcduffie's final comic book, ''[[MilestoneComics Milestone Forever]]'', tied up most of the hanging plot threads from ''Comicbook/{{Static}}'', ''Comicbook/{{Hardware}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' and ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'', each of which had been cancelled mid-storyline over fifteen years earlier. It also provided an explanation for the characters' [[CanonImmigrant sudden appearances]] in the DCUniverse.
* The 90s revival of ''Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt'' was cancelled after only 12 issues, leaving some hanging plot threads. This lead to Thunderbolt's final battle with his nemesis Andreas being depicted in an issue of ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Quarterly]]''.
* The Michael Lane ''ComicBook/{{Azrael}}'' series was cancelled before the story could be resolved. Writer David Hine was allowed to finish out Azrael's story via a BatFamilyCrossover that ran through ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', ''Red Robin'' and ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''.
* After the 2010 ''Young Allies'' revival was cancelled, the team's story was finished up in the ''Onslaught Unleashed'' mini-series. A few of the surviving characters have since been [[CommutingOnABus brought over into other books]] such as ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy''.
* A few of the lingering threads from Creator/GailSimone's ''Rose and Thorn'' reboot were tied up in ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey''.
* The first ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' series ended with a group of the series regulars heading off into outer space; the story continued in ComicBook/FantasticFour (then written by Marv Wolfman, creator and writer of Nova), and finally wrapped up in an issue of RomSpaceknight.
** This happened again decades later. The 2008 volumes of ''Nova'' and ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' were cancelled due to low sales, so the creators were allowed to wrap up their stories in ''TheThanosImperative''.
* ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' Volume 1 #18 (1970) ends with an angered Surfer swearing revenge on mankind. Future guest appearances and his later comics wouldn't touch upon the change of attitude. In 1999, a follow up occurs in #4-6 of ''Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man''.
* The final story arc of Beast's feature in ''Amazing Adventures'' concerned an old friend named Vera, who approached Hank with the revelation that she needed his help to save the world from some unspecified threat. The threat was never revealed in ''Amazing Adventures'', and the story was eventually (hastily) concluded in an issue of ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* When his short run on ''The Avengers'' in the late 1980s was cut short, WaltSimonson revisited and resolved the main plot he had set up (the Black Celestial building a universe-destroying superweapon behind an impenetrable time bubble in the future and a plot to set him free masterminded by the Cross-Time Council of Kangs) in his subsequent run on ''FantasticFour'', which featured guest appearances from Iron Man and Thor, two Avengers he had been prohibited from using in the actual Avengers title (Simonson later remarked that he had more latitude to use two Avengers in FF than he did in the actual Avengers comic book!).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The four-volume ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series by Creator/LarryNiven ends with the fate of its protagonists left open for a SequelHook. This is resolved in the conclusion of the five-volume ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Fleet of Worlds]]'' series that Niven cowrote with Edward M. Lerner.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** "Millennium" serves as a finale to ''Series/{{Millennium}}''. To the credit of those who put together the DVD release of ''Millennium'', that episode was included on the [=DVDs=] of the last season. This might be one of the best examples of this trope backfiring. Many fans of ''Millenium'' and its star Lance Henriksen were very unhappy with the result and the way it trivialized ''Millenium'''s MythArc.
** "Jump the Shark" serves as a finale for ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'', which had been a {{spinoff}} of ''The X-Files''. (Although the title characters from ''The Lone Gunmen'' appeared in other episodes of ''The X-Files'' after cancellation of ''The Lone Gunmen'' and before "Jump the Shark," only "Jump the Shark" tied up storylines from the canceled series.) This episode does appear on the [=DVDs=] for the one and only season of ''The Lone Gunmen''.
* Not quite a Fully Absorbed Finale, but when ABC pulled ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' off the air, Dick Ebersol gave the entire cast a send-off and curtain call on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* The final episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was intended to serve as a finale to the entire post-[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] continuity by producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who had served as producers since ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', resulting in the show's events being reduced to a holodeck program run by Will Riker from ''TNG''. Taking place during the events of one fairly unimportant TNG episode as Riker looked to his predecessors while deciding what to do, you got your basic TNG holodeck episode guest-starring the ''Enterprise'' crew that doesn't really tell a story about the ''Enterprise'' characters, and Trip Tucker gets a DroppedABridgeOnHim death to boot. It ''sure'' wasn't anything like the GrandFinale to the pre-reboot TrekVerse that [[ProductionNickname Bermaga]] evidently thought they were making. The episode resulted in considerable amounts of backlash from the fans, who just wanted a solid finale to ''Enterprise'' itself.
** Ultimately, it ''does'' end up a PoorlyDisguisedPilot to ''Enterprise's'' ExpandedUniverse, which takes the ideas ''These Are The Voyages'' introduced, made it ''not suck,'' and combines it with the events known to have taken place between Ent. and TOS.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "School Reunion" picked up on the partnership between Sarah Jane and K-9 first introduced in the failed {{Pilot}} ''K-9 & Company''. Quite simply, K-9 eventually broke down. (But the Doctor fixed him.)
* Played with in ''Series/ThirtyRock'', when Kenneth and Tracy reassemble some of the cast of NightCourt and attempt to film a proper finale for the show. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' has one that's Meta. ''{{Seinfeld}}'' had a rather odd ending, but one Larry insists is fine. In order to win back his wife, however, Larry kicks off a season-long plot to do a Reunion Special to act as a proper finale. The whole cast from ''Seinfeld'' makes guest appearances throughout the season as they cast and rehearse the finale, though we only ever get to see excerpts of it.
* ''Series/LopezTonight'' [[PlayingWithATrope played with this]], presenting a "proper" finale for ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. It involved George [[spoiler: Waking up from a dream. It heavily implies that the entirety of ''The George Lopez Show'' was All Just A Dream in the mind of....Doug Heffernan from ''King Of Queens'']]!
* ''Series/TheParkers'' considered making one to resolve ''Series/{{Moesha}}'' finding a pregnancy test in her home and her brother getting kidnapped, but let's just say the Parkers had their own problems.
* The late '90s superhero series ''Series/NightMan'' featured a sort-of epilogue to creator Glen A. Larson's short-lived 1983 series ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' in Episode 206, where Johnny Domino/Night Man allies himself with Prof. Jonathan Chase. In the years since the events of ''Manimal'', Chase married his former partner Brooke, who later died after giving birth to Chase's only daughter.
* In Series/PowerRangersWildForce "Reinforcements From the Future" effectively served as a finale after the finale to Series/PowerRangersTimeForce acting as a WhereAreTheyNow for the rangers and villains of ''Time Force'' as well as closing the last few loose ends of the plot.
** This could be said about many of the "bring back last season's Rangers" episodes.
* The mystery of the CutShort series ''Vanished'' was intended to be solved in the third series of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', but the WGA strike put paid to that plan.
* In the second episode of RaisingHope, a newscaster on a television playing in the background alludes to a man who has finally [[MyNameIsEarl completed a list of tasks in order to set his life right]]. Although promised the details after the break, the plot moves on quickly past it.
** Another episode has a cast reunion for My Name is Earl, with them playing their characters on Raising Hope, but with numerous references to Earl and the relationships their characters had therein.
** And there's also the Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home, and the other various background references.
* In the ChildrensHospital episode Party Down, we get to see that for 4 of the main characters of PartyDown it's still business as usual. Cast regulars Ken Marino and Megan Mullally briefly reprise their Party Down characters
* Ted Buckland from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' appeared in the ''CougarTown'' episode "Something Good Coming", where he revealed that after the events of the final season of ''Scrubs'', his wife had left him for Dr. Hooch.
** ''Hootch is crazy''
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' appear on ''TwoAndAHalfMen'' as buyers of the recently-deceased Charlie's house. Evidently, things aren't going very well for them.
* Part 1 of the GrandFinale of TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir also functioned as a FullyAbsorbedFinale for TheJeffersons and DifferentStrokes, in which Arnold and Willis consider buying the Banks's mansion, but it ends up being bought by the Jeffersons (George, Weezy, and Florence all appear). The Jeffersons had never gotten a proper finale from CBS so this in effect resolved the plot, with the Banks and the Jeffersons essentially swapping locales: The Jeffersons moved west to Bel-Air and the Banks family moved east to New York.
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise has managed to take this trope and mashed it together with TheMovie and created something called ''Movie Wars'', in which it's the equivalent to the usual the "bring back last season's Power Rangers" episodes, with the added twist of having two stories, one for each starring rider featured. Usually the last season's Kamen Rider gets the finale part, while the current Kamen Rider gets more of a side story. The only Movie Wars to not pull the finale off was ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s half of ''Movie Wars Core'', though considering that they already had a GrandFinale, it made more sense to instead do an OriginStory[=/=]WholeEpisodeFlashback for a PosthumousCharacter.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has one combined with {{Crossover}} in''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' episode "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana", which takes place sometime after the ''Raven'' episode "Checkin' Out", the canon last episode of the former's show [[note]]Due to DisneyChannel airing the episodes OutOfOrder, "Checkin' Out" was aired in the middle of the last season.[[/note]], in which Raven plays a large part. She has a vision of Cody getting into trouble at Carey's party, which is the driving force behind the main plot, and is pivotal to the subplot, where, with Maddie's help, she ends up selling her dresses to London Tipton and Hannah Montana.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' ended with the main character getting kidnapped. Three years later, the storyline will be finally resolved in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''
* ''John Darling'' ended very suddenly in 1991 with the title character's murder on panel, as sort of a Take That to his syndicate during a heated battle over the strip. The murder was never solved in that strip and in fact, at the time, creator Tom Batiuk had not intended to ever solve it and had not originally planned who the killer was. In 1997, Batiuk returned to the storyline in ''FunkyWinkerbean'' when Les wrote a book about the murder and through the writing process solved the mystery.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Japanese video game ''Moonlight Syndrome'', part of the ''Twilight Syndrome'' series, which was written by Suda 51, ends with a cliffhanger. The resolution is found in the first case of the first game series Suda 51 wrote after he formed his own company, ''TheSilverCase'', in which [[spoiler:two of the three survivors from ''Moonlight Syndrome'' are unceremoniously shot and killed.]]
* Even though no true ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' sequel has been made since the release of ''Vampire Savior'' in 1997, ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfSuperHeroes'' follows up on Morrigan's ending in ''Vampire Savior'', by revealing that she and her "sister" Lilith have merged into one.
** Other games, such as ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', seem to affirm other plot points from ''Vampire Savior''. Two of the more notable ones are Felicia becoming a nun like her foster mother and starting an orphanage (although ''Cross Edge'' notes that she still operates as a singer to help support said orphanage and her ending in ''[=MvC3=]'' has singing together with ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} in a concert) and Morrigan ''finally'' accepting her responsibilities and becoming the Queen of Makai.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' contains two Flashpoints that conclude the storylines of both protagonists of the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series: [[spoiler:Revan is saved from the stasis where he was kept by the Sith Emperor for 300 years in a Republic Flashpoint; Meetra "Exile" Surik, who has been dead since the fight with the Emperor, finally becomes one with the Force in the same Flashpoint; then an Imperial Flashpoint invades Revan's secret new anti-Sith droid factory and [[ShootTheShaggyDog kills him]]]].
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* While WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic series did have its own thematic finale, ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' was where the Nostalgia Critic's story truly ended [[spoiler: as he absorbed the PlotHole and [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence became one with the universe]].]]
** Ironically, it happened again, the other way around [[spoiler: when the special announcing the return of The Critic served as the apparent conclusion of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'']].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s 4th season finale, "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E13Epilogue Epilogue]]", functions as a finale for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** It was also essentially the DistantFinale for the entire DC animated universe, so the Batman Beyond setting might have doubled as a convenient setting for a DistantFinale.
* Though done as a semi-parody, ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' would seem to offer an answer to what happened to Race from JonnyQuest... he dies in his over-the-top successor Brock's arms after a rather humiliating sequence of injurious events. Unlike most parodies of this type, the character's name is left intact and he even makes a reference to another name-intact character, Jonny. In the next season, we actually see Jonny, who has become a pill-popping psycho that lives in a marine exploration pod (and who has since recovered from his addiction—but not his messed up childhood). These characters appeared because they were originally going to be [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Lawyer Friendly Cameos]], but the production found out that they ''could'' use the actual characters. Could be seen as a Fully Absorbed Finale just depending on how serious you can take ''anything'' in ''The Venture Bros.''
** Not any more. As of season three, "Jonny Quest" is now "Action Johnny", whose childhood sidekick (and now manager of a IT tech support company) is named Rajni not Hadji. And Doctor Zin is now "Doctor Z". Apparently, with "Johnny Quest" being shopped around to be made into a live action movie, TPTB at Cartoon Network basically told the Venture Brothers writers that they had to stop using the Quest characters.
** Except that Race was shown alive on a ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' episode broadcast not long after the ''Venture Bros.'' episode. It appears that the HannaBarbera characters are the stylistic equivalents of [[PublicDomainCharacter Public Domain Characters]] in the world of Creator/AdultSwim (extending in part to Creator/CartoonNetwork as a whole).
*** This is because the HannaBarbera studio and properties ended up part of Turner Broadcasting, meaning that there are no legal issues for shows on Adult Swim (part of Cartoon Network, owned by Turner) to use those characters, more or less the entire reason for the existence of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. The exception is that some properties are considered important, and while Space Ghost and Birdman can be made to do [[ComedicSociopathy terrible, terrible things]], certain others are left unmolested. This lead to a last second plot twist in an episode of Harvey Birdman [[spoiler:involving Fred Flinstone where Fred is shown to be innocent and only thinks that he is a mob boss, while Barney is the real don]] after the powers that be got wind of it.
* Link and Zelda guest-starred in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' after the cancellation of [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda their own series]]. One of these episodes, "Potion of Power", resolves two unresolved [[SeriesGoal Series Goals]] from the original series, a resurrected Ganon is defeated for good and Link finally gets the kiss from Zelda he was after for the entire original series.
* A few years after its cancellation, ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' got a finale on its sister show, ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
* [[Disney/{{Hercules}} ''Hercules and the Arabian Night'']] could be this to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', hinting that the episode took place after the events of ''King of Thieves'' since Aladdin and Princess Jasmine are both revealed to be married, and Iago is nowhere to be seen [[spoiler: since he chose to stay with Aladdin's long-lost father, Cassim.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'' is getting an indirect version through a crossover with ''Transformers'' in the Fun Publications comics. The story starts up some time after the end of the show. The war between the Guardians and Renegades is still going on and humanity is starting to colonize in space. Suddenly a large instability in the fabric of reality causes the universe to start slowly fading away. The Gobots discover that this is happening because an unexpected splinter ''Transformers'' timeline has been created, offsetting the balance of the multiverse. The story then involves the Gobots traveling to that splinter timeline (the ''Transformers: Classics'' universe)_to find a way to stop this Cataclysem before it destroys their universe or any others.
* Similarly, there are plans to write a finale for ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' in ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic Universe]]''. However, the project has been [[DevelopmentHell delayed a bit.]] It was originally scheduled for Issue #50, but was replaced.
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