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-> ''"[[Music/TheDoors Well, this is the end]], [[WaxingLyrical beautiful friends.]] After [[LongRunners more than 11 years]], this is Creator/{{Toonami}}'s final broadcast. It's been a lot of fun, and [[ThankingTheViewer we'd like to thank each and every one of you who made this journey with us. Toonami wouldn't have been anything without you.]] Hopefully we've left you with some good memories. So, until we meet again, [[Literature/TheOutsiders stay gold]]. ...[[Anime/CowboyBebop Bang]]."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/SteveBlum TOM 4.0]]''', delivering [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCAX4cgszCU the closing bumper]] of ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'''s [[UnCancelled original run]]

When a show (usually of the FailureIsTheOnlyOption or SternChase variety) comes to an end with sufficient lead time, the production team may decide to go out with a bang by ending the endless chase, destroying the undestroyable foe, or in some other way definitively and permanently changing the core axioms on which the show depends. It usually resolves all the conflicts that have driven the series over its entire run, and offers some kind of resolution to the dramatic tension that they have powered.

This is the Grand Finale, a way of very clearly saying to the audience "Okay, the show is really over. There's no more. Go watch something else." (That this [[UnCanceled doesn't always get through to viewers]] can be a problem in and of itself...)

In contrast to American television series, anime series tend to be single, continuous season-long stories that build, like an episodic novel, to a climax in the final episode. In these cases, a Grand Finale is the only fair (and the usual) way to end the show. Of course, since most anime is based on manga, occasionally the anime [[OvertookTheManga gets ahead]] of the manga (or gets canceled before the manga ends) and the anime writers have to [[GeckoEnding make up their own ending]], which is usually not as good as the eventual ending of the manga. Alternatively, a la ''{{Bastard}}'', ''AngelSanctuary'', and ''IchigoOneHundredPercent'', the writers can just leave it hanging.

May often involve GondorCallsForAid or SaveTheWorldClimax. Expect TearJerker on a massive scale--the longer (or more beloved) the show, the more tears will flow. Contrast with CutShort, TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised, and SeriesFauxnale. Compare with SeasonFinale and sometimes WrapItUp, though if the HolyShitQuotient is high enough it can qualify as a WhamEpisode.

There will usually be {{Call Back}}s, ContinuityPorn, ContinuityNod and BookEnds aplenty, along with characters coming BackForTheFinale. Expect to see ContractualImmortality and JokerImmunity thrown out the window.

As this Trope deals with endings, it obviously comes with a '''SPOILER WARNING'''.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a pretty big one. [[spoiler:Ed finally defeats Father, even after he harvests the souls of all Amestris to bring himself to an obscenely high level of power, but it takes Al sacrificing himself to bring Ed's arm back to do it; in the end, Ed finally figures out what he can give up to bring back Al - his ability to use alchemy. The brothers are finally reunited, and after two years, they separate again to go and repay everyone who helped them during their travels.]] Also, in the final chapter and at the end of the final episode of ''Brotherhood'', [[spoiler:Ed and Winry are shown holding up two babies, implying that the children are theirs.]]
** The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] had a bittersweet and satisfying conclusion in its final episode: [[spoiler:Ed, knowing that it takes a life to bring back a life due to EquivalentExchange, sacrifices himself to bring Al back - he ends up on the other side of The Gate without the arm and leg he had regained because of Al's sacrifice, and Al is found alive and human again, but at the age he was when he and Ed tried to bring their mother back, and with no memory of the adventures he and Ed underwent.]] The movie came along and followed up on that ([[FanonDisContinuity some fans would much rather ignore it, though]]): [[spoiler:after a madman on the other side of The Gate breaks through to Amestris, Ed follows and is reunited with Al, and the two save Amestris; Ed eventually returns to the other side of The Gate to seal it, but Al follows him while Mustang seals The Gate from Amestris' side, ensuring that the Elrics remained reunited.]]
* ''{{Mazinger}}'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': At the end of the series, [[spoiler:the group has finally located Hell's base, and they head towards there, supported by the Japanese army (in the GoNagai manga, an army of Mass-Production Mazingers was produced; Hell's counterattack was sending a fleet of ''seventy'' Mechanical Beasts, a submarine and an aerial fortress to imvade and take over Japan in ten days). Mazinger, Aphrodite-A and Boss Borot duel against Hell's last Mechanical Beasts and start trashing his Base. Hell gets fed up and decides blowing his island up and fleeing on board of his aerial fortress. Mazinger goes after him and they engage in a last aerial duel. After winning, the heroes return to their HomeBase, believing they are safe at last, but DragonWithAnAgenda Archduke Gorgon sends two War Beasts behind them. Gorgon's {{Robeast}}s easily destroy the three HumongousMecha and raze the Institute to rubble, but before they could kill Kouji, another Robot shows up and easily annihilates the Beasts,]] hinting the sequel.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Kouji and Tetsuya's rivalry reaches a boiling point when [[spoiler:the Mykene army attacks Mazinger and Tetsuya refuses helping Kouji. Finally, he gets talked into launching Great Mazinger, only to be shot down by a War Beast was awaiting for him. At the same time, flying aircraft Demonika appears and starts bombarding the HomeBase of the heroes. TheProfessor Kenzo Kabuto (Kouji's biological father and Tetsuya's adoptive father) commits HeroicSacrifice to save his adoptive son. Tetsuya suffers a HeroicBSOD, realizing his fear of losing his father has brought about his father's death, and Mazinger, Great Mazinger, Aphrodite and Venus combine forces to annihilate Emperor of Darkness' CoDragons and blowing up their fortress. And in one of the manga versions, Tetsuya committed another HeroicSacrifice to atone for what he had done.]]
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': After [[spoiler:his daughter's death, BigBad King Vega has lost his patience and decides deploying all of his remaining troops to launch a final attack. [[DragonInChief Gandal]] dissuades him, though, and challenges Grendizer to a mecha duel. When he loses, one of his personalities realizes Grendizer is invincible and plans killing King Vega to negotiate peace with Earth separately, but the dominant personality executes her by attempting to commit high treason, and tries to kill Duke Fleed with a kamikaze attack. When he fails, King Vega decides invading Earth, destroying his SpaceBase to show his troops there's no turning back. Meanwhile, the four heroes take off towards the space to fight the FinalBattle, using Grendizer and a new CoolStarship. Both fleets clash among Earth and Moon. After a long fight, Duke and his friends manage to win. Unfortunately it also means he and his sister will have to bid farewell to their friends and return to his homeworld. In one of the manga versions, Vegans' final attack caused the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
* The final OVA episode of ''WolfsRain'' features the climactic confrontation between TheHero, the BigBad, and the LivingMacguffin, [[spoiler:the only individuals left alive in the world]] complete with BookEnds and a TearJerker.
* The final episode of ''Manga/DeathNote'', in which [[spoiler:Light is finally cornered, revealed to be Kira, and eventually dies due to Ryuk writing his name in his Death Note.]] Now a scene iconic and famous enough to have spawned half of the series' MemeticMutation.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': [[spoiler:Tenma, Nina, Lunge, Roberto, Grimmer, and Johann all gather in Ruhenheim. A massacre ensues, and Johann is shot in the head by a terrified drunken bystander. Tenma saves his life again, and while Johann spends the next while comatose in his bed, everyone still alive goes back to their normal lives. [[BookEnds Eventually, Johann wakes up and tells Tenma one final secret before leaving the hospital. Where he goes is left unknown.]] Assuming he even left and Tenma didn't just imagine him waking up.]]
* Given that the works of RumikoTakahashi tend to go on for far longer than they should, some animes end up ending abruptly without closure. The biggest example being ''Ranma 1/2''. So it came as a great surprise to many that the Manga/InuYasha manga was finally given its Grand Finale in early 2008. A new anime, ''Manga/InuYasha: The Final Act'', began airing in late 2009 to resolve the anime's plot as well.
** Though ''MaisonIkkoku'' did this as well, and in spectacular fashion. The entire last dozen episodes of the anime/two volumes of the manga are a combination of TearJerker and CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.
* The explosive climax of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', where events have inevitably led the main characters, but which is nothing like they expected. Fan outcry was such that [=CLAMP=] had to write a sequel to deal with the DownerEnding.
* The playful Franchise/{{Gundam}} spuff ''SDGundamForce'' had one of the biggest finales ever. Every single character that had ever appeared, in every form they'd ever taken appeared on a stage. They all said their goodbye's. Some saluted, some waved others, [[spoiler: Zapper's gang]] claimed they'd go on forever. It was all rather touching actually.
** While we're on the subject, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' is basically the Grand Finale for original series main character Amuro Ray and TheRival [[CharClone Char Aznable]]. Some also consider it to be the finale for the original Universal Century continuity, although it had works set and released afterward.
** And in a variation, ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' can be considered the Grand Finale for series creator Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's work on ''Gundam''. [[spoiler: It helps that the show claims to be the DistantFinale for the entire franchise.]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' went out with a series of giant revelations about the major conflicts throughout the story and loads of character deaths, leading to a DistantFinale showing Usagi marrying Mamoru in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]]. TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime version]] had different revelations, killed and revived all of the Senshi again and just ended the show with a rather traditional ending that had only a few series finale elements.
* The writers of ''Anime/TheBigO'' cleverly wrapped a CliffHanger and Grand Finale together in the final series episode. Just when every character ''almost'' figures out the big secret, the entire plane of existence is erased and rebooted. A few years later, it came out that Cartoon Network had apparently told them to leave things open intending to finance a third season, but then changing their minds and left the show [[ScrewedByTheNetwork extremely screwed over.]]
** In this show, it was more like a '''[[{{BFG}} FINAL STAGE]]'''!!
* The ''ShamanKing'' anime had a Grand Finale, one that remains controversial among fans. However, the manga ''never'' had an ending, since it was canceled before Hiroyuki Takei could write it. The only thing ''close'' to an ending in the manga is [[spoiler:a four-part story depicting the future focusing on Yoh and Anna's son, Hana, ten years after the Shaman Fight.]] It wasn't until 2009 that Takei was finally able to provide a proper conclusion to the manga....which was ''also'' controversial among fans.
* In ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', ACROSS and Daitenzin confront each other head on (with no result whatsoever), and Pedro and Nabeshin finally defeat That Man. This, however, was the ''second''-to-last episode, followed by the intentionally unairable, appropriately-titled "Going Too Far," essentially a parody of the series.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' ends definitively with the gripping two-part finale "The Real Folk Blues". [[spoiler:Vicious attempts a coup of the Red Dragon syndicate, only to fail; this gets everyone associated with him, including Spike, targeted for termination. Jet is injured in a gunfight with syndicate goons, and Spike finally reunites with his lost love Julia, thanks to Faye delivering some timely information. Vicious' takeover of the syndicate eventually happens, and he keeps the hit on Spike and Julia alive; Julia dies at the hands of the Red Dragon's hit squad, and Spike storms the syndicate's headquarters to get his revenge. Once he reaches the top of the building, Spike faces off with Vicious in the show's climactic battle; Vicious dies from a gunshot straight through his heart, and Spike (supposedly) dies soon afterwards due to Vicious's katana and the injuries sustained during his assault on the syndicate.]]
** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Bang."]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Short version: The BigBad dies. HappyEnding. Not as short version: [[spoiler:The [[BigBad Anti Spiral Leader]] is defeated in the FinalBattle. [[DiabolusExMachina Nia fades away right after getting married to Simon]], and he walks the earth with Boota right up to the DistantFinale.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch's saga, which took two years (real time ''and'' in-universe time), comes to its ultimate conclusion when [[spoiler:he's stabbed through the chest by his best friend and dies in his beloved sister's arms, all while the world unites by condemning him as the greatest villain in history and cheers his friend for the murder. Don't worry, [[ThanatosGambit it was his idea]].]]
* ''MacrossFrontier''. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Short version]]: The BigBad dies. HappyEnding. Not as short version: [[spoiler:The frontier finds the Vajra homeworld, where the FinalBattle occurs. The BigBad is defeated, the humans make peace with the Vajra, and migrate to their planet.]]
* ''KannazukiNoMiko'' ends with [[spoiler:Orochi being destroyed permanently, meaning that Chikane and Himeko's future incarnations will not have to perform the human sacrifice ritual.]]
* ''LastExile'' -- final episode "Resign" wraps it up in style.
* While not as action packed as the other examples on this page, ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'s'' Grand Finale was a [[spoiler:ResetButton GainaxEnding, where the Girl in the Illusionary World, who is actually Ushio, sends the Garbage Doll, who is Tomoya having undergone IdentityAmnesia, back in time to the day he first met her mother, Nagisa. Having done this, Tomoya, having obtained a Light Orb from Ushio, relives his senior year with both him and Nagisa knowing of their future daughter's powers. Using the Light Orbs, Nagisa is able to give birth without dying this time around, and the Okazaki family lives happily ever after.]] Also a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crowning Finale of Heartwarming.]]
** Alternatively, [[spoiler:Ushio just sent him back to the point where Nagisa was giving birth. While the anime is vague on this subject, the original game makes it clear that Tomoya remeeting Nagisa is something he's seeing in his head.]]
* Both the manga and anime of ''ChronoCrusade'' end with a bang. The last two volumes of the manga cover a 48 hour period in which all the characters come together for an epic battle to determine the fate of the world--and also ties up most of the relationships in the process. The anime version is a DownerEnding (or at best, a BittersweetEnding), but ties up most of the loose threads and ends things on a very emotional note (although fan opinion is split on whether it was as good as the manga or not).
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' ends with a final epic battle in which the BigBad is vanquished and Mytho once again becomes the Prince he once was, and also resolves the main romantic tension...although not in a way you might expect. It also ends somewhat open-ended by hinting that two of the characters (who had hints of a romantic relationship but never quite resolved it) might be starting on a new story together.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. See also GainaxEnding.
** While the show's original TV ending ("Congratulations!") wasn't exactly spectacular, and became a bit of a BaseBreaker in both the Japanese and American markets, it was not intended as the "proper" ending, the "proper" ending was in fact planned, but Gainax ran out of money to produce it. In 1998, however, ''EndOfEvangelion'' was finally released, and was a suitable grand GainaxEnding finale to the series:
*** [[spoiler: The first half of the movie features [[NebulousEvilOrganisation SEELE]] finally losing it with [[TheStoic Gendo Ikari]] going against them and trying to hack into the MAGI computers to take over (and possibly self-destruct) the NERV base. When he gets the resident MadScientist Ritsuko Akagi to block them out, SEELE instead send convince the Japanese Government that NERV plans to end the world in Third Impact, and they send in the Japanese Strategic Self-Defense Forces to murder everyone in the NERV base. And that means ''[[KillEmAll everyone]]''. The first half of the film generally documents the systematic attacks on the Geofront and Central Dogma. Asuka comes out of her coma and gets into a massive fight with the JSSDF some auto-piloted Mass Production Evangelions, culminating in her being utterly mangled to death. Meanwhile, Shinji undergoes a mental breakdown and ends up entering his Evangelion, who is also his mother, and in the process witnesses Asuka's mangled Evangelion, at which point he screams in terror. But wait! It gets better!]]
*** [[spoiler: After the intermission, Shinji's Evangelion is crucified, and Rei AscendsToAHigherPlaneOfExistence by merging with Lilith, and becomes an enormous alien giantess. In the process, she releases a form of energy that negates the energy of everyone on Earth, dissolving their bodies away into orange goo called LCL and freeing their souls to merge into Lilith. Shinji goes on a mental journey in which he decides humanity deserves to continue living, and is allowed to come back to life. He wakes up on a beach, and a few months later, finds himself laying next to Asuka, inexplicably alive. He throttles her to check she is alive, and then he collapses sobbing after she strokes his cheek, at which point she utters the final phrase in the series: "''Kimochi warui''" ("How disgusting"/"I feel sick").]] Yeah. It's pretty confusing, and ninety minutes of intense [[MindScrew mindfuckery]] that is impossible to forget.
* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' -one of the predecessors to Evangelion-, also used a movie for its grand finale (in this instance, the series was cut short due to budget constraints), and it pulls no punches in it. Opening with a shot of the hero's love interest getting her head blown off (a defining moment in the main series), we cut to how the Buff Clan and the Solo Ship's war has spiraled out of control. The Ide's sentience has become almost malevolent in nature, and its instability is making the two sides want to destroy each other at any cost. Then everyone starts dying. EVERYONE. [[spoiler:The Ideon Gun's shockwaves kill Sheryl. Harulu kills her sister Karala not because of the war, but because she was jealous of Karala finding love and having a child. The ship engineer is shot by Doba. The child Ashura's head is vaporized by a bazooka. Kasha is killed by shrapnel from her own attack when protecting the ship interior. Bes is shot in the neck near the end. Harulu is killed in sub-space by the Ideon Gun. Doba is killed by his own men after finding out that meteors destroyed both Earth and the Buff Clan homeworld. Cosmo launches a suicide attack against the Gando Rowa which succeeds, but destroys the Ideon in the process, killing him and taking out the entire solar system they were in. The real tear jerker about it? None of this had to happen. Just before Doba died, both he and Cosmo realized that the Ide is unnaturally enhancing their negative feelings toward each other, and that this genocidal war was all brought about by a simple misunderstanding that neither side would make amends for. This is shown in the ending sequence, when everyone is a spirit in the afterlife, and how without the prejudices that they had in life, they are all able to happily live in peace. Then they're all reborn in a new world. Credits roll.]]
* ''RoseOfVersailles'' ends about how you'd expect a show about The French Revolution to end. Short Version: Everyone [[spoiler: except Rosalie]] dies. And if you think that's a spoiler, you need to brush up on your history.
* ''SetoNoHanayome'' has a Grand Finale which must be seen to be believed, involving the most ridiculous example of StormingTheCastle ever. It involves a [[TheTerminator Terminator]] homage dressed in a schoolgirl uniform blowing crap up with eye beams. And that's far from the most insane thing that happens.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' ends with a four-episode Duel between Yugi and the Pharoah (Atem), each with his own body thanks to one last bit of magic from the Millennium Items. In short, Yugi defeats all three Egyptian God Cards and wins the Duel, proving that Atem is no longer needed. With his destiny of evil-fighting complete, Atem can finally move on to the Afterlife with all his old friends and family from ancient Egypt.
* The ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' manga and anime ends with the resolution of Goku and Vegeta's rivalry and the defeat of Kid Majin Buu, the ultimate evil in the Dragon Ball universe, with a SpiritBomb formed by everyone on Earth (and Namek)[[note]]''GT'' would top this with a Spirit Bomb formed with energy from everyone in the ''universe''[[/note]], followed by a DistantFinale ten years later where Goku [[PassingTheTorch Passes The Torch]] to Uub, a human boy who is [[spoiler:the reincarnation of [[SdrawkcabAlias Majin Buu]]]].
** However, this [[SeriesFauxnale wasn't quite final enough]] for Creator/ToeiAnimation - who created the follow up series ''DragonBallGT'', which ended with Goku and the Dragon Balls [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence leaving our plane of existence]], leaving humanity to solve their problems without having to rely on the [[ResetButton power of the Dragon Balls]]]]. This was then followed with a ''100 year'' DistantFinale by which time everyone except Pan [[spoiler:and Goku arguably]] had died.
* ''GunXSword'' ends with a climactic battle that spans at least three episodes. By the middle of the last episode, [[spoiler: Van killed the Claw; Joshua gave meaning to his brother's death by stopping the Claw's Instrumentality plot; Carmen defeated Fasalina; and Wendy said a definitive (and maybe deadly) farewell to her brother.]] The series ends on a few minutes of DistantFinale which suggest that a few years down the road, [[spoiler: Van and Wendy have a shot at HappilyEverAfter.]]
* Possibly the funniest one is the final episode for 1965-67 ''Obake no Q-Taro'' (Q-Taro the Ghost) series. Q-Taro and Shota is held hostage by a gang leader. When all hope is lost, they are suddenly rescued by Perman. They ask who he is and Perman replies that he's the star of the show. Q-Taro angrily informs him that his show starts next week; Perman arrived one week early. And yes, a week after the final ''Q-Taro'' ran, ''Perman'' did take over the time-slot.
* ''SamuraiPizzaCats'': "The Big Comet Caper". Even though there is one more episode after it ("The Cats Cop Cartoon"), The Big Comet Caper acts as more of a grand finale.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' had one for the ''Dokkan'' season. In this, we learn that [[spoiler: Hana-chan (who turns back into a baby), Majo Rika and the fairies go back to the witch world, Momoko moves back to New York, Onpu moves away and we see that she wrote a new book that is popular, Hazuki is going to a different middle school than Doremi, and Doremi herself confesses her love to an unknown boy who is later revealed to be Kotake.]]
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' really puts the "Grand" into its finale by ending its second season on a colossal battle between [[spoiler:Earth]], the series' main antagonists, and the space fleets of ''every single planet and faction the ''Nirvana'' crew managed to ally with over the course of two seasons'', led by the combined form of all four of ''Nirvana'''s CombiningMecha. The ending ultimately shatters the entire galactic order that existed throughout the series (and a for long time before that), making sure that the protagonists' lives will be ''very'' different from there on.
* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' finally wrapped up in 2014, with "Conclusion: God's War", although [[AuthorExistenceFailure as Shotaro Ishinomori had passed away back in 1998]], it was his son at the helm, having used his father's drafts and story notes for the arc. The story puts the cyborgs and Dr. Gilmore through one last great battle that seems impossible to survive, with the darkness and violence in the story escalating. [[EarnYourHappyEnding There's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel]], but it takes the team a lot of hell to get there.
** Long before that, the series was originally to have its grand finale with the 1966 Underground Empire arc, which ended in the defeat of Black Ghost and[[spoiler: the deaths of 002 and 009, who burnt up in the atmosphere and became a shooting star seen by two children.]] Fan revolt quickly turned this into a SeriesFauxnale.
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* AudioPlay/WereAlive ends with "The Ink Runs Dry" in which Ink is finally stopped by means of a heroic sacrifice by Saul. At the same time Scratch and the two other remaining Mallers attack Dunbar in hopes of killing Pegs. Pegs manages to shoot Scratch during a showdown on the fire escape, but Scratch lives, only to be BuriedAlive by Burt as revenge for her torturing him and [[{{Fingore}} cutting off his finger.]] The story ends 14 years later as Saul and Lizzy's son, Nicolas, joins the defense force for the slowly rebuilding nation centered at The Colony.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' ends the conflict between the Minutemen and the Trust, and ties up all other remaining plotlines, by [[spoiler:slaughtering the lot of them, and leaving the survivors at the mercy of a BolivianArmyEnding (Loop, Victor, and Will not included).]]
* 1986's ''Superman: ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?'', by Creator/AlanMoore and Curt Swan, closes the book on the SilverAge {{Superman}}, paving the way for the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] by John Byrne.
* ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' provides a definitive end to Franchise/{{Batman}}'s career, and ends his conflict with SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker on the side....until ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' came out. After that, ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader'' (a direct reference to the above) became more fitting an end.
* ''{{Preacher}}'''s ''Alamo'' ended with [[spoiler:a final showdown between Jesse and Cassidy, Tulip executing Herr Starr, and The Saint Of Killers taking his vengeance against God.]]
* In ComicBook/TheSandman, the climax is reached in ''The Kindly Ones'' where characters from all other points in the time line come together in one ''hell'' of a story, propelling a long and complex string of events which eventually leads to [[spoiler:Dream's death and resurrection inside Daniel.]] The lengthy aftermath is depicted in ''The Wake,'' where it's demonstrated that the previous events had such gravity that they affected everyone in existence. Including [[BreakingTheFourthWall you.]]
* ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Grand Finale to the SilverAge (though it was actually released at the end of the BronzeAge)? Check. Grand Finale to the DC Multiverse? Check. Grand Finale for [[TheFlash Barry Allen]], ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, Earth-2 Franchise/{{Superman}}, and everyone else in the DC Universe? Check. Became the comic event by which all previous and succeeding comic events would be judged? Double Check. Became [[strike:one of]] the only company-wide comic event to permanently rip the TimeyWimeyBall a new one, and do it so as to be universally praised? Gigantic freakin' Check.
* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' serves as a Grand Finale for the "multiverse" [[CrisisCrossover crisis]] series (which includes ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', and ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'') and the "hero exploration" crisis series (which includes ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''). It also gives a Grand Finale to JackKirby's DC creations {{Darkseid}}, the ComicBook/NewGods, and others like Dan Turpin.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. A grand finale for the DC Universe ([[TheMultiverse or at least one, anyway]]).
* ''Spider-Girl: The End'' brings the long-running clone saga of the Spider-Girl books to a close whilst also sending off the character with both a happy and an open ending, with Mayday finally hooking up with her loyal friend Wes as her family look on. Wes asks the question "where do we go from here?". Time will tell if we'll ever know, as it is presently The End...for now.
* ''ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern'', specifically its own finale (''Green Lantern'' issue 20), serves as this to Creator/GeoffJohns' run on the ''GreenLantern'' mythos, seeing the conclusion of story threads laid out ever since he became the main GL writer back in ''Rebirth''.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'' ends with ''Discord: Complete Existence'', which details Discord and Fluttercruel -- joined by the occupants of their constructed world [[spoiler: and Celestia and Luna]] -- engaging in a FinalBattle with the BigBad [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Nightmare Phobia]]]].
* Back in the original ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', the [[BadFuture Dark World]] -- which grew to eventually being declared its own series with its own {{story arc}}s -- has the [[spoiler: Alicorn Ascension]] Arc (yes, even the name is a spoiler). Immediately following the events of the [[FinalBattle End of Days Arc]], this arc deals with [[spoiler: Twilight fusing with [[BiggerBad Nightmare Paradox]] to become the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Concept of Magic]]]] and will presumably explain how the Dark World ties back into the main series.
** It's companion Arc (the Shining Armor Arc) has one of its own where Shining has his final showdown with [[ClockRoaches the Blank Wolf]], finally admitting his love for Cadence and proposing [[spoiler:after the Blank Wolf is defeated]], Running Gag proposes to Garnet, and Minuette begins a stable relationship with Captive Audience [[spoiler:after feeding her EnemyWithin [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] to the Blank Wolf and freeing herself from him]].
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: The second to last chapter wraps up most of the loose ends, and the finale chapter has two time skips to [[spoiler: five years later when Naruto and Hinata finally get married; and the eight more years after that, when Naruto becomes the sixth Hokage.]]
* The ''FanFic/MyHostageNotYours'' series has the third story, ''The Inevitable Takeover'', which has [[OfficialCouple Zim and Gaz]] upgrade (downgrade?) from {{Anti Hero}}es to full {{Villain Protagonist}}s, get married, and then begin a plan to conquer the whole planet [[spoiler: and ultimately succeed]]. Oh, and Dib gets a BetaCouple plotline with Tak, finally giving him [[OvershadowedByAwesome something to do in the series]].
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' serves as a Grand Finale for the movie series.
** ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', meanwhile, has "Black Rain", an [[CerebusSyndrome unusually dark episode]] bringing back [[KnightOfCerebus two of the series' most competent villains]] and also putting ''[[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]]'' of all people in it. It also ends with [[spoiler:said villains dying a very ambiguous death, and]] the protagonists looking back on the end of the series [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall in a very meta sort of way]], eventually leading up to the final words of the series:
--> '''[[AndTheAdventureContinues AND THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES]]'''
* The final three stories of ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' -- ''The Message'', ''The Final Task'', and ''The End'' -- form one continuous story that deals with the various issues that have built up over [[DarkerAndEdgier Series]] [[FinaleSeason Five]], all building up to the arrival of, and confrontation with, [[spoiler: [[GodIsEvil The Writer]]]], the UltimateEvil behind the series. And after the FinalBattle, there's a DistantFinale showing [[spoiler: an adult Simba and Nala HappilyMarried and ruling over the restored Pride Lands with their surviving friends and family]].
* ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'', as fitting a superhero continuation of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ends with a great battle against super villains. The episode in question, ''Retaliation'' deals with the league and the team in their FinalBattle against Klarion and the forces of [[spoiler: {{Darkseid}}]]. Not only does it end with tons of cool battles and wrapping up almost all the emotional arcs of the fic (and the show in some cases as well), but it also gives the show the kind of closure GregWeisman gave {{Gargoyles}}: an open ended ending that still manages to be satisfying. For [[spoiler: even though the light is still at large, the League and Team have finally [[ScrewDestiny averted]] the BadFuture Bart Allen came from.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series has had a FEW of these:
** The title of the fourth entry, ''Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter'', makes its intention clear. It ends with [[spoiler:Jason being KilledOffForReal by a kid named Tommy Jarvis, who takes him out quite brutally with a machete.]] The next movie came out LESS THAN A YEAR later, and got around the ending of ''The Final Chapter'' by [[spoiler:using a copycat killer as the villain instead of the real Jason.]] Then another year after that, there was ''Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI'', which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - [[spoiler:the real Jason is resurrected as an undead killing machine, by Tommy, no less.]]
** ''Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan'' was, according to the writer/director, supposed to be this. It infamously ends with [[spoiler:Jason being caught in a flood of toxic waste in the NYC sewers and seemingly transforming back into a little boy, though there's some debate over whether this was a hallucination by the main character or some sort of metaphor.]]
** The very next film after the above was ''Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday'', which got around the end of ''Part VIII'' by simply not acknowledging it. It ends when [[spoiler:Jason is stabbed by his last living blood relative with a sacred dagger and dragged down into hell by demons... and Freddy Kruger.]] This was followed in story order by ''Freddy vs. Jason'', where [[spoiler:Freddy Kruger revives Jason from hell as part of a plan to get back in the game himself.]] The sequel in release order was ''Jason X'', a RecycledInSpace AffectionateParody of the series that once again just seemed to ignore the events leading up to it, though it makes a bit more sense in retrospect as a follow-up to ''Freddy vs. Jason''.
* Logically, the grand finale of the Film/DollarsTrilogy would be ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', agree with one paragraph at Wikipedia:
-->"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered as a prequel by some, since it depicts Eastwood's character gradually acquiring the clothing he wears in the other two films and because it takes place during the American Civil War (1861�1865), whereas the other two films feature comparatively more modern firearms and other props, for example: Lee Van Cleef's character in For a Few Dollars More appears to be a Confederate veteran who has come down in the world, and a graveyard scene in A Fistful of Dollars features a gravestone dated 1873."
** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' is seen like the grand finale for the Creator/SergioLeone's SpaghettiWestern films.
* [[{{Rambo}} Rambo IV]].
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' Part 1 and 2.
* ''The Return Of The King'' is the Grand Finale of the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
* ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix Revolutions]]'': acts as the Grand Finale of the ''Matrix'' trilogy and ties up all the remaining plotlines in the series, ending with [[spoiler: peace between Zion and the Machines, the Matrix being rebooted, and Neo finally defeating [[BigBad Smith]].]]
* ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' closes the story line of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels and sequels. (The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' is another story.) Possibly averted (depending on how the story goes), now that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_sequel_trilogy#Disney-Lucasfilm_trilogy we're getting three more films]].
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' is the Grand Finale that ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' never had. The film had an air of finality to it; the crew and ship were due to be decommissioned, aside from Sulu who now had his own ship. They managed to save the galaxy one last time before retiring. Also, the first teaser trailer drove the point home; it was essentially composed of snapshots of the greatest moments of TOS and the previous five films. The movie also bridged TOS and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] by sowing the seeds of peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire; this peace was well-established when TNG premiered.
** Then [[ExecutiveMeddling the studio insisted]] that [[Film/StarTrekGenerations the next movie]], which was supposed to be TheMovie of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', crossover with TOS and prominently feature Kirk to "pass the torch"... again. Oh, well.
** ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' was supposed to be this for TOS, complete with [[ItWasHisSled Spock dying]]. But because Creator/LeonardNimoy had second thoughts about completely parting ways with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', [[SequelHook a scene was shot with Spock putting his katra into McCoy's mind]] in case Nimoy wanted to return.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. Not only did they get nearly all of the original voice actors (Jim Varney[[note]]the original voice of Slinky the Dog[[/note]] and Joe Ranft[[note]]the voice of Rocky the action figure and other ancillary characters[[/note]] died before ''Toy Story 3'' was put into production and Annie Potts didn't come back, as [[spoiler:Bo Peep was written in the third movie as being one of the toys that has been sold off, tossed out, or given away between the second movie and the third]]), composer, and the co-director of the second movie to direct this film, there are a ton of callbacks to the original films loaded in this, and the film series ends with [[spoiler: Andy giving his toys to a young girl named Bonnie, who will love and play with them just as much as he did.]]
* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers Dark of the Moon]]'' was ''intended'' to be this for the live-action ''Transformers'' series and wraps up the story with the Decepticons defeated (seemingly for good this time) and the Autobots accepting Earth as their new home.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' for ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The final two books of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
* ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' ended with writer Douglas Adams killing all the main characters and completely erasing Earth from existence (in this universe and every parallel universe). He later said he regretted ending ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' on a such a melancholy note and was considering a sixth book with a happier ending before he suddenly died of a heart attack.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''
** Prior to the publication of the last book, there was much speculation as to how Rowling, on a purely practical level, would choose to end something so popular and profitable (although the ending had been planned from the humble beginnings over ten years before). Many said that, whatever she'd been planning before the title character would have to die, for example, so that the author wouldn't be hounded for the rest of her life (or that she'd better ''not'' kill him off, so that she wouldn't be hounded for the rest of her life). Another "story-ending" possibility raised by some was for him to lose his {{magic}}. She seemed to solve the issue by implying that Harry had lived a quiet, peaceful life for at least 19 years following the defeat of Voldemort.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Flinx Transcendent'' is the grand finale of thirty five years worth of novels set in the HumanxCommonwealth universe. Sure enough, each and every dangling plot element is resolved, one by one, like a checklist.
* The Grand Finale of Creator/StephenKing's magnum opus ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series is infamous for ending with [[spoiler: an AnticlimaxBoss confrontation with the King Multiverse's BigBad (who turns out to be a pathetic, powerless loony), followed by the protagonist walking through a door that turns out to be a big ResetButton that boots him back to the first scene of the series, with the implication that this has already happened many times before and that hopefully he'll eventually get it "right".]]
** [[spoiler: Worse, we, the readers, will never learn exactly what "getting it right" will mean, because Stephen King wrote himself into a corner after creating such a divine mystery as to whatever is at the top of the Dark Tower. IF you ever want to see what's up there, forget it.]]
* Creator/ArthurConanDoyle tried to give Creator/SherlockHolmes a Grand Finale three times without success. The first time, Holmes dies. The second time (after Holmes turns out to be NotQuiteDead), Holmes achieves what he considers to be the pinnacle of his career when he stops a World War from happening (decades before World War I), in a story that was first mentioned as a NoodleIncident eleven years prior. The last was set years after Holmes' retirement during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, where Holmes and Watson pull a Xanatos Gambit that gave the Germans so much false information that effectively turned them into sitting ducks against the British forces; the story also gave Holmes an age for the first time in the series. But the combo of Public Demand and ExecutiveMeddling made him continue each time. But when the real last story came, Conan Doyle said, "screw it" and completely averts this by giving us a standard-issue mystery as the last Sherlock Holmes story.
* ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' wraps up the Tiffany Aching subseries of Literature/{{Discworld}}, with Tiffany averting a worldwide witch-hunting craze and securing her status as leader of a new generation of Chalk witches. She also marries Roland [[spoiler: to another young witch]], and meets Eskarina Smith, the protagonist of Discworld's first witch novel.
* ''The Last Hope'' serves as the grand finale of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', wrapping up all the plot hooks and giving all the characters one last time in the glory.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' concludes with the end of Middle-earth's Third Age and is chronologically the very last installment of Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium.[[note]]Unless you count the very short, abandoned story "The New Shadow," published (so far as it went) in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth''.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheFugitive''[='s=] final confrontation with the one-armed man in the original, where [[InspectorJavert Lt. Gerard]] comes to his aid. Meanwhile, the remake in 2000 ended on a CliffHanger.
** This was almost unheard of for a show in the 1960s, and it only came about because David Janssen wanted to quit.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' finally escapes and destroys The Village and finds out who #1 is...[[GainaxEnding or does he?]] Not according to the semi-canon GraphicNovel ''Shattered Visage''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive''[='s=] last episode, "Sleeping In Light", which also doubles as a DistantFinale, and was actually filmed ''before'' the final season, as the writers didn't know whether the show would be continuing.
* While ''Series/DoctorWho'' hasn't ended, the end of the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors' tenures got a big finish, ending with their [[TheNthDoctor regeneration]] and (usually) the reveal of the next Doctor. [[note]]The Second Doctor didn't technically regenerate at the end of "The War Games", so the Third Doctor wasn't revealed until the first episode of the following serial, "Spearhead from Space".[[/note]] As the Tenth Doctor's finale was also the end of the Creator/RussellTDavies era, it really went for broke - it answered a lot of questions about the Time War mythos and ended with [[BackForTheFinale a string of cameos from previous companions and monsters]]. The next series started with a clean-slate JumpingOnPoint (new Doctor, new companion, new TARDIS set).
** Series 4 of the revived ''Doctor Who'' could be said to have ''two'' Grand Finales. Before "The End of Time" marked the Tenth Doctor's regeneration, the two-parter "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" marked the end of Donna's tenure as a Companion--and featured a CrisisCrossover with the main casts of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', as well as a team-up between all three of the new series' regular companions, and an all-out Dalek invasion led by Davros himself. The remaining episodes in Series 4 were just a denouement leading up to the Tenth Doctor's GrandFinale.
** Now for the others. The First Doctor's regeneration was a surprise, not being as blockbuster as the others, since it was the first step into unfamiliar territory for the writers. Six was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously offed]] due to a tenure plagued with ExecutiveMeddling, while Seven received a similar fate in the TV movie after the show was cancelled. He returned for TheCameo and ChangingOfTheGuard that was more like a kick in the pants than a graceful end. Eight's regeneration wasn't shown until the end of ''Eleven''[='s=] era, and [[spoiler:the War Doctor's regeneration wasn't a "traditional" regeneration sequence as Christopher Eccleston declined to return.]]
* As usual, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[='s=] "Chosen" had to top everyone else, with a triple play -- closing the Hellmouth, defeating the First Evil and its army, ''and'' permanently changing the magical rules that define who becomes a Slayer and how. And completely destroying the entire city of Sunnydale, leaving only an enormous crater. Sadly, it still wasn't as powerful as the HeroicSacrifice which closed Season 5.
* On the other hand, the final episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was Grand, but not Final, ending just as our heroes launched into a [[BolivianArmyEnding doomed charge]] against a demonic army. The message here was not "It's over, go home", but a final statement that the battle would ''never'' end.
* The ending of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' was similarly a curiously open ended Grand Finale, in which all the characters were shot down in a massive gun battle. It wasn't clear whether any of them survived. The show's producers suggested that if a Season 5 were ever made, the survivors would be the characters played by any of the actors who wanted to return. [[FridgeLogic Since there never was a Season 5, the internal reading should probably be that they all died.]]
* ''NorthernExposure'': "The Quest"...if one is willing to apply some CanonDisContinuity to the episodes after Dr. Fleischman's departure.
* However, the ultimate Grand Finale, in terms of sheer viewership and dramatic power, had to be the final movie-length episode of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' entitled "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen". It ended the Korean war, irrevocably altered several characters, and brought an era of television to a close...''plus'' it holds the record to this day for the highest single-episode ratings of any scripted show ever. Not even the SuperBowl could top it until 2010.
* ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had a Grand Finale both for when it was cancelled on Comedy Central (necessitating a PostscriptSeason when it returned), and later, when it was cancelled on the Sci-Fi Channel. [[spoiler: The Scifi channel ending satisfied the ExcusePlot storyline by showing Mike back on Earth with the bots, living in an apartment and watching ''The Crawling Eye'', the first movie to appear on the show (not counting the KTMA episodes.)]]
* All of the three 24th-Century ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series each had one, in ascending levels of awesome.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a two-part finale in which Voyager finally made it home - years ahead of schedule, with a little help from Janeway's FutureBadass self.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', having dealt with the Dominion conflict for five seasons and Sisko's Emissary role for all seven, wrapped up both stories back to back in the finale (and moved about half the cast off the station to boot).
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Picard traveling back to Season 1 and forward into the future, meeting dead and departed crew members, seeing his friends grow old, witnessing the dawn of life on Earth, making causality his bitch, having a HeroicSacrifice three times over, saving the whole of reality from an anomaly that threatens to destroy time, proving both his worth and the worth of the human species to Q, changing his crew's future for the better, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking playing poker]].
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise's'' finale, ''These are the Voyages...'', was truly bizarre in that it isn't really an episode of the show that was ending, but a subplot retconned into the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''The Pegasis''.
* ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} [[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'''s final episode was the "Night of Champions", which would see all the belts defended for the final time in WCW, as well as have the wrestlers talking about what WCW meant to them and where they would go from here. The final match of the night was Wrestling/RicFlair vs. Wrestling/{{Sting}}, a fitting end as the two had had many storied feuds in WCW, even before ''Nitro'' went on the air. The last thing to happen on Nitro (in a simulcast with ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'') was Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon's announcement that he had bought WCW and was going to war with the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]].
* Many seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' end on a grand finale, usually following an episode that had very little relevance to the overall arc, leading to a somewhat hilarious incongruity of, say, ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' where a battle against the random MonsterOfTheWeek was immediately followed by what many fans consider to be the definitive ''Power Rangers'' finale, wrapping up no less than six seasons of stories, wiping out every major villain the series had ever had by that point, and showcasing the heroic sacrifice of Zordon to make all of the above happen.
** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' were all supposed to be grand finales for the series as a whole, but the show was always brought back. The ''Wild Force'' finale was even called "The End of the Power Rangers".
* The ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' TV series ends after 3 seasons with the episode "Honey, I Shrink, Therefore I Am". After the shrink ray has been downplayed since season 2, it finally appears for the finale as Amy accidentally gets shrunken again. Meanwhile, Chief [=McKenna=] wants to propose to Trudi, but fears that she doesn't love him as much as he does her, and she thinks the same thing. In the end, Amy is brought back to normal size with Wayne's help, The Chief works up to courage to propose to Trudi, Diane announces that [[spoiler: she's pregnant (most likely with Adam from the movie sequels),]] and they all live happily ever after... [[spoiler: and then, they all get shrunken.]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''[='s=] "Daybreak". [[spoiler:They rescue Hera, and Cavil dies, in the midst of an epic struggle involving almost all the humans, Cylons, and ships we've seen in the series. Kara finally finds a habitable planet, and it turns out to be ''ours''...150,000 years before our time. Yes, two Earths.]]
** Oh, and the Galactica? [[spoiler:It's superstructure is so heavily damaged from the FinalBattle that another jump would tear the whole ship to shreds. So she's evacuated by everyone except the hybridized Anders who then [[TearJerker pilots the whole fleet into the Sun]] so that the new human civilization can start over from scratch and not make the same mistakes as the previous ones.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' "ends" with "My Finale". Even though it has apparently been renewed, this episode is the finale of the series in its current format as well as the swan song/goodbye to JD as the main character. [[spoiler:The episode features JD's last day at Sacred Heart before leaving for a new job to be closer to his son Sam. He manages to get goodbyes from most of the cast, even getting to part with the Janitor on good terms and getting to hug Dr. Cox. JD is left somewhat disappointed by his ending and imagines a line-up of guest stars from past seasons seeing him off, including dead characters such as Mrs. Wilks and Jill Tracy, but this fantasy ends when JD sees the futility of living in the past, so he instead decides to look forward to his future due to inspiration from a patient about taking control of one's future. The final montage shows JD imagining his future life to Peter Gabriel's "Book of Love". JD and Elliot are shown marrying and having a child, then reuniting with Turk, Carla, Dr. Cox and Jordan for Christmas in a peaceful setting. Sam and Isabella are even shown being engaged in another fastforward. The montage ends with visions of JD and Elliot kissing, and Dr. Cox willingly walking into JD's hug. In his final narration, JD feels that his fantasies should come true, just this once. Cue the ultimate sitcom TearJerker]]
** The last words said in the finale are [[spoiler:"Good night", said between series creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff]].
* The series finale of ''PrisonBreak'' has the main couple [[spoiler:getting married]], the gang's final prison break ([[spoiler:breaking Sara out of a women's prison before the General's assassins can kill her]]), and a HeroicSacrifice ([[spoiler:Michael gives his life so that his wife and unborn child can be free]]).
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' concludes with Ross and Rachel ''finally'' getting past their WillTheyOrWontThey woes with a declaration of their love and a vow to "stop being stupid" while Monica and Chandler watch their children being born, and Phoebe and Joey accept the changes occuring. The friends also start a new era of their lives, leaving the apartment complex and city that was their home for so long. The episode ends with the friends going to the coffee house one last time and one last look at the now-empty apartment. Despite the happy ending, many viewers found it one of the most bittersweet ending of any show ever, and both the [[{{TrueCompanions}} cast]] and crew couldn't get through the final scenes without crying.
* The finale of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' is arguably one of the best seen on television. [[spoiler: Brenda finally gets over her fears for the well-being of her newborn daughter, Willa, and makes peace with Nate. Ruth finds herself a new purpose in helping Brenda help raise Maya and Willa. Dave and Keith finally put their relationship in place so they can raise their adopted sons. Federico leaves the Fisher Funeral Home in order to start his own business. And Claire leaves to work in New York even after the initial job offer she received was axed. As a whole, the entire cast is able to shed their dysfunctional selves and find a semblance of peace. The last six minutes of the finale shows the future lives and deaths of all major characters, which doubles as a TearJerker and a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming]].
* ''Series/HappyDays'' had an ultimate sitcom-style ending. Joanie and Chachi finally got married, Fonzie adopted a young boy, Richie returned to see everything off, and Howard ended the episode by thanking the audience for being a part of their family, then name-dropped the title. (But never explained where BrotherChuck vanished to, unless you consider the outtake where Howard does a spit-take and exclaims "Hey, where's Chuck?!")
* ''TheSteveHarveyShow'' actually had two, but they were aired out of order. The GraduateFromTheStory episode [[spoiler: the kids graduate. Lydia goes to Princeton, Romeo to an unnamed university, and Bullethead to Community College]] was supposed to air first, but the show had been ScrewedByTheNetwork and canceled so the HappilyEverAfter episode [[spoiler: Regina accepts a job at a fancy prep school in California and Steve follows her; Ced and Lovita win the lottery and she goes into labor immediately after learning the news. We never learn the sex of their baby.]] was shown as the Grand Finale with the graduation episode shown later. They continue to be shown in this order in syndication.
* ''Series/That70sShow'' finally ends its eighth and final season by [[spoiler:Jackie and Fez becoming a couple]], [[spoiler:[[CanonSue Randy]] not fully appearing in this episode]], [[spoiler:Kelso coming back to visit]] and [[spoiler:[[TheBusCameBack Eric Forman]] returning home from Africa to win back Donna]]. It also [[spoiler:closes out the 1970s, beginning on December 31, 1979 and ending just after the start of January 1, 1980]].
* ''TheRedGreenShow'' ended with Harold, the HollywoodNerd, getting married, Dalton renewing his wedding vows with his wife who appeared onscreen for the first time, Mike becoming a police officer, and Bill appearing outside of the black and white Adventures with Bill segment for the first time since season 2.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' ended with [[spoiler:Dwayne and Whitley finding out they're pregnant and moving to Japan for Dwayne's job]] and a big goodbye party for them is shown. During the party, Kimberly and Spencer decide to get married.
* ''California Dreams'' did this by having the entire band break up at the end of high school to go off to different parts of the country (and one to Europe) to end the show. Unfortunately, it created something of a DownerEnding in the process.
* The last three episodes of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' gave Adrian his detective badge back [[spoiler:before allowing him to realize he'd been happier without it]], solved Trudy's murder, [[spoiler:discovered and became close to Trudy's long-lost daughter]], sent Randy Disher off on a job of his own [[spoiler:as the Police Sergeant of a town in New Jersey]] and hooked him up with [[spoiler:Sharona]], and to top it all off implied that Adrian is finally getting over his OCD.
* The last NBC ''Columbo'' from the 1970s ended on a nice note. Columbo drinks a toast with his last murderer (an Irish gunrunner) and his last words are a quote referring both to the amount of whiskey they'll drink, and the show as a whole � "We'll go this far, and no farther." Little did they know then that ABC would take them farther a decade later.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' [[spoiler:ended on the day of Santos' inauguration, with creator Aaron Sorkin making a cameo in the swearing-in scene. Jed Bartlet left office but not before finally signing Toby's pardon in the last second, and in a TearJerker moment, gave his own little book of the US Constitution to the soon-to-be-in-law-school Charlie ("You're going to need it more than I do"). All the cast (old and new) are on deck, with Josh and Donna moving into their respective office as chief of staff for POTUS and FLOTUS, CJ gave Josh a slip that says "WWLD" ("What would Leo Do?") before leaving the White House and heading to California and Danny. Kate and Will Bailey don't know what to do in the afternoon now that they are not working at the White House anymore. Finally, on Air Force One heading back to New Hampshire, Bartlet opens the gift that Leo's daughter Mallory left him � the framed cocktail napkin on which Leo wrote "Bartlet for America" that started the journey so many years ago]]. Industrial-strength TearJerker.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' ended with a bang. Walnut Grove gets purchased by a JerkAss developer, but instead of allowing the townspeople to buy the land back from him, he decides to allow everyone to stay...as his employees. In retaliation, [[spoiler:they have a meeting at the church/school and decide that they'd rather blow the town up and leave with nothing rather than allow the developer to have everything they have worked for. So all the men get dynamite and they blow up Walnut Grove]]. JerkAss returns to the town with the Army in tow and demands that everyone be arrested. The Army refuses to do so, and [[spoiler:the citizens of what used to be Walnut Grove leave singing "Onward Christian Soldiers"]].
* The Diffys finally fix their time machine and apparently return home in the grand finale of ''PhilOfTheFuture''.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' ends with Sean and Christian making Liz a partner in the practice, effectively calling it [=McNamara=]/Troy/Cruz. Liz, who is pregnant via donated sperm from Sean, is happy but decides to leave for parts unknown when Sean decides that he wants to be a part of the baby's life, which she doesn't agree with. Christian, feeling that he is the reason Sean is not living a more fulfilling life, kicks him out of the practice and gives him a one-way ticket to Bucharest so that he can work in an orphanage doing pro-bono surgeries. Matt decides to make a life with his transsexual lover Ava. Julia moves to England and remarries, taking Annie and Conor with her. Christian is left alone to run Troy/Cruz. Their final patient is an elderly porn star who gets his heart surgery scar removed. He later dies with a smile on his face while filming a sex scene in his latest movie. The final scene is Christian, seeing [[spoiler: the ghost of Kimber]] in a bar and wishing her well, then meeting a new young starlet who's thinking about plastic surgery -- exactly the way the series begun (with Christian meeting Kimber in a bar).
* Given that David Krumholtz has moved on to other projects, this season's finale of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' was probably the Grand Finale. Charlie and Amita get married before their move to England to teach at the University of Cambridge. Larry seems to have found what he was looking for, and plans to take over for Charlie.
* The writers of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' knew their finale's end date three years in advance, they certainly made theirs epic. The source of all the show's mysterious happenings was revealed for the first time - and was promptly turned off, risking the island's imminent destruction. And then... was turned back on again. The lead character had a final knife-fight on crumbling cliffs in the rain with the BigBad - a villain who'd appeared in every season and in the very first episode and who'd taken the form of another main character, the lead's philosophical rival. Several characters escaped the island once and for all, flying off in a 777 as the runway disintegrated beneath them. The season's flashes were revealed to show the characters in the afterlife, letting the final scene reunite almost every main character after death. And the final shots were an exact reversal of the show's opening shots, with the lead character returning to the show's opening spot, falling there, and closing his eyes as he died.
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'': Sam Tyler [[spoiler: commits suicide by jumping from the top of a tall building. And saves the lives of his friends in 1973, gets the girl and drives off into the sunset.]]
** The [[Series/LifeOnMars2008 US version]] featured him [[spoiler: waking up in a spaceship as part of a mission to find literal life on Mars. Several of the themes from both series were weaved in to make a bit more sense, but the ending voided any and all chance of ever having an American ''AshesToAshes''.]]
** By Contrast, the Series finale of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' was voted on a Sky 1 special to be the No. 1 TV show ending out of a list of 49 other competitors.
* The sequel series ''AshesToAshes'' had to wrap up multiple storylines:
** Alex finally put all the pieces together about the numbers, the ghost copper, and the grave in Lancashire � [[spoiler:6620 is the serial number of the dead copper who's buried up in that farm in Lancashire (the one with the weathervane that she's been seeing all season, and that was on the TV report in her hospital room in 3.01)...aka Gene Hunt. Gene was a 19-year-old PC in 1953 when he surprised a burglar in a barn on Coronation Day, and was shot through the head. His will was so strong that he didn't pass over, he created a Purgatory for coppers with issues like himself and remade himself into its guardian � the badass Gene Genie, Manc Lion, head-bashing sheriff, like John Wayne or Gary Cooper. His job is to help the coppers that end up in his realm work through their issues, then help them cross over, only he forgets every single time what's really going on]].
** [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 Sam]] [[spoiler:figured out what was going on and, together with Gene, faked his death so Gene wouldn't question why he was gone]].
** Meanwhile, everyone including Alex is [[spoiler:already dead. Alex died in her hospital room in the present day/reality. Shaz was a copper during the 1990s who surprised a carjacker and was stabbed to death with [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Screwdriver]]. Chris followed his superior officer into a shootout in the 1960s and was shot in the line of duty. Ray [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] on Coronation Day as well, after murdering a young kid and his DCI covered it up. Each of them are made to rewatch the circumstances of their deaths by Keats, who, by the way, is [[{{Satan}} the Devil himself]] � or at the very least, a high-ranking minion. Keats tries, and almost succeeds, in tempting the team away from Gene, actually ''breaking the world'' (destroying CID) to peel back the construct and reveal the star-covered sky everyone's been seeing. Alex's loyalty to Gene still holds, and she reforms the office.]]
** The final scene is [[spoiler:Gene taking the team to what is revealed to be the Railway Arms pub, where [[MagicalNegro Nelson]], the bartender from ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', is waiting as a Saint Peter figure to help them cross over. Ray, Chris, and Shaz reconcile and cross over. Alex and Gene finally kiss, but it's goodbye, and she crosses over, leaving Gene to go back to CID where the newest dead copper [[BookEnds comes barging in, shouting about his [=iPhone=], and Gene offers him some friendly advice � "a word in your shell-like, pal"]].]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' just ended with the episode "Rubber Room" in which it's another [[AxesAtSchool school]] [[RippedFromTheHeadlines shooting]]...[[SubvertedTrope except]] [[spoiler:it's a sacked ''teacher'' who snaps and plots the rampage]].
** Then again, for something that was originally meant to be a SeasonFinale, the final scene, with all the detectives and D.A.'s gathered in the same spot, enjoying a round of drinks, and having a pleasant time (rather than reflecting on the crime) brings a nice close to the series. Especially since this episode was a rare (for the series) straight, unironic example of EverybodyLives.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' wrapped up its 7th and final season with one. Blanche, having set Dorothy up with her uncle Lucas in order to go on a date that night, is gotten back at when the two decide to fake an engagement to freak her out. However, Dorothy and Lucas actually fall in love, and then marry in the final episode. The last moments of the episode are that of Dorothy, giving the girls her last goodbyes, and, after returning twice immediately after walking out the door, finally sets off on her honeymoon. The last three girls simply come together into a hug, sobbing as the credits roll.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse have a very interesting relationship with this trope.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'' is notable for ''not'' having a grand finale, forcing the creators to come up with two additional straight-to-video movies to wrap up the main storylines: the [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ori]] invasion and [[AGodAmI Ba'al]]. The finale itself involved a ResetButton, after which the team went on to business as usual. ...Indeed!
** SG-1 actually had a grand finale in season 8, with the two-parter "Moebius." It went so far to actually show how Ra had been chased out of Earth (so far only alluded at), and featured him as the villain. Then the show got renewed for two other seasons.
*** Interestingly enough, the real grand finale (and probably the best candidate in the series) came ''before'' this season-ending two parter, with the three-part story of "Reckoning" and "Threads" that brought about the fall of the Goa'uld, Replicators and Anubis all in one fell swoop. "Threads" even had to be extra-long in order to clean up all the plot [[TitleDrop threads]], and ends with [[RunningGag everybody fishing at Jack's pond]].
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', on the other hand, had a little more of a grand finale with climatic battles between [[HumansByAnyOtherName Tau'ri]] forces and a super-Hive ship. Interestingly, they only manage to destroy the enemy by using the same method used to kill Ra in the original film (see ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' for a detailed description of why this works). Still, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] are far from being defeated, and there is a good chance this can happen again.
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' has a bizarre somewhat grand finale. Much like the series, all the characters aboard the ship are put into suspended animation with the exception of [[AscendedFanboy Eli]]. The symbolism alone qualifies it as a TearJerker ending.
* ''Series/RobinHood'' had a sort-of one of these, wherein [[spoiler:most of the main characters die, including Robin]]. They also blew up Nottingham Castle.
** Bizarrely, it wasn't actually ''meant'' to be the grand finale at all, but merely the set-up for the next season. Then the show got cancelled.
* [[SuddenDownerEnding "Changing Nature"]] from ''{{Dinosaurs}}''. The episode has Earl Sinclair [[spoiler:accidentally setting off a chain of events that ''will'' destroy the world and as a consequence, all the dinosaurs in the show die out, including the Sinclair family. The last thing we actually see before the dinosaurs go extinct is news anchor [[PunnyName Howard Handupme]] telling the viewers "This is Howard Handupme, signing off for the very last time. [[TearJerker Goodnight...and goodbye..."]]]]
* ''DarkOracle'''s finale episode, "Redemption" killed off the BigBad and former villain [[spoiler: Omen]], featured BigBadWannabe Vern's [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]] and wiped the comic, the source of all the show's problems, from existence.
* ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'': Island week.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' ends with {{God}} Himself telling Sam that he has always been the master of his own fate and that, contrary to what he believed, Sam has done a lot of good by helping people throughout history one at a time. The lives he touched, touched others, and those, others. Realizing something of his own value, Sam gives up a chance to go back and saves his friend Al's marriage to Beth (Al's first wife and true love). The ending consists of a few text lines confirming that Al and Beth have their HappilyEverAfter [[spoiler:[[{{TearJerker}} and Sam Beckett never returned home.]]]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fittingly titled]] "Finale". Clark finally flies for the first time and finally becomes the [[Franchise/{{Superman}} hero]] he's destined to be.
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': "The Last Newhart," one of the most memorable sitcom finales among fans and critics. A Japanese tycoon purchases the entire (unnamed) Vermont town instead of the Stratford Inn, which series protagonists Dick and Joanna Loudon co-owned. After everyone goes their separate ways, the action picks up five years later, where Dick has progressively gotten more frustrated with his life as he deals with crazier loons than what populated the inn years earlier, and his wife has even gotten nuts; he's also unable to get over a golf course being built ''around'' the inn without his permission. Then, the old folks -- handyman George Uttley, Larry (along with his brother Darryl ... and his other brother, Darryl), and the vain Stephanie and Michael Harris with their daughter (a vain clone of her yuppie parents) -- all come back and drive Dick to the brink of a nervous breakdown. The Darryls speak for the only time in the series' history ("QUIET!!!" to shut their annoying girlfriends up). Eventually, Dick snaps when he is unable to bring order to the inn, and is making good on his vow to leave the Stratford Inn when he is knocked unconscious by a wayward golf ball. The screen goes black ... and when a light comes back on, the scene shifts to Dr. Robert Hartley's bedroom from ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette in a cameo of her famous role). The whole series of ''Newhart'', it seems, was but a (bad) dream that Bob had one night.
* The original Series/{{Concentration}} ended its 14-year/7 month run on NBC daytime with an apropos puzzle to its fans ("You've Been More Than Kind"). Musicians Milton Kaye and Tony Columbia strike up "Auld Lang Syne" during the closing credits.
* "Series/{{Chuck}} [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Versus the Goodbye]]" wrapped up the final arc of the season with Team Bartowksi embarking on their ([[RunningGag fourth]]) last mission to stop the latest BigBad, recover the Intersect and [[spoiler:help Sarah recover her lost memories]], all while running on the usual RuleOfCool with a healthy dose of ContinuityPorn. The episode is littered with [[CallBack call backs]] to the pilot and the return of old characters, locations and [[RunningGag Running Gags]], culimating in Jeffster performing at a concert hall to delay a bomb from killing General Beckman while [[spoiler:newly re-Intersected]] Chuck disarms it with the Irene Demoana virus.
** Once the last adventure is over, there are a lot of little character resolutions: [[spoiler:Casey leaves Burbank to find Verbanski and leaves his apartment to Morgan and Alex, who are moving in together; Jeff and Lester are offered a record contract and leave the Buy More; Ellie and Awesome get new jobs in Chicago and move there with Clara; [[RunningGag Subway takes over the Buy More]]; and as Sarah's memories slowly return, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she start falling in love with Chuck all over again]].]]
* PunkyBrewster ended its four-season run (2 on NBC, 2 in syndication) with her dog Brandon getting married to a girl golden retriever named Brenda. The final shot is a photo of the cast during the ceremony as the show's logo is superimposed on the bottom right.
* How about ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''? Under new management, the crew--except for Ted--is given their marching orders. Their final goodbyes was most memorable.
* ''DesperateHousewives'' had a [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] grand finale, featuring major changes in the lives of all the main characters: Mrs. [=McCluskey=] [[spoiler:saves Bree by falsely confessing to the murder she is on trial for and later dies of cancer]]. Bree [[spoiler:marries her lawyer, Trip Weston, moves to Kentucky, and becomes a politician]]. Lynette [[spoiler:accepts the CEO position that Katherine offers her in her company, moves to New York with Tom, and later becomes a grandmother of six]]. Gabrielle [[spoiler:starts her own fashion website and TV show, and moves to California with Carlos, where they buy a mansion]]. And Susan [[spoiler:moves away with Julie, MJ, and her new grandchild as the ghosts of Wisteria Lane watch her leave]]. However, [[spoiler:Mary Alice informs us that the women never again get together as a group]].
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' pulls no punches when it comes to their GrandFinale. The prophecy that was first introduced way back in series 1 - that Mordred would one day kill Arthur - [[spoiler:finally comes to pass, with Mordred defecting to Morgana's side and the two of them waging war on Camelot.]] Merlin [[spoiler:powers up in the Crystal Cave and kills Morgana]]. Arthur [[spoiler:is killed by Mordred, [[TakingYouWithMe kills him in turn]], dies in Merlin's arms and is taken to Avalon]]. Guinevere [[spoiler:becomes the sole ruler of Camelot by her husband's edict]], with Gaius and the remaining knights swearing their loyalty to her. Gwaine [[spoiler:is killed in battle]]. Finally, Merlin is seen [[spoiler:in a DistantFinale scene in modern times, still awaiting the return of the Once and Future King]].
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The Long Goodbye Job" is filled with {{call back}}s to their pilot episode "The Nigerian Job". The team go for a "black book", a record that has the names of all the rich and powerful who ruined the world economy. Nate proposes to Sophie and they leave the team to be run by Parker. AndTheAdventureContinues.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ends with Alex becoming the family wizard. Professor Crumbs retires and passes on full wizardry power to Justin, who becomes the Headmaster of [=WizTech=]. Max inherits the family business.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' ends with the titular character pulling off an elaborate scheme to [[spoiler: fake his own death so he can be with Wilson during his last months to live, even though it means he can never practice medicine again. The series ends with both friends riding motorcycles off into the sunset.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' ends with Walt executing a well-laid plan one step at a time to [[spoiler: ultimately get everything he could hope for at this point -- money for his children, freedom for Skyler and Jesse, a proper burial for Hank and Gomez, vengeance on those who have wronged him - before dying on his own terms.]]
* {{Series/Blackadder}} has the special ''Blackadder Back & Forth'', which ends with [[spoiler: Blackadder using a time machine to [[BookEnds achieve the very first Blackadder's goal: becoming king]].]]
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'' has the special "Big Time Dreams", and admit it, the show's BreakingTheFourthWall moments was an indiction that the series was about to get CutShort.
* Since ''Series/HorribleHistories'' was sketch-based, it didn't have much of a plot to end, but it did have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O09WE2cH8c a song]] outlining the achievements and misdeeds of several time periods covered by the show and featuring [[TheCameo damn well every character that had appeared in the show]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Queen}}'s '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqct2SGoDE0 The Show Must Go On!]] is clearly this for Freddie Mercury. He wrote it while dying of AIDS, poring everything he was into it, and recorded the main vocals in one take after taking a shot of vodka mere days before his death.
* Music/DreamTheater's EpicRocking song "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" (a 42-minute-long song), ends with a section called "Losing Time / Grand Finale".
* {{Rush}}'s "2112" last section is called "Grand Finale".
* Orbital's ''Blue Album'' concludes with the [[EpicRocking epic]] "One Perfect Sunrise", which was also supposed to be the swan song for the band, but they later got back together.
* ''Abbey Road'' was probably intended to be this for Music/TheBeatles, being their final recorded album, closing out with a big medley of short songs, including a song titled "The End". However, circumstances led to ''Let It Be'' being the band's final album.
** The song that ends ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,'' "A Day In The Life," concludes with all four of the Beatles striking the piano in a final chord that runs 45 seconds. Music critic Greil Marcus called it "an ending that will never be matched."
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins played their final show (at least before they reformed) in 2000 at the same venue they played their first gig at. The concert featured songs from all of their albums, and even Billy Corgan's dad showed up on stage.
* "MTV Unplugged in New York" could be seen as this for Music/{{Nirvana}}.
* ''The Last Waltz'' by Music/TheBand.
* "High Hopes" by Music/PinkFloyd, works very well as this, being the last song they ever recorded (until session on 2014's ''The Endless River'' began), and managing to feel like something is ending, with a very melancholic tune, and lyrics that focus not on the future or the present, but about how things were better in times past. It's also the last song on the last released Pink Floyd album from before they broke up.
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* Ragnarok. The world is consumed, everything burns, every living creature dies, game over, insert coin. [[spoiler:Someone does. [[note]](To be precise, Baldur and Hoth are resurrected, Honir and some other minor gods will survive, the gods will sit at golden tables and reminisce, and the world will be repopulated by Lif and Lifthraser.)[[/note]]]]
* The Literature/BookOfRevelation is this for Literature/TheBible and could be for reality as we know it according to some. [[spoiler: The book ends with all the evil thrown away to the lake of fire and the good people live with God with the last passage is "The grace of Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen."]]
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In a rare move for an 80's kids show, ''FraggleRock'' got a series finale. To be more accurate, it was kind of a three-part finale with [[spoiler: 1.) Junior Gorg becoming king, then renouncing his title when he realizes everyone is doing okay ruling themselves (three guesses as to who taught him), 2.) the main characters all learn about the interconnectedness between all the species (Fraggle, Doozer, Gorg, Trash Heap, and the Human World) that Jim Henson had envisioned the show to be and, most importantly, 3.) Doc (the main/only human character) finally sees the Fraggles]]. The finale does all this while also being as touching and entertaining.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The last episode (''The Raymond Nostril Story'') of the second-to-last series of Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain was one of these (the very last series aired three years later, so presumably it was UnCancelled). It had reappearances of almost all the recurring characters, catchphrases, running gags, and most importantly, announced the end for Radio Prune. Towards the end, the performers ask to sing their beloved signature Angus Prune Tune "happily and cheerfully" as they always have. They're allowed, and perform a slow, sad, sobbing version punctuated by tearful cries and shouts. David reads the credits, tearing up, as the others punctuate it with nostalgic sighs at the names mentioned. Finally, David asks John to utter those magic sign-off words, with the others protesting as they couldn't possibly handle the impact...and then John says, [[MoodWhiplash manically cheerful,]] "[[CatchPhrase It's]] ''[[CatchPhrase I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again]]'', [[CatchPhrase again]]!" and they sing the Angus Prune Tune as joyfully as ever as the episode closes.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''. WordOfGod says that represents the grand finale of all adaptations of the GTA III Era. This was a sequel set since 1986 (from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'') and finally ending in 2001 with GTA III.
** Interestingly, GTA III was the first game in the GTA III Era to be released, so the Grand Finale is also the beginning.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' serves as the ultimate conclusion of over ten years of ''Franchise/MetalGear'' lore (twenty if one counts the early [=MSX2=] games as well). While there has been at least [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker two new]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance games in the series]] released since ''[=MGS4=]'' (the former being a prequel and the latter being a sequel), and a [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain two-parter]] that is also a prequel, taking place after ''Peace Walker'' but before the MSX ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' game.
* Despite a long-shot SequelHook in the bonus ending, ''{{Halo 3}}'' neatly [[strike:finishes the fight]] wraps up the plot of the entire game series. [[spoiler:Or, as claimed by ex-employees of Bungie who joined Infinity Ward, Master Chief is the Troubleshooter from Marathon with the AI being the corrupted version of Cortana (Durandal in Marathon)]] However, they are still making spin-offs and have made a ''{{Halo 4}}''.
* Much of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, to one degree or another. Notable because many of these games' endings retain their grandeur even after advancing technology would seem to make their endings less impressive. VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI's half-hour-long sprite animation ending can still [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome enrapture]] and [[TearJerker move]] the player just as much as the fantastic full CG finales of games that came [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX four]] to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII seven]] titles after it.
** ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' is this for the ''XIII'' trilogy and decisively wraps up the story of the world of Gran Pulse.
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}} 3: Deadly Shadows'' served this purpose with regards to the series' plot, with a conclusive ending that brings Garrett's story full circle.
** While ending his career as a professional criminal, it's probably the beginning of a whole new career spent in the shadows (Garrett doesn't seem the type to stick to administrative work longer than he has to). Good both for creators of fan missions, and possibly for the sequel in the works.
* ''UltimaIX'' brings a conclusive end to the saga of the Avatar, incorporating plot elements and characters from all the previous games in the series and concluding the long standing struggle between the Avatar and the [[BigBad Guardian]].
* ''PhantasyStarIV'' brought an epic and conclusive end to the saga of the Algol star system, wrapping up all the plot threads and unanswered questions brought up in the previous 3 games. Stories set in the same universe and based on the exodus colony ships would continue to crop up in the ''Phantasy Star Online'' series, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' wraps up the plot of the Wizardry series (although only games 6-8 had an actual continuous plot) and ends with the option of having your characters ascend into godhood.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' featured appearances from characters from all 4 previous games, and brought the series' story to a conclusive end. In fact, the game was almost never made (much like the intended Grand Finale ''SpaceQuest 7''), and the developers deliberately staged it as their Grand Finale knowing it would be the last game they would make under their name.
** Although the game still allows the trademark option of letting you save your character for future use. Either they were giving players one last dose of hopeful nostalgia, or they weren't completely ruling out the possibility of a sequel.
** The game also, after three prequels of having to either seal away or prevent ancient, powerful beings from being summoned or unsealed, decrees that you're now strong enough to just flat-out kill the SealedEvilInACan [[MonsterOfTheWeek Of The Week]]. Even better, it's a dragon, which previous game manuals had included as a potential encounter as a RunningGag, suggesting that you run at the fight sight of one.
* Though there are sure to be other games and media produced later, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' certainly feels like a Grand Finale. Series BigBad Albert Wesker has finally abandoned all subtlety and now [[AGodAmI harbors delusions of godhood]], and is ready to unleash a biological threat of global proportions as opposed to one isolated to a mansion or a city. At this point in the timeline, Umbrella is all but gone. And at the climax, [[spoiler: the game defies JokerImmunity; Chris Redfield, his new partner Sheva, and his old partner Jill Valentine finally end Wesker's madness with a couple of well aimed rocket propelled grenades. While Wesker's waist deep in a lava pit.]] The ending is different this time as well: there are no mysterious phone calls, no stingers, no hints that [[spoiler: Wesker might still be alive]]. Only the relieved looks on the heroes' faces as they realize that their struggles against the threat posed by Umbrella [[spoiler: and Wesker]] is finally over. Series producer Masachika Kawata even said that the inevitable ''Resident Evil 6'' will "have to reinvent the series with another full model change or else it won't be able to keep on going."
** All things considered, Resident Evil 6 might be the last game, as it has appearances from several high profile figures from previous games, and they already have knowledge to beat zombies, just there is a new virus. Though there will be [[CashCowFranchise several spin offs and merchandise available]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'', technically the first in the ''entire series''. The fascist government that the heroes are fighting against is finally destroyed [[spoiler:although not without heavy casualties.]] The BigBad is now in a desperate KillEmAll mindset, setting his KillSat on a ''literal [[ColonyDrop crash course]]'' towards the last chance of healing a [[CrapsackWorld dying world.]] TheHero succeeds in stopping the BigBad once and for all, [[spoiler:although [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrificed]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice himself]]'' in the process.]] Due to the actions of TheHero, the humans have started to believe in [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reploids]] once more, and true peace has ''finally'' surfaced after hundreds of years of war.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' also served as the big finale for its characters. Dr. Wily decides to stop being evil and tries to help society for a change, Mega Man can finally interact with his brother in the human world thanks to a Copy Bot, a quick WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue bit to bring us up to speed on the others and the OfficialCouple of Lan and Mayl even get a little BabiesEverAfter moment.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' was ''supposed'' [[SeriesFauxnale to be this for the X series]], dealing with X and Zero trying to stop a catastrophic ColonyDrop and a worldwide Maverick virus epidemic, while further extrapolating on Zero's connection to Dr. Wily, and ending with Zero performing another HeroicSacrifice to stop Sigma for good (allowing a smooth transition to ''Zero''.) Unfortunately, Capcom wasn't ready to let the ''X'' series go just yet, and [[FranchiseZombie the series awkwardly lurched back to life]] with ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX6 X6]]'' and the near universally-hated ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX7 X7]]''.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Defiance'' brings Raziel and Kain's destiny full circle with [[spoiler: Raziel's HeroicSacrifice]]. After being an UnwittingPawn to nearly ''everyone'' in the series, Raziel finally chooses his own destiny and [[spoiler: willingly merges with the Soul Reaver and renews his loyalty to Kain]]. Other plot threads are resolved as well. Moebius [[spoiler: TheDragon to the true BigBad of the series, the Elder God, and]] the time traveling villain responsible for Kain becoming a vampire in the first place, is rendered DeaderThanDead in the most final way possible [[spoiler: when his soul is devoured by the Elder God]]. And [[spoiler:the Elder God himself]] is finally defeated by Kain wielding the fully empowered Soul Reaver. The last scene implies that Kain has finally accepted his destiny and responsibilities as the Scion of Balance as well.
* The good endings of the ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' duology mark the conclusion of the battle between Dracula and the Belmont clan. In the first, Soma Cruz manages to defeat the evil of Castlevania that sought to turn him into Dracula again. In the second, he refuses the mantle once again despite being told that the BalanceOfGoodAndEvil demands that he become the King of Evil. So even if the universe truly needs a BigBad, it won't be Dracula again. To keep the franchise from dying, all subsequent games take place ''before'' the Sorrow series. Though those games also break the pattern by featuring non-Belmont protagonists who don't specialize in whips (Jonathan being a borderline example since he uses a variety of weapons).
** And ''right before'' the ''Sorrow'' series, the Dracula saga ends with a bang in 1999, as Julius Belmont killed him off for good. Hopefully, they'll get along to making that final battle into a game eventual-oh, wait, they're rebooting the series with ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', aren't they? Damn it, Hideo Kojima.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' was the finale to the ''Mother'' series. Itoi has even said himself that was not making any more Mother games, he'd prefer playing them. ([[http://www.mother4game.com/ That didn't stop fans from making their own]] [[VideoGame/{{Mother4}} Mother 4]].)
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ends Shepard's storyline and involve the war between the sentient species of the galaxy and [[EldritchAbomination the Re]][[SapientShip apers]]. Towards the end of the game, Shepard is faced with [[spoiler:three choices - Control the Reapers; merge organics & synthetics; or destroy the Reapers (And every other synthetic being)]]. In the game's Extended Cut, [[spoiler:a fourth choice is added, refusing the other three options... And dooming every species fighting the Reapers to extinction, with the species of the next cycle defeating the Reapers 50,000 years later]].
** The Citadel DLC, the final downloadable story mission, is a send-off for the entire cast of characters filled with continuity nods, shipper jokes and self-deprecation. It wraps up with cameos for everyone you've kept alive and a shore leave party in a fancy apartment.
* Case 3-5 of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is notably longer than most others, wraps up all unanswered plot threads, brings back multiple characters that were PutOnABus just in time for the finale, and features unusual and awesome sections such as playing as Edgeworth for a while and Phoenix teaming up with Franziska for an investigation.
* ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Throne of Bhaal]]'' wraps up the Bhaalspawn saga in a truly epic manner.
* Since pulling the cord on the series, ''Warriors of Rock'' was this to ''VideoGame/GuitarHero''. Rush's own Grand Finale is even playable.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'' was the Grand Finale for the original MortalKombat canon. It gathered ''every single playable character'' up to that point, and set them all in a gigantic battle intended to prevent the apocalypse. As VideoGame/MortalKombat9 shows, it ends up being a DownerEnding, as everyone aside from [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] and [[GodOfEvil Shinnok]] was killed in the battle.
* Similar to ''Halo 3'', ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' ends on a very epic note and gives a final conclusion to the game universe's central conflict. One of the most major characters dies in a HeroicSacrifice, most of the plot threads are resolved, and the BigBad is finally killed. However, a few questions regarding the backstory and the truth behind the causes of the war are LeftHanging.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' neatly wraps up every loose plot thread from the previous ''Modern Warfare'' games. World War III is brought to a conclusive end, the last of the world's 3 {{Big Bad}}s is finally killed, and [[spoiler: every single major character except Price ends up dying.]]
* In a unique example, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives a grand finale to its DLC. ''Dead Money'', ''Honest Hearts'', and ''Old World Blues'' hinted that the events were set in motion [[spoiler: due to the actions of the Sixth Courier, Ulysses. And this isn't the first time he is mentioned, in fact, he's been mentioned several times in the vanilla game.]] All of this build up leads to Lonesome Road. Not only do you get to [[spoiler: confront him]], but the DLC itself also resolves plot holes from the main storyline of the game.
* The Sacrifice DLC for ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' wraps up the story and struggle for survival for the survivors. The group reaches Georgia and plan to use a boat to sail to the Florida Keys for safety away from the zombies, but a drawbridge is in the way and it needs to be raised by activating three generators. Each generator that is turned on attracts a horde and then a Tank. Once the bridge is down, it can be raised high enough to let the boat through. However, the bridge stops halfway and one survivor has to jump off the bridge and restart the stalled generator to get the bridge moving again while they face against a horde plus three Tanks. The survivor then winds up sacrificing their life after they fix the generator and get the other survivors to safety.
** The Passing in ''Left 4 Dead 2'' reveals that the canon death in The Sacrifice was Bill's.
* ''VideoGame/TheImpossibleQuiz Book: Chapter 3''. Starts off normal, but quickly decays into a muddled space-time mess, with questions becoming engulfed in lava towards the end. In the final question, the player must [[spoiler: choose to wipe the Impossible Quiz from history in order to save the space-time continuum, which leads to a montage of characters, images, and questions from all the games in the series being sucked into space-time. The game ends on a gray screen with the text "ERROR 404: "The Impossible Quiz.swf" could not be found."]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 3'' decisively finishes the storyline of the games, ending the war against [[InscrutableAliens the Ceph]] and [[MegaCorp CELL]] for good and completing Prophet's CharacterDevelopment.
* ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} THE FINAL'', as the title suggests. While various other Franchise/{{BEMANI}} series have met their end, the 5-key ''beatmania'' series is the only retired series in the franchise to have a game explicitly billed as the final installment. Even the ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'' "classic" series' final game[[note]]before being retired in favor of ''[=GuitarFreaks=] & drummania XG'', which was already a few installments in[[/note]] was simply ''[=GuitarFreaks=] & drummania V8''[[note]]as part of the "V''(number)''" arc[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 64'' could be seen as the big finale to the original series before ''Doom 3'' rebooted it. Doomguy has seemingly killed every last demon in Hell, and [[IChooseToStay chooses to stay behind]] to ensure that no demon ever rises again.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' brings an end to the Sands of Time trilogy, with the Vizier finally being killed for good, all the temporal snarls created by the Prince's abuse of time travel ironed out, and Kaileena becoming the Sands of Time and then leaving for other words so that no one abuses its power again. The game ends with the Prince meeting up with Farah again and [[BookEnds bookending]] the series by telling her his opening lines from the first game.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' was touted as the climax to the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games, but given that both of the game's possible endings seem to end on a SequelHook...
* The original ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' ended epically, as the planes of existence shut down one by one, the Void swallowed the world, and the gods walked the earth. The second game makes the end and [[EternalRecurrence rebooting]] of the universe a more regular occurrence, albeit usually with less fanfare.
* The game ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode 3 The Final'' was this for the PlayStation2 version of the franchise, going so far as to introduce its first Super Robot franchise with ''Anime/GetterRobo Armageddon''.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' ended its original run with a final episode that showed several possible futures for the main characters. This was one of only two Sunday episodes that were canon (the very first Sunday was the other).
* Subverted by ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', to the extent that many fans were unaware that it had ended until Brian Clevenger made a news post a month after the final strip.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' concluded with a full-scale battle against Bob. Bob and George themselves get some final CharacterDevelopment too, culminating with [[spoiler:George finally having the will to use his blaster]]. The Author shows up one last time to wrap up the comic, the final revelation being that [[spoiler:everybody faked their deaths in the Cataclysm thanks to Zero telling Dr. Wily about it, so they all lived HappilyEverAfter]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' ended with a sufficiently grand finale, featuring at least a cameo from everyone. You'd think Josh was trying to get every single character into the last page of his comic.
* ''[[Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} It's Walky!]]'' had a truly spectacular epic finale, wrapping up everything, with every villain so far crashing into each other on [=SEMME's=] doorstep, including the long-foreshadowed martian invasion.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' ends with the BigBad defeated and the characters finally getting the key to [[ClosedCircle escape the building they were trapped in]]. A mostly textless WhereAreTheyNow epilogue follows, which ends with the three detectives [[AndTheAdventureContinues starting a new case.]] There is one final animation where the BigBad [[AgitatedItemStomping stomps on his hat]] while [[ChessWithDeath Death pulls out some board games.]]
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' drew to a close on October 3, 2014, the release date of Super Smash Bros for 3DS. The comic closed out with a finale story arc and a heartwarming musical video tribute to the six years of the comic.
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* The 24th chapter of ''BrokenSaints'' (aptly titled "Truth") features the climactic confrontation between our heroes and the MagnificentBastard behind the MythArc, complete with an EtherealChoir, JustBetweenYouAndMe (justified), several {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, [[RuleOfSymbolism lots and lots of religious symbolism]], and a good TearJerker here and there.
* ''KateModern'' ended with a 12 part finale, "The Last Work", which resolved most of the show's plotlines surprisingly neatly.
** ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' attempted something similar with "The Ascension". It fell somewhat flat due to being much shorter than the ''[=KateModern=]'' finale (or, for that matter, the ''[=lonelygirl15=]'' season one finale) and [[LeftHanging failing to resolve any of the main plotlines]], being apparently a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for ''LG15TheResistance''.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Revelation's final episode definitely feels like a grand finale, although a ninth season has been confirmed. In any case, it was the grand finale of the Recollections [[StoryArc arc]], just as much as episode 100 was for the Blood Gulch Chronicles.
** And now Season 10's ending is undoubtedly the end of the series, as it not only has a credits roll, it also advertises a new series made by RoosterTeeth and Creator/MontyOum coming out in 2013.
*** Doubt ahead! Jossed by everyone in the company, going on record to say that if people are still watching it (which they are) there will be no end in sight to Red vs Blue. Season 10, however, IS the confirmed finale to the Project Freelancer saga.
* The [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/webcam-ward/sonic-the-hog.php Webcam]] [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Ward]] ended on October 30th 2010 with a short riff on [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]].
* The Literature/ChaosTimeline has a really Grand Finale: Nothing less than a WorldWarThree [[spoiler:which is prevented, and the world being taken over by the Logos (hackers) and [=AIs=].]]
* Creator/WalrusGuy ended his WebAnimation/YouTubePoop career with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OVCpD-7nI4 One More Final: I Need You(tube Poop)]]".
** The title is a reference to the notorious movie ending of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}} TV'' had Clippy attempt to take over the show while Michael Swaim tried to list "The 39 Most Astounding Celebrity Reinventions". Soon, Swaim aborts the list and went to erase Clippy's memory, at the cost of his own. He was then rebooted, complete with a new outfit. He finally pulls a switch and the show ends with a teaser for his next series, ''Does Not Compute''.
* The WebAnimation/YouTubePoop webseries ''WebAnimation/NextGPoop'' has "[=NextG=] Poop and the (Supposedly) Last Crusade", which is filled with references to earlier ''[=NextG=] Poop'' episodes and specials and closes with a re-done version of the last scene of the pilot episode of the series.
* ''ToBoldlyFlee'' was not only a massive finale to the WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses' anniversary crossover story that started with {{Kickassia}}, but was also intended as a finale to the NostalgiaCritic as well, who performed a HeroicSacrifice at the end of the special (which got retconned when Doug brought the character back) While there has been one more anniversary special afterwards, it was more a series of disconnected shorts that have nothing to do with the previous story.
* The hour-long, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4_U3Da_mwA 50th episode]] of [[WebVideo/ACoupleofCuntsintheCountryside A Couple of Cunts in the Countryside]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had possibly the grandest of grand finales: a four episode/two hour movie special that had been built up to for three seasons. With the exception of the [[spoiler:ultimate fate of Zuko's mother]] (which is a major focus of ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]''), most plot threads were tied up neatly, and it finally put a definitive end to the [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping Wars]] for the primary pairings (or at least what's canon) with a BigDamnKiss as the final shot of the series.
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' was a two parter, the very last episode entirely a global fight with many small characters coming back to help, it had foreshadowing, and the final moments showed a future with conflicts and situations similar to the comic universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'''s ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So The Drama]]'' was a rare example -- when it was written. After the fact, the series was {{uncanceled}} and given a PostScriptSeason. Then it got a second Grand Finale, that ended the HighSchool-based series in the most final way possible -- a two-parter entitled "[[GraduateFromTheStory Graduation]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' got "Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too". By this point, Paul Winchell had retired from the role of Tigger (until ''Pooh's Grand Adventure''), and they got him to come back for this last episode, and a very heartwarming one it is.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' is another exception to the rule, with a grand, two-part finale -- the second part of which was a colossal battle pitting the Justice League and the Secret Society against Darkseid and his armies in an EnemyMine scenario -- a battle that not only spanned the entire world, but also the entire length of the final episode.
** Interestingly, this was the show's '''third''' Grand Finale: The writers had believed that ''Justice League'' was to be canceled after the second season, and therefore ended it with a three-part episode involving an alien invasion, a traitor in the League's ranks, and shattering a romance that had been built up throughout the series... among other things. Then the show was renewed and re-tooled as ''Justice League Unlimited''. It was believed that it was to be canceled again in its second (or fourth depending on how you look at it) season, and thus a four-part episode was created to end things with a bang, followed by a lower-key episode that served as a coda for the {{DCAU}}. It was [[PostScriptSeason then renewed]] for a second and final time, eventually resulting in the two-parter mentioned above.
*** In an interview, the writers remarked that they wrote every season finale with something that could work as a Grand Finale, since in the business they had little guarantee of getting another season.
* Staying in the DCAU, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had the excellent episode "Legacy", in which Superman is brainwashed by Darkseid and set upon Earth.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'' had a finale, at a time when such was extremely rare for kids' shows. Unfortunately, it's a ClipShow in which we sit through boring StockFootage until we finally [[spoiler:see Alan's first trip into Jumanji, including the clue that he never got to see. Once they solve it, the three leave the World of Jumanji for good. As Peter says at the end: "Game over."]]
* The American animated series based on ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'' had a definite ending. The last story arc of Cammy being brainwashed by M. Bison ended after Cammy came to her senses and freed her comrades, culminating in a final battle between Guile and Bison (Guile was made the main character of the cartoon instead of Ryu, the franchise's usual lead character). Guile finished Bison off once and for all by, bizarrely, blasting him into a computer, at which point his powers cause it to overload and the wires and insides of it seemingly begin to ''eat him alive'', before the computer then explodes. There is then the obligatory walking into the sunset of the five characters present, although there is no get-together with all the other characters or any other sense of closure. All that is known is that Bison, their eternal enemy, is definitely dead once and for all.
--> The computer: [[MemeticMutation This is delicious!]]
* Surprisingly, ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' ends with one of these. As appropriate to the tone and style of the series, it's not so much flashy as spectacularly weirder than anything that's happened previously -- and this is a series where an episode revolves around one character getting stuck up another's nose. It still qualifies as definitively and permanently changing the core axioms on which the show depends, though.
** After spending most of the episode trying to convince his genius in creating painted on clothes, Scoutmaster Lumpus is arrested. This is because [[spoiler:he's revealed to NOT be the camp's scoutmaster]]. Samson, the ButtMonkey of the series said it best: "I think it just got to the point where things can't possibly get any weirder."
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' originally aired as an hour-length program titled ''The Animaniacs Super Special''. Among the segments included was a seven-minute music video titled "The Animaniacs Suite", featuring an orchestral medley of the show's theme music pieces synced to [[ClipShow various clips from previous episodes]]. However, there were some indications, especially in the credits gag, that the staff didn't expect the show to end there. ''Film/WakkosWish'' ultimately served as more of a Grand Finale, as it defies the series' StatusQuoIsGod and actually gives most of the characters' stories ''endings''.
** The segment included in said "Super Special" was a lengthy one entitled "Star Warners," and despite originally airing as an ''Animaniacs'' episode is treated as the final one for ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', thus making it the Grand Finale to that as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', "Phantom Planet": After some humiliation competing against a new ghostbuster team, Danny decides to remove his powers and retire. However, the world is imperiled and needs Danny again. With great difficulty, Danny regains his powers and succeeds in saving the world. As a result, Danny is honored throughout the world while he and Sam hook up for good in his new and busy life, while Vlad is (seemingly) killed by a meteor.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' ends with a final confrontation between Megatron and Optimus Primal on an ancient and massive warship in a battle for the fate of the timeline itself.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' had its own Grand Finale, changing Cybertron in a way that inspired controversy and ''death threats.''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' managed to wrap up nearly all the remaining plot threads in "Endgame". Megatron makes his final assault and is thwarted by the combined efforts of the Autobots, and we finally get the Optimus Prime/Megatron beatdown we've been waiting three seasons to see. The fact that Optimus returns to Cybertron [[spoiler:with the Magnus Hammer and what appears to be the Matrix also indicates that he might become the next Magnus.]] And, [[spoiler:Prowl and Starscream both die.]] And Blackarachnia and Waspinator [[spoiler:are both left for dead in an unknown jungle.]] And Thundercracker, Skywarp, Slipstream, Soundwave, Laserbeak, Lockdown, Team Chaar, and the Constructicons are all probably still at large.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' had a nice wrap-up too. The Unicron Singularity destroyed, [[spoiler:Galvatron slain, and Cybertron more beautiful than ever before. The Space Bridge Project is begun again, and many adventures through the credits montage, ending in Coby and Lori's wedding.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' ends its run with the Autobots [[StormingTheCastle assaulting the]] ''[[StormingTheCastle Nemesis]]'', triggering an epic FinalBattle that ends with [[spoiler: Megatron dead, the other Decepticons scattered, and [[OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers Bumblebee's voice restored]]]], followed up by [[spoiler: using the Omega Lock to restore Cybertron]]. And then there was a follow-up involving one final conflict with [[GodOfEvil Unicron]] to wrap everything up.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' had a Grand Finale that ended with Kuzco becoming Emperor and getting an actual ''date'' date with Malina.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' ends with a DramaBombFinale [[TheMovie movie]], where Eddy's big brother appears, the kids actually fight back against Eddy's brother when they realize that he's been pushing him around ever since they were kids (and that most of the torment he put him through [[FridgeHorror most likely led to his sleazy personality]]), and the kids finally accepts the Eds as friends.
** In the meantime, the regular series finale was pretty damn satisfying. It too, defies StatusQuoIsGod -- Eddy stands up for Edd against the Kanker Sisters after Edd has a particularly bad day ("HE'S HAD ENOUGH ALREADY!!!"). Moreover, the Sisters actually decide that maybe it's best they leave for the moment. Eddy then hands Ed and Edd hot dogs, and asks them -- albeit in a very nasty tone of voice -- "There, is everyone happy? Good!" Sure, maybe they didn't actually accomplish anything, and Edd and Eddy are both bruised beyond belief, but you get the feeling that they finally got to end on a happy note and maybe realized they don't have to be the {{Cosmic Plaything}}s forever.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' averts a flashy Grand Finale, but in the last episode "To Sirloin With Love," [[spoiler:Hank and Bobby find a common ground (grilling beef) and [[SoProudOfYou finally start bonding like father and son]], while Dale gives Nancy a massage that's better than John Redcorn's and viewers finally find out what Boomhauer does for a living: he's a member of the Texas Rangers]]. The original last episode was supposed to be in season 10 with [[spoiler:Luanne marrying Lucky and everyone from past seasons coming to the wedding, but the show got picked up for two more seasons]].
** As well Boomhauer's mysterious first name was revealed to be Jeff.
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' got a Grand Finale in the movie ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', where all the experiments are recovered, Gantu does a HeelFaceTurn against Dr. Hamsterville, whose JokerImmunity wears off, and all the experiments in the series are listed by name in the credits.
** The actual last episode before ''Leroy and Stitch'' also counts, as it involves Lilo and Stitch recovering the experiments stolen from Gantu, who was planning to reconvert them to evil using Angel.
* The animated ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' which was vastly underrated, had an awesome Grand Finale. It was actually the first show that built up a plot and had the heroes defeat their ultimate Big Bad. [[spoiler:And restore Conan's family back to normal after Wrath-Amon turned them to stone.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had a spectacular one: Drago, the BigBad of the final season, manages to absorb the powers of the Demon Sorcerers (his aunts and uncles) and transforms into a truly [[OneWingedAngel monstrous form]] more than capable of [[CurbStompBattle easily defeating]] everything the heroes can throw at him. He then proceeds to have his QuirkyMinibossSquad destroy [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Section 13]] while he prepares to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. This leaves the heroes with no choice but to [[EnemyMine join forces]] with [[spoiler: Drago's father (and overall series BigBad) Shendu]], who doesn't like the idea of Drago messing around with "his" world. They have a rather epic fight scene, which only ends when the heroes manage to [[spoiler: [[SealedEvilInACan banish them both to the demon world]] for good, along with the PlotCoupons that started the series in the first place.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: [[RecycledTheSeries The Series]]'' had a cool one, in which the MIB is finally forced to reveal themselves to the world while thwarting a full-on alien invasion and entering a FinalBattle with BigBad Alpha.
** And yet they still somehow managed to find a ResetButton big enough and red enough to show that as far as they are concerned StatusQuoIsGod. This was probably due to ''Men in Black II''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' had one in the episode "Power Outage" where most bang babies became powerless and both of Static's top bad guys merging together before being finally defeated (though Static and Gear suspect they aren't gone for good.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' acts as the grand finale for the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second TMNT cartoon]], as the turtles, ([[CrisisCrossover and the]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 turtles]], [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage and the turtles]]) have what is most definitively their final battle with The Shredder in order to save ''every existing TMNT universe''.
** It may or may not have been intentional, but with the sale of TMNT to Nickelodeon, ''Turtles Forever'' winds up being the Grand Finale of the entire Mirage-owned TMNT franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarepantsMovie'' is ''the'' Grand Finale for the show as a whole, [[WordOfGod no matter how many more episodes are made.]]
** Though a sequel to the movie is being made, making that movie the new Grand Finale. [[FranchiseZombie Hopefully.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had a Grand Finale where Conrad Fleem's face is finally revealed, and it's revealed that he's [[spoiler:Todd and Riley's uncle]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' had "King Igthorn", which ended with Igthorn losing his castle and army of ogres, Gummi Glen is destroyed, or at least severely damaged, and the Great Gummis are confirmed to return.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had at least three {{Series Fauxnale}}s ("The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings," the made-for-DVD movie "Into the Wild Green Yonder," the non-canon episode "Reincarnation," and "Overclockwise," which purposely left the fate of Fry and Leela's relationship hanging, though it's implied that they will be together) before finally coming to an end with the season seven episode "Meanwhile"[[note]]which featured Fry and Leela finally getting married[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10SecretOfTheOmnitrix Secret of the Omnitrix]]'', a 3-part episode/TV movie that had Ben learning more about the Omnitrix, meeting its creator, ending his feud with his cousin Gwen at last, and defeating Vilgax. The end, right? [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce WRONG.]]
** Though interestingly for the original (as in before the movie aired) there were actually two that rounded off the series. You got the two parter, "Ben 10 vs The Negative 10", which sees Ben, Gwen and Max going up against a few of his past enemies culminating in a battle on Mt. Rushmore against the Forever Knights king. And "Goodbye and Good Riddance" which has Ben tangling one more time with Vilgax and his father discovering his super hero identity. The thing is though, the former was considered canon in the series while the latter was presented as an "WhatIf" story yet was the final episode of the show. Weird.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'''s "The Final Battle" resulted in the Omnitrix being completely destroyed, Ben getting the Ultimatrix from his EvilTwin, Kevin turning back to normal as a result of the Omnitrix exploding, Ben unlocking upgraded forms of his initial aliens (though it just shows Ultimate Swampfire), Vilgax being defeated one more, and it ends with Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Max having a GroupHug. HappilyEverAfter, right? [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Again, WRONG.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'''s "The Ultimate Enemy" ties up the loose ends with Diagon and the Lucubras resulting with Ben using Ultimate Way Big, Sir George getting killed, the majority of the population being turned into Flamekeeper's Circle soldiers, Vilgax absorbing Diagon's power, Ben defeating Vilgax with George's sword therefore having the Ultimatrix's power combined with Diagon's AND the sword's, turning all the FKC soldiers to normal, Ben getting kissed by Julie on the lips for the first time, Azmuth cutting the Ultimatrix off, and Ben getting what is called the real Omnitrix. This ends with Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Julie being in a group hug. The end, right? Once more, [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse YOU ARE WRONG!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had two before it got {{Uncancelled}}. The nominal end of the series was "Last But Not Beast" which involved Dexter revealing his lab to his parents so they can help him fight a giant monster. It's a bit of an aversion, [[StatusQuoIsGod since he erased all of their memories of the entire battle after it was won]]. The second one was TheMovie ''Ego Trip'', which concluded the rivalry between Dexter and Mandark in the distant future. What followed after that is better left ignored.
* Although ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' was CutShort, it did end with the FiveManBand ascending from protectors of [[CityOfAdventure Acmetropolis]] to protectors of the universe, and relocated their base to Planet Blanc for convenience.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' final episode "Hong Kong Longs", Jake's father finally finds about Jake and Haley being dragons, Jake meets Rose again, Rose remembers Jake and her former life after Jake changed the timeline so she never became a dragon hunter, and together they defeat the Dark Dragon, the most powerful villain of the series. Although there was a plan for a third season, it's a satisfactory conclusion.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}} Grows Up''. What better way to wrap up a weird series than with a weird ending. And a TimeSkip one no less.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' ends with Spider-Man ''saving the Multiverse'' and hanging out with a live-action StanLee. The producer had some ideas about where to go next (finding Mary Jane, etc.) but acknowledged, [[http://drg4.wariocompany.com/semper.html "You really can't top that"]].
* The three-part ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Hunter's Moon" was effectively this for the show; while technically only the second season finale, neither WordOfGod nor most of the fanbase considers season three canon, while "Hunter's Moon" was epic in scope, brought the story full circle, had lots of callbacks to eariler episodes, and culminated in thwarting [[BigBad Demona's]] master plan. The release of a shortlived but canon comic continuation somewhat muddies the waters.
* The final story arc in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}'' had the BFFL sealing Simon and Snarf away for 1,000 years, reaffirming their friendship, and ending with a Farewell Luau.
* The final of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' is a two-parter about Omi freezing himself using the Orb of Tornami and waking up in far future to discover that while he was gone [[HarmlessVillain Jack Spicer]] has [[BadFuture conquered the world]] and [[FutureBadass defeated not only the other Xiaolin monks in the process, but also recurring villains Wuya, Chase Young, and Hannibal Roy Bean as well]]. After Omi frees his comrades he tries to acquire the Sands Of Time - Wu allowing to travel back in time- which he does, but at the cost of his friends' lives. He then goes back in time to realize his original goal - [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong preventing Chase Young from ever turning to]] TheDarkSide. However, by doing that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he creates another timeline]], in which Chase is good...but Master Monk Guan has took his place at Heylin and become even worse than original Chase ever was, which resulted in bad guys taking over the world, death of Master Fung and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Jack being turned into a good person]]. Omi, figuring out his counterpart from this reality would be doing the same thing he tried to do leads the Monks to the place he originaly has frozen himself...which now is in the middle of enemy base. Heroes got themselves captured and Chase [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself to evil]] to get them free. This results in a big final battle and Omi creating a time paradox that resets everything to the original status quo...only with everyone remembering what happened. Raymundo, because of proving himself to be a competent leader in both alternate timelines gets promoted to team leader. And the episode ends with Kimiko kissing Raymundo, and ''[[VillainTeamUp every single villain the monks have ever faced joining forces to attack the temple]]'' for some reason, as our heroes get ready to beat them all up. Whew.
** And then [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles it got rebooted]].
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' has Scrooge [=McDuck=] getting possession of the Golden Goose...a magical artifact that can turn anything it touches to gold. The problem is, it eventually, it becomes sentient, and starts acting on its own, going after anything and anyone, turning them to gold. Then, things get even worse, when the goose starts The Golden Death... a massive, spreading wave that will eventually turn the entire planet to gold, and everyone on it. Scrooge has to return the goose to the temple it was stolen from, before he looses everything he holds dear due to his greed. Thankfully, he manages to make it at the very last second, and save the planet.
** The show got a movie, ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'', not long after the original series ended which some have taken for a true finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': "Totally Dunzo" ([[NoExportForYou outside the US]], where the series ended with the fourth season finale, [[UnCancelled or maybe not]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}: Taking the Fifth Grade''. Also a BookEnds ending.
* [[NoExportForYou Outside Japan]], "The Rebirth" was the grand finale for ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' ends with the full Justice League coming together to save the world from the same alien threat that attacked the Earth when the League first began to form back in the previous season finale, and Batman's most dangerous and intelligent enemy, Dr. Hugo Strange, becoming [[HoistByHisOwnPetard completely lobotomized from absorbing all knowledge of the universe.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s last episode said "if we're going down, [[NoFourthWall we're taking the fourth wall with us]]". The plot was actually driven by the fact that it was the last episode. Bat-Mite, bored with the show after [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon 65 episodes]], decides to make the show [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] in hopes of chasing off viewers and getting it canceled, to make way for a new, DarkerAndEdgier take on the Dark Knight. Ambush Bug fights valiantly to keep the show from losing viewers, and ultimately fails -- but then explains to Bat-Mite that the DarkerAndEdgier show Bat-Mite wants has no place for a silly character like Bat-Mite, and thus he just wrote himself out of existence. The show ends on a wrap party in the Batcave, as every hero and villain that appeared on the show mingles and stagehands haul away parts of the "set", while a hopelessly-confused-about-what's-real-and-what's-not Batman promises the viewers that he'll keep fighting for justice, no matter what happens.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' had a finale called "Cliphangers" consisting of Timon and Pumbaa trying to catch a bug off a cliff, but then they fall, nearly facing their deaths, while [[ClipShow clips play of their previous adventures]]. Luckily, Pumbaa pulls out an umbrella and the two land safely.
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls "rock opera" episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" has been widely thought to be the series' grand finale, even though it was a season five episode (and has never been screened in the U.S.). The last original first-run episode screened was "What's The Big Idea?".
** The [[MilestoneCelebration 10th Anniversary special]], "The Powerpuff Girls Rule", becomes the actually aired finale, and fits the trope nicely as Mojo actually achieves his goal of taking over the world...and making it a better place much to the surprise of everyone. However, he gets bored of peace and goes right back to causing mayhem, which in turn forces the girls to resume their hero duties.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', "The Intergalactic 147" ends like a grand finale. The plot had aliens engaged in a space-wide snooker game and to win they had to pocket earth into the black hole Alpha Omega. DM wastes no time in getting the whole world to take a giant leap to the right and tilt Earth long enough for the aliens' cueball to miss. It ends with a wide shot of London having been cleaned off by the aliens (for the cueball to hit), the narrator's tangent fading off, majestic music and a slow fade out.
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Popples}}'' was about them going to the zoo.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' ends with the home believing Mac is moving away, so they try to make it his best day yet. Bloo however can't get time with him and ends up confronting him about it. This reveals that he isn't moving to another town, just another apartment. The one previously owned by Cheese's creator, who moves to a place that doesn't allow imaginary friends. Guess who becomes the newest resident at Foster's.
* Some fans believe that the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' is supposed to be "Put Out to Pasture/Future Schlock" (the first segment features Rocko and gang reminiscent on how they met Heffer, while the other takes place 17 years in the future, when Rocko and Heffer disappear in an experimental rocket). However, Nickelodeon aired it as a next-to-last episode, with the final one airing being the ThanksgivingEpisode. But it wouldn't be a stretch to say that it was actually made earlier, only to be held off so it can air near the holiday.
* ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' is the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' chronologically. It even {{retcon}}ned the ending of "Channel Chasers".
** And [[SeriesFauxnale then came]] ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas''.
* Because the series was cancelled before a second season went into production, the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Red Tuxedo" counts as the series finale, and it ended with Gina ditching Turk for Mondo.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' officially ends with "Avengers Assemble," which pits the Avengers, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, some SHIELD agents, the Heroes For Hire, and some of Red Skull's former minions against the planet-devouring Galactus and his Heralds.
** WordOfGod states that had the show continued for a third season, it would have ended by resolving the Surtur plot that began in the early second season, while bringing in other high level magical enemies, such as Dormammu.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episodes "Remembrance of Courage Past" and "Perfect" resolve Courage's inner turmoils and set several problems straight.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has two. The last episode of the regular, half-hour series, "Boxing Daria", in which Daria begins having flashbacks of her parents arguing and the constant parent-teacher conferences about her asocial behavior and the possibility that she may have social development issues, ending with Daria's parents telling her that, despite not being a social butterfly like Quinn, they still love her; with Daria in turn telling them that she considers herself lucky to have them as parents. The finale that closes out the entire series (both the half-hour episodes and the made-for-TV movies) is ''Is It College Yet?'', in which Daria's class prepare for life after high school (except for Kevin the football player, who has to repeat his senior year), Quinn gets a job and befriends a coworker with a drinking problem, Sandi loses her voice after Stacy wishes that Sandi would shut up (leading to The Fashion Club dissolving), Mr. [=DeMartino=] discovering that Ms. Barch and Mr. O'Neill are a couple and trying to get Mr. O'Neill out of it, Jane contemplating on whether or not college life is for her, Upchuck finally getting a date, and Jodie choosing whether to go to her parents' alma mater or to heed their advice to attend a more prestigious college.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' has TheMovie titled ''The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!'' as the grand finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' had the episode "Going Down". The episode could be seen as the grand finale, and that have not been redone new episodes and ended with this latter.
** Before this, it was the episode "Beavis And Butthead Are Dead", in which Beavis and Butthead are home trying to find something good on TV and the school calls, wondering where they are. Beavis (not knowing that the call was about he and Butthead) tells the secretary that they're dead. Mr. Van Driessen mourns over the loss while the students react with apathy (especially Daria, even though she's supposed to be in Lawndale High) and the other staff members of Highland High (Coach Buzzcut and Principal [=McVicker=], especially) celebrate. When news of Beavis and Butthead's death make the news, the duo decide to go down to the school and check out the dead body (again, not knowing that they're the allegedly dead students) and shocking everyone, including Principal [=McVicker=], who has a heart attack[[note]]he is seen alive and well in the short-lived revival, meaning that the heart attack wasn't fatal[[/note]] and Beavis and Butthead walk off into the sunset with the money raised for the duo's funeral.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had a made-for-TV movie (that most didn't even know existed) titled "The Great Parent Mystery" as the Grand Finale. In spite of this, it still had a few episodes after it, including a brief revival in 2004.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ends with the episode "Come Undone", where the gang finds [[EldritchAbomination the Nibiru Entity]] sealed in its [[SealedEvilInACan crystal sarcophagus]] and [[TheDragon Professor Pericles]] frees it. The two of them merge and go OneWingedAngel, destroying Crystal Cove and devouring its inhabitants, threatening to do so to the rest of the universe if not stopped, but Scooby musters the courage to destroy the entity by throwing the [[MacGuffin Heart of the Jaguar]] into the sarcophagus, which not only destroys the entity but also makes it so that [[RetGone it never existed in the first place]], so all the casualties caused by it are reversed and everyone in Crystal Cove is leading a better life than they did in the original timeline since they were never affected by its influence. With no more mysteries to solve in Crystal Cove, [[AndTheAdventureContinues the gang gets a CD from a timeline-hopping professor inviting them to a semester at his school where there are mysteries for them to solve]].
* ''The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police'' ended with the creators fully aware that the show would not be renewed for a second season. They proceed to gather all of the villains from the first season, and showed off a clip show and a series of flashbacks of new scenes and ends with the characters fully aware that their show will most likely be cancelled after it.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'''s "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S." which [[MediumBlending medium blends]] live action and its usual animation as the now grown up Sector V (sans Numbuh 1) are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin interviewed]] about their final mission with their leader. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a ploy by Father to find out Nigel's whereabouts so he can pay him back for stealing his pipe. Though ''this'' turns out to be a plan by Sector V to get rid of him once and for all. What's more Nigel is revealed to have returned to Earth from his intergalactic mission]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpecialAgentOso'' ends with the episode "Thundersmall", which is a 22-minute episode that does away with the show's [[StrictlyFormula standard formula]] for an episode where Oso, Wolfie and Dotty are shrunk and Oso has to get over his underconfidence issues to rescue them from a recycling plant. In the end he is rewarded for his efforts with a special titanium medal, contrasting the gold medals he's received over the course of the series, and completes his agent training.
* While it may not be a conclusion to the series proper, ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' currently has five of these, and, as you would expect, they all end with a SequelHook, since it incorporates NewSeasonNewName.
* An unfortunate one on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. It was intended to be the season finale, but the show wasn't picked up for a second season, ending the show with a cliffhanger where Abe realizes he's in love with Joan and comes so close to telling her, only to be frozen mid-sentence with the rest of the show's principle is cast in a quick freezer by Scudworth.
* ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'': The episode "The Big Woo" ends with the cast graduating and Oscar and Bea admitting their feelings for each other. Also, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Clamantha becomes]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment a butterfly]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'''s "Rearview Mirror, Mirror" two-parter wound up being this due to CN not greenlighting a third season. It involves Coop and Gorrath being taken to a alternate universe where an evil (and much slimmer) version of Coop rules alongside a cybernectic Kiva with a much more powerful mech. And ''Jamie'' of all people leading a resistance. The original Megas is destroyed. But luckily Evil Coop had stashed away his Megas which normal Coop uses. It all leads into an all-out battle against Evil Coop's forces that ends with Evil Kiva and him stranded in a cutesy dimension. Both dimensions saved and everything going back to to normal. It wasn't really intended to be the finale but the writers were smart enough to keep it both opened ended as well as an epic close out for the show.
* Because every character who has ever appeared in an episode makes an appearance in it, ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie'''s Scarecrowella episode was probably going to the the last one aired. Unfortunately, the episode "As Pretty As A Picture" aired last.
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