No, not [[AfterTheEnd that]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End]]. Or [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 that one]]. [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Or even that one.]]

The characters are about to do something, but are interrupted by the end of the episode, often in the form of a "TheEnd" card. This isn't a CliffHanger that will be resolved when the characters finish their plans next episode; either the end of the episode actually prevents them from ever getting it done, or they at least [[NoFourthWall express dismay that the episode's ending has stopped or delayed them]].

Often overlaps with TheUnreveal.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': The last episode of the anime has absolutely no lead-in to the ending, which is simply announced by TheNarrator while every character is about to charge into a fight. No one is pleased.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': TheStinger in the final episode has Princess Celestia talking to an unknown person. After some cryptic dialogue of which only Celestia's side is heard, the princess asks the other person's name. She then answers: ''"My name? My name is..."''. Cue ending. [[spoiler: Subverted since the end gives the answer by giving the credits for Princess Celestia and Mia Fey.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ending of the ''LostBoys'' cuts off right before the cast reacts to grandpa who apparently knew that vampires existed in the town.
* Though it also appears in an earlier scene, ''Film/MyFellowAmericans'' ends with a verbal cutoff. One character distracts the other and seizes a microphone in front of a large audience. As the latter begins My fellow Americans," the former sees he's been deceived and mutters "[[CurseCutShort you son of a--]]"
* The film ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' ends mid-sentence. It also begins mid-sentence. The book did the same thing with the exact same two lines.
* MontyPython's 1972 film ''And Now For Something Completely Different" starts with the How Not To Be Seen Sketch, the opening titles and a sudden "The End" card. Terry Jones comes out to apologize for the brief film length and goes on to a man with a tape recorder up his nose before the film resumes.
* ''Film/PatriotGames'': Cathy Ryan is on the phone with her doctor, who has just told her whether her unborn child will be a boy or a girl. After she gets off the phone, she grins and savors the moment as Jack and Sally anxiously stare at her waiting to hear the answer. Cue credits.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The great prophet Zarquon in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is interrupted not by the end of the episode, but by the end of the universe.
* "Behind the Painted Smile," a 1983 essay by Creator/AlanMoore on the origins of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' ends:
-->So anyway, that's where we get our ideas from. I was going to go on from this point and tell you exactly who V really is, but I'm afraid that I've run out of room. The only real hint I can give is that V isn't Evey's father, Whistler's mother, or Charley's aunt. Beyond that, I'm afraid you're on your own.\\
England Prevails.
* The {{David Lodge}} novel ''Changing Places'' ends with one of the characters arguing that film is a superior medium to literature, because you can always see the end of a novel coming by the fact that the book is running out of pages. Movies have more potential for surprise, he argues, because they can end at any moment, sometimes with no explanation. As he is saying this, the book abruptly cuts him off in mid-sentence and ends.
** Just to drive the point home, the last chapter is written in the form of a movie script, while all the previous chapters had been done in normal prose.
* ''TheCryingOfLot49'' is about a woman who suspects she has discovered an enormous AncientConspiracy of mailmen. One of her clues is that an old stamp collection is up for auction, and she believes that - if the conspiracy is indeed real - someone will show up to bid on it very heavily. Looking at a program, she sees that the stamps have been designated as the 49th lot to be cried at auction. Not only are we cut off from TheReveal, but ''The Crying of Lot 49'' ends seconds before the crying of lot 49.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* Used in the Spanish Inquisition episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''; when the three cardinals finally reach the courtroom where they are most definitely not expected, the screen goes black before Cardinal Ximenez can finish announcing their presence, prompting him to [[CatchphraseInterruptus cut himself off]] with "Nobody expects - oh, bugger!"
* Several seasons of ''The Morecambe and Wise Show'' would end with a harmonica player walking onstage after the closing credits had rolled, and being cut off after playing a few notes.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Spikes discovers the chip in his head only prevents him from hurting humans
--> '''Spike:''' Whatís this? Sitting around watching the telly while thereís evil still afoot. Thatís not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What, canít go without your Buffy? Is that it? Too chicken? Letís find her! She is the Chosen One, after all. ... Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Letís annihilate them. For justice... and for... the safety of puppies Ė and Christmas, right? Letís fight that evil! ... [[HeroicComedicSociopath Letís kill something!]] [Fade to black.] Oh, come on!
* ''Series/TheSopranos''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Subverted by Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'': the last track ends with someone quietly (almost inaudibly) saying "Isn't this where...", while the similar first track starts with the same voice saying "...we came in?"
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' universe is self-contained (possibly a historical account) within the 41st millennium... and ''only'' the 41st millennium. This is particularly painful to the Tyranids, who are not only one of only two races that lack faster-than-light travel, but they first appear in force around the year 40,950. Yep. While other armies have a few thousand years (Tau), ten thousand years (Marines, Chaos Marines), millions of years (Eldar, Necrons, the Orks' ancestor race), or a literally infinite span of time (Daemons) to play with, Tyranids get fifty years.
** Weeell, strictly speaking the Tau get much less than that: it's true that they were first encountered around 789.m35[[note]]34,789 CE[[/note]], but at that point, they were pretty much an alien avian equivalent of ''homo neanderthalis''. One of the "big things" the Imperium's and Mechanicum's biologists and xenanthropologists were excited about was the fact that in the roughly 4 millennia between First and second contact [[note]]Sometime in the late 39th millennium[[/note]] with the Tau was just how ''much'' they have developed (culturally, technologically and physically). So, put Tau at around 2000 years as an interstellar polity/army, even though their first major war (with humanity, anyway) was the Damocles Gulf Crusade, in around 600.m41[[note]]40,600 CE[[/note]].
** And the judgment for the 'nids depends on what you consider "appearing in force": Hive Fleet Leviathan arrived around 40,950, true, but Kraken and Behemoth were earlier. The First Tyrannic War started in 40,745 with the destruction of Tyran by Hive Fleet Behemoth, but Tyranid precursor fleets (including the predominantly [[OldShame zoat]] Colossus) have been retroactively identified as entering the galaxy centuries, if not millennia earlier. And that ignores the existence of Tyranid remnants and scout forms on worlds never touched by the identified hive fleets (indeed, some theories suggest that Catachan and Fenris harbour Tyranid remnants, and have done for over ten millenia), such as Ymgarl, which for a long time was thought to be the home planet of the genestealers (now known to be a Tyranid scout/shock clade).
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':
-->'''Lloyd:''' The name of this tree shall be...
-->'''* Credits roll* '''
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* A RunningGag in ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' is that TheHero of the "Kid Radd" videogame has never been able to kiss his DistressedDamsel because the credits run just as he's about to do it.
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0283.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'', had Elan not complained about the verdict being InterruptedByTheEnd, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy it wouldn't have been]] (a fact that was, of course, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Roy).
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In one episode of ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series]]'', Bakura is about to begin some Bakura-style FanService - but to his dismay, the closing credits arrive and stop him.
-->"Now it's time for some Bakura Fanser-oh bugger!"
** In a variation, in one episode Ishizu predicts that another guy will be interrupted by the opening credits.
--> "In five seconds you will be interrupted by the opening credits"
--> "What the hell are you talking ab-"
* In the very first [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Decemberween]] cartoon, Homestar Runner cuts off [[ButtMonkey Strong Sad]], claiming they're out of time, but a few seconds then pass before the end screen actually appears.
** Another animation called "Strong Bad is a Bad Guy", which is done on ''Mario Paint'', has Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat talking about tattoos, but they are all interrupted by Homestar Runner, who tells them about ''his'' design for a perfect tattoo. When Strong Mad realizes that Homestar cannot have tattoos because of his lack of arms, he yells out "YOU DON'T HAVE AR-" but the episode ends.
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[[folder: Web Animation ]]
* The WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation of ''50 Cent: Blood In The Sand'' sees Yahtzee regularly insisting that he isn't racist, going so far as to include "subliminal" messages about his lack of racism. He ends the review with an inspiring speech about how we should all put aside our differences and work together to build a better world. "Not that they'd know anything about work, the lazy nig-" *CREDITS*
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Zoidberg try to start up his own musical routine at the end (copying Hermes who had one earlier in the episode):
-->'''Zoidberg:''' "Now it's time for Zoidberg's song - ''When I was two there was a tidal wave...''"
-->'''* Credits start* '''
-->'''Zoidberg:''' "Awww..."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' used this in the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield," when Professor Frink showed up too late.
** A later episode has Moe complain about the absurdity of the SnapBack. A prop wall fell on him, magically reversing the [[TheBeautifulElite plastic surgery]] he underwent. He asks how this could happen, and points out how nonsensical it is, but is hushed by the credits.
** At the end of the fourth-season episode "Homer The Heretic", Homer convinces {{God}} to tell him the meaning of life [[DreamSequence as they stroll through Heaven together.]] God gets as far as "The meaning of life is--" before the credits cut Him off.
*** [[WordOfGod The writers thought]] that when the episode aired, the end would be immediately followed by a Fox promo (rather than just the credits). The idea was that the viewers would be pissed off by having a revelation from God being cut off by a promo.
* Used in the Krusty Krab Training Video on ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants.'' "The secret Krabby Patty formula i--"
* In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood" of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Mr. Garrison convinces others in town to got rid of all the rich blacks, with methods such as burning a lowercase "t" on their lawns and scaring them by dressing as ghosts. At the end he states they can now become rich themselves by selling the homes only for the others to point out that what they did was meaningless since there will still be rich people. Garrison says "Well, at least we got rid of those damn [[CurseCutShort ni]]-".
** The episode "Trapper Keeper" had Cartman constantly make fun of Kyle, who saves him in the end. When Stan demands Cartman apologize, he utters "Kyle..." before the credits roll.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' was about {{Goofy}} attempting to sing the national anthem because MickeyMouse and friends are preparing to start a show about sports and focusing on athletic Disney characters such as [[Disney/MakeMineMusic Casey at the Bat,]] Disney/{{Hercules}}, and Disney/{{Mulan}}, but ends up singing other patriotic songs like "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and "A Grand Old Flag" instead. Eventually Goofy finally finds out that the national anthem is actually "Star-Spangled Banner", and is about to sing it only to find out that the episode is over. The episode ends with him singing the first few lyrics of the anthem, but is then cut off.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' often ended this way. This was lampshaded in one episode when the show was hijacked by an angry fan, who among his demands wanted "at least one episode of Space Ghost to have a decent ending, not one that just is abruptly interrupted by the theme--" *credits roll*
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has this in an episode that doesn't feature Meg until the end. When she does appear, Brian says "Oh, hey, Meg. What did you get up to today?" Meg opens her arms to explain animatedly and a huge smile comes to her face...BAM. Credits.
* An early 50s MightyMouse cartoon has Pearl Pureheart in a predicament and Mighty Mouse in flight on his way to save her as the cartoon starts to iris out, as the narrator entreats us to catch the story next week. The iris suddenly stops and the picture frozen. The narrator says "Gosh, we can't wait till next week. Won't you show us what happens now? Please?" The cartoon resumes.
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The most important thing to remember about this trope is that...

...[[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} The End is not the end.]]
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