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->''"I can't believe we're paying to see something we get on TV for free! If you ask me, [[TakeThatAudience everyone in this audience is a giant sucker!]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Especially YOU!]]"''
-->-- '''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''

The Movie is a heavily expanded, one-shot episode of a TV series usually meant for theatrical distribution. Often times the film will be used to further the storyline of the show (see MythArc). However, usually there are other motivations for this, generally involving [[MoneyDearBoy green slips of paper going into the pockets of film executives from the hard-working fanbase of a show]].

This trope primarily dates from before DVD, and occurred a lot during the 80s and early 1990s. A cinematic feature was considered much more important for a particular series or franchise at the time, than it would be now; although it can still sometimes occur. Although not always, The Movie tends to be a death knell for the franchise in question, as well.

The Movie usually takes two main forms.

* A distilled/compressed [[{{TheSummation}} summary]] or UrExample of the entire central arc of the series it is based on. ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' was a good example of this. A subtype here is the CompilationMovie.

* It will raise the stakes, (often changing the dynamic of the original work) or otherwise contain a story with a scope larger than the usual series' budget, in which case you tend to have a BigDamnMovie. It can also act as the GrandFinale, or a SeriesFauxnale, should they make sequels. ''Series/{{Serenity}}'' would qualify as an example of this, as would the original animated Transformers movie.

Not all movies are The Movie; compare NonSerialMovie and TheFilmOfTheSeries. See also MadeForTVMovie, and note that not ''all'' examples of The Movie are theatrical. (A ReunionShow, for instance, will often take the form of a movie.) Most anime movies, for example, are either [[NonSerialMovie non-serial adventures]] or the {{Arc}} or MythArc of the entire series compressed into the space of two hours. The latter frequently requires an AlternateContinuity to pull this off.

If it's a series' first attempt at making one, it might even be called some variation of [[TitleTheAdaptation Title: The Movie]]. You know, in case you didn't realize.

For the inverse, a series based off a movie, see RecycledTheSeries.

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section of a page, see TheFilmOfTheBook and [[WikiMagic go back and correct the link.]] Then [[TvTropesWikiDrinkingGame take a drink.]]

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!!Examples with their own subpages:
* TheMovie/AnimeAndManga
* TheMovie/LiveActionTV
* TheMovie/WesternAnimation

!!Other examples

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ZipiYZape'': One in 1981, which almost nobody in Spain remembers today.
** Then another one based on the AnimatedAdaptation.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''FanFic/NeonExodusEvangelion'', despite being a fanfic, has a The Movie, set after the episodes and wrapping everything up with an epic fight scene.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* ''{{ABBA}}: The Movie.'' Guess what it's about. It also had album and sheet music tie-ins, called ''ABBA: The Album'' and ''ABBA: The Folio''.
* ''SpiceWorld'', the Music/SpiceGirls movie.
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' is the origin story of the D, and would chronologically lead to the earlier HBO shorts. Of course, [[StonerFlick everybody was probably too baked]] to care about the canon.

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