->''"Creator/MontyPython. Where are they now? Well, [[TheReveal they're here in this cupboard.]]"''\\
''(opens cupboard; they are in fact inside)''\\
''([[KickTheDog closes cupboard]])''\\
''"...sad, isn't it?"''
-->-- '''Creator/SteveMartin''', ''Parrot Sketch Not Included''

A kind of epilogue where we're shown what happens to the characters, places and/or the setting after the series. It usually gets about a minute or two during the last extended credits of a GrandFinale, or a less intrusive version of the closing credits may roll over it.

A staple of the VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory films, it differs from a DistantFinale in that we get little flashes (such as photographs, still frames, little captions, narration/voiceover, or a {{Montage|s}} of individual clips) that tell us what happened to the characters, instead of a full scene with dialogue or character interaction. If it shows how each character meets his maker, a DeadlyDistantFinale. Can be used to create a FastForwardToReunion. If it happens while the credits are rolling, it might be CreativeClosingCredits. In video games, this may be done in form of a dynamic ModularEpilogue. HowWeGotHere is the exact opposite of this trope.

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* The last half of episode 11 in ''NodameCantabile'' Finale where it shows under the credits and the ending theme where everyone is going. Also, a case of All Love is Requited.
* The last episode of ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' ran pastel drawings under its closing credits that showed obvious "after the series" images -- Makoto and Ifurita snuggling under a tree, Allielle in a ''[[{{Joshikousei}} seifuku]]'', and so on. They may simply be non-canon art pieces, however.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' did this in the end, skipping the series forward six years, [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot leaving only four more before the new season]].
** The following season, ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', did the same thing, though it didn't skip forward as far.
* The manga of ''PleaseSaveMyEarth'' closed with a scene showing the seven protagonists settling into their new lives several years later, as well as the circumstances of the spirits of the main couple.
* Last five minutes of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', specifically the shots that show us what the digidestined's careers are, now that they've grown up.
** Last five minutes of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' (5 years later, and less controversial...yeah).
** Also used sort of at the end of the fourth movie (2nd in English due to the combining of the first three. While the credits are on we see stills of what the characters got up to more or less directly after the film.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' concludes with a short epilogue that takes place several years after the events of the series. The epilogue is narrated by Marie, the youngest member of the cast, now a fetching girl of about 18 or so.
* ''LightNovel/{{Canvas 2}}'' has one of these, including a scene which subverts [[spoiler:[[IllGirl Tomoko]]'s prior supposed death a couple of minutes before.]]
* The ending of ''Manga/BlueDrop'' shows Michiko on her way to a peace talk with the aliens, thirty years after her experiences with Hagino and Mari, [[spoiler:still holding a copy of the script of the SchoolPlay she wrote and which Hagino wanted to finish playing]].
* The final episode of ''Monster'' shows Doctor Tenma coming back to Germany to see Nina and Dieter, having joined Doctors Without Borders. It also shows Johan in a coma ... until the ending credits reveal [[SequelHook an empty bed]].
* The end of the first season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' uses this, with what looks like the main cast all enjoying themselves after Keiichi managed to save Rena. [[spoiler: The reader is treated to a [[TheStinger stinger]] in which everyone has ''still'' died and the GroundhogDayLoop has -once again- begun anew.]]
** Look at the ending again. [[spoiler:That isn't even the same world. Ooishi acts like Miyo died last night and told Rika. He told Rena before and that happened days before.]]
* The final scene of ''OutlawStar'' shows the crew saying their goodbyes and going their separate ways. But wait: in the post-credit [[TheStinger stinger]], surprise, surprise, they all get back together again.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' ended with a dialogue-free ending credits sequence that demonstrated what each character did almost immediately following. The extended movie version had completely new sequences that remained dialogue-free, but was a bit more elaborate in what it presented.
** Most notably including [[spoiler: Lady Une taking Mariemaia to her "father's" gravestone.]] A somewhat heartwarming scene (though the man in question didn't really leave a body to put in a tomb).
* The final page/episode of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' depicts a collage of photographs to show what the characters are up to several years after the finale, including [[spoiler:Ed, Al, and Winry finding ways to use Al's armor to help people]].
** [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The 2003 anime version]] does something like this, the last half of the episode showing what everyone's up to after the fallout. That is, until the movie picks up right where the epilogue leaves off at. Whoops.
* In ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'', Akari explains in a letter to Ai what is going on with several characters, apparently a few years after she took over Aria Company. At the very end there is an even bigger time-skip, showing [[spoiler:Ai as Akari's new apprentice]].
** In the manga, Akari's letter is not to Ai, but to [[spoiler:the readers of her blog, which include Cait Sith]], although the timeskip event is still the same.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ends with one of these. The funniest is that Jeremiah, who had been tormented by the derisive name "Orange", ends up accepting the name and living HappilyEverAfter ''growing oranges''!
* The credits of ''MyNeighborTotoro'' show incidents from the future, starting with the mother's return from the hospital.
* Similarly, the credits of ''KikisDeliveryService'' show what happened with Tombo's aviator's club, Jiji and Lily, ect.
* In the final episode of ''TenchiUniverse'', Tenchi recounts what happens to everyone after he defeats Kagato.
* The last episode of ''{{Pretear}}'' goes directly from the final TrueLovesKiss to what appears to be the events occurring about half a year after, showing what the characters' lives are now like (and stuffing half of the sequence with a collection of the show's {{Running Gag}}s).
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has one in the last few minutes of the final episode of the series, showing what Kinkan is like after the story ended. It also shows that Fakir kept his [[ThePromise promise]] to [[spoiler:Ahiru]].
* ''TransformersVictory'' ended with Jean narrating what happened to everybody after Deathsaurus was defeated. Among other things, we find out that Star Saber and Victory Leo survived.
* In the ''GhostStories'' GagDub, Satsuki starts to tell a somewhat vulgar one and is cut off. Stories involved her homeroom teacher getting arrested for feeling up one of her classmates and Hajime losing his voice from getting [[GroinAttack kicked in the balls]] or something like that.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' has this before the Fuko and Kouko portion of the final episode.
* The ending to the ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi: Enishi'' anime had a series of animated and still images over the end credits, showing glimpses of the characters several years later. The manga goes into more detail, actually resolving the main romantic plotline, and ending with something of a DistantFinale.
* Part 2 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ended with one of these for all the [[AnyoneCanDie surviving]] cast. Of course, given it was scarcely 100 chapters into an (as of now) [[LongRunner over 800 chapter series]]... yeah it wasn't quite done.
* The collected volume of ''ChronoCrusade'' came with a bonus epilogue that functioned like this--{{justified|Trope}} by a video [[spoiler:Azmaria recorded for Satella telling her what had happened while she was frozen in crystal]]. The epilogue was ''not'' released in the magazine ''Chrono Crusade'' ran in, meaning that fans had to wait for the book to come out to get a clearer idea of what happened after the finale.
* ''{{Steamboy}}'' - The Steamboy universe's alternate timeline is show in clips during the credits where [[spoiler: Lloyd Steam continues his pontificating to Ray, eventually dies and is buried, followed by a WWI style conflict complete dirigibles burning to the ground, and Scarlett standing proudly in front of a plane she flies.]]
* The ending of ''SamuraiChamploo'' does this, showing the three protagonists walking along their individual paths after splitting up and enjoying the scenery while the credits play.
* Following the deciding battle of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', time skips ahead a few months to show us the main characters back on their feet and getting ready to fight again, while Masamune and Yukimura meet for their all-important final duel, though the outcome is left ambiguous.
** Turns out [[spoiler:Masamune]] kind of won (Yukimura was being distracted), but didn't get round to finishing the job before a ''new'' BigBad showed up.
* ''FushigiYuugi'' has an epilogue which starts off with a [[EpilogueLetter letter]]. A montage of events that occur over approximately three and a half months--particularly Miaka's transition to high school--and then we see Miaka and Yui in high school (complete with montage-filled credits). Keisuke and Tetsuya then set them up with [[spoiler:Tamahome's reincarnation, Taka Sukunami--or not, depending on which version you accept]], and... CliffHanger!
** The last few pages of volume 18 (which is the manga form of the second OVA) shows few pictures of the Suzaku Seishi after their rebirth. Nuriko seems to have gotten his wish [[spoiler: of being reborn as a girl so "he" could be there for Hotohori, Mitsukake is studying herbs with Shouka, who is the reborn version of his girlfriend, Tasuki returned back to his bandit life.]] Even the cat Tama started a family! Chichiri is also shown, but [[spoiler: we don't know if he used Mitsukake's holy water to cure his destroyed left eye]]. Miaka and [[spoiler: Tamahome/Taka are happily married with a toddler aged son]].
* The Ruby/Sapphire arc of ''PokemonSpecial'' ends by showing what the various side characters of the arc are doing after their brush with TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt... [[spoiler:before cutting to a scene of Giovanni picking up the remains of the shattered Red and Blue Orb, setting things up for the Fire Red/Leaf Green arc]].
** Also, all of the ''Pokémon'' movies end with scenes showing what Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and his friends are doing following the films' events along with certain characters from previous movies such as:
*** In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew when Kidd appears to be exploring Forina, we see Butler and Diane from Jirachi: Wish Maker, having apparently started a farm together.
*** In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, we see Tonio and Alice from The Rise of Darkrai enjoying a date in a hot air balloon while Baron Alberto attempts to follow them. Darkrai is then seen looking over the town. Then later we see Zero, the villain from Giratina and the Sky Warrior in prison, only to be visited by Newton Graceland who gives him a copy of Infi that survived the Megarig's wreck, much to his delight. Shaymin is also seen, looking out to a sunrise with a smile.
* The ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' anime has one of these in the last episode.
* Subverted at the end of ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'': It shows [[spoiler:most of the crew, having quit the military, going off to do what they want as per Tylor's advice]]... until [[spoiler:Captain Yamamoto calls them back to serve on the [[SuperPrototype Aso]]... which is in of itself an epic BaitAndSwitch that is easier to watch than explain.]]
* The second half of the final episode of ''MaisonIkkoku'' took place months after [[spoiler:Godai and Kyoko's wedding]] and illustrated how the lives of the various characters continued on in the months since: [[spoiler:Akemi has married the owner of [=ChaChaMaru=] and moved out of Ikkoku, Kozue is living in Nagoya with her husband, Ibuki is attending an all women's college, Mitaka and Asuna are raising twins, with more on the way... and Godai and Kyoko come back to Ikkoku from the hospital with [[BabiesEverAfter baby in tow.]]]]
* The Japanese version of ''Anime/YuGiOh: Duel Monsters'' has one in the final episode showing the credits montage of the characters returning home and the whereabouts of minor characters.
** Done at the end credits of ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Movie]]''.
* The extra ending in the final episode of ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula SIN'' takes place one year after the 2022 racing season, a new racing season opens with some of the racers switching teams and new outfits for the PitGirls and ending with the marriage ceremony of the main couple.
* The last episode of ''{{Simoun}}'' is one of these as well.
* ''{{Tayutama}} Kiss On My Deity'' combines this with AfterTheEnd in an ending that makes little sense whatsoever.
* The latest cover-story mini-arc in OnePiece after the TimeSkip is showing what changes all of the people the Straw Hats have known have undergone.
* In the ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' anime, the last few minutes before the credits are a version of this. It shows the current antics of most the characters of the Emiya household such as Sakura, Ilya, Rin and Taiga. And then it turns [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]] and [[TearJerker depressing]] [[spoiler: as it shows KingArthur's, also known as [[LoveInterest Saber]]'s last moments as she dies with her hoping that she'll be able to see Shirou again after her 'long sleep'.]]
* ''HeartcatchPrecure'' has one as the first half of the episode shows the final battle and the second half shows the group a few months later - [[spoiler:they only show the main girls, mostly that Tsubomi is now a proud older sister (and she's gone back to wearing her glasses full time) and Itsuki's finally being a girl, letting her hair grow out and wearing the girl's school uniform]]. It goes one step further by showing [[spoiler:Tsubomi's little sister, standing by Tsubomi's desk, looking at the picture of the Precures and holding Tsubomi's Heart Perfume, hinting that she's next in line to be a Precure.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' shows the epilogue over the last three episodes. After half a year after the defeat of ZONE, [[spoiler: Lazar]] became the new mayor. Akiza is finishing up school and contemplates studying overseas. [[spoiler: Crow]] becomes [[{{Irony}} a member of the New Domino Police.]] Yusei [[spoiler: becomes a HotScientist and finishes his father's work.]] Rua and Ruka received a letter from their parents who want them to leave Domino City to live with them. Jack has been travelling and training.
** The last episode then shows everyone eight years after. [[spoiler: Rua is training to be the future Turbo Duel champion while Ruka is studying in university. Crow continued to duel as a professional duelist, while Jack becomes the King of the Ride Ace Dueling league, making him the World King. Akiza is a high-ranking doctor. Yusei decides to stay in New Domino to protect it.]]
* Done in ''ProjectARMS'', where we see that [[spoiler:Takeshi becomes a world-famous soccer player. Keith Violet is an American politician who campaigns for world peace. Hayato inherited his grandfather's dojo and is a wrestling champion. He and Kei are taking things slowly, while Kei now a full-time is a member of Blue Men. Carol is in college. Al is a famous professor. Ryo and Katsumi got married and their daughter is implied to be the reincarnation of Alice.]]
* The last chapter of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is largely pictures of the time-skipped girls with a few short paragraphs mentioning how they're living now. Fan reaction to the ending was mixed, not least because of a few important plot points which took place entirely offscreen (Natsumi had another adventure in the Magic World, the twins met some princes and fell in love, [[spoiler:Nagi was freed from the Lifemaker]]), and a number of other characters fans were interested in were simply not mentioned (such as Fate, Fate's girls, [[spoiler:and Arika, Negi's mother]]).
* The end credits in the series finale of ''Manga/SoulEater'' show what almost the entire cast got up to after Asura's defeat. They're mostly lighthearted (such as Maka improving at basketball and Joe finally getting his coffee) and the final seconds show the students together one last time.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' jumps 20 years into the future to show society is still advancing- but not without giving the viewers a solemn reminder of the events that have passed. It implies ons must accept the course of life and death as it is, or risk tampering with the fabric of existence.
* Five years after the events of the ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' manga, Kenshin and Kaoru have married and have a young son, Kenji. Yahiko is the acting instructor of the dojo, and WordOfGod implies that he and Tsubame eventually become a thing.
** Megumi has gone back to Aizu to work as a doctor/search for her family, Sanosuke has left Japan and taken on the role as TheDrifter, and Misao and Aoshi are still in the Oniwabanshuu. Saitou was transferred to an unknown police unit in the epilogue of the manga.
** The non-canon and controversial ''Reflection'' OVA takes place presumably 15 to 20 years after the manga, and depicts middle-aged Kenshin and Kaoru, and their teenaged son Kenji has left the dojo to study under Hiko Seijuurou. [[spoiler:Kenshin decides to go help out in the first Sino-Japanese war by taking care of people, despite being very ill. He and Kaoru make love one more time before he departs, and she contracts his sickness.]] Sanosuke is revealed to be in China and finds [[spoiler:a very sick Kenshin and Sanosuke sends him back to Tokyo.]] Kenshin makes his way back to home and Kaoru is there to greet him. [[spoiler:He later dies in her arms.]]
*** Some time later, Kenji is shown with a young girl named Chizuru, who appeared in one of the pilot episodes of the manga.
*** Other characters make brief appearances, such as adult Yahiko and Tsubame and an older Megumi.
* ''Anime/MyDaddyLongLegs'' ends with a scene where we watch various characters [[spoiler: at Judy's wedding]], but there is no dialogue. Instead, Judy provides narration, explaining what has happened to various people.
* ''Manga/GreenBlood'' ends with an elderly Luke Burns traveling with his daughter and granddaughter to visit his brother Brad, [[spoiler:who is buried next to their mother in New York and whose grave shows he lived to the ripe old age of sixty-eight]].
* The movie version of ''Manga/TheyWereEleven'' has a very straightforward one, detailing the future careers of the cast after the end of their Cosmo Academy exam.
* In ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', twenty years after the events of the show, we found out [[spoiler: Rossiu]] became president over the entire galactic alliance with [[spoiler: Leeron]] at their side, [[spoiler: Yoko]] became a principal at a school, [[spoiler: Darry and Gimmy]] now pilot Gurran Lagann, [[spoiler: Viral]] became supreme commander over the entire fleet. And [[spoiler: Simon]] of all people was WalkingTheEarth, though the movie epilogue expanded on what they were doing: [[spoiler: he was helping people in need in exchange of planting flowers, fulfilling Nia's dream.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books resigned as president of the company after an enlightening trip to Tibet. He now roams the land in his fully-paid-for luxury RV.]]
* The back page of the final issue of British comic ''Buster'' gave final endings to all the strips, mostly involving [[http://comicsuk.co.uk/Forum/download/file.php?id=1391&mode=view the central concept of the strip being reversed or deconstructed]].
* The final issue of ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'' ended with one of these. Hardball and Komodo reconcile with each other and Cloud 9. Batwing and Butterball replace the U-Foes as North Carolina's state superteam, and are in the market for additional members. Bengal retired, moved to Sunset Park, and opened a martial arts school. Trauma starts WalkingTheEarth, his exact activities ShroudedInMyth. And... well, there were LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in this series, you really don't need to hear about them all.
** Oddly, despite writer Christos Gage's obvious intention of this as a sendoff to these characters, whom he expected would never appear again except as CListFodder, there was a PostScriptSeason in ''Comicbook/FearItself: Youth in Revolt''.
* The first issue of the ''Super Buddies'' mini-series showed what happened to the members of the JusticeLeagueInternational after their book was cancelled in the 90's. Most of the heroes were in dire straights, such as Fire, who was now running a softcore porn website.
* The last issue of ''Hard Time'' was centered around Ethan's parole review, and all the principle characters, mostly Ethan's fellow prisoners, had their "endings" revealed. For instance, Curly was released after his granddaughter tirelessly petitioned for appeal, Cindy had her sex change and lived happily ever after, and Cole died during a robbery attempt less than a year after he got out.
* The Vertigo comic series HouseOfMystery has one of these in its second-to-last issue for all the major and minor characters.
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[[folder: Fan Works wrote a novel while in prison, which topped the best-seller list for two months. After being paroled, he bought a modest condo in Manhattan and now lives there with his talk-show-host girlfriend.]]
* ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers'' ends with a brief TimeSkip showing what happened after the defeat of [[BigBad Loki]]. In addition to showing what happened to the story's central characters, it also shows what happened to a few of the minor characters, [[spoiler: including Twilight Sparkle becoming [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]], and Rainbow Dash leading a team of Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[{{Expy}} expies]].]]
* The two-part epilogue of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' includes a brief AP story that says, in essence, “Music/TheBeatles are not reuniting.”
* The end of ''FanFic/WhoSilencedEllyPatterson'' was entitled Endgame and Epilogues, and after showing Elly's death (not a spoiler), it goes into the lives of the other characters through letters, ranging from six months after the death to fifteen years after.
* ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'' has one of these at the end of the fic, showing [[spoiler: most of the Inner Senshi resuming their civilian lives, Ami going to study magic at Mid-Childa, Alicia and Hotaru being adopted by Lindy Harlown and the Takamachis respectively, and]] Nanoha and the rest of her friends resume their duties at the TSAB (presumably in time to start Anime/StrikerS).
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/{{Legacy}}'', which is set ten years after the events of the show, the reminiscence portion of the story ends with thumbnail sketches of what everyone is currently up to.
* The epilogue of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2'' is ''[[OneOfUs actually named]]'' [[OneOfUs "Where Are They Now?"]]. Of course, the story follows the plot of ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', which also had one of these epilogues.
* ''FanFic/TheMiracleAtPalaven'' ends with one, showing snapshots of the surviving viewpoint characters and a galaxy rebuilding in the aftermath of the Reaper War.
* The pro wrestling story, ''FanFic/ARingOfTheirOwn'', ends with Victoria announcing her retirement and becoming commissioner of the FWF, followed by a Where Are They Now on all the major characters.
* At the end of the HungerGames fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', we learn that Lavinia ends up married to Damon, with two children named after Vale and Kit, while Laurel Whitaker ended up with [[spoiler: Obsidian's cousin Glint]], and that both families survived the bombing of District Twelve and the war on the Capitol. The story ends with [[spoiler: Lavinia relaying Vale's story to Katniss Everdeen, thinking that Vale would have wanted her story to be told]].
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' uses this during the final credits in the same vein as ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney's'' final cases, involving Phoenix giving his goodbyes to everyone he met in Ponyville before he's sent back to his world.
* ''[[FanFic/Hammerhand Angels of the Storm]]'' ends with one:
** The Batarians are suffering under heavy reparations for their part in the Reaper Wars.
** Wrex is the leader of the largest Krogan faction on Tuchanka.
** Garrus fell off the map, although it's implied he became [[VigilanteMan Archangel]].
** Miranda is the military governor of this universe's version of Cadia.
** Tali formed this universe's [[TechnoWizard Mechanicus]] (with help from [[HumongousMecha Yamzarat Machtoro]] and a few others)
** Thane died peacefully in his sleep after hearing of the victory over the Reapers.
** Jack disappeared, leaving [[CoolTeacher Cyralius]] a message saying that she might go and do something similar to what Garrus was doing.
** [[AcePilot Kurias]] retired and lives in a nice home provided by the Alliance. He flies light aircraft in his spare time.
** [[TheMedic Apothecary Okeen]] fell off the grid and may be trying to recreate the [[SuperSoldier Space Marines]] with help from Cerberus.
** [[TheLancer Titus]] became a highly successful Spectre, albeit a highly noticeable one.
** [[MagicKnight Cyralius]] became a CoolTeacher at Grissom Academy.
** [[TheCaptain Malleus]] became the Citadel Council's Warmaster, and [[BabiesEverAfter had a child with]] [[LadyOfWar Samara]].
* There is a minor one in the epilogue of ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune'' to show what happened to the Kingdom after the climactic battle and WorldHealingWave. It also serves as a cliffhanger for the next instalment.
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[[folder:Films-Animated eventually reconciled with her sister Live Action, and now has a family not too far away in Orange County.]]
* The directors and the animators on ''LiloAndStitch'' fought with the Disney Company, and won, to create additional animation and "photo" paintings of what happened to the characters after the events of the film, establishing the new family that they indeed formed after Stitch arrived.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE''[='s=] closing credits begin with this, before [[spoiler:{{Art Shift}}ing to an 8-bit graphical recap of the movie's main plot.]]
* The closing credits of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' show that the fish that were living in the dentist's fish tank are all now living happily in the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and their friends.
* In the animated feature of ''WatershipDown'', the narrator relates how Woundwort's body was never found and his memory lived on as a sort of lapine boogeyman.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' does this [[TearJerker in true]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Pixar fashion.]]
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' combines this trope with LemonyNarrator:
-->[[spoiler: '''Flynn/Eugene''': But I know what the big question is? Did Rapunzel and I ever get married? Well I am happy to say after years and years of asking, I finally said yes.\\
'''Rapunzel''': Eugene!\\
'''Flynn/Eugene''': Okay, okay. I asked her.\\
'''Rapunzel''': And we're living happily ever after!\\
'''Flynn/Eugene''': Yes we are.]]
* ''IceAge'' ends with Scrat being frozen inside an ice cube and being washed up onto a tropical island and thawing out after being frozen inside the cube for 20,000 years, only to have his acorn washed away by the tide causing the poor squirrel to substitute his lost acorn with a coconut, causing him to accidentally trigger a volcanic eruption after driving the coconut into the sand.
* The credits of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' roll with incidents from the next years about the future of the characters and the revival of the town.
* The credits of Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistinTime reveal that Anastasia met a sweet baker, Drizella and Lady Tremaine revert from their transformation only to find themselves in maid clothes, and Cinderella and the Prince, of course, lived HappilyEverAfter.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' runs this as the artwork behind the end credits, showing what the Five and Po get up to after the story.
* At the end of ''TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'', a mouse describes the marriages of some of the major characters. He leaves out the thousand or so people who died.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' shows that a lot of the characters in the film became excellent Scarers, at the end credits showing their scare cards. [[spoiler: Most of the members of Oozma Kappa made it]], along with [[JerkJock Johnny Worthington]], Carrie from PNK, and Mike and Sulley became Rookies of the Year.
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[[folder:Films-Live-Action got heavily into the Sixties, and no one ever heard from them again.]]
* ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' introduced what was to become the iconic form of the WhereAreTheyNow epilogue: a brief freeze frame of each of the major characters accompanied by subtitles giving their full name and a brief summary of their future lives. One character went on to becomes a famous writer; another enlisted and (reportedly) died in Vietnam.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' has a similar sequence with the camera pausing on multiple characters with a short text blurb describing their future, only their fates are all ironic and funny, from [[TheNeidermeyer the original Neidermeyer]] getting "killed in Vietnam [[UnfriendlyFire by his own troops]]" to "Senator and Mrs. John Blutarsky." The "Double Secret Probation Edition" of the ''Animal House'' DVD [[DistantFinale takes this trope further]].
** WordOfGod states that ''Animal House'' was deliberately parodying ''Graffiti'', especially since both films were set in roughly the same era. Ironically, ''AnimalHouse'' itself was so influential that the ironic, funny epilogues soon became the dominant version of this trope, as can be seen from all of the homages and {{ShoutOut}}s listed elsewhere on this page.
** ''Film/AnimalHouse'' also bled into RealLife when it was revealed that "Babs became a tour guide at Ride/UniversalStudios." In the credits, there's a line that says "Ask for Babs." If you asked for Babs when buying tickets for Universal Studios tours, [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything you'd get a discount on admission]]. (Unfortunately, this has been discontinued.)
* The film ''Film/TheSandlot'' ends with the ''[[TheWonderYears Wonder Years]]''-esque {{Narrator}} giving brief descriptions of what the various players wound up doing as adults, which cuts into a final scene showing that Benny ends up as a professional ball player and Smalls becomes a sportscaster. One player was also abducted by aliens and never seen again.
* Jean-Pierre Melville's ''Army of Shadows'' ended with [[spoiler: a series of title cards announcing the eventual death of each of the French resistance members.]]
* One of the alternate endings of ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' had a montage of what all the non-dead characters (and some pretty-dead ones like Mustafa) did after Dr. Evil escaped and his base blew up, like Frau Farbissina founding the militant wing of the LPGA. Presumably it was changed to the newlywed Powers' honeymoon in order to make room for [[Film/TheSpyWhoShaggedMe the sequel]].
* ''Film/NineToFive'' ends with ''Animal House''-esque text blurbs telling us what each character went on to do with their lives. Dolly Parton's character appropriately became a country singer; Judy, who was practically drowned in paper by an overactive photocopier, fell in love and married a Xerox repairman; and Mr. Hart, the chauvinist boss wound up being karmically abducted by a tribe of [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon Amazons.]]
* ''Film/CanadianBacon'', including some of the following:
** [[spoiler: Sheriff Bud Boomer realized his dream and became a regular on ''COPS'']]
** [[spoiler: Honey is named National Rifle Association's Humanitarian of the Year]]
** [[spoiler: General Dick Panzer took his own life upon learning ''Hogan's Heroes'' was entirely fictional]]
** [[spoiler: Prime Minister Clark McDonald, still ruling with an iron fist.]]
* ''ThatThingYouDo'', the Tom Hanks-directed film about a young garage band turned one-hit Wonders, ends with a quick wrap-up of everyone's ultimate future over the closing credits.
** Jimmy made more hit records for Playtone and now works as a record producer in Los Angeles.
** Guy and Faye got married, had four kids, and founded a music school in Washington state.
** Lenny manages a casino in Nevada.
** T.B. Player(the unnamed bassist) was decorated for his service in the Siege of Khe Sanh and is a building contractor in Florida.
* ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' had an epilogue that is both this and a DistantFinale, due to the request of the test audiences. It's a full scene with interspersed text blurbs detailing what happened to the supporting characters. [[spoiler:Elle has graduated with high honors, is the class-elected speaker at the ceremony, and has been invited into one of Boston's best law firms; Vivian is now Elle's best friend and has called off her engagement with Warner, who graduated without honors and with no job offers; Emmett has started his own practice, is now Elle's boyfriend, and will propose to her that night; and finally, Paulette has married her delivery man and is expecting a baby girl to be named after Elle.]]
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' had one of these, although some of what was shown was pretty weird.
** Kevin Smith has [[WordOfGod referred to the movie]] as his homage to ''Film/AnimalHouse''.
** Jay and Silent Bob's actually foreshadows the events of ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda''. This being a comedy, the villain goes on to become Minister for Justice in ''South Africa''. A government desperately trying to hold onto its Apartheid policies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_in_South_Africa See here for more details]]. Note the horrible violence.
* {{Strike}}!/AllIWannaDo / TheHairyBird ends with blurbs describing the somewhat ironic fates of the main characters.
* The UsefulNotes/GulfWar film ''Film/ThreeKings'' has a brief montage like this, mentioning that one character is now a Hollywood war movie consultant
* The mockumentary ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' has text blurbs for several main characters-- except for Amber, who also gets a couple quick scenes showing how [[spoiler: she becomes a news anchor, just like her idol, Diane Sawyer]].
* Used at the end of the first ''Film/YoungGuns'' movie, which was kind of invalidated by the sequel. The sequel also made use of this trope.
* Frankie Lymon's wives (and Little Richard) explain what happened to them in ''Film/WhyDoFoolsFallInLove?''.
* Both ''SupportYourLocalSheriff'' and ''Film/SupportYourLocalGunfighter'' finish with Jack Elam's characters Jake and Jug, respectively, detailing the fates of all the characters, including his. ("..one of the most beloved characters in western folklore." "..big star in spaghetti westerns.")
* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' ends with photos of each actor turning into photos of the real people the characters were based on and words below describing their fate after the battle, which is also a reverse of the opening credits, where historic photos transition into photos of the actors.
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}'': Rose mentions that Cal [[spoiler: killed himself when the stock market crashed in 1929]]. Photos beside her bed reveal some of the life Rose, herself, went on to lead after the sinking.
* ''Film/StandByMe'' has sort of a variant of this, with the adult Gordie describing his friends' eventual fates toward the conclusion of his voiceover narration.
* ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''. The narrator describes what happened to various characters later in life.
* ''Film/TheExpress'' tells of the futures of Ernie Davis ([[spoiler: HesDeadJim]]), Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Syracuse coach Ben Schwarzwalder.
* ''Film/{{Stripes}}'' -- another Ivan Reitman film, showing magazine covers illustrating the fates of the characters.
* ''NottePrimaDegliEsami'', an Italian Teen comedy, does this with polaroids of the main characters and their destinies written on the white part.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell has a voice over telling what happened to him and everyone else involved in the mission afterwards.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004 Flight of the Phoenix]]: The 2004 version has a photo montage at the end that shows that Kelly now works on a rig out on the ocean, Frank & AJ have a new plane, and Elliott now works for NASA!!
* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'': the character of Elijah Price is [[spoiler: explained to be in a hospital for the mentally insane, once his crimes of mass murder are revealed]]
* Parodied in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth''
* The final scenes of ''Film/IntoTheWild'' show what happened to the various people Chris encountered on his journey. [[spoiler:The hippie couple continue WalkingTheEarth, Wayne, who had been arrested for drug dealing, was eventually released, the two Danish explorers Chris met while kayaking win big in Vegas...and his mother and father struggle to move on with their lives while dealing with the knowledge that their semi-abusive parenting lead indirectly to their son's death, and its implied that his sister follows her brother's example and becomes an explorer.]]
* In ''Film/TheBlindSide'', it showed what happened to Michael and the Tuohys. [[spoiler: Michael becomes the first round pick of the NFL. Collins also goes to Ole Miss and becomes a cheerleader like her mom. And Leigh Ann and Sean still live in Memphis today.]]
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' had text overlayed at the end of the final scene mostly with a focus on the results of the two lawsuits that serve as a [[FramingDevice framework]] for the story.
* ''Film/{{Milk}}'' ends with one of these, including photographs of the real people portrayed in the film.
* In ''{{Enchanted}}'', it shows that [[spoiler: Edward and Nancy]] got married in Andalesia. [[spoiler: Giselle]] opens up a new fashion/boutique business, staying with [[spoiler: Robert.]] After [[spoiler: staying in New York]], Nathaniel becomes a successful author, as well as Pip in Andalesia.
* ''Film/TheDamnedUnited'' features an end roll that shows the future of its central characters, Peter Taylor and Brian Clough. [[DownerEnding With some things at the very end left out.]]
* ''TheToolboxMurders'' ends with it a card stating the film was based on true events, and that the main character spent some time in an asylum before settling down and having a child; it's also mentioned her mother died in a car crash.
* ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' revealed that Bertie and Lionel [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming remained friends for the rest of their lives]].
* Korean film ''Film/AttackTheGasStation'' does one of these.
* ''TheCommitments'' explains where the band members ended up after their breakup. [[spoiler: Deco got his recording contract but his bad attitude makes him impossible to work with; Derek and Outspan spend their time busking on Grafton Street; Imedla got married to "dopey Greg" who won't let her sing any more; Bernie sings in a country band; Mickah sings in a punk band; Steven became a doctor; Billy got kicked in the head by a horse; Dean is a jazz musician who "got quite good in the end"; Joey the Lips went on tour with Joe Tex (who was ten years dead by that point); Natalie "became very successful" as a singer; and Jimmy is still unemployed.]]
* ''Film/AlphaDog'' shows the legal consequences to the individual members of Truelove/Hollywood's crew as a result of the kidnapping and murder of Zach Mazursky/Nick Markowitz at the end. Truelove himself was finally apprehended after eluding the authorities for five years.
* ''Film/MovingViolations'' ends with the police commissioner driving past one cast member after another, all of them having been pulled over for yet another traffic violation. An on-screen caption proclaims that the lead character was sentenced to traffic school so many times that the county made him the instructor in desperation.
* At the end of ''TheCatsMeow'', Elinor Glyn narrates what became the prinicipal characters after the events of the movie.
* According to ''He's My Girl'':
-->Sally became a world-famous [[spoiler:mud wrestler]].\\
Simon had a vision and abandoned singing to [[spoiler:become a T.V. preacher for the Church of the Rock and Soul]].\\
Lisa gave up sculpting, took voice lessons and got a job with a [[spoiler:telephone sex service]].\\
Mason left the music business and started a chain of [[spoiler:nudist colonies]].\\
Reggie stayed in Hollywood and opened a beauty salon called [[spoiler:"The Champagne Douche"]].\\
Tasha works at [[spoiler:"The Champagne Douche"]] and sells bibles door to door on the weekends.\\
Bryan became a major rock star, sold millions of records, and [[spoiler:returned to Missouri for sex re-education classes.]]
* ''Film/BoggyCreek2TheLegendContinues'' didn't have one but [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the Bots]] were knid enough to give us their idea of one. In their ending, Doc's research department goes under, Leslie and Tanya bring Doc up on charges, and Tim just wanders off one day for no real reason and is never seen again.
* ''Film/BadEducation'' ends with a text screen describing the life of the three main characters after the film: Enrique releases his film and becomes successful, [[spoiler:Juan ends up becoming successful as well]], but eventually loses his fame on the silver screen and ends up on TV, and Sr Berenguer [[spoiler:is killed in a hit-and-run accident that Juan caused]].
* ''BurkeAndHare'' ends with epilogues for everyone, including people who weren't properly introduced [[spoiler: like one doctor's assistant named Charles Darwin]] and ends with [[spoiler: the real-life Burke's skeleton on display in Edinburgh's anatomy museum]].
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' ends with a closing credits montage of future events.
* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'': Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
* ''{{Film/Changeling}}'': Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
* ''{{Film/Chaplin}}'': Between the last scene and the closing credits, title cards link the actors to the real life personages they played (Anthony Hopkins's character, a fictional editor who figures into the framing device, is also included and explained), and describe briefly the later lives/careers of said personages. ''Eighteen'' characters total are covered!
* ''Film/TheLifeAndDeathOfPeterSellers'' ends with a text epilogue on what happened to Sellers after the release of ''Film/BeingThere'' (not much to say; he died less than a year later).
* ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''. At the end of the movie, subtitles that say that Sonny (one of the bank robbers) was sentenced to 20 years in prison, that Angie (Sonny's wife) and their children were living on Welfare, and that Sonny's boyfriend Leon had his sex-change surgery and became a woman and was living in New York City.
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''; Andy tells the story of the film to some kids, complete with what happened to each member of the gang, [[spoiler: In the [[AfterTheEnd burnt-out remnant of civilisation]].]]
* ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa'' finishes with a rundown of what happened to the main characters after the siege.
* ''{{Anchorman}}'' ends with one, concluding with [[CloudCuckoolander Brick]] becoming a top political advisor to GeorgeWBush.
* ''Film/TheGreyZone'' ends with screencaps noting the success of the uprising, Oberscharführer Mussfeld being convicted and hanged for war crimes, and Dr. Nyiszli surviving the war, but not practicing medicine ever again.
* ''Film/HeavenlyCreatures'' ends with Mario Lanza singing "You'll Never Walk Alone", over text screens explaining how the girls were tried, convicted and sentenced, and later released. The last screen is an awful TearJerker, especially as it's timed to coincide with the line "you'll never walk alone": [[spoiler: ''It was a condition of their release that they never meet again.'']]
* ''Film/HenryAndJune'' ends with text screens saying that Henry and Anais remained friends to the end of their lives; both wrote many books about June. June became a social worker in Queens, New York. Hugo became a filmmaker, and it was by his request that Anais' unexpurgated story remain unpublished until after his death. He died in 1985.
* ''Film/MusicAndLyrics'' ends up with pop-up bubbles explaining that Cora got married and divorced in the same night, Sloan's book got made into an awful movie, POP eventually reunited but their performance cut short because Colin needed a hip replacement, and Alex and Sophie are still together, with his hip appearing to be fine.
* ''Film/DasepoSonyo'' ends with drawings of the major characters and brief descriptions of their fates - Poor Girl works at a bank, Anthony lives on a farm in Switzerland, Double Eyes got a sex change, and Cyclops got rich selling toys modelled after him. Big Razor Sis' fate is left ambiguous - there is a before-and-after image suggesting that she got a sex change, but there's no accompanying text.
* The 1996 movie ''Film/HouseArrest'' ends with a montage of the major characters, with Grover providing a voiceover explaining their fates.
* ''Film/PainAndGain'' ends with the credits showing the main cast with a picture of the real person they were portraying. Two of the kidnappers were sentenced to death while the third served 15 years in prison. The gym owner who forged the transaction papers for them got 15 years as well, while the survivors' names were changed.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' has a montage near the end, showing what happened to most of the characters who survived the climax:
** Natasha is HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee for [[spoiler: leaking all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets in order to expose HYDRA's infiltration]]. She is acquitted of all charges and looks for a new identity.
** Agent 13 aka Sharon joins the CIA.
** Maria Hill is interviewing for a job at Stark Industries.
** [[spoiler: [[TheDragon Rumlow]] survived getting a helicarrier dropped on his head, but he’s badly burned]].
** [[spoiler: HYDRA mole]] Senator Stern is arrested.
** Fury, [[spoiler: still FakingTheDead]] burns all of his S.H.I.E.L.D stuff, including his eyepatch, and decides to head [[spoiler: to Europe to hunt down the rest of HYDRA]].
* ''Film/MyWeekWithMarilyn'' ends with Marilyn singing a song while text overlay tells us what happened to her, Colin and Laurence after the film.
* ''CantHardlyWait'' played with this. It was mostly set at a WildTeenParty. The following morning, there are scenes of various characters meeting up and saying their goodbyes, apologies, or thanks as appropriate, and during each one, the scene freezes and a caption says what happened to the featured teen in the future.
* Shades of this in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''. [[spoiler:Mac meets Teddy outside Abercrombie & Fitch, and they discuss not only where they are in life, but also Pete and the other members of the frat. When Mac returns home, he and Kelly get a video call from their friends, tying that subplot off.]]
* ''{{Unstoppable}}'' crosses this with ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--> Frank Barnes got promotion. He is now retired with full pay. Will is happily married. He and Darcy are expecting their second child. Connie Hooper was promoted to senior manager. Oscar Galvin continues the same job. Ryan Scott is alive and healthy. [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Dewey]] [''{{beat}}''] works in the fast food industry.
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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': Chapter Fourteen; arguably a SubvertedTrope because they haven't gone anywhere, although a year had passed while they've been on the island and their views have moved on. ''The Beatrice Letters'' form part of an epilogue themselves. Even though the scrambled letters reveal that " BEATRICE SANK", there are hints that Baudelaires are apparently living out their lives doing what they love: 1) Sunny is said to be sharing her recipes on the radio in The Beatrice Letters. 2) In book 3 the narrator says that Violet would return to Briny Beach a third time in her life, and since she'd only gone there twice over the course of the series (in book 1 and again in book 12), she must have survived at least until they reached the mainland. 3) In book 2, the narrator states that Klaus would like awake in bed many years later wondering what would have happened if he'd managed to stop Count Olaf/Stephano from entering Uncle Monty's house - the last chapter takes place roughly a year and a half from this point, so his survival is also heavily implied. 4) Beatrice (that's the Beatrice born in Book 13) is currently trying to find Lemony Snicket, presumably to ask him the whole truth about what happened
* ''Literature/{{Magyk}}'', the first ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' book, has a "What happened to..." last chapter. Other books in the series have variations, such as "What happened before...", detailing each character's backstory. The twist being that they all detail what happens (or happened) to the very minor characters, those who are [[TheGhost named but never shown]] or [[NoNameGiven shown but never named]]. A nurse who gets two lines in the book, the never-seen girlfriend of one of the brothers, the gatekeeper's son, etc.
* The epilogues of DaveBarry's novels ''Literature/BigTrouble'' and ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'' end with a series of short paragraphs explaining what happened to various characters. He likely borrowed it from his friend Carl Hiaasen, who uses it in many of his novels.
* ''Literature/TheWestingGame'' has an epilogue describing how every character became rich, famous and influential.
* By the same author, ''The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)'' has an epilogue explaining how most of the surviving characters lived happily thereafter.
* ''The Golden Road'' by L. M. Montgomery ends with a scene where Sara Stanley (a girl who is always protrayed as slightly otherworldly and magical) receives the inspiration of prophecy and predicts the futures of all of the main characters. Hints dropped over the course of the novel confirm them to be true.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' did originally have an epilogue, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but it was cut for publication]]. The Appendices do fulfill this role though, especially Appendix A (with the tale of Aragorn and Arwen) and Appendix B, The Tale of Years.
* The final pages of ''Literature/TheEnglishPatient'', where it's written the characters are doing after the end of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo the war]].
* Erich Maria Remarque's novel ''The Black Obelisk''. [[spoiler: Most of them died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII]].
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', it's not the epilogue, but near the end, during [[spoiler: John Coffey's execution]] where Paul describes the eventual fate of his friends.
* The "Finale" of Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}'': Dorothea marries Ron, and Fred and Mary call their children Snape and Dumbledore... er, or something like that. It brings the reader up-to-date on the forty years or so between the end of the main book, and the time of writing, anyway.
* ''Literature/DearAmerica''
** Every book (and those of its [[DistaffCounterpart Staff Counterpart]] series ''My Name Is America'') ends with one of these. Unusually for a kids' series, [[BittersweetEnding they aren't always]] [[DownerEnding happy endings.]]
** Same goes for the series' Canadian counterpart, ''Dear Canada''.
* The last book in the ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series ends with one of these, and describes Leif's reign with the exact same wording as King Adin's reign, described in the first chapter of the first book.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheJomsvikings'' ends with a short summary of what later became of the Jomsviking chiefs that survived the Battle of Hjorunga Bay.
* In ''Literature/InTheTimeOfTheButterflies'', based on the true stories of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, the last chapter is told in first person by Dede, the only surviving sister. She describes what happened to her sisters' families after they were assassinated by Trujillo.
* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'' does this in the form of last words and gravesite epitaphs for the main characters, mostly PlayedForLaughs. Some examples:
-->'''Nathan's gravesite''': 'Reserved Staff Parking'\\
'''Allan's last words''': 'Bad idea? How bad?'
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'' ends this way, briefly describing the fates of the surviving major characters as well as those of HistoricalDomainCharacter Oscar Hammerstein and the Manhattan Opera House.
* The last ''Lion Boy'' book ended with a chapter saying what happened to every character.
* The BaseBreaker of a DistantFinale in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', which confirmed a number of pairings, and was supplemented by WordOfGod to include what everyone's jobs were in the future.
* The last chapter of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' describes what became of all the characters after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage.
** Mrs. Bennet remained silly, but luckily Mr. Bennet still found her amusing.
** Kitty and Mary both improved in character: the former because she was influenced less by Lydia and more by Jane and Elizabeth; the latter because she was no longer compared with her more beautiful sisters.
** Mr. Bingley and Jane bought an estate only thirty miles away from the Darcys', much to Jane and Elizabeth's joy.
** The affections Lydia and Wickham had for each other quickly cooled off, and they lived by leeching off the Darcys and the Bingleys.
** Georgiana and Elizabeth developed a great relationship as Mr. Darcy had hoped.
** Lady Catherine eventually relented, and Elizabeth managed to reconcile her and Mr. Darcy enough for Lady Catherine to visit Pemberley from time to time.
* There is a short epilogue of this type in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', which shows that Angel was at last able to break out of the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor firmly on the Face side, the ministry she founded was successful in rescuing hundreds of girls from being forced into the sex trade, she reconciled with her [[NotSoDifferent antagonistic]] brother-in-law, [[spoiler:she and Michael miraculously [[BabiesEverAfter had four children]], and died calmly in their old age within months of each other]].
* ''Literature/BeautyQueens'' combines this with a DancePartyEnding.
* The epilogue of ''Rally Round the Flag, Boys!'' is about what happened to the characters after the Fourth of July. It mostly ties up loose ends, particularly Harry and Grace's SecondActBreakup.
* The Civil War novels by Michael and Jeff Shaara (''Literature/GodsAndGenerals'', ''Literature/TheKillerAngels'', and ''Literature/TheLastFullMeasure'') end with the major figures in each having a paragraph about their later lives or legacy. ''Measure'' features a lengthier sequence before the blurbs recounting the last days of Lee, Grant, and Chamberlain.
* The book of 2 Timothy, in Literature/TheBible, which is chronologically the last piece of writing from the apostle Paul, contains a moving passage in which Paul, awaiting execution, writes his friend a reflective farewell. He then goes on to tell Timothy where all his various friends, who have appeared at the end of his letters, are now. Most are ministering in various churches across the Mediterranean area "Titus is in Dalmatia... Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus" a couple have fallen away from Christianity, and one is "ill in Miletus". This serves as a 'where are they now' epilogue for Paul's generation of church leaders, alongside the passing of the baton on to Timothy and those he must lead.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', the first book and its sequel end with these epilogues.
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* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The epilogue of the episode "15 and Getting Straight," which dramatized two newcomer teen drug addicts (Creator/DrewBarrymore and CoreyFeldman) to a 12 step-type counseling program. A teen named Rick seems to have made tremendous progress and has taken to mentoring the teens as he is at the end of the 28-day inpatient program, but most of the other teens believe they don't belong in the program and don't have a problem. David Birney plays the lead counselor, himself an ex-druggie. The irony follows at the end, where Birney's character tells the group that Rick had overdosed; he had run into some old friends who tried to get him to try a new drug, Rick refused at first but when they followed him home and kept hounding him, Rick took the drug and immediately had a seizure. Then follows the epilogue, zooming in on an empty chair. All of the teens that seemed that they weren't going to make it do ... and Rick (whose post-script is saved for last) is dead.
* ''Superior Court'', a TV courtroom drama from the late 1980s that featured court cases based on actual ones. Each case -- usually one, but sometimes two per show -- was followed with a "where are they now" epilogue, mostly telling what became of the principal characters in each case, but sometimes if a major social issue was addressed, what changed or did not change since the case was heard.
* ''DawsonsCreek'': The final two-part episode/epilogue, "All Good Things ..."/"...Must Come to an End" is set in 2008, five years into the future. Dawson has become a big-name television producer in Los Angeles (the TV series "The Creek"), Joey has become a successful book editor in New York City, Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and fallen in love with Pacey's older brother Doug, Pacey owns the Ice House, and Jen (a single mother and art gallery) has fallen seriously ill with a congenital heart defect that was aggravated by her pregnancy. In the end, Jen dies and everyone gathers (one last time, as it turns out) for her funeral, and two of Jen's deathbed requests are fulfilled: Jack and Doug adopt her baby, Amy; and Joey chooses Pacey as her lifetime love.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'''s somewhat infamous 'Sam Beckett never returned home' captions at the end of the last episode, added on when the show was canceled.
* Perhaps the best spoof: EddieIzzard's ''Glorious'' stand up show, which cuts from audience applause to a somber tune and some captions telling us that Eddie went to prison for five years and is now called "Jeff", and is living on a duck farm.
* A mild version, the ending narration of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'', describing the results of the case investigated in the episode over a mug shot of the suspect. This is also frequently parodied in its entirety.
%% * Also done in ''Series/TheFBI''.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'' did this at the end of its finale, "Goodbye to Camelot", revealing what happened to the main and recurring characters in the few years to come.
* Every episode of ''Series/BarRescue'' ends by describing what had been happening at the episode's featured bar a couple months after its relaunch, including updates on the staff's personal and financial problems detailed throughout the episode.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' did a similar thing at the end of its finale, "Call of the Wild," although the revealed futures were slightly more obscure and unusual than most other series. For example, Francesca Vecchio was revealed to have six "virgin pregnancies." The futures were probably obscure because they were quickly written, after the scripted ending to the finale wasn't filmed. The unfilmed scripted ending was found a few years ago and made known to fans.
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'', it concludes with seeing the adult Kevin and Winnie. The adult Kevin also gives an epilogue about what became of his immediate family: His father, Jack, continues to manage the furniture plant until his unexpected death in 1975 ... after which Wayne takes over the business; mother Norma becomes involved in city politics and business; and Karen and her husband give birth to a son. Kevin and Winnie split up one last time to go to college, he in the United States and she in Paris ... but they remain close friends and write each other weekly for eight years. When she returns home, he meets her at the airport with his infant son.
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' series finale says what is going to happen to the protagonists' kids and actually ends with a shot of their grandkids.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' closed with a TearJerker montage of how each of the main characters would live out their lives and inevitably die, combined with CrowningMusicOfAwesome courtesy of Sia.
* Each episode of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' had been topped and tailed by interviews with the survivors. After the final episode, the interviewees returned - this time with captions telling you who they were. Near the end of the final episode when Easy Company is told that they are going home, Winters briefly narrates the fates of several of the surviving main characters.
* Finale of ''Series/ThePacific'' is similar to the last one of Band of Brothers.
* ''Series/ParanormalState'' uses this as an EveryEpisodeEnding.
* An all-grown up Mabel explains what happened to the supporting cast of ''Series/MadAboutYou''.
* Every season of ''Series/TheWire'' ended the last episode with one of these set to music. The final one was a heartbreaking use of HistoryRepeats, as a lot of the younger characters fall into the roles vacated by previous ones - Dukie is the new Bubbles, Michael is the new Omar, Sydnor is the new [=McNulty=], etc.
* The final episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' had brief snippets discussing what the characters were doing a few months down the line, which ended up sounding just like the plot of another episode, reinforcing the message of the ending that things weren't really going to change that much.
* OnceAnEpisode on ''Series/ColdCase'' as a ContrastMontage between what the people involved in the case were like then compared to how they are like in the present, if they're still alive.
* ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'': Red Ranger Cole makes his peace with the deceased BigBad, and uses his talents to help animals. Yellow Ranger Taylor rejoined the Air Force. Black and Blue Rangers Danny and Max (respectively) went on a trip around the world. Silver Ranger Merrick also travels the world, but with his old enemy Zen-Aku (who is apparently BackFromTheDead AGAIN) at his side. The narrator is revealed to be White Ranger Alyssa, who is now a kindergarten teacher and has been telling the story of the Rangers to her students.
** Its Franchise/SuperSentai basis, ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' also has this - Red Ranger Kakeru returns to being a veterinarian, Yellow Ranger Gaku rejoined the JSADF, Blue Ranger Kai worked in a surf shop, Black Ranger Sotaro runs a ranch with his love interest, White Ranger Sae resumed her kenpo training & Silver Ranger Shirogane went road-tripping across the world.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has one of these. Sky is promoted to Red Ranger after Jack leaves SPD, and Bridge is promoted to Blue Ranger. This one was followed up on during the ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' crossover episode, where Bridge explains that after Commander Cruger was promoted, Sky was promoted to Commander and he was promoted to Red Ranger.
* The ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' finale had one of these, set [[TimeSkip five years after]] a Japanese developer had bought the entire town of Stratford, Vermont and turned it into a golf resort. Of course, they then subverted it by having the show - not just the final episode, but the entire ''series'' - turn out to be AllJustADream.
* Used in the form of text subtitles to show what happened to the various people each week's Series/UndercoverBoss met during his week in his company's trenches. Often [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The episode "The Art of Discourse" ends with a ''[[FoodFight food fight]]'' and the epilogue. This being ''Community'', it was done as a direct reference to AnimalHouse.
** While the obnoxious kids have their futures told, the main characters get spoof endings, with Jeff's being that he "banged Mark's mom. Twice."
* The ''Series/FridayNightLights'' SeriesFinale ends with a series of scenes that show us what happened to the characters 8 months after the Lions' final State game.
* ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'' nearly ''always'' did this at the end of a segment. Usually, the show filmed the segment's protagonists walking along a beach or walkway, visiting a fun center or public park, or other somesuch. The show also liked to film the protagonists meeting back up with the dispatchers and/or other personnel that rendered assistance. (Plus, if their segment is posted on Website/YouTube, then sometimes the people involved--or those who know them--will post a comment, saying what they're up to today.)
* SeaPatrol ended with a shot of each character with a one line description about their future.
* TheRedGreenShow did this on its final episode. While it didn't cover all the cast members, it did highlight most of the major ones and even one or two who hadn't been seen in a while.
* The final ''{{Coach}}'' has Dauber narrating what happened to most of the cast: Luther retired and got his own mansion as a retirement gift from Doris, Howard was fired but him and his wife sold their Barbie collection and now own a dinner theater in Jupiter, Florida, and Dauber himself coached the Breakers to back-to-back Super Bowl wins, then retired and became a "Monday Night Football" commentator.
* A variation; in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', at the end of "Death of the Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith, while talking about [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor's]] legacy, reveals the fates of some of his former companions, whom she researched online:
-->"There’s a woman called Tegan in Australia, fighting for Aboriginal rights. There’s Ben and Polly, in India, running an orphanage there. There was Harry... oh, I loved Harry. He was a doctor, he did such good work with vaccines. He saved thousands of lives. There was a Dorothy something. She runs that company, A Charitable Earth. She’s raised billions. And this couple in Cambridge. Both professors. Ian and Barbara Chesterton. Rumour has it, they’ve never aged. Not since the sixties. I wonder... echoes of the Doctor, all over the world. With friends like us, he’s never going to die, is he?"
* Series/{{Flashpoint}} ended its series with a scene set a year after the events of the finale to show what happened to the main characters. [[spoiler: Sam and Jules have a baby, Sam's just been given command of Team 3, Ed is running Team 1, Greg's near-fatal injuries in the finale forced him to retire from active duty and he's now an academy instructor, Spike and Winnie are officially a couple and happily dating.]]
* Series/{{Merlin}} ends with a brief scene of the now ''very'' old Merlin in the modern day.
* ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' ended with a montage of each family member three months after Malcolm and Reese's graduation. Dewey enjoy being the oldest brother as he and Jamie continue to cause trouble; Francis rants on the phone to Lois about being a free spirit just before heading off to his secret office job; Lois is pregnant yet again; Reese enjoys living with Craig, and also loves his permanent job as a janitor which, as he explains to Malcolm over the phone, he got after framing the previous janitor for being a peeping tom; and Malcolm is doing well at Harvard, which he is paying for by also working as a janitor.
* The ''Series/SecretsOfTheDead'' episode "One P.M. Central Standard Time" ends with Cronkite saying "This is Walter Cronkite, good night" over two text screens: "Walter Cronkite died in 2009 at the age of 92. In the fifty years since he covered the events in Dallas over 150 million people have visited the grave of [[JohnFKennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy]]."
* A staple in the graduation episode of any season of ''YoureCutOff''.
* In ''HowIMetYourMother'', in the episode "Gary Blauman", Future!Ted fills in on what happened with a lot of minor characters.
** Carl continues to run [=MacLarens=] [[spoiler: as a family business with his son.]]
** Jeanette was arrested for sending jars of urine to Val Kilmer (not that Val Kilmer) but manages to avoid prison by [[spoiler: getting psychological help from Kevin. They romantically hook up and are now in Poughkeepsie.]]
** Ranjit [[spoiler: now owns the limo service.]]
** Patrice becomes a host for a call-in service radio show. She's still in touch with Robin [[spoiler: who calls the show sometimes and still screams at her.]]
** William Zabka [[spoiler: became the youngest winner of the American Humanities medal with Literature.]]
** Zoe still stages protests for noble causes [[spoiler: that don't always end well for her.]]
** Scooter [[spoiler: marries Stripper!Lily.]]
** Blitz [[spoiler: became a gambling addict but finally kicked the habit after a three day bender at the same slot machine ... only for an elderly woman to hit the jackpot right after he left.]]
** Blah Blah [[spoiler: has her name finally remembered by Future!Ted. It's Carol.]]
** Sandy Rivers [[spoiler: lost his job for his sexual harassment but becomes a news anchor in Moscow ... where he still sexually harasses his co-workers.]]
** James [[spoiler: got back together with Tom.]]
** Gary Blauman [[spoiler: drove back, apologized and was at Robin and Barney's wedding after all.]]
* The mid-90s [=BBC=] documentary series ''Rock Family Trees'' had this as an EveryEpisodeEnding. If you see a British sketch show from the latter half of the 90s and they send up this trope, it's most likely this they're parodying.
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[[folder:Music relocated to Chicago but was killed a few years later in a freak accident involving a steam shovel.]]
* {{Blink 182}}'s video for "First Date" doe this at the end.
* So does VanHalen's video for "Hot for Teacher"
* And Music/{{Korn}}'s ''Twisted Transistor''.
* TheFugees vid for "Killing Me Softly", appropriate since the entire video (like the title of the album from which this single came) is an homage to ''Film/CooleyHigh''.
* FiveIronFrenzy's "That's How the Story Ends" serves as a followup to most of their prior comedic songs. Some of the characters come back from the dead, and others [[DroppedABridgeOnHim get bridges dropped on them]].
* Bowling For Soup's ''Punk Rock 101''.
* "Love at the Five and Dime," a 1986 top 5 country hit for Kathy Mattea, had one such postlogue as the third verse of a love story involving a dime store clerk and an aspiring steel guitar player in a country band.
* The original Swedish edition of Music/TheCardigans' album ''Life'' ends with "Closing Time", which tells us what happened to some of the characters from the album's other songs. (Basically, they all lived HappilyEverAfter).
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics lived out his remaining years on his farm, with his son Web in his care.]]
* ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse ended its 29-year run on [[http://www.gocomics.com/forbetterorforworse/2008/08/31 August 31, 2008]] with a strip showing what happened to the members of the Patterson family.
** Detractors of the strip nicknamed it the 'Strip of Destiny', since it was...a tad {{Anvilicious}} in hammering in traditional female roles, what with [[spoiler: Deanna quitting her pharmacy work to start a sewing school, and that Elizabeth would be a wife, mother, and teacher for life, and only TheUnfavorite April fulfilling her dream job.]] This coming on the heels of Elizabeth marrying the CreatorsPet via StrangledByTheRedString, and...well, it's no wonder it's also nicknamed the 'Settlpocalypse.'
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[[folder:Theatre stayed in the Army and was promoted to Colonel, but was killed in action in Iraq. A bronze statue now adorns the town square in his honor.]]
* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' by Arthur Miller includes a "WhereAreTheyNow" as a prose addendum after the end of the script. It is often included in the programme notes.
* At the end of the musical version of ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', Paulette gives a brief "where are they now" over Elle's valedictorian speech (and at the same time preventing the audience from hearing the year of the graduating class).
* ''Cosi'' by Louis Nowra ends with the main character giving a monologue on the subject of where the majority of the character had ended up a year after the play's events.
* ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' has one of the most depressing ones. Poor old [[spoiler:Posner. 'Mrs Lintott describes him as living a lonely life, keeping "a scrapbook of the achievements of his one-time classmates" and having "a host of friends... though only on the internet, and none in his right name or even gender." She concludes by saying "He has long since stopped asking himself where it went wrong."']]
** He gets a (somewhat) happier ending in the film.
* The stage musical adaptation of ''Ragtime'' ends with a number that mirrors the opening, except that introducing themselves, each of the important characters explains what happened to them after the events of the play.
* The musical ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has one of these, though for the children in the bee it goes far into the future.
* ''Fools'', by Neil Simon, ends with such a humorous summation by Tolchensky, the main male lead.
* Che gives a two sentence epilogue at the end of {{Evita}}.
* ''Saint Joan'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw has one, a kind of dream sequence set in the year when Joan of Arc was officially rehabilitated. It also features a visitor from the 20th century who brings the news of Joan's canonization.
* The printed copy of ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' comes with a very extensive epilogue chapter detailing the future of Eliza Doolittle, in which she lives out [[spoiler:one of the most mundane lower middle class lives ever put to paper, and '''absolutely positively does not''' get together with Higgins.]]
* The first production of the musical of ''{{Vanities}}'' did this; in subsequent productions it was rewritten into a DistantFinale.
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[[folder:Video Games continued to live under the bridge, until she won big in the lottery. She now lives in a huge mansion on Cape Cod.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' conclude by describing what eventually happens to the various communities [[VideoGameCaringPotential you helped]] (or, [[MultipleEndings alternatively]], [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential hindered]]) along the way.
** Though even your best intentions and what seems to be the best path can instead turn out very wrong...
** Also, even most of the good endings are just a less grey ending than normal. Take New Reno, you could have it turned into a place with schools and free, clean water for all...which'll be captured by raiders or forcibly subjugated into the NCR because they don't have any protection. On the other hand, you could leave it in the control of the Bishops, who'll fight for it's place in NCR and turn it into a legitimate city...that'll fight for the rights for drug use, gambling and prostitution.
*** Notably New Vegas takes both the Wright and Bishop endings as canon; the Wrights are in control of a stable New Reno as part of the NCR, yet the Bishop child was conceived, and became a powerful figure in the city.
** VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}} however noteably doesn't have one which was another reason people hated the ending.
* And, or course ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' had this as well.
* Ditto ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', and its expansion ''Mask of the Betrayer''. Black Isle/Obsidian loves this trope, it seems.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' ends with several shots of the minor characters and all the crewmembers you gather over the course of the game, with a continuation of what happens to them after the events of the game.
** Funny enough, the future of the three main characters is left vague. Of course, this has spawned [[FanDumb rumors of a sequel...]]
* Every ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' game ends with a short blurb describing what happened to every one of the characters you recruited. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Brew some tea and get cozy.]]
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series also has this feature, upon completion of the credits short epilogues explain the unique future of all characters who do not die during the story.
** It was also used for the epilogue of ''Hasha no Tsurugi'', the AlternateContinuity manga of ''Fire Emblem 6''.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'''s ending includes a textual description of every [[PlotlineDeath surviving party member's]] fate, as well as that of at least one of the more memorable minor characters (Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard; that's actually his full name).
* At the end of the ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' expansion pack, ''Throne of Bhaal,'' both the PC and every NPC in your party gets a text-based epilogue explaining how they live out the rest of their lives. Some are tragic ([[spoiler:Minsc and Boo are together still, beyond the stars, where hamsters are giants and men become legends]]), and some are very, very funny ([[spoiler:After a run-in with Elminster, Edwina the barmaid lives out the rest of her life as a bitter, bitter woman]]).
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' too.
* LiveALive has this: [[spoiler: Pogo and Gori [[BabiesEverAfter have kids]]. The Xin Shan Quan Inheritor takes up the master's mantle. Sundown is still a wanderer; he does take off his hat if you fulfill certain actions in his chapter. Oboro-maru either is a bodyguard to Ryouma Sakamoto or is continuing his missions. Masaru leaves the gym where he trained, perhaps shutting it down for good. Akira works with Toei. Cube continues to aid Kato.]]
* After the final level of ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', what happened to rest of the gang after the Cooper Vault job is told, with some being quite humorous or a bit romantic.
** [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves The second game]] shows what happened to the Big Bads after they did their time in the slammer.
** [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime The fourth game]] also shows off the various fates of the villains as well as some of the main characters. [[spoiler:Achieving 100% Completion shows what happens to Sly]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' gets one of these. It goes through the fate of everyone who lived through the game.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' shows some animations of the principle players and their fates some time after the game as [[spoiler: Queen Garnet recalls Zidane's sacrifice. Later, Garnet attends a play given by the Tantalus players, one of whom removes his hood at the climax of the drama revealing himself to be Zidane(although anyone with any sense would have figured that out ten minutes previous).]]
** The ending scene shows other characters in its epilogue:[[spoiler: Steiner and Beatrix are now Alexandrian nobles, Eiko is adopted by Cid and Hilda, Amarant returns to his adventuring days along with Lani, Quina keeps being a Chef, Freja and Fratley fall in love all over again, and Vivi dies, but not before leaving a load of clones around.]]
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' (the original NES game) ends with the revelation that the game is a story Super Joe is telling as an old man.
* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' this happens, some of the [=NPCs=] each of the recruitable characters, minus the ones you recruited and the other 7 that you can choose, each have a small cutscene depending on the actions taken.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' shows the fates of the game's main characters via text, while [[DistantFinale a more elaborate scene for Welkins and Alicia]] is shown after the credits. The epilogues for the game's side characters can be seen in optional material unlocked in the NewGamePlus.
* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' has one of the characters writing a book about their adventure and what happened to each character.
** Ranging nicely from a stamp collection to being a major political player in rebuilding the land.
* ''VideoGame/WildArmsXF'' has one for each of the main characters except the one missing and presumed dead. Darn it!
** ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 4}}'' has one, too. [[spoiler: Jude becomes a forest ranger and lives in the woods, Yulie becomes a schoolteacher, Arnaud and Raquel get married and open a restaurant, but Raquel dies after the birth of their daughter.]]
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Crash Bandicoot|1996}}'' game, as well as the racing spin off ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'' did these, with humorous intent. Interestingly though, one of the bosses, Ripper Roo, is stated as studying and becoming an academic, and in the next game you find him in a gigantic library, and you disrupt his studies. (Un)fortunately Dr. Nitrus Brio didn't stick to his bartending...
** It's possible that none of the first game's epilogue besides Ripper Roo's segment ever happened, since the epilogue is not part of the canon ending, which is shown in [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack the second game]] to be the ending where Crash fights Cortex.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has a variation of this in an e-mail sent to Mario by Goombella.
* ''TheNamelessMod'', a total conversion mod for ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', has one of these for just about every named character, ala Fallout. This is in stark contrast to the original game's AmbiguousEnding.
* ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]'', a total conversion mod for ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', has this at the end of the game as well.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Brood War'', there is a summary of what happened to all five of the main characters who survived.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' briefly shows the characters in different times as the main three use their time machine. The remakes extend this with anime cutscenes.
** Depending on when in the game you complete it, and which sidequests you've completed will alter the ending. Sometimes in minor ways, other times you'll get a whole new ending.
* The ItsAWonderfulFailure bad ending of ''VideoGame/LauraBow 2'' lists the fates of the entire cast and the unfortunate things that befell them because of your failure.
* Team Japan's ending in ''VideoGame/KingOfFighters 1997''.
* ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'' ends with a collection of photographs (or in The Captain and his nurse's case, a letter) showing what happened to the game's cast of characters.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has this (depending on [[spoiler: the HeroicSacrifice ending you chose]]) with your character having the chance to talk to all of your companions so far and finding out what their plans for the future are. You can even influence them!
** Which is then followed by a slide show detailing the further fate of companions, factions, and people according to your decisions in the game.
* During the credits of the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' game, you see various Pokémon Rangers doing rangery stuff. And remember the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Go-Rock]] [[FourIsDeath Quads]]? They're [[spoiler: playing at a concert in front of the clock tower!]]
* The second half of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'''s ending credits features brief, wordless cutscenes, depicting the characters after the story's end. The scenes vary depending on [[MultipleEndings which ending]] you got.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' has this at the end, showing what all the characters in your party are doing with their lives post-victory over the BigBad. It all depends on how you've built the character relationships throughout the game.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' shows how Link used the Triforce to make people's lives better, and ends with a shot of Link returning the Master Sword to its pedestal.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' shows Link returning to his childhood and leaving the Master Sword in the Temple of Time, he and Navi parting company and young Link [[WhereItAllBegan returning to Hyrule Castle to meet Zelda.]]
* Not unsurprisingly, this is done in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' by the same creators as Ace Attorney. [[spoiler: With a slight twist. This epilogue shows what happens to all the characters ([[WhatHappenedToTheMouse except Jeego and Tengo]]) after Sissel, Missile, and Yomiel rewrote the timeline. With the potential exception of the blue people, everyone seems to be happy with their new lives.]]
* The last buyable newspaper in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' describes how some of the minor characters ended up.
* The ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' ends with everything in the series being wrapped up, including [[spoiler:Sunny, Olga's daughter who was kidnapped by the Patriots, finally going out into the real world, Raiden and Rosemary living normal lives with their son, Johnny and Meryl getting married, Meryl making up with her father Campbell, and Snake finally having a real talk with Big Boss. The ending also reveals that Snake and Otacon decide to live normal lives.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' both end with timelines offering details of what happened to certain characters or factions after the game. Most of the events are rather heartwarming, except for TheStinger - the timeline in ''Peace Walker'', for example, ends by noting [[VideoGame/MetalGear Big Boss starting the Outer Heaven Uprising in 1995]] and then [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Kaz Miller's assassination in 2005]].
* [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Four]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainofMemories of]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the]] [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep entires]] in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series have credits that serve as this. While the former two only show certain characters and worlds, the latter two have epilogues for all the worlds that the heroes have visited.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has this: one of the surviving characters ([[spoiler:Krile]] by default) writes to Mid telling him what they and all the other surviving characters are doing since Exdeath was defeated.
* ''Conflict Vietnam'' shows the main characters in a brothel (or something like that) while Cherry,er, Doc gives a voice-over about what happened to everyone. Junior goes home and joins the Black Panthers, only to [[spoiler:get killed in a shootout with the FBI]]. Hoss signs on for a tour of duty in Cambodia. Ragman comes home to a some divorce papers and moves to the Rockies with his dog. Doc starts a family and becomes a doctor, his specialty being gunshot wounds.
* The epilogue of ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'' takes place one year after the finale, and shows what all the characters have decided to do with their lives -- in a few cases, it also finishes their {{Character Arc}}s. Especially important because [[spoiler:the world was ''destroyed'' in the finale, and the epilogue shows how successful the cast was in rebuilding it]].
* ''VideoGame/ChroniclesOfInotiaChildrenOfCarnia'' has one too. [[spoiler: While Lydia [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] herself to impede the ressurection of the God of Darkness, she erases the memories of the party, while the epilogue shows how everyone would live if they didn't know each other. It turns out that it's actually a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion because [[MysteriousWaif Elina]] shows up and restores their memories for their new quest.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' has one of these during its ending credits sequence, featuring each of the major characters [[spoiler: pursuing their own futures, which depends on whether or not the Player chooses to revive the world.]]
* The closing credits for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' shows Mario and Yoshi showing Peach some of the planets they both visited on the way back to the Mushroom Planet, [[BigBad Bowser]] being spat out of his black hole and becoming tiny, before the heroes (and Lubba) are finally shown back in the Mushroom Kingdom standing in front of the cake mentioned in the prologue. And you can actually ''die'' in the credits!
* The Extended Cut DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' provides official "Where Are They Now?" Scenes for characters that survive the events of all three games such as [[spoiler: seeing Wrex and Eve with their newborn baby]].
* Pretty much all Creator/NipponIchi games have an epilogue in the best ending shown using either the in-game sprites or hand-drawn stills. For example...(open spoilers ahoy!)
** ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'': Marona's finally won the acceptance of everyone, and the world picks up the pieces.
** ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'': Celestia and the Netherworld work out its differences.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'': Veldime slowly recovers from the curse.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'': Mao has himself a new guinea pig.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' has a slightly different final epilogue depending on what RelationshipValues you've built up.
* The ending cutscene of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' shows what certain characters are doing now that you've beaten Smithy. Bowser and his troops are repairing his castle (and a Shy Guy stole his copter), Yoshi beats Croco in a race, Toadofsky has a recital, Mallow rejoins Nimbus Land, Booster and Valentina get married (with Booster flying the altar at the last minute) and Jonathon Jones looks out at the sea.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has this twice, technically. The Bad Ending takes place three months after you [[spoiler: kill Ryoji, the avatar of Nyx, and as such]] erase everyone's memories of the coming end of the world so you can live out the couple months of your life in peace. Or, if you choose not to and get the Good ending, the ending itself will take place inevitably on the same date as the bad ending, only with [[spoiler: Nyx dead, the main character dying slowly and everyone's memories suddenly coming back]], which itself takes place around a month after the final boss fight. [[PlayableEpilogue The Answer]] itself, an expansion/epilogue for the main story, takes place an unspecified amount of time after [[spoiler: TheProtagonist's death]].
* ''VideoGame/TheYawhg'' always ends this way, though [[MultipleEndings the results vary WILDLY]]. In addition to learning what happened to each of the characters you guided through the game, you also learn the ultimate fate of your hometown after the Yawhg came.
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[[folder:Visual Novels now runs the boarding school that she was once tortured in. The school is in its fourth year as the top-ranking private school in the state.]]
* The Crea route in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' ends with us following the heroines as they return from a patrol/cleanup of sorts, showing they're still active in the military. Crea herself is running the country [[spoiler:and has a son]]. When the seven of them all meet up again, [[spoiler:Taiga returns home]].
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has this for the six main endings, though the contents don't really vary from one to another.
* HigurashiWhenTheyCry 's final arc, Matsuribayashi-hen, concludes with this style of epilogue detailing what happened to all the main cast members after [[spoiler: their victory over Takano]].
* At the end of every single ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' game (the full game- not just one case) there's an epilogue that shows all the [[strike: main]]- ''all'' the characters, and what's happening to them after the game ends.
** That is, every single character who gets a unique model, sans the Judge.
*** Until ''Investigations'', that is.
** Most of them have bugger all information though. Some actually talk about them getting involved with whatever it is they're doing next time you meet them.
* Starting from the second game, the ''TokimekiMemorial'' series make use of such epilogues in the flagship games of both the Standard and the Girl's Side branches of the series.
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[[folder:Web Comics made a small fortune selling crafts online while caring for his father Newspaper. He has since formed a company to oversee the farm and now lives with his family in Memphis.]]
* The epilogue of ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' tells how every single character ended up.
** ''Eternion is still dead.''
* The last strip of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' has a series of images showing us the characters' future, one a ShoutOut to ''Animal House''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Inverloch}}'' showed the fates of the [[spoiler: surviving]] major characters.
* Webcomic/BobAndGeorge had one of these.
* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' (though a few named characters got left out, most notably Oneder, Iroth's bodyguard. Worse, [[spoiler:The BigBad]] gets a [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]])
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' features this as well in ''ProblemSleuth''.
* Webcomic/MaterialGirl (as pictured) has photo-like epilogues leaving a rather open ending.
* Book five of ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' has Shanna writing a book of her experience during the God Machine incident as a framing narrative, closing with Shanna recounting the current activities of her old friends, [[spoiler:notably Rikk and Ally inviting Rumy to join them as a polyamorous union.]] T. Campbell had planned on this being the final chapter, but a couple of years later he brought the comic back, set shortly after Shanna's book was published.
** The final arc of the ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' revival ends with a series of wordless single-panel pages showing the future of the strip's cast. [[spoiler: Rumy resumes her art career, the Oberfs have their first child while also bonding with Soulson (Rumy's child with an alien from an early arc), Di hooks up with Dexter and Rico starts noticing Helga. The last strip shows the entire cast as crewmembers of an [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]] {{Expy}} [[AndTheAdventureContinues seeking new adventures]].]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' ''[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/06/01/the-epilogue finally]]'' ends on one of these. To note, [[spoiler: White Mage is tracking down the Light Warriors to give them ''some'' credit for fulfilling the prophecy, the Dark Warriors are now world-renowned heroes having recieved the credit for everything the Light Warriors did, Red Mage has set up a group for sole survivors of mysterious sects with Dragoon, Thief is now living peacefully in Elfland as the King, and Black Mage and Fighter have disappeared with none of the others being sure of where they are (turns out they're exactly where they started when the comic began)]].
* ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' ended with twenty of these. There were still an number of characters whose ultimate fate wasn't mentioned, however.
* Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy ended its final strip with this for the main characters and RunningGag Bob.
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* ''actionFigures Final Video'', parody of MarvelComics characters with, duh, action figures, ended with normal credits, that were interrupted by SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, who asked for changing it for that ending.
--->'' Uatu married Death. They had the ugliest kid ever.''
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' does this with stills and captions at the end of one of the movies.
* One of the alternate endings to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Season 5 includes a sideshow of what happened to the characters after the end.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'' ends with the epilogue footage from ''AnimalHouse'', just with all the text rewritten to be Sonic-relevant and nonsensical. Knuckles becomes a professional beekeeper, Sonic and Tails marry and have five daughters, Amy invents the world's first solar-powered buffalo, and so on.
* Parodied by WebAnimation/HomestarRunner in the 'Montage' email. Among other things, it shows you the fate of the red wagon full of pancakes.
** It also foretold the retirement of The Paper in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail #173.
* FiveSecondFilms parodies the slow-motion voiceover epilogue in "[[http://5secondfilms.com/watch/coming_of_age Coming of Age]]":
-->"''Eric married that lifeguard. Brian never came back from [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]. And Gorlac [[BreadEggsMilkSquick enslaved us all]]."'''
* Parodied by ''Website/CollegeHumor'' in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnM8NPeTanM Every Teen Movie Ending]]". All the classmates meet very unfortunate ends, and the narrator... [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong died when he was still a kid]].]]
* An example from the YouTubePoop "101 Poopmatians":
-->"''Things went back to normal in Hyrule, apart from Zelda wanting a spotty fur coat. Mario and Luigi ate Spagehetti [sic] and magically flew home. The Traitor got off with a pardon, for now. On returning to their Universe, the Dalmatians went back to normal and forgot about the whole affair. Squadala became President of the United States of America. Cruella didn't take Mario's warning and died of Lung Cancer. Horace and Jasper got jobs as the [[LiveActionAdaptation Live-Action Mario Brothers.]] No one seemed to care about Link's death.''"
* Sleuth Noir, the online detective game, has an example of this trope in Heimlich [=VonVictor's=] [[http://noir.playsleuth.com/case/scripted_mystery.spy?mysteryid=3319512 The Executor's End]] At the conclusion of the mystery, we find out in great detail what happened to every member of the ensemble cast of the mystery.
* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed Mister Nanny, he used a caption over the last shot ([[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Sean Armstrong flying through the air because the kids tethered his motorcycle]]) to explain what happened as a result.
** Also spoofed during the football game scene in the Warriors of Virtue review.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' uses text inserts in "The Longest Episode" to reveal the futures of mane six. According to this, none of the girls change or progress in any significant fashion.
* Parodied in ''WebVideo/SteamTrain''[='=]s playthrough of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V: Brave New World''. [[spoiler:Ross was murdered by Danny (because he destroyed the recording by kicking the computer), who then slept for 44 years, Arin went to [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] and then he fell asleep, and [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Mochi and Mimi (Arin's cats) continue to rule as the Unmet Player]].]]
* Checking up on your old friends and acquaintances on {{Friending Network}}s like Website/{{Facebook}} can have this effect.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' had this on its GrandFinale. Instead of the usual "characters in funny costumes" CreativeClosingCredits, you got glimpses into the future for just about every character who had any screen time. Some were obvious, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjNH01fvrAM most were ironic twists]] i.e. Stacy from the Fashion Club becoming a NASCAR driver. Though in an amusing twist, that one is used more often in fanfics than probably any other. WordOfGod says that none necessarily have to be considered canon, though.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' parody of ''Film/AnimalHouse'', where Fry successfully dropped out of college, Gunther the monkey becomes the FOX network's latest executive, Leela dates the Dean (who doesn't call her or see her after that), Fatbot (the nerdy robot with the beanie) gets a virus in Tijuana, and Bender robs Robot House blind.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had one of these in the episode where Santa's Little Helper went to obedience school. ("Bit Bart. Homer didn't mind.")
** And it was also used on a later episode where Marge tells Simpsons-style spins on historical events (one of which included Homer going to work in a toga after watching the movie ''Animal House'').
** In one of the earlier episodes, [[KentBrockmanNews Kent Brockman]] was about to lead in on a special of the actors that portrayed the Munchkins from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' with the following:
--> '''Kent Brockman''': The midgets who played the Munchkins from ''The Wizard of Oz''... where are they now?
--> ''(News then cuts to a still image of thousands upon thousands of gravestones)''
** In one episode, Marge had a night out with Ruth Powers, Homer went out as well and hired Lionel Hutz to watch over the kids. At the epilogue, it was mentioned Marge had to compensate a man whose cans she shot. A few cents to replace the cans and two thousand dollars for the mental trauma. Ruth's ex-husband had to pay alimony and blamed his lawyer (Lionel Hutz) for that. Hutz (a.k.a. Miguel Sanchez) was satisfied with the pay he got for babysitting. Homer had to return to military service and liked it.
** Lisa learned the important thing wasn't how many friends one had on [[Website/{{Facebook}} Springface]] but how many followers one had on Springtweet. Mr. Burns gained 35 million dollars despite having done nothing. Kearney's avatar died in a war.
* In a variant, the last few minutes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'' finale had Professor X announcing that he'd had a vision of the future, including various guest characters joining the team, Magneto leading the New Mutants, the Dark Phoenix Saga and the Brotherhood becoming Freedom Force.
* ''Film/WakkosWish'', the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', has one where all characters get a happy ending. Except [[ButtMonkey the Mime.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' movie ''Daffy Duck's Quackbusters'' has one of these, with short clips (with accompanying text) of what happened to the main characters after Daffy's ghost-hunting agency went bankrupt. Bugs Bunny was enjoying a life of luxury in Palm Springs; Porky Pig and Sylvester the Cat were lost at the Superstition Mountains, with Sylvester still being "a yellow dog of a scared cat"; Cubbish was still dead; and Daffy was back at where he started: selling stuff at the street. Unfortunately for him, the only dollar he ever made vanished. He ended the story yelling "CUBBISH!"
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}}'', on what was the second produced episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' explains what happened after a [[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Sci-Fi_Convention_War Sci-Fi Convention War]]
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' that was a parody of the rise and fall of Music/TheBeatles. Otis became governor of Ohio, Abby joined the US Air Force, Freddy and Peck got a radio show in Cleveland, and Pig formed a boy band. Only the last one was actually true.
* The ending of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure]]'' shows what happened after the heroes defeated Boogey and got Grim his job back; Grim went back to [[BrickJoke fighting supernatural toilet clogs]], Mandy became the new captain of Boogey's ship, Billy became president of the US, Irwin got mononucleosis and cooties from kissing Mandy, Skarr used the hole in his torso for birds to rest while he fed them, Creeper made a fortune incorporating his time travel technology into pants, Billybot and Mandroid fought evil in space, the cyclopses got a cooking show, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Hoss Delgado did not appear at all]], Horror used his abilty to play a guitar with his teeth to become a professional guitarist, Boogey became afraid of everything, and [[OverusedRunningGag Dracula stole Grim's scythe to use as a golf club]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' ends with one of these. It's actually very nice to see, after CerebusSyndrome turned the show as dark as it did, that [[spoiler:Orel grew up to become the loving father of a happy, functional family.]] It ''almost'' makes up for all [[TearJerker spilled tears from the final season]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Fuzzy Dice" ends like this. And then they follow up on it in [[spoiler: "Steak Me Amadeus"]].
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