Nothing like a cute child to make a Happy Ending
We're supposed to forget the struggles we've just witnessed and join in the euphoria. After all, a birth represents a joyful new beginning and, conveniently, a happy ending.
Sometimes you have a Happily Ever After
situation, but it just isn't heartwarming enough. Maybe the marriage
happened earlier in the season; perhaps the couple was already betrothed
but weren't able to consummate the union. Perhaps you need some Dénouement
to confirm that, yes, really, it really was happy. Maybe the Bittersweet Ending
is short on "sweet". Or, maybe, you just want to make things as sweet as possible
. The answer? Skip ahead a bit to show the Happily Married
couple...and their adorable new baby. Awwwww!
Or, if we cut to the future, show them at home
with their growing children. Generally a whole brood, as a mundane equivalent to Fertile Feet
, or demonstrating that Mordor
has No Ontological Inertia
. Grow Old with Me
in an epilogue may feature grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren. (See also Hope Sprouts Eternal
.) If the ending is not Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
, unmatched friends often appear in the role of Honorary Uncle
; conversely, Weddings for Everyone
may result in loads of underfoot children. And expect the newborns to be named after dead friends
or teammates who had made Heroic Sacrifices
during the course of the story, clearing the path for the heroes' victory at the cost of their own lives.
It seems that the Law of Inverse Fertility
gets inverted once you get past the climax. Even if one or both were confirmed as sterile — such is The Power of Love
. The likelihood of this increases exponentially every time one or both people say they don't want to have a kid, or express reluctance to
. (Makes many parents very happy.
The Bittersweet Ending
often shows a Dead Guy Junior
in this situation. Her Heart Will Go On
may entail the discovery that she is pregnant after the father is dead: he's gone, but he's left her Someone to Remember Him By
If the couple had a child early in the story, perhaps resulting in a Shotgun Wedding
, this may result in a younger brother or sister.
Might involve a Screaming Birth
, but this is, of course, optional; the baby itself is what makes this trope run, so the cuter the better.
Sequels to works with these sort of endings often make the kids into major characters
The rationale for this trope is related to Babies Make Everything Better
. Compare Birth/Death Juxtaposition
. Not to be confused with Wave of Babies
Naturally, this is an Ending Trope
, so spoilers ahoy!
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Anime & Manga
- In the Itazura Na Kiss anime, Naoki, Kotoko◊, Chris◊,Kinnosuke◊, Satomi, and Junko◊ all end up with children.
- Maison Ikkoku, on the last page of the last chapter. It's a girl, her parents are Yusaku and Kyouko, and her name is Haruka.
- The Inuyasha manga ends this way. Sango and Miroku have twin girls, and then a baby boy!
- Planetes ends with some baby clothes being hung on a clothesline....
- The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a manga adaption of Ash's Kanto journey, shows James and Jessie engaged and Jessie pregnant at the end.
- The Rurouni Kenshin manga ends with Kenshin and Kaoru happily married with a kid. His name is Kenji.
- At the end of Dragon Ball Z there is Gohan and Videl with their daughter Pan, and Bulma and Vegeta with their second child, Bra.
- Although appearing before the ending of the series, Krillin and 18's daughter Marron is never developed beyond being a Living Prop and pretty much only exists to show that they got a happy ending.
- And in one Non-Serial Movie, it shows that Goku and Vegita's lines are still around (and completely identical to their ancestors some seven generations later.
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. The title character (Nadia, married to Jean), the narrator (Samson of the Terrible Trio, married to a much younger lady, the now grown-up Marie), and the most "complex" character (Electra). Hanson, the other half of the team, has kids but we don't see them (or his wife for that matter). Grandis (the boss of the trio), notably is still single, and loving it.
- The last chapter of Digimon Adventure 02. It shows a few couples (Yamato and Sora and Ken and Miyako) that got together and ones that didn't, much to the disappointment of some fans.
- Fushigi Yuugi. Awwwww, Boushin, Emperor Hotohori's cuuute son. Hikari Sukunami. Mom is Miaka Yuuki, Dad is Tamahome's reincarnation Taka Sukunami.
- Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, manga. To make it even happier ever after, the babies in question are the reincarnations of the angels Access Time and Fin Fish, reborn as Shinji and Natsuki. To avoid incest (the two were a couple), Shinji is the son of Miyako, not Marron and Chiaki.
- The Epilogue of Code Geass R2 shows Kaname Ohgi as Prime Minister of Japan, with his wife Viletta (who is visibly pregnant) watching him on TV...from Tamaki's bar.
- The end of Fruits Basket has Tohru and Kyo's granddaughter looking for them in all their senior lovey-dovey glory.
- Sailor Moon. Well, Chibi-Usa is the Kid from the Future; and in the last pages of the manga, which show Usagi and Mamoru's wedding, Usagi is implied to be pregnant with Chibi-Usa.
- School Rumble Z ends this way.
- Rave Master has an interesting twist on this. A recurring omake deals with the wacky misadventures of a boy named Levin. About halfway through the main series, it is revealed that the omake took place in the future of the main story and that Levin is the future son of Haru and Elie.
- At the end of Suzuka, the main couple has a baby. Although it raise a big fuss in their family; at least, it's settled down at the last chapter.
- Daa! Daa! Daa! (a.k.a. UFO Baby) ends with an episode showing Miyu and Kanata, the protagonists, Happily Married and with a cute little baby of their own (only a normal human one, though).
- In Kurogane Communication, Haruka and Kitano return to earth with their daughter — who looks a lot like Haruka herself.
- Implied in the manga epilogue of Chrono Crusade. Azmaria has a grandchild shown in the Distant Finale, and considering his resemblance to Joshua and the fact that they're shown with their hands clasped with a ring on Az's finger, they likely married and had at least one child together.
- The kitty variation shows up in Princess Tutu. The tomcat teacher who is so desperate to marry is shown as a normal cat now, walking with a white cat and a line of kittens following them.
- Mnemosyne ends with Rin's pregnancy.
- Hyper Police has an example that can only be called extravagant. In the Distant Finale set 3 years after the last manga chapter, Tomy and Po have gotten married and had nineteen kids. Tomy is a dog-boy, so they had litters. (Yes, I know. Shut up.)
- In Romeo X Juliet, Cordelia and Benvolio are shown with a new baby in the epilogue.
- In the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou TV series, towards the end Inori's sister Seri is all but outright stated to be pregnant with Iktidaru's child; the series' epilogue (before it goes for the Multiple Endings) shows Sefuru holding their baby.
- Subverted in Ayashi no Ceres, where Aya learns about being pregnant in volume 12 and is in her last month of pregnancy at the end of the series.
- A side-story in another one of Yuu Watase 's works showed on the last page, that Aya gave birth to a daughter. And Toya, who had stated that due to having given up the Mana that he was made of he was slowly dying and might have a year or few more left, is still alive. Retains a bittersweet note as Toya is still slowly dying.
- In the epilogue of Shaman King manga, Yoh and Anna have a son named Hana. Same goes for Tao Ren, who had a son named Tao Men. The mother was implied to be Iron Maiden Jeanne. Hana was conceived because during the series, it was a real possibility that Yoh could die, so the couple decided to have Their First Time.
- Morinas and Wapourif have a big family in the Distant Finale of Simoun. Wauf and his Ascended Extra wife have a new baby, too. And Paraietta manages a whole orphanage full of kids, with Rodoreamon's financial backing.
- The ending of Fullmetal Alchemist show both Winry and Ed holding their children.
- The last three pages of Boys Empire are a cavalcade of babies, the paternity of some of which is unclear. The mothers kind of got around. Hitomi's baby is obviously Makoto's, though.
- In Umisho manga ending, Amuro and Kaname have a son.
- Outlanders ends with Tetsuya and Kahm having quintuplets.
- In Amagami SS, the epilogue to Tsukasa's arc. Her Good End in the Visual Novel is what the epilogue was adapted from.
- In Tenchi Muyo!, because it's All There in the Manual, Tenchi will wind up having multiple children by multiple girls of his harem.
- In the ending of the manga Aragami Hime, Shirou and Kazuki have a son and a daughter.
- In the manga ending of Chibi Vampire, Karin Maaka and Kenta Usui have a daughter named Kanon, who is actually the reincarnation of Sophia Pistis. Which makes it a tad awkward, because she ends up loving her father a little bit TOO much. ...And her mother too, since Kanon tries to glomp and kiss her as well.
- In Berserk, Griffith has a vision of he Casca sharing a quiet life as a married couple with a child, since, to make a complicated Love Triangle simple, he might really have had unrequited feelings for her, even though he never expressed them nor showed interest when she was fawning over him during her hero worshipping days. However, this happy fantasy was horribly twisted and deconstructed since it was induced by his Despair Event Horizon of seeing Casca in love with his former best friend Guts, along with the fact that he was tortured and mutilated for a year and no one wanted him as a leader anymore. When the Eclipse happens and Griffith, now a demon lord, rapes Casca to insanity in front of Guts, this was twisted even further when it was later revealed that Casca was already pregnant with Guts's child, but it had been tainted with evil from the rape.
- RahXephon: in the new reality resulting from the world's retuning, Ayato and Haruka are Happily Married, with Quon reincarnated as their baby daughter.
- Done in Naruto. 15 years after the 4th Ninja War, we see Naruto and Hinata's children, Sakura and Sasuke's daughter, and the children of Sai and Ino, Shikamaru and Temari, and Chouji and Karui. Rock Lee is shown with a kid, possibly his son. Kurenai and Asuma's grown-up daughter makes an appearance. Even Akamaru has several descendants.
- In One Piece. Baroque Works agents Mr. 9 and Miss Monday got married and have a kid after two-years timeskip.
- At the end of Spice and Wolf light novels, Holo reveals to Lawrence that she is pregnant after settling down together.
- Played for drama in Mawaru-Penguindrum. Ringo Oginome believes that carrying and giving birth to Tabuki-sensei's child will be the corollary to her dreams of getting her broken family back together; however, the lengths she will reach to be impregnated by him are NOT portrayed as okay, but as a sign of how unstable and desperate the girl is.
- From the New World ends with Saki pregnant with Satoru's child, both now Happily Married. Also, it happens earlier in a much more tragic version Maria and Mamoru have a child and are murdered shortly after his/her birth.
- In Kara no Kyoukai's final light novel, Shiki and Mikiya have a daughter named Mana in the distant future. Said daughter has an Electra Complex, and wants to "beat her mother to get her father back." Personality and appearance-wise, she resembles Arima Miyako, the other Shiki's cousin in Tsukihime. Oh and she uses her mother's surname.
- In the final chapter of Hana To Akuma, Vivi and Hana have a son and a daughter.
- Toyed with in Michiko to Hatchin. The last few minutes show a grown-up Hatchin living modestly but well with her baby daughter. However, the baby's father left her after only three months, so it's not exactly a perfectly happy outcome.
- Both Narutaki twins in the final manga chapter of Mahou Sensei Negima! gave birth to their respective daughters whom are a splitting image of their younger selves.
- Among the ending scenes in Mirai Nikki is one with World 2 Minene living a peaceful life with World 3 Nishijima, and having two young children. Two young floating children, as they seem to have inherited some of her god-powers.
- Used for a Tear Jerker at the end of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Earlier in the film, D and Leila discuss their fears of Dying Alone, and agree to visit each other's graves. Sixty years later, D arrives at Leila's grave, and her granddaughter runs up to him. He looks up, and her grave is surrounded by people - she didn't die alone after all, but with her family by her side.
- In the 2nd half of Eureka Seven, Talho is pregnant with Holland's child, but was never shown in the 1 year later epilogue.
- In the anime sequel Eureka Seven AO, its revealed that Renton and Eureka actually have a son and a daughter. The son is named Ao who is the protagonist of the TV sequel and his elder sister who died upon her birth due to exposure to high density trapar, causing the body to fail and turn to rock.
- The final chapter of GE - Good Ending, true to the manga's namesake, Utsumi and Yuki had a baby boy.
- In The Tibetan Dog, the titular Heroic Dog dies at the end, but his legacy lives on with his revealed offspring.
- The Grand Finale of Soul Eater reveals that Stein and Marie are an Official Couple and Marie is pregnant. Though Stein not surprisingly sees this as the start of a Guinea Pig Family..
- In the last page of the final chapter 49 of Sekainohate De Aimashou, its revealed that the heroine Yona Ryouma gave birth to Emillio's son. Whats interesting about this is that the heroine is formerly a man who went through Gender bending at the beginning of the story.
- In the anime Kurokami, Keita and Akane had 2 grandchildren, with Keita dieing of old age. In the manga version, it only shows Keita has a son with Akane.
- In the manga ending of Elfen Lied, Kouta and Yuka had a daughter named Nyu.
- Haruto and Yuzuki had a son named Daiki in the manga ending of Kimi no Iru Machi.
- At the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, we see both Orbital 7 and Obomi with Kaito... as we as two smaller, Oribital 7/Obot hybrid robots between them. The implication is that they are their children, despite them being robots who have to be built.
- In the final chapter of Nejimaki Kagyu, Negizawa and Kagyu had a son who just transfered to a school.
- The final chapter of Kore Wa Koi No Hanashi reveals the girl who woke up Shinichi in his sleep to be his daughter. Her mother is obviously Haruka.
- In the Distant Finale of Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu, Shizuka is, as always, pulling the massive lever that powers on the the firing mechanism of the Daiku Maryu's head, but this time she's doing it while breastfeeding a little baby. Given that Sakon is also carrying a baby on his back, the two hooked up in the end, surprising precisely nobody.
- The first season finale of I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying ends with Kaoru getting an Unexpected Positive.
- The last time we see Amy on-screen (not counting the movies) is in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS reveals that she has been married with Chrono and she gave birth to fraternal twins during the Time Skip.
- In the end of Sand Chronicles's last chapter (of the main story) in Volume 8, Daigo and Ann are shown with their baby boy.
- In a Marvel Universe What If??, Sue Storm married Namor and half-way through the story was pregnant. At the end, Reed Richards married another woman — a female Latverian spy who had been force into that role. The Dénouement shows Sue and Namor cooing over their son while Reed's bride is heavily pregnant, and then scenes of the two children playing together.
- And in another one, Skrulls invaded the earth. The Human Torch sacrificed himself to defeat them. Alicia gave birth on the last pages, and comment on how she (though blind) could tell how he resembled his father.
- Spider-Man: Peter Parker and Mary Jane have achieved this in a few continuties, the highest-profile of them being the Spider-Girl comic, set in the MC 2 Universe. Here Peter and MJ don't just continue to raise their now teenage daughter (named after Peter's Aunt), they also have an infant baby boy named after both Peter's Uncle and Father.
- DCU's Kingdom Come, in which Superman and Wonder Woman had a child together.
- Practically every ElfQuest story arc ends with one elf pregnant: Rainsong is pregnant in issue #6, Leetah is pregnant at the end of the first arc, Dewshine and Kahvi at the end of the first Palace war, Nightfall after the elves move to the new continent, Tyleet (Nightfall's daughter) at the end of the arc before the second Palace war, Krim at the end of the second Palace war, Bethia after the little Palace war, Dodia after the Forevergreen quest, Moonshade after The Searcher And The Sword, and Brill after Discovery.
- The final issue of Love and Capes (or, at the time of writing, what is supposed to be the final issue) ends with a splash page in which Mark and Abby shout together that they're going to have a baby. It's also a Birth/Death Juxtaposition, since the main theme of the issue deals with the death of a member of the Liberty League.
- In The Order of the Stick's Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, Elan tells a Fractured Fairy Tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant has a housekeeper who's trying to rob him. Haley demands she have a role in the Happy Ending; Elan says she marries Jack, and so she's rich too and quits the Thieves' Guild to have children instead. (Haley thinks that ending will do.)
- Sonic the Hedgehog achieved this with his SATAM/Archie Comics love interest Sally Acorn in the "Mobius 25 Years Later" storyline, with the two ruling over Mobius as King and Queen with their children Manic and Sonia. Despite the evil Shadow corrupting the original timeline in the story, Sonic and Sally are able to bounce back and achieve their happy ending all over again in time for the sequel...
- The final strip of Cathy ended with Cathy telling her mother she was pregnant with a girl. Her mother fell to her knees in jubilation, while Irving offered to show his father-in-law the ultrasound on his iPhone.
- Just about every romance fanfic. Bonus points if every main character is a Sue. ...Thirty Sue Pileup.
- Shows up a lot in fan art, especially for series where the Official Couple is subject to a Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending.
- Subverted in Fullmetal Alchemist: Forever. Granted this fanfiction is a sequel to canon and nearly everyone couple has children at some point, but this isn't a WAFF at all: Al exclaims that he hates his brother, Ed and Winry consider a divorce, Al has to go back into his suit of armour, and one of the babies in question is knocked up by the other at age twelve. Every heartwarming moment that comes attached to the kids is balanced by something darker.
- DC Nation has several child characters — both canon (Ceridian, Lian Harper, Offspring) and OC (Sandra Grayson, Luumand'r, Allanah Dibny). Surprisingly for stories set in the DCU, the characters in Nation age in real-time. Some of the kids born "on panel" are now old enough to have their own journals and players. There's a Spin-Off game that depicts the kids (among other characters) in their teens and twenties, becoming yet another generation of costumed fighters.
- Kyon Big Damn Hero has this for the Higurashi cast.
- The freeware Mario game Mario Forever (Not to be confused with the Platform Hell hack known as Super Mario Forever) featured, as part of the ending, Mario and Peach disappearing into a castle, and then, accompanied by the text "Nine Months Later", several baby versions of Mario ran out of the front door.
- A Growing Affection has a Distant Finale showing two-thirds of the couples have had kids and/or are currently expecting.
- Averted in The Adventures of Blinky Bill fanfic Intimate Healing. Shifty Dingo and Nutsy grow up and get married but can't have babies, one being a dingo and the other a koala, so they just adopt a dingo girl instead.
- Perhaps the most literal example possible can be found in the Ranma ˝ Fanfic Cheaper by the Dozen.
- Played exceedingly straight in The Emiya Clan, where the premise originally has Shirou getting Happily Married to no less than 24 women from across the Sekirei and Nasuverse universes (including a couple from alternate continuities). The total number of kids he had caps off at 29, but over a dozen stories later, and some of those kids now have children.
- This gets subverted in a few cases:
- Nobody is really sure how Shinra was born. Seeing how her mother is technically Alaya, it's been boggling even the most knowledgeable of characters for years on end. Given the circumstances, some of them don't want to know.
- Touma is actually a child that an Alternate Universe Shirou had with JTR!Assassin. Unfortunately, his mother was killed, and he was kidnapped to be experimented on and tortured for ten years by power hungry magi before he was saved by Shakespeare!Caster, who got him away the only way that he could, by transporting him to the EC Verse.
- In the epilogue of Uplifted, Admiral Zorah, from Uplifted goes on to become the ancestor of Tali Zorah, and Lachlan Shepard is the ancestor of Commander Shepard. Meanwhile, we find out that Martus Xen is ancestor of Admiral Daro Xen, and that Joachim Hoch manages a series of descendents, one of which is the Illusive Man. It's sequel Uplifted Intervention makes this more clear during the first interlude, showing that Hoch and Hanala with a large and extensive family coming together to celebrate the turn of the new Millennium in 1999. Understandable, given that the series focuses on the descendents of these families from 1942 all the way to the events of Mass Effect canon.
- Played with in this fic aptly called "Giving Birth" — the writer intended it as character bashing, implying that the character in question would sleep with anyone.
- In the Where Are They Now epilogue of the Mass Effect/Warhammer 40,000 crossover Angels of The Storm, Samara and Captain Malleus hook up and have a child together.
- A Taste Of The Good Life ends with Ebby pregnant with Main Course's foal, who was later revealed in a blog post to be a colt named Ginger.
- Dante and Lucia have children together at the end of Devil May Cry: Revelations, and this carries over into its comedic follow-up, Dante's Night at Freddy's.
Film — Animation
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Osono, the baker's wife, is pregnant for most of the movie, and the ending shows the baby finally born.
- An amusing and cute variation also shows up in the ending credits with a shot of Jiji and "Miss Snooty Cat" surrounded by kittens.
- Pixar's Up ends with many still photos, including one of Dug and another female dog (that looks a lot like him) having many puppies.
- Animated Disney movie examples:
We'll have six children. Marian:
Six? Oh, a dozen at least.
- And after they get married, Skippy tags along, saying "Robin Hood's going to have kids. Somebody has to keep their eye on things."
- The Emperor's New Groove. Justified since Pacha's wife being visibly due was a minor plot point.
- Madame Adelaide Bonfamille comments to Georges during the final scenes of The Aristocats that they'll have to provide for Duchess and O'Malley's "future little ones".
- What Could Have Been: In Fantasia2000, the "Pomp and Circumstance" sequence was originally conceived as this for all the Disney Princesses with every Disney character in attendance. It was deleted when the Disney veterans they invited back to help animate it pointed out how stupid an idea it was.
- We're shown Donkey is having a healthy and stable relationship with his... dragon... girlfriend, by the appearance of their many donkey-dragon hybrid kids. Aww.
- The ending of Shrek the Third.
- Although the scene goes by quickly, if you look carefully during the ending for Rock-A-Doodle you can see that Chanticleer and Goldie had chicks that look like them.
- While not explicitly stated, it's an easy assumption to make in the ending of The Pebble and the Penguin. Hubie and Marina are shown standing in a group of eight baby penguins. It's unclear whether it's meant to be inferred that all of the offspring are theirs; real Adélie penguins bear only one egg at a time.
- In Rio, Blu and Jewel are seen with three chicks during the end credits. After all, that was the point of them getting together.
- In the final scene of Happy Feet, a baby penguin is seen dancing next to Mumble and Gloria (and is later revealed to be their son Erik in Happy Feet Two).
- Chicken Run ends with a scene of the chickens in their new home, accompanied by dozens of chicks.
- Slight subversion as we don't know who the chicks' parents are, they're just chicks, and it's a pretty large colony of birds (though with only two males...)
Film — Live-Action
- A funny spin on this in Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life. Scrappy the wonder pup plays a key role in hooking his master, The Tramp, up with a beautiful nightclub singer. In the last scene the Tramp and his wife are working a little farm. They come inside and coo over a cradle—which contains Scrappy, nursing her litter of puppies.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral ends with a MOS scene of the main couple and their baby-pram. Also at the aborted fourth wedding, the couple who got married in the first is seen in the audience, each holding one of their twins.
- George of the Jungle ends with first a scene of George and Ursula's baby showing he's inherited his dad's clumsiness by walking into a low hanging bar, and then proceeds to parody The Lion King.
- The end of The Mask of Zorro has Antonio Banderas' character telling his new child a story about how he fought as Zorro. This is also an echo of the opening, where the first Zorro tells his daughter a similar story, down the ending: both men see their wives and observe that they never did anything that stupid again.
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army ends with the title character and Liz looking forward to becoming parents. We never actually see the babies, though. Guillermo del Toro must have felt like an unambiguously heartwarming ending after that other thing he'd just done. Seńor Del Toro has always said that he has three Hellboy movies in mind, so we may see them eventually.
- Used in the film and musical Funny Girl, where, in the number "Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady," Fanny reflects on her married life and on the "beautiful reflection of her love's affection," which is a Shout-Out to an earlier song.
- Happens at the end of The Happening, as it happens.
- Twins: Julius (Schwarzenegger) and Vincent (DeVito) got married to their twin love interests and each had twins.
- At the end of Cold Mountain, we see Ada with a little girl who turns out to be Inman's daughter. Ruby and Georgia also had a baby.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ends bittersweetly this way in the final scene after the credits, where we discover that Will and Elizabeth's one day before he has to leave for the next decade produced a son, who will now be meeting his father for the first time. So it's a partial subversion.
- King Ralph ends with a scene showing the abdicated Ralph with his love interest Miranda and their son.
- A world where no-one has been born for years, and the MacGuffin Girl is pregnant: this is the whole point of Children of Men. That ending scene where Theo and Kee manage to walk out unharmed right through the middle of a battle, because the sight and sound of the baby makes everyone freeze and stare with awe, is one of the most Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming in cinematic history.
- Spartacus ends with his crucifixion, but his Love Interest stops her flight along the road to show him his newborn son and assure him that they will escape to freedom.
- The end of the horror movie Planet Terror shows the female lead with a baby after the main lead has died.
- Played with in Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr The movie depicts a film projectionist who falls asleep on the job, and dreams of being in the movie he's watching. When he wakes up, his love interest arrives, and he takes the movie within the movie's lead on how to act with her. When the movie within a movie's lead kisses his love interest, Keaton's character kisses his. But then Keaton looks at the movie to see "several years later..."
- Parenthood ends with every woman of childbearing age either giving birth, holding a new baby, or pregnant.
- At the end of The Terminator, Sarah Connor is pregnant with her son; preventing or ensuring this was the whole point of the plot.
- At the end of Raising Arizona Hi has a vision of himself and his (apparently barren) wife Ed as grandparents to a large family.
- Notting Hill ends with Hugh Grant's and Julia Roberts' characters sitting in a park, Julia very clearly pregnant.
- At the end of Eat Drink Man Woman, Jin-Rong is shown pregnant with Chu's future daughter.
- At the end of The Fighting Temptations, Darrin (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) proposes to Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles). The film then skips 18 months into the future, and the two are shown to be married with Lilly cuddling their new baby - who is in fact, her second child.
- Jerri and Tom in The Girl Can't Help It have five kids.
- A rather dark, twisted version occurs in Woody Allen's 2005 film Match Point, when married couple Chloe and Chris, who had spent most of the movie trying unsuccessfully for a baby, are finally shown bringing their new-born son home. Only Chloe is unaware that her husband had an affair with another woman, got her pregnant, and then murdered her in cold blood to avoid the potential ramifications.
- At the end of Prudence and the Pill, everyone has had babies. That's what happens when you replace birth control pills with aspirin!
- At the end of That Touch of Mink, with Cary Grant and Doris Day, with the added little twist that a psychologist thinks the baby is the product of two men who married.
- Also at the end of Lover Come Back, with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. That Doris got around.
- Doc and Clara introduce their two boys, Jules and Verne, at the end of Back To The Future Part III.
- Look Who's Talking ends with the complaints of the infant protagonist's newborn baby sister.
- Revenge of the Sith ends with the births of Luke and Leia, and features a Continuity Nod to a famous scene from A New Hope.
- 127 Hours, of all things: Aron has a vision of himself in the future having survived the ordeal in the canyon and holding his son, which inspires him to fight for his life and, of course, cut his arm off. It comes true in Real Life, as shown at the end of the film.
- Turner & Hooch. This does not compensate for the Downer Ending which even Tom Hanks has admitted was a mistake.
- French Kiss ends with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan romping in the vineyard with their son.
- Subverted in The Big Lebowski — the Stranger tells us there's a "Little Lebowski" on the way, Maude having successfully gotten herself impregnated by the Dude. But it has already been explained to us that Maude picked the Dude to essentially do no more than donate sperm for her child precisely because the Dude would want nothing to do with raising a kid.
- In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of Little Nicky, Nicky (Adam Sandler), the son of Satan, is revealed to be raising a bouncing baby hellspawn with his love interest.
- The epilogue of Big Daddy, another Sandler film, is set over a year later at Sonny's birthday party. Julian is accompanied by his father and stepmother, and Sonny and Layla are married with a new baby.
- The Animal ends like this.
- In Idiocracy Joe has the world's three smartest children, and Frito fathers 32 of the world's dumbest.
- Apparently, the fact that Sandra Bullock's character was pregnant at the end of Premonition was supposed to make us feel better about the grimness of the rest of the film.
- In the last lines of the film Hannah And Her Sisters, Holly tells Mickey that she's pregnant. Which doubles as an example of the Law of Inverse Fertility because when Mickey was married to Hannah he was told he was infertile.
- In Immortals' ending, true to the Greek mythology, Phaedra gave birth to Theseus's son Acamas.
- Immortal by Enki Bilal ends with Jill having Horus's baby. Who, even as an infant, can turn into a hawk and hunt Parisian pigeons.
- The Player uses this ironically.
- Jack the Giant Slayer opens with Jack hearing stores from his mum about the long-ago war with the giants. It ends with Jack and the Princess—now safely married and living in the palace—telling stories of their own adventures to their children.
- The ending of Minority Report shows Tom Cruise' character and his newly pregnant wife.
- Happens in another Tom Cruise film, Oblivion, whereby his character Jack's wife, Julia, gave birth to a daughter in the 3-year time skip.
- The Other Woman subverts it. The main couple don't have the kids. The ex-wife and her new paramour do.
- What A Way To Go! depicts a "cursed" woman who keeps marrying and losing husbands. At the end of the film, this trope indicates she's finally broken the curse with husband #5.
- At the end of The Brass Teapot Alice and John are expecting a baby, as part of the happy ending.
- The 1987 movie Hello Again ends with a photo album showing the main character marrying her love interest, her sister marrying her love interest, and then the main character's son and wife with a baby, the sister and love interest with a baby, and the main character and her new husband with twins.
- Near the end of Breaking Away, Dave's middle-aged parents, Ray and Evelyn, tell Dave they're going to have another child, and a little later, we see a pregnant Evelyn waving goodbye to Ray as he leaves work.
Moocher: Wow. Hey, I didn't think people your age-
Ray: Uh, the next word may be your last, kid.
- In Dogma, the Last Scion becomes the Next to Last Scion after God makes her pregnant in return for successfully saving the world.
- In the series finale of True Blood, the Distant Finale makes it clear that a lot of time has been spent in maternity wards during the intervening years.
- Heroes: Played with — in season three this trope is used (via Isaac Mendez-style paintings) to show Matt Parkman that his "happy ever after" future has been irreparably altered, in that a future containing Babies Ever After for him and his wife has been knocked out by some event in the present.
- At the end of Coupling, the main couple Steve and Sue have a baby. It's an ending which tends to divide fans — some are dissatisfied, considering the nature of the show's comedy, and some think it's rather sweet (and are glad that Steve finally grew the hell up).
- Spaced has an epilogue where Tim and Daisy have a child.
- The series finale of Lois and Clark. They came downstairs to find said baby mysteriously in their living room with no idea of where it came from. Had the promised fifth season gone ahead, Word of God has it that it would have turned out to be one of their descendants, brought to the present by H G Wells to avoid it dying in the future.
- The whole story of How I Met Your Mother will lead to this ending, seeing as the Framing Device is the memoirs of the male character relating the tale to his kids; the real question is, which woman does he really end up with?
- Charmed: The last episode shows all of the sisters, their love interests, and their children and possibly grandchildren, fandom varies.
- Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars.
- Scrubs series finale ends this way, although all of what JD sees for this trope are only possibilities and do not actually happen because they are a giant montage video playing in front of him. (If you count the ninth/spinoff season, JD and Elliot did indeed have a baby.)
- Friends ended with the birth of Chandler and Monica's adopted twins.
- In the finale of Will and Grace, both Will and Grace have children with their respective partners. The kids meet in college and a few more years later BAM! they get engaged
- There's a pretty creepy one in the Distant Finale of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. After an elderly Tim and sex-changed Eric reunite fifty years later, there's a montage featuring their wedding and the absurd amount of babies they have together. (followed by Tim's slow death and Eric finding another man, much to the dismay of Tim's ghost.)
- Doctor Who
- Subverted in the series 3 episode "The Family of Blood", when the Doctor has become human temporarily to escape a band of aliens that can follow the TARDIS anywhere. As a human (John Smith), he meets and falls in love with a normal woman, then, due to them both touching a piece of Applied Phlebotinum at the same time, shares a vision with her of them marrying, having children, and of an elderly "John" on his deathbed, secure in the knowledge that his children and grandchildren are happy. Knowing that the Doctor had a wife and at least two children at one point (all dying in as-yet unrevealed circumstances) but has since decided that he can never have "a normal life" means that, while creepy, it seems entirely fitting when the Doctor takes care of the aliens that were responsible, even if indirectly, for him experiencing that life.
- And subverted again in "Amy's Choice", a Series 5 episode where the Doctor, Amy and Rory wind up in what initially appears to be a flash-forward in Amy and Rory's lives to a time when they're happily married and settled in an idyllic village, with a baby on the way. However, it soon turns out to be a nightmarish dream-world construction specifically designed to torture Amy into making a choice between her life with the Doctor and her potential life with Rory.
- A strange example in "Hide". The Doctor tells the Companions-of-the-Week that they end up getting married and the time traveler they helped save during the episode is actually their descendant.
- Variant in Dollhouse: the Ensemble Dark Horse couple (Priya/Sierra and Tony/Victor) had a son between "The Hollow Men" and "Epitaph One” but Tony and Priya had a falling-out and split, leaving Priya as a single mom. However, they are reunited eventually, and all three survive to the end of the series.
- Subverted in Absolutely Fabulous with the strong implication that the reason Saffy isn't happy ever after with her two young children, to the point of an absent father, is entirely because her mother now lives next door.
- From Korean drama Goong, it was implied that the main character was pregnant, judging from her and her husband's half-amazed, half-stunned look the two of them shared when another characted suggested it when the main character was feeling sick. A portrait of teddy bears would appear, usually at the end of the episode and highlighting an important scene from the episode. For the last episode, the main character's teddy bear was holding a baby bear.
- The Nanny ends with not only Fran and Maxwell having twins, but also C.C. and Niles discovering C.C.'s pregnant.
- Teased in the penultimate episode of Firefly. After the events of The Movie becomes Someone to Remember Him By in the comics.
- The series finale of Star Trek: Voyager ends with the title ship making it back home just as B'Elanna is giving birth.
- During the finale of the TV mini-series The 10th Kingdom, Wolf reveals to Virginia that he knows she's "got a little wolf cub growing inside" of her. Wolf also makes the none-too-subtle comment to Tony of "See you soon, grampa!" before stepping into the traveling mirror.
- The last scene of Gossip Girl shows Chuck and Blair having a son named Henry.
- The series finale of Passions takes this to a ridiculous level, with the female half of every couple of childbearing age—and there are many—revealing that she's pregnant. Ironically, only the signature couple of Ethan and Theresa are exempted from this, probably because they already have several children already.
- At the end of Once And Again, Lily finds out she's pregnant.
- In Jack Taylor, this is heavily deconstructed in the episode "The Magdalen Martyrs." The episode is interspliced with flashbacks to diary entries of a young woman named Geraldine who spent six years in a Magdalene laundry in Galway, tormented and terrorized by a particularly sadistic nun whom all the girls called Lucifer. Both she and her best friend, Mary Catherine, eventually left St. Monica's, got married, and had children, but their friendship fell apart because Mary Catherine didn't want to acknowledge any reminder of her time in there. Mary Catherine became an emotionally abusive mother to her son that in the present time they can't look each other in the eye. Meanwhile, Geraldine's marriage fell apart and she, prone to depression and self-mutilation, eventually took her own life, which affected her own son and daughter greatly. Lucifer even strips this trope down to its bones when she gives a Hannibal Lecture to Mary Catherine.
"You think you're getting away, don't you? I know your plan. You'll get married, have a house, have children. And you'll make sure there's nothing ever to remind you of me or of your time in here. But you see, I'll always be with you. Because you. Let me. In here." (she taps Mary Catherine's forehead forcefully) "And that's where I'll stay."
- According to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Guide 4, Pirika is the daughter of Reeze and Kamui, which means they have survived the events of the Duel Terminal storyline.
Cut to Express Delivery in sort of Away In A Manger status in the show's fictional bar, complete with an angel, aka the deceased bar owner.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream: Oberon sets out to bless the children being conceived on the couples' wedding nights.
Oberon. Now, until the break of day,
Through this house each fairy stray.
To the best bride-bed will we,
Which by us shall blessed be;
And the issue there create
Ever shall be fortunate.
So shall all the couples three
Ever true in loving be;
And the blots of Nature's hand
Shall not in their issue stand;
Never mole, hare lip, nor scar,
Nor mark prodigious, such as are
Despised in nativity,
Shall upon their children be.
- Rockof Ages: Drew and Sherrie leave behind their dreams of rock and roll and motion picture fame to find true happiness together, resulting in them moving to Glendale and having a baby.
- Dragon's Lair II begins with numerous children of varying ages, which makes Dragon's Lair qualify as Babies Ever After.
- After the final battle in Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden is recuperating from his injuries when Rose introduces him to their son, who had previously stated to be miscarried. Turns out it was all a cover to protect the kid from the Patriots.
- The endings of both Grandia and Grandia III show the children of the two lead characters. One kid in the third game, but five in the first, apparently a pair of twins and a set of triplets.
- Ending Tu fui ego eris in Haunting Ground... Zigzagged in a terrible and creepy way. Followed by Laughing Mad.
- One of the Multiple Endings of Star Fox Command shows Fox and Krystal with their son and Slippy and his love interest, Amanda with their children. It's even shown that they eventually take over the command team.
- Noh is implied to be pregnant in her ending for Sengoku Basara 2, despite the fact that historically she never bore Oda Nobunaga any children.
- This is how Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword ends, which also serves to give the protagonists of Sword of Seals a cameo role. To note, we have: Eliwood and [either Ninian or Lyn or Fiora] (Roy), Hector and [either Florina, Farina or Lyn] (Lilina), Nino and [either Erk or Jaffar] (Ray and Lugh), Lyn and Rath (Sue).
- Some of the paired endings in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones will mention the married characters's children. These are: Eirika and Saleh (daughter), Innes and Vanessa (not specified), Kyle and Lute (daughter), Lute and Artur (son), Neimi and Colm (daughter and son), Amelia and Franz (daughter), Amelia and Ross (son), Amelia and Ewan (daughter), Kyle and Syrene (daughter).
- Super Mario World ends with the hatching of the Yoshi eggs that Mario saved.
- One of the endings of Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis shows Vayne and Nikki years later as the tired parents of three very active little children, noting that they won't have much time alone until the kids grow up.
- In Aquaria, the protagonist ends up having a child with her Love Interest, that is then set up as the protagonist for the sequel in the secret ending.
- Implied in the end of Final Fantasy IV, as the ending cutscene includes the wedding of the Official Couple, and confirmed in the Sequel, given who a major character in it is.
- In the ending epilogue of Final Fantasy V shows the eggs of Boko's newlywed mate hatched.
- In "Mog's House", a game-within-the-game in Final Fantasy VII (can be played at Gold Saucer), if Mog manages to impress the female mog with his flying, the ending shows the ridiculously fruitful bounty of their joining.
- Final Fantasy IX has possibly the most touching subversion in the series: The ending sequence is occasionally interrupted by a letter, with an unknown author. It turns out to be written by Vivi, a main character who was revealed to be a puppet with a very limited lifespan. As the ending sequence proceeds, the letter grows more and more depressing, slowly making it clear that the author is dead or dying - but we see Vivi happily walking around the city of Alexandria just like in the opening sequence. It turns out Vivi did die after all, and the boy we see is his "son" - the first of about a dozen. Vivi ends his letter with a final goodbye to everyone.
- Several mini-games in Rhythm Heaven involve romance, so the ending screens for getting "Perfects" on them show baby versions of the "characters" from the original game. Up to and including baby Moai.
- Generally the goal of most Harvest Moon games: Marry your Love Interest, and have a baby with them. Since plenty of Harvest Moon games have a Playable Epilogue, the baby usually isn't part of an "ending" per se, but it is in at least one game: Harvest Moon 3 on the Game Boy, if you're playing as the female character, will show you and your farming partner under a tree with a baby in the ending.
- This trope is completely inverted in F.E.A.R. 2. The game ends with Alma pregnant with the protagonist's baby because she raped him while he was busy fighting the final boss within his mind. Since this sets up the story for the third game, this is not a good thing.
- Zoe and Twinsen's baby is born at the end of Little Big Adventure 2.
- The Wild ARMs series:
- Wild ARMs 4 with Raquel and Arnaud. Doesn't manage to make it into a happy ending though...
- Wild ARMs 2 has a more happy ending with Ashley and Marina, and twin babies.
- Several female characters are pregnant or have already given birth by the ending of Ōkami. Later becomes Spin-Offspring with Ōkamiden.
- One of the final scenes of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess shows this happening to Rusl and Uli. Granted they were married with a child for the course of the game and Uli's pregnancy is both visually noticeable and plot-related, the fact that they show the baby at the end makes it count.
- The ending of Mega Man Battle Network 6 has a dialogue between Lan, Mayl, and their son Patch.
- In the end of Baldur's Gate: Throne of Bhaal, Aerie gave birth to CHARNAME's son and, later in the epilogue, his daughter. Viconia also give birth to his son in the epilogue and, if you have installed the Ascention mod, so is Jaheira If you've installed her mod, Saerileth has a LOT of children with CHARNAME, and if you've installed the Ascention mod, a female CHARNAME can have a daughter with Anomen.
- In the epilogue of Valkyria Chronicles, Welkin and Alicia have one. Their daughter is also called Isara in memory of his sister. It's nice to hear that Welkin got laid.
- Final Fantasy X-2: Lulu, who had been pregnant throughout the game, is seen holding a baby at the end. The baby is born in the chapter before the finale (and a major plot point is Wakka getting over himself enough to name the kid).
- In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for Mass Effect 2, if you romanced Liara in the first game and stayed faithful, you can suggest this as a possibility in the future (presumably after the Reapers are defeated).
Liara: So, tell me what you want. If this all ends tomorrow, what happens to us?
Shepard: I don't know. Marriage, old age, and a lot of little blue children?
- Similarly, in the finale of Mass Effect 3, if Shepard romanced Garrus, one of the things he hopes for if they both survive is to see what a Turian-Human baby would look like. Considering that the two species are biologically incompatible, Shepard notes that they could always adopt.
- The Extended Cut shows (if the player cured the genophage) krogan babies◊
- In Agarest Senki, the true end of Generation 5 has a scene which shows your main Love Interest with and her (and Rex's) baby. (Including Dyshana)
- One of the paired endings of Star Ocean: The Second Story shows Claude having returned to Earth with Rena, with the latter mentioning that she's expecting a baby in about six months.
- Regardless of which ending you get in Indigo Prophecy, Carla is pregnant with Lucas's child.
- Difference? The Great/Good Ending has Lucas and Carla's child grow up in a peacefull world, the Good/Normal ending has their child grow up in the world prior to the game's premise, while the Bad/Cliffhanger ending has their child grow up to become the next Prophecy Child to change the world back to normal.
- In the epilogue of Front Mission 5 which takes place several years later, the protagonist Walter and Lynn had a daughter who has grown up to a woman and greeted her father Colonel Walter (promoted) in front of Lynn's grave (Never disclose how she died).
- The final scene of Tales of Graces shows a young boy who looks like a mix between Asbel and Cheria (their great-great grandson, according to Lineage and Legacies) playing with Sophie in the familiar flower meadow on Lhant Hill.
- The ending of We Love Katamari has an interesting variation of this trope: It ends with the main playable character being born. Made especially heartwarming (even for this trope) by the fact that by this time, we understand the reasons for the King of All Cosmos' treatment of another character and also finally get to see his true feelings towards the other.
- Juno's ending in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters has the Nereids taking advantage of the restored soul cycle to start having kids again, making it a huge baby boom. If the player character is male, Juno will then proposition him.
- At the end of Star Control II, the now elderly player character recounts the tale of his adventure to his grandchildren.
- Happens four times Duel Savior Destiny during different routes, meaning over half of them qualify. However, the first one you'll run across is merely an invocation of the idea. The final route really goes overboard with this.
- Miko gave birth to Cece, Mimi and Vivi in the true ending of Cross Edge.
- A very, very twisted use of this trope occurs in Gingiva. If you agree to marry any of the many monsters who propose to you, you'll be treated to a dialogue of "many years passing in domestic bliss", as the screen slowly fills with babies. The game will then ask if you want to sue for divorce; saying yes allows you to continue playing, saying no results in a Non-Standard Game Over.
- This is how it ends in Fuuko's route in Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars in which she teaches her child named after Fuuko's deceased friend how to swim.
- Not necessarily in relation to the plotline but one of the remaining tasks post-game for Pokémon is breeding competitively.
- The ending of both Matsuri and Masumi in Family Project.
- H2O: Footprints in the Sand. What's unique about this is that one of the "girls" is the father.
- G-Senjou no Maou subverts a Bittersweet Ending in the epilogue by having the main character meet his 7 year old daughter after being imprisoned for 8 years.
- In the Toradora! PSP game, Taiga will get pregnant with Ryuji's child if you choose to play her route.
- In Oreimo PSP game, Ayase will be pregnant with Kyosuke's child if you choose to play her route and acquire the true ending.
- In the sequel game, EVERY single girl's route will have a pregnant ending, including Kirino's.
- Mizuki's Good Ending in Yume Miru Kusuri, though it's subverted in the Bad Ending.
- Ever17 technically ends this way. While the kids in question were already teenagers by the ending, it was the first time their father had met them and it had been many years since they were last reunited with their mother, so it still counts.
- Played very similarly with Yomogi and Utsumi in Remember11, although on much smaller time scale.
- Implied in the best ending of, of all games, School Days. As Sekai and Kotonoha discuss what to give Makoto for Christmas, they reveal that they're both pregnant and they've both decided that their "present" is telling him.
- Another PSP game Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Portable have both Yozora and Sena or Rika pregnant in their respective route ending. For Rika's route ending, she will give birth not one, not two, but THREEE kids of Kodaka.
- Sanosuke Harada's route in Hakuōki ends with him and Chizuru holding their son.
- Charlotte Hazelrink and Fujikura Yuu's ending in Princess Lover!.
- Ruka's ending in Steins;Gate.
- A depressing version in Dangan Ronpa happens in the bad ending: the surviving cast members are shown still trapped inside the school as adults, with three children.
- In Momoko 120%, the ending cutscene shows a newborn baby hovering over Momoko and her bridegroom as they clasp hands and hearts float up.
- In multiple endings for Grisaia No Kajitsu Yuuji has a child with the heroine of the route, usually a girl.
- For the final part of the trilogy, Grisaia No Rakuen Michiru gets pregnant because she was the only one who didn't think to use birth control. She's actually really upset about it at first until the other girls calm her down.
- In one of Tae's three epilogue endings in Akatsuki No Goei's fandisk, Kaito not only gets her pregnant but also gets her mom pregnant.
- A Magical Roommate: this applies to most of the leads.
- Errant Story ends on a rather bittersweet note, with Sarine visiting Jon's grave after they had been married for decades. That's the bitter part. The sweet part? Their full-grown daughter shows up to bring her mother back home.
- In this video from Jib Jab video, they make up a new ending for Romeo and Juliet... specifically, they didn't really die, their families made up, and they had "ten million babies"!
- All of the protagonists of Ever After High are children of the original fairy tale characters.
- Shaggy fantasizes this trope in Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, imagining himself and Crystal with Shaggy Jr. Scooby and Amber, Crystal's golden retriever, likewise have puppies. Averted because Crystal and Amber turn out to be aliens, albeit benevolent ones.
- In one animated short called Monkey Love, you see that a human sailor and his monkey princess are Happily Married, and their kids are Half-Human Hybrids at the end as a result of Interspecies Romance.
- The season 1 Where Are They Now ending reveals that Miranda is pregnant with Kabrok's child.
- In season 2, it is heavily implied that Eva is pregnant with Salygrove's child.
- The Distant Finale of Moral Orel shows Orel and Christina happily married with a boy and a baby girl. Also a dog that looks similar to Orel's deceased dog Bartholomew.
- The last episode of Chowder has Chowder and Panini having a litter of 50 kids.
- Some studies show that this is true for a lot of major conflicts. Some scholars even claim the ending of the biblical story of Cain and Abel, with Cain building a city and naming it after his newborn son, as an allegory for this phenomenon.
- The Baby Boom after World War II.
- Averted after World War I, though — millions of European women died childless throughout the rest of the century due to a "deficit" of about 10 million husbands.
- Happened after the Black Plague ended in Europe. After the epidemic, reports stated that one could look around and have a hard time seeing a woman of child bearing age who wasn't pregnant. At the time, a baby had a greater chance of dying at some point in its childhood than it did of surviving to adolescence. The Baby Factory model was likely the only way to ensure a stable population. Though the drastic reduction in population also meant there was plenty of food for the ones that survived.