Dance Party Ending

"We saved the world. I say we party."
Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Prophecy Girl"

It seems, particularly when everyone lives Happily Ever After, the typical response is to get everyone who was ever involved in The Hero's Journey, even if they only passed them on the street, together for a big celebration where everyone dances their butts off. Bonus points if the hero's former enemies attend the party. Mega points if it's in slow motion. So when you've defeated the Big Bad, rescued the Damsel in Distress, and freed the kingdom from (or restored it to) The Empire, what's left?

Why, dance of course!

The Hero, or a member of his True Companions, may sing the song we're all rocking out to. The writers might also decide to use this opportunity to Clean Up Romantic Loose Ends, or throw in some last-minute Heel Face Turns.

If it starts before the plot is resolved, it's a Concert Climax. Closely related to Everyone Comes Back Fantasy Party Ending. See also Sudden Musical Ending.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The special DVD-only episode of .hack//SIGN, .hack//UNISON, which effectively concluded the original Morganna saga, consisted primarily of various characters from the series and the games gathering for a grand party, which culminates in an all-out dance.
  • Half-Lampshaded in the ending to the Axis Powers Hetalia movie. One of the lines in the song was "Let's Dance!"
  • Played around with at the end of Dragon Ball Z, which features a filler episode entitled "Where Are You, Goku? Everyone's Partying!" during the conclusion of the Buu saga. It's not the very last episode, but it is the last one before things cut to the three-episode epilogue 10 years later that close it out.
  • The ends of later arcs in One Piece tend to have these. They ARE pirates, after all. Though there usually is some dancing when there is music involved, their parties revolve more around eating (especially in Luffy's case) and getting drunk, however.
  • The credits of Pretty Cure All Stars DX 2 had one to a medley of all the Precure openings and the main theme at the end.
    • Pretty cure All Stars New Stage has one too.

    Comic Books 
  • Every Astérix comic ends with a variation best described as a "Victory Feast Ending". Is that its own trope yet?
  • Carl Barks's In Old California...Sort of, in a rather bittersweet manner. Donald Duck and his nephews might have gone back in time to Spanish-ruled California and befriended a charming little family. Once they return to the present, they go where the family hacienda was...to find nothing but ruins, since the family, if it really existed, is of course long gone. So they erupt in dance and singing, as a way to honor the family they learned so much from...Just in time for someone to pass by and mumble about these "crazy tourists!"
  • Some of The Smurfs comic book stories like "The Black Smurfs" and "Traveling Smurf" ended with parties.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Each episode of Qumi Qumi ends with cuts of characters dancing in the credits. The first three are random characters that have to do with the episode, while the fourth and final is always Bai-Baba with her spell drum, always poofing away just as the credits end.

    Fanfiction 
  • The Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "My Unsmurfy Valentine" ends with the Valentine's Day dance party that the Smurfs attend after dealing with being affected by Eros' lust arrows and most of the male Smurfs kissing each other.

    Film - Animated 
  • Toy Story 2, with Wheezy singing "You Got A Friend In Me"
    • Toy Story 3 has two separate dance parties in the credits:
      • One is of the Sunnyside daycare toys dancing; it is implied that once they got rid of Lotso, they could all enjoy the place without fear of reprisal from him. In turn, several of the toys, including former minions of Lotso, were having a big dance party, with "We Belong Together" playing. A happy ending indeed.
      • The other is Buzz and Jessie dancing to a Spanish version of "You Got A Friend In Me."
  • Despicable Me, with the girls' just-for-Gru ballet recital turning into a disco party. Vector dances along on the moon.
  • Leading to the credits of An Extremely Goofy Movie.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox ends with Mr. Fox and his family dancing in the supermarket.
  • Almost the whole point of Happy Feet.
  • In series example: it happens in the end of The Legend of the Titanic before the narrator finishes with the story to his grandchildren.
  • Megamind ends with absolutely everyone in the city even Titan in jail dancing to Michael Jackson's "Bad". Complete with Minion making the Humongous Mecha dance.
  • A number of films in the Disney Animated Canon follow this formula.
    • Pinocchio has the title character, Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo dancing in celebration of Pinocchio becoming a real boy.
    • Saludos Amigos ends with Donald Duck and Joe Carioca dancing the samba in Rio.
    • Sleeping Beauty ends at a party meant for Princess Aurora's return to the castle, and she and Prince Philip finish the movie dancing.
    • The Aristocats. The dance ends with the two dogs telling the viewers that the movie is over.
    • Beauty and the Beast... which, due to a tight production schedule, actually reused the animation from Sleeping Beauty and simply drew Belle and the Prince over Aurora and Phillip.
    • Mulan ends with Mushu and the ancestors dancing to "True to your Heart".
    • Treasure Planet ends with a party held at the newly-rebuilt inn.
    • Chicken Little's end credits have the characters singing and dancing to "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (yes, the same song Ella Enchanted used).
    • A variation: Frozen ends with a skating party, as Elsa turns the courtyard into a skating rink and skates with Anna and Olaf. A bit of a Bookend with the beginning of the movie, where we see Elsa and Anna playing with Olaf as children.
  • Rio ends with the birds dancing (in the air!) and singing just like at the start of the movie, overlapping with Book Ends.
    • Then again, with the love of dance and samba the birds of Rio have, you can't say you were not expecting this.
  • Robots.
  • Many of the Shrek films used this.
    • The first film had the wedding reception held at the end. Everyone danced to the Smash Mouth cover of "I'm a Believer", sung by Donkey. The home video and DVD releases added a Karaoke Dance Party sequence on top of this.
    • The ending of Shrek 2: dancing to "Livin' La Vida Loca".
    • Shrek the Third is the sole movie in the franchise that doesn't technically end with a dance party. It gets relegated to the credits where Donkey and Puss do a duet of "Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself."
    • Shrek Forever After ends with a Triumphant Reprise of "I'm a Believer."
    • The credits of Puss in Boots with Lady Gaga's Americano.
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, where this is actually how they defeat the villain.
  • Recess: School's Out has one during the credits. Right after the movie ends, the main six perform "Green Tamborine" in a Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Horton Hears a Who! (the CGI version) ended on the cast singing and dancing to "Can't Fight This Feeling".
  • Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift have the characters dancing over the end credits.
  • Shark Tale has the characters dancing to Car Wash before the movie ends.
  • Gnomeo and Juliet ends with a montage while the characters dance.
  • Yellow Submarine, "It's All Too Much." (Yes, there's an epilogue after that, but that's the last animated section.)
  • The ending of the main storyline of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, before Twilight goes back to the pony world.
  • The Nut Job ends with the cast dancing to "Gangnam Style".
  • In Barbie and the Secret Door, Alexa returns to her world just in time for the ball. After dancing classically for a while, she turns it into a dance party.
  • Played with in The Book of Life. Maria, Manolo and Joaquin's story ends there, but there's a little bit more in the "real world" after.
  • Home ends with Tip, Oh, Lucy, the Boovs, and some of their human friends dancing with each other.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Caddyshack, including Rodney Dangerfield's line "Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!"
  • Dirty Dancing, includes a now legendary leap off the stage into the audience by Swayze, who at that point had reinjured his knees and was in considerable pain, but did it anyway so there'd be a visually impressive hook to the scene.
  • Ella Enchanted, to the tune of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".
  • Footloose - "Everybody cut, everybody cut! EVERYBODY CUT FOOTLOOSE!"
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin ended with everyone dancing to "The Age of Aquarius" after said virgin lost his virginity.
  • French Cancan, after spending most of the film showing how the Moulin Rouge and its trademark dance were created, ends with a nine-minute performance of the cancan interspersed with all the plot threads coming together. And it is AWESOME.
  • Garfield Gets Real used this rather suddenly in the end, with everyone dancing as soon as Garfield and Odie get home.
  • One of the film adaptations of GeGeGe no Kitaro ends with a yōkai dance party.
  • Get Over It features a dance party led by supporting character Sisqo. He partners with Vitamin C to do a cover of "September." The rest of the cast, including future big stars Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and, yes, Carmen Electra get together for a five-minute boogie over the closing credits.
  • Girl Walks Into A Bar ends with three of the main leads dancing in a bar.
  • In the big carnival scene at the end of the film Grease everyone is singing "We Go Together".
  • Harriet the Spy finished with the characters dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing".
  • Hitch ends with the cast dancing to an upbeat song at a wedding.
  • Want to see Jennifer Love Hewitt hula dancing? The end credits for House Arrest are for you (she and most of the rest of the cast get on down in Hawaii there).
  • In & Out has one crossing with Video Credits as every actor is listed as its character appears dancing.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back had the eponymous duo singing with Morris Day and The Time at the end of said flick at the after-party for the in-movie movie Bluntman and Chronic.
  • Mother has one of the most gut-wrenching examples of this. The protagonist’s mother is on a bus tour meant for showing gratitude for mothers; all the other mothers are dancing happily, while she sits in her place, horrified at what she’d gone through, namely trying to clear her son’s name and ending up killing the only witness who can testify that he was guilty and hearing her amnesiac son recalling she tried to murder him and kill herself. She then uses the needles she can use to erase memories on herself and joins the party.
  • The ending to the 1993 film of Much Ado About Nothing involves the entire cast, including the extras, getting down outside a villa in Italy. It's HUGE.
  • Night at the Museum. The first and third movies play this completely straight. The second movie has a variation: the characters aren't actually dancing, but they are taking guests around the very crowded and successful museum, there's party music and flashing lights in the background, and the mood is quite festive.
  • Mick Travis walks into a dance party filled with most of the characters he's met previously in O Lucky Man.
  • The Muroe and Gornicke families dance to "Route 66" at the end of RV.
  • Rat Race ended with all the characters dancing (and then stage-diving) at a Smash Mouth concert as the band played "All Star."
  • Rushmore ends at the wrap party for Max's play, with the cast and crew dancing to Faces' "Ooh La La".
  • The credits to Sister Act 2 has the characters dancing and singing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
  • The ending of Slumdog Millionaire. Even the kid versions of the leads join in.
  • The rebooted St Trinians films ends with the school partying the night away after accomplishing their wild capers. Real band Girls Aloud plays the school band and leads the school's infamous chanting.
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi famously had one where the heroes party with their new Ewok friends.
    • The Special Edition coupled this with a lot of other parties from various planets that have suffered under the Empire.
  • The Best Man ends with the whole cast at a wedding doing the electric slide to the song, "Candy".
  • The Brady Bunch Movie ends with the Bradys dancing around in their squares while also engaging in miscellaneous shenanigans (eg, Marcia simultaneously appears in both her square and Jan's, Carol and Mike get kinky with a bottle of Wesson vegetable oil).
  • The Fiendish Plot Of Dr Fu Manchu ended with a rejuvenated Manchu rocking out with his band.
    • And the revelation that his next great threat against Western Civilization would be... rock and roll.
  • The Great Outdoors ends with Dan Aykroyd and the cast dancing in the hotel's bar to the song "Land of 1,000 Dances."
  • The Holiday ends with the two couples and their kids dancing around a Christmas tree.
  • At the end of The Ringer, a stage performance of Romeo and Juliet morphs into one of these.
  • The Smurfs 2 ends with the Smurfs dancing to Britney Spears' "Ooh La La" at Smurfette's birthday party.
  • There's Something About Mary features the cast singing and dancing to "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations.
  • This Is the End: Once Jay, Seth, and Craig get to Heaven, they all party with the Backstreet Boys.
  • Tropic Thunder features this ending, though only the Corrupt Corporate Executive is dancing.
  • Trevor Nunn's film of Twelfth Night ends with dancing at Olivia's wedding.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit. After the will is revealed and Toon Town is saved, the assembled toons dance while singing "Smile, Darn Ya Smile".
  • Oddly, Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman has this ending. Including characters who were killed during the film.
    • Most likely an excuse to show off the contemporary percussion group's skills one last time (all's fair, they're awesome).
  • The fairly bittersweet ending of Zorba The Greek involves something like this. Throughout the film, Zorba dances whenever he feels unhappy, his way of diverting negative feelings into something greater. After everything the characters have sought to accomplish comes to naught, Basil, the main character, decides he enjoyed the experience anyway, and asks Zorba to teach him the dance he does. The final scene is the two dancing, turning a sad moment into a celebration.

    Literature 

    Live Action TV 
  • Every episode of Strangers with Candy
  • In the Castle episode "Last Call", after solving the case, the cast leaves together to share a drink at "The Old Haunt" while singing Billy Joel's "Piano Man".
  • Appears in the Scrubs episodes "My Bright Idea", where Carla becomes pregnant, and "My Cold Shower", after Keith proposes to Elliot, as everyone dances at the local bar. Subverted when, after what is otherwise a happy occasion, we see JD taking a cold shower thinking "It should have been me."
  • The Prisoner: In a defining moment for British television, and one the most notorious pre-Gainax Gainax Ending sequences, almost the entire second half of the final episode is a Dance Party Ending. Really. Then, credits.
  • Saturday Night Live was known for this trope, especially during the late '80s; when the writers couldn't think of a way to end a sketch, they'd have the characters shout, "Let's Lambada!" Frequently happened on Wayne's World and Sprockets.
    Dieter: Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance!
  • Used several times in Doctor Who: In "The Daemons", "The Doctor Dances", and "The Big Bang". Notably filled with innuendo in "The Doctor Dances", because Steven Moffat spends the entire episode using "dancing" to mean something else entirely.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba: Once an Episode there's a big dance-mix Surreal Music Video at the end that recaps the episode.
  • Return to Cranford ends with everyone doing an elegant and stately waltz — which was actually quite a risque dance for the time period. But good God did they have to earn it!!
  • Outsourced: The series ends with a dance party after Rajiv's and Vimi's wedding.
  • Subverted in the Moone Boy episode "Moone Dance": At the school dance ending, only Martin dances (with his imaginary friend), while everyone else stares at him instead of joining in.
  • Every episode of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego All together now...
    Do it, Rockapella!

    Music 
  • This trope isn't limited to visual media. Sometimes albums end with songs about dancing!
  • "Dance, Dance, Dance" finished I'm With You by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, putting a cheery ending to an otherwise dark latter half of the album.
  • "Stay Young Go Dancing" by Death Cab for Cutie finishes Codes and Keys. This is likely intentional— Ben Gibbard had wanted to write happier music at the time, and even if it doesn't apply to the rest of the album, it certainly applies to this song.
  • Blue Moves, one of Elton John's darker albums, ends with the exuberant "Bite your Lip (Get Up and Dance)".
  • Spotlight On Optiganally Yours ends with the get-up-and-dance song "Beebo", which plays out like it's part of a live performance at a party. There's even an emcee encouraging the audience to shout "Beebo!" at the end of every line and concludes by signing off on behalf of the band.

    Music Videos 
  • The ending to Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" video. Complete with bonfire.
  • Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." Not only did it end with a party (with all of Bocephus' rowdy friends), the party went on (by some accounts) for at least three days after shooting for the video ended.
  • The Beatles' Hello Goodbye" is a pretty typical Performance Video... until the "hela, heba helloa" part kicks in at the end, and the last 25 seconds or so become an exceedingly bizarre little dance party.

    Radio 
  • Subverted in the last Story Interlude of New Dynamic English where Larry invites all of the hosts to a house party albeit no dancing.

    Theatre 
  • Many Renaissance Festivals conclude a day at the faire with a Pub Sing or a similar musical finale in which the various musical acts and members of the Village Ensemble lead everyone in song and dance. The festival's monarch (King Henry VIII or Queen Elizabeth I at most Ren faires) usually attends. There's much singing and dancing, and the audience is invited to sing and dance along. Of course, towards the end of the Pub Sing/finale, there's often a soft, sentimental song such as "Wild Mountain Thyme" to let the audience know the merriment for today is nearly over.
  • Many operas with happy endings have the ensemble do a short dance, especially the 18th-century ones labeled "tragedia con lieto fine" (Mozart's Idomeneo being a good example).
    • Gilbert and Sullivan, oh yes they do! With laughing song and merry dance!
  • There is some evidence to suggest that in William Shakespeare's day, many plays (including tragedies) ended with all the players getting up and doing a rollicking jig for the audience. The evidence for this includes:
    • The play within a play (which is a tragedy) in A Midsummer Night's Dream. And after it, in place of the epilogue, Theseus asks them for their Bergomask, which is a rustic country dance. After they've gone to bed, the fairies show up and have a dance party of their own.
    • The last lines of Much Ado About Nothing:
    Think not on him till to-morrow:
    I'll devise thee brave punishments for him.
    Strike up, pipers.
    Dance
    Proceed, proceed: we will begin these rites,
    As we do trust they'll end, in true delights.
    A dance
    • The end of Twelfth Night, with the song "When but I was and a little tiny boy." Some productions make the song a dark epilogue instead.
    • Henry VI Part III ends with:
      Sound drums and trumpets, farewell sour annoy,
      As here, we hope, begins our lasting joy.
      Dance and exeunt
      • In fact, it's become a tradition at the modern Globe Theatre for every play performed there, whether it's tragic or comic, to conclude with a big song and dance and send everyone home happy.
  • As mentioned in Film, a lot of musicals end this way.
    • After curtain call, most productions of Hair end with audience members joining the cast on stage to sing and dance to "Let The Sunshine In," making it a pretty inclusive Dance Party Ending.
  • "Letting Go" from the 2008 and 2011 runs of Vanities: A New Musical. Ironically, it takes place right after Mary's mother's funeral.
  • "You Can't Stop The Beat" from Hairspray.
  • The reprises of "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" from said show, plus the introduction of "Waterloo!"
  • Do you want Bohemian Rhapsody? Oh Alright then...
  • Most Greek and Roman comedies end up with a reconciliation of the antagonists and an actual or symbolic wedding, which included dancing.

    Video Games 
  • Space Channel 5 is a series that is all about dancing. The entirety of both games, start to finish, has the characters (all background characters included) dancing along with the music, since it's a rhythm game. The second game ends with, after just defeating a bad guy whose entire M.O. was getting the entire galaxy to dance, the entire galaxy breaking out into dance in order to lead into the credits. Every character from the game is seen dancing in parade format down a rainbow summoned, presumably, from the power of dance, right through space.
  • Fahrenheit (or Indigo Prophecy) has some of the characters dancing during the credits. (Not Mooks)
  • Normality ends with the characters throwing a dance party.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time featured all the NPCs dancing around a bonfire after the defeat of Ganon.
  • God Hand has this, involving all the characters dancing the game's Bragging Theme Tune.
  • Parodied in Banjo Tooie, when all your allies get together and and have a dance party...before you fight the final boss. They won't let you join until you've finished saving the world. Then once you go back after defeating Gruntilda, the party's already over and they've eaten all the food. So they celebrate instead by playing hackey-sack with Gruntilda's skull.
    • The original game did this too, after you rescue Tooty... who then berates you after the credits to get off your lazy ass and go finish off Gruntilda.
  • Thrill Kill allows you to do this with the last opponent standing rather than performing a Finishing Move. Each character has their own dance that they can do, with the opponent joining in and mimicking the dance. Although a subversion would be Cain, who lights the opponent on fire and dances around their thrashing body while he does a Native American like bonfire dance.
  • In the first Parappa The Rapper, the final stage of the game takes place at a concert, and it has Parappa and all of the teachers from the previous stages, who are dancing behind you, perform in front of a crowd. Uniquely, Parappa is actually coming up with his own verses as opposed to mimicking the stage teacher. However, the trope here will quickly be removed when you start doing poorly. When you're on the brink of failing, only two teachers will actually still be singing to you.
    • The spinoff game, UmJammer Lammy, will also share this tradition with a rock concert this. As such, the previous characters met in her 15 minute adventure will have a "crowd performance" as they dance to a solo meant for them. Like before, they will leave once Lammy starts doing very poorly.
    • And this is done once more in PaRappa the Rapper 2. However, this time they will all leave as soon as things start going down, as opposed to sticking around for a bit.
  • Super Mario RPG ends with the Mushroom Kingdom throwing a parade while the credits roll.
  • Given the game's concept, Dance Dance Revolution has done this in its credit rolls a few times. The earliest one was just a black screen with the chosen character dancing, but later versions have featured dance-themed endings; including SuperNOVA 2 (which mainly had some space related imagery interspersed with some shots of the characters), the Hottest Party series (which has usually involved silhouettes of a dancer), X (which had live action scenes of people playing the game itself), and X2.
    • However, at the same time they've managed to subvert this too; the Japanese console version of Extreme started with an acoustic version of "Graduation" accompanied by the title screens of all the major arcade versions, but then switched to gameplay footage from past versions (which did have characters, a feature dropped from arcade versions on DDRMAX, but backported into the home versions)
  • Deus Ex has an Easter Egg "ending" where this happens.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect has Cortez dancing in a disco after defeating the monsters.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 5, the flamboyant Zhang He leads his army in a dance in his ending.
  • True Crime: Streets of L.A. also has an Easter Egg ending in which Nick Kang and FBI Agent Masterson have a dance-off. Kang wins.
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude ends this way.
  • Kirby has a variation of this. Kirby dances at the end of each stage. Often he splits into three so he can have a dance party by himself.
  • This is pretty much the only redeeming factor of Limbo of the Lost, along with the So Bad, It's Good song that accompanies it. Just see for yourself.
  • The Typing Of The Dead has a bunch of zombies in glass tubes at the end — but if you type out the names in the credits, they bust out and do their best Thriller impression.
  • 'Splosion Man has this as its finale — by 'Splosion Man cosplayers, no less.
  • The Wheel of Time computer game had this after the end credits. Watching a Myrddraal dance is pretty disturbing, actually.
  • Bayonetta has a very long dance sequence at the end involving Bayonetta dancing with just about every character in the game.
  • Jet Force Gemini subverts, parodies, or does something to this trope, seeing as it first ends with a standard award ceremony celebration with fireworks and trumpets and the usual sort... and after a fadeout and a record scratch, Juno is hilariously badly getting down with his bad self in a nightclub the team visited earlier as the credits roll. His teammates, Vela and Lupus, are too embarrassed of him to join.
  • The Neverhood ends with Hoborg, king of the Neverhood, first making some more people—since he and Klaymen don't really make for a "party" by themselves. Then the party itself happens. "And now it is time... to GOOF OFF!"
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police Second Season includes this in the closing credits, at Sybil and Abe's wedding.
  • The standard ending in Chrono Trigger is a dance party/parade.
  • Every "year" in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles ends with the characters in the player's home village dancing around a bonfire.
  • Plants vs. Zombies. The zombies are dancing, too.
  • Outcast (1999). Complete enough of the game and it's side quests and you get a secret dance credits for the cast. Once the game ends, it shows the percentage you've achieved. Something above 90 % is required.
  • Syphon Filter 2 has a bonus clip that features all the game's main characters, friend and foe alike, dancing at a disco club. Appropriately enough, the clip is titled "Congratulations! Party Time!"
  • Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge ends with Pumpkinhead dancing around after you give him the item meant to "quell his soul". Notably, the actor in the suit had to remove the feet in order to do so. It counts since he's the last surviving character. It's also enough to drive you to madness.
  • The end credits of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron has Jazz and Bumblebee dancing while Soundwave plays a remix of "The Touch".
  • In MySims Kingdom, while you certainly haven't completed all the available tasks, the reward for achieving level 5 is your own island, named <player name>'s Island — which looks suspiciously like the Isle of Magic — where you can build without using Mana. Your receipt of this reward is kicked off by a dance party attended by every Sim on each island you've visited by that point, and the credits.
  • The Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3, the last piece of content released for that set of characters even though it's before the ending, ends with all the surviving crew members having one of these.
  • Saints Row IV ends with The Boss and his/her homies (and Zinyak!) dancing to Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It", and it's awesome!
  • After finally defeating the Sinistrals in Lufia: The Legend Returns, the heroes decide to go home and party. Except the Sinistrals weren't quite dead.
  • The canceled BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui had the entire island break into an (unintentionally?) hilarious dance celebration over the Makuta's apparent defeat. This was actually part of the story as it had originally been envisioned — every victory was supposed to be followed by a dance, however the idea got dropped when the Story Team realized how ridiculous it was.
  • In Earthbound, when you choose to end the game, all the characters on-screen face to the camera, and repeat walking animations for a while before the credit rolls.
  • Gobliiins 4 ends with a concert.
  • Lone Survivor has this happen in its Yellow ending.
  • Sacrifice has the ending credits include a dancing troll.
  • The ending of the Muramasa: The Demon Blade DLC Fishy Tales of the Nekomata has this as its first ending. Except it's cats dancing on their hind legs.

    Web Original 
  • The Haloid Fan Film ends with one of these. It's... interesting.
  • The Homestar Runner Halloween toon Most in the Graveyard has the gang enjoying "the extended dance remix of the Goblin song".
    • Strong Bad's story in "flashback" ends with "And so, The Cheat mashed play on an extremely expensive jam-box with high-speed dubbing and everybody put their weight on it!"
  • Half-Life: Full Life Consequences ends with a song performed by all the characters of the machinima. This was not in the original fanfic, but it did add onto the awesomeness.
    • A song spawned by the fandom of the fic that the creator of the video versions was fond of.
  • To express her irritation with Dreamworks's tendency to do this, The Nostalgia Chick ends her "Dreamworks vs. Disney" two-parter with one of these.
  • UltraJMan's Let's Play of Chakan The Forever Man ended with him making the titular character dance at The Hub to Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me, complete with singing. This was to make up for the actual ending, or lack thereof.
  • This is how any conventional "Harlem Shake" video ends.
  • The Cartoon Man ends with Roy and Karen doing a crazy "salsa dance" together.
  • The ending of Ducktalez 3, which features nearly every single character dancing to "Macho Duck."
  • Bravest Warriors has the episode "Butter Lettuce".
    Wankershim: (tears off shirt) BUTTER LETTUCE PARTYYYYY!!!!!!
  • The first two episodes of The Misadventures Of Skooks end like this. The second doubles as a Gainax Ending, with a scene suddenly ending with the camera zooming in on Shaggy's open mouth...where Shaggy is dancing to "Professional Griefers" for the rest of the episode with a bunch of random characters (including Dale wearing a deadmau5 head.)

    Western Animation  
  • The Adventure Time episodes "Trouble in Lumpy Space", "All the Little People" and "Shh" end this way.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers episode "Marshmallow Trees." Yay, the mutated bugs transformed into high-grade compost, and the problem with the eponymous trees has been solved. Let's break out the fiddles and banjos, folks. (OK, we're dealing with a Space Western...)
  • The Bugs Bunny short "Fresh Hare" has an ending in which, having been asked by Canadian Mountie Elmer Fudd if he has any last requests before he's executed, Bugs bursts into a rendition of "I Wish I Was in Dixie" and manages to rope the firing squad and Elmer into the act.
  • Happens at the end of Tokyo Mater where everyone in Tokyo, Japan actually celebrate Mater's victory over Kabuto by having a dance party in the streets of Japan, with Kabuto being stripped naked as a result of him losing to Mater in a race.
  • The ChalkZone episode "The Smudges" ends with the characters dancing. Also, almost every episode ended with a music video segment with the three leads performing a song, oftentimes leading to this trope.
  • Episode 4 of Clerks: The Animated Series ends like this Explanation ...almost. Then the courthouse burns down and everyone escapes to find a sweatshop studio staffed by Korean animators being beaten by an evil overseer rat.
  • Each episode of Dora the Explorer seems to end this way.
  • Using the idea of Your Universe or Mine?, there's one at the end of the second Fairly Odd Parents/Jimmy Neutron crossover entitled the "Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2: When Nerds Collide".
  • The Futurama episodes "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "Crimes of the Hot".
  • Inverted in a sense on Jimmy Two-Shoes where the season 2 intro has a Dance Party Ending.
  • The Grand Finale for Kim Possible followed this trope to a T. They even threw in a beach party!
    • The previous finale, So The Drama and the episode "Queen Bebe" do it too. Both parties are previously established - the first is Kim's junior prom, and resolved the romantic loose end of Kim and Ron hooking up.
  • This is the ending of the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Gailbreak".
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2": After all the chaos of the two-part season finale has died down, the episode ends with the real wedding between Shining Armor and Princess Cadance, including the ponies dancing at the reception (organized by Pinkie Pie, of course), with Ensemble Darkhorse DJ PON-3 at the turntables.
    • "Pinkie Pride" also ends this way, with the hooves-up song "Make A Wish".
    • Also occurs in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls with the reprise of 'This is Our Big Night', which features the Humane Six busting some moves at the Fall Formal after defeating Sunset Shimmer.
  • Phineas and Ferb have one at the end of their hour-long episode "Summer Belongs To You". It also features the first full-length (i.e. 3+ minute) song to play on the show (when most are about 1-2 minutes) and it further cements Candace and Jeremy as the Official Couple.
    • And another at the end of "Rollercoaster: The Musical!", where pretty much everyone we've ever met gets into the act. Also includes a cameo by Kenny Ortega!
    • Again in Star Wars crossover with the cast of both franchises getting down.
    • There is also in the series finale, 'The Last Day of Summer' where all the characters dance and sing 'Thank You for Comin' Along' and recap all the shows key moments.
  • In a slight variation, the Season 3 finale of ReBoot ended with the cast attending a Broadway style musical recapping the events of that season sung to the tune of the Major General Song.
  • South Park parodies this in the Bittersweet Gainax Ending of "Butterballs", where Stan "jacks it in San Diego", dancing while removing all his clothes in open downtown San Diego streets while a Big Band/Barber Shop Quartet song plays (with the singers even being featured in some shots).
  • An episode of Teen Titans Go! end with all the Cyborg and Beast Boy clones running from a tyrannosaurus...and everybody immediately stopping and dancing to disco lights. Including the Dinosaur.
  • The first season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) ends with the Turtles and April partying after stopping an Alien Invasion.
  • The Simpsons episode "Burns Baby Burns" (featuring the late, great Rodney Dangerfield) lampshades this, as Journey's "Any Way You Want It" plays them out to the credits. The sudden abundance of music and drinks from nowhere is lampshaded.
    • In "Tales from the Public Domain", after finishing the Hamlet portion of the story, Homer claims that it was made into the film Ghostbusters. Cue the family dancing to the movie's theme song.
    • "Footloose" in How the Test Was Won and "Golden Years" in Replaceable You.
  • The Smurfs episode "A Chip Off The Old Smurf" has the Smurfs having a dance party at the end after the locust invasion has been stopped, though with Baby Smurf showing off his hidden magical talent before the scene cuts to black.
    • "The Mr. Smurf Contest" ends with the male Smurfs not only taking turns dancing with Smurfette at the Harvest Moon Ball, but also waiting to have a turn with Sassette as she dances with Papa Smurf.

    Real Life 
  • At the end of World War II there was apparently, actual dancing (as well as kissing random women) in the streets. At least in the allied countries.
    • Same with World War One. Even the Germans were happy the war was done. The dance party was short-lived for them though.
  • Seems to happen frequently in Middle Eastern countries as well.
  • School proms, of course. Or really, any end-of-the-year dance.
  • Cameron Diaz tends to do this a lot with all her comedy movies.
  • The Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies are thoroughly staged and planned, have the solemn Lighting of the Flame, and generally do their best to impress everyone with awe and majesty. The Closing Ceremonies, on the other hand, are basically one big excuse for a party. With, you guessed it, dancing. And rock stars. And the host country good-naturedly spoofing themselves. As far as the "dance party with good-natured self-spoofing" goes, Canada seems to have won that crown in Vancouver.


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