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A series finale or epilogue where we're shown what happens to the characters, places and/or the setting. Usually takes place many years after the proper ending of the plot. Intervening events may be depicted via FlashBack.

If the series [[SequelSeries gets a sequel that picks up after the finale]], it becomes a TimeSkip.

Differs from WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue in that it's a full scene that shows interaction between characters and most likely dialogue. If the Distant Finale shows how the entire cast dies, it's a DeadlyDistantFinale. When a Distant Finale is used to reunite characters who separated at the end of a series, see FastForwardToReunion. Might suffer from ModernStasis. If the distance is long enough, you can expect BabiesEverAfter.

Contrast of course DistantPrologue.

'''This is an {{Ending Trope|s}}. As such, it contains massive spoilers.'''

[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* The ending of ''Manga/DeathNote'' takes place a year later.
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'''s ending takes place five years later.
* The end of ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' takes place seven years after the story's end, showing all the grown up students living their careers.
* The 2nd season of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' (''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'') ends with a [[{{Montages}} montage]] showing the characters as they are six years after the series ends as they get ready for a reunion of the cast [[SequelHook through a new mission that they'll all participate in]]. The third season (''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'') begins 4 years after ''that.''
* ''Anime/GunBuster'', in which the two main characters return to a hero's welcome twelve thousand years after the end of the war.
** Worth noting that while twelve thousand years have passed on earth, very little time has passed for the two main characters. For them the war ended just yesterday, or a few days ago at most.
** The sequel, ''Anime/DieBuster'', has a much more modest version -- only ten years. [[spoiler:Turns out to be ''the exact same scene'', from another perspective]].
* The final manga volume of ''Manga/KareKano'' is set many years after the series to show the cast as happy adults. Though [[spoiler:Arima]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny was killed]]. [[BlatantLies By an assassin's bullet]].
* Both the anime ending and the manga ending of ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'' happen about 20 years after the events of the main story but both offer different perspective endings where in the anime [[spoiler:Suguru moves to the new Saint and human planet and gets cybernetic enhancements and kills combat androids. Either is dying or badly injured and sees Mahoro again and they walk together.]] The manga gets a different ending where [[spoiler:Suguru becomes an officer in Vespar and defeats the last of Management and when he goes back home sees Mahoro again after she was reborn as a baby and grew up with all of her memories intact.]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s last episode ends two years after the Demon Tournament and the events of Sensui. The humans that were in Middle School were now almost finished with High School. Koenma went back to work,Genkai willed the group her estate before she dies,and Yusuke finally fulfilled his promise to return to Keiko.
* The ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manga flashforwards 4 years to reveal why Syaoran left Tomoeda in such a hurry: he was starting the process to become a permanent resident of Japan, so he could be with Sakura permanently.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' ends with a few scenes showing all the characters living HappilyEverAfter.
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo Second Season'' ends with [[spoiler:the two obviously destined characters]] getting married, and in the repeated ending animation, 2 adults are shown (faceless) looking through a photo album. The finale's credits finally reveal (as if no one could have guessed) that the two adults are a married [[spoiler:Nemu and Junichi]].
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' (10 years later).
* In ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'' we see the lives of the main characters ten years after the events in the previous episode, in which [[spoiler:Kurau loses her Rynax, causing her pair Christmas lots of grief]]. The most important event in the last episode therefore is [[spoiler:the return of the Rynax-Kurau out of Christmas' body, much like Christmas herself did when she appeared out of Kurau years before]].
* The ending of ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'' fast-forwards two years to the day when the protagonist's younger brother enrolls into same academy as herself. Since a sequel was planned, it's safe to assume that he would have been its new protagonist but unfortunately, it was canceled.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a TimeSkip ''and'' a Distant Finale. The finale shows the characters about 20 years after the events of the show, with Rossiu [[spoiler:becoming the benevolent president over the entire galactic alliance with Leeron as his aide]], Yoko becoming principal of her school, teaching young children, Darry and Gimmy piloting Gurren Lagann, [[spoiler:Viral being the supreme commander over the entire fleet]] and Simon [[spoiler:still living out his life WalkingTheEarth as a hermit, free of all bonds of authority and the responsibilities it involves]].
** In the movie, though it omits the other character's scenes, it expands on Simon's epilogue. [[spoiler: He's going around helping people in need, in exchange for [[FillItWithFlowers planting flowers]], fulfilling Nia's dream.]]
* The anime ending of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' takes place a year after the girls return from Cephiro. [[spoiler: Hikaru, Umi and Fuu see the once again restored country of Cephiro in the large windows of TokyoTower, from where ironically enough they were taken to Cephiro both times.]] Considering however that [[spoiler:Hikaru wishes to return to Cephiro once more to discover the new story of the land, it's questionable whether this is really a Distant Finale or a foreshadowing of another trip waiting to happen. After all it was the girls' wish to return to Cephiro the second time that took them back! Dun dun dun!]] The manga's ending takes place ''sometime'' after the adventure, but it's not explicitly stated how long.
* The manga ending for ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' picks up 5 years later, where Kenshin has retired from swordsmanship and [[BabiesEverAfter is married to and has a son with Kaoru]], Kaoru has revived the Kamiya Kasshin-Ryû with numerous students, and Yahiko has become a master swordsman. The ending deals with Yahiko inheriting Kenshin's reverse blade sword. This becomes a TimeSkip with the release of the third OAV, which shows the final years of Kenshin's life (which is not canon, anyways).
* ''Anime/DotHackSign'' had one of these, with the events of the .hack games taking place in between. The game characters show up in the final episode.
** The bonus episode is called ".hack//UNISON", and was only included in a super-duper special limited DVD edition. It was shown in Britain on the Anime Central channel following the series proper, but wasn't included in the rerun because the rerun was cut short. It's available on Website/YouTube, but only in subbed Japanese.
*** Unison is considered non-canon because Sora is in it and that complicates things later on. Sora is Haseo and lost his memories of ever playing The World.
** ''.hack//Roots'' also had one entitled Returner. Like unison it has characters from the GU games and Roots in it.
* The final episode of ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' is set unspecified time after the showdown with the BigBad. Judging by how much Ellis has grown, it must have been several years.
* The last episode of ''[[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Godannar]]'' is set 7 years after the final battle, showing us what ''everybody'' is up to now. The last scene of that episode is then set one year after that.
* The epilogue scene of ''Anime/{{Zegapain}}'' is set an ambiguous number of years after the final battle, with the lighthouse visited in an earlier episode now ravaged by time and reclaimed by nature. Depending on the viewer's interpretation, it can be a BittersweetEnding ([[spoiler:as Kyo started aging once he had been reconstituted as a real human being, but the time needed to restore this technology, and save the rest of mankind, might have surpassed his own lifespan]].)
* The last chapter of ''Manga/InuYasha'' takes place 3 years later, then jumps ahead a bit for the last pages.
* The ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manga '''way''' overshoots the mark. The last few scenes completely skip past Kyo and Tohru's (and everyone else's!) marriage and life together and shows them as elderly grandparents (although indicating they've been happy.)
* ''Anime/SonicX'' originally skipped 6 years into the future for its finale, though the series was then resurrected for a further 26 episodes. These episodes took place 6 years after the original series in the Human World, but only 6 months in Sonic's universe.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' pulled one of these off. It's both this and a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, as it shows us the digidestined's reunion after 25 years, with Takeru also narrating on voiceover with interspersed little clips of the kids' careers and families now that they're all grown up.
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' also has a distant finale, five years after the final battle.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' serves as something of a Distant Finale for the entire ''Gundam'' franchise: it manages to do a surprisingly good job in tying what would otherwise be completely separate [[AlternateUniverse timelines]]. Also referenced in SD Gundam: G Generation Spirits where [[spoiler:an omnicidal autonimous Turn-A Gundam appears to bring about the apocalypse, effectively ending the entire Universal Century and leading to the events of Turn-A the series. Probably not the canon version of events, though.]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has its own Distant Finale at the end of the movie, showing humanity 50 years after the conclusion of the story. [[spoiler:They're at perfect peace with the ELS and are just about to launch their first interstellar starship, crewed entirely by Innovators and built with ELS components, to meet other sentient species across the stars.]]
* In the final episode of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' the main Characters are shown married and with a child.
* The final episode of ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' takes place a year after the previous episode; the very end of the episode then jumps thousands of years into the future.
* ''Manga/SomedaysDreamersIISora'' skips five years, to show how the students and instructors of the mage institute are doing and how some of them are dealing with [[spoiler:Sora's death]].
* The manga ending of ''Manga/LoveHina'' depicts practically a new beginning in the Hinata Inn, with a female character very much resembling Keitaro going through almost the exact same shenanigans he went through when he first arrived, and ultimately showing Keitaro's and Naru's wedding.
* The last chapter of ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' takes place at least a decade later.
* There is one in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'', where Hatchin, grown up with a little kid, [[spoiler:falls into the arms of her beloved Michiko]].
* ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'' had an abrupt ending in which Taiga transferred out for a year, finally returning a year later.
* One of [[MundaneAfterlife thr]][[AlternateUniverse ee]] possible interpretations for Takaki's recurring dreams in ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond.'' Any posited "happy ending" for that movie fits here by definition.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' concludes stating what happened to Marie Antoinette in 1793, and later to Fersen in 1810. This is told by the three surviving main characters: Rosalie, Bernard, and Alain.
* The final scenes of ''Anime/SoltyRei'' take place several years after the FinalBattle (and attendant HeroicSacrifice) to save the city from Eirene. [[spoiler: Roy finds Solty floating in space, still alive]].
* The second bonus chapter of the ''Manga/ShoujoSect'' manga jumped into the future to show that Momoku, Shinobu, and Maya were living together, and having this fact revealed to all of Shinobu's coworkers, much to her embarrassment.g
* The 13th episodes of both ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' and ''Anime/PleaseTwins'' are these.
* The ending to the ''Manga/ShamanKing'' manga, "Funbari No Uta," is one of these. [[spoiler: It follows Yoh and Anna's son Hana, his emerging spiritual powers, and how he meets his very own Anna, whom he is destined to be with.]] We also get to see the main characters and what's become of them now that they're all grown up.
* The ending to ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' is set 100 years in the future where Goku and Vegeta's descendants fight in a World Martial Arts Tournament.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'''s ending was set 10 years after the Buu saga.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' also had the episode "Free the Future", in which Future Trunks returns to his own time and takes out the Androids and Cell of that timeline.
* The manga version of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' had an "epilogue" added in the final collected volume, which shows what happened to all of the characters (skipping between 1932 and 1999) and ties up some of the lose ends left over from the (much more open-ended) ending published in the original magazine.
** The final scene in the anime also shows Father Remington in the Vatican on May 13, 1981, 52 years after the "end" of the series, where Aion appears and apparently is behind the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
* ''Anime/MyselfYourself'' has an ending episode taking place ten years later.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' (30 years later)
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'''s manga epilogue takes place 4 years later, when [[spoiler:Tina finally returns to Japan]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** ''Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'''s final episode takes place two months after the final battle, showing how various characters are dealing with normalcy, then it shows Ed and Al after two years, as they depart on their own journeys. The episode ends with [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue a collage of photographs showing the characters]] several years later.
** The Kids OVA for [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime series]] is also this to [[spoiler:Ed, living in 2005.]] Ed is surprisingly still kicking past 100 years old and still with his grand-kids. The movie, ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' takes place a few years after the anime ended.
* In ''Manga/KuroganeCommunication'' there is a scene set several years after the GrandFinale, in which [[spoiler:Haruka and Katano return from Mars to have a joyous reunion with the robots that stayed behind on earth. They also bring their daughter with them]].
* After the credits to ''{{Anime/Noein}}'' it is revealed that Yuu came to terms with his angst and went to school in Tokyo, while Haruka and friends once again lead an ordinary life. Though she has Yuu, Haruka hasn't forgotten Karasu, and looks up at the church spire where she first saw him and tells him Yuu is coming back.
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagami}} SS'' has two examples of this, both taking place ten years into the future:
** Morishima Haruka's epilogue has [[spoiler:both of them married and living together, with Junichi working as a detective. The setting is a visit from their friend Hibiki.]]
** Ayatsuji Tsukasa's epilogue has [[spoiler:Tsukasa, Junichi and their daughter visiting the Founder's Festival where they both recall the promise they made to each other ten years ago.]]
* The last few minutes of ''Anime/GunXSword'' take place a few years after the final battle. The final scene shows [[spoiler: Van and Wendy]] unexpectedly meeting again after having reluctantly parted from each other. Although the scene is all too brief, the future [[MaybeEverAfter looks promising for them]]. Without that Distant Finale, this would have been a BittersweetEnding.
* The last scenes of the final episode of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' are set a year later. They show Eureka's children with Renton's grandfather, and also give brief glimpses of Renton and Eureka, and Dominic and Anemone.
* At the end of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', we see an epilogue set five years later, which shows what several major and minor characters are doing now, [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds tying up some romantic loose ends]] and [[spoiler: reuniting Saiga and Kagura, now that she's no longer JailBait.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' has the finale set 4 years after the main events, when [[spoiler:Kazuya returns to Japan after the war, finally reuniting with Victorique who has been staying with his family, waiting for his return]]. It is also implied that [[spoiler:they get married as well]].
* The {{OVA}} of ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar'' functions as a Distant Finale of sorts, with the main story sandwiched as a flashback between scenes which take place some 4 years after the end of the TV series, showing [[spoiler:a grown-up Saga and Greta, who apparently have become the best of friends]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': The epilogue takes place 7 years in the future, showing a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue for the class.
* The final episode of ''Manga/KidsOnTheSlope'' jumps 8 years into the future, showing [[spoiler: the first meeting of the Kaoru, Sentaro and Ritsuko since the end of high school]]. We're also shown what became of several other members of the cast, such as [[spoiler: Yurika marrying Junichi and Seiji fulfilling his dream of becoming a pop idol]].
* The second half of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'''s final episode takes place a few months after the final battle, showing the girls a little while later: [[spoiler: Tsubomi's a proud older sister and is back to wearing her glasses, Itsuki's dumped the male uniform for a standard female one and Yuri's much more happier than before.]] However, the ending is hard to reconcile with the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movie series which doesn't show these changes.
* ''Manga/LoveLucky'': After Fuuta and Kirari no longer had to keep their marriage a secret, [[spoiler:Fuuta became a HouseHusband]]. It then skips one year and we get to see how they were living. [[spoiler:They live at a BigFancyHouse, Kirari's father moved in and demands Fuuta to make his tea]].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is weird about this. On the one hand, Part 2 ends with Joseph as an old man about to visit his grandson in Japan.... which is the beginning to Part 3. On the other hand, it also ends with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue detailing the lives of Speedwagon, Erina, Lisa Lisa, and Smokey. Considering all the parts take place years after each other (except for part 7, it's complicated), this should be an aversion, but it's the only part to do this.
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' ends by showing that, five years later, a few of the [[TrueCompanions crew members]] have settled into normal lives back on Earth, but others remain on the Daiku Maryu, and its forays into space have become hampered by alien monsters, so the Daiku Maryu calls on Daiya once again to pilot Gaiking. AndTheAdventureContinues.
* The last chapter of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' takes place several years after the penultimate one, showing not only the surviving main cast, but their children as well.
* The ending of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' is theorized to happen months, perhaps years after the last scene in My Purest Hear For You (Episode 26'), due to the [[spoiler:rust in Misato's cross, amongst other details, with Asuka and Shinji having spent years in Instrumentality.]] The ending also leaves open the possibility of a happy future for Shinji, Asuka [[spoiler:and everyone else who might or might not return from Instrumentality]], as much of a tragic one.
* The final chapter of ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' skips five years. In chapter 40 Marika is in her final year of middle school but chapter 41 starts with her finishing high school. Ryousuke is in college and Tamura became a theatrical actor.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* The GrandFinale of ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' skips ahead 14 years after the climax to show Saul and Lizzy's now 14-year-old son, Nicolas, taking his first steps out into the larger world by choosing to become a guardian.

[[folder: Comic Book ]]
* There was foreshadowing that this device would be used in ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'', with a scene set in a university history lecture several thousand years after the events of the main story discussing Halo's significance as a historical character/folk hero. However, the comic was, unfortunately, never finished.
* Creator/PeterDavid set the final issue of his 12-year-run of ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' 10 years after the previous issue. A Daily Bugle [[FlashBack interview]] with [[UnreliableNarrator Rick Jones]] serves as a fitting end to both David's tenure on the title and the Hulk mythos in general.
** David may have been influenced by Alan Moore's ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', which uses a similar narrative device (a Daily Planet interview with Lois Lane) to end the legend of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} {{Superman}}.
* The final issue of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'' takes place a year after the previous one. And was released 3 years after the previous issue.
* Most of the last volume of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' is this. Interestingly, it plays with the timeline by skipping back to Shakespeare at the end.
* The end of ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon''. Almost all of the epilogue is the timeline over thousands of years after Superman's "departure" but it technically ends with Superman's time ship crashing back in 1918 using Siegel and Shuster's original idea that Superman was a super advanced human from the future as opposed to an alien.
* Mike Costa ended his run on IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics with a Distant Finale. Issue 31 skips ahead hundreds of years into the future where a new age of peace has begun. Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime and Megatron have both disappeared with their names becoming legend. The issue ends with a group of young Transformers asking Ironhide to tell the story of when the Autobots finally defeated Megatron....
** ''Transformers: Regeneration One'', a sequel to the [[ComicBook/TheTransformers original Marvel series]], had the war come to an end thanks to the [[EldritchAbomination dark Matrix creature]] consuming much of the population of Cybertron and rendering it uninhabitable; with only three Decepticons known to have survived, they renounced war and helped the remaining Autobots spread peace throughout the universe for their remaining days. Untold eons later, the last surviving Transformer, [[TheChosenOne Rodimus Prime]], returns to Cybertron to die, with the energy form his Matrix dissipating into the planet, restoring it and causing the long-dormant Primordials to be reborn ad the newest generation of Cybertronians.
* The final issue of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' gives us a view of what Earth has become 60 years after the series' climax, with flashbacks to update us on how the surviving characters spent the intervening time. Somehow, the issue maintains the same dramatic tension and plot twist quantity as all the others in spite of this device.
* ''Hard Time'' was about Ethan Harrow, a 15-year-old school shooter who was sentenced to 50 to life at a maximum security prison. The comic was canceled just as Ethan neared the end of his first year inside; the final issue took place [[spoiler:49]] years later and centered on [[spoiler:Ethan's parole hearing. It was approved, if you're wondering.]]
* The final installment of ''ComicBook/TheBojeffriesSaga'' is set twenty years after the others, reflecting the real-world hiatus.
* While it doesn't occur in the original story, the storyline that started in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' has a finale that shows what happened in the several millennia following the comic's events. Batman (presumably) dies of old age with a very large assembly at his funeral, [[ComicBook/{{Kamandi}} the Earth floods but humanity soon manages to recover and rebuild]], mankind extends its civilization to the stars, and finally, in the [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes 31st century]], a frail and elderly Superman looks on proudly as futuristic superheroes fly off on a mission.
* ''ComicBook/TheGreatPowerOfChninkel'': A serious contender for Most Distant Finale Ever as it shows how, after Bom Bom and some Tawals survived [[{{God}} O'ne's]] rain of fire by taking refuge in deep caverns, it shows how life crawled back from the brink of annihilation by evolving back from single-celled organisms into complex lifeforms over hundreds of millions of years, up until the time where the Tawals' descendants, by then looking like early hominids (AKA modern humanity's ancestors), finally go out of their underground lairs... Only to see TheMonolith that is O'ne and start worshipping it, while the narrator, actually the last of Bom Bom's descendants to remember the old stories, tearfully lament that J'on's sacrifice and the destruction of the old world was AllForNothing, as O'ne's return means that It will once again spread Its tyrannical notions of worship to what the reader now realises was EarthAllAlong.
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Nemesis traps both himself and Torquemada inside the Blitzspear to stop his nemesis from annihilating most life in the universe, which then travels through the wormhole connecting Earth to the rest of the cosmos and back again. This goes on for a billion years before Earth's star completes its life cycle and swallows the planet. The 2000 AD anniversary prog in 2016 adds a coda when Torquemada is subsequently released from his prison as the Blitzspear ascends, but Nemesis then arranges for him to be trapped again, this time ''for eternity''.

* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': The last chapter is an epilogue happens seven years and a half after [[spoiler:Teri’s birth and shows Shinji and Asuka as adults and raising their children as still living in Misato’s apartment.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': The last scene happens a looooong time after the FinalBattle and its initial aftermaths and features [[spoiler:Maya telling Ritsuko]] what had happened the remainder characters and the world in the meantime.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': The last scene happens over two years after the FinalBattle, and features [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka waking up and walking together to their college. Their dialogue and thoughts tells what has happened to all characters and mankind after Third Impact.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' end with a scene of an adult Simba and Nala now married and ruling over the restored Pride Lands.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': The epilogue happens four years after the FinalBattle and narrates [[spoiler:the Shinji and Asuka's wedding. During the ceremony, Shinji tells what has happened to the cast in the meantime.]]
* ''Fanfic/PoundAndPumpkinCakesAdventuresAndMisadventuresInPottyTraining'' ends five years later (six years after [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the actual show]]) when the Cake twins are starting first grade.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action ]]
* ''Film/BillyElliot'' - Last scene is of his father and brother going to see him perform as a professional ballet dancer.
* ''Film/DarkWater'' - The last scene shows Ikuko, now in her teenage years, as she returns to the haunted apartment she shared with her mother, Yoshimi, as a child. [[spoiler:She is briefly reunited with the ghost of her mother before she disappears]]. The final shot shows her [[spoiler:walking away from the building]], as she realises that [[spoiler:her mother has been watching over her ever since her death]].
* In the final scene of Tim Robbins' ''Cradle Will Rock'', which is set in TheThirties and is about the corruption of both theater and the art world by money, the cast of a vaudeville show that has had its government funding yanked due to the RedScare form a funeral procession for a discarded ventriloquist dummy and carry the tiny coffin into Times Square, which is shown to be the Times Square of TheNineties.
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'' ends with H.I. dreaming about his distant future and [[spoiler: the children he will eventually have with Ed.]]
* The ''Film/DeadLikeMe'' direct-to-DVD movie ''Dead Like Me: Life After Death'' takes place 5 years after the series.
* The "Double Secret Probation Edition" of the ''Film/AnimalHouse'' DVD takes the well-known WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue to the movie even further, with a fake documentary, actually titled "Where Are They Now", taking the text blurbs from the movie and running with them. Director John Landis is the documentary maker, who revisits his earlier "documentary", interviewing the characters. Save for Bluto; the hard-partying, mischief-making, unlikely-to-graduate FratBro is now "President Blutarsky". Unfortunately, he could not be interviewed on account of John Belushi being inconveniently dead.
* ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' had an epilogue that is both this and a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, due to the request of the test audiences. It's a full scene of [[spoiler:Elle giving the valedictorian speech at her Law School graduation ceremony]], with interspersed text blurbs detailing what happened to the supporting characters.
* In ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'', David and Teddy remain frozen in the ice for over 2,000 years before they're thawed out by the Future Mechas, when humanity has long since died out.
* In the last scenes of ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' the main character tells what happened to the others, more than sixty years after the story took place. It [[TheEndingChangesEverything changes]] [[TearJerker quite a few things.]]
* The last scene of ''Film/BroadcastNews'' shows the three main characters seven years on.
* ''Film/HeavensGate'' ends with the main character on a boat off the coast of Rhode Island, married to another woman, more than a decade later.
* In the finale/epilogue of ''Film/{{Elf}}'', after an undisclosed period of time, Buddy and Jovie have since married and have a daughter (or son, in the Broadway musical) when they revisit the North Pole/Christmastown.
* An...interesting variation occurs in ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', wherein [[spoiler: after [[BookEnds time reverses to the beginning of the game in 1969 following the end of it in 1995]],]] the finale occurs 26 years later [[spoiler: in 1995, which was the present for most of the movie.]]
* ''Film/ThirteenGoingOnThirty'', where Jenna appears to wish herself to become a 30-year-old. She wakes up in a nice apartment, discovering that she's incredibly successful but lonely. She meets up with a guy who was her only friend in school and realizes she has feelings for him. They sleep together, but he then shuts her down, explaining that he's about to get married, and a brief rekindling of the flame is not enough to derail a long-term commitment. So... she wishes she was 13 again. She wakes up in the same closet where she locked herself after a failed party, runs out and kisses the boy. Cut to 17 years later when they're moving into their dream house.
* The main action in the {{Biopic}} ''Chaplin'' ends in 1952: Creator/CharlieChaplin, leaving for a film premiere in his native England, learns that he's been effectively exiled from the United States over [[RedScare accusations that he is a Communist]]. In the framing device set in 1963, he admits to a (fictional) biographer that he hasn't considered returning to the U.S., even though he could, as he doesn't feel that Americans care about him anymore. The distant finale takes place at the 1972 Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, where -- as he watches an audience enjoy a montage of his work in the leadup to his receiving an Honorary Oscar -- he realizes they still do.
* ''Film/WhereAreMyChildren'' ends with the Waltons in a loveless marriage after Richard Walton finds out that his wife has aborted not one, not two, but three pregnancies. The last seconds of the movie use a dissolve to skip forward a good 25 years or so to show the Waltons old and childless.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': The final scene takes place in the present day, in which the surviving Schindlerjuden, along with their families and descendants, gather at Oskar's grave to thank him for all that he'd done.
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' movie ''Film/UltramanSaga'' provides this for two Heisei series -- ''Series/UltramanDyna'' and ''Series/UltramanCosmos''. ''Dyna''[='=]s reveals what the rest of Super GUTS has been doing since Asuka's HeroicSacrifice (Captain Hibiki is now head of TPC, Ryo is now the captain of Super GUTS, etc.) and there's one last meeting between Asuka and his old teammates. In ''Cosmos''[='=] case, Musashi is now married to Ayano and lives on the planet Juran, rejuvenated into a kaiju sanctuary after its devastation by Sandros and now protected by Chaos Header ([[HeelFaceTurn who had been redeemed by Cosmos]] in the series' own finale).
* ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is played as one for the ''Film/XMen'' films, centered around an aged Wolverine and Professor X decades after the previous movies, albeit playing very loose with continuity (it was meant to give closure for those characters, but with series still going on).

* In Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', this is seven-thirteenths of ''The Beatrice Letters''. Ostensibly they're just supplementary reading, but there's no such thing as "optional," is there?
* In Creator/AlastairReynolds' [[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]] trilogy, the last chapter in ''Absolution Gap'' ends with the HordeofAlienLocusts (Called Greenfly) eating up worlds, spreading through the universe. If you read the Shadow's dialogue, you'll realize [[spoiler: that the ''entire'' universe is doomed]]
* Happens in the later books of Literature/TheBible, with Revelation skipping from the 1st few centuries A.D. to the end of the world. Obviously that makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Of course, it can be argued that the New Testament's authors expected the world to end in their lifetimes (several of Jesus' prognostications can be read like that), so Revelation may not have been skipping very far forward at all.
* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has one that takes place only a year later, but changes everything. More precisely, [[spoiler: Ward has a feeling that something has changed, rides to the place where he killed his [[MakesSenseInContext slave and friend Oreg]], and finds that Oreg was not, in fact, as dead as Ward thought he was, and the body that was killed was not his real one. ''And'' Oreg is a dragon, who is now freed of the evil magic that bound him before.]]
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' almost ends like this. After the defeat of the White Witch it jumps to the children having grown up in Narnia. Then they wander back into the real world (having nearly forgotten it) and discover not only has no time passed since they arrived (because of YearInsideHourOutside) but they're children again.
* The main events of the epilogue of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' take place 8 years after the events of the novel conclude. Tolstoy, per his genius, covers 8 years in thirty pages, compared with the first 7 years of the novel which took [[{{Doorstopper}} a thousand pages]] to describe.
* The last chapter of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' takes place 19 years after the end of the story. It shows all the main characters taking their children to the Hogwarts train, where we briefly catch up with what they've been doing for the last few years. Naturally, most of them have married each other.
* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' ends x-mumble years later with the finding of the documents that made up the preceding book, and scholars opining: "Oh, my, weren't people back then just so foolish; of course, nothing like that could ever happen again."
* ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'' ends with the story jumping ten years forward, explaining how the BigBad got his KarmicDeath.
* ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', set around the turn of the 19th century, finishes in the present day with an old man wrapping up the story to his grandkids, [[spoiler:who are [[ShootTheShaggyDog not remotely impressed]] by the BittersweetEnding.]]
* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' - the scholarly appendix at the end on Newspeak is written in the ''past'' tense in standard English, implying Newspeak is no longer the spoken language. A matter of some dispute.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', in which the Distant Finale was, in fact, [[spoiler: a construct that took place in the minds of the characters while on an exploding planet. This was, oddly enough, at the BEGINNING of the novel. The story continues uninterrupted from there.]]
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' ends several decades in the future, where Bobby has been able to live out his life as if he had never been a traveler. Solara granted the wishes of the travelers, including Bobby, for them to get to live back in their homes, so it created an alternate timeline for them to live their lives in, until it was time for the travelers to return to Solara.
* ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' by Stephen Baxter has a very Distant Finale; it jumps several billion years to when the Sun has gone red giant and Titan is warm enough to have evolved sentient life.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was originally going to have one with Sam telling the story to his children, but Tolkien decided against including it. It was eventually published in ''Sauron Defeated''.
** The appendices include ''The Tale Of Years'', which ends by summarising the next 150 years and telling us what happened to most of the main characters: Sam becoming a widower at an advanced age and (according to hobbit tradition) crossing the Sea to rejoin Frodo; Merry and Pippin dying as centenarians in Minas Tirith and later being entombed with Aragorn himself; Gimli crossing the Sea with Legolas after Aragorn's death, the only Dwarf ever to wish to do so or be allowed.
* ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' has an epilogue that skips ahead several decades to 1950, [[spoiler:two years after Winnie has died of old age]].
* The finale of ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' is set 11 years after the main story.
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' prequel ''Bluestar's Prophecy'' ends many years after the main story, with Bluestar making a decision which causes the events of the first book.
* ''Literature/ManifoldSpace'' features a very brief finale set in the extreme future to demonstrate that the cycle of extinction events was indeed broken at last.
* The ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' series eventually ends with an epilogue implying Vampirism is eventually cured in a few hundred years' time, that the whole world has developed esper skills, and is now a post-scarcity environment.
* The novel of ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'' ends with Susie's charm bracelet, which could have provided a clue to her murder, being found years after the fact by a couple who have no idea who it once belonged to.
* ''Time Regained'', the last volume of Creator/MarcelProust's ''A la recherche de temps perdu'', inverts this trope. We see all the characters we met in the preceding volumes--all those who have survived, at least--years or sometimes decades after they had last figured in the narrative. The party at which this all takes place is, however, the entire epic's ''present'', with the whole story told in {{Flashback}}.
* ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'' has two of them. The first takes place after ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''[[note]]The rest of the book's TNG timeline takes place just after "Sarek" in season three.[[/note]] [[spoiler:and the ''Enterprise''-D's destruction]] and deals with Picard receiving a time capsule from Starfleet Archives containing a message to him from Kirk, [[spoiler:whose ship he encountered in the book due to a NegativeSpaceWedgie]]. The second takes place centuries in the future, in a time when the Federation has united the entire galaxy and a ship with "sidewarp" drive has traveled beyond its edge, finding a [[{{Precursors}} Preserver]] beacon out in deep space and opening a new era. "In the language of the time, the ship's name is ''Enterprise''."
* ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'': [[spoiler: The epilogue of ''Clockwork Princess'' takes place in modern day, with Tessa recalling her life with Will, his death of old age in her arms as Jem played the violin, and finally meeting with Jem who has been freed from the Silent Brothers and the two of them starting a new life together.]]
* ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'': [[spoiler: The epilogue to Oblivion features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]
* A good number of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' books end this way, although the "distance" is usually only a few years. Enough to show a happy family with a child or two. As can be expected, these characters are not featured in any subsequent books, their stories having ended. One notable example in the book ''The [[AMechByAnyOtherName Serv]]-Battalion'', where the titular battalion is wiped out to a man. The DistanceFinale, in this case, involves the recovery of their mostly-intact machines and refitting them for further service in the war. Due to the nature of the BrainComputerInterface, the machines slowly regain the memories and personalities of their dead pilots. They reform the battalion and return to the place of their creation to rescue the inventor of the machines.
* After the [[FinalBattle penultimate chapter]] of Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', we get a [[TearJerker pretty satisfying]] one of these in the final chapter, when [[spoiler: Jenny goes to [[GrimReaper guide]] Calvin [[{{Psychopomp}} to the next world]] about seventy years later]].
* ''Queenie'' by Creator/JacquelineWilson is set in 1953, when eleven-year-old Elsie and her grandmother go to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Its final chapter takes place sixty years later with Elsie, now a grandmother herself, wondering whether she will live to take her own grandchildren to see Prince Charles's coronation.
* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series ends with [[spoiler: Shrike]] telling the story hundreds or thousands of years later.
* Most of ''Literature/AllTheLightWeCannotSee'' is set from 1934 to 1944, but a couple of later chapters jump the story to 1974 and the last chapter finds central character Marie, a teenager during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as an old lady in 2014.
* ''Discworld/SmallGods'' had a finale set 100 years after the main storyline, leading to endless headaches for ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fans as they tried to work out if this meant the bulk of the novel was set 100 years in the past relative to the other books, or if the finale was set 100 years in the future of the other books, and what either of these options meant for the portrayal of Omnianism in later books. ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' revealed [[spoiler: that a century of Omnian history had been conflated together by the History Monks, and nobody noticed.]]
* ''Lilies of the Field'' (1963) by William Barrett ends with a short flash-forward about twenty or thirty years. The ramshackle convent is now a bustling community center, school, and religious center. The events of the novel have become folklore and myth, when they are remembered at all. The foundation of the convent and how Homer Smith helped them out has all become legend. No one remembers what Homer Smith really looked like (except they still know that he was African American). This has not stopped them from portraying him in stained glass and statutes as an angelic or saintly character.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'': "Everyone's Waiting," [[spoiler:follows (almost) all of the main characters to their deaths years in the future.]]
* ''Series/MadAboutYou'': "Final Frontier," 22 years later, with [[FlashBack flashbacks]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': "Sleeping in Light," 19 years later, as well as the season 4 finale "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars", a whole episode of this trope, showing us the impact of the titular space station 100, 500, 1000, and 1000000 years in the future.
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'': The two-parter "All Good Things..." and "...Must Come to an End," 5 years later. This had the added effect of making the actors look [[DawsonCasting only 5 years older than their characters rather than 10 years]].
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': "These Are the Voyages," set 6 and 200 years later.
** Interestingly, the episode is woven in with a Next Generation episode that aired more the ''15 years'' before.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'''s first season finale is four years in the future, but this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] because two characters then proceed to time-travel back four years.
* This trope seems to be popular with the latter-day producers of ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' -- in approximate descending order of their reception -- all have final episodes that show possible futures for the crew, but each has a caveat that leaves wiggle room: Respectively, "All Good Things..." centers around the results of a a complicated time-travel event, "Endgame" is changed in a more straightforward way by time travel, and the events depicted in "These Are The Voyages..." are a retelling through a holodeck simulation. (Many fans latched onto that last one out of a widely-agreed-upon belief that [[spoiler:Trip dying a senseless, anticlimactic death to some minor bad guys six years later]] was a particularly lousy way to go out.)
* ''Series/ReGenesis'' "The Truth", 35 years later, although it's heavily implied to be [[spoiler:David's dying hallucination.]]
* The epilogue of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' occurs when the pair, who had a falling out around the time they each had children, are reunited by the [[GenerationXerox meeting-in-college]] and eventual marriage of said children.
* Parodied in ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob''!, as one of the earliest episodes is a preview of the 50th AnniversarySpecial.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s final episode "Unending" featured SG-1 and General Landry being caught in a time-distortion field and living and aging 50 years while less than a second of time passed outside. This was undone and everyone but Teal'c completely forgot the 50 years that had been.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' reverses this - the premise is that 20 or so years after the main character has met, married and had kids with the girl of his dreams, their father decides to tell the story of how the two of them met - and the entire series becomes a giant flashback to relate this story, going on for nine seasons with only occasional [[strike:remarks from]] StockFootage of the kids to keep the frame story intact.
** ...Until the series finale, where this is played more straight. The two-part finale begins in the present and skips forward through 2020 until the final scene which, naturally, occurs in the framing device itself with Ted and his kids (in 2030).
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[spoiler: [[OhCrap 150,000 years later...]]]]
* Inverted on ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': In the final scene of the last episode, Dick Loudon wakes up to discover that [[spoiler: his entire life from 1982 to 1990 as depicted in ''Newhart'' was actually a dream of Bob Hartley, the protagonist of ''The Bob Newhart Show'', which had last aired in 1978]]. That comes after a false WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue in the same episode.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}: Epitaph One'', included with the first season [=DVDs=], is set 10 years in the future, [[spoiler: showing what the consequences of the Dollhouse's technology will be on civilization.]] It's not pretty.
** This is picked up in the second season, with ''Epitaph Two: Return'', where [[spoiler:the world is restored thanks to Topher's HeroicSacrifice, Paul is anticlimactically shot, and Echo receives an imprint of him as a parting gift from Alpha]].
* ''The Series/GuidingLight'' 's 72-year run ended with a not-so-Distant Finale scene, set one year after the rest of the episode.
* The final scene of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is set a few years into the future: Dixon visits Sydney and Vaughn, who are living in peace by the sea with their two children, to ask for their help catching Sark (again). Also, we learn that Isabelle has the potential to be a great spy, just like her mom -- but it seems she just wants to lead a normal life.
* A variation on ''Series/TheWestWing'': The ''opening'' of the last season is set 3 years after the end of the previous one, and shows who has married, who has changed careers etc. It still leaves open the big question of who won the next general election, though.
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' revealed that [[spoiler:the Flash-Sideways was a distant afterlife. Christian tells Jack that some of the other characters died "long after" Jack, and given that Hurley became the island's immortal protector, it's quite possible that millennia have passed since Jack's death.]]
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' ends like this. [[spoiler: All the members of the cast are elderly and Gruber and Helga (now married with children) come to visit and they wonder whatever happened to the Fallen Madonna. Helga still has the [[ItMakesSenseInContext left boob in her purse]] and they work out that the rest of the painting is in the local statue of Rene the town put up. Then Rene elopes with Yvette as Edith shouts out the attic window at them.]]
* The CW TV series ''Series/LifeUnexpected'' was cancelled in its 2nd season due to low ratings. To prevent ending the series without closure for the fans in an already short 2nd season, there is a random 2 year time skip at the end of the final episode, taking place after [[spoiler: Kate runs into Ryan's ex-girlfriend Julia, who it turns out '''WAS''' pregnant from her brief affair with Ryan when he and Kate were separated. Kate returns to break the news to Ryan, and suddenly a "TWO YEARS LATER" title card appears and we are at Lux's graduation, where she is ''Valedictorian'' of her class, and we are slowly revealed that Julia and Ryan are now a couple, as are Math and the radio show producer, who is now pregnant. After the speech and the group posing for a photo op, the show ends with the big reveal that Kate and Baze are finally a couple (We watch the two of them share a long passionate kiss), thus giving Lux a real family with her real mom and dad.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''[='=]s final scenes take place in the year 2018, with ComicBook/LexLuthor elected as the US president, and Clark, Lois and the younger Jimmy working at the Daily Planet; the episode also had a scene of Chloe reading a Smallville comic book to her son.
* ''Series/StrangeDaysAtBlakeHolseyHigh'' has a strange exception, considering the final episode is a film. It takes place a year after Josie disappears into the worm hole.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'' ends with Office John "Sully" Sullivan giving an epilogue on the fates of all the characters--marriage, children, jobs, etc., including himself, retired and living upstate.
* ''Series/Merlin2008'' ends in the present day with a very elderly Merlin walking down a road and looking out at the island of Avalon, still waiting for Arthur to return.
* The final episode of ''Series/Warehouse13'' ends "several decades in the future", with three new agents who are a lot like Pete, Myka and Artie, and Claudia having not only taken up Mrs Frederic's position but her StealthHiBye skills, some of her attitude, and her hairstyle.
* The series finale of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' features an epilogue for all of the main characters, ranging as far into the future as [[spoiler: 2048]].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' ends with a look at the glee club alumni in 2020:
** Rachel [[spoiler: married Jesse, is Kurt and Blaine's surrogate, and wins a Tony.]]
** Kurt and Blaine [[spoiler: perform together at Lincoln Center, work with children, and are expecting their own child via surrogate Rachel.]]
** Mercedes [[spoiler: toured with Beyonce, then became a big music star herself]]
** Artie [[spoiler: got back together with Tina and has a film in a film festival]]
** Will and Emma [[spoiler: have more children]] and continue to work at [=McKinley=], now a [[spoiler: performing arts school.]]
** Sue is [[spoiler: Vice President of the United States]], with Becky as [[spoiler: her bodyguard/Secret Service agent.]]
* The final episode of ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' takes place four years after the episode before it.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': After Nick, Trubel, and the ghosts of Kelly and Marie kill [[TheDevil Zerstörer]], Nick is thrown back in time several days to when all his friends and loved ones ([[AndZoidberg and Renard]]) are still alive. He's grateful. 20 years later, his son Kelly is writing down these events into the Grimm book, before Diana comes to get him for a Grimm job, grabbing Zerstörer's staff from the weapons locker. Diana mentions that their parents are coming too, as are Monroe and Rosalee's triplets. As Kelly playfully grabs the staff and runs out of the trailer, Diana's eyes glow, and the book closes by itself onto the "G" letter.
* ''Series/LittleLunch'': Enforced. The 2016 specials take place a year after the series proper, with "The Nightmare Before Graduation", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you can possibly guess]], taking place just prior to the kids graduating. According to WordOfGod, this was because by the time of filming the kids had all grown so much they couldn't possibly pretend they were all still in grade 5.

* The final scene of ''Theatre/MarjoriePrime'' takes place years after all of the human characters have died, leaving behind only their holographic representations to interact with each other.
* At least a decade passes between the 3rd and 4th acts (only in the musical update) of ''Vanities''. In the original, the Manhattan tea party was the finale. The off-Broadway version also had a HowWeGotHere format. In the Theatreworks version, it was more of a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* ''Theatre/PacificOvertures'', during the final number, skips forward over more than a century of Japanese history after the beginning of the UsefulNotes/MeijiRestoration, and the entire cast changes into modern dress and starts rattling off facts about modern-day Japan.
* Most of ''Theatre/SaintJoan'' occurs during the period 1429-1431, ending on the day of Joan's death. The final scene, described as the "Epilogue", jumps forward 25 years to the day of Joan's official rehabilitation (and includes a dream vision that goes even further forward, to show Joan being recognized as a saint in 1920).

* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising:'' The final story, ''The Inexorable March'', borrows from ''Babylon 5'' and first goes from immediately after the previous story to a month ahead, a year, a decade, a century and then a millennia onward - the last one ending with two Cybertronian ships crash landing on an unknown planet, far from home, with the captain vowing to do what he can to get both parties back. "[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Little did he know.]]"


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Zero's ending in ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' was retconned into this when Capcom decided to continue to the series for a few more games.
* The visual novel ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has several, due to its MultipleEndings:
** Last Episode: [[spoiler:Saber welcomes Shirou into Avalon, after apparently having waited for him for an ''eternity''. Presumably an epilogue to the Fate scenario of the game]]
** Heaven's Feel:
*** [[spoiler: [[DownerEnding The Normal End]] ends decades in the future, Shirou having disappeared and Sakura having taken over his residence. [[TearJerker It's implied that she dies as a lonely spinster, faithfully awaiting Shirou's return]].]]
*** [[spoiler: [[GoldenEnding The True End]] takes place a few years after the events of the route, and depict Sakura and Shirou settling down and living peaceful lives together. Rin and Rider survive and everybody gets to view CherryBlossoms together.]]
* Asellus' "Human" and "Half-Mystic" endings in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'' take place decades after killing the BigBad, [[spoiler: Orlouge. The Human ending shows a slideshow of her living out the rest of her life, while the Half-Mystic ending shows her having retained eternal youth, visiting her old [[MayflyDecemberRomance friend]], Gina.]] Her Full-mystic ending takes place more or less immediately after the final battle.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 6'' does this in pure text, presumably to eliminate the need for new sprites.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s last scene is after the credits, showing Red XIII and his children, 500 years after the game, coming upon the ruins of Midgar. It is an edge case of the trope, since it's a short scene, but it only covers one character and there's no voiceover narration or text explanation.
* ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' takes place 500 years after the end of the previous game, in which time has stopped for everything except the people, no one dies, and no newborns can be conceived. The ending of the game itself takes place sometime after the new world has been created, though exactly how that world even started is left unclear.
* The final screen of ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Infinity'' [[spoiler:is set in ''the last quantum moment before the end of the universe.'']]
** Not quite as impressive, but ''Marathon 2's'' ending screen detailed events happening 10000 years after the end of the gameplay.
* Used in the VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Crescendo}}'', where the bad ending for Yuka's path takes place several years later at a class reunion
* The good ending of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. The little sisters grow up to live normal, happy lives. Oh, and you die of old age...with every little sister you saved by your side in your final moments.
* An unorthodox version in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'': [[spoiler: At the end of the game you go back 10 years into the past and save Yomiel from the meteorite. The epilogue shows what happened 10 years after that (though it's the same day as when the rest of the game was set) and how everyone's lives have changed as a result of the new timeline.]]
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' shows Welkin and Alicia married with their daughter named [[spoiler: Isara]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has a secret ending that shows that Sora is embarking on a quest 11 years after the events of the game to save most of the series' cast from their [[spoiler: NotQuiteDead fates.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce 2's'' epilogue occurs two years after the victory against Zeon.
* ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'': Chapter 6 ("Smile") is the proper final stage in the game, in which Garcian Smith discovers that his true identity is Emir Parkreiner and that the other six Smiths are actually people that he killed years ago in the Union Hotel. The epilogue, known as Cahpter 7: "Lion" is set five years later and has Garcian, having reverted back to his Emir identity, fulfilling a final mission on Battleship Island, eliminating the last few Heaven Smiles and either killing or sparing eminent Japanese politician Kenjiro Matsuoka. The very final scene is set one hundred years after that, [[spoiler:showing Harman and Kun Lan meeting again in Shanghai beginning the next cycle of their eternal game against each other.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games show the montage of your adventure's long-term consequences, most of which depend on your sidequests' results.
* The [[DarkerAndEdgier "A Wonderful Life"]] ''[[VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife Harvest Moon]]'' sub-series ends with these, after you [[BittersweetEnding die]].
* While most of ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'''s story takes place prior to the Battle of Hoth, the last mission is years later during the ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' conflict, specifically the Battle of Calamari where the World Devastators were stopped.
* The epilogue of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' occurs several millenia after the events of the finale, with an old man telling a story to a child about the series' protagonist, now known as "[[MeaningfulName The Shepard]]". In one ending, the interlude is at least 50,000 years.
-->'''Child''': Did that all really happen?\\
'''Stargazer''': Yes, but some of the details have been lost to time. It all happened so very long ago.
** With the Extended Cut, we also see still-frames showing what the various characters and factions got up to after Shepard's work was done. The possible scenes run the gamut from Awesome to Heartwarming to straight-up TearJerker territory, depending on what characters survived, and what choices Shepard made.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' ends with the protagonist as an old man, telling his story to his grandchildren.
* [[spoiler:Lily Sheerfield's]] epilogue in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' takes place a thousand years after the events of the story when [[spoiler:her mother]] finally breaks out of a sealed dimension and returns home.
* The final scene in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is set [[spoiler: 1000 years after the rest of the game, during the modern day, in which an immortal Zobek tries to enlist Gabriel (AKA Dracula) into helping him stop Satan from returning to earth]]. The sequel picks right up from that.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' Where at the end the protagonists find that [[spoiler: Due to the meteor's radiation the world had evolved quickly, and the futuristic ending is the present for them.]]
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' has this as TheStinger. Much like how [[VideoGame/LufiaAndTheFortressOfDoom the first game]] [[DistantPrologue started]] with a flashback to Maxim's final battle, ''Lufia II'' ends with Lufia meeting Maxim's descendant 90 years later.
* ''VideoGame/Uncharted4AThiefsEnd'' ends in a segment where you play as [[spoiler:Nate and Elaine's teenage daughter rummaging through her parents' old souvenirs of their adventures.]]
* During the True Ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', there's a brief flash of what appears to be [[spoiler: Venom Snake as Big Boss during the events of ''VideoGame/MetalGear1''. As well as that, slow, echoing gunshots can be heard in the background during the beginning, implied to be coming from Solid Snake as he sneaks through Outer Heaven]].
* The ''Legacy of the Confederation'' mod for ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' (released prior to the ''Brood War'' ExpansionPack) has humanity fighting a desperate HopelessWar against the alien "Roaches" (i.e. Zerg) with the aliens eventually overwhelming humanity and nearly wiping us out. The Protoss then find out about it and arrive to obliterate the Zerg on Earth before leaving without saying a word to the human survivors, although they leave some of their tech to help the survivors rebuild their civilization. The final "mission" is entirely scripted and shows a mighty fleet gathered after a TimeSkip to take the fight against the Zerg to the Koprulu Sector.
* The true ending of ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' ties directly into the ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy which is roughly between 60-50 years after the game's events. After completing Shadow Wars mode which is unlocked after the FinalBoss, [[TheHero Talion]] becomes a [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Ringwraith in service to Sauron]] and then fast-forwards to the very end of ''Return of the King'' when the One Ring is destroyed, Sauron is destroyed and Talion finally is released from his curse and [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep allowed to pass on into the afterlife]].
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'', compared to the other two entries of that franchise. They take place relatively close to each other (although there's at least a thousand years between them), with the First Flame showing no sign of permanently fading. Dark Souls 3, however, is set countless thousands of years in the future, where so many cycles have come and gone that the Flame is at risk of permanently going out, and the events of the first two games aren't just legends, but the legends of long-dead civilisations.
** Taken up to eleven with The Ringed City DLC, implied to be set even further in the future, and possibly travels further still, showing the ultimate fate of the last survivors, but also, ironically, revealing lore that originated before the first game.

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* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'' ends with jumps of 350, 116666, and finally 150000 years. Then the semi-sequel ''Webcomic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'' jumps ''700000'' years after the original. And then ''that'' sequel has a 100000 years later Distant Finale.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' the epilogue is 3 years in the future, with a dramatic ArtShift to boot. [[spoiler: Fighter and Black Mage never did find that Armor of Invincibility from the beginning of the strip.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', a high school dramedy, skips ahead 6 years in its final chapter (the previous arc having ended just before the main cast's senior year) to the characters' ClassReunion.
* ''WebComic/DominicDeegan'' shows the titular character and his wife growing old together, apparently gaining at least one child along the way. As both were effectively sterilised along the course of the plot, if they adopted or became fertile again is left up the reader.
** To a lesser degree, Dominic is given one last vision from the Heart of Magic, showing a few brief snippets of the future of his family, friends and homeland.
* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'' was given a wrap-up comic page 4 years after its abrupt last update. The main character, [[TimeSkip now in college]], explains the fates of the characters. She mastered her fat-based super powers and now used them to eat as much as she wants and keep her figure, her enemies ended up getting together and having kids, keeping them too busy to try and kill her. All the mysterious characters ended up just leaving for various reasons and her best friend gained a lot of weight in her freshman year and was revealed to be an alien.

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* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has the [=Y3K=] story, set almost a millennium after the rest of the plot, and the [[AbortedArc abortive]] '"Tech Infantry: Exodus'' project, set several centuries after that.
* ''FanFic/{{Lothiriel}}'' by [=JunoMagic=] is fan fiction of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The first 109 chapters happen in the years during and after ''The Lord of the Rings'', but chapter 110 "Epilogue" skips ahead some decades.
* ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'': In the finale, after the battle, all the player characters are asked to describe their happy ending, with an "offer" from Griffin that they can accept or reject, all wrapping up in a final epilogue scene that takes place a year after the Hunger is defeated. Justin and Clint describe what Taako and Merle have been doing in the intervening year, with loose prompts from Griffin, but when it's Magnus's turn, Griffin asks Travis [[spoiler: "How does Magnus die?" Since such a big part of Magnus's character was wanting to go down in a blaze of glory and finally reunite with his wife, it's pretty significant that instead, [[TearJerker Magnus dies peacefully of old age, surrounded by friends, and is ushered to the Astral Plane by Kravitz, who gives him special permission to stay with Julia as long as they want before they join the rest of the souls.]] ]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': The last episode took place 17 years in the future (although it seems ''much'' farther), complete with all of the generic Sci-Fi cliches about the future. It stars Filbert's kids, who ask Filbert, who suddenly is a very old man [[LampshadeHanging (This is lampshaded)]] about a banana they found in an abandoned house, which happened to be Rocko's. He tells them that a mix-up with a monkey that was intended to be launched into space eventually ended with Rocko, Heffer, Spunky, and the monkey travelling aimlessly through the stars. Because Nickelodeon could never let a show truly end, the ship they were stuck on crash lands next to Filbert's house, and the main cast suddenly meets up again, probably meant to be the start of a SpinOff. One could assume that naming a futuristic spin-off of a show with the word "modern" in the title wouldn't have been too hard, either.
* The 2nd-season finale of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Epilogue" (often mistaken for the first-season finale because the [=DVDs=] inexplicably package the first two 13-episode seasons as a single 26-episode season), was originally meant to be the series finale. It takes places some number of years after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', the Franchise/{{DCAU}} series set the farthest into the future, making it both a FullyAbsorbedFinale and a Distant Finale for the entire DCAU.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' series finale takes place when the kids of Sector V have grown up into rather old adults (who, in an artistic twist, are portrayed by real life actors rather than animated characters). Most of the episode is told via interviews and flashbacks, and attentive viewers can infer what the kids of Sector V grew up to be. [[spoiler: 2 & 5, as well as 3 & 4, end up married. Numbuh 4 found his brain at some point, being a graduate of both Harvard Medical and Yale Law.]]
* There is an ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' movie which gives closure to the series and shows us that Ginger ended up publishing her diaries. We also see that Ginger and Darren are now married and have a baby.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode where Peter declares his house an independent country after Mayor West reveals that Peter's house is not on Quahog's map ends with the entire previous 21 minutes shown as having been presented to a class of children in in a future history class in space. The only question raised was whether or not people understood Stewie when he talked (which is what a lot of fans wondered back in the early days of the show. WordOfGod reveals that people ''do'' know that Stewie can talk, but because he's a baby, they don't take his threats or cursing seriously).
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' ended with a reunion in the future, with a B-plot set in the show's "present" shown through flashbacks.
* The finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' takes place in the future with Chowder as an adult with his own apprentice.
* While not a finale per se, the season 4 episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' "Artifacts" shows archaeologists unearthing the Batcave 1000 years in the future, interspersed with a story set about 20 years from the main timeframe of the series. The episode was well-received, with nods to Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" (even using that as a TitleDrop) and other elements of Batman mythos including something that, due to its cause, you'd never expect in a Batman cartoon; Barbara being Oracle (Read ComicBook/TheKillingJoke).
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' ends with a peek ahead at Orel as an adult. He managed to overcome the hellish family situation he had, and is seen happily married to his DistaffCounterpart Christina, with two kids, and a dog.
* ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', the first LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', shows the life of Timmy Turner and his fairies 13 years after the timeframe of the cartoon. Of course, it was ''supposed'' to be the finale; it later got two sequels, the second of which is even more of a finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Creator/ChuckJones' classic "WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening" shows the plot's cycle beginning anew a century later.
** The WartimeCartoon "The Ducktators", barnyard parable about the rise of the Axis powers, ends with the peaceful dove character showing his two sons the villains' heads mounted on his wall.
--->'''Dove:''' I hate war, but once begun, well, I just didn't choose to run. So, I can point with pride and say there's three that didn't get away.
* Mixed with WhatCouldHaveBeen, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Christmas episode from season 23 ("Holidays of Futures Passed") takes place 30 years in the future, showing Bart and Lisa as parents trying to raise their children and realizing that parenting isn't as easy as it looks (Bart is a divorced dad living in what used to be Springfield Elementary School—which is now an apartment complex, while Lisa is trying to bond with her rebellious teenage daughter whom she had with Milhouse, and Maggie, now a popular singer, is about to have a child of her own). What makes it a "finale" of sorts is that it was supposed to be the last episode of the series (since the show was suffering from budget issues and FOX was considering cancellation to save money. After everyone agreed to cut the show's budget, the show was saved from cancellation and greenlit for seasons 24 and 25).
** Which is just about where they would be since the series time was "frozen" in 1989 or so.
* More of a distant penultimate episode or DenouementEpisode since it aired right before the real finale, but the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Act Your Age" is about a post-high school Phineas looking for a college and also finally {{subvert|edTrope}}ing ObliviousToLove and realizing Isabella's love for him, ultimately ending with them going to the same college together.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'''s third SeriesFauxnale, which as part of the show's NegativeContinuity was retconned in the following episode, begins in the present then ends with Meatwad in the future with a wife and two [[HalfHumanHybrid human-meat hybrid]] children after Shake, Frylock and Carl have died.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s finale ends with a flash-forward 25 years into the future.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' is this for the ''[=SpongeBob=]'' series. WordOfGod says that everything that comes after the movie, seasons 4 and onward, including the second movie, are actually prequels.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' takes place before the original film trilogy, in the early days of the war against the Empire. The final scene of the series is a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue ''after'' the original trilogy.