->''"I write this letter to you now: I know it must've brought him unexpected joy to have an opponent like you at the end of that meaningless war. ...At least that's what I want to believe. Only you, the pilot who shot him down, can confirm this. And so, I write to you..."''
-->-- [[spoiler:The narrator to the player,]] ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies''[[note]]An odd example, as all the backstory of the game is told through this letter in bits and pieces as the player progresses, and this piece happens to be shown in the final cutscene.[[/note]]

Simply put, a series ends with the narration of a letter, usually written by or for one of the main characters. This letter will usually serve as a kind of WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, explain what the long term consequences of the events of the story are, and possibly explain things that were happening concurrently with the main plot, but occurred offscreen. In visual media, the letter will usually be narrated by the character who wrote the letter via [[VoiceoverLetter voice-over]].

Any EpistolaryNovel will of course end this way, as the whole story is told through letters.

This is an {{Ending Trope|s}}, so consider yourself warned.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The epilogue in the manga of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' uses a modified version: a video-taped message from Azmaria to Satella, anticipating the day when [[spoiler:Satella would be unfrozen from crystal]]. It's used as a framing device for a flashback that covers what happened to most of the characters in the months leading up to Rosette's death, then jumps back to the "present" to show what happens to Satella and the others still living at that point.
* The end of the Hatamoto family arc of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' involves the woman getting married sending a letter to Conan, Ran and Ran's father about the aftermath of the murders.
* The epilogue in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a letter exchange between Winry and Sheska.
* At the end of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Miaka discovers a letter in her drawer from Tamahome. The letter was actually written when Keisuke asked Tamahome to return to the other world, and the latter complies as long as he can write a letter. [[spoiler:Miaka only got to read it after everything went back to normal, but given that everyone did go back to the other world after the battle with Nakago, it still fits.]]
* The [[AllThereInTheManual final Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' uses the framing device of Fate composing an email to Subaru to describe events after the end of the season.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
** Subverted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]''. Relena gets a letter from Heero, reads it, but then gets his attention and tears it in half, saying "Next time tell me in person", [[BookEnds book-ending his ripping up her birthday party invite in the first episode]]. The anime [[TheUnreveal never reveals what it said]], but the novelization of the series and the RadioDrama[=/=]manga ''Blind Target'' offer suggestions: [[spoiler:In the novel it's a goodbye letter, saying he's going to Mars to help with the {{Terraforming}} project, which was the originally scripted ending for the anime; in ''Blind Target'' it's simply "Happy Birthday".]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has narration of a letter Marina wrote to Setsuna, hoping that he finds happiness at the end of his battles, which is set over his final duel with the BigBad Ribbons Almark.
** The ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' DVD ended with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SF6c-Jw2pU two minute short]] which has China narrating a letter to her little brother Yuuma after a six-year TimeSkip.
* ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness'' ends a lot of episodes with a stinger showing a Jewelpet writing a letter concerning the Magic Gem they found during the episode.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' ends with Mai reading a letter from Takumi and Akira.
* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' ends with a letter from Fio written long after the events of the film relating what has happened to the characters over the intervening years.
* From the ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' franchise: "By the time you have read this, I will probably be dead. Although there may or may not be a body. You who have read this, please find the truth. That is my only wish."
** [[spoiler: [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Keiichi Maebara]]]]
** [[spoiler: [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Maria Ushiromiya]]]], later revealed to be [[spoiler:Yasu]]
* The ''Manga/ZatchBell'' manga ends with this.

* After Franchise/SpiderMan's years-long romance to [[DatingCatwoman Black Cat]] ends with her betrayal, Felicia sends a not-necessarily-apologetic letter explaining herself. From the comfort of her [[TropicalEpilogue tropical beach vacation]].

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''The Breakfast Club''
* ''Film/HoldingTheMan'' ends with Tim narrating a letter to his deceased lover John, telling about his trip to Italy as a private pilgrimage and how much he missed him.
* Jane Campion's ''Holy Smoke'' ends with a narrating letter from the deprogrammer to the patient with whom he had a '''highly''' improper fling.
* ''Film/EightMM'' trips at the last second by ending with an {{Anvilicious}} letter from [[spoiler:the snuff film victim's mother]].
* The ending of ''Film/TaxiDriver'' had Travis reading a letter from Iris' father. [[spoiler:Certain viewers however, insist that the letter was in Travis' own handwriting]].
* ''Film/RighteousKill'' starts and ends with a letter.
* ''Instinct''.
* Deliberately subverted in ''Film/RedDragon''.
* ''Film/TheJacket'' has the protagonist narrating a letter toward the end.
* There are two in ''WesternAnimation/LovingVincent''. Not only do the Roulins get to read the letter that Armand delivered, but Theo's widow also gifts Armand an extra letter from Vincent.
* ''Film/TheOxBowIncident'' ends with the protagonist reading a letter written by one of the victims of the lynching, which does a very nice job of bringing home the CentralTheme of the movie.
* The last scene of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has Steve Rogers voicing out his reconciliation letter to Tony Stark, while we are shown scenes of all major characters in their present circumstances.
* In ''Film/DonnieDarko'', we hear the titular character narrate his letter to Roberta Sparrow right before committing his SuicideForOthersHappiness in the final act.
* In ''Film/MazeRunnerTheDeathCure'''s epilogue, Thomas reads Newt's farewell letter hidden inside a container the latter gave him earlier.
-->''Dear Thomas,\\
This is the first letter I can remember writing. Obviously I don't know if I wrote any before the Maze, but, even if it's not my first, it's likely to be my last.\\
I want you to know that I'm not scared. Well, not of dying, anyway… It’s more forgetting. Losing myself to this virus, that’s what scares me.\\
So every night I've been saying their names out loud. Alby, Winston, Chuck, I just repeat them. Over and over, like a prayer. And it all comes flooding back. Just the little things, like where the sun used to hit the Glade at that perfect moment right before it slid beneath the walls. And I remember the taste of Frypan's stew. I'd never thought I'd miss that stuff so much.\\
And I remember you. I remember the first time you came up in the box. Just a scared little Greenie who couldn't even remember his own name. And from that moment you ran into the maze, I knew I would follow you anywhere. And I have. We all have.\\
If I could do it all over again, I would. And I wouldn't change a thing.\\
My hope for you is when you're looking back years from now, you'll be able to say the same. The future's in your hands now, Tommy. And I know you'll find a way to do what's right. You always have. Take care of everyone for me. And take care of yourself. You deserve to be happy. Thank you for being my friend. Goodbye, mate.\\

[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/TheScar'' ends with the content of Bellis' letter which she has been writing throughout the book.
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' ends this way, but it ''is'' a ScrapbookStory.
* ''Shardik'' ends with a letter by an entirely new character coming upon the scene after the action is all over.
* Several Creator/AgathaChristie novels end with a letter, usually from the killer explaining events from his/her perspective:
** ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' ends with a MessageInABottle revealing the true identity and nature of the killer and just how exactly the killer managed to pull it off.
** ''Curtain'' ends with one from Poirot to Hastings.
** ''Why Didn't They Ask Evans?'' ends with the one member of the criminal conspiracy who escaped sending a letter to Frankie.
** ''Lord Edgware Dies'' ends with a letter to Poirot from the killer.
* ''Hourglass Door'' ends with Abby reading a letter from Dante( after he has pulled off a heroic sacrifice) where he tells her she made the right choice, and that he loves her.
* ''Dragon Slippers'' ends with Luka giving Creel a letter, containing a clue that Shardas may still be alive. they run out the door together.
* ''Gerald's Game'' by Creator/StephenKing ends with Jessie writing a letter to a friend about her hospital stay.
** ''Rage'' and ''Carrie'' by the same author also end with letters.
* ''The Final Problem'' features a short note Literature/SherlockHolmes writes to Watson prior to his final battle with Moriarty.
* The final book in Vilhelm Moberg's ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' suite ends with one of Karl Oskar's neighbours writing to his relatives in Sweden to tell them that Karl Oskar has passed away. The last book is aptly titled ''The Last Letter Home''.
* ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'' by Creator/VernorVinge ends with a desperate message begging for any response after a cataclysmic surge of the slowzone ends up cutting a substantial portion of the beyond and the transcend off from access to the Known Net, disrupting communications throughout the galaxy.
* Every ''Literature/{{RedWall}}'' book ends like this.
* In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/TheChangeling'', the framing narrative concludes with a letter to Martha from Ivy, delivered to Martha in the grove by Josie. Fans of the book can probably recite the letter by heart.

[[folder: Theatre ]]
* In the epilogue of ''Theatre/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'', Francesca receives a letter from Robert telling her about his life [[spoiler:and death]] and how he has loved her all the while.

[[folder: Video Game ]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is described in a letter from an unspecified sender, presumed to be Vivi. He has [[spoiler:presumably died in the meantime, but he's 100% absent one way or another.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' ends with Penelo narrating a letter to Larsa.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' ends with a letter by one of the surviving cast members (Krile by default), depending on which party members were [=KOed=] at the end of the final battle.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' ends with Goombella e-mailing Mario to tell him what everyone's been doing since Mario last saw them.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Brood War'' ends with Gerard Dugalle sending an email to his wife, describing [[spoiler: his inability to tame the Zerg or conquer the Terran Dominion, and confessing that he was responsible for the death of his best friend Alexei Stukov.]]
* The [[MultipleEndings Good Ending]] of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' has [[spoiler:Hanako]] writing back to her family after leaving for greener pastures in another Netherworld.
* ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}: Black Plague'' exhibits a rather obvious example of this, with the ending [[spoiler: being when Phillip e-mails an unknown friend asking him to destroy all of the Tuurngait parasites.]]
* The normal endings of ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' (Leave, Maria, and In Water) end with Mary's [[spoiler:real]] letter to James.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' has this as its entire FramingDevice, a set of letters written to the player charicter [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mobius One]] by a man who was a kid at the time of the war. [[spoiler: He is writing to you to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone reassure]] you that [[WorthyOpponent Yellow 13]] did not begrudge you killing him by shooting him down over Farbanti, as well as to tell you his story so that you know his understanding of the man you killed, and whose [[WhatTheHellHero love interest]] [[PlayerPunch you killed]] before that, is accurate. He concludes in a [[TearJerker heart-breaking]] manner, basically stating, "Yellow 13 died happy." You never learn [[{{AFGNCAAP}} Yellow 13's or the narrator's names either.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker2'', when you've successfully raised your daughter until she's eighteen and leaves the house, the game ends with the player character receiving a letter from her a few years later in which she nostalgically looks back at the time when you raised her as a child. Her thoughts on it depend on how you've raised her, which makes for some decent replay value.
* ''VideoGame/Freespace2'' ends with a letter from the Admiral in charge of the fleet you've been serving in, with variations based upon whether the player survived the final battle or not.
* ''VideoGame/AzraelsTear'' ends with a letter or journal entry from the brother of one of the main characters, describing what happened after the protagonist left Aeternis with the Grail.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* The ending of ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red Vs Blue: Reconstruction]]'' finishes with a final letter to the Chairman of the Oversight Committee from the Director of Project Freelancer [[spoiler: signed, Leonard Church]]
** Of course, ''every'' episode of ''Reconstruction'', including the finale, ''starts'' with a message either from the Director to the Chairman or vice versa.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', the critic narrates his glowing newspaper review in the final scene.
* This happens OncePerEpisode in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' with [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] writing a letter to Princess Celestia about whatever [[AnAesop lesson about friendship]] she learned that particular day.