An element that appears at the conclusion of every episode
, chapter, or Story Arc
. It can be dialogue
, or Paratext
. Either way, it informs the audience that the episode/arc is over, without resorting to a generic "The End
" or "To Be Continued
..." title card.
For some viewers, On the Next
and Closing Credits
tend to function like this (even though that's probably not the intent of the creators). Oh, Cisco!
is the variation that ends every ep with a joke, which may lead to everybody laughing
. May include a catchphrase
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to So Once Again, the Day Is Saved
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- Many anime shows have the ending theme start to fade in during the last scene.
- From Space Battleship Yamato: "Hurry Star Force, there are only 214 days left to save the Earth..."
- Kamen no Maid Guy has the countdown to Naeka's birthday.
- Episodes of Cowboy Bebop ended with a small text slogan on a black background; most episodes ended with "See You Space Cowboy..." Certain episodes that were dramatically significant ended differently, usually with a line that indirectly related to the character development that had occurred. "You're Gonna Carry That Weight" was used at the close of the final episode after Spike and Vicious (possibly) kill each other.
- The best subversion was in the episode with Andy, a literal Space Cowboy. At the end of the episode, after he's been defeated, he shows up again, now a samurai. Sure enough, the ending says "See you Space Samurai..."
- The Big O ended with a black-and-white text card, reading either "We Have Come To Terms" or "No Side," depending on the results of the negotiations in the episode, or "To Be Continued" for a multi-part story. The holiday episode used "Merry Christmas" instead.
- Interestingly, Season 2 was a completely uninterrupted string of "To Be Continued"'s all the way to the last episode of the season (and thus, the series). The very last frame of the show finally gives us "We Have Come To Terms" (yeah, sure, I guess you can call it that, show).
- Daa! Daa! Daa! has Wannya writing on his electronic diary.
- Almost entirely done in Code Geass, as virtually every episode of both seasons ends with some form of a cliffhanger (and on top of that, a decent percentage of the cliffhangers involve screwing over/complicating the protagonist's plans in some way).
- Every episode of Hamtaro would end with Laura saying that it had been a great day, that the next day would be even better, and Hamtaro squeaking in agreement.
- Pokémon does the "To Be Continued..." sign at the end of every episode on the corner of the screen. The narrator, at least dub-wise, always says some sort of speech relating with the last scene to overlap with this.
- Actually, this is a somewhat-regular occurrence in anime (and other Japanese TV shows as well) with continuing stories (i.e., it doesn't always happen). Each episode until the finale will say "Tsuzuku" (which means "To Be Continued). Once a show reaches the final episode, it will then say "Owari" ("[The] End").
- A variation of the above occurs in One Piece. The first two episodes had "TSUZUKU" in a large font. All episodes thereafter say "TO BE CONTINUED" in English with big letters.
- Every episode of Transformers Super God Masterforce ended with the narrator exclaiming "Now, you too use the Masterforce to TRANSFORM!"
- In Hidamari Sketch, Yuno (or any character who's the center of the episode's story from the second season) got a Furo Scene reflecting that episode's events at the end of each episode.
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou not only has the Ending Theme fade-in thing, but also uses the time between the start of the fade-in and the start of the actual ending sequence to put on the screen a tanka poem that somewhat reflects the events of the episode. This effect doesn't change even when the default ending song gets replaced in some of the character-centered episodes; the only time it gets altered is the series' finale, where the ending song plays over the next-to-the-last scene, and the poem appears at the very end of the episode.
- The Tatami Galaxy features a sequence at the end of every episode except the final one to signify the continuation of the "Groundhog Day" Loop by having the main clock of Watashi's university rewinding and the events of the episode flashing by, to be immediately followed by the ending theme.
- About every short episode of Axis Powers Hetalia ends with "To be continued... maybe".
- In The Legend of Total Drama Island, every chapter posted to date except for the prologue ends thusly: "The hour was growing late, so Brett's mother left off her tale and suggested that he prepare for bed."
- James Bond movies' endings have evolved since Dr. No, but the vast majority (at least pre-reboot) end with a scene of Bond and the Bond Girl together, often with a Double Entendre One-Liner to close out the movie.
- Bond movies also nearly always end with the statement during the ending credits: JAMES BOND WILL RETURN.
- In a documentary about the making of The World Is Not Enough, the makers commented that "You need an ending that's like 'Bond and the girl escape in a rubber raft while the villain's base blows up', but isn't actually 'Bond and the girl escape in a rubber raft while the villain's base blows up.'"
- Superman flies off into space every time.
- Harry Potter has the last line in every film except for the last one, where he shares an exchange with his son, instead.
- Every Scary Movie film ends with someone getting hit by a car.
- Compare the last words from each of the Wayside School books:
- Sideways Stories From Wayside School: "Everybody booed."
- Wayside School Is Falling Down: "Everybody mooed."
- Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger: "Everybody oohed."
- Sharpe novels usually end with the title of the book, e.g. Sharpe's Tiger ends with "It was Sharpe's tiger."
- Every book in A Series of Unfortunate Events ends with a letter to the editor (thoroughly detailing where he may find the manuscript of the next book) and a full page illustration which contained a hint about a certain theme within the next book.
- Standard fairytale ending: "And they [all] lived happily ever after [except for X]."
- Arabian Nights endings are more restrained "They lived happily until there came to them the One Who Destroys All Happiness." (i.e., death) Sweet dreams, kids!
- Every Discworld Watch novel ends with Vimes and the Watch being rewarded usually by the Patrician, and often in a way that reflects the changing politics of the books:
- Originally, in Guards! Guards!, the gag was that the only reward they wanted was a small wage increase, a kettle and a dartboard. (And even then, Sergeant Colon thought they were pushing it.)
- Men at Arms starts out the same way, before it turns out that the reason Carrot wants a new kettle is because he plans the Watch's increase to 56 officers (from six), and the reopening of the section houses. Vimes becomes Commander of the Watch and (reluctantly) a knight.
- In Feet of Clay, the Patrician does a McCloud Speech, saying that since Vimes has upset every Guild leader in the city, his wages will have to be increased again. "And I expect they need a new dart-board in the Watch House? They usually do, I recall."
- In Jingo, Vimes insists there's nothing the Patrician can offer that will make him accept a Dukedom ("We've got the Watch set up, we've almost got the numbers, the widows and orphans fund is so big the men are queuing up for the dangerous beats, and the dartboard we've got is nearly new!"), before getting caught off-guard by Vetinari's suggestion that the history of Sam's regicidal ancestor might be re-examined. Nobby and Fred, meanwhile, are rewarded by being put in charge of Traffic Control ("A chance to be 'self-financing' and not get shot at.")
- Since Vimes is still in Uberwald at the end of The Fifth Elephant, it's Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the dwarfs who rewards the Watch for their aid. This includes the very political aknowledgement of Cheery (an openly female dwarf) and Detritus (a troll) as friends of the Low King. Vimes is given a dwarfish battle-axe, an ironic thing for a king to give a Vimes.
- At the end of Night Watch, Vetinari suggests commemorating the Watchmen who died on the 25th of May, but Vimes shoots this down. He reiterates there's nothing he wants ("We don't even need a new bloody dartboard!"), but the Patrician again catches him off-guard, this time by re-opening the Treacle Mine Road Watch House.
- Thud! ends with Vimes in Uberwald again. Sybil says that Vetinari would be wondering how to reward him, and he replies "He can go on wondering. I've got everything I want." ... leading to an Ironic Echo Cut back to the city, where Carrot is telling the Patrician that "Commander Vimes wouldn't settle for anything less" than sixty new officers to join the Watch.
- Played with in Snuff; the reward scene comes two thirds of the way through the book, complete with Vimes getting a new title as King of the River for saving The Wonderful Fanny. When Vimes and Vetinari have their conversation at the end the Patrician is not in a mood to reward him.
- The Riftwar Cycle: "Ah, Arutha, you take all the fun out of life!"
- In the epilogues (or prologues) of the books of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, the P.O.V. character narrating that chapter dies.
- At the end of every Clue book, Mr. Boddy is supposedly killed.
- Every book in the Sweet Valley High universe (Twins, High, University, etc), ended with a preview of the next book, as something that may have been hinted at throughout the book's plot (a couple arguing, a person feeling pressured about school/home) now took center stage in the book's final chapter.
Live Action TV
- Welcome Back, Kotter: Part of a bookend, where each episode began and ended with Kotter telling a joke (usually ending in a bad pun) about one of his relatives.
- Superior Court: The 1980s courtroom drama (promoted as bringing "real people, real cases, real drama" through presentations of fictional cases) always ended each story with a "Where Are They Now"-type epilogue, telling viewers what happened to the principal characters of each case. Sometimes, if a major social issue was involved, the narrator told what happened as the result of said case.
- Quantum Leap always ended with Sam leaping into a new identity and saying "Oh, boy." The scene would then double as the beginning of next week's show. Most of these scenes contained no connection to the story that had just ended, so that they could be swapped between episodes if the network felt like changing the air order. Some syndication packages have the same ending appended to multiple episodes.
- In The Prisoner, a photo of Number 6's face rises from a bird's-eye view of the Village. Bars slam shut.
- Yes Minister almost always (Jobs For The Boys was an exception) ends with a character, usually Sir Humphrey, saying "Yes, Minister" - in an astonishing variety of different intonations. When the title was changed to Yes, Prime Minister...
- The Tracey Ullman Show always ended with Tracey emphatically telling the audience to "Go home!"
- Carol Burnett always tugged on her ear at the end of her shows.
- It was a holdover from her days on stage. She did this as a covert way of saying "I love you" to her grandmother.
- Knight Rider (and probably a lot of 1980s action series) ended with stock footage of the car, and earlier episodes had a narrative epilogue as well.
- Up until about the start of The Nineties, most Sit Coms would end on a freeze frame, with the studio audience applauding the episode.
- The freeze frame was parodied by Police Squad!, where the credits would roll while the principal characters stand really still, and everything around them continued moving. (Plus, before each freeze frame scene, Drebin would casually rhyme off every criminal caught in the series to date as part of a conversation.)
- Quite a few series have the credits music kick in a few seconds before the credits. Doctor Who's electronic "scream" comes to mind.
- And EastEnders' iconic "Dun-dun, dun, dun, d-d-dun-dun." drumbeats. In fact one episode of EastEnders even had the latter two blended together in one episode; when Bradley and Stacey Branning were at a Doctor Who convention, the "scream" was played as part of the convention 'atmosphere' just before the drumbeats showed up so one segued into the other.
- The Waltons would end with the family telling each other good night.
- Most episodes of Sliders ended with the group sliding into the next world. In the earliest episodes, they tried linking one episode to the next with a Quantum Leap-style tag scene, but the tags couldn't be shuffled between episodes because the characters' clothing needed to match. When the network aired a cliffhanger resolution the week before the cliffhanger, the producers gave up.
- Almost every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series ended with music playing over a shot of the Enterprise sailing through the starfield.
- Dragnet usually ended with the narrator describing the fate of the accused over a shot of the perp looking uncomfortably at the mugshot camera.
- Sesame Street: Each show ends with the "sponsor" announcement: "Sesame Street was brought to you today by ..." the featured letter(s) and number. Following this was a listing of corporate sponsors.
- The Electric Company: The original 1970s version used two:
- During the first season (1971-1972), the last act of each day was the soap opera parody "Love of Chair," followed by "And now, the last word ... " where a word, often having to do with one of the sounds of the day was read.
- For the remainder of the series (1972-1977), a "next episode" teaser was played instead ("Next time on The Electric Company, the cook says ..." followed by a frozen action shot and a muted "wah-wah"-type sound.) This was omitted on the final episode of each season.
- In turn, much like Sesame Street, the corporate credits — a listing of corporate sponsors — was played. Before the roll, one of the cast members read the following: "The Electric Company is a production of ... the Children's Television Workshop.")
- Every episode of NCIS between "Bete Noire" and the season 1 finale ended with the same shot of Gibbs' computer running a photo database ID search attempting to identify the terrorist from "Bete Noire", signifying Gibbs' obsessive quest to find the mysterious terrorist Ari.
- Every episode of Mamas Family ended with an Establishing Shot of the house, and Mama always spoke the last line, which was always a zinger.
- Almost every episode of Boston Legal ended with Denny and Allan discussing the episode's Aesop (or lack thereof) over Scotch and cigars on their balcony.
- Doogie Howser MD always ends with Doogie typing in his journal about a lesson he learned from the events of the episode.
- The Two Ronnies ended with their catchphrase of "It's goodnight from me..." "...and it's goodnight from him."
- Most Top Gear episodes end with Jeremy Clarkson saying "...and on that bombshell..." or variants thereof, with few exceptions. (Such as when Clarkson was caught and devoured by a pack of hunting dogs.)
- Beakmans World always ended just like it began: Don and Herb Penguin give an Oh, Cisco!-type joke, then turn off the teevee.
- The classic '50s sitcom The Honeymooners almost always ended with Jackie Gleason's saying to his wife "Baby, you're the greatest" followed by a kiss.
- With the exceptions being the first part of a two-parter (or the first two parts of the series opener when divided into three parts), every episode of the original Battlestar Galactica series ended with a shot of the fleet and Lorne Greene's voiceover describing the premise of the series.
"Fleeing the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest. A shining planet known as Earth."
- Every episode of The Daily Show ends with a "Moment of Zen," which is usually a funny clip pertaining to something mentioned during the show.
- Made In Canada (generally known elsewhere as The Industry) always ended with a character, usually Richard (Rick Mercer), looking at the camera and saying "I think that went well," usually when something has gone terribly wrong for another character. Alternatively, the character for whom something has gone terribly wrong (usually Victor or Alan) will look at the camera and say, "This is not good."
- Most shows by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer conclude with a characteristic musical duet (sometimes with changed lyrics to fit the episode). Vic Reeves Big Night Out had "Oh Mr Songwriter," The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer had "I Love the Smell..." and Shooting Stars had a reprise of the opening "Welcome to Shooting Stars."
- Once every episode of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego ends, there's only one more thing that needs to be done, AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?! "Do it, Rockapella!"
- Roundhouse would end every episode with an occasionally random segue into the line "Reprise the theme song, and roll the credits!"
- The Red Skelton Show: "Good night, and may God bless."
- On The Red Green Show, The Possum Lodge meeting is called. Red gives a risqué message to his wife, and then says "On behalf of me and Harold and everyone else here at Possum Lodge... keep your stick on the ice."
- Wonder Woman ended episodes on a freeze frame of Lynda Carter smiling.
- Touched by an Angel ended (and began) with a dove flying around the scene. No matter how the scene started. There's even one in a Snow Globe!
- The Twilight Zone always ended with a epilogue by series creator Rod Serling concluding with the words "...in the Twilight Zone." or something similar. Rod actually started appearing on screen after the first season finale, in which a character broke the fourth wall to talk to Rod.
- Most, but not all episodes of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour ended with a closing skit in which Fleagle would "adjourn" the club meeting; he would usually say "The Banana Splits Club is now officially adjourned," or some other variation.
- Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company M-I-C... see ya real soon! K-E-Y... Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E.
- Johnny Bago sends a letter home to his mother, giving her news about his travels...and the Mafia intercepts her mail, so they also know what he's up to.
- In the sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, every episode of the last 2 series ended with Stephen Fry making a bizarre cocktail and serving it up, after instructing Hugh Laurie "Please Mr Music, will you play?" Laurie played the theme tune on the piano (and made trumpet noises with his mouth), and each show concluded with the toast "soupy twist."
- Frequently occurs on news shows, with the anchor's trademark signoff. Edward R. Murrow's "Good night and good luck," later stolen by Keith Olbermann, who now uses "That's Countdown, on this the [XXXXth] day since the previous president declared Mission Accomplished in Iraq. I'm Keith Olbermann, good night and good luck."
- As the George W. Bush Presidency started winding down, he'd add, "Congratulations on getting through another day of this crap."
- Cold Case has this down to a science. Every episode concludes with a sombre montage which is bound to include:
- Period music from the same time as the flashback segments of the preceding episode.
- Shots of the major characters in the case doing things in the present, as both their "present" and "past" selves.
- The case itself being re-filed in the evidence room, with the word "closed" stamped on it.
- An apparition of the murder victim (s), seen briefly by one of the detectives (or one of their loved ones) before fading from sight.
- Many old game shows, especially those produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, would end with The Announcer signing off for the show over the ending credits, audience applause, and scenes of the winners. For example, "This is Gene Wood speaking for Family Feud. A Mark Goodson Television Production." Substitute name of show and announcer's name as needed. (Occasionally this would be accompanied with a short production or legal note, e.g. "The third contestant on today's show was found to be ineligible and his prizes were forfeited.") The Price Is Right is the only show that still does this.
- Speaking of The Price Is Right, when Bob Barker was the host, he ended every show since the '80s by imploring people to spay or neuter their pets.
- At the end of Kenan & Kel, Kenan would ask Kel to grab three random items, meet him at a random location, and call him a random nickname. Kel would then end the episode with his trademark, "Awwww, here it goes!"
- Amanda Bynes ended every episode of The Amanda Show by telling the audience, "Well, that's our show. I gotta go ________. See ya!" The blank would always be some bizarre or impossible task, such as "overthrow Canada" or "stir-fry a bikini."
- LOST consistently ended with the word "LOST" in white over a black screen, but for one notable exception: when Season 5 ended with the explosion of the hydrogen bomb, it was reversed so that "LOST" was written in black over a white screen.
- Charmed: every season ended with a door, mostly that of the Halliwells' house, being telekinetically closed by Prue, by a ghost of a dead Halliwell, like Prue, or just closing.
- Beyond Belief Fact Or Fiction: Jonathan Frakes would end each story with a pun.
- Every episode of the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley (except one) ends with the Vicar telling the verger Alice a joke. Alice usually doesn't get the joke, so the Vicar has to try, unsuccessfully, to explain the punchline. Only one episode does not end with a joke, but in that episode the joke is at the beginning.
- Tales Of The Riverbank would end with the narrator starting to relate an anecdote...
"But that is another story."
- Nearly every episode of Mork and Mindy ended with Mork's report to Orson. ("Mork calling Orson, come in, Orson.") The execptions are the Christmas Special, the finale of season 3 (which ended with Mork and Mindy confessing their love to one another), and several season 4 episodes.
- Every episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse ended with Pee-Wee riding on his red motor scooter after flying out of his playhouse. Later episodes showed him wearing a red one-eyed monster helmet, and also had him fly past Mt. Rushmore.
- Reading Rainbow: "I'll see ya next time!"
- Brum the sentient car would always return to the museum, and the curator would discover a memento of his latest adventure in the back seat.
- In Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the mad scientists would end the show by pushing a button to cut off the transmission. In fact, Dr. Forrester's "Push the button, Frank," became something of a catch phrase. (During season one it was "File this, Larry.") This was dropped when the show moved to Sci-Fi Channel.
- After the ending credits there was usually a "stinger", a short bizarre scene or quote from the film they watched that episode.
- The first few episodes of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin ended with a despairing scream from Reginald. This was phased out.
- Wipeout (2008): "Good night...and big balls."
- "Jesse's got metal to burn and sparks to fly! The next Monster Garage challenge ...is just...around...the bend!"
- In The Avengers, Steed and Mrs Peel would depart the area into the distance in whatever conveyance was available or appropriate.
- Frasier ends with 'Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs' being played over a scene.
- Lamb Chop's Play-Along "This is the song that doesn't end...yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because" (repeat!)
- Barney "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family...."
- Most episodes featured a segment called "Barney Says," where Barney recaps the episode, but it's not nearly as iconic as "I Love You."
- Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In always ended with Dan and Dick saying goodnight (Dan: "Say goodnight, Dick." Dick: "Goodnight, Dick!"), followed by the joke wall, some blackouts then have the sound of one person clapping during the ending graphics and the NBC snake logo.
- American Bible Challenge: "If you don't know your Bible, you don't have a prayer!"
- Every episode of The Man Show ended with girls jumping on trampolines over the credits.
- "And the clown jumped over the moon!"
- Mr. Belvedere: The titular Mr. Belvedere writing in his journal making observations about his host family.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun: The family, sitting on a rooftop, discusses what (they think) they've learned about human civilization.
- Every episode of Dong Yi will end with a close-up shot of Dong Yi before cutting into the credits.
- MacGruber sketches end with a cry of "MacGruber!" over a shot of the location exploding.
- Every episode of Spooks ends with a colour-inverted version of the episode's final shot, before (with the exception of season finales) cutting to the On the Next.
- Each Fortysomething episode ended with Paul and Estelle going to bed at night.
- Every episode of 2 Broke Girls ends with a counter showing the amount of money the titular characters have saved up to start their cupcake business. It can go up or down depending on what happened in the episode.
- Most Cheers episodes had an abrupt ending — the last word (typically a Punchline) was immediately followed by a cut to black.
- An exception: In one episode, Sam did an old The Three Stooges trick. Saying "come here, porcupine," he grabbed Rebecca's nose between two fingers of his clenched fist, then slapped his fist away. When she told him that hurt, he said it was all in fun like with the Stooges. She immediately repeated the same trick on him. They cut to black just as her hand connected with her fist. Then there was the sound of a very loud slap. Then Sam yelled, "OW! Hey, the Stooges didn't bleed!"
- Sometimes, one more line can be heard. In "Death Takes A Holiday On Ice", which ends with Carla heading to the backroom to play a game of billiards. After the cut to black, we hear the cue ball hitting the balls and one falling into a pocket.
- Nearly every episode of Scrubs ends with JD comparing and tying together all the different plot threads in a voiceover, either learning An Aesop or making an observation of some sort. Subverted as often as not in later seasons, but the lack of a summation to make sense of everything usually only occurs in particularly bleak or jarring episodes (for example, "My Lunch").
- King Of The Nerds: Each episode concludes with the eliminated contestant marching out of the mansion, as they narrate their last goodbyes and wistful music plays... until one of the hosts taps an iPad, obliterates them the moment before they set foot off the property, and makes a cheesy pun about it.
- From 1973 to 2001, all but two episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ended with Rogers singing "It's Such A Good Feeling".
- The two exceptions were opera episodes from The Eighties, where the song was presumably cut for time (they also opened with a Truncated Theme Tune).
- Before that, from 1968-70, every episode closed with the song "Tomorrow". The 1971 season featured a different closing song ("The Weekend Song") on Fridays, while the 1972 season featured a rotation between "Good Feeling" and the two previous songs.
- Every episode of JAG ended with a freeze frame, usually of one or two of the main characters either smiling or showing a concerned look.
- Good Luck Charlie had Teddy's last entry in the video diary for that episode, which always ended with a Title Drop.
- Pyramid: "For now, Dick Clark... So long."
- Press Your Luck: "Until next time, this is Peter Tomarken saying thanks for pressing your luck, bye-bye!"
- Nearly every episode of Duck Dynasty ends with the Robertson clan gathered around the dinner table, where Phil (or occasionally Willie) prays over the food, followed by Willie narrating the Aesop.
- Singled Out always ended with the set turned into a dance floor open to all of the day's contestants.
- The UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? ended with "It just remains for me to thank (the four panelists), Richard Vranch at the piano, this is me, Clive Anderson, saying goodnight. Goodnight."
- Hee Haw always closed with the assembled cast singing a "so long" song. Originally, it was a somber-toned, "We love the time we spend with you...." changed in the last season to a more upbeat, "So long, we sure had a good time..." This would be followed by Cathy Baker poking her head through an opening in the wall and announcing perkily, "That's all!"
- In Little Nemo, Nemo wakes and falls out of bed or is woken up by something in the last panel of every page.
- Paper Mario and its sequels had "END OF CHAPTER" followed by a plot summary after the defeat of each major boss.
- In fact, nearly every Mario game has something like this: Hopping on the pole, playing a card-matching game, or in the 3D games getting a magic star-shaped item signified the end of a normal level, and usually the rescue of some significant being signified the end of the Zone (Toads/Princess in the original, Kings of the Kingdom in the third).
- Super Paper Mario also narrates Timpani/Tippi and Blumiere/Count Bleck's backstory piece by piece once each chapter is ended.
- For the Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games, the non-final acts of each zone would be concluded by whizzing past a revolving sign that changes from Robotnik/Eggman's face to Sonic's (or another character if Sonic's not the one being used). Sonic 3 And Knuckles maintained this tradition, even when there was a miniboss at the end of these zones, by having the sign fall from the sky after you defeat the miniboss.
- The final act of each zone would conclude with you opening a capsule of captured animals after the boss fight.
- Knuckles Chaotix instead ended every zone by having a giant ring fall out of Dr. Eggman's latest contraption.
- When a level in Devil May Cry is cleared, the screen fills with bullet holes and shatters to reveal the ranking screen.
- Race victories in Need for Speed: Most Wanted are punctuated by a camera zooming in and taking a picture of your car.
- After important events (For example, saving Mesarthim in Asellus' game, or receiving the gift for a new school of magic in Blue's) in SaGa Frontier ends with a portrait of either the protagonist you're using, or an important character from it.
- Ōkami ends every boss battle with a victory howl from Amaterasu. (It gets subverted in the battle against Yami when he doesn't stay down the first time and drains all the power from Ammy, but then Ammy comes back to kick ass anyway.
- In Astal, when the title character clears a level, he yells "YATTA!!" (even in the English versions where he and all other characters are voiced by Lani Minella).
- When Japanese video games released in the U.S. display "owari" (which consists of the hiragana o, wa, and ri) at the end of the credits, it will usually be replaced by "END," in which the three English letters substitute each of the three Japanese kana.
- Every game in the Ace Attorney series ends with the protagonist shouting "OBJECTION!"
- The second game suggests that the player shout it into the DS microphone. Of course, you don't have to; just press A at that point and the ending will still play.
- Every Goemon Impact boss battle in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (except the last one, being the Final Boss of the game) ends with Impact punching down the boss at its moment of defeat, then the boss blows up, one of Impact's eyes flashes, then the Mystical Ninja logo drops down.
- Suikoden games typically end with still screens rattling off every character you recruited for the hero's army, and their fates following the game. Occasionally, these things would reference earlier or later games. In a few instances, depending on the player's actions, the ending text could differ for certain characters.
- Every mission in Mass Effect 2 ends with an after action report from the Illusive Man and a snippet of his theme.
- In inFamous 2, every time after absorbing a Blast Core, the screen will go black and inform how many miles The Beast is away from your location, and how many Blast Cores is still needed to activate the RFI.
- Every Homestar Runner cartoon has "Back" and "Again" buttons appear. In addition, the Strong Bad Email cartoons feature The Paper printing off Strong Bad's email address, and the Teen Girl Squad cartoons end with an "iT'S OVER!" title card.
- "This is The Necro Critic, saying..."
- Warning Readers Advisory: "Until the next time you get lost down here, this is Derek the Bard. Be seeing you."
- Philip DeFranco of the, you guessed it, Philip DeFranco Show signs off his news program with the phrase, "I'm Philip DeFranco, and you've just been Philled in..."
- Epic Meal Time: "Next Time, we Eat X!"
- Many reviewers on That Guy with the Glasses always conclude their reviews with a stinger, featuring a bizarre quote or scene from the film they reviewed that particular episode, The Nostalgia Critic and The Cinema Snob, for instance. A lot of characters also have more individualistic sign-offs, for example:
- The Nostalgia Critic: "I'm The Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to."
- Bum Reviews: "This is Chester A. Bum saying...change? Ya got change?! C'mon, help a guy out!" And so forth. This used to be followed be a brief text review from his actor, Doug Walker, saying what he really thought of the film, until people got curious enough about his opinions that he started doing longer film reviews adjacent to the Bum's.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses: "And remember, there's no such thing as a stupid question, until you ask it."
- Bad Movie Beat Down: "I'm Matthew Buck, beating down bad movies everywhere."
- Atop the Fourth Wall: A quick recap of the comic's major flaws, usually immediately preceded by some variant of "This comic sucks!"
- That SciFi Guy: The "Sci-Fi Clip of the Week", similar to The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen".
- FiveMinute.net sci-fi TV parodies traditionally end with the ship warping off "at Ludicrous Speed." If it isn't a ship-based series, something else will happen at Ludicrous Speed.
- Caustic Critic game reviewers like The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Irate Gamer will often finish by destroying the cartridge, either through special effects or by literally breaking it.
- Tabletop ends with one scene where Wil talks with the losers on the loser couch, and going up and congratulating the winner. The seasons split the latter scene into two endings. Season 1 had him give a trophy to the winner, then take it back because the studio could only afford one trophy while Season 2 had him give away a certificate.
- Porky Pig's Catch Phrase at the end of many Looney Tunes shorts, "T-T-T-That's all, folks!"
- It wasn't always Porky. In the early days it was said (minus stutter, of course) by various characters, like Bosko or Buddy. For the early Merrie Melodies, it was a nameless jester character. There are even a few cartoons that end with Bugs Bunny saying, "And that's the end!"
- The Earthworm Jim TV series would literally Drop The Cow on someone, usually Jim.
- In Inspector Gadget, after his nefarious scheme is foiled, Claw would threaten, "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!" over the end credits.
- Tiny Toon Adventures, in a nod to Looney Tunes, had several of the show's characters giving their own unique parting words:
Babs and Buster:
"Say good night, Babs." "Good night, Babs." Babs and Buster wearing Hawaiian shirts:
"Parting is such sweet sorrow.
"It's been surreal!" (initiates Iris Out
with a remote) Buster:
"And that's a wrap!" Elmyra:
"Let the show begin!
" Byron Bassett
(sniffs the ring for a bit) ".......Woof!" Furball:
"Au revoir, ma petite potato de couch.
"SHOOOOOOOOOOOWW OVER!!!" (eats the entire screen, leaving only his eyes, which fall down) Baby Plucky:
"I wanna flush it again."
* Similarly, Animaniacs
has a final gag with the Warners (or sometimes other characters) popping out of the water tower.
- Pinky and the Brain usually ended with this exchange, or a slight variation on it:
: "Let's get back to the lab and plan for tomorrow night." Pinky
: "Why, Brain? What are we going to do tomorrow night?" Brain
: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to Take Over the World
- Here are some of the slight variations:
"try to take over the world from Joyce DeWitt!"
"try to take over Chia World!"
(in an episode that takes place in Shakespearean
times): "try to take over the Globe...Theater!
(in a tongue twisting episode) "try to wake over the torld!"
(in a Very Special Episode
where the Brain gets hooked on cigarettes): "* coughs* try to quit smoking. Hand me that Nicorette patch."
(in episodes where Pinky and the Brain actually have to save
the world from Brain's Arch-Nemesis
): "The same thing we didn't
do last night, Pinky: try to take over the world!
(in the episode where the Brain gives sentience to the Earth) "Well, there's one thing we can do: try to take over the moon!"
(in Wakko's Wish
) "plan for the sequel where we'll take over the kingdom and the world!
(in which the Brain suffers a Never Recycle Your Schemes
What now, Brain? Back to our mushroom house to prepare for tomorrow night? Brain:
No, Pinky. We shall stop at a pharmacy and purchase a tube of denture adhesive and then attach our bodies to the bottom of Air Force One
So we can take over the world? Brain:
No, it's just fun, fun, silly-willy
(in which the duo become popular children's show characters in The Fifties
Come, Pinky. We have work to do. Pinky:
You mean taking over the world? Brain:
No, Pinky. Finding a good hiding place.
(in which the Brain tries to create a story about himself as a folklore hero)
Pinky: What are we going to do tomorrow night, Big Crabby See-Saw Kwanzaa Hot Mutton Chop Zekenote ?
Brain: Work on learning each other's names, and then... try to take over the world!
(last, but not least, in a rare daytime episode involving their "day jobs" as lab mice in mazes): Brain
: We must prepare for tomorrow morning. Pinky
: What are we going to do tomorrow morning? Brain
: The same thing we do every morning, Pinky: run through that stupid maze.
- And of course, there's the subversion in the episode "Ambulatory Abe":
Brain: Come, Pinky, we must—well, you know.
- There's also the trademark voiceover ending of "They're dinky, they're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain..." just before the end credits music. Certain episodes change this slightly in either the wording or the delivery. The Halloween episode had demon voices saying it followed by Pinky's Catch Phrases and the Devil yelling "Stop that!"
- Three Delivery ends each episode the same way: The trio and Nana put the rescued recipe in the cookbook before returning to the restaurant for another comedic moment.
- Nearly every episode of The Powerpuff Girls ended with a shot of the titular protagonists and the narrator exclaiming, "And So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!" The only exceptions are when the ending segment is purposefully subverted.
- Where the girls don't save the day, in "Him Diddle Riddle": "And so... uh... hmm... yeah."
- When the girls get fed up with the people of Townsville's Dying Like Animals attitude and force them to destroy a monster without the girls' help: "... the day is saved with no thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. Hey... I did that all by myself!"
- When the Time Travel episode reveals Mojo Jojo's caused the Stable Time Loop that led to the girls' existence: "And So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... but thanks originally to Mojo Jojo who, once again, had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls!"
- This variant is used twice. Once when it's revealed that he caused the Chemical X accident, which led to the creation of the Powerpuff Girls, and again when it's revealed that his attempt to kill Professor Utonim as a child was foiled by the Powerpuff Girls, leading to his interest in science and his attempt to create the three perfect girls.
- When the episode centered around a couple of elderly heroes who were out to fight their out-of-retirement, equally elderly foes, and Blossom refused to allow the girls to intervene: the episode ends with all the old men falling over and breaking various limbs. Instead of the narrator, an in-story newscaster says over the end card "in this reporter's opinion, all this could have been averted if the Powerpuff Girls had just saved the day."
- The episode "Boogie Frights" ended with the narrator beating the audience over the head with the ironic use of "the day is saved" while the girls try to sleep in their bed (Bubbles in particular was not bothered at all).
- The episode where Antidote X is introduced ended with, 'And the day is saved by the little girls'
- In the episode where the Powerpuff Girls are given a curfew, letting the villains run amuck at night, they finally beat them when they're told it's Daylights Savings Time and it's actually an hour earlier ended with "And the day is saved thanks to... Benjamin Franklin for coming up with the idea to move clocks back an hour to save on lamp oil."
- "And for the first, and final time... * sniff* the day... is saved... thanks to the Powerpuff... Bunny! * sniff* * sob* "
- The Narrator was very uncomfortable the one time he was forced to announce that "the day was saved by... Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him!?"
- He also once had to say that the Powerpuff Girls saved the day...even though they were the ones who caused the trouble in the first place...
- The episode "Criss Cross Crisis" ended with Bubbles and the Narrator swapping bodies with Voices Are Mental, so the ending lines are narrated with Bubbles's voice instead.
- In Superjail, dumb recidivist criminal (and arguably main character) Jackknife escapes from the titular The Alcatraz at the end of every episode only to be recaptured at the beginning of the next.
- Nearly every episode of Scooby-Doo ends with the villain of the day being unmasked and then saying "and I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for You Meddling Kids!"
- Afterwards, Scooby would give his trademark "battle cry" (if you can call it that) of "Scooby-Dooby-Dooooooooooooooo!!!" (although, this didn't happen until later), usually after he initiates one last gag.
- The Flintstones. "Wiiiiiiiilllmaaaaaaa!!!"
- Animal's "Go bye-bye!" skit at the end of every Muppet Babies episode, usually with him engaged in some dangerous activity as Gonzo fruitlessly tries to stop him.
- This occured after not just the credits, but also the closing logos as well.
- Each episode of COPS. ended with the scene going to a still frame, which then pans out to reveal it is actually a photograph being entered into a police file. Bulletproof then restates the name of the episode and closes the file while saying "Case Closed."
- Subverted in part one of the two-parter, when Bulletproof leaves the file open and ends with, "Case...continued?"
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: "You know what the music means. Our time is up."
- Every episode of Birdman would end with Birdman flying into the sky, bellowing his own name, often followed by Avenger cawing.
- As a parody of Oh, Cisco!-type endings, every Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode ends with the cast and a few walk-ons laughing uproariously at something (or nothing).
- Most episodes of Doug end with Doug writing a journal entry stating what he learned from all that.
- The Playhouse Disney "Tasty Time with Ze Fronk" shorts usually end with "Get out of my kitchen you silly cat!" complete with Ze Fronk chasing Dom (the cat) around the kitchen.
- In the 90s Action Man series, each episode ends with Action Man reflecting about the missing memory he has recovered during that episode.
- Nellie The Elephant dreams of going back to the jungle where all the other elephants lived.
- Subverted in one episode, when Nellie gets stuck on the train, and can't get out, and wants to go back to the jungle, but she can't. Until she squiggled and wiggled and bumped, and left with edited Stock Footage.
- Just about every single episode of Houseof Mouse would end with Mike Microphone presenting a different sponsor parodying a different Disney movie. For example, one such sponsor is that of a magic spritzer that can make Eeyore gain a smile on his face, and turn Grumpy into Happy.
- Count Duckula: "Good night out there, whatever you are."
- Codename: Kids Next Door: "End transmission."
- Little Bill: "Little Bill, who are you talking to?"
- The snake and mouse from Fish Hooks.
- Phineas and Ferb
Phineas: "Oh, there you are, Perry."
Ferb: (insert one-liner here)
- Expect a guitar strike at the really end of each episode.
- Albie: someone shouting "AAAAAAAALLLBIIEEEEEEEE!"
- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: "Dear Princess Celestia..." With that said, as of Season 3 it seems that this ending is being slowly phased out.
- The Mega Man cartoon always has Rush doing something stupid.
- The Jetsons: George, trapped on the dogwalker running for his life, shouting "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!"
- Olive the Ostrich, a series seen in the U.S. on PBS Kids Sprout always has a very specific ending. As the end Olive's adventure happens, the narrator states "...and as they did, Olive realized it was time for them to go." Olive pokes her head out of the sand and her mother comments that she's daydreaming again. Olive protests that she was having such-and-such adventure and her father comments that her head's been in the sand too long. Her brother laughs, but the narrator states that Olive wasn't listening because she was already dreaming up her next big adventure.
- Project Gee Ke R: Moloch's plans are foiled again, and he utters an angry, "Geeker..."
- Sushi Pack ends with the Pack jumping into the air and shouting "Sushi Pack!"
- Each episode of the Madeline cartoon ends with the narrator saying, "And that's all there is. There isn't any more." Those lines originally appeared at the end of the first Madeline book.