Instead of the usual FadeToBlack, the screen fades to white.

'''Common usages include:'''
* To signify death or ascension to higher planes of existence.
* When a very powerful attack or explosion causes the whole screen to turn white. In a variant the camera focuses on a character's face, then the entire screen fades to white. Also occurs on a digital screen where another party is witnessing the attack or explosion.
* A teleportation special effect.
* The bookend of an ImagineSpot.
* To transition into a snowy scenery.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Occurs quite often in Mecha anime where a witnesses viewing a digital screen witness a mecha perform a powerful attack or explode. The digital screen becomes a blinding white.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' with [[spoiler:Nunnally]] during the Freya explosion in Tokyo. Assumed dead for a couple of episodes, she returns when it is discovered that although she was close enough to ground zero for a fade to white, she was well outside the actual blast radius by that time.
* The end of ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* This is how many characters die in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' - most notably [[spoiler:Kamina]] and [[spoiler:Kittan]]. There's a white flash, then a lineart portrait of the character in crude stencil, superimposed with their last words or thoughts.
* Happened at the conclusion of a number of episodes of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', though it was just to say "the episode's over, cue the credits."
* In ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' (and the manga to some extent, just not as well shown), it's used to show [[spoiler:Maria Ross]] getting blown up by Roy Mustang's flames. [[spoiler:Until you learn that it wasn't actually her...]]
* The omake to ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' episode 166 fades to red at the end [[spoiler: Hinata is bleeding out after being stabbed by Pain. The omake is a flashback to her time at the Academy, showing how she developed admiration for and ultimately fell in love with Naruto, regretting her missed opportunities. This is a rare case where fading to red is used though the character survives.]]
* Used in the finale of ''Anime/GunXSword''. [[spoiler: An injured Van sees his life flashing before his eyes. At the end of the flashback, as he remembers Wendy's offer to marry him, her face fades to white . . . and then he sees someone else.]]
* In episode 25 of ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'', the episode ends with a fade to white as a result of a powerful attack. It also suggests [[spoiler: that everyone may have just died.]] It makes a dramatic setup for the finale.
* In the Act 1 ColdOpen of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', Usagi's DreamingOfTimesGoneBy is [[KissingDiscretionShot interrupted]] by this as she wakes up, right as the music swells and the dream prince and princess AlmostKiss.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. The death of [[spoiler:Kuze]] in ''2nd Gig'', however there's an implication he managed to upload himself to the Net beforehand.

* This happened to Cassandra Cain ([[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]]) when she fought with Shiva - she was clinically dead, I think, but Shiva brought her back to life.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* It happens when the nuclear bomb is dropped in ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows''.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.
* The final shot of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''.
--> '''Batman:''' White. [[LampshadeHanging All important movies]] [[InvokedTrope end on a white screen.]]
* Happens on ''WesternAnimation/{{Planes}}'' when Dusty [[spoiler:nearly crashes into a train coming out of a tunnel. The scene fades in to Dusty flying into what appears to be FluffyCloudHeaven, but is really landing in a misty field in Nepal, having apparently blocked what happened after that.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Used at the end of Christopher Reeve's movie ''Film/SomewhereInTime''.
* When ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' is shot in his movie, Ursula's scream of "George!" fades to white, which then pulls out past the airplane window to reveal them flying home.
* The much-reviled ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' began with a fade from a white screen. At the end of that scene there was a fade to white, which cut to the credits.
* Pretty sure the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies do this a couple of times with the scenes in the lab and hospital. Not 100% however.
* Used at the end of ''Film/{{Looper}}'', leaving [[spoiler:the future of Cid]] up in the air.
* Used in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' when Frodo first sees Arwen and later Elrond, when he's dying from the Morgul blade. One of the ending fake-outs in the Return of the King movie faded to white instead of black, just for variety's sake. As did the actual ending.
* Used in the Hillary Duff movie ''Film/RaiseYourVoice'' when her brother dies.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Cube}}'', when [[spoiler:Kazan exits the Cube and enters the white void beyond.]]
* Used shortly after TheReveal in ''Film/TheSixthSense'', most likely because of [[DeadToBeginWith the nature of said reveal]].
* Used in the climax of ''Film/{{Desperado}}'' after [[spoiler:Mariachi kills Bucho and the final shootout begins]].
* The ending of ''Film/TheNinthGate''.
* This is shown in ''Film/TheHungerGames'' [[spoiler:in Rue's perspective as she dies.]]
* A director trademark of Creator/DarrenAronofsky, who has made good use of it in ''Film/{{Pi}}'', ''Film/RequiemForADream'', ''Film/TheFountain'' and ''Film/BlackSwan''.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'', The Lady In The Radiator embraces Henry in a blinding white light.
* The Chinese movie ''Temptation of a Monk'' ends this way, [[spoiler: while the protagonist walks up a mountain, suggesting transcendence and detachment from the material world.]]
* The 1990 film ''Film/TotalRecall1990'', said by [[WordOfGod the director]] to signify the lights on Rekall's memory chair.
* Used extensively in the daylight scene transitions of the Antarctica-set ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', when [[spoiler: the titular character is shot in the back just as he was about to achieve the freedom he was seeking]].
* The ending of ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'''s remake has a fade to white followed by the credits on a white screen.
* The movie ''Film/{{Blindness}}'' uses this, as people are going blind and only seeing white.
* ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' ends with a slow fade to white because the producers apparently [[SpecialEffectFailure couldn't afford a cool visual effect]] for the Alpha-Omega Bomb.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'' ends on a rare upbeat use of this.
* ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld'' - Roger Ebert's review points out that there is literally no other way to end this movie.
* ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'' ends with a fade to white [[spoiler:after Thelma and Louise drive off the Grand Canyon.]]
* ''Film/TheJacket'' ends with this along with a female voice asking "How much time do we have?"
* The last scene in ''Film/LayerCake'' of the protagonist lying bleeding on the stairs fades out to white.
* In ''Film/{{Solaris 1972}}'', the closing FlyawayShot fades into white.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Film/TheDayAfter'': Briefly, as the explosion in the attack scene takes place. This immediately cuts to a young boy who is blinded after seeing the explosion for a split second.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon passes beyond the Wall at the end of "The Watchers on the Wall."
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'' only ever used fade to whites. This tied into its themes of death being everywhere and unavoidable.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' faded to white whereas regular shows faded to black.
* ''Series/InspectorRex'': Earlier, it was used to close the ending of [[spoiler:Moser's Death]]. Later, the Italian seasons used the effect for flashbacks and some scene changes.
* The PBS TV show Paper Angels, based on the play, had white-outs between every scene, except one fade to red after a character's suicide.
* Anything on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' involving "flashes," such as Desmond turning the key in season 2, or the time skips in season 5.
** Also the [[spoiler:H-bomb explosion]] in the season 5 finale.
* Used to disconcerting effect at the end of ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Commencement" -- every episode of the show had always ended with a FadeToBlack with a "created by" credit in white text, and this episode simply inverted the colors, which somehow seemed like a message that the current cliffhanger ([[spoiler:Zoey's kidnapping]]) was a bigger or at least very different crisis from anything the show had covered so far. The next episode, the season finale, also opened with the title in black-on-white instead of the usual white-on-black; by the end of ''that'' episode, the characters' situation had stabilized somewhat and it was back to fading to black at the end.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' ended season 4 this way, the white light from [[spoiler: Lucifer rising from his prison]] growing more and more intense until it took over the whole screen.
* Used in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' to portray the [[spoiler:the nuclear meltdown that killed Owen (again, for good - probably...)]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Willow and Tara reaching orgasm...err the nether-realm in "Who Are You?"
** Dawn finding [[spoiler:Tara's body]] in "Villains".
* Used in the ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' GrandFinale, as [[spoiler:Sheridan was taken Beyond the Rim by Lorien]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' does this when [[spoiler:Sgt. Jackson]] dies at the end of "Shock and Awe", and again at the final level when [[spoiler:Soap]] passes out. Until the announcement of the characters for ''Modern Warfare 2'', this ended up with some fan theories proposing that [[spoiler:Soap died as well.]]
* In ''Videogame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', you white out as opposed to black out. They changed it back to "black out" in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''. Nobody seems to know why either change was made, and nobody really cares.
* Used rather heavily in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series due to the sheer number of gigantic, screen filling explosions present in attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', at the end of the game (at least without the Broken Steel DLC), if you choose the "good ending" by [[spoiler:activating the purifier]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', this is the end of the teleportation animation.
* ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'': There is a minor sidequest in which Lightning speaks to three ghosts, and the screen turns white at the end of each conversation. This represents her saving their souls. [[spoiler: She thought that only ''gods'' could save the souls of the dead. Something of a plot point there.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' does this at the end, [[spoiler: when Jenny tells Jackie to wake up after he's been completely taken over by the Darkness.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has a Fade To White at the end of the game, signifying the breaking of the three day time loop the game took place in.
** Likewise, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' fades to white after [[spoiler:Zelda awakens from a thousand-year slumber and stumbles drowsily into Link's arms]] and holds the effect for a few seconds. What actually ''happened'' during the fade is [[DidTheyOrDidntThey anyone's guess]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}: Resurrection of Evil'' does this at the end.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' use this effect for a FightWoosh.
** As does ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. Before big boss battles, the fade effect takes longer.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode One'' ends this way when [[spoiler:the citadel finally explodes just moments after you have boarded the last train out of City 17.]]
* Emulating the above, ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' ends with a fade to white [[spoiler:upon defeating [=GLaDOS=] and accelerating up to the outside world]] before credits roll.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' mod ''VideoGame/AfraidOfMonsters'', at least in the Director's Cut version, has [[MultipleEndings three sequential endings]] that are lead up to by the protagonist seeing what appears to be light at the end of an otherwise completely black tunnel and running towards it. [[spoiler:While the first two fade to black a few seconds after he starts running towards it, the third lets him actually make the full trip, [[GoIntoTheLight entering into the light]] - and then that ending shows him having committed suicide, out of guilt for the rampage he was apparently responsible for in the first ending.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' makes common use of this trope, except at least [[FadeToBlack the very end of the fourth chapter]].
* Happens frequently in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness''. After any "insanity effect {{cutscene}}" where the character hallucinates something bizarre and twisted, the screen goes white and fades back to normal. Characters usually then state "this...can' happening!"
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter: Under the Knife'' during the bomb level. Any mistakes cause a zoom-out followed by a fade to white and the usual Operation Failed message.
* One of the endings in ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms'' has the screen slowly fade to white, and when it finishes you stay in the fairy realm forever.
* At the end of ''[[VideoGame/BitTrip BIT.TRIP]] FLUX'', in the epilogue level, the screen slowly fades to white.
* After defeating [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Master Hand]] or Crazy Hand, the screen fades to white, and then it fades to black.
* In [[VideoGame/SimCity Sim City 4]], if you choose to completely delete a city, the screen fades to white, and red loading text comes up.
* Not death, per se, nor the entire screen, but defeating any of the [[TheDragon Star]] [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Wolf]] members in VideoGame/StarFox 64/Lylat Wars shows their communications screen to be this, presumably from their fighters burning up after you shoot them down.
* [[SchmuckBait Don't touch]] the [[spoiler:[[PressXToDie poisonous powder]]]] in ''VideoGame/PapersPlease''.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' uses this during hallucination sequences, and [[spoiler:throughout the entirety of the game's ending, the only place where [[VillainProtagonist Walker]] can confront his demons and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn some measure of redemption]]]]. The implications are obvious and troubling.
* Happens in the VideoGame/{{Touhou}} fangame ''Concealed the Conclusion'' as [[spoiler:Gensokyo is collapsing if the timer runs out during the final battle.]]
* Most of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games has the screen fade to white when the player character is killed before fading back to reveal how they died and then the screen FadeToBlack.
* VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo uses this as a segue into the next level, or the level-up screen.
* Using too much electricity at once in ''Videogame/{{LIT}}'' will result in the screen fading to white as the generator breaks, leaving Jake to be consumed by the darkness.
* Used in ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' when Hailey wakes up from the virtual reality machine she was trapped in.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* After TheReveal at the end of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' Chapter 21, Act 3.

* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', when the Doctor opens the door of Dracula's castle, there's a blast of light and the panel goes completely white. The Doctor thinks he died, [[spoiler:turns out it's just a teleporter]].
* [[ This]] strip of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. [[spoiler:IWC universe is more or less torn asunder]].
* Used in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[ here]] (with a fade ''from'' white in the next strip), right after [[spoiler:Raven shoots the giant boar to save Grace. Might indicate that Grace fainted, or just suffered an emotional overload]].
* The final page of the final chapter of ''[[Webcomic/{{Sins}} Sins Venials]]'' has the Lust and Rhett sit on a beach as the world ends, and [[ fades to a final white panel]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Chimneyspeak}}'', soon after [[spoiler:Elgie gets shot]]. There's a small "...Ouch..." in the middle of the white space.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - in the episode "Jet" when the tidal wave destroys the village the picture fades out to white. It then fades back in to a subverted EmpathyDollShot. The other episodes also ended with a fade out to white, after which they then FadeToBlack for the EndCredits.
* ''WesternAnimation/DearBasketball'': The screen fades to white at the end as Kobe Bryant walks away, at the end of his 20-year NBA career.
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fades to white with Beast Boy running out into what must have been a ''very'' bright day, then snaps to black.
* The final episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' ends like this, after [[spoiler: The Professor pushes the time button to undo the events of the episode.]]
* The first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{Frisky Dingo}}'' ends with a fade to white, after [[spoiler: Simon pushes the button to launch the Annihilatrix.]]