Commonly used at the end of an episode or a song, a Fake-Out Fade-Out
is where the scene/music fades out as if it were the end, at a place where that could be realistic and believable, then a moment later jumps back in (Your Princess Is in Another Castle
!) with more stuff happening.
Not to be confused with Fake-Out Make-Out
. Compare Stop and Go
, where the music just suddenly stops for a second or two without bothering to pretend that the song's ending.
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- Bleach: After Wonderweiss shows up, one-shots Ukitake, and frees Halibel, Aizen, Gin and Tosen from their respective "prisons", all of the Shinigami in Karakura town are shown. Then we see Aizen's face and the screen slowly fades to black... only to quickly fade back in to show that the Vizard have just arrived to join the battle.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King was extremely guilty of this.
- Probably the best known example of this comes right after the Ring is destroyed. Sam and Frodo are stranded on an erupting Mount Doom, all looks hopeless, the screen fades out... and then it fades back in to show the Eagles coming to pick them right off the cliff-face.
- The movie Seven Psychopaths starts to fade to credits as Marty finishes his screen play and happy music plays, only for the film to continue in a matter of seconds with Zachariah reminding Marty that he forgot his message to Maggie in the credits and he was going to kill him.
- The scene in Looney Tunes: Back in Action when the car is plummeting from the air and stops abruptly because it ran out of gas. After the screen fades out, Kate protests "That's not how it works!" The scene cuts back in and the car hits the ground. Then it fades out again.
Live Action TV
- The Comic Strip Presents: Consuela. Happy ending, credits roll, needle zip, more stuff, sad ending, credits roll.
- Corner Gas has an episode where at five minutes in a simple solution is put forward, "Why don't you carry a wallet like everyone else?" It cuts to Hank holding a wallet and saying "You're right this solves all my problems." The image freezes and the closing theme is cued up signaling the end of the episode. The show cuts back to the previous scene and Hank waves off the idea saying "I'm not really a wallet guy." The actual conclusion to this subplot is exactly the same, Hank is holding a wallet, says "You're right this solves all my problems.", the image freezes and the closing theme is played.
- Not the same scene, but LOST's second season finale seemingly ends with a fade out of Claire and Charlie...and then it fades back in somewhere in the Arctic, where two people discover the Island.
- NCIS toys with this a bit: at the start of the episode and right after each commercial break, it shows the fade-to-gray that will come up before the next commercial or at the end of the episode. On a couple of occasions, however, the episode will get up to where the final gray-out is shown to be, and then continue on with another scene with a major plot point in it, making it hit you out of nowhere twice over.
- A Monty Python's Flying Circus episode ends with Eric Idle trying to decide what ending to use for the show. When offered a typical slow fade, screen slowly fades to black as Eric mulls it over, saying "Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnno." — and springs back.
- The Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia" ends with Mycroft Holmes telling John Watson that Irene Adler and asking him to lie to Sherlock that she was, instead, accepted into the CIA Witness Protection program. John lies but asks if Irene sent Sherlock any more text messages after their last encounter. Sherlock tells him it was just one, a goodbye message. John leaves, and the scene switches to Karachi, Pakistan, where Irene, dressed in a burqa, is on her knees about to be beheaded. They let her send one last text to Sherlock. As the swordsman raises his sword, she closes her eyes, and the scene fades... only for her to hear the moaning text tone she put on Sherlock's phone. The swordsman (Sherlock) tells her to run and charges the other men.
- "Bon Vivant" from the operetta Song of Norway has the chorus starting to exit during the fade, only to jump back in.
- "Those Magic Changes" from the 1994 Broadway revival of Grease has a fake ending, followed by what would be considered a "reprise" in the mind of the character singing it.
- "Max 300" and "Maxx Unlimited" from Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series. Pretty obvious you're not done when there are still arrows to hit, but bystanders often don't know about that.
- In Ray Crisis, "Son Dessein" starts to fade out at one point, then cuts to the next section with a Scare Chord, at least on the OST.
- The credits start rolling in Resident Evil Outbreak shortly before the True Final Boss fight.
- During the ending of Dead Space 2, Isaac calmly sits down with a tired look on his face as the Marker is about to explode with him in it. Emotional music starts playing and the credits start to roll as a computerized voice urges all personnel to evacuate. The credits are abruptly interrupted with a message from Ellie, who calls Isaac a bastard for trying to get himself killed and declares that she's punching a hole through the roof with a gunship in order to save him.
- The end of the single player campaign in Modern Warfare 2, right before the credits.* In Call of Duty 3, at the end of the first level, the battle seems to come to an end, the squad is in a house having a break, the screen starts fading out... just before a tank shell bursts the wall of the house open.
- In the reveal of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the trailer blacked out right after Wario's mishap. Several seconds go by... then the Codec alert popped up.
- They did something similar for the fourth game's reveal. The clip showed the Villager as a newcomer, the title was shown, and a 2014 release date was revealed as the image gradually fades out...then "NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHING!" pops up accompanied by a klaxon, cutting to Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Kirby looking up at a short blue robot standing on a cliff.
- Rhythm Heaven
- This happens at the end of Remix 10 in Rhythm Heaven Fever, twice. Savvy players will catch that in both previous games of Packing Pests, which ends the remix, the game didn't end until the hands caught their paychecks...
- Inverted at the beginning of Figure Fighter 2, where gameplay begins before the visuals even fade in.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising: Just after defeating Medusa, the credits (of the original game) start to roll and Pit and Palutena are having a cheerful conversation. Out of nowhere a voice tells them to hold on, and a hand tears through the credits roll, revealing the true Big Bad of the game, Hades. Really the game is only a little over a third of the way completed at this point, though this fact was hidden rather well.
- Happens on occasion in Ace Attorney, where sometimes it looks like the trial won't end in your favor and it cuts to black only for someone to Object.
- In the iOS game Layton Brothers Mystery Room, sometimes when you think you have solved the case, the suspect may pull this on you.
- This happens in chapter fifteen of Orange Marmalade with what looks like an extremely dramatic turn of events, using the writer's usual ending for each chapter. Turns out the character in question was only joking.
- After a very silly animation in which the main character sings the song "How Do I Live" while reenacting the final scene from Con Air, curtains close with the text "END OF ACT 4" under them. In the next panel they reopen. PSYCHE.
- Also used in the song "Time On My Side", seeming to end before cutting back in with an Audible Sharpness sound effect, and in "Unite Synchronization".
- Later parodied... and then done again on the NEXT PAGE.
- In Flander's Company, the season 4 episode "Karma Tsunami" ends with the surprise return of Jean-Luc Shredder. The ending credits start, but Armand yells for this to stop, demanding an explanation.
- Used in the Looney Tunes classic Duck Amuck. Daffy wants to "get this picture started," only for the camera to Iris Out onto a "The End" card... which Daffy promptly pushes out of the way.
- Reused in the Nintendo DS game version, with Daffy wanting to "get this game started", and the camera irises out to a Game Over screen. He pushes that out of the way as well.
- Foghorn Leghorn does this in at least one of his shorts, just to get in one last line of dialogue.
- The Futurama episode "Put My Head On Your Shoulders" ends with a heart-shaped Iris Out on Bender claiming that the events on the episode were just as he planned. Suddenly, Leela calls him out and the scene irises in again. The episode then ends on another heart iris... on Bender's exploding butt.
- Done while Beavis And Butthead watched the Godley & Creme video "Cry".
: Cryyyyyyyy... Beavis
: Well I'm glad that's over— Singing
: CRYYYYYYYY! Beavis
: AAAAAH! Butt-head
it's over— Singing
: CRYYYYYYYY!!! Butt-head
: AUUUGH! Beavis
: AAAAH! STOP IT!
- The end of the South Park episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die" involves an a Iris Out, followed by an Iris In of Eric Cartman imitating the classic Looney Tunes farewell dialogue.
- Used towards the end of the Beast Wars episode "A Better Mousetrap", as Sentinel shuts down outside the Maximal ship Axalon. According to Rhinox, Sentinel would only shut down if an intruder had been neutralized, thus making the Maximals fear that Rattrap, who was trying to shut it down, is dead. Thus, as they mourn, starts to Iris Out when Rattrap exits the Axalon, saying "Boo-hoo, boo hoo!"
- A Goof Troop episode used this. A gang of bullies (The Pharaohs) forced Max and P.J. from visiting their favorite hangout ("No geeks on the Pharaohs' turf!"). With the intervention of Max's former babysitter, they turn the tables and win a contest against them claiming the hangout as their own. When the Pharaohs try to return, Max, P.J, and the babysitter tell them "No geeks on the Pharaohs' turf!" Cue fade out, then fade back in with Max telling them "Not. Come on in, you guys."