Basically, a work ends by showing a relatively light-hearted scene where the hero and his friends decide to go grab a bite to eat. May or may not include a final conversation to wrap up a few loose ends in the plot, but generally just as often the plot ends right at the invitation or decision.
If it's a guy inviting a girl out to dinner (or vice-versa), it can be used to show that their relationship
has progressed beyond Just Friends
or "merely professional."
Title is a play on the term "Good End" sometimes found in video games. See also I Was Told There Would Be Cake
Please note this is an ending
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Anime and Manga
- The first chapter of Naruto ends with Iruka giving Naruto his headband and thinking that a ninja's life is hard, but he'll tell him over ramen.
- In One Piece, major arcs often end with a large feast.
- The first few arcs ended in the relatively low-key way that this trope describes - the Straw Hats simply went to a restaurant and had a meal. Since the Arlong arc, the endings have been turned Up to Eleven - all of the good guys (and sometimes even the villains who are left), which may easily be thousands of characters, get together for a huge, over-the-top party where they eat, drink, dance, shout "PARTY!!!", and generally mess around.
- Inverted in Slayers - roughly a third of the episodes in the second season begin with the gang either at or en route to a restaurant.
- Snow White And Seven Dwarfs ends with most of the (surviving) characters gathering together for a group meal, in a Group Picture Ending.
- The last lines of Kung Fu Panda are Po asking Shifu if he wants to go get something to eat. The Stinger has them do precisely that.
- A Prairie Home Companion.
- Pineapple Express ends with the three heroes eating in a diner while recapping their adventures.
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids ends with the two families feasting on a roast turkey—which was blown up to ginormous proportions by Wayne's shrink-ray technology.
- "Roger, let's go home. I'll bake you a carrot cake."
- Big Daddy ends with a feast of buffalo chicken wings for most of the movie's characters. There's even a "YEAH!" Shot for the fade-out, with the protagonist's sister-in-law getting caught in the act of greedily reaching for a wing.
- The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland ends with Grumpy embarking on an epic fridge raid, having been denied food for the entire movie. Rap and pickled beets ensue.
- Played with in Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark thinks he's spending his last minutes eating donuts.
- Towards the end of Thor, Asgard holds a feast as their way of mourning Loki's Disney Death.
- The American post-credits scene of The Avengers has the team eating shawarma in awkward silence. Played With in that it chronologically takes place between the climactic final battle and the events of the closing scenes of the movie proper.
- At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Alfred sees Bruce and Selina dining at the café in Florence.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ends with Willy joining the Bucket family for dinner, and Mrs. Bucket gently scolding him and Charlie for talking about business matters at the table.
- The Hebrew Hammer ends with this.
- One of the final scenes in the first American Pie film shows Jim, Kevin, Oz, and Finch eating breakfast at their favorite diner (appropriately named "Dog Years") while they discuss the life-changing events of the night before and raise a toast to the future.
- Seems to be a bit of a tradition in the Ciaphas Cain books (Though not the short stories). The only one that hasn't used it so far is Cain's Last Stand.
- In For The Emperor, Cain is invited to dinner by Inquisitor Vail, and she tells him Jurgen's secret.
- In The Caves Of Ice, Cain reciprocates and treats Amberley to her favorite and himself to a well-deserved ambull steak.
- In The Traitor's Hand, Cain invites his Valhallan True Companions to dinner to celebrate their victory.
- In Death Or Glory, after being trapped on an Ork-infested continent with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, the second thing Cain asks for upon linking up with the main friendly army (after medical supplies) is a Spot of Tea.
- In Duty Calls, Cain and Vail share a few glasses of amasec on the flight out of the warzone after reacquiring a stolen artifact and dealing with a genestealer mob.
- The Emperor's Finest continues the tradition by ending with Cain at a private tea party held by a local planetary governor.
- And again in The Last Ditch, where Cain and Amberley discuss the origins of Numquam Fundamentibus's Tyranid infestation over dinner.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ends with the heroes heading off to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe for a bite.
- Pretty much every Redwall book ends with the woodlanders heading off to a feast.
- The A-to-Z Mysteries book The Falcon's Feathers ends with an ice cream party for the heroes.
- The ending to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has The Grinch carving the rare roast beast with the Whos. As a side note, most Christmas stories end with a feast.
- Seems to be Author Appeal for Roald Dahl:
- Danny, the Champion of the World. Danny and his father have a few pheasants in the freezer, and their life will improve greatly now that they can afford to buy an oven.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The book ends with Charlie, now heir to the titular chocolate factory, and his family heading there to live in it. Grandma Josephine asks "Will there be anything to eat when we get there?", as the poor family has been in desperate straits all winter, and Charlie replies "Just you wait and see!" (This ending gets an override in the Immediate Sequel, as the trip back is the start of a variety of further adventures.)
- The bittersweet ending of The Witches is made sweeter by the fact that the protagonist, now a mouse, has access to Norwegian goat cheeses bigger than he is.
- The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me. The protagonists, now living on the Duke of Hampshire's estate, are allowed to fish for trout in his personal river, and their old headquarters is converted into a fantastic sweet shop which sells Wonka products.
- The BFG no longer has to eat the awful snozzcumbers, and will be given all the bacon and eggs he desires. There's also a peach tree growing in his yard.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox ends with a banquet and an assurance that many more banquets are to come, when Mr. Fox's network of tunnels allows him to safely raid all three farms.
- Esio Trot. Alfie the tortoise is given to a kind little girl who feeds him all the lettuce he could ever want.
Live Action TV
- Happens frequently on Bones - first season a Chinese restaurant run by Heavy D, and after that a local diner or watering hole. In addition, many episodes end with Booth and Bones eating Thai and doing their paperwork.
- Every once in a while, CSI ends on various members of the team eating in their favorite diner, and the way they interact shows the Character Development they've undergone and the shifts in relationship dynamics.
- Ditto for Law & Order, though it's generally a bar where Team Dad Jack McCoy is feeling sorry for himself again.
- The infamous No Ending of The Sopranos.
- Series 7 of Seinfeld ends with George being told his fiancée Susan has just died, at which point he says to the group, "let's go get some coffee"
- The final episode of Friends ends with the titular group (who are separating due to marriage or career choices) deciding to spend their last hours together in the coffee shop where they all met ten years ago. It becomes a Tear Jerker ending when the camera then pans across the (now-empty) apartment that fans have spent the past decade visiting every week.
- The very last episode of Everybody Loves Raymond ends on a low-key note with the very last shot of the Barone family being of them all sharing a meal together; ray has just conceded the need for a bigger kitchen table. Instead of closing music the credits fade out on the everyday small-talk of an Italian-American family at dinner.
- In the Gospels, Jesus and his disciples catch fish for breakfast in the final chapter of John's Gospel.
- In The Sorcerer, the second act, like the first, with Sir Marmaduke hosting a feast, this time without the Love Potion.
- Bad Dudes ends with the rescued president offering to take the heroes out for some burgers.
- In BlazBlue a couple of Tao's endings and Ragna's joke ending have them eating (Ragna's joke ending naturally involves Tao). Parodied in Noel's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift, in which her cooking renders everyone in the cast except Terumi unconcious.
- The epilogue of Ghost Trick has a birthday dinner at Jowd's house. With giant roast chickens, of course.
- The credits in the third game of Megaman Starforce shows the entire cast having a party and eating food.
- Escape From St Marys begins with a quest for food, shifts to several layers of crazy and then ends with... food.
- Super Paper Mario. "I suppose not all prophecies are true... and with that, I am hungry."
- 8-Bit Theater has a Food End for the epilogue amongst Red Mage, White Mage, and the Dragoon.
- Occurs, of all places, in Survival of the Fittest. In version four a member of STAR mentions that they'd get Happy Meals for each person who'd escaped. One of the post-game threads show that yes, they did indeed get McDonalds. Given the setting, however, it's more of a Bittersweet Ending at best.
- The fourth Phase novel of the Whateley Universe ends with Phase joining his team for Thanksgiving dinner and thinking how he does really have things to be thankful for.
- Many of TESSHI-e's escape-the-room games end with the protagonist getting something delicious to eat or drink to celebrate having gotten out of the locked room, either alone or with a friend (often the one who locked them in there in the first place). Overlaps with Food Porn, given the downright gorgeous photos of the meals in question that accompany the text.
- Early Scooby-Doo episodes tended to wrap up at the "Pizza Palace", or some similar place.
- The Simpsons sketches and early episodes often had Homer taking the family out for "frosty chocolate milkshakes". This resulted in a Call Back in a much later episode when Homer kidnaps some children (it's a long story) after lulling them into complacency by saying they're going out for... you guessed it.
- The Smurfs episode "Greedy And The Porridge Pot" ends with the entire village covered in porridge, and Brainy has to clean it up because he caused the mess by misusing the episode's magic porridge pot. Naturally, Greedy decides to help out, because he hasn't had his breakfast yet.
- As a matter of fact, any ending of an episode where Greedy is a main character.
- Several Teen Titans episodes end with the team eating pizza at their favorite spot, or else eating in the living room of Titans Tower.
- A lot of episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (any version) end with the heroes (and often their allies too) chowing on pizza. (Either in the lair or somewhere else.)