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->''"I wanted controversy, arguments, fights, discussions, people in anger waving fists in my face saying, 'how dare you?'"''
-->-- '''Patrick [=McGoohan=]''' on the intentionally confusing ending he created for ''Series/ThePrisoner1967''

''What do you mean, "The End"?!''

A Gainax Ending is an ending that doesn't make any sense, or ''does'' make sense but is hidden under enough MindScrew to not have an easy explanation. This is usually a deliberate form of MindScrew or intended as a SequelHook to a sequel that was never made. If it's ''not'' done intentionally, it's often the result of the creators rushing to meet a CosmicDeadline. For whatever reason, after watching a Gainax Ending, you won't have any idea what happened. After rewatching it, rewatching the entire series, discussing it with other fans, looking up the meaning of the symbolism, and subjecting the entire thing to a comprehensive literary analysis, you still might not have any idea what happened. If you're lucky, then there will be some kind of emotional or symbolic resolution even if it doesn't actually explain what happened to the characters, and you'll be left with the sense that the series as a whole was more deeply thought out than it seemed before. If you're unlucky, then you'll be left with more questions than when you started and the sense that the series as a whole has been voided of the meaning you once read in it.

A Gainax Ending frequently involves bizarre and nonsensical {{Genre Shift}}s, FauxlosophicNarration, and/or FauxSymbolism, and may very well cause EndingAversion. For an aborted SequelHook, you might encounter a DiabolusExNihilo (where a new villain appears from nowhere, does something villainous, and then disappears again) or NoEnding in the form of an ambiguous CliffHanger. Either way, it would have been addressed in the sequel... had there been one.

In many cases, a Gainax Ending is merely an attempt to TakeAThirdOption, rather than resolve a story with a HappyEnding or a DownerEnding; this ending steps out of the narrative entirely and implicates or invites the viewer to make sense of it. From a creator's standpoint, this makes the work, when done right, something that has far reaching consequences rather than merely something seen and consumed and discarded.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Creator/StudioGainax, who became associated with this trope after the infamous ending of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

Compare NoEnding and AmbiguousEnding, which also contain an at least partial lack of resolution, TrippyFinaleSyndrome, which has similar imagery but actually makes sense (it's explicitly a DreamSequence, a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, takes place in AnotherDimension, etc), EsotericHappyEnding, an ending that is considered happy despite all the evidence to the contrary, and MindScrew (and associated tropes), or a WidgetSeries, where it's not simply the ending but the work ''overall'' that evades explanation. For when the ending ends up changing the entire scenario, see TheEndingChangesEverything. Not to be confused with {{Gainaxing}}.

And, as a last word for this entry, we'd just like to say that the parrot has been squawking for hours and it is annoying the neighbors, so please feed him his cracker and be done with.

As this is an EndingTrope, expect '''unmarked major spoilers''' from here on.

* GainaxEnding/AnimeAndManga
* GainaxEnding/{{Film}} - Live-Action
* GainaxEnding/VideoGames
* GainaxEnding/WesternAnimation
** GainaxEnding/AdventureTime


* ''Blog/InvisibleGames'' is a rather straightforward presentation of various fictional games that have supposedly been created over the course of the last century or so. The final entry, however, is an abrupt departure in style. Presented as a follow-up to a non-existent previous entry, the last entry is a surreal first-person tale filled with tantalizing hints about a mysterious sect of women who appear at the homes of the terminally ill. The artifacts they bear are in fact the components of a seemingly supernatural virtual reality machine in which the patients immerse themselves completely in the days prior to their death. The author eagerly anticipates death for the chance to experience the wonders of such a machine and considers dying without access to one to be a tragic fate akin to martyrdom. But the author laments that there is still work to be done and that a storm that has gone on for years is now raging outside. No other updates were ever made.

* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' is a magic spell in the form of a work of fiction. Everything in the first two volumes of ''The Invisibles'' is a lie. There's no massive Manichean struggle of good vs. evil. The outer church is simply an outside intelligence trying to prepare humanity for something mindblowing by essentially inoculating humanity against the horror of the end of the world (which is actually human instrumentality). Think of getting a booster shot. It's not going to kill you, but it's going to prepare your immune system for something worse in the future. To quote Grant Morrison: "In Katmandu, much to my shock and surprise, I experienced [...] a full-on, Tibetan, Sci-Fi Vision of All [=SpaceTimeMind=] As A Single Complexifying Iteration Which Is The Larval Form Of A 5th Dimensional Adult Entity".
* The ending of ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' made no sense ''at all''. [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Filth_%28comics%29#Synopsis has an explanation of how it works]], but that seems to be an interpretation rather than a definitive answer.
* The ending to ''Comicbook/WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader.'' Granted, the series was intended to close the character of Franchise/{{Batman}} with a metaphysical look at the character, but the ending grabs metaphysics and goes straight into the surreal, passing by {{Elseworld}}s, multiple universes, and the Golden, Silver, and Dark Ages of comics along the way. The general point of it was that there is no such thing as a definitive Batman story, and that the happy ending to Batman's story is that he gets to be Batman. Because who doesn't want to be Batman?
* The last chapter of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is intended to [[FauxSymbolism come across as]] a Gainax Ending, until you [[AllThereInTheManual re-read the comic and associated documents]] to pick up all the foreshadowing.
* ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}'' seems like a fairly straight-forward comic until the end where you find out that everything you knew was a lie. It all ends with most of the story wrapped up with a couple of mild questions still lingering... and then the very last page throws everything out the window and raises several more.
* The "Franchise/{{Tintin}}" adventure "Flight 714" starts with Tintin and friends meeting his nemesis Rastapopoulos, who wants the wealth of a billionaire, and for some reasons it ends with aliens who come and brainwash everybody.
* The original ''Creature Commandos'' had a respectable run in the anthology comic ''Weird War Tales.'' It ended abruptly with a one-page story, in which they (and the writer!) are condemned to execution for being too human, the execution is stayed so they can be stuffed into a rocket headed to Berlin instead, and the rocket malfunctions and zooms into outer space.
* [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men: The End]]: After seventeen issues of wrapping up forty years worth of loose ends, and providing a conclusive ending to the story of the X-Men in a big battle royal, the series randomly ends with several X-Men [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascending to a Higher Plane of Existence]] without any forewarning. Oh, and Kitty Pryde becoming President of the US and giving a speech to the surviving X-Men, but that one ''was'' foreshadowed, with her narration having been present from the start.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Charlie Brown watches the sun rise, and it looks like a baseball. Then the moon does too, and he starts seeing baseballs everywhere. Then he gets a rash on the back of his head that makes it look like a baseball. His pediatrician suggests going to summer camp to take his mind off baseball; because he's embarrassed by the rash, he puts a paper sack over his head. At camp, someone half-jokingly suggests nominating "the kid in the sack" for camp president, and before he knows it, Charlie Brown is practically running the place, everyone following his advice and looking up to him. Eventually, though, he decides to take off the sack - becoming his old self again - and watch the sun rise to see if he's back to normal... [[spoiler:And it looks like [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Newman's]] head with the words [[CatchPhrase "What me worry?"]] under it. "Good grief!" cries Charlie Brown at the ending that made no sense.]]
* The Italian DonaldDuck stories of the series ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck'' have our protagonist as a secret agent, with the first story arc full of plot twists. Of course, the story arc ends by revealing the identity of the leader of The Agency that Donald works for: [[spoiler:a hologram of Donald]]. [[MindScrewdriver Thankfully, it gets explained throughout the second story arc]] ([[spoiler:the leader, for example, is actually an AI The Agency based on Donald's thought processes, as it turns out he has an uncanny talent for dealing with the unexpected, executing [[OutsideTheBoxTactic Outside-the-Box Tactics]] and playing XanatosSpeedChess, and uses the hologram as an interface]]).
* ''ComicBook/{{Zero}}'' ends with the titular character being comforted by his father while in a fungus-induced haze, while also being confronted (and possibly killed) by his son in the future. He is then allowed to "choose" a multiverse to live in by a cosmic being. Also, William Burroughs is featured.
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' turns into this very, ''very'' suddenly in the last few pages of its final issue.%%
* ''{{ComicBook/Crimson}}'' is a straightforward story that ends on a [[BittersweetEnding bitter-sweet note]] with TheHero [[ButNowIMustGo departing on a new quest]]. But then the final pages reveal that the hero's best friend Joe [[AndThatLittleGirlWasMe was telling the story to another friend in a bar]]. What makes it confusing is that said friend interrupts Joe because he doesn't buy his story is real or vampires, demons and monsters don't exist, despite the many catastrophic events that happened around the world beforehand that confirmed the existence of supernatural creatures, the fact that the Apocalypse nearly happened and that ''Joe himself is obviously a vampire!'' Or maybe not, since Joe and his friend walk out of the bar in the daytime with no serious effects. They even pass by a homeless man that looks like one of the main villains who seemingly died during the final battle, which Joe briefly pauses to comment on. These things make it unclear whether or not the series' events were made up or really happened.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Inverted. The prologue makes no sense after reading the story. Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato are gathered around a dying Kaoru, who reflects about each one of them and wonders if he has been successful and Shinji will not have to do the same thing he did. That scene feels like foreshadowing, but [[spoiler:it is not foreshadowing anything. That scene never happens. Those characters never are together in the same scene, Kaoru does not die, and his thoughts make no sense given what happened]].
* DarkerAndEdgier Disney fanfic [[http://hypermegatailsfan.deviantart.com/art/Her-Haunted-Mansion-Emily-s-Journey-1-294069005 Her Haunted Mansion: Emily's Journey]] (a {{prequel}} of sorts to a previous, completely mindscrew-less fanfic by the same author, ''Her Haunted Mansion'') has four chapters be totally believable backstories for the character we met in ''Her Haunted Mansion''. Our main character is Emily (the name commonly assigned to the Haunted Mansion Attic Bride ghost, although she doesn't become a bride until Chapter 5), who had all the characters in question as love ones before Master Mickey apparently took them away from her (although we know… or are supposed to know… from ''Her Haunted Mansion'' that he's actually saving them); she always tries to stop him, and always he enigmatically replies 'You're a little early, Emily' with a wide grin. When Chapter 5 came, everyone expected all these mysteries would be solved and Emily would understand her mistakes about Master Mickey. But no. Ooooh, no. Emily wakes up after having been murdered, and goes inside Mickey's mansion. In the attic, she meets a doppelgänger of herself, ready to be married, whom she [[AnAxeToGrind brutally murders with an axe]]. She then climbs down into the ballroom where Minnie and Mickey's wedding is about to be celebrated. Everyone calls Narrator!Emily "Constance" (the name of another, axe-wielding ghost bride character in ''The Haunted Mansion''). The whole chapter is told ThroughTheEyesOfMadness (specifically, those of Constance), and she's getting battier and battier as the chapter progresses; from the mess of the last paragraphs, it appears Emily murdered everyone in the ballroom (even her best friends) because they [[DisproportionateRetribution wouldn't call her Emily]]. ''All that had been foreshadowed is never explained (Mickey flat-out denies having ever said 'You're a little early, Emily!' in the first place) and why Emily-going-mad/Constance-believing-herself-to-be-Emily/whatever-the-heck-happened happened is never explained.
** A MindScrewDriver RetroactiveFanfic was luckily written, available [[http://scroogemacduck.deviantart.com/art/Her-Haunted-Mansion-Emily-s-Journey-Chapter-6-612541020 here]].

[[folder: Films - Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' delivers a pretty jarring example of this trope, considering the movie is based on a comic book series that's usually at least roughly historically accurate (it ''is'' a parodistic/satirical series after all). The movie ends with a group of Gauls from a small village ending up being considered gods, thereby overthrowing Caesar[[note]]who is actually both an anachronistic figure (there WASN'T yet an emperor during the time Caesar conquered Gaul) and a mashup of Caius Julius Caesar and his adoptive son Imperator Caesar Divi Filius Augustus (short: Caesar Augustus)[[/note]] and gaining rulership over the entire Roman Empire. After his companion Obelix leans on the fourth wall by [[LampshadeHanging pointing out]] the historical inaccuracy of this turn of events, Asterix proceeds to [[BreakingTheFourthWall break it]], explaining to Obelix that everything is possible in animation. Upon hearing this, Obelix magically teleports to the island of pleasure, which the pair had visited earlier in the movie. Oh my...
* In the South Korean animated film ''Dino Time'', one of the rocks in the kids' town has a mysterious carving on it, dating back to Cretaceous period. Mysterious because no humans were around then. The kids end up going back in time and at one point the main kid decides to make a carving to tell their parents in the future how to get the time machine to work, but he gets distracted when his sister is kidnapped and ends up not making the carving. At the end of the film, his mom explains they got to them in the time machine by looking at the carving, leaving the main kid to wonder how the carving got there in the first place.
* The last twenty minutes of ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' consist of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck entering Panchito's final birthday gift, a photograph of Mexico City at night. There he encounters singer Dora Luz's floating head and becomes smitten with her, before being accosted by flashing lights and images of women in bathing suits, while Panchito occasionally pops up to sing the title song with Jose Carioca and another Donald. He then finds himself in a flower patch and meets Carmen Molina, before being transported to a desert where he sees Molina using a baton to bring cacti to life. This scene abruptly ends and the film moves into the final "bullfighting" scene, with Panchito as the matador, Jose as the audience members ([[SelfDuplication all of them]]), and Donald in a bull costume studded with fireworks. The filmmakers later claimed that the section (referred to as "Donald's Surreal Reverie") was intended to represent the idea that "love is a drug".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', after the plot has concluded, the talking seagulls begin to reprise their version of the [=SpongeBob=] theme, in a stylistic Flash animation. However, [[spoiler:Bubbles reappears and expresses his disdain for the song]], which inexplicably leads into a rap battle between them.
* The Czech short film ''Animation/ClubOfTheDiscarded'' ends with the all the movie's mannequins gathered around a television screen and watching it. They are watching television static.

[[folder: Films - Live Action]]
* In Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail, with most of the action taking place loosely based on the Arthurian legends, just as Arthur and his knights are about to storm the castle, Lancelot is arrested by police who are investigating the historian's murder, and Arthur and Bedivere are also arrested, with one of the officers covering the lens with his hand and bringing the film to a halt, and the intended battle between the French forces never happens.

* OlderThanFeudalism: ''Literature/TheAeneid'' is an ancient example of this: the story literally ends with Aeneas killing [[BigBad Turnus]] and Turnus going to hell. Virgil himself was unsatisfied with the ending and always saw it as incomplete, but was prevented from changing the story by [[ExecutiveMeddling the freakin' Emperor of Rome himself]]. It's also assuming that his AuthorExistenceFailure wasn't at fault, and that the relevant pages aren't just missing, as happens with much ancient literature.
* Literature/TheBible:
** The Revelation of St John the Divine. Read it in all its ''insane'' glory [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+1&version=NASV here]].
** The Book of Daniel, which is chronologically the last in the Hebrew version, starts off normally enough, with famous stories like the fiery furnace, the writing on the wall, and the lion's den in the first half. The last half consists of four very confusing prophetic visions that seem to be about world events over the next few centuries.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** ''Literature/FromABuick8'' and especially 'The Colorado Kid' are based on this theme: the mysterious death of the eponymous character from 'Kid' is no closer to resolution at the end than the beginning.
** ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series could be considered as this trope as well. Although the ending does tie into the overall theme of 'ka' (Karma/fate) as being a wheel, so it could be more of a symbolic ending.
** ''Literature/TheLongWalk''. The ending is a bit confusing. Why does Stebbins suddenly drop dead? Who is the shadowy figure beckoning to Garraty? Fan theories abound.
* In ''Literature/NuklearAge'' by Creator/BrianClevinger (who made ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''), most of the book is a comedic parody of the superhero genre, somewhat akin to ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. The last section of the book turns dark quite rapidly as nearly everyone dies in a villain-caused apocalypse that kills off half the planet's population and destroys every major city but three, and injects a bunch of philosophy based somewhat off of Myth/NorseMythology into the mix. It was quite the elaborate joke, at least according to The Apology.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Basically every single plot point in the series was left unresolved at the end. The last book can best be summarized as "Ha, ha! In life, there are lots of mysteries you'll never know the answer to."
** In ''The Beatrice Letters'', it explains very briefly what was happened to the Baudelaires after the 13th book. Not a whole lot, just enough to keep the mystery alive.
** Moreover, the reader not only finds out the fate of almost all the major characters (even if that fate is occasionally metaphorical), but enough information is given for the readers to make a good guess about the immediate Lemony/Beatrice backstory, even if the characters can't. The author doesn't give explicit answers, but a lot is done by implication.
** On the other hand, it doesn't even give a hint about the Sugarbowl Secret.
** The very final sentence ''does'' reveal who Beatrice was, although most readers will probably have figured it out already.
** And to be perfectly honest, [[SnicketWarningLabel the series was warning the readers that they wouldn't like the ending all along]]. Readers, however, were hoping Snicket was kidding.
* Science-fiction author Creator/PhilipKDick pretty much made a career out of this and MindScrew.
** ''Literature/{{Ubik}}''.
** "Faith Of Our Fathers" might be Philip K. Dick's most confounding story. Is it a satire of Communist society? An exploration of the true meaning of religion? Or a role reversal of LSD culture? Who can tell? The great Communist leader is actually God in human form, and you can only see his true form(s) (a series of grotesque monstrosities) when you take thorizen, the "antidote" to LSD.
** ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' ends a book about an AlternateHistory America after the Axis won WWII with... the characters discovering they're fictional.
*** The ending also implies that we, the readers, are from a fictional timeline as well, since the war in the [[ShowWithinAShow novel-within-a-novel]], which the I Ching implies is true, plays itself out differently than our historical reality.
* Creator/NealStephenson books:
** ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}'': although the novel's ending is implied to be suitably epic, by that point in the story, the POV character has lost interest, so all we get is a bare-bones version of events, with a month's worth of events crammed into just under six pages.
** ''Literature/{{Anathem}}'' actually has a proper ending, so he may be growing out of this.
* Creator/RobertSheckley's ''Mindswap'' has this. The hero ends up trapped in the "Twisted World" but believes himself to have regained his own body and returned home successfully.
* Not only does ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' see [[DownerEnding every possible version of Earth and therefore every version of Arthur and Trillian destroyed forever by the Vogons]], concluding their plot arc, but it completely fails to tie up any number of outstanding plotlines. It does include a possible Ultimate Question in "[[ItMakesSenseInContext Where does it all end]]?" ([[MemeticMutation 42]].)
%%* Creator/WilliamGibson is fond of Gainax endings, particularly in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''.
* ''Literature/TheDifferenceEngine'' just abruptly stops and then there's a long stretch of seemingly random snippets of nothing.
* Most of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's endings tend to taper off into absolute nothingness. ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has often been said to be best left about 2/3rds of the way through, and ''Literature/{{Friday}}'' is much the same.
* The ending of the Dungeon fantasy series, which was written by multiple authors, leaves much unexplained and even makes the main character into some kind of god without explanation.
* British children's/teens' author Creator/AlanGarner has an affinity for the Gainax Ending that is unusual in non-adult fiction. ''The Owl Service'' ends with a young girl who had been possessed by an incredible supernatural force converting that force from anger - "owls" to peace - "flowers". However, everything else about the characters' relationships (which have been totally wrecked) is left unresolved.
* Fredrick Pohl seems to like this. In the penultimate chapter of ''Jem'' the POV protagonist gets knocked out at the start of a war involving everyone on the eponymous planet. The next chapter is set in a radically different society several generations into the future with no real mention of how we went from one to the other, and nothing by tantalising glimpse of how this new civilization came about, or how it works. In ''Gateway'', the protagonist is undergoing psychiatric care to resolve the issues in his life. At the conclusion, we discover the reason he's come to the (robot) psychiatrist in the first place, and the story ends without a real attempt at closure.
* ''Literature/HeroInTheShadows'', by Creator/DavidGemmell. After a straightforward ending in which the invading demonic hordes are pushed back, the epilogue engages in some pretty strong MindScrew: Waylander, who has only hours left to live, is sent into an alternate universe, where he manages to prevent the rape and murder of his wife - making it not only an alternate universe, but the past as well, or ''something'' like that. He then dies, after which the Waylander from that dimension comes home to his wife. The End. Early in the novel there is a reference to a fortune teller prophesying that Waylander will never know peace until he looks up into his own face. Which is exactly what happens: after saving his wife and child in an alternate past reality and preventing the moment that turns him into a assassin he dies looking up at the alternate version of himself, knowing he is free from the nightmare his life would become.
* Creator/JoeHaldeman:
** Haldeman has written several novels (''Mindbridge'', ''Forever Peace'', ''Worlds'' trilogy) where the plot seems to have come to a halt, and the resolution apparently is to introduce an all-powerful, invisible, sadistic alien that randomly murders and tortures several of the characters. Then this alien wanders off, apparently satisfied it's made its point, whatever that was. Then the plot continues to some anti-climactic 'and life goes on' type of ending.
** Haldeman's short story "Monster" is presented as a document being dictated by a Vietnam vet confined to a mental hospital. In it, the vet insists that, when he was a member of a LRRP patrol in 'Nam, he watched a black-skinned, black-furred [[HumanoidAbomination creature]] come out of nowhere and tear apart two other platoon members engaged in a homosexual encounter. However, a Viet Cong deserter who happened to approach at the same time testified that it was ''him'', our narrator, who committed the crime, and of course our narrator can't say he saw a monster for fear it will make him sound even more crazy. Our narrator spends years in an asylum, after being adjudged insane. While inside, he studies legend upon legend about monsters, but can't find anything in the literature that resembles what he ''knows'' he saw. When he comes out, he hunts down the former Viet Cong soldier, now an American citizen, and tortures him to make him admit the truth -- that either the former VC ''is'' the monster, or that he saw what our narrator saw and wouldn't admit it. To no avail; the former VC says nothing, and our narrator kills him, turns himself in and is put back into an insane asylum. The story ends with a doctor's report detailing the incident of the night before: Our narrator was found dead in his cell from having his heart torn out. But there was no break-in, no signs of a struggle, and no noise. The story's last line is: "He did it to himself, and in total silence." The questions the story raises remain unanswered -- was there really a monster or wasn't there?
* ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' volume 1 ends this way. Long story short, the wizards have accidentally created a pocket universe where magic does not exist, where worlds are round balls rather than discs on the back of turtles and elephants. At the end, the computer Hex mentions "Recursion Is Occurring" and then, after the wizards have abandoned the "Roundworld Project", we see a discworld atop elephants and a turtle condensing out of gas and dust in the far reaches of its universe...
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' is particularly bittersweet, but it raises two questions: Is Jacen redeemed or not, and how the hell did Daala become president? But between the fanservice, the CainAndAbel, the paedophilia, and the like, Gainax could've written it.
* Creator/AEVanVogt's fixup novel ''The Weapon Shops of Isher'', which is mostly about the eponymous weapon shops, the Isher Empire that opposes them, and an immortal man trying to keep them in balance, ends with an alien concluding that humanity is "the race that shall rule the sevagram". This is the first time anyone in the story has mentioned a sevagram, and we never learn what it actually is.
* ''Literature/WarmBodies'' makes clear that its zombies aren't simply diseased humans, and implies early on that they're in some way supernatural, but most of the story plays out in a pseudo-realistic fashion. Then the ending all but states that zombies are a consequence of human sin, and explicitly calls upon ThePowerOfLove to fight them. This doesn't outright contradict anything earlier in the story, but it leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
* Almost all of the novels of Creator/BretEastonEllis have or border on having Gainax Endings. The best known of these is the ending of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' where the main character [[UnreliableNarrator may or may not]] have imagined everything, with evidence supporting both theories.
* In ''Literature/{{Fame}}'', Elisabeth finds herself in one of Leo's stories together with him, talking to his characters. When she asks him why, he simply vanishes from the story and leaves her in a world where no one knows who he his, and where as the author, he has full power over what she says and does. The straightforward explanation would be that she left him and he just included her in a later story out of spite, but more surrealistic interpretations are also possible.
* The [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] books end this way, although the ending makes sense if you treat it as the very heavy-handed UsefulNotes/{{Christian|ity}} allegory that it is (in fact, it makes a great deal ''more'' sense than [[Literature/BookOfRevelation the story it's a reworking of]]). Read the summary [[http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Battle here]].
* Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' provides a bunch of hints near the end that come close to explaining the strangeness of the first chapter, and sets up a dramatic climax, then ends very deliberately before that climax, in the middle of a secondary character's flashback.
* Croatian novel ''The Devil's Eye'' is a pretty standard teen-horror story; a teenage hero must stop an evil demon that's killing his classmates... and the whole thing ends with a GenderBender, with ''abso-friggin'-lutely nothing'' resolved. And the author's response? [[ShrugOfGod "The ending is whatever you think it might be."]] Yeah, thanks.
* The [[Literature/SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley Twins]] "Frightening Four" miniseries. It's also a blatant ripoff of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' (see the Film folder, above).
* Creator/GregEgan's novel ''Literature/PermutationCity'' ends with the [[InsideAComputerSystem simulated universe]] called "the Autoverse" somehow becoming more real than the hardware it was running on, much to the confusion of all the characters involved, as well as the reader.
* The series ''Literature/MaximumRide'' by James Patterson. Ends with much cataclysm, as promised (leading to a DownerEnding), but no one knows what caused it.
* ''Literature/TheGiver'' ends with Jonas getting a vision of a family celebrating Christmas. The ending is written ambiguously enough that the reader can interpret it as [[spoiler: Jonas and Gabe escape, or they end up back at the Community, or the ending is a DyingDream, or what-have-you. Lois Lowry responded with a ShrugOfGod when asked about it, although ''Literature/{{Messenger}}'' heavily implies their survival and ''Literature/{{Son}}'' confirms it]]. Still doesn't explain the Christmas thing, though...
* One of Creator/DaveBarry's books, in the midst of his trademark wonky comedic observations, suddenly shifts into a serious romance plot about a woman moving towards having an affair--portrayed sympathetically, at that. This has next to nothing to do with the chapter it's supposed to be the conclusion for, and is also a bit of a [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment BLAM]].
* ''{{Literature/Doom}}'' would make Studio Gainax proud by having ''two'' such endings:
** Fly and Arlene finally return to Earth after nearly five hundred years, hot in pursuit of the Newbie/Resuscitator ship planning on "fixing" humanity. The enemy never arrives and they never find out why. They land at the rebuilt Salt Lake City Tabernacle where an AI construct of Jill is waiting. She confirms their identities and welcomes them inside to receive a gift: a teenage clone of Jill and a black box on a card table with a card reading "Albert". The end.
--> ''Albert! Albert?! I didn't know what to say, so, Goddamn it, I decided to just shut up and be a Marine. Semper fi, Mac... I know when I'm beat!''
** A duplicate Fly and Arlene slog through the Deimos facility looking for a backdoor out of the Newbie computer system. They find the door and open it, finding the soul of a Newbie, and kidnap it back into the simulation as the Newbies pull the plug. The hyperactive evolution overclocks within the system and they will the Newbie to evolve out of the physical dimension. They have no idea if they banished one or somehow all of the enemy species, it turns out they did and that is why the enemy ship never arrives. The pair realizes that, barring a miracle, they're trapped inside the simulation forever. Fly and Arlene resolve that they can will their new reality to be better than the original by ending the invasion before it lands. Arlene hopes she can un-remember Albert's death so she can be with him again. The end?
-->''I awoke to a brave new world that had such damned peculiar creatures in it!''
* Creator/ThomasPynchon is well-known for this, with endings that frequently leave the central mysteries of the plot unresolved or just bury the narrative under tons of symbolism. The most famous example is probably ''Literature/GravitysRainbow'', which ends with Rocket 00000 apparently destroying the text itself. Suitably, the narrative itself begins to disintegrate at the end. The ending of ''Literature/TheCryingOfLot49'' may also be fairly well known, as it does not resolve whether the conspiracies Oedipa has been researching are real, whether they're an elaborate hoax planned out by her ex-boyfriend, whether they're being hallucinated by her, or something else entirely. All are acknowledged by Oedipa herself as possibilities.
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** The short story anthology ''Short Trips and Sidesteps'' contains one long-running story ("Special Occasions"), broken up into four parts with each part written by a different author, about the Fourth Doctor and Romana. The first three stories show them celebrating K-9's birthday, Valentine's Day and Christmas, all in a cute OriginalFlavour {{WAFF}} style. The final story starts with the Fourth Doctor ruminating about Romana and Christmas, going through a pile of dolls, before, in the last few paragraphs, suddenly being transformed into a nightmarish living puppet being forced to watch a flickering film and succumbing to the void.
** The final ''Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures'' novel ''The Well-Mannered War'' by Gareth Roberts, is (as was typical for Roberts) a fairly standard Fourth Doctor and Romana story. (In fact it's ''relentlessly'' traditional, doing its best to look like a Target novelisation of a TV story that doesn't exist - the online version takes this further.) And then it ends with the Black Guardian suddenly appearing to tell the Doctor he manipulated everything to present the Doctor with a SadisticChoice, and the Doctor deciding to TakeAThirdOption by ''leaving the universe forever'', possibly ending up in the Land of Fiction, where Romana comments they'd be "fictional characters, not real people". It reads very much like an attempt to inflict Semi-CanonDiscontinuity on the JNT era (except Roberts says it wasn't), or possibly pre-emptive Semi-Canon Discontinuity on the upcoming BBC Books.
* ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' suffered from major [[TheChrisCarterEffect Chris Carter Effect]], but the finale was especially weird. So, in our [[ADayInTheLimelight second-to-last]] book, Tate winds up SharingABody with our antagonists, who are good now, and somehow time-travels to the past (but still after the apocalypse?) to crash [[SapientShip Mother]] into the Earth. Back with our main characters, Sancho had a vision from... Tate's spirit, maybe?, to go to the crash site. It turns out that Billy (who is SharingABody with the missing five humans or something?) can use Tate's corpse to fix the Earth, somehow, as long as he's also holding Echo's blind baby. This has to happen on Echo's birthday, because reasons. So we get people debating whether or not they want the world to be fixed (since the Marauders don't know if it'll be better), and also [=2Face=] hears her dead mother talking to her and then dies. Finally Billy does the thing and also dies, the baby isn't blind anymore and the world has plants and cows again. We end with a DistantFinale where the characters are married and have kids, though the narration notes that nobody knows what happened to the Alphas. Then again, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome we still don't know what happened to D-Caf, either]].
* The ending of ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'' by Creator/GKChesterton really throws readers for a loop, even taking its subtitle, "A Nightmare" into account. The confusion is even addressed in the book's dedication to his friend E. Clerihew Bently, in the form of a poem:
-->'''GKC:''' ''Oh, who shall understand but you; yea, who shall understand?''
* The Polish book ''Osobliwe przypadki Cymeona Maksymalnego'' is a few hundred pages of teen drama. Then, at the very end, the protagonist is approached out of the blue by some creepy guy who invites him to follow him into a dark forest. The protagonist follows him obediently, even though he's got no reason to do so, and in fact suspects that the man is a SerialKiller. Then the novel just ends, almost mid-sentence.
* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series subscribed to the theory that a book wasn't complete without a MandatoryTwistEnding, leading to a few endings that came out of nowhere and made no sense even in a setting where anything can be mistaken for anything else so long as it takes place over a chapter break. There was one where the main characters turned out to be dogs transformed into humans. There was one where it turned out that a seemingly supernatural incident was being faked by some characters who were secretly aliens all along. There was even one where the story you'd been reading was a work-in-progress written by the monster for his monster friends.
* ''Literature/TheFall'' ends with the narrator breaking the fourth wall and implying that the reader was, like himself, an accomplice to the suicide described earlier in the story.
* The Polish novel series ''Mr Hopkins'' for young readers--about a time-travelling gentleman--has the occasional weird mystery that never quite gets explained. The endings of the second and third books, in particular, get quite trippy:
** The second installment has a bizarre ending where Mr Hopkins decides to time-travel to London to visit his grandfather Franchise/SherlockHolmes, but instead inexplicably ends up in a featureless void where he meets a man implied to be UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, then he finds himself back at his home only to realize that he's actually his own young sidekick, Karol. Then Karol looks into a mirror and sees Mr Hopkins inside, who promises that he will return soon and vanishes. The book ends at this point. In the third book, it's explained that that entire ending was Karol's fever dream, which is probably the only explanation possible.
** At the end of the third and final installment, some time after meeting the TimePolice who forbid him from time-travelling ever again, Mr Hopkins somehow meets the three mythical [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moirai Moirai]] (the series having never involved any mythical or supernatural elements up to that point) who tie his thread of life into a loop. Mr Hopkins then ends up back at the beginning of the series, with no memories, and the narration implies that he's now trapped in a StableTimeLoop forever. [[DownerEnding The end.]]
* Toward the end of ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There]]'' Alice has just been crowned a queen and is being honored with a royal banquet, when suddenly the candles on the table grow up to the ceiling, the bottles attach plates to themselves as wings and start to fly, the guests lie down in the dishes while the food and utensils start to walk around, the White Queen disappears into the soup tureen and the Red Queen shrinks down to the size of a kitten. Even considering the {{Cloudcuckooland}} setting, it's an exceptionally weird ending for Alice's dream - the more famous trial scene that ended her dream in the first book feels positively sane by comparison.

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' is one of the earliest examples. A synopsis exists at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_Out_%28The_Prisoner%29 Wikipedia]].
* ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Sam ends up in a bar run by a guy who has the same name as his closest friend, populated by guys that either have the same name as his other closest friends, look like people from earlier episodes or both, at least one of whom has a different reflection in the mirror. And a guy who may or may not be Al's uncle leaps out and is promptly forgotten by everyone. And the guy running the bar is probably responsible for Sam leaping around and may be God. It ends with Sam leaping back into the season two finale and telling Al's first wife that he's still alive before she can get their marriage annulled (hence changing every single episode of the series), at which point a photo of Al leaps out ([[RuleOfCool Because It Looks Cool]] presumably) and a series of captions inform the audience that Al got a happy ending and Sam never came back. Throw in the fact that Sam and Al only meet for one brief scene and some viewers found it... unsatisfactory.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' managed to pull off an EverybodyLives ending without ruining its ThereCanBeOnlyOne premise, ''and'' while justifying the alternative continuities of the movie ("Episode Final") and the TV special ("13 Riders"). It's just damn confusing the first time you watch it, mainly because it's something of a JigsawPuzzlePlot.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Agent Cooper manages to reaches his kidnapped girlfriend Annie in the otherworld Black Lodge, but displays less-than-"perfect courage" when he confronts her kidnapper and the evil spirit entity BOB and gets overwhelmed by BOB, who is able to once again manifest himself in the real world, this time as a doppleganger of Cooper. Ironically this was foreshadowed by accident in the pilot episode, which showed an aged (and helpless) Cooper sitting in a chair in the Black Lodge - the world's longest waiting room. Cooper would have been rescued in season three had the show not been cancelled; through time travel antics (and the movie "Fire Walk With Me") Annie would have contacted Laura Palmer in the past and Laura would have written a message in her diary alerting Cooper's friends of his plight/impersonation, which they would suddenly notice when said new message shows up in the diary when a character reads it.
** In ''The Return'', Coop does escape the Black Lodge as an Main/EmptyShell, 25 years later. His friends also manage to locate the missing pages of Laura's diary with the message from Annie.
** The Finale of ''The Return'': The Doppelganger find Jack Rabbit's Palace and gets warped to the Giant's lodge. The Doppelganger gets sucked into a machine and gets teleported outside the Twin Peak's Sheriff's Office. Agent Cooper manages to warn Sheriff Truman about the Doppelganger and Lucy manages to kill him. The Woodsman appear and try to revive him. The soul of BOB rises from his torso and attacks Freddie. He uses the glove the Giant told him to get to destroy him. The woman who came out of Jack Rabbit's Palace meets with Cooper and becomes the real Diane. Coop uses the key from his room at the Great Northern to unlock a door in the basement. He goes through and meets MIKE. They warp to the Gas Station and meet up with Phillip Jeffries. They have a talk and MIKE mentions something about Electricty. Coop then warps back to the past. He prevents Laura from meeting up with Ronette, Jacques and Leo the night of her murder. He leads her to the entrance of the Black Lodge. She disappears and she was never murdered. Footage from the pilot is shown with Pete never finding her body. Coop warps back to the Black Lodge and wanders around exactly like in Episode 1. He finds Diane before the Tupla of her is created. They warp to the real world and drive to a location in the desert near some power lines. They drive through a warp and end up in a hotel. Coop and Diane have sex. Coop wakes up the next day and Diane is gone. He has warped to Odessa, TX during the night. Finds a cafe name Judy's. He asks the waitress about the other waitress working there. It turns out she looks like Laura Palmer named Carrie Page. He drives to her house and convinces her to go to Twin Peaks with him. They go to Laura's house. Cooper finds out the Palmers don't live there anymore, or have ever. It turns out Cooper messed with reality when he saved Laura and no one from the main series exists anymore. He has taken over the life of someone name Richard and Diane as Linda. Cooper asks "What Year is It?". Carrie hear's Sarah Palmer's voice calling out for Laura. Carrie screams. Cut to black and end credits.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' seems like this trope if you have no knowledge of 2,000 year old religions like Neoplatonism or UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} that it draws from (or can't type "dharma" into Wikipedia). Since the ending does make sense but is hidden under enough Mind Screw to not have an easy explanation, it is the second form of Gainax Ending. If an ending requires a couple of college courses (such as "Religious Studies") or other extensive off-screen research to understand it, it's a Gainax Ending.
* Most ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketches and episodes end in bizarre fashion. When the troupe felt that a sketch had run its course, they'd drop a 16-ton weight; have the "Stop, this is silly!" officer enter; or segue into an animated sequence, news broadcast or documentary. This was a reaction against conventional sketch comedy where every sketch had to have a {{punchline}}. The Pythons thought it would be funnier to deliberately subvert convention, and were dismayed to find that their comic mentor Creator/SpikeMilligan had done it first with his show ''Q5'' (Many of Milligan's sketches ended with everyone stopping what they were doing and shuffling offstage chanting "What are we going to do now?" ''shuffle, shuffle, shuffle'' "What are we going to do now?").
** The episode that ended with The Argument Sketch turned the Gainax Ending almost into an art form. All episode long, sketches had been ending with the police entering and making arrests, and the Argument Sketch was going to be no different. Then another police officer comes in to arrest the whole show for Gainax Ending abuse, only to suddenly realize that his doing so made him guilty of the same thing. As was true for the next cop who entered to arrest ''him'', etcetera ad infinitum.
*** Actually, the second or third officer gets what looks like a moldy Wookiee "arresting" him, IIRC.
** Much of Creator/MontyPython's humor made fun of how British comedy shows were written, produced and performed, something [[WriteWhatYouKnow the members knew about all too well]], as they were veteran British comedy writers themselves. They hated punchlines and how anticlimactic they were compared to the goings-on within the sketches, so they did away with them or [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded their arrivals]].
* In the American remake of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}'', Sam Tyler is a New York detective from 2008 who somehow found himself in 1973. Was he mad? Lying in a coma in a 2006 hospital bed, dreaming of 1973? Back in time? None of the above. Sam and his fellow officers from 1973 were really all from 2035. They were astronauts on the first manned Mars mission, and were kept sedated, with artificially-induced dreams, for the voyage. The show was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled after its first season]] so this ending was placed in. Had they had a season or two more they could have foreshadowed it more and not made it such a Gainax (there ''had'' been some hints about it, but they only made sense in retrospect). The final shot of the episode--somebody in 1970s shoes stepping onto the Martian surface--also [[SequelHook left enough ambiguity]] that, had there been a super-last-second renewal, they could have explained it away.
** Also worth noting that in the original ''Life On Mars'', we see at the end of the second season that Sam had been in a coma the whole time. The Gainax comes as the point at which he wakes up interrupts the "other" plot just as it reaches the climax (in which Gene leads his team in to foil a train robbery). Of course, after he's woken up and reintegrated himself into "real" life, he throws himself off a roof to "rejoin the action". However, the followup show ''Ashes to Ashes'' says explicitly that he committed suicide.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' famously ended with a mid-scene cut to black. This may or may not have signified the main character's death.
* The 1990 failed CrimeDrama ''Series/CopRock'' ends with BreakingTheFourthWall and the cast singing one last song (this was also a musical show).
* The series finale of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' ends with John and Aeryn getting engaged on a boat in some random body of water somewhere, having tied up virtually all the major loose ends, and providing a fairly solid conclusion to the show with just the right balance of closure, and riding-into-the-sunset implications of continuing adventures. Then a freaky looking alien whose species we have never seen before, flying a ship we've never seen before, talks to someone over his radio, zooms in, and blasts them with a beam that causes John and Aeryn to shatter into a million little pebbles. [[CliffHanger To be continued]]... They knew this was going to be the series finale, and not only do they end it with that random [[MindScrew Mind Frell]], but they have the balls to top it off with a [[SequelHook to be continued]]. The mini-series actually fixes this, and manages to make this relevant and even answer significant questions the show never dealt with. But before that, seriously, what the hell?
** They were under the belief that they were renewed but then were suddenly cancelled right around the filming of the final ep. They debated options but in the end didn't have the time or money to change it so they reluctantly filmed it as it was and hoped it would somehow work out. The cast and crew were notably upset about it, however, when informing the fans of cancellation.
** According to the makers of ''Series/StargateSG1'', the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] never lets showrunners know if they're renewed or canceled until it's too late to base the final episode around it. That's the reason every season finale of SG-1 blows the remaining special effects budget and generally wraps up the current plot - they don't know if it's the series finale or not.
* The end of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''... The angels seen by Baltar and Six reveal that human/Cylon hybrid child Hera is Mitochondrial Eve and speculate on whether it's all going to happen again. After Head Baltar reminds Head Six that God doesn't like the name "God", she looks at him sternly and he cryptically says, "Silly me". They walk away unseen through the streets of modern New York while "All Along the Watchtower" plays over a montage of robot advances on television.
* Brazilian sitcom ''Toma Lá Dá Cá'' last episode: the cast are about to be killed by an invasion. But since one of the main actors is the main writer of the show, [[PostModernism they hand him a laptop and order him to write an ending that saves them]]... involving the arrival of an alien ship, which had previously "rescued" a character PutOnABus.
* Joss Whedon's ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' had this in season two, with Epitaph Two. Though this was more a case of MissingEpisode and AllThereInTheManual. Epitaph One, the season one finale which jumped to the future to show that the Dollhouse tech would be weaponized to cause the apocalypse, was not aired on television but was put out on DVD. So for those who did not buy the DVD, the episode made little to no sense.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' parodies the above ''Film/BeingThere'' ending.
** 'It's an ILLUSION!'
** Also:
--->NARRATOR: Maeby was struggling with a screenplay in her secret life as a film executive.
--->RITA: Is that a story?
--->MAEBY: Not yet. It doesn't have an ending. He's in LA, she's in Japan, how do I get these two characters together?
--->RITA: Maybe they could walk.
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' suffers from a series finale that drops all its established character arcs and eventually peters out with a strange, sit-com-like Halloween story. None of the conflicts or arcs are resolved. It was as if the writers, knowing the show was over, simply spat out a non-sequitor. The story was resolved somewhat in the movie. Rube moves on, and George becomes the new boss.
* ''Series/TheHills''. Yes, a RealityShow managed to have a Gainax Ending. The finale ends with Brody saying his goodbyes to Kristin, who gets in the limo and heads off, with a SofterAndSlowerCover version of [[RealSongThemeTune "Unwritten"]] playing in the background... and then the camera pulls back to reveal that the entire scene was shot on a soundstage. Kristin's limo is sitting right nearby, and had not driven off like we had been led to believe. The question as to how much of the show was just as fake goes unanswered. The best estimate would probably be [[Series/TheSoup Joel's]]: EVERYTHING!
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. The heretofore serious BlackAndGrayMorality AlienInvasion vs. LaResistance science fiction series Gainax Ends big time in the last five minutes of the second miniseries, V: The Final Battle. The alien/human hybrid child Elizabeth develops ''sparkly'' magical powers just in time to save the world by disabling the SelfDestructMechanism. Never mind the fact that magical or psychic powers have never even been mentioned on the entire show before, and that the heroes already had a perfectly good plan to save the world. Sparkly magical baby! Fandom wtfed.
** This was handled much better in the novelization of the miniseries. In the novelized version, Elizabeth saves the world by cracking the supposedly "uncrackable" security code which has Our Heroes locked out of the ship's navigation-and-control system. The ''reason'' this works better is that Elizabeth's unusually precocious facility with computers and solving mathematical puzzles was [[ChekhovsGun properly foreshadowed]] in a couple of scenes earlier in the book, so her ability to break the ship's command codes didn't just suddenly come out of left field. Since the novel was adapted from an earlier version of the script, it's highly probable that ExecutiveMeddling was involved.
** Creator Kenneth Johnson quit after writing the original script due to conflicts over budget and the network's plans for the series - he wanted to keep it as yearly mini's, they wanted an ongoing. Years later the head of NBC at the time apologized, saying if they'd stuck with Johnson's plan they'd have been on the sixth chapter by then.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' threw one in the third season finale, the Xindi plot was resolved in a totally sane ([[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and awesome]]) way, and the Enterprise goes back to Earth, without their Captain, who they believe is dead. They try to call Starfleet and no one responds, so figuring some sort of communications difficulties they send a shuttlepod down to San Francisco. They meet a flight of American P-51D Mustangs. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Captain Archer has been discovered unconscious by Nazi soldiers. One of them asks the others in the group if they recognize his uniform. The camera pans over each of the officers until finally one steps out of the shadows and reveals himself as an unknown alien wearing a Nazi uniform. Roll credits.
** This cliffhanger was the last episode in which Berman and Braga were in charge of the show, with Manny Coto due to take over in the next season. There was much fan speculation that Berman and Braga deliberately came up with the most ridiculous ending they could think of in order to poison the well for their successor. The fact that Coto turned around and produced a fairly well liked season opening from it - one which finished up and disposed of Berman and Braga's generally disliked 'Temporal Cold War' in the process - was seen by many as a major accomplishment.
** A ''lot'' of fans who had been enjoying the Xindi arc threw up their hands and stopped watching the series in frustration at that point. Amazingly, however, the next season managed to explain/resolve the Evil Alien Nazis story in a not-entirely-stupid fashion.
* The final episode of ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' ends with the leader of The Midnight Society of the previous generation finishing his story, which happened to be about the ''real'' supernatural events occurring to the members of the ''current'' generation of the Midnight Society.
* Up until the last five minutes, ''Series/StElsewhere'' was a relatively normal hospital drama. Last five minutes? It was [[AllJustADream all the imagination of an autistic child with a snowglobe]]. Try not to think about all the shows that had {{crossover}}s with ''St. Elsewhere'', and all the shows that ''those'' shows had crossovers with, were spun off from, or were honored with {{Shout Out}}s by. Somebody actually [[https://thetommywestphall.wordpress.com/about/ did that]], and deduced that, by way of Six Degrees of ''St. Elsewhere'', this show's Gainax Ending extends to literally ''hundreds'' of TV shows.
* InUniverse example in a sequence of Season 3 ''Series/{{Friends}}'' with a subplot about a play Joey is appearing in. In rehearsals, it appears to be a TrueArtIsAngsty play about a married couple's problems. When we see the play all the way through, the last scene is Joey's character going off in an alien spacecraft to find an alternative fuel source.
* "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless Restless]]", the season four finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. After the second-to-last episode wrapped the season up in a more traditional way, the last was a series of bizarre dream sequences. While the episode did end up having a straightforward basic structure, it was also filled with bizarre and abstract ideas. Some were character-building, some hinted at events in season five, and some made no sense whatsoever ("I wear the cheese. It does not wear me").
* ''Series/TimAndEricsBedtimeStories'' has just about every episode end this way, often ending just as something horrific is about to happen or hinted at. It makes a little more sense when promotional material refers to episodes as [[SurrealHorror "nightmares"]].
* Norwegian TV theater was straightforward most of the time, but sometimes the MindScrew factor escalated immensely. In 1982, a young and promising scriptwriter launched a story about a photographer with relationship issues. That is an easy way to describe the plot. The ending contains three actors dancing together with chalked faces, the main character posing as a bride with a ridiculously long veil, a ruin with all actors posed in bizarre ways (one of them inexplicably hanging on the wall), and at the very end, a bicycle hovering in the sea - actually ''standing on its wheels on top of a wave''... WTF?
* The final scene of the series finale for ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' reveals that [[spoiler: the entire series was [[AllJustADream the dream of ]] [[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Dr. Robert Hartley.]]]] It's considered to be one of the greatest moments in television.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Could well have happened]] in ''Series/BreakingBad'' as [[https://youtu.be/-cGZiofho8c this]] AlternateEnding shows.
* The [[GrandFinale series finale]] of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "Crossfire", ended in such as way, partially due to the show's sudden cancellation: The show's writers were operating off the assumption that they had gotten a ninth season, but three days before the Season 8 finale aired, [[CutShort ABC cancelled the show.]] The resulting ending made viewers' heads spin: [[spoiler: [[DiabolusExMachina Caleb Brown turns out not to be dead and shoots Castle]], followed by Beckett returning fire at Brown [[MutualKill but not before he shoots her as well.]] A badly injured Castle & Beckett are then seen laying on the ground seemingly dying next to each other. Then we suddenly cut to a scene that is set [[TimeSkip 7 years later]] with the two of them eating dinner with 3 children.]] It is pretty clear what happened was a case of two endings being spliced together at the last minute. The fanbase had a field day trying to make sense of it, with theories ranging from [[spoiler: that Castle & Beckett really did die and the "7 years later" scene was just a DyingDream, or that the whole series was [[AllJustADream just the plot of one of Castle's novels]], with only the 1st episode being "real" and that Castle & Beckett are just a normal author & cop married in real life without all the crazy adventures of the series. Then there's the theory that simply takes the ending at face value: they made an UnexplainedRecovery and managed to EarnYourHappyEnding.]]

* Music/TheBeatles' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJhcGepfG04 Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da]]," from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'', is about a market vendor named Desmond and a singer named Molly. They fall in love, get married, and have kids. The second-to-last stanza describes Desmond and his children working in the marketplace while Molly still enjoys her singing career. But the final stanza switches their roles, putting ''Molly'' in the marketplace and ''Desmond'' (who is now apparently a woman) in the band. This was an accidental case. The band members weren't paying proper attention during the recording, and as a result Paul got distracted by John and George yelling "Arm!" and "Foot!" in the break after the first "lets the children lend a hand" and got their roles backwards on the last chorus. They decided to [[ThrowItIn keep it as-is]] because they thought it was neat (and they were sick of working on the song).
--> ''Happy ever after in the market place,''
--> ''Molly lets the children lend a hand.''
--> ''Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face,''
--> ''And in the evening she's a singer with the band!''
* The Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Francis Poulenc.
* Polymorphia, by Krzysztof Penderecki has a rather jarring ending. Why is it so jarring? The entire orchestra suddenly plays C Major, the most "normal" chord there is, after several minutes of intricate experimentation.
* Robert Wyatt's album Rock Bottom ends with minimalist concertina, backwards violas, and a nonsense poem by Ivor Cutler. [[MindScrew The effect is astonishing.]]
* ''[[UpToEleven Every single song]]'' in the Music/{{Vocaloid}} Bad End Night song series has this:
** In Bad End Night, Miku suddenly goes insane and [[KillEmAll murders everyone.]] Then, the screen goes black, a mysterious hooded figure walks in, and crying, picks up the letter she brought in with her. [[TheUnReveal Without explaining what's in said letter]].
** In Crazy Night, the same thing happens, but [[TragicVillain it seems like she's forcing herself to do it]]. Then, suddenly they all are alive and float off into the distance as Miku says it shouldn't be that way. They all say that they'll wait for another night, and suddenly the hooded figure appears on screen.
** In Twilight Night, Rin and Len pick up the missing page to the book in Crazy Night, [[MindScrew which was apparently her letter.]] [[TheUnReveal But it was blank]], and suddenly things get [[UpToEleven even more Gainax]]: Everyone's ecstatic, but then Miku appears, saying it was the wrong page. They all turn into illustrations on a page of the book, because the page was blank, and so apparently there was no ending.
* The video for "I'm That Type of Guy" by Creator/LLCoolJ features the rapper as a GentlemanThief sneaking through some high-security compound, avoiding or dispatching security guards, crawling under a laser grid, and all that stuff, until he reaches a safe containing - a harem full of scantily-dressed models who are eager to greet him. Intentional, of course, but it's a pretty odd shift.
* [[Music/JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] album-length 1973 ConceptAlbum ''A Passion Play'' ends with [[JumpScare jarring, stabbing chords]] and distant crowd screaming of "Steve! Caroline!!", then jazzy saxophone notes as it fades out. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment One of the most mysterious sections]] in what is already [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a barely scrutable]] album.
* Music/FrankZappa's ''Music/JoesGarage'' ends with Joe, a rock musician, being jailed. When he is finally freed he discovers music has been banned. Then he becomes a factory worker. Which prompts Zappa, out of nowhere, to start a silly song called "A Little Green Rosetta", which breaks the fourth wall and the entire concept of the album completely and has nothing to do with the rest of the plot. Thus closes the album.
* Website/{{Cracked}} has [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-rock-radio-classics-that-actually-suck/ repeatedly]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-kinds-lyrics-that-almost-always-ruin-song/ mocked]] Music/{{Styx}}'s "Come Sail Away" for the random insertion of aliens at the end of the song.
* Music/LisaGermano's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWEhNppy0to ...A Psychopath]]", a haunting song about stalking (and implied rape) with a real 911 recording playing throughout, ends with a sample of an upbeat Italian folk song.
* Another well-known example from the classic-rock radio playlist: Music/TheMoodyBlues' "Nights in White Satin". After the "''Red is grey and yellow white ...''" [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken poem]] that seems to bring lyrical closure to the song, there is a short pause, then an orchestral move that seems to be the end. But it isn't—another pause brings in an even more final-sounding symphonic passage. But then ... after another pause, the ''actual'' end of the song is a loud gong. Huh?
* Karnivool's 2005 album, 'Themata', could be considered an example. After ten hard rock songs ranging from alt-metal to progressive metal, the album concludes with the competely silent 20 seconds of "Omitted For Clarity", and the final track, "Change (Part 1). The latter consists of two minutes of ambient space music, one minute of quietly emotional but inscrutable lyrics, and a grand crescendo into...silence. The conclusion, "Change (Part 2)" wouldn't show up for FOUR YEARS, until the last track of their next album, "Sound Awake".

* Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall''
** Justified, as the viewpoint character spends the entire movie gradually descending into total madness. He only thinks that ending happened.
* ''Our House'' the ''Madness'' musical: was always going to have two endings due to the parallel universes plot. However, even after these are resolved via dual {{Karmic Twist Ending}}s there's still time for a third 'ending' to turn it all into a ShaggyDogStory (done by introducing a ''third'' option in the life-changing event at the beginning of the play which would mean none of the things we've just been watching happened at all.) Oh well. Song and dance number!
* ''[[Music/PDQBach Einstein on the Fritz]]'' parodies this. The supposedly-lost original musical is summarized thusly:
-->Einstein feels a sneeze coming on, and takes his handkerchief from his pocket. In Act II, he realizes that he is not going to sneeze after all, and he puts his handkerchief back in his pocket in Act III.
** (The whole thing is a parody of ''Theatre/EinsteinOnTheBeach'', an opera by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, which is notorious for lasting four and a half hours without plot.)
** This is the summary of the epilogue [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis supposedly tacked on by PDQ Bach]]:
-->Einstein goes down to Hades to bring back his cousin Sophie, avenge the murder of his brother at the hands of Tsar Ivan the Inside Trader, slays the dragon guarding the entrance to the Golden Cave, seduces the Count's daughter on the eve of her wedding, and unites Italy.

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* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' loved doing this when appropriate.
** The best example is the Stars of ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[note]] Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and (in a surprise cameo) Peter Mayhew [[/note]] were running amok in the theatre and have their climactic confrontation against [[DarthVaderClone Dearth Nadir]] [[note]] actually Gonzo in a black suit and mask [[/note]]. Unfortunately, their weapons are useless and Chewbacca is no match against Angus [=McGonagle=]'s Gershwin Gargling. How do the Muppets resolve this crisis? With a song and dance number, of course! Suddenly, the droids are dancing and everyone is then singing "When You Wish Upon a Star."
** A similar ending made a ''little'' more sense in their Marty Feldman episode, which spoofed ''Arabian Nights'' with Feldman as Scheherazade. When they get to "Ali Baba and the ''Four'' Thieves" (which has to make do with ''three'' thieves because one of the actors was sick), Fozzie is cast as the lead thief - but dresses up as a Prohibition-era gangster named "Big Fozz" rather than in Arabic garb. Then he realizes that everyone is gone, breaks character, and heads backstage to ask Scooter what is happening. Scooter says that everyone is in the alley behind the theater boiling a huge vat of oil - and when Fozzie asks him what this is for, Scooter's response is that the thieves are going to be cooked in it! Trying to hide his terror, Fozzie asks when the thieves' execution will take place, and is told it will occur [[ExactWords "right before the closing number."]] In response, Fozzie rushes back on stage and launches right into the closing number, "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight." Everyone in the cast except for Feldman joins him, and then Fozzie says [[VisualPun "Open sesame!"]] to the thieves' cave, causing the boulder to roll back and the cast of ''Series/SesameStreet'' to emerge. They fall in with the more "grown-up" Muppets and then everyone joins Marty for the song's big finish. There's a fade-out, the show ends as usual after a brief denouement (during which Marty tells a disappointed Kermit that his favorite Muppet is Cookie Monster), and [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment no mention is ever made of the vat of oil again]].
* Every episode of ''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'' ends with a song, including episodes with overlying plots. This leads to a lot of bizarre and ambiguous endings:
** In one episode, Sifl made a bunch of clones of himself (and one [[CloneDegeneration messed-up]] clone of Olly) that gradually start to interrupt the show itself. At the end, Olly is telling Sifl to stop making clones, Sifl is staring dejectedly into space, somber piano music is playing, and the background is an image of a broken test tube with Sifl's eye in it. Olly asks if Sifl is even listening to him, and Sifl responds by singing a [[WordSaladLyrics nonsensical]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd0fFWban-Y gospel song about missing the 80s]], and all the other clones join in (while creating even more clones). By the time the song ends, the room is filled with Sifl clones, Olly has left, and the Olly clone from earlier has taken his place. Roll credits.
** Another episode has them interviewing TheGrimReaper (who turns out to be a [[DontFearTheReaper pretty nice guy]]). Afterwards, they perform a cover of "[[Music/BlueOysterCult Don't Fear The Reaper]]" and about halfway through the Grim Reaper comes back to join them...which causes their souls to leave their body and descend into hell.

* Most ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' episodes have no clear ending, unless [[KillEmAll everyone dies]]. The grand finale actually ''dissolves into random gibberish as the entire show comes to a crashing halt'', and it doesn't seem atypical. As the announcer often observed, "It's all in the mind, you know."
** This is mainly seen in later episodes, probably because Creator/SpikeMilligan himself had no idea how to end them. Earlier surviving episodes tend to have fairly logical plot resolutions, for a certain definition of logic.

* The grand finale of the musical ''Celebration'' involves the old villain (and the audience) being bombarded with portentous symbolism until he collapses, though not before revealing that he and his youthful rival are one and the same.
* ''The Threepenny Opera'' ends with Macheath ("Mack the Knife") about to be hanged for his many crimes. As he mounts the gallows, Peachum, who has orchestrated his execution because Macheath has married his daughter against her parents' will, suddenly shouts "Stop!" and addresses the audience. In order that the audience not have to face a sad ending, a happy one has been arranged. The chorus breaks into the song "The Mounted Messenger", as police commissioner Tiger Brown (Macheath's old army buddy and his OTHER father-in-law), in full uniform, comes in riding a stick horse, and reads a proclamation from Queen Victoria, in honor of her coronation, ordering Macheath freed, awarded membership in the Order of the Garter, a castle (at "Mucking on the Creek, Sussex") and an annual income for life... and extending "her royal felicitations" to all "the lovely wedding couples here assembled" (the thieves, beggars and whores)
* ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'':
** The climactic scene culminates with the pirates convincing the authorities not to punish them by [[CheapHeat declaring how much they love Queen Victoria]]. This leads to the entire cast singing the Queen's praises.
* Very similar with Rossini's ''Il viaggio a Reims''. For two hours we watch LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, and we seem to finally figure out that, right, [[LoveDodecahedron the French lady is in love with the Frenchman who flirts with the Italian lady who's secretly loved by the Englishman, while the Polish widow is torn between her two admirers]]… when the plot cuts off for the whole lot to arrange a concert in King Charles X's honor.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Every ''WebAnimation/YouTubePoop'' '''ever!''' It makes sense, considering the videos themselves in turn aren't even supposed to make sense to begin with. In fact, WebAnimation/WalrusGuy's supposedly-final ''[=YouTube=] Poop'' was titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OVCpD-7nI4 "One More Final: I Need You(Tube Poop)"]], which is a reference to the ''original'' Gainax Ending of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* An episode of WebAnimation/SaladFingers ends with the title character having his head eaten by a clone. Or was that the clone?
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5bqtqe2F-E One Girl, One Sandwich]]'' is a web animation about an attractive young woman who goes to a restaurant to buy a sandwich. She must have been [[RussianReversal in Soviet Russia because the sandwich eats her!]]
* ''WebAnimation/JimmyNeutronHappyFamilyHappyHour'', an [[MindScrew already surreal]] web short, ends with a pizza decapitating Hugh and Jimmy concluding that [[BlatantLies the day is typical for him]].
* The ''WebAnimation/PimpLando'' series is always full of non-sequitur humor, but the ninth episode (the latest in the series so far), after being a mostly coherent CourtroomEpisode, ends with an attack on everyone by killer potatoes.
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' had one episode with three possible endings (which, since it's a flash animation, the viewer could pick themselves), two normal ones and one "WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity Ending", which, while perfectly in line with normal ''Sheep in the Big City'' sheep-finding shenanigans and [[WorldOfPun puns]], had nothing to do with the scene before it involving a character being transformed into a blue blob.

* The ending of the Tempura Panda arc in ''Webcomic/ParasiteGalaxy'' had three characters figuring out they were all actually the same person who then became a duck made out of duct tape. While the comic is still ongoing, the ending to that arc can count as a Gainax Ending.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''. The reveal of Kirby as the ultimate mastermind and Ness and Lucas jointly acting as "the Butcher" isn't too hard to understand. The ''really'' weird stuff happens after the final battle when we see Kirby is still alive, has ''murdered [[RageAgainstTheAuthor Masahiro Sakurai]]'', and just before it fades to black ''Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto'' walks into the room.
* The ending of episode 12 of ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' -- "I'll say."
* The ending of Creator/JamesRolfe's ''[[http://www.cinemassacre.com/2006/06/11/wizard-of-oz-3-dorothy-goes-to-hell-2006/ Dorothy Goes To Hell.]]''
* Most, if not all, Webvideo/BrandonRogers sketches end this way. Honorable mentions include ''[[https://youtu.be/XF2BpjAwf6w "No Parents!"]]'', ''[[https://youtu.be/4xX1pMn8LvA "A Day at the Park"]]'', ''[[https://youtu.be/hdjUPGK7-x4 "The Nuclear Family"]]'', and ''[[https://youtu.be/IkbqNY0Fxek "Swim Instructor From Hell"]]''.
* It's not like [[https://youtube.com/user/TVMaxwell?feature=hovercard TVMaxwell]]'s videos are not already [[SurrealHumor completely batshit insane]], but the endings usually take it UpToEleven. For instance, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2yQJGQYLCM this brief example]], two people go out "clubbing", as in [[VisualPun beating random strangers to death with baseball bats.]] Then the video ends with their car exploding with a pop sound effect, them appearing in space and then flying into the sun, which is all accompanied with opera music.
* One episode of ''WebVideo/RegularOrdinarySwedishMealTime'' ends with some crazy twisting head laughing maniacally before a caption says "He died".
* The original ''Film/RyanVsDorkman'' ends with Dorkman successfully offing Ryan and walking away to leave - only for Ryan to reappear and ignite a lightsaber through Dorkman's chest. It didn't make any sense until the ending of ''Ryan Vs. Brandon 2'', which reveals that there is a bunch of Ryan clones - this also explains why Ryan has lost every single one of his fights and manages to come back alive.
* The music video for the song 'Fantasy' by Dye. It starts off innocently enough, with four teens (two girls and two boys) breaking into a swimming pool to fool around a bit. One pair of teens starts to get rather ''frisky'' in the pool, while the girl in the second pair shies away from her mate and jumps into the deeper end of the pool instead. Then things start to get... weird. The girl who jumped into the pool notices a strange bulge start to move around in her underpants, and quickly gets out, then she and the boy she left by the poolside turn around, and notice the other pair of teens who had been making out [[BodyHorror have turned into something ''different'']]. The mutated girl somehow assimilates the other boy into her body, while the final girl tries to escape, but fails. As her former peers close in around her, she jumps into the pool again, and, upon reaching the bottom, somehow finds herself in a [[AnotherDimension different world]]. She then looks over the horizon, and [[GoMadFromTheRevelation her eyes explode]]. The camera then pans over to a massive EldritchAbomination, and the video ends.
* The final video of AlternateRealityGame ARG/PronunciationBook revealed it was connected to infamous WordSaladHumor twitter account [[https://twitter.com/Horse_ebooks Horse_ebooks]]. Horse_ebooks itself ended with a link to the Pronunciation Book video, a phone number that was part of a [[http://www.geekosystem.com/bravospam/ performance piece]], and the name of the [[ViralMarketing creators' next project]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn0A4y7smpo Obedience]]" is a short film. It starts out as a thriller where the subject is put through a twisted take on Milgram's "Obedience to Authority" experiment... and then it gets weird. With tonal shifts and then a twist ending that seems like it was taken from this site's WMG pages...
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** The review of ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'' ends with the movie tearing apart the fabric of reality, causing the Critic to split into two people, one of whom is in a coma and the other is [[TalkingPoo an animated piece of poop]] floating through space. The turd then remarks "I have become what the movie always was", and sings his SigningOffCatchphrase.
** His review of the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' ends with him destroying the movie in the past, present, and future, along with his older and younger selves, and ending up in the place where angels go after they die. After brief but rather ominous chat with his dead guardian angel, he wakes up, and all ends with him playing poker with WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob, Rob (who is dinosaur for no explained reason) and Death.
** In the end of his ''Film/{{Devil}}'' review, Devil turns out to be Creator/MNightShyamalan and threatens him, then Santa Christ reveals himself to be the Devil in disguise, and sends Shyamalan back to Hell, explaining, that it was all a trap to catch him and return him to hell. After they leave the elevator, [[Series/PowerRangers Rita Repulsa]]'s corpse comes back to life and turns into Cthulhu, who then says that everything going according to plan.
* ''Friday the 13th. ft. Eugene'' by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]] ends with [[{{Nerd}} Eugene]], Matt's clone, doing the weird face that Matt does [[EveryEpisodeEnding at the end of every vlog]], implying that Eugene and Matt are the same person. What makes this even weirder is that, earlier in the vlog, Matt briefly talks to Eugene.
* WebOriginal/{{Chrontendo}} episode 39 ended with him saying that he could not take anymore games in the ''Family Trainer'' series, so he said that he would immediately skip to episode 183 to play VideoGame/SuperMetroid. Considering that the main goal is to play the games in chronological order, you could imagine how shocked viewers were.
* [[WebVideo/TheNecroCritic The Necro Critic's]] ''Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde Double-Feature Halloween Craptacular'' ends with Necro killing his brother, Devil Critic, only to be killed by the '''real''' Necro and Devil Critic, who reveal that the previous Necro and Devil were [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext robot clones of them from the future]], only for the living Necro to reveal himself as a robot. Afterwards, a guy watching the video decides to leave a nasty comment on it, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou only for Necro and Devil to appear behind him]] and torture him by forcing him to watch ''The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)''.
* While not having a Gainax Ending in the review for ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' itself, near the end of Duckyworth's [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-Eight-Crazy-Nights-2002-Part-2-497136002 review]], he calls out the film for this. When [[spoiler:Jennifer sees one lone tear from Davey after the police arrest him, and demanding he talks because 'it's the holidays', despite the physical/psychological torture he has induced on others throughout the film]], he even uses [[OneOfUs the first sentence of the first paragraph of this article to describe what a Gainax Ending was,]] then saying it fell into the former category for not making sense.
** Played straight in [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-The-Nuttiest-Nutcracker-1999-Part-1-502991025 the]] [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-The-Nuttiest-Nutcracker-1999-Part-2-504687285 review]] [[http://duckyworth.deviantart.com/journal/DT-The-Nuttiest-Nutcracker-1999-Part-3-504892327 of]] ''The Nuttiest Nutcracker''. After Ducky breaks down from both the film and [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa Monokuma's]] harassment, [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 Monomi/Usami]] comes out of nowhere to tell him that "YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre" for handling even the worse films, like the aforementioned ''Eight Crazy Nights'' review, and encourages him to keep going. When the Sugar Plum Fairy arrives as a part of the CreditsGag, Monokuma takes a truck to run her over, then aims for Duckyworth and Unami. Unami tries to stop Monokuma, [[spoiler:only to get crushed by Monokuma, which she survives. Duckyworth drives off with her, and it ends, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' style]]:
---> '''Monokuma:''' ''Upupupupupu - that's ALL folks!''
* WebVideo/JonTron loves this trope:
** The ending of his ''VideoGame/{{Nightshade}}'' review is borderline nonsensical: after witnessing the constant weirdness of the game (including hilariously bad puns, undecipherable jokes and several UnexpectedGameplayChange moments), he comes across a man beating up an old lady on the street. Deciding he has had enough, he reaches out for the game, throws it against the wall, bashes it successively with a replica of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor's hammer]], a chair, and a kick scooter, all while singing "She's A Lady" (in slow motion, mind you). He finally flies off to the Sun in a spaceship. Watch it in all of its insane glory [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLSRh9JEIRw here]].
** The ending of his Conan Games episode has him pray to God to see if he can find a good Conan game. After he finds the said good Conan game, he stops momentarily and says:
--->'''Jon Tron:''' There's a jar of horse radish up there. I don't know why, but it's scary. *dramatic zoom on a jar of horse radish with suspenseful music playing*
** The review of ''VideoGame/YodaStories'' during Jon's [[Franchise/StarWars Starcade]] event [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V3islv_LOA ends with him]] getting "Perfect Yoda", upon which his face flies off and bounces around the room like the cards in classic versions of [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows]] Solitaire. Which was only the weirdest of a set of already weird endings; Starcade had a ''lot'' of them, including things like being apparently attacked by a Dubstep-playing Jar-Jar Binks and turned into a figurine, a sudden tangent with Jon admitting he "let those dogs out" because he wanted to sleep, and his EvilLaugh getting suddenly interrupted by distortion.
* Many Internet copypastas end this way. One common ending is the revelation that one of the characters was [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the Loch Ness Monster asking for $3.50 ("tree fiddy")]]. Other stories randomly segue into a song, often "Lose Yourself" by Music/{{Eminem}} (specifically the "Mom's spaghetti" portion), "Walk the Dinosaur" by Music/WasNotWas, or the theme song to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'':
** Episode 4: Ends with the Red Guy discovering a doorway to some kind of recording studio, where he discovers body-suited actors staging a crude recreation of the earlier videos... then his head explodes. Unlike the others, there's no indication that this is some kind of dream or hallucination. He shows up in the next episode, fortunately, although his place or presence in the plot is now unclear.
** The sixth episode and the series as a whole: [[spoiler:Red Guy messes around with a terminal that controls the world of the puppets, only to be grabbed on the shoulder by Roy. Red Guy walks away and pulls a giant plug connecting to the terminal, resulting in the world resetting only on June 20th instead of 19th and with the puppets' colors switched. The notepad shows up and begins to sing its song once more, cue credits.]]

-> ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyFQVZ2h0V8 Congratulations!!]]''[[note]]If you don't want to go through several dozens of pages, [[MemeticMutation they all say]] "Congratulations"[[/note]]