Group Picture Ending
When a visual work (movie, TV episode, video game, etc.) ends with a group picture of the main cast, especially if it's an ensemble. For the authors, it provides a perfect way to capture the entire ensemble dynamics in a single frame—one that is guaranteed to stick in the audience's memory.

If the actual picture taking is replaced with a simple freeze frame, it is Freeze-Frame Ending.

Also, hilarity will often ensue, as some of the cast can miss the mark and look the wrong way or even intentionally prank each other. May be followed up by Photo Montage in the Closing Credits.

Compare Crowded Cast Shot.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Azumanga Daioh ends with a very plain picture of the girls walking happily together when they all graduate.
  • The ending of Fullmetal Alchemist has this except it's a future photo of the characters years after the Final Battle. With added Babies Ever After!
  • Lady Jewelpet ends with a picture of everyone who studied/taught at the Jewel Palace.
  • Both the original last chapter of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S manga and the bonus chapter released one and a half years later end with a group shot of the Riot Force 6 Forwards and their mentors.
  • One of the endings of One Piece ends this way, with the Straw Hats posing for a group picture, only for the camera to fall during the shooting, messing up the photo.
  • Patlabor: The final episode of The Mobile Police/New Files continuity ends with a group shot of the members of SVU's 2nd division, along with Shinobu Nagumo, the 1st division's captain.
  • Pokémon
    • Subverted at the end of episode 40, "The Battling Eevee Brothers": Psyduck sets up a camera for a group photo of all the episode's characters, then trips trying to get into place when the timer goes off. At least that's the way the episode ends for the heroes; the actual last scene is of Team Rocket lamenting the failure of their latest scheme.
    • Played straight at the end of "Pokemon Paparazzi" where Ash, Misty and Brock pose for a photo with Todd to close the episode.
    • The Best Wishes saga closes with a picture of Ash and all of the Pokémon he has under his care bunched together in one frame.
  • It's not part of the series proper, but the post-series picture drama of Code Geass ends with this image of an expanded student council group, as if they could all be together.

    Fan Works 

  • The final scene in About Alex begins with a group shot (including the dog) as all the friends separate after the life changing weekend, before flashing back to their first meeting with Alex in college.
  • The final shot of 1990's Street Fighter ends with most of the characters taking a pose vaguely resembling the ones they take in Street Fighter II.
  • Lethal Weapon 4 ends with the main cast getting a picture taken to celebrate the birth of Lorna's baby. The credits showcase a 'scrap book' of pictures with the whole cast and crew, either in groups or taken during production (to the tune of "Why Can't We Be Friends?").
  • The prologue of Hellboy closes on a photo of Hellboy with Dr. Broom and the US Army platoon which found him, which then segues into the opening credits sequence.
  • Animal House ends with a still of the Delta gang as the credits roll.
  • Speed Racer shows a picture of the Racer family in the trophy ceremony after the Grand Prix, as well as pictures of Taejo and Royalton, as parts of newspaper and magazine headlines which describe the end of the story (the rejoice of the Racers, the testification of Taejo, which leads to Royalton being sent to jail).
  • The Tigger Movie ends this way, with the photo having been placed in a locket that then closes up.
  • Lemonade Joe ends with the main characters posing for a wedding photo in front of a stagecoach. Then they are seen Riding into the Sunset.
  • Cars 3 ends as Lightning and Cruz get their photo taken, which hangs on the wall of Doc's garage next to Lightning and Doc racing in the same exact poses (but with their positions switched so it's mentor on left, student on right), showing how the legacy has repeated.
  • Cool Runnings ends with a team photo being taken and hung, finding a place of honor above a photo of the coach with the team captain/driver's father.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The last scene with dialog in Six Feet Under is of the cast getting a group photo. Then, however, there's a montage that flashes through decades, and the absolute last scene lingers on several other photos.
  • The miniseries version of Jane Eyre (2006) ends up with her family sitting outside of their house, being painted for a family portrait.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger ended with a photo of the main cast, along with the caption/narration "Until We Meet Again".

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Case 1-4 (originally the ending of the first game before the Updated Re-release) ends with the reveal of the picture taken by Lotta Hart of Phoenix and his friends celebrating their victory. Turns out the ghost of Mia Fey decided to celebrate with them.
    • Trials and Tribulations has a variation in its final case, where, rather than a picture, a notebook with a drawing of the main cast is used to the same effect. In a bittersweet turn, the other page has another group picture of three main/important characters who lost their life.
    • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth ends with an unsanctioned group photo.


    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the villains' Beach Episode ends with a photo of Azula and friends smiling for the camera as the beach house goes down in flames.
  • The last episode of X-Men: Evolution ends this way.
  • An episode of Goof Troop ends with a two-family picture at a barbecue. No one notices before the shot, but the kicked-aside grill has set the house on fire.
  • The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat" ends with a picture of the winning Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team, including the members whose fates were unfortunate.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" ends exactly the same way as the opening ends, with a crowded cast shot much like the one from the intro and Spike sending it off to Luna and Celestia. There's a good reason for it: the cutie marks the Cutie Mark Crusaders obtained in this episode.
  • The King of the Hill episode "Lucky See, Monkey Do" ends with a photo of the Hills celebrating the arrival of Lucky and Luanne's new baby.