%% A note for non-Whovians: Adric's death isn't a spoiler anymore.
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->"Sometimes you have to [[DramaBombFinale show some depth]]." \\
"Do you think we should do that? Kill off Adric, roll the credits over silence?" \\
"It would certainly stop that bastard saying what the next programme is." \\
"No, it wouldn't. Nothing would stop that bastard. And even if it stopped the bastard on BBC Two, it'd never stop the bastard on Dave. He doesn't give a shit. As soon as he gets to the poppy bit of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'', he's already [[CreditsPushback split the screen]] and he's showing highlights of [[Series/MockTheWeek Frankie Boyle's]] nan-pussy set. [[SarcasmMode In Memory of the Fallen]](!)"
-->-- ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''

Sometimes, if an episode ends on a sad note or a major character is killed off (especially if [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the actor also died]]), the credits will roll [[MomentOfSilence without any sounds whatsoever]], much less the music.

This is ruined whenever a broadcaster's continuity voiceover does a spiel over the credits, so as a result tends to be more effective on DVD releases.

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!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* The [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' had an episode where a character died, and the closing animation was replaced by credits on cards, with a military funeral march.
** An EyeCatch version of this was done with ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'': usually a man's voice will say "[[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist!]]" in various tones over it. However, when [[spoiler:Envy is killed off for good in episode 54]], the Eye Catch has no voice over.
** This happens several other times with the Eye Catch as well late in the series; [[spoiler:Fuu and Buccaneer are two other examples.]]
** The 2003 anime had a silent next episode preview for the final episode [[spoiler: following Ed's death]], up until the very end, when [[spoiler: Al yells out "BROTHER!"]]
* The first episode of ''Anime/GaReiZero'' ended with [[spoiler: the entire cast for that episode dying.]] The credits roll with only the crackling of a fire.
* A variant appears in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', after [[spoiler: The Third Hokage's death]]; the end theme plays just the same as normal, but the preview for the next episode is utterly silent, except for Itachi's narration.
* The last episode of ''AngelLinks'', with the silence beginning just beforehand when the feather lands on Meifon. The ending theme, which usually begins playing right before the credits, starts but cuts out completely to indicate [[spoiler:Meifon's death.]]
* A variant appears in episode 24 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': after [[spoiler:Kaworu is killed by Shinji]], the credits roll with music alright... but this time, the vocals are missing. And this is the only credits sequence in the entire series without vocals.
** Another version had the credits song removed from the end of the English voicetrack, resulting in the final credits after Asuka's "how disgusting" line rolling in complete silence. '''Creepy as hell.'''
* ''GunXSword'' has one of these right after [[spoiler: Ray's death]], with only the sound of wind chimes playing in the background.
* Variation with the SeriesFinale of ''SoulEater'', where the title sequence is omitted entirely, with the opening credits silently playing over the opening moments of the FinalBattle. The end credits are retained however, with a touching LastEpisodeThemeReprise added in.
* The 1977 ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' film: The end credits begin with a card stating that Yamato returned to Earth in 2199 and Earth was restored to its original Beauty. It also states the number of crewmembers who died in action. The only background heard during the credits was Yamato's signature engine sound. This was repeated for ''Yamato: The New Voyage'', although [[spoiler: despite the loss of Starsha and Mamoru]] that wasn't a total downwer ending either [[spoiler: as they gained baby Sasha, their daughter]]. But the spoken narration prior to the end credits stated that the Dark Nebula Empire may have been beaten this time, but [[TheWarHasJustBegun the rest of them are still out there and planning their next move, though our heroes don't quite know it yet]] (They will find out in Be Forever Yamato). Final Yamato also has end credits but if one listens carefully, early into the credits, the Yamato theme song can be heard. But the majority of the credits are silent except for the sounds of waves.
* Similar to the ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' and ''Naruto'' examples, ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' had the episode where [[spoiler: Vash is forced to kill Legato]] and the next episode preview omits the usual music, featuring only a voiceover of Vash begging Rem to forgive him for what happened.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* While ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' usually has no opening or closing credits, in the 1990 re-release, end credits were added showing footage of the intermission with altered sound (this was used to make it look like the show was over). After the curtains close (also have no sound effect), the credits continue rolling with no music or sound effects and eventually leads to a black screen (though some versions show the Walt Disney Pictures [[VanityPlate logo]] before blacking out).
* Originally, the second half of the ending credits of LaBamba were shown in silence. later editions added a cover of "Come on, Let's Go"
* The infamous 1963 Coleman Francis film ''Film/TheSkydivers'', right after the DownerEnding has a rather grim end credits sequence with film footage of the various cast members set to complete silence. Is lampshaded by Crow ("Silently, dismally, the credits roll on.") in the show's [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K episode]].
* ''Path to 9/11'' had no music to its credits on either night of its original TV airing.
* Partially done in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. The credits roll silently for 30 seconds in, which then gives way to stomping sounds that gradually grow into the beginning of a large orchestrated piece title "Roar (Cloverfield Overture)".
* ''Evita'' had no music over the end credits, which is unusual since it was based on a Broadway musical. However, later releases have added music.
** Same with ''JesusChristSuperstar'', also by AndrewLloydWebber.
* After the track "Lux Aeterna", which started near the end of the movie, finishes, the credits of ''RequiemForADream'' have no background music for the rest of their duration. Instead, there is a two-minute track of seaside sound effects. Interestingly enough, said "music" is also on the soundtrack.
* This [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have been]] the case if the original ending of ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' had been kept. In that ending, which can be seen on the 10th anniversary DVD, [[spoiler: Dante is shot and presumably killed by a holdup man just as he is finishing up the day's paperwork.]] The credits then roll silently with the exception of the beeping sounds of a cash register ... which, with the added context, become surprisingly chilling.
* The 1964 nuclear thriller ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fail-Safe_%281964_film%29 Fail Safe]]'' featured no music. Credits rolled to the blended sounds of the engines of the Vindicator bombers and the crowd at the bullfight in Gen. Black's dream. These are gradually replaced with [[spoiler: the sound of Ambassador Lentov's phone melting as New York City is destroyed]]. .
* ''Bright Star'' ends with Ben Whishaw reciting Keats' "Ode to a Nightingale" over the end credits, with no music.
* ''Noise'' has this. It's really a jarring silence as the whole film's always has noise, even the "quiet" bits of the film aren't quiet, yet the credits are cut to black and complete silence.
* ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' has one of the most famous silent end credits (except for the sound of waves crashing on the shore) as [[EarthAllAlong Taylor realizes he's been on Earth all along.]]
** ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' -- after Taylor [[KillEmAll detonates the nuke]], Creator/PaulFrees narrates as the screen goes white: "In one of the countless billions of galaxies in the universe, lies a medium-sized star, and one of its satellites, a green and [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet insignificant planet]], is now dead." The screen then fades to black, and the credits roll in silence.
* Michael Haneke's ''Caché'' (AKA ''Hidden'') has no musical score at all. The opening credits are a big block of text over a still scene (it's not until several ''minutes'' after they've ended that we get our first clue that this ''isn't'' a freeze-frame), and the end credits roll over a silent shot of [[spoiler:Pierrot meeting Majid's son]].
* The credits for ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' initially appear to be silent with only ambient noise, but said noise gradually evolves into a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome superbly chilling]] piece by Carter Burwell.
* ''Film/AnnieHall'' is probably one of the earliest (and best known) films to have silent credits.
* ''Film/TheWhiteRibbon'' has no music or other sounds during the closing credits.
* The end of the film adaptation to {{Cabaret}} features this.
* ''TheChinaSyndrome'' actually had an original score composed for it by Michael Small, but in post-production director James Bridges dropped more and more of it until he finally decided the movie played better with no music at all. Hence no music over the credits.
* ''Film/{{Targets}}'' has no musical score at all, and so the credits are an example of this, running over a shot of [[spoiler: the murderer Thompson's car sitting abandoned in the otherwise empty drive-in theater parking lot.]]
* ''Film/LaHaine'' has a DownerEnding and the subsequent credits rolling in silence.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'': The 1970 episode "Elegy for a Pig," which recounted the life of a police officer killed in action, ended with silent credits in lieu of the usual booming theme song. (The sound effects associated with the "Mark VII Limited" and Universal Studios vanity logos were kept intact.)
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Adric's death]] in ''Series/DoctorWho'' - the traditional starfield sequence of that time was replaced with a picture of his broken Mathematics badge (which was used to kill a Cyberman), with the credits scrolling in silence. One reviewer said that he never noticed the credits were silent - he was too busy laughing at the death of his [[TheScrappy most hated character]]. However, many others have commented that it made the episode [[AlasPoorScrappy more moving]], and in recent years the closing of the episode has taken on "Rains of Castamere" significance among Whovians.
* ''Series/GrangeHill'':
** The death of Anthony Karamanopolis.
** And that of Judi Jeffreys (well, not quite silent but with the fading sound of the fire alarm instead of the theme music).
* The UK children's magazine programme ''Series/BluePeter'' did this whenever the studio pet cat or dog died, as well as when someone associated with the programme died, such as Percy Thrower in 1988.
* The DownerEnding of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' initially concludes this way, although the music fades up halfway through.
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' has its silent clock ticks, mostly done when a major character dies. Most of these however have other sounds over them; for example, there is a train whistle on the silent clock for [[spoiler: Ryan Chappelle's death]]. Only one of these however was completely silent (which didn't stop the producers from using the lack of complete silence as a justification for bringing back [[spoiler:Tony Almeida]] after he'd been given a silent clock), the one done during the death of [[spoiler: Edgar Stiles]]. Four of them were accompanied by music, which usually made it a TearJerker.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', after the apparent deaths of the two lead characters in the Season 4 finale (and, it was believed at the time, the end of the entire series).
* For a non death-related example, one season finale of ''Series/{{House}}'' had the music cut off just as House downed another pill. Cut to credits.
* Also unrelated to character death, credits roll free of music (with ambient sound effects) in season 2, episode 7 of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' after Michael realizes he can't handle [[spoiler: Ben's HIV-positive status]].
** And again in season 5, episode 10 after [[spoiler:Babylon is blown up.]]
* The final episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' concluded with the deaths of the entire main cast, followed by no credits at all, just "BBC" and the year, after the agreement of everyone involved to forgo credit in order to preserve the effect of the ending.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' did this for [[spoiler:Adrianna's death]] and again [[spoiler:in the finale, which ended with a cut to black and silence in the middle of a scene.]]
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', when David survives the carjacking and after Nate's death.
* Although nobody died, silent credits were used to great effect in ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}''. Billy Anykid, when trying to avoid a confrontation calls out [[CatchPhrase "Reprise the theme song and roll the credits"]] only to have everybody walk away from him in disgust, and the credits role silently as Billy looks around the now empty set.
** This was done on the episode dealing with gang violence. Rather than a happy, dancing and singing finish, probably due to the seriousness of the subject matter, the credits were preempted by a serious write-up which concluded "Gang Violence is No Joke."
* Every episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' ends with the show's title accompanied by a percussive sound. However, for some sad endings, such as [[spoiler:Sun crying at Jin's grave in "Ji Yeon," the sound is omitted]].
** The GrandFinale omitted the usual percussive sound and ominous end credits music. The network was even smart enough to ''not'' play ads or run a voiceover, instead showing images of the plane wreckage and playing the sound of waves lapping at the shore. Which some people interpreted to mean that [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory everyone was dead the whole time]], despite repeated [[{{Jossed}} Jossings]] to the contrary.
* Mike Baldwin's death in ''Series/CoronationStreet'' was meant to be this, except the continuity announcer talked over it.
** Until a few years ago, any episode of ''Corrie'' which ended with a death would have silent credits. This is no longer possible now that the broadcasters insist on shrinking the credit sequence into a corner of the screen and having the continuity announcer prattle on about what's coming next.
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The Thaw" has one of the most artfully produced Silent Credits sequences you'll ever see: the surviving members of a civilzation are hooked to an adaptive computer life-support system, which manifests their fears in the form of a sadistic and violent Clown. When Janeway finds a way to access the system without actually entering the simulation, the Clown's reality (and the background audio) starts to fade as the hostages are disconnected one by one. The final exchange of words is beautiful in its simplicity, with the Clown uttering two memorable words: 'I'm afraid'. Janeway's sole response is a haunting, softly-whispered 'I know'.
** And then the Clown mutters "Drat." as it fades to black.
* On the final episode of the original version of ''FamilyFeud'', after host Richard Dawson gave a famously touching farewell address, the closing credits, had no music, just the sound of the audience applauding, and announcer Gene Wood ending the show with "Thank you Richard, and Thank you America!"
* A rare documentary example occurs in Jacob Bronowski's series ''The Ascent of Man''. In episode 11, with some visual assistance from a fellow Pole, Bronowski contrasts the scientific assertion that knowledge can never be certain with the chilling certainities of political and religious dogma. At the end he gives a moving piece to camera while standing in the preserved Auschwitz concentration camp. The picture then dissolves to the Polish man, then to an earlier photo of the same man - his Auschwitz ID photo. The credits roll in silence.
* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' had SilentCredits when Tom Stagno, brother-in-law to contestant Crystal, was killed in a car crash. Crystal was sent home out of sympathy.
* The ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode "Archie is Branded", where a man from the Hebrew Defense League is blown up in his car ends this way.
* The final episode of the second revival of ''Series/{{Crossroads}}'' was intended to have SilentCredits, and like the ''Series/CoronationStreet'' example above, would have had it not been for the continuity announcer.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has these in the episode "The Rains of Castamere," after [[spoiler: the [[GutPunch deaths of Robb, Talisa and Cat Stark]] at [[WhamEpisode the Red Wedding.]]]]
* ''Series/TheNewsroom'' did this in the second season episode "News Night with Will [=McAvoy=]", after [[spoiler: Will tells Mac that his father has died]] before airing the Trayvon Martin correction.
* Like the 1964 film version, the 2000 MadeForTVMovie of ''Fail Safe'' has no music at all from beginning to end.
* Creator/TheBBC docudrama ''Series/{{Threads}}'', which ends with nearly all the main characters dead from the immediate or long-term effects of nuclear war. More than this, the show features teletype-style captions, accompanied by a characteristic sound. After the bombs fall, [[PaintingTheMedium knocking out virtually all electronics, the teletype captions are silent]].
* Although the MadeForTVMovie ''The UFO Incident'' does have music, it doesn't play over the end credits.
* Some episodes of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' use either silent credits, or a slower and more emotional piece of music instead of the usual theme, for episodes that feature major deaths and/or emotional developments. Examples include season 2, episode 11 "Judge, Jury, Executioner", following [[spoiler: Dale's death]]; season 3, episode 4 "Killer Within", after [[spoiler: the death of Lori, and to an extent, T-Dog]]; and season 4, episode 8 "Too Far Gone", after [[spoiler: the deaths of Hershel, The Governor, and [[NeverFoundTheBody seemingly]] [[NotQuiteDead baby Judith]], and the fall of the prison]].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''[='=]s "Shooting Star," in which William [=McKinley=] High is disrupted by a gun going off, features silent end credits (following a montage of cellphone recordings of the tearful and scared students) rather than the usual perky glee singing. [[spoiler: However, [[EverybodyLives no one gets killed]] in the episode.]]
* Since it has no credits per se, an episode of ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' that aired on May 16, 1990 had the Creator/{{Paramount}} logo at the end run without its music out of respect for Creator/SammyDavisJr and Creator/JimHenson, who both died that day.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''{{Drakengard}}''[='s=] final ending, [[spoiler:after defeating the CosmicHorror, the camera shows a shot of Caim and Red, when a missile suddenly appears from the left side of the screen and [[RocksFallEveryoneDies obliterates them both]]]]. Cue Silent Credits on grey sky.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' pulls a different version. During the BadEnding, instead of the full credits set to Never More, with a showcase of various game cutscenes, the game shows a sparse white-on-black partial credits roll, set to Corridor, a far quieter, more somber tune.
* Done in ''BitTrip FLUX'', the [[GrandFinale final game of the series]].
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' ends on a really bad note, after Conker comes to terms that he's now king of a country he doesn't want, surrounded by people he despises, and [[spoiler:his girlfriend Berri is dead.]] The credits are silent save for a few melodramatic keys.
* Partially done at the end of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'': after [[spoiler:Jack fulfilled his pointless vengeance]], the credits roll normally with a melancholic song. After the song ends, they just go on, completely silently.

[[AC:WebAnimation]]
* The first season finale of ''WackyGameJokez4Kidz'' ends with this.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''MarbleHornets'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzgsNB-LQ1M did have a credits sequence after the first season had ended]]. And fittingly for such series, [[HellIsThatNoise it's safe to assume that the series doesn't have a proper ending theme]].
* Molotov Mitchel's "For The Record" did this on the August 3 episode.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' tribute video to RogerEbert, which was uploaded on the day of his passing, has silent credits for the first time in any NC video. This was also done in the tribute to former ''TGWTG'' contributor [[WebOriginal/YouCanPlayThis Justin Carmical]]. Considering the more somber tone, this is very much justified.
* Used in Episode 87 of ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', because the usual upbeat theme music would have seemed utterly inappropriate coming right on the heels of an [[TearJerker extremely emotional]] moment.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** The episode "Free Willzyx" ended with the credits rolling over a shot of the eponymous dead orca whale on the moon and no music at all.
** The episode "201" also features credits with no music at all. The scene is the same as above, except [[spoiler:a dead Tom Cruise can also be seen lying next to the same orca whale.]]
*** The DVD release oddly adds the regular credits music and cuts back to the regular black background after a while.
** In the episode "You're Getting Old", the credits are played briefly with silence.
* ''ThePJs'' lacked an ending theme, meaning this happened at the end of every episode (you [[CreditsPushback wouldn't know it]] from the original network airings). This also carried over the [[VanityPlate logos]], even that of Touchstone Television's (which has music on other shows).
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian and Stewie" is a two-hander episode with no music at all. This extended to the credits, though it was cut out when originally aired on FOX. When it re-aired on Creator/AdultSwim a week later, it was left intact.
* The ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' episode "Sharrock" had the credits (even the Williams Street logo) play in silence to honor the deceased musician Sonny Sharrock.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had the episode "Michael Korvac", which is dedicated to writer/director Boyd Kirkland who died of a lung infection.
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