Special thanks is a a common phenomenon when people not directly involved making the film, video game etc. are listed. These are most often found at the end of [[ClosingCredits Closing Credits]].

People who get special thanks are usually:
* Friends of the makers of the work
* Family members of the makers of the work
** And their production babies
* Executives from the network
* Experts who were consulted while [[ShownTheirWork doing the research]]
* [[ThankingTheViewer And especially you!]]

Friends and family members often get special thanks because the creators of the work genuinely want to acknowledge their contribution to project morale, practical advice... ...or because they cooked the staff a particularly memorable meal during production. Executives may receive special thanks because the creators felt it was necessary to their careers, because it's really the network's pet project or because the executives were helpful in securing funding for the ''creator's'' pet project. Experts often appreciate acknowledgement for their advice in the same way as an actor or makeup assistant appreciates acknowledgement of their roles.

Occasionally, special thanks may be given to random things, which might not even be people. At that point, it's safe to assume the creators are going for a [[CreativeClosingCredits Creative Closing Credits]] and [[RuleOfFunny are not being entirely serious]].

Also see InMemoriam.


* Creator/KoichiMashimo gets thanked in the 26th episode of ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad.''
* ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu'' has an InUniverse example in Episode 9. Futaba read a submitted letter from Konno (using a pen name obviously), and thanked her during their radio show segment. The Earphones trio then proceeded in singing their thanks to all real-life voice actor managers for their work in their business.
** The trio then sung their thanks to the entire animation industry in Episode 10.

* ''{{Film/Gravity}}''; a few notable names on the Special Thanks roster were fellow directors, Creator/JamesCameron, Creator/DavidFincher and Creator/GuillermoDelToro.

* In ''{{F1 Racing}}'', there has been a special thanks box on the editor's column page every month. Many of those featured in the box are press officers and senior team members who help the magazine get interviews but otherwise wouldn't be credited. Other thanks have gone to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Kate Middleton]], a local theatre, various artists... ...and [[Creator/SteveMcQueen Steve McQueen's watch]]. Occasionally, there is a "No Thanks" section at the end, which was most recently (as of August 2011) given to the office café oven.

* The apron for ''[[Pinball/BugsBunnysBirthdayBall Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball]]'' has this just below the drain:
-->With special thanks to: Creator/ChuckJones, Creator/FrizFreleng, Creator/RobertMcKimson, Creator/BobClampett, Creator/TexAvery, Creator/MelBlanc, and all of the Warner Bros. animators who have brought so much happiness and laughter to the world throughout the years.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', at the end of the regular credits are credits listing everything imaginable: things they ate, their family members, their pets, bands that made records they listened to...
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' did something similar, probably so they had an excuse to play the [[EpicRocking whole nine minutes]] of the song Music/{{Yes}} composed and recorded especially for the game over said credits. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Sitting through the whole thing is no hardship.]]