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Thanking the Viewer
Closing Credits which, among other thanks, thank the viewer for watching/reading/playing. Can address the viewer directly in second person ("Thanks to... YOU"), or refer to them in the third person ("Thanks to all our viewers/everyone who read my comic/etc.") Sometimes also the last element in Special Thanks.

When viewers are thanked specifically for financial support, that's Viewers Like You. For Video Game characters Breaking the Fourth Wall to acknowledge your assistance, see The Player Is The Most Important Resource.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Fan Works
  • Most Fan Fic writers thank their readers at some point, but this especially tends to happen a) on the last installment of their work and b) when the work has been particularly long and/or with many readers and fans ("Thanks for sticking with me so long/being such wonderful fans").

Literature

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • The phrase 'and YOU' appears in the end credits of huge numbers of games, including many Capcom arcade games.
    • Viewtiful Joe ends with the words "Everybody loves a hero. Everybody loves you" on the screen.
  • Crazy Taxi
  • The computer game Digital: A Love Story.
  • The credits sequence in Kirby's Dream Land ends in "And... so many players."
  • EarthBound did it. It even addresses the player by their real name.
  • A staple of at least the SNES releases of Mega Man X games. "Thanks X, Zero and YOU!"
  • One of the hidden galleries in the original Medal of Honor has the entire cast (including the joke characters of multiplayer) cheering and thanking the player in a huge group shot.
  • The Prehistorik series.
  • Used in Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, with the character you selected directly thanking the player and encouraging them to "help the others just like you did me!", to roughly paraphrase it.
  • "Thank you so much a for-to playing my game!" from every 3D Super Mario Bros. game. It's even said by Mario himself!
    • At the end of Super Mario World, the Yoshi eggs Mario rescued thank you, the player, for saving them.
    • Hotel Mario: "YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER EVER!"
    • The coral in World 9-4 of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels spells out "アリガトウ!" (arigatou!, "Thank you!"). Also, the Game Over screen if you die there, which appends "You're a super player! We hope we'll see you again. Mario and staff." below the usual message.
    • The flipping tiles at the end of Special 8-Crown in Super Mario 3D Land.
    • Super Mario Galaxy: "Thank you. I will always watch you from beyond the stars..."
    • Also, if you get all of the 120 stars in Super Mario 64, Yoshi appears on top of the castle, greeting Mario as an old friend. However, the end of his speech ends with "The Super Mario 64 Team", meaning that his message isn't entirely his own. But the later part of the speech has a lot of thanking.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: towards the beginning of the game, you - the player - were asked to sign for a letter. At the very end of the credits, your signature appears.
  • Karoshi: THANKS FOR PLAY
  • Castlevania I says in its credits: "You played the greatest role in this game". Some of the later titles also thank the player.
  • Snatcher has a strange example: After Gillian and Jamie escape from the church before it's destroyed with the Kill Sat along with the Snatcher production factory, Random thanks the player for being "a hell of a Junker" as he holds Elijah down. He thanks the player after the character he's been controlling leaves the scene.
  • In Arfenhouse 3, the "Special Thanks" section of the credits ends with "...and you...for doing nothing."
  • Messiah: "Thanks for playing", with the protagonist waving at you.
  • Tomb Raider (2013):"Thank you for taking the time to complete our game" in the first part of the credit.
  • Halo 4 has a particularly heartwarming one: the credits open with a message from 343 studios that not only thanks the player for completing the game, but putting their trust in them as they take over the direction of the franchise.
  • "I am Calypso, and I thank you for playing Twisted Metal."
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia's Golden Ending has your three primary party members thanking you personally for getting them to the best ending. The game has No Fourth Wall to begin with, but this is the only time they talk directly to the player.

Webcomics

Web Original
  • No-one appreciates their audience as much as Markiplier. In addition to more 'thank you for watching' type things then we could hope to list he makes videos just to tell his fans how awesome they are. Like this one.

Western Animation


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