Thanking the Viewer

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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:

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     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 
  • The end of Angel.
  • Cheers ended its 11-year run with a Lonely Piano Piece version of the end credits theme, followed by the message "Thanks for having us over on all those Thursday nightsóCheers" on the screen.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond is produced by a company called "Where's Lunch?", and features a different dish on a plate as its couch gag / Vanity Plate. In its place for the finale is a bill reading "no charge". Apparently, we were good customers.
  • Inverted by Charlie Brooker in Screenwipe, Newswipe, and You Have Been Watching, where he usually tells the viewer to go away. In fact it's almost a Catch Phrase.
  • Subverted in the fourth season finale of Babylon 5 (the first episode filmed after season 5 was greenlit by the network) which was dedicated to "all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission".
    • But then played straight in the series finale (which due to the troubled nature of the fifth season was produced as the fourth season finale, but aired as the fifth season finale), which was dedicated to "those of you who have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary".
  • Barney Miller: "Goodbye and thank you from all of us at the ol' one two."
  • In the series finale of Happy Days after Joanie and Chachi's wedding, Howard Cunningham gives a speech, and at the end, he turns to the audience and says, "Thank you all for being part of our family."
  • Korean Drama Who Are You? ends with some behind-the-scenes footage, followed by the male and female leads appearing out-of-character to thank the viewer for watching
  • The WB had a video thanking their viewers on their final night.
  • The end credits for the final episode of MythBusters included Special Thanks to "viewers across the world for watching, submitting ideas and telling us what we got wrong!"

    Music 
  • ABBA had a song on their Album album called "Thank You For The Music", which was re-released before they fizzled out to thank their fans for sticking by them.
  • Freddy Mercury gives his public farewell in the last line of "These are the days of our lives" (the last videoclip he made) when he looks into the camera and says to the audience: "I still love you."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • While it doesn't have "credits" the tecnicos of Chikara will often thank fans for coming the show as they leave the arena during intermissions.
  • After their final show of 2015, LLF put a thank you banner on their then new site.
  • Leva Bates stated the Heart Of SHIMMER Championship Tournament was all a big lead up to this and it became disturbed after coming to the conclusion every other wrestler picked had failed to realize it.

    Video Games 
  • In video games in general it's almost a tradition to thank the player at the ending credits, particularly in the "Special Thanks" section. 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 famously used this at the end. It even addresses the player by their real name. Assuming that you didn't put in "BUTTS" or "Ness".
  • 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.
    • The PS Vita/PC Updated Re-release, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, also does this, in both the normal ending which plays similarly to the original example, only with the other 3 goddesses and a cameo from Arfoire added, and in the Golden Ending in which everyone from the Maker characters, to the CPU Candidates to NPCs and even Arfoire herself gives their thanks.
  • The original Portal ends its credits with "THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS ENRICHMENT CENTER ACTIVITY".
  • Simply completing Arkistas Ring rewards the player with Christine thanking the player for saving Arkista's Ring.
  • In Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon, the final "Very Special Thanks" credit goes to "You! (For Shelling Out Your Hard Earned Bucks To Buy This Game)."
  • Mega Pony ends its "special thanks" section with thanks "to you, 'cause you just don't put a thanks section without thanking the player, that'd be just rude!"

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • No-one appreciates their audience as much as Markiplier. In addition to more 'thank you for watching' type things than 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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