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Sibling to the Dark Reprise
, only it's the Good Twin of the pair.
While a Dark Reprise
is a dark, ominous version of a previous song, the Triumphant Reprise is just the opposite — an earlier song, especially one with either a neutral or downright dark
tone, redone in an uplifting, dramatic, and victorious
form. Frequently used as a Theme Music Power-Up
. This also tends to happen to an "I Want" Song
— it turns from that to an "I Got What I Wanted Song."
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- While the ending theme of CLANNAD and Nagisa's leitmotif Dango Daikazoku (Big Dango Family) is already fairly happy, though for some reason has a tint of Tear Jerker, the Triumphant Reprise Chiisana Te no Hira (The Palm of a Tiny Hand) that plays at the climax of the series ramps the heartwarming up to eleven.
- The music in the final episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, "Love Conservative" (spoilers), since it's played during Simon and Nia's wedding, reprises both Nia's and Simon's themes.
- In the Jack and the Beanstalk anime Princess Margret's song "No one's happier than I" is given a reprise after the villains are defeated.
- In the final episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, we hear two separate triumphant reprises of the opening theme, titled "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" and "Good, Or Don't Be" respectively. Though these aren't typical of the Triumphant Reprise - they're much more mellow and calming arrangements of what is normally a passionate and driving theme song.
- The final battle of Macross Frontier is capped off by the Nyan Nyan Service Medley, which is practically every song from the series strung together into a single, continuous seven and a half minutes of awesome.
- In the Pony POV Series, The Princess Gaia story arc ends with Fluttershy and Fluttercruel singing a triumphant reprise of Fluttershy's "So Many Wonders" song. While the original was far from dark, the fic had tow other reprises, one being Fluttercruel's version, which, while not dark, was still darker than the original version. Then Fluttershy's Superpowered Evil Side Princess Gaia had a twisted Villain Song version used for hypnosis. The final version has the two of them singing a duet about how their world view has changed for the better, Fluttershy happily accepting the purpose of the negative parts of the world while Fluttercruel accepts she has a place in it.
- Turnabout Storm: One of the original themes, "Memories", is a slow and melancholic track that plays during a couple of the series' most emotional moments. Towards the ending, this theme is used in the Reprise Medley "End of the Storm", where it takes a significantly more uplifting, if still slightly melancholic, tone. note
Film — Animated
- Movies from the Disney Animated Canon often end with a chorus reprising one of the songs to reinforce its theme (which in most cases has to do with dreams coming true).
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ends with the prince taking Snow White to his castle, to the accompaniment of "Some Day My Prince Will Come."
- Pinocchio has "When You Wish Upon a Star" sung again after Pinocchio becomes a real boy.
- The finale of Dumbo is a non-snarky version of "When I See an Elephant Fly."
- When Bambi inherits the title of, "Great Prince of the Forest," he stands majestically on a cliff (like his father did near the beginning of the movie), while "Love is a Song" plays again.
- "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" plays at Cinderella's wedding.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, the song "Goodbye So Soon" was recorded by Ratigan in a mocking tone as Basil and Dawson are in his trap. The song is sung by a chorus in a more upbeat tone during the credits.
- Oliver & Company ends with Dodger once again singing "Why Should I Worry?", this time with the rest of the gang sans Oliver joining him in the song.
- The Little Mermaid ends on a reprise of "Part of Your World," with altered lyrics to reflect that Ariel finally got her wish.
- In Beauty and the Beast, the music for the Beast's Transformation Sequence is a triumphant version of the Prologue music.
- Also, "Beauty and the Beast (reprise)."
- One of the Cut Songs from Aladdin is a Happily Ever After version of "Arabian Nights". The final cut of the film does contain a reprise of "A Whole New World," while the reprise of "Arabian Nights" was instead used in Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
- The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation reinstated both that and the other three reprises, as well as the cut verses of the main song and extending the "Whole New World" reprise slightly.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas has a Triumphant Reprise of "This Is Halloween" when Jack returns after his troubled stint as Santa Claus. The lyrics are changed to "Jack is Back!," but the tune is still alike.
- The very end of the finale has a reprise of "Sally's Song" in which Jack finally reciprocates Sally's feelings.
- According to official sources, the circle of life is completed when Simba becomes a father, so the song of the same name is reprised at the end of The Lion King.
- At the end of Pocahontas, "Farewell" is a solemn but triumphant reprise of "Colors of the Wind."
- In Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame Clopin reprises "The Bells of Notre-Dame". What makes it powerful is the Heartwarming Moment that happens just before where the little girl hugs Quasi. Also the orchestration of it, and Paul Kandel's repeat of his incredibly high note in the first incarnation of the song.
- In the cut song "As Long as There's a Moon" the introduction was performed over a playful version of "The Court of Miracles".
- Hercules has one of "Go The Distance" after Hercules speaks to his father and sets out to become a hero.
- "I'll Make a Man out of You (Reprise)" from Mulan. Originally sung during the film's Training Montage, this song is sung during the scene where Mulan and her teammates are shown infiltrating the Palace as an attempt to rescue the Emperor of China from being assassinated by the Huns, while dressed up as women. This is despite the fact that Mulan was a woman dressed as a man already.
- Tarzan ends on a short Triumphant Reprise of the opening song, "Two Worlds, One Family." Now that Jane and her father live in the jungle, they really are two worlds living together.
- The Emperor's New Groove opens with "Perfect World" which, while upbeat, foreshadows the problems ahead; it's a pean to Emperor's unchecked ego: And this perfect world will spin/ Around his every little whim / 'Cause this perfect world begins and ends with
him ME! By the end of the film the Emperor has undergone harrowing troubles, found true friends and the Triumphant Reprise of "Perfect World" becomes: A perfect world begins and ends with us!
- "Epilogue" from Dinosaur, which is essentially a reorchestrated version of "The Egg Travels."
- In Treasure Planet, there's an amazing reprise of Jim's solar-surfing Leitmotif from 12 Years Later when he puts his Chekhov's Skill to good use in Jim Saves The Crew.
- Bolt reprises the chorus to "Barking at the Moon" at the very end before the credits.
- Tangled reprises Rapunzel's "I Want" Song after she leaves her tower for the first time.
- There's also her reprise of "The Healing Incantation" when she heals Flynn's hand, changing it from the greedy, self-centered Villain Song it had been introduced as - although in this case, it's the first time the full song is sung properly, after two instances of only the first verse and one instance of being sped up almost past the point of intelligibility.
- Tiana's reprise of "Down in New Orleans," from The Princess and the Frog.
- Wreck-It Ralph actually uses its reprise in a twisted way, as it triumphantly plays the Big Bad's fairly dark leitmotif as he's being drawn to his death against his will.
- Played with and played straight in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. As Sam and Flint prepare to enter the meateroid, Brent asks what he can do, and after he is told he can be "President of the Backseat", a mocking trumpet version of the Baby Brent Sardines jingle plays. Later, when he is reborn as Chicken Brent, a triumphant, orchestral version of the jingle plays.
- The reprise of "Mountain Town" at the end of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is quite triumphant, with everything being sunshine and rainbows (literally), American/Canadian relations restored, and Kenny going to heaven and getting 72 virgins.
- When Spirit and Little Creek make their final escape from the soldiers at the end of the film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the song "You Can't Take Me!" actually starts right back up where it was rudely interrupted near the start of the plot.
- In the original 1986 feature, Transformers: The Movie We hear The Touch by Stan Bush as Optimus is plowing through the Decepticons and then going head to head with Megatron. The song is powerful, driving, and even upbeat. But Prime dies just moments after the song ends. However the song begins playing again near the film's climax when Hot Rod, nearly dead from Galvatron trying to pop his head off like a zit, touches the container of The Matrix, which revitalizes him, and empowers him. As the song begins to play he is changed from Hot Rod into Rodimus Prime, defeats Galvatron, leads the Autobots to safety as the energy unleashed by the Matrix rips Unicron apart, and finally declares the end of the Cybertronian Wars with victory being claimed by the Autobots.
Film — Live-Action
- Crush has one of the most heartwarming, gutt-wrenching versions of this because the side-plot ends well. There is then another reprise, itself a Dark Reprise of the first, darker main theme which begot the light variation, as the end of the main plot comes along.
- Life's like a movie./ Write your own ending./ Keep believing./ Keep pretending./ We've done just what we've set out to do/ thanks to the lovers,/ the dreamers,/ and you...
- We had comedy./ We had mystery./Had a real good time and solved the crime real easily./Hey a movie!/Starring ev'rybody and me!
- The love we found,/ The love we found, /We carry with us so we're never quite alone.
- Note that the theatrical version cut out the song reprised in that number.
- We've got everything that we need!/ We can be whatever we want to be!/ Nothing we can't do,/ The skies are blue when it's me and you and you and you./ Life's a happy song,/ when there's someone by your side to sing./ Life's a happy song,/ when there's someone by your side to sing.note / Life's a happy song/ when there's someone.../ by your side.../ to sing along!
- In Speed, when Jack and Annie escape from the bus, a major-key version of the film's Theme Tune plays.
- Return of the King has the Mordor theme (played in a minor key) change to a major key when it shows the destruction of Barad-dűr.
- The first Transformers film featured the Autobots making planetfall with a track called, appropriately, "Arrival To Earth." The music is already heroic, but an even more triumphal version is heard when Optimus skydives into Shanghai, relating it thematically as well.
- Newsies has TWO of these: "Seize the Day" in the first half, and then "The World Will Know" sung by the hundreds of child strikers at the very end. extra points for the latter because it starts as a Dark Reprise, until 6 lines in.
- The Emperor's Theme from Star Wars, a very dark theme, appears in a major key as happy parade music at the end of The Phantom Menace. This is chronologically earlier than the theme's first appearance, but the minor key version appears earlier in the film.
- Music meant to emphasize the harrowing capture and escape of the Millennium Falcon from the first Death Star are reprised in a later movie as the rebel fleet presses the attack after the second Death star is made vulnerable. Another music piece from the first death star battle, "X Wings Draw Fire", is reprised when the Super Star Destroyer Executor is destroyed.
- The song "Hoist the Colours" in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is fairly dark, first appearing during the beginning execution scene. Then later, it gets reprised (awesomely) as "What Shall We Die For?"
- The end credit song to TRON: Legacy is the same as "The Grid," only the mournful orchestra is superimposed over a house beat, courtesy of Daft Punk.
- In The Shawshank Redemption combines this with Dark Reprise in that the melody that is first played when Andy is led into the prison is later darkly reprised when Norton is threatening to leave Andy to get raped, but after that, toward the end of the movie it is triumphantly reprised when Norton shoots himself and Red finds out that Andy managed to get past the border.
- In the television movie Once Upon A Brothers Grimm, "Life is Not a Fairy Tale", sung by Jakob Grimm during his Flat Earth Atheist phase early on in the presentation, is later sung by Jakob under a new title, "Life Can Be a Fairy Tale", and with new lyrics at the end as the Brothers Grimm's speech to the king.
- The opening, title song of Bye Bye Birdie (added for the movie) becomes this at the end. Kim's tone goes from "What am I going to do now? I miss Conrad so much!" in the opening to a mocking "To hell with you, Conrad! I'm a grown woman now!" at the end. Definitely less sentimental than most other examples on this page, but it still fits.
- Scrooge 1970, the 1970 film musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol:
- The first version of "Thank You Very Much" is a grave-dancing tune in all but one aspect (someone's dancing on Scrooge's coffin before they bury it) but the reprise is one of genuine gratitude towards the man.
- Also "No Better Life" and its light reprise "A Better Life".
- "Impossible" from the TV movie Cinderella has a cynical, pessimistic half, and a part containing a glimmer of hope for Cinderella's wishes. After the Fairy Godmother grants Cinderella's wish to attend the ball, the two of hem sing, "It's Possible," which puts a more optimistic spin on the song.
- In the movie Dreamgirls, the Dreamgirls song is reprised as "Dreamgirls (Finale)" at the end. It doubles as a Heartwarming and a Moment of Awesome.
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Ron becomes the new Gryffindor Quidditch team keeper, the Slytherins mock him and mess with his head by singing a song called "Weasley Is Our King", which taunts him by saying he is incompetent and he always lets the Quaffle into the goal during matches. When Gryffindor wins the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, the first thing Harry hears upon arriving is a Gryffindor remix of the tune praising Ron instead.
- Kamen Rider Decade has a triumphant instrumental remix of the Title Theme Tune "Journey Through the Decade" that plays at the climax of the later story arcs. Of course, the original song wasn't exactly dark or depressing, but still.
- Game of Thrones pulls off a triumphant reprise of its main theme over the final scene of season 1 and the ending credits. It's so effective it's hard not to leap into the air pumping your fist and cheering as soon as it cuts to black. DRAGONS, dude!
- Babylon 5 used a different theme song for each season. The second season's theme was basically the first season's theme song exchanged some of the mysterious tone of the first season's theme for a more ominous militaristic style (in keeping with the show's changing mood). The third season was instead a combination of the music for two of the show's most one-sided fights, presenting a rather desperate tone. The fourth season was the theme from the first two seasons, played as a victorious march.
- And the 5th season was an amalgamation of the preceding 4, with signature lines from each season spliced through.
- Rome features a reprise of the main theme song, when Vorenus and Pullo rescue Vorenus' children from slavery. Also serves as a Momentof Awesome.
- A weird version in Cold Case: The song played during the Ending Montage of the Season 3 episode "Detention" is the Smashing Pumpkins' cover of "Landslide." In the following season's "Fireflies", where the victim turns out to still be alive, the song played during the Ending Montage is the original version by Fleetwood Mac.
- In the Fraggle Rock episode "The Trash Heap Doesn't Live Here Any More", Wembly is writing a song called "What An Awful Day". When he sings the completed song at the end of the episode, it's become "Today Has been A Perfect Day".
- LOST: In the Grand Finale, one of the main, somber themes (From as early as the pilot) is reprised in a moment of triumph, right as Jack manages to save the island. This becomes this.
- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"
- In Olivier Messiaen's "Vingt Regards de l'Enfant Jésus", a two-hour-long twenty-movement suite of piano works inspired by the Nativity: The first movement introduces a leitmotif called the "Thčme de Dieu" ("Theme of God"), which recurs a number of times throughout the suite. In the twentieth and final movement, it final statement is very slow and emphatic, being described by the composer as the "Glorification du thčme de Dieu" ("Glorification of the Theme of God").
- In Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, the first theme of the first movement is glorified in the cadenza of the first movement.
- Also, the slow, lyrical theme played by the solo flute from the final movement, recapitulated in a victorious version, played by the whole orchestra near the very end of the entire concerto. (This can be said for other classical music pieces.)
- Dream Theater's "About To Crash" is about a girl with Bipolar Disorder. Musically, it start's off quietly cheerful, then becomes more and more eerie as it describes how her illness destroyed her life. The reprise start's off triumphantly describing how she pulled herself out of a bout of depression, and manages to end hopefully.
- From Trans-Siberian Orchestra's The Christmas Attic, "Music Box Blues" is this to "The Music Box", but mostly in the backstory. The latter is about a woman who misses her old boyfriend/husband, who was implied to have been killed in a war. The former is sung by the husband as the two reunite after so many years.
- The self-titled final song off of Everything Else's self-titled album is a medley of every previous song on the album.
- Funker Vogt's "Arising Hero (Forgiven)" is a triumphal orchestra reprise of Blutzoll's opening track.
- Edward Elgar's "Symphony No. 1 in Ab Major" starts with a quiet solemn theme. This melody in the first movement makes a majestic and powerful (not to mention loud) return at the very end of final movement.
- Sort of a Bittersweet Reprise, but, large chunks of the instrumentals to "The Return" by The Waybacks are reprised from the song it's a sequel to, "The Witch of the Westmereland", where now the knight is dying of old age but is reunited with his long-dead animal companions and the eponymous witch to ride with them in his last moments.
- On Armin van Buuren's Intense album, the track "Who's afraid of 138?" is followed by a rock power ballad reprise of said song titled... "Reprise".
- Emilie Autumn's "Start Another Story", as a reprise to "What Will I Remember?" is triumphant in the context of the story, although bittersweet in tone.
- Sweeney Todd has two: "Epiphany" opens with a brief reprise of "The Barber and his Wife," and "Pretty Woman" is reprised when Sweeney finally kills Turpin.
- "Hilf mir durch die Nacht" ("Help Me Through The Night") from the Austrian musical version of Rebecca is later happily reprised as "Jenseits der Nacht" ("After Tonight"). In the first one, the de Winters appear to be questioning their marriage; in the reprise they're pledging to stay together through thick and thin.
- In Legally Blonde: The Musical, the title song is very slow and somber as Elle prepares to leave Harvard, but the reprise, when she decides to stay, is very upbeat and energetic.
- The Broadway version of The Lion King has two:
- "He Lives In You" - Rafiki's reprisal of Mufasa's song, "They Live In You," showing Simba that Mufasa is not truly dead as long as he is remembered by those who love him, and ends with Simba realizing that his father is always with him, if only in spirit, and thus gaining the courage to return home and reclaim what is rightfully his. The song starts out soft and low-key, with the chorus and Rafiki singing in hushed voices, gradually building up until - BANG - it shifts suddenly in intensity to coincide with the return of Simba's confidence.
- "King Of Pride Rock/Circle Of Life (Reprise)" - the reprisal of the opening "Circle Of Life," after Simba defeats Scar and claims his rightful place as King of the Pridelands. Starts off soft and tentatively hopeful, then quickly and smoothly transitions to a bright and cheerful upbeat chorus that builds to an uplifting crescendo and climax.
- The final reprise of "Do You Hear The People Sing" which closes out Les Misérables.
- Subverted with "Beggars at the Feast". It's a victorious reprise of "Master of the House"... but that itself was a Villain Song (albeit a rather cheerful one), so the triumph in it isn't really a good thing.
- "Big Bright Beautiful World," from Shrek: The Musical. The first version is a sarcastic opening number about how it's awesome being anything but an ogre. The reprise is a tender song about how Shrek's life has become worthwhile.
- In Next To Normal, Diana's part of "Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I'm Falling (Reprise)." The words are changed to "Watch me I'm flying". Dr. Madden's part is actually darker, as he acknowledges that medicine can't fix everything.
- Avenue Q has "For Now", which is a (sort of) triumphant reprise of "Sucks To Be Me".
- "I'm Nothing Without You" from City of Angels is a triumphant reprise of "You're Nothing Without Me" which ends the first act.
- A weird version in Reefer Madness. At the end Jesus shows up at Jimmy's execution to mock him for not listening to him.
- Also May reprises The Stuff while murdering Jack.
- Kiss Me Kate and Guys and Dolls both do this with their title songs for the finale.
- The final Reprise Medley of Wicked is partly this, partly Dark Reprise. Bittersweet reprise?
- The short reprise of "The Wizard and I" Elphaba sings when Madame Morrible gives her the tickets to the Emerald City and the invitation to see the Wizard is a better example. It's only about half a minute at most and isn't on the soundtrack, so most people forget it.
- The last reprise of "One Alone" at the end of The Desert Song.
- "Finale B" from RENT is this to "Another Day", and also echoes "Will I" and "Without You".
- A number of stage adaptations of The Wizard of Oz have the Winkies perform a triumphant reprise of "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead". This scene was in fact recorded during the making of the film, but the footage was deleted and lost. Some versions also reprise "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow" in the finale.
- Elf: The Musical's finale reprises "A Christmas Song" and "Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingly" in this manner.
- Cirque du Soleil has this in the finale of Amaluna, with a full-vocal reprise of "Elma Om Mi Lize" combined with the guitar riff from "Run", followed by a reprise of "Come Together", book-ending the opening act.
- The Color Purple has the reprise of the title track.
- Oklahoma! has Curly and Laurey start out singing "People Will Say We're In Love". When they finally figure out and confess their feelings, it's reprised as "Let People Say We're In Love".
- The ending song for The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, "Guide You Home," is a triumphant, lyrical reprise of the music used in the "Enchanted Forest" and "Valley of Avalar" levels.
- However, if you listen closely, the tune was also used in the Celestial Caves level from The Eternal Night.
- In MOTHER 3, "Mind of a Thief" (also known as "Duster's Theme") is a much more upbeat version of "Sorrowful Tazmilly", which plays earlier after Hinawa's death.
- Final Fantasy IX. Beatrix's gloomy theme is revisited as a much more uplifting, spirited theme later on during a fight in a certain plot-important town.
- It's actually remixed once before that as well, into a sadder, more introspective version, when the player sees that she's actually torn for having to follow the queen's evil plans.
- A somewhat less emphatic example from Final Fantasy X: The melancholy piano theme "Zanarkand", played during the introduction, is turned into "Sprouting", a fairly bouncy exploration theme that plays while wandering on several sections of road between areas.
- During the ending credits of Final Fantasy VI, Nobuo Uematsu does this with all 13 character themes.
- It goes on for 15 minutes, then we are given a 2-minute fade-out and THEN the Final Fantasy Theme, which is kind of a Leitmotif for the whole series, kicks in. Awesome doesn't even come close.
- "The Battle For Freedom" in Final Fantasy XII. When the brass fanfare of the Resistance theme drowns out the Imperial motif, it's hard not to stand up and cheer for the heroism at display.
- Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz has the credits music be a medley of the background music of the individual worlds (except World 3) with a victorious tone.
- Persona 4 has "The Genesis," the music to the True Final Boss. About half of it is composed of a new, orchestrated song that's largely silent, and very dark in tone. About halfway through, the main boss theme "I'll Face Myself" has its own orchestrated version - while definitely far more striking than the first half, it's generally neutral in tone. Then, soon afterwards, comes the orchestrated version of the normal battle theme, "Reach Out to the Truth." While the original version was actually quite optimistic, the version in The Genesis lands right here.
- Then there's "I'll Face Myself," the piece that plays whenever a character receives their Persona. Whereas this tune is first heard as dark, heavy boss theme, an upbeat version of it is heard after the fights.
- Variation occurs in Persona 3, where the final boss theme "The Battle For Everyone's Soul" is a battle remix of the Velvet Room theme ("Poem for Everyone's Soul"). This makes a bit more sense when you realize that Nyx is usually portrayed as an opera diva clad in black in the other games (both tracks contain a One-Woman Wail).
- Another with Persona 3's "Memories of the City", a sombre piano-centric piece that plays as you walk around various city locales after the revelation of Nyx inside Ryoji. The reprise comes in the form of "Memories of You", a more pop-sounding piece played over the credits and emphasizes the bittersweet but ultimately uplifting ending.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge has "A Filthy Finale," Jack's final battle with the giant Oogie Boogie, who has become the Seven Holidays King. This time both Oogie and Jack sing Oogie Boogie's song in the original film, but Jack joins in, countering Oogie's threats and jibes as he takes Oogie down.
- Used somewhat ironically in Halo 3's ending, which features major-key reprises of "Respite from High Charity" of the Halo 2 soundtrack. It's quite a sad, bittersweet piece, appropriate for the occasion - mankind's triumph mixed with the sadness of Master Chief's "loss."
- "Sacred Icon Suite 2" from Halo Legends is a triumphant Reprise Medley of the Arbiter's theme, "Unforgotten", and "Opening Volley".
- And there's the Theme Music Power-Up reprise of the main theme during the first and third game's escape sequences.
- Halo: Reach is full of these. "Before the Fire" is an uplifting-yet-solemn version of "In Amber Clad." "We Remember" is "Hymn to Reach" given heroic electric guitars, in the style of the original "In Amber Clad". And the middle part of "Ghosts and Glass" (which "Spartans Never Die" is a Dark Reprise of the beginning of) is a triumphant version of the middle of the Tear Jerker "Ashes."
- The Berserk PS2 game closes with Sign II, which is a major-key Triumphant Reprise of Sign, the ominous opening theme.
- The original Knights of the Old Republic, in the Light Side ending, reprises the title music, the Old Republic Theme. The Dark Side ending, meanwhile, works the same theme in to the Infinite Fleet music.
- The Ending Theme of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a triumphant reprise of the dark Opening Theme.
- In Runescape, "But We Can Fight" is this to "Zanik's Theme".
- And "On the Up" to "Down and Out".
- In Ikaruga, the theme of the first level, Ideal, has it's melody reused throughout the game, fading into darker and deeper tone. During the final boss' onslaught, however...
- In Tales of the Abyss, Luke's theme receives both this and Dark Reprise... twice each, ending with five versions of the same theme (Motoi Sakuraba apparently loves to do this)
- Compare the Lonely Piano Piece opening theme of Final Fantasy XIII to it's soaring, orchestral ending theme.
- The final Pokémon Gym theme in Pokémon Black and White is mixture of this and Near Victory Fanfare.
- Cross-medium example: Remember all those chiptune Pokémon themes you heard in the first generation of games? They've all gotten full orchestral/rock remixes in the animé. And they are indeed awesome.
- A cross-game variation exists between the Pokémon Games of Gen 1 and Gen 2. In Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow and their remakes, Viridian Forest has an ominous tune, and Lavender Town's music is even more dissonant and scarier. In Gold/Silver and their remakes, the music for the same areas retain some of the riffs, but has entirely new melodies, and are cheerier and lighthearted. Makes sense in that a) the threats in Viridian Forest/Pokemon Tower are either all gone or made insignificant; b) there is a sense of achievement for coming this far, when you started from Johto; and c) it's all good nostalgia.
- Ace Combat 5 gives something of an inversion. All throughout the game, various pieces of music tease the main theme, most of them being after your Squadron becomes the Ghosts of Razgriz (examples: "15 Years Ago," "Into the Dusk," "Briefing 2," "President Harling"). Then in the final level, right as you and your team is lining up to confront the SOLG, we get The Unsung War in all its orchestral, Latin Chanting glory. And it is AWESOME!!
- Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation does a similar thing. During the mission "Weapons of Mass Destruction," Garuda Team is nearly overwhelmed by a massive enemy squadron. When The Cavalry arrive to save the day, "Fires of Liberation," a snippet of "Invasion of Gracemeria," plays. In the very next mission, "Liberation of Gracemeria" plays, an orchestral remix of the first theme, and main theme of the entire game.
- The music played when Mario/Luigi obtains a Power Star at the end of a level from either Super Mario Galaxy and/or Super Mario Galaxy 2 is actually a Triumphant Reprise of the music played when said level is introduced. The only levels that do not have this music are the ones where you either have to fight Bowser and/or Bowser Jr., due to them having Grand Stars instead.
- The music played during "The Perfect Run", the real final level of Galaxy 2, are actually Triumphant Reprises of the World S, World 1, and the ending of Story Mode themes, which in turn are Dark Reprises of the "Gusty Garden Galaxy", "Good Egg Galaxy", and "Comet Observatory" themes from Galaxy 1 (which are actually reused in this game).
- In Ys: The Ark of Napishtim, "Collapse of the Ark" and "Zeme's Protection" are triumphal reprises of "Revival of the Ark" and Olha's theme, respectively. "Spread Blue View" also contains a triumphant reprise of "Reconciled People".
- Mass Effect 1 reprises its main theme at the end after you've defeated Sovereign and met with your chosen human Council member to discuss your next step. As the new human Council member finishes his speech, the scene cuts to Shepard standing in front of a backdrop, unique depending on your status as Paragon or Renegade, as the reprisal swells into the main part of the motif.
- This is done again in Mass Effect 2, after you've killed the Human Reaper and survived the fall. Provided you have any squadmates left, the main theme will reprise itself triumphantly as you make a mad dash for the Normandy, and then away from the exploding/irradiating Collector base with only seconds to spare. If your Shepard dies, however, the music veers off on a mournful tangent as Shepard gives Joker their final orders, before returning to the sequence proper.
- And finally, in the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3, if your EMS is high enough, the scene where the beam from the Crucible finally catches up with the Normandy will have the main theme ending with a triumphant reprise as the Normandy emerges unscathed from the beam instead of the Scare Chord present in the original cut.
- Occurs in the epilogue of Eternal Daughter, to the melancholy but touching theme heard in the first area of the game. Spoilers abound in the following examples but you can hear the example at these links: part 1, part 42 (final) with ending
- The background music of BIT.TRIP FLUX's Catharsis level builds up to and fades out of a reprise the main theme of BIT.TRIP RUNNER as a slower, more climactic tune fitting for the last level of the entire series.
- Zone of the Enders has two triumphant versions of "Beyond the Bounds:" "Jehuty Returns" and "Trusting Peace."
- "The Songless Nightingale" from the Medal of Honor: Frontline OST is a major-key version of the "Clipping Their Wings" leitmotif, which itself was a Dark Reprise of "After the Drop".
- As upbeat as "Pushing Onwards" from VVVVVV already was, it gets an even more energetic reprise in the form of "Positive Force".
- Metroid Zero Mission gives the player a twofer - near the end of the game, after (re)gaining the Gravity Suit, instead of a remix of the original Item Get jingle you hear something closer to the music of Metroid Prime. Then you're treated to a kick-ass remix of the the Brinstar theme, the first music heard in the game after the opening titles and Samus's fanfare.
- The theme to Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 was replaced with a different track in Metal Gear Solid 3. Absent a muzak version in a cutscene, it stays out of the game until the ending, in which it plays twice over two minutes: a subdued version over a very sad Snake receiving the title of Big Boss, and then, ninety seconds later, a fully orchestrated version over the revelation to the player that the Boss was sent on a suicide mission that was to end with Snake killing her. It ends up being both triumphant and utterly heartbreaking in the same breath.
- Chrono Cross uses "Triumph ~ The Gift of Spring" for its victory fanfare. That's just for normal enemies, though, if you beat a boss (or recruit someone for your private army) you get a brassy remix, "Victory ~ Call of Summer." Chrono Trigger fans will immediately recognize either version as a Triumphant Reprise of Lucca's leitmotif.
- Some of the games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series have a triumphant version of the main theme after a certain point in the final boss battle.
- Split Second has this happen during the Elite Races, when the theme reaches its peak. Specifically, this compared to this.
- NieR does this with the themes associated with your party members. "Emil ~ Sacrifice" plays during the game's (frequent) sad moments, but an upbeat, martial remix, "Emil ~ Karma" plays during the rare occasions when things unexpectedly get better. "Kaine ~ Salvation" similarly gets remixed as "Kaine ~ Escape" when its namesake gets over some of her issues.
- After defeating Black Viper, the Big Bad and Final Boss of Contra 4 for the Nintendo DS, an ABSOLUTELY EPIC version of the Contra series' Stage Clear theme plays (skip to 0:09).
- Kingdom Hearts has a Triumphant Reprise of "Hand in Hand" at the end of Kingdom Hearts II, the original "Hand in Hand" being the battle music from Traverse Town in the first game.
- In No One Has To Die, the music that plays in the merged timeline, "Ray of Light", is a more hopeful, upbeat version of "Up In Flames", the music that typically plays during tense scenes and gameplay sections.
- Whenever your soldiers suit up for a mission in X Com Enemy Unknown, they're accompanied by a tense but heroic piece called "Ready for Battle." The same tune gets an even better remix that plays over certain cutscenes and the end credits.
- The Journeyman Project's ending slideshow features an awesome rock version of the main theme.
- Fire Emblem Awakening has Id, theme of Robin, aka Avatar. The first version you hear is Id (Beginnings), theme of the main menu, but it's only associated with the main character when you hear the alternate versions Id (Serenity) or Id (Sorrow). It later gets a Dark Reprise twice with Id (Dilemma) and Id (Darkness) because those songs are used as the theme of Grima. But once you reach the final chapter, this trope happens and you get Id (Return) followed by Id (Purpose) which gives the song latin lyrics, combines it with the main theme of the entire series and even plays Theme Music Override straight, being used on both the player and enemy turns and going on uninterrupted during attacks no matter who's turn, even if it's the boss.
- The DLC chapter Future Past gives one more of these with Id (Hope) though it only plays when attacking the boss.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog plays this trope straight and subverts it at the same time. There is a reprise of "Brand New Day" and "Dr. Horrible's Theme" worked into the finale instrumental sequence of "Everything You Ever". It's triumphant because Horrible is now a world-class supervillain and has been welcomed to the Evil League of Evil just as he'd been planning, but it's also dark because He killed both Penny and what little remained of his hopeful idealism to accomplish it.
- In A Very Potter Musical, the first time Quirrell and Voldy sing "Different As Can Be" it's about how annoyed they are with each other, the reprise is about how they're BFFs and ends with them joyously singing about their plans to murder Harry Potter.
- In Starship, "Status Quo" ends with a triumphant reprise of "I Wanna Be" about how Bug finally is a starship ranger.
- The Phoenix Wright Musical Project has "Justice for All (Reprise)" which is an awesome enough Dark Reprise of "Anything to Win" but it's also an amazing duet between Phoenix and Mia (from beyond the grave) about how the ideals of justice have been served.
- Parodied by Chef from South Park in the movie: Everything worked out/What a happy end!
- The Simpsons has the episode The Otto Show, where Otto is temporarily fired from his job as school bus driver, and Seymour Skinner tries to fill in for him. When the students sing "Hail To The Bus Driver" on the bus trip, at first Skinner sings along with it and laughs, but as he gets delayed longer and longer in traffic (because of his inexperience) he starts getting very irritated at the song, eventually shouting "shut up" at the only student still singing it. Toward the end of the episode, Otto gets re-hired. When the students sing "Hail To The Bus Driver" again, Skinner, who's overhearing the singing from a window, looks at the bus and says "yes, hail to the bus driver" in a more serious but happy manner, with a few electric guitar notes playing in the background.
- The Batman: The Brave and the Bold Musical Episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister" features a reprise of Black Canary's song "If only he could love me" in the first version the villain joins in and it ends with a fight, in the second version Green Arrow does, and well... it doesn't.
- In Katy Caterpillar, Katy has an "I Want" Song early on, which gets reprised near the end. At the very end of the film, however, she sings a reprise that turns her earlier song into an I Got What I Wanted Song.
- This happens in-song during Total Drama World Tour's song "This is How We Will End It", sung by Alejandro. The song starts of as Alejandro talking about all the girls he's manipulated in the past, and how now he is going to leave Heather to basically die. However, in the middle of the song, the music stops for about 35 seconds, and Heather is able to convince him to help her. The song ends like this:
This is not how we'll end it.
This game we have played!
This is not how we'll end it.
But there's a bill to be paid!
- Metalocalypse, of all shows has Rejoining Earth which is a reprise of The Beginning where Dethklok returns to Earth and declares peace.
- My Little Pony 'n Friends "The End of Flutter Valley": While the original wasn't dark or anything, the reprise of "From the Sun" at the end definitely counts.
- The second part of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's Crystal Empire two-parter has one of the "Failure Success Song" Twilight sung in the first part, now by the rest of the main cast about how Twilight passed the test Princess Celestia gave her.
- The Musical Episode "Magical Mystery Cure" opens with "Morning in Ponyville", basically amounting to Twilight enjoying a good morning. It ends with "Life in Equestria", applying the "good morning" on a much larger scale in both time and scope.
- In one episode of Darkwing Duck the antagonist of the episode gets a Villain Song early on claiming how powerful and untouchable he is. Near the end of the episode, Darkwing gets a heroic version that states how he's bringing said villain to justice which even mixes in a bit of The Villain Sucks Song.
- The first of the Color Classics, "Poor Cinderella", has the title song, which was a melancholy "I Want" Song, now sung in the past tense once Cinderella (played by Betty Boop) gets her wish.
- Several Classic Disney Shorts incorporate this.
- Three Little Pigs ends with a reprise of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" after the pigs defeat the wolf.
- Lambert the Sheepish Lion has the other sheep mocking Lambert with a song about him being different from the others. At the end, when an adult Lambert saves his mother from a wolf, the sheep "change their tune" and sing the song again, with different lyrics that praise him.