A kind of epilogue where we're shown what happens to the characters, places and/or the setting after the series. It usually gets about a minute or two during the last extended credits of a Grand Finale, or a less intrusive version of the closing credits may roll over it.
A staple of the Very Loosely Based on a True Story films, it differs from a Distant Finale in that we get little flashes (such as photographs, still frames, little captions, narration/voiceover, or a Montage of individual clips) that tell us what happened to the characters, instead of a full scene with dialogue or character interaction. If it shows how each character meets his maker, a Deadly Distant Finale. Can be used to create a Fast Forward To Reunion. If it happens while the credits are rolling, it might be Creative Closing Credits. In video games, this may be done in form of a dynamic Modular Epilogue. How We Got Here is the exact opposite of this trope.
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Anime and Manga eloped and married in Las Vegas. They now raise a family in Omaha.
The last half of episode 11 in Nodame Cantabile Finale where it shows under the credits and the ending theme where everyone is going. Also, a case of All Love is Requited.
The last episode of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World ran pastel drawings under its closing credits that showed obvious "after the series" images — Makoto and Ifurita snuggling under a tree, Allielle in a seifuku, and so on. They may simply be non-canon art pieces, however.
The manga of Please Save My Earth closed with a scene showing the seven protagonists settling into their new lives several years later, as well as the circumstances of the spirits of the main couple.
Last five minutes of Digimon Adventure 02, specifically the shots that show us what the digidestined's careers are, now that they've grown up.
Last five minutes of Digimon Savers (5 years later, and less controversial...yeah).
Also used sort of at the end of the fourth movie (2nd in English due to the combining of the first three. While the credits are on we see stills of what the characters got up to more or less directly after the film.
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water concludes with a short epilogue that takes place several years after the events of the series. The epilogue is narrated by Marie, the youngest member of the cast, now a fetching girl of about 18 or so.
Canvas 2 has one of these, including a scene which subverts Tomoko's prior supposed death a couple of minutes before.
The ending of Blue Drop shows Michiko on her way to a peace talk with the aliens, thirty years after her experiences with Hagino and Mari, still holding a copy of the script of the School Play she wrote and which Hagino wanted to finish playing.
The final episode of Monster shows Doctor Tenma coming back to Germany to see Nina and Dieter, having joined Doctors Without Borders. It also shows Johan in a coma ... until the ending credits reveal an empty bed.
The end of the first season of Higurashi: When They Cry uses this, with what looks like the main cast all enjoying themselves after Keiichi managed to save Rena. The reader is treated to a stinger in which everyone has still died and the "Groundhog Day" Loop has -once again- begun anew.
Look at the ending again. That isn't even the same world. Ooishi acts like Miyo died last night and told Rika. He told Rena before and that happened days before.
The final scene of Outlaw Star shows the crew saying their goodbyes and going their separate ways. But wait: in the post-credit stinger, surprise, surprise, they all get back together again.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz ended with a dialogue-free ending credits sequence that demonstrated what each character did almost immediately following. The extended movie version had completely new sequences that remained dialogue-free, but was a bit more elaborate in what it presented.
Most notably including Lady Une taking Mariemaia to her "father's" gravestone. A somewhat heartwarming scene (though the man in question didn't really leave a body to put in a tomb).
The final page/episode of Fullmetal Alchemist depicts a collage of photographs to show what the characters are up to several years after the finale, including Ed, Al, and Winry finding ways to use Al's armor to help people.
The 2003 anime version does something like this, the last half of the episode showing what everyone's up to after the fallout. That is, until the movie picks up right where the epilogue leaves off at. Whoops.
In ARIA, Akari explains in a letter to Ai what is going on with several characters, apparently a few years after she took over Aria Company. At the very end there is an even bigger time-skip, showing Ai as Akari's new apprentice.
In the manga, Akari's letter is not to Ai, but to the readers of her blog, which include Cait Sith, although the timeskip event is still the same.
Code Geass ends with one of these. The funniest is that Jeremiah, who had been tormented by the derisive name "Orange", ends up accepting the name and living Happily Ever Aftergrowing oranges!
The credits of My Neighbor Totoro show incidents from the future, starting with the mother's return from the hospital.
Similarly, the credits of Kiki's Delivery Service show what happened with Tombo's aviator's club, Jiji and Lily, ect.
In the final episode of Tenchi Universe, Tenchi recounts what happens to everyone after he defeats Kagato.
The last episode of Prétear goes directly from the final True Love's Kiss to what appears to be the events occurring about half a year after, showing what the characters' lives are now like (and stuffing half of the sequence with a collection of the show's Running Gags).
Princess Tutu has one in the last few minutes of the final episode of the series, showing what Kinkan is like after the story ended. It also shows that Fakir kept his promise to Ahiru.
Transformers Victory ended with Jean narrating what happened to everybody after Deathsaurus was defeated. Among other things, we find out that Star Saber and Victory Leo survived.
In the Ghost StoriesGag Dub, Satsuki starts to tell a somewhat vulgar one and is cut off. Stories involved her homeroom teacher getting arrested for feeling up one of her classmates and Hajime losing his voice from getting kicked in the balls or something like that.
CLANNAD has this before the Fuko and Kouko portion of the final episode.
The ending to the Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi anime had a series of animated and still images over the end credits, showing glimpses of the characters several years later. The manga goes into more detail, actually resolving the main romantic plotline, and ending with something of a Distant Finale.
The collected volume of Chrono Crusade came with a bonus epilogue that functioned like this—justified by a video Azmaria recorded for Satella telling her what had happened while she was frozen in crystal. The epilogue was not released in the magazine Chrono Crusade ran in, meaning that fans had to wait for the book to come out to get a clearer idea of what happened after the finale.
Steamboy - The Steamboy universe's alternate timeline is show in clips during the credits where Lloyd Steam continues his pontificating to Ray, eventually dies and is buried, followed by a WWI style conflict complete dirigibles burning to the ground, and Scarlett standing proudly in front of a plane she flies.
The ending of Samurai Champloo does this, showing the three protagonists walking along their individual paths after splitting up and enjoying the scenery while the credits play.
Following the deciding battle of Sengoku Basara, time skips ahead a few months to show us the main characters back on their feet and getting ready to fight again, while Masamune and Yukimura meet for their all-important final duel, though the outcome is left ambiguous.
Turns out Masamune kind of won (Yukimura was being distracted), but didn't get round to finishing the job before a newBig Bad showed up.
Fushigi Yuugi has an epilogue which starts off with a letter. A montage of events that occur over approximately three and a half months—particularly Miaka's transition to high school—and then we see Miaka and Yui in high school (complete with montage-filled credits). Keisuke and Tetsuya then set them up with Tamahome's reincarnation, Taka Sukunami—or not, depending on which version you accept, and... Cliff Hanger!
The last few pages of volume 18 (which is the manga form of the second OVA) shows few pictures of the Suzaku Seishi after their rebirth. Nuriko seems to have gotten his wish of being reborn as a girl so "he" could be there for Hotohori, Mitsukake is studying herbs with Shouka, who is the reborn version of his girlfriend, Tasuki returned back to his bandit life. Even the cat Tama started a family! Chichiri is also shown, but we don't know if he used Mitsukake's holy water to cure his destroyed left eye. Miaka and Tamahome/Taka are happily married with a toddler aged son.
The Ruby/Sapphire arc of Pokémon Special ends by showing what the various side characters of the arc are doing after their brush with The End of the World as We Know It... before cutting to a scene of Giovanni picking up the remains of the shattered Red and Blue Orb, setting things up for the Fire Red/Leaf Green arc.
Also, all of the Pokémon movies end with scenes showing what Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and his friends are doing following the films' events along with certain characters from previous movies such as:
In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew when Kidd appears to be exploring Forina, we see Butler and Diane from Jirachi: Wish Maker, having apparently started a farm together.
In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, we see Tonio and Alice from The Rise of Darkrai enjoying a date in a hot air balloon while Baron Alberto attempts to follow them. Darkrai is then seen looking over the town. Then later we see Zero, the villain from Giratina and the Sky Warrior in prison, only to be visited by Newton Graceland who gives him a copy of Infi that survived the Megarig's wreck, much to his delight. Shaymin is also seen, looking out to a sunrise with a smile.
The Toradora! anime has one of these in the last episode.
Subverted at the end of Irresponsible Captain Tylor: It shows most of the crew, having quit the military, going off to do what they want as per Tylor's advice... until Captain Yamamoto calls them back to serve on the Aso... which is in of itself an epic Bait and Switch that is easier to watch than explain.
The second half of the final episode of Maison Ikkoku took place months after Godai and Kyoko's wedding and illustrated how the lives of the various characters continued on in the months since: Akemi has married the owner of ChaChaMaru and moved out of Ikkoku, Kozue is living in Nagoya with her husband, Ibuki is attending an all women's college, Mitaka and Asuna are raising twins, with more on the way... and Godai and Kyoko come back to Ikkoku from the hospital with baby in tow.
The Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters has one in the final episode showing the credits montage of the characters returning home and the whereabouts of minor characters.
The extra ending in the final episode of Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN takes place one year after the 2022 racing season, a new racing season opens with some of the racers switching teams and new outfits for the Pit Girls and ending with the marriage ceremony of the main couple.
The last episode of Simoun is one of these as well.
Tayutama Kiss On My Deity combines this with After the End in an ending that makes little sense whatsoever.
The latest cover-story mini-arc in One Piece after the Time Skip is showing what changes all of the people the Straw Hats have known have undergone.
In the Fate/stay night anime, the last few minutes before the credits are a version of this. It shows the current antics of most the characters of the Emiya household such as Sakura, Ilya, Rin and Taiga. And then it turns bittersweet and depressing as it shows King Arthur's, also known as Saber's last moments as she dies with her hoping that she'll be able to see Shirou again after her 'long sleep'.
Heartcatch Precure has one as the first half of the episode shows the final battle and the second half shows the group a few months later - they only show the main girls, mostly that Tsubomi is now a proud older sister (and she's gone back to wearing her glasses full time) and Itsuki's finally being a girl, letting her hair grow out and wearing the girl's school uniform. It goes one step further by showing Tsubomi's little sister, standing by Tsubomi's desk, looking at the picture of the Precures and holding Tsubomi's Heart Perfume, hinting that she's next in line to be a Precure.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds shows the epilogue over the last three episodes. After half a year after the defeat of ZONE, Lazar became the new mayor. Akiza is finishing up school and contemplates studying overseas. Crow becomes a member of the New Domino Police. Yusei becomes a Hot Scientist and finishes his father's work. Rua and Ruka received a letter from their parents who want them to leave Domino City to live with them. Jack has been travelling and training.
The last episode then shows everyone eight years after. Rua is training to be the future Turbo Duel champion while Ruka is studying in university. Crow continued to duel as a professional duelist, while Jack becomes the King of the Ride Ace Dueling league, making him the World King. Akiza is a high-ranking doctor. Yusei decides to stay in New Domino to protect it.
Done in Project ARMS, where we see that Takeshi becomes a world-famous soccer player. Keith Violet is an American politician who campaigns for world peace. Hayato inherited his grandfather's dojo and is a wrestling champion. He and Kei are taking things slowly, while Kei now a full-time is a member of Blue Men. Carol is in college. Al is a famous professor. Ryo and Katsumi got married and their daughter is implied to be the reincarnation of Alice.
The last chapter of Mahou Sensei Negima! is largely pictures of the time-skipped girls with a few short paragraphs mentioning how they're living now. Fan reaction to the ending was mixed, not least because of a few important plot points which took place entirely offscreen (Natsumi had another adventure in the Magic World, the twins met some princes and fell in love, Nagi was freed from the Lifemaker), and a number of other characters fans were interested in were simply not mentioned (such as Fate, Fate's girls, and Arika, Negi's mother).
The end credits in the series finale of Soul Eater show what almost the entire cast got up to after Asura's defeat. They're mostly lighthearted (such as Maka improving at basketball and Joe finally getting his coffee) and the final seconds show the students together one last time.
Five years after the events of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, Kenshin and Kaoru have married and have a young son, Kenji. Yahiko is the acting instructor of the dojo, and Word Of God implies that he and Tsubame eventually become a thing.
Megumi has gone back to Aizu to work as a doctor/search for her family, Sanosuke has left Japan and taken on the role as The Drifter, and Misao and Aoshi are still in the Oniwabanshuu. Saitou was transferred to an unknown police unit in the epilogue of the manga.
The non-canon and controversial Reflection OVA takes place presumably 15 to 20 years after the manga, and depicts middle-aged Kenshin and Kaoru, and their teenaged son Kenji has left the dojo to study under Hiko Seijuurou. Kenshin decides to go help out in the first Sino-Japanese war by taking care of people, despite being very ill. He and Kaoru make love one more time before he departs, and she contracts his sickness. Sanosuke is revealed to be in China and finds a very sick Kenshin and Sanosuke sends him back to Tokyo. Kenshin makes his way back to home and Kaoru is there to greet him. He later dies in her arms.
Some time later, Kenji is shown with a young girl named Chizuru, who appeared in one of the pilot episodes of the manga.
Other characters make brief appearances, such as adult Yahiko and Tsubame and an older Megumi.
My Daddy Long Legs ends with a scene where we watch various characters at Judy's wedding, but there is no dialogue. Instead, Judy provides narration, explaining what has happened to various people.
Green Blood ends with an elderly Luke Burns traveling with his daughter and granddaughter to visit his brother Brad, who is buried next to their mother in New York and whose grave shows he lived to the ripe old age of sixty-eight.
The movie version of They Were Eleven has a very straightforward one, detailing the future careers of the cast after the end of their Cosmo Academy exam.
In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, twenty years after the events of the show, we found out Rossiu became president over the entire galactic alliance with Leeron at their side, Yoko became a principal at a school, Darry and Gimmy now pilot Gurran Lagann, Viral became supreme commander over the entire fleet. And Simon of all people was Walking the Earth, though the movie epilogue expanded on what they were doing: he was helping people in need in exchange of planting flowers, fulfilling Nia's dream.
Comic Books resigned as president of the company after an enlightening trip to Tibet. He now roams the land in his fully-paid-for luxury RV.
The final issue of Avengers: The Initiative ended with one of these. Hardball and Komodo reconcile with each other and Cloud 9. Batwing and Butterball replace the U-Foes as North Carolina's state superteam, and are in the market for additional members. Bengal retired, moved to Sunset Park, and opened a martial arts school. Trauma starts Walking the Earth, his exact activities Shrouded in Myth. And... well, there were Loads and Loads of Characters in this series, you really don't need to hear about them all.
Oddly, despite writer Christos Gage's obvious intention of this as a sendoff to these characters, whom he expected would never appear again except as C-List Fodder, there was a Post Script Season in Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt.
The first issue of the Super Buddies mini-series showed what happened to the members of the Justice League International after their book was cancelled in the 90's. Most of the heroes were in dire straights, such as Fire, who was now running a softcore porn website.
The last issue of Hard Time was centered around Ethan's parole review, and all the principle characters, mostly Ethan's fellow prisoners, had their "endings" revealed. For instance, Curly was released after his granddaughter tirelessly petitioned for appeal, Cindy had her sex change and lived happily ever after, and Cole died during a robbery attempt less than a year after he got out.
The Vertigo comic series House of Mystery has one of these in its second-to-last issue for all the major and minor characters.
Fan Works wrote a novel while in prison, which topped the best-seller list for two months. After being paroled, he bought a modest condo in Manhattan and now lives there with his talk-show-host girlfriend.
My Little Avengers ends with a brief Time Skip showing what happened after the defeat of Loki. In addition to showing what happened to the story's central characters, it also shows what happened to a few of the minor characters, including Twilight Sparkle becoming Sorcerer Supreme, and Rainbow Dash leading a team of X-Menexpies.
The end of Who Silenced Elly Patterson was entitled Endgame and Epilogues, and after showing Elly's death (not a spoiler), it goes into the lives of the other characters through letters, ranging from six months after the death to fifteen years after.
White Devil of the Moon has one of these at the end of the fic, showing most of the Inner Senshi resuming their civilian lives, Ami going to study magic at Mid-Childa, Alicia and Hotaru being adopted by Lindy Harlown and the Takamachis respectively, and Nanoha and the rest of her friends resume their duties at the TSAB (presumably in time to start StrikerS).
In the Total Drama story, Legacy, which is set ten years after the events of the show, the reminiscence portion of the story ends with thumbnail sketches of what everyone is currently up to.
The Miracle at Palaven ends with one, showing snapshots of the surviving viewpoint characters and a galaxy rebuilding in the aftermath of the Reaper War.
The pro wrestling story, A Ring Of Their Own, ends with Victoria announcing her retirement and becoming commissioner of the FWF, followed by a Where Are They Now on all the major characters.
At the end of the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning, we learn that Lavinia ends up married to Damon, with two children named after Vale and Kit, while Laurel Whitaker ended up with Obsidian's cousin Glint, and that both families survived the bombing of District Twelve and the war on the Capitol. The story ends with Lavinia relaying Vale's story to Katniss Everdeen, thinking that Vale would have wanted her story to be told.
Turnabout Storm uses this during the final credits in the same vein as Ace Attorney's final cases, involving Phoenix giving his goodbyes to everyone he met in Ponyville before he's sent back to his world.
Films-Animated eventually reconciled with her sister Live Action, and now has a family not too far away in Orange County.
The directors and the animators on Lilo & Stitch fought with the Disney Company, and won, to create additional animation and "photo" paintings of what happened to the characters after the events of the film, establishing the new family that they indeed formed after Stitch arrived.
WALL•E's closing credits begin with this, before Art Shifting to an 8-bit graphical recap of the movie's main plot.
The closing credits of Finding Nemo show that the fish that were living in the dentist's fish tank are all now living happily in the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and their friends.
In the animated feature of Watership Down, the narrator relates how Woundwort's body was never found and his memory lived on as a sort of lapine boogeyman.
Flynn/Eugene: But I know what the big question is? Did Rapunzel and I ever get married? Well I am happy to say after years and years of asking, I finally said yes. Rapunzel: Eugene! Flynn/Eugene: Okay, okay. I asked her. Rapunzel: And we're living happily ever after! Flynn/Eugene: Yes we are.
Ice Age ends with Scrat being frozen inside an ice cube and being washed up onto a tropical island and thawing out after being frozen inside the cube for 20,000 years, only to have his acorn washed away by the tide causing the poor squirrel to substitute his lost acorn with a coconut, causing him to accidentally trigger a volcanic eruption after driving the coconut into the sand.
The credits of Cars roll with incidents from the next years about the future of the characters and the revival of the town.
The credits of Cinderella IIIA Twistin Time reveal that Anastasia met a sweet baker, Drizella and Lady Tremaine revert from their transformation only to find themselves in maid clothes, and Cinderella and the Prince, of course, lived Happily Ever After.
Kung Fu Panda runs this as the artwork behind the end credits, showing what the Five and Po get up to after the story.
At the end of Titanic: The Legend Goes On, a mouse describes the marriages of some of the major characters. He leaves out the thousand or so people who died.
Monsters University shows that a lot of the characters in the film became excellent Scarers, at the end credits showing their scare cards. Most of the members of Oozma Kappa made it, along with Johnny Worthington, Carrie from PNK, and Mike and Sulley became Rookies of the Year.
Films-Live-Action joined a cult operating out of rural Idaho, and had to undergo strenuous deprogramming. She now works as a motivaitonal speaker in the Los Angeles area.
American Graffiti introduced what was to become the iconic form of the Where Are They Now epilogue: a brief freeze frame of each of the major characters accompanied by subtitles giving their full name and a brief summary of their future lives. One character went on to becomes a famous writer; another enlisted and (reportedly) died in Vietnam.
Word Of God states that Animal House was deliberately parodying Graffiti, especially since both films were set in roughly the same era. Ironically, Animal House itself was so influential that the ironic, funny epilogues soon became the dominant version of this trope, as can be seen from all of the homages and ShoutOuts listed elsewhere on this page.
The film The Sandlot ends with the Wonder Years-esque Narrator giving brief descriptions of what the various players wound up doing as adults, which cuts into a final scene showing that Benny ends up as a professional ball player and Smalls becomes a sportscaster. One player was also abducted by aliens and never seen again.
Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows ended with a series of title cards announcing the eventual death of each of the French resistance members.
One of the alternate endings of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery had a montage of what all the non-dead characters (and some pretty-dead ones like Mustafa) did after Dr. Evil escaped and his base blew up, like Frau Farbissina founding the militant wing of the LPGA. Presumably it was changed to the newlywed Powers' honeymoon in order to make room for the sequel.
9 to 5 ends with Animal House-esque text blurbs telling us what each character went on to do with their lives. Dolly Parton's character appropriately became a country singer; Judy, who was practically drowned in paper by an overactive photocopier, fell in love and married a Xerox repairman; and Mr. Hart, the chauvinist boss wound up being karmically abducted by a tribe of Amazons.
Sheriff Bud Boomer realized his dream and became a regular on COPS
Honey is named National Rifle Association's Humanitarian of the Year
General Dick Panzer took his own life upon learning Hogan's Heroes was entirely fictional
Prime Minister Clark McDonald, still ruling with an iron fist.
That Thing You Do!, the Tom Hanks-directed film about a young garage band turned one-hit Wonders, ends with a quick wrap-up of everyone's ultimate future over the closing credits.
Jimmy made more hit records for Playtone and now works as a record producer in Los Angeles.
Guy and Faye got married, had four kids, and founded a music school in Washington state.
Lenny manages a casino in Nevada.
T.B. Player(the unnamed bassist) was decorated for his service in the Siege of Khe Sanh and is a building contractor in Florida.
Legally Blonde had an epilogue that is both this and a Distant Finale, due to the request of the test audiences. It's a full scene with interspersed text blurbs detailing what happened to the supporting characters. Elle has graduated with high honors, is the class-elected speaker at the ceremony, and has been invited into one of Boston's best law firms; Vivian is now Elle's best friend and has called off her engagement with Warner, who graduated without honors and with no job offers; Emmett has started his own practice, is now Elle's boyfriend, and will propose to her that night; and finally, Paulette has married her delivery man and is expecting a baby girl to be named after Elle.
Mallrats had one of these, although some of what was shown was pretty weird.
A Fish Called Wanda. This being a comedy, the villain goes on to become Minister for Justice in South Africa. A government desperately trying to hold onto its Apartheid policies. See here for more details. Note the horrible violence.
The Gulf War film Three Kings has a brief montage like this, mentioning that one character is now a Hollywood war movie consultant
The mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous has text blurbs for several main characters— except for Amber, who also gets a couple quick scenes showing how she becomes a news anchor, just like her idol, Diane Sawyer.
Used at the end of the first Young Guns movie, which was kind of invalidated by the sequel. The sequel also made use of this trope.
Both Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter finish with Jack Elam's characters Jake and Jug, respectively, detailing the fates of all the characters, including his. ("..one of the most beloved characters in western folklore." "..big star in spaghetti westerns.")
Gettysburg ends with photos of each actor turning into photos of the real people the characters were based on and words below describing their fate after the battle, which is also a reverse of the opening credits, where historic photos transition into photos of the actors.
Titanic: Rose mentions that Cal killed himself when the stock market crashed in 1929. Photos beside her bed reveal some of the life Rose, herself, went on to lead after the sinking.
Stand by Me has sort of a variant of this, with the adult Gordie describing his friends' eventual fates toward the conclusion of his voiceover narration.
Tombstone. The narrator describes what happened to various characters later in life.
The Express tells of the futures of Ernie Davis (He's Dead, Jim), Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Syracuse coach Ben Schwarzwalder.
Stripes — another Ivan Reitman film, showing magazine covers illustrating the fates of the characters.
Notte Prima Degli Esami, an Italian Teen comedy, does this with polaroids of the main characters and their destinies written on the white part.
At the end of Apollo 13 Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell has a voice over telling what happened to him and everyone else involved in the mission afterwards.
Flight of the Phoenix: The 2004 version has a photo montage at the end that shows that Kelly now works on a rig out on the ocean, Frank & AJ have a new plane, and Elliott now works for NASA!!
Unbreakable: the character of Elijah Price is explained to be in a hospital for the mentally insane, once his crimes of mass murder are revealed
The final scenes of Into The Wild show what happened to the various people Chris encountered on his journey. The hippie couple continue Walking the Earth, Wayne, who had been arrested for drug dealing, was eventually released, the two Danish explorers Chris met while kayaking win big in Vegas...and his mother and father struggle to move on with their lives while dealing with the knowledge that their semi-abusive parenting lead indirectly to their son's death, and its implied that his sister follows her brother's example and becomes an explorer.
In The Blind Side, it showed what happened to Michael and the Tuohys. Michael becomes the first round pick of the NFL. Collins also goes to Ole Miss and becomes a cheerleader like her mom. And Leigh Ann and Sean still live in Memphis today.
The Social Network had text overlayed at the end of the final scene mostly with a focus on the results of the two lawsuits that serve as a framework for the story.
Milk ends with one of these, including photographs of the real people portrayed in the film.
In Enchanted, it shows that Edward and Nancy got married in Andalesia. Giselle opens up a new fashion/boutique business, staying with Robert. After staying in New York, Nathaniel becomes a successful author, as well as Pip in Andalesia.
The Toolbox Murders ends with it a card stating the film was based on true events, and that the main character spent some time in an asylum before settling down and having a child; it's also mentioned her mother died in a car crash.
The Commitments explains where the band members ended up after their breakup. Deco got his recording contract but his bad attitude makes him impossible to work with; Derek and Outspan spend their time busking on Grafton Street; Imedla got married to "dopey Greg" who won't let her sing any more; Bernie sings in a country band; Mickah sings in a punk band; Steven became a doctor; Billy got kicked in the head by a horse; Dean is a jazz musician who "got quite good in the end"; Joey the Lips went on tour with Joe Tex (who was ten years dead by that point); Natalie "became very successful" as a singer; and Jimmy is still unemployed.
Alpha Dog shows the legal consequences to the individual members of Truelove/Hollywood's crew as a result of the kidnapping and murder of Zach Mazursky/Nick Markowitz at the end. Truelove himself was finally apprehended after eluding the authorities for five years.
Moving Violations ends with the police commissioner driving past one cast member after another, all of them having been pulled over for yet another traffic violation. An on-screen caption proclaims that the lead character was sentenced to traffic school so many times that the county made him the instructor in desperation.
At the end of The Cats Meow, Elinor Glyn narrates what became the prinicipal characters after the events of the movie.
According to He's My Girl:
Sally became a world-famous mud wrestler. Simon had a vision and abandoned singing to become a T.V. preacher for the Church of the Rock and Soul. Lisa gave up sculpting, took voice lessons and got a job with a telephone sex service. Mason left the music business and started a chain of nudist colonies. Reggie stayed in Hollywood and opened a beauty salon called "The Champagne Douche". Tasha works at "The Champagne Douche" and sells bibles door to door on the weekends. Bryan became a major rock star, sold millions of records, and returned to Missouri for sex re-education classes.
Boggy Creek 2: The Legend Continues didn't have one but Mike and the Bots were knid enough to give us their idea of one. In their ending, Doc's research department goes under, Leslie and Tanya bring Doc up on charges, and Tim just wanders off one day for no real reason and is never seen again.
Bad Education ends with a text screen describing the life of the three main characters after the film: Enrique releases his film and becomes successful, Juan ends up becoming successful as well, but eventually loses his fame on the silver screen and ends up on TV, and Sr Berenguer is killed in a hit-and-run accident that Juan caused.
Burke and Hare ends with epilogues for everyone, including people who weren't properly introduced like one doctor's assistant named Charles Darwin and ends with the real-life Burke's skeleton on display in Edinburgh's anatomy museum.
Zodiac: Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
Changeling: Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
Chaplin: Between the last scene and the closing credits, title cards link the actors to the real life personages they played (Anthony Hopkins's character, a fictional editor who figures into the framing device, is also included and explained), and describe briefly the later lives/careers of said personages. Eighteen characters total are covered!
Dog Day Afternoon. At the end of the movie, subtitles that say that Sonny (one of the bank robbers) was sentenced to 20 years in prison, that Angie (Sonny's wife) and their children were living on Welfare, and that Sonny's boyfriend Leon had his sex-change surgery and became a woman and was living in New York City.
The Grey Zone ends with screencaps noting the success of the uprising, Oberscharführer Mussfeld being convicted and hanged for war crimes, and Dr. Nyiszli surviving the war, but not practicing medicine ever again.
Heavenly Creatures ends with Mario Lanza singing "You'll Never Walk Alone", over text screens explaining how the girls were tried, convicted and sentenced, and later released. The last screen is an awful Tear Jerker, especially as it's timed to coincide with the line "you'll never walk alone": It was a condition of their release that they never meet again.
Henry And June ends with text screens saying that Henry and Anais remained friends to the end of their lives; both wrote many books about June. June became a social worker in Queens, New York. Hugo became a filmmaker, and it was by his request that Anais' unexpurgated story remain unpublished until after his death. He died in 1985.
Music and Lyrics ends up with pop-up bubbles explaining that Cora got married and divorced in the same night, Sloan's book got made into an awful movie, POP eventually reunited but their performance cut short because Colin needed a hip replacement, and Alex and Sophie are still together, with his hip appearing to be fine.
Dasepo Sonyo ends with drawings of the major characters and brief descriptions of their fates - Poor Girl works at a bank, Anthony lives on a farm in Switzerland, Double Eyes got a sex change, and Cyclops got rich selling toys modelled after him. Big Razor Sis' fate is left ambiguous - there is a before-and-after image suggesting that she got a sex change, but there's no accompanying text.
The 1996 movie House Arrest ends with a montage of the major characters, with Grover providing a voiceover explaining their fates.
Pain and Gain ends with the credits showing the main cast with a picture of the real person they were portraying. Two of the kidnappers were sentenced to death while the third served 15 years in prison. The gym owner who forged the transaction papers for them got 15 years as well, while the survivors' names were changed.
Natasha is Hauled Before A Senate Sub Committee for leaking all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets in order to expose HYDRA's infiltration. She is acquitted of all charges and looks for a new identity.
Agent 13 aka Sharon joins the CIA.
Maria Hill is interviewing for a job at Stark Industries.
Rumlow survived getting a helicarrier dropped on his head, but he’s badly burned.
HYDRA mole Senator Stern is arrested.
Fury, still Faking the Dead burns all of his S.H.I.E.L.D stuff, including his eyepatch, and decides to head to Europe to hunt down the rest of HYDRA.
My Week With Marilyn ends with Marilyn singing a song while text overlay tells us what happened to her, Colin and Laurence after the film.
Can't Hardly Wait played with this. It was mostly set at a Wild Teen Party. The following morning, there are scenes of various characters meeting up and saying their goodbyes, apologies, or thanks as appropriate, and during each one, the scene freezes and a caption says what happened to the featured teen in the future. In one case, the scene froze, the caption said that the couple on screen would break up 10 minutes later, the screen unfroze for 30 seconds as the couple continued to interact, and then the screen froze again with a new caption saying that they got together again soon after the breakup.
Shades of this in Neighbors. Mac meets Teddy outside Abercrombie & Fitch, and they discuss not only where they are in life, but also Pete and the other members of the frat. When Mac returns home, he and Kelly get a video call from their friends, tying that subplot off.
Frank Barnes got promotion. He is now retired with full pay. Will is happily married. He and Darcy are expecting their second child. Connie Hooper was promoted to senior manager. Oscar Galvin continues the same job. Ryan Scott is alive and healthy. Dewey [beat] works in the fast food industry.
Literature left town on a motorcycle and was never heard from again.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Chapter Fourteen; arguably a Subverted Trope because they haven't gone anywhere, although a year had passed while they've been on the island and their views have moved on. The Beatrice Letters form part of an epilogue themselves. Even though the scrambled letters reveal that " BEATRICE SANK", there are hints that Baudelaires are apparently living out their lives doing what they love: 1) Sunny is said to be sharing her recipes on the radio in The Beatrice Letters. 2) In book 3 the narrator says that Violet would return to Briny Beach a third time in her life, and since she'd only gone there twice over the course of the series (in book 1 and again in book 12), she must have survived at least until they reached the mainland. 3) In book 2, the narrator states that Klaus would like awake in bed many years later wondering what would have happened if he'd managed to stop Count Olaf/Stephano from entering Uncle Monty's house - the last chapter takes place roughly a year and a half from this point, so his survival is also heavily implied. 4) Beatrice (that's the Beatrice born in Book 13) is currently trying to find Lemony Snicket, presumably to ask him the whole truth about what happened
Magyk, the first Septimus Heap book, has a "What happened to..." last chapter. Other books in the series have variations, such as "What happened before...", detailing each character's backstory. The twist being that they all detail what happens (or happened) to the very minor characters, those who are named but never shown or shown but never named. A nurse who gets two lines in the book, the never-seen girlfriend of one of the brothers, the gatekeeper's son, etc.
The epilogues of Dave Barry's novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business end with a series of short paragraphs explaining what happened to various characters. He likely borrowed it from his friend Carl Hiaasen, who uses it in many of his novels.
The Westing Game has an epilogue describing how every character became rich, famous and influential.
By the same author, The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) has an epilogue explaining how most of the surviving characters lived happily thereafter.
The Golden Road by L. M. Montgomery ends with a scene where Sara Stanley (a girl who is always protrayed as slightly otherworldly and magical) receives the inspiration of prophecy and predicts the futures of all of the main characters. Hints dropped over the course of the novel confirm them to be true.
Erich Maria Remarque's novel The Black Obelisk. Most of them died in World War II.
In Stephen King's The Green Mile, it's not the epilogue, but near the end, during John Coffey's execution where Paul describes the eventual fate of his friends.
The "Finale" of George Eliot's Middlemarch: Dorothea marries Ron, and Fred and Mary call their children Snape and Dumbledore... er, or something like that. It brings the reader up-to-date on the forty years or so between the end of the main book, and the time of writing, anyway.
Same goes for the series' Canadian counterpart, Dear Canada.
The last book in the Deltora Quest series ends with one of these, and describes Leif's reign with the exact same wording as King Adin's reign, described in the first chapter of the first book.
The Saga of the Jomsvikings ends with a short summary of what later became of the Jomsviking chiefs that survived the Battle of Hjorunga Bay.
In In the Time of the Butterflies, based on the true stories of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, the last chapter is told in first person by Dede, the only surviving sister. She describes what happened to her sisters' families after they were assassinated by Trujillo.
The last chapter of Pride and Prejudice describes what became of all the characters after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage.
Mrs. Bennet remained silly, but luckily Mr. Bennet still found her amusing.
Kitty and Mary both improved in character: the former because she was influenced less by Lydia and more by Jane and Elizabeth; the latter because she was no longer compared with her more beautiful sisters.
Mr. Bingley and Jane bought an estate only thirty miles away from the Darcys', much to Jane and Elizabeth's joy.
The affections Lydia and Wickham had for each other quickly cooled off, and they lived by leeching off the Darcys and the Bingleys.
Georgiana and Elizabeth developed a great relationship as Mr. Darcy had hoped.
Lady Catherine eventually relented, and Elizabeth managed to reconcile her and Mr. Darcy enough for Lady Catherine to visit Pemberley from time to time.
There is a short epilogue of this type in Redeeming Love, which shows that Angel was at last able to break out of the Heel-Face Revolving Door firmly on the Face side, the ministry she founded was successful in rescuing hundreds of girls from being forced into the sex trade, she reconciled with her antagonistic brother-in-law, she and Michael miraculously had four children, and died calmly in their old age within months of each other.
The epilogue of Rally Round the Flag, Boys! is about what happened to the characters after the Fourth of July. It mostly ties up loose ends, particularly Harry and Grace's Second Act Breakup.
The Civil War novels by Michael and Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure) end with the major figures in each having a paragraph about their later lives or legacy. Measure features a lengthier sequence before the blurbs recounting the last days of Lee, Grant, and Chamberlain.
The book of 2 Timothy, in The Bible, which is chronologically the last piece of writing from the apostle Paul, contains a moving passage in which Paul, awaiting execution, writes his friend a reflective farewell. He then goes on to tell Timothy where all his various friends, who have appeared at the end of his letters, are now. Most are ministering in various churches across the Mediterranean area "Titus is in Dalmatia... Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus" a couple have fallen away from Christianity, and one is "ill in Miletus". This serves as a 'where are they now' epilogue for Paul's generation of church leaders, alongside the passing of the baton on to Timothy and those he must lead.
In Those That Wake, the first book and its sequel end with these epilogues.
The epilogue of the last Age of Fire book is primarily focused on Wistala and her mate DharSii expecting eggs, but the narration also touches on what's happened to all the other living characters.
Live-Action TV was taken prisoner, but escaped thanks to a sympathetic guard. They now live together in Fiji.
CBS Schoolbreak Special: The epilogue of the episode "15 and Getting Straight," which dramatized two newcomer teen drug addicts (Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldman) to a 12 step-type counseling program. A teen named Rick seems to have made tremendous progress and has taken to mentoring the teens as he is at the end of the 28-day inpatient program, but most of the other teens believe they don't belong in the program and don't have a problem. David Birney plays the lead counselor, himself an ex-druggie. The irony follows at the end, where Birney's character tells the group that Rick had overdosed; he had run into some old friends who tried to get him to try a new drug, Rick refused at first but when they followed him home and kept hounding him, Rick took the drug and immediately had a seizure. Then follows the epilogue, zooming in on an empty chair. All of the teens that seemed that they weren't going to make it do ... and Rick (whose post-script is saved for last) is dead.
Superior Court, a TV courtroom drama from the late 1980s that featured court cases based on actual ones. Each case — usually one, but sometimes two per show — was followed with a "where are they now" epilogue, mostly telling what became of the principal characters in each case, but sometimes if a major social issue was addressed, what changed or did not change since the case was heard.
Dawson's Creek: The final two-part episode/epilogue, "All Good Things ..."/"...Must Come to an End" is set in 2008, five years into the future. Dawson has become a big-name television producer in Los Angeles (the TV series "The Creek"), Joey has become a successful book editor in New York City, Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and fallen in love with Pacey's older brother Doug, Pacey owns the Ice House, and Jen (a single mother and art gallery) has fallen seriously ill with a congenital heart defect that was aggravated by her pregnancy. In the end, Jen dies and everyone gathers (one last time, as it turns out) for her funeral, and two of Jen's deathbed requests are fulfilled: Jack and Doug adopt her baby, Amy; and Joey chooses Pacey as her lifetime love.
Quantum Leap's somewhat infamous 'Sam Beckett never returned home' captions at the end of the last episode, added on when the show was canceled.
Perhaps the best spoof: Eddie Izzard's Glorious stand up show, which cuts from audience applause to a somber tune and some captions telling us that Eddie went to prison for five years and is now called "Jeff", and is living on a duck farm.
A mild version, the ending narration of Dragnet, describing the results of the case investigated in the episode over a mug shot of the suspect. This is also frequently parodied in its entirety.
Third Watch did this at the end of its finale, "Goodbye to Camelot", revealing what happened to the main and recurring characters in the few years to come.
Every episode of Bar Rescue ends by describing what had been happening at the episode's featured bar a couple months after its relaunch, including updates on the staff's personal and financial problems detailed throughout the episode.
Due South did a similar thing at the end of its finale, "Call of the Wild," although the revealed futures were slightly more obscure and unusual than most other series. For example, Francesca Vecchio was revealed to have six "virgin pregnancies." The futures were probably obscure because they were quickly written, after the scripted ending to the finale wasn't filmed. The unfilmed scripted ending was found a few years ago and made known to fans.
The Wonder Years, it concludes with seeing the adult Kevin and Winnie. The adult Kevin also gives an epilogue about what became of his immediate family: His father, Jack, continues to manage the furniture plant until his unexpected death in 1975 ... after which Wayne takes over the business; mother Norma becomes involved in city politics and business; and Karen and her husband give birth to a son. Kevin and Winnie split up one last time to go to college, he in the United States and she in Paris ... but they remain close friends and write each other weekly for eight years. When she returns home, he meets her at the airport with his infant son.
The Charmed series finale says what is going to happen to the protagonists' kids and actually ends with a shot of their grandkids.
Each episode of Band of Brothers had been topped and tailed by interviews with the survivors. After the final episode, the interviewees returned - this time with captions telling you who they were. Near the end of the final episode when Easy Company is told that they are going home, Winters briefly narrates the fates of several of the surviving main characters.
Finale of The Pacific is similar to the last one of Band of Brothers.
An all-grown up Mabel explains what happened to the supporting cast of Mad About You.
Every season of The Wire ended the last episode with one of these set to music. The final one was a heartbreaking use of History Repeats, as a lot of the younger characters fall into the roles vacated by previous ones - Dukie is the new Bubbles, Michael is the new Omar, Sydnor is the new McNulty, etc.
The final episode of Corner Gas had brief snippets discussing what the characters were doing a few months down the line, which ended up sounding just like the plot of another episode, reinforcing the message of the ending that things weren't really going to change that much.
Power Rangers Wild Force: Red Ranger Cole makes his peace with the deceased Big Bad, and uses his talents to help animals. Yellow Ranger Taylor rejoined the Air Force. Black and Blue Rangers Danny and Max (respectively) went on a trip around the world. Silver Ranger Merrick also travels the world, but with his old enemy Zen-Aku (who is apparently Back from the Dead AGAIN) at his side. The narrator is revealed to be White Ranger Alyssa, who is now a kindergarten teacher and has been telling the story of the Rangers to her students.
Its Super Sentai basis, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger also has this - Red Ranger Kakeru returns to being a veterinarian, Yellow Ranger Gaku rejoined the JSADF, Blue Ranger Kai worked in a surf shop, Black Ranger Sotaro runs a ranch with his love interest, White Ranger Sae resumed her kenpo training & Silver Ranger Shirogane went road-tripping across the world.
Power Rangers S.P.D. has one of these. Sky is promoted to Red Ranger after Jack leaves SPD, and Bridge is promoted to Blue Ranger. This one was followed up on during the Power Rangers Operation Overdrive crossover episode, where Bridge explains that after Commander Cruger was promoted, Sky was promoted to Commander and he was promoted to Red Ranger.
The Newhart finale had one of these, set five years after a Japanese developer had bought the entire town of Stratford, Vermont and turned it into a golf resort. Of course, they then subverted it by having the show - not just the final episode, but the entire series - turn out to be All Just a Dream.
Used in the form of text subtitles to show what happened to the various people each week's Undercover Boss met during his week in his company's trenches. Often heartwarming.
Community: The episode "The Art of Discourse" ends with a food fight and the epilogue. This being Community, it was done as a direct reference to Animal House.
While the obnoxious kids have their futures told, the main characters get spoof endings, with Jeff's being that he "banged Mark's mom. Twice."
Rescue 911 nearly always did this at the end of a segment. Usually, the show filmed the segment's protagonists walking along a beach or walkway, visiting a fun center or public park, or other somesuch. The show also liked to film the protagonists meeting back up with the dispatchers and/or other personnel that rendered assistance. (Plus, if their segment is posted on YouTube, then sometimes the people involved—or those who know them—will post a comment, saying what they're up to today.)
Sea Patrol ended with a shot of each character with a one line description about their future.
The Red Green Show did this on its final episode. While it didn't cover all the cast members, it did highlight most of the major ones and even one or two who hadn't been seen in a while.
The final Coach has Dauber narrating what happened to most of the cast: Luther retired and got his own mansion as a retirement gift from Doris, Howard was fired but him and his wife sold their Barbie collection and now own a dinner theater in Jupiter, Florida, and Dauber himself coached the Breakers to back-to-back Super Bowl wins, then retired and became a "Monday Night Football" commentator.
A variation; in The Sarah Jane Adventures, at the end of "Death of the Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith, while talking about the Doctor's legacy, reveals the fates of some of his former companions, whom she researched online:
"There’s a woman called Tegan in Australia, fighting for Aboriginal rights. There’s Ben and Polly, in India, running an orphanage there. There was Harry... oh, I loved Harry. He was a doctor, he did such good work with vaccines. He saved thousands of lives. There was a Dorothy something. She runs that company, A Charitable Earth. She’s raised billions. And this couple in Cambridge. Both professors. Ian and Barbara Chesterton. Rumour has it, they’ve never aged. Not since the sixties. I wonder... echoes of the Doctor, all over the world. With friends like us, he’s never going to die, is he?"
Flashpoint ended its series with a scene set a year after the events of the finale to show what happened to the main characters. Sam and Jules have a baby, Sam's just been given command of Team 3, Ed is running Team 1, Greg's near-fatal injuries in the finale forced him to retire from active duty and he's now an academy instructor, Spike and Winnie are officially a couple and happily dating.
Merlin ends with a brief scene of the now very old Merlin in the modern day.
Malcolm in the Middle ended with a montage of each family member three months after Malcolm and Reese's graduation. Dewey enjoy being the oldest brother as he and Jamie continue to cause trouble; Francis rants on the phone to Lois about being a free spirit just before heading off to his secret office job; Lois is pregnant yet again; Reese enjoys living with Craig, and also loves his permanent job as a janitor which, as he explains to Malcolm over the phone, he got after framing the previous janitor for being a peeping tom; and Malcolm is doing well at Harvard, which he is paying for by also working as a janitor.
The Secrets Of The Dead episode "One P.M. Central Standard Time" ends with Cronkite saying "This is Walter Cronkite, good night" over two text screens: "Walter Cronkite died in 2009 at the age of 92. In the fifty years since he covered the events in Dallas over 150 million people have visited the grave of John Fitzgerald Kennedy."
A staple in the graduation episode of any season of Youre Cut Off.
In How I Met Your Mother, in the episode "Gary Blauman", Future!Ted fills in on what happened with a lot of minor characters.
Carl continues to run MacLarens as a family business with his son.
Jeanette was arrested for sending jars of urine to Val Kilmer (not that Val Kilmer) but manages to avoid prison by getting psychological help from Kevin. They romantically hook up and are now in Poughkeepsie.
Ranjit now owns the limo service.
Patrice becomes a host for a call-in service radio show. She's still in touch with Robin who calls the show sometimes and still screams at her.
William Zabka became the youngest winner of the American Humanities medal with Literature.
Zoe still stages protests for noble causes that don't always end well for her.
Scooter marries Stripper!Lily.
Blitz became a gambling addict but finally kicked the habit after a three day bender at the same slot machine ... only for an elderly woman to hit the jackpot right after he left.
Blah Blah has her name finally remembered by Future!Ted. It's Carol.
Sandy Rivers lost his job for his sexual harassment but becomes a news anchor in Moscow ... where he still sexually harasses his co-workers.
James got back together with Tom.
Gary Blauman drove back, apologized and was at Robin and Barney's wedding after all.
The mid-90s BBC documentary series Rock Family Trees had this as an Every Episode Ending. If you see a British sketch show from the latter half of the 90s and they send up this trope, it's most likely this they're parodying.
Music relocated to Chicago but was killed a few years later in a freak accident involving a steam shovel.
blink-182's video for "First Date" doe this at the end.
"Love at the Five and Dime," a 1986 top 5 country hit for Kathy Mattea, had one such postlogue as the third verse of a love story involving a dime store clerk and an aspiring steel guitar player in a country band.
The original Swedish edition of The Cardigans' album Life ends with "Closing Time", which tells us what happened to some of the characters from the album's other songs. (Basically, they all lived Happily Ever After).
Newspaper Comics lived out his remaining years on his farm, with his son Web in his care.
Detractors of the strip nicknamed it the 'Strip of Destiny', since it was...a tad Anvilicious in hammering in traditional female roles, what with Deanna quitting her pharmacy work to start a sewing school, and that Elizabeth would be a wife, mother, and teacher for life, and only The Unfavorite April fulfilling her dream job. This coming on the heels of Elizabeth marrying the Creator's Pet via Strangled by the Red String, and...well, it's no wonder it's also nicknamed the 'Settlpocalypse.'
Theatre stayed in the Army and was promoted to Colonel, but was killed in action in Iraq. A bronze statue now adorns the town square in his honor.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller includes a "Where Are They Now" as a prose addendum after the end of the script. It is often included in the programme notes.
At the end of the musical version of Legally Blonde, Paulette gives a brief "where are they now" over Elle's valedictorian speech (and at the same time preventing the audience from hearing the year of the graduating class).
Cosi by Louis Nowra ends with the main character giving a monologue on the subject of where the majority of the character had ended up a year after the play's events.
The History Boys has one of the most depressing ones. Poor old Posner. 'Mrs Lintott describes him as living a lonely life, keeping "a scrapbook of the achievements of his one-time classmates" and having "a host of friends... though only on the internet, and none in his right name or even gender." She concludes by saying "He has long since stopped asking himself where it went wrong."'
He gets a (somewhat) happier ending in the film.
The stage musical adaptation of Ragtime ends with a number that mirrors the opening, except that introducing themselves, each of the important characters explains what happened to them after the events of the play.
Fools, by Neil Simon, ends with such a humorous summation by Tolchensky, the main male lead.
Che gives a two sentence epilogue at the end of Evita.
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw has one, a kind of dream sequence set in the year when Joan of Arc was officially rehabilitated. It also features a visitor from the 20th century who brings the news of Joan's canonization.
The printed copy of Pygmalion comes with a very extensive epilogue chapter detailing the future of Eliza Doolittle, in which she lives out one of the most mundane lower middle class lives ever put to paper, and absolutely positively does not get together with Higgins.
The first production of the musical of Vanities did this; in subsequent productions it was rewritten into a Distant Finale.
Video Games continued to live under the bridge, until she won big in the lottery. She now lives in a huge mansion on Cape Cod.
Though even your best intentions and what seems to be the best path can instead turn out very wrong...
Also, even most of the good endings are just a less grey ending than normal. Take New Reno, you could have it turned into a place with schools and free, clean water for all...which'll be captured by raiders or forcibly subjugated into the NCR because they don't have any protection. On the other hand, you could leave it in the control of the Bishops, who'll fight for it's place in NCR and turn it into a legitimate city...that'll fight for the rights for drug use, gambling and prostitution.
Notably New Vegas takes both the Wright and Bishop endings as canon; the Wrights are in control of a stable New Reno as part of the NCR, yet the Bishop child was conceived, and became a powerful figure in the city.
Fallout 3 however noteably doesn't have one which was another reason people hated the ending.
Skies of Arcadia ends with several shots of the minor characters and all the crewmembers you gather over the course of the game, with a continuation of what happens to them after the events of the game.
Funny enough, the future of the three main characters is left vague. Of course, this has spawned rumors of a sequel...
At the end of the Baldur's Gate II expansion pack, Throne of Bhaal, both the PC and every NPC in your party gets a text-based epilogue explaining how they live out the rest of their lives. Some are tragic (Minsc and Boo are together still, beyond the stars, where hamsters are giants and men become legends), and some are very, very funny (After a run-in with Elminster, Edwina the barmaid lives out the rest of her life as a bitter, bitter woman).
Live A Live has this: Pogo and Gori have kids. The Xin Shan Quan Inheritor takes up the master's mantle. Sundown is still a wanderer; he does take off his hat if you fulfill certain actions in his chapter. Oboro-maru either is a bodyguard to Ryouma Sakamoto or is continuing his missions. Masaru leaves the gym where he trained, perhaps shutting it down for good. Akira works with Toei. Cube continues to aid Kato.
After the final level of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, what happened to rest of the gang after the Cooper Vault job is told, with some being quite humorous or a bit romantic.
The second game shows what happened to the Big Bads after they did their time in the slammer.
The fourth game also shows off the various fates of the villains as well as some of the main characters. Achieving 100% Completion shows what happens to Sly.
Final Fantasy IV gets one of these. It goes through the fate of everyone who lived through the game.
Final Fantasy IX shows some animations of the principle players and their fates some time after the game as Queen Garnet recalls Zidane's sacrifice. Later, Garnet attends a play given by the Tantalus players, one of whom removes his hood at the climax of the drama revealing himself to be Zidane(although anyone with any sense would have figured that out ten minutes previous).
The ending scene shows other characters in its epilogue: Steiner and Beatrix are now Alexandrian nobles, Eiko is adopted by Cid and Hilda, Amarant returns to his adventuring days along with Lani, Quina keeps being a Chef, Freja and Fratley fall in love all over again, and Vivi dies, but not before leaving a load of clones around.
Bionic Commando (the original NES game) ends with the revelation that the game is a story Super Joe is telling as an old man.
In Romancing SaGa 3 this happens, some of the NPCs each of the recruitable characters, minus the ones you recruited and the other 7 that you can choose, each have a small cutscene depending on the actions taken.
Vandal Hearts has one of the characters writing a book about their adventure and what happened to each character.
Ranging nicely from a stamp collection to being a major political player in rebuilding the land.
Wild Arms XF has one for each of the main characters except the one missing and presumed dead. Darn it!
Wild ARMs 4 has one, too. Jude becomes a forest ranger and lives in the woods, Yulie becomes a schoolteacher, Arnaud and Raquel get married and open a restaurant, but Raquel dies after the birth of their daughter.
The first Crash Bandicoot game, as well as the racing spin off Crash Team Racing did these, with humorous intent. Interestingly though, one of the bosses, Ripper Roo, is stated as studying and becoming an academic, and in the next game you find him in a gigantic library, and you disrupt his studies. (Un)fortunately Dr. Nitrus Brio didn't stick to his bartending...
It's possible that none of the first game's epilogue besides Ripper Roo's segment ever happened, since the epilogue is not part of the canon ending, which is shown in the second game to be the ending where Crash fights Cortex.
Dragon Age: Origins has this (depending on the Heroic Sacrifice ending you chose) with your character having the chance to talk to all of your companions so far and finding out what their plans for the future are. You can even influence them!
Which is then followed by a slide show detailing the further fate of companions, factions, and people according to your decisions in the game.
During the credits of the original Pokémon Ranger game, you see various Pokémon Rangers doing rangery stuff. And remember the Go-RockQuads? They're playing at a concert in front of the clock tower!
The second half of Cave Story's ending credits features brief, wordless cutscenes, depicting the characters after the story's end. The scenes vary depending on which ending you got.
Star Ocean: The Second Story has this at the end, showing what all the characters in your party are doing with their lives post-victory over the Big Bad. It all depends on how you've built the character relationships throughout the game.
Not unsurprisingly, this is done in Ghost Trick by the same creators as Ace Attorney. With a slight twist. This epilogue shows what happens to all the characters (except Jeego and Tengo) after Sissel, Missile, and Yomiel rewrote the timeline. With the potential exception of the blue people, everyone seems to be happy with their new lives.
The last buyable newspaper in Red Dead Redemption describes how some of the minor characters ended up.
The ending of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ends with everything in the series being wrapped up, including Sunny, Olga's daughter who was kidnapped by the Patriots, finally going out into the real world, Raiden and Rosemary living normal lives with their son, Johnny and Meryl getting married, Meryl making up with her father Campbell, and Snake finally having a real talk with Big Boss. The ending also reveals that Snake and Otacon decide to live normal lives.
Fouroftheentires in the Kingdom Hearts series have credits that serve as this. While the former two only show certain characters and worlds, the latter two have epilogues for all the worlds that the heroes have visited.
Final Fantasy V has this: one of the surviving characters (Krile by default) writes to Mid telling him what they and all the other surviving characters are doing since Exdeath was defeated.
Conflict Vietnam shows the main characters in a brothel (or something like that) while Cherry,er, Doc gives a voice-over about what happened to everyone. Junior goes home and joins the Black Panthers, only to get killed in a shootout with the FBI. Hoss signs on for a tour of duty in Cambodia. Ragman comes home to a some divorce papers and moves to the Rockies with his dog. Doc starts a family and becomes a doctor, his specialty being gunshot wounds.
The epilogue of The Reconstruction takes place one year after the finale, and shows what all the characters have decided to do with their lives — in a few cases, it also finishes their Character Arcs. Especially important because the world was destroyed in the finale, and the epilogue shows how successful the cast was in rebuilding it.
Chronicles of Inotia: Children of Carnia has one too. While Lydia sacrifices herself to impede the ressurection of the God of Darkness, she erases the memories of the party, while the epilogue shows how everyone would live if they didn't know each other. It turns out that it's actually a subversion because Elina shows up and restores their memories for their new quest.
Bastion has one of these during its ending credits sequence, featuring each of the major characters pursuing their own futures, which depends on whether or not the Player chooses to revive the world.
The closing credits for Super Mario Galaxy 2 shows Mario and Yoshi showing Peach some of the planets they both visited on the way back to the Mushroom Planet, Bowser being spat out of his black hole and becoming tiny, before the heroes (and Lubba) are finally shown back in the Mushroom Kingdom standing in front of the cake mentioned in the prologue. And you can actually die in the credits!
The Extended Cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 provides official "Where Are They Now?" Scenes for characters that survive the events of all three games such as seeing Wrex and Eve with their newborn baby.
Pretty much all Nippon Ichi games have an epilogue in the best ending shown using either the in-game sprites or hand-drawn stills. For example...(open spoilers ahoy!)
Phantom Brave: Marona's finally won the acceptance of everyone, and the world picks up the pieces.
The ending cutscene of Super Mario RPG shows what certain characters are doing now that you've beaten Smithy. Bowser and his troops are repairing his castle (and a Shy Guy stole his copter), Yoshi beats Croco in a race, Toadofsky has a recital, Mallow rejoins Nimbus Land, Booster and Valentina get married (with Booster flying the altar at the last minute) and Jonathon Jones looks out at the sea.
Persona 3 has this twice, technically. The Bad Ending takes place three months after you kill Ryoji, the avatar of Nyx, and as such erase everyone's memories of the coming end of the world so you can live out the couple months of your life in peace. Or, if you choose not to and get the Good ending, the ending itself will take place inevitably on the same date as the bad ending, only with Nyx dead, the main character dying slowly and everyone's memories suddenly coming back, which itself takes place around a month after the final boss fight. The Answer itself, an expansion/epilogue for the main story, takes place an unspecified amount of time after The Protagonist's death.
The Yawhg always ends this way, though the results vary WILDLY. In addition to learning what happened to each of the characters you guided through the game, you also learn the ultimate fate of your hometown after the Yawhg came.
Visual Novels now runs the boarding school that she was once tortured in. The school is in its fourth year as the top-ranking private school in the state.
The Crea route in Duel Savior Destiny ends with us following the heroines as they return from a patrol/cleanup of sorts, showing they're still active in the military. Crea herself is running the country and has a son. When the seven of them all meet up again, Taiga returns home.
Material Girl (as pictured) has photo-like epilogues leaving a rather open ending.
Book five of Fans! has Shanna writing a book of her experience during the God Machine incident as a framing narrative, closing with Shanna recounting the current activities of her old friends, notably Rikk and Ally inviting Rumy to join them as a polyamorous union. T. Campbell had planned on this being the final chapter, but a couple of years later he brought the comic back, set shortly after Shanna's book was published.
The final arc of the Fans! revival ends with a series of wordless single-panel pages showing the future of the strip's cast. Rumy resumes her art career, the Oberfs have their first child while also bonding with Soulson (Rumy's child with an alien from an early arc), Di hooks up with Dexter and Rico starts noticing Helga. The last strip shows the entire cast as crewmembers of an EnterpriseExpyseeking new adventures.
8-Bit Theaterfinally ends on one of these. To note, White Mage is tracking down the Light Warriors to give them some credit for fulfilling the prophecy, the Dark Warriors are now world-renowned heroes having recieved the credit for everything the Light Warriors did, Red Mage has set up a group for sole survivors of mysterious sects with Dragoon, Thief is now living peacefully in Elfland as the King, and Black Mage and Fighter have disappeared with none of the others being sure of where they are (turns out they're exactly where they started when the comic began).
A Magical Roommate ended with twenty of these. There were still an number of characters whose ultimate fate wasn't mentioned, however.
One of the alternate endings to Red vs. Blue: Season 5 includes a sideshow of what happened to the characters after the end.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition ends with the epilogue footage from Animal House, just with all the text rewritten to be Sonic-relevant and nonsensical. Knuckles becomes a professional beekeeper, Sonic and Tails marry and have five daughters, Amy invents the world's first solar-powered buffalo, and so on.
Parodied by Homestar Runner in the 'Montage' email. Among other things, it shows you the fate of the red wagon full of pancakes.
"Things went back to normal in Hyrule, apart from Zelda wanting a spotty fur coat. Mario and Luigi ate Spagehetti [sic] and magically flew home. The Traitor got off with a pardon, for now. On returning to their Universe, the Dalmatians went back to normal and forgot about the whole affair. Squadala became President of the United States of America. Cruella didn't take Mario's warning and died of Lung Cancer. Horace and Jasper got jobs as the Live-Action Mario Brothers. No one seemed to care about Link's death."
Sleuth Noir, the online detective game, has an example of this trope in Heimlich VonVictor's The Executor's End At the conclusion of the mystery, we find out in great detail what happened to every member of the ensemble cast of the mystery.
Matt Willson has a (unfinished) teaser for a project called 8 Hours, which, from the looks of it, has this sort of effect for Bonus Stage and his earlier project High Score. Phil's become a school teacher, and Joel has a daughter named Kate. Other various characters from Bonus Stage show up for short clips, and some of the scenes from High Score's intro are referenced.
Western Animation eventually got elected Senator by a thin margin, and is now in her fourth term.
Daria had this on its Grand Finale. Instead of the usual "characters in funny costumes" Creative Closing Credits, you got glimpses into the future for just about every character who had any screen time. Some were obvious, but most were ironic twists i.e. Stacy from the Fashion Club becoming a NASCAR driver. Though in an amusing twist, that one is used more often in fanfics than probably any other. Word Of God says that none necessarily have to be considered canon, though.
The Futurama parody of Animal House, where Fry successfully dropped out of college, Gunther the monkey becomes the FOX network's latest executive, Leela dates the Dean (who doesn't call her or see her after that), Fatbot (the nerdy robot with the beanie) gets a virus in Tijuana, and Bender robs Robot House blind.
The Simpsons had one of these in the episode where Santa's Little Helper went to obedience school. ("Bit Bart. Homer didn't mind.")
And it was also used on a later episode where Marge tells Simpsons-style spins on historical events (one of which included Homer going to work in a toga after watching the movie Animal House).
In one of the earlier episodes, Kent Brockman was about to lead in on a special of the actors that portrayed the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz with the following:
Kent Brockman: The midgets who played the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz... where are they now?
(News then cuts to a still image of thousands upon thousands of gravestones)
In one episode, Marge had a night out with Ruth Powers, Homer went out as well and hired Lionel Hutz to watch over the kids. At the epilogue, it was mentioned Marge had to compensate a man whose cans she shot. A few cents to replace the cans and two thousand dollars for the mental trauma. Ruth's ex-husband had to pay alimony and blamed his lawyer (Lionel Hutz) for that. Hutz (a.k.a. Miguel Sanchez) was satisfied with the pay he got for babysitting. Homer had to return to military service and liked it.
Lisa learned the important thing wasn't how many friends one had on Springface but how many followers one had on Springtweet. Mr. Burns gained 35 million dollars despite having done nothing. Kearney's avatar died in a war.
In a variant, the last few minutes of the X-Men: Evolution finale had Professor X announcing that he'd had a vision of the future, including various guest characters joining the team, Magneto leading the New Mutants, the Dark Phoenix Saga and the Brotherhood becoming Freedom Force.
The Looney Tunes movie Daffy Duck's Quackbusters has one of these, with short clips (with accompanying text) of what happened to the main characters after Daffy's ghost-hunting agency went bankrupt. Bugs Bunny was enjoying a life of luxury in Palm Springs; Porky Pig and Sylvester the Cat were lost at the Superstition Mountains, with Sylvester still being "a yellow dog of a scared cat"; Cubbish was still dead; and Daffy was back at where he started: selling stuff at the street. Unfortunately for him, the only dollar he ever made vanished. He ended the story yelling "CUBBISH!"
Parodied by Clerks, on what was the second produced episode.
Spoofed in an episode of Back at the Barnyard that was a parody of the rise and fall of The Beatles. Otis became governor of Ohio, Abby joined the US Air Force, Freddy and Peck got a radio show in Cleveland, and Pig formed a boy band. Only the last one was actually true.