How It Should Have Ended is an Internet parody series depicting alternate endings for popular movies. It was started by Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson, featuring Tina Alexander. The episodes are hand drawings given animation, and augmented with special effects and music. Each features an original "ending" that ranges from crazy awesome crossovers, to ridiculous and funny developments, to deconstructing it by simply shooting the villain or taking a third, sensible action. It also hosts featurettes such as the Super CafeSpin-Off, and some comics.The site can be found here, and their YouTube channel is here.Now has a Shout-Out page.
Actually Pretty Funny: After Captain America gets fed up with Superman and Batman making fun of him, this happens:
Cap: But wait! Shh! Do you guys hear that? (Beat) Batman: Hear what? Cap: Do I hear the Justice League calling? (Beat) Superman: I don't hear anything. Batman: Yeah, me neither. Cap:Exactly! Superman: (laughs) Batman: Whammo! Superman: Captain America burn!
Affably Evil: Their interpretation of Darth Vader as a highly quirky individual, who stops to gleefully run around the galaxy informing everyone when he discovers he has kids!
Vader: I have a daughter too! That is wonderful! I must tell everyone! Emperor: You see what you did? Who knows how long he'll be running around like that! Do you realise how annoying it is to put up with him this way?!
Affectionate Parody: Sometimes. They also have a knack of making fun of films but making fans of the film laugh as well as haters. One example of this is their take on The Social Network. While it does change the ending, it doesn't actually point out the many logical problems with the movie, just presents the events in a funnier way.
One of Glinda the Good Witch becomes revealed in-universe after one of the Munchkins shoots the Wicked Witch of the West:
Well, this ruins my plan to send you [Dorothy] on a journey, and teach you a lesson, and eventually have you kill the Wicked Witch yourself!
One of Bowser becomes revealed in one of the other videos: he witnessed Mario slaughter his people, and so decided to call Princess Peach for negotiations. Unfortunately, Mario always interrupts, and nearly kills Bowser in the process.
Ass Shove: Pulp Fiction has Butch choosing to make sure that his treasured watch is NOT forgotten thanks to an airhead girlfriend.
Butch: "In fact...I'm continuing the tradition, baby!"
Award Snub: In-Universe. For the 2012 Best Picture Summary where Harry, Snape, and Voldemort wonder why their latest effort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 didn't get a Best Picture nomination.
A Wizard Did It: Zig-zagged in Harry Potter. Snape initially just says, "Magic. Duh." when explaining how he survived his apparent death by Nagini, but immediately goes on to explain how he used magic to do it: one of the backup plans he'd naturally prepared as a double agent, honey badger antivenom.
Bond One-Liner: Newt delivers one to the queen after helping Ripley and Bishop gun it down in Aliens.
"You're mostly dead now. Mostly."
Breakout Characters: The episodes with Superman and Batman at the cafe are considered by many to be the best shorts. As a result, they received have their own show: Super Cafe.
Butt Monkey: Spider-Man. Especially at the end of The Avengers video.
Spider-Man: When do I get to come in the cafe? Superman: Dude, nobody said you can't come in here. Batman: Yeah, this is a public place. Spider-Man: ... I've been hanging around out here for two years! Superman: Yeah, we know. Batman: It's been hilarious.
The Pacific Rim parody featured Godzilla coming out of the rift instead of Slattern and then die immediately. In the Godzilla parody Gypsy Danger appears to fight the Kaiju, only to die immediately by Godzilla's Atomic Breath. Furthermore Gypsy opens up with its swords as Riley suggested.
Iron Man: You mean to tell me you've never revealed your secret identity before? Batman: Uh, no. Superman: Ha! Try every girl you've ever dated! Batman: What? Superman: "Oh, I'm Bruce Wayne, and I like you! Let me tell you my big secret!" Batman: Oh, you're one to talk,Mr. Mind Eraser.
Catch Phrase Interruptus: Sometimes Batman doesn't get time to finish exclaiming, "Because I'm Batman!" due to the video ending. Superman also interrupts an instance of Bats trying to use the phrase as a Hand Wave as he asks Tony Stark to continue his story.
Chekhov's Gun: The Wizard of Oz video contains a literal example. As Dorothy rides a carriage through Munchkinland, some Munchkins with guard uniforms and giant guns march behind her. See Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? below for the payoff.
Chechen: That wasn't a magic trick! I saw the pencil just went up into his eye, this is lame...
Contest Winner Cameo: In the Return of the Jedi spoof. He's the Imperial Officer who reports to Palpatine that the exhaust ports have been replaced by a giant passage way straight to the reactor core.
Contrived Coincidence: According to Batman, the destruction of Krypton being "a fixed point in time", as a reason the Doctor didn't save it. According to the Doctor, Batman's utility belt having anything he needs for the situation at hand.
Tech: Hey, you guys ever think we should use all this money and technology to actually solve the world's problems? End world hunger? Save the rainforest? No, just me? We'd rather kids fight to the death. Okay... Just thought I'd ask.
Since a Munchkin killed the Wicked Witch before Dorothy took her journey through Oz, she went home early, and never took the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion to have their desires granted by the Wizard, and we see their bad fates. Oz then creates Mood Whiplash as he tries to cheer up the viewers.
Oz: Eh, don't be sad. I didn't really ever give them what they asked for in the first place!
The other segment of Aliens ends with Ripley's decision to send the alien through the airlock, leading to the deaths of her, Newt, and Hicks.
One of the segments in Ghostbusters ends with the Ghostbusters dying after trying to cross the streams.
Kirk and the Enterprise crew decide to just let themselves get sucked in by the black hole. They end up in the Star Wars universe, and get immediately vaporized by the Death Star under Darth Vader.
The Pulp Fiction video has Mia get a shot of adrenaline to the face, and Vincent and Jules killed by the man who failed to shoot them in the original movie. note At least Marvin is still alive.
One of the segments in The Dark Knight Rises ends with Batman bleeding to death and unable to move the reactor out of the bay, resulting in the reactor exploding, and everybody dying.
Commissioner Gordon: Well, poop. I guess that means we're screwed. (explosion)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has Alice tells the Volturi exactly what will happen if they choose to fight them, to try and convince them to back down. The Volturi thank her for giving them foreknowledge of what to avoid, then they kill her and then proceed to massacre everyone except for Jacob and Bella's daughter.
Jurassic Park has the T-Rex eat Grant, Sattler, the kids and Mr. Arnold, and it's implied that a poison-spitting dinosaur kills Hammond, Malcolm and Frank Lapidus (who was piloting the helicopter that saved Hammond and Malcolm).
Since Gandalf made Bilbo destroy the Ring in The Hobbit, our heroes are unable to defeat the dragon, who apparently burns them as they try to flee.
Inception (before the credits) ends with Mal pointing out Cobb and his team in Fischer's dream and dream security killing them. However, after that, we have the beach party ending, which isn't much of a downer.
Mal: There they are. Fischer: Get out of my head, you criminals! Cobb: Dang it, Mal!
The Bourne Identity ends with Bourne being killed by an assassin after breaking all his bones from falling.
Dutch: You idiots! There are weapons on the chopper!
Easter Egg: At the end of "How The Avengers should have ended," not only do the boxes link to the videos about the Avengers' solo movies, and the onscreen heroes to their movies' parodies, but Superman's and Batman's tabletop and everything on it links to other vidoes featuring the duo.
Fridge Logic: invoked They often show more common sense or realistic ways for the movies to have ended invoking this trope.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-universe. As Six notices in the Halo: Reach short, one way to make an introduction really awkward is if every comment you make only keeps highlighting each character's eventual death.
Six hears Carter's inspirational opening, heavily tempting their fate, and knows immediately how each of the members will die. Then knows that he's a dead man too if he lingers with these guys and runs for the hills.
Jack in Titanic knows full well that he's doomed to freeze to death and Rose is going to hog the debris for herself.
Randy explains the rules for surviving horror movies in Scream (1996). Except this time, they're along the lines of "don't date creepy guys, have parents who care, call for help, and attack the killer if they go down." Turns into Wrong Genre Savvy when Freddy Krueger shows up. Tying in with the "have parents who care" rule, a mother tells her son he's not leaving the house due to a masked killer on the loose.
Batman: Stop talking! It's my turn now. Superman: Well it's about ti- wait, is that your new stage voice? Batman:Yeah. So? Superman: Well, what are you doing, gargling marbles? I can barely understand you.
Hypocritical Humor: Megatron jokingly asks if the aliens in Battleship look like the pegs from the game, and proceeds to rant about how some movies completely alter iconic designs. To highlight Megatron's hypocrisy, this video portrays him with the same design from the live-action Transformers movies, and Optimus Prime as his G1 incarnation (per the events of "How Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen Should Have Ended").
I Know You Know I Know: During the ending of Sherlock Holmes, Holmes and Moriarty counter each others' preparations as they fall from Reichenbach Falls. Unfortunately, they did not account for the rocks at the bottom.
In Name Only: Lampshaded at the end of Dead Man's Chest, when Ragetti exclaims, "This ain't anything like the ride at Disney World!"
Megatron has this opinion about Battleship.
Instant Sedation: Zigzagged. In The Dark Knight Rises, when Bane first confronts Batman, Batman attempts to subdue him with a sleeping dart. Bane smugly comments that Batman will need to do better then that. Cue Batman shooting nineteen more darts.
It Can Think: Parodied and taken to extremes in "How Jurassic Park Should Have Ended". The Velociraptor figures out how to speak, finds a weapons closet, sends an email to the protagonists, and tries to attack them with guns.
Mayfly-December Romance: Points out that without transforming Bella from Twilight into vampire, in 60 years or so Bella would be an old lady whilst Edward was still forever young.
Mundane Solution: James Bond sees no point in playing poker with Le Chiffre if he already lost all the money, especially after M says that keeping the prize money out of Le Chiffre's hands will put Bond's life (and testicles) in danger, and instead tells M to throw Le Chiffre into custody.
Odd Friendship: Their take on Skyrim has the Dragonborn form one with the Big Bad, Alduin, after discovering that the Thu'um renders him completely unable to talk to regular people, without completely destroying them.
Remaining MiGs are bugging out because of our teamwork and kindness.
After being convinced by Hiccup, Falcor, and Draco that some dragons can in fact be friendly, the Dwarves attempt to befriend Smaug. It doesn't work. Smaug was one of the most iconic evil dragons before all those draconic followers started playing around with the concept.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, Armin Zola questions the Red Skull why they should label their bombs in English when they are German. The words written on the bombs were names of US cities: New York, Chicago, etc. However, this is a goof: these names are written the same way in both English and German.
And in Frozen, the beginning parodies the fact that the chanting from the movie's opening has no place at all in the rest of the movie. It is actually a traditional Sami chant, Sami being a group of indigenous people in Scandinavia - where the movie takes place. (Also, Kristoff happens to be Sami)
Parodied in Star Trek, when Kirk orders all red shirts on board the Enterprise to be jettisoned to lighten the weight of the ship. Scotty takes time to put on a different shirt before fulfilling the order.
And again in Halo: Reach, where after his big Tempting Fate speech, Carter hands Six a red shirt with the ONI logo on it.
Retirony: In The Avengers bonus scene, two of the Chitauri discuss their imminent retirement, with one looking forward to spending more time with his wife and kids, and the other planning to follow his dream of opening a fitness center. And then Tony nukes the mothership.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: In X-Men: First Class, Xavier gets fed up with Magneto's attempts to perform his Motive Rant, freezes everyone (except for Magneto, who asks Xavier what's going on) and mind-controls Azazel to teleport him to a hospital.
Magneto: Charles? Wh-what's going on? What are you doing?
Xavier/Azazel: I've been shot you selfish a-hole.
*Azazel teleports Xavier*
Magneto: Well, great. Now how are we supposed to get home?
Batman calls Superman out on his twitter feed consisting of him repeatedly posting;
Batman: "Just saved the day. Just saved the day. Just got back from saving the day. Here I go to save the day. Just saved the day twice. I'm saving the day. Just saved the day tagged with Wonder Woman. Just saved the day" *phone beeps* And you just posted something new, what does it say, ah, "Just saved the day".
Superman: Yeah I just rescued these people while you were reading that.
Superman counters that Batman isn't much better, as he keeps posting "I'm Batman!" on twitter.
The Avengers are collectively smug to the both of them about the massive success of The Avengers.
Thor: We can't hear you through all of this box office money!
Stealth Pun: Not quite stealth, but definitely a bit sneaky. In the Star Trek deleted scene, Scotty is spacing the Red Shirts and spare parts to lighten the ship. He's even pushing an antique cannon into the airlock.
Captain America's Heroic Sacrifice is parodied to be this in HISHE. Why couldn't Cap turn the plane around, circle for a while, find warmer water to crash land into, fly one of the bomb-planes as an escape, or try to find some other way to avoid crashing into freezing arctic water? The film proper never explains, and HISHE has a field day with it.
Bond unsuccessfully pleads with Vesper Lynd not to drown herself.
Bond: Why are you doing this?
Vesper: I love you, James! Now I must kill myself for no reason! (drowns)
Tempting Fate: Kat refuses to put on her helmet in the Halo: Reach short, and Jorge talks abut "going down with the ship" while playing with a miniature Covenant Corvette toy. Carter goes on about how he'll "fly right into the heart of the enemy" and Emile is obsessed with sharp objects. Gee, I wonder what happens?
To Green Lantern, who they say can only come in the cafe when he actually makes a good movie!
To George Lucas for his constant need to edit the original Star Wars films, much to the displeasure of the fans. Luke jokes that he's glad his father's force ghost showed up as the Sebastian Shaw version, since it's the only one he'd actually be able to recognize.
As well spoofing the "Han Shot First" controversy, pointing out Han also did so in Empire;
Revenge of the Fallen has Jetfire turn Optimus Prime into "the greatest Autobot, that everyone wishes [him] to be." The extra armor and weapons make Optimus look even clunkier, but then, it all falls off, revealing G1 Optimus.
Optimus Prime: Aw, yeah, that's what I'm talking about!
Too Dumb to Live: Frequently points out when characters do something utterly stupid that will get themselves killed. Jack invokes this in Titanic, angrily berating Rose for having been perfectly safe on the lifeboat, but intentionally decided to get back onboard a sinking ship!
Superman: Woah, hold on a second — you hit him? Batman: Yep. Superman: You hit the Joker. Batman: Uh-huh. Superman: You ran over a human being. Batman: Sure did. Superman: But... what about your rule?! Batman: [Smugly] Didn't kill 'im. [Cut to the Joker, lying in a hospital bed covered in casts, moaning in pain] The Joker: You wanna know how I got these scars? Nurse, deadpan: From Batman? The Joker: From Batman.
In Harry Potter, Snape shoots Voldemort, then uses the Time Turner and Invisibility Cloak to kill young Tom Riddle as well.
Played with in Saw, where the gun is fired by accident and the bullet ricochets around the room, hitting the playing-dead Jigsaw, killing him, essentially preventing most of the subsequent franchise.
In Man of Steel, after Zod issues his threat against Earth, Superman goes to speak to Jor-El to find out more information about Zod. After learning that he's insane, cue Superman activating the phantom-drive on his ship and ramming it down Zod's throat, sending both him and the other Kryptonians back to the Phantom Zone and wrapping up the entire movie within 30 minutes.
Batman: Could you imagine if you had to fight those guys on land?
Superman: Oh my gosh, can you imagine that? Thousands of people might have died!
Batman: Plus billions of dollars in property damage!
Superman: I can't pay that kind of debt on a Daily Planet salary!
In Film/Godzilla(2014) the general responds to Serizawa stating that Godzilla must be what defeats the monsters with why don't we just nuke them. Serizawa shoots him down and the general gets that Serizawa just wants to see a monster fight. Mind they are trying to nuke them at that point in the film and they took the nuke to the middle of the city.
Scientist 1: There's a change in the silicon mass. Scientist 2: Yeah, it's probably just a bird. Scientist 3: Here's a bright idea: why don't you make sure it's just a bird before you mutate the crap out of something just because you were too lazy to safely run this nighttime sand mutation experiment? Scientist 2: Fine. (stops experiment) ...That is a big bird down there. Kinda looks like a guy. Oh, wait, it is a guy down there!
Worth It: In Game of Thrones Sansa's head-on-a-spike invokes this after pushing Joffrey off the rampart to his death.
Writers Cannot Do Math: When Snape goes back in time with the Time-Turner to kill Voldemort, he turns it over about 262,000 times, which, at an hour per turn, should put him back about thirty years - nowhere near enough to get Tom at the orphanage.