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1No, not [[AfterTheEnd that]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End]]. Or [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater that one]]. [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Or even that one.]]≤≤The characters are about to do something, but are interrupted by the end of the episode, often in the form of a "TheEnd" card. This isn't a CliffHanger that will be resolved when the characters finish their plans next episode; either the end of the episode actually prevents them from ever getting it done, or they at least [[NoFourthWall express dismay that the episode's ending has stopped or delayed them]].≤≤Often overlaps with SmashCut and TheUnreveal.≤≤----≤!!Examples:≤≤[[foldercontrol]]≤≤[[folder:Anime & Manga]]≤* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': The last episode of the anime has absolutely no lead-in to the ending, which is simply announced by the {{narrator}} while every character is about to charge into a fight. No-one is pleased.≤* This is a running gag in the ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' anime's "Baka Rangers" shorts. [[ButtMonkey Baka Pink's]] introduction always gets cut off by the segment ending, and the one time the others let her go first she gets crushed by a giant robot.≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Fan Works]]≤* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': TheStinger in the final episode has Princess Celestia talking to an unknown person. After some cryptic dialogue of which only Celestia's side is heard, the princess asks the other person's name. She then answers: ''"My name? My name is..."''. Cue ending. [[spoiler: Subverted since the end gives the answer by giving the credits for Princess Celestia and Mia Fey.]]≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Films -- Animation]]≤* This happens at the very last scene of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', when Johnny AKA Captain Melonhead has turned to evil after the other kids beat him up for beating up the Eds, and vows to rain terror on the cul-de-sac as The Gourd, only for Plank to tell him that the movie is over.≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]≤* The ending of ''Film/TheLostBoys'' cuts off right before the cast reacts to grandpa who apparently knew that vampires existed in the town.≤* Though it also appears in an earlier scene, ''Film/MyFellowAmericans'' ends with a verbal cutoff. One character distracts the other and seizes a microphone in front of a large audience. As the latter begins My fellow Americans," the former sees he's been deceived and mutters "[[CurseCutShort you son of a--]]"≤* The film ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'' ends mid-sentence. It also begins mid-sentence. The book did the same thing with the exact same two lines.≤* Creator/MontyPython≤** The 1972 film ''And Now For Something Completely Different" starts with the How Not To Be Seen Sketch, the opening titles and a sudden "The End" card. Terry Jones comes out to apologize for the brief film length and goes on to a man with a tape recorder up his nose before the film resumes.≤** [[SerendipityWritesThePlot Budget shortfalls necessitated]] the [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall-breaking]] ending of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', in which Arthur's climactic attack on the castle is interrupted by the police, who shut down production.≤* ''Film/PatriotGames'': Cathy Ryan is on the phone with her doctor, who has just told her whether her unborn child will be a boy or a girl. After she gets off the phone, she grins and savors the moment as Jack and Sally anxiously stare at her waiting to hear the answer. Cue credits.≤* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' ends with Captain America calling for the new team of Avengers to assemble, but is cut off by the end credits as the A from "assemble" is emerging from his mouth.≤* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' ends with Aunt May [[spoiler: seeing Peter in his Spider-Man outfit]] and she gets out "What the fu" before the credits start≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Literature]]≤* The great prophet Zarquon, whose second coming has been long awaited in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', is interrupted not by the end of the episode, but by the end of the universe.≤* "Behind the Painted Smile," a 1983 essay by Creator/AlanMoore on the origins of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' ends:≤-->So anyway, that's where we get our ideas from. I was going to go on from this point and tell you exactly who V really is, but I'm afraid that I've run out of room. The only real hint I can give is that V isn't Evey's father, Whistler's mother, or Charley's aunt. Beyond that, I'm afraid you're on your own.\≤England Prevails.≤* The Creator/DavidLodge novel ''Changing Places'' ends with one of the characters arguing that film is a superior medium to literature, because you can always see the end of a novel coming by the fact that the book is running out of pages. Movies have more potential for surprise, he argues, because they can end at any moment, sometimes with no explanation. As he is saying this, the book abruptly cuts him off in mid-sentence and ends.≤** Just to drive the point home, the last chapter is written in the form of a movie script, while all the previous chapters had been done in normal prose. ≤* ''Literature/TheCryingOfLot49'' is about a woman who suspects she has discovered an enormous AncientConspiracy of mailmen. One of her clues is that an old stamp collection is up for auction, and she believes that - if the conspiracy is indeed real - someone will show up to bid on it very heavily. Looking at a program, she sees that the stamps have been designated as the 49th lot to be cried at auction. Not only are we cut off from TheReveal, but ''The Crying of Lot 49'' ends seconds before the crying of lot 49.≤* Bret Easton Ellis's novel ''Literature/TheRulesOfAttraction'', as noted above under the film adaptation, ends in mid-sentence on exactly the same two words it began with.≤* Creator/JamesJoyce's ''Literature/FinnegansWake'' also ends in mid-sentence, with the words "''Away at long at last the''" implying that the ''real'' story is just about to begin.≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Live-Action TV]]≤* The ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' episode "Dress Mess" ends with the doctor about to tell Bob the gender of the soon-to-be-born fifth Duncan child, but it cuts right to the end logos before he finishes the sentence.≤* Used in the Spanish Inquisition episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''; when the three cardinals finally reach the courtroom where they are most definitely not expected, the screen goes black before Cardinal Ximenez can finish announcing their presence, prompting him to [[CatchphraseInterruptus cut himself off]] with "Nobody expects - oh, bugger!"≤* Several seasons of ''The Morecambe and Wise Show'' would end with a harmonica player walking onstage after the closing credits had rolled, and being cut off after playing a few notes.≤* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Spike discovers the chip in his head only prevents him from hurting humans:≤--> '''Spike:''' Whatís this? Sitting around watching the telly while thereís evil still afoot. Thatís not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass! What, canít go without your Buffy? Is that it? Too chicken? Letís find her! She is the Chosen One, after all. ... Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Letís annihilate them. For justice... and for... the safety of puppies Ė and Christmas, right? Letís fight that evil! ... [[HeroicComedicSociopath Letís kill something!]] [Fade to black.] Oh, come on!≤* ''Series/TheSopranos''.≤* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Pillows And Blankets" has a mock telethon for a closing credit tag. Troy tells the audience "We need the funds to keep up from getting pulled off the air which could literally happen at any..." Fade to black.≤* During one episode of ''Series/TopGear'', the guys mentioned that they would be ending a minute early for a soccer match. During the end, Jeremy continued to ramble on while Richard and James begged him to stop while reminding him of the early ending. He says "[[TemptingFate What are they going to do?]] Cut us o..."≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Music]]≤* Subverted by Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'': the last track ends with someone quietly (almost inaudibly) saying "Isn't this where...", while the similar first track starts with the same voice saying "...we came in?"≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Tabletop Games]]≤* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is self-contained (possibly a historical account) within the 41st millennium... and ''only'' the 41st millennium. This is particularly painful to the Tyranids, who are not only one of only two races that lack faster-than-light travel, but they first appear in force around the year 40,950. Yep. While other armies have a few thousand years (Tau), ten thousand years (Marines, Chaos Marines), millions of years (Eldar, Necrons, the Orks' ancestor race), or a literally infinite span of time (Daemons) to play with, Tyranids get fifty years.≤** Weeell, strictly speaking the Tau get much less than that: it's true that they were first encountered around 789.m35[[note]]34,789 CE[[/note]], but at that point, they were pretty much an alien avian equivalent of ''homo neanderthalis''. One of the "big things" the Imperium's and Mechanicum's biologists and xenanthropologists were excited about was the fact that in the roughly 4 millennia between First and second contact [[note]]Sometime in the late 39th millennium[[/note]] with the Tau was just how ''much'' they have developed (culturally, technologically and physically). So, put Tau at around 2000 years as an interstellar polity/army, even though their first major war (with humanity, anyway) was the Damocles Gulf Crusade, in around 600.m41[[note]]40,600 CE[[/note]].≤** And the judgment for the 'nids depends on what you consider "appearing in force": Hive Fleet Leviathan arrived around 40,950, true, but Kraken and Behemoth were earlier. The First Tyrannic War started in 40,745 with the destruction of Tyran by Hive Fleet Behemoth, but Tyranid precursor fleets (including the predominantly [[OldShame zoat]] Colossus) have been retroactively identified as entering the galaxy centuries, if not millennia earlier. And that ignores the existence of Tyranid remnants and scout forms on worlds never touched by the identified hive fleets (indeed, some theories suggest that Catachan and Fenris harbour Tyranid remnants, and have done for over ten millenia), such as Ymgarl, which for a long time was thought to be the home planet of the genestealers (now known to be a Tyranid scout/shock clade).≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Video Games]]≤* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'':≤-->'''Lloyd:''' The name of this tree shall be...\≤(''credits roll'')≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Web Animation]]≤* The ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' of ''50 Cent: Blood in the Sand'' sees Yahtzee regularly insisting that he isn't racist, going so far as to include "subliminal" messages about his lack of racism. He ends the review with an inspiring speech about how we should all put aside our differences and work together to build a better world. "Not that they'd know anything about work, the lazy nig--" *CREDITS*≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Web Comics]]≤* A RunningGag in ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' is that TheHero of the "Kid Radd" videogame has never been able to kiss his DamselInDistress because the credits run just as he's about to do it.≤* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': In [[ "Rock the Vote"]], had Elan not complained about the verdict being interrupted by the end, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy it wouldn't have been]] (a fact that is, of course, {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Roy).≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Web Original]]≤* In one episode of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Bakura is about to begin some Bakura-style {{Fanservice}} -- but to his dismay, the closing credits arrive and stop him.≤-->"Now it's time for some Bakura Fanser-oh bugger!"≤** In a variation, in one episode Ishizu predicts that another guy will be interrupted by the opening credits.≤--->"In five seconds you will be interrupted by the opening credits."\≤"What the hell are you talking ab--?"≤* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' ≤** In the very first Decemberween cartoon, Homestar Runner cuts off [[ButtMonkey Strong Sad]], claiming they're out of time, but a few seconds then pass before the end screen actually appears.≤** Another animation called "Strong Bad is a Bad Guy", which is done on ''Mario Paint'', has Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat talking about tattoos, but they are all interrupted by Homestar Runner, who tells them about ''his'' design for a perfect tattoo. When Strong Mad realizes that Homestar cannot have tattoos because of his lack of arms, he yells out "YOU DON'T HAVE AR-" but the episode ends.≤* [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Red Letter Media's]] video game show ''WebVideo/PreviouslyRecorded'' ends every episode with an abrupt edit to the word "End" that fills the screen and often cuts someone off mid-sentence.≤[[/folder]]≤≤[[folder:Western Animation]]≤* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had Zoidberg try to start up his own musical routine at the end (copying Hermes who had one earlier in the episode):≤-->'''Zoidberg:''' Now it's time for Zoidberg's song -- ''When I was two there was a tidal wave...''\≤(''Credits start'')\≤'''Zoidberg:''' Awww...≤* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':≤** At the end of the fourth-season episode "Homer The Heretic", Homer convinces {{God}} to tell him the meaning of life [[DreamSequence as they stroll through Heaven together.]] God gets as far as "The meaning of life is--" before the credits cut Him off. [[WordOfGod The writers thought]] that when the episode aired, the end would be immediately followed by a Fox promo (rather than just the credits). The idea was that the viewers would be pissed off by having a revelation from God being cut off by a promo. Ironically, on the episode's original broadcast Fox ''didn't'' run a promo over the credits for once.≤** Used in the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield," when Professor Frink showed up too late.≤** "Pygmoelian" has Moe complain about the absurdity of the ResetButton: A prop wall fell on him, magically reversing the [[TheBeautifulElite plastic surgery]] he underwent. He asks how this could happen, and points out he should have looked like a third face, but is hushed by the credits.≤* Used in the Krusty Krab Training Video on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. "Okay! The secret formula i--" Many fans speculate the episode ends this way because, InUniverse, it is a fail-safe to protect the formula in the event Plankton gets his hands on the tape.≤** Done in "[=SpongeBob's=] Big Birthday Blowout" when Patrick asks [=SpongeBob=] how old he is. [=SpongeBob=] responds with "Well, as of today, I am-" it then cuts to static and the episode ends.≤* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':≤** In the episode "Here Comes The Neighborhood" Mr. Garrison convinces others in town to got rid of all the rich blacks, with methods such as burning a lowercase "t" on their lawns and scaring them by dressing as ghosts. At the end he states they can now become rich themselves by selling the homes only for the others to point out that what they did was meaningless since there will still be rich people. Garrison says "Well, at least we got rid of those damn [[CurseCutShort ni]]--".≤** The episode "Trapper Keeper" had Cartman constantly make fun of Kyle, who saves him in the end. When Stan demands Cartman apologize, he utters "Kyle..." before the credits roll.≤* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' was about WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} attempting to sing the national anthem because WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and friends are preparing to start a show about sports and focusing on athletic Disney characters such as [[Disney/MakeMineMusic Casey at the Bat]], Disney/{{Hercules}}, and Disney/{{Mulan}}, but ends up singing other patriotic songs like "America the Beautiful", "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "Stars and Stripes Forever", and "A Grand Old Flag" instead. Eventually Goofy finally finds out that the national anthem is actually "Star-Spangled Banner", and is about to sing it only to find out that the episode is over. The episode ends with him singing the first few lyrics of the anthem, but is then cut off.≤* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' often ended this way. This was lampshaded in one episode when the show was hijacked by an angry fan, who among his demands wanted "at least one episode of Space Ghost to have a decent ending, not one that just is abruptly interrupted by the theme--" *credits roll*≤* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ≤** One episode doesn't feature Meg until the end. When she does appear, Brian says "Oh, hey, Meg. What did you get up to today?" Meg opens her arms to explain animatedly and a huge smile comes to her face...BAM. Credits.≤** Happens again in one of the Thanksgiving specials centered around Kevin Swanson having deserted from his unit in Iraq. After the plot has settled and Joe and Kevin have made peace, a second Kevin shows up claiming that the other Kevin is an impostor. Peter says that he doesn't think they have time for that story, and is followed by the credits.≤* An early 50s WesternAnimation/MightyMouse cartoon has Pearl Pureheart in a predicament and Mighty Mouse in flight on his way to save her as the cartoon starts to IrisOut, as the narrator entreats us to catch the story next week. The iris suddenly stops and the picture frozen. The narrator says "Gosh, we can't wait till next week. Won't you show us what happens now? Please?" [[ToBeContinuedRightNow The cartoon resumes.]]≤* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E10PrincessSpike Princess Spike]]" ends with Spike, having been handed a bouquet of dragon sneeze flowers after the successful reassembly of the Citizens of Equestria Statue, about to sneeze [[NiceJobBreakingItHero right in front of said sculpture]], but before he can do so, it goes right to the credits.≤* The classic scene from the classic WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck cartoon "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck," where Daffy pleads "Let's get this picture started!", only for the animator to iris the scene out and plant a "The End" card on screen.≤* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Throughout the MusicalEpisode, Major Monogram's attempts to sing a song about himself are always cut off. During TheStinger, Carl convinces him to give it one more go...only for the [[VanityPlate Vanity Plates]] to cut him off.≤* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': After the events of "Nostalgia Is Not A Substitute For An Actual Story", Robin begins to discuss the flaws he found with the Titans' adventure in the 80s. Cut to credits.≤[[/folder]]≤----≤The most important thing to remember about this trope is that...≤≤...[[VideoGame/Mother3 The End is not the end.]]≤----


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