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Beginning and end, volume 6. The game of musical apartments continues.

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Matching scenes at the beginning and end of a story, often to show how things have changed through the course of the series, or that they haven't changed at all.

This is extensively used in kids' shows to illustrate the characters applying the lesson they learned today, which happens to apply to the issue presented in the beginning. Ya'know, just in case they didn't catch it. In any work, book-ends are a way to show if Character Development has occurred.

Compare and contrast Here We Go Again!, How We Got Here, Where It All Began. See also Call-Back, Ironic Echo. Often utilized in an And the Adventure Continues ending, with the last scene of the series mimicking the first, regardless of how long it's been running.

Not to be confused with the Simon & Garfunkel album of the same name.


Warning: Book-Ends don't always spoil the ending, but usually they do. So, watch out for spoilers ahead!

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  • The Montana Meth Project has some chilling public service announcements with these two having the bookends.
    • The first video shows a girl trying meth with her friends, saying she's only going to do it once. Cut to the next scene, where she uses meth again, still saying it's only once more. This was repeated a few more times, with the girl getting worse by the use of meth. At the end, the girl dies on her bed. Her younger sister then takes some meth from her older sister's jean pocket, saying she's only going to do it once.
    • The next video shows a young man trying meth, also saying that he'll only do it once, as he doesn't want to be like "that guy", a meth-addicted psycho, which scarily resembles him. He then tries meth once again, also with the same promise. Repeat a few times with the man getting more addicted, and he ends up being exactly like "that guy". In the end, a young girl buys some meth with the promise of only trying it once, as she doesn't want to be like "that guy". Which is obviously the guy before.
  • An Australian alcohol awareness advertisement opened with a father asking his son to get him a beer at a party, followed the son's descent into alcoholism, then ended with the son as an adult, asking his son to get him a beer at a party, with the implication that his son's life would follow the same course as his own.

    Eastern Animation 
  • Every episode of the Latvian cartoon Fantadroms began and ended with a shot of Indrikis (the show's main character) sneezing, for whatever reason.

    Fan Works 
  • Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four starts off with Power Girl and Jimmy Olsen talking about Superman and Kara taking Jimmy for a flight; and it ends up with Power Girl and Lois Lane talking about Superman and Kara taking Lois for a flight.
  • I Did Not Want To Die begins with an enemy solider being shot and concludes with the protagonist being shot.
  • Rolling Blackouts starts and ends with Shinji and Asuka snuggling underneath a blanket during a black-out.
  • The Star Trek: New Voyages episode "World Enough And Time" has beginning and ending scenes that take place about 30 years from the time of most of the episode, all based around the character Hikaru Sulu.
  • The Harry Potter Fan Fic After the End begins and ends with a group hug surrounding Harry. Everyone is in a dark room, lit by a bluebell flame, which someone kicks out.
  • This Axis Powers Hetalia USUK kink meme fill about a bulimic Arthur/England starts with 'He felt cold', and ends with '“Alfred,” he murmured as he nodded to sleep, “YouÂ’re warm.”'
  • The Digimon Tamers fanfic Digital Prey begins and ends with Ruki Makino riding a train.
  • A Very Potter Musical begins with the musical number "Gotta Get Back To Hogwarts." Fast forward to the end of the sequel, when Harry finishes a moving speech and the whole cast breaks into song. Guess what they sing?
  • Two in With Strings Attached:
    • At the very beginning of the First Movement, Paul and John nervously walk along the beach, completely new to the world, wary of each other, and frightened. At the end of the Second Movement (in the chapter “Full Circle, Moebius-Style”), they walk together along another beach, back to being friends, more or less accustomed to the world (if not to their new magic), and enjoying sharing this utterly unique experience.
    • When the four first arrive in Ta'akan, they have a frightening experience in the Owner's Head Tavern when an enormous Bar Brawl erupts around them. When they leave the city for the last time (not counting when Ringo accidentally teleports back there), they have dinner in the Owner's Head and laugh at how tame the nightly brawl seems now.
  • My Little Avengers begins and ends on Big Mac's birthday.
  • In the prologue of Game Theory, Precia asks Fate if she would like to see Alicia. And in the epilogue...
  • Advent Crossover Crisis begins and ends with narration from Sly Cooper, both times discussing how everyone goes through very strange lengths of time, even relative to how strange their life usually is. To a lesser extent, the first and last line of spoken dialogue are both said by Deadpool.
  • Crossed Paths: Upon returning to their own worlds, Indy and the mane six find themselves in the areas where they disappeared, and presumably Jack did as well (though his scene starts a while after he returns to his world, so we don't know for sure).
  • Anthropology: "Are you gonna eat that?"
  • A Fan Vid by snakey973 called X-Files // bones focusing on Scully's personality starts and ends with Mulder and Scully looking at a blue origami bird. It's quite sublime and beautiful.
  • In the Total Drama fanfic, Courtney and the Violin of Despair, the first and last chapters of the story proper (i.e. excluding the prologue) are very similar. Both chapters end with Courtney receiving a cursed violin (the Violin of Despair in the first chapter, and the Violin of Doom in the last) as a birthday gift from her parents, and the spirit inhabiting the violin contemplating CourtneyÂ’s fate.
  • The first season of Children of Time: the first episode starts with the Doctor saving an unconscious Sherlock Holmes. The last episode ends with Beth Holmes succeeding in bringing him back from the dead.
  • The Calvinverse: The opening of Can You Imagine That?, canonically the first installment in the series, is replicated nearly word-for-word in the end of Retro Chill (canonically its last... we think).
  • Uninvited Guests begins and ends with Toshiro Hitsugaya working with Nanao Ise in his office. The first time was a Daydream Surprise. The second time, Nanao and Rangiku Matsumoto traded squads.
  • Something's main story begins with a description of the stolen plot and ends with a description of the plot itself.
  • The first paragraphs of the first and last chapters of Warriors of the World: Soldiers of Fortune is exactly the same apart from a change in season to show the passage of time, to capture the image of the world before and after the events of the story.
  • Alicornundrum: A mild example, but both the first and last chapters feature an alicorn angsting over outliving a loved one right before said loved one ascends.
  • Necessary To Win begins and ends with a few paragraphs of narration worded in a way that can apply to either Miho or Saki. The beginning of the story talks about why they came to dislike tankery and why they're returning to it, while the end talks about the results and what awaits them in the future.
  • The first and last times Xander turns to stone onscreen in Defender of the Night, someone tries to peek under his loincloth. Jenny Calendar is unsuccessful but Buffy manages.
  • Judge Minty (a short fan film based on the Judge Dredd comics) opens with Minty almost getting killed on the streets by trying to grant a member of the Kovaks mob mercy and getting pulled off active duty by Dredd. At the end of the short, he finds himself in the same situation when a Cursed Earth dweller begs for mercy, which Minty denies him.
  • Hogyoku ex Machina: Aizen's story begins and ends with him being stabbed through the head by Ichigo. The first time, the Hogyoku saves him. The second time, it doesn't and he dies.
  • "Solaere ssiun Hnaifv'daenn": The first and last scenes start with Tovan tr'Khev walking in on Jaleh Khoroushi doing her daily prayers.
  • The Fifth Act: The beginning of Cloud's journey starts with him saving Genesis when the latter's chronic pain interrupts their fight, curing him from a painful deterioration and a horrific downward spiral. It ends with Genesis interrupting Cloud's fight with Sephiroth, saving both their lives and preventing Cloud's self-destruction.
  • The Gensokyo 20XX series begins with Reimu's narration and it ends with her narration.
  • This comic begins and ends with a doll waking up.
  • The Living Tombstone's "Five Nights at Freddy's Song" starts with the Toreador march. "I Got No Time", the Five Nights at Freddy's 4 Song, and Tombstone's last FNAF song entirely, ends with the Toreador march.
  • The second and last chapters of The Bug Princess revolve around surprise celebrations for Lydia.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: In the beginning of the story, Asuka hugs Shinji and makes him promise that he will not leave her from that day on. In the end of the story she hugs him tenderly and reassures him that he was true to his word.
  • The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan begins and ends with Princess Luna visiting protagonist Nova Shine, offering him a position, and leaving him with the words "May thou enjoy the coming days."
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: In the first scene Shinji is watching over a sleeping, comatose Asuka. In the last scene, Shinji is keeping watch over a sleeping Asuka. There is a key difference, though: in the final scene Shinji is not depressed or hysterical; he is calm and confident that she will wake up. It's implied that she will.
  • At the end of the first chapter of A Black Comedy, Harry Potter tells someone (as he's being sucked into the Veil of Death), "You can keep my sandwich." At the end of the story, James flees a restaurant and when asked about the food he left, tells his son "You can keep my sandwich."
  • In The Prayer Warriors, some installments have these.
    • At the beginning of The Evil Gods, Part 1, the heroes pray to God, who kills Grover Underwood. At the end of the story, they call on God's assistance to defeat Hades.
    • Attack of the Sphinx begins with William spying on Carter meeting with Anubis, only to get surprised and captured. At the end of the story (at least thus far), Carter, now a Prayer Warrior, goes to Syria and gets kidnapped by the Islamic State.
  • Necessary To Win
    • The first installment of the series begins with Miho being called in to the student council office in an attempt to pressgang her into taking tankery. Near the end, Miho sees them again, and they thank her for her help.
    • "Paths Towards Victory" begins with the Atago family getting dressed for the convention. Their final scene involves them going back to their hotel room, and changing out of their business attire.
    • On a series-spanning example, Oarai's first and last battles with other schools both end in Oarai narrowly being defeated, with Anglerfish being eliminated immediately after(BC Freedom)/before (Pravda) they can take out the commander's tank.
  • A Scotsman in Egypt begins with Edward and Edmund Canmore getting piss drunk, cursing their father, and leading an army off to Egypt to conquer the Middle East; it ends three generations later, with a vast Scottish empire covering the length and breadth of Europe and Africa, and their great-grandson Kirk getting piss drunk with Angus the Mauler, Edward of Shetland and Edmund Besat, cursing his father, and leading his mates and a huge army to conquer the Aztec empire.
  • The Miraculous Ladybug fanfic One Thing After Another starts with Adrien exhibiting cat-like behaviours like jumping in empty boxes, and ends with Marinette exhibiting ladybug-like behaviours like eating aphids.
  • The Alarmaverse: The story opens with Ditzy waking up, noticing a dimensional rift in the sky above, and wishing that she could share the sight with somepony else. The story ends with another dimensional rift, and Ditzy waking up. And waking Dr. Hooves up so he can see it.
  • The Triptych Continuum installment "Unstable Sale", detailing the Cutie Mark Crusaders' attempt to fund their next scheme by selling off the remains of their previous crusades, opens with the line "The Crusade had a cost, and Apple Bloom was no longer able to pay." It ends on the same line after the combination of looking over all of their failures, being confronted by countless ponies who have been harmed by their single-mindedness, and realizing how long it has been going on drives Apple Bloom to renounce the Crusade and try to actually think about her future.
  • The Ojou-sama begins and ends with Mayumi searching the school for Tatsuya, though he is a good deal happier during the latter.
  • The first chapter of the fangame LISA: The Pointless begins and ends with Alex, the main protagonist, almost bleeding to death while being taken somewhere on a vehicle.
  • One Year begins with Yu returning home after his year in Inaba, with his mother greeting him at the station. The epilogue begins with Yu's parents arriving in Inaba for their son's wedding, and he greets them at the station.
  • Three-Point Shot begins and ends with a Title Drop. At the beginning, Kokichi says the title after throwing the shot put onto the bookshelf, thus enabling Shuichi to realize that Kaede didn't kill Rantaro and save her from being executed. At the very end of the fic, Kaede says this after surreptitiously throwing a poster for the newest season of Danganronpa into the trash.
  • you can only use your own begins and ends in Asriel's point of view as he tries to prevent Chara from killing themself.
  • The first and last lines in A Monster's Marriage sum up Cinder Fall. The first lines are "Cinder Fall was a monster. She knew this." And the final ones are "Cinder Fall was a wife and mother. She knew this."

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Older Than Dirt: The Epic of Gilgamesh starts with a narration that extols the might of the walls of Uruk, which seem to be meant to emphasize the glory of their builder, the king Gilgamesh. Until, of course, Gilgamesh fails to gain eternal life, and in the final line of the epic, he speaks the same passage to his new traveling companion Urshanabi. (Scholarly opinion is divided whether this is intended as Ironic Echo, or an affirmation that true immortality is found in lasting greatness of a man's works.)
  • In the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus is baptized, the heavens split in half and God announces that Jesus is His son. At the dead of Jesus in the crucifixion, a curtain depicting the heavens in the Temple of Jerusalem tears in half and exposes the Ark of the Covenant (figuratively God's presence, representing his departure from the Temple).

  • Some people point out that there is very little difference between Ancient Egypt and the Internet: both heavily feature cat worship and writing on walls.

  • "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert Service both begins and ends with the same stanza, referring to the queerest sight ever seen by the Northern Lights (namely the eponymous cremation). The poem in between these stanzas describes the events of Sam's death, his subsequent cremation, and what the narrator saw when he looked into Sam's funeral pyre. He saw Sam sitting up "looking cool, and calm", happy to be warm for the first time since leaving his home in Tennessee.
    There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men that toil for gold
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold
    The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see
    Was that night on the marge of Lake Labarge that I cremated Sam McGee
  • Jabberwocky (largely nonsense):
    'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe,
    All mimsy were the borogroves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.
  • Rudyard Kipling's Ballad of East and West starts with
    East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet
    'Till earth and sky stand presently at God's great judgement seat
    But there is neither east nor west, border nor breed nor birth
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth.
And the poem ends with The Hero giving a speech as to exactly why Defeat Equals Friendship, using the same lines.
  • The poetic device called a chiasmus is this trope defined.
  • The first and last lines of the short poem "Jenny Kiss'd Me" are the title.

    Print Media 
  • The cover of Nintendo Power's last issue (featuring New Super Mario Bros. U) is based on its first issue's cover (featuring Super Mario Bros. 2).
  • The cover of Doctor Who Magazine issue 500 is a remake of its first issue's cover.
  • Brazilian movie magazine SET had in its page "Nostalgia", featuring a famous movie image. Once the section was finished on issue 199, they went back to the first picture, Gilda.
  • S. E. Hinton's novel, "The Outsiders," begins and ends with the same sentence. "When I stepped out into thebright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Lance Storm began his wrestling career in 1990 with a match against fellow Hart Dungeon alum, Chris Jericho. In 2005, he came out of retirement for one last match at ECW One Night Stand against Chris Jericho.
  • The first and last Nitro both had Ric Flair vs. Sting.
  • If you accept the reunion show put on by Dynamo Pro, then Delirious's first and last opponent in Gateway Championship Wrestling was The Irish Luchador Billy McNeil.
  • In 2002, Triple H started his second major heel run by returning to Raw and Pedigreeing Shawn Michaels to squash a D-Generation X reunion. HHH would end up turning face in 2006 by reforming DX with HBK.
  • The 2010 Feud of the Year began when Kevin Steen smashed El Generico in the face with a steel chair after they lost to The Young Bucks at Final Battle 2009. One year later, during the main event of Final Battle 2010, Generico uses that very steel chair, still smeared with his own blood, and in the same arena where his former best friend betrayed and abandoned him, smashes it across Steen's face to win their grudge match and send Steen packing from ROH.
  • Roman Reigns began his ascent to the top of WWE by winning the 2015 Royal Rumble, where Philadelphia booed him straight out of the building. He completed his ascent on the December 14, 2015 of RAW by winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, in that same city, and the very same crowd that hissed and jeered at him couldn't cheer loud enough, happily celebrating his win.
  • The Shield's dissolution when Seth Rollins turned on his teammates happened in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the same arena that hosted the 2012 Survivor Series that the stable debuted.
  • In Progress Wrestling Jimmy Havoc's title run started with a pinfall counted by Jim Smallman and ended with a pinfall counted by Jim Smallman (one of the people who own the company).
  • On WWE NXT, Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville's slow-burning feud begins when Zayn loses a number one contender's match for the NXT Championship against Neville. After the match, Neville extends his hand for a handshake but Zayn kicks his hand away...only to pull him in for a hug, showing that there are no hard feelings despite Zayn's loss. A year later, when their friendship is strained and the feud is at its peak, Zayn finally beats Neville for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: R Evolution. Post-match, the kicked hand-to-hug sequence plays out again – only this time with the roles reversed.
  • Edge: His very first and last ever move that he used in a televised WWF/E match is the Spear. He also just happened to fight a Hispanic wrestler on both his first and last match (Puerto Rican Jose Estrada on the former, Mexican Alberto Del Rio on the latter).
  • WALTER's run with the Defiant Wrestling's Internet Title starts with him defeating two departing wrestlers (Travis Banks -who just signed with WWE- and Zack Sabre Jr. -due to schedule conflicts with New Japan Pro-Wrestling-) and ends with him being the departing one (to WWE), losing it at the hands of Martin Kirby.

    Role-Playing Games 
  • A surprising, yet completely unintentional, meta example in Dino Attack RPG. Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, which introduced PeabodySam to Play-by-Post Games and thus directly led to the creation of Dino Attack RPG, its Spiritual Successor, was started on December 21, 2004. Dino Attack: At War's End finally ended on December 21, 2012, exactly eight years later. Things truly do come full circle after all.
  • The first scene of Ruby Quest is Ruby waking up in darkness, and pressing a red button to turn on the lights, which reveals her to be in a locker. The final scene is Daisy waking up in darkness, and pressing a red button to turn on the lights, which reveals her to be in a locker.

  • The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety maintains a video channel for the public release of explanations of supplemental discipline. They're basically video essays; they start with a one-sentence summary of the punishment issued, then go into background and detail before restating the punishment.
  • The Montreal Expos played their first game in existence against the New York Mets. Before moving to Washington to become the Nationals, they also played their last ever game against the New York Mets. Both games took place at Shea Stadium.
  • In Rugby Union, the Heineken Cup was the top European club competition from the 1995–96 season through 2013–14, after which it was replaced by the current European Rugby Champions Cup. The first-ever Heineken Cup was won by French club Toulouse, which went on to win France's national championship. The last Heineken Cup was won by another French club, Toulon, which also went on to win the French championship.
  • Kobe Bryant first scored in the NBA on November 5, 1996 against the New York Knicks. He scored his last point in the NBA on April 13, 2016 against the Utah Jazz. Both points were from the free-throw line.
  • The Red Sox's first World Series loss during the Curse of the Bambino, which began with trading star Babe Ruth to the Yankees, was to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. The team they beat to end the 86 year drought? The St. Louis Cardinals. Bonus points as the player that got the last out, Edger Renteria, was wearing number 3 just like the Babe.
    • In their 2018 season, their ace Chris Sale served as their first starter that year. Come the World Series that October, Sale was called upon to serve as the closer in the final inning of Game 5. Sale started the Sox's season, and he ended it.
  • Both the Chicago White Sox' and the Boston Red Sox' respective 88- and 86-year World Series droughts have links to each other with the White Sox' last victory coming the year before the Red Sox' last victory and the White Sox ending their drought the year after the Red Sox ended their drought. Notably, both teams also ended their droughts by sweeping their opponents in the World Series.
  • The New England Patriots' 2003 season has an interesting take on this. They began their regular season with a 31-0 loss at the Buffalo Bills. When the Patriots faced the Bills again at home in Week 17, they won by the same 31-0 score. They would go on to win their second Super Bowl that year.
    • Similarly, the following year, their 2004 season, as champions, they hosted the Kickoff Game and beat the Indianapolis Colts by three points with a score of 27-24. Then come the Super Bowl, they defend their title by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21, another three point game.
    • And then 13 years later, in their 2017 season after their epic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, the Kickoff Game was them against the Kansas City Chiefs, where they lost 42-27. They made it back to the Super Bowl and faced the Eagles once again, and lost 41-33. Both those losses were to opponents that scored over 40 points in total.
    • In the aforementioned 2017 season, the New Orleans Saints' opening game would be an away game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, where they would lose 29-19. Their season ends in the playoffs at the same stadium, with the Vikings scoring 29 points in an epic last-second miracle finish on their end.
    • The 2014 Green Bay Packers. Their season began by losing the Kickoff Game to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field. Then come the NFC Championship Game, where they have one of the worst chokes in NFL playoff history and blow a 19-7 lead with two and a half minutes to go, and proceed to lose in overtime.
  • During the 108 years of heartbreak the Cubs endured, seasons would end in two ways. Being obliterated out of the Playoffs (2007, 2008, 2015) or being very close only to choke in the end (1969, 1984, 2003). What better way to end the century of heartbreak by being on the other side of the table, the team that many people count out after being down 3-1 in the World Series against the Indians, only for the Cubs to come all the way back to win the Series.
  • The 1994 FIFA World Cup began with a missed penalty kick in the opening ceremony by Diana Ross, and ended with a missed penalty kick in the penalty shootout in the final by Roberto Baggio, which won Brazil the World Cup.
  • Somewhat inverted with Manchester United and Adidas: When the sportswear manufacturer's initial stint with the club came to an end in 1992, their final away kit had a rather unorthodox 'M' pattern all over the shirt. When Adidas returned as United's kit manufacturer in 2015, that 'M' pattern featured on the trim on the home shirt and across the chest of the third shirt.
  • English cricketer Alastair Cook scored a century in his first international test match against India. His last test match was against India, and he signed off his international test match career with a century against them.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Many World Of Darkness sourcebooks both old and new begin and end with information related to a specific event. Mage: The Awakening has a diary in the front from a student, and ends with a letter from the mage who's teaching said student to that mage's last student, who went bad and was responsible for Awakening the student writing the diary. Promethean: The Created has the first and second halves of Mr Verney's interview with a psychiatrist.
  • The Eclipse Phase intro fiction 'Lack' begins and ends with Sava waking up in a new body and asking what the date is.
  • Battletech, the new ilKhan Brett Andrews started the Wars of Reaving in a Clan council where he demonstrated a Trial of Reaving by killing the Diamond Shark Khan, near the wars end he was killed in another Clan council when pulled a dirty move in killing the Star Adder Khan, and the Star Adder saKhan killed him almost immediately.
  • Microscope: Play begins with the selection of both the beginning and ending of the history the players build over the course of the game. This makes it easy to link the two thematically: empires and great families can rise and fall, new nations can arise in the ashes of the old, etc.

    Theme Parks 

    Visual Novels 
  • At the very beginning of Zero Time Dilemma's Decision Game, Zero says: "This is the Decision Game. The fates of you, me and the human race hang in the balance". At the very end of the videogame, he says: "The fates of you, me and mankind are all on the line. This is the Decision Game". What's ironic about all this is that Zero had the power to kill the characters at the beginning, and at the end the characters can kill Zero.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue has one of the three possible endings as an inverted book end—whereas Episode 1 features the Blues spying on the Reds, who are chatting atop the base, here we have the Reds spying on the Blues doing the same thing.
    • This is also the canonical ending.
    • Grif and Simmons also once again call shotgun on the new vehicle, this time in reverse.
    • This happens again in the Recollection Saga. Reconstruction began with a soldier looking at the dead body of a Freelancer as the camera panned up in Valhalla, showing a huge number of characters (so many that the creators actually had to run several games and use splitscreen to get that many). Revelation ends with a soldier looking at the body of Agent Texas in Avalanche and the camera pans up to show a similar shot.
  • The first scene of There she is!! is Nabi being harrassed by Doki at a drink machine. The final scene is Nabi wiping racist graffiti off of it while sharing a drink with Nabi.
  • The Strong Bad E-mail "theme song" from Homestar Runner actually begins and ends with Strong Bad singing "When E-mail Comes to Town, It's Like a Rainstorm in your Browser."
  • Bowser's Kingdom episode 1 ends with Mario beating up Hal and Jeff because a Shy Guy betrayed them and The Movie ends with Mario and Luigi beating Hal and Jeff because Steve betrayed them.
  • The story of Lucky Day Forever starts with 514 falling for the Whites' propaganda and ends with Sasiadka falling for the Whites' propaganda. This is a way to show that the Proles want to stand out like the Whites.
  • Deliberately invoked by Pencil in The Stinger of the final episode of Battle for Dream Island:
    Pencil: Wouldn't it be weird if the very first and very last spoken words of BFDI were the same?
    Match: Yeah!note 
  • At the start of Dick Figures: The Movie, young Red says "Cuz I'm AWESOME!" and he and young Blue high-five. At the end, old Red says "Cuz we're AWESOME!" and he and old Blue high-five.
  • In Mario Brothers, the series starts and ends with the same scene of Mario running from something.
  • RWBY:
    • The song "From Shadows" is a powerful song with hard rock and metal elements as the singer speaks of revolution — of the down-trodden rising up from darkness to take back what's rightfully theirs. However, the introduction and close book-ends a song of revolution with a slow and lonely piano solo.
    • In "Lessons Learned", the first and last shot of the scene of Winter tutoring Weiss is of a caterpillar, which acts to identify the progress Weiss is making in developing her Semblance. The scene starts with Weiss's lack of faith in her Summoning ability while the caterpillar crawls alone in view of the camera. The scene ends with the caterpillar being stopped by a tiny summoned sword as Weiss and Winter depart, unaware that Weiss has started to manifest her ability.
    • Pyrrha's first appearance in Volume 3 is accompanied by Ruby flinging her arms wide and calling out her name in delight when Pyrrha appears just in time to solve the problem they were facing, which is that Weiss's credit card has been declined so they can't pay for their food. Pyrrha's final appearance in Volume 3 is also accompanied by Ruby flinging her arms wide and calling out her name. This time, Ruby's cry is despairing; she tries to reach Pyrrha in time to save her from a major problem — fighting the too-powerful Fall Maiden, Cinder — but instead arrives just in time to witness Cinder murder Pyrrha.
    • The "beginning" of the opening act in the machinations of the villains' occurs in the pilot episode. The show opens to a narration by a mysterious woman that ends with a male narrator refuting her darkness by expressing faith in a "smaller, more honest, soul". The same episode quickly reveals the male narrator to be Professor Ozpin, headmaster of Beacon Academy. The next three volumes consists of Ruby and her team trying to develop their skills at Beacon Academy while also trying to figure out what the villains are up to. Volume 3 closes with the same mysterious woman narrating a response to Ozpin's pilot episode objection; as she announces the close of the first stage of her plan and her intention to begin "the end" of Ozpin.
    • Weiss's Volume 4 storyline is introduced to the audience with the sight of a subdued girl being summoned by the butler from the isolation of her sunlit room to walk through long, empty hallways as her heels loudly echo in a silence that only broken when she reaches her father's study and overhears him arguing with General Ironwood about the General's decision to inflict a Dust embargo on the world. Her Volume 4 storyline ends with the same butler again triggering her to walk through the long hallways. This time, her heels are muffled by carpet and she's determined rather than subdued. She is again stopped at the doorway to her father's study, overhearing him arguing with General Ironwood, this time about Ironwood's latest decision to close the Kingdom's borders to movement in either direction. While the first study argument leads to her subjugation throughout the volume, the second study argument leads to her emancipation as she locks the men in the study while she escapes from the mansion to freedom.
    • Cinder's first and last line in Volume 5 is "Shut up!" in response to being mocked. In the first scene, her retort to Watts mocking her lost eye reveals that she's recovered from her injuries and can be sent back out against the protagonists. In the last scene, her retort to Raven reveals that she's lost control of the battle and is about to be defeated as a result of not paying attention to an enemy whose presence she should not have forgotten.

    Web Comics 
  • Chapter 33 of Drowtales began with the lines. "Nuqrah'Shareh. The Modern, Peaceful and Beautiful jewel of the West!" It ended with " Nuqrah'Sharen; The Great. Modern jewel of the West"
  • This happened in the first story of Honeydew Syndrome (the first five chapters).
  • In the second panel of the first strip of 1/0, "Let there be light!" In the second panel of the last strip, "Let there be darkness!"
  • David Willis loves this trope.
    • Compare the first and second Roomies! strips with the final Roomies! strip (the rerun commentary even says "I really love my bookend conclusions, don’t I.") and (to a lesser extent) the first two Roomies! with this Joyce and Walky! which debuted two days after the Walkyverse's tenth anniversary.
    • The first strip of Shortpacked! has the megalomaniacal Galasso ranting about how all will bow before him, until Ethan reminds him "This is just a toy store." In the final strip, a different megalomaniac dismisses the staff's resistance by saying "This is just a toy store," and Leslie replies, "THE HELL IT IS."
  • Each volume of Ménage à 3 begins and ends with similar, frequently NSFW scenes, usually involving (or at least referencing) some of the same characters. Note that each volume is exactly 150 strips by the comic's own numbering scheme:
    • The first volume opens with Gary coming home early from work, having a soon-to-be ironic thought just before opening the door, and walking in on Matt sodomizing Dillon, which is when he finds out that they're gay. Matt and Dillon move out shortly afterward. It ends with Dillon coming home early from a rehearsal, having a soon-to-be ironic thought just before opening the door, and walking in on Sandra sodomizing Matt. Dillon moves back in with Gary shortly afterward.
    • The second volume opens with Gary having an Erotic Dream about Zii, which turns into an erotic nightmare when it's revealed it's a male version of Zii, because of the influence of Dillon's presence in the bed. It ends with Yuki in bed with Zii and having an erotic dream about a female Gary.
    • The third volume opens with Sandra waking up on DiDi's boobs, and ends with her waking up on Senna's.
    • The fourth volume opens with Yuki surprising Kiley in the shower, and ends with DiDi surprising Yuki in the shower.
    • The fifth volume opens with Dillon stunned to be called into a room where Chanelle is sitting naked and with thighs apart (apparently requesting oral sex), and an also naked Amber is standing around; he then gets kissed on the cheeks by the two women. The penultimate strip of the volume has Erik and Jim walking in on several naked women, notably Peggy with her thighs apart (receiving oral sex from Sonya); the last strip has Gary stunned to be called into a room which contains a naked Senna and clothed Sandra, both standing around, before he gets kissed on the cheeks by the two women. This breaks the pattern a little, in that the echo is arguably spread across two strips, and none of the characters from the first strip recur (although Gary is mentioned in the first strip and appears in the last), but it's close enough.
    • The sixth volume begins with Sonya getting home after an interesting evening and thinking about her situation, then being interrupted on the doorstep by Peggy, who has followed her home looking for a bed for the night. It ends with Gary getting home after an interesting evening and thinking about his situation, then being interrupted on the doorstep by Amber, who has followed him home looking for a bed for the night. The requirement for characters to be repeated has evidently been scrapped (except that both Sonya and Gary are thinking about Zii), but the visual and thematic echoes and contrasts are strong.
    • The seventh volume begins with Zii waking up in bed and finding Sonya sleeping next to her; then, she's shocked to find Yuki there too. It ends with Kiley waking up in bed and finding Yuki sleeping next to her; then, she's shocked to find Sonya there too.
    • The eight volume begins with a wrestling brawl between DiDi and Roxie; it ends with a wrestling ... something ... between Yuki, Sonya, and Gary, with three-quarters of the strip having near-identical pictorial composition.
  • 8-Bit Theater begins with Black Mage and Fighter lost while searching for a MacGuffin in the beginning. In the epilogue, they're once again lost while searching for another quest, and Fighter suggests they continue looking for the very same MacGuffin.
  • Concerned: The Half-life and Death of Gordon Frohman begins and ends with a snide joke about Valve's constant delays in releasing games.
  • Though not in the chronologically-first strips, Girly created these with the New First Comics and the Grand Finale.
  • Problem Sleuth begins with a particularly hard-boiled Private Eye Monologue delivered by the titular Problem Sleuth. After Problem Sleuth has performed Sepulchritude and used The Final Flip-Out, he's on the verge of death, where the original monologue's structure is used, except this time, it's talking about how he's in limbo.
  • The first Concession comic is mirrored by the appropriately-titled fifth-to-last comic. The Alt Text confirms that it is indeed the same customer.
  • The Phoenix Requiem begins with a celebration of "All Souls' Night" (in that setting it has similar importance than our Christmas/New Year's Eve). The comic ends with the same celebration two years later. The first scene begins with Jonas arriving. The last one ends the same way.
  • Homestuck did a variation at the end of its fourth act — the final scene of the end-of-act Animation Bump is of a meteor from the Reckoning passing through one of Skaia's defensive gates and striking John's house, which is exactly what happened in the conclusion of Act 1 and what kickstarted the adventure to begin with.
    • The end-of-Act 5 Animation Bump did the same thing: to represent all of the kids' reality being fundamentally reset by the Scratch, when Jade is enlarging the Fourth Wall for her and John to travel through, it displays a rapidly-reversing slideshow of many of the earliest panels of Homestuck, ending with the very first page of John standing in his room before cutting to white.
    • The first pesterlog of Act 5 Act 2 ended with John telling Karkat "See you soon". The last pesterlog starts with Karkat repeating the same line to Jade.
  • Irregular Webcomic!: "Hey, there's comics on the Internet!" Keep in mind that 2011 David Morgan-Mar's soul was transported back into his 2002 body and Death made him forget everything that happened over IWC!'s run. Also, #3182 is only the Grand Finale of the main arcs; guest comics and Annotation comics have been posted since.
  • Darken both starts and ends with a character being resurrected to serve a demon lord.
  • City Face #1 begins with City Face despondent over his sub-par female-wooing skills, and another pigeon shows up to offer him some advice. It ends with a similar scene, only this time City Face is the one offering advice.
  • The first strip of Arthur, King of Time and Space has Arthur draw the sword from the stone at which point he starts shifting through time. Merlin explains the situation to him in the baseline, space and western arcs, but his final message is Lost in Transmission when they become cavemen. The final strip has Arthur being taken to Avalon, still shifting through time. Morgan, Nimue and Elaine explain the further details of the situation in the baseline, western and space arcs, but their final message is Lost in Transmission when they become Energy Beings who speak in the Language of Magic.
  • Sandra on the Rocks: Pixietrix comics like this one are often organised in 150-strip volumes, with the last strip in each containing at least a minor echo of the first — see also Ménage à 3 above.
  • Sticky Dilly Buns: As with Ménage à 3 and Sandra on the Rocks above, this Pixietrix comic has minor bookends in the first and last strips of its 150-strip volumes.
    • Amber says to herself, "Dilly... never change" in the first strip, and in the last strip of the first volume, Ruby thinks to herself "Something's gotta change here" (reflecting their different views of Dillon, the character under consideration in both cases).
    • In strip #151, Ruby and Dillon are platonically in bed together, and Ruby grabs Dillon in his sleep, so he complains that he can't breathe. In strip #300, Dillon ends up in bed with Jerzy, and the sex leaves him breathless.
  • In Toki No Tanaka, the first and last pages of the first episode end with a panel of Sakura sleeping in exactly the same position.
  • The Unsounded short story Vienne of Seferpine begins and ends with an assessment of Vienne's capabilities. But while the beginning is upbeat and confident in tone, the ending is troubled and uncertain.
  • One Darths & Droids comic, Episode 1257: Loquacious Chum, begins and ends with Chewbacca saying, "I'm going to go insane here."
  • Bite Me!: Vive la revolution!
  • Nebula:
    • The first comic both begins and ends with Earth saying "huh" thoughtfully while looking at a rock.
    • #13 begins and ends with Jupiter glaring at Sun's back and saying he hates him, humorously showing that he learned absolutely nothing from his misadventures during the comic.
  • Always Raining Here: At one point, Carter gives a ride to Adrian, in which Adrian makes it abundantly clear that he has no interest in Carter and is actually uncomfortable with their situation, at the end, the two, now in a relationship, get away for a weekend together with their friends and the final page has them giving each other a Held Gaze.
  • The "Sister 3" arc of El Goonish Shive opens with the narration, "Several centuries ago there lived an Immortal who would come to be known by many names," as part of a telling of Pandora's backstory. At the end of the story, after Pandora has been forcibly reset, we see her remembering who she was: "Several centuries ago, I was an Immortal who would come to be known by many names..."

    Web Original 
  • Sailor Nothing has the following at the start and end of the Web Novel. "My name is Shoutan Himei. I'm sixteen years old/seventeen years old, going on eighteen in two months, and I'm very tired."
  • Broken Saints begins and ends with a voice-over monologue by Shandala, starting with "I dream". Both start off much the same, but grow gradually different to reflect the change from the beginning and ending of the story.
  • The pilot of Cause of Death begins and ends with a shot of the sunny street, which counters the horrible things that happened inside that house...
  • Awkward. begins and ends with the same discussion between Alex and Lester. The context and roles have changed, but the location and dialogue are the same.
  • Kickassia begins with The Nostalgia Critic knocking on President Kevin Baugh's door and telling him he plans to invade Molossia. It ends with a defeated Critic knocking on the door and giving Baugh his country back.
    • And speaking of The Nostalgia Critic, most of his reviews actually begin and end with him saying, "I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don't have to!"
    • Suburban Knights begins with Angry Joe believing he's won a free car. It ends with Chester A Bum believing he's won a free car.
    • Oddly enough, one could apply this to each of the (as of 2012, first) four Anniversary specials with respect to the relationship between the Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd. The first one is basically a set-up for an all-out brawl between the two that had been developing for several reviews. At the end of the fourth special — To Boldly Flee — a now-friendlier Nerd ends up helping the Critic to save the day and get his friend home, revealing a sense of respect that had developed in their time since the feud, culminating in a friendly handshake between the two before the Nerd departs.
      Critic: See you on the other side, man.
      Nerd: Nice working with you, Critic.
  • A Very Potter Musical opens with the song "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts" and A Very Potter Sequel ends with a reprise of the same song. The sequel is actually a prequel, so when they're singing "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts," it's like putting the two ends right in the middle.
  • The Yogscast has one in their first season of its Minecraft series. A bit before discovering the town full of NPCs, Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane build a portal to the Nether (which doesn't work). At the end of the season, they are at the same portal, preparing to venture into it. However, they end up not trying to enter until the start of season three, with season two being more of a breather season. And the portal still doesn't work.
    • Season three starts with almost the entirety of Simon and Lewis's old world on fire, and them trying to reclaim items from the wreckage. Much later (though not at the end of the series, but at the end of an important part), they find Mistral City also on fire, and are trying to reclaim items from the wreckage. This time, specifically the Holy Record from the church.
    • In Survival Island (a custom map that eventually starts having slight relevance to the main plot that is billed as Season 2), they are in a slight hurry at the start to get coal for torches. Near the end, they again go looking for coal, this time to fuel the airship that will take them home.
    • The Blackrock Chronicle has a heart breaking one. Near the beginning and end of season 2. Both times the confession at the end is averted. First, because the computer explodes before Zoey Proasheck can read Rythian's message. The second time in the closing of season two, it's Zoey, and her sentence is interrupted by a nuclear explosion.
      Rythian/Zoey: I miss you, I need you, I love you."
  • Volume 3 of Dial B for Blog began with this image and ended with this one. Both are based on the cover to Strange Adventures #162.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd's 100th review ends with a shot of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (the first game he reviewed).
  • At the start of the Mario Party TV group's first Grand Canal playthrough, Steeler states that Toadette is top tier thanks to her Triple Shroom Orb. At the end, after discovering he couldn't use other Orbs while it was in effect, he claims she's switched to bottom tier.
  • In The Runaway Guys' Let's Play of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, NintendoCapriSun is killed by the first Goomba in the game and the last Goomba in the game.
  • The Super Failio Cousins Although Pencil normally won the races in their Mario Kart Wii series, Mollipop won the first and last races of the game.
  • Matthew Santoro:
    • Social Media Challenges begins and ends with a creepy face, which is usually only done at the end of all of his vlogs instead of at the beginning.
    • In the beginning of Matt's video A New Planet & Antimatter, Matt pats his body, and says, "Woah". This doesn't make sense until the end. At the end, Eugene breaks a container of antimatter, which kills Matt. Matt convinces St. Peter to let him go back to Earth instead of Hell, since he was just about to get 1500 subscribers. He goes back, pats his body, and says "Woah".
  • The first episode of The Most Stupid Deaths In Super Mario 64 ends with Mario getting a game over. He talks for a bit, then continues playing, much to the horror of the annotations.
  • Vsauce:
    • In some videos, Michael talks to the same person at the start as he does at the end. For example, in one video, Bill Nye asks him, "Why did the chicken cross the road?". At the end, Bill Nye returns.
    Michael: And as always...
    • Jake's "3 paradoxes" video forms a loop with the end seguing into the start, reasonably. While explaining the butterfly effect, Jake kills a fly, causing him to spontaneously grow a mustache. A knife also materializes in his pocket. He ends up throwing the knife behind him, killing another Jake in the distance. Jake uses this to segue into the grandfather paradox, the last of the 3. He realizes that the entire video is a paradox and tries to do his Signing-Off Catchphrase, but disappears from existence before he can complete the sentence. The camera winds up on the ground, in the exact same state that it was at the start. The beginning of the video replays itself, and you already know where this is going...
  • AlpharadTV's How To Play Smash 101 videos started and ended with playing as Villager.
  • The famous GMod channel RubberFruit started on October 28, 2006, and released its final video (before going defunct, at least) on October 28, 2013, exactly seven years later.
  • The Welcome to Night Vale episode "One Year Later" follows up on many of the plotlines first introduced in the pilot episode. The opening lines are nearly identical.
  • The SuperMarioLogan episode, "Where's Jeffy?" begins and ends with Jeffy riding a unicorn piñata and playing a maraca, a rubber chicken, and a cat piano while Mario plugs his ears.
  • The first and final scenes of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared are practically identical; all of the puppets are sitting around a table as a notepad comes to life and asks them what their favorite idea is. Now, for context, the series finale ended with Red Guy unplugging a machine controlling the teachers that are currently torturing Yellow Guy, which ends up resetting all the events of the series, taking the characters all the way back to the first episode in a "Groundhog Day" Loop.
  • After the prologue, The Pirates Covered in Fur starts and ends with Michum hanging out at a skate park. But unlike how it is at the beginning, in the end, the park is in ruins and all his friends are dead.
  • The premise of Jonathan Pie is that a stressed out journalist says what he's really thinking between takes, which naturally creates this effect in most of his videos.
  • Each regular episode of '80s All Over (and many of the Patreon bonus episodes) starts with the sound of a VHS tape being popped into a VCR and ends with the tape being popped out and put in a rewinder.

    Real Life 
  • The planet Earth's very first moments manifested as a hellish, molten landscape, as will its final moments billions of years from now when the Sun reaches its 'red giant' phase.
  • The American Civil War began with the Union loss of Fort Sumter. Shortly after the war, on April 14, 1865, Fort Sumter had a flag-raising ceremony where the same commander who took the flag down when the Union lost the fort raised the same flag up.
    • The first major battle (First Battle of Bull Run) began on Wilmer McLean's farm in Manassas, Virginia, on July 21, 1861. During the war, McLean moved south to the quiet community of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, so as not to be caught between the armies again. But the war followed him. On April 8, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee finally decided to surrender his forces, and he sent out a messenger to find a place at which to meet General Ulysses S. Grant. The house the messenger found was Wilmer McLean's. Afterwards, McLean reportedly said, "The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor."
  • World War 2 arguably began and ended with a blitzkrieg attack, starting with the textbook example in the German invasion of Poland in which mechanized German units overran inferior Polish defenses and ending with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria in which mechanized Soviet units overran inferior Japanese defenses. Hell, some hold onto the view that World War II started with the Soviets fighting Japan over Khalkin Gol, and ended with their invasion of Manchuria contributing to Japan's surrender after years of ceasefire.
  • The first emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantine Empire was Constantine I, who founded the city of Constantinople in 330. The last emperor was Constantine XI, who died when the city fell to the Turks in 1453.
  • Rome was founded as a city by a man called Romulus, while the last Roman Emperor (in the west) was called Romulus Augustus. It gets deeper, with the first Emperor of Rome having had chosen the name Augustus. The last Western Roman Emperor shared his name with both founders. Emperor Julius Nepos continued to be recognized by Odoacer as Emperor of the West for four years after Romulus Augustus, but because he didn't rule the city of Rome (his empire was limited to the province of Dalmatia), it's more romantic to ignore him and specifically invoke bookends on the Western Empire.
  • The Roman Republic began and ended with a rebellion and civil war involving a man named Brutus who belonged to the gens Junia, in fact, his participation was also played to evoke the pivotal removal of the Etruscian Kings that began the Republic since Caesar was accused of being a King in all but name, which would then be replaced by the rule of the Emperors, who were, in fact, Kings in all but name.
  • The Roman Empire begins with a single city (Rome) sacked by a powerful neighboring people (the Gauls, in 390 BC). The Romans declared that this must never happen again. It ends eighteen hundred years later with a single city (Constantinople) sacked by a powerful neighboring people (the Turks, in 1453 AD).
  • For many historians, the Middle Ages began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD, and ended with the fall of the Byzantine Empire (aka the Eastern Roman Empire) in 1453 AD; on the other hand, if we take the concept of the Late Antiquity into consideration then the Middle Ages in Europe began with the rise of a Muslim Empire (The Umayyad Caliphate) who would eventually cut off the trade link between the east and western Europe in the Mediterranean and ended with the rise of a Muslim Empire (The Ottoman Empire) who would eventually cut off the trade link between the east and western Europe in the Mediterranean.
  • The major European conflicts of the twentieth century. To wit: the Eastern Question of what would happen to the newly formed Balkan states after downfall of the Ottoman Empire triggered World War I, as Serbia wished to take over Bosnia which was an Austrian protectorate. WWI caused WWII, as Germany (and other nations) were deeply unsatisfied by the results of WWI. It also caused the Russian revolution, and the first major communist power. WWII caused the spread of communism through Eastern Europe, mostly through the Soviets, but through homegrown communist partisans in Yugoslavia. This led to the Cold War, which contributed to the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe. The downfall of communism in Yugoslavia led to the disintegration of the nation, and the Yugoslav Wars, posing the new question: what would happen to the newly formed Balkan states after the downfall of Yugoslavia? Especially as Serbia wished to take over Bosnia. The history of the twentieth century began and ended with "some damn thing in the Balkans".
  • France and Germany in the 1870-1950 period:
    • The III French Republic was proclaimed during a successful German invasion in 1870. It was dissolved during a successful German invasion in 1940.
    • After the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, which was also the end of the II French Empire, France had to endure the humiliation of seeing a German Empire proclaimed in the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles, just outside Paris, and cede the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine to it. In 1919, after the end of World War I, which was also the end of the German Empire, the nascent German republic had to sign a peace treaty in the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles and cede Alsace and Lorraine back to France.
    • Preceding that peace treaty was an armistice signed in a train wagon outside Compiègne, in 1918. The 1940 armistice between France and Germany was signed in the same wagon and also in the same place outside Compiègne. Once again, France ceded Alsace and Lorraine to Germany.
    • To make sure that it wasn't used again, SS troops burned down that train wagon during the Battle of Berlin in 1945.
  • Michael I of Russia, the first Romanov czar, was elected while he was in the Ipatiev Monastery in 1613. The last Romanov, Nicholas II and his relatives, died in 1918, slaughtered by the Bolsheviks while they were imprisoned in a (otherwise unrelated) building named "Ipatiev House".
  • The Holy Roman Empire both began and ended with the conquest of Germany by a French emperor.
  • In 1066, William the Conqueror sailed from Normandy to conquer England as part of the Norman conquest of England - his troops were led by Taillefer, whose name is French for "Iron-Hewer". In 1945, Nazi Germany was being beaten back by troops sailing from England to Normandy in the D-Day landings of World War II - one of the leaders of the invasion was future POTUS Eisenhower, whose name is German for "Iron-Hewer".
  • The first holy roman emperor to be crowned by the Pope was Charles, Charles the Great or Charlemagne, while the last emperor to be crowned by the Pope was Charles, Charles I of Spain or V of the Holy Roman Empire, another parallel than can be brough out is that each reigns marked the rise (Charlemagne) and decline (Charles I) of the secular power that the Catholic Church used to have on the European monarchs as well as that of of the imperial title.
  • The Spanish American colonial empire began with Ferdinand V/IInote  and ended with Ferdinand VII.
  • The first Habsburg king of Spain was Charles I. The last was Charles II.
  • The first Inca to have ruled from Cuzco was Manco Capac, whose reign marked the start of the Inca Confederacy from which his descendents would eventually rise the confederacy to an empire; the last Inca to have ruled from Cuzco was Manco Inca, who fleed to Vilcabamba to fight against the Spanish invaders and whose failed rebellion and that of his sons marked the definitive twilight of the Tawantinsuyu.
  • The Spanish Civil War began when the army mutinied over the perceived threat of a Communist takeover, in 1936. The Spanish Civil War ended when the (loyalist) army mutinied over the perceived threat of a Communist takeover, in 1939.
  • The first Nasrid king of Granada was Muhammad I, who rose in rebellion against Ibn Hud and collaborated with the Christian King Ferdinand III of Castille and Leon, who was married at that time with Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen. The last king was Muhammad XI, who rose in rebellion against his father Mulay Hassan and collaborated with the Christians before losing it all to the Catholic Kings Ferdinand V of Aragon and Isabel I of Castille and Leon.
  • The first member of the Hohenstaufen to be crowned King of the Romans was Conrad III, father of the first Swabian emperor Frederick Barbarossa; the last member of the Hohenstaufen to be crowned King of the Romans was Conrad IV, son the last Swabian emperor Frederick II.


  • Playwright Eugene O'Neill's last words: "I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room."
  • There's that Stephen Wright joke that he wished his first word had been "Quote", so that on his deathbed he could say "Unquote".
  • Your parents take care of you when you're younger, and you usually end up taking care of them when they get older.
  • Lee Myung-bak was an engineer working for the Hyundai Group in the 1970s when it was contracted to build the Cheonggye Expressway atop the unsightly polluted wasteland that was the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul. Flash forward to 2003 and the same Lee Myung-bak has become Mayor of Seoul and in order to leave a legacy, he ordered the rehabilitation of the Cheogggyecheon stream by demolishing the same Cheonggye Expressway helped build as a younger man. The project was finished in 2005 and is a real life example of Crystal Spires and Togas. Lee's successful undoing of his own work is believed to have aided in his election as the 10th President of South Korea. In short, the Cheonggyecheon stream was "killed" then "resurrected" by the same man.
  • Mark Twain was born shortly after the appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835. He often predicted he'd go out with it and did, dying one day after its reappearance in 1910.
  • Muammar Gaddafi's life: He was born in a small fishing village called Sirte. Later during the 2011 Libyan Civil War, Sirte become the place of his last stand and death.
  • Deliberately invoked by David Cameron. In his first Prime Minister's Questions (as Leader of the Opposition) in December 2005 he said of then-incumbent Prime Minister Tony Blair "he was the future once". In his very last Prime Minister's Questions (as Prime Minister) in July 2016 he said of himself "I was the future once".
  • Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, exactly 300 years after Galileo Galilei's death, and his death date was March 14, 2018, which was Albert Einstein's birthday and Pi Day. And Hawking, like Einstein, died at age 76.
  • An example pertaining to most people's days- they start and end in a bed.


  • Should humanity go extinct, then many of our iconic buildings will actually deteriorate in the reverse order of how and when they were built: the more modern skyscrapers will be among the first to crumble away, while structures lasting since the ancient times (such as the Pyramids of Egypt) will take millennia to disappear.


  • "What hath God wrought?" was both the very first electric telegram, sent in 1837, and the very last telegram sent by Western Union. (Optical telegraphs, using smoke, mirrors, or semaphore, existed long before.) Telegraph is still in use in countries including Bahrain, Germany, Japan, and Sweden, mainly for formal notices (mainly funerals, weddings, and births), and for sheer novelty. It's also still in use in areas of the world without Internet access.


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