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The credits are rolling! Wasn't that a great show? Let's all reflect on the great moments we just watched... ah, here they come now, and they brought a stirring, victorious musical track, too!

In short: The credit sequences of TV shows, movies or video games include a montage of stills or clips from earlier in the show. In some works, this sequence is animated or drawn in a different style, making it an Animated Credits Opening at the end of the show. It's similar to a Title Montage, but the clips or stills tend to be longer and more representative of the complete plot, rather than (as in a Title Montage) brief clips showing off the characters and scenery.

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May be related to the Photo Montage, which is frequently one of these. Shows that have gone into syndication have these added when the original broadcaster play the credits in a Credits Pushback.

Doesn't count if the events depicted happen after the ending — that is, as an epilogue. (For instance, the credits of WALL•E.)

Some shows have Hilarious Outtakes during their credits instead of a montage.

Compare the musical counterpart, the Credits Medley. Contrast Creative Closing Credits.


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As this trope concerns the endings of shows and movies, unmarked spoilers follow.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The shortened versions of the credits that are shown in the broadcast English dubs of Bleach and Naruto tend to be this, showing various screenshots from the current season. In Bleach's case, a shortened version of the ending theme plays.
  • Fushigi Yuugi features this alongside a montage of promotional artworks or those taken from the manga. Even Nuriko's death episode has one for him.
  • Some anime combine this with On the Next by having clips from the episode you just saw play, followed by clips from the next episode, in the Ending Theme:
  • Gintama would often have this at the end of the action arcs and the last episodes of a season.
    • The Gintama movie (the second one, with the original story) has this at the end as well, showing scenes from the movie accompanied by the movie's theme. Then it goes Up to Eleven when the first montage ends and the second begins, using the anime's first theme accompanied by scenes from the all six seasons in the foreground as scenes from the title sequences flash by in the background.
  • The second ending sequence in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! uses previous clips from throughout the series.
  • Episode 63 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a special end credits sequence highlighting the life of Hohenheim (and doubling as a Really Dead Montage), using clips from throughout the show itself, including previous opening/ending sequences.
  • Episode 14 of the Fate/stay night 2006 anime has one depicting various moments from through the show up until that point, all through Shirou's perspective, following Archer fighting (and losing to) Berserker. The Stinger towards the end of the credits then shows Archer's corpse disappearing, which leaves only a pendant, the one Rin gave to Shirou at the beginning of the war, behind. In fact, there's a reason why the montage focuses on Shirou. This is all foreshadowing to Archer's identity, which isn't revealed until Unlimited Blade Works (which the 2006 anime doesn't adapt).

    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Princess Bride
  • Top Gun
  • The opening credits of Watchmen detail the extensive Backstory, including explicitly showing The Comedian was on the grassy knoll.
  • Around the World in 80 Days (1956) (1956 version)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home — the only film in the series to use this
  • Kill Bill Volume 2, in the part of the credits that shows the entire cast of characters
  • The Hangover featured still pictures from the guys' wild night when they were high on roofies.
  • Sunshine had clips from the entire movie.
  • Im Juli, the closing credits show stills of the actors alongside their names.
  • Short Circuit recaps Number/Johnny Five's escapades, including some deleted scenes (an encounter with a toy robot, for instance).
  • Little Shop of Horrors kicks off its end credits sequence with clips of the main players and some of the celebrities who made cameos.
  • The end credits of The Bad and the Beautiful show short clips of all major characters along with the actors' names.
  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah utilizes a montage composed of clips from the 1954 original, plus all of the films in the Heisei series.
  • Fright Night (2011): each major credit of the film is accompanied by a brief clip from the film, which then freezes and acquires a stylized filter as the name appears.
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 has one that basically acts as a credits montage for all five of the Twilight movies; basically if an actor played a character that had a name, they're in the montage, whether they were in all of the movies or just one.
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     Live Action TV 
  • Many programs of T.A.T. Communications Co. (later Embassy Productions) — among them, but not limited to Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and One Day at a Time — used montages. Diff'rent Strokes froze its shots for most of its seasons, while The Facts of Life and One Day at a Time used clips that usually lasted 5-10 seconds each.
  • Each episode of the Cirque du Soleil variety series Solstrom featured a montage covering most of the acts in the episode. Each act got text offering interesting details on the performer(s)/acts who weren't imported from Cirque's live shows, and the name of the specific show for those who were.
  • The compilation episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? UK.
  • Scrubs (At least up to season 7) had stills from the episode that just aired during the credits sequence. However, most of these stills were from events that that little to do with the episode's plot, such as JD's daydreams.
  • The A-Team would show a funny or action-filled clip from the episode, and then freeze it at the most hilarious or climactic moment and a section of the credits would appear. Lather, rinse, repeat.
  • The final episode of The Shield ends with a very moving nostalgic montage of both happy and sad events from earlier in the series.
  • With Billy's departure in Power Rangers Zeo, we got a montage of Billy scenes going back to day one over the credits instead of the then-usual Hilarious Outtakes.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series did this with a slight twist: Some of the stills shown during the closing credits were from entirely different episodes, usually ending with a particularly iconic image (the Green-Skinned Space Babe or the giant-headed alien puppet Balok).
  • The final episode of Babylon 5 end credits featured the first and last images of the regular cast in order of internal chronology.
  • The last episode of Choujuu Sentai Liveman had one of these take the place of the usual ending. Justified in that the montage is a projection from Gash's head.

    Video Games 
  • Octopath Traveler: The game keeps track of the final blow done to every boss, and once the player beats their chosen protagonist's fourth chapter, replays them all in the background while credits scroll.
  • Ōkami had one, but it was sadly cut out of the Wii version.
  • RPG Maker lets you make your own Credits Montage by putting a "snapshot" event in your game, which records the image and later shows it during the credits.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Done in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team too, although the montage shows the events after the game and the gang's vacation through the same areas they explored.
  • ''The King of Dragons' credits shows all the bosses the player fought in the game.
  • Final Fantasy IX, although the last sequence widens to show parts not included in the original shot.
  • Chrono Cross, in black and white, with extra clips at the end.
  • Both Ouendan games and Elite Beat Agents have stylized black-and-white versions of the good endings for some of the levels.
  • Mad Father: All of the CG graphic cutscenes shown throughout the game appear over the credits, from Monika's portrait, straight through to the eponymous man himself gone mad. Also counts as a Photo Montage.
  • Credits in the Polish adventure game Wacki: Kosmiczna Rozgrywka include a number of animated scenes from the game, squashed off to the side.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Series Ending Montage

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