An element that appears at the conclusion of every episode, chapter, or Story Arc. It can be dialogue, narration, or Paratext. Either way, it informs the audience that the episode/arc is over, without resorting to a generic "The End" or "To Be Continued..." title card.
For some viewers, On the Next and Closing Credits tend to function like this (even though that's probably not the intent of the creators). Oh, Cisco! is the variation that ends every ep with a joke, which may lead to everybody laughing. May include a catchphrase.
- Many anime shows have the ending theme start to fade in during the last scene.
- Black Lagoon, except for episode 15, which changed the ending theme to "The World of Midnight."
- City Hunter ends on a stylized freeze frame of City Hunter (and the client sometimes) with the music coming up.
- From Space Battleship Yamato: "Hurry Star Forcenote , there are only___days left to save the Earth..."note
- Kamen no Maid Guy has the countdown to Naeka's birthday.
- Episodes of Cowboy Bebop ended with a small text slogan on a black background; most episodes ended with "See You Space Cowboy..." Certain episodes that were dramatically significant ended differently, usually with a line that indirectly related to the character development that had occurred. "You're Gonna Carry That Weight" was used at the close of the final episode after Spike and Vicious (possibly) kill each other.
- The best subversion was in the episode with Andy, a literal Space Cowboy. At the end of the episode, after he's been defeated, he shows up again, now a samurai. Sure enough, the ending says "See you Space Samurai..."
- The Big O ended with a black-and-white text card, reading either "We Have Come To Terms" or "No Side," depending on the results of the negotiations in the episode, or "To Be Continued" for a multi-part story. The holiday episode used "Merry Christmas" instead.
- Interestingly, Season 2 was a completely uninterrupted string of "To Be Continued"'s all the way to the last episode of the season (and thus, the series). The very last frame of the show finally gives us "We Have Come To Terms" (yeah, sure, I guess you can call it that, show).
- UFO Baby has Wannya writing on his electronic diary.
- Almost entirely done in Code Geass, as virtually every episode of both seasons ends with some form of a cliffhanger (and on top of that, a decent percentage of the cliffhangers involve screwing over/complicating the protagonist's plans in some way).
- Every episode of Hamtaro would end with Laura saying that it had been a great day, that the next day would be even better, and Hamtaro squeaking in agreement.
- Pokémon does the "To Be Continued..." sign at the end of every episode on the corner of the screen. The narrator, at least dub-wise, always says some sort of speech relating with the last scene to overlap with this.
- Actually, this is a somewhat-regular occurrence in anime (and other Japanese TV shows as well) with continuing stories (i.e., it doesn't always happen). Each episode until the finale will say "Tsuzuku" (which means "To Be Continued). Once a show reaches the final episode, it will then say "Owari" ("[The] End").
- A variation of the above occurs in One Piece. The first two episodes had "TSUZUKU" in a large font. All episodes thereafter say "TO BE CONTINUED" in English with big letters.
- Every episode of Transformers: Super-God Masterforce ended with the narrator exclaiming "Now, you too use the Masterforce to TRANSFORM!"
- In Hidamari Sketch, Yuno (or any character who's the center of the episode's story from the second season) got a Furo Scene reflecting that episode's events at the end of each episode.
- Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou not only has the Ending Theme fade-in thing, but also uses the time between the start of the fade-in and the start of the actual ending sequence to put on the screen a tanka poem that somewhat reflects the events of the episode. This effect doesn't change even when the default ending song gets replaced in some of the character-centered episodes; the only time it gets altered is the series' finale, where the ending song plays over the next-to-the-last scene, and the poem appears at the very end of the episode.
- The Tatami Galaxy features a sequence at the end of every episode except the final one to signify the continuation of the "Groundhog Day" Loop by having the main clock of Watashi's university rewinding and the events of the episode flashing by, to be immediately followed by the ending theme.
- About every short episode of Axis Powers Hetalia ends with "To be continued... maybe".
- Each episode of the Non Non Biyori anime, with the exception of the last of each season, ends with two of the main cast standing between "That's all for today" and bowing towards the screen.
- At the end of the majority of episodes in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, a star-shaped closing iris pans in onto Kirby, who is usually doing a happy pose. There is also a tune that plays with it.
- Later episodes add a short skit afterwards, which is a few seconds long and changes every episode. These are removed in the dub.
- The many iterations of the beloved anime/manga Tensai Bakabon usually ends its segment with Papa turning to the camera and saying koredeiinoda! Or, its going to be alright! when in a heated situation.
- Mahoromatic generally has sweet and light-hearted storylines, but there's a tragic undercurrent running through the series which is reinforced at the end of every episode, where we get a title card telling us how many days Mahoro has left to live.
- In Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, chapters normally end with the narration giving the results of the current Battle of Wits (plots that span multiple chapters usually save it until the last one). The anime kept this format, though it happens multiple times per episode due to each one adapting several chapters.
- Excel Saga has the "Today's experiment" screen, which almost always reads "Failed", but is occasionally switched up with other grades.
- X-Men sometimes has the (X) sigil at the end of an arc to indicate that particular arc has completed.
- PS238: "Class dismissed!"
- Suske en Wiske: Each album traditionally ends with Wiske winking at the audience.
- Nero: In the color albums almost every album traditionally ends with a waffle feast.
- Lucky Luke always ends with Lucky Luke driving off into the sunset while he sings "I'm A Poor Lonesome Cowboy".
- Asterix always ends with the Gauls having a celebratory feast. And tie and gag Cacofonix while they're at it lest his music ruins the feast. Later on, the Gauls just treat it as tradition. Unless Cacofonix is saving the day, or if one person cannot make the banquet.
- In which case, Fulliautomatix, the one who usually handles Cacofonix, is usually the one tied up.
- Every issue of Transmetropolitan ends with a variant on the three-eyed smiley face that represents the Transient movement.
- Every issue of Watchmen ends with an epigraph, which quotes the source of each issue's title.
- "You are now leaving Astro City, please drive carefully."
- Except for the "Pastoral" issue, which has "Caplinville City Limits - Come Back Soon!"
- And in issues that are part of a larger arc, it's "Astro City Department of Public Works - Under Construction."
- With very rare exceptions, every issue of Groo the Wanderer would end with a Moral.
- The last panel of each The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! comic has an encircled A in the corner.
- In The Legend of Total Drama Island, every chapter posted to date except for the prologue ends thusly: "The hour was growing late, so Brett's mother left off her tale and suggested that he prepare for bed."
- Almost every chapter in Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles ends with the line, "Author's Note: Blessings!" This is sometimes followed by a selection of Bible verses.
- Each edition of the Halloween Unspectacular anthology series ends with a parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire", performed by E350, with lyrics reflecting the stories contained in that respective edition. The sole exception is the ninth volume, This is fine, which ends with a Downer Ending cliffhanger as the Bus Driver succeeds in destroying E350's life.
- James Bond movies' endings have evolved since Dr. No, but the vast majority (at least pre-reboot) end with a scene of Bond and the Bond Girl together, often with a Double Entendre One-Liner to close out the movie.
- Bond movies also nearly always end with the statement during the ending credits: JAMES BOND WILL RETURN.
- In a documentary about the making of The World Is Not Enough, the makers commented that "You need an ending that's like 'Bond and the girl escape in a rubber raft while the villain's base blows up', but isn't actually 'Bond and the girl escape in a rubber raft while the villain's base blows up.'"
- In the Christopher Reeve-era Superman movies, he flies off into space every time.
- Harry Potter has the last line in every film except for the last one, where he shares an exchange with his son, instead.
- Every Scary Movie film ends with someone getting hit by a car.
- Compare the last words from each of the Wayside School books:
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School: "Everybody booed."
- Wayside School is Falling Down: "Everybody mooed."
- Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger: "Everybody oohed."
- Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom: "Everybody chewed."
- Sharpe novels usually end with the title of the book, e.g. Sharpe's Tiger ends with "It was Sharpe's tiger."
- Every book in A Series of Unfortunate Events ends with a letter to the editor (thoroughly detailing where he may find the manuscript of the next book) and a full page illustration which contained a hint about a certain theme within the next book.
- Standard fairytale ending: "And they [all] lived happily ever after [except for X]."
- Arabian Nights endings are more restrained "They lived happily until there came to them the One Who Destroys All Happiness." (i.e., death) Sweet dreams, kids!
- Every Discworld Watch novel ends with Vimes and the Watch being rewarded usually by the Patrician, and often in a way that reflects the changing politics of the books:
- Originally, in Guards! Guards!, the gag was that the only reward they wanted was a small wage increase, a kettle and a dartboard. (And even then, Sergeant Colon thought they were pushing it.)
- Men at Arms starts out the same way, before it turns out that the reason Carrot wants a new kettle is because he plans the Watch's increase to 56 officers (from six), and the reopening of the section houses. Vimes becomes Commander of the Watch and (reluctantly) a knight.
- In Feet of Clay, the Patrician does a McCloud Speech, saying that since Vimes has upset every Guild leader in the city, his wages will have to be increased again. "And I expect they need a new dart-board in the Watch House? They usually do, I recall."
- In Jingo, Vimes insists there's nothing the Patrician can offer that will make him accept a Dukedom ("We've got the Watch set up, we've almost got the numbers, the widows and orphans fund is so big the men are queuing up for the dangerous beats, and the dartboard we've got is nearly new!"), before getting caught off-guard by Vetinari's suggestion that the history of Sam's regicidal ancestor might be re-examined. Nobby and Fred, meanwhile, are rewarded by being put in charge of Traffic Control ("A chance to be 'self-financing' and not get shot at.")
- Since Vimes is still in Uberwald at the end of The Fifth Elephant, it's Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the dwarfs who rewards the Watch for their aid. This includes the very political aknowledgement of Cheery (an openly female dwarf) and Detritus (a troll) as friends of the Low King. Vimes is given a dwarfish battle-axe, an ironic thing for a king to give a Vimes.
- At the end of Night Watch, Vetinari suggests commemorating the Watchmen who died on the 25th of May, but Vimes shoots this down. He reiterates there's nothing he wants ("We don't even need a new bloody dartboard!"), but the Patrician again catches him off-guard, this time by re-opening the Treacle Mine Road Watch House.
- Thud! ends with Vimes in Uberwald again. Sybil says that Vetinari would be wondering how to reward him, and he replies "He can go on wondering. I've got everything I want." ... leading to an Ironic Echo Cut back to the city, where Carrot is telling the Patrician that "Commander Vimes wouldn't settle for anything less" than sixty new officers to join the Watch.
- Played with in Snuff; the reward scene comes two thirds of the way through the book, complete with Vimes getting a new title as King of the River for saving The Wonderful Fanny. When Vimes and Vetinari have their conversation at the end the Patrician is not in a mood to reward him.
- The Riftwar Cycle: "Ah, Arutha, you take all the fun out of life!"
- In the epilogues (or prologues) of the books of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, the P.O.V. character narrating that chapter dies.
- At the end of every Clue book, Mr. Boddy is supposedly killed.
- Every book in the Sweet Valley High universe (Twins, High, University, etc), ended with a preview of the next book, as something that may have been hinted at throughout the book's plot (a couple arguing, a person feeling pressured about school/home) now took center stage in the book's final chapter.
- Every book in the Captain Underpants series ends with George & Harold shouting "Oh no!" and "Here we go again!". Up until the fifth book this was accompanied by Mr. Krupp being turned back into Captain Underpants and running off but since the 6th book it has always been George Harold, and may a few other characters involved in a Here We Go Again! type of ordeal.
- Every installment of Rosemary Wells's Voyage to the Bunny Planet books ends with the star character of the book observing the Bunny Planet in the night sky and realizing with delight "It was there all along!"
- The final chapter of each installment of Lockwood & Co. (save the one-off short story The Dagger in the Desk) opens with a newspaper account summarizing the key case of the book. These accounts, however, usually lack key details that have been deemed by the authorities to be too sensitive for public ears, such as iron magnate John Fairfax being the murderer of Annie Ward in The Screaming Staircase, or that the woman the public knows as Penelope Fittes is responsible for the epidemic of ghosts in The Empty Grave. These accounts also provide at least some detail as to Lockwood and Co.'s involvement in the cases, though also usually heavily edited. The lone exception is the fourth book, The Creeping Shadow, in which their involvement is kept entirely secret in an effort to try to protect them, not that it does much good.
- Isaac Asimov's "...That Thou Art Mindful of Him": Each chapter is followed by a chapter Na, such as chapter 1a, 4a, and 8a. Each subsection starts with "[Name] sat alone", where the name is someone who was in the previous chapter. The last chapter ends with two characters sitting alone.
- Arrested Development: Every episode ends with fake previews for next week that subvert real teasers that reality tv and dramas often use to build interest.
- The Bozo Show: Every episode ends with The Grand March. It's where audience follows Bozo the Clown to the exit.
- Welcome Back, Kotter: Part of a bookend, where each episode began and ended with Kotter telling a joke (usually ending in a bad pun) about one of his relatives.
- Superior Court: The 1980s courtroom drama (promoted as bringing "real people, real cases, real drama" through presentations of fictional cases) always ended each story with a "Where Are They Now"-type epilogue, telling viewers what happened to the principal characters of each case. Sometimes, if a major social issue was involved, the narrator told what happened as the result of said case.
- Quantum Leap always ended with Sam leaping into a new identity and saying "Oh, boy." The scene would then double as the beginning of next week's show. Most of these scenes contained no connection to the story that had just ended, so that they could be swapped between episodes if the network felt like changing the air order. Some syndication packages have the same ending appended to multiple episodes.
- In The Prisoner (1967), a photo of Number 6's face rises from a bird's-eye view of the Village. Bars slam shut.
- Yes, Minister almost always (Jobs For The Boys was an exception) ends with a character, usually Sir Humphrey, saying "Yes, Minister" - in an astonishing variety of different intonations. When the title was changed to Yes, Prime Minister...
- The Tracey Ullman Show always ended with Tracey (in her post-costuming dressing gown) emphatically telling the audience to "Go home!"
- Homaged at the end of the credits for her HBO series Tracey Takes On....
Cast and crew: (as Tracey is leaving the soundstage) Good night Trace!Tracey: Go home!
- Homaged at the end of the credits for her HBO series Tracey Takes On....
- Carol Burnett always tugged on her ear at the end of her shows.
- It was a holdover from her days on stage. She did this as a covert way of saying "I love you" to her grandmother.
- Knight Rider (and probably a lot of 1980s action series) ended with stock footage of the car, and earlier episodes had a narrative epilogue as well.
- Up until about the start of The '90s, most Sit Coms would end on a freeze frame, with the studio audience applauding the episode.
- The freeze frame was parodied by Police Squad!, where the credits would roll while the principal characters stand really still, and everything around them continued moving. (Plus, before each freeze frame scene, Drebin would casually rhyme off every criminal caught in the series to date as part of a conversation.)
- Quite a few series have the credits music kick in a few seconds before the credits. Doctor Who's electronic "scream" comes to mind.
- And EastEnders' iconic "Dun-dun, dun, dun, d-d-dun-dun." drumbeats. In fact one episode of EastEnders even had the latter two blended together in one episode; when Bradley and Stacey Branning were at a Doctor Who convention, the "scream" was played as part of the convention 'atmosphere' just before the drumbeats showed up so one segued into the other.
- The Waltons would end with the family telling each other good night.
- Most episodes of Sliders ended with the group sliding into the next world. In the earliest episodes, they tried linking one episode to the next with a Quantum Leap-style tag scene, but the tags couldn't be shuffled between episodes because the characters' clothing needed to match. When the network aired a cliffhanger resolution the week before the cliffhanger, the producers gave up.
- Almost every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series ended with music playing over a shot of the Enterprise sailing through the starfield. This is usually preceded by a bit of banter where Kirk makes a quip about Vulcans, and then Spock retorts with a quip about humans, or vice versa.
- Most first season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation ended with Picard or Riker saying "Engage" and the Enterprise departing to bombastic music. They dropped this later on.
- Dragnet usually ended with the narrator describing the fate of the accused over a shot of the perp looking uncomfortably at the mugshot camera.
- Seinfeld ends every episode with a freeze-frame and the show's signature bass-line playing.
- Sesame Street: Each show ends with the "sponsor" announcement: "Sesame Street was brought to you today by ..." the featured 2 letter(s) and 1 number. Following this was a listing of corporate sponsors.
- From Season 1 to season 31, They would also end the show with the phrase Sesame Street is a production of The Children's Television Workshop!
- The Electric Company (1971): The show used two:
- During the first season (1971-1972), the last act of each day was the soap opera parody "Love of Chair," followed by "And now, the last word ... " where a word, often having to do with one of the sounds of the day was read.
- For the remainder of the series (1972-1977), a "next episode" teaser was played instead ("Next time on The Electric Company, the cook says ..." followed by a frozen action shot and a muted "wah-wah"-type sound.) This was omitted on the final episode of each season.
- In turn, much like Sesame Street, the corporate credits — a listing of corporate sponsors — was played. Before the roll, one of the cast members read the following: "The Electric Company is a production of ... the Children's Television Workshop.")
- Every episode of NCIS between "Bete Noire" and the season 1 finale ended with the same shot of Gibbs' computer running a photo database ID search attempting to identify the terrorist from "Bete Noire", signifying Gibbs' obsessive quest to find the mysterious terrorist Ari.
- Every episode of Mama's Family ended with an Establishing Shot of the house, and Mama always spoke the last line, which was always a zinger.
- Almost every episode of Boston Legal ended with Denny and Allan discussing the episode's Aesop (or lack thereof) over Scotch and cigars on their balcony.
- Doogie Howser, M.D. always ends with Doogie typing in his journal about a lesson he learned from the events of the episode.
- The Two Ronnies ended with their catchphrase of "It's goodnight from me..." "...and it's goodnight from him."
- Most Top Gear episodes end with Jeremy Clarkson saying "...and on that bombshell..." or variants thereof, with few exceptions. (Such as when Clarkson was caught and devoured by a pack of hunting dogs.)
- Beakman's World always ended just like it began: Don and Herb Penguin give an Oh, Cisco!-type joke, then turn off the teevee.
- The classic '50s sitcom The Honeymooners almost always ended with Jackie Gleason's saying to his wife "Baby, you're the greatest" followed by a kiss.
- With the exceptions being the first part of a two-parter (or the first two parts of the series opener when divided into three parts), every episode of the original Battlestar Galactica series ended with a shot of the fleet and Lorne Greene's voiceover describing the premise of the series.
"Fleeing the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest. A shining planet known as Earth."
- Every episode of The Daily Show ends with a "Moment of Zen," which is usually a funny clip pertaining to something mentioned during the show.
- Made in Canada (generally known elsewhere as The Industry) always ended with a character, usually Richard (Rick Mercer), looking at the camera and saying "I think that went well," usually when something has gone terribly wrong for another character. Alternatively, the character for whom something has gone terribly wrong (usually Victor or Alan) will look at the camera and say, "This is not good."
- Most shows by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer conclude with a characteristic musical duet (sometimes with changed lyrics to fit the episode). Vic Reeves Big Night Out had "Oh Mr Songwriter," The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer had "I Love the Smell..." and Shooting Stars had a reprise of the opening "Welcome to Shooting Stars."
- Once every episode of Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego ends, there's only one more thing that needs to be done, AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?! "Do it, Rockapella!"
- Roundhouse would end every episode with an occasionally random segue into the line "Reprise the theme song, and roll the credits!"
- The Red Skelton Show: "Good night, and may God bless."
- On The Red Green Show, The Possum Lodge meeting is called. Red gives a risqué message to his wife, and then says "On behalf of me and Harold and everyone else here at Possum Lodge... keep your stick on the ice."
- Wonder Woman ended episodes on a freeze frame of Lynda Carter smiling.
- Touched by an Angel ended (and began) with a dove flying around the scene. No matter how the scene started. There's even one in a Snow Globe! An exception to the dove was made if the episode focused on non-Christian characters, such as an episode examining a family's conflicting views towards Judaism, although the camera moving up to look towards Heaven was maintained.
- The Twilight Zone (1959) always ended with an epilogue by series creator Rod Serling concluding with the words "...in the Twilight Zone." or something similar. Serling actually started appearing on screen after the first season finale "A World of His Own", in which the character Gregory West broke the fourth wall to talk to him.
- Most, but not all episodes of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour ended with a closing skit in which Fleagle would "adjourn" the club meeting; he would usually say "The Banana Splits Club is now officially adjourned," or some other variation.
- The Mickey Mouse Club: Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company M-I-C... see ya real soon! K-E-Y... Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E.
- Johnny Bago sends a letter home to his mother, giving her news about his travels...and the Mafia intercepts her mail, so they also know what he's up to.
- In the sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie, every episode of the last 2 series ended with Stephen Fry making a bizarre cocktail and serving it up, after instructing Hugh Laurie "Please Mr Music, will you play?" Laurie played the theme tune on the piano (and made trumpet noises with his mouth), and each show concluded with the toast "soupy twist."
- Frequently occurs on news shows, with the anchor's trademark signoff. Edward R. Murrow's "Good night and good luck," later stolen by Keith Olbermann, who now uses "That's Countdown, on this the [XXXXth] day since the previous president declared Mission Accomplished in Iraq. I'm Keith Olbermann, good night and good luck."
- As the George W. Bush Presidency started winding down, he'd add, "Congratulations on getting through another day of this crap."
- Cold Case has this down to a science. Every episode concludes with a sombre montage which is bound to include:
- Period music from the same time as the flashback segments of the preceding episode.
- Shots of the major characters in the case doing things in the present, as both their "present" and "past" selves.
- The case itself being re-filed in the evidence room, with the word "closed" stamped on it.
- An apparition of the murder victim (s), seen briefly by one of the detectives (or one of their loved ones) before fading from sight.
- Many old game shows, especially those produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, would end with The Announcer signing off for the show over the ending credits, audience applause, and scenes of the winners. For example, "This is Gene Wood speaking for Family Feud. A Mark Goodson Television Production." Substitute name of show and announcer's name as needed. (Occasionally this would be accompanied with a short production or legal note, e.g. "The third contestant on today's show was found to be ineligible and his prizes were forfeited.") The Price Is Right is the only show that still does this.
- Speaking of The Price Is Right, when Bob Barker was the host, he ended every show since the '80s by imploring people to spay or neuter their pets.
- At the end of Kenan & Kel, Kenan would ask Kel to grab three random items, meet him at a random location, and call him a random nickname. Kel would then end the episode with his trademark, "Awwww, here it goes!"
- Amanda Bynes ended every episode of The Amanda Show by telling the audience, "Well, that's our show. I gotta go ________. See ya!" The blank would always be some bizarre or impossible task, such as "overthrow Canada" or "stir-fry a bikini."
- Lost consistently ended with the word "LOST" in white over a black screen, but for one notable exception: when Season 5 ended with the explosion of the hydrogen bomb, it was reversed so that "LOST" was written in black over a white screen.
- Charmed: every season ended with a door, mostly that of the Halliwells' house, being telekinetically closed by Prue, by a ghost of a dead Halliwell, like Prue, or just closing.
- Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction: Jonathan Frakes would end each story with a pun.
- Every episode of the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley (except one) ends with the Vicar telling the verger Alice a joke. Alice usually doesn't get the joke, so the Vicar has to try, unsuccessfully, to explain the punchline. Only one episode does not end with a joke, but in that episode the joke is at the beginning.
- Tales Of The Riverbank would end with the narrator starting to relate an anecdote...
"But that is another story."
- Nearly every episode of Mork & Mindy ended with Mork's report to Orson. ("Mork calling Orson, come in, Orson.") The exceptions are the Christmas Special, the finale of season 3 (which ended with Mork and Mindy confessing their love to one another), and several season 4 episodes.
- Every episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse ended with Pee-Wee riding on his red motor scooter after flying out of his playhouse. Later episodes showed him wearing a red one-eyed monster helmet, and also had him fly past Mt. Rushmore.
- Reading Rainbow: "[I'll/We'll] see ya next time!"
- Brum the sentient car would always return to the museum, and the curator would discover a memento of his latest adventure in the back seat.
- In Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the mad scientists would end the show by pushing a button to cut off the transmission. In fact, Dr. Forrester's "Push the button, Frank," became something of a catch phrase. (During season one it was "File this, Larry.") This was dropped when the show moved to Sci-Fi Channel.
- After the ending credits there was usually a "stinger", a short bizarre scene or quote from the film they watched that episode.
- The first few episodes of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin ended with a despairing scream from Reginald. This was phased out.
- Wipeout (2008): "Good night...and big balls."
- "Jesse's got metal to burn and sparks to fly! The next Monster Garage challenge ...is just...around...the bend!"
- In The Avengers (1960s), Steed and Mrs Peel would depart the area into the distance in whatever conveyance was available or appropriate.
- Frasier ends with 'Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs' being played over a scene.
- Lamb Chop's Play-Along "This is the song that doesn't end...yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because" (repeat!)
- Barney "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family...."
- Most episodes featured a segment called "Barney Says," where Barney recaps the episode, but it's not nearly as iconic as "I Love You."
- Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In always ended with Dan and Dick saying goodnight (Dan: "Say goodnight, Dick." Dick: "Goodnight, Dick!"), followed by the joke wall, some blackouts then have the sound of one person clapping during the ending graphics and the NBC snake logo.
- American Bible Challenge: "If you don't know your Bible, you don't have a prayer!"
- Every episode of The Man Show ended with girls jumping on trampolines over the credits.
- "And the clown jumped over the moon!"
- Heyyyyy... WHO MADE THIS BIIIIIG MESS?
- Mr. Belvedere: The titular Mr. Belvedere writing in his journal making observations about his host family.
- 3rd Rock from the Sun: The family, sitting on a rooftop, discusses what (they think) they've learned about human civilization.
- Every episode of Dong Yi will end with a close-up shot of Dong Yi before cutting into the credits.
- MacGruber sketches end with a cry of "MacGruber!" over a shot of the location exploding.
- Every episode of Spooks ends with a colour-inverted version of the episode's final shot, before (with the exception of season finales) cutting to the On the Next.
- Each Fortysomething episode ended with Paul and Estelle going to bed at night.
- Every episode of 2 Broke Girls ends with a counter showing the amount of money the titular characters have saved up to start their cupcake business. It can go up or down depending on what happened in the episode.
- Most Cheers episodes had an abrupt ending — the last word (typically a Punchline) was immediately followed by a cut to black.
- An exception: In one episode, Sam did an old The Three Stooges trick. Saying "come here, porcupine," he grabbed Rebecca's nose between two fingers of his clenched fist, then slapped his fist away. When she told him that hurt, he said it was all in fun like with the Stooges. She immediately repeated the same trick on him. They cut to black just as her hand connected with her fist. Then there was the sound of a very loud slap. Then Sam yelled, "OW! Hey, the Stooges didn't bleed!"
- Sometimes, one more line can be heard. In "Death Takes A Holiday On Ice", which ends with Carla heading to the backroom to play a game of billiards. After the cut to black, we hear the cue ball hitting the balls and one falling into a pocket.
- Nearly every episode of Scrubs ends with JD comparing and tying together all the different plot threads in a voiceover, either learning An Aesop or making an observation of some sort. Subverted as often as not in later seasons, but the lack of a summation to make sense of everything usually only occurs in particularly bleak or jarring episodes (for example, "My Lunch").
- King of the Nerds: Each episode concludes with the eliminated contestant marching out of the mansion, as they narrate their last goodbyes and wistful music plays... until one of the hosts taps an iPad, obliterates them the moment before they set foot off the property, and makes a cheesy pun about it.
- From 1973 to 2001, all but two episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ended with Rogers singing "It's Such A Good Feeling".
- The two exceptions were opera episodes from The '80s, where the song was presumably cut for time (they also opened with a Truncated Theme Tune).
- Before that, from 1968-70, every episode closed with the song "Tomorrow". The 1971 season featured a different closing song ("The Weekend Song") on Fridays, while the 1972 season featured a rotation between "Good Feeling" and the two previous songs.
- Every episode of JAG ended with a freeze frame, usually of one or two of the main characters either smiling or showing a concerned look.
- Good Luck Charlie had Teddy's last entry in the video diary for that episode, which always ended with a Title Drop.
- Pyramid: "For now, Dick Clark...*Military Salute*...So long."
- Press Your Luck: "Until next time, this is Peter Tomarken saying thanks for pressing your luck, bye-bye!"
- Nearly every episode of Duck Dynasty ends with the Robertson clan gathered around the dinner table, where Phil (or occasionally Willie) prays over the food, followed by Willie narrating the Aesop.
- Singled Out always ended with the set turned into a dance floor open to all of the day's contestants.
- The UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? ended with "It just remains for me to thank (the four panelists), Richard Vranch at the piano, this is me, Clive Anderson, saying goodnight. Goodnight."
- Hee Haw always closed with the assembled cast singing a "so long" song. Originally, it was a somber-toned, "We love the time we spend with you...." changed in the last season to a more upbeat, "So long, we sure had a good time..." The credits would then run under a jaunty version of the theme, followed by Cathy Baker poking her head through an opening in the wall and announcing perkily, "That's all!"
- Every episode of the Nickelodeon version of Robot Wars will give out an advisory warning that building a robot is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted without great care.
- Soul Train:
Don Cornelius: "That oughta do it for a while, I hope we can do it again on these same stations, and you can bet your last money, it's going to be a stone gas honey! I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love...peace...and..."Dancers: "SOUL!!"
- Every episode of Happy Days ends with offscreen singers reprising the last few lines of the theme song ("These happy days are yours and mine, happy days!").
- "I Love Lucy is a Desilu production."
- From 1969 to 1974 there was a French Canadian family sitcom where every episode ended with anyone of the characters exclaiming "Quelle famille!" (literally, "What a family!"). The title of the show? You've guessed it.
- Deadtime Stories has the main characters of the current story, and the two kids who are being read the story, screaming at each other when something scary happens at the end.
- Zoboomafoo: At the end of every episode Chris, Martin, & Zoboo would sing the goodbye song "Animal Friend". Chris and Martin would leave animal junction on another adventure and Zoboo would return to the wild.
- Every episode of Midnight Caller ended with Jack Killian signing off on his radio show. And every episode of that ended "Godnight, America, wherever you are."
- Life With Elizabeth would end with the announcer breaking in with "Say good night to the people.", the actors on screen breaking character and saying "Goodnight!" to the audience and then returning to what they were doing for a few seconds before the closing credits.
- Every episode for Studio 100's Kabouter Plop ends with Plop saying "Plopper De Plop" at the viewer and his hat would rise up.
- "...and that will bring this case to a close. That will do it for this edition of The People's Court, and remember:
- If someone is suing you, and you're convinced you did nothing wrong, don't be afraid to stand up for your rights. Go to court."
- If you are in a dispute with another party, and you just can't seem to work it out, don't take the laws into your own hands, you take 'em to court."note
- "The Jeffersons was recorded on tape before a studio audience."
- Along with many other American sitcoms before and after this one, going well into at least the late 1980s, in most cases with variarions (e.g., "filmed", or "taped" rather than "recorded on tape").
- Fixer Upper always ends with the couple being shown their new home inside and out, followed by footage of them with their friends and/or extended family having a large gathering inside the house.
- Tiere bis unters Dach: Until season 6, every episode ended with Greta or Nellie (or in one case Pauline) turning to the camera and smiling, followed by a freeze frame.
- Kids Court: During the show's closing credits. Host Paul Provenza would ask the kids in the studio audience on what their situation problem is. And would ask "Do you think it's fair or unfair?" And the kids in the studio audience usually reply "UNFAIR!" in unison.
- Most episodes of Pretty Little Liars end with a short "A" P.O.V. Cam scene.
- Tales from the Darkside:
"The Darkside is always there, waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight!"
- Each Monty Hall era of Let's Make a Deal would end with Monty doing various "quick deals" with random audience members while the credits are rolling.
- "(The All-New) Let's Make a Deal is a Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall production! (This is Jay Stewart speaking!)"
- Preschool series The Big Garage had this line from Pump at the end of every episode, as Rusty was called home to Scrapland by Scrap:
Pump: Oh well, that's it for another busy day at the Big Garage. I'm sure things will start to quiet down now.Scrap: Rusty!Pump: But not too quiet! (laughs)Scrap: Rusty! RUSTY!!!
- Episodes of Mopatop's Shop ended with the big clock in the shop going off, prompting Mopatop and Puppyduck to close the shop.
- Every Morecambe and Wise show ended with the duo doing a (straight and non-comedic) song-and-dance routine to the standard "Bring Me Sunshine" with the credits rolled over them.
- Without a Trace concluded every episode with a blurb on a real missing persons case, narrated by a cast member, resulting in at least five people being found. (Episodes that aired in foreign countries—Australia, Hong Kong, etc.—featured their own cases).
- In one episode, where it turned out that the Victim of the Week had committed suicide, viewers were directed to a suicide hotline.
- The Batman (1966) TV show had an every other episode ending. Most plots spanned two episodes, with the first half ending in a cliffhanger and the iconic to-be-continued announcement: "Tune in tomorrow - same bat-time, same bat-channel!"
- Every episode of Harry Hill's TV Burp broke halfway with a ridiculous fight, and ended with a ridiculous musical number related to something from another show Harry has just been making fun of—often featuring the person being made fun of. Harry then closed the show with "That's all from us!"
- Overkill ended their first four albums with a numbered part of the Overkill saga (though the last part "Evil Never Dies" wasn't titled as such), and continued it on Immortalis.
- Iron Maiden 's The First Ten Years series always ends with commentary by Nicko on the tracks from the release. A further part discussing "No Prayer For The Dying" was included on the album's US pressing.
- All of Bathory's early albums have a nearly identical outro track called "The Winds of Mayhem."
- In Little Nemo, Nemo wakes and falls out of bed or is woken up by something in the last panel of every page.
- Each Sunday edition of Heathcliff ends with "Kitty Korner", which talks about something unusual or otherwise interesting that happens to a cat (and sometimes his / her owner). These are usually based on submissions by readers.
- Marmaduke has it's own version of this (with dogs, of course), called "Dog Gone Funny". It even made it into Ruby-Spears' adaptation (which was part of their Heathcliff seriesnote ).
- The cassette tape, and CD versions of Disneyland Records' book and record read-along sets usuallynote end with this:
"That was the end of the story. If you would like to hear it again, (just) turn the tape over / just put the disc back to track one."note
- Every episode of Within the Wires ends with "you time", where three incongruous and seemingly-random things are suggested for your relaxation (in the first season) or for purchase from the museum gift shop (in the second season).
OK, our time is done. Its you time now. Time to stop by the museum gift shop. Grab yourself a souvenir book of paintings about potato cannons. Pick up a poster featuring a vulture in a tuxedo. And buy a commemorative vase made out of baby back ribs. (From season 2 episode 2)
- Every regular episode of '80s All Over ends with the Embassy Pictures logo music, followed by the VHS tape being taken out of the VCR and popped into a rewinder, fading out on the sound of it being rewound. This also serves Bookends to the traditional opening of each episode, which has a tape popped into the VCR and the Play button pushed.
- On Bear in the Big Blue House, Bear performs the "Goodbye Song" with Luna. He then gives a brief goodbye to the viewer, summing things up for the episode, and turns off the Big Blue House's attic light. He then remembers that he has something else to say, turns it back on, says it, and then turns the light back off.
- Every episode of Oobi, including those that leave the title character Out of Focus, will end with him telling the viewers, "Oobi, you, friends!" before saying goodbye. Children voice will also say goodbye to him.
- The closing theme for The Muppet Show built up to a drumroll pause that allowed Caustic Critics Statler and Waldorf an opportunity for one last joke at the show's expense.
- The "News From Lake Wobegon" segment of A Prairie Home Companion ends with the monologue, "And that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children... are above average."
- "Well, that's all the time we have this week for The Vinyl Cafe. Special thanks to [musicians and special guests] and Anton Szabo for the technical assistance. Dave Amers is the founding producer of The Vinyl Cafe, Louise Curtis is the production assistant, Julie Penner is the music producer, Meg Masters is the long-suffering story editor. The Vinyl Cafe is produced by Jess Milton. I'm Stuart Maclean, in [location]. So long for now." (CBC Radio)
- Other than radio talk shows, this is also common in radio sportscasts as well. Even TV sportscasts do it occasionally. In fact, this is common to any radio show since they can't quickly scroll (or whatever) the credits for all to see.
- Car Talk ends with Klick and Klack noting that you've frittered away another perfectly good hour before reading the credits - then reading some fake credits such as "...Our optimetric firm is C.F. Eye Care, Our personal chef is Howard M. Burgers, Our researcher is Paul Murky of Murky Research, assisted by statistician Marge Innovera..." and concludes with:
Klick: "And until next time... don't drive like my brother."Klack: "And don't drive like my brother!"
- Yours Truly Johnny Dollar actually used the same line as the ending, the title and the conceit. Johnny Dollar was an insurance investigator, and each episode was an explanation of the expense report he was typing up for his bosses (all of which, of course, had extremely dramatic and entertaining reasons). At the end of the letter/the episode, he would state the total, occasionally commenting that it was unusually low and "I must be slipping!" Then he'd sign the letter "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar."
- Most (all?) NPR shows end with the host saying "This is NPR." In the past it was "This is NPR, National Public Radio."
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! ends with funny predictions from the three panelists, usually escalating some news item from that week's show, followed by Bill Kurtis saying, "And if any of those things happen, panel, we'll ask you about it on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!"
- At the end of The Burns and Allen Show, George typically cued his wife to say good night to the audience. Contrary to what most people think, Gracie would then say, "Good night!"
- Every Mario Kart game ends with Rainbow Road, which is the hardest track in every game it appears in. (Usually, anyway) The retro cups in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii don't close with Rainbow Road, but they do from Mario Kart 7 onwards.
- Paper Mario and its sequels had "END OF CHAPTER" followed by a plot summary after the defeat of each major boss.
- In fact, nearly every Mario game has something like this: Hopping on the pole, playing a card-matching game, or in the 3D games getting a magic star-shaped item signified the end of a normal level, and usually the rescue of some significant being signified the end of the Zone (Toads/Princess in the original, Kings of the Kingdom in the third).
- Super Paper Mario also narrates Timpani/Tippi and Blumiere/Count Bleck's backstory piece by piece once each chapter is ended.
- For the Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games, the non-final acts of each zone would be concluded by whizzing past a revolving sign that changes from Robotnik/Eggman's face to Sonic's (or another character if Sonic's not the one being used). Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic Mania maintained this tradition, even when there was a miniboss at the end of these zones, by having the sign fall from the sky after you defeat the miniboss.
- The final act of each zone would conclude with you opening a capsule of captured animals after the boss fight.
- Knuckles Chaotix instead ended every zone by having a giant ring fall out of Dr. Eggman's latest contraption.
- When a level in Devil May Cry is cleared, the screen fills with bullet holes and shatters to reveal the ranking screen.
- Race victories in Need for Speed: Most Wanted are punctuated by a camera zooming in and taking a picture of your car.
- After important events (For example, saving Mesarthim in Asellus' game, or receiving the gift for a new school of magic in Blue's) in SaGa Frontier ends with a portrait of either the protagonist you're using, or an important character from it.
- Ōkami ends every boss battle with a victory howl from Amaterasu. (It gets subverted in the battle against Yami when he doesn't stay down the first time and drains all the power from Ammy, but then Ammy comes back to kick ass anyway.
- In Astal, when the title character clears a level, he does a Fist Pump and yells "YATTA!!" (even in the English version).
- When Japanese video games released in the U.S. display "owari" (which consists of the hiragana o, wa, and ri) at the end of the credits, it will usually be replaced by "END," in which the three English letters substitute each of the three Japanese kana.
- Every game in the Ace Attorney series ends with the protagonist shouting "OBJECTION!"
- The second game suggests that the player shout it into the DS microphone. Of course, you don't have to; just press A at that point and the ending will still play.
- Every Goemon Impact boss battle in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (except the last one, being the Final Boss of the game) ends with Impact punching down the boss at its moment of defeat, then the boss blows up, one of Impact's eyes flashes, then the Mystical Ninja logo drops down.
- Suikoden games typically end with still screens rattling off every character you recruited for the hero's army, and their fates following the game. Occasionally, these things would reference earlier or later games. In a few instances, depending on the player's actions, the ending text could differ for certain characters.
- Every mission in Mass Effect 2 ends with an after action report from the Illusive Man and a snippet of his theme.
- In inFAMOUS 2, every time after absorbing a Blast Core, the screen will go black and inform how many miles The Beast is away from your location, and how many Blast Cores is still needed to activate the RFI.
- Once the final hit is landed in every Mega Man game, the boss explodes, victorious music starts playing, and then Mega Man jumps in the middle of the stage to absorb the power of the Robot, before cutting to a scene that shows what weapon you got. Dr. Wily begs for mercy at the end of each game in the Classic series.
- In the Mega Man X series, X or Zero instead stoically watch the spectacular explosions given off by the boss upon defeat, then a victorious fanfare plays. Afterwards, they strike a pose, teleport out and your new ability is explained.
- In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest if you land on the target from high enough, it's different depending on the character you control. If its Diddy, he gets a boombox and sunglasses with his hat turned sideways and he starts rapping (in oohs and ahs, as he is a monkey). If it is Dixie, she pulls out an electric guitar and plays a sweet solo. Afterwards, they both run off.
- Beat a boss in a Kirby game? Expect to see two extra Kirbies inexplicably pop up for the Kirby dance.
- In The Walking Dead you start off an episode with a "Previously on" and end an episode with a trailer for the upcoming episode. Seeing as Telltale releases most of their games in this style in chapters staggered across a year, this helps as a reminder what actually happened and wets your appetite for the upcoming parts.
- In the NES game Gilligan's Island After you beat Episode 4, You end up at the ice cream mountain. After your final score result, It ends with caption: Will the castaways ever get off this deserted island? Stay tuned....
- The last page of every Gunnerkrigg Court chapter is marked by the alchemical symbol for antimony in the corner.
- Jack: "TTFN" ("Ta-Ta For Now") at the end of the last strip of a full Arc, but not shorts or other miscellaneous stories.
- Antihero for Hire: "Phase complete." Or, after a phase involving a villain who wouldn't stop making ice-related puns, "phice coldplete."
- Each arc of the Campaign Comic One Piece: Grand Line 3.5 ends with the Straw Hats gleefully announcing "NEW MAP!"
- Every "Bulldog and Cooch" segment in PvP ends with their vehicle or houseboat blowing up.
- Dumbing of Age ends every book with the characters in bed at the end of the day.
- Nigahiga: TEEHEE
- Captain Disillusion: nearly every episode ends with the Captain leaving in a humorous way, as a sort of Couch Gag.
- "This is The Necro Critic, saying..."
- Warning! Readers Advisory!: "Until the next time you get lost down here, this is Derek the Bard. Be seeing you."
- Philip DeFranco of the, you guessed it, Philip DeFranco Show signs off his news program with the phrase, "I'm Philip DeFranco, and you've just been Philled in..."
- Epic Meal Time: "Next Time, we Eat X!"
- Many reviewers on That Guy with the Glasses always conclude their reviews with a stinger, featuring a bizarre quote or scene from the film they reviewed that particular episode, The Nostalgia Critic and The Cinema Snob, for instance. A lot of characters also have more individualistic sign-offs, for example:
- J House Vlogs: Good Night, J House Out
- Daily Bumps: Every vlog ends with BRYAN OR MISSY telling the viewers to subscribe to their channel followed by them saying Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Boop! And zooms in on a person until it is pitch black
- The Nostalgia Critic: "I'm The Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to."
- Bum Reviews: "This is Chester A. Bum saying...change? Ya got change?! C'mon, help a guy out!" And so forth. This used to be followed be a brief text review from his actor, Doug Walker, saying what he really thought of the film, until people got curious enough about his opinions that he started doing longer film reviews adjacent to the Bum's.
- Ask That Guy with the Glasses: "And remember, there's no such thing as a stupid question, until you ask it."
- Bad Movie Beat Down: "I'm Matthew Buck, beating down bad movies everywhere."
- Atop the Fourth Wall: A quick recap of the comic's major flaws, usually immediately preceded by some variant of "This comic sucks!"
- That SciFi Guy: The "Sci-Fi Clip of the Week", similar to The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen".
- The Blockbuster Buster: The movie reviewed getting destroyed.
- Filthy Frank: "It's Filthy Frank, Muthafucka! It's Filthy Frank, BITCH!" followed by "Let's get some pussy tonight!"
- FiveMinute.net sci-fi TV parodies traditionally end with the ship warping off "at Ludicrous Speed." If it isn't a ship-based series, something else will happen at Ludicrous Speed.
- Caustic Critic game reviewers like The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Irate Gamer will often finish by destroying the cartridge, either through special effects or by literally breaking it.
- Tabletop ends with one scene where Wil talks with the losers on the loser couch, and going up and congratulating the winner. The seasons split the latter scene into two endings. Season 1 had him give a trophy to the winner, then take it back because the studio could only afford one trophy while Season 2 had him give away a certificate.
- Matthew Santoro makes a creepy face at the end of all of his vlogs.
- "Anthony Fantano. (Artist name). (Album title). Forever."
- "Next time on Game Grumps!" - followed by the video turning off like a CRT screen and some light chatter from the Grumps.
- Nearly every episode of Tuesdays with Nick ends with "BYE" being screamed to the audience.
- Most episodes of Ross's Game Dungeon end with with Ross hinting at what game will be reviewed next. The hints are deliberately vague and at times very strange, to make it more difficult for the viewers to guess the game.
- Every Epic Rap Battles of History video ends the same way:
WHO WON? WHO'S NEXT? YOU DECIDE! EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORYYYYY!!
- Overlaps with Signing Off Catchphrase in Vsauce videos: "And as always, thanks for watching."
- "Frederator loves you."
- Each '80s All Over episode concludes with the Embassy Pictures logo music, followed by the VHS tape being taken out of the VCR and popped into a rewinder, the show fading out on the sound of it being rewound.
- World War II: Every episode ends with Indy thanking their supporters, asking for more support, and pointing at the camera, finishing with "See ya next time."
- Porky Pig's Catch Phrase at the end of many Looney Tunes shorts, "T-T-T-That's all, folks!"
- The Earthworm Jim TV series would literally Drop the Cow on someone, usually Jim.
- In Inspector Gadget, after his nefarious scheme is foiled, Claw would threaten, "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!" over the end credits.
- Tiny Toon Adventures, in a nod to Looney Tunes, had several of the show's characters giving their own unique parting words:
Babs and Buster: "Say good night, Babs." "Good night, Babs."
Babs and Buster wearing Hawaiian shirts: "A-loooooooha!"
Plucky: "Parting is such sweet sorrow."
Gogo: "It's been surreal!" (initiates Iris Out with a remote)
Buster: "And that's a wrap!"
Elmyra: "Let the show begin!"
Byron Bassett (sniffs the ring for a bit) ".......Woof!"
Fifi: "Au revoir, ma petite potato de couch."
Dizzy: "SHOOOOOOOOOOOWW OVER!!!" (eats the entire screen, leaving only his eyes, which fall down)
Baby Plucky: "I wanna flush it again."
- Similarly, Animaniacs has a final gag with the Warners (or sometimes other characters) popping out of the water tower.
- Pinky and the Brain usually ended with this exchange, or a slight variation on it:
Brain: "Let's get back to the lab and plan for tomorrow night."
Pinky: "Why, Brain? What are we going to do tomorrow night?"
Brain: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to Take Over the World!"
"try to take over the world from Joyce DeWitt!""try to take over Chia World!""try to take over Oz!"(in an episode that takes place in Shakespearean times): "try to take over the Globe...Theater!"(in a tongue twisting episode) "try to wake over the torld!"(in a Very Special Episode where the Brain gets hooked on cigarettes): "* coughs* try to quit smoking. Hand me that Nicorette patch."(in episodes where Pinky and the Brain actually have to save the world from Brain's Arch-Nemesis): "The same thing we didn't do last night, Pinky: try to take over the world!"(in the episode where the Brain gives sentience to the Earth) "Well, there's one thing we can do: try to take over the moon!"(in Wakko's Wish) "plan for the sequel where we'll take over the kingdom and the world!"(in which the Brain suffers a Never Recycle Your Schemes crisis)
- Here are some of the slight variations:
Pinky: What now, Brain? Back to our mushroom house to prepare for tomorrow night?
Brain: No, Pinky. We shall stop at a pharmacy and purchase a tube of denture adhesive and then attach our bodies to the bottom of Air Force One.
Pinky: So we can take over the world?
Brain: No, it's just fun, fun, silly-willy... narf.(in which the duo become popular children's show characters in The '50s)
Brain: Come, Pinky. We have work to do.
Pinky: You mean taking over the world?
Brain: No, Pinky. Finding a good hiding place.(in which the Brain tries to create a story about himself as a folklore hero)
Pinky: What are we going to do tomorrow night, Big Crabby See-Saw Kwanzaa Hot Mutton Chop Zekenote ?
Brain: Work on learning each other's names, and then... try to take over the world!(last, but not least, in a rare daytime episode involving their "day jobs" as lab mice in mazes):
Brain: We must prepare for tomorrow morning.
Pinky: What are we going to do tomorrow morning?
Brain: The same thing we do every morning, Pinky: run through that stupid maze.
Brain: Come, Pinky, we must—well, you know.
- And of course, there's the subversion in the episode "Ambulatory Abe":
- There's also the trademark voiceover ending of "They're dinky, they're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain..." just before the end credits music. Certain episodes change this slightly in either the wording or the delivery. The Halloween episode had demon voices saying it followed by Pinky's Catch Phrases and the Devil yelling "Stop that!"
- Three Delivery ends each episode the same way: The trio and Nana put the rescued recipe in the cookbook before returning to the restaurant for another comedic moment.
- Nearly every episode of The Powerpuff Girls ended with a shot of the titular protagonists and the narrator exclaiming, "And So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to... the Powerpuff Girls!" The only exceptions are when the ending segment is purposefully subverted.
- Where the girls don't save the day, in "Him Diddle Riddle": "And so... uh... hmm... yeah."
- When the girls get fed up with the people of Townsville's attitude and force them to destroy a monster without the girls' help: "... the day is saved with no thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. Hey... I did that all by myself!"
- When the Time Travel episode reveals Mojo Jojo's caused the Stable Time Loop that led to the girls' existence: "And So Once Again, the Day Is Saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls... but thanks originally to Mojo Jojo who, once again, had a hand in creating the Powerpuff Girls!" This variant was also used when it was revealed that he caused the Chemical X accident, which led to the creation of the Powerpuff Girls.
- When the episode centered around a couple of elderly heroes who were out to fight their out-of-retirement, equally elderly foes, and Blossom refused to allow the girls to intervene: the episode ends with all the old men falling over and breaking various limbs. Instead of the narrator, an in-story newscaster says over the end card "in this reporter's opinion, all this could have been avoided if the Powerpuff Girls had just saved the day."
- The episode "Boogie Frights" ended with the narrator beating the audience over the head with the ironic use of "the day is saved" while the girls try to sleep in their bed (Bubbles in particular was not bothered at all).
- The episode where Antidote X is introduced ended with, 'And the day is saved thanks to the normal little girls'
- In the episode where the Powerpuff Girls are given a curfew, letting the villains run amuck at night, they finally beat them when they're told it's Daylight Savings Time and it's actually an hour earlier ended with "And the day is saved thanks to... Benjamin Franklin for coming up with the idea to move clocks back an hour to save on lamp oil, and the Powerpuff Girls!"
- "And so... for the first... and final time... * sniff* the day... is saved... thanks to the Powerpuff... Bunny! * sniff* * sob* "
- The Narrator was very uncomfortable the one time he was forced to announce that "the day was saved by... Mojo Jojo, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and Him!?"
- He also once had to say that The Powerpuff Girls saved the day... even though they were the ones who caused the trouble in the first place...
- The episode A Very Special Blossom ends with the Narrator saying thanks to only Bubbles and Buttercup, and not to Blossom (who was sent to custody on stealing the golf stuff from the golf shop). And we see Blossom behind bars.
- The episode "Criss Cross Crisis" ended with Bubbles and the Narrator swapping bodies with Voices Are Mental, so the ending lines are narrated with Bubbles's voice instead.
- In "Uh Oh, Dynamo", when the Professor forces the three to fight the Monster of the Week in a Humongous Mecha, resulting in Townsville getting destroyed, the outro has the narrator calling him out on it.
- In Superjail!, dumb recidivist criminal (and arguably main character) Jackknife escapes from the titular The Alcatraz at the end of every episode only to be recaptured at the beginning of the next.
- Nearly every episode of Scooby-Doo ends with the villain of the day being unmasked and then saying "and I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for You Meddling Kids!"
- Afterwards, Scooby would give his trademark "battle cry" (if you can call it that) of "Scooby-Dooby-Dooooooooooooooo!!!" (although, this didn't happen until later), usually after he initiates one last gag.
- In The Flintstones, every episode ended with Fred being locked out of the house by the cat and trying in vain to get back in.
- Animal's "Go bye-bye!" skit at the end of every Muppet Babies episode, usually with him engaged in some dangerous activity as Gonzo fruitlessly tries to stop him.
- This occured after not just the credits, but also the closing logos as well.
- Each episode of C.O.P.S.. ended with the scene going to a still frame, which then pans out to reveal it is actually a photograph being entered into a police file. Team leader Bulletproof then restates the name of the episode and closes the file while saying "Case Closed."
- Subverted in part one of the two-parter, when Bulletproof leaves the file open and ends with, "Case...continued?"
- Every episode of Dora the Explorer ends with Dora and Boots (and sometimes a friend who accompanies them) telling the viewer what their favorite parts of the episode were.
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: "You know what the music means. Our time is up."
- Every episode of Birdman would end with Birdman flying into the sky, bellowing his own name, often followed by Avenger cawing.
- As a parody of Oh, Cisco!-type endings, every Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode ends with the cast and a few walk-ons laughing uproariously at something (or nothing).
- Most episodes of Doug end with Doug writing a journal entry stating what he learned from all that.
- The Playhouse Disney "Tasty Time with Ze Fronk" shorts usually end with "Get out of my kitchen you silly cat!" complete with Ze Fronk chasing Dom (the cat) around the kitchen.
- In the Action Man (1995) cartoon series, each episode ends with Action Man reflecting about the missing memory he has recovered during that episode.
- Nellie The Elephant dreams of going back to the jungle where all the other elephants lived.
- Subverted in one episode, when Nellie gets stuck on the train, and can't get out, and wants to go back to the jungle, but she can't. Until she squiggled and wiggled and bumped, and left with edited Stock Footage.
- Just about every single episode of House of Mouse would end with Mike Microphone presenting a different sponsor parodying a different Disney movie. For example, one such sponsor is that of a magic spritzer that can make Eeyore gain a smile on his face, and turn Grumpy into Happy.
- Count Duckula: "Good night out there, whatever you are."
- Codename: Kids Next Door: "End transmission."
- Little Bill: "Little Bill, who are you talking to?"
- Nearly every episode of Blaze and the Monster Machines ends with the scene irising out on Crusher getting the last joke of the episode (especially his subplot introduced in Season 2). This was mostly dropped by Season 4.
- Blinky Bill: Nearly every episode of the Yoram Gross series has Blinky (or another character) saying his famous catchphrase: "Extraordinary!"
- The snake and mouse from Fish Hooks.
- Phineas and Ferb
Phineas: "Oh, there you are, Perry."Perry: *chortles*Ferb: (insert one-liner here)
- Expect a guitar strike at the really end of each episode.
- Albie: someone shouting "AAAAAAAALLLBIIEEEEEEEE!"
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Every episode ends with the episode's featured character announcing the moral of the episode. The first three seasons have Twilight write Celestia a letter beginning with "Dear Princess Celestia..." With that said, the show started to phase out of this ending in Season 3. In season 4, the letters to Celestia were replaced with a journal that the main characters all wrote in. From season 5 onward this device was dropped completely.
- The Mega Man cartoon always has Rush doing something stupid.
- The Jetsons: George, trapped on the dogwalker running for his life, shouting "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!"
- Olive the Ostrich, a series seen in the U.S. on PBS Kids Sprout always has a very specific ending. As the end Olive's adventure happens, the narrator states "...and as they did, Olive realized it was time for them to go." Olive pokes her head out of the sand and her mother comments that she's daydreaming again. Olive protests that she was having such-and-such adventure and her father comments that her head's been in the sand too long. Her brother laughs, but the narrator states that Olive wasn't listening because she was already dreaming up her next big adventure.
- Project Gee Ke R: Moloch's plans are foiled again, and he utters an angry, "Geeker..."
- Sushi Pack ends with the Pack jumping into the air and shouting "Sushi Pack!"
- The only exception is the episode "Lights Out," when Unagi helped them save the day and all six of them shouted "Go Planet Earth!"
- Each episode of the Madeline cartoon (including the original specials) ends with the narrator saying, "And that's all there is. There isn't any more." Those lines originally appeared at the end of the first Madeline book.
- Each Commander McBragg segment (first seen on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales) ends the same way:
(unnamed second character): "Commander, [calls him out on his bragging with a pun or some other funny saying]."Commander McBragg: Quite.
- "Until next time, everybody, Do the Mario!"
- With the exception of the series finale, every episode of Redwall ends with scenes from the episode being shown as part of a tapestry while the show's theme plays.
- All of the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments in Rocky and Bullwinkle ended with Mr. Peabody (or on rare occasion, Sherman) making a horrible pun. This carries over to The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, where each time travel story ends the same way.
- In Tickety Toc, every episode ends with Tommy and Tallulah making it to Chime Time so they can stand on the clock's platform and drum and trumpet to mark the time.
- Every episode of Lolirock ends with the main characters singing a song (since they're part of a band, and all). Interestingly, even though the song's always the same one, it avoids using Stock Footage most of the time.
- Most of the 3-2-1 Penguins! episodes ended with the Rockhopper flying off into the night after Jason and Michelle finished praying.
- On Wild Animal Baby Explorers, the explorers imitate something done by one of the animals they saw in the episode, then sing a song about how great they are, followed by a brief concluding segment.
- This happens in The Addams Family (1992), where half hour episodes mostly end with one of the family members deciding to conduct a family dance for resolving the problem of the week. One proposes a dance that another family member dismisses because of some requirement not being met, leading to another dance being suggested and the family agreeing to groove to that one.
- SpacePOP: To TOTALLY Be Continued!
- The final part of each 4-part story on Underdog usually ended with three people, not the same ones each time, mind you, saying, "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a frog!" Underdog would then reply with, "Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog, it's just little old me-" at which point he'd crash into something and sheeplily finish: "Underdog."
- Every episode of Cool McCool ends with McCool getting ejected through the sunroof of Number One's office after doing something inept or disastrous following a case.
- Each episode of Theodore Tugboat ends with the Harbormaster picking up on the lesson of the story that he tells the viewer before saying, "Thanks for visiting us here in the Big Harbor. We'll see you all again next time."