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The last scene of the movie is coming to a close. For some reason, something in the scene — perhaps a flying machine, an object, or even a character — decides to start flying, and comes straight at the camera. Just as it's about to "impact", the scene cuts to black and we go to the credits. If they actually "hit" it, that falls under Camera Abuse.

The flying person/object doesn't need to be actually flying, but more often than not, it is.

Most common in special-effects laden movies. After the rise of CGI, this became much more popular, but earlier movies display it as well.

Compare Body Wipe, a similar zoom-in effect happening at the transition between two scenes, and Flyaway Shot, which might be combined with this trope. Contrast Riding into the Sunset where it ends with something moving away from the camera. Often overlaps with Jump Scare, specifically in horror movie endings.

This is an Ending Trope so there may be spoilers ahead.


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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Back to the Future:
    • The first movie ends with the DeLorean flying up in the air, turning around, then warping through time just as it hits the camera.
    • The third movie ends the same way, except with the train in the place of the DeLorean.
  • Batman Forever and Batman & Robin both end with Batman and co. running past a light to the camera in homage to the beginning of the 1960's series.
  • Batman Begins ends with Batman swinging off a rooftop and into the camera.
  • Played for laughs in Blades of Glory, which ends with Jimmy and Chazz soaring out into space for no discernable reason, in a film which is otherwise completely free of anything supernatural.
  • Casper ends with Casper flying up to the camera, winking, spelling out "The End", then the friendly ghost apparently trying to devour the audience.
  • Death Note: The Last Name's final shot is Ryuk heading towards the screen while cackling, after having circled the Tokyo Tower.
  • Daredevil throws his weapon into the camera at the end of Daredevil (2003).
  • The Evil Dead (1981) inverts this with the camera flying at Bruce Campbell at the end.
  • At the end of Fantastic Four (2005), Johnny does this after recreating the team's Chest Insignia in the sky. Subverted in that the movie actually ends after a minute or so, following a sequence where Doctor Doom's return is foreshadowed through an incredibly eerie Sequel Hook.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The third season of ends with Drogon, one of Daenerys' three dragons, flying at the camera with a resounding screech.
    • The sixth season ends with all three dragons flying at the camera while Daenerys and her armada are crossing the sea to Westeros.
  • Kamen Rider Kiva ends with the protagonist's Kid from the Future appearing with future monsters hot on his heels. Kiva, Dark Kiva, Ixa, Future Kiva and the Arms Monsters all leap into the air for another fight, with everyone freezing just before Kiva Rider Kicks the camera.
  • Smallville:
    • "Warrior" ends with Chloe firing an arrow at the camera.
    • The finale ends with Clark ripping off his shirt to reveal the Superman suit and charging at the camera.
  • Star Trek: Voyager concluded at least two episodes this way:
    • In "Hope and Fear", Janeway and Seven end up playing a game on the holodeck that involves knocking a floating disk around using hand phasers. Eventually, one shot finds the camera.
    • In "The Fight", after Chakotay frees Voyager from "chaotic space" with some help from the local aliens, he ends up taking some time out for boxing on the holodeck. Boothby coaches him to make an adjustment to KO his opponent; then we get the second-person point of view as Chakotay punches said opponent in the face.
  • The last episode of The Vicar of Dibley ends with Geraldine flying into the air and towards the camera. Yeah.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The PBS version of Caillou with the puppet segments have each half-hour episode end this way, with the final puppet segment concluding with a CGI Monarch butterfly flying right into the camera.
  • The Sesame Street musical skit "Surprise" has a Pie in the Face ending with the pie flying straight into the face of the viewer.


    Video Games 
  • Pokémon X and Y: After the camera pans up during the ending, a Fletchling flies by and into the camera. Cut to black, and the credits roll. Doubles as Book Ends, as it mirrors how the player was woken up by their mom's Fletchling at the start of the game.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The ending sequences to many 2D games feature Sonic (or Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Cream, etc.) jumping towards the player and posing while suspended in air. Sonic the Hedgehog 2's ending is the most notable: both Tails' plane and Super Sonic fly away from the player only to come back head first.
  • Super Metroid has Samus's gunship flies into the camera right before closing with a "See you next mission."
  • Vexx ends with the title character punching the camera (presumably a shadow wraith) in the face, leaving us with just the title logo.

    Western Animation 
  • Elena of Avalor ends it first episode with Luna flying at the camera.
  • The last episode of Justice League Unlimited ends with Batman running into the screen.
  • "Magical Mystery Cure", the final episode of Season 3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ends with Twilight Sparkle flying into the camera.
  • The Simpsons: The episode "Bye Bye Nerdie" features Francine, a girl bully Lisa tries to befriend who for some reason attacks only nerds and no one else. Lisa uses her for a science project, discovering that she attacks those who secrete "Poindextrose". After beating up several scientists at a science fair, Francine gets a smell of the viewer and charges at the camera.
  • The ending scene of the Teen Titans (2003) episode "Sum of His Parts" has Cyborg chucking a football at a young boy with a prosthetic arm and telling him to "go long". The football flies into the vicinity of the camera, but doesn't actually hit it.
  • Optimus Prime does this in the finale of Transformers: Armada.


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The Firebolt

The film ends with Harry trying out his new broomstick.

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