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Rarity: Post-apocalyptic donuts. Interesting choice.
Twilight Sparkle: I know. But there's gonna be plenty of time for all the challenges and struggles and adventures to come. For now, I just want to spend a quiet moment with the six best friends I've ever had.

Basically, a work ends by showing a relatively light-hearted scene where the hero and his friends decide to go grab a bite to eat. May or may not include a final conversation to wrap up a few loose ends in the plot, but generally just as often the plot ends right at the invitation or decision.

If it's a guy inviting a girl out to dinner (or vice-versa), it can be used to show that their relationship has progressed beyond Just Friends or "merely professional."

Title is a play on the term "Good End" sometimes found in video games. See also I Was Told There Would Be Cake. Compare Dance Party Ending, where the work ends with a similarly light-hearted scene, but with dancing rather than eating.

Spoilers ahoy. Please note this is an ending trope.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The first chapter of Naruto ends with Iruka giving Naruto his headband and thinking that a ninja's life is hard, but he'll tell him over ramen.
  • In One Piece, major arcs often end with a large feast. The first few arcs ended in the relatively low-key way that this trope describes — the Straw Hats simply went to a restaurant and had a meal. Since the Arlong arc, the endings have been turned Up to Eleven — all of the good guys (and sometimes even the former villains who are left), which may easily be thousands of characters, get together for a huge, over-the-top party where they eat, drink, dance, shout "PARTY!!!", and generally mess around.
  • In K: Return of Kings, the series ends with Kuroh, Neko, and Shiro who has returned to his original body and become a teacher in the school, eating around their table in their same dorm room - an echo of the ending of episode 2 of season 1 (when they had all just met), as well as many other moments with that trio. Food is such a symbol for them, they even named their Clan "Hakumaitou" - hakumai means "white rice".
  • Snow White and Seven Dwarfs ends with most of the (surviving) characters gathering together for a group meal, in a Group Picture Ending.

    Comic Books 
  • Just about every Asterix book ends with a Gaulish village banquet.
  • With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love of pizza it is no surprise that several stories ends with this.
  • Empowered caps off her epic victory at the end of volume 6 by raiding the Superhomeys' stash of snacks.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Seems to be a bit of a tradition in the Ciaphas Cain books (including many of the short stories). The only novel that hasn't used it so far is Cain's Last Stand.
    • In For The Emperor, Cain is invited to dinner by Inquisitor Vail, and she tells him Jurgen's secret.
    • In The Caves Of Ice, Cain reciprocates and treats Amberley to her favorite and himself to a well-deserved ambull steak.
    • In The Traitor's Hand, Cain invites his Valhallan True Companions to dinner to celebrate their victory.
    • In Death Or Glory, after being trapped on an Ork-infested continent with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, the second thing Cain asks for upon linking up with the main friendly army (after medical supplies) is a Spot of Tea.
    • In Duty Calls, Cain and Vail share a few glasses of amasec on the flight out of the warzone after reacquiring a stolen artifact and dealing with a genestealer mob.
    • The Emperor's Finest continues the tradition by ending with Cain at a private tea party held by a local planetary governor.
    • And again in The Last Ditch, where Cain and Amberley discuss the origins of Nusquam Fundamentibus's Tyranid infestation over dinner.
    • The Greater Good ends with Cain and El'hassai discussing the events of the novel over tanna and the regicide board.
    • Choose Your Enemies ends with Cain and Amberley discussing the aftermath of the novel's final battle and the Inquisition's plans to clean up the remaining mess over dinner.
    • For a short story example, The Little Things wraps up with Amberley calling an interrogation team to deal with her would-be kidnapper, while Cain lays dinner out on the table.
    • In The Smallest Detail, Jurgen helps himself to some of the ration packs being stolen by the black marketers he helped catch before returning to base.
    • In A Mug of Recaff, once Jurgen kills the Chaos cultist hiding in the kitchen while trying to summon a daemon, he finds a kettle and brews a pot of recaff for his boss.
    • In Traitor's Gambit, Cain and Jurgen share a bottle of amasec while they're waiting for someone to pick up their escape pod.
    • In Old Soldiers Never Die, Cain is drinking with a fellow officer while they discuss where they'll be posted next now that their current mission is over.
    • Sector 13 ends with Cain at an award ceremony where the heroes of the hour (which includes him) have all the food and drink they could want.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ends with the heroes heading off to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe for a bite.
  • Pretty much every Redwall book ends with the woodlanders heading off to a feast.
  • The A to Z Mysteries book The Falcon's Feathers ends with an ice cream party for the heroes.
  • The ending to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has The Grinch carving the rare roast beast with the Whos. As a side note, most Christmas stories end with a feast.
  • Seems to be Author Appeal for Roald Dahl:
    • Danny, the Champion of the World. Danny and his father have a few pheasants in the freezer, and their life will improve greatly now that they can afford to buy an oven.
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The book ends with Charlie, now heir to the titular chocolate factory, and his family heading there to live in it. Grandma Josephine asks "Will there be anything to eat when we get there?", as the poor family has been in desperate straits all winter, and Charlie replies "Just you wait and see!" (This ending gets an override in the Immediate Sequel, as the trip back is the start of a variety of further adventures.)
    • The bittersweet ending of The Witches is made sweeter by the fact that the protagonist, now a mouse, has access to Norwegian goat cheeses bigger than he is.
    • The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me. The protagonists, now living on the Duke of Hampshire's estate, are allowed to fish for trout in his personal river, and their old headquarters is converted into a fantastic sweet shop which sells Wonka products.
    • The BFG no longer has to eat the awful snozzcumbers, and will be given all the bacon and eggs he desires. There's also a peach tree growing in his yard.
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox ends with a banquet and an assurance that many more banquets are to come, when Mr. Fox's network of tunnels allows him to safely raid all three farms.
    • Esio Trot. Alfie the tortoise is given to a kind little girl who feeds him all the lettuce he could ever want.
  • Virtually every version of The Brothers Grimm's "Sweet Porridge," a.k.a. "The Magic Porridge Pot" will end with the villagers cleaning up their town by eating all the porridge (or whatever other food the retelling uses) that's swamped it. In Tomie De Paola's classic Italian-flavored version Strega Nona, this becomes a comical Downer Ending for Big Anthony, who has to eat all the pasta by himself as punishment for misusing the magic pot. (See also the Smurfs episode "Greedy and the Porridge Pot" under Western Animation.)

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens frequently on Bones — first season a Chinese restaurant run by Heavy D, and after that a local diner or watering hole. In addition, many episodes end with Booth and Bones eating Thai and doing their paperwork.
  • Every once in a while, CSI ends on various members of the team eating in their favorite diner, and the way they interact shows the Character Development they've undergone and the shifts in relationship dynamics.
  • Ditto for Law & Order, though it's generally a bar where Team Dad Jack McCoy is feeling sorry for himself again.
  • The infamous No Ending of The Sopranos.
  • Series 7 of Seinfeld ends with George being told his fiancée Susan has just died, at which point he says to the group, "Let's go get some coffee."
  • The final episode of Friends ends with the titular group (who are separating due to marriage or career choices) deciding to spend their last hours together in the coffee shop where they all met ten years ago. It becomes a Tear Jerker ending when the camera then pans across the (now-empty) apartment that fans have spent the past decade visiting every week.
  • The very last episode of Everybody Loves Raymond ends on a low-key note with the very last shot of the Barone family being of them all sharing a meal together; Ray has just conceded the need for a bigger kitchen table. Instead of closing music the credits fade out on the everyday small-talk of an Italian-American family at dinner.
  • Blue Bloods frequently ends with the Reagan family seated around the dinner table.
  • Many, many episodes of Quincy, M.E. ended with Quince and his buddies discussing the case's conclusion at their favorite Italian restaurant.
  • Doctor Who:
    • At the end of their first adventure off-world, the Ninth Doctor asks Rose Tyler whether she wants to keep traveling with him. As she nearly got killed, Rose hesitates... but then asks if he wants fish and chips. Even though she's delaying her decision, we know then that she's going to stay.
    • Likewise, when the Doctor regenerates into his Twelfth persona, he worries whether Clara Oswald will stay with him, so at the end of the episode he asks her out for coffee. Or chips. Or something with chips and coffee?
  • The Distant Epilogue of War and Peace (2016) shown has Pierre, Natasha, Marya, and Nikolai enjoy a picnic with their households (including Sonya) and children.

    Myths & Religion 
  • In the Gospels, Jesus and his disciples catch fish for breakfast in the final chapter of John's Gospel.
  • The Book of Revelation ends with access to the Tree of Life, which Adam, Eve, and all humanity were prevented from eating of in the Book of Genesis, granted to those who overcame the world in Jesus Christ.

  • Occurs, of all places, in Survival of the Fittest. In version four a member of STAR mentions that they'd get Happy Meals for each person who'd escaped. One of the post-game threads show that yes, they did indeed get McDonalds. Given the setting, however, it's more of a Bittersweet Ending at best.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol ends with everyone singing around the Cratchit family's table (and in the doorway, and outside the door — Scrooge apparently brought all of London with him), ready to enjoy the prize turkey dinner Scrooge bought for them.
  • Quite a few episodes of The Puzzle Place. To name just a handful:
    • "You Say Potato", revolves around the kids getting ready for a picnic and ends with them having it.
    • "Leon's Pizza" revolves around Leon making pizza and ends with everyone ready to eat it.
    • "Bread and Matzoh" ends with everyone tasting Jodie's matzoh.
    • "Going By The Book" ends with the kids enjoying Ben's homemade carrot cake.
    • "Big Boys Don't Cry" and "I Scream, You Scream" both end with the kids getting ready to make pancakes.

  • In Cactus Flower, after Julian finally walks out on Toni, Igor goes into her bathroom to get dressed. She asks him if he's free for dinner together, and he says, "Great. I'll go out and get some Chinese food." She answers by offering to make some chicken cacciatore (which was splattered all over her stove when he first found her), and he emerges from the bathroom smiling. This is the last the audience sees of them.
  • In The Sorcerer, the second act, like the first, with Sir Marmaduke hosting a feast, this time without the Love Potion.
  • Albert Herring has a lighthearted ending in which Albert lets Emmie, Cis and Harry into the shop and starts passing around peaches for all to enjoy.

    Video Games 
  • Bad Dudes ends with the rescued president offering to take the heroes out for some burgers.
  • In BlazBlue a couple of Tao's endings and Ragna's joke ending have them eating (Ragna's joke ending naturally involves Tao). Parodied in Noel's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift, in which her cooking renders everyone in the cast except Terumi unconcious.
  • The epilogue of Ghost Trick has a birthday dinner at Jowd's house. With giant roast chickens, of course.
  • The credits in the third game of Mega Man Starforce shows the entire cast having a party and eating food.
  • Escape From St. Mary's begins with a quest for food, shifts to several layers of crazy and then ends with... food.
  • Super Paper Mario. "I suppose not all prophecies are true... and with that, I am hungry."
  • The "Meet the Sandvich" video of Team Fortress 2 ends with Heavy loudly chomping down on his Sandvich while chaos happens all around him.
  • The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for the NES by Ultra Games (Konami) has April O'Neil telling the Turtles, after they restore their master Splinter to his original human form, that they should celebrate with a pizza at the end of the game.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Hanako's Good Ending ends with Hisao suggesting that the two grab a bite to eat, and the final image pans to two muffins in a bakery.

    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater has a Food End for the epilogue amongst Red Mage, White Mage, and the Dragoon.
  • Leftover Soup ends with Jamie offering to teach an elderly man how to cook.

    Web Original 
  • The fourth Phase novel of the Whateley Universe ends with Phase joining his team for Thanksgiving dinner and thinking how he does really have things to be thankful for.
  • Many of TESSHI-e's escape-the-room games end with the protagonist getting something delicious to eat or drink to celebrate having gotten out of the locked room, either alone or with a friend (often the one who locked them in there in the first place). Overlaps with Food Porn, given the downright gorgeous photos of the meals in question that accompany the text.
  • Outside Xbox: Andy's Sharpie rewrite of Heart of Darkness ends this way.
    Andy: ...and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. And then they all went for ice-cream sundaes.

    Western Animation 
  • Early Scooby-Doo episodes tended to wrap up at the "Pizza Palace", or some similar place.
  • The Simpsons sketches and early episodes often had Homer taking the family out for "frosty chocolate milkshakes". This resulted in a Call-Back in a much later episode when Homer kidnaps some children (it's a long story) after lulling them into complacency by saying they're going out for... you guessed it.
    • The episode "Bart vs. Thanksgiving" ends with the Simpsons having a late-night feast of Thanksgiving leftovers, with Homer thanking the Lord for "one more crack at togetherness."
  • The Smurfs episode "Greedy and the Porridge Pot" ends with the entire village covered in porridge, and Brainy has to clean it up because he caused the mess by misusing the episode's magic porridge pot. Naturally, Greedy decides to help out, because he hasn't had his breakfast yet.
    • As a matter of fact, any ending of an episode where Greedy is a main character.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Ending of the End - Part 2" ends with the Mane Six and Spike share a meal at Pony Joe's donut shop after the final battle.
  • Several Teen Titans episodes end with the team eating pizza at their favorite spot, or else eating in the living room of Titans Tower.
  • A lot of episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (any version) end with the heroes (and often their allies too) chowing on pizza (either in the lair or somewhere else).
  • The Grand Finale of King of the Hill ends with Hank and Bobby grilling steaks together and holding a cookout for the whole neighborhood.
  • Every Backyardigans episode ends with The main characters going to one of their houses for a snack


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Post Apocalyptic Donuts

The Mane Six and Spike share a meal at Pony Joe's donut shop after the final battle.

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