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When a show ends without a Grand Finale — likely if it was cancelled without enough warning to the producers to film a proper ending — the producers may instead wrap up any loose ends in an episode of another show set in the same Verse.

Conceptually, this is the Counter Trope of a Poorly Disguised Pilot. The Poorly Disguised Pilot is effectively the first episode of a show on a different show; the Fully Absorbed Finale is effectively the last episode of a show on a different show. Like the Poorly Disguised Pilot, the main characters from the "absorbing" show may take a back seat in the episode, with the focus on the characters from the "absorbed" finale.


If the ended show was launched with a Poorly Disguised Pilot on one show, the Fully Absorbed Finale will usually be an episode of the same show (assuming, of course, that the parent show is still in production).

Alternatively, things might get wrapped up in The Movie.

Sister Trope to Crossover Finale, where the final story arc of a work also happens to tie-in to a larger crossover event within a Shared Universe. Basically, if the grand finale of The Alice and Bob Show is an episode of The Adventures of Carol and Dave, it's this trope. But if the final episodes of the former have characters from the latter show up, it's that trope.

As this is an Ending of sorts, expect unmarked Spoilers for the series having their Finale abroad. Unmarked spoilers for the host series may also be present, especially if the shows were related prior to one of them being Cut Short.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Much of the cast of the Danganronpa ends up being involved in the Grand Finale that is Danganronpa 3 so to wrap their stories.
  • Hiroya Oku created two manga series, both called Hen ("strange"). The original one ran from 1988 to 1992, and the second one ran from 1992 to 1997. The books had completely different casts, and the second book was much more popular than the first one. The last three volumes of the second book are widely despised because they brought back the cast of the first book, and more than half of the stories revolved around characters that many readers didn't know or care about.
  • Downplayed in Pokémon with the Mirage Kingdom two-parter. It brings Misty back to the main series for a few episodes where she gets over her fear of bugs and has to let her Togepi (who evolved into Togetic) go. While she has appeared in a small amount of episodes since leaving the main cast at the end of Johto, this two-parter was the end of her character arc. From the perspective of the Advanced Generation taken on its own, however, it was effectively Filler.
  • X1999 shows what happened to Subaru and Seishiro after the events of Tokyo Babylon.

    Audio Plays 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • The Companion Chronicles episodes "The Catalyst", "Empathy Games" and "The Time Vampire" end Leela's arc, which was set up in Gallifrey.
    • Gallifrey, in turn, concludes Ace's arc as a Time Lord Academy student, which was planned on TV during the Aborted Arc of the Cartmel Master Plan and explored further by Big Finish in the Lost Stories releases.

    Comic Books 
  • When the series Aztek: The Ultimate Man started publishing, co-writer Grant Morrison was also writing the series Justice League of America and had Aztek join the team. When his solo series was cancelled, Morrison wrapped up his storyline in the pages of JLA.
  • Averted with Geoff Johns transferring Star-Spangled Kid from the canceled Stars and STRIPE to the successful Justice Society of America title. Far from being a finale, SSK went on to become a major character in JSA and eventually took on the name Stargirl.
  • The cancellation of the Spider-Man 2099 comic left the identity of villain Thanatos unresolved until writer Peter David did The Reveal in the pages of Captain Marvel (Vol. 4) David stated that Thanatos' true identity had several possibilities, but he decided that the alternate reality Rick Jones concept fit best with the resolution in Captain Marvel (where the main Rick Jones is a major character.)
  • Captain Marvel #53 provided a wrap-up for the cancelled 1975 Inhumans series.
  • The Transformers Cybertron comic by Fun Publications concludes the plot of Transformers Universe.
  • A storyline in Teen Titans ended on a cliffhanger with Kid Eternity being kidnapped by the Calculator. This was resolved sometime later in an issue of Batgirl, where the title character discovered that Eternity had been beaten to death by Calculator.
  • The original Omega the Unknown series ended on a cliffhanger with the fates of most of the cast left unrevealed. The storyline was concluded in The Defenders.
  • The Mighty Crusaders mini-series served as this for the DCU versions of the Red Circle heroes before their rights reverted to Archie Comics.
  • This also happened with the Adam Warlock series from the 1970s. After Marvel cancelled it in the middle of an epic story arc involving Warlock killing himself so that he would not become the Magus, his future/past evil self and Thanos preparing to commit a cosmic genocide, Jim Starlin finished up in whatever books he could get his hands on, including a few issues of Strange Tales, the Marvel Team-Up Annual, Marvel Two-in-One Annual, and the Avengers Annual.
  • Dwayne Mcduffie's final comic book, Milestone Forever, tied up most of the hanging plot threads from Static, Hardware, Icon and Blood Syndicate, each of which had been cancelled mid-storyline over fifteen years earlier. It also provided an explanation for the characters' sudden appearances in the DC Universe.
  • The 90s revival of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt was cancelled after only 12 issues, leaving some hanging plot threads. This led to Thunderbolt's final battle with his nemesis Andreas being depicted in an issue of Justice League Quarterly.
  • The Michael Lane Azrael series was cancelled before the story could be resolved. Writer David Hine was allowed to finish out Azrael's story via a Bat Family Crossover that ran through Batman, Red Robin and Gotham City Sirens.
  • After the 2010 Young Allies revival was cancelled, the team's story was finished up in the Onslaught Unleashed mini-series. A few of the surviving characters have since been brought over into other books such as Avengers Academy.
  • A few of the lingering threads from Gail Simone's Rose and Thorn reboot were tied up in Birds of Prey.
  • The first Nova series ended with a group of the series regulars heading off into outer space; the story continued in Fantastic Four (then written by Marv Wolfman, creator and writer of Nova), and finally wrapped up in an issue of Rom Spaceknight.
  • Silver Surfer Volume 1 #18 (1970) ends with an angered Surfer swearing revenge on mankind. Future guest appearances and his later comics wouldn't touch upon the change of attitude. In 1999, a follow-up occurs in #4-6 of Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man.
  • The final story arc of Beast's feature in Amazing Adventures concerned an old friend named Vera, who approached Hank with the revelation that she needed his help to save the world from some unspecified threat. The threat was never revealed in Amazing Adventures, and the story was eventually (hastily) concluded in an issue of The Incredible Hulk.
  • When his short run on The Avengers in the late 1980s was cut short, Walt Simonson revisited and resolved the main plot he had set up (the Black Celestial building a universe-destroying superweapon behind an impenetrable time bubble in the future and a plot to set him free masterminded by the Cross-Time Council of Kangs) in his subsequent run on Fantastic Four, which featured guest appearances from Iron Man and Thor, two Avengers he had been prohibited from using in the actual Avengers title (Simonson later remarked that he had more latitude to use two Avengers in FF than he did in the actual Avengers comic book!).
  • The storyline that concluded the original Immortal Iron Fist series was wrapped up in Marvel Team-Up after Iron Fist had been cancelled.
  • The New Universe got two of them. First was the mini-series The War, which the US and Russia preparing to go to war using their own paranormal beings before being stopped by the mysterious Star Child. The second was a storyline in Quasar which lead to the multipart adventure Starblast.
  • Avengers Annual #10 serves as this for the abruptly cancelled Ms. Marvel. In short, Chris Claremont had written a Grand Finale for the comic, and it was halfway through artwork when Marvel pulled the plug, leaving it unreleased until 1992. So, Claremont just took over Avengers Annual 10 using the plot points concerning Rogue's attack on Carol Danvers from the cancelled issue and tying it into the then-ongoing Brotherhood of Evil Mutants/ Days of Future Past storyline. Incidentally, the issue also serves as a Fully Absorbed Finale and a Take That! to the events of Avengers #200 (which infamously had Carol going to Limbo with a man who attempted to escape there though complicated means involving her, and the rest of the Avengers do nothing to help her throughout the story), finally allowing Carol (and Claremont!) to give a long-overdue What the Hell, Hero? over Carol's treatment both in-story and out-of-story.
  • Scooby-Doo! Team-Up: In "Perils Before Swine", the villain from The Perils of Penelope Pitstop is finally unmasked and arrested for his several attempts to kill Penelope Pitstop and get her fortune.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one of the most surprising examples of this, the final arc of Little Orphan Annie ended somewhere between a Bolivian Army Ending and And the Adventure Continues with the main character getting kidnapped (as happened very often). Three years later, this was finally resolved in a crossover arc on Dick Tracy.
  • John Darling ended very suddenly in 1991 with the title character's murder on panel, as sort of a Take That to his syndicate during a heated battle over the strip. The murder was never solved in that strip and in fact, at the time, creator Tom Batiuk had not intended to ever solve it and had not originally planned who the killer was. In 1997, Batiuk returned to the storyline in Funky Winkerbean when Les wrote a book about the murder and through the writing process solved the mystery.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past is a quasi-example. Though it is part of the same ongoing film franchise, the movie serves to conclude the original X-Men trilogy (and send off its cast), while continuing the storylines and Timeshifted Actors established in X-Men: First Class. note 
  • Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: Civil War became this for Agent Carter, a spin-off from the first Captain America movie about Steve Rogers' 40's love interest Peggy Carter, who went on to found SHIELD with Iron Man's father Howard Stark. In Civil War, it's revealed that Howard was assassinated in 1991, while Peggy dies of old age in the present day. A week after the movie's release, it was revealed that Agent Carter would not be renewed for a third season. Given the lengthy and poignant funeral scene, one can't help but wonder if this was pre-planned.
    • Avengers: Endgame:
      • There hasn't been a Iron Man film since 2013's Iron Man 3, although Tony Stark has kept showing up in a prominent role since. In Endgame, he marries Pepper, has a daughter and dies in the climax of the movie.
      • Steve takes the opportunity to live happily with Peggy in an Alternate Timeline and passes the mantle of Captain America to Sam "Falcon" Wilson.

  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, Gary Russell's Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Placebo Effect provided a finale to his Doctor Who comic strip from the Radio Times, which had been Cut Short.
  • In the year 2000, authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child released a novel called The Ice Limit. The novel ends with a Sequel Hook (which was expanded by a short epilogue on their website). The authors' other works would make (sometimes self-deprecating) references to a The Ice Limit sequel, but none was forthcoming. In 2011, Preston and Child started the Gideon Crew series of novels, which included a prominent character from The Ice Limit as Gideon's boss. Finally in 2016, Preston and Child released the fourth Gideon Crew book. It's name? Beyond The Ice Limit. One gets the distinct impression Preston and Child made an entirely new series just so they could make the sequel to their earlier story.
  • The four-volume Ringworld series by Larry Niven ends with the fate of its protagonists left open for a Sequel Hook. This is resolved in the conclusion of the five-volume Fleet of Worlds series that Niven cowrote with Edward M. Lerner.
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson gets somewhat of a resolution in Catalyst, in which it is revealed that Andy got off on the rape charges.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with in 30 Rock, when Kenneth and Tracy reassemble some of the cast of Night Court and attempt to film a proper finale for the show. Hilarity Ensues.
  • American Horror Story: The Apocalypse episode "Return to Murder House" effectively serves as a Distant Finale to the original season. Not only is it used to show how Michael Langdon went from the demonic child seen at the end of Murder House to a fully realized antichrist on Apocalypse, but several plot lines from Murder House finally receive some proper resolution.
  • In the Childrens Hospital episode "Party Down", we get to see that for four of the main characters of Party Down it's still business as usual. Cast regulars Ken Marino and Megan Mullally briefly reprise their Party Down characters.
  • Ted Buckland from Scrubs appeared in the Cougar Town episode "Something Good Coming", where he revealed that after the events of the final season of Scrubs, his wife had left him for Dr. Hooch.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm has one that's meta. Seinfeld had a rather odd ending, but one Larry insists is fine. In order to win back his wife, however, Larry kicks off a season-long plot to do a Reunion Special to act as a proper finale. The whole cast from Seinfeld makes guest appearances throughout the season as they cast and rehearse the finale, though we only ever get to see excerpts of it.
  • The Dallas reboot effectively did a variant of this for Knots Landing. While the latter series did have a Grand Finale, the show was still out of continuity with its parent series and had several lingering threads in the Reunion Show, "Back to the Cul-de-Sac" that were never followed up on. The second season of Dallas resolved this in an arc that begins after J.R. Ewing's death, revealing that Val and Gary broke up sometime between the ending of the spinoff show and the episode he comes back on, Gary coming terms with said character's death and his association with Sue Ellen and the rest of the family, and Sue Ellen herself essentially getting Gary and Val back together as a way to atone for her actions.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Part 1 of the Grand Finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air also functioned as a Fully Absorbed Finale for The Jeffersons and Diff'rent Strokes, in which Arnold and Willis consider buying the Banks' mansion, but it ends up being bought by the Jeffersons (George, Weezy, and Florence all appear). The Jeffersons had never gotten a proper finale from CBS so this, in effect resolved the plot, with the Banks and the Jeffersons essentially swapping locales: The Jeffersons moved west to Bel-Air and the Banks family moved east to New York.
  • Full House was cancelled before the writers could make a proper finale, so the pilot of its Netflix Sequel Series, Fuller House was written as this and as a Reunion Show.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • The franchise has managed to take this trope and mashed it together with The Movie and created something called Movie Wars, in which it's the equivalent to the usual the "bring back last season's Power Rangers" episodes, with the added twist of having two stories, one for each starring rider featured. Usually the last season's Kamen Rider gets the finale part, while the current Kamen Rider gets more of a side story. The only Movie Wars to not pull the finale off was Kamen Rider Double's half of Movie Wars Core, though considering that they already had a Grand Finale, it made more sense to instead do an Origin Story/Whole Episode Flashback for a Posthumous Character.
    • The Direct-To-DVD crossover special Kamen Rider 4, released when Kamen Rider Drive aired on TV, does this for Kamen Rider 555. The finale for 555 itself was notorious for not offering any true resolution, while leaving the fate of the main character Takumi be ambiguous. Kamen Rider 4 resolves some of these plot points and gives Takumi a proper sendoff. What makes this entry notable, is that Kamen Rider 4 acts as a Fully Absorbed Finale for a series that stopped airing 11 years before its release.
  • Season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow is essentially a massive grand finale for the Vixen animated web series. It brought back Vixen's main villain/Anti-Villain, explored the remaining Zambesi totems that the series never got around to, and ultimately has the heroes travel back in time to prevent the inciting tragedy of Vixen's story (and thus making it so that the events of Vixen technically never occurred).
  • Lopez Tonight played with this, presenting a "proper" finale for The George Lopez Show. It involved George waking up from a dream. It heavily implies that the entirety of The George Lopez Show was All Just a Dream in the mind of... Doug Heffernan from The King of Queens!
  • The late '90s superhero series Night Man featured a sort-of epilogue to creator Glen A. Larson's short-lived 1983 series Manimal in Episode 206, where Johnny Domino/Night Man allies himself with Prof. Jonathan Chase. In the years since the events of Manimal, Chase married his former partner Brooke, who later died after giving birth to Chase's only daughter.
  • The Parkers considered making one to resolve Moesha finding a pregnancy test in her home and her brother getting kidnapped, but let's just say the Parkers had their own problems.
  • Power Rangers Wild Force: "Reinforcements From the Future" effectively serves as a definitive finale for the preceding season, Power Rangers Time Force, acting as a Where Are They Now for both the rangers and villains of Time Force, as well as closing the last few loose ends of their plot.
  • In the second episode of Raising Hope, a TV newscaster can be heard in the background saying that a former small-time crook who made a list of his wrongdoings to atone for had finally finished. Although promised the details after the break, the plot moves on quickly past it.
    • Another episode has a cast reunion for My Name is Earl, with them playing their characters on Raising Hope, but with numerous references to Earl and the relationships their characters had therein.
    • And there's also the Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home, and the other various background references.
  • The final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise was intended to serve as a finale to the entire post-TOS continuity by producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who had served as producers since Star Trek: The Next Generation, resulting in the show's events being reduced to a holodeck program run by Will Riker from TNG. Taking place during the events of one fairly unimportant TNG episode as Riker looked to his predecessors while deciding what to do, you got your basic TNG holodeck episode guest-starring the Enterprise crew that doesn't really tell a story about the Enterprise characters (and doesn't really make much sense anyway because the Enterprise scenario doesn't even have much at all in common with Riker's dilemma), and Trip Tucker gets a Dropped a Bridge on Him death to boot. It sure wasn't anything like the Grand Finale to the pre-reboot Trek Verse that Bermaga evidently thought they were making. The episode resulted in considerable amounts of backlash from the fans (and from the actors as well), who just wanted a solid finale to Enterprise itself.
    • Ultimately, it does end up a Poorly Disguised Pilot to Enterprise's Expanded Universe, which takes the ideas "These Are The Voyages" introduced, made it not suck, and combines it with the events known to have taken place between Ent. and TOS (particularly the Earth-Romulan War that fans had been hoping to see since before Enterprise was even announced). This storyline had its own combination of Poorly Disguised Pilot and Fully Absorbed Finale in the form of a Deep Space Nine novel in which Jake Sisko and Lieutenant Nog uncover evidence that the official record of Trip's death was a coverup of what really happened in the events of the Enterprise finale.
  • Not quite a Fully Absorbed Finale, but when ABC pulled Taxi off the air, Dick Ebersol gave the entire cast a send-off and curtain call on Saturday Night Live.
  • That's So Raven has one combined with a Crossover in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana", which takes place sometime after the Raven episode "Checkin' Out", the canon last episode of the former's shownote , in which Raven plays a large part. She has a vision of Cody getting into trouble at Carey's party, which is the driving force behind the main plot, and is pivotal to the subplot, where, with Maddie's help, she ends up selling her dresses to London Tipton and Hannah Montana.
  • Dharma & Greg appear on Two and a Half Men as buyers of the recently-deceased Charlie's house. Evidently, things aren't going very well for them.
  • The mystery of the Cut Short series Vanished was intended to be solved in the third series of Bones, but the WGA strike put paid to that plan.
  • Even though Hercules: The Legendary Journeys had its own finale where he makes peace with his arch-enemy Hera, the character's last canon appearance came a year later in the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "God-Fearing Child". Hercules and Hera team up to protect a pregnant Xena from the wrath of Zeus, due to the prophecy that her baby will bring about the Twilight of the Gods. Zeus kills Hera for her betrayal and Herc kills Zeus to save Xena and baby Eve.
  • The X-Files:
    • "Millennium" serves as a finale to Millennium. To the credit of those who put together the DVD release of Millennium, that episode was included on the DVDs of the last season. This might be one of the best examples of this trope backfiring. Many fans of Millennium and its star Lance Henriksen were very unhappy with the result and the way it trivialized Millennium's Myth Arc.
    • "Jump the Shark" serves as a finale for The Lone Gunmen, which had been a spinoff of The X-Files. (Although the title characters from The Lone Gunmen appeared in other episodes of The X-Files after cancellation of The Lone Gunmen and before "Jump the Shark", only "Jump the Shark" tied up storylines from the canceled series.) This episode does appear on the DVDs for the one and only season of The Lone Gunmen.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The NWA New Zealand Heavyweight Title originally did not have NWA in its name, as it was in use before the Alliance came to be in 1948 and is one of the oldest title belts in the world, being first established in 1919.
  • When the WWWA and AGWA title belts were revived in 1970, they ended up under the ownership of All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, the former becoming the top titles of the promotion. Zenjo also attained the IWA(Canada) women's title.
  • In 1989, since it left the NWA, All Japan Pro Wrestling hosted what was essentially the finale for the NWA International, NWA United National and Pacific Wrestling Federation Heavyweight titles when the holder of the first, Jumbo Tsuruta, defeated the holder of the other two, Stan Hansen. Following this, a new belt was created to represent all three, The Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight Title!
  • Japan has been the final resting place of a few classic AWA title belts, especially in Pro Wrestling Zero 1 and its offshoots. Zero 1 ended up retiring the Women's belt following Sherri Martel's passing. It was last used in Honolulu when Hikaru took it, along with Saki Maemura's hair and replaced it with the Hawai'i Championship Wrestling Women's title.
  • When Lucha Libre Internacional went out of business in 1995, its title belts were divided among AAA, Michinoku Pro Wrestling and several smaller independent companies based in Mexico, Japan and Puerto Rico with four UWA sanctioned belts coming under the personal ownership of Zuleyma, Gran Hamada, Loco Valentino and El Canek.
  • Rick Michaels, the final NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion, reused the belt to represent the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Champion, the promotion itself being a merger of National Championship Wrestling and NWA Georgia. Also, Wildside had served as one of WCW's functional farm leagues and thus helped a few wrestlers working their continue to get some exposure after WCW's shutdown, most notably AJ Styles.
  • After the WWE purchased WCW and WCW Monday Nitro had been cancelled, WWE dedicated the last 10 minutes of an episode of Monday Night Raw to effectively be a finale for Nitro. The house banners and decorations were changed, and WCW personalities Scott Hudson and Arn Anderson took over the commentators' desk. The segment featured a match between Buff Bagwell and Booker T. The match was deemed so boring and uninteresting by the WWE's fans, that WWE's planned Myth Arc for the "Invasion" storyline became radically altered, and the WCW branding would all but disappear shortly thereafter.
  • ECW One Night Stand 2005 was originally this for Extreme Championship Wrestling. ECW had closed in 2001, with its assets purchased by WWE sometime after. The original concept of ONS was a one-time WWE-produced ECW reunion show, which made it an example of this trope until ECW was resurrected on a full-time basis the next year.
  • The International Wrestling Council World Heavyweight Title, the Grand Prix Championship Wrestling SUPER-X Monster Title, the Mexican National Heavyweight Title, and the Universal Wrestling Association World Light Heavyweight Title were unified by El Mesías to create the AAA Mega Championship belt.
  • Defied when Yoshihiro Tajiri's SMASH was set to close down and Divas Champion Kana wanted to hop on a plane with the title belt before it happened. Syuri vowed to defeat her to ensure the belt went down with the rest of the promotion.

    Video Games 
  • The Japanese video game Moonlight Syndrome, part of the Twilight Syndrome series, which was written by Suda51, ends with a cliffhanger. The resolution is found in the first case of the first game series Suda 51 wrote after he formed his own company, The Silver Case, in which two of the three survivors from Moonlight Syndrome are unceremoniously shot and killed.
  • Even though no true Darkstalkers sequel has been made since the release of Vampire Savior in 1997, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes follows up on Morrigan's ending in Vampire Savior by revealing that she and her "sister" Lilith have merged into one.
    • Other games, such as Cross Edge and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, seem to affirm other plot points from Vampire Savior. Two of the more notable ones are Felicia becoming a nun like her foster mother and starting an orphanage (although Cross Edge notes that she still operates as a singer to help support said orphanage and her ending in MvC3 has singing together with Dazzler in a concert) and Morrigan finally accepting her responsibilities and becoming the Queen of Makai.
    • Project X Zone would later have Morrigan claim that she cares not for the internal politics and power struggles of Makai, leaving the task of defeating Jedah to Demitri (and Dante). Though the plot of Project X Zone is a direct sequel in some ways to Namco × Capcom, it's unknown how interconnected the continuity of Capcom's crossovers are. This may also count as some plotline closure for Demitri, the original intended protagonist of the series until Morrigan stole his show, who actually does have ambition to rule Makai; he never faces Jedah in his Vampire Savior story (Morrigan is instead his Final Boss, but Demitri does serve as the last opponent in Jedah's route) and a drama CD for the third game implies that Jedah killed him.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic contains two Flashpoints that conclude the storylines of both protagonists of the Knights of the Old Republic series: Revan is saved from the stasis where he was kept by the Sith Emperor for 300 years in a Republic Flashpoint; Meetra "Exile" Surik, who has been dead since the fight with the Emperor, finally becomes one with the Force in the same Flashpoint; then an Imperial Flashpoint invades Revan's secret new anti-Sith droid factory and kills him. The Bounty Hunter storyline also concludes Canderous Ordo's arc: his attempts at reforming the Mandalorians as Mandalore the Preserver ultimately fails as the Mandalorians end up aligning with the Sith once again and the rebellion attempting to honor Canderous' ideals is unceremoniously crushed.
  • Ryu's Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Super Mode, the Hado Kakusei, shows that he eventually overcomes the Satsui no Hadou (which was originally affirmed in Street Fighter Alpha 3, but then resurfaced in Street Fighter IV), or at least masters the Power of Nothingness that his master Gouken uses (which was introduced in SFIV and its corresponding OVA). Street Fighter V would then depict Ryu undergoing special training to rid himself of the Satsui no Hadou, seemingly for good.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky: By the time SC concludes, every Enforcer's subplot has been resolved, save for Renne. While Estelle's acts of kindness have clearly struck a chord, her indoctrination still leaves her confused and unsure of her feelings, leaving her to run off. The last scene of the game has Estelle and Joshua set out to find her as a Sequel Hook. In The 3rd, they end up reuniting in a dream world (long story) with an optional scene found in the resident Bonus Dungeon providing a crucial chunk of backstory. While the game functions as a finale for the rest of the Sky cast, Renne's story remains unresolved as the nature of Phantasma means that its inhabitants will return to their places in the physical world, while Renne refuses to tell them where she is. It's only in the Crossbell Arc that the duo manage to catch up with her during the new cast's own storyline. Fortunately, her character arc is resolved on a happy note.
  • The Longest Journey was supposed to have been continued and concluded by a sequel titled The Longest Journey Home, however, for numerous reasons, TLJH has been canceled before it even got into pre-production. Instead, April's character arc and the whole War of the Balance storyline were concluded in the final episode of Dreamfall Chapters—a sequel to a spin-off of the original TLJ.
  • Ensemble Girls! Memories gives one to Ensemble Stars!; or more specifically, the protagonist of the latter. She finally gets to reconcile with her former school mates, continue her path as a producer, and makes her peace with her brother, Girls!'s protagonist. We also learn that Mika Kagehira of the latter and Suzu Kuromori of the former were siblings separated at birth, and are happy to reunite once the discovery is made.

    Web Original 
  • While The Nostalgia Critic series did have its own thematic finale, To Boldly Flee was where the Nostalgia Critic's story truly ended as he absorbed the Plot Hole and became one with the universe.
    • Ironically, it happened again, the other way around when the special announcing the return of The Critic served as the apparent conclusion of Demo Reel. Demo Reel actually had wrapped up its own plot, the point of the special is explicitly to lampshade what an Ass Pull the connection is to justify ending the one show and bringing back the other.

    Western Animation 
  • Link and Zelda guest-starred in several episodes of Captain N: The Game Master after the cancellation of their own series. One of these episodes, "Potion of Power", resolves two unresolved Series Goals from the original series, a resurrected Ganon is defeated for good and Link finally gets the kiss from Zelda he was after for the entire original series.
  • Challenge Of The Go Bots is getting an indirect version through a crossover with Transformers in the Fun Publications comics. The story starts up some time after the end of the show. The war between the Guardians and Renegades is still going on and humanity is starting to colonize in space. Suddenly a large instability in the fabric of reality causes the universe to start slowly fading away. The Gobots discover that this is happening because an unexpected splinter Transformers timeline has been created, offsetting the balance of the multiverse. The story then involves the Gobots traveling to that splinter timeline (the Transformers: Classics universe) to find a way to stop this Cataclysem before it destroys their universe or any others.
  • A few years after its cancellation, Evil Con Carne got a finale on its sister show, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, in the episode "Company Halt".
  • Justice League Unlimited's 3rd season finale, "Epilogue", functions as a finale for Batman Beyond.
    • It was also essentially the Distant Finale for the entire DC Animated Universe, so the Batman Beyond setting might have doubled as a convenient setting for a distant finale.
    • As a whole, Justice League Unlimited works as a continuation of Superman: The Animated Series; the third season's Cadmus arc resolves plot threads that were left hanging, specifically the fallout from Legacy, which results in Superman having to gain back the trust of the public while dealing with the machinations of an increasingly paranoid government. The fourth season finale "Destroyer" can be seen as a finale not just for Justice League Unlimited, but for Superman: The Animated Series too, since it effectively closes the book on Superman's longstanding conflict with Lex Luthor and Darkseid, giving both characters an epic sendoff.
  • The Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode, "Heroes and Zeroes" is a "guest star" story revealing that The Mighty Heroesconsisting of  had retired from super-heroics many years beforehow long?  because they "got tired of life in the fast lane" and started the chartered accounting firm of Man, Man, Man, Man and Man. Mighty Mouse convinces them to come out of retirement and stop one last villain.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes combines this with The Resolution Will Not Be Televised for the episode "A Hero's Fate", which serves as a finale for RPG World, a webcomic that creator Ian Jones-Quartey made as a teenager and had abandoned due to decreasing interest and an unpleasable fanbase. The episode has K.O. befriend the comic's main character, Hero, who had spent so much time solo Level Grinding for his final confrontation with Galgarion, that he's neglected everything else in his life. After the duo attempt and fail to beat Galgarion, who had also been leveling-up due to being stuck in the boss room and having nothing better to do, K.O. tells Hero that there's more to life than just constantly training and leaves. Hero and Galgarion proceed to talk and, realizing that they've both forgotten why they're even fighting to begin with, decide to take a break from their conflict, with Hero going back home to reconnect with his friends and have a daughter with Cherry.
    • A later crossover episode with Captain Planet and the Planeteers establishes that the Planeteers eventually split up due to constant squabbling and all but Kwame have left to "get real jobs" while Dr. Blight is still trying to destroy the planet with pollution.
  • The Scooby-Doo Direct-To-DVD movie Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost serves as a belated conclusion to The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo
  • Similarly, there were plans to write a finale for Sonic Underground in Sonic Universe. However, the project was delayed constantly. It was originally scheduled for Issue #50, but was replaced, and then it never went to see the light of day with SEGA cutting all ties with Archie Comics in 2017, as well as not resuming any of the Archie storylines or original characters with the transfer to IDW Comics.
  • Star Wars Rebels: "The Last Battle" serves as one to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was Cut Short. The crew run into and fight an outpost of holdout battle droids, but eventually realize that the Empire was always their real enemy, and team up to fight the Imperial forces that turn up. Rex ends up lampshading it by declaring Ezra the one who ended the Clone Wars for good.
    • And then, a few years after this episode aired, The Clone Wars got uncanceled for one last season...
  • Though done as a semi-parody, The Venture Bros. would seem to offer an answer to what happened to Race from Jonny Quest... he dies in his over-the-top successor Brock's arms after a rather humiliating sequence of injurious events. Unlike most parodies of this type, the character's name is left intact and he even makes a reference to another name-intact character, Jonny. In the next season, we actually see Jonny, who has become a pill-popping psycho that lives in a marine exploration pod (and who has since recovered from his addiction—but not his messed up childhood). These characters appeared because they were originally going to be Lawyer-Friendly Cameos, until the creators found out that they could use the actual characters due to the network owning the rights to themnote  Could be seen as a Fully Absorbed Finale just depending on how serious you can take anything in The Venture Bros.


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