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(Yawn) We sure did a lot. We made some new friends, went to that new amusement park, fought the big bad and won, we laughed together, we cried together, and learned a whole lot about ourselves. Boy, are we tired. So how are we going to end this story / episode / season / series / movie?

Well, there is one way. Let's put on our jammies and hit the sack.

This trope can happen even when the situation is not happening at night. A common ending in some children's books and shows, where they end the story with the characters going to bed.

Always a perfect ending for an Insomnia Episode or one when it was All Just a Dream (as long as they end it by going back to sleep).

WARNING! Examples may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk


Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • Azumanga Daioh:
    • Episode 12 ends with Chiyo Chan going to bed. Which is fitting because the whole episode involves her going about her school day; beginning with her waking up.
    • After Mayaa reunites with Sakaki in episode 24, Chiyo Chan lets the two sleep over for the night at her house.
  • When Ruru makes herself part of Hana's family in episode 13 of Hugtto! Pretty Cure, she and Hana turn in at the end and end up sharing the same bed.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Subverted in chapter 22. After working things out with their neighbors so they won't be so loud, Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna decide to lay down and take a nap. It would have been peaceful if Tohru didn't grind her teeth as she slept. Poor Kobayashi.
    • Played straight in episode 1 of the anime, where Kobayashi and Tohru lie down for the night (though Tohru does have a short Flashback Nightmare).
    • The ending credits for the anime also ends with Tohru, Kanna, Elma, and Lucoa going to sleep (notably, none of their pajamas match up with what they wear in series).
  • Happens at the Grand Finale of the Mitsuboshi Colors anime. During the final skit in the episode (after the credits roll), the gang brings a futon and set it in the middle of the park in order to relax and do surveillance. In the end though, they end up falling asleep.
  • The New Game! OVA ends this way with the gang sleeping in separate futons in the same room during their company trip.
  • All the horse girls lie down and rest after doing all the random fun activities during the ending credits of Uma Musume.

Film

  • After the family rescues Beethoven, the folks say goodnight to each other and go to sleep in their bedroom.....filled with a bunch of other dogs they managed to rescue as well.
  • Alien ends with Ellen Ripley as the Sole Survivor of the Nostromo, recording her last mission log before going into hibernation.
  • Aliens ends with Ripley again preparing to go into hibernation after escaping from the alien-infested planet with the other survivors.

Literature

  • Roger Zelazny's "Great Slow Kings" end with the main characters going to sleep.
  • Each episode of Madeline usually ends with the twelve little girls going to bed as Miss Clavel turning off the lights and closing the door.
    Narrator: And that's all there is. There isn't anymore.

Live-Action TV

  • In one episode of The Honey Mooners, Ralph and Norton end up falling asleep while watching late night TV.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: After finally succeeding at curing London of her insomnia, Mr. Moseby, Maddie, and Esteban all end up falling asleep on London's bed.
  • Zoey 101: After finally getting help from Mr. Bender at the end of the episode, "Little Beach Party," Zoey and the gang fall asleep in the back of Mr. Bender's pick-up truck.
  • Happens at the end of every single episode of The Big Comfy Couch. And who could blame Lunette; those 10-second tidies must really take it out of her.
  • In the deleted scene of the Grand Finale of How I Met Your Mother, Lily pays Marshall up in bed as they both bet that whether Ted and Robin would get back together or not, all the while Marshall singing as each bill is passed from Lily even though they have joint accounts. The scene ends with them declaring their love at the bedside before turning off the lights.

Puppet Shows

Video Games

  • This is how Kirby Super Star's "Milky Way Wishes" ends; with Kirby going back home to take a well-deserved nap after saving the world and preventing the Sun and Moon from fighting.
  • Iconoclasts ends with Robin taking a well deserved nap after fighting the physical manifestation of God.
  • The ending credits scene of Super Mario Bros. 2 where the whole game was all Mario's dream.
  • Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap ends with the hero, now back to Hu-man form, going home to sleep.
    Good night, brave warrior. Good night, Monster Land...
  • Inverted in Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble, as the game actually begins with Bugs sleeping and ending with him waking up.

Western Animation

  • Rankin Bass Jack Frost Pardon-Me Pete saw his shadow at the beginning of the special. So after he tells us the whole story, it is time for him to get his six more weeks of shut-eye.
  • The Powerpuff Girls do this twice even though at the end, it is technically morning and they should really be starting the day. The first was Boogie Frights and the second was Dream Scheme.
  • Happens Once an Episode in Ruff Ruff Tweet And Dave, where each episode ends with the titular characters go back home and go to sleep.
  • The first three episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine that focus on Trevor the Traction Engine, "Saved From Scrap", "Thomas and Trevor/A New Friend For Thomas", and "Edward, Trevor, and the Really Useful Party" all end with Trevor falling asleep in his shed after a hard day's work.
  • Dragon Tales: At the end of “It Happened One Nightmare”, after Max, Emmy, Zach, Weezie, and Cassie help Ord overcome his fear of sleeping due to a nightmare he had before, he falls asleep in the field where they all were....and the others join him.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic At the end of "Too Many Pinkie Pies," the mane 6 ask what Pinkie Pie wants to do after the whole duplicating mess. Pinkie Pie decided right then and there to just lay down and go to sleep. The others then quietly leave.
  • Several episodes of The Simpsons have an ending like this; usually with Homer and Marge.

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