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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, a "Getting Ready for Bed" Plot, or one when it was All Just a Dream (as long as they end it by going back to sleep). Could even include Sleep Cute.

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



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Azumanga Daioh:
  • Dropkick on My Devil: In Season 2 Episode 5, Jashin gives Medusa a ninja costume for her birthday. After the end credits, we see Medusa asleep in her bed dreaming of her and Jashin playing in color coordinated ninja costumes.
  • Gabriel DropOut: At the end of the Beach Episode, Gab and her friends fall asleep on the train ride home.
  • 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.
  • Mysteria Friends The second part of episode 4 ends with Anne going to bed.
  • The New Game! OVA ends this way with the gang sleeping in separate futons in the same room during their company trip.
  • Pretty Cure
    • The last scene of episode 39 of Maho Girls PreCure has Mari, Rico, and Kotoha all asleep with all of them holding hands while doing so.
    • 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.
      • This happens again at the end of episode 34, this time involving Hana and her sister Kotori.
  • All the horse girls lie down and rest after doing all the random fun activities during the ending credits of Uma Musume.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Shrek the Third ends with Shrek and Fiona putting their newborn ogre triplets to sleep, then they go to sleep themselves.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Alien:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Hunt for Red October ends with Ryan asleep on a plane, having been unable to sleep on his flight earlier in the movie.
  • Wild Strawberries ends with Isak falling asleep, feeling at peace with himself after reconciling with his past and making several attempts to be kinder to those around him.

  • Dinosaur Vs: "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" ends with Dinosaur falling asleep.
  • At the end of Goodnight Darth Vader, Darth Vader has fallen asleep reading, then shortly after, Luke and Leia fall asleep.
  • Roger Zelazny's "Great Slow Kings" end with the main characters going to sleep.
  • One of the Hairy Mc Clairy books ends with Hairy going home to bed.
  • In the Im Not series, both "I'm Not Cute" and "I'm Not Sleepy" end with Baby Owl going to bed.
  • A Lion in the Meadow: The revised ending has the little boy and the lion receiving a "goodnight hug", with the baby already asleep in its cot.
  • With a few exeptions, most books in the Madeline series end with the twelve little girls going to bed and Miss Clavel turning off the lights and closing the door.
    Narrator: And that's all there is. There isn't anymore.
  • The Mog book "Mog on Fox Night" ends with the three foxes asleep under the snow.
  • The Old Nurses Stocking Basket: The story "The Sea Baby" ends with Mary Matilda falling asleep.
  • Dr. Seuss:
  • The Park In The Dark ends with Loopy, Gee, and the monkey going back to bed.
  • Score One For The Sloths ends with the class, including Sparky, taking a nap after successfully convincing the boar that he doesn't need to close down Sleepy Valley Sloth School.
  • The Little Critter books have had plenty...
    • Just For Yu (You) has Little Critter do something very special for his mom before going to bed... by giving her a kiss.
    • Just Me and My Dad ends with Little Critter and his dad going to sleep in their tent.
    • When I Get Bigger ends with Little Critter saying that one thing he'll do when he's older is stay up late to see the end of the late movie, not having to go to bed if he feels sleepy, but right now he has to go to bed, because according to his parents, he's not bigger yet.
    • Just Go to Bed, of course, since the story is a "Getting Ready for Bed" Plot.
    • Just Grandma and Me ends with Little Critter falling asleep on the bus ride home from the beach.
    • Just Me and My Babysitter has a different variation; Little Critter and his sister stay up really late until their parents get home, while their elderly female babysitter falls asleep due to the stress from the kids' antics.
    • Just Me and My Mom ends with Little Critter falling asleep on the train ride home from Critter City.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens at the end of every single episode of The Big Comfy Couch. Who could blame Loonette? Those 10-second tidies must really take it out of her.
  • In one episode of The Honeymooners, Ralph and Norton end up falling asleep while watching late night TV.
  • 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.
  • The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Night Terrors" focuses on everyone except Data (an android) and Troi (a Half-Human Hybrid where the other half is a species that sleeps a bit differently than humans) not being able to get REM sleep. When the day is saved, Data orders Captain Picard to bed so that he can catch up on REM sleep.
  • Star Trek: Voyager.
    • "Dark Frontier" ends with Seven of Nine being tucked into her regeneration alcove by Captain Janeway.
    • Inverted with "Waking Moments" when ends with the crew being unable to get to sleep at all. The Monster of the Week involved an alien that put them to sleep and attacked them with bad dreams.
  • 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.
  • At the end of the Barney and the Backyard Gang video "Waiting for Santa", Barney, Michael, and Amy return home from Santa's workshop and find Santa hasn't arrived yet. Barney gets partway through reading "The Night Before Christmas" before they all fall asleep. Santa slips in and out of the living room unnoticed; to the audience, he whispers "Merry Christmas to all, and all a good night.
  • 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.
  • My Name Is Earl: Many episodes ended with Earl and Randy lying in their motel bed together, with them having a conversation about the episode's events or Randy asking Earl some random questions and Earl trying his best to answer them before they fall asleep.
  • The ending of every episode of The Waltons features the characters discussing something related to the episode's plot before wishing each other good night.

  • Peter Gabriel's "Curtains" describes an anxious couple falling sleep, ending with one of them telling the other, "...close your eyes / go to sleep."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Baby Einstein: Baby Shakespeare. Near the end Bard the Dragon yawns, kisses a beanie baby teddy bear, and falls asleep. Julie narrates Langston Hughes’ My Loves.
  • Happens quite a bit on Sesame Street when the episode ends during the night or there's a sleepover. There's a recording of the theme song being played on a celestia that's usually used here.
  • Happens at the end of every single episode of In the Night Garden.... "Somebody's not in Bed!"
  • The Puzzle Place Happens at the end of the sleepover episode. The kids even say goodnight to the audience before dosing off.
  • The Pajanimals is about a group of pajama clad heroes who explore issues that are often specifically related to sleep. After they've resolved the issue of the day, each installment ends with the Pajanimals finally settling down to bed and being sung to sleep with the "La La Lullaby" song by their mother.
  • Tweenies: In "Bad Mood," the characters play market stall at the end of the episode, and after taking a "banana," Milo takes a nap and Doodles looks on, before the credits.

    Video Games 
  • Iconoclasts ends with Robin taking a well-deserved nap after fighting the physical manifestation of God.
  • Kirby
    • 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.
    • Kirby's Epic Yarn ends the similar way, where, after saving Patch Land and Dream Land from Yin-Yarn, Kirby is found sleeping under the tree, cradling the sock that serves as a gateway to Patch Land, as well as reminder of Prince Fluff, a friend he made during his journey.
    • A lot of Game Over screens in Kirby games have the titular character appear sleeping; always having the hand you use to make your choice with wake him up and run back every time you choose "Continue." However, in a couple of games when you choose "End," the hand gently picks up Kirby, lays him on either the moon or a large star, puts a blanket on him and leaves him to sleep.
  • Looney Tunes games:
    • Inverted in Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble, as the game actually begins with Bugs sleeping and ending with him waking up to find out that all that transpired was real exactly like the cartoon "Water, Water, Every Hare" that it references. And in order to mess with reality to levels rivaling Inception in the supposed dream Bugs finds a console where he plays as himself in stages based on his previous cartoons.
    • Similarly but with a much darker inversion Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday has Porky planning his vacation (without suspecting the haunted aspect of it) while in bed and then falling asleep and encountering all manners of bizarre and horrific creatures that have plagued his journeys and cartoons. After finishing the game, Porky seems to be able to continue his sleep peacefully this time...but then several eyes start staring at him in the dead of the night making clear that the nightmares are real and leading him to wake up for good and flee for his life.
  • The final cutscene of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon ends with Luigi and the Polterpup he took in as a pet relaxing on a recliner, taking a well-deserved nap.
  • Persona 3 ends with the main character on the school roof drifting off to sleep in Aigis's lap after hearing his companions rushing to meet up on graduation day. But given he's just performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world and has been holding himself together with willpower, he drifts away into a very, very deep sleep.
  • In My Bedtime, a game based on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the game ends with Daniel asleep.
  • The ending credits scene of Super Mario Bros. 2 where the whole game was all Mario's dream.
  • In Wario Land II, the game's first secret alternative chapter involves you not waking Wario up right at the very start of the game, which then leads to the pirates kicking Wario out of his own castle and Wario having to take it back. It ends with Wario going right back to bed.
  • 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...
  • A Hat in Time ends very much like how it began: Hat Kid in her bed, sleeping.

    Web Original 
  • Minilife TV: In "Home Alone", after Chris and Ian successfully stop a burglar who tried to steal Ian's Classic Space statue while Chris was sleeping, the episode ends with Chris falling back asleep on the couch.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Lemonhope Part 2", Lemonhope declines to stay in the Lemon Earldom after helping to save it and instead leaves to enjoy his newfound freedom. Bubblegum is disappointed since she had hoped he would stay to lead the Earldom and even prepared a bedroom for him in Castle Lemongrab. The end of the episode is set far in the future with the Lemon Earldom in ruins. A now elderly Lemonhope finally returns to Castle Lemongrab, finds the bedroom Bubblegum prepared for him still untouched, and lies down on the bed with a smile on his face and closes his eyes.
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Mass Transit Trouble" really pushed Sonic to his limits, as he had to disarm three bombs that were about to go off simultaneously in three different parts of Mobius. His Super Speed reaches a point where he runs on the water and only manages to be one-split second away from failing, but without an ounce of energy more to keep him awake and he goes to sleep one moment too soon, almost drowning in the process and saved at the last second by Tails. His well-earned sleep is so heavy that he can't even hear Dr. Robotnik's shouting in the screen in front of him I hate this hedgehog let alone mock him like other times.
  • Doc McStuffins:
    • The episodes "Dark Knight, "Shark Style Toothache", "Professor Pancake" and "Let the Nightingale Sing" end with Doc and all her toys going to sleep.
    • "Night Night, Lala" also ends with Maya going to sleep with Lala.
    • "The Best Therapy Pet Yet" ends with Hazel sleeping with Squibbles and Doc wheeling a sleeping Stuffy in the wheelchair out of Hazel's hospital room.
  • Dragon Tales: At the end of "It Happened One Nightmare", after Max, Emmy, Zak, 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 follow suit. It's the only episode that doesn't end with Max and Emmy (and later Enrique) returning to Max and Emmy's playroom.
    • At the end of the sleepover episode, Max falls asleep on a chair in the playroom and Emmy covers him with a blanket.
  • Goof Troop: At the end of the episode, “Pistolgeist,” P.J. and Pistol are fast asleep with Pistol lying next to P.J. while Pete and Peg look on in awe.
  • Gravity Falls: At the end of the Grand Finale as the Pines twins are on the bus back home, Mabel eventually falls asleep. The last picture of the Finale Credits shows the bus arriving back in Piedmont, while Dipper and Waddles have fallen asleep as well.
  • In the Justice League episode "Only a Dream", Batman has been operating for days without getting any sleep. This is a problem since the threat of the episode is John Dee aka Doctor Destiny, a villain with the power to trap and kill people in their dreams. Batman is also one of the only members of the League who can face Dee since most of the others have already fallen asleep and are trapped in their nightmares. While Martian Manhunter works to free the others, Batman has to find and stop Dee while sleep deprived. After the day is saved, the episode ends with Batman taking a much-deserved nap.
  • Every episode of Little Bill ends with the titular character briefly revisiting the events of the episode before a family member cuts across him with "Little Bill, who are you talking to?" At this, Little Bill giggles a bit, then rolls over and goes to sleep.
  • Little Princess:
    • "I Don't Want to Go to Bed" ends with Princess going upstairs to bed because she didn't get enough sleep the night before.
    • "I Don't Know What to Be" ends with the Princess falling asleep and, oddly enough, replying, "Meow" when the narrator tells her goodnight.
  • Every episode of The Magic Roundabout ends with Zebedee saying "Time for bed". In its CGI series, it has Dylan saying, "I wish it was time for bed, man." before he falls asleep.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • At the end of "Too Many Pinkie Pies", the Mane Six ask what Pinkie Pie wants to do after the whole duplicating mess. Pinkie Pie decides right then and there to just lay down and go to sleep. The others then quietly leave.
    • At the end of "What Lies Beneath", the young six, having apparently been awake all night and having faced their greatest fears in that night, all fall asleep together on the floor of the library.
  • 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".
  • Puppy Dog Pals: "The Naptime Chronicles" ends with Bingo, Rolly, Hissy, Keia and Lollie finally going to sleep.
  • 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.
  • Happens Once per Episode in Ruff Ruff, Tweet, and Dave, where each episode ends with the titular characters go back home and go to sleep.
  • Rugrats:
    • The episode "No Naps" ends with all the kids asleep on the floor.
    • "Gimmie an 'A'" ends with the kids zonking out in the simulator room at Didi's college.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • At the end of "Prehibernation Week", SpongeBob cannot take all of Sandy's crazy stunts anymore and tells her the truth, but while he is doing so, he sees Sandy has fallen asleep mid-confession. Relieved, he proclaims, "Thank Neptune for hibernation!" and laughs, and he sleeps with her.
    • "Night Light" ends with SpongeBob finally managing to fall asleep once the sun rises.
    • "Overbooked" ends with SpongeBob zonking out in the chamber of Sandy's invention, tired after doing all the chores his friends gave him.
    • "A Squarepants Family Vacation" ends with SpongeBob and Patrick falling asleep after all the fun they had.
  • Every episode of Stanley ends with Stanley talking to Dennis of what he learned that day before they go to sleep.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
  • Winston's Potty Chair ends with Winston and Molly asleep in their beds, satisfied that they no longer have to wear diapers.


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Luigis Mansion 3 ending

Luigi goes to sleep on the bus ride back home in the ending.

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