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"Well, this is the end, beautiful friends. After more than 11 years, this is Toonami's final broadcast. It's been a lot of fun, and we'd like to thank each and every one of you who made this journey with us. Toonami wouldn't have been anything without you. Hopefully we've left you with some good memories. So, until we meet again, stay gold. Bang."
TOM 4.0, delivering the closing bumper of Toonami's original run

When a show (usually of the Failure Is the Only Option or Stern Chase variety) comes to an end with sufficient lead time, the production team may decide to go out with a bang by ending the endless chase, destroying the undestroyable foe, or in some other way definitively and permanently changing the core axioms the show depends on. It usually resolves all the conflicts that have driven the series over its entire run, and offers some kind of resolution to the dramatic tension that they have powered.

This is the Grand Finale, a way of very clearly saying to the audience "Okay, the show is really over. There's no more. Go watch something else." (That this doesn't always get through to viewers can be a problem in and of itself...) If this happens without warning, it's a case of The Resolution Will Not Be Identified.


In contrast to American television series, anime series tend to be single, continuous season-long stories that build, like an episodic novel, to a climax in the final episode. In these cases, a Grand Finale is the only fair (and the usual) way to end the show. Of course, since most anime is based on manga, occasionally the anime gets ahead of the manga (or gets canceled before the manga ends) and the anime writers have to make up their own ending, which is usually not as good as the eventual ending of the manga. Alternatively, a la Bastard!!, Angel Sanctuary, and Strawberry 100%, the writers can just leave it hanging.

May often involve Gondor Calls for Aid or "Save the World" Climax. Expect Tear Jerker on a massive scale—the longer (or more beloved) the show, the more tears will flow. Contrast with Cut Short, The Resolution Will Not Be Televised, and Series Fauxnale. Compare with Season Finale and sometimes Wrap It Up, though if the "Holy Shit!" Quotient is high enough it can qualify as a Wham Episode.


There will usually be Call Backs, Continuity Porn, Continuity Nod and Book-Ends aplenty, along with characters coming Back for the Finale. A Will They or Won't They? running for the length of the series will usually get a Last Minute Hookup. Expect to see Contractual Immortality and Joker Immunity thrown out the window. Given its nature as being the very final entry of the series, there may even be some End-of-Series Awareness.

As this Trope deals with endings, it obviously comes with a SPOILER WARNING.


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  • The Jonathan Goldman iteration of The Most Interesting Man in the World got one of these where, to much fanfare and with many fans watching, he boarded a shuttle to take a one way trip to Mars, never to return.
    Random General: [as he holds up a bottle of Dos Equis] Adios, amigo!
  • Done three times with Hamlet Cigars, each time being related to advertising of tobacco being banned each time in the UK:
    • In 1991, tobacco advertising was forbidden on TV, and as such, "Shot in the Dark" (highly stylized but likely NSFW) was the company's last TV ad. It showed a sperm being unable to get into an egg. It was truly Something Completely Different, as instead of showing it taking a smoke, it just wallows away, and the famous "Happiness is a warm cigar named Hamlet" slogan isn't even said at the end. Talk about a Downer Ending.
    • Then, in 1999, Hamlet pulled advertising from theaters as it simply was suitable in a time where cigarette smoking couldn't be done in theaters and advertising for such was pulled, but not before going out with a bang. "Farewell (Happiness Will Always Be A Cigar Named Hamlet)" was the company's last cinema ad, and as such featured people stuck in sticky situations humming the familiar Hamlet jingle, "Air on a G String".
    • And finally, in 2003, tobacco advertising was taken off completely, this time being from the radio, resulting in Hamlet's final ad, ever. "Tony & Milo" was their last radio ad, and it featured ad writers Tony Burke and Milo Campbell talking about their job and mentioning that they work almost exclusively in tobacco advertising. However, Tony then tells Milo that by midnight, all cigarette commercials will be pulled. Milo asks what do they do now, and we hear a lighter, followed by the famous Hamlet theme and slogan.
  • Silk Cut also did this as well. In the 1980s, they gained fame for a series of surrealistic poster ads that often didn't even feature the name of the product; their first one simply showed a purple silk fabric with a cut inside it. They ended their campaign in 2003 with a poster that depicted an opera singer wearing a silk dress with a cut in it, referencing the term "It isn't over until the fat lady sings."
  • 1998's Segata Sanshiro Shinken Yugi was the last first-party game for the Sega Saturn, and as such, it was only natural that its accompanying advert would be the last for the Segata Sanshiro campaign. A man clad in black-and-white clothing (obviously representing a rival company- presumed to be either Sony or Nintendo) launches a rocket at Sega HQ, just as they finish developing the Dreamcast. Segata Sanshiro then drops down from the top of the building, clings his feet to the window while grabbing hold of the rocket, and then launches away into space. The inevitable occurs, cuing up Shinji Nikra narrating "Segata Sanshiro will live on in your hearts", and you breaking down in Manly Tears.
    • Ultimately downplayed. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed retcons his final commercial, having him survive and showing that he spent THE ENTIRE 14 YEARS SINCE THEN making sure Nintendo/Sony's rocket never hits Sega headquarters. And somewhere along the line, it seems that he's able to toss the rocket and have it explode somewhere else, and gets back into kicking ass in Project X Zone 2.

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  • The writers of The Big O cleverly wrapped a Cliffhanger and Grand Finale together in the final series episode. Just when every character almost figures out the big secret, the entire plane of existence is erased and rebooted. A few years later, it came out that Cartoon Network had apparently told them to leave things open intending to finance a third season, but then changing their minds and left the show extremely screwed over. In this show, it was more like a FINAL STAGE!!
  • Both the manga and anime of Chrono Crusade end with a bang. The last two volumes of the manga cover a 48 hour period in which all the characters come together for an epic battle to determine the fate of the world—and also ties up most of the relationships in the process. The anime version is a Downer Ending (or at best, a Bittersweet Ending), but ties up most of the loose threads and ends things on a very emotional note (although fan opinion is split on whether it was as good as the manga or not).
  • While not as action packed as the other examples on this page, CLANNAD's Grand Finale was a Reset Button Gainax Ending, where the Girl in the Illusionary World, who is actually Ushio, sends the Garbage Doll, who is Tomoya having undergone Identity Amnesia, back in time to the day he first met her mother, Nagisa. Having done this, Tomoya, having obtained a Light Orb from Ushio, relives his senior year with both him and Nagisa knowing of their future daughter's powers. Using the Light Orbs, Nagisa is able to give birth without dying this time around, and the Okazaki family lives happily ever after.
    • Alternatively, Ushio just sent him back to the point where Nagisa was giving birth. While the anime is vague on this subject, the original game makes it clear that Tomoya remeeting Nagisa is something he's seeing in his head.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch's saga, which took two years (real time and in-universe time), comes to its ultimate conclusion when he's stabbed through the chest by his best friend and dies in his beloved sister's arms, all while the world unites by condemning him as the greatest villain in history and cheers his friend for the murder. Don't worry, it was his idea.
  • Cowboy Bebop ends definitively with the gripping two-part finale "The Real Folk Blues". Vicious attempts a coup of the Red Dragon syndicate, only to fail; this gets everyone associated with him, including Spike, targeted for termination. Jet is injured in a gunfight with syndicate goons, and Spike finally reunites with his lost love Julia, thanks to Faye delivering some timely information. Vicious' takeover of the syndicate eventually happens, and he keeps the hit on Spike and Julia alive; Julia dies at the hands of the Red Dragon's hit squad, and Spike storms the syndicate's headquarters to get his revenge. Once he reaches the top of the building, Spike faces off with Vicious in the show's climactic battle; Vicious dies from a gunshot straight through his heart, and Spike (supposedly) dies soon afterwards due to Vicious's katana and the injuries sustained during his assault on the syndicate. "Bang."
  • Cyborg 009 finally wrapped up in 2014, with "Conclusion: God's War", although as Shotaro Ishinomori had passed away back in 1998, it was his son at the helm, having used his father's drafts and story notes for the arc. The story puts the cyborgs and Dr. Gilmore through one last great battle that seems impossible to survive, with the darkness and violence in the story escalating. There's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but it takes the team a lot of hell to get there.
    • Long before that, the series was originally to have its grand finale with the 1966 Underground Empire arc, which ended in the defeat of Black Ghost and the deaths of 002 and 009, who burnt up in the atmosphere and became a shooting star seen by two children. Fan revolt quickly turned this into a Series Fauxnale.
  • Danganronpa 3 - Side: Future serves as one for the Danganronpa franchise's Hope's Peak Academy arc. Side: Hope also serves as the Grand Finale to both Side: Future and the concurrently-running prequel arc Side: Despair.
  • The final episode of Death Note, in which Light is finally cornered, revealed to be Kira, and eventually dies due to Ryuk writing his name in his Death Note. Now a scene iconic and famous enough to have spawned half of the series' Memetic Mutation.
  • The Dragon Ball manga and Dragon Ball Z anime ends with the resolution of Goku and Vegeta's rivalry and the defeat of Kid Majin Buu, the ultimate evil in the Dragon Ball universe, with a Spirit Bomb formed by everyone on Earth (and Namek)note , followed by a Distant Finale ten years later where Goku Passes the Torch to Uub, a human boy who is the reincarnation of Majin Buu.
  • In Excel Saga, ACROSS and Daitenzin confront each other head on (with no result whatsoever), and Pedro and Nabeshin finally defeat That Man. This, however, was the second-to-last episode, followed by the intentionally unairable, appropriately-titled "Going Too Far," essentially a parody of the series. That's right. A parody episode of a series that in itself is practically already a parody.
  • Fairy Tail climaxes with virtually every character introduced in the series coming together for the epic back-to-back Final Battles with Zeref and Acnologia. This is then followed by a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has a pretty big one. Ed finally defeats Father, even after he harvests the souls of all Amestris to bring himself to an obscenely high level of power, but it takes Al sacrificing himself to bring Ed's arm back to do it; in the end, Ed finally figures out what he can give up to bring back Al - his ability to use alchemy. The brothers are finally reunited, and after two years, they separate again to go and repay everyone who helped them during their travels. Also, in the final chapter and at the end of the final episode of Brotherhood, Ed and Winry are shown holding up two babies, implying that the children are theirs.
    • The 2003 anime version had a bittersweet and satisfying conclusion in its final episode: Ed, knowing that it takes a life to bring back a life due to Equivalent Exchange, sacrifices himself to bring Al back - he ends up on the other side of The Gate without the arm and leg he had regained because of Al's sacrifice, and Al is found alive and human again, but at the age he was when he and Ed tried to bring their mother back, and with no memory of the adventures he and Ed underwent. The movie The Conqueror of Shamballa came along and followed up on that (some fans would much rather ignore it, though): after a madman on the other side of The Gate breaks through to Amestris, Ed follows and is reunited with Al, and the two save Amestris; Ed eventually returns to the other side of The Gate to seal it, but Al follows him while Mustang seals The Gate from Amestris' side, ensuring that the Elrics remained reunited.
  • GUN×SWORD ends with a climactic battle that spans at least three episodes. By the middle of the last episode, Van killed the Claw; Joshua gave meaning to his brother's death by stopping the Claw's Instrumentality plot; Carmen defeated Fasalina; and Wendy said a definitive (and maybe deadly) farewell to her brother. The series ends on a few minutes of Distant Finale which suggest that a few years down the road, Van and Wendy have a shot at Happily Ever After.
  • Gundam
    • The playful spuff SD Gundam Force had one of the biggest finales ever. Every single character that had ever appeared, in every form they'd ever taken appeared on a stage. They all said their goodbyes. Some saluted, some waved others, Zapper's gang claimed they'd go on forever. It was all rather touching actually.
    • While we're on the subject, Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack is basically the Grand Finale for original series main character Amuro Ray and The Rival Char Aznable. Some also consider it to be the finale for the original Universal Century continuity, although it had works set and released afterward.
    • And in a variation, ∀ Gundam can be considered the Grand Finale for series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino's work on Gundam. It helps that the show claims to be the Distant Finale for the entire franchise.
  • Initial D ends with Takumi racing his Trueno against another. The anime adaptation even refers to this arc as Initial D: Final Stage.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a big finale for its in its sixth story arc, "Stone Ocean": Enrico Pucci is moments away from completing his grand scheme to create a universe without Joestars, and almost all of the heroes, including Jotaro and Jolyne, are dead. Emporio manages to defeat him, however, and when the universe is rebooted, the Joestar family survives and is reincarnated. This gives way to a new timeline and continuity, starting with "Steel Ball Run".
  • Kannazuki no Miko ends with Orochi being destroyed permanently, meaning that Chikane and Himeko's future incarnations will not have to perform the human sacrifice ritual.
  • Kill la Kill actually got two.
    • The initial ending climaxes in a final clash against Ragyo, both as a group effort at the academy and later a one on one confrontation between Ryuko and Ragyo in space to stop her and the Life Fibers from taking over Earth. Ryuko succeeds but Senketsu sacrifices himself to save Ryuko in the re-entry as they fall back to Earth. The threat of the Life Fibers is averted and people are free from their influence.
    • The last, last episode wraps up loose ends with Honnouji Academy's graduation, Satsuki trying to decide what to do now since Ragyo's defeat, since most of her life was dedicated to stopping her and Ryuko trying to carry on after the above's events. Ragyo's former assistant, Rei, soon arrives to avenge her with the last of the Life Fibers she manages to get a hold of and waging a final battle against the heroes. It ends with Rei defeated when the spirit of Senketsu returns the Scissor Blades to Ryuko for one final attack. Afterward Satsuki convinces Rei the world doesn't have to be a crappy place and that they should work together to make it better. The island destabilizes due to the battle and sinks into Tokyo Bay. Everyone manages to evacuate, giving one final salute to the school and Mako convinces Ryuko that Senketsu will always be with her, in heart and spirit.
  • Macross Frontier. Short version: The Big Bad dies. Happy Ending. Not as short version: The frontier finds the Vajra homeworld, where the Final Battle occurs. The Big Bad is defeated, the humans make peace with the Vajra, and migrate to their planet.
  • The explosive climax of Magic Knight Rayearth, where events have inevitably led the main characters, but which is nothing like they expected. Fan outcry was such that CLAMP had to write a sequel to deal with the Downer Ending.
  • Mazinger:
    • Mazinger Z: At the end of the series, the group has finally located Hell's base, and they head towards there, supported by the Japanese army (in the Go Nagai manga, an army of Mass-Production Mazingers was produced; Hell's counterattack was sending a fleet of seventy Mechanical Beasts, a submarine and an aerial fortress to invade and take over Japan in ten days). Mazinger, Aphrodite-A and Boss Borot duel against Hell's last Mechanical Beasts and start trashing his Base. Hell gets fed up and decides blowing his island up and fleeing on board of his aerial fortress. Mazinger goes after him and they engage in a last aerial duel. After winning, the heroes return to their Home Base, believing they are safe at last, but Dragon with an Agenda Archduke Gorgon sends two War Beasts behind them. Gorgon's Robeasts easily destroy the three Humongous Mecha and raze the Institute to rubble, but before they could kill Kouji, another Robot shows up and easily annihilates the Beasts, hinting the sequel.
    • Great Mazinger: Kouji and Tetsuya's rivalry reaches a boiling point when the Mykene army attacks Mazinger and Tetsuya refuses helping Kouji. Finally, he gets talked into launching Great Mazinger, only to be shot down by a War Beast was awaiting for him. At the same time, flying aircraft Demonika appears and starts bombarding the Home Base of the heroes. The Professor Kenzo Kabuto (Kouji's biological father and Tetsuya's adoptive father) commits Heroic Sacrifice to save his adoptive son. Tetsuya suffers a Heroic BSoD, realizing his fear of losing his father has brought about his father's death, and Mazinger, Great Mazinger, Aphrodite and Venus combine forces to annihilate Emperor of Darkness' Co-Dragons and blowing up their fortress. And in one of the manga versions, Tetsuya committed another Heroic Sacrifice to atone for what he had done.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: After his daughter's death, Big Bad King Vega has lost his patience and decides deploying all of his remaining troops to launch a final attack. Gandal dissuades him, though, and challenges Grendizer to a mecha duel. When he loses, one of his personalities realizes Grendizer is invincible and plans killing King Vega to negotiate peace with Earth separately, but the dominant personality executes her by attempting to commit high treason, and tries to kill Duke Fleed with a kamikaze attack. When he fails, King Vega decides invading Earth, destroying his Space Base to show his troops there's no turning back. Meanwhile, the four heroes take off towards the space to fight the Final Battle, using Grendizer and a new Cool Starship. Both fleets clash among Earth and Moon. After a long fight, Duke and his friends manage to win. Unfortunately it also means he and his sister will have to bid farewell to their friends and return to his homeworld. In one of the manga versions, Vegans' final attack caused the End of the World as We Know It.
  • Monster: Tenma, Nina, Lunge, Roberto, Grimmer, and Johann all gather in Ruhenheim. A massacre ensues, and Johann is shot in the head by a terrified drunken bystander. Tenma saves his life again, and while Johann spends the next while comatose in his bed, everyone still alive goes back to their normal lives. Eventually, Johann wakes up and tells Tenma one final secret before leaving the hospital. Where he goes is left unknown. Assuming he even left and Tenma didn't just imagine him waking up.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid has a Grand Finale which must be seen to be believed, involving the most ridiculous example of Storming the Castle ever. It involves a Terminator homage dressed in a schoolgirl uniform blowing crap up with eye beams. And that's far from the most insane thing that happens.
  • The manga version of Naruto ended in a Distant Finale depicting the surviving main cast many years later, happily married with children in a thriving village. However, the actual finale is a movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, set 15 years after chapter 699 and a short time after the final chapter, where most of the major loose ends in the series are finally tied up.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion. See also Gainax Ending.
    • While the show's original TV ending ("Congratulations!") wasn't exactly spectacular, and became controversial in both the Japanese and American markets, it was not intended as the "proper" ending. The "proper" ending was in fact planned, but Gainax ran out of money to produce it. In 1998, however, End of Evangelion was finally released, and was a suitable grand Gainax Ending finale to the series:
      • The first half of the movie features SEELE finally losing it with Gendo Ikari going against them and trying to hack into the MAGI computers to take over (and possibly self-destruct) the NERV base. When he gets the resident Mad Scientist Ritsuko Akagi to block them out, SEELE instead convinces the Japanese government that NERV plans to end the world in Third Impact, and they send in the military to murder everyone at NERV. And that means everyone. The first half of the film generally documents the systematic attacks on the Geofront and Central Dogma. Asuka comes out of her coma and gets into a massive fight with the military and some auto-piloted Mass Production Evangelions, culminating in her being utterly mangled to death. Meanwhile, Shinji undergoes a mental breakdown and ends up entering his Evangelion, who is also his mother, and in the process witnesses Asuka's mangled Evangelion, at which point he screams in terror. But wait! It gets better!
      • After the intermission, Shinji's Evangelion is crucified, and Rei Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence by merging with Lilith, and becomes an enormous alien giantess. In the process, she releases a form of energy that negates the energy of everyone on Earth, dissolving their bodies away into LCL and freeing their souls to merge into Lilith. Shinji goes on a mental journey in which he decides humanity deserves to continue living, and is allowed to come back to life. He wakes up on a beach, and a few months later, finds himself laying next to Asuka, inexplicably alive. He throttles her to check she is alive, and then he collapses sobbing after she strokes his cheek, at which point she utters the final phrase in the series: "Kimochi warui" ("How disgusting"/"I feel sick"). Yeah. It's pretty confusing, and ninety minutes of intense mindfuckery that is impossible to forget.
    • The manga of the series ends things on a slightly happier note: Like in End of Evangelion, Instrumentality is underway. However, Shinji comes to realizes that if people were unable to hurt each other, there would be no capacity to love each other. He tells Rei as much, rejects Instrumentality, and Rei pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to undo Instrumentality and give humanity a chance at a better future.
  • Possibly the funniest one is the final episode for the 1965-67 Little Ghost Q-Taro series. Q-Taro and Shōta are held hostage by a gang leader. When all hope is lost, they are suddenly rescued by Perman. They ask who he is and Perman replies that he's the star of the show. Q-Taro angrily informs him that his show starts next week; Perman arrived one week early. And yes, a week after the final Q-Taro ran, Perman did take over the time-slot.
  • Ojamajo Doremi had one for the Dokkan season. In this, we learn that Hana-chan (who turns back into a baby), Majo Rika and the fairies go back to the witch world, Momoko moves back to New York, Onpu moves away and we see that she wrote a new book that is popular, Hazuki is going to a different middle school than Doremi, and Doremi herself confesses her love to an unknown boy who is later revealed to be Kotake.
  • Princess Tutu ends with a final epic battle in which the Big Bad is vanquished and Mytho once again becomes the Prince he once was, and also resolves the main romantic tension...although not in a way you might expect. It also ends somewhat open-ended by hinting that two of the characters (who had hints of a romantic relationship but never quite resolved it) might be starting on a new story together.
  • Rose of Versailles ends just as you'd expect a show about The French Revolution to end. Short Version: Everyone except Rosalie dies. And if you think that's a spoiler, you need to brush up on your history.
  • Given that the works of Rumiko Takahashi tend to go on for far longer than they should, some animes end up ending abruptly without closure. The biggest example being Ranma ½. So it came as a great surprise to many that the InuYasha manga was finally given its Grand Finale in early 2008. A new anime, InuYasha: The Final Act, began airing in late 2009 to resolve the anime's plot as well.
  • Sailor Moon went out with a series of giant revelations about the major conflicts throughout the story and loads of character deaths, leading to a Distant Finale showing Usagi marrying Mamoru in the manga. The '90s anime version had different revelations, killed and revived all of the Senshi again and just ended the show with a rather traditional ending that had only a few series finale elements.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats: "The Big Comet Caper". Even though there is one more episode after it ("The Cats Cop Cartoon Careers"), The Big Comet Caper acts as more of a grand finale.
  • The Shaman King anime had a Grand Finale, one that remains controversial among fans. However, the manga never had an ending, since it was canceled before Hiroyuki Takei could write it. The only thing close to an ending in the manga is a four-part story depicting the future focusing on Yoh and Anna's son, Hana, ten years after the Shaman Fight. It wasn't until 2009 that Takei was finally able to provide a proper conclusion to the manga....which was also controversial among fans.
  • Space Runaway Ideon -one of the predecessors to Evangelion-, also used a movie for its grand finale (in this instance, the series was cut short due to budget constraints), and it pulls no punches in it. Opening with a shot of the hero's love interest getting her head blown off (a defining moment in the main series), we cut to how the Buff Clan and the Solo Ship's war has spiraled out of control. The Ide's sentience has become almost malevolent in nature, and its instability is making the two sides want to destroy each other at any cost. Then everyone starts dying. EVERYONE. The Ideon Gun's shockwaves kill Sheryl. Harulu kills her sister Karala not because of the war, but because she was jealous of Karala finding love and having a child. The ship engineer is shot by Doba. The child Ashura's head is vaporized by a bazooka. Kasha is killed by shrapnel from her own attack when protecting the ship interior. Bes is shot in the neck near the end. Harulu is killed in sub-space by the Ideon Gun. Doba is killed by his own men after finding out that meteors destroyed both Earth and the Buff Clan homeworld. Cosmo launches a suicide attack against the Gando Rowa which succeeds, but destroys the Ideon in the process, killing him and taking out the entire solar system they were in. The real tear jerker about it? None of this had to happen. Just before Doba died, both he and Cosmo realized that the Ide is unnaturally enhancing their negative feelings toward each other, and that this genocidal war was all brought about by a simple misunderstanding that neither side would make amends for. This is shown in the ending sequence, when everyone is a spirit in the afterlife, and how without the prejudices that they had in life, they are all able to happily live in peace. Then they're all reborn in a new world. Credits roll.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Short version: The Big Bad dies. Happy Ending. Not as short version: The Anti Spiral Leader is defeated in the Final Battle. Nia fades away right after getting married to Simon, and he walks the earth with Boota right up to the Distant Finale.
  • Trigun: The manga and anime end with one final showdown between Vash and his brother Knives, but under vastly different circumstances. In the manga, it happens during an all-out war between Knives and humanity, complete with an entire fleet of spaceships, while in the anime, it's purely a one-on-one fight that isn't nearly as huge in scope, though Knives is still trying to wipe out all mankind.
  • Vandread really puts the "Grand" into its finale by ending its second season on a colossal battle between Earth, the series' main antagonists, and the space fleets of every single planet and faction the Nirvana crew managed to ally with over the course of two seasons, led by the combined form of all four of Nirvana's Combining Mecha. The ending ultimately shatters the entire galactic order that existed throughout the series (and a for long time before that), making sure that the protagonists' lives will be very different from there on.
  • The final OVA episode of Wolf's Rain features the climactic confrontation between The Hero, the Big Bad, and the Living Macguffin, the only individuals left alive in the world complete with Book-Ends.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ends with a four-episode Duel between Yugi and the Pharoah (Atem), each with his own body thanks to one last bit of magic from the Millennium Items. In short, Yugi defeats all three Egyptian God Cards and wins the Duel, proving that Atem is no longer needed. With his destiny of evil-fighting complete, Atem can finally move on to the Afterlife with all his old friends and family from ancient Egypt.

    Audio Plays 
  • We're Alive ends with "The Ink Runs Dry" in which Ink is finally stopped by means of a heroic sacrifice by Saul. At the same time Scratch and the two other remaining Mallers attack Dunbar in hopes of killing Pegs. Pegs manages to shoot Scratch during a showdown on the fire escape, but Scratch lives, only to be Buried Alive by Burt as revenge for her torturing him and cutting off his finger. The story ends 14 years later as Saul and Lizzy's son, Nicolas, joins the defense force for the slowly rebuilding nation centered at The Colony.
  • For a long time in Doctor Who, there was one Doctor in particular who seemed to miss the boat on a big finale because he was unfairly booted from the role. Jump ahead 28 years and he finally got one. The "The Last Adventure" anthology provides a final Story Arc for Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor, including the wide gamut of friends, companions, and enemies he encountered throughout his tenure.

    Comic Books 
  • 100 Bullets ends the conflict between the Minutemen and the Trust, and ties up all other remaining plotlines, by slaughtering the lot of them, and leaving the survivors at the mercy of a Bolivian Army Ending (Loop, Victor, and Will not included).
  • 1986's Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, by Alan Moore and Curt Swan, closes the book on the Silver Age Superman, paving the way for the reboot by John Byrne.
    • Neil Gaiman's Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, which has a similar title but takes a vastly different approach; It acts as a send-off to Batman, who had recently "died" at the time, but it's not just a finale for one particular iteration of the character. It's a send off for the franchise as a whole, showing how multiple versions of the Dark Knight met their end, and how multiple versions of his friends and enemies from significant eras and adaptations come together to mourn in a dream-like, metaphysical context. It even involves Batman learning that his story has and will continue to go on, and that all the different takes on the Batman mythos result from that, leaving the overall franchise with quite a Gainax Ending.
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns provides a definitive end to Batman's career, and ends his conflict with The Joker on the side... until The Dark Knight Strikes Again came out. After that, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (a direct reference to the above) became more fitting an end.
  • Preacher's Alamo ended with a final showdown between Jesse and Cassidy, Tulip executing Herr Starr, and The Saint Of Killers taking his vengeance against God.
  • In The Sandman, the climax is reached in The Kindly Ones where characters from all other points in the time line come together in one hell of a story, propelling a long and complex string of events which eventually leads to Dream's death and resurrection inside Daniel. The lengthy aftermath is depicted in The Wake, where it's demonstrated that the previous events had such gravity that they affected everyone in existence. Including you.
  • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, the two-part story "Graduation Day" tied up all ongoing plotlines, featuring a battle for the fate of the universe.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths. Grand Finale to the Silver Age (though it was actually released at the end of the Bronze Age)? Check. Grand Finale to the DC Multiverse? Check. Grand Finale for Barry Allen, Supergirl, Earth-2 Superman, and everyone else in the DC Universe? Check. Became the comic event by which all previous and succeeding comic events would be judged? Double Check. Became one of the only company-wide comic event to permanently rip the Timey-Wimey Ball a new one, and do it so as to be universally praised? Gigantic freakin' Check.
  • Final Crisis serves as a Grand Finale for the "multiverse" crisis series (which includes Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis, and 52) and the "hero exploration" crisis series (which includes Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis). It also gives a Grand Finale to Jack Kirby's DC creations Darkseid, the New Gods, and others like Dan Turpin.
  • Kingdom Come. A grand finale for the entire DC Universe (or at least one of them, anyway) that also helped bring an end to The Dark Age of Comic Books.
  • Spider-Girl: The End brings the long-running clone saga of the Spider-Girl books to a close whilst also sending off the character with both a happy and an open ending, with Mayday finally hooking up with her loyal friend Wes as her family look on. Wes asks the question "where do we go from here?". Time will tell if we'll ever know, as it is presently The End...for now.
  • Wrath of the First Lantern, specifically its own finale (Green Lantern issue 20), serves as this to Geoff Johns' run on the Green Lantern mythos, seeing the conclusion of story threads laid out ever since he became the main GL writer back in Rebirth.
  • The Black Ring and Reign Of Doomsday (running simultaneously across separate books) served as this for the Post-Crisis Superman, wrapping up most of the plot threads that the series had left hanging before the New 52 reboot. Major events included: Supergirl coming to terms with her Super-Powered Evil Side, the capture of the Cyborg-Superman, the last team-up between Superman, Steel, Superboy, the Eradicator (who performs a Heroic Sacrifice), and Supergirl, the return, and final defeat of Doomsday, and of course, the last battle between Post-Crisis Superman and Lex Luthor, ending with Luthor being imprisoned in the Phantom Zone. With the majority of Superman's other foes already dead, imprisoned, or in the Zone, the two arcs allowed the series to end on a high note before the reset button was hit.
  • Convergence is essentially the ending to the pre-Flashpoint DC Universe. However, thanks to the ending bringing the multiverse back from the brink of collapse, it has been confirmed the pre-Flashpoint universe still exists, and it's possible we'll see it again.
  • "The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne" is this for Golden Age Batman, as well as his Unresolved Sexual Tension with Catwoman. It ends with the two of them getting married and retiring. They also have a daughter who goes on to become the Huntress in this continuity. Though a more fitting example might be "Only Legends Live Forever" where an older Bruce Wayne, now widowed and dying of cancer, dons the cape and cowl one last time to help the JSA stop the magically empowered thief Bill Jenson, at the cost of his own life. It ends with all the heroes, including former sidekick Dick Grayson and daughter Helena Wayne, attending his funeral.
  • Nemesis the Warlock: In the final issues Torquemada's regime is ended, Purity's new earth Government puts him on trial but he manages to escape to activate his 'Final Solution', then Nemesis sacrifices himself to finally stop his archenemy once and for all.
  • At one point, Marvel released a series of stories known as The End, meant to serve as possible grand finales for some of their major franchises (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Hulk, etc.) while existing outside the main continuity.
  • Ultimate Marvel

    Comic Strips 
  • For Better or for Worse: The final installment was published August 31, 2008, and revealed what became of the main characters in future years:
    • Main protagonists Elly and John Patterson retire to travel, volunteer in the community, and help raise their four grandchildren.
    • The Pattersons' son and oldest child, Michael, an author, has four books published and later realizes a lifelong dream with the signing of a film contract. Deanna opens a sewing school and teaches Robin how to cook. Meredith enters dance and theater.
    • Older daughter Elizabeth, who has married longtime boyfriend Anthony Caine, continues to teach. She and Anthony have a child, James Allen, presumably named in honor of his great-grandfather Jim Richards. Anthony manages Mayes Motors and its various related businesses, introduces Elizabeth to ballroom dancing, and hopes to eventually open a bed-and-breakfast.
    • The younger daughter, April — presumably graduating from high school in 2009 — enters college (at an unnamed university) and eventually earns a degree in veterinary medicine. Following her established love of horses, she gets a job with the Calgary Stampede. She eventually establishes herself in western Canada, where she meets her boyfriend.
    • Family patriarch James Richards ("Grandpa Jim," Elly's father), a widower who had suffered a stroke earlier in the 2000s that left him unable to talk or care for himself, lives to welcome the birth of his fourth great grandson James Allen. In early 2010, at age 89, Jim — who had other health issues late in his life, including several heart attacks — dies peacefully in his sleep, his second wife, Iris (who had been his caretaker) at his side.
  • The first four Berkeley Breathed strips each provided a sense of closure for their respective star characters:

    Fan Works 
  • The Pony POV Series Chaos Verse ends with Discord: Complete Existence, which details Discord and Fluttercruel — joined by the occupants of their constructed world and Celestia and Luna — engaging in a Final Battle with the Big Bad Nightmare Phobia.
  • Back in the original Pony POV Series, the Dark World — which grew to eventually being declared its own series with its own story arcs — has the Alicorn Ascension Arc (yes, even the name is a spoiler). Immediately following the events of the End of Days Arc, this arc deals with Twilight fusing with Nightmare Paradox to become the Concept of Magic and will presumably explain how the Dark World ties back into the main series.
    • It's companion Arc (the Shining Armor Arc) has one of its own where Shining has his final showdown with the Blank Wolf, finally admitting his love for Cadence and proposing after the Blank Wolf is defeated, Running Gag proposes to Garnet, and Minuette begins a stable relationship with Captive Audience after feeding her Enemy Within the Master to the Blank Wolf and freeing herself from him.
  • A Growing Affection: The second to last chapter wraps up most of the loose ends, and the finale chapter has two time skips to five years later when Naruto and Hinata finally get married; and the eight more years after that, when Naruto becomes the sixth Hokage.
  • Higher Learning: The finale arc is six-chapters-long. After the death of the Final Messenger, SEELE's forces invade the Geofront, intending to kill everyone and put Instrumentality in motion. Shinji and Asuka fight for last time in their Evangelions as they struggle to solve their remainder psychological issues. Kaoru finally reveals his identity and his backstory. Despite everything what the heroes did, humankind goes through Instrumentality, and Shinji has to make a choice. The last scene happens several months later, featuring Shinji and Asuka going to school while humanking is gradually returning and rebuilding their world.
  • The My Hostage Not Yours series has the third story, The Inevitable Takeover, which has Zim and Gaz upgrade (downgrade?) from Anti Heroes to full Villain Protagonists, get married, and then begin a plan to conquer the whole planet and ultimately succeed. Oh, and Dib gets a Beta Couple plotline with Tak, finally giving him something to do in the series.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • The final three stories of The Lion King AdventuresThe Message, The Final Task, and The End — form one continuous story that deals with the various issues that have built up over Series Five, all building up to the arrival of, and confrontation with, The Writer, the Ultimate Evil behind the series. And after the Final Battle, there's a Distant Finale showing an adult Simba and Nala Happily Married and ruling over the restored Pride Lands with their surviving friends and family.
  • Young Justice: Darkness Falls, as fitting a superhero continuation of Young Justice ends with a great battle against super villains. The episode in question, Retaliation deals with the league and the team in their Final Battle against Klarion and the forces of Darkseid. Not only does it end with tons of cool battles and wrapping up almost all the emotional arcs of the fic (and the show in some cases as well), but it also gives the show the kind of closure Greg Weisman gave Gargoyles: an open ended ending that still manages to be satisfying. For even though the light is still at large, the League and Team have finally averted the Bad Future Bart Allen came from.
  • My Family and Other Equestrians has one final interlude chapter for each member of the family. After that is one final Story Arc (the story's last proper arc is the Apple Family Reunion arc).
  • Star Trek: The Original Series formally ended back in the day on the rather Anti-Climatic and infamously sexist "Turnabout Intruder", ending the show in what can really only be described as a somewhat lacking fashion at best. The Web Video show Star Trek Continues, being a Fan Sequel, tries its hand at offering a properly grand send-off to the original show with the "To Boldly Go" two parter, which is set as a Bookend to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" sees the original Enterprise crew facing off against a threat to all known galactic civilization and finally complete their five year mission, before ending on a couple of more personal and low-key moments of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discussing the future of their careers (thereby setting the stage for Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and Kirk taking one last stroll on the bridge of the Enterprise.
  • For the Ruby and Nora series, we get Cold, in which the heroes fight against Jacques Schnee's dictatorship over Atlas in the first half and Salem and the God of Destruction, Void, in the second half, in which all the Grimm are absorbed into Void's body and Nora pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to unlock the power of Ruby's silver eyes and destroy Void completely. While there is one last story after this in Ruby and Nora, it's simply a short epilogue to the series.
  • It's not uncommon for fans of series that were Cut Short to write fics giving the series a proper conclusion.

    Films — Animation 
  • Toy Story 3. Not only did they get nearly all of the original voice actors (Jim Varneynote  and Joe Ranftnote  died before Toy Story 3 was put into production and Annie Potts didn't come back, as Bo Peep was written in the third movie as being one of the toys that has been sold off, tossed out, or given away between the second movie and the third), composer, and the co-director of the second movie to direct this film, there are a ton of callbacks to the original films loaded in this, and the film series ends with Andy giving his toys to a young girl named Bonnie, who will love and play with them just as much as he did. Except it turns out a fourth film is in the works.
  • Shrek Forever After. Though it could be said that the third film had a sense of closure to it, Forever After has an ending that's anything but open. Shrek, after going through one of his most dangerous adventures yet and having everything he knows and loves taken from him, comes to accept and embrace his life as it is, realizing the life he had before was meaningless and he prefers his vast group of friends and family. The end credits even show clips and still images from all four movies. And then Dreamworks went and announced a Shrek 5 due by 2020.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The final two books of Animorphs showed the end of the war with the Yeerks, and gave us a glimpse of the heroes' lives a few years afterwards. Cassie is the only one to 'come home' from the war - Rachel dies the final battle, Ax is taken prisoner by a mysterious new enemy, and everyone else goes on a suicide mission to rescue him.
  • Mostly Harmless ended with writer Douglas Adams killing all the main characters and completely erasing Earth from existence (in this universe and every parallel universe). He later said he regretted ending The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on a such a melancholy note and was considering a sixth book with a happier ending before he suddenly died of a heart attack.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows finished the series-long conflict between Harry and Voldemort, complete with more major character deaths than the other books combined.
    • Prior to the publication of the last book, there was much speculation as to how Rowling, on a purely practical level, would choose to end something so popular and profitable (although the ending had been planned from the humble beginnings over ten years before). Many said that, whatever she'd been planning before the title character would have to die, for example, so that the author wouldn't be hounded for the rest of her life (or that she'd better not kill him off, so that she wouldn't be hounded for the rest of her life). Another "story-ending" possibility raised by some was for him to lose his magic. She seemed to solve the issue by implying that Harry had lived a quiet, peaceful life for at least 19 years following the defeat of Voldemort.
  • Alan Dean Foster's Flinx Transcendent is the grand finale of thirty five years worth of novels set in the Humanx Commonwealth universe. Sure enough, each and every dangling plot element is resolved, one by one, like a checklist.
  • The Grand Finale of Stephen King's magnum opus The Dark Tower series is infamous for ending with an Anticlimax Boss confrontation with the King Multiverse's Big Bad (who turns out to be a pathetic, powerless loony), followed by the protagonist walking through a door that turns out to be a big Reset Button that boots him back to the first scene of the series, with the implication that this has already happened many times before and that hopefully he'll eventually get it "right".
    • Worse, we, the readers, will never learn exactly what "getting it right" will mean, because Stephen King wrote himself into a corner after creating such a divine mystery as to whatever is at the top of the Dark Tower. IF you ever want to see what's up there, forget it.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle tried to give Sherlock Holmes a Grand Finale three times without success. The first time, Holmes dies. The second time (after Holmes turns out to be Not Quite Dead), Holmes achieves what he considers to be the pinnacle of his career when he stops a World War from happening (decades before World War I), in a story that was first mentioned as a Noodle Incident eleven years prior. The last was set years after Holmes' retirement during World War I, where Holmes and Watson pull a Xanatos Gambit that gave the Germans so much false information that effectively turned them into sitting ducks against the British forces; the story also gave Holmes an age for the first time in the series. But the combo of Public Demand and Executive Meddling made him continue each time. But when the real last story came, Conan Doyle said, "screw it" and completely averts this by giving us a standard-issue mystery as the last Sherlock Holmes story.
  • The Last Hope serves as the grand finale of Warrior Cats, wrapping up all the plot hooks and giving all the characters one last time in the glory. Well, at least it did before HarperCollins decided that the series was selling too well to end it.
  • The Lord of the Rings concludes with the end of Middle-earth's Third Age and is chronologically the very last installment of Tolkien's Legendarium.note 
  • The last story of Awake in the Night Land is one for The Night Land mythos. At the end of times The Powers of the Night are finally defeated and prevented from getting into the next Universe.
  • The Fairy Chronicles has Journey's End, which closed the series with Marigold taking on an apprentice.
  • Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot is the final book of the Captain Underpants series and has Mr. Krupp permanently stripped of his powers and Captain Underpants identity as well as George and Harold moving on from making Captain Underpants comics.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game Shows:
    • The finales of game shows typically have the host, in the final segment, thank the viewers for watching, and he'll often thank the producers and others behind the scenes for making the show possible. For longer-running shows, the entire production staff might be invited out to share camera time with the host.
    • Often, particularly with the longer-running shows that give away merchandise prizes, there will be larger prize budgets and "special" chances to win big. For instance, the original nighttime Let's Make a Deal:
      • NBC primetime 1967: The Big Deal of the Day contained a Cadillac Eldorado convertible and a fur coat, a combined value of more than $10,000 ... easily the biggest Big Deal in show history to that time.
      • 1970s syndicated: The final syndicated episode from 1977 had no zonks, and a Big Deal worth more than $16,000 — which was a Cadillac Seville 4 dr. sedan.
      • 1980s syndicated: A special "birthday" episode featured guest appearances by Jay Stewart and Carol Merrill.
    • Averted with the original NBC Wheel of Fortune, when it was nearly canceled after its August 1, 1980, show note . In fact, host Chuck Woolery and hostess Susan Stafford — throughout the show — made it clear this was supposed to be the final show, and the final segment saw them give heartfelt thanks to viewers, staff, Merv Griffin and others. And then the fade out and "Big Wheels" played to completion over the extended closing credits. And then a funny thing happened: Just hours after the "finale" was taped, Silverman conceded that the daytime Letterman show was a failure and cut it back to 60 minutes, and ordered new episodes of Wheel. The result: On the episode aired Monday, August 4, Woolery hastily explained that they had a reprieve and were glad to be back; that and there were some very obvious edits to the August 1 "finale" episode. Incidentally, the actual final daytime Wheel episodes on NBC (June 30, 1989 and again, when it broke for two weeks to be retooled and air on CBS; and again on August 30, 1991, months after it had returned to the Peacock Network), there was no announcement of a "final" episode.
    • The finale of the original Concentration on March 23, 1973 had been noted at least twice during the telecast, and the final rebus puzzle was "You've Been More Than Kind". But their sign-off at show's end was rather perfunctory, with host Bob Clayton thanking viewers over the past 14-1/2 years as Tony Columbia strikes up "Auld Lang Syne" during the ending credits. Announcer Wayne Howell would quickly intone "This program was pre-recorded. This is Wayne Howell. Have a safe and happy weekend. Bye!"
    • The finale of short-runner 50 Grand Slam had everyone keep their winnings regardless of whether they won or lost, and host Tom Kennedy's sign-off plugged a new version of Name That Tune he would be hosting in the same time slot beginning next Monday.
  • The ultimate Grand Finale, in terms of sheer viewership and dramatic power, has to be the final movie-length episode of M*A*S*H entitled "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen". It ended the Korean war, irrevocably altered several characters, and brought an era of television to a it holds the record to this day for the highest single-episode ratings of any scripted show ever. Not even the Super Bowl could top it until 2010.
  • Our Miss Brooks: In cinematic series finale, Miss Brooks finally marries Mr. Boynton.
  • The Fugitive's final confrontation with the one-armed man in the original, where Lt. Gerard comes to his aid. Meanwhile, the remake in 2000 ended on a Cliffhanger.
    • This was almost unheard of for a show in the 1960s, and it only came about because David Janssen wanted to quit.
  • The Prisoner (1967) finally escapes and destroys The Village and finds out who #1 is...or does he? Not according to the semi-canon Graphic Novel Shattered Visage.
  • Babylon 5's last episode, "Sleeping In Light", which also doubles as a Distant Finale, and was actually filmed before the final season, as the writers didn't know whether the show would be continuing.
  • While Doctor Who hasn't ended, the end of the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors' tenures got a big finish, ending with their regeneration and (usually) the reveal of the next Doctor. note  As the Tenth Doctor's finale was also the end of the Russell T. Davies era, it really went for broke - it answered a lot of questions about the Time War mythos and ended with a string of cameos from previous companions and monsters. The next series started with a clean-slate Jumping-On Point (new Doctor, companion and TARDIS set).
    • Series 4 of the revived Doctor Who could be said to have two Grand Finales. Before "The End of Time" marked the Tenth Doctor's regeneration, the two-parter "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" marked the end of Donna's tenure as a Companion—and featured a Crisis Crossover with the main casts of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as a team-up between all three of the new series' regular companions, and an all-out Dalek invasion led by Davros himself. The remaining episodes in Series 4 were just a denouement leading up to the Tenth Doctor's Grand Finale.
    • Now for the others. The First Doctor's regeneration was a surprise, not being as blockbuster as the others, since it was the first step into unfamiliar territory for the writers. Six was unceremoniously offed due to a tenure plagued with Executive Meddling (at least until Big Finish Productions came to the rescue almost three decades later), while Seven received a similar fate in the TV movie after the show was cancelled. He returned for The Cameo and Changing of the Guard that was more like a kick in the pants than a graceful end. Eight's regeneration wasn't shown until the end of Eleven's era, and the War Doctor's regeneration wasn't a "traditional" regeneration sequence as Christopher Eccleston declined to return.
    • The Series 9 finale trilogy, "Face the Raven", "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent", felt like a grand finale of the Twelfth Doctor era, even though he continued for one more year and another Doctor followed. This was due to it resolving a number of character and storyline points, some of them dating back a decade, and concluding with a Bittersweet Ending that effectively wiped the slate clean for the Doctor.
  • As usual, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Chosen" had to top everyone else, with a triple play — destroying the Hellmouth, defeating the First Evil and its army, and permanently changing the magical rules that define who becomes a Slayer and how. And completely destroying the entire city of Sunnydale, leaving only an enormous crater.
  • On the other hand, the final episode of Angel was Grand, but not Final, ending just as our heroes launched into a doomed charge against a demonic army. The message here was not "It's over, go home", but a final statement that the battle would never end.
  • The ending of Blake's 7 was similarly a curiously open ended Grand Finale, in which all the characters were shot down in a massive gun battle. It wasn't clear whether any of them survived. The show's producers suggested that if a Season 5 were ever made, the survivors would be the characters played by any of the actors who wanted to return. Since there never was a Season 5, the internal reading should probably be that they all died.
  • Northern Exposure: "The Quest"...if one is willing to apply some Canon Discontinuity to the episodes after Dr. Fleischman's departure.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a Grand Finale both for when it was cancelled on Comedy Central (necessitating a Post-Script Season when it returned), and later, when it was cancelled on the Sci-Fi Channel. The Scifi channel ending satisfied the Excuse Plot storyline by showing Mike back on Earth with the bots, living in an apartment and watching The Crawling Eye, the first movie to appear on the show (not counting the KTMA episodes.)
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation had Picard traveling back to Season 1 and forward into the future, meeting dead and departed crew members, seeing his friends grow old, witnessing the dawn of life on Earth, making causality his bitch, having a Heroic Sacrifice three times over, saving the whole of reality from an anomaly that threatens to destroy time, proving both his worth and the worth of the human species to Q, changing his crew's future for the better, and playing poker. Subverted by the fact that TNG soon had 4 subsequent films.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, having dealt with the Dominion conflict for five seasons and Sisko's Emissary role for all seven, wrapped up both stories back to back in the finale (and moved about half the cast off the station to boot).
    • Star Trek: Voyager had a two-part finale in which Voyager finally made it home - years ahead of schedule, with a little help from Janeway's Future Badass self.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise's finale, These Are the Voyages..., was truly bizarre in that it isn't really an episode of the show that was ending, but a subplot retconned into the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Pegasus.
  • Every Power Rangers series had its own conclusion.
    • The original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers ended with the episode "Rangers in Reverse", which had the villains take over Angel Grove after neutralizing the Rangers by reversing time and causing them to become children. The loose ends were tied up in a 10-episode miniseries titled Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers, which had a team of Rangers from the planet Aquitar coming to Earth in order to handle the monsters being unleashed upon Angel Grove by the villains while Billy, Adam, Rocky, Aisha, Kat, and Tommy went on a quest to return to their normal ages and restore their Power Ranger powers. The conclusion of the miniseries ended with the Rangers' Morphers and the Command Center being destroyed with Zordon and Alpha 5 presumed dead.
    • The last episode of Power Rangers Zeo that aired was a Christmas Episode titled "A Season to Remember", which had an elderly Tommy tell his grandson about his adventures as a Zeo Ranger on Christmas Eve, but the chronological finale of the series is "Good as Gold", where the Zeo Rangers defeated the Machine Empire, who had insult added to their injury when Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa got back at them for upstaging them as the main villains.
    • Power Rangers Turbo was wrapped up with the two-part episode "Chase into Space", where Divatox causes the Turbo Rangers to lose their powers and blows up their lair. So the ending isn't completely bleak, the last scene of the episode shows Ashley, T.J., Cassie, and Carlos following Divatox into space in hopes of preventing her from causing further damage, setting up the events of the next Power Rangers series.
    • The finale of Power Rangers in Space was the "Countdown to Destruction" two-parter, where the Space Rangers tried to take down an alliance consisting of Astronema and almost every major antagonist from the previous shows. In the end, Zordon makes the big sacrifice by having Andros kill him so that his death unleashes an energy wave that reforms some of the Power Rangers' adversaries (Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and Divatox) and destroys others (Goldar, Elgar, the Machine Empire, and the countless foot soldiers). Notably, the two-part episode was originally intended to be the end of Power Rangers period, but ratings persuaded Saban to continue the franchise.
    • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy concluded with the three-part episode "Journey's End", where the Galaxy Rangers defeated Trakeena and returned their Quasar Sabers into the stone they removed them from at the start of the series, finally returning the inhabitants of Mirinoi who had been transformed into stone to normal.
    • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue finished its run with the two-part episode "The Fate of Lightspeed", where the Lightspeed Rangers succeed in sealing away the demons forever and change their minds about retiring from being Rangers after solving Mariner Bay's demon problem.
    • The three-part episode "The End of Time" serves as the finale of Power Rangers Time Force (the last Power Rangers show to complete its run prior to Disney obtaining the rights to the franchise), where the main villain Ransik willingly gives himself up to the Time Force Rangers to be returned to the year 3001 and face justice for his crimes after almost killing his daughter Nadira and Wes becomes the new commander of the Silver Guardians on the condition that Eric be his partner.
    • Power Rangers Wild Force ended with the Wild Force Rangers defeating Master Org in a final battle in the two-part episode "The End of the Power Rangers".
    • Power Rangers Ninja Storm concluded its run with the two-part episode "Storm Before the Calm", where the Rangers faced off against Lothor and all the evils he has released from the Abyss of Evil.
    • The conclusion of Power Rangers Dino Thunder occurred in the two-part episode "Thunder Struck", where the Dino Rangers sacrifice their powers and Zords to take out Mesogog and his clone army.
    • The two-part episode "Endings" wraps up Power Rangers S.P.D. and ended with Emperor Gruum finally defeated and captured as well as Sky and Bridge respectively promoted to Red Ranger and Blue Ranger.
    • Power Rangers Mystic Force ended with the two-part episode "Mystic Fate", where the Mystic Rangers lose their powers but regain them in time to finally finish off the Master.
    • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive concluded with the episode "Crown and Punishment", where Flurious reassembles the Corona Aurora and tries to use its power to take over the world, only for Mack to destroy him with a powerful energy beam.
    • The final episode of Power Rangers Jungle Fury was "The Final Fury", where Dai-Shi is beaten for good by a final attack from Casey, Lily, and Theo.
    • Power Rangers RPM (the last Power Rangers show produced before Saban bought back the rights to the franchise from Disney) was wrapped up with the two-part episode "Danger and Destiny", where Venjix is defeated and the Earth can finally recover from the damages it has endured.
    • Not counting specials that aired afterwards, Power Rangers Samurai ended with "The Ultimate Duel", which had Deker demanding Jayden to face him in an ultimate duel or else he'd start attacking innocent people. The last episode of the second season Super Samurai that wasn't a special was "Samurai Forever", where the Samurai Rangers defeat Master Xandred in a final battle.
    • The finale of Power Rangers Megaforce, again disregarding holiday specials, was "End Game", where the Megaforce Rangers gave it their all to defend the Earth from Vrak, Metal Alice, and the Messenger. The second season Super Megaforce had a finale in the episode "Legendary Battle", which had the Megaforce Rangers take down Emperor Mavro with the help of the Ranger team of every previous show.
    • "One More Energem" is the ending of Power Rangers Dino Charge and had the Dino Charge Rangers having to stop Sledge when he obtains possession of two Energems. Other than the obligatory Christmas Episode, Super Dino Charge was wrapped up with the episode "End of Extinction", which had the villains defeated for good and the Dino Charge Rangers preventing the extinction of the dinosaurs from ever happening.
    • Once again ignoring the Christmas Episode that aired after the series finished its run, Power Rangers Ninja Steel was finished off with the episode "Galvanax Rises", where the Rangers engaged in a battle with Galvanax. "Reaching the Nexus" serves not only as the Grand Finale to Super Ninja Steel due to having the Rangers defeat Madame Odius in a final battle, but also marks the conclusion of the Saban-owned Power Rangers franchise after the rights were sold to Hasbro.
  • Hannibal Will frees Hannibal, they reunite at one of Hannibal's old safe houses that their adoptive daughter used to reside in. They lure Arc Villain Francis Dolarhyde out for a final confrontation, then they kill him as murder husbands. Will embraces Hannibal and then he throws them off a cliff together in a final shot. In a post credit scene Du Mauri waits at the dinner table and presents one of her legs for the meal.
  • The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids TV series ends after 3 seasons with the episode "Honey, I Shrink, Therefore I Am". After the shrink ray has been downplayed since season 2, it finally appears for the finale as Amy accidentally gets shrunken again. Meanwhile, Chief McKenna wants to propose to Trudi, but fears that she doesn't love him as much as he does her, and she thinks the same thing. In the end, Amy is brought back to normal size with Wayne's help, The Chief works up to courage to propose to Trudi, Diane announces that she's pregnant (most likely with Adam from the movie sequels), and they all live happily ever after... and then, they all get shrunken.
  • Battlestar Galactica's "Daybreak". They rescue Hera, and Cavil dies, in the midst of an epic struggle involving almost all the humans, Cylons, and ships we've seen in the series. Kara finally finds a habitable planet, and it turns out to be ours...150,000 years before our time. Yes, two Earths.
    • Oh, and the Galactica? It's superstructure is so heavily damaged from the Final Battle that another jump would tear the whole ship to shreds. So she's evacuated by everyone except the hybridized Anders, who then pilots the whole fleet into the Sun so that the new human civilization can start over from scratch and not make the same mistakes as the previous ones.
  • Lexx The series goes Where It All Began, Big Bad: Prince makes Kai alive again but he dies sacrificing himself like the first scene of the series and destroying the Lyekka asteroid. Prince and Priest escape on a rocket with a load of school girls. 790 destroys the Earth out of frustration, but then the Lexx dies of exhaustion and old age. A baby Lexx is born for Stan and Xev to continue searching for a home with.
  • Scrubs "ends" with "My Finale". This episode was the finale of the series in its current format as well as the swan song/goodbye to JD as the main character. The episode features JD's last day at Sacred Heart before leaving for a new job to be closer to his son Sam. He manages to get goodbyes from most of the cast, even getting to part with the Janitor on good terms and getting to hug Dr. Cox. JD is left somewhat disappointed by his ending and imagines a line-up of guest stars from past seasons seeing him off, including dead characters such as Mrs. Wilks and Jill Tracy, but this fantasy ends when JD sees the futility of living in the past, so he instead decides to look forward to his future due to inspiration from a patient about taking control of one's future. The final montage shows JD imagining his future life to Peter Gabriel's "Book of Love". JD and Elliot are shown marrying and having a child, then reuniting with Turk, Carla, Dr. Cox and Jordan for Christmas in a peaceful setting. Sam and Isabella are even shown being engaged in another fastforward. The montage ends with visions of JD and Elliot kissing, and Dr. Cox willingly walking into JD's hug. In his final narration, JD feels that his fantasies should come true, just this once. The last words said in the finale are "Good night", said between series creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff. The final scene is J.D. walking to his car and driving away as an instrumental version of the theme song plays.
  • The series finale of Prison Break has the main couple getting married, the gang's final prison break (breaking Sara out of a women's prison before the General's assassins can kill her), and a Heroic Sacrifice (Michael gives his life so that his wife and unborn child can be free).
  • Friends concludes with Ross and Rachel finally getting past their Will They or Won't They? woes with a declaration of their love and a vow to "stop being stupid" while Monica and Chandler watch their children being born, and Phoebe and Joey accept the changes occurring. The friends also start a new era of their lives, leaving the apartment complex and city that was their home for so long. The episode ends with the friends going to the coffee house one last time and one last look at the now-empty apartment. Despite the happy ending, many viewers found it one of the most bittersweet ending of any show ever, and both the cast and crew couldn't get through the final scenes without crying.
  • The finale of Six Feet Under is arguably one of the best seen on television. Brenda finally gets over her fears for the well-being of her newborn daughter, Willa, and makes peace with Nate. Ruth finds herself a new purpose in helping Brenda help raise Maya and Willa. Dave and Keith finally put their relationship in place so they can raise their adopted sons. Federico leaves the Fisher Funeral Home in order to start his own business. And Claire leaves to work in New York even after the initial job offer she received was axed. As a whole, the entire cast is able to shed their dysfunctional selves and find a semblance of peace. The last six minutes of the finale shows the future lives and deaths of all major characters.
  • Happy Days had an ultimate sitcom-style ending. Joanie and Chachi finally got married, Fonzie adopted a young boy, Richie returned to see everything off, and Howard ended the episode by thanking the audience for being a part of their family, then name-dropped the title. (But never explained where Brother Chuck vanished to, unless you consider the outtake where Howard does a spit-take and exclaims "Hey, where's Chuck?!")
  • The Steve Harvey Show actually had two, but they were aired out of order. The Graduate from the Story episode the kids graduate. Lydia goes to Princeton, Romeo to an unnamed university, and Bullethead to Community College was supposed to air first, but the show had been Screwed by the Network and canceled so the Happily Ever After episode Regina accepts a job at a fancy prep school in California and Steve follows her; Ced and Lovita win the lottery and she goes into labor immediately after learning the news. We never learn the sex of their baby. was shown as the Grand Finale with the graduation episode shown later. They continue to be shown in this order in syndication.
  • That '70s Show finally ends its eighth and final season by Jackie and Fez becoming a couple, Randy not fully appearing in this episode, Kelso coming back to visit and Eric Forman returning home from Africa to win back Donna. It also closes out the 1970s, beginning on December 31, 1979 and ending just after the start of January 1, 1980.
  • Black Adder Goes Forth ended with all the main characters (sans Melchett) being sent over the top of the trenches and presumably being shot to death. One of the saddest and most emotional endings for a series.
  • The Red Green Show ended with Harold, the Hollywood Nerd, getting married, Dalton renewing his wedding vows with his wife who appeared onscreen for the first time, Mike becoming a police officer, and Bill appearing outside of the black and white Adventures with Bill segment for the first time since season 2.
  • A Different World ended with Dwayne and Whitley finding out they're pregnant and moving to Japan for Dwayne's job and a big goodbye party for them is shown. During the party, Kimberly and Spencer decide to get married.
  • California Dreams did this by having the entire band break up at the end of high school to disperse to different parts of the country (and one to Europe) to end the show. Unfortunately, it created something of a Downer Ending in the process (though Jake did take his record deal after all).
  • The last three episodes of Monk gave Adrian his detective badge back before allowing him to realize he'd been happier without it, solved Trudy's murder, discovered and became close to Trudy's long-lost daughter, sent Randy Disher off on a job of his own as the Police Sergeant of a town in New Jersey and hooked him up with Sharona, and to top it all off implied that Adrian is finally getting over his OCD.
  • The last NBC Columbo from the 1970s ended on a nice note. Columbo drinks a toast with his last murderer (an Irish gunrunner) and his last words are a quote referring both to the amount of whiskey they'll drink, and the show as a whole: "We'll go this far, and no farther." Little did they know then that ABC would take them farther a decade later.
  • The West Wing ended on the day of Santos' inauguration, with creator Aaron Sorkin making a cameo in the swearing-in scene. Jed Bartlet left office but not before finally signing Toby's pardon in the last second, and gave his own little book of the US Constitution to the soon-to-be-in-law-school Charlie ("You're going to need it more than I do"). All the cast (old and new) are on deck, with Josh and Donna moving into their respective office as chief of staff for POTUS and FLOTUS, CJ gave Josh a slip that says "WWLD" ("What would Leo Do?") before leaving the White House and heading to California and Danny. Kate and Will Bailey don't know what to do in the afternoon now that they are not working at the White House anymore, and so settle on going to see a movie with Charlie. Finally, on Air Force One heading back to New Hampshire, Bartlet opens the gift that Leo's daughter Mallory left him: the framed cocktail napkin on which Leo wrote "Bartlet for America" that started the journey so many years ago.
  • Little House on the Prairie ended with a bang. Walnut Grove gets purchased by a Jerk Ass developer, but instead of allowing the townspeople to buy the land back from him, he decides to allow everyone to his employees. In retaliation, they have a meeting at the church/school and decide that they'd rather blow the town up and leave with nothing rather than allow the developer to have everything they have worked for. So all the men get dynamite and they blow up Walnut Grove. Jerk Ass returns to the town with the Army in tow and demands that everyone be arrested. The Army refuses to do so, the other mayors he's courting see his true colours and back out of the deals he tried to make for their towns, and the citizens of what used to be Walnut Grove leave singing "Onward Christian Soldiers".
  • The Diffys finally fix their time machine and apparently return home in the grand finale of Phil of the Future.
  • Nip/Tuck ends with Sean and Christian making Liz a partner in the practice, effectively calling it McNamara/Troy/Cruz. Liz, who is pregnant via donated sperm from Sean, is happy but decides to leave for parts unknown when Sean decides that he wants to be a part of the baby's life, which she doesn't agree with. Christian, feeling that he is the reason Sean is not living a more fulfilling life, kicks him out of the practice and gives him a one-way ticket to Bucharest so that he can work in an orphanage doing pro-bono surgeries. Matt decides to make a life with his transsexual lover Ava. Julia moves to England and remarries, taking Annie and Conor with her. Christian is left alone to run Troy/Cruz. Their final patient is an elderly porn star who gets his heart surgery scar removed. He later dies with a smile on his face while filming a sex scene in his latest movie. The final scene is Christian, seeing the ghost of Kimber in a bar and wishing her well, then meeting a new young starlet who's thinking about plastic surgery — exactly the way the series begun (with Christian meeting Kimber in a bar).
  • The finale of NUMB3RS is just a relatively routine case on the work side (albeit one with some personal elements), but features major changes and moments of development for the characters. Charlie and Amita get married before their move to England to teach at the University of Cambridge. Larry seems to have found what he was looking for, and plans to take over for Charlie. The garage is being remodeled into a guest house so that Alan can finally have a place of his own while still living on the property. David accepts a promotion and is moving to DC. And, as of the last few minutes of the episode, Don and Robin are engaged, and Don mentions accepting a promotion of his own.
  • The writers of Lost knew their finale's end date three years in advance, they certainly made theirs epic. The source of all the show's mysterious happenings was revealed for the first time - and was promptly turned off, risking the island's imminent destruction. And then... was turned back on again. The lead character had a final knife-fight on crumbling cliffs in the rain with the Big Bad - a villain who'd appeared in every season and in the very first episode and who'd taken the form of another main character, the lead's philosophical rival. Several characters escaped the island once and for all, flying off in a 777 as the runway disintegrated beneath them. The season's flashes were revealed to show the characters in the afterlife, letting the final scene reunite almost every main character after death. And the final shots were an exact reversal of the show's opening shots, with the lead character returning to the show's opening spot, falling there, and closing his eyes as he died.
  • Life on Mars: Sam Tyler commits suicide by jumping from the top of a tall building. And saves the lives of his friends in 1973, gets the girl and drives off into the sunset.
    • The US version featured him waking up in a spaceship as part of a mission to find literal life on Mars. Several of the themes from both series were weaved in to make a bit more sense, but the ending voided any and all chance of ever having an American Ashes to Ashes (2008).
    • By contrast, the finale of the UK series was voted on a Sky 1 special to be the No. 1 TV show ending out of a list of 49 other competitors.
  • The sequel series Ashes to Ashes (2008) had to wrap up multiple storylines:
    • Alex finally put all the pieces together about the numbers, the ghost copper, and the grave in Lancashire; 6620 is the serial number of the dead copper who's buried up in that farm in Lancashire (the one with the weathervane that she's been seeing all season, and that was on the TV report in her hospital room in 3.01)...aka Gene Hunt. Gene was a 19-year-old PC in 1953 when he surprised a burglar in a barn on Coronation Day, and was shot through the head. His will was so strong that he didn't pass over, he created a Purgatory for coppers with issues like himself and remade himself into its guardian, the badass Gene Genie, Manc Lion, head-bashing sheriff, like John Wayne or Gary Cooper. His job is to help the coppers that end up in his realm work through their issues, then help them cross over, only he forgets every single time what's really going on.
    • Sam figured out what was going on and, together with Gene, faked his death so Gene wouldn't question why he was gone.
    • Meanwhile, everyone — including Alex — is already dead. Alex died in her hospital room in the present day/reality. Shaz was a copper during the 1990s who surprised a carjacker and was stabbed to death with Chekhov's Screwdriver. Chris followed his superior officer into a shootout in the 1960s and was shot in the line of duty. Ray committed suicide on Coronation Day as well, after murdering a young kid and his DCI covered it up. Each of them are made to rewatch the circumstances of their deaths by Keats, who, by the way, is the Devil himself — or at the very least, a high-ranking minion. Keats tries, and almost succeeds, in tempting the team away from Gene, actually breaking the world (destroying CID) to peel back the construct and reveal the star-covered sky everyone's been seeing. Alex's loyalty to Gene still holds, and she reforms the office.
    • The final scene is Gene taking the team to what is revealed to be the Railway Arms pub, where Nelson, the bartender from Life On Mars, is waiting as a Saint Peter figure to help them cross over. Ray, Chris, and Shaz reconcile and cross over. Alex and Gene finally kiss, but it's goodbye, and she crosses over, leaving Gene to go back to CID where the newest dead copper comes barging in, shouting about his iPhone, and Gene offers him some friendly advice: "a word in your shell-like, pal".
  • Law & Order just ended with the episode "Rubber Room" in which it's another school shooting...except it's a sacked teacher who snaps and plots the rampage.
    • Then again, for something that was originally meant to be a Season Finale, the final scene, with all the detectives and D.A.'s gathered in the same spot, enjoying a round of drinks, and having a pleasant time (rather than reflecting on the crime) brings a nice close to the series. Especially since this episode was a rare (for the series) straight, unironic example of Everybody Lives.
  • The Golden Girls wrapped up its 7th and final season with one. Blanche, having set Dorothy up with her uncle Lucas in order to go on a date that night, is gotten back at when the two decide to fake an engagement to freak her out. However, Dorothy and Lucas actually fall in love, and then marry in the final episode. The last moments of the episode are that of Dorothy, giving the girls her last goodbyes, and, after returning twice immediately after walking out the door, finally sets off on her honeymoon. The last three girls simply come together into a hug, sobbing as the credits roll.
  • The Stargate-verse have a very interesting relationship with this trope.
    • Stargate SG-1 is notable for not having a grand finale, forcing the creators to come up with two additional straight-to-video movies to wrap up the main storylines: the Ori invasion and Ba'al. The finale itself involved a Reset Button, after which the team went on to business as usual. ...Indeed!
    • SG-1 actually had a grand finale in season 8, with the two-parter "Moebius." It went so far to actually show how Ra had been chased out of Earth (so far only alluded at), and featured him as the villain. Then the show got renewed for two other seasons.
      • Interestingly enough, the real grand finale (and probably the best candidate in the series) came before this season-ending two parter, with the three-part story of "Reckoning" and "Threads" that brought about the fall of the Goa'uld, Replicators and Anubis all in one fell swoop. "Threads" even had to be extra-long in order to clean up all the plot threads, and ends with everybody fishing at Jack's pond.
    • Stargate Atlantis, on the other hand, had a little more of a grand finale with climatic battles between Tau'ri forces and a super-Hive ship. Interestingly, they only manage to destroy the enemy by using the same method used to kill Ra in the original film (see Armageddon for a detailed description of why this works). Still, the Wraith are far from being defeated, and there is a good chance this can happen again.
    • Stargate Universe has a bizarre somewhat grand finale. Much like the series, all the characters aboard the ship are put into suspended animation with the exception of Eli.
  • Robin Hood had a sort-of one of these, wherein most of the main characters die, including Robin. They also blew up Nottingham Castle.
    • Bizarrely, it wasn't actually meant to be the grand finale at all, but merely the set-up for the next season. Then the show got cancelled.
  • Dark Oracle's finale episode, "Redemption" killed off the Big Bad and former villain Omen, featured Big Bad Wannabe Vern's Heel–Face Turn and wiped the comic, the source of all the show's problems, from existence.
  • 3-2-1 Contact: Island week.
  • Quantum Leap ends with God Himself telling Sam that he has always been the master of his own fate and that, contrary to what he believed, Sam has done a lot of good by helping people throughout history one at a time. The lives he touched, touched others, and those, others. Realizing something of his own value, Sam gives up a chance to go back and saves his friend Al's marriage to Beth (Al's first wife and true love). The ending consists of a few text lines confirming that Al and Beth have their Happily Ever After and Sam Beckett never returned home.
  • Smallville has the fittingly titled "Finale". Clark finally flies for the first time and finally becomes the hero he's destined to be.
  • Newhart: "The Last Newhart," one of the most memorable sitcom finales among fans and critics. A Japanese tycoon purchases the entire (unnamed) Vermont town instead of the Stratford Inn, which series protagonists Dick and Joanna Loudon co-owned. After everyone goes their separate ways, the action picks up five years later, where Dick has progressively gotten more frustrated with his life as he deals with crazier loons than what populated the inn years earlier, and his wife has even gotten nuts; he's also unable to get over a golf course being built around the inn without his permission. Then, the old folks — handyman George Uttley, Larry (along with his brother Darryl ... and his other brother, Darryl), and the vain Stephanie and Michael Harris with their daughter (a vain clone of her yuppie parents) — all come back and drive Dick to the brink of a nervous breakdown. The Darryls speak for the only time in the series' history ("QUIET!!!" to shut their annoying girlfriends up). Eventually, Dick snaps when he is unable to bring order to the inn, and is making good on his vow to leave the Stratford Inn when he is knocked unconscious by a wayward golf ball. The screen goes black ... and when a light comes back on, the scene shifts to Dr. Robert Hartley's bedroom from The Bob Newhart Show, and his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette in a cameo of her famous role). The whole series of Newhart, it seems, was but a (bad) dream that Bob had one night.
  • "Chuck Versus the Goodbye" wrapped up the final arc of the season with Team Bartowksi embarking on their (fourth) last mission to stop the latest Big Bad, recover the Intersect and help Sarah recover her lost memories, all while running on the usual Rule of Cool with a healthy dose of Continuity Porn. The episode is littered with call backs to the pilot and the return of old characters, locations and Running Gags, culimating in Jeffster performing at a concert hall to delay a bomb from killing General Beckman while newly re-Intersected Chuck disarms it with the Irene Demoana virus.
    • Once the last adventure is over, there are a lot of little character resolutions: Casey leaves Burbank to find Verbanski and leaves his apartment to Morgan and Alex, who are moving in together; Jeff and Lester are offered a record contract and leave the Buy More; Ellie and Awesome get new jobs in Chicago and move there with Clara; Subway takes over the Buy More; and as Sarah's memories slowly return, she start falling in love with Chuck all over again.
  • Punky Brewster ended its four-season run (2 on NBC, 2 in syndication) with her dog Brandon getting married to a girl golden retriever named Brenda. The final shot is a photo of the cast during the ceremony as the show's logo is superimposed on the bottom right.
  • How about The Mary Tyler Moore Show? Under new management, the crew—except for Ted—is given their marching orders. Their final goodbyes was most memorable.
  • Desperate Housewives had a bittersweet grand finale, featuring major changes in the lives of all the main characters: Mrs. McCluskey saves Bree by falsely confessing to the murder she is on trial for and later dies of cancer. Bree marries her lawyer, Trip Weston, moves to Kentucky, and becomes a politician. Lynette accepts the CEO position that Katherine offers her in her company, moves to New York with Tom, and later becomes a grandmother of six. Gabrielle starts her own fashion website and TV show, and moves to California with Carlos, where they buy a mansion. And Susan moves away with Julie, MJ, and her new grandchild as the ghosts of Wisteria Lane watch her leave. However, Mary Alice informs us that the women never again get together as a group.
  • Merlin pulls no punches when it comes to their Grand Finale. The prophecy that was first introduced way back in series 1 — that Mordred would one day kill Arthur — finally comes to pass, with Mordred defecting to Morgana's side and the two of them waging war on Camelot. Merlin powers up in the Crystal Cave and kills Morgana. Arthur is killed by Mordred, kills him in turn, dies in Merlin's arms and is taken to Avalon. Guinevere becomes the sole ruler of Camelot by her husband's edict, with Gaius and the remaining knights swearing their loyalty to her. Gwaine is killed in battle. Finally, Merlin is seen in a Distant Finale scene in modern times, still awaiting the return of the Once and Future King.
  • Leverage episode "The Long Goodbye Job" is filled with call backs to their pilot episode "The Nigerian Job". The team go for a "black book", a record that has the names of all the rich and powerful who ruined the world economy. Nate proposes to Sophie and they leave the team to be run by Parker. And the Adventure Continues.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place ends with Alex becoming the family wizard. Professor Crumbs retires and passes on full wizardry power to Justin, who becomes the Headmaster of WizTech. Max inherits the family business.
  • House ends with the titular character pulling off an elaborate scheme to fake his own death so he can be with Wilson during his last months to live, even though it means he can never practice medicine again. The series ends with both friends riding motorcycles off into the sunset.
  • Breaking Bad ends with Walt executing a well-laid plan one step at a time to ultimately get everything he could hope for at this point — money for his children, freedom for Skyler and Jesse, a proper burial for Hank and Gomez, vengeance on those who have wronged him - before dying on his own terms.
  • Blackadder has the special Blackadder Back & Forth, which ends with Blackadder using a time machine to achieve the very first Blackadder's goal: becoming king.
  • Big Time Rush has the special "Big Time Dreams", and admit it, the show's Breaking the Fourth Wall moments was an indiction that the series was about to get Cut Short.
  • Since Horrible Histories was sketch-based, it didn't have much of a plot to end, but it did have a song outlining the achievements and misdeeds of several time periods covered by the show and featuring damn well every character that had appeared in the show.
  • Drake & Josh ended with the hour-long movie "Really Big Shrimp" where Drake finally gets the big break he wants to become famous, Josh's boss Helen gets married, and the Premiere Theater burns to the ground. Even so it would be followed a year and a half later with a Christmas movie.
  • iCarly ends on a high note, with Carly's dad returning home to take her to the school's father/daughter dance. After saying he must depart back to Italy, Carly decides to join him, which leaves her to abruptly suspend the web Show Within a Show as she leaves the country, leaving Sam with the power to do good things and improve her life, Spencer to pursue his artistry dreams, and Freddie to get into something that will make him popular.
  • Hometime rather fittingly ended its 29-year run on PBS with an episode titled "The Last Episode". The program ends with a celebration of 29 great seasons on public television, after an acknowledgement that this is, indeed, the end of the series.
  • Pair of Kings had to pull this off at the announcement that Season 3 will be the last by Adam Hicks who played King Boz realising that the hole left by Mitchel Musso is too big to fill. The Driving Question as to why the kings had to leave the island in the first place and how their parents died were answered in the last four episodes. The mummy all the way back at the beginning? It is Kaita the bat-rider, the leader of the tarantula people and the Bat Medallion was his ticket back to the world of the living. The king's father foolishly fought Kaita on his own and got himself killed. Since the kings are still infants, the family had to escape along with a tarantula shaman, who is Rebecca's father. The kings are visited by their parent's ghosts who told them to stand together instead of fighting alone. After uniting the tribes of Kinkow (even the tarantula people with Rebecca as their representative), the kings used the power of unity together with their rings to blow away Kaita for good into Mount Spew, cleansing the Dark Side of the island.
  • The Crocodile Hunter concluded in 2004 with the three-hour special "Steve's Last Adventure".
  • The final episode of Roseanne is initially uplifting — until it's revealed that the entire final season has been in-universe Fix Fic written by the title character to cope with things not turning out quite so happily.
  • The A-Team's chronological finale was "The Grey Team", though the lost penultimate episode "Without Reservations" was aired Out of Order with it in reruns.
  • The MythBusters series finale was titled "Grand Finale".
  • The Shield had a pretty brutal, but well-fitting finale. "Family Meeting" is a Pyrrhic Victory for almost everyone involved, with Vic also being hit with a Humiliation Conga and Ironic Hell of a job.
  • Seinfeld ended on an appropriately anti-climactic note as the group is charged with violating a Good Samaritan law by joking about a mugging they witnessed rather than lifting a finger to help the victim. The trial saw a slew of bit characters they'd screwed over come back to testify about what rotten people the four were, and ended with their conviction and they just start a conversation about nothing important while waiting in the jail cell.
  • Every entry in the Ultra Series has had one, with some being grander than others. Most end with the protagonist losing the ability to transform or the Ultraman having to leave Earth, usually after fighting an extremely formidable Monster of the Week or the series' Big Bad.
  • Bionic Ever After?, the last of 3 TV movies that reunited the cast of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, closed the series' stories and mythos with lead characters Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers finally getting married.
  • Spider-Man (Japan) concluded its run of 41 episodes with "The Hero's Shining Hot Blood", where Spider-Man destroyed Professor Monster in a final battle, finally avenging the death of his father at the hands of the evil Iron Cross Army.
  • MacGyver (1985): "The Stringer" (who happens to be a photojournalist, as well as MacGyver's son, born to a woman killed in China. In the final scene Mac leaves the Phoenix Foundation and he and his son go Walking the Earth - on motorbikes).
  • ER ended with a feature-length episode providing a conclusion to Carter's story arc, with lots of characters Back for the Finale, heaps of Call-Back and Book-Ends, plus a strong sense of And the Adventure Continues.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead ends with the Dark Ones unleashing Hell on Earth, including the massive Kandar. Ash manages to kill it, but in the process is rendered comatose; he awakens an indiscriminate time later in a post-apocalyptic future, and rides off to keep fighting the evil.
  • Once Upon a Time: The heroes have a showdown with the Wish Realm version of Rumplestiltskin, climaxing with Original!Rumple sacrificing himself to destroy his counterpart. Afterwards, Regina casts an inversion of the Dark Curse in order to bring all the Fairy Tale Realms and their curse-scattered occupants to the same place — namely, Storybrooke. Then, in a closing scene echoing the pilot's scene of Snow and Charming's coronation, Regina is chosen to serve as the Good Queen of the United Realms.
  • 12 Monkeys has the two-part "The Beginning", which sees Team Splinter (along with several allies who died over the course of the series, courtesy of the ever-present time travel) engaging in a Final Battle with the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, launching an assault on Titan in a desperate last gambit to stop the Witness from unleashing a Time Crash. And after the fighting is done, Cole allows himself to be erased from time in order to break the Stable Time Loop the series has been running on, preventing the existence of both the plague and the Witness. However, time itself feels he's owed a happy ending, thus allowing him to exist anyway, and leaving him and Cassie to have their perfect ending together.
  • After Timeless was canceled following the end of Season 2, ending the series on a massive cliffhanger, fan outcry led to NBC choosing to produce a special two-part episode, "The Miracle at Christmas", which aired as a TV movie to tie up all remaining plot lines: Rufus, who was killed in the Season 2 finale, is saved thanks to Flynn performing a Heroic Sacrifice to alter the timeline, the Love Triangle between Wyatt, Lucy and Flynn is resolved, and there's a final showdown with the remnants of Rittenhouse. Then, in the Distant Finale, Lucy goes back in time one last time to close the Stable Time Loop by giving her journal to Flynn, sending him on the Roaring Rampage of Revenge that kickstarted the series.
  • The series finale of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson featured a musical cold opening with a slew of celebrity guests, Ferguson randomly introducing a new character from a pipe on his desk, a viewer mail segment including a message from someone who had allegedly only started watching the show on its finale week, and Jay Leno as the final guest. At the end of the show, they decided to reveal who was actually in the Secretariat horse costume ... only to discover it was actually Bob Newhart! Cue a cut to Nigel Wick in his bedroom having dreamed the entire series, Drew Carey being offended that the Drew in Wick's dream had become a fit and successful game show host, everyone in a snow globe like the St. Elsewhere finale, and "Don't Stop Believing" being cut off by a Smash to Black.
  • Gotham ends with a Distant Finale that jumps ahead ten years from the events of the previous episode (which tied up the finale season's Story Arc). Jeremiah Valeska regains activity and sets in motion an Evil Plan that is thwarted as Bruce returns to Gotham after a decade away, finally ready to become the hero he was born to be.
  • Veep spends most of its final episode at the party convention, where Selina throws out all her remaining shreds of morality to secure the nomination. After a brief Time Skip to confirm that Selina ends up winning the election, there's then another time skip of 24 years to depict Selina's state funeral and show what became of all the other characters in the meantime.
  • The Big Bang Theory ends with a double-length episode in which Sheldon and Amy win the Nobel Prize for their research in super asymmetry, the elevator in the building finally getting fixed, Sheldon realizing that his friends helped him get to where he is now and him thanking all of them during his award speech, and Leonard and Penny discovering they're going to have a baby.

  • Queen's '''The Show Must Go On! is clearly this for Freddie Mercury. Brian May had penned the song, but was unsure that Mercury, who was dying of AIDS, could sing it. Fortunately, Mercury was able to nail it, pouring everything he was into it, and recorded the main vocals in one take after taking a shot of vodka.
    • The rest of Innuendo is seen by this by a lot of fans, containing some of the best songs of late-era Queen, including the aforementioned "The Show Must Go On", the title track, "I'm Going Slightly Mad", "Headlong" and "These Are The Days Of Our Lives".
    • The true grand finale for the band, at least before May and Taylor went on tour with other musicians, was the 23-minute hidden ambient track, given the Fan Nickname "Ascension".
  • Dream Theater's Epic Rocking song "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" (a 42-minute-long song), ends with a section called "Losing Time / Grand Finale".
  • Rush's "2112" last section is called "Grand Finale".
  • Orbital's Blue Album concludes with the epic "One Perfect Sunrise", which was also supposed to be the swan song for the band, but they later got back together.
  • Abbey Road was probably intended to be this for The Beatles, being their final recorded album, closing out with a big medley of short songs, including a song titled "The End". However, circumstances led to Let It Be being the band's final released album.
    • The song that ends Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "A Day in the Life" concludes with all four of the Beatles striking the piano in a final E major chord that runs 45 seconds. Music critic Greil Marcus called it "an ending that will never be matched."
  • The Smashing Pumpkins played their final show (at least before they reformed) in 2000 at the same venue they played their first gig at. The concert featured songs from all of their albums, and even Billy Corgan's dad showed up on stage.
  • "MTV Unplugged in New York" could be seen as this for Nirvana.
  • The Last Waltz by The Band.
  • "High Hopes" by Pink Floyd, works very well as this, being the last song they ever recorded (until session on 2014's The Endless River began), and managing to feel like something is ending, with a very melancholic tune, and lyrics that focus not on the future or the present, but about how things were better in times past. It's also the last song on the last released Pink Floyd album from before they broke up.
  • Merle Haggard: Averted, but in the late 1990s, in an interview he threatened to — but ultimately did not — record a "farewell" album (and retire) in response to his growing distaste for modern country music and radio (which had drifted, as it occasionally does, toward radio-friendly, pop-sounding material) virtually ignoring his new material, despite critical acclaim. The album, he said, was to be titled "On the Brink of Extinction." Haggard continued to record and perform until his death in 2016.
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel's final studio album, turned out to be a huge success, topping the charts in the US for 10 weeks and the UK for 33 non-consecutive weeks, and even won a Grammy for Album Of The Year. It helped that it contained some fan favorites such as the title track, "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)", "Cecelia" and "The Boxer".
  • David Bowie's Blackstar plays like this, especially the final two tracks, where he spells out that it's the end. He passed away two days after its release.
  • J Dilla's Donuts was created as he was dying from an incurable blood disease, and was consciously crafted as a farewell to fans. It was released on his thirty-second birthday, and he died three days later.
    • His fourth album The Shining also counts. It was made at the same time, and it was 75% complete when Dilla passed away. As he saw it coming, Dilla tasked beforehand his close friend and collaborator Karriem Riggins to finish the album.
      • More precisely, the last song of the album, "Won't do". After so many collaborations and instrumentals, "Won't do" is all about Dilla : Dilla writing, Dilla rapping, Dilla singing, Dilla producing. Solo. No featuring. It's an awesome way to end the album.
  • Warren Zevon's The Wind was also crafted after the singer was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and reflects his impending mortality. He died approximately two weeks after it was released.
  • Nujabes : The sixth and final "Luv(sic)", aptly titled "Luv(sic) Grand Finale" (by Nujabes himself), which is the last beat we'll be hearing from that Japanese producer. Its angelic sound is more grandiose than any sound on any of his other albums.
  • George Harrison's last album, Brainwashed, was also recorded as the singer was dying of cancer. He was unable to complete it before his illness overwhelmed him and it was completed posthumously by his son and his producer Jeff Lynne.
  • Frank Zappa's Civilization Phaze III is generally considered to have been intended as this for the prolific songwriter. He died before completing the album and several of the songs seem to reflect his impending mortality. The final dialogue sequence on the album is usually taken as his closing commentary on the craft of music.
  • Big L's second and final album The Big Picture wasn't intented to be his last hurrah (excluding posthumous albums put together using unreleased tracks). If anything, it was supposed to help skyrocket his career. And then, while the album was still incomplete, he passed away in a drive-by shooting in 1999. His manager Rich King finished the album and published it the following year. The intro tells you immediately this is the last time you get to hear L. Better enjoy it.
    DJ Premier: Big L rest in peace!
  • Less morbid than the previous six examples is Crass's Yes Sir... I Will. The band had already agreed to break up in 1984 and had good reason to suspect it would be their final full-length album (as it was, only followed by a brief EP released after the band broke up), so they went all-out and recorded a scorching manifesto about the state of British politics and society at the time.
  • While Jim Morrison's death lead L.A. Woman to be this for the classic line-up of The Doors, some writers have suggested that the album probably would have ended up as this anyway due to Morrison wanting out of the group. In any event, it certainly has the ingredients for it, with its introspective lyrics and three of the band's best known hits ("Love Her Madly", "L.A. Woman" and "Riders on the Storm").
  • Outsider Musician Tunnel Rat planned for the Muffin Dawn album to be his last under that name. The album is exactly album-length at thirty minutes and features a description where excessive stress and tensions balanced by the manic and scatterbrain nature of the album lead it to be the last.
  • The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well tour during the summer of 2015 where it would be last time the remaining members of the band would play together under that name.
  • After dealing with strife over Creative Differences and failing to find mainstream success, Spilt Milk wound up being Jellyfish's second and last album. And boy howdy was it a bang to go off on!
  • In 1993, Billy Joel released his final pop/rock album, after over twenty years in the industry. The last song on the album, "Famous Last Words", is all about goodbyes and closing up shop for the season.
    "These are the last words I have to say/That's why this took so long to write"
  • Destiny's Child's Destiny Fulfilled is considered to be this as the group planned to disband after the album due to the title meaning they had fulfilled their destinies.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Ragnarok. The world is consumed, everything burns, every living creature dies, game over, insert coin. Someone does. note 
  • The Book of Revelation is this for The Bible and could be for reality as we know it according to some. The book ends with all the evil thrown away to the lake of fire and the good people live with God with the last passage is "The grace of Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen."

    Pro Wrestling 
  • After the WWF acquired the promotion, the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro aired on March 26, 2001 from its annual trip to Panama City. Vince McMahon made various appearances from Cleveland (where they were broadcasting Raw that night) in Kayfabe to address the deal, as well as perform some spring cleaning by firing WCW performers he didn't like — such as Jeff Jarrett (although this particular firing was legit due to actual animosity between them). Meanwhile in Panama City, WCW held the "Night of Champions" — which would see four of WCW's major championships defended for the final time, as well as have the wrestlers talking about what WCW meant to them. The final match of the night was Ric Flair vs. Sting, a fitting end as the two had many storied feuds in WCW, even before Nitro went on the air. They both broke kayfabe and performed in a very upbeat and informal manner.
    • In a segment at the end of Nitro which was simulcast between both programs, Vince gloated and bragged about the purchase, and requested that Ted Turner personally deliver the contract to him to sign at WrestleMania X-Seven that weekend. However, it was revealed that Shane McMahon (who had been in an ongoing feud with Vince) was in Panama City at Nitro, and that he had already signed the contract to purchase WCW under his own name. This twist led into a street fight between Vince and Seth during WrestleMania, and set the stage for the "Invasion" angle — which integrated the performers and championships of WCW (and fellow acquisition ECW) into the WWF.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show got a series finale with special guest star, Gene Kelly. We get to see what the narrator looks like. Episode purpose was the world is coming to the end.
  • In a rare move for an 80s kids show, Fraggle Rock got a series finale. To be more accurate, it was kind of a three-part finale with 1.) Junior Gorg becoming king, then renouncing his title when he realizes everyone is doing okay ruling themselves (three guesses as to who taught him), 2.) the main characters all learn about the interconnectedness between all the species (Fraggle, Doozer, Gorg, Trash Heap, and the Human World) that Jim Henson had envisioned the show to be and, most importantly, 3.) Doc (the main/only human character) finally sees the Fraggles. The finale does all this while also being as touching and entertaining.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse had a series finale where Miss Yvonne was upset that Pee-Wee is selling the playhouse. But it turns out Pee-Wee is not selling the playhouse. The pick it had two words Lemonade and For Sale The lemonade part came loose.
  • While seven other episodes that were intended to air earlier ended up airing in syndication after the fact, Dinosaurs ended with the episode "Changing Nature", where Earl Sinclair accidentally sets off a chain of events that will destroy the world and as a consequence, all the dinosaurs in the show die out, including the Sinclair family. The last thing we actually see before the dinosaurs go extinct is news anchor Howard Handupme telling the viewers "This is Howard Handupme, signing off for the very last time. Goodnight...and goodbye..."
  • Sam & Friends has this for the final episode (which aired on December 15, 1961), in which Kermit sings a song, then tells Harry that the series is ending after 7 years. Harry then blows up everything on the set, including all the scenery and equipment, since they probably won't be using it ever again.

  • American Top 40: The finale of the original run, from January 28, 1995, was hosted by Shadoe Stevens. With obvious clues announcing that this was the last episode, Shadoe played a Long Distance Dedication to loyal listeners — James Brown's "Move On." The end theme was replaced by the song "Happy Trails" by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
  • The last episode (The Raymond Nostril Story) of the second-to-last series of I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again was one of these (the very last series aired three years later, so presumably it was Un-Canceled). It had reappearances of almost all the recurring characters, catchphrases, running gags, and most importantly, announced the end for Radio Prune. Towards the end, the performers ask to sing their beloved signature Angus Prune Tune "happily and cheerfully" as they always have. They're allowed, and perform a slow, sad, sobbing version punctuated by tearful cries and shouts. David reads the credits, tearing up, as the others punctuate it with nostalgic sighs at the names mentioned. Finally, David asks John to utter those magic sign-off words, with the others protesting as they couldn't possibly handle the impact...and then John says, manically cheerful, "It's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, again!" and they sing the Angus Prune Tune as joyfully as ever as the episode closes.

    Tabletop Games 
  • One special scenario in a Gorkamorka expansion was about the Necrons in the ruins waking up and going on an icily murderous rampage. Any mob that was below the usual retirement point was going to have a very hard time with it, and so it was there to end the campaign.
  • Warhammer: The End Times was the big final blowout for the Warhammer setting, with all of those apocalyptic wars that had been hovering juuusst at the point of disaster for decades all going off at once. You can guess the results from the title.
  • Die, Vecna, Die was intended as the wrap-up point for Dungeons & Dragons second edition, allowing groups to move on to the significantly different mechanics of third edition.

  • Beast Wars: Uprising: The last four stories constitute the finale, where the Builders unleash the Vehicon Apocalypse. Every main character from the previous stories (except the ones who died) join together to fight it, and the cause. Good triumphs, but at the cost of a hell of a lot of people, sometimes in horrible and unfair ways, leaving behind a Cybertron more willing to try and make a society that works. And of course, as any Transformers fan will note, it never ends. A brief follow-up story came after, showing maddeningly brief glimpses of what happened after, ending with two Cybertronian ships crash-landing on a strange, unknown planet.

    Video Games 
  • Portal 2 has as closed an ending as it can possibly have. Wheatley is stuck in space, along with the Portal Device and Space Core, persumably forever. GLaDOS is back in charge and has ATLAS and P-Body to test for her. Chell is finally set free. Combined with the fact that Valve can't count to three, it seems like this series has come to a close.
  • Grand Theft Auto III. Word of God says that it's the grand finale of the GTA III era. Interestingly, it was the first game in the GTA III era to be made.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots serves as the ultimate conclusion of over ten years of Metal Gear lore (twenty if one counts the early MSX2 games as well). There has since been at least two new games in the series released since MGS4 (the former being a prequel and the latter being a sequel), and a two-parter that is also a prequel, taking place after Peace Walker but before the MSX2 Metal Gear game.
    • On a more meta level, Metal Gear Solid V as a whole acts as a Grand Finale not just for the myth arc of Big Boss and as a bridge to the chronologically later games, but also for the Metal Gear franchise under Kojima Productions, following news that they will parts ways with Konami in December 2015.
  • Despite a long-shot Sequel Hook in the bonus ending, Halo 3 neatly wraps up the plot of the original Halo trilogy. Or, as claimed by ex-employees of Bungie who joined Infinity Ward, Master Chief is the Troubleshooter from Marathon with the AI being the corrupted version of Cortana (Durandal in Marathon). However, they are still making Halo games, with there already being a Halo 4 and 5.
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the Grand Finale of Ragna's story arc, and amongst things to deal with are his sister-turned-death god Izanami and an existential crisis.
  • Much of the Final Fantasy series, to one degree or another. Notable because many of these games' endings retain their grandeur even after advancing technology would seem to make their endings less impressive. Final Fantasy VI's half-hour-long sprite animation ending can still enrapture and move the player just as much as the fantastic full CG finales of games that came four to seven titles after it.
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows served this purpose with regards to the series' plot, with a conclusive ending that brings Garrett's story full circle.
    • While ending his career as a professional criminal, it's probably the beginning of a whole new career spent in the shadows (Garrett doesn't seem the type to stick to administrative work longer than he has to). Good both for creators of fan missions, and possibly for the sequel in the works.
  • Ultima IX brings a conclusive end to the saga of the Avatar, incorporating plot elements and characters from all the previous games in the series and concluding the long standing struggle between the Avatar and the Guardian.
  • Phantasy Star IV brought an epic and conclusive end to the saga of the Algol star system, wrapping up all the plot threads and unanswered questions brought up in the previous 3 games. Stories set in the same universe and based on the exodus colony ships would continue to crop up in the Phantasy Star Online series, though.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Geralt faces The Wild Hunt and find his adoptive daughter Cirilla who must stop a doomsday scenario of the White frost happening. Recurring characters die such as Vesemir and Eredin, and based on choices so can Radovid, Sheala or Vernon Roche. Players can finally retire Geralt with Triss or Yennefer. Ciri becomes empress, a witcher or seems to die fighting the white frost.
  • Wizardry 8 wraps up the plot of the Wizardry series (although only games 6-8 had an actual continuous plot) and ends with the option of having your characters ascend into godhood.
  • Quest for Glory V featured appearances from characters from all 4 previous games, and brought the series' story to a conclusive end. In fact, the game was almost never made (much like the intended Grand Finale Space Quest 7), and the developers deliberately staged it as their Grand Finale knowing it would be the last game they would make under their name.
    • Although the game still allows the trademark option of letting you save your character for future use. Either they were giving players one last dose of hopeful nostalgia, or they weren't completely ruling out the possibility of a sequel.
    • The game also, after three prequels of having to either seal away or prevent ancient, powerful beings from being summoned or unsealed, decrees that you're now strong enough to just flat-out kill the Sealed Evil in a Can Of The Week. Even better, it's a dragon, which previous game manuals had included as a potential encounter as a Running Gag, suggesting that you run at the fight sight of one.
  • Though there are sure to be other games and media produced later, Resident Evil 5 certainly feels like a Grand Finale. Series Big Bad Albert Wesker has finally abandoned all subtlety and now harbors delusions of godhood, and is ready to unleash a biological threat of global proportions as opposed to one isolated to a mansion or a city. At this point in the timeline, Umbrella is all but gone. And at the climax, the game defies Joker Immunity; Chris Redfield, his new partner Sheva, and his old partner Jill Valentine finally end Wesker's madness with a couple of well aimed rocket propelled grenades. While Wesker's waist deep in a lava pit. The ending is different this time as well: there are no mysterious phone calls, no stingers, no hints that Wesker might still be alive. Only the relieved looks on the heroes' faces as they realize that their struggles against the threat posed by Umbrella and Wesker is finally over. Series producer Masachika Kawata even said that the inevitable Resident Evil 6 will "have to reinvent the series with another full model change or else it won't be able to keep on going."
  • Mega Man Zero 4, technically the first in the entire series. The fascist government that the heroes are fighting against is finally destroyed although not without heavy casualties. The Big Bad is now in a desperate Kill 'Em All mindset, setting his Kill Sat on a literal crash course towards the last chance of healing a dying world. The Hero succeeds in stopping the Big Bad once and for all, although he sacrificed himself in the process. Due to the actions of The Hero, the humans have started to believe in Reploids once more, and true peace has finally surfaced after hundreds of years of war.
    • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar and Cybeast Falzar also served as the big finale for its characters. Dr. Wily decides to stop being evil and tries to help society for a change, Mega Man can finally interact with his brother in the human world thanks to a Copy Bot, a quick "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue bit to bring us up to speed on the others and the Official Couple of Lan and Mayl even get a little Babies Ever After moment.
      • Word of God says Mega Man Battle Network 3: White and Blue was originally supposed to be this for the Battle Network series, and it shows as the game has a sense of finality to it. The doomsday monster that was the prototype of the internet world is revived and serves as the final boss, we meet Tadashi Hikari (Lan's grandfather and the creator of the internet world), Lan gets to interact with Mega Man in the cyber world via Pulse Transmission, the origins of the Undernet are revealed, Wily is finally arrested, Bass' backstory is revealed and he later loses his memory and hatred of humanity with it, and Mega Man pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Lan- prompting Lan to work on becoming a more mature kid in Mega Man's absence (Mega Man gets better during the end credits). This isn't the first Mega Man series this happened to (see below).
    • Mega Man X5 was supposed to be this for the X series, dealing with X and Zero trying to stop a catastrophic Colony Drop and a worldwide Maverick virus epidemic, while further extrapolating on Zero's connection to Dr. Wily, and ending with Zero performing another Heroic Sacrifice to stop Sigma for good (allowing a smooth transition to Zero.) Certain stages designs, bosses and music choices also end up filling the game with Mythology Gags, giving the game the air of being a retrospective of not only the X series, but the Mega Man (Classic) series, was well. Unfortunately, Capcom wasn't ready to let the X series go just yet, and the series awkwardly lurched back to life with X6 and the near universally-hated X7.
    • Mega Man 6 can be seen as a minor send-off to the NES Mega Man games, as unlike the games before it where Wily gets away, here Wily is finally captured and sentenced to prison, with a comment on how "The world is finally at peace."
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption It concludes the trilogy and the Phazon arc. This is an even more Actionized Sequel and begins with the space pirates declaring all out war on the galactic federation. Samus must help them fight back, destroy several more Leviathans and defeat Big Bad Dark Samus, whilst Samus is basically dying from Phazon corruption. This is now subverted.
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance brings Raziel and Kain's destiny full circle with Raziel's Heroic Sacrifice. After being an Unwitting Pawn to nearly everyone in the series, Raziel finally chooses his own destiny and willingly merges with the Soul Reaver and renews his loyalty to Kain. Other plot threads are resolved as well. Moebius The Dragon to the true Big Bad of the series, the Elder God, and the time traveling villain responsible for Kain becoming a vampire in the first place, is rendered Deader Than Dead in the most final way possible when his soul is devoured by the Elder God. And the Elder God himself is finally defeated by Kain wielding the fully empowered Soul Reaver. The last scene implies that Kain has finally accepted his destiny and responsibilities as the Scion of Balance as well.
  • The good endings of the Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow duology mark the conclusion of the battle between Dracula and the Belmont clan. In the first, Soma Cruz manages to defeat the evil of Castlevania that sought to turn him into Dracula again. In the second, he refuses the mantle once again despite being told that the Balance Of Good and Evil demands that he become the King of Evil. So even if the universe truly needs a Big Bad, it won't be Dracula again. To keep the franchise from dying, all subsequent games take place before the Sorrow series. Though those games also break the pattern by featuring non-Belmont protagonists who don't specialize in whips (Jonathan being a borderline example since he uses a variety of weapons).
    • And right before the Sorrow series, the Dracula saga ends with a bang in 1999, as Julius Belmont killed him off for good. Hopefully, they'll get along to making that final battle into a game eventual-oh, wait, they're rebooting the series with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, aren't they? Damn it, Hideo Kojima.
    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 also brought an end to the Lords of Shadow storyline, and given Konami's change of focus from mainstream gaming, is likely to be the finale of the entire Castlevania franchise.
  • MOTHER 3 was the finale to the Mother series. Itoi has even said himself that was not making any more Mother games, he'd prefer playing them. (That didn't stop fans from making their own MOTHER 4.)
  • Mass Effect:
    • Mass Effect 3: ends Shepard's storyline and involves the war between the sentient species of the galaxy and the Reapers. Towards the end of the game, Shepard is faced with three choices - Control the Reapers; merge organics & synthetics; or destroy the Reapers (And every other synthetic being). In the game's Extended Cut, a fourth choice is added, refusing the other three options... And dooming every species fighting the Reapers to extinction, with the species of the next cycle defeating the Reapers 50,000 years later.
    • The Citadel DLC, the final downloadable story mission, is a send-off for the entire cast of characters, filled with continuity nods, shipper jokes and self-deprecation. It wraps up with cameos for everyone you've kept alive and a shore leave party in a fancy apartment.
  • Case 3-5 of the Ace Attorney series is notably longer than most others, wraps up all unanswered plot threads, brings back multiple characters that were Put on a Bus just in time for the finale, and features unusual and awesome sections such as playing as Edgeworth for a while and Phoenix teaming up with Franziska for an investigation.
  • Throne of Bhaal wraps up the Bhaalspawn saga in a truly epic manner.
  • Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock was not explicitly labelled as being the end of the series, but with the band game market about to crash due to oversaturation (caused mainly by themselves), it sure felt like it (and indeed, it was officially killed in 2011, until the brief Continuity Reboot Guitar Hero Live). The game has a story mode building upon its classic characters, which were given superpowers and enlisted to fight "the Beast" with The Power of Rock to save the world. There was an entire chapter built around Rush's "2112", a brand-new Megadeth song to serve as the final song (specifically composed to be Harder Than Hard), and Creative Closing Credits showing Neversoft staff members being loaded into a death metal-themed rocket and launched into space.
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon was the Grand Finale for the original Mortal Kombat canon. It gathered every single playable character up to that point, and set them all in a gigantic battle intended to prevent the apocalypse. As Mortal Kombat 9 shows, it ends up being a Downer Ending, as everyone aside from Shao Kahn and Shinnok was killed in the battle.
    • Mortal Kombat 11 is be the finale of the new universe trilogly started in 9. Unlike Armagedon this one ends on a better note. Raiden gives Liu Kang his powers, turning him into a god, he beats Kronika and, though the timeline has been wiped before he could, Liu Kang vows to recreate it to the best of his abilites either with the aid of Raiden (Normal Ending) or Kitana (Golden Ending).
  • Similar to Halo 3, Gears of War 3 ends on a very epic note and gives a final conclusion to the game universe's central conflict. One of the most major characters dies in a Heroic Sacrifice, most of the plot threads are resolved, and the Big Bad is finally killed. However, a few questions regarding the backstory and the truth behind the causes of the war are Left Hanging. Like the Halo series, a prequel and fourth game have been made since then.
  • Modern Warfare 3 neatly wraps up every loose plot thread from the previous Modern Warfare games. World War III is brought to a conclusive end, the last of the world's 3 Big Bads is finally killed, and every single major character except Price ends up dying.
  • In a unique example, Fallout: New Vegas gives a grand finale to its DLC. Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues hinted that the events were set in motion due to the actions of the Sixth Courier, Ulysses. And this isn't the first time he is mentioned, in fact, he's been mentioned several times in the vanilla game. All of this build up leads to Lonesome Road. Not only do you get to confront him, but the DLC itself also resolves plot holes from the main storyline of the game.
  • The Sacrifice DLC for Left 4 Dead wraps up the story and struggle for survival for the survivors. The group reaches Georgia and plan to use a boat to sail to the Florida Keys for safety away from the zombies, but a drawbridge is in the way and it needs to be raised by activating three generators. Each generator that is turned on attracts a horde and then a Tank. Once the bridge is down, it can be raised high enough to let the boat through. However, the bridge stops halfway and one survivor has to jump off the bridge and restart the stalled generator to get the bridge moving again while they face against a horde plus three Tanks. The survivor then winds up sacrificing their life after they fix the generator and get the other survivors to safety.
    • The Passing in Left 4 Dead 2 reveals that the canon death in The Sacrifice was Bill's.
  • The Impossible Quiz Book: Chapter 3. Starts off normal, but quickly decays into a muddled space-time mess, with questions becoming engulfed in lava towards the end. In the final question, the player must choose to wipe the Impossible Quiz from history in order to save the space-time continuum, which leads to a montage of characters, images, and questions from all the games in the series being sucked into space-time. The game ends on a gray screen with the text "ERROR 404: "The Impossible Quiz.swf" could not be found."
  • Crysis 3 decisively finishes the storyline of the games, ending the war against the Ceph and CELL for good and completing Prophet's Character Development.
  • beatmania THE FINAL, as the title suggests. While various other BEMANI series have met their end, the 5-key beatmania series is the only retired series in the franchise to have a game explicitly billed as the final installment. Even the GITADORA "classic" series' final gamenote  was simply GuitarFreaks & drummania V8note .
  • Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME was intended to be the final installment of that franchise (or at least the beginning of a major hiatus). But it coincided with an explosion of popularity in North America, leading to its resumption with DDR SuperNOVA.
  • Doom 64 could be seen as the big finale to the original series before Doom 3 rebooted it. Doomguy has seemingly killed every last demon in Hell, and chooses to stay behind to ensure that no demon ever rises again. It is left unclear, however, if DOOM (2016) is indeed a Stealth Sequel to the original series, a Broad Strokes interpretation of the aftermath of the original series' events, or both.
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones brings an end to the Sands of Time trilogy, with the Vizier finally being killed for good, all the temporal snarls created by the Prince's abuse of time travel ironed out, and Kaileena becoming the Sands of Time and then leaving for other words so that no one abuses its power again. The game ends with the Prince meeting up with Farah again and bookending the series by telling her his opening lines from the first game.
  • Saints Row: The Third was touted as the climax to the Saints Row games, only for the fourth entry to jump off the rails of sanity with alien invasions and demonic brides. Further sequels are expected to be even wackier, so in a way, Saints Row 3 is the final game in the series that makes any sense. At all.
    • All in all, Gat Outta Hell serves as the Grand Finale for the series as a whole as Gat and Kinsey cause a Cosmic Retcon and creates the universe of Agents of Mayhem.
  • The original Nexus War ended epically, as the planes of existence shut down one by one, the Void swallowed the world, and the gods walked the earth. The second game makes the end and rebooting of the universe a more regular occurrence, albeit usually with less fanfare.
  • The game Another Century's Episode 3 The Final was this for the PlayStation 2 version of the franchise, going so far as to introduce its first Super Robot franchise with Getter Robo Armageddon.
  • The third installment of the Warriors Orochi series feels this way, by having a fleshed out story mode that deals the relationships of the characters and having the heroes fight the remnants of Orochi's power leading to a definitive ending where they either return to their own worlds with Victory-Guided Amnesia or decide to settle their differences and create a world of peace. Expanded upon with Ultimate which features the origins of Orochi, and the final war against the villain who triggered everything that happened in the series of games.
  • DROD 5: The Second Sky is the Grand Finale of the series. The mysteries that have been built up throughout the series — the Pit Thing's nature, the Grand Event, the Archivists' and Patrons' plans — are answered, and Beethro ends up in an epic race against time to save everyone on the surface.
  • Within the Panzer Dragoon series, the third game Saga neatly finishes the dragon's mission to destroy the Towers, yet it's the last installment Orta which showcases a proper conclusion to the franchise, as without the Towers' influence, humanity and genetically engineered monsters created by the Towers in the Crapsack World Panzer Dragoon takes place in have started to bond with one another, creating an ecosystem free of the Towers.
  • As far as the series' chronology is concerned, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is this for the Five Nights at Freddy's series. It showcases the final fate of the murderer and sends the ghosts of the dead children off to the afterlife. The fourth game was billed as "The Final Chapter", making it a straighter example, but it takes place before 3, at roughly the same time as 2. Sister Location is ambiguous about exactly where chronologically it takes place, but given that defeating Golden Freddy mode shows a cutscene that reveals that Springtrap's alive, it's safe to say the finale might be undone.
    • Officially the Grand Finale is the sixth game which occurs last chronologically and ties up all the loose ends showing the final fates of Baby, Springtrap aka William Afton, Freddy and Ennard, and the pizza chain as a whole. Only the fate of the Puppet is debatable but even then it gets closure to its story.
  • Dark Souls III is the final chapter in the Dark Souls, showing what happens to its world After the End.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight is the final game in the Batman: Arkham series, and ends with Batman unmasked on live television by Scarecrow, forcing him to activate his "Knightfall Protocol"; he says his final goodbyes to his allies before disappearing with Alfred when Wayne Manor explodes. The final scene shows a demonic Batman-like being attacking two thugs, recalling Bruce's final words to Catwoman that something "more terrible" than Batman would be needed now.
  • Gigantic Bite from Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours is the ultimate Final Boss of the series.
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the conclusion of the Uncharted story, being Nathan Drake's final treasure hunting adventure, fully revealing his backstory and origins, and showing what became of his marriage to Elena Fisher.
  • After numerous updates and expansions to The Binding of Isaac, the game eventually met its end with Afterbirth+. The expansion includes what is intended to be The Very Definitely Final Dungeon, with one last ending that clearly summarizes the backstory told through several other endings. Support for Game Mods was added with the sole purpose of letting fans breathe new life into the game, long after official development for it has stopped.
  • R-Type Final, as the title implies, was intended to be this, only to be followed up with the R-Type Tactics duology of spinoff games. It still is the final game in the series to be a proper Shoot 'em Up, however.
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles serves as the grand finale of the Death Egg saga, which began in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Can also be considered one to the classic 2d series as a whole, with later games being all mere spin-offs until the next main console game brought the series into 3d four years later and ended the "classic" era.
  • Splatterhouse 3 serves as the final entry of the original Splatterhouse game series, as it has Rick fight against the influence of the Terror Mask after learning that it's Evil All Along in the final boss fight and, depending on how quickly the player has beaten certain levels, ends with the Terror Mask being defeated for good as well as Rick living happily ever after with his wife Jennifer and his son David.
  • Armored Core: Last Raven concludes the plot of the third Armored Core generation by having every character except the player die and the world in ruins. It also served as a finale to the original Armored Core gameplay, as the Armored Core 4 and Armored Core V generations would introduce big changes to the mechanics and style of the games.

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  • The 24th chapter of Broken Saints (aptly titled "Truth") features the climactic confrontation between our heroes and the Magnificent Bastard behind the Myth Arc, complete with an Ethereal Choir, Just Between You and Me (justified), several Heroic Sacrifices, and lots and lots of religious symbolism.
  • Red vs. Blue: Revelation's final episode definitely felt like a grand finale. In any case, it was the grand finale of the Recollection trilogy, just as much as episode 100 was for The Blood Gulch Chronicles.
  • Walrusguy ended his YouTube Poop career (supposedly) with "One More Final: I Need You(tube Poop)". The title is a reference to the notorious movie ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
  • The YouTube Poop webseries NextG Poop has "NextG Poop and the (Supposedly) Last Crusade", which is filled with references to earlier NextG Poop episodes and specials and closes with a re-done version of the last scene of the pilot episode of the series. NextG officially retired from pooping altogether with "NextG's Ancient Prophecies", the longest poop he's made since Everybody Now!, crammed with even more references to earlier episodes.
  • "The End" is this for Eddsworld. It involves Tord, who was gone for a majority of the show's run, coming back and becoming the final Big Bad. It also involves the house the entire show took place in blowing up. However, there's a chance for the show's return.
  • "All Gone" is the final episode of Klay World. How do they finish off the series? By killing everyone. By the end of it, only Chip survives. Dr. Bob is also revealed to be the Big Bad of the entire series. Robert Benfer confirmed the show isn't coming back.

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  • Narbonic ended its original run with a final episode that showed several possible futures for the main characters. This was one of only two Sunday episodes that were canon (the very first Sunday was the other).
  • Subverted by 8-Bit Theater, to the extent that many fans were unaware that it had ended until Brian Clevenger made a news post a month after the final strip. And then it got a proper finale with a surprisingly happy tone.
  • Bob and George concluded with a full-scale battle against Bob. Bob and George themselves get some final Character Development too, culminating with George finally having the will to use his blaster. The Author shows up one last time to wrap up the comic, the final revelation being that everybody faked their deaths in the Cataclysm thanks to Zero telling Dr. Wily about it, so they all lived Happily Ever After.
  • Girly ended with a sufficiently grand finale, featuring at least a cameo from everyone. You'd think Josh was trying to get every single character into the last page of his comic.
  • It's Walky! had a truly spectacular epic finale, wrapping up everything, with every villain so far crashing into each other on SEMME's doorstep, including the long-foreshadowed martian invasion.
  • Problem Sleuth ends with the Big Bad defeated and the characters finally getting the key to escape the building they were trapped in. A mostly textless Where Are They Now epilogue follows, which ends with the three detectives starting a new case. There is one final animation where the Big Bad stomps on his hat while Death pulls out some board games.
    • The follow-up, Homestuck, was known for having spectacular endings to Acts, but the final animation, "[S] Act 7", was downright incredible: a nine minute video in which the comic goes full anime, the new Genesis Frog is created, Vriska confronts Lord English with the Ultimate Juju, and Caliborn destroys his God Tier clock to gain immortality (thereby setting the events of the entire comic in motion). It also includes a flash-forward featuring the kids and trolls living together on the new Earth, along with the relocated Carapacians. Possibly subverted, as Hussie has also hinted that there will eventually be an epilogue to tie-up the many, many unresolved character arcs and plot threads.
  • Brawl in the Family drew to a close on October 3, 2014, the release date of Super Smash Bros for 3DS. The comic closed out with a finale story arc and a heartwarming musical video tribute to the six years of the comic.
  • ShiftyLook: Most of the comics on the site had endings despite many of them being Cut Short due to Namco axing the whole production.
    • Bravoman: The only comic that managed a conclusive ending. All the heroes unite to battle the Zula in one giant mecha clash. After they win, Alpha gives Bravoman a card which turns out to be from the writers of the comic. In which they thank the characters, as well as the readers, for sticking with them through their run.
    • Wonder Momo: Was in the middle of a storyline fighting the Waru Princess, but was hastily concluded with the Wonder Momo bots beaten, the princess beating a retreat, and Momo lampshading how weird her life is but accepting it and vowing to keep fighting for love and peace.
    • Legend of the Valkyrie: Likewise was in the middle of a storyline involving a golden seed and a Shadow version of Valkyrie. But the shadow is quickly beaten, the seed recovers, the prince added his feelings to Valkyrie herself and the king presented the prince to the people. At the very least, the initial storyline was concluded with Valkyrie and her friends managing to beat Zouna.
    • Katamari: All of the Prince's cousins come together to defeat the Robo-King. The world is saved and the group do what they do best, roll some Katamari.
    • Dig Dug: Despite being a Anthology Series with different artists. It's final strip ends with the digger drilling his way out from underground and giving up the digging life.
    • Galaga: The aliens are beaten and their invasion thwarted. Game over, enter Initials!
  • 1/0: In the last twentysomething strips Teddy Weddy (the setting of the series) gets resurrected, long-dead or deanthropomorphized characters are brought back even from other strips, then the cast gets turned into humans and get sent to Portland.
  • The Adventures Of Dr Mcninja: The final two part arc fittingly titled "The End". After Mcninja thwarts King Radical's plan to merge his dimension with Earth (long story). Radical partners with all of Mcninja's enemies (Franz Harper, Donald Mcbonald, and Dracula) to kill him. Mcninja and his family all invade Radical's stronghold to save the real president of the United States whom Radical had tricked into going into a phantom dimension which results in a final battle. Ultimately in the end Mcninja beats Mcbonald and kills Radical in a final fight. His family kill Dracula and Franz. The real president is freed but Mcninja leaves his family due to them "betraying" him (really nearly being forced to kill him by Franz who was holding them at gunpoint along with a troop of armed security) and no longer able to trust them. But all ends wells: The world is safe, the U.S is back in rightful hands, Gordito continues to live with the Mcninja family, Judy becomes vice-president of the U.S and Mcninja, freed from his ninja life, is finally able to discard his mask and opens up his own doctor's office.

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  • The Chaos Timeline has a really Grand Finale: Nothing less than a World War III which is prevented, and the world being taken over by the Logos (hackers) and AIs.
  • Cracked TV had Clippy attempt to take over the show while Michael Swaim tried to list "The 39 Most Astounding Celebrity Reinventions". Soon, Swaim aborts the list and went to erase Clippy's memory, at the cost of his own. He was then rebooted, complete with a new outfit. He finally pulls a switch and the show ends with a teaser for his next series, Does Not Compute.

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  • Death. Maybe.
  • Perhaps showing how NASA's engineers knew of this trope, the final part of the Cassini mission to Saturn, in which the spacecraft orbited between the rings and the planet itself before it was finally deorbited into Saturn's atmosphere, was baptized "The Grand Finale".
  • In Australia, both the Australian Football League and National Rugby League (as well as several other sporting leagues) refer to their premiership-deciding game as the Grand Final.

Alternative Title(s): Series Finale


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