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He's just become the strongest man on Earth, defeated the King of Demons (twice), turned down a God Job and gotten married. And it's got two more acts to follow!

The final spacecraft developed in this project, signifying its end. No new R-Fighters will be created henceforth. The developers, Team R-Type, disbanded after its development.

At least, that was supposed to have been the case...
— Description for R-101 Grand Finale, from R-Type Final 2

A Series Fauxnale is an installment of a work that was originally planned to serve as its conclusion, but ultimately becomes known as just another (if particularly impressive) episode.

Perhaps the creators were uncertain of the future, so they produce something that can quickly tie up the big loose ends in the event they aren't able to continue, but then they were told they could. Perhaps they actually did complete the Myth Arc and this was the Grand Finale they always planned, but the work's immense popularity has the powers that be demand for them to continue onward. Whatever the reason, a series finale of some kind was created, but the series went on after that, making that previous series finale a "fake" one.

It is likely to have all the attributes of Stock Series Finales. The natural result of a Post-Script Season, though some shows last for many, many years thereafter. If the following years of the work are considered lackluster, there'll be more than a couple of fans that claim Fanon Discontinuity on it, and say that this was when it really ended.

Can overlap with Status Quo Is God, Happy Ending Override, or (if done repeatedly) Yo Yo Plot Point if the new season, book, or film downplays, reverses, or just plain attempts to ignore anything done in the Series Fauxnale that would prevent the characters from engaging in their usual hijinxs.

It's a highlight of the Layout of a Season, the kinda Strictly Formula structuring of a show's seasons.

As this is an Ending Trope, unmarked spoilers abound. Beware.


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    Comic Books 
  • Astro City: "The Voice of the Turtle" ends with Steeljack believing that he's stopped the Kiefer Square murders by driving off the Chessmen and saving the Mock Turtle. The issue even closes with the "You Are Now Leaving Astro City" street sign, signaling the end of the "Tarnished Angel" story arc. The next issue opens with the death of the Mock Turtle, indicating the case is far from over.
  • Superman:
    • Deliberately invoked during The Death of Superman storyline. The last issue of the second arc, "Funeral for a Friend," ends with Superman's body being returned to its final resting place, Lois accepting that her fiancee is gone now, Luthor getting past being unable to be the one to kill Superman himself, and Jonathan Kent apparently succumbing to a grief-induced heart attack as the last page shows him flatlining. The title of the story was even called "The End," and both the title and issue credits came at the end of the comic, and the issue was filled with tons of Continuity Porn flashing back to key events from Superman comics since the Post-Crisis reboot began. After that all the main Superman books went on hiatus for a couple months, with only a few specials and one-shots getting published during that period, before the books finally came back and began the "Reign of the Supermen" arc. In reality, DC was never intending to end Superman for good, and only put the books on hold to help build up the hype for Superman's eventual return.
    • Also invoked years earlier with Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, a story intended as a finale for the character of Superman before he was to be rebooted in the miniseries The Man of Steel.
    • Supergirl (2005) has two false conclusions. Knowing he was being kicked out of the book, Sterling Gates used his final story arc Day of the Dollmaker to tie up most of his run's last ongoing subplots. By the end, Supergirl is an experienced super-hero who has greatly matured since her career's beginnings, has defeated most of her enemies and is presently happy with her life. You would be forgiven to think it was Post-Crisis Supergirl's final story, but her book went on for eight issues more. This is not my Life, the book's final arc, ends with Kara making several life-changing choices, and subtly asking the readers to not forget about her before the Supergirl (2011) reboot.
    • Reign of Doomsday worked as a grand finale by the Post-Crisis Superman before the 2011 reboot. By the end of the story, the Superman family is alive and well, Earth has been saved, and most of Superman's enemies are dead, banished to the Phantom Zone or similarly disabled.
  • Batman: After Bruce Wayne's apparent death in 2009, the character of Batman received his own finale with Whatever Happened to The Caped Crusader? – once again it was a two-part out-of-continuity story, with one part in the Batman comic and the other in Detective Comics. Both series then went on hiatus, replaced by the three-part miniseries Battle For the Cowl. Afterwards, both series then picked up right they'd left off, with Dick Grayson as the new Batman.
    • Despite the Broken Base his run on Batman has attracted, some believe Tom King's stories have come the closest to chronicling the end of the Batman saga. In King's run, Bruce and Selina Kyle's relationship is well and truly solidified as a lifelong commitment despite several ups and downs, Alfred Pennyworth is brutishly murdered by Bane, who takes over Gotham City, leading to a final confrontation between his forces and the Bat/Cat pairing that also sees Bruce overcome the Flashpoint Batman variation of his own father. It all culminates in King's Batman/Catwoman series where Bruce and Selina finally tie the knot. Glimpses of their future throughout the run show Bruce ultimately dies peacefully in bed surrounded by his extended family, his wife, and his daughter, while a grieving Selina goes on to murder the Joker before ultimately being shot and killed in crime alley years later
  • Mister Miracle (2017) is an interesting case in that while it ostensibly fits in with canon of the DCU and especially the New Gods mythos, it is a very self-contained story designed with finality in mind, shattering the status quo entirely by the endOrion, Highfather, and Darkseid are all dead, the war on New Genesis and Apokolips begins to wane, Scott Free and Barda stay Happily Married and with children, etc.. However, the narrative itself makes it clear that whatever reality Scott and the series takes place in isn't real, implicitly because of some kind of Lotus-Eater Machine, but leaving specifcs up in the air, allowing the possibility for future writers of the character to pull him out and return him to the "real" DCU. The book itself is also seemingly aware of this, as evinced by Scott's final conversation with Oberon:
    Oberon: Scott, listen, that world, that other world Metron showed you. All those crises and continuities that never really make sense. That world full of superheroes who always end up hunky-dory? You think that's more "real" than that wife of yours? [...] Kid, all this, it'll break your heart. Can't escape that. But if you're good, if you stay good, you'll know... there's someone out there who'll help you put it back together.
  • A company-wide version of this happened just before the New 52, with all the characters with running series "signing off" In-Universe at the end.
  • The intended finale of Milligan's Shade, the Changing Man was supposed to be a Downer Ending, at the end of the "A Season In Hell" arc. Executive Meddling forced the creator's hand, and what followed may have made a better story under a different title (as Milligan probably intended.)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) Issue 50 certainly has that final issue feel to it — Dr. Robotnik was dead, Sally (who was thought to be dead) was alive, everyone was safe from Robotnik's tyranny and, if the series stopped there, things wouldn't have felt off. Granted, though, this was probably due to Executive Meddling forcing them to alter the comic.
  • Spider-Man: On one hand, it could be argued that the controversial One More Day served as the 'finale' to the original uninterrupted 1962-2007 continuity for the 616 variation of the wall-crawler, but many other fans argue the conclusion of Nick Spencer's run on the Amazing Spider-Man title is more fitting, as it addresses and resolves an entire Audience-Alienating Era of stories from the last decade, including the equally divisive Sins Past, Peter not only reconciles with the love of his life Mary Jane, but he also lets the Black Cat back into his confidence, his arch rival Norman Osborn is also cured of his sins and his true origins are revealed. The run ends with the tease that Peter and MJ's daughter will be the one to defeat the demon Mephisto, who had been responsible for the events of the last decade of (mis)adventures.
    • Several of the popular alternative universe Spider-Man titles, such as ''Spider-Girl'', ''Renew Your Vows'' and the ''Amazing Spider-Man Newspaper Strip'' can be considered final endings for the character as he is able to live a content life with his wife Mary Jane Watson, while dealing with the pressures of more adult responsibilities such as raising children. The 2009 remake of the nefarious Clone Saga, The Real Clone Saga also works as an open-ended finale with almost everyone that was killed in the original saga surviving and Peter becoming a father.
    • The mini-series The Lost Hunt, by J.M Dematteis, set in the time of the Clone Saga, where Peter is powerless following the events of The Final Adventure and Mary Jane is pregnant, is considered a potential candidate for a finale as Dematties admitted to a fan comment on his personal blog that he was treating the story like it were separate from the events that follow in 616 continuity, and that as far as he was concerned, Peter and MJ (and presumably Ben Reilly also) all get their happy endings
    • Sinister 60th, by Dan Slott, appears to be this for his own take on the wall-crawler, set in a distant future where Peter is still web swinging well into his golden years and appears to have grown old with Mary Jane, who he's once again married to.
    • End of the Spider-Verse, also by Slott, is one for the Spider-Verse saga. Here every single Spider in the multiverse find themselves under threat from the insect totem queen Shathra, forcing them to ally with their greatest nemesis Morlun, they all succeed in overcoming her in a gargantuan battle across New York City. The MC2 version of Spider-Girl is finally reunited with her father. Peter, cut off from the web of life and destiny, finds himself in a world where he may be crippled, but Uncle Ben is alive, he works for a sane Norman Osborn, he dates Liz Allan, and is Cindy Moon's tech-savy sidekick. Despite possessing no powers, plain ordinary Peter is ultimately the one to vanquish Shathra (with the aid of his equipment). Once the Status Quo Is God ending kicks in, Peter finds he is no longer the chosen one of the Spider-Verse, Cindy is. He decides to accept only the responsibility of protecting his own world.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers (Marvel) may have ended with Issue 75, which functioned as a Grand Finale: The Autobots and Decepticons unite to save Cybertron from Unicron, resulting in a large battle in which several people are killed (including commanders Optimus Prime and Scorponok) but the Transformers emerge triumphant. The title ran for another five issues, during which Optimus Prime was resurrected.
    • The title was originally planned as a four-part miniseries, with Issue 4 (actually entitled "The Last Stand") ending with all the Decepticons collapsing after their fuel is poisoned. Two endings were prepared: One had Optimus Prime making a speech declaring the end of the war but the one used had new Big Bad Shockwave suddenly appearing and gunning down the remaining Autobots.
  • The Transformers (IDW) had a deliberate example. Issue 31 of the ongoing series is purposely written so that it can be used as the final issue for the entire IDW continuity. As such, exactly what's happened between the previous issues and Issue 31 is unclear. It takes place hundreds of years in the future, Ironhide and Alpha Trion are some of the few remaining members of the original Autobots, the Transformers live on Gorlam Prime instead of Cybertron, and Megatron and Optimus Prime have disappeared. This has since been Jossed; The Transformers: Dark Cybertron saw Gorlam Prime destroyed and left Ironhide concerned and suffered with depression that the happy ending he saw will not come to pass.
    • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Just in case editorial had the series cut short, the author James Roberts scripted a finale to conclude the series, but since he was given the go ahead for Season 2, this all got released during the season's second arc. It has all the signs of "finality" in it, as the mysteries set up in the very first issue of Season 1 (Brainstorm's briefcase, how the Sparkeater got into the ship, who sent the foreboding message from the future) are answered in a time travel plot that also details the start of the war (notably Megatron's birth), and we even learn how the ship the series takes place on, the Lost Light, was created. It also closes out the trilogy of Flashback arcs that were sporadically told throughout Roberts's and Costa's runs.

    Fan Works 
  • The Halloween Unspectacular series was supposed to end with the conclusion of its Myth Arc in its fifth volume in 2014, due to the author getting tired of coming up with new entries each year. This seemed to hold up as 2015 came and went with no sixth volume, only for said sixth volume to come out in 2016, kickstarting a new Myth Arc and effectively serving as a Continuity Reboot, all thanks to the author getting back into the swing of things.
  • I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC: After ten years of Marvel and DC butting heads and comparing their movies, the failure of Justice League (2017) and the hype behind Avengers: Infinity War has pretty much made the DC heroes disillusioned as hell about their franchise and the vitriol their arguments set off. Fed up with how their cinematic universe has been mocked to hell and back, the DC heroes concede that Marvel has won the debate. Both sides shake hands and head out to see Infinity War as friends, with Spider-Man telling a customer that Stan's Bar is closed... Then Deadpool appears and reveals he's hatching a plan with Rorschach to get the heroes to complain about each other again.
  • The Loud House fanfiction Lincoln's Memories: Someone in the comments of "Nothing But the Tooth" thought it was going to be the last chapter, when really the last one was the next in line.
  • Notably averted by The Pokémon Squad. The series was originally meant to end with Season 7 due to a lack of new episode ideas, so three episodes were written to send it off: "Sailor Pikachu Gets Put on a Bus", "The Exiting", and "The End". The series managed to survive, so the three episodes were scrapped (two other episodes, "We Lied!" and "Sailor 'Chu R" were written after the series was Un-Canceled, but since the endings were scrapped, so were these).
  • Ultra Fast Pony's Season 1 finale, "The Longest Episode", plays out like an ending for the entire series. It ends with an oddly sincere Friendship Moment between the main cast, and is followed by a text "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. Then the end credits are extended, with the series creator Wacarb thanking everyone who's helped or inspired him. However, in his notes on the video, Wacarb states that he fully intends to continue with a season two. Sure enough, the second season followed, a few months later.

    Films — Animation 

  • The Alex Rider series ended pretty conclusively in Scorpia Rising, with Alex losing Jack, the closest thing he had to a living parental figure and moving to America, seemingly done with adventuring for good. To drive the point home, the next book was a prequel. Then Horowitz decided to continue the series anyway. By the end of Never Say Die, Jack has turned out to be alive after all and Alex is back in England, the status quo restored.
  • Chronicles of Ancient Darkness was a six-book series with the last one published in 2009, ending with the main characters heading into the unknown. Ten years later, Michelle Paver decided to write three more sequels, with the first, Viper's Daughter, released in 2020.
  • The third book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series finished off all the content from the web comics, with a big "THE END" at the end of the book, but because the series became more popular in book form, the books continued for more installments.
  • The Harry Potter series was supposed to end definitively with Deathly Hallows. Then came a sequel, not in book form, but in theater: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a Spin-Offspring that deals with the aftermath of the "happy ending" of the last book, which turns out to be not that happy. And of course, there is no shortage of post-series supplementary materials churned out regularly by the author, many of which were released before Cursed Child was even a thing.
  • After five books, L. Frank Baum grew tired of writing Land of Oz novels despite their popularity. He issued The Emerald City of Oz in 1910 as a finale to the series, going so far as to state in the final chapter that with Oz now magically cut off from the rest of the world, there would be no further installments, as Dorothy could no longer communicate with him. Three years later, the financially struggling Baum found that his non-Oz books weren't selling and resumed the series with The Patchwork Girl of Oz, offering the in-universe explanation that the "wireless telegraph" enabled further communication between him and Dorothy. Thereafter Baum published seven more Oz volumes before his death, and the official series, under various writers, continued until 1963.
  • An in-universe example in Misery, where Annie forces Paul to write a sequel to Misery's Child, even though he had intended it to be the last of the series, and had gleefully killed off the main character.
  • Mog: "Goodbye, Mog" was initially meant to be the last book in the series and Mog appeared to be dead, but then "Mog's Christmas Calamity" got written and she was alive and well again. When asked about this, Judith Kerr simply said she never thought of the books as being written in chronological order.
  • The Mortal Instruments was supposed to end with the third book, City of Glass. Compared to later series finales, it doesn't have as many hanging plot threads, and could have served as a satisfiable finale. The second half of the series was originally conceived as a standalone spin-off centered on Simon Lewis. This is why the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, puts so much focus on him, but the following two books don't.
  • Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series was originally intended to end after the eighth book, "Wanted", and the earliest editions advertise it as the final installment. It fully repairs the girls' friendship and wraps up their character arcs, albeit with a The End... Or Is It? ending. Then the series continues, and "Wanted" ends up only being the halfway point; we also get a prequel, an interquel, and eight more books, wherein there's some Happy Ending Override and Aesop Amnesia for the series to continue. "Vicious", the 16th main-line book, is the true finale, and likewise ends on a The End... Or Is It? note.
  • Ramona Quimby: Ramona Forever definitely reads as if it were meant to be the last book of the series, ending with the birth of a new Quimby sister and with Ramona reflecting on all the past misadventures of her young life, with subtle Shout-Outs to events from the previous books. But fifteen years later, Beverly Cleary followed it up with the true series finale, Ramona's World.
  • Most famously, "The Final Problem" for Sherlock Holmes, in which Arthur Conan Doyle killed Holmes off in a struggle with Professor Moriarty. Because of public outcry, he eventually retconned the death and resumed the series.
  • Warrior Cats: The Last Hope was intended to be the finale of the series as a whole, with there being a large climatic battle sequence, cameos and appearances from many characters, and a new era of sorts for the Clans. While new books did get released, the next few were mostly prequels. However, the releases of Dovewing's Silence, Bramblestar's Storm, and then further arcs and side books quickly proved that the series wasn't going to end soon.

  • ABBA's The Visitors was written in the midst of fierce inter-member conflicts and was written with the intent of making it their last bow, with the group disbanding not too long after its release. While it remained their finale album for 40 years, the band eventually regrouped and released a more proper Grand Finale album, Voyage, in 2021.
  • AJR invokes this with Neotheater, especially with the final track "Finale (Can't Wait To See What You Do Next)". Feeling that they've gone harder than they ever had, the brothers consider ending their careers on a high note and acknowledge the possibility that they have nothing left to offer for their listeners. However, a chorus of presumably fans, friends, and family urge them to not go and continue doing what they do, promising to support them in their future endeavors. Within the context of the song however, the band is still on the fence about following it up due to fears of Tough Act to Follow. Neotheater was indeed not their final album and OK Orchestra was announced for 2021.
  • Bathory intended for their final album to be 1991's Twilight of the Gods. Perhaps an example of where this shines best is the final listed track Hammerheart, which reads out like a man's final speech on his deathbed, using the more solemn, calm tune of Thaxted with an orchestra, rather than the more metal-oriented sound of the rest of the album, and the only instance of a guitar is in the ending line. It also hints at Quorthon's (the sole member for most of the band's history) heart condition. After some years, though, in 1994, they would release their next album, Requiem.
    • Sadly inverted, as while working on the third of four planned albums in his Nordland saga, Quorthon died of this same heart condition in 2004 at the age of 38.
  • The Beatles: In 2023, the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, worked with Peter Jackson to produce "Now And Then", a John Lennon demo the then-three-surviving Beatles had originally worked on during the sessions for The Beatles Anthology, promoting it as "The last Beatles song". However, a week later, thanks to the positive reception to the song, Jackson said that there may be more Beatles songs to produce with the unused material they have.
  • For around a decade, David Bowie's Reality was treated as his de-facto finale thanks to his heart attack-induced retirement and the finality of that record's closing track, "Bring Me the Disco King". After two years of recording in secret, Bowie returned to releasing music with 2013's The Next Day before making his actual Grand Finale in the form of 2016's , which released just two days before his death from cancer.
  • In 2010, Judas Priest decided that it was time to retire and announced their farewell Epitaph World Tour. However, they stated both in press conferences and online that they will release at least one more studio album afterwards. And then, they decided not to retire after all and would continue touring.
  • Queen's 1989 album The Miracle was made after Freddie Mercury's HIV/AIDS diagnosis, which he disclosed only to his family and bandmates. Since viable antiviral medications for HIV weren't available at the time, the virus was a functional death sentence, leading Freddie to record the album under the impression that it'd be his last with Queen. However, he was miraculously able to live long enough to record 1991's Innuendo, though only managed to record vocals for three songs on Made in Heaven before his passing in November 1991 (the rest were cobbled together from whatever the band had on-hand).
  • After escalating Creative Differences, Yellow Magic Orchestra intended to wrap up their careers with their fifth album, Technodelic, with the closing track "Epilogue" in particular being intended as their Grand Finale. However, due to contractual obligations, they were only able to go on a hiatus at most, and put out two more albums— Naughty Boys and Service— before being allowed to split up in 1984. Even that didn't last, with them eventually reuniting to make Technodon in 1993 and a few non-album singles in the 2000s, continuing as an on-and-off live act until Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto's deaths in 2023.
  • Eminem intended Encore to be his final album thanks to a mix of burnout and drug addiction, featuring lyrics about settling scores, apologizing for his past bad behavior, and passing the torch to his protégés. The next year, he furthered this intention with Curtain Call: The Hits, a Greatest Hits Album whose new material took a Torch the Franchise and Run approach. However, after surviving a near-fatal overdose, he cleaned up, which allowed him to return to making music.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The purchase of World Championship Wrestling by the then-World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) coincided with the cancelation of WCW Monday Nitro on TNT, so a great deal of rivalries and loose ends were tied up. Booker T reclaimed the WCW World Championship from Scott Steiner, Ric Flair and Sting, who squared off on the first ever edition back in 1995, book-ended the show with a main event match, and in a special simulcast, Shane Mcmahon appeared on Nitro to give the promotion a Ray Of Hope ending by announcing he had purchased the organization from underneath his father's nose. WCW would continue to be promoted on editions of WWF Monday Night RAW and Smackdown as part of the ill-fated 'Invasion' angle, before being granted a Fully Absorbed Finale at the November 2001 edition of Survivor Series, where in a Downer Ending, it was dissolved in a winner take all elimination match by the World Wrestling Federation, ending the storied rivalry between the organizations once and for all.
  • The 2015 revival of Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling could have ended after a year with FMW For Whom the Glory is Final ~ FMW Disbands Immediately If it Doesn't Become a Full House Special. The turnout was apparently adequate, though, as it kept going.
  • As it wasn't clear if Lucha Underground would get picked up for a second season, the first season ended with Femme Fatale Catrina, Wrestling Monster Mil Muertes, and Terrible Trio the Disciples of Death capturing most of the championships and taking control of the Temple, while Corrupt Corporate Executive Dario Cueto had to go on the run.

    Puppet Shows 
  • According to this Defunctland podcast, the final episode of Bear in the Big Blue House was going to be "And To All A Good Night", which had several signs of it being a finale, with the most notable being the scene where every character who ever appeared on the show sang the Goodbye Song together and having different closing credits than any other episode of the series. This was because the cast was not sure if the show would be renewed for a third season.
  • A Show Within a Show example in Between the Lions; the author of the Cliff Hanger books decides to end his series with Cliff finally getting off the cliff and washing onto a beach because he has run out of ideas for his books. However, due to the lions helping him remember how to get ideas (as well as the fact that the helicopter singers from the books were bothering everyone), he soon starts the series back up with Cliff being washed off the beach and getting blasted back onto the cliff by a whale (presumably the same one that helped him get off).

  • LEGO Ninjago was originally intended to end in the first half of 2013, with the sets' boxes even being labeled as "The Final Battle", not to mention that the storyline in the TV series was also wrapped up with a series finale depicting the events of said Final Battle. And then? LEGO releases this teaser image, signaling the toy series' comeback and the announcement of a season 3 for the TV series.
  • BIONICLE was supposedly originally planned to only last for three years, hence why 2003 ended with the Big Bad Makuta seemingly defeated by Takanuva. In spite of this sense of finality, there's still The Reveal of Metru Nui and behind the scenes concept art that show that the twist of the Matoran Universe actually being within Mata Nui who is a giant robot was planned from the very beginning.
    • This eventually expanded even to the actual Grand Finale of the toyline, as the storyline continued in the form of online serials... that were ultimately Left Hanging.

    Visual Novels 
  • Though the localizers realized the game wasn't gonna end with him too late, the Ace Attorney series originally had the phocus, sorry, FOCUS, on Phoenix Wright. By the time the third instalment was brought to America for the Nintendo DS, however, a sequel was already in development. So however Phoenix's (and several supporting characters') story arcs came to a close, a bunch of them got a Happy Ending Override with Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. Since then the Happy Ending Override itself got a an override, with two more sequels, a crossover, and two prequels set in ye olden Victorian times.
  • Week 7 of Melody was supposed to be the final week of the story. However, as the story grew, it became the halfway point instead. However, some of the early elements for this planned finale were kept.

    Web Animation 
  • DEATH BATTLE!'s hosts had to release a video soon after the Season 1 finale battle between Goku and Superman ended with the Earth being destroyed, letting fans know that there's going to be more Death Battle — this was just a Season Finale, not the Series Finale.
  • Eddsworld's final Legacy episode "The End" was originally intended to be the series finale, as it was the last full-length eddisode produced with Thomas Ridgewell as showrunner. However, shortly after the release of "The End (Part 1)", Edd's mother Sue Gould revealed on twitter that she would be taking over as showrunner, which was later confirmed by Edd's sister Vicky Gould.
  • Happy Tree Friends: The season 1 finale "Happy Trails: Part 1" was going to be the final episode of the series, but once Mondo Media requested additional episodes, this became the first part of a season-bridging two-parter that was concluded nearly a year later. The show went on to have four additional internet seasons and a TV series.
  • The end of each story arc of Red vs. Blue, especially Episode 100, which actually served as a Grand Finale when it was released. Notably, it had multiple endings thanks to the magic of the internet, and wrapped up the five seasons of the Blood Gulch Chronicles and could easily have ended the series. The endings of Season 8, 10 and 13 are all deliberately poignant and could serve as series finales.
  • Sonic for Hire originally ended in 2013 after seven seasons. The series eventually got revived for an eighth season in 2019 after the rights to the show were given to Rooster Teeth following the abrupt shutdown of Machinima, where the series was originally uploaded at. And then around 2020, Lowbrow Studios, the actual creators of Sonic for Hire, got the rights to the show back and confirmed production of a ninth season.
  • All three arcs in the SMG4 Cosmology Lore saga could debatably qualify as this.
    • The YouTube Arc contains countless references to past videos, has series Big Bad SMG3 serve as the Arc Villain, reveals why SMG3 hates SMG4 and ends off with SMG3 seemingly getting mauled to death by an Ugandan Knuckles. Not only would this not be the finale (as SMG3 is quickly revealed to still be alive), but it’d merely be the start of a three part saga.
    • The Genesis Arc explains SMG4’s backstory, introduces the show’s Greater-Scope Villain, contains references to multiple past videos throughout, and ultimately ends off with the very first major character death from the main cast, with Axol. The ending also has Zero seemingly killed and the Guardian Pods being hidden by SMG1 and SMG2 to avoid any more evil finding them and using them for their goals. And to top everything off, two episodes in the arc (The Beginning of the End (which admittedly was renamed to The Day HE Arrived) and The Final Piece) would both work for a Grand Finale. The arc however would end up not being the end, and barely even a month after, the story continued.
    • The Revelations Arc ties up all the loose ends left behind by the Genesis Arc, explaining SMG0’s backstory, revealing where the Internet Graveyard came from, introducing more concepts built off of the Genesis Arc, and ultimately concluding with Niles dead, the God Box destroyed and Melony having finally mastered her Deity powers. On top of this, the finale for the arc is a 50 minute Big Damn Movie, which would perfectly work for a Grand Finale. However, the show would keep going, with another arc coming the exact same year.
  • Translations Gone Wrong: The translation-gone-wrong for "I'll Fly" has a montage of previous translations and the words "The end", because Nevel the creator wouldn't have enough time on his hands to make more videos for a while... but when that while ended, he started making more translations.
  • Evaporate: The 16th episode ends with Jacob waking up and the text saying “The End”, but only a few months later….

  • Back when the Mega Man Sprite Comic was just a series of Filler Strips, Bob and George ended the sprite comic in September 2000 by having Dr. Wily kidnap the Author and kill him, paving the way for the intended real comic (a hand-drawn one) to be launched the following month. After more than a week of the hand-drawn comic, the Author felt it wasn't working out, so he abruptly brought the sprite comic back for good and had the storyline be about the title characters stuck the Mega Man universe.

    Web Original 
  • Originally, Dream's "Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters FINALE" and the rematch was going to be the final episode of the 1v3 Minecraft Manhunts. Two weeks after the rematch, however, due to popular demand, Dream released a grand finale that would be the end to all 1v3 Minecraft Manhunts.
  • Dream SMP: The Disc War Finale and thus the end of the Disunion Era saw Dream stripped of his power, turned on by just about everyone on the server (except George and the Anarchists), and imprisoned in Pandora's Vault. The server celebrated the end of a tyrant, and everyone believed it was the end of the conflict (Tommy's stream was even titled the finale of the SMP). However, there are still several unresolved issues (the Anarchists and the Crimson Egg among others), several unanswered questions (such as DreamXD and the End Portal), and that's not mentioning that Dream might not be down for good (as Wilbur's spirit warns Tommy that Dream is too dangerous to be left alive, not to mention that Dream still has his favor from Technoblade). It's fitting for what seems to be the Season 2 finale, but there's clearly still more to come.

    Web Videos 
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: "Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2" had so much Reality Subtext and so many personal potshots between the two that fans became genuinely concerned that the two had grown disillusioned with their baby and were calling it quits with this season finale, not helped by the ending directly implying that working on the series was causing rifts in their friendship and the realization of that convinces them to take a break. Thankfully, the hiatus seems to be just that and ERB came back swinging about two years later.
  • Phelous's Jacob's Ladder review, which sets up what seems to be Phelous's final death. His living room, usually covered in his toy collection slowly empties, and upon realizing he's pretty much gotten everyone he possibly can to cameo on his show already, he resorts to having his Real Life self cameo instead. By the end of the review, Phelous realizes that he's been dead since the Mac and Me review and exits his house, saying goodbye to his audience. Come the next review, Phelous comes back to life and continues to review things. Though, considering he no longer dies in his videos, the Jacob's Ladder review did serve as a finale of sorts.
  • The Spoony Experiment nearly ended with the Final Fantasy VIII series. Noah was having camera issues, and was about to move out of his parents' house, and didn't know whether or not he'd be able to pick up where he left off so he killed off :"The Spoony One" leaving in a Sequel Hook by a Linkara cameo.
  • To Boldly Flee was intended to be the end of The Nostalgia Critic, as Doug Walker felt he had exhausted any new ideas for the character. However, in "The Review Must Go On", it was announced that the Critic would be coming back due to Doug coming up with more ideas to do with the character. The show also underwent a slight Retool to aid in relieving production stress; reviews were scaled back from weekly to bi-weekly, with editorials from the Critic filling the gaps. note 
  • Video Game Legends by Brainfreezerrr Studios was supposed to end in January 2014 with its 14th episode. There was even an in-episode montage of the series up to that point. Cue 'Reunion' not even five months later.
  • Zigzagged with Episode 60 of Dragon Ball Z Abridged. While it did seem like a finale, a teaser was present at the end for Season 4. However, the prospective fourth season wound up being cancelled due to creative fatigue and the belief that Episode 60 made an excellent Grand Finale. However, then came the spin-off show HFIL, an original plot that follows right after Episode 60, starring the now-dead Perfect Cell suffering punishment in Hell with the series' other villains.


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"Shredder & Splintered"

Believe it not, this episode was meant to be the finale for this intended mini-series, hence Shredder and Krang being sent to Dimension X. Due to the show's rapid success, it continued for 9 more seasons.

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