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Closing Credits which among other thanks, thank the viewer for watching/reading/playing. Can address the viewer directly in second person ("Thanks to... YOU"), or refer to them in the third person ("Thanks to all our viewers/everyone who read my comic/etc.") Often seen as part of a work's final installment, though it is not limited to such. This is sometimes also the last element in Special Thanks.

When viewers are thanked specifically for financial support, that's Viewers Like You. note  For Video Game characters Breaking the Fourth Wall to acknowledge your assistance, see The Player Is the Most Important Resource.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • One of the last Azumanga Daioh strips had the girls going to Yukari and thanking her for being their teacher. However, the actual "Thank You" panel showed the girls facing toward the reader, subtly thanking them as well.
  • The very final shot in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is this "Thank you for watching" artwork.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion inverts this with the infamous congratulatory scene at the end. What exactly you are being congratulated for is all up to you, though. Perhaps for making it through the show.
  • In episode 167 of Gintama, Gintoki becomes nostalgic about 8-bit video games and mentions how touched he was when he saw the words "you" in the credits at the end of the game.
  • Battle Programmer Shirase had an unusual variant. The head director apologized for the show having to end, specifically addressing: "To those who enjoyed the show on TV and to those outside the broadcast area who took special measures to watch the show on their PC monitors and to everybody who watched it subtitled overseas without permission."
  • Some of Pretty Cure's Alternate Continuities do this for its fans.
  • Assassination Classroom has Koro-sensei give the diploma to the reader in the final chapter's opening color page.
    • The same thing happens at the end of the second season’s final episode when Nagisa wearing Koro-sensei’s gown waves goodbye to the audience with the words next to him saying "Thanks for watching Assassination Classroom"as seen here.

    Comic Books 
  • The final page of Mark Millar's Wanted has quite a subversion...
  • The final panel of the final My Little Pony: Friends Forever story has Princess Celestia thank the readers for all their support.
  • The Unbelievable Gwenpool: Before Gwen goes to start the loop of the final issue over, she thanks the readers their support.
  • The cover of the final issue of DC Comics' Cartoon Network Block Party (issue 59, from July 2009) had all the CN stars who appeared in the book, with the Powerpuff Girls in front taking bows, on a stage.

    Fan Works 
  • Most Fanfic writers thank their readers at some point, but this especially tends to happen a) on the last installment of their work and b) when the work has been particularly long and/or with many readers and fans ("Thanks for sticking with me so long/being such wonderful fans").

     Film- Live Action 
  • In-Universe example, from Groundhog Day: A couple walks by and the guy recognizes Phil Connors (Bill Murray) and says, "Hey, it's Phil Connors," and Phil says, "Thanks, thanks for watching."


    Live-Action TV 
  • The end of Angel.
  • Cheers ended its 11-year run with a Lonely Piano Piece version of the end credits theme, followed by the message "Thanks for having us over on all those Thursday nights—Cheers" on the screen.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond is produced by a company called "Where's Lunch?", and features a different dish on a plate as its couch gag / Vanity Plate. In its place for the finale is a bill reading "no charge". Apparently, we were good customers.
  • Inverted by Charlie Brooker in Screenwipe, Newswipe, and You Have Been Watching, where he usually tells the viewer to go away. In fact, it's almost a Catch-Phrase.
  • Subverted in the fourth season finale of Babylon 5 (the first episode filmed after season 5 was greenlit by the network) which was dedicated to "all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission".
    • But then played straight in the series finale (which due to the troubled nature of the fifth season was produced as the fourth season finale, but aired as the fifth season finale), which was dedicated to "those of you who have been archiving this ISN Special Documentary".
  • Barney Miller: "Goodbye and thank you from all of us at the ol' one two."
  • In the series finale of Happy Days after Joanie and Chachi's wedding, Howard Cunningham gives a speech, and at the end, he turns to the audience and says, "Thank you all for being part of our family."
  • Korean Drama Who Are You? ends with some behind-the-scenes footage, followed by the male and female leads appearing out-of-character to thank the viewer for watching.
  • The WB had a video thanking their viewers over their 11-year run, which ran at the very end of the last commercial break of its final program (the pilot of Dawson's Creek) before being replaced with The CW. The last image before it went off the air for good (the credits of the final show notwithstanding) was a silhouette of Michigan J. Frog, who had been the mascot for the channel up until 2005, taking a symbolic final bow.
  • The end credits for the final episode of MythBusters included Special Thanks to "viewers across the world for watching, submitting ideas and telling us what we got wrong!"
  • The credits of both the Season 7 finale and the Season 10 finale of Mystery Science Theater 3000 had the credits give a special thanks to "All MSTies worldwide".
  • The final episode (Actually the Sentai history recap special) of Mirai Sentai Timeranger ends with Tatsuya and the gang in their Timeranger uniforms without their helmets thanking the viewer for supporting the show. Yuuri also adds that they will see each other again someday somewhere else, and they all say their goodbyes.

  • ABBA had a song on their Album album called "Thank You For The Music", which was re-released before they fizzled out to thank their fans for sticking by them.
  • Freddy Mercury gives his public farewell in the last line of "These are the days of our lives" (the last videoclip he made) when he looks into the camera and says to the audience: "I still love you."
  • An Easter Egg in the "Weird Al" Yankovic album, "Straight Outta Lynwood" features Al playing home movies, but before that, he thanks you for buying his CD... "instead of downloading like some HOOLIGAN!"

    Professional Wrestling 
  • While it doesn't have "credits" the [[{[Face}} tecnicos]] of Chikara will often thank fans for coming the show as they leave the arena during intermissions.
  • After their final show of 2015, LLF put a thank you banner on their then new site.
  • Leva Bates stated the Heart Of SHIMMER Championship Tournament was all a big lead up to this and it became disturbed after coming to the conclusion every other wrestler picked had failed to realize it.

    Video Games 
  • In video games in general it's almost a tradition to thank the player at the ending credits, particularly in the "Special Thanks" section. The phrase 'and YOU' appears in the end credits of huge numbers of games, including many Capcom arcade games.
    • Viewtiful Joe ends with the words "Everybody loves a hero. Everybody loves you" on the screen.
  • Crazy Taxi
  • The computer game Digital: A Love Story.
  • The credits sequence in Kirby's Dream Land ends in "And... so many players."
  • EarthBound famously used this at the end. It even addresses the player by their real name. Assuming that you didn't put in "BUTTS" or "Ness".
  • A staple of at least the SNES releases of Mega Man X games. "Thanks X, Zero and YOU!"
  • One of the hidden galleries in the original Medal of Honor has the entire cast (including the joke characters of multiplayer) cheering and thanking the player in a huge group shot.
  • The Prehistorik series.
  • Used in Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song, with the character you selected directly thanking the player and encouraging them to "help the others just like you did me!", to roughly paraphrase it.
  • Mario says "Thank you so much for playing my game!" at the end of the credits roll for every 3D Super Mario game, with the exception of (ironically) the 3D Land and 3D World duology. Those games have their Brutal Bonus Level spell out "Thank you" at the very end instead, with various NPCs thanking/cheering Mario and the player on. Super Mario Odyssey uses both methods.
    • At the end of Super Mario World, the Yoshi eggs Mario rescued thank you, the player, for saving them.
    • Hotel Mario: "YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER EVER!"
    • The coral in World 9-4 of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels spells out "アリガトウ!" (arigatou!, "Thank you!"). Also, the Game Over screen if you die there, which appends "You're a super player! We hope we'll see you again. Mario and staff." below the usual message.
    • The flipping tiles at the end of Special 8-Crown in Super Mario 3D Land.
    • Super Mario Galaxy: "Thank you. I will always watch you from beyond the stars..."
    • Also, if you get all of the 120 stars in Super Mario 64, Yoshi appears on top of the castle, greeting Mario as an old friend. However, the end of his speech ends with "The Super Mario 64 Team", meaning that his message isn't entirely his own. But the later part of the speech has a lot of thanking.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: towards the beginning of the game, you - the player - were asked to sign for a letter. At the very end of the credits, your signature appears.
  • Karoshi: THANKS FOR PLAY
  • Castlevania says in its credits: "You played the greatest role in this game". Some of the later titles also thank the player.
  • Snatcher has a strange example: After Gillian and Jamie escape from the church before it's destroyed with the Kill Sat along with the Snatcher production factory, Random thanks the player for being "a hell of a Junker" as he holds Elijah down. He thanks the player after the character he's been controlling leaves the scene.
  • In Arfenhouse 3, the "Special Thanks" section of the credits ends with "...and you...for doing nothing."
  • Messiah: "Thanks for playing", with the protagonist waving at you.
  • Tomb Raider (2013):"Thank you for taking the time to complete our game" in the first part of the credit.
  • Halo:
    • Halo: Reach's credits open with Bungie thanking the fans for all their support throughout the past decade. It doubles as a touching farewell, because Reach turned out to be Bungie's last Halo game.
    • Halo 4 has a particularly heartwarming one: the credits open with a message from 343 Industries that not only thanks the player for completing the game, but putting their trust in them as they take over the direction of the franchise.
  • "I am Calypso, and I thank you for playing Twisted Metal."
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia's Golden Ending has your three primary party members thanking you personally for getting them to the best ending. The game has No Fourth Wall to begin with, but this is the only time they talk directly to the player.
    • The PS Vita/PC Updated Re-release, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, also does this, in both the normal ending which plays similarly to the original example, only with the other 3 goddesses and a cameo from Arfoire added, and in the Golden Ending in which everyone from the Maker characters, to the CPU Candidates to NPCs and even Arfoire herself gives their thanks.
  • Simply completing Arkista's Ring rewards the player with Christine thanking the player for saving Arkista's Ring.
  • In Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon, the final "Very Special Thanks" credit goes to "You! (For Shelling Out Your Hard Earned Bucks To Buy This Game)."
  • Mega Pony ends its "special thanks" section with thanks "to you, 'cause you just don't put a thanks section without thanking the player, that'd be just rude!"
  • Final Fantasy VI: The "cast list" of the game, where each of the playable characters who you picked up in the World Of Ruin is shown with what they were renamed to as well as their original names, end with "AND YOU".
  • Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout ends with a gradually populating image of the game's cast and an upbeat song in which Hironobu Kageyama sings "Thank you!"
  • Two examples from BioWare:
    • The credits scene at the end of Dragon Age: Inquisition's Tresspasser DLC has Cassandra read out excerpts from Varric's new book about the Inquisition, All This Shit is Weird. But after the narration, that's more - a heartfelt message from the Dragon Age team:
    To all of you who played Dragon Age: Inquisition: who laughed, cried, and reached out on social media; who made fan art and comics and cosplay and jokes - Thank you. Dragon Age: Inquisition was a labor of love. Without you, it would never have been possible. Your support and your passion touched us deeply. We hope that, in some small way, this game touched you as well.

    Bare your blade and raise it high.
    It has been a long journey - for Shepard and for the team here at BioWare - and like Shepard, we couldn't have done it alone. The Mass Effect trilogy began as a vision of a small team, but over the years it has grown. That growth has been fueled and shaped by the feedback and support of our player community. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and we look forward to sharing further adventures with you in the Mass Effect universe.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example from the true ending of World of Final Fantasy. Before resuming the Dance Party Creative Closing Credits, Enna Kros thanks the player.
  • Starcraft II Nova Covert Ops ends with a thank you to the players throughout the franchise before the credits roll to the sight of Nova's ship speeding through asteriods.
  • Shadow of the Wool Ball: From the credits: "Thanks a lot for playing my game! :D"
  • Clearing Blue Revolver on one credit on Parallel Mode, including the True Final Boss, results in a special thank-you message from the developers after the credits finish.
  • In the PriPara and Pretty Rhythm video games, the credits end with a special thanks to various developers, ending with "and... Insert Name Here", with the name being the player's name.
  • Every Dance Dance Revolution announcer has at least one "Thank you for playing!" line, but special mention goes to the track "PARANOiA Revolution", which has lines from the first DDR announcer hard-coded into the track audio. The track ends with said announcer saying "I'm so impressed I could cry! Thank you very much for your best dance!"...followed by the ending drumroll and accompanying stream of notes that will likely cause an off-guard player to fail the stage at the last second.
  • The Drakengard series (including Nier and the sequel) ended with a character(s) saying "Thank you for playing." after reaching an ending.


    Web Original 
  • Many Youtube channels and streamers will regularly thank their viewers and subscribers, some to the point of Memetic Mutation.
  • No-one appreciates their audience as much as Markiplier. In addition to more 'thank you for watching' type things than we could hope to list he makes videos just to tell his fans how awesome they are. Like this one.

    Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold's finale ended with nearly all the cast from past episodes gathering for a "wrap up party" hosted by Ambush Bug. Batman then turns to the viewers and thanks them for watching as we get a final group shot.
  • Cartoon Planet would thank you for watching the Closing Credits, then end with a "See You Soon."
  • David Mandel thanks the viewers in his Vanity Plate on Clerks: The Animated Series.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door ended with a drawing by series creator, Tom Warburton (Mr. Warburton in the credits), of the Sector V cast overlooking the sunset from their treehouse with the words "Stay Young" at the top. A subtle thank you to the viewers for the six-year series.
  • Daria always had a licensed song playing during its Creative Closing Credits; in the Grand Finale, the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue ends with the beginning of a song from Supergrass: "Thanks to everyone for everything you've done/But now it's tiiiiime to go...'"
  • Drawn Together. Hey Assholes, thanks for watching!
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends had a drawing of Mac and Bloo at the end of the final episode from series creator, Craig McCracken, with a thank you to the viewers.
  • Once per Episode, the end of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (except for the first season) has Mickey saying to the viewers "Aww, thanks for stopping by!"
  • From the last episode of Phineas and Ferb the song "Thank You For Comin' Along" has the characters singing to the audience, thanking them for watching. At the end of the song, Phineas waves goodbye to the audience before closing the door.
  • The Simpsons episode "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" ends with a message thanking the audience tuning in for the past 20 years.
    • As does their 500th episode, which also asks viewers to get outside before going online to say the episode sucked.
  • During Toonami's final broadcast (until its 2012 revival), TOM 4.0 thanks the viewers for eleven years of support.
  • The Popeye short Me Musical Nephews has Popeye's nephews saying their prayers before bedtime, mentioning all their friends. They hop into to bed, only to quickly get back out and add "And all the people who come to see our pictures."
  • The credits for the final episode of Animaniacs has the message "A special THANK YOU to all those who have contributed to the success of Animaniacs."
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes's ending theme (sung by Rebecca Sugar) is about making cartoons, with the second half thanking the viewer in several ways.
    It's only magic
    Isn't it amazing when you know?
    Every second that you see is
    Twenty-four connected pieces
    Thank you for coming
    Thank you for staying
    Thank you for watching the show!
  • This happened during the end credits of Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie with a message to acknowledge the fans for helping to bring the movie out of Development Hell saying "Thank you to all the fans who wrote letters and signed petitions encouraging the making of this movie."

  • Disney Sing-Along Songs: The live Disneyland Fun video has, at the end of the Special Thanks credits, "...and all the guests who joined us for a day of Disneyland Fun."

    Real Life 
  • Many towns, at the town limits, will have a sign saying something to the effect of "Thank you for visiting!" (it's usually on the reverse of a "Welcome to ___" sign).
  • Some letters and other messages contain a "Thank you for taking your time to read/watch this."

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