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Scott Meyer: Some movies have an extra scene after the credits.
Friend: Mainly superhero movies and dumb comedies.
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A name for any post-credits scene. It's often used as a type of Easter Egg for people who stick around for the credits when most people had left the theater/changed the channel. Sometimes a comedy will include outtakes. Sometimes the outtakes can be better than the movie.

This is often used to provide some kind of Sequel Hook, but may also be there just as a final gift to the audience, such as a comedy giving one final joke and punchline to the audience, or a dramatic work showing that maybe the guy who made a Heroic Sacrifice is Not Quite Dead.

Often done as a form of That's All, Folks!. It can overlap with Creative Closing Credits, if the format of the credits almost constitutes a special production in and of itself.

All There in the Stinger is a sub-trope. Compare Signing-Off Catchphrase. See also The Tag. Not to be confused with a musical Sting, though a suitably dramatic Stinger will have a Sting. The Teaser works at the opposite end. See On the Next for when there's a preview of the next episode. Also not to be confused with the body part on the back of a bee, scorpion, or wasp.


This is an Ending Trope, so beware of unmarked spoilers.

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  • Aldnoah.Zero:
    • The series has a pretty major one at the end of Episode 3, in which Slaine confronts Trillram and then shoots him dead.
    • Season 2 Episode 6 has another pretty major one, as Lemrina attempts to turn off Asseylum's life support, only to decide she can't go through with it. Just as Lemrina leaves, Asseylum then starts to wake up...
  • Angel Beats!: After the credits, there is a brief scene where Yuzuru passes Kanade in a busy street, they both apparently having been reborn, and recognizes her by the song she is humming (My Song). He then turns around and runs after her, reaching out to try and touch her as the screen fades to white.
  • A Place Further than the Universe often ends its episodes this way, having scenes that foreshadow the next question in lieu of a preview.
    • Episode 1 ends with a brief shot of Hinata at her convenience store job, looking at Antarctica on a globe.
    • Episode 4 ends with Megumi in a café, getting an email from Kimari and noticeably being silent.
    • Episode 8 ends with Gin bringing flowers for someone, presumably Takako.
    • Episode 9 ends with an email arriving from Yuzuki's mother.
    • Episode 10 ends with a list of the people calling in for New Year's. The viewer's heard of most of them before... with the exception of Hinata's "friends."
  • Attack on Titan ends the anime with one, which brings in one of the biggest revelations of the manga. At the end of the credits for the last episode, the camera zooms in on one of the walls; part of the wall cracks and falls away, revealing a Titan. THERE ARE TITANS INSIDE THE WALLS.
  • The final episode (not counting the three OVA specials) of Baccano! had a post-credits scene with Issac and Miria who after decades of not aging thanks to immortality, finally figure out they don't age and... come to the wrong conclusion.
  • Bloom Into You has this in its anime adaptation.
    • Episode 1 ends with Touko officially announcing her candidacy for student council president, and asking Yuu to be her campaign manager.
    • Episode 10 ends with Touko dreaming about the day her sister died, and resolving to become the person Mio was.
  • Blue Exorcist has one after the credits in most episodes so far. Some are comedic, but the one in the end of the second episode actually sets up where the plot is going to take place.
  • Blue Submarine No. 6 actually has entire parts of the plot that aren't repeated in the next episode. If you skip over them, you'll miss something potentially important or interesting.
  • Cowboy Bebop:
    • Episode "Jupiter Jazz, part II" replaced the normal credits music "The Real Folk Blues" with different music ("Space Lion" by The Seatbelts), and the usual "See you space cowboy" with "Do you have comrade?" Before you ask, yes, it was fixed in the English dub.
    • Another episode ends with Andy deciding not to be a storybook cowboy (since Spike was a better one). The final scene shows Andy as rides by the Teddy Bomber's prison wagon in full samurai regalia. The final line this time is "See you... space samurai".
    • The final episode ends with the tag "You're gonna carry that weight."
  • Omake skits in Daily Lives of High School Boys, like the High School Girls are Funky series and Episode 2's Daily Life of a Lady, were made into stingers.
  • The new Darker Than Black season (Gemini of the Meteor) does this at the end of every episode, right before the preview of the next episode. They're nearly all contributions to the Myth Arc or cliffhangers.
  • In Destiny of the Shrine Maiden, watching through the credits reveals that Chikane, who sacrificed her life for Himeko's in the Grand Finale, is indeed reborn and meets Himeko at an unspecified time later.
  • Detective Conan has a specific set-up for anime episodes: after the ED with the credits, there is a stinger - a preview of the next episode if a multi-parter is continued, or a funny scene happening right after the scenes ending the current episode otherwise, then a 'Next Conan Hint' giving a—usually not spoilery—hint on to events of the next episode and finally a shot of the main protagonists with a voice-over with usually an atrocious pun, exhorting the viewer not to miss the next episode. The movies usually also have a joke scene conclusion after the credits.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’: Frieza ends up in the exact same place he started the movie from: Hell.
  • Fate/Apocrypha:
    • Episode 1: A young girl named Laeticia prays to Jeanne d'Arc, then Jeanne is summoned and takes over her body.
    • Episode 5: Shirou Kotomine brainwashes the other Masters of Red into giving him their Command Spells.
    • Episode 9: Just as Mordred is about to kill Astolfo, Sieg arrives and challenges her.
    • Episode 14: Kairi and Fiore meet and agree to team up for the time being.
    • Episode 18: William Shakespeare writes in his book and dramatically narrates the events that happened so far, then he breaks the fourth wall to ask how Jeanne's conflict with Shirou will go, and what role Sieg will play.
    • Episode 21: An injured Astolfo wakes up and wanders through flaming surroundings. Achilles shows up and gives him one of his Noble Phantasms to honor Chiron's request.
    • Episode 23: Jeanne attempts to engage Semiramis, who sends her off to confront Shakespeare instead, as she anticipates the arrival of a few guests.
    • Episode 25 (the final episode): Jeanne wanders the Reverse Side of the World until she finds Sieg, who had been turned into a dragon. When she touches him, he returns to normal. Happy to see each other, they agree to go on a journey together, then Jeanne confesses she is in love with him.
  • Some of the The Garden of Sinners movies had them:
    • Episode 1 had a minor conversation between Azaka and Touko concerning Kirie Fujyou.
    • Episode 2 had a foreshadowing of Asagami Fujino and Shirazumi Lio's appearances.
    • Episode 4 showed how Asagami Fujino and Fujyou Kirie got their abilities.
    • Episode 5 had a minor conversation between Shiki and Mikiya discussing the aftermath of the events.
    • Episode 6 had Araya Souren awakening Shirazumi Lio's origin.
    • Episode 7 had an epilogue showing Shiki and Mikiya walking together after Shiki got out of the hospital.
  • Godzilla:
    • Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters: After Haruo Sakaki's team is annihilated by the original Godzilla, Haruo wakes up in a hut being tended to by a pink haired girl in tribal clothing and a mask. When she sees he is awake, she removes her mask and shows she is human, indicating the humanity left behind on Earth is not extinct.
    • Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle: It replays an earlier scene where Metphies whispered into Harou's ear and reveals what he said. He was telling Haruo about King Ghidorah.
    • Godzilla: The Planet Eater: Several years in the future, an elderly Maina watches as children pray to a statue of the deceased Harou and his mech the Vulture. They call him a "wrathful god" and ask him to take away their fears and anxieties.
  • During the end credits of the OVA Golgo 13: Queen Bee, after Golgo succeeds in his task of killing Queen Bee, he does Queen Bee's final request, to assassinate Thomas Waltham on his boat.
  • The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach!: After the credits, the old woman from the beginning returns to the grocery store where Mario and Luigi work, only to be confused when she is happily greeted by Bowser and some of his Koopas, who seem to work there now.
  • Great Pretender: After the credits roll after the final episode, it cuts to a small fishing village off the coast of Taiwan: It turns out that the presumed-dead Dorothy is alive after all, albiet amnesiac—and her adoptive father figure just found her ring in the belly of a fish.
  • Gundam:
    • Gundam 00's second season had one after every episode, often with crucial plot developments, much to the chagrin of fans when the dub got aired on Sci Fi, as they got cut out.
    • After the credits roll in Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, we cut to 2091 A.D., where we see E.A. Ray talking to Aeolia Schenburg that humanity must unite in order to reach the future. Fifty years later, the ELS is now co-existing with humanity and a ship named after Sumeragi is preparing for travel, the crew featuring Innovators, and Amia Lee, the girl who was attacked by the ELS earlier. We later see Setsuna, now an ELS/Innovator hybrid, visiting an older and blind Marina playing the piano, who embraces her. The movie then ends with the saying, "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
    • Nearly all of Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters TRY episodes features additional scene after ending credits, usually it's telling something important to the story or just for comedic purpose. Gundam Build Divers don't have as many and are less comedic.
  • .hack//G.U. Trilogy ends with a stinger conversation between Pi and Yata. It seems to be connected to the .hack//Link PSP game.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: In the Disappearance movie, Yuki is shown reading by herself in the library. She then sees a boy helping a girl make a library card. Yuki then looks toward the camera and does that adorable move where she holds her book in front of her face with only her eyes peeking out over it. As if the rest of the movie isn't enough proof that Yuki doesn't need emotions to be moe.
  • The Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Maihitoyo movie ends with Akane purifying Suefumi to allow him to leave the world for the afterlife. After the creditsnote , there's one more scene where Akane takes her team of pretty guys along with the token girls to the place Yorihisa showed her earlier in the movie to adore the beautiful view of Kyou; Suefumi is added to the list of people who are important to her, meaning he isn't going to be forgotten.
  • Inuyasha:
    • At least two episodes have one. The school festival two part has a scene with Naraku visiting a demon with very big ears to search for one of the last jewel shards. And the final episode of the first Inuyasha series, has Kagome trying on new shoes after her old ones got acid-eaten and heading out again.
    • All four movies have these as well, the third movie's Stinger also resolving how InuYasha still has his kotodama rosary in subsequent episodes of the anime despite it breaking into pieces and flying off earlier in the movie.
  • In the anime adaptation of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, the post-credits scene for the fifth episode of the anime's first season shows Kaguya and Shirogane walking by Ishigami.
  • The ending credits to the anime L/R: Licensed By Royalty shows Jack and Rowe driving off on another assignment after Rowe was supposedly killed by the revenge-seeking son of the Big Bad.
  • Lupin III usually doesn't do this, but two out of the three movies of the Lupin the IIIrd movies have them:
    • Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen has Inspector Zenigata looking over at the graves of Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko.
    • Fujiko Mine's Lie has Lupin waking up in the middle of desert and saying it would be hard to forget a woman like Fujiko.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • The anime does this with some episodes, but not all. Some of the scenes are minor... however, most of the major villains make their first anime appearances in said stingers, so if you're watching the show, take the time to check for a stinger after you've finished an episode so you don't miss anything.
    • The fourth series concludes just after Endeavor's fight with the High-End Nomu. After the ending credits play, the scene cuts to the U.A. dorms at night, where Midoriya has a dream about the previous wielders of One For All, before one of his six hidden Quirks activates in his sleep, destroying much of his room.
  • All Naruto movies have post-credit scenes.
  • The Spring and Summer OVAs of Negima! Magister Negi Magi throw in one last joke regarding a seemingly dropped side plot after the credits. The former has the Chupacabra some of the cast were hunting watching their plane fly away while the latter shows Asuna's last attempt to fend off Hakase's out-of-control bathing robot.
  • The credits for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion appear half-way through the movie, rendering the entire second half this trope.
  • In the One Piece special, "3D2Y", as the credits end, there's a brief scene in which Sabo, the brother Ace and Luffy thought was dead, pours three cups of sake at Ace and Whitebeard's grave.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt's final episode had one, which was so obviously and shamelessly tacked on, and comes so completely out of nowhere that it seems like an intentional parody of stingers. After returning from the battle with the Big Bad, Stocking slices Panty into 666 pieces and declares that she's actually a demon. Then Corset reappears and tells Brief that he'll have to follow the pieces to the next city over and unlock another hellgate to save Panty, ending with a "To be continued" message (as a parody of shows that are cancelled before they can resolve their plot). Also, Garter spontaneously dies for no reason, then comes back to life for no reason. Yes, this is a Gainax anime, why do you ask?
  • Persona 5: The Animation has a stinger for each episode except for 15 and 16, both of which end on a Cliffhanger.
  • The closing credits for all of the Pokémon movies are set in front of what Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and the gang were doing following the film's events, usually scenes of them leaving for the next city/town, but sometimes there are more. For example, the last thing we see at the end of Mewtwo Strikes Back is a shot of Mew flying away into a mountainous background. In Spell of the Unown, the scene of Molly reuniting with her parents was originally a stinger in the Japanese version, but it was moved to before the credits in the English dub because the producers were worried that viewers would walk out of the theater when the credits rolled and would miss it.
  • In Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3, after the credits, we're greeted with Chypre, Coffret and Potpourri sitting forlornly on the Great Heart Tree before noticing something. The screen switches over to the Cures at the time trying to act normally after The Magic Goes Away... until all of their fairy partners drop from the sky. The thing the three fairies noticed was the MacGuffin regrowing, thus allowing them to return to their friends and thus, The Magic Comes Back. What, did you expect a Downer Ending like that when Suite Pretty Cure ♪ just started?
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has one in the final episode. It's a little weird, though it's easy enough to understand - the big questions are "Where does it take place?", "When does it take place?" and "What is with those wings?". Then there's the part after it which displays the five main characters from the back, followed by them becoming the center of a row of silhouettes. This all might be part of a Sequel Hook.
  • In Real Drive, you see Minamo rushing off to meet a rejuvenated Haru stepping out of the sea.
  • The second Rebuild of Evangelion movie has a pretty major one. The movie ends with Shinji starting Third Impact. After the credits, Kaworu shows up, impales Shinji's Eva with a giant spear to halt Third Impact, and says that he'll show Shinji "true happiness".
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Seisōhen ends with Kenji (dressed like Kenshin) walking with a young girl beneath the cherry blossoms, saying that they will live happily together.
  • In the "Nationals Arc" for Saki, which ends after the quarterfinals, there's a shot of Teru standing on a roof, turning to the camera, and whispering "Saki..." as it cuts to the title card.
  • In Samurai Champloo Episode 22, the end theme plays through most of the way normally, then begins to slow down and replaced by some rather spooky music (which is rather jarring over the sweet and sunny slideshow of Fuu's childhood) ending with the credits interrupted by Shige leaping out of his grave.
  • Episode 10 of School Days has a scene showing Makoto at the airport trying to find Setsuna, who is leaving for Paris. A flashback Setsuna has reveals that Setsuna was originally supposed to have the classroom seat next to Makoto, but Sekai begged her to switch seats.
  • In Shattered Angels, the Spiritual Successor to Kannamiko of sorts, a similar scene reveals that Kyoshiro and Setsuna found the reborn Kuu many years after the events of the series.
  • After the credits of episode 13 of Slayers Revolution, there is a stinger shot of assassin Zuuma.
  • The credits of the last episode of SoltyRei show scenes from the series in "old film" sepia tone, and are followed by the true ending: Roy and Yuto go into space and find Solty, who has preserved herself for several years with her energy shield.
  • After the "Preview of the next episode" of every Steam Detectives, a still frame of a completely random scene from the episode (totally regardless of its importance in the plot) appears for a few second, with some cheesy music. The same thing happens in Ouran High School Host Club.
  • Super Sonico the Animation has one at the end of Episode 8 that reveals the answer to the episode's Locked Room Mystery, and shows that Ena isn't as stupid as she seems.
  • Both Tamagotchi theatrical films have one.
    • In Tamagotchi: The Movie, there is a scene after the end credits where Tanpopo finds her Tamagotchi toy in a box in her room, which surprises her since she had left it on Tamagotchi Planet. She finds Mametchi and Chamametchi communicating with her through it, with Mametchi explaining he was the one who sent the toy back. Tanpopo responds to them, mentioning she'd love for them to see her little brother some day.
    • Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe! has a post-credits scene where Mametchi and his friends are eating some heart-shaped fruits together, are informed a new book has been added to the Flying Library (which carries books that one can physically enter), and decide to visit the Library to see what the new book is.
  • Tiger & Bunny has several plot-significant ones, such as showing more of Lunatic and how much he knows about the heroes (establishing why he doubts Kotetsu's guilt in later episodes), and a Sequel Hook (removed from the DVDs??) in the final episode.
  • Tokyo Ghoul' has a few:
    • After the credits for the penultimate episode of season 2, we see the One-Eyed Owl regurgitating Yoshimura and revealing itself to be none other than Sen Takatsuki, the popular author.
    • The final episode of the same season had an extra scene featuring Touka opening a new coffee shop called :re.
    • The final episode of Tokyo Ghoul:re finished with Kaneki, Touka and their daughter Ichika watching the sky.
  • The first episode of Valvrave the Liberator ends with Child Soldier L-Elf mercilessly murdering The Hero, Haruto via stabbing him through the heart and shooting him three times. But in the post-credits, we see Haruto get back up and bite L-Elf in the neck.
  • Done in episode 10 of Your Lie in April to show audience reaction toward Kousei's piano playing that has changed since his last piano competition from robotic, down to the notes to become more colorful; and also to introduce his mother's best friend that later become his Parental Substitute as well as his mentor, Hiroko, to the series.

    Audio Plays 
  • The season 2 finale of We're Alive features a post-credits piece that the reveals the Mallers found someone in the rubble of Tower.

    Comic Books 
  • Betcha nobody ever expected to see this one in a comic book (Unless you grew up during the Bronze Age), but there it is: Green Lantern crossover event Sinestro Corps War ended with one of the main villains, nearly dead and utterly defeated, thrown into space. Then, with credits appearing between the panels, we see where he lands... and things have suddenly gotten much, much worse for our unknowing heroes. The final page of the book is a teaser for the sequel event, Blackest Night.
  • Don Rosa supplied one extra page as an epilogue for the hardcover versions of The Quest For Sampo, his Finnish-themed story. In it, the Grim Reaper returns Scrooge McDuck's top hat and offers to allow him to take his fortune to the afterlife in exchange for a hundred dollars.
  • The final page in an issue of Rising Stars is a clairvoyant sitting by himself. When you flip the page, there's a bunch of people drawn very lightly, speaking backwards. If you go back to the previous page and hold it up to the light, you see that the figures on the back page are actually GHOSTS talking to the character in the chair.
  • Final Crisis: Bruce Wayne is alive.
  • At the end of a Punisher Max story arc Wilson Fisk has become the Kingpin (at the cost of his son's life and his wife's sanity) and orders everyone away so he can enjoy it. But one person won't leave.
    Receptionist: You still have one appointment.
    Kingpin: Tell him to go away.
    Receptionist: I did, but he refuses to leave. He says he has a meeting with Don Rigoletto.
    Kingpin: Tell him Rigoletto's dead.
    Receptionist: I told him, sir, but he's very insistent. He says he's Rigoletto's "Miracle Worker". Whatever that means.
    Kingpin: What's his name?
    Receptionist: Well, he wants to be called Bullseye.
  • The 16th issue of The Unbelievable Gwenpool ends on a Bittersweet Ending: her brother has successfully prevented her from ever entering the main Marvel Comics universe, but there's the promise that Gwen's life in her own world could improve, and she'll be happy. The page even ends with "The End" at the bottom. The next page is the letters to the editor, which show up at the end of every issue. And the real, FINAL page shows that Gwen notices the little "The End" at the bottom of the page and picks it up. When she drops it, it breaks, and a "To be continued..." shows at the end of the page, letting us know that the original ending wasn't the finale.
  • Following his return from the dead in Marvel Legacy #1note , Wolverine was featured in one-page stingers that came after the letters page of numerous comics. The issues that featured the stinger included a "Where's Wolverine?" badge with Logan's face in it.

    Fan Works 
  • The Child of Love: After the author’s closing words in the final chapter there is a short extra scene: Shinji and Asuka's wedding.
  • The post-Author Notes scene in the end of Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy's first Story Arc reveals who stole Satan Girl's child: Darkseid.
  • After the final credits in Last Child of Krypton, there's a joke scene in which Pen Pen shows up and claims that he was behind everything.
  • Every issue of Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams ends with a preview of what's coming up in the next issue. The second Halloween Special is different. After next issue's preview, the Special has a brief monologue from the issue's villain, a murderous scarecrow demon who plans to escape his supernatural prison and pay a very "special" visit in the near future to the youths he very nearly murdered...
  • The last scene after the Author's Notes at the end of the Sailor Moon fic, I'm Here to Help, that shows Rei/Sailor Mars meeting up with Emerald's past self several years later.
  • You Got HaruhiRolled! always ends each chapter with an exhortation by the author to review the story. The original Stinger was "Review, Haruhi-worshippers! Your yellow ribbon-wearing goddess demands it!" Beginning in Chapter 56 this was altered to "Review, Haruhi-worshippers! Your yellow-ribboned, headband-wearing goddess demands it!" in response to a reviewer correcting the writer on Haruhi's Iconic Outfit. Starting in Chapter 85, he changes it to the more natural-sounding, "Review, Haruhi-worshippers! Your goddess with the yellow headband and ribbons demands it!" The author has since said that he intends to change the stingers on the previous chapters to the newer ones, but has not yet done so.
  • The Final Words is a short scene following the epilogue of Game Theory from Gil Graham's perspective, as he puts his plan for the Book of Darkness into motion.
  • At the end of the credits of SWAG.MOV, we see Fluttershy having tea in her shed (which doesn't appear to have any of the animal corpses from before) when Discord's head lands on it. He opens his eye to see Fluttershy glaring at him and saying "You're in my shed."
  • Turnabout Storm: All episodes save the first and last end with a single piece of dialogue by one character that slightly foreshadows a future event. The final episode ends with a Cryptic Conversation involving Princess Celestia and someone heavily implied to be Mia Fey, indicating that she was the one who recommended Phoenix for Rainbow's defense. The later released Hilarious Outtakes also have a stinger, but of teasing nature instead.
  • At the end of the credits of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution, we see Rhea standing in a cell, with blood in her hair, glaring at a (photoshopped?) picture of Apollo and herself standing together. While the music from the intro cutscene is playing.
  • The beginning and end of almost every chapter in the Tamers Forever Series has a short hilarious scene that involves the Author and characters discussing the previous and following chapters. These frequently involve the author being strangled for what he's written.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • Yudhaikeledai's My Little Pony In The Sims includes these for humor value from the third episode onwards. One such stinger features Derpy happily talking in Simlish to a ghost about the Brotherhood of Nod.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines is fond of doing this in its sidestories, showing extra scenes after the main plot has been resolved. Examples include:
    • The Koga & Janine Gaiden has a brief scene showing Ash helping his mother with the gardening when he was fourteen.
    • Hala & Hau Interlude shows Frax and Velvet volunteering at a Bug-Catching Contest as extra credit after failing a school assignment.
    • Gladion Interlude ends with Gladion and his Pokemon grabbed by the Bewear who'd normally bother Team Rocket.
    • Big P Pokémon Race Interlude ends with Ash's Pidgeot arriving on Vaniville Town and delivering Ash's message to Serena.
    • Clair Interlude ends with with a scene of Tobias and Clembot traveling to an unspecified time period as they try to track Celebi and Wes.
    • Steven Interlude ends with Steven contacting Lysandre for help in searching for the Megalith shards to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. It also has a scene of Steven and Wallace discussing the events with the Draconids and deciding to have a friendly battle with each other.
    • Ghosts of Maiden's Peak ends with Agatha's Gengar talking a Growlithe pack out of attacking a nearby village and leading them to a forest where they could live peacefully and undisturbed by humans. It also shows Gastly deciding to add him to his stories to keep alive in the future.
    • Melemele Grand Trial ends with several, including Frax encountering a Hawlucha, Team Skull attacking a Team Cipher ship coming into Alola on orders of Lusamine, and Lusamine detecting a Cosmog and calling for Zilant to go track it down for her.
  • Earth 27. Literally called the Stinger, it reveals that not only did Fangirl survive the Bleed, but she has come upon a parallel earth where Batman and Wonder Woman have a daughter, and Lincoln March is not the Mayor of Gotham City. This thanks to the to a whole in the damaged walls that closes of Earth-27 from the other Earths.
  • Infinity Crisis: The final chapter has a series of them: Secretary Ross recruits Helmut Zemo into a "Project Thunderbolts"; Miles Morales is a powered resident of Black Lightning's home town; Sin has landed on the Justice League Earth and been recruited by Amanda Waller; Lena Luthor is in reality Morgan Le Fey; and trapped in the Phantom Zone, Thanos has joined in an alliance with Zod and Darkseid.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series includes a joke at the end of every episode. One version was a clip from something, paired with that internet meme about Lex Luthor telling Lois Lane to "say the line"... that little exchange that ends in "WRONG!" To clarify — the video is taken from the series, while the audio is a random sound bite from somewhere else — examples are Gorillaz's 'Feel Good Inc.', Dan Green's "I'm going to do my laundry!" comment, the above Lex/Lois exchange, and a self Take That! on LittleKuriboh's marriage proposal over YouTube. Sometimes the video isn't from the series — one episode involved the Drama Hog, which was played again at the end with the caption "Rejected Cloverfield Monster".
  • Although many abridged series have an after episode stinger, in a rare case in Tenchi Muyo Abridged in the season 1 finale, after the credits roll that credit every single person involved in the series to that point, a shot of space is shown as Kagato's dismembered hand is seen floating seemingly lifelessly through space until it suddenly bursts open and teleports away as Kagato is faintly heard to say "bitch".
  • Ultra Fast Pony has one at the end of every episode (and the season one finale has three), after the credits. Either they're an extra joke that didn't fit elsewhere in the episode, or (similar to Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series) they're a scene redubbed with audio from an outside source.
  • Four episodes of Adult Wednesday Addams have scenes after the credits:
    • One-Night Stand has Brian calling a locksmith to come take the chains off his legs. A later episode reveals that 100 locksmiths were unable to remove them but Brian does not mind because of his love for Wednesday.
    • Driver's Ed has the instructor reconnecting with his mom over the phone after Wednesday scares him into appreciating life more.
    • The Reality Star has an intern saying that Wednesday is "crazy but nice".
    • The Flea Market has an alternate take of the bearded guy running away from Wednesday after she tells him she's hiding a rusty knife behind her back.
  • Freedom Fighters (Sonic x Freedom Planet) has the first episode end with a post-credits scene, in which the main villain is revealed to be Infinite, who sensed the new power in the world of Avalice and seeks to harness it for his own means.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Simpsons Movie:
    • Has one in the middle of the credits that was a Sequel Hook, with Maggie's second word: "Sequel?"
    • A more traditional one happens near the end of the credits, where we see the Squeaky Voice Teen cleaning up the theater. He then gives the following exchange:
      Squeaky Voice Teen: Assistant manager isn't all it's cracked up to be... four years of film school for this?
  • At the end of the credits of The Triplets of Belleville, the guy from whom the protagonist rented a boat is seen, still waiting for it to be returned.
  • After the credits roll in Shrek 2, we see that Dragon and Donkey had half-dragon, half-donkey hybrid babies.
  • James and the Giant Peach has a rather bizarre sequence in which some kid plays a mechanical carnival game wherein he controls a rhino which attempts to butt spinning copies of the titular hero's horrific aunts; a successful hit causes the target's head to pop off.
  • At the end of Finding Nemo: During the ending credits, we see the dentist office fish free from their plastic bags. At the end of the credits there is a scene with the angler fish. Seen here.
    • The sequel features Gerald trying and failing to get back on the rock—but the real stinger comes in the form of the Tank Gang from the first film arriving at the Marine Life Institute, their bags dirty from the journey. They quickly get swiped up by the same volunteer who captured Dory and presumably put in Quarantine. "No respect for marine life," indeed.
  • Chicken Run ends with the rats Nick and Fletcher getting into a chicken/egg debate. Toward the end of the credits, they are heard still debating, until Rocky tells them to knock it off, causing them to grouse about him and how they did all the work as the credits end.
  • At the end of Coraline, we actually get to see one more footage of stop-motion animation before the film finally ends.
  • About halfway through the credits of Monsters vs. Aliens, the Stephen Colbert-esque President can be seen determining which one of the two big red buttons dispenses the coffee. He accidentally presses the wrong one instead.
  • At the end of Cars, we actually get to see the minivan couple that's lost in the desert get lost even further.
  • At the end of Brother Bear, there is a brief video of Koda telling the viewers that ''absolutely'' no fish were harmed in the movie. Cue random fish swimming away screaming while being chased by a bear.
  • At the end of Ratatouille, we see a cartoon rat sitting on top of the final credit listing. When it disappears, the rat falls to the ground and limps away.
  • At the end of Bolt, the closing credits are actually revealed to be pulled by a cartoon hamster in an exercise wheel. The hamster then gets tired and walks away, and as a result, another hamster had to finish the job for him, and starts pulling the credits again to end the movie.
  • At the end of Chicken Little, we actually get to see Chicken Little and his father Buck Cluck in the movie theater one last time. This scene, however, is exclusive to the theatrical and Blu-ray 3D releases of the film, as seen here.
  • The last part of the closing credits for Monsters, Inc. are played over an extra scene where Sulley and Mike are shown presenting a musical based on the film's plot (written by themselves) to the public.
  • Monsters University has a brick joke after the credits. Remember the scene with the slug who was trying (emphasis on "trying") to make it to his first class on the first day of school? Well, after the credits, we find out that the slug finally made it to class... but it turns out it took him the entire school year for him to get there.
  • Kung Fu Panda ends with Po and Shifu eating together by a peach tree. Next, the seed Shifu planted earlier in the film finally growing out of the ground.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • WALL•E follows the ending credits with the title character replacing the burnt out bulb of Luxo Jr. after taking the place of the I in the Pixar logo, and then he replaces the R after knocking it down. Uniquely, this was not shown in theatres (aside from a few trailers) but added to the home video releases. An additional one occurs immediately afterwards, where the "BnL" logo appears complete with the "BnL" jingle.
  • Disney's Hercules has one with Hades (who was left trapped in the river Styx at the end of the story) complaining that everybody got a happy ending but him... and then lampshaded the fact that the audience is probably gone by now by wondering out loud if anybody's listening.
  • As the credits roll in the second BIONICLE movie, Legends of Metru Nui, the masks of the main characters slowly appear and fade to black. The final mask belongs to the Big Bad Makuta Teridax. After the text has passed, the mask stays there for a moment, a pair of red eyes light up inside the eye sockets, and only then does the mask fade, leaving us with an image of two sinister eyes glowing in the darkness, accompanied by chilly musical tunes. This doesn't count as a spoiler, though, since everyone knew Makuta would return (the movie's a prequel, duh). As for the third movie, there is a quick shot of an attacking Visorak spider that breaks the silence with a sudden buzzsaw-y screech.
  • In some editions of Aladdin, the Genie is heard saying "You have been a fabulous audience! Tell ya what, you've been the best audience in the whole world! Take care of yourselves! G'night, Alice! G'night, Agrabah! ¡Adios, amigos!" over the Disney logo.
    Abis Mal: Does this mean I don't get my third wish?
  • After the credits of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the Genie appears on the black screen and says "Game over, man! Game over!"
  • The Rescuers Down Under - Right before the credits roll, Wilbur is shown still waiting on Marahute's nest.
    Wilbur: HELP! Anybody! Bernard? Bianca! WHERE ARE YOU?! Okay, that's it, I'm outta here! This is ridiculous! You can't leave me here alone! Hahaha! I'm gone! I am GONE! Whew! [The sounds of eggs hatching and chicks chirping] Aw, no. Stay in those eggs! That's a direct order! Awww... (To one of the chicks) Hey! You're kind of a cute little feller. Coochie-choocie-coo [We hear the sound of the chick biting his finger] YOW! WHOA! Ooh! (groans)
  • After Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo, there's a picture of the Mystery, Inc. van, along with the voice of the (rather snarky) GPS saying that the movie is over and the children watching it should go on with the rest of their lives. Cue laugh, followed by him saying he needs car gas. This happens after the credits and logos finish.
  • Almost all the installments in the Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series feature a post-credits scene. Similar to the one listed above, most of them are fairly light-hearted and humorous, even in some of the darker Scooby films. Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is notable for breaking the mold and featuring a Jump Scare instead by revealing one of the ghosts in the film was Real After All. It manages to be genuinely scary.
  • The 2011 Winnie the Pooh movie ends with... well, remember all that stuff Winnie and the gang laid out in an attempt to attract the Backson? Well, they succeeded... in confusing him. Luckily, he seems pretty obliging about falling down the hole they dug for him.
  • After the credits of ParaNorman, there's a cool little time-lapse sequence showing the construction of the Norman puppet/model from metal armature up. It ends with the completed Norman getting up, yawning, and walking offscreen.
  • Remember the scene in Brave when Merida arranges to buy all of the Witch's woodcarvings if she'll make her a spell as well and the Witch tells her they'll be delivered in a fortnight? After the end credits and before the Disney and Pixar logos, the same guard who was asleep on the job earlier (the one who had half his moustache cut off by Merida's brothers) wakes up again to see the Witch's familiar has indeed delivered them all ("Sign here, please!").
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a brief clip of Hugo bidding the audience goodbye and laughing plays before cutting to the Disney logo.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
  • Frozen:
    • After the end credits of Frozen, we see Marshmallow, Elsa's Snowlems bodyguard survived his Disney Villain Death. He finds Elsa's lost tiara, puts it on, and settles in as ruler of the empty castle, seemingly content.
    • In Frozen II, Olaf comically sums up the movie's climax to Marshmallow and the Snowgies after the credits.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • Towards the end of the credits of the first movie, a humanized Derpy can be seen dancing with a muffin.
    • Meghan McCarthy suggested sticking around after the end credits of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, and with good reason: after said credits sequence, we see a girl very similar to Twilight Sparkle (with a different hairstyle and a pair of glasses) claiming that there is something strange about Canterlot High. (This scene is sadly missing in the Discovery Family broadcast, partially due to Credits Pushback.) The fact that the dog behind her (who looks exactly like Spike) does not talk lets us to think that this is the Twilight Sparkle of the Equestria Girls universe, who has just now found out about the events of the two movies.
    • Discovery Family's broadcast of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games places its stinger before the end credits (and since this was the first time the movie was being seen in America, they had a good reason to keep it). In this stinger, Princess Twilight's only appearance in the movie is her going through the portal and stating that she was unable to get in touch due to being stuck in a time loop (this is a pretty big spoiler, since it refers to the end of season 5) and stating that it was the strangest experience of her life, but not before looking at human Twilight and correcting herself stating that it was the second strangest experience of her life.
    • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree, the post-credits sequence has the girls finally finish rebuilding the dock. Pinkie Pie celebrates by throwing confetti and a few marshmallows at it, completely forgetting that anything with sugar she throws explodes. The dock gets blown up. The girls stare in complete disbelief, and Rarity faints.
  • In The Boxtrolls, Mr. Trout and Mr. Pickles have an existential discussion, wondering if there really is free will and if they're just the puppets of some higher bodies. As they're having this discussion, the camera slowly zooms out to show the tiny set and the scene turns into a time-lapse of the animation of Trout and Pickles, still discussing the universe.
  • In Penguins of Madagascar, the team helps get back Private's cuteness by using Mort in Dave's ray. Mort has no visible side effects... but he is able to eat King Julien in one bite now.
  • In Big Hero 6, Fred finds out that his father is a retired superhero, and his father (modeled after and voiced by Stan Lee) tells him, "Son, we have a lot to talk about...
  • In Strange Magic, the message-passing mushrooms deliver a final one directly to the audience, mangled as usual by the guy who actually says it: Tea Blend.
  • At the beginning of the credits for Inside Out, the emotions are shown residing in the heads of several minor characters in the real world.
  • The Sky Crawlers initially appears to end with various characters walking away from the base runway after Kannami is killed by The Teacher, but a post-credits scene shows his replacement landing at the base and meeting Kusanagi. It's a far more satisfying ending.
  • Ratchet & Clank has two stingers, one directly after the Voice Actor Credits, and one at the very end of the credits. The first one shows Dr. Nefarious being turned into a robot like his in-game appearance while the second one has The Plumber berating the viewers for sitting through the credits when the film is already over.
  • The Angry Birds Movie provides an interesting example, which in a way combines this trope with One Game for the Price of Two. During the credits, a watermark is displayed in the background. If this is scanned in Angry Birds Action, a new area in the game opens, along with an additional scene from the movie being available for viewing.
  • In Moana, Tamatoa, the giant coconut crab, is still stuck on his back from when Maui reclaimed his fishhook earlier in the movie. He then complains to the audience if he was named Sebastian and had a Jamaican accent, they would want to help him.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings features a time-lapse sequence during the credits in which the Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton puppet, is assembled and prepped for a scene. It comes to life and attacks the nearest crew member.
  • In The Boss Baby, Tim's talking clock Wizzie appears at the end of the credits, telling us "Be gone and live your peasant lives. Be gone with you."
  • In Happily N'Ever After, a mid-credits scene reveals Frieda was transported to the Arctic after getting knocked through a portal. She complains as she gets surrounded by elephant seals.
  • In A Goofy Movie, at the very end of the credits after the "I 2 I" song finishes, Bill Farmer's version of the Goofy Holler is heard.
  • In Megamind, the stinger appears approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the film credits and lasts for about 20 seconds. Other than being included for Rule of Funny, it serves as a visual transition from the Creative Closing Credits appearance to the classic Closing Credits appearance. Featuring a Running Gag, Brick Joke, and some witty dialogue, the stinger is a bonus scene taking place after the events of the movie. It ties up a minor narrative loose end as Minion finds the real, re-hydrated Bernard in the washing machine—and calls out Megamind for it. "Sir, you really need to empty your pockets more often!"
  • The DC Animated Movie Universe featured quite a few:
  • White Snake (2019): The Fox Spirit gives something in a box to a dark force beneath the water.

  • Many mass-market paperback versions of novels put a teaser for the sequel (usually its prologue or first chapter) or a separate book by the same author and/or in the same setting in a separate section after the end of the book.
  • Several novels in the Culture setting end with an epilogue which is generally humorous/uplifting even if the end of the novel proper was bittersweet and/or followed Banks's "trademark". One notable exception to this pattern is Look to Windward, whose epilogue depicts a shape-shifting Culture assassin taking horrific revenge on the Chelgrians who had orchestrated the foiled terrorist plot by torturing them to death in terrifyingly sadistic ways. For example, it turns into a swarm of bees to suffocate one of them. It also makes sure that the attacks are recorded, so that the rest of the Chelgrians get the message. Bearing in mind that the plotters are unarmed monks, this is quite a departure in tone for a novel that is not generally either scary or action-packed, and which portrays the Culture almost exclusively favourably up to this point.
  • At the end of the first Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book, there's Perspective Flip which shows us that Magnus's uncle Randolph was working with Loki the whole time, and that the god's the Big Bad.
  • Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon novels tend to have epilogue's in which Mossad tracks down and assassinates any villain who escaped by the end of the novel proper (e.g. in one case, a character who had planned explosions is himself mailed a bomb which kills him.
  • Early in the book Remote Man, a rare python disappears from its habitat in the Northern Territory, and an American tourist who is later exposed as a wildlife smuggler is suspected by the teenage heroes of stealing it. On the last page, the python is back on the rock, calling into question whether it was stolen in the first place.
  • Rogues to Riches has the main characters convince an orc prison guard that they are all characters in a book partway through. They promise him that they will get him a bigger part if he lets them escape. The last page of the book includes a picture of him still sitting at his post and a paragraph stating that he is patiently waiting for them to fulfill the promise.
  • Orconomics: A Satire has one after the Fantasy World Map, the glossary, and the author's thanks.
  • Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive): The last chapter is narrated by Hoid, the King's Wit, as he waits for someone on a random plain. Then Jasnah teleports in.
  • The official novelization of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ends with a scene not present in the actual movie, showing that Wesker's remains, buried at the bottom of the destroyed Hive, were shielded from the release of the anti-virus. As such, the T-virus within his cells is intact, awaiting the day it can be released again...
  • The second Star Trek: Discovery novel, Drastic Measures, has a scene after the About the Author and acknowledgements suggesting that the real Captain Lorca is still alive in the Mirror Universe.
  • The last chapter of Angels of Music is followed by the author's afterword and acknowledgments, an author bio, a page plugging other books from the same publisher, and then a brief epilogue with a Sequel Hook.
  • NOS4R2 ends with a note on the font used... which immediately switches describing a few of Charlie's Children escaping to celebrate Christmas in the real world.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An "advertisement" for Icelandic Ultra Blue that appeared on [adult swim] ends with Dr. Samuelson telling you to buy the stuff. He then talks into the back of his wristwatch saying that "Phase One is complete" and all the scientists smile at the viewer as creepy music plays.
  • The season finales of Agent Carter have these. The first one involves Dr. Fennhoff's cellmate being Arnim Zola, Red Skull's HYDRA scientist, and the second involves Thompson being shot by an unknown assassin.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has one of these after every episode, the first most notable being after episode two, when Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) appears.
  • Conversational Troping in the closing theme of Alas Smith and Jones, which explains that they're not going to do this:
    That's it, there'll be no funny bits,
    After this bit, this is the end of it,
    No tiny titbit, stuck on just after it,
    This is the end, end, end, end, end.
  • In Auction Kings, most episodes end with some kind of finagling with an incident earlier in the show, such as an item purchased or some altercation, making this double as a Brick Joke.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) often featured bonus scenes in this manner, often after the official airing slot was over therefore thwarting many efforts to record it for later viewing.
  • Blackadder does this with the season finale of each series. It also tends to end with him (and the rest of the main cast) dead, leading to a bit of Fridge Logic.
    • The Black Adder has one in the first and last episodes. In the first the three witches who told Edmund he would be King of England suddenly realise he wasn't Henry Tudor, and in the last once all the rest of the main cast is dead of poison, Baldrick and Percy burst in shouting "Don't drink the wi... oh."
    • Blackadder II features one where it is discovered that Prince Ludwig (Hugh Laurie) has murdered the entire cast, and has now taken the place of Queen Elizabeth I (neatly explaining why she was The Virgin Queen).
    • Blackadder the Third's: The whole season finale revolved around the plot that Blackadder had swapped places with the Prince Regent so the former could fight a duel with the Duke of Wellington in the latter's place, which had inadvertently ended with the Duke shooting the real Prince Regent (and Blackadder - masquerading as the Prince - becoming King). In the stinger, the real Prince (supposedly dead) turned out to not be dead at all, that in fact he had a cigarillo case as well (calling back to an earlier scene where Blackadder had survived a cannonball to the chest because he had one in his pocket). Then, he searches around in his pockets and realises "Damn, I must have left it on the dresser" and promptly dies.
    • Averted in Blackadder Goes Forth, because there were no jokes to be made.
  • Defunct British Soap Opera Crossroads used these (in its original incarnation), with a very brief coda (usually just a line or two) inbetween the end credits and the Vanity Plate. This type of stinger was later resurrected by the unrelated teen-aimed soap Hollyoaks.
  • The "Moment of Zen" at the end of The Daily Show, usually a slightly longer clip from one of the day's stories but sometimes just a random funny video.
  • Disney Channel Original Movies have been known to have these:
    • Adventures in Babysitting (2016): As the end credits roll the children are looking the pictures that Lola (one of the two babysitters) has sent them of their adventures that night. The last shot is one of Mrs. Anderson looks in horror at a picture she was sent by mistake of the Andersons' dog Lady Marmalade being hurriedly cleaned up by two of the kids during their (successful) attempt to clean up the house/their new car before the Andersons got home...
    • At the end of High School Musical, Zeke is surprised in the gym by Sharpay freaking out over the cookies he made for her earlier, which she finally ate and loved.
    • Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure had one where Ryan Evans, absent for the whole movie despite it being set where he goes to school, turns up to explain that he was on tour with a show, congratulate Sharpay on becoming a star, and get stuck in her foldout bed. For some reason this didn't make it onto the DVD.
    • Teen Beach Movie ends with the characters from Wet Side Story arriving in the real world, and meeting a surfer played by Justin Bieber.
    • In Zapped, Zoey's boy-controlling cellphone - which she stepped on and smashed in the gym climax - is discovered in the trash. It still works...
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Death in Heaven", in lieu of the usual "Next Time" preview, instead has a Stinger partway through the credits that sets up the Christmas special.
    • Surprisingly, "Face the Raven" had one after the credits, revealing that Rigsy has been returned to Earth safely, and has spray painted a flowery memorial on the TARDIS for the late Clara Oswald. The "Next Time" preview appears immediately after that. This was noted as being the first time the series had ever done an actual proper stinger. (It actually backfired, as many fans tuned out before the credits ended. As a result, when the memorial appeared again in a later episode, many did not understand where it had come from.)
  • The Flash (2014), much like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., does this after almost every episode, often to tease about the backstories of mysterious characters like Harrison Wells.
  • Frasier had a dialogue-less stinger at the end of each episode, under the metaphorical closing theme.
  • The Season 2 finale of Hannibal had one, showing Hannibal flying off to Europe, with Bedelia beside him. Season 3 finale had another one, with drugged-up, one-legged Bedelia sitting at the table, her leg roasted and serving as the main course.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy did this for episode three of the TV series, explaining which character bruised their arm in the attack. (This was the same stinger as in episode three of the radio series, from which it was adapted.) Done at the end of the chapter in the book, as well. In fact, it's a Brick Joke; the beginning of the missile attack sequence is interrupted by the narrator, and in order to alleviate any undue stress, reveals several plot-relevant points, adding that someone on board the Heart of Gold bruises their arm. The identity of the person who is bruised, however, is withheld at this point, since it was not particularly plot-relevant, and considered a safe level of suspense. As a result, the reveal is tacked on, seemingly as an afterthought.
  • Hollyoaks has both dramatic and comedy stingers. They range from scorned lovers looking longingly at a photo of their lost love to relatively young women having random dreams about seducing the middle-aged pub landlord.
  • Home Improvement generally featured bloopers.
  • Laugh In usually threw in a few additional gags after the closing credits (which ran over the Joke Wall segment). Gary Owens would always make a self-depreciating gag concerning how the show was pre-recorded (example: "This broadcast was pre-recorded to give the cast a chance to make a run for it.") During Arte Johnson's run on the show, Arte would appear as a Nazi soldier and say "Veddy interestink!"
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus subverted this trope every way possible. Some earlier episodes ended with an additional stinger pertaining to a previous sketch (such as Karl Marx and Che Guevara enjoying the afterglow), or a non-sequitur (an explosion followed by Michael Palin saying, "And then...") or an entirely different sketch ("The Argument Clinic"). One show displayed the closing credits immediately after the opening credits and then did the show, making the entire show the stinger. Even the first few episodes of Season One, which adhered more closely to the norm, featured narrative stingers that dealt with the show ("And the final score for 'The Epilogue'; God exists by two falls to a submission.")
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (the Trope Namer) had a clip from that episode's featured movie, usually the silliest bit of acting or dialogue from the film. Ridiculous laughter was a common feature.
    • This started during the second Comedy Central season, the third of the show's production counting KTMA. For those keeping score, the episode was 205, Rocket Attack USA, with a blind man walking around while a siren blares before uttering "Help me."
    • It was always preceded by a blaring guitar chord (the end of the closing theme), leading some to call the entire sequence the "Blang".
    • Season 8 featured some unusual stingers in four consecutive episodes — "The Thing That Couldn't Die", "The Undead", and "Terror from the Year 5000" (all featuring Pearl and Prof. Bobo visiting the Observer planet) all feature the Observers holding their brain pans up to the camera while a sting plays, while "The She-Creature" had Bobo laying in pain after his failed attempt to fix a flat tire on Pearl's widowmaker.
  • Somewhat of a literal example in the short-lived 80s game show The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime- the "Stinger'' would be a letter that wasn't in the puzzle- it'd be shown to the viewers, but not to the contestants. If they hit it, they lost their turn to the other team.
  • Power Rangers went with the bloopers-during-the-credits version from Zeo to Space (the fourth-to-sixth seasons).
    • Power Rangers RPM ends with the Rangers retiring from duty, the world returning to life, and Venjix alive and hiding within Scott's morpher.
  • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger has a particularly funny one. At one point there's a stinger at the end of an episode starring Stinger, the orange ranger. He even lampshades it. "Ha ha, how funny, a stinger for Stinger."
  • QI: The eighth season Christmas episode "Hocus Pocus" ends with a demonstration of stage illusions, in which Graham Norton "beheads" special guest Daniel Radcliffe''. A brief stinger after the closing credits shows Daniel Radcliffe's head in the basket, turning suddenly and grinning to the camera, presumable to assure his fans that he's okay.
  • Both the UK version (Shameless) and the US version (Shameless) feature this in the middle of the ending credits, usually showing a short funny scene concerning one character's storyline from that episode.
  • Appeared occasionally in the British sketch comedy Smith and Jones. This is noteworthy because it happened in complete defiance of the closing theme song, which claimed that "That's it, this is the end of it / No tiny titbit stuck on just after it".
  • Cirque's television series Solstrom had stingers after each episode's credits. They generally served as one last joke involving a character or two, but the Grand Finale also revealed that the matronly woman who turned up in each of the previous 12 shows is the observer/narrator's mom.
  • Israeli teen vampire drama Split's first season's last episode ends with Dima and his clones dancing around, with Dima saying, "The blood age is over... Now it's our turn! OUR TURN!" and finally roars ominously at the camera.
  • Switched: After the credits of the last episode, we see the four teens meeting after school to hang out. They've clearly become friends.
  • Every episode of The Vicar of Dibley has a stinger in which Geraldine tells Alice a joke — often a rude one — and Alice would completely fail to understand it or take it far too literally. Sometimes played with: In the episode where Alice gets married, Geri tells the joke to David Horton while she's on her honeymoon, and is delighted that he actually gets it; In the episode where Geri gets married, Harry explains the basic principles of a joke to Alice since Geri isn't going to go on the honeymoon until she gets it; and in another episode with an extremely rude joke, it turns out Alice understood it perfectly, she just didn't find it funny.
  • Throughout season 5, The Walking Dead had a number of post-credits scenes featuring the return of Morgan, who the audience had last seen in a single episode two season prior. And before that, not since the very first episode.
  • You Can't Do That on Television had "This has been a [blank] production", where the blank is a pun referencing the subject of the episode, followed immediately by a Self-Deprecation gag also relating to the episode's theme.
  • Zoom would have an extra scene between the closing credits and funding credits, usually a blooper reel or an advertisement to visit the show's website.

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  • Each episode of Welcome to Night Vale ends with a probverb, written in the same surreal tone as the rest of the series.
  • ''Unwell Podcast: Several episodes have an extra scene after the credits, and most episodes have a fact about Mount Absalom.

    Puppet Shows 
  • After The Credits for The Muppet Show, Statler and Waldorf, two crotchety old Muppets in the balcony seats, would make insulting jokes about the show for a few seconds.
  • Muppets Tonight would often have bloopers at the end. As in, one of the Muppets would point out that another Muppets or the special guest had flubbed a line. Now that's dedication to the illusion.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Almost all of the radio episodes followed the Find Out Next Time narration with an announcer delivering either a brief advertisement for some in-universe publication/product or a mock advisory warning. A few episodes also had a main character coming back to say one more thing, e.g. Zaphod noticing the fairy cake in the Total Perspective Vortex and eating it.
  • The Big Finish Doctor Who audio The Book of Kells ends with the revelation that the Meddling Monk's companion Brother Lucianus, is actually the Doctor's ex-companion Lucie Miller.
  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme always has a one liner after the credits, sometimes a parody of a continuity announcement ("If you'd like to hear this show again ... aw, thanks!"). The Self-Parody in the final episode of season 7 has "Putting a line after the credits doesn't make you Hitchhiker's."


  • In Arsenic and Old Lace, the curtain call is supposed to include the twelve deceased old men walking out of the cellar and taking their bows.
  • ''Hadestown has the song 'I Raise My Cup to Him' sung after the curtain call.
  • The Mrs. Hawking play series: Part V: Mrs. Frost has a tiny final scene occurs "during the credits" by pausing the curtain call and resuming it after the scene is finished. It sets up the next story.
  • The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of The Producers has a short musical number during the curtain call, thanking the audience for coming and telling them to get lost. This also appears in the 2005 film version after the credits.
  • Almost a minute after the curtain call of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, Christopher returns to the stage to give a maths appendix (as Siobhan promised him earlier), utilizing all the technology used in the theatre and ending with a big confetti finish.
  • At the end of Tails of Wasps, after Frank's seemingly anticlimactic ending soliloquy, the audience exits the hotel room to find that Judith, the hooker who robbed him at knife point, is passed out in the hallway.

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue, Season 3 — at the end of the credits on the DVD Vic appears, saying, "I understand you're enjoying the sweet music and all, but the DVD's over. Go home, dude, live your life."
  • TP: After the credits roll, we cut back to the restroom the toilet paper roll escaped from. The toilet goes on another "Piece by piece, ply by ply" rant, only for the plunger to start plunging his mouth and telling him to shut up.
  • Worst... corpse run... ever.
  • Most Flash Tub animations have a stinger, usually an outtake from one of the voice actors or an extra scene. Sometimes, there's two.
  • RWBY: Each season is called a 'Volume'. At the end of every volume, there is a post-credits scene that either reveals something previously unknown or unconfirmed or which acts as a hook to set up the next volume.
    • Volume 1 focusses on the main villain being Roman Torchwick, a petty thief who runs afoul of Ruby Rose when he tries to rob the shop she's in. However, in the pilot episode, he escapes with the help of a mysterious woman with phenomenal power, whose face remains hidden in shadows except for a pair of glowing golden eyes and an affinity for fire. The volume's stinger reveals the woman's face for the first time and introduces her name. While the pilot implied that Roman was this woman's boss, the stinger reveals the opposite: Roman is working for Cinder, and she is The Man Behind the Man for Volume 1 and the Big Bad of Volumes 2-3. The stinger also reveals Cinder's two disciples, Emerald and Mercury.
    • Volume 2 involves Team RWBY attempting to uncover what the White Fang and Roman Torchwick are up to, given that it's very strange for a Faunus equal-rights terrorist organisation to team up with the highly racist and human Roman. When Team RWBY run across the villainous hideout and attempt to thwart the plot, Yang is rescued from certain death by the intervention of a mysterious masked woman who appears through a portal just long enough to save her life and disappear the way she came without a word to Yang. At the end of the volume finale, Yang comments on being so exhausted that she's looking forward to a good sleep. The stinger reveals Yang walking through the school grounds towards the masked woman in a surreal, dream-like sequence. The woman removes her mask, revealing that she's almost the spitting image of Yang, except for her hair and default eye colour. The stinger ends as the woman informs Yang that they need to talk. In Volume 3, the woman is confirmed to be Yang's mother, Raven Branwen, who abandoned Yang as a newborn baby for what reason, Yang doesn't know.
    • Volume 3 ends with the climax of Cinder's villainous plans and the reveal that she's just The Heavy for the true Big Bad, Salem, who seems determined to destroy Professor Ozpin. Team RWBY is scattered to the four winds by the destruction of Beacon Academy, leaving Ruby to set out on a long journey to Haven Academy, with a couple of friends from Team JNPR. The stinger reveals that Ruby's uncle, Qrow, is secretly following the group; he is carrying the cane of missing-and-possibly-dead Beacon headmaster, Ozpin, and is revealed to be capable of shapeshifting into a literal crow. This sets up several different strands of Volume 4's multiple plotlines.
    • Volume 4 introduces the farm boy Oscar Pine, who suddenly finds himself Sharing a Body with Professor Ozpin; Ozpin spends the volume trying to convince Oscar to travel to Haven Academy to meet the school's headmaster, an old friend of Ozpin's. Towards the climax of the volume, Ruby's group finds out that Qrow has been following them and he tells them about Ozpin's Secret War with Salem. When they ask him if there's anything else he's hiding from them, he is evasive but it's implied he's keeping his shapeshifting ability secret. The stinger of the volume consists Qrow sitting in a bar in Mistral. Oscar appears in the bar and asks for his cane back. Qrow instantly gives him Ozpin's cane, and tells Ozpin it's good to see him again. The stinger's reveal is that Qrow knew all along that Ozpin could Body Surf and that they clearly had some kind of pre-arranged agreement to meet in Mistral should something happen to Ozpin, using the cane as a means to identify Ozpin's new host body.
    • Volume 5 focusses on the various plans to either destroy Haven Academy and steal its mythical Relic of Knowledge or protect both the school and the Relic it guards. Yang confronts her mother, who is revealed to have the ability to create portals to people she has created a 'bond' with. She has three known connections: her daughter, Yang; her brother, Qrow; and her former husband, Taiyang. Yang uses Raven's ability to connect to Qrow to locate her sister, Ruby. During the volume finale, Yang and Raven have a confrontation over the fate of the Relic of Knowledge, and Raven abandons both the Relic and her daughter, escaping from the school by a portal, despite the fact that two of her portal connections (Yang and Qrow) are in the same building as her. The stinger shows an idyllic scene of Taiyang watering his plants at home. When he suddenly hears feathers rustling overhead, however, all Taiyang can do is sigh as he sees a black feather landing near him. The stinger's implication is that Raven used her portal connection to Taiyang to escape from Haven Academy.
    • Volume 6 deals with the protagonists as they attempt to reach Atlas without aid from Ozpin whom they take to task for the secrets he's been keeping, and also with the villains who are taken to task by Salem for the failures in Volume 5. The volume ends with both the villains and the protagonists descending upon Atlas for their own reasons. The stinger, however, reveals to Emerald and Mercury that Salem is building an army of Grimm made from a new species she is creating. Hazel's explanation of what's happen indicates that she's decided the only one who can properly complete the task she's set is herself.
  • The popular web animation Draw with Me has a particularly infamous one.
  • Inanimate Insanity II has a stinger at the end of every episode. A few contribute to the plot, such as teasing the return of Taco.
  • The Most Epic Story Ever Told in All of Human History: The trailer includes an extra scene during the credits where Epic Fail blows up his own toaster by trying to warm up his DVD player in it, and Epic-Man does a Face Palm in response.
  • A few YouTube Poop videos show things at the end, such as subliminal messages/images or a "CUT-OFF PREVENTION" blurb (Youtube is known for frequently cutting off half a second of video, maybe more depending on the length). Steg often shows a clip at the end of his videos showing Big Bird saying, "Coming soon on Sesame Street!" and then cutting to something completely unrelated, while Big Bird finishes off with "Toodle-oo!"
  • In Battle for Dream Island, there will probably be one after the voting screen. So far, there are 41 stingers and counting.

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    Web Original 
  • DesuDesBrigade: Professor Otaku has ended every review of his since Street Fighter II with one of these, of varying hilarity levels.
  • Botchamania ends most of his videos with a video clip (not always wrestling related but almost always incorporating one of the series many Running Gags), and usually incorporates the audio/video clip of The Iron Sheik shouting "FUCK!"
  • The vidya gaems awards webpage showed among its categories "fattest developer". At the gala, this award seemed to have been skipped. Except it didn't.
  • "Ayla and the Networks" in the Whateley Universe: Chaka's last joke at the end of the story, and its aftermath.
  • Chrontendo has had a few of these, starting from chrontendo episode 32 onwards and finsihing with chrontendo epsode 38 (with the exception of chrontendo epsode 37). It was usually a fragment of a TV Show, Film or Music track that he was talking about in the episode itself.

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  • The scene at the end of the credits of the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "To Serve All My Days", which reveals that most of the entire episode was All Just a Dream.
  • World's Greatest Adventures has used infrequent stingers to punctuate jokes from the episode proper. The Season 1 finale ends on a more sinister one, showing that Warlord Cassius is planning something.
  • The plot threads left hanging by the lonelygirl15 were arguably a sequel hook to begin with. But then, just when you think it's over, one more video is uploaded. We see the now-penultimate video being taped from a different angle, then at literally the last second, reveal the blogger to be none other than The Dragon...
  • We come back Tuesday
  • A few of the FailBlog videos did this by playing audio from part of the featured video over the credit screen.
  • Most of Ashens' review videos have one.
  •'s Action 52 marathon review had these at the end of a few of their videos:
    • Starevil: The phrase "everything else you could care to know" in the ending card is replaced with "more pink than you can handle".
    • Illuminator: The phrase "everything else you could care to know" in the ending card is replaced with "the eternal struggle of illuminator vs goth".
    • Operation Moon: The frozen music continues over the ending card.
    • Hambo's Adventures: The ending card appears as normal, but Hambo's sprite suddenly replaces it and a loud sound clip of someone saying "Hambo!" plays.
    • Cheetahmen: The ending card appears as normal, then a gameplay clip plays of Apollo stuck in Level 10 and losing his last two lives.
  • Wheezy Waiter usually has info about other videos he's been in, tours, or just bloopers.
  • LoadingReadyRun Videos often feature this, and EVERY video they've posted since moving to the Escapist has had a stinger, except for "Hot Water at PAX".
  • Before the video ends, Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time says, "Next time, we eat x".
  • Every episode of Echo Chamber so far has had a stinger. Usually they are outtakes, but Episode 5 has one with actual plot relevance.
  • Played with at the end of some Bad Lip Reading videos. A shot already in the video proper is shown but with different lyrics, presumably from an earlier draft.
  • Not in every episode, but Atop the Fourth Wall will sometimes have one after the credits roll, usually related to the current storyline. The ones during the storyline with The Entity tended to be Nightmare Fuel
  • The people of That Guy with the Glasses always have a funny line from the review play over the Channel Awesome Vanity Plate.
  • In Bennett the Sage's Devilman review, we were treated to a scene at the end where Bennett holds up the infamous, rare and uncut VHS version of Violence Jack in hand, lamenting that many people want him to review it, but it's so rare, there's not even a torrent of it and plans to keep it that way, resulting in him throwing the tape off a bridge and into a river, fading to the credits. But there's still a minute or two left after credits. What do we get? VIOLENCE IS COMING. This might not be the last we seen of Violence Jack.
  • Phelous ended his Jacob's Ladder review revealing that every review of his from the past five years has never really happened due to him dying at the end of first review, Mac and Me, resulting in him never leading go of his life, forced to keep reviewing shitty movies. He then accepted his death and we were treated to the last image of his death from his first episode before we cut to the credits, which was in complete silence unlike his other reviews. But then you start hearing what appears to be siren sounds in the background slowly increasing in volume before we're treated to a quick scene of Phelous' door and the door knocking.
  • Noob:
    • Many episodes have one starting Season 2, with content that can be anything from an extra gag related to the episode to a small piece of actual story progression.
    • Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions has three seperate ones: Two are extra scenes with characters of the Third Line, Some Waiting plot, while the third has the narcoleptic character that had'nt been seen for the whole movie wake up and hope she didn't miss anything important.
  • In Matt Santoro's web series, when Matt does this, he thanks the viewer for watching the video, tells them to subscribe if they enjoyed the content, and tells them about his other internet accounts.
  • Many recent CinemaSins videos have these, and they enter YouTube Poop territory. They do include footage from the movie that is being sinned, though.
  • Much like CinemaSins, some Mystery Science Theater F1 episodes have "musical fun" after the outro, where things that happened or are said by commentators during the race are placed with relevant songs.
  • Some episodes of Binging with Babish include a short, amusing clip from the cooking process at the end, complete with the raw audio.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has one in almost every episode, ranging from throwaway jokes to important plot developments.

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  • Amphibia doesn't usually have a post credits scene, but, due to Executive Meddling, the season 2 finale "True Colors" showed the season 3 intro at the end to reassure viewers that Marcy is Only Mostly Dead.
  • 1997-2005 releases of VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins!, and LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures always had an "A pop" after the credits where the 'A' in Big Idea would sort of bounce with a sound effect taken from the episode.
    • The 5th episode, "Dave and the Giant Pickle" ended with the credits having Larry-Boy (who is stuck to the camera) asking Bob for help.
  • Cartoon Network originals from the mid-2000s are known for these (normally during the credits):
    • Chowder's stinger (which occurs during the credits) manages to also incorporate a "puppet mode" Art Shift while it's at it. Of course, there's the Credits Pushback problem...
    • The second season finale of Transformers Animated had a stinger featuring Megatron and Starscream, stranded in space, bickering with each other, which was apparently entirely improvised. To the annoyance of the show's fans, the Canadian "host" of the network started talking over them as soon as the show's credits rolled and everyone had to wait until the American version aired to find out what exactly they were saying.
    • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy started doing these during the credits in later seasons.
      • At the very end of the end credits (in earlier seasons) is a garbled, demonic-sounding sound clip. Playing it backwards reveals it to be creator Maxwell Atoms saying, "No, no, no! These are the end credits! You're playing it backwards!"
      • Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure had one after the credits where Fred Fredburger is revealed to have taken over the world in two weeks' time.
      • However, this trope is normally inverted, having Mandy talking before the title card.
    • Megas XLR throws in jokes or resolves minor plot issues during the credits of each episode.
    • Rick and Morty has one after every episode except for the pilot. It's usually just an extra joke, but it's occasionally more serious.
    • Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show had one after the credits, where Jonny and Plank were plotting their revenge, only to realize that the series was now over. This was squashed to the side and voiced-over to make room for ads in the initial broadcasts, so fans had to wait until the American airing to figure out what was going on.
    • MAD episodes have a five-second stinger after every episode. However, when aired along another 15-minute show, the stinger is not shown. The stinger always relates to something from part of the episode.
  • Almost every episode of The Venture Bros. TV show has a quick scene, some more humorous than others, after the credits.
  • Kim Possible had the episodes of Season 4 end with humorous stingers.
  • Gravity Falls had its credits stingers alternate between short, humorous scenes that often serve as a punchline to an earlier gag and scenes that advance/address the overall Myth Arc in some manner.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long did the same type of stinger as well during its second season.
  • Phineas and Ferb has a stinger every episode, but it's almost always just a replay of whatever song was featured in the episode;sometimes, it's played for laughs by playing a completely original song based on a song from earlier in the series such as "Rusted" from the episode "Wizard of Odd". In "The Chronicles of Meap", the writers created a trailer for a sequel episode called "Meapless in Seattle" (which they never intended to make). Fans wanted to see the episode so badly that the writers actually made the episode.
  • King of the Hill usually ends by recycling a quote from earlier in the episode; generally one that benefits from a lack of context to make it funny. One or two episodes even had an additional line of dialogue relating to what was going on before the credits.
  • Muppet Babies: "Gooooooooooooo bye-bye!" (a few episodes even lampshade this.)
  • The last episode of The Trap Door had one after the credits rolled. After finding that Rog is not actually dead after he fights with the big red monster, Berk idly wonders where the red monster went. The monster then jumps into shot, and its echoing roar plays over the final credits.
  • Solar Opposites: Averted, unlike Justin's other show the episodes don't have post credits scenes.
  • Animaniacs:
    • The series would roll the credits while the closing theme played, ending with a close-up shot of the water tower. The WB logo would swing open, showing a random main character, who would deliver either his/her Catchphrase or one last joke.
    Dot: I can't think of the end of this show...
    Yakko: (a la Groucho Marx) I can't think of anything else.
    • Once such episode ended with the Warner sibling conversing with each other thinking the camera's off and making fun of the show's staff and crew (including their own voice actors) before realizing they're still being watched.
    • Tiny Toon Adventures had a similar end-of-credits gag. (The funniest was Elmyra leaning out and proclaiming "Let the show begin!")
    • The Looney Tunes Show did this as well.
    • Unfortunately British viewers had to put up with ITV's insistence on showing episodes with the end credits from "Her Wacky Highness" edited on ("The Moral Of The Story: Elmer Fudd Is A Dolt").
  • Every episode of The Critic would end with Jay in a theater, having just watched that episode, being told by an usher that "Excuse me sir, the show's over". His response would vary. There was also a special case where he decides to stay with Alice and they kiss over the show's credits. When the usher tries to get them to leave, Alice promptly tells him to buzz off.
  • A number of episodes of The Simpsons end with the characters interacting with the shushing woman in the Gracie Films logo after the end-credits (often in reference to something which has occurred in the episode itself). In some instances, the characters respond directly to the woman (eg: "Bart Star", which has Homer yelling, "You're cut too, shushy!"), while in others the "shhh!" itself is substituted with dialogue from the episode (eg: "Homer the Great", where Carl's "Shut up!" is heard in its place). In addition, for the Treehouse of Horror episodes, the normal Gracie Films music is replaced by a spooky organ version and a shriek.
    • Goes even farther in "Goo Goo Gai Pan", which ends with director David Silverman giving the audience a tutorial on how to draw Bart.
  • The Illusionist (2010) has a drunken Scotsman crawling across the floor in London after the credits.
  • Klasky-Csupo was fond of doing this on their Nicktoons, having a quote of dialogue heard from the episode that just ended play underneath the Nickelodeon "haypile" Vanity Plate. It was first done on a handful of Season 3 episodes of Rugrats, but then they began doing it more frequently with Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and other subsequent Nicktoons they produced, along with using it more on the Un-Cancelled Rugrats seasons.
  • A very rare example from a non-Klasky-Csupo Nicktoon was at the end of the KaBlam! episode, "Why June Refuses To Turn The Page". At the end of the episode, June doesn't want to close the comic book, as she believes if she didn't, the show would go on forever. So after she locks the pages together, Henry leaves her there as he turns the lights off on the set. After the ending credits and production logos show, it then cuts back to June in complete darkness with only her eyes showing, yelling, "Henry! Get me out of here!". This is the only time the show used a stinger.
  • The two-part finale of G.I. Joe: Renegades, "Revelations", ends with Cobra Commander stumbling out of the ruins of his mansion and badly scarred, and he vows, "They want to start a war with Cobra? Then Cobra... Will finish it."
  • Wander over Yonder has special stingers every episode which consist of an animatic showing a scene that didn't make it into the finished episode, either an extended version of a specific scene or a completely original scene.

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Iron Man 1 - Post Credits Scene

The post credits scene for Iron Man, and what kickstarted the entire MCU.

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