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At the beginning of the Closing Credits, a short clip of each of the major characters is shown and a caption shows the actor's name. The clips are usually from scenes earlier in the show/film, but sometimes they might be extra footage.

Much more common in the 1930s, when this trope was sometimes used at the beginning of the movie to introduce the cast. Warner Bros. did this for pretty much all of its films in the first few years of the sound era.

Compare Framed Face Opening.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Shrek 2 and Shrek Forever After
  • Robin Hood (1973) does this at the beginning (as Disney Animated Canon films didn't have full closing credits until mid The '80s, preferring simple "The End" title cards).
  • The Simpsons Movie had one with the voice actors next to headshots of their characters. And the main cast (except for Yeardley Smith) all have many - Harry Shearer even shows after a small clip featuring Mr. Burns and Smithers.
  • The last three of four Futurama DTV movies use an approach similar to The Simpsons Movie, with representative samples of the cast's major characters shown on screen; The Beast with a Billion Backs fits in as many as 11 or 12 for good measure.
  • The LEGO Movie has a variant - all actors have their names in a setting representative of their characters (Chris Pratt: a construction site; Will Arnett: the Batcave, etc.). The LEGO Batman Movie, on the other hand, just shows the actor next to the character.
  • The first part of the credits Piglet's Big Movie serves as a music video for "A Few Good Friends", featuring clips from the movie intersped with live-action scenes of Carly Simon performing the song.
  • Zootopia combines this with a Dance Party Ending, as many of the characters are watching a concert by Gazelle. An interesting variant in that only characters that have a significant voice actor receive a caption, whereas, many notable minor characters voiced by either production staff or veteran voice actors do not (ie Mr. Big, Fru Fru, Manchas, Bucky, Pronk)
  • Twice Upon a Time has color images of the characters alongside black-and-white photos of the voice actors wearing recording headsets.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • A fair number of BBC sitcoms (all written by David Croft) of the '70s and '80s accompanied by the caption "You have been watching" (later adopted as the name of a panel show) including:
  • Skins (series finale only)
  • Many MTM sitcoms did this for the supporting cast and guest stars, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Taxi.
  • Miranda (2009) does it too, as a loving parody of the sitcoms of the 70s, although there is No Fourth Wall during them, and the actors wave to the camera.
  • Done in Ashes to Ashes (2008). Set to heart-warming music the finale credits feature clips of the characters laughing and smiling. All the more touching as you realise just how little they did it and the overly devastating theme of the final episode.
  • Many of the intros to Only Fools and Horses did this with the three main characters.
  • The final episode of Babylon 5 ended with a long credit sequence showing all the regular cast (actually the regular cast of the penultimate series, for complicated reasons) in their first and last appearances in internal chronology. They also included the Entire crew.
  • The Invaders (1967) did this in the Title Sequence, with Roy Thinnes appearing after the main title (usually in a different clip each week) and the guest cast appearing after the opening narration. In all cases the actors' names were read by the narrator as they appeared on screen. This was also standard procedure for most of Quinn Martin's other series.
  • Rentaghost in the British sitcom tradition, but not in the usual style of children's TV.
  • Top Gear uses these at the end of their Burma Special as a parody of The Bridge on the River Kwai, complete with everyone credited as "Sir Alec X" (where "X" is the last name of the given staff member).
  • The original 70s run of The Cross Wits had a screen showing the celebrities in that episode, with their names appearing crossword-style on all four sides; the screen would then show the credits for the producers and directors.
  • In a variation, Battlestar Galactica (1978) very unusually did video credits of its supporting cast at the start of the episode, rather than putting up captions over the first act as with most other series.
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier followed the movies and had the actors next to their pictures or of objects representing the characters.
  • In a tip of the hat to the movie, M*A*S*H did this for a select few episodes. (The pilot, the first and second season closers, and the first part of the fourth-season two-part opener, that last one used the Wham Shot of Colonel Potter riding into camp.)

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Galaxy Quest credits scene

The opening credits of the renewed Galaxy Quest show with faces and names of the main cast.

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