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"Monty Python. Where are they now? Well, they're here in this cupboard."
[Opens cupboard; they are in fact inside]
[Closes cupboard]
"...Sad, isn't it?"
Steve Martin, Parrot Sketch Not Included

A kind of epilogue where we're shown what happens to the characters, places and/or the setting after the series. It usually gets about a minute or two during the last extended credits of a Grand Finale, or a less intrusive version of the closing credits may roll over it.

A staple of the Very Loosely Based on a True Story films, it differs from a Distant Finale in that we get little flashes (such as photographs, still frames, little captions, narration/voiceover, or a Montage of individual clips) that tell us what happened to the characters, instead of a full scene with dialogue or character interaction. If it shows how each character meets his maker, a Deadly Distant Finale. Can be used to create a Fast Forward to Reunion. If it happens while the credits are rolling, it might be Creative Closing Credits. In video games, this may be done in form of a dynamic Modular Epilogue. For works Based on a True Story, this often overlaps with Real-Person Epilogue where the real inspiration for the fictional character is shown. How We Got Here is the exact opposite of this trope.


This is an Ending Trope, so expect spoilers.

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  • Assassination Classroom: In two phases, covering Chapters 179-180:
    • The first half of Chapter 179 focuses on the immediate aftermath of Koro-sensei's death at the hands of Class 3-E. Shiro/Yanagisawa survives being blown away into the anti-tentacle barrier, but the damage to his tentacle-infused body has left him a vegetable, while his experiments have been finally canned by the government. Public outrage over revelations of Kunugigaoka's discriminatory policies forced Asano Sr. to step down, though he not only seems to have anticipated it, but also sees it as an opportunity to start anew. Class 3-E used part of their reward to support their later education, donate to some acquaintances, and buy the entire mountain they used to call their classroom, while the rest was returned to the government.
    • The latter half of Chapter 179 and the entirety of Chapter 180 fast-forwards to seven years later. The moon has collapsed and coalesced again into a spherical form while it was pulled closer by Earth's gravity, implicitly normalizing the tides to pre-explosion levels. Karasuma and Irina are now married and work together as counterterrorist agents. And by the looks of it, Class 3-E's alumni have utilized everything they learned to lead successful and meaningful lives — Ritsu is now a fully-sentient being, Okano the leader of a university athletics club (which uses her old turf as training grounds), Kurahashi an ecotourist guide (using the same mountain for explorations), Takebayashi and Okuda developers of universal artificial blood, Sugino a college baseball superstar, Terasaka an apprentice to a powerful politician, Yoshida, Muramatsu and Itona inheritors to their family businesses, Nakamura a university student in London, Hazama a librarian, Kanzaki a caregiver, Sugaya an experimental artist, Karma an aspiring statesman, Kayano has returned to showbiz and is currently starring in a popular drama, and Nagisa is now teacher to a class of delinquents, while the rest are implied to be most likely finishing their education and starting new careers as well — even as they never forget to keep in contact with each other.
  • The last half of episode 11 in Nodame Cantabile Finale where it shows under the credits and the ending theme where everyone is going. Also, a case of All Love is Requited.
  • The last episode of El-Hazard: The Magnificent World ran pastel drawings under its closing credits that showed obvious "after the series" images — Makoto and Ifurita snuggling under a tree, Allielle in a seifuku, and so on. They may simply be non-canon art pieces, however.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's did this in the end, skipping the series forward six years, leaving only four more before the new season.
  • The manga of Please Save My Earth closed with a scene showing the seven protagonists settling into their new lives several years later, as well as the circumstances of the spirits of the main couple.
  • Digimon:
    • Last five minutes of Digimon Adventure 02, specifically the shots that show us what the digidestined's careers are, now that they've grown up.
    • Also used sort of at the end of the fourth movie (2nd in English due to the combining of the first three as Digimon: The Movie). While the credits are on we see stills of what the characters got up to more or less directly after the film.
    • Last five minutes of Digimon Data Squad (5 years later, and less controversial...yeah).
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water concludes with a short epilogue that takes place several years after the events of the series. The epilogue is narrated by Marie, the youngest member of the cast, now a fetching girl of about 18 or so.
  • Canvas 2 has one of these, including a scene which subverts Tomoko's prior supposed death a couple of minutes before.
  • The ending of Blue Drop shows Michiko on her way to a peace talk with the aliens, thirty years after her experiences with Hagino and Mari, still holding a copy of the script of the School Play she wrote and which Hagino wanted to finish playing.
  • The final episode of Monster shows Doctor Tenma coming back to Germany to see Nina and Dieter, having joined Doctors Without Borders. It also shows Johan in a coma... until the ending credits reveal an empty bed. Previously, it shows that Eva overcomes her problems, Dieter lives happily with Dr. Reichwein, Nina is being successful in her laws degree and Lunge fixes his relationship with his daughter.
  • The end of the first season of Higurashi: When They Cry uses this, with what looks like the main cast all enjoying themselves after Keiichi managed to save Rena. The reader is treated to a stinger in which everyone has still died and the "Groundhog Day" Loop has -once again- begun anew.
    • Look at the ending again. That isn't even the same world. Ooishi acts like Miyo died last night and told Rika. He told Rena before and that happened days before.
  • The final scene of Outlaw Star shows the crew saying their goodbyes and going their separate ways. But wait: in the post-credit stinger, surprise, surprise, they all get back together again.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz ended with a dialogue-free ending credits sequence that demonstrated what each character did almost immediately following. The extended movie version had completely new sequences that remained dialogue-free, but was a bit more elaborate in what it presented.
    • Most notably including Lady Une taking Mariemaia to her "father's" gravestone (though the man in question didn't really leave a body to put in a tomb).
  • The final page/episode of Fullmetal Alchemist depicts a collage of photographs to show what the characters are up to several years after the finale, including Ed, Al, and Winry finding ways to use Al's armor to help people.
    • The 2003 anime version does something like this, the last half of the episode showing what everyone's up to after the fallout. That is, until the movie picks up right where the epilogue leaves off at. Whoops.
  • In ARIA, Akari explains in a letter to Ai what is going on with several characters, apparently a few years after she took over Aria Company. At the very end there is an even bigger time-skip, showing Ai as Akari's new apprentice.
    • In the manga, Akari's letter is not to Ai, but to the readers of her blog, which include Cait Sith, although the timeskip event is still the same.
  • Code Geass ends with one of these. The funniest is that Jeremiah, who had been tormented by the derisive name "Orange", ends up accepting the name and living Happily Ever After growing oranges!
  • A few examples from Studio Ghibli.
    • The credits of My Neighbor Totoro show incidents from the future, starting with the mother's return from the hospital.
    • Similarly, the credits of Kiki's Delivery Service show what happened with Tombo's aviator's club, Jiji and Lily, ect.
    • The credits for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind show Nausicaa reuniting with her people, Kushana and the Torumekian army leaving the valley peacefully, and Lord Yupa and Asbel exploring the toxic jungle together.
  • In the final episode of Tenchi Universe, Tenchi recounts what happens to everyone after he defeats Kagato.
  • The last episode of Prétear goes directly from the final True Love's Kiss to what appears to be the events occurring about half a year after, showing what the characters' lives are now like (and stuffing half of the sequence with a collection of the show's Running Gags).
  • Princess Tutu has one in the last few minutes of the final episode of the series, showing what Kinkan is like after the story ended. It also shows that Fakir kept his promise to Ahiru.
  • Transformers Victory ended with Jean narrating what happened to everybody after Deathsaurus was defeated. Among other things, we find out that Star Saber and Victory Leo survived.
  • In the Ghost Stories Gag Dub, Satsuki starts to tell a somewhat vulgar one and is cut off. Stories involved her homeroom teacher getting arrested for feeling up one of her classmates and Hajime losing his voice from getting kicked in the balls or something like that.
  • CLANNAD has this before the Fuko and Kouko portion of the final episode.
  • The ending to the Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi anime had a series of animated and still images over the end credits, showing glimpses of the characters several years later. The manga goes into more detail, actually resolving the main romantic plotline, and ending with something of a Distant Finale.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency ended with one of these for all the surviving cast. Lisa Lisa reveals to Joseph that she's his mother and returns to life as Elizabeth Joestar, moving to America and later marrying a Hollywood screenwriter. Erina continues to work as a teacher until passing away at the age of 81, surrounded by her loved ones. Speedwagon continues his work as CEO of the Speedwagon Foundation up until his death via a heart attack at age 89, never leaving behind any children. Smokey goes to college, majors in political science, and becomes the first black mayor in his home state of Georgia. Stroheim never sees Joseph again after the battle against Kars, and eventually falls during the battle of Stalingrad, a proud German solider till the end. Jump to 1989, Joseph, now in his 60s, boards a plane to visit his daughter and grandson in Japan, setting up the events of Stardust Crusaders. Of course, given all this was scarcely 100 chapters into an (as of now) over 900 chapter manga... yeah it wasn't quite done.
    • The anime adaptation of Diamond is Unbreakable adds one in the final episode, showing what most of the supporting cast is up to now that Morioh has returned to normality.
  • The collected volume of Chrono Crusade came with a bonus epilogue that functioned like this—justified by a video Azmaria recorded for Satella telling her what had happened while she was frozen in crystal. The epilogue was not released in the magazine Chrono Crusade ran in, meaning that fans had to wait for the book to come out to get a clearer idea of what happened after the finale.
  • The ending of Samurai Champloo does this, showing the three protagonists walking along their individual paths after splitting up and enjoying the scenery while the credits play.
  • Following the deciding battle of Sengoku Basara, time skips ahead a few months to show us the main characters back on their feet and getting ready to fight again, while Masamune and Yukimura meet for their all-important final duel, though the outcome is left ambiguous.
    • Turns out Masamune kind of won (Yukimura was being distracted), but didn't get round to finishing the job before a new Big Bad showed up.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has an epilogue which starts off with a letter. A montage of events that occur over approximately three and a half months—particularly Miaka's transition to high school—and then we see Miaka and Yui in high school (complete with montage-filled credits). Keisuke and Tetsuya then set them up with Tamahome's reincarnation, Taka Sukunami—or not, depending on which version you accept, and... Cliffhanger!
    • The last few pages of volume 18 (which is the manga form of the second OVA) shows few pictures of the Suzaku Seishi after their rebirth. Nuriko seems to have gotten his wish of being reborn as a girl so "he" could be there for Hotohori, Mitsukake is studying herbs with Shouka, who is the reborn version of his girlfriend, Tasuki returned back to his bandit life. Even the cat Tama started a family! Chichiri is also shown, but we don't know if he used Mitsukake's holy water to cure his destroyed left eye. Miaka and Tamahome/Taka are happily married with a toddler aged son.
  • The journey of Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku ends in Chapter 126, but the series concludes in Chapter 127 after showing how the rest of the cast are doing: the Chobe brothers goes to Hong Kong, where they stir even more trouble among the already chaotic state of the British-occupied city; Shion and Nurugai roam across Japan to look for a peaceful life, but keeps on running into trouble; Gantetsutai, now officially pardoned, opens a dojo specializing in medicine and swordmanship; Jikka takes over as the head of the Yamada Asaemon clan and gets to live out his carefree lifestyle; Sagiri goes on a pilgrimage and travels with Yuzuriha to visit Gabimaru and his wife, who now lives in peace. Then cut to the modern day, where Gui Fa is now a teacher living with Mei, and waiting for the others to re-grow.
  • The Ruby/Sapphire arc of Pokémon Adventures ends by showing what the various side characters of the arc are doing after their brush with The End of the World as We Know It... before cutting to a scene of Giovanni picking up the remains of the shattered Red and Blue Orb, setting things up for the FireRed/LeafGreen arc. The XY arc similarly sees the protagonists moving on after their adventure.
    • Also, all of the Pokémon movies end with scenes showing what Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and his friends are doing following the films' events along with certain characters from previous movies such as:
      • In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew when Kidd appears to be exploring Forina, we see Butler and Diane from Jirachi: Wish Maker, having apparently started a farm together.
      • In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, we see Tonio and Alice from The Rise of Darkrai enjoying a date in a hot air balloon while Baron Alberto attempts to follow them. Darkrai is then seen looking over the town. Then later we see Zero, the villain from Giratina and the Sky Warrior in prison, only to be visited by Newton Graceland who gives him a copy of Infi that survived the Megarig's wreck, much to his delight. Shaymin is also seen, looking out to a sunrise with a smile.
  • The Toradora! anime has one of these in the last episode.
  • Subverted at the end of Irresponsible Captain Tylor: It shows most of the crew, having quit the military, going off to do what they want as per Tylor's advice... until Captain Yamamoto calls them back to serve on the Aso... which is in of itself an epic Bait-and-Switch that is easier to watch than explain.
  • The second half of the final episode of Maison Ikkoku took place months after Godai and Kyoko's wedding and illustrated how the lives of the various characters continued on in the months since: Akemi has married the owner of ChaChaMaru and moved out of Ikkoku, Kozue is living in Nagoya with her husband, Ibuki is attending an all women's college, Mitaka and Asuna are raising twins, with more on the way... and Godai and Kyoko come back to Ikkoku from the hospital with baby in tow.
  • The Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Monsters has one in the final episode showing the credits montage of the characters returning home and the whereabouts of minor characters.
  • The extra ending in the final episode of Future GPX Cyber Formula SIN takes place one year after the 2022 racing season, a new racing season opens with some of the racers switching teams and new outfits for the Pit Girls and ending with the marriage ceremony of the main couple.
  • The last episode of Simoun is one of these as well. Paraietta and Roatreamon run an orphanage together in Mamiina's memory, Kaim and Alty have made up and live together, Floe and Vyura (who both chose to become male) are being drafted on opposite sides of a war, Morinas married Wapourif, has a child (with a second on the way), and works for Wauf, Rimone and Dominura are still in the past establishing the Simoun traditions (and it's implied that they never choose a gender), Yun takes Onasia's place as the leader of Simaulcrum, and Aer and Neviril Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
  • Tayutama Kiss On My Deity combines this with After the End in an ending that makes little sense whatsoever.
  • One Piece doesn't have those as an epilogue (since it's still running), but it does have cover story mini-arcs that sometimes act as this, especially the post-timeskip "From the Decks of the World," which show characters who haven't been seen for dozens, if not hundreds, of chapters, and may not appear again.
  • In the Fate/stay night anime, the last few minutes before the credits are a version of this. It shows the current antics of most the characters of the Emiya household such as Sakura, Ilya, Rin and Taiga. And then it turns bittersweet and depressing as it shows King Arthur's, also known as Saber's last moments as she dies with her hoping that she'll be able to see Shirou again after her 'long sleep'.
  • Within the Pretty Cure franchise, while a case of this first used on Heartcatch, it wasn't until Go! Princess that this trope was used in full effect.
    • On Heart Catch Pretty Cure, the first half of the final episode shows the conclusion of the final battle while the second half shows the group a few months later - they only show the main girls, mostly that Tsubomi is now a proud older sister (and she's gone back to wearing her glasses full time) and Itsuki's finally being a girl, letting her hair grow out and wearing the girl's school uniform. It goes one step further by showing Tsubomi's little sister, standing by Tsubomi's desk, looking at the picture of the Precures and holding Tsubomi's Heart Perfume, hinting that she's next in line to be a Precure.
    • Go! Princess Pretty Cure showed that in the future, Haruka continues to pursue her own dream, Minami becomes a marine biologist, Kirara is now a professional model, Towa (along with Kanata and the mascots) returns to the restored Hope Kingdom, while Yui continues to draw a book that chronicles the Cures' story. The final scenes, set at an unknown amount of year after the show ended, showed that Yui has completed her book while the Cures got themselves a crystal version of their Transformation Trinkets. Interestingly, unlike all the other cases in the franchise, the grown-up versions of the Cures and Yui didn't show up their faces.
    • Mahou Tsukai Pretty Cure's proper epilogue episode shows that approximately 5 years in the future, Mirai has entered college while the Passing the Torch episode reveals that Riko has become a teacher in the Magic World. Through a miracle, they would have a tearful reunion with Kotoha and Mofurun at the end of the proper epilogue episode.
    • The final scenes of KiraKira★Pretty Cure à la Mode's final episode showcased that Ichika now operates the KiraPati around the world, Aoi is now the lead singer of her band, Himari's now a scientist focusing on sweets, Akira continues her studies at medical school with Yukari also continuing to pursue her own studies, while Ciel also continued to operate her own patisserie shop that is now run jointly with Rio. The mascots also have now opened their own patisserie (independent of KiraPati and Ciel's shop) with Bibury as an assistant.
    • The second half of HuGtto! Pretty Cure's final episode is set 11 years in the future, a then-franchise record. It showcased that Hana is now a CEO of her own company, Saaya is now a doctor, Homare is now a gold-medalist ice skater, Emiru is full-fledged solo rockstar, while Ruru was reunited with Emiru as a newly-created robot unit created by that timeline's Doctor Traum. Meanwhile, the members of the Crisis Corporation have new jobs or are just growing up. The episode ends with Hana giving birth to that timeline's Hagumi.
    • The second half of Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure's final episode is set even further than Hugtto's epilogue, as it's set 15 years in the future. Lala is now an investigator at Starry Sky Association while Yuni continues her work to restore her home planet with the help of Aiwarn. The rest of the Knotraiders aside from the Ophiuchus Princess have converted their former base into a massive botanical garden. As for the remaining three? Well, they continued to work in relation to each other: Madoka is now the leader of Japan's first manned rocket project (with her dad as the Prime Minister), Hikaru has fulfilled her dream to be an astronaut and has been chosen to be one of the astronauts of said project's first launch, while Elena now works as an official professional translator for the United States government to cover said launch for the worldwide broadcast. The very final scene suggests that Hikaru is reunited with Fuwa.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's shows the epilogue over the last three episodes. After half a year after the defeat of ZONE, Lazar became the new mayor. Akiza is finishing up school and contemplates studying overseas. Crow becomes a member of the New Domino Police. Yusei becomes a Hot Scientist and finishes his father's work. Rua and Ruka received a letter from their parents who want them to leave Domino City to live with them. Jack has been travelling and training. The last episode then shows everyone eight years after. Rua is training to be the future Turbo Duel champion while Ruka is studying in university. Crow continued to duel as a professional duelist, while Jack becomes the King of the Ride Ace Dueling league, making him the World King. Akiza is a high-ranking doctor. Yusei decides to stay in New Domino to protect it.
  • Done in Project ARMS, where we see that Takeshi becomes a world-famous soccer player. Keith Violet is an American politician who campaigns for world peace. Hayato inherited his grandfather's dojo and is a wrestling champion. He and Kei are taking things slowly, while Kei is now a full-time employee for the Blue Men. Carol is in college. Al is a famous professor. Ryo and Katsumi got married and their daughter is implied to be the reincarnation of Alice.
  • The last chapter of Negima! Magister Negi Magi is largely pictures of the time-skipped girls with a few short paragraphs mentioning how they're living now. Fan reaction to the ending was mixed, not least because of a few important plot points which took place entirely offscreen (Natsumi had another adventure in the Magic World, the twins met some princes and fell in love, Nagi was freed from the Lifemaker), and a number of other characters fans were interested in were simply not mentioned (such as Fate, Fate's girls, and Arika, Negi's mother).
  • The end credits in the Grand Finale of Soul Eater show what almost the entire cast got up to after Asura's defeat. They're mostly lighthearted (such as Maka improving at basketball and Joe finally getting his coffee) and the final seconds show the students together one last time.
  • Five years after the events of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, Kenshin and Kaoru have married and have a young son, Kenji. Yahiko is the acting instructor of the dojo, and Word of God implies that he and Tsubame eventually become a thing.
    • Megumi has gone back to Aizu to work as a doctor/search for her family, Sanosuke has left Japan and taken on the role as The Drifter, and Misao and Aoshi are still in the Oniwabanshuu. Saitou was transferred to an unknown police unit in the epilogue of the manga.
    • The non-canon and controversial Reflection OVA takes place presumably 15 to 20 years after the manga, and depicts middle-aged Kenshin and Kaoru, and their teenaged son Kenji has left the dojo to study under Hiko Seijuurou. Kenshin decides to go help out in the first Sino-Japanese war by taking care of people, despite being very ill. He and Kaoru make love one more time before he departs, and she contracts his sickness. Sanosuke is revealed to be in China and finds a very sick Kenshin and Sanosuke sends him back to Tokyo. Kenshin makes his way back to home and Kaoru is there to greet him. He later dies in her arms.
      • Some time later, Kenji is shown with a young girl named Chizuru, who appeared in one of the pilot episodes of the manga.
      • Other characters make brief appearances, such as adult Yahiko and Tsubame and an older Megumi.
  • My Daddy Long Legs ends with a scene where we watch various characters at Judy's wedding, but there is no dialogue. Instead, Judy provides narration, explaining what has happened to various people.
  • Green Blood ends with an elderly Luke Burns traveling with his daughter and granddaughter to visit his brother Brad, who is buried next to their mother in New York and whose grave shows he lived to the ripe old age of sixty-eight.
  • The movie version of They Were Eleven has a very straightforward one, detailing the future careers of the cast after the end of their Cosmo Academy exam.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, twenty years after the events of the show, we found out Rossiu became president over the entire galactic alliance with Leeron at his side, Yoko became a principal at a school, Darry and Gimmy now pilot Gurran Lagann, Viral became supreme commander over the entire fleet. And Simon of all people was Walking the Earth, though the movie epilogue expanded on what he was doing: he was helping people in need in exchange of planting flowers, fulfilling Nia's dream.
  • Inverted in Deadman Wonderland—the Creative Closing Credits of every episode shows cheery pictures of the characters from before the series began. Sometimes this hints at things that will be revealed eventually—for example, Ganta and Shiro playing as children, hinting at their Forgotten First Meeting several episodes before Ganta remembers it.
  • The credits to the final episode of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 show the characters relatively shortly after the show ends.
  • Ping Pong: The last part of the series touches on where the five prodigies went after the second tournament:
    • After beating Smile in the finals, Peco went on to rise through the ranks. After a series of commercial deals in Japan, he was drafted to the German national team and now plays in the European leagues.
    • After coming second in the finals, Smile continued to play competitively before his retirement. He now teaches ping pong to children with Obaba at her dojo.
    • Kazuma placed third in the second tournament, but returned to form with the retirement of Smile. He was drafted to the Japanese Olympic team, but was replaced by Kong soon after. He retired and now works with the family business.
    • Sakuma never returned to ping pong. Instead, he married his girlfriend soon after high school and had two children.
    • Kong became a naturalized citizen of Japan and took the name Tsujido Wenge. He continued playing ping pong and was drafted into the Japanese Olympic team, replacing Kazuma, and eventually attending the Olympic Games.
  • The final two chapters of Medaka Box jump ahead ten years to a reunion held by the former Student Council members on the anniversary of Anshin'in-san's death and show the primary cast while telling about satellite characters.
    • Zenkichi and Tsurubami have high-level jobs in the Kurokami Foundation (which they earned on their own merits rather than relying on their connections).
    • Akune runs a highly successful toy company (though he has a habit of going into the factory and assembling the toys himself because it's too much fun) and married Wanizuki of the Not-Equals.
    • Kikaijima settled down after becoming a housewife and a mother, bringing her newborn son to the reunion.
    • Kujira runs the new Flask Plan along with most of the 13s, Mukae runs a flower shop, and Shiranui turned her family's village into a ninja village attraction.
    • Nobody's heard from Kumagawa in years, but the group assumes he's fine because he's not the kind of person to get in touch unless he needed help (and some readers thought it was implied that he's Kikaijima's husband). Additionally, Anshin'in-san left a message upon Medaka's graduation that made everyone certain she'll be coming back to life some time soon.
    • Most of the side characters have settled into adulthood well...but almost all of them have lost their superhuman abilities, including Medaka.
    • Speaking of, Medaka mellowed out over time, but is thoroughly enjoying the fact that she no longer terrifies animals. She's still the chairman of the school and is about to launch a plan to restore the moon (after all, she was the one who destroyed it). She still has the suggestion box, but it's become her "treasure box" for storing the precious memories of her youth, like the nametags from the 100 flower run.
    • The series caps off with Zenkichi asking Medaka for one last sparring match now that they're finally on a level playing field, with the stakes being that if he wins, she'll marry him and if she wins, he'll marry her.
  • Right before the closing credits of The Garden of Words, Takao details what he did after the summer had ended.
  • At the end of Space Patrol Luluco Ogikubo is back where it belongs. Keiji and Luluco are living in space now, Over Justice is the new Commissioner of the Space Patrol, and Midori has taken his place as the Ogikubo Patrol Chief. Lalaco's still terrorizing planets somewhere, as well. And finally, Luluco takes up the name Miss Trigger and wanders the dimensions in order to find Nova again.
  • The Steamboy universe's alternate timeline is show in clips during the credits where Lloyd Steam continues his pontificating to Ray, eventually dies and is buried, followed by a WWI style conflict complete dirigibles burning to the ground, and Scarlett standing proudly in front of a plane she flies.
  • The epilogue of Fairy Tail jumps ahead a year after the Final Battle, to a party celebrating an award Lucy's won for her first novel. During the party, she narrates all the various things that have happened to the Fairy Tail members and their allies in the intervening time. The next morning, Lucy, Natsu, and several others go off on a new quest.
  • The second half of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans's series finale reveals the fates of the surviving characters. The characters, who were prepubescent at the beginning of the show, are grown-up as young adults while a grown-up Atra narrates the political outcome after the defeat of Tekkadan. At the last part of the finale, viewers get to see Atra and Mikazuki's son, Akatsuki.
  • Both seasons of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 show the Time Skip aftermath of the last battle. The movie, Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, has its epilogue set after the ending credits and it shows humanity and the ELS coexisting peacefully with Setsuna, who is now a hybrid ELS/Innovator, visiting an elderly and blind Marina.
  • The finale of ∀ Gundam shows the fate of the characters and the resolution of the Love Triangle between Loran, Sochie and Dianna. Loran chooses Dianna which Sochie didn't take it very well while her sister Khiel takes Dianna's place as the Queen of the Moon with only a few people knowing her true identity.
  • Bloom Into You ends with the cast meeting up at the high school some time after they graduated. Yuu and Touko are still going out in a Long-Distance Relationship, Sayaka has found a girlfriend, and Koyomi got her first book published, among other things.
  • Boarding School Juliet had a Distant Finale with the wedding of its Official Couple, and only elaborated on the careers of a few of its characters. An extra chapter shows what the rest has been up to in the seven years since the story concluded.
    • Romio, Juliet and Airu are all politicians now working on reforms to further establish peace between Towa and the West. Hasuki is an actress apprenticed under Juliet's mother Rackdoll. Char is still in line to inherit the West throne. Maru is a banker, Tosa is a soldier and Kohitsuji is a photographer for a magazine (he wanted to do gravure, but he wound up working for a bodybuilding outfit instead). Leon is a teacher at Dahia Academy, Rex a fashion designer, Kochou and Teria continued their respective career choices (as a pharmacist and roboticist, respectively), Cait Sith and Sieber a pediatrician and the nurse assisting him, respectively, Somali became a pro wrestler while Aby (also a politician) looks after their infant daughters, Shuna is a policewoman, Kougi a priest and Ameria a model. All in all, all characters have been pretty well off. ...Well, except for Scott, who became Char's "pet". And he still hasn't gotten over Romio and Juliet getting together.
    • There are a few more snippets in regards to relationships. Kochou gets inspired by the wedding to try to get together with Airu, but is too shy to make a move. Sieber makes it clear that she rejected Cait's own proposal during Romio and Juliet's wedding ceremony because she wanted a serious proposal from him. As for Romio and Juliet themselves, they have bought a house in Dahlia island, but once again they have little room for time together, since they have to return to Towa and the West because of their responsibilities and can only meet again on the weekends.
  • In Bokurano, the story arc before the Final Battle basically serves this purpose, with the two remaining pilots traveling across Japan to visit the families and friends of the other pilots, including the boy who was only pretending to be a Zearth pilot, giving closure to the storylines brought up in their arcs.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, at the end of the Chapter Black saga, the series shows what some of the supporting characters in the arc, from the three boys Genkai hired to test the heroes to Sensui's henchmen, ended up doing with their lives.

    Comic Books dedicated his life to justice. The police force offered him a job, but he declined, stating that he "had other plans." 
  • The back page of the final issue of British comic Buster gave final endings to all the strips, mostly involving the central concept of the strip being reversed or deconstructed.
  • The final issue of Avengers: The Initiative ended with one of these. Hardball and Komodo reconcile with each other and Cloud 9. Batwing and Butterball replace the U-Foes as North Carolina's state superteam, and are in the market for additional members. Bengal retired, moved to Sunset Park, and opened a martial arts school. Trauma starts Walking the Earth, his exact activities Shrouded in Myth. And... well, there were Loads and Loads of Characters in this series, you really don't need to hear about them all.
    • Oddly, despite writer Christos Gage's obvious intention of this as a sendoff to these characters, whom he expected would never appear again except as C-List Fodder, there was a Post-Script Season in Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt.
  • The first issue of the Super Buddies mini-series showed what happened to the members of the Justice League International after their book was cancelled in the 90's. Most of the heroes were in dire straits, such as Fire, who was now running a softcore porn website.
  • Justice League Annual #4 stars infamous Injustice League (and the Scarlet Skiier and G'nort) recast as Justice League Antarctica under the mistaken impression that they couldn't cause any trouble down there. The last page reveals what the team members are up to after finally splitting once and for all. Among other things: Big Sir (somehow) won $160,000 on the quiz show "Concentration". Major Disaster enrolled in dental school in Anaheim, CA. Cluemaster is writing questions for the tv quiz show "Concentration" (ah). And Clock King is taking some time off.
  • The last issue of Hard Time was centered around Ethan's parole review, and all the principle characters, mostly Ethan's fellow prisoners, had their "endings" revealed. For instance, Curly was released after his granddaughter tirelessly petitioned for appeal, Cindy had her sex change and lived happily ever after, and Cole died during a robbery attempt less than a year after he got out.
  • The Vertigo Comics series House of Mystery has one of these in its second-to-last issue for all the major and minor characters.
  • The last few pages of DC Comics' The Golden Age has Johnny Chambers (formerly Johnny Quick) now retired from the superhero business and considering retying the knot with his ex-wife Libby Lawrence (Liberty Belle) and also mentioning the fates of the other Golden Age Heroes who survived the Dynaman identity revelation incident: Theodore Knight (Starman) retired and got married, Alan Scott (Green Lantern) retired and set up a scholarship fund in the memory of a GBS staff writer who died during the Red Scare, Paul Kirk (Manhunter) liquidated all his assets and disappeared into the jungle, Rex Tyler (Hourman) still fights crime and is still fighting his drug addiction demons, Al Pratt (Atom) learned something about himself, Johnny Thunder became a total Jerkass, Paula Brooks (Tigress) returned to being a criminal after the loss of Lance Gallant (Captain Triumph), and the hero that stood up against Dynaman near the end, Captain Comet, became one of the heroes that would usher in the Silver Age.
  • Wrath of the First Lantern has a theoretical Distant Finale (in a meta way, this is a Grand Finale for Geoff Johns' run on Green Lantern) featuring the various Lanterns moving on with their lives and showing what they've all been up to in their old age.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, which served as a continuation of the tv series, gives many of its characters happy endings:
    • Buffy and Faith join the police force.
    • Willow runs a centre for empowering women.
    • Xander and Dawn settle down and start a family.
    • Giles rebuilds the Watcher's Council.
    • Angel and Spike both make peace with Buffy.
    • Oz moves to Tibet where he settled down with a family and helps others with their lycanthropy.
    • Riley continues to advance in the military.

    Comic Strips decided to make doodles to spread laughter across the universe. He never messes up a single punchline! 
  • For Better or for Worse ended its 29-year run on August 31, 2008 with a strip showing what happened to the members of the Patterson family. Detractors of the strip nicknamed it the 'Strip of Destiny', since it was...a tad Anvilicious in hammering in traditional female roles, what with Deanna quitting her pharmacy work to start a sewing school, and that Elizabeth would be a wife, mother, and teacher for life, and only The Un-Favourite April fulfilling her dream job. This coming on the heels of Elizabeth marrying the Creator's Pet via Strangled by the Red String, and...well, it's no wonder it's also nicknamed the 'Settlpocalypse.'

    Fanfiction found the love of her life, got married, and had seven children. She now has a part-time gig at a fast-food restaurant. 
  • The Child of Love: The epilogue is set seven years later the end of the story and shows what has happened to the Ikari family in the meantime.
  • HERZ: The epilogue shows the cast’s lives twenty years after the end of SEELE. Most of them are retired, Asuka is still an army officer, Shinji is a music teacher...
  • The One I Love Is...: The epilogue chapter happens several years after the Final Battle: Shinji and Asuka get married and their friends and co-workers attend their wedding. During the ceremony Shinji explains what everyone have been doing during the past years: he and Asuka still work for NERV, are living together and expecting a baby; Rei dealed with a depression for a while but got better and was experimenting with all kind of jobs; Touji and Hikari are still together; Misato started dating Makoto...
  • Higher Learning: The final scenes happen several years after Third Impact, and explain what happened to the characters and the world after the final battle.
  • Chapter 68 of Intelligence Factor, The State of Pokérinian Civilization, gives summaries of Pokérin making its first steps to joining the Federation, and what various supporting characters got up to after the crew finished their survey.
  • Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time: The LDD-fanfic sequel to the Katherine Patterson novel and its Disney adaptation ambitiously skips to two decades later, depicting the life of Jess and Leslie in their thirties. Leslie is now a successful writer who had won multiple awards for her bestsellers, while Jess is an art scholar whose works are displayed in art galleries all across the country, earning millions upon millions from his masterpieces. Having moved from Lark Creek to the more rural countryside, they live together in a three-story lakeside mansion with their children, consisting of their daughter and son (both which seems like carbon copies of their parents). Babies Ever After galore, with three of Jess' sisters - Ellie, Brenda and Maybelle - having children with their respective spouses too, while the youngest sister Joyce Ann is mentioned to be engaged. Jake and Caitlyn, two OC whom are the closest friends of Jess and Leslie, also ends up a couple as well, becoming the godparents to the children of Jess and Leslie while having a son of their own, and Caitlyn being pregnant with a second child. The story even mentions the aftermath of Scott Hoager, Jess' former bully from the Disney adaptation, where Scott actually ends up with Jess' ex-girlfriend Sonia, with whom he had a son, which Jess' daughter had a crush on, much to Jess' surprise and chagrin.
  • My Little Avengers ends with a brief Time Skip showing what happened after the defeat of Loki. In addition to showing what happened to the story's central characters, it also shows what happened to a few of the minor characters, including Twilight Sparkle becoming Sorcerer Supreme, and Rainbow Dash leading a team of X-Men expies.
  • The two-part epilogue of With Strings Attached includes a brief AP story that says, in essence, “The Beatles are not reuniting.”
  • The end of Who Silenced Elly Patterson was entitled Endgame and Epilogues, and after showing Elly's death (not a spoiler), it goes into the lives of the other characters through letters, ranging from six months after the death to fifteen years after. John marries Kortney and dies shortly after the birth of his twin sons, Connie serves six years for Elly's murder and has befriended Kortney, Kortney is using the wealth she inherited from John to erase Millborough from existence and incorporate it into Greater Scarborough, Claire travels the world (and somehow meets Lynn Johnston), Elizabeth and her family are thriving in Vancouver, April has also moved to Vancouver and works as a vet at an equine rescue, Deanna remarried, gained two stepchildren, and had a child with her new husband, Meredith is studying to become an archaeologist, Robin is going into physics, and Michael spent years getting over Elly's death, came to terms with his bisexuality, and is engaged to a man.
  • White Devil of the Moon has one of these at the end of the fic, showing most of the Inner Senshi resuming their civilian lives, Ami going to study magic at Mid-Childa, Alicia and Hotaru being adopted by Lindy Harlown and the Takamachis respectively, and Nanoha and the rest of her friends resume their duties at the TSAB (presumably in time to start Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS).
  • In the Total Drama story, Legacy, which is set ten years after the events of the show, the reminiscence portion of the story ends with thumbnail sketches of what everyone is currently up to.
  • The epilogue of Paper Mario X 2 is actually named "Where Are They Now?". Of course, the story follows the plot of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, which also had one of these epilogues.
  • The Miracle at Palaven ends with one, showing snapshots of the surviving viewpoint characters and a galaxy rebuilding in the aftermath of the Reaper War.
  • The pro wrestling story, A Ring Of Their Own, ends with Victoria announcing her retirement and becoming commissioner of the FWF, followed by a Where Are They Now on all the major characters.
  • At the end of The Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning, we learn that Lavinia ends up married to Damon, with two children named after Vale and Kit, while Laurel Whitaker ended up with Obsidian's cousin Glint, and that both families survived the bombing of District Twelve and the war on the Capitol. The story ends with Lavinia relaying Vale's story to Katniss Everdeen, thinking that Vale would have wanted her story to be told.
  • Turnabout Storm uses this during the final credits in the same vein as Ace Attorney's final cases, involving Phoenix giving his goodbyes to everyone he met in Ponyville before he's sent back to his world.
  • Hammerhand: Angels of the Storm ends with one:
    • The Batarians are suffering under heavy reparations for their part in the Reaper Wars.
    • Wrex is the leader of the largest Krogan faction on Tuchanka.
    • Garrus fell off the map, although it's implied he became Archangel.
    • Miranda is the military governor of this universe's version of Cadia.
    • Tali formed this universe's Mechanicus (with help from Yamzarat Machtoro and a few others)
    • Thane died peacefully in his sleep after hearing of the victory over the Reapers.
    • Jack disappeared, leaving Cyralius a message saying that she might go and do something similar to what Garrus was doing.
    • Kurias retired and lives in a nice home provided by the Alliance. He flies light aircraft in his spare time.
    • Apothecary Okeen fell off the grid and may be trying to recreate the Space Marines with help from Cerberus.
    • Titus became a highly successful Spectre, albeit a highly noticeable one.
    • Cyralius became a Cool Teacher at Grissom Academy.
    • Malleus became the Citadel Council's Warmaster, and had a child with Samara.
  • There is a minor one in the epilogue of Warriors of the World: Soldiers of Fortune to show what happened to the Kingdom after the climactic battle and World-Healing Wave. It also serves as a cliffhanger for the next installment.
  • A Growing Affection: The later half of the final chapter is this. Naruto reflects one the current situation of his friends and allies as he walks forward to accept his appointment as Hokage.
  • God Save the Esteem, imitating its parent show, has brief descriptions of characters in odd scenes. They're actually even less serious than the show's—for example, Tom becomes a superhero in Powered Armor.
  • I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again!: After the four protagonists switch back to their bodies in Timeline Gamma (aka the canon timeline) and continue their lives post-canon, the epilogue of the story is this, covering the fates of those in Timeline Beta (aka the past timeline they meddled with).
  • All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird has something like this as its final chapter, with the story's editor - Varric - explaining to the author what everybody did after the victory party. He then adds that it will all be detailed in the sequel.
  • Love Is A Funny Thing's final chapter ends five years afterwards. Jem and the Holograms have broken up, but Jerrica is Happily Married to Riot. Most of The Stingers and The Misfits have settled down and they're all doing fine. The exception is Pizzazz, who died of a drug overdose.
  • The author of the Video Game Shrines ends every one of his SRPG shrines this way.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: The epilogue of the fourth story, The Diplomat's Life, mostly covers Twilight's walking through Ponyville, reminiscing about what everyone's been up to in the past six years, such as marriages and life goals achieved (including the Cutie Mark Crusaders getting their Marks). With the exception of a few villains who remain imprisoned in some way or another, and one who suffered a mental breakdown and had to be checked into a hospital, everyone she thinks about has gotten their happy ending (even Chrysalis, who's living a quiet life in a cottage in the Everfree, albeit still under guard).
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: The final episode is set three years after the Final Battle. The four EVA pilots are living in a guardhouse in the USA. Shinji and Asuka are planning to move together when he goes to college, and they are expecting a baby, Rei has gotten better at socializing, and Keiko -whose wounds have fully healed- is one year from graduation. The flipside is that they are under constant and strict surveillance, which includes tracker chips, and they can never ever go back home.
  • In the Metal Gear fanfic Quiet and The Dimensional Traveler (Timeline A) there is this kind of epilogue in addiction to a normal one as to show the consequences of the protagonist's actions. Some characters's lives are completely ruined, while others get a happy ending. Only the protagonists's destiny is not shown, and left as ambiguous like in the previous epilogue.
  • Fallen Kingdom: The final chapter takes place ten years after the main story detailing everyone's lives and reveals that, in spite of the war, there is finally peace and no more fighting.
  • Crumbling Down: The epilogue of the story reveals just what the heroes, as well as Lila, have been up too in the ten years since the story took place when everyone comes back together to watch Marinette's debut into the fashion world.
  • Olive's Last Partner: The epilogue, "Flashforward", takes place after the events of the Odd Squad episode "The Jackies", where Precinct 13579 won their very first Jackalope Award and received quite a lot of honors for their accomplishment.
  • Springaling: The final canon comicnote  details what happened to the people and places the inhabitants of Fazbear's Fright left behind when they moved on.
    • Fazbear's Fright burned down, as per canon. The basement was filled with rubble, burying all evidence of Fazbear Entertainment's less savory side.
    • The pigeons that were living in the ductwork escaped unharmed and relocated to a parking lot.
    • Helpy was found and brought home by the night guard of Fazbear's Fright, but hasn't moved since.

    Film — Animated started drawing millions of epic stories with visuals. He has never before been as happy as he is now. 
  • The directors and the animators on Lilo & Stitch fought with the Disney Company, and won, to create additional animation and "photo" paintings of what happened to the characters after the events of the film, establishing the new family that they indeed formed after Stitch arrived.
  • WALL•E's closing credits begin with this, before Art Shifting to an 8-bit graphical recap of the movie's main plot.
  • The closing credits of Finding Nemo show that the fish that were living in the dentist's fish tank are all now living happily in the ocean with Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and their friends.
  • In the animated feature of Watership Down, the narrator relates how Woundwort's body was never found and his memory lived on as a sort of lapine boogeyman.
  • Toy Story 3 does this via Creative Closing Credits.
  • Tangled combines this trope with Lemony Narrator:
    Flynn/Eugene: But I know what the big question is? Did Rapunzel and I ever get married? Well I am happy to say after years and years of asking, I finally said yes.
    Rapunzel: Eugene!
    Flynn/Eugene: Okay, okay. I asked her.
    Rapunzel: And we're living happily ever after!
    Flynn/Eugene: Yes we are.
  • Ice Age ends with Scrat being frozen inside an ice cube and being washed up onto a tropical island and thawing out after being frozen inside the cube for 20,000 years, only to have his acorn washed away by the tide causing the poor squirrel to substitute his lost acorn with a coconut, causing him to accidentally trigger a volcanic eruption after driving the coconut into the sand.
  • The ending credit sequence of Bolt show scenes of Bolt, Penny, Mittens, Rhino and her mother living their new life together in their country neighborhood.
  • The credits of Cars roll with incidents from the next years about the future of the characters and the revival of the town.
  • The credits of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time reveal that Anastasia met a sweet baker, Drizella and Lady Tremaine reverted from their transformation only to find themselves in maid clothes, and Cinderella and the Prince, of course, lived Happily Ever After.
  • Kung Fu Panda runs this as the artwork behind the end credits, showing what the Five and Po get up to after the story.
  • At the end of Titanic: The Legend Goes On, a mouse describes the marriages of some of the major characters. He leaves out the thousand or so people who died.
  • Monsters University shows that a lot of the characters in the film became excellent Scarers, at the end credits showing their scare cards. Most of the members of Oozma Kappa made it, along with Johnny Worthington and Carrie from PNK, and Mike and Sulley became Rookies of the Year.
  • Daffy Duck's Quackbusters ends with one of these. It states that Bugs is enjoying a vacation in Palm Springs and reading about Daffy's downfall, Porky and Sylvester are stranded in the Superstition Mountains, with the latter being more cowardly than before, Cubish is still dead, and Daffy is back to where he started, as a street corner salesman selling supernatural trinkets. He finds a dollar bill but it instantly vanishes (thanks to Cubish's ghost), leaving him sorely pissed.
  • The first section of the Uglydolls credits shows the Uglydolls, along with Mandy and the SpyGirls, with their new owners, who share similar traits with them. Meanwhile, a disheveled Lou is seen cleaning up the institute with the robot dog angrily watching over him.

    Film — Live-Action went in a similar direction to his similarly-named friend above, except with actual movements rather than pictures. Somehow, nobody thinks he's crazy when he does these movements. That might have something to do with the fact that he records it on a camera... 
  • The 33, a fictionalized account of the 2010 Copiapó mining disaster in Chile and the successful rescue of 33 trapped miners, ends with images of the real miners involved.
  • Airheads: A postscript at the end of the movie reveals that the Lone Rangers served 3 months in prison for kidnapping, theft, and assault with hot pepper sauce, and that their album Live in Prison went triple platinum.
  • Apollo13: At the end a voiceover by Tom Hanks describes the later careers of the three Apollo 13 astronauts and some of the other NASA personnel.
  • American Graffiti introduced what was to become the iconic form of the "Where Are They Now?" epilogue: a brief freeze frame of each of the major characters accompanied by subtitles giving their full name and a brief summary of their future lives. One character went on to becomes a famous writer; another enlisted and (reportedly) died in Vietnam. A third character died in a car accident.
  • Animal House:
  • Ashes of Time: The movie itself is a prequel to the novel, The Legend of the Condor Heroes, and the epilogue concludes with the main characters tying into their literary counterparts after a Time Skip.
  • Asperger's Are Us: At the end of the documentary, we're shown how each of the members of the troupe fared in their respective courses after breaking up. Then it announces that they got back together, and are working on new material.
  • Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed: The film states that Steve Ross and Dana Jester are still teaching people how to paint.
  • The Brittany Murphy Story reveals that Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, died five months later under similar circumstances as she did, as there are still suspicions about her death to this day.
  • The Sandlot ends with the Wonder Years-esque Narrator giving brief descriptions of what the various players wound up doing as adults, which cuts into a final scene showing that Benny ends up as a professional ballplayer and Smalls becomes a sportscaster. Except one kid who "got really into the Sixties and never seen again."
  • Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows ended with a series of title cards announcing the eventual death of each of the French resistance members.
  • One of the alternate endings of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery had a montage of what all the non-dead characters (and some pretty-dead ones like Mustafa) did after Dr. Evil escaped and his base blew up, like Frau Farbissina founding the militant wing of the LPGA. Presumably, it was changed to the newlywed Powers' honeymoon in order to make room for the sequel.
  • 9 to 5 ends with Animal House-esque text blurbs telling us what each character went on to do with their lives. Dolly Parton's character appropriately became a country singer; Judy, who was practically drowned in paper by an overactive photocopier, fell in love and married a Xerox repairman; and Mr. Hart, the chauvinist boss wound up being karmically abducted by a tribe of Amazons.
  • Canadian Bacon, including some of the following:
    • Sheriff Bud Boomer realized his dream and became a regular on COPS
    • Honey is named National Rifle Association's Humanitarian of the Year
    • General dink Panzer took his own life upon learning Hogan's Heroes was entirely fictional
    • Prime Minister Clark McDonald, still ruling with an iron fist.
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course: A short sequence of clips after the main film tells us what happened afterwards:
    • The US army got the beacon back, and Steve was none the wiser about what it was.
    • The crocodile ended up taking to his new territory and finding some female crocodiles.
    • The rancher, Brozzie, started doing volunteer work for the Fish and Fauna Department.
    • The two agents who unsuccessfully chased the Irwins got pressed into work at the zoo.
  • That Thing You Do!, the Tom Hanks-directed film about a young garage band turned one-hit Wonders, ends with a quick wrap-up of everyone's ultimate future over the closing credits.
    • Jimmy formed a different band called the Heardsmen, made more hit records for Playtone, and now works as a record producer in Los Angeles.
    • Guy and Faye got married, had four kids, and founded a music school in Washington state.
    • Lenny manages a casino in Nevada (and got a divorce from the girl he married with in the film).
    • T.B. Player (the unnamed bassist) was decorated for his service as a Marine in the Siege of Khe Sanh and is a building contractor in Florida.
  • Legally Blonde had an epilogue that is both this and a Distant Finale, due to the request of the test audiences. It's a full scene with interspersed text blurbs detailing what happened to the supporting characters. Elle has graduated with high honors, is the class-elected speaker at the ceremony, and has been invited into one of Boston's best law firms; Vivian is now Elle's best friend and has called off her engagement with Warner, who graduated without honors and with no job offers; Emmett has started his own practice, is now Elle's boyfriend, and will propose to her that night; and finally, Paulette has married her delivery man and is expecting a baby girl to be named after Elle.
  • Mallrats had one of these, although some of what was shown was pretty weird. Kevin Smith has referred to the movie as his homage to Animal House. Jay and Silent Bob's actually foreshadows the events of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • A Fish Called Wanda. This being a comedy, the protagonists go on to have 17 children and found a leper colony, another main character becomes Master of Ceremonies at London Sea World, and the villain goes on to become Minister for Justice in apartheid-era South Africa.
  • The Hairy Bird (also known as Strike! and All I Wanna Do) end with blurbs describing the somewhat ironic fates of the main characters.
  • The Gulf War film Three Kings has a brief montage like this, mentioning that one character is now a Hollywood war movie consultant
  • The mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous has text blurbs for several main characters— except for Amber, who also gets a couple quick scenes showing how she becomes a news anchor, just like her idol, Diane Sawyer.
  • Used at the end of the first Young Guns movie, which was kind of invalidated by the sequel (which also made use of this trope).
  • Frankie Lymon's wives (and Little Richard) explain what happened to them in Why Do Fools Fall In Love?.
  • Dinner for Schmucks ends with each of the character's fates being told through one of Barry's taxidermied mice dioramas.
  • Both Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter finish with Jack Elam's characters Jake and Jug, respectively, detailing the fates of all the characters, including his. (" of the most beloved characters in western folklore." "..big star in spaghetti westerns.")
  • Gettysburg ends with photos of each actor turning into photos of the real people the characters were based on and words below describing their fate after the battle, which is also a reverse of the opening credits, where historic photos transition into photos of the actors.
  • Titanic (1997): Rose mentions that Cal killed himself when the stock market crashed in 1929. Photos beside her bed reveal some of the life Rose, herself, went on to lead after the sinking.
  • Stand by Me has sort of a variant of this, with the adult Gordie describing his friends' eventual fates toward the conclusion of his voiceover narration.
  • Three Sisters: Searching for a Cure: The ending text shows that Jenifer Estess died after battling ALS for six years and Project ALS is still raising money to find the cure for the disease.
  • Tombstone. The narrator describes what happened to various characters later in life.
  • The Express tells of the futures of Ernie Davis ( He's Dead, Jim), Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Syracuse coach Ben Schwarzwalder.
  • Stripes — another Ivan Reitman film, showing magazine covers illustrating the fates of the characters.
  • Notte Prima Degli Esami (Night Before Finals), an Italian Teen comedy, does this with polaroids of the main characters and their destinies written on the white part.
  • At the end of Apollo 13 Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell has a voice over telling what happened to him and everyone else involved in the mission afterwards.
  • The Flight of the Phoenix (2004) has a photo montage at the end that shows that Kelly now works on a rig out on the ocean, Frank & AJ have a new plane, and Elliott now works for NASA!!
  • Unbreakable: the character of Elijah Price is explained to be in a hospital for the mentally insane, once his crimes of mass murder are revealed.
  • The final scenes of Into the Wild show what happened to the various people Chris encountered on his journey. The hippie couple continue Walking the Earth, Wayne, who had been arrested for drug dealing, was eventually released, the two Danish explorers Chris met while kayaking win big in Vegas...and his mother and father struggle to move on with their lives while dealing with the knowledge that their semi-abusive parenting lead indirectly to their son's death, and its implied that his sister follows her brother's example and becomes an explorer.
  • In The Blind Side, it showed what happened to Michael and the Tuohys. Michael becomes the first round pick of the NFL. Collins also goes to Ole Miss and becomes a cheerleader like her mom. And Leigh Ann and Sean still live in Memphis today.
  • The Social Network had text overlayed at the end of the final scene mostly with a focus on the results of the two lawsuits that serve as a framework for the story.
  • Milk ends with one of these, including photographs of the real people portrayed in the film.
  • In Enchanted, it shows that Edward and Nancy got married in Andalesia. Giselle opens up a new fashion/boutique business, staying with Robert. After staying in New York, Nathaniel becomes a successful author, as well as Pip in Andalesia.
  • The Damned United features an end roll that shows the future of its central characters, Peter Taylor and Brian Clough. With some things at the very end left out.
  • The Toolbox Murders ends with it a card stating the film was based on true events, and that the main character spent some time in an asylum before settling down and having a child; it's also mentioned her mother died in a car crash.
  • The King's Speech revealed that Bertie and Lionel remained friends for the rest of their lives.
  • Korean film Attack the Gas Station! does one of these.
  • The Commitments explains where the band members ended up after their breakup. Deco got his recording contract but his bad attitude makes him impossible to work with; Derek and Outspan spend their time busking on Grafton Street; Imedla got married to "dopey Greg" who won't let her sing any more; Bernie sings in a country band; Mickah sings in a punk band; Steven became a doctor; Billy got kicked in the head by a horse; Dean is a jazz musician who "got quite good in the end"; Joey the Lips went on tour with Joe Tex (who was ten years dead by that point); Natalie "became very successful" as a singer; and Jimmy is still unemployed.
  • Alpha Dog shows the legal consequences to the individual members of Truelove/Hollywood's crew as a result of the kidnapping and murder of Zach Mazursky/Nick Markowitz at the end. Truelove himself was finally apprehended after eluding the authorities for five years.
  • Moving Violations ends with the police commissioner driving past one cast member after another, all of them having been pulled over for yet another traffic violation. An on-screen caption proclaims that the lead character was sentenced to traffic school so many times that the county made him the instructor in desperation.
  • At the end of The Cat's Meow, Elinor Glyn narrates what became the principal characters after the events of the movie.
  • According to He's My Girl:
    Sally became a world-famous mud wrestler.
    Simon had a vision and abandoned singing to become a T.V. preacher for the Church of the Rock and Soul.
    Lisa gave up sculpting, took voice lessons and got a job with a telephone sex service.
    Mason left the music business and started a chain of nudist colonies.
    Reggie stayed in Hollywood and opened a beauty salon called "The Champagne Douche".
    Tasha works at "The Champagne Douche" and sells bibles door to door on the weekends.
    Bryan became a major rock star, sold millions of records, and returned to Missouri for sex re-education classes.
  • Boggy Creek 2: And the Legend Continues didn't have one but Mike and the Bots were knid enough to give us their idea of one. In their ending, Doc's research department goes under, Leslie and Tanya bring Doc up on charges, and Tim just wanders off one day for no real reason and is never seen again.
  • Bad Education (2004) ends with a text screen describing the life of the three main characters after the film: Enrique releases his film and becomes successful, Juan ends up becoming successful as well, but eventually loses his fame on the silver screen and ends up on TV, and Sr Berenguer is killed in a hit-and-run accident that Juan caused.
  • Burke and Hare ends with epilogues for everyone, including people who weren't properly introduced like one doctor's assistant named Charles Darwin and ends with the real-life Burke's skeleton on display in Edinburgh's anatomy museum.
  • No Strings Attached ends with a closing credits montage of future events.
  • Zodiac: Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
  • Changeling: Title cards explain what happens to the main characters.
  • Chaplin: Between the last scene and the closing credits, title cards link the actors to the real life personages they played (Anthony Hopkins's character, a fictional editor who figures into the framing device, is also included and explained), and describe briefly the later lives/careers of said personages. Eighteen characters total are covered!
  • Defiance: Being based on true events, the movie ends with a black-white photo montage depicting the real Bielski brothers (portrayed in the film by Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell) and their fates after the war: Asael Bielski, the youngest, joins the Soviets in the war against the Germans, and was sadly killed in action before the birth of his daughter, while Tuvia and Zus soon starts a trucking firm in New York City. Despite liberating hundreds and hundreds of Jews from the Germans in the war, the brothers never sought recognition for their deeds, and in the ensuing decades after the war the descendants of the Jewish survivors saved by the brothers totaled up to millions.
  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ends with a text epilogue on what happened to Sellers after the release of Being There (not much to say; he died less than a year later).
  • Dog Day Afternoon. At the end of the movie, subtitles that say that Sonny (one of the bank robbers) was sentenced to 20 years in prison, that Angie (Sonny's wife) and their children were living on Welfare, and that Sonny's boyfriend Leon had his sex-change surgery and became a woman and was living in New York City.
  • The World's End; Andy tells the story of the film to some kids, complete with what happened to each member of the gang, in the burnt-out remnant of civilisation; Andy's marriage has recovered, Steven and Sam are in a relationship, the android Peter and Oliver have essentially picked up where their originals left off, and Gary is now travelling the country with the android duplicates of the gang as teenagers.
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa finishes with a rundown of what happened to the main characters after the siege.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High ends with one of these. Brad is made manager of the convenience store after foiling the robbery seen at the end of the movie, Damone is busted for scalping Ozzy Osbourne tickets and now works at 7-11, Mr. Vargas switches back to coffee, Linda attends college in Riverside before moving in with her Abnormal Psych professor, Mark and Stacy are now a couple, but still haven't had sex, Mr. Hand is still convinced that everyone is on drugs, and Spicoli saves Brooke Shields from drowning, only to blow the reward money hiring Van Halen for his birthday party.
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy ends with one, concluding with Brick becoming a top political advisor to George W. Bush.
  • The Grey Zone ends with screencaps noting the success of the uprising, Oberscharführer Mussfeld being convicted and hanged for war crimes, and Dr. Nyiszli surviving the war, but not practicing medicine ever again.
  • Heavenly Creatures ends with Mario Lanza singing "You'll Never Walk Alone", over text screens explaining how the girls were tried, convicted and sentenced, and later released. The last screen is an awful Tear Jerker, especially as it's timed to coincide with the line "you'll never walk alone": It was a condition of their release that they never meet again.
    • Ironically, (and probably because of lawsuits) they never mention that after her release, Juliet changed her name and became a very well-known mystery novelist, with two historical mystery series that are still going strong today.
  • Henry And June ends with text screens saying that Henry and Anais remained friends to the end of their lives; both wrote many books about June. June became a social worker in Queens, New York. Hugo became a filmmaker, and it was by his request that Anais' unexpurgated story remain unpublished until after his death. He died in 1985.
  • Music and Lyrics ends up with pop-up bubbles explaining that Cora got married and divorced in the same night, Sloan's book got made into an awful movie, POP eventually reunited but their performance cut short because Colin needed a hip replacement, and Alex and Sophie are still together, with his hip appearing to be fine.
  • Dasepo Sonyo ends with drawings of the major characters and brief descriptions of their fates - Poor Girl works at a bank, Anthony lives on a farm in Switzerland, Double Eyes got a sex change, and Cyclops got rich selling toys modelled after him. Big Razor Sis' fate is left ambiguous - there is a before-and-after image suggesting that she got a sex change, but there's no accompanying text.
  • Both Deuce Bigalow films end with these;
    • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo reveals that Deuce married Kate, Deuce's father became a male prostitute, the overweight Fluisa underwent extensive liposuction and now worked as a model in Victoria's Secret known as Naomi, Ruth opened an all girls school for Tourette's, Carol managed to fulfill her dream trip to France, T.J. starts his own reality show dedicated to his experiences as a male prostitute, and an incarcerated Antoine marries Tina.
    • In Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (with the opening revealing that Kate was killed in a shark attack shortly after the marriage), the epilogue reveals that T.J. moves on from gay man-whoring to become a rapper, Deuce marries Eva and she is shown being pregnant, Gaspar is gang raped in prison, and Kate's prosthetic leg is turned into a bong by a woman without a leg.
  • The 1996 movie House Arrest ends with a montage of the major characters, with Grover providing a voiceover explaining their fates.
  • Pain and Gain ends with the credits showing the main cast with a picture of the real person they were portraying. Two of the kidnappers were sentenced to death while the third served 15 years in prison. The gym owner who forged the transaction papers for them got 15 years as well and died in prison, while the survivors' names were changed.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a montage near the end, showing what happened to most of the characters who survived the climax:
    • Natasha is Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee for leaking all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets in order to expose HYDRA's infiltration. She is acquitted of all charges and looks for a new identity.
    • Agent 13 aka Sharon joins the CIA.
    • Maria Hill is interviewing for a job at Stark Industries.
    • Rumlow survived getting a helicarrier dropped on his head, but he’s badly burned.
    • HYDRA mole Senator Stern is arrested.
    • Fury, still Faking the Dead burns all of his S.H.I.E.L.D stuff, including his eyepatch, and decides to head to Europe to hunt down the rest of HYDRA.
  • My Week with Marilyn ends with Marilyn singing a song while text overlay tells us what happened to her, Colin and Laurence after the film.
  • Can't Hardly Wait played with this. It was mostly set at a Wild Teen Party. The following morning, there are scenes of various characters meeting up and saying their goodbyes, apologies, or thanks as appropriate, and during each one, the scene freezes and a caption says what happened to the featured teen in the future. In one case, the scene froze, the caption said that the couple on screen would break up 10 minutes later, the screen unfroze for 30 seconds as the couple continued to interact, and then the screen froze again with a new caption saying that they got together again soon after the breakup.
  • Shades of this in Neighbors (2014). Mac meets Teddy outside Abercrombie & Fitch, and they discuss not only where they are in life, but also Pete and the other members of the frat. When Mac returns home, he and Kelly get a video call from their friends, tying that subplot off.
  • Unstoppable crosses this with Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Frank Barnes got promotion. He is now retired with full pay. Will is happily married. He and Darcy are expecting their second child. Connie Hooper was promoted to senior manager. Oscar Galvin continues the same job. Ryan Scott is alive and healthy. Dewey [Beat] works in the fast food industry.
  • In McFarland, USA, we're shown the adult, Real Life version of the boys on the cross country team, and told in captions what happened to them.
  • The HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero ends with many of the characters attending a funeral. Title cards are interspersed giving a summary of what happened to all of them in real life.
  • Done briefly in the Documentary Special When Lit with Koi Morris, a synthetic chemist and pinball tournament player who had earlier failed to qualify for the PAPA 8 World Championship.
  • In The Martian, Watney now teaches students at NASA. Lewis and Vongel are with their families while Beck and Johanssen have a baby. Martinez is returning to Mars while Teddy, Kapoor, Park, etc can rest easy as humanity continues another expedition to space.
  • The documentary Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball ends with brief descriptions of where the movie's various subjects ended up after the closure of Williams Electronics.
  • The Italian Job (2003) shows what happens to the main characters. Handsome Rob got his Astin Martin and promptly got pulled over by a cop during its first ride. Left Ear moved to Spain and got a room for all his shoes. Lyle made it to the front cover of Wired Magazine and got a stereo (with speakers that could blow off a woman's clothes). And Charlie married Stella.
  • Salvation Boulevard ends with one of these, revealing that Pastor Dan did get brought up on charges, Professor Blaylock remained an adamant atheist, and that Carl and Gwen divorced with Carl remarrying to Honey and becoming an ex-ex-Deadhead.
  • Kayfabe: A Fake Real Movie About A Fake Real Sport ends with Randy explaining to the documentary team how everyone in the federation has moved on to new endeavors, most with great success.
  • Deepwater Horizon: After the disaster on the rig, Mike and Andrea eventually left Transocean, while Jimmy is still with them.
  • Des hommes et des dieux: Some text informs the viewer that seven of the monks were killed, one died 12 years later, and one was still alive as of the movie's making.
  • American Animals ends with title cards explaining where the four actual perpetrators are doing at the time of filming. They're all free and living quiet, modest lives.
  • Lords of Dogtown has little blurbs about what each real life character did after the events of the movie during the credits.
  • In Remember the Titans, the movie opens with several characters gathering for a funeral. The epilogue shows what the players and coaches of the team did with their lives after winning the Virginia state football championship in 1971, revealing that the funeral is Gerry Bertier’s, after he was killed by a drunk driver in 1981.
  • No God, No Master: The film ends with a summary of what happened to the major characters.
  • Conspiracy (2001) ends with a summary of the fates of the real historical figures involved, noting the limited punishments some of them received.
  • Onscreen epilogues in Jungle reveal what Yossi and Kevin did with their lives after they escaped the jungle. It is also revealed that Marcus and Kurt were never seen again.
  • Schindler's List uses a unique and famously powerful variation on the trope: a procession of 128 of the real-life surviving Schindlerjuden, accompanied by the actors who portrayed them in the film, walk past Oskar Schindler's grave in Israel and mark it with stones as per Jewish custom. The scene's subtitles also inform the audience of the statistics of the lives Schindler saved.
  • Captions at the end of Starkweather tell what happened to Starkweather, Fugate and Sheriff Karnopp (execution, life imprisonment, and induction into Nebraska Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, respectively).
  • Not exactly this trope, but it uses the name: In This is Spın̈al Tap, the group hears a radio station play one of their very old songs, "Cups and Cakes", from when they used to be called The Thamesmen. After the song, the D.J. announces that The Thamesmen are now called Spinal Tap, and that they have been consigned to the "Where Are They Now File". The looks on the band members' faces when he says this are priceless.
  • Vice (2018): Parodied halfway through the movie. After Dick Cheney rejects the presidential bid to protect his lesbian daughter Mary, an epilogue is shown that's obviously fake (it mentions that Dick Cheney never got into politics again and that he regularily wins Ironman competitions) where the Cheney family lived a happy, quiet life and never came back into the public eye. The credits even roll after that. Played straight at the end, where the actual epilogue is far more grim.
  • The final moments of Meet the Feebles reveal what happened to all the Feebles who managed to survive the film:
    • After getting surgery on his kneecaps, which Heidi shot out during her rampage, Sidney takes up horticulture with Seymour, no longer having to worry about Sandy or her paternity suit since she was one of Heidi's victims.
    • Arthur gets an award for his service towards the theater and retires to the countryside.
    • Sebastian, having managed to escape being shot by Heidi, manages to procure a book deal about the massacre and is currently in deals for a movie, though he probably fabricated everything. The only consultation is that he somehow lost an eye.
    • Robert and Lucille marry and have children, and Robert becomes a photographer.
    • Finally, despite murdering many, many Feebles, Heidi only serves ten years in jail and, having lost a lot of her weight, takes up working at a check out line at a supermarket.

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  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Chapter Fourteen; arguably a Subverted Trope because they haven't gone anywhere, although a year had passed while they've been on the island and their views have moved on. The Beatrice Letters form part of an epilogue themselves. Even though the scrambled letters reveal that " BEATRICE SANK", there are hints that Baudelaires are apparently living out their lives doing what they love: 1) Sunny is said to be sharing her recipes on the radio in The Beatrice Letters. 2) In book 3 the narrator says that Violet would return to Briny Beach a third time in her life, and since she'd only gone there twice over the course of the series (in book 1 and again in book 12), she must have survived at least until they reached the mainland. 3) In book 2, the narrator states that Klaus would like awake in bed many years later wondering what would have happened if he'd managed to stop Count Olaf/Stephano from entering Uncle Monty's house - the last chapter takes place roughly a year and a half from this point, so his survival is also heavily implied. 4) Beatrice (that's the Beatrice born in Book 13) is currently trying to find Lemony Snicket, presumably to ask him the whole truth about what happened
  • Magyk, the first Septimus Heap book, has a "What happened to..." last chapter. Other books in the series have variations, such as "What happened before...", detailing each character's backstory. The twist being that they all detail what happens (or happened) to the very minor characters, those who are named but never shown or shown but never named. A nurse who gets two lines in the book, the never-seen girlfriend of one of the brothers, the gatekeeper's son, etc.
  • The epilogues of Dave Barry's novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business end with a series of short paragraphs explaining what happened to various characters. He likely borrowed it from his friend Carl Hiaasen, who uses it in many of his novels.
  • The Westing Game has an epilogue describing how every character became rich, famous and influential.
  • By the same author, The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) has an epilogue explaining how most of the surviving characters lived happily thereafter.
  • The Golden Road by L. M. Montgomery ends with a scene where Sara Stanley (a girl who is always portrayed as slightly otherworldly and magical) receives the inspiration of prophecy and predicts the futures of all of the main characters. Hints dropped over the course of the novel confirm them to be true.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings did originally have an epilogue, but it was cut for publication. The Appendices do fulfill this role though, especially Appendix A (with the tale of Aragorn and Arwen) and Appendix B, The Tale of Years.
  • The final pages of The English Patient, where it's written the characters are doing after the end of the war.
  • Erich Maria Remarque's novel The Black Obelisk. Most of them died in World War II.
  • In Stephen King's The Green Mile, it's not the epilogue, but near the end, during John Coffey's execution where Paul describes the eventual fate of his friends.
  • The "Finale" of George Eliot's Middlemarch: Dorothea marries Ron, and Fred and Mary call their children Snape and Dumbledore... er, or something like that. It brings the reader up-to-date on the forty years or so between the end of the main book, and the time of writing, anyway.
  • Dear America
  • The last book in the Deltora Quest series ends with one of these, and describes Leif's reign with the exact same wording as King Adin's reign, described in the first chapter of the first book.
  • The Saga of the Jomsvikings ends with a short summary of what later became of the Jomsviking chiefs that survived the Battle of Hjorunga Bay: Vagn marries Ingibjörg, the daughter of Thorkel Leira, and moves back to Fyn, Bjorn lives out his life in Wales, Sigurd Cape returns to Bornholm, and also that Bui (who jumped overboard in Hjorunga Bay) may have turned into a sea-dragon.
  • In In the Time of the Butterflies, based on the true stories of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, the last chapter is told in first person by Dede, the only surviving sister. She describes what happened to her sisters' families after they were assassinated by Trujillo.
  • Kill Time or Die Trying does this in the form of last words and gravesite epitaphs for the main characters, mostly Played for Laughs. Some examples:
    Nathan's gravesite: 'Reserved Staff Parking'
    Allan's last words: 'Bad idea? How bad?'
  • The Phantom of Manhattan ends this way, briefly describing the fates of the surviving major characters as well as those of Historical Domain Character Oscar Hammerstein and the Manhattan Opera House.
  • The last Lion Boy book ended with a chapter saying what happened to every character.
  • The Distant Finale in Harry Potter, which confirmed a number of pairings, and was supplemented by Word of God to include what everyone's jobs were in the future.
  • The last chapter of Pride and Prejudice describes what became of all the characters after Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth's marriage.
    • Mrs. Bennet remained silly, but luckily Mr. Bennet still found her amusing.
    • Kitty and Mary both improved in character: the former because she was influenced less by Lydia and more by Jane and Elizabeth; the latter because she was no longer compared with her more beautiful sisters.
    • Mr. Bingley and Jane bought an estate only thirty miles away from the Darcys', much to Jane and Elizabeth's joy.
    • The affections Lydia and Wickham had for each other quickly cooled off, and they lived by leeching off the Darcys and the Bingleys.
    • Georgiana and Elizabeth developed a great relationship as Mr. Darcy had hoped.
    • Lady Catherine eventually relented, and Elizabeth managed to reconcile her and Mr. Darcy enough for Lady Catherine to visit Pemberley from time to time.
  • There is a short epilogue of this type in Redeeming Love, which shows that Angel was at last able to break out of the Heel–Face Revolving Door firmly on the Face side, the ministry she founded was successful in rescuing hundreds of girls from being forced into the sex trade, she reconciled with her antagonistic brother-in-law, she and Michael miraculously had four children, and died calmly in their old age within months of each other.
  • Beauty Queens combines this with a Dance Party Ending.
  • The Empirium Trilogy: Lightbringer's epilogue jumps forward five years after Corien's defeat and Rielle's death. Celdaria is still picking up the pieces from its battle with the angels. An alliance between wraiths and humans have been established. Audric adores his daughter, Eliana, and is taking pains to teach her that her powers are neither inherently evil nor inherently good. Ilmaire's stopped running away from his responsibility of being king, and now rules Borsvall alongside his husband, Leevi.
  • The epilogue of Rally Round the Flag, Boys! tells what happened to the characters after the Fourth of July. It mostly ties up loose ends, particularly Harry and Grace's Second-Act Breakup.
  • The Civil War novels by Michael and Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure) end with the major figures in each having a paragraph about their later lives or legacy. Measure features a lengthier sequence before the blurbs recounting the last days of Lee, Grant, and Chamberlain.
  • The book of 2 Timothy, in The Bible, which is chronologically the last piece of writing from the apostle Paul, contains a moving passage in which Paul, awaiting execution, writes his friend a reflective farewell. He then goes on to tell Timothy where all his various friends, who have appeared at the end of his letters, are now. Most are ministering in various churches across the Mediterranean area "Titus is in Dalmatia... Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus" a couple have fallen away from Christianity, and one is "ill in Miletus". This serves as a 'where are they now' epilogue for Paul's generation of church leaders, alongside the passing of the baton on to Timothy and those he must lead.
  • In Those That Wake, the first book and its sequel end with these epilogues.
  • James Howe's The Misfits uses a variation where the epilogue is told from the perspective of the seventh-grade protagonist looking towards the future rather than an older version of the protagonist looking back, so it's framed as what will happen rather than what did happen (for example, the protagonist says of himself that "I will go into politics" rather than "I went into politics"), but it's clearly meant to be an accurate representation of what happens to the characters; the author likely wanted to be able to keep the epilogue in the same narrative voice (of a twelve-year-old) rather than shifting to an adult narrator.
  • The epilogue of the last Age of Fire book is primarily focused on Wistala and her mate DharSii expecting eggs, but the narration also touches on what's happened to all the other living characters.
  • Taking place in the Warhammer 40,000 'verse, Dan Abnett's series for the Eisenhorn trilogy ends on this note, telling where the surviving characters go. They are: Ravenor went on with his own career as an Inquisitor (read: "got his own spin-off"), with a note that spoiled the end of his own series, and Nayl and Kara went with him. Medea retired from the Inquisition to work the family company, but disappeared years later. Inquisitor Heldane survived his encounter with Eisenhorn when Heldane tried to kill him, but left him radicalized and even more twisted and disfigured in his later life; he also went on to have a bit part in Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts. Eisenhorn and Cherubael both went missing after the events of the book. Also a subversion with the case of Alizabeth Bequin: she was in a coma and written off as dead by the end of the series, but she survived at least for a time, and her comatose body was spirited away by another subversive group...
  • Employed with variations in a number of James Fenimore Cooper's books. A few examples:
    • The Spy: 33 years after the main events, during the battle of Lundy's Lane a conversation reveals the fate of various characters. Harvey Birch, the eponymous hero of the novel and now an old man, is killed in that same battle.
    • The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish: A modern-day narrator visits the town of Wish-ton-Wish and inspects the gravestones of the characters.
    • The Prairie: A year later, Captain Middleton visits the Pawnee village where the Natty Bumppo has settled down, just in time to witness the octogenarian dying attended by Hard-Heart and the others.
    • The Deerslayer: Fifteen years later Hawkeye, Chingachgook and his son Uncas (who was conceived shortly after the events of the novel) revisit Lake Otsego and the locations of the story. In a subversion Hawkeye is unsuccessful in his attempts to find out what became of Judith.
  • E. M. Forster wrote an appendix to A Room with a View 50 years later, detailing numerous adverse circumstances that befell Lucy and George after their wedding and through both world wars.
  • John Masefield:
    • The Midnight Folk doesn't have chapter divisions, so there's no explicit epilogue, but the last couple of pages consist of a series of descriptions of what happened to various characters after the events of the novel.
    • Odtaa ends with a section headed "Appendices and Notes", a collection of oddments and in-universe documents (including a letter from the protagonist to the author commenting on the manuscript of the novel) that collectively serve to show what became of the characters.
  • Dead End Job Mysteries: The first book ends in this, covering both the main protagonists and the assorted side characters. Later books downplay it, but most of the characters still get explanations about what happened to them afterward.
  • The Last Dogs: The end of the tetralogy shows most of the pets being reunited, on a TV show that Max and his nephews and nieces like watching. Several endings include:
    • Panda and Possum, the two cat sisters in the house of cats, reuniting with their man.
    • Georgie and Belle reuniting with their owners and helping them clean up the latter's filthy mansion.
    • Zephyr and the other Dalmatians being hailed as heroes for looking after the other dogs.
    • Julep and Dixie the German shepherd police dogs returning from their trip to the Praxis laboratory.
    • Spots reuniting with his brother Dots, as well as Stripes the skunk becoming a part of their family. Along with that, Tiffany the raccoon finally got recognition as a master thief.
    • Dolph the wolf having been relocated to a wildlife park, most likely giving up his quest for vengeance.
  • Tales from Jabba's Palace (a Star Wars Legends anthology: Since most of the characters in this book never really figured heavily in future stories, one of these was included where it had been absent from the other Tales From... books.
    • Malaki the rancor keeper freed Porcellus the chef from his cell, then the pair looted the treasury and opened their own restaurant in Mos Eisley with the proceeds.
    • J'Quille the Whiphid found he now had a bounty on his head if he ever left Tatooine and, unable to take the planet's heat any longer, joined the B'omarr monks and exchanged his body for a brain jar.
    • Mara Jade was kept very busy.
    • Gartogg the Gamorrean left the palace with others heading to Mos Eisley, where he became an enforcer for a smuggling operation and faithfully took the dried-out mummies of the kitchen boy and a B'omarr monk (whose murders he'd solved) with him everywhere he went.
    • Ephant Mon returned to his homeworld and started a religious sect that worshipped the Force.
    • Max Robo and Sy Snootles split up; Max joined the Rebellion as an entertainer and later started his own successful multi-planet chain of restaurants, while Sy tried for a solo career that went poorly, forcing her to hook up with other jizz bands to keep her career going. Droopy vanished into the desert and is supposedly still out there with other Kitonaks, whose music can still be heard.
    • Bib Fortuna remained in the palace, a brain in a jar, though he managed to contact other allies and still hoped to escape some day.
    • Dannik Jerriko went on a killing spree in the palace and ended up a wanted man.
    • Like Mara Jade, Boba Fett was kept very, very busy by his later adventures.
    • Yarna Gargan and her business partner Doallyn lived on their new ship and became free traders; Yarna danced for credits when needed, including at Han and Leia's wedding, and there became recruited as a model for a new line of jeweled brassieres. Doallyn managed her new career, with a side job of capturing specimens for zoos. Yarna's son and daughters discovered a talent for music and eventually became a swinging jizz trio.
    • Of the other eight stories, six ended with the viewpoint character dead, and Tessek and Bubo's ended with them joining the B'omarr monks.
  • Grent's Fall had one for surviving characters on both sides.
  • A Memoir By Lady Trent: The Afterword to Within the Sanctuary of Wings has Isabella recount briefly what has happened in the life of her and other people involved in her story, as well as some general information about the differences between the world from her memories and the world as it is now.

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: After the Final Battle, there's a one year Time Skip, and then the final scenes show where all the team members have been up to since parting ways: Elena is now a top field agent, on a team with Piper and and LMD of Davis; Mack is still Director of SHIELD, now operating out of a Helicarrier; May is an instructor at SHIELD's academy, with Flint as one of her students; Fitz and Simmons have retired to raise their daughter; Daisy is running a deep space mission alongside Sousa and Kora; and Coulson is now Walking the Earth in semi-retirement.
  • Ambulance is one of many British documentary series focusing on medical and emergency services, for which an unofficial "industry standard" has emerged whereby these epilogues are presented as silent footage or stills in a shrunken window with white-on-black text captions beneath and accompanying music (which will fade out to a Moment of Silence if the person died).
  • The Astronaut Wives Club ends with Max narrating what happens to all of the Mercury families in the last minutes of the finale.
  • Each episode of Band of Brothers had been topped and tailed by interviews with the survivors. After the final episode, the interviewees returned - this time with captions telling you who they were. Near the end of the final episode when Easy Company is told that they are going home, Winters briefly narrates the fates of several of the surviving main characters.
  • Every episode of Bar Rescue ends by describing what had been happening at the episode's featured bar a couple months after its relaunch, including updates on the staff's personal and financial problems detailed throughout the episode.
  • CBS Schoolbreak Special: The epilogue of the episode "15 and Getting Straight", which dramatized two newcomer teen drug addicts (Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldman) to a 12 step-type counseling program. A teen named Rick seems to have made tremendous progress and has taken to mentoring the teens as he is at the end of the 28-day inpatient program, but most of the other teens believe they don't belong in the program and don't have a problem. David Birney plays the lead counselor, himself an ex-druggie. The irony follows at the end, where Birney's character tells the group that Rick had overdosed; he had run into some old friends who tried to get him to try a new drug, Rick refused at first but when they followed him home and kept hounding him, Rick took the drug and immediately had a seizure. Then follows the epilogue, zooming in on an empty chair. All of the teens that seemed that they weren't going to make it do ... and Rick (whose post-script is saved for last) is dead.
  • Charite ends with protagonist Ida Lenze narrating what became of her, Doctor Behring, Doctor Ehrlich, Professor Koch, Hedwig Freiberg, and Professor Virchow.
    • Again in the follow-up series, Charité at War, where Anni narrates how life went on for her and the other protagonists.
  • The final episode of Charmed, "Forever Charmed" says what is going to happen to the protagonists' kids and actually ends with a shot of their grandkids.
  • The final Coach has Dauber narrating what happened to most of the cast: Luther retired and got his own mansion as a retirement gift from Doris, Howard was fired but him and his wife sold their Barbie collection and now own a dinner theater in Jupiter, Florida, and Dauber himself coached the Breakers to back-to-back Super Bowl wins, then retired and became a "Monday Night Football" commentator.
  • Once per Episode on Cold Case as a Contrast Montage between what the people involved in the case were like then compared to how they are like in the present, if they're still alive.
  • Community: The episode "The Art of Discourse" ends with a Food Fight and the epilogue. This being Community, it was done as a direct reference to Animal House. While the obnoxious kids have their futures told, the main characters get spoof endings, with Jeff's being that he "banged Mark's mom. Twice." This later serves up a Brick Joke over four years later in the episode "Cooperative Polygraphy" when Britta does indeed become the proud owner of a used iPod Nano.
  • On the day of Joe Biden's inaguration, Conan ran a mock epilogue for Donald Trump, his family, his aministration, and a selection of supporters:
    DONALD TRUMP continued to get impeached every year on his birthday.

    All 5 MELANIA TRUMPS returned to Slovenia.

    DON JR. got divorced from Kimberly Guilfoyle and found love on ABC's new dating show, "The Damp, Coked-Up Bachelor."

    After her political ambitions failed, IVANKA started selling a line of coffee mugs that say, "I WAS A MODERATING INFLUENCE."

    JARED KUSHNER was beaten up by his own children, shortly after being introduced to them.

    MIKE PENCE returned to Indiana, where he hired a shaman to give him Ayahuasca. He tripped balls for 3 days and now surfs in Santa Cruz under the name "Wiggie."

    After completely disappearing form public, STEPHEN MILLER re-emerged when White House cleaning staff discovered him inside a wall vent, nursing a new litter of ten thousand larvae.

    STEVE BANNON stopped drinking, lost 60 pounds and became a healthy and vibrant asshole.

    STEVE MNUCHIN set off on a personal "dreamquest" to find the vowel missing from his last name.

    In 2030, HOPE HICKS celebrated her 8th year as the fourth Mrs. Donald Trump.

    BEN CARSON spent the next 9 years at MAGA events, telling Trump supporters, "No, you're thinking of Herman Cain."

    BETSY DEVOS went on to develop a technology that converts poor people into nutritious dog food.

    RUDY GIULIANI continued to fight Trump's legal battles, taking his election fraud case all the way to "THE SUPREME CORK DISCOUNT WINE & LIQUOR."

    ROGER STONE lives in a sewer and vows to one day get revenge on Batman.

    MIKE "MY PILLOW GUY" LINDELL was murdered by a disgruntled customer, who smothered him with one of his own pillows.note 

    KELLYANNE CONWAY retired from politics and tried to rehabilitate her image by becoming a ring card girl at cockfights.

    JACOB CHANSLEY, (aka QANON SHAMAN) made a wrong turn in Yellowstone Park, got cornered by a herd of buffalo, and was mounted over 800 times.
  • The final episode of Corner Gas had brief snippets discussing what the characters were doing a few months down the line, which ended up sounding just like the plot of another episode, reinforcing the message of the ending that things weren't really going to change that much.
  • Doctor Who: "The Fires of Pompeii" ends with an epilogue set six months later, showing that the family the Doctor and Donna rescued is doing well: the marble business continues, Evelina is wearing a short skirt that's the latest fashion, and Quintus is studying to be a doctor. Oh, and they've adopted the Doctor, Donna and the TARDIS as their household gods.
  • A mild version, the ending narration of Dragnet, describing the results of the case investigated in the episode over a mug shot of the suspect. This is also frequently parodied in its entirety.
  • Due South did a similar thing at the end of its finale, "Call of the Wild", although the revealed futures were slightly more obscure and unusual than most other series. For example, Francesca Vecchio was revealed to have six "virgin pregnancies". The futures were probably obscure because they were quickly written, after the scripted ending to the finale wasn't filmed. The unfilmed scripted ending was found a few years ago and made known to fans.
  • The Ex-PM ends by revealing that Andrew Dugdale was re-elected to Parliament in 2017 and became Prime Minister again a year later, his wife Catherine somehow became Prime Minister in 2022, their daughter Carol would become backup singer for Tina Arena in 2019 and that Curtis was abducted by aliens in 2022, among others.
  • Flashpoint ended its series with a scene set a year after the events of the finale to show what happened to the main characters. Sam and Jules have had a baby girl named Sadie (Jules having been pregnant during the main part of the finale), Sam's been made team leader of Team 3, Parker's near-fatal injuries in the finale forced him to retire from active duty and he's now an academy instructor, Ed is taking Parker's place as Sergeant of Team 1, and Spike and Winnie are officially a couple and happily dating.
  • The Friday Night Lights Grand Finale ends with a series of scenes that show us what happened to the characters 8 months after the Lions' final State game.
  • In The Girl From Plainville, Michelle was sentenced to 15 months for involuntary manslaughter, but was released after 11 months due to good behavior. Conrad Roy II (Conrad's father) ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon in his son's honor to raise awareness of mental health. Lynn worked with politicians on a bill called "Conrad's Law" that would make suicide coercion punishable with up to 5 years in prison.
  • Perhaps the best spoof: Eddie Izzard's Glorious stand up show, which cuts from audience applause to a somber tune and some captions telling us that Eddie went to prison for five years and is now called "Jeff", and is living on a duck farm.
  • The Great British Bake Off: Each series ends by revealing what all the contestants — including those eliminated as early as the first round — are doing. Generally this means becoming bakers (or otherwise working in some sort of baking-related area) for contestants eliminated later, and a bit more community baking for the less successful. There have also been a couple of proper standalone Where Are They Now shows.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, in the episode "Gary Blauman", Future!Ted fills in on what happened with a lot of minor characters.
    • Carl continues to run MacLarens as a family business with his son.
    • Jeanette was arrested for sending jars of urine to Val Kilmer (not that Val Kilmer) but manages to avoid prison by getting psychological help from Kevin. They romantically hook up and are now in Poughkeepsie.
    • Ranjit now owns the limo service.
    • Patrice becomes a host for a call-in service radio show. She's still in touch with Robin who calls the show sometimes and still screams at her.
    • William Zabka became the youngest winner of the American Humanities medal with Literature.
    • Zoe still stages protests for noble causes that don't always end well for her.
    • Scooter marries Stripper!Lily.
    • Blitz became a gambling addict but finally kicked the habit after a three day bender at the same slot machine ... only for an elderly woman to hit the jackpot right after he left.
    • Blah Blah has her name finally remembered by Future!Ted. It's Carol.
    • Sandy Rivers lost his job for his sexual harassment but becomes a news anchor in Moscow ... where he still sexually harasses his co-workers.
    • James got back together with Tom.
    • Gary Blauman drove back, apologized and was at Robin and Barney's wedding after all.
  • A few early episodes of Law & Order did this — once the complications that made it a good story were ironed out, the actual verdict and sentence appeared onscreen prior to the credits. This model was dropped by the second season.
  • An all-grown up Mabel explains what happened to the supporting cast of Mad About You.
  • Malcolm in the Middle ended with a montage of each family member three months after Malcolm and Reese's graduation. Dewey enjoys being the oldest brother as he and Jamie continue to cause trouble; Francis rants on the phone to Lois about being a free spirit just before heading off to his secret office job; Lois is pregnant yet again; Reese enjoys living with Craig, and also loves his permanent job as a janitor which, as he explains to Malcolm over the phone, he got after framing the previous janitor for being a peeping tom; and Malcolm is doing well at Harvard, which he is paying for by also working as a janitor.
  • Merlin ends with a brief scene of the now very old Merlin in the modern day.
  • Mouse (2021): The epilogue takes place three years after the main series. Young-shin is pardoned but implicitly killed after her release, Mu-chi and Bong-yi are still friends, and Ba-reum died in prison and Mu-chi visits his grave.
  • The Newhart finale had one of these, set five years after a Japanese developer had bought the entire town of Stratford, Vermont and turned it into a golf resort. Of course, they then subverted it by having the show - not just the final episode, but the entire series - turn out to be All Just a Dream.
  • After the penultimate episode of Night and Day closed on Jane stabbing Danny, Josh apparently stabbing himself and (less surprisingly) Roxanne shrieking at Alex, in the finale we revisited the residents of Thornton Street four years on, on Jane and Della's twenty-first birthday...
    • Natalie and Duncan have moved out of the neighbourhood, but are still apparently together.
    • Ryan is now a transvestite going by the name of Beverly, and still with Celeste.
    • Della and Josh are living Happily Ever After at St Vincent's, with their own adopted children and £1m in the bank after Josh hit the jackpot on a TV gameshow.
    • Alex has moved back to his hometown of Liverpool, while Roxanne is now a social worker, still living in Thornton Street - but there are hints that they may now reunite.
    • Dennis is now a firefighter; he and Fiona have a son named Gabriel, and are cohabiting with Mike and his partner Jeremy.
    • Tom has become a renowned pornographer, and lives with a partner and son, Bjorn, in Amsterdam .
    • Jimmy and Begonia are expecting again, while Charlie and Dona bring up their first child, Fidel.
    • Sam is training to be a rabbi, and announces his engagement to girlfriend Zoe.
    • Lucy appears to be living happily with Rachel.
    • Kate and Frankie continue to command the Virgin Army, with help from robotically resurrected Will.
    • Steph has died, and Josh is seen visiting her gravestone.
    • Holly is conspicuously absent - but on the videotape message Tom sends his parents, does the voice of his partner - who is curiously both pixelated and obscured from our view by Dennis's foot - sound familiar?
    • Jane arrives for the celebrations, claiming to have been granted day release from a secure psychiatric unit, where she's been serving a sentence for Danny and Malcolm's murders. But her family later learns that she died in her cell earlier that morning - leaving us to conclude that it was in fact her ghost, having come to say her goodbyes before disappearing for the final time.
  • Paranormal State uses this as an Every Episode Ending.
  • Parks and Recreation spends the entire last episode revealing moments from the future of each character, some almost fifty years in the future.
  • Power Rangers Wild Force: Red Ranger Cole makes his peace with the deceased Big Bad, and uses his talents to help animals. Yellow Ranger Taylor rejoined the Air Force. Black and Blue Rangers Danny and Max (respectively) went on a trip around the world. Silver Ranger Merrick also travels the world, but with his old enemy Zen-Aku (who is apparently Back from the Dead AGAIN) at his side. The narrator is revealed to be White Ranger Alyssa, who is now a kindergarten teacher and has been telling the story of the Rangers to her students.
    • In the above series crossover with Power Rangers Time Force, we learn that after the Big Bad's Daughter's Heel–Face Turn, she got a job at a daycare.
    • Its Super Sentai basis, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger also has this - Red Ranger Kakeru returns to being a veterinarian, Yellow Ranger Gaku rejoined the JSADF, Blue Ranger Kai worked in a surf shop, Black Ranger Sotaro runs a ranch with his love interest, White Ranger Sae resumed her kenpo training, and Silver Ranger Shirogane went road-tripping across the world.
    • Power Rangers S.P.D. has one of these. Sky is promoted to Red Ranger after Jack leaves SPD, and Bridge is promoted to Blue Ranger. This one was followed up on during the Power Rangers Operation Overdrive crossover episode, where Bridge explains that after Commander Cruger was promoted, Sky was promoted to Commander and he was promoted to Red Ranger.
      • The SPD crossover with Power Rangers Dino Thunder established that a year after graduating from Reefside, Conner McKnight was starting a few soccer camps for kids and Kira Ford was singing jingles for adverts, but by the time the SPD Rangers are active Conner has several camps all over the country, Kira's songs have made her famous, and Ethan James actually created some of the technology used by SPD. Oh yeah, and Dino Thunder itself revealed that Tommy Oliver actually became an archaeologist and then a high school science teacher.
    • In the crossover between Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue and Power Rangers Time Force, we learn that the Pink Ranger became a doctor, whilst the Green Ranger married Dr. Fairweather. A deleted scene would have explained that a new Lightspeed Aqua Base had been built (the old one was destroyed in the finale), and the old Titanium Ranger is the new commander.
    • In the final part of Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, we get a look into the future. Ravi has been bonding with his mom- who's been promoted to General- and Roxy over his art, Nate and Zoey are dating and leading Coral Harbor in its fight for renewable energy, Steel became a movie star, Ben and Betty became actual security guards and captured the escapee Scrozzle. Guess who took over as commander? Devon. And he brings everyone together to celebrate Steel's first birthday.
  • Princess Silver: The second half of the last episode shows what happened to the characters after Fu Yuan's death. Wu You and Rong Le are crowned emperor and empress; Wu Yu and Xiao Ke agree to get married; and Chen Yu is a tutor warning children not to make the same mistakes she and so many other people made.
  • Due to its abrupt cancellation the series finale of Pushing Daisies ends with a brief montage that explains what the cast would have done if the series had continued. Olive marries Randy and they open a mac-and-cheese restaurant. Emerson publishes his pop-up book which allows his long-lost daughter Penny to find him. Lily and Vivian Charles resume their synchronized swimming careers with a world tour, but before that Ned and Chuck finally reveal to them that Chuck is still alive.
  • Quantum Leap's somewhat infamous 'Sam Beckett never returned home' captions at the end of the last episode, added on when the show was canceled.
    • A variation happened in almost every episode. After he's changed time and just before he leaps out, Sam is given an update by Al on what happens to the people he's been helping.
  • The Red Green Show did this on its final episode. While it didn't cover all the cast members, it did highlight most of the major ones and even one or two who hadn't been seen in a while.
  • Rescue 911 nearly always did this at the end of a segment. Usually, the show filmed the segment's protagonists walking along a beach or walkway, visiting a fun center or public park, or other somesuch. The show also liked to film the protagonists meeting back up with the dispatchers and/or other personnel that rendered assistance. (Plus, if their segment is posted on YouTube, then sometimes the people involved—or those who know them—will post a comment, saying what they're up to today.)
  • The mid-90s BBC documentary series Rock Family Trees had this as an Every Episode Ending. If you see a British sketch show from the latter half of the 90s and they send up this trope, it's most likely this they're parodying.
  • A variation; in The Sarah Jane Adventures, at the end of "Death of the Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith, while talking about the Doctor's legacy, reveals the fates of some of his former companions, whom she researched online:
    "There’s a woman called Tegan in Australia, fighting for Aboriginal rights. There’s Ben and Polly, in India, running an orphanage there. There was Harry... oh, I loved Harry. He was a doctor, he did such good work with vaccines. He saved thousands of lives. There was a Dorothy something. She runs that company, A Charitable Earth. She’s raised billions. And this couple in Cambridge. Both professors. Ian and Barbara Chesterton. Rumour has it, they’ve never aged. Not since the sixties. I wonder... echoes of the Doctor, all over the world. With friends like us, he’s never going to die, is he?"
  • Sea Patrol ended with a shot of each character with a one line description about their future.
  • The Secrets Of The Dead episode "One P.M. Central Standard Time" ends with Cronkite saying "This is Walter Cronkite, good night" over two text screens: "Walter Cronkite died in 2009 at the age of 92. In the fifty years since he covered the events in Dallas over 150 million people have visited the grave of John Fitzgerald Kennedy."
  • Six Feet Under closed with a montage of how each of the main characters would live out their lives and inevitably die, combined with music courtesy of Sia.
  • The semi-canonical fan-made featurette "Message From Moonbase Alpha" works as both this and a Distant Finale for Space: 1999: As Bridge Bunny Sandra Benes reports on this final transmission, the Moonbase has just about given up its ghost after all of these years and the Alphans are going to take their chances on an Earth-like planet that they have managed to encounter.
  • Superior Court, a TV courtroom drama from the late 1980s that featured court cases based on actual ones. Each case — usually one, but sometimes two per show — was followed with a "where are they now" epilogue, mostly telling what became of the principal characters in each case, but sometimes if a major social issue was addressed, what changed or did not change since the case was heard.
  • I Survived finished every episode with details of the featured individual’s recovery. In the case of crime victims, the arrest and conviction of their assailant was also detailed. There were also lovely footnotes about subsequent marriages, children, careers, etc. (One especially sweet note assured viewers that a man’s dog, who had been trapped along with him, had also survived their harrowing ordeal).
  • Third Watch did this at the end of its finale, "Goodbye to Camelot", revealing what happened to the main and recurring characters in the few years to come.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In the closing narration of "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank", Rod Serling notes that the title character and Comfort Gatewood are still alive and their only son, a United States senator, is regarded as "an uncommonly shrewd politician."
    • In the final scene of "I Sing the Body Electric", Anne, Tom and Karen Rogers have grown up and are ready to attend college. As they no longer need her, their robotic grandmother sadly leaves the house. Before she does so, however, she tells her former charges that they have brought her great joy over the years.
  • Used in the form of text subtitles to show what happened to the various people each week's Undercover Boss met during his week in his company's trenches.
  • The West Wing opens its final season with this. The cold opening for episode 7x1 depicts most mains meeting up for the dedication of Bartlet's presidential library three years after Santos wins the nomination. Turns out CJ marries Danny, moves to Santa Monica and has a baby, Toby does not end up in federal prison but at Columbia, Will joins congress, Kate writes a book... They try not to spoil who wins the election by deliberately not showing the current president when he arrives, although the fact that Josh is his chief of staff kind of gives it away. Eerily, the epilogue does not feature Leo, even though John Spencer was still alive at the time of shooting the episode and his character's untimely death was written in due to Spencer's sudden passing.
  • Every season of The Wire ended the last episode with one of these set to music. The final one was a heartbreaking use of History Repeats, as a lot of the younger characters fall into the roles vacated by previous ones - Dukie is the new Bubbles, Michael is the new Omar, Sydnor is the new McNulty, etc.
  • The Wonder Years concludes with seeing the adult Kevin and Winnie. The adult Kevin also gives an epilogue about what became of his immediate family: His father, Jack, continues to manage the furniture plant until his unexpected death in 1975 ... after which Wayne takes over the business; mother Norma becomes involved in city politics and business; and Karen and her husband give birth to a son. Kevin and Winnie split up one last time to go to college, he in the United States and she in Paris ... but they remain close friends and write each other weekly for eight years. When she returns home, he meets her at the airport with his wife and infant son.

    Music followed her dreams and formed a variety band called "Music and the Notes." Their first album sold over a million copies. 
  • blink-182's video for "First Date" does this at the end.
  • Van Halen's music video for "Hot for Teacher" ended this way, with Alex going on to become a gynecologist, Michael Anthony becoming a champion sumo in Tokyo, Eddie ending up in a mental ward, David Lee Roth becoming a game show host, and special guest Waldo going on to an uncertain fate after graduation (he became successful with wealth and women, implied to have become a pimp).
  • And Korn's Twisted Transistor.
  • The Fugees vid for "Killing Me Softly", appropriate since the entire video (like the title of the album from which this single came) is an homage to Cooley High.
  • Five Iron Frenzy's "That's How the Story Ends" serves as a followup to most of their prior comedic songs. Some of the characters come back from the dead, and others get bridges dropped on them.
  • Bowling for Soup's Punk Rock 101.
  • "Love at the Five and Dime," a 1986 top 5 country hit for Kathy Mattea, had one such postlogue as the third verse of a love story involving a dime store clerk and an aspiring steel guitar player in a country band.
  • The original Swedish edition of The Cardigans' album Life ends with "Closing Time", which tells us what happened to some of the characters from the album's other songs. (Basically, they all lived Happily Ever After).
  • The Statler Brothers' "Class of '57," which was a look at a high school class and what had happened in the years since graduation. A nostalgic but oft-bittersweet song, some of the members go on to blue-collar careers (such as the deliveryman for Sears, the housewives who sell Tupperware or play organ at the local church, the factory worker and the mill worker), while others become leaders in their community (a teacher, an insurance salesman and grocery store owner). One becomes extremely rich (the Cattle Baron), another marries a multi-millionaire. There are tragic tales, such as a classmate who ends up in a mental institution and the young man named Freddie who, after his wife leaves him for another man, commits suicide. And then there are classmates they lost track of, such as Mavis. The chorus' underlying theme is one of high hopes and dreams being complicated when they realize they're in the real world and not with the protection of high school.
  • The "Big Enough" music video ended with the following text epilogue after the credits:
    Butch Callinan & Alex the Kid, having reconciled their past, would become partners ride west together where they would settle & see out their days operating an Apple Orchard on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California.

    Forging a modest whistling career on the stages of San Francisco, Molly Lewis would later join them, managing the burgeoning apple business' finances and, ultimately, outliving both of the former rivals.

    Never again did they speak of their fabled visitation from the ghost of old Jim Barnes.
  • Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe"; they all lived sadly ever after.
    A year has come and gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
    Brother married Becky Thompson and they bought a store in Tupelo
    There was a virus goin' 'round; Papa caught it and he died last spring
    And now Mama doesn't seem to want to do much of anything
    And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
    And droppin' 'em into the muddy water off the Tallahatchee Bridge.

    Podcasts began recording himself talking about how to paint, cook, and do other things. 
  • In the ending of The Adventure Zone: Balance, Griffin asks how Magnus dies. Travis describes how Magnus lives to be an old man, and dies peacefully in bed, surrounded by his loved ones. Afterward, Kravitz leads him to a special spot in the Astral Sea reserved for him and Julia.
  • After the main story of Season 1 of Live From Mount Olympus is complete, Hermes and Athena narrate the rest of Perseus's life up to his death and enshrinement in the stars.
  • In the final episode of In Strange Woods, Brett tells us where the other characters, as well as himself, end up after the main story concludes.

    Radio — well, he's an unknown, having disappeared into the wild, blue yonder. 
  • American Top 40: During the Casey Kasem era, this was a frequent feature, where he would update listeners on a popular act or one-hit wonder of past years, usually prior to 1970, and tell what had happened since their last major hit. The feature was parlayed into two AT40 specials, called "Disappearing Acts," which was exclusively one-hit wonders and stories about what had happened to these artists since their one brush with fame.

    Theatre continued to live his over-the-top lifestyle. How this hasn't gotten him fired from his bartending job yet is beyond us. Maybe he owns the bar? 
  • Parodied in the final Avenue Q presentation for the annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Celebration, which informs the audience what the characters will do after the show closes.
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller includes a "Where Are They Now?" as a prose addendum after the end of the script. It is often included in the programme notes.
  • At the end of the musical version of Legally Blonde, Paulette gives a brief "where are they now" over Elle's valedictorian speech (and at the same time preventing the audience from hearing the year of the graduating class).
  • Cosi by Louis Nowra ends with the main character giving a monologue on the subject of where the majority of the characters had ended up a year after the play's events.
  • Che gives a two sentence epilogue at the end of Evita.
  • Lindy Hume's English-language adaptation of Die Fledermaus, first produced by Opera Australia in 1997, ends with subtitles revealing the fates of each of the characters.
  • Fools, by Neil Simon, ends with such a humorous summation by Tolchensky, the main male lead.
  • Hamilton's final song "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" lists out what happened to the major characters that live on after Alexander dies in his duel with Aaron Burr.
  • The History Boys has one of the most depressing ones. Poor old Posner. 'Mrs Lintott describes him as living a lonely life, keeping "a scrapbook of the achievements of his one-time classmates" and having "a host of friends... though only on the Internet, and none in his right name or even gender." She concludes by saying "He has long since stopped asking himself where it went wrong."' He gets a (somewhat) happier ending in the film.
  • Oslo tells the story of the secretive back channel conferences that laid the groundwork for the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and Palestine. The actors portray real people involved in the peace talks — as such, when the show ends and the actors deliver a rapid-pace summary of declining Israeli-Palestinian relations from 1993 through 2016 (the year of the show's premiere), the political recap is interspersed with updates on the status of the key players. The death dates of several of the involved politicians and negotiators are declared, with each deceased character leaving the stage when they have recounted their cause of death (be it from assassination, age, or illness).
  • The printed copy of Pygmalion comes with a very extensive epilogue chapter detailing the future of Eliza Doolittle, in which she lives out one of the most mundane lower middle class lives ever put to paper, and absolutely positively does not get together with Higgins.
  • The stage musical adaptation of Ragtime ends with a number that mirrors the opening, except that instead introducing themselves, each of the important characters note  explains what happened to them after the events of the play.
  • At the close of Stupid Fucking Bird, each of the characters narrates their fate from the end of the story to their death.
  • At the end of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee each of the characters steps forward and tells the audience what happened to them afterward, and how their life was (or wasn't) changed by their experiences at the Bee.
  • The first production of the musical of Vanities did this; in subsequent productions it was rewritten into a Distant Finale.

    Video Games moved onto a shelf, where he met many others of his kind. He no longer feels like he's the only one who's into the stuff he is. 
  • Arabian Fight ends with a short montage after the final stage, detailing the fates of the four playable characters after rescuing the princess. Notably, the hero Sinbat (a younger and heavily-fictionalized version of Sinbad from the Arabian Nights) would continue his journey as a sailor before eventually becoming the famed adventurer from the myths (which he eventually decide to compile into a book), the heroine Ramaya marries herself into royalty three years later and rules over Arabia as a wise queen, the retainer Goldor gets promoted to the royal commander of the guards only to be demoted back to a retainer because of his arrogance, while the Warrior Monk Datta would establish his own monastery and teach kung fu to the public for the next 40 years.
  • Battle for Wesnoth:
    • The epilogue text of Heir to the Throne explains what each of the four main characters do after defeating Asheviere.
    • Dead Water: After explaining that the merfolk don't have to deal with Mal-Ravanal since he has been destroyed by the Wesnothians, the epilogue continues with explaining what happens to each surviving party members.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce gives an epilogue scene to major characters during the end credits.
  • The ending credits of Fairune 2 consist of a montage of Hope Girl, Layla and the Ancient Codex travel the worlds of Fairune together with the Fairies.
  • Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout: New Vegas conclude by describing what eventually happens to the various communities you helped (or, alternatively, hindered) along the way. New Vegas has these endings for the Downloadable Content, with Dead Money and Honest Hearts having the most charactes mentioned in the ending and the most variations.
    • Though even your best intentions and what seems to be the best path can instead turn out very wrong...
    • Also, even most of the good endings are just a less grey ending than normal. Take New Reno, you could have it turned into a place with schools and free, clean water for all...which'll be captured by raiders or forcibly subjugated into the NCR because they don't have any protection. On the other hand, you could leave it in the control of the Bishops, who'll fight for its place in NCR and turn it into a legitimate city...that'll fight for the rights for drug use, gambling, and prostitution.
      • Notably, New Vegas takes both the Wright and Bishop endings as canon; the Wrights are in control of a stable New Reno as part of the NCR, yet the Bishop child was conceived and became a powerful figure in the city.
    • The endings also tell you what happened to your companions provided they survived to the end of the game. John Cassidy settled down and fathered a daughter named Rose who would also follow a figure who will change the Wasteland in the future, Marcus went out east and founded a town where Mutants can live in peace, and that arrogant little shirt Myron was stabbed to death by an addict of the same life-destroying drug he invented.
    • Fallout 3, however, notably doesn't have one, which was another reason people hated the ending.
    • Fallout 4 lacks one as well, although it's understandable considering the game immediately picks up where it left off and there were much fewer major choices for the player to make this time around.
  • And, of course Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura had this as well.
  • Ditto Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Neverwinter Nights 2, and its expansion Mask of the Betrayer. Black Isle/Obsidian Entertainment loves this trope, it seems.
  • Skies of Arcadia ends with several shots of the minor characters and all the crewmembers you gather over the course of the game, with a continuation of what happens to them after the events of the game.
  • Every Suikoden game ends with a short blurb describing what happened to every one of the characters you recruited. Brew some tea and get cozy.
  • The Fire Emblem series also has this feature, upon completion of the credits short epilogues explain the unique future of all characters in the player's army who do not die during the story. In games in which you can pair the characters together, each character's ending will vary based on whether they were paired with anyone, and if so, who.
    • It was also used for the epilogue of Hasha no Tsurugi, the Alternate Continuity manga of Fire Emblem 6.
  • Jade Empire's ending includes a textual description of every surviving party member's fate, as well as that of at least one of the more memorable minor characters (Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard; that's actually his full name).
  • At the end of the Baldur's Gate II expansion pack, Throne of Bhaal, both the PC and every NPC in your party gets a text-based epilogue explaining how they live out the rest of their lives. Some are tragic (Minsc and Boo are together still, beyond the stars, where hamsters are giants and men become legends), and some are very, very funny (After a run-in with Elminster, Edwina the barmaid lives out the rest of her life as a bitter, bitter woman).
  • The Lufia series typically shows these while the credits are playing. A particularly sad example lies in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, where everyone is waiting for Maxim and Selan to return from Doom Island...except they won't, and their spirits visit their child one last time before departing. And then the remake's New Game+ ending finishes with "Jeros, we're home!"
  • Live A Live has this: Pogo and Gori have kids. The Xin Shan Quan Inheritor takes up the master's mantle. Sundown is still a wanderer; he does take off his hat if you fulfill certain actions in his chapter. Oboro-maru either is a bodyguard to Ryouma Sakamoto or is continuing his missions. Masaru leaves the gym where he trained, perhaps shutting it down for good. Akira works with Toei. Cube continues to aid Kato.
  • After the final level of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, what happened to rest of the gang after the Cooper Vault job is told, with some being quite humorous or a bit romantic.
    • The second game shows what happened to the Big Bads after they did their time in the slammer.
    • The fourth game also shows off the various fates of the villains as well as some of the main characters. Achieving 100% Completion shows what happens to Sly.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy IV gets one of these. It goes through the fate of everyone who lived through the game.
    • Final Fantasy IX shows some animations of the principle players and their fates some time after the game as Queen Garnet recalls Zidane's sacrifice. Later, Garnet attends a play given by the Tantalus players, one of whom removes his hood at the climax of the drama revealing himself to be Zidane (although anyone with any sense would have figured that out ten minutes previous).
      • The ending scene shows other characters in its epilogue: Steiner and Beatrix are now Alexandrian nobles, Eiko is adopted by Cid and Hilda, Amarant returns to his adventuring days along with Lani, Quina keeps being a Chef, Freja and Fratley fall in love all over again, and Vivi dies, but not before leaving a load of clones around.
    • The second season story of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius ends with a six stage epilogue in which Raegen and Citra are travelling throughout the worlds of Paladia and Lapis to see what the main cast has been up to since the end of their big battle with Emperor Vlad. Sieghard becomes part of a travelling troupe together with Shamlin and Nagi, Folka spends the rest of her days in Olderion to atone for her past transgressions, Cid spends his days living peacefully together with his daughters, Ignacio takes up sculpting to honor his old friend Kagane, Sakura and Nichol become aides to Rain, the king of Aldore, Lid and Jake are travelling the skies together (and Jake plans to propose to Lid when the time is right), Physalis becomes a knight of Grandshelt by suggestion of Raegen, and Fina sets off on a new adventure together with Rain and Lasswell, just like old times. After the credits roll, one last cinematic plays setting the stage for the third season's story.
  • Bionic Commando (the original NES game) ends with the revelation that the game is a story Super Joe is telling as an old man.
  • In Romancing SaGa 3 this happens, some of the NPCs each of the recruitable characters, minus the ones you recruited and the other 7 that you can choose, each have a small cutscene depending on the actions taken.
  • Valkyria Chronicles shows the fates of the game's main characters via text, while a more elaborate scene for Welkins and Alicia is shown after the credits. The epilogues for the game's side characters can be seen in optional material unlocked in the New Game+.
  • Vandal Hearts has one of the characters writing a book about their adventure and what happened to each character.
    • Ranging nicely from a stamp collection to being a major political player in rebuilding the land.
  • Vixen 357 after credit rollout shows each characters with description what they are doing now after the final mission. Some of their portraits, however, not shown.
  • Wild ARMs XF has one for each of the main characters except the one missing and presumed dead. Darn it!
    • Wild ARMs 4 has one, too. Jude becomes a forest ranger and lives in the woods, Yulie becomes a schoolteacher, Arnaud and Raquel get married and open a restaurant, but Raquel dies after the birth of their daughter.
    • Wild ARMs 2 as well. ARMS is disbanded; Ashley marries Marina and joins her family bakery, and they have twins; Lilka returns to her studies; Brad retires to T'Bok to stay with Billy and help the town grow; Tim joins Colette on a farm near Baskar; Kanon resumes bounty hunting; and Marivel goes back to restoring her standing as an aristocrat.
  • The first Crash Bandicoot game, as well as the racing spin off Crash Team Racing did these, with humorous intent. Interestingly though, one of the bosses, Ripper Roo, is stated as studying and becoming an academic, and in the next game you find him in a gigantic library, and you disrupt his studies. (Un)fortunately Dr. Nitrus Brio didn't stick to his bartending. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time does it all over again with voice-over provided by Crash himself, to boot!
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a variation of this in an e-mail sent to Mario by Goombella.
  • The Nameless Mod, a total conversion mod for Deus Ex, has one of these for just about every named character, ala Fallout. This is in stark contrast to the original game's Ambiguous Ending.
  • 2027, a total conversion mod for Deus Ex, has this at the end of the game as well.
  • At the end of StarCraft: Brood War, there is a summary of what happened to all five of the main characters who survived.
  • Legacy of the Void wraps up the StarCraft II trilogy with a cutscene that briefly reveals the fate of the three races of the game.
  • Chrono Trigger briefly shows the characters in different times as the main three use their time machine. The remakes extend this with anime cutscenes.
    • Depending on when in the game you complete it, and which sidequests you've completed will alter the ending. Sometimes in minor ways, other times you'll get a whole new ending.
  • The It's a Wonderful Failure bad ending of Laura Bow 2 lists the fates of the entire cast and the unfortunate things that befell them because of your failure.
  • Team Japan's ending in The King of Fighters 1997.
  • Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure ends with a collection of photographs (or in The Captain and his nurse's case, a letter) showing what happened to the game's cast of characters.
  • Downplayed in Dragon Age: Origins (depending on the Heroic Sacrifice ending you chose) and Inquisition with your character having the chance to talk to all of your companions so far and finding out what their plans for the future are (how much of their plans actually come true varies, as the sequels show). You can even influence them! Which is then followed by a slide show detailing the further fate of companions, factions, and people according to your decisions in the game.
  • Dragon's Crown details the exploits of your chosen character after defeating the Ancient Dragon:
    • The Fighter's exact exploits after defeating the Dragon are unknown, but he would tell high tales of his accomplishments at the taverns which became the stuff of legends. He was last seen departing for the high seas as an elderly adventurer.
    • The Wizard had, in the past, attempted to save his ill sister from death by using forbidden magic, but only succeeded in placing her body in limbo. With blood from the Ancient Dragon, he creates an elixir to end her suffering.
    • The Dwarf's kingdom had been subjugated by the Ancient Dragon, and his people were on the verge of extinction. After slaying the Dragon, he became renowned as the noble avenger and was hailed as a great hero.
    • The Amazon came to Hydeland to search for her past, having been adopted by other amazons after being saved as an infant from orcs. While she had given up on finding her past since arriving, an elderly couple who sees her realizes her eyes are exactly the same as the son they had lost...
    • The Sorceress achieved her dream of living the high life, becoming a fortune teller for nobles and enjoying a life of luxury. In time, however, she grew bored with mundane life and began to crave adventure.
    • The Elf was a social outcast among her people, wishing for see the world while her kin were isolationists. Upon returning to her village, however, she is welcomed with open arms; having fulfilled the elves' prophecy of felling the Ancient Dragon, she is named Crown Regent.
  • During the credits of the original Pokémon Ranger game, you see various Pokémon Rangers doing rangery stuff. And remember the Go-Rock Quads? They're playing at a concert in front of the clock tower!
  • The second half of Cave Story's ending credits features brief, wordless cutscenes, depicting the characters after the story's end. The scenes vary depending on which ending you got.
  • Star Ocean: The Second Story has this at the end, showing what all the characters in your party are doing with their lives post-victory over the Big Bad. It all depends on how you've built the character relationships throughout the game.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Not unsurprisingly, this is done in Ghost Trick by the same creators as Ace Attorney. With a slight twist. This epilogue shows what happens to all the characters (except Jeego and Tengo) after Sissel, Missile, and Yomiel rewrote the timeline. With the potential exception of the blue people, everyone seems to be happy with their new lives.
  • The last buyable newspaper in Red Dead Redemption describes how some of the minor characters ended up.
  • Metal Gear:
  • Five of the entries in the Kingdom Hearts series have credits that serve as this. While the former two only show certain characters and worlds, the latter three have epilogues for all the worlds that the heroes have visited.
  • Final Fantasy V has this: one of the surviving characters (Krile by default) writes to Mid telling him what they and all the other surviving characters are doing since Exdeath was defeated.
  • Inverted at the end of Final Fantasy VI, where they show what each character did in order to escape rather to show what they were doing. After that, they show the real ending.
  • Conflict Vietnam shows the main characters in a brothel (or something like that) while Cherry,er, Doc gives a voice-over about what happened to everyone. Junior goes home and joins the Black Panthers, only to get killed in a shootout with the FBI. Hoss signs on for a tour of duty in Cambodia. Ragman comes home to a some divorce papers and moves to the Rockies with his dog. Doc starts a family and becomes a doctor, his specialty being gunshot wounds.
  • The epilogue of The Reconstruction takes place one year after the finale, and shows what all the characters have decided to do with their lives — in a few cases, it also finishes their Character Arcs. Especially important because the world was destroyed in the finale, and the epilogue shows how successful the cast was in rebuilding it.
  • Chronicles of Inotia: Children of Carnia has one too. While Lydia sacrifices herself to impede the resurrection of the God of Darkness, she erases the memories of the party, while the epilogue shows how everyone would live if they didn't know each other. It turns out that it's actually a subversion because Elina shows up and restores their memories for their new quest.
  • Bastion has one of these during its ending credits sequence, featuring each of the major characters pursuing their own futures, which depends on whether or not the Player chooses to revive the world.
  • The closing credits for Super Mario Galaxy 2 shows Mario and Yoshi showing Peach some of the planets they both visited on the way back to the Mushroom Planet, Bowser being spat out of his black hole and becoming tiny, before the heroes (and Lubba) are finally shown back in the Mushroom Kingdom standing in front of the cake mentioned in the prologue. And you can actually die in the credits!
  • The Extended Cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 provides official "Where Are They Now?" Scenes for characters that survive the events of all three games such as seeing Wrex and Eve with their newborn baby.
  • Pretty much all Nippon Ichi games have an epilogue in the best ending shown using either the in-game sprites or hand-drawn stills. For example...(open spoilers ahoy!)
  • The ending cutscene of Super Mario RPG shows what certain characters are doing now that you've beaten Smithy. Bowser and his troops are repairing his castle (and a Shy Guy stole his copter), Yoshi beats Croco in a race, Toadofsky has a recital, Mallow rejoins Nimbus Land, Booster and Valentina get married (with Booster flying the altar at the last minute) and Jonathon Jones looks out at the sea.
  • The SEBEC questline in Persona ends this way for the party members that fought in the Final Battle, although most of the characters return for Persona 2 anyway.
    "As for his [the Player Character's] fate... That's for you to decide."
  • Persona 3 has this twice, technically. The Bad Ending takes place three months after you kill Ryoji, the avatar of Nyx, and as such erase everyone's memories of the coming end of the world so you can live out the couple months of your life in peace. Or, if you choose not to and get the Good ending, the ending itself will take place inevitably on the same date as the bad ending, only with Nyx dead, the main character dying slowly and everyone's memories suddenly coming back, which itself takes place around a month after the final boss fight. The Answer itself, an expansion/epilogue for the main story, takes place about a month after The Protagonist's death.
  • In Persona 5 Royal, the credits shown in the ending you get after completing the Third Semester shows what the party members are up to. Likewise, if you accept Maruki's reality, you will also see a montage of your party members in the credits.
  • The Yawhg always ends this way, though the results vary WILDLY. In addition to learning what happened to each of the characters you guided through the game, you also learn the ultimate fate of your hometown after the Yawhg came.
  • In Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, there's a variation. The credits show what everybody who got out alive is doing when the atomic bomb hits Miami, killing them all.
  • Pillars of Eternity tells the player what their various party members got up to after the game's end, as well as the fates of the communities the player has visited. The game being a bastion of Grey-and-Gray Morality, sometimes benevolent-seeming options have less optimal ends.
  • The Golden Ending of Batman: Arkham Knight reveals that James Gordon has become mayor of Gotham, Tim Drake and Barbara Gordon are getting married, and though Bruce Wayne has been outed as Batman and appeared to have died, a Bat-like figure still hunts Gotham's criminals.
  • The second season finale of Batman: The Telltale Series briefly reveals the final fates of its main characters, based on your decisions.
  • The ending of Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones reveals that Billy and Jimmy Lee have continued to spread martial arts teachings around the world, Chin Seimei returned to China with his Master Kenpou and still remaining friends with the Double Dragons, Yagyu Ranzou returned to Japan to become a ninja, hoping to be called emperor, and Hiruko(who died in a trap just before the Final Battle) was not the first, nor will she be the last to let greed for power ruin their life.
  • Devil Survivor 2:
    • There's an epilogue for the Restorer ending for the Septentrione Arc. It resets the world to how it was before the Septentriones invaded, but with Character Development taken into consideration. The biggest changes are that Io is open about wanting to hang out with the protagonist and Daichi, and Airi and Hinako have formed a piano-and-dance duo, performing for cheering crowds.
    • The Updated Re-release gave an epilogue to the Record Breaker ending of the new Triangulum Arc. The new world is going well and no longer part of the Adminstrator system. The protagonist, Daichi, and Io are heading to the beach for a relaxing trip. Yamato is letting a dart choose where his next trip will take him, with Makoto shown to be working as his personal secretary. Airi and Hinako are still performing as AiHina Stars. And the Anguished One and Miyako have both been reincarnated as regular humans.
  • If you get the best ending of Lunarosse, one of these plays before the credits.
  • The True Ending of BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm gives us one, showing how each of the protagonists spent their well-earned vacation after saving the Internet.
    • Catie is finally able to retire from adventuring and live a peaceful life.
    • Anon and Til go on a date, and spend all of it arguing. They have a great time and make plans to do it again.
    • Eddie and Arianna decide to open up a small library together.
    • Shift becomes king through a chain of wacky misunderstandings.
    • Tyalie dominates the local arcade, and waves goodbye to the player one last time.
    • Shrimp and Cornelia enjoy a day at the fairgrounds, and ride the Ferris Wheel while Boxxyfan sulks in the car below them.
    • GmasterRED takes credit for everything. Again.
  • Undertale has one in two of the Multiple Endings:
    • In the Golden Ending, nearly all of the Loads and Loads of Characters are shown with a brief description of what they did after the game ended, with the major characters getting longer animated sequences. (The text varies depending on whether or not you met a special requirement for each monster.)
    • The neutral endings have a less in-depth version of this. Sans or Alphys calls the player character and tells them what everyone has been up to since they left the underground. What specifically, including who becomes the ruler after Asgore's death, varies depending on how many kills the player has.
  • Blazblue Central Fiction ends with this kind of epilogue for each surviving character, showing what became of them after Ragna sacrificed himself to save all of reality:
    • Noel and Lambda become nuns, caring for a catatonic Nu.
    • Makoto and Tsubaki continue to work for the NOL alongside Jin, Kagura and Hibiki under Homura as Imperator.
    • Bang leads the reconstruction efforts of a new Ikaruga state.
    • Litchi adopts Platinum and they move to Orient Town together, with Mai and Kajun's help.
    • Carl follows the same dark path of his father and seeks out the Cauldrons.
    • Taokaka returns to the Kaka Village, to a hero's welcome.
    • Aname continues to travel the world with his troupe.
    • Bullet enlists with Sector Seven, serving under her old commander, Tager. Kokonoe keeps an eye on the captive Azrael.
    • Es returns to guarding the Azure Gate, while Naoto returns to his timeline.
    • Valkenhayn continues to serve Rachel, who visits Ragna's "grave" and vows to find him even though she has no memory of him.
    • In The Stinger, Ragna's Weapon Tombstone goes missing.
  • In Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell, if you manage to complete all the sidequests and take over 100% of Hell, you unlock an epilogue that shows what happened to Gat's allies in Hell.
    • Dane Vogel married Kiki DeWynter and now has William Sharp as his poolboy.
    • Vlad the Impaler regains his turf and has Killbane continuously tortured.
    • William Shakespeare makes a play out of burying Shogo Akujji alive, exhuming him and repeating the process for eternity.
    • Blackbeard sails across here to add to his crew (which includes Jyunichi, Kazuo and Mr. Sunshine).
    • Viola DeWynter manages to strike up a deal with heaven that allows the Saints and their friends to meet up and play volleyball once a year.
  • In The Feeble Files, we get a brief slideshow montage of what each major character does after the ending, and then the credits roll.
  • In Miitopia, the credits sequence shows what happened to every major character at the end of the game. The Noble's Son and the Princess get married, the King is dealing with the fact that even his guards get hungry, the Genie and the Prince of Neksdor are bickering, the Fab Fairies wave at the camera, the Dark Lord is still back to his old self, and the Great Sage is still traveling the world and helping people (with the reincarnated Dark Curse, if you chose to spare him). Finally, there's a freeze-frame of all your Miis together.
  • PAYDAY 2 has one for the Golden Ending where the credits contain the most widely circulated rumors as to what happens to the Payday gang after they kill the dentist in order:
    • Dallas bought a yacht he dubbed the Medic Bag and alternates between throwing wild parties and sailing off on adventures.
    • Chains moved to LA and became a Hollywood stuntman working on major blockbusters.
    • Gage joins Chains after getting the use of his legs back.
    • Wolf briefly traveled with Dallas aboard the Medic Bag before returning to Sweden and disappearing completely.
    • Hoxton bought the Golden Grin Casino and divides his time playing poker there (because It Amuses Him since he doesn't care about winning or losing) and a beach house.
    • Houston moved to Mexico where he opened a bar that runs a side gig mediating shady deals between gangs, criminals and corrupt government officials.
    • Bodhi went back to extreme sports, briefly went into a coma after breaking the record for highest skydive, and is currently building a car to break the land speed record.
    • Bonnie returned to Glasgow, opened a distillery, and made a popular brand of whiskey that is now the go-to drink for criminal victory toasts.
    • Clover bought a castle in Ireland and now breeds and trains show horses alongside Hoxton's old butler Aldstone.
    • Dragan went back to being a Double Agent for the Butcher before retiring and opening a world-class gym in Zagreb that has trained several world champions.
    • Ethan and Hila went back to being internet celebrities.
    • Jacket replaced his tape recorder for an all-digital set-up and now runs a gang of high-quality thugs in Miami.
    • Jimmy discovered a new Fantastic Drug and got contracted by a private space agency for a top secret project.
    • Jiro returned to Japan to where he avenged his family and is rumored to now be Walking the Earth.
    • Sangres traveled with Jiro to Japan and then decided to stay there and is currently one of the few foreign Yakuza bosses.
    • John Wick returned home to a final gift from his wife.
    • Joy opened a retro-game hall in Seattle, and runs the biggest retro-game company in the world which has won several awards.
    • Rust rebuilt his bike, grabbed a leather bag full of money and rode off into the wasteland never to be seen again.
    • Scarface went missing on a alligator hunt and depending on who you ask either got renamed "The Colonel" and joined a lost warrior tribe or is running a cartel somewhere in the Florida Everglades.
    • Sokol moved with his friends and family to Cyprus and is currently running an organization powerful enough to influence the country's government.
    • Duke used the Gang's stolen artifacts to open a museum and is currently married and living with a number of cats in New York.
    • Sydney retired from crime, became an Olympic gold medalist, used her newfound fame to support the fight against child cancer, and is now volunteering at wildlife rescue centers around the globe.
    • Locke started a cyber security company after moving to California, and is pursing a career to become a pro golfer while competing in full combat fatigues.
  • Mafia III has one that depends on the which ending the player. based on this Lincoln Clay either takes over the city ruling alongside Cassandra, Vito & Burke and eventually becomes the biggest mob boss in the American South and a Villian With Good Publicity or leaves New Bordeaux for good gets the welding job in California he mentioned at the start of the game and is constantly moving around between states (or even between countries) to remain one step ahead of Agent Magurie but still sending postcards to Father James and the city in control of whoever is still alive.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II like Mafia 3 above has one that is determined by the games Multiple Endings.
    • Depending on where he is shot in "Suffer With Me" Mason shows up at The Vault after a 30 year coma and reunites with Woods and his son or David visits his father's grave with Woods decides to retire. Also if Menedez is not killed and Chloe is dead he breaks out exactly a year later as promised, kills Woods, and travels to Nicaragua where he sets himself on fire over his sister's grave. or Chloe is still alive and becomes famous for helping stop Menedez and gets interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel a year later while Menedez is still in prison.
  • The end of the MMORPG Club Penguin Island shows some of the island's happenings and what the characters did after the servers shut down due to Executive Meddling.
  • If you get the Golden Ending of Bugsnax, photographs will appear in the credits that reveal what the Grumpuses are doing after they left Snaktooth Island.
  • Playing through Brutal: Paws of Fury on Sega CD will provide you with the resulting disgraced state of each combatant you defeat through the single player campaign. This includes a Mirror Match.
  • The credits of Shovel Knight is preceded by a montage of the bosses, showing where they went after the Order was broken up. Most of them find a new calling in life, but two are just shown being punished, and a third is left completely ambiguous—his screen doesn't even get a description like the others' did.
  • The credits of the remake of Trials of Mana at least show brief scenes of the ongoing lives of each of the protagonist characters. These are shown for every character, regardless of whether or not you selected them as playable in that particular playthrough. (At the beginning of the game, you choose three out of six possible playable characters.)
  • The Creative Closing Credits for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart show what the characters of the game are doing in the aftermath of Emperor Nefarious's final defeat:
    • Clank gets a new arm that resembles Rivet's robot arm.
    • Dr. Nefarious, having survived being crushed by Emperor Nefarious's derelict Humongous Mecha, turns off the lights in Emperor Nefarious's office. He then returns home, and visits Lawrence and his new family.
    • Gary and the Plumber look through a scrapbook together.
    • The Zurkon Family hang around a scrapyard.
    • Goons-4-Less meditate with the Dimension Monks.
    • The Morts invite Ratchet and company to a picnic.
    • Emperor Nefarious's robot assistant escapes capture by the Phantom and Mama Zurkon.
    • Pierre and his crew play with Bubbles, the octopus monster that Pierre was nearly fed to.
    • Ratchet and Clank reunite with Talwyn Apogee, and tell her of their latest adventure.
    • The Fixer helps rebuild the Pocket Dimensions.
    • Qwark and Quantum strike poses in front of a statue of Qwark.
    • Rivet and Kit go through the Emperor's music collection.
    • Crank sings karaoke at a party.
  • The ending credits for Cyberpunk 2077 will play you video messages from most of the characters you've met saying what they're up to now. Unless you decide for V to shoot themself, they will only mention how distraught or furious they are over their death.

    Visual Novels lives on the same shelf as Video Games above. They get along really well, and have even begun to share each other's interests. 
  • The Crea route in Duel Savior Destiny ends with us following the heroines as they return from a patrol/cleanup of sorts, showing they're still active in the military. Crea herself is running the country and has a son. When the seven of them all meet up again, Taiga returns home.
  • Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! has this for the six main endings, though the contents don't really vary from one to another.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry's final arc, Matsuribayashi-hen, concludes with this style of epilogue detailing what happened to all the main cast members after their victory over Takano.
  • At the end of every single main series Ace Attorney game (the full game—not just one case), during the credits, there's an epilogue that shows all the characters with unique models (except the killers, and those who have been arrested for other crimes, such as Sal Manella or Machi Tobaye), and what's happening to them after the game ends. Most of them have bugger all information though. Some actually talk about them getting involved with whatever it is they're doing next time you meet them.
    • There are a few exceptions. The Judge appears in the epilogue of the first game he appears, but no other. Likewise Winston Payne and his brother, Gaspen Payne. The only killers who appear are Ashley Graydon, the final culprit of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures, Courtney Sithe, the third culprit of The Great Ace Attorney: Resolve, and Beh'leeb Inmee, the third culprit of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice.
    • Due to the first game's fifth case being a bonus case added to the DS remake, both the fourth and fifth cases have one of these. It's the only game in the series with multiple epilogues.
    • The DLC cases in recent entries of the series contain short scenes as their epilogues; their characters are not shown in the credits after the main cases. In the DLC case of the fifth game, Marlon Rimes, the villain (though he actually hasn't killed anyone), isn't seen on-screen, but it is shown that he still works at Shipshape Aquarium. In the DLC case of the sixth game, Pierce Nichody, the villain, is still a killer, so he isn't present at the ending, which shows the Sprockets' wedding.
    • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney also has one of these, depending on how you view it. Luke wonders what Phoenix and Maya are doing once they returned home, cut to them in a courthouse with Edgeworth making a cameo.
  • Starting from the second game, the Tokimeki Memorial series make use of such epilogues in the flagship games of both the Standard and the Girl's Side branches of the series.
  • Fleuret Blanc combines this with Modular Epilogue: you're only guaranteed to see the fate of the judges, Florentine, and Roland. The other members' stories (and that of the Chateau itself) are only revealed if you've completed their subplots; otherwise, the ending slides just have a question mark with the caption "X's future remained a mystery..."
  • In each ending in Lake Of Voices where you manage to get to the shore safely, you get a short description of everyone's fate depending on the choices you made.
  • The Perfect Ending of Melody manages to tie in all the major characters.
  • Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair has scenes showing what the surviving cast members are up to in the credits. One such scene can change depending on whether Kotoba lived or died.
  • Kindred Spirits on the Roof has a variation. On the final day of the main story, as Yuna and Hina are going to help Sachi and Megumi have Their First Time that evening, Yuna briefly crosses paths with each of the other couples and thinks about how they're doing.

    Webcomics joined his behind-the-times brother in his quest for comedy, posting some of the funny doodles online. 
  • The epilogue of Adventurers! tells how every single character ended up.
    • Eternion is still dead.
  • The last strip of Narbonic has a series of images showing us the characters' future, one a Shout-Out to Animal House.
  • Inverloch showed the fates of the surviving major characters.
  • Bob and George had one of these.
  • Get Medieval (though a few named characters got left out, most notably Oneder, Iroth's bodyguard. Worse, The Big Bad gets a Karma Houdini)
  • Miss Abbott and the Doctor: The final strip sees Cati Abbott, 10 years in the future, writing to Rebeca and telling her about all things that have changed since we last saw them.
  • MS Paint Adventures features this as well in Problem Sleuth and Homestuck.
  • Material Girl has photo-like epilogues leaving a rather open ending.
  • Book five of Fans! has Shanna writing a book of her experience during the God Machine incident as a framing narrative, closing with Shanna recounting the current activities of her old friends, notably Rikk and Ally inviting Rumy to join them as a polyamorous union. T. Campbell had planned on this being the final chapter, but a couple of years later he brought the comic back, set shortly after Shanna's book was published.
    • The final arc of the Fans! revival ends with a series of wordless single-panel pages showing the future of the strip's cast. Rumy resumes her art career, the Oberfs have their first child while also bonding with Soulson (Rumy's child with an alien from an early arc), Di hooks up with Dexter and Rico starts noticing Helga. The last strip shows the entire cast as crewmembers of an Enterprise Expy seeking new adventures.
  • 8-Bit Theater finally ends on one of these. To note, White Mage is tracking down the Light Warriors to give them some credit for fulfilling the prophecy, the Dark Warriors are now world-renowned heroes having received the credit for everything the Light Warriors did, Red Mage has set up a group for sole survivors of mysterious sects with Dragoon, Thief is now living peacefully in Elfland as the King, and Black Mage and Fighter have disappeared with none of the others being sure of where they are (turns out they're exactly where they started when the comic began).
  • A Magical Roommate ended with twenty of these. There were still an number of characters whose ultimate fate wasn't mentioned, however.
  • Casey and Andy ended its final strip with this for the main characters and Running Gag Bob.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic has a Where Are They Now recap, giving us a look at where the comic's Loads and Loads of Characters are doing at this point in time.
  • After completing Inverloch, Ellerton drew bonus pages for each character with a short written summary of what they did after the story ended.
  • Newshounds featured this sort of epilogue when Newshounds II ended in September 2014, showing the lives that the characters had built for themselves.
  • Dominic Deegan has more of a "Where They Will Be", as Dominic was granted a last vision showing him where many of his friends and family would end up in the future.
  • Concession shows how the cast get back on with their lives after Joel's plans implode. Concluding with Thonnen's daughter becoming President of the United States decades later.
  • Bite Me!. The main comic involves vampires during the French Revolution, so the epilogue goes all the way to the present.
  • Errant Story ends this way, starting with a stunning portrait of Sarine and continuing with her report about what happened to key characters (Meji, Sara, Jon, herself, their daughter Mari ) and places (Emerylon, Praenubilus Astu, Tsuiraku, others not named).

    Web Original opened up a video store. There, he has obtained plenty of customers. 
  • actionFigures Final Video, parody of Marvel Comics characters with, duh, action figures, ended with normal credits, that were interrupted by Deadpool, who asked for changing it for that ending.
    Uatu married Death. They had the ugliest kid ever.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series does this with stills and captions at the end of one of the movies.
  • One of the alternate endings to Red vs. Blue: Season 5 includes a sideshow of what happened to the characters after the end.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition ends with the epilogue footage from Animal House, just with all the text rewritten to be Sonic-relevant and nonsensical. Knuckles becomes a professional beekeeper, Sonic and Tails marry and have five daughters, Amy invents the world's first solar-powered buffalo, and so on.
  • Homestar Runner: Parodied in the Strong Bad Email "montage", where a series of captions during the "end credits photo montage" reveal the fates of various characters (like The Cheat's failure as a toner salesman, Strong Bad hosting "some show on Animal Planet" that was cancelled before the first commercial break, and the Wagon Fulla Pancakes moving to Long Beach with its spouse and two kids). It also foretold the retirement of The Paper in Strong Bad Email #173.
  • 5 Second Films parodies the slow-motion voiceover epilogue in "Coming of Age":
    "Eric married that lifeguard. Brian never came back from Vietnam. And Gorlac enslaved us all."'
  • Parodied by CollegeHumor in "Every Teen Movie Ending". All the classmates and their teacher meet very unfortunate ends, and the narrator died when he was still a kid and never actually saw these people graduate.
  • An example from the YouTube Poop "101 Poopmatians":
    "Things went back to normal in Hyrule, apart from Zelda wanting a spotty fur coat. Mario and Luigi ate Spagehetti [sic] and magically flew home. The Traitor got off with a pardon, for now. On returning to their Universe, the Dalmatians went back to normal and forgot about the whole affair. Squadala became President of the United States of America. Cruella didn't take Mario's warning and died of Lung Cancer. Horace and Jasper got jobs as the Live-Action Mario Brothers. No one seemed to care about Link's death."
  • Sleuth Noir, the online detective game, has an example of this trope in Heimlich VonVictor's The Executor's End At the conclusion of the mystery, we find out in great detail what happened to every member of the ensemble cast of the mystery.
  • When The Nostalgia Critic reviewed Mister Nanny, he used a caption over the last shot (Sean Armstrong flying through the air because the kids tethered his motorcycle) to explain what happened as a result.
    • Also spoofed during the football game scene in the Warriors of Virtue review.
  • Ultra Fast Pony uses text inserts in "The Longest Episode" to reveal the futures of mane six. According to this, none of the girls change or progress in any significant fashion.
  • Parodied in Steam Train's playthrough of Civilization V: Brave New World. Ross was murdered by Danny (because he destroyed the recording by kicking the computer), who then slept for 44 years, Arin went to Disneyland and then he fell asleep, and Mochi and Mimi (Arin's cats) continue to rule as the Unmet Player.
  • Checking up on your old friends and acquaintances on Friending Networks like Facebook can have this effect.
  • Matt Willson has a (unfinished) teaser for a project called 8 Hours, which, from the looks of it, has this sort of effect for Bonus Stage and his earlier project High Score. Phil's become a school teacher, and Joel has a daughter named Kate. Other various characters from Bonus Stage show up for short clips, and some of the scenes from High Score's intro are referenced.
  • In the original Grand Finale of reviewer Benthelooney featured this in his Yellow Submarine review.
    • Neb T. Yenool started paying attention in school and became more sensitive towards others. However, he's still pwning some n00bs in his video games.
    • Looney T. Ben became a sane man and now works at the St. Louis Zoo.
    • Sir Lord Charles Humperdink IV learned how to appreciate art and spends his free time strolling around in art museums.
    • Negative Nick became more positive and changed his name to Positive Pete.
    • Ben T. Looney auditioned multiple times to get parts in cartoons but never made the cut once. He fell in love with Jenny E. Wacky and ended up marrying her.
  • The end of The Mysterious Mr. Enter and PieGuyRulz's review of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Truth or Square" ends with one of these. "Life in Bikini Bottom" becomes a hit with three seasons and counting, Patrick is arrested for farting in people's faces, Squidward finds spiritual enlightenment in Tibet, Mr. Krabs gets a new fashion sense, SpongeBob learns he's actually married to Sandy and now pays her annual alimony, Plankton creates a hair-growth serum and becomes a millionaire, the demonic here puppet is turned into firewood, Pie Guy Rulz creates a five times platinum rap album, and Mr. Enter orders a pizza and gets a refund because it's cold when it arrives.
  • The end of this episode of Fact Hunt ends with a Double Subverted example of this trope when talking about the members of Gamelife, a show that was on the verge of being YouTube's first breakout hit, until host Andrew Rosenblum destroyed their chances with a school shooting threat the day after the V-Tech Massacre:
    • Andrew spent two years under house arrest.
    • Dave & Melissa tried to create a spin-off show called Dave's Life that ended after two episodes.
    • Alex "sadly passed away after succumbing to third-degree bowl cuts."
    • Geoff Mendicino wound up finding the most success as a pro Street Fighter/Killer Instinct fighter named Darksydegeoff.
  • Phantom Savage ends his Dead Rising 2: Off The Record playthrough with one of these. In his story, Rebecca Chang's "Chang Weekly" replaces People Magazine; TK is zombified and used for the finale of Terror is Reality, hosted by Phantom Savage; his father is still missing; Fortune City is remade into Zombie World and surpasses Disney World as the most successful theme park; Chuck Greene was pronounced dead but may have become a hitch hiker murderer; Savage himself (under the Frank West alias) reported the story behind the outbreak in the book "Fortune's End"; he secretly continued to investigate the outbreak and destroyed Phenotrans.
  • The Dark Id's let's play of Drakengard 2 ends with one, which describes the chaos and death caused by the "heroes'" destroying both the Knights of the Seal and those seals that hold the world together. Caim becomes the next Grim Reaper on account of killing the previous one, Hierarch Seere uses an army of golems to rule the land as an undying emperor, Eris becomes his right-hand enforcer, and Nowe and Manah get off scot-free and live happily ever after.
  • In Sonic for Hire, the (original) Grand Finale had this:
    • Sonic becomes the new Creator (with Tails apparently serving as his secretary).
    • Thunderhead and his new zombie wife are living a happy life terrorizing local villages and making their own asswine.
    • Kirby remains at large for murdering over 600,000 video game characters and is considered the "LeBron James of Hitlers".
    • Mother Brain and her daughter Soniqua star in a show titled, "Grossy and The Freak," which is the #1 show on TV. Mother Brain married Alan Paterson, a pharmacutical [sic] rep at Phizer and now lives on Mars.
    • Knuckles never figured out how to make himself a full character again. He works 39 hours a week at BurgerTime, misses his boxing gloves, and wishes he was dead.
    • Link becomes the biggest gay rights activist in Hyrule, and is currently the spokesman for Super Gay Margarita Mixers.
    • Princess Potato has been unconscious for three days, and the text box asks for someone to check on her.
    • Eggman and Earthworm Jim opened a beachfront cafe in Dead or Alive. Their biggest selling item is the "Coke On Tits Breakfast Bonanza".
  • Brentalfloss explains what happened to the cast of Donkey Kong 64:
    • Donkey Kong himself now hunts endangered species for fun and sport.
    • Tiny has been exterminating all of the world's bees and nobody knows why.
    • Lanky became a sexual education teacher.
    • Diddy became bitter after turning out to have dwarfism and no women will date him because of it.
    • Chunky is dead. The fade-out reveals that Cranky is also dead. And in the fridge.
  • The eighth and final episode of The Most Amazing Story Ever Told has a credits sequence shows what happens to the various characters that appeared in the series, set to "Funky Cowboy" by Goober & the Peas.
  • SiIvaGunner's DJ Professor K takeover serves as one for a few of the King for Another Day contestants.
    • Weird Al never got into contact with BEAT IT again, but he's back to his normal work of parody and polka.
    • Eminem's still selling his D-12 salsa, though he took a vacation from it at the time of interview. He's currently hanging out with Weird Al.
    • Monokuma partnered up with Rokkaku in an attempt to bring Professor K down, though stubbornly gives up when K once again refuses to give into despair.
    • According to one of the commercials, Metal Ajit Pai is still trying to end net neutrality.
    • Mariya Takeuchi's present self managed to get into contact with Professor K again, and the two of them head out for ramen shortly after the takeover ends.
  • Skawo parodies this at the end of his playthrough of WarioWare: Get It Together with an explanation of what (he imagines) became of the cast:

    Western Animation struck a deal with his old friends Live-Action TV and Film — Animated, and they agreed to approve his patent to combine their concepts. 
  • Adventure Time: The Grand Finale "Come Along With Me" shows what happened with many of the characters, including some who haven't been seen since earlier seasons, in a montage set to the tune of "Island Song", the series' end credits song. This is in combination with a Distant Finale Framing Device that shows, among other things, a future where Jake and Lady Rainicorn's descendants are the dominant species of the planet.
    • Lumpy Space Princess becomes Queen of Lumpy Space.
    • Gunther, who is now the new Ice King, marries Turtle Princess.
    • Rattleballs gets fully rebuilt, and officially joins the Banana Guards.
    • Carroll the cloud-person goes back to being a water elemental, and moves in with the water nymphs that live near the old tree house.
    • T.V. opens up a detective agency in his grandparents' old office.
    • Sweet P. graduates from kindergarten.
    • Aunt Lolly moves in with Princess Bubblegum, and is seen singing to Neddy with her.
    • Jermaine paints a new mural on the ceiling of the Earl of Lemongrab's bedroom, to replace the one from "The Mountain".
    • BMO gets Banana Man's help in fulfilling Moe's last wish by shooting his consciousness into space.
    • Flame Princess and NEPTR become a rap duo.
    • The Jiggler becomes a businessman.
    • Crabbit, Maja's old familiar, gets into interpretive dance.
    • Susan and Frieda explore new lands, and run into Lemonhope.
    • Simon, now no longer the Ice King, is a sane human searching for a way to return Betty to normal.
    • Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are now a couple.
    • The humans, including Finn's mother, return to the Land of Ooo.
  • As Told by Ginger has its big finale wrap up at Lois and Dave's wedding with an older Ginger taking over the narration.
  • Daria had this in its Grand Finale. Instead of the usual "characters in funny costumes" Creative Closing Credits, you got glimpses into the future for just about every character who had any screen time. Most were some kind of ironic twist—for example, Daria and Jane becoming peppy morning talk show hosts. Word of God says that they don't need to be considered canon, but the idea of Stacy becoming a NASCAR driver actually became quite popular in fanfic.
  • The Futurama parody of Animal House, where Fry successfully dropped out of college, Gunther the monkey becomes the FOX network's latest executive, Leela dates the Dean (who doesn't call her or see her after that), Fatbot (the nerdy robot with the beanie) gets a virus in Tijuana, and Bender robs Robot House blind.
  • Dragons: Race to the Edge:
    • Krogan gets executed by Drago Bludvist.
    • Astrid changed to her red shirt.
    • Snotlout and Fishlegs competing over Ruffnut.
    • The Dragon Eye and Dragon Eye II destroyed.
    • Dagur and Mala married.
    • The Dragon Riders moved back to Berk.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Occurred in the episode where Santa's Little Helper went to obedience school. ("Bit Bart. Homer didn't mind.")
    • In one of the earlier episodes, Kent Brockman was about to lead in on a special of the actors that portrayed the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz with the following:
      Kent Brockman: The midgets who played the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz... where are they now?
      (News then cuts to a still image of thousands upon thousands of gravestones)
    • In the episode "Marge on the Lam", Marge had a night out with Ruth Powers and Homer went out as well and hired Lionel Hutz to watch over the kids. In the epilogue, it was mentioned Marge had to compensate a man whose cans she shot. Fifty cents to replace the cans and two thousand dollars for the mental trauma. Ruth's ex-husband had to pay alimony and blamed his lawyer (Lionel Hutz) for that. Hutz (a.k.a. Miguel Sanchez) was paid 8 dollars for his 42 hours of watching Bart and Lisa while Homer and Marge were gone. He was glad to have it. Homer Simpson was remanded to the custody of the United States Military for extensive testing for the serum trial he had participated in in a flashback.
    • Lisa learned the important thing wasn't how many friends one had on Springface but how many followers one had on Springtweet. Mr. Burns gained 35 million dollars despite having done nothing. Kearney's avatar died in a war.
    • The episode "Margical History Tour" revolved around Marge telling stories about historical figures (Homer as Henry VIII, Lisa as Sacagawea and Bart as Mozart) ends with one of these, complete with Homer singing the Animal House theme over the credits, with his own lyrics.
      Henry VIII still has the world record for eating
      Sacagawea made a fortune posing for butter packets
      Mozarts grave is now Viennas most popular gas station
      Homer rewatched Animal House and went to work in a toga the next day
  • In a variant, the last few minutes of the X-Men: Evolution finale had Professor X announcing that he'd had a vision of the future, including various guest characters joining the team, Magneto leading the New Mutants, the Dark Phoenix Saga, and the Brotherhood becoming Freedom Force.
  • Wakko's Wish, the Grand Finale of Animaniacs, has one where all characters get a happy ending. Except the Mime.
  • Parodied by Clerks: The Animated Series, on what was the second produced episode.
  • The Grand Finale of Codename: Kids Next Door has the heroes portrayed as adults, revealing that Numbuh 3 became the president of the Rainbow Monkey Corporation and Book Dumb Numbuh 4 graduated from Harvard with honors and became a doctor. It's also flat out stated that the two got married, as did Numbuhs 2 and 5.
  • Robot Chicken explains what happened after a Sci-Fi Convention War.
  • Spoofed in an episode of Back at the Barnyard that was a parody of the rise and fall of The Beatles. Otis became governor of Ohio, Abby joined the US Air Force, Freddy and Peck got a radio show in Cleveland, and Pig formed a boy band. Only the last one was actually true.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
  • Moral Orel ends with one of these. It's actually very nice to see, after Cerebus Syndrome turned the show as dark as it did, that Orel grew up to become the loving father of a happy, functional family. It almost makes up for all spilled tears from the final season.
  • Over the Garden Wall ends with a montage showing the residents of the Unknown going about their lives, all to the same tune that opened the show.
  • Regular Show:
    • The episode "Fuzzy Dice" ends like this, Played for Laughs.
    • And then they follow up on it in "Steak Me Amadeus".
    • The series finale ends with this, all to the tune of Davie Bowie's Heroes: After Pops sacrifices himself to stop his brother and end the cycle of destruction and rebirth of the universe, the park ends up back on Earth, after three years. Sometime after Pops' funeral, they all go their own ways. Mordecai finally becomes a successful artist with fame and ends up settling down with a fellow artist, a bat woman (later revealed to be named Stef on an AMA Reddit, in a Goonies shoutout) and starting a family. Rigby becomes a family man and marrying Eileen (implied to be a House Husband, but unconfirmed). Muscle Man finally meets his daughter and has several more children with Starla (though it remains ambiguous if he continues to work at the park). Hi-Five Ghost travels to Prague with Celia, possibly working as a DJ, and also ends up settling down with her, having a son. Benson and Skips remain in the park, while Benson raises animals with his wife Pam. In the end, they all meet up for a 25th anniversary party (with the children being pre-teen to young adults, along with the implication Muscle Man's first daughter now has a child of her own, making MM a grandpa.) Mordecai and Rigby reflect on Pops' sacrifice and looking to find some old video games in the shed before the whole thing zooms out and it turns out that Pops was viewing all of this from a television in the afterlife. "Jolly good show," indeed.
  • Parodied in the ending of the Teen Titans Go! episode "Yearbook Madness":
    • Starfire opens a school on Tamaran teaching English as a second language.
    • Raven finally succumbs to her father's dark influence and enslaves the universe.
    • Cyborg appears as himself in two blockbuster feature films.
    • Beast Boy gets into some chocolate and dies.
    • Robin is indicted on multiple counts of embezzlement and racketeering after the demise of his shoe empire, "Boots by Robin". Present whereabouts: unknown.
  • Gravity Falls has one of these in its final episode, showing what happens to various characters throughout the series, main or otherwise. A more interesting example as its a mix of these along with some moments during the summer.
    • Stanley and Stanford finally realize their childhood dream of sailing the world together, and are currently adventuring in the Arctic Ocean (though one scene implies they return sometime in the fall, as Mabel draws a hand turkey on Ford's hand as both laugh, implying it's Thanksgiving.)
    • Soos becomes the new operator and Mr. Mystery of the Mystery Shack, and runs it alongside his girlfriend Melody who moves to Gravity Falls.
    • The Northwest Family becomes bankrupt and are forced to sell their ancestral mansion to preserve their family fortune.
    • Old Man Fiddleford McGucket becomes rich after selling patents of his inventions to the U.S government, and buys the Northwest Manor. He moves in there with his son (whom it's implied he patched things up with) and his (as in Fiddleford's) raccoon wife.
    • Toby Determined finally makes it as a reporter, becoming a sportscaster for the local station.
    • Lil' Gideon finalizes his Heel–Face Turn and vows to be more of a regular kid (though retaining the services of his prison buddy mooks, as seen when he called on them to 'handle' a kid who teased him.)
    • Finally, Dipper and Mabel (along with Waddles the Pig) return home to Piedmont, California, now prepared to head into the unknown of teenagehood.
  • Family Guy has an episode which parodies Stand by Me, and thus, also parodies its epilogue ending.
    • Joe learned to live without the use of his legs and eventually went on to invent a kind of wheelchair rugby game called "Don't Feel Sorry For Us-Ball".
    • Cleveland went on to marry Rebecca Romijn (a joke about the fact that she is married to Jerry O'Connell, the actor who had Cleveland's role in the film), which angers the narrator.
    • Quagmire went on to become a big Hollywood star, but eventually O.D'd at the Viper Room, and died on the curb outside.
  • Star Wars Rebels ends with one of these, showing what happened to the main characters after the war ended. Zeb returned to Liresan with Kallus, Hera fought in the war until the end and raised a son, Sabine stayed on Lothal to keep it safe, and after the war ended she and Ahsoka went out to find Ezra, who had gone missing years before.
  • The series finale episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, "Thank You for Watching the Show", uses numerous short vignettes to show what the various characters are up to. Naturally, the main characters show up the most, but even very minor characters make at least one appearance. Some notable ones:
    • K.O., Enid, Rad, and Dendy remain best friends, and the latter three (and Carol and Gar) continue to celebrate K.O.'s birthday with him over the years. Individually:
      • K.O. became the hero he's always wanted to be since the beginning of the series and now owns and runs Gar's Bodega. In a Call-Back to earlier in the series, we learn that as an age 35+ hero, he is Level 100.
      • Enid reconciles her side as a witch and goes to witch college. After graduation, she is much more capable with magic and runs Carol's old Fitness Dojo with Red Action (whom she is still dating at least for her early adulthood), where she trains students with ninjutsu. Red Action appears to be training the next (or maybe first) generation of the Hue Troop.
      • Rad joins Planet X's space force for some time, and does well for himself. He eventually retires to return to the Plaza and open up a cat café there.
      • Dendy graduates from high school (along with K.O. and the rest of their class) as valedictorian, and later becomes the new CEO of POW Card Industries.
      • Mr. Gar and Carol get married, and Gar returns to his hometown to leave flowers at the site of the bodega that his grandmother used to run.
    • Nick and Joff also get married, as do Colewort and Potato.
    • Elodie, Purrcival, and Biki are the new leaders of P.O.I.N.T. Prep Academy, which Combo Breaker is seen gaining entrance to. Former P.O.I.N.T. leaders/members Foxtail, Dr. Greyman, Rippy Roo, and Sunshine spend time together in their retirement.
    • Boxman continues his villainy for some time, but eventually retires and passes the company to Ernesto, Jethro, and Mikayla. He and Professor Venomous get back together when the latter apologizes, and are heavily implied to have gotten married as well. He also seems to have finally reconciled with Mr. Logic.
    • Some of the original Boxmore robots have gone elsewhere: Darrell owns a farm called Darrell Acres, and Shannon(s) has her own show, with Raymond(s) providing the music. Boxmore is run by Ernesto, Mikayla, and Jethro, who are still making new lines of robots to attack the Plaza with.
    • Fink becomes a successful major league gamer, with Venomous shown to be proud of her.
  • In the final episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "The Last Problem," we are shown what the mane six and their other friends have been up to after Twilight's coronation:
    • Twilight is the new ruler of Equestria with Spike as her royal advisor.
    • Applejack still runs Sweet Apple Acres along with Big Mac and his wife Sugar Belle, who now have a son.
    • Rainbow Dash is now the new captain of the Wonderbolts.
    • Rarity has opened up more fashion chains all over Equestria, having just opened a shop in Yakyakistan.
    • Fluttershy still runs her animal sanctuary with Discord, who uses his powers to help deliver new animals to the sanctuary.
    • Pinkie Pie is the head planner for all of Canterlot's galas. She's also married to Cheese Sandwich and now has a son named Li'l Cheese.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders are now teachers at the School of Friendship, along with Smolder, Ocellus, and Silverstream.
    • Starlight and Sunburst still run the School of Friendship with Trixie as the school counselor.
    • Gallus is captain of the Royal Guard.
    • Yona and Sandbar both run Rarity's boutique in Ponyville.
  • The Prison Episode of Funky Cops reveals what the characters therein are up to years later. The hardass head guard moved to New York and now owns a "notorious" prison-themed nightclub; the convict whose escape plan was foiled still swears revenge on Dick; Bookboy hasn't been heard from since escaping and is believed to be quietly enjoying his freedom; and Ace and Dick returned to work as SFPD detectives, where they had long, distinguished careers and were only sent back to prison a few times; Alcatraz itself was closed forever in 1963, which confuses the narrator as it was the setting of the episode and the show is set in the 70s.
  • Arthur: The final episode, "All Grown Up", ends with a look at what Arthur and his friends are doing 20 years in the future.
    • Arthur is now an artist and has just finished writing his first graphic novel.
    • D.W. is a traffic cop.
    • Buster is a creative writing professor, and he mentions that Kate is one of his students.
    • Francine runs a business that makes athletic sneakers.
    • Binky is a weatherman for the local news.
    • Muffy is a politician and is running for mayor of Elwood City.
    • George is now the manager of The Sugar Bowl.

    And as for Real Life, nobody is exactly sure what he's up to, but it has been confirmed that he wanders for adventure frequently, and will continue to no matter how severely the circumstances change. 
  • Social networking means that, if you remember someone from your past (such as an old friend from high school) and become curious about how they're currently doing, you can likely see what they're up to.


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(Spoilers) Amphibia's New Life

Following the defeat of the Core and the departure of Anne and her friends, the final scene on Amphibia is a glimpse of what everyone's up to, and how things have changed.

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