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Basic Trope: A normal song ends with a frightening note.

  • Straight: A pop song ends with a disturbing off-key screech.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A sweet lullaby ends with a long, terrifying drone, and then fades into the sounds of a woman screaming in terror, ending with the screaming suddenly stopping.
    • The frightening shift is mixed with Ending Fatigue, so it goes on for nearly half the song's length.
  • Downplayed: The song ends just a little strangely, that might confuse the listener for a few seconds.
  • Justified:
    • The intention was to create a jarring shift in tone to startle the listener.
    • The loud noise makes sense within the context of the story told through the song's lyrics.
  • Inverted:
    • A song begins with a scary noise, but turns into a standard pop song.
    • A melancholy or scary song ends with an uplifting chord.note 
  • Subverted: The song appears to be ending with a scary final note, but then it turns out that the song isn't over and it goes back to its normal style.
  • Double Subverted: ...and then it promptly ends with another frightening noise.
  • Parodied: Last Note Hilarity.
  • Zig Zagged: The song has a freaky scare chord, but that was a Fake-Out Fade-Out, then the song appears to end again, but it's the same. Then the song actually ends, but the Scare Chord happens only if you let the disc play 1 minute after the end.
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  • Averted: The song maintains the same song throughout and ends normally.
  • Enforced: "Hey! Let's put some random off-key note at the end of the song! That'll scare our audience!"
  • Lampshaded: "A warning to the listener: This song is going to end with the most shit-your-pants scary noise you'll ever hear and it'll come right out of nowhere. Enjoy!"
  • Invoked: The studio equiptment broke, but it didn't become clear it was broken until the end when it makes a freaky drone. The band found out about it, but they decided to Throw It In!.
  • Exploited: The band/artist puts a Screamer Prank at the end of the song.
  • Defied: The band wants to put a Screamer Prank at the end, but decide not to so as not to freak anyone out.
  • Discussed: "Let's end this song unorthodoxly."
  • Conversed: "Aahh! What the hell, why would you end a song like that!?"

Back to Last Note Nightmare. SCREEEEEEEEEEEEECH!!!


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