Stingers in live-action movies.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe
- A staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stingers are generally used to build up continuity, but are just as often used to simply troll the audience:
- In the first Iron Man movie, Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) talks with Tony Stark about the "Avenger Initiative".
- In The Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark shows up to discuss with General Ross about a certain team that's getting together. Although it's not after the credits — just the final scene of the movie. It was originally supposed to be a stinger, but Executive Meddling pushed it forward. The The Consultant short shows that this was set up specifically to block what they were talking about from happening.
- Iron Man 2 ends with Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. arriving at a massive crater in New Mexico. He calls Nick Fury and says that "We've found it." — "it" being Thor's Hammer.
- Thor has Nick Fury showing Dr. Selvig the Tesseract in his possession. Unbeknownst to him is that Selvig is possessed by Loki....
- Captain America: The First Avenger dispensed with the subtlety and showed a trailer for The Avengers, showing all the characters and revealing Loki as one of the main villains.
- The Avengers has a mid-credits scene revealing The Man Behind the Man who gave Loki his scepter and the Chitauri army to command is Thanos. And after the full credits, there's a scene showing the team tiredly and quietly eating lunch at a shawarma place Tony suggested.
- Iron Man 3 has some good comedic competition for The Avengers; the film began with Tony narrating the events seemingly to the audience, but the stinger reveals that he's pouring his heart out to Bruce Banner — who's fallen asleep. He wakes up to Tony's exasperation, but Banner just apologetically points out that he's Not That Kind of Doctor.
- Thor: The Dark World is like The Avengers, in that it has a mid-credits serious scene and a post-credits humorous scene. The mid-credits scene has Volstagg and Sif giving The Collector the Aether for safekeeping and revealing that it and the previous movies' Tesseract are Infinity Stones, while the post-credits scene has Thor and Jane reuniting on Earth... and the Ice Beast that ended up on Earth during the final fight still loose, chasing pigeons.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier also has two separate stingers. The mid-credits scene shows Baron Strucker observing a captive Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, as well as Loki's scepter, setting up Avengers: Age of Ultron. The post-credits scene shows the Winter Soldier visiting the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian, implying that his memory is returning.
- Guardians of the Galaxy has just one: a battered Collector sitting in his hideout, getting licked by Cosmo the Spacedog and listening to the chatter of one of his specimens: Howard the Duck!
- A mid-credits scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron has Thanos taking the Infinity Gauntlet and deciding that he'll have to take all of the Infinity Stones himself. It's also the first film since The Incredible Hulk to not feature a post-credits scene.
- Ant-Man returns to the mid-credits and post-credits model. One scene shows Hope van Dyne getting her own suit and becoming the new Wasp. The other shows Captain America and The Falcon locating Bucky Barnes, who is stuck to some sort of contraption. Falcon then mentions that he knows a guy (Ant-Man) who could help them out.
- Captain America: Civil War's mid-credits scene shows Bucky willingly deciding to be frozen again until a cure is found to free himself from Hydra's mind control program, with T'Challa/Black Panther providing him a much needed safe and secret haven inside his headquarters in Wakanda. The post-credits scene shows Peter Parker/Spider-Man in his room, activating a gadget Tony Stark offered him. He is amusingly telling half-lies about "a guy from Brooklyn named Steve and another huge guy" to Aunt May to explain his bruised face. It concludes with a James Bond-esque phrase: "Spider-Man will return".
- The mid-credits scene in Doctor Strange (2016) has Strange agreeing to help Thor and Loki find Odin. The post-credits scene shows Mordo's descent into evil as he steals the magic that Jonathan Pangborn was using to keep walking, as Mordo decides there are "too many sorcerers."
- Taken Up to Eleven — Even by MCU standards! — with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as the movie has no less than five scenes during and after the credits (many of these are just throwaway gags, however):
- Kraglin practices how to use Yondu's Yaka Arrow, only to accidentally stab Drax in the neck.
- In the aftermath of Yondu's death, Stakar reassembles his original team, whom comic fans might recognize as the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Ayesha is in the process of creating the "next step" in the evolution of her people, and decides to christen said new creation with the name "Adam".
- Groot, now having grown to be a teenager, is scolded by Peter for letting his room on the Ravager dropship become filthy, but ignores Peter in favor of playing a video game. It's implied Peter understands Groot's speech now.
- The Watchers abandon Stan Lee, leaving him without a way to get back home.
- The mid-credits scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming suggests that some of the villains Spidey has stopped so far are interested in teaming up and going after him. The post-credits scene foreshadows nothing at all. Instead Captain America appears in another educational short like the ones Peter and his classmates watched in school, discussing the importance of patience, and how sometimes, it isn't actually rewarded.
- The mid-credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok sees the Asgardian refugees headed to Earth on a spaceship. Loki points out it might not be the best idea to bring him with them, but Thor assures him it'll work out...and then a massive ship, containing Thanos and the Black Order, appears right in their path. The post-credits scene has the Grandmaster trying to take partial credit for the uprising on Sakaar. After all, you can't have an uprising without someone to rise up against, right?
- The mid-credits scene of Black Panther (2018) sees King T'Challa telling the truth about Wakanda to the United Nations, and pledging to share their resources and technology. The post-credits scene has a few Wakandan children awaken a sleeping Bucky Barnes. He's greeted by Shuri as he walks out, who says there's a lot of things they have to do.
- Avengers: Infinity War has a post-credits scene where Nick Fury and Maria Hill are driving and discussing signs that a great battle happened over Wakanda. Then, due to Thanos using the Infinity Gauntlet to randomly kill half the universe's population, random people start disintegrating, causing cars and helicopters to crash. As the survivors panic, the two attempt to help them, but Maria disintegrates. Nick pulls out a device, but he disintegrates, letting out a "Motherfu-" before he goes. The device falls to the ground and shows it sent a message to Captain Marvel.
- The mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Scott going to the Quantum Realm in order to collect the materials needed to help Ghost's condition, only to have Hank, Hope, and Janet disintegrate from Thanos randomly killing half of the universe in Avengers: Infinity War while Scott remains stranded in the Quantum Realm. The post-credit scene has the giant ant from the previous Ant-Man movie playing the drums while an emergency broadcast signal is on the television due to the events of Thanos using the Infinity Gauntlet.
- The mid-credits scene of Captain Marvel has the surviving Avengers looking at Fury's mysterious pager as its power seemingly runs out. As Natasha talks about wanting to know who the pager was trying to reach, Captain Marvel suddenly appears behind them asking about Fury's whereabouts. The post-credits scene on the other hand simply shows Goose, the Flerken, coughing up the Tesseract that she had swallowed during the course of the film, onto Fury's desk.
- Avengers: Endgame has no mid- or post-credits scenes, befitting its status as the End of an Age. However, after the credits, the sound of Tony forging the Iron Man armor from his first film is heard, as a Call-Back to where it all began.
- 30 Minutes or Less ends with Dwayne, Travis and The Major surviving their near-death experiences and going into business together running a tanning salon that's a front for a prostitution ring. Dwayne also gets the girl as Travis killed her boyfriend with a flamethrower.
- If you watch a little ways into the credits for Adventureland, you'll get to see a TV commercial for the titular park.
- Adventures in Babysitting has a scene with one of the villains still trapped on the top of a building where the heroes left him.
- There is a Brick Joke in the stinger for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Earlier in the film, the characters experiment with turning a blow-up doll into a kite, only to have its line snap and the doll fly away. After the closing credits, we then see a peaceful-looking Zen monastery, with a Buddhist monk sitting in meditation on his patio — until the blow-up doll flies down and lands on his head.
- There's a clip at the very end of Airplane! showing the guy who got into Ted Striker's abandoned taxi at the start of the movie, saying, "I'll give him another twenty minutes!" And in the sequel!, the hijacker asks for his bomb back.
- Airplane II: The Sequel also features an end-of-credits gag with William Shatner. The end of the credits proclaims "Coming next summer: Airplane 3!" ... and we cut to Shatner echoing Robert Stack's line from the first movie: "That's exactly what they're expecting us to do!"
- After the end of the story-based film adapted from Cirque du Soleil's Alegría, it returns to a loony (actually director Franco Dragone) standing on a street corner, saying — in a perfect quote from The Princess Bride — "He said to wait right here; he said he would be back; I'm not leaving."
- At the end of the credits to the film Aliens, an egg opening and/or facehugger scampering can be heard (it's reportedly different in different releases of the movie).
- The 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks ended with the Big Bad Ian Hawke jobless and penniless, trying to recapture the success he had with the Chipmunks by trying to get other animals such as squirrels to sing. The Squeakquel saw this search pay off with the Chipmunks' Distaff Counterpart group, the Chipettes.
- The Amazing Spider-Man has Dr. Connors in a mental institution, being visited in his cell by a mysterious man who asks if he "told the boy the truth about his father". Connors says no and demands the man leave Peter alone, but he has already left.
- The Amazing Spider Man 2 has a rare crossover example advertising a dueling movie, with the post-credits scene being a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past showing Havok, Mystique, Toad, and a young William Stryker. This was part of a compromise between Sony and 20th Century Fox over some contract disputes involving director Marc Webb.note So no, this doesn't mean Sony and Fox have decided to bury their Marvel Screwed by the Lawyers hatchet away to team up against the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also has a different kind of stinger: Using the Shazam app to identify the movie's credits song brings up a video teasing the Sinister Six lineup.
- Annie (2014) has Stacks, Grace, and Annie watching the next MoonQuake Lake movie.
- The A-Team has a stinger featuring cameos from the original Face and Murdock. With their new counterparts, no less. The Re-Cut Blu-Ray/DVD version inserted those scenes in the movie proper.
- The Austin Powers trilogy of films have all done this, to an extreme in "The Spy Who Shagged Me". Post-credit scenes show Scott Evil on The Jerry Springer Show learning who his real mother is, Austin catching another time-displaced version of himself sleeping with Felicity Shagwell, and Wafa Mustafa (played by Will Ferrell) still yelling for help at the bottom of a cliff.
- Bean: The end-credits scene has Mr. Bean passing by, telling the audience that just like them, he also stays until the credits finish. He then walks off-screen to the right and comes back, stating that it's now the end of the movie, and tells them to leave whenever they want to. When he leaves again, he goes back the other way, as this was where he was initially.
- Ron Howard's documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week features one that's a half-hour long: the 4K restoration of their famous Shea Stadium concert from 1965!
- An unusual example of this trope being used in a documentary: at the very end of Believe, a documentary covering the career of actor/comedian Eddie Izzard, we see a photo of Eddie during his Sport Relief fund-raising campaign where he ran 43 marathons over 2 months, which he had completed just before the documentary was released in theaters.
- Big Ass Spider! cuts to a clip which reveals that a giant cockroach is attacking the Statue of Liberty.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer features one of the vampires (who'd taken a long time to die) continuing to die at a break in the credits. It also features news interviews with the cast while the credits are running.
- But I'm a Cheerleader has a Pet the Dog moment where the main character's father is shown speaking at a PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting. Her mother is in the audience wearing sunglasses, a scarf and a hat.
- A rumbling can be heard under the last few seconds of the credits for Chain Reaction - then an aerial view of the climactic underground explosion can be seen, complete with Fred Ward's understated "Whoa."
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: after the credits, the wardrobe opens, light shines through it, and a lion's roar can be heard. There are two stingers in that movie. The first one happens in the middle of the credits (right after the principal cast and before the rest of the crew). It was a novel thing at the time, and resulted in many patrons who were in the midst of leaving the theater standing frozen while the extra scene played. The scene was of Lucy attempting to re-enter Narnia through the wardrobe, only to meet the Professor, who says he didn't think it would work because he's "already tried."
- Cloverfield has a mildly disappointing example: after sitting through the credits, the audience is treated to a two-second, crackling, indecipherable audio clip that, when played backwards, apparently says "It's still alive!" And it was apparently nothing but Flame Bait, since the Word of God later stated that yes, the monster is dead. Forwards, it says "Help us!" However, there is another message, by combining both the original and backwards message: "I don't want to live, help u-
- Con Air showed Garland Greene having a drink at the Craps tables.Dealer: New shooter coming out, new shooter. Does the new shooter feel lucky? Well, does he?
Garland: Yes, yes he does. ("Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynrd Skynrd plays)
- After the credits for Constantine end, there's a scene with Constantine visiting Chas Kramer's grave. Chas appears in "halfbreed" form (half-angel with wings), then rockets up into the sky.
- Curse of Chucky: Chucky decides to mail himself to his old enemy Andy Barclay. He cuts his way out of the package with his knife and prepares to attack, only to be shocked when Andy sees him coming and shoots him in the face with a shotgun.
- Daredevil has a very cartoonish scene with Bullseye after the credits, depicting him in a cartoon-like full-body cast.
- In the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake, a last segment is interspersed with the credits, showing (through video camera footage) the surviving main characters traveling on the boat they escaped to at the end of the film. They find a zombified head gnashing away in a rowboat, struggle with the lack of food, potable water and gas, before finally reaching their island destination. Unfortunately, they take one step onto the shore and are promptly chased back towards their boat by a rampaging horde of the undead. This entire segment was belatedly filmed and added to the final print after preview audiences complained about the film's original abrupt ending.
- D.C. Cab: "I am the angel of death. Take me to Hell." "Got any luggage?"
- DC Extended Universe:
- Suicide Squad has a stinger, in which Amanda Waller is seen negotiating protection with Bruce Wayne in exchange for the files about metahumans she possesses. She implies that she knows Bruce is Batman, and Bruce tells her to shut down her Task Force X project in return, or else his friends will.
- Wonder Woman (2017) had a stinger added to later releases that was not present in the theatrical release. Etta Candy recruits Diana's surviving WWI teammates Charlie, Sameer, and Chief to retrieve a device that will later be known as a Mother Box. They ask why they should follow her, and she kicks the ass of an angry bar patron who tried to attack Charlie. Impressed, they agree to follow her.
- Justice League (2017) has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. The first one is a light-hearted moment involving the Flash and a resurrected Superman having a friendly race. The second is a Sequel Hook: Lex Luthor, having escaped prison, approaches Deathstroke with the idea of forming "a league of our own."
- Aquaman (2018) has a mid-credits scene that shows David Kane/Black Manta had survived his battle with Aquaman. Some fishermen find him floating on the sea barely conscious and rescue him. While he is recovering from his injuries, Dr. Stephen Shin, a man obsessed with proving Atlantis is real, approaches him and says he knows Kane's equipment is from Atlantis, and asks where it is. Kane says he'll tell him if he helps him find and kill Aquaman.
- SHAZAM! (2019) has a mid-credits scene that shows Dr. Sivana in jail and the caterpillar- like creature Mr. Mind paying him a visit. It then has a post-credits scene where Shazam and Freddy are doing another super powers test and trying to see if Shazam can communicate with fish, like Aquaman, only for Shazam to think that it's stupid.
- The end titles for Dèmoni start to roll on the screen, while Cheryl picks at a wound on the back of her neck... Subverted because the credits disappear, Cheryl turns into a Demon, but is shot and killed before she can harm George. Then the car with George on it disappears from view and the credits finally roll.
- Disturbing Behavior. One of the "Blue Ribbons" is now a student-teacher in an inner city high school.
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It ends with Dracula's voice being heard after the end credits, revealing that he is still alive AND has now won the little "who gets the last word" game over Van Helsing.
- After Goku defeats King Piccolo near the end of Dragonball Evolution, Roshi is revived, and Goku and Chi-Chi have a practice match, the credits play, and afterwards King Piccolo is shown being tended to by a woman.
- Some outtakes play during the credits of The Duff.
- Just before the ending credits for Dungeons & Dragons, it is implied that our heroes are going to go off to another dimension to bring back Snails. One presumes it was going to be a Sequel Hook.
- After the credit for Ernest Saves Christmas, the two delivery warehouse workers are shown arguing about whether one of the letters on a label for a giant box is an E or an F. As one of them insists it reads "E. Bunny", two huge pink rabbit ears smash through the top of the box...
- The Evil Dead (2013) remake has a cameo by Bruce Campbell as Ash saying one of the series' most famous lines:Groovy.
- In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Silver Surfer is seen floating in space after the destruction of Galactus, and suddenly he opens his eyes.
- The Fast and the Furious: The series has intermittently used post-credit scenes throughout the various films:
- The original film had a post-credit shot of Dom driving a Chevrolet Chevelle through Baja, Mexico, eventually ending with him Riding into the Sunset.
- Midway through the end credits of Fast & Furious, the gang is shown racing towards the bus that is taking Dom and other convicts to prison, intending to break him out.
- Fast Five: Hobbes is working in his office when Agent Fuentes arrives and tells him she has some information for him. Though he tells her he doesn't want to hear about it if there's nothing about Dom, she counters that he should be very interested. She then asks him if he believes in ghosts, and reveals that Letty is still alive.
- Fast Six: Han's death (in Tokyo Drift) is reshown in a different context. It wasn't a mere random car accident (as was thought in Tokyo Drift), but a deliberate hit-and-run crash by the villain Ian Shaw's brother, Deckard, looking for revenge against Dom.
- The Fate of the Furious narrowly avoided this. There were plans to include a post-credit scene of Hobbs and Shaw cracking jokes at each other, but this was pulled just prior to release for unknown reasons.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off uses it to show us John Hughes' troll side: first, the film hooks us back into our seats by having one last scene with Ed Rooney all the way through the credits, and then after the Iris Out, it cuts back in to the Buellers' hallway, where Ferris walks in and tells the audience to go home because the movie is over.
- At the end of the 1980 Flash Gordon movie, Ming the Merciless has died, the day has been saved, and all is well. The words 'The End' appear, but a sinister laugh is heard as a familiar hand picks up the ring, and a question mark appears after the words...
- Get Him to the Greek: "Go home. Get the fuck out of the theater. It's over."
- Ghostbusters (2016) has a scene of the team working in their new lab. Patti stops the EVP recorder and asks: "What's Zuul?", referring to the main villain of the original Ghostbusters film.
- Ghost World: After all the credits roll, there's another take of the scene where Seymour (Steve Buscemi) gets attacked by Doug in the minimart. Only this time, Buscemi's character easily wins the fight, choking Doug with his own weapon, and stomps out triumphantly. He finishes with a bunch of Mr. Pink type dialogue.
- The two movies of the Godzilla series' Kiryu Saga both feature them: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla has a small scene of robot pilot Akane agreeing to go out to dinner with roboticist Tokumitsu in light of a bet they made earlier in the film, while Godzilla Tokyo SOS features a more chilling scene of a DNA lab where a sample of the original Godzilla's DNA zooms out to reveal samples from every single monster that's attacked before in that timeline.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019): Alan Jonah and his terrorists purchase King Ghidorah's severed left head from some fishermen who salvaged it.
- The Grey: The film ends with Ottway surrounded by wolves and getting ready for the big showdown with the alpha wolf, a knife in one hand and broken liquor bottles taped to the other. The Stinger reveals the wolf lying on the ground, mortally wounded (in a callback to a wolf breathing heavily similarly earlier in the film), and Ottway's head — only seen from the back — resting on the wolf. Whether or not Ottway survives is up for debate.
- Half Past Dead shows one of the inmates talking to his girlfriend.
- The end credits of Hancock interrupt for a scene where a NY crook triggers our hero's Berserk Button.
- Hardcore Henry: Henry receives a posthumous message from Jimmy, warning him there is one last thing he has to do.
- Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay has a stinger in which Patrick Harris LIVES! A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas reveals he was resurrected after making Jesus angry.
- At the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (originally following the credits, but after the theatrical release moved to preceding them), we see a new book in the window of the Flourish and Blotts' bookstore, by Gilderoy Lockhart (who had his memory accidentally erased earlier when his own spell backfired), entitled "Who Am I?"
- Hellboy (2004): During the closing credits there's a brief shot of Dr. Manning still trying to contact someone on his team and getting nothing in response. A shadow of a Sammael passes in the background as the scene fades back to credits.
- Hellboy (2019):
- Hellboy gets drunk in a cemetery and runs into Lobster Johnson's ghost.
- Baba Yaga plots revenge on Hellboy with an unrevealed figure.
- Hocus Pocus ends with the adults leaving the Town Hall Halloween party, Jay and Ernie still trapped in their cages, and the spell book opening its eye and looking around.
- Holding the Man includes an excerpt of interview with the real Timothy Conigrave, author of the memoir the movie is inspired from telling that the only thing he had to live for is writing a stage play and the memoir, the latter of which he finished 10 days before he died.
- Holes: At the very end of the credits, Hector "Zero" Zeroni quotes the curse his great-great-great-grandmother made with her accent and speech patterns. It plays like a funny outtake.
- Idiocracy: Rita's pimp emerges from a suspended animation capsule to find her.
- Inception has "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" playing towards the end of the credits, telling viewers to 'wake up' from the movie.
- At the end of Inspector Gadget, they have a couple scenes, one of a TV show called RoboBrenda Aerobics, the headless body of RoboGadget run around for a while before slamming into the camera, one showing Sykes going to a Henchman's Anonymous meeting, with many other minions, such as Jaws, Oddjob, Nick Nack, and Tonto, a scene with Penny using her famous watch to try and communicate with Brain, resulting in us hearing Don Adams talking as Brain, and finally the Gadget Mobile attempting to convince us that this was actually HIS movie.
- There's still someone trying to kill Jennifer Love Hewitt after I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
- Early James Bond movies conclude with "James Bond will return..." up until Octopussy, when it suddenly became infrequent in the series. Later restored following the third instalment in the rebooted series, however, with Skyfall confirming the next film, Spectre.
- The end credits of Jerry Maguire gets interrupted by Rod Tidwell's first Reebok's commercial.
- Jingle All the Way has a post-credits scene on Christmas Eve where Howard realizes that after everything he went through trying to get his son a Turbo Man toy, he just so happened to forget to get his wife anything...
- Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back: Parodied. A movie theatre attendant explains to the audience that only blockbusters have Stingers, and since this isn't a blockbuster, it doesn't have one.
- Kamen Rider Double Forever — after Philip and Shotaro take out the movie's exclusive villain, the credits role. After that, we see Shroud in a dimly-lit bathroom, putting the finishing touches on her Bandaged Face disguise, reminding everyone that the main plot hasn't finished yet.
- Delightfully subverted in the Sci-Fi Original Kaw, where the reveal that the killer birds aren't dead comes immediately before the credits (they attack the hero as he walks into his bedroom).
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 plays a two second outtake of The Bride plucking out an eye. The director yells "cut" and Uma looks at the camera, grinning and asks if they can do it again.
- The live-action adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke has three clips during the credits and one after, the final stinger involving Sawako holding two planetarium tickets as replacements to the ones Kazehaya threw away. It ends with the two of them happily heading off on a date together.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service has Eggsy going back to the bar to get his mother away from Dean, as well as to re-enact Harry's beatdown of Dean's crooks.
- Kong: Skull Island: Conrad and Weaver are interrogated in a room with a two way mirror. They resist revealing anything about their experiences on the island, then it is revealed to be a test and the two are invited to join Monarch. The two are then shown several photos of cave drawings depicting Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a huge one of Godzilla fighting King Ghidorah, setting the stage for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
- K-PAX ends the credits with a scene of Dr. Powell looking at the constellation Lyra through his backyard telescope, wondering...
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist has Master Tang, still in the same area as he was where he "died", being eaten by a hawk, getting laughed at by the crew, and telling the viewers to save the whales.
- In Lethal Weapon 3, a post-credit sequence shows Riggs and Murtaugh rushing out to answer another bomb threat, getting there seconds before the bomb goes off, and driving off thinking that they'll be blamed.
- The Lost Boys: The Tribe has one partway into the credits. The viewer is shown Edgar Frog, standing in a misty playground at night. Suddenly, out walks Sam Emerson from the first film, once again played by Corey Haim... And he's a fricking vampire. After a brief conversation, the two lunge at each other and the credits resume, with the viewer left to wonder who survives.
- Roman Polanski's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth has Donalbain seeking out the witches, implying that the events that just transpired, for all their bloodshed and destruction, were ultimately meaningless and the same thing will just happen again.
- The Master of Disguise puts this trope Up to Eleven following the credits filled with outtakes and deleted scenes with a lengthy scene with Pistachio finding out a midget was inside the slapping dummy.
- In the Masters of the Universe film adaptation, Skeletor's head is shown popping out of some strange pool of pink liquid and shouting "I'll be back!". Given that there was no sequel and Word of God says that Skeletor fell to his death, it's not quite clear why they put that in.
- They were trying to make a sequel, but Cannon (which was planning to make the sequel and a Spider-Man movie back-to-back) ran out of cash and lost the license, forcing them to cannibalize the existing stuff; the movie that resulted was Cyborg (1989).
- The Matrix Reloaded showed a trailer for The Matrix Revolutions.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie has one during the credits. With Ivan Ooze destroyed and Rita and Zedd last seen trapped in a snowglobe, Goldar proclaims himself the new Big Bad, with Mordant cheering him on. Cue Rita and Zedd, now back to full size, marching in.Goldar / Mordant: Uh-oh...
- Subverted by what else Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which features no ending credits whatsoever; it cuts abruptly to a black screen and plays repetitive organ music for two minutes and forty seconds. It's an Ingmar Bergman pastiche. What did you expect to happen after they sacked the people responsible for writing the subtitles, those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked, and the directors of the firm hired to continue the credits after the other people had been sacked?
- Mr. Bean's Holiday: After the end credits, Mr. Bean records his feet writing the word 'FIN'Translation in the sand. As he finishes, waves wash away his handiwork and the video camera battery dies out.
- The Muppets:
- According to That Other Wiki, one of the earliest movies to have a post-credits scene was The Muppet Movie. During the credits, we see various shots of the Muppets, discussing the movie (starring themselves) that they just watched. The Stinger comes afterwards, when Animal looks into the camera and shouts "GO HOME!! GO HOME!! Bye bye."
- The Great Muppet Caper, which had everyone parachuting out of an airplane at the end, after the credits has Gonzo drop back in, yell for everyone not to go home yet, and takes a picture of the audience-then at the camera flash the screen goes black before he tells the audience he'll send them each their copy.
- Muppets Most Wanted simply has Fozzie telling the audience to go home because the movie's over.
- The post-credits wedding scene in Napoleon Dynamite.
- In the mockumentary NBT: Never Been Thawed, frozen entrée collector Shawn shows off all of his padlocked freezers full of his collection, then reveals that his most valuable piece is in an unlocked freezer among food that's actually meant to be eaten, since anyone trying to steal from his collection wouldn't think to look there. The stinger has his brother opening up the freezer and pulling out the item in question to cook it - either he genuinely mistook it for regular frozen food, or he's just being his jerkass self.
- Pacific Rim: Mid-way through the credits, Hannibal Chau cuts his way out of the baby Kaiju.Where's my goddamn shoe?!
- Pirates of the Caribbean. Yes, all of them. The first film has a sequel hook involving the monkey re-cursing itself, thus allowing the plot of the following movies, but the one in the third technically resolves a plot point by showing us a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue concerning Elizabeth and Will, and their now ten year-old son, after he's freed from captaining the Flying Dutchman. On Stranger Tides, has a stinger which shows Angelica after Jack deserted her on a island, finding the Jack voodoo doll after it washes up on shore. Dead Men Tell No Tales, Will and Elizabeth lying in bed. While Will struggles to sleep, the door creaks open, and the shadowed figure of Davy Jones enters the room. When Will wakes up from his nightmare, he goes back to sleep, before the camera pans to several barnacles lying in a puddle of seawater under the bed.
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles: After the credits Neal's boss is still at his desk analyzing the ads, his Thanksgiving dinner sitting on his desk.
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has a mid-credits scene where Wickham leads an army of zombies to attack the double wedding.
- Private Parts: Some of the funniest moments take place during the closing credits.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has an extra scene right after the initial end credits. The script writer is kind enough to include himself as a character and point out the impending epilogue in song.
- During the end credits of Rock N Rolla the full scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar is shown.
- The Running Man. At the end of the credits, the title game show's announcer does a voiceover like those of Real Life game shows."The Running Man has been brought to you by; Break-away para-military uniforms, Orgofura procreation pills, and Cadre Cola — it hits the spot! Promotional consideration paid for by; Kiltem flame-throwers, Dwainsright electrical launchers, and Hammer and Gauge chainsaws. Damon Killian's wardrobe by Shea Zantwan — nineteenth century craftsmanship for the twenty-first century man. Cadre trooper and studio guard side arms provided by Goldchester — the pistol of patriots. Remember, tickets for ICS studio tours are always available for class A citizens in good standing. If you'd like to be a contestant on The Running Man, send a self addressed, stamped envelope to ICS Talent Hunt care of your local affiliate, and then go out and do something really despicable. I'm Phil Hilton. Good night and take care."
- At the end of Sadako vs. Kayako, Yuri (one of the main characters), who is now a fusion of Sadako and Kayako is shown in new footage of the cursed video.
- Saw VI: Amanda is seen in a flashback telling Corbett Denlon (the daughter of Jeff Denlon, one of the main protagonists of Saw III) not to trust the man that will save her (Mark Hoffman).
- Scary Movie features a gag after the credits. It involves a vacuum cleaner.
- Secret Window features Johnny Depp singing in a quite disturbing little voice "mama's little baby loves shortbread, shortbread..."
- At the end of Shallow Hal, after the credits, we see Walt putting ski boots onto his hands in preparation for skiing on all fours. He says to a kid next to him, "Hey, kid, how bout these Rossi boots? They fit like a glove, or what!"
- In The Smurfs 2, after Gargamel and Azrael return to the medieval Europe past, the two of them get into a fight with each other because Azrael no longer has the luxuries he was used to in present-day Paris. And of course, Gargamel used his magic to drag Azrael back with him to the past.
- The Spirit of '76 has a 54-second scene of Chris and Tommy explaining various kitchen items to Adam-11: "It's a spray paint can, but with cheese!" The scene ends when David Cassidy starts laughing.
- Star Wars:
- The credits of The Phantom Menace involve Anakin's theme, which occasionally hints at the Imperial March, and end with a bit of Vader Breath.
- There was supposed to be a similar ending to the credits of Attack of the Clones, with the Imperial March playing simultaneously with Anakin and Padmé's love theme, but it was cut. It still appears on the soundtrack.
- In Stealth, the AI that went haywire, killed people, and blew stuff up performs a Heroic Sacrifice in the end to save the hero and redeems itself. After the credits, the AI lights up again amongst the rubble. Presumably this was a set up for a sequel, but the film's poor grossing put a halt on that.
- In Street Fighter, M. Bison is alive (too bad Raúl Juliá isn't).
- Super Mario Bros. has a scene where a pair of Japanese businessmen make an offer to an unseen person to produce a video game based on their adventures. The camera pans to Iggy and Spike, who suggest the title, "Super Koopa Cousins".
- Team America: World Police had a stinger as part of a musical Credits Montage: a song not heard in the movie, revealing the interplanetary aspect of Kim Jong-Il's plot.
- During the credits in Terminator Genisys, Genisys' system core in a hidden subterranean chamber has survived the explosion and a holographic projection of the now self-aware Skynet looks on.
- The 2007 Transformers movie has three of these, all during the end credits rather than after; two involve a television interview with the Witwicky family, and one shows Starscream escaping into space.
- Trick or Treat has a short post-credits scene of Ozzy Osbourne as anti-rock demagogue Rev. Aaron Gilstrom saying, "This could kick you off into becoming an absolute pervert!"
- At the end of the credits for the action-movie spoof Troma's War, the countless bodies scattered around the terrorist camp suddenly lift their arms and wave to the camera.
- "Breaking Dawn Part 1" of the Twilight Saga has one, with the Volturi secretary being dragged away, supposedly to be killed for spelling Carlisle's name wrong on a letter. Informing of Edward's and Bella's marriage.
- After the title of WarCraft flashes at the end of the film, there's a short scene where Go'el is found by humans in a Moses in the Bulrushes scenario.
- Wayne's World: Exchange of words between Wayne and Garth.
- Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins has him interviewing his family.
- The end credits of Wild Things feature a series of scenes that show the story behind the story of the film, explaining how the entire plot really worked. Some of them are hilarious (intentionally).
- While post-credits scenes have become heavily associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was the X-Men Film Series (made by 20th Century Fox rather than Marvel Studios) that first made the stinger into a staple of superhero movies and especially those based on Marvel products:
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Professor X transfers his mind into the man with the coma...
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine had, depending on your screening, either a now-amnesiac Logan in a bar, "drinking to remember" or the living disembodied head of Deadpool, having gained his mouth back and his Medium Awareness as well. There was also General Stryker getting arrested, but everyone got that one.
- The Wolverine: Two years later, Magneto is shown to have regained his mutant power and Xavier is revealed to be alive. They both meet with Logan at an airport and ask him to join them fighting the new weapon that the humans have created to destroy the mutants.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past: En Sabah Nur uses his Mind over Matter powers to build a pyramid in Ancient Egypt while his Four Horsemen are seen in the background.
- Deadpool: The after-credits scene is where Deadpool tells the people in the audience to go home, since the show's over (while dressed as Ferris Bueller to make sure the Shout-Out is clear). However, he later relents, and uses the time left in the movie to mention that the sequel will bring Cable into the mix.
- X-Men: Apocalypse: It involves the abandoned Alkali Lake facility being raided by Essex Corp. If you don't understand the significance, the X-Men villain Mr. Sinister's name is Nathaniel Essex. The genetic info about Wolverine may be used to create X-23.
- Logan: Inverted. A small scene featuring Deadpool is shown before the credits.
- Deadpool 2: A mid-credits scene where Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio manage to repair Cable's time travel device and give it to Deadpool. He uses it to undo Peter and Vanessa's deaths. Then he travels to the final battle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and kills that version of Deadpool. Then he murders Ryan Reynolds before he can accept his role in Green Lantern.