False ending

false ending has two contexts; in literature, film and video games it is a narrative device where the plot seems to be heading to its conclusion, but in reality, there is still more to the story. In a musical composition, it is a complete stop of the song for one or more seconds before continuing.

The presence of a false ending can be expected through a number of ways. The medium itself may be betrayal that it is not the true ending (ie it’s only halfway into a book or a song, a film has not fully elapsed, only half the world has been explored in a video game, etc. ), making only stories with indeterminate running length or a multi-story structure able to pull this off effectively. Another indicator is the feeling that is too much of the story is incomplete when the false ending comes, making it feel like it has to be more.


In LA Confidential , it seems like the crime that the movie is revolving around the world. cover-up conspiracy. In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King , The director keeps using editing techniques that are indicative of endings in scenes that could be used as such, but continue until the movie finally ends. Spider-Man 3 has two false endings. Another example is in The Simpsons Movie , where, at a very climatic stage in the film, the screen fades away and says To be continued, which is then followed by the word “Immediately.”

Some movies come to a formal ending, followed by the rolling credits, which is almost universally used to indicate that the film has ended, only to have the actors reappear in one or more mid-credits scenes . In comedy films, these sequences may be bloopers or outtakes . In other types of movies, the mid-credit scenes may be the narrative set out in the movie. The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have become notorious for this. 0. Hot Fuzz (2007)

In the police comedy Hot Fuzz (2007), two police officers realize that their city is controlling their town. After the two officers of the Neighborhood Watch Alliance and its members, who have been causing problems in the town, the peer are celebrating their success at the police station, and the film appears to be wrapping up. Then a member of the Neighborhood Watch Alliance enters the station and shoots an old musket, which triggers an old-fashioned mine.

Video games

Some examples in video games include Final Fantasy VI and Wild ARMs . Both involve confrontations with the major antagonists and their final outcome, but rather a crisis occurs and the story continues. A third is in Naval Ops: Warship Gunner , second-time Druna Skass (Which can only happen if the player plays the game again, the game resets itself to the beginning greeted by another supership, that looks just like the Druna Skass . Yet another example is the survival horror game Obscure II, in which the player must wait until the credits roll to their conclusion before gameplay resumes.

Role-playing video games are notorious for having such plot devices. It usually involves the game’s main antagonist being defeated, only to be revealed to the “real” villain. One example is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess , in which the villain is Zant, but Zant reveals he has been working for another Villain. Another example is ” Kid Icarus: Uprising ” where after you defeat Medusa, credits roll but are quickly interrupted by Hades, the villain for the rest of the game.

In video games, it is difficult to use the false ending device effectively. Nevertheless, in the hands of a skilled designer, there are several methods that allow it to be done. In several video games, such as those with multiple playable characters and story lines, the game may appear to be difficult after a challenge, or clearing what appears to be the “Final” level, complete with credits, an outro , and a return to the start screen. These endings are different from bad endings, as everything can be resolved. However, fulfilling conditions such as clearing all the storylines, reloading the save file, or reaching the “ending” in a New Game + mode may give the player the option to continue on to the real ending.

An example of this is Sonic Adventure , and its sequel Sonic Adventure 2 . In the train, while there are six stories to play, only the main character’s, Sonic’s is the most complete. The other characters’ stories are simply side-stories. However, if “all” of the stories are completed, a final story appears that wraps up the game and acts as the “true” ending. In the latter, there are two stories to play, one for the heroes, and one for the villains. Of Note is the plot device is hidden in a false Chaos Emerald being white used That Would destroy the space colony in the qui villain Doctor Eggmanis using as a base. It is at first implied that Eggman took the false Emerald, but in reality, when the last story is played, again, after the two normal stories are completed, a true conclusion is offered.

Another example could be the survival horror game Resident Evil 2 , where, depending on your choice, you get to play with one of the two characters and get a certain ending for one of them to later discover, when you finish playing the second path with the second character, you fight the real final boss and the “true” ending is shown. The main difference between both of the “true” endings are exchanged, as well as the final dialogue from the game.


In music, a number of rock and pop songs are used in which the music is arranged so that the song appears to be ending (eg, reaching a final cadence on the chord of the home and stopping), but then the music starts again. Examples include The Rascals ‘” Good Lovin’ “; The Four Tops ‘ ” Bernadette “, ” White Room ” by Cream ; You think I is not worth a dollar goal I feel like a Millionaire by ” Queens of the Stone Age ;” The Peace! “; ” Thank You ” by Led Zeppelin ; ” Rain ” by The Beatles ; ” Monday, Monday ” by The Mamas & the Papas ; and ” But You Know I Love You ” by The First Edition . Notable Another example of a musical false ending is ” (Everything I Do) I Do It for You ” by Bryan Adams – Because The original song Was six and a half minutes long, the false ending est devenu the end of the single / video edit of the song (the album version had a fadeout ending). In addition, several other songs have also had false endings, such as ” Angels ” by Amy Grant, a # 1 Christian hit in 1984. Another example is ” Keep On Dancing “, a 1965 Top 10 hit for the band The Gentrys from Memphis, Tennessee. In both songs, there is a break of two seconds before the music starts all over again. Also, ” When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) ” by The Beach Boys , has a sudden stop and resumes 1 second later to the band counts numbers of years of age to the song fades, counting from 19 to 30. The Alice in Chains track “Rain When I Die” has a fade-out false ending lasting about 20 seconds, then the music comes back, and then it fades more, thus providing the real ending.