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"The End", also known as "Fin", is a common phrase used at the end of numerous works of fiction, including many Final Fantasy games after defeating the final boss. The ending screen is usually a black background with bold text "The End".
There is no input generated while in this screen and so one of the options can be to punch in a special code for a minigame like in Final Fantasy IX, or to turn off the system. After a few minutes, the "Prelude" plays, and in some cases in the early games a star field will scroll out of the screen.
Also appears in the classic star field. In the DS version, appears on a black screen on the bottom while Kluya, Cecilia Harvey, and Theodore are staring at the moon on the top screen. The iOS/Android version is the same, but on a single screen, with a different typeface.
Appears in front of a star field. In the Anthology rerelease, it is followed by an FMV.
There is no The End scene at the end of the credits; rather, there is an epilogue of Cloud atop of a train headed to the Sector 8 train station, and ends, leading the way to the message "To be continued in Final Fantasy VII".
Appears surrounded by a pair of wings. Final Fantasy VIII appears beneath and 1998 Square below that. After a few seconds, the screen is cleared to black. Also, one of Selphie's Limit Breaks is called "The End", which can defeat any foe (even bosses and those immune to instant death, but not the undead).
The minigame Blackjack is playable while the The End screen is shown by entering the following sequence:
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In the mobile / Steam versions of the game, this option is no longer available; the option to access the minigame is instead made available from the game's title screen upon beating it at least once. The copyright information at the bottom is updated to reference Square Enix, as well as the copyright dates 2001 and 2016.
"The End" appears between a white symmetrical type symbol featuring the Yevon and Jecht symbols on a black screen. "To Zanarkand" plays in the background. The symbols in Yevon script are A and Z of the alphabet, but they have additional meaning in the world of Final Fantasy X as the symbols representing Yu Yevon and Sin, respectively, and are the sort of "alpha and omega" used by Yevon faith.
Appears on a black background with a symbol which looks like a wave shaped into half a heart and seagulls flying in place of the missing half, akin to the theme of water of Final Fantasy X. It is followed by the player's statistics as well as a New Game+ option. If the player receives the Perfect Ending or "Monkey ending" then "The End" appears against the background of the Zanarkand sunset before fading to the black background with the water symbol. If receiving the Perfect Ending, the player is also presented with the message "Thank you for playing". "The End" is also the name of a Garment Grid in the game.
In the HD remaster, it also shows percentage of the story completed, percentages of all unique creatures created in the Creature Creator, and the amount of times the game has been cleared. Additionally, the final levels of the current party upon completion of the game is also shown.
It appears on white screen featuring the crystallized Cocoon. "The End" subtitle is written in italics.
The classic "The End" is replaced by a "To Be Continued" in this game as opposed to other entries in the Final Fantasy series. The reason for this, besides the storyline to be concluded in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, is to force the player to replay some areas with Paradox Scope fragment skill switched on and discover paradox endings.
It was called Fin, an abbreviation of "Finis", which is Latin for "End", instead. The letters are white while the background is black. After the appearance, it will go straight to the main menu and the player may continue to the alternate plot. It appears after the song "Fulfilled Dream Segment" is finished.
Following Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, "Fin" was also used, in front of the artwork of the Grimoire of the Rift.
Following the ending credits and the epilogue text, the kanji (完, Kan?) appears, which is used in its singular appearance to represent "The End".
Appears on a screen with a seedling of the Mana Tree growing in sunlight.
The word "The End" appears in between two Pillar of Sky on the starry night sky.
For the game's "bad ending," "END" is displayed in spiky white lettering with an X slashed through it horizontally and a streak of white extending from the bottom of the N, as if like blood. No "The End" graphic is displayed during the game's "good/true ending."