Ever since Samuel L. Jackson appeared with an eye patch, telling Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative after Iron Man's credits in 2008, audiences have expected superhero movies to have a bonus scene at the very end. It's usually some kind of hype-inducing teaser for a sequel or new entry in the same universe; they've become so standard, audiences were recently shocked that Logan didn't have one.
But superhero movies aren't the only ones to feature these little post-credits Easter eggs. Comedies, dramas and even horror films can have extra material after the credits stop rolling. Here are my personal favorites — the only rule here is that they cannot be from anything Marvel- or DC-related!
5. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
In the hilarious 2004 comedy Dodgeball, Ben Stiller played the idiotic health-nut villain White Goodman. Throughout the movie he had plenty of memorable scenes, including one at the very end — when we see how his defeat made him relapse into his love for junk food. After the credits, White Goodman returns, making fun of the fact that the movie had a happy ending.
You see, director Rawson Marshall Thurber originally had a slap-in-the-face ending — where White Goodman and the Purple Cobras won the dodgeball tournament — but the studio forced a happy ending onto the film. This post-credits scene was a little bit of poking fun at the studio, topped off with Ben Stiller playing with his man-boobs as he sings "Milkshake" by Kelis. Prepare to hit the ground with laughter, people.
4. The Grey
The amazing and tense thriller The Grey has one of the most jarring endings in movie history: the last survivor, Ottway (Liam Neeson), accidentally stumbled across the den of wolves that had been hunting him and his group for the past few days. Once the alpha shows his ugly head, Ottway gets ready for a fight, with a knife and broken bottles turned into knuckles. Just when you think you're about to see one of the greatest man-versus-animal battles ever, it cuts to black and the credits roll. WAIT, WHAT?!? That's it! All of that, and we don't even get to see if he lives or dies!
Or do we? After the credits, we see a very quick scene in which the alpha wolf and Ottway are on the ground, with Ottway on top. The wolf appears to be breathing, but it's not as clear for Ottway, so this leaves it ambiguous whether he lived or not.
Personally I believe the wolf is drawing his last breath, because I doubt it would be lying with Ottway if it had won the fight. Ottway's fate is still a mystery, but at least we get something, right? Still would have liked to have seen the actual fight, though.
3. Finding Dory
While Finding Nemo did have a pretty humorous post-credits scene, it pales in comparison to the (surprisingly good) sequel's, which will make any fan of the first film smile and laugh.
At first you think it's just going to feature the very funny seal character, but then Pixar surprised us with the reappearance of the beloved characters from the fish tank from the first movie: Gill, Peach, Deb/Flo, Bloat, Jacques, Bubbles and Gurgle, all still in their plastic bags, just floating around in the ocean with all of the same voice actors like Willem DaFoe, Brad Garrett and Allison Janney! You did good, Pixar, You did good.
2. Evil Dead (2013)
The reboot of the classic Sam Raimi movie had a mixed reception from fans of the originals: some loved it, some hated it (personally, I was part of the latter), but it had one GROOVY after-credits scene.
We hear the famous recording of the doctor from the original 1981 film, which is then followed up by everyone's favorite Deadite killer himself, Ash. Bruce Campbell appears out of the shadows to deliver the iconic line: "Groovy."
Funny how the best thing about the reboot is a cameo referencing the original films. You can try as hard you want, but you can never replace Ash Williams.
1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The whole classic movie is filled with plenty of fourth wall-breaking, but the best example comes after the credits, when Matthew Broderick's titular character steps out and speaks to the audience, asking why we are still in the theater. It's definitely one of the film's most famous moments, and even inspired the Deadpool post-credits scene, bringing us back to superheroes after all:
Honorable mentions: Buried, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Coraline, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Chain Reaction, Cloverfield, Cinderella and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
What's your favorite post-credits scene? Let me know in the comments below and I hope you had fun reading!