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23rd Sep '16 7:00:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''StrokerAndHoop'': Stroker faked his own death, as well as his son's and C.A.R.R.'s, in order to avoid a gang of ninjas, an then secretly attended his own funeral. Though Stroker later admits that bringing his son to his own funeral was a crappy idea.

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* ''StrokerAndHoop'': ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'': Stroker faked his own death, as well as his son's and C.A.R.R.'s, in order to avoid a gang of ninjas, an then secretly attended his own funeral. Though Stroker later admits that bringing his son to his own funeral was a crappy idea.
23rd Sep '16 7:00:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where Bart and Nelson play the roles of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. After a scene implies they've been hanged, they're shown hiding while their funeral is going on, grinning widely... only for it to be revealed that it's merely their corpses about to be lowered in the coffins (apparently there was a very good embalmer on hand or something, but probably RuleOfFunny is a more apt explanation).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' an episode where Bart and Nelson play the roles of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. After a scene implies they've been hanged, they're shown hiding while their funeral is going on, grinning widely... only for it to be revealed that it's merely their corpses about to be lowered in the coffins (apparently there was a very good embalmer on hand or something, but probably RuleOfFunny is a more apt explanation).
4th Sep '16 8:38:54 AM erforce
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* ''Revenge of the PinkPanther'': Inspector Clouseau shows up at his own funeral, disguised as a priest. (Someone else died, but everyone thought it was Clouseau.) He only reveals himself to his former chief Dreyfus, and he faints right into the grave upon seeing him, believing it to be a ghost or hallucination.

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* ''Revenge of the PinkPanther'': ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'': Inspector Clouseau shows up at his own funeral, disguised as a priest. (Someone else died, but everyone thought it was Clouseau.) He only reveals himself to his former chief Dreyfus, and he faints right into the grave upon seeing him, believing it to be a ghost or hallucination.



* In ''The Weatherman'', the main character arranges a "living funeral" for his father, who is dying of cancer. He gets through one line of his eulogy before the power cuts out.

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* In ''The Weatherman'', ''Film/TheWeatherman'', the main character arranges a "living funeral" for his father, who is dying of cancer. He gets through one line of his eulogy before the power cuts out.
30th Jul '16 6:45:13 PM dmcreif
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* Jimmy Mc Nulty in ''Series/TheWire'' is given a wake at an Irish pub like other fallen cops, he lies in a pool table as his career as a detective is dead. He otherwise is alive, talkative and can't stay still and the other cops complain about this.

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* Jimmy Mc Nulty [=McNulty=] in ''Series/TheWire'' is given a mock Irish wake at an Irish pub Kavanaugh's pub, just like other fallen cops, he lies cop characters who'd been killed off when their actors passed away in a pool table as his real life. In this case, [=McNulty=]'s career as a detective is dead. what's "dead". He otherwise lies on the pool table, posed with a bottle of Jameson's whiskey and a cigar, just like the others, while Jay Landsman gives a funny eulogy. But [=McNulty=] is alive, talkative and can't stay still and the other cops complain about this.



* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' ends with the titular character being forced to jump off a building by the BigBad while Watson witnesses the fall. The final scene shows Watson and Mrs. Hudson at the grave, Watson quietly begging Holmes to not be dead. As he's walking away, the camera pans and shows Holmes watching from the cover of a nearby copse. Of course, the real puzzle for the audience isn't whether or not he survived (since that's a forgone conclusion for anyone familiar with the source material), but ''how''.

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* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' ends with the titular character being forced to jump off a building by the BigBad while Watson witnesses the fall. The final scene shows Watson and Mrs. Hudson at the grave, Watson quietly begging Holmes to not be dead. As he's walking away, the camera pans and shows Holmes watching from the cover of a nearby copse. Of course, the real puzzle for the audience isn't wasn't whether or not he survived (since that's a forgone conclusion for anyone familiar with the source material), but ''how''.''how''. The season 3 premiere explained that.
18th Jul '16 7:25:06 PM Micah
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* The final movement of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Music/SymphonieFantastique''. According to Berlioz, the protagonist, having poisoned himself with opium,

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* The final movement of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Music/SymphonieFantastique''. According to Berlioz, Berlioz's program notes, the protagonist, having poisoned himself with opium,
18th Jul '16 7:24:14 PM Micah
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* The final movement of Music/HectorBerlioz's ''Music/SymphonieFantastique''. According to Berlioz, the protagonist, having poisoned himself with opium,
-->...sees himself at a witches' sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral.
16th Jul '16 9:15:55 AM vtarira
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', it's Cap attending his Smithsonian exhibit instead of his funeral, but the scene hits all the beats of this trope (he's in disguise, the exhibit is a memorial of his life up through his DisneyDeath at the end of ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger First Avenger]]'', old movie clips and quotes from friends and loved ones in place of a eulogy, etc). It does have a different impact than most versions, since ''he's'' still alive and healthy, but he's lost or is losing ''everyone else'' there.
11th Jul '16 1:07:49 PM Briguy52748
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** On an almost annual basis, readers of Dear Abby and Annie's Mailbox (previously Ann Landers) will request that Berrio's essay be republished, hoping teenagers who are newly licensed will read it and decide to adopt safe driving habits.

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** On an almost annual basis, readers of Dear Abby and Annie's Mailbox (previously Ann Landers) will request that Berrio's essay be republished, hoping teenagers who are newly licensed will read it and decide to adopt safe driving habits. Dr. Robert Wallace, who publishes a column aimed at teenagers named Tween 12 and 20, has also been known to publish the column.
8th Jul '16 4:13:12 AM freesefan
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* A famous Swedish businessman did not quite attend his own funeral, but got to read his own obituary due to a newspaper error. His horror at his portrayal as "Alfred Nobel, merchant of death and destruction" led him to found the Nobel Prizes so he'd be remembered for something other than inventing explosives.

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* A famous Swedish businessman did not quite attend his own funeral, but got to read his own obituary due to a newspaper error. His horror at his portrayal as "Alfred Nobel, merchant of death and destruction" led him to found the Nobel Prizes so he'd be remembered for something other than inventing explosives.



* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln reportedly had a nightmare along these lines approximately two weeks prior to his assassination.
* Some attendees at Creator/AndyKaufman's funeral poked his body, as he'd announced an intention to fake his death. (Probably) an aversion, as he was (probably) really dead.
* Happens every so often in Real Life. Usually due to the person reviving in the coffin or a misidentification at the morgue. One woman wandered into her own funeral as she finally recovered from a [[WhatDidIDoLastNight New Year's eve party]] several days earlier and heard that everyone was at a funeral.
* French businessman Martin Bouygues was the victim of an historical error from the AFP claiming he was found dead in his house of La Roche Mabile (a town which he never even visited). He could actually watch his own orbituary on his own tv news channel...


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* Prime Minister Keisuke Okada of Japan narrowly escaped assassination when right-wing militarists killed his brother-in-law instead of him. Okada actually attended his own funeral before the mistake was revealed. (His time as Prime Minister ended, but he lived until 1952.)
3rd Jul '16 2:13:01 PM LordGro
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* ''Literature/EyrbyggjaSaga'': Thorodd of Froda and his men have drowned in a shipwreck, and their bodies have not been found. When his family holds a funeral feast, and all the guests have been seated, Thorodd and his companions come in, soaking wet, and sit down by the fire. While the people are afraid to go near the ghosts, they welcome them and think it is "a happy omen, because in those days it was believed that drowned people had been well received by the sea-goddess, Ran, if they came to their own funeral feast." Unfortunately, the ghosts continue their visits after the feast is over, causing the farmpeople much trouble.
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