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16th Apr '17 7:22:57 AM LordGro
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* In "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death allows his mortal godson to know whether a sick person is destined to die or not, and gives him a magical cure that saves anyone not yet scheduled for death. The godson becomes a famous physician and eventually uses his knowledge to cheat Death and cure a king and then the king's daughter against Death's wishes. Death then leads the godson into a cave where many candles representing human lives are burning, and shows him his own life candle is almost burned out. When the physician asks Death to set up a new candle for him before the old one can go out, Death answers this is not possible, because for every fresh candle that begins to burn, an old one has to go out. This revelation also points to the possibility that the disease of the princess was the price for the physician saving the life of the king, and that the reason the physician has to die is because he saved the princess' life (in some variants, this is said explicitly).

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* In "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death allows his mortal godson to know whether a sick person is destined to die or not, and gives him a magical cure that saves anyone not yet scheduled for death. The godson becomes a famous physician and eventually uses his knowledge to cheat Death and cure a king and then the king's daughter against Death's wishes. Death then leads the godson into a cave where many candles representing human lives are burning, and shows him his own life candle is almost burned out. When the physician asks Death to set up a new candle for him before the old one can go out, Death answers this is not possible, because for every fresh candle that begins to burn, an old one has to go out. This revelation also points to the possibility that the disease of the princess was the price for the physician saving the life of the king, and that the reason the physician has to die is because he saved the princess' life (in life; in some variants, variants this is said explicitly).explicitly.
16th Apr '17 7:17:33 AM LordGro
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* There are multiple variations of a tale in which a man makes a DealWithTheDevil (or Death) and is allowed to know whether a sick person will survive or not (such as Creator/TheBrothersGrimm tale "Godfather Death"). The Devil gives a signal like appearing at a dying man's feet or a survivor's head. At some point the man, who's a successful doctor because of all this, is called to treat a doomed person whom he'd rather save. In some versions, it's a rich man who will, hopefully give him lots of money, so he saves the guy anyway. The devil tells the man that now he'll have to give up his own life to make up for the patient's. Other versions involve a girl he wants to marry, and he tricks the Devil by turning the bed around.

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* There are multiple variations of a tale in which a man makes a DealWithTheDevil (or Death) and is allowed In "Literature/GodfatherDeath", Death allows his mortal godson to know whether a sick person will survive is destined to die or not (such as Creator/TheBrothersGrimm tale "Godfather Death"). The Devil not, and gives a signal like appearing at a dying man's feet or a survivor's head. At some point the man, who's a successful doctor because of all this, is called to treat a doomed person whom he'd rather save. In some versions, it's a rich man who will, hopefully give him lots of money, so he a magical cure that saves anyone not yet scheduled for death. The godson becomes a famous physician and eventually uses his knowledge to cheat Death and cure a king and then the guy anyway. The devil tells king's daughter against Death's wishes. Death then leads the man that now he'll have to give up godson into a cave where many candles representing human lives are burning, and shows him his own life candle is almost burned out. When the physician asks Death to make set up a new candle for him before the old one can go out, Death answers this is not possible, because for every fresh candle that begins to burn, an old one has to go out. This revelation also points to the possibility that the disease of the princess was the price for the patient's. Other versions involve a girl he wants to marry, physician saving the life of the king, and he tricks that the Devil by turning reason the bed around.physician has to die is because he saved the princess' life (in some variants, this is said explicitly).



* "Literature/GodfatherDeath": When the physician asks Death to set up a new life candle for him before the old one can burn out, Death answers this is not possible, because for every fresh candle that begins to burn, an old one has to go out. This revelation also points to the possibility that the disease of the princess was the price for the physician saving the life of the king, her father, against Death's wishes, and even that the reason the physician has to die is because he has saved the princess' life.
16th Apr '17 2:32:01 AM LordGro
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* "Literature/GodfatherDeath": When the physician asks Death to set up a new life candle for him before the old one can burn out, Death answers this is not possible, because for every fresh candle that begins to burn, an old one has to go out. This revelation also points to the possibility that the disease of the princess was the price for the physician saving the life of the king, her father, against Death's wishes, and even that the reason the physician has to die is because he has saved the princess' life.
8th Apr '17 4:04:54 PM Madrugada
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** Not much of a ''surprise'' when you realize that the ancient Greeks were the inventors of the (usually literal) DeusExMachina, and pretty much '''always''' had a god/god-like hero show up at the end to sort things out if the protagonists hadn't done something to deserve divine punishment.
** Heracles, in particular, does this ''all the time''. For instance, he's credited with having rescued Theseus from the underworld and Prometheus from having his liver eaten by an eagle every day (if anyone else had tried the latter, one imagines there would have been [[BoltOfDivineRetribution thunderbolts]]).
13th Mar '17 11:51:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* The whole driving force behind the entire ''Film/FinalDestination'' series is the characters having missed their exit due to visions of the future, and Death [[CruelAndUnusualDeath correcting this error]] in increasingly [[NecroNonSequitur complex and implausible]] ways.
--> "What if it ''was'' our time, what if we weren't ''meant'' to get off that plane? What if there is a design... and it's not finished?"

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* ''Franchise/FinalDestination'':
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The whole driving force behind the entire ''Film/FinalDestination'' series is the characters having missed their exit due to visions of the future, and Death [[CruelAndUnusualDeath correcting this error]] in increasingly [[NecroNonSequitur complex and implausible]] ways.
--> "What if it ''was'' our time, what if we weren't ''meant'' to get off that plane? What if there is a design... and it's not finished?"
23rd Feb '17 1:48:31 PM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''[[http://e-merl.com/webcomic-serials/rule The Rule of Death]]'', when Pete Colby's rise from the grave alerts an ominous man in black who's quite intent on putting him back in the dirt. [[spoiler:Despite the supernatural [[TomesOfProphecyAndFate tome of death records]] he holds, the man is just an insane TautologicalTemplar and is put down without incident.]]
12th Feb '17 1:40:42 AM Gess
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** Another episode features an immortality serum developed by the MadScientist Jha'Dur aka the Deathwalker. Its manufacture also requires the death of another person, and Jha'Dur gleefuly expected the entire galaxy to tear itself apart in pursuit of eternal life.
15th Jan '17 11:50:59 AM WaterBlap
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* Myth/GreekMythology has the story of Admetus and Alcestis. Admetus is a beloved king; and, when he is due to die, Death agrees to allow him to live if he can find another willing to die in his stead. However, he is unable to find anyone - for all that his subjects love him, they don't love him enough to die for him, with even his father refusing to do it. Finally, believing himself doomed, he returns to his room - to find that his wife, Alcestis, has already agreed to die in his place, and promptly expires. Admetus lives - but in the knowledge that he has lost the one person who loved him enough to die for him. Then, in a surprise twist happy ending, Heracles arrives and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Death to save Alcestis]].

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* Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology has the story of Admetus and Alcestis. Admetus is a beloved king; and, when he is due to die, Death agrees to allow him to live if he can find another willing to die in his stead. However, he is unable to find anyone - for all that his subjects love him, they don't love him enough to die for him, with even his father refusing to do it. Finally, believing himself doomed, he returns to his room - to find that his wife, Alcestis, has already agreed to die in his place, and promptly expires. Admetus lives - but in the knowledge that he has lost the one person who loved him enough to die for him. Then, in a surprise twist happy ending, Heracles arrives and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punches out Death to save Alcestis]].
7th Dec '16 3:24:33 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]

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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To to compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]
7th Dec '16 3:24:28 AM iroanxi
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* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', To compensate for Robb's return, [[spoiler: the Old Gods arrange Ramsay's particularly brutal death to a raven and a wolf.]]
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