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22nd Jan '17 8:24:49 AM StFan
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-->Spend 20 years with corpses and see how ''you'' end up, smartass.

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-->Spend -->'''Aunt Johnny:''' Spend 20 years with corpses and see how ''you'' end up, smartass.



* Dirt Nap from ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'' was a creepy gravedigger-turned villain who made a DealWithTheDevil and ended up [[spoiler: burning down most of Ponyville]].

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* Dirt Nap from ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'' was is a creepy gravedigger-turned villain who made a DealWithTheDevil and ended ends up [[spoiler: burning [[spoiler:burning down most of Ponyville]].



--->'''Morgue Attendant:''' (''grinning'') Mr. Chance? Dr. Stefanik? May I present Mr. Henry Manson? (''solemnly'') I'll prepare the autopsy room.\\

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--->'''Morgue Attendant:''' (''grinning'') ''[grinning]'' Mr. Chance? Dr. Stefanik? May I present Mr. Henry Manson? (''solemnly'') ''[solemnly]'' I'll prepare the autopsy room.\\



* ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', both the stage and film versions, has a whole family like this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral". In the film this is downplayed, the song is removed and Mr Sowerberry is rather partial to his drink.



* Averted in ''Series/TheMunsters''. Herman works in a funeral parlour and Lily apparently has her hair done by a mortician.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' series and its spinoffs, as most criminal shows, features forensic pathologists as side characters. They're particularly fond of [[OneLiner one-liners]] whenever they find anything interesting about the person's corpse or death during the autopsy. Especially ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', where Sid's sense of humor got a FanNickname -"Sid's creepy place":
-->'''Sid:''' (''After finding a ringing phone inside a victim of the week'') My very first dead ringer.
** A few one-shot funeral home workers also get this treatment to some degree.

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* Averted in ''Series/TheMunsters''. Herman works in a funeral parlour parlor and Lily apparently has her hair done by a mortician.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' series and its spinoffs, as most criminal shows, features forensic pathologists as side characters. A few one-shot funeral home workers also get this treatment to some degree. They're particularly fond of [[OneLiner one-liners]] whenever they find anything interesting about the person's corpse or death during the autopsy. Especially ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', where Sid's sense of humor got a FanNickname -"Sid's -- "Sid's creepy place":
-->'''Sid:''' (''After ''[after finding a ringing phone inside a victim of the week'') week]'' My very first dead ringer.
** A few one-shot funeral home workers also get this treatment to some degree.
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* Sam leaped into a mortician in an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', who was already regarded as rather distasteful by the people in town, and then he started trying to solve the murder of his most recent corpse, asking questions and pawing through her things. Since he was the protagonist it didn't really play that way, but when a guy whose job involves his arms being elbow-deep in the recently deceased starts demanding answers to questions about your sex life....

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* Sam leaped leaps into a mortician in an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', who was already regarded as rather distasteful by the people in town, and then he started starts trying to solve the murder of his most recent corpse, asking questions and pawing through her things. Since he was is the protagonist it didn't doesn't really play that way, but when a guy whose job involves his arms being elbow-deep in the recently deceased starts demanding answers to questions about your sex life....



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* While Wrestling/TheUndertaker more fit the Western trope early in his career (and still has a few hints of it), but his former manager, the punnily named Paul Bearer fit this to a T, with pale skin, modern black suits, and a really creepy high-pitched voice. Even better, William Moody, who portrayed Bearer, really had worked as a mortician before becoming a pro wrestling manager.
** Moody maintained his mortician certifications all the while he was a wrestling manager, and returned to the funeral trade after his time as a wrestling manager ended. He told of several times someone at a funeral would recognize him, and want to take a picture of him with the recently-deceased. He always declined.

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* While Wrestling/TheUndertaker more fit the Western trope early in his career (and still has a few hints of it), but his former manager, the punnily punily named Paul Bearer fit this to a T, with pale skin, modern black suits, and a really creepy high-pitched voice. Even better, William Moody, who portrayed Bearer, really had worked as a mortician before becoming a pro wrestling manager.
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manager. Moody maintained his mortician certifications all the while he was a wrestling manager, and returned to the funeral trade after his time as a wrestling manager ended. He told of several times someone at a funeral would recognize him, and want to take a picture of him with the recently-deceased. He always declined.



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* ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', both the stage and film versions, has a whole family like this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral". In the film this is downplayed, the song is removed and Mr. Sowerberry is rather partial to his drink.



* The Caretaker from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights is a soft-spoken mortician and surgeon that dug up bodies from numerous graves to use for company, furniture, or even as a dinner ingredient. He's not any more kind to living, either; as he kidnaps innocents to use as guinea pigs for "living, breathing autopsies".

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* The Caretaker from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' is a soft-spoken mortician and surgeon that dug up bodies from numerous graves to use for company, furniture, or even as a dinner ingredient. He's not any more kind to living, either; as he kidnaps innocents to use as guinea pigs for "living, breathing autopsies".



* The Coffin Man from ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'' is a humorous/lighthearted version of this trope.

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* %%* The Coffin Man from ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'' is a humorous/lighthearted version of this trope.



* ''WesternAnimation/DumbHounded'': The first WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon has the wolf character jump off a building while a mortician suddenly appears next to him during the fall, takes his coffin measurements and then disappears again.
** It looks like the same mortician in Avery's "Li'l 'Tinker" as a skunk tries to attract girls by impersonating FrankSinatra, he walks up behind him while singing and takes measurements (one of many morbid "Frankie is skinny" gags).

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* ''WesternAnimation/DumbHounded'': WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons:
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The first WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon cartoon, "Dumb Hounded", has the wolf character jump off a building while a mortician suddenly appears next to him during the fall, takes his coffin measurements and then disappears again.
** It looks like the same mortician in Avery's "Li'l 'Tinker" as a skunk tries to attract girls by impersonating FrankSinatra, Music/FrankSinatra, he walks up behind him while singing and takes measurements (one of many morbid "Frankie is skinny" gags).



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Bart visit a funeral parlor run by a creepy VincentPrice type. When Bart gets locked in a coffin and starts screaming in terror he chuckles "ohh, the living!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Bart visit a funeral parlor run by a creepy VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice type. When Bart gets locked in a coffin and starts screaming in terror he chuckles "ohh, chuckles, "Ohh, the living!"
26th Oct '16 8:30:43 PM PaulA
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%%* There's a creepy undertaker in PeterDavid's SpaceWestern ''Oblivion''.

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%%* There's a creepy undertaker in PeterDavid's Creator/PeterDavid's SpaceWestern ''Oblivion''.
18th Sep '16 8:49:13 PM MrNickelodeon
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* The Caretaker from ''[[Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights Universal's Halloween Horror Nights]]'' is a soft-spoken mortician and surgeon that dug up bodies from numerous graves to use for company, furniture, or even as a dinner ingredient. He's not any more kind to living, either; as he kidnaps innocents to use as guinea pigs for "living, breathing autopsies".

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* The Caretaker from ''[[Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights Universal's Halloween Horror Nights]]'' [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights is a soft-spoken mortician and surgeon that dug up bodies from numerous graves to use for company, furniture, or even as a dinner ingredient. He's not any more kind to living, either; as he kidnaps innocents to use as guinea pigs for "living, breathing autopsies".
23rd Jul '16 12:15:01 AM Mhazard
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The trope can just be PlayedForLaughs as well as PlayedForDrama, with often a lot of overlap between the two. The more unsettling version lurks around the graveyard and has an unhealthy obsession with his deceased clients. When they're not in the graveyard, they can be found in rather eerie places, such as near newly deceased bodies or in coffins. Often they are the primary suspect whenever something particularly creepy happens. May turn out to be a LivingDollCollector. Prone to spout ominous-in-context lines like "Be seeing you..."

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The trope can just be PlayedForLaughs as well as PlayedForDrama, with often a lot of overlap between the two. The more unsettling version lurks around the graveyard and has an unhealthy obsession with his deceased clients. When they're not in the graveyard, they can be found in rather eerie places, such as near newly deceased bodies or in coffins. Often they are the primary suspect whenever something particularly creepy happens. May turn out to be a LivingDollCollector.LivingDollCollector, a [[ILoveTheDead Necrophille]], or an outright evil {{Necromancer}}. Prone to spout ominous-in-context lines like "Be seeing you..."
5th Jun '16 6:55:27 AM Kinswaous
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* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': Gravediggers are recurring characters in this series, usually using ''formol'' as perfume, named [[PunnyName Mortimer or Rigor O'Mortis]], have vultures as pets and already coming to take measurements for the coffins before the cowboys are actually shot down. The most recurring undertaker has a pale skin color, sometimes green and creep out almost anyone they talk to (it doesn't help that to express their gratitude by with custom-fitted coffin). Subverted in a few strips where one is shown to play violin at a party (all for the sake of a LifeOfTheParty pun) or when one, after a burial, asks if anybody wants to use his cabs to go back in town and say.

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* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': Gravediggers Undertakers are recurring characters in this series, usually using ''formol'' as perfume, named [[PunnyName Mortimer or Rigor O'Mortis]], have vultures as pets and already coming to take measurements for the coffins before the cowboys are actually shot down. The most recurring undertaker has a pale skin color, sometimes green and creep out almost anyone they talk to (it doesn't help that to express their gratitude by with custom-fitted coffin). Subverted in a few strips where one is shown to play violin at a party (all for the sake of a LifeOfTheParty pun) or when one, after a burial, asks if anybody wants to use his cabs to go back in town and say.
29th May '16 6:21:17 PM ANTMuddle
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' gives us Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. His habits include going into unnecessary detail in describing what he is doing around the team, [[TruthInTelevision talking to those he is performing an autopsy on]], and his criminal psychology degree means that he talks about the mess in a killer's mind with almost as much detail as he describes the mess in the body of their victims. Also, Gibbs will occasionally bring an uncooperative suspect down so Ducky can explain to them ''exactly'' what will happen to their bodies if they don't start cooperating.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' gives us Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard. His habits include going into unnecessary detail in describing what he is doing around the team, [[TruthInTelevision talking to those he is performing an autopsy on]], and his criminal psychology degree means that he talks about the mess in a killer's mind with almost as much detail as he describes the mess in the body of their victims. Also, Gibbs will occasionally [[ScareEmStraight bring an uncooperative suspect down down]] so Ducky can explain to them ''exactly'' what will happen to their bodies if they don't start cooperating.
15th May '16 6:22:08 PM TSBasilisk
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** A few one-shot funeral home workers also get this treatment to some degree.
13th May '16 11:32:26 AM MsChibi
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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' had Mr. Hammerick (played by Creator/JohnWaters), who liked to arrange the deceased in what he called the "Living Tableau". That is, he would arrange them for viewing, not in a coffin, but posed doing their favorite thing. (This isn't always popular with the families, who often wish for a more traditional burial, which he finds to be cliched and boring.)
16th Mar '16 6:31:50 AM Willbyr
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16th Mar '16 6:31:09 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:For as long as anyone can remember, the coming of the undertaker has meant the coming of death.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:For as long as anyone can remember, the coming of the undertaker has meant the coming of death.]]
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