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* A quite nightmarish version happens in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'': Gyoubu Kasumi is stabbed to death by Tenzen when he's merged with a wooden panel, and since his death doesn't allow for the corpse to be de-merged, the ''whole'' pannel is exhibited in the nearest port as a warning to the Kougas.

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* A quite nightmarish version happens in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'': Gyoubu Kasumi is stabbed to death by Tenzen when he's merged with a wooden panel, and since his death doesn't allow for the corpse to be de-merged, the ''whole'' pannel panel is exhibited in the nearest port as a warning to the Kougas.



* In ''Franchise/TheDCU'', ComicBook/JonahHex, an outlaw of the old West. His body was stuffed, dressed in a "singing cowboy" outfit, and put on display in a wild west show. The ignominy (and the fact that he's used to represent the opposite of who he is) is palpable.
** In one story Jonah, having been transported to a post-apocalyptic future, ''finds his own preserved corpse in a museum'' (or storage facility or something). He takes comfort in the fact that eventually he'll go back home. [[spoiler:While he ''does'' go back, the body is not his, it's an impostor's.]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker often does this to intimidate the public. Probably a few other Franchise/{{Batman}} foes as well.
* In the most recent ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' relaunch, Deathstroke is possessed by his son Jericho, who murders Slade's loyal butler Wintergreen and mounts his head on a wall.
* In the Devils Due ''GIJoe'' comic "America's Elite", Cobra Commander kills his son Billy and hangs the body from a flag pole.

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* In ''Franchise/TheDCU'', ComicBook/JonahHex, an outlaw of the old West. His body was stuffed, dressed in a "singing cowboy" outfit, and put on display in a wild west show. The ignominy (and the fact that he's used to represent the opposite of who he is) is palpable.
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palpable. In one story Jonah, having been transported to a post-apocalyptic future, ''finds his own preserved corpse in a museum'' (or storage facility or something). He takes comfort in the fact that eventually he'll go back home. [[spoiler:While he ''does'' go back, the body is not his, it's an impostor's.]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker often does this to intimidate the public. Probably a few other Franchise/{{Batman}} foes as well.
* In the most recent ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' relaunch, Deathstroke ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is possessed by his son Jericho, who murders Slade's loyal butler Wintergreen and mounts his head on a wall.
* In the Devils Due ''GIJoe'' ''Franchise/GIJoe'' comic "America's Elite", Cobra Commander kills his son Billy and hangs the body from a flag pole.



* This was originally [[KnifeNut Victor Zsasz]] modus operandi. He would kill people, mark them and himself with a stitch mark and then put them in lifelike poses to be found. Unfortunately most writers have forgotten this and tend to focus only on the stick marks in later appearances. Luckily the makers of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Games have given him back this little quirk.

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* This was originally [[KnifeNut Victor Zsasz]] modus operandi. He would kill people, mark them and himself with a stitch mark and then put them in lifelike poses to be found. Unfortunately most writers have forgotten this and tend to focus only on the stick marks in later appearances. Luckily the makers of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Games ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' have given him back this little quirk.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', the man who would become the Saint of Killers suffered this fate after a failed attempt at revenge led to his death and damnation. The outlaw Macready kept the Saint's body in the saloon, occasionally pissing on it. Macready is appropriorately horrified and dumbfounded when the reborn Saint of Killers returns from Hell to complete his revenge, wondering how he could be outside killing everyone when his corpse is right next to him.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', the man who would become the Saint of Killers suffered this fate after a failed attempt at revenge led to his death and damnation. The outlaw Macready kept the Saint's body in the saloon, occasionally pissing on it. Macready is appropriorately appropriately horrified and dumbfounded when the reborn Saint of Killers returns from Hell to complete his revenge, wondering how he could be outside killing everyone when his corpse is right next to him.



* In ''Disney/SnowWhite'', the dwarves' decision to put Snow's seemingly lifeless body in a glass coffin would appear to be the first reason for this trope. They loved her and were unable to bring themselves to bury her, so they built the coffin. Interestingly, this seemed to mostly be for their own peace of mind. The coffin was actually kept deep in the forest, where nobody seemed to find it until the prince came by.

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* In ''Disney/SnowWhite'', ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', the dwarves' decision to put Snow's seemingly lifeless body in a glass coffin would appear to be the first reason for this trope. They loved her and were unable to bring themselves to bury her, so they built the coffin. Interestingly, this seemed to mostly be for their own peace of mind. The coffin was actually kept deep in the forest, where nobody seemed to find it until the prince came by.



* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', when Hannibal Lecter kills a police guard and badly wounds another during an escape attempt, he takes the time to disembowel the dead man and set his body up in a kind of crucifixion pose. Although this may have partly been to get the officers attention focused elsewhere, so they wouldn't realise that the "wounded" guard was actually Lecter wearing the man's face.

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* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', when Hannibal Lecter kills a police guard and badly wounds another during an escape attempt, he takes the time to disembowel the dead man and set his body up in a kind of crucifixion pose. Although this may have partly been to get the officers attention focused elsewhere, so they wouldn't realise that the "wounded" guard was actually Lecter wearing the man's face.



* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': Ladies and gentlemen, [[AudienceParticipation Miss]] [[CrossestheLineTwice KAREN CARPENTER!]] [and a skeleton pops out]
* The main plotline of ''Film/{{Mother}}'' starts off with a dead teenage girl on display somewhere very visible, and the officer investigating says the perpetrator did it to boast. [[spoiler:The film actually gives a reason aside from the usual five mentioned in the trope description: the {{Accidental Murder}}er, who suffers from a peculiar version of amnesia, forgot very shortly after the act what hed done, panicked when he saw her, and put her in a very visible place so someone could help her, but [[YouAreTooLate it was too late]], and it was the middle of the night so no-one could see her anyway]].

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* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': Ladies and gentlemen, [[AudienceParticipation Miss]] [[CrossestheLineTwice [[CrossesTheLineTwice KAREN CARPENTER!]] [and a skeleton pops out]
* The main plotline of ''Film/{{Mother}}'' starts off with a dead teenage girl on display somewhere very visible, and the officer investigating says the perpetrator did it to boast. [[spoiler:The film actually gives a reason aside from the usual five mentioned in the trope description: the {{Accidental Murder}}er, who suffers from a peculiar version of amnesia, forgot very shortly after the act what hed done, panicked when he saw her, and put her in a very visible place so someone could help her, but [[YouAreTooLate it was too late]], and it was the middle of the night so no-one could see her anyway]].anyway.]]



* [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] did this to Harry in the final battle of ''Deathly Hallows'', to prove the defenders of Hogwarts that their hero was really dead... except that he wasn't.

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Voldemort]] did this to Harry in the final battle FinalBattle of ''Deathly Hallows'', ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', to prove the defenders of Hogwarts that their hero was really dead... except that he wasn't.



* In the first ''Ultramarines'' short story featuring [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Captain Ventris]], captured heroic SpaceMarines are cut open and their ribs splayed before being crucified on the front of the enemy tanks, mainly as an insult to their comrades but also because that's just what they do [[FaceHeelTurn now they're Chaos Marines]].

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* In the first ''Ultramarines'' short story featuring [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Captain Ventris]], captured heroic SpaceMarines {{Space Marine}}s are cut open and their ribs splayed before being crucified on the front of the enemy tanks, mainly as an insult to their comrades but also because that's just what they do [[FaceHeelTurn now they're Chaos Marines]].



* In S.L. Viehl's ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series, [[ProudWarriorRace Jorenian]] [[CulturedWarrior warriors]] have a habit of doing type 2 to [=ClanKill=] targets. Specifically, they string them out by their innards.

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* In S.L. Viehl's ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series, [[ProudWarriorRace [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Jorenian]] [[CulturedWarrior warriors]] have a habit of doing type 2 to [=ClanKill=] targets. Specifically, they string them out by their innards.



* This is normal and respectful treatment of the dead in the [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoomian]] city-state of Mantos where the honored dead are perfectly preserved and displayed in their best clothes on roof and balconies of the family home. Dead enemies are given a treatment that shrinks them into small mummies and displayed in niches in the main city gate.

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* ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'': This is normal and respectful treatment of the dead in the [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Barsoomian]] Barsoomian city-state of Mantos where the honored dead are perfectly preserved and displayed in their best clothes on roof and balconies of the family home. Dead enemies are given a treatment that shrinks them into small mummies and displayed in niches in the main city gate.



* In Literature/EightCousins, Dr. Alec Campbell has an actual skeleton on display in his studio. When he catches the younger cousins playing with it, he explains the skeleton's story: [[spoiler: it belonged to one of his patients, a man with a ''horrible'' illness (probably cancer or tuberculosis), whose last wish was to have his corpse donated to science so it would be used to help others.]] When the boys learn this, they leave the skeleton alone.

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* In Literature/EightCousins, ''Literature/EightCousins'', Dr. Alec Campbell has an actual skeleton on display in his studio. When he catches the younger cousins playing with it, he explains the skeleton's story: [[spoiler: it belonged to one of his patients, a man with a ''horrible'' illness (probably cancer or tuberculosis), whose last wish was to have his corpse donated to science so it would be used to help others.]] others]]. When the boys learn this, they leave the skeleton alone.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Leapin' Lizards": They found a [[http://image.wikifoundry.com/image/1/BRBc6qP0nhHKmsaEfcQPJw31340/GW331H186 missing woman's head mounted on the wall]] like a trophy animal. She was murdered by UFO believers who were convinced she was a [[LizardFolk Reptilian queen]].

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}''
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"Leapin' Lizards": They found a [[http://image.wikifoundry.com/image/1/BRBc6qP0nhHKmsaEfcQPJw31340/GW331H186 missing woman's head mounted on the wall]] like a trophy animal. She was murdered by UFO believers who were convinced she was a [[LizardFolk Reptilian queen]].



* OlderThanFeudalism: In the play ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', the eponymous daughter of Oedipus is buried alive in a cave by Creon, for the crime of attempting to steal and bury the exposed corpse of her brother.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: In the play ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', the eponymous daughter of Oedipus is buried alive BuriedAlive in a cave by Creon, for the crime of attempting to steal and bury the exposed corpse of her brother.



* Noob-Smoke's bio in ''MortalKombat Deception'' states that Noob Saibot found Smoke's deactivated cyborg body in Shao Kahn's trophy room, where the late emperor kept the cyborg assassin as a memento from his Earthrealm invasion.

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* Noob-Smoke's bio in ''MortalKombat Deception'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' states that Noob Saibot found Smoke's deactivated cyborg body in Shao Kahn's trophy room, where the late emperor kept the cyborg assassin as a memento from his Earthrealm invasion.



* [[EnfanteTerrible Stewie]] from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' recommends doing this.

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* [[EnfanteTerrible [[EnfantTerrible Stewie]] from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' recommends doing this.



* UsefulNotes/MaoZedong... possibly (visitors to the [[IncrediblyLamePun Maosoleum]] are whisked past the coffin at high speeds so they don't have quite enough time to figure out if the "body" is actually a waxwork).

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* UsefulNotes/MaoZedong... possibly (visitors to the [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} Maosoleum]] are whisked past the coffin at high speeds so they don't have quite enough time to figure out if the "body" is actually a waxwork).waxwork).
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]''': Oh-ho, look at him sleeping. He's like a little angel that killed 50 million people. Yes, you are! Yes, you are!
31st Oct '16 1:24:44 PM Grade0
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* Discussed but not ultimately carried out in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', after Emmeryn leaps off the precipice in [[WhamEpisode chapter nine.]]
24th Oct '16 2:29:12 AM SimiOfDoom
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** This trope is first presented during flashbacks of Duiker in ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', when he remembers how Empress Laseen crucified the defeated Wickan warlocks to the city wall in Unta.
** Then encountered by Kalam, also in ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'', before the ruins of a sacked City. Hundreds of Children have been impaled and left to die, once again hitting home how deep the hatred of the Malazans runs in the ranks of the apocylypse.
** At the end of ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'' there is the horrifying crucifixion of Coltaine and the ''entire'' Seventh Army, much to the horror of everyone watching from Aren's city wall.
22nd Oct '16 5:30:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* MaoZedong... possibly (visitors to the [[IncrediblyLamePun Maosoleum]] are whisked past the coffin at high speeds so they don't have quite enough time to figure out if the "body" is actually a waxwork).

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* MaoZedong...UsefulNotes/MaoZedong... possibly (visitors to the [[IncrediblyLamePun Maosoleum]] are whisked past the coffin at high speeds so they don't have quite enough time to figure out if the "body" is actually a waxwork).
7th Oct '16 2:06:10 AM jamespolk
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* ''Animation/TheFly'' ends with the fly pinned to a display case along with other bugs that the human has killed.
20th Sep '16 6:45:57 PM Lightblade
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A SubTrope of DueToTheDead, although if the subject on display is being dishonored the intention is more LastDisrespects. The motives of those who come to see do not have to match those of the characters who display the body; they can throw rotten eggs at a body exposed for reasons of respect, or lay flowers at one exposed as a criminal. Overlaps with PublicExecution, which is a primary method of getting the guy dead in the first place.

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A SubTrope of DueToTheDead, although if the subject on display [[DishonoredDead is being dishonored dishonored]] the intention is more LastDisrespects. The motives of those who come to see do not have to match those of the characters who display the body; they can throw rotten eggs at a body exposed for reasons of respect, or lay flowers at one exposed as a criminal. Overlaps with PublicExecution, which is a primary method of getting the guy dead in the first place.
4th Sep '16 10:29:38 PM Seanette
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*** ''Time Enough For Love'': The head of a robber killed by a restaurant owner (in self-defense) is displayed on a spike outside the door. After a while, it is replaced by a plastic replica.

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*** ''Time Enough For Love'': The head of a robber killed by a restaurant owner (in self-defense) is displayed on a spike outside the door. After a while, it is replaced by a plastic replica. This is required by custom in the society the restaurant owner lives in.
28th Aug '16 4:09:36 PM Premonition45
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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren keeps the cremated helmet of Darth Vader, his hero [[spoiler:and grandfather]] on display in his quarters, [[SurrogateSoliloquy talking to it with reverence]].

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren keeps the cremated helmet of Darth Vader, his hero [[spoiler:and grandfather]] grandfather]], on display in his quarters, [[SurrogateSoliloquy talking to it with reverence]].
18th Jun '16 8:12:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', after Hida Sukune lost the First Battle of Beiden Pass, his father Hida Kisada, Daimyo of the Crab Clan, had him executed and his corpse nailed to the Terrible Standard of Fu Leng. The card text of the Standard even lets you kill Sukune during a game to give the Standard a Force bonus.

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* In ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', after Hida Sukune lost the First Battle of Beiden Pass, his father Hida Kisada, Daimyo of the Crab Clan, had him executed and his corpse nailed to the Terrible Standard of Fu Leng. The card text of the Standard even lets you kill Sukune during a game to give the Standard a Force bonus.
9th Jun '16 5:15:41 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* In ''VideoGame/OneNightAtFlumptys 2'', [[Disney/WinnieThePooh Piglet]] is gruesomely nailed and vivisected in the room you're in. To make matters worse, [[spoiler:he has a habit of suddenly turning his head and smiling at you. [[FateWorseThanDeath Yeesh]].]]
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