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* Kate Kane records a goodbye message for her father before every outing as ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, just in case she is killed while on patrol.
23rd Jan '16 2:18:13 PM StFan
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* In a famous commercial, Yul Brynner said "Now that I'm gone I tell you, whatever you do, just don't smoke."
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--> '''Linith:''' To my beloved Fate-chan: When you read this diary, both Precia and I would probably no longer be by your side.

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--> '''Linith:''' -->'''Linith:''' To my beloved Fate-chan: When you read this diary, both Precia and I would probably no longer be by your side.



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* In a famous commercial, Yul Brynner said "Now that I'm gone I tell you, whatever you do, just don't smoke."

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* In Lisa Moore in ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'', who died leaving a famous commercial, Yul Brynner said "Now that I'm gone I four-year-old daughter, left a number of tapes for the daughter to watch as she grew up. After the time jump Summer is seen watching at least two of them, one of which reminds her to tell you, whatever you do, just don't smoke."her father to get his prostate checked.



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* ''TheManWithTwoBrains'' has the line "By the time you read this I will be dead."

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* ''TheManWithTwoBrains'' ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains'' has the line "By the time you read this I will be dead."



* The recent movie ''PSILoveYou'' revolves entirely around this trope.
* ''TheCaineMutiny'' has this, with the main character's father.

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* The recent movie ''PSILoveYou'' ''Film/PSILoveYou'' revolves entirely around this trope.
* ''TheCaineMutiny'' ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'' has this, with the main character's father.



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* Hari Seldon from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series recorded a series of messages to be played each time the Foundation hit one of the mathematically predicted "Seldon Crises". Even the first one was revealed decades after his death.
** Due to that formula, they consist of stunningly accurate predictions of the future, leading up to one of the classic OhCrap Moments in sci-fi literature, Seldon listing off events that aren't occurring. Don't worry, though, [[ThereIsAnother there is a Second Foundation...]].

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* Hari Seldon from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series recorded a series of messages to be played each time the Foundation hit one of the mathematically predicted "Seldon Crises". Even the first one was revealed decades after his death.
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death. Due to that formula, they consist of stunningly accurate predictions of the future, leading up to one of the classic OhCrap Moments in sci-fi literature, Seldon listing off events that aren't occurring. Don't worry, though, [[ThereIsAnother there is a Second Foundation...]].



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* ''Franchise/StarTrek''''Franchise/StarTrek'':



--> Gabriel: This is me standing up. And ''this''... is me lying down.

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--> Gabriel: -->'''Gabriel:''' This is me standing up. And ''this''... is me lying down.



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* Lisa Moore in ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'', who died leaving a four-year-old daughter, left a number of tapes for the daughter to watch as she grew up. After the time jump Summer is seen watching at least two of them, one of which reminds her to tell her father to get his prostate checked.

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* Lisa Moore Occurs repeatedly in ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'', who died ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' products, including ''The Universal Brotherhood'', ''Awakenings'', ''Threats'', ''Threats 2'', ''Dragons of the Sixth World'' (twice!) and ''Emergence''. Always involves someone trying to publicize information about a dangerous conspiracy, with the conspiracy trying to kill the person to prevent this.
* The prologue of ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'' is a ApocalypticLog written by a Templar named Jo about the state of the world and events that led to it meant to bring players up to speed on the lore. She is on her death bed, and is most likely dead by the time the player would realistically read it.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' RPG.
** In the sewer system under the amusement park the {{PC}}s can find the diary of W. Irving. It says that two of his friends have been killed by a monster in the sewer water and that he's going to try to kill it.
-->If you find this note, consider it my will.
** In the Indian Runner delivery office there's a journal of an undercover officer working for a drug gang. The last entry says:
-->As I write this I am already dead. I have committed the worst crime of all! I talked. My tongue slipped and that was my death sentence. They came.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Dark Designs'', adventure "The Eyes of the Blind''. The note Elias Cartwright sends to Jeremiah Ordacre starts "By the time you read this I fear that I shall be dead". Shortly thereafter Elias is killed by being pushed under the wheels of a carriage.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' ''The New Era'' supplement ''Survival Margin''. The New Era takes place after the collapse of a galactic empire called the Third Imperium. The description of a Bootstraps Campaign has a man
leaving a four-year-old daughter, left a number of tapes message for the daughter to watch as she grew up. After his descendants.
-->Hello. I am your grandfather. By
the time jump Summer is seen watching at least two you see this I will have been dead for many years, but on this tape I will show you how to repair a radio...
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries
of them, one the Hollow Earth''. The journal of which reminds her to tell her father to get Professor Alexander Trader details his prostate checked.exploration of the Hollow Earth. The journal was found abandoned: Professor Trader's fate is unknown. Near the end of the journal it says:
-->If you are reading this, then all is lost for me, and I most certainly have already shuffled off this mortal coil. My life will not have been in vain, however, if this journal makes it to those who can appreciate my discoveries.



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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/mackenzie-s-proposal Dr. Mackenzie's SCP-001 Proposal {"The Legacy")]].
*** In one of the pages of The Administrator's diary it says "If you are in possession of and reading this document then I am probably dead."
*** The last page was written by someone who loved The Administrator in their original reality. They write "By the time you read this, I will already be dead."
** The [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-110 entry for SCP-110]] has a note from the Chief Engineer of the buried city. It begins "My name is Stephen Kolsnik. Rather, my name was Stephen Kolsnik. I will be dead by the time you read this." The life support for the city had been damaged and couldn't be repaired in the time they had left.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-557 SCP-557 ("Ancient Containment Site")]]. A note found in SCP-557 says (in part) "I will write in Greek, so that any learned man who finds this place will understand. I am the last of the Keepers, and I will be dead soon."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1082 SCP-1082 ("The Whole Truth")]]. Document 1082-25 was written by an Agent under the effect of SCP-1082. Near the end he says "I will be dead by the time you read this, but it will be worth it."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1260 SCP-1260 ("HMS Tiresias")]]. The Agent in charge of the first exploration of SCP-1260 left a personal log. Several members of his team died after hearing voices, so when he started to hear the voices he knew he was going to die horribly very soon.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1281 SCP-1281 ("The Harbinger")]]. The message provided by SCP-1281 starts out:
-->This is our harbinger. It brings good tidings. We will be dead when it reaches you. Our planet is dying. We do not have time to save ourselves. We only have time to ready ourselves, and to send a message.
** A note found in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 SCP-1983]]:
--->'''Special Containment Procedures''': You're going to die, you poor dumb fuck.\\\
This isn't a threat. I'm Agent Barclay. I'm in the middle of this goddamned thing, and I'm telling you, if you're here? You're going to die. I'm probably already dead.
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* Occurs repeatedly in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' products, including ''The Universal Brotherhood'', ''Awakenings'', ''Threats'', ''Threats 2'', ''Dragons of the Sixth World'' (twice!) and ''Emergence''. Always involves someone trying to publicize information about a dangerous conspiracy, with the conspiracy trying to kill the person to prevent this.
* The prologue of ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'' is a ApocalypticLog written by a Templar named Jo about the state of the world and events that led to it meant to bring players up to speed on the lore. She is on her death bed, and is most likely dead by the time the player would realistically read it.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' RPG.
** In the sewer system under the amusement park the {{PC}}s can find the diary of W. Irving. It says that two of his friends have been killed by a monster in the sewer water and that he's going to try to kill it.
-->If you find this note, consider it my will.
** In the Indian Runner delivery office there's a journal of an undercover officer working for a drug gang. The last entry says:
-->As I write this I am already dead. I have committed the worst crime of all! I talked. My tongue slipped and that was my death sentence. They came.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Dark Designs'', adventure "The Eyes of the Blind''. The note Elias Cartwright sends to Jeremiah Ordacre starts "By the time you read this I fear that I shall be dead". Shortly thereafter Elias is killed by being pushed under the wheels of a carriage.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' ''The New Era'' supplement ''Survival Margin''. The New Era takes place after the collapse of a galactic empire called the Third Imperium. The description of a Bootstraps Campaign has a man leaving a message for his descendants.
-->Hello. I am your grandfather. By the time you see this I will have been dead for many years, but on this tape I will show you how to repair a radio...
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''. The journal of Professor Alexander Trader details his exploration of the Hollow Earth. The journal was found abandoned: Professor Trader's fate is unknown. Near the end of the journal it says:
-->If you are reading this, then all is lost for me, and I most certainly have already shuffled off this mortal coil. My life will not have been in vain, however, if this journal makes it to those who can appreciate my discoveries.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/mackenzie-s-proposal Dr. Mackenzie's SCP-001 Proposal {"The Legacy")]].
*** In one of the pages of The Administrator's diary it says "If you are in possession of and reading this document then I am probably dead."
*** The last page was written by someone who loved The Administrator in their original reality. They write "By the time you read this, I will already be dead."
** The [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-110 entry for SCP-110]] has a note from the Chief Engineer of the buried city. It begins "My name is Stephen Kolsnik. Rather, my name was Stephen Kolsnik. I will be dead by the time you read this." The life support for the city had been damaged and couldn't be repaired in the time they had left.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-557 SCP-557 ("Ancient Containment Site")]]. A note found in SCP-557 says (in part) "I will write in Greek, so that any learned man who finds this place will understand. I am the last of the Keepers, and I will be dead soon."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1082 SCP-1082 ("The Whole Truth")]]. Document 1082-25 was written by an Agent under the effect of SCP-1082. Near the end he says "I will be dead by the time you read this, but it will be worth it."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1260 SCP-1260 ("HMS Tiresias")]]. The Agent in charge of the first exploration of SCP-1260 left a personal log. Several members of his team died after hearing voices, so when he started to hear the voices he knew he was going to die horribly very soon.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1281 SCP-1281 ("The Harbinger")]]. The message provided by SCP-1281 starts out:
-->This is our harbinger. It brings good tidings. We will be dead when it reaches you. Our planet is dying. We do not have time to save ourselves. We only have time to ready ourselves, and to send a message.
** A note found in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 SCP-1983]]:
--->'''Special Containment Procedures''': You're going to die, you poor dumb fuck.\\\
This isn't a threat. I'm Agent Barclay. I'm in the middle of this goddamned thing, and I'm telling you, if you're here? You're going to die. I'm probably already dead.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Occurs repeatedly in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' products, including ''The Universal Brotherhood'', ''Awakenings'', ''Threats'', ''Threats 2'', ''Dragons of the Sixth World'' (twice!) and ''Emergence''. Always involves someone trying to publicize information about a dangerous conspiracy, with the conspiracy trying to kill the person to prevent this.
* The prologue of ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'' is a ApocalypticLog written by a Templar named Jo about the state of the world and events that led to it meant to bring players up to speed on the lore. She is on her death bed, and is most likely dead by the time the player would realistically read it.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' RPG.
** In the sewer system under the amusement park the {{PC}}s can find the diary of W. Irving. It says that two of his friends have been killed by a monster in the sewer water and that he's going to try to kill it.
-->If you find this note, consider it my will.
** In the Indian Runner delivery office there's a journal of an undercover officer working for a drug gang. The last entry says:
-->As I write this I am already dead. I have committed the worst crime of all! I talked. My tongue slipped and that was my death sentence. They came.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Dark Designs'', adventure "The Eyes of the Blind''. The note Elias Cartwright sends to Jeremiah Ordacre starts "By the time you read this I fear that I shall be dead". Shortly thereafter Elias is killed by being pushed under the wheels of a carriage.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' ''The New Era'' supplement ''Survival Margin''. The New Era takes place after the collapse of a galactic empire called the Third Imperium. The description of a Bootstraps Campaign has a man leaving a message for his descendants.
-->Hello. I am your grandfather. By the time you see this I will have been dead for many years, but on this tape I will show you how to repair a radio...
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''. The journal of Professor Alexander Trader details his exploration of the Hollow Earth. The journal was found abandoned: Professor Trader's fate is unknown. Near the end of the journal it says:
-->If you are reading this, then all is lost for me, and I most certainly have already shuffled off this mortal coil. My life will not have been in vain, however, if this journal makes it to those who can appreciate my discoveries.
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* At the end of ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' Season 13, Epsilon/Church leaves a recording for his friends just before they face off against Hargrove's forces. However, it's not so much a question of ''if'' he's dead (he erases himself moments after recording it), it's if his friends are alive at the end of the fight to hear the recording.

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* At the end of ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Season 13, Epsilon/Church leaves a recording for his friends just before they face off against Hargrove's forces. However, it's not so much a question of ''if'' he's dead (he erases himself moments after recording it), it's if his friends are alive at the end of the fight to hear the recording.



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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/mackenzie-s-proposal Dr. Mackenzie's SCP-001 Proposal {"The Legacy")]].
*** In one of the pages of The Administrator's diary it says "If you are in possession of and reading this document then I am probably dead."
*** The last page was written by someone who loved The Administrator in their original reality. They write "By the time you read this, I will already be dead."
** The [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-110 entry for SCP-110]] has a note from the Chief Engineer of the buried city. It begins "My name is Stephen Kolsnik. Rather, my name was Stephen Kolsnik. I will be dead by the time you read this." The life support for the city had been damaged and couldn't be repaired in the time they had left.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-557 SCP-557 ("Ancient Containment Site")]]. A note found in SCP-557 says (in part) "I will write in Greek, so that any learned man who finds this place will understand. I am the last of the Keepers, and I will be dead soon."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1082 SCP-1082 ("The Whole Truth")]]. Document 1082-25 was written by an Agent under the effect of SCP-1082. Near the end he says "I will be dead by the time you read this, but it will be worth it."
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1260 SCP-1260 ("HMS Tiresias")]]. The Agent in charge of the first exploration of SCP-1260 left a personal log. Several members of his team died after hearing voices, so when he started to hear the voices he knew he was going to die horribly very soon.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1281 SCP-1281 ("The Harbinger")]]. The message provided by SCP-1281 starts out:
-->This is our harbinger. It brings good tidings. We will be dead when it reaches you. Our planet is dying. We do not have time to save ourselves. We only have time to ready ourselves, and to send a message.
** A note found in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1983 SCP-1983]]:
--->'''Special Containment Procedures''': You're going to die, you poor dumb fuck.\\\
This isn't a threat. I'm Agent Barclay. I'm in the middle of this goddamned thing, and I'm telling you, if you're here? You're going to die. I'm probably already dead.
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22nd Jan '16 5:23:39 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Original Generation'', where Bian Souldark leaves a holo-recording for his daughter, Lune, hidden in her Valsione - along with comprehensive data on secret DC bases, since he apparently predicted that she'd join up with the heroes after they'd killed him, and figured that they might need a hand taking down the remnants of DC. Nice of him, huh?

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Original Generation'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', where Bian Souldark leaves a holo-recording for his daughter, Lune, hidden in her Valsione - along with comprehensive data on secret DC bases, since he apparently predicted that she'd join up with the heroes after they'd killed him, and figured that they might need a hand taking down the remnants of DC. Nice of him, huh?



* The NES game ''TheGuardianLegend'' has one of these after you complete the introductory space shooter level, when you first enter the labyrinth.
* Mary's letter in ''SilentHill2'', though we don't get to read it all until James lets himself read it all. The very first thing James says in the game is that it can't be possible he got a letter from Mary, since she's been dead for years now. But near the end, we find out that she's only been dead about a week.

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* The NES game ''TheGuardianLegend'' ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' has one of these after you complete the introductory space shooter level, when you first enter the labyrinth.
* Mary's letter in ''SilentHill2'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', though we don't get to read it all until James lets himself read it all. The very first thing James says in the game is that it can't be possible he got a letter from Mary, since she's been dead for years now. But near the end, we find out that she's only been dead about a week.
6th Jan '16 3:59:39 PM DrOO7
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* At the end of ''Literature/SafeHaven'' (and the novel it's based on), the hero gives the heroine a letter from his late wife, addressed "To The Woman My Husband Loves". In the box he takes the letter from, we see several others, addressed to her children and her husband himself. Aside from being a very touching PassingTheTorch type of missive, with lines like "I'm so glad he's found you", this is when we get TheReveal that the woman who befriended her upon her arrival to town was [[spoiler: actually the late wife's ghost]].
5th Jan '16 6:03:44 PM DrOO7
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* ''Film/{{Spectre}}'': Bond's latest mission is kicked off by a video message from the late M, with orders for him to kill the man that he's seen killing in the opening sequence and attend the funeral.
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3rd Jan '16 9:06:56 PM Willbyr
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* Appeared in ''VampirePrincessMiyu'', in the episode "Woman Priest", in the classic "The letter ends up in the hands of its designated recipient against all probability" fashion. And, of course, it opened with "If you are reading this, it means that I have been devoured by the Shinma..."

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* Appeared in ''VampirePrincessMiyu'', ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', in the episode "Woman Priest", in the classic "The letter ends up in the hands of its designated recipient against all probability" fashion. And, of course, it opened with "If you are reading this, it means that I have been devoured by the Shinma..."



* [[ParentalSubstitute Linith's]] diary in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[TheMovie Movie 1st]] [[ComicBookAdaptation The Comics]]'', which Linith wrote with the expectation that Fate will find it after she's dead.

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* [[ParentalSubstitute Linith's]] diary in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[TheMovie Movie 1st]] [[ComicBookAdaptation The Comics]]'', which Linith wrote with the expectation that Fate will find it after she's dead.
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* In ''Series/TheBabysittersClub'' Mystery #5, Mary Anne reads a letter her mother wrote to her shortly before her death.
10th Dec '15 11:22:45 AM ChronoLegion
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* At the end of ''WebVideo/RedVsBlue'' Season 13, Epsilon/Church leaves a recording for his friends just before they face off against Hargrove's forces. However, it's not so much a question of ''if'' he's dead (he erases himself moments after recording it), it's if his friends are alive at the end of the fight to hear the recording.
--> '''Epsilon/Church:''' Hey guys... if you're hearing this then it means you did it. You won. You kicked the shit out of [[BigBad Hargrove]]'s forces. I knew you could. But this is my last stop. See, when I came into this world, I was really just a collection of somebody else's memories. But with your help, these memories... they-they took form! They became my voice, my personality. And, after a while, I... I began to make brand new memories of my own. All of these things are what make me who I am... but they're also holding me back. I can't run this [[PoweredArmor suit]] as Epsilon, but if I erase my memories, if I... deconstruct myself, the fragments I'll leave behind will have the strength to get you through this. I believe that. I wish that there was another way. But, I'm leaving this message as well as others, in the hopes that you'll understand why I have to go this time...hehe, it was actually Doyle who made me realize something that I've never thought of before. There are so many stories where some brave [[HeroicSacrifice hero decides to give their life to save the day]], and because of their sacrifice, the good guys win, the survivors all cheer, and everybody lives happily ever after. But the hero... never gets to see that ending. They'll never know if their sacrifice actually made a difference. They'll never know if the day was really saved. In the end, they just have to have faith. Ain't that a bitch.
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16th Oct '15 3:30:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''TheAtomicBrain'', when the companion of villainess Mrs. March reads the letter that'll be used to give Nina Mrs. March's fortune, Mike quips "By the time I read this, you'll be dead." Ironically, it's the man who's killed instead.

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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''TheAtomicBrain'', ''Film/TheAtomicBrain'', when the companion of villainess Mrs. March reads the letter that'll be used to give Nina Mrs. March's fortune, Mike quips "By the time I read this, you'll be dead." Ironically, it's the man who's killed instead.
11th Oct '15 1:05:48 PM TPPR10
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* In the beginning of both season 1 and 2 of ''Anime/StrikeWitches'', Yoshika gets a letter from her father, who has been long dead before either letter actually reach her.
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