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24th Jun '17 3:12:45 PM jormis29
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* The story arc of ''Series/KingOfTheHill'' when Buckley died was not nearly as touching as the episode in which his angel comes back to help Luanne get over her loss and advise her to go to college. Especially touching is the last scene before the credits when he is shown from behind walking down the street and pulls a halo from his pocket he didn't have before; the music packs an especially powerful punch.

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* The story arc of ''Series/KingOfTheHill'' ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Buckley died was not nearly as touching as the episode in which his angel comes back to help Luanne get over her loss and advise her to go to college. Especially touching is the last scene before the credits when he is shown from behind walking down the street and pulls a halo from his pocket he didn't have before; the music packs an especially powerful punch.
26th May '17 11:22:59 AM ElSquibbonator
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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', where Gregory is told to read ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', and predicts that either the girl or the pig doesn't make it to the end of the book. He never finds out what happens because he only reads three chapters.

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', where Gregory is told to read ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', and predicts that either the girl or the pig doesn't make it to the end of the book.book ([[spoiler: he's wrong--it's the spider]]). He never finds out what happens because he only reads three chapters.



* Parodied in Creator/HarlanEllison's post-apocalyptic novel ''A Boy and His Dog'' (Nebula Award for Best Novella, 1969). The titular boy escapes with his new girlfriend to find that, in his absence, his telepathic, erudite dog has been beaten nearly to death. His girlfriend, who's kind of a jerk, makes clear that he can either save the dog, or save her. Cut to the next scene, with the dog's injuries wrapped in the girl's dress, both of them complaining about how full they are, and... something... roasting over the remains of their fire.

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* Parodied in Creator/HarlanEllison's post-apocalyptic novel ''A Boy and His Dog'' (Nebula Award for Best Novella, 1969). The titular boy escapes with his new girlfriend to find that, in his absence, his telepathic, erudite dog has been beaten nearly to death. His girlfriend, who's kind of a jerk, makes clear that he can either save the dog, or save her. Cut to the next scene, with the dog's injuries wrapped in the girl's dress, both of them complaining about how full they are, and... something...[[ImAHumanitarian something]]... roasting over the remains of their fire.



* In Jack London's ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'', the dog is the protagonist, undergoing a transformation through hardship (and sometimes abuse) from dutiful pet to wild wolf, and when a DiabolusExMachina abruptly kills his loving human master (off-screen), it allows him to make the final jump to fully wild. Not primarily for children.

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* In Inverted in Jack London's ''Literature/TheCallOfTheWild'', where the dog is the protagonist, undergoing a transformation through hardship (and sometimes abuse) from dutiful pet to wild wolf, and when a DiabolusExMachina abruptly kills his loving human master (off-screen), it allows him to make the final jump to fully wild. Not primarily for children.
26th May '17 11:15:44 AM ElSquibbonator
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "So Long, Spanky" deals with the death of DW's pet parakeet, Spanky. This was revisited in ''D.W. Tale Spins''.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "So Long, Spanky" deals with the death of DW's pet parakeet, Spanky. This was revisited in ''D.W. Tale Spins''.
24th Apr '17 6:02:38 AM VoxAquila
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* ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany''


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* ''The Yearling'' - young boy on a farm, emotionally distant parent, adorable pet deer...you know where this is going. Pulitzer-prize winner.
11th Mar '17 9:49:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' is what happens when GenUrobuchi et al. try to write something that can be presented to the Newbery committee. This anime is a lot of things, but ultimately it's about a boy growing up and finding a place in the society. Oh, and his RobotBuddy dies in the end.

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* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' is what happens when GenUrobuchi Creator/GenUrobuchi et al. try to write something that can be presented to the Newbery committee. This anime is a lot of things, but ultimately it's about a boy growing up and finding a place in the society. Oh, and his RobotBuddy dies in the end.
5th Mar '17 4:33:42 PM Mineboot45
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode ""[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]" - Fry finds the fossil of his dog, and the rest of the episode chronicles Fry dealing with the angst from the death of his dog, and his eventually letting it go in the end. The end of the episode makes this tragic by showing the dog spent the rest of its natural life waiting for Fry to come back, but this was retconned even later into showing Seymour did live and die happily with a time-paradox clone of Fry that was accidentally created by an unrelated incident.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode ""[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark "[[Recap/FuturamaS4E7JurassicBark Jurassic Bark]]" - Fry finds the fossil of his dog, and the rest of the episode chronicles Fry dealing with the angst from the death of his dog, and his eventually letting it go in the end. The end of the episode makes this tragic by showing the dog spent the rest of its natural life waiting for Fry to come back, but this was retconned even later into showing Seymour did live and die happily with a time-paradox clone of Fry that was accidentally created by an unrelated incident.



%%* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' episode, "I Remember Melville". Chuckie has a pillbug named Melville which he takes in as a pet and as a friend. However, after only a few minutes in, he unexpectedly dies and it is here where Chuckie and the rest of the babies go through the process and concept of death.

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%%* * The ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' episode, "I Remember Melville". Chuckie has a pillbug named Melville which he takes in as a pet and as a friend. However, after only a few minutes in, he unexpectedly dies and it is here where Chuckie and the rest of the babies go through the process and concept of death.
5th Mar '17 4:33:18 PM Mineboot45
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* ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}'' has Lucas getting more mature after he recovers from his mom Hinawa's death, and this ''again'' happens when his brother, Claus, commits suicide.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} MOTHER 3]]'' has Lucas getting more mature after he recovers from his mom Hinawa's death, and this ''again'' happens when his brother, Claus, commits suicide.
27th Feb '17 8:02:17 PM Twiddler
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* Spoofed in ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' by Creator/GordonKorman, which starts out with the main character writing a book report about "Old Shep, My Pal", a fictional medal-winning book. He notes he knew Old Shep was going to die when he saw the award sticker, and then name-checks ''Literature/OldYeller'', ''Sounder'', ''Bristle Face'', and ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows''.

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* Spoofed in ''Literature/NoMoreDeadDogs'' by Creator/GordonKorman, which starts out with the main character writing a book report about "Old Shep, My Pal", a fictional medal-winning book. He notes he knew Old Shep was going to die when he saw the award sticker, and then name-checks ''Literature/OldYeller'', ''Sounder'', ''Literature/{{Sounder}}'', ''Bristle Face'', and ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows''.
21st Feb '17 7:22:25 AM whunt
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* Averted with ''Because of Winn-Dixie'' (Newbery Honor, 2001). The dog goes missing at the end but does come back. The protagonist is on a quest for maturity and a major theme is accepting the sadness in your life and moving on, but nobody dies within the book. Two deaths that ''would'' fit the trope happen before the book even begins.
21st Feb '17 7:17:13 AM whunt
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The [[http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm Newbery Medal]] is a prestigious award given to American novels written for children. Even a nomination (called a Newbery Honor) can net your book a healthy amount of prestige. To win one, it helps a lot to use a story like this. The British equivalent is the [[http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/index.php Carnegie Medal]], which has a similar reputation.

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The [[http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm Newbery Medal]] is a prestigious award given to American novels written for children. Even a nomination without a win (called a Newbery Honor) can net your book a healthy amount of prestige. To win one, it helps a lot to use a story like this. The British equivalent is the [[http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/index.php Carnegie Medal]], which has a similar reputation.
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