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25th Aug '16 1:52:29 AM Underachiever
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** Averted in the miniseries ''Death: The High Cost of Living''. Death literally does take a holiday (she gets a day off every century or so to experience life alongside everybody else), but, presumably because it's a regularly scheduled event, nobody gets any special exception from dying that day.
3rd Aug '16 9:20:54 AM VVK
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* The Creator/KevinSmith film ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' says that God often assumes a human form [[spoiler:so He can go to play skeeball]]. We don't find out about this until later on, but it's one of these excursions that sets up the plot.
3rd Aug '16 9:18:56 AM VVK
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* The trope name comes from the title of a novel, that was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1934, starring Frederic March and Evelyn Venable, remade as a telemovie in 1971 starring Creator/MonteMarkham as Death, and remade again in 1998 as ''Film/MeetJoeBlack''.
* ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' actually avoids the trope by having Death explain that for him, killing people is just like "making a decision while shaving in the morning". The film ''Death Takes a Holiday'' leaves the trope intact.

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* The trope name comes from the title of a novel, that was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1934, starring Frederic March and Evelyn Venable, remade as a telemovie in 1971 starring Creator/MonteMarkham as Death, and remade again in 1998 as ''Film/MeetJoeBlack''.
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''Film/MeetJoeBlack''. ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' actually avoids the trope by having Death explain that for him, killing people is just like "making a decision while shaving in the morning". The film ''Death Takes a Holiday'' leaves the trope intact.
3rd Aug '16 9:16:29 AM VVK
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story: ''The Last Trump'', is about these. As no human could ever decide how the afterlife would be, The Chief (a.k.a God) decide that the only thing all of humanity has in common is the fear of death. When the day of the judgement finally arrive, all people stop dying and the dead ones start to resurrect.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story: ''The story "The Last Trump'', Trump" is about these. As no human could ever decide how the afterlife would be, The Chief (a.k.a God) decide that the only thing all of humanity has in common is the fear of death. When the day of the judgement finally arrive, all people stop dying and the dead ones start to resurrect.
3rd Aug '16 9:15:13 AM VVK
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([[AC:There's no better present than a future]].) Angels show up with tinkling music to collect the child's soul, only to have Death's assistant Albert throw snowballs at them until they go away.
3rd Aug '16 9:14:01 AM VVK
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* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels have several:

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* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels have several:several[[note]]Although ''Hogfather'', despite the pun potential in "Death taking a holiday" when he takes on the duties of Hogfather, is not an example[[/note]]:



** Death ''literally'' takes a holiday in the novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. The Hogfather (Discworld's version of SantaClaus) is incapacitated, and Death takes on his role in order to make sure Hogswatch proceeds as normal. However, he does take the time to supervise the death of a small creature at the bottom of the ocean. Hey, guess [[HilarityEnsues what ensues]]?
*** Note that in ''Hogfather'' he's still also doing his normal job, in addition to the Hogfather's. He has to take care of several of the deceased Tooth Fairy guards and Ernie the cart-driver, though he refuses to do so for [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth the little match girl]]. ([[AC:There's no better present than a future]].) Angels show up with tinkling music to collect the child's soul, only to have Death's assistant Albert throw snowballs at them until they go away.

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** Death ''literally'' takes a holiday in the novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. The Hogfather (Discworld's version of SantaClaus) is incapacitated, and Death takes on his role in order to make sure Hogswatch proceeds as normal. However, he does take the time to supervise the death of a small creature at the bottom of the ocean. Hey, guess [[HilarityEnsues what ensues]]?
*** Note that in ''Hogfather'' he's still also doing his normal job, in addition to the Hogfather's. He has to take care of several of the deceased Tooth Fairy guards and Ernie the cart-driver, though he refuses to do so for [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth the little match girl]].
([[AC:There's no better present than a future]].) Angels show up with tinkling music to collect the child's soul, only to have Death's assistant Albert throw snowballs at them until they go away.
2nd Aug '16 1:00:58 AM shadowmanwkp
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* This occurred in a short story this troper read a few times, years ago, but can't remember the name - only that it involved a bet, Death getting stuck in some sort of special tree he needed someone's permission to get out of, and that somehow, it led to the origin of all the world's "no-good gamblers.

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* %%* This occurred in a short story this troper read a few times, years ago, but can't remember the name - only that it involved a bet, Death getting stuck in some sort of special tree he needed someone's permission to get out of, and that somehow, it led to the origin of all the world's "no-good gamblers.
9th Jul '16 1:20:45 PM StFan
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* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/LesShadoks'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away.[[spoiler:In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had.]]

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* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/LesShadoks'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away. [[spoiler:In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had.]]
9th Jul '16 1:19:05 PM StFan
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** ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' actually avoids the trope by having Death explain that for him, killing people is just like "making a decision while shaving in the morning". The film ''Death Takes A Holiday'' leaves the trope intact.

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** * ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' actually avoids the trope by having Death explain that for him, killing people is just like "making a decision while shaving in the morning". The film ''Death Takes A a Holiday'' leaves the trope intact.



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* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/GreekMythology, the ManipulativeBastard Sisyphus captured Thanatos, the Greek personification of death. Sisyphus only wanted to prevent his own death (and not for the first time, either!), and accidentally ended up preventing all humans from dying at all (not that he ever gave a damn about other people's suffering in the first place). He did this to escape the punishment he would certainly receive for: breaking the laws of hospitality (he killed guests and travelers under his care to steal from them), seducing his niece, Tyro, in one of his many, many plots to kill his hated brother, Salmoneus, ratting out Zeus' romance with the nymph Aegina to her father Asopus, and just pissing off the gods in general. In the end he learned the hard way about TheProblemWithFightingDeath when [[TailorMadePrison Death's boss made a bargain with him]].
* Another folk tale variant is "Death in a Nut", in which a boy traps death to save his mother, but then can't get bacon, cabbages, etc. His mother explains that death is natural, and he releases the Reaper.
* "Death gets stuck in a magic tree" is the idea behind the folktale ''Tia Miseria'': an old woman traps Death in her pear tree and only agrees to release him when her oldest friend begs to be allowed to die of old age. However, Tia Miseria makes Death promise never to come for her; as long as Death keeps his promise, [[JustForPun there will always be misery in the world]].
* In one of the Appalachian "Jack Tales" (derived from English folktales), Jack, through magic, is able to see Death perched above the bed of a dying person and traps Death in a sack. Many, many years later, he meets a very old woman who complains of being so old and not able to die because some fool has Death trapped in a sack. Jack thinks about this, goes home and unties the sack and Death resumes his duties, "and Jack was just about the first one Death got, I reckon."
** A variation on this story has Death so afraid of Jack that he runs from Jack once released and refuses to take him, making Jack a [[FlyingDutchman permanent sufferer]] of this trope.
** This is related to a folktale in which Jack traps the Devil, rather than death. Sometimes he traps him up a tree by planting crosses or carving a cross. Sometimes he tricks him into turning into a coin, which is then placed in a wallet next to a cross. Either way, Jack ends up wandering the world, carrying one of the embers of hell with him to light his way: Jack of the Lantern. Similarly, you can end up with WillOTheWisp. Jack o'Lantern was originally, fable notwithstanding, just a term for a night watchman, a guy with a lantern.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/GreekMythology, the ManipulativeBastard Sisyphus captured Thanatos, the Greek personification of death. Sisyphus only wanted to prevent his own death (and not for the first time, either!), and accidentally ended up preventing all humans from dying at all (not that he ever gave a damn about other people's suffering in the first place). He did this to escape the punishment he would certainly receive for: breaking the laws of hospitality (he killed guests and travelers under his care to steal from them), seducing his niece, Tyro, in one of his many, many plots to kill his hated brother, Salmoneus, ratting out Zeus' romance with the nymph Aegina to her father Asopus, and just pissing off the gods in general. In the end he learned the hard way about TheProblemWithFightingDeath when [[TailorMadePrison Death's boss made a bargain with him]].
* Another folk tale variant is "Death in a Nut", in which a boy traps death to save his mother, but then can't get bacon, cabbages, etc. His mother explains that death is natural, and he releases the Reaper.
* "Death gets stuck in a magic tree" is the idea behind the folktale ''Tia Miseria'': an old woman traps Death in her pear tree and only agrees to release him when her oldest friend begs to be allowed to die of old age. However, Tia Miseria makes Death promise never to come for her; as long as Death keeps his promise, [[JustForPun there will always be misery in the world]].
* In one of the Appalachian "Jack Tales" (derived from English folktales), Jack, through magic, is able to see Death perched above the bed of a dying person and traps Death in a sack. Many, many years later, he meets a very old woman who complains of being so old and not able to die because some fool has Death trapped in a sack. Jack thinks about this, goes home and unties the sack and Death resumes his duties, "and Jack was just about the first one Death got, I reckon."
** A variation on this story has Death so afraid of Jack that he runs from Jack once released and refuses to take him, making Jack a [[FlyingDutchman permanent sufferer]] of this trope.
** This is related to a folktale in which Jack traps the Devil, rather than death. Sometimes he traps him up a tree by planting crosses or carving a cross. Sometimes he tricks him into turning into a coin, which is then placed in a wallet next to a cross. Either way, Jack ends up wandering the world, carrying one of the embers of hell with him to light his way: Jack of the Lantern. Similarly, you can end up with WillOTheWisp. Jack o'Lantern was originally, fable notwithstanding, just a term for a night watchman, a guy with a lantern.
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* In the ''RuneScape'' quest Missing, Presumed Death, the player must investigate why a group of souls would not cross over after Death and Icthlarin (the Menaphite god of the dead) are kidnapped.

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* In the ''RuneScape'' ''Videogame/RuneScape'' quest Missing, "Missing, Presumed Death, Death", the player must investigate why a group of souls would not cross over after Death and Icthlarin (the Menaphite god of the dead) are kidnapped.



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* IrregularWebcomic ''nearly'' had this: the [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/cast/death.html Deaths]] did not go on holiday, but rather [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/849.html on strike]] for better wages. Their strike [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/818.html failed]] when they attempted to form a picket line across the [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/882.html infinite featureless plane]] they reside in, mainly because [[spoiler: several Deaths just couldn't help collecting souls and broke the line]]. Also, they realized that the picket line was useless for blockade purposes, as the infinite featureless plane of death is (allegedly) infinite, while the picket line was finite in size.

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* IrregularWebcomic ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' ''nearly'' had this: the [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/cast/death.html Deaths]] did not go on holiday, but rather [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/849.html on strike]] for better wages. Their strike [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/818.html failed]] when they attempted to form a picket line across the [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/882.html infinite featureless plane]] they reside in, mainly because [[spoiler: several Deaths just couldn't help collecting souls and broke the line]]. Also, they realized that the picket line was useless for blockade purposes, as the infinite featureless plane of death is (allegedly) infinite, while the picket line was finite in size.



* In the fourth season of ''[[WesternAnimation/LesShadoks The Shadoks]]'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away.[[note]]In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had.[[/note]]

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* In the fourth season of ''[[WesternAnimation/LesShadoks The Shadoks]]'', ''WesternAnimation/LesShadoks'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away.[[note]]In [[spoiler:In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had.[[/note]]]]
5th Jul '16 8:00:28 PM MCanter89
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* That Creator/KevinSmith film [[Film/Dogma]] says that God often assumes a human form [[spoiler:so He can go to play skeeball]]. We don't find out about this until later on, but it's one of these excursions that sets up the plot.

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* That The Creator/KevinSmith film [[Film/Dogma]] ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' says that God often assumes a human form [[spoiler:so He can go to play skeeball]]. We don't find out about this until later on, but it's one of these excursions that sets up the plot.



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* In the fourth season of ''[[WesternAnimation/LesShadoks The Shadoks]]'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away.[[note]] In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had. [[/note]]

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* In the fourth season of ''[[WesternAnimation/LesShadoks The Shadoks]]'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away.[[note]] In [[note]]In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had. had.[[/note]]



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