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24th May '16 10:15:40 PM Kid
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* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Twenty Years After]]'', the heroes spend half the book trying to save Charles I from Cromwell and eventually fail to prevent his execution (the bad guys weren't quite as stupid as they thought.) Before the king's death, the musketeers are determined to save him or die trying, since he's such a noble person; afterwards they mourn him for about a chapter.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Twenty Years After]]'', the heroes spend half the book trying to save Charles I from Cromwell and eventually fail to prevent his execution (the bad guys weren't quite as stupid as they thought.) thought). Before the king's death, the musketeers are determined to save him or die trying, since he's such a noble person; afterwards they mourn him for about a chapter.
24th May '16 11:41:29 AM mickey211
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is normally good at remembering dead character, even many episodes after their death. A few exceptions include:
** While Robb and Catlyn are frequently mentioned after the Red Wedding, Talisa is never mentioned again. While it's true that many of the people she was friends with were also dead, its still relatively jarring for a major character.
** Rakharo Daenerys is also yet to be mentioned after his death in season 2
%%** Ros is only mentioned once after her death. Which happed BEFORE we saw that she was dead and she wasn't named
%%** Septa Mordane unlike in the Books is totally forgotten by Sansa after Joffrery shows her, her severed head
%%** A Non-Fatal version Maester Cressen who dies at the Season 2premire although a Trusted Mentor of Stanns is Never mentioned in any future episodes, by either Stannis, Davos or Mellisanre even though the latter murdered him



* Game of Thrones is normaly good at remembering dead character even Many epiodes after their death a few exeptions inculde
** While Robb and Catlyn are frequently mentioned after the Red Wedding, do you know how many times Talisa is Metioned afterwards NEVER not even in the following Epsiode. True many of the people she was friends to were dead but its still reltivly jariing for a major chacter.
** Ros is only mentioned once after her death. Which happed BEFORE we saw that she was dead and she wasn't named
** Rhakaro Danereas dothracki bloodrider is also yet to be mentioned after his death in season 2
** Septa Mordane unlike in the Books is totally forgotten by Sansa after Joffrery shows her, her severed head
** A Non-Fatal version Maester Cressen who dies at the Season 2premire although a Trusted Mentor of Stanns is Never mentioned in any future episodes, by either Stannis, Davos or Mellisanre even though the latter murdered him
** Averted with Mychah and Lommy who were both murederd early on but Aryra has mentied of the both at least once afterwards
** Deftinly Averted with Ned, Robert and Renly who are still mentioned every other episode to this day escapialy Ned in the the Arya and Jon Snow Sceans, Robb and Catlyn aswell



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18th May '16 8:37:39 AM GreenLady
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* Drastically subverted in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games--three of them have the main character losing someone they love early in the game: Alis in the first, Rolf in the second, and Chaz in the fourth. While the technological limitations of the 8-bit ''Phantasy Star'' meant not a lot of cutscenes, no one ever forgets Nero is the reason Alis became a heroine. Alys' death in IV is not only honored with an actual grave, her left-behind house and belongings in it and her entire ''hometown'' noting her absence, the people close

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* Drastically subverted in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games--three of them have the main character losing someone they love early in the game: Alis in the first, Rolf in the second, and Chaz in the fourth. While the technological limitations of the 8-bit ''Phantasy Star'' meant not a lot of cutscenes, no one ever forgets Nero is the reason Alis became a heroine. Alys' death in IV is not only honored with an actual grave, her left-behind house and belongings in it and her entire ''hometown'' noting her absence, the people closeclosest to her reference her death and the meaning of what she taught while she was alive, ''and'' one of the later [[spoiler:possible]] wise-mentor figures actually ''uses'' her image to manipulate her student. Nei's death hit Phantasy Star II and its fanbase so hard she became a legacy character whose name or image appears in every Phantasy Star game since then. And ''all of them'' were honored in a cutscene in the fourth game, specifically to remind Chaz of the worth of their cause.
** Played straight in ''PhantasyStarIII'': in one possible story path, the protagonist loses his entire family, mourns them for about ten minutes, then goes about his business.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, players doing a [[SelfImposedChallenge Nuzlocke run]] can avert this if they want - a Pokémon that faints doesn't ''have'' to be released, if the player instead puts it in a box and never uses it again.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/RudraNoHihou''. Rostam and Huey, Sion's best friends, are killed off on day one. They're immediately forgotten and never mentioned again... or so it seems. Not only do they get a gorgeous optional cutscene all the way at the end of the story [[spoiler: in which they give Sion one of his best weapons]], they also [[spoiler: get used by Surlent as his temporary host bodies for a ''huge'' chunk of the plot]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' is one of those rare games that don't follow this trope: [[spoiler:Jules]]' death is the entire reason Sean does what he does, and one of his battle cries when shooting Nazis is "That was for [[spoiler:Jules]] you bastards!". Sean regularly mentions [[spoiler:Jules]]' death and his ensuing desire for revenge.
* Happens to a named unique NPC in the course of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' when [[spoiler: the Brotherhood of Stilwater takes revenge on the Saints disfiguring the Brotherhood's leader with tainted tattoo ink by [[WhatADrag dragging young Saints lieutenant Carlos nearly to death]]. The Boss tries to rescue him, but has to ShootTheDog and give Carlos a MercyKill to free him of his suffering. Especially poignant because previously the Boss treated Carlos like a younger brother.]] Due to the non-linear nature of the game this can happen early or late in the narrative, but it's more jarring early on as the rest of the game takes place without them and no one seems to mention their absence. [[spoiler: Then you can get [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombie Carlos]] as [[SecretCharacter a homie]]. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Everybody else]] [[WeirdnessCensor still fails to notice]].]]
** Though if you use the Latina voice set, she will shout "Let's do this for [[spoiler: Carlos!]]" during the big attack on the Brotherhood's base. This trope is averted for [[spoiler: Lin and Aisha. Lin]] died in the first game, yet in Saint's Row 2, the second Brotherhood mission involved The Boss making Donnie's life hell because they were still angry about [[spoiler: Lin's death]]. This continues for Donnie in [[ButtMonkey every mission afterwards]]. Meanwhile [[spoiler: Aisha's death strikes Gat very hard]]. One mission is set during the funeral. In Saint's Row 4, the nightmare he's trapped in is a game where he tries over and over to prevent her murder.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', wherein [[spoiler:Johnny Gat]]'s death is an important point for quite a bit of the game: Shaundi is visibly affected for at least the entirety of the first act, the whole point of said act is to take revenge on the Syndicate for it (specifically the part of it directly controlled by the man who killed him), and the second act is kick-started by [[spoiler:the Luchadores interrupting Gat's funeral procession. And then, when you beat the game, one of your rewards is [[RunningGag the ability to bring Gat back as a zombie]]. The storyline behind the ''Trouble with Clones'' DLC, likewise, is about bringing Gat back as a Brute clone.]] In the good ending, [[spoiler:rogue STAG agent Kia taunts The Boss by mentioning Lyn, Aisha, Carlos, and Johnny's deaths.]] [[ItsPersonal The Boss kills her with no hesitation.]]
* Especially bad in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', since the whole reason Kyrie's village doesn't exist any more is because [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed he destroyed it himself]], along with the only family he had ever had. Apart from one passing mention several hours after the fact, he never even reflects on the matter, though it's somewhat implied that he was deep in denial (and when it finally hits him [[spoiler:that he's really the one responsible ''and'' that he can't be rid of these powers, he decides suicide is the best option]]).
** [[spoiler:Elephas Rex]] eventually becomes one for Rhi'a when his views come into opposition with the Front's new goal. Even though it's established that she highly respects him, after his death she never comments on it again. Of course, given her PsychicPowers, she likely knew how he would die long before it ever happened, and given that she's [[Really700YearsOld 300]] in a world of human-length lifespans, [[MayflyDecemberFriendship she's likely seen a lot of death]].
* At the end of his arc in ''Videogame/StarCraft: Brood War'', Raynor makes an impressive speech vowing to hunt down and kill [[MagnificentBastard Kerrigan]] after her final betrayal and murdering of [[{{Badass}} Protoss warrior]] and [[BashBrothers fellow ass-kicker]], Fenix. Come ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Fenix is not mentioned]] (not even in passing), and Raynor's anger at Kerrigan seems to have subsided into a mixture of terror and [[TheDulcineaEffect confused longing]]. Of course, 4 years have passed (in-game) and ''[=StarCraft=] II'''s story was only a third complete at the time, so this could very well change come the Kerrigan/Zerg-centric ''Heart of the Swarm''. Also, [[spoiler:Zeratul, the one who wants Kerrigan dead more than Raynor, tells him that Kerrigan is vital for the survival of the sector, thus rendering the whole vengeance thing as something... suicidal, to say the least.]]
** Fenix gets a mention in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' during a cutscene where [[spoiler:Jim discovers Kerrigan has reinfested herself in order to avenge his alleged death. And he almost kills her for it too.]]
* When you fight Darth Bandon in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', one of the ways the player can respond to his greeting is "You killed Trask! I'll make you pay!" It's cute that they thought we'd remember who the heck Trask was; he's a Republic soldier who joins you as a party member for the tutorial before he is killed, after which point Carth replaces him.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Lloyd never forgets the destruction of his city and Genis never forgets Marble's sacrifice. Mostly off-screen, Yuan is fighting in the name of [[spoiler:Martel for ''four thousand years.'']]
** Then it is played straight if you take the [[spoiler:Kratos path. Zelos]] dying is mentioned in a skit once and then never brought up again, despite being a party member for a long period of time.
* Many a videogame hero ends up this way. ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'', for example, [[LampshadeHanging hung a lantern on it]] when the hero stopped to reminisce on how the assassination of his best friend was what threw him in the middle of his galactic warzone hell.
-->"Dang. Can't even remember his name now."
** He actually tries to quit fighting after this.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'', Christopher Blair doesn't dwell on the death of Elizabeth "Shadow" Norwood, his wingman from Caernavon station, much after her death at the end of the Gwynedd missions. She wasn't in the game much in game time, but she was one of the few friends he had since he was blamed for the destruction of the Tiger's Claw.
* Averted at one point in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. In the Burning Steppes, John Keeshan will remember you if you quested with him in Redridge Mountains, mentioning that he thought you'd died with the rest of Bravo Company.
* Surprisingly averted in the ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' remake. In your "ant farm" base, you can zoom into any room and see scientists and engineers working, soldiers relaxing or working out, captured aliens in the tank, and a wall dedicated to any fallen soldier that gets updated as more of your soldiers die. If you play through the tutorial, three names are guaranteed to be added to it. If you skip the tutorial, it's possible to play through the whole game without losing a single soldier... except [[spoiler:the Volunteer making a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is usually good at averting this, although it has fallen into such territory a few times. Specifically with [[spoiler:Chuck]] in Season 1, who is never even ''mentioned'' after Lee finds his body in [[spoiler:the sewers]], and with [[spoiler:Nick and Sarah]] in Episode 4 of Season 2. Both of which are only mentioned very briefly after their respective deaths. To be entirely fair though, [[spoiler:Nick was a determinant character at that point and had already had two possible death scenes and one DisneyDeath and Sarah's death was somewhat overshadowed by Rebecca giving birth literally seconds afterwards.]]
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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is usually pretty good about this ([[spoiler:Val]] and [[spoiler:Alt-Zoe]] have been referenced a fair bit after their deaths), but this applies in full force to anyone who died during the {{Horror}} parodies "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000626 KITTEN]]" and "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=021021 KITTEN II]]." Unless their ghosts come back to haunt their main characters, any friends who fall during those stories seem to be completely forgotten.
** Well, Dex is [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000814 remembered a little]]:
--->'''Riff:''' Gee, Zoe! Sorry your boyfriend got eaten by kittens!\\
''(Riff and Torg snicker)''\\
'''Torg:''' It's funny when ''he'' says it.
* Whenever a character dies in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', someone says something to the effect of "I know it's sad, but we have to move on" and everybody goes about their business like nothing even happened. Most likely because the webcomic's author does the same thing.
** Averted in Simonla's case, however, as it led to an issue ending with the [[Webcomic/{{Asperchu}} Asperpedia Four]] getting arrested for her death, given the most unfair trial ever, and then brutally executed. And ''then'' she's forgotten quicker than most of these examples.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this appear to be the case for [[spoiler:Feferi]] and [[spoiler:Nepeta]], who both haven't been mentioned or seen in-universe for a while.
** Until [[spoiler: Fefetasprite is created, and then dies around 20 pages after her introduction.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' [[AIIsACrapshoot Zenith]] is transformed from malfunctioning BigBad to enthusiastic assistant-slash-fashion designer as easily as [[MoralitySwitch rebooting her in "Safe Mode."]] She's rewarded for trying to repair the damage she caused (and making a spiffy new outfit for one of the characters) with a LogicBomb that [[WhatTheHellHero fries her brain completely]]. [[MoralDissonance No one has yet to acknowledge the overall dickishness of this]], or the fact that "Good Zenith" is now little more than an ambulate robot corpse.
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* In ''WebVideo/AVeryPotterMusical'', [[spoiler:Cedric]] dies at the end of the first act. Nobody cares enough to mention it after the first five minutes of Act Two.
** His {{sickeningly sweetheart|s}} Cho Chang cries for a minute, but then Neville Longbottom pantses Draco and she says, "That made me feel better." About her dead boyfriend.
* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo Death Note: The Abridged Series (Team Dattebayo)]]'' this trope is invoked by L in the very episode in which [[spoiler: Ukita]] died:
--> '''L''': ''(to Aizawa)'' [[spoiler: Ukita]] died two minutes ago. You need to move on.
* In ''Naheulbeuk'', the protagonists rarely refer to their fallen comrades (but if you tell them their friend died, they'll tell you he was not their friend). In the novel, when the elf dies, even the inner monologues show us that they remember about ''one'' of their fallen friends, while the narrator remember both. It is actually used to lampshade the fact that in seasons one and two, the characters zig-zagged DeathIsCheap and KilledOffForReal, but after this, any dying protagonist will get better.
* In the final episodes of ''Literature/OmegaGuardians'' second season, three characters end up dying. [[spoiler: Walker, Andy, and Brandon]]. While the former two are mourned and cause at least one character to have a HeroicBSOD, the latter is quickly forgotten by all except his father.
* Averted in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''. While [[spoiler:Sachi's death]] affected Kirito in the original in the sense that she wasn't forgotten, she ended up being just one more face in the crowd of people that he couldn't save. The Abridged version, on the other hand, has her be pretty much the end-all, be-all benefactor to Kirito's mental psyche. Her death seriously affected him to the point where he cries out to her in his sleep and even [[WrongNameOutburst shouted her name out to a person he was escorting at the time]]. However, the key moment where she affected him the most is in his [[spoiler:ability to give a crap for humanity.]]
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' a contrived scenario leads to the Smiths to believe Steve and Roger died in a thunderstorm. They spend the whole duration mourning Steve and not saying a single thing about Roger (though they eventually lose track of even the former when they decide to use his college savings and sell his possessions to go on vacations). Lampshaded afterwards.
-->'''Stan:''' Steve! We thought you were dead! ''(the family runs up and hugs Steve)''\\
'''Roger:''' What about me?\\
'''Stan:''' ''(disinterested)'' We thought you were dead too.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Averted with [[spoiler: Yue's]] becoming the moon spirit at the end of Season 1. It isn't brought up very much, but every time it is Sokka is clearly still feeling sorrow about it, like the episode where he talks with Suki, and seems to be so sad as to be almost past the point of crying.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' Season 2, Arsenal performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[TakingYouWithMe destroy Ultron once and for all]]. Comicbook/IronMan is devastated at the time, as it was made clear throughout the season he cared a great deal for Arsenal. However, when Comicbook/{{Ultron}} returns in Season 3, nobody mentions Arsenal, or the fact that his sacrifice turned out to be in vain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', there must have been dozens of Stasis Pods that were never recovered, but they're rarely mentioned in Season 2 and afterwards.
** They were all shown to have just dropped out of the sky in the season 1 finale (or season 2 opening). Most of them were severely damaged upon impact, while most of them held only blanks (i.e: no sparks). Silverbolt and Quickstrike were two of the lucky ones, while Transmutate showed us how horribly messed up they could have been even if they had made it out alive.
** While "friend" is pushing the term, no-one on the Predacons seem upset at Scorponok and Terrorsaur's fiery deaths, much less mentions them afterward. Meanwhile, with the Maximals, Tigertron and Airazor are completely forgotten after they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim get teleported off-planet by the Vok]].
** Conversely, in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Optimus Primal spends [[{{Wangst}} way too long]] mourning the loss of his allies.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' when Grandpa Max ''blows himself to nonexistence'' in front of Ben. Ben protests the move beforehand but after the fact he basically says "Let's get on with the mission" and leaves it at that. They visit the effect of Max's death later, but only with Gwen; Ben doesn't seem to care anymore.
** Doesn't seem to matter anymore now that [[UnexplainedRecovery Max got better.]]
** It's arguably worse in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and "Grounded," each of which features one of Max's sons. They don't seem particularly concerned that their father supposedly died - despite the former episode's events being triggered in part by just that.
* Heavily mocked on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' with Ponce de Leon. What makes it more ridiculous is that [[RememberTheNewGuy no one mentioned Poncey]] ''before'' his death either.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Captain Hero becomes friends with {{Popeye}}: after the latter dies of AIDS, Hero wants to mourn him by "winning" the AIDS awareness marathon (that is, [[RefugeInAudacity killing all other participants]]). At the end of the marathon, Hero looks up in the sky, seeing an image of Popeye, and doesn't even recognize him.
---> '''Captain Hero''': I did it Popeye. I did it for you!\\
''(Popeye's face appears in the clouds)''\\
'''Captain Hero''': Who the hell is that asshole?
* Mixed with MotiveDecay in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter's favorite teacher from Junior High is fired after Peter convinces him to go off his medication. When Lois, running for school board, says she agrees with the firing, Peter vows to run against her in order to get his teacher's job back. Eventually though, Peter's competitiveness dominates the campaign, to the extent that when the teacher is brought up later, Peter doesn't remember him. Interestingly, a post credit sequence implies that the teacher did get his job back, but was then killed by the [[Franchise/RoboCop ED-209]] Hall Monitor droid Peter installed.
** [[spoiler:In "Life of Brian", the eponymous dog dies. The Griffins buy another dog, Vinnie, and they quickly find peace. Only Stewie is outraged, and he keeps Brian's memory alive by sharing his feelings with Vinnie.]]
* Littlefoot's mother in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. He mourns for her for a good deal of the first film, but only mentions her a grand total of three times during the following twelve sequels, one of which is just a passing reference. Presumably the writers were uncomfortable about bringing up such a dark topic in a kid's series, but it does give us the slightly worrying possibility that Littlefoot is in serious denial or something.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', Ace and Rev supposedly perish in an accident, leading to Lexi to give a RousingSpeech and even shed a tear. It is directed pretty much entirely towards Ace.
* For five seasons, Kenny was ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s [[TheyKilledKenny Ever Forgotten Ever Falling Friend]].
** Lampshaded in "Chekoree Hair Tampons", where Stan is weeping over Kyle seemingly meeting his end. Kenny, aware of Stan's complete apathy to his own deaths, storms off offended and meets his usual elaborate death just a few steps prior. Stan completely ignores it and continues sobbing over Kyle.
** Also, when a character's KilledOffForReal (such as Chef, Cartmans Grandma, Ms. Crabtree, etc.), they are often never referred to again after their death episode; people who hadn't seen the respective death episodes could assume these characters [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome just disappeared]].
** Parodied in "Kenny's Death", where Kenny dies of a muscular illness (in what was originally intended to be his final real death in the show). Unlike previous episodes, everyone is genuinely devastated and dumbfounded by his death. This actually carries on for several episodes, though predictably the boys soon get over it, and even use callously their friend's death to manipulate people. A season later, Kenny returns, to the nonchalance of everyone.
* The team's reaction in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe" when all of the Justice League are killed within the first 10 minutes. [[spoiler: Of course, they knew it was only a simulation and not real (at least until the simulation goes OffTheRails).]]
* Morph's death hits the other characters hard in the 2-part series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', after which he's not mentioned again until the Season 2 premiere ([[spoiler:which reveals he didn't really die]]).
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' in the SeriesFinale. In second season finale, when Darkseid was forced to vacate the Earth, he murdered Superman's friend Dan Turpin out of spite. While he wasn't mentioned for the most of the third season, Superman showed that he had never forgotten when he faced off against Darkseid on Apokalypse.
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* This may also be a bit of TruthInTelevision. It doesn't seem that unlikely that a crusade started for one reason may continue on its own momentum. See some people's feelings about the post-9/11 wars, or Website/TheOnion's story in ''Our Dumb Century'' where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was found alive and WWI was called off as a result.
** The actual Crusades began when the Byzantine Empire asked for Western help against the encroaching Muslim Turks. A little over a century later, the Fourth Crusade attacked and heavily damaged the Empire, and nowadays Turkey still controls Byzantium (Istanbul).
** Also, there's a pretty good chance that the person whose friend/relative/whoever died could be subconsciously using the crusade as a substitute for their fallen friend, which prevents them from feeling the full impact of the loss, or even thinking of the person at all, even though the bottled up grief will keep them going. Remember that keeping themselves occupied so that it gives them something to do other than mourn is a quite common occurrence among people who have lost loved ones.
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* {{Averted}} in ''Series/Blakes7''. Whenever a group member dies, both the good guys and the bad guys tend to bring them up intermittently, either to reminisce about their HeroicSacrifice or to mock the survivors over their SenselessSacrifice, depending on their preference. This is also true of characters who are PutOnABus: Blake and Jenna get separated from the group and each other during the first episode of Series 3 - Blake makes only two more on-screen appearances, Jenna is [[ExactWords never]] [[HeroOfAnotherStory seen]] again - but are mentioned frequently thereafter, with their friends making time to try to contact them or track them down when they can, and newcomers who know about the group asking where they are.

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* {{Averted}} in ''Series/Blakes7''.''Series/BlakesSeven''. Whenever a group member dies, both the good guys and the bad guys tend to bring them up intermittently, either to reminisce about their HeroicSacrifice or to mock the survivors over their SenselessSacrifice, depending on their preference. This is also true of characters who are PutOnABus: Blake and Jenna get separated from the group and each other during the first episode of Series 3 - Blake makes only two more on-screen appearances, Jenna is [[ExactWords never]] [[HeroOfAnotherStory seen]] again - but are mentioned frequently thereafter, with their friends making time to try to contact them or track them down when they can, and newcomers who know about the group asking where they are.



* Drastically subverted in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games--three of them have the main character losing someone they love early in the game: Alis in the first, Rolf in the second, and Chaz in the fourth. While the technological limitations of the 8-bit ''Phantasy Star'' meant not a lot of cutscenes, no one ever forgets Nero is the reason Alis became a heroine. Alys' death in IV is not only honored with an actual grave, her left-behind house and belongings in it and her entire ''hometown'' noting her absence, the people closest to her reference her death and the meaning of what she taught while she was alive, ''and'' one of the later [[spoiler:possible]] wise-mentor figures actually ''uses'' her image to manipulate her student. Nei's death hit Phantasy Star II and its fanbase so hard she became a legacy character whose name or image appears in every Phantasy Star game since then. And ''all of them'' were honored in a cutscene in the fourth game, specifically to remind Chaz of the worth of their cause.
** Played straight in ''PhantasyStarIII'': in one possible story path, the protagonist loses his entire family, mourns them for about ten minutes, then goes about his business.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, players doing a [[SelfImposedChallenge Nuzlocke run]] can avert this if they want - a Pokémon that faints doesn't ''have'' to be released, if the player instead puts it in a box and never uses it again.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/RudraNoHihou''. Rostam and Huey, Sion's best friends, are killed off on day one. They're immediately forgotten and never mentioned again... or so it seems. Not only do they get a gorgeous optional cutscene all the way at the end of the story [[spoiler: in which they give Sion one of his best weapons]], they also [[spoiler: get used by Surlent as his temporary host bodies for a ''huge'' chunk of the plot]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' is one of those rare games that don't follow this trope: [[spoiler:Jules]]' death is the entire reason Sean does what he does, and one of his battle cries when shooting Nazis is "That was for [[spoiler:Jules]] you bastards!". Sean regularly mentions [[spoiler:Jules]]' death and his ensuing desire for revenge.
* Happens to a named unique NPC in the course of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' when [[spoiler: the Brotherhood of Stilwater takes revenge on the Saints disfiguring the Brotherhood's leader with tainted tattoo ink by [[WhatADrag dragging young Saints lieutenant Carlos nearly to death]]. The Boss tries to rescue him, but has to ShootTheDog and give Carlos a MercyKill to free him of his suffering. Especially poignant because previously the Boss treated Carlos like a younger brother.]] Due to the non-linear nature of the game this can happen early or late in the narrative, but it's more jarring early on as the rest of the game takes place without them and no one seems to mention their absence. [[spoiler: Then you can get [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombie Carlos]] as [[SecretCharacter a homie]]. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Everybody else]] [[WeirdnessCensor still fails to notice]].]]
** Though if you use the Latina voice set, she will shout "Let's do this for [[spoiler: Carlos!]]" during the big attack on the Brotherhood's base. This trope is averted for [[spoiler: Lin and Aisha. Lin]] died in the first game, yet in Saint's Row 2, the second Brotherhood mission involved The Boss making Donnie's life hell because they were still angry about [[spoiler: Lin's death]]. This continues for Donnie in [[ButtMonkey every mission afterwards]]. Meanwhile [[spoiler: Aisha's death strikes Gat very hard]]. One mission is set during the funeral. In Saint's Row 4, the nightmare he's trapped in is a game where he tries over and over to prevent her murder.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', wherein [[spoiler:Johnny Gat]]'s death is an important point for quite a bit of the game: Shaundi is visibly affected for at least the entirety of the first act, the whole point of said act is to take revenge on the Syndicate for it (specifically the part of it directly controlled by the man who killed him), and the second act is kick-started by [[spoiler:the Luchadores interrupting Gat's funeral procession. And then, when you beat the game, one of your rewards is [[RunningGag the ability to bring Gat back as a zombie]]. The storyline behind the ''Trouble with Clones'' DLC, likewise, is about bringing Gat back as a Brute clone.]] In the good ending, [[spoiler:rogue STAG agent Kia taunts The Boss by mentioning Lyn, Aisha, Carlos, and Johnny's deaths.]] [[ItsPersonal The Boss kills her with no hesitation.]]
* Especially bad in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', since the whole reason Kyrie's village doesn't exist any more is because [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed he destroyed it himself]], along with the only family he had ever had. Apart from one passing mention several hours after the fact, he never even reflects on the matter, though it's somewhat implied that he was deep in denial (and when it finally hits him [[spoiler:that he's really the one responsible ''and'' that he can't be rid of these powers, he decides suicide is the best option]]).
** [[spoiler:Elephas Rex]] eventually becomes one for Rhi'a when his views come into opposition with the Front's new goal. Even though it's established that she highly respects him, after his death she never comments on it again. Of course, given her PsychicPowers, she likely knew how he would die long before it ever happened, and given that she's [[Really700YearsOld 300]] in a world of human-length lifespans, [[MayflyDecemberFriendship she's likely seen a lot of death]].
* At the end of his arc in ''Videogame/StarCraft: Brood War'', Raynor makes an impressive speech vowing to hunt down and kill [[MagnificentBastard Kerrigan]] after her final betrayal and murdering of [[{{Badass}} Protoss warrior]] and [[BashBrothers fellow ass-kicker]], Fenix. Come ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Fenix is not mentioned]] (not even in passing), and Raynor's anger at Kerrigan seems to have subsided into a mixture of terror and [[TheDulcineaEffect confused longing]]. Of course, 4 years have passed (in-game) and ''[=StarCraft=] II'''s story was only a third complete at the time, so this could very well change come the Kerrigan/Zerg-centric ''Heart of the Swarm''. Also, [[spoiler:Zeratul, the one who wants Kerrigan dead more than Raynor, tells him that Kerrigan is vital for the survival of the sector, thus rendering the whole vengeance thing as something... suicidal, to say the least.]]
** Fenix gets a mention in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' during a cutscene where [[spoiler:Jim discovers Kerrigan has reinfested herself in order to avenge his alleged death. And he almost kills her for it too.]]
* When you fight Darth Bandon in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', one of the ways the player can respond to his greeting is "You killed Trask! I'll make you pay!" It's cute that they thought we'd remember who the heck Trask was; he's a Republic soldier who joins you as a party member for the tutorial before he is killed, after which point Carth replaces him.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Lloyd never forgets the destruction of his city and Genis never forgets Marble's sacrifice. Mostly off-screen, Yuan is fighting in the name of [[spoiler:Martel for ''four thousand years.'']]
** Then it is played straight if you take the [[spoiler:Kratos path. Zelos]] dying is mentioned in a skit once and then never brought up again, despite being a party member for a long period of time.
* Many a videogame hero ends up this way. ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'', for example, [[LampshadeHanging hung a lantern on it]] when the hero stopped to reminisce on how the assassination of his best friend was what threw him in the middle of his galactic warzone hell.
-->"Dang. Can't even remember his name now."
** He actually tries to quit fighting after this.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'', Christopher Blair doesn't dwell on the death of Elizabeth "Shadow" Norwood, his wingman from Caernavon station, much after her death at the end of the Gwynedd missions. She wasn't in the game much in game time, but she was one of the few friends he had since he was blamed for the destruction of the Tiger's Claw.
* Averted at one point in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. In the Burning Steppes, John Keeshan will remember you if you quested with him in Redridge Mountains, mentioning that he thought you'd died with the rest of Bravo Company.
* Surprisingly averted in the ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' remake. In your "ant farm" base, you can zoom into any room and see scientists and engineers working, soldiers relaxing or working out, captured aliens in the tank, and a wall dedicated to any fallen soldier that gets updated as more of your soldiers die. If you play through the tutorial, three names are guaranteed to be added to it. If you skip the tutorial, it's possible to play through the whole game without losing a single soldier... except [[spoiler:the Volunteer making a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is usually good at averting this, although it has fallen into such territory a few times. Specifically with [[spoiler:Chuck]] in Season 1, who is never even ''mentioned'' after Lee finds his body in [[spoiler:the sewers]], and with [[spoiler:Nick and Sarah]] in Episode 4 of Season 2. Both of which are only mentioned very briefly after their respective deaths. To be entirely fair though, [[spoiler:Nick was a determinant character at that point and had already had two possible death scenes and one DisneyDeath and Sarah's death was somewhat overshadowed by Rebecca giving birth literally seconds afterwards.]]
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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is usually pretty good about this ([[spoiler:Val]] and [[spoiler:Alt-Zoe]] have been referenced a fair bit after their deaths), but this applies in full force to anyone who died during the {{Horror}} parodies "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000626 KITTEN]]" and "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=021021 KITTEN II]]." Unless their ghosts come back to haunt their main characters, any friends who fall during those stories seem to be completely forgotten.
** Well, Dex is [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000814 remembered a little]]:
--->'''Riff:''' Gee, Zoe! Sorry your boyfriend got eaten by kittens!\\
''(Riff and Torg snicker)''\\
'''Torg:''' It's funny when ''he'' says it.
* Whenever a character dies in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', someone says something to the effect of "I know it's sad, but we have to move on" and everybody goes about their business like nothing even happened. Most likely because the webcomic's author does the same thing.
** Averted in Simonla's case, however, as it led to an issue ending with the [[Webcomic/{{Asperchu}} Asperpedia Four]] getting arrested for her death, given the most unfair trial ever, and then brutally executed. And ''then'' she's forgotten quicker than most of these examples.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this appear to be the case for [[spoiler:Feferi]] and [[spoiler:Nepeta]], who both haven't been mentioned or seen in-universe for a while.
** Until [[spoiler: Fefetasprite is created, and then dies around 20 pages after her introduction.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' [[AIIsACrapshoot Zenith]] is transformed from malfunctioning BigBad to enthusiastic assistant-slash-fashion designer as easily as [[MoralitySwitch rebooting her in "Safe Mode."]] She's rewarded for trying to repair the damage she caused (and making a spiffy new outfit for one of the characters) with a LogicBomb that [[WhatTheHellHero fries her brain completely]]. [[MoralDissonance No one has yet to acknowledge the overall dickishness of this]], or the fact that "Good Zenith" is now little more than an ambulate robot corpse.
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* In ''WebVideo/AVeryPotterMusical'', [[spoiler:Cedric]] dies at the end of the first act. Nobody cares enough to mention it after the first five minutes of Act Two.
** His {{sickeningly sweetheart|s}} Cho Chang cries for a minute, but then Neville Longbottom pantses Draco and she says, "That made me feel better." About her dead boyfriend.
* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo Death Note: The Abridged Series (Team Dattebayo)]]'' this trope is invoked by L in the very episode in which [[spoiler: Ukita]] died:
--> '''L''': ''(to Aizawa)'' [[spoiler: Ukita]] died two minutes ago. You need to move on.
* In ''Naheulbeuk'', the protagonists rarely refer to their fallen comrades (but if you tell them their friend died, they'll tell you he was not their friend). In the novel, when the elf dies, even the inner monologues show us that they remember about ''one'' of their fallen friends, while the narrator remember both. It is actually used to lampshade the fact that in seasons one and two, the characters zig-zagged DeathIsCheap and KilledOffForReal, but after this, any dying protagonist will get better.
* In the final episodes of ''Literature/OmegaGuardians'' second season, three characters end up dying. [[spoiler: Walker, Andy, and Brandon]]. While the former two are mourned and cause at least one character to have a HeroicBSOD, the latter is quickly forgotten by all except his father.
* Averted in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''. While [[spoiler:Sachi's death]] affected Kirito in the original in the sense that she wasn't forgotten, she ended up being just one more face in the crowd of people that he couldn't save. The Abridged version, on the other hand, has her be pretty much the end-all, be-all benefactor to Kirito's mental psyche. Her death seriously affected him to the point where he cries out to her in his sleep and even [[WrongNameOutburst shouted her name out to a person he was escorting at the time]]. However, the key moment where she affected him the most is in his [[spoiler:ability to give a crap for humanity.]]
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' a contrived scenario leads to the Smiths to believe Steve and Roger died in a thunderstorm. They spend the whole duration mourning Steve and not saying a single thing about Roger (though they eventually lose track of even the former when they decide to use his college savings and sell his possessions to go on vacations). Lampshaded afterwards.
-->'''Stan:''' Steve! We thought you were dead! ''(the family runs up and hugs Steve)''\\
'''Roger:''' What about me?\\
'''Stan:''' ''(disinterested)'' We thought you were dead too.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Averted with [[spoiler: Yue's]] becoming the moon spirit at the end of Season 1. It isn't brought up very much, but every time it is Sokka is clearly still feeling sorrow about it, like the episode where he talks with Suki, and seems to be so sad as to be almost past the point of crying.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' Season 2, Arsenal performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[TakingYouWithMe destroy Ultron once and for all]]. Comicbook/IronMan is devastated at the time, as it was made clear throughout the season he cared a great deal for Arsenal. However, when Comicbook/{{Ultron}} returns in Season 3, nobody mentions Arsenal, or the fact that his sacrifice turned out to be in vain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', there must have been dozens of Stasis Pods that were never recovered, but they're rarely mentioned in Season 2 and afterwards.
** They were all shown to have just dropped out of the sky in the season 1 finale (or season 2 opening). Most of them were severely damaged upon impact, while most of them held only blanks (i.e: no sparks). Silverbolt and Quickstrike were two of the lucky ones, while Transmutate showed us how horribly messed up they could have been even if they had made it out alive.
** While "friend" is pushing the term, no-one on the Predacons seem upset at Scorponok and Terrorsaur's fiery deaths, much less mentions them afterward. Meanwhile, with the Maximals, Tigertron and Airazor are completely forgotten after they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim get teleported off-planet by the Vok]].
** Conversely, in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Optimus Primal spends [[{{Wangst}} way too long]] mourning the loss of his allies.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' when Grandpa Max ''blows himself to nonexistence'' in front of Ben. Ben protests the move beforehand but after the fact he basically says "Let's get on with the mission" and leaves it at that. They visit the effect of Max's death later, but only with Gwen; Ben doesn't seem to care anymore.
** Doesn't seem to matter anymore now that [[UnexplainedRecovery Max got better.]]
** It's arguably worse in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and "Grounded," each of which features one of Max's sons. They don't seem particularly concerned that their father supposedly died - despite the former episode's events being triggered in part by just that.
* Heavily mocked on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' with Ponce de Leon. What makes it more ridiculous is that [[RememberTheNewGuy no one mentioned Poncey]] ''before'' his death either.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Captain Hero becomes friends with {{Popeye}}: after the latter dies of AIDS, Hero wants to mourn him by "winning" the AIDS awareness marathon (that is, [[RefugeInAudacity killing all other participants]]). At the end of the marathon, Hero looks up in the sky, seeing an image of Popeye, and doesn't even recognize him.
---> '''Captain Hero''': I did it Popeye. I did it for you!\\
''(Popeye's face appears in the clouds)''\\
'''Captain Hero''': Who the hell is that asshole?
* Mixed with MotiveDecay in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter's favorite teacher from Junior High is fired after Peter convinces him to go off his medication. When Lois, running for school board, says she agrees with the firing, Peter vows to run against her in order to get his teacher's job back. Eventually though, Peter's competitiveness dominates the campaign, to the extent that when the teacher is brought up later, Peter doesn't remember him. Interestingly, a post credit sequence implies that the teacher did get his job back, but was then killed by the [[Franchise/RoboCop ED-209]] Hall Monitor droid Peter installed.
** [[spoiler:In "Life of Brian", the eponymous dog dies. The Griffins buy another dog, Vinnie, and they quickly find peace. Only Stewie is outraged, and he keeps Brian's memory alive by sharing his feelings with Vinnie.]]
* Littlefoot's mother in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. He mourns for her for a good deal of the first film, but only mentions her a grand total of three times during the following twelve sequels, one of which is just a passing reference. Presumably the writers were uncomfortable about bringing up such a dark topic in a kid's series, but it does give us the slightly worrying possibility that Littlefoot is in serious denial or something.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', Ace and Rev supposedly perish in an accident, leading to Lexi to give a RousingSpeech and even shed a tear. It is directed pretty much entirely towards Ace.
* For five seasons, Kenny was ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s [[TheyKilledKenny Ever Forgotten Ever Falling Friend]].
** Lampshaded in "Chekoree Hair Tampons", where Stan is weeping over Kyle seemingly meeting his end. Kenny, aware of Stan's complete apathy to his own deaths, storms off offended and meets his usual elaborate death just a few steps prior. Stan completely ignores it and continues sobbing over Kyle.
** Also, when a character's KilledOffForReal (such as Chef, Cartmans Grandma, Ms. Crabtree, etc.), they are often never referred to again after their death episode; people who hadn't seen the respective death episodes could assume these characters [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome just disappeared]].
** Parodied in "Kenny's Death", where Kenny dies of a muscular illness (in what was originally intended to be his final real death in the show). Unlike previous episodes, everyone is genuinely devastated and dumbfounded by his death. This actually carries on for several episodes, though predictably the boys soon get over it, and even use callously their friend's death to manipulate people. A season later, Kenny returns, to the nonchalance of everyone.
* The team's reaction in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe" when all of the Justice League are killed within the first 10 minutes. [[spoiler: Of course, they knew it was only a simulation and not real (at least until the simulation goes OffTheRails).]]
* Morph's death hits the other characters hard in the 2-part series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', after which he's not mentioned again until the Season 2 premiere ([[spoiler:which reveals he didn't really die]]).
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' in the SeriesFinale. In second season finale, when Darkseid was forced to vacate the Earth, he murdered Superman's friend Dan Turpin out of spite. While he wasn't mentioned for the most of the third season, Superman showed that he had never forgotten when he faced off against Darkseid on Apokalypse.
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* This may also be a bit of TruthInTelevision. It doesn't seem that unlikely that a crusade started for one reason may continue on its own momentum. See some people's feelings about the post-9/11 wars, or Website/TheOnion's story in ''Our Dumb Century'' where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was found alive and WWI was called off as a result.
** The actual Crusades began when the Byzantine Empire asked for Western help against the encroaching Muslim Turks. A little over a century later, the Fourth Crusade attacked and heavily damaged the Empire, and nowadays Turkey still controls Byzantium (Istanbul).
** Also, there's a pretty good chance that the person whose friend/relative/whoever died could be subconsciously using the crusade as a substitute for their fallen friend, which prevents them from feeling the full impact of the loss, or even thinking of the person at all, even though the bottled up grief will keep them going. Remember that keeping themselves occupied so that it gives them something to do other than mourn is a quite common occurrence among people who have lost loved ones.
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* Drastically subverted in the ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' games--three of them have the main character losing someone they love early in the game: Alis in the first, Rolf in the second, and Chaz in the fourth. While the technological limitations of the 8-bit ''Phantasy Star'' meant not a lot of cutscenes, no one ever forgets Nero is the reason Alis became a heroine. Alys' death in IV is not only honored with an actual grave, her left-behind house and belongings in it and her entire ''hometown'' noting her absence, the people closest to her reference her death and the meaning of what she taught while she was alive, ''and'' one of the later [[spoiler:possible]] wise-mentor figures actually ''uses'' her image to manipulate her student. Nei's death hit Phantasy Star II and its fanbase so hard she became a legacy character whose name or image appears in every Phantasy Star game since then. And ''all of them'' were honored in a cutscene in the fourth game, specifically to remind Chaz of the worth of their cause.
** Played straight in ''PhantasyStarIII'': in one possible story path, the protagonist loses his entire family, mourns them for about ten minutes, then goes about his business.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, players doing a [[SelfImposedChallenge Nuzlocke run]] can avert this if they want - a Pokémon that faints doesn't ''have'' to be released, if the player instead puts it in a box and never uses it again.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/RudraNoHihou''. Rostam and Huey, Sion's best friends, are killed off on day one. They're immediately forgotten and never mentioned again... or so it seems. Not only do they get a gorgeous optional cutscene all the way at the end of the story [[spoiler: in which they give Sion one of his best weapons]], they also [[spoiler: get used by Surlent as his temporary host bodies for a ''huge'' chunk of the plot]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'' is one of those rare games that don't follow this trope: [[spoiler:Jules]]' death is the entire reason Sean does what he does, and one of his battle cries when shooting Nazis is "That was for [[spoiler:Jules]] you bastards!". Sean regularly mentions [[spoiler:Jules]]' death and his ensuing desire for revenge.
* Happens to a named unique NPC in the course of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' when [[spoiler: the Brotherhood of Stilwater takes revenge on the Saints disfiguring the Brotherhood's leader with tainted tattoo ink by [[WhatADrag dragging young Saints lieutenant Carlos nearly to death]]. The Boss tries to rescue him, but has to ShootTheDog and give Carlos a MercyKill to free him of his suffering. Especially poignant because previously the Boss treated Carlos like a younger brother.]] Due to the non-linear nature of the game this can happen early or late in the narrative, but it's more jarring early on as the rest of the game takes place without them and no one seems to mention their absence. [[spoiler: Then you can get [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombie Carlos]] as [[SecretCharacter a homie]]. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight Everybody else]] [[WeirdnessCensor still fails to notice]].]]
** Though if you use the Latina voice set, she will shout "Let's do this for [[spoiler: Carlos!]]" during the big attack on the Brotherhood's base. This trope is averted for [[spoiler: Lin and Aisha. Lin]] died in the first game, yet in Saint's Row 2, the second Brotherhood mission involved The Boss making Donnie's life hell because they were still angry about [[spoiler: Lin's death]]. This continues for Donnie in [[ButtMonkey every mission afterwards]]. Meanwhile [[spoiler: Aisha's death strikes Gat very hard]]. One mission is set during the funeral. In Saint's Row 4, the nightmare he's trapped in is a game where he tries over and over to prevent her murder.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', wherein [[spoiler:Johnny Gat]]'s death is an important point for quite a bit of the game: Shaundi is visibly affected for at least the entirety of the first act, the whole point of said act is to take revenge on the Syndicate for it (specifically the part of it directly controlled by the man who killed him), and the second act is kick-started by [[spoiler:the Luchadores interrupting Gat's funeral procession. And then, when you beat the game, one of your rewards is [[RunningGag the ability to bring Gat back as a zombie]]. The storyline behind the ''Trouble with Clones'' DLC, likewise, is about bringing Gat back as a Brute clone.]] In the good ending, [[spoiler:rogue STAG agent Kia taunts The Boss by mentioning Lyn, Aisha, Carlos, and Johnny's deaths.]] [[ItsPersonal The Boss kills her with no hesitation.]]
* Especially bad in ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', since the whole reason Kyrie's village doesn't exist any more is because [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed he destroyed it himself]], along with the only family he had ever had. Apart from one passing mention several hours after the fact, he never even reflects on the matter, though it's somewhat implied that he was deep in denial (and when it finally hits him [[spoiler:that he's really the one responsible ''and'' that he can't be rid of these powers, he decides suicide is the best option]]).
** [[spoiler:Elephas Rex]] eventually becomes one for Rhi'a when his views come into opposition with the Front's new goal. Even though it's established that she highly respects him, after his death she never comments on it again. Of course, given her PsychicPowers, she likely knew how he would die long before it ever happened, and given that she's [[Really700YearsOld 300]] in a world of human-length lifespans, [[MayflyDecemberFriendship she's likely seen a lot of death]].
* At the end of his arc in ''Videogame/StarCraft: Brood War'', Raynor makes an impressive speech vowing to hunt down and kill [[MagnificentBastard Kerrigan]] after her final betrayal and murdering of [[{{Badass}} Protoss warrior]] and [[BashBrothers fellow ass-kicker]], Fenix. Come ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Fenix is not mentioned]] (not even in passing), and Raynor's anger at Kerrigan seems to have subsided into a mixture of terror and [[TheDulcineaEffect confused longing]]. Of course, 4 years have passed (in-game) and ''[=StarCraft=] II'''s story was only a third complete at the time, so this could very well change come the Kerrigan/Zerg-centric ''Heart of the Swarm''. Also, [[spoiler:Zeratul, the one who wants Kerrigan dead more than Raynor, tells him that Kerrigan is vital for the survival of the sector, thus rendering the whole vengeance thing as something... suicidal, to say the least.]]
** Fenix gets a mention in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' during a cutscene where [[spoiler:Jim discovers Kerrigan has reinfested herself in order to avenge his alleged death. And he almost kills her for it too.]]
* When you fight Darth Bandon in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', one of the ways the player can respond to his greeting is "You killed Trask! I'll make you pay!" It's cute that they thought we'd remember who the heck Trask was; he's a Republic soldier who joins you as a party member for the tutorial before he is killed, after which point Carth replaces him.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Lloyd never forgets the destruction of his city and Genis never forgets Marble's sacrifice. Mostly off-screen, Yuan is fighting in the name of [[spoiler:Martel for ''four thousand years.'']]
** Then it is played straight if you take the [[spoiler:Kratos path. Zelos]] dying is mentioned in a skit once and then never brought up again, despite being a party member for a long period of time.
* Many a videogame hero ends up this way. ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}'', for example, [[LampshadeHanging hung a lantern on it]] when the hero stopped to reminisce on how the assassination of his best friend was what threw him in the middle of his galactic warzone hell.
-->"Dang. Can't even remember his name now."
** He actually tries to quit fighting after this.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander II'', Christopher Blair doesn't dwell on the death of Elizabeth "Shadow" Norwood, his wingman from Caernavon station, much after her death at the end of the Gwynedd missions. She wasn't in the game much in game time, but she was one of the few friends he had since he was blamed for the destruction of the Tiger's Claw.
* Averted at one point in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. In the Burning Steppes, John Keeshan will remember you if you quested with him in Redridge Mountains, mentioning that he thought you'd died with the rest of Bravo Company.
* Surprisingly averted in the ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' remake. In your "ant farm" base, you can zoom into any room and see scientists and engineers working, soldiers relaxing or working out, captured aliens in the tank, and a wall dedicated to any fallen soldier that gets updated as more of your soldiers die. If you play through the tutorial, three names are guaranteed to be added to it. If you skip the tutorial, it's possible to play through the whole game without losing a single soldier... except [[spoiler:the Volunteer making a HeroicSacrifice in the end]].
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is usually good at averting this, although it has fallen into such territory a few times. Specifically with [[spoiler:Chuck]] in Season 1, who is never even ''mentioned'' after Lee finds his body in [[spoiler:the sewers]], and with [[spoiler:Nick and Sarah]] in Episode 4 of Season 2. Both of which are only mentioned very briefly after their respective deaths. To be entirely fair though, [[spoiler:Nick was a determinant character at that point and had already had two possible death scenes and one DisneyDeath and Sarah's death was somewhat overshadowed by Rebecca giving birth literally seconds afterwards.]]
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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is usually pretty good about this ([[spoiler:Val]] and [[spoiler:Alt-Zoe]] have been referenced a fair bit after their deaths), but this applies in full force to anyone who died during the {{Horror}} parodies "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000626 KITTEN]]" and "[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=021021 KITTEN II]]." Unless their ghosts come back to haunt their main characters, any friends who fall during those stories seem to be completely forgotten.
** Well, Dex is [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000814 remembered a little]]:
--->'''Riff:''' Gee, Zoe! Sorry your boyfriend got eaten by kittens!\\
''(Riff and Torg snicker)''\\
'''Torg:''' It's funny when ''he'' says it.
* Whenever a character dies in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', someone says something to the effect of "I know it's sad, but we have to move on" and everybody goes about their business like nothing even happened. Most likely because the webcomic's author does the same thing.
** Averted in Simonla's case, however, as it led to an issue ending with the [[Webcomic/{{Asperchu}} Asperpedia Four]] getting arrested for her death, given the most unfair trial ever, and then brutally executed. And ''then'' she's forgotten quicker than most of these examples.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this appear to be the case for [[spoiler:Feferi]] and [[spoiler:Nepeta]], who both haven't been mentioned or seen in-universe for a while.
** Until [[spoiler: Fefetasprite is created, and then dies around 20 pages after her introduction.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' [[AIIsACrapshoot Zenith]] is transformed from malfunctioning BigBad to enthusiastic assistant-slash-fashion designer as easily as [[MoralitySwitch rebooting her in "Safe Mode."]] She's rewarded for trying to repair the damage she caused (and making a spiffy new outfit for one of the characters) with a LogicBomb that [[WhatTheHellHero fries her brain completely]]. [[MoralDissonance No one has yet to acknowledge the overall dickishness of this]], or the fact that "Good Zenith" is now little more than an ambulate robot corpse.
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* In ''WebVideo/AVeryPotterMusical'', [[spoiler:Cedric]] dies at the end of the first act. Nobody cares enough to mention it after the first five minutes of Act Two.
** His {{sickeningly sweetheart|s}} Cho Chang cries for a minute, but then Neville Longbottom pantses Draco and she says, "That made me feel better." About her dead boyfriend.
* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo Death Note: The Abridged Series (Team Dattebayo)]]'' this trope is invoked by L in the very episode in which [[spoiler: Ukita]] died:
--> '''L''': ''(to Aizawa)'' [[spoiler: Ukita]] died two minutes ago. You need to move on.
* In ''Naheulbeuk'', the protagonists rarely refer to their fallen comrades (but if you tell them their friend died, they'll tell you he was not their friend). In the novel, when the elf dies, even the inner monologues show us that they remember about ''one'' of their fallen friends, while the narrator remember both. It is actually used to lampshade the fact that in seasons one and two, the characters zig-zagged DeathIsCheap and KilledOffForReal, but after this, any dying protagonist will get better.
* In the final episodes of ''Literature/OmegaGuardians'' second season, three characters end up dying. [[spoiler: Walker, Andy, and Brandon]]. While the former two are mourned and cause at least one character to have a HeroicBSOD, the latter is quickly forgotten by all except his father.
* Averted in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''. While [[spoiler:Sachi's death]] affected Kirito in the original in the sense that she wasn't forgotten, she ended up being just one more face in the crowd of people that he couldn't save. The Abridged version, on the other hand, has her be pretty much the end-all, be-all benefactor to Kirito's mental psyche. Her death seriously affected him to the point where he cries out to her in his sleep and even [[WrongNameOutburst shouted her name out to a person he was escorting at the time]]. However, the key moment where she affected him the most is in his [[spoiler:ability to give a crap for humanity.]]
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' a contrived scenario leads to the Smiths to believe Steve and Roger died in a thunderstorm. They spend the whole duration mourning Steve and not saying a single thing about Roger (though they eventually lose track of even the former when they decide to use his college savings and sell his possessions to go on vacations). Lampshaded afterwards.
-->'''Stan:''' Steve! We thought you were dead! ''(the family runs up and hugs Steve)''\\
'''Roger:''' What about me?\\
'''Stan:''' ''(disinterested)'' We thought you were dead too.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Averted with [[spoiler: Yue's]] becoming the moon spirit at the end of Season 1. It isn't brought up very much, but every time it is Sokka is clearly still feeling sorrow about it, like the episode where he talks with Suki, and seems to be so sad as to be almost past the point of crying.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' Season 2, Arsenal performs a HeroicSacrifice to [[TakingYouWithMe destroy Ultron once and for all]]. Comicbook/IronMan is devastated at the time, as it was made clear throughout the season he cared a great deal for Arsenal. However, when Comicbook/{{Ultron}} returns in Season 3, nobody mentions Arsenal, or the fact that his sacrifice turned out to be in vain.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', there must have been dozens of Stasis Pods that were never recovered, but they're rarely mentioned in Season 2 and afterwards.
** They were all shown to have just dropped out of the sky in the season 1 finale (or season 2 opening). Most of them were severely damaged upon impact, while most of them held only blanks (i.e: no sparks). Silverbolt and Quickstrike were two of the lucky ones, while Transmutate showed us how horribly messed up they could have been even if they had made it out alive.
** While "friend" is pushing the term, no-one on the Predacons seem upset at Scorponok and Terrorsaur's fiery deaths, much less mentions them afterward. Meanwhile, with the Maximals, Tigertron and Airazor are completely forgotten after they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim get teleported off-planet by the Vok]].
** Conversely, in ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Optimus Primal spends [[{{Wangst}} way too long]] mourning the loss of his allies.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' when Grandpa Max ''blows himself to nonexistence'' in front of Ben. Ben protests the move beforehand but after the fact he basically says "Let's get on with the mission" and leaves it at that. They visit the effect of Max's death later, but only with Gwen; Ben doesn't seem to care anymore.
** Doesn't seem to matter anymore now that [[UnexplainedRecovery Max got better.]]
** It's arguably worse in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and "Grounded," each of which features one of Max's sons. They don't seem particularly concerned that their father supposedly died - despite the former episode's events being triggered in part by just that.
* Heavily mocked on ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' with Ponce de Leon. What makes it more ridiculous is that [[RememberTheNewGuy no one mentioned Poncey]] ''before'' his death either.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' when Captain Hero becomes friends with {{Popeye}}: after the latter dies of AIDS, Hero wants to mourn him by "winning" the AIDS awareness marathon (that is, [[RefugeInAudacity killing all other participants]]). At the end of the marathon, Hero looks up in the sky, seeing an image of Popeye, and doesn't even recognize him.
---> '''Captain Hero''': I did it Popeye. I did it for you!\\
''(Popeye's face appears in the clouds)''\\
'''Captain Hero''': Who the hell is that asshole?
* Mixed with MotiveDecay in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter's favorite teacher from Junior High is fired after Peter convinces him to go off his medication. When Lois, running for school board, says she agrees with the firing, Peter vows to run against her in order to get his teacher's job back. Eventually though, Peter's competitiveness dominates the campaign, to the extent that when the teacher is brought up later, Peter doesn't remember him. Interestingly, a post credit sequence implies that the teacher did get his job back, but was then killed by the [[Franchise/RoboCop ED-209]] Hall Monitor droid Peter installed.
** [[spoiler:In "Life of Brian", the eponymous dog dies. The Griffins buy another dog, Vinnie, and they quickly find peace. Only Stewie is outraged, and he keeps Brian's memory alive by sharing his feelings with Vinnie.]]
* Littlefoot's mother in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. He mourns for her for a good deal of the first film, but only mentions her a grand total of three times during the following twelve sequels, one of which is just a passing reference. Presumably the writers were uncomfortable about bringing up such a dark topic in a kid's series, but it does give us the slightly worrying possibility that Littlefoot is in serious denial or something.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', Ace and Rev supposedly perish in an accident, leading to Lexi to give a RousingSpeech and even shed a tear. It is directed pretty much entirely towards Ace.
* For five seasons, Kenny was ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s [[TheyKilledKenny Ever Forgotten Ever Falling Friend]].
** Lampshaded in "Chekoree Hair Tampons", where Stan is weeping over Kyle seemingly meeting his end. Kenny, aware of Stan's complete apathy to his own deaths, storms off offended and meets his usual elaborate death just a few steps prior. Stan completely ignores it and continues sobbing over Kyle.
** Also, when a character's KilledOffForReal (such as Chef, Cartmans Grandma, Ms. Crabtree, etc.), they are often never referred to again after their death episode; people who hadn't seen the respective death episodes could assume these characters [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome just disappeared]].
** Parodied in "Kenny's Death", where Kenny dies of a muscular illness (in what was originally intended to be his final real death in the show). Unlike previous episodes, everyone is genuinely devastated and dumbfounded by his death. This actually carries on for several episodes, though predictably the boys soon get over it, and even use callously their friend's death to manipulate people. A season later, Kenny returns, to the nonchalance of everyone.
* The team's reaction in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Failsafe" when all of the Justice League are killed within the first 10 minutes. [[spoiler: Of course, they knew it was only a simulation and not real (at least until the simulation goes OffTheRails).]]
* Morph's death hits the other characters hard in the 2-part series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', after which he's not mentioned again until the Season 2 premiere ([[spoiler:which reveals he didn't really die]]).
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' in the SeriesFinale. In second season finale, when Darkseid was forced to vacate the Earth, he murdered Superman's friend Dan Turpin out of spite. While he wasn't mentioned for the most of the third season, Superman showed that he had never forgotten when he faced off against Darkseid on Apokalypse.
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* This may also be a bit of TruthInTelevision. It doesn't seem that unlikely that a crusade started for one reason may continue on its own momentum. See some people's feelings about the post-9/11 wars, or Website/TheOnion's story in ''Our Dumb Century'' where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was found alive and WWI was called off as a result.
** The actual Crusades began when the Byzantine Empire asked for Western help against the encroaching Muslim Turks. A little over a century later, the Fourth Crusade attacked and heavily damaged the Empire, and nowadays Turkey still controls Byzantium (Istanbul).
** Also, there's a pretty good chance that the person whose friend/relative/whoever died could be subconsciously using the crusade as a substitute for their fallen friend, which prevents them from feeling the full impact of the loss, or even thinking of the person at all, even though the bottled up grief will keep them going. Remember that keeping themselves occupied so that it gives them something to do other than mourn is a quite common occurrence among people who have lost loved ones.
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18th May '16 8:32:41 AM GreenLady
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* Characters in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'' tend to have little-to-no reaction to their friends disappearing, presumed dead. Though to be fair, the body count in any given season of ''[=AHS=]'' tends to be so high that most characters are GenreSavvy enough within a couple of episodes to know that someone who's suddenly gone missing is unlikely to be coming back [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie in a form they care to recognise]].
** {{Averted}}, though, with Nan in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven''. While the reaction of the other students at the academy to her disappearance is still pretty muted by real-world standards, the fact that Zoe and Queenie make even a few small efforts to find out what happened to her and make contact with her spirit count as a massive response in the world of the show.



* Played for laughs in ''Series/BlackAdder''. Whenever a character loses the woman they love, their mourning lasts for about five seconds.

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* Played for laughs PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/BlackAdder''.''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. Whenever a character loses the woman they love, their mourning lasts for about five seconds.


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* {{Averted}} in ''Series/Blakes7''. Whenever a group member dies, both the good guys and the bad guys tend to bring them up intermittently, either to reminisce about their HeroicSacrifice or to mock the survivors over their SenselessSacrifice, depending on their preference. This is also true of characters who are PutOnABus: Blake and Jenna get separated from the group and each other during the first episode of Series 3 - Blake makes only two more on-screen appearances, Jenna is [[ExactWords never]] [[HeroOfAnotherStory seen]] again - but are mentioned frequently thereafter, with their friends making time to try to contact them or track them down when they can, and newcomers who know about the group asking where they are.
10th May '16 4:54:50 AM WaryBloom
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* Game of Thrones is normaly good at remembering dead character even Many epiodes after their death a few exeptions inculde
** While Robb and Catlyn are frequently mentioned after the Red Wedding, do you know how many times Talisa is Metioned afterwards NEVER not even in the following Epsiode. True many of the people she was friends to were dead but its still reltivly jariing for a major chacter.
** Ros is only mentioned once after her death. Which happed BEFORE we saw that she was dead and she wasn't named
** Rhakaro Danereas dothracki bloodrider is also yet to be mentioned after his death in season 2
** Septa Mordane unlike in the Books is totally forgotten by Sansa after Joffrery shows her, her severed head
** A Non-Fatal version Maester Cressen who dies at the Season 2premire although a Trusted Mentor of Stanns is Never mentioned in any future episodes, by either Stannis, Davos or Mellisanre even though the latter murdered him
** Averted with Mychah and Lommy who were both murederd early on but Aryra has mentied of the both at least once afterwards
** Deftinly Averted with Ned, Robert and Renly who are still mentioned every other episode to this day escapialy Ned in the the Arya and Jon Snow Sceans, Robb and Catlyn aswell
18th Apr '16 7:00:29 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', [[spoiler: Talia]]'s personality is wiped by the PsiCorp. Everyone is very upset about it at the time, but, by the next episode, she might as well not have existed, as far as all of the crew aside from [[spoiler:Garibaldi and Ivanova]] were concerned.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', [[spoiler: Talia]]'s personality is wiped by the PsiCorp. [=PsiCorp.=] Everyone is very upset about it at the time, but, by the next episode, she might as well not have existed, as far as all of the crew aside from [[spoiler:Garibaldi and Ivanova]] were concerned.
18th Apr '16 6:59:30 PM WillKeaton
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* [[spoiler: Ukita]] in ''Manga/DeathNote'' gets killed on live TV, everyone in the investigation team sees it and is practically forgotten a few pages later, likely because Souichiro [[CarFu rams an armored car into the TV Station]] to get his hands on the Kira Tapes.

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* [[spoiler: Ukita]] in In ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[spoiler: Ukita]] gets killed on live TV, everyone in on the investigation team sees it, but it and is practically forgotten a few pages later, likely because Souichiro [[CarFu rams an armored car into the TV Station]] to get his hands on the Kira Tapes.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' in the SeriesFinale. In second season finale, when Darkseid was forced to vacate the Earth, he murdered Superman's friend Dan Turpin out of spite. While he wasn't mentioned for the most of the third season, Superman showed that he had never forgotten when he faced off against Darkseid on Apokalypse.
31st Mar '16 7:25:17 AM Eddy1215
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* Morph's death hits the other characters hard in the 2-part series premier of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', after which he's not mentioned again until the Season 2 premier ([[spoiler:which reveals he didn't really die]]).

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* Morph's death hits the other characters hard in the 2-part series premier premiere of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', after which he's not mentioned again until the Season 2 premier premiere ([[spoiler:which reveals he didn't really die]]).
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