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18th Jan '17 10:05:49 PM TriggerLoaded
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* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' has [[spoiler:Orson, who [[LoveMakesYouEvil betrays his kingdom so he can be with his wife, Monica]]. She was a recently deceased IllGirl, and he took her death quite hard. So much so, that the BigBad got him to turn traitor in exchange for his wife back. Unfortunately, he could only reanimate her corpse as a zombie, but [[spoiler:Orson]] is so crazy that he simply doesn't notice. He talks to her frequently as if nothing was wrong, and even remarks on how he'd never forget her birthday, and promises a special surprise for her. You only ever see her map sprite, (A standard female civilian) and hear her speak, barely, ("Darling... Darling... Darling...") after killing Orson, but the shocked reactions of the main characters to her tell us that's probably for the best.

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* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' has [[spoiler:Orson, who [[LoveMakesYouEvil betrays his kingdom so he can be with his wife, Monica]].Monica]]]]. She was a recently deceased IllGirl, and he took her death quite hard. So much so, that the BigBad got him to turn traitor in exchange for his wife back. Unfortunately, he could only reanimate her corpse as a zombie, but [[spoiler:Orson]] is so crazy that he simply doesn't notice. He talks to her frequently as if nothing was wrong, and even remarks on how he'd never forget her birthday, and promises a special surprise for her. You only ever see her map sprite, (A standard female civilian) and hear her speak, barely, ("Darling... Darling... Darling...") after killing Orson, but the shocked reactions of the main characters to her tell us that's probably for the best.
18th Jan '17 10:04:57 PM TriggerLoaded
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* A third party supplement book for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons third edition, ''The Slayer's Guide to Undead,'' had a short story of a queen looking for a cure for her (dead) husband, and executing every healer and cleric who tried to tell her the king was dead and could not be saved. A necromancer fulfilled her wishes by casting a simple animate dead to turn her husband into a mindless zombie that follows the queen's orders. She continues to insist that all messengers and petitioners to the throne address the maggot infested animated corpse of the king, and even shares a bed with it.



* The vampire Brauner in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' turned Eric Lecarde's daughters into vampires because he was under the delusional belief that they were the reincarnations of his own daughters (whom he had lost in World War One). Upon being told that they've been cured, he simply says he'll "make those two [his] daughters once again".
* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' has [[spoiler:Orson, who [[LoveMakesYouEvil betrays his kingdom so he can be (alive) with his wife, Monica]]. Since she was a recently deceased IllGirl, the BigBad promises to resurrect her, but can only bring people back as mindless zombies. Orson is so crazy at this rate that he doesn't notice this. We only ever see her map sprite (a standard female civilian), but from Erika, Ephraim and Seth's horrified reactions, that's probably for the best. Ephraim himself puts her out of her "misery".]]
** Ah, but we do HEAR her. [[spoiler: Poor Monica just keeps repeating the word "darling" over and over again. Meanwhile, in the scene before he dies Orson is seen having a lengthy one sided conversation with her about her birthday before he's interrupted by news of your arrival.]]

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* The vampire Brauner in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' turned Eric Lecarde's daughters into vampires because he was under the delusional belief that they were the reincarnations of his own daughters (whom he had lost in World War One). Upon being told that they've been cured, he simply says he'll "make those two [his] daughters once again".
* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' has [[spoiler:Orson, who [[LoveMakesYouEvil betrays his kingdom so he can be (alive) with his wife, Monica]]. Since she She was a recently deceased IllGirl, and he took her death quite hard. So much so, that the BigBad promises got him to resurrect her, but can turn traitor in exchange for his wife back. Unfortunately, he could only bring people back reanimate her corpse as mindless zombies. Orson a zombie, but [[spoiler:Orson]] is so crazy at this rate that he simply doesn't notice this. We notice. He talks to her frequently as if nothing was wrong, and even remarks on how he'd never forget her birthday, and promises a special surprise for her. You only ever see her map sprite (a sprite, (A standard female civilian), civilian) and hear her speak, barely, ("Darling... Darling... Darling...") after killing Orson, but from Erika, Ephraim and Seth's horrified reactions, the shocked reactions of the main characters to her tell us that's probably for the best. Ephraim himself puts her out of her "misery".]]
** Ah, but we do HEAR her. [[spoiler: Poor Monica just keeps repeating the word "darling" over and over again. Meanwhile, in the scene before he dies Orson is seen having a lengthy one sided conversation with her about her birthday before he's interrupted by news of your arrival.]]
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** Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' in one of the areas. An inventor in the past reprograms one of the MechaMooks threatening the kingdom, and in the present day you find it in his home trying to take care of him (apparently unable to realize he's long-dead). It's played mostly for pity, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', [[spoiler:if you don't manage to keep Dan from getting electrocuted, Iji will talk to him and say that she was afraid he was killed, then leave him behind to recover.]] The horror sets in when you realize that you never heard him reply . . .
** And just to be clear, it's confirmed in the scene after the final boss. Who catches on and immediately decides that he doesn't have the heart to break it to her.

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** Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' in one of the areas. An * In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', an inventor in the past reprograms one of the MechaMooks threatening the kingdom, and in kingdom. In the present day you find it in his home trying to take care of him (apparently unable to realize he's long-dead). It's played mostly for pity, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', [[spoiler:if if you don't manage to keep [[spoiler:save Dan from getting electrocuted, Asha]], Iji will talk to him and say that she was afraid he was killed, then leave him behind to recover.]] recover. The horror sets in when you realize that you never heard him reply . . .
** And just to be clear, it's
reply. It's confirmed in the scene after the final boss. Who catches on and immediately decides that he doesn't have the heart to break it to her.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the prequel ''CrisisCore'' shows the extent of Sephiroth's mental breakdown by having him serenely explain his plans to the dead, sealed-in-a-test-tube Jenova and telling her not to cry as if he truly expects her respond.
** In his defence though, Jenova is functionally immortal on the cellular level, so while it's unlikely she comprehended what he said she was still alive.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Rachel, who died when her home was attacked by the Empire and was subsequently put into 'suspended animation' by a herbal mixture (yeah, don't ask) concocted by some weird old minor NPC. Since then her boyfriend has been spending his time roaming the world looking for a magic item that can bring her back from the dead (a task that would appear to be futile given that the game's world hasn't seen magic for a thousand years), visiting her corpse, and projecting her onto every woman he meets. His persistence does pay off without him having shown any signs of insanity, so... that's okay then?
** She is able to return, briefly, late in the game, long enough to ask him to move on, and forgive himself for her death, before passing on again.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the prequel ''CrisisCore'' shows the extent of Sephiroth's mental breakdown by having him serenely explain his plans to the dead, sealed-in-a-test-tube Jenova and telling her not to cry as if he truly expects her respond. \n** In his defence though, Granted, Jenova is functionally immortal on the cellular level, so while it's unlikely she comprehended what he said she was still alive.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has Rachel, who died when her home was attacked by the Empire and was subsequently put into 'suspended animation' by a herbal mixture (yeah, don't ask) concocted by some weird old minor NPC. Since then her boyfriend has been spending his time roaming the world looking for a magic item that can bring her back from the dead (a task that would appear to be futile given that the game's world hasn't seen magic for a thousand years), visiting her corpse, and projecting her onto every woman he meets. His persistence does pay off without him having shown any signs of insanity, so... that's okay then?
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then? She is able to return, briefly, late in the game, long enough to ask him to move on, and forgive himself for her death, before passing on again.



* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', [[spoiler: one of the "stranger tasks" involves collecting flowers for an old man wanting to surprise his wife for their anniversary. After [[IrrelevantSidequest painstakingly traveling half across the state looking for all the specific varieties of flower he wants]] and returning, you're casually introduced to the desiccated corpse of the man's wife, seated on a chair inside the couple's cabin.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', [[spoiler: one of the "stranger tasks" involves collecting flowers for an old man wanting to surprise his wife for their anniversary. After [[IrrelevantSidequest painstakingly traveling half across the state looking for all the specific varieties of flower he wants]] and returning, you're casually introduced to the desiccated corpse of the man's wife, seated on a chair inside the couple's cabin.]]



* In ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', [[spoiler:if you don't recruit Katida (which results in her FaceHeelTurn), she will order her fleet to focus fire on Roth's ship, killing Nele, which turns Roth into this before he fires high-stream blaster, destroying the ship.]] It's one part this and one part TalkingToTheDead [[spoiler: since it's implied that he knew that she was dead but needed to say what he was saying before his HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'', [[spoiler:if if you don't recruit Katida (which results in her FaceHeelTurn), she will order her fleet to focus fire on Roth's ship, killing Nele, which turns Roth into this before he fires high-stream blaster, destroying the ship.]] ship. It's one part this and one part TalkingToTheDead [[spoiler: since it's implied that he knew that she was dead but needed to say what he was saying before his HeroicSacrifice.]]



* Played with in Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when [[spoiler:Number 21 is shown to have one-sided conversations with the skull of the deceased Number 24. We later see it from Number 21's perspective, and he is apparently talking to a ghost only he can see. In a subversion, 21 TookALevelInBadass, and we're shown that 24's ghost has been feeding 21 information (i.e. warning him if people nearby are carrying concealed weapons) to improve his reputation. This leads to a bit of a MindScrew when 24's ghost suggests he himself may be an imaginary MagicFeather, and that 21 really is awesome but hallucinates 24 due to an inferiority complex.]]
** The season finale seems to confirm that [[spoiler:he's just a delusion of 21's. Not only did one of the fellow "ghosts" 24 introduced him to never exist, but Dr. Orpheus (a professional necromancer) couldn't see 24, and he communicates with the dead all the time]].

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* Played with in Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when [[spoiler:Number Number 21 is shown to have one-sided conversations with the skull of the deceased Number 24. We later see it from Number 21's perspective, and he is apparently talking to a ghost only he can see. In a subversion, 21 TookALevelInBadass, and we're shown that 24's ghost has been feeding 21 information (i.e. warning him if people nearby are carrying concealed weapons) to improve his reputation. This leads to a bit of a MindScrew when 24's ghost suggests he himself may be an imaginary MagicFeather, and that 21 really is awesome but hallucinates 24 due to an inferiority complex.]]
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** The season finale seems to confirm that [[spoiler:he's he's just a delusion of 21's. Not only did one of the fellow "ghosts" 24 introduced him to never exist, but Dr. Orpheus (a professional necromancer) couldn't see 24, and he communicates with the dead all the time]].time.
10th Jan '17 8:52:10 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': In "Penalty Phase", Tao and Sanchez investigate the home of the suspected killer. They find the body of his mother, who has been dead for several months, propped up in bed watching the television.
7th Jan '17 11:30:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Comicbook/EmperorJoker'': The Joker is seen playing a game of poker with the corpses of the various Robins that he murdered.
21st Dec '16 3:07:29 PM Pamina
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* The less {{squick}}y form, since it's the willful retaining of a dead body, not the delusion that they're still alive and kicking: In ''Literature/TheIliad'' after Patroclus dies, Achilles spends an awful lot of mourning time with his arms wrapped around his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend's]] corpse. To lessen the squick a bit, Thetis later embalms the corpse so it won't spoil before Achilles gets a chance to avenge his death.
* OlderThanDirt: In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the titular hero refuses to allow his beloved friend Enkidu to be buried, embracing his corpse, weeping over him, having one sided conversations with him, [[PleaseWakeUp pleading with him to wake up]], "veiling his face like a bride's." He finally allows Enkidu to be buried after seven days, when a maggot falls out of Enkidu's nose. Eww... But at least he acknowledges the decomposition.

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* The less {{squick}}y form, since it's the willful retaining of a dead body, not the delusion that they're still alive and kicking: In ''Literature/TheIliad'' after Patroclus dies, Achilles spends an awful lot of mourning time with his arms wrapped around his [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend's]] corpse. To lessen the squick a bit, Thetis later embalms the corpse so it won't spoil before Achilles gets a chance to avenge his death.
death. Patroclus's spirit finally needs to appear to Achilles in a dream and beg him to cremate his body so he can enter the Underworld.
* OlderThanDirt: In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the titular hero refuses to allow his beloved friend Enkidu to be buried, embracing his corpse, weeping over him, having one sided conversations with him, [[PleaseWakeUp pleading with him to wake up]], "veiling his face [[HoYay like a bride's." "]] He finally allows Enkidu to be buried after seven days, when a maggot falls out of Enkidu's nose. Eww... But at least he acknowledges the decomposition.
19th Nov '16 6:42:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Brandon Sanderson's {{Warbreaker}} features a particularly [[{{Squick}} squicky]] example. The mercenary Jewels was once in love with her teammate Arsteel, but then he was killed by [[AntiHero Vasher]]. Jewels was able to reanimate him as a Lifeless (a sort of semi-intelligent, non-decaying zombie) called "Clod", but was left slightly unhinged by the experience. The {{squick}} comes in when WordOfGod reveals that she still regularly has sex with Clod.

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* Brandon Sanderson's {{Warbreaker}} ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' features a particularly [[{{Squick}} squicky]] example. The mercenary Jewels was once in love with her teammate Arsteel, but then he was killed by [[AntiHero Vasher]]. Jewels was able to reanimate him as a Lifeless (a sort of semi-intelligent, non-decaying zombie) called "Clod", but was left slightly unhinged by the experience. The {{squick}} comes in when WordOfGod reveals that she still regularly has sex with Clod.
11th Nov '16 12:28:33 PM toolenduso
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* A consequence of the takeover in ''Literature/SalemsLot'' by Creator/StephenKing. [[spoiler:Sandy [=McDougall=], upon finding her baby dead, frantically spoons food into its mouth -- and attempts to keep it in there -- as though the baby is still alive]].
29th Oct '16 12:25:10 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has a commercial on the [[GTARadio radio]] for "Pet Stuffers," which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin taxedermies dead pets]] for owners who "just can't let go". Funny until you realize this is TruthInTelevision (see further down on the page). More disturbing, however, is the first clip of the "owner": "Rex, you didn't eat your food again. That's the second week in a row!" Depending on how you interpret it, either the poor dog is dying of something that has given him a complete loss of appetite, or he's ''already been dead for two weeks'' and the owner is in severe denial.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has a commercial on the [[GTARadio [[Radio/GTARadio radio]] for "Pet Stuffers," which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin taxedermies dead pets]] for owners who "just can't let go". Funny until you realize this is TruthInTelevision (see further down on the page). More disturbing, however, is the first clip of the "owner": "Rex, you didn't eat your food again. That's the second week in a row!" Depending on how you interpret it, either the poor dog is dying of something that has given him a complete loss of appetite, or he's ''already been dead for two weeks'' and the owner is in severe denial.
14th Oct '16 10:13:46 PM SteveMB
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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Emperor Cartagia conversed with the severed heads of his enemies. This was only one of many signs that he was batshit insane. It was not remotely the worst.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', [[TheCaligula Emperor Cartagia Cartagia]] conversed with the severed heads of his enemies. This was only one of many signs that he was batshit insane. It was not remotely the worst.
13th Oct '16 5:00:57 PM AsherTye
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* In ''Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy'', the king of Merolyn is so distraught over his wife's (possibly suicidal) death that he demands his court druids to enchant the corpse so that retains the semblance of life. Sadly, while they can keep her moving and give her some protection, by the time the series focuses on the problems with Merolyn, the dead Queen has become quite fragrant and partially decomposed. To make matters worse, the King has gotten over his wife's death, but cannot end the charade due to political reasons that would plunge his city into chaos or see a despot on the throne. The fact that it was originally punishable by death to mention the Queen's "condition" means that everyone else has to go along with the horrific charade. It's actually a relief to the King when Joram's anti-magic darksword destroys the enchantment, "killing" the Queen.
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