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30th Jun '15 12:31:47 PM nombretomado
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* The season two episode "Epiphanies" gave ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'''s on-the-brink-of-death Laura Roslin the chance to remember TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It was the day she got told she had terminal breast cancer, got dumped ''and'' fired by the former President, stopped a union crisis, listened as the Cylons nuked her homeworld, got sworn in as the new President, and left a whole bunch of people in the hands of the Cylons. Oh, and she figured out Gaius Baltar betrayed everyone because he was making out with a known Cylon. 'Cept she can't prove it. [[spoiler: Luckily, she said ScrewDestiny and woke the heck up due to some hybrid blood from the extra-special baby Sharon was carrying.]]
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* The season two episode "Epiphanies" gave ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'''s Galactica|2003}}'''s on-the-brink-of-death Laura Roslin the chance to remember TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It was the day she got told she had terminal breast cancer, got dumped ''and'' fired by the former President, stopped a union crisis, listened as the Cylons nuked her homeworld, got sworn in as the new President, and left a whole bunch of people in the hands of the Cylons. Oh, and she figured out Gaius Baltar betrayed everyone because he was making out with a known Cylon. 'Cept she can't prove it. [[spoiler: Luckily, she said ScrewDestiny and woke the heck up due to some hybrid blood from the extra-special baby Sharon was carrying.]]
25th May '15 2:50:59 AM Morgenthaler
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A character who is dead or having a NearDeathExperience steps out of his body and observes what is happening with other characters in the story at that time. The events so observed are shown one way or another to be real and not the fantasy of a dying brain. Alternately, the character gets to review key events in his life, providing the justification for a ClipShow. Either variant can turn into yet another version of YetAnotherChristmasCarol or WonderfulLife.
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A character who is dead or having a NearDeathExperience steps out of his body and observes what is happening with other characters in the story at that time. The events so observed are shown one way or another to be real and not the fantasy of a dying brain. Alternately, the character gets to review key events in his life, providing the justification for a ClipShow. Either variant can turn into yet another version of YetAnotherChristmasCarol or WonderfulLife. ItsAWonderfulPlot.
25th May '15 2:49:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''GiantRobo'' uses the narration version of this trope to pull off AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler:Ginrei narrates the beginning of the first episode as if she's flashing back after the end of the story. After she dies in the last episode, her disembodied spirit says a few lines in a post-credits epilogue.]]
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* ''GiantRobo'' ''Manga/GiantRobo'' uses the narration version of this trope to pull off AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler:Ginrei narrates the beginning of the first episode as if she's flashing back after the end of the story. After she dies in the last episode, her disembodied spirit says a few lines in a post-credits epilogue.]]

* The protagonist of ''YuYuHakusho'' spends the first four episodes of the show as a ghost while trying desperately to get back into his body. (The arc is extended in the manga, but generally goes the same way.) * In the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'', [[spoiler:Rosette]] dies and has a vision (or perhaps goes to the story's version of the afterlife) of being on a train. While there, [[spoiler:she looks into the glass of [[IconicItem her watch]]]] to see [[spoiler:Chrono]] saying that he still has hope for her to return. [[spoiler:She does, and uses the surprise of her revival to shoot Aion's sword and destroy it.]] * In ''RanmaOneHalf'', an old man named Harumaki has a foot in the grave already, and he can leave his agonizing body temporarily to go and annoy female-Ranma. He takes advantage of his ghostly form (and wispy, snake-like lower "body") by floating everywhere and trailing spirals around her. * Another RumikoTakahashi story, the one-shot ''1 Or W'', shows the protagonist's girlfriend watching him mourn over her body after a nasty accident caused by his kendo team captain. Just as she's about to reenter her body and come back to life, ''the spirit of the kendo team captain'' outraces her and [[GrandTheftMe possesses her body]], leaving her to [[WallGlower fume angrily as a ghost for the rest of the story]] --unless the protagonist can defeat the captain in a match. * [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''ZatchBell'': [[spoiler:Kiyomaro]] ''[[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]]'' with clairvoyance-like PsychicPowers.
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* The protagonist of ''YuYuHakusho'' ''Anime/YuYuHakusho'' spends the first four episodes of the show as a ghost while trying desperately to get back into his body. (The arc is extended in the manga, but generally goes the same way.) * In the manga version of ''ChronoCrusade'', ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', [[spoiler:Rosette]] dies and has a vision (or perhaps goes to the story's version of the afterlife) of being on a train. While there, [[spoiler:she looks into the glass of [[IconicItem her watch]]]] to see [[spoiler:Chrono]] saying that he still has hope for her to return. [[spoiler:She does, and uses the surprise of her revival to shoot Aion's sword and destroy it.]] * In ''RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', an old man named Harumaki has a foot in the grave already, and he can leave his agonizing body temporarily to go and annoy female-Ranma. He takes advantage of his ghostly form (and wispy, snake-like lower "body") by floating everywhere and trailing spirals around her. * Another RumikoTakahashi Creator/RumikoTakahashi story, the one-shot ''1 Or W'', shows the protagonist's girlfriend watching him mourn over her body after a nasty accident caused by his kendo team captain. Just as she's about to reenter her body and come back to life, ''the spirit of the kendo team captain'' outraces her and [[GrandTheftMe possesses her body]], leaving her to [[WallGlower fume angrily as a ghost for the rest of the story]] --unless the protagonist can defeat the captain in a match. * [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''ZatchBell'': ''Manga/ZatchBell'': [[spoiler:Kiyomaro]] ''[[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]]'' with clairvoyance-like PsychicPowers.

* Thr ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' episode "Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead" is told from the point of view of a soldier's ghost, seen by Klinger while the latter [[FeverDreamEpisode recovers from a high fever]].
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* Thr ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Follies of the Living - Concerns of the Dead" is told from the point of view of a soldier's ghost, seen by Klinger while the latter [[FeverDreamEpisode recovers from a high fever]].

* The last episode of season five of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' has Larry David (playing himself) dying and going to Heaven. He eventually proves so annoying that his guardian angels send him back into his body, much to the disappointment of his friends and family. * ''MrBelvedere'' had the titular character experiencing this; at first, it seems that everything's going comedically wrong without him, but it turns out that life goes on.
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* The last episode of season five of ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' has Larry David (playing himself) dying and going to Heaven. He eventually proves so annoying that his guardian angels send him back into his body, much to the disappointment of his friends and family. * ''MrBelvedere'' ''Series/MrBelvedere'' had the titular character experiencing this; at first, it seems that everything's going comedically wrong without him, but it turns out that life goes on.

* Subverted in an episode of ''{{Scrubs}}'': as various doctors are around a man's body (masking it from view) and finally saying that they lost him, a man walks up and begins to talk about how seeing himself die like that was strange. He even starts giving a speech about death itself...until J.D. comes up and angrily reminds him that he's not dead, just insane.
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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': ** Subverted in an episode of ''{{Scrubs}}'': as episode. As various doctors are around a man's body (masking it from view) and finally saying that they lost him, a man walks up and begins to talk about how seeing himself die like that was strange. He even starts giving a speech about death itself...until J.D. comes up and angrily reminds him that he's not dead, just insane.

* Similarly, ''{{Orpheus}}'' split the "Laments" between actual ghosts and living people who were able to project their soul out of their body. Skimmers could do it through meditation, but Sleepers required cryogenic tanks to bring their body to a state of "death" that would allow them to "vacate the premises." In fact, that's how Orpheus got into the "post-life management" business -- they were doing extensive research into cryogenics, and discovered an interesting side effect...
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* Similarly, ''{{Orpheus}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' split the "Laments" between actual ghosts and living people who were able to project their soul out of their body. Skimmers could do it through meditation, but Sleepers required cryogenic tanks to bring their body to a state of "death" that would allow them to "vacate the premises." In fact, that's how Orpheus got into the "post-life management" business -- they were doing extensive research into cryogenics, and discovered an interesting side effect...

* A routine event for the titular character in {{Nodwick}}.
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* A routine event for the titular character in {{Nodwick}}.Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}.
25th May '15 2:41:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Kingdom Hospital'', Stephen King's AuthorAvatar spends nearly the whole series slipping in and out of a ghostly duplicate of the hospital, halfway between life and true death, while his body lies comatose. * In the first season of ''Saving Hope'' Charlie falls into a comma and has an extended out-of-body experience where he wanders the halls of the hospital and interacts with the spirits of other dead or comatose patients. It is implied to be a standard experience and that most coma patients who wake up forget most of what they experienced. [[spoiler: When Charlie finally wakes up, he remembers all of it and can still see the spirits.]].
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* In ''Kingdom Hospital'', ''Series/KingdomHospital'', Stephen King's AuthorAvatar spends nearly the whole series slipping in and out of a ghostly duplicate of the hospital, halfway between life and true death, while his body lies comatose. * In the first season of ''Saving Hope'' ''Series/SavingHope'' Charlie falls into a comma and has an extended out-of-body experience where he wanders the halls of the hospital and interacts with the spirits of other dead or comatose patients. It is implied to be a standard experience and that most coma patients who wake up forget most of what they experienced. [[spoiler: When Charlie finally wakes up, he remembers all of it and can still see the spirits.]].
13th Apr '15 10:28:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''DesperateHousewives'' manages to kill off its {{Narrator}} at the start of the first episode. She continues narrating, giving us glimpses into the personal lives of her still-living friends that they don't get to see in each other. She actually appears to Lynnette in one episode.
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* ''DesperateHousewives'' ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' manages to kill off its {{Narrator}} at the start of the first episode. She continues narrating, giving us glimpses into the personal lives of her still-living friends that they don't get to see in each other. She actually appears to Lynnette in one episode.
28th Mar '15 7:55:16 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FamilyGuy'', Peter is struck by lightning and has a NearDeathExperience. He proceeds to steal money from his own wallet and later tries to reenter his body through the mouth, having about as much success as a flesh-and-blood fat man would have trying to climb inside an unconscious person. [[GrimReaper Death (a recurring character)]] shows up to hang out with him for a while as part of his NearDeathExperience, and when Peter asks when he's really going to die, he's told it'll be a few years after Lois divorces him. Peter tries convincing Death that'll never happen, and leads him through a bunch of flashbacks depicting their courtship, showing how deeply in love they were. In the process, Peter realizes that he's been taking Lois for granted lately, and has the epiphany necessary to save his marriage.
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* In ''FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter is struck by lightning and has a NearDeathExperience. He proceeds to steal money from his own wallet and later tries to reenter his body through the mouth, having about as much success as a flesh-and-blood fat man would have trying to climb inside an unconscious person. [[GrimReaper Death (a recurring character)]] shows up to hang out with him for a while as part of his NearDeathExperience, and when Peter asks when he's really going to die, he's told it'll be a few years after Lois divorces him. Peter tries convincing Death that'll never happen, and leads him through a bunch of flashbacks depicting their courtship, showing how deeply in love they were. In the process, Peter realizes that he's been taking Lois for granted lately, and has the epiphany necessary to save his marriage.
18th Feb '15 10:43:10 AM eroock
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* The main character in ''Film/EnterTheVoid'', upon dying, steps out of his body and observes what is happening with other characters in the story at that time.
16th Dec '14 7:34:19 AM FlowerofMay
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* In the first season of ''Saving Hope'' Charlie falls into a comma and has an extended out-of-body experience where he wonders the halls of the hospital and interacts with the spirits of other dead or comatose patients. It is implied to be a standard experience and that most coma patients who wake up forget most of what they experienced. [[spoiler: When Charlie finally wakes up, he remembers all of it and can still see the spirits.]].
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* In the first season of ''Saving Hope'' Charlie falls into a comma and has an extended out-of-body experience where he wonders wanders the halls of the hospital and interacts with the spirits of other dead or comatose patients. It is implied to be a standard experience and that most coma patients who wake up forget most of what they experienced. [[spoiler: When Charlie finally wakes up, he remembers all of it and can still see the spirits.]].
10th Oct '14 1:30:14 AM azul120
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]] * ''GiantRobo'' uses the narration version of this trope to pull off AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler: Ginrei narrates the beginning of the first episode as if she's flashing back after the end of the story. After she dies in the last episode, her disembodied spirit says a few lines in a post-credits epilogue.]] * Ash and Pikachu go through this in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode in which the team goes to Lavender Town in order to catch a Ghost Pokemon(which he does...kind of). HilarityEnsues with Misty and Brock.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]] * In ''{{Family Guy}}'', Peter is struck by lightning and has a NearDeathExperience. He proceeds to steal money from his own wallet and later tries to reenter his body through the mouth, having about as much success as a flesh-and-blood fat man would have trying to climb inside an unconscious person. [[GrimReaper Death (a recurring character)]] shows up to hang out with him for a while as part of his NearDeathExperience, and when Peter asks when he's really going to die, he's told it'll be a few years after Lois divorces him. Peter tries convincing Death that'll never happen, and leads him through a bunch of flashbacks depicting their courtship, showing how deeply in love they were. In the process, Peter realizes that he's been taking Lois for granted lately, and has the epiphany necessary to save his marriage.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * In ''{{Family Guy}}'', ''FamilyGuy'', Peter is struck by lightning and has a NearDeathExperience. He proceeds to steal money from his own wallet and later tries to reenter his body through the mouth, having about as much success as a flesh-and-blood fat man would have trying to climb inside an unconscious person. [[GrimReaper Death (a recurring character)]] shows up to hang out with him for a while as part of his NearDeathExperience, and when Peter asks when he's really going to die, he's told it'll be a few years after Lois divorces him. Peter tries convincing Death that'll never happen, and leads him through a bunch of flashbacks depicting their courtship, showing how deeply in love they were. In the process, Peter realizes that he's been taking Lois for granted lately, and has the epiphany necessary to save his marriage. marriage.


9th Sep '14 4:02:08 PM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling'', the title character is taken back to the early moments of his life, starting with being raised in a whorehouse and leading up to the events that led to setting himself on fire.
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* In ''Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling'', the title character is taken back to the early moments of his life, life while in a near-death state, starting with being raised in a whorehouse and leading up to the events that led to setting himself on fire.
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