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2nd May '16 5:48:42 PM Doug86
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* Death is one of several personifications of abstract concepts who appear in the MarvelUniverse. She has even been killed off herself, twice--both times with disastrous results.

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* Death is one of several personifications of abstract concepts who appear in the MarvelUniverse.Franchise/MarvelUniverse. She has even been killed off herself, twice--both times with disastrous results.



** And apparently, {{Deadpool}} is in love with her. Thanos loves her as well, however, and cursed Deadpool with immortality so he couldn't steal his girl. Or at least, [[UnreliableNarrator that's Deadpool's story]].

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** And apparently, {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} is in love with her. Thanos loves her as well, however, and cursed Deadpool with immortality so he couldn't steal his girl. Or at least, [[UnreliableNarrator that's Deadpool's story]].



* The DC universe has more deaths than you can shake a scythe at.

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* The DC universe Franchise/TheDCU has more deaths than you can shake a scythe at.
2nd May '16 11:08:38 AM finalsurvivor1
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** All of the Fiends are generally themed around being death. Pale Rider is notable due to being the embodiment of death, but the others all count, as well. In addition to the aforementioned David, Daisoujou mummified himself, Alice asks people to die for her, Hell Biker is the incarnation of the violence of the Hell's Angels, Matador (who is outright called the Grim Reaper in ''Nocturne'') represents death by sport, and Chemtrail embodies death by conspiracies of man.
27th Apr '16 2:24:23 PM margdean56
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---> [[MundaneUtility I only wear a black cloak if its cold.]]

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---> [[MundaneUtility I only wear a black cloak if its it's cold.]]



* Literature/TheDemonata after several books reveal that [[spoiler:Death was the main-villain all along.]]
* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, Death is described as "the Shadow-Lover." The metaphysics of Velgarth being a bit vague, the Shadow-Lover sometimes seems to be a literal psychopomp that appears as an attractive member of one's gender of preference to embrace the dieing, and sometimes seems to be a poetic metaphor. It may depend on the nature and strength of one's faith.

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* Literature/TheDemonata after several books reveal that [[spoiler:Death was the main-villain main villain all along.]]
* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, Death is described as "the Shadow-Lover." The metaphysics of Velgarth being a bit vague, the Shadow-Lover sometimes seems to be a literal psychopomp that appears as an attractive member of one's gender of preference to embrace the dieing, dying, and sometimes seems to be a poetic metaphor. It may depend on the nature and strength of one's faith.



* In Philip Kerr's novel ''{{Prayer}}'', FBI agent Gill Martin comes up against the Church of Izrael, led by the seemingly genuine Pastor Nelson van der Velden. He soon realises the odd spelling of "Izrael" is no error or eccentricity. Van der Velden spent time in Israel learning the inner secrets of Kabbalah. These include how to actively pray for the death of dirty godless liberals, atheists, socialists and advocates of sexual deviancy, so as to bring about God's will for the USA - a fundamentalist Christian theocracy. Led by President van der Velden. Via Kabalah, an inner prayer circle invokes and directs Azrael, the Archangel of Death, to do God's will as mandated through His servant Nelson van der Velden.

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* In Philip Kerr's novel ''{{Prayer}}'', FBI agent Gill Martin comes up against the Church of Izrael, led by the seemingly genuine Pastor Nelson van der Velden. He soon realises the odd spelling of "Izrael" is no error or eccentricity. Van der Velden spent time in Israel learning the inner secrets of Kabbalah. These include how to actively pray for the death of dirty godless liberals, atheists, socialists and advocates of sexual deviancy, so as to bring about God's will for the USA - -- a fundamentalist Christian theocracy. Led by President van der Velden. Via Kabalah, an inner prayer circle invokes and directs Azrael, the Archangel of Death, to do God's will as mandated through His servant Nelson van der Velden.
27th Apr '16 2:11:57 PM margdean56
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** Charon, the ferryman who takes the dead to the underworld. He is often represented in a skeletal figure dressed in dark robes with a long pole by which he steers his barge.

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** Charon, the ferryman who takes the dead to the underworld. He is often represented in as a skeletal figure dressed in dark robes with a long pole by with which he steers his barge.



* ''Literature/TheBible'' mentions [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+5%3A25-27&version=NIV an angel who is either associated with Jesus, or Jesus himself (son of man)]], [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2014:%2014-20&version=KJV wielding a scythe ready to reap the grapes of wrath]], [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6%3A9-11&version=NIV symbolizing the killing all of the earth dwellers who martyred of all of the Christians]]. He's definitely identified in the Book of Revelation as one of the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, and in fact the only one to be explicitly named. Here he's associated with Hell. Also, in Roman Catholicism ArchangelMichael and Archangel Samael are respectively considered to be the good and the bad Angel of Death.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' mentions [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+5%3A25-27&version=NIV an angel who is either associated with Jesus, or Jesus himself (son of man)]], [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2014:%2014-20&version=KJV wielding a scythe ready to reap the grapes of wrath]], [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6%3A9-11&version=NIV symbolizing the killing of all of the earth dwellers who martyred of all of the Christians]]. He's definitely identified in the Book of Revelation as one of the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, and in fact the only one to be explicitly named. Here he's associated with Hell. Also, in Roman Catholicism ArchangelMichael and Archangel Samael are respectively considered to be the good and the bad Angel of Death.
27th Apr '16 2:08:49 PM margdean56
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** In ''ComicBook/FredHembeckDestroysTheMarvelUniverse'', the Grim Reaper is portrayed as having clown hair, wearing orange sneakers and a purple robe with blue spots, and going by the name Crackers. He explains that life is one long, elaborate set up, and death is the ultimate punchline.

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** In ''ComicBook/FredHembeckDestroysTheMarvelUniverse'', the Grim Reaper is portrayed as having clown hair, wearing orange sneakers and a purple robe with blue spots, and going by the name Crackers. He explains that life is one long, elaborate set up, set-up, and death is the ultimate punchline.



** Death as seen in the ''[[Comicbook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' universe is one of the Endless. She's a pretty and [[DontFearTheReaper friendly]] PerkyGoth, and is the ultimate personification of death in the DC universe, trumping, according to the [[Creator/NeilGaiman author]], everyone else. Accordingly, she is the last thing any person ever sees. On the subject of ComicBookDeath she takes [[TimeAbyss the long view on such matters]], reasoning that in the end ''everyone'' dies and if they so happen to [[DeathIsCheap make a few side trips]] in the mean time no skin off her back, she can wait.

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** Death as seen in the ''[[Comicbook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' universe is one of the Endless. She's a pretty and [[DontFearTheReaper friendly]] PerkyGoth, and is the ultimate personification of death in the DC universe, trumping, according to the [[Creator/NeilGaiman author]], everyone else. Accordingly, she is the last thing any person ever sees. On the subject of ComicBookDeath she takes [[TimeAbyss the long view on such matters]], reasoning that in the end ''everyone'' dies and if they so happen to [[DeathIsCheap make a few side trips]] in the mean time meantime, no skin off her back, she can wait.



*** In the spin off ''Death: At Death's Door'' by Jill Thompson, [[spoiler: Hell closes, sending all its inhabitants to various places and some of them end up in Death's realm because she's familiar]]. A being asks who Death is, and introduces herself as such. Cue him being unimpressed and commenting, "Sure, you and all the other goth chicks that choked on their own vomit.". [[spoiler: She then shifts to wearing a large billowy cloak and hood decked out in skulls, chains, and a huge scythe.]] He then believes her.

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*** In the spin off spin-off ''Death: At Death's Door'' by Jill Thompson, [[spoiler: Hell closes, sending all its inhabitants to various places places, and some of them end up in Death's realm because she's familiar]]. A being asks who Death is, and she introduces herself as such. Cue him being unimpressed and commenting, "Sure, you and all the other goth chicks that choked on their own vomit.". [[spoiler: She then shifts to wearing a large billowy cloak and hood decked out in skulls, chains, and a huge scythe.]] He then believes her.



** While Nekron (The Lord of the Unliving) didn't start out as a Grim Reaper ''per se'', he certainly went to some lengths to evoke this idea in ComicBook/BlackestNight; he even had a scythe this time, and was an awful lot more grim than the average grim reaper. ''So'' grim, in fact, that where most reapers settle for one soul at a time, or perhaps a city, or maybe a planet if they're feeling up to it, Nekron intended to kill the actual essence of life itself (ironically, this would mean his target is Death of the Endless) - to make life a metaphysical impossibility in his universe. ''Ouch''.

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** While Nekron (The Lord of the Unliving) didn't start out as a Grim Reaper ''per se'', he certainly went to some lengths to evoke this idea in ComicBook/BlackestNight; he even had a scythe this time, and was an awful lot more grim than the average grim reaper. ''So'' grim, in fact, that where most reapers settle for one soul at a time, or perhaps a city, or maybe a planet if they're feeling up to it, Nekron intended to kill the actual essence of life itself (ironically, this would mean his target is Death of the Endless) - -- to make life a metaphysical impossibility in his universe. ''Ouch''.



* Brazilian comic ''[[ComicBook/MonicasGang Penadinho]]'' (known in English as ''Bug-a-booo'') has comedic versions of many stock horror characters. One of them is The Grim Reaper himself - or '''her'''self, as it is a female version, Dona Morte (in English, ''Lady [=McDeath=]'') who is clumsy and is always running after her "next clients", since no one wants to die. She also appears in stories of the same author whenever someone mentions death.

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* Brazilian comic ''[[ComicBook/MonicasGang Penadinho]]'' (known in English as ''Bug-a-booo'') has comedic versions of many stock horror characters. One of them is The Grim Reaper himself - -- or '''her'''self, as it is a female version, Dona Morte (in English, ''Lady [=McDeath=]'') who is clumsy and is always running after her "next clients", since no one wants to die. She also appears in stories of the same author whenever someone mentions death.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' comics Death himself hasn't shown up so far, but [[spoiler:Faust [=LaChapelle=]]] dons a costume in his image to go around incognito. Death apparantly looks like a man with a goat skull in the ''Blacksad'' universe, merging some of the imagery with that of traditional Western depictions of {{Satan}}.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' comics Death himself hasn't shown up so far, but [[spoiler:Faust [=LaChapelle=]]] dons a costume in his image to go around incognito. Death apparantly apparently looks like a man with a goat skull in the ''Blacksad'' universe, merging some of the imagery with that of traditional Western depictions of {{Satan}}.
21st Apr '16 7:42:07 PM JM1982
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* One of these shows up for Al in an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. When Al shuts the door on its face, it reappears inside the house as he turns his back. 'It's the first thing they teach in Death school.'

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* One of these shows up for Al in an episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. When Al shuts Unlike most of the door examples on its face, it reappears inside this page, the house as he turns his back. 'It's Reaper is explicitly female. She closely resembles Al's wife Peggy, who is [[AwfulWeddedLife the first thing they teach cause of a lot of Al's misery in Death school.'life]]. She also alludes to there being ''multiple'' Reapers out there, having been one of the six who had to carry Creator/ElvisPresley out of the bathroom after he died.
1st Apr '16 3:27:25 AM CassandraLeo
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"Death" redirects here. If this isn't what you were looking for, try DeathTropes.

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"Death" redirects here. If this isn't what you were looking for, try DeathTropes.
DeathTropes. Or maybe you were looking for the band Music/{{Death}}.
22nd Mar '16 11:53:20 PM M84
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* One ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode featured Dan from Grim Reaper Gutters. He won't leave until he makes a sale. Unfortunately for people who don't want to buy gutters, he has the TouchOfDeath typically associated with the Grim Reaper and isn't afraid to use it.
12th Mar '16 8:24:29 AM Pichu-kun
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* The American [[FolkMusic folk song]] "O Death" has been used in, among other places, ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', and an episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. It has many different lyrics, though the ''Until Dawn'' version goes:
12th Mar '16 8:20:50 AM Pichu-kun
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* The American [[FolkMusic folk song]] "O Death" has been used in, among other places, ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', and an episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''.

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* The American [[FolkMusic folk song]] "O Death" has been used in, among other places, ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', and an episode of ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. It has many different lyrics, though the ''Until Dawn'' version goes:
* The American [[FolkMusic folk song]] "O'Death" has been used in, among other places, ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'', and an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The second verse has various versions, though the ''Until Dawn'' version goes:
-->O' I am Death and none can tell if I open the door to heaven or hell.
-->No wealth, no land, no silver, nor gold, nothing satisfies me but your soul
-->I'm Death, I come to take the soul
-->Leave the body and leave it cold
-->O'Death, O'Death, won't you spare me over til' another year?
* The Reaper appears to have been following Russel Hobbes, from ''Music/{{Gorillaz}}'', around for most of his life. Russel insists he saw the Reaper during the drive-by shooting which killed all his friends, and actually has photographic evidence of Death looming over him. Rumour also has it that Murdoc's pet raven Cortez was "born in the folds of the Grim Reaper's cloak" - he picked it up in Mexico, a place where ravens don't naturally live in the wild, so there may in fact be something weird going on with it.




* The personification of Death is a central character in the German musical ''{{Elisabeth}}''. He's not much of a traditional Grim Reaper type, though, as he's not hooded, scythe-wielding, or skeletal (in fact, he's usually rather handsome, although it depends on who's playing him.) He's referred to as "Der Tod" ("Death", in German); his duets with Elisabeth are seen as long-life flirtations, and the single duet with her son Rudolf can be ''very'' easily seen as HoYay.
** this Death, in fact, "reaps" people with a literal kiss of death. He has a handful of silent accompanying angels to carry away those he reaps for him, though.
** He definitely is meant to be attractive - physically and/or in the charismatic sense, especially to people like Elisabeth who courts death and Rudolf who commits suicide - and, originally, a bit androgynous. Not skeletal and weapon-wielding, but intimidating and creepy in a different way.

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\n* The personification of Death is a central character in the German musical ''{{Elisabeth}}''.''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}''. He's not much of a traditional Grim Reaper type, though, as he's not hooded, scythe-wielding, or skeletal (in fact, he's usually rather handsome, although it depends on who's playing him.) He's referred to as "Der Tod" ("Death", in German); his duets with Elisabeth are seen as long-life flirtations, and the single duet with her son Rudolf can be ''very'' easily seen as HoYay.
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HoYay. This Death, in fact, "reaps" people with a literal kiss of death. He has a handful of silent accompanying angels to carry away those he reaps for him, though.
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though. He definitely is meant to be attractive - physically and/or in the charismatic sense, especially to people like Elisabeth who courts death and Rudolf who commits suicide - and, originally, a bit androgynous. Not skeletal and weapon-wielding, but intimidating and creepy in a different way.



* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'', Death is actually a God and a BonusBoss, He makes the FinalBoss look like a weakling in comparison. (Strangely enough, defeating him increases your alignment with him; also if your alignment with him increases enough; he will assist you in battle by killing any enemy except Undead monsters and certain bosses)
** [[spoiler: Death also takes human form during the Soulgutter quest, teaching you how to seal him away and blesses you to prevent your soul from being taken by Soulgutter.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa'', Death is actually a God and a BonusBoss, He makes the FinalBoss look like a weakling in comparison. (Strangely enough, defeating him increases your alignment with him; also if your alignment with him increases enough; he will assist you in battle by killing any enemy except Undead monsters and certain bosses)
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bosses) [[spoiler: Death also takes human form during the Soulgutter quest, teaching you how to seal him away and blesses you to prevent your soul from being taken by Soulgutter.]]



* In ''VideoGame/TheSims series'', TheGrimReaper appears, as a scythe-wielding floating skeleton in a face-obscuring black robe, when it's time to take away any character who dies. With the appropriate expansion, he also comes for pets (with a rather cute animation). Too many deaths at the same time can result in "Grimmie" (as players tend to call him) getting overworked and needing to relax by watching some TV, or go to the toilet. While he doesn't appear in the base game for 1, the first expansion pack adds him, setting the stage for the rest of the series. In 2, Sims can be saved from death if another Sim successfully pleads with "Grimmie" and wins a game of "Which hand is their soul in?" with him. Incidentally, he also has some sweet wallpaper on his cell phone. He never actually uses his scythe in-game; he instead directs a PillarOfLight to pick up the dead Sim. If your sim is dying of old age and had a good enough life, they'll shake his hand, recive a fruity drink and walk off into the light surrounded by hula girls. A premade sim, Olive Specter, also has memories of erm... Whoohooing, with Grim. Nervous Subject is rumored to to be Grim's son from this. While in 3, Sims carrying a Death Flower will present it to him upon dying and he'll be so moved he leaves to take it home and put it in a vase, allowing your sim to live.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims series'', TheGrimReaper appears, as a scythe-wielding floating skeleton in a face-obscuring black robe, when it's time to take away any character who dies. With the appropriate expansion, he also comes for pets (with a rather cute animation). Too many deaths at the same time can result in "Grimmie" (as players tend to call him) getting overworked and needing to relax by watching some TV, or go to the toilet. While he doesn't appear in the base game for 1, the first expansion pack adds him, setting the stage for the rest of the series. In 2, ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2}}'', Sims can be saved from death if another Sim successfully pleads with "Grimmie" and wins a game of "Which hand is their soul in?" with him. Incidentally, he also has some sweet wallpaper on his cell phone. He never actually uses his scythe in-game; he instead directs a PillarOfLight to pick up the dead Sim. If your sim is dying of old age and had a good enough life, they'll shake his hand, recive a fruity drink and walk off into the light surrounded by hula girls. A premade sim, Olive Specter, also has memories of erm... Whoohooing, with Grim. Nervous Subject is rumored to to be Grim's son from this. While in 3, ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 3}}'', Sims carrying a Death Flower will present it to him upon dying and he'll be so moved he leaves to take it home and put it in a vase, allowing your sim to live.



* Dusknoir from ''{{Pokemon}}'' apparantly resembles the Grim Reaper. Its Pokédex entries even mentions it receiving signals to take spirits to the spirit world.

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* Dusknoir from ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' apparantly resembles the Grim Reaper. Its Pokédex entries even mentions it receiving signals to take spirits to the spirit world.



* The Reaper appears to have been following [[{{Music/Gorillaz}} Russel Hobbes]] around for most of his life. Russel insists he saw the Reaper during the drive-by shooting which killed all his friends, and actually has photographic evidence of Death looming over him. Rumour also has it that Murdoc's pet raven Cortez was "born in the folds of the Grim Reaper's cloak" - he picked it up in Mexico, a place where ravens don't naturally live in the wild, so there may in fact be something weird going on with it.



* In one ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' TreehouseOfHorror, Homer Simpson kills the Grim Reaper, [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt then becomes the Reaper himself]], and enjoys abusing his power--until he's asked to claim Marge. The segment ends with a car chase between Homer and {{God}}, and Homer escapes with a ''DukesOfHazzard'' jump across a railway track, just before the train.

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* *''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In one ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' TreehouseOfHorror, episode of WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror, Homer Simpson kills the Grim Reaper, [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt then becomes the Reaper himself]], and enjoys abusing his power--until he's asked to claim Marge. The segment ends with a car chase between Homer and {{God}}, and Homer escapes with a ''DukesOfHazzard'' jump across a railway track, just before the train.
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