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12th Feb '17 4:30:15 PM New_Jack_Swing
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* TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} gives us Pharasma, an overall reasonable example of this trope who you [[DontFearTheReaper need not fear]] (she is TrueNeutral). She appears as a stately gray-skinned lady with white hair that doesn't quite obey gravity, despises the undead for being abominations, and runs the CelestialBureaucracy where souls wait to receive her judgement before going on to their designated afterlife. Interestingly, she is not ''just'' the goddess of Death, but also of Fate, Birth, and Prophesy. But since the start of the Age of Lost Omens, which kicked off when a ''god'' somehow managed to die, Prophesy hasn't been very reliable. No one can agree on whether Aroden's death surprised Pharasma as much as everyone else, or if she knew and just kept her mouth shut.

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* TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} gives us Pharasma, an overall reasonable example of this trope who you [[DontFearTheReaper need not fear]] (she is TrueNeutral). She appears as a stately gray-skinned lady with white hair that doesn't quite obey gravity, despises the undead for being abominations, and runs the CelestialBureaucracy where souls wait to receive her judgement before going on to their designated afterlife. Interestingly, she is not ''just'' the goddess of Death, but also of Fate, Birth, [[YouCantFightFate Fate]], [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition Birth]], and Prophesy. But since the start of the Age of Lost Omens, which kicked off when a ''god'' somehow managed to die, Prophesy hasn't been very reliable. No one can agree on whether Aroden's death surprised Pharasma as much as everyone else, or if she knew and just kept her mouth shut.shut.
** On the other hand, Zyphus is the NeutralEvil god of accidental death, graveyards, and tragedy. As the first mortal to die an [[DroppedABridgeOnHim accidental, tragic death]], Zyphus and his followers have a [[RageAgainstTheHeavens cynical view of life, death, and the gods]], believing everything to be governed by cruel chance rather than fate. He even looks the part, scythe and all (although his sacred weapon is a heavy pickaxe, he's usually depicted with a scythe).
** Thirdly, ''Bestiary 5'' introduced grim reaper''s'' as [[TheUndead undead]] that come from seemingly out of nowhere (most suspect the Negative Material Plane) to kill people for no readily apparent reason. These grim reapers and their "lesser death" brothers are [[TheSpook connected with neither Pharasma nor Zyphus nor anyone else, killing solely for their own inscrutable reasons]].
8th Feb '17 6:10:19 PM HamburgerTime
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', the Angel of Death expresses disinterest in the position he was assigned to and gives it over to the man who would become the Saint of Killers. The former actually looks like an angel and used a sword, while the latter retains his cowboy appearance from his mortal times and the sword is reforged into twin revolvers for him. Clearly, neither conform to the stereotype.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', the Angel of Death expresses disinterest in the position he was assigned to and gives it over to the man who would become the Saint of Killers. The former actually looks like an angel and used a sword, while the latter retains his cowboy appearance from his mortal times and the sword is reforged into twin revolvers for him. Clearly, neither conform to the stereotype. The Saint is specifically given jurisdiction over those who die ''violent'' deaths; whether the original Angel of Death still takes those who die natural deaths isn't specified.



** In addition to Death herself, psychopomps show up as well, apparently working for Oblivion. Deathurge was one of these, until he lost a fight with his childhood friend [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Mr Immortal]]; the post is then offered to Doorman.

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** In addition to Death herself, psychopomps show up as well, apparently working for Oblivion.Oblivion, another abstract entity and "brother" to Death. Deathurge was one of these, until he lost a fight with his childhood friend [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Mr Immortal]]; the post is then offered to Doorman.
4th Feb '17 9:40:26 PM SilentStranger
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** Death is portrayed as an okay guy who just kills people with a touch of his hand. He can time travel, see the future, and yet can't find love. Oh, he also lives with his mother.

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** Death is portrayed as an okay guy who just kills people with a touch of his hand. He can time travel, see the future, and yet can't find love. Oh, he also lives with his mother. He did briefly have a fling with a girl, but found her so annoying that he killed her halfway through their date.
** There's also a Dog Death and a Super Death who appear in one-shot gags. Super Death is slightly taller than Death and claims Reapers who die, at which point they get reincarnated as humans.



* Death appears in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' a few times. One sketch where he sends a dying old lady to Heaven, in which Jesus shows up complaining that The Grim Reaper has no place in the Christian religion. So they go to trial with God as the Judge. Another has the Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} characters going through the events of "Final Destination" which at the end Death shows up, in which Veronica pays him to spare her and kill everyone else.

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* Death appears in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' a few times. One sketch where he sends a dying old lady to Heaven, in which Jesus shows up complaining that The Grim Reaper has no place in the Christian religion. So they go to trial with God as the Judge. The Reaper loses after his last reaped soul points out that being harvested by a skeleton in a cloak isnt exactly a comforting way to end ones life, but the Reaper reaps her a ''second'' time as payback. Turns out souls can die a second time, and if they do, they go to '''SUPER''' Heaven (it's a lot like the first heaven but more badass). Another has the Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} characters going through the events of "Final Destination" which at the end Death shows up, in which Veronica pays him to spare her and kill everyone else.



** In one 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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** In one episode of WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror, Homer Simpson kills the Grim Reaper, Reaper to save Bart, [[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.train, at which point God gives up and goes home.
24th Jan '17 1:28:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'', a movie with themes of mortality (the end of a show, the end of an era, the end of a life...) that happens to be RobertAltman's last film (Oh dear...), Death looks like... Virginia Madsen. She is an Angel of Death present at the final taping of the titular show who was once human. (She had heard a joke on the show so funny that she flipped her car, but hearing the joke again post-mortem, she couldn't see what was so funny about it.) Guy Noir convinces her to ferry away a visiting executive who will be destroying the theater PHC called home, and she happily agrees, knowing it [[YouCantFightFate won't change the ultimate outcome]]. She claims her name is "Asphodel", a MeaningfulName with a reference to both the flower Asphodel and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azrael Azrael]], the traditional Angel of Death.

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* In ''Film/APrairieHomeCompanion'', a movie with themes of mortality (the end of a show, the end of an era, the end of a life...) that happens to be RobertAltman's Creator/RobertAltman's last film (Oh dear...), Death looks like... Virginia Madsen. She is an Angel of Death present at the final taping of the titular show who was once human. (She had heard a joke on the show so funny that she flipped her car, but hearing the joke again post-mortem, she couldn't see what was so funny about it.) Guy Noir convinces her to ferry away a visiting executive who will be destroying the theater PHC called home, and she happily agrees, knowing it [[YouCantFightFate won't change the ultimate outcome]]. She claims her name is "Asphodel", a MeaningfulName with a reference to both the flower Asphodel and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azrael Azrael]], the traditional Angel of Death.
21st Jan '17 6:43:08 AM MarqFJA
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* Grave Digger is the Grim Reaper in monster truck form. He'll roll over your grave. And like 20 or 30 cars after that.

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* ''Monster Jam'': [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_Digger_(truck) Grave Digger Digger]] is the Grim Reaper in monster truck form. He'll roll over your grave. And like 20 or 30 cars after that.
21st Jan '17 6:28:59 AM dardefender
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* Mitch Benn did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfYEmAr0aV0 spoof cover]] of "DontFearTheReaper" in March 2016 after a spate of celebrity deaths including George Martin and David Bowie; ''"I've had it up to here with the Reaper, I kind of wish he'd give it a rest... " ''He specifically asks the Reaper to keep away from Tom Baker, David Attenborough, Michael Palin and Bob Dylan.
21st Jan '17 5:15:48 AM MarqFJA
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20th Jan '17 8:30:42 PM TudorRose
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* At the end of the ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' War of the Obelisk plot, Death appeared to challenge the undead army known as the Awakened. Ironically, he was depicted as a cherubic baby [[Characters/NeopetsSpecies Ixi]].

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* At the end of the ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' War of the Obelisk plot, Death appeared to challenge the undead army known as the Awakened. Ironically, he was depicted as a cherubic baby [[Characters/NeopetsSpecies Ixi]]. Strangely enough, according to dialogue from [[UndeadChildren the leaders of the Awakened,]] [[CreepyTwins Lanie and Lillie]], Death is their little brother.
20th Jan '17 8:25:59 PM TudorRose
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* At the end of the ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' War of the Obelisk plot, Death appeared to challenge the undead army known as the Awakened. Ironically, he was depicted as a cherubic baby [[Characters/NeopetsSpecies Ixi]].
4th Jan '17 2:29:47 AM LondonKdS
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* Deathface Ginny from ''ComicBook/PrettyDeadly'' is the daughter of Death.

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* Deathface Ginny from ''ComicBook/PrettyDeadly'' imports the modern Japanese fantasy-style Shinigami into a Western context - there is one capital-D Death, served by a team of "Reapers", most of whom were originally human beings and who each specialise in deaths related to a particular kind of concept, including Vengeance, Cruelty, War, Courage, Grace, and others. Ginny, the Reaper of Vengeance, is particularly supernatural as she is the daughter of Death.the original Death with a human woman.
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