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20th Dec '15 12:24:18 PM CassandraLeo
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* As do Music/{{Genesis}}, on their ''Nursery Cryme'' album. It is Music/PhilCollins' lead vocal debut with Genesis, on the first record he recorded with the band, five years before he became the band's full-time lead singer.
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* As do Music/{{Genesis}}, on their ''Nursery Cryme'' album. It is Music/PhilCollins' lead vocal debut with Genesis, on the first record he recorded with the band, five years before he became the band's full-time lead singer. The Opeth song is actually named after the Genesis song.
2nd Dec '15 9:06:47 PM HeraldAlberich
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--->'''Starbuck:''' To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flat Top, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball... ''[stops, crying]''
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--->'''Starbuck:''' To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flat Top, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball... ''[stops, crying]''crying]''\\

:: Picard then joins him and they share a toast, this time to absent ''ships'': the original ''Enterprise'' for Scotty, and the ''Stargazer'' (his first assignment as a captain) for Picard.
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:: Picard then joins him and they share a toast, this time to absent ''ships'': the ''ships''--the original ''Enterprise'' for Scotty, and the ''Stargazer'' (his first assignment as a captain) for Picard.

* Almost all Roleplayers start the first session after a player dies (not a character, a player) with the phrase 'To absent friends, let the adventure continue.'
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* Almost all Roleplayers start the first session after a player dies (not a character, a player) with the phrase 'To "To absent friends, friends; let the adventure continue.'"
2nd Dec '15 9:02:20 PM HeraldAlberich
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Two or more characters gather to grieve for a dead comrade, without a formalized structure. They reminiscence about the fallen, how much he will be missed -- or has been missed. An actual wake is possible, as the bereaved can talk and drink without a ceremony to go through. Or they may meet somewhere, and talk. (They may not even intend to grieve, but they end up doing so.) A bar is likely, because the wake often involves alcohol -- so often that it generally does not appear only if it is impossible. Expect the dead to be toasted. (DrowningMySorrows may convert into this if the drinker bumps into another friend.) Sometimes the drink is poured on the ground as a LibationForTheDead.
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Two or more characters gather to grieve for a dead comrade, without a formalized structure. They reminiscence about the fallen, how much he will be missed -- or missed--or has been missed. An actual wake is possible, as the bereaved can talk and drink without a ceremony to go through. Or they may meet somewhere, and talk. (They may not even intend to grieve, but they end up doing so.) A bar is likely, because the wake often involves alcohol -- so alcohol--so often that it generally does not appear only if it is impossible. Expect the dead to be toasted. (DrowningMySorrows may convert into this if the drinker bumps into another friend.) Sometimes the drink is poured on the ground as a LibationForTheDead.

May also feature long after the death (or deaths) as characters remember all their dead and [[FamedInStory tell stories of them]]. The toast is often "To absent friends". This can overlap with TellMeAboutMyFather. Suitable for a BittersweetEnding or a DownerEnding, but can happen anywhere in a story -- even as a FramingDevice at the very beginning of a work that StartsWithTheirFuneral. Remembering the sacrifice may inspire characters to fight on, lest it have been a SenselessSacrifice.
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May also feature long after the death (or deaths) as characters remember all their dead and [[FamedInStory tell stories of them]]. The toast is often "To absent friends". friends." This can overlap with TellMeAboutMyFather. Suitable for a BittersweetEnding or a DownerEnding, but can happen anywhere in a story -- even story--even as a FramingDevice at the very beginning of a work that StartsWithTheirFuneral. Remembering the sacrifice may inspire characters to fight on, lest it have been a SenselessSacrifice.

* When [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] dies in the {{Trigun}} manga, he and Vash share a final drink while he goes in what effectively ''is'' his wake. Then, when Livio wakes up from healing the fight damage, Vash has made a vast quantity of spaghetti, and their spaghetti-eating is several symbolic things, including affirmation of life, signal of Vash's willingness to accept Livio, and meal in honor of [[spoiler:Wolfwood]]. It is the saddest spaghetti ever.
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* When [[spoiler:Wolfwood]] dies in the {{Trigun}} Manga/{{Trigun}} manga, he and Vash share a final drink while he goes in what effectively ''is'' his wake. Then, when Livio wakes up from healing the fight damage, Vash has made a vast quantity of spaghetti, and their spaghetti-eating is several symbolic things, including affirmation of life, signal of Vash's willingness to accept Livio, and meal in honor of [[spoiler:Wolfwood]]. It is the saddest spaghetti ever.

* In the ending credits of {{Hellsing}} OVA 5. Sir Irons walks to a grave at night with three cups, and a bottle of alcohol. It isn't quite LibationForTheDead, as he pours the three glasses at the head stone, and reminisces about the past (as a church choir sings), where he Pennington, and Arthur Hellsing were friends, and how they organized the fall of the Vampire oriented Nazi branch. He is alone because [[spoiler: Pennington just died in the episode]]. In the end, the three glasses lie at the head stone, as the candle goes out (the only sound effect in the entire scene), revealing the headstone to be Arthur's.
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* In the ending credits of {{Hellsing}} ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' OVA 5. Sir Irons walks to a grave at night with three cups, and a bottle of alcohol. It isn't quite LibationForTheDead, as he pours the three glasses at the head stone, and reminisces about the past (as a church choir sings), where he Pennington, and Arthur Hellsing were friends, and how they organized the fall of the Vampire oriented Nazi branch. He is alone because [[spoiler: Pennington just died in the episode]]. In the end, the three glasses lie at the head stone, as the candle goes out (the only sound effect in the entire scene), revealing the headstone to be Arthur's.

* The focus of the first half of volume ten (appropriately titled the Wake) of ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. ** Also invoked in "Season of Mists".
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* The focus of the first half of volume ten (appropriately titled the Wake) of ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. ** ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. Also invoked in "Season of Mists".

* This trope is the title to Chapter II in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', showing the funeral of the Comedian and how his attending colleagues remember him. Many of the flashbacks turn out to be important to the plot and the events surrounding his death. It is specifically a quote of the ElvisCostello song listed below. * [[TheFlash The Rogues]] do this after one of their own is killed. They then have a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge "Rogue's Wake"]]
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* This trope is the title to Chapter II in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', showing the funeral of the Comedian and how his attending colleagues remember him. Many of the flashbacks turn out to be important to the plot and the events surrounding his death. It is specifically a quote of the ElvisCostello Music/ElvisCostello song listed below. * [[TheFlash [[ComicBook/TheFlash The Rogues]] do this after one of their own is killed. They then have a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge "Rogue's Wake"]]Wake."]]

* In ChroniclesOfTheCrusade, Sheridan, Garibaldi, Ivanova, Delenn, Vir and Franklin play this trope in the prologue. * In Fanfic/EaglesFall the toast is used word for word by the surviving officers of Frank Company as the official surrender takes effect.
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* In ChroniclesOfTheCrusade, ''Fanfic/ChroniclesOfTheCrusade'', Sheridan, Garibaldi, Ivanova, Delenn, Vir and Franklin play this trope in the prologue. * In Fanfic/EaglesFall ''Fanfic/EaglesFall'', the toast is used word for word by the surviving officers of Frank Company as the official surrender takes effect.

* Théoden's heartfelt "Hail to the victorious dead!" speech in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Return of the King'', as the Rohirrim remember their fallen brethren after the Battle of Helm's Deep. * Subverted in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Frank proposes a toast "to absent friends". Unbeknownst to everyone but Frank (and possibly Riff-Raff and Magenta), they're dining on Eddie, and the rest of the victims are right under the table they're dining on. The line was later used in the booklet included with the 25th Anniversary DVD edition as a tribute to actor Charles Gray (The Criminologist), the only non-surviving cast member at the time of that release.
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* Théoden's heartfelt "Hail to the victorious dead!" speech in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of the King'', as the Rohirrim remember their fallen brethren after the Battle of Helm's Deep. * Subverted in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Frank proposes a toast "to absent friends". friends." Unbeknownst to everyone but Frank (and possibly Riff-Raff and Magenta), they're dining on Eddie, and the rest of the victims are right under the table they're dining on. The line was later used in the booklet included with the 25th Anniversary DVD edition as a tribute to actor Charles Gray (The Criminologist), the only non-surviving cast member at the time of that release.

* The quiet reflection in Tia Dalma's hut in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', wherein the crew of the Black Pearl contemplate the death of Captain Jack Sparrow and the destruction of his ship due to the Kraken. * ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': When the bad guys are celebrating the successful theft, they're toasting to several things and then one says along the lines of 'auf gefallen kameraden', which translates something like 'for fallen comrades'. There is a moment of silence and then they all toast in honor of their lost brethren.
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* The quiet reflection in Tia Dalma's hut in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', wherein the crew of the Black Pearl contemplate the death of Captain Jack Sparrow and the destruction of his ship due to the Kraken. * ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': When the bad guys are celebrating the successful theft, they're toasting to several things and then one says along the lines of 'auf "auf gefallen kameraden', kameraden," which translates something like 'for "for fallen comrades'. comrades." There is a moment of silence and then they all toast in honor of their lost brethren.

* During the V-E Day celebration scene in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', while most of London is celebrating the end of the war, the Howling Commandos are gathered in a pub. One says "To the Captain", and they all solemnly drink to their (presumed) fallen comrade.
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* During the V-E Day celebration scene in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', while most of London is celebrating the end of the war, the Howling Commandos are gathered in a pub. One says says, "To the Captain", Captain," and they all solemnly drink to their (presumed) fallen comrade.

* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Only In Death'' after Gaunt's [[spoiler:apparent]] death, Larkin barges into Rawne's office although Rawne is the commander. They reminesce about their Founding and how few of them are left, whom Gaunt took off Tanith. Larkin proposes toast to "Old Ghosts"; Rawne, to "Staying alive"; and then, in unison, they toast "Ibram Gaunt."
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* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Only In Death'' in Death'', after Gaunt's [[spoiler:apparent]] death, Larkin barges into Rawne's office although office, even though Rawne is the commander. They reminesce about their Founding and how few of them are left, whom Gaunt took off Tanith. Larkin proposes toast to "Old Ghosts"; Rawne, to "Staying alive"; and then, in unison, they toast "Ibram Gaunt."

* Occurs in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/NightWatch'', where the members of the Revolution gather every year on the twenty-fifth of May to remember their comrades who were killed. * In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf novel ''Ragnar's Claw'', after Ragnar is gravely injured and [[spoiler:Lars]] killed, Ragnar is too ill to attend the funeral. When he is well enough to stand, the other young Space Marine gather, and their first words are "To [[spoiler:Lars]]."
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* Occurs in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/NightWatch'', where the members of the Revolution gather every year on the twenty-fifth of May to remember their comrades who were killed. * ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf'' series: ** In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} SpaceWolf novel ''Ragnar's Claw'', after Ragnar is gravely injured and [[spoiler:Lars]] killed, Ragnar is too ill to attend the funeral. When he is well enough to stand, the other young Space Marine gather, and their first words are "To [[spoiler:Lars]]."

* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Storm Of Iron'', [[spoiler:Leonid]] opens [[YouAreInCommandNow his first briefing]] by offering a toast to his predecessor. ** Later, alone in his office, he pours himself a glass and drinks "To [[spoiler:Princeps Daekin]]". Captain Eshara joins him, and they exchange condolences over the deaths in their respective forces.
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* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Storm Of Iron'', [[spoiler:Leonid]] opens [[YouAreInCommandNow his first briefing]] by offering a toast to his predecessor. ** predecessor. Later, alone in his office, he pours himself a glass and drinks "To [[spoiler:Princeps Daekin]]". Daekin]]." Captain Eshara joins him, and they exchange condolences over the deaths in their respective forces.

* Fairly common amongst [[StarWars New Republic]] fighter pilots, especially [[XWingSeries Rogue and Wraith squadrons]]. Notably, whenever the Wraiths do it, ''somebody'' is obliged to [[MoodWhiplash make a smartass remark]]. For example, the end of ''Iron Fist'', after Face has been released from the medical ward: -->'''Runt''': "Face cannot drink yet, but we can drink to him." -->'''Janson''': "And to Ton Phanan and Castin Donn." -->'''Dia''': "And to scars you can peel off whenever you no longer need them." -->'''Face''': "And to-" -->'''Dia''': "And to friends who don't try to fool you all the time." -->'''Face''': "Dia, this is Wraith Squadron. You're ''never'' going to have that." * Creator/JohnRingo and Creator/DavidWeber have this as pretty much the toast whenever characters drink. Often the reason why people drink in the first place. Their joint series, ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' has this in spades. * Creator/DavidWeber manages a particularly vicious subversion of this in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echoes of Honor]]'', when Honor's Mother's pregnancy has been announced and that therefore Honor's sibling will succeed her as Steadholder Harrington. Admiral Yanakov asks to make a toast. One expects this trope to be invoked, and is instead given: [[spoiler:''"Your Grace, My Lords and Ladies, Ladies and Gentlemen all, I give you Steadholder Harrington....''and damnation to the Peeps!''"'']] * In JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Turn Coat'', [[spoiler:Morgan]] is officially denied a MeaningfulFuneral as part of the coverup. They resort to an impromptu wake instead. * [[Literature/GentlemanBastard Locke Lamora]] practices the Camorri tradition of "pouring a glass to air," setting out a drink for a friend who's gone -- whether that means dead, or simply long absent.
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': ** Fairly common amongst [[StarWars New Republic]] Republic fighter pilots, especially [[XWingSeries the Rogue and Wraith squadrons]].squadrons of the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''. Notably, whenever the Wraiths do it, ''somebody'' is obliged to [[MoodWhiplash make a smartass remark]]. For example, the end of ''Iron Fist'', after Face has been released from the medical ward: -->'''Runt''': "Face --->'''Runt:''' Face cannot drink yet, but we can drink to him." -->'''Janson''': "And \\ '''Janson:''' And to Ton Phanan and Castin Donn." -->'''Dia''': "And \\ '''Dia:''' And to scars you can peel off whenever you no longer need them." -->'''Face''': "And to-" -->'''Dia''': "And \\ '''Face:''' And to--\\ '''Dia:''' And to friends who don't try to fool you all the time." -->'''Face''': "Dia, \\ '''Face:''' Dia, this is Wraith Squadron. You're ''never'' going to have that." that. ** In ''Literature/DarkRendezvous'', Yoda loses both of the Jedi Knights traveling with him to an ambush, forcing their Padawans to continue the mission alone with him. As soon as they get a moment of peace, Yoda arranges a meal and a (non-alcoholic) toast in honor of the fallen Knights. * Creator/JohnRingo and Creator/DavidWeber have this as pretty much the toast whenever characters drink. Often the reason why people drink in the first place. Their joint series, ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' ''Literature/PrinceRoger'', has this in spades. * Creator/DavidWeber manages a particularly vicious subversion of this in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echoes of Honor]]'', when Honor's Mother's mother's pregnancy has been announced and that therefore Honor's sibling will succeed her as Steadholder Harrington. Admiral Yanakov asks to make a toast. One expects this trope to be invoked, and is instead given: [[spoiler:''"Your Grace, My Lords and Ladies, Ladies and Gentlemen all, I give you Steadholder Harrington....''and damnation to the Peeps!''"'']] * In JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Turn Coat'', ''Literature/TurnCoat'', [[spoiler:Morgan]] is officially denied a MeaningfulFuneral as part of the coverup. They resort to an impromptu wake instead. * [[Literature/GentlemanBastard Locke Lamora]] practices the Camorri tradition of "pouring a glass to air," setting out a drink for a friend who's gone -- whether gone--whether that means dead, or simply long absent.

* The first book of the Invasion cycle in the MagicTheGathering books ends with this. The united forces of Dominaria have dealt a mighty defeat to the invading Phyrexians, and there's a massive celebration. But three men sit apart: Urza, [[spoiler:who lost longtime friend Barrin]], Gerrard, [[spoiler: who lost his love Hanna]], and Agnate, [[spoiler:who dealt a mercy kill to his 'brother' and comrade Thaddeus]].
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* The first book of the Invasion cycle in the MagicTheGathering ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' books ends with this. The united forces of Dominaria have dealt a mighty defeat to the invading Phyrexians, and there's a massive celebration. But three men sit apart: Urza, [[spoiler:who lost longtime friend Barrin]], Gerrard, [[spoiler: who lost his love Hanna]], and Agnate, [[spoiler:who dealt a mercy kill MercyKill to his 'brother' "brother" and comrade Thaddeus]].

* A toast is drunk to the deceased tenth Earl of Strathcairn in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea]]''. The villagers have great respect for him, and [[spoiler: the digging of his grave unearthed the treasure that allowed to islanders to not only save their community, but also prosper there]]. * In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', the surviving members of the Order of the Phoenix drink a toast to Mad-Eye Moody when they hear that he was killed while moving Harry from Privet Drive to The Burrow.
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* A toast is drunk to the deceased tenth Earl of Strathcairn in ''[[AuntDimity ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea]]''. The villagers have great respect for him, and [[spoiler: the digging of his grave unearthed the treasure that allowed to islanders to not only save their community, but also prosper there]]. * In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', the surviving members of the Order of the Phoenix drink a toast to Mad-Eye Moody when they hear that he was killed while moving Harry from Privet Drive to The Burrow.

* Lieutenant Harsmith, the main charachter of ''Literature/InvasionOfKzarch'', performs this ritual twice, once in memory of his lost platoon seargent, and another one later for all the men he had lost.
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* Lieutenant Harsmith, the main charachter character of ''Literature/InvasionOfKzarch'', performs this ritual twice, once in memory of his lost platoon seargent, and another one later for all the men he had lost.

* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Colonel Potter acts oddly. At the end, he reveals that he and some comrades had found some cognac in an abandoned French chateau during WorldWarI, saved the last bottle, and declared that the last survivor would drink a toast to the rest. Potter is now the last survivor, and draws in the MASH staff to hear his story and share the bottle.
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Colonel Potter acts oddly. At the end, he reveals that he and some comrades had found some cognac in an abandoned French chateau during WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, saved the last bottle, and declared that the last survivor would drink a toast to the rest. Potter is now the last survivor, and draws in the MASH staff to hear his story and share the bottle.

** This trope, like many others, is perfected to an art form. It's played quite frequently in the Viper rec room, especially. Apollo's retirement toast is an awesome example of the trope. (involving five shots of a potent drink--quite possibly [[MilitaryMoonshiner eau de flight deck]]): --> "To Galactica!" (Apollo takes a first shot amidst cheers) --> "To the men and women of Galactica!" (Apollo takes a second shot, amidst more cheers) --> "To the Admiral..." (murmurs of approval) "who commands the men and women of Galactica!" (Apollo takes the third shot, with cheers of approval) --> "To our sweethearts, husbands, and wives!" (Apollo downs the fourth shot, amidst the cheers of the previous toast. He then waits for the room to settle before delivering the final toast) --> ''(quietly)'': "To absent friends." (The room respectfully falls silent)
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** This trope, like many others, is perfected to an art form. It's played quite frequently in the Viper rec room, especially. Apollo's retirement toast is an awesome example of the trope. (involving trope, involving five shots of a potent drink--quite possibly [[MilitaryMoonshiner eau de flight deck]]): --> "To Galactica!" (Apollo takes deck]]. --->'''Apollo:''' To ''Galactica''! ''[takes a first shot amidst cheers) --> "To cheers]''\\ To the men and women of Galactica!" (Apollo takes ''Galactica''! ''[takes a second shot, amidst more cheers) --> "To cheers]''\\ To the Admiral..." (murmurs Admiral... ''[murmurs of approval) "who approval]'' who commands the men and women of Galactica!" (Apollo takes ''Galactica''! ''[takes the third shot, with to cheers of approval) --> "To approval]''\\ To our sweethearts, husbands, and wives!" (Apollo downs wives! ''[downs the fourth shot, amidst the cheers of the previous toast. He then waits for the room to settle before delivering the final toast) --> ''(quietly)'': "To toast]''\\ ''[quietly]'' To absent friends." (The friends. ''[the room respectfully falls silent)silent]''

-->'''Starbuck:''' To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flat Top, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball...(stops, crying) -->'''Apollo:''' To all of 'em. -->'''Admiral Adama:''' So say we all. -->'''Crew:''' So say we all. -->'''Starbuck:''' So say we all. * ''Series/NewsRadio'' had one of these episodes for Phil Hartman's character [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim after Phil's real-life death]]. Despite the attempts of the writers to inject some humor into the scene it fell painfully flat as the cast was barely holding it together.
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-->'''Starbuck:''' --->'''Starbuck:''' To BB, Jo-Jo, Reilly, Beano, Dipper, Flat Top, Chuckles, Jolly, Crashdown, Sheppard, Dash, Flyboy, Stepchild, Puppet, Fireball...(stops, crying) -->'''Apollo:''' Fireball... ''[stops, crying]'' '''Apollo:''' To all of 'em. -->'''Admiral 'em.\\ '''Admiral Adama:''' So say we all. -->'''Crew:''' all.\\ '''Crew:''' So say we all.\\ '''Starbuck:''' So say we all. -->'''Starbuck:''' So say we all. * ''Series/NewsRadio'' had one of these episodes for Phil Hartman's character [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim after Phil's real-life death]]. Despite the attempts of the writers to inject some humor into the scene scene, it fell painfully flat flat, as the cast was barely holding it together.

* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has an episode in which they find Scotty preserved in a transporter beam for over seventy years. As the events of the episode wear down on Scotty, he takes a private moment alone in a holodeck simulation of the original Enterprise where he toasts to his now-gone comrades. --> "Here's to ye, lads." ** Picard then joins him and they share a toast, this time to absent ''ships'': the original ''Enterprise'' for Scotty and the ''Stargazer'' (first assignment as a captain) for Picard.
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has an episode in which they find Scotty preserved in a transporter beam for over seventy years. As the events of the episode wear down on Scotty, he takes a private moment alone in a holodeck simulation of the original Enterprise ''Enterprise'', where he toasts to his now-gone comrades. --> "Here's -->'''Scotty:''' Here's to ye, lads." ** lads. :: Picard then joins him and they share a toast, this time to absent ''ships'': the original ''Enterprise'' for Scotty Scotty, and the ''Stargazer'' (first (his first assignment as a captain) for Picard.

** In the episode 'The Sound of Her Voice', the crew of the Defiant holds a wake for [[spoiler:Lisa Cusak]] which ends with Miles O'Brien making a speech. Made even more moving by the fact that this is [[spoiler:the very end of the episode before Jadzia's death, arguably the first true main cast kill outside of the films.]] --> "The war changed us... pulled us apart... I want my friends in my life, because someday we're going to wake up and we're going to find that someone is missing from this circle. On that day, we're going to mourn, and we shouldn't have to mourn alone."
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** In the episode 'The "The Sound of Her Voice', Voice", the crew of the Defiant ''Defiant'' holds a wake for [[spoiler:Lisa Cusak]] Cusak]], which ends with Miles O'Brien making a speech. Made even more moving by the fact that this is [[spoiler:the very end of the episode before Jadzia's death, arguably the first true main cast kill outside of the films.]] --> "The --->'''O'Brien:''' The war changed us... pulled us apart... I want my friends in my life, because someday we're going to wake up and we're going to find that someone is missing from this circle. On that day, we're going to mourn, and we shouldn't have to mourn alone."

** "Strange Bedfellows" features a sarcastic one after Weyoun 7 is killed: Damar (who always hated him) toasts him when Weyoun 8 shows up while making jokes about his death.
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** "Strange Bedfellows" features a sarcastic one after Weyoun 7 is killed: Damar (who always hated him) toasts him when Weyoun 8 shows up up, while making jokes about his death.

* CountryMusic has many tributes to American veterans; "The Eighth of November" describes the life of a SoleSurvivor from a horrific battle in the VietnamWar. The last verse deals with [[ShellShockedVeteran themes of PTSD]] and describes the character's yearly ritual:
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* CountryMusic has many tributes to American veterans; "The Eighth of November" describes the life of a SoleSurvivor from a horrific battle in the VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. The last verse deals with [[ShellShockedVeteran themes of PTSD]] and describes the character's yearly ritual:

* Music/ElvisCostello alludes to this trope in his song "The Comedians" (RoyOrbison's version [[CoveredUp might be better known]] for some):
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* Music/ElvisCostello alludes to this trope in his song "The Comedians" (RoyOrbison's (Music/RoyOrbison's version [[CoveredUp might be better known]] for some):

** As do Music/{{Genesis}}, on their ''Nursery Cryme'' album. It is PhilCollins' lead vocal debut with Genesis, on the first record he recorded with the band, five years before he became the band's full-time lead singer. * "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6kAjM4fGTE Kak zdorovo]]" ("How great it is"; often referred to by its entire refrain - "How great it is that we have all gathered here today") by Oleg Mityaev is probably the most popular campfire song in the former USSR. Its third verse is a dedication to the memory of absent friends, perhaps deliberately invoking the third toast tradition mentioned in the Real Life section below. * Music/{{Turisas}} - "One More" * Music/{{Lunasa}} has a song called Absent Friends, and it invokes the feeling of this trope rather well. It begins slow and mournful, as a gathering of friends remembering their fallen would be. Midway through, however, the tempo picks up notably, perhaps as a way of saying "Our absent friends wouldn't want us to mourn forever, so lets knock one back, for them!"
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** * As do Music/{{Genesis}}, on their ''Nursery Cryme'' album. It is PhilCollins' Music/PhilCollins' lead vocal debut with Genesis, on the first record he recorded with the band, five years before he became the band's full-time lead singer. * "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6kAjM4fGTE Kak zdorovo]]" ("How great it is"; often referred to by its entire refrain - "How refrain--"How great it is that we have all gathered here today") by Oleg Mityaev is probably the most popular campfire song in the former USSR. Its third verse is a dedication to the memory of absent friends, perhaps deliberately invoking the third toast tradition mentioned in the Real Life section below. * Music/{{Turisas}} - "One More" * Music/{{Lunasa}} has a song called Absent Friends, "Absent Friends," and it invokes the feeling of this trope rather well. It begins slow slowly and mournful, mournfully, as a gathering of friends remembering their fallen would be. Midway through, however, the tempo picks up notably, perhaps as a way of saying "Our absent friends wouldn't want us to mourn forever, so lets knock one back, for them!"

* NewZealand alt-rock band The Chills mentions a "vanished friend" in "''I Love My Leather Jacket''". * "Sitting Up With The Dead" by Music/RayStevens is about a wake gone humorously awry.
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* NewZealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand alt-rock band The Chills mentions a "vanished friend" in "''I "I Love My Leather Jacket''". Jacket." * "Sitting Up With The with the Dead" by Music/RayStevens is about a wake gone humorously awry.

* In Shakespeare's Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, this trope is subverted as in TheRockyHorrorPictureShow. Macbeth proposes a toast to everyone's "general joy" and "to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss; Would he were here!" Unbeknownst to the guests, Banquo has been murdered and his ghost has returned to haunt Macbeth.
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* In Shakespeare's Theatre/{{Macbeth}}, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', this trope is subverted as in TheRockyHorrorPictureShow.''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Macbeth proposes a toast to everyone's "general joy" and "to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss; Would he were here!" Unbeknownst to the guests, Banquo has been murdered and his ghost has returned to haunt Macbeth.

* At the end of ''[[JakAndDaxter Jak II]]'', Samos toasts to the members of the Underground who died in order to help save the city.
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* At the end of ''[[JakAndDaxter ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jak II]]'', Samos toasts to the members of the Underground who died in order to help save the city.

* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Varric and the Inquisitor will do this after the end of the Grey Warden arc, though it's played the most straight if [[spoiler:Hawke was the one killed, with a devastated Varric recounting an amusing story reflecting that Hawke's personality]] - [[HeartbrokenBadass all while trying to hold himself together]].
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Varric and the Inquisitor will do this after the end of the Grey Warden arc, though it's played the most straight if [[spoiler:Hawke was the one killed, with a devastated Varric recounting an amusing story reflecting that Hawke's personality]] - [[HeartbrokenBadass personality]]--[[HeartbrokenBadass all while trying to hold himself together]].

** In ''3,'' several characters do this as the body count climbs.
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** In ''3,'' ''VideoGame/MassEffect3,'' several characters do this as the body count climbs.

* The ending cinematic for Legend of Dragoon shows Dart placing a mug next to a picture of Lavitz. * Some [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' will occasionally be heard toasting fallen comrades ** "Let's drink to him once more, he was a good stalker." * Used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. The music track playing in the following scene after the final battle, regardless of any deaths or who survived, is called "Dear Friends" - "To My Dearest Friend" is a fan translation of the song, and what helps it fit. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end, though, as the dead princesses and Bartz all come back to life. Galuf remains dead, though.]]
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* The ending cinematic for Legend of Dragoon ''VideoGame/LegendOfDragoon'' shows Dart placing a mug next to a picture of Lavitz. * Some [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' will occasionally be heard toasting fallen comrades ** "Let's comrades. -->'''NPC:''' Let's drink to him once more, he was a a good stalker." stalker. * Used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. The music track playing in the following scene after the final battle, regardless of any deaths or who survived, is called "Dear Friends" - Friends." "To My Dearest Friend" is a fan translation of the song, and what helps it fit. [[spoiler: Subverted at the end, though, as the dead princesses and Bartz all come back to life. Galuf remains dead, though.]]

* Seen on the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series, "Hereafter", when [[spoiler:Superman apparently]] died. After the MeaningfulFuneral, the League gathers on the Watchtower, laughing and drinking, uh, [[FrothyMugsOfWater orange juice]], while wearing black armbands and sharing stories. [[RandomEventsPlot Then Lobo shows up.]] * ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Leela, we may not have much time left so let's spend all of it reminiscing about Bender. He was like a big computer that ran on magic." * Snap and Crackle on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' toast Pop who fell in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Keebler Elves attack.]] * Used twice in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' in the wake of [[spoiler: Artemis's]] "death". Many of the male members of the Team find themselves iat a tribute for fallen heroes, including the first Blue Beetle, Aquagirl and Robin II. Meanwhile, the female members go to a bridal shower which becomes bitter-sweet due to the empty seat. They even toast "To absent friends!"
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* Seen on the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' animated series, "Hereafter", when [[spoiler:Superman apparently]] died.dies. After the MeaningfulFuneral, the League gathers on the Watchtower, laughing and drinking, uh, [[FrothyMugsOfWater orange juice]], while wearing black armbands and sharing stories. [[RandomEventsPlot Then Lobo shows up.]] * ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "Leela, we may not have much time left left, so let's spend all of it reminiscing about Bender. He was like a big computer that ran on magic." * Snap and Crackle on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' toast Pop Pop, who fell in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Keebler Elves attack.]] * Used twice in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' in the wake of [[spoiler: Artemis's]] "death". "death." Many of the male members of the Team find themselves iat at a tribute for fallen heroes, including the first Blue Beetle, Aquagirl Aquagirl, and Robin II. the second Robin. Meanwhile, the female members go to a bridal shower shower, which becomes bitter-sweet due to the empty seat. They even toast "To absent friends!"

* "ToAbsentFriends" [[http://www.history.navy.mil/library/special/mess_night.htm is a real toast offered at military banquets.]] In particular, it is the traditional toast for Sunday night in Commonwealth navies. At some banquets, it is illustrated literally by [[http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforce/a/powmiatable.htm having an empty table set aside and specially decorated in memory of POW/MIA's.]] ** At least one Golden Corral restaurant keeps one small table always decorated thusly, with an explanation posted of each symbolic part of the table. It's touching and refreshing, oddly, all at once, to see such a memorial setting put out in the eye of the general public. * In Russia, the obligatory third toast, as long as the company drinking contains at least a substantial minority of Army/Navy/Airforce men, both active and retired. ** The naval version has this as the second toast; the third one is for those who are at sea, so the toasters don't know whether they are alive or dead.
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* "ToAbsentFriends" "To Absent Friends" [[http://www.history.navy.mil/library/special/mess_night.htm is a real toast offered at military banquets.]] In particular, it is the traditional toast for Sunday night in Commonwealth navies. At some banquets, it is illustrated literally by [[http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforce/a/powmiatable.htm having an empty table set aside and specially decorated in memory of POW/MIA's.]] ** * At least one Golden Corral restaurant keeps one small table always decorated thusly, in the military tradition, with an explanation posted of each symbolic part of the table. It's touching and refreshing, oddly, all at once, to see such a memorial setting put out in the eye of the general public. * In Russia, the obligatory third toast, as long as the company drinking contains at least a substantial minority of Army/Navy/Airforce Army or Air Force men, both active and retired. ** retired. The naval version has this as the second toast; the third one is for those who are at sea, so the toasters don't know whether they are alive or dead.

* There is a set of eighty silver goblets that have been reserved for this purpose. Upon each of them is engraved the name of one of the men who flew on the Doolittle Bombing Raid of 1942. With it is a bottle of 1896 (The year of James Doolittle's birth) brandy. This bottle is intended to be opened by the last two survivors of that mission to toast those that have gone before them. With only four men left, all of whom are in their mid nineties and in failing health, it has been decided among them that 2013 will be the year they open the bottle.
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* There is a set of eighty silver goblets that have been reserved for this purpose. Upon each of them is engraved the name of one of the men who flew on the Doolittle Bombing Raid of 1942. With it is a bottle of 1896 (The year of James Doolittle's birth) brandy. This bottle is was intended to be opened by the last two survivors of that mission to toast those that have gone before them. With only four men left, all of whom are in their mid nineties mid-nineties and in failing health, it has been they decided among them that 2013 will be the year they to open the bottle.bottle together in 2013.
2nd Dec '15 5:49:58 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler:The book that Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch create at the end of ''Mockingjay''.]] Also the "We Remember" propo series.
27th Nov '15 10:03:53 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ScottPilgrim. Wallace toasts the trope name not because anyone is dead but because Scott's friends stood him up.
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* Played with in ScottPilgrim.''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. Wallace toasts the trope name not because anyone is dead but because Scott's friends stood him up.
11th Nov '15 4:39:44 PM nombretomado
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* The [[TheRiftwarCycle novelisation]] of ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' ends with this [[spoiler:in honour of Gorath, complete with a toast.]]
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* The [[TheRiftwarCycle [[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle novelisation]] of ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' ends with this [[spoiler:in honour of Gorath, complete with a toast.]]
11th Nov '15 7:49:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the ''MaidenRose'' ''Wheel of Fortune'' doujinshi Taki and Klaus go out into town to "mourn like soldiers" after the death of four of their comrades, although the focus is concentrated on Taki's personal reaction to the deaths rather than the fallen themselves.
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* In the ''MaidenRose'' ''Manga/MaidenRose'' ''Wheel of Fortune'' doujinshi Taki and Klaus go out into town to "mourn like soldiers" after the death of four of their comrades, although the focus is concentrated on Taki's personal reaction to the deaths rather than the fallen themselves.
7th Nov '15 12:05:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* The meal scene in JourneysEnd after [[spoiler:Osbourne dies]]. Possibly a subversion in that they're trying to forget about it rather than remember him.
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* The meal scene in JourneysEnd ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'' after [[spoiler:Osbourne dies]]. Possibly a subversion in that they're trying to forget about it rather than remember him.
5th Nov '15 9:14:41 AM nombretomado
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* In ''TheMightyThor'', after Skurge the Executioner [[MoreHeroThanThou settles whether he or Thor]] will say YouShallNotPass (by knocking out Thor), Skurge asks them to remember him at Asgard. Later, when Thor and Skurge meet in Hel, Skurge asks, and Thor is grieved to have to tell him that crises have kept them too busy to do so.
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* In ''TheMightyThor'', ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', after Skurge the Executioner [[MoreHeroThanThou settles whether he or Thor]] will say YouShallNotPass (by knocking out Thor), Skurge asks them to remember him at Asgard. Later, when Thor and Skurge meet in Hel, Skurge asks, and Thor is grieved to have to tell him that crises have kept them too busy to do so.
23rd Oct '15 12:08:29 PM ProfEtheric
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[[folder:Webcomics]] * In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', Johnny recounts the deaths of his comrades (a gang called the Unwanted) as everyone is waiting for Doc's devices to warm up. [[/folder]]
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