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23rd Sep '16 3:51:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* Also used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as the quote demonstrates. It's revealed that Abe Simpson and Mister Burns served together during WorldWarII, and their squad (the Flying Hellfish) acquired a set of priceless German paintings, with the agreement that the last member of the Hellfish to die would get them. It ends when [[spoiler:just as Abe manages to claim the paintings by "discharging" Burns, the State Department shows up, confiscates the painting and presents them to a descendant of their original German owner for diplomatic purposes. The descendent is not too worried about their safety, either.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', "The Double Deuce." When members of Wodehouse's old WorldWarI flying squad start dropping dead ([[spoiler:of perfectly natural causes that were played up as "dubious" by [[IfItBleedsItLeads desperate-for-sales newspapers]]]]), he suspects that it's because of the tontine they set up. Once word leaks out, Cheryl, Pam and Cyril think about starting an ISIS tontine, pointing out that the rest of their coworkers are either field agents that go on dangerous missions or work in parts of the building with NoOSHACompliance..

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* Also used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', as the quote demonstrates. It's revealed that Abe Simpson and Mister Burns served together during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and their squad (the Flying Hellfish) acquired a set of priceless German paintings, with the agreement that the last member of the Hellfish to die would get them. It ends when [[spoiler:just as Abe manages to claim the paintings by "discharging" Burns, the State Department shows up, confiscates the painting and presents them to a descendant of their original German owner for diplomatic purposes. The descendent is not too worried about their safety, either.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', "The Double Deuce." When members of Wodehouse's old WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI flying squad start dropping dead ([[spoiler:of perfectly natural causes that were played up as "dubious" by [[IfItBleedsItLeads desperate-for-sales newspapers]]]]), he suspects that it's because of the tontine they set up. Once word leaks out, Cheryl, Pam and Cyril think about starting an ISIS tontine, pointing out that the rest of their coworkers are either field agents that go on dangerous missions or work in parts of the building with NoOSHACompliance..
19th Sep '16 8:41:59 AM Morgenthaler
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1st Mar '16 8:13:06 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': A Colonel bequeathed his residence and one million dollars to be evenly split among five benefitiaries. Each beneficiary is required to spend one night at the residence [[OnOneCondition to be allowed to receive their share of the estate]]. The shares of those who fail will go to the beneficiaries who don't fail [[spoiler:The lawyers who informed the beneficiaries about the will try to get rid of them to get the money but they get caught and Scooby-Doo, as the only beneficiary who spent a night at the Colonel's home, inherits the whole estate. Unfortunately, the dollars are Confederate money]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': A Colonel bequeathed his residence and one million dollars to be evenly split among five benefitiaries.beneficiaries. Each beneficiary is required to spend one night at the residence [[OnOneCondition to be allowed to receive their share of the estate]]. The shares of those who fail will go to the beneficiaries who don't fail [[spoiler:The lawyers who informed the beneficiaries about the will try to get rid of them to get the money but they get caught and Scooby-Doo, as the only beneficiary who spent a night at the Colonel's home, inherits the whole estate. Unfortunately, the dollars are Confederate money]].
1st Mar '16 8:12:22 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': A Colonel bequeathed his residence and one million dollars to be evenly split among five benefitiaries. Each benefitiary is required to spend one night at the residence [[OnOneCondition to be allowed to receive their share of the estate]]. The shares of those who fail will go to the benefitiaries who don't fail [[spoiler:The lawyers who informed the benefitiaries about the will try to get rid of them to get the money but they get caught and Scooby-Doo, as the only benefitiary who spent a night at the Colonel's home, inherits the whole estate. Unfortunately, the dollars are Confederate money]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': A Colonel bequeathed his residence and one million dollars to be evenly split among five benefitiaries. Each benefitiary beneficiary is required to spend one night at the residence [[OnOneCondition to be allowed to receive their share of the estate]]. The shares of those who fail will go to the benefitiaries beneficiaries who don't fail [[spoiler:The lawyers who informed the benefitiaries beneficiaries about the will try to get rid of them to get the money but they get caught and Scooby-Doo, as the only benefitiary beneficiary who spent a night at the Colonel's home, inherits the whole estate. Unfortunately, the dollars are Confederate money]].
16th Feb '16 7:19:45 PM Winter
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* Similar to the'' Blackhawks'' example above, MarvelComics also has a WWII-era group who put aside a bottle of liquor as a tontine: the Young Allies. ComicBook/BuckyBarnes tracked down the other two survivors, and they have a laugh over it-- thanks to being cryogenically frozen over the years, Bucky is still in his mid-twenties and will obviously outlive them all. Bucky says he'd rather share the bottle with them now instead of drinking it when they're dead, so they each have a glass. Bucky finds himself the sole survivor very shortly afterward, and [[DueToTheDead pours the rest]] [[ToAbsentFriends of the drink]] out over a memorial to his friends.

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* Similar to the'' Blackhawks'' example above, MarvelComics also has a WWII-era group who put aside a bottle of liquor as a tontine: the Young Allies. ComicBook/BuckyBarnes tracked down the other two survivors, and they have a laugh over it-- thanks to being cryogenically frozen over the years, Bucky is still in his mid-twenties and will obviously outlive them all. Bucky says he'd rather share the bottle with them now instead of drinking it when they're dead, so they each have a glass. Bucky finds himself the sole survivor very shortly afterward, and [[DueToTheDead [[LibationForTheDead pours the rest]] [[ToAbsentFriends rest of the drink]] out over a memorial to his friends.
29th Jan '16 2:16:09 PM Nentuaby
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Originally, a Tontine was an investment where multiple participants would buy in for an equal amount. The entity running the Tontine (usually a bank) would invest the money and pay out dividends. When a participant died, his dividends would be paid out to the remaining members. The last surviving member would receive the entire principal. This trope was commonly used in older murder mysteries, but has since fallen out of favor. This is probably because many tontines are now illegal. Mostly due to leading to murder. Lots of murders.

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Originally, a Tontine was an investment where multiple participants would buy in for an equal amount. The entity running the Tontine (usually a bank) would invest the money and pay out dividends. When a participant died, his dividends would be paid out to the remaining members. The last surviving member would receive the entire principal. This trope was commonly used in older murder mysteries, but has since fallen out of favor. This is probably because many tontines most kinds of tontine are now illegal. Mostly due to leading to murder. Lots illegal, for the precise ''reason'' of murders.
being such a good setup for a murder mystery...
7th Nov '15 7:41:10 PM foxley
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* 'Series/MurdochMysteries'': In "Kommando", the murdered soldiers were all members of a tontine, which muddies the waters as to motive.
29th Oct '15 1:52:15 PM Willbyr
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* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', volume 3: suicidal and/or people desperately needing money sign on to a game where they make certain changes to their life insurance, so that it pays into an escrow account after they die. Since insurance won't pay for suicides, the members of the game has to get murdered - by other people playing the game. The players need to find the other members of the game and kill them, or lead other members who are more comfortable with murder to kill the ones whose house they have discovered. The game ends when about two-thirds of the original group dies and the rest gain an equal share of the collective amount gained by the escrow account for a second chance at life.

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* ''TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', volume 3: suicidal and/or people desperately needing money sign on to a game where they make certain changes to their life insurance, so that it pays into an escrow account after they die. Since insurance won't pay for suicides, the members of the game has have to get murdered - by other people playing the game. The players need to find the other members of the game and kill them, or lead other members who are more comfortable with murder to kill the ones whose house they have discovered. The game ends when about two-thirds of the original group dies and the rest gain an equal share of the collective amount gained by the escrow account for a second chance at life.
10th Jul '15 10:51:30 AM Firestorm17
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* There's a short story where a man is told the story of how the cursed object of a tontine has caused the members of the tontine, a group of Spanish-American war veterans, to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever apparently become immortal]]. [[spoiler: The storyteller is a Con Man who has made the whole thing up to trick the listener into buying himself into the tontine.]]

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* There's a In the short story where a man is told "The Magnum" by Jack Ritchie, Amos Weatherlee tells Harry Sloan the story of how the cursed object of a tontine has caused the members of the tontine, a group of Spanish-American war veterans, veterans including Weatherlee, to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever apparently become immortal]]. [[spoiler: The storyteller Weatherlee is a Con Man who has made the whole thing up to trick the listener Sloan into buying himself into the tontine.]]
3rd Jul '15 1:36:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** A RealLife equivalent of this existed with the eighty men who flew on the Doolittle bombing raid, with the bottle of 1896 cognac to go to the last two survivors to toast the other 78. At the final Raiders' reunion in 2013, three of the four remaining survivors decided to open the bottle rather than wait and possibly have no one left alive or no one able to drink. (The fourth man was unable to attend for health reasons.)
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