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3rd Jan '17 1:16:59 PM Chabal2
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* Nonfatal version in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': For all his scheming, Artemis can't figure out a way past the fairy's mesmer and mindwipe tech. He submits willingly to being hypnotized, telling the fairies that he's hidden a copy of everything that's happened so as to jump-start his memory when he reads it (which the fairies find and destroy). [[spoiler:He was wearing reflective lenses during the interrogation, so he didn't tell them he'd also left a datadisk with instructions with Mulch Diggums (disguised as a medal) for when Mulch inevitably breaks out of prison. Mulch then gives Butler (in order to convince Butler of being the real deal, the recorded Artemis tells Butler his TrueName) and Artemis their videos to bring back their memories.]]
1st Jan '17 9:10:31 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* The first Season 4 episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', "[[Recap/SherlockS04E01TheSixThatchers The Six Thatchers]]", has Sherlock find one from [[spoiler:Mary Watson, where she tells him to take care of John, since if he's 'watching the tape' she's very likely dead and John will be very broken up over it]].
19th Nov '16 1:59:48 AM bwburke94
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* Turned up in -- of course -- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when The Mayor's will was played in the 4th season. It managed to be both [[TearJerker sad]] [[MoodWhiplash and]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]].

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* Turned up in -- of course -- ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when The Mayor's Mayor Wilkins' will was played in the 4th season. It managed to be both [[TearJerker sad]] [[MoodWhiplash and]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]].season.



* [[spoiler:The character Toshiko]] did one in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. This example features a notable subversion of normal Video Will tropes, as she includes a goodbye message for [[spoiler: Owen,]] not knowing that he would die [[spoiler:(again)]] just minutes before she did.

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* [[spoiler:The character Toshiko]] [[spoiler:Toshiko Sato]] did one in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. This example features a notable subversion of normal Video Will tropes, as she includes a goodbye message for [[spoiler: Owen,]] Owen]], not knowing that he [[spoiler:he would also die [[spoiler:(again)]] just (again) within minutes before she did.of her.]]



** Kirk leaves a set of "last orders" for Spock and Bones in the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|the original Series}}''.

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** Kirk leaves a set of "last orders" for Spock and Bones in the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|the original Trek|The Original Series}}''.



* Subverted in an episode of ''LawAndOrder'' which featured a man killed by a hit-man. His wife and her lover are implicated in putting out a contract on him. The investigation ends when the victim's lawyer reveals a tape not containing his will, but a confession that he hired the hit-man to facilitate his suicide, and he hoped the appearance of murder would be a hassle for his unfaithful wife. The tape was revealed to exonerate the victim's best friend, who was the next suspect after the wife/lover angle was exhausted by police.

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* Subverted in an episode of ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' which featured a man killed by a hit-man. His wife and her lover are implicated in putting out a contract on him. The investigation ends when the victim's lawyer reveals a tape not containing his will, but a confession that he hired the hit-man to facilitate his suicide, and he hoped the appearance of murder would be a hassle for his unfaithful wife. The tape was revealed to exonerate the victim's best friend, who was the next suspect after the wife/lover angle was exhausted by police.



* On ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the "late" (actually [[RetGone erased from time]]) [[spoiler:Harrison Wells]] leaves one of these behind, as a final taunt and also [[spoiler:to confess his murder of Nora Allen.]]

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* On ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the "late" (actually [[RetGone erased from time]]) [[spoiler:Harrison Wells]] Wells aka Eobard Thawne]] leaves one of these behind, as a final taunt and also [[spoiler:to confess his murder of Nora Allen.]]



* ''ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': Colonel Beauregard [[JustForPun recorded his will into a record]].

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* ''ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': Colonel Beauregard [[JustForPun recorded his will into a record]].
24th Sep '16 11:10:56 PM KidDynamite
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* On an episode of ''Series/TheJeffersons'', George shows everyone a copy of the video will he made. He does joke around a little ("Close your eyes. What do you see? Nothing? That's what I'm leaving you."), but was pretty generous to all he mentioned in it.
22nd Jul '16 2:48:57 PM margdean56
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* Also a fantasy variant, from Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Wolf In The Fold'': Duncan MacNeil leaves a prepared illusion as his will, complete with instructions on precisely how his relatives are to be seated in the room where it'll be activated. That way, when his 3D image appears, it can address his son, daughter, sister and others "face to face".

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* Also a fantasy variant, from Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Wolf In The Fold'': Duncan MacNeil [=MacNeil=] leaves a prepared illusion as his will, complete with instructions on precisely how his relatives are to be seated in the room where it'll be activated. That way, when his 3D image appears, it can address his son, daughter, sister and others "face to face".



** Ton Phanan's actual will wasn't video, but it did come with a video where he told his best friend, and the sole beneficent of his will, [[ItIsAllMyFault not to blame himself]].

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** Ton Phanan's actual will wasn't video, but it did come with a video where he told his best friend, and the sole beneficent beneficiary of his will, [[ItIsAllMyFault [[ItsAllMyFault not to blame himself]].



* Azimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series: Hari Seldon sort of did these with the messages he left for the First Foundation in the Seldon Vault in Terminus City. However, these are not wills ''per se'', but rather his hints at what, given his science of psychohistory, is about to happen.

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* Azimov's Asimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series: Hari Seldon sort of did these with the messages he left for the First Foundation in the Seldon Vault in Terminus City. However, these are not wills ''per se'', but rather his hints at what, given his science of psychohistory, is about to happen.



* ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' and it's sequel ''Freedom™'' by Daniel Suarez has it as a central plot point [[spoiler:as Matthew Sobol, creator of the titular Daemon, dies just before the first novel begins, but leaves a series of recordings, playback of which is triggered by various events like news reports or a person arriving to some pre-set GPS coordinates]].

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* ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' and it's its sequel ''Freedom™'' by Daniel Suarez has it as a central plot point [[spoiler:as Matthew Sobol, creator of the titular Daemon, dies just before the first novel begins, but leaves a series of recordings, playback of which is triggered by various events like news reports or a person arriving to some pre-set GPS coordinates]].
22nd Jul '16 2:43:56 PM margdean56
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* In an arc from early 2011 on ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', [[spoiler: after the Human Torch sacrificed his life to save his teammates from Annihilus, the team found a holographic recording he made in the event of his death. Among other things, he recommended that the FF should recruit SpiderMan as his replacement(which they did when they renamed the team The Future Foundation).]]

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* In an arc from early 2011 on ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', [[spoiler: after the Human Torch sacrificed his life to save his teammates from Annihilus, the team found a holographic recording he made in the event of his death. Among other things, he recommended that the FF should recruit SpiderMan as his replacement(which replacement (which they did when they renamed the team The Future Foundation).]]



* In the DCU, Bart Allen aka Kid Flash (aka Impulse aka The Flash at the time of his death, though he recorded the will as Kid Flash) gave his old friend Robin a video will to play at his funeral, seen in Countdown. The Tearjerker came on extra-strong when he repeated address his other old friend Superboy, who had already passed. (At the time, anyway. This is superhero comics after all)

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* In the DCU, Bart Allen aka Kid Flash (aka Impulse aka The Flash at the time of his death, though he recorded the will as Kid Flash) gave his old friend Robin a video will to play at his funeral, seen in Countdown. The Tearjerker came on extra-strong when he repeated repeatedly address his other old friend Superboy, who had already passed. (At the time, anyway. This is superhero comics after all)all.)



* Soon after Harry Osborn's death in SpiderMan's comic (having died as a result of overdosing on the Green Goblin formula), he left a video will, which at first seemed normal, leaving most of his wealth and worldly possessions to his wife and a special fund for Flash Thompson's charity. Then, however, he mentioned Peter, at which point he put his Goblin mask on, and bequeathed him a box that he claimed contained something "special" which would "open at the right time". (Of course, Peter wasn't going along with that. He took the box to a safe place, and forced it open, only to find that it only had a paper with the word "GOTCHA!" written on it. At first he thought this was a cruel joke meant to make him think Harry was alive, and if so, it worked for an hour or two, but it may have been a subtle hint [[spoiler:the plan Harry had been behind to use bring back Peter's parents in the form of android duplicates, which would be revealed ''much'' later.]])

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* Soon after Harry Osborn's death in SpiderMan's comic (having died as a result of overdosing on the Green Goblin formula), he left a video will, which at first seemed normal, leaving most of his wealth and worldly possessions to his wife and a special fund for Flash Thompson's charity. Then, however, he mentioned Peter, at which point he put his Goblin mask on, and bequeathed him a box that he claimed contained something "special" which would "open at the right time". (Of course, Peter wasn't going along with that. He took the box to a safe place, and forced it open, only to find that it only had a paper with the word "GOTCHA!" written on it. At first he thought this was a cruel joke meant to make him think Harry was alive, and if so, it worked for an hour or two, but it may have been a subtle hint of [[spoiler:the plan Harry had been behind to use bring back Peter's parents in the form of android duplicates, which would be revealed ''much'' later.]])
7th Jun '16 2:35:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Azimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series: Hari Seldon sort of did these with the messages he left for the First {{Foundation}} in the Seldon Vault in Terminus City. However, these are not wills ''per se'', but rather his hints at what, given his science of psychohistory, is about to happen.

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* Azimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series: Hari Seldon sort of did these with the messages he left for the First {{Foundation}} Foundation in the Seldon Vault in Terminus City. However, these are not wills ''per se'', but rather his hints at what, given his science of psychohistory, is about to happen.
20th May '16 1:58:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''QueerAsFolk'': Emmet's rich older boyfriend leaves him one.

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* ''QueerAsFolk'': ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Emmet's rich older boyfriend leaves him one.
18th May '16 2:59:37 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''NewsRadio'' had one made by Jimmy James, but he wasn't quite dead, and it veered off to him talking about the Harlem Globetrotters.

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* ''NewsRadio'' ''Series/NewsRadio'' had one made by Jimmy James, but he wasn't quite dead, and it veered off to him talking about the Harlem Globetrotters.
14th May '16 9:38:45 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of MadAboutYou involved Jamie's ex dying from a bee-sting allergy and leaving a video will in which he confessed that he was still in love with her. Jamie is flattered if unnerved and Paul finds himself frustrated by a romantic gesture from an ex that he can't hope to top until/unless he's on his deathbed. TheStinger shows the ex as he was finishing recording the will, [[IncrediblyLamePun as a bee starts buzzing]] around his head and [[ForegoneConclusion he tries to swat at it…]]

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* An episode of MadAboutYou ''Series/MadAboutYou'' involved Jamie's ex dying from a bee-sting allergy and leaving a video will in which he confessed that he was still in love with her. Jamie is flattered if unnerved and Paul finds himself frustrated by a romantic gesture from an ex that he can't hope to top until/unless he's on his deathbed. TheStinger shows the ex as he was finishing recording the will, [[IncrediblyLamePun as a bee starts buzzing]] around his head and [[ForegoneConclusion he tries to swat at it…]]
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