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27th Aug '17 12:55:40 PM eroock
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Compare HappierHomeMovie for videos of lost loved ones that are only meaningful in hindsight.

See also HollywoodLaw, which this trope is invariably an example of, since video wills are not valid and cannot be probated.

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Compare HappierHomeMovie for videos of lost loved ones that are only meaningful in hindsight.

hindsight. See also HollywoodLaw, which this trope is invariably an example of, since video wills are not valid and cannot be probated.probated. Not to be confused with TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat.
27th Aug '17 12:52:51 PM eroock
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->''"Oh! Hello there. I am dead!"''
-->-- '''[[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]]'''

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->''"Oh! Hello there. I am dead!"''
->''"Homer, if you're watching this, either I'm dead, or you've gone through my stuff. \\
If I'm dead, this is my video will; if not, please keep away from my stuff."''
-->-- '''[[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]]'''
'''Mona''''s video will, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
25th Jun '17 4:07:00 PM SilentStranger
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** In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", Homer thought he'd been poisoned from eating Fugu and only had 24 hours to live. He left a recorded message for Maggie.
** In "Half Decent Proposal", Homer thought Marge would leave him for Artie Ziff, so he decided to leave to work in an oil field, which'd probably get him killed soon. He left a goodbye message in a video starting with a statement that, if Marge was watching this, that meant he learned how to use the camera.

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** In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", Homer thought he'd been poisoned from eating Fugu and only had 24 hours to live. He left a recorded message for Maggie.
Maggie, hoping to show her what her father had been like. He ends up doing so by mistake; he gets interrupted by Milhouse calling Bart, scratches his butt on camera and bellows like a walrus for Bart to come to the phone.
** In "Half Decent Proposal", Homer thought Marge would leave him for Artie Ziff, so he decided to leave to work in an oil field, which'd probably get him killed soon. He left a goodbye message in a video starting with a statement that, if Marge was watching this, that meant he learned how to use the camera. He ends up getting into a fight with Bart who's filming and strangles him while tearfully saying goodbye to Marge.



* Memorably used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', where the Joker inherits a wad of money from an old enemy; the twist being that he only sees the ''video'' portion of the will after he's walked right into the enemy's financial trap -- most of the cash was fake, he'd already [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted spent all the real money]], he'd gotten [[IntimidatingRevenueService a tax bill for the full amount]], and he ''can't tell anyone about it'' or [[NeverLiveItDown he'd be admitting to the world that he'd been played]]. "The joke's on you, sucker! I got the last laugh after all!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had a video will prepared by Franklin and Eleanor Sherman, giving Jay their fortune and Margo a music box. The will is bookended by Creator/OrsonWelles, who ends up promoting Mrs. Pell's Fish Sticks ("They're even better when they're ''raw''!").

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* Memorably used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the famous "Joker's Fortune", where the Joker inherits a wad literal ton of money and jewelry from "King" Barlow, an old mob boss enemy; the twist being that he only sees the ''video'' portion of the will after he's walked right into the enemy's financial trap -- most of the cash was fake, he'd already [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted spent all the real money]], he'd gotten [[IntimidatingRevenueService a tax bill for the full amount]], and he ''can't tell anyone about it'' or [[NeverLiveItDown he'd be admitting to the world that he'd been played]]. "The joke's on you, sucker! I got the last laugh after all!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had a video will prepared by Franklin and Eleanor Sherman, giving Jay their fortune and Margo a an antique music box. box (until she turns 18 and is old enough to inherit half their money). The will is bookended narrated by Creator/OrsonWelles, who keeps going off on tangents about horror stories and ends up promoting Mrs. Pell's Fish Sticks ("They're even better when they're ''raw''!").



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' mixes this with a HappierHomeMovie. Steven's deceased mother, Rose Quartz, was well aware she would have to die for him to be born. She made a video with her husband while she was pregnant with Steven, and Steven only finds it years later.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' mixes this with a HappierHomeMovie. Steven's deceased mother, Rose Quartz, was well aware she would have to die for him to be born. She made a video with her husband while she was pregnant with Steven, and Steven only finds it years later.later, hidden inside the PocketDimension inside Lion's mane, alongside many of Rose's other personal effects.
21st May '17 2:31:55 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Steve Jinks]] does this in ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' when he goes under cover, leaving a message for the others in case he gets killed ([[spoiler:he gets better]]).

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* [[spoiler:Steve Jinks]] does this in ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' when he goes under cover, leaving a message for the others in case he gets killed ([[spoiler:he gets better]]).
15th May '17 11:53:32 AM Bahuvrihi
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-->'''Mickey''': How about the flipside?

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-->'''Mickey''': -->'''Micky''': How about the flipside?
27th Apr '17 11:01:06 AM Golondrina
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had a video will prepared by Franklin and Eleanor Sherman, giving Jay their fortune and Margo a music box. The will is bookended by OrsonWelles, who ends up promoting Mrs. Pell's Fish Sticks ("They're even better when they're ''raw''!").

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had a video will prepared by Franklin and Eleanor Sherman, giving Jay their fortune and Margo a music box. The will is bookended by OrsonWelles, Creator/OrsonWelles, who ends up promoting Mrs. Pell's Fish Sticks ("They're even better when they're ''raw''!").
23rd Apr '17 12:40:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara'' - [[SpoonyBard Taliesin]] is led by a baby dragon into a prison where his anger activates a recording with a nested flashback. Slightly subverted in that the one who left the message [[spoiler:has been resurrected]] by the time it is played.

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* ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara'' ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' - [[SpoonyBard Taliesin]] is led by a baby dragon into a prison where his anger activates a recording with a nested flashback. Slightly subverted in that the one who left the message [[spoiler:has been resurrected]] by the time it is played.
3rd Apr '17 5:49:53 PM nombretomado
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* After his death, [[HunterXHunter Netero]] leaves a tape to be broadcast around the world to signify his "resignation" from his seat as the Chairman of Hunter's Association, and that the next Chairman will be elected by vote. Obviously, this is for keeping the world in its CrapsaccharineWorld state, so his death isn't announced.

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* After his death, [[HunterXHunter [[Manga/HunterXHunter Netero]] leaves a tape to be broadcast around the world to signify his "resignation" from his seat as the Chairman of Hunter's Association, and that the next Chairman will be elected by vote. Obviously, this is for keeping the world in its CrapsaccharineWorld state, so his death isn't announced.
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]].
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