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21st Jun '16 10:43:54 PM MrKingXemnas
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* In ''VideoGame/Payday2'', the climax of the Rats mission has the crew wiping out members of a drug cartel in a bus on a bridge. The crew can then potentially make the bus go up in flames while trying to recover the cartel's cash due to the C4 rigged around the bus. On the mission results screen, the crew's handler Bain may sometimes joke that the crew "gave them a true Viking funeral. Except they're not Vikings. Sad."
13th Jun '16 9:35:31 AM WillKeaton
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* In the ''Witcher3,'' once Geralt arrives in Skelliga he witnesses King Bran's funeral. For extra points, one of Bran's lovers throws herself onto the burning boat as it is sent off to sea.

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* In the ''Witcher3,'' ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt,'' once Geralt arrives in Skelliga he witnesses King Bran's funeral. For extra points, one of Bran's lovers throws herself onto the burning boat as it is sent off to sea.
13th Jun '16 9:34:26 AM WillKeaton
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* In the ''Witcher3,'' once Geralt arrives in Skelliga he witnesses King Bran's funeral. For extra points, one of Bran's lovers throws herself onto the burning boat as it is sent off to sea.
13th Jun '16 9:29:14 AM WillKeaton
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* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse short story collection ''Short Trips: Time Signature'', several of the stories involve the Sixth Doctor trying to show his companion, William, some Vikings. He never succeeds, but after William's death, the Eighth Doctor takes his ashes to Vinland, and arranges for him to have a Viking funeral.

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* In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse ''DoctorWho'' [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] short story collection ''Short Trips: Time Signature'', several of the stories involve the Sixth Doctor trying to show his companion, William, some Vikings. He never succeeds, but after William's death, the Eighth Doctor takes his ashes to Vinland, and arranges for him to have a Viking funeral.
21st May '16 2:25:39 PM erraticegomania
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Gordon's corpse is burned after his heart failure, for practical as well as symbolic reasons since it contains valuable secrets.
3rd May '16 7:13:37 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Impossible Astronaut", [[spoiler:the Doctor]] gets one of these. "Last of the Time Lords" featured [[spoiler:The Master]] getting one as well. The in-universe reason is that a Time Lord's body, to any other species, is considered a miracle of nature, and sufficiently-advanced societies could potentially reverse-engineer some kind of bio-WMD from even a single cell.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Impossible Astronaut", [[spoiler:the Doctor]] gets one of these. "Last of the Time Lords" featured [[spoiler:The Master]] [[spoiler:TheMaster]] getting one as well. The in-universe reason is that a Time Lord's body, to any other species, is considered a miracle of nature, and sufficiently-advanced societies could potentially reverse-engineer some kind of bio-WMD from even a single cell.
3rd May '16 7:12:53 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Played straight, it can be a TearJerker. When PlayedForLaughs, the character charged with shooting the flaming arrow will continually miss or fumble his bow.[[labelnote:*]] When played historically accurately, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a slave will be killed]] (and probably [[GetTheeToANunnery gotten known]] by her late master's companions) [[HumanSacrifice as part of the ceremony.]] [[/labelnote]]

In some cases, the fire-arrow step isn't performed. This can be due to a lack of flammable sails and fire arrows, a need for haste, or simply different funerary practices.

A third variant exists in which the boat is not [[BurialAtSea set out to sea]], but instead used to lay the corpse in for a [[BurnBabyBurn funeral pyre]].

Note that some funerals may also add a living slave to the pyre as a HumanSacrifice.

And finally, Viking funerals need not be literal. Many examples feature metaphorical stand-ins for any of the aspects of the ritual.

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Played straight, it can be a TearJerker. When PlayedForLaughs, the character charged with shooting the flaming arrow will continually miss or fumble his bow.[[labelnote:*]] When played historically accurately, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a slave will be killed]] (and probably [[GetTheeToANunnery gotten known]] by her late master's companions) [[HumanSacrifice as part of the ceremony.]] [[/labelnote]]

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In some cases, the fire-arrow step isn't performed. This can be due to a lack of flammable sails and fire arrows, a need for haste, or simply different funerary practices.

practices. A third variant exists in which the boat is not [[BurialAtSea set out to sea]], but instead used to lay the corpse in for a [[BurnBabyBurn funeral pyre]].

Note that some funerals may also add a living slave to the pyre as a HumanSacrifice.

pyre]]. And finally, Viking funerals need not be literal. Many examples feature metaphorical stand-ins for any of the aspects of the ritual.
23rd Apr '16 10:23:19 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'', when Captain Hrolf dies, his crew burn his ship along with his body.
2nd Apr '16 3:04:51 PM 20person
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is the customary burial rite for the riverlands lords. Played for some laughs at Hoster Tully's funeral, when Edmure repeatedly fails to hit his father's boat with a flaming arrow.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is the customary burial rite for the riverlands lords. Played for some laughs at Hoster Tully's funeral, when Edmure repeatedly fails to hit his father's boat with a flaming arrow. His uncle Brynden ends up doing it for him, more out of pity than frustration like in the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV show]].



** Victarion Greyjoy peforms a rather horrific variation when he sacrifices some maidens to the Drowned God and R'ollor the lord of light by giving them a Viking funeral while they're still alive.

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** Victarion Greyjoy peforms a rather horrific variation when he sacrifices some maidens to the Drowned God and R'ollor R'hllor the lord of light by giving them a Viking funeral while they're still alive.
26th Mar '16 3:36:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', [[spoiler: Merlin gives one to Freya, sending her floating on a lake before setting her body on fire magically, from afar.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
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[[spoiler: Merlin gives one to Freya, sending her floating on a lake before setting her body on fire magically, from afar.]]
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