Created By: AryaAdrianiel on January 5, 2012 Last Edited By: AryaAdrianiel on August 31, 2012

Death Is Not The End

It's just the next adventure

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You're sitting on the edge of something that might be the death of you or you're dying right now. Chances are, pondering what comes after death is going to happen. Is there nothing? Is there something? Depending upon your religion, you might believe that there is a Heaven or a Hell, but there are also some who don't necessarily believe that what comes after death is either heaven or hell, but it is the next adventure.

This is not to say that what is after death is neither a Fluffy Cloud Heaven nor a Fire and Brimstone Hell, but the notable uses of this trope generally imply that whatever it is that is after death is just another adventure.

Film

  • The Lord of the Rings: In The Return of the King film, Gandalf and Pippin talk right before Gondor is attacked and Gandalf tells Pippin, who fears dying in the impending battle, that death is not the end.
  • The Last Starfighter: Alex Rogan and Grig discuss the destruction of the Starfighter base.
    Alex: Wait a minute... when did the hangar go up?
    Grig: I told you! When Xur attacked!
    Alex: And where were the Starfighters?
    Grig: In the hangar!
    Alex: You mean they're dead?
    Grig: Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil...in another dimension!
  • Peter Pan: Peter says to himself, "To die will be an awfully big adventure."
  • In Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, Lord Blackwood says, "Death is only the beginning." right before he is hanged.

Literature

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: At the end when Dumbledore and Harry are talking about Nicholas Flamel and how he will now die because the stone was destroyed, Dumbledore says that death is but the next adventure.

Music

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: "The Great Gates of Kiev":
    There's no end to my life
    No beginning to my death
    Death... is... life!
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • January 5, 2012
    Duncan
    Peter Pan says this to himself- "To die will be an awfully big adventure".
  • January 5, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    Alex: Wait a minute... when did the hangar go up?
    Grig: I told you! When Xur attacked!
    Alex: And where were the Starfighters?
    Grig: In the hangar!
    Alex: You mean they're dead?
    Grig: Death is a primitive concept. I prefer to think of them as battling evil...in another dimension!
  • January 5, 2012
    peccantis
    "A character tells another character that death is not the end, but the next adventure" -> Stock Phrase. Good luck trying to get it fly.
  • January 5, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^^ This was an Ironic Echo of something Capt. Hook said earlier in the film. Lamenting that there was no more adventure left in Neverland, he said, "Death is the only adventure I have left, Smee." Then toward the end of the film, Peter realizes how important his kids are, and turns the phrase on it's ear, saying, "To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure."
  • January 7, 2012
    Duncan
    ^ Uh, that's from Hook, I was talking about Peter Pan. Hook's line in Hook is a Shout Out to Peter's line from the original novel.
  • January 7, 2012
    DracMonster
    @peccantis: Although it's a Stock Phrase, it's also a legit trope in its own right, and the title puts it pretty succinctly. I think it works well enough.
  • January 7, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^ Ah my bad.
  • January 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^Any new trope named after a Stock Phrase will be cut. Not a threat, a fact of life. I don't agree with it as a blanket rule, but them's the breaks. If you don't like it, take it up with Fast Eddie and try to get him to change his mind.
  • January 7, 2012
    LeeM
    Song: Emerson Lake And Palmer, "The Great Gates of Kiev":
    There's no end to my life
    No beginning to my death
    Death... is... life!
  • January 7, 2012
    INUH
    Would "Death As Adventure" work as a title?
  • January 7, 2012
    DracMonster
  • January 7, 2012
    FastEddie
  • August 31, 2012
    KarjamP
    Fast Eddie's name suggestion looks great for this trope.

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