Created By: JAF1970 on April 15, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on April 16, 2013

Our Afterlife Is Different

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Being dead doesn't necessarily bring you to a Fluffy White Cloud Heaven or a Fire And Brimstone Hell.

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  • Defending Your Life. The afterlife is basically a representation of where you lived. In Daniel Miller's case, it's an Expy of Los Angeles for all of the United States West Coast dead. There, you are on trial for being afraid, though they don't like to call it that.
  • What Dreams May Come. Your afterlife is whatever you want it to be. If you committed suicide and can't cope with the fact you're dead, it's A Fate Worse Than Death.
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  • In MARDEK the dead go exactly where they expect to. Shared beliefs about the afterlife (like religions) create 'necropolises', which are basically shared dreams. It's also possible to reincarnate; when a reincarnated soul dies again, their soul in the afterlife retains all its knowledge from its past lives, plus anything it experienced in the afterlife. A skilled traveler can even go between different necropolises; this opens almost infinite wonders, since life even on other planets creates necropolises as well.
    • It's possible for a soul to experience literally everything, at which point they can ascend to a yet higher plane, with even greater wonders.
    • The exception is if a soul is guilt-laden (they don't have to be evil, in fact the most evil often feel the least guilty), in which case they go to a black void called the Antilife for as long as it takes to come to terms with themselves.
  • The World Ends with You. When someone dies, they're brought into The Reaper's Game, basically becoming invisible to the people around them, having to fight to survive.
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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • April 15, 2011
    TendouMan
    Bleach. The afterlife, known as Soul Society, is based on medieval Japan.
  • April 15, 2011
    Duncan
    Beetlejuice. Death is a Celestial Bureaucracy. Those who comitted suicide work as civil servants.
  • April 15, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Mardek the dead go exactly where they expect to. Shared beliefs about the afterlife (like religions) create 'necropolises', which are basically shared dreams. it's also possible to reincarnate; when a reincarnated soul dies again, their soul in the afterlife retains all its knowledge from its past lives, plus anything it experienced in the afterlife. A skilled traveler can even go between different necropolises; this opens almost infinite wonders, since life even on other planets creates necropolises as well.
      • It is possible for a soul to experience literally everything, at which point they can ascend to a yet higher plane, with even greater wonders.
      • The exception is if a soul is guilt-laden (they don't have to be evil, in fact the most evil often feel the least guilty), in which case they go to a black void called the Antilife for as long as it takes to come to terms with themselves.
  • April 15, 2011
    tete
    The World Ends With You. When someone dies, they are brought into The Reaper's Game, basically becoming invisible to the people around them, having to fight to survive.
  • April 15, 2011
    SpellBlade
    ^ You have to be selected to play the Reaper's game, otherwise it's Cessation Of Existence, I believe.
  • April 15, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • In His Dark Materials, you get sent to another dimension and hang around forever as kind of a Ghost until the end of the series, when those ghosts are released to other dimensions and pretty much disintegrate into 'Dust' which is like pseudo-conscious elementary particles that give things consciousness...or something.
    • In Gantz people who die are highjacked by an onion-headed alien to fight monsters in a kill-to-survive game for reasons that are uncertain, resulting in totally disturbing Mind Screw material. (someone who knows the series better might want to expand/correct this)
  • April 16, 2011
    Arivne
    Any media example with ghosts of dead people.

    Literature
    • In Robert Heinlein's Job: A Comedy of Justice, people end up in whatever afterlife they believed in while they were alive, including the Norse Mythology's Valhalla.

    Live Action TV
    • Dead Like Me. Some dead people become Grim Reapers and harvest souls.

    Tabletop RPG
  • April 16, 2013
    Wackd
    The Walkyverse. Either your soul or your brain patterns are held in a black void after you die (a lot of the specifics depend on whether you come up on Ruth or Dina's side on the whole "purgatory" debate), in case of resurrection.
  • April 16, 2013
    TitoMosquito
    In the Power Rangers franchise, there had been at least three different afterlives for the villains and the Monsters Of The Week of each series/season. The Shadow World (Lightspeed Rescue), the Abyss of Evil (Ninja Storm), and the Nighlok Heaven (Samurai).
  • April 16, 2013
    DunDun
    So can anyone explain the snowclone. 'Cause I can think of at least two different names for this: Death Is Different, Unique Afterlife. I mean, the belief in Heaven and Hell is not the only belief in real life, so why are those the only "standard" options. Just make it general--"Characters are shown to be in an afterlife that isn't a part of any Real Life Religion" or something.
  • April 16, 2013
    Noaqiyeum
    I like either of those suggestions better than the current.

    Also, I'm pretty sure we have at least one other afterlife trope besides Fluffy Cloud Heaven and Fire And Brimstone Hell. I don't think this is a duplicate, but you might want to check - at the very least in order to add a link in the description.
  • April 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Honest question, considering that we already have a whole index of tropes about the afterlife. What does this bring to the table that our existing tropes don't?
  • April 16, 2013
    DunDun
    ^I didn't think this YKTTW was meant to be a list of tropes about the afterlife, just a trope in which the portrayal of the afterlife is different from Real Life religious beliefs. But I mean, the 'scription is too vague right now to say either or, honestly...
  • April 16, 2013
    DracMonster
    The problem is, there's a hojillion or so different real life beliefs. Usually there is some rough equivalent of heaven and hell, but even that's not guaranteed.
  • April 16, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Star Sword is right. We already have several afterlife tropes, and you're welcome to make more of them. But "Different from two afterlife tropes" is not a trope. Plenty of our current afterlife tropes are neither Fluffy Cloud Heaven not Fire And Brimstone Hell. (In fact, most people on earth who believe in life after death believe in an afterlife other than those two options.)
  • April 16, 2013
    MrRuano
    The web video The Saga of Biorn focuses on an aging Viking looking for his last great fight so he can enter Valhalla. He faces a troll attacking a church full of nuns, where he finally dies in battle like he wanted. However, while he's on his way to entering Valhalla, the nuns bury him with a cross, instantly changing the afterlife like a lottery wheel to the Pearly Gates. Cue Biorn screaming.
  • April 16, 2013
    Diask
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