Created By: Premonition45 on April 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Premonition45 on April 8, 2012

Grave Realization

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This trope is about characters who visit the grave/tombstone of another, i.e. a friend/loved one, find themselves in contemplation, sometimes reaching some sort of conclusion, i.e. It's All My Fault.

Sub-Trope of Grave-Marking Scene.

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As a Death Trope, there shall be spoilers.

Rolling Examples

  • In Click, Michael finds himself in the future and realizes his father had passed away. As he looks over his grave, Morty painfully informs him he wasn't there when his father died, and the last time he was with him, he was an utter Jerk Ass due to the remote's "auto-pilot" effect.
  • In Jumanji, upon returning to the real world, Alan Parrish learns his parents had passed away since he was sucked into the game, and is led to their graves. It's also here that Judy and Peter point out how their own parents have passed away.
  • In the alternate 1985 in Back to the Future Part II, Marty suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. as he sees his father George's grave, as Doc arrives and they realize that the timeline was altered by Biff.
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  • April 27, 2011
    One well-known drug PSA has a father seemingly talking to his son about drugs and their dangers...only for the camera to pan out and show that his son is already dead, as the father is talking to his tombstone.
  • April 27, 2011
    In A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come takes Scrooge to the grave of someone who was unloved and alone in life, and whose death caused nothing but happiness. It is, of course, Scrooge's own grave, and this revelation causes him to plead with the Ghost, declaring his intention to change so that this future will not happen.

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  • April 27, 2011
    Actually, it does. I'm slowly but surely starting to see where I want to go with this trope.
  • April 28, 2011
    • Smallville: On more than one occasion Clark has gone to his father's grave to talk to him.
      • One time Lana brought Clark to her parents' graves, to "introduce" him to them.
  • April 28, 2011
    The Others has this as The Reveal of its twist ending.
  • April 5, 2012
    Is this a subtrope of Grave Marking Scene? There's also an older YKTTW called Graveside Closure, I guess they're related, so maybe put it in the "see also" section?
  • April 5, 2012
    I think the two YKTT Ws could be combined; both are about a psychological transformation brought about by a graveside visit.
  • April 5, 2012
    ^ I wonder if this could be a supertrope for Graveside Closure. Usually the GC's mark the point where the surviving characters "can go on with their lives" as the saying goes. GR's can be revelatory for the audience (like the PSA above), or for both the audience and the characters (see A Christmas Carol), and closure is not a requirement (it could be a turning point within the story and not and ending per se).

    I would agree both are subtropes of Grave Marking Scene, perhaps in a nesting or overlapping fashion.
  • April 5, 2012
    In Hamlet, Hamlet returns home from England to find men digging a grave for Ophelia.
  • April 7, 2012
    When I first saw the title, I thought that it meant grave as an adjective. As in someone realizing something is horribly wrong. Sort of in-universe Fridge Horror.
  • April 8, 2012
    When Asuna is brought to Negi Springfield's grave in the conclusion of Mahou Sensei Negima and realizes she is the only one of their merry gang left alive. It gets less depressing, though.