Created By: somerandomdude on March 20, 2012 Last Edited By: somerandomdude on April 7, 2012
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Undead Idiom Trouble

Comedy arising from undead characters using expressions about death or body parts

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Box Ghost: You'll never take me alive!
Ghost Cops: You're a ghost.

In many, many languages, a large number of idioms refer to death and specific body parts. For living characters (presumably what you're dealing with most of the time) having them use these works fine. It works less fine, however, when undead characters try to use them, as some In-Universe Fridge Logic can arise quite fast.

As a result, whenever you hear undead characters talking about "being scared half to death," "being chilled to the bone," working towards something "until the day they die," or similar, expect someone to lampshade it.

Examples

  • Brook, the undead musician of the Straw Hat crew in One Piece does this constantly.
    "It's like a punch to my guts... even if I have no guts! Yohohohoho!!"
  • Many quests in World of Warcraft dealing with the Forsaken (the playable faction of undead) include puns such as these. Like most other things about the Forsaken, however, it's rarely used for comedy, and more to shine a light on the grimness of their situation.
    You must carry this burden of knowledge for the rest of your now-unnatural life.
  • The title character of Skulduggery Pleasant often runs into these traps.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • March 20, 2012
    Lyendith
    • Brook, the undead musician of the Straw Hat crew in One Piece does this constantly. Like "It's like a punch to my guts... even if I have no guts! Yohohohoho!!"
  • March 20, 2012
    Earnest
    This seems like it'd be a subtrope of I Would Say If I Could Say.
  • March 20, 2012
    Duncan
    • from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy 's Marvin the robot:
      "Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway so I don't know why I bother to say it, oh God I'm so depressed.
  • March 21, 2012
    somerandomdude
    ^ I don't know if I should include that. I intended this to be about undead characters and I'm afraid if I added robots and immortals it would just become I Would Say If I Could Say.
  • April 7, 2012
    Lyendith
    I'm not sure it counts, but in Legacy Of Kain: Defiance, Raziel has this exchange with Ariel, a Ghost eternally bound to the Collons of Nosgoth.
    Ariel: I don't have time for riddles, strange one.
    Raziel: All you have is time...

    In Soul Reaver 2, the same Raziel (a wraith with no abdominal organs) has this line to Kain:
    Oh no... every time you show up, something monumental and terrible happens. I don't think I have the stomach for it.

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