Created By: Hucklebubba on April 17, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 3, 2014

Death By Group Photo

A group photo foreshadows many deaths among the group.

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Similar to Death by Flashback, except not immediate, not a flashback, and... actually not all that similar.

Anyway, whenever the whole cast gets together to say "cheese", it's a good bet the vast majority of them will be horizontally-oriented in the very near future.

Does not necessitate an actual photo—an obviously-meaningful wide shot will more than suffice—but when a photo is involved, things tend to be that much deathier.


Examples

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  • April 18, 2011
    pureWasted
    Supernatural, episode Abandon All Hope. The show is well aware of the existence of this trope. The characters aren't saying "cheese" -- they're staring hopelessly into the camera.
  • April 18, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    Battle Royale, full stop. Number of students in class photo: 42. Number of students left standing by the end of the story? 3. then, 2.
  • April 18, 2011
    Thundafive
    King Ralph Starts off with this.
  • April 18, 2011
    eroock
    Murder mystery movie The Last Of Sheila had this — in an inversion, the group photo was set up by the murderer to help the survivors figure out the crime.
    • You probably mean invoked, not inversed
  • April 18, 2011
    Umptyscope
    Was also in Radioland Murders.
  • April 18, 2011
    ajmint
    In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Moody shows Harry a photo of the original Order. Most of the people in the photo had died by then, and those who are still alive wind up dead by the seventh book. The exceptions are Frank and Alice Longbottom, who had been driven insane after the photo was taken.
  • April 18, 2011
    StrangeDwarf
    In Thelma And Louise, the two protagonists take a photo early in the film. They both die.

    (It's only two people, though, so I'm not sure it's a valid example.)
  • April 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Batman Mask of The Phantasm, the photo is the clue connecting the phantasm's victims - it proves they used to be a gang and the last one remaining is Joker
  • April 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also related to Fatal Family Photo
  • April 19, 2011
    Hucklebubba
    Dead Poets Society had a retroactive example; Williams' character shows his class the high school photo of a class whose members are all long dead, so as to make a point to his students about their mortality.
  • April 19, 2011
    Hucklebubba
    I don't know why tropes I invent keep dredging up an anime series I didn't even particularly like, but Chrono Crusade has a perfect example of Death by Group Photo.
  • April 19, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    The four protagonists of the Heroic Bloodshed movie Exiled have a photo taken of them early in the movie. They're all dead by the time the credits roll.
  • April 19, 2011
    LoopyChew
    ^Additionally, one last photo is shown after they all die.
  • April 19, 2011
    KTera
    Clearing the post-credits Brutal Bonus Level in Modern Warfare gives you a group photo of Vasquez, Griggs, Gaz, and Price. By the end of the game three of them are dead and one's badly wounded.
  • April 19, 2011
    Rory265
    Season 2 of Heroes features a group photo of the Company's founding members, who are (mostly) killed off over the course of that story arc.
  • April 19, 2011
    jaytee
    There is a group photo of the super team in Watchmen that shows up a few times. Considering the main story involves costumed heroes being killed off, you can pretty much see where this goes.
  • April 19, 2011
    ralphmerridew1
    Miaka takes a group photo in Fushigi Yuugi before they leave to seek the Shinzaho.
  • April 20, 2011
    originalhobbit
    The Last Supper.
  • May 31, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • June 1, 2014
    DAN004
    This is Fatal Family Photo WITH GROUPS OTHER THAN FAMILIES!

    I'm thinking that this can be the Super Trope.
  • June 1, 2014
    lakingsif
    Does Revenge count, as Emily/Amanda crosses off the people that are out of the way from a massive group photo of only most of them that is the first thing she introduces the viewer to in the first episode.
  • June 1, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^Disagree. Fatal Family Photo is "looking at a family photo (which was taken some time in the indeterminate past) is a sign that the person looking at it will die," whereas this is "the people in the photo being taken now are going to die."

    • Done via backstory in Barney Miller: Barney has a photo of a previous generation's squad in his office. Of the four people in it only Inspector Luger is still alive. Luger reminisces fondly of the other three: Foster was blown up in his car by some gangsters - which according to Luger is the best way for a cop to die - Kleiner Ate His Gun, and Brownie is hooked up to assorted machines while dying of old age & dementia in a nursing home. (He dies during the course of the series.) According to Luger this is the worst way for a cop to die.
  • June 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ maybe title needs to change?
  • June 1, 2014
    eowynjedi
    ^^ I thought Kleiner was shot in the line of duty, not Ate His Gun? "Blew up Foster, gunned down Kleiner [makes gun noises]."
  • June 1, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
  • June 2, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    ^^^I think the exact causes of death for Foster & Kleiner changed from episode to episode. But you could be right.
  • June 2, 2014
    eowynjedi
    It probably does, knowing Luger. Dead by bullet for sure, though!
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