Created By: Neocasko on February 12, 2012

Post-Mortem Angel Ascension

Ascension with a halo and wings after death.

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A common use of showing a character in a video game has just died. They ascend upwards with a halo and wings. Whether they leave their body behind or leave the mortal world body and soul varies.
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  • February 13, 2012
  • February 13, 2012
    Also common in animation -- there's at least one Sylvester cartoon that ends with him doing a wing/halo/harp ascension.
  • February 13, 2012
    The trope description needs to be revised and expanded. This was a comic strip/animation trope long before video games were invented.
  • February 13, 2012
    In particular, I think this could be expanded to any case in which a soul is visible briefly after death. They don't always have angel accoutrements, especially if they were evil.

    • A wingless variation happens to Twinrova, the only human boss, in The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time. The two sisters appear haloed in a beam of light, and bicker all the way up. Since they were evil, why they are ascending is something of a mystery.
      • This is referenced in Majoras Mask, with the the heads of Igos du Ikana and his two lieutenants continue to bicker after defeat, showing they are still not at rest even after being killed twice.
      • In Skyward Sword, everything you kill, even bugs, explodes in a flash of light and smoke, leaving behind a purple ghostly afterimage. For monsters the image appears as a skull.
  • February 13, 2012
    Happens to Sasaki Kojiro (in the past, is a long story involving time travel) in Yaiba.
  • February 13, 2012
    At the end of each Full Metal Alchemist manga volume, the characters who have died in that volume are pictured with halo and wings.
  • February 13, 2012
    See also/compare Died Happily Ever After.
  • February 13, 2012
    I agree with TrustBen. This image is often how characters are shown losing their lives in classic cartoons; cats will usually also have a number indicating which of their nine lives each particular shade represents.
  • February 14, 2012
    To Trust Ben and 69BookWorM69...

    Of course this needs to be revised! It's a rough draft! And I've seen it in other forms of media. I never said it was exclusive to video games. I am just saying from my experience I've seen them there the most. But thanks anyway.

    And please give examples if you are so sure about that. Otherwise, I cannot take that claim too seriously.
  • February 14, 2012
    Played for laughs in Fairy Tail: Elfman beats Sol so bad that his spirit (complete with halo and wings) comes out flying... only for Elfman to grab it and putting it back into his body.
  • February 14, 2012
    In the Looney Tunes short "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat," the two mice Hubie and Bertie convince Claude Cat he's dead by dressing him as an angel and tying him to a balloon so he floats upward.
  • February 14, 2012
    • Ghost did this for at least one character, albeit without the wings and harp. Several characters got dragged away by demonic shadows.
  • February 14, 2012
    • Done for an April Fools Day strip in the webcomic Darken; the characters who'd died in the just-concluded story arc are surprised to find themselves with wings and headed upwards. An angel lampshades that people tend to forget that "forgiveness" is a part of the "good" religions.
  • February 16, 2012
    @ Neocasko Found two:

    • The 1948 short "Back Alley Oproar" with Sylvester and Elmer Fudd. Sylvester insists on singing when Fudd wants to sleep, and Sylvester eventually ends up on a cloud, complete with halo and wings.
    • The 1954 Sylvester and Tweety Bird short "Satan's Waitin'". Nine versions of Sylvester go to visit a Satanic bulldog after Sylvester is killed in various ways.

    I think there's (an earlier?) one involving Sylvester chasing a woodpecker (Woddy or a precursor), but I haven't watched Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies stuff in years...