Created By: Larkmarn on January 9, 2013 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on January 5, 2015

Seeing Their Spirit in the Sky

Remembering a fallen friend by seeing a vision of their spirit in the sky.

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Do We Have This One?? I posted it in Lost and Found and got no response.

A stock shot where a character remembers a friend or ally, and said friend or ally's image is superimposed over the sky (usually with a level of transparency).

Note that it doesn't necessarily have to involve a fallen friend, but usually one who isn't there for any reason.

Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • In Persona 4: The Animation, the image of "King Moron" appears when Yosuke remembers him arranging a school trip before being murdered.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]

[[folder:Literature]]
  • In Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath, the fallen hero Albanac is last seen in the sky. The stars rearrange themselves to show him outlined as a very clear constellation, riding off in the company of the Valkyrie-like Sisters of the Moon.
  • In Warrior Cats, when Firestar's going on his Quest, he sees his deceased mentor/leader Bluestar's face in the clouds, and she looks worried. This is right before Sandstorm goes missing in the flood.
  • In The Hunger Games a killed tribute is "honored" by having their face projected against the sky. Given the setting, this is likely deliberately invoking the trope.
  • Beasts of Gor: when the Kur Supervillain Lair explodes Tarl sees an image of Zarendargar in the sky. Done via technology in imitation of the Northern Lights.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]] In an episode of Black Sheep Squadron the young mechanic gets killed (during an air raid?) and at the end of the episode we see a still shot of him in the sky.

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  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. At the end of the "DARE to Resist Ninja Drugs and Violence" arc, Doc explains to the readers that Frans Rayner's plan (to become the US President by killing the President) would have failed even without Doc's intervention.
    Dr. McNinja: You see, we were safe from Frans all along... Thanks to the real hero of this story... Ben Franklin. Thanks, Ben... wherever you are.
    [The face of Ben Franklin appears in the clouds. Doc's eyes grow wide with shock.]
    Ben Franklin's sky face: I didn't come up with those parts of the Constitution.

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  • The video for Kikkoman Fight! features a cat remembering Kikkoman's help by envisioning his presence in the sky.
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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 9, 2013
    AgProv
    Literature: in Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath, the fallen hero Albanac is last seen in the sky. The stars rearrange themselves to show him outlined as a very clear constellation, riding off in the company of the Valkyrie-like Sisters of the Moon.
  • January 9, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Black Sheep Squadron the young mechanic gets killed (during an air raid?) and at the end of the episode we see a still shot of him in the sky.
  • January 9, 2013
    MiinU
    We already have this, it was originally called Sky Face, then later changed to Celestial Visage, but was finally launched under an entirely different name.
  • January 10, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ The YKTTW page for Sky Face indicates it wasn't launched. I couldn't find any of its examples anywhere on the Wiki except its page.

    I can't find any trace of "Celestial Visage" remaining on the Wiki.
  • January 10, 2013
    MiinU
    @Arvine - I coulda sworn it did,

    In that case, why not move the examples here to that YKTTW, since Sky Face not only covers this, but has a better description, and has a fair number of examples already. Plus, the original host hasn't touched it in ages. It'd kill a buncha birds with one stone.
  • January 10, 2013
    aurora369
    The Simpsons did it! The finale of the episode about Bleeding Gums Murphy, Lisa's short-lived mentor figure, features his visage in the clouds over Lisa's head. Along with Mufasa and Darth Vader.
  • January 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Any ideas for a better name?
  • January 16, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Happens in The Lion King when Simba sees his dad's face in the sky. Also in Blaz Blue The Kaka see Bang's face in the sky in one of his endings.
  • January 16, 2013
    Desertopa
    "In that case, why not move the examples here to that YKTTW, since Sky Face not only covers this, but has a better description, and has a fair number of examples already. "

    Sky Face may have a longer description, but I would sooner take away a hat than launch any trope whose description starts with "Basically this is when..." The description is going to need reworking either way.
  • January 16, 2013
    MetaFour
    • The Adventures Of Dr Mc Ninja. At the end of the "DARE to Resist Ninja Drugs and Violence" arc, Doc explains to the readers that Frans Rayner's plan (to become the US President by killing the President) would have failed even without Doc's intervention.
      Dr. McNinja: You see, we were safe from Frans all along... Thanks to the real hero of this story... Ben Franklin. Thanks, Ben... wherever you are.
      [The face of Ben Franklin appears in the clouds. Doc's eyes grow wide with shock.]
      Ben Franklin's sky face: I didn't come up with those parts of the Constitution.
  • January 16, 2013
    robinjohnson
    • This seems to be what happens at the end of the Sega Master System version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 if you don't collect the Chaos Emeralds and rescue Tails. If you do win, it's an image of Sonic and Tails together.
  • January 17, 2013
    Tuomas
    I think Died Happily Ever After covers the cases where the thing seen in the sky is an actual spirit, not a symbolic image, or something imagined by the protagonist. That trope has a terribly nondescript title, though. I'd suggest renaming Died Happily Ever After to something more obvious, and broadening the description a bit, so it can include cases where the "spirit in the sky" is supposed to be symbolic, not a supernatural apparition. There's no point in having two trope pages for the supernatural and non-supernatural variations of this, as they're used pretty much the same way.
  • April 12, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • April 22, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Anime And Manga
    • Kimba The White Lion sees the stars in the night sky form the image of his dead mother, who speaks encouragement to him. Since Kimba was swimming many miles through the Atlantic Ocean, this might have been delirium.
  • November 19, 2014
    eroock
    Related to Died Happily Ever After

    Also check out Sky Face
  • November 19, 2014
    CompletelyDifferent
  • January 5, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
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