A death creates a gravestone on the spot; no-one builds it. (usually in videogames).
Oh, no! Someone just died! The life drains out of him, his Winged Soul Flies Off at Death, his body falls to the floor... and is replaced with a gravestone? This trope is where a death creates a gravestone on the spot; that is, the very fact of death creates a gravestone. No-one builds it, and there is no time lapse. Usually, no explanation is given besides Rule of Funny and/or Gameplay and Story Segregation. Or it happens in the type of game/show with Acceptable Breaks from Reality. Often involves Grave Humour, but not always. Purposes behind the use of the trope vary. Sometimes it's just Rule of Funny / Have a Nice Death. Sometimes the gravestone is used to indicate to players that somebody died. Sometimes it serves a gameplay purpose, like containing loot. Often used for similar light-hearted symbolism as the aforementioned Winged Soul Flies Off at Death. This is not where a gravestone is used for symbolism, such as if a "game over" screen is a gravestone, or a gravestone indicates a dead character in the interface. The gravestone must appear in the world.
- In RuneScape, Instant Gravestones (usually) protect your items when you die. Bigger and fancier ones can be purchased which hold your items for longer.
- In Realm of the Mad God, all players get Instant Gravestones; stronger characters get bigger, more impressive gravestones. Due to the game's use of Final Death, players will often pay respects to a particularly strong character.
- Oregon Trail contains this, including player-defined inscriptions. People tend to try to invoke Grave Humor with Bottom Of The Barrel Jokes, as future players can read the gravestones.
- All of The Sims games use this, specifically it will be an urn if it's indoors and a tombstone outdoors, and it will change if the player moves the grave marker. If a sim's grave is on a lot, that sim's ghost may show up at night.
- Worms games have dead worms blowing themselves up with a dynamite plunger and instantly being replaced with a gravestone.
- Dying in Terraria will spawn a tombstone stating your cause of death. You can then dig it up if you like.
- The Multiplayer game Glitch has this. When you die a gravestone appears on the spot. Other players can visit the gravestone to mourn or celebrate. The stone disappears after you respawn.
- The RPG crossfire does this. Gravestones can even be collected by someone.
- In the Warrior Cats fan-made game Warrior Cats: Untold Tales, killing a cat will make a tombstone appear.
- In the Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer, when a player dies, a tombstone will appear where they died. If it gets hit enough, it will explode, hurting everyone within range.
- The 1976 Exidy Arcade Game Death Race may be the Ur-Example. Running over people turned them into grave markers that couldn't be driven over.
- In Warcraft3, units with the Reincarnation ability leave a large cross/ankh-shaped marker on death. Played With, as the unit comes back to life a few seconds later.
- In Maniac Mansion, whenever one of your characters dies, a gravestone appears on the front garden of the mansion.
- In the Chinese version of World of Warcraft, tombstones appear instead of skeletons when a player character dies.
- In Red Dead Redemption, you can watch a Show Within a Show where a salesman sells some concoction to an old man, causing him to dig his own grave, complete with headstone.
- Later Grand Theft Auto games (third game onwards) have a variation. Bodies will eventually fade away and be replaced by a chalk outline (irrespective of whether the police have arrived at the scene or not).
- In Castlevania: Harmony of Despair's multiplayer, dying creates a tombstone which spawns a skeleton.
- In Crash Bandicoot 2, being killed by a sledge hammer produces a grave stone with Crash's face on it.
- When a player's character dies in MapleStory a tombstone appears.
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