Created By: StarBright on September 27, 2008
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AttendingYourOwnFuneral

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A character shows up to his or her own funeral, whether through faking it or resurrection. The Not Quite Dead character may either reveal him/herself to be alive or attend the funeral in disguise and leave with no one the wiser.

The title needs work, but I know there are more examples.

Likely Trope Maker and Older Than Radio example: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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  • September 27, 2008
    foxley
    Happens in the movie Waking Ned Devine.
  • September 28, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol."
  • September 28, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    That makes three examples--title help anyone?
  • September 28, 2008
    Gemmifer
    Prince Josua at the end of Memory Sorrow And Thorn.

    Yuusuke at the beginning of Yu Yu Hakusho. Actually, i can imagine many characters oi this during a First Episode Resurrection.

  • September 28, 2008
    Scorus
    Doesn't Chuck do this in Pushing Daisies? I haven't seen the show in so long, I can barely recall
  • September 28, 2008
    StarBright
    I don't think so. Ned raises her, leaves the room for a few minutes, and comes back to find her coffin has already been loaded into the hearse.
  • September 28, 2008
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Giordi and Ensign Ro did this once in Star Trek The Next Generation
  • September 29, 2008
    Coriander
    My Other Body Is A Corpse, for the bumper sticker value?
  • September 29, 2008
    Arivne
  • September 29, 2008
    Medinoc
    Jacques Bouvar does this in Thunderball.
  • September 29, 2008
    Ridicumouse
  • September 29, 2008
    thewatersupply
    In an episode of The Golden Girls, Sophia decides to host her own funeral while she's still alive--that way not only will people be able to enjoy themselves and celebrate her life, but she'll be able to see it and celebrate with them. Rose handles the invitations...but forgets to tell everybody that it's just a pretend funeral. Everyone gets a nasty shock when Sophia shows up, ready to party.
  • September 29, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Booth did this on Bones- he faked his death to catch a bad guy at the funeral.
  • September 29, 2008
    Steven Howard
    George goes to her own funeral in the first episode of Dead Like Me.
  • September 29, 2008
    dupreewith2es
    George Sr. is able to hear his own wake in Arrested Development.
  • September 29, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    One might argue that according to Christians God himself exemplifies this trope, since he was buried as Jesus after the crucifixtion, but at the same time must have been present there (being, you know, omnipresent).
  • September 29, 2008
    ReadingChampion
    Subversion when in Smallville Clark attends Lex's funeral while being believed dead.
  • September 29, 2008
    Bisected8
    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln had a dream about this the night before his assassination.
  • September 29, 2008
    Mystyc
    "Subversion when in Smallville Clark attends Lex's funeral while being believed dead."

    Not A Subversion -- not even an example.

  • September 29, 2008
    Tanshanomi
    Mad About You - Paul gets an incorrect notice that he's dead, goes to the funeral of the other Paul Buchman, and suddenly finds himself a ghost, talking to his widow Jamie about their life together.
  • September 29, 2008
    SDLyons
    Reginald Perrin, after he fakes his death in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
  • September 29, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    On Friends Chandler and Ross once got into a prank war concerning their college alumni page. Eventually Chandler posts that Ross has died. Ross decides to hold it anyway, just to see who shows up. Only two "mourners" arrive: a guy who's only there to hit on the recently "outted" Chandler, and a girl who had a crush on Ross. Ross jumps out and disgusts her for not being dead.
  • November 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    One Star Trek The Next Generation episode has Geordi and Ro go out of phase and they're presumed dead. Nice funeral, though.
  • November 23, 2008
    alliterator
  • November 23, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Speaking of the Trope Maker: Subverted in The Simpsons episode where Bart and Nelson play the roles of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. After a scene implies they've been hanged, they're shown hiding while their funeral is going on, grinning widely...only for it to be revealed that it's merely their corpses (apparently there was a very good embalmer on hand, or something).
  • November 23, 2008
    Unknown20Troper
    Truth In Television: in the book When Ghosts Speak by the paranormal consultant for the TV series "Ghost Whisperer", the author says quite firmly that a dead person is highly likely to attend their own funeral as a ghost.
  • November 23, 2008
    alliterator
    That's probably not Truth In Television, though. More like, Maybe Truth In Television.
  • November 24, 2008
    Momolu
    The Punchline to a popular joke of asking three men what they wanted people to say at their funeral is: "Well, I guess I would want someone to scream, hey look, he's moving!"
  • November 24, 2008
    Citizen
    Keep the working title and add a spoiler warning in the description.
  • November 24, 2008
    DarkSasami
    Does Bilbo Baggins showing up to his own estate auction count?
  • November 24, 2008
    GracieLizzie
    Randall And Hopkirk Deceased doesn't actually have this if I recall.

    • Betsy does this, I think, in MaryJanice Davison's Undead series
  • December 25, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Bump.
  • December 25, 2008
    Ialdabaoth
    In Hellblazer, Chas tells his drinking buddies of a time when everyone thought John Constantine dead, only for him to turn up alive and well at his funeral. (This wouldn't be the only time Constantine would be presumed dead.)
  • December 25, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Though neither faking it nor technically needing to be resurrected, Red vs Blue has this happen to Sarge, complete with Grif performing a roast for him, and Simmons campaigning for the leadership position, instead of giving him a Eulogy.

    In Superman The Animated Series, in the episode The Late Mr. Kent, Superman shows up at Clark Kent's funeral.
  • December 25, 2008
    Goldfritha
    Scrooge sees it in a vision. If this is included, it needs to be incorporated in the text.

    As does seeing your funeral as a ghost. In Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida, the dead Troilus sees his own funeral.
  • December 25, 2008
    ubf
    Futurama "Bender's big score" when Fry is present at "Lars" funeral and we got to know that Lars was a timetravel-copy of Fry so technically Fry mourns for himself.
  • December 26, 2008
    turnerjer
    The Planet Express crew stages a fake funeral for Bender to convince him that he will be remembered after he's gone (in the Futurama episode A Pharaoh To Remember).

    Bender: Louder and sadder!

    The same thing also happens in the terrible movie, Empire Records.
  • December 26, 2008
    Fronzel
    The entirty of Marvel Comics' Deadpool #60 was this, via a ghost.
  • December 28, 2008
    RobinZimm
    Should the ghost examples be separated from the living examples?

    (Connie Willis had a short story along these lines in Fire Watch - I don't remember the title.)
  • December 28, 2008
    BlackMageJ
    Both the Professor and Edith were taken to their own funerals by Satan in Old Harrys Game, after they refused to believe they were dead.
  • December 29, 2008
    random surfer
    Revenge of the Pink Panther: Inspector Clouseau shows up at his own funeral, disguised as a priest. (Someone else died, but everyone thought it was Clouseau.)
  • December 29, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    I second News Of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated. In Lemony Snicket's 'autobiography', the first couple of pages are about him attending his own funeral, in which he says the above line. This would make A Series of Unfortunate Events the Trope Namer, though.
  • December 29, 2008
    Yin
    The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.- Mark Twain

    So, no, not the Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • February 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I'd actually vote to call this one "Tom Sawyer Funeral," after the Trope-Maker. Examples:

    • Bones: Booth fakes his own death, attends his funeral as a member of the twenty-one gun salute, and outs himself by apprehending a suspect.
    • Runaways: Gertrude Yorkes helps bury a future version of herself underneath the HOLLYWOOD sign.
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: The Trope-Maker.

    Also, point of interest: Mark Twain's quote, while wonderfully witty, doesn't actually fall under this trope. He read his obituary in the newspaper; a funeral was never actually held.

  • February 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    That time in Fairy Tail! During the Tower of Resurrection arc!
  • February 5, 2009
    MasoTey
    There's a rather peculiar instance in a recent Everyday Weirdness story called "Procession."
  • February 5, 2009
    AnsonPants
    Played for comedy when Dan Fielding attended his own funeral on Night Court They had trouble coming up with nice things to say.
  • February 5, 2009
    Alda
    Didn't Athelsthane do this in Ivanhoe ? That would predate Tom Sawyer, but my memory of the book is fuzzy...
  • February 5, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Related Real Life example: Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, read his own obituary after a newspaper mistakenly thought he was dead. After seeing that he would be remembered for inventing a weapon that had killed thousands of people, he decided to rehabilitate his image by awarding the Nobel Prize.
  • February 6, 2009
    Arivne
    @Alda: Aethelstane does do this at his own funeral. Specifically, he throws open the door and appears wearing funeral garments and looking as if he had just been raised from the dead.
  • February 6, 2009
    djkates
    In Lady Slings the Booze, one of Spider Robinson's Callahan series, Nicola Tesla (actually alive and well, thanks to a certain time traveler) mentions attending his own funeral in disguise.
  • February 6, 2009
    MetaFour
    • At Five Iron Frenzy's final live show, the frontman Reese Roper referenced this trope to explain how he felt.
      Reese Roper: This is really surreal... You know how in movies, people fake their death and then they go to their own funeral? Yeah...
  • February 14, 2009
    NeeNee
  • February 15, 2009
    triassicranger
    An upcoming episode of Eastenders is due to feature this.
  • February 23, 2009
    NeeNee
    bump.
  • March 14, 2009
    NeeNee
    Bump again. Will launch in three days if no-one else does it first.
  • March 14, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Darren Shan in Circue du Freak
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