Created By: seedfreedom on March 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 4, 2014

Antagonist Shows Up At The Funeral

Someone shows up to pay their respects as a funeral of someone they never got along with

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Do We Have This One?? Needs a Better Title, Needs More Examples

Bob and Charlie dont like each other. All of Bob's friends know it. Maybe Charlie stole Alice away from Bob. Maybe they were Rivals. What ever happened, it was definitely bad.

But none of that matters now, Bob has died. All of Bob's friends are attending his funeral, and surprisingly so is Charlie. Everyone is on edge waiting for Charlie to do something, but they don't want to ruin the funeral. Surprisingly, Charlie silently pays his respects. Maybe hes a Proud Warrior Race Guy and you Never Speak Ill of the Dead. Maybe he didn't hate Bob as much as everyone thought.

Examples:
  • In the justice league episode where everyone thinks superman has died, Lex Luthor shows up at the funeral, but actually acts respectfully.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • March 2, 2011
    seedfreedom
    TO clarify, this is specifically about the funeral, so its slightly different than Antagonist In Mourning where the enemy generally saddened. Also this is a little big more about respect than about sense of boredom.
  • March 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Watchmen: one of the few people to attend the Comedian's funeral was Back Story Super Villain Moloch. (In the original comic he just showed up at the gravesite after the funeral, IIRC.)
  • March 2, 2011
    Fanra
    "Quite Funeral Crasher", are you sure you don't mean "Quiet Funeral Crasher"?
  • March 3, 2011
    seedfreedom
    yup, fixed the typo. Also need any examples you guys can find
  • March 3, 2011
    ced1106
    Maybe call it "Enemy Funeral Crasher"? When I read the title, I thought of the WACKY HIJINKS when a main character accidentally is caught up in a funeral of someone he doesn't know. Hilarity ensues. Example: Astro Fighter Sunred, where the enemy of the main character is dressed in black and attends the main character's father's friend's funeral.
  • March 4, 2011
    seedfreedom
    i was also thinking of respectful funeral crasher. Enemy funeral crasher is good as well.

    maybe this doesnt have enough examples to be a trope.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Interesting idea. Might work. Anyone want to take this?
  • February 24, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Bart Simpson showing up at the faked funeral of Sideshow Bob.
  • February 24, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    If they are being respectful, then that needs to be clear in the titles, and there should be a Sister Trope for when they show up just to be jerkasses.
  • February 24, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Suppose they once loved the deceased, but now despise them bitterly? It's been seen twice in Two And A Half Men, once with Evelyn at her ex-husband's funeral, and then with Rose at Charlie's. Neither was especially respectful, and considering her speech Rose may have even gone up a level in crazy.
  • February 24, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Likely to happen with villains who see the hero as a Worthy Opponent or Enemy Mine.

    Secondhand Lions has a variant where the archenemy's son comes to pay his respects, after being raised on stories of his father's "two most noble adversaries"; the trope proper happens in a deleted scene, and is much, much more over-the-top.
  • February 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Zig Zagged in a Saturday Night Live sketch about The Death Of Superman. Lex Luthor is there working as an usher until someone points out that he's, you know, a supervillain. At that point he starts to gloat over the fact that Superman is dead.
  • October 21, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Contrast Last Disrespects.
  • October 21, 2012
    collex
    The entirety of the Neil Gaiman-penned Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, where ALL of Batman villains mournfully and respectfully attend his funeral, with the Joker and Two-Face both pronouncing a eulogy.
  • October 21, 2012
    Damr1990
    "Is that what happens to us? No time for friends, only our enemies leave roses? Violent lives ending violently."
    Rorschach, Watchmen
    see also Antagonist In Mourning and Sympathy For The Hero
  • October 21, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In The Venture Brothers, the Venture family, Brock, and Pete White attend the funeral of Rusty's former college roommate. When Baron Underbheit shows up, the boys freak out over his presence. Brock points out that they are on holy ground and cannot fight anyways, since he is also here for the funeral.
  • October 21, 2012
    Chabal2
    Dolores Umbridge shows up at Dumbledore's funeral. However, because Dumbledore was a major public figure, important Ministry people are expected to show up.
  • January 26, 2013
    morenohijazo
    I suppose this is the opposite of Dragging the Villain's Corpse Around.

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=02gz5gubo4ulryjnpwxt67o2
  • January 27, 2013
    PWN3BOY
    i feel as though if the villian was the Magnificent Bastard trope, he'd show up. and vice versa
  • April 2, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 2, 2014
    NateTheGreat
    In the Justice League episode "Hereafter" Lex Luthor shows up at Superman's funeral. Lois is not pleased.
  • April 2, 2014
    gallium
    Film
    • In 1928 gangster film The Racket, bootlegger Nick Scarci shoots his rival Spike dead. Nick goes to Spike's funeral, where he gets bothered by a noisy campaign truck and says that people should have more respect for the dead.
  • April 2, 2014
    Larkmarn
    This seems sufficiently covered by Antagonist In Mourning.
  • April 2, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Comics
    • At the end of Superman Red Son, Superman shows up at Lex Luthor's funeral wearing his Clark Kent disguise (which works, because in this reality, he did not previously have a disguise.)
    • In the last arc of The Sandman, EVERYBODY shows up for Morpheus' funeral, even Thessaly and Lyta Hall, who were responsible for his dying in the first place; Alex Burgess, who imprisoned him for almost a century all the way back in the first arc; and Doctor Destiny, who stole his ruby.
  • April 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Bones after Booth is shot the FBI decides to use this in order to pull a previously unmentioned bad guy out of hiding: he had said that the next time Booth would see him would be at his (Booth's) funeral. So the FBI puts it out that Booth is dead just so the guy would show up and get arrested. Booth participates in his own 7-volley salute.
  • April 3, 2014
    Synchronicity
  • April 3, 2014
    TrustBen
    ^ Looks like it, so I added the "Already Have" tag.
  • April 4, 2014
    TMOverbeck
    Yin At Yang's Funeral?
  • April 4, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Fantastic Four: When Johnny Storm died in a Heroic Sacrifice, Dr Doom showed up for the funeral, quietly paid his respects, and left.

    BTW, maybe we could shorten this: Antagonist Attends Funeral, perhaps?
  • April 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ like.
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