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->'''Tywin:''' And if any should defy you--
->'''Tyrion:''' ''*rolls eyes knowingly*'' Heads. Spikes. Walls.
-->-- ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

Rather than being given a decent burial in a nice, convenient out-of-the-way location, a dead person is instead presented for all the world to see. There are typically five possible reasons for this treatment:

# This person was an honored figure, and his body is being preserved as a relic/object of reverence (and perhaps also in safekeeping just in case he decides to come BackFromTheDead) (one variation on this includes characters who are [[NotQuiteDead mortally wounded or ill]] being [[HumanPopsicle preserved in stasis]] in the hope that a cure for their injuries or illness can be found in the future -- which in turn is based on [[KingInTheMountain a much older literary tradition]]).
# This person was an enemy, criminal, or other nasty figure, and TheGovernment[=/=]{{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s are keeping him around to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem show everyone else what happens when you mess with them]]. Particular favorites include heads on poles and skeletons hanging from gibbets. This one's quite popular with villains, and is a ''very'' effective way to KickTheDog, particularly if the person was special to the hero in any way.
# This person was even nastier than that, and had a reputation to be immortal as well. This is a way of saying "Trust us, he's [[DeaderThanDead really dead now]]. [[KilledOffForReal For real.]]" to the people.
# A preserved corpse may be on display as a scientific curiosity. No natural history museum is complete without its very own mummy, after all. Recently, the development of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastination plastination]] has led to people actually volunteering to have their mortal remains preserved and put on display.
# A corpse may be used to show an ignominious fate, often as a sideshow attraction. This is often played for BlackComedy, if not straight tragedy, and is often used in fiction either as the precursor to a haunting or to show a lack of respect or knowledge of a dead person

All variants are, of course, TruthInTelevision. The practice of "lying in state" (publicly displaying the body of a head of state or other high dignitary) exists to convince the public that rumors of the person's death are not exaggerated, while criminals, rebels, and pirates have traditionally been executed and displayed in a number of gruesome ways (hanging, crucifixion, etc.)

A SubTrope of DueToTheDead. The motives of those who come to see do not have to match those of the characters who display the body; they can throw rotten eggs at a body exposed for reasons of respect, or lay flowers at one exposed as a criminal. Overlaps with PublicExecution, which is a primary method of getting the guy dead in the first place.

Contrast ComeToGawk, for the living. Compare DecapitationPresentation. See also WaxMuseumMorgue, where the bodies are kept on display without anyone knowing their true nature.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* As seen in the page image, this was the fate of the thief of a Goku/[[{{Woolseyism}} Ultima]] Uniform in ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
* The villainous variant happens in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga after the Griffith rescue arc. The King sends the Black Dog Knights, a band of Midland's worst rapists and murderers and all around scum, to kill Griffith and the Hawks. Their leader, the Apostle Wyald, establishes his monster credentials by raping and murdering a woman who helped the Hawks and the girls under her care before proceeding to carry the naked, dismembered bodies of their victims on poles into battle with the Hawks, who are all appalled by the sight.
* This is what Sosuke Aizen was planning to do to Ichigo's human friends in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after reaching for the real Karakura city and starting to chase them around.
** Subverted by Aizen himself before. He faked his death via making everyone believe that he had been murdered ''and'' his lifeless body had been PinnedToTheWall - but it was just an illusion.
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Vicious kills his former boss Mao for attempting to make peace with another [[TheSyndicate Crime Syndicate]], then takes Mao's body to the opera Mao was going to see and has the corpse sit through the performance in Mao's private box, where he can be seen by the public. Presumably this was both to make a statement about Mao's actions and to tempt Mao's other protege, Spike, out of hiding.
* In the ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga and at least one of the newest OAV series, Akira's girlfriend Miki Makimura is horrifyingly killed by a mob. When Akira/Devilman finally arrives late to Miki's house, he sees how her killers have dismembered her body and now display her head and limbs on pikes. After killing them all, he's later seen tearfully holding poor Miki's head in his arms.
** And right before that, Miki finds her little brother's headless body on the floor and sees in horror that one of the mob members has the poor kid's head.
* One remarkable TearJerker moment from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' comes from [[TheLancer Sanosuke Sagara's]] flashback as a child, when he was adopted by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sekihotai Sekihoutai]] leader [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagara_Sozo Sagara Souzou]] (here given a HistoricalHeroUpgrade and HistoricalBeautyUpdate). After the Sekihōtai was accused of being a "false army" by the Restoration government of the Ishin Shishi (making them the fall guys for the failure of the government in service delivery), they were executed in the mountains, with Sagara's head being chopped off and displayed in public. It would be Sanosuke's [[FreudianExcuse excuse]] to sabotage any Ishin Shishi he meets and live as hired muscle codenamed "Zanza," [[DefeatMeansFriendship until he meets]] [[TheHero ex-assassin Kenshin Himura]] and gets a WorldOfCardboardSpeech that makes him realize that this isn't what Sagara would've wanted for him.
** In the Kyoto arc, a young boy named Eiji Mishima asks Misao and Kenshin to help him avenge the death of his older brother Eiichirou, one of Saitou's informants, at the hands of the Juppongatana. They go to Eiji's village... and they find the bleeding, beaten corpses of the Mishima parents, hung at the entrance of the place. [[HeroicBSOD Naturally, poor Eiji has a meltdown at the sight.]]
* During the funeral scene in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', it is apparent that people in the Tower receive individual water graves (coffin-sized pits filled with water or another clear liquid).
* Rikako Oryou (and Kozaburou Touma before her) of ''Anime/PsychoPass'' specializes in this, turning her victims into works of grotesque art and leaving them in public places.
* ''[[Anime/SakasamaNoPatema Sakasama no Patema]]'': Shortly after she's captured by the Agian government, their leader, [[SinisterMinister Izamura]], shows her [[MakeAnExampleOfThem what'd become of the only other "of her kind" to visit the surface:]] [[spoiler: Lagos' dead body, perfectly preserved in a glass stasis chamber]]. Which is how she finally learns why he hadn't returned, after all those years.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''TheDCU'', ComicBook/JonahHex, an outlaw of the old West. His body was stuffed, dressed in a "singing cowboy" outfit, and put on display in a wild west show. The ignominy (and the fact that he's used to represent the opposite of who he is) is palpable.
** In one story Jonah, having been transported to a post-apocalyptic future, ''finds his own preserved corpse in a museum'' (or storage facility or something). He takes comfort in the fact that eventually he'll go back home. [[spoiler:While he ''does'' go back, the body is not his, it's an impostor's.]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker often does this to intimidate the public. Probably a few other Franchise/{{Batman}} foes as well.
* In the most recent ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' relaunch, Deathstroke is possessed by his son Jericho, who murders Slade's loyal butler Wintergreen and mounts his head on a wall.
* In the Devils Due ''GIJoe'' comic "America's Elite", Cobra Commander kills his son Billy and hangs the body from a flag pole.
* A {{Marvel|Universe}} villain takes the name Zodiac and kills every single member of a team by the same name before mounting their heads on his wall.
* In ''{{Marvel 1602}}'', Comicbook/DoctorStrange is beheaded for treason and his head is put on a pike. Luckily it's all part of a ThanatosGambit/LoopholeAbuse. Pretty much Strange is forbidden from telling knowledge that could prevent a crisis while he is living.
* Along with the other FauxSymbolism in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Fortunate Son'', the body of [[CaptainErsatz Not Elvis]] is preserved like Lenin's.
* This was originally [[KnifeNut Victor Zsasz]] modus operandi. He would kill people, mark them and himself with a stitch mark and then put them in lifelike poses to be found. Unfortunately most writers have forgotten this and tend to focus only on the stick marks in later appearances. Luckily the makers of the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Games have given him back this little quirk.
* In ''Tales of the Black Freighter'', a ShowWithinAShow of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Captain saw the severed heads of his two daughters hanging by their hair, and his wife's head in a pike. They were calling for him to save them. However, it was just a hallucination, they are safe and alive. However, when he does make it home (but believing he's too late to save them), [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he almost beats his own wife to death (thinking she was a pirate), right in front of his daughters]].
* In the ''TransformersGeneration2'' comic, Megatron puts Bludgeon's head on display after killing him.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', the man who would become the Saint of Killers suffered this fate after a failed attempt at revenge led to his death and damnation. The outlaw Macready kept the Saint's body in the saloon, occasionally pissing on it. Macready is appropriorately horrified and dumbfounded when the reborn Saint of Killers returns from Hell to complete his revenge, wondering how he could be outside killing everyone when his corpse is right next to him.
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', serial killer Kevin mounted the severed heads of six of the prostitutes he's murdered and eaten on plaques and hung them on the wall. This may have been inspired by the already creepy as hell [[http://i.huffpost.com/gen/254621/STUFFED-GIRLS-HEADS.jpg "Stuffed" Girl's Heads]] ad.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/TheAssassinationOfTwilightSparkle'', Twilight's body is kept persevered in a glass coffin in a special cemetery.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' had a trio of pirate corpses that were hung out in the ocean as a warning towards pirates. Jack took his hat off in reverence to them as he passed by.
* The villainous variant occurs in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' to Ned, William Munny's friend. While Munny was already mad at Little Bill for murdering him to begin with and had a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on his mind, seeing Ned's body on display at the saloon pissed Munny off ''even worse'', to the point that his first victim was the unarmed bartender.
* Dracula's skeleton, with a stake through where his heart would have been, was displayed in a traveling medicine show in ''Film/HouseOfFrankenstein''. When the stake was removed he came back to life, including flesh, hair, moustache, and tuxedo.
* "D-Fens" in ''Film/FallingDown'' kills a neo-Nazi storekeeper, and it's later reported (but not seen) that he put the guy on display in his own shop window.
* In ''SilenceOfTheLambs'', when Hannibal Lecter kills a police guard and badly wounds another during an escape attempt, he takes the time to disembowel the dead man and set his body up in a kind of crucifixion pose. Although this may have partly been to get the officers attention focused elsewhere, so they wouldn't realise that the "wounded" guard was actually Lecter wearing the man's face.
* A variant in ''StarWars Episode VI: ReturnOfTheJedi'', where Han Solo is revealed to have been put on display in Jabba's lair after being [[HumanPopsicle frozen in carbonite]]. He's not dead though, just hibernating.
* In the Hungarian CultClassic ''Taxidermia'', the grandson, who is a taxidermist, mounts his dead father and ''himself'' as art objects.
* The final shots of ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' include, among other things, the prominently-displayed heads of her various enemies.
* Near the end of the Western ''Colorado Territory,'' the two back-stabbing robbers wind up dangling by their necks in front of a crowd.
* Gawkers take pictures of Jesse James's body on display at the climax of ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord''.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', as with ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' on which it was based, the [[CannibalClan Reavers]] all have ships [[CreepySouvenir decorated with dead bodies and painted with blood.]] When the gang needs to get to the planet Miranda, which is in the middle of Reaver territory, Mal orders them to do the same thing as a disguise to get past them without being noticed. They are, of course, hesitant, especially since the only bodies available are those of their dead allies, but they eventually comply. In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aqFSzNNdrw this]] hilarious outtake, Creator/NathanFillion goes even further, insisting they “put Book front and center; he's our friend, we should honour him” and telling Kaylee to "find the kid who's taking the dirt nap with Baby Jesus - we need a hood ornament" until everyone breaks down laughing.
* The Emperor has the head of the incompetent governor "Beast" Rabban on display in front of his throne in DavidLynch's ''Film/{{Dune}}''.
* In ''Film/LastManStanding'', the coffin maker "Smiley" of Jericho displays the first guy Smith kills in the movie in his shop window dressed up like a corpse at a funeral to attract customers.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/966806_509314265801542_649845123_o.jpg One photo]] shows the massive skull of one Kaiju on public display.
* ''PlanetOfTheApes'': the apes stuff and display Dodge in a museum because black humans are unheard-of and he's a curiosity.
* At the start of ''TheRoadWarrior'', three vehicles attempt to get past the cordon established by Humongous' gang, who run them down and return with their bodies draped over the hood of their vehicles. Two survivors are also tied to the front of the BigBad's vehicle; after they're tortured to death, their hooded bodies are left there and get smashed up in the final chase scene.
* ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''. After an attempt to sabotage the MasterComputer fails, Colossus orders (under threat of nuclear retaliation) the immediate execution of those responsible, with the bodies to remain where they fall in view of its cameras for 24 hours, then cremated, to [[FakingTheDead prevent any possible subterfuge]].
* As Guerrero kills each of his former gang in ''Film/DeadInTombstone'', he places their bodies in coffins outside the church.
* [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Ladies and gentlemen]], [[AudienceParticipation Miss]] [[CrossestheLineTwice KAREN CARPENTER!]] [and a skeleton pops out]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-Earth universe (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc.), various sides display (parts of) their dead enemies. A notable example is Sauron having the dead body of Celebrimbor carried before his armies as a standard during the war in Eriador.
* In the Literature/{{Deryni}} books:
** From ''High Deryni'': By order of Wencit of Torenth, most of Duke Jared's army are impaled and left for Kelson's forces to find.
** From ''King Kelson's Bride'': After their failed ''coup d'etat'', Mahael and Braynyg are impaled before the royal burial ground. King Liam-Lajos orders the bodies be left on display three days and nights as required by Torenthi law.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort]] did this to Harry in the final battle of ''Deathly Hallows'', to prove the defenders of Hogwarts that their hero was really dead... except that he wasn't.
** [[TheQuisling Dolores Umbridge]], in a particularly sickening example, also does this to Mad-Eye Moody... or his eye, at least.
* The ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' scene with Old Major is an analogue of Lenin's Tomb (see below).
* The villainous variation occurs in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. With Daenerys freeing slaves everywhere she goes, a city she has targeted begins crucifying their slaves all along the road... so when she conquers the city, Dany herself punishes them by ordering that a number of the city's elders equal to the number those slaves be crucified in turn.
** In fact, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a lot of these: the "They Lay With Lions" scene, the head of Ned Stark, and so on. Tyrion lampshades the frequency of the head-on-a-stake version in ''A Clash of Kings'' during an exchange with his father when he is sent to King's Landing as surrogate Hand.
** While they're not exactly on display, the house Bolton is believed to have a room where they keep the skins of their enemies.
*** Also, members of House Bolton used to wear the skins of flayed enemies as a cloak back in the day, which is definitely a means of intimidation.
** One more notable case, this time of the first variant; Tywin's body is put on display at his funeral. It doesn't go very well, due to the advancing decomposition of his body.
** Subverted with Theon Greyjoy, who murders two random children and displays their heads dipped in tar to conceal the fact that the children he was trying to find got away from him.
* In ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', the ultra-religious government strings the corpses of abortion doctors, scientists and gay people to the walls as a warning.
* In ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]'' by Matthew Woodring Stover, the body of Caine's late rival and master swordsman Berne is kept as a tourist attraction on Earth in the Studio Curiouseum. Ultimately subverted as his body is kidnapped and reanimated so it can kill Pallas Ril.
* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' universe, the last Galactic Emperor was put into stasis a few seconds before his death, thus shifting power a few rungs down the ladder. No doubt this was a commentary on the (perceived) uselessness of the British Royal Family.
* In ''Literature/{{Deathlands}}: Encounter'', Baron Zeal uses a torture pit to burn his victims to a leathery brown, then hoists their heads on his wall. This is also how he gets [[HoistByHisOwnPetard killed in the end]].
* In ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', Gillian shows Michael a popular religious group, the Fosterites. Foster, their founder, had died in the chair in which his body still sits, and the Fosterites' Tabernacle had been built around the body.
* One of the ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' prequel books had the Baron Harkonnen build a secret retreat with glass walls containing the decaying corpses of the construction crew. [[GenreSavvy Evidently the builders died with resigned expressions on their faces]].
* In ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'', this happens to [[KillTheCutie Ilke]], a majority of the fans' favorite character...
* In the Literature/SwordOfTruth series, Richard kills one of Emperor Jagang's life-long friends and his closest advisor during the climax of one book. During the next book, he sends the head to his allies up north, magically enchanted to stay preserved. It ends up on a pike right in front of the Confessor's Palace, where Jagang gets to watch it rapidly decompose in front of him. Needless to say, he's [[VillainousBreakdown a little angry about it]].
* A parody of Jeremy Bentham (see below) is former Archchancellor Hopkins of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' Unseen University. According to ''[[UniverseCompendium The Discworld Companion]]'', he asked that the University complete a process he spent most of his life attempting; to be pickled in alcohol. As with Benthan, this has provided many opportunities for student humour.
** Ankh-Morpork used to have a gibbet on which a former criminal permanently swung as a warning. Parents would take their children to see the terrible consequences of a life of crime, and the kids would say "Wow, brilliant" and use it as a swing.
*** The weathervane on the Thieves' Guild building is also a former (unlicensed) criminal.
** There's a pub in Ankh-Morpork called "The Klatchian's Head". The current pub sign is wooden, but it used to be a genuine war trophy. In addition, Commander Vimes has forced the removal of a trophy troll's head from the Morporkian embassy in Bonk, Uberwald, during the events of ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' and a goblin's head from the Goblin's Head pub in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}''. There's also a Troll's Head in the Shades mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', with the comment "The thing on the pole isn't a sign. When they called it the Troll's Head, they didn't mess about". Presumably, in modern multicultural Ankh-Morpork, this has been rethought.
** In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', a heretic was sentenced to be taken to all the towns in the empire so that they could see the errors in his ways, with the footnote stating that since there were so many towns, he had to be cut up quite small.
** In the second ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the darker aspects of Shakespeare-era London are summed up using several references to the "heads on spikes" phenomenon.
* In ''The Literature/{{Ringworld}} Throne'' it is mentioned that the body of one Harvey Mossbauer is kept on display in the House of Patriarch's Pride, the royal museum of the Kzinti. In response to having his family killed and eaten during one of the Man-Kzin wars, Mossbauer had landed on the Kzinti homeworld, fought his way into the harem of the Patriarch, and detonated a bomb there. After killing him, the Kzinti stuffed him and put him on display as an "honored foe".
* In a notorious set piece from Mrs. Sherwood's ''The History of the Fairchild Family,'' the paterfamilias inculcates some moral lessons by taking his young children to see a man hanging from a gibbet. The man has been hanging there a very, ''very'' long time.
* In ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Chasm City]]'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds, the crucified body of Sky Hausmann has been displayed for centuries in view of everyone using the space elevator on Sky's Edge.
* Though disapproved by the clergy, the practice of publicly displaying the head of a dead enemy did still occur on occasion in the ''{{Literature/Deverry}}'' novels.
* In the Literature/SectorGeneral novellas "Tableau" and "Accident", we discover that the Earth-humans and the Orligians, the first sentient alien species they made contact with, fought a war after their FirstContact. It ended when two wounded soldiers, one from each side, trapped in wreckage with little hope of survival actually ''talked'' to each other and resolved the painfully unfortunate misunderstanding that started the whole mess in the first place. Against all probability they were rescued and put into suspended animation, then displayed together as a war memorial. When medical science had developed to the point that both their lives could be saved, they were revived.
* In the first ''Ultramarines'' short story featuring [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Captain Ventris]], captured heroic SpaceMarines are cut open and their ribs splayed before being crucified on the front of the enemy tanks, mainly as an insult to their comrades but also because that's just what they do [[FaceHeelTurn now they're Chaos Marines]].
* Many of the non-{{Samurai}} criminals in the ''Literature/SanoIchiro'' series await this fate after they are executed; their heads are displayed as a warning to other criminals who would think of offending the shogun. For reasons of honor, most samurai who are responsible for crimes are instead allowed to commit {{Seppuku}}, though a few of them have also been displayed, showing that the shogun considered them to have no honor.
* At the end of Ellis Peters's ''A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury'', Henry IV decides to do this with the corpse of his friend-turned-enemy Harry "Hotspur" Percy to quench rumors of his survival. Prince Hal, his son and Hotspur's former pupil, begs him not to do it as it will only turn against him, especially since he had given leave to bury Hotspur only the day before. The King doesn't listen, but Prince Hal is proven right when the action cements Harry Hotspur's status as a legend and haunts King Henry to his dying day.
* Happens a lot in ''Literature/TheStand'', where Randall Flagg likes to crucify people and leave them hanging on telephone poles.
* Courtesy of BlueAndOrangeMorality, the Helmacrons in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have a corpse manning the helm of their ship - apparently, you can't trust someone alive to make mistakes, you see, so they immortalize their fallen comrades by promoting them to captains. Marco and Cassie simply consider this too insane for words, and when the suggestion is made, they dread a similar "promotion". This isn't quite as crazy as it seems due to a quirk in Helmacron biology (a "dead" Helmacron's mind is reabsorbed into the species and is eventually reborn) ensures that no Helmacron ever truly dies.
* In S.L. Viehl's ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series, [[ProudWarriorRace Jorenian]] [[CulturedWarrior warriors]] have a habit of doing type 2 to [=ClanKill=] targets. Specifically, they string them out by their innards.
* In ''Literature/TheIliad'', Achilles kills Hector to avenge the death of Patroclus. He takes it too far by dragging Hector's corpse behind his chariot right outside the city of Troy's walls. Hector's father King Priam musters the courage to go behind enemy lines to beg Achilles to allow him to bury his son. Achilles is moved by the grieving father's pleas and returns Hector's body.
* ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': The final line of the novel is the author’s plea for giving Erik's body (the titular phantom) this treatment. Oddly enough, It seems to be a Type 1, when the person was an honored figure (despite the fact that Erik was a PsychoticManchild unrepentant killer, he was a truly great MadArtist), and his body would be preserved as a relic/object of reverence:
--> And, now, what do they mean to do with that skeleton? Surely they will not bury it in the common grave! ... I say that the place of the skeleton of the Opera ghost is in the archives of the National Academy of Music. It is no ordinary skeleton.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book ''Assassins'', Nicolae Carpathia kills the two witnesses, Eli and Moishe, at the Global Gala and leaves their bodies dead and unburied for 3 1/2 days, according to [[Literature/TheBible The Word of God]], before they are resurrected and taken to heaven.
** Nicolae Carpathia himself had his body put on public display during his wake in New Babylon when on the same day it would be "resurrected" by Satan indwelling him.
* ''Literature/TheTripods'': Turns out that in addition to enslaving humanity, the Masters are also preserving particularly beautiful specimens in their museum. Will is horrified to see the body of his love interest, Eloise, on display like a butterfly.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Chauntecleer confirms the death of the evil Cockatrice by ripping off its head, parading it around, and displaying the body to his animals.
* This is normal and respectful treatment of the dead in the [[JohnCarterOfMars Barsoomian]] city-state of Mantos where the honored dead are perfectly preserved and displayed in their best clothes on roof and balconies of the family home. Dead enemies are given a treatment that shrinks them into small mummies and displayed in niches in the main city gate.
* In ''Literature/{{Aliss}}'', the Red Queen creates art exhibits, usually family scenes, from taxidermied corpses.
** Charles (the {{Expy}} for the White Rabbit/Charles Dodgson) has been working for some time on a sculpture of his ideal of beauty, using parts from various corpses. The reader discovers this after he receives a [[FingerInTheMail Head in the Mail]].
* In Literature/EvaLuna, several years before the story started, a well-known lawyer who opposed the dictatorship was gunned down by the military. To say "fuck you!" to the tyrants, the family hired [[AbsentMindedProfessor Dr. Jones]] (the boss of Eva's mother Consuelo) to embalm the corpse and then put him on his favorite seat at his studio, even with his pipe in his hand. The "Benefactor" aka the leader of the military government didn't dare to go further, so the lawyer's body was on display for decades. [[spoiler: Until the new (and ''also'' dictatorial) government forced the family to bury him. This causes the already old Jones to have a stroke, and he never recovers.]]
* The Nartec, a race of sea-dwelling mutants, do this to captured ships' crews in their city in ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}''.
* In Creator/AliceWalker's short story "Elethia", the title character who worked at a restaurant called Uncle Albert's found out that the Uncle Albert mannequin used to invite people inside to dine was actually a preserved corpse. Eventually she and her friends broke into the restaurant and stole Uncle Albert from the display, burning his body in an incinerator, with Elethia keeping some of the ashes as a reminder that "Uncle Alberts" (people of other ethnicities used as a commercialized form of promoting racism) shouldn't exist.
* ''Spellsinger'': the town of Lynchbany got its name from the long-ago lynching of confidence trickster Tilo Bany, whose corpse is preserved in resin and hung up as a signpost.
* In Literature/EightCousins, Dr. Alec Campbell has an actual skeleton on display in his studio. When he catches the younger cousins playing with it, he explains the skeleton's story: [[spoiler: it belonged to one of his patients, a man with a ''horrible'' illness (probably cancer or tuberculosis), whose last wish was to have his corpse donated to science so it would be used to help others.]] When the boys learn this, they leave the skeleton alone.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In an episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF stole the body of a deceased leader while it was lying in state and replaced it with a fake as part of a plot to convince his successor that the old leader was still alive.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Space Museum", the Doctor and his companions see themselves, in permanent suspended animation, in a museum. Kind of like futuristic taxidermy. Then they find themselves earlier in time and have to prevent that future from happening.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had an episode where a Romulan adversary gloated that he would do this with the Enterprise itself once he defeated the ship and its crew, specifically threatening to display the broken hull over the entrance to the Romulan Military Academy as a trophy for every new recruit to admire.
* One episode of ''PushingDaisies'' had the rather gruesome reveal that the episode's villain had kept the corpse of the man he considered his best friend (who he himself had killed) on display in his office, disguised as a mannequin in a mascot costume.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' features all three variants:
** Marcus Cole is Type 1. As was Shi Alyt Branmer of the Star Riders.
*** Earlier in "Legacies" the body of a Minbari war hero was being paraded all over space. Then it got to Babylon 5 and Delenn stole the body to quietly cremate it in accordance with his actual wishes.
** Cartagia's Shadow Gallery is type 2.
** Morden is type 3, and heavily foreshadowed by this line:
--->'''Vir''': I want to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and put it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come at too high a price.[[note]][[EarnYourHappyEnding And he did]]![[/note]]
* Used in ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' to show that the USA is a ''very'' different place now.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' "Leapin' Lizards": They found a missing woman's head mounted on the wall like a trophy animal. She was murdered by UFO believers who were convinced she was a [[LizardFolk Reptilian queen]]. Here's a small [[http://image.wetpaint.com/image/1/BRBc6qP0nhHKmsaEfcQPJw31340/GW331H186 screencap of it]].
** Also the ep where people were being posed before they were killed so they died in the position they were displayed in. One was a guy with a bike, one was a guy on a bench... there was a kid next in line but they found him in time.
* The second episode of ''{{Blackadder}} II'' revolves around heads on spikes in Traitor's Cloister.
* Brandon's mutilated body in season one of ''TheWire'' was left on display, on the hood of a car, as a warning to Omar and anyone else who might care to mess with the Barksdale drug crew.
-->'''Avon Barksdale''': You know how them cracker motherfuckers do when they kill a deer? Or, like, when they go out killing animals, whatnot? Got them on the front of the truck, tied up, stretched out, so everybody could see it? You feel me? I'm serious: that's what I want. I want that motherfucker on ''display''. I'm gonna send a message to the courtyard about this motherfucker, so people know we ain't playing.
* On ''Series/{{Rome}}'', a soldier loyal to Julius Caesar executes Pompey when the latter tries to flee to Egypt. Rather then being pleased, Caesar is livid that a nobleman was so desecrated and orders the Egyptians to turn the man over. The soldier (not realizing this) [[PleaseShootTheMessenger is given a note to deliver to Caesar in Egyptian (which he cannot read), naming him as Pompey's killer]]. His OhCrap face as he realizes the trap he walked into is creepy, and the man's body is displayed for Type 2 reasons.
** Mark Antony and Cleopatra end up Type 2'd during the SeriesFinale as part of Augustus Caesar's triumphal parade.
* ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' uses this as a threat: "I'm going to kill John Connor. Then I'm going to put his head on a pike for the whole world to see."
* The corpse of a bushranger ends up on public display in Hopetoun in one episode of ''Series/WildBoys''.
* On ''TheBorgias'', the king of Naples has a whole roomful of Dead Guys On Display, with a banquet table still in place.
* In the 1966 tele-musical ''Evening Primrose'', those who do not comply with the storepeople's rules are turned over to a group known as "the Dark Men" and turned into display mannequins for the store. Charles and Ella, our protagonists, end up becoming a bride-and-groom display.
* After [[{{Farscape}} Rygel]] kills Durka, he carries around his [[DecapitationPresentation head on a pike.]]
-->'''Rygel''': He's an old enemy. I like that he doesn't talk back.
* On ''MyNameIsEarl'', Earl has to arrange a funeral for the man he and his ex-wife accidentally kidnapped. (The man died in an unfortunate MurphysBed incident, and having been an accidental victim of Earl, is now on Earl's list.) Earl speaks to a funeral director, who simply loves arranging the deceased in what he calls a "living pastiche," showing their favorite pastime. (This is not always popular with the families of the deceased, who often wish for a more traditional funeral with an actual casket.) Earl asks him to do a traditional funeral, but that doesn't work out, since the man evidently had no family or friends...at least not in RealLife. It turns out all his friends were online, and when they are informed of his death, they arrange a funeral in which he can get a proper euology...and he is put on display in front of a computer, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming just as he always loved]].
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the [[CannibalClan Reavers]] all have ships [[CreepySouvenir decorated with dead bodies and painted with blood.]] Very fitting, considering their AlwaysChaoticEvil nature and [[RapePillageAndBurn Rape-Consume-And-Make-Clothing-Out-Of]] ([[{{Squick}} not necessarily]] {{in that order}}) tendencies.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], the demon leaves Lily's body hanging from the town's windmill.
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* In King Geedorah's song "The Fine Print", Geedorah, an alien space monster and budding EvilOverlord[=/=]PresidentEvil, details his usual method of dealing with people who decry him: He has their heads cut off and mounted on pikes in the middle of town, where peasants throw stones at the heads until vultures eventually eat their flesh. As he says, "Maybe ''then'' they'll know the right words to speak out loud, at home, in the world, or in the streets."
* The country song "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox If I Die".
* [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants Exquisite Dead Guy, rotating in his display case...]]
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* The backglass for ''Pinball/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has the body of a scene-shifter hanging behind the Phantom's face.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'', after Hida Sukune lost the First Battle of Beiden Pass, his father Hida Kisada, Daimyo of the Crab Clan, had him executed and his corpse nailed to the Terrible Standard of Fu Leng. The card text of the Standard even lets you kill Sukune during a game to give the Standard a Force bonus.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The body of the Ultramarines primarch Roboute Guilliman is kept in stasis on his Chapter's homeworld, awaiting a time when he can be safely revived and returned to full health.
** His Brother Primarch Rogal Dorn of the Imperial Fists has his skeleton displayed, encased in Amber.
** Most ''40k'' examples are less optimistic. Even the "good guys" see the advantage of leaving traitors' corpses hanging from the gallows, while gibbets containing the charred and warped skeletons of psykers and mutants line the streets of some Imperial worlds. The [[RobotWar Necron]] unit type dubbed Flayed Ones uses a disturbing variant of the trope, by draping their victims' bloody skin on their metallic forms. [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] of course are fond of the "skull-on-a-stick" variant, and in one case a Warboss ordered a troublesome [[MadScientist Mekboy]] nailed upside-down to the front of his new battlewagon after the Mek broke the previous vehicle down for parts. Orks as well as Chaos forces are also fond of impaling the skulls of their enemies on their armor's SpikesOfVillainy.
** Chaos especially are fond of using skulls, heads, corpses, skins or any other parts of fallen enemies (or "comrades") to decorate their vehicles, buildings and/or outfits. [[FateWorseThanDeath Sometimes the people on display aren't dead yet]].
** The Penitent Engine of the [[ChurchMilitant Ecclesiarchy]] features a (live) heretic crucified on the front - as the pilot.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: In the play ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}'', the eponymous daughter of Oedipus is buried alive in a cave by Creon, for the crime of attempting to steal and bury the exposed corpse of her brother.
* ''Theatre/MacBeth'' ends with Malcolm displaying Macbeth's head at his (Malcolm's) AwesomeMomentOfCrowning.
* In the initial battle of ''Theatre/HenryVI, Part 3'', the Lancastrians capture Richard, cut his head off, and put it over the gates of York wearing a paper crown.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' takes this to an absolutely absurd extent, with corpses in various stages of dismemberment stakes and strung up even ''inside'' raiders' homes. The ubiquitousness of them likely is meant to indicate rampant cruelty and sadism in the Wasteland instead of the usual uses of the trope.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' does the same thing with victims of The Legion. The people they crucify aren't QUITE dead yet, but they may as well be. They also [[DecapitationPresentation display the severed heads]] of the [[LotteryOfDoom "lucky losers"]] on pikes.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
** You can put coffins anywhere you want. You could make part of a large hallway into some noble's tomb if you really wanted to. And you can make the coffins out of glass.
** Adventurers who are killed in a failed attempt to kill a bandit group will often have their bodies impaled on and propped up by wooden spears on display around the camp.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'', Kane has Seth (who tried to usurp him in the original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'') in suspended animation (and a lot of pain) as a warning.
* The villainous variant occurs in ''HeavenlySword'' with Flying Fox's [[MoralEventHorizon most despicable act]], which was stuffing and mounting the body of poor Kai's mother, whom the villain had previously murdered, as a display piece.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the final part of the Black Omen is a hallway where the party members (or their future doppelgangers) are being held in suspended animation, much like the ''Series/DoctorWho'' example above.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' the butchered corpses of political dissidents are a common enough sight in Rapture, but the most striking examples would be the body of a smuggler, who was apparently running Bibles, pinned to a wall in parody of the crucifix, Sander Cohen's "Statues," throughout Fort Frolic, and Andrew Ryan's "Trophy" room, where failed assassins, political adversaries, and his former friends are staked to pillars.
* In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', Lady Comstock's body is on display in the Columbia cemetery, sealed in a glass case. During the game, Booker [=DeWitt=] and Elizabeth must go to the cemetery to get Lady Comstock's hand so that they could get access to the gate to Comstock House, but Zachary Comstock knows what Elizabeth is up to and uses her powers to "resurrect" Lady Comstock by merging her dead form with her living form from another timeline, causing her to break out of her case.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', the Riddler does this with three security guards as part of a riddle challenge.
** Technically, it was actually Victor Zsasz who did it. It's made clear by the riddle itself: "Zsasz is counting on you finding his work."
** That's just Zsasz's MO (see his section under the "comics" folder). Two [[SerialEscalation far more appropriate examples]] come from the Penguin and Ra's al Ghul in the sequel, ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity.'' The latter has a dozen or so trespassers strung up from the ceiling of his stronghold's entryway as a warning while the former marries actual museum display cases and a disturbingly literal application of this trope, posing the corpses of rival gang's soldiers (and Bud and Lou, Harley's pet hyenas) as trophies.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the darkspawn frequently leave their victims hanging from tree branches or sticking their mutilated bodies on spikes.
** One notable example is King Cailan, whose body has been stripped of its armor and left on display by the darkspawn in the "Return to Ostagar" DLC.
*** Meghren the usurper also favoured placing the severed heads of "traitors," including Maric's own mother, on the walls of Fort Drakon in the prequel novel ''The Stolen Throne''. When Maric slays Meghren, [[PayEvilUntoEvil he returns the favour.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{GUN}}'', corrupt mayor Hoodoo Brown's corpse is displayed in a vertical coffin in town square after you kill him. For [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential extra cruelty points]], you can destroy the corpse with dynamite (either the normal or TrickArrow version).
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Ezio does this to Francesco de Pazzi's body after killing him, as a warning to the rest of the Pazzi and their supporters, particularly Francesco's uncle, Jacopo, who takes off running when he sees it.
** TruthInTelevision. After the Pazzi Conspiracy failed, not only was Francesco's (naked) body hung from the walls of the Palazzo della Signoria, but so were many of the other conspirators Ezio kills in the game.
* Guybrush Threepwood in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God''. His entire corpse is standing on display wearing a [[NiceHat party hat]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments holding a dartboard]] during a wake in Club 41 when Bugeye and W.P. Grindstump are considering [[DueToTheDead burning the corpse in effigy]]; Guybrush eventually [[InhumanHuman repossesses his own decaying corpse]], though.
* In ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'', it's revealed that Kyle Katarn's father had his head displayed on a pike by an Imperial warlord.
* In ''RedDeadRedemption'' you can find this in the town of Thieves' Landing. Appropriately named this place is filled with thieves and murders and has no law enforcement so people shooting at each other (some times even you) and other crimes are a common sight. When you visit the saloon you see a dead body on display that has a sign on it telling any passerby that the crime he committed that warranted this fate was '''cheating''' in a card game. This shows you how without law enforcement it is anyone's game to seek whatever retribution they see fit.
* In ''{{Halo 2}}'', the Prophet of Truth states that the specific details of the Arbiter's death sentence were that he be hung by his ''entrails'' until death, and his corpse "paraded through the city". Of course, the sentence is not ultimately carried out, because the Prophet of Truth thinks it would be a waste of resources (the Arbiter is the Covenant's greatest living warrior and commander), so instead he offers to make him the new Arbiter, with both explicitly understanding that it is a suicide mission.
* Implied in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' if you join the legion and kill RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak.
** With the addition of the "Hearthfire" DLC, the player character can invoke this him/herself with a trophy room. Even though you can't make trophies of any sentient enemies, don't forget what that [[OurZombiesAreDifferent draugr you stuffed and mounted is]]. (Or would that be "Dead Undead Guy on Display"?)
** This trope is also in full effect at the entrance to many bandit hideouts.
* It's hard to know what to make of Castle Bulugha in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade.'' Anytime the player visits, a grand feast is laid out on the table, and there might be a lord also in attendance. The key word is 'also' because there is a dried up skeleton in ragged robes sitting at the table, clutching a cup. Close inspection reveals [[BackStab a dagger between its shoulder blades]]. While a literal [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable mummy at the dining table]], it doesn't apply to that trope because no one seems to relate to it, positively or negatively. In all fairness, [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight no one seems to even notice it,]] but that's more GameplayAndStorySegregation, especially considering how little story there is in ''Mount & Blade.''
* In ''[[DawnOfWar Soulstorm]]'', one of the Dark Eldar buildings can be upgraded to have cages with the tortured corpses of their victims, which demoralizes and scares enemies.
** Warboss Gorgutz 'ead'unter... well... takes the heads of enemy commanders and fits them on his pointy bosspole so everyone can see. After all, he'd look "pretty stoopid wif sumwun's ''foot'' on me pointy stikk".
* During a flashback, we see Ricard Raguel's body strung up on the Gates of Grief in ''VideoGame/{{Gungnir}}''. Ragnus relates to Julio that just standing in front of the gates as an adult makes him flash back to seeing his adoptive father's corpse there as a child, and makes it difficult for him to stay calm.
* Noob-Smoke's bio in MortalKombat Deception states that Noob Saibot found Smoke's deactivated cyborg body in Shao Kahn's trophy room, where the late emperor kept the cyborg assassin as a memento from his Earthrealm invasion.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', Rugal Bernstein has a collection of metal statues...in which he created from bodies of the fighters he killed, dipped them into liquid metal and turned them into his own personal trophies as his way to find {{Worthy Opponent}}s to defeat him.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'', Frost Walrus has the partially dismembered and frozen-solid corpses of Chill Penguin from ''X1'' and Blizzard Buffalo from ''X3'' decorating the background of his stage. Either he doesn't like competition for the title of "best [[AnIcePerson ice based]] Maverick" or he's one morbid SOB.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Mordin is mentioned to have done this to some mercs after they tried to take control of his clinic on Omega. This disturbs people more than usual, since Mordin is a ''medical doctor'', basically the last kind of person you'd expect this from.
* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', Dead Cousin Ted - a mummified corpse - is put on display throughout history. In 1793 he's displayed behind the lobby counter, wearing a tricorne hat. In 1993 he's placed out in the front yard, holding up a bird bath. In 2193, he can be found in a museum-like room upstairs that commemorates 1970's human culture, wearing a leisure suit.
* In ''Videogame/LandsOfLore 2'', the Draracle has the corpse of the god Belial (whom he himself executed) on display in his museum. The museum guide explains that the corpse is there "not as a trophy, but as a warning."
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* The glass jars from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Doesn't that look ''fun''?
** Trope only applies for part of their tenure in those jars. Gotta be Dead to be a Dead Guy On Display.
*** If you look closely, there are mummified remains in some of the jars (during the "late for class" sequence). Given that people are inserted into these jars while living... this has just ascended to FridgeHorror.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dirk [[DecapitationPresentation mounts the head of his would-be assassin]] on a pike in a public square in front of a crowd as a warning to the leaders of Derse that he's awake and that he's not going to let them get away with it.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' presents this in the form of a [[UpToEleven Dead ARMY On Display,]] albeit it's easy to miss. After taking Azure City, the goblins can be seen on the wall to have mounted the severed heads of several soldiers on pikes and planted them on the wall. Both serving as a warning to others not to mess with the Goblins, and to raise the spirits of the Goblins inside, since the Azurites were some of their most hated enemies. Seen [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0510.html on this page's last panel.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The body of The Flying Dutchman from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' became a window display.
* What almost happened to ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' in "Graduation, Part 2".
-->'''Warhok:''' Come Warmonga, we will take this one as a trophy. She will look handsome mounted beside your Thorgoggle spine.
* Although it doesn't happen, {{Darkseid}} gloats that he will put Franchise/{{Superman}}'s heart on a pike in his throne room at the climax of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''.
* [[EnfanteTerrible Stewie]] from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' recommends doing this.
-->"Nothing says 'obey me' like a bloody head on a fence post!"
* At the very beginning of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'', the Lemons actually use Leland Turbo's compacted metal corpse as a warning for those who attempt to go near their oil rig.
* Used as a quite morbid gag on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "It's About Time". While visiting the museum, Phineas discovers a dog skeleton on display with the name tag "Bucky". He instantly recalls having a dog named Bucky that "got sick and had to move to Old Man Simmons's farm" and in an attempt by his step-father to turn away the attention from the dog, they turn to the display right to the side of the dog...
-->'''Phineas:''' Didn't we have a dog named Bucky who got sick and went to live on kindly Old Man Simmons's farm?
-->'''Lawrence:''' Oh, uh, let's move on, shall we? This exhibit is kindly Old Man Simmons-- Hey! Who's up for milkshakes?
** Should also be noted that these fossils (at least Bucky's) were dug up from the Flynn-Fletcher backyard. Make of that what you will.
* In ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' full Huntsclan members use as helmet the skull of the first dragon they killed. Also, Rose had to show the Huntsman the skin of her first dragon to prove she had actually done it and not faked it (she had faked it, and showed him the skin Jake shed naturally).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The embalmed body of Communist revolutionary UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin has been on public display in Moscow's Red Square since 1924 (except for a brief period during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII when the Soviets shipped the body off to Siberia for safekeeping). [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin's]] body was displayed next to it for several years before Khrushchev decided that Stalin hadn't been so great after all (Moscow's most prestigious medical school has a small department dedicated to the preservation of Lenin's body).
* MaoZedong... possibly (visitors to the [[IncrediblyLamePun Maosoleum]] are whisked past the coffin at high speeds so they don't have quite enough time to figure out if the "body" is actually a waxwork).
* The body of [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] ruler Kim Il Sung is on display in Pyongyang in the Kumsusan Memorial Palace. The body of his son, Kim Jong Il, was also put on display there in December 2012, a year after his death.
* The body of [[UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}} Vietnamese]] leader Ho Chi Minh is on display in Hanoi... even though he requested to be cremated.
* Elmer [=McCurdy=] is one of the most notorious examples of Old West outlaws given this treatment. After performing an utterly fail-tastic robbery (take: $40 and a bottle of booze), he yelled "[[TemptingFate You'll never take me alive!]]" at the posse. They didn't bother. His embalmed corpse ("The Man Who Would Not Be Taken Alive") became an extremely popular touring exhibit, until finally it ended up hanging in a funhouse, wrapped up as a mummy. It was discovered to be a real corpse during the filming of a ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' episode at the funhouse. He is now buried in a concrete-sealed tomb.
* Jeremy Bentham, one of the founders of University College London, willed his body to the University. They had to put his head in storage due to drunk freshers stealing it but the rest of him is on display, in the front entrance of the main building. (They used to abide by a somewhat ghoulish condition in his will that his body be present at every board meeting in exchange for willing a large portion of land to the college, which resulted in them carrying the body into faculty meetings, where it was listed on the minutes as "Present but not voting.")
* Allegedly, the "real" John Wilkes Booth's corpse was not buried but got put up for display in a travelling medicine show. More likely, some random corpse got labelled JWB in order to drum up business.
* Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes was famous for impaling whole villages and leaving the bodies to rot. Some historians (and Wallachian folklore) say that these gory displays were instrumental in stopping the Turkish push into Europe (allegedly, a Turkish invasion force turned back in horror when they came across one of his "forests"). And when Vlad himself was killed in battle, his head was sent back to Istanbul to assure the Turks that he was actually dead.
* Oliver Cromwell's head moved about several locations. He's an extra-special example, as his enemies were so determined to make this trope happen that after he died of natural causes, they dug him up and [[DeaderThanDead killed him again]].
* At the Restoration many prominent Roundheads, not just Cromwell, were dug up and displayed in all their rotting, cadaverous glory. Especially true if they'd had a hand in executing Charles I.
* St. Bernadette Soubirous's body has yet to putrify since her death in 1879, and is on display in the convent of Nevers.
* Pirates often ended up dangling in places as a warning to others. Blackbeard himself ended up on a pike in Virginia (well, his head did anyway). Pirates caught by the Royal Navy were usually taken back to England, hanged at 'Execution Dock' below the high water mark on the Thames and then left there until they had been submerged by the tide three times. Particularly notorious individuals like Captain Kidd then had their bodies cut down, embalmed, and displayed in iron cages at the mouth of the river.
* In the final days of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as the Allies closed in from the west and the Red Army stormed in from the east, [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] made a habit of hanging anyone found guilty of desertion and leaving their bodies up with a warning placard.
* François "Papa Doc" Duvalier managed to demonstrate he didn't really understand PR by stringing up one of his opponents...right next to the "Welcome to Haiti" sign outside Port-au-Prince. During a drive to bring in more tourists. This was deliberate; the dictator knew that Haiti badly needed foreign exchange, but was also wary about them bringing crime and "subversive ideas" (i.e., the [[SarcasmMode ridiculous idea]] that Papa Doc was a murderous tyrant).
* Creator/{{Cicero}} made a series of speeches against Mark Antony, who eventually had him murdered for that. His head and his hands (which had penned the speeches) were cut off and displayed in the Forum Romanum.
* In feudal Japan, victorious warlords would display the heads of their defeated opponents on a pike as a form of humiliation. Samurai of the fallen lord would try to prevent this by taking the head away before the battle ended and giving it a respectful secret burial. The practice is referenced a few times in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''.
* Abe Lincoln was the first famous politician to have had his body preserved via modern embalming techniques (which provides a different take on the phrase "better 'living' through chemistry") and his body was carted around throughout the country for public displays for three weeks before finally being buried.
* The Austro-Hungarian Habsburgs, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, routinely embalmed the bodies of their deceased family members and laid them out in state for viewing; for example, Emperor Franz Josef I (natural causes, 1916), Crown Prince Rudolf (suicide, 1889), and Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophie (assassination, 1914). Empress Elisabeth, who was assassinated in 1898, would have been treated the same way, but her embalming was bungled so that her body had to be placed in a closed coffin.
* Che Guevara's body was put on display for citizens to come and see for days after he was executed.
* The bodies or skeletons of human oddities (like giants or midgets) were in great demand for private and academic museums of medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries.
* After UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini's Fascist government fell in April 1945, he was executed (just a few days, coincidentally, before the death of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler) and not just put on display, but dragged by the ankles from a moving car Achilles-style for everyone to see. He was finally left, with his mistress Clara "Claretta" Petacci and a brace of Fascist bigwigs who'd been executed at the same time, hung upside down at a gas station in downtown Milan, to be spat upon by passerby and pecked by crows. The bodies were eventually taken down and buried, but it was years before their families could safely claim either cadaver.
* When Richard, the Duke of York, died in battle while trying to claim the English throne, Margaret of Anjou, the current king Henry VI's queen and his ''de facto'' regent, not only had his head displayed on the walls of the city of York, but in an ironic twist had a paper crown placed on it.
* There have been multiple incidents of people willing their skulls to theater companies to be used as Yorick in productions of ''{{Hamlet}}''.
* When he was captured and killed by the UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}n rebellion, UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi's body was carried around and paraded. He was still alive for part of the humiliation. His corpse was eventually moved to an industrial freezer where members of the public were permitted to view it for a few days.
* In contrast to the Roman Catholic practice to put the bodies of saints on display for reverence, there is the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadaver_Synod Cadaver Synod]], where [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope Stephen VII]] exhumed the body of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, and staged a posthumous trial. Formosus's corpse was [[KangarooCourt found guilty]], had [[{{Fingore}} the three fingers he used for blessings chopped off]], was stripped of his vestments and thrown into the Tiber. Pope Stephen's popularity went down considerably after that, and he was strangled to death six months after the trial.
* After Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in battle by government forces, his body was placed on public display, and video of it was broadcast on state television for all to see. The primary reason for this was to demoralize Savimbi's supporters, since after years of leading from the front lines and several failed assassination attempts, Savimbi had gained an almost mystical reputation for cheating death, with many Angolan citizens believing he was impossible to kill. [[DecapitatedArmy Within six months of his death, Savimbi's rebel army had signed a ceasefire and disbanded]], reforming itself into a strictly political organization.
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