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[[caption-width-right:330:Buried in a salt field; a very bitter end.]]

This is a stock type of camera shot that is also popular for [[FilmPosters posters and cover art]]. The story typically has death or murder as a central element, but featuring a corpse front and center, especially a very maimed one, prominently on the box art is usually not considered a good way to sell. So a compromise is used, an artfully limp and bloody hand is shown, perhaps holding (or dropping) an important object. Of course, the hand may be [[AnArmAndALeg separate from the body]], or itself badly damaged.

SisterTrope to LastGraspAtLife, where the focus on the hand is because it's the last part of a falling/drowning person to disappear.

Subtrope of GoryDiscretionShot. See also EmpathyDollShot.

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

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!! Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happens to a middle school student whom ''VampirePrincessMiyu'' bit for blood [[VampireBitesSuck and accidentally killed by fully draining her]] in [[WholeEpisodeFlashback the fourth OVA.]] First there's a ScreamDiscretionShot to the school building and a bunch of students as another girl finds her, then a while later we see the girl's body from a long distance, and last but not least we're shown her hand [[LongHairIsFeminine and some strands of her long hair.]]
* Happens in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist: The Conquer of Shamballa'', mixed with an EmpathyDollShot. We hear a scream, see a gust of wind, then cue a hand underneath a pile of debris right next to a teddy bear.
* In ''DragonBall Z'', as Vegeta draws his final breath on Namek, his tear-blurred vision fades from his point of view, and we next see a close-up of his gloved hand falling onto the ground, followed by a shot of his body shivering with his eyes closed before becoming still and lifeless, followed by a gust of wind blowing on his body.
* Flashbacks to the background story of the Uchiha Clan massacre in ''{{Naruto}}'' would show a bloodied hand ripping out of the paper doors, while the shadowed figure of the perpetrator Itachi Uchiha looms above the body.
* In the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' HQ-exclusive bad ending ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unoeytu3SIA seen here]]), Kotonoha is pushed by Sekai onto train tracks and is killed by the arriving train. Right after the train hits, the scene cuts to Makoto holding the poor girl's [[AnArmAndALeg torn-off hand]]
* Happens to Nono Motoe in ''Anime/BloodC''. Or better said, we see her legs after she and her twin sister Nene are ''horribly'' eaten alive in front of their friend Saya Kisaragi. And then it's subverted: it was all an act. They ''do'' get killed off again... [[{{Gorn}} and it's much worse]].
* ''{{Wolfs Rain}}'': A flashback of Toboe's life as a pet had him accidentally kill his own elderly owner because of his unrestrained playfulness. The last shot is off the woman's gasping pleas to Toboe to get off her and her outreached hand falling to the floor as she dies.
* In ''MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Shinn often has traumatic flashbacks to his sister Mayu's detached hand gripping her pink mobile phone ''after she and Shinn's parents have been accidentally blown up during a battle''. He keeps the phone as a gory TragicKeepsake.
* In ''StreetFighterAlphaTheAnimation'', when Shun dies [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in his "brother" Ryu's arms]], right after the kid's FamousLastWords we see his hand going limp.
** Similarly, in TheKingOFFighters: KYO manga, Maki Kagura's bloodied hand is the only thing we see of her after the teen Goenitz kills her in front of her twin sister Chizuru.
* In ''Anime/{{Another}}'', the last we see of the nurse Mizuno Sanae after she's been [[ElevatorFailure crushed inside a malfunctioning elevator]] is her limp, bloody hand poking out of the wreckage.
* In the first episode of {{Madlax}}, the titular ActionGirl is speaking to an injured boy named Pete whom she has just rescued in the jungle. They're talking about having a date once they're done, but in the middle of their conversation Pete passes away from his injuries; the first signal we get is how he stops talking after he tells Madlax his name, and the second is how his hand goes limp.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The cover to ''CaptainAmerica'' #25 features Cap's gloved hand laying dead on the cover, amidst newspaper scraps. This was the issue that he supposedly died.
* ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen: In Minutemen, The Silhouette's death is depicted with a bloody slashed hand, instead of her mutilated corpse. The Liquidator, her killer, is also seen this way, his hand sticking out of a bathtub instead of the audience seeing his corpse.
* ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers: Had an AnyoneCanDie story and the final issue had a variant cover with a hand lying limp on the ground.
* In ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', this is how Xiao Meng meets his unhappy end, across several pages [[http://mangafox.me/manga/the_ravages_of_time/v32/c257/25.html several pages]] that culminate [[http://mangafox.me/manga/the_ravages_of_time/v32/c257/30.html thus]].
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[[folder:Art]]
* The Royal Artillery Memorial (1919) in London. Revolutionary in that one of the statues of four soldiers around it actually lies ''dead''- but he's actually covered by his gas cape; his outline and his boots are visible- the only part of his actual body shown is his hand. (It's still an incredibly moving piece of sculpture.)
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', complete with dropped apple. Of course, it's only "sleeping death".
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the last shot of the dying king of Atlantis as he pleads to Milo to save Atlantis is his hand becoming limp as death claims him.
* Towards the end of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', a dying Kerchek's hand falls to the ground after he tells Tarzan to take care of the other gorillas.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In [[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]], the flashback of Tom Riddle shows a hand hanging from a corpse on a barrow, carried by four unnamed medic wizards down a stairway. [[spoiler: We later learn that the dead girl is the very girl whose ghost haunts the ladies' room in the second floor, and that she was killed by the basilisk on the orders of none other than Tom Riddle himself. ]]
* The image comes from the Mexican film ''Bajo la Sal'' ([[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3640956672/tt1110207 Under the Salt]]). The movie itself also uses this shot several times to depict the murdered women found this way.
* ''{{Brick}}'' uses this [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4137652736/tt0393109 on the poster]] and in the film for the protagonist's dead ex-girlfriend in the beginning.
* ''Film/CitizenKane'' starts off with a shot of Kane's hand holding a snowglobe, then dropping it when he dies.
* The George Romero ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' movie has a zombie hand too, and those are the living dead. The hand doesn't have the courtesy to lie there prettily though. It grasps.
* After Kate is slashed to death in ''Film/DressedToKill'', the last we see of her is her bloodied hand, shuddering in its death throes, protruding through the partially open elevator door.
* [[http://beauchampcollegemedia2011.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/249/ The poster]] for the first ''{{Saw}}'' movie had this.
* The horror movie ''House'', starring William Katt.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMlDPsRwZE4 The ending]] of the 1930 film version of ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''.
** Also a scene in the middle showing a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ciq9ts02ci4 French soldier's hand gripping some barbed wire after the rest of him has been blown to pieces.]]
* In ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl'', Captain Barbossa drops an apple as he dies.
* William Wallace after his execution at the end of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.
* After Neil kills himself in ''DeadPoetsSociety''... though the drama is ruined somewhat by the subsequent slo-mo shot.
* Seen with Wilson's [[AteHisGun suicide by gunshot]] in ''TheGreatGatsby''.
* Orange Juice's death in the film version of ''Literature/LifeOfPi''.
* Cora's death in ''[[Film/ThePostmanAlwaysRingsTwice1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice]]''.
* ''Welcome to the Punch'' (2013). During a struggle in the morgue, the detective protagonist bumps into a laden gurney and a hand drops out from under the sheet. This is how he discovers his partner has just been murdered, due to her [[CouldntFindAPen habit of writing notes on the back of her hand]].
* ''Film/MadMax''. Max forces his way into the hospital room where the Goose lies under an oxygen tent after being burnt alive in his car by Toecutter's gang. Cue the Goose's charred arm falling out from under the tent. Max then pulls back the cover, and [[GoryDiscretionShot only his horrified expression hints at what's under it]].
* Subverted at the end of ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. After Max causes a crash, the hand of [[TheDragon Ironbar]] falls out of his vehicle, strokes the woman's dollface on his standard, then turns upwards for a final defiant FlippingTheBird.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The storyboards for ''Ciem: Vigilante Centipede'' [[http://bulldozerivan.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d5754my include a scene of Candi's hand sliding down the glass as she's being knocked out with gas]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* When the Doctor [[DeaderThanDead dies permanently]] in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left", his body is covered with a sheet, but his limp hand falls into view and drops the sonic screwdriver.
* ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'': The scene where the dog shoots the hunter in the head.
* Used in an OnTheNext trailer for a TonightSomeoneDies episode of ''DowntonAbbey'', which featured the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. [[NeverTrustATrailer Subverted, though]]; the clip of a hand falling limp onto a bed [[ManipulativeEditing was actually an entirely innocent gesture by a character who fully recovers]] (though somebody else does die).
* Also subverted in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', when Mal told [[TheMedic Simon]] that Kaylee had died from the gunshot wound that Simon had previously repaired. After Simon frantically runs down to the infirmary... Kaylee is there, smiling and perfectly happy. Cut to Mal laughing his ass off.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. After Caesar is murdered, his loyal slave Posca is shown hauling a cart through the streets, and Caesar's bloody hand drops from it.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Happens in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' after Nia's death, as to confirm Lurker's statement that he is dead. We see his blood covered legs.
* This happens twice in ''Webcomic/KissWood'' after the Professor is shot by a Watcher and only a hand is shown of Ahbon's corpse as its crushed under rubble. Subverted with the latter, as he survives with only his hand injured.
* Hai An's death in ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' as the rest of his body is obscured by the explosion smoke.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Used at the beginning and end (for separate characters) in the music video for Beast's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTbC1UsBtek Breath]]".
* In the video for Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone", the protagonist hangs up the phone, then leaves his hotel room, pausing to shove the dangling arm of a corpse into the cabinet he'd presumably hidden a murder victim in.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* [[http://www.giantbomb.com/dead-space/61-20800/all-images/52-179977/dead_space_cover/51-851818/ The box art]] for ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead's'' [[http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/904/766043-left4dead_windows_cover_large.jpg cover art]] is of a dead hand-- it's in the opening movie as such.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** One of the very few images of Courier 6 from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is of a very sad-looking hand, [[http://images.wikia.com/fallout/images/6/61/Courier_buried.jpg poking up out of a shallow grave.]] It even carries over to his/her Caravan card in the special edition: a gloved hand bursting out of the ground.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' had such a shot in the Shady Sands ending if you took too long and the town got destroyed by the mutants.
* During a flashback in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', Claire's hand is the only part of her body that's exposed amidst the rubble following the catastrophic explosion that killed her and several other people.
* This is how the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f96hKqkY_Y intro]] for ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' ends.
* Used in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 06]]'' when Sonic is killed during the Last Episode.
* One of the endings for ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' shows this for the protagonist, on his deathbed.
* The GameOver screen for ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' shows the arm of a corpse hanging over a wrecked car [[SceneryGorn with the smoldering ruins of a Japanese city in the background]].
* During the early-game WhamEpisode of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', the only thing we see of [[spoiler: Fiora's]] likely horrifically-mangled corpse is her arm, before the MiniMecha she was riding in is tossed away.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' cartoon ''loved'' this trope. Standouts include Splinter (who in reality wasn't seriously hurt, although that didn't stop producers from using the shot to suggest it in the episode's promo), Tang Shen (who did).
* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Undersea Urgency", Jonny and other survivors of a doomed UnderwaterBase (overrun by Film/{{CHUD}}-like creatures awakened by a a seaquake), one of surviving scientists tries to go back for one of the dead creatures (ForScience!). Turns out the creature (and it's inhuman maw full of razor-sharp teeth) is NotQuiteDead. Cue DeadHandShot.
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