->''He looks like a walking pirate flag!''
-->--The Seep


[[DontFearTheReaper Forget everything you thought you knew]]; it turns out that TheGrimReaper is [[DarkIsNotEvil actually a pretty nice guy]]. Sure; his job involves collecting the souls of the deceased, but he's also [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu happily married, with a son]], and enjoys [[VillainsOutShopping spending quality time with his family]]. His son, the titular star of the series, is the same--but a great deal more naive.

Together with a RagtagBandOfMisfits who look about as bizarre as himself, Death Jr. goes on various misadventures (some of which he or Pandora Boxley arguably caused to escalate in the first place), with a good dose of humor and violence along the way.

Originally an action game by Backbone Entertainment released for the PlaystationPortable, ''Death Jr.'' was intended to branch out into its own massive, media-branching franchise, with the first adaptation being a graphic novel written by Gary Whitta, and illustrated by Ted Naifeh. While the video game recieved mixed reviews (the general consensus is that it delivers in the action department, but doesn't really take advantage of its universe to convey an interesting plot), the graphic novel was very well-reviewed, boggling to those people who barely even knew the game exists. Both the game and graphic novels recieved sequels, many an arguable improvement from their predecessors, although they didn't come close to pushing the series into the mass-franchise the creators had hoped. Perhaps out of realization that the PSP wasn't a big success, the series abandoned its original exclusive deals with Sony, and began to appear on Nintendo platforms. Unfortunately, when Backbone Entertainment was bought by Namco soon afterward, it seemed to force the franchise into limbo, but hopefully not forever.

'''Games in the Death Jr. Series:'''
* ''Death Jr.'' The First game and the beginning of the series. For the PSP.
* ''Death Jr: Root of Evil.'' The sequel. [[AscendedExtra made Pandora a playable character]]. Originally for the PSP; later ported to the {{Wii}} with improved graphics and motion controls.
* ''Death Jr and the Science Fair of Doom.'' For the DS.

'''Books in the Death Jr. Series:'''
* ''Death Jr. Volume One.'' The [[CaptainObvious first book]], in which Death Jr. inadvertantly screws up the laws of life and death.
* ''Death Jr. Volume Two.'' In this book, Death Jr. is tempted by the evil Bureaucracy; [[TakeThat the long-lost fifth horseman of the apocalypse]], into screwing his father over; together they must set things right again.
* ''Pandora: A Death Jr. Manga.'' Predictably, this is ADayInTheLimelight for Pandora, in which she must save Death Jr. from an evil ClingyJealousGirl.
* ''Death Jr. and the Cryogenic Storm.'' The proposed third book in the series, which unfortunately was put on hold indefinitely after Backbone was bought-out.

'''Tropes Found in ''Death Jr.'':'''

* ActionGirl: Pandora becomes one.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Though some of them have been tampered with in rather amusing ways.
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: In the first game, at least.
* BlackComedy not the only type in the series, but a bit of an issue in Volume One, with a rather macabre RunningGag about DJ's cat dying.
** The Seep ought to be mentioned too, for the sake of being a pickled fetus, though technically he isn't dead. (He is quite a comedian, though!)
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: Death Jr. and his friends.
* CrapsackWorld: Debatable. Though it's dark, it's not without fun, and not without morals.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Death, Death Jr, and their friends...although the Seep is still a JerkAss.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Seep. Sometimes moves out of the "Deadpan" territory, though.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: See the trope below.
* DontFearTheReaper: Unless you died, of course.
* EmoTeen: Stigmartha.
* TVGenius: Smith.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Pandora claims to have learned martial arts from playing ''StreetFighter''. As such, she's given names to her moves and frequently calls them out.
* MeaningfulName: Pandora Boxley is named after the legend of Pandora's box. Stigmartha is a pun of "stigmata." Smith and Weston are named after a firearms manufacturer--though why is not explained.
** They're inventors who handle DJ's weapon upgrades.
* PerkyGoth: Pandora qualifies; Stigmartha...not so much.
* TheGrimReaper: And his wife and son.
* TheyKilledKenny: Pandora has died and recovered ''twice'' in the series.
* YouAreGrounded: Happens a fair amount to DJ--perhaps unsurprisingly, as his actions have a tendency to put the world at jeopardy.