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->''Every great joke needs a punchline, and ''TheWickerMan'' doesn't disappoint. After Cage meets his screaming, charbroiled death, the film ends and a title slate appears: "For [[Music/TheRamones JOHNNY RAMONE]]." Sure. I don't know why it's there, and I don't want to find out.''
-->-- '''''{{Website/Cracked}}'''''

When a writer or show writer want to thank someone in particular, they can dedicate their work to them. Very frequent in {{Literature}}, where it's a tradition; literary dedications usually appear at the beginning of the work.

A specific subtrope is InMemoriam, where a movie or television episode is dedicated to someone connected to the show [[AuthorExistenceFailure who recently died]], usually in a notice at the end of the show.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''Fanfic/RetroChill'' is dedicated to [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]], which makes sense.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has an especially lovely one to the memory of lyricist Howard Ashman, who died prior to the film's completion:
-->''To our friend Howard,\\
who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul,\\
we will be forever grateful.''
* Disney Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' had one for Steve Jobs (the co-founder and CEO of Pixar), who died eight months before the film was released:
-->''To Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor, and friend.''

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[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/TheGreatEscape'''s dedication simply reads 'For the Fifty.' Cue the [[TearJerker sobbing]] before the movie even begins.
* Creator/KevinSmith has one of these in every film he makes. He always thanks {{God}} first.
* ''A Muppet Christmas Carol'' is dedicated to Muppet creator Jim Henson and Muppeteer Richard Hunt.
** ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles II'' was also dedicated to Henson, who helped design the Turtles for the first film.
** ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was dedicated to Edgar Bergen, who died shorty after filming his cameo.
* ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle ''Challenger''.
** ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, who passed away shortly before the film's release.
** Also dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' 2-part episode "Unification", the first to air after his death.
** And ''Film/StarTrek 2009'' was dedicated to Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the latter of whom had just passed on after completing her final role - the voice of the ''Enterprise'''s computer.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' is dedicated to the post-9/11 war veterans. [[spoiler: Considering the final act of the movie consists of a giant warship leveling half of San Francisco by crashing into it, while in another location military personnel fall to their death in a burning structure,]] this was probably done to prevent people from [[TooSoon complaining]].
* ''Film/{{Help}}'', the 1965 [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] film, is dedicated to Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It's an idiosyncratic film.
* ''The Libertine'' was dedicated to Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/HunterSThompson, both of whom Creator/JohnnyDepp (the film's lead actor) had worked with and known well.
* ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' was dedicated to "The Jews of the world."
* This beauty from the opening of ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'': "ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: We wish to express our gratitude to the enemies of crime and crusaders against crime throughout the world for their inspirational example. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre--- To funlovers everywhere--- This picture is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize. ---THE PRODUCERS"
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was dedicated to HeathLedger who died shortly after the film was completed and to special effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who died while working on the film.
* Creator/RidleyScott dedicated ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' to his mother who died while he was on location shooting the film in Morocco. Similarly the book it was based on was dedicated to Mark Bowden's parents.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' is dedicated to [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy]].
* Both ''Film/JohnCarter'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (mentioned above) were dedicated to [[AppleMacintosh Steve Jobs]], majority shareholder of Disney and Pixar and mentor to both films' directors and producers.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' is dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who died in a helicopter crash shortly before the film was made.
* ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' is dedicated to the firefighters of the world.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' is dedicated to Creator/RayHarryhausen and Creator/IshiroHonda, "the original monster masters."

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's dedication in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' (quoted above) is in honour of the writers Creator/JaneAusten, Creator/CharlotteBronte, GeorgetteHeyer and DorothyLSayers.
** Similarly David Gerrold dedicated the first book in his ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series to Creator/RobertAHeinlein and the second to AnneMcCaffrey.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' was dedicated to the people from the previous six dedications, "and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."
** The sixth book is dedicated to Rowling's daughter Mackenzie, because she didn't know which would enter the world first.
* At the end of ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'', ''PhilipKDick'' dedicates the book to the people he knew whose lives were destroyed by drugs. Among those listed is himself, as "Phil D".
** The same list appears in the credits of the film.
* Literature/RavingLunacy is dedicated to the author's family.
* The [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole final]] ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' book was dedicated to the reader, for coming this far. See also ThankingTheViewer.
* The first ''{{Conqueror}}'' book was dedicated to, among others, the people of Mongolia, among whom the author spent several months living while researching the story.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'' has the following dedication:
-->They may be called the Palace Guard, the [[CityGuards City Guard]], or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, [[MookChivalry attack the hero one at a time]], and [[{{Mooks}} be slaughtered]]. No one ever asks them if they wanted to. This book is dedicated to those fine men.
** One of the Witches books (possibly ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'') is dedicated to "all those who showered the author with their own versions of ''[[BawdySong The Hedgehog Song]]''. Deary, deary me..."
** ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' is dedicated to "to all the people who showed me that opera was stranger than I could imagine. I can best repay their kindness by not mentioning their names here".
** ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'''s dedication gives thanks to Peter Bleackley, who a couple of years earlier had [[https://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.pratchett/msg/b3c2f903866a600f?hl=en written a synopsis of "Bloodaxe and Ironhammer"]] on [[{{Usenet}} alt.fan.pratchett]] "which was probably a lot better in his version (and had more songs about gold)".
* Frederick Forsyth's ''TheDogsOfWar'' has what's thought to be a reference to his time in Biafra.
-->For Giorgio, and Christian and Schlee\\
And Big Marc and Black Johnny,\\
And the others in the unmarked graves.\\
At least we tried.
* Creator/ChrisClaremont's ''First Flight'' bore two dedications -- the first a standard dedication to a friend or loved one, the second, just under it dedicating the book to the X-Men by name. As in "To Scott, Ororo, Kurt, Kitty, Peter, Rogue..."
* KathyReich dedicated her book ''Bare Bones'' "to all those fighting to protect our precious wildlife, especially:" followed by a list of a few specific organizations.
* On a more humorous note, DaveBarry dedicated his ''Money Secrets'' book to everyone in the world, with the logic that people will respond by thinking "Wow! A book dedicated to me. I should buy a copy."
** Creator/MarkTwain used similar logic to explain a dedication to John Smith.
* ''[[color:blue:House]] [[HouseOfLeaves of Leaves]]'' (what else?) simply states that "This is not for you."
* One of Ray Loriga's (a Spanish writer) books has a rather cryptic dedication to his (now ex)wife Christina Rosenvinge: "Para Christina, ella sabe porqué" ("To Christina, she knows why"). She, being a songwriter, retorted with her own dedication in one of her discs: "Para Ray, él sabe porqué" ("To Ray, he knows why").
* Tad Williams, author of ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', dedicated the books to his father. His father does not read sci-fi. Each dedication pokes fun at the fact that he ''still'' hasn't figured it out.
* Al Jaffee parodied this, dedicating one of his ''[[AskAStupidQuestion Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions]]'' book to "myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible".
* ''The High King'', the last book of LloydAlexander's ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'', is dedicated "To the boys who have always been Taran and the girls who will always be Eilonwy."
* ''Literature/ColasBreugnon'' opens with a dedication to st. Martin of Gaul, the patron saint of the author's hometown of Clamecy (which is also where the plot takes place.)
* Creator/PGWodehouse opens his Literature/JeevesAndWooster novel ''Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit'' (AKA ''Bertie Wooster Sees It Through'') with a [[http://www.alexcoyne.com/dedication.html lengthy dedication]] to his editor at the time, Peter Schwed, which doubles as a snarky discussion about various types of dedications, including the use of bald flattery and pretentious and/or obscure quotes.
** He dedicated his early novel, ''A Gentleman of Leisure'' to his friend, Herbert Westbrook "without whose never-failing advice, help, and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time".
* ''Literature/GrandCentralArena'' by Creator/RykESpoor is dedicated to the memory of Creator/EEDocSmith, the founding father of space opera, and writer of the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries'', from which one of the main characters, Marc C. [=DuQuesne=], is drawn.
* ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae'' is dedicated to Robert, First Earl of Gloucester.
* ''GoodOmens'' is dedicated to GKChesterton, "a man who knew what was going on".
* Albert Camus dedicated one of his books, ''The First Man,'' to his illiterate mother: "to you who will never be able to read this book."
* Vladimir Nabokov dedicated most of his books to his wife: "To Véra."
* Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser played with the idea: every Literature/{{Flashman}} novel has a slightly different version of his wife's name depending on the setting. Thus in ''Flashman at the Charge'' he calls her "Ekaterina" and ''Flashman and the Dragon'' has a faux Chinese name that sounds vaguely like "Kathleen", while in ''Flashman and the Redskins'' he refers to her by a "Native American" name that he made up.
* Amanda Hocking, author of the TrylleSeries, dedicated her earliest works to her grandmother (who lived to see her grandchild make it big, dying in 2013).
* ''Literature/ToBeOrNotToBeThatIsTheAdventure'' bears the simple inscription: "To Bea."

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* The third season of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is dedicated specially "to the victims [of 9/11] & their families and to the firefighters & police officers who remind us every day with their lives & courage what it truly means to be an American".
* A July 2013 episode of ''Series/ChicagoFire'' was dedicated to the 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': the pilot episode "Broken Bow" was dedicated to the firefighters that perished on 9/11, and the episode "Stigma" was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/RozaRymbaeva dedicated the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGll0KmTW2w Alia]]" to UsefulNotes/GreatPatrioticWar Kazakh sniper Alia Moldagulova.
* {{Rush}} dedicated one of their albums "To the loving memory of Jackie and Selena". Jackie was the wife of drummer Neil Peart, and Selena was his daughter; [[TearJerker they passed away within two years of each other]], Jackie from cancer and Selena in a car accident.
** They also did a dedication to Neil Armstrong during part of the "Clockwork Angels" tour.
* Lawrence Gowan's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJomVM7JycQ Dedication]] is effectively dedicated to all of his fans, be they living or dead.
* Music/{{Heart}}'s song "These Dreams" is dedicated to Nancy Wilson's friend Sharon Hess on the album liner notes who died of leukemia shortly before the album's release.
* Music/{{Oasis}} dedicated their song "Cast No Shadow" to "the genius of [[Music/TheVerve Richard Ashcroft]]."

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* Jack Webb dedicated each episode of the radio version of ''{{Series/Dragnet}}'' to a police officer killed in the line of duty.
--> '''Webb''': "This episode is dedicated to [insert name], who on the [insert general time ('morning of','evening of')and date] gave his life so that yours might be a little safer".

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/AlbertHerring'' is "dedicated to E. M. Forster in admiration."

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[[folder: Videogames ]]

* If any survivors in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' don't make it to the rescue vehicle during a Campaign Finale, or are unlucky enough to be incapacitated on the way to it while at least one other is in the vehicle, the credits begin with "In Loving Memory of: (insert player name here)".
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' opens with a dedication to "all those cyberpunks who fight against injustice and corruption every day of their lives"
* VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 has a dedication to the voice actor of Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine, who'd died just prior to the game being released.
* ''[[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] Attitude'' on the Nintendo64 and Playstation was dedicated to Wrestling/OwenHart, who died before the game was released (Owen was left in the game, as well).
* ''[[CallOfDuty Call of Duty 3]]'':
--> ''Dedicated to the brave men and women who fought and died in the Normandy Breakout. Your courage and sacrifice paved the road for freedom in Europe.''
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' is dedicated to the memory of Brian Wood, a developer at Relic who [[TearJerker died in a car accident,]] [[HeroicSacrifice ensuring his pregnant wife made it out alive]].
* ''[[JohnMaddenFootball Madden NFL 25]]'' is dedicated to Pat Summerall, John Madden's former commentating partner.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' parodied these with one normal dedication "to all those who have ever been in love", one to a group of scientists, and one to Amanda Huggbees for having [[InherentlyFunnyWords a funny last name]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' has a dedication to Mako, the recently-deceased voice of Iroh, in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
* Similar to the ''[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'' example above, the ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Regime Change" was dedicated to Ian Abercrombie, the voice of Ganthet, who passed away before the episode was aired.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'' is dedicated to its writer, DwayneMcDuffie, who died shortly after completing the adaptation from the source comic.
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' was dedicated to Creator/FrizFreleng, who directed the original theatrical shorts.

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[[folder: Other ]]

* Pretty much every single sci-fi media released in 2003 was dedicated to the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
* The program for Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'' has a ''sarcastic'' dedication to all those who oppress others; scroll to the bottom of [[http://www.richasi.com/Cirque/Alegria/index.html this page]] to read it.
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