->''"Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake,\\
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake"''

Gravestones should generally be somber or reflective, so in fiction, it's common to put funny epitaphs on them. It could be a poem or a record or suggestion of an ironic or strange death. It could be a pun based on the late character's name. E.g.: "Paul E. Nate - A wonderful husband, father and florist." This is especially common in video games, as the player may blindly ignore the graveyard, or be too busy fighting zombies or whatever. Can be used to as a ShoutOut or a TakeThat, often suggesting the fate of a character from another, rival work. Can be an example of TruthInTelevision. Related to, but not to be confused with, BlackComedy.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jean Grey of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' is known for her habit of dying and coming back to life. One comic shows Cyclops walking away from her grave stone, which says [[http://www.littlestuffedbull.com/images/comics/jeangraves/jeangreybrb.jpg Jean Grey: BRB]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''TheBoondockSaints II: All Saints Day'', the [=MacManus=] Brothers, Connor and Murphy, visit the grave of their friend and partner, Rocco. As they silently pray, Murphy notices that the picture on the tomb is Rocco's mugshot, and that a painted-out police arm is holding his long hair up out of his face in a ridiculous fashion. All reverence quickly disappears.
* In ''{{Rango}}'', there's a brief shot of the town's cemetery, featuring a cluster of graves belonging to [[HighTurnoverRate former sheriffs]]. Some of them have humorous epitaphs, including [[FamousLastWords "Hold my beer and watch this"]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "He's Dead, Jim"]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow'' featured the extremely popular character of Lauren Cooper, a mouthy schoolgirl whose catchphrase is "Am I bovvered?" (bothered). In the 2007 Christmas special, she [[spoiler:is kayaking and says this to a man who warns her to stay away from a particular stretch of water. She ignores his advice, and is killed when her boat goes over a waterfall.]] Her friends are then seen standing by her tombstone, which is inscribed with the words "I still ain't bovvered".
* As always, there is an example from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. When [[spoiler: Buffy]] dies at the end of season 5, her tombstone reads [[spoiler:Buffy Anne Summers, beloved sister, devoted friend. She saved the world. A lot.]]
* In ''GregTheBunny'', Count Blah (who has a VerbalTic of saying "blah" after sentences) visited the grave of his wife, which reads, "Beloved Wife, Blah. R.I.P.B."
* In the reunion movie ''Series/TheWildWildWest Revisited'', James West and Artemus Gordon are shown the grave of their arch-nemesis Migelito Loveless, as made by Migelito's son: A Rushmore-sized carving of the man's last name in the side of a mountain, with tiny little plots staked out for the two heroes in its shadow.
* In ''{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'', Blackadder says he wishes his tombstone to be inscribed:
-->Here lies Edmund Blackadder,
-->And he's bloody annoyed.
* In ''{{Friends}}'', Phoebe once mentions that she wants her epitaph to be "Phoebe Buffay, Buried Alive".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module I6 ''Ravenloft''. The tombs under Castle Ravenloft had a number of funny inscriptions on their individual crypts.
** "Artista [=DeSlop=] Court Ceiling Painter"
** "Prince Aerial Du Plumette (Aerial the Heavy)"
** "Artank Swilovich: Here interred and with great mourning courtesy of the Barovian Wine Distillers Brotherhood."
** "Sir Sedrik Spinwitovich (Admiral Spinwitovich). Confused though he was, he built the greatest naval force ever assembled in a land locked country."
** "Ivan [=DeRose=], Champion of Winter Dog Racing. The race may go to the swift, but vengeance is for the loser's relatives."
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The tombstones outside of ''TheHauntedMansion'' ride at DisneyThemeParks.
** The Lonesome Manor in ''EpicMickey'', which is based on this ride, has them as well.
* The train ride at Ride/SixFlags over Georgia in the late 1970s had a tombstone hidden among the weeds: "I Tole You I Wuz Sick!"
* Six Flags Great America has a ton of these as part of its decorations during Fright Fest.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''{{RuneScape}}'', the boss room of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Gravecreeper]] is littered with graves of the game developers.
** The "last rites" option of Saradomin's holy book (like a Bible) reads "Thy cause was false, thy skills did lack; see you in Lumbridge when you get back." (Lumbridge is normally where players respawn).
* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max in Night of The Raving Dead]]''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' had a tombstone reading, "Here lies Erdrick," after the hero (well, hero's ancestor) of competing game company Enix's ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI''.
** In the original Japanese version and the ''Dawn of Souls'' English translation, the tombstone read "here lies [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]".
* ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' had these in every graveyard in the game, with inscriptions like. "I told you I was sick!" "Here lies an atheist all dressed up and no place to go." "Quoeth thy Raven nevermore." "Hey who blew out the candle? Hello?" and "There was a light at the end of the tunnel, unfortunately that light was a train."
** There was also a hidden 'Fan Graveyard' as an EasterEgg, where forum members familiar to the devs were eulogized.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' had some fun with raunchy {{Punny Name}}s; R. Sole is an example.
* ''{{Primal}}'' had Jen smash a tombstone that read 'RIP Laura Croft 2003' as a TakeThat to ''Franchise/TombRaider''. The game came out in 2003, obviously.
* Can be found in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has a number of these, including the "four slugs from a .44" example below.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' had a whole graveyard of these in its expansion pack, with new tombstones added with each dead character, regardless of involvment in the main storyline. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Every new Sheothian has a unique narrative regarding their personality on their tombstones]].
** ''The Elder Scrolls Legends: Battlespire'' had another whole graveyard of these, and this graveyard was referenced to in ''The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard''.
* ''NetHack'' really likes these. Some are funny. Some are just surreal.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has a tombstone that reads along the lines of "Here lies X, who scoffed at the warnings of lesser men and built this fine tower. He discovered his error a few weeks later. Beware of trolls."
* The graveyard in Nashkel in the first ''BaldursGate'' game is full of these, including an EasterEgg that'll trigger a BonusBoss fight if you click on it too many times.
** ''Baldur's Gate'' beats this one to death in one town. You get things like "Here lies X, who was killed by (long list of summonable creatures)" followed by the Latin for "do not call up what you cannot put down", implying that this was a hapless summoner who didn't know what he was getting into.
*** Dave F. Slain by 13 Gibberlings, 4 Kobolds, 6 Ogres and 2 Dire Wolves. ''Ne invoces expellere non possis''. (Do not call up that which you cannot put down.)
* The city of Haven in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a graveyard filled with humorous tombstones, including some {{Shout Out}}s to others on the the page. ("Sensal Gaheris: 775-798, 798-801, 801-805, 805-807, 807-809 (VERIFIED), 'BEST TAX EVADER EVER' -- CH")
** Also in those graves, is "T.O. Hanoi". Anyone whose played cx or ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' will know of Bioware's fondness for Tower of Hanoi puzzles. Anyone who has played ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' or ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' will breathe a sigh of relief upon viewing that tombstone.
* The Imperial City's graveyard in ''JadeEmpire'' also has a few {{Mythology Gag}}s and {{Shout Out}}s on the gravestones.
* See also the Creator/CartoonNetwork Web game ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo and the Hollywood Horror''.
* Used in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', with numerous "graveyard humor" jokes scattered beyond the tombstones.
** And ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', for that matter.
** Not to mention [[TheIgor Igor]], who is a veritable walking fountain of graveyard humor.
* Also seen in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII''. [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=B_gFPbpWh5g Here's a video.]]
** And ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV''. It just seems to be Rosella's "good luck."
** The AGDInteractive FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' also uses this as a plot point.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun'' has these.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' has many of these. Most using the rhyming pun. The deceased tend to be people who worked on the game.
** And then there's one [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Cpt. J. Sparrow.]] (''May the wind always be at [his] back.'')
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' had a mix of ordinary and humorous quips on the gravestones, and you were also able to dig up the graves. Most graves had nothing special, some had hidden items hinted at by the eulogy (for example, a gravestone reading "Drank his milk every day" hid a few vials of milk), and some had "The fiend beneath this stone is trapped by dirt, not by death": Zombies!
* Most people who played ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'' as a kid put "pepperoni and cheese" on their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tombstone_(pizza) tombstones]]. The others put profanities on theirs.
** Apparently a popularly downloaded copy of the game comes with a "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin peperony and chease]]" tombstone, leading to MemeticMutation.
* The PC game ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}}'' does this, including such epitaphs as "And he said, 'How long will the flying spell last?'" and the [[NoFourthWall fourth-wall breaking]] [[SchmuckBait "For the ultimate cheat of void, enter DOS, type 'format C:\' and enter."]]
* ''NetHack''. There are [[http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Headstone#Inscriptions randomly generated graves]] with these.
** "Og friend. Og good dude. Og died. Og now food."
** Plus ''loads'' more, and several places add more to the file (nethack.alt.org has [[http://www.alt.org/nethack/addmsgs/viewmsgs.php a massive collection]]).
* ''UltimaV'', ''[[UltimaVI VI]]'' and ''[[UltimaVII VII]]'' had a number of puns on grave stones.
* In ''VideoGame/VeilOfDarkness'', the graveyard is filled with these, including one [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland G. Threepwood]] and how woefully he was under for 11 minutes.
* Chapter 5 of ''VideoGame/StarTropics 2: Zoda's Revenge'' takes place in a Wild West setting, where you can find several humorous (and rhyming) epitaphs in a local mining town. ''"Here lies Lucky Larry. His luck ran out and now he's buried."''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' has plenty, mostly for developers. There's also the grave of Joseph Bruener, a character from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Wind_II War Wind II]]'' (a game which ''Sanitarium'''s developers had previously worked on).
** "This one says ''Travis W. Nice Goddamn Cat...''" Granted, this was on a level that's basically a mangled bunch of all the previous levels, so randomness like this is expected.
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' has a {{hurricane|OfPuns}} of "grave" puns. Also, a "NO ZOMBIES ALLOWED" sign at the cemetery entrance.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' features tombstones of the game's developers, as well as one reading "Cage", presumably a reference to Johnny Cage, the character who died before the events of the game.
* ''{{Neopets}}''' first VideoGame release, ''Neopets: The Darkest Faerie'', lets you read the unusually jovial tombstones around crypts.
* ''ShadowWarrior'' has a hidden tombstone that says "[[JackieChan Chan]] He Slipped in the Shower".
* [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption John Marston]] has "Blessed are the Peacemakers." As in [[RevolversAreJustBetter Colt Peacemakers]].
** The graveyards in New Austin and West Elizabeth sometimes boast humorous tombstones such as one reading "Unknown person - So drunk he did not remember dying" or "If you are reading this, I must be dead". The Coot's Chapel graveyard manages to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar fly a few past the radar]] with inscriptions such as "Never try to milk a bull."
* ''GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''' Staunton graveyard is chucked full of these. Hilariously, it becomes increasingly populated as your protagonist kills off selected characters throughout the storyline.
** On a more minor note, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' features "R.I.P. Opposition" tombstones at a San Fierro memorial, referring to the rivalry between Rockstar North and developers of "[[FollowTheLeader GTA clones]]".
* In the Xbox Indie game ''Doom & Destiny'', there are a bunch of these in the graveyard underneath Ben's house.
* VideoGame/{{Pirate101}} gives us a few while looking for Honest Ned's grave in the lighthouse graveyard. If the player has Brigus Latro as a companion, he'll get annoyed and hang a lampshade on it.
* "''[[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Expired]]''"
* '''Spy:''' "[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Here lies Scout. He ran fast and died a virgin.]]"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Eugene Greenhilt's tombstone in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', in addition to listing his [[DeathIsCheap many dates of death and resurrection]], reads, "Master Wizard, Devoted Husband, Passable Father". (He was lucky to get that much. They probably averaged out his treatment of [[TheUnfavorite Roy]] and [[SpoiledBrat Julia]].) Other visible tombstones display similar humor ("Bloodmak the Unholy: [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not coming back as a vampire. Honest.]]")
* A staple of the webcomic ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Unlife_is_Unfair Unlife Is Unfair]]'', particularly the name puns like "Dustin Dewinn" and "Rick R. Mortis".
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', a visit to the Crypt of the Heterodynes reveals many amusing epitaphs. Perhaps most interesting is the tomb of Lazarus Heterodyne, with half a dozen dates crossed out.
** As well as Iscariot Heterodyne, "Every Man's Friend". The [[NothingButSkulls pile of skulls]] next to the crypt has labels like "Friend #115".
* Happens frequently in ''TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight''. The grave usually reads something pertinent to the last thing a character was doing.
* In the ending of Let's Destoy the Shagohod! from {{Hiimdaisy}} the american president rewrites [[MetalGearSolid3 The Boss]] grave to "In Memory of a loser who was a loser". No need to say [[BerserkButton how Big Boss reacted]].
* From Hale's {{Nuzlocke Comics}}, the prologue graveyard scene has two. A (ghost type) Gengar's epitaph reads "Lolwut?" A Mudkip's says "No one really liked him!"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad wanted [[http://www.hrwiki.org/images/b/bb/replacement.png this]] on his grave.
* ''ShadowOfIsraphel'' features a number of these in the towns Xephos and Honeydew visit, among other background gags.
* Once WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob sees a grave written "HANK TRACY. HE WAS JESSE JAMES' FRIEND.":
-->I hope to God that when I die, my tombstone reads something like "Here Lies The Cinema Snob. He once reviewed {{Troll 4}} with {{Phelous}}"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''HeyArnold'' did this with a SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion.
* ''[[CasperTheFriendlyGhost The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper]]'' did this in the credit sequence, with the tombstones featuring JustForPun jokes. Sometimes they varied things with jokes like a tombstone reading "I'm with stupid" next to another tombstone reading, "I'm stupid".
* The opening titles of several of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Treehouse of Horror" episodes.
** The last one to use them actually had a tombstone reading "Amusing Tombstones", signaling the retirement of the gag.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode where [[{{greed}} Mr. Krabs]] goes to a graveyard to dig up a million-dollar hat. Squidward was mourning at a tombstone and when Mr. Krabs came to see who it was, he sees that the engraving reads "Here lie Squidwards hopes and dreams." In the same graveyard, there's "Diver Dan", whose tombstone has carved scuba gear on it; "Stupid" next to "I'm With Stupid", complete with pointing hand, and most importantly, the "#1" shaped tombstone of Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen, whose name extends off the name plaque.
* ''BeavisAndButthead'' in their parody of Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'': 'Here lies Beavis, he never scored.'
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Happens once in ''Messieurs les enfants'' by Daniel Pennac.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' contains several on the final page of Arthur's Halloween, with probably the most bizarre being "Here lies the body of Sally Bent: Kicked up her heels and away she went"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Two examples from {{Snopes}}:
** [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/expired.asp This one is kind of charming.]]
** [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/headstone.asp This one, not so much.]]
* Comedian Creator/SpikeMilligan's grave says, "I told you I was ill". However, the inscription is in Irish Gaelic, because the bishop wouldn't allow it in English.
* Rodney Dangerfield's epitaph: [[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pis&GSln=Dangerfield&GSfn=Rodney&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n=9556754&PIgrid=9556754&PIcrid=8440&PIpi=1932468& There goes the neighborhood.]]
* In the Boothill graveyard near Tombstone, Arizona, there's a grave that reads:
--> "Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a .44, no Les, no more."
** Another one reads, "Hanged By Mistake."
* In a Silver City, Nevada Boot Hill:
--> "Here lies Butch. We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, but slow on the draw."
* Comedian W.C. Fields used to say that he wanted his gravestone to read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." Sadly, it doesn't.
* OlderThanYouThink: Creator/AmbroseBierce has examples of humorous epitaphs in ''TheDevilsDictionary'', such as "Sacred to the memory of Jeremiah Tree. Cut down May 9th, 1862, aged 27 yrs. 4 mos. and 12 ds. Indigenous."
-->''Here lies the late Senator Vrooman\\
Whose head was as hard as the heart of a woman\\
Whose heart was as hard as the head of a hammer\\
Dame Fortune inspired him to eminence, damn her!''
* Creator/RobertBurns also wrote humorous epitaphs, like [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/works/epitaph_on_a_wag_in_mauchline/ Epitaph on a Wag in Mauchline]].
* Groucho Marx once jokingly suggested his tombstone be inscribed with 'Excuse me, I can't stand up'. They put a Star of David on it instead.
* LeslieNielsen said he was going to put a fart joke on his gravestone. [[http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2011/06/leslie_nielsen_gravestone_epitaph_fort_lauderdale.php And he delivered.]]
* MelBlanc's tombstone displays an appropriate, and [[http://www.funnyphotos.net.au/images/mel-blanc-tombstone-thats-all-folks-man-of-1000-vo.jpg well known quote]]
* Jack Lemmon's epitaph: [[http://www.seeing-stars.com/ImagePages/JackLemmonGravePhoto.shtml "Jack Lemmon in"]]:
* MervGriffin's epitaph: [[http://www.seeing-stars.com/imagepages/MervGriffinGravePhoto.shtml "I'll be not back right after this message"]].
* [[http://www.holytaco.com/25-funny-tombstones/ 25 of them here.]]
* While it is ''about'' a grave and not inscribed on it, Lord Byron's quip about Viscount Castlereigh is just too delicious to not mention:
-->''Posterity will ne'er survey\\
A nobler grave than this:\\
Here lie the bones of Castlereagh:\\
Stop, traveller, and piss.''
* The tombstone of Swedish author Fritiof Nilsson "The Pirate" famously reads:
-->''Here lie the ashes of a man in the habit of putting everything off until tomorrow. He changed for the better on his deathbed, however, and did in fact die on 31 January 1972.''
* Creator/BillyWilder's epitaph makes use of the last line of one of his most beloved movies, ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'': "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Wilder#mediaviewer/File:Billy_Wilders_grave_(978339409).jpg I'm a writer, but then nobody's perfect]]".
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