How do you show for certain that a character has been KilledOffForReal and hasn't [[OnlyAFleshWound just been wounded]] or [[HesJustHiding crawled away to take cover until the end of the fight]]? Show a close-up shot of the police zipping him up in a bodybag. Pulling a blanket over their heads serves a similar purpose. DiesWideOpen will also often be invoked. Just the sound of the zipper on the bodybag can have the same sort of finality as a nail being put into a coffin. That character is dead. Deceased. No more. He is an [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus ex-parrot.]]

Unless, of course, it's just a setup for a BodybagTrick or WakingUpAtTheMorgue, both of which this trope is obviously related to. Can easily be used as a MeaningfulBackgroundEvent.

SubTrope of HesDeadJim.

Needless to say, this is a '''DeathTrope''', so spoilers ahead!

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* When Sam dies before being recruited into the ''Death Vigil'', the thing that most got to him was the noise of his body bag being zipped up.

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* ''AllThatJazz'' ends with the main character being zipped up.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': Early in the film, we see Political Officer Putin being zipped up as Captain Ramius expresses his regret over the unfortunate death from [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch slipping on some spilled tea]].
* ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''. Played with, since [[SubvertedTrope the guy isn't even dead yet.]]
* TheMovie of ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' uses this trope in the old fashioned way, stitching up the dead bodies up in their hammocks before [[BurialAtSea dropping them over the side]].
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': Midshipman Peter Preston
* ''Film/TheTerminator'': [[spoiler: Kyle Reese]]
* ''{{Grayson}}'': [[spoiler: Batman]] at the start of this short FanFilm.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': They did this to [[spoiler: Mike Franks. What showing him die wasn't enough? *sob*]]
* One of the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' TV films featured a scene similar to the ''Film/MasterAndCommander'' example above (produced several years earlier), with a character snarking about another sailor taking such care that you'd think he was sending a gift home to his wife. The character doing the careful stitching insisted that he just wanted to [[DueToTheDead make sure it was done right.]]
* Happens about OnceAnEpisode on any given PoliceProcedural or ForensicDrama.
* ''TheWire'', we see [[spoiler: Omar]]'s body bag being zipped up in the morgue at the end of an episode. Furthermore, in this scene, it's shown that there was a mistake with the ID tags, which the ME has to correct, which further emphasize the point: he's no longer a character, just a statistic.
* This is seen ''a lot'' in ''Series/{{Oz}}'', especially during season four.
* ''Series/{{Buffy The Vampire Slayer}}'': Buffy's mother is zipped up in this way, eyes still wide open.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa," this kind of shot is used when Det. Terry Chasen's body is being wheeled out after he drinks a bottle of port that has been poisoned with strychnine.

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* ''TheSimpsons'': After Red Barclay dies from beef poisoning during a steak eating contest with Homer, the coroners zip up the body bag on Red. They give an extra one to Marge just in case, because Homer doesn't look so good either.