Always with You

"And lo, I am always with you, even to the end of the earth."

Parting can be such sweet sorrow, but sometimes it must be done. But what you can say is you're not truly leaving: you'll remain in spirit. This trope is no less powerful when the person is more than "leaving".


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Films — Animated 
  • The Lion King: 'He Lives in You', a song originally written for the first movie, and going by the musical, potentially written for the scene where Mufasa's ghost speaks to Simba. It was later used in the opening of the sequel, and is one of the most popular additions to the musical to date.
  • Pooh's Grand Adventure: Christopher Robin must start school, meaning the end of a carefree childhood spent almost entirely in the Hundred Acre Wood with his friends. He spends one last free day with Pooh, and leaves him with the Arc Words of the movie before beginning the new chapter in his life where he's no longer guaranteed to see Pooh as often, let alone every day as before.
    Christopher Robin: If ever there is a tomorrow where we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you.
  • The Land Before Time, Littlefoot's mother: "I'll always be with you, even when you can't see me." In the fifth film in the series, the sentiment is put into song, "Always There".
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 has a nice little song based around this.
  • Big Hero 6: Baymax says this directly to Hiro to both console and convince him to say the phrase that will allow Baymax to deactivate and send out Hiro and Abigail's pod with his rocket fist, leaving him behind. As it turns out, Baymax means it a bit more literally than initially seemed, because the rocket fist that saves Hiro and Abigail's lives has Baymax's healthcare chip in it, and Hiro is able to rebuild Baymax with it and Tadashi's schematics, memories and all.
  • Pocahontas: John Smith says this to Pocahontas when he is due to be executed. She echoes it in the final scene when she chooses to stay with her people instead of sailing to England with him.
  • In FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Madgie says this to Crysta just before she vanishes.
    Madgie: I love you. I'll always be with you.
  • Moana's grandmother assures her granddaughter that there's no place she could go where Grandma's love would not be able to follow her.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Final Destination: At the end, Alex tells Clear "I'm always with you" right before he saves her from the exploding car by grabbing the loose electrical wire. In the original, Alternate Ending, it resulted in a Heroic Sacrifice. In the theatrical ending, it resulted in a Disney Death.
  • Superman (1978)
    Jor-El: He will not be alone. He will never be alone. [snip] You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you, even in the face of our own deaths. [snip] You will carry me inside you all the days of your life.
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: [To Luke Skywalker] The Force will be with you, always.
    Obi-Wan Kenobi: Yoda will always be with you.
  • Casper: 'Remember Me This Way'
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - "I'll be right here."
  • Alec's parting words to Alice in Swamp Thing.
  • Moulin Rouge!: Satine's Last Request to Christian is that he write the story of their love, because, she says, "That way I'll always be with you."

    Literature 

    Live-Action Television 
  • In The Walking Dead, Glenn Rhee's last words as he's being beaten to death by Negan are to his pregnant wife - "Maggie... I'll find you." It's miraculous that poor Glenn was able to muster these last words, given the sudden brain trauma from Negan, and that he can even realize what's happened at all.

    Music 
  • The song by Puff Daddy, "I'll Be Missing You", a memorial re-recording of The Police's "Every Breath You Take". What's interesting is they take the creepy stalker elements of the original song and rewrite it to become this trope. "Missing You" is about your dead loved ones watching and waiting in heaven.
  • The Phil Collins song "You'll Be In My Heart".
  • Escape Club's "I'll Be There" is about a dead paramour watching his love from heaven after he's gone.
  • "Sleeping With Ghosts" by Placebo - also known as "Soulmates Never Die".
  • "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling:
    I know now, just quite how
    My life and love might still go on
    In your heart, in your mind
    I'll stay with you for all of time

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts 1: Kairi to Sora "Don't ever forget. Wherever you go, I'm always with you."
  • May occur at the end of Persona 4. When the investigation team is sad over the protagonist leaving, one of the dialogue options is "I'll stay... in your hearts." If you choose this, it's immediately lampshaded by Kanji.
    • If you complete Yukiko's Social Link, she will give you a shrine charm. If you romanced her, she will say that it will protect you even when she can't be there, and allow you to always be together.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: Mary to Edward in their final moments before she dies: "I'll be with you, Kenway. I will."
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain:
    • Venom Snake: "I won't scatter your sorrow to the heartless sea. I will always be with you."
    • Paz: "As long as you remember me, I will always live within you. Not a phantom limb, or a phantom anything. As part of your heart. I will always be your angel of peace."
  • Whichever spirit the Warden encounters while navigating the Gauntlet in Dragon Age: Origins says something to this effect, especially when presenting the Warden with the pendant called Reflection. The pendant invokes the concept; its Flavor Text states that when glancing into its mirrored back, there is sometimes a fleeting glimpse of the smiling face of someone who is gone.

    Web Original 

  • In episode 2 of Volume 4 RWBY Jaune Arc is training while watching instruction video his friend Pyrrha Nikos made; it ends with her telling him that she is glad to be part of his life, and that she will always be there for him. It's TearJerker because Pyrrha died couple months earlier fighting to defend the Beacon.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants, "Fear of a Krabby Patty":
    Giant Krabby Patty: Remember, SpongeBob, I will always be with you, right here. [points at SpongeBob's chest]
    SpongeBob: In my heart?
    Giant Krabby Patty: Actually, your arteries.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Yue to Sokka at the end of Season One.
  • The Legend of Korra: Raava, to Wan, the First Avatar. It's kind of an odd example, because Wan, not Raava, is the one who is dying. Raava is assuring him that she'll be with him through all his lifetimes as he reincarnates as each new Avatar.
  • Parodied in the Gravity Falls episode "Irrational Treasure":
    Quentin Trembley: Children, I am needed elsewhere. Just know that I'll always be right here... (points at Dipper's heart, and unfolds his hand to reveal a bill) ...On the negative 12-dollar bill.
    Dipper: Wow, this is worthless!
    'Trembley: It's less than worthless, dear boy!
  • Subverted in "The Most Horrible Xmas Ever"
    Mr. Sludgy: But Santa didn't die in space. Santa lives on.
    Little Girl: In the hearts and minds of us all?
    Mr. Sludgy: No! In space! Gathering power! And that's why we live in this protective dome!

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