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And There Was Much Rejoicing
We are here as guests and Xinchub was a national hero... now put on your hats.

Narrator: In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Sir Robin's minstrels. And there was much rejoicing.
All: (deadpan) Yaaaay. (flags come up and wave)

When a character's death (or at least general misfortune) is seen as a joyous occasion, even by characters of the same alignment.

Popular in horror, thriller, and disaster movies as it allows the threat to dispatch a character or two without hurting anyone that either the other protagonists or the audience really cares about ... and may in fact be better without. The character can be (but need not be) Too Dumb to Live or The Millstone.

The polar opposite of Antagonist in Mourning, Alas, Poor Villain and Alas, Poor Scrappy. Compare AND contrast Lonely Funeral. A staple of Black Comedy. See also Asshole Victim, a Sister Trope. See also Break the Haughty and Humiliation Conga.

Not quite the same as And the Fandom Rejoiced. Except when even the audience hates him.

As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.

No Real Life examples, please!


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, America actually brings England back to life by loudly declaring to Death himself that they should drink and celebrate when England was finally offed.
  • Code Geass
    • An example of this in season 2 when Luciano Bradley is killed in battle with Kallen. Suzaku's first action upon arrival is to fire at Lelouch, who's behind her, while telling her to move. Gino, who arrives shortly thereafter, is only concerned with her choice of sides and engages in friendly banter. Luciano's death gets exactly one mention, and it's only to compare just how pitifully easy he went down with how pitifully easy Suzaku is about to go down.
    • Also in R2, with Lelouch. As Nunnally cries over his dead body, the crowd in the background is chanting Zero's name in celebration. Then again, that was exactly what he wanted.
  • Nisshi's death in Gantz Abridged in a parody of the treatment of his death in the original. He was a complete Jerk Ass, and while the characters try to mourn him, it doesn't really work since he had no redeeming qualities. The most successful attempt is to the effect that since Nisshi forgot to insult his eulogist when insulting everyone else, that makes him ok.
  • In one episode of Kodomo no Omocha, Sana-chan briefly thinks her (then) nemesis Hayama might be dead. She launches into a traditional Japanese mourning ritual, with gusto and extreme cheer.
  • In Death Note, after L's funeral, Light is given some time alone at his supposed friend's grave. Once he's sure no one's around, Light starts laughing maniacally and gloating about how he won.

    Comedy 
  • Mark Steel's routine about flicking around the channels and seeing a newsreader appearing with the "Special Serious Face" with a picture of Margaret Thatcher behind them and how he must have been one of millions of people in Britain who punched the air and shouted "DEAD!", only to be disappointed; "Aw, just a stroke!"

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • In Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami, this, surprisingly enough, happens to Dark the first time he dies; the girl who killed him is hailed as a hero and the only people sad are Dark's family and Misa. L is so widely hated that no one mourns his death.
  • Invoked in the Naruto Fanfic Roku Naruto, when Naruto makes Sakura trip on a rock.
  • Discord's original defeat several thousand years ago in the Pony POV Series got this reaction from Equestria in the "Origins" Arc, including a song celebrating Celestia and Luna's victory. Considering it was a prequel and Discord was an Evil Overlord whose entire reign can be summed up as For the Evulz, wiped out two of the five pony races, and generally put the entire country of Equestria through a living hell for 1000 years, this was to be expected.
  • Once the news of Joffrey's unlamented demise reaches the Starks in the Alternate Universe Fic Ned Stark Lives, Arya is by far the most overjoyed of her family (and that of the Northmen), and is hoping to learn more about how he died. For the record, Arya is a ten year old girl who just nearly had her father killed by his family, was forced to abandon her pet dire wolf Nymeria and had her friend killed for extremely petty reasons.

    Films — Animation 
  • Shrek
    • At the climax of the first movie, the antagonist Lord Farquaad is swallowed by a dragon... and the entire town bursts into cheers. Then again, on the "Karaoke Party" DVD bonus feature, he's heard singing "Stayin' Alive" from inside the dragon, so it's seems he's Not Quite Dead.
    • In Shrek the Third, the crowd witnesses the on-stage death of Prince Charming and proceed to treat it like the happy ending to a play (complete with an "Awww!" when Shrek and Fiona kiss). Of course, while Charming was the hero in the play, most of the audience still didn't really like him.
  • In The Black Cauldron, after the Horned King is absorbed by the Cauldron, his put-upon toadie Creeper, after a moment of mourning, starts laughing maniacally.
  • On The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, everyone thinks the Were-Rabbit has been killed along with Wallace. The Vicar turns to Lady Tottington and reassures her that they feel her pain. The minute he turns his back, he and the rest of the villagers start rejoicing.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Trope Namer is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The line was first used in a more expected sense when the knights were reunited, but then things got desperate for Arthur's company (though it's also a pun, by the way).
    "They were forced to eat Robin's minstrels... (eating sounds) and there was much rejoicing."
    "Yaaaaaay."
  • The song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz, after the Wicked Witch of the East is killed.
  • At the end of Return of the Jedi, universe-wide celebrations begin as soon as the Death Star explodes. On Coruscant, unfortunately, the EU indicated that the celebrations didn't last long before Imperial troops cracked down on them.
  • Nearly every Christmas Carol special has this as the response to The Scrooge dying, no matter who it might be. The point, of course, being to show said person how terrible a person they were that not only does no one mourn their demise, but they are actively celebrating/happy about it.
    • The gleeful choruses of "Thank you very much, thank you very much,/It's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me!" as they danced on Ebenezer Scrooge's coffin in Scrooge, the musical version of A Christmas Carol starring Albert Finney.
    • Likewise for the ironic reprise of "God Bless Us, Everyone" in the 2004 musical.
  • In Borat, hotel staff reluctantly break the news to the title character that his wife has just died, only to suddenly get hugged by him and watch him joyfully dance around the room.
  • There may not have been literal rejoicing when the obnoxious Lucky Larry got squashed by the machinery in Poseidon, but none of the band of survivors was particularly broken up about it. Was one of the better SFX shots of the film, too.
  • Revenge of The Pink Panther involves Inspector Clouseau surviving an assassination attempt and then pretending to be dead in order to track down the mob boss who ordered the hit. At Clouseau's "funeral", his former boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, is assigned to give the eulogy... during which he keeps bursting helplessly into hysterical, gleeful laughter. He then tries to cover it by pretending to shed Manly Tears, causing everyone else to weep in sympathy.
  • In the movie The Slipper and the Rose, a live-action musical based on Cinderella, Prince Charming at one point visits the royal crypt and sings "What a Comforting Thing To Know", describing his less-than-illustrious ancestors.
    And here lies old King Frederick
    He stole for forty years
    The day he died the people cried.
    They cried? They cried "Three cheers!"
  • Scaramouche (1952). Upon joining the National Assembly, Andre Moreau is set upon by the aristocratic side of the assembly, to a series of duels. With each victory, the next day, he declares that his most recent opponent will be "Absent from the assembly", which proceeds to induce cheers from the commoner's half of the assembly.
  • In Natural Born Killers, when the warden (Tommy Lee Jones) learns Jack Scafferty (Tom Sizemore) is dead, his reaction is basically "Meh."
  • Invoked in Other Peoples Money, when Larry insists that he doesn't care about being despised.
    "And, by the way, it pleases me that I am called 'Larry the Liquidator', because at my funeral, you'll leave with a smile on your face and a few bucks in your pocket. Now, that's a funeral worth having!"
  • In Problem Child, the nuns throw a celebration at the orphanage when John Ritter's character decides to adopt the eponymous child.

    Jokes 
  • There is a Russian joke with a punchline of "We were burying my mother-in-law, got two accordions torn". The punchline is so worn out that at this point that overused gags, links and humorous stories are called "bayans" (accordions) in certain sections of ru-net.
  • "He was eager to hop around and sing and dance... if it wasn't for a heavy coffin with his mother-in-law on his shoulder." There seems to be pattern somewhere here, right?
  • The trope is the base for the old joke, "Q: What do you call 10,000 lawyers on the bottom of the ocean? A: A good start."

    Literature 
  • Older Than Radio: In the original novella for A Christmas Carol, there is a scene where a young couple is saved from financial ruin by Scrooge's death. Since the man only needed a few more days to secure needed funds to pay off Scrooge, days which "old" Scrooge would most likely not grant, the "float time" to when the debt is transferred to its new owner gives the couple financial security, presumably for the rest of their life. The young bride even mentions that to feel joy at another's death should be wrong, but she couldn't help it. (This scene is not usually included in filmed versions of the story.)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    • When Dorothy Gale arrives in the Munchkin village, she is appalled and apologetic to discover that her house has landed on and killed an inhabitant of Oz. The Munchkins respond by breaking into a song and dance about how happy they are that the witch, is in fact, dead, and make Dorothy a national hero. In the film version, Judy Garland's shocked expression throughout most of this is priceless.
    • The same thing happens later when she accidentally kills the other witch, and the guards respond by thanking her.
  • A room full of telemarketers are reduced to skeletons by a demon in Good Omens. This means that all the people they were due to call didn't get a little angrier, didn't curse them or spread this annoyance onwards. So in balance, these hideous deaths made the world a little better. Although not so much better that Terry didn't insist it be undone by the end of the book.
  • Ultramarines. Done with a building. The Tau blow up an Administratum tax bureau and the guardsmen cheer. Keep in mind these are people taught from birth that aliens are evil and want to sacrifice their babies to the Dark Gods.
  • Odgen Nash's poem "The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus" relates the morality tale of Jabez Dawes, an unrepentant brat who denied the existence of Santa Claus, until Kris Kringle turned him into a jack-in-the-box in retaliation. Which leads to the following stanza:
    The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;
    They searched for him, but not with zeal.
    No trace was found of Jabez Dawes,
    Which led to thunderous applause,
    And people drank a loving cup
    And went and hung their stockings up.
  • In the Night Watch series, in the novel Twilight Watch, Witezslav, an unpleasant vampire on the Inquisition is killed, and besides the obvious lack of sympathy from those on the side of Light, his Dark colleagues were also indifferent, and for both sides, the greater concern was how someone was powerful enough to destroy him. This makes sense, since besides being a cold, unlikable person, he gained that level of power by killing children.
  • Discworld
    • Referenced by Granny Weatherwax in Carpe Jugulum, when she's in a self-doubting mood: "It was a terrible thing to think that the only reason people would go to your funeral was to make sure you were really dead."
    • Actually happens in Witches Abroad, when Greebo eats a vampire (in bat form) and the locals all celebrate. The witches think that the reason they're all celebrating the death of someone in the castle is because it was the landlord ("Bit of a bloodsucker, I think he was saying.").
  • In The Curse of Chalion, the two brothers who are the powers behind the Chalionese throne have repeatedly raped the queen; when one of them dies she shows up at his funeral in every piece of festival garb she owns. Everyone pretends not to notice.
  • Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky ends with everyone celebrating the death of the Jabberwock itself.
  • The Left Behind series: The Dramatic Audio presentation of Glorious Appearing has the sound of a crowd cheering wildly as Michael locks Satan away in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. However, Satan does get out in time for the Final Battle.
  • At the end of The Twits , when the Twits disappear.
  • In the Tamuli novel The Shining Ones, Thalesian nuisance heir and The Napoleon Avin Wargunson was summarily knocked off in a particularly insulting way (stuffed in a barrel of wine with the lid nailed shut). Given his 0% Approval Rating, when they finally held his funeral, the congregation tried (and failed miserably) to contain their mirth. The entire country then spent the next week celebrating his death; his death was both the best thing to happen to them and a great memory to get through the cold winter there.
  • Venandakatra is nicknamed "the Vile One" by his own side in the Belisarius Series], and no one in the Malwa hierarchy sheds a tear over his utter humiliation at the hands of Belisarius. His rather long, painful, and torturous death at the end is a cause of much rejoicing.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This never actually happens on über-idealistic Star Trek, at least not in the Federation.
    • But there is at least one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where an imminent invasion of the Ferengi Alliance was met with near-indifference.
      Rom: Think of the terrible repercussions to the Alpha Quadrant!
      Worf: I cannot think of any.
    • While no-one actually celebrates, no-one seems particularly broken up when Betazed, homeworld of "Councillor Obvious" Troi falls to the Dominion during the war, being more concerned that it could provide a foothold for the Dominion to attack other nearby worlds. Despite being a major Federation world, after the episode this occurs in, the planet's occupation by the Jem'Hadar is never mentioned again.
    • In the seventh season, Worf treats the current clone of Weyoun to a Neck Snap while imprisoned on Cardassia. Damar's reaction is to kneel beside the corpse and laugh his ass off, before offering up a mocking tribute from his bottle of kanar. He's sniggering about it even after the next Weyoun clone comes along.
  • Briefly mentioned in the Babylon 5 episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" for a comedic effect. Londo Mollari looks upon a wedding celebration and sneers, noting that Centauri weddings are somber, sad affairs. This kind of merriment is normally reserved for Centauri state funerals.
  • Family Matters: A non-death example comes early in Season 2, when Urkel had by now become an established part of the series. Urkel annoys the neighborhood once too often — he serenaded Laura with his "rendition" of Morris Albert's "Feelings"... late at night! — and is sent to a relative's house in the south to live for a few weeks, to give the neighbors time to get over their anger with the nerd. The Winslows rejoiced long and loud that they would have two weeks without Urkel... and then, as if on cue, in walks "Cousin Urkel"... the even-more-annoying southern-belle-wannabe Myrtle!
  • Friends
    • In "The One with the Dollhouse", Ross informs Monica that one of their aunts died only to find Monica screaming with joy saying that the woman was a 'cruel cranky old bitch' and then eagerly asking Ross if she gets their aunt's dollhouse.
    • When Rachel's boss Joanna dies, she's sad, but mostly because Joanna was about to recommend her for promotion. Joanna's other assistant Sophie, on the other hand, looks happier than she ever has before.
  • LOST provides an example of this with the introduction of Arzt in the finale of the first season. He was blown up while he condescendingly lectured the main characters on how to handle dynamite safely. Right after it happens Hurley does get quite and even goes so far as to say, "that was messed up" but he seems to have been more concerned with his own streak of bad luck and the gibs scattered about. No-one else cared.
  • Dr. Romano of ER died quite horribly, but he was such a Jerkass only one character really gave a damn. Another even twisted the knife posthumously by naming a wing for LGBT patients after the notorious homophobe.
  • Oz
    • In one of the final episodes, Beecher unknowingly kills Vern Schillinger, in a staged performance of Macbeth. When the audience of prison inmates finds out, everyone immediately starts cheering to high heavens and pumping their fists. Granted Schillinger was a malicious Nazi rapist, who performed a good deal of horrible actions throughout his lifetime.
    • This appears to be the response to any act of violence witnessed by the inmates. A notable exception is when Simon Adebisi, a feared Nigerian gangster who's been ruling Em City as a trustee, is killed — the initial reaction is a shocked gasp of disbelief from both inmates and guards, as Adebisi seemed so Bad Ass he couldn't be killed by anyone.
    • Also notably averted with the death of Augustus Hill. Burr Redding is overcome with grief, and most of the prisoners are shocked. McManus actually breaks down crying. Mainly this is because more so than anyone else in Em city, Hill had become the most philosophical and accepting of the bad things that he had done.
  • In an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch where Sabrina uses these products to make Harvey more ambitious, to the point where he's alienated from Sabrina and only cares about his ambitions of being a money-making businessman, she shows him what could happen if he continues (a la A Christmas Carol). At the end of the montage they see a party which is Harvey's funeral. They're happy because he was a jerk who didn't spend time with his family and cut down all of the trees (except one) in Westbridge.
  • An episode of The Commish had two police officers agonizing endlessly over the best way to break a death notice to a man's family, only to find they're overjoyed about his death.
  • Scrubs
    • One episode sees Dr. Kelso's portrait, hung on a hallway just before he goes on vacation, turned into a memorial to the deceased as a prank by Dr. Cox. Almost everyone in the hospital walks past it and celebrates, but Ted the Lawyer later comes back to it to dance and laugh in front of it. Twice. This helps to prove Cox's point that Kelso really does care when he is hurt by the reactions.
      Kelso: You think it's funny that one of the surgeons paid his dwarf cousin, Lance, two hundred dollars to show up at rounds and sing, "Ding dong, Kelso's dead!"?
    • Ted has a similar reaction upon learning of Kelso's retirement.
    • In one episode J.D. gets exposed to Hepatitis. The Janitor appears humming Chopin's Funeral March and speaking through a puppet made out of a Hazmat suit.
      Puppet: Gee, is he gonna make it?
      Janitor: Eh, it doesn't look good.
      Puppet: Yay!
  • Not a death, but the news of Frank Burns' arrest and subsequent transfer from the 4077th inspires whoops of joy on M*A*S*H.
    B.J. Hunnicutt: This reduces the enemy to just North Korea!
  • In The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will blamed himself for his uncle's political opponent having a fatal heart attack (He told him he could Drop Dead right before it happened). After spending the episode feeling guilty he showed up at the funeral to discover that everyone else was just there to make sure he was really dead, and was moved to give a defense of the man's life. When indignantly asked who he thought he was he said "I'm the dude that killed him" and was given a standing ovation.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
    • Mike and the 'Bots have this reaction to the death of Russell Johnson's character, a drunken, abusive parent, in The Space Children. After the man gets his mind fried by The Blob That Came From Heaven and the paramedics are wheeling his corpse out of his trailer in front of the rest of the cast:
      All: (as crowd) Hooray!
      Crow: Are you sure he's dead?
      Mike: (as paramedic) Oyah.
      All: Hooray!
    • In an earlier episode, "Hercules and the Captive Women" (billed at the time as the last Hercules movie, although they ended up with one more later), Joel and the 'Bots held a funeral for Hercules, which quickly became a party. Crow at one point declared, "He's dead as a doornail and I'm gonna party like it's 1999!"
  • Subverted in Fawlty Towers. The episode "The Kipper and the Corpse" has the doctor walking into the dead man's room and seeing Basil Fawlty jumping up and down and crying, "Oh, joy! Oh, I'm so happy!" Of course, the real reason Fawlty was so happy was because the kippers the man had been served with his breakfast were out of date, and he had just learned that the kippers were untouched, making it not his fault.
  • In The Vampire Diaries the gang has a party after Klaus is defeated.
  • In Yes, Prime Minister, Prime Minister Hacker's predecessor in that office is writing his memoirs, which will be very embarrassing for Hacker, when he suddenly drops dead from a heart attack. When Hacker learns the news, and just before he remembers that he's supposed to act with dignified shock and grief, for a moment he has the biggest, happiest grin we've ever seen on his face. This episode ("A Diplomatic Incident," Series 2, Episode 3 of Yes, Prime Minister) is widely considered to be the best of the entire series (i.e., including Yes, Minister), partly because incidents like this, where Paul Eddington expresses several lines' worth of dialogue with a single facial expression, occur rather frequently. Watch it!
  • From the pilot episode of Six Feet Under
    Mourner: (viewing his dead wife) You did a real good job on her.
    David Fisher: Well, we do our best.
    Mourner: If there's any justice in the universe, she's shoveling shit in hell right now.
  • A Numberwang episode on That Mitchell and Webb Look contained an instance of no Numberwang being scored for over three days! So they went to Sudden Death: The first person who dies from the poisonous Number Gas wins!
  • Played with on The Golden Girls. When the group's hated next door neighbor died, possibly from Rose's harsh words, they throw a cheap funeral for her since the woman had no friends or relatives. Then an old friend shows up and gives a heartfelt eulogy about how the deceased spent all her life doing charitable work. However the "friend" turned out to simply be in the wrong room. When she realized who was actually in the coffin, she expressed joy, then kicked the coffin for good measure.
  • Northern Exposure has Holling Vincouer, who is decidedly not proud of his ancestry. He once told his girlfriend Shelly that the death of his grandfather is still celebrated as a national holiday in France.
  • This has happened at least once on Bones. In "The Crank in the Shaft", the victim, an office manager, is seemingly mourned by everyone, until Booth and Bones find out that the victim who was so hated by everyone that not only was there celebration of her death, but nearly everyone she had ever met had a motive.
  • Similarly, in an episode of CSI: New York, a crowd gathered around the scene and, upon confirming who the victim was, applauded. Then Stella gives a Quip to Black about finding someone without a motive being the hard part.
  • Played with in Frasier, when Frasier's hated and mean-spirited aunt passes away; while Frasier, Niles and Martin express no grief at her death, it's not exactly an opportunity for celebration either as Frasier's been burdened with writing the eulogy for the memorial service (which gives him no end of grief as he tries to find some genuine virtue he can extol about her, having stubbornly refused to lie and invent virtues the woman didn't have) and Niles has been burdened with finding a place to dispose of her ashes.
  • An episode of Murphy Brown plays with this trope when Murphy's hated nemesis dies and leaves her in charge of the eulogy. First she plans to give an awful speech, then a heartwarming one, then an awful one when she finds out his own mother didn't like him, when finally the guy makes himself look like the Jerk with a Heart of Gold from the GRAVE with the sole purpose of humiliating her.
  • An episode of Law & Order had the (first) victim of the week get chased into oncoming traffic by a particularly amoral paparazzo who wanted her opinion on her husband's affair. Once he was found to not be complicit in her death, he got shot; when his death is announced at a restaurant frequented by the rich and powerful, everyone applauds.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place Alex freezes Stevie and Max shatters her. No one really seems to care and eventually Alex and Harper go to celebrate their friendship while Justin takes pictures of a unconscious man's body with Stevie's "pieces" all over him while Max draws a moustache on him.
  • In an episode of "Series/Louie" there is a much rejoicing moment when Louie and Robin Williams, being the only two men at a burial, discover that each other both hated the man, and share a hearty laugh.
  • When Buffy announces that she killed Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow's reaction is "Well, all right!". Then again, he was a Sinister Minister in the service of the First Evil.
  • One episode of Angel has the gang go to Lorne's homeland, the demon dimension, Pylea. When Lorne asks his mother if she noticed anything odd when he disappeared 5 years prior, she remarks "we noticed feasting and celebration" and that his brother Numfar did the dance of joy for 3 moons. She has Numfar demonstrate said dance.
  • A 3rd Rock from the Sun episode has a loathsome, universally despised professor (played by John Mahoney of Frasier fame) suddenly dropping dead at a party being given in his honor.
    Dick: (cheerfully) Dr. Albright! You got your wish!
    (Harry begins clapping, stops when nobody else joins in)
  • While the character doesn't actually die because the poisoning was discovered right before it killed him, the attempted murder of the Commodore in Boardwalk Empire is treated this way by the other characters on account of his being a lecherous racist and total jerkass. When Jimmy thinks his mother (who was impregnated by the Commodore at 14) is the poisoner, he makes a comment to the effect that he doesn't really have a problem with the Commodore being murdered, but if she's doing it for financial reasons, he doesn't want the Commodore's money. When the poisoner is discovered to be the Commodore's put-upon maid, Nucky tells her that she did wrong in actually attempting what others would only think about and gives her money to leave town and start a new life.
  • Even Full House wasn't immune to this. Jesse inherited a local club from its previous owner, who died of heart failure. The funeral was (by character narration alone) done this way, but justified because that was what the deceased owner wanted.
  • When Al Bundy's neighbors thought that he'd died in Married... with Children, they all began singing "Ding Dong the Shoe Man's Dead" and dancing in the streets. Later, when Al moved out of the neighborhood, they held a parade to celebrate.
  • Jaimie Lannister offed The Mad King seventeen years before the beginning of Game of Thrones. As The Mad King's idea of fun included burning people to death, no-one much minded. (Although Lannister was stuck with the reputation of being an oathbreaker, as he had once promised to guard the king with his life.)
  • Seinfeld: When George's fiancée Susan dies, he is more relieved than anything else. This is later used as evidence against him at the trial in the series finale.
    • Speaking of the series finale, in a non-death example, everybody cheered when the four main characters were sentenced to a year in prison.
  • This has happened several times on The Amazing Race, with the remaining teams all celebrating the elimination of a hated/feared team:
  • This is a regular occurrence on Copper.
    • Elizabeth Haverford is quite overjoyed when her husband is murdered since she recently discovered that the man was a pedophile and child murderer.
    • When a racist and troublemaker is found dead, the police officer only bother to investigate his death because the man's daughter has incited a Powder Keg Crowd and they need to avoid a riot. However, the daughter is only doing so out of family obligation and she quickly stops her protest when told that a convenient buyer was found for her father's property and she can get the money as soon as the case is closed.
    • When a dentist is poisoned his wife is overjoyed because the man was extremely abusive and cheated on her regularly. When Sgt. Byrnes accidentally kills himself by eating the same poisoned cake that killed the dentist, Det. Cochran and most of the other coppers don't shed a tear and burst out laughing when they find out the ironic way the sergeant died. The man was extremely corrupt and liked to steal the belongings of dead people. Even his nephew does not mind when the coppers make jokes about the way his uncle died.
  • Subverted rather tragically on Merlin. You'd think that, since Uther was a genocidal dictator who has singlehandedly been responsible for the death of hundreds of sorcerers and their persecution in the Five Kingdoms, this would be the reaction to his death. However, the circumstances turned his son against magic, and thus nothing was won by it.
  • Invoked in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys when a time-traveling King Arthur is deposited in Hercules' time. This version of Arthur is an evil, murdering, asshole and he goes through an eventual heel-face turn after Hercules points out that tyrannical kings are usually remembered like this.

    Music 
  • "The Night Patty Murphy Died" is a traditional Newfoundland folk song, recorded by, among others, the Canadian-based celtic-rock band Great Big Sea. In the song, the eponymous individual's funeral/wake becomes a rowdy party, with a long stop at the local pub for everyone to get hammered. Nevertheless, the lyrics are open to interpretation in regards to what the attendees actually thought of the deceased, except for the versions which include this final verse:
    It was twenty years ago me boys that old Pat was put underground
    And every year to celebrate they all push the jug around
    They gather at the graveyard and pour vinegar in his ditch
    Cuz everybody hated that lousy son-of-a-bitch!
  • The Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl", about a woman who, with the help of a high-school friend, kills her abusive husband Earl. In the video, the whole town celebrates Earl's death.
  • In French, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was translated as "Le lion est mort ce soir", which means "The lion died tonight". So the lyrics' tone changed to somewhat fit this trope...
  • Dos Gringos, a band comprised of United States Air Force fighter pilots, has a song called "The Predator Eulogy" celebrating the fact that a Predator (an unmanned airborne vehicle) was shot down. Fighter pilots hate UAVs because they might wind up getting completely replaced by them if UAV enthusiasts have their way.
  • Steam's "(Kiss Him) Goodbye" (Na Na Na Na/Hey Hey/Goodbye) is often used as such. On occasion, Ray Charles' "Hit the Road, Jack" as well.
  • Elvis Costello's "Tramp The Dirt Down" is about how he'll celebrate when Margaret Thatcher dies.
  • As is Hefner's "The Day That Thatcher Dies", complete with a children's choir singing "Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!"
  • There's also the similarly titled "The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies" by Pete Wylie.
  • Another song about celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher is Morrissey's "Margaret on the Guillotine". The lyrics include "The kind people/Have a wonderful dream/Margaret on the guillotine" with the repeated chorus "When will you die?"
  • "Ringo", by Lorne Greene (of Bonanza fame). The spoken-word narrative, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, has nothing to do with The Beatles' drummer, but is instead a first-person account of an ex-outlaw-turned-Western lawman, and his encounters and relationship with the title character and antagonist, a notorious gunfighter who spread terror as he engages in a crime spree in the Old West. Toward the end of the song, the two meet (for the first time in several years) and engage in a gunfight. Ringo — remembering a time the main protagonist saved is life — shows a rare ounce of mercy to his old friend, but when he turns to walk away, he is met by a spray of gunfire and killed. As the trope-fitting lyrics point out after Ringo is declared dead, "The town began to shout and cheer/Nowhere was there shed a tear for Ringo."
  • They Might Be Giants anticipate this kind of end—up to and including bank holidays—for the unnamed "you" of "When Will You Die?" The narrator of their song "Dead" worries about this happening to himself:
    Did a large procession wave their torches
    As my head fell in the basket,
    And was everybody dancing on the casket?
  • "The Hell of It" by Paul Williams, which plays over the closing credits of Phantom of the Paradise, is mostly this trope as well (when it's not being the "Reason You Suck" song);
    Good for nothing, bad in bed,
    Nobody likes you, you're better off dead,
    Goodbye, goodbye, we've all come to say
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
    Born defeated, died in vain,
    Super-destructive, you were hooked on pain
    And though your music lingers on,
    All of us are glad you're gone!

    Tabletop Games 
  • An entry in the Warhammer: Warriors of Chaos book speaks of a Chaos Champion (hulking, armored man who serves the forces of evil) named Gharad the Ox who challenged Elector Count Wulfgang von Greidhart to a battle and claimed the man's skull for a trophy. Partway through the battle, the women of the town began to cheer the Chaos Knight on, due to the Count being a tyrannical figure and much hated. "Obscurely pleased, he left the town intact."
  • Actual rule from the wargame Fear God & Dread Nought: "Shore Battery Critical Hit results: Admin Building: A support building associated with the battery, but not vital to its function, has been destroyed. If enough paperwork is destroyed, the battery's efficiency may actually improve."

    Theater 
  • In Molière's Don Juan, after the title character is dragged off to hell, his servant Sgnarelle's only regret is that his master's death will mean that he won't receive his wages.
  • The musical Wicked begins with the citizens of Oz celebrating the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. The rest of said musical is a long explanation about How We Got Here and why this is wrong: one, she's not that evil, and two, she's not dead.
  • In The Time Of Your Life, though nobody really bursts out cheering when Blick is shot and killed offstage, they seem at least relieved, and it seems that the police aren't interested in investigating the Dirty Cop's death.

    Video Games 
  • The Sharp Claws look rather happy about General Scales' death at the end of Star Fox Adventures, with one triumphantly holding up its former leader's belt for Fox to see.
  • Dwarf Fortress
    • A halfway example from : Although dwarves will never be happy that another one has died, they can still maintain ecstatic moods by having a decent dining room and nice walls to look at. Seriously. Although too many deaths in a while will result in them being extremely happy yet basically phoning it in with their entire life.
      "Urist McTraumatized doesn't care about anything, anymore."
    • Played straight with fell moods. Sometimes, when an unhappy dwarf gets the urge to make an artifact, the raw materials for said artifact will be the nearest dwarf to the workshop. Making the artifact makes the dwarf happy, and nobody cares about the guy it's made out of.
    • Also, a dwarf will be happy if a dwarf he has a grudge with dies. And of course there is much rejoicing from the player if an annoying noble dies.
    • The players themselves are a straight example of the trope. The more bizarre and massively destructive an event gets in their game, the more cheerful and congratulatory the forum responses will be for achieving it. There's a reason the game motto is Losing is Fun.
  • The Sims
    • In The Sims 2, mean Sims roll death-related wants for their enemies... such as drinking their life essence after they get eaten by a Man-Eating Plant. It really ups the ante on Video Game Cruelty Potential when you get aspiration points for it.
    • If your house is robbed, even a child Sim can roll the want "See Burglar's Ghost". So much for the innocence of the young.
    • Likewise, in The Sims 3, Sims with the "evil" trait will laugh at the suffering of others, up to and including their deaths.
  • At least one webcomic author has gone on-record to say that seeing Jar-Jar Binks frozen in a slab of carbonite in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is well worth the price of admission alone.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, when Manny is shot in the face, Niko was rather amused.
  • In Fallout 3, Three Dog will react positively to the death of President Eden should the player kill him.
    Three Dog: Ding dong! The sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed Presidential asshole is DEAD!
  • Fallout: New Vegas
    • Many characters will congratulate you if you kill Cook-Cook.
    • Many will also rejoice if the player kills Caesar.
    • A less positive example: When Carla Boone was kidnapped by the Legion, she was hardly missed by the citizens of Novac since she openly despised the town and it's citizens (though they still believe this a horrifying fate for anyone) and Manny Vargas was pretty much overjoyed. This however led to her husband Craig to bear a grudge against the citizens of Novac and pretty much destroyed his friendship with Manny (who is heavily hinted to be in love with him).
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    • The first Dark Brotherhood quest involves killing a nasty old lady who runs an orphanage. You can kill her right in front of the kids, and not only will they not report you to the guards, they'll cheer her demise. The only person who actually gets scared is her assistant, who while not particularly liking Grelod herself is still freaked out that she just got killed in cold blood.
    • Also, this is the general attitude of the Dunmer and Argonians of Windhelm after Ulfric Stormcloak is dead and replaced by Brunwulf Free-Winter due the fact that Ulfric generally made their lives a living hell. The opposite is felt by the Nords, who not only saw Ulfric as a true hero of Skyrim but are generally not fond of non-Nords.
    • After Alduin is defeated, the other Dragons don't seem to be too sad about it. Ironically the only one who expresses regret over it is Paarthurnax, the Dragon who made Alduin's defeat possible.
  • Used in a number of Warhammer 40,000 games, especially in the Dark Crusade and Soulstorm expansions for the first Dawn of War. Typically runs along the lines of "Invading army ousts local sector's government; as the local government was horribly abusive, the conquerors were greeted as heroes". This is especially true for the generally benevolent Tau. The opposite tends to happen when the invaders are one of the more more obviously evil factions that just wipes the area clean off the map.
  • Killing the fake King in Dragon Quest III, in at least the English translations, causes the people in Samanao City to rejoice the fake king's death.
  • In Transformers: War for Cybertron, Optimus is the only one who really seems upset when Zeta Prime dies. The rest of the Autobots are happier about it since Zeta had become a pretty awful leader over the course of the war, and now Optimus has no excuse not to step up and become a Prime.
  • In Mass Effect 2, after a mission where Corrupt Corporate Executive Nassana Dantius is killed, there's a news item that her company's stock has actually gone up since her death.
    • In the third game, this is pretty much Wrex's reaction if his brother Wreav meets an untimely end.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, after Arl Rendon Howe is killed, nobody seems upset about it. In the tavern, one noble asks another (who was a friend of the dead man's when they were younger) whether he's upset, and the former friend says the only tragedy is that the killing didn't happen a long time ago. The same conversation also mentions that the dead man's own family won't be coming to the funeral, and the expansion makes it clear that their non-attendance is not simply because of political considerations.
  • "Klogg is dead and we wanna celebrate it, he's pushing up daisies, former and belated..."

    Web Animation 
  • In Teen Girl Squad, the three other girls all cheer the first time that Cheerleader predeceases them, then go on to do the things that she would never let them do. (Then die and meet her again in the afterlife.)
  • In Magical Fun Time Now, End of Episode 2 when the girls just stand around and laugh that they killed someone.

    Web Comics 
  • Pretty much anyone in 8-Bit Theater is ambivalent, at best, about seeing allies (apparently) die. They usually don't stay dead, though.
  • The cast threw a party to celebrate Kairi's death in Ansem Retort. They even had yummy "Hooray Kairi's Dead" cake.
  • Arisdel in Dumnestors Heroes. She wasn't killed, but nobody was broken up when she left the game.
  • The Order of the Stick, "Rumors of Her Death". The only subversion is that Miko's still alive. Maybe Elan wouldn't have specifically celebrated, but no-one would've been sorry to see her go (she's routinely sent off on missions that keep her out of the country for years at a time, because not even her fellow paladins like her). Ironically, when she did die, no-one celebrated.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Tagon's Toughs had this reaction to Xinchub's death. He had spent several arcs as the personally nastiest of the Tough's rogues gallery (or, in his own words, "the biggest ace-hole in the game"), and his death caused happy-dances throughout the major cast.
  • Sequential Art had this when Kat accidentally gives her old Sadist Teacher a fatal heart attack. Kids leaving the classroom were singing Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: An unstated but virtually a staple of many of the classic cartoons. For instance, the Road Runner can be seen "beep-beeping" for joy after Wile E. Coyote dies for the final time. Other cases give the main protagonist the opportunity to sneak in a one liner, such as when Bugs Bunny has his own run-in with the Coyote ("And remember, mud spelled backwards is 'dum'," which Bugs says after Wile E. passes out for the final time in "Operation: Rabbit").
  • South Park
    • Done a few times, when the usual "They killed Kenny!!"-"Bastards!!" routine was subverted and Kenny's death was met with amusement.
      Kyle: (laughing) That was a good one!
    • This is pretty much Cartman's reaction to arranging Scott Tenorman's parents being killed and ground into chili to get even for being swindled out of $16.12
  • In Danny Phantom's Bad Future, most of the memorial statues say "Gone but not forgotten". Mr. Lancer's just says "Gone".
    • Considering HE is the one to actually cause the Bad Future, this isn't so surprising.
  • On Family Guy, when Peter gets word that his father Francis has died, Lois and Brian step outside...and can be seen through the window dancing with joy on the front lawn. The celebration ends when Brian grabs Lois's chest and she slaps him.
  • The Simpsons
    • The family is driving to the funeral of one of Marge's relatives. Naturally, the family treats the situation with great dignity and tact.
      Homer: Ding dong, the witch is dead!
      Kids: Which old witch?
      Homer: The wicked witch!
    • Also, Patty and Selma's reaction whenever Homer is believed to be dead — to the point where they've already ordered a tombstone for him and use it as their tea-table. It reads "We are richer for having lost him."
    • When everyone believed Mr. Burns had been killed by some falling rocks, Kent Brockman publicly thanked them for it. Homer, Lenny and Carl even planned to dance on his grave.
    • Again with Mr. Burns, when he disappeared and was believed dead, so many people decided to spit on his grave it became a pool of spit. Among them was a nun and a buddhist, specifically Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama
    • During the funeral for Homer's mother, Abe commented that he'd imagined himself dancing on it but no longer had the mood. (He was wearing tap shoes during the funeral.)
    • In the Season 8 episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show," the introduction of the character Poochie (a dog "with an attitude") as an attempt to regain falling viewership is universally panned, save for Homer (who coincidentally is Poochie's voice). The Poochie character is such a spectacular failure that the production company is forced to immediately abandon the character and hastily write him out before his second cartoon. When that cartoon airs — another voiceover artist inserts the line "I have to go, my planet needs me" into a poorly edited cartoon — Krusty the Clown (on whose show the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons air) gleefully announces that Poochie died on his way home, to which the audience wildly cheers. (Incidentally, the edits are made after Homer deliberately goes against the script, instead improvising a plea for the character's reprieve.)
    • Also when Burns had amnesia and he his mind was reduced to an infantile state, the people of Springfield decide to use Burns as their personal plaything.
    • In "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 2", when Burns' sun-blocker is torn down, it slides down the mountain.
    Krusty: Um, what town did we just crush?
    Skinner: Shelbyville.
    People: Hooray!
  • The Smurfs
  • In Gargoyles, when Gillecomgain informs Duncan that Findlaech is dead, Duncan is extremely pleased, calling this "cause for celebration." Of course, Duncan ordered his assassination in the first place.


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