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Dedication

Every great joke needs a punchline, and The Wicker Man doesn't disappoint. After Cage meets his screaming, charbroiled death, the film ends and a title slate appears: "For JOHNNY RAMONE." Sure. I don't know why it's there, and I don't want to find out.
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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 In Memoriam, where a movie or television episode is dedicated to someone connected to the show who recently died, usually in a notice at the end of the show.

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Examples

Fan Fic

Film - Animated
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast 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 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.

Film - Live-Action
  • The Great Escape's dedication simply reads 'For the Fifty.' Cue the sobbing before the movie even begins.
  • Kevin Smith 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.
  • Star Trek IV was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
    • Star Trek VI was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, who passed away shortly before the film's release.
    • Also dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, the TNG 2-part episode "Unification", the first to air after his death.
    • And Star Trek 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.
    • Star Trek Into Darkness is dedicated to the post-9/11 war veterans. 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 complaining.
  • Help!, the 1965 Beatles film, is dedicated to Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It's an idiosyncratic film.
  • The Libertine was dedicated to Marlon Brando and Hunter S. Thompson, both of whom Johnny Depp (the film's lead actor) had worked with and known well.
  • The Great Dictator was dedicated to "The Jews of the world."
  • This beauty from the opening of Batman: The Movie: "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"
  • The Dark Knight was dedicated to Heath Ledger who died shortly after the film was completed and to special effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who died while working on the film.
  • Ridley Scott dedicated Black Hawk Down 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.
  • The Great Race is dedicated to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
  • Both John Carter and Brave (mentioned above) were dedicated to Steve Jobs, majority shareholder of Disney and Pixar and mentor to both films' directors and producers.
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who died in a helicopter crash shortly before the film was made.
  • The Towering Inferno is dedicated to the firefighters of the world.
  • Pacific Rim is dedicated to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda, "the original monster masters."

Literature
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's dedication in A Civil Campaign (quoted above) is in honour of the writers Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy L. Sayers.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 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 A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick 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.
  • Raving Lunacy is dedicated to the author's family.
  • The final The Dark Tower book was dedicated to the reader, for coming this far. See also Thanking the Viewer.
  • 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.
  • Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards!! has the following dedication:
    They may be called the Palace Guard, the 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, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to. This book is dedicated to those fine men.
  • Frederick Forsyth's The Dogs of War 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.
  • Chris Claremont'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..."
  • Kathy Reich 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, Dave Barry 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."
    • Mark Twain used similar logic to explain a dedication to John Smith.
  • House 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 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 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 Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain, is dedicated "To the boys who have always been Taran and the girls who will always be Eilonwy."
  • Colas Breugnon 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.)
  • P. G. Wodehouse opens his Jeeves and Wooster novel Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (AKA Bertie Wooster Sees It Through) with a 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".
  • Grand Central Arena by Ryk E. Spoor is dedicated to the memory of E. E. “Doc” Smith, the founding father of space opera, and writer of the Skylark Series, from which one of the main characters, Marc C. DuQuesne, is drawn.
  • Historia Regum Britanniae is dedicated to Robert, First Earl of Gloucester.
  • Good Omens is dedicated to G. K. Chesterton, "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."
  • George MacDonald Fraser played with the idea: every 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 Trylle Series, dedicated her earliest works to her grandmother (who lived to see her grandchild make it big, dying in 2013).
  • To Be or Not To Be: That Is the Adventure bears the simple inscription: "To Bea."
  • Browns Pine Ridge Stories: Author Gary Brown dedicated his Country Stories to Barbara Rowland, a literature teacher who had encouraged him to pursue a literary career.

Live Action Television
  • The third season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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 Chicago Fire was dedicated to the 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: 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.

Music
  • Roza Rymbaeva dedicated the song "Alia" to Great Patriotic War 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; 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 Dedication is effectively dedicated to all of his fans, be they living or dead.
  • 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.
  • Oasis dedicated their song "Cast No Shadow" to "the genius of Richard Ashcroft."

Radio
  • Jack Webb dedicated each episode of the radio version of 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".

Theatre

Videogames
  • If any survivors in Left 4 Dead 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)".
  • Snatcher opens with a dedication to "all those cyberpunks who fight against injustice and corruption every day of their lives"
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days has a dedication to the voice actor of Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine, who'd died just prior to the game being released.
  • WWF Attitude on the Nintendo64 and Playstation was dedicated to Owen Hart, who died before the game was released (Owen was left in the game, as well).
  • 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.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is dedicated to the memory of Brian Wood, a developer at Relic who died in a car accident, ensuring his pregnant wife made it out alive.
  • Madden NFL 25 is dedicated to Pat Summerall, John Madden's former commentating partner.

Western Animation

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 Cirque du Soleil's Alegria has a sarcastic dedication to all those who oppress others; scroll to the bottom of this page to read it.

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