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->''"[[AC:I don't care what it says, I never laid a finger on him.]]"''
-->-- '''[[TheGrimReaper Death]]''', ''Literature/GoodOmens''

In common fiction, and in the minds of some in reality, Music/ElvisPresley is not dead. Whether through conspiracy, [[ElvisHasLeftThePlanet alien abduction]] (and later return), or [[Film/BubbaHotep retirement]], he's still on Earth (or a [[AlternateUniverse variation thereof]]).

See Also: ElvisHasLeftThePlanet, where he is ''outside'' Earth.

This trope also has applied to some other musicians: for example, Music/TupacShakur and [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] both have rabid fans that insist both are still alive but [[HesJustHiding just]] [[JustForPun hiding]]. On the other hand, check out the story below of the folk rocker, Music/{{Rodriguez}}, with whom this ''actually happened!'' And for an inversion, contrast the "Paul is dead" UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories regarding Music/PaulMcCartney.



* While never explicitly stated, in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'', a man very strongly implied to be [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] is hiding in a Japanese high school.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse gives a ride to someone who never gives his name, but wears blue suede shoes and looks like an older and fatter version of The King. What we hear of his life story sounds suspiciously familiar as well.
* In a ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story about ComicBook/LexLuthor's legacy when he was [[ComicBookDeath thought dead]], one of the people claiming to have seen Lex is a familiar looking guy who calls himself Aaron Preston.
* ''ComicBook/ElvisShrugged'', an AffectionateParody of Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', reveals that the Elvis who everyone thought had died in 1977 was a clone created by Col. Tom Parker and that the real Elvis is living in "Blue Hawaii," having convinced many musicians to disappear from the scene.

* An...aversion? In this ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fic titled [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3870185/1/Remember_the_bKing_b Remember the King]]
* There was once a (now-removed) Music/XJapan Real Person Slash fic that combined the later-mentioned hide version of this with TheReveal, TomatoSurprise, DramaBomb, and AlternateUniverse. The setting of the fic was around a drunken recluse living out the end of his life in seclusion in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, with the story heavily implying that it was about either Yoshiki or Pata who had lost his career. Only at the end, after he has outlived Yoshiki in the alternate universe, and is found dead of a drug overdose, is it revealed that the recluse is none other than hide, who had, in the story, faked his death and gone into seclusion.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8831374/4/The-Power-of-the-Press The Power of the Press]]'' Luna tries to decide what (imaginary) details to add in order to make a Franchise/HarryPotter sighting more plausible when it's mentioned in the upcoming ''Quibbler'' issue.
-->She was tempted to add Elvis to the sighting, but only Americans would believe it then. After all, everyone knew that Elvis had been turned into a vampire and was living in Ecuador.

* In ''Film/BubbaHoTep'', Presley retired to an East Texas retirement home. The person who died was an Elvis impersonator whom Presley switched with when he grew tired of the lifestyle, and the paperwork that proves it was destroyed in a fire. [[UnreliableNarrator Or so the character insisted]], anyway.
* In ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', Elvis is shown to be one of the many who took the immortality potions but had to fake his death to play TheMasquerade. He did come back occasionally to grab a headline or two.
* As discussed in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'', Creator/AndyKaufman's death was thought by many to be another one of his [[CryingWolf elaborate hoaxes]], and played with when his alter ego [[LoungeLizard Tony Clifton]] put on an appearance a year after he died. In RealLife, it was his friend Bob Zmuda, who took over the role from Andy long before he died; the movie twists this by having Zmuda ''watch'' the performance, thus inviting the question of who's playing Clifton. On top of all this, Kaufman was reportedly Elvis's favorite impersonator!
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in a roundabout way in ''Film/{{Paul}}'': The titular alien claims his government-supplied pot is so strong that it killed Music/BobDylan. The others point out that Dylan isn't dead, but Paul implies otherwise.
* ''Film/MenInBlack'': Elvis isn't dead, he "just went home". Your guess is as good as ours on this one; it's a movie where [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Beethoven was almost definitely an alien immigrant]] and [[ETGaveUsWifi aliens gave us the microwave oven]], but [[{{Troll}} Kay]] also loves messing with Jay's head ([[BeingPersonalIsntProfessional when they're alone]]).
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'': Once the Ghostbusters become a media sensation, Ray Stanz is seen on a talk show where the host asks him "How is Elvis, and have you seen him lately?". Ray is amused, but sadly, we never hear his answer.
* ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers''. Eddie living is the PlotTwist, but the sequel, ''Eddie Lives!'' is a SpoilerTitle.
* The whole concept of ''Film/ElvisFoundAlive'' is that Elvis's death was faked so he could become an agent for the government.

* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has a BrickJoke to this effect.
** First, a tabloid is described by saying that a typical issue would "tell the world how Jesus' face was seen on a Big Mac bun bought by someone from Des Moines, with an artist's impression of the bun; how Elvis Presley was recently sighted working in a Burger Lord in Des Moines; how listening to Elvis records cured a Des Moines housewife's cancer; how the spate of werewolves infesting the Midwest are the offspring of noble pioneer women raped by Bigfoot; and that Elvis was taken by Space Aliens in 1976 because he was too good for this world." There's a [[FootnoteFever footnote]] saying, "Remarkably, one of these stories is indeed true."
** Shortly after, there's a scene set in a Burger Lord in Des Moines. The Burger Lord exec who's inspecting it (who happens to be [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Famine]]) makes a mental note to fire the cook, because he's singing "Love Me Tender" to himself and it's clashing with the franchise-mandated canned music.
** Finally, there's a scene in which a mysterious stranger is playing a video trivia game in a pub. The stranger reveals himself to be [[AC: [[TheGrimReaper DEATH]]]] when the trivia game asks him "What year did Elvis Presley die in?" and he refuses to answer, insisting [[AC:I don't care what it says, I never laid a finger on him.]]
* ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' has a variation on the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' joke -- there's a RunningGag that Buddy looks ''Elvish''. By the end of the story, Buddy has [[Music/BuddyHolly died in a crash]], yet a new boy at the chip shop looks a bit Elvish.[[note]]"There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis": Kirsty [=MacColl=][[/note]]
* ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' holds that he ''did'' die, and was brought back by a vampire who worked at the morgue where they took the body. Only they botched it, [[CameBackWrong so he isn't quite right in the head anymore]]...
* In ''Comeback Tour'', a novel set in Games Workshop's Literature/DarkFuture setting, Elvis is a Sanctioned Operative - a private law-enforcement officer - working in the backwater areas of the DeepSouth. At the climax of the novel, he ends up [[spoiler: [[ThePowerOfRock using his music to defeat]] the machinations of a ReligionOfEvil.]]
* Literature/TimeScout has the Church of the Living Elvis, which insists he's a living Messiah.
* One of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' novels, 'Scotland The Brave', said he was an immortal who 'died' because he was getting too famous, also explaining the continuing Elvis sightings through the years.
* Elvis was discovered in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' working as a bar singer in an alien planet. Ford Prefect recognizes him while Arthur Dent doesn't, which is either [[{{Irony}} ironic]] (because Arthur is from Earth while Ford is an alien) or [[FridgeBrilliance makes perfect sense]] (because Arthur is British while Ford traveled the world).
* Robert Rankin's ''Armageddon Trilogy'' has Elvis alive and bonded to Barry The Time Sprout, granting him greatly extended lifespan and the ability to travel through time. He maintains several PaperThinDisguise identities such as Mr. T. H. E. King and Noah Never.
* An act of the omnibus novel ''Literature/TheTumbleweedDossier'' pays tribute to this trope. It is strongly implied that [[spoiler: Felix Faraday is Elvis Presley living under an assumed identity are being infected with the Curse of the Vampire in 1977.]]
* A popular recurring news item in the ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' and other such tabloids. A typical headline is "WAX DUMMY FOUND IN ELVIS'S TOMB!" Other UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories included Elvis faking his own death, working at a supermarket in the midwest, planning a comeback tour for next summer, and having a secret [[BackupTwin long-lost twin brother]].
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', a conversation [[TheHero Stu]] has with [[TheChick Frannie]] has him describing an encounter he once had with a slightly maniacal, slightly familiar traveler. After the encounter, Stu was convinced he met ''[[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]'', some years after his [[ArtisticLicenseHistory alleged]] death.
* There is an AlternateHistory novel, later adapted into the film ''Film/SixStringSamurai'', where a nuclear exchange between the US and the Soviet Union in the 60's has the side effect of Elvis not dying where he did in conventional history, but instead becomes the King Of Las Vegas, and rules the city as an independent city-state for 30 years until his death at the beginning of the story, which concerns finding a successor.
* ''Literature/GoMutants'' is set in an AlternateHistory, where among other things Elvis and his stillborn twin brother, Jesse grew up to become a famouse duet.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the Sci-Fi series ''Series/TheChronicle'', the vampire hunter the crew thought was Elvis was strongly hinted to be [[spoiler: his presumed-stillborn twin, Jessie Garon]].
* Elvis lives on the paper route of the main character of ''Series/EerieIndiana''. This is not a plot in the series itself, it's mentioned by the main character in the opening and the pilot episode to showcase how weird the town is.
* In an episode of the short lived Canadian TV series ''TakingTheFalls'', it turns out that Elvis is still alive, and hiding out at an Elvis impersonator convention.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "The Once and Future King" has '''the''' most awesomely absurd theory on Elvis - he was a wannabe lame easy-listening singer who was replaced by the high-quality time traveling impersonator who accidentally killed him. Elvis is not dead simply because he never actually existed, just the music: the result of a StableTimeLoop.
* Subverted in the episode of ''Series/{{Renegade}}'' called "The King and I". Remo meets a man who doesn't introduce himself as Elvis but prefers to be called the King. Remo himself starts wondering when he gets the man to sing one of Elvis's songs. In the end, however, it turns out that it was Elvis's agent who couldn't cope with his friend's death.
* In the series ''Series/JohnnyBago'', the titular character meets Elvis.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'':
** Elvis is elected President on the United States in an alternate timeline.
** Another episode ended with a SpinningPaper headlining ComicBook/LexLuthor and Elvis living in hiding together in Hawaii.
** In "That Old Gang of Mine":
-->'''Look-alike agent:''' Of course before he died!
* Similarly, one of the telltale signs that Quinn Mallory's sliding experiment has worked. (''{{Series/Sliders}}'') He drives past a billboard announcing that Elvis is playing nearby.
** Happens to Remy himself in a world where he ''is'' that world's version of Elvis and everyone thinks he's dead but [[spoiler:his double of that world is just faking.]]
* Played with on an episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}''. A man named Aaron King moves to the neighborhood and ALF is convinced the man is Elvis (he does look a little like him). ALF confronts him later in the episode, and the man manages to prove he isn't Elvis by picking up a guitar and singing very badly.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** It dedicated an episode around when Peggy believed she met Elvis and telling her story to a club who believe HesJustHiding.
** Subverted in another episode. The GrimReaper (a rather cruel DeadpanSnarker here who takes the form of Peg) tells Al that Elvis didn't go quietly. When he asks if that means he's alive, she implies that he's pretty dumb for assuming that. (In other words, no.)
* One episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' had a one-off gag where Elvis is one of Alan Matthews' poker buddies.
* Uncle Jesse meets Elvis on an episode of ''Series/FullHouse''.
* Mulder on ''Series/TheXFiles'' either really believes this, or has a lot of fun making jokes about it.

* The Swedish punk band ''De Lyckliga Kompisarna'' has a song where the singer reads a newspaper explaining that ''"Elvis lever! The king is still alive!"'' and mentioning he now lives in Härnösand, a small town in northeast Sweden. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jqp69QC3rk Link]]
* Music/LivingColour wrote a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nvpRkn_R5g fantastically scathing]] [[TakeThat Take That]] about this.
* In Bush's song "Everything's Zen" contains the lyric, repeated several times, "I don't believe that Elvis is dead".
* [[Music/DanielAmos The Swirling Eddies]] have the song "Outdoor Elvis", detailing the faithful few's search for the King. The lyrics make it sound a lot like the hunt for {{Bigfoot}}, or like Christians waiting and hoping for Jesus' return.
* In the non-Elvis variant mentioned in the intro, there are some fans of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] that believe he didn't actually die. These fans have [[{{Jerkass}} approached hide's survivors and accused them of lying]], and once proclaimed he would return, alive and well, to announce a new musical act on the 13th anniversary of his death. When this didn't happen, they became somewhat more quiet, but there still is a small faction of hide fandom that sincerely believes this. (There was also a famous FanFic, though it was removed from the internet, based on the concept, though the writer was ''not'' one of the believers in it, but simply using the idea for an AlternateUniverse, mentioned above.)
* Defied in Kirsty [=MacColl=]'s "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis":
--> ''But he's a liar and I'm not sure about you''
* "Elvis Has Just Left The Building" by Music/FrankZappa from ''Music/BroadwayTheHardWay'' is a song about the fact that Elvis passed away to Heaven, but they want Jesus to bring him back.
* Music/KateBush's "King of the Mountain" thematized the rumors around Elvis being alive, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8xk_AkeP5c music video]] has headlines like "Sightings of Elvis in Yeti Colony" on {{Spinning Paper}}s.
* In the music video to Music/{{Coldplay}}'s "Chrismas lights", the band is performing the song live at the riverbank of the Thames, with a neon sign saying "Credo Elvem Etiam Vivere", which is Latin for "I believe Elvis yet lives", at the top of the stage.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' did a couple of strips about Elvis still being alive; in one, he's found working on a county road-crew, in another, he's a sort of beneficent genie, zapping around the world and bringing youth and beauty to selected loyal followers. ("Elvis fans! This is really happening! We swear!")
* ''ComicStrip/TheWorldOfLilyWong'' had played with it by saying that Elvis was alive because he was actually then paramount leader of mainland China, [[UsefulNotes/ToGetRichIsGlorious Deng Xiaoping]]. This turns into a case of FollowTheLeader with other dictators claiming to be dead pop stars, like UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi being Music/RickyNelson and UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein being Music/MarvinGaye.

* Though never named as such, Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Earthshaker}}'' (released in 1989) implies that the man on the backglass is Elvis. This was especially evident with the original backglass art, which showed him driving a pink Cadillac.

* A ''Johnboy & Billy Big Show'' "Johnboy & Billy Playhouse" sketch involved friend of the series Dub Starnes telling his grandson about the time he met Elvis (according to the sketch, Dub was a friend of his father) and being the only guy who wasn't a YesMan to the King, criticizing the excessive lifestyle Presley had taken up. The date of the encounter was August 16, 1977; and the end of the sketch reveals Dub's assistant mechanic with a ''very'' familiar voice...

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/OverTheEdge'' has someone who obviously is (but is never referred to as) Elvis operating a bar in the non-Euclidian Al-Amarja Airport.
* A throwaway gag in the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' convention book ''Progenitors'' explains that a common rite of passage among [[MadScientist Progenitor]] students is to [[CloningBlues replicate]] a famous figure from history. Of course, the most popular choice is invariably Elvis - meaning that Elvis doesn't just live: he lives and dies over and over and ''over'' again every year.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' - In the issue, "Punch Dracula," The king of vampires brings Dr. [=McNinja=] to his moon base, where the doctor discovers that Dracula has been collecting historical figures over the years, among them is Hitler. One room has Paul [=McCartney=], Michael Jackson and Tupac rehearsing at a piano, where they make terrific music together. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/11p20 Elvis doesn't do shit]].
** Creator/BruceLee is there as well. Dracula didn't abduct him, he just jumped to the moon one day because he's ''that'' awesome.
* The titular character of ''{{Webcomic/King of the Unknown}}'' is a {{No Celebrities Were Harmed}} incarnation of Elvis. Ever since a supernatural mishap transformed him (into a fat slob) and forced him to fake his death, he dedicated his new secret life to a [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]-like GovernmentAgencyOfFiction known as the IRSU. In the all those years since his "death," he's been protecting a {{masquerade}}d world by kicking the collective ass of every supernatural evil imaginable (because {{All Myths Are True}}). Agent H, his MissionControl at IRSU, is a similarly still-living Jimi Hendrix.
* In ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', the universe's [[CaptainErsatz thinly veiled analogue]] of Elvis is called "Elton Priestly". He was kidnapped by his recording company and dumped on a deserted tropical island to "save him before he ruined his own image" in 1977 when he wanted to pursue his ''true'' musical passion -- traditional reggae. The record company claimed he "died", because DeadArtistsAreBetter, and are trying to make him release "previously unreleased tracks recorded before his death" to make more money. He shares the island with (amongst others) similarly thinly veiled analogues of Music/KurtCobain, Music/TupacShakur and what appears to be Christina Aguliera or Britney Spears, who're all there for the same reason as him. He becomes a mentor for new arrival Sid, a metal singer who wanted to go into folk music, and is eventually freed along with everyone else when Sam brings down Mr Sin's record label.
* Elvis is never shown directly in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', but the wanted poster on [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=430 Mr. Verres' bulletin board]] lists him as "at large."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://everything2.com/title/The+King%252C+Multidimensional "The King, Multidimensional"]]
* ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' has this line, from [[http://notalwaysright.com/vivacious-las-vegas/3158 a customer insisting his guitar was played by Elvis]]:
--> "What? Elvis isnít dead! I bought it from him in Las Vegas!Ē

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' plays with this trope a bit, with one notable instance being that Presley is currently residing in an underground night club underneath Dimmsdale's beach.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'': In the episode "Honey I Shrunk The Cat", Elvis is alive, if overweight... but this is offset by him being of microscopic size and battling germs mano-a-mano.
* In one CrowningMomentOfFunny on ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'', Wheeler reads a newspaper and goes, "Elvis is back!? From the army?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/FunkyCops'', Aaron King (a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Elvis) faked his death so the press would stop harassing him. His family's in on it and he still lives at their mansion, though.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'s'' many {{Spoof Aesop}}s: "Elvis lives on in our hearts, in his music, and in a trailer park outside Milwaukee."
** In addition, one of their end credits {{Couch Gag}}s involved them spoofing the "goodnights" from ''Series/TheWaltons'', except instead of saying goodnight to Johnboy[[note]]which was done in a separate instance of the same joke[[/note]]:
--->'''Yakko:''' Good night, Elvis.\\
'''Elvis:''' Uh, thankyouverymuch, uh don't tell anyone I'm here.
** Another episode has the Warner siblings abducted by aliens, at one point Yakko enters a room and finds Elvis together with Amelia Earhart, Bigfoot, and Jimmy Hoffa.
-->'''Yakko''': A lot of people are looking for you guys!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** ''Way'' back in the first season, one of Bart's [[CouchGag chalkboard gags]] was, "I did not see Elvis".
** In the episode "The Debarted" Bart turns on light in a photo developing dark room ruining pictures of things like a FlyingSaucer, [[StockNessMonster Nessie]] and Martin posing with Elvis.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' a lot of [[MasterOfIllusion Mysterio]]'s "spells" are actually just [[ParodyMagicSpell ridiculous Latin phrases]]. One, "Credo Elvem ipsum etiam vivere," translates to "I believe that Elvis is alive."
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' has an episode where a newspaper asks for a picture {{Bigfoot}}, which Garfield and Jon take... only to discover they missed the part where Elvis had to be on the picture as well. And as they lament the missed opportunity Elvis asks them the time, leading the two plus Odie to do a DoubleTake.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' has [[HyperCompetentSidekick Cornfed]] dealing with a massive surge of business [[BlatantLies coincidentally occurring during a period of time when Duckman is absent from the detective agency]] busy in the "The Germ Turns" episode. He has apparently taken a few spare moments to track down Elvis, whom he tells to go on home, as he can't stay hidden forever. Amusingly, Elvis reappears in a few crowd scenes in episodes set after this one.
-->'''Cornfed''': Go on Home. You got to do it sometime.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld'', Bobby broke his mother's prized bust of Elvis and blamed it on his brother. In the end, a man who mysteriously looked like the bust told Bobby it was best to tell the truth.

* There is an Elvis-themed slot machine, simply named "ELVIS." The lights behind the name first light up in proper sequence: E-L-V-I-S. [[StealthPun Then, they light up in the order: L-I-V-E-S]].
* There used to be an Elvis Is Alive Museum in St. Louis until it closed in 2007.
* Elvis turned 80 in January 2015, which should be noted is more than the life expectancy of an American male born in 1935.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This situation actually happened for the American folk rocker, Sixto Rodriguez, better known as Music/{{Rodriguez}}. He recorded two albums in the [[UselfulNotes/TheSeventies early 1970s]] that got some praise but practically didn't sell domestically, although they did enough briefly in Australia and New Zealand to tour a bit there. However in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, those albums sold spectacularly and he was hailed as an equal of Music/BobDylan. Unfortunately, given the country's international isolation because of its tyrannical [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]] policies, knowledge of this interest was not known outside of it. Eventually, rumors arose in South Africa that Rodriguez had died on stage in a suicide and his mystique grew even more there. Eventually, some fans tried to find out the circumstances of his death, and after considerable digging, eventually contacted Rodriguez's former manager and were stunned to learn that he was alive and well and living in UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}. Eventually, they made contact with Rodriguez and invited him to perform in their country. With some reluctance, Rodriguez made the trip and was flabbergasted to be welcomed as a big star with concerts holding 5000+ fans at a time. As he cheerfully quipped to his first audience making his supposedly lost artistic dreams come true after decades, "Thanks for keeping me alive!" These events are covered in the Academy Award winning documentary, ''Film/SearchingForSugarMan''.