An end-of-story memorial service given by a support or surviving major character in memory of less fortunate characters. May serve as a handy explanation of what would otherwise be a Gainax Ending
to wrap things up and tell you that no, the heroes are not "just hiding"
, or merely an emotive, tragic summative on the sorry affair.
See The Hero Dies
and Kill 'em All
for what may lead to this kind of ending being needed. May be used to prevent a Gainax Ending
. Bittersweet Endings
are the most common to feature this. See also To Absent Friends
, which is closely related.
Note that this is both an Ending Trope
and a Death Trope
, so expect major spoilers... especially since the appearance of this trope is an indication that the main character might have bought it.
So read on at your own risk.
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Anime and Manga
- In All Fall Down, Grace delivers one of these for Sophie, with strong implications that the heroes and villains will eventually find closure and move on.
- The first Powers arc, "Who Killed Retro-Girl?", ended with thousands of people holding a candlelight vigil in memory of the murdered heroine.
- The Mysteries of Pittsburgh ends with Cleveland's funeral and Art reflecting on the summer past and how the various characters have dealt and are dealing with it.
- The end of The Wild Boy is like this, with a memorial service for Ilox and Phlarx.
Live Action TV
- Season 1 of Combat Hospital ends with a memorial being interrupted by new wounded coming in and medical staff leaving to deal with it.
- Torchwood: Miracle Day ends with a funeral for Esther.
- The Doctor Who episode "The Family of Blood" ends with a memorial service attended by Timothy- a young boy for the majority of the two-parter, but now seen nearly a hundred-years later, reflecting on World War I.
- At the end of the Fifth Doctor episode "Black Orchid", it is said, though not shown, that the Doctor and his Companions had stayed around to attend the funerals of George Cranleigh and the two men he killed.
- The end of the Seventh Doctor episode "Remembrance of the Daleks" shows the Doctor, Ace and other surviving characters at the door of a church for Mike Smith's funeral. While the others go in, the Doctor and Ace hang back, then leave.
- Parodied by Canada's Worst Driver in its season 7 finale, which gave a funeral to The Alleged Car.
- The Stargate SG-1 two-parter "Heroes" ends with the funeral for Dr. Frasier, where Samantha Carter reads a list of names belonging to people whom the departed has saved.
- At the end of Halo 3, Earth's commander gives a memorial service in memory of those who died in the final battle, including Master Chief. Subverted in the fact that Master Chief isn't quite dead yet.
- In Final Fantasy X, Yuna delivers this at a memorial blitzball tournament, reminding everyone of the sacrifices made by certain characters to bring peace to Spira.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, if your Grey Warden sacrificed themselves to stop the Archdemon then you'll get to see their memorial service.
- At the end of Mass Effect 2, if you lose squadmates on the Suicide Mission you will see Shepard standing over a group of coffins, one for each teammate lost. Averted if you work your hardest to get everyone out alive.
- After the crucible fires in Mass Effect 3 the surviving crew of the Normandy has one for Shepard and Anderson. Subverted if you choose to destroy the Reapers, where whoever puts his/her name on the memorial wall decides not to, hoping that Shepard might be alive.
- Full Throttle ends with a memorial service held for Malcolm Corley, who is killed early in the story. The "biker priest" Father Torque reads the elegy.
- The second episode of Galaxy Rangers ends with Eliza being put into stasis. It's not a funeral in the sense she's dead, but she might as well be. Complete with Rousing Speech by Commander Walsh, Perpetual Smiler Zozo openly weeping, and Eliza's husband making his Heroic Vow to restore her to life, no matter what it takes.
- The Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" was split into several sub-stories, with most of the major characters getting their own little vignette. Iroh's Tale ending with a heart crushing song about a boy going off to war, while the old-general cried over his son's memorial. To make it worst, it counts as an actual memorial to Mako, Iroh's original voice actor who had just passed away.