This is a trope where one character will adopt one or more traits of another character to remember the latter.

Sometimes, the original character who had that habit, phrase or trait is forgotten, and people mistakenly think that the habit/trait/phrase started with the second character. An example could be Film/JamesBond's CatchPhrase: "Bond, James Bond." In the first ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel, it started with the BondGirl Sylvia Trench, who introduced herself with "Trench, Sylvia Trench"; but only if Bond had adopted the catch phrase as a nod to her.

Note that the person being remembered doesn't have to be dead.

See also DeadPersonImpersonation. Also, because it's a Death Trope, there will be spoilers.



[[folder: Anime ]]

* In ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', when [[spoiler:it looks like Gascogne]] dies by HeroicSacrifice, Barnette volunteers to take over her job, and adopts her signature clothing style and some mannerisms.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': After [[spoiler: Asuma]] dies, Shikamaru takes up smoking.
** Also from ''Naruto'', most of Kakashi's bad habits (including his extreme lateness) are actually in memory of his teammate Obito, as shown in the Kakashi Gaiden storyline.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': After [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot The Eclipse]], Guts adds [[spoiler:throwing knives]] to his arsenal, modeled after [[spoiler:Judeau]]. {{Justified}} for more than sentimental reasons; as part of the Band of the Hawk, Guts could afford to specialize in melee combat because he was typically backed up on the battlefield by dedicated archers. Once he set out to become a true OneManArmy, he needed a more varied arsenal.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': After [[spoiler:Sai disappears]], Hikaru buys a fan which looks like the one he used to carry and keeps it with him for go games.
* After [[spoiler:Undine, a DualWielding Claymore]] dies in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', [[spoiler:Deneve takes up one of the two swords to be a Dual-Wielder herself]] in her honor. It's hinted (though not confirmed) that this is what [[spoiler:Undine]] herself had done after another friend's death.
** [[spoiler:Clare and Helen do the same by mastering respectively Flora's Windcutter and Jean's Drill Sword after their death]]
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', Tohru's reason for her adapting [[spoiler:overly-polite manners]] since she was young is due to her insecurities of [[spoiler:not looking anything like her father, Katsuya, who used similarly overly-polite speech and manners]].
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', later in the series, we have Simon adopting the cockiness, quirks and fashion sense of his big brother mentor, Kamina.
* In ''Manga/{{xxxHolic}}'', Watanuki takes up wearing a kimono after [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]].
* At the end of ''Manga/DeathNote'', Near is seen munching a bar of chocolate in imitation of [[spoiler:Mello]].
** The love of chocolate may come from [[spoiler:their predecessor, L]], owner of a GeniusSweetTooth.
* In ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', Akito picks up Gai's habit of naming his attacks after attacks from ''[[ShowWithinAShow Gekigangar III]]''.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* ''[[ Replica]]'', a Wild Adapter/Stigmata crossover, is pretty much entirely about this trope.
* ''Fanfic/{{WinterWar}}'' has Ikkaku nicknaming his group as [[NeverFoundTheBody Yachiru]] would have done. Leads to the amusing reveal in the opening chapters that the 'young boy' called 'Peaches' in the rowdy, drunk group causing trouble at an inn is actually ''Hinamori''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', Shaun adopts Ed's catch phrase of "two seconds" during the epilogue after Ed's zombiefication.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', Alice starts to take on personality traits of her friends as they're picked off by Freddy.
* At the end of ''Film/MisterRoberts'', Pulver seems determined to pick up where Roberts left off.
-->"It is I, sir, Ensign Pulver, and I've just thrown your stinking palm tree overboard!"
* The final scene of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' shows [[spoiler: Wash's toy dinosaurs]] displayed across the cockpit dashboard.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' the title character takes the form of his old master Ptolemy to remember him. It's noted that the form is more realistic (small scars and so on) than most of the human forms demons take.
* In the second book of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', the titular character befriends a human boy called Sam. Sam is shown to have a fondness for pickled onions. Near the end of the book Sam is brutally mauled by the Wolfman, and is fatally wounded. Darren is convinced to drink his blood, partly because he has been refusing to drink human blood throughout the book and is now at a point where he will die in a few hours if he doesn't, partly because Sam is going to die regardless of what anyone does, and partly because he is told that part of Sam's spirit will live on in him. At the very end of the book, Darren finds himself craving some pickled onions.
* In the final book of the ''Literature/DarthBane'' trilogy, Bane and his apprentice Zannah fight a duel to the death (as is natural for Sith). Through the rest of the book, Bane had 1. been experiencing some twitching in the fingers of his hand and 2. researched a Dark Side technique for [[GrandTheftMe transferring one's consciousness into another's body]]. He attempts to use the technique during their duel, and after the duel is over the book lets the readers wonder a bit by mentioning that Zannah's fingers are twitching... [[spoiler:It's just a tease, though; the trope is averted and Zannah is in full control of her body.]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy takes to referring to her stake as [[ICallItVera Mr. Pointy]] some time after the death of Kendra, another slayer who had named her favorite stake Mr. Pointy.
* Walter White of ''Series/BreakingBad'' does this a lot, adopting subtle quirks of the people who he's killed or have died because of him. For instance, he starts cutting the crusts off his sandwiches like Krazy-8 used to. Others include taking on Gus Fring's method of using his public persona to blow off people he doesn't want to talk to, or ordering his whiskey on the rocks, the way Hank used to. He also somehow adopts quirks that he had no way of knowing about, as he puts a towel down in front of the toilet to kneel on when vomiting the same way Gus did once, when Walter wasn't even remotely in the vicinity to witness it.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood'', Ray becomes a pacifist priest to honor the memory of his late youngest brother, William, who always dreamed about it.
* In ''Franchise/MetalGear'', Revolver Ocelot adapted Naked Snake's praise "You're pretty good" into a CatchPhrase to honor his WorthyOpponent and says it to Solid Snake in their [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid first]] [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulEcho and]] [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4 last]]]] encounters.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Rah in the webcomic ''Institute of Metaphysics'' is a polymorph (which in the comic is distinct from a shapeshifter as he has no default form) who took on an unspecified acquaintance's appearance when he [Rah] saw him die.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Burns's Heir", weeks after Bart left the family to live with Burns, Lisa starts vandalizing the wallpaper.
-->'''Marge:''' Lisa, what are you doing?\\
'''Lisa:''' Just trying to fill the void of random, meaningless destruction Bart's absence has left in our hearts. ''(trips Homer)''\\
'''Marge:''' Oh, that's sweet, honey.