Memorials to the dead are common in most human cultures. When the dead are connected with a TV show or movie
, you'll sometimes see this: a final tribute to that person as part of the show.
For a true In Memoriam, there is a direct connection between dedicatee and the show/book/film being dedicated to their memory. There are a great number of books dedicated to the Challenger
astronauts or the emergency personnel who died when the towers fell on 9/11. Unless the book is about
them, those would fall under the larger Dedication
This is related to Meaningful Funeral
, which memorializes a character from the show. They can overlap when a show is based on Real Life
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Film - Animated
- Rise Of The Guardians was dedicated to author William Joyce's late daughter Mary Katherine Joyce, "a guardian fierce and true".
- Finding Nemo was for Pixar animator Glenn McQueen.
- Cars for Joe Ranft (this is also true with Corpse Bride).
- TMNT is dedicated to Mako Iwamatsu (who voiced Splinter) as he died shortly after finishing recording.
- Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa features the dedication, "To our friend Bernie Mac, thanks for all the laughter."
- Jetsons: The Movie was dedicated to George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc, the voices of George Jetson and Mr. Spacely respectively.
- Chicken Little was dedicated to longtime Disney storyman Joe Grant.
- Shrek 2 was dedicated to William Steig, the author of the original book. The dedication is adorned with a drawing of Shrek and Donkey sitting together by the moon from the first movie.
- Brave was dedicated to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Pixar.
- The English release of Kiki's Delivery Service has a dedication to Phil Hartman, who voiced Jiji, in its closing credits.
- The Polar Express was dedicated to Michael Jeter.
- Transformers: The Movie is dedicated to Orson Welles, who voiced Unicron.
- The Blu-Ray version of Fantasia 2000 includes a dedication to executive producer Roy E. Disney (who had lived to see the movie premiere in theaters, but died about 11 months before it came to Blu-Ray).
- The film of Teacher's Pet was dedicated to Hubcaps, creator Gary Baseman's dog and the inspiration for the television series, who died during production.
- At the very beginning of The Lion King, just right before the Walt Disney Pictures Vanity Plate appears, there is a brief dedication to Walt Disney Company president Frank Wells, who died in a helicopter crash.
- However, later versions of the film (like the 2003 Special Edition and 2011 3D edition) have the dedication at the end of the credits.
- Atlantis The Lost Empire: "Remembering our friend Jim Varney." (who voiced Cookie the cook) This is actually the last film to ever star that actor.
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast contains possibly one of the loveliest dedications in Hollywood history at the end of its closing credits, in honor of lyricist Howard Ashman, who died of AIDS before the completion of the film: "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful." This dedication also appears in the packaging of the soundtrack album.
Film - Live-Action
Live Action TV
- An episode of Smallville was dedicated to the son of a producer, and he is called a true "Superboy".
- Another episode was dedicated to Christopher Reeve, who "made us believe a man could fly."
- Fame did one for Michael Thoma, who played Mr. Crandall. The episode was called A Tough Act to Follow.
- Twice has an actor from The Wire died and had their character (a Baltimore Police officer) killed off in the show off-camera. The episode then depicts a Detective's wake; the departed is laid out on the Pool table at the local cop bar, with a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other, while his fellow policemen recount his finest moments and play Body of an American by The Pogues.
- Erik Gates, a rocketry expert and honorary MythBuster, died unexpectedly in late 2009. The MythBusters episode that aired the next week had an "In Memory" graphic at the end of the credits.
- The October 13, 2010 episode was dedicated to Sanjay Singh, one of their regular EMTs, who had died the previous week. (Sanjay appeared in that episode, which was filmed several months before.)
- On The West Wing, the next episode airing after John Spencer's death started with a brief fourth-wall-breaking tribute by Martin Sheen. But because they'd filmed ahead, Spencer's character didn't die until several weeks later.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification I" included a memorial title card for creator Gene Roddenberry.
- On Barney Miller, after Jack Soo (Yamana) died, they had a fourth-wall breaking episode where the cast showed their favorite Jack Soo moments.
- Titus had one after the death of the real-life Ken Titus.
- On The Daily Show, whenever a major celebrity/politician/author/etc. dies and Jon Stewart interviewed him/her in a past episode, the "Moment of Zen" segment that ends the program will be a clip of that interview instead of the usual clip of media idiocy.
- The Scrubs episode "My Cake", which deals with the death of J.D.'s father, is dedicated to the late John Ritter, who played J.D.'s father on the show.
- Power Rangers:
- Sesame Street likes to take a picture/moment of silence approach. Honorees include Jon Stone and Michael Jeter. And then there's Episode 1839, an episode-long tribute to actor Will Lee that also teaches children about death in a mature manner.
- Doctor Who:
- Third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee died between the American and UK broadcasts of the 1996 TV Movie. As a result, the UK broadcast had a dedication to Pertwee at the end. This dedication was included as an Easter Egg on the original 2001 DVD release of the movie... then removed from the 2010 Special Edition DVD.
- Christmas Episode "Voyage of the Damned" featured a card after the final scene reading "In Memory Of Verity Lambert", who had died a month or two previously.
- The credits for Series 4 opener "Partners in Crime" featured the words "In Memory Of Howard Atfield", who was meant to reprise his role as Donna's father for the series. Unfortunately he was in ill health and died after his scenes in "Partners In Crime" were shot, and his character role was given to Bernard Cribbins' newspaper salesman in "Voyage of the Damned", who became Donna's grandfather.
- "The Waters of Mars" has a dedication card reading "In Memory of Barry Letts", the show's producer during the near-entirety of Jon Pertwee's tenure and the guy responsible for casting Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, who died a month before broadcast, following the trailer for "The End of Time".
- Series 6 opener "The Impossible Astronaut" opens, rather than ends, with a dedication card to Sarah Jane Smith actress Elisabeth Sladen, who died 4 days before the episode's premiere. Opening the episode with the dedication helps in establishing the episode's darker Wham Episode tone compared to other season openers.
- Though not a "in memory of" card, the episode "The Wedding of River Song" weaves, in a subtle but unmistakable way, a nod to the memory of Nicholas Courtney into the episode, and even manages to make it a plot point of sorts.note
- The DVD editions of the classic series stories frequently include tributes to figures related to them who recently died, such as a brief tribute to Anthony Ainley (the 1980s Master) as The Stinger of "The Keeper of Traken" and a 34-minute tribute featurette to Barry Letts on "The Daemons".
- A memorable episode of The Cosby Show guest-starring The Muppets was dedicated to their creator Jim Henson.
- An episode of Angel was dedicated to Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle. Doyle had died in the first season, and Quinn died several years later, of an accidental drug overdose.
- Puppy Bowl VI was dedicated to the event's previous announcer Harry Kalas.
- Highlander. The second-season two-parter 'Unholy Alliance' had a dedication in the credits to Werner Stocker, the actor who played Duncan's 'mentor figure' Darius. Werner Stocker had died just as the last few episodes of the previous season were filmed.
- The opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics were dedicated to Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a practice run on the luge track hours before the start of the Olympics.
- Suddenly Susan did one after the death of David Strickland.
- An episode of The Amazing Race 16 was dedicated to the memory of He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk, who handed out clues to racers following one of the leg's Roadblocks. Pingping passed away a little more than a month before the episode's original broadcast.
- In the Stargate Verse, the character of General George Hammond, a regular during the first seven seasons of Stargate SG-1, died off-screen of a heart attack, referencing the fact that the actor who played him, Don S. Davis, died of a heart attack shortly before production the Stargate Atlantis series finale. As a result, in-universe Earth's newest battleship was named the George Hammond, mentioned at the end of Atlantis and first seen in the first episode of Stargate Universe. Out-of-universe, the Atlantis finale was dedicated to Don S. Davis, as was the 2009 re-cut of the SG-1 pilot.
- Cruelly played with at the end of every episode of the sketch comedy Human Giant, in which a faux-memoriam to a random, allegedly dead member of the show's real crew and staff (featuring the real face and name of a crew member) is interrupted by advertisements for non-existent Human Giant products.
- Supernatural dedicated their fourth season to Kim Manners, a director who died during the filming of that season. The title card appeared after the episode "Death Takes a Holiday," which was actually the fifteenth episode, but the first to air after his death.
- Also in the fourth season, the episode "Afterschool Special" was dedicated to Christopher F. Lima and Tim Loock, a rigging electrician and post production editor, respectively. With Manners's after the fact full season dedication, this episode was dedicated to three separate, unrelated people whose deaths had nothing to do with each other.
- The X-Files took their "In Memoriam" one step further. In February 2001, Leyla Harrison, a prominent X-Files fanfiction author, passed away from cancer. In her honor, Agent Leyla Harrison made her appearence in season eight's "Alone". The fictional Agent Harrison was quite a fan of Mulder and Scully's, spending much of her time at the FBI poring over their expense reports and during the entire episode, references previous cases the two had been on (while partnered with Agent Doggett) as possibilities for the creature they're hunting. In the end, she meets Mulder and Scully and is gifted with the keychain Mulder had given Scully for her birthday during season four. She also makes an appearence in season nine's "Scary Monsters".
- In a more traditional style, the 2008 movie "I Want to Believe" is dedicated to Randy Stone, who was the casting agent who cast the pilot episode of the show. He died in 2007.
- The Price Is Right: had host Bob Barker announcing the death of the announcer Rod Roddy in October 2003. Bob remarks that he will miss Rod Roddy's booming voice. And all of his works.
- Before that, Barker paid tribute to original announcer Johnny Olsen in October 1985.
- When the dog playing Buck needed to retire, Married... with Children dedicated his last episode to him. Of course, being a Bundy, even sweet doggy death doesn't give him any relief; he's reincarnated as their new dog.
- A 2011 episode of Have I Got News for You opened with a dedication to Big George, the composer of the theme song, who had died the week before.
- The December 19, 2011 episode of Next Great Baker was dedicated to contestant Wesley Durden. He had been eliminated in that episode, and died in October 2011 after filming was completed.
- The parent show, Cake Boss, dedicated one episode to Salvatore Picinich, a long-time friend and employee, after his death from cancer.
- In 2012, "The Map", an episode of The Middle that began with the Hecks coming back from Aunt Ginny's funeral, ended with an "in memoriam" to Frances Bay, who had played the character until she died the previous September.
- When Trevor Goddard, actor who played Mic Brumby, died in June 2003 the season 9 premiere episode "A Tangled Webb" part 2 ended with one of these showing a clip from "Life or Death" (5.13) of the JAG cast singing "Waltzing Matilda" as he left to return to Australia.
- The Castle episode "Punked" closed with a tribute version of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions Vanity Plate with the following message: "Stephen J. Cannell. Colleague, mentor, friend. We'll miss you, pal." (Also, the falling paper drifts off the screen instead of forming into the logo as usual.)
- Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: The episode "Disneyland Around the Seasons", the first to air after Walt Disney's death, featured an opening dedication from Dick Van Dyke and Chet Huntley. Nevertheless, Walt's previously filmed introductions to the shows continued to be shown through the rest of the season.
- The Red Dwarf Series X episode "The Beginning" featured a picture/moment of silence dedication to production designer Peter Wragg, whose work included the design of the exterior model of the Red Dwarf ship.
- When the actor playing Compo on Last of the Summer Wine died a full three episodes were devoted to the character's death, funeral and memorial. He was replaced by Compo's previously unknown son, played by the actor's son.
- During Season 5 of Canada's Worst Driver, a contestant's brother-in-law was killed by a careless driver. The contestant was allowed to leave (though not graduate), and the episode ended with video clips of the other contestants talking about their own "failures to yield"note , a memorial card, and Silent Credits.
- Parodied on Real Time with Bill Maher with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage made after election cycles of unpopular politicians and political figures who lost during that cycle.
- Played straight with Richard Jeni and Christopher Hitchens' deaths, as Bill featured montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show Politically Incorrect.
- The first episode of the 1988-89 season of Wheel of Fortune had host Pat Sajak pay tribute to announcer Jack Clark, who died during the summer hiatus. Sajak would pay tribute to Clark's successor, Charlie O'Donnell, in a similar way after his death in 2010.
- After director Mark Corwin died during the summer hiatus, a tribute was edited into a summer rerun.
- Because of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013, the third episode of the 2013-14 season of Glee was dedicated to him, with his character Finn being killed off. The episode focused on Finn's loved ones remembering "The Quarterback". It also featured a dedication card and Silent Credits at the end.
- Saturday Night Live often pays tribute to deceased cast members and guest hosts.
- Gilda Radner had died the same day of the 1988-89 season finale, so instead of his planned monologue, host Steve Martin replayed a 1978 sketch featuring himself and Radner.
- When George Carlin died in June 2008, rather than rerun a 2008 episode hosted by Ellen Page, the very first episode of SNL, which was hosted by Carlin, was aired instead.
- The Hollywood Squares did it twice on Tom Bergeron's run when a star died before their taped shows aired:
- Whoopi Goldberg, then producer as well as center square, opened with a tribute to Florence Griffith-Joyner during Flo-Jo's shows.
- Henry Winkler, the producer who followed Whoopi, did it when John Ritter died.
- Many major awards ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards, take a few minutes to present an "In Memoriam" montage acknowledging major film/TV/what-have-you personalities who died in the period between ceremonies. The Academy Awards have sadly become notorious for limiting the number of acknowledged personalities, omitting lesser-known but much-loved figures in favor of big names who have less-illustrious film resumes. (In 2010, for example, Michael Jackson made the montage, but Dom De Luise didn't, despite the latter having a much longer and more beloved cinematic resume.)
- Turner Classic Movies runs an touching "In Memoriam" montage between shows every December to acknowledge film-related personalities who passed away that year; it tends to run 5+ minutes due to its thorough approach — cult favorite figures and behind-the-camera talent such as special effects technicians and costume designers are afforded the same time and affection that A-list stars and directors do.
- An episode of the documentary series Disney Family Album centered on voice actors was dedicated to Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck.
- The premiere episode of Dinosaurs was dedicated to Jim Henson.
- On their album "Anchors Aweigh" The Bouncing Souls had "Todd's Song", in which they sang: "I grab into my sixpack and raise a can to another fallen friend...With a heart so big that you can't hide you took the path of a slow suicide. And all those feelings that you had, they killed you from the inside...I can't say that I don't understand. I know you tried. I'll see you when we all come home."
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers have two songs, "Knock Me Down" (from Mother's Milk) and "My Lovely Man" (from Blood Sugar Sex Magic), that are tributes to their former guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose.
- The lyrics for "Into the West," from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King were inspired by aspiring filmmaker and director Cameron Duncan, who had become friends with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and filmed an organ donation commercial for them. When the song received the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Walsh dedicated the award to him; Duncan died of cancer at the age of 17, and some of his work can be seen on the extended editions of the LOTR DVDs.
- Tool's album Aenima is dedicated to the memory of their friend, comedian Bill Hicks, who is featured in a mural in the album's liner notes.
- The remaining members of Snot recorded a tribute album, Strait Up, in memory of their deceased vocalist, Lynn Strait. The album featured an extensive and substantial list of well known rock, punk and metal musicians.
- Rise Against wrote "Make It Stop (September's Children)" to honor the memories of all those who have died of bullying, be it homophobic or otherwise, even naming the gay teenagers who committed suicide in September 2010 during the bridge. The video makes this clear to those who didn't get it from just listening to the song.
- Dave Matthews Band dedicated their breakthrough album Under the Table and Dreaming to Dave's sister, Anne. She had been murdered by her husband a few months before the album's release.
- Elton John's "Empty Garden", which was written in memory of his good friend John Lennon.
- George Harrison and Paul McCartney wrote songs in memory of Lennon as well—"All Those Years Ago" and "Here Today," respectively.
- Queen's "Life is Real" was dedicated to Lennon as well.
- "Mighty K.C." by For Squirrels is intended as a tribute to Music/but the video is a memorial to two bandmembers and their manager, who died in a car crash before the album was released.
- Likewise "Let Me In" by REM is also dedicated to/inspired by Cobain.
- Versailles' album Jubilee (and, more specifically, the song "Serenade" and its music video) was dedicated to their bassist Jasmine You, who passed away during the album's production. "Faith & Decision" off of their later album Holy Grail is another (much longer) tribute to him.
- The Rolling Stones' 1969 compilation Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is dedicated to former member Brian Jones, who'd died earlier that year. The sleeve notes include an epitaph that Jones had composed himself: "When this you see, remember me / And bear me in your mind / Let all the world say what they may / Speak of me as you find."
- The December 2012 software upgrade for Star Wars (Data East) is dedicated to Neil Falconer, who programmed the original software for the game.
- An Easter Egg in the Attract Mode for Jack*Bot shows that it is dedicated to Joe Joos Jr, who made several interesting pinball toys.
- The end of the credits for Tales from the Crypt reads "In Loving Memory of William Gaines". Bill Gaines was the publisher and co-editor of EC Comics, which originally published the Tales from the Crypt Comic Book.
- WWE does this regularly. Depending on how "important" the dead guy is, it might just be an "In Memoriam" card at the beginning of the show or a fully produced Retrospective about their lives. And that's just for old guys. For Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit they had full two-hour Kayfabe breaking tributes.
- World War II Online has an ingame memorial that not only lists any deceased player, but also pinpoints the center of a town and is updated periodically.
- The game Burnout Revenge is dedicated to Dr Rabin Ezra, who wrote the Renderware Game Engine used by the Burnout series.
- Version 3.2 of Nethack is dedicated to Izchak Miller, a DevTeam founding member who, among other things, wrote much of the game's shopkeeper code. Also, every version starting with this one has included Izchak as the keeper of the only guaranteed shop in the game.
- To this day, it is considered extremely bad form to kill Izchak the Shopkeeper. Even in extinctionist games, where the goal is to kill every creature in the game 120 times.
- At the start of the credits roll in Left 4 Dead, the 'film' will be dedicated to any players who died during the finale.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was dedicated in the memory of Wayne Allwine, Mickey Mouse's previous voice actor, who died in May 2009, before the game's release.
- There is a tribute photo of Owen Hart shown at the end of the intro of WWF Attitude.
- In World of Warcraft, a few small dedications are scattered throughout the continents. Names include: Jesse Morale, Michael Koiter (Blizzard Entertainment employees), Anthony Ray Stark (a friend of an employee), and the discontinued Starcraft: Ghost game.
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker's end credits included a statement that Peace Walker was made in the memory of Project Itoh, the guy who wrote Metal Gear Solid 4's novelization, who had died of Cancer before the game's release.
- The first two Di RT games are dedicated to legendary driver Colin McRae, who was killed before the first game's release.
- Halo 4 is dedicated to Cade Ainsworth, a Halo fan who died of cancer on July 12, 2012.
- In Dungeons & Dragons Online there is a graveyard that contains a "memorial to a fallen hero", Gary Gygax. In true D&D fashion, a yearly event causes undead to spawn near here.
- Divekick features a tribute in the end credits to the memory to both the real life inspiration for the character Kenny, as well as Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb, though the latter is referred to as "Bryan Davis (San Francisco Resident)" in reference to the site's 2012 Game of the Year video.
- After Cryptic Studios video artist and Foundry author Mark "H2Orat" Valentine died of cancer in September 2013, Cryptic added a memorial to him to the Starfleet Academy map in Star Trek Online, and a group of veteran Foundry authors dedicated a collaborative mission series, Purity, to him.
- Beyond: Two Souls is dedicated to the memory of Normand Corbeil, the composer of the game (as well as two other games by Quantic Dream) who died during its production.
- The final Mass Effect 3 DLC pack "Citadel" is dedicated to Robin Sachs, who voiced Zaeed Massani throughout the series. "Citadel" was the last role he ever recorded. Additionally, a special ME3 multiplayer event, "Operation Tribute", was held on the weekend immediately following Sachs' death; during this event, players were encouraged to kill enemies with Avenger rifles and Inferno Grenades—the Avenger being the model of Zaeed's beloved Jessie and Inferno Grenade being his loyalty power in Mass Effect 2, and the flavor text for the event even said that it was "in honor of fallen comrades".
- Both Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction (due to being in separate continuities) are dedicated to Dan Johnson, a developer well known for his cameos in many games starting with Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!. Dan passed away from bone cancer in late 2006.
- Sailor Moon Abridged Episode 29 is dedicated to Doodle the Hamster.
- The Nostalgia Critic has parodied this trope on multiple occasions, such as when the duck dies in the Saved by the Bell episode or when he does a dedication montage to his beard (after having had to shave it off in real life so that he could do his Joker bit).
- AMV Hell 5 was dedicated both to Ronnie James Dio and to AMV editor (and major AMV Hell 3 contributor) Justin "Roll the Stampede" Rollins, who had succumbed to cancer in between AMV Hells.
- Chewbot parodied this in Plague and Treachery on the Oregon Trail by releasing a music video dedicated to all the family members in the game that couldn't make it to see the new frontier.
- The Youchew forums' 2008 Obituaries Collaboration
- They also had a seperate Memorial collab for Lou Albano.
- Wrestlecrap maintains two parts of the site in memory to site co-founder Merle Vincent and professional wrestler John Tenta (a long-time collaborator to the site).
- The Spoony One dedicated his VCR Golf review to the memory everyone who donated copies of the game(s). He's implied to have killed them earlier in the episode. For sending copies of the games to him.
- A serious memoriam was dedicated to JewWario in his recent Lethal Games movie review.
- The Onion spoofed this with "Thanks for Dedicating That Mediocre Sitcom Episode to Me", which is "written" by a fictional crew member of the real life '90s sitcom Veronica's Closet. The gratitude is purely sarcastic, pointing up the unfortunate tendency of this trope to collide with Sturgeon's Law in terms of the quality of the actual work.