->''"He was around all the time, he monitored all the checkpoints between the mortal and the eternal. Dirty needles, poison beetles, downed live wires, forest fires. Whirling roller skates that shot nerdy little kids into busy intersections. When you got into the bathtub to take a shower, Oz got right in there too--Shower With A Friend. When you got on an airplane, Oz took your boarding pass. He was in the water you drank, the food you ate. Who's out there? you howled in the dark when you were all frightened and all alone, and it was his answer that came back: Don't be afraid, it's just me."''
-->-- ''Literature/PetSematary'', description of "Oz the Gweat and Tewwible"

In stories, characters are usually [[PlotArmor protected from dying]]. They tend to live HappilyEverAfter. If they ''do'' die, it's in a murder or disaster or big disease or [[DroppedABridgeOnHim something]]. Whatever, as long as it's something spectacular or dramatic or at least surreal, something that we don't have to worry so much that it could happen to ourselves. These are the exceptions.

Sometimes death is sudden and mundane and comes for no reason. A sudden brain aneurysm or heart attack, quietly drowning or suffocating while unconscious; any simple accident. While a Life Will Kill You death is very undramatic in itself, it's always very dramatic on an emotional level.

Sometimes this is contrasted to the character having lived through [[WarIsHell much]] [[SoapOperaDisease worse]] before something [[{{mundangerous}} mundane got dangerous]] to a fatal level. The character does NOT have to be heroic or powerful in any way. It's enough that the character lived in a setting that wasn't clearly marked as AnyoneCanDie. Since the trope is about how death is portrayed, it can in special cases (see the Website/TheOnion example) also cover deaths caused by aging or whatever.

Sometimes played as AnAesop about appreciating your loved ones while you still have them.

Contrast DeathIsDramatic, SurprisinglySuddenDeath, and DeathIsCheap. Contrast DroppedABridgeOnHim, which usually is violent and/or takes death lightly. Compare DeadlyDistantFinale, ShootTheShaggyDog, YouCantFightFate, and WeAllDieSomeday.

For literal element of life with lethal effects, see HolyHandGrenade and ReviveKillsZombie.


Warning: This is a death trope, '''so expect spoilers'''.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The setting of ''{{Manga/Wish}}'' has angels and devils attacking each other and talks of war between heaven and hell. [[spoiler: One of the two main characters, Shuichiro, ends up collapsing and dying on the street while buying cigarettes]].
* The manga version of ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a setting revolving around super-powers, swordsman, beasts and other threats to be found on a vast pirate based world at war with the Navy. However Zoro's childhood friend and rival [[PosthumousCharacter Kuina]] (who happens to be introduced as a budding swordswoman) [[DeathByFallingOver dies offscreen after falling]] [[StaircaseTumble down a flight of stairs.]] The anime adaption changed that death to something less mundane (and thus not this trope).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An early issue of ''ComicBooks/TheSandman'' is devoted almost entirely to this trope. As something of a DayInTheLife episode for Death, "The Sound of Her Wings" features many, many minor characters who all meet mundane ends, like electrocution, car accidents, and even [[spoiler:Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.]]
** At the beginning of ''Brief Lives'', Death comes for an [[TheAgeless Ageless]] man who expresses disappointment at the mundanity of his death; after surviving 15 millennia he was killed by a freak accident that could've happened to anyone. He's told he got the same as everyone else: one lifetime, no more, no less. [[spoiler:Later subverted as it's strongly implied that the "accident" was caused by the mystical security system Destruction set up to hamper anyone trying to track him down.]]
* One issue of ''Comicbook/QueenAndCountry'' opens with Ed Kittering lying dead in bed. Since Ed is a Minder, a British secret agent, foul play is immediately suspected since (as multiple characters point out) Film/JamesBond does not just die in his bed. The story ultimately reveals that he died of a brain aneurysm; there were no spies or foreign agents at work, and no plot was involved, it was just a normal death by natural causes.
* The original ComicBook/CaptainMarVell died from cancer, which while the result of a mildly fantastic carcinogenic phenomenon, was treated very realistically as in the mundane world.
* The original ComicBook/TheQuestion, Vic Sage, died from lung cancer due to his lifelong smoking.
* Captain Metropolis, of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', dies, albeit gruesomely, in a car accident in 1974, long before the book's present day of 1985.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''LetsPlay/AScotsmanInEgypt'': What with all the enemies Scotland makes over the centuries, you'd think every important character would die in battle. [[spoiler:Domnall's twin Nevan]] dies of the plague out of nowhere, taking the story into a new direction as [[spoiler:Aodh takes over Spymaster duties.]]
* Inverted in ''FanFic/IAmSkantarios'': [[spoiler:Genessios]] is stated to have died of natural causes in-game, but everyone knows the Emperor had him assssinated (the game lacks a civil war mechanic).
* In ''FanFic/TheTeacherOfAllThings'' after Tai's adventures in ''V-Tamer'' his partner, Zeromaru dies in a rather mundane way. Zeromaru's V-Pet dies like any other toy. Many of Tai's V-Tamer friends like Lord HolyAngemon, Gabu died of old age due to [[YearInsideHourOutside the difference in the passage of time between the Digital World and the Real World.]] This causes him a lot of grief.
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' works of Creator/AAPessimal, Johanna Smith-Rhodes has temporarily retired from active Assassination to raise a family. In her career as an Assassin she has survived, for instance, a leopard wanting to chew her arm off.[[note]]It crunched down hard on the concealed armoured sleeve, but even so, it still broke her arm and left her with a few scars[[/note]]. In a more sedate life as a working mother, a new peril confronts her. Her witch daughter has learnt that her mother's aunt survived three days of intense fighting only to drop dead of heart failure shortly afterwards. By unorthodox means - [[ISeeDeadPeople she can talk to the dead]] - Rebecka the witch discovers Smith-Rhodes women are prone to heart conditions and complications leading to early death. She then persuades her mother to get it checked out. Matron Igorina discovers alarming signs that Johanna has been trying to tough out, and subjects her to life-saving surgery. ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis With. No. Arguing. Johanna]].''

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' [[spoiler:this trope turns out to be the reason behind the mariachi leader's repeated statements regarding Rango's eventual death.]]
** Also used by Rango during his recount of the time he killed seven bandits brothers whit a single bullet. Once Rango finish explaining how each brother was killed by the chain of events initiated by his shot, someone points that it only described six deaths, Rango promptly explains that the seventh brother died from an infection.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SlidingDoors'', [[AlternateSelf one of the main character]] is just standing there, having what would have perhaps been the most important conversation in a long and happy life. Suddenly [[LookBothWays a car runs over her]], giving one of the twin timelines a sudden DownerEnding.
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' portrayed the protagonist as a great brave hero. After all his dangerous adventures however, he died in a road accident on his motorcycle. [[ForegoneConclusion At the beginning of the film, no less]]. However, this was a DeadlyDistantFinale, occurring many years after he retired.
* In ''More Film/AmericanGraffiti'', John Milner spends the movie drag racing, only to be killed by a drunk driver as he is driving home.
* ''Film/NeverLetMeGo'': the film version ends with the protagonist thinking about how ordinary people are NotSoDifferent after all, how we are ''all'' living our lives on death row.
* In ''Literature/ASingleMan'', the main character is a gay college professor, who decides to commit suicide after his partner dies in a car accident. At the end, he decides that life is worth living after all - and promptly dies from a heart attack.
* In ''Film/InTime'', this is played straight in the story while subverted by the setting. Within the story, characters die from the smallest mistakes, such as only keeping enough cash for the bus ride home (without knowing that the fee has been increased), or getting so absorbed in your duty that you don't take the time to refill your clock when you have the chance. On the political level, however, it is made clear that the system has been engineered for these kinds of mistakes to occur. The government is murdering their citizens on a genocidal level, while building in an element of randomization as an excuse to pretend that it's the victim's own fault.
* In a Mexican movie called ''El Estudiante'', the main character's wife dies in her sleep just when the movie seemed to be about to end. [[TearJerker Saying it was something to cry about would be an understatement...]]
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', TheGrimReaper from the Seventh Seal movie appears in the real world and does what the Grim Reaper tends to do. When he confronts the protagonist he tells him that he will die. For one moment, the kid thinks he is going to be reaped, but the Grim Reaper just tells him he'll die as a grandfather.
* A special content in ''Film/FinalDestination3'' DVD revolved around various causes of death, from the most unlikely to the most probable. The ending was simply "Chances of dying - 1:1".
* Discussed in ''Film/{{Patton}}.'' At the end of the movie the eponymous general nearly has a car accident, and he mentions how ironic it would be for someone to live through the worst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII only to die in a random car accident. This is an allusion to how the RealLife Patton died.
* In ''Film/DefendingYourLife'' romantic lead Julia mentions dying by tripping over a lounge chair and drowning in the pool. After not only having been a very accomplished swimmer, but also lived adventurously and risked her life heroically more than once. (She's shown rescuing some people from a burning building, only to run back inside and return with the dog.) She finds the irony frustrating.
-->'''Daniel:''' [[DeadpanSnarker What did the East German judge give you?]]
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' hits its climax with a fight scene between the protagonists and the nihilist would-be kidnappers. One of the protagonists does not walk away.
-->'''The Dude:''' Oh man, they shot him!
-->'''Walter:''' No, Dude, there were no shots fired.
-->'''The Dude:''' Huh?
-->'''Walter:''' It's a heart attack.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheWinterQueen'', Count Zurov tells the protagonist about a friend he had once, an army officer who participated in the most brutal fights but died in peacetime of accidental alcohol poisoning.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in Mikhail Lermontov's ''Literature/AHeroOfOurTime''. The final chapter concerns an army officer who shot himself in the head on a bet to prove that he was destined ''not'' to die (the pistol jammed)... and then was killed by a drunk Cossack a few hours later. It's left unclear whether this event confirms that he ''was'' destined to die that very day (which is the protagonist's belief), or if it's a straight example of this trope (as a minor character thinks).
* A character in one of Katherine Kurtz's ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' novels survives numerous conflicts and then dies after slipping on a stone staircase. One of his disbelieving friends cries "death should be more difficult."
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': One of the seven barbarian heroes chronicled in ''Interesting Times'' dies from... choking on a concubine ([[RunningGag err... cucumber]]). This is what urges the rest of the group to seek a more glorious death for themselves (even though they have effectively settled down at the end of the previous book) in ''The Last Hero''.
** Also, Death is stated to believe that ''everyone'' is dying, and ''everyone'' will die, because of this trope, which makes asking him whether or not your current prognosis is terminal a moot point.
** We see this happening to Auditors who start developing traits associated with being alive. This is justified in universe in that Auditors, not being alive, can exist for ever, but being alive implies that you will one day be dead and thus have a finite existence. Because any finite number compared to infinity is indistinguishable from zero, any Auditor that appears to have begun to live [[PuffOfLogic will instantly die]].
*** Discworld/{{Hogfather}} plays with this by having several Auditors turn into vicious dogs in order to interfere directly with events. They are horrified to discover that life is addictive and that they can't turn back, and because they are now alive they are now also no longer immune from Death (who is, by this point in the story, royally pissed off at them...)
---> '''Death''': [[AC:it gets under your skin, life. metaphorically speaking of course. and the more you struggle for the next moment the more alive you become... which is where I come in, as a matter of fact.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/DumaKey'', protagonist Edgar defeats an evil force with the help of his new best friend, Jerome Wireman, who has previously survived [[spoiler:a BungledSuicide where he shot himself in the head and lived]]. They both survive the encounter, but Wireman suddenly dies of a heart attack a few months later.
* Another Creator/StephenKing series, ''Literature/TheDarkTower'', has the idiot-savant psychic Sheemie, one of Roland's oldest friends (though they were separated for a long time), die in the last book of an infected wound on his foot.
* This trope is discussed and given the name "Oz the Gweat and Tewwible" in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/PetSematary''.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings, Rhodar is a tactical genius who is eventually killed not in battle or heroically, but from a general organ failure brought about from years of overeating.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Leopardstar is an ambitious and occasionally antagonistic cat who first appears in the second book and is one of the more prominent [=RiverClan=] characters, especially after becoming its leader. She ends up living long (more than 10 years, which is amazing for the setting) and dying of diabetes.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Common in ''Series/DeadLikeMe''. Since the main characters work in the External Influence department, old-age deaths are still rare, but their clients' causes of death include auto accidents, diving-board mishaps, aggravation of an existing spinal injury, and falling space-station shrapnel (more interesting, but still sudden and pointless).
** The best example is when they're in a bank waiting on a death to occur. As the time gets closer, a bunch of armed bank robbers rush in, while at the same time, a wife catches her husband having an affair with a coworker. With all this tension going on, murder or an accidental shooting seems imminent... but no, the whole situation manages to resolve itself peacefully. So who dies? The guy who walks in ten seconds later to cash his paycheck, slips on the floor and breaks his neck in the revolving door.
* ''Series/CSIVerse''
** ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
*** "Ending Happy" consists of a guy who suffered a RasputinianDeath. After surviving being poisoned (by seafood to which he was allergic), shot in the throat by a crossbow, beaten with a crowbar and poisoned again (this time by snake venom) he sits down by a pool, then falls in and drowns when the chair ([[LaserGuidedKarma which he refused to repair earlier in the flashback]]) collapses. Made all the more frustrating for the team as four people confess to killing the man, only to find out that wasn't what had actually done him in. Whether or not they're charged for attempted murder isn't addressed.
*** In another episode, a US Marine survived several tours in Iraq only to break his neck falling off a ladder his first week back home. (The reason CSI got involved was because somebody broke into the funeral home to steal his brain.)
** One episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'' had someone who appeared to have been pushed off a balcony. Not only was he an AssholeVictim, it happened at a party so a lot of suspects were present. His actual cause of death was drinking so much he lost his balance when he tried to reach up for something behind a statue on the balcony. So even in CSI, it's not AlwaysMurder.
* Referenced in the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "The Message," in which the eponymous message from one of Mal's old war buddies includes the declaration that "We went to war never looking to come back, but it's the real world I couldn't survive." [[spoiler:Subverted somewhat in that he's not actually dead, and while he does get himself killed by the end of the episode, it's not a mundane death.]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [[spoiler: Buffy's mother]] is simply dead one day. While the audience shouldn't be surprised by a death (in the Buffy-verse, at any rate), it was totally unexpected that she died the way she did. [[spoiler:One episode ends with Buffy coming home, and her mother is dead on the floor. The next episode is called "The Body", and quickly reveals that it was a simple aneurysm -- caused by complications from a procedure she underwent earlier in the series to remove a brain tumor.]]
** Bonus points that everyone was so surprised and unsettled that it ''wasn't'' anything extraordinary. Xander, especially, is shaken, saying ''things like this don't just happen.'' Anya, who usually has a very matter-of-fact attitude towards supernaturally related death and violence, is completely at a loss and in tears.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' where one of the prophesies concerning the eponymous vampire is that he will "save the world, then die." Eventually it's revealed that a more accurate translation would be "save the world, then eventually die in the sense that you will become a mortal human again, which is kind of what you've been hoping for ever since you got your soul back."
** A similar thing was done later in the series with Eve. She spends an entire episode hiding from Hamilton, claiming that if he finds her he'll kill her. When he catches up to her, he just severs her contract. When asked why she said she would die if he caught her, Eve answers that now that she's mortal, some day she will.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Weeping Angels' victims. The Angels won't (usually) kill you, instead they'll send you back in time and you end up dead in present time simply from living out what was left of your life. This is why the Tenth Doctor calls them "the only psychopaths in the universe who kill you nicely".
** The deaths of the Doctors's incarnations are usually very dramatic and noble (especially Two, Three, Five, and all of the new series Doctors) but have been this in a few cases. The First and War Doctors simply die quietly of old age between adventures (unlike the Eleventh, who died of old age but in the rather more dramatic context that he'd aged to death due to stranding himself on a single planet for hundreds of years). The Sixth Doctor [[DroppedABridgeOnHim slipped and bashed his head on the TARDIS console and died]]. The Fourth Doctor died from the fall after slipping off a radio tower he was climbing - though the fact that he (and the audience) knows from the moment he first sees [[{{Psychopomp}} the Watcher]] that he's not getting out of that story alive makes it a bit less sudden. The Seventh Doctor got hit with a stray bullet by happening to be in the vicinity of a [[GangBangers gang incident]], and then died in a medical accident when the surgeon trying to resuscitate him got confused by his BizarreAlienBiology and killed him on the operating table.
** The death from old age of the Brigadier in "The Wedding of River Song", which forces the Eleventh Doctor to go and confront his own death.
** [[spoiler: Danny Pink]] gets run over by a car, due to carelessly stepping out into the road while using his mobile phone, in "Dark Water". Clara even complains about how [[{{Mundangerous}} ordinary]] a death it is.
* The point of the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Mystery Spot." Dean Winchester, a guy who's survived witches, ghosts, vampires, demons, urban legends, and really angry humans, is killed [[GroundhogDayLoop over and over]] again by things like slipping in the shower, eating bad burritos, getting hit by a car, and having a piano fall on him. It's [[BlackComedy widely regarded as one of the series's funniest episodes.]]
* In ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', Gai/Black Condor cheats death by Vyram many times and finally defeats them with the rest of the team ... then dies in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue after being stabbed by a random mugger on the way to his friends' wedding.
* On ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie,'' Tony accidentally releases the Blue Djinn, who had decided to kill whomever finally freed him from his bottle. When the Djinn asks him how he wishes to die, Tony nervously says "Of old age." The Djinn isn't falling for it.
* Given a nod in the episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' where Dorothy has what is ultimately diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome. After being told by a number of doctors that there's nothing really wrong with her and even told by one that it's all in her head, she gets an examination by her neighbor, Harry Weston (a pediatrician), because he's the only doctor she knows she can trust.
-->'''Dorothy:''' Am I going to die, Harry?
-->'''Harry:''' I'm afraid so.
-->'''Dorothy:''' Really?
-->'''Harry:''' Sooner or later, I guarantee it.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': In "Beyond the Sea", Scully's father dies of a heart attack, probably the most normal death in the whole series. Ironically, by the time Scully has accepted the fact that nobody can escape death ("Tithonus"), it's implied she has become immortal.
* This was the reason behind Tasha Yar getting a RedShirt death instead of an "Our hero saves the universe and goes out with a final quip" sort of death when her actress left ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration.'' It was intended as a RealityEnsues moment - the point ''was'' that it was pointless. However, fans don't like it ''that'' realistic when it comes to their character [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting bridge'd]]. She returns in an AlternateUniverse episode, and gets a much better ending (though most likely still won't survive.)
** Against all odds she actually does survive, as related by a character literally born of that alternate continuity, then dies again pointlessly years before she dies the first time. Ah, ''NegativeSpaceWedgie''s.
** Invoked by Q in ''Tapestry''. Picard asks if being spared being stabbed in the heart means he won't die. Q retorts, "Of ''course'' you'll die! Just at a ''later'' date."
* In the ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter'' episode "Goodbye, Mr. Kripps," an unpopular teacher has a heart attack while yelling at Vinnie, who mistakenly believes that he killed the teacher and turns himself in to the police as a result.

[[folder: Music]]
* ''Life'll Kill Ya'' was the title of one of Music/WarrenZevon's last albums, although in a sad irony it was released before his terminal cancer diagnosis.
* Music/TypeONegative's song "Life is Killing Me."
* Music/HankWilliams's song: I'll never Get Out Of This World Alive. Interestingly, Hank Williams Jr and Hank Williams [=III=] also recorded or contributed to recordings of this song.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In a few strips of ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert tried a stint as a fortuneteller. In an attempt to give an infallible prediction, he told Dilbert that he will eventually die.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', no form of magic or other means can undo death by old age.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', even the most glorious Solar Exalt will die if he lives long enough. The discovery of this rule led to great dismay/sobering amongst the first generation of post-Primordial War Solars. [[spoiler:[[{{Immortality}} Attempting to avert this]] is the reason the Scarlet Empress fell into the Ebon Dragon's claws.]] Doesn't apply to Abyssals who suffer from [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Eternal Death]], as well as Infernals who become [[AbstractApotheosis Primordial 2.0]].
** On a more specific note, there are cases like Chejop Kejak (the lead Sidereal who fears what will become of his faction when he succumbs to old age), the fact that several potential candidates to the Scarlet Throne are discounted on the basis that they're too close to the end of their lives, and Ingosh Silverclaws (an extremely prominent Lunar) having passed away shortly before the start of the game's introduction point.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', it's mentioned that the previous Overlord, Laharl's father, an incredibly powerful demon who'd taken on the worst that Heaven and Hell could throw at him and won died... from choking on a pretzel. [[spoiler: Or maybe not.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'': The "bad ending" for Junktown has town villain Gizmo taking charge and becoming an untouchable crime boss, until he chokes to death on a iguana-on-a-stick.
* Invoked in VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas, when [[spoiler: Caesar]] offers the Courier the chance to determine how [[spoiler: Benny]] will die. When asked, [[spoiler: Benny]] chooses to die of old age, in his bed, preferably after a marathon session of sex with a pair of prostitutes. Whether or not this works is up to the player.
* In ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'', one boss states that the world is dying. Why? Because it is ''living''.
* Ezio Auditore de Firenze, a much-feared assassin who comes to controlling the entire Mediterranean region throughout ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Revelations]]'', dies of a heart attack at an advanced age after years of idleness. Which is just the way he wanted it as he had chosen to give up the life of being an assassin years ago.
** However, there are theories that he was, in fact, poisoned by a man he talked to moments before dying, as seen in Embers.
** Similarly, Altair is about ''ninety'' or so when his story finally ends. The last command the player gives him is "Sit a moment and rest..."
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', Snake meets with his father Big Boss at Arlington National Cemetery where they make up for lost time. At this point Snake is going to die within a year's time, at best, due to preprogrammed CloneDegeneration that has accelerated his aging, and Big Boss is going to die because of a virus that is programmed to kill him. Naturally one of the questions that Snake asks of his father is, "Am I going to die?" Big Boss' response is a simple one, "Everyone dies. There is nothing you can do to stop it. Nothing you can do to run away from it. All that's important is that you don't waste the time you have left."
* ''Videogame/DwarfFortress'': There's a pretty damn big chance your legendary axedwarf won't die in an epic battle worthy of history, but rather will get caught in a cave-in, drown/burn in a badly engineered cistern/magma reservoir, get caught in an accident with a minecart or ill-placed machinery, or simply dodge off a ledge and fall head-first.
* ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' takes place with a very mortal cast, in a very turbulent and disease-ridden era, over several centuries. It can be rest assured that while some will fall in glorious battle, many, if not most, of your dynasty will meet a less-than-glorious end by disease, old age, or misfortune.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'': The Spirit Guide entries for some of the ghosts and Cursed Artifacts use this as BlackComedy. For example, Pappy Sargassi--the Fisherman Ghost which you encounter in the Sedgewick Hotel--survived a terrible shipwreck, but shortly thereafter he choked to death on a fish-stick while on land.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/world-death-rate-holding-steady-at-100-percent,1670/ this]] article in ''Website/TheOnion'', all death is treated as totally unexpected, with people being surprised and horrified that people actually can die from aging.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* One of the HitlerAteSugar tactics used on the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague by "Glorious Godfrey" was as follows: "Since the Justice League has been around, 50% of marriages ended in divorce, the other 50%... '''in death!'''" Of course to him it was just business nothing else.