An Unusual Euphemism
used to describe a character's death (regardless of whether it has actually occured), where X is a place that exemplifies the deceased's personality, interests or habits.
May or may not be a subtrope of Never Say "Die"
(depending on the target audience of the work) and, should that be the case, a Sister Trope
(albeit more versatile) to He Didn't Make It
. It may also overlap with No Longer with Us
(in which case it is almost always Played for Laughs
) if the character has really gone to some great X in the sky (and this is mistook as an euphemism), or if the character has really died (and others believe that he has gone to the great X in the sky).
- In Stephen King's "The Library Policeman"', the town's resident drunk, Dirty Dave, is said to have gone to the "great ginmill in the sky".
- In Needful Things, Pop Merrill, who was relatively rich for a resident of Castle Rock, has gone to the "big flea-market in the sky".
- In The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents some of the rats have a tentative belief that on death the Bone Rat sends them to be with the Big Rat That Lives Underground.
- In The Last Continent, the Wizards momentarily lose sight of The Librarian when he goes through one of his transforming fits. They eventually decide that he went to the big rainforest in the sky.
- In Death Is Forever, James Bond tells a fellow agent that he and the CIA woman he is working with replaced the people who are now "going through a debriefing with that great Director of Intelligence in the sky".
- Lab Rats: In Drone Alone, it was shown that Donald made an assistance video to help the others in case he dies, where he says that he must have gone to the big hard drive in the sky.
- "The Great Gig in the Sky" is the 5th track on Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. (The phrase has become popular for this trope since then, especially regarding musicians dying.)
- Allan Sherman's "The Streets of Miami" (a parody of the folk song "The Streets of Laredo") involves two associates who get in a gunfight over which hotel in Miami is better ("I'm going to the Fontainebleu, pardener it's moderner"). One of them dies, and the other is forced to leave Miami forever to avoid mob justice. He ends up complaining that New York is so cold that a person could die, and envies his dead colleague because "he's in that big Fontainebleu in the sky."
- A song by The Dead Milkmen titled "The Thing That Only Eats Hippies" states at one point that the creature sends its victims to 'that great folk festival in the sky'.
- The Gaelic Storm song "Never Drink Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral)" mentions that Johnny has gone to "the pub way up in the sky."
- In a Garfield strip, a spider wants to take revenge for his grandfather whom, as he says, Garfield sent to "that big web in the sky".
- Another strip of the same series mentions that Jon's curtains have gone to "that big bay window in the sky".
- In the Rugrats Adventure Game, the babies' Reptar toy accidently ends up in the garbage can outside. Angelica says that Reptar is going "To that biiig dump truck in the sky!". Phil responds "They have those?".
- In this Order of the Stick strip, the wife of a dirt farmer, when reunited with him, states that she was afraid that he had gone to the "Great Dirt Pile in the Sky".
- In Camp Lazlo, the campers (or at least Lazlo) use "Scout Master in the Sky", or "Smits" for short, as an Unusual Euphemism for God. One episode centers on an air-conditioning unit that drops out of an airplane and becomes something of a Holy Grail in the middle of a heat wave.
- In an episode of Superfriends, when Lex Luthor has Superman nearly beaten, he says that Superman will soon be going 'to that great Hall of Justice in the sky'.
- In the direct-to-TV movie Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, T.C. and the gang regretfully inform the niece of Gertrude Vandergelt that her aunt has "gone to the great country club in the sky".
- In CatDog towards Cat:
Shriek: You're going to that great big litter box in the sky!
- In The Smurfs episode "The Patchwork Bear", the Emerald Empress says that her father went to the great palace in the sky.
- In Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko's car goes to the Great Parking Lot in the Sky. He is guided up by the Grim Tow Truck, and stands at the Pearly Garage Door, which is to be opened by a truck named Saint Peterbilt. Of course, Rocko gets the car fixed back in O-town, which means the car doesn't actually go past the Pearly Garage Door.
- From Garfield Goes Hollywood;
Jon: My guitar is crushed! It's gone! Kaput!
Garfield: Gone to that big tuning fork in the sky, huh?
- From the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "Gummis At Sea":
Gusto: I'm sorry, Gruffi, looks like Tummi's gone off to that big bear den in the sky!
- Subverted in The Hair Bear Bunch episode "The Bear Who Came To Dinner": Square Bear is faking an injury and Peevly is forced to take care of him. Peevly tries to prove Square is faking when the superintendent arrives and wants to know why Square is in Peevly's bed. Hair Bear tells him that Peevly helped pull Square back "from that big bear cave in the sky."