Quotes / The Grim Reaper

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    Comic Books 

Hi there!
The Grim Reaper, Chick Tracts

When the first living thing existed, I was there, waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job is finished. I'll put the chairs on tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave.
Death of the Endless, The Sandman, "Facade"

    Film - Live-Action 

It's a Mr. Death or something. He's come about the reaping. Honestly, I don't think we need any!

Death: When next we meet, the hour will strike for you and your friends.
Block: And you will reveal your secrets?
Death: I have no secrets.
Block: So you know nothing?
Death: I am unknowing.


Everything is simpler now.
I found something. I found someone. I found myself. You'd better hope I don't find you, though, because I can only drive you down a one-way street. The road no one wants to go down, though we must. I have become the shadow, that foreshadow cast back along all of our lives. You know it's coming. That I'm coming. Do what you can to be happy in the meantime. That's all this has ever boiled down to. The job suits me. I am happy. I am me. And eventually one day you and I will meet, as it was foretold.
Behold, a pale horse.
It's coming. And his name that sits on him... is mine.
Afterlife, by Michael Marshall Smith

"And [The Duke] goes around killing people?" said Mort. He shook his head. "There's no justice."
Death sighed. No, he said. There's just me.

"Children are our hope for the future."
There is no hope for the future, said Death.
"What does it contain, then?"
"Besides you, I mean!"
Death gave him a puzzled look. I'm sorry?

"What'd he say? Who's the fella with the stick?"
"It's Death, Archchancellor," said the Bursar, patiently.
"It's Death, sir. You know."
"Tell him we don't want any."

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men?
The Death of Rats looked up from the feast of potato.
Squeak, he said.
Death waved a hand dismissively. Well, yes, obviously me, he said. I was just wondering if there was anyone else.

    Live-Action TV 

That night, a man was killed by a speeding car and I was there to take his soul. The street on which he died turned into a flowing river of light, and he hesitated at its banks. I told him to take a deep breath as if it's the last one you will ever take, because sometimes in life, or in death I guess, you just never know.
Georgia Lass, Dead Like Me, "Rest In Peace"

Dean: Well, I gotta ask. How old are you?
Death: As old as God, maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life, death, chicken, egg. Regardless, at the end, I'll reap him too.
Dean: God? You'll reap God?
Death: Oh, yes. God will die too, Dean.
Dean: ...Well, this is way above my pay grade.
Death: Just a bit.
Supernatural, "Two Minutes to Midnight"

Nothing lasts forever. Well, I do.
Death, Supernatural, "Appointment in Samarra"

    Mythology and Religion 

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
Revelation 6:8


Look behind you, he stands behind you
The Reaper shall return
Look beside you, he walks beside you
The Reaper has returned
Grave Digger, "The Reaper"

The churchbell of doom is tolling
The angel of death is near
The ghost with the cowl and the sickle
Spreading terror and fear
Running Wild, "Black Wings of Death"

Well, what is this, that you can't see?
With ice cold hands, taking hold of me?
When God is gone, and the Devil takes hold,
Who'll have mercy on my soul?
Well, he is Death! And none can tell,
If he'll open the door to Heaven or Hell...
— "O Death," American folk song


Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so
John Donne, "Holy Sonnet X"

    Tabletop Games 

It was silent as the void, and to look upon it was to know terror. It drifted above us with slow, liquid grace, and its gaze caused madness and despair wherever it fell. Those it came near took their own lives rather than endure its hellish presence.
Morilla, Harlequin Shadowseer, Warhammer 40,000

The Ankou is the Reaper itself - a thing of grave earth and rust, of rot and wormwood. Where its legend has filtered into human lore, it is depicted as a remorseless, lifeless monster that silently treads lightless country roads with ox-cart and scythe, coming upon its victims as suddenly as sickness, cutting their lives from them, and heaving them into its cart. And it is in this form that it will sometimes appear in a Malkavian's dreams or visions, if always fleetingly.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Malkavian (Revised)

    Video Games 

He was there from the beginning. A power that exist at the end of all things. He walked with our gods and shaped our deepest beliefs. An executioner at the gallows. A lone hunter on a pale horse. A soldier on the battlefield. A criminal in the shadows. Fields become burial grounds in his wake. Every great atrocity, every feeble passing, he stands witness. In our strife, in our revolutions and in our wars, he has left his mark. And in the end, his will be the last face you see.

All who live know my name and all who oppose me will know Death.
Death, Darksiders II

Maximo: You're late, Grim.
Grim: I always show up... in the end.


DAVE: yo terezi weve got a grim reaper too
DAVE: shit isnt that novel
DAVE: i mean i think even a civilization full of the laziest sons of bitches are gonna make up a myth figure for death
DAVE: like oooh watch OUT death is coming for you hes got like
DAVE: a SKULL and shit
DAVE: i basically have no fucking imagination that sounds badass to me
DAVE: wait wait no how about hes got a BLACK ROBE too
DAVE: and a fuckin scythe to fuckin slash at you with in case you didnt die all the way or whatever
DAVE: daaaaaamn now youre talking bro
DAVE: lets go ahead stick that in our culture forever

Reaper: Well, if that's it, I got people dyin' to see me.
Sebastian: Actually, I was wondering why you look hwmph-mph?
(Beat Panel)
(Beat Panel)
Reaper: Well, Sebastian... I'm a sucker for the stereotype. Peace out.

    Real Life 

Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
J. Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita, after the Trinity nuclear test

Not a bad chap when you get to know him (and sooner or later, everyone gets to know him).
Terry Pratchett on the Discworld's example