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* Inverted in ''Action Comics'' #900, the finale of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc, when Lex Luthor [[AGodAmI becomes one]] [[ItsALongStory with the child of the Phantom Zone]], and he stops entropy itself. The concept of death itself is stopped and so the Death has her very first vacation since the beginning of time.

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* Inverted in ''Action Comics'' #900, the finale of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc, when Lex Luthor [[AGodAmI [[FusionDance becomes one]] [[ItsALongStory one with the child of the Phantom Zone]], and he stops entropy itself. The concept of death itself is stopped and so the Death has her very first vacation since the beginning of time.


** ''Literature{{Hogfather}}'' probably counts as an inversion, because Death is supposed to be still doing his regular job in addition to SubbingForSanta and that's got to be the exact opposite of a vacation. He makes the best of it by exploiting the fact that the Hogfather can intervene directly to ''save'' a life in the way that TheGrimReaper cannot do on pain of Really Bad Things happening to the fabric of reality.

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** ''Literature{{Hogfather}}'' ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'' probably counts as an inversion, because Death is supposed to be still doing his regular job in addition to SubbingForSanta and that's got to be the exact opposite of a vacation. He makes the best of it by exploiting the fact that the Hogfather can intervene directly to ''save'' a life in the way that TheGrimReaper cannot do on pain of Really Bad Things happening to the fabric of reality.

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** ''Literature{{Hogfather}}'' probably counts as an inversion, because Death is supposed to be still doing his regular job in addition to SubbingForSanta and that's got to be the exact opposite of a vacation. He makes the best of it by exploiting the fact that the Hogfather can intervene directly to ''save'' a life in the way that TheGrimReaper cannot do on pain of Really Bad Things happening to the fabric of reality.

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* ''Horatio in the Wind'' is a chidren's book about a boy who traps Death to give his kingdom eternal life.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{AFK Arena}}'', the god of death, Annih, was sick of being [[EverybodyHatesHades hated by mortals]], and in turn [[ThenLetMeBeEvil gave them a good reason to hate him]] by creating the demons known as Hypogeans and waging war on humankind. In the process, he [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt intentionally abandoned his duties as the god of death]]. The result is that souls tend to wander aimlessly in [[PurgatoryAndLimbo limbo dimensions]], becoming increasingly consumed by the unfinished business they had in life. Characters with supernatural connections such as the necromancer Niru, the twin deities Elijah & Lailah, and very likely others are able to to [[RelievingTheReaper guide lost souls themselves]] when they have the chance, but they can only do so much.

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* In [[Creator/GeorgeARomero George A. Romero's]] ''Film/LivingDeadSeries'' anyone who dies comes back as a zombie unless [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain you remove their head or destroy their brain]]. One of the various theories as to why comes from ''[[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 Dawn Of The Dead]]'' is that Hell is full so the dead have to walk the Earth.


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* One occurs in issue #2 of ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook''.

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* One occurs in ''Franchise/BillandTed'';
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issue #2 of ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook''.''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'', Death gets annoyed and quits, causing the dead to rise as zombies until Bill and Ted persuade him to come back.
** A later issue has him getting fired and replaced by a ReplacementScrappy called Morty who'd apparently been waiting for the job for centuries despite not being mentioned the last time Death quit.
** In ''[[ComicBook/BillAndTedsMostTriumphantReturn Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return]]'' Chuck De Nomolos wins ChessWithDeath several times. One of the things he demands is Death relinquish his job and powers to Chuck's younger brother. Due to him being too lazy to do his job, this leads to a BadFuture where everybody's still alive thousands of years from now.


** In another story, a sorcerer of some sort is able to lock Death out of a gate that leads to his island, allowing him and his court to happily live the same day over and over again. Eventually, Death gets in and reveals that the "outside" of everyone is dead... In a bit of a subversion, it's revealed that the sorcerer belives he has forced not Death to take a vacation, but ''Time''.

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** In another story, a sorcerer of some sort is able to lock Death out of a gate that leads to his island, allowing him and his court to happily live the same day over and over again. Eventually, Death gets in and reveals that the "outside" of everyone is dead... In a bit of a subversion, it's revealed that the sorcerer belives believes he has forced not Death to take a vacation, but ''Time''.



* Referenced in ''Literature/TheBookThierf'', where Death mentions that his job is very wearying, but he can't exactly go on a package holiday, since he's [[GenreSavvy aware of what would happen if he tried.]]

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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheBookThierf'', ''Literature/TheBookThief'', where Death mentions that his job is very wearying, but he can't exactly go on a package holiday, since he's [[GenreSavvy aware of what would happen if he tried.]]

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* Referenced in ''Literature/TheBookThierf'', where Death mentions that his job is very wearying, but he can't exactly go on a package holiday, since he's [[GenreSavvy aware of what would happen if he tried.]]


* George is less than enthusiastic about her duties at the beginning of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' and tries to shirk them... with highly negative consequences. Later in the first season however, as the basis for a ClipShow, the group gets a day off from reaping in the aptly-titled episode "Vacation". The beings that cause the "external circumstances" (accidents, mostly) which the group handles take a day off "every few years". Rube takes the opportunity to catch up on paperwork... from the last seventy or eighty years.

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* George is less than enthusiastic about her duties at the beginning of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' and tries to shirk them... with highly negative consequences. Later in the first season however, as the basis for a ClipShow, the group gets a day off from reaping in the aptly-titled episode "Vacation". The beings gravelings that cause the "external circumstances" (accidents, mostly) which the group handles take a day off "every few years". Rube takes the opportunity to catch up on paperwork... from the last seventy or eighty years.


** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4935 SCP-4935]] is a porta leading 130 thousand years into a future where this has happened. The portal was opened by future people in attempt to wipe out our society and avert their own.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4935 SCP-4935]] is a porta portal leading 130 thousand years into a future where this has happened. The portal was opened by future people in attempt to wipe out our society and avert their own.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4935 SCP-4935]] is a porta leading 130 thousand years into a future where this has happened. The portal was opened by future people in attempt to wipe out our society and avert their own.


* This is the whole plot of [[Creator/JoseSaramago José Saramago]]'s ''Death with Intervals'', which explores all the political, social and economical consequences of people not dying in a certain country -- a sense of pride, crime syndicates threatening people with [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]] and the trafficking of ill people to the border so they can die, with all the international chaos that follows. Death then resumes to its reaping [[spoiler:though she begins to warn people beforehand, until she falls in love with the only man she couldn't kill. The following day, no one died.]]

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* This is the whole plot of [[Creator/JoseSaramago José Saramago]]'s Creator/JoseSaramago's ''Death with Intervals'', Interruptions'', which explores all the political, social and economical consequences of people not dying in a certain country -- a sense of pride, crime syndicates threatening people with [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]] and the trafficking of ill people to the border so they can die, with all the international chaos that follows. Death then resumes to its reaping [[spoiler:though she begins to warn people beforehand, until she falls in love with the only man she couldn't kill. The following day, no one died.]]


* This is the whole plot of [[JoseSaramago José Saramago]]'s ''Death with Intervals'', which explores all the political, social and economical consequences of people not dying in a certain country - a sense of pride, crime syndicates threatening people with [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]] and the trafficking of ill people to the border so they can die, with all the international chaos that follows. Death then resumes to its reaping [[spoiler:though she begins to warn people beforehand, until she falls in love with the only man she couldn't kill. The following day, no one died.]]

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* This is the whole plot of [[JoseSaramago [[Creator/JoseSaramago José Saramago]]'s ''Death with Intervals'', which explores all the political, social and economical consequences of people not dying in a certain country - -- a sense of pride, crime syndicates threatening people with [[FateWorseThanDeath fates worse than death]] and the trafficking of ill people to the border so they can die, with all the international chaos that follows. Death then resumes to its reaping [[spoiler:though she begins to warn people beforehand, until she falls in love with the only man she couldn't kill. The following day, no one died.]]

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