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Contrast MonsterRoommate and DontFearTheReaper.

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Contrast MonsterRoommate and and, more specifically, DontFearTheReaper.


Contrast MonsterRoommate. Compare DontFearTheReaper (in which case Death doesn't need to necessarily be ''friendly'', just ineffectual).

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Contrast MonsterRoommate. Compare DontFearTheReaper (in which case Death doesn't need to necessarily be ''friendly'', just ineffectual).
MonsterRoommate and DontFearTheReaper.


Contrast MonsterRoommate.

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Contrast MonsterRoommate.
MonsterRoommate. Compare DontFearTheReaper (in which case Death doesn't need to necessarily be ''friendly'', just ineffectual).

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* ''VideoGame/ZeusMasterOfOlympus'': This trope and its opposite are equally possible depending on whether Hades is set to be enemy or friendly. If an enemy, he unleashes Cerberus on you, or shows up and instakills every walker in the city along with cursing your silver mines. But if friendly (and you built him a sanctuary), he'll send Cerberus to defend your city, bless your silver mine production (not to mention his sanctuary providing silver veins to mine), and defends your city against other gods (and there's only two gods more powerful than him).

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*** Death's attitude toward Rincewind (and fellow death defier Vimes) softens significantly in the later books, to the point where he sees them as a curiosity (or a source of mild exasperation at worst) more than anything else. At one point, while Vimes is in a particularly dangerous situation, Death appears off to the side sitting in a chair and idly flipping through a book. When Vimes notices him, Death says something along the lines of "[[AC:Oh, don't mind me. I'm just waiting to see how this turns out.]]"


* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has the heroes fight Hades, god of the underworld... and his minion gods Thanatos and Hypnos, gods of death and sleep, respectively. Just how powerful they are [[MisappliedPhlebotinum or how wisely they use their abilities]] is debatable, as they both physically fight the saints [[CaptainObvious (and lose)]] rather than kill them by natural causes or make them comatose, respectively.

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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has the heroes fight Hades, god of the underworld... and his minion gods Thanatos and Hypnos, gods of death and sleep, respectively. Just how powerful they are [[MisappliedPhlebotinum or how wisely they use their abilities]] is debatable, as they both physically fight the saints [[CaptainObvious (and lose)]] lose) rather than kill them by natural causes or make them comatose, respectively.


* Each generation of Belmonts in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has fought Death (and he just won't stay dead!) Amusingly, Alucard in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', having been evil and helped his dad Dracula, is on a first name basis with Death when they meet at the start of the game. Doesn't keep Death from [[BagOfSpilling punking your equipment,]] though.

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* Each generation of Belmonts in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has fought Death (and he Death. (Who just won't stay dead!) Amusingly, Alucard in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', having been evil and helped his dad Dracula, being Dracula's son, is on a first name basis with Death when they meet at the start of the game. Doesn't keep Death from [[BagOfSpilling punking your his equipment,]] though.


* In the Literature/{{Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser}} stories the Death of their world is something like a cosmic bureaucrat that answers to some vague pan-dimensional forces. He has to meet particular quotas of who dies within allocated time periods (measured in mortal heartbeats) and is only really allowed to do so by manipulating natural events. He can't snap his fingers and kill somebody unless they have a severe medical condition, but he can make sure that they might have a nasty incident with some badly maintained masonry. The exceptions to this rule are the main characters, who once attempted to steal his mask; since then he's had it in for them and has resorted to toying with reality by teleporting crazed berserkers into their living quarters.

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* In the Literature/{{Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser}} ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' stories the Death of their world is something like a cosmic bureaucrat that answers to some vague pan-dimensional forces. He has to meet particular quotas of who dies within allocated time periods (measured in mortal heartbeats) and is only really allowed to do so by manipulating natural events. He can't snap his fingers and kill somebody unless they have a severe medical condition, but he can make sure that they might have a nasty incident with some badly maintained masonry. The exceptions to this rule are the main characters, who once attempted to steal his mask; since then he's had it in for them and has resorted to toying with reality by teleporting crazed berserkers into their living quarters.


** Thanatos tries to use the insta-death on a non-fighter ([[spoiler:Seiya's long lost sister]]) but the lowest ranked saints manage to block it (at great damage). It's implied that the nearly godly main characters would be immune, what with divine blood protection.

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** Thanatos tries to use the insta-death on a non-fighter ([[spoiler:Seiya's non-fighter, [[spoiler:Seiya's long lost sister]]) sister,]] but the lowest ranked saints manage to block it (at great damage). It's implied that the nearly godly main characters would be immune, what with divine blood protection.


** What is important to remember is Komachi is just a ferryman shinigami who takes the spirits over to meet the Yama, not a reaper shinigami who comes to collect the person when their time is up. However, Tenshi the Celestial is immortal through the fact she has defeated every reaper shinigami who has come for her, which makes the fight against her in Komachi's storyline a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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** What is important to remember is Komachi is just a ferryman shinigami who takes the spirits over to meet the Yama, not a reaper shinigami who comes to collect the person when their time is up. However, Tenshi the Celestial is immortal through the fact she has defeated every reaper shinigami who has come for her, which makes the fight against her in Komachi's storyline a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.


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* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', several of the characters have to fight Odette, the Lady of Death, for various reasons. Gwendolyn [[spoiler: succeeds in killing her.]] [[FromBadToWorse This wound up being something of a mistake]], since it winds up [[spoiler: triggering the apocalypse, killing all but four people on the planet.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', several of the characters have to fight Odette, the Lady of Death, for various reasons. Gwendolyn [[spoiler: succeeds in killing her.]] [[FromBadToWorse This wound up being something of a mistake]], since it winds up [[spoiler: triggering [[spoiler:being one of several events that help trigger the apocalypse, killing all but four people on the planet.]]


* Used for the DownerEnding in ''Literature/{{Revival}}'' by Creator/StephenKing: when the protagonist gets a glimpse of what lies beyond the world we know, his BigNo offends Mother, an EldritchAbomination who appears to be a CosmicEntity responsible for the miserable state of human souls in the afterlife. Though he escapes immediate retribution, he's not looking forward to what she'll have in store for him.

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* Used for the a DownerEnding in ''Literature/{{Revival}}'' by Creator/StephenKing: [[spoiler: when the protagonist gets a glimpse of what lies beyond the world we know, his BigNo offends Mother, an EldritchAbomination who appears to be a CosmicEntity responsible for the miserable state of human souls in the afterlife. Though he escapes immediate retribution, he's not looking forward to what she'll have in store for him.]]



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* Used for the DownerEnding in ''Literature/{{Revival}}'' by Creator/StephenKing: when the protagonist gets a glimpse of what lies beyond the world we know, his BigNo offends Mother, an EldritchAbomination who appears to be a CosmicEntity responsible for the miserable state of human souls in the afterlife. Though he escapes immediate retribution, he's not looking forward to what she'll have in store for him.


Some heroes are PalsWithJesus, others have [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Tea With Cthulhu]], and the least fortunate are Enemies With Death.

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Some heroes are PalsWithJesus, others have [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Tea With Cthulhu]], and while the least fortunate are Enemies With Death.

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