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* In ''Anime/DrStone'', Tsukasa Shishio reveals to Senku that had they of met before humanity turned to stone, his FriendlessBackground would have turned out much differently, and he would've considered Senku his first friend. A few "what if" scenes play out where a young Tsukasa protects Senku's experiment from three bullies, and he's later seen bringing parts for Senku's rocket experiment. Later Yuzuriha also makes a doll of him to load into the rocket Senku was attempting to launch into space. He then "kills" Senku, because the latter refused to give up science, and his ultimate goal of reviving humanity regardless of who they were, and bringing it back to the approximate technological age it was at before everyone turned to stone, because Tsukasa considered adults to be tainted and worthless due to starting wars and greed.

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* In ''Anime/DrStone'', ''Manga/DrStone'', Tsukasa Shishio reveals to Senku that had they of met before humanity turned to stone, his FriendlessBackground would have turned out much differently, and he would've considered Senku his first friend. A few "what if" scenes play out where a young Tsukasa protects Senku's experiment from three bullies, and he's later seen bringing parts for Senku's rocket experiment. Later Yuzuriha also makes a doll of him to load into the rocket Senku was attempting to launch into space. He then "kills" Senku, because the latter refused to give up science, and his ultimate goal of reviving humanity regardless of who they were, and bringing it back to the approximate technological age it was at before everyone turned to stone, because Tsukasa considered adults to be tainted and worthless due to starting wars and greed.

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* In ''Anime/DrStone'', Tsukasa Shishio reveals to Senku that had they of met before humanity turned to stone, his FriendlessBackground would have turned out much differently, and he would've considered Senku his first friend. A few "what if" scenes play out where a young Tsukasa protects Senku's experiment from three bullies, and he's later seen bringing parts for Senku's rocket experiment. Later Yuzuriha also makes a doll of him to load into the rocket Senku was attempting to launch into space. He then "kills" Senku, because the latter refused to give up science, and his ultimate goal of reviving humanity regardless of who they were, and bringing it back to the approximate technological age it was at before everyone turned to stone, because Tsukasa considered adults to be tainted and worthless due to starting wars and greed.


* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E48LikeInBlunt Like in Blunt]]", while he and Darkwing are waiting in the death trap, Blunt laments that he's going to die never having had anybody or anything besides the trashy films [[LooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off his autobiography]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E48LikeInBlunt "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E48InLikeBlunt In Like in Blunt]]", while he and Darkwing are waiting in the death trap, Blunt laments that he's going to die never having had anybody or anything besides the trashy films [[LooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off his autobiography]].


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** The final two episodes of Series 9 are basically all about this trope from the Doctor's perspective after the sudden and senseless death of Clara Oswald. Made even sadder - and taken in a different direction - when the Doctor is forced to erase most of his memories of Clara.

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** The final two episodes of Series 9 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] are basically all about this trope from the Doctor's perspective after the sudden and senseless death of Clara Oswald. Made even sadder - and taken in a different direction - when the Doctor is forced to erase most of his memories of Clara.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': When the elderly [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Ridcully and LivingLegend witch Granny Weatherwax meet for the first time since their teenage years, Ridcully reminisces on his attempt to court her and wistfully imagines the family they could have had together. {{Defied|Trope}} when Granny immediately counters with a scenario where that family died young in a house fire, then tells him not to speculate on what didn't happen.
* Classic example in Victorian sensation novel ''Literature/EastLynne'' by Ellen Wood, which played the death of the tragic heroine's illegitimate son for all it was worth. The often-quoted line "Gone! And never called me mother!" (or "Dead! Dead! And never called me mother!") doesn't appear in the book -- they come from stage adaptations.



* Classic example in Victorian sensation novel ''Literature/EastLynne'' by Ellen Wood, which played the death of the tragic heroine's illegitimate son for all it was worth. The often-quoted line "Gone! And never called me mother!" (or "Dead! Dead! And never called me mother!") doesn't appear in the book -- they come from stage adaptations.



* ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': When the elderly [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Ridcully and LivingLegend witch Granny Weatherwax meet for the first time since their teenage years, Ridcully reminisces on his attempt to court her and wistfully imagines the family they could have had together. {{Defied|Trope}} when Granny immediately counters with a scenario where that family died young in a house fire, then tells him not to speculate on what didn't happen.



* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Billy is Ally's big love -- he was her high school and college sweetheart. It breaks her heart when she finds out that he's married to Georgia. They work in one law firm in Boston and have a lot of [[WillTheyOrWontThey will they, or won't they]] get back together tension (they share a kiss etc.), but they never truly do. In season 3, Billy unexpectedly gets a tumour and dies very suddenly, but before he dies, he hallucinates, believing he's married to Ally and that they have children together.
* A VictimOfTheWeek on ''Series/ColdCase'' was a drug mule who ultimately dreamed of leaving the business and gaining employment in an legitimate company's office building and receive flowers on her desk. Just before she was murdered by her associates, she views herself gaining her wish and working in a high-rise building, away from her imminent death.



** A variation in the episode "The Family of Blood". [[ItMakesSenseInContext When he has to turn human for a time]] (losing his Time Lord memories and becoming a different person; the mild-mannered teacher John Smith) the Doctor is needed to save the day as usual. Unfortunately, John Smith has fallen in love, and doesn't want to (from his perspective) die. While agonising over whether to sacrifice himself or not, it gets worse when he and the woman he loves share a vision of Fond Memories That ''Could Be'', where they have children and grow old together in a possible future, after it has been made clear to John that, for all the wonderful things he can do, the Doctor is lonely.
** Another variation in "The Rings of Akhaten," where the Doctor faces [[spoiler: a parasitic ''sun'']] that feeds off of memories and emotions. Up until now, the people of the orbiting worlds have kept it dormant through regular offerings, but now "Grandfather" is awake and intent on devouring the entire system. The Doctor tries to offer his own memories and experiences, but even at over a thousand years old, he can't offer enough to put the parasite back to sleep. It's the leaf that Clara keeps as a memento that does the trick: as it symbolizes a future that never happened, all the adventures her mother had planned before her death, and all the ''infinite'' possibilities of that future, Grandfather implodes when he attempts to consume it.

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** A variation in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood".Blood"]]. [[ItMakesSenseInContext When he has to turn human for a time]] (losing his Time Lord memories and becoming a different person; the mild-mannered teacher John Smith) the Doctor is needed to save the day as usual. Unfortunately, John Smith has fallen in love, and doesn't want to (from his perspective) die. While agonising over whether to sacrifice himself or not, it gets worse when he and the woman he loves share a vision of Fond Memories That ''Could Be'', where they have children and grow old together in a possible future, after it has been made clear to John that, for all the wonderful things he can do, the Doctor is lonely.
** Another variation in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten," Akhaten"]], where the Doctor faces [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a parasitic ''sun'']] ''planet'']] that feeds off of memories and emotions. Up until now, the people of the orbiting worlds have kept it dormant through regular offerings, but now "Grandfather" is awake and intent on devouring the entire system. The Doctor tries to offer his own memories and experiences, but even at over a thousand years old, he can't offer enough to put the parasite back to sleep. It's the leaf that Clara keeps as a memento that does the trick: as it symbolizes a future that never happened, all the adventures her mother had planned before her death, and all the ''infinite'' possibilities of that future, Grandfather implodes when he attempts to consume it.



* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Billy is Ally's big love -- he was her high school and college sweetheart. It breaks her heart when she finds out that he's married to Georgia. They work in one law firm in Boston and have a lot of [[WillTheyOrWontThey will they, or won't they]] get back together tension (they share a kiss etc.), but they never truly do. In season 3, Billy unexpectedly gets a tumour and dies very suddenly, but before he dies, he hallucinates, believing he's married to Ally and that they have children together.

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* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Billy An episode of ''Series/VR5'' includes a variation where a DeathRow inmate is Ally's big love -- he was her high school and college sweetheart. It breaks her heart about to be put into the gas chamber when she finds out that [[LastMinuteReprieve a call suddenly comes in to say he's married to Georgia. They work in one law firm in Boston been pardoned]]. Scenes of his subsequent reconciliation with his family, long life, and have a lot of [[WillTheyOrWontThey will they, or won't they]] get such play out until the smoke from his grandchild's blown out birthday candles suddenly thicken and we're brought back to the gas chamber where he has just been executed.[[note]]Thus subverting the LastMinuteReprieve.[[/note]] Turns out everything from the phone call onward had been one of the VirtualReality experiences the show centered on.
* The Season 7 premiere of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:after the brutal deaths of longtime cast members Glenn and Abraham]], Rick hallucinates that everyone survived and is enjoying a Sunday brunch in Alexandria with [[spoiler:Glenn and Maggie with their newborn son (as Maggie was pregnant when Glenn died), and a very pregnant Sasha still
together tension (they share a kiss etc.), but they never truly do. In season 3, Billy unexpectedly gets a tumour and dies very suddenly, but before he dies, he hallucinates, believing he's married to Ally and that they have children together.with Abraham]].



* An episode of ''Series/VR5'' includes a variation where a DeathRow inmate is about to be put into the gas chamber when [[LastMinuteReprieve a call suddenly comes in to say he's been pardoned]]. Scenes of his subsequent reconciliation with his family, long life, and such play out until the smoke from his grandchild's blown out birthday candles suddenly thicken and we're brought back to the gas chamber where he has just been executed.[[note]]Thus subverting the LastMinuteReprieve.[[/note]] Turns out everything from the phone call onward had been one of the VirtualReality experiences the show centered on.
* A VictimOfTheWeek on ''Series/ColdCase'' was a drug mule who ultimately dreamed of leaving the business and gaining employment in an legitimate company's office building and receive flowers on her desk. Just before she was murdered by her associates, she views herself gaining her wish and working in a high-rise building, away from her imminent death.
* The Season 7 premiere of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:after the brutal deaths of longtime cast members Glenn and Abraham]], Rick hallucinates that everyone survived and is enjoying a Sunday brunch in Alexandria with [[spoiler:Glenn and Maggie with their newborn son (as Maggie was pregnant when Glenn died), and a very pregnant Sasha still together with Abraham]].



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--->'''Joel:''' Please let me keep this memory. Just this one.

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This trope is [[TearJerker an incredibly painful]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped but nevertheless important]] [[AnAesop Aesop]] that is appearing in works that are centered around relationships. It's common in regards to parent-child bonds, but other relationships (siblings, lovers, etc.) can be used as well.

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This trope is [[TearJerker an incredibly painful]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped but nevertheless important]] [[AnAesop Aesop]] that is appearing in works that are centered around relationships. It's common in regards to parent-child parent–child bonds, but other relationships (siblings, lovers, etc.) can be used as well.



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%% ** And in a bonus illustration for Chapter 95, [[spoiler: Rusafa and Nefert]].

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* A Franchise/StarWars comic focuses on Vader thinking back on what would happen I feel he hadn’t betrayed the Jedi.

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* A Franchise/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' comic focuses on Vader thinking back on what would happen I feel he hadn’t betrayed the Jedi.



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* Subverted in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' -- all Neil's father has to say is "my son, my son" (in a true ItsAllAboutMe
way) and he blames Neil's teacher for the boy's being DrivenToSuicide, completely unable to accept the blame. His outward denial of responsibility and rage at the teacher are driven [[MyGreatestFailure by his own guilt]].

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* Subverted in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' -- all Neil's father has to say is "my son, my son" (in a true ItsAllAboutMe
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ItsAllAboutMe way), and he blames Neil's teacher for the boy's being DrivenToSuicide, completely unable to accept the blame. His outward denial of responsibility and rage at the teacher are driven [[MyGreatestFailure by his own guilt]].



* In the films ''[[Film/ManonDesSources Jean de Florette]]'' and its second part ''Manon of the Spring'', a greedy, conniving farmer, César, engineers the downfall and death of his newly-arrived neighbor, Jean, in order to get hold of his property. Years later, César discovers, to his infinite horror, that the man he destroyed was [[spoiler: the son that César had always wished he'd had. Heartbroken and devastated, César loses the will to live and dies soon after.]]

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* In the films ''[[Film/ManonDesSources Jean de Florette]]'' and its second part ''Manon of the Spring'', a greedy, conniving farmer, César, engineers the downfall and death of his newly-arrived neighbor, Jean, in order to get hold of his property. Years later, César discovers, to his infinite horror, that the man he destroyed was [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the son that César had always wished he'd had. Heartbroken and devastated, César loses the will to live and dies soon after.]]



%% * In the hindsight of ''Film/SawIV'', the same father-son relationship also [[spoiler:plays this out painfully straight]].

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%% * In the hindsight of ''Film/SawIV'', the same father-son father–son relationship also [[spoiler:plays this out painfully straight]].



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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows", Brian falls in love with an elderly woman [[spoiler: that dies at the end]]. But, [[spoiler: before she dies, Brian puts a VR helmet on her to imagine her life if she lived and married Brian]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': In "Brian Wallows and Peter Swallows", Brian falls in love with an elderly woman [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that dies at the end]]. But, [[spoiler: before she dies, Brian puts a VR helmet on her to imagine her life if she lived and married Brian]].

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The pictures of trips that we'll never take
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* ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'': When the elderly [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Ridcully and LivingLegend witch Granny Weatherwax meet for the first time since their teenage years, Ridcully reminisces on his attempt to court her and wistfully imagines the family they could have had together. {{Defied|Trope}} when Granny immediately counters with a scenario where that family died young in a house fire, then tells him not to speculate on what didn't happen.


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* The Season 6 premiere of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:after the brutal deaths of longtime cast members Glenn and Abraham]], Rick hallucinates that everyone survived and is enjoying a Sunday brunch in Alexandria with [[spoiler:Glenn and Maggie with their newborn son (as Maggie was pregnant when Glenn died), and a very pregnant Sasha still together with Abraham]].

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* The Season 6 7 premiere of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:after the brutal deaths of longtime cast members Glenn and Abraham]], Rick hallucinates that everyone survived and is enjoying a Sunday brunch in Alexandria with [[spoiler:Glenn and Maggie with their newborn son (as Maggie was pregnant when Glenn died), and a very pregnant Sasha still together with Abraham]].


* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "Like in Blunt", while he and Darkwing are waiting in the death trap, Blunt laments that he's going to die never having had anybody or anything besides the trashy films [[LooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off his autobiography]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "Like "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E48LikeInBlunt Like in Blunt", Blunt]]", while he and Darkwing are waiting in the death trap, Blunt laments that he's going to die never having had anybody or anything besides the trashy films [[LooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off his autobiography]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': In the episode "Like in Blunt", while he and Darkwing are waiting in the death trap, Blunt laments that he's going to die never having had anybody or anything besides the trashy films [[LooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off his autobiography]].

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* A Franchise/StarWars comic focuses on Vader thinking back on what would happen I feel he hadn’t betrayed the Jedi.

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* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' has a unique variation because Joel desperately tries to save memories of things that have happened, and it doesn't concern a death of a person, but the end of a relationship. Joel decides to have a memory wiping procedure (because Clementine did the same first). When the wiping goes further back into Joel and Clem's relationship, Joel realizes how much he loved her and how happy they used to be and that he al least wants to ''remember'' her. Since he's losing her forever by erasing his memories of her, he tries to fight it.
--->'''Joel:''' Please let me keep this memory. Just this one.


** In season 10 episode "Founder's Mutation", both Mulder and Scully have an ImagineSpot with their son William whom Scully gave up as a baby because she thought it would be the best way to save him from the omnipresent conspirators. Now she is full of remorse and is not so sure it was the best thing. She imagines taking William to school for the first time. Mulder father-fantasy involves watching a movie together and launching a model space rocket.

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** In season 10 episode "Founder's Mutation", both Mulder and Scully have an ImagineSpot with their son William whom Scully gave up as a baby because she thought it would be the best way to save him from the omnipresent conspirators. Now she is full of remorse and is not so sure it was the best thing. She imagines taking William to school for the first time. Mulder Mulder's father-fantasy involves watching a movie together and launching a model space rocket.

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