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** When substituting for the Hogfather, he does manage to bend the rules a bit: [[spoiler:when he's called to do his duty as death and take away the soul of TheLittleMatchGirl, he takes offense at someone dying so everyone else can feel luckier by comparison, so he gives her the gift of a future. And Albert throws snowballs at the angels who came to take her away.]]

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** Unintentionally achieved (so far...) by TheFool & CosmicPlaything Rincewind, who through some bizarre combination of magic, time-travel and/or [[ImmuneToFate Fate Immunity]] has a [[DeathsHourglass Lifetimer]] that's twisted into impossible loops that even Death himself doesn't understand and can't predict the expiration of.
** When substituting for the Hogfather, he does manage to bend the rules a bit: [[spoiler:when he's called to do his duty as death and take away the soul of TheLittleMatchGirl, he takes offense at someone [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth dying so everyone else can feel luckier by comparison, comparison]], so he gives her the gift of a future. And Albert throws snowballs at the angels who came to take her away.]]

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** While this may save an individual from a (very powerful) individual in the moment, this does not stop death. Death is the province of the goddess Pharasma, who has no stats and is beyond the power of any PlayerCharacter to oppose. Her servants, the Psychopomps, tend to mortal souls after death as they get shuffled off to their proper afterlife. In Pathfinder's cosmology, resurrection magic notwithstanding, death is a natural transition to a new life and part of the natural order of things.
** Undead are the ones in Pathfinder's cosmology to perform this trope, especially Urgathoa, who defied her judgment to rise as the goddess of disease, gluttony, hedonism, and undeath. Pharasma, who represents death and transition, despises Urgathoa and any undead, and her followers are ordered to destroy the undead. Pharasma does not mind those who extend their life through magic, or who are brought back from death through magic, but entering undeath is a bridge too far for her.
*** It seems Pharasma's role extends even to gods who were mortals; she judged the PhysicalGod Aroden after his death, aged almost 11,000 years. And his divinity did not seem to be a problem.
** Additionally, neither the Horseman of Death, Charon, nor Grim Reapers actually personify Death in a real sense. Grim Reapers are powerful undead who revel in the destruction of mortals, and Charon is not really death but an OmnicidalManiac who devours souls. His preferred method of destroying individuals is tempting them as they deal with old age and mortality, hence his title of Horseman of Death.

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* [[https://imgur.com/gallery/5psnAzT "Death and the Cat"]]: The Grim Reaper comes for a cat, who simply hands him a card with [[CatsHaveNineLives nine cat-head icons]], four of which are crossed off. The annoyed Reaper crosses off a fifth while the cat yawns.
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* In the Weebl toon "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RALtqFPyvQk Death Vs. Tardigrades]]", a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade tardigrade]] boasts to Death of its kind's MadeOfIron nature. Lampshaded before the song begins, when Death looks at the list and realizes...\\
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* In the Music/LemonDemon song "I've Got Some Falling To Do", a man who is falling from an airplane gets a call from Death, and flippantly blows him off in favor of continuing to fall.
-->''There's a ring on my cellphone, I pick it up\\
It's the Angel of Death, and he says "What's up?"\\
I say "What is it this time?", and he's like, well,\\
"Hello, goodbye, I'll see you in Hell!"\\
He can be like that sometimes, he's such a nut\\
So I snicker and say "I'd love to, but\\
Gravity's calling, I've got some falling to do!"''
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* In the Music/LemonDemon song "I've Got Some Falling To Do", a man who is falling to his death gets a call from Death, and blows him off in favor of continuing to fall.
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* One Robot Chicken sketch had an old lady start a fist fight with Death when he came for her. Death was shocked for a moment before regaining his composure and hitting her back. They then end up [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence making out passionately]] on her hospital bed.


* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCrdxu5i2M this commercial]] for Energizer batteries, the Grim Reaper comes to the Energizer Bunny's house to claim his soul. The Bunny shuts the door on him, and the Grim Reaper waits for the Bunny's time to come. Near the end of the commercial, it is revealed that the Bunny is having a party, and the Grim Reaper [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaves when he realizes the Bunny isn't going to tire down anytime soon]].

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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCrdxu5i2M this commercial]] for [[Advertising/EnergizerBunny Energizer batteries, batteries]], the Grim Reaper comes to the Energizer Bunny's house to claim his soul. The Bunny shuts the door on him, and the Grim Reaper waits for the Bunny's time to come. Near the end of the commercial, it is revealed that the Bunny is having a party, and the Grim Reaper [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaves when he realizes the Bunny isn't going to tire down anytime soon]].


* In one ''ComicBooks/TheMightyThor'' comic, Hela comes to take Thor for an unspecified reason but Odin steps in and kills her. Talk about family issues.

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* In one ''ComicBooks/TheMightyThor'' ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' comic, Hela comes to take Thor for an unspecified reason but Odin steps in and kills her. Talk about family issues.


** "One for the Angels". Death comes for pitchman (street salesman) Lou Bookman, but Lou doesn't want to go and argues with him. Death finally agrees to postpone Lou's departure until he makes "a pitch for the angels". Lou then says that he's going to give up being a pitchman and never make the pitch again, allowing him to literally cheat Death.

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** "One for the Angels". Death comes for pitchman (street salesman) Lou Bookman, but Lou doesn't want to go and argues with him. Death finally agrees to postpone Lou's departure until he makes "a pitch for the angels". Lou then says that he's going to give up being a pitchman and never make the pitch again, allowing him to literally cheat Death. Then Death notes [[BalancingDeathsBooks if Lou isn't coming, another will be taken instead]] and a young child Lou is friends with gets into an accident. She will die at midnight but Lou is able to con and stall Death until time had past. As he made "a pitch for the angels" his deal is done and he willingly walks on with Death.


* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'', Lydia is in a medically-induced coma after surgery. After all of her family get to have their emotional speeches and prove that [[HeReallyCanAct they can really act]], she has one herself in a potential dream sequence where Berto comes through her hospital room doors and they dance and converse and expound on family and life for over 5 minutes. He first says that he has come to get her, and at the end offers his hand but actually asks her if it's time. [[spoiler:She looks to the sleeping Penelope and says no.]]

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* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'', Lydia is in a medically-induced coma after surgery. After all of her family get to have their emotional speeches and prove that [[HeReallyCanAct [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct they can really act]], she has one herself in a potential dream sequence where Berto comes through her hospital room doors and they dance and converse and expound on family and life for over 5 minutes. He first says that he has come to get her, and at the end offers his hand but actually asks her if it's time. [[spoiler:She looks to the sleeping Penelope and says no.]]


->'''Grim:''' I'm here for the hamster.
->'''Billy:''' Oh boy, oh boy! You brought presents for Mr. Snuggles?!
->'''Grim:''' No, I'm taking him away.
->'''Billy:''' To the North Pole?
->'''Grim:''' No. I'm... [hamster bites Grim] Ah! Look, I'm just doing my job, but I'm afraid it's curtains for Mr. Snuggles.
->'''Billy:''' You got him curtains?

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->'''Grim:''' I'm here for the hamster.
->'''Billy:'''
hamster.\\
'''Billy:'''
Oh boy, oh boy! You brought presents for Mr. Snuggles?!
->'''Grim:'''
Snuggles?!\\
'''Grim:'''
No, I'm taking him away.
->'''Billy:'''
away.\\
'''Billy:'''
To the North Pole?
->'''Grim:'''
Pole?\\
'''Grim:'''
No. I'm... [hamster ''[hamster bites Grim] Grim]'' Ah! Look, I'm just doing my job, but I'm afraid it's curtains for Mr. Snuggles.
->'''Billy:'''
Snuggles.\\
'''Billy:'''
You got him curtains?




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-->'''Rimmer''': Not today matey! Only the good die young!
-->'''Reaper''': That's... never happened before.

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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is that Grim came for the soul of a pet hamster, and was accidentally stopped by precocious kids Billy and Mandy. Billy is so dumb and Mandy is so dark that they can't be intimidated by the Reaper, and they win Grim's service after beating him at limbo over the hamster.

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-->'''Rimmer''': -->'''Rimmer:''' Not today matey! Only the good die young!
-->'''Reaper''':
young!\\
'''Reaper:'''
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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is that Grim came for the soul of a pet hamster, and was is accidentally stopped by precocious kids Billy and Mandy. Billy is so dumb and Mandy is so dark that they can't be intimidated by the Reaper, and they win Grim's service after beating him at limbo over the hamster.




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Situations where an [[AnthropomorphicPersonifications embodiment of death]] comes to see someone through dying but the person's actions prevent it from happening. Mostly because they refuse to die, but in some situations they accidentally get out of it.

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Situations where an [[AnthropomorphicPersonifications [[TheGrimReaper embodiment of death]] comes to see someone through dying but the person's actions prevent it from happening. Mostly because they refuse to die, but in some situations they accidentally get out of it.



See also DeathTakesAHoliday, when for some reason he hasn't clocked in to work instead of arriving and not working, and TheProblemWithFightingDeath, for what might happen when someone eventually does die after by means putting it off.

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See also DeathTakesAHoliday, when for some reason he hasn't clocked in to work instead of arriving and not working, working; EnemiesWithDeath, for when someone somehow ended up on the Grim Reaper's bad side; and TheProblemWithFightingDeath, for what might happen when someone eventually does die after by means putting it off.


* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'', Lydia is in a medically-induced coma after surgery. After all of her family get to have their emotional speeches and prove that TheyReallyCanAct, she has one herself in a potential dream sequence where Berto comes through her hospital room doors and they dance and converse and expound on family and life for over 5 minutes. He first says that he has come to get her, and at the end offers his hand but actually asks her if it's time. [[spoiler:She looks to the sleeping Penelope and says no.]]

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* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'', Lydia is in a medically-induced coma after surgery. After all of her family get to have their emotional speeches and prove that TheyReallyCanAct, [[HeReallyCanAct they can really act]], she has one herself in a potential dream sequence where Berto comes through her hospital room doors and they dance and converse and expound on family and life for over 5 minutes. He first says that he has come to get her, and at the end offers his hand but actually asks her if it's time. [[spoiler:She looks to the sleeping Penelope and says no.]]

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* In the season 2 finale of ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'', Lydia is in a medically-induced coma after surgery. After all of her family get to have their emotional speeches and prove that TheyReallyCanAct, she has one herself in a potential dream sequence where Berto comes through her hospital room doors and they dance and converse and expound on family and life for over 5 minutes. He first says that he has come to get her, and at the end offers his hand but actually asks her if it's time. [[spoiler:She looks to the sleeping Penelope and says no.]]


* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is that Grim came for the soul of a pet hamster, and was accidentally stopped by precocious kids Billy and Mandy. Billy is so dumb and Mandy is so dark that the three become friends, and they win Grim's service after beating him at limbo over the hamster.

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* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' is that Grim came for the soul of a pet hamster, and was accidentally stopped by precocious kids Billy and Mandy. Billy is so dumb and Mandy is so dark that they can't be intimidated by the three become friends, Reaper, and they win Grim's service after beating him at limbo over the hamster.

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