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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the October 28, 1982 strip, Garfield and Jon decide to stay in a spooky old house for the night, since their car has broken down en route to Jon's parents' home. As they head for the house, Garfield spies a tombstone with his name and a death date of October 30, 1982. [[spoiler:Two strips later, Garfield and Jon are terrified out of their wits by a shadowy figure, who turns out to be Jon's dad (who'd come looking for them when they didn't show). With this reveal, Garfield remarks "One life down, eight to go."]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[https://garfield.com/comic/1982/10/28 In the October 28, 1982 strip, strip]], Garfield and Jon decide to stay in a spooky old house for the night, since their car has broken down en route to Jon's parents' home. As they head for the house, Garfield spies a tombstone with his name and a death date of October 30, 1982. [[spoiler:Two strips later, Garfield and Jon are terrified out of their wits by a shadowy figure, who turns out to be Jon's dad (who'd come looking for them when they didn't show). With this reveal, Garfield remarks "One life down, eight to go."]]


* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the October 28, 1982 strip, Garfield and Jon decide to stay in a spooky old house for the night, since their car has broken down en route to Jon's parents' home. As they head for the house, Garfield spies a tombstone with his name and a death date of October 30, 1982. [[spoiler:Two strips later, Garfield and Jon are terrified out of their wits by a shadowy figure, who turns out to be Jon's dad (who'd come looking for them). With this reveal, Garfield remarks "One life down, eight to go."]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the October 28, 1982 strip, Garfield and Jon decide to stay in a spooky old house for the night, since their car has broken down en route to Jon's parents' home. As they head for the house, Garfield spies a tombstone with his name and a death date of October 30, 1982. [[spoiler:Two strips later, Garfield and Jon are terrified out of their wits by a shadowy figure, who turns out to be Jon's dad (who'd come looking for them).them when they didn't show). With this reveal, Garfield remarks "One life down, eight to go."]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the October 28, 1982 strip, Garfield and Jon decide to stay in a spooky old house for the night, since their car has broken down en route to Jon's parents' home. As they head for the house, Garfield spies a tombstone with his name and a death date of October 30, 1982. [[spoiler:Two strips later, Garfield and Jon are terrified out of their wits by a shadowy figure, who turns out to be Jon's dad (who'd come looking for them). With this reveal, Garfield remarks "One life down, eight to go."]]
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': In New Home, there is a room with seven coffins marked with a heart in a different colour. These are the coffins of the previous humans, as monsters don't leave behind a solid body, and the hearts represent their souls. The closest coffin has a red soul like the player's, is empty, and has the [[HelloInsertNameHere the name entered at the beginning of the game]]. [[spoiler: However, this turns out to be a subversion. The name you entered is not the player character's name, but instead the first human to fall, and the coffin was theirs. It was empty because their body was taken and buried elsewhere]].





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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', Tintin and Snowy enter an Egyptian tomb where several bodies of other archeologists are who dared to enter it have been mummified. They all stand next to each other on display. At the end of these, to his horror, there are empty sarcophaguses bearing the names of himself, Snowy and Dr. Sarcophagus. He immediately realizes he needs to escape.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', Tintin and Snowy enter an Egyptian tomb where several bodies of other archeologists are who dared to enter it have been mummified. They all stand next to each other on display. At the end of these, to his horror, there are empty sarcophaguses bearing the names of himself, Snowy and Dr. Sarcophagus. He immediately realizes he needs to escape.

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* The short comic ''[[http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=109863&page=1 It's Your Funeral Nintendo ... Again]]'' features one with the date being updated.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]": When Homer [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} fakes his death]], Patty and Selma visit Marge to present her a gravestone with Homer's name on it, revealing they have been saving for it since Marge's wedding day (the epitaph is "We are richer in having lost him"). After Marge throws them out, they start using it as a coffee table, which is how Mr Burns and the FBI eventually find out who Mona Simpson is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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"[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]": When Homer [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} fakes his death]], Patty and Selma visit Marge to present her a gravestone with Homer's name on it, revealing they have been saving for it since Marge's wedding day (the epitaph is "We are richer in having lost him"). After Marge throws them out, they start using it as a coffee table, which is how Mr Burns and the FBI eventually find out who Mona Simpson is.



--> '''Skinner''': Did they have to guess my date of death?
--> '''Chalmers''': Just be grateful for once.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "[[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS3E2ClubSpongebobMyPrettySeahorse Club SpongeBob]]", Patrick is seen building coffins for himself, [=SpongeBob=] and Squidward when they're lost in a kelp forest.

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* A RunningGag in ''LuckyLuke'' is that the town morticians would often start measuring Luke, or some other unfortunate character, for a coffin when they're about to face down a dangerous outlaw.

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* A RunningGag in ''LuckyLuke'' ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' is that the town morticians would often start measuring Luke, or some other unfortunate character, for a coffin when they're about to face down a dangerous outlaw.


* In ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', the local gravedigger sizes up the titular ronin for the coffin he'll need to be building.
* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (a remake of ''Yojimbo''), the local undertaker looks the protagonist over before leaving. Another character comments that the one hard look is all that the coffinmaker needs, because there has been so much business.

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* In ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', the local gravedigger sizes up the titular ronin for the coffin he'll need to be building.make.
* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' (a remake of ''Yojimbo''), the local undertaker looks the protagonist over before leaving. Another character comments that the one hard look is all that the coffinmaker needs, because there has been so much business.business lately.



** One episode has Skinner be given a dedication for his many years as principal, which includes a plaque being installed on the school wall. Unfortunatly, for some reason the carvers put in a ''death'' date on it as well (which has, ironically, passed since the episode aired)

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** One episode has Skinner be given a dedication for his many years as principal, which includes a plaque being installed on the school wall. Unfortunatly, Unfortunately, for some reason the carvers put in a ''death'' date on it as well (which has, ironically, passed since the episode aired)aired).


* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. A variation of this appears in "Know it All Ed," in which a squirt gun craze (actually turkey basters) cause the cul-de-sac kids to adopt a Wild West atmosphere; the Eds are set to face the Kankers in a high noon style showdown, but as they journey to the construction sight, they pass what looks like three graves dug in the ground for them -- Ed thinks it's cool, and Double D is only frightened even more, but Eddy brushes it off. After they continue on their way, it turns out that they were individual mud pits that Rolf dug for his pigs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. A variation of this appears in "Know it All Ed," in which a squirt gun craze (actually turkey basters) cause the cul-de-sac kids to adopt a Wild West atmosphere; the Eds are set to face the Kankers in a high noon style showdown, but as they journey to the construction sight, site, they pass what looks like three graves dug in the ground for them -- Ed thinks it's cool, and Double D is only frightened even more, but Eddy brushes it off. After they continue on their way, it turns out that they were individual mud pits that Rolf dug for his pigs.


* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', Tintin and Snowy enter an Egyptian tomb where several bodies of other archeologists are who dared to enter it have been mummified. They all stand next to each other on display. At the end of these, to his horror, there are empty sarcophaguses bearing the names of himself, Snowy and Dr. Sarcophagus. He immediately realizes he needs to escape.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', Tintin an early ComicBook/JimmyOlsen comic, Jimmy, investigating a gunslinger in an Old West style town, discovers a tombstone with his alias on it and Snowy enter an Egyptian tomb where several bodies of other archeologists are a rhyme notched into it. However, the guy who dared to enter it have been mummified. They all stand next to each other on display. At had the end of these, tombstone made wasn't hardened enough to kill anyone in reality. (Jimmy discovered during his horror, there are empty sarcophaguses bearing investigation that the names of himself, Snowy opponents he had "killed" were his assistants in disguise and Dr. Sarcophagus. He immediately realizes he needs to escape.their "graves" contained rocks.)




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* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'': In ''Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh'', Tintin and Snowy enter an Egyptian tomb where several bodies of other archeologists are who dared to enter it have been mummified. They all stand next to each other on display. At the end of these, to his horror, there are empty sarcophaguses bearing the names of himself, Snowy and Dr. Sarcophagus. He immediately realizes he needs to escape.



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* A RunningGag in ''LuckyLuke'' is that the town morticians would often start measuring Luke, or some other unfortunate character, for a coffin when they're about to face down a dangerous outlaw.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]": When Homer [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} fakes his death]], Patty and Selma visit Marge to present her a gravestone with Homer's name on it, revealing they have been saving for it since Marge's wedding day (the epitaph is "We are richer in having lost him"). After Marge throws them out, they start using it as a coffee table.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]": When Homer [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} fakes his death]], Patty and Selma visit Marge to present her a gravestone with Homer's name on it, revealing they have been saving for it since Marge's wedding day (the epitaph is "We are richer in having lost him"). After Marge throws them out, they start using it as a coffee table.table, which is how Mr Burns and the FBI eventually find out who Mona Simpson is.
** One episode has Skinner be given a dedication for his many years as principal, which includes a plaque being installed on the school wall. Unfortunatly, for some reason the carvers put in a ''death'' date on it as well (which has, ironically, passed since the episode aired)
--> '''Skinner''': Did they have to guess my date of death?
--> '''Chalmers''': Just be grateful for once.








* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': In module I6 of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, an NPC named Ireena Kolyana is accompanying the {{PC}}s so they can protect her. Deep in the crypts under Castle Ravenloft she (and they) will discover an empty crypt with her name on it -- her intended resting place after Strahd turns her into a vampire.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
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In module I6 of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, an NPC named Ireena Kolyana is accompanying the {{PC}}s so they can protect her. Deep in the crypts under Castle Ravenloft she (and they) will discover an empty crypt with her name on it -- her intended resting place after Strahd turns her into a vampire.



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* ''Series/GetSmart''. Maxwell Smart has an OhCrap moment when the VillainOfTheWeek is into HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, and has a plaque already set up for Max's head.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "Revelation of the Daleks" the Doctor finds a memorial to himself. But that's not as bad as in "The Space Museum" where the Doctor and his companions [[DiscoveringYourOwnDeadBody find themselves as exhibits in a museum]]. No-one argues about the damaging effects of changing the timeline in that episode!


* Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' fic '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10383608/5/The-Prospectus The Prospectus]]''', aimed at parents of prospective Assassins' Guild School pupils, describes the exciting range of craft activities open at the School. Stomemasonry, for instance, has boys carving their own tombstones (with dates of demise left blank) as, well, you never know. Similarly, the Woodwork Department turns out coffins and caskets to a ''very'' high professional standard. This is designed to focus the minds of student Assassins on the unfortunate fact they are aspiring to enter a high-risk profession, and it also means [[CrazyPrepared all eventualities of a typical School term are covered]].

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* Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic '''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10383608/5/The-Prospectus The Prospectus]]''', aimed at parents of prospective Assassins' Guild School pupils, describes the exciting range of craft activities open at the School. Stomemasonry, for instance, has boys carving their own tombstones (with dates of demise left blank) as, well, you never know. Similarly, the Woodwork Department turns out coffins and caskets to a ''very'' high professional standard. This is designed to focus the minds of student Assassins on the unfortunate fact they are aspiring to enter a high-risk profession, and it also means [[CrazyPrepared all eventualities of a typical School term are covered]].

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