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1[[quoteright:300:[[VideoGame/DiscworldII]]]] ˛˛->''So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,\˛And death once dead, there's no more dying then.''˛--> -- '''Sonnet 146, Creator/WilliamShakespeare'''˛˛%% One quote is sufficient. Please put any additional quotes in the subpage.˛˛Something happens to the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification]] of [[TheGrimReaper Death]] such that the very concept of death is suspended. Maybe Death just decides to quit, or maybe someone "[[TailorMadePrison captures]]" Death. Maybe [[TheDeathOfDeath Death itself has died]]. Regardless of the how and why, the Reaper isn't doing his job any longer, and [[{{Immortality}} people don't die anymore]].˛˛At first this seems [[LivingForeverIsAwesome wonderful]], but eventually the {{Aesop}} rears its (sometimes [[{{Anvilicious}} ugly]]) head. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever People injured beyond repair and in excruciating pain aren't given release]], or the threat of an OverpopulationCrisis is mentioned, or people abuse their newfound {{immortality}}, or the writers just flat out say [[CosmicKeystone reality itself will collapse.]] The heroes either ask Death to return, or else free Death from whatever force has contained it. If the heroes themselves got rid of death, they'll discover TheProblemWithFightingDeath is you just can't win. Death may levy this as [[EnemiesWithDeath punishment]] for some [[ScaleOfScientificSins crime against the natural order,]] and make it worse by coupling it with AgeWithoutYouth.˛˛Alternately, people ''do'' still die, but they're all ReroutedFromHeaven or BarredFromTheAfterlife, ending up as TheUndead or [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghosts]] or stuck in the AfterlifeAntechamber.˛˛If someone else has to take over for TheGrimReaper, it's a case of RelievingTheReaper.˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Advertising]]˛* [[ This commercial]] shows a man surviving many ways of dying because Death is busy enjoying a cold one.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* This is the premise of ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod''. One day, people stopped dying and giving birth. Some characters believe it's because God abandoned the world, while others believe that [[RealityWarper humanity collectively wished to live forever]], but that [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wish didn't turn out quite how they expected]]; basically, when a person "dies," they become like a zombie, and while they're still themselves and can still think and act like a normal human, without the right kind of support eventually both their mind and body will rot, driving them mad. However, the walking dead weren't without hope for rest, as soon mystical beings called "gravekeepers" began to appear, and they can grant true rest to the living deceased, and eventually both the living and deceased adjusted to this new world, and not being able to truly die just became a normal part of life. Protagonist Ai is one such gravekeeper, and she sets out on a journey to save the world.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'':˛** Subverted in the first issue when a cabal of mystics attempt to capture Death and thus become immortal, but screw up and trap her brother Dream instead, leading to worldwide sleeping disorders. When he escapes captivity several decades later, he berates the son of his original captor, saying that he has no idea what kind of chaos would have resulted had they ''succeeded''.˛** Also played straight later on, though it isn't really Death that takes a holiday; it's [[spoiler:Lucifer Morningstar, who literally closes Hell]]. Because of this, the universe is thrown out of whack, and everyone who's ever died (or at least died and gone to Hell) returns to walk the Earth and interact with the living. There are numerous examples of various horrors, among which are the ghost of an undeveloped stillborn being cradled by its mother and a boy who's recently died watching his dead body. On the other hand, it also led to ''The Dead Boy Detectives'', so that's all right.˛** In the short comic "Death: A Winter's Tale", she reminisces about her history and reveals there was a time millions of years ago when she fulfilled this trope because she was sick of everyone being unhappy to see her. After a while, the usual "people realize how much they really need Death" kicked in and someone was sent to find her and get her to start up again.˛** Dream's brother Destruction grew weary of his role one day and just ''left''. Destruction still occurs without him, just without its AnthropomorphicPersonification to direct it. It's strongly implied that had he stayed in his station, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world would have ended in nuclear war]] and that the post-WWII world is a little... off due to his absence. He's currently wandering across the universe and trying his hand at various attempts at creation (artwork, cooking, music, poetry, etc.) which all fail in various ways.˛** 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 believes he has forced not Death to take a vacation, but ''Time''.˛** Hob Gadling manages immortality by boasting that he intended never to die in earshot of Dream and Death, and Dream decides that it would be an interesting thing to see what would happen and asks his sister to keep away from Hob as a favor. It is implied that the favor could be rescinded (when Hob and Dream meet each century, Dream asks him if he wants to go on). There are more immortals in canon however... it seems that these things simply happen, for various reasons, once in a while.˛** Averted in the miniseries ''Death: The High Cost of Living''. Death literally does take a holiday (she gets a day off every century or so to experience life alongside everybody else), but, presumably because it's a regularly scheduled event, nobody gets any special exception from dying that day.˛* Inverted in ''Action Comics'' #900, the finale of the "[[ComicBook/TheBlackRing Black Ring]]" story arc, when Lex Luthor [[FusionDance becomes 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.˛* This becomes a worldwide problem in the Creator/MarvelComics series ''[[ComicBook/EarthX Paradise X]]'', an unforeseen side effect of [[spoiler:the destruction of Death at the end of Universe X]]. This also happens in the ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' CrisisCrossover, when the naive Beyonder kills Death because "nobody wants to die".˛* In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Jack of the Tales traps Death in a sack to secure a roll in the sheets with a wealthy but terminally ill southern belle. Lets just say it makes breakfast awkward when it refuses to stay still after slaughter. When released, Death is actually grateful for his first day off, ever, and will forgive Jack on the condition that he gets a day trapped in the sack every year or so.˛* ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'' introduced a parallel world nicknamed the "Cancerverse," which came about when the assembled heroes of Earth killed Death in an attempt to save Captain Marvel from his terminal cancer. Things went bad. ''[[EldritchAbomination Really bad.]]''˛* ''Franchise/BillAndTed'';˛** In issue #2 of ''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 Ibis the Invincible #2, ''Ibis sends Death on a Holiday'', Ibis uses his Ibistick to banish Death from the city. This leads to chaos after a criminal sentenced to execution survives, breaks out, and causes a crime wave. Finally Ibis allows Death to return.˛* ''ComicBook/TheGrievousJourneyOfIchabodAzrael'': [[spoiler:[[TheFerryman Charon]] is tired of ferrying souls from limbo to their final destination for all eternity and orchestrates a scheme that will allow him to escape to the land of the living. However, without Charon being there to keep the flow of life and death stable, all reality will ultimately cease to exist.]]˛* Done in ''ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters IDW}}''; a friend of Egon's is hit by a car and, when Death (oh, sorry, "an entity that siphons excess psychic energy from our dimensional plane") comes for him, he manages to imprison it in a sack. People still die, because their bodies stop working, but the extra PKE in the air builds up, causing a steroid effect in all the ghosts of the story arc.˛* ''ComicBook/ZombiesChristmasCarol'' starts with "Death had lost its grip, to begin with" and goes into detail about how the Hungry Death began to spread. [[spoiler:After Scrooge reforms, this no longer applies]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', there's a distinction made between a concept not being ''needed'' and simply being removed completely, and this has been showed very clearly when it comes to Mortis, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death:˛** During the Lost Age, ponies were TheAgeless and death was ''extremely'' rare, due to a wish spell that turned the world into an Utopia. As a result, Mortis basically had a long vacation the entire time because they didn't ''need'' him. He wasn't complaining. Sadly this ended due to a RealityBreakingParadox.˛** During the Rumors Arc, Pandora questions if Mortis could invoke this trope so no pony dies from Discord's GodzillaThreshold crossing endgame (which had the Pantheon working ''very'' hard to rescue everyone). Mortis defies this trope because [[AndIMustScream it'd only mean ponies won't die, not that they can't suffer fatal circumstances, meaning even being burned to ash would just leave them trapped in their body and unable to die]]. Pandora agrees with him.˛* ''FanFic/DeathIsForcedToTakeAVacation'': Fall Harvest, the Reaper of Alicorns (and one of many adjuncts to the Role of Death) is forced to take a vacation from his duties, literally getting back into his old skin to do so. Considering how few alicorns there are, and how long it'll be until he's due to collect any more, he can easily stay away for a time without complications. ˛* In ''[[ Reaping Rainbow]]'', the Death of Ponies takes a vacation while Rainbow fills in for them. Surprisingly, she does a halfway descent job until she gets problems with a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lichified Berrypunch]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* The trope name comes from the title of a novel, that was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1934, starring Creator/FredricMarch and Evelyn Venable, remade as a telemovie in 1971 starring Creator/MonteMarkham as Death, and remade again in 1998 as ''Film/MeetJoeBlack''. ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' avoids the trope by having Death explain that for him, killing people is just like "making a decision while shaving in the morning". The film ''Film/DeathTakesAHoliday'' leaves the trope intact.˛* This is part of the main premise of the Franchise/FinalDestination series; while the main cast of each film manage to evade or one-up Death in some way by avoiding dying through having premonitions of a major catastrophe that would have resulted in their deaths, Death (as a character) will not let them get away with escaping their fate.˛* ''On Borrowed Time'' (1939) has Lionel Barrymore holding off Death (personified as a "Mr. Brink") by trapping him in an apple tree in his backyard.˛* 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. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛%%* The trope name comes from the title of a novel that was adapted into a film of the same name in the 1930s, remade as a telemovie in the 1970s and remade again in 1998 as ''Meet Joe Black''.˛%%* This occurred in a short story this troper read a few times, years ago, but can't remember the name - only that it involved a bet, Death getting stuck in some sort of special tree he needed someone's permission to get out of, and that somehow, it led to the origin of all the world's "no-good gamblers.˛* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "The Last Trump" is about these. As no human could ever decide how the afterlife would be, The Chief (a.k.a God) decide that the only thing all of humanity has in common is the fear of death. When the day of the judgement finally arrive, all people stop dying and the dead ones start to resurrect.˛* Creator/RayBradbury's short story ''The Scythe'' features a man who becomes the Grim Reaper. When he learns what he's been doing he refuses to work, only to find that if he doesn't take the souls of people who are supposed to die they end up in an unconscious limbo state between life and death.˛* In the ''Literature/{{Confessions}}'', The culmination of Augustine's recounting of his friends' death is the realization that Death itself has been slain, thanks to the sheer quantity of life in UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} overwhelming death at the Crucifixion.˛* Creator/JoseSaramago's ''Death with 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.]]˛* Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels have several[[note]]Although ''Hogfather'', despite the pun potential in "Death taking a holiday" when he takes on the duties of Hogfather, is not an example[[/note]]:˛** In ''Literature/{{Mort}}'', Death takes on an apprentice (Mort) and then leaves him in charge whilst and goes wandering around the Disc trying human pleasures such as fishing, partying, and getting drunk. Naturally, HilarityEnsues...˛** ''Literature/ReaperMan'' features Death being "laid off" by the Auditors, with quite a bit of chaos resulting, including a wizard coming back as a zombie, a rash of poltergeist activity, and, strangest of all, the city of Ankh-Morpork being threatened by a living, parasitic shopping mall. Again, HilarityEnsues.˛** In ''Literature/SoulMusic'', Death has run off to forget his troubles and his granddaughter Susan must fill in, much to her annoyance. Yet again, HilarityEnsues.˛** ''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.˛* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Although TheGrimReaper's existence hasn't been confirmed InUniverse ([[AllMythsAreTrue yet]]), this is basically the goal of Kumori in ''Dead Beat''. Harry himself is intelligent enough to realize this is a horrible idea.˛* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', this shows up in the second book, although it's more like "Death Gets Kidnapped." [[spoiler:Gaea bound Thanatos, the Greek god of death, to allow monsters to keep escaping the underworld; a side effect of this is that no one dies.]]˛** The effects in this case happen gradually with monsters that come back to life after a few years anyway, coming back sooner. Then other supernatural beings like demigods coming back to life. If it hadn't been stopped, the {{Muggles}} would have become immortal.˛* In Mikhail Uspensky's ''Kogo za smertyu posylat'' (''Who's to be Sent after Death''), Death is kidnapped by BigBad Miroyed, and everyone stops dying. Creatures still can be hit, maimed, and burnt to ashes, but will neither bleed nor feel the pain, and even the ashes of a man will still be able to live in some manner. People in fact feel like undead, and want the Death back. When finally Zhikhar, TheHero, rescues the Death, which turns out to be also the Live, things go back to normal, and [[spoiler:everyone who got hurt during Death's absence, dies. Therefore, instead of being praised for saving the world, Zhikhar is hated as if he ruined it.]]˛* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', Death goes on strike in an attempt to combat {{Satan}}. However, he fully understands the consequences of this, as does everyone else.˛* ''On Borrowed Time'', a 1937 novel that was made into a play and film. Gramps wishes that anyone that climbs up his apple tree will have to stay there until he lets them down. Death comes for Gramps. Gramps tricks Death up into the old apple tree where he must remain until Gramps lets him down.˛* One of the protagonists of ''Literature/TheProphecyOfTheStones'' is spared because of this trope, but they have to persuade Death to end her strike anyway.˛* Referenced in ''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.]]˛* ''Horatio in the Wind'' is a chidren's book about a boy who traps Death to give his kingdom eternal life. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛%%* ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' episode "Styx Feet Under".˛* 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 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.˛* In the Series/TheKidsInTheHall mini-series ''Series/DeathComesToTown'', [[spoiler:Ricky]] was an [[BlackComedy aborted baby]] who miraculously survived because Death slept in.˛* Variation on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' in ''Love Takes a Holiday'' where it's Aphrodite, the goddess of love, so love is suspended instead of death. It only applies to women and Aphrodite explains that "if men felt the same way, where would the fun be?", which may be a LampshadeHanging since she doesn't otherwise seem to be in control of the effect.˛** ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episodes "Death in Chains" (loosely based on the above myth; Sisyphus captures the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death, and we find out that it's not such a great deal: Sisyphus gets to cheat nature, but those suffering agonizing mortal injuries are subjected to AndIMustScream. If Death is not released soon, the effect becomes permanent, and the whole ''world'' will suffer this thanks to AgeWithoutYouth.) and "Mortal Beloved".˛* Inverted in the episode "Death Takes A Holiday" of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. While the rest of the camp celebrates Christmas, BJ, Hawkeye and Margaret are doing everything they can to keep a dying soldier alive till the next day, so his family does not to remember Christmas as the day he died. Ramming home the message that "war sucks", the doctors fail with 10 minutes to go. Hawkeye advances the clock past midnight so they can put December 26 on the death certificate.˛* One episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' had this when a middle-aged man was held for examination when he claimed to be Death. After the usual {{Aesop}}, he was released and people resumed dying.˛* "The Soldier and Death", an episode of ''Series/TheStoryteller'', features a man that keeps Death imprisoned. It was adapted from an the same story as the above mentioned "Jack Tales", though with a different ending.˛* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''˛** This is the premise of "Death Takes A Holiday" where the boys stumble upon a village where no one is dying. In this case [[spoiler:the village's [[TheGrimReaper Reapers]] were captured by a demon so one can be sacrificed in order to open one of the seals imprisoning Lucifer.]]˛** Played with in "Appointment in Samarra". Death agrees to do a favor for Dean, in exchange for Dean taking on his job for 24 hours. When Dean thinks this means he can pick and choose who gets to die, things don't turn out well. The whole point was to teach Dean AnAesop because Death was annoyed over how the Winchester brothers [[DeathIsCheap kept coming back from the dead]]. ˛* The entire premise of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. PlayedForDrama, and every MedicalHorror implication of the trope is ''thoroughly'' explored.˛* ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002'' reboot had the episode "One Night of Mercy". Death (played by Jason Alexander) decided to quit, and the doctor he confided this with was thrilled. This was looking optimistic and hopeful right up until the point where [[AndIMustScream a bunch of people who were immolated was brought into the emergency room, still alive because Death had quit]]. Naturally, the good doctor found Death and convinced him to return to work, after seeing this, and [[spoiler: gets taken as Death's first victim, as a result (he had been suffering "headaches" up until then, in reality the symptoms of an oncoming aneurysm)]].˛* ''Series/InLivingColor'' had this happen in a ''literal'' sense, with Creator/JimCarrey playing TheGrimReaper [[ at a beach resort]]. He meets with a couple who [[KillEmAll goad him into showcasing his powers]], and HilarityEnsues.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]˛* OlderThanFeudalism: In Myth/GreekMythology, the ManipulativeBastard Sisyphus captured Thanatos, the Greek personification of death. Sisyphus only wanted to prevent his own death (and not for the first time, either!), and accidentally ended up preventing all humans from dying at all (not that he ever gave a damn about other people's suffering in the first place). He did this to escape the punishment he would certainly receive for: breaking the laws of hospitality (he killed guests and travelers under his care to steal from them), seducing his niece, Tyro, in one of his many, many plots to kill his hated brother, Salmoneus, ratting out Zeus' romance with the nymph Aegina to her father Asopus, and just pissing off the gods in general. In the end he learned the hard way about TheProblemWithFightingDeath when [[TailorMadePrison Death's boss made a bargain with him]].˛* Literature/TheBible includes a reference to this, making it OlderThanFeudalism. In this case, it's during the fifth plague from the Literature/BookOfRevelation, where the people are tortured by locust demons for five months.˛-->''"During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them."''˛%%** Of course, the Bible also speaks of God putting an end to death, and this is clearly established as being a good thing. Then there's the somewhat strange verse where Death gets sent to Hell.˛* Another folk tale variant is "Death in a Nut", in which a boy traps death to save his mother, but then can't get bacon, cabbages, etc. His mother explains that death is natural, and he releases the Reaper.˛* "Death gets stuck in a magic tree" is the idea behind the folktale ''Tia Miseria'': an old woman traps Death in her pear tree and only agrees to release him when her oldest friend begs to be allowed to die of old age. However, Tia Miseria makes Death promise never to come for her; as long as Death keeps his promise, [[JustForPun there will always be misery in the world]].˛* In one of the Appalachian "Jack Tales" (derived from English folktales), Jack, through magic, is able to see Death perched above the bed of a dying person and traps Death in a sack. Many, many years later, he meets a very old woman who complains of being so old and not able to die because some fool has Death trapped in a sack. Jack thinks about this, goes home and unties the sack and Death resumes his duties, "and Jack was just about the first one Death got, I reckon."˛** A variation on this story has Death so afraid of Jack that he runs from Jack once released and refuses to take him, making Jack a [[FlyingDutchman permanent sufferer]] of this trope.˛** This is related to a folktale in which Jack traps the Devil, rather than death. Sometimes he traps him up a tree by planting crosses or carving a cross. Sometimes he tricks him into turning into a coin, which is then placed in a wallet next to a cross. Either way, Jack ends up wandering the world, carrying one of the embers of hell with him to light his way: Jack of the Lantern. Similarly, you can end up with WillOTheWisp. Jack o'Lantern was originally, fable notwithstanding, just a term for a night watchman, a guy with a lantern.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theater]]˛* In the Broadway play ''On Borrowed Time'', the protagonist traps death so he won't die with no one left to take care of his orphaned grandson.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/DiscworldII'' has death take a holiday to get away from his troubles, leaving Rincewind to take his place.˛* How the 9th ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game ''Phantasmagoria of Flower View'' happens, basically. Every 60 years, a surge of death happens for whatever reason, which presumably requires the [[TheGrimReaper shinigami]] to work overtime. [[TheFerryman Komachi]] just happened to be slacking off this time around, leading to all the souls she wasn't escorting to the afterlife to start manifesting as flowers.˛* Played with in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. The Water Dragon does not die, but she is incapacitated. As a result, people still die, but their souls don't go to the underworld to be reincarnated. This causes ghosts to crop up everywhere and eventually go crazy from their lost state. As the last [[PlayerCharacter Spirit Monk]], it is your job to set things right by [[GhostlyGoals helping the ghosts resolve matters from back when they were alive]] and/or beating them up with kung fu magic.˛* Played with in the online game ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', Death has taken on a policy of sending adventurers back in exchange for being owed a favor. The characters are all very aware of this effect, comment when Death fails to send back a soul he desires, and have, if I recall correctly, noted the immense number of favors Death has been accumulating but never called in. It has also been blamed for the lack of dragons as powerful as existed only 5 years earlier in the prequel game ''Dragonfable'': once adventurers stopped dying, many more of them were able to get powerful enough to slay the rather rare most powerful dragons, leaving only the more common weaker ones.˛* ''Videogame/FallenLondon'' features this as a major aspect of the setting. Permanent death is extraordinarily rare in Fallen London. It only happens as the result of old age, disease, or an ''exceptionally'' messy death such as being cut into bits -- although this is a mixed blessing. Much like in ''Film/DeathBecomesHer'', a person's body ''can'' become worn out through injury, and those in a sufficient state of disrepair are sent off to the Tomb-Colonies, which are just as pleasant as they sound.˛-->''What are the tomb-colonies like? More Mictlan than Milan. Travellers do go to see the sights, but the sights are mostly dark half-deserted plazas and unfriendly people wrapped in bandages. They do have some good churches though.''˛* In the ''Videogame/RuneScape'' quest "Missing, Presumed Death", the player must investigate why a group of souls would not cross over after Death and Icthlarin (the Menaphite god of the dead) are kidnapped.˛* This is a major part of the plot of ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 the previous game]] ended with the death of Etro, the goddess of death. Even though 500 years passed between the two games, no one could die of old age. However, this is also a downplayed example as people could still die from other means like disease or murder. Another issue that arose from Etro's death is that, since she was also responsible for reincarnating souls, no new life can be born, meaning the population of the world has been slowly declining.˛* 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' ''nearly'' had this: the [[ Deaths]] did not go on holiday, but rather [[ on strike]] for better wages. Their strike [[ failed]] when they attempted to form a picket line across the [[ infinite featureless plane]] they reside in, mainly because [[spoiler: several Deaths just couldn't help collecting souls and broke the line]]. Also, they realized that the picket line was useless for blockade purposes, as the infinite featureless plane of death is (allegedly) infinite, while the picket line was finite in size.˛* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''. The eponymous personification of Wrath and Death goes on vacation for [[ two]] [[ strips.]] Played for laughs, ironically, considering that this is one of the few comics that would blatantly show the horrors of no Death.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* In the ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' story "[[ The Brick Road]]", a wizard traps Death in his tree, so nothing in the fairyland can die.˛* Wiki/SCPFoundation: The [[ End of Death canon]], created for the 2018 Doomsday Contest. It plays all of this for extremely depressing horror. It's one of the darkest canons on the site, [[CosmicHorrorStory and that's saying something]]. ˛** [[ SCP-4935]] is a 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.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Grief" when a man traps the god of death (Anubis) by summoning him and nothing is able to die until he leaves. Anubis points out the dangers of his actions: there is still birth, but now no death to balance it out. Interestingly he got his happy ending: he trapped Anubis to try and force him to return his dead son, but in the end he was happily reunited with his son, in the afterlife. A pretty sensible solution for a verse with an explicitly true afterlife.\˛[[WordOfGod Greg Weisman]] regretted not actually ''doing'' anything with the idea that people became unable to die, especially since the heroes ended up captured, and in a position where the villain would try to kill them.˛* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had Death twist his ankle while trying to claim Peter, forcing the Griffins to take care of him until he gets better. Peter lets the cat out of the bag, revealing to the world that nobody can die, and Death forces him to kill the cast of ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' in order to prove that he still has power. In the end, Peter [[TakeAThirdOption accidentally finds a solution]] that spares the actors and shows that Death is still around.˛* The status of death in the universe of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' may or may not be suspended while Grim is in bondage to the kids. He's shown reading an obituary page in one episode, lamenting that nobody has died for a while. In another episode, Mandy sternly orders him "No Grim Reaping!" If nobody can really die anymore, that would certainly explain the show's NegativeContinuity. On the other hand, he's shown on several occasions to, in fact, be reaping. (In one episode where he and Billy switch roles, Billy ends up having to reap; the "Big Boogey Adventure" movie also showed Grim trying to reap [[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne General Skarr]].)˛* In a [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons']] Halloween special, Homer kills Death after trying to save Bart from him. Lisa mentions that there is now a world without death, and then cue scenes around Springfield of people not dying when they should. Homer then puts on Death's cloak for fun and accidentally becomes the new Grim Reaper (Possibly an AffectionateParody slash Hallow'een version of ''Film/TheSantaClause''). ''HilarityEnsues''˛* In the fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/LesShadoks'', the Shadoks have discovered that their world is going to get destroyed in the near future, and they can't do much to stop it. So, to avoid being killed in the catastrophe, they decide to arrest the Grim Reaper [[MindScrew and sentence him to death]]. However, the Shadoks are [[VillainProtagonist so mean]] that their main distraction is to kill and torture each other. The Grim Reaper reminds them of that, and gets away. [[spoiler:In the end, the apocalypse does happen but the Shadoks eventually find another world to live in, though not as convenient as the one they had.]]˛[[/folder]]˛----


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