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1%% Image and caption selected per Image Pickin' thread:˛%% Please do not change or remove either without starting a new thread.˛%%˛[[quoteright:287:]]˛[[caption-width-right:287:If target will [[{{Retirony}} retire next day]], ignore target entirely.]]˛˛->''"I got a little advice for you. It happens in movies and novels all of the time. The soldiers who never shut up about their girls back home, ''they don't make it''."''˛-->-- '''Roy Mustang''', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''˛˛{{Retirony}}'s equally devious {{sister|Trope}}, not that either of them have photos of the other. Whenever a character shows the others a picture of their family and/or loved ones, they're shot to the top of the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality.˛˛It mostly works as a cheap "look at my lovely family" moment so we feel bad for them when the character dies. This isn't immediately lethal though; it usually takes a while to kill the character because it bumps the RedShirt into the MauveShirt's sweet spot for "less likely to die meaninglessly, ''much'' likelier to die meaningfully because it'll hurt more."˛˛It also may indicate the character's willingness to die for someone else. Since their family is dear to them, they'd willingly make a HeroicSacrifice for their friends or TrueCompanions too.˛˛The variation where the picture ''directly'' leads to the character's death could be seen as a subtle [[LampshadeHanging acknowledgment]] of the trope.˛˛A PreciousPhoto may serve this purpose, but is more often found in the hands of a main character with PlotArmor. May also overlap with FamilyPortraitOfCharacterization, to establish the MauveShirt as a loving FamilyMan.˛˛Contrast PersonalEffectsReveal, which often involves finding a family photo after the death. (If said person was [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes an antagonist of some sort]] that the protagonists shot, expect a heaping helping of irony and/or regret.)˛˛See also {{Retirony}} and IfWeGetThroughThis.˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* [[spoiler: Physica]] from ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', has to be the master of this trope. Not only does he show us a picture of his wife and daughter before he's killed in combat, but [[spoiler: he's about to be re-united with his family a day late for his daughter's birthday]], and the photo he shows us is in a [[spoiler: handmade music box for the daughter's birthday]]. He tugs more at our heart strings by telling us [[spoiler: that his daughter doesn't recognize his face]]... What's more, after he dies a senseless death and his team mate (one of the LoveTriangle) goes to deliver the [[spoiler: birthday gift/family photo]] to his wife and child, it's implied that his wife was cheating on him. This series doesn't kill very often so they make sure to get their millage. The only other death of note is the HeroicSacrifice.˛* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'':˛** Lt. Colonel Hughes carries a photo of his fiancée with him during the Ishbalan war. GenreSavvy Colonel Mustang then points out that [[DiscussedTrope if they were in a war story]], carrying a photo of her around and showing it off so proudly would be a sure-fire way to die ironically on the battlefield. It's subverted as this is a flashback and the audience knows that he ''does'' make it back to his girlfriend and marries her and has a kid. This is a reference to the fact that all through the series, he's showing off pictures of his daughter and occasionally of his wife. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted as he is the first important character to die. Plus, the family picture partially ''causes'' Hughes's death: he drops it in the phone booth, Envy sees it and is able to transform into his wife, and poor Hughes can't stab him to save his own life.]]˛** Played with in manga Hohenheim's case: he chats about his family picture with a young mother on a coach, the coach gets attacked by thugs, Hohenheim [[HeroicSacrifice gets shot while defending the other passengers]]... Turns out that [[spoiler: he's putting his near-invincibility to good use and that the thugs don't manage to kill or even wound him no matter how many times they shoot him.]] "[[spoiler: How cruel... Shooting so many times]]. Oh good, the picture has nothing."˛* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'':˛** The moment Kinue Crossroad was seen looking at the picture of her family, it was obvious her time was up. Didn't take long.˛** Season 2 has the same thing happen to Barack Zinin.˛** [[spoiler: Sergei Smirnov]] is arguably killed by at least five family photos on his mantelpiece at home.˛* Strangely subverted in the second OVA of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', where [[MauveShirt Mr. Gilboa]] looks at at a folded piece of paper that the audience views from the back side, only for it to be revealed to be just written orders˛* In the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime, the titular main character is working part time at a construction site where her co-worker Pedro weeps passionately about being separated from his adoring family. Naturally, he provides us with a photograph as well as some lampshaded flash back footage. Later on, the construction site catches fire and he dies horribly when he [[TooDumbToLive runs back into the inferno to retrieve his family photo.]] That doesn't stop him from becoming a major character, though.˛* In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', all of the characters that carry the photos of their loved ones to war die horribly. [[spoiler: Their loved ones die too.]]˛* The first episode of ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga: The Aegis of Uruk'' lampoons this trope heavily.˛* Happens picture-perfectly in the second volume of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Joseph and Cesare accompany a young Nazi soldier and friend of Cesare to witness the Three Men In The Pillar, and the young man shows them a picture of his girlfriend. Guess who's among the first victims when the men awaken?˛** A very literal example with Yoshihiro Kira in ''Diamond is Unbreakable''.˛* Miaka takes a happy picture with her TrueCompanions in the middle of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. [[spoiler:Four episodes later, Nuriko dies and triggers the death domino.]]˛* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Zipang}}''. The American pilot of the Dauntless divebomber keeps looking at the picture of his wife just as it looks like he's about to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ram his plane]] into the ''Mirai''. However, he jumps off and parachutes to safety just before impact, carefully keeping his wife's photo before he does.˛* Played with on ''Anime/DigimonTamers''. During the final arc, we see a scene where one of the computer programmers none-too-subtly looks at a framed picture of him and his son and granddaughter, [[spoiler: which is actually used to cement the implication that his ''granddaughter,'' who appeared a few episodes earlier, was really DeadAllAlong. Nothing happens to the programmer in question.]]˛* Done ridiculously fast in an early episode from ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', where you can't count to 6 before the two Alliance gunners die after one shows the FatalFamilyPhoto to his friend.˛* The manga of ''Manga/BlackCat'' has an accountant for the mafia show off a picture of his family to Train and Sven. Being, well, a runaway from the mafia, he gets killed by an assassin shortly after.˛* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': While he doesn't have a photo to show off, Tomoe's fiance Akira begins talking to his comrades about how the two of them were childhood sweethearts and that he was going to marry her once the war was over (a war he got himself involved in in order to impress her [[spoiler: though she actually liked him the way he was [[SugarAndIceGirl but could never properly show her affection]] ]]).... right when Battousai shows up. Later on, the events that took place would turn into a [[spoiler: PersonalEffectsReveal for Kenshin aka the aforementioned Battousai, since he overheard Akira saying Tomoe's name - who would end up marrying Kenshin and later die for him - right before he killed him, though he never thought anything of it at the time. He'd only realise who he was and how important Akira was to Tomoe ''much'' later.]]˛* Happen in early episode of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', a professor is killed after he shows Takaya/D-Boy his families photo before his HeroicSacrifice. While D-Boy's anger against the military because of said events is normal for well... Normal person, it feels REALLY out of character if we considers how D-Boy acts up to this point, and the fact that his rage is against the millitary member. [[spoiler:That is until you see what happens to D-Boy's later on the series.]]˛* Averted in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}: The New Generation'' (aka ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'') and ''[[WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles The Shadow Chronicles]]'', where [[DubNameChange Scott]]/Stick and Marcus carry the locket showing Marlene around - [[spoiler: and survive, often just as one of a few in their group]].˛* In ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'', a picture of Gaara and his siblings falls off the bedside table, and the crack in the frame is mostly over Gaara. This is a {{Foreshadowing}} that something ''very'' bad is about to happen to him. [[spoiler: He [[BackFromTheDead gets better, though.]]]]˛* Subverted in the first film of ''Anime/GhostInTheShell''. An average joe garbageman has been brain-hacked into helping the villain attack a politician, and tries to show a picture of his estranged kid to his partner. Not only is he captured alive, but learns that due to the brain-hack, his family doesn't exist. The picture was of himself.˛* In the backstory of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', this happened many years ago to [[spoiler: Superintendent Matsumoto's partner and best friend, Morimura. He was about to marry and once he showed Matsumoto a picture of his sweetheart... and few later he was fatally hit by a SerialKiller's car, bleeding to death in Matsumoto's arms.]] The trope [[DiscussedTrope is sort-of discussed as well]], since [[spoiler: Matsumoto]] and other policemen talk about how, whenever a member of the police talks openly about his/her beloved or make them a promise, they tend to become more reckless and often end up injured or dead. [[spoiler: Which almost happens to Takagi at the end of the case: trying to impress his girlfriend Sato, he ultimately gets involved in an AloneWithThePsycho situation that almost kills him.]]˛* Jessie's mother in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' carried around a photo of her daughter. When she went looking for Mew in the Andes mountains and ended up lost in a blizzard. Prior to that she showed Mew the picture of her daughter in hopes it would let her capture it. [[spoiler:Of course Miyamoto [[DisneyDeath didn't die]], though no one else knows that.]]˛* In [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Stars]], when Mamoru is on a flight to America, he looks back at the photo of him with Usagi and Chibiusa [[spoiler:before Galaxia attacks and kills him. [[DisneyDeath He is revived at the final episode, however]].]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* In the original ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comics during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, Snake-eyes was always carrying around a picture of his sister as a good luck charm while and ends up horribly wounded. Subverted when he lives, even though the picture is damaged. Inverted when he gets back to The States he learns that his family died in an auto accident. To further twist the knife, the other passenger in crash was the brother of a used-car salesman, who became so embittered over the accident that he started a scheme for revenge that ultimately led to [[spoiler:him forming Cobra and becoming Cobra Commander]].˛* Played straight in the first issue of IDW's ''ComicBook/TheTransformersAllHailMegatron''. A pilot who goes into battle against the Decepticons has a picture of his girlfriend taped inside his cockpit. He doesn't last long.˛* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' an agent shows Johann Kraus a video of her son getting baptized on her camera. Later, while the agent is taking photos of the cabin her team is staying in to show to her son, her team is ambushed by a were-jaguar and she has to blow it up with a grenade to save everyone, using herself as bait so the were-jaguar will attack her.˛* ''ComicBook/{{Family}}'': A seasoned cop instructs a rookie before a police raid on a mafia warehouse. We see a picture of his family right before they go in, so obviously he's killed when the place is blown up.˛* The cover for the final issue of ''ComicBook/TheVision2015'' shows a family album with a photo of the titular hero and his family. The Vision and his daughter Viv survive, but his wife Virginia kills herself, and Vin has by that point already been killed in an accident.˛* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': Captain America checked his photo of Gail before jumping to destroy the nazi complex. By the end of the adventure he fell into the ocean, and seemed to die. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* In ''[[ Harry Potter and the Curse's Cure]]'' Hermione's ex-military uncle mentions to Remus that he once slit the throat of a terrorist camp sentry while the latter was busy looking at a picture of his wife and three kids.˛* ''Fanfic/AKingdomDivided'' subverts this trope; [[RedShirt a soldier]] points out to Vinyl Scratch that people who show around pictures of their families don't often make it home, and [[spoiler:is killed in the group's first battle, while Vinyl survives]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Film]]˛* Played utterly straight in ''[[Film/{{Taegukgi}} Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War]]'', in which a Korean soldier shows his comrades a picture and promptly bites it in the battle of Pyongyang.˛* In the beginning of ''Film/{{Shooter}}'' Swagger's spotter shows off a picture of his wife and has a chat with the main character about her. He is dead within four and half minutes. [[spoiler:However, the wife in question is a ChekhovsGunman; she turns out to be the only person Swagger can go to for help.]]˛* A variant in ''Film/TestPilot''. Benson the test pilot's wife and children actually show up to watch him fly in a speed trial competition. Naturally, Benson crashes and dies.˛* ''Film/TheCore'': [[spoiler:Sergei]] shows those damn photos so often that anyone with half a brain can see that he won't make it out alive.˛* ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'': Then again, the victim's photos were the only distinguishing thing about his character (most of the other characters weren't so lucky).˛* ''Film/{{The Turning Point|1945}}'': Inverted. General Murvayov shows his wife, whom he hasn't seen in a while, a picture of Murvayov and their daughter. Inverted because it's the wife that gets killed immediately afterwards, not Murvayov.˛* Averted in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''. Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise look through family photos aboard the crippled spacecraft, but the crew survives the journey home.˛* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' has Mike Durant showing others a photo of his family. Long after the Black Hawk he was piloting crashes, he's surrounded by Somalians and his photo is lost in the crowd. [[spoiler:He survives the entire conflict as a hostage, and is eventually released afterward.]]˛** Also, [[spoiler:Shughart]] is shown making a call to his wife before the mission, [[spoiler:Lorenzo]] is holding his "death letter", and [[spoiler:Wex]] is seen drawing a picture for his daughter. All three die, though given that this was based on real events they were DoomedByCanon.˛* Films about pilots in wartime will usually have one guy with a photo of his sweetheart tucked into his instrument panel. As often as this happens, you'd think aircraft designers would include a picture frame just next to the altimeter.˛** Leads to a death in the film ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'', in what is perhaps the most literal example of this trope in action, where an Israeli pilot's picture of his wife and kids falls off his plane's control panel, his brief distraction of quickly picking the photo back up and placing it into it's original place is long enough that he doesn't notice the surface to air missile that's flying towards him until it's too late. In the DVDCommentary, Creator/TomClancy himself states that this is the reason why various Air Forces do not allow pilots to bring up family photos.˛** In ''Film/RedTails'', we actually get to see/get to know the girl in the photo. She's an Italian girl dating one of the African-American plane jockeys, and they actually get engaged just before he plays chicken with a German fighter ace, ending in a MutualKill. Putting a person behind the face kind of takes this trope to the next level.˛** ''Film/IndependenceDay''. As Russell Casse is flying underneath the invader's ship, he looks at a picture of his three children in the cockpit just before he performs a HeroicSacrifice by flying his jet into the ship's primary weapon and destroying it.˛** Subverted in ''Film/TopGun''. In the opening sequence, Cougar has a photo of his wife and newborn son in his cockpit, and the sequence does make it look like he'll crash, until [[MilitaryMaverick Maverick]] guides his plane down. Cougar then resigns his commission for fear of widowing his wife and orphaning his son.˛* Parodied and lampshaded in ''Film/HotShots!'' One of the pilots shows everyone pictures of his perfect family, and his beautiful, perky wife even shows up at the base to tell him how things are going with the house they just bought. He also puts off putting the single last signature needed onto the insurance on his life until after this flight, and takes some crucial evidence to the JFK assassination and a winning lottery ticket along with him. He also walks under a ladder, has a black cat cross his path, and accidentally breaks his wife's mirror. His call sign? Dead Meat.˛* One of the cops at the beginning of ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' remake is talking to his colleague about his daughters and their pictures are shown. Is done in such a hammy way it hurts.˛* It happens in the ending of ''Film/TheHitcher'' remake; one of the cops on the cop bus that's carrying [[AxCrazy John Ryder]] takes out a photo of his daughter.˛* Doubly-subverted by Grig in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', when he shows the hero a picture-cube of his family. Grig ultimately survives, and since he has twelve thousand offspring, the cube starts flashing rapid-fire/near-subliminal images of every last one of them.˛* During the Joe Don Baker film ''Film/FinalJustice'' (as presented on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''), Joe Don Baker's Texas lawman is looking at family photos with his partner, ''ten seconds'' before the partner is gunned down:˛-->'''Joe Don Baker''': Travis is a cute kid. Yer a lucky man, Bob.\˛'''Crow''': Uh oh.˛** The ''{{Podcast/Rifftrax}}'' version takes it even further:˛--->'''Bill:''' ''(As Geronimo's partner is shot)'' That'll teach you to be a cop who loves his family!\˛'''Mike:''' "The bullet-proof vest my kids crocheted for me did nothing!" ˛** Another [=MST3K=] example is ''Lost Continent'''. Once the nerdy glasses guy shows off the picture of his family, you know he's a goner.˛* Used as foreboding in ''Film/DeepImpact''. When Jenny's estranged father returns and gives her several family photos, it begins a series of events where Jenny gives up the chance to escape the mega-tsunami created by the smaller half of the comet and spends her last moments with her father.˛** Spurgeon Tanner places a photograph of his sons and late wife on the console of the ''Messiah'' during the initial mission to land on the comet and place explosives to break it up. At the end of the movie he looks at the picture again when the crew [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice themselves]] by blowing up the ship inside the comet.˛* Subverted in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', at least partially. Jorge Figuerosa talks about going back to his mother's house and eating alligator stew, while Captain Lennox actually talks ''to'' his wife via webcam and sees his baby. Neither of them die in the movie (although Fig was supposed to die, the scene was cut).˛* We see a brief shot of Dryden's picture of his wife and kids on a table when Film/JamesBond kills him in the opening of ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''.˛* Another posthumous version in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' when Bond opens the locket worn by a dead British agent. Of course the wife and child shown could just be part of the man's cover identity, as the locket is being used to smuggle a [[MacGuffin microchip]], but this trope is implied.˛* [[spoiler: Nikolai]] from ''Film/{{Predators}}'' shows a photo of his two children and becomes the next to die. [[spoiler: Edwin steals the photo and uses it to gain sympathy from Royce and Isabel. He too dies shortly afterwards.]]˛* In Anthony Mann's ''Men in war'', American soldiers find the family photo on the corpse of a North Korean.˛* Boris's snapshot of Veronika in ''Film/TheCranesAreFlying'', which comes out just before his fatal mission—although he didn't mean to show it, it fell out when he was taking his papers out of his greatcoat.˛* Played straight ''and'' subverted in ''Film/DasBoot''. Lieutenant Werner looks at family photos from Cadet Ullman, Navigator Kriechbaum and the Chief Engineer. At the end, [[spoiler: Ullman gets killed in an air raid, Kriechbaum gets wounded and is rushed into an ambulance that leaves just before the air raid, and the Chief survives.]]˛* ''Film/{{Hostel}}'': Oli makes the mistake of showing off pictures of his daughter, and to an Elite Hunting ''customer'', no less. Given that this is ''Hostel'', keeping the photo hidden probably wouldn't have helped.˛* Agent Fielding pulls one out in ''Film/{{Timecop}}''.˛* In ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', it is not a photograph but a [[spoiler: tape recording of the family back home. And the character is dead before it finishes playing back.]]˛* Played with and subverted in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Steve has a picture of Peggy in his compass. [[spoiler: He specifically takes it out before Red Skull's plane crashes and it's the last thing he looks at. Steve survives and wakes up seventy years in the future all right.]] Furthermore, as we discover in Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier, [[spoiler:Peggy is alive, only she appearently suffers from Alzheimer's disease.]]˛* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' has an interesting variation in that technically it was [[spoiler: a letter that Caparzo reveals after getting shot by an enemy sniper. Said letter gets taken by TheMedic, Irwin Wade, with the presumed intention of mailing it after the mission. Wade dies about half-way through the film, and the letter is taken by Captain Miller, who gets shot during the final battle]]. It is even cleverly lampshaded when [[spoiler: Reiben is seen removing the letter from Miller's coat as he is dying, with an extremely uneasy look on his face]].˛* In Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' one of the fresh replacements immediately and actively shows off pictures of ''two'' girlfriends he's got back home. [[spoiler: He doesn't even survive the first night out in the jungle.]] ˛* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': The Baroness makes Duke promise that he'll take care of brother and not let him get hurt. He is of course killed, and is her StartOfDarkness. [[spoiler: Subverted, he didn't actually die]].˛* ''Film/KingRalph'' turns this trope inside out in the opening sequence. The British Royal Family (out to a very extended degree) poses for a group photo and are all killed in a freak accident, setting up the title character as the next King.˛* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' after the [[spoiler: third astronaut on the spacewalk besides Stone and Kowalsky dies]], we see [[spoiler: a photo of his wife and son floating alongside his body. That also shows us what his face looked like, as there's a large hole punched through it.]]˛* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', [[spoiler:Joe Brody dies roughly 20 minutes after finding an intact photo of his family in their old house. Subverted with Ford, who brings out a photo of his wife and son and has a close call soon after, but ultimately lives to the end.]]˛* Gets parodied towards the end of ''Film/BlackDynamite''. While walking through enemy headquarters, somebody suddenly pulls out a family photo and shows everybody. He almost immediately gets killed, followed by Black Dynamite saying "[[LampshadeHanging Who saw that coming?]]"˛* [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted]] in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', where Hawkeye's wife and kids existence is revealed and his character arc in the film is him trying to deal with living the life of a secret agent while also trying to enjoy his civilian life. Later in the film, when saving a kid from a rain of bullets, [[spoiler:Quicksilver bites the dust saving them]].˛** [[spoiler:Double subverted [[FridgeBrilliance depending on interpretation]], as Quicksilver earlier stated he has "a little picture" of him losing his parents that he looks at every day.]]˛* Played straight in ''Film/HaloNightfall''. Ramos constantly pulls out video clips of his kids, even while being hunted by electricity seeking, carnivorous worms. He is eaten by the Lekgolo with the freighter in sight.˛* ''Film/TheFugitive'': As Helen Kimble's life slips away, among the objects scattered on the floor around her is a picture of her and Richard, obviously taken during happier times (and driving home just how tragic her murder is).˛* Downplayed in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay'', with Finnick showing "the mad girl he left behind" Annie's photo in the middle of ''Part 1'', and [[spoiler:being finished off by mutts in Capitol sewers towards the end of ''Part 2'', quite a long time after reunification with her]].˛* ''Film/JasonBourne'' calls up a former CIA operative and asks for a meeting. When the camera does a quick pan over the family photos on the man's desk, it's no surprise that he doesn't survive the encounter.˛* ''Film/KongSkullIsland'' gives us not one but ''two'' examples. Major Chapman spends much of his time composing a mental letter to his young son, Billy. Hank Marlowe has the more traditional version, carrying around a photo of his wife, who he hasn't seen in years, and a son that he's never met. [[spoiler: [[MauveShirt Chapman dies.]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding Marlowe does not.]]]]˛* In ''Film/FinalJustice'', the Sheriff is showing Geronimo photos of his wife and son as they step out of the station. He is immediately gunned down by the hitmen attempting to steal a vehicle from the parking lot.˛* ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''. A passenger on an airliner flying over the ocean tells the stewardess he's getting married in two days. [[SarcasmMode Surely he could have foreseen]] that a giant {{Megalodon}} shark would leap 30,000 feet into the air to take a bite out of the plane.˛* ''Film/Trench11'': [[spoiler: Meuller]] looks at pictures of his wife and daughter before setting off the bomb he is sitting next to.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'':˛** In a variation, after Paul kills a French soldier he finds pictures of his wife and daughter.˛** The uncle of the schoolmate of Paul give his boots to his nephew when he enlist, needless to say, he die and then one another take the boots... and die too...and so on.˛* Referenced in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Literature/{{Jingo}}'', where a young soldier who has been killed is remarked to have shown his sergeant a picture of his girlfriend the night previous.˛* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse novels, some of the military personnel are shown to have families back home, but are still just as expendable in the novels as they are in the games. For example, according to ''Literature/HaloTheFlood'', the first casualty you witness in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' dies while clutching a picture of his family.˛* ''Literature/HarryPotter.'' [[spoiler: Lupin]] shows a picture of his newborn son, not too long before getting killed.˛* In ''Laura and the Silver Wolf'', the father of an IllGirl Laura brings her their photo from earlier days. [[spoiler: This is the [[TearJerker last time she is awake]] in the real world.]]˛* In ''Literature/TheNakedAndTheDead'', SociopathicSoldier Croft captures a Japanese man. Croft first treats him so nicely, that he ends up showing him a picture of his family. Croft then shoots him in the head.˛* [[spoiler: Beckendorf]] from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Before moving out on their mission to [[spoiler: blow up the ''Princess Andromeda'', Beckendorf]] pulls out a picture of his girlfriend, [[spoiler:Silena]]. A mere fifteen pages later, he is dead. The worst part? [[spoiler:''Silena was a spy'', and because of the spy, the mission was expected, which led directly to him getting killed.]]˛* Inverted in ''Literature/TheThingsTheyCarried''. In one section, Tim O'Brien is showing Kiowa a picture of his girlfriend when an attack on the camp begins. O'Brien survives, but Kiowa doesn't.˛* Averted in Creator/AEVanVogt's short story "Vault of the Beast". Parelli has just received a radiogram advising him that his wife had a baby boy. Then a monster attacks, but Parelli survives.˛* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':˛** Played with in Creator/DanAbnett's ''[[Literature/GauntsGhosts Straight Silver]]''. [[spoiler:Gutes]] laments that he has no photographs of his dead daughter and granddaughter; they had intended to send him some after, but then Chaos destroyed their planet. Then he dies.˛** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''[[Literature/{{Ultramarines}} Warriors of Ultramar]]'', a Guardsman has just such a photo. [[spoiler:He survives the battle, and Uriel tracks him down in the hospital and is shown it. And then he survives the war and tracks down Uriel in the hospital, and Uriel is [[GreenEyedMonster envious]] of him, having a family to go to.]]˛* A non-fiction example shows up in Lynsey Addario's memoir ''What I Do: a Photographer's Life of Love & War'': one of the soldiers at the Afghan base where she was stationed for sometime is killed after spending lots of time telling her that he was going to propose to his girlfriend when he got back home. ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live Action TV]]˛* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Played straight several times, but subverted in season 7. Jack & Tony go to a dock to intercept a weapons shipment, where we see a security guard working the night shift and getting off the phone with his wife, who is pregnant with twins. Jack & Tony inform him of the dangerous shipment and convince him to go undercover for them. After the guard leaves the room, Jack feels bad for him and Tony tells Jack that "we both knew he was dead as soon as he walked out that door." But Jack defies tradition and saves the guard's life when he's about to get killed for "knowing too much", even though it jeopardizes the mission.˛* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'': Generally when a team talks about how much they miss their family back at home, especially early in the race, you can expect them to get eliminated that episode.˛* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Given a twist. After Jasmine's spell over LA is broken, Connor talks a depressed cop out of killing himself. He then takes out a picture of his wife and daughter which sends Connor (who has some issues with his parents) into a rage.˛--> '''Connor:''' That's your family. That's your family, and you were just gonna leave them like that? How were they gonna feel if you didn't come back?\˛'''Cop:''' I don't know.\˛'''Connor:''' ''You don't know?''˛* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Captain Jack insists on showing off a picture of his daughter to a heavily disinterested [[TheMedic Doctor Franklin]] and [[BadassLongcoat Marcus Cole]]. [[spoiler: Turns out to be a tragic subversion. Captain Jack was acting under the influence of an [[PuppeteerParasite alien parasite]] that was trying to get him to root out the Mars Resistance hideout so they could be wiped out by [=EarthForce=]. He [[HeroicSacrifice committed suicide]] before this could happen and the picture of his daughter had her contact information on it so the heroes could tell her what happened.]]˛* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': In the opening of this re-imagining, on the space station that had been set up to allow for human-Cylon communication there sits a representative of the human race, who has sat there every day in case the Cylons show up wanting to talk. You know he's done for the second you see the framed photograph of his wife and kid.˛* ''Series/BurnNotice'': A variant: [[spoiler:Victor]] directs the heroes to a picture of his ''dead'' family, serving to humanize him - in the very same episode in which he's fatally shot.˛* ''Series/ColdCase'':˛** In one episode, as the victim of the week is pushed to the floor by her soon-to-be killer, the [[RapeDiscretionShot camera pans away]] to a picture of her and her parents stuck to the refrigerator door. What makes this especially wrenching is that the girl's mother had walked out the family recently and she and her father had moved to a new town for a fresh start. The picture is the last one taken of them as a happy family. FridgeHorror kicks in full force when you realize that the father will now have to contend with the loss of his wife and daughter within one year.˛** In another, as a woman leaves her husband and friend to die in an explosion (she's rigged a bomb to go off at a certain time), the camera closes in on a picture of them and several of their college friends.˛* ''Series/DoctorWho'':˛** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]: The moment LaResistance member Mrs. Moore tells the Doctor her real name and mentions her family, she's doomed. She isn't killed by the Cybermen in storage they're passing by at the time, but in another encounter several minutes later.˛** Played straight, zig-zagged, and averted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]]. Three members of the Martian base's team are seen watching video mail from their families. [[spoiler:One falls victim to the monster, one voluntarily accepts their fate to avoid disrupting history, and one survives.]]˛** In [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]], a Lancaster pilot apologizes to a photo of his wife just before crashing into the sea. The Eleventh Doctor owes the widow a favour and decides to help. Things get out of hand and eventually [[spoiler:the widow has to enter the Time Vortex to save her children, an alien race, and as it turns out, her husband too.]]˛** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E1TheWomanWhoFellToEarth "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"]]: A security guard who has just gotten off a video call with his granddaughter is killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek.˛** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam "Kerblam!"]]: Dan Cooper shows Yaz a necklace his daughter gave him as a gift, and tells her about his daughter, shortly before he is abducted and killed.˛* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': William shows his [[GenreBlind Genre Blindness]] when he asks Daisy for a picture of her to take with him [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to the trenches]]. [[spoiler: When he gets back, he's fatally wounded.]]˛* ''Series/GenerationKill'': Mocked. Evan Wright shows off his girl back home picture, and the Marines tease him about it. But it's the picture that suffers the most, as they steal it and use it for "recreation" for the entire tour.˛* ''Series/TheGoodies'': Parodied and lampshaded in one episode. When one Nazi sentry starts showing his partner a photo of his girlfriend in Dusseldorf, the other starts telling him to put it away and ends up screaming at the top of the lungs to the British commandos he is certain are about to leap and murder them that he is not with this guy.˛* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'': AvertedTrope with Major Beck. His family is mentioned soon after his first appearance but the photo he keeps on the inside of his helmet isn't shown until the final episode. Instead of being killed, he finally completes his HeelFaceTurn. (Also a potential inversion, as it's very likely his family has already been killed.)˛* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': After DS Matt Devlin is shot and killed, as his despondent partner roams about his now-deserted apartment, he comes across a picture of Matt and his sister.˛* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Early in "The Candidate", Jin is talking to Sun about having finally seen their daughter in a photo. Neither survives the end of the episode...˛* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:˛** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': ˛*** After Wilson Fisk kills Ben Urich, he steps on a photograph of Ben and his wife that got knocked off a desk during the struggle, reminding us that Ben's Alzheimer's afflicted wife is going to be very lonely. ˛*** While searching Frank Castle's house, Karen finds a number of photos of Frank with his family. One that gets her attention is one of the whole family posing at the carousel where they were killed and Frank critically wounded in the crossfire of the gang shootout orchestrated by William Rawlins to get rid of Frank. Karen pockets the photo in her purse when she's forced to flee due to a group of Billy Russo's men arriving outside the house, thinking Frank is there. She later gives the photograph to Frank when she, Matt and Foggy visit him at the hospital.˛*** In season 3, we see Karen keeps a photograph of her family from her teenage years in Fagan Corners. Her mother had passed away from cancer, and a few years after that, Karen killed her brother Kevin in a car accident.˛** ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Jessica learns in season 2 that her mother, who she thought had been dead for seventeen years, is actually alive and well and now has super strength. Her mom has kept a photograph of Jessica and her brother Phillip on the beach by Playland, where they went regularly in the summer, and where Jessica and Trish had buried Will Simpson a few episodes earlier.˛** ''Series/LukeCage2016'': When Rafael Scarfe goes missing (having been shot by Cottonmouth and now bleeding out in a chair at Pop's Barbershop), Misty Knight and her lieutenant search his apartment. At one point, she finds a photograph of Scarfe posing with his late son Earl, who died some years ago when Scarfe accidentally forgot to lock up his gun. Scarfe dies at the end of the episode.˛** ''Series/IronFist2017'': Lawrence Wilkins is a member of the Rand Enterprises board of directors. After ousting Joy and Ward Meachum, Harold decides to strike back by confronting Lawrence in his office. Harold briefly picks up the photo of Lawrence's son on his desk before shooting him in the head and staging his death to look like a suicide.˛** ''Series/ThePunisher2017'':˛*** In the opening episode, Frank has a photo of his wife and kids on the dashboard of the van he uses to run down two Dogs of Hell bikers on an Alabama backroad. He also looks at it every night before he goes to bed.˛*** Even a year after David faked his own death to protect his family, we see that Sarah still keeps pictures around the house of him with her and their kids up.˛*** [[BrokenBird Karen Page]] never discusses in this show how her boyfriend died in the climax of ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', even though it's pretty obvious that she's still in great pain over losing Matt. Besides Karen's general sadness, she has a [[ShrineToTheFallen a small shrine to Matt]]: [[ a photograph of herself celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Matt and Foggy at Josie's]] [[ on a table in her apartment]], backlit by a lamp to draw even more attention to it, and positioned so she'll have to look at it whenever she watches TV. ˛* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': ZigZagged, where finding a picture of a dying soldier's family back home makes BJ want to take extrodinary measures to save him, if only for 24 hours, so his kids "won't think of Christmas as 'the day Daddy died.'"˛* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', when Earl finds out that Joy has been cheating on him with Darnell, he angrily knocks over their wedding picture, and the frame smashes up, thus symbolizing the "death" of their (rather dysfunctional from the start) marriage.[[spoiler: It's a much slower death than Earl intended, because his father talks him into staying with Joy and the kids for their sakes. Doesn't stop [[{{Jerkass}} Joy]] from continuing her illicit relationship with Darnell and divorcing Earl while he's hospitalized, though.]]˛* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In Afghanistan, John Reese stumbled upon a group of dead Rangers and Taliban, all of whom had pictures of loved ones. He decided he'd be good at his job if [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies he didn't have a loved one to hold onto]]. Yet in the same episode he mentions this, John shows a picture of his former LoveInterest to a colleague. [[spoiler:This sets up TheReveal that this is a FeverDreamEpisode and John is actually dying of blood loss and hypothermia after being shot.]]˛* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Maggie would've been fine if she had just ditched her cell phone containing a picture of her children. As it is, she dies in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs episode 4]].˛* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': AvertedTrope. Lieutenant West carries a picture of his girlfriend on his dogtag chain and lives through the entire series. His quest to find her and rescue her after her colony is attacked by the Chigs in the series pilot is his primary character arc on the show.˛* ''Series/StargateSG1'': {{Subverted|Trope}} in "Heroes, Part 1". One of the members of SG-13 passes round an ultrasound picture of his unborn child. He then goes on to be the first one to get shot, [[spoiler:but he's not the one that dies...]]˛* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': AvertedTrope in Change of Heart. The episode shows Jadzia and Worf's wedding picture before they go on a mission and Jadzia gets shot. The episode also averts IfWeGetThroughThis and IWillOnlySlowYouDown. ˛* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':˛** In season five, it's only right after a meaningful "family photo" is taken that [[spoiler:Jo and Ellen both die.]]˛** InvokedTrope in that Hunters take group photos just before going out on a big hunt.˛* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'': Invoked/lampshaded in one sketch, when they decide they need to [[TonightSomeoneDies kill someone off]] to [[DramaBombFinale boost their ratings]]. Who should turn up but a minor player mooning over his lovely girlfriend's Facebook page..?˛* ''Series/TheWestWing'': In the second episode, an Army doctor giving President Bartlet a checkup tells him all about his wife and their newborn baby, shows him a picture, and says he's leaving them for a while to work in a teaching hospital in Jordan. We had to get to like him in a hurry, because the episode ends with the news that his plane was shot down over Syria, and the entire next episode ([[AuthorCatchphrase "A Proportional Response"]]) is spent convincing Bartlet not to go [[IncrediblyLamePun ballistic]] and bomb the shit out them in retaliation. (This is all possibly lampshaded when Leo is talking about how he knows Bartlet liked the guy, and Bartlet responds that he did, but he barely knew him, it's not like it was his son.)˛** In the 4th season, when Bartlet is told that his youngest daughter has been kidnapped (which leads him to temporarily step down as president), he has a photo of her as a child in his hands, which he promptly drops. Partially justified in that she had just graduated from college, and Bartlet was reminiscing with some of the parents of Zoey's classmates. This is also an aversion because Zoey does ultimately survive.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music]]˛* ''White Squall'', by Stan Rogers, features a rookie sailor on the great lakes not quite cautious enough of the dangers of the eponymous meterological phenomenon. He's eager, enthusiastic, cheerful, first to sing, ... and only too happy to show around the picture of his wife, whom he married in the spring; so:˛--> Tonight some red-eyed Wiarton girl lies staring at the wall,\˛[[TearJerker And her lover's gone into a white squall]].˛* This ( music video is about three friends who go to war. One of them looks at a picture of the three of them together and reminisces about their times at their village. [[spoiler: In a subversion, he does in fact survive (though is left crippled) , but one of his friend in the picture does not ]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:New Media]]˛* A DiscussedTrope in the ''Battlefield: Bad Company'' blog by Sweetwater (We're dead, 6/16/2008), calling [[SouthernFriedPrivate Haggard]] and Bobby Sanford stupid for discussing home, and for Sanford showing a photo of his wife and daughter, calling that particular action 'like signing your own death warrant!'. AsYouKnow, his proof for it is war movies. Also played straight as the Sanford guy does die (apparently, by a tank while trying to defecate).˛* There was something similar to this in a web game that used to be on Music/MyChemicalRomance's website during ''The Black Parade'' era, only the trope is averted if you shot down enough enemies.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':˛** Ser Jory of Redcliffe. He mentions his pregnant wife back home. Bad move, Ser Jory. The trope is played straight when Duncan kills Jory as the latter tries to back out of the Joining ritual. This is an interesting version of the trope because the only reason Jory died was because he got stupid and pulled a sword on Duncan during the Joining ritual. He'd have had better odds of living (at least for the next hour) if he'd just gone through with the Joining.˛** At least Duncan [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes as he disembowels him]].˛* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'':˛** Inverted in ''Gears of War 2'', where Dominic shows everyone a picture of Maria, his wife who had gone missing in the war. It turns out that [[spoiler: She was captured by the Locusts, put into a Work Camp and gets a FateWorseThanDeath. So Dom has to kill her.]]˛** The first ''Gears of War'' plays it straight with Rojas. The first mention of him is when you see an unidentified corpse from a bridge, and one of your squadmates says something along the lines of 'I hope that's not Rojas. His little boy turned two last week". The corpse you saw WASN'T Rojas, but you do find his mutilated body later.˛* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'' has Patrick "PJ" James, who was the ButtMonkey of the Crow Team of fighter pilots due to his girlfriend back at the air base. Nevertheless, both as Crow 3 and as Galm 2, he's perfectly fine. Well, until after successfully destroying [[spoiler:the WMD controllers inside the Avalon Dam]], he announces to you that he's going to propose to her when he gets back...˛** Defied hard in ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' with [[spoiler:Jaeger]], the fatherly pilot who is constantly telling all the other pilots, "I can't wait to get back home and tell my son about this mission!" Despite metaphorically mooning the fates with such words, he indeed survives the campaign and gets to go home and tell his son all about it.˛* In the introduction sequence of ''VideoGame/XenoGears'' we see the Captain open up and look at a photo locket before he sets off the SelfDestructMechanism. As the scene plays out the camera focus pulls back to show us that it's a photo of his (presumed) wife and child. On a second play through of the game you [[spoiler:realise that they bear a remarkable resemblance to some of the characters in the game that follows]].˛* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'':˛** Barry Burton is a nut for his family and keeps a photo of them in his pocket. Later in the game, If the player decided, Barry will be knocked off a cliff to his death, leaving the photo of his family behind. In a reverse example, in Jill Valentine's ending (if Barry survives, and if the player dosen't rescue Chris Redfield) Barry will show the same picture to Jill and talk a bit about his family˛** In the original, if you do things wrong while playing as Jill, Barry will be fatally mauled by a monster and give you his family picture before dying.˛* Defied in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': there's a mission where the characters are ambushed by the Feds and have to run. You're riding with the guy who was supposed to watch for them, who says it's because he was distracted thinking about his wife, who he just got married to. He offers to show Niko a picture [[TooDumbToLive in the middle of the chase]]. Niko's response: "I don't want to see a fucking picture!" He actually ''can'' die, but you have to shoot him yourself to make it happen.˛* Done more than once in the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' franchise:˛** In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2'', Snake and Natasha/[[{{Retcon}} Gustava]] take cover in a sewer and she tells him about her mother and ex-fiance. As soon as she leaves the sewer, she gets blown up.˛** In the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' radio drama, Snake teams up with an original character named Allen Iishiba to save Meryl after she and a crew of UN Peacekeepers crash lands on a hostile territory. While resting, Allen talks about his childhood girlfriend waiting for him at home. Needless to say, Allen doesn't get to see his girlfriend again.˛** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Sokolov shows Snake a picture of his wife and daughter. He gets tortured to death in the very next cutscene. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' reveals that he survived using a fake death pill.]]˛** Also in ''[=MGS3=]'', [[RecurringCharacter Johnny Sasaki]]'s grandfather shows Snake a photo of his family if you trigger the cutscene. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential If you feel like being a complete asshole]], you're free to kill him as soon as you escape afterwards. [[VideoGameCaringPotential Otherwise]], feel free to subvert it.˛* One of the items you can get from the Cola Wars battlefield in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is the "picture of a dead guy's girlfriend", found in the backpack of a dying soldier.˛* ''Heroes Over Europe'' plays it straight. Since the beginning of the game, a friend of one of the main characters keeps mentioning his beloved wife. Fast forward a few missions, and he gets hit by a german plane; he refuses to bail saying he can hold the plane together. Sure enough, a few minutes later his remains are inside the flaming wreckage.˛* Inverted in ''VideoGame/MetalSlug''. Why does Allen O' Neill keep on coming back from the dead? According to the developers, it's because he's MadeOfIron... and has a wife and kid to go back home to.˛* In ''[[VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries Henry Stickmin - Infiltrating the Airship]]'', should the choice to utilize the SphereOfDestruction gets selected, the guard watching the landscape decimated looks at a picture of his wife and child before the screen FadeToWhite. ˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', The idle animation of the infantry unit will show him looking a wallet photo, hold it close to him with a warm bubbly feeling being putting the photo back in.˛** The intro movie for ''Civilization VI'' has the narrator's character appearing in various roles and conflicts throughout history, culminating in him in a WWII-era fighter plane. As enemy fire shatters his cockpit canopy, the camera pans down past a photo of his daughter, and the next scene is of said daughter in a spaceship cockpit looking at a photo of her father. [[ChronicallyKilledActor Naturally, the narrator is voiced by]] Creator/SeanBean.˛* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne3''. During the game, Max is fighting a gang in a Brazilian nightclub, when he runs into a vacationing family man and ex-cop. The ex-cop is about get out a photo of his family from his pocket to show it to Max, but he blows him off before he (and the audience) can see it, telling him that he should seek cover instead. The ex-cop proceeds to make occasional appearances throughout the whole game and makes it out alive.˛* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'', one story objective has you retrieve a scientist's photo of himself and his son. At the end of the chapter, Jack throws him and other scientists out of an airlock.˛* The last ending slide in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is of James' portrait with his child in Vault 101, whose appearance changes depending on the Lone Wanderer's race and gender.˛* In ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', one of the relics is an old photograph of a young woman that belonged to an American soldier. On the back of the picture is a message from the soldier's sweetheart promising to marry him when he returns home. Lara observes "Someone looked at this picture many times. It's been folded and unfolded repeatedly...He never returned home. This island has taken so many lives."˛* In ''VideoGame/{{Axelay}}'', the game starts with a locket of what is presumed to be a picture of you and your family, and you bring it with you. Should you fail to complete the game, the locket will be this.˛* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': In the ''Legion'' cinematic trailer, King Varian Wrynn is shown to keep a photograph of his late wife in a compass, which he stares at wistfully for a few seconds before heading off to fight the Burning Legion. When his airship crashes, the compass is lost to the sea and Varian nearly drowns... [[SubvertedTrope Only for him to get back up and keep fighting]]. Ultimately though, it's DoubleSubverted, as he really does die later on in the battle.˛* Each of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare'' games has a fatal squad photo of the main [=NPCs=]. However, each photo appears after the credits, so the characters are dead before you see it.˛** In the first one, it's a picture of Vasquez, Griggs, Gaz, and Price. [[spoiler:Price]] is the only survivor.˛** In ''2'', it's a picture of Task Force 141. While Dunn, Foley, Soap, Ghost, and [[spoiler:Price]] are all recognizable anyway, [[spoiler:only Ghost does not survive]].˛** ''3'' features a picture of the main members of Operation Kingfish, [[spoiler:Price]], Soap, Ghost, and Sandman. The first few times we see it, several faces are blacked out, but it's easy enough to identify everyone. Not only is [[spoiler:Price (once again)]] the only survivor, but [[spoiler:Ghost]] died in the previous game. ˛* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorPacificAssault'' averts this when Tommy Conlin's friend and superior Gunnery Sgt. Frank Minoso shows him a photo of [[MyGirlBackHome his girl back home]]. Not too long after, the Japanese begin assaulting their positions, but he and Conlin manage to survive the entire ordeal without a scratch.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[ this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' comic, where Nick shows a picture of his girlfriend just before being assigned "point" (traditionally the first into danger in an infantry group).˛* As well as [[ this page]] of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors''. Well, more a lampshading of a subversion, since it's a ForegoneConclusion that she survives.˛* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip, "[[ Ode to Minions]]".˛* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a version that takes most of the first story arc to kick in. [[spoiler:Tuuri who is shown to have packed a family photo early on, gets driven to suicide after she starts showing the symptoms of the disease that basically wiped out humanity and has a chance of turning her into a zombie.]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* In ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', [[spoiler: this is inverted when showing Stitches the group photo causes him to sacrifice himself to save Tom at the end.]]˛* It happens to [[spoiler:''[[BigBad Danya]]'']] of all people in V4 of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. In one scene he's shown looking at a photograph of his wife and children. [[spoiler: Moments later, he's held hostage by [[BigDamnHeroes STAR]], and then shot and killed by [[TheDogBitesBack his subordinate Dorian]]]].˛* Steff {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in chapter 495 of ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' when Mack mentions that she prefers the stories of individuals in history to the stories of big battles, in reference to the games of [[TabletopGames Stone]] [[TurnBasedStrategy Soldiers]] Steff, Ian, Shiel, and Dee are playing.˛-->So give the little people names and make sure you have one of them tell the others about his girl back home just before you move them into arbalest range,[...]˛* In ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome'', Coker -- who is already [[RetIrony anticipating being able to leave the military in a few weeks]] -- has been critically injured with multiple gunshot wounds when he shows one of these to PlotArmor-protected Bill Adama. [[spoiler:This makes his [[SubvertedTrope survival and recovery]] all the more surprising.]]˛* Parodied with a unique twist in ''WebVideo/FiveSecondFilms'''s "[[ Girl Back Home]]". The soldier pulls out the picture of his girl and is instantly shot. [[spoiler:By his girlfriend. "I told him I look fat in that picture!".]]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':˛** In "I Love Lisa" Principal Skinner lectures his students about the importance of Valentine's Day and recalls an event during the Vietnam War in which he witnesses his platoon mate, Johnny, making a Valentine for his girlfriend back home only to be machine gunned through said Valentine and his heart.˛** [=McBain=]'s [[{{Retirony}} soon-to-retire]] partner Skowie is shot soon after showing a picture of him with his wife.˛--->'''Skowie''': (lying in a pool of blood) I'm not going to make it.\˛'''[=McBain=]''': Oh, stop talking crazy!˛* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'':˛** Averted by both Brutto and T'Phai, [[spoiler: though Brutto is paralyzed and shipped home, eventually replaced by his son.]]˛** During the Klendathu campaign a scorched photo and half-written letter were found in a trench, presumably belonging to some nameless RedShirt.˛* A police officer begs ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' for his life:˛-->'''Officer''': Please! I have a house and children and pets... and a toilet and toilet-children.\˛'''Zim''': *Cuts the officer's brain out and replaces it with a squid's.*˛* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, Dumb Patrol. Taking place in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, a pilot named Captain Smedley (Porky Pig) is selected to take out enemy pilot, Baron Sam Von Schpamm (Yosemite Sam). But as Smedley is preparing for the flight, Bugs Bunny knocks him out and takes his place because "he's got a wife and six piglets."˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Real Life]]˛* Major Dale Buis is reported as "showing his new friends pictures of his three young sons" shortly before being attacked and gunned down by six [[UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Viet Cong guerrilla fighters]].˛* A Wehrmacht (German) soldier in World War II told an account of being overrun by the Russians at Stalingrad. The soldier next to him took a small picture of his significant other from his pocket, had a last look, tore it into tiny shreds and subsequently shot himself. ˛* An Austrian 2017 TV ad campaign against driving tired revolves around a man in his car who eventually veers from his lane and crashes into an oncoming vehicle. The only thing of note on his dashboard is a family photo of an attractive woman his age who's holding a smiling teenage girl in her arms. ˛* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by [=WW1=] German stormtrooper Ernst Junger. During the Spring Offensive, he was engaged in close combat with a British officer and was about to kill him when the officer produced a picture of his family to look at one last time before he died. Shocked, Junger spared him.˛[[/folder]]˛˛----


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