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Death Personified portrayed as conventionally "cool" and "hip".

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Proposed By:
InformalFallacies on Feb 10th 2017 at 4:59:40 PM
Last Edited By:
InformalFallacies on Oct 8th 2017 at 9:51:51 AM
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So I looked and here came a pale board! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and good times followed right behind.

Bill: And now our bass player. The duke of spook, the doc of shock, the man with no tan, please say hello to death himself: The Grim Reaper!
Death: You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper!

In the great battle between Heaven and Hell, Good and Evil, God and Satan, there has been an established set of lines drawn in the sand. You With Us or Against Us. But there is one man/woman/Mysterious Stranger who ain't gonna discriminate and follow your rules, old man! When his hourglass says your time is up, you best not try and dour his grill, yo! Whether you are a saint or sinner, The Man or a true-blue freedom fighter, he'll come grinding on hand-rails, keying cars and harvesting souls!

Death Rides A Skateboard portrays the personification of Death as the original Rule of Cool. Played straight and Death will be a thundering and wise being that takes names, kick ass and chews bubblegum. Played for Laughs and the reaper might be portrayed with Stock Cool characteristics, like literally riding a skateboard, speaking Totally Radical lingo and researching what the kids are into these days.

Compare with Don't Fear the Reaper, Everybody Hates Hades and Jesus Was Way Cool.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Lord Death/Shinigami-Sama from Soul Eater is portrayed as very popular and respected by mankind and the members of Shibusen/Death Weapon Meister Academy (in spite of his goofy appearance and demeanor). His son, Death the Kid, is a conventionally handsome teenage boy that rides a flying skateboard with fighting skills that outmatched a tag-team battle against Black Star and Soul Eater.

    Comic Books 
  • Death of the Endless The Sandman is portrayed as a cute and cool Perky Goth that visits people who are close to the end of their days. She is portrayed as the Cool Big Sis to Dream and Destruction (since she is their big sister), giving them sage advice, putting her younger siblings and other entities in their place should they cross any lines and relates to mortals the most out of all of them. She would become popular enough to make her an Ensemble Dark Horse and a number of Spin-Off titles.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Death in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, while first humiliated by Bill and Ted via Wedgie and then by repeated loses to them at various board games, becomes more emotionally invested in Bill and Ted's quest over time, his role as ally cemented when he melvins the film's antagonist and becomes a permanent member of Wild Stallions.

    Video Games 
  • Death of the Four Horsemen from Darksiders II is portrayed as an absurdly powerful nephilim with killing skills comparable to that of a force of nature, his name not a token of being death personified (which he isn't) but rather his reputation as The Dreaded.
  • Uncle Death from Let It Die is a mysterious character who's design is loosely based off of the traditional "The Grim Reaper" look. He wears crazy swirling glasses, rides a coffin-shaped skateboard, likes playing video games and even addresses the player as "senpai". He wields a scythe that also doubles as a golf-club which he uses to One-Hit Kill the supposed Final Boss, and would have been able to destroy the planet by hurling the moon into it but simply choses not to.
  • In Manual Samuel, Death is portrayed as an incompetent skateboarder who the narrator describes as "dressed like a douchebag for some reason." He speaks in Jive Turkey slang and is constantly trying to land a kickflip on his skateboard. He succeeds in the climax, distracting the Final Boss.

    Web Comics 
  • In Grim Tales from Down Below, Grim tells Mandy about the dawn of time when reapers roamed everywhere. He goes on to explain that his father was the Big Man on Campus among them. Women wanted him, men wanted to be him, he was powerful enough to reap the souls of gods and immortals and, eventually, was able to gather his fellow harvesters of death and rebel against the natural order and assert their dominance over the Realm of the Life-Makers.

    Western Animation 
  • The Death of Adventure Time is an affable dude into death metal music.

Feedback: 7 replies

Feb 10th 2017 at 5:14:18 PM

Video Games:

  • In Manual Samuel, Death is portrayed as an incompetent skateboarder who the narrator describes as "dressed like a douchebag for some reason." He speaks in Jive Turkey slang and is constantly trying to land a kickflip on his skateboard. He succeeds in the climax, distracting the Final Boss.

Feb 10th 2017 at 8:20:49 PM

Cominc Books:

  • One of the seven Endless from The Sandman is Death, portrayed as a cute and cool Perky Goth that visits people who are close to the end of their days. She usually dresses with black top and jeans and her popularity was enough to be an Ensemble Darkhorse and have a couple of Spin Off titles.

Feb 11th 2017 at 4:04:00 PM

The Death of Adventure Time is an affable dude into death metal music.

Oct 8th 2017 at 9:51:51 AM

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