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A variety of fanfic in which the plotline is focused around the reactions of the cast to the death of one of their number. Frequently written in the first person, as the narrator goes on (sometimes at exasperating length) about everything they regret doing/not having done and everything that ever went wrong in their relationship to the deceased. Confessions of hidden love, secret friendship and occasionally responsibility for the death are common. Almost stereotypically ends with some variation on "Goodbye (name), life will never be the same without you/I'll miss you/I'm coming to join you just as soon as I open this vein."


This is a fanfic style which lends itself, predictably, to incredible amounts of wangst at times.

Some Death Fics explicitly employ a Tomato Surprise by obscuring just who is narrating and/or who died until the very last moment. A few of these don't actually spring the surprise, instead forcing the reader to guess.

Not to be confused with a Dead Fic or Someone Has to Die.

Examples (sorted by original source media):

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     Anime and Manga 

    Film — Animation 
  • At least six fanfictions of Inside Out have Riley die. Their names are Transient, The Death of Riley, Goodbye Riley, Going Dark, Until the End and Job Well Done. All of them have Riley old and have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with a husband who died before her. The Emotions are subdued in these, and Memories play before she dies in each one.
  • Frozen:
    • By the Hands of the People is a very dark Dark Fic that revolves around both Anna and Elsa being killed in a coup.
    • Fireside Tale is an AU of the film's ending where Anna goes to Kristoff instead of Elsa. Elsa dies and Anna is crowned queen in her sister's stead. However, Anna never recovers from Elsa's death and no one ever learned how to stop the blizzard, so Arendelle was left abandoned. Now it's just a story people talk about around the fire.
    • Kingdom Of Isolation is a oneshot where Anna shatters upon being hit by Hans' sword. Elsa undergoes a Sanity Slippage and it's up to Kristoff to kill her and free Arendelle from her blizzard.

     Film — Live-Action 

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    Newspaper Comics 
  • Peanuts:
    • We're here Charlie Brown revolves around the characters dealing with the aftermath of Charlie's suicide.
    • The Last Word is a Dark Fic where Violet is dying of terminal cancer caused by her years of chain smoking. Charlie Brown is the final person to visit Violet, but she takes offense towards it because she loathes Charlie. Charlie Brown gets the last laugh because, despite Violet's bullying and insistence that he'd always be a failure, he published a best-seller about his childhood.

     Video Games 
  • Go Not Gently kills off Vivi Ornitier in the prologue. His death shapes the entire plot from there on out.
  • A fic entitled The Many Deaths of Ms. Croft takes this to its logical conclusion for Tomb Raider. The fic essentially consists of a series of oneshots in which Lara Croft dies no less than 11 times in varying, but always gruesome, ways.
  • Katawa Shoujo:
    • In Reconciliation, Hanako distances herself from Hisao and Lilly out of guilt for eight years, until she gets a phone call informing her of Hisao's death.
    • In Regrets, the main characters have various reactions to Hisao's death in the Act 1 bad ending.
  • The Kingdom Hearts fic A Dirge For You tackles the scenario of Sora dying in the final battle with Xehanort. Four chapters (P.O.Vs being Riku, Roxas, Aqua, and Sora himself in that order) of either Wangst or tear jerking sorrow. Oh, and it's stated that among the casualties are Terra, Kairi, Ventus, Vanitas, and every incarnation of Xehanort part of the True Organization.
  • Touhou
    • Gensokyo 20XX, which is this to a lesser degree, with some characters dying off left and right. Even immortals are no exception, as is obvious seeing that Eirin killed herself and succeeded.
    • Koishi Komeiji's Heart-Throbbing Adventure is this to a high degree that those that didn't die go insane, and those that do die are not given very pleasant deaths, to say the least.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • "Life Could Have Been So Different" by Taranea opens with Sonic the Hedgehog mourning the death of his best friend, Tails, while stopping Dr. Eggman from launching missiles at a city... and Sonic isn't exactly able to move on. Shadow of all people comes to provide comfort, specifically by revealing his own harsh backstory in full detail. The "Shadow comforting Sonic" premise quickly turns into a Framing Device, with the main story being primarily about Shadow's life on the ARK.
    • Frenzy is a murder/mystery that revolves around Sonic finding a Serial Killer who murdered Amy.

     Western Animation 
  • The Loud House Future Fic A Loud's Last Lap shows how the Loud family reacts when Lynn causes Lana to get into a fatal racecar accident.
  • The Darkwing Duck / DuckTales fanfic Two Worlds One Loved One is about the reactions of Scrooge and Darkwing to Launchpad's death in the line of duty.
  • Parodied (amongst other things) in the Kim Possible oneshot Not Another Death Fic. In a nutshell: The characters try to avoid turning the story into a Death turning it into a Shipping fic. Hilarity Ensues.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The fanfic Bittersweet had Pinkie Pie get diabetes, and going on one last sweet binge because she couldn't live with it. Rainbow Dash runs away because she can't deal with everything in Ponyville reminding her of Pinkie, while Rarity tries (unsuccessfully) to resurrect her.
    • The Assassination of Twilight Sparkle, where Twilight is murdered a year after her coronation, and it deals with Celestia's grief.
    • Very common in this fandom, actually, in two distinct flavors: before Twilight becomes a Winged Unicorn, there's Twilight dying and Spike (dragon with four-figure life expectancy) and/or Princess Celestia (Winged Unicorn sun goddess, immortal) dealing with it; after it, there's the now-immortal Twilight dealing with the loss of the rest of the cast in the far future. Sometimes it's reminiscing years after the character's loss, sometimes it's the last moments of Twilight (pre-alicorn-hood) or of the last of Twilight's friends (post-alicorn-hood.)
  • The Total Drama story, Legacy is all about the repercussions of a contestant's death. Said repercussions are still being felt a decade later.