When a writer or show writer want to thank someone in particular, they can dedicate their work to them. Very frequent in Literature, where it's a tradition; literary dedications usually appear at the beginning of the work. A longer page of acknowledgements usually comes at the end. Films will often have a list of special thanks near the end of the credits, often for friends and family and consultants who contributed to the film.
A specific subtrope is In Memoriam, where a movie or television episode is dedicated to someone connected to the show who recently died, usually in a notice at the end of the show.
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Don Rosa was known to hide the letters "D.U.C.K." (which stands for "Dedicated to Unca Carl from Keno", Keno being Rosa's real first name) in the first panel of his comics.
- Ultimatum: At the end of the comic it reads "Dedicated to Brian, Mark, Bill J. and Joe Q who started it all"
- The 50th chapter of Sister Floriana, All Hallows' Eve, includes one for all Christian martyrs, especially those who died in the Spanish Civil War.
- Retro Chill is dedicated to Calvin and Hobbes' creator Bill Watterson, which makes sense.
- The writer of Angel of the Bat mentioned in an author's note he removed (but promised he will talk about again later) that one of his dearest friends, his dog, passed away while he was writing the story, and dedicated the rest of it to her memory. A little investigating on his deviantArt page reveals his dog's name was Sadie, a name he subsequently gave to a character who appeared shortly after this announcement.
- The entire Elemental Chess Trilogy is dedicated to the author's best friend, who was the one who got her into Fullmetal Alchemist in the first place. There are also individual chapters dedicated to other people.
- Say It Again, the prequel to Say It Thrice, is dedicated to Lady Norbert as thanks for her work as beta reader and maintainer of the tropes page for the series.
- Peter Chimaeras Digimon Trilogy: DIGIMON 2: RETURN OF DIGIMON is dedicated to Sarah, which is also the name of the girlfriend of Digimon, the main character. It is not made clear who this Sarah is or why she deserves a dedication, but this is to be expected, given the writer.
- Hellsister Trilogy: "The Apokolips Agenda" arc, which is primarily focused on the New Gods, is dedicated to their creator Jack Kirby:
This is for JACK KIRBY. The true Source.
- Dance with the Demons is dedicated to Batman writers O'Neil and Englehart:
This one's for Denny O'Neil and Steve Englehart, who remembered the Dark, but never forgot the Knight.
- Kara of Rokyn: The last story arc is dedicated to Superman's creator Jerry Siegel.
This one's for Jerry Siegel, who created both Kal and Lyla. You won't be forgotten, either, pal.
- Superman and Man has a dedicatory to to Christopher Reeve:
And thanks to Christopher Reeve, not for making us believe a guy in a blue suit could fly... But for making us believe.
- Everybody's Gotta Leave Sometime, a Peanuts one-shot written between Charles Schultz's retirement announcement and death, is dedicated to their creator.
And, quite obviously, this one's for my favorite cartoonist of the last 40 years. So much for that.
- Fire! is dedicated to the creators who built the Marvel Universe:
For the following: Stan Lee. Jack Kirby. Steve Ditko. Roy Thomas. Archie Goodwin. And all the others, without whose work we would never have had a Marvel Universe. Nuff said.
- Maybe the Last Archie Story is dedicated to Archie Comics' main writers and artists:
For these guys: John Goldwater, Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, Bob Bolling...and all the rest, who gave us a character we just won't let die. Thanks a whole bunch.
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast has an especially lovely one to the memory of lyricist Howard Ashman, who died prior to the film's completion:
To our friend Howard,
who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul,
we will be forever grateful.
- Disney Pixar's Brave had one for Steve Jobs (the co-founder and CEO of Pixar), who died eight months before the film was released:
To Steve Jobs, our partner, mentor, and friend.
- In Poland, Kung Fu Panda was dedicated to Joanna Wizmur, who was originally going to direct the Polish dub and only managed to cast the voice actors before passing away due to cancer.
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is dedicated to Jules Angel, Stephen Hillenburg's mentor when he study at California Institute of the Arts, who died during the film production.
Stephen Hillenburg: He truly was the most influential artistic person in my life. I consider him my "Art Dad".
- The Air Up There: "This is for Jake," presumably referring to the director's son.
- Another Round is dedicated to "Ida," the director's daughter, whose anecdotes about drinking as a student were used as inspiration for the film. She died during the filming of the movie at the age of 19, causing the director to change the story considerably.
- April Showers: "In loving memory of those we lost" followed by a long list of people who died in school shootings (including perpetrators), and ending with "And those who survived."
- Backstreet Dreams: "This film is dedicated, with much love and appreciation, to NORA O'MALLEY."
- This beauty from the opening of Batman: The Movie:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: We wish to express our gratitude to the enemies of crime and crusaders against crime throughout the world for their inspirational example. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre — To funlovers everywhere — This picture is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize.—THE PRODUCERS
- Ridley Scott dedicated Black Hawk Down to his mother who died while he was on location shooting the film in Morocco. Similarly the book it was based on was dedicated to Mark Bowden's parents.
- A Boy Called Po: The word "For" appears, followed by a large number of names, presumably the autistic relatives of the filmmakers, followed by the words "1 in 65 children diagnosed with autism," and then "Burt Bacharach dedicates his score to Nikki," his autistic daughter who committed suicide.
- The Dark Knight was dedicated to Heath Ledger who died shortly after the film was completed and to special effects technician Conway Wickliffe, who died while working on the film.
- François Truffaut dedicated Day for Night to Lillian and Annabeth Gish.
- The Great Dictator was dedicated to "The Jews of the world."
- The Great Escape's dedication simply reads 'For the Fifty.' Cue the sobbing before the movie even begins.
- The Great Race is dedicated to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
- Heaven Knows What is dedicated to the memory of Ilya Leontyev, a drug-addicted homeless man who is depicted in the film as the protagonist's on-again off-again abusive boyfriend and true love. The protagonist, who is played by herself in a film based on her life, loves Ilya in spite of his bad behavior. Interestingly, Ilya is portrayed as accidentally burning to death in the film, while he died in real life of a drug overdose shortly after the film was completed.
- Help!, the 1965 Beatles film, is dedicated to Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. It's an idiosyncratic film.
- The film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ended with, "For Douglas".
- Both John Carter and Brave (mentioned above) were dedicated to Steve Jobs, majority shareholder of Disney and Pixar and mentor to both films' directors and producers.
- The Killer That Stalked New York, a 1950 film Very Loosely Based on the 1947 New York City smallpox outbreak, is dedicated "To the men and women public health—the first line of defense between mankind and disease."
- The Libertine was dedicated to Marlon Brando and Hunter S. Thompson, both of whom Johnny Depp (the film's lead actor) had worked with and known well.
- Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who died in a helicopter crash shortly before the film was made.
- The Muppet Movie is dedicated to Edgar Bergen, who died shorty after filming his cameo.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol is dedicated to Muppet creator Jim Henson and Muppeteer Richard Hunt.
- Nathan's Kingdom: "For you, Amélie and Presley."
- The Ninth Configuration, when the 1980 film was remastered in 2016 , a memorial for Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty, (the late son of William Peter Blatty), appears after the closing credits. Strangely, the 1971 high tone Lorimar theme plays over it, possibly using the audio from a TV airing.
- Pacific Rim is dedicated to Ray Harryhausen and Ishirō Honda, "the original monster masters."
- The Plastic Age: "Dedicated to the Youth of the World whether in cloistered college halls, or in the greater University of Life."
- Rambo III is dedicated "to the gallant people of Afghanistan". There is an urban legend that it was originally dedicated to the Mujahideen, and that this was changed after the 9/11 attacks, but contemporary reviews such as this one show that it was always dedicated to the Afghan people as a whole.
- Sing Street: The film is dedicated "For brothers everywhere" as stated in the closing credits.
- Kevin Smith has one of these in every film he makes. He always thanks God first.
- Star Trek:
- Star Trek IV was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- Star Trek VI was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, who passed away shortly before the film's release.
- Also dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, the TNG 2-part episode "Unification", the first to air after his death.
- And Star Trek (2009) was dedicated to Gene and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the latter of whom had just passed on after completing her final role - the voice of the Enterprise's computer.
- Star Trek Into Darkness is dedicated to the post-9/11 war veterans. Considering the final act of the movie consists of a giant warship leveling half of San Francisco by crashing into it, while in another location military personnel fall to their death in a burning structure, this was probably done to prevent people from complaining.
- Star Trek Beyond is dedicated to Leonard Nimoy, who died shortly before the film was made, and Anton Yelchin, who died while it was in post-production.
- Steps Trodden Black opens with this dedication:
This film is dedicated to the loving memory of Jairin Brantly,
He isn't dead or anything, he just moved to Arizona and we miss him.
- Street Fighter : "For Raul. Vaya con Dios."note
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is also dedicated to Jim Henson, who helped design the Turtles for the first film.
- The Towering Inferno is dedicated to the firefighters of the world.
- The Wild Child is dedicated to Jean-Pierre Léaud, because François Truffaut found the experience of working with first-time child actor Jean-Pierre Cargol similar to working with Léaud on The 400 Blows.
- Choo Choo (1937): Before the book begins, there's an illustration of a boy surrounded by toy trains, and a message saying "To my son, Aris.".
- Lois McMaster Bujold's dedication in A Civil Campaign is in honour of the writers Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy L. Sayers.
- Similarly David Gerrold dedicated the first book in his The War Against the Chtorr series to Robert A. Heinlein and the second to Anne McCaffrey.
- Each book in the Harry Potter series has a dedication:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is dedicated to Rowling's daughter, Jessica, her late mother, Anne, and her younger sister, Dianne.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is dedicated to Seán P. F. Harris, a school friend of Rowling's.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is dedicated to Jill Prewett and Aine Kiely, Rowling's flatmates from the time she lived in Portugal.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is dedicated to Rowling's father, Peter, the late Ronald Ridley, an old family friend, and Susan Sladden "who helped Harry out of his cupboard".
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is dedicated to Rowling's husband, Neil, her daughter, Jessica and her son David "who make my world magical".
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is dedicated to Rowling's daughter Mackenzie, because she didn't know which would enter the world first.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is dedicated to the people from the previous six dedications, "and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."
- At the end of A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick dedicates the book to the people he knew whose lives were destroyed by drugs. Among those listed is himself, as "Phil D".
- The same list appears in the credits of the film.
- Raving Lunacy is dedicated to the author's family.
- The final The Dark Tower book was dedicated to the reader, for coming this far. See also Thanking the Viewer.
- The first Conqueror book was dedicated to, among others, the people of Mongolia, among whom the author spent several months living while researching the story.
- Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! has the following dedication:
They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol. Whatever the name, their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to. This book is dedicated to those fine men.
- Witches Abroad is dedicated to "all those people and why not? who, after the publication of Wyrd Sisters, deluged the author with their version of the words of The Hedgehog Song. Deary, deary me..."
- Maskerade is dedicated to "to all the people who showed me that opera was stranger than I could imagine. I can best repay their kindness by not mentioning their names here".
- The Fifth Elephant's dedication gives thanks to Peter Bleackley, who a couple of years earlier had written a synopsis of "Bloodaxe and Ironhammer" on alt.fan.pratchett "which was probably a lot better in his version (and had more songs about gold)".
- Unseen Academicals is dedicated to Rob Wilkins, who typed the book as, by that time, Sir PTerry had lost the ability to do so himself, and to Colin Smythe for his encouragement.
- Snuff is dedicated to Rob, Emma, and Lyn.
- Raising Steam is dedicated to David Pratchett and Jim Wilkins.
- Frederick Forsyth's The Dogs of War has what's thought to be a reference to his time in Biafra.
For Giorgio, and Christian and Schlee
And Big Marc and Black Johnny,
And the others in the unmarked graves.
At least we tried.
- Chris Claremont's First Flight bore two dedications — the first a standard dedication to a friend or loved one, the second, just under it dedicating the book to the X-Men by name. As in "To Scott, Ororo, Kurt, Kitty, Peter, Rogue..."
- Kathy Reich dedicated her book Bare Bones "to all those fighting to protect our precious wildlife, especially:" followed by a list of a few specific organizations.
- On a more humorous note, Dave Barry dedicated his Money Secrets book to everyone in the world, with the logic that people will respond by thinking "Wow! A book dedicated to me. I should buy a copy."
- Mark Twain used similar logic to explain a dedication to John Smith.
- House of Leaves simply but ominously states that "This is not for you."
- One of Ray Loriga's (a Spanish writer) books has a rather cryptic dedication to his (now ex)wife Christina Rosenvinge: "Para Christina, ella sabe porqué" ("To Christina, she knows why"). She, being a songwriter, retorted with her own dedication in one of her discs: "Para Ray, él sabe porqué" ("To Ray, he knows why").
- Tad Williams, author of Otherland, dedicated the books to his father. His father does not read sci-fi. Each dedication pokes fun at the fact that he still hasn't figured it out.
- Al Jaffee parodied this, dedicating one of his Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions book to "myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible".
- The High King, the last book of Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, is dedicated "To the boys who have always been Taran and the girls who will always be Eilonwy."
- Colas Breugnon opens with a dedication to st. Martin of Gaul, the patron saint of the author's hometown of Clamecy (which is also where the plot takes place.)
- P. G. Wodehouse opens his Jeeves and Wooster novel Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (AKA Bertie Wooster Sees It Through) with a lengthy dedication to his editor at the time, Peter Schwed, which doubles as a snarky discussion about various types of dedications, including the use of bald flattery and pretentious and/or obscure quotes.
- He dedicated his early novel, A Gentleman of Leisure to his friend, Herbert Westbrook "without whose never-failing advice, help, and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time".
- Grand Central Arena by Ryk E. Spoor is dedicated to the memory of E. E. Doc Smith, the founding father of space opera, and writer of the Skylark Series, from which one of the main characters, Marc C. DuQuesne, is drawn.
- Historia Regum Britanniae is dedicated to Robert, First Earl of Gloucester.
- Good Omens is dedicated to G. K. Chesterton, "a man who knew what was going on".
- Albert Camus dedicated one of his books, The First Man, to his illiterate mother: "to you who will never be able to read this book."
- Vladimir Nabokov dedicated most of his books to his wife: "To Véra."
- George MacDonald Fraser played with the idea: every Flashman novel has a slightly different version of his wife's name depending on the setting. Thus in Flashman at the Charge he calls her "Ekaterina" and Flashman and the Dragon has a faux Chinese name that sounds vaguely like "Kathleen", while in Flashman and the Redskins he refers to her by a "Native American" name that he made up.
- Amanda Hocking, author of the Trylle Series, dedicated her earliest works to her grandmother (who lived to see her grandchild make it big, dying in 2013).
- To Be or Not To Be: That Is the Adventure bears the simple inscription: "To Bea."
- Brown's Pine Ridge Stories: Author Gary Brown dedicated his Country Stories to Barbara Rowland, a literature teacher who had encouraged him to pursue a literary career.
- G. M. Berrow's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic books contain some sort of dedication in the beginning of the book. The My Little Pony: Equestria Girls novelization, for example, is dedicated to "all the humans who've ever wondered what it would be like to be a pony".
- Irving Tressler dedicated the Faux-To Guide How to Lose Friends and Alienate People to Adolf Hitler, who needed no advice on the subject.
- The Fifth Wave:
- The 5th Wave is dedicated "For Sandy, whose dreams inspire and whose love endures".
- The Infinite Sea is dedicated "For Sandy, guardian of the infinite".
- The Little Prince is dedicated to Saint-Exupéry's friend, Léon Werth. The author then apologizes to his child readers for dedicating the book to a grownup and changes it to "Léon Werth - When he was a little boy".
- Isaac Asimov:
To my father, who
- "The Author's Ordeal": Dr Asimov prefaces this poem with an apology to W. S. Gilbert.
- The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories: This collection is dedicated to Judy Lynn Del Rey, who had been Judy-Lynn Benjamin when Dr Asimov had met her, working as managing editor of Galaxy and publishing some of his stories. He makes many jokes at her expense (and his own) in the annotations.
- The Complete Robot: Dr Asimov published many books, and he prefaced this collection with the names of three publishers he was under contract for additional books; Marjorie Goldstein, David Bearinger, and Hugh O Neill.
- Foundation (1951): This book is dedicated to Dr Asimov's mother.
To My Mother
Of Whose Authentic Gray Hairs
Not a Few Were Caused by Myself
- Foundation and Empire: This book is dedicated to Mary and Henry because of how they willingly persevere with him.
To Mary and Henry
For Patience and Endurance
- Foundation's Edge: This book is dedicated to Betty Prashker and Lester del Rey for their encouragement in writing this novel.
Dedicated to Betty Prashker, who insisted,
and to Lester del Rey, who nagged.
- "The Foundation of S.F. Success": Dr Asimov prefaces this poem with an apology to W. S. Gilbert.
- Foundations Friends: This book was initially published in 1989, while Isaac Asimov was still alive. After his death, it was heavily rewritten to be In Memoriam instead.
- Forward the Foundation: Dr Asimov dedicated this book "For all my loyal readers".
- I, Robot: This collection is dedicated to John W. Campbell, and recognized as the "godfather" of the robots.
- Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury: This volume is dedicated to Dr Asimov's daughter, whom he calls "Robyn Joan". She was a newborn while he was writing this story.
- Nine Tomorrows: This collection is dedicated to Betty Shaplan, for their helpfulness and kindness.
- Opus 100: Dr Asimov dedicated this book "To Time and Circumstance, which have been kind to me."
- Pebble in the Sky: Dr Asimov dedicated this book to his father for having first introduced him to Science Fiction.
first introduced me to science fiction.
- The Rest of the Robots: Dr Asimov prefaced this collection with "To Tim, Tom and Dick — my stalwart supporters at Doubleday". Tom refers to Tom Sloane, one of the editors at Doubleday and grandson of T. O'Conor Sloane, editor of Amazing Stories.
- Words of Science and the History Behind Them: This book is dedicated to his (first) wife and (only) daughter.
To the women in my life
GERTRUDE and ROBYN
- Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov: The Norby Chronicles:
- Norby, the Mixed-Up Robot: The start of the book dedicates this to "all who like our robot stories", including H. Read Evans and Robert E Warrick.
- Norby's Other Secret: The start of the book dedicates this to "the beautiful generation", including Patti, Leslie, Nanette, and their daughter Robyn Asimov.
- Norby And The Lost Princess: "To our favorite other worlds: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, Bermuda, and - most fantastic of all - the island of Manhattan"
- Norby and the Queen's Necklace: This is another Asimov book dedicated to Marg and Bill Atwood.
- Norby Finds a Villain: This book is dedicated to Clifford D. Simak, because he is their favourite Science Fiction writer.
- Norby and the Court Jester: This book is dedicated to Janet's younger brother, John Ray Jeppson.
- Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg:
- Nearly all of the Alex Rider books only refer to their dedicatees by their initials, who appear to be people outside the public eye and hence not identifiable, with three exceptions:
- The first book, Stormbreaker, is dedicated to "J, N, C and L" — Jill, Nicholas, Cassian and Lucky, Horowitz's wife, children and dog
- Scorpia Rising is dedicated "For all the readers who began this journey and who have now reached its end" (reflecting its original status as the last book in the series, although the sentiment is somewhat undermined by Horowitz's decision to revive the series a few years later)
- Russian Roulette, a Prequel which came out between Scorpia Rising and Horowitz's change of heart, is dedicated to "J, N and C — but not L. Full circle," as Horowitz's dog died not long before the book was published.
- The Second Foundation Trilogy:
- Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear:
- Benford dedicates this book to the other two authors writing the trilogy.
- In addition to the front-of-book dedication, Benford thanks a number of creators at the end of his Afterword, crediting general and specific assistance. note
- Greg Bear's Foundation And Chaos:
For Isaac and Janet
- Bear dedicates this book to Isaac Asimov (who created The 'Verse) and Janet Asimov (who allowed him to write in it).
- In addition to the front-of-book dedication, Bear included an Acknowledgements on the next page, thanking a number of other creators involved. note
- David Brin's Foundations Triumph: In addition to the front-of-book dedication to Dr Asimov, Brin included an Acknowledgements after the story, thanking a number of other creators involved. note
- Gregory Benford's Foundation's Fear:
- A Storm of Swords is dedicated "for Phyllis who made me put the dragons in". Phyllis is author Phyllis Eisenstein.
- In-universe: In the Jennings book Trust Jennings, Jennings puts a copyright declaration at the beginning of a piece of homework. Darbishire, furious that Jennings came up with the idea first, considers adding a dedication to his next piece: "To Mr Wilkins — but for whose insistence this great work would never have been started, let alone finished!"
- Naked Came the Stranger has "To Daddy." Originally it was "To Mother," but one reporter didn't think that was Freudian enough.
- My Dark Vanessa: "For the real-life Dolores Hazes and Vanessa Wyes whose stories have not yet been heard, believed, or understood."
- If I Fall, If I Die: "For my mother."
- Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! has "To all advocates of neurodiversity, past, present, and future."
- The Ballad of Black Tom: "For H. P. Lovecraft, with all my complicated feelings." The Ballad of Black Tom is a retelling of the extremely racist Lovecraft story "The Horror at Red Hook."
- Tornado Brain: "For the remarkable Adiline M. What a force of nature you are."
- The third season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is dedicated specially "to the victims [of 9/11] & their families and to the firefighters & police officers who remind us every day with their lives & courage what it truly means to be an American".
- A July 2013 episode of Chicago Fire was dedicated to the 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.
- Star Trek: Enterprise: the pilot episode "Broken Bow" was dedicated to the firefighters that perished on 9/11, and the episode "Stigma" was dedicated to the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
- Doctor Who:
- The first episode of the sixth series of is dedicated to Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played iconic Classic companion Sarah Jane Smith, who had passed away the previous April.
- And the original UK broadcast of the 1996 TV Movie was dedicated to Jon Pertwee, one of the series' previous lead actors, who had passed away the week before. The American and Canadian broadcasts were not, as they happened before his death.
- The last episode of Kaamelott is dedicated to French actor Louis de Funès. The final scene uses the music of one of his movies, Jo.
- Justified does this at the end of the series finale where it is dedicated to the people of Harlan, Kentucky, The men and women of the united marshals service and Elmore Leonard who died 2 years before the shows final season.
"Take it easy"
- As the title card of each Decoy episode says, the show is a tribute to the New York Bureau of Policewomen.
- Roza Rymbaeva dedicated the song "Alia" to Great Patriotic War Kazakh sniper Alia Moldagulova.
- Rush dedicated one of their albums "To the loving memory of Jackie and Selena." Jackie was the first wife of drummer Neil Peart, and Selena was their daughter; they passed away within two years of each other, Jackie from cancer and Selena in a car accident.
- They also did a dedication to Neil Armstrong during part of the Clockwork Angels tour.
- Lawrence Gowan's song Dedication is effectively dedicated to all of his fans, be they living or dead.
- Heart's song "These Dreams" is dedicated to Nancy Wilson's friend Sharon Hess on the album liner notes who died of leukemia shortly before the album's release.
- Oasis dedicated their song "Cast No Shadow" to "the genius of Richard Ashcroft."
- Alban Berg's Violin Concerto has two dedications, the first for Louis Krasner, the second being "dem Andenken eines Engels" ("to the memory of an angel"), referring to Manon Gropius, the late daughter of Walter Gropius and Alma Mahler.
- Modest Mussorgsky's famous piano cycle, Pictures at an Exhibition, was inspired by a memorial service of his friend, artist/architect Viktor Hartmann, where many of his paintings and designs were displayed.
- Each of the KISS Solo Albums are dedicated to the other three members of the band at the time of their release.
- The name and title track of "We Are The Others", the third album by symphonic metal band Delain was dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster.
- The Downward Spiral has a dedication in the liner notes for Nine Inch Nails touring drummer Jeff Ward, who had poisoned himself via carbon-monoxide in 1993 after struggling with heroin addiction.
- Jack Webb dedicated each episode of the radio version of Dragnet to a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Webb: "This episode is dedicated to [insert name], who on the [insert general time ('morning of','evening of')and date] gave his life so that yours might be a little safer".
- Albert Herring is "dedicated to E. M. Forster in admiration."
- Closer Than Ever:
- Maltby and Shire dedicated the entire score "to our fathers Richard Maltby, Sr. and Irving Shire and our wives Janet Brenner and Didi Conn."
- "Back on Base" is the only song with a dedication of its own: "To Bob and Sally." This refers to the Romance on the Set and eventual marriage of its original performers, singer Sally Mayes and bassist Robert Renino.
- The Little Foxes was dedicated by Lillian Hellman "for Arthur Kober and Louis Kronenberger who have been my good friends."
- The program for Cirque du Soleil's Alegría has a sarcastic dedication to all those who oppress others; scroll to the bottom of this page to read it.
- Adventure B: Inca Curse: The intro screen mentions that the game is dedicated to Rick and Charles.
- Adventure C: Ship of Doom: The intro states that the game is dedicated to Chris and Gaynor.
- If any survivors in Left 4 Dead don't make it to the rescue vehicle during a Campaign Finale, or are unlucky enough to be incapacitated on the way to it while at least one other is in the vehicle, the credits begin with "In Loving Memory of: (insert player name here)".
- Snatcher opens with a dedication to "all those cyberpunks who fight against injustice and corruption every day of their lives"
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days has a dedication to the voice actor of Mickey Mouse, Wayne Allwine, who'd died just prior to the game being released.
- WWF Attitude on the Nintendo 64 and Playstation was dedicated to Owen Hart, who died before the game was released (Owen was left in the game, as well).
- Call of Duty 3:
Dedicated to the brave men and women who fought and died in the Normandy Breakout. Your courage and sacrifice paved the road for freedom in Europe.Dedicated to the veterans of World War II who sacrificed their lives for the preservation of liberty.
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is dedicated to the memory of Brian Wood, a developer at Relic who died in a car accident, ensuring his pregnant wife made it out alive.
- Madden NFL 25 note is dedicated to Pat Summerall, John Madden's former commentating partner.
- Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction was dedicated to Dan Johnson, best known as the Easter Egg for Insomniac Games, who died of a leg disease in December 2006. The first of the two Alternate Continuity titles by High Impact Games, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, was also dedicated to him.
- The Little Painter: Near the beginning of the video, Kenny leaves one for his sons. It says "To my song, May the pursuit of your dreams lead you to true love".
- Freakazoid!: "A Matter of Love" parodied these with one normal dedication "to all those who have ever been in love", one to a group of scientists, and one to "Mrs. Ashley Huggbees of Fuller's Earth, AZ" for having a funny last name.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender has a dedication to Mako, the recently-deceased voice of Iroh, in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
- Similar to the Avatar example above, the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Regime Change" was dedicated to Ian Abercrombie, the voice of Ganthet, who passed away before the episode was aired.
- Justice League: Doom is dedicated to its writer, Dwayne McDuffie, who died shortly after completing the adaptation from the source comic.
- The first season of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries was dedicated to Friz Freleng, who directed the original theatrical shorts.
- The Hey Arnold! episode "Veterans Day" was dedicated to "the veterans who really won the Battle of the Bulge."
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has a dedication at the end of the special "Mutant Apocalypse" where a drawing of Leo holding a signboard saying 'For Kevin and Peter' which is dedicated to the original creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as this is similar to the dedication picture from the first issue from 1984 which was dedicated to Jack Kirby and Frank Miller.
- Blue's Clues & You! dedicates each of its' episodes to the people behind the original Blue's Clues episode it adapts.