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In Memoriam

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Memorials to the dead are common in most human cultures. When the dead are connected with a TV show or movie, you'll sometimes see this: a final tribute to that person as part of the show.

For a true In Memoriam, there is a direct connection between dedicatee and the show, book or film being dedicated to their memory. There are a great number of books dedicated to the last astronauts of the space shuttle named Challenger or the emergency personnel who died when the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the city of New York in the state of New York collapsed. Unless the book is about them, those would fall under the larger Dedication trope.

It is a Celebrity Elegy when done through song or poetry for a famous person. For more musical examples, see Grief Song. Fanbases may turn to Death Fic. A Memorial Character is a character based on or named after a deceased person, as a way of immortalizing them.


This is related to Meaningful Funeral, which memorializes a character from the show. They can overlap when a show is based on Real Life.

Also see Special Thanks (where the credits acknowledge loved ones and friends of the production crew who weren't directly involved with the production and in most cases are still alive at the time of release) and Posthumous Credit (where the deceased actually contributed to the work prior to their death and have their part acknowledged in the credits, which in many circumstances will overlap with this trope).



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The final episode of Chrome Shelled Regios is dedicated to Tetsuya Koiso, a production coordinator at ZEXCS.
  • The final episode credits of Hajime no Ippo: Rising dedicate the whole season to Kenji Utsumi and Ichirō Nagai, the respective voice actors for Kamogawa and Nekota. Utsumi passed away in June 2013, the series therefore having to cast another VA for Kamogawa, and Nagai in January 2014.
  • The English dub of Wolf Children is dedicated to Jerry Russell, Nirasaki's voice actor, who died in September 2013.
  • The English dub of Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel is dedicated to Eric Medalle, an artist who designed many of the logos for the shows and games, who died in March 2016.
  • Early airings of Robot Carnival contained one for the English dub's principal female voice actor Lisa Michelson, who was killed in a car crash the same year of the anime's 1991 North American premiere. The 2015 Discotek reissue retains the dedication, but is relegated to a simple mention in the new English ending credits.
  • Disney's dub of Kiki's Delivery Service is dedicated to Phil Hartman, the voice of Jiji, who was tragically murdered shortly before the film's release. GKIDS' reissue retains the dedication.
  • Nozomi's third DVD boxset of Revolutionary Girl Utena is dedicated to Tomoko Kawakami, the voice of Utena, who had succumbed to ovarian cancer.
  • Lupin III:
    • Discotek's Blu-ray for The Castle of Cagliostro is dedicated to both Carl Macek and Kevin Seymour, the respective ADR directors of the two English dubs.
    • The First was dedicated to Lupin creator Monkey Punch, who died before the film's debut.
    • The Discotek 2022 Blu-Ray release of The Mystery of Mamo is dedicated to William Ross (Goemon in the Toho/Frontier Enterprises dub), William Dufris (Lupin in the Manga UK dub), Robert Axelrod (Mamo in the Streamline Pictures dub), series creator Monkey Punch, and the character designer for Part I and Cagliostro, Yasuo Otsuka.
  • Due to the untimely death of Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma's original Japanese voice actress) from aortic dissection, a memorial of her was aired after the broadcast of Episode 116 of Dragon Ball Super in Japan.
  • One week after Momoko Sakura, the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan, passed away due to breast cancer, a memorial tribute of her aired after the anime episode.
  • The last episode of Banana Fish is dedicated to Dino "Papa" Golzine's Japanese voice actor, Unshō Ishizuka, who passed away in August 2018, while the show was still ongoing.
  • Due to the Kisugi sisters guest appearance in City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes note , the movie's end credits feature a dedication in memory of Rui Kisugi's original voice actress, Toshiko Fujita, who was unable to reprise her role as she was very ill during the movie's production and died before it was released. note 
  • Nippon TV aired Grave of the Fireflies in memory of its' director Isao Takahata on April 13, 2018 following his passing eight days prior.
  • In the Italian dub of Digimon Frontier, episode 10 ends with a dedication to Maurizio Romano, Agunimon's first voice actor who died during production, as that was the last episode he was in.

    Comic Books 
  • The final issue of the Spider-Man miniseries "Chapter One" was dedicated to DeForest Kelley.
  • Superman:
    • The final issue of the The Supergirl from Krypton (2004) arc was dedicated to Christopher Reeve.
    • Superman/Batman issue 26 was dedicated to Jeph Loeb's son Sam, who died of cancer around the time of publishing. It featured a short story about about a young friend to Superboy that is also dying of cancer and was also named Sam.
    • The Adventures of Superman #498, part of the overarching storyline in "The Death of Superman'' saga, was dedicated to Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.
  • The 2011 special edition of The Crow was dedicated to Brandon Lee, much like the film adaptation.
  • After Stan Lee passed away, all of Marvel Comics' lineup released in January 2019 featured dedications to him with the usual titles being featured on the bottom of the cover instead. There are no advertisements on the back cover, the front page of each issue featured a sketch portrait of him, and the inside back cover featured an excerpt from his old "Stan's Soapbox" column. All of their comics since his passing have also continued to feature excerpts from "Stan's Soapbox." DC published tributes "from the Distinguished Competition" in its comics.
  • Some covers of Marvel Comics published in September 2020 bore a dedication banner to Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who died of colon cancer the month prior.
  • The Milestone Celebration Marvel Comics #1000 featured an in memoriam page based off the famous ending page of The Death Of Captain Marvel with all the creatives the company had lost over the years, with Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Steve Ditko's names at the very top in larger print.
  • The third issue of the War and Peace miniseries of Dreamwave's Transformers: Generation One comic was dedicated to Robert Stack, who voiced Ultra Magnus in The Transformers: The Movie and passed away a month before the issue was published.
  • The third issue of Transformers: Sector 7, a comic book tie-in to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, was dedicated to the memory of movie director Arthur Penn. The issue's story had Bonnie and Clyde involved, the dedication most likely being a nod to Penn's Bonnie and Clyde movie.
  • The second issue of G.I. Joe (Devil's Due) was dedicated to the casualties of 9/11.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (IDW):
    • Issue 210 had a dedication to comic artist Jeremy Dale, who worked on comics that were included with the figures of the 25th anniversary relaunch of the G.I. Joe toyline and had passed away two months before the issue was published.
    • Issue 215 is dedicated to the memory of Herb Trimpe, who was an artist for the original Marvel Comics Real American Hero series and, like Jeremy Dale, had died two months before the issue dedicated to him was published. Series writer Larry Hama and series illustrator S.L. Gallant both voiced their admiration for Trimpe and how much they'd miss him.
    • Issue 287 is dedicated to Robert Prupis, a World War II veteran and Hasbro employee who helped create the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline and passed away two months before the issue was published.
  • The tenth issue of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, much like issue 215 of the IDW Real American Hero comic, featured a dedication to noted G.I. Joe comic artist Herb Trimpe, whose death happened eight months before the issue was originally published.
  • Wonder Woman: Black and Gold: Kurt Busiek's story in issue #4 has a tribute to artist John Paul Leon, who had died earlier in 2021.

    Fan Works 
  • Chapter 16 of Ed, Edd, Eddy n Edna is dedicated to Michael Jackson, and as such, includes a parody of his famous Thriller.
  • SWAG.MOV parodies this, dedicating to Lauren Faust, creator of the original show. Her final words: "My greatest dream is a world without Jews" (A Call-Back to his SONIC: Too Fast? video). Lauren herself tweeted about this:
    Lauren: What?!?! I can't believe I was misquoted on my deathbed! I said booze! BOOZE! I'm a prohibitionist!
  • Starting with the acknowledgement on Episode 9 of the Real Life passing of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig in 2003, The JWL has had to memorialize the passings of many wrestling personalities, both those who were and weren't part of the series, sometimes many people on one episode.
  • Lucky Star: After Story has two examples so far. First, Chapter 29 was dedicated in memory of those who were killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. Second, Chapter 30 was dedicated to those who lost their lives and also to those who were injured in the Boston Marathon explosion as well as the Texas Fertilizer Explosion.
  • Triumph of the Retart is dedicated to a friend of Peter Guerin's who died of a congenital heart condition. In the MSTed version, the riffers go extremely easy on the dedication compared to the rest of the story.
  • Bait and Switch features a brief mention of an Odyssey-class starship called the USS Valentine. This refers to Mark "h2orat" Valentine, a Star Trek Online dev and Foundry author who died of cancer in September 2013. See also the STO entry under Video Games.
  • the revision of Chapter 3 of Power Rangers AVX was dedicated to the author’s friend, who had died months before the revision was made. He had only just found about her death from another friend’s In Memoriam commemorating what would’ve been her birthday.
  • Mugen Kagemaru wrote a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, whose title was in fact finalized as In Memoriam, in memory of his late grandparents, and added the late brother of fellow author Trinary when he read the latter's own memorial fic dedicated to his brother, to which Trinary himself did not object. The story can be read here.
  • Episode 47 of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series was dedicated to voice actress Maddie Blaustein.
    • An early episode ends with a spoofed memorial to Tristan's original voice, which had spontaneously changed (with everyone but Tristan noticing). This references the point in the English dub when Tristan gets a new voice actor who doesn't make him sound like Barney the Dinosaur. In the next episode, however, Yami plays Monster Reborn to resurrect Tristan's original voice, and life goes on.
  • Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show episode "ENNETHING NO JUTSU" was dedicated to wrestler Randy Savage.
  • After the February 2015 death of Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek Online forums' fanfic community made the lead prompt for the March literary challenge a memorial to Nimoy, via his character Spock. One entry with its own page is "Flaihhsam s'Spahkh", telling the Romulan perspective on the loss of Spock.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
  • The Ninth Vanilla Level Design Contest for Super Mario World was dedicated to the memory of Nicholas "eXcavator" Arts, who made the Great Ice Ravine level, and passed away in November 2016.
  • The House fanfic "Invasion of the Cuddy Snatchers" was dedicated to the memory of Kevin McCarthy, the star of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants fanfic Mortal Man was written in memory of Mermaid Man's voice actor, Ernest Borgnine. The fanfic revolves around SpongeBob coming to terms with Mermaid Man's death.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fan Animation Luna's Determination is in memoriam of the author of the original song MelodicPony, Dyani-yahto, and King Mars.
  • The Green Glade, a one-shot fic of The Black Cauldron, was written in memory of Susan Sheridan, the voice actress of Princess Eilonwy, who passed away only nine days before the fic was published.
  • Macintyre, Cuccolover and The One developed "The Fate of Termina" video based on the script developed by Vortexxy Gaming, who had disappeared and reportedly passed away in a car accident sometime during 2016.
  • A few days after Stan Lee's passing, the Marvel Cinematic Universe fanfic Dial publishes Chapter 54, which has The Cameo of Stan Lee showing his wife Joan around the multiverse.
  • Amazing Fantasy is dedicated to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, whose passing in 2018 spurred the author to spin this idea into a full story.
  • The Batman fic Angel of the Bat is dedicated to the writer's dog Sadie.
  • Chapter 11 of Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail is dedicated to the author's grandmother, who passed on before the chapter was published, with the author explaining the main characters having dim sum for brunch was one of the author's fondest memories and regrets not being able to see her in person — as the grandmother lived in California and the author in Myanmar — within the past three years.
  • The end credits of the TS!Underswap demo include a tribute to Offtopic, a late friend of Team Switched. They requested that people making a Let's Play of the game show the credits in full, in part to honor Offtopic's memory.
  • Vs Sonic.exe: A picture accessible in the sound test menu pays tribute to Divide, an artist for the mod who died shortly before Version 2's release. Divide's name also gets highlighted in yellow during the opening credits of the mod. Divide drawing his sprites is also the reason why EXE's art wasn't removed alongside the rest of his content when EXE's creator was outed for grooming two minors.
  • The Loud House: Revamped: If the chapter involves a character played by a deceased person, expect one at the end of the chapter.

    Films — Animation 
  • Rise of the Guardians was dedicated to author William Joyce's late daughter Mary Katherine Joyce, "a guardian fierce and true".
  • Finding Nemo was for Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died of melanoma in October 2002.
  • Cars and Corpse Bride for Joe Ranft who was killed in a car wreck in August 2005.
  • TMNT is dedicated to Mako Iwamatsu (who voiced Splinter) as he died shortly after finishing recording, as well as to stuntman German Cheung.
  • Chicken Little was dedicated to longtime Disney storyman Joe Grant.
  • Shrek 2 was dedicated to William Steig, the author of the original book.
  • Brave was dedicated to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Pixar.
  • The Polar Express was dedicated to actor Michael Jeter, who played Smokey and Steamer in the film.
  • The Blu-Ray version of Fantasia 2000 includes a dedication to executive producer Roy E. Disney (who had lived to see the movie premiere in theaters, but died about 11 months before it came to Blu-Ray).
  • The film of Teacher's Pet was dedicated to Hubcaps, creator Gary Baseman's dog and the inspiration for the television series, who died during production.
  • At the very beginning of the original theatrical and VHS release of The Lion King, just right before the Walt Disney Pictures Vanity Plate appears, there is a brief dedication to Walt Disney Company president Frank Wells, who died in a helicopter crash about two months before the film's release. However, later versions of the film (like the 2003 Platinum Edition, the 2011 Diamond Edition and the 2017 Signature Edition) have the dedication at the end of the credits.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: "Remembering our friend Jim Varney." (who voiced Cookie the cook). This is actually the last film to ever star that actor.
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast contains possibly one of the loveliest dedications in Hollywood history at the end of its closing credits, in honor of lyricist Howard Ashman, who died of AIDS before the completion of the film: "To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman 1950-1991" This dedication also appears in the packaging of the soundtrack album.
  • The Transformers: The Movie is dedicated to Orson Welles, who voiced Unicron.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa features the dedication, "For our friend Bernie Mac, thanks for all the laughter.", Mac having voiced Alex's father Zuba in the film.
  • Jetsons: The Movie was dedicated to George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc, the respective voice actors for George Jetson and Mr. Spacely. Both actually died before completing their work for the movie, and sound-alike Jeff Bergman filled in their remaining lines. Additionally, at the very end of the film's end credits, you can hear Astro saying "I love you, George!" as a final send off to O'Hanlon.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh was dedicated to background painter Dan Read.
  • The LEGO Movie was dedicated to executive producer Kathleen Fleming, who died in a serious accident while the film was being produced.
    • The sequel is dedicated to writer-producer (and co-director of the first film) Christopher Miller's mother, who died in December 2018.
  • When Disney Channel aired Who Framed Roger Rabbit in May 2014, they ran a dedication card reading "In Memory of Bob Hoskins (1942-2014)" with art of a tearful Roger holding Eddie's hat and a caption on top that reads "So Long, Eddie!"
  • When Disney Channel aired Aladdin in August 2014, they ran a dedication card reading "In Memory of Robin Williams, who made us laugh." The dedication was adorned by a drawing of Genie created by head animator Eric Goldberg. The Blu-ray bonus features "The Genie Outtakes" and "Genie 101" were also dedicated to Williams.
  • Inside Out was dedicated to Brian Smits, the software engineer at Pixar.
  • Justice League: Doom was dedicated to writer Dwayne McDuffie, who died the year before the film came out, due to complications from open heart surgery after he completed the script.
  • The Chipmunk Adventure was dedicated to Tiger Lilly, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. and Janice Karman's pet dog, who was fatally hit by a car while the film was in production.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 was dedicated to Nancy Bernstein, executive of Dreamworks Animation, and producer of Rise of the Guardians, who died while Kung Fu Panda 3 was in production.
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village was dedicated to Nine Culiford, the widow of The Smurfs creator Peyo, who passed during production.
  • The Iron Giant has dedication notes to Ted Hughes, author of the original book The Iron Man, who succumbed to colorectal cancer, and Susan Bird (director Brad Bird's sister), who was killed by her estranged husband before the film's release. A small dedication also appears for clean-up animator Allison Sgrol.
  • Tom and Jerry:
  • Scooby-Doo Direct-to-Video Film Series:
  • Batman vs. Two-Face was dedicated to the memory of Adam West, who died a few months before its release.
  • Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie was dedicated to Steve Viksten (a writer on the show and the voice of Oskar Kokoshka), Vincent Schiavelli (the voice of the Pigeon Man), and Kevin Iwani (an archive coordinator at Nickelodeon).
  • Incredibles 2 was dedicated to Bud Luckey, a Pixar artist who made contributions to every feature since Toy Story, and was the voice of Rick Dicker in the original film.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse honors Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, the artist and writer who created Spider-Man, both of whom died in the film's year of release, 2018.
  • Toy Story:
    • The original Toy Story features a small tribute to animator Ken Willard, who died shortly before the film's release.
    • Toy Story 4 was dedicated to Don Rickles (the voice of Mr. Potato Head, who died before he could record any dialogue) and Adam Burke (a Pixar animator who died of lung cancer the previous year). The Italian dub also adds a homage to Fabrizio Frizzi, Woody's original voice actor who died a year before the movie's release.
      In memory of Don Rickles (1926-2017). Thank you for bringing your voice, humor, and spirit to Toy Story. We are eternally grateful.
  • Spies in Disguise was dedicated to Joe Kwong, who was a rigging artist for the film's production company Blue Sky Studios.
  • The credits to Over the Moon open with a dedication to Audrey Wells, who wrote the screenplay.
  • Robots was dedicated to David Boyd Brown, who died two years before the film hit theaters. Brown was the co-founder and CEO of Blue Sky Studios, this film's production company.
  • The Brazilian Portuguese dub of Dog Gone Trouble was dedicated to two of its voice actors, Dario de Castro and Ana Lucia Menezes, both of whom died one month before the film's premiere.
  • Alpha and Omega was dedicated to Dennis Hopper, who lent his voice to Tony, one of the wolves. Hopper died a few months before the movie was released.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The movie version of The Great Escape is dedicated to "the fifty" — the 50 Real Life fugitives shot by the Gestapo.
  • The last three films that legendary stunt man Dar Robinson worked on before his death (Cyclone, Lethal Weapon and Million Dollar Mystery) were all dedicated to his memory.
  • Alive (1993), a dramatization of the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, was dedicated to "the 29 who died on the mountain and the 16 who survived".
  • Muppets/Jim Henson films:
  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid was dedicated to legendary costume designer Edith Head, who worked on the film and died before it was released. The entire film itself is also something of a tribute to her, as it includes many clips from 1940s and '50s films, several of which feature her work.
  • When the 1980 film The Ninth Configuration was remastered in 2016, a dedication was seen after the closing credits to Peter Vincent Galahad Blatty, (the late son of William Peter Blatty), with the first Lorimar theme playing over it.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson did this a lot in his films:
    • Boogie Nights was dedicated to actor Robert Ridgely (who played The Colonel James) and his father, television presenter Ernie Anderson, who both died before the film's release.
    • Magnolia had "for fa and ea" listed at the end of the credits. FA stands for Fiona Apple, singer-songwriter and Anderson's girlfriend at the time, while EA stands for Ernie Anderson. Though Apple didn't die, Anderson did and his death served as an inspiration for the film.
    • He dedicated There Will Be Blood to the memory of film director (and one of Anderson's biggest influences) Robert Altman, who passed a year before the film's release.
    • Phantom Thread was dedicated to the memory of film director Jonathan Demme, who died during production. Like Altman, Demme is one of Anderson's biggest influences.
  • Small Soldiers features a dedication to Phil Hartman after the closing credits, including an outtake along with the dedication.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) featured a dedication reading simply "For Douglas."
  • Contact features the dedication "For Carl" (who wrote the original novel and the screenplay) at the end of the film.
  • UHF is dedicated to Trinidad Silva, who died in an auto accident before filming all his scenes as Raul.
  • The Dark Knight: "In memory of our friends Heath Ledger & Conway Wickliffe" — Wickliffe was a special effects technician who was killed during filming. When Ledger died, Warner Bros. also dedicated their entire Dark Knight website to him with a splash page that featured a eulogy about his life.
  • Superman Returns was dedicated to Christopher and Dana Reeve.
    • The first Superman film was dedicated to cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth.
  • Terminator Salvation was dedicated to Stan Winston.
  • Stan Winston also shared an 'In Memoriam' with Michael Crichton (both died in 2008) after the last part of the 'Return to Jurassic Park' featurette series covering the making of all three (at the time) films, created for the Jurassic Park Trilogy boxed set.
  • The American remake Godzilla has one for Tomoyuki Tanaka, the creator of Gojira.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man 2 was dedicated to DJ AM, who had a cameo in the film As Himself.
    • Thor: The Dark World was dedicated to Don Payne, who was a co-writer on the film and its predecessor.
    • After Chadwick Boseman's death from colon cancer, TBS and ABC showed his starring role in Black Panther the following weekend. The TBS broadcast opened with a message saying, "Chadwick Boseman Rest In Power", while the ABC broadcast closed with a 40-minute special of MCU actors and producers talking about Boseman and finished with words from Boseman himself speaking about the film's legacy.
      • Starting on Boseman's 44th birthday (November 29, 2020) the Disney+ streaming service presentation of the film changed the Marvel Studios montage logo to various artwork and clips of Boseman's T'Challa/Black Panther.
    • Captain Marvel, released after the death of Stan Lee, opens with the usual montage of Marvel characters replaced with the various creator cameos he had in Marvel films before thanking him for his hard work. The end credits paid tribute to Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who worked on the film as a consultant and appeared under his real-life call sign of "Cajun" prior to his death in April 2018 in an accidental plane crash.
    • Avengers: Endgame included a dedication to Lee as part of its re-release's post-credits scenes.
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home was dedicated to Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man's creators.
  • Taxi Driver is dedicated to Bernard Herrmann.
    • Obsession (his next-to-last score) and God Told Me To (which was to have been his next project) were also dedicated to him.
  • In The Shawshank Redemption, right before the credits: "In memory of Allen Greene," the first agent that director Frank Darabont ever worked for. Greene sadly died of AIDS before production began on the film.
  • Blue Thunder is dedicated to Warren Oates, who passed away a month after filming.
  • Post-theatrical release versions of Road to Perdition include a dedication to cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, who died after the film opened.
  • Cliffhanger is dedicated to Sylvester Stallone's mountain climbing double Wolfgang Güllich (who passed away in a road accident unconnected to the film) and Carolco head Mario Kassar's mother.
  • Adaptation is dedicated to Donald Kaufman, fictional character and a credited co-writer, who dies in the film.
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence is dedicated to Stanley Kubrick, who began the project decades before Steven Spielberg completed it.
  • Schindler's List ends with the film being dedicated to the more than six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust.
  • The Crow simply has "For Brandon and Eliza".
    • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was also dedicated to Brandon Lee, who died a few months prior to this film's release. Brandon had originally been offered the opportunity to play his father.
  • City of Angels ends with "For Dawn", a reference to producer Dawn Steel (who originally optioned Wings of Desire for the United States).
  • Street Fighter has a tribute for Raúl Juliá at the film's credits that said "For Raúl. Vaya con Dios" (translated to "Go with God" in Spanish).
  • Gettysburg was dedicated to Richard Jordan, who played General Armistead, and died suddenly after filming, and to Mike Shaara, who wrote the novel the screenplay of the movie was based off of.
  • Top Gun was dedicated to stunt pilot Art Scholl, who crashed and died while performing a flat spin near the end of the film.
  • My Dog Skip was dedicated to Willie Morris, the author of the book it was based on. He died before it was released, but did live to see the finished product.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was dedicated to director Ron Howard's mother Jean Speegle Howard, "who loved Christmas the most".
  • Almost Heroes is dedicated to Chris Farley.
  • Brainstorm is dedicated to Natalie Wood.
  • Canadian Bacon and Wagons East! are dedicated to John Candy.
  • Gladiator is dedicated to Oliver Reed.
  • Queen of the Damned is dedicated to Aaliyah.
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie is dedicated to Vic Morrow, who was killed by a helicopter crash during filming.
  • The Smurfs 2 is dedicated to Jonathan Winters, voice actor of the live-action Papa Smurf.
  • The Great Race is dedicated to Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy.
  • Get Smart: The Film of the Series was dedicated to Ed Platt, who portrayed The Chief in the series.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies is dedicated to longtime Bond film producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
  • Poltergeist III was dedicated to Heather O'Rourke, Carol Anne's actress, who died tragically and unexpectedly 4 months before the film's release.
  • Billy Crystal's My Giant was dedicated to André the Giant, Crystal's co-star in The Princess Bride.
  • John Carter, directed by Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton, was dedicated to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Pixar.
  • Electric Dreams was dedicated to the memory of the Univac I (the first computer designed from the outset with buisness and administrative purposes). This film was made in 1984, the year that personal home computers really started to take off with the general public.
  • Saving Mr. Banks is dedicated to Walt Disney's daughter Diane, who died about a month before its release.
  • Holy Motors is dedicated to Russian actress Yekaterina Golubeva, the woman of director Carax’s life and the mother of his child. She tragically died in August 2011, right before the film went into production.
  • Mulholland Dr. is dedicated to Jennifer Syme, who worked as an assistant to director David Lynch at the time. Syme died in a car crash in April 2001, before the movie was released.
  • The Rocky series is dedicated to Jane Oliver, to whom Stallone owes his career.
  • The Bourne Identity is dedicated to Robert Ludlum, creator of the Bourne series, and Claire Hammond, a colleague of director Doug Liman.
  • Miracle was dedicated to Herb Brooks, the coach of the real 1980 US Olympic hockey team. He was a consultant for the film's production before he died in a car crash six months before the film was released. The film contains a dedication during the ending credits:
    "He never saw it. He lived it."
  • Fast and Furious 7 is dedicated to Paul Walker, who died in an auto accident in November 2013, while production was still underway.
  • Matilda was dedicated to Mara Wilson's mother Suzie, who died of breast cancer during production.
  • Gone Fishin' was dedicated to stuntwoman Janet Peters Wilder, who was killed in a boat stunt gone wrong.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was dedicated to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, and Halloween: Resurrection were all dedicated to Donald Pleasence, who played Dr. Loomis and died in 1995.
  • The 2003 live-action film adaptation of Holes was dedicated to Scott Plank, who died in 2002 following injuries from a car crash.
  • Liar Liar was dedicated to Jason Bernard, who died of a heart attack in October 1996.
  • Kamen Rider films:
  • The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is dedicated to Andrew Lesnie, Peter Jackson's cinematographer from The Lord of the Rings onward who died of a heart attack in April 27, 2015. The Blu-ray featured a four-minute long tribute to him as well. The film was also dedicated to Christopher Lee, who passed away on June 7, 2015, less than two months after Andrew Lesnie did. In fact a special screening of all of the extended cuts of The Lord of the Rings planned for September 12, 2015, was set to be dedicated to him.
  • Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures says "For Jim" at the beginning; that is producer Jim Booth, who died in early 1994 before the film was completed.
  • A Bronx Tale was dedicated to Robert De Niro's father Robert De Niro, Sr.
  • Jersey Girl. Before the end credits, a dedication appears to Kevin Smith's father, Donald E. Smith, who died before the film was released.
  • Freeform did this when they broadcast both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film adaptations:
    • For two separate broadcastings of the 2005 Tim Burton film, they ran a dedication card on February 2012 that reads In memory of David Kelly, who passed away from pneumonia, and another on in 2015 for Christopher Lee.
    • For the broadcasting of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on September 1, 2016, they paid tribute to Gene Wilder, who died on August 29, 2016, with the message: Thank you for your pure imagination! In loving Memory of Gene Wilder (1933-2016)
  • The 2016 live-action adaptation of The BFG is dedicated to Melissa Mathison, the screenwriter and longtime collaborator of director Steven Spielberg. It was her last screenplay before her death in November 2015.
  • The sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010), Alice Through the Looking Glass, is dedicated to Alan Rickman, who voiced the Caterpillar. It was his last film role before his death in January 2016.
    • After his death, the Freeform channel had their next Harry Potter movie marathon with a dedication card of Snape with "Thank you for the magic. In loving memory of Alan Rickman"
  • The 2016 remake of The Jungle Book is dedicated to Garry Shandling (who voiced Ikki the porcupine) and stuntman Shawn Robinson.
  • Star Trek:
  • The 2016 Ghostbusters reboot is dedicated to Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the first two films and played Egon Spengler in both. A bust of Ramis appears in the film, and his son Daniel makes a brief appearance in one scene.
    • Ghostbusters: Afterlife is also dedicated to Harold, and this is represented in the film by Egon's ghost arriving in the climax to help the original Ghostbusters defeat Gozer once and for all.
  • The Other Sister was dedicated to Harvey Miller, who passed away in January 1999, just one month before the film's release.
  • Saw III is dedicated to Gregg Hoffman, producer and one of the people who helped discover it. Dead Silence, made by creators of Saw, would also be dedicated to him.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service is dedicated to director Matthew Vaughn's late mother, "who taught [him] how a Kingsman should be".
  • The 2016 romantic comedy The Matchbreaker was dedicated to star Christina Grimmie, who was murdered several months before the film's release, making this both her first and last movie appearance.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence features a brief dedication to Robert Loggia (who played General Grey in the original film), who passed away in December 2015 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome was dedicated to producer Byron Kennedy, who died in a helicopter accident while location scouting for the film.
  • The Last Jedi is dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the franchise and who passed about a year before the film's release.
    • Less than a year later, Solo: A Star Wars Story was dedicated to Allison Shearmur, a producer on the film, who died 5 months before it was released.
    • The live-orchestra showing for The Empire Strikes Back held in the Australian city of Adelaide on May 4, 2019, ended with a dedication to Peter Mayhew, the original actor for Chewbacca, who died four days earlier.
  • Teen Beach Movie was dedicated to Annette Funicello, one of Disney's original Mouseketeers, whose "beach party" movies were being spoofed in the film.
  • Stan & Ollie was dedicated to Lois Laurel Hawes (The daughter of Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy)
  • The 1989 version of Steel Magnolias was dedicated to the writer Robert Harling's sister, Susan Harling Robinson, who died of diabetes-related complications and was the model for Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie.
  • Descendants 3 has two short videos that play before and after the film; both are dedications to Cameron Boyce, who passed away of an epileptic seizure a month before the film was released.
    "Everything you are. Every smile, every laugh, every dance, every hug, every moment, everyone you touched. You mean everything to us "
    • Hubie Halloween was likewise dedicated to him, as he was cast in it prior to his death.
  • Dark Phoenix features the message "In memory of Stan Lee" in the end credits. The film was released seven months after he died.
  • Darlin' is dedicated to Jack Ketchum.
  • Bad Santa had a dedication to the memory of John Ritter, who played the mall manager and passed away before the film was released.
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was dedicated to Michael Nyqvist, who played Viggo Tarasov in the first film.
  • Henry & Verlin is dedicated to Ken Ledbetter, the father of writer/director Gary Ledbetter and the author of the original short stories, who lived from 1931-1993.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was dedicated to Jim Emswiller, who died by falling off a balcony while the film was in production.
  • Born on the Fourth of July was dedicated to political activist Abbie Hoffman, who died from a drug overdose eight months before the movie's release.
  • Mr Jones (2019) is dedicated to the victims of the Holodomor, a real life tragedy which the movie is focused on.
  • Bicentennial Man: The film dedicates itself to the memory of Robin Eickman and Jeffrey Burks.
  • ITV did this when they broadcast Diamonds Are Forever on 20th December 2020 with a dedication card to Sean Connery before the film starts.
  • Moulin Rouge! is dedicated to director Baz Luhrmann's father, Leonard, who died while the movie was in pre-production.
  • A Man Called Nereus has "In loving memory of Sam Willette," who played the driver Che.
  • Two films released after ILM visual effects supervisor Stephen L. Price's death, Jumanji and Dragonheart, were both dedicated to his memory. The latter was also dedicated to Irwin Cohen, father of that film's director Rob Cohen.
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League is dedicated to director Zack Snyder's daughter Autumn, who had committed suicide during the movie's production and led to Snyder needing to take a leave of absence to properly grieve the tragedy.
  • Snatched (2017) has "In Loving Memory of CECILE MELONI," mother of Christopher Meloni, who died the year before the movie came out.
  • Speed was dedicated to Marc Yobs, whose promising career in filmmaking was cut short when he perished in the Northridge earthquake the year the film was released.
  • The first live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie was dedicated to Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., who had died 35 years beforehand, "who was crazy enough to invent these singing chipmunks nearly 50 years ago" (at the time; the Chipmunks celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008).
  • Director Sam Mendes dedicated his film 1917 to his grandfather, Lance Corporal Alfred H. Mendes, who died in 1991, who served in the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps during World War I, "who told us the stories."
  • Metallica: Through the Never has one for Mark Fisher, an architect who designed rock stage sets and died a few months before the film's release.
  • The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was dedicated to casting director Mary Selway, who passed away from cancer before the film began production.
  • Off The Rails 2021 ends with "For Kelly" just before the ending credits, referring to actress Kelly Preston who played one of the lead characters, prior to her death from cancer a year before the film's release.
  • Down in the Delta: "This film is dedicated to the memory of Esther Rolle," who played Scatterbrained Senior Annie, in her last role.
  • Meadowland has two examples in the end credits. The first is a message about the death of Sarah Jones and the importance of workplace safety. The second is, "'I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday.' This film is dedicated to my dad, Casey Morano."
  • The Matrix Resurrections is dedicated to director Lana Wachowski's parents, who both passed away in 2019.
  • The Peacemaker was dedicated to director Mimi Leder's father Paul Leder and special effects technician Nick Middleton, who both died one year before the film was released.

  • Isaac Asimov:
  • Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly ended (both the novel and film version) with a list of names of those that Dick had lost to drug usage - including himself, as his pancreas was irreparably damaged by that point.
    In memoriam. These were comrades whom I had; there are no better. They remain in my mind, and the enemy will never be forgiven. The "enemy" was their mistake in playing. Let them play again, in some other way, and let them be happy. - Philip K. Dick
  • Raising Steam is dedicated to the fathers of Terry Pratchett and his assistant Rob Wilkins; "both fine engineers who taught their sons to be curious". The spin-off Mrs. Bradshaw's Handbook has an in-universe dedication to Mrs. Bradshaw's husband and Dick Simnel's father; "early departures on this particular journey".
  • The fourth Welcome To Wonderland book, "Beach Battle Blowout", is dedicated to Chris Grabenstein's father, Thomas Aloysius Grabenstein.
  • Love Anthony begins with "For Tracey. In memory of Larry."

    Live-Action TV 

Award Shows:

  • Many major awards ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards, take a few minutes to present an "In Memoriam" montage acknowledging major film/TV/what-have-you personalities who died in the period between ceremonies. The Academy Awards have sadly become notorious for limiting the number of acknowledged personalities, omitting lesser-known but much-loved figures in favor of big names who have less-illustrious film resumes. (In 2010, for example, Michael Jackson made the montage, but Farrah Fawcett didn't, despite the latter having a much longer and more beloved cinematic resume.)
    • A notable tribute appeared at the 2014 Academy Awards. Camera assistant Sarah Jones was hit by a train on set in February. At the Oscars in March, her name flashed onscreen after the proper segment had finished.
    • Another interesting one: Bill Paxton passed away the day before the 2016 ceremony, and presenter Jennifer Aniston mentioned him before the proper segment played.
  • Whitney Houston passed away the day before the 2012 Grammys. Despite not having enough time to prepare any proper tribute, many of the presenters, award winners, and host LL Cool J paid tribute to her throughout the night, and Jennifer Hudson did a last minute performance of “I Will Always Love You”.
    • The 2020 Grammys contained a similar example- just hours before the ceremony, basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna passed away in a helicopter crash. Although he wasn’t a musician, the ceremony was unofficially dedicated to Kobe and Gianna, and many performers and award winners took care to express their condolences or include a last minute tribute to the pair (i.e. Lil Nas X placing one of Bryant’s jerseys in the background of his set).
  • Home Movie: The Princess Bride: Carl Reiner, father of the director of the original film, is the final actor to play the Grandfather, and passed away three days after recording his scene, the day the series premiered. The series as a whole is dedicated to his memory.

Game Shows:

  • The ABC revival of The Chase was dedicated to Alex Trebek in its opening moments, as the show’s three Chasers all made their mark on Trebek's Jeopardy! (the best of them, Ken Jennings, even became its first post-Trebek guest host.)
  • Family Challenge: The first Michael Burger episode paid tribute to the series' first host Ray Combs, who committed suicide in 1996.
  • Family Feud: A 2012 episode saw Steve Harvey giving out a moment of silence for original host Richard Dawson, who had died on June 2 (the same date that the above-mentioned Combs, who was also a former Feud host, committed suicide).
  • Funny You Should Ask: Regular panelist Louie Anderson passed away on January 21, 2022. A small dedication to him was added to the credits of the rerun that aired the next week on January 28.
  • Guy's Grocery Games ran two tributes to popular contestant and judge Carl Ruiz after his sudden death.
    • The September 25, 2019 episode, airing four days after Carl's death (and one of the last episodes he judged), had a tribute at the end of the episode.
    • The "April Fools' Day" episode (airdate March 25, 2020) was a full-episode tribute to Carl. All the contestants and judges were friends of his from the usual collection of Flavortown judges, other friends and relatives appeared on the show, and all the challenges were ones Carl hated.
  • The Hollywood Squares
    • NBC daytime version: Peter Marshall paid tribute to semi-regular panelist Wally Cox, best known as the voice of Underdog, upon his 1973 death; and again in 1974 when Cliff Arquette, who played his Charley Weaver character on the show, passed away after a stroke.
    • Tom Bergeron version: Twice, with tributes to sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner (by Whoopi Goldberg, then producer and center square) during her week of shows early in the run; and John Ritter (in 2003, by then-producer Henry Winkler).
  • Jeopardy!: Host Alex Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in November 2020. Executive producer Mike Richards paid tribute to him on the first episode aired after his death, and every posthumous episode featured a tribute to him after the credits. The very last Trebek show, aired January 2021, ended with a montage of him through the years, set to the song “Once Before I Go”. In September 2021, Stage 10 at Sony Pictures Studio, the show's longtime home, was renamed the Alex Trebek Stage in his honor.
  • Let's Make a Deal: Wayne Brady paid tribute to co-creator and original host Monty Hall on the October 6, 2017 episode, which featured clips of Monty's sporadic appearances on the Brady-hosted revival and ended with a montage of pictures and clips from classic Deal.
    • Although Alex Trebek never hosted or appeared on LMAD, the November 23, 2020 episode began and ended with tributes to him.
  • The Price Is Right:
    • Host Bob Barker announced the deaths of announcers Johnny Olson (in 1985, shortly after his death but before his last-aired episode) and Rod Roddy in October 2003. Both times, Barker remarked how much each announcer added to the show and that they would be missed.
    • When the Australian version returned in 2012, Larry Emdur dedicated the first episode to former host Ian Turpie, who passed away just a few weeks before that series began production.
  • Pyramid:
    • Dick Clark briefly noted the passing of announcer Bob Clayton shortly after it happened in November 1979.
    • The 2012 run of The Pyramid was dedicated to Clark, who died in April that year.
  • Wheel of Fortune:
    • Pat Sajak made emotional tributes to Jack Clark (in September 1988 with the syndicated version, and in early August 1988 on the daytime show) and Charlie O'Donnell (in November 2010) after their deaths; both were long-time announcers closely tied to the show. Vanna White joined Sajak on the latter.
    • After director Mark Corwin died during the summer hiatus, a tribute was edited into a summer rerun.



  • 8 Simple Rules: One episode is dedicated to John Ritter. The episode in question deals with the death of the father character that Ritter portrayed.
  • An episode of The Amazing Race 16 was dedicated to the memory of He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk, who handed out clues to racers following one of the leg's Roadblocks. Pingping passed away a little more than a month before the episode's original broadcast.
    • A Season 6 episode taking place in Sri Lanka was dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Christmas tsunami that ravaged it months later.
    • The Season 8 episode "Think like an Office Chair" featured a similar dedication to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • When Bob Saget, the original host of America's Funniest Home Videos, died on January 9, 2022, the rerun that aired on January 16 began with a pre-taped message from the show's current host Alfonso Ribiero talking about his proud spot following in Bob's footsteps as current host of the show. This was followed by a montage of "Bob being Bob" and a clip from the show's 20th anniversary special. Every new episode after that through the rest of the season had a segment called "AFV Remembers the Saget years" that featured a segment from one of Bob's episodes.
  • The final audition of Season 12 of America's Got Talent was Brandon Rogers, who was killed in a car accident a month before it aired. It was both preceded and followed by message cards dedicating the performance to him.
  • The Angel episode "Long Days Journey" was dedicated to Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle. Doyle had died in the first season, and Quinn died several years later, of an accidental drug overdose.
  • On Barney Miller, after Jack Soo (Yamana) died, they had a fourth-wall breaking episode where the cast showed their favorite Jack Soo moments.
  • The first episode of the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot was dedicated to cast member Luke Perry, who died of a stroke on March 4, 2019.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • "The Septum Deviation" was dedicated to Carol Ann Susi, who played Howard's mom on the show.
    • "The Colonization Application" was dedicated to Leonard Nimoy.
  • Cake Boss dedicated one episode to Salvatore Picinich, a long-time friend and employee, after his death from cancer.
  • Call Your Mother: The episode "Sunday Dinner" was dedicated to the show's creator Kari Lizer's father Jerry Dayton Lizer, who died of COVID-19.
  • During Season 5 of Canada's Worst Driver, a contestant's brother-in-law was killed by a careless driver. The contestant was allowed to leave (though not graduate), and the episode ended with video clips of the other contestants talking about their own "failures to yield"note  , a memorial card, and Silent Credits.
  • The Carpool Karaoke: The Series featuring Linkin Park and Ken Jeong was dedicated to lead singer Chester Bennington, who took his life four days after it was filmed.
  • The Castle episode "Punked" closed with a tribute version of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions Vanity Plate with the following message: "Stephen J. Cannell. Colleague, mentor, friend. We'll miss you, pal." (Also, the falling paper drifts off the screen instead of forming into the logo as usual.) Additionally within the show itself, Cannell's poker chair has become an Empty Chair Memorial.
  • Chico and the Man: On the first-aired episode following series star Freddie Prinze's death, a pre-taped comment from co-star Jack Albertson was played over the closing credits, thanking fans and viewers for their show of sympathy.
  • An episode of the Chopped All-Stars tournament of 2017 was dedicated to contestant and Growing Pains actor Alan Thicke.
  • Two episodes of Cobra Kai, which is a continuation of The Karate Kid, had episodes dedicated to actors from the original movie who have passed away.
  • A memorable episode of The Cosby Show guest-starring The Muppets was dedicated to their creator Jim Henson in reruns (its premiere broadcast was before Henson's death).
  • On The Daily Show, whenever a major celebrity/politician/author/etc. dies and Jon Stewart interviewed him/her in a past episode, the "Moment of Zen" segment that ends the program will be a clip of that interview instead of the usual clip of media idiocy, or another clip with them.
  • An episode of the documentary series Disney Family Album centered on voice actors was dedicated to Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee died between the American and UK broadcasts of the 1996 TV Movie. As a result, the UK broadcast had a dedication to Pertwee at the end. This dedication was included as an Easter Egg on the original 2001 DVD release of the movie...then removed from the 2010 Special Edition DVD.
    • Christmas Episode "Voyage of the Damned" featured a card after the final scene reading "In Memory of Verity Lambert OBE", who had died a month or two previously.
    • The credits for Series 4 opener "Partners in Crime" featured the words "In Memory of Howard Atfield", who was meant to reprise his role as Donna's father for the series. Unfortunately he was in ill health and died after his scenes in "Partners in Crime" were shot, and his character role was given to Bernard Cribbins' newspaper salesman in "Voyage of the Damned", who became Donna's grandfather and a key character in the final stretch of David Tennant's run on the show.
    • "The Waters of Mars" has a dedication card reading "In Memory of Barry Letts", the show's producer during the near-entirety of Jon Pertwee's tenure and the guy responsible for casting Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, who died a month before broadcast, following the trailer for "The End of Time".
    • Series 6 opener "The Impossible Astronaut" opens, rather than ends, with a dedication card to Sarah Jane Smith actress Elisabeth Sladen, who died 4 days before the episode's premiere. Opening the episode with the dedication helps in establishing the episode's darker Wham Episode tone compared to other season openers. BBC Four also reran her final classic serial "The Hand of Fear" in May 2011, a month after her death, with dedications made by the channel's continuity announcer; these dedications can be found on the 2020 Season 14 Blu-Ray box set. A further long-lasting tribute occurred in 2012 with the introduction of companion Clara Oswald who, it was later confirmed, was named in honor of Elisabeth Clara Sladen.
    • Though not an "in memory of" card, "The Wedding of River Song" weaves, in a subtle but unmistakable way, a nod to the memory of Nicholas Courtney into the episode, and even manages to make it a plot point of sorts. The Doctor is on a "farewell tour", trying to postpone his rendezvous with his impending death in Utah as much as possible, and so he rings up the nursing home where Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is, hoping to share a drink or two with his old companion. A nurse tells the Doctor that the Brigadier had always spoken highly of him and requested that things be always ready if he ever decided to make a surprise visit to see the Brig — and that he had died a couple of months previous to the Doctor calling. This event is the one that finally spurs the Doctor to stop running and face his fate.
    • The DVD editions of the classic series serials frequently include DVD Bonus Content tribute featurettes to departed figures related to them, such as a 12-minute Anthony Ainley featurette on "Planet of Fire" and a 34-minute tribute to Barry Letts on "The Dæmons". The classic series Blu-Ray season box sets raise the bar with feature-length tribute documentaries to departed figures involved in a given season who didn't receive featurettes during production of the DVDs, including serial director Lennie Mayne on Season 10, Elisabeth Sladen on Season 14 and John Nathan-Turner on Season 26.
    • The first part of "Spyfall" ended with a tribute to Terrance Dicks. This was all the more poignant due to the fact that minutes before the audience was introduced to a new incarnation of the Master, a character Dicks had co-created and defined in his time as script editor.
  • Fame did one for Michael Thoma, who played Mr. Crandall. The episode was called "A Tough Act to Follow".
  • Fawlty Towers: After Andrew Sachs (Manuel) passed away in November 2016, the BBC reaired the episode "Communication Problems", with a dedication by John Cleese.
  • Forensic Files: The first episode of the sequel series Forensic Files II was dedicated to Peter Thomas, the narrator for the original series, who had passed away in 2016, five years after the original show ended and four years before the new show premiered.
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive: Season 2 Episode 6 "Raging Bulls" is dedicated to Anthoine Hubert, who died in a multi-car collision in the Formula Two race preceding the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. The episode itself includes interviews with some of his friends who were racing in Formula One at the time.
  • Frasier: The season 9 premiere, "Don Juan in Hell" is dedicated to executive producer David Angell and his wife Lynn who were killed in the 9/11 attacks shortly before the episode premiered.
  • Friends: The fourth season episode "The One with the Cat" was dedicated to series co-creator Martha Kauffman's mother, who passed away shortly before the episode aired.
  • Frontline's first report of 2016, "Netanyahu at War", was dedicated to Millicent Bell, a journalist and recurring sponsor for both Frontline and another WGBH-produced documentary series, Nova, through the Millicent and Eugene Bell foundation, who had died a few months before.
  • Because of Cory Monteith's death in July 2013, the third episode of the 2013-14 season of Glee was dedicated to him, with his character Finn being killed off. The episode focused on Finn's loved ones remembering "The Quarterback". It also featured a dedication card and Silent Credits at the end.
  • The Goldbergs:
    • The season 3 finale "Have A Summer" was dedicated to Patton Oswalt's wife Michelle McNamara, who died unexpectantly during production.
    • "MTV Spring Break" was dedicated to the memory of the real-life Beverley Goldberg's sister Marlene Bell.
    • "Love Triangle" and "Couple Off" were both given an "In Memoriam" to George Segal, who died on March 25, 2021.
  • In season 2 of the lush, 1906-set Spanish drama Gran Hotel, the new maître d'hotel, Ernesto, had only appeared in five episodes when, even as his character was making headway wooing the stiff head of housekeeping Angela, the actor, Juan Luis Galiardo, died unexpectedly. Remaining footage allowed him to appear briefly in two more episodes. These and two more following episodes were dedicated in his memory. Unusually, the dedication was positioned in place of the series title, over the beauty shot of the hotel at the end of the opening credits.
  • The Grey's Anatomy fourteenth season finale "All of Me" was dedicated "in loving memory" of Shandra "Sha" Page Edwards (who worked in the hair department for the series) and Suzanne Patmore Gibbs (a TV development executive who helped launch the series at ABC Studios).
  • The final season of Gullah Gullah Island was dedicated to Philip D. Garcia, the original performer of Binyah Binyah, who was killed in a car crash in early 1997.
  • A 2011 episode of Have I Got News for You opened with a dedication to Big George, the composer of the theme song, who had died the week before.
  • Highlander. The second-season two-parter 'Unholy Alliance' had a dedication in the credits to Werner Stocker, the actor who played Duncan's 'mentor figure' Darius. Werner Stocker had died just as the last few episodes of the previous season were filmed.
  • Holmes Makes It Right: One episode ended with a tribute to crew member Craig Lowe, who had died in a scuba diving accident shortly before the episode aired.
  • Cruelly played with at the end of every episode of the sketch comedy Human Giant, in which a faux-memoriam to a random, allegedly dead member of the show's real crew and staff (featuring the real face and name of a crew member) is interrupted by advertisements for non-existent Human Giant products.
  • The Impractical Jokers episode "Snow Way Out" was dedicated to location manager Michael Raptis.
    • "Vampire Weakened" was dedicated to Joe's dog Mishkeen, who appeared (along with his 3 other dogs) in a challenge in that episode.
    • “No Good Deed” was dedicated to Colin Da Silla Vint, who was an executive at ‘’Joker’s’’ production company, NorthSouth.
  • In Living Color! did this twice; the second episode of the series was dedicated to comedian Robin Harris and actor Jesse Aragon. A season three episode was also dedicated to comedian Sam Kinison (who had guest-starred on two episodes that season prior to his untimely death) and the show's hairstylist Troy White.
  • When Trevor Goddard, the actor who played Mic Brumby, died in June 2003 the season 9 premiere episode "A Tangled Webb" part 2 ended with one of these showing a clip from "Life or Death" (5.13) of the JAG cast singing "Waltzing Matilda" as he left to return to Australia.
  • The series finale of Justified has a dedication to Elmore Leonard, author of the story the series is adapted from.
  • Knots Landing
    • The Season Twelve episode "An American Hero" was dedicated to the memory of Steve Shaw. Clips of him from throughout his eleven years on the series were shown while his on-screen mother Michele Lee sang "Look at that Face".
    • The Season Twelve finale "Play, Pause, Search, Part Two" dedicated that entire season to the memory of the series' co-producer Lawrence Kasha.
    • The Season Fourteen premiere "Found and Lost" was dedicated to the memory of Larry Riley.
  • When the actor playing Compo on Last of the Summer Wine died, a full three episodes were devoted to the character's death, funeral and memorial. He was replaced by Compo's previously unknown son, played by the actor's son.
  • Liv and Maddie: "Grandma-A-Rooney" featured guest star Patty Duke's final roles as Grandma Janice and Grand-Aunt Hillary before she passed away in March 2016. The Disney Channel would reair the episode in April, and a framed photo of Duke as Janice seen very visibly on a table in Aunt Dena's living room during the season 3 finale "Californi-A-Rooney".
  • The Mandalorian Season 2 finale ends with a teaser for Spin-Off The Book of Boba Fett, and aired one day after the death of Boba Fett's original actor, Jeremy Bulloch. A few weeks after the release, Lucasfilm added a dedication to Bulloch to the end credits.
  • When the dog playing Buck needed to retire, Married... with Children dedicated his last episode to him. Of course, being a Bundy, even sweet doggy death doesn't give him any relief; he's reincarnated as their new dog.
    • Also, the season nine premiere episode "Shoeway to Heaven" was dedicated to James Maura.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe series:
  • In 2012, "The Map", an episode of The Middle that began with the Hecks coming back from Aunt Ginny's funeral, ended with an "in memoriam" to Frances Bay, who had played the character until she died the previous September.
    • "Mommapalooza" was dedicated to Jerry Van Dyke (Grandpa Tag).
  • Episodes 1711 through 1715 of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood ("Mister Rogers Talks about Sharing") are dedicated to longtime musical director Johnny Costa.
    Family Communications Inc.
    dedicates this week
    of programs to
    John Costa
    who shared his friendship
    and musical genius with
    us for many years
    • Episode 1610 ("Josephine the Short-Necked Giraffe") features a dedication to John Reardon, who passed away in 1988.
    • The last episodes recorded by Bob Trow (who played himself, Robert Troll, Bob Dog, AND Harriet Elizabeth Cow) and "Chef" Don Brockett before their deaths were dedicated to their memories.
  • Modern Family: The day after the passing of Ed Asner, Freeform aired the episode "The Paper Route", which guest-starred him.
  • Mom: On the day Ed Asner died, Nick @ Nite aired the episode "Kimchi and a Monkey Playing Harmonica" in rememberance of him. Peachtree TV did the same thing the next day.
  • The Monk season 7 debut was dedicated to Stanley Kamel, who played Monk's first shrink Dr. Charles Kroger. Kamel had died of a heart attack on April 8, 2008 during the season hiatus, and as such, the producers decided to have his character die offscreen of the same before the events of the season premiere "Mr. Monk Buys a House".
  • Mouse (2021): Cheon Jeong-ha (Chi-guk's mother) died on 28 April 2021 while the series was still airing. A memorial to her was added to the end of episode sixteen.
  • MythBusters:
    • Erik Gates, a rocketry expert and honorary MythBuster, died unexpectedly in late 2009. The episode that aired the next week had an "In Memory" graphic at the end of the credits.
    • The October 13, 2010 episode was dedicated to Sanjay Singh, one of their regular EMTs, who had died the previous week. (Sanjay appeared in that episode, which was filmed several months before.)
  • The December 19, 2011 episode of Next Great Baker was dedicated to contestant Wesley Durden. He had been eliminated in that episode, and died in October 2011 after filming was completed.
  • The season 11 finale of NCIS was dedicated in memory to Ralph Waite, who played Gibbs' father. Waite died in February 2014 and as such, the producers decided ultimately to have Jackson Gibbs pass away in show in the season finale "Honor Thy Father".
  • The first episode of the third season of Night Court in 1985 ended with a dedication to Selma Diamond, who had passed away the previous summer after playing bailiff Selma Hacker in the first two seasons; a still photo of her was shown under the following dialogue:
    Bull: Quite a story, huh?
    Selma: [deadpan] I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.
  • The original airing of the NOVA episode "To the Moon" (July 1999) was dedicated to Apollo 12 astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad, who appeared in the episode and who died in a motorcycle crash a few days before the episode was aired. The dedication does not appear on the DVD version.
  • On Pardon the Interruption, if someone important to the sports world has died prior to the airing of the episode, the "Happy Trails" segment at the end of the show will be replaced with a "Melancholy Happy Trails" segment where the hosts deliver a short eulogy for the deceased.
  • The series finale of Parks and Recreation is dedicated to writer, actor and executive producer Harris Wittels, who tragically died on February 19, 2015, a few days before it aired, with a message at the end saying "We Love You, Harris. -The Parks Crew"
  • Power Rangers:
  • Parodied on Real Time with Bill Maher with "A Farewell to Douchebags", a montage made after election cycles of unpopular politicians and political figures who fell from grace during that cycle.
    • Played straight with Richard Jeni, Christopher Hitchens, and Garry Shandling's deaths, as Bill featured montages of their previous appearances on this show and his previous show Politically Incorrect.
  • The Red Dwarf Series X episode "The Beginning" featured a picture/moment of silence dedication to production designer Peter Wragg, whose work included the design of the exterior model of the Red Dwarf ship.
  • The Riverdale episode "Chapter 49: Fire Walk With Me" was dedicated to Luke Perry, who died two days before the episode's airingnote .
  • The first episode of Robot Wars Extreme (aired in October 2001) was dedicated to David Gribble — the teenage driver for the robot Pussycat — who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident shortly after filming his last appearances in Series 5 and Extreme 1.
  • Same with Angel, an episode of the Roseanne reboot "Eggs Over, Not Easy" was also dedicated to Glenn Quinn, who played Mark Healy.
  • Saturday Night Live often pays tribute to deceased cast members, guest hosts and musical guests. In general, when a celebrity who either hosted the show or was the musical guest passes on, that episode will most likely be reran along with any new episode that week, or a photograph of said person will be shown after a sketch. Sometimes, they'll have a photo and a moment of silence (like they did with Charles Rocketnote  and Don Pardo), but other times, they'll take time off from the laughs to say goodbye and do a memorial piece:
    • When John Belushi died in 1982, a rerun of a season seven episode had a monologue from Brian Doyle-Murray, who told the story of how Belushi cared for him when he was just starting out in comedy and saved him from getting hit by a truck (with Belushi taking the hit and not getting injured).
    • Gilda Radner had died the same day of the 1988-89 season finale, so instead of his planned monologue, host Steve Martin replayed a 1978 sketch featuring himself and Radner.
    • When George Carlin died in June 2008, rather than rerun a 2008 episode hosted by Elliot Page, the very first episode, which was hosted by Carlin, was aired instead.
    • Jan Hooks also received a tribute on October 11, 2014 (the episode hosted by Bill Hader and the 39th anniversary of the show's first episode) with a reprise of a skit she performed with the also deceased Phil Hartman ("Love is a Dream," a Tom Schiller-written short film about an elderly woman who visits a bank vault to wear her old jewelry and is transported into a musical where she dances with a prince who turns out to be the bank's elderly security guard).
      • The same short was showed in the 25th anniversary special in 2000, as a tribute after the tragic death of Phil Hartman. Jon Lovitz and Jan Hooks presented the skit (visibily grieved), together with the main cast of the Hartman's era (Nora Dunn, Victoria Jackson, Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller and Mike Myers; Dana Carvey wasn't present).
    • The 40th anniversary special featured a lengthy tribute, presented by Bill Murray with Leon Pendarvis at the piano, to all the deceased SNL cast and crew members in the show's history (from cast members like Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Phil Hartman, and Jan Hooks, to behind-the-scenes people like Tom Davis, Michael O'Donoghuenote , Dave Wilson, Bernie Brillstein, and Don Pardo). But to keep things from being too depressing, the final tribute was to cast member Jon Lovitz. The cameras then cut to a very alive and confused Lovitz sitting in the audience. A similar gag occurred during Steve Martin's opening monologue. At the end of the segment, Bill Murray give the audience one last death notice that came later to included it properly on the tribute.
      Bill Murray: (in a respectful and solemn manner) This just came in from Spain. Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
    • When David Bowie died during Season 41, Fred Armisen returned to the show for a special tribute segment to the singer, in which Armisen recalled watching Bowie's musical performance in Season 5 in high school. A clip of Bowie singing "The Man Who Sold the World" during that appearance shown immediately afterwards.
    • Prince died later in Season 41, and instead of a segment during the show like Bowie got, SNL produced an entire hour-long memorial special featuring his various appearances over the years (and some clips from the recurring sketch, "The Prince Show", which had Fred Armisen as Prince).
    • At the end of Adam Sandler's hosting gig in Season 44, he performed his song "Farley" from his 100% Fresh special in tribute to Chris Farley.
    • In season 45, in the At Home episode, the final segment is a giant eulogy for music director Hal Willner, with appearances from Mulaney, Sandler, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Shannon, Rudolph, Armisen and Hader, among other alums.
    • At the end of a February 2003 show, Horatio Sanz came out in a sweater, sang “You're Special”, and said “Thank you, Mr. Rogers”, as a trolley passed him by.
    • When Rodney Dangerfield (who hosted a March 1980 episode) died in October 2004, that week's episode featured Darrell Hammond, who had impersonated Dangerfield in several previous sketches, performing a final standup routine at the Pearly Gates for St. Peter (Horatio Sanz), who solemnly remarked that he wanted to hear Dangerfield's jokes one last time before admitting him to Heaven. The screen cut to a still shot of Dangerfield with the caption "We'll miss you. Rodney Dangerfield 1921-2004".
    • After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, the cold open for that night's episode featured the New York City Children's Choir singing "Silent Night" with candles in the background.
    • After Leonard Cohen’s passing in the same week as the 2016 presidential election, Kate McKinnon appeared in character as Hilary Clinton in the opener to play “Hallelujah” on the piano.
    • A double is pulled in the October 7, 2017 opener: Jason Aldean, who had performed at what would become the Las Vegas massacre, appeared on stage to say a few words, before launching into a cover of "I Won’t Back Down" by Tom Petty, who'd died the day after the massacre.
    • The 46th season premiere "Weekend Update" segment ended with a tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with cast member Kate McKinnon dressed as her and a card with her signature lace collar and glasses with the words "Rest In Power" superimposed.
  • The Scrubs episode "My Cake", which deals with the death of J.D.'s father, is dedicated to the late John Ritter, who played J.D.'s father on the show.
  • The SecondsFromDisaster episode "Explosion on the North Sea," features a brief one for Bob Ballantine, one of the survivors interviewed in that episode.
  • The Seinfeld episode "The Burning" is dedicated to Lloyd Bridges, who played elderly fitness nut Izzy Mandelbaum in two prior episodes.
  • Smallville:
    • One episode was dedicated to the son of a producer, and he is called a true "Superboy".
    • Another episode was dedicated to Christopher Reeve, who "made us believe a man could fly."
  • The Son of the Beach Season 2 episode "Grand Prix" had one of comedian David Graf, who played the Frenchman racer in the episode.
  • In the Stargate-verse, the character of General George Hammond, a regular during the first seven seasons of Stargate SG-1, died off-screen of a heart attack, referencing the fact that the actor who played him, Don S. Davis, died of a heart attack shortly before production of the Stargate Atlantis series finale. As a result, in-universe Earth's newest battleship was named the George Hammond, mentioned at the end of Atlantis and first seen in the first episode of Stargate Universe. Out-of-universe, the Atlantis finale was dedicated to Don S. Davis, as was the 2009 re-cut of the SG-1 pilot.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification I" included a memorial title card for creator Gene Roddenberry.
  • Every episode of The Steve Harvey Show is dedicated to both Harvey's mother, Eloise, and veteran actress Madge Sinclair, who portrayed his mother-in-law on his previous sitcom, Me and the Boys.
  • Suddenly Susan did one after the death of David Strickland.
  • The Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet episode “Birds of a Feather” opened with a dedication to guest judge Naya Rivera.
  • Supernatural dedicated their fourth season to Kim Manners, a director who died during the filming of that season. The title card appeared after the episode "Death Takes a Holiday," which was actually the fifteenth episode, but the first to air after his death.
    • Also in the fourth season, the episode "Afterschool Special" was dedicated to Christopher F. Lima and Tim Loock, a rigging electrician and post-production editor, respectively. With Manners's after the fact full season dedication, this episode was dedicated to three separate, unrelated people whose deaths had nothing to do with each other.
    • "Book of the Damned" (season 10, ep 18) was dedicated to Jaap Broeker, who died on January 19, 2015 and was a stand-in for Jensen Ackles.
  • Linda Porter, who played elderly employee Myrtle Vartanian on Superstore, passed away at age 86 on September 26, 2019- the day of the fifth season premiere. The next week’s episode, “Testimonials”, was dedicated to Porter, and later in the season, an episode simply titled “Myrtle” dealt with the character’s death as well.
  • The final episode of The Terror ends with a title on black reading simply "FOR MARCUS", a reference to series composer Marcus Fjellstrom, who died while the show was still in production.
  • Titus had one after the death of the real-life Ken Titus.
  • The 2011 Christmas edition of Top of the Pops ended with a tribute to Jimmy Savile, who had died a few weeks earlier and was, at the time, still remembered as a much-loved entertainer. A year later, however, Savile had been exposed as a prolific sex offender, making the tribute appear in bad taste.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): "A Saucer of Loneliness" is dedicated to the memory of Theodore Sturgeon, who wrote the short story on which it is based.
  • The finale of Ultraman Z pays tribute to the show's main screenwriter Kota Fukihara, who passed away on May 17, 2020 at the age of 37 due to brain hemorrhage a month before the series started its run.
  • Walt Disney Presents
    • The show Disneyland Around the Seasons, which aired three days following the death of Walt Disney, initially opened with a tribute to Walt by Dick Van Dyke (who starred in Disney's Mary Poppins) and Chet Huntley (co-host of NBC's Huntley-Brinkley Report).
    • The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening ended with Michael Eisner paying tribute to Lucille Ball, who died three days before the broadcast.
  • The West Wing: The first episode airing after John Spencer's death, "Running Mates" started with a tribute by Martin Sheen. But because they'd filmed ahead, Leo McGarry didn't die until several weeks later in "Election Day: Part II".
  • Twice has an actor from The Wire died and had their character (a Baltimore Police officer) killed off in the show off-camera. The episode then depicts a Detective's wake; the departed is laid out on the Pool table at the local cop bar, with a beer in one hand and a cigar in the other, while his fellow policemen recount his finest moments and play Body of an American by The Pogues.
  • The "Animal Encounters" episode of World's Dumbest... ends with a joking tribute to the production assistant's dignity, while clips of him in various animal costumes play.
  • The X-Files took their "In Memoriam" one step further. In February 2001, Leyla Harrison, a prominent X-Files fanfiction author, passed away from cancer. In her honor, Agent Leyla Harrison made her appearance in season eight's "Alone". The fictional Agent Harrison was quite a fan of Mulder and Scully's, spending much of her time at the FBI poring over their expense reports and during the entire episode, references previous cases the two had been on (while partnered with Agent Doggett) as possibilities for the creature they're hunting. In the end, she meets Mulder and Scully and is gifted with the keychain Mulder had given Scully for her birthday during season four. She also makes an appearance in season nine's "Scary Monsters".
    • In a more traditional style, the 2008 movie "I Want to Believe" is dedicated to Randy Stone, who was the casting agent who cast the pilot episode of the show. He died in 2007.

Sporting Events:

  • The opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics were dedicated to Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a practice run on the luge track hours before the start of the Olympics.
  • NBC Sports dedicated their broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics to Jack O'Hara, "A colleague in sports broadcasting." O'Hara was the executive producer of ABC's Wide World of Sports, and died in the crash of TWA flight 800.
  • In 2016, after the LaMia Flight 2933 air disaster that claimed the life of much of the Chapecoense soccer team and several sports journalists, FOX Sports Brazil aired a black screen with a scoreboard and the hashtag "#90MinutosDeSilencio" in place of what would've been the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana Final between Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional of Colombia. The broadcast included a tribute to the Fox Sports employees killed in the crash during halftime. The broadcast was bookended by the official World Feed opening to Copa Sudamericana television transmissions, which also ran in silence on both showings. The tribute was introduced by FOX Sports Brazil host João Guilherme, the only person to appear live on-camera during the show, as the "halftime" tribute was a pretaped montage.

TV Movies:

  • Grease: Live!, which featured Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, bears a dedication to her father, Greg Hudgens, who died of cancer before the premiere.

  • On their album Anchors Aweigh The Bouncing Souls had "Todd's Song", in which they sang: "I grab into my sixpack and raise a can to another fallen friend...With a heart so big that you can't hide you took the path of a a slow suicide. And all those feelings that you had, they killed you from the inside...I can't say that I don't understand. I know you tried. I'll see you when we all come home."
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have two songs, "Knock Me Down" (from Mother's Milk) and "My Lovely Man" (from Blood Sugar Sex Magic), that are tributes to their former guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose.
  • AC/DC's Back in Black is dedicated to original vocalist Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning prior to its recording. The album's title and iconic black cover are an allusion to the practice of wearing black in mourning.
  • The lyrics for "Into the West," from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King were inspired by aspiring filmmaker and director Cameron Duncan, who had become friends with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh and filmed an organ donation commercial for them. When the song received the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Walsh dedicated the award to him; Duncan died of cancer at the age of 17, and some of his work can be seen on the extended editions of the LOTR DVDs.
  • tool's album Aenima is dedicated to the memory of their friend, comedian Bill Hicks, who is featured in a mural in the album's liner notes.
  • The remaining members of Snot recorded a tribute album, Strait Up, in memory of their deceased vocalist, Lynn Strait. The album featured an extensive and substantial list of well-known rock, punk and metal musicians.
  • The name and title track of "We Are The Others", the third album by Dutch symphonic metal band, Delain, was dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster, a British young woman fatally injured in a hate attack on herself and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, in Lancashire in 2007; it is believed the pair were targeted because of their gothic appearance.
    I'm walking with Sophie tonight
    She lives in the air that I breathe
    I can't get it out of my mind
    How you were left to bleed!
    Was it how you dressed?
    Or how you act?
    I can't believe
    How they could act so violently
    Without regret
    Well we will not forget
  • Rise Against wrote "Make It Stop (September's Children)" to honor the memories of all those who have died of bullying, be it homophobic or otherwise, even naming the gay teenagers who committed suicide in September 2010 during the bridge. The video makes this clear to those who didn't get it from just listening to the song.
  • Dave Matthews Band dedicated their breakthrough album Under the Table and Dreaming to Dave's sister, Anne. She had been murdered by her husband a few months before the album's release.
    • Their album Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King is dedicated to their late saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
  • Elton John's "Empty Garden", which was written in memory of his good friend John Lennon.
    • George Harrison and Paul McCartney wrote songs in memory of Lennon as well—"All Those Years Ago" and "Here Today", respectively.
    • Queen's "Life is Real" and Paul Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace" were dedicated to Lennon as well.
  • "Mighty K.C." by For Squirrels was a tribute to Kurt Cobain, but before their album was released, two band members (the lead singer and the bassist) and their manager were killed in a car accident. The music video for the song was a tribute to them instead.
    • Likewise "Let Me In" by R.E.M. is also dedicated to/inspired by Cobain. The album it's found on, 1994's Monster, is also dedicated to late actor River Phoenix, a friend of the band members.
  • New Order's 1981 debut album Movement was more or less their way of mourning the loss of Ian Curtis, their former lead singer during the band's days as Joy Division, who hung himself the previous year. Additionally, the instrumental track "Elegia" from their 1985 album Low-Life was also written in Curtis's memory; fittingly, the album was released just five days short of the fifth anniversary of his suicide.
  • Versailles' album Jubilee (and, more specifically, the song "Serenade" and its music video) was dedicated to their bassist Jasmine You, who passed away during the album's production. "Faith & Decision" off of their later album Holy Grail is another (much longer) tribute to him.
  • The Rolling Stones' 1969 compilation Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is dedicated to former member Brian Jones, who'd drowned earlier that year. The sleeve notes include an epitaph that Jones had composed himself:
    When this you see, remember me
    And bear me in your mind
    Let all the world say what they may
    Speak of me as you find
  • Manic Street Preachers have dedicated several records in memory of their co-manager Phillip Hall, most notably 1994's "The Holy Bible" to which Phillip died of cancer before pre-production started on the album. Sadly the band would later lose their rhythm guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards who disappeared in February 1995 after a notibly long battle with depression, anorexia, self-harm and alcoholism. Richey was declared presumed dead in 2008. The National Treasures compilation album released in 2011 is dedicated to both Richey and Phillip as well as The Holy Bible's 20th anniversary special edition and its companion concert film "Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave" released in 2019 which is also dedicated to the memory of Collin Ross who providing the lighting effects on several Manic's tours, including The Holy Bible 20th anniversary tour.
  • Claude Debussy dedicated the second movement of "En blanc et noir," with its sombre opening evoking distant bugles and drums and a tumultuous middle section menacingly quoting "Ein feste burg," to Lieutenant Jacques Charlot, a friend killed in battle in World War I.
  • KISS' Creatures Of The Night album was dedicated to Neil Bogart, the founder of their label Casablanca Records, who died during the recording sessions. Ten years later, Revenge was dedicated to their drummer Eric Carr, who died from cancer the previous year, with a song performed by the band called "Carr Jam '81" included on the album as a tribute.
  • The music video for "One More Light" by Linkin Park was released shortly after the suicide of Chester Bennington. It features footage of Chester performing and interacting with fans, as well as a title card at the end with resources for suicidal people.
    • The song itself was written in memoriam for Amy Zaret, a friend of the band's who had died from cancer.
  • Igor Stravinsky's "In memoriam Dylan Thomas," a setting of Thomas's poem "Do not go gentle into that good night," was composed after the poet's death put an end to a planned collaboration with Stravinsky on a theatrical work.
  • On Freak Out (1966) by Frank Zappa the section "in memoriam Edgard Varèse''" during "The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet" is a homage to Zappa's main musical inspiration Edgard Varèse, who died a year earlier.
  • "The Real Sugar" from Pocket Revolution by dEUS is an homage to Mark Sandman (Morphine), who became a personal friend of Tom Barman in the 1990s, but died unexpectedly from a heart attack during a concert.
  • Metallica wrote the song "To Live is To Die" as a tribute to Cliff Burton, the band's original bassist who was killed in a bus accident.
  • Nine Inch Nails's live album "And All That Could Have Been" is dedicated in the memory of Rodney Robertson, a studio intern that Trent Reznor befriended who was murdered in 2001.
    • "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally", from The Fragile (1999), was dedicated to Trent's grandmother Clara.
  • Avenged Sevenfold's entire Nightmare album is dedicated to their late drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away after finishing the recording of the album in late 2009. Almost all of the lyrics were rewritten to reflect the band's pain over their loss. Even the CD case and booklet are filled with dedications to him.
    • Every album since Nightmare has been dedicated to the Rev's memory.
    • The remaining band members have even tribute tattoos to him.
  • Heart's song "These Dreams" is dedicated to the memory of Sharon Hess, a good friend of Nancy Wilson.
  • Visions of Atlantis's album "Ethera" was dedicated to former vocalist Nicole Bogner, who died after fighting a severe disease over a long period of time in January 6, 2012.
  • The Rush album Different Stages is dedicated "In loving memory of Jackie and Selena." Selena was drummer Neil Peart's daughter, who was killed in a car accident in 1997; Jackie was his wife, who died of cancer less than a year later.
  • The Dream Academy's hit single "Life in a Northern Town" was intended as an elegy for Nick Drake.
  • Radiohead's album A Moon Shaped Pool is dedicated to the memory of Scott Johnson, a roadie for the band who was killed in a stage collapse in 2012.
    • Radiohead's 2017 reissue of their 1997 classic OK Computer, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997-2017, was dedicated in memory of Thom's wife Dr. Rachel Owen, who died after a long battle from cancer a year earlier. Although the original liner notes of the original released ended with the lines "We hope you are OK. Thank you for listening.", these lines are especially haunting and very touching when the dedication to Rachel is placed beforehand.
  • Jacquie Lee’s “Somebody’s Angel” is dedicated “In memory of all those who are Somebody’s Angel now”. The video has a painted TV showing news clips of tributes to celebrities who died in 2016. It ends with a clip in bigger frame of Jacquie singing with fellow The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who was killed one day before the Pulse massacre, both in Orlando.
  • In December 2016, Lamb of God released an EP called "The Duke". The title track, along with the EP, is a tribute to longtime fan Wayne Ford, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and passed away in 2015. You can watch the story behind it here.
  • The video to "Hickory Creek" by Whitechapel is dedicated to Phil Bozeman's mother, Theresa Leslie Bozeman, the basis of the album The Valley, who suffered from schizophrenia and crack addiction that eventually took her life. "Bring Me Home" from its predecessor Mark of the Blade is similarly inspired by Phil's father passing of cardiac arrest when he was just 10 years old.
  • "We Were Young", Andy Wu’s mashup of 2016 pop hits, ends with a dedication to Prince, David Bowie, and Christina Grimmie.
    • The "Struggle" portion of "Perfect Struggle 2017" was dedicated to Chester Bennington, and in part uses one of his last singles, "Heavy."
    • A subtler one, but the description for "The Greatest Hope 2018" ends with:
      If you've ever had a dream linger in your head, this one’s for you.
    • "Kill the Unknown 2019" is for Juice WRLD and Avicii, though the later passed the year before.
  • Several videos from The Wiggles have contained dedications as well:
    • The earliest was featured in the video "Toot Toot!", for John Field, the actor who played John the Cook in the video "Yummy Yummy", who had passed away in 1998.
    • The 2002 video "Wiggly Safari" features a dedication to firefighter Brian Cannizzaro and everyone who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
    • 2004's "Top of the Tots" has dedications to Jane Hill (Greg Page's mother in-law) and singer Slim Dusty (who had died in 2002 and 2003, respectively).
    • The 2005 filmed version of "LIVE Hot Potatoes" sees dedications to a three-year-old girl named India who had passed away from a brain disease in 2003 (she is credited as "a special friend of Dorothy the Dinosaur") and pianist Steve Blau.
    • The 2015 video "Rock & Roll Preschool" is dedicated to Emma Watkins' nanna Edith Royal (who died the preceding year from a heart attack).
  • Beast in Black's 2021 album Dark Connection is dedicated to mangaka Kentaro Miura, who had died on 6 May of a ruptured aorta. Principal songwriter Anton Kabanen is a longtime fan of Miura's most famous work, Berserk.
  • Bonnie Raitt's 1991 album Luck of the Draw was dedicated to Stevie Ray Vaughan, who died in 1990, and of whom had encouraged her to stop abusing alcohol.

  • Adult Swim often airs silent bumpers, in their usual "black and white" format, honoring figures who have made a significant impact on the lives of the staff or on pop culture in general, showing their names and the years they were alive. On rare occasions, more electorate dedications are shown.
    • A 2011 bumper paid tribute to Steve Jobs by showing the cursive "Hello" from the 1984 unveiling of the Mac fading into a "Goodbye".
    • A 2012 bumper paid tribute to Neil Armstrong by showing a photograph of him on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission with audio of his "One small step for man..." quote playing.
    • Parodied with a 2013 bumper honoring Futurama following its second cancellation, showing both eras where it was on the air. It was well-deserved, as reruns of show helped Adult Swim gain mainstream popularity during in its early years.
    • A 2014 bumper paid tribute to Sherman Hemsley two years after he died.
      "Sorry, we just found out. That shit sucks."
    • In 2016, they did everything they could to honor one of the network's original driving forces, C. Martin Croker. This included the Toonami bit mentioned below, a re-airing of the first Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode, and a marathon stream of the show on the block's website.
    • Parodied with a 2017 bumper that honored "The writing on Game of Thrones" following the controversial seventh season's finale.
  • Cartoon Network:
  • Disney Channel:
  • Nickelodeon:
    • In 1989, Nick aired a bumper honoring Mel Blanc, "who, for more than fifty years, let the Looney Tunes do the talking."
    • In 2012, Nick paid tribute to Ernest Borgnine by airing a marathon of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes prominently featuring Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
    • Not long after SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg's death from ALS on November 26, 2018, Nick aired a montage honoring him, thanking him for "making every day the Best Day Ever." between a memorial marathon of the show's first three seasons. An extended version of the montage was later uploaded to Nickelodeon's official YouTube channel (eventually moved to SpongeBob's official YouTube channel). They also aired an all-day marathon the weekend after his death to commemorate him.
      • For the week of August 17, 2020, the network ran SpongeBob almost all afternoon (only stopping for The Loud House and its spinoff The Casagrandes) from Monday to Friday in memory of Stephen, as that Friday would have been his 59th birthday. The Saturday after that, there was a nearly all-day marathon in his memory until 6PM that night.
    • Another SpongeBob marathon on June 5, 2020, which was originally supposed to promote a new special, wound up being this when "Band Geeks" played twice to honor the passing of Bob Kulick, who wrote a stock music library track that became famous through its' use in that episode, "Sweet Victory".
  • Turner Classic Movies has "TCM Remembers" bumpers that pay tribute to people in the movie business, from both sides of the camera, when they die, as well as a longer bumper at the end of the year recapping the deaths. They also hold marathons of movies those people were involved with in honor of them.
    • Every December, they run a touching "TCM Remembers" montage between shows to acknowledge film-related personalities who passed away that year; it tends to run 5+ minutes due to its thorough approach — cult favorite figures and behind-the-camera talent such as special effects technicians and costume designers are afforded the same time and affection as A-list stars and directors.
      • Very often, someone dies after the clipreel is released, and unlike the Academy Awards they recut the whole thing to include those people if possible. If not, they just go to the next year (this happened with Eartha Kitt, for instance).note 
  • PBS Kids Sprout sometimes holds marathons when somebody famous dies.
  • After the passing of Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood fame) in late Feburary 2003, PBS North Carolina (at the time known as UNC-TV) aired a memorial tribute that featured Mr. McFeely and the network's Kangaroo mascot Read-A-Roo watching one of Rogers' speeches.
    Your support of UNC-TV has an impact... beyond what you watch.
  • NBC ran a Camp Candy marathon in March 1994 to pay tribute to John Candy.
  • In 2015, a couple days after Brazilian voice actor turned policeman Caio Cesar was shot in the line of duty, several local TV stations reran productions featuring his voice. TV Cultura reran Rocket Power (he voiced Otto), Rede Record showed the Thunderbirds movie (he was in the supporting cast), Nick Jr. aired Dora the Explorer (he voiced Boots), and the Warner Channel aired The Green Mile (he had a bit part).
  • ABC will occasionally play short bumpers to pay tribute to network stars, like Happy Days's Erin Moran in 2017 and sports broadcaster Keith Jackson in 2018.
    • At the end of 2017 and just before airing their annual “The Year” retrospective, ABC aired a new special called “The Year: In Memoriam.” It featured interviews with current personalities sharing opinions and stories about icons we lost in 2017 (Tracy Morgan talking about Don Rickles, Darius Rucker on Tom Petty, etc.) and a clip montage of ones they missed at the end. They repeated this in 2018 (two honorees being President Bush Sr. and his wife Barbara), but apparently dropped the concept in 2019.
    • Following the death of Chadwick Boseman on August 28, 2020, ABC pre-empted its Sunday night Game Show block to show Black Panther (2018) without commercials, followed by an ABC News tribute special.
  • In late 2016, Logo aired bumpers in memory of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who all died within days of one another.
    • In 2018, they also ran a marathon of The Facts of Life in honor of Charlotte Rae, as well as having a memorial bumper that said "Thank you for teaching us The Facts of Life".
  • On June 25, 2009, WGN showed bumpers in honor of Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer that day and with a memory card of her with the statement "Forever An Angel".
    • WGN also showed bumpers for The Bozo Show in 2001 when actor Roy Brown (who played Kookie the Chef) died in Januaray 2001. The montage ended with a photo of him as Kookie the Chef and a caption comes up that read "Thanks, Roy! We will miss you!"
  • CBC aired a bumper for fellow Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who passed away around Christmastime 2016.
  • On April 21, 2018, Laff TV held an "All Rise for Harry" marathon of Night Court in honor of star Harry Anderson, who died earlier in the week of the flu at the age of 65.
  • When Syfy launched back in September 1992, they displayed a title card that dedicated the channel to the memory of Gene Roddenberry and Isaac Asimov.
  • On December 23, 2018, a Laverne & Shirley marathon was held on MeTV to honor Penny Marshall, who had died a few days prior. The episodes that were run were picked by her in an interview in 2015.
  • On the weekend of Kevin Meaney's death, Sirius XM station Raw Dog Comedy played a marathon of several of his routines during the evening hours.
  • In February 2021, both E! Network and METV paid tribute to Dustin Diamond, who died of cancer that month. The former network have a weekend-long Saved by the Bell marathon intercut with interviews with him and a memorial screenshot while the latter network aired six episodes starring Screech with their own memorial bumper for Diamond.
  • Sirius XM's Disney Hits station began playing "Kiss The Girl" and "Under The Sea" more frequently after Samuel E. Wright's death. It got to the point where the former song became the 11th most played song over the course of a 30-day period.
  • Given how famous Betty White was, several networks altered their schedule during the first week of 2022 to pay tribute to her:
    • On January 1-2, 2022, TV Land aired an all-weekend marathon of The Golden Girls to honor the passing of Betty White mostly consisting of episodes featuring White's character Rose. As this was a last-minute schedule change, it didn't show up on most TV guides. They also ran a marathon on the day that would have been her 100th birthday.
    • The weekend of Betty White's passing, CMT aired a marathon of The Golden Girls episodes focusing on Rose. A bumper aired between episodes mourning White and sending wishes to her family, friends, and fans.
    • On January 8, 2022, Game Show Network and Buzzr both aired marathons of Match Game episodes starring Betty White.
    • Decades aired a marathon of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on January 8, 2022, preceeded by Betty White's roast of Dean Martin.
    • Local channel DTC3 aired a marathon of Life with Elizabeth and Date with the Angels on January 8, 2022.
    • The Film Detective channel showed a marathon of her first sitcom, Life with Elizabeth, on January 17th, which would have been her 100th birthday.
    • Hallmark Channel showed an all-day marathon of The Golden Girls on the day that would have been her 100th birthday, January 17th.
    • Google honored Betty White on her 100th birthday by showing rose petals, the years she was born and died, and the message "Thank you for being a friend".
  • MeTV moved up its addition of Full House from February to January to honor the passing of Bob Saget.

  • The December 2012 software upgrade for Star Wars (Data East) is dedicated to Neil Falconer, who programmed the original software for the game.
  • An Easter Egg in the Attract Mode for Jack*Bot shows that it is dedicated to Joe Joos Jr, who made several interesting pinball toys.
  • The end of the credits for Tales from the Crypt reads "In Loving Memory of William Gaines". Bill Gaines was the publisher and co-editor of EC Comics, which originally published the Tales from the Crypt Comic Book.
  • Data East's "Time Machine" has a tribute to pinball trailblazers Sam Stern and Harry Williams, who passed away shortly before the game was released.
    "Dedicated to the memory of Sam Stern and Harry Williams. Friends, founders, and fathers."
  • The Attract Mode for GoldenEye includes the message "Dedicated to the Memory of Jack Bushell."
  • While Avengers: Infinity Quest doesn't have a formal dedication, it does contain a tribute to Chadwick Aaron Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and died not long before the game was revealed. After all of the regular high scores in the Attract Mode, the last listing is simply "Black Panther: CAB." Notably, it's the only high score that can never be replaced.
  • Godzilla (Stern): The various high scores in Attract Mode include a permanent listing for a "Code Champion," whose initials are "LFS." This is a tribute to longtime pinball coder Lyman F. Sheats; it was added in version .90, which was released almost a week after he passed away.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The traditional professional wrestling tribute to deceased wrestlers is the ringing of the bell ten times at the beginning of an event.
  • In 1999, the Funk brothers dedicated a match at the FMW Judgment Day to Bruiser Brody.
  • WWE does this regularly. Depending on how "important" the dead guy is, it might just be an "In Memoriam" card at the beginning of the show or a fully produced Retrospective about their lives. And that's just for old guys. For Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit they had full two-hour Kayfabe breaking tributes. Benoit's was an unfortunate example, as it aired moments before it emerged that his death was a murder-suicide involving his wife and son.
    • After Road Warrior Hawk's death, The Dudley Boys won a tag match with the Road Warriors' old Finishing Move as a tribute. Announcer Jim Ross even finished calling the match with "God bless you, Hawk!".
    • After Yokozuna's death, The Undertaker wore a Yokozuna shirt, which he revealed after defeating Val Venis on Raw. While opponents on-screen, they were best friends in real life.
    • Another contentious example was their 2017 tribute to Jimmy Snuka; Snuka had narrowly avoided prosecution for the death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino in 1983, having been declared unfit to stand trial due to health issues, and the charges were dismissed. Even though evidence had pointed to Snuka not just having killed Nancy but abusing her before hand, and the company considered him an Unperson like Benoit during his arrest, suspending his legends contract and removing him from the Hall of Fame, the WWE decided to honor Snuka as a hero with a glowing tribute video package, a move that was considered tone deaf and hypocritical by many considering how quickly the promotion had worked to wash its hands of Benoit nearly a decade earlier.
    • Triple H wore a black armband during a match in remembrance of "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.
  • CHIKARA named the tournament to crown the first ever CHIKARA Grand Champion the "12 Large Summit," after Larry Sweeney's Catchphrase.
  • The Revived FMW's 2016 Snow Thawing Carnival became a tribute to Hayabusa after he was found dead in his home during it.
  • Mephisto wore the mask of the deceased Arkangel de la Muerte for his match during the June 15th 2018 CMLL Super Viernes.
  • The December 30th, 2020 episode of AEW Dynamite was dedicated to Mr. Brodie Lee, the Exalted One of The Dark Order. Every member of the Dark Order got wins under their belt, with a dream team match booked by his son, Brodie Jr., as the main event. At the end of the show, they retired the then-current TNT Championship belt (which Brodie had held until his last match), giving it to Brodie Jr. and declaring him TNT Champion for life.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Bear in the Big Blue House episode "Big Blue Home of the Brave" was dedicated to Dean Brent McCune Jr., a young fan who had died of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • The final episode of Fraggle Rock, "Change of Address" is dedicated to Don Sahlin, Jim Henson's chief puppet builder and designer, who had died five years before the series premiered.
  • The series premiere of Dinosaurs began with a dedication to Jim Henson, who passed away while the show was still in development.
  • The Noddy Shop: When Sean McCann died, Joseph Marshall, who later uploaded the entire series with creator Rick Siggelkow's permission, uploaded the official music video of "Thank You For Being You", the song from the Season 1 finale "Noah's Leaving".
  • Sesame Street:
    • Honorees from different episodes include director Jon Stone and actor Michael Jeter.
    • There's Episode 1839, an episode-long tribute to actor Will Lee, who played Mr. Hooper, that also used the fact that The Character Died with Him as an opportunity to teach children about death in a mature manner, and episode 4411, a Halloween Episode-long tribute to Muppet performer Jerry Nelson by means of honoring his most prominent character, Count von Count.
    • The 1989 special Sesame Street: 20 Years and Counting was dedicated to longtime series composer Joe Raposo and closed with a performance with his most famous song, "Sing".
    • Episode 5005 (also known as "Mick and The Good Fit") ends with a dedication to Caroll Spinney, who had passed away a week prior, that read "Thank you for bringing so much life to Big Bird and Oscar. We'll miss you, Caroll". The documentary 50 Years & Still Sunny! was also dedicated to Spinney and Sesame Workshop executive Bobbi English.

  • Just a Minute has included tributes to each of its four original regular panellists following their deaths.
    • The 5 May 1988 episode, the first to air after the death of Kenneth Williams a few weeks earlier (but which had been recorded before his death), was introduced by the Radio 4 continuity announcer as a tribute to his memory.
    • Host Nicholas Parsons introduced the 1 March 1999 episode as a tribute to Derek Nimmo, who had died a few days before the episode aired; Nicholas noted that the episode's recording a few months earlier had been Derek's last professional appearance.
    • A summer re-run of the 17 January 2000 episode was dedicated to the memory of Peter Jones, who had died earlier in the year and one of whose last professional appearances had been for the recording of the episode in question.
    • At the end of the 27 July 2009 episode, Nicholas Parsons introduced an audio clip of Clement Freud, who had died the previous spring, speaking on the subject "How I hope my epitaph will read" from the 29 January 2001 episode as a tribute to his memory:
      Clement Freud: I think just my name, the date of my death, and the words "Best before".note 
  • The February 1, 2019 edition of The News Quiz started with a brief tribute to Jeremy Hardy before the program proper started, as he'd died between the it being recorded and broadcast. Miles Jupp, who gave the tribute, was clearly trying to hold back tears.
  • American Top 40: The June 21, 2014 show was dedicated to the memory of co-creator/original host Casey Kasem, who had died the previous weekend. Additionally, a two-hour special aired over the July 4 weekend, with tributes from many of the stars, his successors, his one-time rival Rick Dees and others about the influence of the show and how much they enjoyed listening to Casey each weekend. Also, tributes were aired during American Country Countdown and its rival program, Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 (with Kingsley reflecting on his working with Kasem during his days with American Country Countdown).
    • Many times, a special segment would be aired when a prominent artist passed away. One of the earliest such tributes on AT40 was to Jim Croce, who died in a plane crash in 1973, and Kasem aired an extensive tribute a month later. Both American Country Countdown and Country Top 40 have done the same through the years, most recently with Merle Haggard.
  • The first episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hexagonal Phase is dedicated to Susan Sheridan, the original Trillian.
  • The April 21, 2018 episode of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is dedicated to announcer Carl Kasell.

  • In the National Football League, teams sometimes wear patches to honor owners, players, or other people associated with them.
    • After the September 11th attacks in 2001, every team wore a patch to honor the lives lost, with the New York Jets and New York Giants wearing an additional patch to honor the first responders.
    • In the 2015 season, the New York Giants wore patches honoring Ann Mara, matriarch to the Mara family owning the team, and a #16 decal to honor Frank Gifford, who played for the team from 1952 to 1960 and from 1962 to 1964.
    • In the 2018 season, the Seattle Seahawks wore "PGA" patches to honor team owner Paul Allen.
  • In some team or contact sports (usually American-style football), a rare yet extremely touching form of remembrance is the sports equivalent of a "missing man" tribute, where if a player has died, their position on the field will be empty for one play.
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers punter Sam Foltz was killed in a car accident prior to their September 3, 2016, game against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Nebraska's first punt attempt of the game, therefore, had no punter. The play clock expired creating a delay of game penalty, which Fresno State declined.
    • Sean Taylor, the free safety for the Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team), was shot and killed in a home invasion on November 27, 2007. In their next game on December 2 against the Buffalo Bills, Washington's first defensive play only had ten men on the field, with the free safety position empty.
  • Following the death of Kobe Bryant in January 2020, multiple teams paid tribute by deliberately earning a 24-second shot clock violation and an 8-second backcourt violation - reflecting Bryant's jersey numbers. The first Clippers and Lakers games after his death also featured extended tributes to Bryant.
  • When golfer Payne Stewart died in a plane crash after his Learjet's pressurization system failed and everyone on board passed out from hypoxia, several PGA golfers at the 2000 US Open in Pebble Beach paid tribute by doing their own version of a 21-gun salute- they hit 21 golf balls into the ocean.

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  • Avenue Q features a fictionalized version of former child actor Gary Coleman. When the real Coleman died from an epidural hematoma in May 2010 at the age of 42, that evening's performances of the show by the off-Broadway cast at New York's New World Stages and the national touring cast in Dallas were dedicated to his memory.
  • My Sister Eileen is dedicated to the Real Life Eileen, Eileen McKenney West, who died with her husband in a car accident around the time the play opened in New York City.
  • In September 2018, Cirque du Soleil aerialist twins Andi and Kevin Atherton incorporated their duo straps act into VOLTA in memory of fellow aerialist Yann Arnaud, who fell to his death during a performance in Tampa in March of that year.

    Theme Parks 
  • Disney Theme Parks:
    • Walt Disney World itself was this for Walt Disney, who passed away while his "Florida project" was still in the planning stage. In fact, it was Roy Disney's idea to put his brother's first name in what was then called Disney World the so that everyone would know who's idea it all was. There is also a tribute to Walt in the resort's dedication plaque in the Magic Kingdom:
      "Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney, and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true."
    • During the opening ceremony for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, Harrison Ford paid tribute to Peter Mayhew (the original performer for Chewbacca) by saying "Peter, this one's for you" as he helped power up the Millennium Falcon.
    • Since Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is Russi Taylor's final performance as Minnie Mouse, the song "Nothing Can Stop us Now" was dedicated to her after the ride's opening in early 2020. Russi was able to record all of her lines before her passing in the summer of 2019.

    Video Games 
  • World War II Online has an ingame memorial that not only lists any deceased player, but also pinpoints the center of a town and is updated periodically.
  • The game Burnout Revenge is dedicated to Dr Rabin Ezra, who wrote the Renderware Game Engine used by the Burnout series.
  • Version 3.2 of NetHack is dedicated to Izchak Miller, a DevTeam founding member who, among other things, wrote much of the game's shopkeeper code. Also, every version starting with this one has included Izchak as the keeper of the only guaranteed shop in the game. To this day, it is considered extremely bad form to kill Izchak the Shopkeeper. Even in extinctionist games, where the goal is to kill every creature in the game 120 times.
  • At the start of the credits roll in Left 4 Dead, the 'film' will be dedicated to any players who died during the finale.
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was dedicated in the memory of Wayne Allwine, Mickey Mouse's previous voice actor, who died in May 2009, before the game's release. It was the last game of the series where Allwine voiced the mouse.
  • There is a tribute photo of Owen Hart shown at the end of the intro of WWF Attitude on the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 versions.
    • WWE 2K15 receives two dedications: one for Connor "The Crusher" Michalek (an eight-year-old boy with brain cancer who got to meet his wrestling hero, Daniel Bryan and had passed away in April 2014), and WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior, who died three days after his induction.
  • In World of Warcraft, a few small dedications are scattered throughout the continents. Names include: Jesse Morale, Michael Koiter (Blizzard Entertainment employees), Anthony Ray Stark (a friend of an employee), and the discontinued Starcraft: Ghost game.
  • The penultimate cutscene in the campaign mode of Starcraft II Wings Of Liberty has one in the form of the dogtag that Jim Raynor picks up at a fallen Dominion Marine on Char.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker's end credits included a statement that Peace Walker was made in the memory of Project Itoh, the author of Metal Gear Solid 4's novelization, who had died of cancer before the game's release.
  • The first two DiRT games are dedicated to legendary driver Colin McRae, who was killed before the first game's release.
  • Halo 4 is dedicated to Cade Ainsworth, a Halo fan who died of cancer on July 12, 2012.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons Online there is a graveyard that contains a "memorial to a fallen hero", Gary Gygax. In true D&D fashion, a yearly event causes undead to spawn near here.
  • Divekick features a tribute in the end credits to the memory to both the real life inspiration for the character Kenny, as well as Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb, though the latter is referred to as "Bryan Davis (San Francisco Resident)" in reference to the site's 2012 Game of the Year video.
  • Cryptic Studios:
    • After video artist and Foundry author Mark "H2Orat" Valentine died of cancer in September 2013, Cryptic added a memorial to him to the Starfleet Academy map in Star Trek Online, and a group of veteran Foundry authors dedicated a collaborative mission series, Purity, to him.
    • On March 5, 2015, Cryptic Studios added a memorial to Leonard Nimoy (who had reprized his role as Spock as a narrator for the Federation gameplay) by replacing a water fountain sculpture on Vulcan with a statue of Spock with the phrase "Live Long and Prosper", added a statue of him on New Romulus with the phrase "The Needs of the Many outweigh The Needs of the Few", placing memorials on Earth Spacedock, Qo'nos and New Romulus bearing the names of various Star Trek creators with the in-game model bearing Nimoy's name, along with DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett and Gene Roddenberry. The memorial is updated whenever a member of the franchise's cast passes away.
  • Saints Row IV has "Michael Clarke Duncan (RIP)" as the credit for for voice of Benjamin King before Terry Crews, who took over for him. He can also be heard along with the rest of the cast singing Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" during part of the credits, which eventually fades into him singing the song alone.
    • Saints Row 2 is dedicated to Christopher "Topher" Allen, a multiplayer designer who died suddenly during development, and featured a graffiti-like banner honoring him in the credits. Every game in the series since then has retained a dedication to him.
  • Beyond: Two Souls is dedicated to the memory of Normand Corbeil, the composer of the game (as well as two other games by Quantic Dream) who died during its production.
  • The final Mass Effect 3 DLC pack "Citadel" is dedicated to Robin Sachs, who voiced Zaeed Massani throughout the series. "Citadel" was the last role he ever recorded. Additionally, a special ME3 multiplayer event, "Operation Tribute", was held on the weekend immediately following Sachs' death, "in honor of fallen comrades". During the event, players were encouraged to kill enemies with Avenger rifles and Inferno Grenades — the Avenger being the model of Zaeed's beloved Jessie and Inferno Grenade being his loyalty power in Mass Effect 2.
  • Both Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (due to being in separate continuities) are dedicated to Dan Johnson, a developer well known for his cameos in many games starting with Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! Dan passed away from bone cancer in late 2006.
  • Early Harmonix Amplitude is dedicated to Jam Master Jay from Run–D.M.C., whose song "King of Rock" is a playable track in the game. Jay had been murdered in 2002, months before the game's release.
  • Shady's Poopong: 20th Anniversary Edition is dedicated to Tasha Bourne, a Platonic Life Partner of the game's creator and a tester on the first game, who died in 2008.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy added a dedication for Retro Studios senior engineer Mark-Haigh Hutchinson.
  • The music test in Strife: Veteran Edition has one to Morey Goldstein, the game's composer, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2008.
  • Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers was dedicated to the memory of Disney Ducks Comic Universe contributor Carl Barks, who passed away the year the game was developed.
  • Star Fox Zero has a touching example that fits the game's tone, as halfway through the credits appear the words: "This game is dedicated to our wingman who fell in battle," as a tribute to the former Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata.
  • Satoru Iwata also gets a memorial in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the form of Satori Mountain, which is named after him. To make the connection clearer, a quest that takes place on the mountain is given by an NPC who greatly resembles him. A strange creature found on Satori Mountain called the Lord of the Mountain is indicated by flavour text to be a reincarnation of Iwata himself.
  • Injustice 2 is dedicated to the memory of Miguel Parra, a Netherrealm Studios game engineer who died during the development of the game. He previously worked on the first Injustice game, as well as Mortal Kombat (2011) and Mortal Kombat X.
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is dedicated to Daniel Licht, the composer of the Dishonored series, who died of cancer a month before the game was released.
  • The credits to Gamer 2 explicitly thank MrDrake, the deceased author of the original short story "Gamer" the game is based off of.
  • The Game Boy Advance version of Scooby-Doo: Mystery Mayhem contains a dedication to the memory of Robert Lamoureux (no connection to the French actor of the same name).
  • A rather subtle one in Starfleet Command 2. Actor DeForest Kelley, famous for his role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek: The Original Series passed away just a few weeks before the game was released. In the game's main campaign, if you are playing as the Federation, and if you have earned enough command points, you can add a CLH (a hospital ship) to your fleet. There is little point in doing so; even though it is based on the Texas-class Light Cruiser, its only armament is six of the weakest phasers in the game. While the entire game is not dedicated to him, one of the hospital ships is named the USS DeForest Kelley, likely a last-minute addition to the game.
  • The PlayStation 4 remake of MediEvil is dedicated to Paul Darrow, who did the voice of Zarok.
  • Rick May, the man who voiced the Soldier in Team Fortress 2, passed away in 2020 from complications caused by COVID-19. To pay respects, Valve updated the game by adding bronze statues of the Soldier performing his saluting taunt to most official mapsnote , with the plaque on the pedestal reading: "Rick May 1940-2020: 'That was a hell of a campaign, son!'". When close to it, the statue will also occasionally play various Soldier voice lines.note  Along with this, a new track was added to the music that plays on the main menu of the game, entitled "Saluting the Fallen", a TF2 rendition of remembrance staple The Last Post.
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is dedicated to Mel Winkler, the original voice actor of Aku-Aku from the Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped all the way up to Crash Twinsanity. Mel passed away on June 11,2020, a week before It’s About Time’s teaser on June 18th.
  • Eternal Darkness is dedicated to Silicon Knights head Denis Dyack's father Ben, who passed away during its production.
  • The instruction manual to RBI Baseball '93 has a dedication to Steve Olin and Tim Crews who were killed in a boating accident while the game was in production.
  • LEGO DC Super-Villains is dedicated to Poppy Elsie Keeling, a baby who died from a very rare condition called a cloacal deformity.
  • The credits of What Remains of Edith Finch begin with the dedication "for Shirley Dallas", along with a photograph of hernote .
  • The Licenses section of the credits for River City Girls Zero's 2022 re-release ends with a message dedicated to the late Near, the original creator of Ares, the emulator the re-release uses.
  • Guild Wars 2: One of the tombstones in the Ebonhawke cemetery honors Sally "Wynthyst" Trandem, a long-time contributor to both the Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 wikis.
  • Half-Life: Alyx features a dedication "For Jake" in the credits, referring to to Jacob Nicholson, an animator who worked on Half-Life 2 who passed away in 2016.
  • In Black Mesa, a texture on a soda can in-game bears the text "In memory of Chris Himes", placed there by asset artist Shawn Olson as a dedication to his late cousin. The credits also include dedications to all the developers that passed away during the game's long production cycle, including:
    • Victoria Teunissen, the voice actress for the tram announcer and pre-takeover Black Mesa Announcement System.
    • Jesse Wingert, who contributed to the development of the original Black Mesa: Source website.
    • Sam Burt, a playtester for the game's multiplayer mode.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is dedicated to Harold Ramis, who passed away five years after the release of the original version.

    Web Animation 
  • The video RIP Edd Gould was dedicated to Eddsworld creator Edd Gould, who died in 2012 after a six-year battle with cancer.
  • Episode 2 of Red vs. Blue Season 11 was deicated to David Dreger, an RT Community member who had been found dead after having been missing for half a month. Episode 20 of Season 13 had a minor one mentioning Monty Oum as a "Very Special Thanks" as he got his start at Rooster Teeth doing the first major animations for RvB before moving on to a certain series listed below.
  • The REMASTERED version of the DEATH BATTLE! between Boba Fett and Samus Aran was dedicated to the memory of Monty Oumnote , who died on Feburary 1, 2015 after being in a coma following an allergic reaction.
  • Episode 1 of the Super Mario Bros. Z reboot is dedicated to both Satoru Iwata and Monty Oum, the latter of which was inspired to make fan animation by the series's original run.
  • RWBY:
    • The third Volume, which was created by Monty Oum and is now being continued by his colleagues at Rooster Teeth, opens with Ruby visiting her mother's grave and watching the sunset, with a flock of birds flying out towards it in the pattern of Monty's signature.
    • The end credits for the finale of Volume 3 finishes up with this, to the closing lines of "Cold":
      Monty Oum, 1981-2015. "We love you, Monty."
      But your star's still in the sky
      So I won't say goodbye
      I don't have to say goodbye
      • The sixth volume repeated this with the song Indomitable, dedicated entirely to Monty's memory.
      There's a light that shines,
      And its power is mine,
      Though the body's weak and breakable
      The spirit is indomitable.''
    • The Volume 7 finale "The Enemy of Trust" aired on the fifth anniversary of Monty's death. A dedication was once again included in the end credits, this time with the message "We still love you, Monty."
  • An atypically serious episode of The Misadventures of R2 and Miku ends with both a completely serious PSA about suicide and a tribute to Donny Hathaway and Chester Bennington (both musicians who took their own lives).
  • The 30 Second Bunnies Theatre's re-enactment of When Harry Met Sally... was dedicated to Nora Ephron, the screenwriter of the original film, and Carrie Fisher, who played Marie in said original film, as well as Princess Leia in Star Wars. The Bunnies had re-enacted the first movie in that franchise one decade earlier.

  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The comic has two pages for Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax, the co-creators of Dungeons & Dragons.
    • A subtle one: a side character in one of the storylines is named Wrecan, after the respected forum member of the webcomic. He makes some references to the real person, but if you don't know the context, you can easily miss them.
  • Two Lumps is based on two real Russian Blue cats. Given the relative lifespans of cats vs humans, they've needed to run two memorial strips, one for "Snooch" and one for "Eben".
  • Sugar Bits:
  • Platypus Comix sometimes has its banner updated with a dedication to a recently-deceased celebrity.
  • Consolers did one for Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo.
  • Brawl in the Family:
  • The Whiteboard posted this strip in the wake of Bob Gurnsey's passing, as a means to thank the inventor of paintball.
    Doc: Indirectly, I owe him for what I am today, and that's not the sort of debt that is easily repaid. Rest in Peace, Bob. And thanks.
  • xkcd: Strip #2293 is a strip dedicated to John Conway, the creator of The Game of Life who had recently passed away. It features an animated single-panel strip where a stick-man dissolves in the style of Conway's Game of Life into a "glider" that floats off.
  • Erma: The final 13 Days of Erma-ween 2020 sketch is dedicated to Brandon's grandfather Jim who passed just as he was finishing inking the image.

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  • Chuggaaconroy's Stingers at the end of the final episodes of his LPs are usually comedic, but the one at the end of his Super Mario Galaxy 2 playthrough is one of these for his pet rabbit Pippi, who passed away less than a month before the series started.
  • Two in the React series, for Pamela and Richard in "Elders React to Fifty Shades of Grey" and "Elders React to Men Giving Birth" respectively.
  • The 2019 web film, Baby Lamb & Friends: The Movie, was dedicated to Fred Rogers, Wayne Allwine, & Russi Taylor.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged Episode 29 is dedicated to Doodle the Hamster.
  • The Nostalgia Critic has parodied this trope on multiple occasions, such as when the duck dies in the Saved by the Bell episode or when he does a dedication montage to his beard (after having had to shave it off in real life so that he could do his Joker bit).
    • He also did a serious tribute video to Roger Ebert after he died.
    • The clipless review of The Last Jedi was dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who had died earlier that week. Critic reads a Princess Leia comic book in The Stinger.
    • He dedicated his review of The Nutcracker in 3D to his mother, replaying her cameo in his The Christmas Tree review of her talking about how people should do nice things for people who are lonely or sad in the Christmas season. The episode also revealed he had gone the entire year without dropping an F-bomb in a Nostalgia Critic video, a self-imposed challenge partly inspired by how much his mother disliked swearing in his videos.
  • The Spoony One dedicated his VCR Golf review to the memory everyone who donated copies of the game(s). He's implied to have killed them earlier in the episode. For sending copies of the games to him.
  • Kurtjmac's Wink at the Moon, a Kerbal Space Program Let's Play video, is dedicated to Neil Armstrong. In it, Kurt sends a rocket to the Mun without any of his usual commentary and instead has wistful music playing. The video ends with the quotation, "...the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."
  • The Atop the Fourth Wall review of the first issue of the 2001: A Space Odyssey comic was dedicated to Marcus Almand, a late friend of Lewis'.
  • Game Grumps:
    • The first video of the Intellivision series is dedicated to fan Ryan Mitchell, who had been put on hospice care due to complications from cystic fibrosis. He passed away the day after the video was uploaded.
    • The existential Game Grumps Animated (or rather, Game Grumps Puppeteered) video "Fleeting Beauty" is dedicated to frequent GG Animated contributor Steve Dorian, a.k.a. LemonyFresh, who had then-recently passed away. It shows some footage of Dorian's animations near the end.
  • After the suicide of the late Justin Carmichal, several tributes were made, including Kaylyn Saucedo making Farewell, FamiKamen Rider, Lewis Lovhaug moving up a review of Gameboy #3 from when it was original scheduled, and Lovhaug and Bennett White keeping hats in honor of Carmichal. Naturally, when it came out during #ChangeTheChannel that Carmichal was a sexual predator, Creator Backlash resulted, with Saucedo (who composed the Google document at the heart of #ChangeTheChannel) and Lovhaug editing the descriptions of the YouTube uploads of Farewell, FamiKamen Rider and the Gameboy #3 review respectively to note that they no longer reflect their views of Carmichal, disabled comments on them, and are only keeping the videos up for historical purposes (and in Saucedo's case, feeling it wouldn't be fair to the other people who worked on Farewell, FamiKamen Rider). Additionally, Lovhaug and White have ditched the JewWario hats.
  • AMV Hell 5 was dedicated both to Ronnie James Dio and to AMV editor (and major AMV Hell 3 contributor) Justin "Roll the Stampede" Rollins, who had succumbed to cancer in between AMV Hells.
  • Chewbot parodied this in Plague and Treachery on the Oregon Trail by releasing a music video dedicated to all the family members in the game that couldn't make it to see the new frontier.
  • Decker: Episode 5 of Decker: Unclassified is dedicated to musicians who died in airplane disasters.
  • That Long-Haired Creepy Guy's review of the X-Men two-parter "Storm Front" opened with a dedication to both Norm Spencer (who voiced Cyclops in the show) and Chadwick Boseman, both of whom died within days of each other.
  • Honest Trailers: The Honest Game Trailers episode on Godfall begins with a tribute to Brad Venable, one of the narrators for the Game Trailers side of the channel, who died a week before the episode aired.

    Western Animation 
  • In "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, one segment of the episode centers around Iroh, who was voiced by Mako. However, Mako died shortly after the recording for the second season of Avatar was completed. So the Iroh segment of "Tales" carried a dedication to Mako at the end. Oh, did we mention the segment itself was about Iroh going to mourn his dead son on said son's birthday?
    • And the credits of the Grand Finale was to the memory of Dante DiMartino, father of series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino. The similar names probably led more than a couple people to thinking that Mike himself died.
  • The Futurama movie Bender's Game, which involved an adventure in an alternate fantasy universe, was dedicated to Gary Gygax, who appeared in the first Anthology of Interest episode.
    "Anyone wanna play Dungeons & Dragons for the next quadrillion years?"
    • The episode "Naturama" was dedicated to Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island tortoise (the second segment featured a parody of him with Professor Farnsworth as "Lonesome Hubert").
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Chronicles of Meap" was in memory of "Movie Trailer Announcer Guy" Don LaFontaine, as the Trailer Spoof in that episode's credits was his final role.
  • South Park had one for Mary Kay Bergman. The episode (a Christmas Episode) also featured, near the end, a shot of all the main characters she'd voiced, singing together.
    • The episode that aired prior to that one, "Starvin' Marvin in Space", also had a dedication at the beginning of the episode.
    • "The China Problem" was dedicated to Isaac Hayes, the former voice of Chef.
    • The French dub of Season 22 was dedicated to Chef's voice actor, Jean-Michel Martial, who died two months before the season aired in France.
  • The final episode of Moral Orel ends with a dedication to Tom Stamatopoulos, series creator Dino Stamatopoulos' father.
  • As Told by Ginger's episode "No Hope for Courtney'' became re-written during production to have Ms. Gordon die in the story's canon, as a dedication to the character's actress Kathleen Freeman, who died of cancer during the making of the episode.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Karate Island" ended with a dedication to Master Udon's late voice actor, Pat Morita. Oddly enough, it's been removed from later airings in the US.
    • The 20th Anniversary Special "Spongebob's Big Birthday Blowout" ends with a dedication to series creator Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away from ALS the previous year.
  • The ending of the Superman: The Animated Series two-parter "Apokolips... Now!" features the Man of Steel standing at the grave of Inspector Dan Turpin before fading into a dedication to comics writer Jack Kirby, who created Turpin in the comics, and who the animated version was modeled on.
  • A Blue's Clues episode focusing on a neighborhood festival was dedicated to Fred Rogers. Rogers was the inspiration that made Angela Santomero, the show's creator, decide to create a children's TV show.
  • American Dad! parodied this with a Brick Joke. First, Klaus is seen pretending the Smith family was on a DVD, and he's doing the commentary. This is forgotten until the final hobo-fight showdown, where he mentions one of the actors supposed to be in the scene had died beforehand, before apologizing for speaking over the funniest line in the entire episode (apparently). Then, just before the credits, we get a behind-the-scenes shot of Stan joking around with another actor, with 'In Memory' superimposed.
    • A genuine one was done after "An Apocalypse to Remember" for Taylor Hall, a friend of Mike Barker's, who died in a car accident shortly before the episode premiered.
    • "Bullocks to Stan" was dedicated to Trahn "Jimmy" Ng, a Canadian Royal Mounted Police officer friend of one of the animators who was killed in a car accident whilst responding to a call.
  • Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up, a TV movie based on the show Stanley, was dedicated in memory of John Ritter, who voiced Stanley's Great-Uncle Stew.
  • Arthur:
    • The Season 6 episode, "Crushed" ends with a dedication to Pat Harris, a friend, and colleague of the episode's director, Greg Bailey.
    • A Very Special Episode from the thirteenth season about the character Mrs. MacGrady getting cancer was dedicated to Leah Ryan, who had a hand in writing the episode. Additionally, the MacGrady character was referred to as Aunt Leah, even though a previous episode had established her first name as Sarah.
    • The Season 19 episode "Brain Sees Stars" ends with a dedication to Walter Massey, the voice of Mr. Haney and Mr. Marco.
    • The Season 19 finale, "The Last Day," is dedicated to Greg Kramer, who voiced Nemo, who appears here as an extra.
  • Family Guy:
    • "And Then There Were Fewer" included at the beginning a dedication to Seth MacFarlane's mother, Ann Perry MacFarlane, who died of cancer in July of 2010.
    • And at the beginning of "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag", a dedication to Patrick Swayze was featured (his film Road House was an important part of the episode's plot).
    • A dedication to musician Warren Luening appeared at the end of "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2".
    • "Peter's Daughter" featured a dedication to Paul B. Sheridan, father of staff writer Chris Sheridan.
    • A dual dedication for Phyllis Diller and Michael Clarke Duncan appeared at the end of "Ratings Guy" (But only on the first time the episode was showed. It has not been seen since the premiere).
    • "Bookie of the Year" has a Cold Open with a dedication to Frank Sinatra Jr., whose death was announced over the preceding summer hiatus. He features heavily in a subplot, and appears as himself for the last time.
    • "Passenger Fatty-Seven" was dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who had the recurring role of Angela, Peter's boss, until her sudden passing during the holiday hiatus in December 2016.
    • After the death of beloved "Mayor" Adam West in June 2017, the episode "The Dating Game" was reaired with a dedication at the beginning. The episode "Adam West High" was made in his honor as well.
    • A dedication to Luke Perry, who played an important role as himself in the episode “The Story on Page One”, appears at the end of “No Giggity, No Doubt” as his death was announced a week before it aired.
    • The episode "Rock Hard" includes a dedication to Norm Macdonald who was the voice of Death in "Death Is a Bitch" and cameoed as himself in "Don't Be A Dickens At Christmas".
    • "Mister Act" was dedicated to Kirk Benson who was the editor for the episode "The Fatman Always Rings Twice".
  • The Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Look Before You Ed" was for Paul Boyd (who directed the show's opening sequence).
    • "Dim Lit Ed" was dedicated to Shawn "Wilfred" Godin.
  • One episode of the animated series of ALF was dedicated to associate producer Vic Kephart.
  • Transformers: Prime
    • The episode "Partners" was dedicated to Peter Cullen's older brother Larry, who was buried two days before broadcast.
    • The episode "Synthesis" was dedicated to the memory of Armen Mirzaian, a storyboard artist for the show who was killed in a car accident about a month before the third season began airing.
  • Some The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! episodes from the second season bear dedications to director, Boyd Kirkland (also the producer of X-Men: Evolution). "Michael Korvac", the first of these episodes, also calls Kirkland, "Friend, Father, Director, Avenger.", and closes with Silent Credits.
  • The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse special "Choo Choo Express" was dedicated to Wayne Allwine, the previous voice of Mickey Mouse.
  • Parodied in The Cleveland Show episode "Our Gang", when Cleveland realizes he only has ten minutes to save Junior from a drug gang, a member of his gang says he feels sorry for the loss of Junior. When Cleveland insists Junior's not dead, an "In loving memory" card comes up.
    Cleveland: HE'S NOT DEAD YET!
  • The Rugrats episode "Lady Luck" was dedicated to David Doyle, as it contained his last performance as Lou Pickles.
    • "Psycho Angelica" has one for voice actor/production Andy Houts at the end.
  • The TV special Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration was dedicated to Daws Butler.
  • The Looney Tunes short Daffy Duck for President was dedicated to Chuck Jones.
    • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie was dedicated to Chuck's wife Dorothy.
    • From Hare to Eternity was dedicated to Friz Freleng.
    • Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island was dedicated to Warner storyman John Dunn.
  • The Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes "Bounty Hunters" and "The Lawless" were respectively dedicated to Akira Kurosawa (for "Bounty Hunters" is an homage to Seven Samurai) and Ian Abercrombie ("The Lawless" features his last voice performance as Palpatine recorded prior to his death).
  • The Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Sharrock" was dedicated to the series' musical director Sonny Sharrock, who died shortly after the show's premiere. It ran with Silent Credits and a dedication card.
  • Voice actor Len Carlson had two shows he worked on dedicate themselves to him after his death in January 2006; Atomic Betty (Where he was the voice of Minimus) and Cyber Chase (Where he was the voice of Buzz).
  • The Grand Finale of Daria was dedicated to Kent Holaday, who was in charge of animation lip syncing on the show.
  • At the end of the Harvey Beaks episode "Later, Dingus" which is about the death of Blister, there is a dedication to the cast and crew members deceased friends and relatives
  • Robot Chicken parodies the dedicated-to-the-memory-of trope with "In Memoriam".
    • A straight example; the episode "Operation Rich in Spirit" is dedicated to Sam Loeb.
  • Parodied in the Steven Universe episode "Say Uncle", which ends with "In Loving Memory of Pizza Steve" (Amethyst ate him earlier in the episode).
  • Like Justice League: Doom, the final episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was also dedicated to Dwayne McDuffie, who served as story editor of the series along with its predecessor Ben 10: Alien Force and died over a year before the show ended.
  • Duckman
    • The first episode "I, Duckman" was dedicated to Frank Zappa.
    • The episode "Ajax and Ajaxer" was dedicated to Dana Hill, the former voice of Charles.
  • The Back at the Barnyard episode, "Otis' Mom" was dedicated to Lee Paulsen, mother of voice actor Rob Paulsen.
  • The Adventure Time episode "Shh!" was dedicated to animator Armen Mirzaian, who died in a car crash in 2013.
  • Bob's Burgers
    • "Crawl Space" was dedicated to Aron Abrams, a consulting producer who died on Christmas Day 2010.
    • "The Frond Files" was dedicated to Oliver Miles Cross, a nephew of Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, the writers of the episode.
    • "Li'l Hard Dad" was dedicated to Gordon Kent, an animation timer.
    • "An Incon-Wheelie-ent Truth" was dedicated to character designer Dave Creek who had died from injuries stemming from a skydiving accident in January 2021.
    • "Sea Me Now" was dedicated to background painter Julia Kalantarova.
  • The TV movie The Flintstones: On the Rocks was dedicated to co-creator William Hanna and composer Hoyt Curtin.
  • The Busy World of Richard Scarry episode "A Trip to the Moon" was dedicated to Busytown creator Richard Scarry.
  • Toonami opened the September 24th, 2016 block with a skit where TOM receives a garbled transmission from Moltar, stating that he was returning to his home planet once and for all and declaring himself the better host. This was done in honor of C. Martin Croker, voice of Moltar and Zorak on Space Ghost Coast to Coast (as well as voicing Moltar in Toonami's earliest days), who had passed away one week before.
    • Right after the final episode of The Forge, a bumper appeared saying "In memory of TOM 5 - Long live TOM 6".
  • In the final seconds of the final season of Trollhunters, the entire series is dedicated to Anton Yelchin, the voice of Jim Lake Jr. for the first two seasons, and the first two episodes of the final season, who died before release.
  • The G.I. Joe: Renegades episode "Brothers of Light" was dedicated to the memory of lead character designer Clement Sauvé.
  • The Dragon Tales special Let's Start A Band! was dedicated to Nina-Elias Bamberger, the executive producer who had died shortly before the special was produced. The host of the special was also named Nina in her memory. The Season 3 episode To Fly With A New Friend was also dedicated in her memory.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • The episode "The Sand Whale Strikes" ends with a dedication to John R. Dilworth's older brother Jim P. Dilworth, who died of cancer the year the episode first aired.
    • The part of the end credits listing voice actors in the fourth season features a dedication to Billie Lou Watt, who voiced Eustace's mother and passed away shortly after the season three episode "Scuba Scuba Doo" (the last episode of the series to feature Eustace's mother) ended production.
  • Young Justice (2010)
    • Season 3's seventh episode, Evolution, which details Vandal Savage's backstory was fittingly dedicated to Savage's original voice actor, Miguel Ferrer.
    • Season 4's first episode, Inhospitable, was dedicated to W. Morgan Sheppard, who voiced Sardath in season 2.
    • Season 4's eighteenth episode, Beyond the Grip of the Gods, was dedicated to René Auberjonois, who voiced Blockbuster's human form Mark Desmond in season 1.
    • Season 4's twenty-second episode, Rescue and Search, was dedicated to Ed Asner, who voiced Kent Nelson in season 1.
  • The Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Butterfly Follies" was dedicated to Hazel Hammersley, one of Aaron Hammersley's daughters who passed away from lung cancer in 2018.
  • The What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "There's No Creature Like Snow Creature" was dedicated to the memory of Bob Onorato, who was a character designer for Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf and Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights.
  • The Big Hero 6: The Series episode "Supersonic Sue" is dedicated to Stan Lee, who voices the aged superhero Boss Awesome and died between the first and second seasons.
  • Rick and Morty: The episode "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" was dedicated to producer J. Michael Mendel, who passed away before the premiere of Season 4.
    • This would also be reused for "The Matter Transfer Array", the first episode of Solar Opposites.
  • The Teen Titans Go! episode Where Exactly on the Globe is Carl Sanpedro? - Part 4 is dedicated to Albert Jelenic, father of TTG showrunner Michael Jelenic who made voiced cameo appearences in the show.
  • Episode 4 of the Disney+ series Monsters at Work titled "The Big Wazowskis" was dedicated to Pixar director and story board artist, Rob Gibbs (father of Boo's voice actress Mary Gibbs) who passed away on April 24, 2020 while the series was in the middle of production.
  • The second episode of What If...?, which featured T'Challa becoming Star-Lord, was dedicated to Chadwick Boseman, who died a year prior following a battle with colon cancer.
    Dedicated to Our Friend, Our Inspiration, and Our Hero, Chadwick Boseman
  • Action Man (2000) featured a dedication to the memory of Mainframe Entertainment crew member Todd Halford at the end of its final episode "The Ultimate Doom, Part 2".
  • Season 7 of Johnny Test is dedicated to the memory of Adam Schlesinger, who composed the theme song and died one year before the season aired. He was the bassist of Fountains of Wayne and worked on other kids' shows such as Big Time Rush and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
  • The season 12 finale of Archer, "Mission: Difficult," was dedicated to Jessica Walter, the voice of Mallory, who died during production of the season.
  • Smiling Friends has one after the credits in every episode for very much not real people, complete with heavily distorted pictures of the cast and fake names. The dates are also completely out of whack, complete with one death several years after the episode's original air date. Occasionally it's for one of the characters instead; one of them was for Smormu, who was added to the Smiling Friends cast literally seconds before.
  • The Random! Cartoons short "Ivan the Unbearable" is dedicated to the short's creator Andrew Dickman's father Rainer Dickman, who passed away during the short's production.
  • The 2022 Apple TV+ Peanuts Mother's Day Special "To Mom (and Dad), With Love" was dedicated to Rob Gibbs.

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