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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/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.

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.


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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 Ame and Yuki 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 recently succumbed to ovarian cancer.
  • Discotek's Blu-ray for Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro is dedicated to both Carl Macek and Kevin Seymour, the respective ADR directors of the two English dubs.
  • Due to the untimely death of Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma's original seiyuu) 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, Unshou 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 

    Comic Books 
  • The final issue of the Spider-Man miniseries "Chapter One" was dedicated to DeForest Kelley.
  • Superman/Batman:
    • The final issue of the "Supergirl from Krypton" arc was dedicated to Christopher Reeve.
    • 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 2011 special edition of The Crow was dedicated to Brandon Lee, much like the film adaptation.
  • The Adventures of Superman #498, part of the overarching storyline in "The Death of Superman'' saga, was dedicated to Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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.

Game Shows:

  • 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 in 1996).
  • 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 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 paid tribute to original host Art Fleming on a 1995 episode.
  • 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.
  • 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 his passing in November 1979.
  • Wheel of Fortune:
    • Pat Sajak made emotional tributes to both 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.
  • 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.
  • An episode of Angel 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 stories frequently include DVD Bonus Content tributes to figures related to them who recently died, such as a brief tribute to Anthony Ainley (the 1980s Master) as The Stinger of "The Keeper of Traken" and a 34-minute tribute featurette to Barry Letts on "The Dæmons".
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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, 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 Jim Henson Hour episode "Sesame Street 20 years.... And still counting!" was dedicated to the memory of the original Sesame Street composer, Joe Raposo.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 and guest hosts.
    • 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 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".
    • When George Carlin died in June 2008, rather than rerun a 2008 episode hosted by Ellen Page, the very first episode of SNL, which was hosted by Carlin, was aired instead.
    • 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.
    • The 40th anniversary show in 2015 featured a tribute to the show's deceased cast and crew, set to a sketch where an elderly John Belushi wanders around the "Not Ready For Primetime Cemetery". The tribute then ended with a memoriam card for Jon Lovitz - who is definitely not dead - cutting to an incredulous reaction shot of him in the audience to uproarious laughter.
    • When David Bowie died in January 2016, former SNL member Fred Armisen appeared to do a speech about how he was moved by David Bowie's performance in SNL. Said performance was shown afterwards, followed by a painting of Bowie from the original episode's interim.
    • A few months after Bowie's death, SNL paid tribute to Prince by airing a special episode containing all of his musical performances on the show, as well as some "Prince Show" sketches.
    • After Leonard Cohen’s passing in the same week as the 2016 presidential election, Kate Mc Kinnon 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 Seinfeld episode "The Burning" is dedicated to Lloyd Bridges, who played elderly fitness nut Izzy Mandelbaum in two prior episodes.
  • Sesame Street likes to take a picture/moment of silence approach. Honorees include director Jon Stone and actor Michael Jeter. Then there's Episode 1839, an episode-long tribute to actor Will Lee that also used the fact that The Character Died with Him as an oppurtunity 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The members of My Chemical Romance created a song dedicated in memory of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide in 2014 due to her parents refusing to accept her. This is made even more heartfelt when you realize that the band broke up a year prior, but came together to help honor her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Lambof 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 it's predecessor Mark of the Blade is similarly inspired by Phil's father passing of cardiac arrest when he was just 10 years old.

  • [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:
    • In 1995, the network aired a bumper honoring Friz Freleng.
    • In the early 2000's, the network paid tribute to William Hanna and Chuck Jones with bumpers depicting lines being drawn and forming caricatures of the artists, followed by the caption "We will miss you". The 2002 Fancy Anvil Awards special also paid tribute to them, along with Jones' frequent collaborator, Maurice Noble. 2006 saw a similar tribute for Hanna's partner Joseph Barbera.
    • The weekend after Jones' death, all the shorts aired on The Looney Tunes Show were those he directed.
  • Disney Channel:
    • When The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock were reran on The Disney Channel in 1990, The Disney Channel had a memorial bumper for Jim Henson to honor his life. Jerry Bishop (the original announcer for The Disney Channel) remembers him as "The Man behind the Muppets, The face behind the Fraggles".
    • The weekend following the death of Robin Williams, Aladdin was shown on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. Each airing ended with a special title card honoring Williams.
    • Disney Channel showed Who Framed Roger Rabbit in honor of Bob Hoskins, complete with a similar end card.
  • 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.
    • In 2018, Nick aired a a montage honoring Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg, thanking him for "making every day the Best Day Ever." They also aired an all-day marathon on the weekend after his death to commemorate him, and added reruns to Nick At Nite (keep in mind it's rare for any kids show to air during that slot) to honor him.
  • 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 "In Memoriam" 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.
  • PBS Kids Sprout sometimes holds marathons when somebody famous dies.
  • NBC Saturday Mornings did a Camp Candy marathon in March 1994 to pay tribute to John Candy.
  • In 2015, a couple days after Brazilian voice actor 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.
  • 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 to The Bozo Show in 2001 when actor Roy Brown (who played Kookie the Chef) died in Januaray, 2001. The Montage Footage ends with a photo of him as Kookie the Chef and a caption comes up that reads 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.

  • 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."

    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.
  • CHIKARA named the tournament to crown the first ever CHIKARA Grand Champion the "12 Large Summit," after Larry Sweeney's Catchphrase.
  • 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.

    Puppet Shows 
  • 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, a fan of the show uploaded the program break music video for "Thank You For Being You", the song from the Season 1 finale "Noah's Leaving".
  • The Sesame Street episode "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".

  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 

  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2 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 noted creator 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 "Just A Friend" through the credits, and he sings alone at the end.
  • 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.
  • 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 Annviersary 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. 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.

    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.
  • The remake of Super Mario Bros. Z has its first ep 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 it's power is mine,
      Though the body's weak and breakable
      The spirit is indomitable.''
  • 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).


    Web Original 
  • 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 to Roger Ebert after he died, and 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.
  • 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.
  • The Youchew forums' 2008 Obituaries Collaboration
  • Wrestlecrap maintains two parts of the site in memory to site co-founder Merle Vincent and professional wrestler John Tenta (a long-time collaborator to the site).
  • 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.
  • The first video of the Game Grumps' 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 Onion spoofed this with "Thanks for Dedicating That Mediocre Sitcom Episode to Me", which is "written" by a fictional crew member of the real-life '90s sitcom Veronica's Closet. The gratitude is purely sarcastic, pointing up the unfortunate tendency of this trope to collide with Sturgeon's Law in terms of the quality of the actual work.
  • Newgrounds has an in memoriam to all the creators the site has lost. Unfortunately, it's grown considerably the past few years.
  • Cracked: The 8 Bizarre Horrors Found in the Squarest Comic Book Ever by Seanbaby was a dedication to Archie Andrews, who died via Heroic Sacrifice towards the end of Life with Archie: The Married Life.
    Seanbaby: As you might know, Archie Andrews recently died after 70 years of wholesome fun. It happened after he jumped in front of a bullet intended for Kevin Keller, newly elected senator and 50 percent of their world's gay population. Archie bled out a hero, but for a comic about well-mannered teens and sock hops, a homophobic political assassin was a pretty insane ending.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • One of Fark's most popular memes is Abe Vigoda's erroneous death report, often posted in celebrity death threads. On January 26, 2016, when Vigoda died for real, Fark made their banners black and white in his honor.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • SMG4's Mario Bloopers:
    • Parodied in "A Lost Luigi", which was dedicated to a bag of Doritos that fell in a lake in that blooper.
    • Done properly in the video "Stupid Mario Maker 2" for fellow YouTuber Etika, who committed suicide on June 19, 2019.
  • 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.

    Web Video 
  • The 2019 web film, Baby Lamb & Friends: The Movie, was dedicated to Fred Rogers, Wayne Allwine, & Russi Taylor.

    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 Powerpuff Girls episode "The City of Frownsville" ends with a dedication to the people who died in the tragedies at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001.
  • The Simpsons often dedicates episodes to deceased Special Guests who lent a voice in the series. (Note that for some reason, the dedications tend to be missing - seemingly intentionally - from the copies of the episodes on the DVD boxsets.)
    • "Trash of the Titans" (the show's 200th episode) was dedicated to Linda McCartney, who appeared alongside her husband Paul in "Lisa the Vegetarian".
    • FOX's 2018 airing of "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (the first episode in broadcast order) featured a dedication to Penny Marshall, who voiced Mrs. Botz in "Some Enchanted Evening" (the first episode in production order).
    • One of the most elaborate dedications was the reairing of "Do the Bartman" in honor of song-cowriter Michael Jackson (with a dedication card at the end), which appeared before a repeat of "Wedding for Disaster".
    • "Mona Leaves-a", the episode that dealt with the death of Homer's mother, was dedicated to the late mothers of Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer.
      • Similarly, "Clown in the Dumps", which dealt with the death of Krusty's father, was dedicated to Dan's late father.
    • "Bart the Mother", which was the last episode to feature Troy McClure, was dedicated to Phil Hartman. (For some reason, this was missing from the British television airings.)
    • Anne Bancroft died during the production of the season six DVD set, so its release of "Fear of Flying", in which Bancroft guest voiced Marge's psychiarist, has a new stinger tribute with words of acknowledgement and gratitude from then-showrunner David Mirkin. The tribute only appears when the episode is watched with the DVD Commentary turned on.
    • "Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times" parodied the trope in its ending credits, dedicating the episode to everyone who died in the first six Star Wars movies, including Storm Troopers #5 and #22, "everyone on both Death Stars when they blew up", "whoever Jimmy Smits played"note  and "unfortunately, not Jar-Jar Binks".
    • "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" was dedicated to Michael P. Schoenbrun, executive in charge of production for Gracie Films.
    • "Team Homer" is dedicated to Doris Grau. The episode featured her last performance as Lunchlady Doris.
      • A worded tribute to her also appeared in Simpsons Comics #17.
    • "Lost Verizon" featured a dedication to Paul Newman, who appeared as himself in "The Blunder Years".
    • "Mother Simpson" is dedicated to Jackie Banks, an animation checker and scene planner.
    • "Love Is A Many Strangled Thing" is dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor, who appeared as herself in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" and voiced Maggie in "Lisa's First Word".
    • "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" is dedicated to Eartha Kitt, who makes a posthumous cameo in it.
    • "Mommie Beerest" is dedicated to talk show host Johnny Carson, who appeared as himself in "Krusty Gets Kancelled".
    • "Moonshine River" was dedicated to Andy Williams. It's worth noting that "Moon River" is Williams' Signature Song.
    • "Dark Knight Court" was dedicated to guest star Janet Reno's brother Robert.
    • "Sweets and Sour Marge" was dedicated to Ron Taylor, who provided the voice of Bleeding Gums Murphy in the earlier seasons.
    • In honor of Marcia Wallace, who played Edna Krabappel, Fox reaired the episode "The Ned-liest Catch" before the premiere of "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", which opened with Bart writing "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K" during the chalkboard gag. A more traditional memory card appears at the end. Ten episodes later, "The Man Who Grew Too Much" ended with Ned Flanders mourning Krabappel.
    • Not a traditional card, but a caricature of writer Don Payne can be seen as an angel in the Special Edition Title for "White Christmas Blues" (the last episode he wrote) next to an angel of Mrs. Krabappel.
    • "A Test Before Trying" was dedicated to Huell Howser, who had appeared as himself in "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?".
    • "Super Franchise Me" was dedicated to Jan Hooks, who had the recurring role of Apu's wife Manjula.
    • "The Princess Guide" was dedicated to Leonard Nimoy, who appeared as himself in "Marge vs. the Monorail" and "The Springfield Files".
    • "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" was dedicated to George Harrison, who appeared as himself in "Homer's Barbershop Quartet".
    • "Waiting for Duffman" was dedicated to series co-creator Sam Simon.
    • "Love is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4" was dedicated to David Kavner, father of Julie Kavner.
    • "The Old Man and the Key" was dedicated to Lawrence Tierney, who played Detective Don Brodka in "Marge Be Not Proud".
    • "Springfield Splendor" was dedicated to Tom Petty, who appeared as himself in "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation".
    • "Homer is Where the Art Isn't" was dedicated to Stephen Hawking, who appeared as himself in "They Saved Lisa's Brain", "Don't Fear the Roofer", "Stop! Or My Dog Will Shoot" and "Elementary School Musical".
    • "Lisa Gets the Blues" was dedicated to R. Lee Ermey, who played Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" and "Waiting for Duffman".
    • "Werking Girl" was dedicated to Stan Lee, who appeared as himself in "I Am Furious Yellow," "Married to the Blob," and "The Caper Chase."
    • "The Clown Stays in the Picture" was dedicated to production manager Trista Navarro.
    • The episode "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" was dedicated to Luke Perry, who appeared in "Krusty Gets Kancelled".
  • 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.
  • 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 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, whom Turpin was created as an Expy of.
  • 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. Nemo himself appears 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. It's almost certain that he will get a proper send-off when the next season begins. 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 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.
  • 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 series creator Richard Scarry when he died in 1994.
  • 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.
  • The Young Justice: Outsiders episode "Evolution" is dedicated to Miguel Ferrer, Vandal Savage's original VA before he passed away in the gap between seasons 2 and 3.
  • 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.

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