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A character is dead, either before the story has started or they died during the story. To honor their memory, other characters raise a statue to them so they will always be remembered.

The reasons for the statue being raised can vary. The character may have heroically died saving somebody else, dedicated their lives to the greater good, created a successful organization or something else.

As a Death Trope, there will be unmarked spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution

Compare with War Memorial, which focuses more on the event rather than specific individuals who died. Contrast Dishonored Dead, where the dead person is condemned rather than remembered fondly.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the ending of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Flit gets a statue erected after decades of service in fighting the Vagan. Unlike most examples on this list, he lives to a ripe old age and dies of natural causes.
  • Downplayed in My Hero Academia. A status of All Might gets erected after the Kamino incident where he used the last of his power to rescue Bakugou and defeat All For One a second time. However, All Might survives the battle and says that he can't die until he's finished teaching Midoriya. Instead, the memorial signifies his last act as a hero, marking the end of the era of All Might.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a statue of Kamina built up when Simon rebuilt civilization, to commemorate his devotion to the cause.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, the Hokkan Empire has erected a memorial dedicated to their Priestess, who lived and died about 200 years (in the book, not the "real" world) before Miaka arrived.

    Comic Books 
  • Suske en Wiske: Amoras Island has a statue of Suske's ancestor Sus Antigoon, who used to be the ruler of the island.

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    Film — Animated 
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: At the end, a memorial in Stoick's likeness is carved into the mountains of Berk.
  • Jonathan Brisby was mentioned in The Secret of NIMH as the mouse who unlatched the last barrier that allowed the uplifted rats to escape the lab. In the sequel, The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, Jonathan has a memorial statue erected in the rats' Thorn Valley village. His son Timmy gets one as an addendum to his father's memorial.
  • After his Heroic Sacrifice during the Battle for Terra, Lieutenant Jim Stanton has a memorial erected in the human settlement on Terra. Jim isn't quite Our Founder, but he was the one who demonstrated that coexistence with the native Terrans was workable.
  • At the end of The Iron Giant, Dean McCoppin erects a statue in memory of the titular robot that sacrificed himself by colliding with a nuclear missile before it dropped to Earth.
  • Part of the ending to Interstella 5555 features a statue built for Shep, who died to help the alien band stop Earl de Darkwood and return to their homeworld.
  • After King Harold's death in Shrek the Third, a statue for him was made. In frog form.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    Podcasts 
  • The Adventure Zone: Amnesty: Ned Chicane, killed in episode 28, has a memorial statue to him raised in the epilogue of the final episode.

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    Video Games 
  • The single-player campaign Brütal Legend ends with the dedication of a giant statue to Lars Halford, who was killed by Emperor Doviculus half-way through the game. The dedication speech also serves to showcase that Eddie, being a true roadie, has distanced himself from all glory, instead attributing many of his victories to other characters.
  • In the Mount Pajamaja portion of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, you can run into several statues dedicated to the Muscle Lords. Their life stories etched into the statues are nothing short of hilarious.
  • At the end of Rise of the Blood Elves, a giant statue of Alessandra is built to commemorate her sacrifice.
  • RuneScape:
    • After completing "While Guthix Sleeps", statues are made for the characters who are killed in the ill-fated battle against Lucian. Statues of each of the fallen are erected in Falador, while separate statues are placed in locations relevant to their history: The two fallen Slayer Masters have ones placed near the Slayer Tower, the two associated with the Warrior's Guild are placed at the Guild's entrance, and Hazelmere the Gnome Mage has a memorial erected in the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
    • After completing "The Lord of Vampyrium", the player unlocks a side-quest to build memorial statues in honour of the members of the Myreque who had been slain (or at least went missing and are presumed dead) over the course of the quest arc near the Temple of Paterdomus. The statues are erected around a giant sundial, with each statue placed at every hour mark with the exception of 11 and 12, leaving space for the two surviving members (not including the Player Character) to be memorialized once they die. Ironically, the next quest in the arc revealed that one of the fallen wasn't as dead as the other survivors thought, though his statue is not removed afterwards.
  • The Sims 3: The Into The Future expansion includes a set of these in the future city of Oasis Landing, based on people who made massive achievements in the development of the future. One of these is of Emit Relevart, the other four are randomly generated characters. Your own Sim can perform these achievements themselves, and have a statue of them replace the other characters.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: When in Hyrule Castle, a statue of an older incarnation of Link can be found in the center of the main room. This is supposedly the same incarnation of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Zoras and Gorons erected monuments of their respective Champions in the hundred years since their deaths during the Calamity, both placed in such a location that they are always visible within the city limits. The Zoras placed an ornate statue of Mipha within in the center of Zora's Domain , while the Gorons carved Daruk's likeness in northern the cliff side overlooking Goron City. Seeing them is what triggers Link's memories for each of them.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: After being killed by Cinder in the season three finale, a large statue of Pyrrha Nikos was built in her hometown of Argus in memory of her.

    Webcomics 
  • The Order of the Stick: The Order of the Scribble erected a statue of their comrade Kraagor after he died sealing away the Snarl... and then hid the incident because knowledge of the Snarl was too dangerous. Xykon defaces the statue while trying to take control of the Snarl.
    Lirian: [At the memorial] Dearest Kraagor... your brave sacrifice will not be forgotten.
    Girard: Actually, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what will happen.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, Brad gets one after he blows up a tank he's inside in order to save hundreds of lives.

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    Western Animation 
  • In the finale of Adventure Time it's revealed Finn and Jake will each get one, and very large ones at that.
  • On the Gargoyles episode "M.I.A" a London gargoyle named Griff is memorialized with a stone statue as is Goliath due to the London Clan believing they died fighting in the Blitz. It turned out to be a time traveling incident.
  • Regular Show:
    • After Pops saved the universe by doing a Heroic Sacrifice in the finale, his friends commemorated him by raising a statue with the words:
      He chased butterflies
      He loved to laugh
      He saved the universe
      He was our friend.
    • Many years later, a statue of Mr. Mallard was raised beside his son's.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: After Entrapta is thought to be dead following the raid on the Horde capital, Perfuma creates a plant statue of her in Entrapta's honor. No answers to whether it got taken down after Entrapta turned out to have not only lived but defected to the Horde.
  • The Time Skip at the end of Voltron: Legendary Defender gives this treatment to Princess Allura in the restored Altea in remembrance of the character's heroics — including a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Transformers episode "Starscream's Brigade" features a pair of Autobots attending the unveiling of a statue explicitly identified as the "Optimus Prime Memorial Statue". It actually served as a bit of grim foreshadowing as this episode was aired 8 months before Optimus actually died in The Movie, and was canonically set almost 20 years before to the events of the film.


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