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He helped his brother to defeat the enemys. Lest we forget.

Geordi La Forge: In the future, this whole area becomes a historical monument. You're standing almost on the exact spot where your statue's gonna be.
Zephram Cochrane: Statue?
Geordi: Yeah! It's marble, about twenty meters tall, and you're looking up at the sky, your hand sorta reaching to the future.

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.

Of course, there are occasions where the individual in question just might turn out to still be alive. Often these then become an Embarrassing Statue.

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 Bakugo 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.
  • Dragon Ball GT: The epilogue, which is set 100 years in the future, shows the site of the World Martial Arts Tournament has two statues, one for Mr. Satan, and one for Son Goku.

    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.
  • In Judge Dredd, after the undercity dweller Fergee sacrifices himself to kill the maniacal Chief Judge Cal, statues of him are built in various public places throughout Mega-City One, in memory both of him and those who were unfairly executed during Cal's reign.
  • Early in the run of Kurt Busiek's Astro City, the reader can see a statue of deceased hero The Silver Agent. Rather than a triumphant pose, the statue has its arms crossed in front and its face tilted downward. There is a plaque reading "To Our Eternal Shame", for reasons that aren't revealed until a later story. The authorities had the Silver Agent executed for a crime he didn't commit as a show of force. Minutes after his execution, a past version of him arrived in the present day via Time Travel and saved the city, and this happened several times afterwards.


    Film — Animated 
  • Frozen II: At the end, Anna unveils a statue of her parents, King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, as they looked when they met, symbolizing the newfound unity between Arendelle and the Northundra.
  • 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. At the end, 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.
  • King Kashekim Nedakh is given a stone face based on his likeness by Milo and Kida who respectively become the new King and Queen as a result of his death at the hands of Rourke at the end of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which then floats away to join the stone faces of the previous kings orbiting the Heart of Atlantis crystal so he can be with his dead wife (who sacrificed herself in the prologue) again.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry visits the house he lived in as a baby with his parents. The place is marked with a statue of the family. Supporters of Harry have left encouraging messages on it.
  • In Wax and Wayne the capital city Elendel has a statue commemorating Vin and Elend from Mistborn: The Original Trilogy. She is known as the Ascendant Warrior and he as the Last Emperor and the whole crew from the original trilogy are remembered as heroes. After saving the city from a harmonium bomb, Wayne gets one too.
  • The Familiar of Zero: Exclusive to the light novel version; Guiche made a statue of Saito when Saito was presumed dead. Louise and Siesta accidentally destroyed it before Saito eventually returned.
  • Honor Harrington gets one of these in her likeness, as well as a brand-new warship named after her, after being falsely reported dead and Trapped Behind Enemy Lines. She finds all the effort her loved ones and allies went to flattering but somewhat embarrassing.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Lindon has a shrine of hundreds of statues carved in wood to honor The Elves that died during the the wars against Morgoth. Some statues belong to well-known heroic figures like Finrod, Beren, Luthien and the wolfhound Huan.
  • Our Miss Brooks: The bust of Madison High School's founder and first principal, Yodar Kritch, sits upon a pedestal in the principal's office. In at least one episode, "Fisher's Pawn Shop", Mr. Conklin speaks to the statue of his predecessor.
  • In The Umbrella Academy (2019), there is a statue of the deceased Ben/Number Six in the Hargreeves estate's courtyard.


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

  • At the end of Romeo and Juliet, Lord Montague promises to have a golden statue of Juliet Capulet erected as a gesture of the feuding families' reconciliation in the wake of their children's deaths.


    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.
  • Heroes of Jin Yong has a sequel, Wulin Warriors, set a century later. There's a statue built in the likeness of the first game's hero, built in honor of his deeds, which the new player protagonist can check out early on.
  • In I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, a statue is built in memory of Sol if they become a military hero. They die in a Glow attack in their early 30s, and the whole colony mourns them as their body is returned to soil.
  • 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.
  • Divinity: Original Sin II: Played for Laughs when the spirit of the Player Character's mentor asks for one single small favour in exchange for her aid in saving the world... a big statue of herself in the great city Arx, glowering out over the harbour.
  • Team Fortress 2: The voice actor for Soldier, Rick May, passed away in March 2020, and in response to this news, Valve created a rendition of TAPS to play on the Menu at the beginning of May, as well as erecting statues to several well-known TF2 maps like 2Fort and Granary. Most of the statues were removed the following month, but one remains on Granary (the setting of "Meet the Soldier").
  • The Bittersweet Ending of Actraiser 2 involves a statue of the hero being erected. As the credits play, we see it slowly erode due to time and weather, just like the world's memories of him will inevitably erode as well.
  • Wrestle Quest: Because this game is about wrestling, it has all sorts of statues of wrestlers from wrestling history and it tells how far they came.

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

  • 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.
  • Sleepless Domain: The Magical Girl memorial park has a statue of a girl standing at its center, with an inscription reading "To Our Guardians". Seemingly a general dedication to all the magical girls killed in action while defending the City, the statue is actually of the Founder, the first magical girl and the one responsible for granting all other girls their powers. This fact has been lost to time, and most residents of the City believe the statue to simply depict a generic magical girl.
  • A gigantic example nearly towers over the capital in Splitting Image, in the image of the beloved former King Dylan. Though he died before the start of the story, the citizens still speak high praise of his contributions.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • In the finale of Adventure Time it's revealed Finn and Jake will each get one, and very large ones at that.
  • The finale of Amphibia reveals that Wartwood made one of Anne, for nearly sacrificing herself to save Amphibia and uniting its people together.
  • 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.
  • In The Owl House episode "For the Future", the students at Hexside are shown to have erected one of Principal Bump during the Time Skip to honor his and the other teachers' sacrifice after they were turned into puppets and captured by the Collector (though they're technically not dead). Of course, the statue was made by a bunch of kids and teenagers, so it depicts him with a baseball cap and Cool Shades while skateboarding off a half-pipe.
  • 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.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): In "Reality Check", Michelangelo gets warped to an alternate universe of superheroes and helps them defeat their arch-enemy before being warped away. Unsure what happened to him, the heroes erect a statue of him and call him by the superhero name he wanted, Turtle Titan.
    Gravi-turtle: He was a stranger from a strange land, and yet, Michelangelo, AKA the Turtle Titan, was truly one of us. Truly, our brother-in-arms and in spirit.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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Upon realizing that his younger self was trying to avert the Bad Future he created, Dark Danny sends Past Danny into the Ghost Zone while he (Dark Danny) goes back in time to ensure that the events the led to his creation still happen.

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