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Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis... Lat. 

"Requiem" is an interesting choice for a title. A requiem is a song to honor the dead or to be played at a funeral, so placing it in a title automatically implies that something is not going to go well - a Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending is quite likely, and if not the rest of it will probably be a Tear Jerker. However, it's used rather a lot for a number of reasons. The term adds a certain note of class and grandeur to the work, as well as advertising True Art because True Art Is Angsty. It may be part of a Word Salad Title or a very meaningful one, depending. Compare The Last Title.


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  • The anime Requiem from the Darkness (which is also a case of Completely Different Title; it's titled Hundred Stories in Japan).
  • In-story example: Code Geass has the Zero Requiem. You guess how cheerful that is.
  • A recurring piece of sad background music is titled "Requiem" on the Princess Mononoke soundtrack.
  • Another Anime example is "Requiem (Rakuen)" by Yoko Kanno on the Wolf's Rain soundtrack.
  • The final (and longest) track on the AKIRA soundtrack is also called "Requiem," a very solemn theme to the Bittersweet Ending of the anime.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Sensui and Itsuki's duet is called Eien no Requiem ("Eternal Requiem") It's definitely on the Bittersweet Ending side of the scale, because they both die. It can be heard here.
  • The Rurouni Kenshin Non-Serial Movie Ishin Shishi No Requiem (Requiem for the Soldiers of the Isshin Movement, more or less).
  • The Phantom of Inferno anime is called Requiem of the Phantom.
  • An In-Universe example from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, having a Stand be struck with the Requiem Arrow allows them to turn into a Requiem Stand. This allows Silver Chariot and Gold Experience to become Chariot Requiem and Gold Expedience Requiem, with Chariot Requiem being designed after the mysterious visitor who provided Mozart with the finishing pieces to his "Requiem" composition.

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  • The Robert A. Heinlein short story "Requiem" is about D.D. Harriman's attempt to fulfill his dream of landing on the Moon. He succeeds, but dies soon after landing.
  • Jorge Luis Borges' Deutsches Requiem.
  • Edmond Hamilton has a story called Requiem about Earth's death being made into a TV show.
  • L.A. Requiem, the eighth book in Robert Crais's Elvis Cole series.
  • Dragons of Requiem, which draws on the Latin Mass for the Dead as Theme Naming for many of its characters (e.g. Dies Irae, Lacrimosa, Agnus Dei) and places (e.g. Confutatis, Osanna).

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  • The second Bleach DS game, subtitled in English as Dark Souls (not to confuse with that one), is subtitled in Japan as "The Black-Clothed Flickering Requiem". Surprisingly, the English name is significantly more relevant to the plot.
  • One song in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is called the Requiem of Spirit. The fact that it represents the area that Ganondorf comes from can be seen as appropriate.
  • Requiem: Avenging Angel was an obscure FPS released in 1999.
  • Eternal Darkness is subtitled "Sanity's Requiem."
  • There's a piece of music from When They Cry Kai titled "Requiem for the Disaster".
  • The final level in Hitman: Blood Money is titled "Requiem," and it does indeed take place at a solemn event, 47's funeral... until he gets up and massacres everyone present.
  • In Nightmare in the Dark, the fifth and last stage is titled "Requiem."
  • Robinson's Requiem
  • The thirteenth entry in the Dark Parables series is called Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow.
  • In Medal of Honor: Vanguard, the last mission of Operation Neptune is called 'Requiem', it is also the mission where Sergeant Magnusson is killed.

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  • The Phoenix Requiem by Sarah Ellerton. So far a number of people have been killed by a mysterious illness.

Requiescat in pace. Amen.Lat. 
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