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"Death cannot stop true love. It can only delay it for a little while."
Westley, The Princess Bride

Fate may have kept them apart, the world may have frowned on their love, and conflict may have wormed itself between them, but they're finally together — too bad they had to die for it to happen.

Together in Death is when a couple is literally or metaphorically reunited in death. They might be buried together, seen together in the afterlife (most often in Heaven or a similar paradise, but not always), or their corpses discovered embracing one another. It's not necessarily a romantic couple — it can just as easily be a pair of siblings, a parent and child, or a couple of True Companions.

This is a good way to show the couple's devotion to one another, even unto death; it is also a tidy way to show a (lasting) reconciliation. Often forms part of a Bittersweet Ending. Less positively, the death of a loved one can be a popular motivator for suicide, in an attempt to invoke this trope. For the inversion of this trope, see Necromantic, where devotion to a loved one drives them to bring them back from death.

Compare Ghost Reunion Ending, Reincarnation Romance, Died Happily Ever After, You Are Worth Hell.

This is a Death Trope so spoilers below.

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    Comic Books 
  • Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, always saw himself more as a detective than a superhero — and after his wife Sue's murder, it seemed the DCU was determined to make him a Butt-Monkey as well. But he got a measure of victory by the end of 52 — he trapped Felix Faust and the demon Neron in Dr. Fate's tower, while they thought they were tricking him. It cost him his life, but he was reunited with Sue — and it seemed they were going to spend the afterlife as Topper, instead of Nick and Nora.
  • When Franklin Storm is fatally wounded in Fantastic Four #32, he tells his children Sue and Johnny not to be sad, as he'll finally be reunited with his beloved wife (who'd been killed in a car accident years earlier).
  • Green Lantern: The battery of the Star Sapphires is built around crystallized remains on Zamaron found this way. They turn out to be the original selves of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
  • Judge Dredd: After the Apocalypse War wiped out half of the Big Meg, a comatose patient remained alive for 8 years because his life support system continued to run as an independent unit after the hospital was destroyed. His wife's body was still sitting at his bedside after she died in the blast, but her ghost remained trapped in the ruins. When Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson find the patient on a routine check through the area and conclude that they can't take him back due to the years of radiation exposure, they turn off the unit. The couple is then reunited in the afterlife.
  • In "My Heart of Darkness", a rewrite of the Falling in Love comic story, "Lesson in Love", by Jeanne Martinet (found in Truer Than True Romance), Nan falls in love with her teacher, Wayne Allen, but can't impress him because of her writings that deal with nuclear war, existential angst, and death. She tries to keep a straight face, but this turns From Bad to Worse. She even notices that he has a thing for Dumb Blondes like his student Marsha. But one rainy day, while Wayne is driving in the car with Nan, she discovers that he too is angsty like her, dislikes sappy stories about cherry pie, and secretly wants to die. As the car they are in purposefully swerves off the road in the path of an oncoming truck and plunges into the river, she realizes that she and Wayne will finally be together eternally in the afterlife.
  • In Old Man Quill (set in the universe of Old Man Logan, where the world's supervillains united to slaughter most of the heroes), Star-Lord finds the skeletons of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, who died in each other's arms.
  • Robin (1993): Shawn Wells and Catalina Del Toro founded the Lords of the Avenues and took a supposed super-serum trying to stay together in the face of gang violence and police corruption in Gotham. When Tim finds them horrifically dying side by side from the effects of the serum he mentally notes that they will get to stay together, just not the way they wanted.
  • Superman: At the close of The Final Days of Superman, Wonder Woman comforts the dying Superman by telling him that all four of his parents (Jor-El and Lara, Jonathan and Martha Kent) will be there waiting for him when he gets to Heaven.
  • There's a comic book version of the Turandot opera where this is invoked: Instead of committing suicide, a maddened and thoroughly broken Liu stabs Prince Calaf to death just as he manages to get through to Princess Turandot and is about to give her a True Love's Kiss. Cradling Calaf's lifeless body, Liu says they will be Together in Death while Turandot remains alone forever, as punishment for her cruelty; she then stabs herself and dies, leaving a sobbing Turandot with her hands empty.
  • Nnewts: Herk's father is a workaholic who doesn't spend much time with his family. In Book 1, Herk's parents and their unhatched eggs are killed by the Lizzarks, but they reunite in the afterlife.
  • DC: Love is a Battlefield: In "Together Forever" Hawkman and Hawkwoman intercept a spaceship on a collision course with Earth. They find it inhabited by a pair of alien lovers in stasis, experiencing space together as one last adventure. Given that the Hawks are a Reincarnation Romance, they're not above finding it a bit romantic.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The Brothers Grimm tale "The Three Snake Leaves", the princess swears she will only marry whoever is willing to be buried alive with her if she dies first; and she declares she will do the same if her husband dies first.
    The King had a daughter who was very beautiful, but she was also very strange. She had made a vow to take no one as her lord and husband who did not promise to let himself be buried alive with her if she died first. "If he loves me with all his heart," said she, "of what use will life be to him afterwards?" On her side she would do the same, and if he died first, would go down to the grave with him.
  • "The Yellow Dwarf": After Princess Toutebelle and the King of the Gold Mines die, the mermaid who helped the king transforms their bodies into palm trees, which embrace each other with their intertwined branches.

    Films — Animation 
  • The king and queen of Atlantis from Atlantis: The Lost Empire, who are both last seen as a recently added giant floating stone head and the Atlantean Crystal, respectively, while their son-in-law and daughter become the next king and queen.
  • In Bolt, when Bolt couldn't find an exit large enough for Penny, she insists that Bolt leaves her there. But Bolt chooses to lie beside her in their potential last moments. Fortunately, they make it.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Attempted by Manolo after Maria's apparent death. It fails because she's still alive.
    • Carlos and Carmen are reunited following the former's death and seem quite happy together.
  • During the song "Worthless" from The Brave Little Toaster, a Texan wedding car and a funeral hearse are both crushed to death at the same time by a Car Crusher at the end of a conveyor belt.
  • In Coco, Miguel's great-grandmother is the only one left keeping her father's memory alive, because the rest of the family has been taught to hate him. By extension, this memory is the only thing keeping him from fading away in the afterlife. At the end, they are together in the afterlife as they prepare to visit the family on the next Dia de los Meurtos.
  • In Corpse Bride, the undead Emily falls in love with Victor, but their Accidental Marriage isn't legal because of the fact that Emily is dead and Victor alive. In order to validate the marriage, they must repeat the ceremony in the land of the living, and Victor must kill himself during it. Victor, devastated by the loss of his living love, Victoria, accepts this plan and proceeds to go through with the ceremony, but is stopped before he kills himself by Emily, when she sees poor Victoria spying on them and realizes what she's doing will hurt Victoria the same way she was hurt.
  • The ending of the Durch animated short' 'Father and Daughter'' appears to be this. A man hugs his little daughter goodbye and commits Suicide by Sea, rowing away in a rowboat, never to return. The shallow sea coast is drained and turned into dry land, a Dutch polder. Decades later the girl, now an old woman, finds the boat and lies down in it. She wakes, and sees something. She goes running off, and ages backwards into a young girl again. She runs up to her father, looking as he did all those decades ago, and embraces him. It's implied that they reunited in death.
  • Towards the end of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Cloud sees the spirits of Aerith and Zack finally reuniting with each other, and they walk together to the afterlife.
  • In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo's parents Sariatu and Hanzo are finally reunited in death with their memories and true forms restored.
  • Occurs in The Princess and the Frog. Ray gets to be with his Evangeline, in the end.
  • In Toy Story 3 this is attempted by the toys when they are trapped in the furnace. Instead of fighting, they all hold hands and wait. Fortunately the LGM's and the Claw save them.
  • In When the Wind Blows despite the Downer Ending this was the one faint bright spot. Hilda and Jim died of radiation sickness


  • Appears in "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
  • "Lenore": Lenore is overcome with despair when she realizes that her lover Wilhelm may not come back from the war, and says that she does not want to live without Wilhelm. At midnight, much to Lenore's joy, Wilhelm appears on a horse to take Lenore away with him. However, Wilhelm is, in fact, dead, and their ride ends on the graveyard where Wilhelm is buried. Lenore dies of terror on Wilhelm's grave, and thus is ultimately reunited with Wilhelm.
  • "Dirge for Two Veterans" by Walt Whitman does this. A father and son fell together in the American Civil War, and were buried together in a double grave.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Lore from Vampire: The Masquerade tells of a pair known only as "The Lovers". Possessing love described as "perfect", they were the first people Embraced by Caine, hoping to make up for his evil deeds by giving the pair eternity together. However, the pair is distraught by the Embrace taking away their chance to have a child together and choose to commit suicide together.
  • One Night Ultimate Vampire added "Marks" and the Cupid role to the One Night Ultimate Werewolf series. Cupid's action is to give two other players the Mark of Love which can invoke this trope. The effect of the Mark of Love is that if a player with it is "killed", so is the player with the other one.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: A very obscure deity from the 3.5 book Libris Mortis was in fact the patron deity of Together in Death; specifically, she was the patron deity of Together In Undeath. She was known as Evening Glory and taught that love shouldn't be "Til death do us part" and instead that achieving immortality through becoming undead, such as liches, was a valid way for lovers to spend eternity together. In case you were wondering, her official alignment is True Neutral.

  • At the end of 25 Saints, Charlie commits Self-Immolation while holding his dead star-crossed girlfriend Sammy.
  • Subverted in The Adding Machine. After Zero dies, Daisy appears to him in an Arcadian afterlife, where she suggests that they "can always be together now." He doesn't care for it and decides to leave the place.
  • As listed above, the musical version of Aida also has Radames and Aida buried alive in a tomb. The musical adds the framing story of their reincarnations finding each other in the modern day.
  • Radames and Aida from the opera Aida are buried alive in a single tomb.
  • In Donizetti's Lucia di Lamermoor, Edgar stabs himself when he learns that Lucia has died, singing an aria about joining her in heaven.
  • In Wagner's Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde immolates herself in Siegfried's funerary pyre.
  • Elisabeth is reunited with Death by her assassination. Rudolf may be this, too, depending on the production/actors.
  • In The Flying Dutchman, as the Dutchman crosses the Despair Event Horizon and takes off in his cursed ship under the belief that Senta doesn't love him enough to break his curse, she proves him wrong via telling him she'll be faithful to the death and then throwing herself off a cliff to prove it. Her suicide releases his soul and those of his sailors; at the end, the souls of the Dutchman and Senta are seen ascending to Heaven together.
  • Hamilton: Alexander and Eliza's final singing appearances both invoke this trope.
    Alexander: My love, take your time. I'll see you on the other side.
    Eliza: Oh, I can't wait to see you again. It's only a matter of time.
    • In a bittersweet aversion, the end emphasizes that Angelica was only buried near, not with, Alexander, symbolising her unrequited and unfulfilled love for him.
  • Attempted by Horatio at the end of Hamlet, but his best friend Prince Hamlet (who's dying in his arms) stops him before he can drink the rest of the poison. Which makes Horatio a lot luckier than most characters in a Shakespearian tragedy.
  • Invoked in Heathers, where JD kills Kurt and Ram but arranges it to look like a suicide pact. He leaves behind a forged suicide note claiming that the two killed themselves to hide their "gay forbidden love from an unforgiving world."
  • In Jasper in Deadland, Agnes suggests that she and Jasper remain in Deadland and accept a Death of Personality when she starts to remember how awful the living world was.
  • All of the students in Les Misérables (and actually everyone else who died over the course of the show). When they realized their death that night were certain, they all silently decided to have one last drink together and fight till the end. In the finale, after Valjean's death, his ghost joins Fantine and the other deceased for the closing reprise of "Hear The People Sing".
  • Audrey and Seymour both wind up eaten by the same plant in Little Shop of Horrors, and at the end their heads appear in adjacent pods.
  • Romeo and Juliet, the modern archetypal Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • Most versions of Swan Lake end with some version of this - unable to be together in life, Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried plunge together into the lake to be united in death. In the Matthew Bourne version, when both the Prince and the (possibly imaginary) Swan are dead, the Prince's younger self is seen cradled in the Swan's arms as the ballet ends.
  • Tosca throws herself over the wall of the prison after her lover Mario is killed. And in doing so, she calls the name of Scarpia, not her lover.
  • Wagner's adaptation of the Tristan and Iseult legend is one long exploration of this trope.

    Visual Novels 
  • One of the ending in Yuri Genre Visual Novel Akai Ito had Kei and Sakuya replacing Yumei in being the Ohashira, after Kei was fatally wounded by Nushi and Yumei decided that she can't live without her.
  • Sora and Takeshi in Ever17 get trapped in HIMMEL together after Takeshi refuses to escape without her. Takeshi makes a backup of her data, leading to a Hope Spot, but ultimately no rescue comes and they drown together.
  • Fate/stay night: Saber and Shirou finally get a proper happy ending in Realta Nua's bonus ending of the Fate route. To unlock it, you have to finish all three routes, and get all five endings... but by doing so, you get what might well be the most heartwarming scene in the whole game. As she lays dying, Arturia is informed that it is absolutely impossible for her to ever see Shirou again; the afterlife is simply not designed to handle people who were born and died a thousand years apart. But if she waits for him forever, and if Shirou seeks her forever, then maybe the impossible will happen. In the end, they are reunited in Avalon.
  • In the Nemesis route of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa Kageaki, having been fatally wounded in the prior battle against the silver knight, eventually collapses only to realize that he is lying on his Love Interest Kanae's lap before expiring. What he never learned however was that Kanae herself was the silver knight and she too was mortally wounded in the fight, having fullfilled her promise to him to deliver him punishment for his actions, passing on almost immediately after him.
  • One of the endings of Saya no Uta has Saya and Fuminori end up like this, as Saya gets fatally wounded, causing Fuminori to kill himself. It is absolutely heartwrenching, the way that Saya ignores her wounds (with Kouji still repeatedly delivering blows as she does so) and drags herself over to Fuminori's corpse so she can embrace him before slipping away herself. Tragically, it is also the only ending where the two get to be together at all.
  • Umineko: When They Cry:
    • In the second twilight's requirement of "tear[ing] apart the two who are close" often winds up playing around with this trope. Probably the most notable one was actually an intentional aversion where Beatrice erases Kanon's corpse particularly so he and Jessica can't be together in death. And in the process frames him for the entire thing. Or Did She?
    • The magic ending of the series plays this effect. Battler takes Beatrice (and a gold ingot) with him, even though she thinks she won't be able to fit in the world outside Rokkenjima. When they are on the boat in the middle of the ocean, she asks him to close his eyes, kisses him... and jump into the sea with the 10kg ingot. Battler's response is to jump and drown with her, saying "I won't let you go" (in reality though, he somehow survives, and loses his memories after an accident on the land). Add this song to the scene, and you get a big fat Tear Jerker.

    Web Animation 
  • Episode 4 of Helluva Boss has I.M.P. taking on a job by Loopty Goopty; a recently-deceased inventor that wanted them to kill his still-living business partner in a veiled attempt at revenge for his death. After going through several hijinks caused by rival corporation C.H.E.R.U.B. for his soul, it is revealed that Lyle Lipton wound up in Hell anyways and that the job was just a way for Loopty to be reunited with Lyle again.
    Loopty Goopty: Thank you for reuniting me with my best friend!
  • RWBY. After defying the Gods for them refusing to revive Ozma, they punish Salem by cursing her with immortality so that she can never reunite with Ozma, but the curse will only be lifted if she learns "the meaning of life and death". Later, when the God of Light revives him anyways to help reunify Humanity again, Ozma initially refuses on the grounds he feels he is unworthy of the task and requests to return to the afterlife so that he can be with Salem until he is told that she isn't dead.

  • Parodied in Buttlord GT after nearly everyone dies. "Awesome! All my friends are dead and safe!"
  • According to Word of God, RED Spy and BLU Sniper in Cuanta Vida.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: After what appears to have been centuries of Jeanne being stuck as a vengeful ghost and her lover's soul being trapped in a device, they are finally freed and able to pass into the ether together.
  • In the short comic Hold Close, a little fire spirit and a little water spirit fall in love, but they can't hold hands because the fire spirit is hurt when he touches water. Eventually, the fire spirit is scooped up by a human and put into an oil lamp. The water spirit follows him and sits with him all night, but evaporates due to the heat. Shortly after, the lamp is extinguished, killing the fire spirit. The two spirits are reunited as ghosts, and are finally able to hold hands.
  • Something of a recurring theme in Homestuck. John and Vriska, Tavros and Vriska, Karkat and Terezi in two different alternate timelines, Karkat and Nepeta, Post-Scratch Rose and Dave, and John's Dad and Rose's Mom all end up this way.
  • Parodied in Oglaf here.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Dorukan and Lirian, with the twist that rather than having gone to the afterlife, their souls are trapped in a gem in Big Bad Xykon's pocket.
      Lirian: No... not a prison. Not anymore.
    • Non-romantic semi-example: Miko and her horse, Windstriker. "Semi" because only one is dead, the other is merely stuck in the Celestial Realms. When she realizes that she is going to die and doesn't even have a chance of redemption, she only asks if she'll be able to see him again. For her, that's good enough.
    • Another non-romantic example: Roy finally gets to see his little brother again, who had been killed when one of their father's experiments with magic went awry, when he gets to the Celestial Realm after dying in his battle with Xykon. Then they play blocks together.
  • Sam & Fuzzy has an unusual, non-romantic example: Mr. Blank dies when the corpse of his Only Friend Mr. Black pushes him off the side of a building, with the last we see of the pair being their bodies plummeting to Blank's death together. The unusual part is because this is a Karmic Death on the part of Mr. Blank, as he had murdered Mr. Black earlier in the arc and the corpse wouldn't have been in a position to knock him off the side otherwise.
  • The first panel of this Simulated Comic Product comic shows a young man next to his dead wife's tombstone, vowing he will use science to be re-united with her. The rest of the comic shows a montage of his scientific career, older in each panel, until the last shows the same scene as the first, with two tombstones.
  • Mandy and Grace, two minor characters in It's Walky!
  • Foxes in Love: Discussed in this strip, where Green says that if he and Blue die at the same time, he wants them to be buried together so archaeologists in the future know they loved each other... and also so he can be the big spoon forever.
  • Unsounded: After Vienne's burial Mathis' internal commentary notes that he couldn't at the time imagine doing anything other than crawling through the earth and resting next to her. Instead he takes their son on a suicide run through the constable's office where the construct she'd been killed over was being kept, survived, stole the construct and fled.

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  • He doesn't manage it (nope, his actual ending manages to be worse), but Donnie DuPre from Demo Reel might be one of the few characters who wants to die so he can be with his dead mom rather than a dead partner. And while he dies alone, at least Tacoma, Quinn, Rebecca and Carl fade away into nothing together.
  • In The Nostalgia Critic's Christmas Story II behind the scenes, Doug and Tamara say that during the couch scene, Hyper wanted to slit her and Critic's throats to preserve the moment.

    Western Animation 
  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, of all things, Mysterio's lover is an actress who was disfigured. She kidnaps Mary Jane for a body-swap, but Mysterio's body-switching machine turns out to not actually work - and never had. He'd been trying to give her hope. When she discovers this, she activates the Self-Destruct Mechanism because she'd rather die than not be beautiful. Spider-Man urges Mysterio to run, but Mysterio chooses to stay behind and die with her. No, they don't get better. In fact, though viewers still don't get the word "dead," there were none of the expected attempts to sweep it under the rug or make it Only Mostly Dead — it even gets referenced later on.
  • The episode "Ghost Princess" in Adventure Time features the soul of a dead princess who is Barred from the Afterlife until she can remember how she died, which is inconvenient because ghosts can't remember who they were in life. She goes on a date with another ghost who seems familiar to her, and then Finn and Jake realize he was the person who killed her. This causes her to remember that the two were Star-Crossed Lovers on opposite sides of a war and he accidentally killed her. She forgives him for it, but now is being drawn towards the afterlife away from her lover who has yet to remember his own death. Then Jake realizes he witnessed the lover's death: mad with guilt over killing his love, he overate and ended up exploding in a convenience store. The lover remembers, and the couple proceed to the afterlife together.
    • This is also the driving plot in "Together Again" from the follow up miniseries, Adventure Time: Distant Lands. The episode takes place far past the end of the series, where Jake has been dead a long time; and starts with Finn arriving in the deadworlds, where his reaction to his own death is elation at being able to reunite (and eventually reincarnate with) Jake. Other characters are also shown enjoying the afterlife, with Tree Trunks and Mr. Pig having settled down on one Dead World while Finn and Jake's Family (Margaret, Joshua, and Jermaine) share a house in another.
  • In the American Dad! episode "May the Best Stan Win," Francine wants to be buried with Stan, but he apparently signed an agreement with the CIA to have his body made into a cyborg. Things get weird when cyborg!Stan comes from the future, regretting his decision. The episode ends with a Distant Finale showing that Stan changes the future and is buried with her after all.
  • In just one of the many Tear Jerker moments of The Animals of Farthing Wood, this happens to the charming old hedgehog couple as they're crossing the motorway. The noise of the traffic proves too much for Mr. Hedgehog and he freezes in fear, and while Mrs. Hedgehog has time to escape the path of the oncoming lorry, she refuses to leave her husband behind.
  • In one episode of Chowder, Panini's Stalker with a Crush tendencies are taken to the extreme when she mentions she always visualized her and Chowder being buried together in a tomb.
    Chowder: You and I are having a serious talk.
  • On Gargoyles, the Emir uses magic to capture Anubis and tries to force him to resurrect his young son, who died in a car accident. Long story short, the episode ends with the Emir being buried in a collapsed pyramid, and Goliath says that if there is any justice in the universe, the father and son are together again.
  • The Justice League Unlimited episode "Shadow of the Hawk" ends with a shot of the mummies of the first incarnations of Hawkman and Hawkgirl holding hands.
  • Primal has a particularly heartwarming example when Lula meets with her daughter in the afterlife after battling her coven's matriarch long enough for Spear and Fang to escape.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Last Son of Krypton-Part 1", soon after Jor El and Lara launch the ship carrying baby Kal to earth, they share one Last Kiss before Krypton explodes.
  • Happens to Ferdy the fox at the end of There's Good Boos Tonight. He is shot by a hunter, only to come back to life as a ghost after Casper mourns his death.
  • Presumably this was the logic for Nox killing himself on his late family's grave in the season one finale of Wakfu. With no-one to bury him, his remains are blown away by the wind.


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Rio and Mele

When Rio pulls off a heroic sacrifice to try and defeat Long, Mele, who previously died in his arms protecting the Gekirangers, is waiting for him on the other side and they walk to the afterlife while holding hands.

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