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"Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is 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, Dying Reconciliation, and You Are Worth Hell.

Contrast Last Moment Together, and Hell Is Lonely.

This is a Death Trope so spoilers below.


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  • Ai no Kusabi ends like this for Iason and Riki. For better/worse, they didn't have to die together. Only Iason was fatally injured after having his legs cut off, but Riki willingly stays by his side to have One Last Smoke and die with him.
  • Assassination Classroom: After Koro-sensei is killed, there's an illustration of him and Aguri, reunited at last after her tragic death and his having spent a year living and doing good in her honor. Also discussed, as Aguri's sister Kayano hopes that, after all they went through, the two are together again and happy somewhere. We then see the two of them watching the other characters enjoying their happy ending from a distance, smiling contentedly, though it's ambiguous whether their spirits are really there or just in Kayano's imagination.
  • Basilisk:
    • After Oboro commits suicide both to not kill Gennosuke and to screw up Ofuku's plan, Gennosuke kills himself as well.
    • Subverted earlier, when a maddened and dying Kagerou tries to kill a severely wounded Gennosuke too to invoke the trope, but Oboro's Anti-Magic powers kick in and manages to stop her. Kagerou dies leaning on him instead.
  • Black Butler (2008): In the final episode of the second season, Hannah is last seen beside Claude's dead body, saying that she, Claude, Alois/Jim, and Luka can now all be together in Nirvana.
  • Hansel and Gretel from Black Lagoon, as shown in the ending of Episode 15 — the only one not to feature the standard Revy ending. Gretel's soul is seen walking barefoot on a beach, and at the end her and Hansel's spirits are standing side by side, watching the sea and holding hands.
  • Boy's Abyss revolves around this, as the Loser Protagonist Keiji is convinced to form a suicide pact with a toxic Love Interest. His suicidal ideation and the crappy small town he lives in are so bad that he even ends up forming the same pact with other characters, including his own mother.
  • Played for Laughs in Bungou Stray Dogs where Dazai (who is obsessed with suicide) frequently flirts with women by asking them to commit a double suicide with him.
  • Subverted in the end of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga, as Fujitaka does not need to die to see Nadeshiko again, since being one of the two reincarnations of Clow Reed (the other being Eriol) gives him the power to see her spirit.
  • There are several examples in Case Closed:
    • Invoked in one case, where Ryoichi Takahashi tries to kill himself with a knife after confessing to the murder of Chikako Ikeda in order to join Atsuko, the girl he was in love with (who committed suicide because Chikako stole Atsuko's best script and passed it as hers to make a movie out of it), but he is stopped by Conan with a Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
    • Another invoked case: The Sexy Secretary Miyuki Hyuuga tries to kill herself to be with her star crossed lover Hideomi Nagato (who also committed suicide out of guilt for causing the fire that killed her parents, he rescued child!Miyuki after realizing what he did but he got himself badly burned in the process) during her Motive Rant. She had a thermos filled with gasoline and intended to light the thermos with a lighter to burn herself to death, but Conan had already seen the thermos around while snooping so he and Heiji had filled it with water (anime) or emptied (manga) This is because almost at the start of the manga, another Sympathetic Murderer (Seiji Asou aka Narumi Asai) commited suicide after having his cover blown, and judging by some of his pre-death lines he did it half because he thought he had nothing left to live for anymore, and half because he wanted to be reunited with the murdered family that he commited his crimes for. Conan/Shinichi could never forgive himself for that, so he prevented Miyuki from invoking this trope.
    • In the Non-Serial Movie The Time Bombed Skyscraper, Conan-as-Shinichi has been helping Ran to dismantle a bomb that is about to explode, kill them, and bring down the titular skyscraper. However, the bomb itself has been rigged specially to confuse anyone trying to defuse it, and Conan cannot find out how to go past that. (For worse, Ran's trapped in a small room with the bomb, and Conan-as-Shinichi is stuck at the other side of the door). As both of them realise that they're about to die, Conan-as-Shinichi gently tells Ran to do as she wishes because there's nothing else they can do, and they will at least die together. Then it's subverted, as Ran's decision ultimately saves them and everyone in there.
  • In the (somewhat (in?)famous Tear Jerker) ending of the anime version of Chrono Crusade, Chrono and Rosette's bodies are found sitting on a bench together, their hands clasped and smiling peacefully. They're buried together in a grave with a single headstone.
  • Deconstructed in CLANNAD Ushio dies in Tomoya's arms and then he dies soon after from despair.
  • In Code Geass, the immortal C.C. apparently desires this outcome with her Yandere Mao for a while as she tells him to wait for her before giving him a Mercy Kill and then spends most of the series attempting to ensure her own demise.
  • Cyborg 009 0010 and his twin brother, have lightning powers and super speed, but can't touch each other without dying because one is negative charged and the other is positive charged. In all continuities, 0010 and his twin brother always end up dying together after being tricked into short-circuiting each other, holding hands for the first time since becoming cyborgs. The 2001 anime takes this even further by having them cling to each other during their last moments as they both fry to death from electrical polarization.
  • Death Note:
    • In the anime, Light is reunited with L after the Final Battle. (This scene is absent from the manga version.)
    • Also, from the same series, Mello is killed very shortly after his best friend Matt. There are also strong implications that it was their intention to sacrifice themselves from the start in order to orchestrate Light's death.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba likes this trope a lot that it's easier to mention the few times where it doesn't happened. Kyojuro Rengoku with his mother, Daki and Gyutaro, Akaza and Koyuki, Shinobu Kocho and her sister Kanae, Rui and his parents, Kaguya Ubuyashiki and his wife Amane, Muichiro Tokio and his brother Yuichiro, Mitsuri Kanroji and Oburai Iguro. Sanemi Shinazugawa is an exception since, after dying from his wounds after the final battle, his father tells him to keep on living instead of passing on to be reunited with Genya who died against Kokushibo. Doma also tries this with Shinobu only for her to tell him to shove it.
  • Alma and Kanda in D.Gray-Man. Also Bak's parents where after their deaths by Alma's hands, For arranges their bodies so that they were leaning towards each other and holding hands.
  • The Hentai Dorei Ichiba (English: Slave Market) ends with the main protagonist visualizing himself with his three sex slaves that died in the course of the three episodes, while laying mortally wounded in a battlefield.
  • In the movie version of Eureka Seven, Eureka claims that she will continue to exist as long as her lover lives or did not forget his memories. This implies Eureka won't ever outlive Renton and will automatically follow Renton in death, regardless of her will when that time comes.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • Katsuya and Kyoko Honda. Katsuya dies of illness several years before Kyouko is fatally struck down by a car... and when she dies, the last thing she sees is Katsuya's soul, welcoming her into the afterlife.
    • Rather ironically, the driver that hit Kyouko with his car... did it because he had a heart attack at the steering wheel. And he dies too. For worse, he's the father of Komaki Nakao, one of Tohru's schoolmates.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • In Fushigi Yuugi Suzuno "Byakko no Miko" Osugi and her Seishi, Tatara, had to wait for decades to get together, as Tatara's soul was bonded to the Shinzaho's resting place and Suzuno died of old age in the Real World. The anime adds a scene in which their souls are reunited on Earth and then depart together to the afterlife in front of Miaka's brother, his best friend, a local taxi driver and Suzuno's grandson.
  • In the prequel Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden, whereas Uruki and Takiko ultimately had a Reincarnation Romance deal, the trope is played straight by their Senshi and True Companions Hikitsu and Tomite, who died almost at the same time fighting against the Kutou Army while Takiko summoned Genbu.
  • The 7th as there are two of them does this in Future Diary. It's also a metaphorical You Are Worth Hell.
  • In Galaxy Express 999, many couples commit suicide or chose to join their dead lovers due in some way to the cyborg culture of society.
  • At the end of Gatchaman II, the villain Gel Sadra has sustained a fatal injury from her boss X and makes her way to a cliff, where she gazes upon the beauty of the world and regrets trying to destroy it. Having lost her mother as a consequence of being The Dragon to X, she expresses the wish to be reborn and help the world. However, she hears a voice telling her that Gatchaman can handle protecting the world. With recognizing it as the voice of her mother, Gel Sadra dies, her body shrinking back to her true childhood age. Her spirit then rises from her body and walks off into the sunlight, at her mother's side.
  • Grave of the Fireflies provides a brother/sister example. Two children starve to death in WWII Japan, but their much-happier spirits/ghosts are shown together throughout the film.
  • Gundam:
    • Renda de Baroma and Duker Iq aka the local Battle Couple, in Victory Gundam. Not only that, but Odelo, Usso and Marbet have visions of Renda and Duker actually riding together in a Harley towards the afterlife.
    • Cruelly used in Gundam 00. Lichtendahl Tschery dies in a Heroic Sacrifice to protect the girl he likes, Christina Sierra. Bad thing, it fails: after Lichty perishes, we find out that Christina has been fatally injured by shrapnel anyway. Then what's left of the Ptolemaios explodes, and their lifeless bodies are destroyed alongside it.
    • In the second season of Iron-Blooded Orphans, Amida and Naze stay behind to hold back the Gjallarhorn's troops while the rest of the Turbines escape. Then, Amida gets killed when a Dainsleif rod pierces her mobile suit. Naze goes on a suicide run towards the Arianhrod blockade so he could be with her. The last we see of him before the Hammerhead is destroyed has him being cradled by Amida's ghost.
  • Gunslinger Girl. After the battle at the Turin nuclear power plant, their comrades come across the Jose/Henrietta (Suicide Pact) and Hilshire/Triela (Last Stand) fratellos like this. Lampshaded after the Lauro/Elsa fratello are found dead, and Henrietta regards it as romantic that she died alongside her handler. Ironically it turns out the cyborg committed a Murder-Suicide.
  • Seine and Tatsuya in Hekikai no AiON.
  • In Hunter × Hunter at the end of the Chimera Ant arc, the Chimera Ant King Meruem is fatally poisoned by Netero's Rose bomb. He spends his final moments playing games with Komugi, the one opponent he could never defeat and the girl whom he grew to love. Komugi stays with him even after he warns her that the poison will kill her too. They die holding hands together.
  • Chinkyuu and Ryoufu in the Ikki Tousen manga. The first even lampshades it in her dying words, which come right before she crushes her Magatama and pretty much commits suicide.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • At the end of Phantom Blood, Erina wants this for her and the mortally wounded Jonathan. Jonathan defies this trope, telling Erina she has to live not only for herself, but for a nearby baby girl whose mother had just died while protecting the child. In a platonic version of this trope, Jonathan instead dies with his Arch-Enemy and adoptive brother Dio Brando's head in his arms. Erina honors Jonathan's last wish and escapes the sinking ship with the baby girl. Part II reveals that Erina never remarried and the baby, her adoptive daughter Elizabeth "Lisa Lisa" Straizo, grows up to marry her and Jonathan's son George and becomes the mother of Joseph Joestar, the hero of Part II. Part III reveals that Dio survived, but Jotaro Kujo, Joseph's grandson, makes sure Dio joins Jonathan this time.
    • Golden Wind: Sorbet and Gelato were killed at the same time and given a joint funeral by their teammates.
  • Given a very dark and tragic twist in King of Thorn with the final meeting between Kasumi and Shizuku. One of the two has a chance at living, but wants them both to die together so they can be Together in Death. The second wants the first to take the opportunity to go on living. They argue over it. Tragedy, Freak Out, and The End of the World as We Know It ensue.
  • Subverted in Knight Hunters: when Tot is fatally stabbed, Nagi has a telekinetic meltdown which destroys the house they're in and apparently kills him. Seeing the two lying next to one another in the wreckage, Yoji moves Nagi's hand to rest on top of Tot's in a Together in Death pose. After the surviving cast members have left, however, Tot gets up... and in another episode or two, Nagi shows up in perfect health and the incident is never mentioned again.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: According to the tribute manga for the second movie, Precia was reunited with her daughter Alicia in heaven. Rather perplexing since, at the time of her death, she wasn't the sort of person you'd expect to go to heaven.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth : Princess Emeraude and Zagato. She summoned the Kights to kill her and release her from being the Pillar, he died to keep that from happening, she lost it and fought the Knights herself as the rests of her conscience explain to the girls what happened, and once the Knights strike her down, they have a brief view of their souls in each other's arms; additionally, Emeraude's last words are both her thanks to the Knights, and her telling Zagato that they can finally be together.
  • The Mazinger saga:
    • In Mazinger Z, Dr. Hell found the bodies of a man and his lover who had been Buried Alive together for being caught trying to break their Star-Crossed Lovers destinies. One half of each body was destroyed, so he stitched them together to create his most loyal supporter — Baron Ashura.
    • In Shin Mazinger, the two halves of Baron Ashura are actually Tristan and Isolde.
  • My-HiME: Combined with a non-Yandere instance of Taking You with Me, having been told that if there isn't one Hime left standing by the time it arrives, the HiME Star would crash to Earth and wipe it out, Natsuki decides to go off to confront her most important person, Shizuru. After a brief fight, Natsuki snaps Shizuru out of her Psycho Lesbian phase with a Cooldown Hug and a Big Damn Kiss, telling Shizuru that while she didn't feel quite the same way, she did love her in her own way. At this point, she orders her Child, Duran, to fire on Shizuru's Kiyohime, which, due to how HiME powers work, causes them both to die, as they're each other's most important people. They fade from existence in one another's arms, Shizuru saying "I'm fulfilled." They get better the next episode.
  • Naruto:
    • Minato and Kushina die after they protect their son and Konoha from the Kyuubi.
    • Zabuza is fatally injured after pulling an epic Taking You with Me on Gato. He requests that Kakashi bring him to his Battle Butler, Haku — who earlier performed Taking the Bullet for him — and dies with Haku by his side, openly expressing a desire to go to the same afterlife as his one precious person. Kakashi tells Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura that he openly believes this wish was indeed granted. And confirmed to be the case much later, when Kabuto yanks them out of the afterlife as Edo Tensei zombies. Both they and Kakashi and highly offended by this desecration.
    • Subverted parent/child example with Kakashi and Sakumo. Kakashi dies during the battle with Pain, and he encounters his father, Sakumo aka the White Fang, at the precipice of the afterlife. They have a long conversation, but rather than proceeding to the afterlife, Kakashi is summoned back to the world of the living by Pain reviving everyone. Sakumo is okay with it, however, and says that he'll finally be able to reunite with Kakashi's long-dead Missing Mom.
    • Obito and Rin. When Obito/Tobi finally dies, the soul of his Lost Lenore Rin comes for him. His own soul then returns momentarily to the world of the living in order to prevent Kakashi's death, explicitly so that he doesn't get in the way of their alone time in the afterlife.
  • While the original '70s Neo Human Casshern had a relatively upbeat ending, the '90s OVA remake Casshan: Robot Hunter has Tetsuya/Casshern die after sacrificing himself to defeat Braiking Boss. However, his spirit then rises from his body to meet his deceased parents, and the three become a beam of light that helps shut down all the enemy robots.
  • One Piece:
    • Gold Roger and his lover and mother of his child, Portgas D. Rouge, were reunited this way.
    • A non-romantic example could be Whitebeard and Ace after being separated for quite some time and were properly "reunited" after their deaths by being buried next to each other. Even more so, Ace is the child of the aforementioned Rouge and Roger.
    • In the Dressrosa arc, should Luffy die in the battle against Doflamingo, Law is fully willing to invoke another non-romantic example and follow him and Corazon in death, as penance for dragging Luffy into what he considers his fight. It's at this point that Law recognizes that Luffy is not just his ally, but his friend.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Happens in the eighth Pokémon movie with Aaron and Lucario.
    • Also, in "Noodles! Roamin' Off'' when Jessie and James believe they're about to die, they reconcile for an earlier fight and promise that if there is an afterlife, to meet up again there.
  • In episode 9 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyouko gives a final prayer that she can have a happy dream just once before sacrificing herself to kill Oktavia, the witch form of Sayaka Miki. Since Kyouko has destroyed countless witches before, it's implied that she killed herself because she couldn't go on without Sayaka, and wanted to be with her in death. While the universal retcon at the end of the show results in an alternate timeline where Sayaka dies without Kyouko sacrificing herself, she returns from the dead as a piece of the law of cycles in the movie Rebellion and tells Kyouko that her one regret in dying was leaving her behind, and their last appearance in said movie is of them happily sharing pocky. It might have been in a roundabout way, but Kyouko did get her wish.
  • In Ranma ½, this trope is conversed, but not actually carried out, after Ranma and Akane eat Love Mushrooms in the anime.
    Ranma: Let go of my hand, babe!
    Akane: I can't, honey!
    Ranma: If you don't, both of us will fall. Now, take this bag and get Ryōga to help you back up the cliff!
    Akane: No way. I can't do that to you! We're getting married to each other, aren't we? A married couple should always be together, even when they die. If we can't be together in this life, then at least we'll be together in heaven.
  • Romeo and Juliet in Romeo × Juliet. Considering it is based on (no matter how loosely) Romeo and Juliet, it's sort of a Foregone Conclusion from the start.
  • In the 1977 animated short The Rose Flower and Joe (Bara no Hana to Joe), Joe the Dog develops a romantic crush on a pink rose (who is partially sentient). The short ends with a now blind and weak Joe reuniting with the pink rose near the end of autumn. As he and the rose are dying, they share a final conversation with each other before reuniting together in the afterlife where they share a romantic kiss. The short is based on a children's story by Takashi Yanase with Sanrio working on the animated short.
  • The Rose of Versailles : Oscar and Andre. He's shot to death and dies in her arms, she perishes the day after in the Storming of the Bastille.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Shishio and Yumi plot to take over Hell. They didn't exactly die together (Yumi died in the middle of Shishio's fight with Kenshin, stabbed by Shishio himself as she knew and wanted him to, and Shishio himself went the Karmic Death way few minutes later, but are reunited in Hell itself. And soon they're joined by Houji, who had been imprisoned and later committed suicide.
    • In the (thankfully non-canon) OVA, Reflections the lethally ill Kenshin and Kaoru end up dying together under the cherry trees.
  • Sakura Gari has Souma invoke this when he and Masataka are trapped by Sakurako in a burning warehouse, and he loses hope to survive. In a twist, Masataka manages to save them both.
  • Defied in Superior Cross. Umberto abandoned his wife when she was pregnant due to a deal he made with the townspeople to protect their unborn child from Half-Breed Discrimination. Decades later, he meets his granddaughter, Angelica, and learns that his wife had died several years ago. At the end of the chapter, he's talking to a painting of his wife and mentions that he'll be with her soon, but finds that he actually wants to keep on living (with her spirit then showing up and telling him that she's fine waiting for him). He's still alive and well four years later at Angelica's wedding.
  • Invoked by Kriem from Tiger & Bunny, who commits suicide to be with the recently killed Jake Martinez after giving a Deathbed Confession.
  • Uzumaki:
  • Variable Geo: Evil scientist and Torture Technician, Siritahi, loses the will to live during the climax of the final episode. She's last seen cradling Damian's lifeless body as the Jahana research facility burns down around them, until the ceiling gives way and collapses directly on top of them.
  • At the very end of The Vision of Escaflowne, when Hitomi is getting ready to return home, the souls of several dead people dear to the cast are watching over. They appear in this order: Van and Folken's parents Gaoh and Varie, King-Duke Freid and Princess Marlene, Folken himself and the Cat Girl twins Nadia and Eria, and Van's Parental Substitute Vargas.
  • Windaria:
    • Alan's goal is to reunite with his true love in the afterlife. The opening shows his soul bird flying to the place hers went off to.
    • Alas this is probably a good example of a Macekre in which there is no such bittersweet ending. The original ending was a subversion; Izu (Alan) is given the chance to rejoin Marin/Marlin (Marie) and doesn't have the guts to go through with it, pulling himself back from the edge of the cliff Marin's spirit lead him to at the very last second. This leaves him, the broken betrayer, the only survivor at the end of the film.
  • At the end of Winter Cicada, Akizuki performs seppuku so as to no longer be a burden on his lover, Kusaka. Kusaka weeps over him, then performs seppuku as well.
  • Several times in Wolf's Rain:
    • And Cheza and Kiba, but it's only played straight with Cheza. After she dies, she disintegrates into thousands of flower seeds — and Kiba eventually dies alone.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
    • Jack tries to do this during his duel with D-Carly by playing a trap card that would cause both of their life points to drop to 0 at the same time. (It was a Shadow Duel, meaning the loser would perish; he was willing to die with her at this point.) She manages to stop him by activating a trap card that causes only her life points to 0 before Jack can activate his. Jack wasn't too happy about this turn of events.
    • This is later played straight with the Godwin brothers, Rex and Rudger, who, after Rex is defeated by the team of Yuusei, Jack, and Crow, walk together into the afterlife.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: When Yuma attempts to rescue Vector from being absorbed by Don Thousand, Vector attempts to pull Yuma in with him. Rather than fight him off or be disappointed that Vector tricked him once again, Yuma attempts to let himself be absorbed alongside Vector, wanting to reconcile their former bond when the latter pretended to be Ray Shadows. Vector finally has a Heel–Face Turn and lets himself be absorbed alone.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Elongated Man: Ralph Dibny always saw himself more as a detective than a superhero — and after his wife Sue's murder in Identity Crisis (2004), it seemed The DCU was determined to make him a Butt-Monkey as well. However, he got a measure of victory by the end of 52 — he trapped Felix Faust and the demon Neron in Doctor 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.
  • Fantastic Four: When Franklin Storm is fatally wounded in Fantastic Four (Lee & Kirby) #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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Swamp Thing: Swamp Thing 1972 #22 ended with Dr. Daniel Solomon holding hands with his wife Kate as he blew up his lab, feeling that there's nothing he can do but die with his wife after he was forced to fatally shoot their son John to prevent him from spreading the plague to the surface world.
  • 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.
  • The Wastelands: In Old Man Quill, Star-Lord finds the skeletons of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, who died in each other's arms.

    Fan Works 


13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

  • What Leads You Here: In their final moments, the original Keitaro and Natsuno spend the little time they have apologizing to each other for how awful things turned out for their relationship and musing on whether the future versions of themselves will be able to make things work and live happily. They spend the last few minutes they have prepared to make love before the warnings blare to signal that life support systems are about to give out.

Adventure Time

  • Alex (MovieVillain): Alex intends to end Marceline and Bonnibel's falling out in this fashion.


  • All Assorted Animorphs AUs: In "What if Elfangor and Loren raised Tobias?", Gafinilan is mortally wounded, and Mertil (who has no way to defend himself) chooses to die by his side.

Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra

  • So We'd Both Be Free:
    • Mai and Zuko are executed together. Mai had the opportunity to avoid execution, but she decided to stay with Zuko and choose her own death. The two held hands when they were hanged.
    • Subverted with Ty Lee and Azula. Azula mentions wanting to commit suicide with Ty Lee one day, however when the day comes she opts out. Ty Lee drinks poison to avoid being sold to a man. She tries to get Azula to drink the poison too but Azula doesn't because she made a promise to her brother to stop the war. She simply lies to Ty Lee and says she will drink the poison after her. In actuality, Azula dies several years afterwards due to illness. Her last words were "I'm done. I fulfilled my promise. I just want to be with her again."

Bridge to Terabithia

  • Drown has both Jesse and Leslie drown together in the creek instead of only the latter.


  • Dance with the Demons: Batman has a nightmare where his father's ghost says he was lucky to die with his wife.
    Thomas Wayne's Ghost: You see your problem, boy? You just don't have a sense of timing about these things, or kings. You should have arranged to die so high with your wife. That's life. You die at the same time, that's no crime. You're together forever. All weather. No more bills to pay, no more dragons to slay, no more kids to worry over, no more patients to hurry over. Life's endurable, but death's incurable. You see what I'm hearing?
  • Invoked in Hellsister Trilogy when Dev-Em tells Zeus that he has two options: get someone to save his girlfriend's life or let him die alongside her.
    Dev-Em: Not so fast, Great One. All I'm asking for is a fair exchange. If you heal Kara, you can have the rock with my compliments. If you don't... If you don't, I could say that we'd tear the place up and fight you, and we're pretty strong in our own right. But that wouldn't get us what we want, and we'd probably lose in the long run. So, if you don't want to deal, all I ask is that you let me die alongside her. 'Cause I really don't want to go on without Kara.

Fate Series

  • Fate/Harem Antics: In the beginning, Irisviel was able to draw her husband Kiritsugu's soul into the Holy Grail to be with her.

Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire

  • The Knight of Storm's End: When Jaime and Cersei are set to be executed, Tywin practically begs Jaime to plead for mercy, since he'll most likely receive it as a reward for saving King's Landing by killing the Mad King. Jaime refuses, however, since he would rather die with Cersei.
  • The North Remembers: Lady Stoneheart/Catelyn Stark's last words before committing suicide by walking through the Moon Door are "Oh, Ned..."
  • The Saddest Love Story In Westeros: After Queen Naerys dies, her son Daeron combines her ashes with her love Aemon the Dragonknight.

Godzilla/King Kong/MonsterVerse

  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): A particularly harrowing and cruel example. It's speculated by Dr. Chen and Madison Russell in Chapter 11 that part of the reason why Dr. Serizawa was as willing as he was to volunteer himself to detonate the nuke that revived Godzilla during Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), besides the necessity of reviving Godzilla ASAP to stop Ghidorah's global apocalypse and besides Serizawa's personal connection to the creature; was that on some level, Serizawa just wanted to die after Vivienne Graham's seeming death in Antarctica, and he was probably hoping the two of them would somehow be reunited in death. Madison mentally notes that if this is true, then it makes Ghidorah forcibly reviving Vivienne just after her seeming death and then turning her into a half-Ghidorah hybrid as a form of torment even more cruel than it already is.

The Hunger Games

  • Some Semblance of Meaning: when Vale dies and finds herself in the "land without districts," she is reunited with the friends she lost in the Games, such as Kit, Fen, and Lark... and she and Obsidian are soon reunited in death, as well, after the latter dies in an explosion after winning the Games.
  • In An Unsung Song, Sage notices that Airah and Tam died this way.


  • Eternity: This is Nagato's and Willie D's final fate as steel ships at Operation Crossroads. And then the Abyssals raised the sunken ships as Original Hulls [Long Gate Monster] and [Willful Defender], who in twisted irony are never seen operating separately.

Kill la Kill

  • Sunshine: After her death of leukemia, Satsuki is reunited with Ryuuko and they ascend to the afterlife, together.

The Legend of Zelda

The Loud House

  • Reeling in the Years: This Historical AU ends with Lincoln and Ronnie Anne (who have been married since the 1960s) holding each other's hands when the plane they're on crashes into the World Trade Center.

Mass Effect

  • Weightless have Mierin and Melanis. After Mierin died, Melanis, who'd already wounded, refused all the medigel Garrus gave her and spent her last day shooting the mercs with Mierin's body by her side.

Mega Man

  • In Mega Man Reawakened, after his defeat, Gemini Man joins his other half in death when he shuts down.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • In The Assassination of Twilight Sparkle, Flash Sentry commits suicide to be with Twilight in the afterlife.
  • In A Growing Fire In My Heart, it turns out that Dragon marriage actually invokes this. Once two dragons become life mates, they can never be apart, even in death. When one spouse dies, the surviving one eats a special rock called a Stibnite, getting to live their life for one more week before dying a painless death. This is because dragon life mates share a a special bond between their souls, and when one of them dies the bond is shattered. It is seen as a mercy to die painlessly and join your loved one, rather than live without them while feeling half dead already.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Ranger and Sunset, who, shortly after announcing their engagement, are both killed while participating in an operation to break up a mega-storm over Caruba. Afterwards, their spirits are shown entering Pony Heaven together, where they're granted their wedding after all.
    • And then there's all the G2 couples in 7 Dreams/Nightmare, who are all shown reuniting in the afterlife after their various deaths.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Doing It Right This Time: Before returning to the past Shinji and Asuka decided to commit suicide together and walked into the ocean holding hands.
  • Higher Learning: Defied in episode 48. Shinji and Asuka are running from soldiers that intend to kill them. Shinji tries to get Asuka in her robot, but Asuka is so mind-broken that she does not want to fight. She suggests Shinji to let the soldiers find them and die together because they will be together even in death. Shinji replies that he would rather for them living together and forces her to snap out of her depression.
    Asuka: It's okay, Shinji. [...] We'll be together. [...] Shinji... I love you so much. I don't want to leave you. We can go together. I want to be with you when the world ends.

One Piece

  • In This Bites!, Luffy has Brief and Papa Tearoom bury Baron Omatsuri with his crew, stating that he was alone in life but shouldn't have to be alone in death.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

  • Everyone Dies involves the last moments of both Madoka and Homura as they succumb to the tainting of their Soul Gems and a Grief Seed creates Witches out of their bodies.

Ranma ½

  • The Bitter End: Ranma and Ukyo die together, run through by a katana-wielding Akane.

Reborn! (2004)

  • Tradition: There was a long lasting Vongola tradition that the remaining guardians of the boss will voluntarily lay down their lives to join their leader in death. Tsuna is appropriately horrified and vowed that he would abolish this tradition. He doesn't succeed.


  • At the end of Forever Fall Down, Pyrrha and Jaune are killed in a fire because of the wounds they sustained fighting each other. Recognizing that Cinder is dead and there's no reason to fight anymore, they hug and confess their love. Pyrrha is content with this, because it means that she can be with her lover without betraying her ideals- something that wouldn't be possible if they lived.

The Smurfs

  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Smurfing In Heaven", Empath wanted to die when he heard his fellow Smurfs have all been killed by the Schliphargons, the series' Expy of Star Trek's Klingons. An angelic version of Smurfette shows up and says that the gods have granted his request, and thus he sees himself as a disembodied spirit who then floats up with Smurfette to the Smurf Village version of Elysium, where he is reunited with all his fellow Smurfs. As it turns out, though, the "Elysium" that he enters isn't real, having been a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war, and Empath never really died.

Spyro the Dragon

  • The Legend of Spyro fanfic Passing the Torch takes place far after the trilogy, with Spyro now in his twilight years, having far outlived everyone he knew and looking forwards to Passing the Torch to his successor so he can be reunited with them in the afterlife. In the end, he dies peacefully in his sleep and is greeted by Cynder's spirit who leads him into the afterlife.

Star Trek

  • My Love Has Two Lives: Although we know they both survive, Jim deliberately invokes this trope by choosing to accompany Spock when he volunteers to inject the red matter. And, rather than just choosing to die at each other’s sides, this happens:
    The Jellyfish too had been caught in the singularity's pull, and would not be able to escape.
    But it was all right. Jim felt a wave of peace wash over him. "Spock," he murmured, and reached out to cup Spock's face with the hand not holding Spock's.
    "Jim," Spock returned tenderly, his own free hand moving to Jim's face. His fingers stilled on the meld points, and he brought their minds together one final time.
    They would never separate from this. They would never separate again.
    Jim had no regrets.
  • Written in the Stars: This is the heartwarmingly tear-jerking ending of the Star Trek (2009) fic, in which the Prime counterparts of Spock and Fem!Kirk die together. Putting a spin on this trope, they're not just lying together; Spock performs a mind-meld and they die connected.

Tolkien's Legendarium

  • Played with in The Hobbit fic And in the Darkness Bind Them: Bilbo isn't technically dead yet, just very old and residing in Valinor to live out the rest of his years in peace with Frodo, but Valinor being connected to the Undying Lands makes it possible for him and the actually-dead Thorin to finally reunite after decades of separation and Thorin chooses to stay with him rather than return to his dwarven afterlife despite Bilbo pointing out that when he does die, they'll be separated for good because their races are sent to different afterlife places. It becomes a straighter example when Bilbo dies but finagles his way into the dwarven afterlife and Thorin convinces Mahal to let him back into the same afterlife, making it possible for the two of them to be together in death for real.

Touhou Project

  • The fancomic The End of the Maiden's Illusion (Comic is SFW, but some of the ads might not be) shows Marisa waiting in limbo for three years after her own death so that she and Reimu can enter the afterlife together.


  • 13 Sheets Of Letters Without a Stamp or Destination takes after Kohaku's route. After SHIKI died, Shiki writes a letter ever year on the day of his birthday. Time passes and goes on, until Shiki (whose lifespan is even shorter than a normal human's) feels that his time is coming and decides to kill himself, after ripping all those years of letters. The last scene shows SHIKI greeting him in the afterlife.
    Shiki: Happy birthday...

The Umbrella Academy

  • misericorde: Diego finds himself content during the fatal collision of moon and Earth, because it's the first time in years that his family have actually been together and caring about each other. (The fic itself is named after a weapon shaped to deliver Mercy Kills.)


Yuri!!! on Ice

  • The very end of this fancomic has the elderly Yuuri joining Viktor and Makacchin in the afterlife as his 20s self.

    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

  • The WRock band Ministry Of Magic has a song called the Phoenix Lament, the final line of which is "Golden lights are cords for songs of love; something death can not erase."
  • Parodic folk singer Les Barker has a song called "Maybe Then I'll Be A Rose", which deconstructs this trope as it appears in English ballads:
    He lies in St. Mary's kirk and she lies in the choir,
    And out of her grave grows a rose and out of his a briar.

    So at last their souls entwine and now as one are climbing;
    Ten out of ten for true, true love, nought out of ten for timing.
  • Appears in the alternate lyrics to the Hungarian song "Gloomy Sunday," where the singer laments the death of a lover and states an intention of committing suicide to join him/her. Developed its own urban legend and inspired a film.
  • Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" (written by the Big Bopper) is a Romeo and Juliet story which ends with Running Bear trying to swim across the river to White Dove. When he gets in trouble she jumps in to save him and both are drowned. "Now they'll always be together in the happy hunting ground."
  • Jimmy Cross's I Want My Baby Back plays this for laughs in a very sick and twisted manner. A month after the narrator's love had been dismembered in a car accident, he decides that he can't live without her and chooses to simply crawl into her coffin. The final chorus is muffled for effect.
  • This is the subject of "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie.
  • So many times in Sound Horizon. Specifically, after Marchen's untimely death, we learn the Elisabeth refuses an arranged marriage. Crucified, Elisabeth sees her love as he offers her revenge.
  • The song "Jake + Olive" by MacLethal is about his grandparents' love story: how they met in Ireland, and broke up only to reunite in America. After several decades together, Olive died from a lifetime of smoking, and Jake joined her a month later. The music video is a major Tear Jerker.
  • Milky the Milk Carton (and his strawberry milk carton lover) at the end of the music video for "Coffee and TV" by Blur (combined with Winged Soul Flies Off at Death).
  • Star-Crossed Lovers Feleena and her cowboy lover in Marty Robbins' "El Paso" trilogy. Where the cowboy has died in her arms after being fatally shot down by a posse for killing her would-be rapist at the end of "El Paso", Feleena feels sad that she can no longer live without him, and so she kills herself with his own gun at the end of the sequel.
  • This is what Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" is really about, not a Suicide Pact.
  • Ozzy Osbourne's "See you on the other side".
    I was down, but now I'm flying
    Straight across the great divide
    I know you're crying, but I'll stop you crying
    When I see you, I see you on the other side
  • Quite a few Space songs qualify, but in particular, 'Me and You Versus the World':
    Lying there dying in each other's arms
    Oh, you said to me
    "Don't worry about a thing, my little sweetheart
    We're together, we shall never be apart"
  • The wax figures of a man and a woman in the video for Daft Punk's Instant Crush. They spend the majority of the time in a museum room staring at each other, but kept apart. Then they're separated in a storage room, but when a fire starts they fall to the ground next to each other and melt together.
  • Iced Earth's Watching Over Me has this as one of its main themes.
    We shared dreams like all best friends
    Blood brothers at the age of ten
    We lived reckless, he paid the price
    But why? Why did he have to die?
    It still hurts me to this day
    Am I selfish for feeling this way?
    I know he's an angel now
    Together we'll be someday
  • Lights' "Don't Go Home Without Me"; "going home" being a death euphemism.
  • Papa Roach's Roses on my Grave has this as one of its main themes.
    It's my redemption
    Time for redemption
    It's my redemption
    Time for redemption
    I'll see you on the other side
    I'm waiting on the other side
    I'll see you on the other side
    I'm waiting on the other side
  • "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa (ft. Charlie Puth), written as a tribute to the late The Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker.
    It's been a long day without you, my friend
    And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
    We've come a long way from where we began
    Oh, I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
    When I see you again
  • Wickedly averted in the Sparks song "Here in Heaven". The narrator's girlfriend broke their suicide pact, and now he's stuck in Heaven, bored senseless while waiting for her to die of old age.
  • Happens in the Music/Alt-J song "Taro", which tells the story of photojournalist Robert Capa's death in Vietnam, 17 years after his lover, fellow war photographer Gerda Taro, was killed while covering the Spanish Civil War.
    Le photographe est mort
    3.1415, alive no longer my amour
    Faded for home, May of '54
    Doors open like arms, my love
    Painless with immense closeness
    To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing
    Reunited with his leg
    And with you, Taro
  • "Skulls" by Bastille is about the singer wanting to be buried with the person he's in love with, saying that they'll go to the afterlife together.
  • Vienna Teng has an unusual one in the form of "The Breaking Light", where the narrator promises her brother (as opposed to the usual romantic setup for this trope) that they'll be together in the afterlife.
    So listen to the darkness, listen to the patterns
    Listen to the breathing sea
    Listen to the colors, carry them inside you
    They will bring you back to me
    Listen to the sirens, listen to the heartbeat
    Listen to the turning tide
    Listen to the murmurs, carry them inside you
    'Til we're on the other side
    In the breaking light
    In the breaking light
  • The Rain Within's "While I Am Here".
  • The Decemberists' album The Hazards of Love ends in this. William, an orphan adopted by the Forest Queen, will be taken away into the woods forever after being allowed one final night as a mortal; Margaret, by the end of the night, stands a good chance of getting murdered by the Rake the moment William lets her out of his sight. The two lovers decide to drown themselves rather than allow themselves to be parted.
  • "Fields of Sorrow" by Orden Ogan has the protagonist mourning his dead wife and wondering whether they will, in the end, be reunited in death.
    Will you remember what little time we had?
    Will you still love me in the kingdom of the dead?
  • "Join Me in Death" by HIM was inspired by the aforementioned "Don't Feat the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult, the singer has described it as a "rock track of Romeo and Juliet."
  • Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson is about the narrator's love dying in a car crash, so he pledges that he will be good so he can one day join her in heaven.
    Oh, where oh where can my baby be?
    The Lord took her away from me
    She's gone to heaven, so I got to be good
    So I can see my baby when I leave this world
  • The Mechanisms:
    • At the end of the Rock Opera "Ulysses Dies at Dawn", Ulysses dies under the last remaining tree in the world, where their beloved Penelope is also buried.
    • At the end of the Rock Opera "The Bifrost Incident", Sigyn and Loki collaborate on a Heroic Sacrifice, fuelling the Ratatosk Express with Loki's blood, to postpone the Old Ones breaking free.
    • "Swan Song" is an adaptation of Swan Lake, so it unsurprisingly ends with Odette and Siegfried doing this, charging into a fight they know perfectly well they cannot win, choosing to be killed rather than potentially captured and separated. Siegfried specifically rejects the chance to escape so they can stay with Odette.
  • Édith Piaf's Hymne à l'amour. She describes the lengths she'd go for her beloved, concluding that if he were to die, she would wish to die as well so they would be reunited in heaven. She first performed it publicly one month before the love of her life, boxing champion Marcel Cerdan, was killed in a plane crash.
  • Ludo's Rock Opera concept album Broken Bride tells the story of a time traveler trying to save his wife from dying in a car accident fifteen years prior. He's thrown into the wrong point in time again and again until he stops wishing to save her rather than just to see her one more time, and its final song, "Morning in May", sees him getting that, finally returning to her on the morning she died... and, accepting the message he's been sent, doing the one thing he can do to change events: joining her on her drive.
  • Billy Chambers' "Fallout Shelter" has a young man trying to get into his father's fallout shelter when nuclear war begins. The man wants to get his girlfriend to join them, but the father says there's not enough room for her. Rather than abandon his girlfriend to join his family in the shelter, the man chooses to take a chance and remain with his lover. The ending implies that they're dying of radiation poisoning, but he's happier this way.
    I'd rather die with you than live without you
    And I hope you feel the same
  • "Rasstrel" ("Firing Squad") by Alyona Shvets is about two lesbian lovers facing certain death together, presumably due to being hunted down by homophobes.
    Держаться за руки, встречая рассвет *
    Держаться за руки во время расстрела *
  • The music video for "Eversleeping" by Xandria has something like this: the singer is remembering a past lover (implied to have died, since he appears in the scene without the singer noticing it, then vanishes into thin air in other shots). At the end of the video, the singer materializes inside a sepia photo of her lover, implying she joined with him.
  • "The Ghost Of You" by My Chemical Romance makes this trope explicit: "If I died, we'd be together"

    Myths & Religion 
  • Non-romantic version in The Bible: After the death of her husband, Ruth expresses Undying Loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and refuses to leave her, even at Naomi's insistence.
    "Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried."
    • Traditionally, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Israel contains four famous couples: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah. Subverted with Jacob's other wife, Rachel, who suffered Death by Childbirth near Bethlehem and was buried there. (God is said to have arranged this so that the Jews would pass by her grave when they were exiled to Babylon, allowing her to "see" them and pray for their redemption.)
  • In a Greek myth described in The Metamorphoses, the poor, elderly couple Baucis and Philemon received two weary travelers with glad hospitality, even though their wealthier neighbors had driven the same travelers off. As it turned out, these travelers were actually Zeus and Hermes in disguise. The two gods punished their selfish neighbors by turning the village into a lake, and them into fish, while Baucis and Philemon received their greatest wish: that they should die at the same moment so neither of them had to live widowed. When they did die many years later, they turned into trees, their branches forever intertwined in love. (Greek Mythology is big on Sacred Hospitality; Zeus was the patron of hospitality - and many other social laws - so violating this tradition, either by host or guest, would incur his fury. Those who honored it, however, would be rewarded.)
  • Also in Greek Mythology — the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, Orpheus failed in his attempt to rescue his bride from Hades, and it was only after he died were they finally reunited.
  • In The Iliad, Achilles and Patroclus have their ashes mixed together after they die.
  • Forbidden lovers Tristan and Iseult had a vine and a rose grow on their respective graves, which likewise intertwined.
  • Pyramis and Thisbe: (Classical Mythology, famously parodied by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream) Ovid tells us that the fruit of the mulberry bush under which the star-crossed lovers died turned red with their blood, and their ashes rest in a single urn.
  • Husband and wife Ceyx and Alcyone from Greek Mythology. After Ceyx is lost at sea, Alcyone throws herself into the sea, and both are transformed into kingfisher birds by the gods.
  • The Lovers of Teruel. According to this Spanish myth, The Ojou Isabel waited for the return of her Victorious Childhood Friend Diego, who had left Teruel to search for the fortune and fame he needed to marry her. After several years, Diego returned home... right after she had married someone else. After a secret last talk, poor Diego literally dropped dead at Isabel's feet; the next morning, she showed up in his funeral clad in her wedding dress, and after a Last Kiss she also fell dead. They were buried together.
  • At first subverted, but ultimately upheld in the Guarani myth explaining Iguazu Falls. Naipi and her lover Taruba ran away so she wouldn't sacrificed to the snake god of the river, M'Boi. M'Boi made a huge waterfall in front of their canoe and turned Taruba into a tree at the top of the falls and Naipi into a rock as she fell to the bottom, thinking that this would be the worst punishment imaginable, to be able to see each other but never touch each other. However, on some days you can see a rainbow from a tree at the top of the falls to a rock at the bottom, and that is Naipi and Taruba's way of being together.
  • The famous Butterfly Lovers from Chinese folklore. They've been compared to Romeo and Juliet. Intelligent and beautiful Zhu Yingtai disguises herself as a man to attend school, where she falls in love with scholar Liang Shanbo. While they become good friends, despite Yingtai's many hints, Shanbo remains an oblivious nerd who doesn't realize Yingtai's true gender until years later. He falls in love with her, but she's been betrothed to another man. Shanbo pines away and dies. On her wedding day, Yingtai throws herself into Shanbo's grave, and both are resurrected as butterflies. It's particularly Asian in that it's not necessarily Together in Death, but together in rebirth.
  • In one version of The Exile of the Sons of Uisnech, Deirdre and her lover Naoise are buried beside one another and trees grow from their graves to intertwine.
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Brynhild in Poetic Edda and Völsunga saga burns herself on the funeral pyre of Sigurd, the only man that she was willing to marry (but couldn't).
    • The Saga of Arrow-Odd: When Odd brings Hjalmar's corpse to Sweden, his lover princess Ingibjorg drops dead from grief, and Odd has them buried in the same gravemound.
      "Since they weren't allowed to while they lived, these two can enjoy each other in death."
  • The Philippines legend of Mt. Mayon: Magayon was a beautiful girl either married to, or who tried to elope with, a warrior named Panganoron (whose name means "clouds"). Both died in a battle with a rival suitor, and Magayon's father buried them together. The volcano grew from the grave, with the idea that Magayon became the mountain and Panganoron became the clouds around its summit. And when it erupted in 2018, this happened.
  • The Old Man of the Mountain was a series of cliffs on the upper edge of Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire, that looked like a man's face in profile. A legend of the native Abenaki people told that Nis Kizos, a wise leader of their people, fell in love an Iroquois woman named Tarlo when he attended a trade gathering of many tribes, and that she returned to live with him. She was called back to her home when her people were sickened, and Nis Kizos decided to climb up the mountain and watch for her return, lighting a fire every night to guide her back to him. But the sickness claimed Tarlo, and she never returned. Nis Kizos' brother Gezosa went up the mountain to give the bad news, but couldn't find Nis Kizos there. When Gezosa looked back, he saw a stone face watching for Tarlo's return. When the rock formation collapsed on the early morning of May 3, 2003, some of the Abenaki stated that it was a sign that Nis Kizos and Tarlo had been finally reunited.
  • Hindu Mythology:
    • Ramayana ends with Rama being forced to exile Sita from Ayodhya, because the people could not accept her as their queen after her long captivity in Lanka, and accused her of being unfaithful. She then died in grief, and Rama, upon learning her fate, drowned himself.
    • In Mahabharata, after Pandu died, his second wife, Madri, immolated herself to join him. Notably, his first wife, Kunti, did not follow her example, and she adopted Madri's children, Nakula and Sahadeva, as her own.


  • "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.
  • "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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • In Donizetti's Lucia Di Lamermoor, Edgar stabs himself when he learns that Lucia has died, singing an aria about joining her in heaven.
  • 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.
  • Which Witch The Musical: When Maria is being burned Daniel climbs up on the stake and they burn together.

    Video Games 
  • 96: After killing Niles and Sixten, Elise places Niles' body in the bed with Sixten.
  • ANNIE: Last Hope have a depressing father-and-daughter example where you come across your dead friend, Mike, hanging from a tree and below it, the freshly-dug grave of his six-year-old daughter Jessica. A nearby suicide note from Mike reveals Jessica was infected by the zombie virus and bit him before he's forced to pull an Offing the Offspring; Mike then decides to kill himself to avoid zombification and be with his daughter again. You dutifully buries Mike next to Jessica in the following cutscene.
  • A few of the skeletal remains in Aporia: Beyond the Valley consist of an adult cradling a small child in their bony arms.
  • Batman: Arkham Series:
    • In Batman: Arkham City, this is the main goal of Harley Quinn, the title character of the DLC Harley Quinn's Revenge. She wants revenge on Batman by making him suffer for unintentionally letting the Joker die of the Titan disease, and at best she wants to kill herself along with Batman so that she can be together with her Mr. J. in the afterlife. Unfortunately, by the end, her plans become foiled, turning the trope into Her Heart Will Go On.
    • In Batman: Arkham Knight, this is the implied fate of Mr. Freeze and Nora in the Season of Infamy DLC, Nora is kidnapped by the militia as a bargaining chip against Freeze and is kept out of cryogenic stasis so long that she woke up. After Batman rescues her, she tells Freeze that she doesn't want him to keep trying to cure her disease if it's going to cost him his sanity, and she'd rather live out the few remaining days she has left. The two then leave Gotham and Freeze is shown shutting off his Powered Armor that keeps his body at the sub-zero temperature he needs to stay alive, implying he plans to die with her.
  • Beyond: Two Souls:
    • If Jodie convinces Nathan to back down in the climax, he chooses to commit suicide instead and is then reunited with the souls of his dead wife and daughter before moving on to the Infraworld.
    • This option is also available to Jodie at the very end, where she can choose to move into the afterlife so she won't be separated from Aiden.
  • While exploring in BioShock, you can find the remains of a couple who committed suicide together lying in their bed. Listening to the nearby audio diary, you find out why: their daughter Masha, given up to an orphanage when they could no longer provide for her, has been turned into a Little Sister.
  • Cafe Enchante:
    • Mikado and his girlfriend Shizuka both end up dying side by side together in Rindo's route.
    • In Misyr's Bad Ending, Kotone was unable to leave the World of End Times when the world was collapsing and Misyr refused to leave without Kotone, claiming he was too injured to escape. The epilogue narration notes that the other characters are uncertain if they died when the world disappeared or if they are still alive but trapped in an empty world.
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island, one of the game's puzzles involves reuniting two dead lovers (a ghost and a skeleton, respectively). When the heartbroken ghost discovers that her lover had never intended to abandon her, their spirits are shown reuniting and then vanishing happily together.
  • The Bailey Twins, Crystal and Amber in Dead Rising 2. Once one of them is dead, the other will proceed to stab herself, as she will 'never be complete again'.
  • Dragon Quest IV: Played straight with Necrosaro/Psaro and Rosa/Rose in the NES version: the former gets killed by the heroes when the latter's murder drives him into a murderous rampage. The DS and PS1 versions completely subvert this in Chapter 6, however, when Psaro comes back strong and the Hero's party brings Rose Back from the Dead.
  • Drakengard: In the sequel, Caim spends the entire game destroying the Districts so he can free Angelus from her burden as the Goddess Seal. Near the end of the game, they both die together while Caim smiles towards the heroes.
    Angelus: Is it over, Caim?
    Caim: It's over. We're together now.
  • Escape Lala 2: Although it's not clear at first, the main goal of this game turns out to be helping the princess and the wizard move on to the afterlife so they can finally be together.
  • In Chapter 4 of Eternal Darkness, Chandra is not only killed by a jealous mistress but explicitly cursed to be with a man only in death. She persuades Karim to join her in guarding a MacGuffin indefinitely, then seals the deal with a Kiss of Death.
  • 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.
  • Fallout 3: In the abandoned town of Minefield, you can find in one house a pair of skeletons lying on a bed cuddling, with some syringes of Med-X (basically the Fallout universe's equivalent of morphine) on the bedside cabinets. Where it goes from a Tear Jerker to outright unsettling is the next-door room, which is obviously a child's bedroom, there is no child-sized skeleton to be found. Where did the kid go? What did the parents do?
  • Fatal Frame:
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Aerith reunites with Zack in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII
    • Lenne and Shuyin from Final Fantasy X-2. Both were shot and died by each other's side. Due to an odd set of circumstances, their spirits did not end up together... at least, not until Yuna reunites them.
    • In Final Fantasy XV, Lunafreya dies midway into the story, while Noctis sacrifices his life in the end to thwart her killer, Ardyn Izunia's plans. The Stinger reveals that their souls have reunited in the afterlife, and they fall asleep in each other's arms to seal their eternal love.
      • Ignis tries to invoke this between himself and Noctis, telling him of his plan to die alongside him once Noctis completes his sacrifice. Ultimately averted, as Noctis is able to talk him down into continuing to live on for his sake.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • It has the potential for multiple cases of this if you're not careful with your units, and the writers for the death quotes damn well knew it.
      Matthew: Leila...
      Isadora: Harken... Where are you? I... I can't see anything...
    • A straight example, however, comes from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, from the most surprising of places. If the right conditions are fulfilled, the backstory of Big Bad Nergal is revealed, including his romance and marriage to a dragon from a mountain in Ilia prior to the Scouring. After his death in the finale, a still image is shown of the two reunited.
    • In Genealogy of the Holy War after avenging his father, Seliph meets the ghosts of his parents, Sigurd and Deirdre who are finally together again.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses: If Sylvain and Felix's paired ending on the Azure Moon route is achieved, it mentions them passing away on the same day, "as if conceding that one could not live without the other."
  • 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.
  • In Ghost Trick, Yomiel's fiancee tries to invoke this trope by killing herself after Yomiel dies. This is one of the largest causes for Yomiel's Start of Darkness.
    I'm coming for you, Yomiel...
  • A pair of very minor characters in Guild Wars 2, Nicholas and Yngvild (incidentally also the game's first official interspecies couple, as Nicholas is a human and Yngvild is a norn) play this literally, as you only meet them in the Realm of the Lost when you're killed by the rogue god Balthazar. They were both soldiers in the Pact who died in the failed assault on Mordremoth, and slipped into the Realm due to losing their names and purposes from the shock and trauma of their deaths. They worked together to retrieve their identities and fell in love while doing so, ultimately deciding they'd rather remain together for eternity in the Realm of the Lost, rather than facing judgement and being sent on separately to their respective afterlives. So they literally got together in death.
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA: The video for "Starduster" features Delicate and Sickly Hatsune Miku dying while her fiancee/husband (the video is a little vague about it) is traveling in space. She dies, and his spaceship is torn to shreds by a meteor storm. The end of the video shows their wedding bands sitting together in front of her grave with the headstone modified with the inscription "They have met each other again at last. This love is forever."
  • Honkai Impact 3rd: This is the fate of the sims of the thirteen Flame-Chasers as they band together one last time by Elysia to destroy the Herrscher of Corruption that tried to take control of the Elysium Realm to avoid being deleted and to help Raiden Mei escape the realm. The Flame-Chasers combined their powers together for Elysia to launch an attack that destroyed the Herrscher and the realm for good with the sims passing on together as True Companions.
  • The King of Fighters All Star: The 2002 Story ends with Nameless bleeding out from his wounds after preventing a Colony Drop by torching NESTS' Deimos base with himself still inside. The last CG is of his deceased love interest Isolde embracing him as she spirits him away to the afterlife.
  • Similar example on BioWare's part was a Dummied Out (but easily restored) female-only ending for Knights of the Old Republic. If the female Player Character has completed the Romance Sidequest with Carth, but chosen the Dark Side, he shows up at the Star Forge to make a last-ditch plea for you to turn on Bastila and die on the Star Forge with him.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: At the game's end, Rose reunites with her believed-to-be-long-dead fiancee, Zieg. The two opt to quickly deliver the final blow to Melbu Frahma, allowing themselves to perish when the Moon That Never Sets finally detonates as a result of the game's final battle.
  • The default ending of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV has Rean, Crow, and Millium all dying together to destroy the Great One and its curse out of Zemuria for good.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Majora's Mask:
      • This is what happens with Anju and Kafei if you manage to reunite them at the end of the 3 day cycle. The moon is just mere minutes away from crashing into the world and the couple tells Link that they'll greet the morning together. It's implied that the two know that the world is ending and they want to die together. The scene is doubly sad if you fail the side quest and see either Anju sitting in her room by herself, wondering if Kafei abandoned her or Kafei enter the empty room, musing about her wedding dress.
      • Assuming that you've completed their side quests, a scene on the third day will show Cremia requesting that her little sister Romani sleep with her that night. Made all the more tragic by the fact that — while Cremia knows full well that they're doomed — Romani is blissfully unaware that there isn't going to be a tomorrow and is just happy that she's finally being recognized as an adult.
    • Breath of the Wild features a platonic example where if the player fights Thunderblight Ganon enough times in the "Champions' Ballad" DLC, Urbosa's spirit mentions that she plans on reuniting with her best friend (Zelda's mother) in the afterlife once her duties are fulfilled.
  • Maxim and Selan of the Lufia series. In Fortress of Doom, it's seen that the couple die side by side at the end of prologue. However, in the prequel Rise of the Sinistrals, it's revealed that Maxim continues to stop the island from falling on Parcelyte before dying from using too much power.
  • The Mass Effect series can play with this: if a Shepard whose love interest, depending on who it was, died in either the first or second game, and they player as Shepard stay loyal to him/her, Shepard can also wind up dying at the end of either the second or third game. Mass Effect 3 really plays this up: Thane dies in the third game if he survived the second and if a female Shepard romanced him it can be lampshaded with her saying she'll see him soon. Other squadmates, romance option included, can die if Shepard's Military Strength isn't high enough, and depending on whether they're in his/her squad, it will be right before or after Shepard's own death. Of course, in that case, the galaxy itself is royally screwed, making that scenario one hell of a Downer Ending.
  • One of the bad endings for Uri’s Mermaid Swamp is Rin and Seitaro choosing to drown in the swamp together after their efforts to leave fail. At this point in the game, both of them are distraught over their friends dying with Rin suffering more because she accidentally killed Yuka. That coupled with the thick fog around the mansion preventing them from leaving is what pushes them to jump in the swamp.
  • Metal Gear:
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • At the end of Mortal Kombat X, near the end of the storyline, some of the slain warriors from the previous game are freed from Shinnok's control, but Scorpion's actions inadvertently prevent Raiden from restoring most of them to life. However, the ending has the until-then Star-Crossed Lovers Liu Kang and Kitana ruling the Netherealm as Emperor and Empress (although, Liu Kang's Ladder ending suggests that this is not necessarily a good thing, as he might be a threat to other Realms later.)
    • In Mortal Kombat 1, in Chapter 12, Sindel is killed by her dark counterpart sent by Titan Shang Tsung. After her death, Ermac, whom is under the control of Sindel's dead husband Jerrod, collects her soul, storing it within him, allowing the two to be together.
  • Aversion with Aribeth in Neverwinter Nights. You find her in Hordes of the Underdark, trapped in the betrayer's circle of Hell, being psychologically tortured by her realization that she never really loved Fenthick in life.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer has an interesting take on this in one of its more bitterweet endings for female PCs: If you choose to stay on the Fugue Plane (the underworld, more or less) in order to bind the spirit eater there, Flat-Earth Atheist Gann will go as far as pledging his soul to the God of the Dead so that you won't have to be alone there. Neither of you are dead, just in Hell.
  • NieR
    • In the second ending, after killing The Shadowlord/Gestalt Nier, he appears in a white void with all the other boss shades and Gestalt Yonah.
    • The Masked King's dying words are that he's going to meet with Fyra again.
  • Odin Sphere:
    • Odin and Griselda. The former literally embraces the latter's ghost in death, finding solace in that they will at least be reunited.
    • Ingway and Mercedes. It's not as apparent in the original, but the remake features an alternate end card showing that the roots of the World Tree have extended down into the depths of the Netherworld where Ingway is.
  • The Paper Dolls duology ends with you reuniting with your deceased wife, who dies prior to the original games' events. You wonder if your daughter Molly is with you as well, only for your wife to reply with this Wham Line: "Who is Molly"?
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: At the end of the game, Zen and Rei depart to the afterlife together hand-in-hand.
  • In Quest for Glory IV, when you tell the old man Nikolai that you saw his wife's ghost in the woods at night, he will leave town and try to look for her. The next time you go out into the woods at night, you see them both as ghosts, and they thank you for reuniting them.
  • 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.
  • The Shadow Hearts series contains several examples, especially in its canon endings:
    • Most notably, Yuri and Alice. After spending Shadow Hearts: Covenant mourning his dead lover, series hero Yuri tells her spirit that he will soon return to her and never leave again. At the end of the game, he commits suicide by allowing himself to be impaled. In his mind, Alice's soul is seen descending from the sky while his is finally released from its curse. The two souls embrace, and then disappear together.
    • Lady and Killer. In Shadow Hearts: From The New World, heartless villain Lady displays her first sign of emotion when the party kills her partner, Killer. After she is defeated in turn, she crawls over to Killer's body and embraces it, whereupon both bodies are lifted into the air, share a tender moment, and then disappear together.
    • James and Elaine. In Koudelka, James sacrifices his life to confront the monstrous Elaine, screaming, "I have always loved you!" Their bodies are lifted up and consumed by light. As the screen fades to black, you hear Elaine's voice whisper, "Let's go, James. Let's go home. I have such fond memories of those days."
  • The "In Water" ending of Silent Hill 2. It's not actually shown, but it is very heavily implied that James puts his dead wife's body in his car and then drives into Toluca Lake, drowning himself so that they can be together again.
  • In Sonic Frontiers, the major plot thread of Kronos Island revolves around Amy wanting to reunite a flower-adorned Koco with its one true love. When the two Koco reunite, Cyber Space overlaps with Kronos Island and Amy and Sonic watch a feminine Ancient run up to its masculine counterpart, despite the explosions of their end of days rocking the land around them. The two share one last hug... and THE END annihilates them before the overlap ends, leaving the two Koco inert. Amy spells out what happened once it's all over.
    Amy: ...They were reunited... ...right before the end.
    Sonic: They're together now. ... You take a minute. I'm going to keep moving.
  • In Xianghua's ending in Soul Calibur IV, Kilik felt that it was his duty to sacrifice himself and neutralise the two swords, and wanted Xianghua to continue on and live a normal life. Xianghua had none of it.
    Kilik: Thank you... Xianghua...
    The two disappeared together. The two powers forever rested in peace and never stirred again.
  • In a somewhat unsettling twist on this trope, one of Emperor Palpatine's soundbites from Star Wars Battlefront (2015) has him shouting "Die together, fools!" when the player uses the power "Chain Lightning", which targets a group of enemies who are stood close by one another.
  • Alice and Decus from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. Though Decus was annoying and Alice was plain evil, you can't help but feel for the pair, especially if you know their backstory.
  • In Terra Battle Palpa sacrifices herself to power a machine so she can be with her true love who had made the same sacrifice earlier in her place.
  • Happens twice in Transistor. First when Red finally reaches the Camerata's hideout, only to find that Grant killed himself before she even arrived, and his partner Asher followed suit before she could actually get inside the room they were in. Second is at the very end of the game, when Red is granted free reign to remake Cloudbank as she sees fit. But since everyone in Cloudbank except her is already gone, and even if she rebuilt the city it'd be nothing but a ghost town, she opts to impale herself on the Transistor instead so that she'll be processed and go to the Country with the Man in the Transistor.
  • The characters of The Walking Dead (Telltale) stumble upon a couple lying in a bed who were apparently Driven to Suicide; both have head wounds and the male is clutching a gun.
  • He spent the entirety of the first arc trying to bring his wife back from the dead but would have destroyed the world in the process, this happens to the Big Bad Malistaire in Wizard101. He seems comforted to begin to enter the spirit world when his wife's ghost comfort him. His rage come back when he gets brought back as a Lich by the next Big Bad.

    Visual Novels 
  • One of the ending in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

    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.

    Web Comics 
  • Parodied in Buttlord GT after nearly everyone dies. "Awesome! All my friends are dead and safe!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Dorukan and Lirian in Start of Darkness, 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 a Simulated Comic Product comic which 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.
  • 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 
  • Adventure Time:
    • 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 an episode of Big Mouth, Jay and Lola have a laugh about the pair of hugging skeletons they found when digging a pool in his backyard.
  • 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.
  • The ending of The Saga Of Windwagon Smith implies he and Molly Crum didn't survive their ride, and are only able to finally be together as their ghosts eternally sail the Kansas skies.
  • 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.
  • 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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Natsuki and Shizuru Fade Away

After bringing Shizuru back to sanity, Natsuki makes sure Mai is the one who confronts the Obsidian Prince.

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