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An Unusual Euphemism used to describe a character's death (regardless of whether it has actually occurred), where X is a place that exemplifies the deceased's personality, interests or habits.

May or may not be a subtrope of Never Say "Die" (depending on the target audience of the work) and, should that be the case, a Sister Trope (albeit more versatile) to He Didn't Make It. It may also overlap with No Longer with Us (in which case it is almost always Played for Laughs) if the character has really gone to some great X in the sky (and this is mistaken as an euphemism), or if the character has really died (and others believe that he has gone to the great X in the sky).


Comic Books

  • In the Barracuda miniseries, Barracuda asks his old army associate what might've put the local mafia family on his ass, "Outsida the same ol' lista complaints they always got." He responds with "Outsida all them guineas you sent to the great olive garden in the sky, you mean."
  • The secondary story of the third issue of the 2015 Howard the Duck series has Howard inform an aged Wolverine impersonator that the real Wolverine has gone to the big Canada in the sky.


  • In the notorious The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, one of the guards at the State Home for the Ugly remarks that the imprisoned Garbage Pail Kids will eventually go to the big garbage dump in the sky.


  • In Stephen King's "The Library Policeman"', the town's resident drunk, Dirty Dave, is said to have gone to the "great ginmill in the sky".
    • In Needful Things, Pop Merrill, who was relatively rich for a resident of Castle Rock, has gone to the "big flea-market in the sky".
  • Discworld:
    • In The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents some of the rats have a tentative belief that on death the Bone Rat sends them to be with the Big Rat That Lives Underground.
    • In The Last Continent, the Wizards momentarily lose sight of The Librarian when he goes through one of his transforming fits. They eventually decide that he went to the big rainforest in the sky.
  • In Death Is Forever, James Bond tells a fellow agent that he and the CIA woman he is working with replaced the people who are now "going through a debriefing with that great Director of Intelligence in the sky".
  • In The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul, Dirk Gently, attempting a Phony Psychic scam, tells a woman her husband must be "flighty", only to be told that he's a fighter pilot who disappeared over the North Sea two weeks earlier. In a panic, he babbles that the man has gone to "the great something-or-other in the sky". (As usual, he turns out to be exactly right.)

Live-Action TV

  • Lab Rats: In Drone Alone, it was shown that Donald made an assistance video to help the others in case he dies, where he says that he must have gone to the big hard drive in the sky.


  • Norman Greenbaum's singular hit "Spirit in the Sky" is a classic case of an entire song devoted to this trope, as the song title indicates. (The spirit in question is the Holy Ghost.)
  • "The Great Gig in the Sky" is the 5th track on Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. (The phrase has become popular for this trope since then, especially regarding musicians dying.)
    • It certainly helps that the song's main composer was Richard Wright, the first member of the post-Barrett lineup to arrive at the gig.
  • Allan Sherman's "The Streets of Miami" (a parody of the folk song "The Streets of Laredo") involves two associates who get in a gunfight over which hotel in Miami is better ("I'm going to the Fontainebleu, pardener it's moderner"). One of them dies, and the other is forced to leave Miami forever to avoid mob justice. He ends up complaining that New York is so cold that a person could die, and envies his dead colleague because "he's in that big Fontainebleu in the sky."
  • A song by The Dead Milkmen titled "The Thing That Only Eats Hippies" states at one point that the creature sends its victims to 'that great folk festival in the sky'.
  • The Gaelic Storm song "Never Drink Em Dry (Johnny Tarr's Funeral)" mentions that Johnny has gone to "the pub way up in the sky."

Newspaper Comics

  • In a Garfield strip, a spider wants to take revenge for his grandfather whom, as he says, Garfield sent to "that big web in the sky".
    • Another strip of the same series mentions that Jon's curtains have gone to "that big bay window in the sky".


Video Games

  • In the Rugrats Adventure Game, the babies' Reptar toy accidentally ends up in the garbage can outside. Angelica says that Reptar is going "to that biiig dump truck in the sky!". Phil responds "They have those?"
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, one of the game over messages said by the hallucination Joker is that Batman has gone to join mom and dad in that big country club in the sky.
  • In the ending of Crash Tag Team Racing, Pasadena O'Possum states that without Ebenezer Von Clutch's Black Heart Power Gem he'll go to the big demolition derby in the sky.

Web Comics

  • In this Order of the Stick strip, the wife of a dirt farmer, when reunited with him, states that she was afraid that he had gone to the "Great Dirt Pile in the Sky".

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Western Animation

  • Camp Lazlo:
    • The episodes "Over Cooked Beans" and "Are You There, S.M.I.T.S.? It's Me, Samson!" have the campers use "Scout Master in the Sky", or "Smits" for short, as an Unusual Euphemism for God.
    • In "Snake Eyes", Lazlo says the campers went to the "great big cabin in the sky" when he believes the other campers have been eaten by a snake. It turns out they are all sitting in a nearby tree.
  • In an episode of Superfriends, when Lex Luthor has Superman nearly beaten, he says that Superman will soon be going 'to that great Hall of Justice in the sky'.
  • In the direct-to-TV movie Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, T.C. and the gang regretfully inform the niece of Gertrude Vandergelt that her aunt has "gone to the great country club in the sky".
  • CatDog has used this trope several times.
    • At one point in "Fred the Flying Fish", Cat believes that he and Dog have died and tearfully tells his conjoined twin brother that they've gone to the big scratching post in the sky.
    • Another case happens during Cat and Dog's dreams of living separate lives in "It's A Wonderful Half-Life", when the Greasers start to attack Cat.
    Shriek: You're going to that great big litter box in the sky!
    Lube: (Looks up) Where?
    • In "CatDog 3001", Winslow's descendant Winslow the 38th asks CatDog if they're ready to go to the big litter box in the sky.
    • Cat refers to dying as "skiddily-bopping to the lonely alley in the sky" in "Cat Gone Bad".
  • In The Smurfs episode "The Patchwork Bear", the Emerald Empress says that her father went to the great palace in the sky.
  • In Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko's car goes to the Great Parking Lot in the Sky. He is guided up by the Grim Tow Truck, and stands at the Pearly Garage Door, which is to be opened by a truck named Saint Peterbilt. Of course, Rocko gets the car fixed back in O-town, which means the car doesn't actually go past the Pearly Garage Door.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! saw Shaggy use the line "great big boneyard in the sky" in "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too" after seeing Scooby-Doo apparently turned to stone by the Villain of the Week. It turned out to be quick-mix cement.
  • From Garfield Goes Hollywood;
    Jon: My guitar is crushed! It's gone! Kaput!
    Garfield: Gone to that big tuning fork in the sky, huh?
  • From the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "Gummis At Sea":
    Gusto: I'm sorry, Gruffi, looks like Tummi's gone off to that big bear den in the sky!
  • Subverted in The Hair Bear Bunch episode "The Bear Who Came To Dinner": Square Bear is faking an injury and Peevly is forced to take care of him. Peevly tries to prove Square is faking when the superintendent arrives and wants to know why Square is in Peevly's bed. Hair Bear tells him that Peevly helped pull Square back "from that big bear cave in the sky."
  • Noble Demon Sixshot of The Transformers will Never Speak Ill of the Dead, especially a Worthy Opponent, and refers to his foes as having gone to "the great junkyard in the sky." Which is actually a little weird, considering that the Transformers hold that their planet is their God-figure Primus.
  • In the Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa episode "Circus Daze", the Great Bovini gets his clown henchman to retrieve his hypnotizing crystal by threatening to send him to the big top in the sky.
  • In the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "That's Entertainment", General Hawk becomes distraught over the mistaken assumption that Jackie Love (a stand-in for Bob Hope) has been killed. Before Jackie Love is revealed to be still alive, Hawk mentions that he is now performing on the movie set in the sky.
  • In the Biker Mice from Mars episode "So Life Like", Throttle makes a quip about the Biker Mice's evil duplicates going to the great syndicated channel in the sky.
  • In the Captain Planet and the Planeteers episode "Smog Hog", Wheeler reacts to Hoggish Greedly's son Junior flirting with Linka by saying that he'll send him to the great pigsty in the sky. The euphemism of going to the great pigsty in the sky is also used by Greedly in the later episode "The Ghost of Porkaloin Past" to refer to his grandfather passing away.
  • In the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Cowboy Courage", Minnie (represented by Muriel Bagge) mentions that the Whip (represented by Eustace Bagge) has gone to the big round-up in the sky.

Real Life

  • In his eulogy for fellow Monty Python member Graham Chapman, John Cleese said that he had "gone to meet the great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky".
  • In the Doctor Who compilation special "The Pertwee Years," Jon Pertwee talks about how the story "Inferno" featured the final appearance of William Hartnell's original TARDIS console, before it was sent "to that great junk-heap in the sky."