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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).


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    Comic Books 
  • Issue 54 of All-Star Squadron (a tie-in to Crisis on Infinite Earths) has the Dummy make this kind of euphemism when attempting to kill Alan Scott after the latter has destroyed Oom the Mighty and is relieved that Jay Garrick is saving Hourman so he doesn't have to.
    Alan Scott: Th-Thank God!
    The Dummy: You can thank him in person in a second— When I send you to that big World's Fairgrounds in the sky!
  • Amalgam Universe: Alluded to in Spider-Boy Team-Up, where Spider-Boy falls into a dumpster during his fight with Scavulture and comments on the smell by suggesting that he probably died and didn't got to the hallowed Hall of Justice in the sky.
  • 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.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield:
    • In the February 7, 1999 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 mentions that Jon's curtains have gone to "that big bay window in the sky".

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats: Late in the film, 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".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Death Race 2000. When one of the drivers is killed, TV host Grace Pander hopes they'll be "racing down the big highway in the sky...running over the angels."

  • 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 newly sapient rats have begun developing a tentative belief that on death the Bone Rat (who definitely does exist) sends them to be with the Big Rat That Lives Underground (unknown but certainly a possibility, as Discworld gods are created by people believing they exist).
    • 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".
  • Encyclopedia Brown: In book 12's "The Case of Lightfoot Louie", Thad Dixon sadly tells Encyclopedia and Sally that due to an accident on his part, his pet worm, Sis-Boom-Bah, "went to that big mud hole in the sky".
  • In The Long Dark Tea-Time 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.)
  • Played with in Watership Down where after his death General Woundwort becomes a mythical figure, a giant rabbit who hunts the elil like mice and grazes in the sky.

    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.
  • The Suite Life on Deck: In "A London Carol", which is a clear parody of A Christmas Carol, when London's Mirror takes her 60 years into a Bad Future where all her friends stopped caring about her and giving her Christmas presents because of how terribly she treated them, the Mirror tells her that Mr. Moseby passed away during that timespan, saying he's "managing that big hotel in the sky". London, of course, doesn't get the full picture of what the Mirror meant to tell her.
    Future London: Santa forgot me again? Bah humbug!
    Present Day London: Nobody got me anything? But what about Moseby? He never forgets to get me something.
    Mirror: At this point, honey, I'm afraid he's managing that big hotel in the sky.
    Present Day London: There are floating hotels in the future?
    Mirror: Yeah, that's what I meant.
  • Red Dwarf: In "Stoke Me A Clipper", the dying Ace Rimmer states that he is about to head up to the "great airfield 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."


  • Not a dead character, but one of the heavenly host; at the end of "Beauty School Drop-Out" in Grease, the Teen Angel tells Frenchy he's "gotta be goin' to that malt-shop 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?"
  • 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.
    • A potential line of dialogue from a thug beating on a firefighter is "Ain't long before you go to that big hydrant 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.
  • In The Very Big Cave Adventure (a parody of Colossal Cave) the bird sends the snake (which happens to be a python) to "that great flying circus in the sky"
  • After his death in Tales from the Borderlands, Scooter left behind an ECHO recording of his last will and testament that serves as the basis of the a sidequest in the Borderlands 2 add on, Commander Lilith and the Fight For Sanctuary. When you go to talk to Ellie about running the Catch-A-Rides, the recording says, "If you're listening to this, it means I've become a super-ghost on that big racetrack in the sky, drivin' ghost cars around the sun an' shit."
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: At the end of the side-mission, "He's British, of Course", when Arthur Morgan/John Marston returns to ringmaster Margaret after killing his lion, Margaret gets a little sad, but repays him with an emerald (a fake one, obviously) before going on a journey with his assistant Sally Nash, telling her that the lion has "gone to the great circus in the sky".
  • When Tex dies in Under A Killing Moon, he meets the "big P.I. in the sky", aka God, who comments on whatever he screwed up before sending him back in time to try again. Played by James Earl Jones.

    Web Comics 
  • The Order of the Stick: In one 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".

    Web Original 
  • Cracked referred to "the big bench in the sky" in an article about old-timey sports rules they should bring back.

    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.
  • Superfriends: In The World's Greatest SuperFriends episode "Lex Luthor Strikes Back'', when Lex Luthor has Superman nearly beaten, he taunts that the other Super Friends will be going to the great Hall of Justice 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 (1981) 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" ( It was actually a Disney Death for Tummi, but still...):
    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.
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa:
    • "The Cacklin' Kid" has the Cowlarado Kid say to the Baying Bunch that he's not ready to go to the big mesa in the sky.
    • In the 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.
  • The Deputy Dawg Show episode "Double Barreled Boom Boom" has a beatnik duck state that he's not ready to "make the scene in the big swamp in the sky" when a French hypnotist points a gun at him.
  • The Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures episode "Aqua-Guppy" uses this when Captain A. Crab attempts to have himself and Pearl Pureheart (whom he mistook for his old flame also named Pearl) hit by a train, stating that he will join Pearl in the great coral reef in the sky.
  • Goof Troop has used the trope in several episodes.
    • In the episode "Axed by Addition", Pete is informed by doctors at the hospital that his son P.J. is gone. He misinterprets this as meaning that P.J. is dead and laments that his son has gone to the little playground in the sky.
    • During a political debate in "A Goof of the People", Pete tells a bogus sob story of how he used to have a dog named Chester until he went to "the great kennel in the sky".
    • When in jail for Pete wasting water during a drought in "Bringin' on the Rain", Goofy asks Pete how the daisy he's trying to grow is doing. Pete tells him that the daisy has gone to the compost heap in the sky.
    • In "E = MC Goof", Pete cries that he'll be going to the used car lot in the sky when he and Goofy are in danger of flying into the sun.
  • In the Dynomutt, Dog Wonder episode "The Wizard of Ooze", when the Blue Falcon, Dynomutt, and Mystery, Inc. are imperiled just before the commercial break, the narrator asks if the heroes will end up in the great Falcon Lair in the sky.
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "The Bride Wore Stripes", Scrooge McDuck pretends to drown in his Money Bin as part of a scheme to make Ma Beagle confess that she lied about being Scrooge's wife in an attempt to gain his fortune. The Beagle Boys, who were in on the plan, tell their mother that Scrooge has gone to the big bin in the sky.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • Used in the episode "Paint Misbehavin'" when Splatter Pheonix states that she's going to send Darkwing, Gosalyn and Launchpad to the great canvas in the sky while trying to kill them with her Octobunny monster.
    • "Fraudcast News" has Gosalyn tell Darkwing that she'll send him to the big beehive in the sky while pretending to be the Bugmaster's lackey the Grub.
  • The Addams Family (1992) episode "Itt's Over" had Uncle Fester state that Cousin Itt has gone to the big wig-maker in the sky when he mistakenly believes that he's killed his cousin.
  • In the Quack Pack episode "The Germinator", Daisy gets Donald to cry (so that his shrunken nephews and Dr. Tovar can get out of his body) by reading a spoof of Old Yeller. The last line she reads mentions the dog going to the old fire hydrant in the sky.
  • In the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Boxman Crashes", Enid suggests that she, Rad and K.O. haven't seen Lord Boxman lately because he's gone to the big cornfield in the sky.
  • In the Justice League Action episode "All Aboard the Space Train", Kanjar Ro asks Jonah Hex if he has any last words before he sends him to the big rodeo in the sky.
  • In the Bump in the Night episode "Adventures in Microbia", Germ Girl asks for one last look at Squishington's face before she journeys to the great mold in the sky after she uses Squishy's cleaning spray to defeat the Great Mama of All Microbes. It's not clear if she's really dying or being overly dramatic.

    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."


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