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Basic Trope: A vehicle, usually a train, takes dead souls to the afterlife.

  • Straight: The Afterlife Express takes Bob to the afterlife.
  • Exaggerated: The Express can also come as a limousine, a bus, or an airplane.
  • Downplayed: The Express appears only to those scared of Psychopomps.
  • Justified:
    • The psychopomps sent the train because they were too busy in one part of the world to take the dead souls everywhere else to the afterlife.
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  • Inverted: The Afterlife Express takes dead souls back to the world of the living instead.
  • Subverted: Bob dies, and a train passes by. That's not the Express.
  • Double Subverted: ...the Express arrives soon anyway.
  • Parodied: The Express's schedule includes scheduled funerals, complete with The Grim Reaper as the conductor and other Psychopomps as staff.
  • Zig Zagged: Whether a psychopomp or the Express takes a dead soul to the afterlife depends on the soul's expectations.
  • Averted:
    • There are no vehicles to the afterlife.
    • There is no afterlife in the first place.
  • Enforced: "All the psychopomps are Put on a Bus for this episode! How can we have the dead souls arrive at the afterlife?" "Let's just create a train and have the souls arrive on there."
  • Lampshaded: "I thought the Reaper would take me there!"
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  • Invoked: The psychopomps are in another part of the world, and send for the train for everywhere else.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The psychopomps take Bob to the afterlife themselves.
  • Discussed: "I wonder how we go to the afterlife when we die."
  • Conversed: "So we go to the afterlife on a train? I've seen this happen before!"
  • Deconstructed: People stop believing in deities because after all, a train takes dead people to the afterlife.
  • Reconstructed: Deities are seen around the train so people don't stop believing in them.

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