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Basic Trope: A Posthumous Character was a Love Interest to one of the still living characters and his/her death still affects their loved one in the present.

  • Straight: Throughout the series, Edgar is shown to still be haunted over and grieving for the late Eliza, who was his lover prior to her death.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Edgar is still very fixated on her memory, to the point that it borders on obsession. Additionally, this disturbing fixation means that Edgar may not be entirely emotionally stable.
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    • Literally the only thing we learn about Eliza is that she's dead and was Edgar's lover.
  • Downplayed:
    • Edgar is broken up over Eliza's death, but he manages to soon move on and continue with his life quite early on.
    • Eliza's death and its effect on Edgar, while occasionally mentioned and shown, isn't an integral part of the plot.
  • Justified:
    • The First Cut Is the Deepest and Eliza's death was that first cut.
    • Edgar Desperately Craves Affection, and Eliza was the one who gave him that affection. She also may as well have been the only one who did
    • Eliza died not too long before she and Edgar were to get married. So now, Edgar's only way of knowing what a life with her must've been like is just imagining it and of course, that would entail thinking about her a lot.
      • Or alternatively, Eliza died not long after she accepted Edgar's Love Confession. So in this case, Edgar would be left only imagining what a relationship with her would've been like.
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    • Edgar feels that he's responsible for her death, so there's an extra reason for it to still haunt him
      • Or in a darker take of this example, Edgar is responsible for her death.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • (related to first example) Edgar and Eliza really were lovers, but they broke up. Edgar just couldn't let go of Eliza, so it turned into an obsession which still carries on after her death.
    • (related to second example) Edgar's love for Eliza was much more genuine when she was alive. But over the years after her death, Edgar's broken heartedness has clouded his memories of her, causing him to construct this idealised version of her.
    • (related to third example)...but dies again
    • (related to fourth example)...but does eventually really die
    • (related to fifth example)...only to actually die
    • (related to sixth example)...but she does die within the series.
  • Parodied: Edgar talks about Eliza as if she's dead...even though she clearly isn't or is even standing right next to him.
  • Zig Zagged: Edgar and Eliza were Arch Enemies and lovers
  • Averted:
  • Discussed:???
  • Conversed:???
  • Exploited:
    • The Big Bad learns or knows about Eliza, so he sends a Femme Fatale who strongly resembles her to lure Edgar into a Honey Trap.
    • Edgar battles a Shapeshifter, who shapeshifts into Eliza in order to either catch Edgar off guard or make him hold back.
    • It's rather easy to manipulate Edgar by claiming that Eliza either wouldn't want him to do what he's doing or vice versa.
      • Or he's easy to manipulate by promising him vengeance for Eliza's death.
  • Implied: Edgar talks and thinks about his lover Eliza a lot, but we're never explicitly told whether or not she's still alive. We don't even get to see her.
  • Deconstructed: Edgar's inability to move on from Eliza greatly hurts his emotional stability and even his relationships with those who are still alive.
  • Reconstructed: But eventually, Character Development kicks in and Edgar manages to let go of the past and learns to focus on those who are still alive.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Edgar becomes depressed from his grief over Eliza.

Back to The Lost Lenore, because it's not easy to move on.

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