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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The 2003 anime has a parent and child example in the movie with Wrath walking into Izumi's arms at the Gate. It's also implied that this is the true reason why Lust wanted to be a human: so she could be with her former lover in death.
    • This is also invoked with Trisha Elric and Van Hohenheim in the manga and Brotherhood. Hohenheim passes away right in front of Trisha's grave. The last manga volume adds an omake in which Trisha's soul actually greets Hohenheim's.
  • 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..
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Subverted in Weiß Kreuz: 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.
  • Not to mention the girls in the lighthouse. Even the one who precipitated the whole awful series of events is there.
  • 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.
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  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Romeo and Juliet in Romeo X Juliet. Considering it is based on (no matter how loosely) Romeo and Juliet, it's sort of a Foregone Conclusion from the start.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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.
  • The 7th as there are two of them does this in Future Diary. It's also a metaphorical You Are Worth Hell.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chinkyuu and Ryoufu in the Ikki Tousen manga. The first even lampshades it in her Famous Last Words, which come right before she crushes her Magatama and pretty much commits suicide.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Claude, Hannah, and the Macken brothers (Luka and Alois/Jim) in Black Butler.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deconstructed in CLANNAD Ushio dies in Tomoya's arms and then he dies soon after from despair.
  • Macross Frontier - The Wings of Goodbye invokes a variation with (Warning: Love Triangle Ending Spoilers) Alto and Sheryl. At the end Alto is Missing In Action, and Sheryl is in a coma, but they were each wearing one of the two Fold Quartz earrings that convey feelings and ignore the laws of time and space. Later Jossed by Word of God, who claimed utter confusion that people were interpreting the ending this way, and declared that Alto did find his way back to the Frontier colony and Sheryl did wake up from her coma, subverting the trope.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Invoked by Kriem from Tiger & Bunny, who commits suicide to be with the recently killed Jake Martinez after giving a Deathbed Confession.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are several examples in Detective Conan:
    • 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.
  • Seine and Tatsuya in Hekikai no AiON.
  • At the end of Part I of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Famous Last Words are both her thanks to the Knights, and her telling Zagato that they can finally be together.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fairy Tail:
  • Mavis and Zeref finally die together when their mutual love activates the Curse of Contradiction


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