Everybody Lives

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: Nobody Dies, They All Live, Happy Ending
Related: Fix-it, She's Not Dead
See Also: Canon Divergence AU
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For sources with characters dying, especially closed canons, fandom has created a specific genre of fix-it AU, with happier endings, called Everybody Lives, Nobody Dies, They All Live or some variation on the terms.

This is not limited to fandom: a 1681 revision of King Lear changes it so that Lear, Cordelia and Edgar end the play alive and happy. [1], "Hamlet 2" is a 2008 film about a teacher adding a musical sequel to Hamlet[2]

The Archive Of Our Own has several canonical tags for this trope (which gather author variations on the tags): AO3 tag: Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives / Nobody Dies, Everybody Lives, Everyone Is Alive. A short 2015 survey finds fhe most frequent fandoms with these tags are The Hobbit, Teen Wolf, Pacific Rim, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan, Harry Potter, and Les Misérables.

TV Tropes has a related trope EverybodyLives page for canon and some fanworks in which it seems as though there will be some characters killed, but they all survive.

External Links


  1. The History of King Lear on wikipedia
  2. Bard Characters Live on in Musical Sequel "Hamlet 2," at Sundance