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Wife Who Dies at the Beginning of the Movie

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Wife Who Dies at the Beginning of the Movie refers to a series of memes parodying the cliché opening sequences and flashbacks in movies showing the happy times the main character had with his now-deceased wife. The meme was started by TikTok user @warrenmartinn in September 2021 and further popularized by TikToker @nicholas_flannery's videos based on the joke in 2022.


On September 14th, 2021, TikTok[1] user @warrenmartinn posted a comedy video parodying the opening sequences in which the main character remembers happy moments he shared with his now-deceased wife. The video, which has had its sound since removed, gained over 23.4 million views and 5.5 million likes in three years (shown below).



In the following weeks, @warrenmartinn posted more TikToks parodying the cliché or trope. For example, an upload[2] made on September 15th, 2021, garnered over 3.6 million views and 793,000 likes in three years. On October 20th, TikToker @warrenmartinn posted a video that received over 2.3 million views and 557,000 likes on TikTok[3] in the same period.

On February 15th, 2022, X[4] / Twitter user @roburnham posted a "dead wife" meme based on a jewelry commercial starring Scarlett Johansson. The meme (shown below) received over 40,000 reposts and 308,000 likes in two years.

mollid @roburnham no one: the wife that dies in the beginning of the movie: 10:53 AM Feb 15, 2022

On February 17th, TikToker[5] @nicholas_flannery started posting comedy videos parodying the cliché, with the first video in the series gaining over 630,000 views and 149,000 likes in two years (shown below, left).

In 2022 and 2023, TikToker @nicholas_flannery made 14 more memes based on the premise, with some versions going viral on the platform and being spread further through reposts. For example, part three of the series, uploaded on March 23rd, 2022, gained over 11.6 million views and 3 million likes on TikTok[6] in two years (shown below, right).


The meme maintained moderate popularity on TikTok and other social media in the following years.

Various Examples

katie @skatie420 ... i would be such a good "dead wife". can't you just imagine how good i would be in a dead wife flashback sequence. i should be someone's dead wife 12:20 PM Mar 1, 2023 · 4.4M Views • Sardaran Carol Ahmed @SardaranCarol Nobody: The wife who dies at the beginning of the movie #France #Eurovision2024 #Eurovision Song Contest #Eurovision #EUROVISION JVC 5:08 PM - May 11, 2024 from Ouzlewell Green, England · 115.7K Views ... lee chang-dong soundsystem @LingoUnbound wife who died of cancer before the movie began . best of hailee steinfeld @archiveshailees May 30 hailee steinfeld in capital letters music video . 1:25 PM ⚫ May 31, 2024 19.9M Views

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External References

[1] TikTok – @warrenmartinn

[2] TikTok – @warrenmartinn

[3] TikTok – @warrenmartinn

[4] X – @roburnham

[5] TikTok – @nicholas_flannery

[6] TikTok – @nicholas_flannery

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