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5th Sep '17 5:13:55 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* Possibly the Ur Example is Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff, the fan favorite ButtMonkey of his two ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays. Falstaff unceremoniously dies offstage in ''Theatre/HenryV'' without uttering a single line. Readers and critics speculate that Shakespeare was probably worried about Falstaff upstaging his main character (as he arguably does in the other plays). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kempe The original actor]]'s departure from the company also likely makes this an early instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot, if not an outright "Take That!"

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* Possibly the Ur Example is Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff, the fan favorite ButtMonkey of his two ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays. Falstaff unceremoniously dies offstage in ''Theatre/HenryV'' without uttering a single line. Readers and critics speculate that Shakespeare was probably worried about Falstaff upstaging his main character (as he arguably does in the other plays). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kempe The original actor]]'s departure from the company also likely makes this an early instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot, if not an outright "Take That!"That!" (Although Shakespeare ''does'' have Mistress Quickly movingly eulogize him in a beautiful if garbled speech, which manages to include the most heartbreaking dick joke in the entire literary canon.)
30th Jul '17 7:16:00 AM papyru30
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* Teresa in ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'' despite being a very important long term character, gets a rather rushed HeroicSacrifice at the end of ''The Death Cure'' and isn't mentioned much afterwards.
7th Jun '17 2:06:37 PM Derkhan
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* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', droves of bridgemen quite literally die from being crushed under heavy assault bridges meant for crossing over wide chasms.

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* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', droves ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Trull Sengar -- a major point of bridgemen quite literally die view character for several books -- is unceremoniously [[InTheBack knifed in the back]] by a random thug and some unprecedented meddling from being crushed under heavy assault bridges meant for crossing over wide chasms. the [[JerkassGods God of Fate]] within pages of having completed his epic journey to return to his family, save his people and meet his LoveInterest again.
1st Jun '17 7:25:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'': Shaidar Haran disappeared from the story around the time [[AuthorExistenceFailure Robert Jordan died]]. In A Memory of Light, Rand finds his boneless corpse lying in the middle of the Bore right before he starts fighting Moridin; Moridin refers to him as a pawn of the Dark One, and leaves it at that. For reference, he was a Myrdraal capable of wielding the One Power, and was so terrifying that even the Forsaken tried to stay on his good side.

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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'': ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Shaidar Haran disappeared from the story around the time [[AuthorExistenceFailure Robert Jordan died]]. In A Memory of Light, Rand finds his boneless corpse lying in the middle of the Bore right before he starts fighting Moridin; Moridin refers to him as a pawn of the Dark One, and leaves it at that. For reference, he was a Myrdraal capable of wielding the One Power, and was so terrifying that even the Forsaken tried to stay on his good side.
19th May '17 10:29:30 AM Rysn
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* In Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', droves of bridgemen quite literally die from being crushed under heavy assault bridges meant for crossing over wide chasms.
22nd Jan '17 6:20:14 PM ading
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* In Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''To the Lighthouse'', we are famously told in an abrupt parenthetical aside during an interlude between the book's two majors sections that the novel's central character, Mrs. Ramsay, "died in her sleep the night before." In ''The Waves'', a minor character dies falling off a horse midway through the book, and the six POV characters spend the rest of the book obsessing over it.

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* In Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''To the Lighthouse'', ''Literature/ToTheLighthouse'', we are famously told in an abrupt parenthetical aside during an interlude between the book's two majors sections that the novel's central character, Mrs. Ramsay, "died in her sleep the night before." In the same interlude, we are similarly told through asides that her daughter Prue died in childbirth and her son Andrew had died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. In ''The Waves'', a minor character dies falling off a horse midway through the book, and the six POV characters spend the rest of the book obsessing over it.
2nd Dec '16 7:52:22 PM lucy24
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%% “As a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.”




* Hollyleaf at the end of the third arc of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', right after her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sudden plunge off the deep end]]. [[NeverFoundTheBody Well]], [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat maybe]]. [[spoiler: Subverted, as she turns up alive in The Forgotten Warrior.]]

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* Hollyleaf at the end of the third arc of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', right after her [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sudden plunge off the deep end]]. [[NeverFoundTheBody Well]], [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat maybe]]. [[spoiler: Subverted, Later subverted, as she turns up alive in The Forgotten Warrior.]]



* Most of the characters who die in Creator/DaleBrown novels get to die in combat. [[spoiler: Jon Masters,]] on the other hand, suffers the ignominy of dying to a car bomb.

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* Most of the characters who die in Creator/DaleBrown novels get to die in combat. [[spoiler: Jon Masters,]] Masters, on the other hand, suffers the ignominy of dying to a car bomb.



* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series, [[spoiler: President Snow either died from choking on blood or being trampled to death. Neither one is a very glamorous way to go out.]]
** [[spoiler:Thresh is randomly killed off-page after finally getting some characterization.]]
** [[spoiler:Foxface, who was clever enough to survive almost to the end of the games without harming a single person, is killed by stealing berries from Peeta that he hadn't realized were poisonous.]]
** [[spoiler:Finnick, after being such a major character, is essentially killed offscreen.]]
* Near the very end of Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', the narrator off-handedly mentions that [[spoiler:Jup the orangutan]] had died off-page by falling into a crevice.

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* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' series, [[spoiler: President Snow either died from choking on blood or being trampled to death. Neither one is a very glamorous way to go out.]]
out.
** [[spoiler:Thresh Thresh is randomly killed off-page after finally getting some characterization.]]
characterization.
** [[spoiler:Foxface, Foxface, who was clever enough to survive almost to the end of the games without harming a single person, is killed by stealing berries from Peeta that he hadn't realized were poisonous.]]
poisonous.
** [[spoiler:Finnick, Finnick, after being such a major character, is essentially killed offscreen.]]
offscreen.
* Near the very end of Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', the narrator off-handedly mentions that [[spoiler:Jup Jup the orangutan]] orangutan had died off-page by falling into a crevice.
6th Nov '16 4:46:49 PM dlchen145
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* In the ''Literature/MagicExLibris'' series, after two-and-a-half books of showing us just how {{Badass}} [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Johannes]] [[JohannesGutenberg Gutenberg]] is, he is killed off rather unceremoniously when the BigBad throws a broken scepter right into his heart. Damnit all, and just as [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he was turning into a likable character!]]

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* In the ''Literature/MagicExLibris'' series, after two-and-a-half books of showing us just how {{Badass}} badass [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Johannes]] [[JohannesGutenberg Gutenberg]] is, he is killed off rather unceremoniously when the BigBad throws a broken scepter right into his heart. Damnit all, and just as [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he was turning into a likable character!]]
28th Oct '16 3:22:03 PM margdean56
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* Possibly the Ur Example is Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff, the fan favorite ButtMonkey of his two ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays. Falstaff unceremoniously dies offstage in ''Theatre/HenryV'' without uttering a single line. Readers and critics speculate that Shakespeare was probably worried about Falstaff upstaging his main character (as he arguably does in the other plays). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kempe The original actor]]'s departure from the company also likely make this an early instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot, if not an outright "Take That!"

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* Possibly the Ur Example is Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff, the fan favorite ButtMonkey of his two ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays. Falstaff unceremoniously dies offstage in ''Theatre/HenryV'' without uttering a single line. Readers and critics speculate that Shakespeare was probably worried about Falstaff upstaging his main character (as he arguably does in the other plays). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kempe The original actor]]'s departure from the company also likely make makes this an early instance of RealLifeWritesThePlot, if not an outright "Take That!"



* Donald Gennaro, of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. In the book he's not a cowardly jerk as in [[Franchise/JurassicPark the movie]]; he helps Muldoon against the Tyrannosaur and the raptors, and escapes the island with his life. In the second book... he got dysentery and died. A similar fate befalls Muldoon. Noteably, both characters survived in the book but were killed by the dinos in the film, which makes it look like Crichton was cleaning house to make the two sync up better.

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* Donald Gennaro, of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. In the book he's not a cowardly jerk as in [[Franchise/JurassicPark the movie]]; he helps Muldoon against the Tyrannosaur and the raptors, and escapes the island with his life. In the second book... he got dysentery and died. A similar fate befalls Muldoon. Noteably, Notably, both characters survived in the book but were killed by the dinos in the film, which makes it look like Crichton was cleaning house to make the two sync up better.



* In the Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} trilogy, Midas Bentancor gets killed between ''Xenos'' and ''Malleus'', with details being vague. However, this gets used effectively, as it provides a lot of development and motivation for his daugther, Medea.

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* In the Literature/{{Eisenhorn}} trilogy, Midas Bentancor gets killed between ''Xenos'' and ''Malleus'', with details being vague. However, this gets used effectively, as it provides a lot of development and motivation for his daugther, daughter, Medea.



** And then in the Serpentwar Saga Greylock was SHOT THROUGH THE HEART by a crossbow bolt fired by one of his own troops, after the day is won, because the trooper just shouldered his crossbow rather than unload it. Somehow a bolt fired blind, backwards, from an * upside down* crossbow, by a foot soldier, went straight through the chest of his (mounted) commanding officer.

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** And then in the Serpentwar Saga Greylock was SHOT THROUGH THE HEART by a crossbow bolt fired by one of his own troops, after the day is won, because the trooper just shouldered his crossbow rather than unload unloading it. Somehow a bolt fired blind, backwards, from an * '' upside down* down'' crossbow, by a foot soldier, went straight through the chest of his (mounted) commanding officer.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden has many epic moments in ''Changes'', leading to an intensely awesome climactic final battle, with [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] for multiple characters, which ends with him ''destroying the entire freaking red court of vampires''. How does he die, though? After the battle, while he is relaxing on [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires his brother's]] ship, he gets shot by a sniper and dies before he can react at all. [[BackFromTheDead He got better]]. Also, when we learn the context for the shooting in the next book, it changes from this to a ThanatosGambit - he orchestrates a MercyKill with [[ImprobableAimingSkills Jared Kincaid]] to prevent himself from becoming [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Mab's]] servant. [[OutGambitted He fails]].
* The death of Annalina Aldurren in the last book of the Literature/SwordOfTruth series seems particularly mean spirited. After trying (in vain) to convince another character to do something that ''everyone else in the book'' had just finished deciding was a bad idea, she gets a hole blasted through her chest, and the killers go so far as to destroy her body so nobody would know what happened. Later on, the man who had in previous books admitted he loved her, after briefly mourning, is seen with a couple of young women in his arms.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden has many epic moments in ''Changes'', leading to an intensely awesome climactic final battle, with [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] for multiple characters, which ends with him ''destroying the entire freaking red court of vampires''. How does he die, though? After the battle, while he is relaxing on [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires his brother's]] ship, he gets shot by a sniper and dies before he can react at all. [[BackFromTheDead He got better]]. Also, when we learn the context for the shooting in the next book, it changes from this to a ThanatosGambit - -- he orchestrates a MercyKill with [[ImprobableAimingSkills Jared Kincaid]] to prevent himself from becoming [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Mab's]] servant. [[OutGambitted He fails]].
* The death of Annalina Aldurren in the last book of the Literature/SwordOfTruth series seems particularly mean spirited.mean-spirited. After trying (in vain) to convince another character to do something that ''everyone else in the book'' had just finished deciding was a bad idea, she gets a hole blasted through her chest, and the killers go so far as to destroy her body so nobody would know what happened. Later on, the man who had in previous books admitted he loved her, after briefly mourning, is seen with a couple of young women in his arms.



* Arthur Conan Doyle's stab at killing off Literature/SherlockHolmes might not have caused such a massive [[AuthorsSavingThrow fan revolt]] if he hadn't gone to such pains to make it clear that even if he ''hadn't'' killed him off, he wouldn't have any more stories to write - no, not even from Watson's old files.

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* Arthur Conan Doyle's stab at killing off Literature/SherlockHolmes might not have caused such a massive [[AuthorsSavingThrow fan revolt]] if he hadn't gone to such pains to make it clear that even if he ''hadn't'' killed him off, he wouldn't have any more stories to write - -- no, not even from Watson's old files.
26th Sep '16 11:36:36 AM falcon2484
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', it sure seems like Tom Rogan (Bev's abusive husband in 1985) is being set up as another adversary being controlled by It (á la Henry Bowers) that the Losers' Club is going to have to defeat before they can dispatch It. But he's unceremoniously killed off in a single blink-and-you'll-miss-it passage told from the creature's perspective before the Losers even reach It's lair (he sees Pennywise's true form and his brain literally explodes). Some readers have actually failed to take note of Tom's death scene, and the passage where Bill sees his body, simply because their attention lags a bit while reading--leading them to ask WhatHappenedToTheMouse.
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