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2nd Dec '16 7:45:05 PM lucy24
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* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'':
** The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.
** Also Connor, who was either killed by Paul Robinson's [[EvilTwin crazy son]] or went on a LongBusTrip overseas. (He eventually turned up for a four week guest stint six years later where the question of why he abruptly disappeared without contacting anyone was given an appropriate {{Handwave}}.)
** Bridget Parker's death fills the 'awkward' part of this trope: She died as the result of a mysterious rampaging white horse running out in front of her car and causing it to crash. The horse is never seen, heard of or mentioned again. (Considering her family were in the car, you'd think they would have looked into that; possibly even sue the owner of the horse for negligence causing death?)
** Speaking of horses, they killed off Libby Kennedy's husband Drew Kirk by having him fall off a horse shortly after her marriage. They also had Toadie's first wife Drew Bliss die in a car crash shortly after their marriage - Neighbours writers don't seen to like people living happily ever after...


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* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'':
** The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.
** Also Connor, who was either killed by Paul Robinson's [[EvilTwin crazy son]] or went on a LongBusTrip overseas. (He eventually turned up for a four week guest stint six years later where the question of why he abruptly disappeared without contacting anyone was given an appropriate {{Handwave}}.)
** Bridget Parker's death fills the 'awkward' part of this trope: She died as the result of a mysterious rampaging white horse running out in front of her car and causing it to crash. The horse is never seen, heard of or mentioned again. (Considering her family were in the car, you'd think they would have looked into that; possibly even sue the owner of the horse for negligence causing death?)
** Speaking of horses, they killed off Libby Kennedy's husband Drew Kirk by having him fall off a horse shortly after her marriage. They also had Toadie's first wife Drew Bliss die in a car crash shortly after their marriage - Neighbours writers don't seen to like people living happily ever after...
2nd Dec '16 10:06:48 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' wrote out Jon Polito's character Steve Crosetti[[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show; the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.

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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' wrote out Jon Polito's Creator/JonPolito's character Steve Crosetti[[ExecutiveMeddling Crosetti [[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show; the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.
30th Oct '16 3:55:44 PM nombretomado
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** When Xena, prophesied to spell the end of the Greek gods' reign, gains the power to kill gods, a group of them led by Athena attacks, and the whole group (except Athena herself, given a decent battle), some of whom were recurring allies or villains throughout ''years'' of the show as well as its parent series ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' gets taken out more casually and anticlimactically than any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Redshirt}}, one after another after another.

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** When Xena, prophesied to spell the end of the Greek gods' reign, gains the power to kill gods, a group of them led by Athena attacks, and the whole group (except Athena herself, given a decent battle), some of whom were recurring allies or villains throughout ''years'' of the show as well as its parent series ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' gets taken out more casually and anticlimactically than any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Redshirt}}, one after another after another.
27th Oct '16 9:47:25 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/That70sShow'': When Bret Harrison, who was intended to appear in the last season, resigned due to his commitment to ''Reaper'', his character Charlie fell off the Point Place water tower and, unlike every other character who ever did that on the show, died. He obviously was quickly forgotten: in the finale, twenty-one episodes after seeing the death of a new friend, Kelso doesn't hesitate to jump from the water tower again. It's lampshaded during the credits of the episode by having the Donna, Fez, and Kelso sitting on the water tower lamenting over Charlie's death. It is mentioned how many times Kelso fell off and what could have happened to him. Kelso responds by saying that they think they're invincible but they really can get hurt. Kelso then falls of the water tower yet again and remarks off screen "Screw that, I'm invincible."

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* ''Series/That70sShow'': When Bret Harrison, who was intended to appear in the last season, resigned due to his commitment to ''Reaper'', his character Charlie fell off the Point Place water tower and, unlike every other character who ever did that on the show, died. He obviously was quickly forgotten: in the finale, twenty-one episodes after seeing the death of a new friend, Kelso doesn't hesitate to jump from the water tower again. It's lampshaded during the credits of the episode by having the Donna, Fez, and Kelso sitting on the water tower lamenting over Charlie's death. It is mentioned how many times Kelso fell off and what could have happened to him. Kelso responds by saying that they think they're invincible but they really can get hurt. Kelso then falls of the water tower yet again and remarks off screen "Screw that, I'm invincible."
27th Oct '16 9:46:30 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' unceremoniously killed off [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' unceremoniously killed off [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere. It was essentially to show that they were the pawns of the ''real'' BigBad.



** They didn't do a much better job with Elizabeth Weir. Initially she was captured by replicators in a HeroicSacrifice. Fair enough except that the team ''knew she wasn't dead'' only a prisoner. In a wildly OOC moment John, her [[{{ShipTease}} best friend]] and epitome of [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} We-Don't-Leave-Anyone-Behind]] ChronicHeroSyndrome, made ZERO effort to go back and save her. She returned several times as a clone and later full replicator...only to be frozen in space in another unnecessary sacrifice. Made worse in that another replicator had previously been frozen in space and the team had resurrected them! Apparently John was too busy drowning in guilt to remember that.

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** They didn't do a much better job with Elizabeth Weir. Initially she was captured by replicators in a HeroicSacrifice. Fair enough enough, except that the team ''knew she wasn't dead'' dead'', only a prisoner. In a wildly OOC moment moment, John, her [[{{ShipTease}} best friend]] and epitome of [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} We-Don't-Leave-Anyone-Behind]] ChronicHeroSyndrome, made ZERO effort to go back and save her. She returned several times as a clone and later full replicator...only to be frozen in space in another unnecessary sacrifice. Made worse in that another replicator had previously been frozen in space and the team had resurrected them! Apparently John was too busy drowning in guilt to remember that.



** Something similar to Carson happened to Janet Fraiser, but it was meant to be a subversion. That season was supposed to be the last one, the writers thought they were writing her out of 2 episodes (the 2-part season finale) and giving the character a respectful death, instead of 3 seasons and 2 episodes and a seemingly insignificant death. Also even though the death seems random it was actually a HeroicSacrifice in order to save the life of a wounded airmen; the episode was even called "Heroes".

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** Something similar to Carson happened to Janet Fraiser, but it was meant to be a subversion. That season was supposed to be the last one, the writers thought they were writing her out of 2 episodes (the 2-part season finale) and giving the character a respectful death, instead of 3 seasons and 2 episodes and a seemingly insignificant death. Also Also, even though the death seems random random, it was actually a HeroicSacrifice in order to save the life of a wounded airmen; the episode was even called "Heroes".



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had Jadzia Dax randomly killed by Gul Dukat in mid-prayer without getting a shot at self-defense.
** What kind of self-defense could she put up when she's taken by surprise by a sociopath with energy-projection powers?
*** This may have been more of a TakeThat to Terry Farrell, she asked to be downgraded to a recurring character for the last season and the writers killed her off.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had Jadzia Dax randomly killed by Gul Dukat in mid-prayer without getting a shot at self-defense.
** What kind of self-defense could she put up when she's taken by surprise by a sociopath with energy-projection powers?
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self-defense. This may have been more of a TakeThat to Terry Farrell, Farrell; she asked to be downgraded to a recurring character for the last season season, and the writers killed her off.



** Tasha Yar was unceremoniously killed off in the episode "Skin of Evil". Denise Crosby had asked to be written out. She came back as Tasha in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise", which [[TakeThatUs mentioned that Tasha had died a senseless death]], and gave the character a chance to [[HeroicSacrifice exit with more dignity.]] It's of note that Tasha's death was an attempt by the writers to actually ''subvert'' a trope... the one that says that it's always the nameless redshirts that are killed as an example of the evil alien's power. Unfortunately, Tasha's death came off as far ''too'' senseless (not to mention stuck in a really bad episode) and the fan outcry was such that it had to be revisited. Later, we learn that Tasha's "do-over" death didn't take; instead she was captured by the Romulans and used as a sex slave for years before finally dying another quite ignominous death. And bizarrely, this was actually the idea of her own actress, who wanted to come back on the show and invented a way that she could play Tasha's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]].

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** Tasha Yar was unceremoniously killed off in the episode "Skin of Evil". Denise Crosby had asked to be written out. She came back as Tasha in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise", which [[TakeThatUs mentioned that Tasha had died a senseless death]], and gave the character a chance to [[HeroicSacrifice exit with more dignity.]] It's of note that Tasha's death was an attempt by the writers to actually ''subvert'' a trope... the one that says that it's always the nameless redshirts that are killed as an example of the evil alien's power. Unfortunately, Tasha's death came off as far ''too'' senseless (not to mention stuck in a really bad episode) and the fan outcry was such that it had to be revisited. Later, we learn that Tasha's "do-over" death didn't take; instead she was captured by the Romulans and used as a sex slave for years before finally dying another quite ignominous ignominious death. And bizarrely, this was actually the idea of her own actress, who wanted to come back on the show and invented a way that she could play Tasha's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]].
27th Oct '16 9:33:28 PM ShorinBJ
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** John Garret, after ''multiple'' scenery-chewing speeches, KickTheDog moments and {{Next Tier Power Up}}s, gets yet ''another'' power boost(this time via PainfulTransformation), and rises stronger than ever, gloating at his new power with evil music rising... and then Coulson nonchalantly blasts him with a disintegrator ray. He doesn't even tell the rest of the team that Garret nearly came back. It's implied that he'd had the blasted thing trained on Garret throughout the entire screaming process, and just ''let'' the megalomaniac mutilate himself prior to dispatching him for a touch of schadenfreude.

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** John Garret, Garrett, after ''multiple'' scenery-chewing speeches, KickTheDog moments and {{Next Tier Power Up}}s, gets yet ''another'' power boost(this boost (this time via PainfulTransformation), and rises stronger than ever, gloating at his new power with evil music rising... and then Coulson nonchalantly blasts him with a disintegrator ray. He doesn't even tell the rest of the team that Garret Garrett nearly came back. It's implied that he'd had the blasted thing trained on Garret throughout the entire screaming process, and just ''let'' the megalomaniac mutilate himself prior to dispatching him for a touch of schadenfreude.
4th Oct '16 10:13:26 AM Midna
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Killed regular character Cally out of shot in an explosion during the opening seconds of the fourth season, with only a dubbed-in scream reused from an earlier episode to indicate it. This was reportedly because the actor had left it until after the previous season had been completed to announce that she wanted to leave. (Although that was mainly because the BBC waited until after the previous season had been completed before announcing they wanted another one.)

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Killed ''Series/BlakesSeven'' killed regular character Cally out of shot in an explosion during the opening seconds of the fourth season, with only a dubbed-in scream reused from an earlier episode to indicate it. This was reportedly because the actor had left it until after the previous season had been completed to announce that she wanted to leave. (Although that was mainly because the BBC waited until after the previous season had been completed before announcing they wanted another one.)



** Ethan in Season 8.
** Joyce, though it served to accentuate the DeathIsDramatic nature of the episode.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Anson Fullerton is introduced as the series ManBehindTheMan to every previous villain on the show. In his introductory appearance, he arranges the death of Larry Sizemore, perhaps the series' most popular recurring villain. He frames Fiona for murder and has her sent to prison. He's revealed to be the man who murdered Michael's father. And to top it all off, he's the only MythArc villain to get through a season finale alive and free. This guy is the biggest, baddest...wait, just when he is about to be captured, we hear a shot and then see his dead body. The importance of his death is entirely ignored in favor of that of Michael's brother Nate, who was collateral damage in the crime. This is undoubtedly due to the audience's affection for Nate and the loss of the character.

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%% ** Ethan in Season 8.
%% ** Joyce, though it served to accentuate the DeathIsDramatic nature of the episode.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': ''Series/BurnNotice'' introduced Anson Fullerton is introduced as the series ManBehindTheMan to every previous villain on the show. In his introductory appearance, he arranges the death of Larry Sizemore, perhaps the series' most popular recurring villain. He frames Fiona for murder and has her sent to prison. He's revealed to be the man who murdered Michael's father. And to top it all off, he's the only MythArc villain to get through a season finale alive and free. This guy is the biggest, baddest...wait, just when he is about to be captured, we hear a shot and then see his dead body. The importance of his death is entirely ignored in favor of that of Michael's brother Nate, who was collateral damage in the crime. This is undoubtedly due to the audience's affection for Nate and the loss of the character.



* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Emmett the Buy More assistant manager in the Season 3 opener being shot in the head at point blank range despite being no threat at all to the enemy agent. An AssholeVictim for sure, and there are many who would quickly say that he deserved what he got, but others think it was a bit shocking given that, by and large, the Buy More crew was a separate world from the the Spy world and any danger to them was usually done for slapstick. The flippant way Casey covered it up while pressing the Reset Button was a bit callous, even for him.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Subverted hilariously in Episode 13 of season 1, "Investigative Journalism", as the first Spanish class of the new semester features a memorial for Señor Chang and a new teacher explaining he had [[BusCrash an unfortunate moped accident during the break]]. Señor Chang then enters the room, dismisses the teacher, saying she was a professional actress to teach the class that [[PlotArmor "[he] can never die"]].

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' had Emmett the Buy More assistant manager in the Season 3 opener being shot in the head at point blank range in the Season 3 opener, despite being no threat at all to the enemy agent. An AssholeVictim for sure, and there are many who would quickly say that he deserved what he got, but others think it was a bit shocking given that, by and large, the Buy More crew was a separate world from the the Spy world and any danger to them was usually done for slapstick. The flippant way Casey covered it up while pressing the Reset Button was a bit callous, even for him.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Subverted hilariously ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]
in Episode 13 of season 1, "Investigative Journalism", as the first Spanish class of the new semester features a memorial for Señor Chang and a new teacher explaining he had [[BusCrash an unfortunate moped accident during the break]]. Señor Chang then enters the room, dismisses the teacher, saying she was a professional actress to teach the class that [[PlotArmor "[he] can never die"]].



* ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'': A literal bridge dropping happens to Shane. While a bridge fell on Kirk, Shane falls off of it while tripping on LSD. Shane survives but is brain-damaged, his parents pull him from the school, and the kid who gave him the drugs (and watched him fall off the bridge, doing nothing) [[KarmaHoudini suffers no consequences]]. Shane is basically ignored and forgotten by the rest of the cast, and the show implies that this is poetic justice for how he (mostly) ignored and forgot a girl who he got pregnant. In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', his daughter tracks him down, and it turns out that he spent the rest of his life in a wretched [[BedlamHouse sanitarium for the mentally retarded]], abandoned by his family, and weeping over the girlfriend and child he never did enough for and never got to see.

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* ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'': A ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' had a literal bridge dropping happens happen to Shane. While a bridge fell on Kirk, Shane falls off of it while tripping on LSD. Shane survives but is brain-damaged, his parents pull him from the school, and the kid who gave him the drugs (and watched him fall off the bridge, doing nothing) [[KarmaHoudini suffers no consequences]]. Shane is basically ignored and forgotten by the rest of the cast, and the show implies that this is poetic justice for how he (mostly) ignored and forgot a girl who he got pregnant. In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', his daughter tracks him down, and it turns out that he spent the rest of his life in a wretched [[BedlamHouse sanitarium for the mentally retarded]], abandoned by his family, and weeping over the girlfriend and child he never did enough for and never got to see.



* A particularly infuriating example on ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', with Debra Morgan; after she's shot by the Brain Surgeon, it's almost a given she'll bounce back, especially since this isn't the first time she's been shot. And then, ''random blood clot, and she's brain dead''.

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* A ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' had a particularly infuriating example on ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', with Debra Morgan; after she's shot by the Brain Surgeon, it's almost a given she'll bounce back, especially since this isn't the first time she's been shot. And then, ''random blood clot, and she's brain dead''.



* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Has this happen to Bennett. Then later to Paul Ballard. Big ouchies on ''both'' of those, as neither of them had any warning or buildup.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': They dropped a bridge, I mean a car, on poor Matthew. This was a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as his actor wanted to leave the show, and since he'd already married his WillTheyOrWontThey partner Mary, the only choices were to break them up or kill him. Fans would never accept the former after they went through so much to be together, so the latter it was.

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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Has ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' has this happen to Bennett. Then later to Paul Ballard. Big ouchies on ''both'' of those, as neither of them had any warning or buildup.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': They ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' dropped a bridge, I mean a car, on poor Matthew. This was a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as his actor wanted to leave the show, and since he'd already married his WillTheyOrWontThey partner Mary, the only choices were to break them up or kill him. Fans would never accept the former after they went through so much to be together, so the latter it was.



* ''Series/EastEnders'': Den Watts had a dramatic death in 1989, then came BackFromTheDead in 2003. Amid complaints from fans that his return was unbelievable, the actor was involved in an internet sex scandal, and so Den's estranged wife walloped him over the head with a doorstop, the end.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Romano. After getting his lower arm sliced off by the tail rotor of a helicopter in the previous season, the character dies when ''another'' helicopter goes out-of-control, explodes in midair, and lands on him. Ladies and gents, this is overkill at work. Although, it could be a writer's interpretation of karma or an ironic twist. Also somewhat lampshaded by Pratt suggesting that he must've done something awful to a helicopter in a previous life.

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* ''Series/EastEnders'': ''Series/EastEnders'' gave Den Watts had a dramatic death in 1989, then he came BackFromTheDead in 2003. Amid complaints from fans that his return was unbelievable, the actor was involved in an internet sex scandal, and so Den's estranged wife walloped him over the head with a doorstop, the end.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': ''Series/{{ER}}'' had Romano. After getting his lower arm sliced off by the tail rotor of a helicopter in the previous season, the character dies when ''another'' helicopter goes out-of-control, explodes in midair, and lands on him. Ladies and gents, this is overkill at work. Although, it could be a writer's interpretation of karma or an ironic twist. Also somewhat lampshaded by Pratt suggesting that he must've done something awful to a helicopter in a previous life.



* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' (1989-1996): The characters of both police Cpt. Amanda Cohen and police detective Don Schanke in this Canadian TV series were unceremoniously killed off off-screen in a plane crash, in the first episode of the series' last season, despite the fact that Schanke had been a long-time friend and colleague of protagonist Nicholas "Nick" Knight, the titular vampire police detective (night shift). Schanke was replaced by a new (female) partner for Nick, and the department's captain replaced with an African-American male actor. The same year, Nick's vampiric lover Janette also left Toronto without explanation, ''came back'' as a human, was shot and turned into a vampire '''again'', only to leave the show forever. Actually, all but one of the main characters (the villainous [=LaCroix=])may or may not die at the end of the series, including possibly Nick himself.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': A sort of inverse. In this case a character was killed off after he '''dropped off a bridge'''. Hilary's anchorman boyfriend Trevor decides to propose to her while bungee jumping on live television. Unfortunately his bungee cord was a little '''too''' long.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Offers an in-story example: Joey falsely brags in an interview about how he writes his own lines for his character, Dr. Drake Remoray, in the show ''Days of Our Lives''. This irritates the writers, who have his character walk into an open elevator shaft, giving him brain damage that ''only his character'' could have repaired.
** Eventually undone when Joey lets go of his ego and begs the producer for another chance. He doesn't get the part of Drake's twin brother Striker, but Striker turns out to be a doctor capable of fixing Drake's brain damage.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Charlie Francis was killed off in the season 2 premiere in a rather insultingly anti-climactic fashion - especially when one considers an entire season 1 episode was devoted to saving his life. As usual, ExecutiveMeddling is to blame. Between seasons 1 and 2 on , Charlie is killed only to be replaced by a shapeshifting imposter.

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* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' (1989-1996): The characters of unceremoniously killed both police Cpt. Amanda Cohen and police detective Don Schanke in this Canadian TV series were unceremoniously killed off off-screen in a plane crash, in the first episode of the series' last season, despite the fact that Schanke had been a long-time friend and colleague of protagonist Nicholas "Nick" Knight, the titular vampire police detective (night shift). Schanke was replaced by a new (female) partner for Nick, and the department's captain replaced with an African-American male actor. The same year, Nick's vampiric lover Janette also left Toronto without explanation, ''came back'' as a human, was shot and turned into a vampire '''again'', only to leave the show forever. Actually, all but one of the main characters (the villainous [=LaCroix=])may or may not die at the end of the series, including possibly Nick himself.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': A ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had a sort of inverse. In this case a character was killed off after he '''dropped off a bridge'''. Hilary's anchorman boyfriend Trevor decides to propose to her while bungee jumping on live television. Unfortunately his bungee cord was a little '''too''' long.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Offers ''Series/{{Friends}}'' offers an in-story example: Joey falsely brags in an interview about how he writes his own lines for his character, Dr. Drake Remoray, in the show ''Days of Our Lives''. This irritates the writers, who have his character walk into an open elevator shaft, giving him brain damage that ''only his character'' could have repaired.
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repaired. This is eventually undone when Joey lets go of his ego and begs the producer for another chance. He doesn't get the part of Drake's twin brother Striker, but Striker turns out to be a doctor capable of fixing Drake's brain damage.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
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Charlie Francis was killed off died in the season 2 premiere in a rather insultingly anti-climactic fashion - especially when one considers an entire season 1 episode was devoted to saving his life. As usual, ExecutiveMeddling is to blame. Between seasons 1 and 2 on , Charlie 2, he is killed only to be replaced by a shapeshifting imposter.impostor.



* ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'': Parodied in the episode 'The Bowmans'. Tony Hancock's character, Joshua Merryweather, has been written out of the eponymous soap but overwhelming public reaction forces the producers to bring him back. Tony Hancock accepts only if given full script approval; and the next episode features every other character walking across a field and falling down an abandoned mine shaft.

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* ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'': Parodied ''Series/HancocksHalfHour'' parodied it in the episode 'The Bowmans'. Tony Hancock's character, Joshua Merryweather, has been written out of the eponymous soap soap, but overwhelming public reaction forces the producers to bring him back. Tony Hancock accepts only if given full script approval; approval, and the next episode features every other character walking across a field and falling down an abandoned mine shaft.



* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': When Jon Polito's character Steve Crosetti was written out of the show [[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show, the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Lieutenant Bracegirdle in the series. A fairly major character in Series 1, disappears for Series 2 but is reintroduced as an important character for the third series ... only to have the boat he was in get hit with an exploding shell and kill everyone on board.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Kutner was found KilledOffForReal because Kal Penn joined the White House staff and asked to quit the show. While the characters death is presumed to be suicide, House has [[NeverSuicide his doubts]] and the producers are planning to craft a StoryArc out of this until the end of season 5.
** Later in the season, House starts having hallucinations of Amber. In the season finale, he hallucinates Kutner as well.
** Somewhat averted (or at least not as bad as it could have been). Executive Producer David Shore said, "this was the story that allowed us to really have the greatest impact on House in particular.... If Penn had come to us and said, "I've been offered this great part on 'CSI' ... then it would have been autoerotic asphyxiation or something like that."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': [[spoiler: '''The titular Mother''' dies from an unspecified illness in the last five minutes of the finale]].

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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': When ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' wrote out Jon Polito's character Steve Crosetti was written out of the show [[ExecutiveMeddling Crosetti[[ExecutiveMeddling at the behest of the network]], who wanted another female character in the show, show; the producers promised him that they would write the character back in later in the season. Not believing them, Polito went to the newspapers and slagged off the production crew for bending to the network's wishes. As a result, his character committed suicide offscreen - the one thing he had asked the producers not to do. However, he mended his bridges and returned as an afterlife spirit in the ''Homicide'' TV movie that wrapped up the series.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' had Lieutenant Bracegirdle in the series.Bracegirdle. A fairly major character in Series 1, disappears for Series 2 but is reintroduced as an important character for the third series ... only to have the boat he was in get hit with an exploding shell and kill everyone on board.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': ''Series/{{House}}'' had Kutner was found KilledOffForReal because Kal Penn joined the White House staff and asked to quit the show. While the characters character's death is presumed to be suicide, House has had [[NeverSuicide his doubts]] and the producers are planning to craft a StoryArc out of this until the end of season 5.
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doubts]]. Later in the season, House starts having hallucinations of Amber. In the season finale, he hallucinates Kutner as well.
** Somewhat averted (or at least not as bad as it could have been).
well. Executive Producer David Shore said, "this was the story that allowed us to really have the greatest impact on House in particular.... If Penn had come to us and said, "I've been offered this great part on 'CSI' ... then it would have been autoerotic asphyxiation or something like that."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': [[spoiler: '''The titular eponymous Mother''' dies from an unspecified illness in the last five minutes of the finale]].



* ''Series/TheITCrowd'': Parodied a couple of episodes into the latest series, on a non-returning character: "Whatever happened to Richmond?" "He... got... scurvy."

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* ''Series/TheITCrowd'': ''Series/TheITCrowd''
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Parodied a couple of episodes into the latest series, on once for a non-returning character: "Whatever happened to Richmond?" "He... got... scurvy."



* ''Series/LasVegas'' (NBC): Had a tendency to kill off the Montecito's owners at a rate of about one per season, but none quite so bizarrely as when Monica Mancuso was carried off of the roof of the casino by a strong gust of wind.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': Alexandra Borgia's death reeks of this trope. Her character was kidnapped, beaten, and stuffed in a car trunk and abandoned in the woods, where she choked on her own vomit. Her brutal murder drives the last half of that episode, and then she hasn't been mentioned since (two seasons and counting). The trope is counts double, if one believes the rumors that her unusually brutal death was a result of Borgia's actress (Annie Parisse) spurning the romantic advances of the show's head writer.
** Annie Parisse left to pursue a movie career. Apparently, Dick Wolf told her, "Oh, thank you for coming in early. You don't mind if we kill you, do you?"

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* ''Series/LasVegas'' (NBC): Had had a tendency to kill off the Montecito's owners at a rate of about one per season, but none quite so bizarrely as when Monica Mancuso was carried off of the roof of the casino by a strong gust of wind.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': ''Series/LawAndOrder'':
**
Alexandra Borgia's death reeks of this trope. Her character was kidnapped, beaten, and stuffed in a car trunk and abandoned in the woods, where she choked on her own vomit. Her brutal murder drives the last half of that episode, and then she hasn't been was never mentioned since (two seasons and counting). The trope is counts double, if one believes the rumors that her unusually brutal death again. This was a result because of Borgia's actress (Annie Parisse) spurning the romantic advances of the show's head writer.
**
Annie Parisse left leaving to pursue a movie career. Apparently, Dick Wolf told her, "Oh, thank you for coming in early. You don't mind if we kill you, do you?"



*** Not to mention [[spoiler: Danny Ross.]]
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': Zev. In the second episode of the second season, the lone female on the Lexx spacecraft is caught on a medical station when her friend and captain, Stanley, has to go for an operation. She is tortured for the majority of the episode by a doctor who is trying to steal the Lexx's activation key from her, but she escapes and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself]] seconds later to save the life of the undead assassin, Kai, with whom she is deeply in love. She ends up as a pile of goo, and [[TheNthDoctor eventually reforms into Xev (played by Xenia Seeberg)]]. Eva Habermann (who played Zev) wanted out of the show due to wishing to persue other projects, but her death scene was a particularly mean-spirited way to go.

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%% *** Not to mention [[spoiler: Danny Ross.]]
* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' had Zev. In the second episode of the second season, the lone female on the Lexx spacecraft is caught on a medical station when her friend and captain, Stanley, has to go for an operation. She is tortured for the majority of the episode by a doctor who is trying to steal the Lexx's activation key from her, but she escapes and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself]] seconds later to save the life of the undead assassin, Kai, with whom she is deeply in love. She ends up as a pile of goo, and [[TheNthDoctor eventually reforms into Xev (played by Xenia Seeberg)]]. Eva Habermann (who played Zev) wanted out of the show due to wishing to persue other projects, but her death scene was a particularly mean-spirited way to go.



* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': The death of [[McLeaned Lt. Colonel Henry Blake]]. After getting to go home, the last line of the episode announces that his plane has been shot down, with no survivors.
** However, this is a total subversion of the trope: even though it was a senseless death, it was perfectly in line with everything that the show was meant for, i.e., WarIsHell, and people die indiscriminately, regardless of whether they are important people or not. So his death, though anti-climactic in theory, was not inappropriate or unsatisfying, but very appropriate, well-done, and respected by viewers. Of course, it wasn't respected by viewers in the '70s when it actually ''happened'', but that was because it is the UrExample of this trope in TV comedies.
* ''Series/McMillanAndWife'': After Susan Saint James left, it was continued for one season as ''[=McMillan=]'' with the explanation that Sally had died in a plane crash, along with their infant son (who was himself mostly a plot device to explain Saint James' pregnancy a season earlier, and never seen). Aside from one or two dialogue swipes at recovering from grief and getting back into the dating game, Mac didn't seem too shook up about the whole 'lost the True Love that propelled the entire series' thing.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Poor Lancelot. At first the writers gave him a pretty great death: he [[HeroicSacrifice willingly sacrifices himself]] by stepping into the spirit world in order to save Merlin's life and fulfil his vow to Guinevere to keep Arthur safe from harm. Arthur subsequently has a memorial service in which he is remembered as the best and noblest knight of Camelot. Unfortunately, the writers couldn't leave well enough alone, and Lancelot is resurrected by Morgana in order to stir up trouble between Arthur and Guinevere in the lead-up to their wedding. This Zombie!Lancelot is a slave to Morgana's will who exists only to do her bidding, and after [[MindRape Mind Raping]] Guinevere with an enchanted bracelet, he ensures that Arthur catches them making out, leading to the dissolution of their relationship and Gwen's exile from Camelot. He is then ordered by Morgana to kill himself, and does so in the grimy prison cell into which he's been thrown, to be remembered not as a hero but as a traitor, whose last act on earth was to destroy the life of the woman he adored, and who died not out of love for his friends, but because Morgana told him to. For a man who was characterized as the epitome of honour and self-sacrifice, it's probably the worst imaginable way they could have killed him off.
** Lancelot is a deliberate case. Even ''Morgana'', the instigator of the whole affair, notes at one point that she feels almost sad to be doing this to him. Made all the more worse by the fact that only Merlin attends his funeral, where it's hinted that he was aware of what he was doing and was powerless to stop it. ''Ouch.''

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': The ''Series/{{MASH}}'' and the death of [[McLeaned Lt. Colonel Henry Blake]]. After getting to go home, the last line of the episode announces that his plane has been shot down, with no survivors.
**
survivors. However, this is a total subversion of the trope: even though it was a senseless death, it was perfectly in line with everything that the show was meant for, i.e., WarIsHell, and people die indiscriminately, regardless of whether they are important people or not. So his death, though anti-climactic in theory, was not inappropriate or unsatisfying, but very appropriate, well-done, and respected by viewers. Of course, it wasn't respected by viewers in the '70s when it actually ''happened'', but that was because it is the UrExample of this trope in TV comedies.
* ''Series/McMillanAndWife'': After Susan Saint James left, it ''Series/McMillanAndWife'' was continued for one season as ''[=McMillan=]'' after Susan Saint James left, with the explanation that Sally had died in a plane crash, along with their infant son (who was himself mostly a plot device to explain Saint James' pregnancy a season earlier, and never seen). Aside from one or two dialogue swipes at recovering from grief and getting back into the dating game, Mac didn't seem too shook up about the whole 'lost the True Love that propelled the entire series' thing.
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': 2008}}'':
**
Poor Lancelot. At first the writers gave him a pretty great death: he [[HeroicSacrifice willingly sacrifices himself]] by stepping into the spirit world in order to save Merlin's life and fulfil fulfill his vow to Guinevere to keep Arthur safe from harm. Arthur subsequently has a memorial service in which he is remembered as the best and noblest knight of Camelot. Unfortunately, the writers couldn't leave well enough alone, and Lancelot is resurrected by Morgana in order to stir up trouble between Arthur and Guinevere in the lead-up to their wedding. This Zombie!Lancelot is a slave to Morgana's will who exists only to do her bidding, and after [[MindRape Mind Raping]] Guinevere with an enchanted bracelet, he ensures that Arthur catches them making out, leading to the dissolution of their relationship and Gwen's exile from Camelot. He is then ordered by Morgana to kill himself, and does so in the grimy prison cell into which he's been thrown, to be remembered not as a hero but as a traitor, whose last act on earth was to destroy the life of the woman he adored, and who died not out of love for his friends, but because Morgana told him to. For a man who was characterized as the epitome of honour and self-sacrifice, it's probably the worst imaginable way they could have killed him off.
** Lancelot is a deliberate case.
off. Even ''Morgana'', the instigator of the whole affair, notes at one point that she feels almost sad to be doing this to him. Made all the more worse by the fact that only Merlin attends his funeral, where it's hinted that he was aware of what he was doing and was powerless to stop it. ''Ouch.''



** The series finale killed off quite a few of the main characters, but Morgana's death was particularly anticlimactic. After learning that Arthur has been mortally wounded and Merlin intends to heal him at the lake of Avalon, she sets off to stop him. When she finally catches them, she throws one spell at Merlin and then says a couple mean things before he skewers her with Excalibur, and she dies without affecting the main plot at all. It was as though the creators wrote the episode, realized it was the last one and then squeezed in Morgana's death at the last minute because they wouldn't have a chance to do it later. Particularly egregious because in series 4 Morgana had a vision of her death which was much better -Her wounded and slowly dying on the field of a fiery battle (presumably Camlann) while Old Merlin delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to her. Most of the other prophetic visions in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' came true, and trying to avert this one served as Morgana's main motivation in series 4 and 5, so you really have to wonder what they were thinking when they didn't use it.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': The fates of Catherine Black and Lara Means, who were written out as part of a [[{{Retool}} Retooling]] of the series, although the latter was a matter of GoMadFromTheRevelation rather than death.
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'': The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.

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** The series finale killed off quite a few of the main characters, but Morgana's death was particularly anticlimactic. After learning that Arthur has been mortally wounded and Merlin intends to heal him at the lake of Avalon, she sets off to stop him. When she finally catches them, she throws one spell at Merlin and then says a couple mean things before he skewers her with Excalibur, and she dies without affecting the main plot at all. It was as though the creators wrote the episode, realized it was the last one and then squeezed in Morgana's death at the last minute because they wouldn't have a chance to do it later. Particularly egregious because in series 4 Morgana had a vision of her death which was much better -Her - her wounded and slowly dying on the field of a fiery battle (presumably Camlann) while Old Merlin delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to her. Most of the other prophetic visions in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' came true, and trying to avert this one served as Morgana's main motivation in series 4 and 5, so you really have to wonder what they were thinking when they didn't use it.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': The ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' had the fates of Catherine Black and Lara Means, who were written out as part of a [[{{Retool}} Retooling]] of the series, although the latter was a matter of GoMadFromTheRevelation rather than death.
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'': ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'':
**
The three members of the Bishop family were the '''only''' casualties of a crashed plane, which they only boarded at the last minute. Their family and friends took about three days to get over the loss.



*** Speaking of horses, they killed off Libby Kennedy's husband Drew Kirk by having him fall off a horse shortly after her marriage. They also had Toadie's first wife Drew Bliss die in a car crash shortly after their marriage - Neighbours writers don't seen to like people living happily ever after...

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*** ** Speaking of horses, they killed off Libby Kennedy's husband Drew Kirk by having him fall off a horse shortly after her marriage. They also had Toadie's first wife Drew Bliss die in a car crash shortly after their marriage - Neighbours writers don't seen to like people living happily ever after...



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, are unceremoniously killed off in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': ''Series/OnceUponATime'' unceremoniously killed off [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, are unceremoniously killed off in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere.



* ''Series/Preacher2016'': Season 1 ends with [[spoiler:a methane gas explosion that razes the entire town of Annville to the ground, presumably killing everyone there off-screen. This includes the four main characters who hadn't left yet and can't regenerate - Emily, Donnie, Sheriff Root, and Odin Quincannon. WordOfGod states that they have been KilledOffForReal and that there are no survivors.]]
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': James Wistler, who got killed ''out of nowhere'', just so the PostScriptSeason plot could be extended even further. Granted, it does give some cool impression of AnyoneCanDie, but still...
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': The remake had a little girl and Number Six's love interest fall down bottomless pits.

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* ''Series/Preacher2016'': ''Series/Preacher2016'' ends Season 1 ends with [[spoiler:a methane gas explosion that razes the entire town of Annville to the ground, presumably killing everyone there off-screen. This includes the four main characters who hadn't left yet and can't regenerate - Emily, Donnie, Sheriff Root, and Odin Quincannon. WordOfGod states that they have been KilledOffForReal and that there are no survivors.]]
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': ''Series/PrisonBreak'' had James Wistler, who got killed ''out of nowhere'', just so the PostScriptSeason plot could be extended even further. Granted, it does give some cool impression of AnyoneCanDie, but still...
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': The remake ''Series/ThePrisoner'' had a little girl and Number Six's love interest fall down bottomless pits.



* ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'': They play this for laughs. The deputies are riding on the side of a police car that has been converted into a float, but they are late and speeding so they crash into a building. On the next season opener, Deputies Johnson, Garcia, and Kimball apparently died as a result from "burning up in the fire," but none of the other characters have a scratch on them and Dangle can't even remember their names.

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* ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'': They play 911}}'' plays this for laughs. The deputies are riding on the side of a police car that has been converted into a float, but they are late and speeding so they crash into a building. On the next season opener, Deputies Johnson, Garcia, and Kimball apparently died as a result from "burning up in the fire," but none of the other characters have a scratch on them and Dangle can't even remember their names.



* ''Series/RobinHood'': The death of Marian on the BBC's show not only led to so many complaints that the BBC had to resort to automated emails of apology, but also the show's imminent cancellation (despite in-show attempts to set up for a fourth season). In the climax of the second season Marian puts herself between an injured and helpless King Richard and Guy of Gisborne and, after he insists that he will take her by force rather than take her alternative of killing the Sheriff and having her by her consent, begins to shout "I love Robin Hood! I'm going to marry Robin Hood!" Guy, who has been going through significant CharacterDevelopment for love of her, responds by impaling her on his sword. To make matters worse, to ''get'' Marian to this point, the writers first make her act wildly OutOfCharacter by having her attempt to assassinate the sheriff, deprive her of a weapon to defend herself with, and conveniently remove Robin from the scene despite the fact he was right on her tail only a few seconds ago. And why did this happen? According to creators Foz Allen and Dominic Mingella: shock value. Yes, Maid freaking Marian herself was killed off for nothing more than '''cheap shock value.'''

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* ''Series/RobinHood'': The death of Marian on the BBC's show ''Series/RobinHood''
** Maid Marian, which
not only led to so many complaints that the BBC had to resort to automated emails of apology, but also the show's imminent cancellation (despite in-show attempts to set up for a fourth season). In the climax of the second season Marian puts herself between an injured and helpless King Richard and Guy of Gisborne and, after he insists that he will take her by force rather than take her alternative of killing the Sheriff and having her by her consent, begins to shout "I love Robin Hood! I'm going to marry Robin Hood!" Guy, who has been going through significant CharacterDevelopment for love of her, responds by impaling her on his sword. To make matters worse, to ''get'' Marian to this point, the writers first make her act wildly OutOfCharacter by having her attempt to assassinate the sheriff, deprive her of a weapon to defend herself with, and conveniently remove Robin from the scene despite the fact he was right on her tail only a few seconds ago. And why did this happen? According to creators Foz Allen and Dominic Mingella: shock value. Yes, Maid freaking Marian herself was killed off for nothing more than '''cheap shock value.'''



* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Derek Reese is randomly killed by a newly arrived Terminator early in an episode, with the show's return for a third season questionable. We even get a couple nice closeups of the bullet hole right in the middle of his forehead to make it clear he's KilledOffForReal.
* ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'': Similarly, Tippi was KilledOffForReal as the actor was going overseas to pursue other opportunities. This is not the first time this character had faced death; she was nearly killed by a tranquilizer administered by a mortician with a fetish for dead people.

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* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Derek Reese is ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' randomly killed by Derek Reese at the hands of a newly arrived Terminator early in an one episode, with the show's return for a third season questionable. We even get a couple nice closeups of the bullet hole right in the middle of his forehead to make it clear he's KilledOffForReal.
* ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'': Similarly, Tippi was KilledOffForReal ''Series/{{Satisfaction}}'' killed Tippi, as the actor was going overseas to pursue other opportunities. This is not the first time this character had faced death; she was nearly killed by a tranquilizer administered by a mortician with a fetish for dead people.



** Perhaps the most unpleasant example: in a season opener, we find out that the character Wade Wells has been abducted by ugly alternate-dimension aliens... for breeding purposes.

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** Perhaps the most unpleasant example: in a one season opener, we find out that the character Wade Wells has been abducted by ugly alternate-dimension aliens... for breeding purposes.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': If Carson Beckett's untimely demise doesn't count then nothing does. Some random Alien device that causes anyone affected by it to grow a rather malignant exploding tumor was found and activated by two unfortunate no-names. He died ''after'' removing and passing it to someone else, mostly because he couldn't walk away fast enough.
** Something similar happened to Janet Fraiser in ''Series/StargateSG1'', but it was meant to be a subversion. That season was supposed to be the last one, the writers thought they were writing her out of 2 episodes (the 2-part season finale) and giving the character a respectful death, instead of 3 seasons and 2 episodes and a seemingly insignificant death. Also even though the death seems random it was actually a HeroicSacrifice in order to save the life of a wounded airmen; the episode was even called "Heroes".
*** They didn't do a much better job with Elizabeth Weir. Initially she was captured by replicators in a HeroicSacrifice. Fair enough except that the team ''knew she wasn't dead'' only a prisoner. In a wildly OOC moment John, her [[{{ShipTease}} best friend]] and epitome of [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} We-Don't-Leave-Anyone-Behind]] ChronicHeroSyndrome, made ZERO effort to go back and save her. She returned several times as a clone and later full replicator...only to be frozen in space in another unnecessary sacrifice. Made worse in that another replicator had previously been frozen in space and the team had resurrected them! Apparently John was too busy drowning in guilt to remember that.
** Maybe the writers just don't like doctors? (Although the Bridginess-factor was somewhat mitigated (both times) by excellent building of tension throughout the episode, so that the character deaths were more of a punch to a gut than a let-down.)
** Then Carson (actually, his clone) is brought back, and the explosion incident is almost never mentioned again. Also, this Carson is somehow better at using the control chair than the original (he's engaged in a space battle in the series finale between Atlantis and a super-hive).
** What about Lord Yu from ''SG-1''? He was quite possibly the most interesting Goa'uld System Lord, and he gets killed off by the Replicators in the first five minutes of one episode.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Jadzia Dax is randomly killed by Gul Dukat in mid-prayer without getting a shot at self-defense.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': If ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
**
Carson Beckett's untimely demise doesn't count then nothing does.demise. Some random Alien device that causes anyone affected by it to grow a rather malignant exploding tumor was found and activated by two unfortunate no-names. He died ''after'' removing and passing it to someone else, mostly because he couldn't walk away fast enough.
** Something similar happened to Janet Fraiser in ''Series/StargateSG1'', but it
enough. Then Carson (actually, his clone) was meant to be a subversion. That season was supposed to be brought back, and the last one, explosion incident is almost never mentioned again. Also, this Carson is somehow better at using the writers thought they were writing her out of 2 episodes (the 2-part season finale) and giving control chair than the character original (he's engaged in a respectful death, instead of 3 seasons and 2 episodes space battle in the series finale between Atlantis and a seemingly insignificant death. Also even though the death seems random it was actually a HeroicSacrifice in order to save the life of a wounded airmen; the episode was even called "Heroes".
***
super-hive).
**
They didn't do a much better job with Elizabeth Weir. Initially she was captured by replicators in a HeroicSacrifice. Fair enough except that the team ''knew she wasn't dead'' only a prisoner. In a wildly OOC moment John, her [[{{ShipTease}} best friend]] and epitome of [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} We-Don't-Leave-Anyone-Behind]] ChronicHeroSyndrome, made ZERO effort to go back and save her. She returned several times as a clone and later full replicator...only to be frozen in space in another unnecessary sacrifice. Made worse in that another replicator had previously been frozen in space and the team had resurrected them! Apparently John was too busy drowning in guilt to remember that.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Maybe Something similar to Carson happened to Janet Fraiser, but it was meant to be a subversion. That season was supposed to be the last one, the writers just don't like doctors? (Although the Bridginess-factor was somewhat mitigated (both times) by excellent building thought they were writing her out of tension throughout the episode, so that 2 episodes (the 2-part season finale) and giving the character deaths were more a respectful death, instead of a punch to a gut than a let-down.)
** Then Carson (actually, his clone) is brought back,
3 seasons and the explosion incident is almost never mentioned again. Also, this Carson is somehow better at using the control chair than the original (he's engaged in a space battle in the series finale between Atlantis 2 episodes and a super-hive).
seemingly insignificant death. Also even though the death seems random it was actually a HeroicSacrifice in order to save the life of a wounded airmen; the episode was even called "Heroes".
** What about Lord Yu from ''SG-1''? He was quite possibly the most interesting Goa'uld System Lord, and he gets killed off by the Replicators in the first five minutes of one episode.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' had Jadzia Dax is randomly killed by Gul Dukat in mid-prayer without getting a shot at self-defense.



* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Trip kills himself in the series finale to rid the ship of 3 dim-witted space pirates, despite a full squad of [=MACOs=] being on board.
** Retconned in the novels: The entire incident was staged by Section 31, and has not been declassified yet. Oh, the holodeck introduces many, many plot holes.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Did this when they unceremoniously killed off Tasha Yar in the episode "Skin of Evil". Denise Crosby had asked to be written out. She came back as Tasha in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise", which [[TakeThatUs mentioned that Tasha had died a senseless death]], and gave the character a chance to [[HeroicSacrifice exit with more dignity.]]
** Though it's of note that Tasha's death was an attempt by the writers to actually ''subvert'' a trope... the one that says that it's always the nameless redshirts that are killed as an example of the evil alien's power. Unfortunately, Tasha's death came off as far ''too'' senseless (not to mention stuck in a really bad episode) and the fan outcry was such that it had to be revisited.
** And later, we learn that Tasha's "do-over" death didn't take; instead she was captured by the Romulans and used as a sex slave for years before finally dying another quite ignominous death. And bizarrely, this was actually the idea of her own actress, who wanted to come back on the show and invented a way that she could play Tasha's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had Trip kills himself commit suicide in the series finale to rid the ship of 3 dim-witted space pirates, despite a full squad of [=MACOs=] being on board.
** Retconned in the novels:
board. The novels retconned this: The entire incident was staged by Section 31, and has not been declassified yet. Oh, the holodeck introduces many, many plot holes.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Did this when they ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** Tasha Yar was
unceremoniously killed off Tasha Yar in the episode "Skin of Evil". Denise Crosby had asked to be written out. She came back as Tasha in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise", which [[TakeThatUs mentioned that Tasha had died a senseless death]], and gave the character a chance to [[HeroicSacrifice exit with more dignity.]]
** Though it's
]] It's of note that Tasha's death was an attempt by the writers to actually ''subvert'' a trope... the one that says that it's always the nameless redshirts that are killed as an example of the evil alien's power. Unfortunately, Tasha's death came off as far ''too'' senseless (not to mention stuck in a really bad episode) and the fan outcry was such that it had to be revisited.
** And later,
revisited. Later, we learn that Tasha's "do-over" death didn't take; instead she was captured by the Romulans and used as a sex slave for years before finally dying another quite ignominous death. And bizarrely, this was actually the idea of her own actress, who wanted to come back on the show and invented a way that she could play Tasha's [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Daughter]].



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Although they didn't actually die, this could easily apply to Lucifer and Michael themselves. After fully two seasons of Apocalyptic build-up, they both get dropped in a hole and left to rot. They never even got to throw a punch at each other, much less have their epic world-ending battle.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Although ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Lucifer and Michael themselves, though
they didn't actually die, this could easily apply to Lucifer and Michael themselves.die. After fully two seasons of Apocalyptic build-up, they both get dropped in a hole and left to rot. They never even got to throw a punch at each other, much less have their epic world-ending battle.



** Season 7 has seen this trope rather brutally applied to Castiel - after his big AGodAmI moment in the Season 6 finale seemed to set him up as the BigBad for Season 7, he spends one single episode going kill crazy, starts to worry about his own rapidly deteriorating mental state, releases all the extra power he absorbed, and just when you think he's going to be okay, he promptly gets possessed by the actual BigBad who then informs Sam and Dean that Castiel is dead. And since this happened, his name has barely come up, despite the fact that he was pretty much the closest and most loyal friend the Winchesters had after Bobby. Of course, fans [[HesJustHiding are adamantly clinging to the belief that he's not really gone]] and since he's died twice in the past and got better the possibility is there.
*** Spoilers for the remainder of Season 7: [[BackFromTheDead He got better (again)]].

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** Season 7 has seen this trope rather brutally applied to Castiel - after his big AGodAmI moment in the Season 6 finale seemed to set him up as the BigBad for Season 7, he spends one single episode going kill crazy, starts to worry about his own rapidly deteriorating mental state, releases all the extra power he absorbed, and just when you think he's going to be okay, he promptly gets possessed by the actual BigBad who then informs Sam and Dean that Castiel is dead. And since this that happened, his name has barely come came up, despite the fact that he was pretty much the closest and most loyal friend the Winchesters had after Bobby. Of course, fans [[HesJustHiding are adamantly clinging to the belief that he's not really gone]] and since he's died twice in the past and got better the possibility is there.
*** Spoilers for the remainder of Season 7:
[[BackFromTheDead He got better (again)]].



* ''Series/SwampThing'': The TV series had a cross between this and PutOnABusToHell. As said in TheOtherWiki:

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* ''Series/SwampThing'': The TV series ''Series/SwampThing'' had a cross between this and PutOnABusToHell. As said in TheOtherWiki:



* ''Series/{{Teachers}}'': The end of the third season saw the departure of the last two members of the original cast, who also happened to play fan favourites. As a rather bitter revenge, the fourth season opens on the graves of their characters being pissed on by the school's headmaster.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': When Bret Harrison, who was intended to appear in the last season resigned due to his commitment to ''Reaper'', his character Charlie fell off the Point Place water tower and, unlike every other character who ever did that on the show, died. He obviously was quickly forgotten: in the finale, twenty-one episodes after seeing the death of a new friend, Kelso doesn't hesitate to jump from the water tower again.
** It's lampshaded during the credits of the episode by having the Donna, Fez, and Kelso sitting on the water tower lamenting over Charlie's death. It is mentioned how many times Kelso fell off and what could have happened to him. Kelso responds by saying that they think they're invincible but they really can get hurt. Kelso then falls of the water tower yet again and remarks off screen "Screw that, I'm invincible."
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth: Day Four'', a bridge is dropped on Ianto Jones. He and Jack enact the plan of marching into the alien's base, demanding it surrenders with no bargaining tool, then shooting at bullet-proof glass. The alien then releases a toxic gas that kills everyone in the building (Jack comes back to life in the aftermath).
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': In 2011, Charlie Sheen was dismissed from his role on the series following disputes with its staff and an ensuing public meltdown. His character of Charlie Harper was supposedly killed by his girlfriend Rose pushing him into an on-coming train in Paris, after she had caught him showering with another woman.
** In the GrandFinale, we learn that [[spoiler:Charlie had actually cheated on Rose during their honeymoon, and was being held captive in a "dungeon pit" at Rose's house back in the U.S for four years. When he finally returns home, the InVerse Chuck Lorre [[GainaxEnding has a piano dropped on him]].]]
* ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'': Jonny is killed off-screen by being eaten by a shark in Hawaii, after trying to jump it (in an entire episode that parodies the concept of "[[JumpTheShark jumping the shark]]"). This was due to Ralf Little wanting to leave the show to concentrate on his movie career.

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* ''Series/{{Teachers}}'': The end of the third season ''Series/{{Teachers}}'' saw the departure of the last two members of the original cast, who also happened to play fan favourites.favourites, at the end of the third season. As a rather bitter revenge, the fourth season opens on the graves of their characters being pissed on by the school's headmaster.
* ''Series/That70sShow'': When Bret Harrison, who was intended to appear in the last season season, resigned due to his commitment to ''Reaper'', his character Charlie fell off the Point Place water tower and, unlike every other character who ever did that on the show, died. He obviously was quickly forgotten: in the finale, twenty-one episodes after seeing the death of a new friend, Kelso doesn't hesitate to jump from the water tower again.
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again. It's lampshaded during the credits of the episode by having the Donna, Fez, and Kelso sitting on the water tower lamenting over Charlie's death. It is mentioned how many times Kelso fell off and what could have happened to him. Kelso responds by saying that they think they're invincible but they really can get hurt. Kelso then falls of the water tower yet again and remarks off screen "Screw that, I'm invincible."
* On ''Series/{{Torchwood}}: Children of Earth: Day Four'', a bridge is dropped on Ianto Jones. He and Jack enact the plan of marching into the alien's base, demanding it surrenders with no bargaining tool, then shooting at bullet-proof glass. The alien then releases a toxic gas that kills everyone in the building (Jack comes back to life in the aftermath).
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': In 2011, Charlie Sheen was dismissed fired from his role on the series show following disputes with its staff and an ensuing public meltdown. His character of Charlie Harper was supposedly killed by his girlfriend Rose pushing him into an on-coming train in Paris, after she had caught him showering with another woman.
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woman. In the GrandFinale, we learn that [[spoiler:Charlie had actually cheated on Rose during their honeymoon, and was being held captive in a "dungeon pit" at Rose's house back in the U.S for four years. When he finally returns home, the InVerse Chuck Lorre [[GainaxEnding has a piano dropped on him]].]]
* ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'': ''Series/TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'':
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Jonny is killed off-screen by being eaten by a shark in Hawaii, after trying to jump it (in an entire episode that parodies the concept of "[[JumpTheShark jumping the shark]]"). This was due to Ralf Little wanting to leave the show to concentrate on his movie career.



* ''Valerie Harper'': She lost her self-titled sitcom when she asked for a salary increase after the first season. The producers responded by firing her, having her Valerie Hogan character die in a car crash, and then having her sitcom family mourn off-screen before Aunt Sandy Duncan took over the motherly duties under the new title ''Valerie's Family'' (eventually renamed ''TheHoganFamily''). Three episodes into the new season, all signs of Valerie Hogan literally went up in flames as the Hogan house caught on fire. Harper would later get a [[TakeThat sizable settlement]] from Lorimar and the producers for their handling of the situation.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Poor Pearl. She was such a cool character it's a shame she died like this.

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* ''Valerie Harper'': She Harper'' lost her self-titled sitcom when she asked for a salary increase after the first season. The producers responded by firing her, having her Valerie Hogan character die in a car crash, and then having her sitcom family mourn off-screen before Aunt Sandy Duncan took over the motherly duties under the new title ''Valerie's Family'' (eventually renamed ''TheHoganFamily''). Three episodes into the new season, all signs of Valerie Hogan literally went up in flames as the Hogan house caught on fire. Harper would later get a [[TakeThat sizable settlement]] from Lorimar and the producers for their handling of the situation.
%% * ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Poor Pearl. She was such a cool character it's a shame she died like this.



* ''Series/WakingTheDead'': When the show had to write out DS Mel Silver, arguably the show's EnsembleDarkHorse, they chose to kill her off in the stupidest way possible, murdered on a whim not by [[BigBad anyone important]] but by a ''{{Mook}}'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil with an F in Evil]]. Who promptly committed suicide. (Just to add insult to injury, the ManipulativeBastard who set the whole thing up apparently [[KarmaHoudini escapes justice]] at the end.)
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': [[spoiler:Dale]] was given a rather unceremonious exit after the actor requested to leave.

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* ''Series/WakingTheDead'': When the show ''Series/WakingTheDead'' had to write out DS Mel Silver, arguably the show's EnsembleDarkHorse, EnsembleDarkHorse... and they chose to kill her off in the stupidest way possible, murdered on a whim not by [[BigBad anyone important]] but by a ''{{Mook}}'' [[MinionWithAnFInEvil with an F in Evil]]. Who promptly committed suicide. (Just to add insult to injury, the ManipulativeBastard who set the whole thing up apparently [[KarmaHoudini escapes justice]] at the end.)
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': ''Series/TheWalkingDead''
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[[spoiler:Dale]] was is given a rather unceremonious exit after the actor requested to leave.



* ''Series/TheWire'': A show that had otherwise made a point of giving every major character it killed off a satisfying (if heartbreaking) death, Omar was killed when a ten-year-old kid shot him in the head from behind in a random and anticlimactic scene. His death contrasted jarringly in its randomness and pointlessness with the respect the show gave to the other characters. Notable in that contrary to most bridge-droppings, it was done deliberately to make a thematic point, and it was planned well in advance.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': This is ''Disney'' so you can bet they were not actually going to kill someone off (even a vampire) so instead they settled for sending the growing in popularity Juliet to ''hell''.
** The problem is ''they have''. ''On screen''. Granted, it's not graphic but people don't usually come back from being frozen and shattered.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': A show that had ''Series/TheWire'', which otherwise made a point of giving every major character it killed off a satisfying (if heartbreaking) death, Omar was killed Omar when a ten-year-old kid shot him in the head from behind in a random and anticlimactic scene. His death contrasted jarringly in its randomness and pointlessness with the respect the show gave to the other characters. Notable in that contrary to most bridge-droppings, it was done deliberately to make a thematic point, and it was planned well in advance.
%% * ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': This is ''Disney'' so you can bet they were not actually going to kill someone off (even a vampire) so instead they settled for sending the growing in popularity Juliet to ''hell''.
%% ** The problem is ''they have''. ''On screen''. Granted, it's not graphic but people don't usually come back from being frozen and shattered.



* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': When Xena, prophesied to spell the end of the Greek gods' reign, gains the power to kill gods, a group of them led by Athena attacks, and the whole group (except Athena herself, given a decent battle), some of whom were recurring allies or villains throughout ''years'' of the show as well as its parent series ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' gets taken out more casually and anticlimactically than any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Redshirt}}, one after another after another.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'':
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When Xena, prophesied to spell the end of the Greek gods' reign, gains the power to kill gods, a group of them led by Athena attacks, and the whole group (except Athena herself, given a decent battle), some of whom were recurring allies or villains throughout ''years'' of the show as well as its parent series ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys,'' gets taken out more casually and anticlimactically than any ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{Redshirt}}, one after another after another.
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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': The show's BigBad Stefano {{DiMera}} had come back from the dead so many times since his first appearance in 1982 the writers wanted to make sure fans knew it was the end for him (sadly, though, this decision was prompted by [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor's real-life stroke).]] After [[SuicideByCop goading one of his enemies, the cop Hope Brady, over the death of her husband]], Stefano is shot several times in the chest at point blank range. Then his corpse is hidden in the cellar of an abandoned house that's scheduled to be blown up for demolition where it's eventually discovered but not soon enough to remove it in time. It's not ''literally'' dropping a bridge on him, but close.
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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': The show's BigBad Stefano DiMera had come back from the dead so many times since his first appearance in 1982 the writers wanted to make sure fans knew it was the end for him (sadly, though, this decision was prompted by [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor's real-life stroke). After [[SuicideByCop goading one of his enemies, the cop Hope Brady, over the death of her husband]], Stefano is shot several times in point blank range. ''Then'' his corpse is hidden in the cellar of an abandoned house that's scheduled to be blown up for demolition. It's not ''literally'' dropping a bridge on him, but close.

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': The show's BigBad Stefano DiMera {{DiMera}} had come back from the dead so many times since his first appearance in 1982 the writers wanted to make sure fans knew it was the end for him (sadly, though, this decision was prompted by [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor's real-life stroke). stroke).]] After [[SuicideByCop goading one of his enemies, the cop Hope Brady, over the death of her husband]], Stefano is shot several times in the chest at point blank range. ''Then'' Then his corpse is hidden in the cellar of an abandoned house that's scheduled to be blown up for demolition.demolition where it's eventually discovered but not soon enough to remove it in time. It's not ''literally'' dropping a bridge on him, but close.
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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': The show's BigBad Stefano DiMera had come back from the dead so many times since his first appearance in 1982 the writers wanted to make sure fans knew it was the end for him (sadly, though, this decision was prompted by [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the actor's real-life stroke). After [[SuicideByCop goading one of his enemies, the cop Hope Brady, over the death of her husband]], Stefano is shot several times in point blank range. ''Then'' his corpse is hidden in the cellar of an abandoned house that's scheduled to be blown up for demolition. It's not ''literally'' dropping a bridge on him, but close.
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