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10th Feb '17 7:32:50 AM Tyk5919
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* The only named character confirmed to have died onscreen throughout the course of ''ComicBook/TheBadEggs'' is Furman the Proto-Human. Everyone else, even Jumbo Johnson (whose head was crushed in the same issue Furman died in, no less), [[UnexplainedRecovery tends to recovery from their injuries]].
27th Dec '16 6:29:33 AM Seiraryu
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** ComicBook/ScarletSpider (Ben Reilly) has recently been brought back.
22nd Nov '16 11:21:34 PM Tron80
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* [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes' efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry finally subverted this trope, though he was skirting the CameBackWrong trope for a while.

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* [[Franchise/TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash: Barry Allen]] Allen had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes' efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry finally subverted this trope, though he was skirting the CameBackWrong trope for a while.



* Several of the [[Franchise/GIJoe G.I. Joes]] have been Killed Off for Real over the years. And not just ones created for the comic book, like Mangler. Those with actual figures. The most notably would probably be Lady Jaye, who was killed by Dela Eden, member of the Red Shadows.

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* Franchise/GIJoe: Several of the [[Franchise/GIJoe G.I. Joes]] Joes have been Killed Off for Real over the years. And not just ones created for the comic book, like Mangler. Those with actual figures. The most notably would probably be Lady Jaye, who was killed by Dela Eden, member of the Red Shadows.



* The Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} are somewhat known for this, dating all the way back to the Silver Age when death in comics was still a very rare thing. Their LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and relatively self-contained universe make it easier to manage the occasional permanent death...though they're also rebooted often enough that even if a character is really-truly-we-mean-it dead in one continuity, they're likely to get another chance in the next.

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* The Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes are somewhat known for this, dating all the way back to the Silver Age when death in comics was still a very rare thing. Their LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and relatively self-contained universe make it easier to manage the occasional permanent death...though they're also rebooted often enough that even if a character is really-truly-we-mean-it dead in one continuity, they're likely to get another chance in the next.



* ComicBook/TheSentry, Marvel's Superman {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him, was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.
* From the ''Spider-Man'' continuity, former ''Daily Bugle'' reporter Ned Leeds is definitely dead. The Hobgoblin, who wanted to retire, {{brainwashed}} him into thinking he was the Hobgoblin, and he was killed by assassins who thought so, too. The guy who had him killed, Jason Macendale, is also definitely dead. He took over the Hobgoblin identity, made a complete hash of it, and ended up being reduced to a smoking skeleton in his jail cell by the genuine article.
** If you don't count her clone or her lookalike daughter, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Gwen Stacy]] is, miraculously, still dead.
*** In the main Marvel timeline. Gwen is alive in a number of other timelines, most notably the ComicBook/SpiderGwen one. Also, a lot of people saw Peter Parker's later love-interest Carlie Cooper as a Gwen Stacy expy, especially after Creator/JoeQuesada admitted that he had to be talked out of bringing Gwen back during ''One More Day''.

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* ComicBook/TheSentry, Marvel's Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him, was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.
* From the ''Spider-Man'' continuity, former ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' continuity:
** Former
''Daily Bugle'' reporter Ned Leeds is definitely dead. The Hobgoblin, who wanted to retire, {{brainwashed}} him into thinking he was the Hobgoblin, and he was killed by assassins who thought so, too. The guy who had him killed, Jason Macendale, is also definitely dead. He took over the Hobgoblin identity, made a complete hash of it, and ended up being reduced to a smoking skeleton in his jail cell by the genuine article.
** If you don't count her clone or her lookalike daughter, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Gwen Stacy]] Stacy is, miraculously, still dead.
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dead... in the main Marvel timeline. Gwen is alive in a number of other timelines, most notably the ComicBook/SpiderGwen one. Also, a lot of people saw Peter Parker's later love-interest Carlie Cooper as a Gwen Stacy expy, especially after Creator/JoeQuesada admitted that he had to be talked out of bringing Gwen back during ''One More Day''.Day''.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** The original Supergirl was killed by the Anti-Monitor in ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and erased from History and memory because DC wanted that Superman was the only Kryptonian alive. She remained dead and forgotten for three decades until ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'' finally subverted the trope and undid her death.
** Lesla-Lar -her first villain- was disintegrated with her own weapon. Notable because it happened during the Silver Age, when villains dying was a rare thing. She returned -eighteen years later- when her floating consciousness tried to steal Supergirl's body, but she failed and was dispersed on the astral plane.
** In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', Supergirl fights Nightflame, a villain who embodied her dark side. Kara hurled her into one of her magical constructs, Nightflame dissolved and never again showed up.
23rd Oct '16 11:21:52 AM Anicomicgeek
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* Marvel's [[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] used to follow this rule. Every character who died was killed off for real, even main characters like Wolverine or Spider-Man.
** It is still regarded as the prime example of "Dead means Dead," if you don't count Hammerhead, the Green Goblin (twice), Gwen Stacy, Doctor Doom, Mr. Fantastic, Thor, Iron Man, Valkyrie, Electro[[Main/LongList ...]]

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* Marvel's [[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] used to follow this rule. Every character who died was killed off for real, even main characters like Wolverine or Spider-Man.
Wolverine.
** It is still regarded as the prime example of "Dead means Dead," if you don't count Hammerhead, the Green Goblin (twice), Gwen Stacy, Doctor Doom, Mr. Fantastic, Thor, Iron Man, Valkyrie, Electro[[Main/LongList ...Electro, [[spoiler: Spider-Man]], [[Main/LongList ...]]
9th Aug '16 6:26:37 AM narm00
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* Played with in [[ComicBook/TheAtom ''The All-New Atom'']] where, searching for Ray Palmer, the heroes find themselves in what appears to be heaven and are greeted by the spirit of former ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord. Ted lampshades the uneven reversibility of comics death, lamenting that he and Batman's parents are the "only people with a permanent parking spot" in the afterlife. (It turns out not really to be heaven, in fact, and not really to be Ted, but the dude (five years dead now and counting!) has a point.) Since the entire DC Universe has been rebooted since, that particular version of the character is highly unlikely to return to life, as opposed to being replaced with an alternate version.

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* Played with in [[ComicBook/TheAtom ''The ''[[ComicBook/TheAtom The All-New Atom'']] Atom]]'' where, searching for Ray Palmer, the heroes find themselves in what appears to be heaven and are greeted by the spirit of former ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord. Ted lampshades the uneven reversibility of comics death, lamenting that he and Batman's parents are the "only people with a permanent parking spot" in the afterlife. (It turns out not really to be heaven, in fact, and not really to be Ted, but the dude (five years dead now and counting!) has a point.) Since the entire DC Universe has been rebooted since, that particular version of the character is highly unlikely to return to life, as opposed to being replaced with an alternate version. (The alternate Ted is eventually introduced at the end of ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', several years younger than the original and not yet involved in superheroics.)



* Sarah Essen-Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's second wife, has, remarkably, remained dead ever since being murdered by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand''. At least so far.

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* Sarah Essen-Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's second wife, has, remarkably, remained dead ever since being murdered by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Comicbook/BatmanNoMansLand''. At least so far.



* PeterDavid, in his book, ''Writing for Comics'', said that the best way to have a character killed is in a very deliberate, human way. His example: In ''Fallen Angel'', a key character was shot six times in the head and then kicked off a building. He got letters asking if that character was really dead. If he'd been magicked off into a dark dimension, he'd be back to life. No questions asked.

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* PeterDavid, Creator/PeterDavid, in his book, ''Writing for Comics'', said that the best way to have a character killed is in a very deliberate, human way. His example: In ''Fallen Angel'', a key character was shot six times in the head and then kicked off a building. He got letters asking if that character was really dead. If he'd been magicked off into a dark dimension, he'd be back to life. No questions asked.



* [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry has finally subverted this trope though it looks like he may be skirting the CameBackWrong trope for a while.

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* [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] had a long and prestigious run on this list (for a popular comic book character), in part because he was given a really good death, reversing that death would have undone the heroes heroes' efforts to save the universe, and fans eventually embraced his successor Wally West even if they still wanted Barry back. But 23 years and two mega-crises later, Barry has finally subverted this trope trope, though it looks like he may be was skirting the CameBackWrong trope for a while.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' miniseries, the Fury, Hellboy meets his end when Nimue pierces his chest and tears his heart out, resulting in his death. Mignola has stated he intended to kill Hellboy off for a long time, and that he has no plans to bring him back to life anytime soon. This does not mean Hellboy is gone - it is said the series will continue, although the difference is we will see Hellboy acting within his new home: Hell.

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' miniseries, the Fury, miniseries "The Fury", Hellboy meets his end when Nimue pierces his chest and tears his heart out, resulting in his death. Mignola has stated he intended to kill Hellboy off for a long time, and that he has no plans to bring him back to life anytime soon. This does not mean Hellboy is gone - it is said the series will continue, although the difference is we will see Hellboy acting within his new home: Hell.



* ComicBook/TheSentry, Marvel's Superman {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.

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* ComicBook/TheSentry, Marvel's Superman {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him him, was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.



*** In the main Marvel timeline. Gwen is alive in a number of other timelines, most notably the Ultimate one. Also, a lot of people saw Peter Parker's later love-interest Carlie Cooper as a Gwen Stacy expy, especially after JoeQuesada admitted that he had to be talked out of bringing Gwen back during ''One More Day''.

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*** In the main Marvel timeline. Gwen is alive in a number of other timelines, most notably the Ultimate ComicBook/SpiderGwen one. Also, a lot of people saw Peter Parker's later love-interest Carlie Cooper as a Gwen Stacy expy, especially after JoeQuesada Creator/JoeQuesada admitted that he had to be talked out of bringing Gwen back during ''One More Day''.



* As of the start of ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', The Horror is dead, and will stay dead for the time being. While it hasn't be stated how he died, the only thing that reminds us he's dead is the statue that is (or was, as of the end of '' The Apocalypse Suite'') on the garden outside the mansion. The preview story, however, shows him alive and well, fighting alongside his siblings.

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* As of the start of ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', The Horror is dead, and will stay dead for the time being. While it hasn't be been stated how he died, the only thing that reminds us he's dead is the statue that is (or was, as of the end of '' The ''The Apocalypse Suite'') on the garden outside the mansion. The preview story, however, shows him alive and well, fighting alongside his siblings.



** Special mention must be made to Donald "Don" Hall, the original Dove of the ''ComicBook/HawkAndDove'' duo. Having perished in a TakingTheBullet HeroicSacrifice in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', it was almost 25 years later that ''Blackest Night'' itself had many other characters who CameBackWrong (and the above who were brought back) - as it turns out, Don was ''unable'' to be forced back despite pretty much nobody else being immun, so despite pretty much every other dead (or formerly dead) hero becoming a Black Lantern and/or being revived, he stayed fully dead. It was later established via WordOfGod that this is because his soul is "more at peace" than pretty much anyone else in the universe, so he cannot be forced back to the world of the living; even with the reboots that came post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Don is still canonically dead and his successor Dawn Granger remains in the mantle of Dove - even with many other deaths and such given a {{Retcon}} (in fact, his brother Hank was revived during ''Blackest Night''/''Brightest Day'' and replaced his own successor, Holly Granger). This is especially notable since most adaptations have featured Don instead of Dawn as Hank's partner, yet the writers have seemingly never even ''considered'' bring him BackFromTheDead, giving him nearly 30 years (as of 2015) being deceased, an impressive run even for a B-List superhero.

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** Special mention must be made to Donald "Don" Hall, the original Dove of the ''ComicBook/HawkAndDove'' duo. Having perished in a TakingTheBullet HeroicSacrifice in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', it was almost 25 years later that ''Blackest Night'' itself had many other characters who CameBackWrong (and the above who were brought back) - as it turns out, Don was ''unable'' to be forced back despite pretty much nobody else being immun, immune, so despite pretty much every other dead (or formerly dead) hero becoming a Black Lantern and/or being revived, he stayed fully dead. It was later established via WordOfGod that this is because his soul is "more at peace" than pretty much anyone else in the universe, so he cannot be forced back to the world of the living; even with the reboots reboot that came post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Don is still canonically dead and his successor Dawn Granger remains in the mantle of Dove - even with many other deaths and such given a {{Retcon}} (in fact, his brother Hank was revived during ''Blackest Night''/''Brightest Day'' and replaced his own successor, Holly Granger). This is especially notable since most adaptations have featured Don instead of Dawn as Hank's partner, yet the writers have seemingly never even ''considered'' bring him BackFromTheDead, giving him nearly 30 years (as of 2015) 2016) being deceased, an impressive run even for a B-List superhero.
1st Aug '16 7:59:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Sadly, this was originally going to happen to Sally Acorn in issue #47 titled ''Endgame''. However, Sega stepped in and averted this decision, for they saw some value in her. If it wasn't for them, Sally would've been apart of this trope.

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** Sadly, this This was originally going to happen to Sally Acorn in issue #47 titled ''Endgame''. However, Sega stepped in and averted this decision, for they saw some value in her. If it wasn't for them, Sally would've been apart of this trope.
1st Aug '16 7:57:35 PM waters20
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** Sadly, this was originally going to happen to Sally Acorn in issue #47 titled ''Endgame''. However, Sega stepped in and averted this decision, for they saw some value in her. If it wasn't for them, Sally would've been apart of this trope.
5th Jan '16 4:18:53 PM Anddrix
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* Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell)]], ComicBook/ScarletSpider (Ben Reilly), Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde), Unus (Angelo Unuscione), Abomination (Emil Blonsky), Baron Heinrich Zemo, George Stacy, Synch (Everett Thomas), Destiny (Irene Adler), Hornet (Eddie [=McDonough=]), Goliath (Bill Foster), Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane), Jean [=DeWolff=], Karen Page, Lilandra Neramani, Microbe (Zachary Smith Jr.), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Robert Kelly, Moira [=MacTaggert=], and Kayla Silverfox are all, at the moment, very much dead, among others… although Banshee has been brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins.

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* Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell)]], ComicBook/ScarletSpider (Ben Reilly), Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Thunderbird (John Proudstar), Mastermind (Jason Wyngarde), Unus (Angelo Unuscione), Abomination (Emil Blonsky), Baron Heinrich Zemo, George Stacy, Synch (Everett Thomas), Destiny (Irene Adler), Hornet (Eddie [=McDonough=]), Goliath (Bill Foster), Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane), Jean [=DeWolff=], Karen Page, Lilandra Neramani, Microbe (Zachary Smith Jr.), Pyro (St. John Allerdyce), Robert Kelly, Moira [=MacTaggert=], and Kayla Silverfox are all, at the moment, very much dead, among others… although Banshee has been brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins.Twins.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'', Franklin Storm is killed in the first issue when the wave hits New York.
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4th Dec '15 8:36:35 PM nombretomado
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* TheSentry, Marvel's Superman {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.

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* TheSentry, ComicBook/TheSentry, Marvel's Superman {{Expy}} with more power and psychological problems than is good for him was killed after his human identity begged a supercharged Thor to kill him before the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Void]] regained control. Considering how much crap the guy has gone through over the years, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Thor dropped him into the Sun, but he can resurrect himself at will, so it's doubtful if it will stick. It did, but he was brought back as a [[MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Horseman of Death]] by the Apocalypse Twins. No word on whether the Void's back as well.
12th Nov '15 4:51:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'', one of the most popular characters of the UndergroundComics scene, was killed off by his creator, RobertCrumb, via an ice pick to the forehead in "Fritz the Cat, Superstar", [[CreatorBacklash in response to]] [[WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat the animated film]] directed by Creator/RalphBakshi.

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* ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'', one of the most popular characters of the UndergroundComics scene, was killed off by his creator, RobertCrumb, Creator/RobertCrumb, via an ice pick to the forehead in "Fritz the Cat, Superstar", [[CreatorBacklash in response to]] [[WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat the animated film]] directed by Creator/RalphBakshi.
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