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15th Apr '16 11:20:49 PM Pinokio
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'': The Freedom Fighters return and get totally wrecked, but Uncle Sam manages to survive.

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'': The Freedom Fighters return and get totally wrecked, but Uncle Sam manages to survive.wrecked.
15th Apr '16 10:52:59 PM Pinokio
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'': The Freedom Fighters return and get totally wrecked, but Uncle Sam manages to survive.


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* ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'': Hyperion of ''Supreme Power'' died in ''New Avengers'' Vol 3 #24, and is brought back, only to be killed again.
30th Mar '16 1:10:16 AM Cronosonic
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* ''Captain Ginyu'' of all people returns in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' in the Freeza Revival arc, [[KickTheSonOfABitch stealing Tagoma's body]] and making a grand spectacle of his return to a proper body. Then Vegeta shows up and finishes what he started back on Namek.
---> '''Vegeta:''' Well, too bad for you. I don't think you'd have died if you stayed a frog.
---> ''[[CurbStompBattle Vegeta obliterates Ginyu with a single ki blast.]]''
22nd Mar '16 2:34:29 PM JustCause
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* In the ''Series/DresdenFiles'' Susan Rodriguez leaves in book 5 after being half-turned into a vampire. She leaves to fight a GreatOffscreenWar for 6 books and about 9 years. She finally comes back in Changes where she is sacrificed at the climax to kill the entire [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] and end the war.

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* In the ''Series/DresdenFiles'' Susan Rodriguez leaves in book 5 after being half-turned into a vampire. She leaves goes to South America to fight a GreatOffscreenWar for 6 books and about 9 years. She finally comes back in Changes where she is sacrificed at the climax to kill the entire [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] and end the war.
20th Mar '16 4:45:30 PM DaibhidC
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* Another ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' murder mystery storyline example was James Robinson's "Face to Face" storyline, in which various supervillains who had fallen into obscurity were brought back to be murdered by a new serial killer (the Tally Man under Great White's orders). The victims, some of whom had appeared more recently than others, were The Ventriloquist I, Magpie, [=KGBeast=] and Orca.
* In late 2010, DC came out with a ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' comic mini-series (canon to the Franchise/{{DCAU}} and DarkerAndEdgier). A villain escapes from Cadmus, supposedly Hush. He kills some former Batman villains (Bruce-era) in the style of other villains. At one point, we cut to Armory, one of Terry's villains, who only was a villain once. This is the first time since "Armory" we've seen him. Him, his wife, and his high-school age step-son (who is a friend of Terry and Max) are promptly killed by Hush.
* One early example would be Kathy Kane, the original Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}; she had been written out after Batman was revamped in 1964. She briefly came out of retirement to guest star in several several issues in the late '70s (over a decade later!) only to be [[StuffedInTheFridge killed off for dramatic effect]] by the League of Assassins after several appearances.

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* Another ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' murder mystery This is ridiculously common during big CrisisCrossover events in superhero comics. Almost every single one features a scene where some forgotten character who hasn't shown up in a comic since forever gets killed just to establish how dangerous the villains are. The other heroes will of course react as if the deceased was a major player who had been around all along. The most infamous example probably comes from Marvel's ComicBook/CivilWar crossover. Early advertising for the storyline example was implied that many beloved heroes would die. In reality, only one established hero died: Bill Foster - alias Black Goliath, a character who hadn't done anything of note since the 1970's. CListFodder is a SubTrope dedicated to the CrisisCrossover variation. Further examples of this type go there.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
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James Robinson's "Face to Face" storyline, in which various supervillains who had fallen into obscurity were brought back to be murdered by a new serial killer (the Tally Man under Great White's orders). The victims, some of whom had appeared more recently than others, were The Ventriloquist I, Magpie, [=KGBeast=] and Orca.
* ** In late 2010, DC came out with a ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' comic mini-series (canon to the Franchise/{{DCAU}} and DarkerAndEdgier). A villain escapes from Cadmus, supposedly Hush. He kills some former Batman villains (Bruce-era) in the style of other villains. At one point, we cut to Armory, one of Terry's villains, who only was a villain once. This is the first time since "Armory" we've seen him. Him, his wife, and his high-school age step-son (who is a friend of Terry and Max) are promptly killed by Hush.
* ** One early example would be Kathy Kane, the original Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}; she had been written out after Batman was revamped in 1964. She briefly came out of retirement to guest star in several several issues in the late '70s (over a decade later!) only to be [[StuffedInTheFridge killed off for dramatic effect]] by the League of Assassins after several appearances.appearances.
** Creator/JephLoeb also seems fond of this trope, as he's dug through various characters to use as murderer fodder in his murder mystery storylines. ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and its follow-up ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' were originally made to show what happened to the mobster characters from ''Batman: Year One''. ''The Long Halloween'' brings all of the mobsters shown or mentioned as well as two characters from Two-Face's origin story to be killed off by the Holiday killer and/or Two-Face himself (although to be fair some of them, like Falcone himself, get actual storylines before dying). ''Dark Victory'' gives the same treatment to pretty much every cop character that had been named in ''Year One'' as well as a modern counterpart of Chief O'Hara. His later storyline ''Hush'' is lighter in comparison murder-wise, although long absent Batman ally Harold (the deaf-mute who acts as a mechanic for the Batmobile) was brought back to serve as one of Hush's victims.



* One of Franchise/SpiderMan's villains, the original Hobgoblin was absent from the main Spidey titles for more than a decade. The writers eventually bowed to fan demand and brought him back... [[DyingToBeReplaced just in time for him to be killed and his murderer to take his stuff and become the new Hobgoblin]]. Later subverted when it was revealed that it was Hobgoblin's ''brother'' who died, not the real deal.
* During Creator/JuddWinick's run on ''[[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'', the old Comicbook/{{Shazam}} foe Sabbac (who hadn't been seen in ''years'') showed up just long enough for a Russian gangster to [[DyingToBeReplaced kill him and steal his powers]].



* During Creator/JuddWinick's run on ''[[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders The Outsiders]]'', the old Comicbook/{{Shazam}} foe Sabbac (who hadn't been seen in ''years'') showed up just long enough for a Russian gangster to [[DyingToBeReplaced kill him and steal his powers]].
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** The original Hobgoblin was absent from the main Spidey titles for more than a decade. The writers eventually bowed to fan demand and brought him back... [[DyingToBeReplaced just in time for him to be killed and his murderer to take his stuff and become the new Hobgoblin]]. Later subverted when it was revealed that it was Hobgoblin's ''brother'' who died, not the real deal.
** ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' isn't holding back on this trope, killing off the Spider-Men from ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', ''ComicBook/SpiderManReign'', ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' (and given Slott, like many people, holds the opinion of ''Unlimited'' being a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', this means that show's Spidey is dead, too), ''ComicBook/BulletPoints''[[note]][[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] and Peter Parker having swapped roles[[/note]], and ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', as well as the Mary Jane Spider-Woman from ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' and Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man from ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'', the Prince of Arachne from ''Marvel Fairy Tales'', the Betty Brant Spider-Girl, Arachnosaur, and the Spidey from ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''. The ''Amazing Friends'' version of Iceman and Firestar, the ''Unlimited'' versions of the Knights of Wundagore, as well as [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Mayday Parker's parents]] are also dead.



* This is ridiculously common during big CrisisCrossover events in superhero comics. Almost every single one features a scene where some forgotten character who hasn't shown up in a comic since forever gets killed just to establish how dangerous the villains are. The other heroes will of course react as if the deceased was a major player who had been around all along. The most infamous example probably comes from Marvel's ComicBook/CivilWar crossover. Early advertising for the storyline implied that many beloved heroes would die. In reality, only one established hero died: Bill Foster - alias Black Goliath, a character who hadn't done anything of note since the 1970's. CListFodder is a SubTrope dedicated to the CrisisCrossover variation. Further examples of this type go there.
* Creator/JephLoeb also seems fond of this trope, as he's dug through various characters to use as murderer fodder in his murder mystery storylines. ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and its follow-up ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' were originally made to show what happened to the mobster characters from ''The Long Halloween''. ''The Long Halloween'' brings all of the mobsters shown or mentioned as well as two characters from Two-Face's origin story to be killed off by the Holiday killer and/or Two-Face himself (although to be fair some of them, like Falcone himself, get actual storylines before dying). ''Dark Victory'' gives the same treatment to pretty much every cop character that had been named in ''Year One'' as well as a modern counterpart of Chief O'Hara. His later storyline ''Hush'' is lighter in comparison murder-wise, although long absent Batman ally Harold (the deaf-mute who acts as a mechanic for the Batmobile) was brought back to serve as one of Hush's victims.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' isn't holding back on this trope, killing off the Spider-Men from ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', ''ComicBook/SpiderManReign'', ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' (and given Slott, like many people, holds the opinion of ''Unlimited'' being a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', this means that show's Spidey is dead, too), ''ComicBook/BulletPoints''[[note]][[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] and Peter Parker having swapped roles[[/note]], and ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', as well as the Mary Jane Spider-Woman from ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' and Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man from ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'', the Prince of Arachne from ''Marvel Fairy Tales'', the Betty Brant Spider-Girl, Arachnosaur, and the Spidey from ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''. The ''Amazing Friends'' version of Iceman and Firestar, the ''Unlimited'' versions of the Knights of Wundagore, as well as [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Mayday Parker's parents]] are also dead.

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* This is ridiculously common during big CrisisCrossover events in superhero comics. Almost every single one features a scene where some forgotten character who hasn't shown up in a comic since forever gets killed just to establish how dangerous the villains are. The other heroes will of course react as if the deceased was a major player who had been around all along. The most infamous example probably comes from Marvel's ComicBook/CivilWar crossover. Early advertising for the storyline implied that many beloved heroes would die. In reality, only one established hero died: Bill Foster - alias Black Goliath, a character who hadn't done anything of note since the 1970's. CListFodder is a SubTrope dedicated to the CrisisCrossover variation. Further examples of this type go there.
* Creator/JephLoeb also seems fond of this trope, as he's dug through various characters to use as murderer fodder in his murder mystery storylines. ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and its follow-up ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' were originally made to show what happened to the mobster characters from ''The Long Halloween''. ''The Long Halloween'' brings all of the mobsters shown or mentioned as well as two characters from Two-Face's origin story to be killed off by the Holiday killer and/or Two-Face himself (although to be fair some of them, like Falcone himself, get actual storylines before dying). ''Dark Victory'' gives the same treatment to pretty much every cop character that had been named in ''Year One'' as well as a modern counterpart of Chief O'Hara. His later storyline ''Hush'' is lighter in comparison murder-wise, although long absent Batman ally Harold (the deaf-mute who acts as a mechanic for the Batmobile) was brought back to serve as one of Hush's victims.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' isn't holding back on this trope, killing off the Spider-Men from ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'', ''ComicBook/SpiderManReign'', ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' (and given Slott, like many people, holds the opinion of ''Unlimited'' being a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', this means that show's Spidey is dead, too), ''ComicBook/BulletPoints''[[note]][[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] and Peter Parker having swapped roles[[/note]], and ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', as well as the Mary Jane Spider-Woman from ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' and Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man from ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'', the Prince of Arachne from ''Marvel Fairy Tales'', the Betty Brant Spider-Girl, Arachnosaur, and the Spidey from ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom''. The ''Amazing Friends'' version of Iceman and Firestar, the ''Unlimited'' versions of the Knights of Wundagore, as well as [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl Mayday Parker's parents]] are also dead.



* [[spoiler:Arnim Zola]] in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. After setting off the bad-guy plot and leading to the current crisis, and earning [[OneSceneWonder a whole scene of appearance]], [[spoiler:he calls in a missile attack on the location of his mainframe in the hope of killing Steve and Natasha]].



* Count Dooku is a pivotal figure in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and any Clone Wars-related media (such as ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'') as the one leading the Separatist movement. His appearance in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''? Shows up on the bridge of General Grievous's ship, engages in a short battle with Obi-Wan and Anakin, loses both hands then killed off by having [[OffWithHisHead a cranial-ectomy]] in almost no screentime.



* [[spoiler:Arnim Zola]] in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. After setting off the bad-guy plot and leading to the current crisis, and earning [[OneSceneWonder a whole scene of appearance]], [[spoiler:he calls in a missile attack on the location of his mainframe in the hope of killing Steve and Natasha]].
* Count Dooku is a pivotal figure in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and any Clone Wars-related media (such as ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'') as the one leading the Separatist movement. His appearance in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''? Shows up on the bridge of General Grievous's ship, engages in a short battle with Obi-Wan and Anakin, loses both hands then killed off by having [[OffWithHisHead a cranial-ectomy]] in almost no screentime.
20th Mar '16 9:24:17 AM CyberTiger88
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has [[OlympusMons Latios and Latias]] make their first appearance as major characters in the sub-series since ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'' halfway into the main plot only to be [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by a malevolent force minutes after their reintroduction.
18th Mar '16 9:06:14 PM JustCause
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* In the ''Series/DresdenFiles'' Susan Rodriguez leaves in book 5 after being half-turned into a vampire. She leaves to fight a GreatOffscreenWar for 6 books and about 9 years. She finally comes back in Changes where she is sacrificed at the climax to kill the entire [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] and end the war.



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25th Feb '16 6:57:55 PM TheDiego908
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has Misty Fey: She's an incredibly important character in the backstory, then finally appears in the last case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', only to be murdered fifteen minutes later. It's not even revealed that it was her until much later.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has Misty [[spoiler:Misty Fey: She's an incredibly important character in the backstory, then finally appears in the last case of ''Trials and Tribulations'', only to be murdered fifteen minutes later. later]]. It's not even revealed that it was her that person until much later.
16th Feb '16 8:21:34 PM Loekman3
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* Neji Hyuga in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. After being one of the most important genin before the time skip, he is rarely seen afterwards and has practically no effect on the plot after his fight during the Sasuke Rescue Arc. He doesn't get any real screen time until the current arc, where he gets killed off over the course of two chapters.

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* Neji Hyuga in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. After being one of the most important genin before the time skip, he is rarely seen afterwards and has practically no effect on the plot after his fight during the Sasuke Rescue Arc. He doesn't get any real screen time until the current Ten Tails Revival arc, where he gets killed off over the course of two chapters.
16th Feb '16 1:15:47 PM Boisegang
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* Fanfic/ToInfinity has [[spoiler: Romeo and Kilo-5 killed off in the seventh chapter.]]
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