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25th Jan '18 11:15:48 PM lakingsif
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* The 8th season of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' ends with Meredith, Derek, Mark, Cristina, and Arizona stranded in the woods badly all horribly injured in a plane crash and losing hope of any immediate rescue. However, Arizona's the only one whose fate is unclear at the moment: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, and Sandra Oh have all had their contracts renewed for season 9, so it's clear somehow those four at least will be rescued. Though notably for Eric Dane it was just to appear in the first two episodes, which saw him die in the premiere.

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* The 8th season of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' ends with Meredith, Derek, Mark, Cristina, and Arizona stranded in the woods badly all horribly injured in a plane crash and losing hope of any immediate rescue. However, Arizona's the only one whose fate is unclear at the moment: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Creator/EllenPompeo, Creator/PatrickDempsey, Eric Dane, and Sandra Oh have all had their contracts renewed for season 9, so it's clear somehow those four at least will be rescued. Though notably for Eric Dane it was just to appear in the first two episodes, which saw him die in the premiere.premiere, with Creator/JessicaCapshaw sticking around.
8th Nov '17 6:00:38 AM shooterboss
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' during the Blue Harvest episode.
-->'''Leia/Lois:''' We're gonna be pulverized!
-->'''Han/Peter:''' Look, we got four or five of the main characters on this ship. I think we're gonna be okay.
27th Oct '17 9:13:07 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* When Michael, one of the two main characters in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', is shoved over the edge of a cliff at the end of ''Player'sRuse'', only the [[{{Mook}} mooks]] seem certain he's dead. He also happens to be the only person alive with magic so it's pretty easy to come up with the explanation for how he's going to survive.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Although the book has a well-earned reputation for killing off major characters for real, this wears off after a few books, and few readers are fooled by the fake-outs that make it look like a number of major characters have died. It has gotten to the point where you shouldn't believe anyone important has died unless it is confirmed first-hand in someone else's POV.
** Arya Stark is said to have been hit in the head with an axe at the end of a chapter, only for it to turn out that she got a TapOnTheHead from the blunt side.
** Davos is said to have been executed off-page and his short hand displayed as proof. Readers recognized how easy that would be to fake and reasoned that killing a major POV character like Davos would at least warrant an on-page scene. He's later revealed to be alive.
** Brienne is hanged as a {{cliffhanger}} just as she cries "a word." Everyone assumed that whatever she said would save her, and indeed she's back in the next book.
** Tyrion falls into a deadly plague-infested river and nearly drowns. He is rescued immediately afterwards and somehow avoids catching the plague.
** Jon Snow is murdered at the end of ''A Dance With Dragons'', but readers immediately began hypothesizing how he'll be resurrected. The [[Series/GameOfThrones show]] verified one theory, so everyone is expecting something similar in the next book.
* A number of canon characters from the core setting of ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' appear in both the main series and the spinoffs. They might suffer temporary defeats, but they can never be seriously damaged. This started to change in Kinslayer in a rather painful way - both for them and the readers who really liked those characters.
* It's been confirmed that there will be twenty-some ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]]'' books capped off by an apocalyptic trilogy, so the ending of ''Changes'' was obviously going to be fixed somehow.
* Granny Weatherwax dies towards the end of ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''. Except of course she doesn't, she's Granny Weatherwax. There's only a couple of paragraphs before TheReveal, since Sir Terry clearly didn't intend anyone to believe it for long.
** [[spoiler:Subverted, of course, with Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown, where Sir Terry, in a very different phase of his life, went ahead and did it for real.]]
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* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/020730 George exploits his name being in the title]]
* Both Captain Tagon and Commander Andreyasn from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' have been killed off, only to be resurrected later (or in Tagon's case the timeline was changed so that he never died in the first place). The title character is also an obvious case - the comic constantly lampshades how very difficult it is to kill a member of his species, and when Sergeant Schlock finally does something stupid enough to result in his death, he's brought back to life in a couple of strips (minus a couple days' worth of memory).
* Roy's death in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Given that the comic is set in a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' fantasy adventure, it's doubtful that any fan of the comic was not expecting him to be resurrected later on - especially given that he's pretty much the protagonist, and is the leader of a group that is quite capable of bringing him back. This is later [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Roy himself, when he talks about how it's easier not to take death seriously in a world where such things are not only possible but downright mundane.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'': The title characters are "mad scientist roommates who periodically die," often in highly explosive and/or humorous ways. They always come back, often immediately. This has nothing to do with the fact that Andy is dating a female version of Satan.
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7th Sep '17 6:41:34 AM Silverblade2
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** The show averts it. Sean Bean is the top-billing and most recognizable actor in the show, playing noble Eddard Stark, and is one of the few legitimately good characters in a world filled with GrayAndGrayMorality. He gets KilledOffForReal in the first season, setting off a shockwave through people who haven't read the book and establishing that AnyoneCanDie. It ''is'' [[ChronicallyKilledActor Sean Bean]] after all, if any character in any series is more or less guaranteed to get KilledOffForReal, it's one played by him.

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** The show averts it. Sean Bean is the top-billing and most recognizable actor in the show, playing noble Eddard Stark, and is one of the few legitimately good characters in a world filled with GrayAndGrayMorality. He gets KilledOffForReal killed in the first season, setting off a shockwave through people who haven't read the book and establishing that AnyoneCanDie. It ''is'' [[ChronicallyKilledActor Sean Bean]] after all, if any character in any series is more or less guaranteed to get KilledOffForReal, killed, it's one played by him.
2nd Sep '17 5:51:36 PM comicwriter
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* Fans of ''Manga/SoulEater'' are really hoping for this, because as of chapter 110, Maka was just ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice. It ''is'' in effect, and Soul uses the black blood to save Maka (justified in that [[DarkMagicalGirl Crona]] had suffered similar injuries and survived). Maka's nonchalant about the whole thing.



* Any {{Prequel}} or {{Interquel}} movie loses a lot of its suspense when it includes characters appearing in the original movie, since you ''know'' they won't be killed, or at least won't stay dead. In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, while he was played by a different actor, you knew Obi Wan was going to make it, as well as Yoda, the droids and even the BigBad.
* We knew {{Wolverine}}, Sabretooth, and William Stryker would all survive in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', since they appeared in the original movies.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Even before the sequel title was announced (which spoiled it instantly for comics readers), it was clear enough that Bucky was going to turn out to have survived his fall from the train from the fact that Creator/SebastianStan had signed a ''nine-movie'' contract with Marvel.
* Marvel teased that there would be a "big death" in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. The problem is, the majority of the characters had already been confirmed to survive thanks to casting news for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', while the only actor not confirmed for future movies was Creator/AaronJohnson. It was ultimately ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} who bit the bullet during the final battle, to the surprise of no one.
* The death of Superman in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' surprised many fans, and the [[AmbiguousEnding last shot]] could have filled many discussions of whether or not Clark Kent was KilledOffForReal or would eventually [[BackFromTheDead come back]] like in the [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman original comic book]] until you learn that Creator/HenryCavill is already expected to appear in the two ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' movies [[note]]though it could be mere flashbacks or that his involvement in the movies was purposely falsified by Warner to keep the element of surprise[[/note]].[[/folder]]

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* Any {{Prequel}} or {{Interquel}} movie loses a lot of its suspense when it includes characters appearing in the original movie, since you ''know'' they won't be killed, or at least won't stay dead. In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, while he was played by a different actor, you knew Obi Wan Obi-Wan was going to make it, as well as Yoda, the droids and even the BigBad.
* We knew {{Wolverine}}, Sabretooth, Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}}, and William Stryker would all survive in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', since they appeared in the original movies.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Even before the sequel title was announced (which spoiled it instantly for comics readers), it was clear enough that Bucky Comicbook/{{Bucky|Barnes}} was going to turn out to have survived his fall from the train from the fact that Creator/SebastianStan had signed a ''nine-movie'' contract with Marvel.
* Marvel teased that there would be a "big death" in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. The problem is, the majority of the characters had already been confirmed to survive thanks to casting news for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', while the only actor not confirmed for future movies was Creator/AaronJohnson. It was ultimately ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} who bit the bullet during the final battle, to the surprise of no one.
one (or at least nobody who knew about ''Civil War'').
* The death of Superman in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' surprised many fans, and the [[AmbiguousEnding last shot]] could have filled many discussions of whether or not Clark Kent was KilledOffForReal or would eventually [[BackFromTheDead come back]] like in the [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman original comic book]] until you learn it was confirmed that Creator/HenryCavill is already expected to would appear in the two ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' movies [[note]]though it could be mere flashbacks or that his involvement in the movies was purposely falsified by Warner to keep the element of surprise[[/note]].League|2017}}''.[[/folder]]
12th May '17 1:56:20 PM Cidolfas
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** [[spoiler:Subverted, of course, with Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown, where Sir Terry, in a very different phase of his life, went ahead and did it for real.]]
5th May '17 5:55:48 PM Skylentt
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* Lampshaded in ''[[Manga/DGrayman]]'' by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.

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* Lampshaded in ''[[Manga/DGrayman]]'' ''Manga/DGrayman'' by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.
5th May '17 5:55:04 PM Skylentt
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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGrayman]]'' by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.

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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGrayman]]'' ''[[Manga/DGrayman]]'' by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.
5th May '17 5:54:20 PM Skylentt
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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGrayman]] by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.

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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGrayman]] ''[[DGrayman]]'' by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.
5th May '17 5:54:00 PM Skylentt
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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGray-man]] by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.

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* Lampshaded in ''[[DGray-man]] ''[[DGrayman]] by Bookman when Allen is left for dead by Tyki Mikk with a hole in his heart. His body disappears so his friends have no idea what happened to him and are very understandably worried that he is dead. Bookman says that he believe him to be alive he has not fulfilled the prophecy made by Hevlaska yet.
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