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10th May '16 12:22:16 AM erforce
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* Like ''{{Spooks}}'', FX Network's ''Series/{{Thief}}'' had a 6-episode first season. Like ''{{Spooks}}'', it bumped off a name performer by the 2nd episode: Linda "Terminator 1 and 2" Hamilton as the handler. Unlike ''{{Spooks}}'', Hamilton was just the latest in a rather misogynistic streak. Including the handler, there were three surprising deaths in the first two eps -- all women. Unlike ''{{Spooks}}'', ''Thief'' was not renewed beyond its initial 6 ep run.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [[{{Terminator}} Robert Patrick]] plays Colonel Sumner in the pilot. He's supposed to be the head of the military unit attached to the Atlantis team, and naturally is killed off before the end of the second episode.

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* Like ''{{Spooks}}'', ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', FX Network's ''Series/{{Thief}}'' had a 6-episode first season. Like ''{{Spooks}}'', ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', it bumped off a name performer by the 2nd episode: Linda "Terminator "''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' 1 and 2" Hamilton as the handler. Unlike ''{{Spooks}}'', ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', Hamilton was just the latest in a rather misogynistic streak. Including the handler, there were three surprising deaths in the first two eps -- all women. Unlike ''{{Spooks}}'', ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', ''Thief'' was not renewed beyond its initial 6 ep run.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [[{{Terminator}} Robert Patrick]] Creator/RobertPatrick plays Colonel Sumner in the pilot. He's supposed to be the head of the military unit attached to the Atlantis team, and naturally is killed off before the end of the second episode.



* Callum Keith Rennie as Don Morgan in ''{{Alphas}}'': the team's original government liaison, who is present in the pilot episode, PutOnABus for the second, and then violently killed off in the third.
* Though he wasn't a big star at the time, it's amusing to see Jimmy Smits playing Don Johnson's partner only to get blown up within the first few minutes of the pilot episode of ''MiamiVice.''

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* Callum Keith Rennie as Don Morgan in ''{{Alphas}}'': ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': the team's original government liaison, who is present in the pilot episode, PutOnABus for the second, and then violently killed off in the third.
* Though he wasn't a big star at the time, it's amusing to see Jimmy Smits playing Don Johnson's partner only to get blown up within the first few minutes of the pilot episode of ''MiamiVice.''Series/MiamiVice.''
6th May '16 8:39:09 AM Piando
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* Guest villain Kraang Subprime in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' is voiced by famous comedian GilbertGottfried, and he's killed off in his fight with Splinter.

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* Guest villain Kraang Subprime in ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' is voiced by famous comedian GilbertGottfried, and he's killed off in his fight with Splinter.
20th Apr '16 7:42:13 PM PaulA
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** JamieBamber's character Mitchell Hoban in ''Series/{{Outcasts}}''. All of the promotional material assures the viewer that Mitchell, why he's acting so irrationally, his Expeditionary Forces, and his conflict with President Tate are going to be vital parts of the show. Then, in the pilot, he commits SuicideByCop via Fleur after beating his wife into a coma.
** JamieBamber, period. Hoban is just one of ''many'' of his characters to be killed off--the very first of whom,[[TheScarletPimpernel Tony Dewhurst]], basically kicked off this trend by dying in the first episode of the series, just like Hoban did. Then, two others ([[HoratioHornblower Archie Kennedy]] and [[Series/LawAndOrderUK Matt Devlin]]), perished in an eerily similar fashion (BloodFromTheMouth, HeroicSacrifice), and still another two (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer'') bit the dust even faster than either Hoban or Dewhurst--they were onscreen throughout the entire episode, but had actually been killed off [[PosthumousCharacter within the first few minutes of the show]], and another, [[WebVideo/StarTrekContinues Mr. Simone]] seems to have been killed off just to lampshade this trend. His appearance on ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' just barely subverted this, having his character fall from a bridge. . .and rescued in the next episode.

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** JamieBamber's Creator/JamieBamber's character Mitchell Hoban in ''Series/{{Outcasts}}''. All of the promotional material assures the viewer that Mitchell, why he's acting so irrationally, his Expeditionary Forces, and his conflict with President Tate are going to be vital parts of the show. Then, in the pilot, he commits SuicideByCop via Fleur after beating his wife into a coma.
** JamieBamber, Creator/JamieBamber, period. Hoban is just one of ''many'' of his characters to be killed off--the very first of whom,[[TheScarletPimpernel whom, [[Series/TheScarletPimpernel Tony Dewhurst]], basically kicked off this trend by dying in the first episode of the series, just like Hoban did. Then, two others ([[HoratioHornblower ([[Series/HoratioHornblower Archie Kennedy]] and [[Series/LawAndOrderUK Matt Devlin]]), perished in an eerily similar fashion (BloodFromTheMouth, HeroicSacrifice), and still another two (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer'') bit the dust even faster than either Hoban or Dewhurst--they were onscreen throughout the entire episode, but had actually been killed off [[PosthumousCharacter within the first few minutes of the show]], and another, [[WebVideo/StarTrekContinues Mr. Simone]] seems to have been killed off just to lampshade this trend. His appearance on ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' just barely subverted this, having his character fall from a bridge. . .and rescued in the next episode.
9th Apr '16 12:13:22 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Fans expected the same trick to be pulled in the premiere of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' with Lou Diamond Phillips, who didn't seem to have an appropriately large role for a name-actor. However, his character lived, and the one who actually died in the pilot was [[HeyItsThatGuy that guy who played]] [[JerkJock Shooter McGavin]] in ''HappyGilmore''. Phillips's character does die in a later episode... only for [[ReplacementGoldfish another version]] of him to show up.

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** Fans expected the same trick to be pulled in the premiere of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' with Lou Diamond Phillips, who didn't seem to have an appropriately large role for a name-actor. However, his character lived, and the one who actually died in the pilot was [[HeyItsThatGuy that guy who played]] played [[JerkJock Shooter McGavin]] in ''HappyGilmore''. Phillips's character does die in a later episode... only for [[ReplacementGoldfish another version]] of him to show up.
4th Mar '16 12:41:27 PM pulpish65
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*Creator/BenAffleck in ''Film/SmokinAces''. In the first act, he's implied to be a main character, the leader of one of the groups and the main one explaining what's going on, only to be killed off in the very beginning of the second act.
27th Feb '16 10:49:40 PM Tyk5919
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* John C. [=McGinley=] plays a drug dealer in ''Film/TruthOrConsequencesNM'' For three minutes. Then Creator/KieferSutherland's character shoots him in the forehead. [[PlotTriggeringDeath His death did have a huge impact on the story though]].
25th Feb '16 12:51:57 AM saulgreen
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* The [[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]] TV series. Whilst being advertised as a series regular, Music/ArianaGrande's character was killed off at the end of the pilot episode before we even knew her (real) name.
20th Feb '16 5:54:47 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Series/{{Scream}}'' TV series. Much like how Franchise/{{Scream}} the films]] employed this trope (see above), the series does the same with Creator/BellaThorne's character, killing her off in the pilot episode and having her death drive the plot.
* In the first episode of the FX anthology series Franchise/{{Fargo}}, Rory Culkin is accidentally run over by Creator/KirstenDunst. He dies a little later in her garage.

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* The ''Series/{{Scream}}'' TV series. Much like how Franchise/{{Scream}} [[Franchise/{{Scream}} the films]] employed this trope (see above), the series does the same with Creator/BellaThorne's character, killing her off in the pilot episode and [[DrivingQuestion having her death drive the plot.
plot]].
* In the first episode of the FX anthology series Franchise/{{Fargo}}, ''Franchise/{{Fargo}}'', Rory Culkin is accidentally run over by Creator/KirstenDunst. He dies a little later in her garage.
2nd Jan '16 5:50:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', singer TM Revolution voices two short-lived characters. In SEED, Miguel is a Face Enemy who actually survives his first battle with the protagonist. However, he is promptly killed in the very next battle. This was telegraphed by the fact that he wasn't in the OP, though. However, in the sequel, its more played like a running gag, despite the depth of the character.
** According to urban legend, NamiTamaki, who sang the last two opening themes of ''SEED'' and the first of ''Destiny'' was offered a similar character, but turned down the offer. That character, Shiho Hannenfuss, became an EnsembleDarkHorse, with many suggesting that Tamaki's passing on the role saved Shiho from suffering the same fate as TMR's characters.

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', singer ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'':
** Singer
TM Revolution voices two short-lived characters. In SEED, Miguel is a Face Enemy who actually survives his first battle with the protagonist. However, he is promptly killed in the very next battle. This was telegraphed by the fact that he wasn't in the OP, though. However, in the sequel, its more played like a running gag, despite the depth of the character.
** According to urban legend, NamiTamaki, Music/NamiTamaki, who sang the last two opening themes of ''SEED'' and the first of ''Destiny'' was offered a similar character, but turned down the offer. That character, Shiho Hannenfuss, became an EnsembleDarkHorse, with many suggesting that Tamaki's passing on the role saved Shiho from suffering the same fate as TMR's characters.
29th Dec '15 7:50:48 AM SSJMagus
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See also BillingDisplacement, DeathByCameo and at times DecoyProtagonist. Nothing to do with StarDerailingRole but could have this effect.

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See also BillingDisplacement, DeathByCameo and at times DecoyProtagonist. Nothing to do with StarDerailingRole but could have this effect.
effect. Nor is it to be confused with a star ''actually'' [[FatalMethodActing dying during filming]].
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