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->'''Creator/AlfredHitchcock:''' Just think of the shock value, killing off your leading lady halfway through. I mean, you are intrigued, are you not, my dear? Come on, admit it. Admit it.
->'''Alma Reville:''' Actually, I think it's a huge mistake. You shouldn't wait 'til halfway through. Kill her off after 30 minutes.

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->'''Creator/AlfredHitchcock:''' Just think of the shock value, killing off your leading lady halfway through. I mean, you are intrigued, are you not, my dear? Come on, admit it. Admit it.
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* Happens in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' a lot.

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* Kamina in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* Tomoe Mami in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.

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* %%* Kamina in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
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* Variation: In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the character called Josh Goodman was built up in version three's pregame to be an unstoppable force, taking over the school within his first day there by blackmailing the principal and raping her, causing her to commit suicide, and later nearly cripples a star football player. He was killed off in one of the main game's first posts, electrocuted in a pool of blood. The student who killed him became one of the top killers on the island.

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* Variation: In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', the character called Josh Goodman was built up in version three's pregame to be an unstoppable force, taking over the school within his first day there by blackmailing the principal and raping her, causing her to commit suicide, and later nearly cripples a star football player. He was killed off in one of the main game's first posts, electrocuted in a pool of blood. The student who killed him became one of the top killers on the island.



* The 90s animated ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series mirrored Thunderbird's death on the modern team's second mission by including Morph, a character apparently introduced in the first episode just to be killed off immediately (he actually turns out to have survived in a later episode, whether that was intended in his "death" episode is debatable). The character was based on Changeling, the first X-Man to die in the comics.

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* The 90s '90s animated ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series mirrored Thunderbird's death on the modern team's second mission by including Morph, a character apparently introduced in the first episode just to be killed off immediately (he actually turns out to have survived in a later episode, whether that was intended in his "death" episode is debatable). The character was based on Changeling, the first X-Man to die in the comics.



* The narrator of the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerandHoop'' was voiced by none other than moderately famous character Eli Wallach. He also turns out to be a turkey about to be taken to the slaughter.

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* The narrator of the Christmas episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerandHoop'' ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' was voiced by none other than moderately famous character Eli Wallach. He also turns out to be a turkey about to be taken to the slaughter.
30th Dec '16 10:06:10 PM nombretomado
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* Ooh, popular character Cliffjumper is featured in his own WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime commercial! And he's played by DwayneJohnson as well! And he's been upgraded from a Bumblebee clone into an awesome horned muscle car! He puts up a good fight against a team of Decepticon troops, but he's eventually defeated, captured, and killed by Starscream. [[CameBackWrong And brought back as a zombie berzerker in the second episode.]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And sliced in half by Megatron, dropped into a mine shaft, and buried by a mountain-shattering explosion.]]
* The 90s animated ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' series mirrored Thunderbird's death on the modern team's second mission by including Morph, a character apparently introduced in the first episode just to be killed off immediately (he actually turns out to have survived in a later episode, whether that was intended in his "death" episode is debatable). The character was based on Changeling, the first X-Man to die in the comics.

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* Ooh, popular character Cliffjumper is featured in his own WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' commercial! And he's played by DwayneJohnson Wrestling/DwayneJohnson as well! And he's been upgraded from a Bumblebee clone into an awesome horned muscle car! He puts up a good fight against a team of Decepticon troops, but he's eventually defeated, captured, and killed by Starscream. [[CameBackWrong And brought back as a zombie berzerker in the second episode.]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And sliced in half by Megatron, dropped into a mine shaft, and buried by a mountain-shattering explosion.]]
* The 90s animated ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series mirrored Thunderbird's death on the modern team's second mission by including Morph, a character apparently introduced in the first episode just to be killed off immediately (he actually turns out to have survived in a later episode, whether that was intended in his "death" episode is debatable). The character was based on Changeling, the first X-Man to die in the comics.
7th Dec '16 8:55:45 PM MisterCPC
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* Creator/FalkHentschel was heavily featured as a main cast member in the promos for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' as ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, playing a major role in the crossover between ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' the year before. He's killed by the end of the two-part pilot.
22nd Nov '16 3:41:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** Season 2 starts with some big names added to the cast, including Lucy Lawless as a {{Badass}} ActionGirl ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent now loyal to Coulson... who lasts exactly one episode, after ''months'' of promos billing her as a major character.

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** Season 2 starts with some big names added to the cast, including Lucy Lawless as a {{Badass}} an ActionGirl ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent now loyal to Coulson... who lasts exactly one episode, after ''months'' of promos billing her as a major character.
13th Nov '16 12:59:33 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Possibly the all time weirdest version of this: Jenna-Louise Coleman, already announced as a forthcoming companion, appeared in the episode "Asylum of the Daleks" as a character called Oswin, and died at the end. Then she turned up a few episodes later, as another character called Clara, and died again. The following episode introduced the "proper" version of the character. This was a major plot point for the season.
* William Hurt gets top billing as Duke Leto Atreides in SciFi Channel's ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries, despite his character getting killed at the end of part one (of three).

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** Possibly the all time weirdest version of this: Jenna-Louise Coleman, Creator/JennaLouiseColeman, already announced as a forthcoming companion, appeared in the episode "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks" Daleks]]" as a character called Oswin, and died at the end. Then she turned up a few episodes later, as another character called Clara, and died again. The following episode introduced the "proper" version of the character. This was a major plot point for the season.
* William Hurt Creator/WilliamHurt gets top billing as Duke Leto Atreides in SciFi Channel's ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries, despite his character getting killed at the end of part one (of three).



* In Season 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the writers decided to bring back Charlie, a popular character from Season 1. Unfortunately, that same year Jayma Mays was cast in the new show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', so we knew her relationship with Hiro wasn't going to work. Had Hiro not forgotten about her for 3 years, he could have saved her.

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* ** In Season 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', 4, the writers decided to bring back Charlie, a popular character from Season 1. Unfortunately, that same year Jayma Mays was cast in the new show ''Series/{{Glee}}'', so we knew her relationship with Hiro wasn't going to work. Had Hiro not forgotten about her for 3 years, he could have saved her.



* HBO gleefully marketed Sean Bean as the [[DecoyProtagonist "main character"]] for the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' adaptation. Then his head gets chopped off. Another example is Jason Momoa of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' fame, who doesn't merit the opening credits despite being a major character. He gets killed off partway through. Sean Bean was pretty famous for getting killed off in anything he was a star of (or co-star, or extra... okay [=ANYthing=] he was acting in) up to this point. So if it was a shock to anyone it shouldn't have been. He does make it almost to the end of the first season before dying (episode 9 out of 10). Jason Momoa's character doesn't die until the last episode. Other cast members who are stars make it through the season.
** Played very straight with Ian McShane in season 6.

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* HBO gleefully marketed Sean Bean Creator/SeanBean as the [[DecoyProtagonist "main character"]] for the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' adaptation. Then his head gets chopped off. Another example is Jason Momoa Creator/JasonMomoa of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' fame, who doesn't merit the opening credits despite being a major character. He gets killed off partway through. Sean Bean was pretty famous for getting killed off in anything he was a star of (or co-star, or extra... okay [=ANYthing=] he was acting in) up to this point. So if it was a shock to anyone it shouldn't have been. He does make it almost to the end of the first season before dying (episode 9 out of 10). Jason Momoa's character doesn't die until the last episode. Other cast members who are stars make it through the season.
** Played very straight with Ian McShane Creator/IanMcShane in season 6.


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* Creator/PeterCook appeared in the first episode of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' as Richard III. As in the play and real life, he gets decapitated in battle, though he ghost haunts Edmund.
26th Oct '16 11:31:57 AM crazyrabbits
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* Even though RobertDeNiro is billed as the main character in the 2001 police drama ''15 Minutes'', he is kidnapped and brutally killed less than halfway through the film, forcing another detective (played by Edward Burns) to avenge his death.
* 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.
* Ewan [=McGregor=] receives top billing in ''Literature/AlexRider: Stormbreaker''. His sole appearance in the film is in the first few minutes, where he is quickly killed off, and not even given a chance to interact with any of the other characters. However, it should be noted that the actors were billed alphabetically (with the exception of Mickey Rourke, who was billed last for additional emphasis to his name).
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series:
** ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Tom Skerritt is top-billed during a period in his career where audiences would naturally assume he was the main character. The Xenomorph (and the scriptwriters) disagreed. The cast dies in reverse order of their credit billing; at the time, Creator/JohnHurt, Creator/HarryDeanStanton and Tom Skerritt were all relatively well-known actors, while Creator/SigourneyWeaver was a complete unknown.
** In ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', Dr. Clemens (played by Creator/CharlesDance) is set up to be the main male character, but gets killed about an hour in, and Dillon takes over the role for the rest of the film.
* Creator/KenWatanabe was cast (with much publicity) as Ra's Al Ghul in ''Film/BatmanBegins''. Turns out he's an imposter who dies very early in the movie - an intentional deception to set up the twist to the mystery of exactly who the BigBad was toward the end.
* Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard is billed as one of the main characters in the ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' film. He is killed by the aliens' opening volley. Surprisingly, Creator/LiamNeeson, who also gets top billing, survives until the end, but only because he remains outside of the action and doesn't even get a chance to be in danger.
* Traci Lords was given poster billing in ''Film/{{Blade}}''. She dies in the first battle scene, less than ten minutes in.
* For the first half hour of ''Film/TheBlob1988'' remake, we follow the character Paul. He gets killed early on and is never mentioned again.
* In ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', Julianne Moore is the second-billed actress after the star Clive Owen (possibly misleading some viewers into thinking she is the last pregnant woman whom Theo has to escort to safety). She gets introduced early on, and being Theo's ex-wife, starts setting up a sub-plot about the two of them reconnecting their lost love. Then they try to drive a young girl out of the country and Julianne gets shot through the throat. All this happens in the first 20 minutes, and the rest of the film is centered around Theo helping said young girl after discovering she is pregnant.
* Cole Hauser seems to have made a habit of getting parts that involve this:
** In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Hauser plays Johns, a bounty hunter who is escorting Riddick (Creator/VinDiesel), and seems to be the main character alongside Carolyn (Radha Mitchell). Then, less than halfway through the film, Riddick fakes out Johns and lets him get eaten by some of the local predators, who messily chomp down on him while Riddick watches.
** In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', Hauser appears in one scene as a CIA handler who briefs Jack and John on the current situation in the area, just before he gets shot in the head by an enemy sniper.
** In ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'', Hauser plays Roma, a Secret Service agent who manages to make a TitleDrop to other agents in the nearby area just before getting killed by a terrorist.
* Gwyneth Paltrow in ''Film/{{Contagion}}'', who is first introduced sneezing and coughing at an airport in Chicago, and, when she arrives home minutes into the film, she is rushed to a hospital, where she convulses and dies. The only footage seen of her afterwards is an autopsy scene (where doctors [[GoryDiscretionShot cut her skull open]]) and a flashback at the end of the film to how the virus was transmitted to her. Likewise, Kate Winslet appears for a few minutes as a CDC researcher working to investigate the cure, but she gets infected and is rushed to a quarantine zone, and is only seen some time later when she tries to give a patient a blanket before dying.
* In the Canadian horror flick ''Film/{{Cube}}'', a character named Alderson (played by Julian Richings) is billed to be the major character of the film, had his visage pinned to all the promotional posters, and is killed brutally in the first five minutes of the movie by a wire trap before the focus shifts to the ''real'' group of protagonists.
* In ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', Creator/SamuelLJackson is killed by a rampaging shark that leaps out of a submarine bay to get him. His death is arguably [[SacrificialLion the biggest shock in the entire film]], possibly because it's so sudden.
* ''Film/DemonsNeverDie'' has Music/{{Tulisa}} from N-Dubz as one of the top-billed stars of the film...it's a shame that she is killed off within the first ten minutes.
* Angie Dickinson in Creator/BrianDePalma's ''Film/DressedToKill''. She's top-billed in the credits alongside MichaelCaine, but gets brutally murdered less than halfway into the movie. It's appropriate, since ''Dressed To Kill'' is an overt homage to Hitchcock.
* Creator/SeanBean in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
** [[Main/ChronicallyKilledActor Sean Bean in anything, really.]]
* Creator/StevenSeagal in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision''.
* Creator/TomHanks in the film adaptation of ''Literature/ExtremelyLoudAndIncrediblyClose''. He is top-billed and yet the trailer reveals early on that he dies.
* The ''[[Film/FrightNight2011 Fright Night]]'' remake has Christopher Mintz-Plasse as "Evil" Ed, who's in it about 20 minutes before getting bitten by a vampire. He returns nearly an hour later, now having been turned, only to be killed in roughly five minutes.
* Creator/BruceCampbell in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn2TexasBloodMoney''. He received top billing, but not only does he die very quickly, his "death" is part of an in-film movie that a character is watching.
** Likewise, in ''Film/{{Congo}}'', Campbell plays a researcher who is brutally killed by an ape in the first few minutes of the film. The main group of characters later stumble upon his body.
* Zigzagged with ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''. The presence of Channing Tatum would have qualified, but he was kept out of the trailers entirely. This actually increases the impact of his character's death.
* Creator/ChristopherLee in ''Film/HoneymoonAcademy''.
* Both Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes in ''Film/TheHurtLocker''.
* Creator/OliviaWilde in ''Film/InTime''.
* Jennifer Lopez in ''Film/JerseyGirl''; not only does Lopez get second billing in promotional material, but upon first glance she appears to be the title character of the movie. Ten minutes in, she dies during childbirth -- and we find out that her ''daughter'' is arguably the title character. After the "Bennifer" craze sprung up, the studio made Creator/KevinSmith film more scenes so that they could push J-Lo's death to halfway through the film, which would have totally undone the whole point of the story. Fortunately the failure of ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' combined with Creator/BenAffleck and Lopez ending their relationship let Smith go back to his original idea. It also meant they had to spoil the death in the advertising to make it seem less like ''Film/{{Gigli}}''.
* Creator/LiamNeeson has a few:
** He dies in the opening battle of ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''.
** He dies about a quarter of the way into ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven''.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' -- aside from Darth Maul, Qui Gon is the only major character to die in the first film of the prequel trilogy.[[note]]Though he had a voice cameo in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and he would have appeared in a discarded scene in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.[[/note]]
* They're not stars in actual movies these days, but DirectToVideo titans Creator/ValKilmer and Creator/ChristianSlater in ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}''.
* A hallmark of the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' series:
** In the original film, Ethan Hunt's backup team includes characters played by Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emilio Estevez, Emmanuelle Béart and Jon Voight. Scott-Thomas' character is stabbed in the back and Estevez's hacker character is impaled through the eye in an elevator shaft, while the latter two turn out to be not dead after all, and are instead pulling ThePlan. Estevez isn't even ''credited''.
** In ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', Rade Serbedzija (a notable European character actor) gets killed off in the first scene after "Ethan Hunt" (Sean Ambrose in disguise) knocks him out and crashes the plane he is traveling on.
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' introduces Keri Russell as a protege of Cruise's character, and then kills her off immediately after one scene when a micro-explosive in her head detonates.
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' has Josh Holloway show up and get killed less than a minute into the film (although he gets more screentime in flashbacks later on), while Tom Wilkinson (who like Estevez above isn't credited) appears as an IMF handler who gets killed at the end of his single scene.
* 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]].
* Creator/AaronEckhart plays the redneck boyfriend of the title character in ''Film/NurseBetty''... for all of 20 minutes, until he gets half his scalp ripped off and is shot as he pitifully tries to run away from the contract killers played by Creator/ChrisRock and MorganFreeman.
* In ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'', Creator/AshleyJudd plays Margaret Asher, the wife of President Benjamin Asher (Creator/AaronEckhart). At the end of the opening sequence, she dies when the limousine she's in crashes down into an icy river just after Mike Banning (Creator/GerardButler) rescues the President.
* Creator/SophiaLoren got top billing for ''Operation Crossbow''. She appeared for about 15 minutes and then was murdered by [[LaResistance the Resistance]] because she could compromise the mission.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson and Creator/TheRock are killed off early in ''Film/TheOtherGuys''. The film's [[TheZeppo Zeppo]] premise suggests it's coming, but the death scene itself is abrupt and senseless enough to be a surprise.
* In recent re-releases of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', Creator/JohnTravolta gets top billing even though he plays a minor character, the AlphaBitch's boyfriend. Travolta's car bursts into flames, killing his character.
* Janet Leigh in ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' (although she didn't go as quickly as Drew Barrymore below). This is one of the oldest examples.
* Zig-zagged in ''Film/{{Red}}''. MorganFreeman's character is killed off very early on...: Then it turns out he's still alive. But he dies again about halfway through the film, this time for real.
* Franco Nero in ''Sacra Corona'' gets killed off in the first two minutes, after maybe two lines. Then he gets a second appearance as a ghost, with barely a few lines. He also happens to be one of the four characters on the cover, next to TheHero, TheLancer and the BigBad, despite there being countless other characters who had a much greater impact on the plot.
* Robert Patrick in ''Safe House''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films are famous for doing this.
** In [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} the first film]], Creator/DrewBarrymore is killed off within the first ten minutes. [[ThrowItIn She came up with the idea]], having been initially cast as [[FinalGirl Sidney]]. Notably, absolutely none of the advertising even suggested that Barrymore would be killed so soon -- it was a legitimate shock at the time.
** In [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second film]], it's ''three'' dead stars walking -- Omar Epps and Jada Pinkett are killed in the opening scene, and later, Creator/SarahMichelleGellar becomes Ghostface's first victim after the title card.
** In [[Film/{{Scream 3}} the third film]], it's Creator/LievSchreiber, whose character from the first two films gets elevated to Opening Victim.
** [[Film/{{Scream 4}} The fourth film]] kills off five characters -- Creator/LucyHale, Shenae Grimes, Creator/AnnaPaquin, Aimee Teegarden, and Britt Robertson -- before the title card. (Though Paquin was not killed in the movie, but in the [[ShowWithinAShow movie within a movie]]... and Hale and Grimes bought it in the movie within a movie ''within a movie'').
* Severine from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' is made out to be the film's female lead, complete with a TragicBackstory and motivation to kill the BigBad, only to be murdered after her one plot-relevant scene, as little more than an afterthought. You could take her out the picture completely and the only change would be Bond needing a different way to meet the villain.
* Elijah Wood's character is hyped up from the very beginning of ''Film/SpyKids 3'' and talked about by all of the major characters. Towards the end he shows up, gives an inspiring speech, and immediately loses as soon as it's time to prove his strength.
* In the 2005 action film ''Film/{{Stealth}}'', Jamie Foxx's character, Henry, is killed off suddenly while trying to pilot his aircraft through a canyon, less than halfway through the film. Although Stealth was made before ''Ray'' (which was one of Foxx's breakout roles), the film was released afterwards, and shocked audiences who expected Foxx's character to survive.
* Creator/MorganFreeman gets killed halfway through ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears''.
* Perhaps the most impressive occurrence is in the first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie; MarlonBrando received top billing, and what was at the time the highest salary ever paid to a motion picture actor, to play a character with 8 minutes of screen time who dies before the end of the first act. Furthermore, Christopher Reeve was relegated to ''third'' billing even though he plays the lead character of the film. Fortunately, people caught on quickly to how much he was responsible for making the film so good.
** The press coverage (as opposed to the studio publicity) at the time of the initial release talked extensively about Brando's big paycheck for so little screen time so the audience wasn't completely unprepared. This may have also tipped off late-70s movie-goers not to expect too much from his appearance in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' a few years later.
* In ''Film/{{U571}}'', a number of American submariners, including Bill Paxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters), are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.
* Creator/CharlieSheen in ''Film/YoungGuns''.
* ''Film/MeetJoeBlack'' manages to subvert this trope with Brad Pitt - though his character dies graphically moments into the film, Death then chooses to take his form.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' pulls off a double subversion - with rumors flying that Spock would be killed off, the writers had him "die" a few minutes into the film in what was quickly revealed to be a mere training exercise. Audiences were therefore still surprised when Spock died for real at the end of the film.
** Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness has [[Series/DoctorWho Noel Clarke]] blow himself up in the beginning.
* RyanGosling in ''Film/ThePlaceBeyondThePines''.
* The titular ''Ken Park'' [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] in the very first scene. The movie then stops having anything to do with him until the very end.
* Creator/GeorgeClooney in ''Film/{{Gravity}}''.
** And then he comes back... or does he?
* Danny Trejo is top-billed for the low-budget chiller ''The Cloth''. He doesn't make it beyond the first scene.
* Joe Brody is played by Creator/BryanCranston, the biggest name actor in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', he doesn't make it past the first third of the movie.
* Piper Laurie was billed third in Creator/DarioArgento 's Film/{{Trauma}}. She dies in twenty minutes. [[spoiler: Turns out not only is she NotQuiteDead, she is the ''killer''.]]
* Creator/MichelleRodriguez gets 3rd billing in the fourth ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' installment, only for it to be revealed that she was murdered offscreen after the opening scene, with her only appearing in a few flashbacks after. [[spoiler: The fifth and sixth films would later retcon this, revealing she survived but suffered amnesia as a result.]]
* RachelMcAdams in ''Film/{{Southpaw}}''
* Liam Hemsworth dies early on in ''Film/TheExpendables2'', which sets in motion the film's plot.
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16th Oct '16 2:08:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Hauser plays Johns, a bounty hunter who is escorting Riddick (VinDiesel), and seems to be the main character alongside Carolyn (Radha Mitchell). Then, less than halfway through the film, Riddick fakes out Johns and lets him get eaten by some of the local predators, who messily chomp down on him while Riddick watches.

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** In ''Film/PitchBlack'', Hauser plays Johns, a bounty hunter who is escorting Riddick (VinDiesel), (Creator/VinDiesel), and seems to be the main character alongside Carolyn (Radha Mitchell). Then, less than halfway through the film, Riddick fakes out Johns and lets him get eaten by some of the local predators, who messily chomp down on him while Riddick watches.
27th Sep '16 3:01:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* The narrator of the Christmas episode of ''StrokerandHoop'' was voiced by none other than moderately famous character Eli Wallach. He also turns out to be a turkey about to be taken to the slaughter.

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* The narrator of the Christmas episode of ''StrokerandHoop'' ''WesternAnimation/StrokerandHoop'' was voiced by none other than moderately famous character Eli Wallach. He also turns out to be a turkey about to be taken to the slaughter.
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* Liam Hemsworth dies early on in ''Film/TheExpendables2'', which sets in motion the film's plot.
24th Aug '16 12:58:35 PM timotaka
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* In ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore'', Creator/PatrickStewart portrays the voice of the king, who gets frozen in the opening cinematic. His unfreezing becomes the player character's goal.

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* In ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore'', Creator/PatrickStewart portrays the voice of the king, who gets frozen in after you manage to complete the opening cinematic. first quest he gives you. His unfreezing becomes the player character's goal.goal, which you manage to do just before it is time for the final battle against the villain.
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