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16th Aug '17 8:41:23 AM xcountryguy
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* Sys, Guts's adopted mother from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', was the only other person who truly loved Guts, aside from [[LoveInterest Casca]]. However, her only real purpose in the story was to show how much [[AbusiveParents Guts's adopted father]], Gambino, despised Guts for supposedly [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead being the cause of her death]], and so she is only presented for a few panels until [[spoiler: she died of the plague when Guts is three, and is only mentioned thereafter by Gambino right before Guts [[SelfMadeOrphan killed him in self defense]].]]

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* Sys, Guts's adopted mother from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', was the only other person who truly loved Guts, aside from [[LoveInterest Casca]]. However, her only real purpose in the story was to show how much [[AbusiveParents Guts's adopted father]], Gambino, despised Guts for supposedly [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead being the cause of her death]], and so she is only presented for a few panels until [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she died of the plague when Guts is three, and is only mentioned thereafter by Gambino right before Guts [[SelfMadeOrphan killed him in self defense]].]]



* Subverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' with [[spoiler: Lelouch's mother Marianne. It looks like her death will be nothing more than a pretext for Lelouch to get revenge on his father, but really she's using another character as her SoulJar and [[EvilPlan has been cooperating with his father from the start!]]]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Once Sayu is done serving as a motivation for Light and Soichirou, she gets all of one panel of credit for the rest of the series. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, though she does suffer from a crippling case of PTSD.]]
** Kiyomi Takada is an even more blatant example. [[spoiler: Light gets her to do some of his dirty work, and she does succeed in killing Mello, but Light kills her anyway in order to cover his tracks.]]

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* Subverted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' with [[spoiler: Lelouch's [[spoiler:Lelouch's mother Marianne. It looks like her death will be nothing more than a pretext for Lelouch to get revenge on his father, but really she's using another character as her SoulJar and [[EvilPlan has been cooperating with his father from the start!]]]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Once Sayu is done serving as a motivation for Light and Soichirou, she gets all of one panel of credit for the rest of the series. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She doesn't die, though she does suffer from a crippling case of PTSD.]]
** Kiyomi Takada is an even more blatant example. [[spoiler: Light [[spoiler:Light gets her to do some of his dirty work, and she does succeed in killing Mello, but Light kills her anyway in order to cover his tracks.]]



* Both played straight and subverted in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', with regards to Kenshin and [[spoiler: Enishi. In Kenshin's case, while Tomoe's kidnapping does ''indeed'' give Kenshin cause to explode into a killing spree-turned-suicide mission to rescue her, the time he spent with her does have far-reaching consequences: it is the happiness that he found in the little things in the life he shared with her that partly influenced him to [[ThouShaltNotKill vow never to kill again]] after the war. Played straight with Enishi--his sole purpose in life is to punish Kenshin for making his sister miserable, and then killing her.]]

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* Both played straight and subverted in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', with regards to Kenshin and [[spoiler: Enishi.[[spoiler:Enishi. In Kenshin's case, while Tomoe's kidnapping does ''indeed'' give Kenshin cause to explode into a killing spree-turned-suicide mission to rescue her, the time he spent with her does have far-reaching consequences: it is the happiness that he found in the little things in the life he shared with her that partly influenced him to [[ThouShaltNotKill vow never to kill again]] after the war. Played straight with Enishi--his sole purpose in life is to punish Kenshin for making his sister miserable, and then killing her.]]



* Yuki, Akane's friend in ''Anime/PsychoPass'', whose sole purpose is to be [[spoiler: first captured and later killed by Makishima at the halfway point in the series just to reinforce that he can commit horrific atrocities but not have it affect his psycho-pass level.]]

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* Yuki, Akane's friend in ''Anime/PsychoPass'', whose sole purpose is to be [[spoiler: first [[spoiler:first captured and later killed by Makishima at the halfway point in the series just to reinforce that he can commit horrific atrocities but not have it affect his psycho-pass level.]]



* In the lost ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comic ''Future of Despair'', [[spoiler: Panne]]'s only in-story role is getting herself killed [[IdiotBall in circumstances that]] [[WhatAnIdiot could have easily been averted]], so her CrusadingWidower [[spoiler: Henry]] can go {{mangst}}ing around [[spoiler: while [[ParentalNeglect heavily neglecting]] their son Yarne]] [[spoiler: until he himself dies]]

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* In the lost ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comic ''Future of Despair'', [[spoiler: Panne]]'s [[spoiler:Panne]]'s only in-story role is getting herself killed [[IdiotBall in circumstances that]] [[WhatAnIdiot could have easily been averted]], so her CrusadingWidower [[spoiler: Henry]] [[spoiler:Henry]] can go {{mangst}}ing around [[spoiler: while [[spoiler:while [[ParentalNeglect heavily neglecting]] their son Yarne]] [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until he himself dies]]



* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: Jason's girlfriend Marie]] exists only to get killed and provide motivation for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: Jason's [[spoiler:Jason's girlfriend Marie]] exists only to get killed and provide motivation for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* Marian fills this role in ''Film/DantesPeak''. Harry's fiancee is a psychotically involved geologist. She's so gonzo for volcanoes Harry has to practically drag her kicking and screaming to leave the site of the eruption because the ''readings'' are so incredible. As they're driving frantically from the area, volcanic rock is falling from the sky. [[spoiler: One punches through the roof and hits Marian in her head. Harry has to look on in horror as she convulses. He reaches for her and she dies in his arms.]]

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* Marian fills this role in ''Film/DantesPeak''. Harry's fiancee is a psychotically involved geologist. She's so gonzo for volcanoes Harry has to practically drag her kicking and screaming to leave the site of the eruption because the ''readings'' are so incredible. As they're driving frantically from the area, volcanic rock is falling from the sky. [[spoiler: One [[spoiler:One punches through the roof and hits Marian in her head. Harry has to look on in horror as she convulses. He reaches for her and she dies in his arms.]]



* This is the entire plot of ''Film/{{Taken}}''. The whole reason Kimmy exists is so that she can be kidnapped by a human trafficking ring and, by doing so, give her father a sympathetic excuse to prove what a badass he is. It is also seen with Kimmy's friend Amanda. Her only roles are to encourage Kimmy to go in the first place and [[spoiler: to be found dead by Byran to show how the bad guys are monsters and thus how much more important it is for Bryan to find her ASAP.]]

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* This is the entire plot of ''Film/{{Taken}}''. The whole reason Kimmy exists is so that she can be kidnapped by a human trafficking ring and, by doing so, give her father a sympathetic excuse to prove what a badass he is. It is also seen with Kimmy's friend Amanda. Her only roles are to encourage Kimmy to go in the first place and [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to be found dead by Byran to show how the bad guys are monsters and thus how much more important it is for Bryan to find her ASAP.]]



%%* [[spoiler: Laura Murphy]] in BabylonRising.

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%%* [[spoiler: Laura [[spoiler:Laura Murphy]] in BabylonRising.



* Harry's apprentice in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Fool Moon]]''. She's killed by a super-powered werewolf at the beginning of the novel, was never mentioned prior to the novel, and never gets mentioned or thought of by Harry ever again. When he gets [[spoiler: Molly Carpenter]] as an apprentice several novels later, she's treated like he never had an apprentice before.

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* Harry's apprentice in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Fool Moon]]''. She's killed by a super-powered werewolf at the beginning of the novel, was never mentioned prior to the novel, and never gets mentioned or thought of by Harry ever again. When he gets [[spoiler: Molly [[spoiler:Molly Carpenter]] as an apprentice several novels later, she's treated like he never had an apprentice before.



** ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]]'' actively subverts it. When a movie-only female Rider ''named after Tackle'' arrives, wondering whether she'd survive or not was quite the source of drama; introducing and then killing a female Rider in the movie had happened often, but with ''Decade,'' a female Rider who survives was no longer a contradiction in terms. Will the mysterious Kamen Rider Nadeshiko make it? [[spoiler: No, it's the same old story. She's restored to the primordial ooze she was made from, to be used by the bad guy as a power source and a reason to make the main Rider cry by the plot. Then again, when the main villain is defeated, she survives as pure energy and returns to space.]]

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** ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]]'' actively subverts it. When a movie-only female Rider ''named after Tackle'' arrives, wondering whether she'd survive or not was quite the source of drama; introducing and then killing a female Rider in the movie had happened often, but with ''Decade,'' a female Rider who survives was no longer a contradiction in terms. Will the mysterious Kamen Rider Nadeshiko make it? [[spoiler: No, [[spoiler:No, it's the same old story. She's restored to the primordial ooze she was made from, to be used by the bad guy as a power source and a reason to make the main Rider cry by the plot. Then again, when the main villain is defeated, she survives as pure energy and returns to space.]]



** Audrey Raines: kidnapped in the ''first episode she appears in''. Rescued several times from perilous situations by Jack until she gets captured and tortured by the Chinese for a year in the sixth season. She's now in an unresponsive coma. [[spoiler: And then she recovers by ''Live Another Day'' only to be shot dead in the finale.]]

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** Audrey Raines: kidnapped in the ''first episode she appears in''. Rescued several times from perilous situations by Jack until she gets captured and tortured by the Chinese for a year in the sixth season. She's now in an unresponsive coma. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then she recovers by ''Live Another Day'' only to be shot dead in the finale.]]



** Now, all the rampant ParentalAbandonment (our orphans to date are [[spoiler: Maya, Ema, Edgeworth, Kay, and Trucy]]) is another story.
** And Celeste Inpax to Adrian Andrews, which resulted in Adrian [[spoiler: attempting suicide before setting out to get revenge on Matt Engarde.]]

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** Now, all the rampant ParentalAbandonment (our orphans to date are [[spoiler: Maya, [[spoiler:Maya, Ema, Edgeworth, Kay, and Trucy]]) is another story.
** And Celeste Inpax to Adrian Andrews, which resulted in Adrian [[spoiler: attempting [[spoiler:attempting suicide before setting out to get revenge on Matt Engarde.]]



** Every bit as bad as Rosaly is Elisabetha, whose death gets all of one mention in the intro to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' [[spoiler: and motivated Mathias to become a vampire as his revenge against God for her death.]]

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** Every bit as bad as Rosaly is Elisabetha, whose death gets all of one mention in the intro to ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and motivated Mathias to become a vampire as his revenge against God for her death.]]



* Kratos' wife and daughter in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. Their deaths do turn out to be crucial to the plot, however, as [[spoiler: Kratos was the one who killed them.]]

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* Kratos' wife and daughter in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. Their deaths do turn out to be crucial to the plot, however, as [[spoiler: Kratos [[spoiler:Kratos was the one who killed them.]]



* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', the unnamed woman from the Black Tribe is introduced as a possible love interest for Faize, appearing in one scene showing heavy subtext between him and her, and later killed senselessly off-screen (which nearly drove him insane). [[spoiler: This became the partial basis for his later FaceHeelTurn]]. It should be noted that he wears the cloak she gave him for the remainder of the game.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', the unnamed woman from the Black Tribe is introduced as a possible love interest for Faize, appearing in one scene showing heavy subtext between him and her, and later killed senselessly off-screen (which nearly drove him insane). [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This became the partial basis for his later FaceHeelTurn]]. It should be noted that he wears the cloak she gave him for the remainder of the game.



** Aversion. Inkyrius survives, recovers, and [[spoiler: divorces Vaarsuvius over the incident.]] There's also the matter of Inkyrius not directly ''appearing'' in the comic, but having been mentioned many, many strips earlier, and Vaarsuvius' family being his reasons for sympathizing with Roy over the matter of his sister.

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** Aversion. Inkyrius survives, recovers, and [[spoiler: divorces [[spoiler:divorces Vaarsuvius over the incident.]] There's also the matter of Inkyrius not directly ''appearing'' in the comic, but having been mentioned many, many strips earlier, and Vaarsuvius' family being his reasons for sympathizing with Roy over the matter of his sister.
10th Aug '17 1:54:04 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'': Alex Elder's girlfriend Julie is murdered in the third issue by the vampires that turned him in order to provoke into seeking revenge against him.



* The [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] Vietnamese woman in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' only exists to show us how much of a {{Jerkass}} the Comedian is and how much Dr. Manhattan is detached from other people.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian shoots and kills the Vietnamese woman, pregnant with his child, and blames Dr. Manhattan for not interfering.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian shoots and kills the Vietnamese woman, pregnant with his child, and blames Dr. Manhattan for not interfering. She only exists to show us how much of a {{Jerkass}} the Comedian is and how much Dr. Manhattan is detached from other people.
6th Aug '17 10:09:46 AM SAMAS
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* Women in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series frequently fall into this trope (if she's not evil, of course, that's [[EvilIsSexy something else]]), but the most blatant is probably Hector's dead fiancee Rosaly from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'', who doesn't even appear onscreen and is purely motivation for his revenge.

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* Non-[[ActionGirl Player Character]] Women in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series frequently fall into this trope (if she's not evil, of course, that's [[EvilIsSexy something else]]), but the most blatant is probably Hector's dead fiancee Rosaly from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'', who doesn't even appear onscreen and is purely motivation for his revenge.



* In ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'', the Bishop burns Lisa, Dracula's wife, at the stake, prompting Dracula's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'', the Bishop burns Lisa, Dracula's wife, at the stake, prompting Dracula's RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Somewhat mitigated by the first scene of the series being used to establish the beginning of their relatioship in order to gain SympathyForTheDevil.
5th Aug '17 9:05:14 PM Pinokio
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* In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', Nate's wife Nora is killed by Conrad Kellogg, unless the player selects Nora as the PlayerCharacter, in which case Nate is killed instead.


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* Averted in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman''. Rosella would have been the last of the maidens to be sacrificed to a three headed dragon if Alexander had not shown up to rescue her. As for the other maidens... one maiden was to be sacrificed each year.


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* Played with in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Deionarra's love for the Nameless One keeps her ghost present to communicate with the current incarnation, until the Nameless One remembers her death was caused by one of his own incarnations to keep her remaining in that ghostly state.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/Castlevania2017'', the Bishop burns Lisa, Dracula's wife, at the stake, prompting Dracula's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
5th Aug '17 6:36:51 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', Trinity is brought back to life by Neo. So it's no surprise Neo would pull the same trick in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' j/k she dies.


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* In ''Film/Troll2'', after Joshua saves his family, he walks up the stairs to find his mom has been turned to jelly by the Goblins.
12th Jun '17 5:11:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/FaustLoveOfTheDamned'': John Jaspers' first girlfriend is only seen in the same scene where she is violently murdered by a group of thugs to give him a reason to angst before making a deal with the devil so he can go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
12th Jun '17 5:02:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/Logan'': Gabriela Lopez finds Logan and promptly dies when he leaves for a couple hours to get ready for the drive. She successfully got Laura to him and left behind her smartphone with an inexplicably well edited video for exposition, but she isn't mentioned again by Logan, Laura, or the kids she had already led to safety - she just dies once her job of kickstarting the plot is complete.

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* ''Film/Logan'': ''Film/{{Logan}}'': Gabriela Lopez finds Logan and promptly dies when he leaves for a couple hours to get ready for the drive. She successfully got Laura to him and left behind her smartphone with an inexplicably well edited video for exposition, but she isn't mentioned again by Logan, Laura, or the kids she had already led to safety - she just dies once her job of kickstarting the plot is complete.
10th Jun '17 2:20:34 PM nombretomado
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* One of the most infamous examples is the death of Alexandra [=DeWitt=], the then-girlfriend of ComicBook/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner; she was killed by Major Force and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed into her refrigerator]] for Kyle to find. Backlash was so intense that it led to the formation of the WomenInRefrigerators group to protest specifically against the preponderance of the Disposable Woman trope in superhero comics. Green Lantern writer Ron Marz wrote a letter to the Women In Refrigerators website, attempting to justify the event he wrote that gave WIR its name. He actually tried to use the fact that Kyle Rayner's girlfriend was meant to be the DisposableWoman from the beginning as an excuse!

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* One of the most infamous examples is the death of Alexandra [=DeWitt=], the then-girlfriend of ComicBook/GreenLantern Kyle Rayner; she was killed by Major Force and [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed into her refrigerator]] for Kyle to find. Backlash was so intense that it led to the formation of the WomenInRefrigerators Website/WomenInRefrigerators group to protest specifically against the preponderance of the Disposable Woman trope in superhero comics. Green Lantern writer Ron Marz wrote a letter to the Women In Refrigerators website, attempting to justify the event he wrote that gave WIR its name. He actually tried to use the fact that Kyle Rayner's girlfriend was meant to be the DisposableWoman from the beginning as an excuse!
8th Jun '17 10:10:33 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', Zara Young gets tossed around by Pteranadons, then is eaten alive by the Mosasaurus.


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* In ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', Meredith Vickers is crushed by the Engineer's ship. In ''Film/AlienCovenant'', Elizabeth Shaw is KilledOffScreen, mutilated and dissected. In ''Film/Alien3'', Rebecca "Newt" Jorden is killed in her cryotube after surviving in ''Film/AlienS''.
8th Jun '17 5:21:31 PM Occidensill
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* ''Film/Logan'': Gabriela Lopez finds Logan and promptly dies when he leaves for a couple hours to get ready for the drive. She successfully got Laura to him and left behind her smartphone with an inexplicably well edited video for exposition, but she isn't mentioned again by Logan, Laura, or the kids she had already led to safety - she just dies once her job of kickstarting the plot is complete.
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