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9th Apr '16 12:03:11 PM TheGWing
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* ''Series/LegedsOfTomorrow'' seems to be heading this route. First, Carter is killed in the second episode. Now, Snart is implied to have killed Mick.

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* ''Series/LegedsOfTomorrow'' ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' seems to be heading this route. First, Carter is killed in the second episode. Now, Snart is implied to have killed Mick.
** The latter case was averted, as [[spoiler: Chronos turns out to be a (potentially brainwashed) Mick.]]
7th Apr '16 7:32:25 AM Clare
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* Another non-lethal version happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Gravity of Ming", the final episode in the "Necklace of Oros" arc. First, the Phantom is captured shortly after freeing Flash, Mandrake, Lothar, Rick and LJ from the dungeon at Ice Station Earth, leaving Flash and the others to save Jedda from Ming's clutches. However, as they make their way through Ice Station Earth, their party is gradually reduced in size. Flash, on reaching the hangar, "borrows" a robo-ship and uses it to fly back to Monitor in the hope that Dynak-X may be able to tell him how to deal with the anti-gravity machine with which Ming plans to eliminate the human race. Next, Mandrake deliberately allows himself to be captured so that the others can get away. This is followed by Lothar falling prey to a DisneyDeath when he gets trapped in a room whose walls are closing in. However, since PlotArmor applies to the Defenders, he survives. Of the five Defenders who set out to rescue Jedda, only Rick and LJ succeed in reaching the chamber where she's being held.

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* Another non-lethal version happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Gravity of Ming", the final episode in the "Necklace of Oros" arc. First, the Phantom is captured shortly after freeing Flash, Mandrake, Lothar, Rick and LJ from the dungeon at Ice Station Earth, leaving Flash and the others to save Jedda from Ming's clutches. However, as they make their way through Ice Station Earth, their party is gradually reduced in size. Flash, on reaching the hangar, "borrows" a robo-ship and uses it to fly back to Monitor in the hope that Dynak-X may be able to tell him how to deal with the anti-gravity machine with which Ming plans to eliminate the human race. Next, Mandrake deliberately allows himself to be captured so that [[TheRestShallPass the others can get away.away]]. This is followed by Lothar falling prey to a DisneyDeath when he gets trapped in a room whose walls are closing in. However, since PlotArmor applies to the Defenders, he survives. Of the five Defenders who set out to rescue Jedda, only Rick and LJ succeed in reaching the chamber where she's being held.
7th Apr '16 7:25:38 AM Clare
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* Another non-lethal version happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Gravity of Ming", the final episode in the "Necklace of Oros" arc. The Phantom, having escaped from the Netherworld, makes it to Ice Station Earth and frees Flash, Mandrake, Lothar, Rick and LJ from the dungeon, only to be captured shortly after. Unable to help the Phantom, Flash and the others attempt instead to rescue Jedda, whom Ming plans to turn into one of his Frost People. However, as they make their way through Ice Station Earth, their party is gradually reduced in size. Flash, on reaching the hangar, "borrows" a robo-ship and uses it to fly back to Monitor in the hope that Dynak-X may be able to tell him how to deal with the anti-gravity machine with which Ming plans to eliminate the human race. Next, Mandrake deliberately allows himself to be captured so that the others can get away. This is followed by Lothar falling prey to a DisneyDeath when he gets trapped in a room whose walls are closing in; of course, since PlotArmor applies to the Defenders, he survives. Of the five Defenders who set out to rescue Jedda, only Rick and LJ succeed in reaching the chamber where she's being held.

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* Another non-lethal version happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Gravity of Ming", the final episode in the "Necklace of Oros" arc. The Phantom, having escaped from First, the Netherworld, makes it to Ice Station Earth and frees Phantom is captured shortly after freeing Flash, Mandrake, Lothar, Rick and LJ from the dungeon, only to be captured shortly after. Unable to help the Phantom, dungeon at Ice Station Earth, leaving Flash and the others attempt instead to rescue Jedda, whom Ming plans to turn into one of his Frost People.save Jedda from Ming's clutches. However, as they make their way through Ice Station Earth, their party is gradually reduced in size. Flash, on reaching the hangar, "borrows" a robo-ship and uses it to fly back to Monitor in the hope that Dynak-X may be able to tell him how to deal with the anti-gravity machine with which Ming plans to eliminate the human race. Next, Mandrake deliberately allows himself to be captured so that the others can get away. This is followed by Lothar falling prey to a DisneyDeath when he gets trapped in a room whose walls are closing in; of course, in. However, since PlotArmor applies to the Defenders, he survives. Of the five Defenders who set out to rescue Jedda, only Rick and LJ succeed in reaching the chamber where she's being held.
6th Apr '16 9:58:40 AM k410ren
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry, along with Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Luna go to the Ministry to rescue Sirius. When they wind up cornered by Death Eaters, they're picked off one by one (non-fatally).
6th Apr '16 4:48:19 AM Clare
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* Another non-lethal version happens in the ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Gravity of Ming", the final episode in the "Necklace of Oros" arc. The Phantom, having escaped from the Netherworld, makes it to Ice Station Earth and frees Flash, Mandrake, Lothar, Rick and LJ from the dungeon, only to be captured shortly after. Unable to help the Phantom, Flash and the others attempt instead to rescue Jedda, whom Ming plans to turn into one of his Frost People. However, as they make their way through Ice Station Earth, their party is gradually reduced in size. Flash, on reaching the hangar, "borrows" a robo-ship and uses it to fly back to Monitor in the hope that Dynak-X may be able to tell him how to deal with the anti-gravity machine with which Ming plans to eliminate the human race. Next, Mandrake deliberately allows himself to be captured so that the others can get away. This is followed by Lothar falling prey to a DisneyDeath when he gets trapped in a room whose walls are closing in; of course, since PlotArmor applies to the Defenders, he survives. Of the five Defenders who set out to rescue Jedda, only Rick and LJ succeed in reaching the chamber where she's being held.
1st Apr '16 8:26:24 PM caivu
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* Each Year of ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' features the death of at least one member of Batman's Insurgency. It becomes so common that by Year Four the remaining members begin [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it.
25th Mar '16 8:47:40 AM Willbyr
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* ''WolfsRain'' in the final four episodes... down to KillEmAll.

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* ''WolfsRain'' ''Anime/WolfsRain'' in the final four episodes... down to KillEmAll.



* This is essentially the modus operandi of "Anime//Dragon Ball Z", especially during the Saiyan and Freeza Sagas. The Z Fighters almost always start off with a numerical advantage, but slowly get defeated one by one by a single enemy until Goku shows up and finally starts the real fight; most of the battles can be summed up as "how many people will die/get incapacitated before Goku show up?"
* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' does this during probably one of YoshiyukiTomino's most infamous endings. He has the KillEmAll moniker for a reason.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion:'' The cast starts getting picked off rather rapidly as the series draws near the end. First [[spoiler: Kaji, then Toji, then Asuka gets her [[MindRape mind destroyed]], Rei [[CloningBlues gets her body destroyed]], Tokyo-3 is all but destroyed as everybody from the school is either [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]] or [[PutOnABus put on a]] [[BusCrash crash-course bus]], Shinji gets his [[HeroicBSOD soul destroyed]], most of NERV is massacred by the army, the Geofront [[NukeEm gets nuked]], Misato is shot, Ritsuko is shot, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Asuka is eaten]], [[ApocalypseHow Humanity is destroyed]].]] Not so much DwindlingParty as much as [[KillEmAll Dwindling Race]] by the end of ''End of Evangelion''. By the end of the series only two children: [[spoiler: Asuka and Shinji]] are left on Earth.
** The [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion ''Rebuild'' films]] are shaping up to be no better by the time of ''3.33.'' [[spoiler: Toji, Kensuke, Hikari, Pen-Pen, Kaji, and Rei II are all but explicitly stated to be killed in 2.0's (Near-)Third Impact.]] Ironically enough, [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]] appears to be the only direct casualty of [[spoiler:Fourth Impact]]. [[labelnote:pedantic clarification]]Not counting {{Transhuman}} entities like the [=EVAs=] or SEELE monoliths.[[/labelnote]]

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* This is essentially the modus operandi of "Anime//Dragon Ball Z", ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', especially during the Saiyan and Freeza Sagas. The Z Fighters almost always start off with a numerical advantage, but slowly get defeated one by one by a single enemy until Goku shows up and finally starts the real fight; most of the battles can be summed up as "how many people will die/get incapacitated before Goku show up?"
* ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon'' does this during probably one of YoshiyukiTomino's Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's most infamous endings. He has the KillEmAll moniker for a reason.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion:'' The cast starts getting picked off rather rapidly as the series draws near the end. First [[spoiler: Kaji, then Toji, then Asuka gets her [[MindRape mind destroyed]], Rei [[CloningBlues gets her body destroyed]], Tokyo-3 is all but destroyed as everybody from the school is either [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]] or [[PutOnABus put on a]] [[BusCrash crash-course bus]], Shinji gets his [[HeroicBSOD soul destroyed]], most of NERV is massacred by the army, the Geofront [[NukeEm gets nuked]], Misato is shot, Ritsuko is shot, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Asuka is eaten]], [[ApocalypseHow Humanity is destroyed]].]] Not so much DwindlingParty as much as [[KillEmAll Dwindling Race]] by the end of ''End of Evangelion''. By the end of the series only two children: [[spoiler: Asuka [[spoiler:Asuka and Shinji]] are left on Earth.
** The [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion ''Rebuild'' films]] are shaping up to be no better by the time of ''3.33.'' [[spoiler: Toji, [[spoiler:Toji, Kensuke, Hikari, Pen-Pen, Kaji, and Rei II are all but explicitly stated to be killed in 2.0's (Near-)Third Impact.]] Ironically enough, [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]] appears to be the only direct casualty of [[spoiler:Fourth Impact]]. [[labelnote:pedantic clarification]]Not counting {{Transhuman}} entities like the [=EVAs=] or SEELE monoliths.[[/labelnote]]



* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' spends the last half-a-dozen episodes [[KillEmAll killing off]] the majority of its remaining characters, regardless of what faction they're a part of.

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''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' spends the last half-a-dozen episodes [[KillEmAll killing off]] the majority of its remaining characters, regardless of what faction they're a part of.



* The Sanctuary arc of ''SaintSeiya'', and to some extent the anime-only Asgard arc and the Poseidon arc were this for the Bronze Boys. It's particularly noticeable in the first example because the Bronzies are all breaking through the Twelve Houses as a single group, until one of them stays behind to fight the residing Gold Saint and distract [=him/hold=] him off long enough to let the others through (whereas in Asgard and Poseidon's domain they all split up and then reunited at the very end, and ''then'' the dwindling occurred.) The Hades Saga, on the other hand, became this for the Gold Saints once they entered the realm of the dead, often for the benefit of the Bronzies.

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* The Sanctuary arc of ''SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', and to some extent the anime-only Asgard arc and the Poseidon arc were this for the Bronze Boys. It's particularly noticeable in the first example because the Bronzies are all breaking through the Twelve Houses as a single group, until one of them stays behind to fight the residing Gold Saint and distract [=him/hold=] him off long enough to let the others through (whereas in Asgard and Poseidon's domain they all split up and then reunited at the very end, and ''then'' the dwindling occurred.) The Hades Saga, on the other hand, became this for the Gold Saints once they entered the realm of the dead, often for the benefit of the Bronzies.



* In the last bunch of episodes of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', all of the front line members of team Dai Gurren are killed one after the other. Being ''GurrenLagann'', even their [[DyingMomentOfAwesome deaths are awesome]]!
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the movies. There, the deaths are the ones that have impact [[spoiler: (so just Kittan and Nia)]], and the rest of the squad not only survives, but [[MetaMecha gets their own Tengen Toppa forms]] and help form [[spoiler: [[SuperMode Super Tengen ToppaGurren Lagann]]!]]

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* In the last bunch of episodes of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', all of the front line members of team Dai Gurren are killed one after the other. Being ''GurrenLagann'', ''Gurren Lagann'', even their [[DyingMomentOfAwesome deaths are awesome]]!
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} in the movies. There, the deaths are the ones that have impact [[spoiler: (so just Kittan and Nia)]], and the rest of the squad not only survives, but [[MetaMecha gets their own Tengen Toppa forms]] and help form [[spoiler: [[SuperMode Super Tengen ToppaGurren Lagann]]!]]



* ''FushigiYuugi'' begins pulling this roughly from the middle of the series all the way to the end, starting with the death of [[spoiler: Nuriko.]] By the end, the only members of Miaka's party left who haven't died are [[spoiler: herself, Tasuki, and Chichiri.]]

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* ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' begins pulling this roughly from the middle of the series all the way to the end, starting with the death of [[spoiler: Nuriko.]] By the end, the only members of Miaka's party left who haven't died are [[spoiler: herself, Tasuki, and Chichiri.]]



* One Piece has this happening in one single battle. [[spoiler: When Bartholomew Kuma shows up to have his second battle with the straw hats, he ends up sending all nine of the straw hats to different parts of the world. Though, unlike most examples, they all survive and regroup.]]

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* One Piece ''Manga/OnePiece'' has this happening in one single battle. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Bartholomew Kuma shows up to have his second battle with the straw hats, he ends up sending all nine of the straw hats to different parts of the world. Though, unlike most examples, they all survive and regroup.]]
18th Mar '16 1:50:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the second season of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', the supporting cast gets picked off one by one, starting with [[spoiler:Michelle Dixon]] in the beginning of the season, and [[spoiler:Riley, Jesse (maybe), Charlie, Derek and finally Cameron (well, technically)]] in the last few episodes.
* In murder mystery ''HarpersIsland'', we go from a cast of 25 main characters plus a dozen extras to four survivors out of the main cast: [[spoiler:the FinalGirl Abby, her SatelliteLoveInterest Jimmy, the little girl Madison with InfantImmortality and by extension her mother Shea.]]

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* In the second season of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the supporting cast gets picked off one by one, starting with [[spoiler:Michelle Dixon]] in the beginning of the season, and [[spoiler:Riley, Jesse (maybe), Charlie, Derek and finally Cameron (well, technically)]] in the last few episodes.
* In murder mystery ''HarpersIsland'', ''Series/HarpersIsland'', we go from a cast of 25 main characters plus a dozen extras to four survivors out of the main cast: [[spoiler:the FinalGirl Abby, her SatelliteLoveInterest Jimmy, the little girl Madison with InfantImmortality and by extension her mother Shea.]]



* An episode of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' has Herc and Iolaus having a reunion with the other Argonauts. Of course, something happens, requiring King Jason to once again gather the old gang and sail. This is when the problems start, with the original Argonauts dying off one-by-one, some through a convenient accident, some killed by an unknown assailant by someone they know. It turns out that one of the Argonauts is the culprit.

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* An episode of ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' has Herc and Iolaus having a reunion with the other Argonauts. Of course, something happens, requiring King Jason to once again gather the old gang and sail. This is when the problems start, with the original Argonauts dying off one-by-one, some through a convenient accident, some killed by an unknown assailant by someone they know. It turns out that one of the Argonauts is the culprit.
16th Mar '16 1:52:08 PM Willbyr
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* In ''MuvLuv'' Alternative, the [[spoiler:squad infiltrating the original hive is essentially this.]]

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* In ''MuvLuv'' Alternative, ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', the [[spoiler:squad infiltrating the original hive is essentially this.]]
4th Mar '16 4:01:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/LegedsOfTomorrow'' seems to be heading this route. First, Carter is killed in the second episode. Now, Snart is implied to have killed Mick.
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