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27th Jun '17 5:03:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Sixth Doctor's regeneration into the Seventh was an obvious type 2, as BBC head Michael Grade hated Colin Baker's performance. The bad blood was apparently mutual, as Baker refused to do any kind of send-off. He was [[FakeShemp Shemped]] for the ColdOpen of Season 24, where he was offed by a mere TapOnTheHead.

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The Sixth Doctor's regeneration into the Seventh was an obvious type 2, as BBC head Michael Grade hated Colin Baker's performance. The bad blood was apparently mutual, as Baker refused to do any kind of send-off. He was [[FakeShemp Shemped]] for the ColdOpen of Season 24, where he was offed by a mere TapOnTheHead.
27th Jun '17 5:02:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* The fourth series of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was kick-started with the deaths of not one, or two, but ''three'' major characters, all of whom went on to star in other projects. All the departures seemed amiable enough (Type 1) and the deaths themselves were immensely dignified and fitting for the characters involved.

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* The fourth series of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' was kick-started with the deaths of not one, or two, but ''three'' major characters, all of whom went on to star in other projects. All the departures seemed amiable enough (Type 1) and the deaths themselves were immensely dignified and fitting for the characters involved.



** She was followed by Santiago Cabrera who also [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] in order to ''close'' the veil (so that Cabrera could take a role on ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''). Cabrera's role on ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' was dropped, leaving him available to return for one more episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', which unfortunately seemed to veer into Type 2 of this trope given the circumstances: [[spoiler:Lancelot reappeared as a mindless tool of Morgana, manipulated into destroying the relationship between Arthur and Guinevere, and promptly killed off again]].

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** She was followed by Santiago Cabrera who also [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed himself]] in order to ''close'' the veil (so that Cabrera could take a role on ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''). Cabrera's role on ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' was dropped, leaving him available to return for one more episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Merlin'', which unfortunately seemed to veer into Type 2 of this trope given the circumstances: [[spoiler:Lancelot reappeared as a mindless tool of Morgana, manipulated into destroying the relationship between Arthur and Guinevere, and promptly killed off again]].
29th May '17 8:39:37 AM LadyNorbert
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** With the original series, rumors abounded over Robert Reed's status on the show after the end of Season 5, after he refused to appear in the season finale, "The Hair-Brained Scheme." That, plus his ongoing feud with Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd, and overall unhappiness with the show meant that, according to several sources, including Barry Williams' "Growing Up Brady," Reed was about to be fired, and one of the scenarios seriously considered to explain Reed's departure was killing off Mike Brady. The aversion came when ABC stepped in and decided to fire everybody.

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** With the original series, rumors abounded over Robert Reed's status on the show after the end of Season 5, after he refused to appear in the season finale, "The Hair-Brained Scheme." That, plus his ongoing feud with Sherwood Schwartz and his son, Lloyd, and overall unhappiness with the show meant that, according to several sources, including the book ''Growing Up Brady'' by Barry Williams' "Growing Up Brady," Williams (Greg), Reed was about to be fired, and one of the scenarios seriously considered to explain Reed's departure was killing off Mike Brady. The aversion came when ABC stepped in and decided to fire everybody.



** Type 1 happened with Clara Oswald, but in a '''very''' unconventional way. When Jenna Coleman decided to leave ''Who'' to topline ''Victoria'', Clara was KilledOffForReal at the end of "Face the Raven", the opening episode of the three-part Series 9 finale, and she then briefly appeared as a figment of the Doctor's imagination in "Heaven Sent". '''Then''' in the SeasonFinale "Hell Bent" the DrivenToMadness Doctor manages to pull her out of time at the moment just before she dies, rendering her OnlyMostlyDead but also risking the entire space-time continuum due to the RealityBreakingParadox this creates. At the end, she and the Doctor agree they must part ways for good (he losing his key emotional/physical memories of her) and she decides to use a second TARDIS stolen in the course of events to return to her death "the long way 'round", having new offscreen adventures as a functional immortal! Clara's "Face the Raven" death remains a fixed point in time that she'll have to go through eventually, lest the universe be destroyed, but this still leaves an opening for her to appear in the show again at some point down the line -- ''if'' she and the creative team wish to do so.

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** Type 1 happened with Clara Oswald, but in a '''very''' unconventional way. When Jenna Coleman decided to leave ''Who'' to topline ''Victoria'', Clara was KilledOffForReal at the end of "Face the Raven", Raven," the opening episode of the three-part Series 9 finale, and she then briefly appeared as a figment of the Doctor's imagination in "Heaven Sent". Sent." '''Then''' in the SeasonFinale "Hell Bent" the DrivenToMadness Doctor manages to pull her out of time at the moment just before she dies, rendering her OnlyMostlyDead but also risking the entire space-time continuum due to the RealityBreakingParadox this creates. At the end, she and the Doctor agree they must part ways for good (he (with him losing his key emotional/physical memories of her) and she decides to use a second TARDIS stolen in the course of events to return to her death "the long way 'round", having new offscreen adventures as a functional immortal! Clara's "Face the Raven" death remains a fixed point in time that she'll have to go through eventually, lest the universe be destroyed, but this still leaves an opening for her to appear in the show again at some point down the line -- ''if'' she and the creative team wish to do so.



* ''Series/{{Fame}}'' had one of the more unusual examples. During Season 6; the show's writers were putting together a VerySpecialEpisode on drunk driving but felt there would be more impact with a main character at the center. Around the same time; Nia Peeples (who played the role of Nicole Chapman) was planning to depart to launch a music career, and Peeples agreed to have the writers kill off her character...which they did (and according to the 2009 book "Inside Fame on Television"; regretted doing so later).

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* ''Series/{{Fame}}'' had one of the more unusual examples. During Season 6; the show's writers were putting together a VerySpecialEpisode on drunk driving but felt there would be more impact with a main character at the center. Around the same time; time, Nia Peeples (who played the role of Nicole Chapman) was planning to depart to launch a music career, and Peeples agreed to have the writers kill off her character...character... which they did (and according to the 2009 book "Inside ''Inside Fame on Television"; Television'', they regretted doing so later).



* ''Series/TheGoodWife'' used this for maximum emotional impact when de facto male lead Josh Charles wanted to leave. Although the writers initially considered writing his character, Will Gardner, out by [[PutOnABus having the ethically challenged attorney disbarred]], they instead killed him off when his unhinged client went on a shooting spree in their courtroom, about two-thirds of the way through Season 5. Between killing off arguably the most important male character and having no precedent for such violence on the series, it made for quite the WhamEpisode.

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* ''Series/TheGoodWife'' used this for maximum emotional impact when de facto the ''de facto'' male lead Josh Charles wanted to leave. Although the writers initially considered writing his character, Will Gardner, out by [[PutOnABus having the ethically challenged attorney disbarred]], they instead killed him off when his unhinged client went on a shooting spree in their courtroom, about two-thirds of the way through Season 5. Between killing off arguably the most important male character and having no precedent for such violence on the series, it made for quite the WhamEpisode.



* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': Valerie Harper walked from ''Valerie'' over a demand for creative control and salary; her character was promptly run over by a car and replaced by Sandy Duncan, and the show was renamed twice, to ''Valerie's Family: The Hogans'' and finally ''The Hogan Family''.

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* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': Valerie Harper walked from ''Valerie'' After a long dispute with producers over a demand for creative control and salary; salary, Valerie Harper left the cast of ''Valerie''; her character was promptly run over by killed in a car accident and replaced by Sandy Duncan, and the show was renamed twice, to ''Valerie's Family: The Hogans'' and finally ''The Hogan Family''.



** Prosecutor Alexandra Borgia was kidnapped, brutally beaten, BoundAndGagged, locked in a car trunk, and choked to death on her own vomit. Rumor has it that her particularly brutal [=McLeaning=] is a result of Annie Parisse, who portrayed her, refusing to sleep with one of the show's writers. But this rumor has been debunked. WordOfGod says she wanted to leave so she could act in more movies, and the reason the writers McLeaned her is because it had been ages since they'd killed off a major cast member (as part of a crime. See below).

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** Prosecutor Alexandra Borgia was kidnapped, brutally beaten, BoundAndGagged, locked in a car trunk, and choked to death on her own vomit. Rumor has had it that her particularly brutal [=McLeaning=] is a result of Annie Parisse, who portrayed her, refusing to sleep with one of the show's writers. But writers, but this rumor has been debunked. WordOfGod says she wanted to leave so she could act in more movies, and the reason the writers McLeaned her is because it had been ages since they'd killed off a major cast member (as part of a crime. See below).



*** Kincaid's death was a result of miscommunication, Jill Hennessey claimed she was perfectly happy to reprise her role and was rather shocked to hear they actually killed off Kincaid. When the original series was still broadcasting, Hennessey also stated she wanted to come back to do 'weird flashbacks' but the producers (unfortunately) never took her up on her offer.

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*** Kincaid's death was a result of miscommunication, miscommunication; Jill Hennessey claimed she was perfectly happy to reprise her role and was rather shocked to hear they actually killed off Kincaid. When the original series was still broadcasting, Hennessey also stated she wanted to come back to do 'weird flashbacks' but the producers (unfortunately) never took her up on her offer.



** Across the pond, ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' 's Matt Devlin was killed in a drive-by shooting when actor Creator/JamieBamber finished his contract with the show. Much like on the other versions of ''L&O'', the writers probably wanted to kill off a major character, especially since Bamber was now the third actor to depart the series and the other two had left without much fanfare. It's a pretty classic example of Reason #1 -- the following episode was one of the series best as the team struggled to deal with their grief while doing their best to ensure that his killer was brought to justice. Though one wishes it would have occurred to the writers that this would be the umpteenth of Bamber's characters to be killed off and find another way to write him out.

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** Across the pond, ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' 's Matt Devlin was killed in a drive-by shooting when actor Creator/JamieBamber finished his contract with the show. Much like on the other versions of ''L&O'', the writers probably wanted to kill off a major character, especially since Bamber was now the third actor to depart the series and the other two had left without much fanfare. It's a pretty classic example of Reason #1 -- the following episode was one of the series best as the team struggled to deal with their grief while doing their best to ensure that his killer was brought to justice. Though Still, one wishes it would have occurred to the writers that this would be the umpteenth of Bamber's characters to be killed off and find another way to write him out.



*** She was however brought BackForTheFinale, along with the entire main cast from all past years and multiple recurring characters.

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*** She was however was, however, brought BackForTheFinale, along with the entire main cast from all past years and multiple recurring characters.



* Played for laughs in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', after Trace Beaulieu left the show, it was revealed at the beginning of Season 8 that his character Dr. Clayton Forrester was killed offscreen by his own mother. Done as a sort of parody of Type 1, and not out of any real bitterness--Trace continues to be good friends with much of the cast, including his Crow replacement Bill Corbett, to this day. They were able to set this one up in advance since they knew Beaulieu would be leaving; the finale of Season 7 has Forrester get turned into a [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey star child]] and his mother gushing over being given a second chance to raise him right. When Pearl shows up in Season 8, she remarks that despite her attempts Clayton still went evil, so she killed him.

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* Played for laughs in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': after Trace Beaulieu left the show, it was revealed at the beginning of Season 8 that his character Dr. Clayton Forrester was killed offscreen by his own mother. Done This was done as a sort of parody of Type 1, and not out of any real bitterness--Trace bitterness - Trace continues to be good friends with much of the cast, including his Crow replacement Bill Corbett, to this day. They were able to set this one up in advance since they knew Beaulieu would be leaving; the finale of Season 7 has Forrester get turned into a [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey star child]] and his mother gushing over being given a second chance to raise him right. When Pearl shows up in Season 8, she remarks that despite her attempts best efforts, Clayton still went evil, so she killed him.



* Done three times in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': George (T.R. Knight), Lexie (Chyler Leigh), and Mark (Eric Dane) all died in [[WhamEpisode season finales]]. Izzie was a subversion, she would have died in the same cliffhanger episode as George if Katherine Heigl decided not to appear again; she decided this later and the character was instead {{put on a bus}}. The finale of Season 8 was intended to be this: a few of the actors had not yet decided to renew their contracts, so there was a plane crash so that some characters could easily be killed off by [[TimeSkip the beginning of the next season]].
** A controversial fourth occurred when [[spoiler: Patrick Dempsey]] decided to leave in season eleven. This resulted in [[spoiler: Derek]] getting hit by a truck, suffering heavy trauma that resulted in him being declared braindead.

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* Done three times in ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': George (T. R. Knight), Lexie (Chyler Leigh), and Mark (Eric Dane) all died in [[WhamEpisode season finales]]. Izzie was a subversion, subversion; she would have died in the same cliffhanger episode as George if Katherine Heigl decided not to appear again; she again. She decided this later and the character was instead {{put on a bus}}. The finale of Season 8 was intended to be this: a few of the actors had not yet decided to renew their contracts, so there was a plane crash so that which would allow some characters could to easily be killed off by [[TimeSkip the beginning of the next season]].
** A controversial fourth occurred when [[spoiler: Patrick Dempsey]] decided to leave in season eleven. This resulted in [[spoiler: Derek]] getting hit by a truck, suffering heavy trauma that resulted in him being declared braindead.brain dead.



* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' was notorious for this. When [[SportsNight Sabrina Lloyd]] wanted to leave the show, they [[spoiler:stuck Wade in a Kromagg breeding camp, then brought her back briefly as a brain in a jar]]. When Jerry O'Connell wanted out, they [[spoiler:had Quinn merge with an alternate-reality version of himself which erased his personality]]. When John Rhys-Davies... well, you get the picture. Getting out of ''Sliders'' was almost as bad as ''staying'' in ''Sliders''. Rhys-Davies was reportedly disgusted with the direction the show was taking, but he didn't want to leave, nor did he ever express total opposition to coming back. His departure was a full-on Type 2, as much of the production staff (as led by David Peckinpah) loathed Rhys-Davies for his constant criticism. Rhys-Davies' story (he was credited as co-author) was greatly altered from its original version to the point where it's barely recognizable. While not naming names, Rhys-Davies did not ever want to work with a certain executive producer ever again and it was Peckinpah that stayed with the show until its end.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' will usually either brutally kill or permanently exile the character of any actor who leaves the show. As early as the second episode, the show had established the fact that any character could be killed at any time which makes for exciting viewing because it neatly averts the "main characters are always safe" trope.

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* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' was notorious for this. When [[SportsNight Sabrina Lloyd]] wanted to leave the show, they [[spoiler:stuck Wade in a Kromagg breeding camp, then brought her back briefly as a brain in a jar]]. When Jerry O'Connell wanted out, they [[spoiler:had Quinn merge with an alternate-reality version of himself which erased his personality]]. When John Rhys-Davies... well, you get the picture. Getting out of ''Sliders'' was almost as bad as ''staying'' in ''Sliders''.staying ''in''. Rhys-Davies was reportedly disgusted with the direction the show was taking, but he didn't want to leave, nor did he ever express total opposition to coming back. His departure was a full-on Type 2, as much of the production staff (as led by David Peckinpah) loathed Rhys-Davies for his constant criticism. Rhys-Davies' story (he was credited as co-author) was greatly altered from its original version to the point where it's barely recognizable. While not naming names, Rhys-Davies did not ever want to work with a certain executive producer ever again and it was Peckinpah that stayed with the show until its end.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' will usually either brutally kill or permanently exile the character of any actor who leaves the show. As early as the second episode, the show had established the fact that any character could be killed at any time - which makes for exciting viewing viewing, because it neatly averts the "main characters are always safe" trope.
19th May '17 11:08:39 AM TonyG
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** The series finale took it a step further. Charlie, it turns out, was alive the whole time, kept prisoner by Rose. He escapes and sends threats to Alan and his replacement Walden, while giving away money to the other regulars. In the final moments of the show, Charlie (played by a stand-in seen from behind) approaches the front door... and is crushed to death by a falling piano. Then Chuck Lorre appears, smugly saying "Winning"[[note]]Sheen said he was "winning!" in one of his rants after leaving the show[[/note]] to the camera... [[SelfDeprecation and is himself also struck by a falling piano]].
8th May '17 8:17:54 AM CosmicFerret
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** A show in which every major character has been killed, some as many as nine times over eight years (including Prue once, she was brought back by a genie), explained that Prue was "dead for good" when Shannen Doherty was kicked off the show. (And unavailable as a SpiritAdvisor, unlike every other female member of the Halliwell family who was still dead.) Death was suddenly tragic, to the characters at least. The {{Handwave}} for Prue's unavailability is that her death is still too recent for her sisters. For the several years worth of time the rest of the shows takes place over. The comic continuation, of course, has no actor availability problem, so Prue is able to appear as a spirit advisor.
** Rumoured to be the reason for Andy's death in the Season 1 finale. A major rumour was that Shannen Doherty didn't get along with TW King and wanted him off the show. Another said that he wanted to pursue other projects. A third camp says that he wanted more screen time but writers had no ideas for him.

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** A show in which every major character has been killed, some as many as nine times over eight years (including Prue once, she was brought back by a genie), explained that Prue was "dead for good" when Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty was kicked off the show. (And unavailable as a SpiritAdvisor, unlike every other female member of the Halliwell family who was still dead.) Death was suddenly tragic, to the characters at least. The {{Handwave}} for Prue's unavailability is that her death is still too recent for her sisters. For the several years worth of time the rest of the shows takes place over. The comic continuation, of course, has no actor availability problem, so Prue is able to appear as a spirit advisor.
** Rumoured to be the reason for Andy's death in the Season 1 finale. A major rumour was that Shannen Doherty Creator/ShannenDoherty didn't get along with TW King and wanted him off the show. Another said that he wanted to pursue other projects. A third camp says that he wanted more screen time but writers had no ideas for him.
22nd Apr '17 8:30:53 PM nombretomado
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* A relatively common occurrence in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' if a character's handler disappears and nobody is available or willing to adopt them: the administration staff simply takes over and roleplays the character's death through whatever means is available, from being killed in self-defense to being murdered by a killer to suicide to various accidents (including, infamously, running into a [[MemeticMutation bear]] in a cave).

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* A relatively common occurrence in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' if a character's handler disappears and nobody is available or willing to adopt them: the administration staff simply takes over and roleplays the character's death through whatever means is available, from being killed in self-defense to being murdered by a killer to suicide to various accidents (including, infamously, running into a [[MemeticMutation bear]] in a cave).
5th Apr '17 4:10:43 AM Doug86
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* When JensenAckles left ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' to begin filming ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', his character Jason Teague was killed in the former's cliffhanger meteor shower that occurred during the fourth season finale and fifth season premiere. Some broadcast versions actually have him dying offscreen.

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* When JensenAckles Creator/JensenAckles left ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' to begin filming ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', his character Jason Teague was killed in the former's cliffhanger meteor shower that occurred during the fourth season finale and fifth season premiere. Some broadcast versions actually have him dying offscreen.
11th Mar '17 12:14:31 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton's character, was killed off off-screen, in between ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines t'', due to her preferring not to be involved in future sequels since she felt ''Terminator 2'' was how it was supposed to end.

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton's character, was killed off off-screen, in between ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines t'', ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', due to her preferring not to be involved in future sequels since she felt ''Terminator 2'' was how it was supposed to end.



* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'': After ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' ended, the writers struggled to explain Edith Bunker's constant absence in the spinoff. Eventually they wrote an episode entitled "Archie Alone" that explains that Edith had died of a stroke, and Archie actively was in denial and trying to keep news of her death from reaching his friends. This is a type 1, as Jean Stapleton merely wanted to pursue other options instead of returning to occasionally guest as her sitcom character.

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* ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'': After ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' ended, the writers struggled to explain Edith Bunker's constant absence in the spinoff. Eventually they wrote an episode entitled "Archie Alone" that explains that Edith had died of a stroke, and Archie was actively was in denial and trying to keep news of her death from reaching his friends. This is a type 1, as Jean Stapleton merely wanted to pursue other options instead of returning to occasionally guest star as her sitcom character.
11th Mar '17 12:12:20 PM maxwellsilver
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* Rare film example, from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton's character, was killed off off-screen, in between the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]] and the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] installments, due to her preferring not to be involved in future sequels since she felt ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]'' was how it was supposed to end.

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* Rare film example, from ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': Sarah Connor, Linda Hamilton's character, was killed off off-screen, in between the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]] ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]] installments, ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines t'', due to her preferring not to be involved in future sequels since she felt ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]'' ''Terminator 2'' was how it was supposed to end.



* In a very odd version of this trope, with the character's creator being the reason for a character's humiliating death rather than the actor ([[Creator/DonaldPleasence any]] [[Creator/TellySavalas of]] [[Creator/CharlesGray them]]...) leaving acrimoniously, the bad blood between Kevin [=McClorry=] and the ''Film/JamesBond'' producers caused them to kill off Blofeld... by dropping him down a factory smokestack.

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* In a very odd version of this trope, with the character's creator being the reason for a character's humiliating death rather than the actor ([[Creator/DonaldPleasence any]] [[Creator/TellySavalas of]] [[Creator/CharlesGray them]]...) leaving acrimoniously, the bad blood between Kevin [=McClorry=] and the ''Film/JamesBond'' producers caused them to kill off Blofeld... by dropping him down a factory smokestack. Sort of. [[note]]Due to legal issues with the estate of Ian Fleming, the film series could no longer use either Blofeld or SPECTRE, so it is never explicitly stated the man in the wheelchair was Blofeld.[[/note]]
11th Mar '17 12:05:54 PM maxwellsilver
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The trope is named for [=McLean=] Stevenson, and the death of his character Colonel Henry Blake after he left ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]''. This event was of Type 1 above; it was not primarily about retaliation, although the production staff was annoyed by Stevenson's leaving even while co-star Wayne Rogers was wriggling out of his own contract.[[note]]Ironically, Rogers' character, "Trapper" John [=McIntyre=], was merely PutOnABus that went across the Pacific and dropped him off in San Francisco to start the spin-off show ''Trapper John, M.D.'' where he [[TheOtherDarrin was now played by]] Bonanza's Pernell Roberts.[[/note]] The main reason was to bring home the idea that war can take anyone at any time, and to evoke a [[EnforcedMethodActing strong and unrehearsed response from the cast]], most of whom would first hear of the character's fate minutes before the scene was being shot. This isn't to say that the exact ''manner'' of Blake's death wasn't just a bit vindictive.

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The trope is named for [=McLean=] Stevenson, and the death of his character Colonel Henry Blake after he left ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]''.''Series/{{MASH}}''. This event was of Type 1 above; it was not primarily about retaliation, although the production staff was annoyed by Stevenson's leaving even while co-star Wayne Rogers was wriggling out of his own contract.[[note]]Ironically, Rogers' character, "Trapper" John [=McIntyre=], was merely PutOnABus that went across PutOnABus, being sent home between seasons, despite Rogers leaving on worse terms with more animosity between him and the Pacific and dropped him off in San Francisco to start the spin-off show ''Trapper John, M.D.'' where he [[TheOtherDarrin was now played by]] Bonanza's Pernell Roberts.production staff.[[/note]] The main reason was to bring home the idea that war can take anyone at any time, and to evoke a [[EnforcedMethodActing strong and unrehearsed response from the cast]], most of whom would first hear of the character's fate minutes before the scene was being shot. This isn't to say that the exact ''manner'' of Blake's death wasn't just a bit vindictive.
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