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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.
25th Feb '17 2:06:32 AM GrammarNavi
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** The other Doctors have generally been Type 1, with the character regenerating into a new actor when the incumbent chooses to move on to a new role. Exception being Sylvester McCoy, who was brought back for a revival TV movie to regenerate and was never expected to continue beyond it, and the Eighth Doctor, who was not brought back for the 2005 series as the producers wanted to start fresh, rather than any decision by the actor.

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** The other Doctors have generally been Type 1, with the character regenerating into a new actor when the incumbent chooses to move on to a new role. Exception being Sylvester McCoy, Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, who was brought back for a revival TV movie to regenerate and was never expected to continue beyond it, and the Eighth Doctor, who was not brought back for the 2005 series as the producers wanted to start fresh, rather than any decision by the actor.
6th Feb '17 3:18:21 AM superslinger2007
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* ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'' has Augustus Gibbons calmly acknowledge the news of Xander Cage's death and then nobody mentions him for the rest of the film. [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated This will be retconned if Vin Diesel agrees to reprise the role]]. In alternate opening (included with the DVD as a short film) shows Xander (who is {{Fake Shemp}}ed using a stunt double) being blown up by the film's villain, with a bloody piece of skin showing his trademark "XXX" tattoo as the only thing left. The villain proceeds to insult the departed Mr. Cage and comment on how much of a moron he was, making it seem like a bit of a TakeThat.

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* ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'' has Augustus Gibbons calmly acknowledge the news of Xander Cage's death and then nobody mentions him for the rest of the film. [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated This will be has been retconned if now that Vin Diesel agrees to reprise the reprised his role]]. In An alternate opening (included with the DVD as a short film) shows Xander (who is {{Fake Shemp}}ed using a stunt double) being blown up by the film's villain, with a bloody piece of skin showing his trademark "XXX" tattoo as the only thing left. The villain proceeds to insult the departed Mr. Cage and comment on how much of a moron he was, making it seem like a bit of a TakeThat.
17th Jan '17 1:03:58 PM nombretomado
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* The original [=McLeaning=] is referenced and parodied in an episode of ''FamilyGuy'', in which the Griffins [[ShowWithinAShow become the subject of a reality TV show.]] The producers of the show find Meg boring and ugly, and so replace her with an actress to provide some blatant {{Fanservice}}. Cue Brian in Army fatigues coming into an office and reporting that Meg's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan, and there were no survivors.

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* The original [=McLeaning=] is referenced and parodied in an episode of ''FamilyGuy'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in which the Griffins [[ShowWithinAShow become the subject of a reality TV show.]] The producers of the show find Meg boring and ugly, and so replace her with an actress to provide some blatant {{Fanservice}}. Cue Brian in Army fatigues coming into an office and reporting that Meg's plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan, and there were no survivors.
17th Jan '17 9:00:07 AM LondonKdS
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* The 1980s BritCom ''Brush Strokes'' did this when Gary Waldhorn, who played the protagonist's PointyHairedBoss Lionel Bainbridge, left the show at the end of the third season. The first episode of the fourth series described how he had died in embarassing circumstances during a drunken hazing ritual of his BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats, which apparently involved climbing out of an upper window while beating himself over the head with a tin tray.
6th Jan '17 11:33:56 PM skidoo23
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** The Ninth Doctor was another Type 2, with Christopher Eccleston stating that behind the scenes politics played a role in him deciding to leave after only one season.
** The other Doctors have generally been Type 1, with the character regenerating into a new actor when the incumbent chooses to move on to a new role. Exception being Sylvester McCoy, who was brought back for a revival TV movie to regenerate and was never expected to continue beyond it, and the Eighth Doctor, who was not brought back for the 2005 series as the producers wanted to start fresh, rather than any decision by the actor.
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