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24th May '17 1:42:08 AM Carnildo
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* This trope is why snipers use the standard of "an allied boot on the body" when counting confirmed kills, and why air-to-air combat occasionally produces "kill counts" significantly higher than the number of aircraft involved.
20th May '17 4:42:55 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Benjen Stark's horse returned riderless and two of his comrades corpses are found — reanimated by White Walkers. While he is officially only missing in action, his comrades-in-arms are not optimistic and he is 'presumed dead'. He returns in Season 6, alive and kicking, so to speak.

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Benjen Stark's horse returned riderless and two of his comrades corpses are found — reanimated by White Walkers. While he is officially only missing in action, his comrades-in-arms are not optimistic and he is 'presumed dead'. He returns in Season 6, alive and kicking, so to speak.speak.
** Syrio Forel. We don't see him losing the fight, and there's no mention of his head being with the others on the spears. In "The First of His Name", The Hound inadvertently throws gas on this particular fire by pointing out how crappy a fighter Meryn Trant, the man who supposedly killed Syrio off-screen, really is. If Syrio was able to beat five Lannister soldiers with a wooden sword, he should have been able to beat Trant without breaking a sweat. In the books, one of the more common fan theories is that Syrio was actually Jaqen H'ghar in disguise. The second season might actually support this: in his last scene, Jaqen bids farewell to Arya by calling her "Arya Stark", a name that Arya never told him.
6th May '17 3:17:07 AM Kadorhal
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* Somewhat subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', where the game's intro has Solid Snake infiltrate a tanker carrying a new Metal Gear, and then watch as a group of Russian terrorists take over. He goes into the hold where the Metal Gear is kept, and then witnesses [[spoiler:Ocelot claiming RAY as his own, and then Snake's clone/brother Liquid takes control of Ocelot using the arm that was transplanted onto him after Liquid's apparent death from FOXDIE]]. Shortly afterwards, the tanker explodes, and Snake is presumed dead. From then on, you play as Raiden, and soon enough you encounter and team up with the oddly-familiar Pliskin, who makes repeated attempts to assure you that Snake is dead. It's mentioned that they '''did''' find the body. Although it was missing an arm for some reason. Minor detail.

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* Somewhat subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', where the game's intro has Solid Snake infiltrate a tanker carrying a new Metal Gear, and then watch as a group of Russian terrorists take over. He goes into the hold where the Metal Gear is kept, and then witnesses [[spoiler:Ocelot claiming RAY as his own, and then Snake's clone/brother Liquid takes control of Ocelot using the arm that was transplanted onto him after Liquid's apparent death from FOXDIE]]. Shortly afterwards, the tanker explodes, and Snake is presumed dead. From then on, you play as Raiden, and soon enough you encounter and team up with the oddly-familiar Pliskin, who makes repeated attempts to assure you that Snake is dead. It's mentioned that they '''did''' find the body. Although it was missing an arm for some reason. Minor detail.detail, really. [[spoiler:It was actually Liquid's body, and the missing arm is the one now attached to replace Ocelot's own after he lost it to the Cyborg Ninja early in the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.]]



* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' this occurs when [[spoiler:Johnny Gat]] is presumed dead, implied to have been shot by [[spoiler:Phillipe Loren]] at the beginning of the game. However in ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' we learn that [[spoiler:he was really abducted by Zinyak at that moment and Phillipe just took credit for the "kill" (while likely having no idea what really happened) to demoralize the Saints]].

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' this occurs when [[spoiler:Johnny Gat]] is presumed dead, implied to have been shot by [[spoiler:Phillipe Loren]] at the beginning of the game. However However, in ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' we learn that [[spoiler:he was really abducted by Zinyak at that moment and Phillipe just took credit for the "kill" (while likely having no idea what really happened) to demoralize the Saints]].


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* This trope is also discussed in ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot'', when a note found on the corpse of the mayor indicates that Serial Killer X, the BigBad of the [[VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins first game]], is still alive. Ethan notes that the last time he saw SKX, "[[BoomHeadshot half of his face lined the inside of a trunk]]", to which Rosa responds that there was always the chance he was still alive, since no body was ever recovered.
27th Apr '17 6:31:06 PM jormis29
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* ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'': In the American version, Creator/SteveMartin pretty much says this about the [[Film/{{Gojira}} 1954 version]] of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and its [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters 1956 American cut]]. "Just for the record, they never found a body." Of course, in ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'', they ''did'' find the body… And turned it into the titular Mechagodzilla.

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* ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'': In the American version, Creator/SteveMartin Steve Martin pretty much says this about the [[Film/{{Gojira}} 1954 version]] of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and its [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters [[Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters1956 1956 American cut]]. "Just for the record, they never found a body." Of course, in ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'', they ''did'' find the body… And turned it into the titular Mechagodzilla.
10th Apr '17 8:38:42 AM PDL
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' Hunter J's ship fills with water and ''explodes'', leaving no sign but her glasses floating on the water. Did we just see our first actual human death in the anime?

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Hunter J's ship fills with water and ''explodes'', leaving no sign but her glasses floating on the water. Did we just see our first actual human death in the anime?anime?
** A similar situation occurs when Cyrus, finally succeeding with his plan to create the perfect universe using Dialga and Palkia's power, gets absorbed into it. This "universe" ends up being destroyed when Dialga and Palkia regain control of themselves.
** The old Stoutland that was Litten's mentor/father figure in the ''Sun and Moon'' saga. It was clear that it was nearing the end of its life, but it simply leaves to pass away off screen.
8th Apr '17 1:28:48 PM nombretomado
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* Nothing but a few feathers is found of Bluddbeak, an old, blind, rheumy red kite from ''[[{{Redwall}} Triss]]''. Considering he went up against a trio of adders, [[CurbStompBattle his demise is in no doubt.]]

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* Nothing but a few feathers is found of Bluddbeak, an old, blind, rheumy red kite from ''[[{{Redwall}} ''[[{{Literature/Redwall}} Triss]]''. Considering he went up against a trio of adders, [[CurbStompBattle his demise is in no doubt.]]
6th Apr '17 11:45:01 AM BeerBaron
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* Applies to an ''entire people'' in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. Sometime after the Battle of Red Mountain in the First Era, the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]], every last one, vanished off the face of Nirn in just one day[[note]]the only known remaining Dwemer wasn't on Nirn at the time, being off exploring outer realms. Otherwise it covered everyone -- including a breakaway faction of Dwemer that had settled on the other side of the continent centuries earlier and so far as can be told had nothing to do with whatever the Morrowind Dwemer was up to.[[/note]]. Nobody knows why. The most commonly accepted theory is that they tried to use the Heart of Lorkhan to [[AGodAmI become gods]], and it either [[EvilIsNotAToy failed]] or it [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence succeeded]].

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* Applies ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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to an ''entire people'' the ''entire'' [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] race in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. the {{backstory}}. Sometime after around the Battle of Red Mountain in the First Era, the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwemer]], Dwemer, every last one, vanished off the face of Nirn in just one day[[note]]the an instant.[[note]]the only known remaining Dwemer wasn't on Nirn at the time, being off exploring outer realms. Otherwise it covered everyone ''everyone'' -- including a breakaway faction of Dwemer that had settled on the other side of the continent centuries earlier and so far as can be told had nothing to do with whatever the Morrowind Dwemer was were up to.[[/note]]. Nobody knows why. The [[/note]] Their disappearance remains a RiddleForTheAges both in-universe and out amongst the fandom, though he most commonly accepted theory is that they tried to use the [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan Lorkhan]], the still-beating heart of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane, to [[AGodAmI become gods]], AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and it either [[EvilIsNotAToy failed]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong failed spectacularly]] or it [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence succeeded]].''[[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded]]''.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', BigBad PhysicalGod Dagoth Ur disappears after [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] unbinds the Heart of Lorkhan, the source of his (and the Tribunal's) divine power]]. The chamber he was in also collapses into the lava below, further complicating matters. However, his FamousLastWords would seem to indicate that he did indeed die.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this happens to [[BigBad Alduin]] after [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter the Dragonborn]] defeats him in Sovngarde]]. However, in this case, it's not so much that his body isn't found, but that his [[YourSoulIsMine soul isn't absorbed]]. All dragons can be resurrected unless their soul is absorbed by another dragon or dragonborn, meaning that Alduin will likely return to fulfill his role as the BeastOfTheApocalypse when it is time.
3rd Apr '17 6:42:17 AM Lheticus
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** [[spoiler: Near the climax of the movie, this example is played completely straight.]]
1st Apr '17 3:12:24 AM MadCormorant
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* The Alcatraz escapees. It's believed by some that they drowned, but no bodies have ever been found.

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* The Alcatraz escapees.escapees Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers, Clarence and John. It's believed by some that they drowned, but no bodies have ever been found. It has been speculated (notably by Series/MythBusters) that the trio could have gotten on land, then used the tides to cast some items adrift in such a way as to make them land on nearby Angel Island and throw the authorities off of their trail. Some members of the Anglin family also allege that Clarence and John are still alive, living in hiding in Brazil; what happened to Morris is anyone's guess, though some speculate that a man with such a lengthy, troubled record with the authorities since youth would be unlikely to be able to keep his nose clean for so long if he were alive.
30th Mar '17 1:12:52 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' had one [[MonsterOfTheWeek target]] shot by Archer and promptly buried under an avalanche. Archer, Ray, and Lana decide it'd be a lot easier to just assume that he's dead.
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