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22nd Jul '17 4:50:33 PM Heart
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* One of the earliest examples recorded in history: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica Boudica]], a queen of the Iceni, an Iron Age Celtic Briton tribe who inhabited what is now eastern England. For years, the Romans had been violently annexing the lands of the native Brittonic tribes, which they were obviously none too pleased about. Another problem was that Roman society was ''far'' more viscerally patriarchal that Celtic society - after the death of Boudica's husband, the Romans refused to allow her daughters to succeed him, and stole away their lands. When she questioned this, she was punished with a severe flogging, and her daughters were brutally and publicly gang raped. Enraged, she spearheaded the last major revolt against the Romans in Britain, which sadly failed in the end. She escaped capture, and is said to have died shortly thereafter, allegedly by drinking poison, though her body was never found. Granted, though, there is no surviving native British literature from this era - all of the details of these events come from Roman sources, who, of course, absolutely despised the Celts, so the accuracy of their writings is open for debate.
15th Jul '17 10:20:51 AM Amberlu
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** ''Shattered Sky'' in particular seems to [[UpToEleven love]] this trope. [[spoiler:Dawnpelt, Needletail, Onestar, and [[BigBad Darktail]]]] are just the most notable examples of this. It's left ambiguous what happened to [[spoiler:Dawnpelt and the other [=ShadowClan=] cats,]] while although the other three mentioned ''appear'' to be killed, it still happens offscreen and their bodies are never found. The blurb for ''River of Fire'' also implies that [[spoiler:Darktail]] will return once more.
14th Jul '17 12:16:42 AM Delphi
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* If you live in the country and own a cat, and it dies of natural causes...this will likely be the case. Dogs just lay down and die...if a cat knows its' time is coming, it will walk out into the woods and you'll never see it again.[[/folder]]
4th Jul '17 11:52:18 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]", the police only find the Webbed Wonder's costume, not the body, after a supposedly fatal crash. [[GenreBlindness This raises no one's suspicions.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]", the police only find the Webbed Wonder's costume, not the body, after a supposedly fatal crash. [[GenreBlindness This raises no one's suspicions.]]
4th Jul '17 5:58:12 PM ShamusAran
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* In ''Videogame/HalfLife2'', Wallace Breen is last seen at the center of an exploding teleporter. Just before, he discusses a "host body" in another universe with his Combine overlords. As this is [[VaporWare the Half-Life series]] we're talking about, we may never know what became of him...
25th Jun '17 12:38:55 AM KYCubbie
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* The Alcatraz 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.

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* The Alcatraz 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) ''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.


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* A more recent basketball example is Bison Dele, who inexplicably retired from the NBA in 1999, eventually buying a boat and living an itinerant lifestyle. In early July 2002, he sailed from Tahiti with his girlfriend, his brother, and a local skipper. About two weeks later, the boat returned with only the brother aboard. Police theorized that the brother killed the others and dumped their bodies in the Pacific. The complete truth will never be known, since the brother soon killed himself.
16th Jun '17 8:33:11 AM Gosicrystal
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** In the fan-made case ''VisualNovel/TheEmptyTurnabout'', Arts's body was found shortly after his murder and was declared dead by Mary Adair, a witness, but it was gone when the police arrived. The trial goes in circles as the defense, the witnesses and the prosecution debate about the murder method and the body's whereabouts. Even Mary's report is called into question late in the trial by herself to complicate matters even more.
2nd Jun '17 1:03:23 PM Gosicrystal
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** Happens in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' with [[spoiler: Thalassa Gramarye]]. She turned out to be alive.
** Pulled in ''Trials and Tribulations'' with [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]], though we knew she was alive before the trope came up.
** Played with [[spoiler:Ini Miney. Her body was seen, but so badly burned that she was mistaken for her sister Mimi, who went on to have plastic surgery to imitate Ini]].

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** Happens in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' with [[spoiler: Thalassa [[spoiler:Thalassa Gramarye]]. She turned was shot by accident [[spoiler:by either Zak or Valant Gramarye (it's never determined)]] 7 years ago, and disappeared before her killer could see her body. She turns out to be alive.
alive [[spoiler:under a new name, Lamiroir, a character you actually meet before knowing about Thalassa]]. [[spoiler:Valant Gramarye]] even lampshades this trope:
--->'''[[spoiler:Valant]]:''' ...I realize that I, no... we never saw proof of her demise. We never saw her body.
** Pulled in ''Trials and Tribulations'' with [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]], though we knew Hawthorne]]. You learn in case 4 that she dived into a river famous for taking corpses when she was alive before the trope came up.
a child, but because she appears in case 1 (which chronogically happens after 4), you know she survived.
** Played with in ''Justice for All'' with [[spoiler:Ini Miney. Her body was seen, but so badly burned that she was mistaken for her sister Mimi, who went on to have plastic surgery to imitate Ini]].
2nd Jun '17 12:51:49 PM Gosicrystal
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series had this happen with [[spoiler: Thalassa Gramarye]]. She turned out to be alive.
** Pulled in an earlier game with [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne,]] though we knew she was alive before the trope came up.
** And played with [[spoiler: Ini Miney. Her body was seen, but so badly burned that she was mistaken for her sister Mimi, who went on to have plastic surgery to imitate Ini.]]

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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series had this happen ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Happens in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''
with [[spoiler: Thalassa Gramarye]]. She turned out to be alive.
** Pulled in an earlier game ''Trials and Tribulations'' with [[spoiler: Dahlia Hawthorne,]] [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]], though we knew she was alive before the trope came up.
** And played Played with [[spoiler: Ini [[spoiler:Ini Miney. Her body was seen, but so badly burned that she was mistaken for her sister Mimi, who went on to have plastic surgery to imitate Ini.]]Ini]].
29th May '17 10:09:24 AM TheGreatUnknown
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** This happened to the ''entire'' [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] race in the {{backstory}}. Sometime around the Battle of Red Mountain in the First Era, the Dwemer, every last one, vanished off the face of Nirn in an instant.[[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 were up to.[[/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]], the still-beating heart of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane, to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and it either [[GoneHorriblyWrong failed spectacularly]] or it ''[[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded]]''.

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** This happened to the ''entire'' [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] race in the {{backstory}}. Sometime around the Battle of Red Mountain in the First Era, the Dwemer, every last one, vanished off the face of Nirn in an instant.[[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 were up to.[[/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]], the still-beating heart of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane, to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, and it either [[GoneHorriblyWrong failed spectacularly]] or it ''[[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded]]''. This may not technically be an example, as they ''did'' leave behind remains--in one Dwemer ruin, you find piles of ash on beds, at workstations, in the halls surrounded by guard uniforms, etc. as they disintegrated where they stood. But that doesn't make them necessarily dead...
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