History Main / NeverSayDie

19th Mar '17 3:21:18 PM ShorinBJ
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It should be noted that one likely reason for this trope is because the writers and producers seem to think that their target demographic is too immature to grasp the concept of somebody dying, or alternatively will be horribly traumatised - rationales that in fact ''cancel each other out''. Some people reason that the ''belief'' that since children may not be able to understand death they should be subjected to a villain who plans to ''destroy'' them, insults and desensitizes everybody.

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It should be noted that one likely reason for this trope is because the writers and producers seem to think that their target demographic is too immature to grasp the concept of somebody dying, or alternatively will be horribly traumatised - rationales that in fact ''cancel each other out''. Some people reason that the ''belief'' that since children may not be able to understand death they should be subjected to a villain who plans to ''destroy'' them, insults and desensitizes everybody.
everybody. Another point is that if death is too sensitive for children of a certain age, they probably ought not to be watching a show or movie in which people, you know, ''die''. If you as a writer are aiming specifically at children that age, maybe write stories in which no one dies or is in danger of dying. This trope could be seen as the writers trying to have it both ways.
18th Mar '17 1:23:48 PM Minecraft69
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* For the most part averted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', in which Steven almost dies in basically every other episode, and his friends are not afraid to comment on this fact. Sometimes it's done very seriously, such as in one episode where Steven reflects upon his impending doom seconds before freezing to death, and sometimes it's done comedically, such as when Steven sings a [[LyricalDissonance cheery rock song]] about having watched alternate versions of himself die before his very eyes. Also, nobody ever describes his MissingMom, [[PosthumousCharacter Rose Quartz]], as "dead," though they'll say she's "gone." It could be {{justified}} as there's a heavy ambiguity if Rose is dead (as she's a gem and she 'became' Steven instead of being crushed, so it's possible she could come back some day).
** Played straight involving the word "kill" at least with gems. They always use the word "shatter" instead, which is fitting since that's whats literally happening with gems to kill them.

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* For the most part averted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', in which Steven almost dies in basically every other episode, and his friends are not afraid to comment on ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a strange history with this fact. Sometimes it's done very seriously, trope. In the earlier episodes, this trope was often averted, such as in one season 1 episode where Steven reflects upon his impending doom seconds before freezing to death, and sometimes it's done comedically, such as when Steven sings a [[LyricalDissonance cheery rock song]] about having watched alternate versions of himself die before his very eyes. Also, nobody In later episodes, however, this trope has been applied more and more. Nowadays this trope is very rarely averted.
** Nobody
ever describes his MissingMom, [[PosthumousCharacter Rose Quartz]], as "dead," though they'll say she's "gone." It could be {{justified}} as there's a heavy ambiguity if Rose is dead (as she's a gem and she 'became' Steven instead of being crushed, so it's possible she could come back some day).
** Played straight involving the word "kill" at least with gems. They always use the word "shatter" instead, which is fitting since that's whats literally happening with gems to kill them. Note that in season 1, the words "kill", "death", "died" etc were used even to refer to the gems.
** By season 3, they weren't even saying it as a joke anymore, such as when Vidalia said to Greg, "I WILL destroy you". In season 1, Amethyst jokingly said to Greg "I'm gonna have to KILL YOU". In season 1 they were also saying things like "Use your fish-murdering skills!"
** However there ARE exceptions. The word "die" is used three times in the season 3 episode "Bubbled". But note that in the same episode, when a Ruby is literally '''about to cut Steven's gem out with a knife''', the HurricaneOfEuphemisms kicks up again - "Please don't take my gem!"
9th Mar '17 6:34:02 PM Pichu-kun
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''; "death" and similar terms are used freely, as are religious terms such as "god" and "demon" for the first time in the series (presumably because of their use in similar family-friendly games such as ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''), and Type:Null is even referred to as the "Beast Killer".

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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''; "death" and similar terms are used freely, as are religious terms such as "god" and "demon" for the first time in the series (presumably because of their use in similar family-friendly games such as ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''), and Type:Null is even referred to as the "Beast Killer". The games feature numerous Pokedex entries discuss Pokemon hunting each other. Referring to Pokemon or humans being killed for reasons other than hunting however is worded delicately. For example, Bewear's ''Moon'' entry says "Many Trainers have left this world after their spines were squashed by its hug" and Sneasel's ''Moon'' entry says "Breeders consider it a scourge and will drive it away or eradicate it".
8th Mar '17 12:24:16 AM ninjamitsuki2
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** ''Manga/OnePiece'': Death was avoided, to say the least. Kuina's death was changed to having her be beaten up by people she lost to, Belle-Mere was "imprisoned in a dungeon for the rest of her life", etc. When death wasn't changed to something else, it was very much toned down. Listening to Johnny and Yosaku talking about how they saw Nami "finishing Usopp off" was a nice source of {{Narm}}. There's also the guy who, in the manga, was shot in the head by one of Shanks' crew. In the anime, this scene still ran... with Shanks telling the 'dead' man's crewmates "When he wakes up, tell him it was a popgun".

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** ''Manga/OnePiece'': Death was avoided, to say the least. Kuina's death was changed to having her be beaten up by people she lost to, Belle-Mere was "imprisoned in a dungeon for the rest of her life", etc. When death wasn't changed to something else, it was very much toned down. Listening to Johnny and Yosaku talking about how they saw Nami "finishing Usopp off" was a nice source of {{Narm}}. There's also the guy who, in the manga, was shot in the head by one of Shanks' crew. In the anime, this scene still ran... with Shanks telling the 'dead' man's crewmates "When he wakes up, tell him it was a popgun". [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Earlier episodes]] were okay with ''threats'' of killing and euphemisms for death, though.
7th Mar '17 7:28:37 PM WoebegoneShe-wolf
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** This happens in the Latino Spanish version of ''Gravity Falls''. Disney Channel Latin America dubbed the series changing every word for death or die using instead “end”.

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** This happens in the The Latino Spanish version of ''Gravity Falls''.Falls'' '''''is this trope'''''. Disney Channel Latin America dubbed the series changing every word for death or die using instead “end”.
2nd Mar '17 6:30:20 AM LadyJafaria
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** There's also the episode of sayings where they had to shine poop. Adam provides the caveat that they can't use certain words by listing them while being bleeped.

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** There's also the episode of sayings where they had to shine poop. Adam provides the caveat that they can't use certain words by listing them while being bleeped. They didn't even say ''turd'', despite the phrase they were testing being known to virtually everyone as "You can't [[PolishTheTurd polish a turd]]".
25th Feb '17 8:15:22 AM comicwriter
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* Toy Biz's line of ''Comicbook/XMen'' action figures changed the Orphan-Maker's name to "The Protector," likely because of this trope.
24th Feb '17 5:28:22 PM DarkHunter
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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', with the constant repetitions of "failure" in the Game leading to "erasure." [[spoiler: Up until TheReveal, anyway. Erasure isn't a stand-in for death - ''you're already dead.'']]

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', with the constant repetitions of "failure" in the Game leading to "erasure." [[spoiler: Up until TheReveal, anyway. Erasure isn't a stand-in for death - ''you're already dead.'']]dead'', and "erasure" refers to the [[DeaderThanDead destruction of one's soul]].]]
17th Feb '17 10:15:23 PM rva98014
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has this gem:
-->'''Hippo Girl''' ''(to Judy, who just ticketed her mother, in the sweetest, most innocent voice)'': My mommy says she wishes you were dead.

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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has this gem:
these gems:
-->'''Hippo Girl''' Child''' ''(to Judy, who just ticketed her mother, Judy in the sweetest, most innocent voice)'': My mommy says she wishes you were dead.dead.
--->''and''
-->'''Judy:''' What are you going to do? Kill me?
-->'''Bellwether:''' No, of course not. He is. ''(shoots Nick with a Night Howler pellet)''
5th Feb '17 3:33:42 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': The BigBad Lord Hater always goes on about wanting to "destroy" Wander. Its presumably used because he would come off as a psychopath, rather than a PsychopathicManChild, if he used the word "kill" or "murder".
** However it was averted in "The Egg".

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': The BigBad Lord Hater always goes on about wanting to "destroy" Wander. Its presumably used because he would come off as a psychopath, rather than a PsychopathicManChild, if he used the word "kill" or "murder".
** However it
"murder". This was averted in "The Egg".
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