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30th Apr '16 9:25:41 PM SSJMagus
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*** Really only [[BigBad one]] Sith explodes, Darth Maul and Count Dooku's corpses were still intact (although admittedly the former may have died moments after he [[DisneyVillainDeath fell out of our sight]])

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*** Really only [[BigBad one]] Sith explodes, Darth Maul and Count Dooku's corpses were still intact (although admittedly the former may have died moments after he [[DisneyVillainDeath fell out of our sight]])sight]]). The Expanded Universe has it happen a few other times, but apparently it requires both extreme power and being particularly deep into the Dark Side.
20th Apr '16 6:53:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}'': The human(ish) servants of the Sleepers in the Void vanish into thin air when they are killed.
8th Apr '16 2:49:01 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'':
** Mobs and animals vanish upon death and leave behind their drop the same way they do in ''Minecraft'' proper.
** Subverted with humans and [[spoiler:the Wither Storm, as when it's finally killed in the end, its remains fall to the ground. It also leaves a unique black Nether Star behind.]]
17th Mar '16 6:16:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Identity}}'': One of the major clues that something is off happens when the bodies of the victims up to that point completely vanish. This is because [[spoiler:none of the people at the motel are real.]]
6th Mar '16 10:00:45 PM merotoker
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* In ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', the Anime and LightNovel[=/=]Manga differ on this. In the Anime a monster dissolves as soon as it is killed, but in the LN and Manga the bodies of monsters don't dissolve until their crystal is removed. The anime changing this leaves a slight PlotHole because the reason Lili and Bell are able to make so much more money working together is that Lili carves up the bodies while Bell focuses on fighting, meaning he doesn't have to waste time carving them himself. Ironically though the anime does show a scene where Bell defeats a monster just by destroying it's crystal.

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* In ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', the Anime and LightNovel[=/=]Manga Light Novel[=/=]Manga differ on this. In the Anime a monster dissolves as soon as it is killed, but in the LN and Manga the bodies of monsters don't dissolve until their crystal is removed. The anime changing this leaves a slight PlotHole because the reason Lili and Bell are able to make so much more money working together is that Lili carves up the bodies while Bell focuses on fighting, meaning he doesn't have to waste time carving them himself. Ironically though the anime does show a scene where Bell defeats a monster just by destroying it's crystal.



** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the first season finale: When the SphereOfDestruction from Sailor Moon's final attack starts consuming the area around the Dark Kingdom, the bodies of the four Senshi are shown still laying in the same places they fell.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} in the first season finale: When the SphereOfDestruction from Sailor Moon's final attack starts consuming the area around the Dark Kingdom, the bodies of the four Senshi are shown still laying in the same places they fell.



* Anything that dies in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' dissolves into sand in a few minutes, due to [[spoiler:the changes in the environment after the meteor hit Earth.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Stakes of Purgatory]] do this when they die.

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* Anything that dies in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' dissolves into sand in a few minutes, due to [[spoiler:the changes in the environment after the meteor hit Earth.]]
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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Stakes of Purgatory]] do this when they die.



* Late into the Magic World arc in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a special attack is introduced that causes anyone it hits to vanish in seconds. This only affects (most) residents of the magic world [[spoiler:because said residents are actually part of an elaborate illusion, with the attack simply hacking them back out of existence.]]

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* Late into the Magic World arc in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a special attack is introduced that causes anyone it hits to vanish in seconds. This only affects (most) residents of the magic world [[spoiler:because said residents are actually part of an elaborate illusion, with the attack simply hacking them back out of existence.]]existence]].



* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', this becomes a case of Chekov's corpse. When members of the Mibu clan die or are killed, their bodies vanish into nothingness. Near the end it is revealed that this happens because [[spoiler:the members of the Mibu clan are in fact puppets created by the long dead True Mibu, and vanish into nothing because they were originally created from nothing.]]

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* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', this becomes a case of Chekov's corpse. When members of the Mibu clan die or are killed, their bodies vanish into nothingness. Near the end it is revealed that this happens because [[spoiler:the members of the Mibu clan are in fact puppets created by the long dead True Mibu, and vanish into nothing because they were originally created from nothing.]]nothing]].



* In the final episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' you can briefly see [[spoiler: the body of a MagicalGirl doing this.]] It's hard to see though because the shot is panning out and she's dressed in green while laying on grass. [[spoiler: This now happens to every MagicalGirl upon death because of Madoka's wish.]] Evidence to support this is that [[spoiler: Sayaka didn't leave a body behind either.]]

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* In the final episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' you can briefly see [[spoiler: the body of a MagicalGirl doing this.]] It's hard to see though because the shot is panning out and she's dressed in green while laying on grass. [[spoiler: This now happens to every MagicalGirl upon death because of Madoka's wish.]] Evidence to support this is that [[spoiler: Sayaka didn't leave a body behind either.]]either]].



** And almost every Jedi who dies in the the ExpandedUniverse, though this usually only happens to those who become [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Force Ghosts]], the main exception being [[spoiler:Qui-Gon Jinn]], who (canonically) became a Force Ghost but didn't disappear. Sith and other users of TheDarkSide, on the other hand, often explode instead of fading away when they die.

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** And almost every Jedi who dies in the the ExpandedUniverse, though this usually only happens to those who become [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Force Ghosts]], the main exception being [[spoiler:Qui-Gon Jinn]], who (canonically) became a Force Ghost but didn't disappear. Sith and other users of TheDarkSide, on the other hand, often explode instead of fading away when they die.



* In ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' defeated villains disappear in a puff of green smoke, something unique in ''MarvelUniverse'' films. They're ninja -- it's presumably deliberate so that the Hand's secrets are kept secure.

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* In ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' defeated villains disappear in a puff of green smoke, something unique in ''MarvelUniverse'' ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' films. They're ninja -- it's presumably deliberate so that the Hand's secrets are kept secure.



** The movies apparently like this trope, if the deaths of [[spoiler:Professor Quirrell, Nagini, and Bellatrix Lestrange]] are any indication. Well, at least for villains. Good guys seem to leave behind bodies when they die (well, except for [[spoiler:Sirius]])).

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** The movies apparently like this trope, if the deaths of [[spoiler:Professor Quirrell, Nagini, and Bellatrix Lestrange]] are any indication. Well, at least for villains. Good guys seem to leave behind bodies when they die (well, except for [[spoiler:Sirius]])).[[spoiler:Sirius]]).



* After Alice defeats Freddy Krueger in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' he dissappears, leaving behind only his clothes. Alice kicks away the glove for good measure.

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* After Alice defeats Freddy Krueger in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' he dissappears, disappears, leaving behind only his clothes. Alice kicks away the glove for good measure.



* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'': in ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy The Last Command]]'', [[spoiler:Joruus C'baoth's body is consumed by blue energy, presumably based on what appears to befall the Emperor's body in ''Return of the Jedi'' (especially considering the entire final battle draws heavily from the climax of that film).]]

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* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'': in ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''
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''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy The Last Command]]'', [[spoiler:Joruus C'baoth's body is consumed by blue energy, presumably based on what appears to befall the Emperor's body in ''Return of the Jedi'' (especially considering the entire final battle draws heavily from the climax of that film).]]film)]].



* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', Dracula and his Brides are said to crumble into dust on death. Justified in text as a side effect of their unnatural preservation being removed [[NoImmortalInertia and centuries of decay catching up with them]]. Subverted with Lucy, whose body remains intact, as her mortal death had occurred only a few days before her Vampiric one.
** This opens a plot hole that dozens of stories by other authors are built on: turning into a dust cloud or mist and traveling in that form is explicitly one of Dracula's powers.

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* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', Dracula and his Brides are said to crumble into dust on death. Justified in text as a side effect of their unnatural preservation being removed [[NoImmortalInertia and centuries of decay catching up with them]]. Subverted with Lucy, whose body remains intact, as her mortal death had occurred only a few days before her Vampiric one.
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one. This opens a plot hole that dozens of stories by other authors are built on: turning into a dust cloud or mist and traveling in that form is explicitly one of Dracula's powers.



** Except in episode 15 season 5, "The Day the Magic Died", all magic ceased to exist for a day, and the demon they killed left a dead body and green blood stains. They had to quickly hide it in a closet, until magic returned. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it's explicitly explained that the demons deliberately set it up so that their body disappears after they die, in order to maintain TheMasquerade.

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** Except in episode 15 season 5, "The Day the Magic Died", all magic ceased to exist for a day, and the demon they killed left a dead body and green blood stains. They had to quickly hide it in a closet, until magic returned. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it's explicitly explained that the demons deliberately set it up so that their body disappears after they die, in order to maintain TheMasquerade.the {{masquerade}}.



* This is very common in {{Sentai}} {{Tokusatsu}} shows. The MonsterOfTheWeek would generally vanish once vanquished with various cheesy effects -- or eventually [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]], especially in older shows.

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* This is very common in {{Sentai}} {{Tokusatsu}} {{Toku}}satsu shows. The MonsterOfTheWeek would generally vanish once vanquished with various cheesy effects -- or eventually [[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]], especially in older shows.



** This is because Organization XIII, [[HumanoidAbomination being humanoid Nobodies and thus walking bundles of nothingness]], return to the nothing from whence they came upon dying. However, TheStinger of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Re:coded]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:if you killed that person's Heartless before killing their Nobody, their complete self would be [[BackFromTheDead reborn]]. Indeed, several Organization members return as their original selves in this manner come ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]''.]]

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** This is because Organization XIII, [[HumanoidAbomination being humanoid Nobodies and thus walking bundles of nothingness]], return to the nothing from whence they came upon dying. However, TheStinger of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded Re:coded]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:if you killed that person's Heartless before killing their Nobody, their complete self would be [[BackFromTheDead reborn]]. Indeed, several Organization members return as their original selves in this manner come ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]''.]]3D]]'']].



** Some enemies (like the Maw Beasts in Diablo II) eat and spit corpses on you.

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** Some enemies (like the Maw Beasts in Diablo II) ''Diablo II'') eat and spit corpses on you.



* Oddly, this happened more often as the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series went on, despite the technical progress; in ''TR1'' and ''2'', enemies pretty much never disappear, ''3'' had them disappear after you had turned away for a little while, in ''4'' and every subsequent game corpses always disappear right in front of your eyes after a few seconds. However, ''Underworld'' has been confirmed to be averting this.

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* Oddly, this happened more often as the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series went on, despite the technical progress; in ''TR1'' ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider 1]]'' and ''2'', ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderII 2]]'', enemies pretty much never disappear, ''3'' ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderIII 3]]'' had them disappear after you had turned away for a little while, in ''4'' and every subsequent game corpses always disappear right in front of your eyes after a few seconds. However, ''Underworld'' has been confirmed to be averting this.



* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' averts this trope. Everything you kill lies there dead for the rest of the game, unless you killed it in some way that doesn't leave a body (e.g. vaporizing zombies with your enchanted mace).

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* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' averts this trope. Everything you kill lies there dead for the rest of the game, unless you killed it in some way that doesn't leave a body (e.g. vaporizing zombies with your enchanted mace).



** Also, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', there are the [[GratuitousNinja Garo]] {{Ninja}}s, who, seemingly by their own unknown BadassCreed, are required to ensure that they leave no body behind. Common Garo Robes solve this by setting themselves aflame while the more [[{{Badass}} hardcore]] mini-boss, [[KingMook Garo Master]], decides not to take any risks, [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill pulls out a bomb]] and blows his failing body to dust.

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** Also, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', there are the [[GratuitousNinja Garo]] {{Ninja}}s, who, seemingly by their own unknown BadassCreed, are required to ensure that they leave no body behind. Common Garo Robes solve this by setting themselves aflame while the more [[{{Badass}} hardcore]] mini-boss, [[KingMook Garo Master]], decides not to take any risks, [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill pulls out a bomb]] and blows his failing body to dust.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', because disposing of the bodies without detection is a major gameplay mechanic. You are given to a limited supply of a special liquid that vaporizes bodies. However, being a not-very-buff woman, Cate isn't likely to carry around bodies of big {{Mook}}s. Largely averted in the sequel. Not only can Cate now carry bodies, but other {{Mook}}s will use their own vaporizing liquids to get rid of their comrades' bodies to avoid the paperwork (a Soviet soldier even says so).

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', because disposing of the bodies without detection is a major gameplay mechanic. You are given to a limited supply of a special liquid that vaporizes bodies. However, being a not-very-buff woman, Cate isn't likely to carry around bodies of big {{Mook}}s.{{Mooks}}. Largely averted in the sequel. Not only can Cate now carry bodies, but other {{Mook}}s {{Mooks}} will use their own vaporizing liquids to get rid of their comrades' bodies to avoid the paperwork (a Soviet soldier even says so).



** The '[[{{Zeerust}} futuristic space gun]]' weapons available to the Soldier, Pyro, and Engineer either incinerate or disintegrate enemies on death, leaving behind no remains (the effect is very similar to ''{{VideoGame/Half-Life 2}}'''s [=AR2=] secondary fire). Unlike the Spy's knife, these are very loud and visibly obvious weapons, and are also shown in the kill feed.

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** The '[[{{Zeerust}} futuristic space gun]]' weapons available to the Soldier, Pyro, and Engineer either incinerate or disintegrate enemies on death, leaving behind no remains (the effect is very similar to ''{{VideoGame/Half-Life 2}}'''s ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'''s [=AR2=] secondary fire). Unlike the Spy's knife, these are very loud and visibly obvious weapons, and are also shown in the kill feed.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'', as bodies of players who are killed remain on the map for the remainder of the map, and in the Counter-Strike Source are ragdolled and can be moved around by explosions.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}'', ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', as bodies of players who are killed remain on the map for the remainder of the map, and in the Counter-Strike Source are ragdolled and can be moved around by explosions.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'', whenever you slay a Genma the corpse will dissolve almost istantly, leaving souls behind. Enemies killed with a [[OneHitKill Issen Counterattack]] will usually fade away faster. Bosses tend to last a bit longer, usually long enough for a cutscene to play, after which you can absorb the usually generous amount of souls from them.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'', whenever you slay a Genma the corpse will dissolve almost istantly, instantly, leaving souls behind. Enemies killed with a [[OneHitKill Issen Counterattack]] will usually fade away faster. Bosses tend to last a bit longer, usually long enough for a cutscene to play, after which you can absorb the usually generous amount of souls from them.



* In ''TheWorldEndsWithYou'', whenever somebody in the Underground is Erased, they dissolve as a cloud of visible static.

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* In ''TheWorldEndsWithYou'', ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', whenever somebody in the Underground is Erased, they dissolve as a cloud of visible static.



* When Jaga dies in the first episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', his body turns to dust instantly, leaving only his empty clothes. [[spoiler:A later episode reveals that he is actually trapped in another dimension.]]

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* When Jaga dies in the first episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}}'', his body turns to dust instantly, leaving only his empty clothes. [[spoiler:A later episode reveals that he is actually trapped in another dimension.]]



* Similarly, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:once Korra defeats [[FusionDance the combined]] Vaatu and Unalaq, their giant body dissolves into light and even Unalaq's original body doesn't remain (although Vaatu is still alive as he still has CompleteImmortality).]]

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* Similarly, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:once Korra defeats [[FusionDance the combined]] Vaatu and Unalaq, their giant body dissolves into light and even Unalaq's original body doesn't remain (although Vaatu is still alive as he still has CompleteImmortality).]]CompleteImmortality)]].
3rd Mar '16 9:33:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* Virtually every video game where you destroy and/or kill enemies has them vanish a short time after being killed. This is largely due to programming and performance issues, plus piled up corpses would get in the way of characters that can't jump or RTS units that can't just walk over the artillery riddled tank. Only aversions, subversions, and extraordinary genre examples or types of fade outs (smoke, liquid, etc.) should be noted here. Similarly, many games have your character "jump out of the screen" whenever it dies. The most famous example is [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]].

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* Virtually every video game where you destroy and/or kill enemies has them vanish a short time after being killed. This is largely due to programming and performance issues, plus piled up corpses would get in the way of characters that can't jump or RTS units that can't just walk over the artillery riddled tank. Only aversions, subversions, and extraordinary genre examples or types of fade outs (smoke, liquid, etc.) should be noted here. Similarly, many games have your character "jump out of the screen" whenever it dies. The most famous example is [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]].Mario]].
3rd Mar '16 9:32:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Both played straight and averted in ''MetalGearSolid4''. When killed, the elite FROG soldiers immediately dissolve into dust. However, when a normal soldier is killed, his body remains and must be disposed of to keep other soldiers from discovering it.
* Spaceship wrecks in ''EveOnline'' last for about two hours before vanishing.

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* Both played straight and averted in ''MetalGearSolid4''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. When killed, the elite FROG soldiers immediately dissolve into dust. However, when a normal soldier is killed, his body remains and must be disposed of to keep other soldiers from discovering it.
* Spaceship wrecks in ''EveOnline'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' last for about two hours before vanishing.



* ''GoldenAxe'' is possibly the oldest game that doesn't do this: in the arcade version, every enemy you defeat fades to gray and remains on the floor like that. In most ports, however, the enemies do disappear, probably because of memory constraints.

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* ''GoldenAxe'' ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' is possibly the oldest game that doesn't do this: in the arcade version, every enemy you defeat fades to gray and remains on the floor like that. In most ports, however, the enemies do disappear, probably because of memory constraints.



* In ''TotalAnnihilation'', destroyed units leave behind beaten shape of themselves, blocking way for other units and fire. Fortunately, they are easy to destroy. Or they can be recycled for resources, but this takes a lot more time.

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* In ''TotalAnnihilation'', ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'', destroyed units leave behind beaten shape of themselves, blocking way for other units and fire. Fortunately, they are easy to destroy. Or they can be recycled for resources, but this takes a lot more time.
1st Mar '16 4:01:33 PM StFan
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** In the ElseWorld sequel ''{{Anime/Mai-Otome}}'', the same thing happens to any Otome/Master or Slave/Master relationship. ''Mai-Otome'''s problem is that it was porting over yet another familiar element from ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' while ignoring that the logic ''that'' series used for the sparkly deaths was [[ContextSensitiveButton specifically for raising the columns and powering the HiME star.]]

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** In the ElseWorld sequel ''{{Anime/Mai-Otome}}'', ''Anime/MaiOtome'', the same thing happens to any Otome/Master or Slave/Master relationship. ''Mai-Otome'''s problem is that it was porting over yet another familiar element from ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' while ignoring that the logic ''that'' series used for the sparkly deaths was [[ContextSensitiveButton specifically for raising the columns and powering the HiME star.]]
29th Feb '16 1:47:33 PM elemt
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], the "Shredders" left for the team are assumed to be suicide devices, so called because they seem to "shred" the body with an energy field. [[spoiler:They turn out to be teleporters.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** When the Doctor's grave is visited it turns out to contain not a body, but a swirling blue rift in time through which one can access his entire timeline.
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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]], the "Shredders" left for the team are assumed to be suicide devices, so called because they seem to "shred" the body with an energy field. [[spoiler:They turn out to be teleporters.]]
13th Feb '16 6:12:21 PM troodos
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** [[spoiler: Pyrrha Nikos is killed when she is shot through the heart and then disintegrated, leaving nothing but her circlet.]]
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