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24th Jul '16 2:04:57 PM Ninjabot
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* Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 2, appears to die after his fight with Kars but shows up alive and well ''at his own funeral'' just before the end. Given [[TheHeroDies what happened to his grandfather]] in the first part, his survival was a fairly genuine surprise.
21st Jul '16 10:08:44 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', the kid who's listening to the story can hardly believe it when Fezzik pronounces Westley dead. He asks his grandfather, [[GenreSavvy "Westley is only faking, right?"]] but gets no reply. A few minutes later, it's revealed that Westley is OnlyMostlyDead.

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* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', the kid who's listening to the story can hardly believe it when Fezzik pronounces Westley dead. He asks his grandfather, [[GenreSavvy "Westley is only faking, right?"]] right?" but gets no reply. A few minutes later, it's revealed that Westley is OnlyMostlyDead.



** The Tenth Doctor's regeneration storyline, "The End of Time", seriously exploited the fact that [[OhAndXDies the audience knew the Doctor was not getting out of this one alive]] thanks to a highly public Doctor recasting. Multiple times in the climax of the story, the Doctor suffers severe injuries, [[SuperWindowJump does suicidal stunts]] and makes many {{Hubris}}tic decisions, all of which underline [[{{Determinator}} the Doctor's desperation to win this one]] as well as exploit the tension as the audience waits for whatever is going to kill him. Then the 45-minute mark is reached ''without the Doctor dying'', and just when the audience (and [[GenreSavvy the Doctor]]) are marvelling at how thoroughly he's cheated death, the story quietly presents the Doctor with the obstacle that will kill him, and the episode is extended to allow the Doctor a farewell tour.

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** The Tenth Doctor's regeneration storyline, "The End of Time", seriously exploited the fact that [[OhAndXDies the audience knew the Doctor was not getting out of this one alive]] thanks to a highly public Doctor recasting. Multiple times in the climax of the story, the Doctor suffers severe injuries, [[SuperWindowJump does suicidal stunts]] and makes many {{Hubris}}tic decisions, all of which underline [[{{Determinator}} the Doctor's desperation to win this one]] as well as exploit the tension as the audience waits for whatever is going to kill him. Then the 45-minute mark is reached ''without the Doctor dying'', and just when the audience (and [[GenreSavvy the Doctor]]) Doctor) are marvelling at how thoroughly he's cheated death, the story quietly presents the Doctor with the obstacle that will kill him, and the episode is extended to allow the Doctor a farewell tour.



* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', when Aang gets struck by lightning and killed in the second season finale, only to be brought back to life afterwards. Almost everyone in-universe thinks he's died, which becomes pivotal to the plot. But DangerouslyGenreSavvy Azula, the one who blasted Aang with lightning, isn't fooled.

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', when Aang gets struck by lightning and killed in the second season finale, only to be brought back to life afterwards. Almost everyone in-universe thinks he's died, which becomes pivotal to the plot. But DangerouslyGenreSavvy Azula, the one who blasted Aang with lightning, isn't fooled.
10th Jun '16 9:04:44 PM Doug86
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* This happened to ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' a lot, as in in [[OnceAnEpisode every single episode]] during the silent shorts. During the half-hour episodes Æon tended to survive, with some partial exceptions: One episode where a copy of her kills the original (which was planned all along), another where she's trapped in a sea of paralytic fluid at the end (although the fluid could be neutralized), and another where she seems to die multiple times, but [[MindScrew nobody knows what the hell was literal in that episode anyway.]] [[spoiler: Explained somewhat in the video game.]]

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* This happened to ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' a lot, as in in [[OnceAnEpisode every single episode]] during the silent shorts. During the half-hour episodes Æon [=Æ=]on tended to survive, with some partial exceptions: One episode where a copy of her kills the original (which was planned all along), another where she's trapped in a sea of paralytic fluid at the end (although the fluid could be neutralized), and another where she seems to die multiple times, but [[MindScrew nobody knows what the hell was literal in that episode anyway.]] [[spoiler: Explained somewhat in the video game.]]
28th May '16 3:04:13 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* At the end of chapter 70 of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [[spoiler: Harry]] is killed by ComicBook/Daken after succumbing to rage inspired by the death of [[spoiler: Luna Lovegood during a HYDRA attack on Hogwarts]] and his combat strategy is reduced to AttackAttackAttack. He returns, however, in chapter 71. The twist is not that he returns, but how: [[spoiler: he's resurrected and possessed by the absolutely enraged Phoenix, before going on a positively biblical rampage.]] As for why, it's revealed first that [[spoiler: Lily made a deal with the Phoenix to protect Harry,]] and as part of that [[spoiler: merged with Her, becoming the White Phoenix of the Crown.]]
14th May '16 12:08:39 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* This happened to ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' a lot, as in in [[OnceAnEpisode every single episode]] during the silent shorts. During the half-hour episodes Æon tended to survive, with some partial exceptions: One episode where a copy of her kills the original (which was planned all along), another where she's trapped in a sea of paralytic fluid at the end (although the fluid could be neutralized), and another where she seems to die multiple times, but [[MindScrew nobody knows what the hell was literal in that episode anyway.]] [[spoiler: Explained somewhat in the video game.]]
15th Jan '16 2:25:51 PM Anddrix
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This trope is when an episode ends with the main character appearing to have been killed. This is supposedly a very dramatic event, so writers typically save this one for late in a season. Problem is, while the TrueCompanions and the BigBad will think Our Hero Is Dead, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt the audience isn't fooled]]. Contrary to [[ViewersAreMorons popular belief]], most viewers know that if the hero died, the story would be over. But even knowing the hero isn't as dead as he looks, it can still be shocking.

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This trope is when an episode ends with the main character appearing to have been killed. This is supposedly a very dramatic event, so writers typically save this one for late in a season. Problem is, while the TrueCompanions and the BigBad will think Our Hero Is Dead, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt the audience isn't fooled]]. Contrary to [[ViewersAreMorons popular belief]], belief, most viewers know that if the hero died, the story would be over. But even knowing the hero isn't as dead as he looks, it can still be shocking.
26th Dec '15 6:04:22 PM ultimomant
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* In the 11th volume of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', [[spoiler: Issei Hyodou]] apparently dies in an alternate dimension and the only clues that were given were the [[spoiler:eight [[ChessMotifs pawn pieces]] returned to Rias.]]

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* In the 11th volume of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', [[spoiler: Issei Hyodou]] apparently dies in an alternate dimension and the only clues that were given were the [[spoiler:eight [[ChessMotifs pawn pieces]] returned to Rias.]]
19th Nov '15 8:08:06 PM WingWalker
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* In ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the Sinistral of Death Erim spends the entire game plotting to bring Maxim to Doom Island so she can personally kill him there. She succeeds...then out of BecomingTheMask promptly pulls a HeelFaceTurn and revives him. [[spoiler:This gets her shanked by Daos.]]
16th Nov '15 12:20:02 PM Plactus
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* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' ends with Oliver dueling Ra's al Ghul to the death and losing.

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* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'''s third season winter finale ends with Oliver dueling Ra's al Ghul to the death and losing.losing.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'''s third season opened with an InMediasRes scene of Emily being shot and falling off a boat. The winter finale ended with the full scene in context, then Emily's BloodSplatteredWeddingDress washing ashore without her in it.
7th Oct '15 2:18:46 PM willofone
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* Enzo in ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' get this in "Game Over", when the User wins a game he was playing. The audience isn't fooled because we see him change his icon right before losing, but the people in Mainframe believe he dies. Next episode Enzo is back, but {{timeskip}}ped into a Badass adult and nowhere near Mainframe.

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* Enzo in ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' get this in "Game Over", when the User wins a game he was playing. The audience isn't fooled because we see him change his icon right before losing, but the people in Mainframe believe he dies. Next episode Enzo is back, but {{timeskip}}ped into a Badass BadAss adult and nowhere near Mainframe.
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