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23rd Jul '17 6:07:28 AM Nyame
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': The death of Rebecca Merlyn twenty-one years before the start of the series is the impetus of the plot. If she hadn't died, then her husband Malcolm Merlyn wouldn't have gone insane in trying to avenge her death with the Undertaking and try to kill his best friend Robert in order to stop him from trying to prevent it, resulting in Oliver Queen being stranded on Lian Yu for five years and becoming the Arrow.

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The death of [[TheLostLenore Rebecca Merlyn Merlyn]] twenty-one years before the start of the series is the very impetus of for the plot. entire show. If she hadn't died, then her husband Malcolm Merlyn wouldn't have gone insane in trying to avenge her death with the Undertaking and try to kill his best friend Robert in order to stop him from trying to prevent it, resulting in Oliver Queen being stranded on Lian Yu for five years and becoming the Arrow.Arrow.
*** Shado's death on the island is what prompts the events of Season 2. Slade Wilson, who loved her, is driven insane by the Mirakuru, and Oliver's role in her death twists his mind and causes him to direct his rage at him.
*** The death of Sara Lance causes the events of Season 3. Malcolm Merlyn ([[OverarchingVillain as always]]) brainwashes his daughter Thea into killing her, forcing Oliver to take the blame and in turn, pique Ra's al Ghul's interest. Sara was later revived at the beginning of Season 4.
** ''Series/TheFlash2014''
*** The murder of Nora Allen fourteen years prior to the start of the series drives most of the plot of Season 1, as her son Barry's main goal is to solve it so he can get his father Henry, who was wrongly convicted for her death, out of prison.
*** Henry Allen's own death towards the end of Season 2 breaks Barry enough to create the alternate timeline Flashpoint, the consequences of which drive most of the plot of Season 3.
** ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''
*** Rip initially gathers the Legends in order to prevent the deaths of his wife and son at the hands of Vandal Savage.
*** Eddie Thawne's death in the Season 1 finale of ''The Flash'' is the indirect cause of Season 2, as it turned his descendant Eobard Thawne into a time remnant and thus a target for the Black Flash, forcing him to create the Legion of Doom to search for the Spear of Destiny, or face certain non-existence.
16th Jul '17 6:44:30 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' only happens because Velvet's little brother [[IllBoy Laphicet]] is killed as a HumanSacrifice by the BigBad during the Advent, setting up for her quest for {{Revenge}}. [[spoiler: It ultimately turns out the ''real'' PlotTriggeringDeath is [[TheLostLenore Celica Crowe]] dying in the Opening, aka Artorius Collbrande's wife back when he was "Arthur". By dying when pregnant with her and Arthur's unborn son, he was used as the first HumanSacrifice to unlock part of the seal on Innominant. And then [[ManipulativeBastard Melchior]] showed up and encouraged Artorius to take the first steps to his vision of "order" and "reason"...]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' only happens because Velvet's little brother [[IllBoy Laphicet]] is killed as a HumanSacrifice by the BigBad during the Advent, setting up for her quest for {{Revenge}}. [[spoiler: It ultimately turns out the ''real'' PlotTriggeringDeath is [[TheLostLenore Celica Crowe]] dying in the Opening, aka Artorius Collbrande's wife back when he was "Arthur". By dying when Since she was pregnant with at the time, her and Arthur's unborn son, he son was used as the first HumanSacrifice to unlock part of the seal on Innominant.[[LightIsNotGood Innominant]]. And then [[ManipulativeBastard Melchior]] showed up and encouraged Artorius to take the first steps to his vision of "order" and "reason"...]]
16th Jul '17 6:42:05 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' only happens because Velvet's little brother [[IllBoy Laphicet]] is killed as a HumanSacrifice by the BigBad during the Advent, setting up for her quest for {{Revenge}}. [[spoiler: It ultimately turns out the ''real'' PlotTriggeringDeath is [[TheLostLenore Celica Crowe]] dying in the Opening, aka Artorius Collbrande's wife back when he was "Arthur". By dying when pregnant with her and Arthur's unborn son, he was used as the first HumanSacrifice to unlock part of the seal on Innominant. And then [[ManipulativeBastard Melchior]] showed up and encouraged Artorius to take the first steps to his vision of "order" and "reason"...]]
10th Jun '17 6:13:59 PM FortunateKitsune
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is what it is mostly because [[spoiler: the first Fallen Child]] died a long time ago. His death (well, the side-effects of his ThanatosGambit) is the reason there's a standing order to kill all humans who enter the Underground and why Toriel ([[spoiler: the child's adoptive mother and the former queen of the Underground]]) lives in the Ruins.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is what it is mostly because [[spoiler: the first Fallen Child]] died a long time ago. His Their death (well, the side-effects of his their ThanatosGambit) is the reason there's a standing order to kill all humans who enter the Underground and why Toriel ([[spoiler: the child's adoptive mother and the former queen of the Underground]]) lives in the Ruins.
8th Jun '17 1:47:23 PM NNinja
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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' plays with this. While not immediately obvious, through the game you find out about a death of a girl 9 years prior to when the game takes place, and it later turns out that said girl's death is the reason behind [[BigBad Zero's]] plan. [[spoiler: The girl is later revealed to be Akane, and Zero intends to use {{mindlink|Mates}} between her and Junpei to send information she needs to survive [[MentalTimeTravel to the past]] to ''prevent'' her death.]]
6th Jun '17 1:32:53 PM Klutz0
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* ''VideoGame/TheInfectiousMadnessofDoctorDekker'' hinges on this, with the player character trying to solve Dekker's murder while simultaneously treating the psychological patients he left behind.

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* ''VideoGame/TheInfectiousMadnessofDoctorDekker'' hinges on this, with the one of these. The player character is trying to solve Dekker's murder while simultaneously treating the psychological patients he left behind.
6th Jun '17 1:32:10 PM Klutz0
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* ''VideoGame/TheInfectiousMadnessofDoctorDekker'' hinges on this, with the player character trying to solve Dekker's murder while simultaneously treating the psychological patients he left behind.
12th May '17 12:15:40 AM TwoDollarBill
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** Had Grisha not taken [[spoiler:his sister Faye beyond the walls of the Eldian ghetto and unknowingly gotten her killed by Marley officers, he would have never joined the Eldian resistance and eventually end up in Paradis Island, the setting of the story.]]
28th Apr '17 11:45:05 PM dclark
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* Abin Sur's death in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''. As he dies, he passes the ring to Hal Jordan, the first human Green Lantern. By exposing the crimes of fellow Lantern Sinestro, who goes on to [[StartMyOwn form his own Lantern Corps]] and trigger the War of Light, Hal Jordan directly or indirectly causes the fulfillment of many of the rather apocalyptic prophecies in the Green Lanterns' resident ancient tome of prophecy.
23rd Mar '17 5:06:38 PM gb00393
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** Jon Arryn's death may have set the process in motion, but it's Ned's execution that ultimately plunges Westeros into all-out, bloody war.
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