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10th Oct '17 3:28:11 AM Arvaus
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* All ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films have this. Doc in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first]] and [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]], and Marty's father George in the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second]]. They all [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong get better]], of course.

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* All ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films have this. Doc in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first]] and ''and'' [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]], and Marty's father George in the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second]]. They all [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong get better]], of course.
10th Oct '17 3:26:20 AM Arvaus
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* All ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films have this. Doc in parts [[Film/BackToTheFuture one]] and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII III]]''', and Marty's father George in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.

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* All ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' films have this. Doc in parts the [[Film/BackToTheFuture one]] first]] and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII III]]''', [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]], and Marty's father George in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second]]. They all [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong get better]], of course.
17th Sep '17 12:03:59 PM DustSnitch
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** The murder of her mother resulted in [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard bastard]] [[BadassPrincess princess]] Historia Reiss being forced into the identity of Krista Lenz. Her presence in the Survey Corps helps expose the GovernmentConspiracy and makes her vital to their plans to overthrow the government]].

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** The murder of her mother resulted in [[spoiler: [[HeroicBastard bastard]] [[BadassPrincess princess]] [[spoiler:bastard princess Historia Reiss being forced into the identity of Krista Lenz. Her presence in the Survey Corps helps expose the GovernmentConspiracy and makes her vital to their plans to overthrow the government]].
6th Sep '17 4:44:30 PM Nyame
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** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':

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** ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Every single PlotTriggeringDeath somehow stems from the first entry, Rebecca Merlyn, and caused a season's worth of problems. Seasons 1, 3, and 5's can be chained together, while Season 2's is only connected to Season 1's. The only season that ''wasn't'' the result of a death, from either Oliver's five years away from home or previous seasons, was Season 4.



*** 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.

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*** 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.Oliver, his friends, his family, and ultimately Star(ling) City as a whole.


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*** [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul's death is the trigger for Season 5, as his daughter Talia was so enraged by it that she trained BigBad Prometheus to help her take revenge on Oliver]].


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*** [[spoiler:Iris West's premature death at the end of Season 3, as foretold in the midseason finale, was a result of Flashpoint, and also serves as a PlotTriggeringDeath. More specifically, it acts as the lynchpin for a StableTimeLoop that ensures the existence of BigBad Savitar. When her death is prevented in the season finale, the loop breaks and Savitar only has a few hours left before the paradox catches up to him and he ceases to exist]].
28th Aug '17 11:11:24 PM mlsmithca
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** The pre-series executions of Brandon and Rickard Stark, Ned's father and brother, by King Aerys Targaryen, along with the apparent kidnapping of his sister Lyanna by Prince Rhaegar, are the immediate triggers for Robert's Rebellion. The uprising ends with the death of Mad King Aerys, which results in Robert becoming king and marrying Cersei and Viserys and Danaerys fleeing into exile. Fifteen years later, these events result in the plot of ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''.

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** The pre-series executions of Brandon and Rickard Stark, Ned's father and brother, by King Aerys Targaryen, along with the apparent kidnapping of his sister Lyanna by Prince Rhaegar, are the immediate triggers for Robert's Rebellion. The uprising ends with the death of Mad King Aerys, which results in Robert becoming king and marrying Cersei and Viserys and Danaerys Daenerys fleeing into exile. Fifteen years later, these events result in the plot of ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''.



* Happens in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. In the first book, ''Into the Wild'', Redtail and Oakheart, the deputies of [=ThunderClan=] and [=RiverClan=] respectively are killed in a very early battle. Fireheart, main character of the first arc, spends the next three books trying to prove that the celebrated [=ThunderClan=] warrior Tigerclaw actually murdered Redtail, while uncovering Oakheart's dark secrets and connections to the other Clans

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* Happens in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. In the first book, ''Into the Wild'', Redtail and Oakheart, the deputies of [=ThunderClan=] and [=RiverClan=] respectively are killed in a very early battle. Fireheart, main character of the first arc, spends the next three books trying to prove that the celebrated [=ThunderClan=] warrior Tigerclaw actually murdered Redtail, while uncovering Oakheart's dark secrets and connections to the other ClansClans.



* Hector, of the {{Web Serial Novel}} ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', is an undead example of this trope. The story begins with him dying and meeting [[GrimReaper Garovel]], which is how he starts involving himself in dangerous situations in order to save other people's lives.

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* Hector, of the {{Web Serial Novel}} WebSerialNovel ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', is an undead example of this trope. The story begins with him dying and meeting [[GrimReaper Garovel]], which is how he starts involving himself in dangerous situations in order to save other people's lives.
20th Aug '17 8:22:15 PM yoav15951
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** The war of season 7 is trigerred by the deaths of Tommen Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell, and Cersei usurping the throne from them.
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.
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