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18th Aug '16 2:53:11 AM Karxrida
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Generally this character's demise is a PlotTriggeringDeath. Compare with DeadStarWalking and DeadAllAlong. Contrast with ForgottenFallenFriend. See also DeathByOriginStory. The PredecessorVillain is often a specific type of Posthumous Character. BiggerBad can be a villain version of this trope, depending on how it's used.

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Generally this character's demise is a PlotTriggeringDeath. Compare with DeadStarWalking and DeadAllAlong. Contrast with ForgottenFallenFriend. See also DeathByOriginStory. The PredecessorVillain is often a specific type of Posthumous Character. BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain can be a villain version of this trope, depending on how it's used.
17th Aug '16 12:46:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Jon Arryn, Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rickard Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen and his father Aerys in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters More are added to this list]] as the series [[AnyoneCanDie progresses]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Among the most notable are Jon Arryn, Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rickard Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen and his father Aerys in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters More are added to this list]] as the series [[AnyoneCanDie progresses]].Aerys.
6th Aug '16 1:16:50 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Everything that happens in ''The Bourne Supremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.

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* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Everything that happens in ''The Bourne Supremacy'' ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.
25th Jul '16 2:01:41 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Kagerou Project}}'': Ayano. She committed suicide two years to the day before the main plot begins, yet she is linked to almost every main character in some way (she was friends with Shintaro, Takane[[spoiler:/Ene]] and Haruka[[spoiler:/Konoha]], is Hiyori's niece, was [[spoiler:the older adoptive sibling]] of Kido, Seto and Kano and is Kenjirou's daughter) and her actions lead directly to [[spoiler:the formation of the Mekakushi Dan]]. It is revealed during her personal song ''Ayano's Theory of Happiness'' that she committed suicide in an effort to [[spoiler:obtain an eye power, but didn't realise people have to die ''in pairs'' to get one]], because she discovered exactly what her father was [[MadScientist up to]].

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* ''{{Kagerou Project}}'': ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Ayano. She committed suicide two years to the day before the main plot begins, yet she is linked to almost every main character in some way (she was friends with Shintaro, Takane[[spoiler:/Ene]] and Haruka[[spoiler:/Konoha]], is Hiyori's niece, was [[spoiler:the older adoptive sibling]] of Kido, Seto and Kano and is Kenjirou's daughter) and her actions lead directly to [[spoiler:the formation of the Mekakushi Dan]]. It is revealed during her personal song ''Ayano's Theory of Happiness'' that she committed suicide in an effort to [[spoiler:obtain an eye power, but didn't realise people have to die ''in pairs'' to get one]], because she discovered exactly what her father was [[MadScientist up to]].
24th Jul '16 5:18:06 PM nombretomado
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* Mary Magdalene is an important enough character in ''ChronoCrusade'' to be mentioned in the logo of the series, but she's long been dead by the time the main part of the story starts. She's spoken of several times before the flashbacks explaining who she was are finally introduced (although her ghost shows up briefly in the end).

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* Mary Magdalene is an important enough character in ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' to be mentioned in the logo of the series, but she's long been dead by the time the main part of the story starts. She's spoken of several times before the flashbacks explaining who she was are finally introduced (although her ghost shows up briefly in the end).
14th Jul '16 10:38:21 AM OptimisticLusio
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* ''Film/Watchmen'': The Comedian is killed off in the first minutes of the movie, And is mainly presented in flashbacks.
6th Jul '16 1:07:27 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': Alexandra Drennan, the researcher who left the audio recordings.
1st Jul '16 7:42:50 PM lucy24
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* Granny Aching from the Tiffany Aching series of books in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Dead before the first book began, we only see her through Tiffany's memories. A bit of a shame since it would have been interesting to see a meeting between Granny Weatherwax and her. Pratchett has said in talks, "She's one of my best characters ever, and she's dead!"
* Dave Likely in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.

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Granny Aching from the Tiffany Aching series of books in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.series. Dead before the first book began, we only see her through Tiffany's memories. A bit of a shame since it would have been interesting to see a meeting between Granny Weatherwax and her. Pratchett has said in talks, "She's one of my best characters ever, and she's dead!"
* ** In several books, the witches talk about the infamous Black Aliss, baddest of bad witches.
** ''Discworld/NightWatch'' by Terry Pratchett has a fairly interesting version of this trope. [[spoiler:John Keel, Sam Vimes' mentor,]] is murdered shortly after Vimes stumbles back in time; [[spoiler:he's mentioned in the beginning on the anniversary of his death (and the other soldiers). So Vimes ends up having to take his place in history, letting us see something similar to the story of John Keel, but not quite (note that it's not a StableTimeLoop; Vimes wasn't supposed to come back in time. He really was mentored by the real Keel, who was murdered due to Carcer being brought back in time as well. So John Keel's feats were really done by John Keel in the first timeline, but in this separate timeline, they're done by Vimes).]]
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Dave Likely in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.



* ''Discworld/NightWatch'' by Terry Pratchett has a fairly interesting version of this trope. [[spoiler:John Keel, Sam Vimes' mentor,]] is murdered shortly after Vimes stumbles back in time; [[spoiler:he's mentioned in the beginning on the anniversary of his death (and the other soldiers). So Vimes ends up having to take his place in history, letting us see something similar to the story of John Keel, but not quite (note that it's not a StableTimeLoop; Vimes wasn't supposed to come back in time. He really was mentored by the real Keel, who was murdered due to Carcer being brought back in time as well. So John Keel's feats were really done by John Keel in the first timeline, but in this separate timeline, they're done by Vimes).]]
1st Jul '16 7:37:04 PM lucy24
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* The police detective in ''Film/{{Laura}}'' falls in love with the titular character after seeing her portrait and interviewing her friends--while he's investigating her murder. [[spoiler: Subverted, in that she's not actually dead.]]

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* The police detective in ''Film/{{Laura}}'' falls in love with the titular title character after seeing her portrait and interviewing her friends--while he's investigating her murder. [[spoiler: Subverted, in that she's not actually dead.]]
28th Jun '16 4:51:18 AM naclmore
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* Jade's Grandfather in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' initially (the first time we see him is Jade being startled by his stuffed body... somehow). However he is disqualified for being alive during most of the kids' adventure because of [[TimeTravel shenanigans]]. The same goes for John's Nanna, who comes back as a [[GuardianEntity sprite]].

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* Jade's Grandfather in ''Webcomic/Homestuck'' ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' initially (the first time we see him is Jade being startled by his stuffed body... somehow). However he is disqualified for being alive during most of the kids' adventure because of [[TimeTravel shenanigans]]. The same goes for John's Nanna, who comes back as a [[GuardianEntity sprite]].
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