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5th Jun '17 5:30:23 PM Katsuhagi
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** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.

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** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been (allegedly) shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.
24th May '17 2:38:02 PM Nyame
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.years.
** [[spoiler:Laurel Lance, after her death in Season 4. Season 5 makes it clear that Oliver is still in love with her, that he always will be, and that [[OneTrueLove she was the love of his life]], by showcasing how she was his LivingEmotionalCrutch throughout his five years away from home. Her death is the one that affects him most of all, even more so than Tommy's -- it causes him to regress on his ThouShaltNotKill stance and leaves him with a lot of hang-ups regarding romantic relationships. Even after Oliver makes peace with her death by telling "Laurel" in the Dominators' LotusEaterMachine everything he wanted to say to his Laurel, it's only after an encounter with her Earth-2 counterpart that he finally finds the strength to fulfill her last wish: a successor to carry on her legacy, so a piece of her will always be with him]].
19th May '17 12:38:57 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in [[Series/Arrow]], with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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* Tommy Merlyn in [[Series/Arrow]], ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
19th May '17 12:38:12 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.

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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', [[Series/Arrow]], with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
19th May '17 12:37:41 PM shadowstormer11
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* Tommy Merlyn in ''Series/Arrow'', with his death motivating Oliver to try to be a better man, forcing Laurel into alcoholism, and encouraging Malcolm to reach out to Thea. Even in Season 5, [[BigBad Prometheus]] mentions Tommy as an example of all of the people that Oliver has lost over the years.
1st May '17 2:24:36 PM TrueBlue170
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The first line of the OpeningCrawl of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is "Luke Skywalker has vanished." The search for him is a major factor in the motives of the heroes and villains. [[spoiler:He finally appears in the very last scene, when Rey finds him on Ahch-To.]]

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The first line of the OpeningCrawl of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is "Luke Skywalker has vanished." The search for him is a major factor in the motives of the heroes and villains. [[spoiler:He finally appears in the very last scene, and is completely silent, when Rey finds him on Ahch-To.]]
26th Apr '17 11:38:50 AM corruptmalemenace
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* Laura Palmer in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is [[PosthumousCharacter dead]] by the time the story starts - in fact, her death is ''why'' the story starts - but her influence is felt everywhere and drives much of the narrative.


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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' has Rachel Amber. Almost everyone Max interacts with has a connection to her, but she's been missing for months by the time the game starts and Max herself has never met her.
18th Apr '17 4:53:47 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:the sum total of Luke Skywalker's actual presence in the episode is a distant cameo in the last scene as Obi-Wan watches. He's never even mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he's the reason Obi-Wan is on Tatooine at all, and a major factor in his decision to confront Maul. The final exchange between Obi-Wan and Maul emphasizes Luke's importance, as Maul believes he will avenge those who have died at the hands of the Sith.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:the sum total of Luke Skywalker's actual presence in the episode is a distant cameo in the last scene as Obi-Wan watches. He's never even mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he's the reason Obi-Wan is on Tatooine at all, and a major factor in his decision to confront Maul. The final exchange between Obi-Wan and Maul emphasizes Luke's importance, as Maul believes he will avenge those who have died at the hands of the Sith.]]
9th Apr '17 4:00:58 PM AthenaBlue
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* Pepper Potts in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is absent from Tony's life, since he explains that the two of them are "taking a break" from their relationship following the end of ''{{Film/Iron Man 3}}'' since Tony was unable to stop being Iron Man. It helps explain why Tony's mental state throughout the film is even [[TraumaCongaLine more fragile than usual]].
* The film ''Film/{{Laura}}'' ''begins'' with the title character's death.



* [[spoiler: Kana]] in Film/NoroiTheCurse.

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* [[spoiler: Kana]] in Film/NoroiTheCurse.''Film/NoroiTheCurse''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The first line of the OpeningCrawl of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is "Luke Skywalker has vanished." The search for him is a major factor in the motives of the heroes and villains. [[spoiler:He finally appears in the very last scene, when Rey finds him on Ahch-To.]]



* The film Film/{{Laura}} ''begins'' with the title character's death.
* Pepper Potts in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is absent from Tony's life, since he explains that the two of them are "taking a break" from their relationship following the end of ''{{Film/Iron Man 3}}'' since Tony was unable to stop being Iron Man. It helps explain why Tony's mental state throughout the film is even [[TraumaCongaLine more fragile than usual]].



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* Dr. Murry in the novel ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''.



* Rand al'Thor (the Dragon Reborn) was almost entirely missing from ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime The Dragon Reborn]]''. He still had enough effect on the plot to name the book after him.

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* Rand al'Thor (the Dragon Reborn) was almost entirely missing from ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime The Dragon Reborn]]''. He still had enough effect on ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': ''Echoes of Honor'' features the plot to name titular character being captured as a POW very early in the book book. A good first third of the novel is the people back home dealing with her absence and its effects. Especially after him.[[spoiler:the Peeps execute her. Turns out they lied about that bit though.]]



* The novel ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Echoes of Honor]]'' features the titular character being captured as a POW very early in the book. A good first third of the novel is the people back home dealing with her absence and its effects. Especially after [[spoiler:the peeps execute her. Turns out they lied about that bit though.]]



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Rand al'Thor (the Dragon Reborn) was almost entirely missing from ''The Dragon Reborn''. He still had enough effect on the plot to name the book after him.
* Dr. Murry in the novel ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''.



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* Captain America in ''Series/AgentCarter''.



* John Winchester in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Later on God becomes this as the brothers are trying to figure where He went and why He is not acting to stop the coming Armageddon. The demons and the top angels decide that they have free rein to 'finish things' while Castiel is struggling to figure out what God wants him to do.
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar gets relatively little screen time, but his presence is felt everywhere. This is especially true for Matt Parkman's storyline, in which he is hunting Sylar.



* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[spoiler:Buffy's mother, Joyce,]] dies partway through the fifth season, which death receives an entire episode devoted to it as well as driving a great deal of character growth in subsequent seasons.
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar gets relatively little screen time, but his presence is felt everywhere. This is especially true for Matt Parkman's storyline, in which he is hunting Sylar.



* Captain America in ''Series/AgentCarter''.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[spoiler:Buffy's mother, Joyce,]] dies partway through the fifth season, which death receives an entire episode devoted to it as well as driving a great deal of character growth in subsequent seasons.

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* Captain America John Winchester in ''Series/AgentCarter''.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' [[spoiler:Buffy's mother, Joyce,]] dies partway through
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** Later on God becomes this as
the fifth season, which death receives an entire episode devoted brothers are trying to it as well as driving a great deal of character growth in subsequent seasons.figure where He went and why He is not acting to stop the coming Armageddon. The demons and the top angels decide that they have free rein to 'finish things' while Castiel is struggling to figure out what God wants him to do.



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* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', the withdrawal of Empress Diva'ratrika from public life after the Nidraa'chal War in the story's prologue has huge consequences for the plot, with Diva's daughters and the various clans of Chel'el'sussolth vying to fill the power gap. This is very apparent at the clan meeting where [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5778 her]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5785 empty throne]] is focused on repeatedly. Especially since it's revealed early on that [[spoiler:Diva is actually dead and has been since the tail end of the war at her own daughter's hands, and when she starts having a direct effect on the plot again it's via GrandTheftMe of her servant in a last-ditch attempt to escape the confinement her daughters put her in]].



* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', the withdrawal of Empress Diva'ratrika from public life after the Nidraa'chal War in the story's prologue has huge consequences for the plot, with Diva's daughters and the various clans of Chel'el'sussolth vying to fill the power gap. This is very apparent at the clan meeting where [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5778 her]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5785 empty throne]] is focused on repeatedly. Especially since it's revealed early on that [[spoiler:Diva is actually dead and has been since the tail end of the war at her own daughter's hands, and when she starts having a direct effect on the plot again it's via GrandTheftMe of her servant in a last-ditch attempt to escape the confinement her daughters put her in]].



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26th Mar '17 2:03:57 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E18TwinSuns "Twin Suns"]], [[spoiler:the sum total of Luke Skywalker's actual presence in the episode is a distant cameo in the last scene as Obi-Wan watches. He's never even mentioned by name. Nevertheless, he's the reason Obi-Wan is on Tatooine at all, and a major factor in his decision to confront Maul. The final exchange between Obi-Wan and Maul emphasizes Luke's importance, as Maul believes he will avenge those who have died at the hands of the Sith.]]



** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.[[/folder]]

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** In season 4 Pink Diamond is similar, but has been gone for over 5,000 years by the start of the story [[spoiler:having been shattered by Rose Quartz]] but her presence resounds throughout the story through other character's reactions to her death, in particular her "sisters" Yellow and Blue Diamond and their methods of coping with her loss.loss.
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