History Main / SacrificialLamb

23rd Dec '17 3:51:58 PM DougDevilsMutt
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** Jeffretariat is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype example. He had his own ambitions and life, yet all people remember him for is his death being one of the catalysts for his brother (courtesy of being [[TheParagon Secretariat]]'s younger sibling, whom by comparison he couldn't help but come off as dull).

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** Jeffretariat is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype example. He had his own ambitions and life, yet all people remember him for is his death being one of the catalysts for his brother brother's suicide (courtesy of being [[TheParagon Secretariat]]'s younger sibling, whom by comparison he couldn't help but come off as dull).
23rd Dec '17 3:51:22 PM DougDevilsMutt
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* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' zigzags this trope often:
** Jeffretariat is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype example. He had his own ambitions and life, yet all people remember him for is his death being one of the catalysts for his brother (courtesy of being [[TheParagon Secretariat]]'s younger sibling, whom by comparison he couldn't help but come off as dull).
** Kinko, a child refugee in the impoverished country of Cordovia, is killed during a bombing at the camp. Diane, having gotten attached to him, is broken by his death. This, coupled with the philanthropist/benefactor of the camp/ActionFashionista Sebastian St. Claire brushing off his death in order to focus on rebuilding the camp, leads Diane to suffer a HeroicBSOD and return to Hollywoo where she crashes at [=BoJack=]'s, avoids talking to her husband Mr. Peanutbutter and tries to drink her weight in alcohol.
20th Dec '17 7:59:46 AM thekeyofe
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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has Rose's sister Paige, who dies during the bomber attack at the very beginning of the movie.
13th Dec '17 1:59:23 PM MasterN
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So here it is, the first episode of a brand-new story. You want to give a powerful first impression, the idea that this story will be different and you can't expect the typical stuff from this story. Aware that the GenreSavvy audience needs to be impressed, you need to establish this is a place where AnyoneCanDie.

For that reason, they wheel on the Sacrificial Lamb. S/He is presented as an important part in the plot or having a close relationship with the main characters, perhaps filling a character archetype (love interest, best friend, etc). Then, in a [[ShockingSwerve shocking twist]], the lamb is [[CharacterDeath slaughtered]] early on -- [[MidSeasonTwist by episode seven, tops]]. The law is laid down: ''You like these characters? Well anything can happen here. You have been warned.''

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So here it is, the first episode of a brand-new story. You want to give a powerful first impression, the idea that this story will be different and you can't expect the typical stuff from this story. Aware that the GenreSavvy audience needs to be impressed, you need to establish this situation is a place where AnyoneCanDie.

serious.

For that reason, they wheel on the Sacrificial Lamb. S/He is They are presented as an important part in the plot or having a close relationship with the main characters, perhaps filling a character archetype (love interest, best friend, etc). Then, in a [[ShockingSwerve shocking twist]], the lamb is [[CharacterDeath slaughtered]] early on -- [[MidSeasonTwist by episode seven, tops]]. The law is laid down: ''You like these characters? Well anything can happen AnyoneCanDie here. You have been warned.''
4th Nov '17 7:55:47 PM Angeldeb82
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'''Wu Han:''' Not this time Indy. I followed you on many adventures... but against the great unknown mystery... I go first Indy!

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'''Wu Han:''' Not this time time, Indy. I followed you on many adventures... but against the great unknown mystery... I go first first, Indy!
16th Sep '17 11:41:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} {{revival}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' comic, Thunderbird is killed two issues after he's introduced. He was actually created to be kicked off the team in his first issue, but the writers changed their mind at the last moment. Then they realized they no idea what to do with him.

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* In UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} {{revival}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' comic, Thunderbird is killed two issues after he's introduced. He was actually created to be kicked off the team in his first issue, but the writers changed their mind at the last moment. Then they realized they no idea what to do with him.



* Morph on the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon series, who came BackFromTheDead due to popularity.

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* Morph on the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon series, who came BackFromTheDead due to popularity.
18th Jun '17 10:28:26 AM Bluntaxe
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** Hedwig serves this purpose in the final book. While some of Harry's loved ones had died in previous books, this usually happened near the end of the books, often as a result of a heroic sacrifice. Hedwig's death came within the first few chapters and was unceremonious, clearly signalling that people would start dying much more often.
22nd May '17 6:45:22 PM Khrunwahl02
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** Wheeljack mentioned all the other Wreckers died in the war before they brought the war to earth, including Roadbuster.

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** Wheeljack mentioned all the other Wreckers died in the war before they brought the war to earth, including Seaspray and Roadbuster.
22nd Apr '17 8:39:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has a variation of this trope, where usually an NPC is murdered in the prologue. In the first version, it was a nameless student that Danya shot because he was wearing his hat sideways, and Danya [[KickTheDog "didn't like punks"]]. However, true to this trope, in other versions (and alluded to in the first version) the teachers, who the characters had probably interacted with at some point during [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pregame]] are promptly shot. And very often, the prologue is [[ADeathInTheLimelight told in the perspective of one of the teachers murdered]].

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' has a variation of this trope, where usually an NPC is murdered in the prologue. In the first version, it was a nameless student that Danya shot because he was wearing his hat sideways, and Danya [[KickTheDog "didn't like punks"]]. However, true to this trope, in other versions (and alluded to in the first version) the teachers, who the characters had probably interacted with at some point during [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters pregame]] are promptly shot. And very often, the prologue is [[ADeathInTheLimelight told in the perspective of one of the teachers murdered]].
15th Mar '17 10:54:02 PM Khrunwahl02
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In the episode "Hooky", Patrick invites SpongeBob to play on the fish hooks casted into Bikini Bottom by humans. Seeing there are so many hooks and not one fish around, SpongeBob asks "''Where is everybody?''", Patrick replies he did see a little kid shortly ago and the camera zooms to child-sized shoes laying on the ground...

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In the episode "Hooky", Patrick invites SpongeBob to play on the fish hooks casted into Bikini Bottom by humans. Seeing there are so many hooks and not one fish around, SpongeBob asks "''Where is everybody?''", Patrick replies he did see a little kid shortly ago playing with the hooks earlier and the camera zooms to child-sized shoes laying on the ground...
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