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6th May '16 6:40:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''GaiaOnline'''s recent/current (began in spring 2010, still active as of spring 2012) deicide story arc, one of the first victims was ''[[BigBad Johnny K. Gambino]]'', who up until that point had PlotArmor that could (and did) bounce a WorldSundering [[EarthShatteringKaboom Kaboom]].

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* In ''GaiaOnline'''s ''Website/GaiaOnline'''s recent/current (began in spring 2010, still active as of spring 2012) deicide story arc, one of the first victims was ''[[BigBad Johnny K. Gambino]]'', who up until that point had PlotArmor that could (and did) bounce a WorldSundering [[EarthShatteringKaboom Kaboom]].
6th May '16 1:11:35 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Talent And The Hive'' novel, ''Damia'', Larak Raven (younger brother and closest relative of the title character) dies when he absorbs the brunt of a psychic attack meant for another. A good amount of the book is spent establishing that Larak his coming into his own as an adult, contrasting the conflicted, unsatisfied life of his sister.

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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Talent And The Hive'' ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' novel, ''Damia'', Larak Raven (younger brother and closest relative of the title character) dies when he absorbs the brunt of a psychic attack meant for another. A good amount of the book is spent establishing that Larak his coming into his own as an adult, contrasting the conflicted, unsatisfied life of his sister.
11th Apr '16 8:10:28 AM emeriin
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* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera'' review, lovable bum Chester gets killed. Critic doesn't care, and fandom was upset enough for Beth to tweet that he'll be coming back, but it has a lot more weight than the stagehand in the movie.
11th Apr '16 7:23:50 AM XTC
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** Cliffjumper in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who's killed by Starscream in the ''intro'' of the first episode. Surprisingly, although the set-up puts him in the category of a sacrificial lamb, his death has a significant effect on the Autobots as they come together closer as a team and with their human friends. And it makes them a little sore when confronting the Decepticons later on. More than just a little in Arcee's case, as Cliffjumper [[DeadPartner was her partner.]]

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** Cliffjumper in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who's killed by Starscream in the ''intro'' ''first act'' of the first episode. Surprisingly, although the set-up puts Ostensibly, this setup would put him more in the category of a sacrificial lamb, his however he was heavily featured in promos for the show in advance of its premiere, and is a well-known heritage name from the franchise, priming (heh) expectations and implying that he would be a regular character. His death has a significant effect on the Autobots as they come together closer as a team and with their human friends. And it makes them a little sore when confronting the Decepticons later on. More than just a little in Arcee's case, as Cliffjumper [[DeadPartner was her partner.]]



*** Dreadwing when he tries to kill Starscream.
19th Mar '16 6:43:35 AM Hossmeister
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* Sally Avril from ''Comicbook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'', one of Peter Parker's fellow students. She tries to become a vigilante like SpiderMan, but he tries to dissuade her due to the risks. Undaunted, she later dies in an auto accident after recklessly pursuing Spidey to get photographs of him in action.

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* Sally Avril from ''Comicbook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan'', one of Peter Parker's fellow students. She tries to become a vigilante like SpiderMan, Franchise/SpiderMan, but he tries to dissuade her due to the risks. Undaunted, she later dies in an auto accident after recklessly pursuing Spidey to get photographs of him in action.



* ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' has gone out of its way to prove that no variation of Spider-Man is safe. Killing [[spoiler:the Spider-Man of ''ComicBook/{{Marvel1602}}'' is bad enough. The Spider-Man from the very first issue of ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' is killed as well.]] And if that isn't enough proof, consider the following: [[spoiler:the entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', even if it isn't the ''actual'' world, were murdered.]]

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' has gone out of its way to prove that no variation of Spider-Man is safe. Killing [[spoiler:the Spider-Man of ''ComicBook/{{Marvel1602}}'' is bad enough. The Spider-Man from the very first issue of ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' is killed as well.]] well]]. And if that isn't enough proof, consider the following: [[spoiler:the entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', even if it isn't the ''actual'' world, were murdered.]] murdered]].



* Averted and in fact exploited by the hero of all people in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. [[spoiler:L reasons that even if Light and Misa had discovered that Erin was listening in on them and that Misa had gotten the chance to catch her name with her Eyes they couldn't have killed her without irreversibly incriminating themselves and having to kill everyone else afterwards to cover this up. So this SacrificialLion meant not only that AnyoneCanDie, but that everyone ''would'' die. But only after L is killed first. Erin is NOT happy when she figures this out, thinking that L essentially used the whole task force as bait. To his credit L does set things up so that no one has to actually die...well, except [[DidntSeeThatComing Light and Watari,]] and of course [[HeroicSacrifice himself]].]]

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* Averted and in fact exploited by the hero of all people in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. [[spoiler:L reasons that even if Light and Misa had discovered that Erin was listening in on them and that Misa had gotten the chance to catch her name with her Eyes they couldn't have killed her without irreversibly incriminating themselves and having to kill everyone else afterwards to cover this up. So this SacrificialLion meant not only that AnyoneCanDie, but that everyone ''would'' die. But only after L is killed first. Erin is NOT happy when she figures this out, thinking that L essentially used the whole task force as bait. To his credit L does set things up so that no one has to actually die...well, except [[DidntSeeThatComing Light and Watari,]] and of course [[HeroicSacrifice himself]].]]



* Discussed in ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'', where Blake sums up the elements that make a SacrificialLion so easily missed.

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* Discussed in ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'', where Blake sums up the elements that make a SacrificialLion Sacrificial Lion so easily missed.



* Cedric Diggory, the former TropeNamer from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. He's introduced a book before, given loads of CharacterDevelopment, becomes Harry's friend in addition to his rival... and then is rather casually murdered, just to show how evil Voldemort is. In commentary on the series, his death serves the meta purpose of showing that Rowling was [[AnyoneCanDie playing for keeps]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
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Cedric Diggory, the former TropeNamer from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.{{Trope Namer|s}}. He's introduced a book before, given loads of CharacterDevelopment, becomes Harry's friend in addition to his rival... and then is rather casually murdered, just to show how evil Voldemort is. In commentary on the series, his death serves the meta purpose of showing that Rowling was [[AnyoneCanDie playing for keeps]].



* Boromir from ''LordOfTheRings'' is a Stealth SacrificialLion. He's given as much CharacterDevelopment as any of the other members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and then is given a BadAss death to show just how much meaner than normal orcs the Uruk-hai happen to be.

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* Boromir from ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a Stealth SacrificialLion.Sacrificial Lion. He's given as much CharacterDevelopment as any of the other members of the Fellowship of the Ring, and then is given a BadAss death to show just how much meaner than normal orcs the Uruk-hai happen to be.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Robert Baratheon is a warm-up SacrificialLion for the ''real'' SacrificialLion, namely Eddard Stark. Later, Ned's wife Catelyn and eldest son Robb join him in this trope.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Robert Baratheon is a warm-up SacrificialLion example for the ''real'' SacrificialLion, one, namely Eddard Stark. Later, Ned's wife Catelyn and eldest son Robb join him in this trope.



* Most ''{{Redwall}}'' novels have at least one major character dying halfway through or towards the end of the book. ''Salamandastron'' [[UpToEleven took it up a notch]] and killed off one of ''the main'' characters.
** ''Martin The Warrior'' did the same, not only killing off one of the main characters, but doing so [[TearJerker in the most heartbreaking manner possible]].
* In AnneMcCaffrey's ''Talent And The Hive'' novel, ''Damia'', Larak Raven (younger brother and closest relative of the title character) dies when he absorbs the brunt of a psychic attack meant for another. A good amount of the book is spent establishing that Larak his coming into his own as an adult, contrasting the conflicted, unsatisfied life of his sister.

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* Most ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novels have at least one major character dying halfway through or towards the end of the book. ''Salamandastron'' [[UpToEleven took it up a notch]] and killed off one of ''the main'' characters.
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characters. ''Martin The Warrior'' did the same, not only killing off one of the main characters, but doing so [[TearJerker [[TearJerker/{{Redwall}} in the most heartbreaking manner possible]].
* In AnneMcCaffrey's Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Talent And The Hive'' novel, ''Damia'', Larak Raven (younger brother and closest relative of the title character) dies when he absorbs the brunt of a psychic attack meant for another. A good amount of the book is spent establishing that Larak his coming into his own as an adult, contrasting the conflicted, unsatisfied life of his sister.



* Occurs frequently in MatthewReilly's books. Hawkins in ''Contest'', Book in ''Ice Station'', Van Lewin in ''Temple''... Let's just call it OnceAnEpisode.
* Literature/NewJediOrder pulled a pretty major one in ''Vector Prime'', the first book of the series, with Chewbacca.

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* Occurs frequently in MatthewReilly's Creator/MatthewReilly's books. Hawkins in ''Contest'', Book in ''Ice Station'', Van Lewin in ''Temple''... Let's just call it OnceAnEpisode.
OncePerEpisode.
* Literature/NewJediOrder ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' pulled a pretty major one in ''Vector Prime'', the first book of the series, with Chewbacca.



* When Bigwig in ''WatershipDown'' sets himself up for a toe-to-toe with Woundwort, he fully expects to go out as one of these. It's his last fight, whatever happens, and he knows it. His CrowningMomentOfAwesome is to not only ''subvert'' the trope but send Woundwort packing in fear - something that had never happened before and (given what happens shortly thereafter) never happens again.
** According to [[WordOfGod Richard Adams]], he'd actually ''intended'' for Bigwig to die there, but his daughters begged him to change it (the story was originally created for them), and so he survived. The animated film adaptation, however, turns [[TheWoobie Blackavar]] into one of these in practically the same manner that Adams had intended for Bigwig, so it fulfills this trope.
* In ''TheElenium'', Kurik gets this treatment. After spending three books demonstrating how he is a match for any knight in the series, he gets unceremoniously slaughtered by Adus. Even the antagonist Martel is shocked and grieved by Kurik's death.
* Adaon, son of the chief bard Taliesin, in ''[[ChroniclesOfPrydain The Black Cauldron]]''. He had become a close friend and confidante of protagonist Taran and Taran's other friends, and his death changed Taran forever.
** Later, in ''The High King'', Coll son of Collfrewr and King Rhun of Mona also become Sacrificial Lions. Coll is particularly gut-wrenching for the reader because he helped raise Taran from infancy.
* Cinna in ''[[TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]''. He is subjected to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Capitol guards and Katniss is forced to watch but cannot help him, as she is currently travelling to the arena for her second Games. He gets killed offscreen at some point between the second and third books. [[BigBad President Snow]] did this just to screw with Katniss as she entered the arena, in the hope that her focus would be thrown off and she'd get herself killed. With Cinna's murder, character deaths were no longer restricted to the Games.
** Also, [[spoiler: Prim in ''Mockingjay''. Especially given that Katniss is told that Snow would never kill Prim, making him in some ways the lesser of two evils.]]
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: [[spoiler: Oh, Sophie, we hardly knew ye.]]

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* When Bigwig in ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' sets himself up for a toe-to-toe with Woundwort, he fully expects to go out as one of these. It's his last fight, whatever happens, and he knows it. His CrowningMomentOfAwesome is to not only ''subvert'' the trope but send Woundwort packing in fear - something that had never happened before and (given what happens shortly thereafter) never happens again.
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again. According to [[WordOfGod Richard Adams]], he'd actually ''intended'' for Bigwig to die there, but his daughters begged him to change it (the story was originally created for them), and so he survived. [[WesternAnimation/WatershipDown The animated film adaptation, adaptation]], however, turns [[TheWoobie Blackavar]] into one of these in practically the same manner that Adams had intended for Bigwig, so it fulfills this trope.
* In ''TheElenium'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', Kurik gets this treatment. After spending three books demonstrating how he is a match for any knight in the series, he gets unceremoniously slaughtered by Adus. Even the antagonist Martel is shocked and grieved by Kurik's death.
* Adaon, son of the chief bard Taliesin, in ''[[ChroniclesOfPrydain ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain The Black Cauldron]]''. He had become a close friend and confidante of protagonist Taran and Taran's other friends, and his death changed Taran forever.
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forever. Later, in ''The High King'', Coll son of Collfrewr and King Rhun of Mona also become Sacrificial Lions. Coll is particularly gut-wrenching for the reader because he helped raise Taran from infancy.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames''
**
Cinna in ''[[TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]''.''Catching Fire''. He is subjected to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Capitol guards and Katniss is forced to watch but cannot help him, as she is currently travelling to the arena for her second Games. He gets killed offscreen at some point between the second and third books. [[BigBad President Snow]] did this just to screw with Katniss as she entered the arena, in the hope that her focus would be thrown off and she'd get herself killed. With Cinna's murder, character deaths were no longer restricted to the Games.
** Also, [[spoiler: Prim in ''Mockingjay''. Especially given that Katniss is told that Snow would never kill Prim, making him in some ways the lesser of two evils.]]
evils]].
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: [[spoiler: Oh, Sophie, we hardly knew ye.]] ye]].



* Every so often, promotions will give a rookie wrestler a massive push to sell him as a "young, uncannily talented phenom", with a major part of the push involving having the rookie defeat a couple well-established main eventers or former world champions.
** Notable examples include TheUndertaker, KevinNash, BrockLesnar, and more recently, {{Sheamus}} and AlbertoDelRio.

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* Every so often, promotions will give a rookie wrestler a massive push to sell him as a "young, uncannily talented phenom", with a major part of the push involving having the rookie defeat a couple well-established main eventers or former world champions.
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champions. Notable examples include TheUndertaker, KevinNash, BrockLesnar, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/BrockLesnar, and more recently, {{Sheamus}} Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and AlbertoDelRio.Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio.



* JJ Sturn of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was built up to be one of the most important characters of v4. Then came along [[WhosLaughingNow Jimmy Brennan]]...

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* JJ Sturn of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' was built up to be one of the most important characters of v4. Then came along [[WhosLaughingNow Jimmy Brennan]]...



* Another Pixar example would be Rod "Torque" Redline from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]''.
* Spoofed in ''CloneHigh'', in which Ponce d'Leon would appear to be one of these if not for the fact that he's introduced in the same episode that he snuffs it, as well as the amusingly obvious foreshadowing of his death. Both the next-episode preview and the cold open feature the narrator making a big deal of "a clone dies tonight!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] planned on having a civilian airplane pilot killed after being shot down to prove that the bad guys were playing for keeps. Fortunately for him, the creators of the film decided that it would take too long to introduce the character for long enough to make the audience care about his death, and the character's role was reduced to simply loaning Helen a plane.
** Watch that scene--right after the main body of the airplane hits the water between the main characters, there's a shot looking down into the depths for a few seconds as the plane sinks. The pilot's hat was originally supposed to be drifting forlornly upwards in that shot, making it look a little pointless without it.

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* Another Pixar example would be Creator/{{Pixar}}
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Rod "Torque" Redline from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]''.
* Spoofed in ''CloneHigh'', in which Ponce d'Leon would appear to be one of these if not for the fact that he's introduced in the same episode that he snuffs it, as well as the amusingly obvious foreshadowing of his death. Both the next-episode preview and the cold open feature the narrator making a big deal of "a clone dies tonight!"
*
''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.
**
''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] planned on having a civilian airplane pilot killed after being shot down to prove that the bad guys were playing for keeps. Fortunately for him, the creators of the film decided that it would take too long to introduce the character for long enough to make the audience care about his death, and the character's role was reduced to simply loaning Helen a plane.
**
plane. Watch that scene--right after the main body of the airplane hits the water between the main characters, there's a shot looking down into the depths for a few seconds as the plane sinks. The pilot's hat was originally supposed to be drifting forlornly upwards in that shot, making it look a little pointless without it.it.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', in which Ponce d'Leon would appear to be one of these if not for the fact that he's introduced in the same episode that he snuffs it, as well as the amusingly obvious foreshadowing of his death. Both the next-episode preview and the cold open feature the narrator making a big deal of "a clone dies tonight!"



* If there was any question of just what ''TransformersAnimated'''s Shockwave was made of, it was removed when he ''crushed Blurr into a cube''.

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* If there was any question of just what ''TransformersAnimated'''s ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s Shockwave was made of, it was removed when he ''crushed Blurr into a cube''.



*** Don't forget Dreadwing when he tries to kill Starscream.

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*** Don't forget Dreadwing when he tries to kill Starscream.



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18th Feb '16 3:09:49 PM Skybrigadier
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* Discussed in ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'', where Blake sums up the elements that make a SacrificialLion so easily missed.
15th Feb '16 1:26:00 PM Blazer
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* To prove that [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore that this is a different setting going out]], ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3 ends up having Pyrrha Nikos, one of the members of the second group of main characters Team JNPR, killed by Cinder Fall
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* Cedric Diggory, the former TropeNamer from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. He's introduced a book before, given loads of CharacterDevelopment, becomes Harry's friend in addition to his rival... and then is rather casually murdered, just to show how evil Voldemort is.

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* Cedric Diggory, the former TropeNamer from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. He's introduced a book before, given loads of CharacterDevelopment, becomes Harry's friend in addition to his rival... and then is rather casually murdered, just to show how evil Voldemort is. In commentary on the series, his death serves the meta purpose of showing that Rowling was [[AnyoneCanDie playing for keeps]].
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* In contrast to the death of [[SacrificialLamb Chuck]] at the end of ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'', Thomas being forced to MercyKill an infected Newt is this in that it is the first of several deaths at the end of ''The Death Cure'', establishing that if things were already bad, they’re going to get much worse in the final few chapters. Which they do, although the ending manages to be reasonably happy.
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