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11th May '18 6:30:11 AM Malady
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* Goku, the main character from ''DragonBall'', is killed withint he first few episodes of the sequel series, ''DragonBallZ''. Of course, this being ''DragonBall'', his body isn't even cold before his friends start talking about [[DeathIsCheap bringing him back to life]].

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* Goku, the main character from ''DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBall'', is killed withint he first few episodes of the sequel series, ''DragonBallZ''. ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Of course, this being ''DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBall'', his body isn't even cold before his friends start talking about [[DeathIsCheap bringing him back to life]].
25th Apr '18 1:53:15 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''ComicBook/DoomsdayClock'' reveals that [[spoiler:Seymour, the guy who decided to run the original Rorschach's journal at the end of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' was killed. Issue 4 also reveals that the original Silk Spectre as passed on.]]
23rd Apr '18 8:19:19 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': After being a main character in the first season, Will Simpson gets killed off in the second episode of season 2.
3rd Apr '18 7:17:55 PM nombretomado
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* Falstaff, the EnsembleDarkHorse of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays, has apparently died early on in ''HenryV'', and there's a scene where Falstaff's friends are discussing it. While not quite as ''sudden'' as many of the other examples on this page, and seen as sort of a consequence of Prince Hal (Henry V) disassociating himself from Falstaff, it seems as if this trope is older than film, and in fact OlderThanSteam.

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* Falstaff, the EnsembleDarkHorse of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV'' plays, has apparently died early on in ''HenryV'', ''Theatre/HenryV'', and there's a scene where Falstaff's friends are discussing it. While not quite as ''sudden'' as many of the other examples on this page, and seen as sort of a consequence of Prince Hal (Henry V) disassociating himself from Falstaff, it seems as if this trope is older than film, and in fact OlderThanSteam.
6th Mar '18 12:16:52 PM fighwitt
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* Astonage, one of the mechanics who survives ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' is killed off in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' by a missile that impacts the hanger bay. This is probably because he picked up a love interest sometime before the movie. You didn't honestly think that [[KillEmAll Kill 'em all Tomino]] would let him get away with ''that'' did you?

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* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise provides several examples:
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Astonage, one of the mechanics who survives ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' is killed off in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' by a missile that impacts the hanger bay. This is probably because he picked up a love interest sometime before the movie. You didn't honestly think that [[KillEmAll Kill 'em all Tomino]] would let him get away with ''that'' did you?
25th Feb '18 6:05:14 PM eroock
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This can happen for several reasons: Maybe [[CartwrightCurse a character needs to stay single]] and the other character is in the way, maybe [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the actor died between films]] (in which case the death is usually offscreen, if not expect use of a FakeShemp) or can only make a cameo, or maybe [[ExecutiveMeddling the character was only popular enough for a token appearance]]. Whatever the case, Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome often comes off as more than a little mean-spirited, to the point that it can be compared to [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Fridging]] or [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridging]] if handled especially badly.

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This can happen for several reasons: Maybe [[CartwrightCurse a character needs to stay single]] and the other character is in the way, maybe [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the actor died between films]] (in which case the death is usually offscreen, if not expect use of a FakeShemp) or can only make a cameo, or maybe [[ExecutiveMeddling the character was only popular enough for a token appearance]]. Or the character is KilledByRequest on part of the actor playing them. Whatever the case, Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome often comes off as more than a little mean-spirited, to the point that it can be compared to [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Fridging]] or [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridging]] if handled especially badly.
25th Feb '18 5:53:23 PM eroock
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Compare NotQuiteSavedEnough, SequelReset, BackForTheDead (where a long-absent series character is brought back only to get killed off), BusCrash, SequelNonEntity, HappyEndingOverride. Contrast with DoomedByCanon, where a character in a prequel gets killed off because his or her death is necessary for the preceding work's plot.

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Compare NotQuiteSavedEnough, DowntimeDowngrade, SequelReset, BackForTheDead (where a long-absent series character is brought back only to get killed off), BusCrash, SequelNonEntity, HappyEndingOverride. Contrast with DoomedByCanon, where a character in a prequel gets killed off because his or her death is necessary for the preceding work's plot.
25th Feb '18 5:40:56 PM eroock
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In movies, this can happen for two additional reasons: A character may die on-screen because his actor accepted to play the part, or he may die off-screen because the actor refused or [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim died themselves between films]].
14th Jan '18 11:21:14 PM Loekman3
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* King Harold in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' has a good example of a non-death HeroicSacrifice, as he throws himself in the path of the Fairy Godmother's wand to save Shrek. The result is that his previous 'happy ending' is removed and he is turned back to the frog he was. But he's still alive at the end of the movie, and his wife doesn't mind his being a frog at all. Unfortunately, within the first act of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', King Harold, well, croaks.

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* King Harold in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' has a good example of a non-death HeroicSacrifice, as he throws himself in the path of the Fairy Godmother's wand to save Shrek. The result is that his previous 'happy ending' is removed and he is turned back to the frog he was. But he's still alive at the end of the movie, and his wife doesn't mind his being a frog at all. Unfortunately, within the first act of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', King Harold, well, croaks.croaks no more...
31st Dec '17 9:44:10 AM Makir
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* Johnny Joestar, protagonist of Part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' [[spoiler: is revealed to have died in a flashback in Part 8 after an HeroicSacrifice that he made to save his wife and son from a normally uncurable disease]]
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