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24th Apr '17 3:31:46 PM CorporalPie
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DeathOfTheHypotenuse is when this is used as a way of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. For a nonlethal version, see DeusExitMachina. DiabolusExMachina is when someone dies at the end just for the sake of a tragic ending. See also TooCoolToLive. StupidSacrifice occurs when the writers can't be bothered to think of a better way to kill someone off, but don't want to DropABridgeOnThem. This trope often takes the form of SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome, and often slaughters the TemporaryLoveInterest for whom being tied down would keep the show from being fun. Overlaps with TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled if the character had the best chance of saving the day.

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DeathOfTheHypotenuse is when this is used as a way of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. For a nonlethal version, see DeusExitMachina. DiabolusExMachina is when someone dies at the end just for the sake of a tragic ending. See also TooCoolToLive. StupidSacrifice occurs when the writers can't be bothered to think of a better way to kill someone off, but don't want to DropABridgeOnThem. This trope often takes the form of SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome, and often slaughters the TemporaryLoveInterest for whom being tied down would keep the show from being fun. Overlaps with TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled if the character had the best chance of saving the day.
day. ConvenientMiscarriage happens when a character does not want to be pregant, but GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion.
17th Apr '17 3:33:49 PM Dravencour
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It would take time and characterization to have the hero deal with it, so... the plot removes the complication by killing it off. Problem removed, and the plot goes just as planned.

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It would take time and characterization to have the hero deal with it, so... the plot removes the complication by killing it off.off the character in question. Problem removed, and the plot goes just as planned.
17th Apr '17 3:31:36 PM Dravencour
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It would take time and characterization to have the hero deal with it, so... the plot removes the complication by killing it. Problem removed, and the plot goes just as planned.

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It would take time and characterization to have the hero deal with it, so... the plot removes the complication by killing it.it off. Problem removed, and the plot goes just as planned.
22nd Jan '17 6:04:51 AM zippedidoodah
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** The same was said about [[spoiler:Mello]], with the author stating that [[spoiler:he]] had to carry the IdiotBall at certain moments, or otherwise [[spoiler: he would have been too effective and solved the Kira case]].
6th Jan '17 8:00:37 PM jamespolk
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* In Film/JohnnyEnglish the titular agent only got elevated in status following the death of all the other agents. First, their James Bond Expy was killed due to English's mistake checking a submarine hatch code. Then, all the other agents were killed at the first agent's funeral (where English was supposed to be providing the security).

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* In Film/JohnnyEnglish ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' the titular agent only got elevated in status following the death of all the other agents. First, their James Bond Expy was killed due to English's mistake checking a submarine hatch code. Then, all the other agents were killed at the first agent's funeral (where English was supposed to be providing the security).security).
* ''Film/TheThief'': Might Katya and her little boy Sanya make a life together after they finally are separated from Toljan, thus making this a less depressing movie? Of course not! Katya dies from a botched abortion shortly after Toljan goes to prison.
14th Nov '16 5:00:50 PM Kayube
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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople The Almost People]]", the Doctor comes up with a weapon that will destroy Gangers but leave non-Gangers unharmed. The Doctor's own Ganger duplicate insists on being the one to use it, thus tidying himself neatly away along with the monster of the week.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople The Almost People]]", the Doctor comes up with a weapon that will destroy Gangers but leave non-Gangers unharmed. The Doctor's own Ganger duplicate insists on being the one to use it, thus tidying himself neatly away along with the monster of the week. Meanwhile, all the human characters who died are replaced by their duplicates, while the duplicates of all the surviving human characters die, leaving only one copy of each of them and making things a lot less complicated for their families.
27th Sep '16 6:45:00 AM Wymar
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* This is your role in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''. Especially in the anarchy route, which ends with [[KillEmAll you killing damn near everybody]] in order to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve rid the world of all the supernatural entities that plague it]].
23rd Aug '16 10:38:13 PM Everdream
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DeathOfTheHypotenuse is when this is used as a way of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. For a nonlethal version, see DeusExitMachina. DiabolusExMachina is when someone dies at the end just for the sake of a tragic ending. See also TooCoolToLive. StupidSacrifice occurs when the writers can't be bothered to think of a better way to kill someone off, but don't want to DropABridgeOnThem. This trope often takes the form of SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome, and often slaughters the TemporaryLoveInterest for whom being tied down would keep the show from being fun. Overlaps with TheWorldsExpertOnBeingKilled if the character had the best chance of saving the day.

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DeathOfTheHypotenuse is when this is used as a way of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds. For a nonlethal version, see DeusExitMachina. DiabolusExMachina is when someone dies at the end just for the sake of a tragic ending. See also TooCoolToLive. StupidSacrifice occurs when the writers can't be bothered to think of a better way to kill someone off, but don't want to DropABridgeOnThem. This trope often takes the form of SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome, and often slaughters the TemporaryLoveInterest for whom being tied down would keep the show from being fun. Overlaps with TheWorldsExpertOnBeingKilled TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled if the character had the best chance of saving the day.


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* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2:'' WordOfGod is that the reason [[spoiler: Stoick was killed]] was to make room for [[spoiler: Hiccup to become chief.]] Presumably, [[spoiler: the Bewilderbeast]] died for the exact same reason, just for a different character: [[spoiler: Toothless.]]
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11th Aug '16 10:02:23 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Komarr]]'', [[spoiler: Ekaterin's unlikeable, abusive, and all-around Jerkass of a husband dies just as she has decided to leave him, freeing her to be courted by Miles Vorkosigan. Unfortunately, he dies in such a way that fewer than a score of people in the Barrayaran Empire have a high enough security clearance to be able to satisfy themselves that Miles didn't kill him out of jealousy. Which causes problems for Miles all throughout the ''next'' book...]]

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Komarr]]'', [[spoiler: Ekaterin's ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', [[spoiler:Ekaterin's unlikeable, abusive, and all-around Jerkass of a husband dies just as she has decided to leave him, freeing her to be courted by Miles Vorkosigan. Unfortunately, he dies in such a way that fewer than a score of people in the Barrayaran Empire have a high enough security clearance to be able to satisfy themselves that Miles didn't kill him out of jealousy. Which causes problems for Miles all throughout the ''next'' book...]]
1st Aug '16 9:27:33 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Lucifer's hammer'' by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: The offscreen death of [[spoiler:Johnny Baker]] conveniently and quickly removes the last obstacle between the protagonist and the girl.

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* ''Lucifer's hammer'' ''Literature/LucifersHammer'' by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle: The offscreen death of [[spoiler:Johnny Baker]] conveniently and quickly removes the last obstacle between the protagonist and the girl.


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* In its first season finale, ''Series/{{Preacher 2016}}'' manages to kill off ''nearly the entire supporting cast'' when Annville's methane plant explodes and [[TrashTheSet levels the town]], thereby leaving nothing but the core characters and the main story.
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