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25th Dec '17 10:56:25 PM JackG
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* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' Travis is TheDragon who's obsessed with catching and killing Blake, [[ItsPersonalWithTheDragon the man who crippled him]]. Blake [[SwordOverHead forgoes several opportunities]] to kill Travis, as the series requires TheHero to have an ArchEnemy (at this stage Servalan is running things from behind her desk at Star Command most of the time). However when the actor playing Blake decided to leave the series, Travis was finally killed off in that episode and Servalan takes over the role as their ArchEnemy.
16th Dec '17 12:28:38 AM Racoon7
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*** Very convenient from a writer's perspective though. Because of how the plot of the last book went, it'd be quite hard to keep her around. Two birds with one stone.



* Leino in Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/DarknessSeries''. When his wife Pekka and Fernao, both major characters from the beginning, finally meet at the series's halfway point, they slowly start to fall in love with each other due to both Pekka and Leino kept in total isolation with their colleagues working on top secret projects. Meanwhile, Leino's shagging one of his coworkers (who aside from her looks really has nothing going for her) with far fewer reservations. This could have created a very complicated and messy situation when everyone met, but instead Turtledove kills Leino and his lover at the beginning of the last book. Somewhat played with as news of Leino's death (but not his affair, no one ever finds out about that) initially makes Pekka feel enormously guilty and break off her relationship with Fernao, though eventually they get back together and get married.

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* Leino in Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/DarknessSeries''. When his wife Pekka and Fernao, both major characters from the beginning, finally meet at the series's halfway point, they slowly start to fall in love with each other due to both Pekka and Leino kept in total isolation with their colleagues working on top secret projects. Meanwhile, Leino's shagging one of his coworkers (who aside from her looks really has nothing going for her) with far fewer reservations. This could have created a very complicated and messy situation when everyone met, but instead instead, Turtledove kills Leino and his lover at the beginning of the last book. Somewhat played with as news of Leino's death (but not his affair, no one ever finds out about that) initially makes Pekka feel enormously guilty and break off her relationship with Fernao, though eventually they get back together and get married.
14th Dec '17 7:19:14 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius takes it upon themself acts as the plot reaper by quickly killing the villain [[spoiler:Kubota]] after his capture, stating that V really doesn't have the patience to deal with what V sums up as potential {{Filler}}.
** This one act served ''quadruple'' duty: firstly ridding us of the villain in a [[KarmicDeath most fitting matter]]; secondly avoiding more details that keep us from getting back to the main plot; thirdly acting as Vaarsuvius's JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope moment; and fourthly cementing Elan's realization that, while a happy ending is assured for ''him'', those around him -- even his friends -- are not so guaranteed. So, much like Cael'anon from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', he's learning that the world around him isn't as idealistic as he once believed... and it may be a while before we see the end result of this realization.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Vaarsuvius takes it upon themself acts to act as the plot reaper by quickly killing the villain [[spoiler:Kubota]] after his capture, stating that V really doesn't have the patience to deal with what V sums up as potential {{Filler}}.
** This one act served ''quadruple'' duty: firstly firstly, ridding us of the villain in a [[KarmicDeath most fitting matter]]; secondly secondly, avoiding more details that keep us from getting back to the main plot; thirdly thirdly, acting as Vaarsuvius's JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope moment; and fourthly fourthly, cementing Elan's realization that, while a happy ending is assured for ''him'', those around him -- even his friends -- are not so guaranteed. So, much like Cael'anon from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', he's learning that the world around him isn't as idealistic as he once believed... and it may be a while before we see the end result of this realization.
30th Nov '17 11:43:04 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ThreeGodfathers'' involves three bank robbers who have to take care of a newborn after the mother dies in childbirth. If the mother doesn't die in childbirth, there's no movie.
12th Oct '17 2:43:35 AM IAmNewBillTell
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* Frequently in ''Series/{{GameOfThrones}}'', though the most recent example is the death of Littlefinger in the Season 7 finale. Notable in that he'd been a mainstay of the series as one of it's primary villains, a ManipulativeBastard who rose to power via subtle politics and clever schemes in a complex web of intrigue. Now that the main conflict is reduced to a fight against a zombie army followed by the straightforward dethroning of a [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen mad queen]], there's no place for him in the story.

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* Frequently in ''Series/{{GameOfThrones}}'', ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'', though the most recent example is the death of Littlefinger in the Season 7 finale. Notable in that he'd been a mainstay of the series as one of it's primary villains, a ManipulativeBastard who rose to power via subtle politics and clever schemes in a complex web of intrigue. Now that the main conflict is reduced to a fight against a zombie army followed by the straightforward dethroning of a [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen mad queen]], there's no place for him in the story.
3rd Oct '17 12:51:08 PM dasuberkaiser
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* [[spoiler:Whitebeard]] from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Of course it is inevitable as the character's existence is standing in the way of not only the main character's ambitions but [[LiesDamnedLiesandStatistics 70%]] of the extended casts' hopes and dreams too. That's what happens when you're [[spoiler:the most likely candidate for the title [[ToBeAMaster the hero wants]], and you're not evil enough for him to beat you himself.]]

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* [[spoiler:Whitebeard]] from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Of course it is inevitable as the character's existence is standing in the way of not only the main character's ambitions but [[LiesDamnedLiesandStatistics [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics 70%]] of the extended casts' hopes and dreams too. That's what happens when you're [[spoiler:the most likely candidate for the title [[ToBeAMaster the hero wants]], and you're not evil enough for him to beat you himself.]]
9th Sep '17 3:06:14 PM JeremySkunk
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* Played for laughs in Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail. A terrible animated monster is chasing Arthur and his Knights, and is only defeated when the ''[[AuthorExistenceFailure animator animating the monster]]'' has a heart attack.
30th Aug '17 10:23:26 AM MotiveFan
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* Frequently in ''Series/{{GameOfThrones}}'', though the most recent example is the death of Littlefinger in the Season 7 finale. Notable in that he'd been a mainstay of the series as one of it's primary villains, a ManipulativeBastard who rose to power via subtle politics and clever schemes in a complex web of intrigue. Now that the main conflict is reduced to a fight against a zombie army followed by the straightforward dethroning of a [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen mad queen]], there's no place for him in the story.
17th Jun '17 9:29:55 AM nombretomado
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** Also, this sums up how [[ThePhoenix Jean Grey]] inexplicably dies at the end of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/XMen'' run. An editorial proclamation was made [[JoeQuesada from on high]] to get rid of her in order to make Cyclops "more interesting" by having him date Emma Frost.

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** Also, this sums up how [[ThePhoenix Jean Grey]] inexplicably dies at the end of Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/XMen'' run. An editorial proclamation was made [[JoeQuesada [[Creator/JoeQuesada from on high]] to get rid of her in order to make Cyclops "more interesting" by having him date Emma Frost.
29th May '17 3:40:50 PM Prometheus117
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** Dosu, whose death at the hands of Gaara was a means of ensuring that Konoha Crush would go off without a hitch (since he was a Sound Ninja with a grudge against his leader Orochimaru who could have blabbed about it all had he not got cocky).



*** In his case, he sacrificed his life in order to bring back the lives of those he killed in his rampage of Konoha using a very powerful, but life-consuming jutsu. [[spoiler: At the least, he is resurrected alognside Itachi and spends a bit more time advising Naruto before he has to go once more]]

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*** In his case, he sacrificed his life in order to bring back the lives of those he killed in his rampage of Konoha using a very powerful, but life-consuming jutsu. [[spoiler: At the least, he is resurrected alognside alongside Itachi and spends a bit more time advising Naruto before he has to go once more]]
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