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10th Jun '18 2:24:39 PM Megafierce
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** An interesting case is [[spoiler:Tarquin killing his son Nale.]] While it was entirely in-character for both of them, the fact that the GenreSavvy Tarquin openly shrugs off the murder as being narratively necessary to get a redundant bit-character out of the way is incredibly chilling.

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** An interesting case is [[spoiler:Tarquin killing his son Nale.]] While it was entirely in-character for both of them, the fact that the GenreSavvy Tarquin openly shrugs off the murder as being narratively necessary to get a redundant bit-character out of the way is incredibly chilling. [[spoiler:Sure, Nale outright tells him that he doesn't want Tarquin to treat him like he's his son anymore, but Tarquin's turnaround on that mindset is... pretty sharp.]]
24th Apr '18 12:28:25 PM MikeW
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* The pilot for ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has ''Voyager'' enduring a cosmic accident that kills off nearly half its crew, including the original First Office and Chief Medical Officer. This provides the excuse for Janeway to welcome the Maquis into her crew, making their, leader Chakotay, her First Officer as a way for them to bond further. It's also the reason the holographic EMH becomes the regular Doctor from there on.
6th Apr '18 4:40:58 PM Gamermaster
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* In the third season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', it is revealed that there's quite a bit of corruption among the higher-ups in the Time-Space Administration Bureau. This would get very messy if the cast had to pick sides. [[spoiler:Nope! [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork The villains kill them all off]].]]

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* In the third season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', it is revealed that there's quite a bit of corruption among the higher-ups in the Time-Space Administration Bureau. This would get very messy if the cast had to pick sides. [[spoiler:Nope! [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork The villains kill them all off]].]]
2nd Mar '18 1:57:10 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Poor [[spoiler: [[RomanticFalseLead Lars]]]] ends up being killed by the Baron in a HeroicSacrifice to save Agatha right before Gil reappears in Agatha's life.
17th Feb '18 9:14:18 PM jboxingfool
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* Happens rather nakedly in the WarHammer40K novel DeadMenWalking. At about the 80% mark, everyone has served their plot purpose and suddenly runs out of Protagonist PlotArmor.
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.
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