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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.
29th Jul '16 9:52:59 PM Eddy1215
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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.

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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.
fun. Overlaps with TheWorldsExpertOnBeingKilled if the character had the best chance of saving the day.
29th Jul '16 5:06:09 AM Morgenthaler
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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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy GenreSavvy Tarquin openly shrugs off the murder as being narratively necessary to get a redundant bit-character out of the way is incredibly chilling.
8th Jul '16 3:53:32 AM Morgenthaler
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The DoomedHometown provides both ParentalAbandonment and the desire for revenge. It's practically in the [[MentorOccupationalHazard definition]] of TheObiWan to get killed off, because it wouldn't do for him to defeat the villain. Also, if there's corruption among the human hero's good guy organization, it's...messy to have a civil war or rebellion; especially if the corruption isn't full out {{Card Carrying Villain}}s. It's much cleaner to have the [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork "real" villains kill them off or convert them fully]], and then have the heroes take care of said less-nebulous villains.

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The DoomedHometown provides both ParentalAbandonment and the desire for revenge. It's practically in the [[MentorOccupationalHazard definition]] of TheObiWan TheMentor to get killed off, because it wouldn't do for him to defeat the villain. Also, if there's corruption among the human hero's good guy organization, it's...messy to have a civil war or rebellion; especially if the corruption isn't full out {{Card Carrying Villain}}s. It's much cleaner to have the [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork "real" villains kill them off or convert them fully]], and then have the heroes take care of said less-nebulous villains.
4th Jul '16 2:39:17 AM Morgenthaler
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A character is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter more skilled than the hero]], more [[TooCoolToLive awesome]] than the hero, [[TheObiWan has the job that the hero should have]], or [[RomanticFalseLead has the love interest the hero should have]] (or else ''is'' a love interest the hero [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds shouldn't have]]). They might be the ObstructiveBureaucrat who's keeping the hero from going to the places he or she needs to go to save the world. Maybe they're the symbol of [[DeathByNewberyMedal childhood innocence]] and the main character [[GrowingUpSucks has to grow up now.]]

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A character is [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter more skilled than the hero]], more [[TooCoolToLive awesome]] than the hero, [[TheObiWan [[TheMentor has the job that the hero should have]], or [[RomanticFalseLead has the love interest the hero should have]] (or else ''is'' a love interest the hero [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds shouldn't have]]). They might be the ObstructiveBureaucrat who's keeping the hero from going to the places he or she needs to go to save the world. Maybe they're the symbol of [[DeathByNewberyMedal childhood innocence]] and the main character [[GrowingUpSucks has to grow up now.]]
9th Jun '16 4:05:01 AM jboone93
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* In RWBY, [[spoiler: Pyrrha Nikos, firmly established as [[TheAce the best of the 8 main characters]], dies in battle with the BigBad Cinder at the end of Volume 3. While its main effect is on the beta team of JNPR (her own team) and even more so on team leader [[ObliviousToLove Jaune]], around which there was plenty of mainly one sided WillTheyOrWontThey and only just realised his own feelings before her death, it has an effect on the main team of RWBY too, [[GenkiGirl Ruby]] being the only one to witness her death, causing a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening in the process. With her own team forcibly disbanded, she joins what's left of JNPR to hunt down Cinder. For Ruby, it's a massive dent in her naïveté, while she vows to continue being a WideEyedIdealist; she at least is younger than Pyrrha's and has the potential to surpass her. Jaune does not; Pyrrha was [[MentorOccupationalHazard his mentor]], and now he has to learn how to get by on his own.]]

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* In RWBY, ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[spoiler: Pyrrha Nikos, firmly established as [[TheAce the best of the 8 main characters]], dies in battle with the BigBad Cinder at the end of Volume 3. While its main effect is on the beta team of JNPR (her own team) and even more so on team leader [[ObliviousToLove Jaune]], around which there was plenty of mainly one sided WillTheyOrWontThey and only just realised his own feelings before her death, it has an effect on the main team of RWBY too, [[GenkiGirl Ruby]] being the only one to witness her death, causing a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening in the process. With her own team forcibly disbanded, she joins what's left of JNPR to hunt down Cinder. For Ruby, it's a massive dent in her naïveté, while she vows to continue being a WideEyedIdealist; she at least is younger than Pyrrha's and has the potential to surpass her. Jaune does not; Pyrrha was [[MentorOccupationalHazard his mentor]], and now he has to learn how to get by on his own.]]
17th Apr '16 5:01:25 AM aye_amber
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* Even aside from the standard MentorOccupationalHazard, if Teresa from ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' hadn't died, Clare would still have had a mother figure and would never have become a Claymore. Also, the main villain would have been [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] before ever reaching her full potential. And Teresa [[FaceHeelTurn turning into an Awakened Being]] would completely shred existing characterization. She never had a chance.
* In ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'':

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* Even aside from the standard MentorOccupationalHazard, if Teresa from ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' hadn't died, Clare would still have had a mother figure and would never have become a Claymore. Also, the main villain would have been [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] before ever reaching her full potential. And Teresa [[FaceHeelTurn turning into an Awakened Being]] would completely shred existing characterization. She never had a chance.
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* In 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 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).



* ''{{Dexter}}'': Sergeant James Doakes was far too suspicious of Dexter to simply leave him and his secret alone. His actor Erik King even notes that Doakes couldn't spend several seasons saying "I'm watching you" without compromising the integrity of the character. The problem is that Doakes doesn't fit Dexter's code, and Dexter wouldn't be able to get rid of him(whether through killing or framing) without losing audience sympathy. [[spoiler: Ultimately, Lila solves the problem for him.]]
* Arguably the entire RedDwarf crew could have counted as this. Their death allowed two chicken soup repairmen (the lowest ranked members of the crew) to get control of this ship, along with someone “evolved from the domestic cat and roughly half as intelligent” and a mechanoid designed primarily for cleaning lavatories. The characters would have never had a chance to do the things they did if even a handful of the more senior crew survived. [[spoiler: Series 8 actually had the crew temporarily resurrected and inevitably our heroes got a lot less freedom on the ship.]]

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* ''{{Dexter}}'': ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Sergeant James Doakes was far too suspicious of Dexter to simply leave him and his secret alone. His actor Erik King even notes that Doakes couldn't spend several seasons saying "I'm watching you" without compromising the integrity of the character. The problem is that Doakes doesn't fit Dexter's code, and Dexter wouldn't be able to get rid of him(whether through killing or framing) without losing audience sympathy. [[spoiler: Ultimately, Lila solves the problem for him.]]
* Arguably the entire RedDwarf Series/RedDwarf crew could have counted as this. Their death allowed two chicken soup repairmen (the lowest ranked members of the crew) to get control of this ship, along with someone “evolved from the domestic cat and roughly half as intelligent” and a mechanoid designed primarily for cleaning lavatories. The characters would have never had a chance to do the things they did if even a handful of the more senior crew survived. [[spoiler: Series 8 actually had the crew temporarily resurrected and inevitably our heroes got a lot less freedom on the ship.]]
14th Apr '16 10:14:35 AM VeryMelon
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* In Anime/CodeGeass, Princess Euphemia li Britannia dies so her Special Administrative Zone of Japan doesn't put an end to Lelouch's plans with the Black Knights and end the series.
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