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4th Jul '16 2:44:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Famously subverted early in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': After parodying this trope in the ShowWithinAShow ''Gekiganger III'', one episode strongly foreshadows the [[RedemptionEqualsDeath death]] of Jun Aoi, series {{Buttmonkey}}, who tries to make up for a FaceHeelTurn by a HeroicSacrifice. Although he manages to avoid RedemptionEqualsDeath, the incredibly popular character Gai Daigouji, {{Otaku}} and Anime-style TheObiWan to the protagonist, is suddenly and anticlimactically KilledOffForReal by [[GeneralRipper an escaping Admiral]] who had been held prisoner. Gai didn't die trying to stop the escape - he never even knew what was happening.

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* Famously subverted early in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': After parodying this trope in the ShowWithinAShow ''Gekiganger III'', one episode strongly foreshadows the [[RedemptionEqualsDeath death]] of Jun Aoi, series {{Buttmonkey}}, who tries to make up for a FaceHeelTurn by a HeroicSacrifice. Although he manages to avoid RedemptionEqualsDeath, the incredibly popular character Gai Daigouji, {{Otaku}} and Anime-style TheObiWan mentor to the protagonist, is suddenly and anticlimactically KilledOffForReal by [[GeneralRipper an escaping Admiral]] who had been held prisoner. Gai didn't die trying to stop the escape - he never even knew what was happening.
7th Jun '16 3:58:30 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* A long-standing joke in the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' franchise is that if a pilot eats, requests, or is promised a pineapple dish, they are going to die, after the famous episode in which Roy Focker dies after being promised pineapple salad. ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' played with this when they quite clearly played up Ozma Lee's desire for pineapple cake to be this trope, and then he survives the episode (and the series).

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* A long-standing joke in the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise is that if a pilot eats, requests, or is promised a pineapple dish, they are going to die, after the famous ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' episode in which Roy Focker dies after being promised pineapple salad. ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' played with this when they quite clearly played up Ozma Lee's desire for pineapple cake to be this trope, and then he survives the episode (and the series).
22nd May '16 11:28:18 AM DaFlabbagasta
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* The Japanese trailers leading up to ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' ran with the catchprhase "Godzilla dies". While it would seem that a MonsterOfTheWeek based off the Oxygen Destroyer that killed Godzilla before would finally slay the King of Monsters (this was, at the time, Godzilla's third incarnation), it wasn't actually the case. Godzilla was actually killed [[spoiler:when his nuclear body began to melt down, and Destoroyah apparently had nothing directly to do with it. While Godzilla does ''die'', the baby Godzilla that had been maturing since ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' would eventually absorb the dying Godzilla's radiation, both saving the Earth from a catastrophic explosion and, more importantly, mutating the ''Godzilla Junior'' into a full-grown replacement to his predecessor]]. Even if that had not happened, that movie ended the Heisei continuity and later Godzilla films were set in mostly separate continuities, so they wouldn't be affected by Godzilla being dead in this one.

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* The Japanese trailers leading up to ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' ran with the catchprhase catchphrase "Godzilla dies". While it would seem that a MonsterOfTheWeek based off the Oxygen Destroyer that killed Godzilla before would finally slay the King of Monsters (this was, at the time, Godzilla's third incarnation), it wasn't actually the case. Godzilla was actually killed [[spoiler:when his nuclear body began to melt down, and Destoroyah apparently had nothing directly to do with it. While Godzilla does ''die'', the baby Godzilla that had been maturing since ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' would eventually absorb the dying Godzilla's radiation, both saving the Earth from a catastrophic explosion and, more importantly, mutating the ''Godzilla Junior'' into a full-grown replacement to his predecessor]]. Even if that had not happened, that movie ended the Heisei continuity and later Godzilla films were set in mostly separate continuities, so they wouldn't be affected by Godzilla being dead in this one.
18th Apr '16 12:40:44 PM DarkStorm
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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is playing with it as part of the promotion for their upcoming free to play transition as seen in [[http://www.blogcdn.com/massively.joystiq.com/media/2011/07/manticoreteaserfinals.jpg this]] promotional teaser. So far [[spoiler:Alexis Cole-Duncan, the daughter of Statesman and the mother of Ms. Liberty]] has died. She made her first appearance in the story arc where she gets killed. Time will tell if there are more casualties.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is playing with it did this as part of the promotion for their upcoming free to play transition as seen in [[http://www.blogcdn.com/massively.joystiq.com/media/2011/07/manticoreteaserfinals.jpg this]] promotional teaser. So far The Signature Storyline entitled "Who Will Die?" featured the deaths of three characters: [[spoiler:Alexis Cole-Duncan, the daughter of Statesman and the mother of Ms. Liberty]] has died. She Liberty, followed by Statesman himself, and, as a surprise bonus death, Sister Psyche]]. One of them made her made their first appearance in the story arc where she gets killed. Time will tell if there they get killed, but the other two are more casualties.major characters. The game was even changed in the following update to remove all references to them as living characters, so it's not as much of a spoiler in retrospect.
11th Mar '16 1:33:48 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' teases a CharacterDeath in the trailer, showing a shot from [[spoiler:Qui-Gon's funeral]] depicting some of the characters near a blazing fire and Jar-Jar looking uncharacteristically somber.
31st Jan '16 12:38:44 PM Cavery210
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** One infamous example was in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where the next episode preview ominously questions the outcome of Vegeta's current fight. Then the title of the next episode is shown: "The End of Vegeta". There's also an episode of the Japanese version where the title card at the end of the preview says something like, "Vegeta, pride of the Saiyans, dies". Doesn't get much more explicit than that.

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** One infamous example was in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where the next episode preview ominously questions the outcome of Vegeta's current fight. Then the title of the next episode is shown: "The End of Vegeta". There's also an episode of the Japanese version where the title card at the end of the preview says something like, "Vegeta, pride says, "Such Regret...!! Vegeta, Pride of the Saiyans, dies".Dies". Doesn't get much more explicit than that.
14th Jan '16 12:36:54 PM MyFinalEdits
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Recently, it has become more common to remind viewers that AnyoneCanDie, and even regular characters are not exempt from death in a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} ploy.

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Recently, Over time, it has become more common to remind viewers that AnyoneCanDie, and even regular characters are not exempt from death in a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} ploy.
14th Jan '16 12:05:39 AM sbahnhof
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Sometimes, the writers will kill off a fairly major character. Given that this is a relatively rare event, the network will try to play it up in the advertisements for the show. These shows are {{ratings stunt}}s broadcast during UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} week or as the season closer for a show.

This trope differs from AnyoneCanDie since in ''that'' trope, death is relatively unannounced, to reemphasize the shock, whereas in Tonight Someone Dies, the event is milked for all it is worth long before viewers get to see it firsthand.

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Sometimes, the writers will kill off a fairly major character. Given that Because this is a relatively rare event, the network death will try to play it be hyped up beforehand in the advertisements for the show. These shows ads. In television, these episodes are {{ratings stunt}}s stunt}}s, perhaps broadcast as a season finale or (in the U.S.) during UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} week or as the season closer for a show.

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This trope differs from AnyoneCanDie AnyoneCanDie, since in ''that'' trope, death is relatively unannounced, to reemphasize the shock, whereas in Tonight Someone Dies, the event is milked for all it is worth long before it happens.

In ages past, ContractualImmortality was more dominant. The Tonight Someone Dies promotion would typically consist of a high-speed montage of the series regulars as an ominous voice announced that "Tonight, one of these people will die." Invariably, the doomed character would [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality turn out to be a minor character]], one who had never appeared before or was a recent addition, whose presence in the montage was probably overlooked. Killing off a ''major'' character might actually be seen as a subversion of this old trick.

Recently, it has become more common to remind
viewers get to see it firsthand.
that AnyoneCanDie, and even regular characters are not exempt from death in a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} ploy.



Recently, it has become more common to remind viewers that AnyoneCanDie, and even regular characters are not exempt from death in a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} ploy. In ages past, ContractualImmortality was more dominant. The Tonight Someone Dies promotion would typically consist of a high-speed montage of the series regulars as an ominous voice announced that "Tonight, one of these people will die." Invariably, the doomed character would [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality turn out to be a minor character]], one who has never appeared before or is a recent addition, whose presence in the montage was probably overlooked. The actual killing off of a major character might be seen as a subversion of the older format.
5th Dec '15 9:16:09 PM FF32
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* Parodied in [[http://nedroid.com/2007/03/beartato-106/ this]] Nedroid comic. For those of you wondering, the sharkman, bird, and beartato are all regular characters, and the man has never appeared before.

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* Parodied in [[http://nedroid.com/2007/03/beartato-106/ this]] Nedroid ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' comic. For those of you wondering, the sharkman, bird, and beartato are all regular characters, and the man has never appeared before.
6th Nov '15 4:47:54 PM nombretomado
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Sometimes, the writers will kill off a fairly major character. Given that this is a relatively rare event, the network will try to play it up in the advertisements for the show. These shows are UsefulNotes/{{ratings stunt}}s broadcast during {{Sweeps}} week or as the season closer for a show.

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Sometimes, the writers will kill off a fairly major character. Given that this is a relatively rare event, the network will try to play it up in the advertisements for the show. These shows are UsefulNotes/{{ratings {{ratings stunt}}s broadcast during {{Sweeps}} UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} week or as the season closer for a show.
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