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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. week. 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.
6th Nov '15 4:47:41 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 {{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 {{ratings UsefulNotes/{{ratings stunt}}s broadcast during {{Sweeps}} week or as the season closer for a show.

Recently, it has become more common to remind viewers that AnyoneCanDie, and even regular characters are not exempt from death in a {{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.
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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 {{ratings}} 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.
28th Sep '15 7:01:24 PM Willbyr
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* MiXim triggers this trope after the fortune teller Crete predicts that one of the main cast will die: [[spoiler: Several of them just barely avoid death in the fights leading up the ClimaxBattle against [[MonsterClown Dodo the Clown]], who proceeds to destroy the protagonist's living finger puppet Tongari and very nearly kills off another one of the main characters. However Tongari is revived, Dodo is defeated with seemingly no casualties to speak of, and when the dust finally settles... Another villain comes right out of nowhere and kills Jyuuzo, the big guy of the FiveManBand.]]
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* MiXim ''Manga/MiXim'' triggers this trope after the fortune teller Crete predicts that one of the main cast will die: [[spoiler: Several of them just barely avoid death in the fights leading up the ClimaxBattle against [[MonsterClown Dodo the Clown]], who proceeds to destroy the protagonist's living finger puppet Tongari and very nearly kills off another one of the main characters. However Tongari is revived, Dodo is defeated with seemingly no casualties to speak of, and when the dust finally settles... Another villain comes right out of nowhere and kills Jyuuzo, the big guy of the FiveManBand.]]
23rd Aug '15 11:38:10 PM MachRider1985
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[[folder:FanWorks]] * ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Chapter 13 is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]] [[/folder]]

* Chapter 13 of ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]]
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* Chapter 13 of ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]]
16th Aug '15 9:34:44 PM Gamermaster
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* Chapter 13 of ''Webcomic/{{Evangelion 303}}'' is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]]
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* Chapter 13 of ''Webcomic/{{Evangelion ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'' is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]]
16th Aug '15 9:32:24 PM Gamermaster
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* Chapter 13 of ''Webcomic/{{Evangelion 303}}'' is titled "The Death of Asuka Langley Soryu", she had already attempted suicide in the previous chapter, and Shinji's narration says it was the last time he saw her. [[spoiler: She doesn't die, [[ExactWords but her name does]] since Shinji proposes to her and she accepts.]]
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