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20th Jan '18 4:59:04 PM eowynjedi
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* ''FireEmblem/GenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' has Annand ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS previously known as Mahnya]]), the only squadron leader of Silesse's pegasus knights to remain loyal to TheHighQueen. She is competent, steadfast, the admired older sister of Erinys and a good friend to the prodigal Prince Lewyn. Then, her squadron is ambushed by [[WeaksauceWeakness archers]] ''and'' the traitorous pegasus knights, and are all mercilessly slaughtered. Her death not only cements the somber tone for the rest of the first half, the manner of it (where the player ''would'' be able to help if they weren't halfway across the map at the time) foreshadows [[spoiler:the way Quan and Ethlyn die in the next chapter]].

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* ''FireEmblem/GenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' has Annand ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS previously known as Mahnya]]), the only squadron leader of Silesse's pegasus knights to remain loyal to TheHighQueen. She is competent, steadfast, the admired older sister of Erinys and a good friend to the prodigal Prince Lewyn. Then, her squadron is ambushed by [[WeaksauceWeakness archers]] ''and'' the traitorous pegasus knights, and are all mercilessly slaughtered. Her death not only cements the somber tone for the rest of the first half, the manner of it (where the player ''would'' be able to help if they weren't halfway across the map at the time) foreshadows [[spoiler:the way Quan and Ethlyn die in the next chapter]].
20th Jan '18 4:58:35 PM eowynjedi
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* ''FireEmblem/GenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' has Annand ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS previously known as Mahnya]]), the only squadron leader of Silesse's pegasus knights to remain loyal to TheHighQueen. She is competent, steadfast, the admired older sister of Erinys and a good friend to the prodigal Prince Lewyn. Then, her squadron is ambushed by [[WeaksauceWeakness archers]] ''and'' the traitorous pegasus knights, and are all mercilessly slaughtered. Her death not only cements the somber tone for the rest of the first half, the manner of it (where the player ''would'' be able to help if they weren't halfway across the map at the time) foreshadows [[spoiler:the way Quan and Ethlyn die in the next chapter]].
11th Dec '17 1:56:19 PM gophergiggles
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* Mark from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' sort of just... appears... [[RememberTheNewGuy in between Episode One and Two]], is unceremoniously killed and turned at about the midpoint, and never mentioned again.
30th Jul '17 1:10:11 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation. She's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same chapter for violating a rule. [[spoiler:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation. She's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same chapter for violating a rule. [[spoiler:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]]] In the unofficial English translation, Monokuma even lampshades ''and'' discusses this after Junko's death.
-->'''Monokuma''': I'm really feelin' it right now-- the importance of ''tropes''...\\
I was wanting to avoid causing any unnecessary deaths, if at all possible, but I guess a sacrificial lamb really ''is'' necessary! '''Man''', I love that trope!\\
But hey, you guys get it now, don't you?
9th Jan '17 8:56:26 AM infernape612
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Call of Duty}}'' series has this as a time-honored tradition, usually paired off with a SacrificialLion later on for added oomph. In order, we have Yasir Al-Fulani from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', Joseph Allen from ''Modern Warfare 2'', Andrei Harkov and Leonid Pudovkin from ''Modern Warfare 3'', Erik Breighner from ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', Baker, Kyra Mosely, and Ajax from ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'', and Will Irons from ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]''.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Call of Duty}}'' series has this as a time-honored tradition, usually paired off with a SacrificialLion later on for added oomph. In order, we have Yasir Al-Fulani from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', Joseph Allen from ''Modern Warfare 2'', Andrei Harkov and Leonid Pudovkin from ''Modern Warfare 3'', Erik Breighner from ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', Baker, Kyra Mosely, and Ajax from ''[[VideoGame/CallofDutyGhosts Ghosts]]'', and Will Irons from ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare Advanced Warfare]]'', and Dan "Wolf" Lyall from ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare Infinite Warfare]]''.
3rd Nov '16 11:25:36 AM infernape612
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* In ''GearsOfWar'', Carmine is the first squad member killed. He's also the only one without a unique face, just wearing a helmet. His name is a shade of red, no wonder he's a RedShirt. His [[BackupTwin Backup ''Quadruplet'']] brother shows up in the sequel only to get killed off ''too''.

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* In ''GearsOfWar'', ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', Carmine is the first squad member killed. He's also the only one without a unique face, just wearing a helmet. His name is a shade of red, no wonder he's a RedShirt. His [[BackupTwin Backup ''Quadruplet'']] Backup]] ''[[BackupTwin Quadruplet]]'' brother shows up in the sequel only to get killed off ''too''.



* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation who's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same Chapter for violating a rule. [[spoiler:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]

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* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation who's Sensation. She's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same Chapter chapter for violating a rule. [[spoiler:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]
27th Sep '16 5:56:26 PM pinkdalek
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* Wedge and Biggs' death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' served to show us how powerful the Espers are.



* Elia/Aria from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' fits the trope perfectly. She's the first character to appear once you leave the FloatingContinent (starting the game properly), gets about half an hour of character development, and is killed by the first boss you encounter.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
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Elia/Aria from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' fits the trope perfectly. She's the first character to appear once you leave the FloatingContinent (starting the game properly), gets about half an hour of character development, and is killed by the first boss you encounter.encounter.
** Wedge and Biggs' death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' served to show us how powerful the Espers are.
** Wedge and Biggs get offed like this ''again'' in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', where, after a charming couple of hours of introduction where they're presented as fellow members of the terrorist team, [[DialogueTree interesting conversation partners]] and potential future party members, they are killed fighting alongside Barret in an attempt to stop Reno from blowing up the Sector 7 Pillar. A third member of AVALANCHE, Jessie, is the most shocking death of this scene - she isn't doomed to being a MauveShirt by her name, gets the most CharacterDevelopment of the three, and is presented in the opening act as a RescueRomance love interest to Cloud and a [[BettyAndVeronica rival to Tifa]].
28th Aug '16 12:00:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* Just about every grand-strategy level game set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII will have [[ThrowAwayCountry entire countries]] get this treatment just to show how dangerous the NazisWithGnarlyWeapons are. Poland is usually their first and most prominent victim. There is usually no way to save it, and even if the Poles somehow do hold back the Nazis, they'll get attacked from behind by the Soviets. France can also get this treatment, since it will almost invariably be the first major power to fall to the Axis - usually it will not last longer than one year after war is declared.

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* Just about every grand-strategy level game set in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII will have [[ThrowAwayCountry entire countries]] get this treatment just to show how dangerous the NazisWithGnarlyWeapons UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons are. Poland is usually their first and most prominent victim. There is usually no way to save it, and even if the Poles somehow do hold back the Nazis, they'll get attacked from behind by the Soviets. France can also get this treatment, since it will almost invariably be the first major power to fall to the Axis - usually it will not last longer than one year after war is declared.
2nd Mar '16 6:03:13 AM eliaskelham
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* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation who's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same Chapter for violating a rule. [[spoilers:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]

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* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation who's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who gets publicly executed by the mastermind in the same Chapter for violating a rule. [[spoilers:Things [[spoiler:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the "Junko" in the game is actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]
2nd Mar '16 6:02:26 AM eliaskelham
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* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' has Junko Enoshima, who dies early on to show that the penalty for breaking the game's rules is real. As he kills her, Monokuma even says that he's invoking this trope ''by name''.

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* ''{{VisualNovel/DanganRonpa}}'' has Sayaka Maizono, the Ultimate Pop Sensation who's set up to be a LoveInterest and is effectively the {{Deuteragonist}} of the game until the first chapter, wherein she's the first to die. Another case would be Junko Enoshima, who dies early on to show that gets publicly executed by the penalty mastermind in the same Chapter for breaking violating a rule. [[spoilers:Things are not how they seem in her case, however, as the game's rules "Junko" in the game is real. As he kills her, Monokuma even says that he's invoking this trope ''by name''.actually her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba. The ''real'' Junko Enoshima is the one who orchestrated her twin's death, and she's also the mastermind behind the events of the game.]]
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