Created By: basilwhite on August 14, 2011 Last Edited By: originalhobbit on August 17, 2011

No Longer Needed By The Plot

Characters die, not because of cause-and-effect or morality of the story, but that the plot no longer requires them.

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Similar to You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, except instead of being killed because they no longer needed to serve the plans of the Big Bad, characters die because they no longer serve the plans of the author.
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  • August 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
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  • August 14, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Related to What Happened To The Mouse

    • Thomas Kalamaku vanishes from the GreenLantern movie after asking Hal, "doesn't the hero get the girl?" Not one more scene with him.

  • August 15, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    • Sidana of Meara in The Bishop's Heir married Kelson of Gwynedd to once again unite their two nations. Since her family wasn't about to abandon their dream of a sovereign Meara (and the war continues through another book), her brother slit her throat at the altar seconds after the vows were said.
  • August 15, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Exit Pursued By A Bear? edit: no, not really.

  • August 15, 2011
    TheChainMan
    The Plot Reaper? Edit: Hmmm, not really...
  • August 15, 2011
    Earnest
    ^^^^ Thomas does have one last scene, when he, Hal and Carol discuss that Hector is now evil. After that? For all we know he fell in a ditch and died.

    The Spear Carrier usually has this fate, especially if they're a Pursued Protagonist.
  • August 15, 2011
    YogoGohei
    Hedwig in Harry Potter. Killed, presumably, so that Harry and the gang wouldn't need to haul him around for the rest of the book, and his plot function can now be handled using other methods.
  • August 15, 2011
    SavvyAngel
    ^ Hedwig is a girl.
  • August 15, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    This is The Plot Reaper, as already stated.
  • August 15, 2011
    Irrisia
    The Plot Reaper seems to be about removing characters from the plot by killing them off because otherwise the plot doesn't work, due to either the character's importance or obstructiveness. This seems to be... well, pretty much the opposite; characters killed off because they are no longer important to the plot at all and you might as well get a death out of it.
  • August 15, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Dropped A Bridge On Him? Character is killed for no apparent reason, often in a manner that seems entirely random or arbitrary.
  • August 15, 2011
    Ralenys
    Can we call it Killing Off Loose Ends, maybe?
  • August 15, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
    Osric in Hamlet perhaps. I'm not familiar enough with the play, but it seems he's killed suddenly, for no reason, by anonymous individual just to up the Kill Em All quotient.
  • August 16, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Killing Off Loose Ends works, provided the idea is sufficiently distinct from Dropped A Bridge On Him.
  • August 16, 2011
    AFP
  • August 17, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Egad, no.
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