''Need to have a character buy the farm? It's easy! Just:''

# Put them in red clothes: For [[RedShirt throwaway characters]] and [[BringMyRedJacket warriors]] ''and'' [[LittleDeadRidingHood young girls]] a fatal choice of fashion.
# Inflict them with GenreBlindness.
# Or with too much [[DeathByGenreSavviness Genre Savviness]]
# Get 'em [[DeathBySex laid]].
# ...preferably [[CartwrightCurse by the main character]].
# Put them on [[NewMeat "point"]].
# Let them be completely [[SoHappyTogether happy]] [[TooHappyToLive for a]] [[FinaglesLaw minute]].
# Hire Creator/TimMinear. Or Creator/JossWhedon. Or both.
# Make them do something -- anything -- [[HeroicSacrifice noble]].
# Make them [[TooCoolToLive more interesting than the lead]].
# Have a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} [[TonightSomeoneDies slump]].
# Convince the actor to argue with the executive [[McLeaned producer]].
# Make it very plain that the character [[AnyoneCanDie can not die]].
# Announce that they are [[RetIrony retiring]] from a life of public service in two weeks.
# Let them [[YouHaveFailedMe goof up]] when they're working for the BigBad.
# Alternatively, let the BigBad decide that they have [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived their usefulness]].
# Let them [[HeelFaceTurn have a change of heart]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath switch sides to fight with the heroes]].
# Send them out of doors on a [[PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath partly cloudy day]], especially near sunrise or sunset.
# Let them [[FatalFamilyPhoto show a picture of their sweetheart (or their baby)]] to the rest of TheSquad.
# [[DistantFinale Flash forward]] to their deathbed, years later.
# Cast a very old or infirm actor, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot and wait for them to die]].
# Give them [[DoomedAppointment critical information to deliver]] to the main characters.
# Offer them some SchmuckBait.
# Have them chase the heroes across a RopeBridge.
# Get them a job at a DangerousWorkplace with NoOSHACompliance.
# Let the hero come and [[TheBlofeldPloy visit their boss]].
# Assign them to operate the ExplosiveInstrumentation.
# Protect them with [[FailsafeFailure lots of safety equipment]].
# Introduce them to the [[BolivianArmyEnding Bolivian army]].
# Throw a [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteenth birthday party]] for them.
# Cue up a ReallyDeadMontage.
# Relocate them to [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo]]...
# ... or to a town where [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere nothing exciting ever happens]].
# Have them [[AndYourLittleDogToo go out of their way]] to be mean to everyone.
# Cast them as the villain in a [[KarmicDeath Disney]] film.
# Give them that secret potion, the one that turns you [[OneWingedAngel into a monster]]. Because WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, really?
# Let them fall below the BishonenLine.
# Enlist them in the [[RedshirtArmy armed forces]] in a monster/disaster movie.
# Draw them a [[DeadlyBath bath]], and to make sure it's fatal, make it [[CandlelitBath candlelit]]).
# Send them [[InevitableWaterfall down a river]].
# Make them the SacrificialLamb used to establish a unique reputation for your show.
# Chase them into the street without giving them time to LookBothWays.
# Have another character [[IWishedYouWereDead curse their existence]].
# Write when you're [[CreatorBreakdown having a bad day]].
# Hire Ron Marz. (Though this is hit-or-miss. You might just end up with the hero's girlfriend [[StuffedIntoTheFridge stuffed in a refrigerator]].)
# Have them uncover the {{Masquerade}} or discover the hero's SecretIdentity when the plot doesn't make it convenient for them to do so.
# Make them a main character's double from an AlternateUniverse.
# Cast them as the main character's [[NotMyDriver pilot or chauffer]].
# Make them a [[TheMentor mentor]] who is [[ThePlotReaper more powerful than the hero]].
# Have them visit the hero's [[DoomedHometown hometown]] after the hero [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses]] [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the Call]].
# [[RunningTheAsylum Become a writer for the franchise, and write that character's death.]]
# [[ExecutiveMeddling Become an executive for that franchise, and order that character killed off.]]
# Make them reveal their [[BuryYourGays homosexuality]].
# Sign them up for [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome the sequel]].
# Assign them the job of [[MentorOccupationalHazard mentoring a hero]].
# [[DieForOurShip Put them "in the way"]] of your OneTruePairing.
# [[MerchandiseDriven Stop selling their toy.]]
# Hire Creator/YoshiyukiTomino.
** Alternatively, hire Creator/GenUrobuchi.
# Ask Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. He seems to [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire know]] what he's [[AnyoneCanDie doing]].
# Send them to a place [[SnowMeansDeath that gets snow]].
# [[NoKillLikeOverkill Hit them with everything]] [[DeathInAllDirections from every direction.]]
# Hire Creator/RASalvatore. With Troy Denning and Karen Traviss on backing vocals.
# Have them say [[GenreBlindness "I'll be right back."]] Might not kill them, but it will make a liar out of them at least.
# Have someone say words to the effect of [[TemptingFate "We couldn't do without him."]]
# Have them be the hero's [[ItsPersonal best friend]].
# Or even better, a [[DisposableWoman love interest]].
# Make them be a {{Mook}}. Especially one without a name or [[FacelessGoons wearing a mask]].
# Write them as such a MarySue that the audience demands they be killed off as a [[TheScrappy pointless annoyance]].
# Have them kidnap [[MamaBear someone's]] [[PapaWolf kids]].
# Have them [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves betray]] the hero. They [[HeelFaceTurn won't]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath survive]] [[HeelFaceDoorSlam that]], [[WelcomeBackTraitor right?]]
# Get them [[DeathByChildbirth pregnant]]. (Sometimes works even if [[MisterSeahorse it's a man]].)
# [[DeathByFallingOver Trip them.]]
# Have them [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin decline]] to participate in the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] evil scheme when he offers them the chance. Alternatively, choosing to play along [[BoardToDeath can be fatal too]].
# Let someone [[DiedInYourArmsTonight hold them in their arms.]]
# Make them a [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth pure girl.]] Especially an [[IllGirl ill one.]]
# Destroy their hometown [[NukeEm with a nuclear bomb.]]
# Make them a CrazySurvivalist.
# Cast them in an [[Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies anti-war film.]]
# Show how unbeatably badass they are, [[TheWorfEffect then have the new guy come in...]]
# Have them [[DeadlyDeferredConversation delay a conversation with somebody until later]].
# Have [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons a lawyer ban them from returning]].
# Give them a [[LeeroyJenkins pointless cause to die]]

...but really, WhyDontYaJustShootHim?

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