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* The first Visser One, Jara Hamee, Tom (and his Yeerk), ''all'' of the auxiliary Animorphs and Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. That last one is the impetus of many a FixFic. As is the very possible death of all the main group except Cassie.
* Commander Root in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' Although he gets a TimeTravel cameo in The Time Paradox.
** Commander Raine Vinyaya also gets it in The Atlantis Complex. Clearly, this is not a good rank for the LEP.
* Firewing [[spoiler: While the villain Goth returns from the dead, Shade ascends to the true afterlife.]]
* In "The Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles," during the end of the first book, a boy named Robert gets killed, without any chance of coming back, after his spirit's host, a large war robot, is disassembled.
* Kisten Felps dies in ''TheHollows'' series by Kim Harrison. Also: Matalina, Piscary.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'': [[spoiler: Erin]] in the ''Hidden'' epilogue. This is confirmed in ''Revealed''.
* Cilla in "IMissYouIMissYou".
* In ''Literature/TheKingdomsOfEvil'' a whole bunch of characters die.
** Bloodbyrn's dad.
** Pon.
** The Paladin.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: [[spoiler:Liz Pennykettle]].
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' builds up the hope that when Ammar ibn Khairan and Roderigo Belmonte duel, they will both survive. That is not what happens, and one of them dies (with the other receiving a permanent wound, but otherwise getting a pretty happy ending). Quite a few other characters are permanently killed as well.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': In ''City of Glass'' [[spoiler:Valentine is killed off. Thank you, Raziel.]]
* A meta-example; defied and averted by Creator/TerryPratchett's editor for ''Discworld/MovingPictures''. At the end of the book, he wanted Gaspode and Laddie to stay dead, but his editor urged him to change his decision.
* Everyone that dies in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. Luke not dying even though Percy thought he did in ''Titan's Curse'' doesn't really count because Annabeth told him about thirty seconds later that Luke wasn't dead. The only aversion to this is Tyson. Everyone else thinks that Percy dies, too, but since the story is from his perspective so we know otherwise, it doesn't count.
* In ''Literature/PrettyLittleLiars'', anyone who is important to the plot is gonna die soon. Toby committed suicide, Mona was pushed off a cliff, Ian, Jenna, and Courtney were all murdered by Ali. Played with with Ali (Oooh, is she ''really'' dead??)
* Sisters Grimm, which uses every fairy tale trope possible... Brier Rose, despite True Love's Kiss.
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Kazem and Jenna were killed in the same arc they were introduced and both of them by {{mooks}}.
** In the sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'', All the Kthonian Knights, up to and including Kthonia herself, are dead by the end of the book.
* In Literature/WarriorCats, most of the cats who die either end up in [=StarClan=] or the Dark Forest, but they're dead all the same and are unable to [[DeathIsCheap come back to life]], even though some of the dead cats can interact with the living.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} with the leaders, who have nine lives. If they die once, they lose a life, and so on. However, when they lose their last life, [[PlayedStraight they still are killed off for real]].
** Also subverted with [[spoiler: Cinderpelt]] who gets reincarnated.
** [[spoiler:Hollyleaf]] returns in ''The Forgotten Warrior'' but was [[BackForTheDead killed off this time]] in ''The Last Hope''.
* Balefire in Literature/TheWheelOfTime combines this trope with short-term RetGone (the extent of its effects determined by how much power is used). Even the Dark One can't resurrect someone killed by Balefire. However, it can be destabilizing - too much retconning will ''literally'' unravel the "threads" of reality.
* Most Americans are unaware that Geralt was Killed Off for Real at the end of ''TheWitcher'' novel series (mainly because only the first book has been translated from Polish). [[VideoGame/TheWitcher The game]] {{retcon}}ned this to an UnexplainedRecovery.