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->''"It's not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!"''
-->-- '''Michael''', ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand''

Often, especially in older works (to the extent that they ''are'' found in older works, of course), gay characters just aren't allowed happy endings. Even if they do end up having some kind of relationship, at least one half of the couple, often the one who was more aggressive in pursuing a relationship, thus "perverting" the other one, has to die at the end. Of course, it can also happen to gay characters who aren't in relationships, particularly if they're {{psycho lesbian}}s or {{depraved homosexual}}s.
Nowadays, when opinions on sexuality are different, this justification will often be attempted via TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. Sometimes it's because the MagicalQueer has died in a HeroicSacrifice so that the straights may live. "See, we didn't kill them off as a punishment or to avoid having them together, it was to point out how mankind isn't worthy!" Naturally, this is subject to AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.

Also known as Dead Lesbian Syndrome. This trope can also be seen as a head-on collision between SexIsEvil and AllGaysArePromiscuous.

See also RomanticTwoGirlFriendship and BaitAndSwitchLesbians for the nicer way to let the ship down. If the characters' [[HideYourLesbians relationship is obscured]], it drastically increases their chance of survival (note from the names of all three that they're most common for female couples. If you're a man, you're basically screwed.

Please note that sometimes gay characters die in fiction because in fiction sometimes people die (this is particularly true of soldiers at war, where SitchSexuality and AnyoneCanDie are both common tropes); this isn't an if-then correlation, and it's not always meant to "teach us something" or indicative of some prejudice on the part of the creator - particularly if it was written after 1960. The problem isn't when gay characters are killed off: the problem is when gay characters are killed off ''far more often'' than straight characters, or when they're killed off because they are gay. This trope therefore won't apply to a series where AnyoneCanDie (and does), or a CastFullOfGay.

Can be seen as TruthInTelevision in some cases, as gay and lesbian people are at a substantially higher risk for suicide and assault. And the fact that AIDS hit the gay male community most prominently provided potent fresh fuel for this long running trope (which, like many things about the eighties, still has an effect on more recent works). Not to mention that nothing communicates that "the wage of sin is death" quite like killing off your gay character.

Period fiction also needs to take into account the lack of understanding of gay characters, whereby depicting the death or murder of homosexuals may not reflect the views of the author but the social dynamics of the setting.

See also: {{Gayngst}}, HideYourLesbians.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hagino and Mari from ''BlueDrop'' are obviously not meant to be happy together, despite the ''whole'' series being about their growing relationship. When they finally confess their feelings for each other, Hagino dies in a SenselessSacrifice.
** And Hagino's race is a bunch of evil lesbians who invade Earth and prey on girls. The good one, though, died.
* In ''DevilmanLady'', when Jun's best friend/girlfriend Kazumi dies for no reason. This likely arose out of the changes from the Devilman Lady manga, where Asuka was Jun's lover. Also, Jun was older in the manga, being a schoolteacher instead of a model.
** Compare the original ''{{Devilman}}'', the ending of which had the hero Akira die at the hands of [[{{Hermaphrodite}} Ryo Asuka]] as a direct result of FoeYay.
* Probably parodied in episode 16 ("Take Back Love!") of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', where both Ropponmatsus fall in love with Hyatt and Excel, respectively, and are destroyed by the end of the episode. They get better, but they don't like them anymore because they're no longer programmed to love [[FirstGirlWins the first person they see]].
* Franz d'Epinay, who was secretly and tragically in love with Albert de Morcerf in ''[[Anime/{{Gankutsuou}} Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo]]'', sacrifices his life to save Albert's.
* For something as dark as ''NaruTaru'', Norio has perhaps the most gruesome death out of all the characters.
* ''{{Gundam 00}}'' has Tieria, whose "love" interest, Lockon Stratos, was killed before anything could develop... although whether or not Lockon would have generally reciprocated ANY feelings of a significantly ''deep'' nature is highly debatable. Tieria himself later dies... and then his mind not only survives, but it's uploaded into the super-computer VEDA.
** Also, in Special Edition 1, a very lightly hinted gay relationship is made explicit between Alejandro and Ribbons, who turn out to be the BigBad of season 1 and 2 respectively. More exactly, Ribbons was a male HoneyTrap and pretended to care for Alejandro, who ''was'' rather smitten with him... and then he kills him and takes over.
* ''HoneyCrush'' had a different take on this: the lesbian main character is killed off in the first chapter but brought back as a ghost and not precluded from still getting a happy ending, though she does go to Heaven in the final chapter after confessing to Kyouko, so it's still a BittersweetEnding.
* All lesbian main characters in ''{{ICE}}''--[[CastFullOfGay of which there are quite a few]]--meet their demise in one way or another.
* In ''KannazukiNoMiko'' Himeko and Chikane confess their love to each other. Chikane dies ''and'' gets erased from existence. Then, come TheStinger epilogue, Chikane subverts this trope, having kept her promise of not letting even the gods stop her from returning to Himeko. Crowd goes wild. In the manga version, however, they get {{reincarnat|ion}}ed -- as sisters, in reference to the Japanese legend that says StarCrossedLovers get reincarnated as {{twin|cest}}s.
* The ultimate fate of Gilbert in ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta''.
* Narrowly {{averted|Trope}} in ''Anime/LupinIIIAngelTactics''. The "Bloody Angels" are a women's supremacy organization competing against Lupin and his gang. Out of the named characters in the organization, Bisexual {{Bifauxnen}} Lady Joe is the only one who survives. The (implied lesbian) women who died were clearly killed by the Protagonists in Self-Defense.
* In ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', Shizuru and Natsuki die at the end of their fight with each other, as a result of Natsuki using an attack that destroys both their Childs, killing each other, as they are each other's Most Important People. Subverted in that not only are they the last Himes to die, but they and everyone else get resurrected in the next episode.
* Maya in ''MayasFuneralProcession'' burns herself to death minutes after learning that her love interest Reina is [[IncestIsRelative really her half-sister]]. Reina marries a man not long afterwards.
* Mimi and Sheshe of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' are killed in the second arc by their own employer. It's much worse for them in the manga, where they're [[ImAHumanitarian eaten alive]] without warning, than in the anime, where their life force is simply absorbed after they [[HeelFaceTurn rebel]].
* Subverted in ''TheMikosWordsAndTheWitchesIncantations'': after setting up the standard yuri DownerEnding, with Tsumugi having to die right after learning about love, the plot does a twist, wherein Letty goes and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flips off the local god]], risking her life to become a deity herself -- all for Tsumugi's sake. The fans go "Awwww!"
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Kaworu chooses to die because he loves Shinji. Of course, all the relationships in ''Evangelion'' end badly, so Shinji and Kaworu's relationship is not unique here. It is unique in that Shinji has to kill him.
* Rei Asaka/"Hana no Saint-Juste" in ''OniisamaE'', although in depends on which adaptation you are following: In the anime she dies suddenly in an accident just when it's beginning to look as though she and her love interest Nanako are getting a happy ending; in the manga, it's suicide after her other "love interest", her half-sister Fukiko, gives her a cruel TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Sailors Uranus and Neptune:
** Their heart crystals were extracted for the Talismans, which kills them. They get better.
** After [[ISurrenderSuckers faking]] a FaceHeelTurn just to try to remove Galaxia's star seed only to find out that Galaxia doesn't have one. They get better again.
** They survive the longest out of the main cast (aside from Sailor Moon) in the final arc. Sailors Mercury, Mars Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all killed off before them. Slightly mitigated in when Uranus and Neptune are killed in the final arc of the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], you get the deaths and revivals of numerous unnamed civilians, Sailor Saturn, and Sailor Pluto, not to mention that the backstory has all of the Inner Senshi die and come back to life.
* Simone in ''ShiroiHeyaNoFutari'' is stabbed by a jealousy-crazed male admirer. Her love interest Resine [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest swears off romance for the rest of her life]].
* DepravedHomosexual Lain Brody in the manga ''Manga/UnderGrandHotel'' is shot to death in the first volume. Also subverted: the main character and his male lover escape life imprisonment and end up living on a tropical paradise.
* Clari from the ''ViolinistOfHameln'' (while the infatuation is only implied), he harbored a crush on Lute for most of his life, ending in said LoveInterest dying ''twice''.
* ''ComicBook/{{X1999}}'' has this at the core of the story. Kamui's mother Tohru and Fuuma and Kotori's mother Saya were lesbian lovers, but in order to save Tohru's life Saya and her RomanticRunnerUp Kyougo Monou agreed to get married, in order to take Tohru's place and "give birth" to the holy sword (read: explode into a bunch of bloody pieces). Tohru survived, but she took off with her son Kamui [[GuiltComplex because she felt too guilty for this]]; later, she died by bursting into flames to protect Kamui or more exactly, by becoming a HumanSacrifice of sorts, burning herself up to slow the global warming.
** The animated adaptation cut out their relationship completely, instead making Saya a loving wife to Kyougo. [[InternetBackdraft More than a few people were angered by this change]].
* [[HideYourLesbians If you notice]] all the [[HoYay Les Yay]] in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', then the ending can be seen as this. Especially in Chloe's case.
** Also Lady Silvana.
* Uzume from ''{{Anime/Sekirei}}''. The only female Sekirei to have a female partner, and is also in love with said partner. She's killed a few episode after we discover this.
* ''LegendOfTheBlueWolves'': Poor Leonard. By Jonathan's hand, no less.
** A less sympathetic version is implied to be Captain Continental who was supposedly killed by Leonard after he cut his penis off as revenge for him raping Jonathan.
* The main character from ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' is a female-to-male {{transsexual}}. He takes his own life when it's all but stated that the LoveTriangle between himself, his girlfriend Sirene and his brother Andre is not tipping towards him.
* A transgender variant pops up in one chapter of ''He Said "I'm A Girl"''. Yuki makes a comment on how one of her friends was [[GayPanic killed by her boyfriend]] after learning she was trans.
** Said chapter is referenced to in ''HourouMusuko'' very late into the story. The friend is actually alive and well, and is the owner of the gay bar Nitori works at. She's considerably pissed that Yuki stated she was both dead and ugly.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' appears to play this trope a couple of times, but ultimately subverts it. Mami suddenly dies after her ShipTease moment with Madoka, and Kyoko brings about TogetherInDeath for herself and Sayaka. But Homura's affection and dedication towards Madoka allows the latter to perform a CosmicRetcon, bringing Mami and Kyoko back to life. Sayaka chooses to stay dead to preserve the wish she made for the ''guy'' she loves.

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* Marvel's ''Freedom Ring'' defied nearly all the gay stereotypes... other than the one about being allowed to live happily. Killed off within a month of Marvel E.I.C JoeQuesada touting him as the company's top gay hero. WordOfGod is that "''Freedom Ring'' "was always planned as an inexperienced hero who would get beaten up constantly and probably die. I wanted to comment on the fact that most superheroes get their powers and are okay at it... and that's not how life works. During working on the book, I was also noticing that most gay characters... are all about being gay. Straight characters are well-rounded characters who like chicks. So I wanted to do a well-rounded character who just happened to like dudes. Then I decided to combine the two ideas." ''Oops''. Robert Kirkman did apologize when he realized he had effectively killed off 20% of Marvel's gay male characters.
* Moondragon's death in Marvel's recent ''Annihilation: Conquest'' series. Considering how many characters died in the series, what makes Moondragon's treatment notable was the sheer brutality of it. In ''Annihilation,'' Thanos kidnaps her, uses her as a hostage, rips her ear off, and presents the ear to her lover Phyla. She survives ''that'' series, but in ''Conquest'' she finds herself permanently turned into a dragon before ultimately dying in a HeroicSacrifice to protect Phyla.
* [[DeathIsCheap Moondragon eventually got better]], but then Marvel went and killed Phyla off at the same time. And not only that but in the stupidest way possible. She dies not only off panel but her death gets one line from Gamora and no one other than Moondragon seems to care. And to make things worse, in the character files book tying in with the series one of the main characters actually states he thinks that her girlfriend being murdered will make Moondragon a '''better person'''.
* In ''ComicBook/SalvationRun'': Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, a... talking gorilla with a gun and a French accent and an immobile [[BrainInAJar brain in a little chamber thing]] that allows him to talk. Mallah got into a fight with Gorilla Grodd after the latter was offended at the suggestion that they're at all similar. Despite being armed, Mallah lost, and was beaten to death with ''The Brain'', who likewise expired. And that was the ''second'' time they died: the first was being blown to smithereens the instant they confessed their love for each other.
* [[Creator/MarvelComics Northstar]]:
** Accusations of this were thrown about when Northstar, Marvel's first hero to come out of the closet, got killed by a brainwashed {{Wolverine}} in ''Wolverine: Enemy of the State''. It didn't help that he died from an attack that he could've easily dodged. It ''also'' didn't help that, the following month, he died in two separate AlternateUniverse books (''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' and ''XMen: The End'') that ''were released in the same week''. The main universe Northstar was resurrected the next issue, though, although he ended up BrainwashedAndCrazy and only recently returned to normal.
** There's also the fact that Northstar was ''originally'' going to die from... from AIDS. You see, he was gay, so of course he would have AIDS. ExecutiveMeddling finally did something right by putting that one down before it saw print... Except instead of AIDS, Northstar just had some vague life-threatening ailment.
** Which was then changed ''again'' to reveal that Northstar actually had elven blood, and that living in the mortal world away from the Fair Folk lands had given him a "wasting sickness." Peter David's disbelieving commentary on this in his "BUT I DIGRESS..." column: "So, Northstar's not gay -- he's a FAIRY. Yeah, that's an improvement." This was retconned away rather quickly, as was the fatal illness.
** For a few issues, it looked like this happened to Northstar ''again'' in ''UltimateXMen'', after an overdose of a mutant drug apparently made his heart give out... but a few issues later, he turned up fully alive, just paralyzed from the waist down. In other words, he's alive, he just can't have sex. Oops.
* Likewise, Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheOrder'' axed some superfluous characters in the first issue, but one of the two main characters to die by the end of the series was the lesbian Mulholland Black. That said, she was also the youngest and the most innocent, her gang history aside.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' seemed like one of the more queer-inclusive products DC was putting out in recent days -- it has both {{Batwoman}} ''and'' Mikaal Tomas in the book's main superteam. Surprise! Mikaal's boyfriend is killed off for pathos's sake (offscreen), and obscure gay superhero the Tasmanian Devil is killed ''and skinned'' (again, offscreen) to set up the villain as a threat. Batwoman gets lucky by just disappearing from the series, and luckily had her own book planned that spared her from getting killed. In a prime example of "Oops, we done fucked up," James Robinson has now resurrected Tasmanian Devil (via a Lazarus Pit), and it looks like he and Mikaal may get together at some point.
* In Matt Wagner's ''Grendel'' series, [[ActionGirl bad-ass]] bodyguard and fighter Susan Veraghen is portrayed as a lesbian. Her first lover abandons her. Her next lover is killed. Her ''next'' lover abandons her and ''then'' is killed. Veraghan herself lives to a ripe old age, but becomes TrueCompanions with the male Grendel Prime, which is implied to be too intense a non-sexual relationship for her to fall in romantic love again.
* Knockout, one of the bad-guys in DC's fantastic ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' died essentially offscreen between the first mini-series and the ongoing comic. Her lover Scandal Savage is left devastated although thankfully not insane or any more evil than before. Knockout was a "New God" and killed off with the rest in the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' arc, so it gets a pass as her death didn't come off like such an afterthought within the confines of someone else's comic book or because of her lesbian relationship, and the writer, Creator/GailSimone, was not happy that the character had to die. It also helps that in the finale of ''Secret Six'' they go to Hell and get Knockout back.
* Terry Moore's various series often deal with human sexuality in a mature and intelligent fashion, exploring what might force a person to reassess their self-identification and what impact societal pressures and expectations have on human desires, but when ''{{Echo}}'' needs to show its villain beginning to lose his grasp on his sanity and [[VillainousBreakdown begin to break down]] he, of course, kills his boyfriend to keep him from leaving.
* After writer PeterDavid brought Rictor and Shatterstar together, many people guessed that he'd kill one or both of them off, to which he responded that he was aware of this trope and would purposefully avoid it.
* An [[http://www.bumbleking.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5334 unintentional]] example, one can't help but think this with Rotor's brutal torture (and his significant other Cobar's implied death) shortly after their WordOfGay reveal in the ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' story "Mobius: 25 Years Later". The fact that writers Ian Flynn and Ken Penders (the one who wrote the torture and revealed the Word of Gay, respectively) are at odds about each other's writings, and the former's denouncement of the Word of Gay as "irrelevant" years earlier, didn't help matters any.
* It's suggested that John Reddear from The Tamakis' ''Skim'' was in love with another boy from his Catholic school and is part of the reason he committed suicide at the start of the story.
* This is used in the original ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' comic to deconstruct ideas about homosexuality in golden age comics. A lesbian superhero is outed and thrown out of her band, then murdered alongside her lover. The killer was punishing them for their sexual orientation, but it was more that, had she retained her identity and the support of her co-workers, she would have been safe. In an interview, another superhero comments that a number of the other superheroes were understood (within the ranks) to be homosexual and nobody cared so long as they stayed in the closet and weren't caught.
* ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen: The Silhouette and Gretchen, pictured, are hunted down by the Liquidator and killed, partly because of their orientation, partly because she stood against him so often. Then Hooded Justice was killed by accident because the killer thought he was a ruthless child-murderer as the Comedian had framed him as one.
* This is a plot point in ''SandmanMysteryTheatre''. In ''The Phantom of the Fair'', a a serial killer suffering from either schizophrenia or multiple personalities lures unsuspecting gay men, kidnaps them, then tortures them while dressed in a gimp suit. He then leaves the bodies in the Worlds Fair, in places where anyone and everyone can see them until the police get them removed.
* In the {{New 52}} DCComics reboot, Earth 2's GreenLantern, Alan Scott, was made gay (apparently to make up for the fact that the reboot eliminated Scott's gay son Obsidian due to Alan [[YoungerAndHipper being too young]] to have an adult son). It takes about two issues for Scott's new boyfriend to be killed off in a train explosion, right in the middle of Alan proposing no less.
* In ''ComicBook/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'', Clementine dies at the end.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', Mind*@%! dies; while her erstwhile girlfriend Sistah Spooky blew up her superheroic career[[note]](even presuming that her powers are intact and she can restore her arm)[[/note]] in a [[DeathSeeker suicidal]] plan to rescue or ransom her from Hell.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Unfortunately, in "Blood and Fire", an episode of ''[[StarTrekNewVoyages Star Trek Phase II]]''. Kirk's redshirt nephew Peter is deeply in love with medical tech Alex Freeman, and the two plan to marry. (Everyone charmingly takes this for granted.) Alex ends up the last person alive on a doomed research ship, killing himself seconds before the Regulan bloodworms get to him. This was probably supposed to be reminiscent of Robert Tomlinson and Angela Martine in the TOS episode "Balance of Terror".
** It's also because the episode is based on a script David Gerrold wrote for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' that [[GayPanic kept getting punted into the wastebasket]]. [[FairForItsDay For when the episode was originally envisioned, having gay characters in a relationship would be revolutionary, even if one of them died at the end]]. For the 21st century, [[UnfortunateImplications well]]...
* In one of the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' mini-stories titled "Why Can't It Be Love", Mother Nature informs Empath that even she has to deal with creatures that can't be permitted to love anyone but the opposite sex.
* Far too many SlashFic writers seem to think that killing off their gay characters for AnAesop about how [[GayAesop "homophobia is bad"]] is the perfect way to make their fanfiction DarkerAndEdgier.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''SuddenlyLastSummer''. A DepravedHomosexual becomes the victim of [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] by [[LaserGuidedKarma the boys he preyed on]].
* ''Trailer Park Of Terror'':
** A group of [[CureYourGays troubled teens on a Christian retreat]] get [[IronicHell tormented]] according to their most offensive [[{{Anvilicious}} sin]] by a gang of supernatural [[DeepSouth trailer]] [[CorruptHick trash]]. The leader gets some [[{{Pun}} head]] while cheating on his wife, [[DrugsAreBad the doper gets it after doing dope]], the [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbator]] gets a not-so-happy ending, the [[AlphaBitch hetero couple]] gets Literature/TheBible misquoted at them for their [[DeathBySex premarital sex]] before getting murdered. But the [[ButNotTooGay gay]] guy? Well, he gets hit by a car, nothing to do with his "sin" to avoid showing the sin, unlike the rest of the characters, [[UnfortunateImplications because gay sex would be too terrible to show in a movie filled with endless, varied torture and murder in loving close-up]]. Breasts are also too terrible to show. The writer tried to make the gay guy's primary sin different halfway through by having the gay guy literally throw the goth girl at one of the monsters so that he could escape. [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay And we only know that he's gay because another character calls the gay guy various epithets.]]
** There's also Larlene, who gets killed once for being a [[PsychoLesbian scary lesbian]] [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay spouting sexually harassing threats at a het woman]], and then killed again for being a [[LesbianVampire Lesbian Zombie]], who [[{{Pun}} eats out]] a young female.
* ''NineDeadGayGuys'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin All there in the title.]] The two protagonists, one straight and one gay, live.
* ''Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'' in some way subverted this trope. Though the lesbian couple in the film were not the only ones to die in the show, their fate was specifically mentioned in the sarcastic voice-over ending as not being based around the fact that their relationship was in any way evil. Of course, they also weren't the only people to die, just the only ones for whom it wasn't supposed to be a consequence or punishment of their wrongdoing according to that monologue.
* There's a montage in the documentary ''TheCelluloidCloset'' (a history of homosexual depictions in film up through the early 1990s) of a ''litany'' of gay/lesbian characters either dying or being {{Depraved Homosexual}}s or (most often) both.
* In ''The Fox'' lesbian Jill is killed and her girlfriend runs off with a man.
* Jack from ''Four Brothers,'' maybe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhzN02NwsPU In a deleted scene]], his older brother Bobby joked about him being gay. Bobby went as low as making fun of his tongue ring.
* In ''Prey for Rock & Roll'', Faith, the one half of the prominent lesbian couple in that movie, is hit by a car and killed when two punks try to take her guitar.
* Happened to Mrs. Danvers in the Hitchcock film ''{{Rebecca}}'', though this wasn't the case in the original book.
* An early example would be the 1924 film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_(1924_film) Michael]]''.
* ''Land of the Dead'' features an incredibly gratuitous scene, even considering some of what happens in the rest of the film, where two women are passionately making out until one of them is pulled through the wall by a bunch of zombies.
* Subverted in the 1931 film ''Mädchen in Uniform'' (''Girls in Uniform''), which ends with a lesbian teenager's class mates preventing her suicide. The original stage play, ''Gestern und heute'' by Christa Winsloe, ends less happily, thus fitting the trope. Interestingly, in the real life incident Winsloe based the story on, the girl did jump, but survived.
* The ''1919'' German film ''Anders als die Andern'' (''Different from the Others'') used this trope to a much better effect than ''Film/BrokebackMountain'', because it was genuinely trying to educate the public about the senseless persecution of gays and included real life sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld giving a lecture that homosexuality was completely natural. That said, the main character still gets thrown out of school, loses all of his clients, is blackmailed and eventually commits suicide.
* ''Literature/ASingleMan'': George's partner of sixteen years dies in a car accident eight months before the start of the film. By the end of the story, George himself dies due to a heart-attack, right after an epiphany which stopped him from committing suicide out of unsustainable grief. He was so busy preparing for his death that day that he forgot to take the heart medicine keeping him alive. [[TearJerker It's all pretty tragic, really.]]
* The lone gay man in ''Single White Female'' gets in the villain's way... but he gets better and comes back to help BridgetFonda kick JenniferJasonLeigh's ass. Although you could make the argument that Leigh's character herself is an example of this trope, as well as a PsychoLesbian.
* ''Film/OdeToBillyJoe'': Many people remember the sixties hit song "Ode To Billy Joe," about a young man who kills himself by jumping off the Tallahatchee Bridge, for reasons unknown. What few people remember is that in 1976, Hollywood decided to make a movie of the song that would explain exactly why Billy Joe jumped. Turns out it was the {{gayngst}}.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' has the prince's male lover being murdered by [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade King Edward]] by throwing said lover out a tall window right in front of the prince.
* In the fantasy-horror ''Film/{{Warlock}}'', the main character's gay roommate is killed off quite early and in brutal fashion by the Warlock.
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' - Gay Perry is shot, and barfs blood and keels over dead. But then he miraculously comes back, and it's HEAVILY lampshaded.
* 'Boy' Barrett's suicide in ''Victim'' (1961). As in ''Brokeback Mountain'', it's the guy who's more open about his sexuality who has to die. In a common working of the trope, he dies to protect the man he loves: knowing he'll be questioned by police, he hangs himself in his prison cell to avoid revealing a distinguished lawyer's involvement with him.
* In ''Film/TheWildGeese'' the openly gay guy is given a heroic death (quipping about his sexuality all the way). As the film is one of those 'one last mission' ones you could possibly say the trope was averted or subverted, there was certainly no hint that it was because of his sexuality (i.e., it wasn't a 'punishment' death).
* In ''Nous étions un seul homme'' (''We Were One Man''), a German soldier on the run in occupied France and a French peasant he meets fall in love. The soldier is caught. The peasant, who's a little crazy, shoots him and, carrying the body, gets into a hole in the ground where he puts dead things so they can grow again.
* ''Le temps qui reste'' (''Time to Leave'') is about a promiscuous, selfish gay fashion photographer dying of cancer.
* In Gerard Blain's ''Les Amis'', about an intergenerational gay relationship, the older man is killed in a car crash. Blain, however, maintained that he dies not because of his homosexuality but because it's his destiny.
* Right at the end of ''L.I.E.'', pederast Big John is shot dead by a jealous boyfriend who thinks he's been replaced by a younger model.
* In ''Smukke Dreng'' (''Pretty Boy''), a 13-year-old boy has a relationship with an astronomy professor who kicks him out when the professor's girlfriend comes home. The boy ends up semi-accidentally killing the man by throwing a rock at his head, sending him on a long fall.
* Subverted in ''Trevor''. 13-year-old Trevor attempts suicide over his homosexuality but recovers in hospital, where he meets a cute, friendly candy-striper, Jack, who offers him tickets to a Diana Ross concert. Trevor decides to live -- at least "until tomorrow" -- and dances up the path to his house.
* In ''MaVieEnRose'', the protagonist, a gender-variant seven-year-old whose gender variance causes her a lot of trouble, attempts suicide by shutting herself up in the family's garage freezer, but is rescued by her mother.
* In the documentary ''The Lavender Lens: 100 Years of Celluloid Queers'', there's a very striking montage towards the end of gay accidental death, murder and suicide scenes from various films, set to 'Another One Bites the Dust'. The film ends with a Bugs Bunny clip in which Bugs is suspected dead but revives and runs off wearing a tutu.
* Martineau in ''AnotherCountry'' gets caught during some guy-on-guy action and a few minutes later (in the film) he offs himself. In a church, of all places.
* In ''Film/{{Bent}}'', it is a movie about two gay men in a concentration camp during the holocaust. Use your imagination.
* Lucy bites it at the end of ''Film/HighArt''.
* ''Film/{{Cruising}}'' is also a serial killer stalking New York City's gay leather subculture, and Al Pacino going undercover to stop this. In contrast to the acres of dead sexually active perverts, Al's neighbor, Ted, is offered up as a contrast - he has a steady boyfriend and hates the idea of cruising. And he dies, too. Not surprisingly, this film was protested by many people in the gay community during filming.
* The 1987 thriller ''Film/NoWayOut'' features a DepravedHomosexual as the story's main antagonist. When his UnrequitedLove for the man he's protecting from a murder accusation is outed, he [[DrivenToSuicide shoots himself]] and is posthumously framed both for the murder and for being a [[RedHerringMole Soviet mole]].
* The titular funeral in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. The eulogy delivered for Gareth got the main character thinking about love and marriage, setting up the climax.
* ''Film/YourHighness'' gets extra special mention for Boremont, who reveals his love for Fabious, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove as Fabious is stabbing him]].
* ''Freebie and the Bean'', a buddy cop film from the 70's, features a beautiful blond crossdressing antagonist played by Christopher Morley. He is shot to death in a particularly drawn-out and gory scene by James Caan's character.
* Paulie in ''Film/LostAndDelirious''.
* Creator/NaomiWatts' Character Diana Selwyn[=/=]Betty Elms in ''Film/MulhollandDrive''.
* More so in the film than in the book ''Film/CloudAtlas'': Both the gay/bisexual characters do not make it to the end of their respective stories, while almost everyone else gets a happy ending (with the exception of the Sonmi storyline). In the book, the endings are somewhat more ambiguous, but it still counts.
* Averted completely in ''Film/TellNoOne''; neither of the gay characters, Anne and Helene, die, or are under any threat.
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* In ''Literature/HalfWorld'' by Hiromi Goto, [[CoolOldLady Ms. Wei's]] lover Nora Stein was killed in a burglary before the book begins. Ms. Wei is almost DrivenToSuicide but decides not to jump in front of a car because she doesn't want to cause the driver trouble.
* ''Literature/{{Gone}}'': Averted, all LGBT characters cross the finish line in the end. Dekka does it with her heart broken. It is implied that there is hope for her in the future, and that her life is getting better, but it still ends on a rather bitter note for her.
* OlderThanFeudalism: Although the story of Sodom was probably originally about [[SacredHospitality the treatment of guests]] (read: don't gang rape them), Jewish authors were already reading it as against homosexuality around 100 BCE. When things started to get worse for homosexuals and bisexuals in Europe in the 13th and 14th century, Sodom narratives became more common. The first known in English is ''Cleanness'' by the Pearl-Poet (author of ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight''), which includes a full description of the destruction of Sodom for homosexuality, complete with fiery dogs, and a lifeless sea and ash-filled fruit to symbolize sterility.
* James Baldwin's feel bad classic, ''Giovanni's Room'' is a stunning example. The novel is narrated by a sexually confused young man who is counting the hours before his lover is executed.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' may feature this trope: there's references to possible historical and mythological homosexuals in the scenes featuring Enjolras and Grantaire, and they eventually die together, hand in hand, in "Orestes Sober and Pylades Drunk". However, there is no confirmation of either person's sexuality, and none of the heterosexual students survive either, except a protagonist, Marius.
* In Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s ''Literature/{{Candide}}'', the Baron's son is ''heavily'' implied to be gay, and he's the only one of the recurring characters who at the end is shipped off to be a galley slave. He is a complete UngratefulBastard, and that's why the protagonists ship him off, not his homosexuality.
* Partially subverted in ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'': Cutter, who is gay, is one of the few characters to ''survive'' but his on-off boyfriend Judah is shot in one of the final scenes.
* Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/TheRainWildChronicles'' series averts this; Sedric and Carson seem to be on their way to a happy ending.
* In Ken Follett's "Winter of the World", book two of ''Literature/TheCenturyTrilogy'', Chuck Dewar, who is gay, is killed at the battle of Guadalcanal.
* For all of the death and destruction that happens in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', this trope is oddly enough subverted during the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels. Magot and Grifen, the lesbian couple, are pretty much hinted at being the only actual couple with names to survive long enough to see retirement aside from Cain and Amberley. Indeed, it is their relationship that's the main reason that they make it away from the Necrons without a major mental breakdown, which actually impresses Cain a bit, saying that he wishes there were more soldiers like them in the Imperial Guard.
* Similar to the 40k example, Jame and her spouse Cathie in the first ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator novel'' are among the few characters to make it to the end, some of the only named ones, and are actually among the nicest and most sympathetic characters in it. Their relationship is a [[HideYourLesbians bit more subtle]] in the comics though.
** More like non-existent. Jame was a tertiary character at best with only two notable appearances and no character development. Her lesbian marriage was pretty much wholly an invention of the novel adaptation of the original comic mini-series.
* C J L Almquist's ''The Queen's Tiara'', which is set in Sweden in 1792, has Tintomara, who pretty much personifies AttractiveBentGender. Two sisters and their respective suitors fall in love with her, the men thinking she's a woman, the girls convinced that she's male (at least initially). The men fight a DuelToTheDeath over her, the sisters go insane, and Tintomara herself is eventually killed for her refusal to pick a gender role and stick with it.
* In Creator/CliveBarker's ''{{Imajica}}'', a fantasy novel by British horror author Creator/CliveBarker (published in 1991), a subplot introduces an openly gay male couple who are friends of the Christ-like protagonist Gentle. One of the gay men, Taylor Briggs, dies of AIDS near the beginning of the story, while his partner Clem survives and goes on to help the protagonist. It is mentioned in passing that both men were in a lot of open relationships during the 1970s and "slept around" a lot, back before [=HIV=] became public knowledge; but only Taylor, the party animal, contracted [=HIV=] while his partner was plain lucky and never did, something for which Clem feels SurvivorGuilt. SubvertedTrope in that both men had been lovers for a long time and their love and relationship are depicted in a very positive light. Later on, Taylor returns as a ghost and reunites with Clem. At the end of the story, after the Reconciliation of all five realms, when all the souls of the dead of Earth and the other four Dominions are free to travel on to... somewhere else, before he departs Taylor asks his lover not to forget him but to go on with his life.
* In ''Literature/TheGoldenCompass'' there is Balthamos's death, six other characters on the protagonists' side had died in the series, most of them fairly major characters. Note that angels are made of Dust, the sentient particle; a common theme of the third book is that dead people's souls reunite with their loved ones, daemons or other people, once their Dust particles spread across the universes, after getting out of the underworld for humans of course. Having this in consideration, maybe Balthamos and Baruch had a happy ending after all. The Angels in this universe have no sex and thus not really gay, introducing an interesting twist.
* Subverted in Mary Renault's ''The Charioteer'' - the main character believes Ralph is about to commit suicide, but manages to interfere in time, resulting in a relatively happy ending. Considering the book was published in 1953, when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK, this came as a genuine surprise.
* ''The Front Runner'', while being one of the first modern novels to treat gays as people, still follows this trope.
* ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'', in which the two main characters (Basil Hallward and Dorian Grey) are heavily implied to be gay or bisexual, ends up with two of them dead, one murdered by the other. The other later effectively committed suicide. This may be a reflection of the difficulties of being a gay man in Victorian England, though (Wilde himself eventually died in poverty after being imprisoned for "gross obscenity", i.e. having sex with men).
* ''Kiss of the Spider Woman'', in which the gay protagonist demonstrates his new-found bravery by accepting a suicide mission to pass a message to political revolutionaries.
* The first -- and so far only -- plainly gay characters in R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'' were... pirates. ''Lesbian'' pirates (bisexual in the case of one). At least they're properly pirate-y, not just {{Fanservice}}, though that makes them bad guys. But guess what? All the gay ones die, GoingDownWithTheShip as it were. The bisexual one, who also happens to have maintained a male lover she coerced into working for the pirates, is a sorceress and manages to escape with him after he talks her into doing the right thing.
* Margaret in ''Affinity'' intends to take her life at the end of the story. The TV adaptation explicitly shows her jumping into the Thames.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'' features the knight Roland, who is trying to find out what happened to his lost lover, Raphael. He is, of course, dead. Roland ends up dying as well, once he finds out what happened.
* In Fritz Peters's ''Finistère'' Michel drowns at the end, probably intending to die though this is only hinted at. When the book was published -- in the early '50s -- the tragic-conclusion trope was still de rigueur.
* Carol Plum-Ucci's ''What Happened to Lani Garver'' is built around this trope, although it's justified in that one of the major themes of the book is to bring attention to homophobic hate crimes. Also, it's strongly implied that Lani is actually an angel, which may change things a bit.
* PerryMoore wrote his young adult novel ''Literature/{{Hero}}'' as a response to the use of this trope in superhero comics. There are several gay characters and several characters who die, but no overlap.
* Presumably, Edward II in the eponymous play by Creator/ChristopherMarlowe, and his lover Gaveston. RealLife didn't help, of course.
* Subverted in ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin''. The gay character Carlo survives a horrific campaign in Albania while the heterosexual man whom Carlo secretly loves [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in his arms]]. Carlo is later killed in the Cephallonia massacre, but (as with the real-life historical event) every single one of the other Italian soldiers dies with him except the Captain.
* A particularly grotesque version of this in Orson Scott Card's ''Song Master'':
** Josif, who is bisexual, marries female Kyaren; they have a happy marriage except he warns her that he's attracted to the inhumanly gorgeous male protagonist, Ansset. She tells him that that's fine, she doesn't mind if he sleeps with Ansset; but he still continues to worry about it. Ansset and Josif do end up getting together. Unfortunately, treatments Ansset received as a boy soprano, to delay puberty, cause a weird chemical reaction, making sex intolerantly painful. Josif is hunted down and castrated as punishment for "raping" Ansset. Josif then dies. His wife remarries the next day and in the epilogue is said to be much happier in this more peaceful relationship. Subtle, Card, subtle.
** He tries to justify himself in [[http://www.nauvoo.com/library/card-hypocrites.html this essay]], which only made things worse.
* Orson Scott Card may have been heavily influenced by Mary Renault's ''Literature/ThePersianBoy''; Bagoas cannot allow himself to feel desire because it causes him to re-experience the agony of his castration. Only with Alexander, whom he really loves, is he able to climax without pain.
* Hal Duncan's ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours'' duology has the gay character Thomas "Puck" Messenger get murdered early on in the first book, leaving behind his lover Jack... and dies again and again across the multiverse, to the point that one version of Puck and Jack find a tomb full of hundreds if not thousands of dead versions of Puck. Puck's treatment is a harsh criticism of this trope from Duncan (as well as upon real-world anti-gay violence, specifically the murder of Matthew Shepard), who is very outspoken about gay rights, and several versions of Jack manage to [[EarnYourHappyEnding save their Pucks]] in the end.
* A plot point in ''Darkship Thieves''. Max kept his orientation a secret, so his [[GrandTheftMe identity thief]] doesn't realize he's [[OutOfCharacterAlert given himself away]] by ignoring the lover, Nat. Still, the book ends with one gay man dead and the other consumed by his need for revenge.
* Teenaged Harold's heroic death in ''The Garden God'' (1905). He dies saving his friend/lover's life; it's implied that this wipes out the 'sin' of his previous homosexual acts.
* ''Der Tod in Venedig'' (''Death in Venice'') (1912). Aschenbach expires on the beach, gazing at Tadzio.
* Alexandre's suicide in ''Les amitiés particulières'' (''Special Friendships'') (1943) after being cruelly separated from his boyfriend by hypocritically-moralising priests. Alexandre is 12.
* Ashley's suicide over his homosexuality in ''Lord Dismiss Us'' (1967).
* Happens to Jack in ''BrokebackMountain''. Also in TheFilmOfTheBook.
* Pippa (of Libba Bray's ''Gemma Doyle'' trilogy) dies at the end of the first book, leading to her gradually turning into a monster in the realms before she is KilledOffForReal in the third book. However, the trope is subverted, as the series does not shine a negative light on homosexual relationships, and the reader only finds out she and Felicity were [[SchoolgirlLesbians in love]] after Pippa dies the first time.
* Played with in the ''House of Night'' series, which portrays gay relationships positively (if unrealistically/stereotypically). Jack is killed by Neferet as a sacrifice to Darkness, since he is a "pure" soul. While this is completely against the homosexuality = sin mentality of many of the other examples of this trope, it still prevents Jack and his boyfriend Damien from getting a happy ending.
* Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical novels stuffed full of homeoeroticism but had only three explicitly gay characters. All three are minor.
** One, in ''Blood and Sand'', is a villain who sleeps with young slave-boys and whom you never actually meet. ** The other two, in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'', are heroic warriors whose love inspires them to greater heroism. However, one of them dies nobly in battle, whereat the other feels suicidal and ends up dying too, saving everybody's life in the process. Mind you, this was published in 1963.
* 10-year-old Serge's suicide in ''Quand mourut Jonathan'' (''When Jonathan Died''). Serge's mother decides to keep him away from his adult lover, Jonathan. Serge runs away to go to Jonathan, but on the way realises he'll never make it and jumps in front of a car.
* 13-year-old Manuela's suicide in ''Das Kind Manuela'' after being punished for declaring her love for a female teacher and told she can't see the teacher again. In the film, ''Mädchen in Uniform'', she's rescued while preparing to kill herself.
* In Ursula Zilinsky's ''Middle Ground'', Johannes von Svestrom's lover Gabriel is killed in a burning tank and Svestrom [[DeathSeeker acquires a death wish]], which only ends up winning him a lot of medals for bravery in combat. Svestrom intends shooting himself until he meets and loves Tyl von Pankow, Gabriel's nephew. The end of the book is ostensibly happy, with Tyl going to Svestrom, but you never see him arrive and he's been told that he has a 'short life-line' on his palm.
* In ''David Blaize'', the titular character very nearly suffers a death like that of Harold in ''The Garden God'', jumping at a runaway horse in an act of self-sacrifice. However, he survives, and the accident is basically an excuse to bring his older boyfriend, who's gone away to university, back to his side.
* In ''Tout contre Léo'' (''Close to Leo''), Leo is very young, gay and dying of AIDS. The book is told from the point of view of his little brother Marcel.
* In the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series, closet lesbian and StrawFeminist Verna Zee gets killed by the Wrath Of The Lamb earthquake in the book ''Nicolae'', though there were Christians that died in the earthquake as well, including the New Hope Village Church secretary Loretta and parishioners Donny and Sondra Moore, none of which were gay. In the prequel novels, the Antichrist villain Nicolae Carpathia has [[HasTwoMommies his two biological fathers]], who were both gay, killed off.
* In Terry Goodkind's ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, the lesbian Raina dies from a magical plague in Richard's arms while her lover is trying to find a way to save her. They have time to say they love each other before she dies.
* ''Literature/MassEffectDeception'' kills off Hendel Mitra, established as StraightGay in [[Literature/MassEffectAscension another book]]... after ''Deception'' makes an effort to make him ''un''-gay by having him ogle asari strippers. Asari are monogendered aliens who [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe all look like blue women]].
* TruthInTelevision with ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. The LRA hates Muslims and homosexuals and will kill both indiscriminately.
* In Sylvia Plath's ''Literature/TheBellJar'', Esther's friend Joan is gay, or at least bisexual. That plus various other life stresses lead to her coming to the same hospital as Esther. She later hangs herself. But Esther describes other lesbians, like the famous woman poet at her college, who are "weird," but doing all right.
* In Creator/IanFleming's novel ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'', Pussy Galore gets boned by Literature/JamesBond, switches to the straight path and lives. Another woman who falls in love with her stays gay and is contemptuously killed off near the end of the book.
* Given that it's about AIDS in the gay population in the eighties, ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' features this trope. It also averts it with some characters.
* In ''Literature/TheLastWerewolf'', Harley, Jake's gay familiar, is StuffedIntoTheFridge very early on. However, it's worth noting that EveryoneIsBi unless explicitly proven otherwise, and the trilogy's bisexual characters have a better survival rate. Bury Your Monosexuals, perhaps?
* Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's ''Literature/TheLongEarth'': The end of Book 1 ends with nuclear fallout rendering the city of Datum Madison uninhabitable. Book 2 picks up ten years later, and there's no prizes for guessing which character is dying of radiation poisoning - Monica Jansson, the series's only openly gay character. Possibly {{Justified}} in that she exceeded the amount of time she was supposed to spend working Search and Rescue, but it's implied that so did Joshua and Sally, neither of whom are shown suffering any ill effects.
* Both parodied and subverted in Patrick Senecal's much DarkerAndEdgier version of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Literature/{{Aliss}}''. Bone and Chair, the novel's stand-ins for the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, are a long-established gay couple who also serve as TheDragon to the Red Queen. They're alive and well at novel's end, but are responsible for killing off several other characters along the way. If they appear on your doorstep, then it's likely ''you'' who are about to be buried.
* In Veronica Roth's ''Divergent'' series, secondary character Lynn reveals she's gay the moment before she croaks.
* In Beth Revis's ''A Million Suns'', Elder's second and third in command are implied to be lovers. One gets murdered with Phylus patches and the other gets sucked into space.
* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'':
** Or rather "[[DeadGuyOnDisplay leave your gays hanging on the gibbet]] as a warning to others." "Gender treachery" in Gilead is punishable by death, along with many other "[[AllCrimesAreEqual crimes]]."
** Jezebels -some of who are lesbian- are prostitutes for Commanders and their friends, performing as Fanservice, and [[PutOnABus are sent]] to [[PenalColony the Colonies]] once their usefulness for sex is over, as the Unwomen[[note]]Women -of whom some are lesbian- who are incapable of social integration within the Republic's strict gender divisions.[[/note]].
* Downplayed in ''Literature/{{Coda}}''. Scope is killed at the end of the book, but it was by one of the Corp.
* In Ken Follett's UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo thriller ''Literature/{{Jackdaws}}'', three members of the eponymous RagtagBunchOfMisfits are homosexual; they all die, two [[TooDumbToLive incredibly stupidly]]. Of the three heterosexual members (four, counting Paul), only one dies.
* In ''[[Literature/BlackTideRising Under a Graveyard Sky]]'', a gay cop is introduced, given some backstory and then killed by the SyntheticPlague. What happens to his husband is unrevealed but considering he's in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse, his chances aren't good.
* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', Sanjay, who is portrayed as gay, is killed in a televised stoning. Also a gay Buddhist monk immolates himself during a public protest, and a gay married couple is executed during a wedding. The bombing of the Castro (a gay neighborhood in San Francisco) during the CivilWar, which the FoxNews successor channel known as [[PropagandaMachine "the F3"]] and evangelical leaders celebrated as being "divine justice", ended up turning America into a pariah in the eyes of the world.
* In RobertAntonWilson's ''[[Literature/{{Illuminatus}} The Historical Illuminatus II]] - The Widow's Son'', Edward Babcock lives through Hell at Eton when the School launches a witch-hunt to find and detect actively gay pupils. Wilson describes a Gestapo-like interrogation of all pupils who are called, one by one, in front of a panel of teachers and urged to confess to the cardinal and disgusting sin of sodomy, so that they can repent and their souls may be saved before God. Knowing to confess to being gay means expulsion, disgrace, and lifelong ostracism, Babcock bluffs and lies his way out of it, although he is both frightened and intimidated. After the first flush of elation at having successfully lied to his teachers, he is pulled up cold by the appalling realisation his lover is yet to be questioned. As the boys are being called in by alphabetical order, he realises Geoffrey Wildeblood will have a long agonising wait... eventually he discovers Geoffrey has fled the school and has killed himself, rather than face shame and disgrace.
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* For a series that has been praised for its portrayal and inclusion of gay characters and themes, ''Series/TrueBlood'' does fall victim to this trope.
** While the majority of the series's vampires are AmbiguouslyGay or flamingly bisexual, the only strictly gay vampire, Eddie Fournier, was kidnapped and staked to death by Jason's psycho girlfriend.
** And then there was Lafayette's boyfriend Jesus. Their romance was surprisingly genuine, but apart from a few kisses and laying in bed together they weren't shown "in action" like most in-series couples. And then Lafayette was possessed by a psycho witch and was forced to stab Jesus to death. Though it did avert the trope a teeny bit by keeping Lafayette alive at the start of the second season. [[SparedByTheAdaptation The book actually killed him.]]
* Largely averted in the series ''Series/WillAndGrace''. All of the characters, including the flamboyantly gay Jack and title character Will (also homosexual), go on to live long, comfortable lives (as shown in the final episode). The only person who died was Karen's SitcomArchNemesis Beverley Leslie, who hooked up with Jack long enough to will him his entire fortune.
* The ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' episode "Nook" had Brother Trager admit that he was in love with Stanley. This is on a planet populated by all men, but he's the only one who specifically states an attraction. He is later killed in an attempt to frame the crew for murder. Even on a SadistShow known for a dark tone, this was a SugarWiki/{{heartwarming moment|s}} because he was genuinely a good guy and moved Stan to show genuine regret that he couldn't return Trager's affections.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' had a VerySpecialEpisode guest-starring Wilson Cruz from ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' as an AttractiveBentGender [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Magical Prostitute]], who of course died at the end of the episode.
* In the original book and movie of ''Series/TheAndromedaStrain'', Dr. Hall is straight and lives. In the 2008 miniseries adaptation, he is replaced by Major Keane, who is gay and dies. Draw your own conclusions.
* On ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns,'' Reid (one half of the show's gay couple) died after his car was hit by a train and his heart is going to be used to save a straight character. To add insult to injury, with Luke (Reid's boyfriend) heartbroken and Noah (Luke's ex) rejected, [[UnfortunateImplications the show's three gay characters as essentially the only ones without a happy ending.]] Reid also died before he and Luke could consummate their relationship.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', which rather unsubtly implies a certain sapphic essence to the relationship between Talia and Susan, doesn't really go all the way to acknowledging that they sleep together until the episode in which Talia's personality is wiped, which is called "death". But had the [[RealLifeWritesThePlot actress playing Talia not]] left the show, [[ChekhovsGun Kosh had plans to make it better]].
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'':
** Gaeta was revealed as bisexual, and he had a very unfortunate experience with a Cylon that ended up pushing him over the edge into a full-blown insurrection against Adama and his proposed Alliance with a dissident element of the Cylons. For his part in the attempted coup, he was executed. All in the span of four episodes. Although in this case the Cylon relationship was heterosexual and his homosexual relationship was the nice one.
** Hoshi, on the other hand, not only survived but was made Admiral during Adama's suicide mission of rescuing Hera.
** Admiral Cain's death. According to the DVDCommentary for "Pegasus" this was ''not'' intentional. When Michelle Forbes read the line "She ate at our table..." she gave it an extra personal touch that the producers decided to build on in "Razor".
* ''Series/TheBill''. Lance Powell, murdered. Juliet Becker, murdered. Luke Ashton, large scale-heartbreak. Gemma Osbourne, suffers GBH. Thankfully, Paul Marquess has gone...
* ''Series/{{Bramwell}}'': Frederick, who was initially the WholesomeCrossdresser, gets hit by a carriage, gets his throat torn open with a smashed bottle by a drunken Thrift patient, gets sent away to a religious institution and then dies of infection. The religious institution seems to subvert its own trope somewhat with the master being portrayed, if not truly sympathetically, then certainly as permitting a last reconciliation between Frederick and Charles Sheldon without intruding on their private grief. The master delivers a powerful sermon on forgiveness, which is a powerful bit of writing in its own right and averts the [[TheFundamentalist straw fundamentalist]] stereotype quite significantly.
* ''Series/ColdCase'':
** In the episode "Forever Blue", the cop who calls him and his partner 'the lucky ones', tells his father that he is a man, and all but admits that he's in love with said partner is the one who's killed. Meanwhile, his partner, who in present day, still insists until near the end of the episode that he isn't gay (and to add insult to death, claims his partner also wasn't 'like that') is the one who lives. He lived because he broke things off the night they were supposed to go patrolling together.
** In the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Best Friends", a butch lesbian dies and her girlfriend lives after they try to commit suicide by driving off a bridge, while being chased by her homophobic brother.
** Another ''Series/ColdCase'' episode featured elements of this trope being applied, not to gays, but to the deaf. A student at a deaf school has a massive falling-out with his parents and friends over his attraction to a non-deaf teaching assistant, and is murdered by his roommate when he acquires a cochlear implant, making the proudly-deaf roommate feel abandoned and betrayed.
* The worst thing about the first season of ''Series/{{Damages}}'' was Ray's plot, which looked horribly reminiscent of one of those would-be sympathetic 1950s/60s films confronting the Homosexual Problem, in which gay people are tragic victims of a terrible burden but still suffer perpetual torment and death. It would have been less unfortunate if he hadn't been the only identified gay character in the show '''ever''' (as of the end of S3), and if his relationship with Peter Facinelli hadn't been portrayed, up until the non-kiss, as very much a romantic affair. Until the non-kiss, the show strongly implied that they were in a relationship or at least mutually attracted.
* ''Series/DarkAngel''. Original Cindy's one serious girlfriend onscreen, Diamond, dies of being used as a disease lab rat. At least she took her murderer with her. Original Cindy herself survived, however.
* ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'' killed off its transsexual character Carmelita, who was played by real life transexual Candis Cayne. Making it even worse was that the show had just been canceled, giving the impression that they just had to get that death in before it was over. Viewers had had their eyes on the show right from the start as well, as in the pilot episode Cayne's voice was digitally lowered an octave. WordOfGod explained that Cayne is so convincing as a woman that they were afraid [[ViewersAreMorons the audience wouldn't get that the character used to be a man]].
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' subverts this. Originally Thomas, the only gay character as well as the DesignatedVillain of the series, was supposed to die at the end of season one. However, the producers were so impressed by Rob James-Collier acting they decided to keep his character for the rest of the series.
* The pair of Victorian homosexuals are dead by episode three of 2013's ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' as a direct result of Greyson's blackmail.
* Nicely subverted in ''Series/FlashForward''. The episode in which Janis is confirmed to be a lesbian ends with her lying alone in the street, bleeding out from a bullet to the stomach. In the next episode, she gets to a hospital and is saved.
* ''Series/FoylesWar'':
** In one episode, Foyle lets the handsome young gay pilot in love with Foyle's son, Andrew, atone for his crime (his "girlfriend"'s death) by dying heroically in battle.
** In another episode, the VictimOfTheWeek [[NeverSuicide supposedly committed suicide]] over a breakup with his girlfriend. Discovering the victim "didn't fancy girls" is an early hint at the lie.
* ''Series/{{Game of Thrones}}'': Two for three with its major gay/bisexual characters. Season two kills off Renly Baratheon, while season four kills off Oberyn Martell in what has been referred to as the series' most gruesome death to date. Only Loras Tyrell remains alive.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' is not immune.
** Hey, look, the Patient of the Week's a gay Marine! Guess they'd better- oops... But hey, this other one called Benjamin probably has a chan-- damn.
** But when it comes to the lesbian main characters, the show hasn't killed any of them. They put two of them on a bus, they got the third one in an almost fatal accident, but nobody has died yet.
* ''Series/{{Hex}}'':
** The show managed to subvert this somewhat. The first episode introduced Thelma, the main character's lesbian best friend. Then it had a demon murder her. Cut to her funeral, at which the priest is talking about how Thelma was very much her own individual and saying it was this individuality which left her isolated and led to her tragic death... at which point Thelma's ghost walks up beside the main character and says: "God, they're loving this. Don't be a dyke or you'll end up topping yourself." Thelma then goes on to be one of only two of the original cast to be left after the show's KillEmAll ending.
** Two more lesbian ghost characters turn up. Peggy, who has been long dead, and Maya, who was killed by the villain to provide Thelma with a girlfriend, thus giving him a hold on her. Admittedly, when you already have one lesbian ghost, who else is she going to get physical with? But then Maya proceeds to get [[DeaderThanDead even deader]] at the hands of the heroine.
** Male gay character Tom ends up dying. At the hands of the man he fancies. Ouch.
* British soap opera ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'':
** The show later had a one-week series, the same but DarkerAndEdgier. It concluded with the death of Sarah Barnes after her psychotic girlfriend mistakenly slashed her parachute instead of Zoe's.
** ''Hollyoaks'' also featured the death of Kieran, the gay priest, but averted this trope nicely when John-Paul and Craig went off into the sunset together, both fully comfortable with their sexuality and their relationship. It should also be noted that ''Hollyoaks'' features character deaths quite frequently, and that the majority of the gay or bisexual characters on the show remain alive and well.
* Another British soap, ''Series/{{Emmerdale}}'' had Aaron and Jackson. Aaron was a violent thug, who got worse when he realised, and hated the fact that, he was gay. Eventually, he settled down with Jackson, who could tame him. They were happy, accepted. Then Jackson became paraplegic and begged Aaron to help him die until he agreed.
* The fourth episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' has two main couples whose babies are given different treatments to solve the case. The innocent lesbians lose their child, the (granted, unknowingly) infection-spreading straight couple keeps their child.
* The Spanish soap opera ''Los Hombres de Paco'' recently wed one of its most popular pairs, lesbian couple Pepa and Silvia, in one the biggest and most hyped weddings of the year. All went well and the wedding was lovely -- and then Silvia was shot when gangsters beseiged the reception. Unable to get medical help for hours (and still in her BloodSplatteredWeddingDress) she slowly and painfully bled to death on the floor as [[DiedInYourArmsTonight Pepa held her and told her she loved her]]. The episode is almost Whedon-esque in its ability to cause maximum trauma to shippers.
* General Arcadius dies [[HeroicSacrifice saving the life of the title character]] in the first episode of ''KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire'' after finding the love of his life and his true nature in prison. However his lover has become a series regular.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was said to be adding a gay character. In season 4, this was revealed to be Tom, who by that time was already dead.
* Steve from ''Series/{{Reaper}}''. Somewhat subverted by the fact that his boyfriend, Tony, is the only survivor after the Devil killed all the other demons. Steve is also redeemed and goes to Heaven as an angel. And provides an example for ''more'' demons who want to (attempt to) be good.
* Vito Spatafore in ''Series/TheSopranos'' is beaten to death for being gay. Justified in that the Mob is hardly a bastion of cultural liberalism, especially not on the subject of homosexuality. The show also portrays Tony (Who is portrayed as a sympathetic character) as being accepting of homosexuality, at least compared to his friends, while the two most homophobic are either very unsympathetic (Paulie) or devoid of redeeming traits (Phil Leotardo).
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** Captain Alicia Vega was supposed to be the first canonically gay character in the Stargate-verse, which had a respectable reputation in real life for the diversity of its cast and characters, but had yet to feature an out character. She was introduced in the first episode of season five of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and was heralded as a new recurring character, but almost all her scenes from her introductory episode were deleted for pacing reasons, [[HideYourLesbians including the scene where her sexuality was hinted]]. The producers then decided her character did not fit the series as well as they liked, and she was killed in her second appearance.
** Averted with Camille Wray on ''Series/StargateUniverse''. In an AlternateUniverse, she actually outlived all the other cast members, [[FridgeLogic despite being one of the older crewmembers]].
* In a complete (deliberate?) inversion of the trope, ''Strip Mall'''s series finale "Tammi Takes a Dive" features every main character bumped off ''except'' the lesbian couple.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** There's a third-season episode called "Ghostfacers" in which a gay character is introduced and immediately killed, only to come back as a ghost for a bit... and then perform a HeroicSacrifice to become DeaderThanDead. Everyone else survives.
** There is also Lily in the finale for the second season, and while this is likely overlooked as just about everyone else in that episode dies (even if they get better), she is the first to go. Notably, after mentioning that she "touched her girlfriend and her heart stopped."
** Averted later on, however, because LipstickLesbian Charlie sticks around an average amount of time for female supporting characters, and the cosplaying gay couple from "The Real Ghostbusters" makes it out alive. Anyway, the reason Lily died first is probably that she was the most dangerous and therefore likely to mess up the intended plot (because she could kill with a touch and hated them all anyway).
* There was an episode of ''ThisIsWonderland'' with an elderly gay couple, and at the end, it was revealed that one of them was dying of colon cancer. In a twist on the trope, however, he was the ''less'' aggressive of the two, and had been in the closet his whole life before meeting the other guy. Although the show was known for TearJerker moments, this subplot was one of the saddest.
* ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' kills off a gay character in the fourth episode (though he had used the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Book of Pure Evil]], which doesn't end well for ''anyone''). Somewhat subverted in that, at the time, that character was the only straight one.
* A major occurrence in Brazilian soap opera ''Torre de Babel'' was a shopping mall explosion. Said explosion was also used for the author to kill characters the audience wasn't liking, including a lesbian couple.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' does this in the second season as it is revealed that {{B|igBad}}eaver engineered the bus crash because two characters established to be gay were going to reveal that Woody had molested them when they were in a little league baseball team, and that he had done the same thing to Beaver, and Beaver didn't want people to think he was gay.
* There has been only one confirmed lesbian couple in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. In a show set in ''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco'', no less. Not only are they very minor characters, one of them naturally gets killed.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'':
** By the seventh episode, all three gay characters have either been killed or have killed themselves. A fourth gay character was introduced the very next episode, although he wasn't revealed to be gay until season two.
** Averted in "Vengeance"; fans were actually ''celebrating'' the fact that the gay couple didn't get a scene in the finale, [[AnyoneCanDie because at least they survived it]]!
** Considering [[ForegoneConclusion how the slave rebellion ended historically]], {{inverted}} spectacularly in ''War of the Damned'' as Agron and Nasir are the ''only'' main ex-slaves left standing.
* In the ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' season 3 finale, they seem to have done this with BOTH of their queer characters--H.G. Wells and Steve Jinks. They're both alive again. TimeTravel was involved.
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', the only queer regular character is Angela, Jimmy Darmody's bisexual -- though lesbian-leaning -- wife. She and her lover are mistakenly killed by Manny Horvitz, who'd intended to kill Jimmy and is surprised to find who Angela's partner is. Bury Your Gays ''and'' StuffedIntoTheFridge!
* ''Series/TheTudors'':
** Played with with George Boleyn and Mark Smeaton. Only one other person even knows that they are gay, and they are actually executed for an (alleged) ''heterosexual'' sex act.
** Played straight with William Compton and Thomas Tallis, however. Tallis originally rejected Compton's advances but eventually gave in. Compton then died of "sweating sickness" in the episode after they had consummated the relationship.
* A potentially justified example in RTE's restaurant drama ''Series/{{Raw}}'' and gay character Pavel. Krystof Hádek declined to return for the fifth series partway through filming for the fourth leaving writers with little time to find a resolution for the show's sole gay couple while still retaining the other half as a character. Having only just found stability in their relationship, it would have seemed odd for the pair to suddenly implode with no real build-up, so killing Pavel was the only viable solution.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'':
** Averted: Helen Magnus, the only officially queer character (even if her latent bisexuality only came up in one late-season episode), is both [[Really700YearsOld extremely long lived]] and one of the few people still alive by the end. Of course, she ''is'' the main character.
** On the other hand, John Druitt and James Watson, both implied to have at least some homo-romantic feelings for each other even if they're too old-fashioned to ever admit them, both end up dying over the course of the show, with the latter actually having most of his scenes in various flashback or timetravel episodes.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** Averted. Captain Jack Harkness. He's the most queer character on the show (Tosh's bisexuality only comes up in one episode where she is seduced by a female alien; Ianto later said that Jack is the only man he was ever interested in) and yet he survives almost [[AnyoneCanDie everyone else]] on the team. This is shown to have happened before, and implied to happen again and again. Of course, that's only because he's immortal. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal He dies plenty of times.]]
** Unfortunately, his bisexual lover, who is finally coming to terms with being in love with a man, [[TearJerker does not avert this trope]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Subverted by Madame Vastra, a Victorian-era katana-wielding Silurian detective and her wife/maid/fellow swordfighter/investigator Jenny, who have so far survived both episodes they appear in with nary a scratch or emotional trauma.
** It comes close in the Series 7 finale, where Jenny dies twice in the same episode, leaving Vastra stricken with grief. [[DeathIsCheap She gets better...]]
* Subverted in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. The episode's BigBad tries to get the POI to commit murder by threatening to kill her wife. Reese and Fusco successfully extract the wife.
* The BodyOfTheWeek in the ''Series/{{Vegas|2012}}'' episode "Masquerade" was one half of a lesbian couple, though it didn't have anything to do with her death.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Larry, the only ''confirmed'' gay man ever on the show, was killed in the battle against The Mayor in "Graduation Day".
** Tara, Willow's long time girlfriend, was shot and killed by Warren Mears. WordOfGod is that Tara's death was solely a consequence of her being Willow's LoveInterest - had Oz still been around, he would have died in her place. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen There were plans]] to bring Tara back in Season Seven, but they fell through, as Creator/AmberBenson was unavailable.
** Averted in the series finale. In a series where romances ''always'' ended badly, the only ones to make it were Willow and Kennedy. However, after the show continued as comic books it was revealed that Kennedy was killed between the end of Season 7, and the beginning of Season 8. She was subsequently revived by Willow though.
* ''Series/TheLWord'':
** Jenny Schecter ends the last season with her suicide/possible suspected homicide off of her hotel balcony.
** The L Word also had Dana, but it's kind of excused in the fact that almost every character on the show was queer in some way.
* In ''Series/InTheFlesh'', the main character Kerian's love interest Rick gets killed TWICE, once coming back as a zombie and then getting KilledOffForReal in the final episode. Both his deaths are basically plot devices to cause Kerian Gayngst. It's a fairly pointless offscreen death as well, which basically shuts down the climactic confrontation that's been building between various characters and replaces it with angst.
* ''Literature/HemlockGrove'' has at least two.
** The very first person to die is a teenage girl who is on her way to a liaison with her (female) [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher]] (and this is the only thing known for sure about her character.)
** Viewers are then introduced to Clementine Chasseur, first seen in bed with one woman and later having an affair with another (though it's at least not her sole characterization.) Chasseur is captured, tortured, and killed by Olivia and her right-hand man.
* In ''Skins Fire'', a kind of "epilogue" to Effy, Naomi, and Emily's story from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' series three and four, Naomi is mercilessly killed off. It wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't only two episodes long and seemed to exist with no real plot other than killing Naomi and sending Effy to jail.
* ''Series/{{Siberia}}'' manages to have the only two main characters who die both also be the only two non-straight characters. Natalie disappears (and is later confirmed dead) only an episode after it is revealed she might be bisexual, and willing to give a relationship with Annie a chance. And then Annie gets shot in the last episode of the first season.
* Adam from ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' was one of the few major [[{{Transsexual}} transgender boys]] in fiction. He was killed off in a car accident to show an aesop about texting and driving.
* The ''only'' character to die on ''Series/{{Smash}}'' is Kyle, who dies in a hit-and-run accident and whose death is acknowledged, in-universe and in WordOfGod, to serve to teach a straight character a lesson.
* Nicely subverted in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', where Sarah is revealed to have been in a relationship with a woman, and later in the same episode comes very close to death, but is saved at the last second.
%% * Maya in ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' - Emily Field's Love Interest
%% * Bullet in AMC's ''Series/TheKilling''.
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* Music/{{Spoon}}'s "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine":
-->I wanna play the part of Eddie in ''The Stranger Dance''
-->He makes love to the duke
-->He swordfights the queen
-->He steals the whole show in his last dying scene
* Music/EltonJohn's "All the Girls Love Alice," about a lesbian who dies:
-->Gettin' your kicks in another girl's bed
-->And it was only last Tuesday...
-->They found you in the subway, dead!
* The name "Music/ScissorSisters" is a shortening of the band's original name, [[RefugeInAudacity Dead Lesbian and Her Fibrillating Scissor Sisters]].
* Bobby Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe"
** The song itself doesn't even hint that Billy Joe is gay (in fact, it strongly implies that the (female) narrator and Billy Joe had a romantic relationship). The "Billy Joe was gay" idea was made up specifically for the movie.
* The Music/VelvetUnderground's "Lady Godiva's Operation" is a BlackComedy song about a {{Transsexual}} who accidentally gets sent to a brain operation and dies due to an incompetent surgeon.
* Rich Mullins's "Awesome God" in its entirety has a line referencing God pouring out His wrath on Sodom, which [[SecondVerseCurse can partly explain why the chorus version of the song is more commonly used]].
* The titular couple of Cosmo Jarvis's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dysG12QCdTA Gay Pirates]]" end up forced to walk the plank.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLIa-nKA9m0 Narcisse Noir]]" by Music/AliProject is about a girl remembering her first love, her brother's gay lover. He and the brother [[DrivenToSuicide drown themselves]].
* Music/RodStewart's ''The Killing of Georgie (Part I & II)'' was inspired by the RealLife murder of a gay friend during the 1970s.
* The music video for Lana Del Ray's "Summertime Sadness"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* This seems to be a favorite trope of Tennessee Williams, much of the anguish motivating the protagonists of his two most famous plays, ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' and ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'' revolves around gay men who commit suicide.
* ''Theatre/TheBoysInTheBand''. Michael both {{lampshades}} and {{invert|edTrope}}s the Trope.
-->'''Michael:''' It's not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!
* Beautifully subverted in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''. Although deaths of Prior and Belize's friends are mentioned, the only one of the gay characters to die is Roy Cohn, [[ArmoredClosetGay the malicious, heartless bastard of a closet queen who refuses to think of himself as gay]]. Prior is a particularly poignant aversion because near the beginning he is in the advanced stages of the disease and it seems like he's about to go at any minute. His boyfriend Louis abandons him when the disease gets too intense. When Prior's condition does improve, Louis has to make amends with him.
* Subverted in ''Theatre/SpringAwakening''. Hänschen and Ernst don't appear again after their kiss, which is a pretty good fate, since saying the lives of the heterosexual characters (well, those who are left alive) suck would be an understatement..
* In ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'', the only character who dies is Angel, a gay male drag queen. Mimi, the straight female drug addict, comes close, and likely dies soon after the play ends, but still makes it to the final curtain. The message implied was that Angel was TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. A subversion is that the lesbian couple pretty much gets a happier ending than anyone else.
* ''Theatre/TheLaramieProject'' is based off of the real life murder of Matthew Shepard, and the town's reaction to the news. [[TheWoobie Shepard]] was beaten and tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, by two men who suspected he was gay [[FinaglesLaw (which he was)]].
* Parodied to the hilt by [[http://www.lashings.org Lashings of Ginger Beer]] in [[http://youtu.be/xPR5oMa8S2A their version]] of ''Buffy: The Musical'':
--> It's true and also sad\\
that dykes in mainstream film\\
we end up either dead or mad...
* In ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'', two schoolteachers, Martha and Karen, have their lives and reputations irrevocably shattered after one of their beastly students spreads a rumor that they are lesbian lovers. After a bitter confrontation with the student's grandmother, and even after the women lose their court case for slander, the big twist is that Martha really ''did'' have those feelings for Karen, but never knew how to articulate them until they were spoken by someone else. Karen is accepting of her friend, and suggests they move away and start a new life together. In both the film and theatre version of the story, Martha kills herself before the night is through.
* Marlowe's ''Edward II'' (1592). The explicitly gay title character and his boyfriend both meet a nasty end. Mind you, so do lots of other people.
* Painfully and sadly played straight in ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. Paul, after suffering a horrible childhood being rejected for being gay, falls on his leg that was operated on some time ago during a tap routine. While he doesn't die per-say, his career ends and the other characters mourn how any of them could have a suffered a similar fate.
%% * ''Dog Sees God''.
%% * Jason [=McConnell=] in ''bare: a pop opera'', although Peter survives.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Abu'l Nuquod in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' is very, ''very'' strongly implied to be gay due to his speech about being taunted by his neighbors for being "different" and refusing to serve a god who considers him an abomination. Unfortunately, he's also a bad guy, so Altair chases him down and stabs him in the throat. It doesn't help that while Altair mentions Abu'l's greed, decadence, and theft from his people as reasons that he needs to die, ''nobody ever said that''. Going purely by what you hear around the city he's not such a bad guy. Granted, he does poison his party guests, but Altair didn't know that was going to happen.
* In the Japanese ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'' computer game, if you as the main character [[DatingSim choose to date]] Natsuki Kuga, [[SchoolgirlLesbians her best friend Shizuru Fujino]] is so hurt that she [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]].
* Sorta subverted but not really in ''{{Phantasmagoria}} 2''. Trevor is the last out of four characters to be murdered, and specifically because Curtis loved him the most. However, he also dies right after admitting that he loves Curtis and right before they can kiss. The [[SatelliteLoveInterest female love interest survives]], apparently remembering that she was, in fact, a character in the game after [[TenMinuteRetirement disappearing from the last half of it or so]].
* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series, where straight couples kick the bucket with astonishing regularity while gay characters fulfill their romantic relationships.
* In ''StarControl 2'', practically the only named character to die is [[DepravedBisexual Depraved Omnisexual]] Admiral ZEX.
** Also applies to the Androsynth race from the original Star Control. Yes, the ''entire species''.
* Viranus Donton in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. The only one character to be strongly hinted to be gay, and guess what happens to both him ''and'' his apparent romantic interest? The short version: mistaken for ''cavern trolls'' by a bunch of heavily armed mercenaries on acid.
** The ''Dragonborn'' expansion of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' introduces an NPC gay couple. They are dead by the time you get to Solstheim.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. CampGay Dist is the only one of the villains who survives.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series on top of HoYay has four obviously non-hetero men. Scott Dolph, bisexual ([[BlackDudeDiesFirst and black]]), dies after the prologue in ''[=MGS2=]''. Volgin the BigBad of ''[=MGS3=]'', DepravedBisexual, dies at the end. Raikov, Volgin's lover and DepravedHomosexual (there's nothing in game that shows this but a radio conversation with EVA reveals he likes to ''punch his subordinates in the face for no reason''), can be killed off with no consequences to the story. He was mostly a gag/minor plot device as it was. By the way, the way you dispatch of him is stuffing him [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything into a closet]]. Then finally there's Vamp who is also a DepravedBisexual and survives 2, dies in 4.
** Portable Ops confirms Raikov's survival... well, as long as you rescue him, that is. If you don't, it's fair to assume this happens. Either way, just as in [=MGS3=], it's up to the player to decide his fate.
** Ocelot is a borderline example: his [[SingleTargetSexuality insane devotion]] to Big Boss is what gets him killed in the end.
** Strangelove in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid: Peace Walker'' is loudly lesbian and survives until the end!!... but only after hooking up with a man and implicitly becoming the mother of his child. At one point, she even states that she was planning to make herself into this trope by killing herself after completing Peace Walker, but changed her mind upon interpreting Peace Walker's message as The Boss (her female lover) telling her to move on.
* In ''SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'', Mara and Elsa are revealed to be a lesbian couple, and are subsequently killed.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' averts this with allowing players of either gender to have healthy relationships with the bisexual characters [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] and [[HitmanWithAHeart Zevran]], and possibly even to survive the story with them. Notably Herren and Wade are one of the only happy, stable couples in the entire game.
** The same applies to ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', where there are four bisexual options, and the player can be in a loving relationship with any of them.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'', Thomas suffers a rather gruesome death after flipping out and going all DepravedHomosexual (thereby forcing the player to fight him).
* In ''The Orion Conspiracy'', Devlin discovers that his dead son Danny was gay. Devlin was surprised, because he and Danny had been so distant from each other that Devlin simply did not have a clue. He also finds out that Kaufmann is gay and that he was Danny's boyfriend. Kaufmann and Devlin get into a shouting match, because Kaufmann thinks Devlin disapproves of the relationship. Devlin, on his part, feels that he would not have held that against Danny. Sadly, Kaufmann is found dead and disemboweled shortly afterwards. Devlin finds out later that Captain Shannon killed Danny and Kaufmann. Why? Because Shannon blames Devlin for the death of Shannon's wife, and so he murdered Danny for revenge. Shannon killed Kaufmann to frame Devlin. Naturally, Shannon is planning to kill Devlin. Despite this reasoning, Danny and Kaufmann are the first characters confirmed dead, and they were both gay, so the trope still stands.
* Played with in ''{{Rift}}'': In the Defiant start zone, you're informed that the [[RebelliousPrincess rebellious bahmi princess]] Uriel Chuluun was killed in the razing of Meridian. However, it's not until you go back in time to when she's still alive (and thus, actually ''avert'' the BadFuture in which she dies) that she's able to meet (and, it would seem, fall for) Kira. Later, you have to save her from herself when she almost goes over to a death cult and almost gets herself killed in the process.
* Despite ''VideoGame/MassEffect3's'' generally positive treatment of homosexuality, it still managed to play this trope straight in Lt. Steve Cortez's backstory. His husband was one of the victims of the Collector attacks on human colonies in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', and poor Cortez was listening over comms as he was taken. His character arc involves Shepard helping him overcome his grief.
** Additionally, part of his character arc is that he takes dangerous risks as a pilot because he's [[DeathSeeker depressed at the loss of his husband]]. If you don't resolve his character arc, he does this during the final battle and falls victim to this trope himself. If you complete his arc, he survives.
** In one of the third game's downloadable expansions, Omega, female turian Nyreen Kandros is introduced as a past love interest of Aria T'Loak. Lingering feelings on both side are depicted, but ultimately Nyreen gets to sacrifice herself to save some civilians and fuel Aria's anger.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Nef, who naturally dies a horrible death as a result of her attraction to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Morinth]].
* Although not explicitly stated to be gay, Eli Wilkerson from StateOfDecay is one half of an implied male-on-male couple. After your first encounter with him he catches the Black Fever out of nowhere and dies.
* In the alpha version of ''KatawaShoujo'' [[spoiler:Misha]] seems into a depression and kills herself by standing in front of a car. The alpha is incomplete, as many of the arcs were vastly rewritten and it was accidentally leaked, but there's no apparent way to stop this. She dies in both the bad ''and'' good endings.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{Ca|mpGay}}rson, a fancharacter who had managed to show up once or twice in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', was brought back after a long hiatus [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c60/p11.html just so the author could drop him down through a rotten floor in an abandoned house]], [[WhatTheHellHero where his friends abandon him to die]]. He was even marked as dead on the cast page, though this was all removed and became non-canon.
* ''FanFic/ChessPiece'' deconstructs this: Danny's gay lover commits suicide and comes back as a ghost. It's [[DrivenToSuicide implied as to why]], but still.
* ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'' has BLU Sniper Liam and RED Spy Gabry. Gabry is killed taking a bullet for Liam. [[TogetherInDeath Liam commits assisted suicide later]], after losing his eyes.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' briefly attracted a fair bit of controversy when it killed off the only gay character in the comic. Though she ends up dead with three other characters, some of the controversy came from the fact that one of the first victims of the killing spree ''just so happened'' to be the lesbian. Fortunately, [[BackFromTheDead she gets better.]]
* ''GoodbyeChains'' has a rare inversion, wherein Banquo, the very straight, very promiscuous gunslinger gets killed off [[http://www.goodbyechains.com/index.php?page=315]], leaving behind Colin, his gay and lovestruck partner in crime.
* General Alaric in TwoKinds throws a FightToTheDeath so his ProudWarriorRace will allow Keith back into their society. Alaric was ambiguously affectionate towards Keith.
* [[StraightGay Turas]] in ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}''.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* There are three homosexual characters in ''TacticalNoobs'', all of whom die horribly within seconds of being introduced. The first blasts himself with a rocket launcher. The second two are [[KillItWithFire flame-throwered]] by someone who disagrees with their choice to vote UsefulNotes/BarackObama for president.
* Discussed at After Elton, a gay entertainment site [[http://www.afterelton.com/TV/2010/3/why-gay-characters-always-die here]].
* Usually averted in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', thanks to the KillEmAll / AnyoneCanDie storyline in play, which means most characters regardless of sexual orientation will die. However, the SpinOff ''Evolution'' had [[StraightGay Billy-Jay Clarke]] be the very first person to die, due to his power overloading, causing his [[EyeScream eyes to melt out of their sockets]].
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': of the four major gay characters, three of them are among the only cast members with unambiguously happy endings (Foil, Parian and Legend), while the fourth was screwed over by factors WAY beyond her control and unrelated to sexuality (Panacea). Almost every straight relationship ends badly or in death: Skitter / Grue ends with Grue dead and Skitter stuck in a blocked off world away from the rest of cast, Grue / Cozen ends with Cozen forever the odd woman out in the Undersiders, Regent / Imp ends with Regent's HeroicSacrifice against Behemoth, everything involving New Wave ends in tragedy, and Trickster/Noelle ends in Noelle getting killed as a monster and Trickster as Teacher's puppet. Out of heterosexual relationships, only the RoboShip of Defiant / Dragon and Weld / Sveta end well, and both pairs had to [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their good ending.]]
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* Surprisingly subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' (That is, if [[HideYourLesbians you managed to notice it at all]]), especially since this is a show that is ''not'' [[NeverSayDie afraid to say "die"]]. Maggie Sawyer is blown out of her car during an attack by Intergang, and the next shot has her badly burned and motionless beneath a crushing pile of rubble, ''without'' [[EyeAwaken moving her eyes]] or [[FingerTwitchingRevival her fingers]]. Dan Turpin even calls the attackers "murderers" as he screams at them, so everything seems to be indicating that she [[KilledOffForReal is really dead]]... [[NotQuiteDead except she is alive]], and she returns later on in this and future episodes. In fact, her recovery is the first ([[HideYourLesbians and only]]) appearance of her girlfriend in the series... and ''Turpin'' is later KilledOffForReal.
* Weirdly enough, inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' -- a gay couple is one of the few characters to ''survive'' every episode.
* In the show ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', a group of gladiators killed each other, and were forced to continue fighting each other in the afterlife as ghosts. [[WordOfGay It was revealed months after the episode aired that the gladiators weren't brothers or friends; they were all homosexual couples.]] Though this was pretty obvious before the confirmation. One of the ghosts even refers to his counterpart as "my lover".
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' did this in a roundabout way. Queen Bee is responsible for the death of Marie Logan, Beast Boy's mother. Queen Bee has the power to use [[LoveIsInTheAir pheromones]] to control "most men and some women". The comic book tie-in reveals that Queen Bee used her powers on Marie to make her commit suicide. So whatever Marie was, she wasn't straight.
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* Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was beaten and killed purportedly because of his sexual orientation. The two men accused of torturing Shepard, resulting in his death -- Aaron [=McKinney=] and Russell Henderson -- are serving life sentences in connection with the crimes. The beating of Shepard (and resulting funeral demonstrations by the Rev. Fred Phelps and followers at the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas) [[TheLaramieProject brought worldwide attention to hate crimes]] and eventually resulted in passage of the Matthew Shepard Act, which provides more specific definitions of what constitutes a hate crime and severe penalties for those who engage in hate acts against people who are (or perceived to be) homosexual, along with race, creed, gender or disability.
* Nazi Germany:
** After taking power in 1933, [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]] persecuted homosexuals as part of their so-called moral crusade to racially and culturally purify Germany. This persecution ranged from dissolution of homosexual organizations to internment of thousands of individuals in concentration camps. Gay men, in particular, were subject to harassment, arrest, incarceration, castration and murder. In Nazi eyes, gay men were weak and unfit to be soldiers, as well as unlikely to have children and thereby contribute to the racial struggle for Aryan dominance. They also persecuted lesbians, but less severely[[note]]Althrough [[RapeAndSwitch forced prostitution]] in the [[POWCamp concentration camps]] happened[[/note]]. Unlike many Nazi-instituted laws, these weren't repealed for approximately fifty years.
** That was even worse - in concentration camps homosexuals had the highest death rate among all subgroups. Because other prisoners refused to cooperate with them, and basically, treated them as pariahs and the guards were picking on them.
** When the war was over, gay men who lived still had to finish their "prison sentences," although at least in a regular prison instead of the camps.
* Even today, in many Islamic and African countries, homosexuality is a crime, sometimes even punishable by death.
* Until the mid-XIX, sodomy was a capital crime in several jurisdictions and people got executed for it[[note]]Except in countries following Napoleonic code, which has decriminalized homosexuality[[/note]].
* In Soviet Russia, homosexuality was originally decriminalised under Lenin, but deemed "antisocial behavior" and outlawed under Stalin. Those who were found guilty of it were often sent to forced labor camps as punishment.
* Even the UK had the death penalty for "sodomy" from the time of Henry VIII until 1861, when that punishment was altered to life in prison. Another law was later added (in 1885) making "any act of gross indecency with another male person" (essentially any homosexual behaviour the prosecution wanted to get you for but which didn't involve actual penetration) punishable by up to two years imprisonment, with or without hard labour. Those laws stayed on the books until 1968 (or until the 1980s in Scotland). A prison sentence was sometimes avoided by agreeing to "therapy" that involved a hormonal treatment that effectively chemically castrated a man.
* The Motion Picture Production Code, aka UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, made it illegal to show or reference "sexual perversion" unless the people involved ended up dead, villainous, or converted by the end of the work.
* The story of Emperor Ai of Han and his romantic affair with [[TheWoobie Dong Xian]] ... is quite the DownerEnding.
* OlderThanFeudalism: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmodius_and_Aristogeiton Tyrannicides]]: Short version, Greek noble Aristogeiton is upset that the tyrant's brother Hipparchus keeps putting the moves on his boy toy (Harmodius), so the couple decide it's time for the tyrant (Hippias) and his brother to go. An elaborate assassination is plotted, but botched, killing Hipparchus but not Hippias, as well as Harmodius. Aristogeiton is of course captured, but manages to trick Hippias into [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome killing him during the interrogation]].
* After a typical yet fateful taping of a Jenny Jones episode "Same-Sex Secret Crushes", Scott Amedure was killed sometime later by Jonathan Schmitz, the very person he had a crush on.
* [[http://www.trevorspace.com Trevorspace]] is a web community devoted to [[AvertedTrope averting this trope]] in RealLife. Closely tied to the Website/ItGetsBetterProject, with the same goal.
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