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->''"Her name is... Veronica Crabtree, bus driver for the elementary school. She was considered an ancillary character, one the fans wouldn't miss much."''
-->--'''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''

This trope involves the cold realization that {{Shared Universe}}s enjoy events, but not necessarily [[StatusQuoIsGod changing the status quo]]. Whenever a purported big shake-up occurs, you can bet it's your so-called "C-list" characters and below who will be brought out of the woodwork. Alternatively, if a given series is becoming less popular, given that they are less prominent, have less appeal, or aren't as easy to write for, these characters can be prime candidates for [[KilledOffForReal getting the axe]], via the single-character subtype of TheFireflyEffect. TheHeart is a frequent victim of this.

An optimist will say this is because "minor" characters (and the authors writing for them) are allowed leeway to change more than big shots, and if they're lucky they can become newly popular due to this.

A cynic will say the main use of bringing in C-listers is so you can kill them off, creating a sense of "change" without really affecting the universe in any way, ruining the attempt to make an AnyoneCanDie and TonightSomeoneDies atmosphere when the only real deaths are these characters. Same with a SacrificialLamb.

This is a double-edged sword. It certainly can be shocking and emotional to fans of the character, but remember... the main people who ''recognize'' these characters are the same people who will be most angry if you kill them off, whereas those who do not recognize them will not care. Thus, you toy with the emotions of those who are likely to be your most dedicated fans.

Since newer characters tend to be more C-list than older characters, and also tend to include more females and minorities, this may lead to WomenInRefrigerators and BuryYourGays. (Although, on the other hand, outright {{Red Shirt}}s tend to be [[UnfortunateImplications straight]] {{men|AreTheExpendableGender}}.) Another disturbing tendency in the comic book industry is to use ''teenage'' super-team characters as this. It works dramatically because of the impact of a child (or young adult) dying, but is over-used to the point where the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' actually hang a lampshade on this frequently. Similar young teams, ''the ComicBook/NewMutants'' and ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', also fall victim to this with regularity.

But it can be a winner-winner deal if you manage to [[TemporaryScrappy create a character that seriously sucks]]. This way, you clean the universe from a bad character and the readers rejoice while you create the fear atmosphere. Marvel Comics has a specialty on this: see Comicbook/CivilWar or ComicBook/MaximumCarnage.

And anyway, it's not as though the character is being used anyway. Being brought BackForTheDead is better than [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome not being brought back at all]], [[RunningTheAsylum right]]?

When the character has the shortest, smallest, most stereotypical background possible (especially ended by a HesDeadJim to show he's really dead), we're probably dealing with a RedShirt instead. If one of these "major" characters were created so they can be killed then it might be a MauveShirt.

Often leads to cases of ForgottenFallenFriend.

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

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* [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel's]] ''Decimation'' event involved the depowering of 90% of the world's [[Comicbook/XMen mutant]] population, in an attempt to re-establish mutants as a "minority" (i.e., give newer writers and editors much less work and focus-splitting to do and newer readers [[ContinuitySnarl less things to catch-up on]]). Nearly all the depowered characters were fairly minor, and the major characters who lost their powers have mostly gotten them back.
** With the 2011 repowering of [[ComicBook/GenerationX Chamber]] and [[ComicBook/XForce Rictor]], the biggest-name character to still be powerless is probably low-B-List villain Blob. Jubilee, Dani Moonstar, and Prodigy haven't gotten their ''original'' powers back, but are once again superhuman.
** When it was revealed that the appropriately named Random still had his powers (he can turn his hands into organic guns that shoot little blobs of… himself), it was hard not to wonder if ''anyone'' was C-List enough to actually be affected by the Decimation. [[note]]In practice, it was really done to eliminate the anonymous crowds of ''millions'' of mutants revealed to exist during Creator/GrantMorrison's run, because it ran counter to the Comicbook/XMen's original concept of mutants being so rare that you needed Cerebro just to gather a handful out of the whole world's population (seriously, what was the point of Cerebro by that point?). On the other hand, the supposed reason for Morrison's mutant population explosion had been to make mutants seem ''more'' like a real world minority group, and the Decimation scuttled that by turning them back into a tiny handful of oddballs.[[/note]]
* The villain Scourge's whole point was the killing-off of C-list Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} villains, something that creator Mark Gruenwald later came to deeply regret. Some of the characters have since been resurrected and upgraded, others are mostly forgotten. The kill list included both obscure types and once prominent characters who fell out of favor.
** Basilisk was created in 1973. He had fought against Franchise/SpiderMan, ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic, the Mole Man, and the Thing]]. He could (among other things) create volcanic risings, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes. He had last appeared trapped underground in 1976. They brought him back in 1986 just to kill him.
** Bird-Man was a LegacyCharacter. The original villain of this name debuted in 1965 and was killed in combat with ComicBook/IronMan in 1978. The replacement debuted in 1979 but was barely used. They brought him back in 1986 just in time to die.
** Black Abbot was created in 1984, as a telepath and telekinetic who was seeking to control the minds of entire groups of people. He fought Franchise/SpiderMan, [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Nomad/Jack Monroe]], [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]], and [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. They added him to the list of Scourge victims in 1991, killing him offscreen.
** Blowtorch Brand was created in 1984 as a one-shot foe of ComicBook/TheDefenders. He was an arsonist who was immune to the effects of fire. They brought him back in 1993 just to kill him. He holds the dubious distinction of being the final victim of the original Scourge organization.
** Blue Streak was created in 1978 as a ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent. At the time there was a long ongoing storyline concerning "the Corporation", a NebulousEvilOrganisation, and Blue Streak was revealed to be one of its agents and a [[TheMole Mole]] in the SHIELD ranks. The storyline lasted from 1976 to 1979, and Blue Streak was one of the few Corporation agents to survive the downfall of the organization. They brought him back in 1986 just to kill him.
** Cheetah was created in 1977. He was a revolutionary who got mutated by Kree technology and received [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing Animal Abilities]]. He fought against ComicBook/CaptainMarVell and was supposedly BroughtDownToNormal. In 1986, they brought him back, with powers seemingly restored, just to kill him.
** Commander Craken was created in 1970 as a ComicBook/SubMariner foe. He was a modern-day pirate, with depiction combining traits of [[APirate400YearsTooLate centuries-old piracy]] with [[RuthlessModernPirates modern technology and ruthlessness]]. In the 1970s, he was occasionally used as a foe for [[Characters/Avengers80sMembers the Cat (Tigra)]] and ComicBook/IronMan. He made his last prominent appearance in 1977. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Cyclone was created in 1975 as a Franchise/SpiderMan villain. He was a Maggia (Mafia) enforcer who wielded a costume generating "tornado-force whirlwinds about himself" which he used to various effects. He faced ComicBook/MoonKnight in a subsequent storyline and was last used in 1978. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him. He has since inspired a couple of {{Legacy Character}}s of his own.
** Death Adder was created in 1980. He was originally a common human who was enhanced with [[ArtificialLimbs bionic technology]]. He served as ProfessionalKiller in the ranks of the Serpent Squad and (later) the Serpent Society. His most notable victim was Comicbook/{{MODOK}}, who stayed dead from 1986 to 1995. He was killed in 1986, but not because Gruenwald thought him lame. He wanted to have at least one legitimate threat terminated by the Scourge, to convince readers that AnyoneCanDie, and chose one of his own pet characters.
** The Enforcer was created in 1977, serving as a foe for the UsefulNotes/LosAngeles based Marvel heroes of the time: Comicbook/GhostRider (Johnny Blaze), ComicBook/WerewolfByNight (Jack Russell), and Comicbook/SpiderWoman (Jessica Drew). He was played as a legitimate threat for a while and was a recurring character to 1983. By 1985 these heroes themselves had lost their titles and were OutOfFocus. The Enforcer resurfaced just to become the first Scourge victim.
** Firebrand was created in 1970 as an ComicBook/IronMan foe. He was a political activist who wore PoweredArmor to achieve his goals through campaigns of terror. Basically a WellIntentionedExtremist with lethal powers. He was used as a serious foil for Iron Man for much of the 1970s, and his sister Roxanne Gilbert was a key love interest for Tony Stark. He returned in 1983 as a relic of a more radical time. Then they brought him back in 1986 as a disillusioned man, a recovering alcoholic, and a shell of his former self. Then they killed him. He has since inspired a couple of {{Legacy Character}}s.
** The Fly was created in 1978 as an insectoid villain for Franchise/SpiderMan. While not a major character, he had scored victories in combat with both Spidey and ComicBook/MoonKnight, leaving the latter paralyzed for a while. His character arc was that his mutation gave him [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing Animal Abilities]] but was progressively making him feral. He was a recurring character to 1984. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** The Grappler was created in 1981 as a one-shot enemy for ComicBook/SheHulk. He was a champion martial artist who turned to crime for profit. Grappler reportedly already got rich through investing the loot of his robberies in the stock market, but continued his criminal career for the thrill of it. His only appearance landed him in prison. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Hammer and Anvil were created in 1974 as an OddFriendship duo of villains. A [[HatesEveryoneEqually Misanthropic]] African-American and [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain White Supremacist]] try to escape prison together. A random alien mutated them, granting them superpowers at the price of permanently joining them in a symbiotic relationship. They were created as [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk foes]] and went on to face Franchise/SpiderMan, the Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, and Comicbook/SpiderWoman (Jessica Drew). They were last seriously used in 1981. They brought them back in 1986 to kill them.
** The Hate-Monger killed was not the original, an UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler clone, but a creation of Psycho-Man. He debuted in 1985 as a Comicbook/FantasticFour foe. He had both ShapeShifting and EmotionControl powers. His main claim to fame is creating Malice, a BrainwashedAndCrazy personality for Invisible Woman. He was killed two months following his first appearance, as Jim Shooter thought that someone had to kill this guy.
** Hellrazor was created in 1979 as a ComicBook/BlackPanther foe. His main power was absorbing kinetic energy. Otherwise he had little to distinguish him from the average mercenary of the Marvel Universe. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him. The folks at the Appendix of the Marvel Handbook cite him as easily the dullest and most forgettable Scourge victim.
** The Hijacker was created in 1963 as an ComicBook/AntMan foe. He had no real powers, but drove a [[TankGoodness specially-equipped tank]] which could handle combat situations with ease. He spends the 1970s and 1980s as a minor foe for [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Thing]], last used in 1983. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** The Jaguar was created in 1975 as a ComicBook/{{HYDRA}} agent. He had [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing Animal Abilities]] and sharp claws. He was part of a storyline pitting HYDRA against Comicbook/BlackWidow, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and ComicBook/NickFury but was soon forgotten. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Keegan was pretty much a nobody, only appearing once in 1986. A [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] working for the Melter, he was killed as part of a DeadPersonImpersonation plot. Scourge used Keegan's identity to approach the Melter.
** Letha was created in 1979 as part of the Grapplers, a group of female {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}ers who were given cybernetic enhancements to serve as mercenaries. They were recurring foes of the [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Thing]] and ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}, last used in 1986. In an early episode of the Scourge storyline, Titania the leading Grappler was killed in the [[DeadlyBath Showers]] of their arena. Months later, Letha was seeking to [[AvengingTheVillain Avenge her Friend]] and payed for it with her life.
** Lionfang, a [[TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]] type, is a bit of an unusual case. He was created in 1973 as a foe for Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, and was seemingly killed in an accidental fall at the end of his debut issue. In 1991, he was revealed to be still alive just to be killed by a Scourge. In 2010, he was again revealed to still be alive, though paralyzed from the waist down. At this point StayingAlive seems to be his secondary power.
** Megatak was a FadSuper created in 1983. He was an industrial spy who was somehow merged with a video game, gaining various electronic-related powers. He was at first used as a one-shot foe for [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. They brought him back in 1985 to kill him.
** The Melter was created in 1963 as a ComicBook/IronMan foe. His main ability was melting metal. He was one of the founding members of the [[Characters/MastersOfEvilFoundingMembers Masters of Evil]] and was relatively prominent in the 1960s. He was later still a recurring foe for Avengers related characters, but of increasingly diminished importance. He was last seriously used in 1983, then they killed him in 1986.
** Mind-Wave was created in 1976 as a telepath foe for Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** The Miracle Man was created in 1962 as one of the earliest foes of the Comicbook/FantasticFour. He was originally only a MasterOfIllusion. He was eventually upgraded to a magic-user whose arsenal of powers included telekinesis, animating and restructuring inanimate matter. He was used as a serious threat to ComicBook/TheDefenders in 1983, but then forgotten. They brought him back in 1985 to kill him.
** Mirage was created in 1976 as a Franchise/SpiderMan foe. His main power was projecting {{Hologram}}s. He was last used in 1983, as a minor foe for [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Thing]]. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** The Phone Ranger was a parody character introduced in 1985. In a chaotic brawl between heroes and villains, the Phone-Ranger joined the heroes' ranks ...only to be killed by a present Scourge who mistook him for a villain. In 2006, the character was revealed to have survived being shot in the head.
** The Rapier was created in 1980 and resembles protagonists of the {{Swashbuckler}} genre. According to his backstory, he used to be the best friend and business partner of Silvio Manfredi (Silvermane). Until his buddy got greedy and decided to gain sole ownership of their business activities, by having the Rapier assassinated. The assassin left the man for dead, but he survived and returned to seek {{Revenge}}. He was effectively a one-shot character, but they brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Comicbook/RedSkull /Albert Malik was created in 1947, served as the communist Red Skull in the 1950s, and in the 1960s was revealed to have killed the parents of Franchise/SpiderMan. His main character arc afterwards was his rivalry with the Nazi Red Skull (Johann Schmidt). They used him in one serious storyline in 1988 and then killed him.
** The Ringer was created in 1977 as a [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Nighthawk foe]]. He really used rings as weapons. He faced Franchise/SpiderMan in 1981 and was then forgotten. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him. Curiously he has inspired a couple of {{Legacy Character}}s and his widow was the user of the Beetle armor. He tends to get more mentions and connections than villains with longer careers.
** Shellshock was created in 1967 as a Comicbook/FantasticFour foe. He had no powers but had a RayGun with a seemingly endless list of uses. He served as a minor but persistent foe to the Thing until 1983. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Steeplejack was a LegacyCharacter. The original Steeplejack was introduced in 1974 as a foe for Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}. He was an ordinary man who used construction tools as weapons. He was killed at the end of his debut story. In 1978, the second Steeplejack debuted. He had been introduced in the Luke Cage story as a would-be victim of the original Steepleman. When the original died, this "victim" picked up the mantle to advance his own agenda. He served as a minor Comicbook/MsMarvel villain and was then forgotten. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Titania was created in 1979 as part of the Grapplers, a group of female {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}ers who were given cybernetic enhancements to serve as mercenaries. They were recurring foes of the [[Comicbook/FantasticFour the Thing]] and ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}, last used in 1986. She was killed in the [[DeadlyBath showers of the arena]].
** Turner D. Century was created in 1980 as a Comicbook/SpiderWoman foe. A young man who seeks to return the world to the ideal (in his view) [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian Era]]. He was brought back in 1982 to face aging hero Dominic Fortune, then forgotten. They brought him back in 1986 to kill him.
** Vamp/Animus was introduced in 1978 as a ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} agent and [[TheMole Mole]] for the Corporation. The character could shape-shift between two forms: A feminine form with regular human features, and a masculine giant form with monstrous features. Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast in a single package so to speak. The Corporation storyline lasted from 1976 to 1979, and Vamp was one of the few Corporation agents to survive the downfall of the organization. They brought her back in 1986 just to kill her.
** The Wraith was created in 1976 as the villainous brother of Jean De Wolff, with various psionic powers. He was mentally unstable, sometimes acting as a vigilante hero, others as a typical mercenary, and others as a crazed killer. He was last seriously used in 1978. In 1986, he learned that his sister was killed and blamed the NYPD for it. He was prepared to start a killing spree against them when killed by the Scourge.
** The Wrench was created in 1977 as a foe for OmegaTheUnknown. He was simply a SerialKiller who kills victims by [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating them to death]] with a wrench. He was very strong but not super-humanly so. Since the Omega series ended, the guy was OutOfFocus. They brought her back in 1991 just to kill her.
* Marvel's "Mutant Massacre" storyline promised big changes, but ended up killing off only a bunch of Morlocks (tunnel dwelling mutants), most of whom had never appeared before the issue in which they died. There were at least some serious injuries to A- and B- list characters, though.
* Three characters died in [[Comicbook/XMen Necrosha]], each of whom was more obscure and minute than the other: Onyxx, Meld and Diamond Lil. Lampshaded soon after by [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], who wonders why they were even worth noting. Cyclops responded by claiming that with the mutant population so small, each death in their small band mattered. Diamond Lil at least had the distinction of being a B-lister in [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight a title]] that in all fairness was itself B-list. Still averages out to C-list overall, but unlike the other two, she actually had a fanbase.
* When The Collective showed up in ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', he killed off the entirety of ComicBook/AlphaFlight -- a superhero team with over thirty years of history in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse -- before taking on the Avengers. Sure, that history consisted of being "Canada's premiere superhero team", but they were still mainstays of the setting. To add insult to injury, the guy who was possessed by The Collective at the time ends up on the new version of Alpha Flight and wears the same costume as its former leader.
** They've since done a major amount of backpedaling on Alpha Flight: Sasquatch was upgraded from dead to just injured after the "Collective" storyline and only Shaman and James [=MacDonald=] Hudson (the original Guardian) have been officially declared dead in the aftermath.
** Their defeat (and this trope) was amusingly referenced in ''Comicbook/MightyAvengers'' #27, when a new supervillain named [[ComicBook/TheInhumans the Unspoken]] (non-lethally) wipes out a Chinese government team - [=USAgent=] (who was briefly a member of Omega Flight, believe it or not) whispers in horror "Oh my God... He [[PersonAsVerb Alpha-Flighted]] them."
** [[ComicBookDeath And finally, they all came back.]] Except for the second Puck.
** This has become a RunningGag at this point. A new Omega Flight showed up during the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] relaunch, only for the entire team except for Validator to be violently killed off in the span of a few pages.
** The ComicBook/NewWarriors started primarily as an [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap attempt to move]] youthful has-beens like Comicbook/{{Nova}} and never-weres like Speedball from this to {{Ascended Extra}}s. A later incarnation continued the tradition with minor depowered mutants like [[ComicBook/GenerationX Jubilee and Chamber]].
* Comicbook/CivilWar
** A grand total of four superpowered characters -- not counting the cloned cyborg [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], the ComicBook/NewWarriors (before the actual war) or ComicBook/CaptainAmerica (after the war, but he didn't really die anyway) -- are killed during the war. They consist of Goliath, Bantam, Typeface, and Stilt-Man. Most readers would need to look at ''least'' three of these up in the ''OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse'' before being able to properly mourn.
** The next event was [[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative the Initiative]], an attempt to give every state a team of superheroes. Realistically, they're not always up to scratch. The [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Great Lakes Initiative]] is probably one of the ''best known and strongest'' teams. Entire teams have been all but wiped out, notably Florida in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 3'' and Nebraska in ''ComicBook/IronMan''. They don't do very well in their own series, either; cadet fatalities have included MVP, Dragon Lord, two Scarlet Spiders, Proton and Crusader (though MVP continues to be a huge part of the storyline after his death and Crusader was the viewpoint character of the ''Comicbook/SecretInvasion'' issues). Recent graduate Gorilla Girl put it best:
--->''[[BlackDudeDiesFirst I'm black]]. I'm female. I turn into a '''gorilla''', and nobody's ever heard of me. I might as well have cannon fodder stamped on my forehead.''
** ComicBook/ThePunisher doubled the casualty list by himself. He killed the super villains Jester, Jack o' Lantern, Goldbug, and Plunderer. Referring to them as C-List would probably be a promotion for those four characters. Punisher's next move at the start of the War Journal relaunch was to blow up a super villain bar where villains were holding a wake for Stilt-Man, though it's eventually revealed that everyone in the building survived with injuries. Later Plunderer (Ka-zar's brother) was revealed to be alive, noting that the guy Punisher killed was his "American representative."
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 3'' this happens to Siege and Conquistador, two heroes almost nobody heard of. Similar with Ogre, Razor Wire and Lighting Fist, murdered in ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 4'' and combined into one zombie. Subverted with Night Shift, a team of C-listed villains - Dansen Macabre, Tatterdemallion, Needle and Digger - they were killed and resurrected as zombies only to later be cured and left unharmed.
* In ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', the death of C-list villain Skurge the Executioner is widely regarded as one of the series' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]]--in the middle of one of the comic's better runs, no less.
* The poor ComicBook/NewMutants and their co-stars were often victims of this, pre-dating the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''' over-use of the trope. Doug "Cypher" Ramsey and Warlock didn't survive the 100-issue run of the series, Magik/Illyana was de-aged and ''then'' killed later, and nearly the ''entire'' team of Hellions (a few had quit since then, and Roulette and Empath both escaped) were horribly killed by Trevor Fitzroy's Sentinels in one fell swoop, wiping away several beloved (but little-known or referenced) characters. The ComicBook/NewMutants later returned, but the Hellions didn't. What is frustrating with the Hellions is the manner that they died. They were killed as part of a wider storyline featuring the Upstarts wiping out the old Hellfire Club members in order to replace them. The story had Sebastian Shaw killed, Emma Frost comatose and Selene captive. All to prove the Upstarts were badasses. Guess which three Hellfire Club members returned and guess how poorly remembered are the Upstarts themselves two decades later.
* Similarly, ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' has had a pretty rough time of it as well. Aside from being reduced primarily to extras, we have the aforementioned Jubilee and Chamber depowering (Chamber got better), the limbo placement of Penance (who was called Hollow for a while to not be confused with Speedball's new identity), as well as the deaths of Synch, Maggot, Mondo and Skin. Skin's case was particularly bad because they ended up getting his name wrong on the tombstone for his funeral! That's more than half of everyone who's been on the team!
* In the "Underbase Saga" in ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'', almost all of Starscream's victims are characters who had not appeared in a couple of years and [[MerchandiseDriven whose toys were no longer available]]. This was explained by having organic components grant some protection from the Underbase energies; thus, the Headmasters, Powermasters, and Pretenders were safe, though the fairly recently introduced Seacons bought it.
* Averted in the Comicbook/UltimateMarvel universe's ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' cross-over event, which did kill large numbers of very big-name characters, in [[{{Gorn}} extremely graphic ways]].
* ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' scribe Creator/LarryHama was finally given permission to kill off some of the members of the ''Joe'' cast who did not currently have a toy to sell. The result? Arc after arc featuring side-characters and various Fodder getting killed. At one point, Duke led a mission that resulted in a glorified {{Mook|s}} offing a squadron of once-sold toys! Quick Kick, we hardly knew ye... A dozen other characters (including Dr. Mindbender, Crocmaster and Raptor) were given a horrible demise after Cobra Commander left all of the people who had betrayed him to die in a freighter on Cobra Island.
* Craig Kyle and Chris Yost kicked off their ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' run with an arc where a whole bunch of classmates of the protagonists whom it would probably be ''generous'' to call C-list get blown up by [[TheFundamentalist the Purifiers]]. The ''least'' obscure character to die in this scene was Tag, who was TheGenericGuy in the JerkAss posse. Another character, DJ, got FamousLastWords that were ''the only thing he has ever said in any comic ever''. Kyle and Yost would go on to kill two main characters (main for this title, anyway) and were responsible for the aforementioned ''Necrosha'', so at least that's something.
* Averted in ''X-Men: Second Coming''. A-Listers Nightcrawler and Comicbook/{{Cable}} both die (even if you argue that they're not A-Listers, they're still definitely two recognisable and fairly popular characters), in addition to Vanisher (C-List, although arguably B-List since moving to X-Force), and Ariel (couldn't be more C-List if she tried). Cable, Vanisher and Ariel were all revived in relatively short order, though Nightcrawler had to wait several years for his resurrection.
* The X-books do this a lot. In the leadup to the ''Messiah [=CompleX=]'' BatFamilyCrossover, it was revealed that [[BigBad Mr. Sinister]] had ordered the execution of all mutants with knowledge of alternate futures. The final kill tally? Quiet Bill (a character who'd appeared in Gambit's solo series from the '90s and nowhere else), the Witness (an elderly version of Gambit who'd settled down in the present in 2001 and hadn't been seen since), Vargas (an ArcVillain notable only for [[DeathIsCheap temporarily]] killing Psylocke and being created by Creator/ChrisClaremont), the Dark Mother (a forgotten [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] ArcVillain) and Gateway, who in all fairness was a ''high'' C-Lister, mostly forgotten in the present but having been a supporting character in A-List books in the '80s, and who was later revealed to have survived the attempt on his life anyway.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Creator/StanLee Meets Comicbook/DoctorStrange'':
-->'''Impossible Man''': Who are you?
-->'''[[ComicBook/NewMutants Surge]]''': Don't worry about it. [[BreakingTheFourthWall I'll be dead in six issues, tops]].
* There was a Franchise/SpiderMan[=/=]ComicBook/NewWarriors CrossOver through their annuals with the title "Hero Killers", which hinted at the prospect of well-known heroes getting killed off. The finale even contained the cover blurb, "Inside - A Hero Dies!". The issue in question showed two members of Gamma Flight getting captured with only one of them dying. For those of you who don't know, Gamma Flight is the B-team of ComicBook/AlphaFlight. Yeah.
* At the end of the mini-series ''The Infinity War'', a few of the {{Evil Doppelganger}}s created by Magus survive. The EvilDoppelganger for Franchise/SpiderMan, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Doppelganger]], is killed when he appears in an issue of the adjective-less ''Spider-Man'', comes back for ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage'' only to be killed off near the end of ''that'', then comes back for a ComicBook/{{Carnage}} mini-series and temporarily dies ''again'' in the ''first issue.''
* Much of the criticism of ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' was related to preexisting' but fairly obscure to most of the audience, characters from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' and ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' being killed off solely so the WholePlotReference to ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' / ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' could work and former JokeCharacter villain Arcade can look like a legitimate threat.
* In issue #49-50 of the first series, ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}'' killed off a lot of supporting characters such as Argon, Pharoid, Slug, Margrace, Duchess Belladonna, and Devil. Microtron and Nanotron (who was never a popular character) sacrificed themselves so that a resurrected Biotron could have their memories. Creator/BillMantlo did this in order to tie up a lot of the subplots and return the Micronauts to a small-knit group constantly on the run from Baron Karza.
* ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' kicked off by liquidating the entire supporting cast of ''RomSpaceknight'', a character Marvel is [[ExiledFromContinuity no longer allowed to legally mention for copyright reasons]]. Though in a bit of a subversion, a few of the Spaceknights were later revealed to have survived.
* The image comes from a SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} special[[note]]Issue #0, a freebie from ''Wizard: The Guide to Comics''[[/note]] where Arnim Zola, who's certainly high C-list/low B-list, snatched up DNA samples of dead characters (many of them victims of Scourge, from the list above) and resurrected them. Deadpool considered it early Christmas and gleefully killed them all again (yep, even ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}} before nearly killing Zola for snookering him into looking at [[{{Squick}} a naked Uncle Ben and Aunt May]].
* Jason Macendale, who was the Hobgoblin during the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comics of the late 80s-early-to-mid 90s, quickly sent the character of Hobgoblin into the C-list by his ineptitude. His last act before being murdered by the ''real'' Hobgoblin? Boasting about how he had killed the "real" Hobgoblin. Roderick Kingsley certainly showed him who was the true Hobgoblin and Kingsley's appearances since then have been spaced out enough so that he ends up being a MagnificentBastard.
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[[folder:DC Comics]]
* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC's]] ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''Infinite Crisis'' each killed off minor characters by the dozen, often bringing them back later through CosmicRetcon.
** ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'': Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] were the main A-Lister deaths, as well as B-Listers Clayface, Mirror Master and Dove. However, C-List casualties included Angle Man, Psimon, Nighthawk, Sunburst, The Ten-Eyed Man, Prince Ra-Man, Kole, The Bug-Eyed Bandit, Icicle, and, most ironically, Immortal Man.
** ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'': The whole thing was kicked off by the deaths of certified B-Listers Maxwell Lord and Comicbook/BlueBeetle. C-List casualties included Rocket Red, Monocle, Black Condor, Baron Blitzkrieg, Star Sapphire, Wildebeest, Pantha, Air-Wave, Ratcatcher, Geist, Doctor Polaris, Human Bomb, Chemo, Peacemaker, Breach, Judomaster, Technocrat, and Comicbook/PhantomLady. And those are only a ''few'' in comparison. This was supposed to be averted by offing Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}, a certified A-lister (especially for a former sidekick), but instead Comicbook/{{Superboy}} was killed, and he can be considered low A-list or high B-list.
* When James Robinson wanted to kill off an ex-[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]] member in ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' #38, his editor suggested he kill off ''more'', since they weren't using them at the time. Robinson did so, taking a whole issue to depict The Mist's slaughter, eventually having a part of Jack Knight's ShutUpHannibal being mocking her for taking on innocent, easy targets. The Justice League also has a pretty storied history of C-listers who ended up being brutally killed off, ranging from Vibe and Agent Liberty to Triumph and Black Condor.
* [[Franchise/TheDCU DC's]] MiniSeries "Death of the Comicbook/NewGods" did exactly what it said on the label, killing off the entire suite of these well-known-yet-rarely-high-selling characters. While their original creator had KillEmAll as part of their original planned arc, it was wildly different than the story we got here.
* DC's ''Comicbook/FiftyTwo'' event killed off the cult-favorite, yet clearly C-list, Comicbook/TheQuestion. He was resurrected briefly during the Comicbook/BlackestNight event, but didn't permanently return until the [[{{ComicBook/New52}} New 52 reboot]]. His mantle was taken by yet another fan favorite, CanonImmigrant Renee Montoya.
* Preparatory to kicking off the dramatic Mordru arc, DC's post-''Comicbook/ZeroHour'' ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' comic introduced a set of minor characters -- specifically new Legionnaire Magno, Workforce recruits Radion and Blast-Off, and Uncanny Amazers member Atom'x -- in order to brutalize them to lend impact to the climactic battle at the end of the arc, which saw Blast-Off and Atom'x killed, Radion disfigured, and Magno permanently depowered.
* The ''Legion of Three Worlds'' limited series quickly killed off several lesser-known Legionnaires--the Threeboot Sun Boy and Element Lad, Kinetix, and the second Karate Kid--and a large handful of minor villains. Minor character Rond "Green Lantern" Vidar, on the other hand, was given an extended send-off and proved instrumental in moving the plot along.
* Thanks to a resurgence of nostalgia and a desire to improve old characters, at least one C-List Fodder massacre, ''Zero Hour'', has been almost entirely undone, with the Hawks and the first Hourman brought back to life. Similarly, other heroes have been shown to survive the Eclipso event of that same time.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' makes so much use of this that at least one person has made the rather morbid observation that the superhero group made of ''teenagers'' has one of the highest death-rates of any team in Creator/DCComics. In-story, Beast Boy once lamented that several of the team's recently deceased C-list members were destined to be quickly forgotten after their funerals.
** This isn't even taking into consideration how many of them have children who are either dead (Lian Harper, Robert and Jennifer Long, Cerdian, and Baby Wildebeest) or have been dead (Jai and Iris West).
** The cover to ''Teen Titans'' (vol. 3) #74 said it best: "Another Titan Dies". Oddly, it was the most emotionally satisfying Titans death in that decade.
** The spinoff miniseries, ''Terror Titans'', seemed to exist for this purpose. Throughout the course of the series six characters bite it: Molecule, a Z-list Titan during the post-''Infinite Crisis'' year long gap, is cleaved in half by Persuader. Bolt, a minor villain with teleportation powers, is killed by his son. [=TNTeena=] and Pristine are new characters created solely to die. Disrupter is one of the main characters and killed at the end of the series after less than a dozen appearances. The most prominent character killed is Fever, one of the main characters from the 2001 ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' series.
** This trope and its connection to the Teen Titans was pretty much lampshaded during ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' when Jason Todd drops in at Titans Tower and confronts Tim Drake. As the two Comicbook/{{Robin}}s fight, Jason blows up when he realizes that there were statues of Titans who have died and people probably never knew existed, yet ''he'' never got a statue of his own, though he was a member for about one mission and, being a Robin, was probably more well known than they ever were.
* Followed closely by ''[[Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} The Legion Of Super-Heroes]]'', ''another'' group of teenagers. In this case, the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer number of characters]] attached to the team may help to explain the higher body count. (Because of the Legion's frequent reboots, though, dead characters frequently turn up alive in the team's next incarnation. To date, the only Legionnaire who was killed off and ''stayed'' dead is Monstress.)
* Sometimes, it seems like the bulk of the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] exists to provide this for the latest CrisisCrossover. ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' (vol. 4) #27 revealed that the average life expectancy for a member is "four years, three months, one day, thirteen hours and seven minutes".
* To set up their new addition to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'s'' RoguesGallery, Hush, in the aptly titled comic "Batman: Hush" as villainous enough, they have him KickTheDog by killing Harold. Who is Harold? Well, he's a character that's barely ever been mentioned in Batman comics in the last 10 years, a mute and deformed homeless person with a gift for mechanics that Batman took in and hired to work on the Batcave. No, you're not really supposed to know about him.
* In ''Batman'', following the year of ''52'' where [[Comicbook/TwoFace Harvey Dent]] protected the city, to have a FaceHeelTurn again, they had the Great White Shark frame Harvey for the murders of C-Listers Magpie, the [=KGBeast=], and Orca (to add insult to injury, her corpse was later found partially eaten by Killer Croc). He also took out certified B-Lister (or should it be [[ShoutOut certi''g''lied ''g''-Lister]]) The Ventriloquist, so that has to give them some solace. Also, a new version of C-Lister Tally Man appears during the story, and lasts for all of three pages.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' event also indulged in a little house cleaning of minor baddies: Film Freak was killed by Comicbook/{{Bane}}, Abattoir was killed by [[Comicbook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] (thus leaving Abat's hostage to die in a torture chamber), and the two puppets of The Ventriloquist shot each other in what ended up being a form of suicide.
* Interestingly handled in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': Forgotten minor character Element Girl gets a story about being minor and forgotten, with powers that make it impossible to have a normal life or death.
* Seemingly averted at the start of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'': the first victims of the Black Lanterns were relatively well-known heroes Tempest, Hawkgirl and ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, with the latter two resurrected by the end of the event. However, C-list former Teen Titans Damage and Hawk are killed, as is Gehenna (ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}'s girlfriend and partner) and Doctor Polaris (who is killed offscreen). The ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' tie-in issues lampshade this a bit. The resurrected Arthur Light mocks Kimiyo Hoshi by telling her that she'll quickly be forgotten after her death due to her relative obscurity. He then lists several deceased D-listers (such as Triumph and the Blood Pack) who were indeed quickly forgotten about by heroes and fans alike after their deaths.
* Happens twice in DC's ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', wherein ComicBook/ElongatedMan's wife is killed ''and'' raped (in a flashback) and ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} explodes after being stabbed through the chest with another C-Lister hero's (Shining Knight) sword by a C-Lister villain (Shadow Thief). The whole series was a C-List-fest! Elongated Man even lampshades it in his narration. Saying that since he and Firehawk are relatively minor characters, the reader cannot be assured they won't be killed.
* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', the villain Prometheus mentions having killed off several members of the little-known ComicBook/GlobalGuardians team in passing with a brief flashback. One member, Tasmanian Devil, was eventually revived by a friend in the one-shot ''Starman & Congorilla'' special.
* Most of the heroes created during the 90's ''Bloodlines'' event ended up quickly falling into obscurity, only to be brought out of limbo in order to be used as cannon fodder in events such as ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''Faces of Evil''. The high mortality rate of the Bloodlines heroes was referenced in-universe several times, with the Flash chalking this up to a general lack of competence on their part. In addition, certain writers (Jamal Igle being most vocal) have gone on record stating that these characters' deaths were due to the fact that they (the writers) personally didn't like them and found them to be one of the worst parts of '90s DC canon.
* Similarly, Roulette (who runs the House, where kidnapped metahumans fight for their lives on the wagers of supervillains) has a wall of pictures depicting all the heroes who fell under her supervision. These include Maximan, Impala (of the Global Guardians, even), and the third Firebrand. Yeah, who?
* Sort of the point of ''ComicBook/SuicideSquad''. They would send C-list super powered scumbags on dangerous missions because they are expendable.
* ComicBook/TheAtom (Ryan Choi) was killed to show how dangerous Deathstroke's new Titans team was, which occurred during the same month that the company was launching a new one-shot and co-feature starring Ryan's predecessor. After some controversy regarding killing off one of the company's few Asian heroes to push his white originator, DC decided to [[UnexplainedRecovery retcon Ryan's death]].
* The Ur example of this one for comic books has to be ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol''. At least two ''entire'' incarnations of the team were destroyed. The only survivor of any of these teams has been Cliff "Robotman" Steele, and he often wonders if it wouldn't have been better to join them.
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[[folder:Other ComicBook series]]
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this happens to any number of characters killed in their first appearance, mainly the first chapter.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'', the original Guardians of the Globe were killed off in their introductory issue. All of them, except the Immortal (two guesses as to what his powers are), have remained dead since. Kirkman hasn't been afraid to permanently kill off well-known characters, though, and dead means dead with him. After a new Guardians team was formed, the first member to die was Shrinking Ray, by far the one with the least screentime and characterization. ''Capes'', another Kirkman book, featured several deaths during its run -- most of them minor background employees who are lucky to be given names afterwards.
* The whole reason ''Franchise/StarWars: Purge'' series exists is to have Darth Vader finish off minor Jedi who aren't supposed to survive until the time of the Original Trilogy.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' consists of a team made up primarily of C-listers (did you know who Ironfist was before this comic? How about Rotorstorm?) with a few A-list names like Springer and Perceptor, facing off a Decepticon team, also consisting of C-listers (The names Stalker or Snare ring any bells?). However, in spite of their C-list rating, the characters presented are actually given an amazing amount of characterization and personality, and the deaths among the Wreckers are always heartbreaking.
** This is actually a recurring trend of the Wreckers as a whole across the various publishers, and their Decepticon counterparts, the Mayhem Attack Squad; when they appear, they often consist mostly of little-known C-listers with one or two A-listers in their ranks (most notably Springer for the Wreckers and Bludgeon for the Mayhems), and many, many of their stories involve numerous members of both teams dying in gruesome ways.
** The Retribution story arc also uses this, mostly debuting a bunch of G1 characters into the comics to have them be victims of a serial killer, including a few minicons and headmasters (including autobot headmasters) reimagined into villains. Among them are a few recurring players in the IDW comics like Skram and Gutcruncher.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' has done away with ''many'' characters, most of them C-Listers who were created outside of Creator/{{Sega}}. Most of them were echidnas or connected in some way to Knuckles. Admittedly, these characters were those created by Ken Penders and were vastly hated by others, including former co-writer Karl Bollers and current head writer Ian Flynn. While most were simply exterminated cold-bloodedly (in fact, most of the echidnas disappeared suddenly without a trace, again making Knuckles the LastOfHisKind), at least Tommy Turtle [[AlasPoorScrappy was given an honorable death]]. Infected by the [[AIIsACrapshoot evil AI]] A.D.A.M. in a last-ditch effort to restore the latter's powers, he flew in front of Dr. Eggman's Egg Fleet, and [[HeroicSacrifice got blasted to dust by a new laser weapon, killing himself and A.D.A.M. in the process]]. He ended up with several posthumous honors.
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[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* The whole point of the fanfiction series "[[Fanfic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]" and "[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]" is to focus the spotlight on underrated C-list characters and mess with the traditional A/B/C-list pecking order of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Mainstays like Captain America and Spider-Man do show up, but they are typically guest stars. Heroes like ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheMightyThor, Comicbook/TheAvengers and Comicbook/DoctorStrange don't even live in New York, with New York's hero population instead being rounded out by the likes of ComicBook/MoonKnight and ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}. An excellent subversion of this trope occurs when Bullseye goes up against 8-Ball. The former is a long-standing PsychoForHire who made the list of Comicbook/NormanOsborn's DarkAvengers during ComicBook/DarkReign. The other is a supposedly C-list supervillain who only appeared in the ''Comicbook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' comics and was summarily killed off afterwards in ''Heroes For Hire''. Guess who wins?
* Roleplay/DCNation lampshades the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' example above big time, and inverted it. Arsenal gets angry enough challenge ''Hades'' for Donna Troy and convinces the other Titans to go in on it by arguing to the effect "The Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} die and come back. Titans die and stay dead. Why are we putting up with it when we can have a chance of fighting back?!" As an indirect result, the Nation-verse Titans have thrown a few more challenges and are now the largest hero team in the storyline. This bit in the ass when Nationverse launched their take on ComicBook/BlackestNight.
** It's not just the Titans. Nation is notorious for making use of obscure, underwritten, and c-list characters. The Dibnys, for example, are major players. The Comicbook/DoomPatrol is getting re-launched, the Metal Men and the [=JSA=] are starting to get more plots... Conversely, it's been very difficult to get a [=JLA=] plot done.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the 1987 ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' film, Suarod was killed because the producer wanted one of Skeletor's generals to be killed off in the film, and they wanted to make sure it was one who did not appear in the cartoon.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/WildCards'' has had a lot of these--contributing authors were encouraged to come up with "RedShirt Aces" for the second and third books, just to show that the villains meant business. Then again, AnyoneCanDie in that setting.
* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', guess how many movie characters named on screen of ''any'' level of importance die. Two. And one of them is from old age.
** Even more were killed off in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce''. [[WriterOnBoard Usually either due to one person's dislike or to make Daala and the Mandalorians look good.]]
** Many characters introduced in the Bantam Publishing era of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse were reduced to this when Del Rey took the reins, such as Borsk Feyl'ya, Prince Isolder, and several of Luke Skywalker's Jedi students. This remains a [[BrokenBase point of contention]] among fans.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'': ''Literature/QueenOfTheDamned'', once unleashed, Akasha kills off most of the vampire race except, conveniently, for every single major character in the series, and plots to exterminate all men on earth.
* Every time the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series needs some more angst, a minor character gets killed. This doubles as thinning of the herd, since there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. In ''Twilight'', the TonightSomeoneDies book, there's a supposedly "devastating" attack on ThunderClan which results in them needing plenty of help from the other clans in the next book... but then you realize that only three cats died. And ''two'' of them were minor characters. The other ends up getting reincarnated, anyway.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* GameShows that have celebrity players sometimes are accused of using these, especially when A- and B-list celebrities are unavailable or don't wish to do a specific show.
** ''Series/WhatsMyLine'': Gil Fates, executive producer of the iconic panel game show that aired from 1950-1975, wrote in his 1978 retrospective of the series that some "mystery guests" during the syndicated years were rather obscure to most viewers. These included second-tier Broadway performers, local New York-New Jersey personalities, and lesser-known soap opera actors/actresses of shows produced in New York[[note]], where most soaps were still being produced at the time[[/note]]. This, he reasoned, was because of having to stretch to find mystery guests for a five-day-a-week program (or, 195 per television season) once the better-known stars had their turn, whereas it was much simpler to find just one prominent star a week for the original CBS series (or, just 35 or so during a September-through-May season) … and it led to many panelists and viewers scratching their heads, wondering, "Who is that person?"
* In the early days of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', they used the BodyOfTheWeek more, but slowly more C-list fodder is killed off. Not counting one-episode characters, or we'll be here all day.
** Season one: [[spoiler:Lewis & Laura Lang (appeared in flashbacks), Principal Kwan.]]
** Season two: [[spoiler:Roger Nixon, Steven Hamilton, Ryan James, Tina Greer, Dr. Walden.]]
** Season three: [[spoiler:Morgan Edge, Ian Randall, Pete Dinsmore, Frank Loder.]]
** Season four: [[spoiler:Alicia Baker, Bridgette Crosby, Genevieve and Jason Teaque.]]
** Season five: [[spoiler:Sheriff Nancy Adams.]]
** Season six: [[spoiler:Raya, Dr. Langston.]]
** Season seven: [[spoiler:[[BackForTheDead Sasha Woodman]], Agent Carter, clone Lara and Zor-El, Patricia Swann, Gina, Edward Teague.]]
** Season eight: [[spoiler:Regan Matthews, Linda Lake]]. While this season has the highest body count thanks to Doomsday being around, tons of it are one-episode appearances or even unnamed.
** Season nine: [[spoiler:Alia (twice, ItMakesSenseInContext), clone Jor-El, Basqat, Doctor Fate, Faora, Zod may have killed more of the C-List [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]] agents offscreen.]]
** Season ten: [[spoiler:Hawkman, Earth-2 Lionel Luthor.]]
* In the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', with the exception of Kara Thrace and Laura Roslin, every character who died was either a C- or B-list character, or has turned out to be a Cylon. Or both, in the case of named Cylons who have died since the Resurrection Hub went up. (This changed in the finale.)
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' eventually ended up with the same cast that they started the series with, and a few extras. The only major deaths in the GrandFinale were Spike (who got better on ''Series/{{Angel}}'') and Anya who, while popular, never played a role desperately needed on the show. Imagine the outrage from fans if Xander or Willow died in the GrandFinale. Also, throughout Season 7, the group of potentials often seemed to take the role of "people who get killed so as to show the situation is serious." In the commentary track to the final episode Creator/JossWhedon tacitly acknowledges this trope, saying that he couldn't kill off any of the major four (Buffy, Giles, Willow or Xander) or it wouldn't seem like a victorious ending. It also bears mention that Whedon had to kill someone important and Emma Caulfield said explicitly at the beginning of the season that she would not renew her contract, whether Buffy continued or not. So, as Whedon said, she was the logical choice.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'', rather unsurprisingly, had a tendency to pop off secondary characters every so often, between the inevitable {{Red Shirt}}s. Most obvious with Dr. Frasier, the medical officer who spent 78 episodes on the show, and 1 as a corpse standing in for O'Neill (who the writers tried to fake out as being the actual casualty). Later, she made one more appearance as an ParallelUniverse version.
** You can figure out which seasons they thought they were being canceled on, due to how many C-Listers get killed. The only C-Lister to escape this was EnsembleDarkHorse Bratac, who was mentioned as dead once. Turns out it was a lie to break Teal'c spirit. A few times he has been dragged off to his doom, left for dead, poisoned, stabbed, shot, and all sorts of lethal thrown at him. [[UnexplainedRecovery They didn't take]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was originally intended to have a new group of heroes each season. Due to the popularity of the characters, this didn't happen. So later seasons have a tendency to bring in lots of new characters only to kill them off or drop their story line. For some examples Daphne dies, Elle dies, Usutu is killed almost immediately, Maya loses her abilities, West is introduced and then quickly forgotten, Alejandro is around for only a few episodes before he dies, Bob dies, Candace dies, Monica's plot is dropped, and we could really go on forever here. There was even Bridgette, who seemed like she had potential, [[RedShirt only to be eaten by Sylar seconds later]]. Sue Landers? Never stood a chance.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has done this a handful of times. The first was during the attack on the group's camp in episode four, where, although three named characters end up dead, there are [[http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Background_Survivors over a dozen (many unnamed) extras]] that are also killed and only seemed to be there to increase the attack's body count. Even later, the attack on Herschel's farm in the season 2 finale only claims the lives of two characters, Jimmy and Patricia, both of whom are effectively worthless to the entire story.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Stephan Pastis kills off minor characters regularly in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' - then frequently brings them back with no explanation or the cheap explanation that they "un-died." Examples include the killer whale that lived next door to the seals, Chucky the Non-Anthropomorphic Sheep and Leonard, aka "Tattuli the Self-Esteem Building Bear" (Leonard has yet to be brought back). The crocodiles have clearly been promoted to A-list, and they keep dying also. Of course, there are quite a few of them and they're pretty much interchangeable, so the net effect of killing one off for a cheap joke is nil anyway.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Several wrestlers in the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, no matter how talented they are, are unfortunately relegated to competing on Wrestling/WWESuperstars or {{WWE NXT}}. Examples include Tyson Kidd, Wrestling/JustinGabriel, Alex Riley, JTG, and [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] as well as several Divas. In fact, being [[DemotedToExtra demoted to the undercard]] is sometimes considered as a punishment. Wrestling/TripleH became the fall guy for the "Curtain Call" incident and was stuck jobbing in opening matches before they finally pushed him again (in fact, rumor has it that he was supposed to win the King of the Ring tournament around this time - a tournament which was then won by Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin). A similar case happened with Alex Riley, who was in line for a push, but then an incident with Wrestling/JohnCena got him demoted to jobber. Riley now appears on [[Wrestling/WWESuperstars WWE Superstars]] and Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} as an announcer.
* Same goes for several wrestlers from Wrestling/{{TNA}} and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
* A similar if not exact term in wrestling is known as the "jobber to the stars." While jobbers are usually completely unknown local talent brought up solely to get squashed, a jobber to the stars is a more high-profile contracted wrestler who is in the mid-card and seen as more of a threat, who are brought up solely to get squashed. Wrestling/{{Ryback}}'s winning streak originally started against complete unknowns, but he slowly moved up to lower- and mid-card C-List Fodder such as Curt Hawkins, Johnny Curtis, and Darren Young. Historically, this has happened to former main event wrestlers who are now toward the end of their careers, and are jobbing on the way out, often as a way to put over younger stars. Examples include Dominic [=DeNucci=], Tony Garea, "The Unpredictable" Johnny Rodz, "Baron" Mikel Siccluna, Rene Goulet and others. Yet, one-time stars may be one of the headliners of a C-Show card and may even be given a title match against a current champion.
* A promotion will sometimes run a house show with C-List wrestlers in smaller (or new) markets, often as a test ground and/or to give the lower-tier wrestlers work; these will sometimes take place the same night that the promotion is running two (or more) shows, including the AShow, in other towns. While a BShow wrestler or two will often be on the card (frequently as part of the main event, or to help anchor the card and guide the younger/local talent), and a secondary championship will frequently be defended (usually against wrestlers who would never be given the opportunity at an A-Show), these shows also are put on to allow promoters to evaluate new and potential talent. Often, matches against local wrestlers will also be on the card, with the promotion's main wrestlers being the headliners. As such, being on a C-Show isn't always a bad thing.
* For an inanimate example, the SpanishAnnouncersTable. Guaranteed to be destroyed at least once in any given show.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder": Almost every single entity summoned throughout the series is this. Very few of them are actually plot-relevant.
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[[folder: Tabletop Roleplaying]]
* Game Masters frequently do this with [=RPGs=]. You want to shock your characters out of apathy? Kill a named NPC that the party knows and may even sort of like. But if things go as they normally do, only half of your party will even remember the NPC, making them firmly C-List. Further, if the party starts developing resources, such as subordinate [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]], you can get their attention by killing off some of those resources… again assuming that the party even remembers them aside from a bullet point on an inventory sheet. This can be subverted if the DM decides to kill off a prominent setting-specific NPC that is often criticized as a MarySue of some sort. When a supposedly '''A'''-list character like [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Elminster]] is killed off, you know that the villain means business.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Superbowl Sunday in ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'' is nothing but cannon fodder and killed off at almost the very start of the story.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has been known to kill so many characters during certain story arcs as to inspire an "secondary characters killed weekly" ad banner for the site, an official killcount site which ran several years (no longer functioning), as well as a contest with the reward of [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070301 appearing in the official comic to die a horrible death with a horribler pun]]. Then there was the [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=010819 entire C-list universe that blew up]] while the main characters were distracted by "space porn". During the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody, they subverted it by having Torg and Riff look in mortal danger whenever the emergency lights flashed red, because it made them look like {{Red Shirt}}s. Then a Kirk-lookalike gets eaten by the aliens because he's too used to the {{Red Shirt}}s dying first.
** [[WordOfGod Pete]] flat out ''admitted'' that the whole point of the Kitten arcs was to kill off characters he no longer wanted around.
* LampshadeHanging: Galasso, owner of the titular toy store in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}!'', decides to lay off one of the staff. It isn't one of the established cast, it isn't one of the new cast he hired for Christmas, it's some [[RedShirt random girl]] the audience -- and the rest of the cast -- have never seen before. However, in a subversion this was really a SequelHook. Sydney Yus ([[MeaningfulName Get it?]]) Came back years later as the BigBad of a later arc.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' killed off the entire cast, background characters were visible in the crowd scene on the Infinite Featureless Plain.
* Parodied by ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'': [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/1/6/how-to-kill-off-a-fictional-character.html How to Kill Off a Fictional Character]], along with DeathIsCheap.
--> '''Scott:''' Poor, poor Rodney. We hardly knew ye.
--> '''Ric:''' Too true.
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* In the massive Halloween invasion of SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', not one protagonist or important side character was killed. The only deaths were some mooks, a couple unimportant members of Whateley Security, and Erik Mahren's girlfriend.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' introduces General Grievous -- and [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishes him as a threat]] -- by having him defeat a team of seven Jedi: Daakman Barrek, K'Kruhk, Tarr Seirr, Sha'a Gi, Shaak Ti, Aayla Secura, and Ki-Adi-Mundi (all but the last three are killed). Who? Exactly.
** Shaak Ti, however, went on to [[AscendedExtra play a major role]] in Season 2.
** Other material establishes that K'Kruhk lived, and in fact is ''still'' alive in ''Star Wars: Legacy'', nearly 160 years after this attack. Thanks to his [[NiceHat hat]]. [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/K%27Kruhk%27s_hat No, seriously.]] Since then K'Kruhk's ability to [[UnexplainedRecovery re-appear unarmed after a supposed "death"]] has become something of a RunningGag.
** Also, Sha'a Gi doesn't even qualify as a C-lister as much as he's a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo a character as far removed from Star Wars as you could imagine]].
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' prefers to use simple redshirts and mauveshirts over this trope in most situations but they managed to kill off one of their better known clone trooper protagonists and one Jedi who survived the Clone Wars in the EU. In "Grievous' Intrigue" however this was averted. Eeth Koth was brought back after an artwork stated him as one of the dead Jedi from ''Attack of the Clones'' and originally died in the script but this idea was scrapped in favour of him being too interesting to be simply killed off.
* Most of the new Green Lanterns [[CanonForeigner created exclusively for]] ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' have a habit of ending up dead by the end of the episode they debuted in.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': almost nothing changes over 100+ episodes, except Cleveland and Loretta (supporting character and minor character, respectively) separate, Mr. Weed chokes to death, Paddy Tanniger the caddy manager is run over by a tank, and the vaudeville guys (joke characters) are killed by Stewie (though they do show up in the afterlife). Also all the victims in the hour-long special "And Then There Were Fewer" count, though as there was a bunch of other C-Listers hanging around, this actually served to make it more suspenseful: you really didn't know which minor characters would be dead by the end of the episode. Of all the characters who died in the murder mystery episode, two of them were introduced in that episode (Priscilla and Stephanie), another one only appeared in one episode, and wasn't too popular nor interesting (Derek Wilcox) and another one was an extra (Muriel Goldman). Although they did try to make her into a recurring character by making her to hang out with Lois and Bonnie during season 6, without any success). The only important death was Dianne Simmons. Muriel's death was actually lampshaded in "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS13E1TheSimpsonsGuy The Simpsons Guy]]". During the fight between Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson, Homer attempts a PreMortemOneLiner by saying "Say hello to Maude Flanders!" Peter pulls a NoYou by saying "No, you say hello to Muriel Goldman!", prompting Homer to reply "Who?"
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' used this in episode that opens with a promise to kill 100 characters during the course of the story. Several A-Listers are teased as possibilities throughout the episode (including a few TemptingFate moments). Ultimately though, the death toll comes when a literal busload of C-Listers all go off a cliff together. The next episode opens with their mass funeral as a ContinuityNod, then quickly forgets about them to focus on the earlier episode's change to the status quo involving Haley and Jeff instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': one of the most StatusQuoIsGod series ever. Bleedin' Gums Murphy, Mrs. Glick and Maude Flanders died, as did Marvin Monroe (and [[UnexplainedRecovery he got better]]). Frank Grimes died in the episode he was introduced. Dr. Nick apparently died in the movie, but got better. Mona Simpson (Homer's mother) did die but the number of episodes she had a major role in can be counted on one hand. The same can be said for the victim of the TonightSomeoneDies episode of Season 26, Rabbi Krustofsky. And numerous other characters have died, but only in non-canon WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Professor Milo, a minor [[RoguesGallery Batman villain]]. Normally, being part of Batman's rogue gallery grants you JokerImmunity, but not for Professor Milo, who has the dubious distinction of having been KilledOffForReal not once, but ''twice'' in truly gruesome deaths in two different animated series:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode, "The Doomsday Sanction":, Professor Milo is killed [[EvilIsNotAToy after awakening Doomsday]]. He thought he could convince Doomsday to kill Amanda Waller, whom he wanted revenge on, but he was gravely mistaken.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Gorillas in Our Midst!" Comicbook/TheSpectre converts him into cheese [[DeathByIrony and lets some of Milo's mutant rats feed on him]].
** If we consider that in the novel ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', Milo is [[FateWorseThanDeath secluded in Arkham]] [[GuiltByAssociationGag while he insists]] [[GoAmongMadPeople he is perfectly sane]], that makes him the ButtMonkey of the [[RoguesGallery Batman villains]].
** Also from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', B'wana Beast could be considered an example or an inversion. On one hand he's certainly a more obscure character who they could get away with killing off for real. On the other, his final scenes were both [[TearJerker heart-rending]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome extremely heroic]], giving it far more weight then is usual for the trope.
* Other examples from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'':
** A massive EnemyCivilWar breaks out in the penultimate episode "Alive!" and while there are a few major deaths, most of the casualties are villains who've had few-to-no lines in the series: people like Monocle, Neutron, Merlyn, Major Disaster, Lady Lunar, Fastball, Goldface, Hellgrammite, Electrocutioner, Doctor Cyber, Crowbar, Bloodsport, Angle Man… The more relevant villains in the list include Silver Banshee, the Shade, Copperhead, and Parasite. Although the last one [[UnexplainedRecovery got better]] in time for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', he was still a relatively prominent bad guy in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* The Wreckers in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' seem to be heading towards this. One of the toys created for ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'', a prequel to the show, is a PaletteSwap of [[CombiningMecha Bruticus]] that's made out of several Wreckers including Impactor and Roadbuster. The only time those two are mentioned in the show is in a rant from Wheeljack about the Great War killing almost all of the Wreckers. Though the Wreckers have low life expectancy in pretty much every continuity, so this is to be expected.
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