A character who remains alive in a work of fiction dies in the adaptation. Or dies '''a lot sooner''' in the adaptation.

The reasons for doing this vary. Perhaps the crew wanted to surprise everyone, [[NotHisSled including fans of the source material]]. Perhaps they personally viewed the unfortunate character as TheScrappy and wanted to get rid of them. Maybe ExecutiveMeddling required this change to be made. Maybe this happened as a result of AdaptationalKarma when the character in question was a villain, and in grand movie tradition, the villain had to die at the end of the movie even if he or she was a recurring villain in the source material. Whatever the reason, the result is the same: a character you did not expect to die met their end. Frequently a cause of TheyChangedItNowItSucks and is actually one of the cases where that can be a very valid complaint.

Despite the above hypothetical example being a movie, this trope is hardly limited to book-to-film adaptations, as you'll see in the examples.

Compare with SchrodingersCast where a character's fate is different from the source material, but the source material is still ongoing (which may create the need for a [[{{Retcon}} drastic rewrite]] if the character in question becomes important later on in the source material) and SuperheroMovieVillainsDie for when death in adaptations is more permanent than the source.

Contrast with SparedByTheAdaptation where a character who died in the source material does not die in the adaptation.

Not to be confused with DoomedByCanon.

'''Warning: This is a death trope and will contain unmarked spoilers. Read the examples at your own risk'''
* DeathByAdaptation/{{Anime}}
* DeathByAdaptation/FanWork
* DeathByAdaptation/LiveActionFilms
* DeathByAdaptation/LiveActionTV
** ''DeathByAdaptation/GameOfThrones''


!!Examples where the character did not die in the source:

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dr. Robotnik in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', although he's a rather odd case: the comics treat Ivo Robotnik and Eggman Robotnik as two separate characters, then Ivo was KilledOffForReal and Eggman took his place. Splitting him into two characters is pretty much the only thing that prevents this from falling under UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat.
* Chaos in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is eaten alive, but in the games, he's dragged to a safe place.
* Ken Masters in ''ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter'' is brutally beaten and scalped by Sagat after already dealing with Balrog and a handful of Shadaloo gunmen.
* Gen is killed by Akuma in UDON's ''Comicbook/StreetFighter'' series. While something similar ''did'' eventually happen in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', it wasn't until many years after it had occurred in the comics.
* ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' takes place in a ZombieApocalypse so this is obligatory:
** There are three notable examples that occurred prior to the start of the series: Veronica's mother died some time ago due to illness, Cheryl's puppy Sugar was murdered by her jealous brother, and Kevin states that his father died in the Gulf War. All three are alive and well in the [[Franchise/ArchieComics main series.]]
** Characters that have died in this comic include Hot Dog, Jughead, almost all the major adults, [[spoiler:Ethel, Moose, Midge, Vegas, and Jason.]]
* ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars''
** Zig-Zagged with Tardos Mors and his son Mors Kajak end up dying in the storyline adapting Book 3 in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', whereas in the books they survive. It was a rather odd choice to kill them, since [[NeverFoundTheBody we never see their corpses]] and the nature of their death's ends up being extremely ambiguous. Tardos seemingly returns to life in a later story arc, but that is revealed to be simply a copy with the real one's skull being found, confirming his death. Other publications following this have [[FlipFlopOfGod decided to ignore this]] with either [[UnexplainedRecovery Tardos or Kajak being alive and well without explanation]].
** Emperor Bandolian was the BigBad in ''Skeleton Men of Jupiter'' and a notorious KarmaHoudini as a sad result of AuthorExistenceFailure. He ends up meeting his end in one special issue that serves as conclusion for that book, which ended on a cliffhanger note.
* In the second volume of ''Victorian Undead'' (aka Victorian Undead II) which covers vampires and retells the Dracula novel. It's revealed that Mina killed herself after being bitten by Dracula via sunlight rather then turn into a vampire. Arthur, who turns against the heroes and sides with Dracula for the sake of Lucy, dies when Lucy turns on him to heal herself and Seward is killed during the fight against the vampire brides. Oddly Quincy dies in this version too but he likewise did so in the main book.
* A major part of the premise of ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'' is that many of the individuals who became super-powered beings in the standard Franchise/MarvelUniverse were instead subjected to horrible deaths, and some of the non-powered beings end up getting killed anyway (e.g. Hawkeye gets shot and the protagonist Philip Sheldon at one point trips over [[ComicBook/ThePunisher the Punisher]]'s corpse).
* In the ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'' universe, a flashback in the ''Comicbook/LoisLane'' oneshot reveals that Elinor Lane died in Lois and Lucy's childhood. Her post-Crisis self was still alive as of the ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' universe reboot.
* In the BadFuture of ''ComicBook/ZombiesChristmasCarol'', Bob Cratchit dies instead of Tiny Tim, who instead becomes a zombie who can't die. In the present day, [[spoiler:Scrooge himself dies after saving the day]].
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Marvel}} Marvel's]]'' adaptation to ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', De Nomolos is killed rather than arrested. ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'' runs with this and occasionally shows him breaking rocks in Hell. They even bring him back to life and kill him again.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', when J. Jonah Jameson gives his FreudianExcuse for not trusting Spider-Man, he mentions in passing that his son is dead, when John Jameson is still alive in the regular Marvel continuity.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''
** Icarus, Gohan's pet dragon from the movies/filler, [[TheyKilledKennyAgain dies almost every time he appeared]], and the one other time it is still deemed non-canon. The two times that he appeared in the flesh, he wound up getting eaten. He also appeared early on in the flashback of episode 10, part 3, where he exploded.
** In the source material, the Garlic Jr. saga ends with him being imprisoned in the Dead Zone for eternity. In DBZA, he makes the mistake of crossing nigh-EldritchAbomination Mr. Popo, and the Garlic Jr. saga lasts all of twenty seconds before Popo apparently absorbs his soul.
** Piiza, Piroshki and Caroni get blown up by Cell before they can even land in their helicopter. For good measure, what is likely Caroni's charred corpse lands in front of Mr. Satan. In ''DBZ'', Piroshki and Caroni fight Cell, get beaten around, but survive, and hang around with Piiza and Mr. Satan for the rest of the Cell Games and even put in a few appearances in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
** In ''The Plan to Eradicate Christmas''[[note]]The Abridging of the ''Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans'' one-shot from the video game ''DBZ: Raging Blast 2''[[/note]], Vegeta mentions that he accidentally killed his kid brother Tarble while trying to shoot down Santa's sleigh. Tarble's only appearance was in the 2009 special ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return'', but nothing bad happened to him and he returned home to space safe and sound (with Bulma even name-dropping him in ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'').
* Similarly, ''WebVideo/CodeMENT''. Jeremiah dies when his Knightmare Frame explodes. The anime it was based on, ''Anime/CodeGeass'', reveals he survived after receiving medical attention.
* Honker and Gosalyn have died before the events of ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 6'', as their costumes are seen in Darkwing's collection.
* [[spoiler:Rosalia]], [[spoiler:Pina]] and [[spoiler:Grimlock]] in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''.
* Gladmane or "Pelvis"[[note]] Pony Elvis[[/note]] as the narrator calls him in ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTotallyLegitRecap'' is stated to have committed suicide off-screen after, his EngineeredPublicConfession in Viva Las Pegasus ruined his scam and his carrier was destroyed.
* ''Blog/ThePredespairKids'' has the deaths of [[spoiler: Hiyoko, Nagito, Kazuichi, and Maro (aka the Ultimate Imposter), all of whom were revealed to have survived by the end of Anime/Danganronpa3. However, the sequel reveals that two of them are BackFromTheDead thanks to the despairs.]]
* ''Fanfic/IdTradeMyLifeForYours'' promises that there will be three different survivors than in canon. As such, this trope ends up happening to the three canonical survivors.
** Shuichi ends up being executed in Kaede's place during the first trial.
** Himiko is murdered in Chapter 3.
** So far, Maki has survived, but given the premise, her death is likely inevitable.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'', Barnaby does not recover from his injuries after being shot by goons before he can tell Tintin about Sakharine.
* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Snowball is simply run out of the farm by Napoleon's dogs and Napoleon [[TheBadGuyWins will probably rule the farm for the rest of his natural life.]] In the 1954 AnimatedAdaptation, the dogs actually killed Snowball and the film ends with all the other animals attacking Napoleon and the other pigs while his dogs are too drunk to defend them.
* Hrothgar in the 2007 ''WesternAnimation/{{Beowulf|2007}}''. In the poem, we don't see him again after Beowulf kills Grendel's mother and the story [[TimeSkip skips to]] Beowulf as a king in a different country. In the film, once Beowulf claims to have killed her, Hrothgar gives him his throne and commits suicide out of the shame for being a fraud who fathered Grendel in the first place.
* ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'':
** Cinderella and Snow White's fathers are alive in their respective Perrault and Grimm fairy tales, although the Disney counterparts kill them off to avoid the moral implication of them abandoning their children to their second wives.
** Ursula, in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Her story counterpart, the Sea Witch, [[KarmaHoudini never shows up again]] after making the deal with the mermaid.
*** This is also true with characters such as Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Mother Gothel in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' and the Jack-in-the-Box from "Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier" segment of ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000''.
** Quasimodo's mother in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. In [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame the original book]], he was SwitchedAtBirth with Esmerelda and then abandoned because of his ugly appearance before being adopted by Frollo who took pity on him. In the movie, she loved him, but Frollo killed her and made him think that his mother abandoned him as a baby.
* The Sphere in ''[[Literature/{{Flatland}} Flatland: the Film]]'', but not in ''Flatland: the Movie'' (another adaptation that was, oddly, released the same year).
* In the DC comics, when Bolphunga the Unrelenting discovers that Mogo is a living planet, he flees from him fast. In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights'', Mogo kills Bolphunga before he could get away.
* In the original ''Literature/TheHobbit'', only three of the thirteen dwarves (Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli) die. In the Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} [[WesternAnimation/TheHobbit version]], besides Thorin, five of them die, including Bombur.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LordOfTheRings'', Bill the pony is eaten by the Watcher in the Water. In the original novels, Bill is initially presumed dead, but later turns up alive and well.
* Nicodemus in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.
* Metallo in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''. In the comic version, outside of a mention that he might've been involved in the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne that turned out to be a RedHerring by ComicBook/LexLuthor to keep Batman away, his subplot didn't have anything to do with the main plot; In the movie version, he was killed by Major Force (under orders from Luthor) to frame Superman.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'', Luthor murders his longtime assistant Mercy after she erases all evidence of his hand in Superman's death.
* Blackavar in the animated adaptation of ''Literature/WatershipDown''.
* J. Thaddeus Toad in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks version of ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'', who apparently dies after being hit by a train during his escape from prison, and actually goes to Hell!
* In ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank2016'', Planet Novalis is destroyed by Chairman Drek (though the entire population is able to evacuate), whereas [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 in the game it was adapted from]], the worse that happens to it is the mayor going paranoid and pleading for his life. Drek's Lieutenant is also killed off through rusting in this adaptation.

* Everyone except the protagonist from the [[Literature/BaldursGate book adaptations]] of the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' games.
* Chief in the Disney Read-along record/picture book version of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' (he is simply never seen, heard, or mentioned again after being hit by the train, which implies his death). Interestingly, he died in the [[Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound original novel]] as well, making the Creator/{{Disney}} film the only adaptation where Chief survives.
** Some tie-in storybooks based on the Disney movies actually changed how the villains are defeated: For example, one out-of-print storybook based on ''Disney/RobinHood'' had Prince John, Sir Hiss, and the Sheriff of Nottingham all simply disappear after the castle fire at the end, "and were never seen again" is what the book stated of their fates, implying that they were burned alive in that fire; while some storybooks based on ''Disney/TheLionKing'' had Scar simply die after being thrown off a cliff by Simba, despite in the actual movie Scar survived the fall but is instantly killed by his own hyenas when he lands.
* Barricade in both the novelization and comic book versions of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. In [[Film/{{Transformers}} the movie]], he [[WhatHappenedtotheMouse simply disappeared without a trace]].
** In the novelization of the 3rd film, Mirage is killed; in the film, he survives.
*** Skids and Mudlap also appear in the novel, apparently so they could get RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap without having to appear in the film. They both get killed by Sentinel Prime, just right after he kills Ironhide.
* The novelisation of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" apparently decided that the KillEmAll ending didn't go far enough, so Vershinin and Bates, practically the only guest characters to survive the TV version, get shot dead by [[GeneralRipper Commander Millington]].
** Likewise, the novelisation of the next story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]," makes a point of having Derek, one of the few survivors, killed by the Master, as well as having minor characters Harvey and Len transported to the Cheetah People's planet and presumably killed.
* There is actually is a pro-hurting educational book out there called ''Little Jake and the Three Bears'' that has the titular Little Jake off one of said bears and ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'s'' father, because this will totally make kids want to be ethical responsible hunters. As if kids weren't traumatized enough by Bambi's mother's death.
* The ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots]]'' novelization reveals that Solid Snake lived long enough to raise Sunny into adulthood and gave her away at her wedding before dying peacefully. The original game left Solid Snake's final fate ambiguous.
** The novelization of ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'' ends with Quiet committing suicide by pouring gasoline on herself and lighting a match. In the game, nobody knows what happens to Quiet after she leaves Diamond Dogs following the events of Episode 45.
* The novelization for ''Film/PacificRim'' pretty explicitly states that Hannibal Chau's trip down the gullet of a Kaiju was fatal. [[spoiler: In the movie he's spared by TheStinger. ]]
* Speedball dies alongside the rest of the ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' in the novelization of ''Comicbook/CivilWar''. In the original comic, he survives and becomes the DarkerAndEdgier AntiHero Penance.
* Pretty much the entire supporting cast (or their [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Suspiciously Similar Substitutes]], anyway) get axed in the [[AwesomeMcCoolname Carl Dreadstone]] {{Novelization}} of ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''. In contrast to the one written by Vargo Statten, which follows the movie more faithfully, Dreadstone's adaptation mercilessly gives pretty much everyone who survived the film a CruelAndUnusualDeath at the hands of the Creature, a giant beast referred to as "[=AA=]" ("Advanced Amphibian"). [[spoiler:Maia gets eaten, Dr. Thompson is impaled with a tree branch, and "José Goncalves Fonseca de Souza" (this book's incredibly unlikable {{Jerkass}} version of Lucas) has his head bitten off. Ouch.]]
* The novelization of ''Film/TheJewelOfTheNile'' kills off Omar's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Rachid. [[spoiler:In the film, Rachid just gets defeated when Ralph uses a firebreathing trick to burn off his eyebrows (and possibly blind him). In the book, he ends up falling to his death down the bottomless while Omar has Joan and Jack dangling over in the dungeon.]]
* In the novelization of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marlene McFly commits suicide after her brother Marty Jr.'s incarceration. The film has her attempt to break him out of prison, only to get caught and incarcerated too.
* The novelization of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' has [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Jack Hardemeyer]] devoured by the Museum's slime barrier. This was filmed, but left out of the final film, where he's last seen singing Auld Lang Syne outside the museum with the other bystanders.
* The novelization of ''Film/RoboCop2'' includes a scene with one of [[BigBad Cain]]'s lieutenants, Catzo (a.k.a. "[[FanNickname Elvis guy]]"), get in a knife fight with Officer Lewis, where she kills him. The scene was filmed, but cut from the final film, resulting in Catzo's fate [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse becoming ambiguous]]. The scene was used in the comic adaptation as well, though in that instance it was an unnamed thug who looked nothing like the Elvis wannabe from the film.
* In comics following ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Director Bones is depicted as having survived a failed attempt to lay siege to Darkseid's fortress in Bludhaven and Count Veritgo's fate is unknown. In the novelization, they died with Negative Woman, the Atomic Knights, and several Checkmates agents.
* The novelization of ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'' sees Two-Face kill the original Tally Man, whereas this didn't happen in the comics and Tally Man had a cameo in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. Additionally, while someone who claims to be Gilda Dent appeared during Dick Grayson's second tenure as Batman, her fate after the events of ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' was never revealed and Dick doesn't believe it was really her, but the novelization likewise depicts her as dead.
* ''Morphine'' by Mikhail Bulgakov is a story about how a doctor becomes a morphine addict during the revolution, and is based on Bulgakov's own experiences, with the main protagonist Polyakov clearly based on Bulgakov. The story end with Polyakov being DrivenToSuicide. In real life, Bulgakov was able to overcome his addiction and lived for over 20 more years.

* At least two reimaginings of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' do this.
** The Duck in Music/WeirdAlYankovic's version. The original Russian folktale and most of its adaptations (including [[Disney/MakeMineMusic the Disney version]]) had the Duck [[SwallowedWhole survive in the Wolf's stomach]].
** The hunters in Neil Torbin's version, "Peter and the Werewolf".
* More likely "Death by Cover Version": In "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las, the girl, Betty, was forced to break up with Jimmy, the titular "leader of the pack" after her parents declared that he's not good for her. As he leaves on a motorcycle on a rainy night, she warns him to go slow, but her efforts are in vain as she watches him get killed in a motorcycle accident. In Music/TwistedSister's version, however, the [[TheCoverChangesTheGender gender]] and [[PerspectiveFlip perspective roles]] are swapped: [[spoiler:After her forced breakup, [[SparedByTheAdaptation it is Jimmy who watches (and lives)]] as Betty gets killed in an automobile accident.]]

* In ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', Orlando comes to Arden with his OldRetainer, Adam, who's elderly, starving and close to death. Searching for food, Orlando stumbles upon the banished Duke Senior, who's feasting with his lords. The Duke, who was a great friend of Orlando's father, immediately sends Orlando to bring Adam to the table and feed him. However, Adam is conspicuously absent for the rest of the play, which has led some directors to imply that he died anyway. The 1996 Creator/{{R|oyalShakespeareCompany}}SC production went so far as to show a grave covered in flowers. Whether or not Shakespeare actually intended Adam's death, killing him off would be a case of this trope, since ''As You Like It'' is itself an adaptation of Thomas Lodge's novella ''Rosalynde'', in which Adam lived to the end.
* The 2013 musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' cranks up the BlackComedy of the source material by, after establishing that {{Backstory}}-only character Prince Pondicherry died in the melting ruins of his chocolate palace (unlike in the book), having three of the naughty kids plus Veruca's father threatened with death as a result of their misadventures. Augustus might be rescued offstage, but that's UncertainDoom at best. Violet might get an offstage DisneyDeath if she's lucky (given that she ''explodes''). Veruca and her father are much iffier cases as they are last seen headed for an incinerator, with no hope of rescue mentioned. The fourth and arguably worst kid, Mike Teavee, doesn't face death, but he instead looks to remain shrunken forever (because his long-suffering mother prefers him that way). In the book and most adaptations, all the characters survive their potentially lethal experiences but are definitely changed for them, while the 1971 film version left their fates ambiguous.
** The 2017 Broadway {{retool}} changes Veruca's fate from UncertainDoom to the decidedly more certain doom of being ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath torn apart by squirrels on stage!]]''
* The serialized tale of ''The Cunning Little Vixen'' ended with vixen Sharp-Ears alive and wed (the latter [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may have just been a hallucination by the woodsman]]), though the last paragraph suggested that she was probably dead ''by now'', since this was all set in an unspecified but idyllic past. The opera had her shot dead in front of her defenseless cubs, then skinned and her pelt presented as a wedding gift by the one stealing the woodsman's love interest. And yet it's still considered a comedy.
* In the Broadway version of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' (Broadway version only), [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Cinderella's step-family]] [[spoiler:starves to death while lost in woods]].
* ''Theatre/KingLear'' was panned in Shakespeare's time because of this trope: the widely-known [[OlderThanTheyThink old fable that Shakespeare adapted]] had a ''happy'' ending, with Cordelia and Lear reconciling and successfully retaking the throne. Shakespeare's audience got a nasty surprise.
* The musical ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' kills off several characters that survived in ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', the movie on which it is based. These include Audrey (who is, however, {{spared|ByTheAdaptation}} in [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors the film of the musical]]) and Mr. Mushnik (who isn't).
* A notable staging of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' had Shylock stab himself before exiting the court scene.
* Schaunard, the musician, survives to the end of ''Theatre/LaBoheme''. His counterpart in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Angel Dumott Schunard, does not.
** The Dutch production also turns Mimi's DisneyDeath into an [[KilledOffForReal actual one]].
* ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution'' deals some AdaptationalKarma to [[TheSociopath Leonard Vole]]. Both the play and original short story see him acquitted of murder thanks to his wife, Christine, letting herself get caught for perjury. In the play, she [[DeathByWomanScorned kills him]] when [[UngratefulBastard he leaves her for another woman after the trial]].
* In the TV versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'', the king and queen are benevolent, funny supporting characters. The 2013 Broadway stage production makes the prince an orphan raised by a villainous prime minister named Sebastian, whose influence Cinderella helps him learn to break free from.
* In the [[AdaptationDisplacement often forgotten]] original novella of ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' by John Luther Long, Cho-Cho-San only attempts suicide: her maid Suzuki stops her and they take her little boy and run away before Mrs. Pinkerton can come back to claim him. When David Belasco adapted the story for the stage, he changed the ending to have the heroine go through with her suicide, and of course Puccini followed suit in his opera, as has every subsequent adaptation, [[Theatre/MissSaigon retel]][[Film/TheTollOfTheSea ling]] and [[Theatre/MButterfly deconstruction.]]
* In ''Persona 4 Visualive the Evolution'', a play adaptation of the second half of ''VideoGame/Persona4'', [[spoiler:Tohru Adachi]] is struck down by the hero. His body disappears, and that's the last you see or hear of him for the remainder of the story, giving the implication that he died.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Cinderella's step-family members]], are [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] imminently after crossing the MoralEventHorizon by attacking Cinderella with an Unversed out of [[ThePowerOfHate hatred]]. It is left ambitious on whether they were killed, or were [[KarmicTransformation turned into Heartless]], however.
* The Coachman in the video game version of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', and ''ONLY'' in the video game version. In the movie, he was a KarmaHoudini.
* In the adventure game ''Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' Indiana himself can be killed in one of the MultipleEndings. The characters would lament it and the game would display the normal victory credit and score screens.
* In ''Bandit Kings of Ancient China,'' which is based off of ''[[Literature/WaterMargin The Water Margin]]'', [[BigBad Gao Qiu]] is executed by the player's winning hero in the game's GoldenEnding, which revokes his novel counterpart's KarmaHoudini.
* In the 1982 InteractiveFiction of ''VideoGame/{{The Hobbit|1982}}'', you can 'kill Gollum with sword'. Okay, Gollum's dead! You just derailed the plot of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''! Gollum survived the source novel of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', and took an important role in the sequel.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the one-shot villain Midler is last seen unconscious after Star Platinum punches her Stand's teeth out. She has a [[AscendedExtra greatly increased role]] in the ''[[VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture Heritage for the Future]]'' fighting game, where DIO kills her and drinks her blood in her ending.
* [[spoiler: Nervous Subject]] in the [=PSP=] version of ''VideoGame/TheSims2''.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** [[spoiler: Talia al Ghul, Ra's Al Ghul, Hugo Strange, Clayface (possibly), and even the Joker bite the bullet]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
** And in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler:Poison Ivy is killed during the climax. Black Mask also dies when the Red Hood kicks him out a window.]]
* Comicbook/{{Thanos}} seemingly dies at the end of ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesWarOfTheGems'', despite retiring peacefully at the end of ''Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' (the comic the game was based on).
* In the SNES fighter ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers: The Fighting Edition'', one of the last opponents is Goldar...who gets blown up like any other monster.
* ''VideoGame/XMenDestiny'' sees Pixie die before the battle with Comicbook/{{Magneto}} and Juggernaut.
* VideoGame/{{Strider}}: Cain dies in the NES Game, but lives in the manga.
* The first episode of ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' season 2 sees [[spoiler:the deaths of Lucius Fox and the Riddler.]]
* In ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', Lain is given a chance to kill her physical self but refuses. She ultimately [[spoiler:opts to {{retgone}} herself out of existence]]. The [[VideoGame/SerialExperimentsLain video game]] incarnation however ends with her [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide shooting herself]].]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Interesting case with ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. When the game was [[VideoGameRemake ported to PS2]], the original ending was changed into one where Hanyuu gets KilledOffForReal. Other adaptations used the original ending. Curiously, the author claims that the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 ending is the "True" ending while the "normal" ending is the "Good" ending. This is probably because traditional, route-based Visual Novels frequently have two endings to each route (aside from bad ends). The True ending is typically bittersweet, while the Good ending ensures everyone lives happily ever after. It's not to do with one being canon, as the [=PS2=] ending certainly isn't.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ComicBook/WonderMan, Radioactive Man, and several other obscure villains in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
* Steppenwolf, Desaad, Professor Ivo, and Ocean Master in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** As well as Darkseid, Silver Banshee, Rampage, the Shade, Parasite, Weather Wizard, and most of the LegionOfDoom members in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''. Though Darkseid is a ''maybe'' at best as the characters outright speculate that he's NotQuiteDead.
* Red Torpedo and Red Volcano in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
** Also L-Ron and Wally West in ''Young Justice: Invasion''.
* Viper in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.
* Both Tom Sawyer (Bart Simpson) and Huckleberry Finn (Nelson Muntz) in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' version of Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Their version ends with both Tom and Huck jumping into a river as an attempt to escape a mob of angry townsfolk, but the townsfolk were waiting right at the bottom. A funeral is held for them, where at first we see both Tom and Huck hiding in the rafters of the church said funeral is held in, as if they had survived and [[FakingTheDead faked their deaths]] like in the original story, but then it is revealed that they both actually died when it was time for "the lowering of the bodies into the coffins."
* Mysterio notably died in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' and it actually stuck (this was before he was DrivenToSuicide by ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} in the comics).
* The Lizard falls to his death at the end of his debut episode in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries''.
* Mei-Ling, Hsien-Ko's sister, was killed by Demitri at a young age in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}'' cartoon .
* The special ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldHis9Lives'' changes up the ending segment from the book. In the book's version of "Space Cat", it turns out that the ship Garfield is on is actually just a simulation video game he's been playing, while in the special, it's all real, and when the ship is destroyed he and Odie both get killed. Of course, this being a family special for prime time, it isn't permanent: after the two go to Heaven Garfield's able to convince God to give the both of them a second chance.
* Captain Smollett is killed by Pew in the finale of the loosely based ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendsOfTreasureIsland'' cartoon, while Long John Silver, who had ''already died once'' and revived himself from hell previously, was dragged back down for cheating Death.
* Gurth, DemotedToExtra and all, is dead at the beginning of his sole appearance in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' sees the title character's mother, Jean Hawkins, die before her son Virgil become the titular Static, whereas in the ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'' comics, she's still alive.
* Jefferson, Comicbook/MilesMorales' dad in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''. Ironically, it was Miles' ''mom'' who died in the comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': In the 1987 series, Duckworth was alive and well. In the reboot, Duckworth is confirmed to have died a few years before the show began.

!!Examples where the character died a lot sooner in the adaptation than in the source:

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Another ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars'' example: Matai Shang dies in the climax of the third book, at the hands of his former ally Thurid. In the comics, he dies much earlier than his book counterpart at the hands of Salensus Oll, another ally besides Thurid, because he didn't felt honoring his agreement.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Yamcha in Future Trunk's timeline from ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. Compared to the source who is killed during the Android attack, in the abridged version he dies far earlier, [[spoiler: because he is DrivenToSuicide after realizing that Bulma is pregnant with Vegeta's baby]].
** Captain Ginyu; in ''DBZ'', Ginyu ends up in a Namekian frog's body and Vegeta considers stepping on him, but ultimately decides to leave him to his fate. In the abridged series, Vegeta seems to consider it, then stomps the frog anyway while declaring "Psyche! Eight for eight!"[[note]]As in, he personally killed all eight of Freeza's named minions (Cui, Dodoria, Zarbon, and the entire Ginyu Force)[[/note]]. As a result any of Ginyu's appearances after that point are edited out. This was a Type 1 example originally, but a few years after that episode was released ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' brought Ginyu back during the adaptation of ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', only for Vegeta to kill him.
* ''Fanfic/ThreePointShot'' mainly has examples of this, since the vast majority of the cast of ''VisualNovel/NewDanganronpaV3'' dies.
** Tsumugi is executed at the end of the first trial, since [[ForWantOfANail unlike in canon]], she's exposed as Rantaro's true killer, [[SparedByTheAdaptation thus enabling Kaede to live]].
** Korekiyo is the second murder victim, rather than the third killer, while Tenko is the second killer, rather than the second victim in Chapter 3.
** Gonta dies as a murder victim in Chapter 3, rather than a killer in Chapter 4.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]] dies at the end of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers 2''. In the actual [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate comics]], he didn't die until until the ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}'' crossover. However, as said comic was published a few years after the movie was released, it was type 1 at the time.
* In the Grimms' "Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs", the Queen dies dancing in red-hot shoes at the Wedding of Snow White and the Prince. Her [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Disney Counterpart]] never makes it that far: immediately after poisoning Snow White, she's pursued by the Dwarfs and their animal friends. She falls [[DisneyVillainDeath to her death]] while trying to kill them with a boulder.
* In the AnimatedAdaptation of [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell George Orwell]]'s ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', Old Major dies peacefully as the animals sing "Beasts Of England" during their meeting, while in the original book, he dies a few days later. The 1999 live action adaptation takes this UpToEleven: he is accidentally shot by Mr. Jones during the meeting.
** In that animated adaptation, Mr. Jones dies after setting explosives in the windmill, because [[WhatAnIdiot he doesn't escape, but he drinks alcohol there]].
* In the comics, the Joker followed-up [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke crippling Barbara Gordon]] with [[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily killing Jason Todd]], with Barbara even attending his funeral in a wheelchair and Joker's actions being motivated to get more money after the GCPD seized his assets after what he did to Barbara. Even ignoring that Jason [[BackFromTheDead was later resurrected]], the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'' suggested the inverse happened, as one of the images Bruce looks up on the Batcomputer after he learns the Joker escaped from Arkham is an image of a bloodied Jason based on the cover of the issue where Bruce finds Jason's body.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' sees Martha Kent living alone, suggesting that Jonathan Kent had already passed on. While he did suffer a heart attack during ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', he recovered and wouldn't die until the ''Brainiac'' arc that'd serve as the basis for ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound'' (where he ended up [[SparedByTheAdaptation with the opposite trope]]). Additionally, given ''Doomsday'' came out in 2007 and ''Brainiac'' the following year, it was type 1 at the time.

* The novel for ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' has Mongul killed at the hands of the Eradicator instead of getting knocked out by [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], due to the fact that Hal was removed from the storyline entirely despite Coast City still being destroyed. Interestingly, Mongul does get killed in the comics, but [[ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed in an entirely different storyline]].
* The novelization of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' has Toht aboard Gobler's jeep when it flies off the road during the truck chase. This keeps him from his [[BloodyHorror gruesome fate]] along with the other Nazis (and Belloq) via the Ark at the end of the movie.

* ''[[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa DanganRonpa: The Stage]]'' introduces a new rule to the Class Trial system which executes students if they vote against the correct majority vote. Because of this, Kiyotaka Ishimaru is executed alongside Mondo Owada in the second trial and the events of the game's third case (in which Ishimaru dies) never happen.
** The play's next case is when Sakura Oogami dies. This means that she dies before Celestia and Hifumi Yamada, who die in the game's third case, while Sakura dies in the game's fourth case.
** In the play's sequel, ''[[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 Super DanganRonpa 2: The Stage]], Gundham Tanaka and Nekomaru Nidai die together when they take on the Monokumas just after the third class trial. In the game, Gundham was the one who killed Nekomaru and was executed for it after the fourth class trial.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' places the death of Hamilton's son Philip before the election of 1800: one of the musical's many cases of ArtisticLicenseHistory for dramatic effect. Philip's fatal duel actually took place in 1801.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the Nintendo UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|Wii}}'', Zukovsky is killed less than a minute after Bond meets him, instead of living until ''The World is Not Enough'' like he does in the films.
* In ''Videogame/MegaManMaverickHunterX'', VideoGameRemake of the first ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' game, Dr. Cain is killed off in the ''Day of Sigma'' OAV before the game even starts. In the original version he's a major character in the first three games and dies of natural causes sometime between ''X4'' and ''X5''.
* A type 1 at the time as it was released before ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', ''VideoGame/XMenDestiny''[='=]s backstory involves the death of Professor Xavier.
* The second episode of ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' sees [[spoiler:Carmine Falcone die after his first encounter with Batman.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dan Turpin died in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' long before he would die in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', though since the DCAU ended before ''Final Crisis'' was published, it was a type 1 at the time ''S: TAS'' aired.
* Ferro Lad in ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' was around for only three episodes before his HeroicSacrifice, staying behind to destroy the Sun-Eater machine. In the comics, he was around for about two years before this event and his character was more fleshed out.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Commander Zog, the turtles' Triceraton ally in [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage the original comics]] is sliced to pieces by the three mutant Shredder clones. In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the second cartoon]], he is mortally wounded by a stab to the stomach from Shredder and dies in the collapsing lair, taking Shredder with him.
* Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. He just can't catch a break!