%% Image: "Witness my act and seal" (1878) by Edmund Blair Leighton
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->''There is one who remembers the way to your door:\\
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.\\
You shall not deny the Stranger. ''
-->--'''Creator/TSEliot''', ''Choruses From The Rock''

CharacterDeath is a [[DeathIsDramatic major event]] in stories. No, no... it is a really big deal. Really. [[{{Dissimile}} Except when]] [[DeathIsCheap it isn't]].

Obviously, this trope will lead to Spoiler central, so, due to the nature of these tropes, [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers the spoilers are unmarked]] to avoid having to highlight them constantly.

[[InvertedTrope Contrast with]] BirthTropes.

See also UsefulNotes/{{Funerals}}.
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!!Tropes
[floatboxright:
Related:
+ BreakingAndDestructionTropes
+ {{Indexitis}}
+ InjuryTropes
+ SkeletalTropes
]
[[index]]
[floatboxright:
Categories:
+ AfterlifeTropes
+ ApocalypticIndex
+ ChoosingDeath
++ HeroicSacrifices
+ FuneralTropes
+ GenocideTropes
+ LastWords
+ MurderTropes
+ RebirthAndReincarnationTropes
+ ResurrectionTropes
+ TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs
+ ThisIndexWillKillYou
+ UndeadIndex
+ WillAndInheritanceTropes
]

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Tropes A-C]]
* AccidentalMurder
* AcquittedTooLate
* AfterlifeAntechamber
* AfterlifeExpress
* AlasPoorScrappy
* AlasPoorVillain
* AlasPoorYorick
* AllAreEqualInDeath
* AllDeathsFinal
* AlmostDeadGuy
* AndShowItToYou
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing
* AntagonistInMourning
* AnyLastWords
* AnyoneCanDie
** SacrificialLamb
** SacrificialLion
* ArtifactOfDeath
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil
* AssassinOutclassin
* AssholeVictim
* AteHisGun
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral
* BackForTheDead
* BackFromTheDead
** FossilRevival
* BackupFromOtherworld
* BackupTwin
* BalancingDeathsBooks
* BarredFromTheAfterlife
* BathSuicide
* BequeathedPower
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome
* BigSleep
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition
* BitterAlmonds
* BlackComedy
* TheBlackDeath
* BlackDudeDiesFirst
* BlackSpot
* BleedEmAndWeep
* BloodFromEveryOrifice
* BloodFromTheMouth
* BloodyHilarious
* BloodyHorror
* BoardToDeath
* BodyguardBetrayal
* BodyOfTheWeek
* BondingOverMissingParents
* BoomHeadshot
* BrokenFaceplate
* BungledSuicide
* BurialAtSea
* BurialInSpace
* BurnTheWitch
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie
* BuryYourGays
* BusCrash
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth
* CameBackStrong
* CameBackWrong
** DamagedSoul
** DestinationHostUnreachable
** InhumanHuman
** MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil
** SoullessShell
* TheCanKickedHim
* CarCushion
* CarpeDiem
* CarpetRolledCorpse
* CartwrightCurse
* CasualtyInTheRing
* CelestialBureaucracy
* CementShoes
* CessationOfExistence
* ChalkOutline
* CharacterDeath
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim
* CharactersDroppingLikeFlies
* ChessWithDeath
* ChronicallyKilledActor
* ChunkySalsaRule
* ElCidPloy
* CirclingVultures
* ClimacticBattleResurrection
* CListFodder
* ColdEquation
* ComingAndGoing
* ContractualImmortality
* ConvenientTerminalIllness
* ConversationCasualty
* CopKiller
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch
* TheCorpseStopsHere
* CoupDeGrace
* CradlingYourKill
* CreepyMortician
* CryonicsFailure
* CruelAndUnusualDeath
* CuriosityKilledTheCast
* CutTheSafetyRope
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes D]]
* DarkLordOnLifeSupport
* DatelessGrave
* DeadAllAlong
* DeadAlternateCounterpart
* DeadArtistsAreBetter
* DeaderThanDead
* DeadFootLeadfoot
* DeadGuyJunior
* DeadGuyOnDisplay
* DeadGuyPuppet
* DeadHandShot
* DeadHatShot
* TheDeadHaveNames
* DeadlyBath
* DeadlyClosingCredits
* DeadlyDeferredConversation
* DeadlyDistantFinale
* DeadlyEuphemism
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay
* DeadlyHug
* DeadlyNosebleed
* DeadlyRoadTrip
* DeadlyRotaryFan
* DeadMansTriggerFinger
* DeadManSwitch
* DeadManWriting
* DeadMansChest
* DeadPartner
* DeadPersonConversation
* DeadSerious
* DeadSidekick
* DeadStarWalking
* DeadToBeginWith
* DeathActivatedSuperpower
* DeathAmnesia
* DeathAsComedy
* DeathByAdaptation
* DeathByAmbulance
* DeathByCameo
* DeathByChildbirth
* DeathByDespair
* DeathByDisfigurement
* DeathByFallingOver
* DeathByFlashback
* DeathByGenreSavviness
* DeathByGluttony
* DeathByIrony
** DeadlineNews
** DeathByLookingUp
* DeathByMaterialism
* DeathByMocking
* DeathByNewberyMedal
* DeathByOriginStory
* DeathByPragmatism
* DeathByRacism
* DeathByRecognition
* DeathBySecretIdentity
* DeathBySex
* DeathByTransceiver
* DeathByWomanScorned
* DeathEqualsEmotion
* DeathEqualsRedemption
* DeathInTheClouds
* ADeathInTheLimelight
* DeathIsASadThing
* DeathIsCheap
* DeathIsDramatic
* DeathIsNotPermanent
* DeathIsSuchAnOddThing
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption
* DeathMontage
* DeathNotification
* DeathOfPersonality
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse
* DeathOfTheOldGods
* DeathRow
* DeathsHourglass
* DeathTakesAHoliday
* DeathWail
* DecapitatedArmy
* DecapitationPresentation
* DecapitationRequired
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest
* DepartureMeansDeath
* DefiantToTheEnd
* DenyingTheDeadParentsSins
* DesertSkull
* DidNotDieThatWay
* DidYouDie
* DiedHappilyEverAfter
* DiedInYourArmsTonight
* DiedStandingUp
* DieLaughing
* DiesWideOpen
* DigYourOwnGrave
* DisappearsIntoLight
* DisconnectedByDeath
* TheDisembodied
* DisneyDeath
** UnexplainedRecovery
* DisneyVillainDeath
* DisposableIntern
* DisposablePilot
* DisposableSexWorker
* DisposingOfABody
** FedToPigs
* DistractedFromDeath
* DivorceRequiresDeath
* TheDogBitesBack
* DoomedAppointment
* DoomMagnet
* DoomedByCanon
* DoomedContrarian
* DoWithHimAsYouWill
* DraggedOffToHell
* DrivenToSuicide
* DropDeadGorgeous
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
** LookBothWays
* DueToTheDead
* DuelToTheDeath
* DwindlingParty
* DyingAlone
* DyingAsYourself
* DyingCurse
* DyingDeclarationOfHate
* DyingDeclarationOfLove
* DyingDream
* DyingForSymbolism
* DyingMomentOfAwesome
* DyingToBeReplaced
* DyingTruce
* TheDyingWalk
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes E-K]]
* EatenAlive
* ElectrifiedBathtub
* EmpathyDollShot
* EmptyChairMemorial
* EmptyPilesOfClothing
* EndingMemorialService
* EverybodyLives
* EverybodysDeadDave
* EverythingFades
* ExitPursuedByABear
* ExplosiveDecompression
** ThrownOutTheAirlock
* ExplosiveStupidity
* FaceDeathWithDignity
* FakingTheDead
** DeathFakedForYou
** FakeKillScare
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath
* FamousLastWords
* FatalFamilyPhoto
* FatalMethodActing
* FauxDeath
* FictionalizedDeathAccount
* FieldOfBlades
* FinalSolution
* FingerInTheMail
* FinishHim
* FirstEpisodeResurrection
* FirstLawOfResurrection
* FlatlinePlotline
* FondMemoriesThatCouldHaveBeen
* ForeseeingMyDeath
* FriendlyTarget
* TheFunInFuneral
* GameOfChicken
* GasChamber
* GetItOverWith
* GoIntoTheLight
* GoodNightSweetPrince
* AGoodWayToDie
* GoOutWithASmile
* GoryDiscretionShot
** SoundOnlyDeath
* GraveHumor
* GraveMarkingScene
* GraveRobbing
* GreatWayToGo
* GuttedLikeAFish
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe
* HappierHomeMovie
* HaveANiceDeath
* HeHadAName
* HellishCopter
* HerHeartWillGoOn
* TheHeroDies
* HeroKiller
* HeroicSacrifice
* HesitantSacrifice
* HesDeadJim
** {{Flatline}}
* HesJustHiding
* HighVoltageDeath
* HisNameIs
* HoistByHisOwnPetard
* HollywoodHeartAttack
* HospitalSurprise
* HowDareYouDieOnMe
* HowDareYouSpareMyLife
* HumanitysWake
* ICannotSelfTerminate
* IDieFree
* IfWeGetThroughThis
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff
* ILetGwenStacyDie
* ImColdSoCold
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin
* ImMelting
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice
** InertialImpalement
* ImpliedDeathThreat
* ImmortalHero
* IncurableCoughOfDeath
* InferredSurvival
* InformalEulogy
* InspirationalMartyr
* InstantDeathBullet
* InstantGravestone
* InterrogatingTheDead
** EyeRemember
* InterruptedSuicide
* InTheBack
* InverseDialogueDeathRule
* InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath
* InvoluntarySuicideMechanism
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals
* ItIsNotYourTime
* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown
* IWishedYouWereDead
* JacobMarleyApparel
* JoggersFindDeath
* JoinOrDie
* JokerImmunity
* JumpingOnAGrenade
* JustDesserts
* KarmicDeath
** DisneyVillainDeath
*** NooseCatch
** TheKillerBecomesTheKilled
* KilledMidSentence
* KilledOffForReal
* KilledOffScreen
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade
* KillEmAll
* KillHimAlready
* KillingInSelfDefense
* KillItThroughItsStomach
* KillOneOthersGetStronger
* KillTheCutie
* KillTheOnesYouLove
* KillThePoor
* KillUsBoth
* KingInTheMountain
* KingOnHisDeathbed
* KissOfDeath
* KlingonPromotion
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes L-O]]
* LastBreathBullet
* LastDayToLive
* TheLastDance
* LastDisrespects
* LastGraspAtLife
* LastKiss
* LastOfHisKind
* LastRequest
* LastStand
* LastSurvivorSuicide
* LeaveBehindAPistol
* LeaveNoSurvivors
* LeaveNoWitnesses
* LeftForDead
* LegacyImmortality
* LegallyDead
* LetThemDieHappy
* LibationForTheDead
* LifeWillKillYou
* LightsOffSomebodyDies
* LikeYouWereDying
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt
* LiterallyShatteredLives
* LittleDeadRidingHood
* TheLivingDead
* LivingOnBorrowedTime
* LoadBearingHero
* LonelyFuneral
* LongDeadBadass
* LosingTheTeamSpirit
* LosingYourHead
* LunaticLoophole
* MadeOfPlasticine
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
** HuntingAccident
** ThisBearWasFramed
* MakeSureHesDead
* MakeThemRot
* ManInTheMachine
* MarkedToDie
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild
* MatterOfLifeAndDeath
* McLeaned
* MeaningfulFuneral
* MemorialPhoto
* MenAreTheExpendableGender
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* MercyKill
* MicrowaveTheDog
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep
* AMillionIsAStatistic
* MisplacedSorrow
* MissingManFormation
* MistakenForDying
* MomentOfSilence
* MonsterMisogyny
* MonsterMunch
* MoreExpendableThanYou
* MoreHeroThanThou
* MortalWoundReveal
* MultipleGunshotDeath
* MurderByCremation
* MurderByMistake
* MurderByInaction
* MurderDotCom
* MurderSuicide
* MutualKill
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes
* NearDeathExperience
* NeckSnap
* NecroNonSequitur
* NeverFoundTheBody
** FinallyFoundTheBody
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye
* NeverOneMurder
* NeverSayDie
* NeverSayGoodbye
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead
* NeverSuicide
* NightSwimEqualsDeath
* NobodyCanDie
* NoBodyLeftBehind
* NoDeadBodyPoops
* NoLongerWithUs
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty
* NostalgiaHeaven
* NotAfraidToDie
* NotEnoughToBury
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou
* NotQuiteDead
* NotQuiteSavedEnough
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay
* TheNothingAfterDeath
* NothingLeftToDoButDie
* ObiWanMoment
* OfCorpseHesAlive
* OffingTheMouth
* OffingTheOffspring
* OffWithHisHead
* OhAndXDies
* OneLastSmoke
* OneWayTrip
* OnlyMostlyDead
* OpeningACanOfClones
* OurHeroIsDead
* OutOfContinues
* OutlivingOnesOffspring
* OutWithABang
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes P-S]]
* PartingWordsRegret
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath
* PassedInTheirSleep
* PeacefulInDeath
* PersonalEffectsReveal
* PhoneCallFromTheDead
* PietaPlagiarism
* PlayerPunch
* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou
* PleaseWakeUp
* PlotlineDeath
* ThePlotReaper
* PlotTriggeringDeath
* PopGoesTheHuman
* UsefulNotes/ThePoppy
* PopulationXAndCounting
* PosthumousCharacter
* PosthumousNarration
* PostMortemComeback
* PostMortemConversion
* ThePowerOfLegacy
* PrematureEulogy
* PrettySpryForADeadGuy
* TheProblemWithFightingDeath
* PsychicAssistedSuicide
* {{Psychopomp}}
** TheGrimReaper
** {{Shinigami}}
** DontFearTheReaper
* PublicExecution
* PummelingTheCorpse
* RapidAging
* RasputinianDeath
* ReallyDeadMontage
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RedShirt
** MauveShirt
* RefusingParadise
* RegularlyScheduledEvil
* ReleasedToElsewhere
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated
* ReroutedFromHeaven
* RescuedFromPurgatory
* RespawnPoint
* RestrainedRevenge
* ResurrectionSickness
* {{Retirony}}
* RevivalLoophole
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves
* RiseFromYourGrave
* RocksFallEveryoneDies
* RobbingTheDead
* RubeGoldbergHatesYourGuts
* SayYourPrayers
* SchrodingersCat
* TheScourgeOfGod
* SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics
* SecretlyDying
* SeekingTheMissingFindingTheDead
* SeenItAllSuicide
* SelfDestructiveCharge
* SelfDisposingVillain
* SelfSacrificeScheme
* SenselessSacrifice
* SerialKillerKiller
* SeveredHeadSports
* ShootHimHeHasAWallet
* ShootTheMessenger
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* ShotAtDawn
* ShrineToTheFallen
* SickbedSlaying
* SilentCredits
* SilentScapegoat
* SlainInTheirSleep
* SlashedThroat
* SketchySuccessor
* SmolderingShoes
* SnipingTheCockpit
* SnowMeansDeath
* SoleSurvivingScientist
* SoleSurvivor
* SomeoneHasToDie
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy
* SorryThatImDying
* SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness
* SortingAlgorithmOfMortality
* SparedByTheAdaptation
* SpeakIllOfTheDead
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion
* StakingTheLovedOne
* StarsAreSouls
* StartsWithASuicide
* StartsWithTheirFuneral
* StayingAlive
* StayWithMeUntilIDie
* StrippedToTheBone
* StuffedIntoTheFridge
* StupidSacrifice
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome
* SuicideAttack
* SuicideByCop
* SuicideForOthersHappiness
* SuicideIsPainless
* SuicideIsShameful
* SuicideNotAccident
* SuicideNotMurder
* SuicidePact
* SuperDrowningSkills
* SuperheroMovieVillainsDie
* SupernaturallyMarkedGrave
* SuperPowerMeltdown
** ShapeShifterSwanSong
* SurprisinglySuddenDeath
* SurvivorGuilt
* SuspectExistenceFailure
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tropes T-Z]]
* TagTeamSuicide
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath
* TakeCareOfTheKids
* TakenForGranite
* TakingTheBullet
* TakingYouWithMe
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath
* TalkingToTheDead
* TearsOfBlood
* TechnicolorDeath
* TeenageDeathSongs
* ThanatosGambit
* ThatPoorPlant
* ThatWasTheLastEntry
* TheCanKickedHim
* TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled
* TheseHandsHaveKilled
* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou
* TheyKilledKennyAgain
* TheyKnewTheRisks
* ThisIsNotMyLifeToTake
* ThrowEmToTheWolves
* TimeDelayedDeath
* ToAbsentFriends
* TogetherInDeath
* TonightSomeoneDies
* {{Tontine}}
* TooCoolToLive
* TooDumbToLive
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* TooHappyToLive
* TooPowerfulToLive
* TorsoWithAView
* TouchOfDeath
* TragicBromance
* TragicKeepsake
* TraumaticCSection
* TrialByFriendlyFire
* TurbineBlender
* UncertainDoom
** BolivianArmyEnding
** NeverFoundTheBody
** OurHeroIsDead
** BolivianArmyCliffhanger
* UndignifiedDeath
* UnexpectedInheritance
* UnexpectedSuccessor
* UnwantedRevival
* VasquezAlwaysDies
* VerticalKidnapping
* VikingFuneral
* VillainsDyingGrace
* VorpalPillow
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue
* WalkingWasteland
* WallSlump
* WaxMuseumMorgue
* WeAllDieSomeday
* WeHardlyKnewYe
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture
* WeaponTombstone
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky
* WhatADrag
* WhatHappenedToThePet
* WhatIsOneMansLifeInComparison
* WhereTheresAWillTheresAStickyNote
* WhiteShirtOfDeath
* WhodunnitToMe
* WhyCouldntYouSaveThem
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim
* WhyWontYouDie
* WidowedAtTheWedding
* WidowerHero
* WidowsWeeds
* TheWildHunt
* WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath
* WringEveryLastDropOutOfHim
* YouAreWorthHell
* YouAreAlreadyDead
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt
* YourDaysAreNumbered
* YourHeadASplode
* YouSeeImDying
* YouShallNotPass
* ZippingUpTheBodybag
[[/folder]]
[[/index]]

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