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[-[[caption-width-right:300:"As Coroner, I must aver\\
I've thoroughly examined her\\
And she's not [[OnlyMostlyDead only merely dead]]\\
[[DeaderThanDead She's really most]] '''[[DeaderThanDead sincerely]]''' [[RhymingWithItself dead]]."]]-]

->''"The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don't mean a thing! Aeris is gone. Aeris will no longer talk, no longer laugh, cry or get angry."''
-->-- '''Cloud Strife''' to Sephiroth over [[ItWasHisSled one of the most famous examples of this trope in gaming]], ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

In some kinds of stories, CharacterDeath [[DeathIsCheap doesn't carry much weight.]] Maybe [[BackFromTheDead resurrection is commonplace]] or some sort of magical alternate universe [[OpeningACanOfClones has a spare copy to borrow]]. Maybe [[NegativeContinuity the format]] [[ResetButton of the show]] makes any sort of death meaningless and temporary. Maybe for some reason people [[MadeOfIron never die when they should]]. Sometimes, even in these stories, a character dies and they ''stay dead.'' No magical return from the dead, [[WeCanRebuildHim no rebuild]], no {{retcon}} and no copout. They're dead and they're staying that way.

For a dead character to be considered Killed Off for Real it cannot be simply any death; it must be one that under normal circumstances for the setting and genre could have been reversed, undone or revealed to be some sort of trick. If it's a setting with AllDeathsFinal, this never comes into play -- remember that permanent death is LikeRealityUnlessNoted. Consequently, most realistic or mundane works do not provide examples of this trope.

Note that (theoretically) there might still be ''other'' ways to revert a death, like declaring it AllJustADream or {{retcon}}ning the victim as ActuallyADoombot -- see the FirstLawOfResurrection.

May lead into PersonalEffectsReveal, MeaningfulFuneral, ToAbsentFriends, and DeadGuyJunior. See also TonightSomeoneDies, NotSoSmallRole, ReallyDeadMontage. The VideoGame version would be FinalDeath.

Contrast DisneyDeath, BackFromTheDead and DeathIsCheap. Compare DeaderThanDead.

'''Naturally, as a DeathTrope all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. ''YouHaveBeenWarned.'''''


* KilledOffForReal/AnimeAndManga
* KilledOffForReal/ComicBooks
* KilledOffForReal/FanFic
* KilledOffForReal/{{Film}}
* KilledOffForReal/{{Literature}}
* KilledOffForReal/LiveActionTV
* KilledOffForReal/VideoGames
* KilledOffForReal/{{Webcomics}}
* KilledOffForReal/WebOriginal
* KilledOffForReal/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel is an atypical wrestling fed, if it can be even called such, and this trope is only of the reasons why, though a few of the fallen Kaiju have come back to life, their roster has a graveyard section for a reason.
* Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE saw Monster Bono accidentally kill his mother, Yin Ling the Erotic Terrorist.
* The Urban Wrestling Federation was infamous for killing off several members of its roster, up to and including a freshly crowned champion, Rasche Brown.
* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground has killed off characters throughout its run. The first person killed was Bael, who was fed to Dario Cueto's "monster" brother Matanza. In the season 2 premiere, three more "underground fight club enthusiasts" got fed to Matanza.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a popular trope in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'', [[PopularityPower although the body count is significantly higher for recently introduced characters than it is for those who have been around for years.]]
* Valten in ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', at the end of the Storm of Chaos campaign, by Death Master Snicht.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** [[LateArrivalSpoiler Horus]] would be an example of this happening to someone who isn't a RedShirt and had access to ways of cheating death (though he evidently, at the end of his life, [[DyingAsYourself didn't want to]]). He was Killed Off for Real by a psychic attack from the Emperor that ''obliterated his soul''.
** Captain Tycho of the Blood Angels was killed off in the Armageddon worldwide campaign.
** Sanguinius was slain by Horus so hard that the Marines descended from his gene-seed felt it. That's not an exaggeration -- the Black Rage that haunts the Blood Angels nearly ten thousand years after their Primarch's end is the psychic trauma from the moment of his death.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is where DeathIsCheap, but an epic intraplanar Assassin's guild called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Garrote]] makes this their modus operandi. Long story short, they're known for getting the job done and making it ''stays'' done. Not even DivineIntervention nor RealityWarping can bring back a person thoroughly disposed by The Garrote.
** Additionally, while not ''killed'' off per se, no spell can raise anything that died of old age from the dead.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' uses the Vortex system, which generally allows both player characters and {{Non Player Character}}s to dodge death using their pool of story points, even if they are dropped into a volcano or last seen falling into space with a hole in their chest. However, if a character is all out of points or has the Slow Death trait, they are gone for good. Occasionally major [=NPCs=] die in story moments too.

* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' -- Roy Cohn, mere seconds after faking his own death as a trick.

* Although ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' has a tendency to bring deceased characters back to life in various ways, especially with the revelation that the Red Star is a RespawnPoint for the Matoran Universe, there are a few characters who are confirmed to be dead. Specifically, the Red Star can ''only'' respawn those in the Matoran Universe who have a corpse and it's in good enough condition to salvage; anyone else is Killed Off For Real. These include Matoro, "Ancient", Carapar, Icarax, Mutran, Gorast, Bitil, Chirox, Antroz, Krika, Vamprah, Nidhiki, Krekka, Sidorak, Kojol, and Teridax.