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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/TabletopGames
* KilledOffForReal/{{Theatre}}
* KilledOffForReal/{{Toys}}
* 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.