->'''Yoda:''' Kill you, I cannot! But kill me, YOU cannot!\\
'''Emperor Palpatine:''' Because we are equally-matched opponents on opposite sides of the same almighty Force?\\
'''Yoda:''' No, because already released have the sequels to this movie been! And in them we ''both'' appear! Problem this is with prequels - no suspense can there be when already we know which characters live!
-->-- ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' Magazine's parody of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''

In that last movie you watched, or the last game you played, there're maybe some epic and great battles between two or more characters fighting to the death and one of them seems to be on their last leg, or maybe one of them seems to about to die by being poisoned by something, or maybe they're about to fall of a cliff and hit the ground below, or maybe they're about to crash in the middle of a carchase. Whatever the case, you know that they'll survive because if they died, the fictional works that take place chronologically after it wouldn't be able to exist in the first place.

This trope usually exists in {{Prequel}}s and {{Interquel}}s, due to them being set earlier in the story's chronology. Fittingly, characters from the original work usually appear as their younger ages, and like the new characters, they usually are forced to fight deadly battles against the enemy; many of those battles are as nasty and brutal as they come, and many of them seem to result with the old characters dying and the villain laughing their ass off in triumph. But you know that however convincing these scenes may be, their ultimate outcome is predestined by the original stories that preceded them -- or you may be looking at a CanonDiscontinuity.

Compare DoomedByCanon, the grim counterpart in which the fate of a prequel character is death (or at least being PutOnABus) because the original works established them posthumously (or not at all). See also PlotArmor.

Common in HistoricalFiction. If something features a historical figure [[YoungFutureFamousPeople in their youth]], you don't have to worry that they'll die.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' takes place between the defeat of Majin Buu in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and the TimeSkip that came after. As such any characters that die in ''Super'' but appear at the end of Z are subject to this, including [[spoiler: Piccolo and Goku.]]
* ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' have an SpinOff arc named Breakdown, which takes place between JOKERS (4th arc) and ACES (5th arc), and started being published after QUEENS (6th arc). The thing here is, since some characters who appear in Breakdown ([[spoiler: Mana and Clantail]]) appear in ACES and QUEENS, is clear they are going to survive.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Any tale of {{Wolverine}}'s past will have the same prepared answer to the question of whether Wolvie's going to make it.
* Subverted by the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic, which killed off [[spoiler:the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace]], despite the character living to a much older age in the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel range]] and in several of the magazine's own earlier comics that tied in to the novels.
* It's a simple matter of fact that the characters in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' aren't in any real danger, given the supplementary nature of the comic.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' spin-off comics[[note]]''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise The Promise]]'', ''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch The Search]]'', ''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift The Rift]]'', ''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSmokeAndShadow Smoke and Shadow]]'' and ''[[Comicbook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderNorthAndSouth North and South]]''[[/note]] get this problem because of their {{Interquel}} status. We already know from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' that Katara, Zuko and Toph from the original Team Avatar will survive and there won't be another war.
** Aang and Sokka are dead in the SequelSeries, but we know the former can't die until shortly before Korra's born (about fifty years from the comics' setting), while Sokka survives at least until she's a toddler.
* ''Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos'' set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII became less suspenseful after the ''Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' series which was published a few years later had shown Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and most of the Howlers had survived the war.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Comicbook/{{PS238}}''--[[MuggleBornOfMages Tyler]] experiences a series of {{Pensieve Flashback}}s about Principal Cranston's life [[spoiler:back when he was President]], and is annoyed when one cuts off right as he was about to get shot.
-->'''Tyler:''' ''Aw, come on!'' I sat through the ''boring'' stuff! I ''know'' he doesn't get ''shot'' or he wouldn't be a principal now! (BeatPanel) Unless...they made a ''robot'' that ''looks'' like him...[[note]]Given that Tyler knows two [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot androids]], one of whom is on the school's staff, this isn't that far-fetched.[[/note]]

* {{Discussed}} In-Universe in the ''FanFic/{{Dangerverse}}''. Early in the fourth book (of five) Draco Black receives a vision showing, among other things, his own grave with the date he will die on it. He wonders later on if, since he knows that he will die on that ''specific'' date, whether that means he could jump off the Astronomy tower and land safely at the bottom since it's not yet time for him to die.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Bambi}} 2'', it looks like Bambi has been killed when he fell of the cliff after the dogchase, but you already knew he survived since the first movie has him grow up to an adult. Still a [[TearJerker pretty effective scene though]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'' is an interquel, so as they played roles in later chronological installments in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, and Two-Face were sure to survive.
* The dangerous scenes in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' would be rather tense and dramatic if the eighth season of ''Friendship Is Magic'' weren't already announced beforehand. Despite the dangerous situations they face, the ponies end up totally [[ForegoneConclusion fine by the end of the movie]].

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* [[spoiler:Porpentina Goldstein and Newt Scamander]] in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', given that they go on to get married, have a baby - and a grandson, Rolf, who will go on to marry none other than Luna Lovegood - and retire in 1979 with three Kneazels (not to mention that the canonical publication date for [[spoiler: Newt's ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'' is one year after the film takes place]]).
* In ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', it's hard to worry too much when it looks like Bilbo, Legolas, or Gandalf are going to die, as we know the film is a prequel, and all three survive to the ''The Lord of The Rings'' trilogy. In particular, the film's framing device is that it's a story Bilbo is recanting to Frodo before the events of ''[=LoTR=]''. On the flip side of coin, the trap that the dwarves set for [[spoiler: Smaug]] is doomed to fail because [[spoiler: Smaug must live long enough to be killed by Bard.]]
* ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'' has an epic ''aversion'' of this trope with [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, who ends up being [[MoreDakka riddled with bullets]] from the Basterds, [[AlternateHistory thus bringing an end to World War II earlier]]]]!
* Due to both Leonard [=McCoy=] and Spock making appearances in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' which is set years after the adventures of the original crew, the [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier later]] [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry films]] in the series released after their appearances in TNG make it hard to worry for their safety since we know they'll be alright. Inverted with Scotty who appeared in TNG as well, but not until after the films with the TOS crew wrapped up (unless you count his appearance at the beginning of ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]]'').
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Palpatine in the prequels, given they all show up alive in the original trilogy. As exciting as their climactic duels in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' are, it loses some of the impact when you know neither of them kills their opponent.
** In an odd aversion, dialogue in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' [[note]]namely, that Leia remembered her mother[[/note]] indicated Padmé would survive the movie and die offscreen during the timeskip between ''Revenge of the Sith'' and ''Film/ANewHope''. Instead, she dies at the end of ''Revenge of the Sith''.
** In ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:every surviving character]] would go on to play a role in the original trilogy. In fact, every other character was arguably [[spoiler:DoomedByCanon.]]
*** Specifically inverted in the case of the Rebel pilot with the call sign "Red 5". As soon as we hear that sign, we know this pilot *has* to die, because that call sign is available for Luke to use in ''Film/StarWarsANewHope''.
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', we already knew that Kyle Reese would survive Skynet because without him, no ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies. The original, unused ending would've subverted this trope: [[spoiler:[[ShockingSwerve John Connor was originally going to die, and his skin would be grafted onto Marcus' frame]], [[ElCidPloy who would carry on as leader of the resistance.]]]]
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', it look like Wolverine is about to slam his claws right in Sabretooth's throat. Granted, he just knocks him unconscious, but you already know that he wouldn't kill Sabretooth anyway since he appeared in ''Film/XMen1'', that takes many years after this movie.
** Then in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', when the future is altered for the better, we see that all the X-Men are still alive, meaning Apocalypse has to be defeated somehow in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' (which is set in the past), and the only major characters in danger of dying are Magneto, Mystique, Stryker, Psylocke, and Warren. Of particular note is Storm who is brainwashed as one of Apocalypse's Horsemen yet is seen as a teacher at the X-Mansion in the good future.
* In ''Film/TheYoungMessiah'', Jesus is being hunted down by a Roman soldier intent on killing him, but anyone with even a passing familiarity with [[Literature/TheFourGospels the Gospel story]] knows he will live to adulthood.

* In the prequels of Creator/{{Glen Cook}}'s ''Dread Empire'', much of the suspense is derived from the conflict between Haroun bin Yousif and El Murid, and especially whether one of them will get to kill the other. Given that they both are alive in the original cycle of books, there really is only one answer. Character background and development is still very well executed, however.
* Much of the plot of the fourth ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' book features Horst Cabal telling his brother a story. Cabal interrupts the story frequently and at one point mentions that the danger Horst faced in the past loses any sort of drama because Horst lived to tell the story. Horst simply replies that he can't help that.
* Lindsay Buroker's ''Literature/{{Fallen Empire}}'' sci-fi series has this in its own prequel era: In the short story "Remnants" and the Kindle Worlds novella "Discovery and Flight," both of which take place before the main series, [[spoiler:heroine Alisa Marchenko is not in any danger. In "Remnants," neither is her friend Mica Coppervein. "Discovery and Flight" also features Alisa's friend Brad Tomich, who plays a major role in the primary series. Sufficient to say he comes home alive too.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Noob}}'' novels cause this for several characters of its SpinOff ''Literature/{{Neogicia}}'', that is set earlier but focuses on a set of characters that were briefly shown in the former.
* In an interesting example of a character being SavedByCanon for the moment, but DoomedByCanon in the long run, T'Prynn in the ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' novels can't die, even when she's in a coma due to MindRape ... because she's going to die in a transporter accident eighty years later, as shown in a FlashBack in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' novels.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Many works are set between the films, so any characters appearing in chronologically later films are largely safe.
** The novel ''[[Literature/StarWarsAftermath Aftermath]]'' offhandedly reveals that [[spoiler:at the very least, [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Sabine Wren]]]] will survive past ''Film/ANewHope'', [[spoiler:as do Hera, Chopper and the ''Ghost'' as of ''Film/RogueOne''.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': As the original ''Star Wars'' EU, the same rules as above apply for works set between and before the original six films. No, [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire Xizor will not kill Darth Vader]], and no, [[Literature/{{Shatterpoint}} Mace Windu will not fall to the dark side]]. Much of the books from ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' onward, however, show why this trope is [[TropesAreTools sometimes a good idea]], as the writers used the freedom of no later canonicity to [[DarkerAndEdgier kill off lots of beloved characters]].
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Iron Warriors characters in ''[[Literature/HorusHeresy Angel Exterminatus]]'' had already appeared in the ''Literature/IronWarriors'' series, so any reader familiar with those books would know they had to survive. Similarly, Lucius survives a fatal wound because his whole schtick is that he doesn't stay dead.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AgentCarter'', a prequel to the rest of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, guarantees that ComicBook/PeggyCarter will live to her 90s, Howard Stark won't die until the 70s, Edwin Jarvis will live long enough to inspire the JARVIS AI, and in a villainous example [[spoiler:HYDRA will rebuild itself inside S.H.I.E.L.D. to the modern day.]]
* In ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', Jimmy aka Saul, Mike, [[spoiler:Tuco]], [[spoiler:Hector]], and [[spoiler:The Cousins]] are safe at least until the series reaches the events of ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Caprica}}''. The young William Adama is a main character, and it's obvious to the audience that he will survive the entire series to become a main character in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica 2003}}'', [[spoiler:except he doesn't. He's shot and killed near the end of the series, and a montage reveals that his parents had a second son whom they named after his deceased brother, and he is the William Adama that the audience knows from ''Battlestar''.]]
** Though attentive viewers might pick up on this. [[spoiler: Old!Bill has blue eyes (Edward James Olmos had to wear blue contacts in this role because he was supposed to look more similar to Apollo that way); while Young!Bill clearly has brown eyes.... well, but so does Young!Bill Junior.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': 2013 ChristmasSpecial [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]] reveals that the Eleventh Doctor [[spoiler:is actually on his final life and cannot regenerate]], and does not expect to survive the events of the episode. However, in the previous episode, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], [[spoiler:The Twelfth Doctor]] makes an EarlyBirdCameo.
** Any and all multi-Doctor stories ("The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors," "The Two Doctors", [[spoiler:"Dimensions In Time"]], "Time Crash," "Day of The Doctor" and "Twice Upon A Time") have this baked in. Obviously, the previous Doctors are not going to die in the episode, as they have to survive to regenerate into whomever the current Doctor is... However, as a result of the TimeyWimeyBall, [[DoomedByCanon they won't remember it ever happening...]]
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, Pamela, Oswald, Edward... it's safe to say that nearly every main character will be alive, although it's [[DoomedByCanon just as certain]] most of them will take the inevitable downward spiral of obsession and villainy (or career success and heroics, in Jim Gordon and Bruce's case's respectively).
** Subverted when [[spoiler:Salvatore Maroni]] dies in the season 1 finale, long before [[spoiler:Harvey Dent becomes Two-Face]] which was his doing in the comics. Also [[spoiler: Barbara Kean]] is killed in the Season 3 finale, obviously never becoming [[spoiler: Jim Gordon's wife and mother of ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}]].
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}},'' Jimmy Olsen has a run-in with Doomsday. But we know he'll be fine because he's in the comics when the characters are adults, right? [[spoiler: Too bad, it's just like ''Caprica.'' The Jimmy we've known proves to be named Henry James Olsen. James Bartholomew Olsen (Jimmy's full name in the comics, as heard in many a FullNameUltimatum) is his little brother, seen for the first and last time at "our" Jimmy's funeral.]]
* In the prequel season of [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]] the suspense of whether a downed gladiator will receive the [[FinishHim Thumbs Down]] is removed when they are a recognizable main character from the first season.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** Canon Franchise/{{LEGO}} characters could not be killed for this reason.
** After November 2005, the Dino Attack had a ForegoneConclusion that the Dino Attack Team would ultimately defeat the Mutant Dinos.
* The [[Roleplay/AirlockedRoundFour fourth]] round of ''Roleplay/{{Airlocked}}'' is a prequel (out-of-universe; in-universe, it's just the first season of the eponymous ImmoralRealityShow gone into reruns). Thus, while it wasn't this way for the in-universe viewers, for those of us in the real world reading along, we knew Bolton and Jamie would be the only Champions left alive and Rox would escape as a KarmaHoudini, but everyone else would die.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Since ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' takes place ten years before the first game, you know that most of the bosses will survive after you defeated them, especially Maleficent and Xehanort.
* ''VideoGames/TelltalesGameOfThrones'' has a number of characters from the [[Series/GameOfThrones show]] appear, such as Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Margaery Tyrell and Jon Snow. This, of course, means that you cannot affect their actions in a way that would contradict the show's canon. This is especially infuriating in the case of Ramsay Snow, who [[spoiler:threatens to rape Talia, murders Lord Ethan, kidnaps Ryon, ''flays'' Arthur Glenmore and generally causes the Forresters no end of grief. There's even a moment where Ramsay holds a knife to his own throat and dares Rodrik to kill him; if you try to do so, he dodges back and applaudes your gall, but remains unharmed.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', you already knew that neither Darth Vader or Emperor Palpatine would die in their duels with Galen Marek, or that none of the rebel leaders would be executed by the Imperials since the game takes place two-six years before the original trilogy.
** ''Unleashed'' also saves Shaak Ti (at least until [[spoiler: Galen kills her]]), who was originally intended to die in ''Revenge of the Sith'' but whose death scenes were deleted.
* In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', Sephiroth, Aeris and Cloud are going to survive no matter what, since if they died, then it means that the series' most successful game well might not have existed in the first place. [[spoiler:Zack]] however is DoomedByCanon.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', [[GameplayAndStorySegregation being a prequel]] set decades before the events of the other ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games, punishes the player if he [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim kills Ocelot]] (a key character from the chronologically later games) by proclaiming that the player has caused a {{time paradox}}. Killing Ocelot will also net a time paradox in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' where this time, he's your ally.
** Same with EVA. Killing her will also net a {{time paradox}}, probably hinting her mission to retrieve the Philosophers' Legacy. [[spoiler: She will go on to become a volunteer at the Les Enfantes Terribles project, where she gives birth to Solid and Liquid Snake. Yes, without her, there is no Metal Gear.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', Miller tries to take Big Boss down with a TakingYouWithMe moment, but Big Boss pulls his grenade and saves them both. Miller will go on to become Solid Snake's master, [[spoiler:and is killed by orders of Liquid.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', all tension of Roy Campbell and Null[[spoiler:Gray Fox]] dying in the game is removed,as Campbell serves as Snake's MissionControl, and [[spoiler:Gray Fox]] becomes a member of FOXHOUND.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' introduced a young boy, Eli, who becomes a (somewhat) enemy to Diamond Dogs later in the game. Venom and Skull Face are separately dedicated to capture and kill (respectively), the young boy. This seems unimportant but played straight by the fact that [[spoiler:Eli is a [[StartOfDarkness young Liquid Snake]] .]]
** In the same game, [[spoiler:Huey is revealed to be a traitor to Diamond Dogs, [[MoralEventHorizon by unleashing a second wave of vocal parasites on unsuspecting soldiers]]. Much ado was raised for his execution, [[KickTheSonOfABitch for his betrayal of the highest order]]. Venom chooses instead to [[CruelMercy disable his artificial legs, and exile him on a raft aboard Seychelles sea]]. If we didn't know during Metal Gear Solid 2, from Otacon himself, that Huey went into clinical depression slowly and committed suicide in 1997, he possibly ''would'' have been executed.]]
* Played with and subverted by ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. The Dilemma Diabolique incarnate trial was released during the [[TonightSomeoneDies "Who Will Die?"]] storyline. As [[spoiler:Statesman]] had already be killed, and the remainder of the Freedom Phalanx was present during the trial, many people thought everyone present would survive through the end of the arc. [[spoiler:Sister Psyche was killed in the next episode, and replaced by Penelope Yin in the current version of the trial.]]
* Originally in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsEX'', it's possible for [[Characters/MasouKishin Zashford Zan Valfarbia]] to get KilledOffForReal when he's forced to fight [[spoiler: his father]]. Since he's alive and participating in Part 2 of the remade ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Masou Kishin: The Lord of Elemental]]'', which occurs post-''EX'', any events prior to Part 2, such as the ''EX'' scenarios of the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation]]'', guarantees his survival.
* [[spoiler:Raul Menendez]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''. The campaign is split between two sections, one with Alex Mason prior to 1990, and one with David Mason in 2025. [[spoiler:In the final mission of the past arc, you are explicitly told to [[BoomHeadshot snipe-headshot]] a prisoner said to be Menendez. Except it isn't him - quite obvious when you consider that the entire "future" arc is about stopping Menendez...]]
** Also, Frank Woods, considering he's the one telling David about these past events in the first place in the in-universe present-day of 2025 and appears in every "past" mission--the very first level even has it that Mason and Hudson are trying to find him after learning he survived the previous game and fear that he may be dead but, obviously, he isn't since ''he's the one narrating the level''.
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24: The Game]]'' ends with Jack Bauer heavily wounded after managing to kill [[BigBad Max]] and being rushed to a hospital. Considering the game took place in between the show's second and third seasons, it's safe to say that he eventually recovered.
* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' is a prequel to ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', so since [[spoiler:Snow White]] is alive in the latter, said character must survive even though [[spoiler:her severed head is left on Bigby's doorstep]]. Additionally, many other characters are still around in the books, so that rules them out for being [[spoiler:the SerialKiller.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', this happens to several characters. Marcus, Merlinus, Bartre, and Karel must live to become playable characters once again in ''The Binding Blade'', Eliwood, Hector, Bartre, Karla, Rath, Nino, Pent, and Louise must live to become the parents of playable characters in the same game, Eliwood, Hector, and Guinivere must live to become supporting characters, and Zephiel, Murdock, and Erik must live to become enemy bosses. (Hawkeye, Canas, and Rebecca, despite being the parents of playable characters, can still die - Hawkeye and Canas due to their children already being born, and Rebecca due to an oversight.)
* At the beginning ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden 3: the Ancient Ship of Doom'', Irene is apparently killed by a doppelganger of Ryu, but since the game is chronologically an interquel between the first two, and she was alive and well in the latter, canonicity dictated that her death was faked.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', you fight Boba Fett as a boss, but he canonically survives, as the game takes place between ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
* ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'' ends with [[spoiler:the Bite of '87 happening to the child protagonist]]. However, as Phone Guy said back in [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys the first game]], [[spoiler:"it's amazing that the human body can live without the frontal lobe"... [[SubvertedTrope Or perhaps not]], for as the child fades away at the end of Night 6, a distinctive flatlining can be heard]].
* In ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'', [[spoiler: specifically ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy'', Layton and Luke sacrifice themselves to stop [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the golems from destroying all of humanity]] and get killed in the process (along with Emmy, Descole and Bronev). However, you know for a fact that at least Layton and Luke won't die, because Azran Legacy, like the previous two games, takes place before the events of the first three games. You know, because... how the heck would we have the first three games if Layton and Luke died?!]]
* Zoey, Francis, and Louis are saved by canonicity in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' during the The Sacrifice campaign because they appear later on in the sequel. Bill, however, is DoomedByCanon [[CuttingOffTheBranches no matter who gets sacrificed in The Sacrifice campaign]].
* An odd example from ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma''. Out of the nine characters who appear in the game, [[spoiler: Akane, Junpei, Sigma and Phi]] ''should'' be guaranteed survival of the DeadlyGame because ZTD takes place before ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' where those characters appear. [[SubvertedTrope However]], [[WildCard Akane, Sigma and Phi]] [[spoiler: have already changed the past by signing onto the Mars Test Mission in order to SetRightWhatOnceWasWrong and avert the ApocalypseWow caused by the Decision Game]] so anyone who was previously guaranteed survival has their fate up in the air.
* ''VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls'': Byakuya Togami is captured during the game's prologue and held as [[spoiler:Nagito Komaeda]]'s hostage. However, since this is an {{Interquel}} between ''VideoGame/DanganRonpa'' and ''VideoGame/SuperDanganRonpa2'', we know he ([[spoiler:and his captor]]) will make it out alive.
** Downplayed somewhat with the alternate player character, Toko Fukawa. She is offhandedly mentioned as being still alive in the epilogue of [=SDR2=], so any perilous situation that the player may find themselves in is mitigated by the knowledge that she survives.
* Palla, Catria, Est, and [[spoiler:Zeke]] can all die in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' (and its [[VideoGameRemake remake]], Shadows of Valentia). However, all four of these characters show up in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', meaning that, canonically, all of them survived.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'' takes place at the same time as the [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles first game]] and has a number of characters from both the first and [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles2 second game]] appear [[note]]Welkin Gunther, Alicia Melchiott, Rosie Stark, Largo Potter, Avan Hardins, Cosette Coalhearth, Zeri, Leon Hardins, Juliana Everhart, Baldren Gassenarl, and Audrey Gassenarl, among others[[/note]]. Since these characters are alive by the time of the second game, we already know they'll all survive.
* In ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'', one chapter ends with Masaru Sera being introduced, shown as being important and a potential ally for one of the player characters, and then shot and assumed dead. But since this is a prequel and Sera's death kicks off ''part of the plot'' of the [[VideoGame/Yakuza1 first game]], he's pretty safe, [[spoiler:though he is incapacitated until the near the ending of ''Yakuza 0'' as the BigGood]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' is set before the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' movie, and thus, King Julien is guaranteed to survive the many near death experiences he is involved in.
* Despite numerous threats of the eponymous team of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' disbanding, the League appearing in the earlier-aired ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' established that it would continue. Likewise, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent were both guaranteed to survive, while the Joker's fate was already shown to be later in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' ([[NoOneCouldSurviveThat despite]] [[MindRape having his brain fried]] in his last ''Justice League'' appearance).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'':
** The show is set between ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', and there is a huge list of characters who show up in the latter[[note]]Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padmé, C-3PO, R2-D2, Yoda, Mace, most of the Jedi Council, Bail Organa, Palpatine/Sidious, Dooku, the Separatist leaders, Grievous, and even Boba Fett, who appears in chronologically later films[[/note]] that cannot have anything significant happen to them as a result. The show compensates by being ''[[AnyoneCanDie brutal]]'' towards any other characters, throwing out {{Family Unfriendly Death}}s left and right, and still manages to create tension with Ahsoka, who doesn't show up in the films and therefore doesn't have the protection the rest of the cast has.[[note]]Well, she does ''now'', by virtue of [[spoiler:her appearances in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'']].[[/note]]
** Played with some of the b-list characters, who only got characterization in the expanded universe comics. Due to the show having a higher "canon" level than other expanded universe works, along with Disney's eventual sacking of the entire expanded universe into the non-canon "Legends" continuity, this actually resulted in some of the characters who people thought would be spared or killed instead having a completely different fate. [[spoiler: The biggest surprise is Barris Offee, who was originally slated to have been seen in Revenge of the Sith to have died alongside her master only to have it be cut and later depicted in a comic, turn out to be a traitor to the Jedi cause and locked away. This means that she at least dies under completely different circumstances, and far more likely might return somewhere down the line. The Seventh Sister was long believed to be her due to the two being from the same race and the Inquisitors being fallen Jedi (which Barris definitely was).]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** The novel ''[[Literature/StarWarsAftermath Aftermath]]'' contains an indirect reference to [[spoiler:Sabine]], more specifically [[spoiler:a recent piece of artwork she made]], guaranteeing her survival past ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** As a result of ''Film/RogueOne'' (which takes place two years after the series' then-present third season), now applies to [[spoiler:Hera]] (due to a ShoutOut), [[spoiler:Chopper]] (due to a {{Cameo}}), and [[spoiler:the ''Ghost'' itself]] (due to a couple {{Freeze Frame Bonus}}es).
*** Months later, ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsForcesOfDestiny Forces of Destiny]]'' was announced just before Celebration 2017, and one of the shorts features [[spoiler:Hera]] teaming up with Leia and Han on the Forest Moon of Endor, making her this even more.
** At Celebration 2017, it was announced that [[AscendedFanon a popular fan theory]] that [[spoiler:Captain Rex]] appeared as a member of the Rebel strike team in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' would be canonized, making him this.
** [[spoiler: When Darth Vader would face off against Ahsoka, there is a brief moment where Ahsoka managed to physically crack Vader's shell and get through to Anakin again. You can even see the regret in Vader's eyes as he realizes who Ahsoka is. But we know he cannot be redeemed here, nor even defeated. This trope is actually used by the show to maximum effect to sell how Vader is just as tragic as he is a monster, showing Anakin as being trapped within Vader and the misery he lives in.]]
* For ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', WordOfGod has stated that the [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie first movie]] is chronologically the end of the series, which means for the series proper, any attempt at Plankton getting the Krabby Patty formula will fall flat, as he doesn't succeed in [[TeamRocketWins getting the formula]] until the events of the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'': Although its canonicity is debated, ''LiveActionTV/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' shows that Timmy still has Cosmo and Wanda at age 23, indicating that in the main series, any threat of Timmy losing them is mitigated.