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-->''"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."''
-->-- '''Creator/HunterSThompson''', referring to his [[HeterosexualLifePartners Hetero Life Mate]], '''Oscar Zeta Acosta'''.

Let's say a character is a {{Ninja Pirate|ZombieRobot}}. Let's say he also has a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]]. Let's say that giant robot also has an InfinityPlusOneSword. Let's further say that said sword is actually a {{katana|sAreJustBetter}}. No, make that a {{chainsaw|Good}} katana. Hell, let's say it's [[DualWielding two chainkatanas]]... attached by a chain to make chainkatana[[WebComic/EightBitTheater chucks]].

Clearly, this character is Made Of Cool. Equally clearly, this character, if he is not the Main Character, must die, because he overshadows the main character.

This is what happens when somebody is Too Cool to Live. This character is often relegated by ThePlotReaper to the job of being a HeroicSacrifice, or the SixthRanger. Many a [[MentorOccupationalHazard wise and awesome mentor has fallen victim to this trope]]. Depending on how it happens, such a death can be a severe example of TheWorfEffect.

Sometimes, a ''main character'' is Too Cool to Live, and so performs a HeroicSacrifice at the end of a movie or television series. Apparently there was just [[PutOnABus no bus service]] in the area.

Sometimes results in a DisneyDeath due to ExecutiveMeddling if the character is popular enough, but [[SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness usually only]] if they NeverFoundTheBody.

Alternatively, this character doesn't die, but [[PutOnABus is removed from the stage in some way]]. Or [[FaceHeelTurn he turns evil]], and his superior coolness is put to use as an obstacle for the hero to overcome. And we all know that EvilIsCool.

It may be justified as it allows the next generation, mainly the hero, to [[TookALevelInBadass improve greatly]] to make up for the loss of this person.

See also TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth - a character who is just too gentle to stay in the story and TooPowerfulToLive - a villain who is just too dangerous thanks to his StoryBreakerPower. Also tends to cross over with TheObiWan. Many {{Crutch Character}}s in video games channel this trope. Compare TooHappyToLive.

Compare DyingMomentOfAwesome.

Being Too Cool to Live can be very subjective, so please try not to EditWar. Also: [[SpoileredRotten since this is a]] [[DeathTropes death-related trope]], '''Here There Be {{Spoiler}}s'''. [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers You have been warned]].

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!!Examples:

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* As mentioned lower, almost any character played by Creator/SeanBean.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[spoiler: Yamamoto]] finally kicked the bucket but not before showing why he is feared by even the BigBad.
%%Don't add the Espada. They're villains. By definition, the plot requires them to die.
* STRAIGHT FUCKING COUGAR from ''Anime/{{S-Cry-ed}}''. Especially jarring as his defeat made no sense, but still.
* Kaji from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Kamina in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Though, Simon [[spoiler:becomes ''[[TookALevelInBadass more]]'' [[TookALevelInBadass awesome]] after the TimeSkip. Kamina himself admits this in the LotusEaterMachine]]. But hey, [[TheObiWan that comes with the job description]].
** Kittan as well, although he did die laughing about how awesome it was (his sacrificing himself to save everyone via a giga drill breaker).
** Pretty much everyone who is dead on the good side is this. Hell, even some of the bad guys; this ''is'' a WorldOfBadass, after all.
** Speaking of bad guys, one stands out. Lordgenome, who not only has a mecha that is stronger than Simon at that point, but he gets out of it to pummel it with his bare hands. The fact he had dominated the fight, [[spoiler: and Simon had to use a cheap shot to kill him]] cements him as this
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': Lives and breathes this tropes. First season had [[spoiler: November 11, Mai]], and countless others. Second season has had: [[spoiler: Tanya, April, and Goran]]. July however has made it.
** [[spoiler: July died as well in the second season finale.]] In general, if you are attached to a character on the show, flip a coin to see if they die or become horribly traumatized.
* Daigouji Gai in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''.
** Also, Joe Umitsubame in the ShowWithinAShow, ''Gekiganger 3''.
* [[spoiler:Neil Dylandy, the first]] Lockon Stratos in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Also played with [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Hallelujah]], but HesJustHiding.
** [[spoiler:Sergei Smirnov]] and [[spoiler:Ali Al-Saachez]] in season 2. TheMovie added [[spoiler:Graham Aker]] to the list.
* Roy Fokker in the original ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''.
** Subverted with his {{expy}} in the ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': they've killed the ''other guy''.
** [[spoiler: YMMV, since some of us thinks Michael is cooler than Ozma, thus playing this straight]].
** [[spoiler: Cooler as a person, perhaps. As a fighter, Ozma is way cooler. He beats [[TheHero Alto]], which is a feat in itself!]]
** Also subverted in the LoveTriangle: [[spoiler: Sheryl lives, not making place for Ranka]]
** Played straight in the movies, where [[spoiler: Alto TheHeroDies, and here he was the coolest!]]
** Subverted in the movies, [[spoiler:WordOfGod has it that Alto survived.]]
* Naomi Misora in ''Manga/DeathNote'', although the makers' reason was different; WordOfGod was that she figured out stuff about Kira too quickly. L was way more cool than the main character.
** In terms of cool, they're closely followed by Mello, Chief Yagami, and Light. None of these make it either.
** Matt/[[spoiler:Mail Jeevas]] got only one scene in the anime, being his death scene. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Yet his fangirls can be in countless numbers.]]
* [[spoiler:The men of the Zeppeli family]] in ''JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are all doomed to die terrible deaths for helping the heroes.
** [[spoiler:Will A. Zeppeli: Killed by Tarkus, used the last of his Hamon to empower Jonathan before dying.]]
** [[spoiler:Caesar Zeppeli: Used the last of his Hamon to create a bubble of blood containing his headband and antidote for Joseph after being mortally wounded by Wamuu.]]
** [[spoiler:Gyro Zeppeli: Killed by Funny Valentine, uses his last moments to teach Johnny the last lesson he needs to master the "Spin".]]
* Balgus from ''VisionOfEscaflowne''. Sure, he was TheObiWan to TheHero until this point, but he was a giant of a man with BadAss scars who [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome took out an enemy mecha on foot]] with a BFS on a show where this sort of thing generally doesn't happen.
** Even the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Space Marines]] could be killed.
* Mu La Flaga in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. Then [[FanNickname "Bring 'Em Back"]] Fukuda lived up to his nickname and brought the character back in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny,'' but really [[FanonDiscontinuity he might as well not have bothered]].
** In the back-story of Gundam SEED the Original Coordinator George Glenn was assassinated pretty much out of jealousy and envy of his awesome and cool accomplishments by the Blue Cosmos faction making him a sort of in-universe example of being too cool to live.
* Subverted in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''; Kenshin's master is a huge, muscular man who is a master of the style. It even sets him up for dying in this way, as the traditional means of mastering the final technique was to kill your master while using it. However, Kenshin's reverse-blade katana saves his master from certain death, yet Kenshin still masters the technique. His master then goes on to save the rest of Kenshin's band from the minions of Shishio, while Kenshin goes to fight the BigBad himself.
* [[Manga/{{Gantz}} Joichiro Nishi]]. Not only was he the only guy who seemed to know what the hell was going on, he was smart, badass, funny as hell and something of a MagnificentBastard at that. So of course, he had to die.
** Only Nishi? Perhaps the more obvious case of Too Cool To Live in Gantz would be [[AllLovingHero Kato]], who quite a few people preferred to [[JerkAss Kurono]] before the latter's CharacterDevelopment (thankfully, he comes back in the manga as well). [[TheObiWan Sakata]] and [[BadassGrandpa Suzuki]] easily qualify late in the manga as well.
* Vanessa and Elenore in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' were odd examples in that they were somehow both Too Cool To Live ''and'' Too Cool To Die. Their idea of splitting the difference was...interesting...
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]], and to a lesser degree Bjorn as well.
* Minato Namikaze from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a particularly notable example. He was hailed as one if the strongest shinobi ever, saved the Leaf village from the Nine-Tailed Fox's attack, was shown to be able to wipe out whole platoons of shinobi in the ''blink of an eye'' (to the point where enemies were ordered to flee on sight from him), [[StoryBreakerPower and could teleport anything, even a Spirit Bomb level chakra blast miles away without breaking a sweat]]. Needless to say, a lot of potential threats to the Leaf would not be deemed so dangerous if he was still alive.
** [[TheObiWan Jiraiya]] the Toad Sannin has become this over the course of Part II since his death. Possessing a high amount of {{Badass}} skill, his own SuperMode, and being able to fight the DiscOneFinalBoss and temporarily defeat him, as well as his own wisdom being used to ''redeem'' his fallen student through Naruto Uzumaki, its easily to see why he's cool. Even Kabuto lamented his inability to use Edo Tensei on him.
* Max Kaien from ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', except that [[SubvertedTrope he isn't dead]]. He was indeed so much of a GameBreaker that he would disrupt the plot, but the plot itself was so [[AnachronicOrder tangled]] and [[MindScrew complicated]], that Mamoru Nagano simply had no need to kill him. Instead, he [[PutOnABus threw Max away]] into an AlternateUniverse, where he found at least some match for him, and surfaced only in occasional episodes ever since.
* Ken from ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar''. What can go wrong with a {{Badass}} pilot who has a NinjaPirateZombieRobot for a mecha? Obviously, they had to take him out. Unless he's in the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars universe.
* Festa in ''Fang of the Sun Dougram''. He defeats an enemy HumongousMecha on a bike and saves the titular SuperPrototype. Five minutes later he goes for a drive and a grenade goes off in his bike. A grenade that a dying enemy soldier dropped there in the previous episode. A grenade that he conveniently didn't notice at all.
* "Hot Ice" Hilda served as TheObiWan for [[Manga/OutlawStar Geene Starwind]] until she sacrificed herself fighting off SpacePirates. A long-time dream of fans is the creation of a {{Prequel}} detailing just how she got to be so BadAss.
* Danny in the ''Manga/ZatchBell'' anime. He's a strong fighter barehanded, and has a spell that can heal all of his injuries (even resurrect him after getting shot to death) limitless times. So he dies in the same episode he appears, in a very stupid way and only to protect a statue.
** But like darn near everything else in this series, it's a TearJerker anyway.
** As a bit of an added punch, the statue he was hell bent on protecting broke before he was in that situation.
* [[TricksterMentor Cross]] Marian in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' necessitated a hunt across half of Asia by the Black Order, then sauntered in and saved Allen's ass on the Ark. His superiors at the Black Order were not amused by his tendency to go truant and put him under house arrest, and he spent quite a while lounging around headquarters, [[TheCasanova seducing women]], racking up insane amounts of debt on the Order's tab, and [[CoolMask completely]] [[BadassLongcoat outshining]] [[NiceHat every]] [[TheGunslinger damn]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority person]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter in the]] [[FourStarBadass whole]] place, as was aptly demonstrated when [[spoiler:Lulu Bell attacked.]] But then, he suddenly, mysteriously disappeared with very little evidence how; they NeverFoundTheBody, and it's undoubtedly going to factor into the plot later, as it's well established that he's [[BadAss hard to take down]].
** Although [[spoiler:because he was apparently shot in the head in a way that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat nothing human could have survived]], and all the blood found at the scene was confirmed to be his, chances are he's either genuinely dead, or not human]].
* Yuuko from ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' is so cool that [[spoiler: [[AWizardDidIt Clow Reed]] warped reality to delay her death]] before she died for real.
* [[spoiler: Jack Rakan]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', with a suitable send off. [[spoiler: Fate had to ''[[RealityWarper rewrite the laws of reality]]'' to take him out, and even then, he went down swinging.]]
** Even then he comes back in the next chapter to do a SECOND ObiWanMoment by smacking (literally) some sense into Negi after he gives into his SuperPoweredEvilSide.
** [[spoiler: Subverted, now that he's WILLED HIMSELF BACK INTO EXISTENCE permanently.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** A character who is the [[LargeAndInCharge strongest]], [[PersonOfMassDestruction most powerful]], [[TestosteronePoisoning most awesomely manly]], and all-around [[BadAss most utterly badass]] character in a WorldOfBadass. He dies at the end of the arc in which he finally gets to fight. His name: [[spoiler: Whitebeard]].
** Fan-favorite powerhouse [[spoiler: Ace]] qualifies; also qualifies for TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. These two were the first ''OnePiece'' characters to be KilledOffForReal outside of DeathByOriginStory.
** To elaborate, when [[spoiler: Ace]] was younger and hung with Luffy, he was already stronger than the latter with a Devil Fruit, while the former was BadassNormal beforehand. Not only was he was the third strongest person in a crew said to be the strongest in the current era; capable of fighting with a Warlord to a draw, he was also a much more well rounded person who easily surpassed Luffy in charisma and ability [[spoiler: it took the most unfettered of the Admirals to kill him after a long battle to rescue/execute with basically almost every superpower aside from a few notable people]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', [[spoiler: Mifune. Yes, his death allowed Black Star to find his own 'path' and all, but ''damn'' wasn't that samurai guy cool. Plus he left behind cute little witch Angela.]]
** This is, in fact, one of the ways in which the GeckoEnding of the anime improved on the manga. He survives and ends up going over to the good-guy side (can't really call it a HeelFaceTurn since he was never evil in any sense of the word).
** While not as awesome as Mifune, the manga also has [[spoiler: BJ. Nifty soul perception skills, he and Marie had a history, and member of a different part of Shibusen - Internal Investigations. He was every bit as weird as the rest of the staff...killed off within three chapters.]]
** And now, possibly, [[spoiler: Tezca the South American Death Scythe (the bear guy). Okubo seems to get steadily more bizarre with his characters, and the Demon Mirror could have been fun to watch had he not seemingly been offed by Justin [[SubvertedTrope Of course]], [[FakingTheDead he ''is'' a mirror...]] ]]
* This was almost played straight with [[spoiler: Joe Asakura aka Condor Joe]] in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''; he would have died and stayed dead if there wasn't a second series in the works, and early planning for the second series had him KilledOffForReal and replaced by an android (while another draft had him resurrected as a villain and replaced by a [[RememberTheNewGuy never-before-mentioned brother]]). In the end, the trope was subverted by having him just barely survive, then implanted with cybernetics.
* [[spoiler: Reinforce (Eins)]] from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. She's [[NoSell untouched]] by Nanoha's point-blank [[DeadlyUpgrade Excelion Buster]] ''and'' shows the girl a '''real''' Starlight Breaker. Clearly too awesome to be allowed to stay alive.
* Manga/{{Claymore}} gave us Teresa of the Faint Smile. She's a major fan favorite, but she's so overwhelmingly powerful that she'd inevitably overshadow everyone else if she were allowed to stay, including her adoptive daughter [[TheHero Clare]]. WordOfGod has it that if she'd survived her battle with Priscilla or been revived later, the entire story would have been different.
* Vegetto (Vegerot in the VIZ translation) from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Yep. Guy comes, dominates Buu-Gohan (In his base form in the anime, he just transformed for kicks.), even when turned into the world's most powerful candy, he lets himself get eaten by Buu so he can go save his friends. Unfortunately, he unexpectedly lets down his protective barrier and defuses.
* Anchan from ''Manga/RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin''. This guy is looked up to by the other 6 main characters, including TheHero, after he completely tears them up in a 6 on 1 boxing match in a prison cell. He's also extraordinarily durable. He lives through nearly being burned alive in a locked cell, and being starved and paralyzed with ice cold water until he could just barely see those white pearly gates as his friends carry him in an epic prison breakout, only to die from a stab wound and a barrage of bullets while on his way to see Mario's HeroicRematch.
* Prussia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. I mean, he's the resident [[EnsembleDarkhorse Darkhorse]] and have you heard of Prussia? I wonder why.
* Leomon and his subspecies in every ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series in which he's an ally.
* Cho-san from ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', the detective so awesome had he not died he would have resolved the plot of ''the entire manga'' 21 in-series and 7 real-life years earlier than without him.
* In her first appearance, [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]] summoned a thousand rifles and wiped the field of {{Mooks}} from space. [[EnsembleDarkhorse She]] then took Madoka and Sayaka [[CoolBigSis under her wing]]. [[spoiler: 3 episodes in, she's violently decapitated and devoured by a witch gone OneWingedAngel.]] Also qualifies as TooHappyToLive, since she had literally just pledged her friendship to Madoka.
** But wait! [[spoiler:She and Kyouko are BackFromTheDead in the last episode, thanks in no small part to Madoka's [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to goddesshood]]]].
* Anubis from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' who had the most CharacterDevelopment to boot.
* Daguza Mackle, aka [[FanNickname Commander McAwesome]], from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''. Even his death was awesome:[[spoiler: He jumps out of the Unicorn with a rocket launcher, shoots the Sinanju in the head in an attempt to blind it, and salutes to Banagher one last time before being incinerated by the Sinanja's beam axe.]]
* Fujimoto of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', despite only being there for a two episodes/one chapter. He was the most powerful exorcist in the world, holding the rank of Paladin before he died. And he has a cute familiar that looks like a cat.
* [[spoiler: Zoalord Purgstall]] from ''Guyver'' caught on with fans for being a badass, honorable, caring guy who happened to be on the antagonist's side. Fans still cling onto to hope he'll somehow come back from the dead.
* Tatsugoro, [[spoiler: Otose's late husband,]] in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' who was an honorable, upstanding, all-around-awesome guy who fiercely defended his town, who got the girl and who was able to fight the baddest punk in town (who later became the yakuza boss and one of the four emperors of Kabukichou) to a draw. Of course he goes and dies, taking the bullet for that punk (who was also his friend and rival for the girl), which set in motion opposing set-in-stone promises from two of the series' most stubborn characters, Jirochou and Gintoki.
* Spike Spiegel from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is the main character version.
* BadassPreacher Nicholas Wolfwood from ''Manga/TriGun''.
* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', we have Muramasa, Taihaku, Fubuki, and most definitely Hishigi. One could also make an argument for Kyosaburo (also known as the Toudai Aka no Ou), a PosthumousCharacter who created the Mumyo Jinpu Ryu, techniques capable of killing ''God'' (the Sendai Aka no Ou).
* ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' has Hitomi and Code:Seeker, who were both killed at the end of their arcs.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' being a WorldOfBadass, pretty much any death gets this trope; but [[BunnyEarsLawyer Maes]] [[BadassNormal Hughes]], [[MadBomber Kimblee]], [[{{Badass}} Wrath]], and [[HeroicSacrifice Greed]] in particular stand out.
* ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' had Shinonome Hangetsu, the [[AnimalMotifs dog knight]]. He was a martial arts master, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower even before gaining his]] PsychicPowers, was effortlessly cool and respectable, lightening the mood in a dark story, and was still a FunPersonified ManChild, with a love of {{Toku}}satsu and anime. He is also the [[TheObiWan first knight in the manga to die]], passing on his skills to the AntiHero, Yuuhi.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has Uvogin who killed three well skilled Nen users with only ''while paralyzed from the neck down''. For the plot, he served as Kurapika's starter enemy from the Genei Ryodan as the physically most powerful member, so Kurapika found out that he can defeat the members in terms of raw powers.
** [[spoiler: Kite, Netero, and Meryuem,]] the last one was even the most powerful being who was born in earth.
* Examples abound in JojosBizarreAdventure thanks to the series taking place in a WorldOfBadass and every storyline having at least one HeroKiller who racks up a sizable body count before they're taken down, but in particular it ''really'' sucks to be a Zeppeli. Will A. Zeppeli from Part 1 acts as TheObiWan to Jonathan before he's killed by Tarkus, and in Part 2 it's revealed that he had a grandson named Caesar who becomes TheRival and [[TheLancer Lancer]] to Joesph, only to eventually fall to Wamuu. With the Zeppeli line seemingly wiped out, it takes a quasi-reboot in Part 7 to bring us Gyro Zeppeli, the storyline's {{Deuteragonist}}...who doesn't survive to the end, either.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', who would prefer [[spoiler:that Dr. Manhattan vaporize him]] rather than let himself willingly abandon his moral code.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersLastStandOfTheWreckers'' is an AnyoneCanDie series, so of course it offers up one of these to die before the rest of the cast. Rotorstorm is TheAce, able to simultaneously pilot two spacecraft and use both to hit small targets, and always ready with a FacingTheBulletsOneLiner... and he dies first.
* Lord Voll in ''Comicbook/ElfQuest''. He would have been a CoolOldGuy father figure to all races of elves, laughing and flying around while guiding them in unlimited space travel and bringing about worldwide harmony. A single troll arrow kills him. In the end, it takes the elves another 1500 years to achieve what he could have given them in a day.
* Marv from ''Comicbook/SinCity'', whose only starring role in a full-length story basically serves as one big HeroicSacrifice and ends with him dead in the electric chair.
* Sync from Comicbook/GenerationX.
** And Blink, especially considering very shortly after her death, an incredibly BadAss alternate reality version of her was depicted in significant detail.
* MVP, from ''Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative'', gets a lot of focus in the first issue as clearly being the best of the new trainees. This is made doubly-impressive when you find out he has no super powers. At the end of the first issue, his death signifies that this is not a perfect program for perfect candidates, and that this is going to be a story about the more troubled kids.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In ''FanFic/DeathNoteEquestria'' [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] - even more awesome than usual and as such, too dangerous to Kira. Didn't stop her from being awesome from behind the grave.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The T-800 from ''{{Film/Terminator 2|JudgmentDay}}'' and ''{{Film/Terminator 3|RiseOfTheMachines}}''. And Sarah Connor between these two films.
* Father [=MacGruder=] from ''Film/{{Braindead}}''. He kicked ass for the Lord, and we sure hope the Lord appreciated the effort when [=MacGruder=] met up with Him shortly thereafter.
* From the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Darth Maul and [[EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett]].
** Apparently, while everyone agreed with "cool" describing Fett, they took issues with the [[BackFromTheDead "to live" part]].
** Guess what? [[spoiler:Maul]] is back too. But presumably [[DoomedByCanon not for long]].
** In a less action-y way, Qui-Gon probably fits. Had he survived to be Anakin's mentor (as was the actual plan), the rest of the series probably wouldn't have happened due to his extreme level-headedness and wisdom.
*** Yoda admits as much (at least to himself) in the novelisation of ''Revenge of the Sith'', declaring to Qui-Gon's ghost that Qui-Gon's bend-the-rules-and-adapt mentality had been correct all along and he (Yoda) had essentially led the Jedi to disaster.
* Ken Colton in the 1943 ''Film/TheBatman'' serial.
* Frankie Four-Fingers (Benicio del Toro) in ''Film/{{Snatch}}''. This also applies to Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones, [[TheJuggernaut bitch]]), but he lives a bit longer.
** As well as Boris the blade.
* Naveen Andrews' BadassBookworm and Freddy Rodriguez' [[TheDrifter Drifter]] in ''Film/PlanetTerror'', the first half of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.
* Col. Gondoh is ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante''. Needless to say, he gets an absolutely BadAss final scene.
-->"[[FacingTheBulletsOneliner All this intravenous stuff is no good for you. You should stick to smoking."]]
** In [[Film/{{Gojira}} the original]], Dr. Serizawa, {{eyepatch|OfPower}}-wearing supergenius who pulls a HeroicSacrifice and ''evapourates Godzilla''.
** Joe Brody in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''. Narrowly subverted with Godzilla himself in the final battle.
* Hero, Heroine, and [[DeadStarWalking Jason Mewes]] in ''Film/{{Feast}}''. The former survives about thirty-five seconds of screen time before being messily eaten. Heroine lives for most of the movie, is extremely resourceful and helpful, but also dies. Jason Mewes gets his face ripped off in the first ten minutes.
* Mani, the {{Sidekick}} from ''Le Pacte des loups'', English title: ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf''.
* Tristan, the cool dude with the hawk in the 2004 ''Film/KingArthur'' movie. 'Course, he's played by Mads Mikkelsen, so what're you expecting?
* [[HandicappedBadass The Consultant]] in ''Film/TheInternational'', although admittedly he [[WhiteShirtOfDeath could have been]] more GenreSavvy.
* Ripley, Vasquez and Hudson, from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', hell all of the colonial marines for that matter.
* [[Film/{{Transformers}} Jetfire]]. The [[CoolOldGuy coolest]] [[BadassGrandpa old man]] ever.
* Hoban Washburn in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. It's near the end, but...why?!?
** Because that's what Creator/JossWhedon does.
*** But really, it was to make you actually worry that he'd [[AnyoneCanDie kill more people off by the battle's end]].
* Captain Kaneda in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}''. He's professional, he's pragmatic, and he cares deeply for the success of his crew's mission. Plus, he's played by Hiroyuki Sanada. If he hadn't died within the first half-hour, he'd probably have broken the plot.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Let's face it--as soon as you saw [[spoiler:Hugo Stiglitz and the Bear Jew in all their badassery]], you knew that they wouldn't make it out alive. They are both awarded with a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* Mufasa from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Doc Holliday from ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''. Granted it's based on a true story, but still.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' when it looks like resident BadAss Tallahasse is going to be killed off during the shootout at Pacific Playland. Instead, he's too cool to be too cool to live. His coolness wraps around itself to defy trope conventions.
* Raze from ''Film/{{Underworld}}''.
* Sgt. Brodski from ''Film/JasonX''.
* ''One'' from ''Film/ResidentEvil'', The character was in the movie for all of fifteen minutes (and the evil AI had to cheat to kill him), but the actor's strong performance made a lasting impact.
** The fifth movie revisits the cloning subplot, so One and Rain (who was also too cool to live) do return... [[EvilIsCool As villains.]]
* Warrior Woman from ''Film/MadMax 2''.
* [[spoiler:Christopher Pike]] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
** Also [[spoiler:Kirk himself, but this is averted when he's brought back to life.]]
* ''Film/PacificRim'':
** [[spoiler:Aleksis and Sasha Kaidanovsky, the Cherno Alpha pilots. Also, the extremely talented triplets of Crimson Typhoon, and, lastly, Stacker.]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Hannibal Chau, who survived getting EatenAlive, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and he wants his goddamn shoe back]].]]
* Parodied in ''Film/TheOtherGuys'', where [[spoiler: Danson and Highsmith, two {{Badass}} policemen, deliberately jumped off a tall building while chasing jewelry robbers ("Aim for the bushes."). [[CaptainObvious they didn't survive]]]].
* [[spoiler:Tackleberry]] between ''Mission to Moscow'' and the next ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' film, [[ActorExistenceFailure and for good reason]].
* [[spoiler:Brian]] could become an example in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast and Furious 7]]'', for the same reason mentioned directly above.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Garet Jax in ''The Wishsong of Shannara''. The man is called a "weapons master" because no matter who his opponent is, and what weapon he uses, he will still manage to pull off a crowning moment of awesome and come out alive. Well, until he defeats an ancient EldritchAbomination in a heroic sacrifice.
* Boromir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. The ''only'' member of the Fellowship to bite it, he combines this with RedemptionEqualsDeath. Taken UpToEleven in the film, where he's played by doomed-cool-guy extraordinaire SeanBean, and has a glorious DyingMomentOfAwesome.
* Both Thomas and Pug from the Literature/TheRiftwarCycle have become too powerful to be sufficiently challenged by the threats that often appear in the later books. As such they are often described as being elsewhere or just missing.
* Inigo Skimmer is the best damn character in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' (beyond Vetinari, who is, to be fair, employing him). He's also an absolutely superb fighter and Assassin. Sadly, when he's attacked by a large group of werewolves, not superb enough. One of the best Discworld characters, and he only got through half a book. Tragic.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler: Syrio Forel, Beric Dondarrion, and Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, to name a few.]]
** [[spoiler:Robb Stark]] and [[spoiler: {{badass}} wolf Grey Wind]].
** [[spoiler:Eddard Stark]] however is pretty awesome and his death sets the tone for the whole series brilliantly.
*** Fittingly, in the HBO adaptation, he's played by [[spoiler:Sean Bean]], who tends to play these sort of characters a lot.
** And [[spoiler:Khal Drogo.]] His actor in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was so upset that the character got killed off that he proposed to the showrunners that a BackupTwin could show up in the second season.
** [[spoiler:Qhorin Halfhand]]. Too badass.
** [[spoiler:Oberyn Martell]]. Certainly gained a huge following while he was around.
* ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' has a character with the [[MeaningfulName appropriate name]] of [=MacCool=] who fits the trope very well for a minor character. [=MacCool=] is an elf who is a [[RomanticFalseLead romantic rival]] to Christopher, and as his name implies, his characterization mainly consists of being cooler and more impressive than Christopher. He dies fighting against a danger very unfamiliar in Everworld: humans armed with machine guns. And of course, there is a perverse satisfaction in the fact that Christopher was the one who had known about the gunmen and how to protect against them, but [=MacCool=] didn't follow his instructions.
** The series' MagnificentBastard was also [[DracoInLeatherPants way too cool]] to live, [[spoiler:and she would probably have won if she had.]]
* Primus and Septimus, from ''Literature/{{Stardust}}''.
* Talaan, the main ActionGirl from ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', who may have been a better fighter than ''Caine''.
* Rachel from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Though she does last quite a while (she dies in the final book).
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'': [[spoiler:Enjolras and all the Amis. Gavroche. At the end, even Valjean has to be united with the For... wait, wrong fandom.]] And what for? They were all cooler than that whiney Gary Stu Marius.
* [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz The Wicked Witch of the West]] and her [[AlternateContinuity counterpart]] [[Literature/{{Wicked}} Elphaba]].
* In Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheFionavarTapestry'', first [[spoiler:Kevin]] then later [[spoiler:Dairmuid. Basically all the most cheerful characters.]] Though the later is partly a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion as [[spoiler:Dairmuid]] dies to save [[spoiler:Arthur]] from this trope.
* [[spoiler:Joe Buckley]] in ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1634: The Galileo Affair]]''.
** This is a Baen Books (the publisher of 1634) in joke. Anytime a character of that name appears in a Baen title, he will die.
* [[spoiler: Shiro Yoshimo]] of Literature/TheDresdenFiles. He's a BadassGrandpa with A [[CoolSword FREAKING]] [[ForgedByTheGods HOLY]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter KATANA]]... Although it turned out that he was [[spoiler: diagnosed with cancer, and was going to die anyway]], but he instead went out with A CrowningMomentOfAwesome crossed with a HeroicSacrifice
* [[spoiler: Roy Meritt]] from ''Literature/{{Daemon}}''. His status transcends death, being revered by Darknet operatives well into the sequel.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': [[spoiler: poor Leslie. This is intentional, as this book is BasedOnATrueStory of how the best friend of the author's son was suddenly killed by lightning, AND she is described as remembered by Jess and others, thus looking cooler than she would otherwise.]]
* It was a wonder [[Literature/HarryPotter Albus Dumbledore]] made it as long as he did. Also Sirius Black, Tonks, Lupin and Moody.
* In the timeline of ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', [[BadassNormal General Raj Singh]] narrowly escapes this trope (unwillingly--he rediscovered tactics that would have worked against the Zombies with enough ammo, and has to be punched unconscious to be 'coptered to safety), only to play it straight during an evacuation--by [[HeroicSacrifice manually detonating the bomb on a mountain pass]], so that the safe zone remains ghoul-free.
* TheGoodCaptain Hajj in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear''. For the captain of a space cruiseliner, he was quite the ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* [[spoiler: Penny]] is probably the most notable example from ''Literature/{{Gone}}''; she had [[MasterOfIllusion the most unique ability to horrify people]] in the entire series, as well as being slightly insane. Other candidates for this trope include [[spoiler: Orc]], [[spoiler: Duck]], and [[spoiler: Brianna]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Tuvix, from the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode of the same name. Those MURDERERS!
** Also One, the future Borg from "Drone."
* [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Actually she was lucky -- she got off with eight months in a coma and then most of the rest of the series in prison.
** Likewise Kendra, Joyce Summers and Jenny Calender.
** Doyle from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' also fits this. [[spoiler: Sadly, Glenn Quinn in real life as well.]]
** A few one-shot or minor recurring characters might count, as well. Some examples include Holden Webster from "Conversations With Dead People" and Skip from the 3rd and 4th seasons of ''Angel''.
* Curtis from ''Series/TwentyFour''. Whom TWOP calls the show's "Handsome Black Agent", who teams up with Jack and [[RedShirt dies ignominiously]].
** And President Palmer.
** And Bill Buchanan.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has quite a number of these, unfortunately...
** [[spoiler:First up is David Robert Jones, the first real villain in the series.]] ''Twice.''
** [[spoiler:Alternate Lincoln Lee was as cool and they come.]]
** [[spoiler:Thomas Jerome Newton, the series most badass and suave villain to date - and the only one to transition over two seasons. Sadly, it was not meant to last.]]
** [[spoiler:September too.]]
** [[spoiler:Sam Weiss.]] Yes, HIM - and worst of all, he was given an extremely unceremonious off-screen death accompanied by only a passing mention.
* [[spoiler: Omar]] from ''Series/TheWire''. Not until the last season though.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Snoop]].
* Gordon Walker from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Likewise, Agent Henricksen.
** Gabriel seems to be this in spades.
** And now as of the previous season, [[spoiler: Bobby Singer.]]
* [[spoiler:Chris]] dies at the end of the second series of ''Series/{{Skins}}''.
* The BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' introduces Meg, a smart, spunky girl who shows intelligence, compassion and an endearing sense of entitlement that gets Guy of Gisborne to stop moping and rethink his priorities. Meg's counterpart Kate spends the entire episode sulking and moaning (as per usual) and tops it off by trying to manipulate a dangerous situation so that her romantic rival is killed off. Now, guess who dies and guess who survives the ''entire show''.
* Victor from ''Series/BurnNotice''. He's as intelligent as Michael, he plays off Michael's personality very well, he would be very useful and interesting in Michael's day-to-day jobs, he is funny, he is played by [[Series/StargateSG1 Michael Shanks]], and he dies in the episode where he teams up with Micheal.
* [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Alas, poor Peggy.]] When the battlestar ''Pegasus'' shows up halfway through Season 2 of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', she was doomed from the start by virtue of being a more advanced and awesome battlestar than the ''Galactica''. And so, alas, she was taken from us far too soon, at the hands of recently-promoted (idiot) Commander Lee Adama - after only appearing in any significant roles in a couple of episodes before her demise. Because RammingAlwaysWorks.
* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'': Erik, a towering, heavily muscled Viking warlord who hewed apart Saxons with a single strike, who sent men flying with a single shield bash, and who was played by Vladimir Kulich, is this in spades. He was mourned, both in universe and out. His death also spurs the main character to bring down the despot Earl who rules the tribe.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Khal Drogo and Eddard Stark are probably the two biggest examples from the tv series, at least so far.
** Jory, Ned Stark's right-hand man and Yoren, the recruiter for the Night's Watch are also suitably awesome, before dying shortly afterwards.
** There are so many examples of this present, it has led to some fans jokingly suggesting that the show could easily be renamed, "''Too Cool To Live: The Series''".
** This trope could conceivably be renamed [[spoiler: "The Oberyn"]] without any problems.
* Seems like a fate of a member of the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' who got [[EnsembleDarkhorse too cool]] for their own good. Examples include ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''[='=]s [[TheLancer Gai]] and ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'''s [[SixthRanger Burai]].
** There's also Naoto Takizawa/Time Fire from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger''.
** To say nothing of [[TokenEvilTeammate Mikoto Nakadai]] of ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger''?
* There's no way ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' could keep [[Creator/SummerGlau Bennett]] around. She's just too damn distracting.
* The white-haired British guy in Creator/StephenKing's ''Series/RoseRed''. Level-headed, brave, not too bad-looking, and friendly with the rest of the characters, even the crazy leader who, like a certain [[Literature/TheShining Jack Torrance]] was ''way'' too comfortable in the sapient, giant, evil house -- yup, he was doomed.
** What makes his death a real shame though was that he died saving the life of a woman who was stupid enough to leave the group in middle of a house that was trying to kill them. And why did she leave? She wanted some ''iced tea.''
* Adam Monroe from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' definitely fits this trope.
* The Ninth Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', who's the second most short-lived Doctor after the Eighth Doctor (who has the excuse of being in a TV movie), in spite of being concentrated amounts of eccentric awesomeness.
** Really, all the Doctors, being CrazyAwesome, qualify to a certain extent. They all get replaced by another awesome incarnation right after regeneration, though, so it's all good.
** The Tenth Doctor may fit this trope more as he might actually have been the shortest lived Doctor in canon since he is conformed to have only lived for 6 years whilst other incarnations such as the 11th and 1st are known to have lived for centuries.
** [[spoiler: The [=DoctorDonna=]]].
** Father Octavian, from the 2010 series. Iain Glen really is just THAT awesome. Even the Doctor is genuinely bummed out by his death.
** Mrs. Moore from ''Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel'' also qualifies.
** Rita from ''The God Complex'' is intelligent, competent, witty and all-around awesome, to the point that the Doctor jokingly tells Amy she's fired as his companion within a few minutes of meeting her. She is so very doomed.
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d earlier in the episode by Rory.
-->'''Rory''': Every time the Doctor gets chummy with someone, I have the urge to inform their next of kin.
* An episode of ''Series/EerieIndiana'' featured a classmate of Marshall's named Devon Wilde. His name alone tells you what was in store for him.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' has [[spoiler: [[DecoyProtagonist Jimmy]], Manny and [[BreakOutCharacter Richard]].]]
* From ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' resident Badass, DeadpanSnarker, HellBentForLeather, AgonyBeam wielding, {{Tsundere}}, Cara and KnightTemplar, MagicKnight, BadassLongRobe, ManipulativeBastard, {{Faustian Rebel|lion}}, Darken'Rhal had a kid. Take a moment and ''guess'' what happened the same day said kid was born.
* While [[Series/{{Chuck}} Bryce Larkin]] might not be the most sympathetic guy in the series, he is certainly much cooler than the lovable loser the main character is at the beginning of the series. Accordingly, he is killed in the pilot. [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better.]]
** [[spoiler:Until he's KilledOffForReal at the end of season 2.]]
* Sokichi "Boss" Narumi from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', a hard-boiled detective who lives by the ideal created by authors like Creator/RaymondChandler and who radiates awesome and badass from every single fiber of his being, but deep down still has his soft side. And all this is ''before'' you factor in that he's also a Kamen Rider. To put it simply, the Boss is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN02xjAiLcs a smooth criminal]].
* Lawrence Kutner and possibly Amber Volakis from ''Series/{{House}}''.
* Brain Cooper was considered the car-fixin' BigBrotherMentor to pretty much every kid on the block. He was even one of the few people to [[PetTheDog tell Wayne to stop beating up on Kevin]]. He gets shipped off to [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 'Nam ]] and dies in the first episode of ''Series/TheWonderYears''.
* Pearl from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' was a 400something year old Asian vampire who [[LadyOfWar kicked all sorts of ass]], put the series' biggest {{Jerkass}} in his place and still managed to be pretty high on the {{Friendly|NeighborhoodVampire}} side of the SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness despite being introduced as an antagonist. And then a few episodes after she's introduced she gets [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a bridge dropped on her]].
* Travis in ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
* Kristina Kell in ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Redemption Island'' was probably the ''only'' player besides Rob on the Ometepes who had a brain. First thing she thought upon seeing the return of [[CreatorsPet Boston Rob and Russell Hantz]]? Rob's gotta go ASAP. She proceeds to find a hidden immunity idol ''before the first tribal council'' with ''no clues''. A show ''record''. Unfortunately she's voted out fourth and booted early, ending hope of anyone ''interesting'' from the Ometepe tribe going far.
** Kristina definitely had a bunch of enemies in the editor crew - She only got screentime when she was shown finding the idol, during tribal council, and on redemption island. The "recap" before the finale ''conveniently'' glossed over how Kristina caused a schism in Rob's tribe so early, and Probst didn't even so much as ''look'' in her general direction at the Reunion show.
* Several characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. [[spoiler: Mr. Eko]] steps out though because he died so early on and with so little time on the show.
* Godric from ''Series/TrueBlood'' was arguably [[DesignatedProtagonistSyndrome more interesting than the main characters]]. Naturally, he dies just a few episodes after his introduction.
* This happens frequently on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' what with the writers' remarkable gift of writing fascinating {{One Shot Character}}s, casting veteran actors to play them, and promptly killing them off. Notable examples include the druid Aglain (played by Colin Salmon), the WarriorMonk Alator (Gary Lewis) and the sorcerer Ruadan (Liam Cunningham). That last one was an incredibly rare example of a magic-user who was opposed to Camelot and the Pendragons, but not overtly evil, making his death all the more frustrating. There was also Finna, a [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]] and Isolde, one of the show's few {{Action Girl}}s.
* Mike Ehrmentraut and Tortuga from ''Series/BreakingBad''.
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[[folder:Myth]]
* As a child, Cu Chulainn of CelticMythology heard a druid prophesize that, were he to take arms that day, he would become renowned for his great deeds and amazing feats but also live a short, fleeting life. Upon hearing this, [[JumpedAtTheCall Cu Chulainn ran down to the king of Ulster's sleeping quarters and demanded a spear.]]
* Also, an oracle told Achilles that he would either have a long and undistinguished life or a short but heroic one. He chose the heroic one, as we all know.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Pretty much all the Planeswalkers in pre-[[CrisisCrossover Time Spiral]] ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. Planeswalkers, previously, were godlike beings of immeasurable power over not just one world, but all worlds, and the games were supposed to represent their duels (which were more like petty games than actual wars, since they could not be truly hurt). However, Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast realized that this meant that any time a character became [[PopularityPower popular/powerful]] enough, they could no longer [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence write stories or make cards about them,]] and also made it difficult for the players to relate to them. So it was decided to tone down the power of Planeswalkers, and in the process the board was wiped clean, with virtually every existing Planeswalker destroyed.
** To give you an idea, post-time spiral, only [[BigBad Nicol Bolas]] and, later [[EnsembleDarkHorse Karn]] have managed to survive. [[spoiler: Venser, the first of the [[FanNickname "Neo-walkers"]], also proved to be to cool to live]]. [[BigBad Phryexia]] as a concept has also managed to make it back from the dead, though.
* All the Primarchs in ''Warhammer 40K'' are dead or ascended in the contemporary setting. As genetically engineered demigods of war, they would unbalance the grimdarkness considerably. They do appear in the ''Horus Heresy'' though.
** An example from the latter series would be Hastur Sejanus, a member of the Mournival and Horus' best friend. Famed for his even temper and levelheadedness, his death on more or less the first page of the first book is an 'in universe' example of this, as with him around, the first trilogy likely would never have played out this way, since the plan hinged on Horus' feelings of loneliness and abandonment.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Angel in ''Theatre/{{RENT}}.'' What can be cooler than a transvestite street percussionist with AIDS?
* OlderThanSteam: Mercutio in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', and by extension, Riff in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'':
** Shinjiro Aragaki.
** [[TheHeroDies The protagonist.]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** King Eltoshan of Augustria in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Geneaology of the Holy War]].''
** [[TheHero Sigurd]].
** Uther of Ostia in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]''.
** Archsage Athos
** Dark Sage Bramimond.
** All [[HeelFaceDoorSlam post]]-HeelRealization Black Fang leaders/elites, except Jaffar.
** Greil in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Gray Fox]] from the original game fits the above description almost to the letter.
** Same goes for The Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. [[{{Badass}} She could just stand there and look at her enemies, and every soldier would throw away his weapon and surrender.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' ''loves'' these guys:
** Zack Fair from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' (also TheAce).
** Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': BadassLongcoat, check... Ronin style, complete with katana, sake bottle, and arm-in-coat, check... TheStoic, check... Auron is so undeniably too cool to live, he's been [[DeadAllAlong dead since before the game started!]]
** [[BadAss Judge Magister]] [[OneSceneWonder Drace]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' got a rare female example in [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Oerba]] Yun [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Fang]]. Her Australian accent in the English dub only increased her already considerable BadAss quotient. Fortunately for the shippers, she only goes into crystal stasis. FixFic here we come!.
** Come now, this trope has been in ''Final Fantasy'' since the early days. Tellah from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Galuf from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', General Leo (and possibly Shadow) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''... but the champion of this is ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Scott, Josef, Minwu, and Richard Highwind... so BadAss, they made a bonus mode starring them in the afterlife!
* Kratos, of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' decides to accompany a giant comet made of mana into outer space at the end of the game, never to be seen again. The big bad is dead, there's no reason for him to go, but he does anyway because he's "A relic of the past."
* [[VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss Damnit Asch]] if you'd stop overshadowing [[TheHero Luke]], you wouldn't be dead now would you?
** And the rest of the god-generals.
** Er - and Luke. [[GainaxEnding Maybe?]]
* [[CoolOldGuy Don Whitehorse]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] averted this, thanks to fan outcry over his HeroicSacrifice. (That, and the creator wanted him to be the new Mega Man but [[ExecutiveMeddling Capcom said no.]]) Depending on the endings you get, he dies later, but not canconically. In ''X5'', he dies again, but comes back due to more ExecutiveMeddling, and seals himself away at the end of ''X6''. By the end of his own series, [[spoiler: he [[KilledOffForReal dies permanently]]...but is brought back as Model ZX in ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' along with the Guardians.]]
** ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' has Spider, [[spoiler: who's so cool that he died before the game even ''started.'']]
* Wodan Ymir from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. So imagine that you've got the awesome [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sanger Zonvolt]], and then you CLONED him, and said clone inherits ALL his awesomeness. Can the universe keep itself from imploding with the awesomeness those two emit? The clone gotta go.
** Likewise from the same series, Ouka Nagisa, the School Kids' CoolBigSis. She had her chance being resurrected, because the next game after her death would feature R's Duminuss who is famous for resurrecting [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia with Devil Gundam Cells]], and Ouka died being surrounded with Machine Cells, DG Cells equivalent for OG. Yet, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot they picked Lamia to fill in Master Asia's plot point]] because Ouka was also Too Cool To Be Resurrected.
** On contrary of the usual routine of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z2: Hakai Hen]]'', you cannot bring back [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Neil Dylandy/Lockon Stratos I]] and [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] from the dead]]. That's right, someone's Too Cool for VideoGame/SuperRobotWars to resurrect.
* [[AnIcePerson Rundas]] from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3''. The kicker is that after the other bounty hunters fall to TheCorruption, he's the first one [[ShootTheDog you have to kill]].
* Nihlus Kryik from the first ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}''. BadAss Spectre, intrigued by the potential of the human race, clearly established as a mentor for Shepard, dies thirty minutes into the game. Samara (from the second game) describes how he outwitted her after a ''two week'' game of cat and mouse: namely, turning her own Code against her. Bear in mind that Samara is a thousand year old asari [[WarriorMonk Justicar]] that started fighting injustice around the same time Napoleon was marching on Moscow.
** [[spoiler: Samara and Morinth]]. Whichever one dies definitely counts.
** Thane Krios and Mordin Solus from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' are both very popular with fans and highly likely to die during [=ME2=]'s suicide mission; Thane is [[DeadManWalking terminally ill]] and Mordin is [[CoolOldGuy at a fairly advanced age]] for a member of a race with a 40-year lifespan, and neither character's skillset is well-suited to front-line combat. If they make it to [=ME3=], Mordin [[spoiler:is all but guaranteed to die during the mission on Tuchanka unless a [[GuideDangIt very specific set of requirements]] (one of which is killing off ''another'' former squad member) is met]], and Thane [[spoiler:inevitably dies stopping Kai Leng from assassinating the salarian councilor]].
** Also in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:Legion]] dies no matter how the situation on [[spoiler:Rannoch]] is resolved, either committing a HeroicSacrifice to help save [[spoiler:the geth]], or going berserk and forcing [[spoiler:Tali]] to kill them in order to save Shepard.
** Depending on your opinion on the characters, any member of the team in Mass Effect 2 if you haven't completed their loyalty missions (and sometimes even then).
* Parodied with Santino from ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''. DeadToBeginWith, a skeleton in fact, though [[IdiotBall his crewmates didn't realise.]] When he was alive, he was [[TheAce charming, handsome and looked up to and respected by all]], and was also the only member of Coronado De Cava's crew who could swim proficiently and speak manatee, both necessary skills in obtaining the MacGuffin. Guybrush [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by remarking to De Cava [[CantCatchUp "Kinda put all your eggs in one basket there, didn't you?"]]
* [[CoolOldGuy Bill Overbeck]] from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. In the new campaign for [=L4D2=], it is explained that Bill sacrificed himself in order for the other three Survivors to go on, allowing them to meet the [=L4D2=] Survivors. Even worse is that you can actually see [[TearJerker Bill's dead body later in the chapter]].
* [[GuestStarPartyMember Teddy]] from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}''. Appropriately enough, his appearance in the popular ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fancomic ''Webcomic/TheChosenFour'' is a hillariously blatant CaptainErsatz of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].
** It should be noted that Teddy doesn't die, but the fact that he's injured to the point that he can't fight (or even speak) until the ending sequence still makes the trope applicable.
** What about EVE? Too cool and powerful to stay with the team toward the end?
* The ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series loves this trope:
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' you have Genkaku (your father figure) and Annabelle (Muse's mayor).
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'' Jimba bites it, moments after revealing who he really is to his oblivious daughter, who'd spent a sizable portion of the game searching for him.
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' you have Glenn the chief of the Knights of Razriel and your father figure (more or less).
** In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' you have Ferid and Arshtat, your parents. Actually, whenever you are the parent of the main hero please apply for a swift death and the hand of this trope.
* Starkiller from ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' because [[DoomedByCanon logistically]] he just can't be around to kick the Empire's ass for the rebels.
** [[spoiler:Except it didn't really take the first time around. So he was too cool to live and too cool to stay dead.]]
* Your [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] [[{{Bishonen}} prettyboy]] GlassCannon EnsembleDarkHorse teammate Leon, from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny''. In the remake, he got a nice ObiWanMoment HeroicSacrifice, staying behind to activate an elevator allowing the rest of the party to escape a flooding abandoned mine.
** Since Namco enjoys teasing their fans, the [[UpdatedRerelease director's cut]] of the remake includes a NewGamePlus option to play through the game following Leon as the main character instead of [[IdiotHero Stahn]]. Fans were hopeful that there would finally be a story path where he wouldn't be too cool to live. Nope, he still dies, and the game ends there.
** If that weren't enough, [[IdiotHero Stahn]] himself dies between ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''. (Although due to messing around with the timeline, in the end [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]].)
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': [[CrazyAwesome Sho]] [[MadMathematician Minamimoto]]. Zetta duh.
** And yet he maybe didn't as he didn't get erased despite clearly being in the UG. He probably passed out at best.
* Pankraz from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, Sergeant Johnson appears to fall into this trope ''twice'', but survives off-screen the first time around.
** Comes up again with [[spoiler:all five members of Noble Team]] in ''Halo: Reach''. To clarify, the dead characters are [[spoiler:the elite squadron commander, the girl with the robot arm, the guy with the skull on his faceplace, the guy using a turret as his primary weapon and the main character who spends his/her last minutes trying to hold off the entire Covenant army.]] Too Cool To Live indeed.
* Johnny Gat spends the first two ''SaintsRow'' games establishing himself as a CrazyAwesome badass, only to die in the first half hour of ''SaintsRowTheThird''. [[spoiler: Part IV reveals that he was in fact Too Cool To Die, and he actually survived the events of the third game.]]
* ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' features the grizzled, experienced, charismatic, and tirelessly selfless Captain Brenner, the undisputed commander of his unit of heroic soldiers, and, for all intents and purposes, the protagonist of the first half of the game. Since the younger, far more {{Bishonen}} WideEyedIdealist newcomer Will has to have some plausible reason to take the mantle from Brenner....
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', [[MentorOccupationalHazard Duncan]] and, very late in the game, [[spoiler: Riordan]].
* E-102 Gamma from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''... and then his parts are used to create E-102r, a.k.a Chaos Gamma... and then he gets an extremely badass "younger brother" E-123 Omega (who was first voiced by [[VideoGame/DukeNukem Jon]] [[VideoGame/TheConduit St. John]], of course.)
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'', [[spoiler:party member Guillo is a total {{Badass}}, a hilarious DeadpanSnarker, a big GameBreaker in combat, and has a compelling backstory. It sacrifices itself almost immediately after the final boss to save Sagi from a malfunctioning machina.]]
* Ghost from ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2]]''. He was all around a badass special forces mofo, but the thing that really set him apart was his iconic skull mask. He was killed off rather unceremoniously, however the fan reaction to him was so strong that there was talk of making a spinoff game starring him. The game seems to have been scrapped, however he did end up being included in Sony's ambitious IntercontinuityCrossover commercial ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdWkKKSckNk Michael]].''
* Trevor from ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}'' wasn't cool in the traditional sense, but he was still the most likeable character in a cast full of assholes and TooDumbToLive idiots.
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* Random Hajile in ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}''. [[spoiler:However, he does live in VideoGame/{{SD Snatcher}}.]]
* [[ItWasHisSled Mia Fey]] in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. So awesome that it doesn't even take - she keeps being channeled through the Phoenix arc by her younger sister and later her cousin.
** It's not so much canon as firmly implied that he won't live long, but Godot.
** Who else could become a EnsembleDarkHorse post-death than prosecutor and noble thief Byrne Faraday?
* Sakura Oogami from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. The Super High-school Level Wrestler with the buffest body among all of the students trapped at Hope's Peak Academy; though strong and intimidating, she was also level-headed and polite. It also happened that she was TheMole for Monobear, who outed her to the rest of her classmates, which led to them growing distrustful of her. As such, [[HeroicSacrifice she poisoned herself]] with intent of uniting the students against their common enemy after her death, and also [[DyingMomentOfAwesome broke the lock of the headmaster's office]]; proving instrumental in providing the group vital information.
* Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Many say the same of Lancer. Heck, pretty much every Servant qualifies.
** [[FanNickname GARserker]] from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' definitely qualifies. [[ItsAllAboutMe Gilgamesh]] qualifies too.
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* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=965#comic This]] [[Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal SMBC]]. Literally.
* The first two major characters that were KilledOffForReal in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' also happened to be two of the biggest {{badass}}es in the entire series: [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bro]] (who, appropriately enough, is a retroactive [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] {{Expy}}) and [[FutureBadass Davesprite]] ([[DisneyDeath or so it seemed for quite a while]]). At the time of death, the two were duelling [[BigBad Jack]] [[OneManArmy Noir]] and could feasibly have defeated him if [[PhysicalGod he hadn't gained First Guardian powers from Becquerel's prototyping midway through the fight]]; earlier, Bro alone [[DuelBoss successfully duelled him]] on even ground to a standstill.
* A variant appears in ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'', with the character being [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2295/ too hip to live]].
* K'Seliss in ''Goblins'' was a character so cool that he needed over 3 weeks worth of strips to properly die.
* [[CoolOldGuy Lord Shojo]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] liked him.
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* Jet in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** Combustion Man is a villainous version of this.
* Amon/Noatak from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. He learned how to bloodbend outside of the full moon with his mind by the age 14. At the same age, he left home and went into a raging blizzard by himself and made it out alive. When he was revealed to be a waterbender, his bending was shown to be especially badass. Then [[MurderSuicide Tarrlok blew up the boat they were on]]. It's understandable considering that no matter how much he could change, he'd still always be broken, but still, it's sad to see such a badass like him go.
* Tigerhawk in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is also the latest of latecomers, being only in a handful of episodes. Sell those toys!
** Ditto Dinobot, Depth Charge, AND Dinobot 2.
* Omega Supreme in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' who performed a HeroicSacrifice the episode that he came online.
** Subverted when he was revealed to not only have survived, but brainwashed into becoming Megatron's chief weapon. DoubleSubversion when he ends up back into sleep mode anyway but ''triple subverted'' in that he is eventually brought back fully in control of himself [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and makes it back to his home-planet where he is finally recognized as the hero that he always was]].
** Also in TFA Prowl. Just when he's mastered the cyberninja arts and and has become totally awesome, he sacrifices himself to save Detroit.
** Also in TFA, Blurr. A very competent secret agent who's able use his superspeed to curb stomp squads of Decepticons. Too bad TheMole realized Blurr was about to blow his cover and had to dispatch him (according to some cut material, he ''may'' still be alive...)
** The newest member of the too cool to live ''Transformers'' club, Cliffjumper from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Awesome car form? Check. Has cool viking horns on his head? Check. Voiced by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The freaking Rock?!]] Check. Dead before the second commercial break? Check.
** Skyquake, a Decepticon version of this Trope, could be considered the Decepticon version of Cliffjumper.
** And we can add Dreadwing to the list...
* Subverted-Charles Foster Ofdensen from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. He died at the end of season 2 only to [[BigDamnHeroes return in the nick of time]] in the season 3 premiere in a truly awesome fashion.
* Hexxus in ''WesternAnimation/{{FernGully|TheLastRainforest}}''. It helps that he's voiced by Creator/TimCurry. And he's the BigBad.
* [[spoiler: Nabu]] from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''. Seriously! On top of being an incredibly sweet and nice guy, he managed to single-handedly [[spoiler: take out Duman and close a powerful magical portal that would've sucked all of the Earth fairies into oblivion in just one episode…only for him die after using up all his energy. None of the other Specialists ever reached the level of Badass that he did and they have had twice as much screen time. Even though he appeared in the second movie, it seems he is still dead as of season 5.]]
* Rod "Torque" Redline from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2''. Voiced by Creator/BruceCampbell, said many funny one-liners, and killed in his second apperence.
* New Brian was beloved by the Griffins in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and replaced Brian...until he pissed off Stewie. After that, [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch it seems he shot himself, hacked up his body and threw it in the trash]].
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