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[[folder: Sorting Algorithm Of Deadness ]]


Using the scientifically '''''Infallible''''' power of the SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness, who do you think is the next in line for being brought back from the great Bus in the sky?

To use the Algorithm, simply add the Column's "Death Value", and divide by the number of applicable rows.


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|| ''Relative deadness factor'' || '''DeaderThanDead''' || '''[[PutOnABus Maybe Back Later]]''' || '''[[InferredSurvival Be Back Soon]]''' || '''[[ContractualImmortality Death? What's That?]]''' ||
|| '''Death Value''' || '''''[[FourIsDeath 4]]''''' || '''''3''''' || '''''2''''' || '''''1''''' ||
|| ''[[HowToKillACharacter Cause of death]]'' || [[DeathByIrony Irony]], [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Drop]], [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Overkill]], StuffedInTheFridge, RetGone || [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption]], [[HeroicSacrifice Sacrifice]], BusCrash, MortalWoundReveal || NoOneCouldSurviveThat, just plain killed in battle || [[SuicidalGotcha Jumping]] ||
|| ''[[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt Audience Expectation]]'' || AnyoneCanDie, KillEmAll || KilledOffForReal, TonightSomeoneDies || DisneyDeath || BackFromTheDead, DeathIsCheap, NobodyCanDie ||
|| ''Body Found?'' || [[DeaderThanDead Dead]] and [[MeaningfulFuneral Buried]]\\
[[ChunkySalsaRule Only Bits And Pieces]] || [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue At The Morgue]] || [[NeverFoundTheBody Never Found]], [[HumanPopsicle Frozen]], [[TakenForGranite Petrified]] || LeftForDead ||
|| ''Reaction'' || [[ReallyDeadMontage Montage]], BondOneLiner || HesDeadJim || ItsPersonal || FauxDeath ||
|| ''Last Words'' || [[OhCrap Crap]], KilledMidSentence, [[SedgwickSpeech Carry on men]], HisNameIs || CatchPhrase, FamousLastWords, FinalSpeech, ObiWanMoment || [[YouShallNotPass "Fly, you fools!"]] [[TemptingFate "Piece of cake"]] || "MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning" ||
|| ''[[{{Characters}} Characterization]]'' || RedShirt, [[DeathByOriginStory Loved One]], MauveShirt || RecurringCharacter, CListFodder || {{Regular}} || [[ContractualImmortality Protagonist, Archvillain]] ||
|| ''[[SeasonFluidity When did they die?]]'' || 10+ years ago, [[GrandFinale Series Finale]] || 5-10 years ago || Same year || [[StoryArc Same arc]] ||
|| ''[[BackFromTheDead "Died" and come back?]]'' || [[NotQuiteDead Not yet]] || Died once, but got better || [[FakingTheDead Twice]] || [[JokerImmunity I've]] [[StayingAlive lost]] [[DeathIsCheap count]] ||

If the character hasn't died yet (but seems likely to), see SortingAlgorithmOfMortality. All of this is trumped by the FirstLawOfResurrection.

Currently, [[spoiler:Shirley]] from ''CodeGeass'' and [[spoiler:the real Caulder]] from ''AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin'' have scored 4, the highest possible. The latter is more notable by having 4 in ''every'' category instead of getting the [=CLAMP=] bonus that the former got. No characters have got the lowest possible score of 1 yet, but [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] is the leader of the death-defying derby at 1.5, even beating WesternAnimation/SouthPark's Kenny.

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'''Baseline Example: The death of {{Superman}}.'''
* Cause: HeroicSacrifice, so he's not coming back from that too quickly, or the sacrifice will be cheapened. 3.
* Genre: It's a comic book, so DeathIsCheap. 1.
* The Body: DeaderThanDead, a PietaPlagiarism too for supes sake! So no chance of FakingTheDead. 4.
* Reaction: ReallyDeadMontage, uh-oh. 4.
* Characterization: Protagonist. 1.
* When did he die: Same year, so 2.
* Come Back?: This was a first, so 4.
* Average: So add it up... we get a pretty high score, 19! Since it's not a videogame, divide by 7, and we get... 19/7 = 2.7, meaning supes isn't coming back for at least a few months, maybe even years. In actuality the ''Death Of Superman'' happened in January 1993 and he came back some time before May 1994.

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'''Now let's make a prediction with the recent death of Franchise/{{Batman}} in FinalCrisis.'''
* Cause: HeroicSacrifice, give or take. 3.
* Genre: Comic book, so DeathIsCheap. 1.
* The Body: [[DeaderThanDead Dead and buried]], but it's a little more complicated. Still, it's a 4.
* Reaction: [[HesDeadJim He's Dead Clark]], plus "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" probably counts as a ReallyDeadMontage. 3.5.
* Last Words: "[[FamousLastWords Try Me]]." 3.
* Characterization: It's [[MemeticMutation The Goddamn Batman]], people. 1.
* When did he die: Same year, so 2.
* Come Back?: This would be the first time, so 4.
* Average: 21.5/8= 2.7. A semi-high score, and DC seems to be sticking to this one for a while. Still, he'll definitely be back, likely before the end of 2010 at the latest.[[spoiler: CORRECT!]]


'''Note: This sub-page is for WesternAnimation examples only. Please ensure that you put new examples in the correct WMG/SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness sub-page.'''
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'''TheSimpsons'''

Homer Simpson's Mother
* Cause of Death: A form of HeroicSacrifice, or ThanatosGambit to be more exact: 3
* Genre: Maude Flanders has been KilledOffForReal: 3
* Body Found: Of course, the very idea that she could come back depends on the assumption that the ashes in that urn were the ashes of something other than Mother Simpson's cremated body. It's TheSimpsons, you know that if they bring her back they'll just make some HandWave to explain how Mona faked her own death. Besides, after Sideshow Bob faked his own death, I'm not putting anything past the writers. 2 points (FakingTheDead)--or 4 points (DeaderThanDead) if you don't buy that whole "not actually her ashes" claim.
* Reaction: Montage: 4
* Characterization: Loved One: 4
* When did she die? Same year: 2
* Died and come back? The bus accident: 3

If we consider the "Body Found" too controversial to count, this gives us a score of (19 divided by 6), or 3 and a sixth. She might be coming back, but don't count on it.

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'''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''

Tree Trunks
* Cause Of Death: Exploded, counts as a Bridge Drop: 4
* Genre: DeathIsCheap, I mean, we saw someone explode before and they came back the same episode: 1
* Body Found: Floating around in some kind of crystal heaven, maybe?: 3
* Last Words: None, although death was sudden, so: 4
* Characterization: C list/recurring: 3
* When: Same arc: 1
* Died and come back?: Not yet: 4
* Total: 20/7 = 2.86. Jury's still out on poor Tree Trunks, the show is very light-hearted but also random, so... it's anyone's guess.
[[spoiler:She's back. Turns out the explosion was really a teleport.]]

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'''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''

Jet
* Cause Of Death: RedemptionEqualsDeath. 3.
* Genre: Children's show that [[KilledOffForReal kills for real]], so no safety there. Another 3.
* Body Found: Accounted for by his sidekicks. If this was a [[VideoGames console RPG]] he might score lower because we never actually see him die on screen, but seeing that this is a children's TV show... 4.
* Reaction: For Aang, [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]. TheVoiceless speaks, tears and mourning, [[ReallyDeadMontage sad music]], so it's not [[DeathIsCheap cheap]]. 3.
* Characterization: 4 appearances out of 37 episodes + partially failed [[TheAtoner Atoner]] + former WellIntentionedExtremist = No ContractualImmortality. 3.
* When did they die?: Five or so months ago, story time. 2.
* Died and Came Back?: No. 4
* Average: 3, unless you're in [[HesJustHiding Serious Denial]] and keep coming back to the fact '''[=* =]'''no one ''actually'' saw him die'''[=* =]''' (it's [[NeverSayDie American animation]]!). FanFic ''can'' have him survive without seeming TOO implausible. Just don't have your MarySue [[HurtComfortFic nurse him back to health]] just before [[AliensMadeThemDoIt aliens force both of them to mate continuously]].

'''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''

[[spoiler:Amon/Noatak]]
* ''Cause:'' Boat exploded while he was on it, [[spoiler:planning to start a new life]]. ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, [[spoiler:{{Retirony}}]]. 4.
* ''Genre:'' Children's show that supposedly employs KilledOffForReal like its predecessor; as he's the first character to actually die, however, there's no way to tell whether it's that or a DisneyDeath. 2.5
* ''Body Found:'' NeverFoundTheBody. 2.
* ''Reaction:'' N/A. No one else [[spoiler:who's still alive]] was around when it happened.
* ''LastWords:'' "It's been so long since I heard my name..." 3.
* ''Characterization:'' [[spoiler:ArchEnemy. 1.]]
* ''When Did They Die:'' SeasonFinale. 4.
* ''Previous Deaths:'' Nope. 4.
* ''Average:'' [[spoiler:20.5/7= 2.92. He has a chance, but only a slim one.]]

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''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'''s [[spoiler:Nabu]]
* Cause: Exhausted himself closing the dark abyss in an attempt to protect the earth fairies from Ogron's EvilPlan. It suceeds. HeroicSacrifice = 3
* Genre: ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is aimed at 6-12 year old kids (mostly girls) and everybody found shocking that a main character was KilledOffForReal. Let's give it a 2.
* Body Found: Yes. This takes a full 4, since [[spoiler:Aisha]] used it to restore Tir Nan Og
* Reaction: [[spoiler:Aisha]] even pulled a FaceHeelTurn, so I think it counts as 2.
* Last words: Said goodbye to [[spoiler:Aisha]]. 3.
* Characterization: CListFodder in season 3, but upgraded to {{Regular}} in Season 4, so 2.
* When: Same Year. 2
* Came back: Not yet. 4.
* Average: 23/8= 2.88. Considering the nature of the show, maybe he will be back.

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[[TheTransformers Optimus Prime]]

* I'm not even bothering to do the math. He's always going to come back. Simple as that. Average: 1.
** But... but... '''Algorithm!'''
** Therefore...
** Cause of Death: Killed by Megatron in a HeroicSacrifice / OneFinalBattle -- 3
** Audience Expectation: It's a show meant to sell toys to six-year-olds. [[NeverSayDie Nobody thought they'd have the]] ''[[NeverSayDie cojones]]''. -- 1.
** Body/Casing Found?: Yes, was presumed to be buried after the events of the movie -- 4.
** Reaction: Pretty much a HesDeadJim mixed with ItsPersonal. -- 2.5
** Last Words: A fine FinalSpeech, and a passing of the Matrix to Hot Rod. -- 3
** When?: Same Year -- 2
** Died and come back?: [[NeverSayDie Not to that point]]. -- 4
** That gives us a 19.5/8=2.4. Which evens up with his next TV appearance later that year [[spoiler: (albeit as a zombie controlled by the Quintessons...)]]
** See, the algorithm works. Respect the algorithm. Love the algorithm.
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''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
* Just because it should be so obvious, Kenny from South Park. May not count as it's one of the show's [[RunningGag Running Gags]].
** Cause of Death: Absolutely Everything, Usually at Random. 4
** Genre: DeathIsCheap. 1
** Body Found: Highly variable, but usually of the splattered variety and thus usually [[DeaderThanDead dead and buried]] or [[NeverFoundTheBody never found]]. 3.5
** Reaction: Oh-my-god-they-killed-Kenny-you-bastards. I think this scores a 0 for nobody caring (except for one episode). Even the other characters expect him back. 0
** Characterisation: One of the four protagonists. 1
** When did they die: Earlier today or yesterday, roughly. 1
** Died and came back: I lost count. 1
* Total: 11.5/7 = 1.64. Of course Kenny is coming back.

* Chef
** Cause of Death: [[RasputinianDeath Fell off a rope bridge, tumbled down a rocky cliff, impaled badly by sharp rocks on the ground, torn apart by a puma and a grizzly bear, accidentally shot...]]: 4
** Audience Expectation: KilledOffForReal: 3
** Body Found: In pieces alright, and that the bowels have emptied sealed it: 4
** Reaction: A funeral held for the Chef that South Park knew and loved: 4
** Last Words: He was screaming in pain: 4
** Characterization: A RecurringCharacter in the first nine seasons: 3
** When did they die: Early in season 10: 3
** Died and came back: Was resurrected by the Super Adventure Club to conform to their activities; never been seen since: 3
* Total: 28/8 = 3.5. Even in his present Darth form, once again, he hasn't been seen since then, so chances of reappearance isn't very high...

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Let's take a look at the recent deaths on ''CodeLyoko'':

Franz Hopper:
* Cause of Death: Sacrifice. 3.
* Genre: A little iffy. Up until then no one quite died, but it's repeatedly stressed that if someone did, there would be no way to bring them back. 3.
* Body: Didn't have one. His digital form was destroyed, but digital code being what it is... 3.
* Reaction: Violent crying and a place of honor in the wrap-up montage. The heroes finally give up on him. 4.
* Characterization: He was a pretty major part of the plot, so 2.
* When: One day before the final episode. 1.
* Come back: He's survived a few death-like situations, but never anything quite this bad. 3.
* Average: 2.7

XANA:
* Cause of Death: A computer program specifically designed to kill him and powered by a sacrifice. 4.
* Genre: See above. 3.
* Body: Once again, see above. 3.
* Reaction: Celebration on the part of everyone aware of his existence. But he is the villain...3.
* Characterization: Archvillain, definitely. 1.
* When: See above. 1.
* Come Back: No. 4.
* Average: 2.7

Conclusion: If there is a next season, both of them are probably coming back.

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Henchman 1 (Scott Hall) in '''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
* Cause: Strangled/punched by Brock Sampson. He tends to be thorough, so NoOneCouldSurviveThat for 2.
* Genre: Iffy. It's a cartoon, and the two leads are resurrected via cloning, there's a necromancer handy, and a few times there's been people LeftForDead. Still, henchmen can and have been killed in droves, 21 and 24 being MauveShirt exceptions, and one Dr. Venture revived as a FrankensteinsMonster just to prove he could. So, lets go with 2.
* The Body: We don't actually see him get killed, nor the body, so NeverFoundTheBody for 3.
* Reaction: The Monarch said "[[ItsPersonal It's Personal]]"... which is just to say "business as usual" with the added flavor that the next raid on Dr. Venture Jr. is in his honor/revenge. 2.
* Characterization: Parodied mercilessly by 21 and 24 as a MauveShirt of the highly expendable pathos inducing variety. 3
* When did he die: Same arc, so 1.
* Died And Come Back: Not yet for 4.
* '''Average:''' 17/7 = 2.42. For all 21 and 24's morbid talk, he's not that dead.
[[spoiler: And indeed,he's pretty mad about being left for dead.]]

[[spoiler: Twenty Four]]
* Cause: NoOneCouldSurviveThat, though it did seem a bit like a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Dropping]]. 3.
* Genre: 2, for the same reasons given in the previous one of these for Venture Brothers.
* The Body: If the head we saw is his, then 4. Otherwise 3.
* Reaction: None yet besides 21's, but it was right at the end of the episode and season, so 2.
* Characterization: Called out as a MauveShirt in the show, but was more like a Regular. 2.5
* When did he die: Same Arc. 1.
* Died And Come Back: Not yet. 4.
* '''Average:''' 2.643 if it is his head, 2.5 if not. Don't start cycling Mars, Bringer of War in iTunes just yet.

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Grandpa Max, WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce
* Cause: Sacrificed himself to stop an alien invasion. 3
* Genre: {{Disney Death}}s are not uncommon. Various characters have survived similar situations ([[NighInvulnerability Vilgax's "explosive" demise in the original series's finale.]]). 3
* Body: [[WordofGod "Practically the whole town blew up. Sorry."]] 4
* Characterization: Protagonist downgraded to recurring via retool, 2.
* Time of death: Same arc, 1.
* Back from the dead before? Not yet. 4.
* Average: 17/7 = 2.43. WordofGod says he's [[KilledOffForReal gone forever]], though...
* Yeah, about that... [[spoiler: As of "Voided", he's officially gone from dead to PutOnABus. Then TheBusCameBack by ''Omniverse''.]]

Conversely, Vilgax's death in the final episode of ''Ben 10''
* Cause: Incinerated by a gas line explosion. NoOneCouldSurviveThat, except, y'know, [[NighInvulnerability Vilgax already has]]. A lot. 2.
* Genre: As far as I remember, not even background characters ever actually died on the show (except for one episode where it was implied hundreds of 10 year old campers were eaten by giant mushrooms), but Vilgax and Tetrax did get to actually kill some background characters in TheMovie, and there have been a fair share of [[DisneyDeath Disney Deaths]]. I'd say 2.
* Body: Unlike all of his previous [[StayingAlive apparent deaths]], which were all NoOneCouldSurviveThat (WordOfGod is that he survived the Season 1 finale by teleporting away before the ship exploded), this time we actually get to see Vilgax's body partially dissolving from the force of the explosion. Probably as close as this cartoon's ever come to DeaderThanDead. 4.
* Reaction: A dramatic final episode victory pose by the Ben 10 Team, with TheHero himself stating that Vilgax is toast once and for all. Which is just a NeverSayDie way of saying HesDeadJim. 3.
* Characterization: Arch Villain. And How. 1.
* When Did They Die?: About, what, 5 to 6 years ago? Being buried under Ben's home town, you'd think he'd have popped up again sooner if he was still alive. 4.
** That would actually be a 3.
* Died And Came Back: A [[NighInvulnerability definite]] [[StayingAlive yes]]. 1.
** And that would be a 2, or a three if the series started killing off more people (for real) after he came back.
* '''Average:''' 2.43. I'd love to see him come back and smear one of those stuck-up Highbreed Commanders against the wall.
* Still 2.43, but you shouldn't fudge the formula anyway.

Elena
* Cause: HeroicSacrifice, killing herself to stop the nanite swarm that had taken over her body and mind. 3.
* Genre: DeathIsCheap, remember when Max came back? 1.
* Body: They left the nanite swarm there... and it started moving at the end of the episode. 1.
* Reaction: Seeing as how they kept talking about how Elena was already dead, 3.
* Characterization: A former love interest of Ben. 4.
* When did they die?: The current arc. 1.
* Came back?: Not yet, 4.
* '''Average''': 2.43 yet again! We're 1/2 on these thus far (and the jury's still out on Vilgax), so it's anyone's guess whether or not the swarm brings Elena with it when it inevitably returns. Leaning toward yes, she's coming back.

For Ben 10's SpiritualSuccessor, GeneratorRex: Rylander
* Cause: I'd say [[HeroicSacrifice Sacrifice]], as his last act was to shove the BigBad into the Nanite Reactor, but considering that the BigBad got better, making it a SenselessSacrifice, maybe a 2.
* Genre: A rare WesternAnimation example of a series willing to [[KilledOffForReal Kill Off For Real]]. 3.
* Body: It just disappears. 2.
* Reaction: [[AngstWhatAngst Not much]]. 3
* Last Words: HisNameIs. 4.
* Characterization: Implied to have known Rex before his LaserGuidedAmnesia, and close enough to his family to give him his name. 4
* When did they die: At least a few months have passed in universe. 2
* Died and came back: Nope. 4
Average: 3. Tough luck Mr. Rylander.

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Cardinal Ravenwood, {{Metalocalypse}}
* Cause: When he tried to actually do something about Dethklok, his boss made him vomit his intestines. Definite death by irony. 4.
* Genre: DeathIsCheap, it's a standard gag on the show to bring back people who were seen "dying" at the end of a previous episode, revealing that they were only horribly mutilated. 1.
* Body: Found by Dethklok in his last moments alive. Unknown what they did as he lay there dying. 4.
* Reaction: He's dead, Jim. 3.
* Characterization: Regular antagonist. 2.
* Time of death: Same year. 2.
* Back from the dead before? Not yet. 4.
* Average: 20/7 = 2.857. He might come back in a couple seasons, but it's unlikely.

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Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was turned to stone in one episode; just for fun, let's see what the algorithm has to say:
* Cause: She was out doing an errand before getting petrified; Bridge drop, 4
* Genre: It's a kid show where no one has ever died, 1
* Body: As mentioned before, she was turned to stone, 2
* Reaction: When Fluttershy found Twilight petrified, she was more worried about the kids she was babysitting than her, 1
* Last Words: There wasn't any. N/A
* Characterization: The leader of the Mane Six, 1
* When: Same episode, 1
* Died and Come Back: Not yet, 4
* Average: 14/7 = 2. The algorithm says she'll be back soon and she was revived in the same episode. What a shock.

[[spoiler:King Sombra]], at the Season 3 premiere.
* Cause: He was [[LiterallyshatteredLives blown into pieces]] thanks to [[DeathByIrony the ones he enslaved]]. Looks like a 4.
* Genre: It's a kid's show. 1.
* The Body: Shattered to bits = ChunkySalsaRule. 4.
* Reaction: AndThereWasMuchRejoicing, 4.
* Last Words: OhCrap, 4
* Characterization: ArcVillain. 2.
* When did he die: Same year. 2.
* Come Back?: Not yet. 4.
* Average: 25/8 = 3.125 Maybe back later. [[spoiler:Although WordOfGod says he's gone for good.]]

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''{{Transformers}}''

[[spoiler: Prowl]] from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* Cause: Died by sacrifice, 3
* Genre: Resurrections were common in this incarnation of Transformers, but there were some deaths in the third season, 2
* Body: Dead and probably buried, 4
* Reaction: HesDeadJim, 3
* Last Words: FamousLastWords, 3
* Characterization: Regular, 2
* When: Died at the GrandFinale, 4
* Died and Come Back: Not yet, 4
* Average: 25/8 = 3.125. If they are going to make another season, don't expect him to come back.

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'''{{Futurama}}'''

Calculon:

* Cause: He died during a performance of a death scene, so irony: 4
* Genre: NobodyCanDie: 1.
* Body: Found. 4.
* Reaction: HesDeadJim, 3
* Last Words: NA
* Characterization: Recurring, 3
* When: Same year, 2
* Died and come back: Not yet, 4
* Total: 21 divided by 7=3. Probably not going to be back.

Roberto:

* Cause: [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Drop]], 4.
* Genre: NobodyCanDie: 1.
* Body: Found, 4
* Reaction: NA
* Last Words: NA
* Characterization: Recurring, 3
* When: Same year, 2.
* Died and Come Back: Not yet, 4.
* Total: 18 divided by 6=3. Probably not back.