Death By Adaptation / Anime

Examples where the character did not die in the source:

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  • Akame ga Kill!. The anime kills off Tatsumi, Mine and Kurome where they survived at the end of the manga.
  • Another has Kazami who was thought to have been killed by Teshigawara, but survives, only to really die later on. The anime, in general, killed off more students than did in the manga or novel versions.
  • In the Battle Angel Alita 2 episode OVA, scrapyard hustler Mr Vector is killed during the climax, after Dr. Ido confronts him about lying to Hugo. In the original Manga, he survives and even helps Gally/Alita against Zalam towards the end of the 9 volume Manga, for a price.
  • Bleach ended its anime before it was revealed that Tier Harribel had survived Aizen's killing blow or that Ginjou, Tsukishima and Giriko would remain the story as spirits living within the Soul Society.
  • Chrono Crusade has four:
    • Satella and Fiore die near the end of the anime, but in the manga were merely frozen in crystal and revived in the 1990s.
    • Shader is killed by Father Remington after the battle of the carnival in the anime, but survives the final battle in the manga (and is, in fact, implied to be the one that revived Satella and Fiore).
    • Chrono is a possible example—his fate is left vague in the manga (he returns to Rosette in the end, but there's some debate that he's possibly just a vision or a ghost welcoming Rosette into the afterlife), but he's definitively, absolutely dead in the anime's ending.
  • Code Geass: C.C. dies in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, while both Schneizel and Lloyd (who in this version is Schneizel's dragon) die in Suzaku of the Counterattack, albeit with a case of Never Found the Body for the latter.
  • If you consider the main Death Note series as an adaptation of the pilot chapter, then both L and Light are this for their Pilot counterparts (Inspector Yamanaka and Taro Kagami, respectively)
    • Taro could also be considered the Pilot counterpart for Mikami due to them looking exactly the same. Either way, the trope still applies.
    • Mogi in the second live action film, in place of Ukita in the manga and anime.
    • Light's mother Sachiko, in the tv drama where she's been dead for ten years at the series' start.
  • In the original Dragon Ball series, Colonel Violet was notable for being one of the few members of the Red Ribbon Army to survive. In Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, she apparently dies after Goku causes her plane to explode.
  • In Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo is killed during the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ adaptation, where he lives in the original movie. Of course, since Death Is Cheap in the Dragon Ball universe, they're brought Back from the Dead by the Dragon Balls once the crisis is resolved.
  • Kurama dies in the Elfen Lied anime, though he lives in the actual manga.
  • Dominic and Eureka herself in the Eureka Seven manga.
  • Tung Fu-Rue in the Fatal Fury anime movies.
  • In the old Fire Emblem Gaiden manga, Alm's friend Kliff is murdered by the Starter Villain Desaix whereas Deen dies in a Heroic Sacrifice for Sonya and Celica.
  • Doctor Marcoh, Scar, Izumi Curtis, Selim Bradley, and Yoki in the Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 anime.
  • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo kills off Franz d'Epinay, Danglars, and the Count himself, while they all survive in the original novel. Franz's death is particularly noteworthy, as it occurs about 3/4 of the way through the series, and provides the catalyst for Albert to grow up and wise up.
  • The Gungrave video game ends with Brandon killing Harry and riding off into the sunset with Mika. The Gungrave anime ends with Brandon and Harry committing mutual suicide.
  • Noin in Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne dies via Heroic Sacrifice in the anime adaptation, while he survived and stuck around in the original manga.
  • In the King of Thorn movie, Katherine, Ron, and Marco are all killed off, whereas in the original manga, they all survive.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Presea chooses to complete the Knights' weapons instead of escaping Ascot's first monster attack. She dies soon after finishing, once the place collapses.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth 2, the Autozam Commander Eagle Vision survives the Pillar's Trial and goes into deep sleep (but remains aware of his surroundings via Psychic Link), and it's heavily implied that the new Cephiro will help him make a speedy recovery. In the anime, he battles Nova alongside the Magic Knights and rescues Lantis... and is then killed by Debonair.
  • Gundam:
  • Macross:
    • One of the more notable changes in the adaptation of Super Dimension Fortress Macross to Robotech was the written-in deaths of the Macross/SDF-1 bridge crew. In the final episode of Macross, Global, Claudia, and the Bridge Bunnies survive the final assault to the battle fortress; their Robotech counterparts aren't so lucky.
    • Macross Frontier does this in the movie, sort of. In the series there is a scene where Alto goes missing and Sheryl falls into a coma from despair and her illness. Now in the series they both get better, but in the movie Alto is missing and most likely dead (at least his survival chances are very low) and Sheryl, while healed from her illness, still lies in a coma (though she begins to stir just as the movie ends). There is hope for both (less for the former, more for the latter), but compared to the series, this counts as possible death. However, Shoji Kawamori later debunked the pessimistic interpretations. A more straightforward example would be Brera Stern, who does a Kamikaze run on the Galaxy Fleet conspirators, where he had previously survived the series.
  • The alternate ending for the Negima saga in the Mahou Sensei Negima! Final Movie has Fate Averruncus dying during the prologue. He and his death are never mentioned or alluded to by any of the other characters during the rest of the film.
  • In the Mai-Otome manga, Rad, Nagi and Sergay Auguste Taiki die.
  • Dr. Regal dies in both Manga and Anime continuities of Mega Man NT Warrior. In the former, he's killed when Bass blows up his submarine; in the latter, he is aged into a skeleton by Duo. In the video game, he's mind wiped by Lord Wily and turns good.
  • Raikou from Nabari no Ou dies in the anime after his Heel–Face Turn. In the manga he still has his Heel–Face Turn and comes close to dying once, but ultimately survives.
  • In the Neon Genesis Evangelion episode "Ambivalence" EVA Unit-03 is taken over by the Angel Bardiel during its activation test, with Shinji's best friend Toji inside. When Shinji refuses to fight it and Gendo activates the Unit-01's dummy plug to destroy it, 01 crushes 03's entry plug with Toji still inside. In the anime Toji is badly injured but turns up alive in the next episode minus a couple limbs. In the manga adaptation, he's pronounced dead at the scene from massive head trauma.
  • At the end of the Ookami Kakushi, Kaori defeats Sakaki by throwing both of them off a cliff; in the VN's true end, they both live (Sakaki being defeated by non-lethal means), but it's implied Kaori will eventually die from her illness.
  • Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom: The anime mainly follows the "Ein" path from the original visual novel. In that ending, both Reiji and Ein live. In the anime ending, in the very last minute Reiji is shot and killed by another assassin and Ein commits suicide over his death.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Pryce, Maxie, Archie, and Steven Stone die when they don't in the original games. It ends up subverted with Pryce as of the HGSS chapters. Though, to be fair, they Never Found the Body, and he was only trapped in time. Steven is brought back to life, however. Maxie and Archie are revived in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire chapter, but die again towards the climax.
  • The manga adaptation for Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life has Marcus try to destroy the temple to kill Arecus in a suicide attack. Arecus survives, but Marcus is never seen again. The manga adaptation for the next film, Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions, has its Big Bad suffer a Disney Villain Death.
  • Pokémon Generations has the eighth episode end with Archie and Shelly about to be killed by Kyogre after causing The End of the World as We Know It.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, the fate of Big Bad Lysandre differs depending on which version of the game you play. After defeating him it's ambiguous whether or not he dies or is trapped alive in the ruins of the Ultimate Weapon. In the XYZ arc of the Pokémon anime, Lysandre is unambiguously obliterated by the combined attacks of Zygarde Complete Forme as well as the Pokémon of Ash, Alain and the Kalos gym leaders at the end of the Team Flare Crisis arc.
  • Konami from Popotan dies from an illness in episode 9, which never happened in the visual novel the anime is based on. Then again, nothing in the anime happened in the game at all.
  • The anime adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms kills off Diao Chan, who in the novel simply disappears after her role in bringing down Dong Zhuo.
  • Pharaoh 90 and Zirconia in Sailor Moon, which is ironic since the anime had spared no fewer than eight characters from their deaths in the manga. In the manga, Pharaoh 90 was banished back to his galaxy and Zirconia pulled an Villain: Exit, Stage Left!, while in the anime, Pharaoh 90 is destroyed by Sailor Moon, and Zirconia by Queen Nehelenia.
  • Partial example: Straight Cougar's Scryed fate is ambiguous in the anime (we last seem him sitting in a chair when his limbs appear to go limp) but he quite unambiguously died in the manga adaptation.
  • The character Duclis from Slayers has completely different roles in both novels and anime but fall under this trope nonetheless: in the novels, he is the leader of a cult praising the Dark Lord Shabranigdo and is eventually slain by Lina; in the anime he is a friend of the prince Pokota; he attempts a mass murdering spree in the name of his and Pokota's kingdom and is nearly absorbed by a beast, but manages to survive. In the manga adaptation of the anime season he appeared in, though, he is killed by Shabranigdo.
    • In an odd meta-example, minor character Rubia was dead to begin with in the anime and was the subject of an attempted resurrection by her lover. In the original novels, she is still alive and assists Lina and Gourry up until the Mazoku Saygram kills her.
    • Amelia's uncle, Randionel, dies in the middle of the first season of the anime, whereas he dies in the first Slayers Special novel, which is, mind you, the prequel to the regular novel line, so he dies far earlier there.
  • Dakki in Soul Hunter. In the manga she lives and becomes part of the world and even saves the main character's life. In the anime, her depth is non-existent and she gets a normal All Your Colors Combined death.
  • In the 70's manga adaptation of Spider-Man, both Electro and Lizard die at the end of their respective debut arcs, while the Lizard's wife is killed in her first appearance. The Lizard is still alive in the American comics, while Electro and the Lizard's wife would not die until decades later.
  • In contrast to his disappearance in the manga, Hide dies in the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul √A. This leads to Kaneki (possibly) committing Suicide by Cop.
  • Trigun: Late in the anime Brad is assassinated by one of the Gung-Ho Guns and dies with Vash crying over him. In the manga, he survives the entire series.
  • Almost all characters from X1999 except Kamui died in the film adaptation. In the anime, five Dragons of Earth were killed while three Dragons of Heavens and Hinoto died. In the manga, the kill count of major characters hasn't reached this number because it has been on a hiatus.
  • In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Isis was the only other member of the Priests that served under the Pharaoh save Seto to survive the battle with Zork. In the anime, she dies as well.
    • In the early manga chapters, Yugi's grandfather has an archaeologist friend named Yoshimori who is targeted by Shadi for disrupting an Egyptian tomb. Just as he is about to kill him, Shadi discovers that he knows Yugi and instead decides to brainwash him into becoming his servant who attacks and tries to kill Yugi's friends as a distraction while he tests Yugi's other half, and after his eventual defeat, Yoshimori is freed from control and ultimately spared. In the anime version, Shadi kills Yoshimori, and brainwashes Honda instead.
    • In the manga, the Big Five were simply fired by Kaiba and never seen again. In the anime, they go on to play a larger role in two virtual world filler arcs, ending with their deaths. In the Japanese version, they are deleted by Noah; they are temporarily Spared by the Adaptation in the dub when Noah imprisons them in the virtual world instead, but this only forestalls their deaths eight episodes until Noah destroys the virtual world, and the Big Five along with it, giving them a definite spot on the short Killed Off for Real list of the Yu-Gi-Oh dub.
  • Shigure in YuYu Hakusho lives until the end of the manga, but in the anime, commits suicide after losing to Kurama.
  • In the original game Sands of Destruction, Kyrie is killed mid-game. The manga released a year later has him Spared by the Adaptation, but Morte ends up getting killed instead. In both cases, the character is soon resurrected after their death.
    • Because of the timing of production and release for the animenote , Elephas Rex is either this or Spared by the Adaptation, depending on whether you take the one that was released first or the one that was conceived first as the "original" adaptation. He dies in the game, but lives in the anime.
  • The 1960's Batman manga by Jiro Kuwata had a story called "The Man Who Quit Being Human", loosely based on the Silver Age comic story "The Man Who Quit the Human Race". One of the most notable differences the manga adaptation has with the original comic book is that the mutated Governor Warner is killed in the manga version rather than put in suspended animation until humanity evolves to the same state he is in like in the original story.

Examples where the character died a lot sooner in the adaptation than in the source:

    Anime and Manga 
  • In the Bokurano anime, the order of the main character's deaths were altered and some (such as Koyemshi) ended up dying well before their original time of death. In the manga, Koyemshi survived until the end of the game, and served as another Earth's Kokopelli; the manga ended with him about to set out on the battle to teach the new group how to fight, which would end with his death regardless of whether he won. In the anime, he dies a few episodes before the end, as a result of Youko shooting him dead to stop him from entering Kana into the game.
    • In the manga, after the first three pilots (Kokopelli, Waku and Kodama), Daiichi and Nakama went next, followed by Kako getting killed before he got to pilot and Chizu taking his place. In the anime, Kako and Chizu are the first after Kodama, followed by Daiichi and Nakama. On a relatively small-scale example, Komo and Anko's death order is switched around; Komo dies just before Anko in the manga, and just after Anko in the anime.
  • Chrono Crusade has an additional four characters that fall under this category:
    • In the anime, Steiner (Satella's butler) is killed at the carnival when he tries to protect Azmaria. In the manga we don't see him again after Satella leaves (alone) to go to Pandaemonium, but he's implied to survive the events of the final battle (since he was keeping a photo safe that another character is later seen with). Since the epilogue is set in the 1990s and he was an old man in the 1920s he's obviously dead by then, but we never see him die on screen.
    • The anime version has Rosette die when she's about 16, only a few months after the final battle. The manga epilogue says that Rosette lived until she was 23, about 7 or 8 years after the final battle.
    • In the manga, Viede and Genai survive until the final battle. The anime has both of them killed before Aion rolls out his final plans.
  • In Death Note, Mikami is arrested when the SPK bust Light. He later goes mad and dies in prison. In the anime, he commits suicide just after Light gets busted by the SPK.
  • In the Devilman manga, protagonist Akira Fudo is possessed by the Demon Amon, giving him the ability to become Devilman. Akira eventually dies in the manga's apocalyptic finale. In the 1972 anime, Akira and his father are killed in the first episode by demons; one of whom, Devilman, steals Akira's body and becomes the show's protagonist.
  • In the 1986 Fist of the North Star Movie, Rei dies within minutes of fighting Raoh. In the series, he is struck by Raoh at a vital Pressure Point which kills him three days later.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed, after being recreated, survives until the last chapter. In the 2003 anime version, he dies a few episodes after introduction and is never recreated.
    • In the manga, Bido the chimera survive the raid on Greed's base only to come Back for the Dead much later. In the 2003 anime, he was killed by the equivalent attack.
  • Angelica from Gunslinger Girl is implied to have died at the end of the first anime. She dies similarly in the manga but a while later.
  • Because the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts II has the episodes of the Disney worlds included compressed into a single visit, Xaldin is killed before the Battle of the 1000 Heartless as opposed to not long afterwards. He dies in The World That Never Was, at the hands of a Vexen Replica, rather than at Beast's Castle.
  • In the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation, Four Murasame is killed by her superior officer after helping Kamille escape into space. In the TV show, she was shown to have survived, only to be Killed Off for Real saving Kamille's life at Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • This trope is not as common as Spared by the Adaptation in The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, but there's still one example: Konoe Sakihisa was killed in 1571, 41 years before his historical death in 1612.
  • Gorobei in Samurai 7
    • It could be argued that Gorobei dies around the same time as in the original movie. The "sooner" part comes here because it was before Heihachi.
  • Uzume in Sekirei.
  • In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Roy Focker dies at the mid-point of the series, just after the Macross reaches Earth. In the film version Macross: Do You Remember Love?, he dies before the Macross reaches Earth, in a Mutual Kill with Quamzin Kravesha (who himself is an example, as he didn't die in the series until the finale) aboard Vrlitwhai's ship.
    • By the time the Macross does reach Earth in the movie, Boddole Zer's bombardment of Earth and its population had already taken place. In the TV series, it takes place in Episode 27, just before the Macross's final battle with Boddole Zer's fleet.
  • It takes a long time after his death in the Trigun anime, but Wolfwood is eventually killed in the manga as well.
  • The anime version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms kills off Lu Bu during the Battle of Xia Pi. The manga version, like the novel, has him executed after the battle by Cao Cao.

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