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Killed Off For Real: Literature

  • The first Visser One, Jara Hamee, Tom (and his Yeerk), all of the auxiliary Animorphs and Rachel from Animorphs. That last one is the impetus of many a Fix Fic. As is the very possible death of all the main group except Cassie.
  • Commander Root in Artemis Fowl Although he gets a Time Travel cameo in The Time Paradox.
    • Commander Raine Vinyaya also gets it in The Atlantis Complex. Clearly, this is not a good rank for the LEP.
  • Likewise in Battle Royale, in which every student is killed, save for Shuya and Noriko.
  • Firewing While the villain Goth returns from the dead, Shade ascends to the true afterlife.
  • In "The Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles," during the end of the first book, a boy named Robert gets killed, without any chance of coming back, after his spirit's host, a large war robot, is disassembled.
  • Kisten Felps dies in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Also: Matalina, Piscary.
  • The House of Night: Erin in the Hidden epilogue. This is confirmed in Revealed.
  • Cilla in "I Miss You I Miss You".
  • In The Kingdoms of Evil a whole bunch of characters die.
    • Bloodbyrn's dad.
    • Pon.
    • The Paladin.
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles: Liz Pennykettle.
  • Guy Gavriel Kay's The Lions of Al-Rassan builds up the hope that when Ammar ibn Khairan and Roderigo Belmonte duel, they will both survive. That is not what happens, and one of them dies (with the other receiving a permanent wound, but otherwise getting a pretty happy ending). Quite a few other characters are permanently killed as well.
  • The Mortal Instruments: In City of Glass Valentine is killed off. Thank you, Raziel.
  • A meta-example; defied and averted by Terry Pratchett's editor for Moving Pictures. At the end of the book, he wanted Gaspode and Laddie to stay dead, but his editor urged him to change his decision.
  • Everyone that dies in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Luke not dying even though Percy thought he did in Titan's Curse doesn't really count because Annabeth told him about thirty seconds later that Luke wasn't dead. The only aversion to this is Tyson. Everyone else thinks that Percy dies, too, but since the story is from his perspective so we know otherwise, it doesn't count.
  • In Pretty Little Liars, anyone who is important to the plot is gonna die soon. Toby committed suicide, Mona was pushed off a cliff, Ian, Jenna, and Courtney were all murdered by Ali. Played with with Ali (Oooh, is she really dead??)
  • Sisters Grimm, which uses every fairy tale trope possible... Brier Rose, despite True Love's Kiss.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Kazem and Jenna were killed in the same arc they were introduced and both of them by mooks.
    • In the sequel, Legacy of the Dragokin, All the Kthonian Knights, up to and including Kthonia herself, are dead by the end of the book.
  • In Warrior Cats, most of the cats who die either end up in StarClan or the Dark Forest, but they're dead all the same and are unable to come back to life, even though some of the dead cats can interact with the living.
    • Subverted with the leaders, who have nine lives. If they die once, they lose a life, and so on. However, when they lose their last life, they still are killed off for real.
    • Also subverted with Cinderpelt who gets reincarnated.
    • Hollyleaf returns in The Forgotten Warrior but was killed off this time in The Last Hope.
  • Balefire in The Wheel of Time combines this trope with short-term Ret Gone (the extent of its effects determined by how much power is used). Even the Dark One can't resurrect someone killed by Balefire. However, it can be destabilizing - too much retconning will literally unravel the "threads" of reality.
  • Most Americans are unaware that Geralt was Killed Off for Real at the end of The Witcher novel series (mainly because only the first book has been translated from Polish). The game retconned this to an Unexplained Recovery.
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