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* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', where several characters (most notably [[HealingHands Misty Day]]) have resurrection powers, it's established that the only way to ensure that someone won't be brought back is to obliterate the body, such as cremation, acid, or digestion.
-->'''Misty:''' Even I can't bring back gator shit.
* Doyle, Wesley, and Cordelia on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. [[DeaderThanDead The personality of Fred was also permanently destroyed]] by an elder god taking over her body, in spite of the entire cast utilizing the resources of an interdimensional law firm to bring her back. [[WordOfGod Had the show been renewed]], however, Fred and said elder god would have somehow been split apart.
* Not many major heroes stay dead in the ''Series/{{Arrowverse}}'', but many of the villains have been killed off... often by the heroes.
** Laurel Lance/The Black Canary is killed off in Arrow season 4 and is stated by the producers that she will stay dead.
** Leonard Snart/Captain Cold performs a HeroicSacrifice near the end of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' Season 1. He later appears as a hallucination of his friend and partner Mick Rory/Heat Wave and then as a past version of Snart, plucked out from the timeline by Eobard Thawne. After defeating the Legion, though, Mick brings Leo back to the same point in time and wipes his memory of the events, putting him back on his path.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a particularly daring example: At the end of the fourth season, the ranger Marcus Cole gave his life to save his (unrequited) love, Commander Susan Ivanova, from certain death. Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, the writer, has commented that he would have resolved that differently, had he known he was going to get a fifth season after all, and that Claudia Christian (Ivanova's actor) was going to refuse to come back for another year.
* The new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has the resurrection-capable Cylons finally start Dying Off For Real towards the end of the series after their resurrection equipment gets Blown Up For Real. It wasn't afraid to kill off characters from the very beginning, either. Fortunately, it had LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, so the deaths of Socinus, Crashdown, Elosha, Cain, Fisk, Gina, Billy, Maya, Kat, Cally, D'Anna, Dualla, Laird, Zarek, Gaeta, Natalie, and in the finale, all the Fours, all the Fives, Racetrack, Skulls, Roslin, Cavil, Boomer, Tory and Anders still left enough cast members to put on a show. Technically speaking, EVERYONE dies seeing as how the last scene takes place 150,000 years in the future.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', not only does Mitchell get staked at the end of series 3, but by the opening of the fourth series Nina is pronounced dead off screen after being killed by vampires and George later dies from kidney and heart failure from forcing himself to transform and is seen going through the door to the other side to [[TogetherInDeath be reunited with Nina,]] [[TearJerker but not before naming his newborn daughter "Eve."]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': There were many, many times where various characters in the show were shot or otherwise seriously/critically injured in some way, but ultimately pulled through where in real life they probably would have died. Still, that didn't stop the show from claiming a few victims anyway:
** Vincent Nigel-Murray, one of Brennan's rotating interns, was shot by a sniper who was trying to target Booth, in the aptly-named Season 6 penultimate episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Hole in the Heart"]].
** Christopher Pelant, a serial killer who'd been terrorizing [[TrueCompanions the team]] since Season 7 (and survived being shot in the face by Booth in Season 8) was finally killed off by Booth in Season 9's "The Sense in the Sacrifice." [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Characters and fans alike were not sad to see him go.]]
** Lance Sweets, a main character since mid-Season 3, was beaten, left for dead, and succumbed to his wounds with Booth and Brennan at his side in a completely unexpected, out-of-nowhere fashion in the Season 10 premiere, "The Conspiracy of the Corpse."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[SacrificialLion Jenny Calendar]], Tara Maclay, Anya Jenkins, and to a lesser extent [[RedShirtArmy most of the Slayers in training]], as well as Willow and Xander's friend [[WeHardlyKnewYe Jesse]].
** Joyce Summers, unlike most deaths on the show, it didn't involve supernatural activity or foul play in the least - she died of cancer. This, of course, was important to the plot of the fifth season, and while many saw symbolism in it (like the physical manifestation of not being able to take care of Buffy, or a form of mortality that Buffy will not soon face) [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] claimed it was nothing more than cancer, saying he had originally planned to kill of Joyce as early as the third season. In any event, she was mourned by nearly every regular on the show, even amoral characters like Spike and Anya.
** After Simone becomes a Slaypire, Buffy graphically stakes her with the Scythe. She will not be missed.
** Wishverse!Buffy was killed by the Master, leading to questions on a Wishverse!Kendra, or *shudder* Wishverse!Faith.
* In the final episode of ''Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture'', Jennifer dies when the Power Base self-destructs. Even though there was a fairly blatant angle for her to come BackFromTheDead (The very last thing we see of her is Blastarr aiming his digitizer -- a device which can save humans to disc for archival -- at her), the WordOfGod is that not only did she die, but she already had massive internal injuries from the preceding scene that would have killed her even if she hadn't been blown up. Had the series been renewed, much of the following season would have dealt with Captain Power's failure to cope with her death.
* Prue Halliwell in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. Although all of the sisters at one point have died and been brought back, Prue dies permanently in the end of season 3 and was never seen again. Her actress, Shannen Doherty, left the show and had a contract that prevents the creators from using her image. This was explained in-universe as "just meant to be" and seeing her prevents her sisters from moving on.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' frequently kills off the weekly [[OneShotCharacter one shots]], with some episodes ending with a near-enough KillEmAll situation, usually save for the Doctor (but not always) and his companion(s). However, the show also occasionally kills off a more long-standing character for real.
** This was originally intended for the Daleks in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]]'', but their immense popularity eventually made a comeback inevitable. They've developed a very bad case of JokerImmunity since then.
** In Series 7, Amy and Rory have a variation - they live out their lives in the past, [[TrappedInThePast unable to return because of a fixed point in time]]. Notably, they're the first companions ([[OneShotCharacter one shots]] notwithstanding) to have something like this happen since Adric. They caused the mother of all paradoxes by jumping off the roof, causing the events of the episode not to have happened. Trying to make another paradox, even a small one, could rip a space/time hole in New York. Also, it's just the Doctor who can't go and see them, so they technically weren't separated by death. River can visit them any time she wants.
** In the classic show's history, only one ongoing companion has been taken from the Doctor by death: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Adric]][[note]]Adric is not the first character identified as a "companion" to die, however the characters of Katarina and Sara Kingdom, both of whom died in the same 1960s story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan]]", had only been with the Doctor for a few episodes each. Adric, by comparison, was in his second season with the show.[[/note]]. He was trapped on a freighter ship that crashed into prehistoric Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs... and himself.
** In the new series, this is Clara Oswald's fate in "Face the Raven". Where Amy and Rory die off-screen, Clara dies on-screen, screaming in pain, in a SenselessSacrifice that sees her soul ripped from her body...It's as horrible to watch as it sounds, and the Doctor has no means of saving her. He has a '''severe''' SanitySlippage (exacerbated by torture) and in "Hell Bent" two episodes later is an AntiVillain who ''knowingly risks the universe'' by violating the fixed point of her death via pulling her out of time, leaving her living in the last second of her life. In the end, they realize he must return to his best self and they must part ways for good; however, having obtained a second TARDIS in the course of events, Clara is shown to be off having adventures in it at the end! Considering the timeline seems to be OK so far, it's implied she eventually goes back to Gallifrey and the moment of her death, though there's no telling how much time will have passed for her. In any case, her death is NOT actually reversed, and never can be; rather she's a case of OurZombiesAreDifferent![[note]]The first episode of the spin-off series ''Series/{{Class}}'' confirms that Clara is still officially dead.[[/note]]
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' manages to kill off a good number of main and supporting characters over its 5 seasons. First of all, there's the Season 1 protagonist William Boone, disintegrated by Zo'or in the season finale. He is brought back for two episodes in Season 5... and is KilledOffScreen, whose death is briefly mentioned and forgotten in the GrandFinale. Boone's pilot and partner Lili Marquette gets PutOnTheBus, only to come back for a two-parter and then leave again. In Season 5, it's implied that she's dead. Jonathan Doors, the leader of LaResistance, is killed by his son's [[AIIsACrapshoot crapshoot AI]], only to come back as a digital consciousness that dooms the Taelon race before being deleted. The Season 4 finale gives us Liam Kincaid, the protagonist of seasons 2-4, although he inexplicably comes back in the GrandFinale and actually stays alive. Then we got Da'an, Zo'or, and Vorjak, plus the entire Taelon and Jaridian races. Zo'or is briefly brought back in Season 5 as an Atavus before being blown up. The Taelon race is "revived" as Ra'jel. Season 5 also gives us Juda, Howlyn's mate, whose death signifies that humans are no longer as palatable to the Atavus as before. Finally, the GrandFinale has Howlyn himself being challenged and killed by another Atavus warrior, and Ronald Sandoval, who has been in the show from the beginning, gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by Renee.
* Den Watts was Killed Off for Real in ''Series/EastEnders'', but as proof of just how hard it is to kill a soap star, he was resurrected many years later with the {{Retcon}} that he was hiding in Spain. But after this miraculous recovery from the choir invisible, he was finally really, ''really'' killed, and just to hammer it home to future writers not to bring him back, there was a whole arc around the disposal, discovery and then burial [[DisposingOfABody of his body]]. So he can't be brought back this time... [[ZombieApocalypse we hope]].
** Parodied in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Army of Ghosts"; when the Doctor is flipping through TV channels, he lands on ''[=EastEnders=]'', where Den Watts's ghost appears in the Queen Vic. Peggy, exasperated, yells, "GET OUT OF ME PUB!" at him.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' set up a brilliant loophole for themselves by having main character Crichton doubled. NOT cloned; the resulting two people were one person made two, with both having an equal claim to being the "real" Crichton. Thus, when one was killed off the writers were able to fully play off the emotions surrounding that death while still keeping the character around. And D'argo is definitively Killed Off for Real in a YouShallNotPass HeroicSacrifice in The Peacekeeper Wars.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Joey angers the writers of the soap opera he is working on, and they kill off his character by throwing him down an elevator shaft. The gang is watching the show when Phoebe says "Well, maybe they can find a way to bring you back" only to be told by Joey [[ChunkySalsaRule "They said that when they found my body, my brain was so smashed in that the only doctor that could have saved me was me. Supposed to be some kind of irony or somethin'."]] He did eventually come back in the end, with a different -- female -- brain in his body. Though the female brain thing only lasted one episode and then Drake was actually back.
* On ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' the second season opener killed off Charlie. Just to hammer the point home the thing that stole his face ends the episode by tossing the body into an incinerator. In the fourth season, ADayInTheLimelight for the two Lincolns resulted in Alt-Lincoln's death. Finally, in the fifth season, Nina dies at the hands of the Observers, although the series finale reset probably makes her death void.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Pyat Pree, the warlock of Qarth. He escaped death once before due to his duplication magic, but when Dany's dragons burn him alive he remains dead.
* A similar plot was used decades earlier by the British show ''Series/HancocksHalfHour''. In an episode where the Hancock character is a BBC radio soap star (in a parody of ''Series/TheArchers'') the other actors are so fed up with his erratic acting style that the producer finally decides to kill him off. Unfortunately it turns out that the character was more popular than the producer thought and the BBC receives a barrage of hate mail. Eventually Hancock agrees to come back as the original character's twin brother - but only if he is given full creative control, which he then uses to kill off the ''rest'' of the cast.
* An established rule of ''Series/HarpersIsland'' was that at least one character had to die every episode. Meaning that we start with a cast of 25 people (plus several minor ones) and are left with a [[KillEmAll measly 4 remaining]] by the end of the series.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Eden [=McCain=], Simone Deveaux, Isaac Mendez, Daniel Linderman, D.L. Hawkins, Kaito Nakamura, Niki Sanders, Bob Bishop, Adam Monroe, Elle Bishop, Arthur Petrelli, Benjamin "Knox" Washington, Daphne Millbrook and Nathan Petrelli. All major or significant recurring characters, and all Killed Off for Real.
** When it was announced in the final season that one of the characters was going to die for real, nobody was surprised that it was Nathan- it was the ''fifth'' time he'd died in the series.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had quite a few over the years: Tessa Noel, Hugh Fitzcairn, Richie Ryan, and in [[Film/{{Highlander}} the first film]], Ramirez, who recovered only to die off for real in the sequel. Connor [=MacCleod=] and Joe Dawson joined the list in later films.
* Most of the deaths in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' were tempered by having killed-off cast members either become another person entirely (Xev/Zev) or having their spirits transferred into other bodies during the Fire/Water arc of the third season and the Earth arc in season four (Gigarotta, Prince, Lyekka, Priest). That said, the Light Side universe was permanently destroyed (along with season two's BigBad, Mantrid) at the end of the second season, and almost the entire population of the Milky Way galaxy, Kai and the Lexx itself (via old age) died by the end of the series finale.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', this is what happens to ''every single Kamen Rider'' in the series. Yes, [[spoiler: that includes the main character]]. While they are all brought back to life via ResetButton, none of them remember the events of the series and thus are essentially different people from their counterparts in the original timeline.
* Most deaths on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' are of this variety. The exceptions are Charlie's DisneyDeath and Shannon's AllJustADream death in season 1, plus a few NotQuiteDead villains since, but all of these have later ended up Killed Off for Real. Due to flashbacks and apparitions, most characters have appeared at least once after their deaths, which gives the writers the luxury of writing "real" deaths but still using the characters and actors when they'd like to.
** Ethan Rom is notable for appearing in more episodes ''after'' his death than before it, thanks to flashbacks.
** Season 5 played heavily with this trope. Upon returning to the island, John Locke came back to life after being strangled to death by Ben. But in the season finale, it was revealed that Locke actually ''was'' dead- Jacob's unnamed nemesis had somehow taken on his appearance and used it to manipulate the Others.
** Mikhail Bakunin was a minor villain who had proven to be so death-resistant that, even after he died by intentionally detonating a grenade while holding it, some fans were sure that he'd come back. He didn't, although an alternate version of him appeared in the flash-sideways universe. That one was killed too.
** ''...Dead is dead. You don't get to come back from that.''
-->--'''Benjamin Linus'''
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': Mac's grandfather Harry Jackson is killed off for real in season 4.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': When [=McLean=] Stevenson left the series and declared he was never coming back, the writers took advantage by having his character, Col. Henry Blake, [[McLeaned be killed when the airplane]] he was a passenger in -- tragically, Blake was on his way home, having served his time -- is shot down. The moment Blake's death is revealed (in the Season 3 finale) was one of the most pin-dropping moments in television to that time.
* King Uther on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. And by the time the series wraps up, the list includes Elyan, Lancelot, Gwaine, Mordred, Morgana, and Arthur. And that's not even counting the smaller characters!
* Sembene on ''Series/PennyDreadful'' dies in the penultimate episode of season two.
* Generalissimo Francisco Franco on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* Mr. Hooper of ''Series/SesameStreet'' is a famous example of this in a children's show. This was their way of dealing [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the death of Mr. Hooper's actor]] Will Lee.
* On ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Main/recurring characters who are now dead include Whitney Fordman, Dr. Virgil Swann, Jason and Genevieve Teague, Sheriff Nancy Adams, Jonathan Kent, Lionel Luthor, Henry James "Jimmy" Olsen, and Davis Bloome. Lex is most likely a case of NotQuiteDead or NeverFoundTheBody.
** It turns out that Lex really ''was'' dead after Oliver killed him; Earth-2 Lionel Luthor, however, brought him back through a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Darkseid]], at the cost of his ''own'' life and soul. And Tess Mercer was killed by Lex in the same episode - which happens to be the GrandFinale - so her death [[SarcasmMode is surely going to be averted, you can tell]]. Interestingly, Tess is noticeably the ''only'' [[MenAreTheExpendableGender female character credited as a series lead who snuffs it]].
* British series ''{{Spooks}}'' (known in the US as ''MI-5'') subverted ContractualImmortality in their first series. Helen, played by Lisa Faulkner, was introduced as a major regular character and was then killed off at the end of the second episode. Quite rare for British TV, and an early example of DeadStarWalking. Tom appeared to have been killed for real at the end of the second series, but the start of the third series revealed that he was NotQuiteDead. At the end of that series, Danny was killed off for real (after a series where three out of the four regulars were written out).
** AnyoneCanDie on ''Spooks'', and they managed to rack up quite the roster of dead cast members (thirteen dead in ten seasons).
* Dr. Fraiser on ''Series/StargateSG1''.
** She does come back - sort of - as a member of an SG-1 team (which also includes Martouf) from an alternate universe. It's actually does bring a certain degree of satisfactory closure.
** Lt. Ford, Carson Beckett, and Elizabeth Weir on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Beckett was resurrected via cloning. Ford's fate was left up in the air. Weir was turned into a replicator and left floating in space.
** And Sgt. Hunter Riley on ''Series/StargateUniverse''.
** SG-1 has a (somewhat distracting) habit of giving [[NotQuiteDead recurring villains]] with a bad habit of [[BackFromTheDead coming back from the dead]] ambiguous death scenes in which you [[NeverFoundTheBody never see the body]]. ...in at least two cases, Apophis and Hathor, said villains were actually ''never seen again''.
*** After Apophis is finally killed off, Jack O'Neill even lampshades this tendency, revising his 100% certainty that their four-season opponent was dead down to "99% sure". Then the guy returns in hallucinations and {{Alternate Timeline}}s.
*** The ''Film/StargateContinuum'' movie finally has Ba'al's last clone killed off at the end. At least, that's what we think.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' killed off Tasha Yar in the first season episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E22SkinOfEvil "Skin of Evil"]]. Denise Crosby left the show because she felt her character didn't have enough to do in the episodes. The producers probably felt that there were too many characters anyway and needed to trim the cast a bit. So they apparently took it pretty well. In fact, they worked with Crosby to make her departing episode special in terms of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the show that was responsible for the {{Redshirt}} trope. Also, driven home is the fact that Yar's death was somewhat pointless and understated and not the type of dramatic heroic death usually reserved for main characters. But then, there was the episode Yesterday's Enterprise which resurrects her in a way (only to kill her again) but in an alternate timeline.
** Spock's father Sarek, who'd first appeared in the original series nearly 25 years earlier, died in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E7Unification1 "Unification I"]].
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' did the same with Jadzia Dax at the end of the sixth season. Trill being [[TheNthDoctor what they are]] though, it didn't take long to come up with a replacement character in the form of Ezri. Though some fans view her as a ReplacementScrappy as a result.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' - Even if some of them do appear afterwards (through flashbacks, time travel, and the sort), the Winchesters' mother Mary, their father John, Sam's girlfriend Jess, Ash, all the psychic children in the Second Season Finale, Azazel, Bela (WordOfGod that she's never coming back), Pamela, Lilith, Ruby, Ellen and Jo Harvelle, Zachariah, Gabriel, Rufus, Balthazar, Raphael, Bobby Singer, Meg, Anna, Tessa, and even Crowley all die for real.
** Initially, Word of God was that Gabriel is (somehow) still alive, but Season 11 confirms that he remained dead, and that even God cannot easily revive archangels.
** And Mary Winchester was brought back at the end of Season 11, becoming a main supporting role for Season 12
* Unlike ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', heroes in the various ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series have and will die and stay dead when it's their time. Some of the crossover movies, like the one between ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' and ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' had Shurikenger be revealed as alive, though it's later revealed in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' that they can be resurrected temporarily to handle unfinished business.
* In the Season One finale of ''Series/TeenWolf'' Kate is killed by Peter in retaliation for the death of his family.
** Kate is revealed to be alive but somehow changed into some kind of shifter at the end of season 3.
** Victoria Argent commits suicide instead of becoming a werewolf.
** Season 3A & 3B are peppered with deaths, some planned, some written in because the actor left. Erica, Boyd, Kali, Jennifer, Aiden and Allison all die this season. Especially shocking was Allison's death, as she had been a main character and arguably the female lead since season 1, and her death was only written in because her actress wanted to move on.
* In ''Series/{{Tinsel}}'' Monica Ade-Williams and Reginald Okoh.
* The original Stig from ''TopGear'', even though they NeverFoundTheBody. Only a single black glove was recovered.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': While death tends to be final for most characters, the supernatural elements of the show do allow some characters to either stay alive in one form or another or continue to exist as a type of spirit. Philip Jeffries, Laura Palmer, and Leland Palmer all manage to stay around in one way or another. The same cannot be said for Windom Earle who's confrontation with Cooper ends with BOB taking Earle's soul. While Cooper and Annie make it out, Earle is definitively dead.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has seen the deaths of Tanner, Zach, Logan, Vicki, Bree, Grams, Ben, Harper, Pearl, Anna, Mayor Lockwood, Mason Lockwood, Rose, Luka, Jonah, Isobel's suicide, Jenna, John, Jules, Greta, and Alaric.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' has built up to the deaths of several main characters. Sophia was discovered to be a walker after six episodes of buildup looking for her, and she was put down with a headshot. Dale (who survived much longer in the comics) died after being attacked by a walker on Hershel's farm at night. Shane (who originally didn't survive the first arc in the comics) lives longer, but then is killed by Rick during a confrontation.
** Lori, Andrea, Merle, Hershel, T-Dog, Bob, Beth, and various other minor characters are all dead as of Season 5.
* Cigarette-Smoking Man and Alex Krycek of ''[[Series/TheXFiles The X-Files]]'' are examples of characters who had cheated death (usually because they NeverFoundTheBody) so many times that their real deaths (by being at ground zero of a missile blast and shot right between the eyes, respectively) had to be made very explicit, so as to make it clear that, yes, this time they were well and truly dead. And Krycek managed to kind-of return for the Finale anyway.
** William Mulder (Mulder's father) and the informants Deep Throat and X both died for real (even though Mulder sees Deep Throat in a dream and X as a ghost in "The Truth"). Mulder also cheated death by dying and then coming back to life after being abducted in season 8.
* Both Boris and Will in ''Series/YoungDracula''
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' has Daniel Dickinson, Pete and Myka's former boss and friend, killed early in Season 2. The BigBad of Seasons 1, James [=MacPherson=], is killed in the Season 2 premiere. Benedict Valda performs a HeroicSacrifice in Season 2. Finally, Leena in Season 4.