Killed Off For Real / Tabletop Games

  • The rules of Exalted states very clearly that for all amazing things magic and charms and exaltation can accomplish, dead is dead and you can't be brought back. And while reincarnation is a common theme and you may have memories of previous lives, it's made clear that it's not so much your past life as just a past life that happened to have the same shard, which retained a few memories that you can use. And, although spirits do exist, as well as undead, and weapons that can have souls bound to them (rather painfully), one can never return to life.
  • This is a popular trope in Legend of the Five Rings, although the body count is significantly higher for recently introduced characters than it is for those who have been around for years.
  • Valten in Warhammer Fantasy, at the end of the Storm of Chaos campaign, by Death Master Snicht.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Horus would be an example of this happening to someone who isn't a Red Shirt and had access to ways of cheating death (though he evidently, at the end of his life, didn't want to). He was Killed Off for Real by a psychic attack from the Emperor that obliterated his soul.
    • Captain Tycho of the Blood Angels was killed off in the Armageddon worldwide campaign.
    • Sanguinius was slain by Horus so hard that the Marines descended from his gene-seed felt it. That's not an exaggeration — the Black Rage that haunts the Blood Angels over a thousand years after their Primarch's end is the psychic trauma from the moment of his death.
  • Dungeons & Dragons is where Death Is Cheap, but an epic intraplanar Assassin's guild called The Garrote makes this their modus operandi. Long story short, they're known for getting the job done and making it stays done. Not even Divine Intervention nor Reality Warping can bring back a person thoroughly disposed by The Garrote.
    • Additionally, while not killed off per se, no spell can raise anything that died of old age from the dead.
  • Rocket Age uses the Vortex system, which generally allows both player characters and NP Cs to dodge death using their pool of story points, even if they are dropped into a volcano or last seen falling into space with a hole in their chest. However, if a character is all out of points or has the Slow Death trait, they are gone for good. Occasionally major NP Cs die in story moments too.
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