Death Montage

A montage of a character (or characters) being killed repeatedly. Can be played for drama with multiple characters who die for good. In other cases this is done with the same character dying repeatedly, only to be brought back to life for whatever reason (just to die again). The former often leads to Everybody's Dead, Dave, while the latter is more often than not played as Black Comedy because of the impermanence of the deaths.

Not to be confused with the Really Dead Montage.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • This happens a lot in the Death Note anime, when Light and the other Kiras go on killing sprees.

    Films — Animation 
  • Also played for laughs in The Incredibles, to explain why wearing a cape will inevitably lead to a Cape Snag, and why Edna Mode is very, very adamant about her "NO CAPES!" policy. And to be clear, these are deaths. The database on every hero in the Special Features disc for the DVD does confirm they all died due to "Suit Malfunctions".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Best Picture-winner Cavalcade, World War I is illustrated with repeated shots of British soldiers marching under the same bridge, superimposed with repeated shots of individual soldiers getting shot and killed.
  • Occurs in Groundhog Day, when Phil chooses to kill himself pretty much just to see if it will stick. It won't.
  • In Revenge of the Sith, we see several Jedis get massacred by Clone troops.
  • Goodfellas has one after Jimmy decides to cut off his connections to the Lufthansa heist by killing off everyone else involved. Especially memorable as the piano section of Derek and the Domino's ''Layla'' plays throughout the entire scene over Henry's narration.
  • Casino closes most of its narrative with a very effective one, a great number of characters get taken care of to the music of The House of the Rising Sun.
  • Forrest Gump explains Lt. Dan was from a long military tradition. Then we see a montage of Gary Sinise (the actor playing Lt. Dan) playing a different ancestor just at the moment of his death, in a different battleground, with a war uniform more modern that the last.
    Somebody from his family (thud) had fought (thud) and died (thud) in every (thud) single (thud) American (thud) war (thud)
  • Played for laughs in Get Smart. Chief says that the identities of every CONTROL agent has been compromised, and we cut to a shot of all the CONTROL agents dropping like flies in some of the most hilarious ways possible.
  • The Wrong Box starts with a montage of various tontine members meeting grisly and hilarious ends, setting up the film's premise wherein only two are left.
  • The Many Deaths of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the "Groundhog Day" Loop war movie Edge of Tomorrow. Sometimes played for laughs (usually Cruise), sometimes for drama (usually Blunt).
  • Mortal Kombat has multiple Kombatants dropping like flies when Shang Tsung decides to unleash Goro on the tournament.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the "Groundhog Day" Loop episode of Supernatural, we are treated to a series of Dean's deaths in increasingly unlikely and frankly, hilarious ways.
  • Played for drama in an episode of House where recipients of someone's organs all died at approximately the same time and their deaths are played rapid-fire in The Teaser.
  • A variation in Torchwood: Miracle Day when the immortal Captain Jack Harkness is tied up in a basement and killed over and over - except it's not just a montage; he really is being killed that many times per minute.
  • Happens in the alternate universe episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer called "The Wish", where Oz stakes Willow, Angel gets staked by Xander, Buffy stakes Xander, and then the Master kills Buffy. Then the wish is reversed and the audience suffers Mood Whiplash.
  • VERY dramatic example in Doctor Who "Journey's End" when Davros reminds the Doctor of the number of people who have died helping him. It's a lengthy montage even though it only includes deaths in New Who.
  • The fifth season of Breaking Bad has the simultaneous assassination of all eight of Fring's former employees currently in jail (plus Mike's lawyer). Creepily set to Nat King Cole's "Pick Yourself Up."
  • The famous ending montage of Six Feet Under shows how all the main characters die in the future.

    Web Animation 
  • Season 9 of Red vs. Blue has a non-fatal example, showing York and the Freelancer's numerous "deaths" in a training match against Tex.
  • The final part of the original Natraps X video, "Rockmad," shows Rockman losing all his numerous lives to Sylvia, Princess Peach and other video game characters. The deaths continue in the sequel video, "Silvia ga Taosenai."
  • In The Demented Cartoon Movie, not only do the characters' successive attempts at "discover the meaning of the Zeeky words" result in the destruction of both the rocket and themselves, Takes Four, Five, Nine and Ten also end with the earth either exploding or crashing into the sun.

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