Writer on Board (or worse, Running the Asylum), but may also be an attempt to make the best of a difficult, real life situation. Sometimes, when a character is Killed Off for Real in a universe where Death Is Dramatic, a lot of work is put into it. They may make a Heroic Sacrifice, or have A Death in the Limelight in their last appearance. If done well enough, it might even be their Dying Moment of Awesome. This trope applies when such things are generally expected, often because of previous dramatic deaths in the series, but donít happen. Note that when Anyone Can Die, this trope does not apply. To compare, take the NYPD Blue death of Det. Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) versus the death of Det. Danny Sorenson (Rick Schroder). Smits dies of Soap Opera Disease with a Tear Jerker sendoff. Schroder left the series, so his character is killed off-screen, between seasons. Named for the death of Captain Kirk in Star Trek: Generations, which was expected to be a key, climactic event after 30 years of adventuring. Instead, they almost literally Dropped a Bridge on Him, when such deaths are usually reserved for Red Shirts. When done off-screen (like the Sorenson example), it's known as a Bus Crash. See also McLeaned, Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome, Distracted From Death and Not So Invincible After All. Not to be confused with Unsettling Gender Reveal, which was once called "Dropped a Bridget on Him". If this is done to a character repeatedly with the aid of Negative Continuity, see They Killed Kenny. If you're looking for this trope on an expanded scale, see Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. As a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.