Then, as his planet killed him, it occurred to Kynes that his father and all the other scientists were wrong, that the most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error.
When a character is permanently written out of a show, especially killed off, in a way that is unexpectedly anti-climactic or mundane, they Dropped a Bridge on Him.
This can be a case of Writer on Board
(or worse, Running the Asylum
), but may also be an attempt to make the best of a difficult, real life
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.
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 in a manner typically 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
. 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.