->''"The Lackey patented formula for success—make your audience identify with and care deeply for a character, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim then drop a mountain on him!]]"''
-->-- '''MercedesLackey'''

A series introduces [[TheCutie a character as sweet and lovable]], more comic relief than anything, who likes nothing more than to [[PetTheDog pet little puppies]]. [[{{Moe}} They make you adore them, root for them and love them.]]

Then they proceed to put them in to a battle against an antagonist and they wind up brutally killed off. Further, the awful deed is done on camera to [[HesJustHiding make sure we know it.]] Usually they get a few moments to show their ability to keep a warrior on his toes, but their deaths are all but certain once they decided to pick up a weapon and go through trial by combat. As for the audience, [[TearJerker what comes next is obvious.]]

Like [[BreakTheCutie Breaking the Cutie]], such deaths provoke the lead character to [[HeroicBSOD an unprecedented level of bloodlust from watching the girl die in such a gruesome manner]] and he is [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge driven to kill the bastard who cut her down]]. At best, characters who witness this will enter an UnstoppableRage. At worst, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters they may very well turn evil from the depravity of the act]]. A lesser grunt will either die in futility challenging the murderer or die a redeeming death for their beloved girl. Expect an AntiVillain or NobleDemon who witnesses the act to get pissed off at the offender, possibly with an EvenEvilHasStandards rant. Moments like these are especially harsh for someone with a [[ThouShaltNotKill no kill code]], so any villain who does this had better hope that the hero regains his composure before he becomes a bloody corpse on the ground.

As if it needs to be said, the above example is not the only circumstance this trope kicks in for. Essentially, any time the least deserving and absolute ''last'' character you wanted to see die horribly -by combat or otherwise- ends up dying horribly will likely be a Kill the Cutie moment.

Occasionally coupled off with BreakTheCutie for extra gruesomeness. It's also part of the ideal behind the {{Ryona}} phenomenon: Killing off characters (usually female) in order to strike at the protective instincts of their fans. TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth is often used to justify this trope.

See also DeathByNewberyMedal, GutPunch, and PlayerPunch. Contrast FinalGirl. Sub trope of MoralEventHorizon as characters who are guilty of this tend to cross it. A cause of being StuffedIntoTheFridge. Related to NiceJobFixingItVillain.

'''This is a DeathTrope, so beware of spoilers.'''

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* ''MonochromeFactor'': Good Lord, Kengo. After suffering as the punching bag and butt monkey of nearly the whole gang, [[spoiler: although its mainly cause of his puppy-like behaviour]] he ends up [[spoiler: being killed gruesomely by Homurabi, who lets the kid suffer while outlining his plans before violently ripping out his dark inshi to use it against Akira.]]. it totally ruined the ending for most people, partly because of their reactions.
* ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'': Averted. Though the definitely have you going for most of the episode.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': In the first episode/chapter, you are shown an adorably ditzy secretary during the alert. Within minutes, she meets Lucy. Before the secretary even realizes she's in trouble, Lucy ''twists her head off'' and uses her body as a meat shield. Her death is even worse in the manga, what with [[spoiler: Lucy using her as a shield first and Kisaragi actually speaking to her sweetly before getting her head cut.]]
** When you get right down to it, ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is just a series of cuties breaking and killing/trying to kill each other.
** In the manga, Diclonius Number 28.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': [[spoiler: Riku]]... Oh, god [[spoiler: [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Riku.]]]] It doesn't help that [[spoiler: one of the crates fell on his [[TakenForGranite crystallized corpse]], smashing it into many pieces.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': [[spoiler: Euphemia and Shirley]]. Sweet Lord, poor [[spoiler: Euphie and Shir-Shir]]. One was [[spoiler: accidentally forced by her own brother to slaughter hundreds of innocent people ''that she herself had gathered together for a plan to bring peace between the warring states'' before being shot by her own brother and dying in the front of her love interest. After that, she ends up being universally hated.]] The other learned that [[spoiler: her love interest killed her father. She was [[MindRape Mind Raped]], almost killed her love interest, lost her memory, got it back, and then had her love interest's mentally broken and psychotic wannabe little brother shoot her because she wants to reunite her love interest with his sister. She then dies in his arms while being repeatedly commanded to live.]] And to further twist the knife, ''both'' of them suffered a BreakTheCutie before.
** Few fans are also none too amused when minor hot looking Knights of the Round got killed off. Some hope that in the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars SRW]] game they debut in, they will not die similarly to the Astray Girls in Alpha 3.
*** They did appeared one level, are fightable and disappear altogether when defeated. whether or not saved is unknown. The Valkyrie Squad was replaced in game by men instead.
* ''ElementalGelade'' loves this trope to death. Any Edel Raid that wasn't a good guy will be pretty much dead meat as in one notable issue, Gladius cuts down a bunch of Edel Raids of one guy after he failed to defeat Coud. The anime had more G rated death but it is still killing cuties by the handful.
* [[spoiler: Aqua]] from ''{{MAR}}'' was a victim of the trope. [[spoiler: Girom, a fellow Chess bishop, kills her after her draw against Nanashi. Later on, Nanashi is shown placing Aqua's corpse in the water as burial.]]
** To really twist the knife, she's given a HopeSpot. She plays Rock-Paper-Scissors with Rapunzel with the promise of being spared if she wins. She does beat Rapunzel, but [[spoiler: [[UnwinnableByDesign Girom beat her.]]]]
** Towards the end of the anime, [[spoiler: Snow fulfills this role, especially for Ginta. Her death send him into a deep depression, though he tries to reject it. Luckily she fuses with Koyuki in the end, so she technically doesn't stay dead.]]
* Gilbert from ''KazeToKiNoUta'' had a [[BreakTheCutie really, really horrible life]]. Abandoned by his parents, raped by a friend and later by his uncle [[spoiler: who is really his actual father]] (repeatedly), abused in every way possible by said uncle, conditioned into some major StockholmSyndrome, raised without any understanding of the real world and left to fend for himself at a boarding school where he is either bullied, ignored or used sexually, [[BrokenBird he's not really all that sound of mind]]. Eventually, he does manage to find some form of happiness in a relationship with NiceGuy Serge, but the school rejects them and the two boys are forced to flee to Paris. There, he's [[spoiler: gang-raped, drugged, and returns to prostituting himself before running into the street while hallucinating where he's run over by a carriage and killed]]. [[CaptainObvious This is not a very happy manga]].
* In ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', [[spoiler: Hinaichigo, the most deliberately cute of the dolls]], is killed off in the second season. [[TearJerker The anime version will have you crying for hours.]] The manga version will have you crying for days.
* Everyone in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. '''[[GroundhogDayLoop Repeatedly]]'''.
* In ''{{Texhnolyze}}'', [[spoiler:Ran]]'s death causes main character Ichise to [[spoiler:[[UnstoppableRage go berserk and punch off the Big Bad's head in a single blow]]]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Ichise]] himself at the end of the anime after spending the entire anime in one long BreakTheCutie process.
* [[spoiler: Chiriko]] in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is a rare male example.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Haku was very much a kind loving character. He wanted nothing more than to pet bunnies and enjoy life. And protect the Demon of Red Mist, murderous ninja Zabuza, whom he owes his life to. That aside, he was killed rather abruptly and ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice violently]]'' to protect Zabuza. Kakashi is horrified since Haku was NOT his intended target, but the event causes Zabuza's eventual redemption.
** A more direct example is when Pain apparently killed [[spoiler: Hinata]] in chapter 437. The character and fan base reaction was certainly there. Subverted as she lived through it despite what it looked like.
*** You could only really tell because the death was like the ones in the Rescue Sasuke Arc.
** Subverted with Hinata yet again in the Chunnin exam when she became a target of RevengeByProxy. The reaction from Naruto was not pleasant. There's also some FridgeHorror here when you think about what could have happened if Orochimaru didn't use that 5 pronged seal.
*** Remember though, part of the reason Naruto went eight tails against Pain was that the seal has been gradually weakening over time. By the end of Part I, Naruto was only able to achieve one tail, and even then it was a combination of a desire to bring Sasuke back combined with self-preservation, so he probably would only have gone one tail if he saw Hinata apparently killed in front of him during the Chuunin exams. Bad news for Neji, yes, but nothing that would threaten the entire village, especially since there were genjutsu experts on site, and if nothing else, Gaara was there to keep Naruto occupied, at which point everyone runs away from the two bloodthirsty jinchuriki.
**** Then [[ChekhovsGunman some random ANBU guy]] restrains Naruto before anyone gets hurt.
* [[spoiler:Aruru]] in ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' tries standing up for Hakuoro. It doesn't turn out well and [[spoiler:turns him into GODZILLA! or something. But she gets better because Godzilla is actually a god/demon of some sort. This has also happened before.]]
** [[spoiler:For Mikoto and her child it was more like [[TheyWouldCutYouUp Dissect The Cutie]].]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' does this with both [[spoiler:Nagisa and her daughter Ushio.]] Separately. With just enough time in between for [[spoiler:Tomoya]] and the audience to rediscover hope. The six episode gap just serves to rebuild happiness, so the latter death could rip is all away a second time..
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Nina Tucker. She suffers a FateWorseThanDeath, followed by MercyKill.
** In the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], [[spoiler:Selim]].
* [[spoiler: Carly]] from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. ''Twice''. [[spoiler: The second time, she pulls a "DyingAsYourself", but [[UnexplainedRecovery she gets better]], even after that.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has a unique example due to the [[HealingFactor effects of]] [[{{Immortality}} the elixir]]. Czeslaw Meyer inevitably becomes a victim of this trope over and [[FateWorseThanDeath over]] [[BlessedWithSuck again]] by his [[AbusiveParent beloved guardian]]. Strangely it is through KillTheCutie that BreakTheCutie occurs and results in Czes turning into a JerkAss CrazySurvivalist. [[spoiler: He gets better, but ONLY after this cycle is repeated many times.]]
* ''WeissKreuz'' is pretty fond of this trope. The clearest examples appear in ''Weiss Kreuz Gluhen'': first [[spoiler:Nozomi-chan]], after befriending Sena, is given the BreakTheCutie treatment and DrivenToSuicide within the first few episodes. Then, in the second half of the series, [[spoiler:Asami]] is rewarded for her effort to be a good and caring teacher by getting ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by [[spoiler:Tsuji]], and dies in Aya's arms. [[spoiler:Sena]] isn't immune either, [[spoiler:he survives to the second-to-last episode before getting shot by his mother and also dying in Aya's arms.]] Seems to be a trend.
* [[spoiler: Kotori]] from ''{{X1999}}'', after a prolonged stretch of BreakTheCutie.
* Pretty much every teenager used by the National Scientific Welfare Foundation in ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'', and Wadau's secretary he used to test the ultimate blade. Also, [[spoiler: the main character]] which resulted in a BreakTheCutie for [[spoiler: her daughter Rihoko.]]
** Pseudo BigBad Maria, especially once Masane kills the only friend she ever had. It seems that up until that point she treated the power of the witchblade and fighting as a game, her only non-childish moment prior when she was driven mad with rage and killed her mother for rejecting her. (Lets just say she's had a similar upbringing to Shinji but responded to it as Asuka would have.) Once her friend dies, the flash of emotions over the next 60 seconds could only be described as a HeroicBSOD for the neutral anti-hero.
* [[spoiler: Lichty and/or Christina]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''. [[spoiler: Louise]] ''almost'' joined them, and it got worse for the kid onwards. [[spoiler: And then, she got better.]]
** There's a cute little girl in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam Seed]]'' who is introduced early in the story and gets killed along with the settler ship by Duel Gundam. Thanks a lot for that, [[JerkAss Yzak Joule]].
** The most recent victim comes from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]''. [[spoiler: Yurin's death is this and Fram being the last casualty]]. Not that guys get much better, specially if their name is [[spoiler: Woolf Enneacle -- he first witnesses how a Vegan soldier is the cutie being killed, and one generation later ''he'' is the cutie that kicks it, much to the anguish of the Asunos.]].
** To be precise, this is often called the Lalah [[spoiler: Named after Lalah Sune, a female Newtype who provides Amuro and Char their first true emotional bond with and then died.]] Since then, if the girl is on the enemy side and is a psychic. Start buying some life insurance of her.
** All KillEmAll Franchise/{{Gundam}} stories loves this, especially ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'', with mass amounts of persons of all kinds (and ''specially'' cute {{Action Girl}}s) getting killed. '''WarIsHell''' indeed.
* YoshiyukiTomino's KillEmAll shows are overloaded with this. Non-cuties die plenty too, though. Just know that the FanNickname "Kill 'em All Tomino" is well-earned.
* The 1980 ''Manga/AstroBoy'' series thrives on this. More often than not an episode will introduce a sympathetic robot character only to kill them off, leaving Astro to bemoan why humans had to make robots that way.
* ''WolfsRain'': Toboe. And Toboe's death is just the [[FromBadToWorse START]] [[KillEmAll of]] [[ApocalypseHow it.]]
* Rin from ''Manga/InuYasha'' suffers a subversion of this trope on two occasions. The first time, she is [[spoiler: killed by wolves and brought back to life by Sesshomaru's [[HealingShiv Tenseiga]] ]]. The second time, she [[spoiler: dies after being abducted to the Underworld but is revived by the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Meidou Stone]] ]].
* Done brutally in ''RahXephon'' to [[spoiler: Hiroko Asahina.]] What makes it worse is that [[spoiler: Ayato Kamina, TheHero, does it to her while ''trying to protect her'', not knowing that she was linked to a golem he was fighting, thus every damage done to the golem was equalled to an injury in poor Hiroko's body.]] It's a TearJerker deluxe with pain flavored sprinkles.
* In ''Fang Of The Sun Dougram'', when Rita's naivete gets her killed, it doesn't just send George, who was quite obviously in love with her, into an UnstoppableRage, it actually turns him into a cynical asshole for much of the rest of the show.
* Though not a particularly "cute" child in-looks due to [[spoiler: having been experimented on for years]], [[spoiler:Takashi]] is suddenly shot in the head by a would-be hero with bad aim, causing his friend Manga/{{Akira}}'s catastrophic meltdown that levels Neo Tokyo in the manga version.
** What makes it even worse is that right then, [[spoiler: Takashi]] was happily going towards Akira, walking up to him while all "Hey, Akira! Remember me? I'm [[spoiler: Takashi]]! I used to be your friend! Come with me, let's go home, [[spoiler: Kyouko and Masaru]] are waiting...". [[HopeSpot It seems that it will get better...]] And ''then''? BoomHeadshot. [[YankTheDogsChain For no real reason at all.]] [[TearJerker WAAAAAH]]!
** [[spoiler:Kaori]] also dies in both the manga and anime, but two different ways. In the manga [[spoiler:she's shot to death by the local SmugSnake and the grief-stricken Tetsuo carries around her lifeless body afterwards]] and in the anime [[spoiler:she dies horrifically within Tetsuo's mutated form.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Almost happened to [[spoiler:poor Momo Hinamori]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It]], [[spoiler: Hitsugaya]]. Now, since [[spoiler: Hinamori]] ''is'' a protagonist, the likelihood that [[spoiler: she]] will die? As if. ([[MemeticMutation Nobody Dies In Bleach, anyway.]]) But it's heartbreaking all the same. "[[spoiler: Shiro...chan...]]''why?''" [[spoiler: Aizen]] [[MoralEventHorizon is a bastard, that's why.]]
** ''Did'' happen to [[spoiler: Hidetomo Kajoumaru, as he's [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe sliced into two]] by the Stern Ritter Leader.]] Now, the likelihood that [[spoiler: he]] will kick it? [[spoiler: He doesn't have PlotArmor ''and'' Kubo seems to be pulling punches '''less''' in this particular arc, so the poor dude is surely a goner.]]
*** Following this last bit of logic, [[spoiler: Kira Izuru]] is pretty much done for. Only a miracle can save [[spoiler: him]] now. [[spoiler: And while he didn't start as a cutie, Byakuya Kuchiki ''has'' gone through a cycle of CharacterDevelopment and was very cute as a kid... and now he's few more than a splatter on a wall after a massive CurbStompBattle. ''Then'' he lives on... but barely.]]
* Lisanna from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is presented this way as a character in a {{Flashback}}. Adorable, sweet, and a LoveInterest for [[ChasteHero Natsu]], she was quickly liked by everyone... until she goes on an S-Ranked mission with her SiblingTeam and is killed by her [[TearJerker older brother Elfman]] when he loses control of his Take Over magic.
** [[spoiler:Subverted for [[HesJustHiding she's just hiding]] in a parallel universe where said counterpart died]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': [[spoiler: Hansel and Gretel]] are quite the variation on the trope. They ''are'' portrayed as soulless killers with no mercy, but then we get to lean [[spoiler: that their shared BackStory involved almost '''unspeakable''' horrors (ParentalAbandonment, OrphanageOfFear, rape, murder, snuff, etc.), which shaped them both into the killers we meet.]] So their whole life is a long, bloody, slow KillTheCutie process...
* [[spoiler: Franz and Edmond]] in ''{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* Saya from ''Manga/BlackCat'', when Creed [[spoiler: finds out Train doesn't want to live a life of assassin and wants to be free, and finds out its because of her.]]
* [[spoiler: Alois/Jim]] from ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]''.
* [[spoiler: Miki Makimura]] from ''{{Devilman}}'', outside of the somewhat LighterAndSofter TV anime adaptation, is usually killed brutally. ''[[DevilMan Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman]]'' has [[spoiler: both her and underaged brother killed right off onscreen by a group of mad men. Akira realizes it, and '''''snaps'''''. Too bad we don't see him tearing those bastards apart.]]
* The manga and movie versions of ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' [[spoiler: ends with Kimba's and Lyra's deathes.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has [[spoiler: Mami]].
** And in episode 9, [[spoiler: Sayaka. And Kyouko.]]
** Episode 10. [[spoiler: They're all alternate timelines, but everyone except Homura, multiple times.]]
** What makes this worse is that [[spoiler:the universe is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild powered by this trope]].]]
** [[spoiler: The title character herself. She technically [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence]], but it has been stated [[MessianicArchetype she sacrificed her own self as an immaterial force]]. For all intents and purposes, she is not just dead, but she also ''never even existed''.]]
* With a name like ''CorpseParty'', it was probably inevitable, but [[spoiler: Seiko's death]] is still devestating due to what leads up to it.
* [[spoiler: The 10031 MISAKA]] in the ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' series and it's [[CruelAndUnusualDeath never pretty]].
* In ''Anime/BloodC'' we have [[spoiler:Nene and Nono]] GOD DAMN!! And to twist the knife even more? [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope They weren't]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing exactly cuties]], [[FakingTheDead their deaths were faked]], and then their ''definitive'' demises were '''even worse'''.]]
* Happens in the second chapter of ''Limit''. The cute, "perfect", but cruelly judgmental Sakura dies while on a bus accident. It's ironic since she said that another girl, who she deemed pathetic and worthless, should die; but that girl ended up surviving.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'':
** [[spoiler: Charlotte]], after going through a long stretch of BreakTheCutie, [[spoiler: kills herself by falling down the balcony.]]
** Later, UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette herself being sent to the guillotine, after also going though the same thing mentioned above. But considering history, this is [[ForegoneConclusion bound to happen]].
* ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' is a big battle royale with teams mostly made up of cute girls, so this is pretty common. It's suggested that losers can be brought back, though.
* ''SaintSeiya'' had [[spoiler:Esmeralda, the daughter of Ikki's master]]. Years later, in ''SaintSeiyaOmega'', [[spoiler:Aria, the fake Athena,]] went through a demise just as heartwrenching.
* [[spoiler: Mayuri]] from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', [[spoiler: repeatedly and at length, across several timelines]]. To the point that the very inevitability of [[spoiler: her]] death is a plot point; [[spoiler: Mayuri will die, [[ContrivedCoincidence no matter how painfully contrived the circumstances]], unless Rintaro can undo enough changes to the timeline to return from the "beta" world line to the "alpha" world line]].
* [[spoiler: Yukari]] in ''Manga/MurasakiiroNoQualia''. [[spoiler: Her death is off-screen, and serves as a catalyst for her best friend Hatou to then use her abilities to search for anything about her death in the infinite possibilities of infinitite possible worlds.]]
* [[spoiler: Marco Bott]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' ends up DyingAlone, as a reminder of how cruel and senseless death often is for the RedShirtArmy the cast belongs to. [[spoiler: He was a kind and patient young leader, well-respected by his comrades, and absolutely vital in holding the trainees together during the Battle of Trost. In the aftermath, his [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe mangled corpse]] is discovered by his best friend, Jean.]]
* ''{{Berserk}}'', being the GrimDark setting that it is, likes to kill and break cuties all the time. The first instance is that of a cute, adolescent girl named Colette who seems to develop a crush on Guts when she and her father offer him a ride in their wagon. When night falls, the evil spirits that are attracted to Guts' brand animate the skeletons from an old battle and first make their presence known by running Colette through with a spear. It's then taken a step further when they animate ''her'' corpse and force Guts to cut her in half.
* Happens a couple of times in {{Gunnm}} (even to the lead character) but the worst example is probably Haruka: a sweet, flute playing girl who wouldn't hurt a fly runs into an ancient vampire and bravely reaches out to him to make peace. The [[{{MoralEventHorizon}} self important scumbag]] then just bites her, infecting her with his "curse" [[{{TheReasonYouSuckSpeech}} to show her that humans and vampires will NEVER be able to exist together]] (and because he hates "poisonous innocence"). We now have to watch how the poor girl dies in excruciating agony [[{{DespairEventHorizon}} wile also succumbing to absolute despair since she had been told before that infected humans have less than one percent chance of survival.]] After this, Haruka's beloved, who is the man destined to restore human civilization, is [[{{StartOfDarkness}} permanently hardened]] and the entire future of the world turns out much more dystopian then it normally would have been. An cruel example of "Karmatron dynamics" in action, really.
* In SwordArtOnline, Kirito's girlfriend Sachi dies because Kirito didn't warn their teammates about the trap they were about to trigger. The trap sealed off all escape routes and summoned hordes of monsters to attack them. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck While she didn't know the exact reason that Kirito didn't want to open that chest, she knew there was a good reason, but couldn't talk the others out of opening it.]] Kirito wasn't able to save any of them, with Sachi dying last, after hearing the screams of impending death from her friends. The whole thing pushes Kirito past the DespairEventHorizon.
** Kirito gets better only to cross the DespairEventHorizon again after his fiance/in-game wife Asuna is struck down taking a fatal blow meant for him. He was about to resign himself to dying with her until he thought of all the people who were counting on him and pulls off a dramatic TakingYouWithMe. The BigBad was so impressed, he decided not to apply the rule that if you die in the game, you die in real life to them.
* [[spoiler: Both Cosmo and Molly]] in ''Anime/SonicX'' kick the bucket near the end of the third season of the anime (though in the case of [[spoiler: Molly]] [[SparedByTheAdaptation in the English version]], she survives off-screen) and their deaths were both [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Dreamkeepers}}'' has a rather disturbing version of this trope, [[spoiler:where a cute little girl is, for lack of a better term, ''butchered'']].
* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' has this trope to an effect, with [[spoiler: Jim's wife and daughter being shot]] but its hardly noticable due to the fact that [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode Half the cast die.]]]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}'' doesn't kick into high gear until [[spoiler: the brutal murder of Loo]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', the Violin spirit is origninally content merely to humiliate Courtney, but starts trying to do her in after she becomes a public figure. It appears to succeed, but that success (and perforce the trope) is subverted with an “or so it would have been” disclaimer.
* Happens in [[Fanfic/MyLittlePonyAUFanficMutant Mutant]]
* Inevitably for a HungerGames fanfiction, the tragic death of [[spoiler: Kit at the hands of a mutt]] in ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''. The deaths of [[spoiler: Lark]] and later [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies Vale herself]] ]] also qualify.
* In Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX, this happens loads of times but one that sticks out is Sakuya, who dies of radiation sickness, caused by the fallout of the nuclear bomb.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Manolo after going through some ''harsh'' BreakTheCutie moments in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', the worst one is when he thinks that he [[spoiler:indirectly lead to Maria's "death".]] He thus asks (indirectly) from [[spoiler:Xibalba]], to help commit [[spoiler:suicide]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'': Poor, poor 5. It's just not enough that he ''dies,'' oh no, he has to have what fans call the saddest death in the whole movie.
* ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' delivers a rather harsh one with [[spoiler:Ray, who's swatted to the ground by Facilier and then ''stepped on'' quite coldly. Only, that's not all. Louis finds him, and we later see that Ray's still alive - but only barely. Louis brings him to Tiana and Naveen, who tell him they're staying frogs and getting married. He expresses his happiness with the news right before he finally passes on, eyes growing blank and tail light fading out.]]
** [[spoiler:Somewhat mitigated by Ray's ultimate fate being incredibly heartwarming - he winds up becoming a star in the sky, right next to Evangeline - a star he was in love with.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[spoiler: Rachel]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* Those poor [[spoiler: Jedi younglings]] in ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIIRevengeOfTheSith''.
* British indie actress [[Creator/MyannaBuring [=MyAnna=] Buring]] is naturally adorable, and this tends to carry across to her characters. She also has a tendency towards horror films and characters with suicidal tendencies, so this happens ''a lot''.
* ''Film/TheCondemned'' had a horrible scene of a woman being raped and killed (behind a tree, for what that's worth) while her husband was forced to listen. Wikipedia shows the character of Rosa (played by Dasi Ruz) to have "stood by her man during the duo's merciless killing spree, which landed her a seat next to her husband on death row. Charges of prostitution flesh out her mile long rap sheet." Nevertheless, it was one of the scenes which established ''TheDragon''.
* Jamie Lloyd from the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series, who winds up impaled on and ripped open by tractor harrows courtesy of [[EvilUncle uncle Michael]] in [[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers the sixth film]].
* The main character's LoveInterest in the remake of ''Film/AssaultOnPrecinct132005'' is rather pointlessly executed after being kidnapped by the BigBad.
* Marlena in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. Especially the way she dies. [[spoiler: Not that anybody else is getting out of this alive, though.]]
* Newt was killed off pretty quickly in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', and the audience is given an sickeningly just-out-of-shot autopsy scene to confirm this.
* Eusebios in the 2010 ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', clearly the youngest of the group of heroes. He is turned to stone by Medusa after watching his companion die, and his body is then smashed to pieces at Perseus' feet.
* Lorna in ''Film/{{Hostel}} II''. Being played by Heather Matarazza only made it that much worse.
** Josh in the original. The fact he gets arguably the most painful death in the entire movie just makes it much, much worse.
** Also, Karen from ''Film/CabinFever'' [[spoiler: The closest thing to a nice character gets infected, locked in a shed, has her face eaten by a dog and is beaten to death with a shovel.]]
* Randy Meeks from the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' films is the lovable and excitable movie geek who gets mutilated beyond belief in the sequel and before that plays the general role of the underdog with many BreakTheCutie moments occurring. As an adorable common relief character whose only crime is making constant tongue-in-cheek remarks he certainly didn't deserve that to happen.
* Boltie (Creator/EllenPage) in ''Film/{{Super}}'' gets a third of her head blown off with a shotgun. Even though she's a psychopath, you can't help but like her and the brutal nature of her death hits hard.
* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', Captain Vidal, [[spoiler:after taking his baby son from his step-daughter Ofelia, [[WouldHurtAChild coldly takes out his pistol and shoots her in the stomach.]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch Thankfully, it's followed by one of the most satisfying death scenes in recent memory.]]]]
* Su-in from ''Film/DeadFriend''. Just poor, poor Su-in.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'': Agent PhilCoulson
** [[spoiler:Though he not only got better, but ultimately [[Series/AgentsOfSHIELD got his own TV series]] out of it.]]
* ''TheExpendables2''. [[spoiler: The new recruit [[FriendlySniper Billy the Kid]] is killed by [[BigBad Jean Vilain]].]]
* Sweet, innocent little Carlo in the movie ''Film/HornetsNest''. [[spoiler:He won't get out of the way of his older friend Aldo's line of fire when Aldo wants to shoot an onrushing carload of German soldiers, and Aldo, sociopathic little snot that he is, cares more about killing Germans than the lives of his friends, so he guns down the younger boy to remove the obstacle to his target.]]
* In ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'', the fate that awaits BigBad's cute daughter.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': [[spoiler: Cabbie.]] He spends most of the whole movie as a happy-go-lucky, overly friendly wide-eyed optimist who looks out for [[spoiler: Plissken]] (even to the extent of [[spoiler: throwing a molotov cocktail at some thugs, driving him for free and coming back for him just in time)]]. Then, despite being in an explosion that leaves the others inexplicably unscathed, he dies horribly. Thankfully, Snake gets some justice for his unnecessary death [[spoiler: by screwing the ungrateful president.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Cell}}'', [[spoiler:Alice is the only character that one can really love, due to her innocence and naiveté. She dies suddenly and with no foreshadowing or reason. Creator/StephenKing, you bastard.]]
** [[spoiler:Not only that, but the way she dies sounds incredibly painful.]]
*** [[spoiler:The killers die a much more excruciating death. And while Alice was unaware of the pain, they're fully aware of it as they bleed out.]]
* [[spoiler: Rue]] in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
** Depending on definition, also possibly [[spoiler: Cinna]] from the second book, although [[spoiler: we don't know for sure that he's actually dead.]]
** And just when you think that maybe [[spoiler: Rue]] has fulfilled this trope enough for one trilogy, they go and kill off ''[[spoiler: Prim]]'' in the final book. [[TearJerker Pass the tissues.]]
* In "Literature/{{Gone}}, the [[VaugeAge preteen]] Brianna is killed in combat.
* Nancy in Dickens' ''Literature/OliverTwist''
** Dickens does this a lot. Paul Dombey in ''Dombey and Son'', the infamous death of Little Nell in ''The Old Curiosity Shop'', Dora in ''David Copperfield'', Smike in ''Nicholas Nickleby''. He plays with the trope in ''A Christmas Carol'', in the Christmas Future scene where Tiny Tim is dead, but Scrooge's repentance averts the death.
* [[spoiler:Johnny]] in ''TheOutsiders''
* [[spoiler:Kianna]] goes out in contorting, flaming ruin in the second book of Douglas Niles's ''Watershed Trilogy''.
* [[spoiler:Emilio]] in Creator/JCHutchins' ''Literature/PersonalEffects: Literature/DarkArts'' is another rare male example.
* Literature/HarryPotter's potentially extensive list: [[spoiler:Dobby and Colin Creevey]] with arguably qualifying mentions to Lily Potter, [[spoiler:Fred Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Lavender Brown, and Hedwig]] depending on how you want to define cutie.
* In the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers novel ''Literature/HardToBeAGod'', the concluding RoaringRampageOfRevenge is caused by the deaths of the Hero's LoveInterest and KidSidekick - possibly the only pure characters in the story.
* Erin Hunter's Literature/WarriorCats. if there is a cutie, expect she or he to end up broken, and then dead.
* ''[[{{Redwall}} Martin the Warrior]]'' has Laterose die at the end of the book, causing Martin to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* [[spoiler: Piggy]] from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. [[spoiler: Simon]], too.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', [[spoiler: Beryl, the Wee Widow Mouse, and the three Pins]] count.
* [[spoiler:Lavan's Companion followed by Lavan himself]] in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Brightly Burning]]''. As [[http://www.firebirdarts.com/mercedeslackey/chapters/myste.html bragged]] by MercedesLackey:
-->"The Lackey patented formula for success—make your audience identify with and care deeply for a character then drop a mountain on him!"
* The German book ''The Land Of Oblivion'' has a particularly gruesome variation. Technically, [[spoiler: The Shadow Child]] is [[DeadToBeginWith already dead]] by the time of introduction, but in the end, [[spoiler: she]] ends up DeaderThanDead, condemned to nothingness, and there is nothing to do about it. Ouch.
* ''Laura and the Silver Wolf'', meanwhile, has the death of [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies The main protagonist]]. But at least she DiedHappilyEverAfter ]]
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia': [[spoiler:Poor Leslie...]]
* [[Literature/AnneOfGreenGables Rilla of Ingleside]] loses her favourite brother, Walter, in World War One. Made worse by the fact that [[TheWoobie Walter]] desperately didn't want to go, and had spent half the novel in a state of torment because he thought himself a coward. And he was always the kindest, gentlest of the children.
* Bheth Halleck from ''Dune: House Harkonnen'': The gentle younger sister of Gurney Halleck's Bheth is first kidnapped by the Harkonnens for trying to protect her brother. Next they cut out her larynx so she can't do more than scream wordlessly. Then she is subjected to 6 years (starting at an innocent 17 years old) of sadistic rape and torture by a recorded 4620 Harkonnan soldiers. The Beast Rabban finally kills her in retribution of Gurney's attempt on his life.
* [[spoiler:Weena]] in ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.
* [[spoiler: Manchee]] and [[spoiler:Maddy]] in ''Literature/ChaosWalking''.
* [[spoiler: Clarisse]] in ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''.
* [[spoiler:Ray Pierce]] in ''Literature/MildredPierce''. Also in the film and the miniseries adaptation.
* TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara has Ryer Ord Star, who...
-->hung from the yardarm of Black Moclips, swaying gently at the ends of the ropes tied about her wrists. Blood coated her arms from the deep gouges the ropes had made in her flesh, and sweat ran down her face and body in spite of the cool night air. Her pain was all encompassing, racking her slender body from head to toe, rising and falling in steady waves as she waited to die.
* In ''Literature/LonesomeDove'', while moving cattle from Texas to Montana, [[spoiler:Sean O'Brien, a novice cowhand and lovable young Irish immigrant]] wades into a nest of water moccasins while crossing a river, where he is bitten several times by a group of them before being hauled out of the water and dying painfully on the shore. Even the most grizzled, experienced cowhands of the group are shocked and disturbed by the sudden, unusual, and brutal nature of his death.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'': Seemingly every episode that featured a [[CartwrightCurse Cartwright becoming romantically involved with a young woman.]]
* JossWhedon is positively obsessed with this trope.
** ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Examples include [[spoiler:Jenny Calendar, Tara, Amanda, and Jonathan]].
** [[spoiler:Cordelia Chase and Winifred Burkle]] in ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** If there's one blessing in the [[ScrewedByTheNetwork short lifespan]] of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', it's that Whedon didn't get a chance to do this to us. Though he made up for it by killing [[spoiler:Wash]] in [[TheMovie The]] [[BigDamnMovie Movie]].
** He also poked fun at his penchant for this in the pilot of ''Firefly'', with Kaylee's "death" (it all turns out to be a psychotic joke by Mal). The only reason that the joke was as effective as it was is because of Joss's track record.
** ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':
*** [[spoiler:Bennett Halverson in "Getting Closer" (2x11).]] That is all.
*** In "The Hollow Men" (2x12) [[spoiler: Mellie kills herself to protect Ballard.]]
*** In 2x13, [[spoiler: Topher performs a heroic sacrifice and gets blown up.]]
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'':
** [[spoiler: Cally. Dualla. Boomer. Athena. Repeatedly, in the latter two cases.]]
** [[spoiler: Billy. Oh, sweet, sweet Billy.]]
** The irritatingly cute chicken-eating munchkin in the original miniseries. Introduced in one scene, playing with her doll and talking to Laura Roslin about how she's going to have dinner with her parents. Blown up by Cylons in her very next scene. This was when it became clear that Cylons aren't all bad.
* [[spoiler: Kutner,]] possibly the most likable character on ''Series/{{House}}''. Cause of death? [[spoiler: ''Suicide.'']]
* [[spoiler: Ianto ]] in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
** [[spoiler: Owen]] and [[spoiler: Toshiko]], as well.
** From ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'', we have [[spoiler:Esther]]. At this point, we can all agree that if you're nice, likable, and a fan favourite, you can expect to die by the end of the season.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[spoiler:The daughter in "The Doctor's Daughter". Thankfully, she got better.]]
** [[spoiler: Katarina]]
** [[spoiler: Adric]], although frequently cited as a case of AlasPoorScrappy. [[spoiler: Peri]] is a much straighter example [[spoiler: unless you believe that "warrior queen" business, which was put in at the last minute]].
** Astrid, from "Voyage of the Damned".
** That adorable little kid (who was ''sent in by Series/BluePeter'', no less) in the episode "Utopia", and who [[spoiler: ended up turned into a twisted little Toclafane.]]
** [[spoiler:Chantho. This is almost the first thing TheMaster does in the new series, and [[FromBadToWorse he only gets worse]] from there]].
** Rory is surely a killed Cutie. The amount of times he gets killed and frankly he is {{adorkable}}. However, by this point, he's [[TookALevelInBadass taken so many levels in badass]] that in fandom, the TheyKilledKenny jokes have fully stopped in favor of adding to his ChuckNorrisFacts type list, "What doesn't kill Rory Williams makes him stronger. What kills Rory Williams ''also'' makes him stronger." He's ''still'' TheCutie, though.
* One can never forget the tragic death of [[spoiler: Charlie]] on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. But [[spoiler: She got better too.]]
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', AnyoneCanDie, so it's no surprise this applies. [[spoiler: Libby, Juliet, Charlotte, Daniel, Charlie, Boone and Shannon would qualify]]
* Initially Lilly Kane, the character who dies before the beginning of the first episode of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', would count as an example, since she was a young attractive teenager who got her head smashed in with [[spoiler: an ashtray]], though she becomes arguably less of a 'cutie' during some of the later flashbacks as her innocence level drops.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' has this happen twice in "Retribution". Both [[spoiler: [[TheWoobie Wellard]] and [[BadassAdorable Archie]] are killed when the Spanish prisoners retake the ship. Archie lasts long enough to perform a HeroicSacrifice for Horatio, though.]]
* The acclaimed ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}: TOS'' episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" offers [[TheHero Kirk]] a SadisticChoice: either KillTheCutie or [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel alter history so the Nazis win]] WorldWarII. [[spoiler:He does the right thing in the end, although it's hard for him.]]
** Although it's not so much "kill" in this case as "allow to die"- the character in question was originally supposed to die in a road accident, but Kirk falling in love with her would have prevented that.
* At the end of the third/beginning of the fourth seasons of ''Series/BreakingBad'', unfortunate circumstances force [[spoiler: Jessie]] to kill [[spoiler:Gale]].
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the creators even admitted they killed [[spoiler:Vincent Nigel-Murray]] "for the heartbreak".
* [[spoiler: William, Lavinia, and Sybil]] in ''{{DowntonAbbey}}''
* ''[[{{Series/Supernatural}} Supernatural's]]'' "most adorable angel in heaven," [[spoiler:Samandriel]] was killed by a mind-controlled [[spoiler:Castiel.]]
* AMC's live action adaptation of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** TheChick Amy was the kindest and most pleasant of the survivors, to the point where even ''Merle'' liked her, and he was a openly racist, sociopathic {{Jerkass}}. She was also the first one to die after walkers attack the camp. Well, OK, Carol's husband was killed and eaten before she was, but none of the survivors or viewers gave a toss about that [[WouldHitAGirl wife-abusing]] [[AssholeVictim asshole]].
** To say nothing of [[spoiler:the show brutally [[AvertedTrope averting]] InfantImmortality with the death of Sophia. She goes missing early in Season 2 after being split up from the group. The survivors find her later zombified in a barn]].
** Dale might also count. A sweet old man who only wanted what was best for the group, and was a much needed father figure/rock for Glenn.
* [[spoiler: Kate]] on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* In the 1999 version of ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'', Lord Tony Dewhurst suffers from DeathByAdaptation. He's a cute young man who laughs and smiles and stutters adorably. Killing him off in the very first episode is just too cruel. Percy is a bit shattered when he hears that Tony's dead, but he recovers very quickly and says that he knew the risks of working for the League.
* Wendy in the 1975 version of ''Survivors'' was pretty much introduced for he purposes of later killing her off, after [[spoiler: a drunken Tom Price kills her for refusing his drunken advances]], forming the entire plot of the episode "Law and Order".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A very common tactic for cruel Dungeon Masters, regardless of system or setting.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Bernardo and Riff in WestSideStory are arguably the funniest characters in the show, even if they are gang-leaders. They provide snarky relief from Maria's and Tony's overly serious gushy lovey-doviness.
* Seward's son in ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' challenges the title character to single combat in the middle of the climactic battle. Macbeth is a brutal, murderous FallenHero with years of combat experience. Seward's son is just some poor brave kid. Guess the end of that one.
** Also, [=MacDuff=]'s ''entire family,'' '''onstage,''' just to get him to come back to Scotland. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge It works.]]
* [[spoiler: Audrey]] in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
** [[spoiler: Averted in the FocusGroupEnding [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors movie version]] though]]
* NextToNormal: Defied with Diana [[spoiler: but played straight with Gabe.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[spoiler:Rhyme dies saving her brother, Beat]] in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou.'' Worst part is how this echoes perfectly how [[spoiler:Beat and Rhyme died in the first place to enter the Underground. Cue HeroicBSOD by Beat after losing Rhyme TWICE. And then, at Day 2 on Week 3, Rhyme is killed AGAIN as her noise form. She's brought back of course, but still.]]
* [[spoiler:Xion]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''. Made even worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the lead character, Roxas, is the one who kills her.]] Cue epic TearJerker.
** [[spoiler: Ventus]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''? Even though he doesn't TECHNICALLY die, he is basically destroyed.
** And, in an [[{{TearJerker/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance}} extremely horrible way]], [[spoiler: Sora]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. Considering what [[{{DespairEventHorizon}} he went through]] just before this is plain-murdering a heart. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Riku revives him, averting a DownerEnding]].
* Tiltyu in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', after the TimeSkip was subjected into lots and lots of BreakTheCutie moments to the point it killed her.
** [[spoiler:Ethlyn and Quan]] too. They were travelling through the Yied Desert to meet up with [[spoiler: Sigurd]]. However, [[spoiler: Travant ambushes their army and wipes them out save Finn (who was back at Lenster with Leaf) taking their baby Altena hostage.]] And no, there is no way to save them--not only are the enemies that they're fighting are coded as "other" units so you can't even attack them if you manage to get your units to them (although you probably won't be able to lend much aid since the desert will slow down everyone except your lone flying unit), but if the Random Number Goddess somehow deigns to allow them to ''win'' the HopelessBossFight, there's a good chance it'll lead to an UnwinnableByMistake situation.
*** In the same chapter, you can't save [[spoiler:Vylon]], either, though this is [[YouKilledMyFather a different trope]]. Worst case scenario is that he dies before Sigurd reaches him. If you get Sigurd to speak to him [[AlmostDeadGuy before the enemy can finish him off]], he [[spoiler:passes down their family's Holy Weapon, Tyrfing, to Sigurd]]...and then dies. Keep the enemies from getting to him, but ''don't'' speak to him? He'll just randomly disappear, without any fanfare, as soon as you capture the first castle.
* 12-year-old pianist May Norton from ''VideoGame/ClockTower 3'' is introduced as the serial killer Sledgehammer's first victim by taking said weapon to the face.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' with Arietta the Wild. And a tragic one too.
** Keeping in mind that it's YOU who is killing the God Generals such as her. And you also kill the sentient animal that was her adopted mother.
** The anime even made it MORE heart-breaking.
*** [[PlayerPunch Ion, too.]]
** That one kid in Akzeriuth.
* VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia has [[spoiler: Fenimore.]]
* Martel's death in VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia has a corrupting effecting effect on Mithos.
* Aeris from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a classic example of this trope. If Cloud's anger doesn't count, the millions of players hucking PS1 controllers around when they found out [[GameplayAndStorySegregation a Phoenix Down doesn't help]] probably does.
** Also DoomedByCanon [[VideoGame/CrisisCore Zack Fair]].
* [[spoiler: Yeul and, at the end of the game, Serah]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.
* While not a cutie by ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' standards, Ling of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'' dies in the next mission after meeting Huang and the guy remarks on how he misses her a lot.
* [[spoiler: Chidori's death]] in ''{{Persona 3}}'' exemplifies this, [[spoiler:dying to revive Junpei from the dead,]] causing him to enter an UnstoppableRage...you can revive her in FES, but she does not remember anything. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Chidori]]'s death is [[WordOfGod canonical]].
** [[spoiler:This also applies to Minato in P3]]
** Then tampered with again for [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yosuke]] as he loses Saki. God the Junpei partner type is easily have [[HeartbrokenBadass the worst luck]], this is lampshaded when [[spoiler:he plans to murder Namatame first...after [[TokenMiniMoe Nanako]]'s apparent death. Unlike the above examples, she ''can'' [[BackFromTheDead get better]], but only if you choose ''not'' to kill Namatame]].
** Persona 2 has [[spoiler: Maya Amano. It's her death that brings forth the end of the world and sets the stage for the second game in the duology]].
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', should you choose the Dark path, you get to [[spoiler: force-persuade Zaalbar to kill Mission Vao]].
** Arguably, sacrificing [[spoiler:Visas]] in your duel with Nihilus in the sequel counts.
** A really, really mean character can do this to [[spoiler:Bastila]] along the Dark path.
* After all you go through to find Mayu in ''FatalFrame 2'', in the default ending, [[spoiler:Mio strangles her for the ritual]]. The more tragic thing? This is the ''canon'' ending.
* Arguably, ''Super {{Metroid}}'' of all things. Samus's [[AndroclesLion surrogate child]] gets kidnapped and treated in a somewhat {{Woobie}} manner, [[spoiler: and then killed off by Mother Brain.]] Every time the player dies in this game, he/she is treated to an image of the [[spoiler:Metroid]] still calling out to Samus in [[spoiler: its]] little shrieks, too..
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' takes this to a whole 'nother level of PlayerPunch. [[spoiler:Toroko is kidnapped by Misery at the start of the game after being mistaken for Sue, driving the player to try to get her back somehow on top of other plot threads. Things take a trip down [[DarkerAndEdgier Dark Way and Edgy Avenue]] when you get to the Sand Zone's Storehouse, where Balrog (compelled by the Demon Crown worn by the Doctor) stuffs a red flower down Toroko's throat. The player winds up fulfilling this trope as a {{mercy kill}}ing to keep Toroko from going completely berserk.]]
** This only gets us started on the doom train. [[spoiler: Secondary characters start dropping like flies. King dies from wounds he got trying to stop the Doctor, ''immediately'' after Toroko. Then you get sent to the Labyrinth, where one of the scientists helping out will die in front of you. Then Curly Brace, your cute partner, will sacrifice herself to save you from drowning.]] Doing [[GuideDangIt a few unintuitive things]] can save some of them, but long odds you aren't going to know what those are the first time.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'': Maria's death caused much of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Shadow's]] emotional trauma and had the trademark RoaringRampageOfRevenge reaction.
** [[spoiler: Emerl]]. Which really sucks since not only was he one of the [[CharacterDevelopment best-developed]] characters in the series by a long shot, but [[spoiler: you had to do it [[MercyKill yourself]].]]
*** Ditto for [[spoiler:[[AntiVillain E-102 Gamma]] and Tikal]] from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure.''
** This also happens in the bad ending for the Gamegear version of VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2. If you fail to get all the Chaos Emeralds before making it to the penultimate boss, the credits roll while Sonic runs alone until he eventually stops and sees [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Tails' image in the stars]]. The [[PrettyLittleHeadShots strategically-placed star sprite on Tails' head]] makes it rather unsettling.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Blaze]] in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
** [[spoiler: Chip]] in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''.
* In the bad ending of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', [[spoiler: Raspberyl's murder at the hands of Super Hero Aurum]] triggers Mao's SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum.
** [[spoiler: Before Beryl, Almaz is killed and generally is the one that drives Mao insane in the first place as well as the reason that Sapphire turns her back on Mao. This is only in the bad ending though as in all the other endings, he comes back to life.]]
* Deconstructed with Artina's death 400 years before ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' as a result of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished turning [[spoiler: Nemo]] into an OmnicidalManiac bent on destroying both the human world and the nether world.
* Potentially, [[spoiler:Kelly Chambers]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' can die before the player's eyes in a horrible fashion if the player dawdles after a certain event. Especially brutal if [[spoiler:she was your lover]]. Fortunately, however, it's easy enough to avert. Which means that if she does die this way, it's ''your fault''. In VideoGame/MassEffect3, [[BreakTheCutie she has severe PTSD from the events at the end of the previous game,]] [[PlayerPunch and is still very likely to die due to your actions.]] [[note]]If you do not convince her to go into hiding instead of helping refugees, she will be KilledOffScreen by Cerberus. Renegade players aren't safe either, as if you get mad at her for giving information to Cerberus, she is DrivenToSuicide.[[/note]]
** Also in the third game, one of the only two squad-members that are ''going'' to die no matter what [[spoiler:is the {{Adorkable}} EnsembleDarkhorse Legion, who either dies via HeroicSacrifice, is killed by [[PlayerPunch you]] [[GenocideDilemma to save another race from extinction at the cost of his]] ([[WhatTheHellHero which]] [[BreakTheCutie he]] '''''[[FreakOut does not]]''''' [[NeckLift take well]]), or is fought as a KingMook after being MindRaped by Cerberus provided you never activated him in the second game. [[note]]The other one being Thane, a [[TheAtoner former assassin]][=/=]HeartbrokenBadass[=/=][[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green Skinned Space Hunk]] MrFanservice who is terminally-ill. Though he is still considered TheWoobie or an IronWoobie, his death is not an example of his trope.[[/note]]]]
* [[spoiler: Mami]] in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' is a particularly heartbreaking example of this trope. [[spoiler: CountryMouse finds KingInTheMountain GodEmperor that TheEmpire (that aforementioned GodEmperor ''founded'') is trying very, very hard to kill. CountryMouse Mami nurses GodEmperor Fou-lu back to health. Mami and Fou-lu end up falling in love, it being a bit more obvious in Mami's case. TheEmpire finds Mami is hiding the KingInTheMountain. After helping Fou-lu escape, Mami is captured by TheEmpire, subjected to a major case of BreakTheCutie via ColdBloodedTorture, then is killed by being used as literal HumanResources for a FantasticNuke (termed the Carronade) that is typically PoweredByAForsakenChild who has a very strong connection to the intended Ground Zero (yes, the thing ''explicitly'' runs on the principle that LoveHurts--in fact, the more love, the more hurting via curse). Fou-lu discovers to his absolute horror that ''his girlfriend'' has been used as literal Hex Cannon Ammo ''because'' of their relationship, promptly goes LaughingMad as a result, and goes from TheWoobie to WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in approximately 2.3 seconds flat. Oh, and Fou-lu is also quite literally a ''PhysicalGod''.]]
** It's tragic enough in the original game; in the ComicBookAdaptation of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' this scene is turned UpToEleven.
* In ''{{Limbo}}'' you are the cutie. And you WILL die....often. After the first death though, the mindset you have while playing completely changes, as you turn ProperlyParanoid about everything you see in the environment.
* Security guards in ''The Getaway: Black Monday'' will feel no guilt about killing Samantha, a petite, nineteen year old woman who cannot defend herself at all. If you get the bad ending, [[spoiler: Skobel does it himself]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' [[spoiler:Isara Gunther, younger sister by adoption to Squad 7's Commander, spends most of the game trying to overcome the prejudice of others against her due to her being of Darcsen descent. She goes out of her way to be helpful and kind despite the response and prejudice of other squad members against her because of this, especially the hostility of Rosie. However she perseveres and, being a brilliant engineer and tank pilot, proves to be a huge asset to the squad and overcomes the prejudices of her squadmates. Following a victory made possible by smoke shells invented by Isara, Rosie approaches her intending to apologise for her previous attitude...Isara promptly gets shot and killed by a sniper. Words cannot express how devastating this scene is after all the build up of her character throughout.]] To make things even worse, it is possible to complete Valkyria Chronicles without losing a single other member of your squad, making it arguably even harder-hitting. And because it is part of the storyline rather than gameplay (unlike other potential deaths) it is impossible to prevent. Without playing through the rest of the game you don't get the same impact, but for those curious, link to the death scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzancAU4cRQ The funeral scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmnzrGRxnE4
** ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': Even someone who barely know of her feel saddened by her death, as fellow Darcsen Imca can attest. This game also has its own cutie-killing event, [[spoiler:except that it's you who do it: you can't proceed to the final battle without killing Zig, the Darcsen lad who is loyal unto death to Dahau]].
* Throughout ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [[spoiler:both Morgan [=LeFlay=] and Guybrush are cuties in that she is a sweet femme fatale and he is {{Adorkable}}. It is very sad that [[HeroKiller [=LeChuck=] has to go and kill them both]] in Chapter 4: first sending the latter (Guybrush) on a case of MistakenForMurderer, and later turning his act of triumph into a stunning, tragic TearJerker. (Thankfully, he gets better in Chapter 5.)]]
** [[spoiler:Other than that, also in Chapter 4, the only "cutie" that the Marquis De Singe has "killed" is the [[ChekhovsBoomerang Pyrite Parrot of Petaluma]], which he uses as a test subject for the Jus de Vie in the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device in front of Guybrush and Elaine.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, Noogie in Chapter 3. He is so {{Adorkable}} when he plays the bongos and has a date with Morgan [=LeFlay=] despite his glasses. After the betrayal, capture, and interrogation, however, Noogie disappears. Guybrush can ask Bugeye what happened to Noogie during the ship battle for La Esponja Grande, and Bugeye can reply that Noogie [[ReleasedToElsewhere "went to a quiet farm upstate"]], meaning, of course, that he is killed off-screen. You can even find his grave in the afterlife in Episode 5. Poor Noogie.]]
* Soma Cruz becomes corrupted by his powers after seeing his child hood friend killed in front of him in the bad ending of CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow. Subverted in the true ending as it was a fake.
* In the intro mission to VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Big Red One, you meet a young new recruit who just transferred into your squad, and apparently immediately out of basic. He is, unlike the other war-weary characters, happy, energetic, ready to kill some bad guys, and dives to the ground every time a plane passes over, much to the annoyance of your squadmates. Unfortunately, he is killed at the end of the level.
* [[spoiler: [[TheMentor Eve Valentine]]]] from ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'', who gets BrainwashedAndCrazy halfway through the game by the villains and [[TragicMonster is fought and killed by the protagonists]].
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'', Hakumen and Trinity face off against Terumi Yuuki. [[spoiler: Hakumen manages to [[KilledOffForReal kill Terumi once and for all]], but Terumi manages to [[TakingYouWithMe take Trinity with him by stabbing her and dragging her down the lake.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'', Alice Wade suffers this at the hands of Paxton Fettel.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonII'''s RoaringRampageOfRevenge plot starts with the Black Warriors' [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome murder of Marian]].
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* Andrew Hussie must really enjoy making ''{{Homestuck}}'' fans cry, due to the alarmingly frequent number of times this trope is used. [[spoiler: Kanaya (though she [[CameBackStrong got better]]), Feferi, Tavros, Nepeta, and Dream Jade.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Aradia]]]], who was dead before the story even began. [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong She gets better.]]]]
** Also invoked with [[spoiler: John. He's not dead, but still, the reader reaction...]]
** Some will argue that [[spoiler: Vriska]] qualifies. Others will argue that she had it coming from lightyears away.
** As of [S] Cascade,[[spoiler: real Jade, WK, and WQ.]]
* Poor [[spoiler: Yuki]] is killed in the most brutal way so far in MitadakeSaga.
* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'' does this in vol.4, during the ''"Adventures in Space... and Time?!"'' arc. [[spoiler: Suki]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/only_my_railgun gets involved in a fire fight]] with a group of murauders and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe gets blown]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/no_really_suki_is_dead in half.]]
* ''Webcomic/LuminaryChildren'' kills the cute girl [[spoiler: Sandra]] almost right after her introduction.
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* In the CrapsackWorld of ''ThereWillBeBrawl'', [[spoiler: Red]] is the only unequivocally ''good'' character throughout the entire series. So TheMafia [[KickTheDog blows up his house.]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. [[spoiler:Penny.]] God''dammit'', [[Creator/JossWhedon Joss]]. He does seem to like killing off his sweet characters, and web original is no different from TV. She was an adorable girl.
* Hey! Is there a character you like in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest''? It's almost definite they won't make it to the end, thanks to the [[KillEmAll premise]].
* Donnie [=DuPre=] in WebVideo/DemoReel. Tragic backstory, massive idealist, a DudeMagnet CuddleBug, loves his friends, clings onto anyone who's nice to him... [[spoiler: not real and just a punishment for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic]]. [[TearJerker Fuck]].
** Tacoma too. Smart, {{adorkable}} NiceGuy who was very much devoted to Rebecca (who falls under TooCoolToLive) and grew to love his new family after being so abused by his real one... [[spoiler: and he, Karl, Quinn and Rebecca all die in the PlotHole]].
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