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Live Action Film
- Star Wars.
- Sir Alec Guinness was the one vying for Ben Kenobi to be killed in Star Wars: A New Hope because he thought the films would turn out to be terrible as well as thinking Kenobi was annoying.
- Harrison Ford also wanted Han Solo killed off in the Original Trilogy. Which didn't happen, instead in the first movie of the Sequel Trilogy.
- James Bond. Sean Connery equally hated the character of and playing James Bond. He wanted to have him killed off not only so he wouldn't have to play him ever again, but so that he wouldn't have to hear or see about him ever again, either.
- X-Men: The Last Stand: On hearing that Bryan Singer would not be directing the movie, James Marsden, who played Cyclops, requested that his character be killed off. His petition was successful and he was killed off at the beginning of the film.
- Laraine Day played Nurse Mary Lamont in seven Dr. Kildare movies, but when her career as an A-lister started to take off, she wanted out. So Mary Lamont was tragically hit by a car and killed in Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day.
- Charlton Heston didn't hate Planet of the Apes (1968) or his character, but he wasn't interested in doing a sequel. He only participated in Beneath the Planet of the Apes as a personal favor, but he demanded that they kill him off in the first reel. As a compromise, he disappears at the end of the first reel and reappears at the end, to die in the last reel.
- Star Trek:
- Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was due to Leonard Nimoy's wish to be written out of the movie series. He was resurrected in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock after Nimoy changed his mind.
- Brent Spiner insisted on Data's death in Star Trek: Nemesis because he didn't think he could convincingly play an un-aging android anymore as he got older. The final film still includes a Sequel Hook hinting at Data's possible resurrection in B-4's body, which the Star Trek Novelverse and Star Trek Online both took advantage of, but any future movies in the TNG series were derailed when Nemesis flopped.
- Johnny Depp accepted to reprise the role of Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street at the condition of killing the character.
- Jamie Lee Curtis appeared in Halloween: Resurrection on the condition that Laurie Strode be killed off - so she wouldn't have to star in another Halloween movie.
- Sigourney Weaver wanted Ripley to do three things in Aliens - not handle a weapon, make love to an alien and die. She did all three in Alien³. It didn't work, though, as Weaver was persuaded to come back as a xenomorph-hybrid clone of Ripley in Alien: Resurrection.
- Fist of Fury originally ended with Bruce Lee's character escaping justice, as his real-life counterpart had done. Bruce insisted that he face the consequences of his actions, hence the Bolivian Army Ending.
- Nancy Allen hated the script for Robocop 3 so much that she agreed to return on the condition that her character be killed off.
Live Action TV
- Most of the main cast of Sliders had this. That was what lead to Arturo dying from a "terminal illness" and Quinn changing his appearance (new actor).
- Star Trek: Voyager: Robert Beltran hated playing Chakotay and expressed a preference to not be on the show any more, demanding more and more money in the hopes that they'd get rid of him; but they just kept meeting his demands so he was forced to continue.
- The Brady Bunch: Robert Reed hated everything about the show except the kids playing the young Bradys. This led to him and producer Sherwood Schwartz butting heads on numerous occasions. And in fact, had The Brady Bunch not been cancelled Schwartz actually planned to kill off Mike Brady over the summer hiatus so he'd be gone for the sixth season and beyond.
- One of the most famous examples in British TV is Gareth Thomas, who played the titular hero Roj Blake in Blake's 7. He left at the end of the second season, when the character was Put on a Bus, but got fed up when he was called back for a second return appearance in the final episode of the fourth season. Unaware that it would turn out to be the last episode of the show anyway, he refused to do it unless he was absolutely and unambiguously Deader Than Dead at the end, and actually conspired with the effects team to make it one of the bloodiest TV shootings of the era, with so many Squibs being loaded onto his chest and stomach that it narrowly avoided breaching contemporary taste and decency standards and left him with slight physical injuries when they all went off.
- On Glee, Dianna Agron instead liked her character, Quinn, so much that she didn't want her to get all the bad storylines or Character Derailment and for her acting to become a laughing stock, so wanted her to die during the third season when she gets hit by a truck. Of course, she actually wanted Quinn to die but the creators seemed to compromise by having her survive, but letting her end the season recovered both from the crash and the crazy plots before she was allowed to Graduate from the Story, with Agron then reprising her role sporadically all the way to the final episode.
- Roman Wilhelmi, who played the role of the tank commander in the Polish series Czterej Pancerni I Pies (Four Tank-men and a Dog), apparently found the character bland, so once a Written-In Infirmity plot was written where the tank is hit and the crew ended up in the hospital, he asked to become a fatality instead.
- Mitchell, the vampire protagonist of the first three series of Being Human, was staked through the heart in the final episode of series 3, which also established that staking would destroy a vampire so thoroughly that there could be no possibility of them resurrecting. Reportedly, this was because Mitchell's actor, Aiden Turner, had a scheduling conflict between the show and filming for The Hobbit, and had asked to be killed off in a way which meant he wouldn't be expected to return.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar wasn't interested in continuing with the series, and requested to be killed off during the first season. She later regretted this choice, and came back as a guest star several times.
- Averted at the last minute on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Male lead Joe Lando wanted to leave after the 5th season, so it was planned that his character (Sully) would die falling down from a cliff. But a massive backlash from the fans made it necessary for everybody to re-think this decision. So in the end, Sully survived. But to make a compromise with actor Joe Lando, he was free to only appear in half of the episodes in the 6th season (which also turned out to be the show's last).
- It's been reported that Anya, the only regular character to die permanently in the Grand Finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was selected because Emma Caulfield had no interest in playing the character again in any other series within the franchise. (Spike's death was known by the entire audience to be impermanent, as his status as a regular character in the next season of Angel had already been announced.)
- In Supernatural, Rachel Miner had to leave the series because she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. Her character the demon Meg was killed off at her request despite the fact that demons can change vessels (and Miner was Meg's second actress).
- This is forced for all actors who play Doctors in Doctor Who, as by the basic concept of the show the only way they can leave is for the Doctor to suffer something fatal to force him to regenerate.
- As Angel's finale approached, Joss Whedon asked Alexis Denisof what he should do with his character Wesley. It was his suggestion to kill Wesley off in the finale.