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[-[[caption-width-right:300:"As Coroner, I must aver\\
I've thoroughly examined her\\
And she's not [[OnlyMostlyDead only merely dead]]\\
[[DeaderThanDead She's really most]] '''[[DeaderThanDead sincerely]]''' [[RhymingWithItself dead]]."]]-]

->''"The cycle of nature and your stupid plan don't mean a thing! Aerith is gone. Aerith will no longer talk, no longer laugh, cry or get angry."''
-->-- '''Cloud Strife''' to Sephiroth over [[ItWasHisSled one of the most famous examples of this trope in gaming]], ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

In some kinds of stories, CharacterDeath [[DeathIsCheap doesn't carry much weight.]] Maybe [[BackFromTheDead resurrection is commonplace]] or some sort of magical alternate universe [[OpeningACanOfClones has a spare copy to borrow]]. Maybe [[NegativeContinuity the format]] [[ResetButton of the show]] makes any sort of death meaningless and temporary. Maybe for some reason people [[MadeOfIron never die when they should]]. Sometimes, even in these stories, a character dies and they ''stay dead.'' No magical return from the dead, [[WeCanRebuildHim no rebuild]], no {{retcon}} and no copout. They're dead and they're staying that way.

For a dead character to be considered Killed Off For Real it cannot be simply any death; it must be one that under normal circumstances for the setting and genre could have been reversed, undone or revealed to be some sort of trick. If it's a setting with AllDeathsFinal, this never comes into play -- remember that permanent death is LikeRealityUnlessNoted. Consequently, most realistic or mundane works do not provide examples of this trope.

Note that (theoretically) there might still be ''other'' ways to revert a death, like declaring it AllJustADream or {{retcon}}ning the victim as ActuallyADoombot -- see the FirstLawOfResurrection.

May lead into PersonalEffectsReveal, MeaningfulFuneral, ToAbsentFriends, and DeadGuyJunior. See also TonightSomeoneDies, NotSoSmallRole, ReallyDeadMontage. The VideoGame version would be FinalDeath.

Contrast DisneyDeath, BackFromTheDead and DeathIsCheap. Compare DeaderThanDead.

'''As a DeathTrope all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''


* KilledOffForReal/AnimeAndManga
* KilledOffForReal/ComicBooks
* KilledOffForReal/FanFic
* KilledOffForReal/{{Film}}
* KilledOffForReal/{{Literature}}
* KilledOffForReal/LiveActionTV
* KilledOffForReal/TabletopGames
* KilledOffForReal/{{Theatre}}
* KilledOffForReal/{{Toys}}
* KilledOffForReal/VideoGames
* KilledOffForReal/{{Webcomics}}
* KilledOffForReal/WebOriginal
* KilledOffForReal/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel is an atypical wrestling fed, if it can be even called such, and this trope is only of the reasons why, though a few of the fallen Kaiju have come back to life, their roster has a graveyard section for a reason.
* Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE saw Monster Bono accidentally kill his mother, Yin Ling the Erotic Terrorist.
* The Urban Wrestling Federation was infamous for killing off several members of its roster, up to and including a freshly crowned champion, Rasche Brown.
* Wrestling/LuchaUnderground has killed off characters throughout its run. The first person killed was Bael, who was fed to Dario Cueto's "monster" brother Matanza. In the season 2 premiere, three more "underground fight club enthusiasts" got fed to Matanza.