In some kinds of stories, Character Death doesn't carry much weight.
Maybe resurrection is commonplace
or some sort of magical alternate universe has a spare copy to borrow
. Maybe the format of the show
makes any sort of death meaningless and temporary. Maybe for some reason people never die when they should
. Sometimes, even in these stories, a character dies and they stay dead.
No magical return from the dead, 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 All Deaths Final
, this never comes into play — remember that permanent death is Like Reality Unless Noted
. 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 All Just a Dream
the victim as Actually a Doombot
— see the First Law of Resurrection
May lead into Personal Effects Reveal
, Meaningful Funeral
, To Absent Friends
, and Dead Guy Junior
. See also Tonight Someone Dies
, Not-So-Small Role
, Really Dead Montage
. The Video Game
version would be Final Death
Contrast Disney Death
and Death Is Cheap
As a Death Trope (and for that matter, THE Death Trope), all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.