->''"Pssh, yeah, like I'm gonna die in a place like that!"''
-->-- '''Lt. Virgil''', ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}: The Animation''.

Both an adaptation trope and a death trope, Spared by the Adaptation refers to cases where a character who died in the source material does '''not''' die in an [[AlternateContinuity adaptation]].

The reasons behind these occurrences vary. Perhaps the [[MoralGuardians Media Watchdogs]], ExecutiveMeddling, and/or the creator wanted to make it LighterAndSofter than the original. Maybe the character was [[EnsembleDarkHorse a fan favorite]] and [[SavedByTheFans the crew wanted to throw them a bone]]. Maybe the death stood out as especially pointless, and people in charge took it as a given that life is cruel and unfair so [[PragmaticAdaptation they didn't need to kill a beloved character just to make that point to the audience yet again]]. Maybe the events where it happens are cut for other reasons. The sky's the limit as for why this happens, which probably explains why it happens so often.

Likely to occur during a GeckoEnding where the adaptation is made before the original is ''even finished''. If the character originally died in the ending, see also AdaptationalAlternateEnding.

Compare with SchrodingersCast where a character's fate is different from the source material, but the source material is still ongoing (which may create the need for the adaptors to do a drastic rewrite if the character in question, or their averted death, becomes important later on in the source material).

Contrast with DeathByAdaptation, where a character dies in the adaptation, but not in the source material.

'''Warning: This is a death''' (or lack thereof) '''trope and will contain unmarked spoilers. Read the examples at your own risk.'''

* SparedByTheAdaptation/{{Anime}}
* SparedByTheAdaptation/{{Film}}
* SparedByTheAdaptation/LiveActionTV
* SparedByTheAdaptation/WesternAnimation


[[folder: Comic Books]]
* IDW's [[Film/StarTrek New-Trek-Movie]]-verse version of the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Operation: Annihilate!" spares Captain Kirk's brother George and George's wife Aurelan from being killed by the neural parasites. In the original, George Kirk was dead before the Enterprise ever arrived, and Aurelan didn't last much longer.
** Dr Elizabeth Dehner also survives the IDW version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before", simply by not being there. (She gets namechecked as having turned down the ''Enterprise'' posting because of a past relationship with Dr [=McCoy=] - who, of course, wasn't yet the CMO in the original timeline.)
** ''All'' the redshirts in IDW's take on "The Apple", titled "The Redshirt's Tale". The original bumped off four of them; the comic is a LowerDeckEpisode from the perspective of Hendorff (the first one killed in the original, who in IDW continuity is also the security officer who fights Kirk in the movie). At the end, the four are toasting their survival and speculating that [[LampshadeHanging in another universe, they might not have made it.]]
* In ''Perry'', after the death of Thora, Literature/PerryRhodan entered a [[OfficialCouple permanent relationship with]] Auris of La-Thor, which lasted until the end of the original comic book series and beyond. In the original pulps, her model Auris of Las-Toór and Literature/PerryRhodan felt attracted to each other, but she was killed (in the fifth issue in which she appeared) before they could get anywhere romantically.
* The '"Director's Cut" miniseries of "Comicbook/TheCloneSaga" sees both [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Ben Reilly]] and Baby May survive the events of the story. Despite the former being {{Retcon}}ned as being replaced and never actually having died and the latter resurrected, Aunt May and Doctor Octopus could count, too, since they also died during the Clone Saga.
* In The Official Comics Adaption of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' Yoda still says he's dying, but Luke merely leaves him to rest according to the narration. There is still the ghost scene at the end, except that it is just one of several bonus pictures following the narrative, so readers might not actually realize that Yoda has also become a ghost.
* Marvel Comics had a lot of fun with this with Baldur, the Norse god who was made invulnerable to everything but mistletoe, only to be killed with it by Loki. In the Marvel version [[AdaptationalBadass (where he is a warrior-god called Baldur the Brave)]] Baldur's death would trigger Ragnarok, so preventing his death is high on Odin's priority. When Loki slays him with the mistletoe arrow, he's OnlyMostlyDead, and Odin prevents true death by creating a shield around Baldur's pyre, preventing his soul from departing; then, after most of the Asgardians die at the hands of the Celestials, Thor brings all of them, Baldur included, back to life with potions of life energy they donated. (This would not be the last close call for Baldur, but curiously, [[spoiler:he's one of the few surviving deities left at the present time, after the villainous Mikaboshi broke into the Celestial Axis and waged an assault on every Earth pantheon.]]
* In the comic adaptation of ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Jason Stryker actually lives whereas in the movie [[spoiler: he's left for dead when the dam begins to collapse]]. Jean Grey also never has to perform her HeroicSacrifice and escapes with the other X-Men on the Blackbird, much like in the novelization.
* In the 1955 Dell Four-Color ''[[Literature/TheJungleBook Mowgli]]'', adapting Kipling's story "The King's Ankus", the last four men to find the eponymous jewelled object are defeated by Mowgli with the help of Hathi the elephant and Mowgli is able to take it back. In the original story, the four men are already dead when Mowgli finds them, poisoned by food prepared by a man they had already killed.
* The comic continuation of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon reveals that Queen survived her apparent death in the episode "Wild Cards."
* In pre-Crisis ComicBook/{{Superman}} stories, Ma and Pa Kent are {{Posthumous Character}}s who passed away when Clark was in college; post-Crisis has them alive and well as members of the supporting cast.
* Likewise, both Queen Karnilla and the Grey Gargoyle appear to die near the end of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', but are revealed alive in the tie-in comic.
* ''ComicBook/BatmanEternal'' reveals that, unlike their pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' incarnations, Carmine Falcone and Deacon Blackfire are alive in the present day, whereas Falcone's pre-''Flashpoint'' incarnation was killed by Two-Face at the end of ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' (and hence early in Batman's career) and Deacon Blackfire's only appearance between his debut in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'' and the reboot is as [[ComicBook/BlackestNight a Black Lantern]].
* In Knockabout's comicbook adaptation of ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner'', illustrated by Hunt Emerson, one of many disconnects between the text and the illustrations is that the ''albatross'' isn't dead, and spends the rest of the story as a DeadpanSnarker. This has no effect on the curse.
* In Kevin Van Hook's adaptation of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' Riff Raff doesn't kill Columbia, though [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome she's never seen again]] after she takes control of the light when Frank sings "I'm Going Home".
* An interesting example is given in ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'', the comic book tie-in to the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series. The 45th issue, which revealed the origins of Cyborg and Beast Boy, established that Cyborg's mother helped his father fit him with his bionic parts after the accident that injured him. Cyborg's mother died in the same accident that injured him in the original comics and was also implied to be deceased in the cartoon the comic was based on in the episode "The End".
* [[IDWPublishing IDW's]] ''[[ComicBook/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Comic]]'' shows that Marshall Strickland is still alive after the events of ''BackToTheFuturePartIII''. Though Buford shoots him in a DeletedScene so his death was likely non-canon.
* Randall from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' is last seen stranded in the human world while a trailer trash family beat him with a shovel, thinking he's an alligator. The ''Creator/BoomStudios'' comic shows that he somehow managed to escape and get back to Monstropolis.
* Saurod is never killed in [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvelís]] adaption to ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse''.
* In ''Victorian Undead II'' which somewhat adapts the ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' novel. Lucy Westenra actually survive the entirety of the book due to Arthur betraying the heroes and helping Dracula move her body after he finished feeding on her, allowing her to turn safely and develop her powers to be a vulnerable threat. Even in the final confrontation between with the hunters and backed by Dracula's brides. She manages to escape by killing the last bride for them under the condition they leave her be to enjoy her immortality. And indeed the book ends with Dracula dead but the vampriric Lucy still at large.
* ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'': In Issue #15 of The Batman and Robin Adventures, Dick Grayson foils the attempt on the life of Boston Brandt a.k.a. Deadman.
* Jacob Marley is zombified to begin with in ''ComicBook/ZombiesChristmasCarol'', but is restored to life after Scrooge's reformation.
* Rhomann Dey in the comics is known for dying in his first appearance and bestowing his powers upon [[ComicBook/{{Nova}} Richard Rider]]. His MCU counterpart has (so far) been spared this fate and is alive and well by the end of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A good percentage of {{fix fic}}s fall under this trope; mainly done if the character in question was a fan favorite.
** Many ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fics set after the series will just depict [[spoiler:Fred]] or [[spoiler:Snape]] alive, even if that's not the main point of the story.
* Deconstructed in ForWantOfANail fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8737926/1/The-Walking-Dead-Better-Angels Better Angels]]'' when Shane Walsh outlives Rick Grimes following the Walker Invasion at Hershel's farm. Shane kills Rick and the only people alive suspicious of him are Glenn, Daryl, and Lori. Accusations against him combined with grief over murdering his best friend put Shane at odds with Daryl and Lori, but he is still forced to take over Rick's role as leader when the group begins a journey into Season 3's setting, the prison. Rick's death prevents the group from learning the truth about reanimation and Shane's ruthlessness inevitably puts the group on a darker path than when Rick was alive and Shane wasn't.
* Many Bleach works invert this, mostly due to the seeming immortality of the main characters. Fanfic/{{Downfall}} and Fanfic/HammeredDown are interesting examples because the former has a large percentage of the backstory characters alive and well, [[spoiler: others die, though]] - Hammered down starts plays this somewhat straighter.
* Trisha Elric in ''[[http://spoon300.deviantart.com/gallery/31302955 Doctor Who: The Manga]]''
** And According to WordOfGod, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Pip Perrup and Chef]] wind up getting this Trope, and also his universe Kills off Scott Tenorman though human transmutation, ya little crybabies.
** Don't worry about the girl who saves her. In the [[http://spoon300.deviantart.com/gallery/36867190 retitled remake,]] [[AuthorAvatar The Truth]] takes care of the MarySue [[DeathByAdaptation once and for all.]] He even Regressed the mom to her pre-teens to match the elric's age for [[spoiler:[[Manga/DragonBall Chi-Chi]] to seemingly adopt them into her [[DisappearedDad currently husbandless]] family.]] (Did we mention that Hoenheim [[spoiler:is the Fourth incarnation of Goku?]])
* Professor Quirrell in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''. [[spoiler:And Dumbledore.]]
* Particularly popular in ''{{Anime/Naruto}}'' FanFics is Haku--Zabuza is spared half the time too, but not as often and ''almost'' never without Haku.
** Haku and the Third Hokage (at least so far) in ''FanFic/Team8''. However, in the latter case, [[spoiler:he lost an arm and was forced to step down as Hokage]].
** While Sarutobi has survived in a number of stories that cover the canon timeframe, these are rarely serious stories (Creator/{{Lucillia}} usually spares him in her more [[FanFic/LittleUzumaki comedic]] [[FanFic/TimeMixUp narratives]], but he usually dies in the dramatic ones) - outside of the need for drama, his death in canon leads to Tsunade's succeeding him, and fanfic writers have commented that giving both characters a role in the story after this point is difficult (which is probably why, for instance, ''FanFic/Team8'' [[spoiler:forces him to retire so that Tsunade can succeed him anyway]]).
** Haku and Zabuza both survive in ''Fanfic/FlyFree''. So far, the story seems fairly lighthearted, though the advent of the Chunin Exams arc seems like it may change that.
** Following Neji's death in the 4th Shinobi World War Arc, fans have started to spare him in fanworks; Shikaku, Inoichi, Ao and Mabui are harder because of circumstances (and require a vaster plot changed), but Neji can be saved if someone else is TakingTheBullet in the scene where he dies.
** Some also spare Asuma from his death at Hidan's hands - ''Fanfic/DeadGarden'' hasn't actually reached his point of death yet, the TimeSkip being yet to happen, but Hidan's [[DeathByAdaptation death in the first story arc]] has ensured that if Asuma ''does'' still die, it would be very different to canon anyway.
** Kushina and Mikoto (Sasuke's mother) have also been treated to this trope, whether the work in question covers the canon timeline, is set in a universe where [[ForWantOfANail one change to the plot altered the continuity]], or is set in [[TransplantedCharacterFic a whole]] [[AlternateUniverseFic different universe]] altogether. Both of them are alive and well in the HighSchoolAU fic ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', Kushina is alive but crippled in ''Fanfic/DeadGarden'' (where the Kyuubi was sealed into Sakura instead of Naruto), and Mikoto is the main character of ''Fanfic/OneSmallKindness'' (set around the time of the Uchiha Massacre).
** ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'' spares Hizashi Hyuuga, Shisui Uchiha and Yashamaru during the introductory arc timeframe, as well as Zabuza and Haku [[HeelFaceTurn who become ninjas of Konoha]] by the time the story enters Part I. Hayate Gekko is also spared from being killed in the Chunin exams, as there's no conspiracy during it.
** ''Fanfic/DreamingOfSunshine'' spares a number of characters aside from Haku and Zabuza, including Hayate, [[spoiler:Sandayu from the 1st Movie,]] and more recently: [[spoiler:Tayuya, Sakon & Jirobou.]]
** ''FanFic/WarOFTheBiju'':
*** [[spoiler:Haku is dead like in canon and revived by the Edo Tensei, but Kakashi transporting him into his personal Kamui dimension manages to break the control seal on him, essentially reviving him like Itachi]].
*** [[spoiler:Rin. Since Obito was never designated as Madara's successor and never became Tobi (and was even killed by this story's Tobi), Madara never arranged the events that led to her death in canon. Unusual for this trope, Rin was still considered dead InUniverse -- her death was faked during the Kyuubi attack after Danzo saved her, and she was subsequently press-ganged into joining ROOT as his personal medic. She joins the main forces during the war after Danzo dies and reunites with Kakashi after his battle with Edo Tensei!Obito]].
*** [[spoiler:Kushina has been living as Tobi's prisoner since the day of Naruto's birth, and finally manages to escape during the war]].
* [[spoiler:Iris and Colonel]] get this treatment invoked on them in ''[[http://as.crowdedstreet.net/Something/ Burning Stickman Presents...Something!]]'' by one of the main characters. Said protagonist is [[TrappedInTVLand Trapped in a Video Game]] and [[GenreSavvy is well aware of exactly]] [[VideoGame/MegaManX which game he's in]], so he takes steps to prevent their deaths and knocks the games' plot OffTheRails in the process.
* Nihlus in ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}}''. Since the MacGuffin on Eden Prime is a Tacitus, rather than a Prothean beacon, Saren is carrying it around with him; Nihlus notices and is about to turn and ask Saren about it when the latter tries to shoot him in the head. Thanks to the movement, though, it's not as deadly as it "should" have been.
* ''Evangelion'' fan manga ''Manga/ReTake'' does this with Touji. As Shinji knows that Touji will die if he's hesitant when Unit-3 is taken over, [[OffScreenMomentOfAwesome he manages to cripple the Eva without kill Touji]]. However, Touji is still PutOnABus for the next two chapters because his injuries. Kaji also survives, though it's not made clear if Shinji's actions had anything to do with it or [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext he survived in this timeline's series of events without Shinji doing anything.]]]]
* In ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', [[spoiler:Precia and Alicia Testarossa. Although the latter is not so much spared as brought BackFromTheDead.]]
** It should also be mentioned [[PosthumousCharacter Linith]] is still alive in the story.
* In the ''Manga/AttackOnTitan[=/=]MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover story ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/103630/attack-on-titan-the-ponies-from-afar Attack on Titan: The Ponies from Afar]]'', [[spoiler: Petra]] and [[spoiler:Auruo]] were rescued from their canonical deaths thanks to [[spoiler:Spike]] and [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] respectively. Less importantly, a minor character, [[spoiler:Dieter's friend Ivan]], isn't killed thanks to Applejack and Twilight Sparkle and the dead bodies aren't left to be abandoned.
* In ''FanFic/MercenariesOfFortune'', a squadron of [[PrivateMilitaryContractors highly-trained soldiers]] are able to reach Saki Konishi and get her out of [[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} the TV world]] before the fog clears up, preventing her [[JerkassWoobie untimely demise in the original story]].
* In ''FanFic/WorldwarWarOfEquals'', both Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi live much longer than they did in OTL.
* A few cases in ''Fanfic/SystemRestore''
** The fic's entire premise is based around [[ForWantOfANail Togami tripping while rushing over to prevent the first murder]], resulting in Hanamura killing Komaeda.
** On a lesser scale, Koizumi has survived through Chapter 2, when she was murdered in canon, and when the murder victims of Chapter 3 are discovered, neither are the canonical victims; Mioda and Saionji.
* The crossover between Manga/RanmaOneHalf and Anime/SailorMoon ''FanFic/FistOfTheMoon'' does this with [[UpToEleven ''one-third of the Earth's population'']]. Advancements in technology save billions of lives in the Great Freeze.
* Wally West in many ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fanfics that take place after the GrandFinale.
** ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'' uses the explanation of Wally being [[spoiler: covert zeta beamed off planet by Darkseid as a way to gain metas for his control.]]
*** ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeTitans'' also gives this treatment to the Aquababy. Aquaman's son is alive and well in Atlantis, and even old enough to interact with others, as opposed to being killed by Black Manta.
* Played with in regards to Amon in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' fic ''FanFic/ForcedToBeAFamily''; he survives the first arc, but is taken into custody by the police and slated for execution shortly thereafter.
* In ''Fanfic/BioshockRightPlaceRightTimeWrongGuy'', Langford died in the game after Ryan found out she was working with Jack and gassed her office, suffocating her. In this story, which is an alternate re-telling with a new protagonist, she survives thanks to Mark having the foresight to realize how paranoid Ryan is and reaching her office in time just as the gas was being turned on. Using his weapons to blow a hole into her office and pull her out. [[spoiler: Elizabeth, following her role in the ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' DLC game ''Burial at Sea'', somehow survives her last meeting with Fontaine whereas at the end of the game he brutally beat her to death with wrench.]]
* Latios from ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'' survives the outcome of the movie's events in ''FanFic/ANewChanceAtLife'' thanks to a soul-bonding technique with Ash and Latias in a FirstEpisodeResurrection. The rest of the fic deals with Ash traveling the rest of his journey in Johto with the Eon Dragons.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKingNobodyWanted'', the Tower of Joy incident does not occur leaving all participants, and Lyanna, thus far alive.
* ''Fanfic/TheLittlePonyLegend'' While most of the comings and goings are replicated note by note, there are 2 characters whom the author decided to give life to rather than death: [[spoiler: Queen Hou-Ting, and P'Li.]]
** [[spoiler: The author also allows the Makorra ship to stay afloat from the end of Book 2 onwards.]]
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'', Nina Tucker was spared when Edward managed to reverse her chimera transformation and return her back to normal. She is then HappilyAdopted by the Hughes since [[AssholeVictim her father]] died.
* ''Fanfic/CyclesUponCycles'': In this ''Franchise/MassEffect'' cross with ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Nihilus survives the battle on Eden Prime as does Jenkins. Nihilus then becomes the ''Normandy's'' quick pass through Citadel space and Jenkins becomes head of their Piranha force. [[spoiler:And as of ''Legacy of the Void'' Zeratul as well.]]
* ''Fanfic/AftermathOfTheGames'': The Human version of Applejack's parents are alive and well. She and Human Apple Bloom were horrified when they discovered from Princess Twilight that their pony counterparts were dead.
* An in-universe example happens in ''FanFic/Digimon02TheStoryWeNeverTold'' where in TK's initial draft (aka ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''), [[spoiler: Ken]] survives to the very end, with him having a successful career where in reality, [[spoiler: he]] gets murdered by Oikawa right before they escape from the Dark World.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSunsetverse'', Applejack's mother is still alive.
* ''Fanfic/CandyForYourThoughts'' spares [[OneSceneWonder Cody's alien clone]], of all people. He becomes the antagonist of the Area 51 episode and appears a few other times in the story, as a [[LargeHam hammy]], [[AllAliensHaveSuperpowers super-powered]] villain with [[LamarckWasRight some of Cody's personality traits]].
* ''Fanfic/TheReactsverse'':
** ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Due to the author's known distaste for it and the fic having been written since Volume 1, Pyrrha, Penny and Roman survive to the present day. On a lesser note, Yang keeps her arm.
** ''Fanfic/CorrinReacts'': Scarlet and Izana are spared, despite having died on the ''Revelation'' route the fic is set after.
* ''Fanfic/TheVow'', an AlternateUniverseFic about ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', ends with both [[spoiler:Lord Shen]] and [[spoiler:the Wolf Boss]] being alive.
* One of the installments in the Fanfic/BlackCrayons series, ''A Child's Innocence'' (which is a rewrite of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'') has [[spoiler: Ironhide, Megatron, Starscream, Wheeljack/Que, and Soundwave]] surviving their fates from the movie.
* {{Creator/madsthenerdygirl}}'s ''Fanfic/MCURewrites'': In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6461902 this rewrite]] of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver]] survives in the FinalBattle against ComicBook/{{Ultron}}. Subverted, though as in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11613867 New Avengers]]'', he is killed by Tomi Shishido/Gorgon.]]
** [[spoiler:Also, in ''New Avengers'' the final scene shows that Wanda and Pietro's father is still alive and is in fact ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.]]
* In ''[[http://xmen.adult-fanfiction.org/story.php?no=600091290 Side Effect]]'', [[Franchise/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]] survives. This is because [[AdaptationalBadass Gwen ended up getting superpowers as well]], and because of that, Spidey's a good deal more selfless in his early superpowered days. As a result, he decides to apprehend the hoodlum who robs the sleazy fight promoter, meaning he never gets anywhere near Ben.
* The ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/334086 Mosaic]]'' takes place in an alternate universe where the Chinese Federation invaded Japan, only to be defeated with the help of Britannia. Since Japan is still free, Kallen's older brother Naoto was never killed resisting an occupation.
* In the ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/PrehistoricParkReturnedFromExtinction'', the mother T-Rex ([[NamedByTheAdaptation whom the park staff calls "Sue"]]) manages to survive the injuries inflicted on her and is successfully brought back to the present.
** Additionally, Nigel is also able to rescue the four ''Mei long'' were suffocated by volcanic fumes, in part because [[ForWantOfANail this time around]], the fight is interrupted [[AlwaysABiggerFish by the arrival of a hungry pack of]] ''[[SeldomSeenSpecies Sinotyrannus]]''. He's also able to rescue the ''Incisivosaurus'', when in the original story, it is presumed they died (he never rescued them before the volcano erupted).
** He also manages to save the second of the female ''Smilodon'''s original cubs, as here, he splits off with Saba so that they can rescue the male, female and cubs simultaneously.
** Let's just put it this way: if the creature is question was alive when it first appeared in the original series and died a tragic death later in the episode it appeared in, it was spared in this series. The only animals not spared are Martha's sister, the juvenile Ornithomimus, the first of the female Smilodon's cubs, and the ''Parasaurolophus'' eaten by the ''Deinosuchus'' mob.
* The main premise of ''Fanfic/SummerCrowns'' is that Rhaegar (and his mother, Rhaella) is still alive after the Rebellion, having fled to Essos.
** Brandon Stark was only imprisoned and tortured by the Mad King, rather than being executed with his father.
* ''Fanfic/IllMetByMoonlight'':
** In comparison to ''Fanfic/FadedBlue'' at least. Because she is a vampire and not a gem in this story, Blue Diamond (here named "Blue") did not have to give up her physical form to give birth to Steven and thus is alive (or undead, given the circumstances) and well.
** Played straight in the case of Rose in comparison to [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse the original animated series]] for the same reasons.
* ''Fanfic/ThoughABirdCantFlyThatDoesntMeanItNeverWill'' is an AlternateUniverseFic for ''Manga/OnePiece'' where Zoro's childhood friend Kuina is struck blind (and becomes a BlindWeaponmaster) instead of suffering DeathByFallingOver.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' fanfic "Its-It's", Amber doesn't die because the bus crash never happened, the garbage truck hit a parked car instead, making it a ForWantOfANail fic.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', ComicBook/LexLuthor of Earth-Two, killed off by Brainiac in the canonical ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', survives thanks to Darkseid blasting Brainiac first.
* ''Fanfic/ThreePointShot'':
** [[ForWantOfANail The premise of the fic involves Kokichi throwing the shot put ball that was the first chapter's murder weapon onto the bookshelf]], thus enabling Shuichi to realize that it didn't actually hit Rantaro, and Kaede couldn't have killed him. As such, they're able to uncover the true murderer, and Kaede survives.
** Ryoma also survives the killing game, and a line in the last chapter implies that Keebo may be alive, too.
** Kirumi, who was the killer in Chapter 2 in canon, is now the victim in Chapter 4.
* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'':
** Robert Queen and Sara Lance never join Oliver Queen on the ''Queen's Gambit'', sparing them both from their eventual fates.
** [[spoiler:Akio Yamashiro, who is injected with the Mirakuru, saving him from the Alpha-Omega virus]].
** [[spoiler:Bette Sans Souci]].
* The portions of ''Fanfic/DoubleAgentVader'' corresponding with the events of ''Film/ANewHope'' don't have any major differences, because Vader can't take overt action without blowing his cover, but Biggs Darklighter survives the attack on the Death Star, presumably because Vader isn't trying as hard to kill the Rebel pilots as in canon. When the story moves on to ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[spoiler:Lorth Needa]] doesn't die but fakes his death with Vader's help as he's about to be exposed as a spy.

* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is Horatio Nelson [[AC:[[RecycledINSPACE In Space]]]]! Except Honor lives through the [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]] version of Nelson's final battle, as found in ''At All Costs''. due to some last minute changes and going OffTheRails. She was suppose to die in ''At All Costs'' until Creator/DavidWeber was convinced to move the next generation plot up about 20 years.
* Possibly the cook in the novelization of ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' At the very least, their death occurs off-screen.
* A ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' read-along book never mentions the death of his mother. Now, she COULD have died, but it just jumps from Winter to Spring and Bambi being grown up with no deaths. She just disappears.
** Another storybook, this time based on ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', actually does not mention Ray the firefly's death at all!
** Some storybooks based on ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' actually leave out the deaths of [[spoiler: Rod "Torque" Redline, Leland Turbo, and Tony Trihull.]] Also, one Franchise/{{Lego}} playset based on that movie had [[spoiler: Leland Turbo]]'s cube drawn in a way so it now shows his pitiful eyes, suggesting that [[AndIMustScream he is still alive even as a cube.]]
** In fact, a lot of tie-in Disney storybooks tend to leave out the deaths of important characters, which occasionally result in {{plot hole}}s, especially if the death is related to the plot. An inversion would be in some tie-in storybooks based on ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', [[spoiler: [[Creator/LeonardNimoy King Kashekhim Nedakh]]'s]] death is not mentioned at all, yet we still see his daughter ____ as [[TheHighQueen a Queen]] at the end.
* Youth adaptations of 11th-century Welsh legend ''[[Literature/{{Mabinogion}} How Culhwch Won Olwen]]'' cut out the death of Ysbaddaden the giant, skipping straight to the wedding. This is strange because Ysbaddaden's curse - that he will die once his daughter marries - is why he sends Culhwch on the impossible EngagementChallenge to begin with.
* The novelization of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has Megatron surviving. In the film, Megatron is killed in a final confrontation with Optimus Prime. Well... [[spoiler:insofar as ''Dark of the Moon'' itself is concerned, as ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' revealed that Megatron again survived and became Galvatron.]]
* In the ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' parody/adaptation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's ''The Wreck of the Hesperus'', both the skipper and his daughter survive the wreck, with the latter ''still'' tied to a broken-off 20-foot-tall mainmast (!) and bringing back the former from his frozen state.
* The novelization of ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' spares Jean Grey because of FridgeLogic: why did she have to leave the plane to levitate it to safety? Instead she levitates it from the inside and gets saved with everyone else.
* The novelization of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' reveals that Comicbook/{{Psylocke}} survived the movie's gratuitous KillEmAll ending.
* Takanuva in the novelization of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'' is spared his brief DisneyDeath, the cause and reversal of which weren't even explained in the animated movie. Also, in ''Web of Shadows'', Roodaka orders a bunch of Visorak spiders to jump down from the top of the Coliseum to make a point. In the movie, they fall to their deaths, but in the novelization, they land on a nearby balcony.
* The 14th century English poem ''Sir Orfeo'' is a SettingUpdate of ''Orpheus and Euridyce'' from Myth/GreekMythology which does this to "Heurodis" ''twice''. At the start, she is abducted by TheFairFolk instead of dying from a snakebite and going to TheUnderworld, and at the end, Orfeo succeeds in rescuing her.
* The novelisation of ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'' (''The Killing'' in English-speaking markets) changes Meyer's fate as the SacrificialLion: instead of dying from his gunshot wounds, he's left paralysed for life. The effect on Lund is still as major, though, considering in the novel he openly blames her for the loss of his mobility, which also indirectly costs him the job he loves and the active life he enjoyed with his wife and daughters.
* Some adaptations of ''Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier'', including the aforementioned ''Fantasia 2000'' retelling, spare the romantic leads.
* At the end of the {{Novelization}} of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Shada" all Skarga's victims are restored to new bodies on an alien planet.
* The novelization of ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' ends with [[spoiler: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica imprisoned for his crimes, rather than assassinated as part of a plot by the ComicBook/RedSkull]].
* The junior novelization of ''Film/JurassicWorld'' spares one [=ACU=] trooper who gets killed in the movie. [[spoiler:In the film, he's shooting at ''Indominus rex'' but she keeps coming at him despite him unloading his assault rifle into her and eats him. In the book, his gunfire successfully drives her away and he survives.]]
* Zorg doesn't die in a hotel explosion in the novelization of ''Film/TheFifthElement'', he survives by creating a forcefield around himself. He then lands on an iceberg on an uncharted part of the planet where his phone's battery runs out when he tries to call for help.
* Dan Turpin is believed to have died in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' after Darkseid leaves his body. The novelization depicts Turpin as comatose, but still alive.
* The novelization to ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' says that Chaz ends up getting resurrected as a half-breed angel.
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's ''The Red Shoes'' ends with the protagonist Karen [[spoiler:getting her feet cut off to remove the titular shoes, before she eventually dies.]] Many adaptations find a less painful way for Karen to remove the shoes, and end with Karen still alive.

* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Almost all the main characters were killed off in ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', but were spared in radio show's Quintessential Phase (yes, that DOES include Marvin).

* When Agatha Christie wrote the play adaptation of ''Ten Little Indians'' a.k.a. ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', she changed the ending so that Vera Claythorne and Phillip Lombard both survive. It's helped by the fact that there are different versions of the poem the murderer bases the killings on, with different endings (one of which sounds much cheerier than the "hanged themself" ending actually used in the original book).
* According to contemporary sources, {{Creator/Euripides}} had the title character and Haemon survive in his (now lost) ''Antigone''.
* In Thomas Lodge's novel ''Rosalynd,'' usurping Duke Torismund dies in a forest battle at the end. When Creator/WilliamShakespeare adapted ''Rosalynd'' into the play known as ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', he spared the Duke, now named Frederick, by having him find religion and make an [[DeusExMachina offscreen]] HeelFaceTurn. This is probably because the Duke is the father of one of the heroines, who loves him very much and is deeply sad that he's so evil; killing him off would ruin the gleeful party atmosphere of the quadruple wedding at the end.
* ''Babes in the Wood'' is a popular British Christmas pantomime, based on a seventeenth-century ballad. Both versions tell of how an EvilUncle arranges for his orphaned niece and nephew to be murdered, only for the killers to lose heart and abandon them in the wild woods instead. The pantomime then tells of their rescue, usually by the fairy folk, or by friends of Robin Hood. In the ballad, they have a more likely fate: they die of exposure and hunger after a few days.
* In the film ''Film/BigFish'', Don Prince, [[TheHero Edward Bloom]]'s high school nemesis, loses his fiancee to Edward and later dies an absolutely humiliating death when his bad heart gives out in his twenties. In the ScreenToStageAdaptation, he not only lives, he becomes Mayor of his hometown and ultimately buries the hatchet with Edward. The Witch is also made far younger in this version, enabling her to outlive Edward and attend his funeral at the end (as does Don).
* Captain Vere in the opera version of Billy Budd. In the book he's shot in a battle, in the opera he lives to old age and the whole story is his flashback. However, at least one production (in Hamburg) had him slitting his wrists in the Epilogue, and there have also been productions in which he's played as a ghost during the Prologue and Epilogue. The play by Louis O. Coxe and Robert Chapman simply ends with Billy Budd's hanging, leaving what became of Vere an open question, though the 1962 movie, based on the play, does include his death.
* ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'': In-universe, Stine is mad at Buddy Fidler for [[ExecutiveMeddling changing the screenplay]] of the FilmNoir adapted from his novel to let [[TheVamp Mallory Kingsley]] survive. (The actress playing her apparently arranged this by way of Buddy's notorious CastingCouch.) Her brother Peter is implied to have escaped death due to more meddling.
* In ''[[Franchise/DanganRonpa Danganronpa the Stage]]'', Junko Enoshima's [[DrivenToSuicide suicide by execution]] is prevented by [[TheHero Makoto Naegi]] as a form of CruelMercy. In the same play, Alter-Ego is introduced only after the trial concerning Sakura's suicide, which is when Monokuma executed him in the game.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime's ending strongly suggested Misa's suicide, which was later confirmed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]]. In [[Theatre/DeathNoteTheMusical the musical adaptation]], she lives.
* Clarisse in the adaptation of ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. In the book she's abruptly mentioned to have been hit by a car. The movie adaptation had her survive and join the party at the end, and author Ray Bradbury approved and so used that ending for the play version of his book.
* In Sholheim Alechim's ''Tevye and his Daughters'', Tevye's wife Golde, his son-in-law Motel, and fourth daughter Shprintze, are dead by the last story. The musical ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' has them all remain alive at the end.
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', as in many other adaptations of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Penelope's suitors are spared. This particular adaptation, however, gives them no individual characterization and nothing to do other than hang around and try to convince Penelope to remarry. Paris and Hector also survive as {{Karma Houdini}}s, though their roles are greatly different.
* In ''Golden Boy'', Lorna is reported to have died offstage with Joe in the original play's ending, but lives to mourn him in TheMusical's final scene.
* When composer Ambroise Thomas adapted ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', he actually wanted to keep the title character alive; he was originally supposed to kill Claudius, then sing that he was still depressed, but had a kingdom to rule. It was eventually impressed on him that the audience would not be pleased by this, but he still left Polonius and Gertrude standing in the final version.
* The stage play adaptation of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', Lee Scoresby is absent from the later part of the story, and as such he doesn't die, and Lyra and Will do not meet him in the world of the dead.
* There's a stage version of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' in which Thorin survives the final battle.
* In the Mozart opera ''Idomeneo'', unlike the classical myth it is based on, Neptune intervenes and has Idomeneo spare his son's life.
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Madame Thénardier lives and [[KarmaHoudini gets off scot free]]. In the original novel, she died in prison.
* Audrey II in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''. [[DeathByAdaptation Inverted]] with Mushnik, Audrey and the entire human race, who don't die in the original. (And then played straight again in the film based on the musical, where Audrey and the human race are spared.)
* Emilia doesn't get killed in the Verdi-Boïto opera ''Theatre/{{Ot|hello}}ello'', mostly because its CompressedAdaptation of Shakespeare's text leaves no time for minor characters to have death scenes. Some productions have Iago stab her as she flees, though nothing remains in the libretto to suggest this.
* As in most adaptations, Fagin survives in the musical ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'' and also escapes; in the original ending he decides to clean up his act, although the AlternateEnding (used for the movie) has he and the Artful Dodger decide to continue their life of crime.
* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Mimi survives her [[DisneyDeath brush with death]], unlike the Mimi of ''Theatre/LaBoheme''. Averted in the Dutch production, where she is KilledOffForReal.
* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'':
** In ''The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet'', the source material for Shakespeare's version, the Apothecary is hanged and both the Nurse and Friar Lawrence are exiled for their roles in the tragedy. Shakespeare's DownerEnding didn't go this far, and they receive no punishment.
** Some productions do this to Paris by cutting the scene where he gets killed, as does the [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet 1996 film]].
* In the screenplay adaptation of ''Literature/TheShadow'' by E. Schwartz, the writer is brought BackFromTheDead.
* The musical ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' let Andy and Parthy survive into the final scenes. In Edna Ferber's novel (and the 1929 film, which mostly followed the novel) Andy is drowned in a storm and Parthy later dies during the TimeSkip. Also in the novel, Ravenal is never seen again after leaving his family; he and Magnolia are ultimately reunited in all adaptations.
* ''Literature/TobaccoRoad'': The play adaptation omits the book's ending where Jeeter Lester inadvertently burns down his house while he lies sleeping inside. However, it's still a DownerEnding for Jeeter, who has been crushed by a TraumaCongaLine and realizes that his life is essentially worthless.
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', which is based on ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', spares Maria, who is its version of Juliet. (The characters who are versions of Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt all still die.)
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': [[spoiler:Elphaba, the protagonist, and Fiyero, her love interest, are spared their grisly deaths from the book and live "happily ever after" at the end of the musical. Also, FunnyAnimal goat professor Doctor Dillamond, escapes his death, instead turning into an ordinary, non-sentient goat, while antagonist Madame Morrible is merely imprisoned in the end rather than killed off. In fact, almost everyone in the book who dies either lives or never existed in the musical.]]
* The ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' spares [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Flotsam and Jetsam]], who were [[MurderByMistake accidentally]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath blasted to smithereens]] by Ursula in the film.
* In ''Theatre/TheOresteia'', written Creator/{{Aeschylus}}, the plot starts with King Agamemnon being forced to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia to appease the angry goddess Artemis, which leads to the CycleOfRevenge that ensues for the rest of the series. In Creator/{{Euripides}}'s adaptations ''Iphigenia At Aulis'' and ''Iphigenia At Tauris'', it is revealed that Artemis saved Iphigenia from actually dying, and took her away to be her priestess in Tauris. When Orestes is acquitted of murdering his mother Clytemnestra, Apollo orders that he has to atone by traveling to Tauris, stealing the statue of Artemis and bring it to Athens. Orestes and his friend Pylades are captured by the Taureans, but Iphigenia recognizes her brother, who she thought was dead. Iphigenia helps Orestes and Pylades steal the statue of Artemis, and accompanies them back to Athens.
* In Kotone's version of ''Theatre/Persona3TheWeirdMasquerade'', both [[spoiler:Chidori and Shinjiro]] survive where they die in the original games and Sakuya's version.
* In Verdi's opera ''Aida'', the title character's father Amonasro is killed. In [[Theatre/{{Aida}} Elton John and Tim Rice's musical version]], he escapes and survives, with CanonForeigner Mereb killed in his place.

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* A number of {{Video Game Remake}}s and {{Updated Rerelease}}s include a sidequest or OneHundredPercentCompletion feature that allow you to save a popular character who was DoomedByCanon in the original game (usually in cases where the death was meaningless to the plot, and sometimes they even allow you to change the plot entirely by saving the character, giving you a different endgame).
** Among the characters who died in the original version of ''VideoGame/Persona3'' were [[spoiler:Chidori and Shinjiro]], both of whom developed [[EnsembleDarkHorse strong fan followings]]. When the game was remade as Persona 3: FES, a sidequest was added to allow you to save the former, then when the game was remade ''again'' for the PSP, ''another'' sidequest was added to save the latter. The frustrating thing is that both of these are pure GuideDangIt and the latter is only possible if you chose the female main character, so it's [[PermanentlyMissableContent missable]] from the ''very first choice in the game''.
** The remake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' gives you the option of redeeming and recruiting Saro, the TragicVillain BigBad, and joining forces to fight TheStarscream who was ''really'' responsible for the whole damn mess.
** ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'', the remake of ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'', has Maxim and Selan surviving in the NewGamePlus ending, although it seems to be pretty explicitly an alternate timeline or simply a vision granted to Erim by Duel Blade.
** The [=PS2=] rerelease of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' allows you to restore Nei back to life, thereby thumbing your nose at her extremely cruel PlotlineDeath in the original. It involves a very convoluted and difficult process, but good ''God'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming is it ever worth it]].
** The Wii release of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'', ''Chop Till You Drop'', let you save the gun shop owner Cletus, whereas in the original game you had to kill him as part of a boss battle. Likewise, ''Dead Rising 2: Off the Record'' has a divergent plot from the original ''Dead Rising 2'', [[spoiler:where Rebecca Chang becomes Frank's love interest and survives the game, whereas Stacey turns out to be the BigBad and is killed in the finale]].
** The DS remake of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' allows you to save and recruit [[spoiler:Michalis]], who only lived long enough to deliver the Starlight tome in the original.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth'': First, Gandalf faces off the Balrog and ''wins'', continuing down the road alongside the rest of Fellowship. Then, possibly because of that, Boromir '''survives''' the skirmish on Amon Hen and accompanies Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas throughout Rohan, Helm's Deep and eventually returns home to Minas Tirith. Then Théoden can survive the battle of Minas Tirith and will continue leading Rohan's army.
** According to WordOfGod when the game was in development, whether or not those two survived was meant to be up to the player's abilities. They can still die, but if you're careful they'll survive instead.
*** Saving Boromir is optional, but he appears in later levels either way.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' has Boris Grishenko survive, thanks to him being turned from a legit accomplice into a kidnapped technician forced to work for the villains against his will. If you play the game correctly, Defense Minister Dimitri Mishkin also survives; however, because of an oversight on the developers part, it is possible to kill him and get away with it [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after he serves his purpose]]. Since he is an ally though, there is [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential no reason to do this]] other than to be a {{Jerkass}}.
* Several throughout the ''Franchise/StarWars'' video game adaptations:
** Greedo and Jabba in ''Yoda Stories'' (at least in the Game Boy version).
** In ''VideoGame/RebelAssault'', the final mission is a {{ret|con}}elling of the Death Star battle from Episode IV. At the end of this mission, many more starfighters are seen to have survived the battle (at least eight in the game, as opposed to two X-Wings and a Y-Wing in the film).
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIJediPowerBattles'' loosely tells Episode I's story as an action game, but with two notable differences. The first is Mace Windu and some other Jedi are fighting alongside Obi-Wan and Qui Gon the entire time. The second? Qui Gon ''lives''.
** Mace Windu vanishes from ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars]]'' after Grievous' flagship crashlands on Coruscant.
* [[VideoGame/PeasantsQuest Rather Dashing]] in ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople''.
* The NES ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' game based on ''First Blood Part II'' allows the player to save Rambo's Vietnamese love interest Co from the grasp of death by [[spoiler:ignoring her completely after Rambo escapes from the Vietnamese prison camp. Since talking to [=NPCs=] serve as save points, it makes sense from a playing standpoint.]]
* The NES version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'' has a [[RevisedEnding new ending]] where Billy's girlfriend Marian is [[BackFromTheDead restored to life]], whereas in the original arcade version she remained dead.
* The ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' series puts a different spin on the trope, by sparing [[{{meganekko}} Kaori]] from being raped, rather than killed. In the original [[HGame H-Games]], she advanced to the finals of the previous two tournaments, but lost both times to Reimi Jahana. So she had to suffer the penalty, meaning, she was [[RapeAsBackstory publicly raped by members of the audience.]] TGL rebooted the series years later, [[LighterAndSofter by removing the hentai aspects entirely]] and [[{{retcon}} axed the part]] about Kaori being raped.
* The fate of Randam Hajile is left ambiguous in the original floppy disk versions of ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}''. The later CD-ROM versions of the game killed him off for good, but ''VideoGame/SDSnatcher'' actually kept him alive until the very end.
* The first Reinforce is alive and a playable character in the ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' games. However, Hayate's ending in the first game suggests that she will fade from existence in the near future.
* Several of the video game adaptations of ''Videogame/{{Alien 3}}'' allow Ellen Ripley (the main heroine of the series) to remain alive at the end of the game, and disregard the plotline about being infected by a facehugger. The NES adaptation ends with her simply leaving the facility after she completes the final mission (and presumably escaping via unknown means), while the Game Boy adaptation ends with her using Bishop's body to fix the controls of the EEV and travel back to Gateway Station.
* While it's not a straight-up adaptation, all of Grimmjow's Fraccion in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}: The 3rd Phantom'' survive the raid on Karakura town. Subverted in that they do die later on (D-Roy and Nakeem in a raid on Soul Society, and the rest protecting Las Noches).
* The good ending for the video game adaptation of Creator/HarlanEllison's ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' allows the player to completely avert the grisly fate that befalls the cast in the original story. The ending sees AM truly destroyed by the protagonists, with humanity seemingly restored thanks to a conveniently-revealed cryogenics facility filled with humans who could potentially repopulate the devastated Earth.
* The Game Boy game ''VideoGame/GremlinsUnleashed'' plays around oddly with the trope. In the final boss against Spike in Gizmo's story, his defeat leads to his usual death animation. The ending cutscene after however shows him alive, humiliatingly captured by Gizmo. Similarly Spike kills Gizmo in his final boss battle, but the ending cutscene instead has him stuffing the still alive Gizmo's face with food as a nearby clock counts to midnight, implying an ill fate for the mogwi.
* In the original ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' comic book, Goliath was famously killed by the Clone Thor killed during a battle with the Pro-Registration forces. In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance2'', Goliath is merely knocked out and taken into custody. Also, Comicbook/CaptainAmerica isn't assassinated.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' franchise is the king of this trope. While many characters are usually brought back to life as hidden characters, there are a few who actually live due to this trope. Amongst those are [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]], who is saved from his HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' during ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 2'', and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Flay Allster]], whose lifepod was intercepted by the protagonists instead of the Earth Alliance, completely averting the events that led to her death in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW''.
** There is one guy who just can't make up his mind on if he wants to live or die in these games: [[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Gai Daigouji]], who, in seven games the Nadesico series has shown up in (''Advance, Reverse, Judgement, Impact, MX, W, BX''), two he lives all the way through, three he's an optional character and two he STAYS dead!
*** The Evangelion cast has a much much happier and better existence in SRW, and most of the sympathetic characters live. Ritsuko always dies in any game that finishes the End of Evangelion plot. Only in L was she spared because L only used the plot of the first two Rebuild movies. Kaji also usually doesn't make it, although he, too, survived L for the same reason, and unlike Ritsuko he made it through MX. Gendo always dies, but he arguably deserves it. Misato, and at least one of the Reis always make it, and the Bridge Bunnies always survive, although they're never seen again after getting Tanged in Alpha 3. Third Impact is always averted, and in a way that doesn't end with Shinji and Asuka alone in a world of Tang.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2]]'', Lee Linjun dies aboard his ship when he stupidly tries to use it to take down the Kurogane. In the [[VideoGameRemake Enhanced Remake]], ''Super Robot Wars Original Generations'', his ship is merely crippled in the same scene, not destroyed, which allows him to escape. TheAnimeOfTheGame, Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector, also spares him by keeping him from having his FaceHeelTurn.
*** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'' features a lot of these and an eventually subverted [[DeathByAdaptation inversion]]. When they chose to adapt the OVA into game form in the bonus section of Original Generations, the segment ended in Lamia, who survived the OVA, getting shot down dead by [[BigBadWannabe Wilhelm von Juergen]] and thrown off to space, left for the dead, making her seemingly an inversion of the trope. The actual game later revealed that she actually survived, picked up by Duminuss then BrainwashedAndCrazy to play the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]] part of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal Reversal]]. She gets better... and later on, the game pulls a massive straight playing on some of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3 Compact 3]] cast, including Fernando Albark, Alion Lucada and Maysis Mark, when you compare to the original where every originals except Folka died. And the game also pulls a surprise one in form of [[spoiler:Reversal's Despinis, one of the QuirkyMinibossSquad that you fight in Reversal, resulting her pulling a HeelFaceTurn for good.]]
*** And then ''2nd Original Generations'' inverts this: In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'', Perfectio is impossible to kill and only defeated when [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]] pulled a HeroicSacrifice to seal him off forever. [[spoiler:They went along with this plot point, and picked Ventus, who was promoted from SecretCharacter into an automatic-join (and no longer exclusive with fellow secret character Glacies), to take Treize's place in the HeroicSacrifice of sealing and defeating Perfectio.]] [[spoiler:Also previously in ''Destiny'', Rim gets to keep her two personalities throughout the game. In OG, one of them, the NiceGirl one, Chris... VANISHED, lost forever, and leaving Rim with just one personality, and she is ''not'' happy about it.]]
** ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'': Heinel, Master Asia, Amuro, Char, and Julia Asuka get to live due to various reasons.
*** After Domon's last fight with him, Master Asia ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext who is an alien in the game]]) needs to return to his homeworld and enlist aid. Domon, moved nearly to tears, praises Master Asia's dedication to peace and freedom, and the two exchange manly martial words before Master Asia's departure.
*** When beaten in the final battle against Neo Zeon, Char [[SoreLoser will furiously say]] that Amuro wouldn't have even had a chance if he hadn't leaked info to the Federation about the Psychoframe, noting further that Amuro wouldn't have even been worth killing in the RE-GZ (the mobile suit Amuro piloted before the Nu Gundam). Amuro figures that Char is doomed to look down on others for all eternity. Nanai will then go over and fish Char out, saying that he's indispensable to Neo Zeon AND to her, and ignoring his pleas to stay out of it.
*** Once Zuhl and the Skullrook is eliminated in an Earth Route scenario, Heinel decides to go on a little journey, on which Katherine insists on accompanying him. Kazuya figures that the two of them will be happy together.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ series''
*** [[Anime/CodeGeass Euphemia li Britannia, Shirley Fennete and Rolo Lamperouge]] in ''Saisei-hen'', provided the player picks the right route. Also, [[spoiler:Anew and [[Anime/ShinMazinger Lorelei]]]] are {{Secret Character}}s. Averted due to ''Jigoku-hen'' defaulting to the Zero Requiem route.
*** [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Nia]] is spared this go-round in ''Jigoku-hen''.
*** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Wang Liu Mei]] survives what should have killed the character in the show for ''Saisei-hen'' if the normal route is taken, [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope only to be abandoned on the exploding Damocles by Emperor Lelouch]]]].
*** [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lordgenome]] averts HeroicSacrifice against the FinalBoss in ''Jigoku-hen'' and returns to being a bio-computer aboard the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Cathedral Terra]].
*** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Graham Aker]]'s death can be avoided during scenario 50 of ''Tengoku-hen'' if the requirements are met. Otherwise, he sacrifices himself to clear a path for Setsuna like in the original movie.
*** When [[Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet Ledo]] fights Striker during the ''Gargantia'' finale, Chamber K6821 ejects Ledo to safety, hoping to [[TakingYouWithMe destroy Striker in a suicidal attack]], but [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto]] picks up Ledo and puts him back into Chamber to continue the fight with another, sparing Chamber's fate from the series.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'':
*** [[spoiler: [[SecretCharacter Black Might Gaine,]] the beloved EnsembleDarkhorse from the series gets to survive and become a playable unit once players can successfully trigger and complete the secret scenario.]]
*** Averted with the plot of Anime/Zambot3. [[spoiler:Though Celestial Being stopped it early, Kappei's grandparents and his dad are still dead. His older brother Ichitaka, however, remains alive to pursue engineering and publicize a utility for Bealian technology, thus justifying the use of the [[WaveMotionGun Ion Cannon]] without the King Beal.]]
*** [[Literature/MobileSuitGundamHathawaysFlash Hathaway Noa]] reads about the exploits of his New Correct Century counterpart and vows to avoid ever becoming Mufti Nabiyu Erin.
*** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Chan Agi]] survived Char's Rebellion thanks to the Axis Shock happening just as Hathaway was about to shoot her. She eventually reconciles with Hathaway and helps upgrade his Xi Gundam.
*** Thanks to the ELS being DemotedToExtra (see above), [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Graham Aker]] survives by default. The same goes for everyone killed by the ELS in the movie, since [[spoiler: the ELS aren't in the same universe as the Gundam 00 world]].
*** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Both Daguza and Marida]] survive by default, marking the first ''Unicorn'' appearance where Marida isn't a secret character.
*** Though she never appeared on screen, Tessa mentions that [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Nami]] has been taken into protective custody by Mithril after ARX-8's debut.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX''
*** Both Nia and Lordgenome (as a head) live on after the finale of ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann TTGL]]'' thanks to Nadia's Blue Water. Averted with Kittan who still dies just like his canon.
*** Black Might Gaine lives. Only this time, he doesnít do any StupidSacrifices and takes out his brainwash through ''pure will of justice''.
* This holds true for many of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' licensed games too. For instance, Christina Mackenzie is famous for unknowingly killing her lover Bernie in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'', but there are several games where the player can spare Bernie's life, and even convince him to switch sides and join the Federation.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' video game, which followed the plot of the movie trilogy, did this with the ending, where instead of Neo sacrificing himself to stop Smith, Smith merges all his pieces into a 500-foot-tall Mega-Smith, which Neo fights as the final boss. This was lampshaded with a tongue-in-cheek cameo by the Wachowskis explaining that artsy everybody dies plots are fine for films, but video games are about punching out Galactus using the Hulk.
* ''[[VideoGame/PeterJacksonsKingKong Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Game of the Movie]]'' has the unlockable bonus ending in which you can actually ''save'' King Kong from his fate atop the Empire State building.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'':
** The point-and-click adventure game leaves out Rufio's death and you can see him alive and well on the ending screen.
** The arcade game has Rufio as a playable character, and he appears in the epilogue alongside the other playable Lost Boys.
** Averted with the NES and SNES games, though.
* A couple ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' video games use this:
** The UsefulNotes/SegaCD adaptation of the first film has Reese killing the Terminator and surviving. Subverted in the Sega Genesis version, where he likewise still kills the T-800, but the text in the ending still mentions that he died.
** LJN's release of ''VideoGame/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' completely changes up the ending that both subverts this trope and plays it straight: after the T-800 knocks the T-1000 into the molten steel, but rather than dying the T-1000 actually ''merges'' with it and is fought as a final boss. The T-800 then truly kills it, and then with its mission of saving John Conner complete proceeds to teleport back to the future ([[DeusExMachina somehow]]).
* In the adventure game ''Videogame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' if you're very quick with your {{Pixel Hunt}}ing, it's possible to pick up the Holy Grail before Elsa Schneider can grab it and then return it to the immortal knight, allowing Elsa to live.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** According to the [[AllThereInTheManual Arkham City Stories]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Carmine "The Roman" Falcone is alive and well in the Arkhamverse. Granted, according to the Arkham City Stories, Hugo Strange and Quincy Sharp drove him and his family out of Gotham and into hiding in Bludhaven prior to ''Arkham City'', but considering Two-Face killed his comics (post-Crisis[=/=]pre-ComicBook/{{New 52}}) counterpart at the end of ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and his Film/TheDarkKnightSaga counterpart was driven insane by the Scarecrow's fear toxin in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Falcone in the Arkhamverse is doing quite well by comparison.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' sees this happened to Jason Todd. In a bit of a twist, rather than being killed off and brought BackFromTheDead ala the comics, he was instead tortured by The Joker for a period of at least one year, before Joker seemingly shoots him and mails a videotape of it to Batman. However, when the Arkham Knight reveals his identity as Jason, the Joker hallucination plaguing Bruce's mind tells him that he lied about actually killing him and that the videotape didn't show him everything.
* A strategy game based on ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', ''[[VideoGame/JurassicParkChaosIsland Chaos Island]]'', allows Eddie to be used throughout the entire campaign. Occasionally, clicking on him will cause him to lampshade the circumstances: "Didn't I die? [[MediumAwareness In the movie, I died.]]"
* The ''VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame''s, due to their PragmaticAdaptation treatment, tend to allow characters to survive for the sake of gameplay ([[Franchise/IndianaJones Satipo]], for example).
** It's also PlayedForLaughs a lot of the time. In the ''Film/JurassicPark'' game, Muldoon, Gennaro and Nedry all survive their death scenes, and at the end of the ''Jurassic Park'' segment of the game, Muldoon can be seen running for the helicopter evacuating the survivors only to arrive late, and then later on in the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' levels, it turns out that they've been living on the island during the whole 22-year TimeSkip by squatting in the ruins of the Visitor Centre and sleeping in one of the jeeps, complete with long grey old man beards.
* More like "Spared by the Localization", but the extended ending in the English translation of ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' and its re-release in Mother 1+2 show Teddy alive and well. In the original version, the game [[NoEnding simply ends after beating Giegue]], and Teddy is implied to have died.
* In the video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TomorrowNeverDies'' for the Playstation, James Bond is successfully able to save Paris Carver, who died in the original film.
** Though he still ultimately dies, in video game of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleOhSevenFromRussiaWithLove From Russia With Love]]'' Red Grant lasts a bit longer than his film or novel counterpart. He secretly survives his fight with Bond on the train and shows up at the very end for one final showdown before being put down for good.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Aerith [[ItWasHisSled infamously]] dies in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' but in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, which are set in an AlternateUniverse, she's alive and well.
** [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]] never gets shot by Clayton, but his world has since been {{retcon}}ned [[ScrewedByTheLawyers from canon]] (or at least, it won't appear in any future games).
** [[{{Disney/SleepingBeauty}} Maleficent]] appears to have some form of JokerImmunity: while she dies at the end of the first game, the good fairies' terrified memories are enough to bring her back to life.
** In the manga adaptation, the Riku Replica survives to go on a journey of his own to find his purpose in life.
** The unseen villagers from Mulan's world are said to just be hiding somewhere.
* ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture'': Avdol, Iggy and Kakyoin can survive their original points of death and kill Dio! Sadly, Kakyoin still dies from his wounds in his ending and New Kakyoin is still doomed by canon.
* Speaking of videogames based upon ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureThe7thStandUser'' will let you save anyone you have the highest FP with, and this trope is taken UpToEleven in the "Everybody Lives" ending, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin everybody lives]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has a few in-universe example. The first thing you see in the game's opening sequence is the conclusion of the Armageddon, with several of the combatants dead. Sonya has been torn in half (by who is not known) Johnny Cage has been beheaded (again, it is not known by whom) Sheeva, Baraka, and Scorpion are dead, presumably by Nightwolf, Kung-Lao, and Sub-Zero, respectively (due to the weapons lodged in their bodies) and Quan Chi's body is present, though it's impossible to tell how from his injuries. Although Raiden's attempt to change the timeline is very much a PyrrhicVictory (while the Armageddon is averted and Shao Khan is - probably - dead, most of the Earthrealm warriors are slain and Shinnok is about to attack with their enslaved souls) Sonya and Cage survive at the end and can fight the oncoming threat, while Sheeva, Baraka, Scorpion and Quan Chi also survive.
* The UsefulNotes/TurboGrafxCD game based on ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' has Tully survive (assuming that you beat the game).
* ''[[VideoGame.HOME2013 HOME]]'', a spinoff of ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', has The Judge's brother Valerie survive being possessed by Japhet, to join your party. Justified, as HOME takes place after the events in OFF were {{reset|Button}}.
* In the [[VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 video game adaptation of]] ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', Aunt May mentions that Gwen Stacey broke up with Peter Parker some time after the events of [[VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan the previous game]]. [[spoiler: She never appears onscreen, so she isn't there for the battle against the Green Goblin, where she died in the film]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', Guldo manages to outlive Burter, Jeice and Recoome in the altered timeline. [[spoiler:Bardock also survives the destruction of Planet Vegeta by being sucked into a wormhole, and he also survives in [[VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2 the sequel]] thanks to being pulled from time and brainwashed into the Masked Saiyan.]]
* In most versions of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'', the fortune teller Sara is murdered, but in the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 CD version, she [[PutOnABus flees town]] instead, [[TheBusCameBack returning]] in ''The Dawn of Ys''.
* In the ''Literature/TheIliad'', Ajax dies during the war of Troy. In the campaign of ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' he survives and accompanies the hero, Arkantos, during the rest of his journey.
* In the original Japanese version of ''[[VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork Megaman Battle Network 6]]'', Lord Wily dies with his hatred as his headquarters crumbled along with him. In the English version however, he somehow managed to survive mostly unscathed and in the future managed to become a dedicated scientist to help Lan's father to search and destroy the viruses.
* In the Wii U version of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', the main villain Cia dies at end of the second part of the main story mode, just before Ganondorf shows up [[HijackedByGanon to do what he does best]]. However, in [[UpdatedRerelease Hyrule Warriors Legends]], she is brought back to life in a new story arc that takes place after the original and promptly undergoes a HeelFaceTurn.
* In ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', Yuuki is an IllGirl with AIDS who passes away at the end of ''Mother's Rosario''. The non-canon game ''Lost Song'', however, has Yuuki's condition improve and her lifespan increases. She even makes a triumphant return in the sequel ''Hollow Realization'', as full of life and cheer as ever.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Monsters Inc.: Scream Arena]]'' shows that Randall survived the movie and got his job back at the Monsters Inc. factory.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'' has several playable Legendary Lords that have been dead for decades if not centuries in the Tabletop Game, such as Azhag the Slaughterer and Vlad von Carstein.
* ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' features ([[TheFaceless well, kind of]]) Cassette Man, who is implicitly [[spoiler:Henry]], a character who had [[CanonForeigner previously only existed]] in ''Literature/FiveNightsAtFreddysTheSilverEyes'', which is set in an AlternateUniverse. There, he was DrivenToSuicide before the 90s, but here he's still around in what seems to be [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2023]].
* Historically speaking, the famous samurai [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryoma_Sakamoto Ryoma Sakamoto]] was assassinated before the Meiji Restoration began. In ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'', his fictional counterpart Zeyo Sakamoto is one of the PlayerCharacter's love interests and lives through the events of the game itself.

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* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' is basically a [[HighSchoolAU College AU]] of the creator's Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} comics. Since the latter involved battles with aliens and several deaths, this will presumably happen a lot. WordOfGod has specifically said that [[AmbiguousDisorder Dina]] is safe, and [[TheLostLenore Pamela]], a PosthumousCharacter from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}},'' is known to be working at Galasso's Pizza.
* ''[[http://bloody-nipple.groboclown.net/0001.html The Bloody Nipple Saga]]'' (a CampaignComic adaptation of the first ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]]'' movie) ends with Conan burning Thulsa Doom's temple, while Doom beheading is cut from the story (the author explained that he wanted to release a PG rated - at worst, PG-13 - webcomic). The scene is followed by a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, in which Doom is stated to have survived, and spent the rest of his live as a respected cleric.
* A bit of an odd example: in ''WebComic/BlueMilkSpecial'', as per WordOfGod, [[Film/StarWars Biggs Darklighter]] ''is'' dead. Biggs just refuses to accept that. Unless he can use being dead to get Wedge into trouble.
* ''Webcomic/DraculaRulerOfTheNight''
** Lucy herself, Dracula manages to reach her crypt in time and allows her to escape before the hunters can stake her [[spoiler: By the end, she and her mother flee into the night once Dracula and the brides are killed.]]
** Lucy's mother, here named Minerva, survives the novels events whereas in the book she died via a heart attack due to Dracula invasion of her house. This is due to the fact the event doesn't happen here [[spoiler: as Minerva has to leave the house on an out of town errand when Dracula comes to claim Lucy. Though likewise an inversion as Dracula's brides intercept Minerva's carriage and and her vampiric daughter later bites her and turns her into a vampire, meaning she ''does'' die but comes back as an undead. Like Lucy, she remains as such to keep vampirisim alive at the end of the story.]]
** [[spoiler: Quincy is likewise an inversion. As in the book, he dies in the final confrontation, but is bitten several times during it. His friends think he was spared the curse due to killing Dracula before Quincy passed on. But when his body is shipped to Texas for burial, he rises as a vampire himself and the end of the story see him starting his own "kingdom" via a ranch he owned.]]
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the fates of the moon cats, Luna, Artemis, and Diana, were left ambiguous after Sailor Lethe killed them and it wasn't made clear if they were revived with the rest of the major characters or not. ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'' makes it very clear that they were indeed revived, and now live in the restored Moon Palace.
* Alderaan in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', because Naboo is destroyed instead.

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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' reveals that the Kanassans, a psychic race that were killed off in the original show (and the main reason Bardock could see the future), managed to miraculously repopulate.
** Also, while [[spoiler:Nappa]] stayed dead in the actual series, [[spoiler:he's accidentally wished back along with [[ExactWords everyone killed by Freeza and his minions]] at the end of season 2]].
** Nail and Kami also receive this - while they effectively ceased to be after fusing with Piccolo in the series proper, here they still exist as voices in Piccolo's head.
** Dr. Wheelo from ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheWorldsStrongest The World's Strongest]]'' gets this as well, as well as an upgrade from evil MadScientist to good WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. [[spoiler: He's eventually wished a new body to live his life in peace. Though subverted later as during the Brolly adaptation, it's revealed he died of brain cancer since...well they gave him a body but his brain was still too big.]]
* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' spares one member of the Moonlit Black Cats, only for Kirito to kill him two episodes later, because said guild member [[AdaptationSpeciesChange was an NPC]] whose ArtificialStupidity caused the death of his only real friend up until that point.
** A FreezeFrameBonus at the start of the second season reveals that [[spoiler:Kayaba didn't die at the end of the Aincrad arc, and is still playing video games, presumably in hiding after becoming "the most wanted man on the planet."]]
* Several ''WebVideo/SassyGayFriend'' shorts involve the title character stepping in just in time to stop a famous character's death, including [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]], [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Desdemona]], [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]] and [[Theatre/HenryVIII Anne Boleyn]].
* ''WebVideo/RhettAndLink'''s Middle School Musical version of ''Breaking Bad'' falls under this trope. Having [[{{GeckoEnding}} an original ending made before the final season]], they save [[spoiler: Hank, who arrests Walt, implying he falls under this trope as well.]] The musical can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nWjNgV_6yc here]].
* ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' disregards several major character deaths from the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] third season to keep with its LighterAndSofter tone. Which comes as a shock to Team RWBY when they find out in the sixth episode.
-->'''[[spoiler:Pyrrha:]]''' Hello again!\\
'''Ruby:''' (''gasps'') You're okay! How are you even here?!\\
'''[[spoiler:Pyrrha:]]''' What do you mean?\\
'''Ruby:''' I-I mean I watched you d-\\
'''Nora:''' Nope! [[AlternateContinuity Never happened!]]\\
'''Ruby:''' But-\\
'''Nora:''' NOPE! Everything's fine! ''[[spoiler:Pyrrha]]'' is ''fine!'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Nothing bad. Ever. Happened.]] (''[[BreakingTheFourthWall turns directly to the viewer]]'') Evveeeeerrrr.
* ''WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': The miniseries opens up with Menasor and Computron fighting. In the comics the series loosely adapts, Nosecone, Lightspeed and Afterburner were all killed during Galvatron's attack on the Kimia facility. With three of the Technobots gone Computron never got a chance to form in the IDW comics.
* In the universe of ''[[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Setting:Brighthammer_40,000/2nd_edition Brighthammer 40,000]]'', there was no Horus Heresy. As a result, the Emperor isn't stuck inside the Golden Throne, perpetually on the brink of death.