->''"Pssh, yeah, like I'm gonna die in a place like that!"''
-->-- [[spoiler:'''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 the 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 appease the fan base]]. 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''.

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.'''
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* The manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' spared [[BetaTestBaddie Repliku]] from his heart-wrenching fate, but not his angst, and it played it for ''comedy!'' Poor kid can't catch a break, eh?
* Happens in several of the ''Manga/DeathNote'' spinoffs.
** Soichiro, Ukita, Demegawa, and Misa in the LiveActionAdaptation.
*** In the novelization of ''L Change The World'', it is vaguely suggested that Mello might exist in the movie continuity. If he does, then he falls under the trope too.
** L subverts this in the live action movies. He avoids being killed by Rem, but only because he wrote his own name and time of death in the Death Note. He outlives Light, but dies 20 days later (23 days from when he wrote his name in).
** Though neither avoids death per se, Light and Sayu have their fates softened and avoided, respectively - Sayu isn't kidnapped, and thus doesn't go temporarily insane, and Light dies [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Soichiro's arms]] rather than alone, though ''he's'' still batshit insane to the end, much to [[TheWoobie Soichiro's]] dismay.
*** Oh, and just to rub salt in the wound, Light dies begging Soichiro to believe that he acted as Kira to put justice, which Soichiro had [[FreudianExcuse taught him about since childhood]], into effect.
** Soichiro is also not shown to die in the second rewrite special due to the Mafia subplot being excised from it... leading to plotholes regarding his absence as well as how Light was able to acquire Mello's true name.
* Duclis, a tiger-like creature from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has two completely different backstories and fates in the novel and anime; in the anime, he's the friend and assistant to the prince [[BrattyHalfPint Pokota]] who goes on a massive RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the name of their kingdom with the help of Zanaffar, a great beast. Despite all the chaos that occurs, he manages to survive, and flees. In the LightNovel series, he's a member of a cult that worships the world's almighty BigBad, Shabranigdo, and he, along with almost all of the other members of the cult, winds up getting killed by Lina and her party.
** And in a twisted meta-version of this trope, the eighth novel has [[CreepyChild Fibrizo]] the demonic lord only imprison Lina's companions and threaten their lives, which triggers Lina's second use of the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Giga Slave.]] This is a far cry from the anime season it was based on, in which Fibrizo [[YourSoulIsMine crushes the physical embodiments of the life forces]] of Lina's party members ''before'' imprisoning them.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Maximillion Pegasus; after his defeat, Evil Bakura [[EyeScream plucks out his]] [[ClingyMacGuffin Millennium Eye.]] In the manga, this kills him. In the anime, it merely knocks him out and he is almost immediately PutOnABus as his henchmen get him to a hospital to recover. Not only does he survive in time for the filler arcs and movies, but he is also a major RecurringCharacter in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** Bandit Keith is another example. In the manga, he threatens Pegasus with a knife demanding the prize money. Pegasus uses his Millenium Eye to create a Penalty Game by turning Keith's hand into a gun and "killing" himself with it. In the anime, Keith's uses a gun instead for the same reason only to fall into the trapdoor and into the ocean. He returns later under the control of Marik. In the ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' manga, Keith is also revived by Tenma.
** Gozaburo Kaiba was a character who still perished, but at a much later date. In the manga, he was a PosthumousCharacter who had been DrivenToSuicide after Seto wrested control of [=KaibaCorp=]. In the anime, he suffered a heart attack instead, but his mind was downloaded into his special virtual world, where he was later the BigBad of the Virtual Nightmare Arc; at the end of which, [[spoiler: he and the other villains of that arc were deleted permanently when the Virtual World was destroyed.]]
* The Village Elder and Sanai in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''. Subverted with Heihachi. Surprising fans of [[Film.SevenSamurai the original movie]], he was spared from being the first samurai to die, but he finally meets his end in episode 25.
* Scheris and Kimishima in ''Anime/{{S-CRY-ed}}''.
* In the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'', both [[spoiler:Lelouch and Euphemia]] survive, though the former starts WalkingTheEarth while the latter becomes the new Emperor of Britannia.
** [[spoiler:Lelouch]] also survives in ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'', another manga spinoff.
** In Manga/CodeGeassTalesOfAnAlternateShogunate, [[spoiler:everyone, except possibly for Jeremiah Gottwald]], survives.
* The title character in ''Anime/{{Ponyo|OnTheCliffByTheSea}}'', which is a loose adaptation of "Literature/TheLittleMermaid".
* Subverted in the case of Alcyone in ''Anime/MagicKnightRayearth''. She dies due to wounds inflicted by Umi in the manga, but in the anime she survives them and hangs around until almost the end, where she vanishes after being rejected by Zagato yet again. But then came ''[=MKR=] 2''... where she ends up BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks to Debonair. And when her brainwashing is undone, she spends some time as an EmptyShell... and ''then'' she's killed by Debonair.
** Emmeraude dies in the original saga, but lives in ''Anime/RayearthOVA''.
* Shou Tucker in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Notable because [[TheAtoner Dr. Marcoh]] dies instead.
** There are a few subversions, such as Basque Grand's death being given a passing mention in the manga (he wouldn't be shown in person until a later flashback), but in the 2003 anime, he gets some characterization and dies onscreen. Then in ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Brotherhood]]'', he doesn't get the same characterization, but dies onscreen and goes down fighting. Likewise, Marta survives the attack on Greed's base that killed her in the manga, but is killed by Bradley a few episodes later--in fact, she was killed in the ''exact'' same manor as the manga (stabbed while hiding inside [[AnimatedArmor Alphonse]]), whereas the other chimeras had their deaths changed from Bradley to Amestrian soldiers.
* Chun-Li's father is still alive (albeit hospitalized and in a coma) the last time we see him in ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV''.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' Fou-lu either is absorbed into or absorbs Ryu in a SplitPersonalityMerge in the original video game (depending on which of the MultipleEndings one ultimately selects). The manga adaptation went for a ThirdOptionAdaptation [[spoiler:which not only managed to incorporate ''both'' the Bad and Good Ends but ultimately ended with a failed SplitPersonalityMerge and Fou-lu's ultimate survival (if in a BroughtDownToNormal state).]]
** There is quite a lot of WildMassGuessing as to why this is the case - one persistent rumour is that the manga was deliberately set up for either a video-game or manga sequel to ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' (especially considering that Capcom is talking of reviving the franchise and directed the ComicBookAdaptation in the first place). This would fit with the other, rather extensive changes made to the manga's end - which, up till that point, largely followed the plot of the game save for some AllThereInTheManual stuff from the artbook that was included in the manga.
* Professor Tomoe in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' was killed in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], but saved in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] (where he's just possessed). Since the next storyline required having Sailors Uranus and Neptune raising his daughter, he was quickly PutOnABus at the start of the next season.
** Likewise in the original anime, this also happens to the Ayakashi Sisters, the Amazon Trio (sort of...they become souls/dreams/some sort of spiritual light and go to Elysian rather than die outright), Queen Nehelenia and Sailor Galaxia. All of them are either purified or brought to {{Heel Face Turn}}s by [[MessianicArchetype Sailor Moon.]]
** [[spoiler: Prince Diamond]] dies in the manga ''and'' the anime, but lives in the [[Theatre/SeraMyu Musicals]].
** Nephrite in the live action show ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''.
** Episode 3 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' (which is [[TruerToTheText more accurate to the original manga]] bar a SettingUpdate) spares Jadeite from being immolated by Sailor Mars, instead having him teleport away. Episode 5 spares Nephrite from Sailor Jupiter's wrath, teleporting away before being obliterated by her Jupiter Thunder attack.
* In ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', Kana Ushiro dies alongside all of the kids. In the anime, however, Youko takes her place as a pilot and thus Kana survives the game.
** Also Captain Seki, whose HeroicSacrifice doesn't happen in the anime.
* ''Anime/LesMiserablesShojoCosette'', there are some spared characters. [[spoiler:Madame Thenardier, Gavroche and Javert. Fans weren't very happy in the case of the latter, because of the way the writers did it. He's about to jump when the sun suddenly rises, and he... decides not to. Even more egregious, they actually lampshade it in the next episode preview, saying one should not commit suicide over being depressed like that. They just wanted to soften it for kids, obviously.]]
* The second ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' movie doesn't kill off the MauveShirt members of the Gurren gang (specifically, Jorgun, Balinbow, Kidd, Iraak, Zorthy, and Makken), re-drawing them into the scenes that occur afterwards.
** Everyone who died in the show survives in the HighSchoolAU manga, and yes, that includes Kamina. [[LargeHam His]] interaction with [[TheIngenue Nia]] has to be seen to be believed.
* [[spoiler:Genkai]] in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' passes away in the last chapter of the manga, but lives until the end of the series in the anime ([[spoiler:ignoring her death and resurrection in the Dark Tournament saga]]).
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** By the time the anime had ended, several characters had already died in the manga after the point where the anime diverged. In the anime, [[spoiler:Arachne]] still died, but in a very different way, and all the others lived to the very end of the anime:
*** In both the manga and anime the Flying Dutchman is shown [[WeWillMeetAgain swearing to get revenge for his defeat]] after the battle on the Nidhogg. The manga had a mini-arc where he comes back and is killed by Blair; it was the first storyline of the manga that the anime did not adapt at all.
*** [[spoiler:Joe Buttataki]] was killed in the manga [[spoiler:by Justin, because Joe found out he was a mole.]] No such thing happened in the anime, and his role in general was completely different.
*** In the manga, [[spoiler:Mifune]] died moments after losing his last fight with [[spoiler:Black Star]]. In the anime, he still lost, but his injuries were OnlyAFleshWound and he instead surrenders.
*** In the manga, [[spoiler:Mosquito]] tries to kill Noah, but is [[CurbstompBattle easily defeated and killed himself]]. In the anime, Noah [[AdaptedOut was never introduced]] because his storyline in the manga had just started and [[spoiler:Mosquito]] was shown in the credits to have survived his final battle.
** A significantly larger number of characters fit into this trope retroactively, as they were alive in the manga when the anime was produced, survived to the end of the anime, then later died in the manga:
*** Near the end of the anime, [[spoiler:Giriko]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandons Arachnophobia]] for [[WeHaveReserves firing their weapons even though it might hit him.]] In the manga, he stayed loyal to them, continuing to fight the DWMA to [[AvengingTheVillain avenge]] [[spoiler:Arachne]], which eventually leads to his death.
*** [[spoiler:Medusa]] in the anime is a possible example. While she appeared to have died near the end of the anime, the end credits for the last episode show [[spoiler:her snake form]], implying she survived. When she later died in the manga, nothing from then on would even hint otherwise.
*** A minor example is Granny the reception attendant. In the manga, she helped fighting alongside with Kid during the battle on the Moon showing how tough she is. Unfortunately, she gets killed by [[spoiler:Justin Law]]. In the anime, she had a much smaller role and we only saw her face in a ContinuityCameo. It's unsure if she's still around at the end of the anime.
*** In the anime [[spoiler:Justin]] turns out to be exactly what he appears, and lives. In the manga, we find out [[spoiler:he's really evil (as the first part of the entry implies)]] and he later dies fighting the DWMA.
*** In the manga it's revealed [[spoiler:Kid unlocking his full power and becoming the next Grim Reaper]] will cause [[spoiler:the previous reaper]] to die, which happens shortly thereafter. Said event does not happen in the course of the anime, and given the anime was made before said revelation it's unknown if it would have the same result.
*** [[spoiler:Crona and Ragnarok]] end the anime alive and well, having [[spoiler:ended their HeelFaceRevolvingDoor on the side of the DWMA.]] [[spoiler:In the manga, if they technically ''died'' is highly debatable[[labelnote:spoiler]]Crona's body was left trapped inside Asura, who, in turn was encased in mad blood. What happened to Ragnarok [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse is even less clear]]; he went through the same process as Crona but we don't see the effect and either way he may have been effectively rendered non-sentient a while before.[[/labelnote]] It also depends whether you interpret that Maka will make good on her promise to rescue Crona at manga's end or whether they will stay trapped [[RedemptionEqualsDeath for the remainder of human history.]] If nothing else, Crona and Ragnarok were spared the fate of becoming trapped alongside Asura for [[RedemptionEqualsAffliction an indeterminate length of time.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Ikkitousen}}'' heads towards KnightOfCerebus territory later on with several characters in the series killed off, but the anime held dear to the cast, keeping them all alive.
** With the exception of [[spoiler:Ryofu and Ukitsu]], that is.
* The 3rd PSP game version of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' does this to [[spoiler: Michael]] who ends OnlyMostlyDead twice in the UN Spacy route. But [[TheyKilledKenny They Killed]] [[spoiler: Alto]] instead! Those Bastards!
** Bit of an ongoing theme due to his popularity. [[spoiler:Even the movie version spared him]].
* The [[spoiler:[[CloningBlues second]] Rei Ayanami]] still pulls a HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' and ends up being swallowed alive by the EldritchAbomination she was fighting - This time, however, her love interest [[spoiler: and half-brother... sorta]] Shinji [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome rips her directly out of the bastard]] and saves her life. [[spoiler: The third movie then reveals that she survived, but is [[AndIMustScream trapped inside the core of Unit-01]] alongside the soul of Shinji's mother]].
** While the character didn't die in [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the original anime]], [[spoiler: Touji Suzuhara is saved from piloting Unit-03[=/=]Bardiel, which horribly crippled him. Instead Asuka was the test pilot, and "only" lost an eye.]] He did die in the manga despite not doing so in the anime, so ''Rebuild'' spares him that in general. The 3rd movie in the series apparently subverts this with everything indicating that he died anyway [[spoiler:when the Third Impact wiped out most of humanity before being stopped]].
** In the manga [[spoiler: Asuka survives her battle with SEELE's Evas, and the entirety of humanity is shown restored once the Human Instrumentality Project is averted.]] On the whole, the manga finishes on a ''much'' more optimistic note than ''End of Evangelion''.
** The AlternateUniverse series ''[[Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse Campus Apocalypse]]'' has a far more optimistic ending. [[spoiler: Gendo and Yui]] are the only real casualties among the human characters, and the ending sees [[spoiler: Shinji, Rei and Asuka happily returning to a normal life]].
*** Makoto and Cecilia, the two halves of the Angel Israfel, also survive and are implied to also be living out a peaceful existence in Italy.
** There is at least one ''Evangelion'' LicensedGame where you can save Kaworu Nagisa. He pilots Unit-04, which arguably also falls under this trope.
* In the original ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' manga, Panther Claw's attack on Honey's school was a bloodbath, killing everyone except Honey (including Alphonne and Miharu, whose deaths were PlayedForLaughs). In the anime version, the only casualty was [[spoiler:Natsuko]].
** In most versions of the series, the plot is kicked off by the murder of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to avenge him. In ''Cutey Honey Flash'', the {{Shoujo|Demographic}} version, the plot is kicked off by the ''kidnapping'' of Dr. Kisaragi, and Honey fights Panther Claw to rescue him.
* In the Anime/{{Mai-Otome}} manga, [[spoiler:{{E|nsembleDarkhorse}}rs[[AscendedExtra tin]] [[SavedByTheFans Ho]]]] survives.
* The 60s anime of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' is the only edition of the original story that doesn't have the title character killed off.
* Satsuki and Nanami, two minor characters in ''Manga/{{Needless}}'' who were gutted alive by Mio, were only humiliated in the anime.
* [[spoiler:Raoh]] in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' OVA.
* In ''Manga/{{Grenadier}}'', Koto (a secondary character) is killed by the BigBad (and fuels Rushuna's revenge against him). She survives in the anime.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Bardock is a very odd subversion in the 3-chapter spin-off manga, ''History of Bardock''. He survives Frieza's attack, but winds up going back in time. The manga gives no indication that he ever returns to his own time, meaning that he'll die long-before any of the events in the official series.
** A minor case, but during the epilogue to the Cell Saga that showcases Future Trunks finally saving his time, there's a moment where Androids 17 and 18 are shot at by a vengeful old man whose family was previously killed by the duo and is currently trapped under some debris. 17 decides to kill him, but Trunks then arrives and manages to destroy him and his sister in a CurbStompBattle and is then shown helping the man out. In the original manga, 17 kills the man moments before Trunks arrives on the scene.
** The animé could be said to have done this to Captain Ginyu as well - while the manga (and ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'') [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse ignores him after he becomes a frog]] (implying he died when Namek exploded), the animé has him sent to Earth, where he causes trouble in some {{Filler}} even after the Frieza Saga before [[spoiler: he dies following Kid Buu's destruction of Earth]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia: {{The Anim|eOfTheGame}}ation'' is ''extremely'' {{compressed|Adaptation}} due to having to fit forty hours of gameplay into ten episodes' worth of anime screentime, leading them to combine the Dragons' Nest and Rodyle's Human Ranch into the same encounter. Since it takes place ''in'' the Dragons' Nest and not underwater, this has the effect of nullifying any need for [[MauveShirt Botta]] to make a HeroicSacrifice.
* Icelina Eschonbach in the film version of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
** As is M'Quve, but he later gets killed off in the manga ''Char's Deleted Affair: Portrait of a Young Comet''.
** Ramba Ral survives in the novelization, where he is a bodyguard instead of a Mobile Suit pilot and never meets Amuro.
* Technically done in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime''; During the [[spoiler: MassiveMultiplayerCrossover]] finale, [[spoiler: Grani]] turns up to help [[TheVoiceless Dukemon]]; he even [[spoiler: combines with him, giving rise to Dukemon: Crimson Mode. This only happened in their own series, Anime/DigimonTamers, because Grani was about to die and he gave up his life energy to help his friend Guilmon]]. They even [[spoiler: uncombine]] afterwards.
* The ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime was cancelled before it reaches the final manga arc, (mercifully) sparing [[spoiler:Chojiro Sasakibe and Shigekuni Yamamoto]].
** [[spoiler:Retsu Unohana]] and [[spoiler:Toshiro Hitsugaya]] were spared by the same cancellation.
* In the ''Manga/TriGun Maximum'' manga, the character Descartes (a boomerang-wielding thug who [[CanonImmigrant originally appeared in the anime]]) winds up being impaled on his own weapon by Grey the Nine-Lives. As he never appears in the anime again after his debut, it can assumed that in that version he survived.
* In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'', [[spoiler:Precia, Alicia and Reinforce Eins]] are alive and well.
* In the original ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' books [[spoiler:Gabu dies of starvation and Mei dies of exhaustion]]. In the movie based off said novels both survive.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' also has a minor case early on during Buggy's introduction. When one of Buggy mistakenly believes that one of his crew is insulting his nose, he snaps and proceeds to blow the guy to smithereens with a cannonball. In the anime, Buggy is initially going to do the same thing, but manages to be persuaded in letting him live.
* [[spoiler: The Dragonslayers]] in the movie's adaptation of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''.
** [[spoiler: Same thing with Nariya and Eriya, who are {{demoted to extra}}s in the movie]].
* Thanks to the film only loosely adapting roughly the first quarter of the then unfinished manga, both Yupa and Teto are still alive at the end of the anime of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* An odd variant is done in the anime adaptation of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. In the manga, the criminal is shot and killed [[spoiler:and later turns out to be the sister of a character who joins the cast]]. In the anime she survives when Conan steps in, however she's just a random criminal. [[spoiler: And then this is subverted... a whole episode is created to fix the potential plot-holes, and the woman actually dies [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in Conan's arms.]] And soon her sister shows up and joins the cast...]]
* Many {{Historical Domain Character}}s were spared in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', including Imagawa Yoshimoto (died 1560) and Saitou Dousan (died 1556), which are still there in the 1570s. Subverted by several {{Composite Character}}s; their namesakes may have died for a long time, but other characters that the characters were based on were still alive; such as Saitou Yoshitatsu--he died in 1561, but he's a composite together with his son Tatsuoki, which was still alive at the time.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', [[spoiler:Waltz and his agents]] all survive. [[spoiler:Claves]] doesn't [[AdaptedOut even appear]].
* In the manga adaption of ''Literature/{{Another}}'', [[spoiler:Akazawa Izumi]] does not die, despite dying in the original novel version and the anime adaption.
* Ultimately subverted in ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''. The series toys with the idea of the two defying the show's ForegoneConclusion, but in the end kills them off anyway.
** Played straighter with the series's renditions of [[spoiler: Lady Montague (Portia), Tybalt, Mercutio and Count Paris ([[GenderFlip Hermione]]).]]
* The ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' OVA ends with [[BigBad Satoru Kanzaki]] arrested for tax evasion. In the manga, he gets away and antagonizes the heroes until he's finally shot down by Shin Kazama.
* A one-episode character of ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' who's a pathological liar dies as a result of being unable to break her bad habit after Yuko gives her a ring (which gets dirtier the more she lies), but in the anime version she lives and [[AnAesop learns a lesson from it.]]
* ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV'': Ayame Fujieda survives the show, mainly because, unlike the game series, she doesn't make a FaceHeelTurn.
* Lori and Loru die in the original ''Anime/MazingerZ'' manga and ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', but survive ''Anime/ShinMazinger''.
* In the movie compilation of ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'', the mutiny of Yasu (Sparks) and several other crew members who wish to stay on Iscandar is omitted, meaning that they naturally don't die in the film version.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s manga, the final fight between Grey Fox and Roberta becomes a MookHorrorShow with almost all of the former being completely wiped out and Roberta escaping without a scratch (physically, at least). In the anime, the battle is much less one-sided: Grey Fox suffers several casualties but much less (and some are shown to be still-alive stretcher cases), and Roberta [[AnArmAndALeg is almost killed in return]] to the degree that the plan to save Grey Fox in the manga becomes more about saving Roberta in the anime.
* In the ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' manga, Syura shows off his depravity by having Bol's wife and daughter raped and murdered. In the anime, he never meets them before he is killed.
* In ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'', Sven luckily survived through the series thanks to [[EnsembleDarkhorse his character's popularity]] with the audience and due to the broadcast standards at the time (which [[SarcasmMode includes wonderful tropes]] like NeverSayDie and that all deaths must be portrayed as a DisneyDeath). Sven's counterpart in the original ''Anime/GoLion'' series was killed off halfway through the series and then was replaced by an identical twin brother, who was also later killed.
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* 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."
* 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.
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* 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?]])
* A good percentage of {{fix fic}}s fall under this trope; mainly done if the character in question was a fan favorite.
* 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 {{Team 8}}. 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 comedic 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 ''Fanfic/{{Team 8}} [[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).
* [[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 Mercenaries of Fortune]], a squadron of [[Main/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 [[Main/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'' in general tries to keep with the plot of TheLegendOfKorra for the most part. However, the author does allow 2 characters from book 3 to live on as minor characters for the rest of the saga: [[spoiler: Queen Hou-Ting]] is affected by Poison Joke, and thus becomes a mouse to escape being [[spoiler: suffocated by Zaheer.]] And Zaheer's lieutenant [[spoiler: P'li]] is saved by Celestia, even playing minor parts in the episodes to come as a defender of Airbender Island.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Several Disney Adaptations, via {{Disneyfication}}:
** The Talking Cricket (renamed Jiminy Cricket) in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. (Although after an appearance [[SpiritAdvisor as a ghost]] in Chapter 13, the Talking Cricket makes two subsequent appearances in the book that seem to suggest he's [[BackFromTheDead alive again]].)
** Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Clopin... and pretty much all of the main cast except for Frollo in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. The musical [[RecursiveAdaptation on the other hand...]]
** Ariel in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Arguably Robin Hood in ''Disney/RobinHood'', though the Robin Hood mythos is so vast that it's not ironclad that he dies at the end normally.
** And [[spoiler: every single character]] in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''. In Chief's case [[DeathByAdaptation Not]] in the [[RecursiveAdaptation Disney books adapted from the film]], though.
*** Chief [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] ''was'' going to die in the animated adaptation after being hit by the train, but someone in the Disney higher-ups wasn't willing to pull the trigger on a character who ''wasn't'' explicitly evil (this is before [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa's death]] convinced them it can be done effectively) - so he opens his eyes in what was meant to be his death scene, and ends up with ''only'' a broken leg for the rest of the film. This is definitely a case of it ''not'' being the best choice: killing him off would have explained Copper's ferocious grudge against Todd in the second half of the movie, while the final product makes him look a lot more spiteful (and it would have made their final reconciliation [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming more]] [[{{Forgiveness}} potent]]).
** Captain Hook from ''Disney/PeterPan''. In the book, he is simply swallowed up by the crocodile, but in the movie, he immediately jumps out of the crocodile's mouth unharmed shortly after being swallowed up and later swimming away [[MemeticMutation screaming for Smee]] with the crocodile still behind him.
*** There's an interesting story behind this. Originally, Disney was going to make Hook an evil, intimidating character who would die like his literary counterpart. However, they discovered that the slapstick scenes with the crocodile effectively ruined any sense that he was a serious threat. Therefore, they went all out and played him as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. They kept him alive because they figured the audience wouldn't want to see such a humorous, non-threatening villain die.
** Shere Khan from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. He retreats with a burning branch tied to his tail. Seconds after he's out of sight, it rains. In fact, he's still alive by the end of the sequel! Also the monkeys, who were eaten by Kaa originally.
** Mad Madam Mim from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. In the book, she was killed after Merlin became an infectious disease, but in the movie, she is merely bedridden, and Merlin actually had to use sunlight in order to cure her.
--->'''Mim''': [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad "I hate sunshine!]] I HATE horrible wholesome sunshine!! I HATE! I HATE IT! [[VillainousBreakdown I HATE HATE HATE HATE..."]]
** Both Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier and the Ballerina from ''[[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Fantasia 2000]]''. The main reason why they both lived in the Disney adaptation is because the writers of the film actually did not want to cause any SoundtrackDissonance considering the fact that the musical piece accompanying this scene is an optimistic-sounding one.
** John Luther "Casey" Jones from ''The Brave Engineer''. In real life, he actually died in the train crash.
** Disney/{{Pocahontas}} in ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld''. In real life, she died during her stay in England.
** Maleficent in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks version of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', whose cackling can be heard at the very last part of the ride, implying that she had survived being stabbed by the Sword of Truth and falling off a cliff. However, this was eventually removed and replaced with a scene where the fairies are still bickering over what color Aurora's dress should be. There was also a sequel storybook which also had Maleficent survive the above and still cause trouble.
*** A similar thing happened in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', though Justified since that was a prequel to a game where she's a major antagonist. [[FridgeHorror Though since the Sleeping Beauty world is said to have been "lost to the darkness" in the original game, this possibly turns the story into a case of]] TheBadGuyWins...
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'': Every major character dies in the novel except for Bambi and his fawns.
*** Faline also survives the novel, and features prominently in the sequel. Many of the non-deer central characters in the film don't actually appear in the book, and so are not affected by this trope either.
** Kala, Tarzan's adoptive ape mother in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.
* Grendel's Mother in the 2007 ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', everyone except 9 died in the original short; in the full-length movie he, 7, 3 and 4 all make it out alive.
* [[GenderFlip Ms. Li]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Mr. Li, her [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] from the original comic, is [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]] by the titular Red Hood, while Ms. Li simply ends up BoundAndGagged by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. Whether her survival is due to the plot changes or [[MenAreTheExpendableGender her being a girl]] is uncertain.
* Herr Kleiser is killed and eaten by [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] in ''TheUltimates'', but survives the events of both ''UltimateAvengers'' films. However, ComicBook/BlackPanther [[AFateWorseThanDeath seals him inside Wakanda's Vibranium reserves for all eternity]], making death look like a much kinder alternative.
** Also Comicbook/BlackWidow and Edwin Jarvis both survive the events of the films despite being killed in ''The Ultimates 2''.
* Anastasia in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' (if you consider reality to be the source material, since it's so historically inaccurate it may as well be an AlternateUniverse).
* [[LoveableRogue Ostap Bender]] from Creator/MelBrooks adaptation of TheTwelveChairs survives the book instead of having his throat cut for all his trouble. An interesting case, as while the book itself explicitly stated him as dead, the character was later brought back for a sequel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'', an adaptation of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' [[RecycledInSpace with lawn gnomes]], the only character to die is Tybalt--and somehow ''he'' gets reassembled for the DancePartyEnding! Of course, this wasn't a surprise. The trailer for the movie claimed, "The only tragedy... Would be missing it!" (Which was followed by a character's voice saying, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "I don't get it..."]])
** Lampshaded during Gnomeo's conversation with a Shakespeare statue, where he calls the original a "horrible ending."
** Schlocky grindhouse adaptation ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet'' spares the two as well.
* Even compared to the below mentioned live-action version, Professor Bruttenholm gets this is the second ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated'' movie, ''Blood and Iron'', surviving the events of the movie.
* Soren's parents in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole'' are shown to have made it to the great tree by the end of the movie. In the books, we never see them (alive) again after Soren is kidnapped, and it's very strongly implied that they were killed shortly after that.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'', the Elite are depowered and presumably jailed at the end, and that's the last we see of them. In the original comics, Black ended up lobotomizing Menagerie and, after a failed attempt to get revenge on Superman, committed suicide.
* The Boyscouts in ''WesternAnimation/TheDarkKnightReturns'', in the original comic they were poisoned to death by the cotton candy The Joker gave them, in the film Batman is able to stop them from eating it, this was because the crew thought it would've been in bad taste because of the recent Sandy Hook school shooting.
* In ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'' has a century-long TimeSkip at the end where Tip suddenly dies of old age during the unveiling of the time capsule. The film adaptation ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'' lacks the TimeSkip ending whilst Tip is still a child.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ZigZaggedTrope with both film adaptations of ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill'': while on the original story ("Farewell To The Master") Klaatu only gets as far as introducing himself and Gort/Gnut before he's blown away by a crazy trigger-happy human, both films have him survive getting shot by the trigger-happy humans (nervous soldiers instead of the fanatical civilian of the story) at the beginning, only to die at the end.
* In the novel ''Literature/{{Sounder}}'', both the father and Sounder the family dog die in the end. In the film, both are crippled but alive, Sounder by a shotgun blast, the father ([[NamedByTheAdaptation named "Nathan" in the film]]) by a dynamite blast in prison.
* [[InfantImmortality Tad]] from ''Film/{{Cujo}}''.
* John Hammond in ''Film/JurassicPark''. Ian Malcolm as well, which may have led Michael Crichton to make him NotQuiteDead in the sequel, though it's clearly implied that he dies in [[Literature/JurassicPark the first book]].
** It's actually an ''inversion'' (not counting the Malcom issue): In the book, Gennaro and Muldoon survive with Grant, Sattler, and the kids while Hammond and Malcolm are killed; in the film, Muldoon and Gennaro are eaten by rampaging dinosaurs and the survivors are Hammond and Malcolm.
** Dodgson is eaten in [[Literature/TheLostWorld1995 the second book]], but in [[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark the second movie]], a different character plays his role (although it could be argued that after Nedry doesn't return, Dodgson tries to get the embryos himself...)
** The 1993 movie does [[FridgeLogic spare a lot of background employees]] by having them board a ship to the continent before the hurricane hits the island. Among the saved is chief geneticist Henry Wu, who is killed by raptors in the novel, but is still alive in the 2015 sequel ''JurassicWorld''.
* In the musical film version of ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Seymour and Audrey both escape their fate of being eaten by the plant, which is killed. Partly subverted in that, in the stage musical, Audrey was a victim of DeathByAdaptation, having survived in the original film, while the plant, who died in the original film, ends up surviving.
** In the Director's Cut, Audrey and Seymour die, and the plant lives.
* From ''Film/TheShining'', the Overlook Hotel itself is left intact, as opposed to the book which had it being blown off. Kubrick allegedly felt the destruction of the hotel brought too much of a happy ending to the story, so it became one of the many things he left out of his adaptation. This may also be due to Kubrick turning what originally was a story about ghosts into a film about madness, meaning that the hotel itself became less of an enemy to be eliminated, most of the horror now coming from the characters themselves and what they experience.
* The Talking Cricket in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio''.
* Saruman and Wormtongue in the theatrical versions of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies. Not so much in the Extended Editions (which explains why the palantír is in the water when Pippin picks it up).
** Additionally, in the books the Isengarders set one of the Ents ablaze and it's implied he burned to death. In the film, the Ent survives long enough to douse himself in the monstrous flood, turning an off-screen moment of villainy into a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* Gwen Stacy and Captain Stacy in ''Film/SpiderMan3'' probably due in no small part to being {{demoted to extra}}s.
* Mari and Justin in the 2009 remake of ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft''.
* The title character in the 2003 version of ''Film/{{Willard}}''.
** The title character dies in the 1971 version and is heavily implied to have died in the original novel.
* Roger in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''; whereas in the source material he was the murder ''victim'' (specifically, his cause of death was censorship), here he's the murder ''suspect'' (the murder victim being Marvin Acme).
* Clarice doesn't truly die - at least not physically - in the original version of ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'', but many would say that being corrupted and turned to the dark side by the title character is much worse. She avoids this grim fate in the film version.
* Norman Bates in the ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' follow-up movies.
* Judy in the 2010 remake of ''Film/TheCrazies''.
* The Village Elder in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Chico is a partial example, as he's a {{composite|Character}} of two of the main characters of ''Film/SevenSamurai'': Kikuchiyo, who dies, and Katsushiro, who does not.
* Many English film adaptations of ''Literature/LesMiserables'' don't include Jean Valjean's death. Thanks to ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', ChronicallyKilledActor Creator/LiamNeeson happens to be one of the surviving Valjeans in that respect. Other adaptations spare other characters: La Thénardier in the musical, Gavroche and Javert in the 2007 anime version, et cetera.
* Both the kids and the would-be killer in the remake of ''Film/WhenAStrangerCalls''.
* The Renfield-type character in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', both the original and in Werner Herzog's remake.
* Nobody ever has the heart to kill off Fagin in ''Literature/OliverTwist'' remakes anymore. Or sentence the Artful Dodger to transportation to Australia.
* Mister Arrow in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland''. Instead of giving him alcohol that causes Arrow to get drunk and fall overboard, Long John Silver tricks him into inspecting one of the lifeboats and drops it off the ship. We're left to assume Arrow was lost as sea anyway, but then he washes up on Treasure Island later. This was averted with Billy Bones, which is significant because he was the only character ''ever'' to die in a Muppet movie. Creator/BillyConnolly (who portrayed Bones) is quite proud of that fact.
* Matt Hooper from ''Film/{{Jaws}}''; granted in the film he is a much more likeable character.
** This was actually an accidental case; Hooper was going to die, but before that scene could be filmed a real shark got tangled in the ropes and destroyed the prop cage while it was empty. The crew thought that the footage was too good to waste that they rewrote Hooper's fate to get it into the movie.
* Mr. Coogar in ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes''.
* Charles Cheswick in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''. WordOfGod states that Cheswick was spared in order to [[spoiler: make Billy's death all the more shocking.]]
* Two characters in ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'': Tony Makarios, whose daemon is severed from him, and Roger. In the book, both are killed. There may have been plans for Roger to die in the following movie (though his death was in the end of the first volume of the book series, not the second,) but since that movie will apparently not be made, as it actually stands Roger survived in the film. The script did, in fact, include Roger's death and that scene was filmed before being removed.
** Tony is an odd case, as in the movie his character is [[CompositeCharacter merged with Billy Costa]] - Billy loses his daemon the way Tony did in the book (and she has the same name as Tony's did), but the reference to the severing of daemons unavoidably killing their human counterparts, if they're just a child (all children who lose them in the novels are stated to die later on) is removed, and Lyra in the film's last scene comments on the need to help the kids who lost their daemons. ExecutiveMeddling actually ''forced'' the writers to NeverSayDie in the movie adaptation - a minor character mentions that several children separated from their daemons escaped, but were found dead later on (with the character simply falling silent after being outright ''asked'' if they were alive) - which is also the reason that 30-minutes were chopped off the end of the movie (and one sequence was moved into an earlier point of the story). If the film had [[WhatCouldHaveBeen gotten sequels]], their adaptation of ''The Subtle Knife'' would have reputedly opened with these deleted scenes.
*** Roger's death is also critical to the plot, as it highlights the lengths to which Lord Asriel is [[WellIntentionedExtremist willing to go in order to free the multiverse from the Authority]] (and create the contrast with Lyra), so the delaying measure of removing these scenes only served to weaken the movie (and might have saved it from becoming a StillbornFranchise - giving the movie better earlier reviews and potentially drawing more viewers into theatres).
* ''Film/HarryPotter''
** Wormtail in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. He survives his book death with a TapOnTheHead and is not seen again. This was done to Avoid The Dreaded R Rating. Although it has been argued that said TapOnTheHead (which did seem to be painful) killed him, or that Voldemort does at one point.
** Grindelwald doesn't seemingly die either, since he [[AdaptationalVillainy actually cooperates with Voldemort]] in the film.
** Colin Creevey, sort of. He appears sporadically throughout the books and dies in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]],'' but [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears after the second movie]]. A CanonForeigner named Nigel Wolpert acts as a CompositeCharacter for both Colin and his brother Dennis, but his role in the last films is minor and there's no indication that he dies.
** Subverted with Hedwig. In the book, Harry takes her with him when he leaves the Dursleys and she's killed in the following chase scene. In the film, he lets her go before the chase scene, only for her to return and die taking a spell for him.
* The originally filmed ending to ''[[Franchise/{{Rambo}} First Blood]]'' was much closer to the novel by David Morrell, which had John Rambo forcing Trautman to kill him. However, due to Rambo's more sympathetic portrayal in the film, a new ending was filmed which had Rambo being arrested instead, making the sequels possible. [[AdaptationDisplacement Due to the relative obscurity of the novel]], not many are aware that Rambo was supposed to die in the first film. Ironically, Morrell adapted the film's sequels into novels; as such, he took note of the CanonDiscontinuity in the first sequel, throwing said discontinuity out the window just as quickly.
* The fourth kidnapped cardinal in ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons''.
* Higgins in ''[[Film/MasterAndCommander Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World]]'', since the subplot that killed him didn't make the movie, though early versions of the screenplay killed him in the final battle.
* At the time ''Film/{{Superman}}'' was made, both Ma and Pa Kent were dead in the comics by the time Clark becomes Superman. In the film, however, only Pa Kent dies. In the Post-Crisis comics both Kents are still alive making Jonathan Kent dying on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' DeathByAdaptation. He's dead again in the Comicbook/{{New 52}}.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. Stevens shatters his leg, contracts gangrene, and [[YouShallNotPass pins down a German assault single-handedly to buy time for his teammates to escape and continue their mission]] in the book. Major Franklin is captured, and though there's no hint of when or whether he'll be repatriated, he's at least shown alive and knows that the team's mission was a success.
** Ditto the sadistic Nazi officer Skoda. He's shot in the book for torturing Stevens. In the movie, he's renamed Sessler and is simply tied up. In the film, Sessler is not a sadistic Nazi but a professional Wermacht officer. He assures Mallory that Franklin will receive proper medical care. At the end, Franklin is seen in a hospital bed and smiles as he hears the explosion marking the mission's success. His fate isn't stated, but would likely be held as POW for the rest of the war.
* Most movie adaptations of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' leave out the deaths of Paris and Lady Montague, probably because both contribute little to the story and slow down the ending. Though this very often creates a plot hole when the prince says that he has lost "a brace of kinsmen" at the end. The movie makers obviously don't realize what "a brace" means; it means ''two'': two kinsmen, namely Mercutio and ''Paris''. Without Paris' death, the prince has only lost ''one'' kinsman! The Prince's comment is made even more confusing in the Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet version]] where Captain Prince and Mercutio are black and Paris is white. And there is no evidence of any of them being of mixed race.
* In the 2002 remake of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'', the title character survives and goes into hiding in Florida. This, incidentally, was because they were planning on the film (which was [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]]) being a PilotMovie, leading into a TV series about Carrie going on the run and helping other troubled teens with powers like hers. [[StillbornFranchise It never happened.]]
* Atreyu's horse, Artax, in the movie adaption of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''. While it does die by sinking in a swamp through despair just like in the book, it comes back to life at the end of the movie [[spoiler:thanks to Bastian presumably wishing it back to life]]. And it appears in the second movie, still alive.
** It's implied that in the film, the effects of the Nothing were completely reversed by Bastian saving Fantasia, so everyone who died as a consequence is alive (including the characters who survived the novel without ''ever'' dying); in the novel, they stay dead but Fantasia was recreated when Bastian saved it (with new areas and such being formed). Given that the realm is [[spoiler:the manifestation of human wishes and dreams, taking on a physical form]], this makes sense in context.
* ''Film/TheGodfather''. Both of Michael’s Sicilian bodyguards, Fabrizio and Calo, die in the novel but survive in the movie adaptation, [[SubvertedTrope only to die in the sequels]]. [[TheMole Fabrizio]] sets a car bomb for Michael but kills Michael’s wife Apollonia instead. In the novel, Fabrizio is killed in the [[TheClimax climactic]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge massacre montage]], but in the movie he is not seen again. A deleted scene in ''Godfather II'' reveals that Michael has him killed years later ... [[KarmicDeath in a car bombing]]. In the novel Calo is killed in the car blast with Apollonia, but like Fabrizio his fate is unrevealed in the movie until ''Godfather III'', where he is killed while taking part in ''that'' film’s [[RecycledPremise climactic massacre montage]].
* Charlie's brother in ''Film/LemonadeMouth''. In the movie he's older, away at college until he returns near the climax. In the book, he's Charlie's twin and was stillborn.
* Lt. Kamarov in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. [[DeathByAdaptation Borodin dies in his place]].
* The 2011 film version of ''Film/{{The Three Musketeers|2011}}'' spares Milady de Winter, the Duke of Buckingham, and Constance Bonacieux. Cardinal Richelieu's survival is not an example; his deaths in previous adaptations are actually examples of DeathByAdaptation (he survives the original book).
* Cantor Rabinowitz in ''Film/TheJazzSinger''. In the 1927 original he passed away at his deathbed after [[WellDoneSonGuy listening to his son Jack sing the Kol Nidre so beautifully]] and telling his wife Sara, "we have our son again" ([[OurGhostsAreDifferent his ghost is then shown at Jack's side in the synagogue]]). In the 1980 Neil Diamond remake, however, when Cantor Rabinowitz sees his son Jess sing the Kol Nidre in his father's place (since said father can't sing due to high blood pressure), he becomes surprised, and after some conversation, the father forgives his son and gives a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming embrace]]. He even hears the performance of Diamond's "SugarWiki/{{A|wesomeMusic}}merica" at the end.
* Played straight with lover Frank at first in the 1975 film adaptation of Music/TheWho's ''Music/{{Tommy}}'', but then subverted at the end of the film when the angry mob kills him and Nora Walker.
* The 1948 film adaptation of ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'' spares Blick the offstage death which he meets in the play.
* In the film version of ''Literature/MySistersKeeper'', Kate dies and Anna lives. In the book, Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation so she won't have to give her kidney to Kate, who has leukemia. Then, she is hit by a car and her kidney is given anyway. In the movie, Kate agrees with the lawsuit, knowing that she will die.
* In the LighterAndSofter Disney adaptation of Literature/JohnnyTremain, Rab doesn't die.
* Thufir Hawat is shown in the crowd watching Paul's duel with Feyd-Rautha at the end of ''Film/{{Dune}}''. His death scene just before that duel was filmed, but was cut.
* Esmeralda in the Creator/LonChaney version of ''Film/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* In the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe short story "The Fall of the House of Usher", Roderick and Madeline fall over dead right before their house collapses around them. In the French film ''[[Film/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher1928France The Fall of the House of Usher]]'', they both escape the house alive.
* Echo the Ventriloquist drowns in ''Literature/TheUnholyThree'', but survives in [[Film/TheUnholyThree both movie adaptations]]; rather ironic given that this was Creator/LonChaney's final role before his untimely death.
* In ''Film/StandByMe'', the narrator reveals at the end that Chris was killed in a knife fight as an adult. As shocking as this was, it beat the original story by Creator/StephenKing, where three out of the four kids (excepting Gordie) met early ends in the epilogue.
** As pointed out in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19156_6-deleted-scenes-that-prove-book-isnt-always-better_p2.html this article]], ''even Gordie'' may not be lasting much longer in the original story...
* In TheMagicalLegendOfTheLeprechauns, a LighterAndSofter version of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', all of the dead characters are brought back and it ends with Mickey and Jessica and Jack and Kathleen's weddings.
* The film adaptation of ''Theatre/OurTown'' has the female protagonist surviving. The third act of the play has her dying while giving birth to her child and takes place in the afterlife; in the film the afterlife portion is a dream she has.
* An odd case is used for the ''Franchise/DieHard'' films, which were initially based off a novel entitled ''Nothing Lasts Forever.'' In it, the character Joseph Leland, whom John [=McClane=] was based on, has to save his daughter on Christmas Eve... and ultimately he fails, as after sending on the antagonist out a window he manages to grab his daughter and take her with him. In the films, [=McClane's=] character was made younger and the hostage was changed to his wife instead of his daughter (the wife was a PosthumousCharacter in the book). Antagonist Hans Gruber attempts to do the same thing, but this time John successfully saves her. In the fourth film in the series, [=McClane's=] now grown-up daughter actually ''does'' get taken hostage by the film's BigBad, but she is also saved by the end of the film.
** Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson is a much more standard use of the trope. In the novel, when [[TheDragon Karl]] returns at the very end he attempts to shoot Joe but Al Powell proceeds to push Robinson into the way of the bullets before killing Karl himself. In the film, Powell just up and shoots Karl on the spot before he can fire his gun, and Robinson, who is still a {{Jerkass}} but greatly toned down from his novel counterpart, lives.
* In the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', Barbra is dragged off and implied to be devoured by a horde of zombies (among which, her brother is included) during the film's final siege. In the [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1990 1990 remake]], she becomes an ActionSurvivor.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' Harry's death is the sole reason Heather travels to Silent Hill to seek out revenge. In the film ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'' he survives; the one film SeanBean is supposed to die in and he lives. Vincent also survives, but his character has also change completely.
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/TheMask'', Stanley Ipkiss dies at the end. In [[Film/TheMask the movie]] (which is a lot more LighterAndSofter) he survives.
* ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' replaces the death of Antodus, who falls down a chasm in the TV ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", with a DisneyDeath where he lands safely on an unexpected ledge.
* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' has had two movie adaptations, one in 1939 with Creator/ShirleyTemple, and one in 1995. In both of these, Sara's father does not die as he does in the novel of BrainFever, he is merely injured in war and either too traumatized (1939) or amnesiac (1995). Either way, she gets a happy ending, as the novel ends with her being adopted by a family friend.
* The entire population of planet Earth in the film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
* Possibly the case with Weena in ''Film/{{The Time Machine|1960}}''. In [[Literature/TheTimeMachine the original novel]] she is separated from the protagonist in the midst of a forest fire and he it unable to find her. Ultimately her fate is left ambiguous, but the protagonist (who narrates the story) isn't optimistic about her odds of survival. In the movie she very clearly survives and almost joins the protagonist in his own time (which is only prevented when the Morlocks trap him in the statue and he is forced to use time travel to escape, as in the book).
* Cee Cee Bloom's mother survives much longer in ''Film/{{Beaches}}''. In the original novel, Leona dies of a heart attack while her daughter is in her late teens. The film changes this to Leona moving away to Florida, and brings her back for a later scene where she calls her daughter out on her selfish personality.
* Instead of following the ending to the novel, the English language film versions of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' followed either the ending to Agatha Christie's theatrical adaptation (sparing Lombard and Vera), or a slightly altered version in which Lombard is really Charles Morley, the real Lombard having died already (thus sparing only Vera.)
* Nicole Horne becomes a KarmaHoudini in ''Film/MaxPayne''. The stinger sequence suggests that Max doesn't intend to let them stay that way.
* In the original ''Film/{{Red Dawn|1984}}'' out of the Wolverines only Danny and Erica survive, in [[Film/RedDawn2012 the remake]] only Jed and Darryl are killed.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Mariko Yashida, who was killed in the comics, but survives till the very end of ''Film/TheWolverine''. This is also the case for her fiancé Noburo.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
[[ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast In the original story]], future Wolverine died during an ill-fated attack on the Sentinels headquarters. Here, he's the one who travels back in time to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.\\\
In the original comic Future Magento was the first to die, sacrificing himself early on by providing an off-panel diversion so the remaining resistance could escape their imprisonment. During the LastStand in the film, though he's badly wounded he never succumbs to his wounds before the timeline is reset.
* Happy Hogan in ''Film/IronMan3'', who was mercy killed in the comics after going into a braindead coma but survives in this movie until the very end after experiencing the impact of an Extremis soldier exploding and awakening from his coma.
* Tigercub in the film version of ''[[Literature/NightWatch Day Watch]]''. However, this is only because the Mirror storyline was utterly absent in the adaptation. Instead, Kostya is killed prior to ''Twilight Watch''... at least until the end of the film that rewinds the two films to the beginning.
* In Film/DickTracy, 88 Keyes the piano player is arrested during the raid on the Club Ritz. His comic strip counterpart was eventually gunned down by Tracy.
* In the [[Film/TheHobbit film adaptation]] of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Azog The Defiler survives the Battle of Azanulbizar by getting his arm cut off and being presumed dead, instead of [[OffWithHisHead getting his head cut off]] like in the book.
* In ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour'' [[spoiler:Adèle lives unlike [[AdaptationNameChange Clémentine]] in the [[ComicBook/BlueIsTheWarmestColour comicbook]]]].
* The 2006 remake of ''Film/LastHoliday'' has the main character (portrayed by Creator/AlecGuinness in the original and Creator/QueenLatifah [[GenderFlip in the remake]]) survive, whereas the original film ended with the main character's vehicular demise.
* Although not quite the same character, Serizawa’s previous incarnation in the Godzilla series died ''preventing'' Godzilla from wreaking more havoc. While in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' Serizawa is trying to convince the military the importance of Godzilla and comes out of the film with very little scrapes and bruises.
* In ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', [[spoiler: the titular character and her [[TheDragon Dragon]] Diaval both survive thanks to LoveRedeems, whereas in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' Maleficent was killed by Prince Phillip and Diaval was TakenForGranite by the fairy godmothers.]]
* Carl in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' suffers a rather anti-climactic off-screen death around three-quarters of the way through the novel; he makes it to the end of the film.
* Uncle Bene in Film/EscapeToWitchMountain comes back to welcome Tia and Tony. In the book, he died trying to get them to America.
* in the Literature/TheSpiderwickChronicles books, Arthur dies at the end. In the movie, he stays with the Sylphs, but his daughter also comes with him.
* Rapunzel in the film version of ''Film/IntoTheWoods''.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', the character Mr. Nagy/[[AdaptationNameChange "Mr. Meisner"]] is killed by Natalie Dashkov. Nothing happens to him in [[Film/VampireAcademy the film]].
* BlackPanther's father T'Chaka is still alive in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. This is in contrast to the comics and most other adaptations, where T'Chaka was murdered long before T'Challa ever became the Black Panther.
* ''Film/DeathHunt'': The real Albert Johnson was killed by the Mounties after a months-long manhunt. In the film, the corpse of a local killer who was actually stealing gold teeth is made up to look like him, while Johnson escapes into Alaska.
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* ''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 Wheelie, Brains, and Megatron surviving. In the film Wheelie and Brains go down with a Decepticon ship they sabotaged, and Megatron is killed in a final confrontation with Optimus Prime.
* 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 ''Franchise/{{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: CaptainAmerica imprisoned for his crimes, rather than assassinated as part of a plot by the 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.]]
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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'': In the original series, Baltar is an example of this. In the film and pilot, he was executed by order of the Cylon leader. When it became a regular series, the producers allowed Baltar to live even re-editing the original pilot so that now the leader spares Baltar's life.
* Vesper Lynd in the ''Climax!'' TV adaptation of ''CasinoRoyale1954''.
* Laffeyette in ''Series/TrueBlood'' survives the TV series.
* In the original British version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Phil goes home with a drug dealer, overdoses, and dies; in the American remake the equivalent character, Ted, has the same experience but survives.
* Varya in ''Series/TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has an in-universe example. When the "Warrior Angel" comic gets a live-action adaptation the love interest that dies in the comic gets to live. Naturally this enrages the FanDumb and one of the more obsessed fans tries to force the movie to follow the comic by attempting to kill the actress.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', there were plans to kill off Eric like his ''Sentai'' [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger counterpart]] Naoto, but it was decided to let him live. In a similar case, while Lila's final fate is [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse unknown]], Nadira eventually redeemed herself. Gluto, meanwhile, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere cryo-freezes himself during the finale]]; his Timeranger counterpart, [[BigBad Don Dolnero]], dies during the finale. Also Alex was spared as he was significantly less villainous than his Sentai counterpart [[BiggerBad Captain Ryuga]](the former was a well-intentioned JerkAss at worse, while the latter was outright evil and responsible for all the bad things in the series). Sadly, Frax, who was arguably the most sympathetic villain, wasn't spared like Gien was.
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had Tommy lose his powers (twice) instead of being killed like his ''Sentai'' counterpart Burai. Additionally, Rito Revolto's ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' counterpart Gasha Dokuro did not survive the finishing move of Super Kakure Daishogun (AKA the Ninja Megafalconzord). In fact, that battle, Gasha Dokuro's last, was ''Rito's first!''
*** Second actually. In his first fight, he destroyed the Thunder Megazord and Tigerzord, which used a combination of Dairanger, American, and Kakuranger footage (with Kakure [=DaiShogun=] edited out). Three episodes later, [[StockFootage the Kakuranger footage was reused]], intact this time.
** Trent of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' is also spared his ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' counterpart's Mikoto Nakadai's fate.
** Astronema can be also counted, since both Dr.Hinelar and Shibolena ([[CompositeCharacter the villains that she was based from]]) both died in the end.
** Marah also qualify as she redeemed herself while Furabijo her original counterpart [[spoiler:was killed in Boukenger VS Super Sentai.]] Kapri can also be counted as Wendinu is in similar case to Lila.
** We also got [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Matoombo]] who is revived after the Master was defeated while his counterpart, Titan, stayed dead.
** Also, Toxica and Jindrax from ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' get a RedemptionEarnsLife ending, turning against their leaders who'd used them as pawns, and rode off into the sunset together [[ShooOutTheClowns just before]] the GrandFinale. Their sentai counterparts Tsuetsue and Yabaiba never reformed (though Yabaiba could have if it weren't for his growing love for Tsuetsue), and were buried in their CollapsingLair at the end. [[spoiler: They are revealed to have survived in the teamup with Hurricanger, at the end of which they ''definitely'' die. Though Tsuetsue is revived in ''Boukenger vs. Super Sentai'', but is killed off again.]]
** Jarred and Camile of ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' were spared Rio and Mele's tragic fate.
** If you count that Tenaya is a counterpart of Kegalesia (she technically filled the latter position), then she is one as well.
** A more recent example from ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', Rico manages to survive to the end of his debut episode, his counterpart in ''[[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]]'' wasn't as lucky.
* Richard in [[Series/ThePillarsOfTheEarth the miniseries]] of ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'', thanks to the heavy truncation of the last couple hundred pages.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** Originally, Shane in dies very early on. He doesn't die in the TV series until the end of the 2nd season.
** In the comic series, Judith and her mother Lori were both killed during the Governor's assault on the prison. In the TV series Lori dies [[DeathByAdaptation much earlier]], but Judith survives past both her death and the point where they were originally killed in the comic.
** In the comics, Caesar Martinez died before The Governor attacks the prison. In the TV series, he died in the events after the second attack and before the third.
** Hershel didn't survived the assault on the prison in the comics. In the TV series, he died at the beginning of the third attempt.
** In the comic series, The Governor died after the prison assault. In the TV series, it took ''three'' attempts for him to share his comicbook counterpart's fate.
** As of season 5, Carol has long surpassed the timeline in the series where her comic counterpart should have died.
** Justified by Tyreese since he debuted much later in the timeline compared to his comicbook counterpart. Specifically, he didn't survive the prison assault in the comicbook, and Hershel ended up receiving his death in the TV series instead. He dies in the middle of Season 5.
** Possibly Tyreese's sister Sasha, who is basically filling Tyreese's daughter Julie's role in the comics. Julie committed SuicidePact with her boyfriend Chris at the prison, which is around late Season 3 to the first half of Season 4 in the show's timeline. She's currently still alive as of Season 5.
* Denna the Mord-Sith has a fairly important death in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' books (Richard turns the blade of the Sword white and kills her because he loves her.) Less so in the series adaptation Series/LegendOfTheSeeker, where she survives for a time after Richard escapes.
** Denna is shot with an arrow by Cara (another Mord-Sith) and fall off a cliff in Season 2, moments after the former has seemingly decided to perform a HeelFaceTurn (to be fair, Cara didn't know that and was only trying to protect Zedd).
* In the first ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' book, [[spoiler:Maria [=LaGuerta=] is killed in a confrontation with the Ice Truck Killer. She]] lasted for seven seasons of [[Series/{{Dexter}} the series]], but has now also been killed.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Doreah, one of Dany's handmaidens, does not die in the Red Waste, and another (Irri) later dies in Qarth instead.
*** And then (most likely) subverted - as a result of her survival here, Doreah ends up ''betraying'' Daenerys, which in turn led to Irri's death. When Dany finds out, she has Doreah (and Xaro, whom she betrayed Dany for) condemned to [[AndIMustScream death by starvation in Xaro's impenetrable vault]]. Inverted with Xaro, who in the book never betrays her and shows up again later.
** Preston Greenfield, a background member of the Kingsguard, is alive in the TV series, surprisingly enough. In the books, he is said to have been brutally murdered during the riot in King's Landing to the point where his body was nearly unidentifiable. The writers probably didn't want to deal with the detail of a Kingsguard being killed off-screen (especially since they had no time to develop him); plus, by keeping him alive they didn't have to worry about filling his place on the Kingsguard (which is meant to have 7 members consistently), making it easier to have the Kettleblack brothers (one of whom later joins the Kingsguard) AdaptedOut and preserve character numbers.
** Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is a somewhat complicated example: in the books, he died after Oberyn poisoned him with manticore venom, and it is very strongly implied Qyburn brought his headless corpse BackFromTheDead as Robert Strong, the newest member of the Kingsguard. In the show, it's ambiguous if Gregor ever died: Qyburn claimed he could save him after he was poisoned, no mention is made of his head being decapitated and sent to the Martell's, and Robert Strong clearly has ''a'' head even if his face is still mostly obscured. Either way, there doesn't seem to be much of his original mind left. Though he could easily be a zombie now, plenty of people who want him to survive have made a case for the only thing that changed about him being the color of his skin, which is now pale and greenish.
** Balon Greyjoy is still alive in the series, while the character died midway through the third book.
** In the novel the second High Septon (prior to the High Sparrow) is murdered by Cersei's sell-swords; in the show he is merely imprisoned.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', Toby Cavanaugh, Jenna Cavanaugh, and Mona Vanderwaal all are still alive.
* The Creator/{{ITV}} ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''Literature/CardsOnTheTable'' spared [[spoiler:Anne Meredith and Mrs Lorrimer (who is her mother in this version), derailing and killing off Rhoda Dawes instead. Mr Craddock, though unseen, also survives his fate]].
** ''Dumb Witness'' also does this [[spoiler: by sparing Arabella "Bella" Tanios, and [[DeathByAdaptation killing off Dr John Grainger]] instead]].
** [[spoiler:David Baker]] is also spared in ''Third Girl'', [[spoiler:mostly by being melded with the character who is Norma's love interest in the original book.]] Many other plot points were changed as well.
** Also spared by the adaptation: Colonel Clapperton in ''Problem at Sea''; the Haverings in ''The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge''; Dr Robert Ames in ''The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb''; Eileen Corrigan (the fake Rosaleen Cloade) in ''Taken at the Flood''; Michael Garfield in ''[[HalloweenEpisode Hallowe'en Party]]''; [[AdaptationalHeroism Li Chang Yen (in absentia), Régine Olivier, Abe Ryland]] and Flossie Monro in ''The Big Four''.
* An odd example occurs with ''Series/{{UFO}}'', where a character is spared by dub-induced censorship. In Germany, ''UFO'' fell victim to WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids quite badly, and was censored extensively to keep it family-friendly. The greatest change to the plot was made in "A Question of Priorities". In the episode, Straker's son Johnny is hit by a car and needs special medication to survive, which is only available in America. Straker orders a SHADO transport to get the medicine over in time, but the transport is diverted after a UFO with a possible alien defector shows up. In the original episode, [[DownerEnding John dies, and the alien defector is killed by a second UFO]]. In the censored German episode, Straker gets a phone call stating that John survived. %% Initially a bit unsure about putting this here, but I asked on L&F and was told it should be fine.%%
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'' is based on the Creator/ElmoreLeonard books ''Pronto'' and ''Riding the Rap'' and the short story "Fire in the Hole". In the TV show Raylan's father Arlo Givens is a major antagonist but in the books he is stated to have died when Raylan was just a teenager. In contrast, Raylan's mother is mentioned to still be alive in the books but in the TV series she died when Raylan was a kid and her sister Helen became a surrogate mother to Raylan and later Arlo's second wife.
** "Fire in the Hole" is the basis for the pilot episode of the TV series and in the end of the short story Boyd Crowder died. He was also supposed to die in the pilot but everyone liked Walton Goggins' performance so much that the character was only seriously wounded and was later promoted to be the secondary protagonist of the series. When Elmore Leonard released his third Raylan Givens book ''Raylan'' (written after the show started airing) he retconned the end of "Fire in the Hole" and brought Boyd back.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' pulled this off in the form of the Advent Void. The [[AnyoneCanDie nature]] of the [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki show Dragon Knight adapted itself off of]] caused some characters to kick the bucket during the show's run, but Dragon Knight fixes that by invoking NeverSayDie then adding enough plot development to ensure a huge possibility for once defeated Riders to return. The finale even stated that everyone who was once [[NeverSayDie vented]] got back to their world, alive and well.
* In an unusual case of it happening before the show even started the show ''Series/EscapeOfTheArtfulDodger'' is a sequel to ''Literature/OliverTwist'' and Fagin is still alive and kicking, albeit having been transported to Australia with the Artful Dodger.
* ''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'':
** Spidey gets killed by the camera in the book of ''Say Cheese And Die!'', while in the TV episode, he becomes trapped in the camera and eventually released, but strangely doesn't appear in the TV episode of "Say Cheese and Die - Again!" (except in flashback).
** In ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', heroine Samatha Byrd is [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a bird]] at the end after the AlphaBitch wishes her to "fly away!". In the TV ending, their fates are reversed, and the Alpha Bitch is [[TakenForGranite turned into a statue]] after wishing she would be admired wherever she goes.
* In ''Series/{{Spartacus|BloodAndSand}}: [[SeasonFinale War of the Damned]]'', Agron, who is basically [[DecompositeCharacter one half of the historical Castus]], survived his comrades' [[DoomedByCanon inevitable fates]]. The other half, [[InNameOnly Castus]], shared his namesake's fate.
* Subverted in the TV series of ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn''. The first episode starts almost exactly like in the film, but Earl McGraw survives his initial shooting. However, he then winds up dying anyway in the shootout between him, Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, and the Gecko Brothers.
** Later played straight, as by the end of the end of the first season Santanico, Richie and Scott are all alive, while their counterparts never made it out of the Titty Twister in the movie.
* In ''Series/{{Midsomer Murders}}'' version of Death In Disguise, thankfully Tim Riley survives.
* The DVD release of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' omitted the titular Mother's fatal disease, thus allowing her and Ted have a HappilyEverAfter.
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* ''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).
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* 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).
* 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.
* 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.
* Clarisse in the adaptation of ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'', though her "death" in the original book was rather vague.
* 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.
* 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.
** ...although 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.
* [[spoiler: Fagin]] in the musical ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''
* ''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.
* 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.
* In the screenplay adaptation of ''Literature/TheShadow'' by E. Schwartz, the writer is brought BackFromTheDead.
* [[spoiler:Elphaba, Madame Morrible, Dr. Dillamond and Fiyero]] in the ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' musical.
** [[spoiler:Fiyero and Elphaba, both major characters in the book and musical, were spared their grisly deaths and lived "happily ever after" at the end of the musical. Also, Doctor Dillamond, a teacher in the play, escapes his death, instead turning into a goat. In fact, almost everyone in the book who dies either lives or never existed in the musical.]]
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', Madame Thénardier lives and [[KarmaHoudini gets off scot free]]. In the original novel, she died in prison.
* The musical ''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.
* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Mimi survives her brush with death, unlike the Mimi of LaBoheme.
* 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.)
* According to contemporary sources, {{Creator/Euripides}} had the title character and Haemon survive in his (now lost) ''Antigone''.
* ''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.)
* In the Mozart opera ''Idomeneo'', unlike the classical myth it is based on, Neptune intervenes and has Idomeneo spare his son's life.
* ''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.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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/{{Persona 3}}'' 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 [[LostForever 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]].
* ''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.
* 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.
** In the Arcade version of the first game, if played by two players, once they finished the BigBad, the players will fight each other, with one dead and the winner winning Marian's love. In the ''Double Dragon Advance'', adapting to this first game, the fight between Billy and Jimmy still happens if played on co-op, but once one runs out of HP, Marian pleads for both to stop fighting and both Billy and Jimmy comply, leading to no dead Lee bro.
* 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 ''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.
* 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]] who must be rescued and subverts the events that lead 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 six games the Nadesico series's shown up in (''Advance, Reverse, Judgement, Impact, MX and W''), two he lives all the way through, three he's an optional character and one 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 nobody died in L on account of the Eva plot ending shortly after Asuka showed up. Kaji also usually doesn't make it, although he also survived L for the same reason, and unlike Ritsuko he made it through MX. Gendo always dies, but he arguably deserves it. Mitsato, and at least one of the Rei's always make it, and the Bridge Bunnies always survive although they're never seen again after getting Tanged in Alpha 3. 3rd 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 needs to return to Dug and enlist aide. 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 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 Gundam 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 [[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]].
*** Graham Aker's death can be avoided during scenario 50 of ''Tengoku-hen'' if the requirements are met. Otherwise he'll die making a path for Setsuna to stop the ELS and communicate with them.
*** When [[Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet Ledo]] fights Striker during the ''Gargantia'' finale, [[Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet 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.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix: Path of Neo'' 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 Wachowski Brothers explaining that artsy everybody dies plots are fine for films, but video games are about punching out Galactus using the Hulk.
* In ''[[Film/KingKong2005 Peter Jacksons King Kong: The Game of the Movie]]'', Hayes has a much larger role as TheLancer and survives the events of the game. In contrast, Preston has no significant role in the game other than [[DeathByAdaptation being eaten by the first V-Rex fairly early on.]] There's also the unlockable bonus ending in which [[spoiler: you can actually ''save'' King Kong from his fate atop the Empire State building.]]
* The ''Film/{{Hook}}'' point-and-click adventure game leaves out Rufio's death and you can see him alive and well on the ending screen. Surprisingly, the NES game averts this.
* A couple ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' video games use this:
** The SegaCD adaptation of the first film has Reese killing the Terminator and surviving.
** LJN's release of ''Terminator 2'' 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 ([[PlotHole 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 [[AllInTheManual 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 [[spoiler: Jason Tood. 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 [[spoiler: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.
* This isn't so much an adaptation as a localization, but ''VideoGame/Mother1'''s English translation and its re-release in Mother 1+2 contained a scene in the credits showing Teddy making a full recovery, while in the original, he was 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.
* Aerith [[ItWasHisSled infamously]] dies in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' but in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, which are set in an AlternateUniverse, she's alive and well. Also, there's [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Kerchak]], but his world has since been {{retcon}}ned [[ScrewedByTheLawyers from canon]] (or at least, it won't appear in any future games).
** And then there is a few villains, such as [[{{Disney/SleepingBeauty}} Maleficent]]
** In the manga adaptation, [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: this trope is taken UpToEleven in the "Everybody Lives" ending, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin everybody lives]].]]
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has a few in-universe example. [[spoiler: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 now know) 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 TurboGrafxCD game based on ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' has Tully survive (assuming that you beat the game).
* ''[[VideoGame.HOME2013 HOME]]'', a spinoff of ''[[{{VideoGame.OFF}} OFF]]'', has The Judge's brother Valerie survive being possessed by Japhet, to join your party. [[spoiler: Justified, as HOME takes place after the events in OFF were [[ResetButton reset]].]]
* 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.]]
* In most versions of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'', the fortune teller Sara is murdered, but in the TurboGrafx16 CD version, she [[PutOnABus flees town]] instead, [[TheBusCameBack returning]] in ''The Dawn of Ys''.
* In the ''TheIliad'', Ajax dies during the war of Troy. In the campaign of ''AgeOfMythology'' he survives and accompanies the hero, Arkantos, during the rest of his journey.
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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 ''{{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.
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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.
* 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 Bolyn]].
* ''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]].
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* The second ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}'s origin had Ronnie Raymond dying in an explosion. The revised origin from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' spared Ronnie.
** Also Aqualad's son (see ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' below). In the comics he was murdered as a child; in this continuity he's alive and well as a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] teenager.
* The villains in the Broken Ear episode of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' animated series.
* Gordon and Waffle in ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}''.
* The Muskrat in ''Literature/TheMouseAndHisChild''.
* In the ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer,'' Grandma turns out to be NotQuiteDead, [[ExactWords fulfilling the letter of the song]] (mostly) while sparing her. Instead she just went missing after [[spoiler:Santa took her to the North Pole for medical attention, and her EasyAmnesia kept him from knowing where to return her]].
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** Shredder in the ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage]]'' comic was killed right in the first issue, resurrected once, then killed again. All animated adaptations give him JokerImmunity.
** In the comics, Triceraton Leader Zanramon was (apparently) accidentally killed by his own men as they tried to rescue him from the turtles, who were holding Zanramon hostage. When the [[TMNT2003 second cartoon]] adapted this story, however, they manage to recover him alive, and Zanramon was left free to plague the turtles a second time. Curiously, however, after the cartoon aired its adaptation, the still-ongoing comic retconned Zanramon's death again, revealing that he had apparently not died at all!
** In the original comics, Splinter was the pet rat of dead ninja master Hamato Yoshi; in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first]] and [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 third]] cartoons, Splinter ''is'' Hamato Yoshi. (The [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW IDW comics]] came up with a creative way to split the difference: [[spoiler: Hamato Yoshi died and was reincarnated as Splinter]].)
** The Rat King [[spoiler:died after his first fight with the Turtles, and Splinter comes across his dead body]] in the comic books. Most adaptations prefer to keep the character around alive and well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' has Yan Lin, Will's dormouse, Halinor, Cassidy and Nerissa either still alive or (in Cassidy's case) resurrected by the end of the series.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' episode "Game Guys", Ari gets sucked into The Void. In ''Sonic: Friend or Foe?'', a book based on that episode, he escapes with Sonic.
** [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted when Ari escapes from The Void in a later episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Terra was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]], not crushed to death as in the "[[ComicBook/TeenTitans Judas Contract]]" comic story. Cyborg mentions that it may even be possible to reverse her condition. [[spoiler:The last episode implies this may have happened through unknown means]].
** Beast Boy originally joined the Titans after his original team, the Comicbook/DoomPatrol, died fighting the Brotherhood of Evil. In the cartoon, the Doom Patrol is alive and well.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'': [[Comicbook/TheNightGwenStacyDied Gwen Stacy]] didn't die. Creator/GregWeisman admits they never planned to kill her even if the show hadn't been ScrewedByTheLawyers. That was hardly the only change the show did to the Spider-Man mythos. Emily Osborn is also alive and well; in the comics, [[MissingMom she died]] when Harry was a baby.
** Likewise, ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' states that Emily divorced [[NormanOsborn Norman]] and left, but is still very much alive.
* TheFalcon's mother is stated to be alive in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' (she even bakes cookies for the team), as opposed to the comics, where both she and her husband died when Sam was a child.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
** Cheshire's mother, largely because she was made into a CompositeCharacter with the Golden Age Huntress.
** Also, Martian Manhunter' family and the entire population of Mars. (This is actually how it was in {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}; Creator/GregWeisman says that he never saw a reason to make J'onn the LastOfHisKind, since that is just copying Franchise/{{Superman}}'s shtick).
** Zatara...technically. [[spoiler:He is now Dr. Fate's host]].
** In ''Comicbook/BrightestDay'', it is shown that Aqualad's birth mother died after being experimented upon by rogue Atlanteans. The show's tie-in comic reveals that his mother is still alive in this continuity.
** Harm as well. He was shot dead by his own father in his debut story, but was simply captured by ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and Artemis in the show.
* The 1990s animated ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series
** The show did an adaptation of ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga''. One of the most enduring, powerful moments in the original comic-book Dark Phoenix saga was when the Phoenix has a HeroicSacrifice. In the animated adaptation, she died, but the rest of the X-Men were allowed to [[DisneyDeath bring her back to life]] by each sacrificing a small part of their life force. It was like instead of Jean dying, everybody else had a head cold for a week or two.
** Proteus was killed by Colossus in the original comics, but in the show, he gets a happy ending where he returns to his human form and reconciles with his parents. Ditto for his victims, [[NobodyCanDie thanks to the censors]]. In the comics, [[PossessionBurnOut possession by Proteus was fatal]], but in the show, it only resulted in extreme fatigue.
* Professor Erskine was presumably not assassinated in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', since ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} explains that the [[SuperSerum Super-Soldier Serum]] was scrapped due to being fatal to non-mutants, rather than its creator being killed.
* Queen Iolande's brother Ragnar was a minor villain in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics, and was executed at the end of his first appearance for murdering a Green Lantern in an insane attempt to get his ring. In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', Iolande spares him and merely has him imprisoned, allowing him to return in a later episode as a Red Lantern.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''.
** Thunderbird was killed off in the ''X-Men'' comics after only three issues, but was still shown alive and well in the cartoon. This is due to the episode being a [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot Backdoor Pilot]] for an aborted ''X-Men'' cartoon where he would've been one of the main characters. Presumably, this was for the [[TokenMinority sake of diversity]], since the only other non-white X-Man at the time was Comicbook/{{Storm}}.
** Sunfire's uncle as well. Sunfire killed him at the end of his first appearance in the comics, but the show ended with him hospitalized instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' did an adaptation of the ''SecretInvasion'' story arc, where one of the most famous moments was Skrull leader [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Veranke]] getting shot in the head by NormanOsborn, thus leading to Osborn's [[Comicbook/DarkReign rise to power]]. Here however, she is merely neutralized at the end of the invasion and taken to custody in 42. TheWasp also notably lives in the ''Secret Invasion'' adaptation; in the comic storyline she was killed off at the end and stayed deceased for a long time.
* Aquababy in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s first appearance he sacrifices a hand to save his infant son from being killed by Ocean Master. In the comics, Aquababy was killed by Black Manta.
* In Creator/WarrenEllis' ''[[Comicbook/IronMan Iron Man: Extremis]]'', Mallen is decapitated by [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony]] at the end of the story. The ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' adaptation of the arc changes the ending so that Mallen is simply taken into custody by Comicbook/NickFury. Far more notable would be Howard Stark and Obadiah Stane.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' Biggs Darklighter was spared because he was played by Joe, and therefore was already paralyzed and unable to participate in the Battle of Yavin.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ''The Laughing Fish" loosely adapts a 2-part comic story of the same name. In it, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker infects two random victims with a lethal dose of his joker venom. In the TAS version, since broadcasting standards wouldn't allow the writers to kill someone in a children's cartoon; instead, Batman is successfully able to administer an antidote to the venom after both get infected. Doesn't stop the scene from being any less freaky though.
* The entire nation of Genosha in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen''. In Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' run, the whole island was destroyed by a Sentinel invasion, leaving only a handful of survivors. The attack is far less severe in the cartoon, with no onscreen fatalities.
* If the "King Homer" segment of the "Treehouse of Horror III" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' can be considered an adaptation of ''Film/KingKong1933'' (most would consider it an AffectionateParody) then the giant ape survives. (But as Mr. Burns says, his career likely won't.)
* One episode of ''Western/{{Animaniacs}}'' found the Warner siblings transported to the deck of ''[[Literature/MobyDick The Pequod]]'' facing Captain Ahab, shortly before the whale showed up. Ahab managed to survive this time (but he ''was'' SwallowedWhole by Moby Dick, and as an added MythologyGag, met Pinocchio inside its stomach).
* Pops Venkman, Peter Venkman's ConArtist father from the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise, is a unique example. Richard Mueller created him as a PosthumousCharacter for his novelization of the original ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' film. In the AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', Mueller was allowed to not only bring Pops back to life, but use him as a RecurringCharacter in three episodes.
* Subverted with Methuselah in the animated adaptation of ''Redwall''. He appears to survive being injured by Chickenhound, only to pass away a few days later.
* Another adaptation of ''Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier'', as retold on the ''Timeless Tales'' series, actually retains the original ending of the tin soldier and the ballerina going into the fire, only to reveal in the next scene that [[DisneyDeath they survived with little more than spots of soot all over them]].
* IvanhoeTheKingsKnight features neither Brian de Bois-Guilbert nor Reginald Front-de-Boeuf dying. Other animated adaptations feature only Front-de-Boeuf dying.
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