->''"But I could have told you, [[Creator/VincentVanGogh Vincent]],\\
This world was never meant for one\\
As beautiful as you."''
-->-- '''Don [=McLean=]''', "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)"

The good die young, or so authors would have us believe.

A popular and [[OlderThanFeudalism old]] (and perhaps [[DiscreditedTrope outdated]] but [[UndeadHorseTrope overused]]) trope to justify KillTheCutie. If there is a child of extraordinary beauty, goodness and innocence in the story, he or she will invariably die in as {{Anvilicious}} a manner as possible. The child will be certainly an IllGirl, and frequently a WaifProphet, whose death will be [[SoapOperaDisease slow, torturous and lingering]] ([[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis]] or other disease was a particular favorite in the 19th Century), giving the child a chance to [[FinalSpeech bid farewell]] to everyone she loved in a long, drawn-out drama scene. Sometimes she gets to speak a few last words to hammer in AnAesop relevant to the larger plot at hand. After she's breathed her last, her loss is mourned by all who knew her -- in particularly extreme cases even the BigBad will take a moment to reflect on it -- and may serve to re-energize tired or disillusioned heroes to fight on for her cause.

The trope name comes from a frequent comment made at the subsequent funeral, that the poor departed child was too good for this [[CrapsackWorld sinful earth]], and thus was called home to Heaven by a merciful God. In Real Life this trope may have been of some comfort to the friends and next of kin back in the days before decent sanitation and modern medical care.

Often a form of DeathByNewberyMedal (a major reason why this trope still lives on and in many people's minds why this trope has yet to be ''really'' discredited, or at least is still used). Needless to say, in the hands of an inexperienced author, this trope is prone to being used badly.

TheUnfavorite is often the surviving child. Indeed, ParentalFavoritism may not even [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead really kick in until the Favorite is dead.]]

This trope often overlaps with WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, IJustWantToBeNormal, PinocchioSyndrome, and some variant of GentleGiant, in characters that are created by MadScience or even [[ScienceIsBad regular science]]. In this type of story, the artificial creature is too ''innocent'' for this sinful Earth, and is at risk of [[HumansAreBastards being corrupted by it]]. Sometimes, instead of dying, the "monster" chooses voluntary exile.

Compare with DiabolusExMachina. LittlestCancerPatient could be considered the modern take of this trope, but with a slight hope of healing and living for the affected kid (and also more likely to be played for comedy). Compare with ShooOutTheClowns, in which the lighthearted and comic-relief characters are taken or killed off the story to show that [[CerebusSyndrome things have gotten serious.]] Contrast LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt.

See PuritySue for the kind of character who most often gets this treatment. Also see BuryYourGays to see how this is applied to homosexuals. Slightly related to StuffedIntoTheFridge in that the death is often a device to spur the heroes to fight on, although Fridging is usually a lot more shocking and gruesome.

Not to be confused with the KnightTemplar, who ''sees himself'' as "too good", and his duty as being to wipe away all the "sin" by any means possible. Contrast AssholeVictim.

!!'''This is a DeathTrope; beware of Spoilers.'''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has [[spoiler: Jonathan and his father George]] in Part 1, the latter was a kind man who lent mercy to an otherwise [[JerkAss awful]] man and his [[TheSociopath even worse son]], while wishing he and his own son would get along eventually no matter how much he scolded them [[spoiler: something that is not rewarded as the ungrateful adoptee decided to kill him in order to become a vampire]]. The former in his final moments, despite everything horrible he did to him throughout his life felt only brotherly love rather than hatred for him, as well as pleading his pregnant wife to take care of a stranger's orphaned baby girl. A truly kind and gentle soul [[spoiler: like his father before him, also murdered by his ungrateful brother.]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' does this with both Misuzu Kamio and Michiru. And it does this [[TearJerker very, very well]].
* Same in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' for [[spoiler:Fuko]], [[spoiler:Nagisa]] and [[spoiler:Ushio]]. Thankfully, they got better.
* The [[LittlestCancerPatient Dauphin]] in ''RoseOfVersailles'' died before the Revolution started.
* Sayo aka Magdaria from ''RurouniKenshin''.
* Rubina from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels-. All she ever wanted was people stopped killing each other and being happy with the man she loved. What she got for her efforts in stopping the war and try to convince everybody to forgive, forget and rebuild? [[spoiler:She got killed.]]
* [[spoiler:Shirley]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass,'' depending on [[BaseBreaker how much you like her]] and what you make of the picture of her as an angel that appears in the last credits.
** [[spoiler:Euphemia]]. It was her naivete and goodwill that led her to do something that led to the political need to meet with the man who could control people's minds, which ultimately led to her death. [[spoiler: Ironically, that same compassion leads to the man admitting his defeat, a claim none of her more ruthless or intelligent siblings can make.]]
* Susannah Julia Von Wincott from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' falls under this trope. Can almost be called the MessianicArchetype. It is said that she was too pure for the Shoushu, the BigBad of the show, to possess her. Thus, making Yuuri the last hope. She sacrificed her life trying to help injured soldiers.
* [[spoiler:Ace]]'s death in ''Franchise/OnePiece''. While not having a happy childhood, with nearly everyone unknowingly telling him that his father [[spoiler:Gold Roger]] was a cruel, unsympathetic bastard and with the World Government claiming that a child of [[spoiler:Gold Roger]]'s didn't deserve to live, this character was a relatively friendly, polite and all-round nice person.
* Haku of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was incredibly selfless and kind. His death to protect Zabuza was what spurred the man into his SelfDestructiveCharge and revealed the humanity he had long since buried. And then, as if the double-death scene wasn't poignant enough, [[SnowMeansDeath it snowed]].
* [[PosthumousCharacter Princess Iria]] from ''SoraNoWoto''. She brought hope to everyone who knew her, and died trying to save a kid.
* Nina Tucker and Alexander from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* [[GentleGiant Android 16]] from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' - made to be a killing machine, somehow ended up a FriendToAllLivingThings. If he didn't have a soul when Dr. Gero built him, he would most likely have earned one by the time Cell brutally murdered him. To drive it home further, his is one of the few deaths to stick in a franchise notorious for its [[DeathIsCheap revolving-door afterlife.]]
* Hokuto is afraid something like this will happen to her brother Subaru in ''TokyoBabylon''. [[{{X1999}} Given what happened,]] [[BreakTheCutie this trope might have been more merciful.]] [[spoiler: And in a sense, that's what happened to '''her''' instead.]]
* [[PosthumousCharacter Menma]] from ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'' could be seen as this, having been a painfully-cute GenkiGirl who always put others before herself when she one day drowned at the age of ten.
* Angelica and [[spoiler:[[SuicidePact Henrietta]]]] in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
** Subverted with [[PosthumousCharacter Enrica]]; for the first several volumes of the manga we only know Enrica through Jose's flashbacks, all of which portray her as incredibly innocent. When the manga begins to detail the Croce family's backstory, Enrica is portrayed with a lot of human flaws that weren't initially shown. Not that her dying in the backstory doesn't suck, mind you.
* Played upon in ''Gestalt''. Ohri, the resident CuteMute and ManicPixieDreamGirl starts as a slave girl, offered to Oliver, the main character. As Oliver flatly refuses to accept her (as he's staunchly opposed to slavery), Ohri, willing to follow him, describes this trope point-by-point, telling him that being too cute and helpless to thrive in a world so sinful to accept slavery, she would be eventually sold to someone else, without Oliver's morality, and die in the most {{Anvilicious}} manner possible. Oliver finally relents, and accepts her as one of the TrueCompanions.
* [[spoiler: Hare]] in episode 15 of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''. When a group of students fear they'll be allowed to die because their voids aren't useful enough, they go out to try and get more vaccine from a hospital and prove they aren't useless. Shu and [[spoiler: Hare]] head out to stop them so they won't get killed pointlessly. Before Shu can get them to listen to reason, they are found and attacked by the Antibodies. Souta, having been among the group going to the hospital, asks [[spoiler: Hare]] to use her void in order to [[spoiler:[[MrFixIt "heal" a car]]]] so they can escape. She gets targeted by [[KillEmAll Daryl]], Shu sees this, and he dives to save her. They both get caught in an explosion and get badly hurt. [[spoiler: Hare chooses to use her void to heal Shu ''while she's bleeding out of her stomach'' and talks about a picture book she read once about a "kind king" who tries to make everyone happy, but his kindness ends up ruining his kingdom and angering his people. she says she liked him despite this, and loved Shu because he was similarly kind to a fault. she then dies and starts to crystallize, only completely disappearing after Shu wakes up to see her dead body.]] What helps prove how good she is is that the sight of her fading from existence causes Shu's worst HeroicBSOD yet, sends him on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and quite possibly (at time of writing) led to a StartOfDarkness in Shu as he seems to lose all hope and kindness.
* Shouyo-sensei in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is shown in flashbacks as an oasis of kindness, patience and wisdom for his students during the Amanto war. He is perhaps the ''only'' purely gentle and caring character without any bizarre personality defects in the series. His death is a driving motivation for the serious storylines, particularly how his students responded to it: Gintoki accepts the sinful earth that killed his teacher and protects it anyway; Takasugi thinks an earth so sinful should only be destroyed completely.
* Spoofed in ''LightNovel/FateZero'''s Einzbern Consultation Room extra. Lancer learns from Irisviel that the source of his suffering was not actually from [[BlessedWithSuck his curse]]. As it turns out, being noble [[MrFanservice fangirl bait]] voiced by Creator/HikaruMidorikawa in an "[[Creator/GenUrobuchi Urobutcher]]" series makes his likelihood of dying horribly and tragically 170%.
-->'''Irisviel:''' [[{{Bishonen}} If you're good-looking]], your bad end karma will increase 20%. [[NiceGuy If you have a nice personality]], it'll increase another 30%. [[ChickMagnet If you make girls want it, even when you don't]], that's another 30%. And if you're voiced by Creator/HikaruMidorikawa, that's 90%.
* Shuu from ''GetBackers'', when he is killed by Kumon Horii.
** Many childhood friends of Ginji, during his childhood in the Limitless Fortress, especially a girl who was a close friend of his.
* Kolulu from ''ZatchBell''. Even though she was only sent back to the Mamodo World when her book was burned, this is still treated as the equivalent of the death in the series, [[TearJerker not to mention the impact it has on people]].
* Yui Toyokawa from a filler episode of ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''
** There is also Senna from the film, "Memories of Nobody".
* In BarefootGen, there is Tomoko Nakaoka, along with Shinji, Eiko, and many children who were vaporized in the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath effects.
* Marco Bott, from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Idealistic, kindhearted, genuinely selfless without any sort of complex, always there to encourage the others, and pivotal in holding the 104th Trainees Squad together emotionally during their first battle. His best friend, Jean, discovers [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe what's left]] of Marco on the second day of cleaning up after the battle, and is horrified when he cannot [[DyingAlone find anyone]] that saw his final moments. This tragedy serves as a catalyst for Jean's evolution from a selfish {{Jerkass}} into TheLeader Marco always believed he could become. Later events suggest something more [[TheMole sinister]] may have been involved in his death....
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has Kaworu "[[MemeticMutation Bishonen space Jesus]]" Nagisa. Although his morality was far more ambiguous in the anime series and the manga adaptation, all ''Rebuild'' Kaworu wanted was to see Shinji happy. And where his death in the TV series came by his own request, ''after'' he had attempted to cause Third Impact, in ''Rebuild'' it was basically because of a mistake on Shinji's part that he died.
* ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'' loves this trope so much that some wonder if the writers had problems with these kind of people. First we have Aina, the character who deemed the hero's curse as a blessing and is seen in the manga as one of the few people accepted Saki Rukino. She is killed in a crossfire. Then we have Lieselotte, a member of alien-like clan who wanted her people to coexist with humans. She dies sacrificing her life to protect a person who she once saved as a child. Then we have Kyuma Inuzuka, who had a crush on Aina and wanted prove his curse is also a blessing by protecting the people who five minutes ago wanted him dead. Think that's enough? Nope. In the finale the hero Haruto loses all his memories as a result of his curse in his final fight. He dies shortly afterwards.
* Anchan of ''Manga/RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin'' is this, fullstop. You come to realize fairly early on that someone so good and inspirational and beloved and constantly in danger isn't going to make it for very long.
* Tatara Totsuka of ''ProjectK'' was an extremely kind and well meaning young man who just happened to be friends some dangerous people, and died far too young because of it.
* Hide in the AlternateContinuity of ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' √A. Kaneki's only friend since childhood, he has always been there to cheer him up and protect him. He spends the entire series completely devoted to helping Kaneki, even as the other pulls further and further away from him to keep him safe. When Kaneki goes missing, he becomes an Intern at [[TheHunter CCG]] to gather information, and ends up on the battlefield during the finale. The friends ''finally'' reunite, with him acting like nothing is wrong and revealing he knew about Kaneki becoming a Ghoul all along -- but it never mattered to him. He's then [[MortalWoundReveal revealed]] to be fatally wounded, and dies in Kaneki's arms.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The storyline in the comic ''{{Lenore}}'' where the eponymous character dies (again) makes reference to this trope in its opening. This is intended to be ironic, as the title character has been dead for 100 years, has a wonky eye, is childish, has hair like straw, and tends to directly cause the deaths of nearly every person or animal she encounters -- the closing in fact seems to indicate that her death is the ''opposite'' of this trope, with nature finally getting around to fixing a mistake.
* Nate Morgan in ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog.
* Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}'s girlfriend Gwen Stacy is treated this way in retrospect. Before her death she was a more well-rounded character who was actually allowed to have flaws like a real human being, but the way she's spoken of nowadays has earned the sarcastic nickname "St. Gwen."
* Like Gwen Stacy, Jean Grey of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} was held up as the standard to which all women in the book she'd departed could only aspire after her first "death" (later retconned to be more of a weird coma). After her second death, she didn't loom as large over the books, partly because her primary torchbearer, Cyclops, was already falling for someone else when it happened, and partly because she'd been incorrectly labelled as someone who [[NeverLiveItDown kept dying]] [[ThePhoenix and coming back]], though Wolverine still worships her memory.
** Deconstructed with [[ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin Magik]], the younger sister of [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus]]. Her death as a young girl seemed to be this trope but she was brought back to life later. She CameBackWrong and as an adult she's a borderline sociopath who does things like murdering villains in cold blood. Emma Frost admits that the only reason the X-Men put up with her hideous behavior is because they're all plagued with guilt over her death, especially Colossus. This eventually reached its zenith when Magik responded to her brother treating her like a PuritySue by [[spoiler: ''[[DisproportionateRetribution forcibly cursing him to be the new Juggernaut]]''.]]
* In an odd way, [[{{Transsexual}} Wanda]] in ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. She isn't particularly "pure" (in fact, she's rather snarky), but she's a very sympathetic character caught in a world in which far too many people (and supernatural entities) impose their own ideas of gender on her instead of accepting her for the awesome woman she is.
* Lisa of ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean was promoted to this shortly after her cancer returned. After she croaked, it seemed like one could hardly go a month without Les making reference to her. Like Gwen Stacy, a detractor nickname for her is "Saint Lisa".
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In ''FanFic/ConnectingTheDots'', a Naruto/Justice League crossover, there's a benign, saintly old minister named Norman [=McCay=] who advises Hinata and consoles Sasuke. Guess what happens to him.
* Riku quotes this almost word for word when describing Sora's eyes as he's dying in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8369478/1/bA_b_bDirge_b_For_bYou_b "A Dirge For You".]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheRoom'': [[PuritySue Johnny commits suicide over his fiancee having an affair.]]
-->'''Johnny''': Everyone betrayed me! I'm fed up with this [[FunetikAksent wahruld]]!
* The film ''Film/{{Powder}}'' (not to be confused with [[VideoGame/{{Powder}} the video game]]), in which the main character is the kind hearted, perfect, AmbiguouslyGay, [[EvolutionaryLevels next step in human evolution]] that is Too Good For This Sinful Earth, so his friends cheer him on as he dies and leaves this awful place.
** It's not entirely clear that he ''dies''. He runs into a stormy field, gets struck by lightning, and disappears in a blinding flash of light.
* As are many (and more accurate to the book) film depictions of {{Frankenstein}}'s monster.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Starman}}'' is an alien who is Too Good For This Sinful Earth. Except that instead of dying, he leaves Earth on a spaceship.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. The human world ''is'' sinful, but David, rather than dying, gets trapped and frozen underwater -- and winds up outlasting the human world, eventually awakening to find it long gone.
* Any one of the ''Billy Jack'' films will roll out a cartload of {{Anvilicious}} dead Native Americans, minorities, white hippies and disabled children. All victims of the horde of rednecks that inevitably end up surrounding their peaceful little commune.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124879/ Simon Birch]]
* Sister Agnes in ''Agnes of God'' surmises that her immaculately-conceived (?) daughter is this.
* [[spoiler: Ofelia]] in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' [[spoiler: who refused to hurt her baby brother and decided to face the wrath of her evil stepfather who coldly shoots her in the stomach.]]
* Subverted by [[spoiler:Alice]] in ''{{Film/Super 8}}''. She's practically a saint compared to her troubled father, and she gets swept up by the alien just as the father tries to apologize to her for being cold to her. [[spoiler:In the end, her friends save her from becoming an item on the alien's menu, and she lives to reconcile with her now-redeemed father, who had reconciled with Joey's father after her capture.]]
* A Soviet film ''Film/PropertyOfTheRepublic'' (Достояние республики) has The Marquis (played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Mironov Andrei Mironov]]), a former [[MasterSwordsman fencing teacher]] for the nobility. He's adventurous, kind and witty, a hopeless romantic at heart and so [[FishOutOfWater out of place]] in the 1920s Soviet Russia that he inevitably ends [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself]].]]
%% * [[DeathByNewberyMedal Neil Perry]] in ''DeadPoetsSociety''.
* ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' gives us Hunyak. The only woman to not commit the murder she was accused of is the only one to hang. What makes this even worse is the fact that this is because no one at the police station could speak Hungarian, and they didn't bother with getting a translator.
* ''IntoTheWild'' uses this as the angle Christopher [=McCandless=] (the young college graduate who abandoned all his possessions for attempting to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, only for starving to death in there) is portrayed into.
%% * Padme Amidala in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Fortunately, her goodness survives in her children, Luke and Leia.
%%* Queen Tara in ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}''.
* ''Film/TheSongOfBernadette'', based on the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, is basically "Too Good For This Sinful Earth: The Movie". Unsurprising given that Saint Bernadette is still regarded by the Catholic Church as this.
* In ''Film/TheBigChill'', Harold says this about Alex during his eulogy.
* [[spoiler: Trevor]] in ''Film/PayItForward''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Invoked in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' to explain why boy babies are so often stillborn. It is more likely to be due to [[GaiasLament environmental issues]], but the characters have no idea and thus look for a supernatural explanation.
* One of the best-known examples is Evangeline St. Clare, alias Little Eva, of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin''.
* Elizabeth "Beth" March of ''Literature/LittleWomen'' is right behind, complete with a loving poem written by her older sister to Beth's honor.
** Also from Alcott is Ed from ''Jack and Jill''. He dies from typhoid because he's basically a male, less-known Beth and too good and pure for the world.
* Simon from ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' is the purest of the boys, who is senselessly murdered by the others. Subverted, however, in that Ralph is the only one of the group who actually cares... and aside from Piggy, seems to be the only one who ''notices'', or at least, be willing to admit noticing.
** Simon was a full-fledged Christ figure. Seriously, there have been professional literary critics who've written essays on this very point.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', this is averted with Ciarra. She's a CuteMute, born that way, acts like twelve though she's sixteen, doesn't like shoes, is the only one who can see the family ghost, and is the [[spoiler: go-to option gods use when they need to take over someone to talk to the protagonists.]] Seems like she's in danger of becoming this trope, doesn't it? However, the longer she stays away from castle Hurog, with which something is ''seriously wrong'' the more she looks and acts her actual age of sixteen instead of twelve, and is in the middle of the novel seen being as much of a LittleMissSnarker as she can be, considering that she's mute.
* ''Literature/TheLittlePrince''.
* The title character of "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen carries it off. Well, the narrative does not so much carry this trope as flamboyantly juggle it while singing the complete score to Handel's Messiah. Few works treat a little girl freezing to death as such an unequivocally wonderful thing.
** This was rather scathingly [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] by the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.
* ''"Literature/TheLittleMermaid"'', by Hans Christian Andersen, subverts this trope. The innocent and sweet mermaid who sacrifices her undersea life for love ends up giving up the boy she loves and sacrificing herself instead. However, the story makes it clear throughout that she doesn't have a soul -- and upon her death, she is given a purgatorial afterlife where she might, with hard work and dedication, win a soul and go to heaven. So after her death, she begins to work her way ''up'' to Too Good For This Sinful Earth. Depressing, but not hopeless - which could well be the point.
* IllGirl Helen Burns, Jane's best friend in ''Literature/JaneEyre'', dies of tuberculosis right before a typhoid epidemic kills many girls in the BoardingSchoolOfHorrors. But Helen still has time to impress on Jane the importance of dedication to God and trusting in her own conscience more than the love of others.
* John Coffey of the book and movie ''Literature/TheGreenMile'' is a stellar example. Although not a child, he is a childlike GentleGiant on death row for a crime he couldn't reasonably have committed, with magical healing powers and rather obvious SignificantMonogram.
* The book and movie ''Film/PayItForward'', where the little boy at the story's center is killed while performing his third and final good deed... and is all but canonized by ''everyone else in the story''.
* Referenced in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Speaker for the Dead'', as a possible reason why the pequeninos are ritually killing the humans that did them most good.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. If you are a kind, loving, sympathetic, well liked character chances are YOU WILL DIE. This happens to Harry's mother Lily pre-series, and later, [[spoiler: Cedric, Dumbledore ([[TheAtoner In his later years anyway]]), Hedwig, Dobby, Fred, Sirius, Lupin, and Tonks]]. The only obvious aversion/subversion is [[spoiler:Hagrid]], who appears to be killed off a couple of times but manages to survive until the end.
* Remedios "The Beauty" Buendia from ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude.'' (from TheOtherWiki: "She rejects clothing and beauty, sewing a cassock as her only clothing, and shaving her feet-long hair to not have to comb it. Ironically, it is her touch with base human instinct that perpetuates her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse as an object of lust for more men]], whom she treats with complete innocence and no reservations. Too beautiful and, arguably, too wise for the world, Remedios ascends into the sky one morning, while folding laundry."... while Fernanda watches horrified as she is taking the clean sheets away with her.
** Remedios Moscote, Colonel Aureliano's wife, also received this treatment, since she was married and died [[{{Lolicon}} horrifically]] [[EpheboPhile young]] due to [[DeathByChildbirth a risky pregnancy]].
* Parodied in Twain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'': when the eponymous character is believed to be dead, many in the funeral service use variations of the titular phrase... even though all of them had previously declared Tom to be a little devil.
** From Twain's drafted-but-never-quite-finished ''Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy'':
--> ''[[DeadpanSnarker Tom said [Sid] was too good for this world, and ought to be translated]].''
* Tiny Tim in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Creator/CharlesDickens. Except that, at the end of the story, Scrooge's knowledge of the future allows him to prevent Tiny Tim's death.
** Played straight with Scrooge's little sister Fan, whose DeathByChildbirth is offscreen and only alluded to.
* Also from Dickens, Little Nell Trent from ''The Old Curiosity Shop'' exemplifies the Victorian fascination with this trope. OscarWilde's opinion on the trope in general and Little Nell in particular was that "one must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without [[{{Narm}} laughing]]."
*** [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] agrees with Wilde; in "The Unquiet Dead", he tells Dickens that he found Little Nell's death [[PurpleProse hilarious]].
*** Dickens probably did it on purpose as a TakeThat to his fans, [[{{Defictionalization}} who were almost fanatic about it]] -- they arranged prayer groups for Little Nell, continuously sent of letters begging him not to kill her (allegedly going so far as to ''offer their own children'' to save her), etc. According to one source (a friend/colleague), Dickens was reading some of them, turned to him [[{{Troll}} with the most malicious look on his face]], and said (roughly) "I'm going to kill off Little Nell."
*** Simon Callow claims in his one-man stage show about Dickens that one fan, on first reading it on a train, threw his copy out of the window and shouted, "He should not have killed her!"
* In the ''Casteel'' books by Creator/VCAndrews, Leigh (known as "Angel") suffers a tragic life and is eventually raped by her stepfather. She succumbs to DeathByChildbirth at the tender age of just 14. By the same author, the saintly Laura Logan from ''Music in the Night'', Gabriel(le) Landry in ''Tarnished Gold'', and IllGirl Eugenia Booth in ''Darkest Hour'' are also examples. Heaven and Dawn, who both die in tragic accidents in their early to mid-30s, may also count.
** A variant in the ''Gemini'' series: the rather bratty and annoying Noble does not fit the usual image of this trope, but his mother certainly considers that he does, and when he dies suddenly she forces his twin sister, Celeste to dress as a boy and "replace" him.
* Creator/DavidEddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' series gave us a minor character named Sir Parasim, a young knight stated by the (male) main character [[EvenTheGuysWantHim to be beautiful]], with a singing voice to match. The words "clear" and "pure" are used to describe him more than once. Turns out, he's the youngest of 12 knights destined to give their lives to help keep the Queen of the kingdom alive. You know the rest...
** Heavily foreshadowed by Eddings, who has his ''characters'' actually discuss Parasim with language like "He's too good for this world" and "God will probably call him home very soon." It's actually a comfort to Sparhawk when he finds out (after the fact) that Parasim's death was in a good cause.
*** Notable in that this reveals more about the other characters than Sir Parasim himself. As old professionals, they've seen the good ones die young often enough to recognize the signs.
* In Eddings's ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' series there is mentioned (very briefly) to be a member of the good guy army who is a young, brain-damaged lad with a transcendent musical talent, playing songs of exquisite beauty. He sits and plays one of the most lovely songs the world had ever heard during a battle and is killed by an enemy ignoring it. This is presented as an indication of how cruel war is.
* Georgiana, from Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark", had a birthmark on her cheek. When her MadScientist husband eventually removes it, she dies, going directly to heaven since she has no other flaws separating her from being an angel. Because ScienceIsBad.
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'': The congregation believes this is the reason that Dimmesdale's health is declining, but the actual reason is his inner torment over his secret sin.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in the ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' novel ''A Morbid Taste for Bones''. At the end, the monks assume that this is what has happened to the beautiful and saintly Brother Columbanus. In fact, Columbanus was a murderer, and after his KarmicDeath Cadfael [[MagnificentBastard fakes his assumption into Heaven to stop the other monks asking awkward questions]].
* Melanie from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' is yet another example.
* Yalith in MadeleineLEngle's ''Literature/ManyWaters'' is a possible example, when she is whisked away by God to avoid death by the Flood.
* Diamond in Creator/GeorgeMacDonald's ''At the Back of the North Wind''.
* The "twist" death of Willow in ''[[Creator/JodiPicoult Handle with Care]]'' has strong overtones of this - several reviews have mentioned that the character was so wise and saintly that the story felt unrealistic.
* Subverted in Jerome's ''Literature/ThreeMenInABoat'' with the narrator's dog Monmorancy. When the narrator first got the dog, he was sure it was so good and fragile it would die shortly... until he witnessed the fox-terrier's aggressive nature.
* Briana in ''Literature/TheDeadAndTheGone'', a book about an asteroid hitting the moon. She gets adult-onset asthma due to the ash in the air from volcanoes. She never stops believing that her parents are alive, despite Alex and Julie's warnings, and prays for everyone. One day, when the electricity comes back on, she goes down to their old basement apartment to write her parents a letter. As she is going back up, the power goes out and she dies in the elevator. Alex and Julie find her 3 days later.
* The poem "Ye xu" ("Perhaps") by Chinese poet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wen_Yiduo Wen Yi-duo]], written as an elegy for his young son.
--> Perhaps you've tired from your cryings.
--> Perhaps, perhaps you need a sleep.
--> ...
--> Perhaps, listening to the earthworms burrowing
--> The root-tips of young grass seeping water
--> Listening to the music of such
--> Is better than the curseful sound of humanity.
* In Edith Pattou's ''East'', the main character, Rose, was born to replace her dead older sister Elise, her mother's favorite child. In one of the sections Rose narrates: "Mother was always telling me about Elise--how good she was, how she always did as she was told, how she stayed close by, and what a great help she was to Mother in the kitchen."
* Creator/JohnGrisham's ''The Testament'': Rachel Lane, a beautiful, saintly missionary and long-lost daughter of tycoon Troy Phelan, dies of dengue fever and malaria in the penultimate chapter.
* In Romantic literature there was a series of characters who committed suicide because they felt they were too sensitive or too idealistic for a crass, corrupt world—from [[Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther Werther]] in 1774 to Delphine Gay de Girardin's ''Napoline'' in 1833, by which time it was just about a DiscreditedTrope.
* Raamo in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy''. Even by Kindar standards, he is quiet, humble, and completely without a violent bone in his body. Snyder killed him off at the end of the trilogy...but then realized she made a mistake with that and inverted the trope with possibly the first ''canonical'' video game sequel to a book.
* Joshua in Creator/SidneySheldon's ''Rage of Angels'' dies at the age of seven after a blow to the head during a vacation. He was not only a perfect little boy (incredibly intelligent, good at sports, insightful, said the darndest things, etc.) but didn't lose his cheerful disposition despite being kidnapped and almost murdered -- his mother Jennifer was so desperate to prevent that that she asked a ''Mafia prince'' to do everything he could to rescue him, up to and including killing the kidnapper. Jennifer sees his ultimate demise as karmic payback for, during the aforementioned trip, spending a night with his father Adam (the boy was the product of an illicit affair).
* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheBoyInTheStripedPyjamas''.
* Invoked in ''Literature/InTheTimeOfTheButterflies'' by Julia Alvarez (based on the true story of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic). Mama says that she thought Patria was going to die at a young age because she was such a good child.
* In the well known novel ''Literature/ASeparatePeace'', the main character Gene reflects on the death of his best friend Finny and comes to the conclusion that Finny had to die because he was too good-hearted to be able to live during a war.
* Almost literal in ''[[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Awakened]]''; Jack is killed by Darkness because Neferet needed to give Darkness a soul she could not taint (as a payment for trapping Kalona's soul). Later, when Nyx appears to the crowd at Jack's funeral, she tells his boyfriend Damien that he is one of the happiest souls she's known.
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, Walter, the poetic, sensitive, whimsical second son of Anne and Gilbert, is killed in action during World War I.
** In Montgomery's other series, ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'', there is a Murray cousin who died young. This trope is invoked, almost by name, and the young boy is described as being handsomer and more virtuous than anyone. Ever. So naturally, he had to die.
* So many of the women from Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's stories and poems. Poe himself wrote: "The death then of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world"-"The Philosophy of Composition" (published 1846)
* [[spoiler: Roy Meritt]] from ''Literature/{{Daemon}}''. In ''Freedom'' Loki/Gragg muses that his idealism and nobility were too far at odds with the nature of the world.
* Creator/HenryDarger's ''[[Literature/InTheRealmsOfTheUnreal Story of the Vivian Girls]]'' includes a subplot about a turbulent, half-mad girl named Jenny, who is killed (in a weather disaster, naturally) at the very end of the story. She lingers for a time, saying lovely Little Eva-like goodbyes to everyone. Her final words (and the last words in the book) are ''Oh, I see God!...''
** Henry's got boatloads of characters like this. Six-year-old Jennie Anges, who is "already marked for heaven", snatches consecrated communion hosts out of a church tabernacle to protect them from enemy soldiers who would desecrate them. Naturally, she gets desecrated instead.
* Literature/InDeath series: Poor Marlena Kolchek. She was beautiful, innocent and pure. Unfortunately, a gambling syndicate that Roarke was in a rivalry with kidnapped her, and performed a torture murder on her that involved breaking her kneecaps and raping her. When they were done, they left her body on Roarke and Summerset's doorsteps. Her father Summerset wanted them punished, but the Inspector who was called in was a DirtyCop in the syndicate's pocket, and he made sure the investigation led to nowhere. What a horrible thing to happen!
* Creator/CliveBarker's Literature/{{Abarat}} series: Princess Boa. [[spoiler: Averted as of ''Absolute Midnight''.]]
* In ''Literature/TheCastleInTheForest'', UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's sweet youngest brother, Edmund, dies of an illness in childhood. His father takes it very hard.
* In ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', Otto is undeniably the kindest and most compassionate of the ChildSoldiers. His offscreen death comes as a total shock later in the book.
* [[spoiler: Jenny]] in ''Literature/TheTruthOfRockAndRoll'': “And that was good. That was right. [[spoiler: Jenny]] was made for another time and another place. She never fit in here.”
* [[spoiler: Prim]] in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Another beloved, sweet, and innocent [[spoiler: little sister]], as well as a [[spoiler: natural healer and FriendToAllLivingThings]].
* In ''Literature/{{Spin}}'' after [[spoiler:Wun Ngo Wen, the man from Mars]], gets killed by highway bandits, people start to see him this way. He would probably have disapproved.
* When Princess Sophia dies in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds'', the kingdom acts like this is the case, going so far as to call her "The Perished Lily."
* ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'':
** Augustus alludes to this, saying, "Like, are you familiar with the trope of the stoic and determined cancer victim who heroically fights her cancer with inhuman strength and never complains or stops smiling even at the very end, ''et cetera''?"
** [[spoiler:"According to the conventions of this genre, he kept his sense of humor until the end, did not for a moment waver in his courage, and his spirit soared like an indomitable eagle until the world itself could not contain his joyous soul. But this was the truth..."]]
* There are many, ''many'' books based on the lives of (supposedly) nice, beautiful and perfect [[IllGirl fatally]] [[IllBoy ill]] [[LittlestCancerPatient children]] who faced their upcoming deaths [[FaceDeathWithDignity with incredible fortitude and courage]], loved by everyone and being pretty much {{purity sue}}s until they beautifully kicked it. [[{{Glurge}} Naturally]], more cynical readers will think of this as unrealistic tripe, and some might even point out that their parents (who more often than not wrote these books) are likely getting lots of either economic or social/moral profit from exposing their saintly children's short lives in such ways...
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Superior Court'': A couple of episodes:
** There was the episode where a defendant, a cult leader was accused of killing several young women. He unsuccessfully tried to justify the killings as God telling him the women were too innocent and pure to live in this world. Needless to say, he was convicted and sentenced to death.
** In an early first-season episode focusing on the rights of the accused vs. victims' rights, a court hearing is held to remand a 7-year-old girl to the custody of the state after she killed her younger sister. The hearing reveals that the girl had been viciously sexually abused by her father (a respected Southern Baptist minister and community leader) and that he was starting to target the younger child, who was 5. The truth comes out only after the girl's father is removed from the courtroom (when the judge noticed the girl was intimidated and taking cues from her father). In the end, the judge acquits the girl, saying she indeed was trying to protect her sister and stop the cycle of abuse ... she was too good and innocent to endure her father's abuse. (He is taken into custody, charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to prison.)
* Referenced / inverted in a this particularly cynical comment by [[{{Humphrey}} Sir Humphrey Appleby]] of ''Series/YesMinister'':
-->'''Sir Humphrey:''' Bishops tend to lead long lives -- apparently the Lord isn't all that keen for them to join him.
* In the ''Series/AmazingStories'' episode that [[http://www.agonybooth.com/agonizer/Amazing_Stories/Life_on_Death_Row.aspx apparently inspired]] ''TheGreenMile'', a death row inmate gains special healing powers, but is put to death anyway just so the episode can pack a dramatic punch. Said punch is somewhat lacking due to the inmate being played by Patrick Swayze.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Season 3 Peter goes to the future and finds that Sylar is a waffle-making soccer dad with a four- or five-year-old son named Noah. As soon as you saw that sweet, innocent, and adorable kid, you knew he wouldn't make it to the end credits alive. Claire, Knox, and Daphne barge in, and Knox crushes Noah with furniture in a battle in Sylar's kitchen, after which Sylar literally [[AngstNuke explodes.]]
* Deconstructed on an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' where a woman smothers her baby and then incinerates the body so the child won't have to live in this terrible world. Her defense lawyer then argues that it was the Will of God that she murder her baby.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' pokes fun at this trope in the episode "Tall Tales", with Dean exaggerating Sam's empathy in a recollection.
-->[to a guy Dean and Sam are interviewing about a case]
-->'''Sam:''' You brave little soldier. I acknowledge your pain. Come here. [hugs him] You're too precious for this world!
** And then this trope smacks you straight in the face by [[spoiler:killing the only truly good angel.]]
* Chelsea Dawn Anderson, oldest sister of ''Series/DeadliestCatch'' fisherman Jake Anderson:
--> '''Jake Anderson''': She's in a better place, Mom. (chokes up) She's finally beautiful now. She can run.
* Chris Miles from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' fits this trope, although he's a rather odd choice for it: he does lots of drugs and has lots of sex. Not "sinless" by many people's standards. He's clearly meant as this by the show, though, when they take care to point out how he has so much more love in his heart than just about anyone and how he's an innocent [[TheWoobie Woobie]] who got repeatedly shit on by life. There's also his method of death; he dies due to an illness that has been plaguing him since childhood, and which previously claimed his brother's life.
* Lady Sybil Branson in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': beautiful, noble, believes in fairness and justice for all, and frequently described as the kindest and sweetest member of the family. In the third series she dies at age 24 from [[DeathByChildbirth complications following the birth of her daughter.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Tara Maclay was without a doubt the kindest, most mature and most good-natured character of the series - and several critics have noted that of all the Buffyverse regulars, she's the only one never to be even temporarily seduced by evil, making her the only true MoralityChain for literally everybody else. And this being a Creator/JossWhedon show, she ends up getting shot and killed for no real reason by one of the most evil villains in the series. [[TearJerker Doesn't make it any less of a shock.]]
* Anna Draper from ''Series/MadMen''.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': Del considers his mother Joan as having been an example of this. [[spoiler:Subverted big-time in ''Rock and Chips'' where it's revealed that Joan was nearly as devious as her son--if a bit more kind-hearted--and not only did she have an affair which resulted in her becoming pregnant and giving birth to Rodney, she used Rodney's birth to secure the family a better home in Nelson Mandela House]].
** Even before ''Rock and Chips'', it was obvious just how oblivious Del was to what type of lady she was. Such as how Joannie was the first woman in Peckham to smoke menthol cigarettes, how she was often to be found ''in the corner of a pub with two geezers'' and of how she used to buy her school aged son alcohol in pubs.
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', [[spoiler:the Mother is presented as a flawless person, the perfect fit for Ted, who gives sage advice to all of his friends. She then dies (without any particular angst) in the finale so that Ted can get together with Robin.]]
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* The ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' has Nera, one of the fallen angels who serve [[BigBad Temozarela]] and the only genuinely good character in the entire series. She refuses to infect the village close to her caravan with [[TheVirus the Dark Doctrine]] despite given the order to do so and in fact protects it from any harm. Nevertheless, [[HumansAreBastards the villagers]] mistake her as a witch, slaughter her friends, and hang her. Even then she refuses to spite people; when Temozarela himself appears to Nera as a vision and offers to free her if she declares her hatred against God, she tells him that despite [[RageAgainstTheHeavens everything Temozarela has done]], deep down he still wants forgiveness from God and then camly accepts her fate.
* TAL brings us Laon Hiljo, a blind, somewhat blunt chachaoong under Ja Gwi's orders. He was only following Ja Gwi to ensure survival for himself and his two children, Haje and Jenna, and hopefully be freed from him by having their marks somehow removed [[spoiler:even though Ei Mae had already removed Jenna's mark]]. Attempting to hide Yu Jin's identity from Ja Gwi, however, resulted in Ja Gwi detonating Hiljo's mark, killing him. Haje was so angered he was about to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, but was stopped by [[spoiler:Yu Jin 'awakening' as the Second King and disabling Ja Gwi, followed by Chau Yoong arriving and sending Ja Gwi to Hell for eternity.]] Chau Yoong stated he would ensure Hiljo's soul was taken care of, before taking him away to properly bury him.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Done oh so {{Narm}}ically by The Posies' ''Love Comes''.
-->''Oh baby you're too pure\\
You're too pure for this wicked world\\
Your data's uncorrupted''
* "[[Music/BillyJoel Only the good diiie young, only the good die young...]]" Of course, he's singing that to a girl so she'll give up her virginity and live longer.
* Music/{{Queen}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCRawbdIhfI "No One But You"]], written as a moving tribute to the late Freddie Mercury, speaks of such a person: "One by one/ Only the Good Die Young"
* [[{{Tearjerker}} "Vincent"]], by Music/DonMcLean, quoted above, about Vincent Van Gogh.
* Mentioned in Jimmy Eat World's "Hear You Me"
-->And if you were with me tonight,
-->I'd sing to you just one more time.
-->A song for a heart so big,
-->God wouldn't let it live.
* Very darkly played with in "Rum to Whiskey" by the Murder City Devils
-->She was the only decent thing\\
In a good for nothing town\\
She was the prettiest girl\\
In an ugly town\\
He must feel sorry I know\\
He hates sin\\
He switched from rum to whiskey\\
Bang, bang, he put her down
* Music/MeatLoaf's ''Music/BatOutOfHell''.
--> Baby you're the only thing in this whole world\\
That's pure and good and right\\
And where ever you are and where ever you go,\\
There's always gonna be some light
* Music/MichaelJackson's "Little Susie" (''[=HIStory=]'') has an extreme example with the title character, an abandoned tyke. She sat alone in an apartment and in her loneliness sang along to a music box song all day; "She knew no one cared" and "Neglection can kill/Like a knife in your soul". Only one other person was aware of her and did nothing -- and then she was found dead and bleeding at the bottom of some stairs. As Joe Vogel's book ''Man in the Music'' points out, for all the song tells the listener, it could have been suicide, an accident, or even a murder (in which case it would have to have been a stranger throwing her down there ForTheEvulz!). In any case, everyone in the building gathers around to weep and gnash their teeth over the wasted life.
* The title character of "Ocean Gypsy" by Renaissance, after being dumped.
* The sculptor's lady in "Turn of the Century" by Yes, motivating him to memorialize her in stone.
* Jenny Drew in "Nothing that I Didn't Know" by ProcolHarum
* Micheala from [[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Story of Evil]]. In a CrapsackWorld like that, we all knew she wouldn't even last one song.
* The unnamed girl from the "Concrete Angel" music video by Martina [=McBride=]. She's a cute little girl that the video's protagonist [[PuppyLove crushes on]], is heavily abused by her mother... and in the middle of said video, she's beaten to death by said mom. The "concrete angel" is actually located ''on the girl's grave.''
* "Amelia" by Tonight Alive:
-->Wish you were here, but it's becoming clear,
-->that Earth's just not the place for an angel like you.
* The 1921 hit "They Needed a Songbird in Heaven (So God Took [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Caruso Caruso]] Away)".
* Music/DonMcLean's song "Vincent" almost literally quotes this trope:
--> ''When no hope was left in sight''
--> ''On that starry, starry night''
--> ''You took your life as lovers often do''
--> ''But I could’ve told you, Vincent...''
--> ''This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.''
** Music/DanielJohnston's "Danny Don't Rap" from ''Music/YipJumpMusic'', about Danny Rapp from Danny & The Juniors who committed suicide, quotes the above lyrics using Danny's name.

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[[folder:Religion & Mythology]]
* Galahad of KingArthur's court. No sooner does this sinless, invincible young [[MessianicArchetype Christ]] figure achieve the Quest of the Grail than he is taken up to Heaven.
* The [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse god]] Baldur already lived in heaven, but maybe he was Too Good For This Sinful Asgard. In any case, he was the best of the gods, so of course he died.
* OlderThanFeudalism: Kleobis and Biton in Myth/GreekMythology.
* In ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Enoch "walked with God, and was not, for God took him." According to Rabbinical literature, God took Enoch so the world couldn't corrupt him.
** Jesus Christ Himself (He died for our sins, you know). [[spoiler: He got better, though.]]
** Elijah was too ''badass'' for this sinful earth. He was snatched up to heaven in a flaming chariot.
** Numerous nameless individuals in Hebrews 11. "Of whom the world was not worthy..."
** Abijah son of Jeroboam: "He is the only member of the house of Jeroboam in whom the Lord has found anything good." He was the only member of Jeroboam's family to receive an honourable burial.
* Ironically, ([[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent children aside]]) anyone who was "too anything" -- too beautiful, too wise, too wealthy -- was sometimes thought to have made a DealWithTheDevil.
* Many a Christmas cantata performed in a church will, if not a specific example of an IllGirl or LittlestCancerPatient, [[http://www.stufffundieslike.com/2008/12/christmas-cantatas-where-someone-dies/ somebody integral to the plot]] has to die for the sake of the plot.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, this is a common view of Sanguinius, Primarch of the Blood Angels. A man with a kind heart who genuinely believed in the goodness of others, he still tried to turn his brother Horus back from Chaos in their final battle and gave his life in a battle he knew he could not win, but still fought.
** Though now non-canon, the imperial guardsman Ollanius Pius was another such figure, standing between Horus and the Emperor with nothing more than a lasgun.
*** He's back- in the newest Horus Heresy novel, ''Know No Fear''.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In Music/GiacomoPuccini's {{opera}} ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', Liu does a HeroicSacrifice, and everyone weeps for her, except for the titular [[DefrostingIceQueen ice princess]] (who hasn't had her ShutUpKiss yet). Then [[AuthorExistenceFailure the composer dies]], leaving the ending to be written by Franco Alfano.
* Rodrigo di Posa in Music/{{Giuseppe Verdi}}'s opera ''DonCarlo'' (''not'' in Schiller's play) might be a male version of Liu, only with a different social status.
* The Nurse's daughter in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': "Well, Susan is with God; /She was too good for me."
** And, of course, Romeo and Juliet themselves.
* From ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'': ''Angel'' Dumott Schunard. S/he is a talented, compassionate, cross-dressing (and homosexual) percussionist who wastes away from AIDS, which is depicted in the movie. Not only was s/he in a happy relationship with Collins, s/he is by far the most beloved person among characters ''and'' fans, despite a tendency towards paid dog-killing.
* The Princes in the Tower, in ''Theatre/RichardIII''. This is certainly justifiable from our point of view because Richard almost certainly had them killed, but in Richard's time there was no big outcry - people didn't sentimentalize childhood like they do now, and the average Englishman of Richard's time didn't care about the Princes' deaths as much as he did about the survival of his own children, which was more likely under the stable government Richard had set up.
** IRL, he probably didn't do it. The evidence they've got at The Tower of London paints a pretty convincing case for Henry being the guy who did it.
*** That's a bit generous. He remains to most historians the most likely suspect, but there's nothing totally conclusive; Henry VII is a distant third as the most likely (#2 is Buckingham, to most people).
**** There are documents dealing with the princes' care dating after Richard died. This does seem to make him an unlikely suspect.
** There is a contemporary diary from an Italian merchant living in London, who records that people were weeping because the princes had ceased to appear and they assumed they had been murdered.
* Henry VI, right up to his death in ''Theatre/HenryVIPart3'' -- he is consistently portrayed as far too meek and unworldly to wield power. In ''Theatre/RichardIII,'' Lady Anne is reproving Richard for having murdered him, and Richard responds sardonically:
-->'''Anne:''' Thou mayst be damned for that wicked deed!
--> O he was gentle, mild, and virtuous!
-->'''Richard:''' The better for the king of Heaven that hath him...
--> Let him thank me, that holp to send him thither,
--> For he was fitter for that place than Earth.
* Though it might fall more under MentorOccupationalHazard, Abuela Claudia in ''In The Heights'' is probably the most selfless, good-hearted person in the entire barrio, and probably the most beloved person in the entire community. Guess what happens to her at the beginning of Act 2?
** But she's not a completely straight example, in that she's an older woman to begin with (and what this means is that her death is more understandable than these other examples).
* In ''Time and the Conways'' by JB Priestley, Act 2 is set nineteen years after the events of the first act and shows how the lives of all the Conways have completely fallen apart. Carol does not reappear, and we discover that she died of appendicitis at age eighteen - implied to be because she was too good and innocent to deserve the same fate as the rest of the family.
* In Arthur Sullivan's dramatic oratorio ''The Golden Legend'', Elsie's self-sacrifice inspires an ACapella chorus to sing, "O pure in heart!" It turns out, however, that she doesn't have to die after all.
* ''{{King Lear}}'': The eponymous King's youngest daughter Cordelia. It is announced during the final scene that they were just a little too late to save her from execution, and cue her [[DespairEventHorizon devastated father]] [[TearJerker staggering in with her corpse in his arms...]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Boss from VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3. A warm hearted, kind and compassionate patriot through and through, but her [[{{Eagleland}} country]] branded her as a traitor and left her to die on [[GloriousMotherRussia foreign soil]] just to save face. Something that she willingly goes along with to prevent another world war.
* Yumemi (or [[FanTranslation Reverie]]) in ''{{Planetarian}}'', she better belongs to the heaven of robots... no, to the Heaven where Humans and Robots live together, since that's what she wished for.
* Hinawa from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. It's all way too soon, and she barely got to be seen alive in a full chapter.
* Leonhardt in ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'' dies after ''three battles'' and is pretty much an all around NiceGuy. Of course, [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]]... [[YouCantFightFate technically...]]
* Isara in VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles, who then becomes Welkin's dead little sister; unfailingly kind and forgiving, [[TheIngenue gentle and demure]]. Her death is more significant to the story and the development of the rest of the cast than her life.
* Faize Sheifa Beleth from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', who becomes the FinalBoss due to the amount of senseless death and destruction that he encounters throughout the course of the game.
--> '''Edge:''' "You were just too kind... kinder than anyone... anyone else. But... your kindness was too much for this universe..."
* Lirum, Kaim and Sarah's daughter from LostOdyssey. Thought to be dead by the main character for most of the first disc, then dies of a chronic illness roughly five minutes after he finds her and realises that this isn't the case - talk about a PlayerPunch...
* Maria Robotnik from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. Her last wish to Shadow was [[spoiler:to make sure that the inhabitants on Earth can have a chance to be happy.]]
* The intelligent deathclaws of Vault 13, from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''. After visiting numerous places, [[CrapsackWorld most of which suck to varying degrees]], you come upon a clan of what you've by then come to recognize as animals that are pretty much massive biological killing machines. Cue their leader greeting you in the entryway, and rather than charging you with a growl... he politely greets you and welcomes you. With words, of course. When you explore the vault, you see that amazingly there are humans living there, too. And they're all free to leave at any time[[note]]except one man who openly wants to exterminate the deathclaws, despite all the obvious evidence that they are not evil (which he ignores)[[/note]] - yet choose not to, because they're quite happy there. The deathclaws see it as their duty to protect these people, in the same way that they would do so for any deathclaw of the clan. Oh, and once you do a fix on the Vault's computer, the above mentioned clan leader gratefully gives you the vault's G.E.C.K., which is the MacGuffin you've been searching for the whole game.
** This society, strange as it is, is all things considered the best one there is in the entire area where ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' takes place. It's the one place you might feel like settling down permanently at... a little slice of heaven in the [[CrapsackWorld wasteland]]. About a week or two after you leave the vault, it's raided by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Enclave troopers]] who didn't take kindly the escape of their living weapon a year or so ago (the deathclaws; they were genetically altered by the Enclave, granting them intelligence). [[PlayerPunch Everyone living in the Vault is massacred]].
* While it's optional, sacrificing Rosea in ''ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' is pretty much this, as she gets to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence as one of Lenneth's Einherjar. She's probably the most {{Woobie}}ish characters in the series.
* [[spoiler: Leah]] of ''VideoGame/{{Diablo III}}'' is this. She was a good and nice girl [[spoiler: until her mother betrayed her and the entire team, including an [[AngelUnaware angel]], to bring back the Prime Evil [[BigBad Diablo]] into full power]].
* ''Videogame/MetroidPrime 3'' had a PlayerPunch in the form of three amazing bounty hunters being corrupted early on and eventually fought and killed. One of them, Ghor, was perhaps the nicest guy in the franchise, as revealed through his backstory.
* According to those who knew and loved him, [[spoiler: Prince Lyon]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' was this to a T.
* [[spoiler: Queen Emmeryn]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', via HeroicSuicide. [[spoiler: She survives, but she's suffered massive memory loss and brain damage, so in a sense she's still "dead" despite walking and breathing among them. Also, finding out about said survival is ''optional''.]]
* Subverted with [[spoiler: Ninian]] from ''FireEmblemElibe''. [[spoiler: She dies after being practically forced via a BreakingLecture into her dragon form, dies forgiving the person who slayed her (the guy whom she crushed on, for worse, and who did it while under the influence of a magical weapon)... and is brought BackFromTheDead right before the GrandFinale. (But might be played straight if she marries Eliwood and becomes Roy's mother, as any of Roy's moms is DoomedByCanon.)]]
* [[spoiler:Chihiro Fujisaki]] in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. [[spoiler:He can't even bring himself to swat a mosquito while it's biting him, because it might have a family. He blames himself for the death of the culprit in the first trial, when the entire class was forced to vote for someone to be executed under the threat of being killed en masse. His murder, by someone who's jealous of his unexpected strength of will and who ''deeply'' regrets it later, kicks off the second trial.]]
* [[spoiler:Mayu Suzumoto]] of ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'' is an extremely sweet, caring and sensitive soul, who showed the ghosts of the murdered children sympathy, played with them and would not leave them when her classmates came to get her out, despite the danger the children posed. What did she get in return of her kindness? [[spoiler:[[KillTheCutie Getting rammed into a wall at supersonic speed]] [[UngratefulBastard by the same children]]. It [[CruelAndUnusualDeath reduced her to nothing more than a mess of blood and organs that even her closest friend could not recognize]].]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' provides one of the most famous examples in gaming with the death of [[WhiteMagicianGirl Aerith]] [[LoveInterest Gainsborough]]. [[TheAce Zack]] [[NiceGuy Fair]] is also an example.
* Nei from ''[[PhantasyStarII Phantasy Star II]]'' became a poster girl of the series for this reason. In the game, she's the only [[CuteMonsterGirl bio monster]] that isn't evil, and she is in fact more [[PluckyGirl optimistic and cheerful than most people]]. She fights to protect her friend, knowing that killing a certain bad guy will also kill her permanently (in a game where DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist). Also, she's unknowingly named after the game's legendary weapons.
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* ''Webcomic/NanasEverydayLife'' ends this way.
* Klik of ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is one of the all-around kindest, most loyal characters in the series. He is brutally and mercilessly killed while defending the severely wounded Dies Horribly from his (Klik's) psychotic, murderous offspring. His death is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes in the comic, at least as much as [[SenselessSacrifice Chief's]].
* The Platnium haired [[OurElvesAreBetter Galits]] of ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' are the shortest-lived caste. The popular explanation for this is that Plats are the Gods' favourites and they cannot bear to be away from them too long. Plats aren't necessarily "good" people, though; Quigley is something of an AntiHero / AntiVillain. His [[ThePollyanna pollyanna]] son would ''definitely'' fit this trope, but he hasn't been killed off...yet. As [[TheRant the author said]] about an unrelated character:
-->"Pretty nice lady all things considered. We should kill her off violently."
* Feferi Peixes from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. She was a very idealistic character who wanted to create a more equal and just Troll society. She was murdered for standing up for this, and died long before any of her ideas could take effect.
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* Penny in ''WebOrigina/DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. Played with in that (almost) everyone mourns her loss as "Captain Hammer's Girlfriend" rather than recognizing the good, selfless person that she was.
* Parodied, as always, by [[Website/TheOnion The Onion]]: [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/beautiful-cinnamon-roll-too-good-for-this-world-to,35038/ Beautiful Cinnamon Roll Too Good For This World, Too Pure]].
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', Admiral Crackers suffered a drug overdose [[spoiler:but later turned out to have survived]], and Braddie says he was "too sweet for this Earth". Sid is annoyed by Braddie's schmaltz and tells him to fuck off.
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* Spoofed by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Smithers cradled an apparently dead Mr. Burns and cried he was too beautiful to die.
** Even better, Smithers thought Burns drowned and screamed "Why do the good die so young?"
** Played Straight with Bleeding Gums Murphy, Frank Grimes and Maude Flanders.
** Also parodied in the [[AprilFoolsPlot April Fools special]]. Grandpa says this about Homer when he was in a coma. However, when Homer starts drooling, Grandpa freaks out.
--> '''Grandpa''': "AAAHH!! Kill it!! KILL IT!!!"
* Also spoofed by ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Bender and every other robot on Earth is being tricked into getting deactivated. They are the cause of global warming, as it turns out. Bender, in a rare moment of altruism, is willing to die (for the turtles), and Fry claims that the world isn't good enough for him. Bender simply replies, "Not even close."
* Played [[TearJerker shockingly straight]] in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "All Your Fault," with the death of [[spoiler: Lemonjon]], the eldest child of the [[spoiler: Lemongrabs]]. He sacrificed himself so he could save his family. In his FinalSpeech, he says, "I must dissolve the bonds uniting me, and become component to all!" Finn and Jake are respectfully silent for a moment, before Finn sadly says, "Man, that [[spoiler: Lemonjon]] was all right."
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Buckley dies and causes Luanne to go a little crazy and lose faith in humanity's goodness.
* Played with in WesternAnimation/SouthPark with Kenny who is arguably the most down to earth and morally centered of the four boys and he of course gets killed in nearly every episode of the first five seasons and nowadays once a season
** Played Straight with [[spoiler: Chef]] who was possibly the most down to earth of the townsfolk
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' mixes this trope with SacrificialLamb, introducing a deformed, yet powerful robot with a child-like innocence that starts off its episode not even knowing good from evil. It winds up befriending [[KnightInShiningArmor Silverbolt]] and [[AxCrazy Rampage]], who both want to protect it for different reasons. Silverbolt cherishes its innocence, while the insane mutant Rampage feels ASharedSuffering. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:it winds up sacrificing itself to stop its two friends from fighting.]]
* Subverted with Pigeon Man from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', whose decades of negative experiences with human beings don't cause him to commit suicide, but rather fly away with his pigeons into the sun in one of the series' most notable examples of MagicRealism.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
The following are people ''depicted in media'' (occasionally including news media) as this trope.
* AlexanderTheGreat, especially in the eyes of 19th century historians and academics
* Crusader propaganda attributed this to Godfrey of Bouillon, who died of typhus at age 40 shortly after being named the first King of Jerusalem.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln said his son Willie was this. ''"My poor boy. He was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so. It is hard, hard to have him die!"''
** The same goes for Lincoln himself.
%%* MartinLutherKingJr
%%* Karen Carpenter, considering her extremely unique vocal range, her battles with the media over her weight, and her heart failure.
* Shiloh Jade Pepin: the -once- only person in the world living with mermaid syndrome. Mermaid syndrome occurs when a baby is born with the legs fused together like a mermaid's tail. Most babies die within a few hours. Two other girls who were born with the disease were able to survive past infancy and successfully had surgery to separate their joined legs, but Shiloh's condition was so severe that surgery wasn't even an option. TLC ran a couple specials on her because of her remarkability and [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged adorableness]]. She died of pneumonia at the age of ten.
* Ezekial Aikle's gravestone [[ConversationalTroping bears the epitaph "Only The Good Die Young."]] Considering he was [[TakeThat 102 years old when he died]] makes this an InvertedTrope.
* Beatrice Portinari believed by scholars to have been the inspiration for Beatrice a character in the Divine Comedy and in the game based off the book, TheOtherWiki cites that Dante viewed her as the mortal representation of purity and virtue. She also died at age 24 where as Dante lived to be 54 so this may invoke Too Good For This Sinful Earth.
* The Catholic church has a slew of young saints who are this. St. Maria Goretti died in 1902 at age 12 fending off a rapist. She lived for a day or so, forgiving her attacker. Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the kids who saw the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, died of influenza compounded by self-imposed neglect ("sacrifices") at age ten (1919) and nine (1920) respectively. Jacinta was an especially good example of this; she lingered for over a year, quietly enduring BodyHorror and preaching [[http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=178647492172962 sermonettes]] to all and sundry.
* Speaking of young saints, it's said that [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah's]] favorite poet/prophet/inspirational figure [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattie_Stepanek Mattie Stepanek]], who died at the age of 13 from cerebral palsy and was the only one of his equally-afflicted siblings to survive past the age of four, is on the path to sainthood.
%%* [[http://www.olafire.com/JohnJajkowski.asp This victim of the 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School fire.]]
%%* JimHenson was characterized as this by a ''lot'' of people.
%%* Even WhitneyHouston came in for some eulogies of this type.
* Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine Massacre, was known for being incredibly kind to students, and is now the symbol of anti-bullying in high schools with the "Rachel's Challenge" program dedicated in her memory.
** ''All'' the child victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have received this treatment in the media.
** In fact most of the adult victims as well, especially Victoria Soto.
** Same goes for Auroa Shooting victims
%%* Britanny Murphy
%%* Samantha Smith
* [[TheDiaryOfAnneFrank Anne Frank]] may be the poster child for this trope.
** Anyone killed by the Nazis for peacefully resisting their politics qualifies in the very literal sense that they were too good for this sinful government.
* [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers]] was considered a living example of IncorruptiblePurePureness while alive, but after his death, he was everything but deified by the media and public alike.
* Ricky Wilson, late guitarist of Music/TheB52s was by all accounts incredibly nice, not to mention shy. He didn't want to tell his friends and sister that he had AIDS, for fear of upsetting them. Ricky is deified by fans of the band.
* Princess Diana
* JFK.
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