Exaggerated: Something like this happens often in Trope Busters, when the 24-episodes anime ended, the titular mecha has been piloted by a dozen or so pilot, some of them doesn't even last half an episode. But each of them is a protagonist of their own story arc.
Parodied: Bash is a traditional cape-wearing, charismatic hero who is first seen delivering a speech to his fellow pilots about the importance of bravery and teamwork... Right before being gunned down by a bunch of Mooks less than five minutes into the first episode.
Zig Zagged: We see that Bash dies at the hand of Triskelatus, but some episodes after that we see that Bash is alive and kicking the arses of The Empire. It seems that Bash is still alive after all, just not fighting alongside Bob. But then it's revealed that those episodes are about Bash' past. But in one of those episode, we see adult Bob fighting alongside Bash. The episode right after that we see the very same adult Bob visiting the worn-out grave of Bash...
Averted: Bash is the protagonist of Trope Busters, from the first episode to the last.
Enforced: "We want to make a coming of age story of Bob. Bash's death give the audience a sense of passage of time."
'Bob: Bash kicks the bucket and you all assume I'm best for the job? You're out of your minds! Bash is the only one any good at this sort of thing!