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Basic Trope: A character is introduced, and dies after a short period of time before any meaningful character development.
  • Straight: Private Liam is introduced when he encounters Sergeant Steel, and is promptly gunned down two minutes later.
  • Exaggerated: Pvt. Liam first appears while calling out to Sgt. Steel in a hallway. Right as he does that, an Elite Mook drops from the ceiling and impales him gorily.
  • Downplayed: Pvt. Liam lasted for about an arc and gained little development before being killed.
  • Justified: The Big Bad sees Liam as an eventual threat and want him dead before that happens.
  • Inverted: Pvt. Liam kills a character who we've known for a long time.
  • Subverted:
    • Liam introduces himself and is attacked by an Elite Mook. He then turns around and shoots it to death, before resuming the conversation...
    • Liam is killed by Steel shortly after introducing himself, but he's resurrected in the next arc.
    • Liam is killed by Steel shortly after introducing himself, but his real character development happens after his death.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...And then the Elite Mook springs back up and kills him.
    • He got killed as soon as he was revived.
    • Except he only reappears as a mindless zombie and is killed immediately.
  • Parodied: Everyone who introduces themselves to Sgt. Steel dies horribly seconds later.
  • Zig Zagged: Liam came back from the dead as a ghost as accompanies Steel. Only some characters can see him, though, but otherwise, he is nothing more than a Satellite Character or Living Prop without any character development.
  • Averted: Liam never died. Liam is an Invincible Hero and therefore can't die.
  • Enforced: The author wants to show how violent and unpredictable war or life in general is, and the random nature of death.
  • Lampshaded: At Liam's funeral, someone asks Sgt. Steel, "Wait, who was this guy again?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Nobody can die.
    • The writers have a law where they can only kill a character when they've been around for at least one season.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Liam appears and introduces himself, then enters a room that involves toxic gas. We don't see him ever again.

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