"What kind of end is this?"
— Yeesha, on Kadish's suicide note in Uru
It's a story of sacrifice and betrayal. And of good people dying in stupid, pointless ways.
— Fisitron, Transformers: The Last Stand Of The Wreckers
"I was going through my script and realized I never wrote an exit from this scene for No Face. So I let Mara at him, and he is now dead. Kinda anti-climactic for him. Oh well. Not everything can be epic."
— Megan Gedris, in the author's commentary of YU+ME: dream .
"Grandma got run over by a... plot contrivance."
— The Nostalgia Chick, The Christmas Shoes
"Wolverine goes all Frank Miller noble samurai on us and has bunch of internal monologue about honor that, well, reads like Jeph Loeb wrote it. Then he goes out, finds Sabretooth in the forest, and lops Sabretooth’s head off...Sabretooth is okay with this, probably realizing how fucking ridiculous he looks and how long he’ll need to be off-camera before anyone’s going to take him seriously again. Of all the guys on this list, Sabretooth is probably the most likely to come back, but don’t expect it to happen for at least five or ten years. Wolverine’s got so much shit going on these days he doesn’t really need an arch-nemesis."
—Topless Robot, "The 10 People Who Have Stayed Dead in Comics"
"Harvey's poor fragile brain can't possibly comprehend the concept of more than one coin being in the air at one time, and so his legs forget how to work, and he falls to his watery grave faster than you can say 'anticlimax'."
Chris: Clint Howard is dead in a refrigerator with an apple stuffed in his mouth.
Shatner: Maybe if we try an ending where I, you know, live—
Stewart: Nice try, Bill. Now get under that stupid bridge!
"Scientists have determined that if you watch The Wrath of Khan and this back-to-back — the weighty theme of death culminating in Spock's death versus the vacuous nature of Kirk's here — that you are in serious danger of getting the bends and should seek out the nearest decompression chamber."
— SFDebris on Star Trek: Generations
"Don't get me wrong, the Stargate series was great, focusing on various groups using the titular devices to travel and explore different worlds. But for all the series went into wormhole theory, their grasp of medical science left a bit to be desired...the straw on this particular camel came in Season 3 of Stargate Atlantis with the untimely and utterly surprising death of Dr. Beckett via...exploding tumor.
Yes, friends, an exploding tumor, big enough to take out an entire floor of Atlantis. The episode is mid-season, it is a framed episode (almost always a sure sign that it is written by a hack, since it stretches 5 minutes of story into 40 by just denying the viewer a basic bit of knowledge) and came out of nowhere. Basically, SGA was already planning on a major recast come Season 4 and didn't want to completely alienate everybody by changing things all at once...despite his exceptionally stupid demise Dr. Beckett did eventually get cloned and returned for a few cameos throughout season 5, proving — as if Optimus Prime's continuing resurrections weren't enough — that the one thing stronger than even death is Fan Demand."
"Jonathan Kent died for a cheap hack's plot device... I'm so infuriated I want to be like Stephen Colbert. I want to pull out the 'dead to me' board and put Smallville on it, replacing 'Men with beards'."
"As much as I dig the character, it's hard to think back fondly on the arrival of the villain who 'kills' Superman in the comics (i.e. Doomsday) but who is dispatched with nary a whimper here before our boy even becomes our boy...makes me spit blood to this day, just thinking about it. Worst season, easily."
—Marc Pritchard on Smallville Season 8
"How rubbish is the Doctor? He’s barely out of the TARDIS and he’s shot dead; at least he is one road ahead of the seventh Doctor in the TV Movie."
"There’s the most impressively expedient character death ever as Nana Visitor’s character is blown up in a thoroughly contrived car bomb once her exposition is resolved."
"As if it weren’t bad enough to have [David] Arquette as a fluke champion, WCW actually continued the storyline, and Arquette began to defend the title against legitimate contenders, even going so far as to pin Tank Abbott. If you listened closely in this match, you could actually hear the toilet flush on Tank’s career."