"Most people my age are safely dead and I must soon throw out my book of telephone numbers since nearly everyone in it has, as they used to say, fallen from the perch or ridden on ahead—mad euphemisms abound."
"I'm getting old. And it's okay. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won't have to die. I'll pass away. Or I'll expire, like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they'll call it a terminal episode. The insurance company will refer to it as negative patient care outcome. And if it's the result of malpractice they'll say it was a therapeutic misadventure."
"In our last episode, the Dark Phoenix Saga ended with absolutely no consequences for anyone involved. The Phoenix Force cheerily went off into space on its own and no one was concerned about this at all, the Shi’ar Empire shrugged and said 'my bad' for trying to murder the X-Men, and Jean… Well, Jean died, but only for about two minutes before she was brought back by the X-Men... The whole thing led us to a discussion of how we could remove the violence from other famous comic book stories. Here are a few of my favorites:"
“The Green Goblin scares Gwen Stacy so much that she bumps her head on the Brooklyn Bridge and gets amnesia, completely forgetting her relationship with Peter Parker.”
“Secret Wars, but by Wars, I mean pillow fights.”
“The conflict of Watchmen begins when a mysterious figure throws an old man out of his window and into a bouncy castle.”
“Green Lantern comes home to find his girlfriend hidden in a refrigerator box fort. They spend the afternoon playing.”
Ingrid: She had a very important mission assigned to her. Her mission was to take him out.
Carmen: On a date?
Ingrid: No. Uh, take him...
Carmen: Oh, you mean... (makes a cutting sound and motion to her neck)
Ingrid: I shouldn't be telling you this.
Good thing there were no people in that building.
Tails: Sonic! Dead end!
Sonic: Hey, Sonic the Hedgehog never says dead!
But she... she wanted to destroy us!
—Cole, Goosebumps, book Chicken Chicken
Death is such a nasty word...
Alexa: We were almost-
Ian: But you weren't. Timing is everything.
Yami: "I thought you wanted to kill me"
Marik: "Yes I- Wait No! I don't want to kill you! I just want to destroy you a little! Geez! Talk about overreacting!"
I, Garland, will knock you all down!
—Garland, Final Fantasy I
I didn't just get hurt, I went down!
—Aang, Avatar: The Last Airbender
SpongeBob: "I don't know quite how to say this, but I'm afraid our dear pal Squidward is... is pushing up daisies."
Patrick: "Oh, I thought he was dead."
DIE, n. The singular of "dice." We seldom hear the word, because there is a prohibitory proverb, "Never say die."
— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
This being the PG era, WWE would never say what exactly it was that dropped on AJ and Dolph, other than a “smelly mess.” So it could have been ice cream after all. Expired ice cream, at least.
Dexter: Charmander: The best of the three starter Pokémon in Red and Blue. If the flame on its tail goes out, it'll die.
Ash: Die? What does that mean?
Dexter: I'm sorry, did I say, "die"? Uh...I meant, "go to sleep, for a really long time." Yeah.
Brock: Ash, the thing looks like it could di-er, go to sleep any second now! Catch it and we'll take it to the Pokémon Center.
"It was Judgment Day, and-and we got sent to the Bad Place! The Bad Place!"
—Copperhead, Justice League Unlimited; "Kid Stuff"
Dad: That's where all small, less significant pets go when they...
Dee Dee: Run out of batteries?
Dad: That's a nice way to put it, Dee Dee.
—Dexter's Laboratory, "Filet of Soul"
Deadpool: We go into that compound, find Agent McGuffin, snag the list, then unalive Taskmaster and his acolytes. Capishe.
Spider-Man: Wait... "unalive" them?
Deadpool: Yeah... yeah here's the thing. I can't really say the K-word out loud. It's a weird mental tic. (laughs) But we're going to destroy them, make them disappear, sleep with the fishes, WE'LL K-WORD THEM!
Spider-Man: You mean you want to kill them?
Deadpool: WOAH! Yeah that does sound bad when you say it out loud. And yes we're gonna unalive them.
—Ultimate Spiderman, "Ultimate Deadpool"