>>The trope name doesn't refer to the character being ambiguously dead in one work, but rather that they're clearly alive in one work and clearly dead in the other<<
The problem being that Schrödinger's Cat, or at least the wiki snowclone thereof, refers to the former.
Y'know, and actually it doesn't. Most of the Schrodinger snowclones are talking about video game tropes where a player's decision retroactively changes the universe so it was always that way.
You can't lie on a Schrödinger's Question
because the answer becomes
A Schrödinger's Gun
is a plot element that has an ambiguous meaning, so that the author can use it as supporting evidence for many possible outcomes later (see the movie Clue for an example), at which point that interpretation of it becomes true.
A Schrödinger's Butterfly
is ambiguity about whether the characters have actually escaped from the Lotus-Eater Machine
In each case it's a question left open, to be answered at a later date. Same thing here — Schrödinger's Cast
members are indeterminately alive or dead because they have different fates in different works, and there's no answer for what they really are until the works resychronize (or give up).
edited 24th Jul '12 11:49:20 AM by Escher