About the quote: yes, it makes a distinction, but it's between works
vs. the rest of the franchise) rather than characters
. This trope applies to the deaths of specific characters within a work where "stay dead" is not expected. If Transformers Prime
is not such a work, the trope does not apply.
The saying about comic-book deaths is about specific deaths that for various reasons stuck for a while, in a medium where it wasn't the norm, so it illustrates the trope fine.
edited 8th Mar '13 5:33:03 PM by RJSavoy