Sacrificial Lamb vs. Sacrificial Lion:
- Sacrificial Lamb: Minor character (though they might be presented as a major character to throw off the audience) who is meant to become likeable just to be killed off, shocking the audience. Compare Red Shirt and C-List Fodder.
- Sacrificial Lion: A major character or significant supporting character who is killed as part of the plot and whose death clearly has an impact beyond that event (ie, they are mentioned again after they died), affecting the other characters. Compare Mauve Shirt and Dead Star Walking.
- Cedric Diggory is a Sacrificial Lion: He's a major character for most of Goblet of Fire, his death helps to drive the plot and accounts for some of Harry's actions.
- The professor of Muggle studies who Voldemort kills at the beginning of Deathly Hallows is a Sacrificial Lamb: she's a minor charaatcer, we know next to nothing about her except that she's presented as a likeable character and the only purpose her death serves plotwise is to establish the grimmer tone of the book — people are going to die in this one, and not for good or heroic reasons.
edited 9th Dec '10 5:12:38 PM by Madrugada
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