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** A recurring theme as far as villainous characters are concerned:
*** Sasori, Deidara, Nagato and Konan all got flashbacks shortly before their deaths (in Nagato's case, he actually narrated his), as did the aforementioned Danzo.
*** Kisame did not, but that turned out to be a hint that he was FakingTheDead and not long afterwards he played it straight.
*** The enslaved zombies of the Edo Tensei undead army are already dead, but they sometimes get the spotlight shortly before their defeat.
*** Orochimaru and Itachi have averted this, as they get or appear in numerous flashbacks before and after their respective "deaths", but oddly not during (Oro got a very brief one in his fight with Sasuke, though he wasn't technically dead and still isn't); in both cases their character arcs and influence on the story continued afterwards, and they were major if rarely seen recurring characters.
*** To the annoyance of many fans, averted with Hidan and Kakuzu, and less controversially the Sound Four.


** Played with using Hinata during the Pein battle: An entire chapter switches to her POV as Naruto fights Pein, gives a rundown of her history and feelings for Naruto, the she jumps between the pinned Naruto and Pein and ''finally'' confesses her feelings before attacking him. This goes [[CurbStompBattle about as well as you'd expect]]. Only then, the next chapters reveal that Hinata's OnlyMostlyDead, and plays out more drama with the other ninja's trying to find an opening to reach her before she bleeds out. Shortly after they save her life, however, Nagato brings everyone killed in the fight BackFromTheDead, making [[TrollingCreator all of that pointless]].

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** Played with using Hinata during the Pein battle: An entire chapter switches to her POV as Naruto fights Pein, gives a rundown of her history and feelings for Naruto, the she jumps between the pinned Naruto and Pein and ''finally'' confesses her feelings before attacking him. This goes [[CurbStompBattle about as well as you'd expect]]. Only then, the next chapters reveal that Hinata's OnlyMostlyDead, and plays out more drama with the other ninja's trying to find an opening to reach her before she bleeds out. Shortly after they save her life, however, Nagato brings everyone killed in the fight BackFromTheDead, making [[TrollingCreator all of that pointless]]. BackFromTheDead anyway.


* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': [[spoiler:Chisa and Aoi get a lot of focus in the episodes they die. Double-subverted that turns out that Aoi didn't die, but instead Great Gozu, who also got a fair amount of focus in that episode, is revealed to be the one who died.]]
* ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' has an interesting variation due to the main cast consisting of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] who are slowly remembering their pasts. As a result, episodes that focus on a particular member of the group play out as your standard [[ADayInTheLimelight character focus]] episode, with the addition of flashbacks to their previous life and the moment they died.

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* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': [[spoiler:Chisa and Aoi get a lot of focus in the episodes they die. Double-subverted in that it turns out that Aoi didn't die, but instead Great Gozu, who also got a fair amount of focus in that episode, is revealed to be the one who died.]]
* ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' has an interesting variation due to the main cast consisting of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] who are slowly remembering find themselves in situations that bring up their pre-mortem pasts. As a result, episodes that focus on a particular member of the group play out as your standard [[ADayInTheLimelight character focus]] episode, with the addition of flashbacks to their previous life and the moment they died.

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* ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' has an interesting variation due to the main cast consisting of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] who are slowly remembering their pasts. As a result, episodes that focus on a particular member of the group play out as your standard [[ADayInTheLimelight character focus]] episode, with the addition of flashbacks to their previous life and the moment they died.


* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', Angelina Durless appears to be an important major character, only to be murdered by her own butler (who also happened to be a Shinigami), complete with a half-chapter montage of her story.

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* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', ''Manga/BlackButler''
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Angelina Durless appears to be an important major character, being the aunt of the protagonist and getting her tragic past revealed, only to be murdered by her own butler (who also happened to be a Shinigami), complete with a half-chapter montage of her story.story.
** Subverted later on, when Chapter 126 spends quite a lot of time exploring ''Soma'''s character and even having him attacked at the end of the chapter. However, the one that ends up dying is his butler Agni, who [[HeroicSacrifice throws Soma into a safe room and takes the full attack]], giving a heartfelt speech about his master having been his sun.

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** Subverted in Matsuda's eponymous limelight episode. After being suspecting that the Yotsuba Group will kill him for knowing too much, the rest of the Kira Investigators order him to 'kill himself' before he is killed. Dramatic music plays as he does a hand stand on a balcony while 'accidently' falling, only for him to fake his death by rebounding off a matress on a lower floor's balcony into the lower floor, while an actor plays the roll of Matsuda's corpse that supposedly hit the ground.


* Used ''very'' frequently in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. If a minor character is given his/her own episode, chances are they'll die ''very, very'' soon.

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* Used ''very'' frequently in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. ''any Franchise/{{Gundam}} series''. If a minor character is given his/her own episode, chances are they'll die ''very, very'' soon.soon.
** In fact, grauitous use of this trope in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' eventually earned it the phrase "Raising (Death) Flags"[[labelnote:explanation]]A reference to the series' first OP[[/labelnote]].

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** Played with using Hinata during the Pein battle: An entire chapter switches to her POV as Naruto fights Pein, gives a rundown of her history and feelings for Naruto, the she jumps between the pinned Naruto and Pein and ''finally'' confesses her feelings before attacking him. This goes [[CurbStompBattle about as well as you'd expect]]. Only then, the next chapters reveal that Hinata's OnlyMostlyDead, and plays out more drama with the other ninja's trying to find an opening to reach her before she bleeds out. Shortly after they save her life, however, Nagato brings everyone killed in the fight BackFromTheDead, making [[TrollingCreator all of that pointless]].


* The ''{{Trigun}}'' episode "Paradise" focuses on Nicholas D. Wolfwood and ends with his death.

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* The ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' episode "Paradise" focuses on Nicholas D. Wolfwood and ends with his death.


* Nuriko of ''FushigiYuugi'' fame. The infamous Episode 33 (or manga volume 8). And Episode 34, which was mostly spent eulogizing Nuriko.

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* Nuriko of ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' fame. The infamous Episode 33 (or manga volume 8). And Episode 34, which was mostly spent eulogizing Nuriko.



* ''PandoraHearts'' does this with a ''lot'' of characters, most notably [[HeroicSacrifice Elliot]] [[TomatoInTheMirror Nightray]]. Subverted with Leo, who was impaled in the middle of his fight with Oz, and lives [[HealingFactor thanks to being a Baskerville]].

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* ''PandoraHearts'' ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' does this with a ''lot'' of characters, most notably [[HeroicSacrifice Elliot]] [[TomatoInTheMirror Nightray]]. Subverted with Leo, who was impaled in the middle of his fight with Oz, and lives [[HealingFactor thanks to being a Baskerville]].


* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': [[spoiler:Chisa and Aoi get a lot of focus in the episodes they die.]]

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* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': [[spoiler:Chisa and Aoi get a lot of focus in the episodes they die. Double-subverted that turns out that Aoi didn't die, but instead Great Gozu, who also got a fair amount of focus in that episode, is revealed to be the one who died.]]


* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler:Mike gets one.]]

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler:Mike Mike gets one.]]


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* ''Anime/Danganronpa3'': [[spoiler:Chisa and Aoi get a lot of focus in the episodes they die.]]


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* In ''BlackButler'', Angelina Durless appears to be an important major character, only to be murdered by her own butler (who also happened to be a Shinigami), complete with a half-chapter montage of her story.

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* In ''BlackButler'', ''Manga/BlackButler'', Angelina Durless appears to be an important major character, only to be murdered by her own butler (who also happened to be a Shinigami), complete with a half-chapter montage of her story.



* When Team Dai-Gurren is trapped in the space ocean during episode 25 of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Kittan gets his time in the limelight. He is featured more than in other episodes and over the course of the episode we find that Kittan has insecurity about not being as good of a leader as Kamina and that he loves Yoko. Yoko also brings our attention to the fact that while "Simon pulled from the top; Kittan pushed from below" reminding us that Kittan was indeed a big part of the rebellion. All of this right before he leaves the ship to perform an epic HeroicSacrifice in order to help Team Dai-Gurren escape the ocean.

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* When Team Dai-Gurren is trapped in the space ocean during episode 25 of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Kittan gets his time in the limelight. He is featured more than in other episodes and over the course of the episode we find that Kittan has insecurity about not being as good of a leader as Kamina and that he loves Yoko. Yoko also brings our attention to the fact that while "Simon pulled from the top; Kittan pushed from below" reminding us that Kittan was indeed a big part of the rebellion. All of this right before he leaves the ship to perform an epic HeroicSacrifice in order to help Team Dai-Gurren escape the ocean.

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* The ''Anime/KantaiCollection'' anime adaptation does this with aplomb to Kisaragi. After brief appearances in the first two episodes, Episode 3 is devoted almost entirely to Kisaragi and her SempaiKouhai dynamic with Mutsuki. The episode piles death flag after death flag onto Kisaragi before finally sinking her with a [[LastBreathBullet Last Breath Bomb]].


* Used ''very'' frequently in ''MobileSuitGundam''. If a minor character is given his/her own episode, chances are they'll die ''very, very'' soon.

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* Used ''very'' frequently in ''MobileSuitGundam''.''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. If a minor character is given his/her own episode, chances are they'll die ''very, very'' soon.

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