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* ''Series/{{The Flash|TheFlash2014}'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)

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* ''Series/{{The Flash|TheFlash2014}'': ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)


* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)

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* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}'': Flash|TheFlash2014}'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)


* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Minor recurring character DK dies unceremoniously midway through Season 4 at the hands of the Skreeth, after having been one of the few human characters to appear more than once outside of [[TheHero Crichton]] and his father.
* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': Flash|2014}'': In the Season 3 finale, Zoom, the BigBad of the previous season who is now Black Flash, goes after Savitar; He's not there for half a minute before Killer Frost freezes him and he [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters to pieces]]. This is especially sudden considering that sometime before this episode he killed the BigBad of the second season of ''Legends of Tomorrow''. (Though there is some ambiguity as to whether Zoom's true death was his transformation into Black Flash (making Black Flash a zombie) at the end of Season 2, or whether he was merely brainwashed in a seemingly undead state)


** Cersei, one of the most powerful and effective villains of the series - and one of the few to survive eight seasons - ultimately dies anti-climatically putting up no fights, having a minor VillainousBreakdown and simply getting crushed when [[RocksFallEveryoneDies the Red Keep collapses]].



** Uther Pendragon spends the first three seasons as a major source of conflict - he's a tyrant who would execute Merlin if he knew about his magic but he's also a NecessaryEvil to keep control in the kingdom until Arthur is ready to become the good king. In the third episode of Season 4, a featured extra tries to kill Arthur at court, Uther gets hurt saving him and dies when Merlin's attempt at a healing spell is sabotaged by Morgana. It comes across as the writers suddenly deciding they couldn't think of anything more to do with him (he'd just started what looked like an interesting arc of coping with Morgana's FaceHeelTurn) and felt he should be written out.



** The show unceremoniously killed off [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere. It was essentially to show that they were the pawns of the ''real'' BigBad.

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** The show unceremoniously killed off [[spoiler:Greg]] and [[spoiler:Tamara]], who were the BigBadDuumvirate in the second half of Season 2, in the first half-hour of the Season 3 premiere. It was essentially to show that they were the pawns of the ''real'' BigBad. Tamara at least was given a last minute redemption by sacrificing herself to get Henry to safety.



** And, in the third to last episode of Season 5, [[spoiler: King Arthur]], BigBad of the season's first half, who was last seen imprisoned near the arc's end, unexpectedly reappears at the beginning of the episode only to have his neck snapped by Hades, BigBad of the current arc. Ironically this happens ''on'' a bridge. Somewhat subverted in that he is prominently seen in the underworld after this, where he does a HeelFaceTurn, helps defeat Hades, and presumably overthrows Cruella as the new leader of the underworld to set things right there.

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** And, in the third to last episode of Season 5, [[spoiler: King Arthur]], BigBad of the season's first half, who was last seen imprisoned near the arc's end, unexpectedly reappears at the beginning of the episode only to have his neck snapped by Hades, BigBad of the current arc. Ironically this happens ''on'' a bridge. Somewhat subverted Subverted in that he is prominently seen in the underworld after this, where he does a HeelFaceTurn, helps defeat Hades, and presumably overthrows Cruella as the new leader of the underworld to set things right there.


* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' dropped a bridge, I mean a car, on poor Matthew. This was a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as his actor wanted to leave the show, and since he'd already married his WillTheyOrWontThey partner Mary, the only choices were to break them up or kill him. Fans would never accept the former after they went through so much to be together, so the latter it was.
** Another example is the death of [[HandsomeLech Kemal]] [[TemporaryLoveInterest Pamuk]], who suddenly dies after spending the night with Mary. There is no explanation as to why he died or any foreshadowing (not even the IncurableCoughOfDeath) and he even seemed to be a very healthy man (he went out hunting the day before he died!)

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* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** The second episode has the death of [[HandsomeLech Kemal]] [[TemporaryLoveInterest Pamuk]], who suddenly dies after spending the night with Mary. There is no explanation as to why he died or any foreshadowing (not even the IncurableCoughOfDeath) and he even seemed to be a very healthy man (he went out hunting the day before he died!)
** The third season
dropped a bridge, I mean or rather a car, on poor Matthew. This was a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as his actor wanted to leave the show, and since he'd already married his WillTheyOrWontThey partner Mary, the only choices were to break them up or kill him. Fans would never accept the former after they went through so much to be together, so the latter it was.
** Another example is the death of [[HandsomeLech Kemal]] [[TemporaryLoveInterest Pamuk]], who suddenly dies after spending the night with Mary. There is no explanation as to why he died or any foreshadowing (not even the IncurableCoughOfDeath) and he even seemed to be a very healthy man (he went out hunting the day before he died!)


** The trope happens again in season 4, this time to Sara's sister, Laurel, who takes up her mantle as the (Black) Canary. She gets StuffedInTheFridge, being stabbed by the season's BigBad, after the doctors said she'd be fine no less. Given the importance of Black Canary in DC comics in general, and in Green Arrow in particular, fans were '''''extremely''''' pissed. Once again, [[PanderingToTheBase the power of fan demand]] eventually led the creators to bring her back, though not directly: the original Laurel stayed dead, while her doppelganger from an alternate universe was introduced in the sister show ''Series/TheFlash2014'' as a MonsterOfTheWeek, before transferring to ''Arrow'' as a recurring villain who eventually gained a HeelFaceTurn.

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** The trope happens again in season 4, this time to Sara's sister, Laurel, who takes took up her mantle as the (Black) Canary. She gets got StuffedInTheFridge, being stabbed by the season's BigBad, after the doctors said she'd be fine no less. Given the importance of Black Canary in DC comics in general, and in Green Arrow in particular, fans were '''''extremely''''' pissed. Once again, [[PanderingToTheBase the power of fan demand]] eventually led the creators to bring her back, though not directly: the original Laurel stayed dead, while her doppelganger from an alternate universe was introduced in the sister show ''Series/TheFlash2014'' as a MonsterOfTheWeek, before transferring to ''Arrow'' as a recurring villain who eventually gained a HeelFaceTurn.


* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': [[spoiler: The Canary, also known as Sara Lance, in season three. Trained by [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul one of the most dangerous men on the planet]], she could easily go toe to toe with some of the deadliest criminals in Starling City. So you can bet some people were a tad miffed when she was anticlimactically shot in the chest with three arrows by a mind-controlled Thea, someone Sara could have easily defeated.]]
** Then in Season 4, [[spoiler:Laurel, the Black Canary and Sara's sister, is immobilized with magic and stabbed in the chest with one of Oliver's arrows. She then dies of an embolism in the hospital, after the doctors said she'd be fine no less. Given the importance of Black Canary in DC comics in general, and in Green Arrow in particular, and that this was a blatant case of StuffedIntoTheFridge people were once again pissed.]]

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': [[spoiler: ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
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The Canary, also known as Sara Lance, in season three. Trained by [[ComicBook/RasAlGhul one of the most dangerous men on the planet]], she could easily go toe to toe with some of the deadliest criminals in Starling City. So you can bet some people were a tad miffed when Then she was anticlimactically shot in the chest with three arrows by a mind-controlled Thea, someone Sara could have easily defeated.]]
** Then in Season 4, [[spoiler:Laurel,
defeated. To say that fan backlash was strong was an understatement. Even the Black Canary character's actress, Creator/CaityLotz, was [[CreatorBacklash visibly displeased]] with how her character was handled and considered leaving the show. Sara was eventually brought back and given ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' to headline.
** The trope happens again in season 4, this time to
Sara's sister, is immobilized with magic and Laurel, who takes up her mantle as the (Black) Canary. She gets StuffedInTheFridge, being stabbed in by the chest with one of Oliver's arrows. She then dies of an embolism in the hospital, season's BigBad, after the doctors said she'd be fine no less. Given the importance of Black Canary in DC comics in general, and in Green Arrow in particular, and that this was a blatant case of StuffedIntoTheFridge people fans were once again pissed.]]'''''extremely''''' pissed. Once again, [[PanderingToTheBase the power of fan demand]] eventually led the creators to bring her back, though not directly: the original Laurel stayed dead, while her doppelganger from an alternate universe was introduced in the sister show ''Series/TheFlash2014'' as a MonsterOfTheWeek, before transferring to ''Arrow'' as a recurring villain who eventually gained a HeelFaceTurn.


* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.[[note]]Fun fact, Stiles was played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, who also played the character that literally DroppedABridgeOnHim in the TropeNamer incident.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.[[note]]Fun fact, fact: Stiles was played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, who also played the character that literally DroppedABridgeOnHim {{Dropped A Bridge On|Him}} [[spoiler:Kirk]] in the TropeNamer incident.TropeNamer.[[/note]]


* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.[[note]]Rather ironically, the actor who played Stiles also played the character responsible for the TropeNamer incident.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.[[note]]Rather ironically, the actor who [[note]]Fun fact, Stiles was played Stiles by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, who also played the character responsible for that literally DroppedABridgeOnHim in the TropeNamer incident.[[/note]]


* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After multiple seasons of establishing a complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.[[note]]Rather ironically, the actor who played Stiles also played the character responsible for the TropeNamer incident.[[/note]]


** In the same episode, Balon Greyjoy, who is positioned early on as a potentially major player in the War of the Five Kings and is responsible for Theon becoming one of the main antagonists of the second season, and who hadn't been seen for the last two seasons, returns and quickly gets a bridge dropped on him after all of two scenes. Or rather gets dropped ''off'' a bridge by his brother, a character previously unknown to show watchers.

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** In the same episode, Balon Greyjoy, who is positioned early on as a potentially major player in the War of the Five Kings and is responsible for Theon becoming one of the main antagonists of the second season, and who hadn't been seen for the last two seasons, returns and quickly gets a bridge dropped on him after all of two scenes. Or rather gets dropped ''off'' a bridge by his brother, a character previously unknown to show watchers. This is a rare case of a character's death in the books being even more abrupt; there, he fell off a bridge ''off-page.''


** Total inversion with Claire Kincaid, in an episode without any investigation, but following the actions of the four leads after having witnessed an execution, Kincaid offers a ride home to a very drunk Detective Briscoe (Creator/JerryOrbach). On the way there, her car is struck by a drunk driver and she's killed. Briscoe survives, and the shock of the event is enough to get him sober and in AA.

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** Total inversion with Claire Kincaid, in an episode without any investigation, but following the actions of the four leads after having witnessed an execution, Kincaid offers a ride home to a very drunk Detective Briscoe (Creator/JerryOrbach). On the way there, her car is struck by a drunk driver and she's killed. Briscoe survives, is clearly devastated, and McCoy's arc for the shock of the event subsequent season is enough to get him sober and in AA.driven by this loss.


* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' and the death of [[McLeaned Lt. Colonel Henry Blake]]. After getting to go home, the last line of the episode announces that his plane has been shot down, with no survivors. However, this is a total subversion of the trope: even though it was a senseless death, it was perfectly in line with everything that the show was meant for, i.e., WarIsHell, and people die indiscriminately, regardless of whether they are important people or not. So his death, though anti-climactic in theory, was not inappropriate or unsatisfying, but very appropriate, well-done, and respected by viewers. Of course, it wasn't respected by viewers in the '70s when it actually ''happened'', but that was because it is the UrExample of this trope in TV comedies.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' and the ''Series/{{MASH}}'': The death of [[McLeaned Lt. Colonel Henry Blake]].Blake]] seems to be this, but is actually a subversion. After getting to go home, the last line of the episode announces that his plane has been shot down, with no survivors. However, this is The reason it's a total subversion of the trope: is that even though it was a senseless death, it was perfectly in line with everything that the show was meant for, about, i.e., WarIsHell, and people die indiscriminately, regardless of whether they are important people or not. So his death, though anti-climactic in theory, was not inappropriate or unsatisfying, but very appropriate, well-done, and respected by viewers. Of [[note]]Of course, it wasn't respected by viewers in the '70s when it actually ''happened'', but that was because it is the UrExample of this trope in TV comedies.[[/note]]


* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After sparring with Jane across multiple seasons, establishing a mutual WorthyOpponent dynamic, Stiles is unceremoneously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After sparring with Jane across multiple seasons, seasons of establishing a mutual WorthyOpponent dynamic, complex dynamic between him and Jane and cultivating an air of mystery and danger around Stiles (and his cult Visualize) in general, Stiles is unceremoneously unceremoniously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.

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* ''Series/TheMentalist'' did this to recurring antagonist Bret Stiles. After sparring with Jane across multiple seasons, establishing a mutual WorthyOpponent dynamic, Stiles is unceremoneously killed in an explosion just after Jane had eliminated him as a Red John suspect.

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