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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in one episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'', where Jane and Lisbon appear to be this after they're supposedly exposed to the lethal virus that killed the VictimOfTheWeek. [[DramaticIrony The audience knows]] it's just another BatmanGambit from Jane, but Lisbon doesn't, and is furious when Jane tells her it's not for real.

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* {{Invoked|Trope}} in one episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'', where Jane and Lisbon appear to be this after they're supposedly exposed to the lethal virus that killed the VictimOfTheWeek. [[DramaticIrony The audience knows]] it's just another BatmanGambit from Jane, but Lisbon doesn't, and is furious when Jane finally tells her it's not for real.her.

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* Part of the premise of ''Series/BreakingBad'' is this, as the protagonist is dying of cancer.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in one episode of ''Series/TheMentalist'', where Jane and Lisbon appear to be this after they're supposedly exposed to the lethal virus that killed the VictimOfTheWeek. [[DramaticIrony The audience knows]] it's just another BatmanGambit from Jane, but Lisbon doesn't, and is furious when Jane tells her it's not for real.
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* [[WeAllDieSomeday Nothing lasts forever.]] Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].
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* [[WeAllDieSomeday Nothing lasts forever.]] Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].
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* At this point in time, [[spoiler:Eren and the rest of the current titan shifters]] in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. [[spoiler:A shifter will die 13 years after inheriting their titan powers if they're not passed down beforehand. This is known as the Curse of Ymir, after the first person to wield titan powers died 13 years after acquiring them: the idea is that nobody can possess the powers for longer than Ymir did. [[note]]Eren currently has 4 years left, Armin has 9, Reiner has 2 (theoretically so does Annie if she's aged), Zeke has less than 1, Porco has 13, and Pieck most likely has 2.[[/note]]]] The plot currently involves [[spoiler:trying to save Eldia and Paradis Island before Zeke's term is up.]] Currently, there's no cure.


* Nothing lasts forever. Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].

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* [[WeAllDieSomeday Nothing lasts forever. forever.]] Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].


* Pick any {{Biopic}} or film about a historical event and chances are a lot of them will have doomed protagonists in them, because we as the audience have the advantage of knowing these people died because of...

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* Pick any {{Biopic}} or film about a historical event and chances are a lot of them will have doomed protagonists in them, because [[ForegoneConclusion we as the audience have the advantage of knowing these people died died]] because of...



** Murder: UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi in ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', UsefulNotes/MalcolmX in ''Film/MalcolmX'', Oscar Romero in ''Film/{{Romero}}'', Steve Biko in ''Film/CryFreedom'', UsefulNotes/CheGuevara in ''Film/{{Che}}'', Bugsy Siegel in ''Film/{{Bugsy}}'',...

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** Murder: UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi in ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', UsefulNotes/MalcolmX in ''Film/MalcolmX'', Oscar Romero in ''Film/{{Romero}}'', Steve Biko in ''Film/CryFreedom'', UsefulNotes/CheGuevara in ''Film/{{Che}}'', Bugsy Siegel in ''Film/{{Bugsy}}'',...''Film/{{Bugsy}}'', Harvey Milk in ''Film/{{Milk}}''...


** This tropes serves as the basis of Hero Must Die. The protagonist dies shortly after defeating Satan, [[BackFromTheDead but is granted an extra five days to live by an angel]] to see the world that he saved. No matter what you do over your last five days, [[spoiler:the protagonist is always fated to die and be taken to heaven, leaving his companions and lover to mourn his loss during his funeral.]]

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** * This tropes serves as the basis of Hero Must Die. The protagonist dies shortly after defeating Satan, [[BackFromTheDead but is granted an extra five days to live by an angel]] to see the world that he saved. No matter what you do over your last five days, [[spoiler:the protagonist is always fated to die and be taken to heaven, leaving his companions and lover to mourn his loss during his funeral.]]

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** This tropes serves as the basis of Hero Must Die. The protagonist dies shortly after defeating Satan, [[BackFromTheDead but is granted an extra five days to live by an angel]] to see the world that he saved. No matter what you do over your last five days, [[spoiler:the protagonist is always fated to die and be taken to heaven, leaving his companions and lover to mourn his loss during his funeral.]]


* The protagonist of ''{{Heretic}} 2'' contacts an incurable virus early in the game and is looking for a cure (and the source) for the most part of it.

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* The protagonist of ''{{Heretic}} ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}} 2'' contacts an incurable virus early in the game and is looking for a cure (and the source) for the most part of it.

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* In "Music/SpaceOddity" by Creator/DavidBowie, the [[ThatWasTheLastEntry sudden end of transmission to ground control]] appears to indicate that ''[[NothingIsScarier something]]'' happened to Major Tom -- although his later appearance in "[[Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps Ashes to Ashes]]" possibly subverts this trope.
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* Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].

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* Nothing lasts forever. Literally every single thing that could possibly consider itself a protagonist is doomed. Even this Troper [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou and you]].


* Creator/RoaldDahl concluded ''Literature/TheWitches'' with a more {{bittersweet|Ending}} form of this trope. [[spoiler:The hero is permanently turned into a mouse, shortened lifespan and all. He doesn't mind because he wouldn't want to outlive his grandmother, with whom he plans to spend his remaining years hunting witches.]] TheFilmOfTheBook made the ending more unambiguously happy, which [[DisownedAdaptation angered Dahl]] to the point where he stood outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl concluded ''Literature/TheWitches'' with a more {{bittersweet|Ending}} form of this trope. [[spoiler:The hero is permanently turned into a mouse, shortened lifespan and all. He doesn't mind because he wouldn't want to outlive his grandmother, with whom he plans to spend his remaining years hunting witches.]] TheFilmOfTheBook made the ending more unambiguously happy, a change which [[DisownedAdaptation angered Dahl]] to the point where he stood outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.


* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', Creator/RoaldDahl uses a more {{bittersweet|Ending}} form. [[spoiler:The hero is permanently turned into a mouse, shortened lifespan and all. He doesn't mind because he wouldn't want to outlive his grandmother, with whom he plans to spend his remaining years hunting witches.]] TheFilmOfTheBook made the ending more unambiguously happy, which [[DisownedAdaptation angered Dahl]] to the point where he stood outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.

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* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', Creator/RoaldDahl uses concluded ''Literature/TheWitches'' with a more {{bittersweet|Ending}} form.form of this trope. [[spoiler:The hero is permanently turned into a mouse, shortened lifespan and all. He doesn't mind because he wouldn't want to outlive his grandmother, with whom he plans to spend his remaining years hunting witches.]] TheFilmOfTheBook made the ending more unambiguously happy, which [[DisownedAdaptation angered Dahl]] to the point where he stood outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.


* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' implies that [[spoiler:Charlie will eventually die as a result of the intelligence-enhancing operation he underwent, as Algernon and other lab animals died after having the operation.]]
* At the end of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', [[spoiler:Winston and Julia are slated for execution by the Party, and they know it.]]

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* ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'' implies that [[spoiler:Charlie will eventually die as a result of the intelligence-enhancing operation he underwent, as Algernon and other lab animals died after having the operation.]]
operation]].
* At the end of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', [[spoiler:Winston and Julia are slated for execution by the Party, and they know it.]]it]].
* In ''Literature/TheWitches'', Creator/RoaldDahl uses a more {{bittersweet|Ending}} form. [[spoiler:The hero is permanently turned into a mouse, shortened lifespan and all. He doesn't mind because he wouldn't want to outlive his grandmother, with whom he plans to spend his remaining years hunting witches.]] TheFilmOfTheBook made the ending more unambiguously happy, which [[DisownedAdaptation angered Dahl]] to the point where he stood outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.


* The original ending of ''Film/TheCrazies'' remake had [[spoiler: David getting a nosebleed, this showing that both him and Judy were actually infected with [[TheVirus Trixie]]]].

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* The original ending of ''Film/TheCrazies'' ''Film/TheCrazies2010'' remake had [[spoiler: David getting a nosebleed, this showing that both him and Judy were actually infected with [[TheVirus Trixie]]]].

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