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* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' Really, all of these are up to anybody's guess, but [[spoiler: Kaworu's death possibly represents the death of Shinji's sanity, Asuka's death could mean the death of Shinji's hope, Misato's death could represent the death of Shinji's love (Gendou might count), and the god-like Rei's death at the end is symbolic of who knows what.]] This movie is virtually the definition of Mind Screw, so you may have a different interpretation.

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* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' Really, all of these are up to anybody's guess, but [[spoiler: Kaworu's [[spoiler:Kaworu's death possibly represents the death of Shinji's sanity, Asuka's death could mean the death of Shinji's hope, Misato's death could represent the death of Shinji's love (Gendou might count), and the god-like Rei's death at the end is symbolic of who knows what.]] This movie is virtually the definition of Mind Screw, MindScrew, so you may have a different interpretation.


->"''I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?''"
-->-- '''Spock''', ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''

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->"''I never took ->''"People went in silence. Suddenly, someone hoarsely called out the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think Poet's name and in a single voice everyone replied, 'Here! Now and forever!' It was as if they had opened a valve, and all the pain, fear, and anger of my solution?''"
those days had issued from their chests and rolled into the street, rising in a terrible shout to the thick black clouds above. Another shouted, 'Compañero President!' and everyone answered in a single wail, 'Here! Now and forever!' The Poet's funeral had turned into the symbolic burial of freedom."''
-->-- '''Spock''', ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits'' (about Creator/PabloNeruda)


* Slightly more literal in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' - the characters ''are'' the nations, so the death of a character is the fall of a nation (e.g. Rome). If the nation gets into dire straits (economic crisis, social strife etc.), the nation gets sick.

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* Slightly more literal in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' - the characters ''are'' the nations, so the death of a character is the fall of a nation (e.g. Rome). If the nation gets into dire straits (economic crisis, social strife etc.), the nation gets sick.


Examples often symbolize something of the work or an aspect of it, be it an event, change in character, or even the franchise itself, though it can reach outside these boundaries. They are deliberate as well, so don't look too far into works lest you find faux-examples as in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic? They are meant to be fully intentional and occasionally WordOfGod can confirm so. RuleOfSymbolism may be employed in order to convey the symbol, especially in more abstract works.

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Examples often symbolize something of the work or an aspect of it, be it an event, change in character, or even the franchise itself, though it can reach outside these boundaries. They are deliberate as well, so don't look too far into works lest you find faux-examples as in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic? WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic They are meant to be fully intentional and occasionally WordOfGod can confirm so. RuleOfSymbolism may be employed in order to convey the symbol, especially in more abstract works.



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* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' [[spoiler:Marston's death is there to reflect the end of the Wild West and the inevitable turn towards civilization.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' [[spoiler:Marston's [[spoiler:John Marston's death is there to reflect the end of the Wild West and the inevitable turn towards civilization.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'': [[spoiler:Arthur Morgan's slow demise from tuberculosis in Chapter 6 mirrors the Van der Linde gang's similar decline as the surviving members are left divided and awaiting the inevitable. As soon as Arthur bites the dust, the gang is all but destroyed.
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Examples often symbolize something of the work or an aspect of it, be it an event, change in character, or even the franchise itself, though it can reach outside these boundaries. They are deliberate as well, so don't look to far into works lest you find faux-examples as in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic? They are meant to be fully intentional, and occasionally WordOfGod can confirm so. RuleOfSymbolism may be employed in order to convey the symbol, especially in more abstract works.

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Examples often symbolize something of the work or an aspect of it, be it an event, change in character, or even the franchise itself, though it can reach outside these boundaries. They are deliberate as well, so don't look to too far into works lest you find faux-examples as in WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic? They are meant to be fully intentional, intentional and occasionally WordOfGod can confirm so. RuleOfSymbolism may be employed in order to convey the symbol, especially in more abstract works.




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* Padmé Amidala's death at the end of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' symbolizes the [[EndOfAnEra end of the Republic]] and the dawn of the Galactic Empire ("So this is how liberty dies"). It also symbolizes the [[DeathOfPersonality 'death']] of Anakin Skywalker; upon learning of her death he [[DespairEventHorizon fully embraces his Sith persona]] of Darth Vader and it's no coincidence that Anakin's mutilated body being placed into the Vader-suit is [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition juxtaposed]] with Padmé dying in childbirth.



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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones''' sixth season, in a desperate attempt to make time for Bran and Meera to escape from the White Walkers and Wights invading the Three-Eyed Raven's hovel, Bran's direwolf Summer charges the White Walkers and wights, but dies fighting. With summer gone, [[ArcWords winter has come,]] and with it, everything takes a turn for the bleak.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''':
** Viserys's death in early Season 1 is what starts Daenerys's CharacterDevelopment from a weak-willed abused girl into a powerful queen.
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In ''Series/GameOfThrones''' Season 1 the deaths of Jory Cassell, Septa Mordane and Syrio Forel are used to symbolise the destruction of the Stark house, and the loss of protective adults for the Stark girls foreshadows [[spoiler: the deaths of their parents and older brother]].
** [[spoiler: Shireen Baratheon]] being burned at the stake is what marks the point where [[spoiler: Stannis Baratheon's war efforts completely fall apart]].
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sixth season, in a desperate attempt to make time for Bran and Meera to escape from the White Walkers and Wights invading the Three-Eyed Raven's hovel, Bran's direwolf Summer charges the White Walkers and wights, but dies fighting. With summer gone, [[ArcWords winter has come,]] and with it, everything takes a turn for the bleak.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' - the shocking and sudden death of [[spoiler: Aerith]] at the end of the first disc symbolises the destruction Sephiroth will cause to the planet if he is not stopped.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'':
** The massacre of Cleyra - a pacifist town full of innocent refugees - by Queen Brahne summoning Eidolons. Before she was just a ruthless Queen. After this it marks the point where her own daughter has to flee for her life, her trusted general turns on her, and her war effort begins to fall apart. It's after this that Garnet embraces her gifts as a summoner (she had been afraid of them beforehand).
** Further symbolism comes from the death of [[spoiler: Brahne herself]] at the end of the second disc. It divides the game in half - where Garnet goes from an adventurous princess to a more dignified and powerful queen.
** [[spoiler: Garland's death]] at the end of the third disc coincides with Kuja going into Trance and succeeding in destroying Terra.

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* ''Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom'': The Death of the ''Brachiosaurus'' represents the end of Isla Nublar, the setting where the original ''Jurassic Park'' took place.

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->"''I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?''"
-->-- '''Spock''', ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''


* Spock's death in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is supposed to symbolise that sometimes it's impossible to TakeAThirdOption, in the film's continuing deconstruction of TheKirk.

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* Spock's death in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is supposed to symbolise that sometimes it's impossible to TakeAThirdOption, TakeAThirdOption in a hopeless situation can still have dire consequences, in the film's continuing deconstruction of TheKirk.


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''': The death of Sansa's direwolf Lady signaled the loss of Sansa's innocence, and foreshadowed the cruel life she would soon be forced to live within King's Landing.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''': Gandalf's sacrifice to save the party marks the nadir of the hero's morale, his death symbolises the progress of evil forces in Middle Earth, and his resurrection and color upgrade (from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White) announces the necessity, at the end of the opus, for the hero to go meet death at the Grey Havens.
* ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'' The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': The death of Sansa's direwolf Lady signaled the loss of Sansa's innocence, and foreshadowed the cruel life she would soon be forced to live within King's Landing.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''': ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf's sacrifice to save the party marks the nadir of the hero's morale, his death symbolises the progress of evil forces in Middle Earth, and his resurrection and color upgrade (from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White) announces the necessity, at the end of the opus, for the hero to go meet death at the Grey Havens.
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The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island.



* Hedwig's death in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is supposed to represent the death of what remains of Harry's childhood.

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Hedwig's death in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is supposed to represent the death of what remains of Harry's childhood.



* Don Quixote's death signifies the death of Chivalry.

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* Don Quixote's ''Literature/DonQuixote'': The titular character's death signifies the death of Chivalry.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''': The death of Sansa's direwolf Lady signaled the loss of Sansa's innocence, and foreshadowed the cruel life she would soon be forced to live within King's Landing.


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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones''' sixth season, in a desperate attempt to make time for Bran and Meera to escape from the White Walkers and Wights invading the Three-Eyed Raven's hovel, Bran's direwolf Summer charges the White Walkers and wights, but dies fighting. With summer gone, [[ArcWords winter has come,]] and with it, everything takes a turn for the bleak.
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* In ''{{Film/Junebug}}'' [[spoiler: Ashley losing her baby]] marks the end of the underlying tensions in the family. The death prompts repressed emotions to come out - and [[spoiler: Johnny asks Ashley if they can try again]], symbolising how their old HighSchoolSweethearts romance is gone [[spoiler: but there is a chance for them to start over]].
* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' killing off [[spoiler: Tom and Judy]] marks the start of the zombies overpowering the protagonists. Other characters start dying soon after.


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* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'': Scarlett arrives home after fleeing the burning Atlanta to find that her mother has died and father has [[TheLostLenore lost his mind because of it]]. This marks the true end of Scarlett's pampered, privileged life and how she'll have to take charge to provide for Tara.
* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' has Sara being given news that her father has died of BrainFever. This results in her losing all her wealth and being reduced to working as a servant. It symbolises the end of her childhood too, as she begins to grow up throughout the story.


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* ''Theatre/KingLear'' features a major character death in Cornwall at the end of Act 3. It symbolises the kingdom slowly unravelling through the madness that has ensued, as it coincides with Edmund taking charge, [[spoiler: the two sisters turning on each other and Albany finally standing up for himself]]. Cordelia also returns to the play after this scene.


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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' - having to fight and kill [[spoiler: Vossler]] in battle symbolises that Ashe really will have to lead LaResistance on her own if she wants to become queen.


* Spock's death in ''Film[[StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan]]'' is supposed to symbolise that sometimes it's impossible to TakeAThirdOption, in the film's continuing deconstruction of TheKirk.

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* Spock's death in ''Film[[StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan]]'' ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is supposed to symbolise that sometimes it's impossible to TakeAThirdOption, in the film's continuing deconstruction of TheKirk.

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* Spock's death in ''Film[[StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan]]'' is supposed to symbolise that sometimes it's impossible to TakeAThirdOption, in the film's continuing deconstruction of TheKirk.
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