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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar wasn't interested in continuing with the series, and requested to be killed off during the first season. She later regretted this choice and came back as a guest star several times.
* Mr. Eko dies early in Season 3 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' because Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was uncomfortable in Hawaii and wanted to leave the show. (he previously signed a one season deal, but was kept a while longer to give some space after the character death of another such member of the cast, Creator/MichelleRodriguez)

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Denise Crosby, Creator/DeniseCrosby, who played Tasha Yar wasn't interested in continuing with the series, and requested to be killed off during the first season. She later regretted this choice and came back as a guest star several times.
* Mr. Eko dies early in Season 3 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' because Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Creator/AdewaleAkinnuoyeAgbaje was uncomfortable in Hawaii and wanted to leave the show. (he previously signed a one season deal, but was kept a while longer to give some space after the character death of another such member of the cast, Creator/MichelleRodriguez)



* It's been reported that Anya, the only regular character to die permanently in the GrandFinale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', was selected because Creator/EmmaCaulfield had no interest in playing the character again in any other series within the franchise. (Spike's death was known by the entire audience to be impermanent, as his status as a regular character in the next season of ''Angel'' had already been announced.) This would be rather ironic and rather moot considering none of the actors (Once again, save Spike) would reprise their roles past the series ending.

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* It's been reported that Anya, the only regular character to die permanently in the GrandFinale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' finale "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E22Chosen Chosen]]", was selected because Creator/EmmaCaulfield had no interest in playing the character again in any other series within the franchise. (Spike's death was known by the entire audience to be impermanent, as his status as a regular character in the next season of ''Angel'' had already been announced.) This would be rather ironic and rather moot considering none of the actors (Once again, save Spike) would reprise their roles past the series ending.



* As ''{{Series/Angel}}'''s finale approached, Creator/JossWhedon asked Creator/AlexisDenisof what he should do with his character Wesley. It was his suggestion to kill Wesley off in the finale.

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* As ''{{Series/Angel}}'''s finale [[Recap/AngelS05E22NotFadeAway finale]] approached, Creator/JossWhedon asked Creator/AlexisDenisof what he should do with his character Wesley. It was his suggestion to kill Wesley off in the finale.


* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': After The Artifact story was [[AbortedArc abruptly concluded]] after Season 2, Ed Quinn asked to have Nathan Stark die, because his character arc was heavily tied into The Artifact, and without it Nathan had nothing left to do.

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* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': After The Artifact story was [[AbortedArc abruptly concluded]] after Season 2, Ed Quinn Creator/EdQuinn asked to have Nathan Stark die, because his character arc was heavily tied into The Artifact, and without it Nathan had nothing left to do.


* ''Series/MiamiVice'': John Diehl was sick of living in Miami, felt he was underused, and wanted to expand into theater, so his character Larry Zito was killed by a forced drug overdose.

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* ''Series/MiamiVice'': John Diehl (Larry Zito) was sick of living in Miami, felt he written out midway through the third season, via a plot that was underused, and wanted to expand into theater, so motivated by his character Larry Zito was killed by dying of a forced drug overdose.overdose. While popular opinion suggests he left specifically because he "didn't like Miami", didn't get along with the cast or wanted to pursue theater, Diehl would later tell [[https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1986-11-13-8603100002-story.html the Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1986]] that his character being the designated PluckyComicRelief, and not being given any worthwhile plotlines (a problem that would plague his co-star, Michael Talbott), primarily motivated his decision to leave.


* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had at least two actors who requested their characters to get killed off. In Season 3, actress Vanessa Ferlito, who plays Claudia, was committed to filming ''Film/ManOfTheHouse''. In Season 6, actor Eric Balfour, who played Milo Pressman, a recurring character from Season 1, specifically requested to get killed off in the show so he could film another TV pilot with Creator/DeanCain.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had at least two actors who requested their characters to get killed off. In Season 3, actress Vanessa Ferlito, who plays Claudia, was committed to filming ''Film/ManOfTheHouse''. In Season 6, actor Eric Balfour, Creator/EricBalfour, who played Milo Pressman, a recurring character from Season 1, specifically requested to get killed off in the show so he could film another TV pilot with Creator/DeanCain.


* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Robert Beltran hated playing Chakotay and expressed a preference to not be on the show anymore, demanding more and more money in the hopes that they'd get rid of him; [[SpringtimeForHitler instead, they kept meeting his demands to the point where he was forced to continue]].
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Robert Reed hated everything about the show ''except'' the kids playing the young Bradys. This led to him and producer Creator/SherwoodSchwartz butting heads on numerous occasions. And in fact, had ''The Brady Bunch'' not been cancelled Schwartz actually planned to kill off Mike Brady over the summer hiatus so he'd be gone for the sixth season and beyond.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Robert Beltran Creator/RobertBeltran hated playing Chakotay and expressed a preference to not be on the show anymore, demanding more and more money in the hopes that they'd get rid of him; [[SpringtimeForHitler instead, they kept meeting his demands to the point where he was forced to continue]].
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': Robert Reed Creator/RobertReed hated everything about the show ''except'' the kids playing the young Bradys. This led to him and producer Creator/SherwoodSchwartz butting heads on numerous occasions. And in fact, had ''The Brady Bunch'' not been cancelled Schwartz actually planned to kill off Mike Brady over the summer hiatus so he'd be gone for the sixth season and beyond.


* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Robert Beltran hated playing Chakotay and expressed a preference to not be on the show anymore, demanding more and more money in the hopes that they'd get rid of him; but they just kept meeting his demands so he was forced to continue.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Robert Beltran hated playing Chakotay and expressed a preference to not be on the show anymore, demanding more and more money in the hopes that they'd get rid of him; but [[SpringtimeForHitler instead, they just kept meeting his demands so to the point where he was forced to continue.continue]].


* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Rachel Miner had to leave the series because she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. Her character the demon Meg was killed off at her request despite the fact that [[TheNthDoctor demons can change vessels]] (and Miner was Meg's second actress).

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* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Rachel Miner Creator/RachelMiner had to leave the series because she suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. Her character the demon Meg was killed off at her request despite the fact that [[TheNthDoctor demons can change vessels]] (and Miner was Meg's second actress).


For characters having to be killed off because the actor unexpectedly leaves, see McLeaned and TheCharacterDiedWithHim.

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For characters having to be killed off because the actor unexpectedly leaves, see McLeaned and TheCharacterDiedWithHim.
TheCharacterDiedWithHim. For an character asking to be killed in-universe, see MercyKillArrangement.


* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis only appeared in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' because she was contractually obligated to do so for agreeing to star in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''. She requested that her character, Laurie Strode, be killed off in return.

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* Creator/JamieLeeCurtis only appeared in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' because she was contractually obligated to do so for agreeing to star in ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater''. She requested that her character, Laurie Strode, be killed off in return. Though she did return in [[Film/Halloween2018 a sequel]] that like [=H20=] ignored the other follow-ups.


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* Mr. Eko dies early in Season 3 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' because Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was uncomfortable in Hawaii and wanted to leave the show. (he previously signed a one season deal, but was kept a while longer to give some space after the character death of another such member of the cast, Creator/MichelleRodriguez)


** Creator/HarrisonFord also wanted Han Solo killed off in the Original Trilogy. Which obviously didn't happen, [[spoiler:instead taking place in the first movie of the Sequel Trilogy.]]

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** Creator/HarrisonFord also wanted Han Solo killed off in the Original Trilogy. Which obviously didn't happen, [[spoiler:instead taking place in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', the first movie of the Sequel Trilogy.]]


*** This has been disputed by other sources, which state that, after filming had started, George Lucas decided to kill off Kenobi, since the character was no longer central to the story after the escape from the Death Star. In this account, Guinness was not happy with the decision and nearly left the production (he ''did'', after all, reappear in both sequels despite his alleged hatred of the films).

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*** This has been disputed by other sources, which state that, after filming had started, George Lucas Creator/GeorgeLucas decided to kill off Kenobi, since the character was no longer central to the story after the escape from the Death Star. In this account, Guinness was not happy with the decision and nearly left the production (he ''did'', after all, reappear in both sequels despite his alleged hatred of the films).



* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had at least two actors who requested their characters to get killed off. In Season 3, actress Vanessa Ferlito, who plays Claudia, was committed to filming the Tommy Lee Jones movie Man of the House. In Season 6, actor Eric Balfour, who played Milo Pressman, a recurring character from Season 1, specifically requested to get killed off in the show so he could film another TV pilot with Creator/DeanCain.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had at least two actors who requested their characters to get killed off. In Season 3, actress Vanessa Ferlito, who plays Claudia, was committed to filming the Tommy Lee Jones movie Man of the House.''Film/ManOfTheHouse''. In Season 6, actor Eric Balfour, who played Milo Pressman, a recurring character from Season 1, specifically requested to get killed off in the show so he could film another TV pilot with Creator/DeanCain.


*** This has been disputed by other sources, which state that, after filming had started, George Lucas decided to kill off Kenobi, since the character was no longer central to the story after the escape from the Death Star. In this account, Guinness was not happy with the decision and nearly left the production.

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*** This has been disputed by other sources, which state that, after filming had started, George Lucas decided to kill off Kenobi, since the character was no longer central to the story after the escape from the Death Star. In this account, Guinness was not happy with the decision and nearly left the production.production (he ''did'', after all, reappear in both sequels despite his alleged hatred of the films).

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* Midway through the final season of the series version of ''Film/{{Fame}}''; the VerySpecialEpisode "Go Softly Into Mourning"; but wanted to involve a major character instead of writing in a [[RememberTheNewGuy new character to be then killed off]]. By a bizarre coincidence, Nia Peeples (who played the role of Nicole Chapman) was preparing to leave the series to launch a recording career of her own and gave her permission to kill Nicole off by way of a DrunkDriver; which the writers did and according to [[WordOfSaintPaul series writer Michael Hoey's]] 2009 book on the series "Inside Fame on Television"; the writers soon regretted killing the Nicole Chapman character off.


** Creator/BrentSpiner insisted on Data's death in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' because he didn't think he could convincingly play an un-aging android anymore as he got older. The final film still includes a SequelHook hinting at Data's possible resurrection [[spoiler:in B-4's body]], which is fulfilled in ''Series/StarTrekPicard''. (Out of canon, the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'' and ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' also both took advantage of it.)

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** Creator/BrentSpiner insisted on Data's death in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' because he didn't think he could convincingly play an un-aging android anymore as he got older. The final film still includes a SequelHook hinting at Data's possible resurrection [[spoiler:in B-4's body]], which is fulfilled in ''Series/StarTrekPicard''. (Out of canon, the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'' ''Literature/StarTrekNovelverse'' and ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' also both took advantage of it.)


** Creator/BrentSpiner insisted on Data's death in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' because he didn't think he could convincingly play an un-aging android anymore as he got older. The final film still includes a SequelHook hinting at Data's possible resurrection [[spoiler:in B-4's body]], which the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'' and ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' both took advantage of, but any future movies in the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] series were derailed when ''Nemesis'' [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped]].

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** Creator/BrentSpiner insisted on Data's death in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' because he didn't think he could convincingly play an un-aging android anymore as he got older. The final film still includes a SequelHook hinting at Data's possible resurrection [[spoiler:in B-4's body]], which is fulfilled in ''Series/StarTrekPicard''. (Out of canon, the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse'' and ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' also both took advantage of, but any future movies in the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] series were derailed when ''Nemesis'' [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped]].of it.)

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