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* Huan Yi, a Qin general who defected to Yan, killed himself as part of Jing Ke's (ultimately botched) assassination attempt on Ying Zheng, the king of Qin. Jing Ke was to present the head of the traitorous general to Ying Zheng so he could get close enough to stab him.


** In "Worst Case Scenario", former antagonist Seska comes back to haunt the crew (via a holodeck program) despite the fact that she had died in the season premiere. In this case, it wasn't her specific intent, but Tom still points out that this is very much in keeping with the Seska they know.

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** In "Worst Case Scenario", former antagonist Seska comes back to haunt the crew (via a holodeck program) despite the fact that she had died in the season premiere. In this case, it wasn't her specific intent, but as Tom still points out that this is very much out, it's perfectly in keeping with the Seska they know.Seska's established traits to do something like this, intentionally or otherwise.

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** In "Worst Case Scenario", former antagonist Seska comes back to haunt the crew (via a holodeck program) despite the fact that she had died in the season premiere. In this case, it wasn't her specific intent, but Tom still points out that this is very much in keeping with the Seska they know.
--->'''Tom:''' You should never have crossed her, Tuvok.\\
'''Tuvok:''' She has been dead for over a year now. There would have been no way to predict this turn of events.\\
'''Paris:''' I guess we should have known Seska wouldn't let a little thing like death stop her from getting even.


** So did John Huston.
* The alleged last words of Che Guevara.

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** So did John Huston.
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* The alleged last words of Che Guevara.UsefulNotes/CheGuevara.


* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' which involved a warlock needing to die nine times to attain immortality.

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* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/Charmed1998'' which involved a warlock needing to die nine times to attain immortality.



* ''Series/Westworld'' has two of these gambits in its opening series. There's one from each of the park's co-founders, Arnold Weber and Robert Ford:

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* ''Series/Westworld'' ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' has two of these gambits in its opening series. There's one from each of the park's co-founders, Arnold Weber and Robert Ford:

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** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'': During his battle with Soma, Demon Lord candidate Dmitrii came to the realization that the true heir to Dracula's powers is not necessarily the one who was born with them only the one who possess them. So he allowed Soma to kill him and then Soma seemingly adsorbed Dmitrii's soul. Once inside Soma's soul, Dmitri copied the Power of Dominance and all the souls that Soma had gained up to that point. When Soma witnessed Celia killing Mina (actually a doppelganger of his childhood friend), he almost lost control and gave up to the darkness but was prevent if the player equipped Mina's Talisman before the confrontation. Dmitrii took advantage of this moment of weakness to exit Soma's body and then revived himself using the doppelganger as a host body. Unfortunately for Dmitrii, he was proven wrong in the end: his human soul lacked the strength to handle the power of the multiple souls he obtained. He died upon losing control of the countless demons inside of him which then merged together into Menace, a colossal abomination and FinalBoss of the game.


* Due to a device attached to his heart, the death of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] in ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. He believes he'll be able to use it as a DeadMansTrigger to protect himself from Spawn, but the demon who suggested he install it is using both him and Spawn, expecting the latter to kill Wynn and unwittingly end civilization.

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* Due to a device attached to his heart, the death of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] in ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. He believes he'll be able to use it as a DeadMansTrigger DeadMansSwitch to protect himself from Spawn, but the demon who suggested he install it is using both him and Spawn, expecting the latter to kill Wynn and unwittingly end civilization.


* Due to a device attached to his heart, the death of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] in ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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* Due to a device attached to his heart, the death of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] in ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. He believes he'll be able to use it as a DeadMansTrigger to protect himself from Spawn, but the demon who suggested he install it is using both him and Spawn, expecting the latter to kill Wynn and unwittingly end civilization.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: While not exactly his plan, the Master creates a cult devoted to himself and leaves specific instructions on what to do in case he is killed. After he is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords shot by his wife]], he chooses not to regenerate so as not to end up the Doctor's prisoner, and because he knows his followers will bring him back to life. Unfortunately for him, his resurrection is sabotaged by his wife, which causes him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. Worse, this all may have been a GambitRoulette of [[spoiler:Creator/TimothyDalton]] the Time Lords.
*** Bonus points for showing someone take his ring after his death in the style of [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: While not exactly his plan, the Master creates a cult devoted to himself and leaves specific instructions on what to do in case he is killed. After he is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords shot by his wife]], he chooses not to regenerate so to stop himself being stuck as not to end up the Doctor's prisoner, and because he knows his followers will bring him back to life. Unfortunately for him, his resurrection is sabotaged by his wife, which causes him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. Worse, this all may have been come back wrong]] in a GambitRoulette of [[spoiler:Creator/TimothyDalton]] the Time Lords.
rapidly-decaying body.
*** Bonus points for showing someone take finding his ring after his death death, in the style of [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]].Merciless]].
* ''Series/Westworld'' has two of these gambits in its opening series. There's one from each of the park's co-founders, Arnold Weber and Robert Ford:
** When the park was opened, Arnold (who had always believed the Host robots who formed the park's population were capable of sentience) quickly realized [[HumansAreBastards the park's human guests would mostly spend their time]] [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential raping and murdering them, over and over.]] He staged a massacre and then commanded a Host to shoot him in the head, hoping the resulting publicity scandal would get Host technology abandoned and the park shut down before it ever opened. Unfortunately for him, the park had already attracted the intention of powerful investors, who [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney were rich enough to have the whole thing buried]] and the park opened for business. However...
** Arnold's death did succeed in giving Ford an attack of conscience, and in convincing him that Hosts could be made sentient. Secretly, he spent the next thirty-five years turning Westworld into a pressure cooker, letting the Hosts suffer [[InvokedTrope so that they would eventually]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn on humanity]] [[RobotWar and overthrow them.]] The final step of his plan is pushing a Host into killing him, this time by choice: and so creating a robot rebellion that wipes out the park for good.


* Harry Seldon in Asimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' trilogy. The series begins with him as an old man with only a few years left to live. But the entire rest of the trilogy (taking place over the course of something like 400 years) involves his plan for the foundation playing out as he set it up with holo-recordings of him dropping in at regular intervals to offer his thoughts on the most recent crisis.


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* Suzie Costello in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "They Keep Killing Suzie". So expertly plotted on her part that her suicide had actually taken place several episodes before; setting off a series of events that -- once Torchwood became involved -- would ''lead to her own resurrection''.
* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' which involved a warlock needing to die nine times to attain immortality.

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* Suzie Costello in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "They Keep Killing Suzie". So expertly plotted on her part that her suicide had actually taken place several episodes before; setting off a series of events that -- once Torchwood became involved -- would ''lead to her own resurrection''.
* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' which involved a warlock needing to die nine times to attain immortality.
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* There was an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' which involved a warlock needing to die nine times to attain immortality.



* A similar event happened, in an episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'': a woman decided to get revenge on a doctor that negligently killed her daughter by giving her CPR while under the influence of drugs by getting a job as a door woman in the doctor's building, having an affair with him to produce fake evidence, and finally kill herself all to frame him for her "murder."
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lilith [[UnwittingPawn manipulates Sam and Dean into killing her]], since her death is required to free Lucifer.

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* A similar event happened, in an episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'': a woman decided to get revenge on a doctor that negligently killed her daughter by giving her CPR while under the influence of drugs by getting a job as a door woman in the doctor's building, having an affair with him to produce fake evidence, and finally kill herself all to frame him for her "murder."
"murder".
* On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lilith [[UnwittingPawn manipulates Sam Mary Alice's suicide is what prompts the main events in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath "The Seeds of Death"]], when Fewsham, who has been a DirtyCoward up until this point, finally grows a pair
and Dean into killing her]], since her makes sure that Earth gets desperately-needed info on the pending invasion, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath at the cost of his own life]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]: While not exactly his plan, the Master creates a cult devoted to himself and leaves specific instructions on what to do in case he is killed. After he is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords shot by his wife]], he chooses not to regenerate so as not to end up the Doctor's prisoner, and because he knows his followers will bring him back to life. Unfortunately for him, his resurrection is sabotaged by his wife, which causes him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. Worse, this all may have been a GambitRoulette of [[spoiler:Creator/TimothyDalton]] the Time Lords.
*** Bonus points for showing someone take his ring after his
death is required to free Lucifer.in the style of [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]].



* John Locke's death on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' first seems to be part of a preordained plan to save the island. Later events make it seem Locke was suckered into believing his death would have meaning, when really it was part of the villain's grand plan. Ultimately, however, John's death is the trigger for the Oceanic 6 to return to the island, which leads to the villain's defeat.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' opens with this voiceover: "I'm Liz Parker and five days ago I died. But then the really amazing thing happened. I came to life." It was only a DisneyDeath, though.



* While not exactly his plan, the Master in the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series creates a cult devoted to himself and leaves specific instructions on what to do in case he is killed. After he is shot by his wife, he chooses not to regenerate so as not to end up the Doctor's prisoner, and because he knows his followers will bring him back to life. Unfortunately for him, his resurrection is sabotaged by his wife, which causes him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. Worse, this all may have been a GambitRoulette of [[strike:Creator/TimothyDalton]] the Time Lords.
** Bonus points for showing someone take his ring after his death in the style of [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]].
** In ''The Seeds of Death'', when Fewsham, who has been a DirtyCoward up until this point, finally grows a pair and makes sure that Earth gets desperately-needed info on the pending invasion, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath at the cost of his own life]].
* John Locke's death on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' first seems to be part of a preordained plan to save the island. Later events make it seem Locke was suckered into believing his death would have meaning, when really it was part of the villain's grand plan. Ultimately, however, John's death is the trigger for the Oceanic 6 to return to the island, which leads to the villain's defeat.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' opens with this voiceover: "I'm Liz Parker and five days ago I died. But then the really amazing thing happened. I came to life." It was only a DisneyDeath, though.
* Mary Alice's suicide is what prompts the main events in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.

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* While not exactly his plan, the Master in the new ''Series/DoctorWho'' series creates a cult devoted to himself On ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lilith [[UnwittingPawn manipulates Sam and leaves specific instructions on what to do in case he is killed. After he is shot by his wife, he chooses not to regenerate so as not to end up the Doctor's prisoner, and because he knows his followers will bring him back to life. Unfortunately for him, his resurrection is sabotaged by his wife, which causes him to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]]. Worse, this all may have been a GambitRoulette of [[strike:Creator/TimothyDalton]] the Time Lords.
** Bonus points for showing someone take his ring after his death in the style of [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]].
** In ''The Seeds of Death'', when Fewsham, who has been a DirtyCoward up until this point, finally grows a pair and makes sure that Earth gets desperately-needed info on the pending invasion, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath at the cost of his own life]].
* John Locke's death on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' first seems to be part of a preordained plan to save the island. Later events make it seem Locke was suckered
Dean into believing his death would have meaning, when really it was part of the villain's grand plan. Ultimately, however, John's killing her]], since her death is required to free Lucifer.
* Suzie Costello in
the trigger for the Oceanic 6 to return to the island, which leads to the villain's defeat.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' opens with this voiceover: "I'm Liz Parker and five days ago I died. But then the really amazing thing happened. I came to life." It was only a DisneyDeath, though.
* Mary Alice's
''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "They Keep Killing Suzie". So expertly plotted on her part that her suicide is what prompts the main had actually taken place several episodes before; setting off a series of events in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.that once Torchwood became involved would ''lead to her own resurrection''.



* The song "Hero" by Heather Dale.
* "By And By" by Chumbawamba (on the legendary Folk singer Joe Hill)

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* The song "Hero" by Heather Dale.
* "By And By" by Chumbawamba (on the legendary Folk singer Joe Hill)Hill).




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%%* The song "Hero" by Heather Dale.






* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'': In "The Dogs", [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the witch doctor cats, Iggy and Willy, let the superhero dogs kill them on purpose so that they can be resurrected as mummies and turn the whole world into cats]].
* ''Webcomic/DragonMango'': A shapeshifted fortune teller explains she's doing this -- and her enemy is too [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-24.htm overconfident to care]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', when Thaco the Goblin finally defeats Dellyn Goblinslayer, the ranger who captured and tortured him years before. Dellyn takes great delight in telling Thaco how his name will go down in legend among the goblins because of his glorious death at Thaco's hands. Things [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/06292009/ do not turn out]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06302009/ like he hoped]].
* GI Guy from ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', being a [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned]] OmnicidalManiac, thought the only way to stop the circle of violence for sprites and humans was to kill them all. When he actually tried to go through with it, he was happily the first to die.



* The last words of King Stonehammer in ''[[http://www.remembercomic.co.uk Remember]]'' are literally "I do pity you, my death shall empower history, yours will be but a footnote."



-->'''Tagon:''' He could turn his own death into a tactical advantage.
-->'''Andreyasn:''' I've done that before. It hurts, but it's not actually that difficult.
* GI Guy from ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', being a [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned]] OmnicidalManiac, thought the only way to stop the circle of violence for sprites and humans was to kill them all. When he actually tried to go through with it, he was happily the first to die.
* The last words of King Stonehammer in ''[[http://www.remembercomic.co.uk Remember]]'' are literally "I do pity you, my death shall empower history, yours will be but a footnote."
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', when Thaco the Goblin finally defeats Dellyn Goblinslayer, the ranger who captured and tortured him years before. Dellyn takes great delight in telling Thaco how his name will go down in legend among the goblins because of his glorious death at Thaco's hands. Things [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/06292009/ do not turn out]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06302009/ like he hoped]].

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-->'''Tagon:''' He could turn his own death into a tactical advantage.
-->'''Andreyasn:'''
advantage.\\
'''Andreyasn:'''
I've done that before. It hurts, but it's not actually that difficult.
* GI Guy from ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', being a [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned]] OmnicidalManiac, thought the only way to stop the circle of violence for sprites and humans was to kill them all. When he actually tried to go through with it, he was happily the first to die.
* The last words of King Stonehammer in ''[[http://www.remembercomic.co.uk Remember]]'' are literally "I do pity you, my death shall empower history, yours will be but a footnote."
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', when Thaco the Goblin finally defeats Dellyn Goblinslayer, the ranger who captured and tortured him years before. Dellyn takes great delight in telling Thaco how his name will go down in legend among the goblins because of his glorious death at Thaco's hands. Things [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/06292009/ do not turn out]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.org/06302009/ like he hoped]].
difficult.



* ''Webcomic/DragonMango'': A shapeshifted fortune teller explains she's doing this -- and her enemy is too [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-24.htm overconfident to care]].
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'': In "The Dogs", [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext the witch doctor cats, Iggy and Willy, let the superhero dogs kill them on purpose so that they can be resurrected as mummies and turn the whole world into cats]].



* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' tale "The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel", Dark is revealed to be long dead due to heart condition after she refused Marshall and Carter's life extenders. She continues to run Marshall, Carter, and Dark from beyond the grave through letters containing detailed orders, having used some means of seeing the future to arrange things centuries in advance. Every time Marshall and Carter tried to disobey the orders, they would suffer misfortune.
-->Eternally prophesying, eternally predicting, eternally manipulating.
-->Dark would probably be pleased. If she wasn't dead.
* In ''Literature/TheReturnOfPaulTwister,'' Ken'tu Kel accuses Ryell of employing this trope, and tells Paul it would be in his best interest to [[SpannerInTheWorks sabotage this plot]] by killing all the ''tractumil.'' Paul doesn't listen, as he doesn't want to be a murderer.

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* In ''Literature/TheReturnOfPaulTwister'', Ken'tu Kel accuses Ryell of employing this trope, and tells Paul it would be in his best interest to [[SpannerInTheWorks sabotage this plot]] by killing all the ''tractumil.'' Paul doesn't listen, as he doesn't want to be a murderer.
* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' tale "The Dark At The at the End Of The of the Tunnel", Dark is revealed to be long dead due to a heart condition after she refused Marshall and Carter's life extenders. She continues to run Marshall, Carter, and Dark from beyond the grave through letters containing detailed orders, having used some means of seeing the future to arrange things centuries in advance. Every time Marshall and Carter tried to disobey the orders, they would suffer misfortune.
-->Eternally prophesying, eternally predicting, eternally manipulating.
-->Dark
manipulating.\\
Dark
would probably be pleased. If she wasn't dead.
* In ''Literature/TheReturnOfPaulTwister,'' Ken'tu Kel accuses Ryell of employing this trope, and tells Paul it would be in his best interest to [[SpannerInTheWorks sabotage this plot]] by killing all the ''tractumil.'' Paul doesn't listen, as he doesn't want to be a murderer.
dead.


My Death Is Just the Beginning isn't the sort of plot the average antagonist will use, as it requires a certain dedication to results over personal glory and power. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] can drift towards plans of this sort, especially if they happen to be [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans dedicated to the fulfillment of some lofty ideal]]. TheChessmaster has the sort of talents to execute this kind of scheme, and will opt to do himself in if the gains are substantial enough. A MagnificentBastard will never use this sort of plan unless it also doubles as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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My Death Is Just the Beginning isn't the sort of plot the average antagonist will use, as it requires a certain dedication to results over personal glory and power. [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] can drift towards plans of this sort, especially if they happen to be [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans dedicated to the fulfillment of some lofty ideal]]. TheChessmaster has the sort of talents to execute this kind of scheme, and will opt to do himself in if the gains are substantial enough. A MagnificentBastard will never use this sort of plan unless it also doubles as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
enough.


* Resident Evil has a couple of examples of this - notably the Weskers
* KingdomHearts has Xehanort, a guy whose plans involve him sacrificing himself so that his heart and body can be split into two separate entities, both of which will perform a separate task, at which time they will combine to revive him, granting him his final goal: the X-Blade, Kingdom Hearts, and a new Keyblade War.

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* Resident Evil ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' has a couple of examples of this - notably the Weskers
Weskers.
* KingdomHearts ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has Xehanort, a guy whose plans involve him sacrificing himself so that his heart and body can be split into two separate entities, both of which will perform a separate task, at which time they will combine to revive him, granting him his final goal: the X-Blade, Kingdom Hearts, and a new Keyblade War.


** There's also the Clone spell, which is essentially a buggy arcane resurrection. A villain in ForgottenRealms had multiple clones going before his death, and all or most of them started running around, [[HilarityEnsues leading to hilarity]].

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** There's also the Clone spell, which is essentially a buggy arcane resurrection. A villain in ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms had multiple clones going before his death, and all or most of them started running around, [[HilarityEnsues leading to hilarity]].

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