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* The ''RolePlay/DarwinsSoldiers'' story ''Card of Ten'' details a disastrous away mission where only 4 of 13 teammates made it home to Earth. One of them, Lockdown, is killed offscreen by the villain during the next story, ''Pavlov's Checkmate''.


* Goku, the main character from ''Anime/DragonBall'', is killed withint he first few episodes of the sequel series, ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Of course, this being ''Anime/DragonBall'', his body isn't even cold before his friends start talking about [[DeathIsCheap bringing him back to life]].

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* Goku, the main character from ''Anime/DragonBall'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', is killed withint he first few episodes of the sequel series, ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Of course, this being ''Anime/DragonBall'', ''Franchise/DragonBall'', his body isn't even cold before his friends start talking about [[DeathIsCheap bringing him back to life]].

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* ''Series/{{Law and Order}}'': The actor who played Sgt. Max Grevey left the show after the first season. In the second season opener, Sgt. Grevey is killed execution-style outside his home while getting papers from his car. It is obviously not the same actor; all we see is his hat and trench coat from the back.


* Flashbacks about 20 chapters into Jojolion, the 8th part of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', reveal that Johnny, the protagonist of Steel Ball Run (part 7), died shortly after we last saw him, under mysterious circumstances.


** A version of this happens in the TV Movie, where the 7th Doctor makes a brief appearance only to get shot and then die on an operating table. However, being the Doctor, [[DyingToBeReplaced he gets better]].
** The Sixth Doctor's [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropping dead on the TARDIS's Bridge]] right at the beginning of Season 24.

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** The Sixth Doctor's [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropping dead in the TARDIS]] right at [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani the beginning]] of Season 24.
** A version of this happens in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV Movie, Movie]], where the 7th Doctor makes a brief appearance only to get shot and then die on an operating table. However, being the Doctor, [[DyingToBeReplaced he gets better]].
** The Sixth Doctor's [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropping dead on the TARDIS's Bridge]] right at the beginning of Season 24.
better]].

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** Dr. Nodel and his son Paul were the two main characters of "Double Helix". In TheTeaser of the sequel episode "The Origin of Species", they are absorbed by the ship, effectively killing them, as they possess a genetic disease.
** Prisoner 98843 was the protagonist of "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E7TheCamp The Camp]]" but was killed off prior to the events of the sequel episode "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E21PromisedLand Promised Land]]", having died of undisclosed causes in the week that passed between the two episodes. Alex, a major supporting character in "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E7TheCamp The Camp]]", appeared in only one scene of "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E21PromisedLand Promised Land]]". He died from eating irradiated fruits and plants in the vicinity of UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[{{Animorphism}} Garfield]]'s mom Marie was killed in the TimeSkip between seasons. [[AllThereInTheManual The tie-in comic]] reveals it to be a PsychicAssistedSuicide from a vengeful [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]]. Similarly, Tula/Aquagirl joined the team and died between seasons, with her death being the catalyst for another character's FaceHeelTurn.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[{{Animorphism}} Garfield]]'s mom Marie was killed in the TimeSkip between seasons. [[AllThereInTheManual The tie-in comic]] reveals it to be a PsychicAssistedSuicide from a vengeful [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]]. Similarly, Tula/Aquagirl joined the team and died between seasons, with her death being the catalyst for another character's FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler:At least, that was his excuse for joining the villains - he was really a FakeDefector.]]

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**Louis Greene was being set by the writers as a major antagonist in season 6, only to get unceremoniously killed by the new Big Bad in the third episode of season 7.


* King Harold in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' has a good example of a non-death HeroicSacrifice, as he throws himself in the path of the Fairy Godmother's wand to save Shrek. The result is that his previous 'happy ending' is removed and he is turned back to the frog he was. But he's still alive at the end of the movie, and his wife doesn't mind his being a frog at all. Unfortunately, within the first act of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', King Harold, well, croaks no more...

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* King Harold in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' has a good example of a non-death HeroicSacrifice, as he throws himself in the path of the Fairy Godmother's wand to save Shrek. The result is that his previous 'happy ending' is removed and he is turned back to the frog he was. But he's still alive at the end of the movie, and his wife doesn't mind his being a frog at all. Unfortunately, within the first act of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', King Harold, well, croaks no more... thus kicking off the plot of the film.


* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' invokes this throughout ''Side:Future'' by putting the old characters in deadly sotuations. In fact, it might even be Inverted since nearly everyone from previous installments made it out unscathed, [[spoiler:while nearly all the ''[=DR3=]''-only characters died.]]

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' invokes this throughout ''Side:Future'' by putting the old characters in deadly sotuations.situations. In fact, it might even be Inverted since nearly everyone from previous installments made it out unscathed, [[spoiler:while nearly all the ''[=DR3=]''-only characters died.]]



** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay, and another character just set up [[PrankInjuries a homicide prank]] while she was asleep using well-placed ketchup.]]

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** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay, and another character just set up [[PrankInjuries a homicide prank]] prank]] while she was asleep using well-placed ketchup.]]


** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay, and another character just set up [[PrankInjuries a homicide prank]] while she was asleep using well-placed ketchup.]]

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** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay, and another character just set up [[PrankInjuries a homicide prank]] prank]] while she was asleep using well-placed ketchup.]]



* Johnny Joestar, protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', [[spoiler: is revealed to have died in a flashback in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureJoJolion Part 8]] after a HeroicSacrifice that he made to save his wife and son from a normally uncurable disease.]]

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* Johnny Joestar, protagonist of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', [[spoiler: is revealed to have died in a flashback in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureJoJolion Part 8]] after a HeroicSacrifice that he made to save his wife and son from a normally uncurable disease.]]


* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' has the death of one of the franchises' more popular characters, [[spoiler: Kyoko Kirigiri. Or not, as it's revealed at the very end she survived]].
** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay. It was just a prank from another character.]]
** Even [[spoiler:Naegi himself]] comes close to death [[spoiler:by getting hypnotized into suicide, but he came out okay too.]] In fact, it might even be Inverted since nearly everyone from previous installments made it out unscathed, [[spoiler:while nearly all the ''[=DR3=]''-only characters died.]]
* Johnny Joestar, protagonist of Part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' [[spoiler: is revealed to have died in a flashback in Part 8 after an HeroicSacrifice that he made to save his wife and son from a normally uncurable disease]]

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' has invokes this throughout ''Side:Future'' by putting the old characters in deadly sotuations. In fact, it might even be Inverted since nearly everyone from previous installments made it out unscathed, [[spoiler:while nearly all the ''[=DR3=]''-only characters died.]]
** The most shocking
death of the series was that of one of the franchises' franchise's more popular characters, [[spoiler: Kyoko Kirigiri. Or not, as it's revealed at the very end she survived]].
survived thanks to Seiko's antidote.]]
** Earlier on, the end of the second episode reveals that [[spoiler:Aoi Asahina]] has bought it. [[spoiler:The very next episode reveals that she's okay. It was just a prank from okay, and another character.character just set up [[PrankInjuries a homicide prank]] while she was asleep using well-placed ketchup.]]
** Even [[spoiler:Naegi himself]] comes close to death [[spoiler:by getting hypnotized into suicide, but he came out okay too.]] In fact, it might even be Inverted since nearly everyone from previous installments made it out unscathed, [[spoiler:while nearly all the ''[=DR3=]''-only characters died.]]
* Johnny Joestar, protagonist of Part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'', [[spoiler: is revealed to have died in a flashback in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureJoJolion Part 8 8]] after an a HeroicSacrifice that he made to save his wife and son from a normally uncurable disease]]disease.]]


*** Some critics believe Falstaff was originally slated to appear in Henry V but Shakespeare decided it would distract people from the hero, so he wrote Falstaff out and gave the lines to Pistol, a very minor character in the prequel. Another theory is that it was connected to Will Kempe (the comic actor believed to have played Falstaff) quitting the company in unknown but likely acrimonious circumstances.

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*** ** Some critics believe Falstaff was originally slated to appear in Henry V but Shakespeare decided it would distract people from the hero, so he wrote Falstaff out and gave the lines to Pistol, a very minor character in the prequel. Another theory is that it was connected to Will Kempe (the comic actor believed to have played Falstaff) quitting the company in unknown but likely acrimonious circumstances.


*** Some critics believe Falstaff was originally slated to appear in Henry V but Shakespeare decided it would distract people from the hero, so he wrote Falstaff out and gave the lines to Pistol, a very minor character in the prequel.

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*** Some critics believe Falstaff was originally slated to appear in Henry V but Shakespeare decided it would distract people from the hero, so he wrote Falstaff out and gave the lines to Pistol, a very minor character in the prequel. Another theory is that it was connected to Will Kempe (the comic actor believed to have played Falstaff) quitting the company in unknown but likely acrimonious circumstances.

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