ryanasaurus0077 on Apr 3rd 2016 at 10:03:06 PM
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ryanasaurus0077 on May 12th 2018 at 4:00:29 AM
Page Type: trope
So you've got a character who knows his time is coming. What better way to go out than having someone he completely trusts do him in? The dying character happens to be a major player in a spy game or another sort of battle between good and evil, and his handpicked killer happens to be a Double Agent pretending to work for the other side, and obviously the best way for him to curry favor with the bad guys is to kill one of their biggest enemies. Little do they know (but the killer does know) that their target has a huge Thanatos Gambit up his sleeve in being killed the way he is...
As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Code Geass: This is what Lelouch is doing in the end. After uniting the world through force as a dictator, he has his best friend, Suzaku posing as Zero (the rebel figure whom Lelouch used to be) kill him. With the dictator's death, everybody's relieved and peace is restored.
- Pagan Vengeance: At the end of the story, Juvage is a cruel warlord and has finally killed the man who ordered his father's murder, the men who executed him, and the Teutonic Knights who invaded in the first place. But he believes there is still one person left who must be made to pay for the years of suffering he and his sister Jurate have gone through: himself. So he tells his sister Jurate to kill him, and when she refuses, having embraced Christianity, he gets Konstantin to hold the knife in her hands and throws himself on it.
- It turns out that the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning in I, Robot was carried out by Sonny, at his request, to get Detective Spooner's attention (as he was the only person who distrusted robots enough to uncover the upcoming Zeroth Law Rebellion).
- In the live-action WarCraft movie, Llane, king of Stormwind, being surrounded by orcs without the chance of escape, asks Garona to kill him, so she will earn glory among the orcs as the kingslayer, which will put her at position of power in the Horde, so she could create peace between the Horde and the Alliance.
- Harry Potter: The classic one: Snape kills Dumbledore. As Deathly Hallows reveals, it's a bit more complicated than that, to put it lightly: Dumbledore was already dying due to attempting to use a cursed Horcrux. Snape trapped the curse in Dumbledore's hand, but it was slowly spreading, so he instructed Snape to use the Killing Curse on him at the end of the school year, both to end Dumbledore's suffering and to maintain Snape's cover for Voldemort.
- The Dresden Files: Harry survives all the harrowing and awful events of "Changes" only to be felled by a bullet on the final pages, so unexpectedly he didn't even have a chance to throw his Death Curse. The next book, "Ghost Story", reveals as Harry solves his own murder that it was not only suicide because Dresden requested and arranged to be shot, he also asked Molly to mind wipe him so he didn't know it was coming.
- In one Series 2 episode of Grantchester, the victim of the week is dying of lung cancer and is thrown off the Cambridge school building by one of his students specifically because he trusted said student to do him in and maintain his cover as an agent of The Tsar.
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