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  • In All Fall Down, this happens to any number of characters killed in their first appearance, mainly the first chapter.
  • In Invincible, the original Guardians of the Globe were killed off in their introductory issue. All of them, except the Immortal (two guesses as to what his powers are), have remained dead since. Kirkman hasn't been afraid to permanently kill off well-known characters, though, and dead means dead with him. After a new Guardians team was formed, the first member to die was Shrinking Ray, by far the one with the least screentime and characterization. Capes, another Kirkman book, featured several deaths during its run — most of them minor background employees who are lucky to be given names afterwards.
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  • The whole reason Star Wars: Purge series exists is to have Darth Vader finish off minor Jedi who aren't supposed to survive until the time of the Original Trilogy.
  • Transformers:
    • The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers: The Wreckers consists of a team made up primarily of C-listers (did you know who Ironfist was before this comic? How about Rotorstorm?) with a few A-list names like Springer and Perceptor, facing off a Decepticon team, also consisting of C-listers (The names Stalker or Snare ring any bells?). However, in spite of their C-list rating, the characters presented are actually given an amazing amount of characterization and personality, and the deaths among the Wreckers are always heartbreaking.
    • This is actually a recurring trend of the Wreckers as a whole across the various publishers, and their Decepticon counterparts, the Mayhem Attack Squad. The Wreckers were originally created in the UK Marvel comics, from whatever characters hadn't been introduced in the US comics and therefore wouldn't be off-limits for storytelling—namely, the Deluxe Vehicles, the Autobot Triple Changers, the Jumpstarters, and a handful of Toyless Toyline Characters. As a result, when they appear, they often consist mostly of little-known C-listers with one or two A-listers in their ranks (most notably Springer for the Wreckers and Bludgeon for the Mayhems), and many, many of their stories involve numerous members of both teams dying in gruesome ways.
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    • The Transformers: Punishment story arc also uses this, mostly debuting a bunch of G1 characters into the comics to have them be victims of a serial killer, including a few minicons and headmasters (including autobot headmasters) reimagined into villains. Among them are a few recurring players in the IDW comics like Skram and Gutcruncher.
    • In general, any G1-family character to not appear much in the cartoon will probably be this, bar a small handful of Breakout Characters like Bludgeon. The Stormbringer miniseries alone saw the deaths of most of the Decepticon Pretenders and Triggercons, of which a surprising number managed to show up later anyway.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) has done away with many characters, most of them C-Listers who were created outside of Sega. Most of them were echidnas or connected in some way to Knuckles. Admittedly, these characters were those created by Ken Penders and were vastly hated by others, including former co-writer Karl Bollers and current head writer Ian Flynn. While most were simply exterminated cold-bloodedly (in fact, most of the echidnas disappeared suddenly without a trace, again making Knuckles the Last of His Kind), at least Tommy Turtle was given an honorable death. Infected by the evil AI A.D.A.M. in a last-ditch effort to restore the latter's powers, he flew in front of Dr. Eggman's Egg Fleet, and got blasted to dust by a new laser weapon, killing himself and A.D.A.M. in the process. He ended up with several posthumous honors.
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: The Mutanimals were all comprised of C-List Fodder who were either original creations or characters connected to the old Playmates toyline. The only characters that were higher ranked in status was Leatherhead and Slash. The entire cast, save Slash, was killed because their creator, Ryan Brown didn't want his characters playing "second fiddle" to the Turtles.
  • Astro City: Played for Drama. In the "Tarnished Angel"-arc, a Serial Killer starts preying on C-list supervillains, apparently without discrimination. The relatives of said supervillains note that while these deaths are huge tragedies in their lives, neither the superheroes or the authorities care that someone is knocking off these no-name crooks, and probably won't until someone sufficiently famous is targeted.
  • In Halo: Blood Line, Spartan Team Black is last seen in a Bolivian Army Ending. Halo: Escalation reveals they survived and made it back to human space, but just so that the villainous Didact can kill them all in his second attempt to slaughter Earth.