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  • The 1960's Batman manga by Jiro Kuwata had a story called "The Man Who Quit Being Human", loosely based on the Silver Age comic story "The Man Who Quit the Human Race". One of the most notable differences the manga adaptation has with the original comic book is that the mutated Governor Warner is killed in the manga version rather than put in suspended animation until humanity evolves to the same state he is in like in the original story.
  • Akame ga Kill!. The anime kills off Tatsumi, Mine and Kurome where they survived at the end of the manga. The point of divergence starts when Mine dies instead of ending up in a coma, Akame successfully kills her own sister without Wave's intervention, and Tatsumi dies from the injuries he took in his fight with Shikoutazer, due to him never forcing Incursio to evolve, resulting in him being much weaker even with a golden Eleventh Hour Super Power. Due to that, Tyrant never possesses him and turns him into a dragon and Esdeath destroys his body along with herself.
  • Almost all characters from X/1999 except Kamui died in the film adaptation. In the anime, five Dragons of Earth were killed while three Dragons of Heavens and Hinoto died. In the manga, the kill count of major characters hasn't reached this number because it has been on a hiatus.
  • Another has Kazami who was thought to have been killed by Teshigawara, but survives, only to really die later on. The anime, in general, killed off more students than did in the manga or novel versions.
  • In the Battle Angel Alita 2 episode OVA, scrapyard hustler Mr Vector is killed during the climax, after Dr. Ido confronts him about lying to Hugo. In the original Manga, he survives and even helps Alita against Zalam towards the end of the 9 volume Manga, for a price.
  • Bleach ended its anime before it was revealed that Tier Harribel had survived Aizen's killing blow or that Ginjou, Tsukishima and Giriko would remain the story as spirits living within the Soul Society.
  • Chrono Crusade has four:
    • Satella and Fiore die near the end of the anime, but in the manga were merely frozen in crystal and revived in the 1990s.
    • Shader is killed by Father Remington after the battle of the carnival in the anime, but survives the final battle in the manga (and is, in fact, implied to be the one that revived Satella and Fiore).
    • Chrono is a possible example—his fate is left vague in the manga (he returns to Rosette in the end, but there's some debate that he's possibly just a vision or a ghost welcoming Rosette into the afterlife), but he's definitively, absolutely dead in the anime's ending.
  • Code Geass: C.C. dies in Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, while both Schneizel and Lloyd (who in this version is Schneizel's dragon) die in Suzaku of the Counterattack, albeit with a case of Never Found the Body for the latter.
  • If you consider the main Death Note series as an adaptation of the pilot chapter, then both L and Light are this for their Pilot counterparts (Inspector Yamanaka and Taro Kagami, respectively)
    • Taro could also be considered the Pilot counterpart for Mikami due to them looking exactly the same. Either way, the trope still applies.
    • Mogi in the second live action film, in place of Ukita in the manga and anime.
    • Light's mother Sachiko, in the tv drama where she's been dead for ten years at the series' start.
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Kurama dies in the Elfen Lied anime, though he lives in the actual manga.
  • Dominic and Eureka herself in the Eureka Seven manga.
  • Tung Fu-Rue in the Fatal Fury anime movies.
  • In the old Fire Emblem Gaiden manga, Alm's friend Kliff is murdered by the Starter Villain Desaix whereas Deen dies in a Heroic Sacrifice for Sonya and Celica.
  • Doctor Marcoh, Scar, Izumi Curtis, Selim Bradley, and Yoki in the Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 anime.
  • Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo kills off Franz d'Epinay, Danglars, and the Count himself, while they all survive in the original novel. Franz's death is particularly noteworthy, as it occurs about 3/4 of the way through the series, and provides the catalyst for Albert to grow up and wise up.
  • Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics:
    • In the series's version of Snow White, a boar knocks the huntsman off a cliff to his death, after he proves to be willing to actually kill poor Snow.
    • The mad king in "The Coat of Many Colors," the show's version of "Allerleirauh," is heavily implied to die in a fire he set by accident. In the original it's never mentioned what happened to him note 
    • Maria/Beauty's father in "Beauty and the Beast" is implied to start the story terminally ill, and dies before the end.
    • In "The Six Swans", the king is murdered by his second wife after his children disappear.
  • Gundam:
    • In the manga Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Mayor Eschoenbach, who lives in Mobile Suit Gundam, is shot by Zeon soldiers for having ties to La Résistance. They may or may not have also shot his daughter Iselina, who dies in the TV series but not the movies.
    • The novelization of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam somehow manages to have more of a Downer Ending than the original series, where the main character Kamille's suicide is heavily implied.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Rebellion Nick Orville is hunted down by Zeon affiliated mobsters and killed to prevent him from talking whilst in the original Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory his plane was shot down by Zeon forces but he was captured alive by the Federation. Geil Hunt ends up playing a bigger role in the manga whereas in the OVA he was a background character who's whereabouts after the war were unknown. In Rebellion Geil was present on Delaz's Gwazine and kills Delaz himself but then Gato smashes through the bridge with one of the Neue Ziel's arms and kills him.
  • The Gungrave video game ends with Brandon killing Harry and riding off into the sunset with Mika. The Gungrave anime ends with Brandon and Harry committing mutual suicide.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Cherie's classmate was attacked by J.Geil but survives to explain what happened with only Polnareff believing her. In the OVA adaptation, she got decapitated by J.Geil which create a minor Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole because her testimony was what sets up Polnareff to his vengeance quest. The anime adaptation goes with the original version of events.
  • Heavy Object: In the Light Novel, Flide's fate was never disclosed. In the anime he had a brainwashed Milinda destroy his hideout with him in it to ensure the protagonists never get the means to disable the program he used for the brainwashing.
  • In Shotaro Ishinomori's Kamen Rider manga, protagonist Takeshi Hongo is killed by the Shocker Riders and his brain is used to create a supercomputer to serve as Mission Control for his successor, Hayato Ichimonji. In the TV series, Hongo was simply Put on a Bus because his actor, Hiroshi Fujioka, was injured when a stunt went wrong; Ishinomori killed Hongo off because at the time it wasn't 100% certain that he would return to the show even after he'd recovered. However, Fujioka did come back late in the series, which forced Ishinomori to resurrect Hongo by having his brain installed into a fully robotic body.
  • In the King of Thorn movie, Katherine, Ron, and Marco are all killed off, whereas in the original manga, they all survive.
  • Konami from Popotan dies from an illness in episode 9, which never happened in the visual novel the anime is based on. Then again, nothing in the anime happened in the game at all.
  • Macross:
    • One of the more notable changes in the adaptation of Super Dimension Fortress Macross to Robotech was the written-in deaths of the Macross/SDF-1 bridge crew. In the final episode of Macross, Global, Claudia, and the Bridge Bunnies survive the final assault to the battle fortress; their Robotech counterparts aren't so lucky.
    • Macross Frontier does this in the movie, sort of. In the series there is a scene where Alto goes missing and Sheryl falls into a coma from despair and her illness. Now in the series they both get better, but in the movie Alto is missing and most likely dead (at least his survival chances are very low) and Sheryl, while healed from her illness, still lies in a coma (though she begins to stir just as the movie ends). There is hope for both (less for the former, more for the latter), but compared to the series, this counts as possible death. However, Shoji Kawamori later debunked the pessimistic interpretations. A more straightforward example would be Brera Stern, who does a Kamikaze run on the Galaxy Fleet conspirators, where he had previously survived the series.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Presea chooses to complete the Knights' weapons instead of escaping Ascot's first monster attack. She dies in Hikaru's arms, after the place collapses and the girls try to save her. As she wasn't supposed to die, the anime had to replace her with a twin sister in the second season.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth 2, the Autozam Commander Eagle Vision survives the Pillar's Trial and goes into deep sleep (but remains aware of his surroundings via Psychic Link), and it's heavily implied that the new Cephiro will help him make a speedy recovery. In the anime, he battles Nova alongside the Magic Knights and rescues Lantis... and is then killed by Debonair.
  • In the My-Otome manga, Rad, Nagi and Sergay Auguste Taiki die.
  • Dr. Regal dies in both Manga and Anime continuities of MegaMan NT Warrior. In the former, he's killed when Bass blows up his submarine; in the latter, he is aged into a skeleton by Duo. In the video game, he's mind wiped by Lord Wily and turns good.
  • Raikou from Nabari no Ou dies in the anime after his Heel–Face Turn. In the manga he still has his Heel–Face Turn and comes close to dying once, but ultimately survives.
  • The alternate ending for the Negima saga in the Negima! Magister Negi Magi Final Movie has Fate Averruncus dying during the prologue. He and his death are never mentioned or alluded to by any of the other characters during the rest of the film.
  • In the Neon Genesis Evangelion episode "Ambivalence" EVA Unit-03 is taken over by the Angel Bardiel during its activation test, with Shinji's best friend Toji inside. When Shinji refuses to fight it and Gendo activates the Unit-01's dummy plug to destroy it, 01 crushes 03's entry plug with Toji still inside. In the anime Toji is badly injured but turns up alive in the next episode minus a couple limbs. In the manga adaptation, he's pronounced dead at the scene from massive head trauma.
  • At the end of the Ookami Kakushi, Kaori defeats Sakaki by throwing both of them off a cliff; in the VN's true end, they both live (Sakaki being defeated by non-lethal means), but it's implied Kaori will eventually die from her illness.
  • Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom: The anime mainly follows the "Ein" path from the original visual novel. In that ending, both Reiji and Ein live. In the anime ending, in the very last minute Reiji is shot and killed by another assassin and Ein commits suicide over his death.
  • Noin in Phantom Thief Jeanne dies via Heroic Sacrifice in the anime adaptation, while he survived and stuck around in the original manga.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Pryce, Maxie, Archie, and Steven Stone die when they don't in the original games. It ends up subverted with Pryce as of the HeartGold and SoulSilver chapters (though, to be fair, they Never Found the Body, and he was only trapped in time). Steven is brought back to life, however. Maxie and Archie are revived in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire chapter, but die again towards the climax.
  • Pokémon Generations has the eighth episode end with Archie and Shelly about to be killed by Kyogre after causing The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Pokémon:
    • The manga adaptation for Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life has Marcus try to destroy the temple to kill Arecus in a suicide attack. Arecus survives, but Marcus is never seen again. The manga adaptation for the next film, Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions, has its Big Bad suffer a Disney Villain Death.
    • In Pokémon X and Y, the fate of Big Bad Lysandre differs depending on which version of the game you play. After defeating him, it's ambiguous whether or not he dies or is trapped alive in the ruins of the Ultimate Weapon. In the XY & Z arc of the anime, Lysandre is unambiguously obliterated by the combined attacks of Complete Forme Zygarde as well as the Pokémon of Ash, Alain and the Kalos Gym Leaders at the end of the Team Flare Crisis arc.
    • Subverted with Mohn in the anime. Gladion states that he passed away, but a later episode confirms that he's still alive, and a few episodes later, it's revealed that he was pulled into an Ultra Wormhole like in the games. The Grand Finale of the series shows Gladion setting off on a boat with Lillie and Lusamine to find him with the help of Magearna.
    • While Chairman Rose is stated to be orphaned since childhood in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the exact circumstances are not revealed. In Pokémon Journeys, Rose's father is outright shown to have died in a collapsed mine when Rose was still a child.
  • In the movie version of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Touga, Akio, and Shiori all die whereas they lived in the original series that the movie is a retelling of. Touga accidentally drowned trying to save Juri. Akio fell out a window after Anthy discovered that he was molesting her. Shiori turns into a car and has a race with Utena (also a car), when she crashes and explodes.
  • The anime adaptation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms kills off Diao Chan, who in the novel simply disappears after her role in bringing down Dong Zhuo.
  • Pharaoh 90 and Zirconia in Sailor Moon, which is ironic since the anime had spared no fewer than eight characters from their deaths in the manga. In the manga, Pharaoh 90 was banished back to his galaxy and Zirconia pulled an Villain: Exit, Stage Left, while in the anime, Pharaoh 90 is destroyed by Sailor Moon, and Zirconia by Queen Nehelenia.
  • In the original game Sands of Destruction, Kyrie is killed mid-game. The manga released a year later has him Spared by the Adaptation, but Morte ends up getting killed instead. In both cases, the character is soon resurrected after their death.
    • Because of the timing of production and release for the animenote , Elephas Rex is either this or Spared by the Adaptation, depending on whether you take the one that was released first or the one that was conceived first as the "original" adaptation. He dies in the game, but lives in the anime.
  • Partial example: Straight Cougar's s-CRY-ed fate is ambiguous in the anime (we last seem him sitting in a chair when his limbs appear to go limp) but he quite unambiguously died in the manga adaptation.
  • Hao is killed by Yoh at the end of their final battle in the anime version of Shaman King, subjecting him also to Adaptational Karma in the process.
  • Slayers:
    • Dulcis has completely different roles in both novels and anime but falls under this trope nonetheless: in the novels, he is the leader of a cult praising the Dark Lord Shabranigdo and is eventually slain by Lina; in the anime he is a friend of the prince Pokota; he attempts a mass murdering spree in the name of his and Pokota's kingdom and is nearly absorbed by a beast, but manages to survive. In the manga adaptation of the anime season he appeared in, though, he is killed by Shabranigdo.
    • In an odd meta-example, minor character Rubia was dead to begin with in the anime and was the subject of an attempted resurrection by her lover. In the original novels, she is still alive and assists Lina and Gourry up until the Mazoku Saygram kills her.
    • Amelia's uncle, Randionel, dies in the middle of the first season of the anime, whereas he dies in the first Slayers Special novel, which is, mind you, the prequel to the regular novel line, so he dies far earlier there.
    • In the eighth novel, Fibrizo the demonic lord only imprisons Lina's companions and threatens their lives, which triggers Lina's second use of the Giga Slave. This is a far cry from its anime counterpart, in which Fibrizo crushes the physical embodiments of the life forces of Lina's party members before imprisoning them.
  • Dakki in Soul Hunter. In the manga she lives and becomes part of the world and even saves the main character's life. In the anime, her depth is non-existent and she gets a normal All Your Colors Combined death.
  • In the 70s manga adaptation of Spider-Man, both Electro and Lizard die at the end of their respective debut arcs, while the Lizard's wife is killed in her first appearance. The Lizard is still alive in the American comics, while Electro and the Lizard's wife would not die until decades later.
  • In the Tokyo Ghoul manga, Hide's fate is ambiguous after the Anteiku raid near the end; the Sequel Series Tokyo Ghoul :re would later show that he survived, however. In the anime's √A season, he definitely dies, and Ken gets the ambiguous ending, possibly undergoing Suicide by Cop. The anime adaptation of :re keeps Hide's survival intact, ignoring the √A season.
  • Tower of God
    • In the anime adaptation, Ghost is given the Adaptational Superpower Change of dying in place of the person whose secret bodyguard he initially is. Then the scene where Rachel is stabbed by Hoh is changed from her getting a tiny scratch and pretending it was serious to "she would have got killed, except Ghost vanished in her stead." Thus, Ghost is apparently killed on the second floor rather than advancing to the next one and vanishing from the story. After just the first season of the anime, there's no knowing what they'll do about Ghost's much later reappearance in the comic if they continue the adaptation that far, but he's clearly anything but a normal person, and his just coming Back from the Dead without explanation wouldn't make him much weirder than he already is. He might have just been created by Headon out of nowhere because he was needed for all we know as of the beginning of the webcomic season three.
    • May apply to Hong Chungwa and Green Phil(?) in the anime, as they are not seen again after Endorsi beats them up during Hide and Seek test; they aren't even present to hear they failed the test to ascend to the next floor, so possible explanations are that they're either dead or wounded too seriously to sit in a lecture room, when other badly beaten characters' injuried have already vanished by this point. In the original, Chungwa not only lives but somehow makes it through the test in spite of Endorsi trying to fail him, and Green Phil is not even the other character attacked by her, he being a Composite Character here.
  • Trigun: Late in the anime Brad is assassinated by one of the Gung-Ho Guns and dies with Vash crying over him. In the manga, he survives the entire series.
  • In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, Isis was the only other member of the Priests that served under the Pharaoh save Seto to survive the battle with Zork. In the anime, she dies as well.
    • In the early manga chapters, Yugi's grandfather has an archaeologist friend named Yoshimori who is targeted by Shadi for disrupting an Egyptian tomb. Just as he is about to kill him, Shadi discovers that he knows Yugi and instead decides to brainwash him into becoming his servant who attacks and tries to kill Yugi's friends as a distraction while he tests Yugi's other half, and after his eventual defeat, Yoshimori is freed from control and ultimately spared. In the anime version, Shadi kills Yoshimori, and brainwashes Honda instead.
    • In the manga, the Big Five were simply fired by Kaiba and never seen again. In the anime, they go on to play a larger role in two virtual world filler arcs, ending with their deaths. In the Japanese version, they are deleted by Noah; they are temporarily Spared by the Adaptation in the dub when Noah imprisons them in the virtual world instead, but this only forestalls their deaths eight episodes until Noah destroys the virtual world, and the Big Five along with it, giving them a definite spot on the short Killed Off for Real list of the Yu-Gi-Oh dub.
  • Shigure in YuYu Hakusho lives until the end of the manga, but in the anime, commits suicide after losing to Kurama.

    Examples where the character died a lot sooner in the adaptation than in the source 
  • This trope is not as common as Spared by the Adaptation in The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, but there's still one example: Konoe Sakihisa was killed in 1571, 41 years before his historical death in 1612.
  • In the Bokurano anime, the order of the main character's deaths were altered and some (such as Koyemshi) ended up dying well before their original time of death. In the manga, Koyemshi survived until the end of the game, and served as another Earth's Kokopelli; the manga ended with him about to set out on the battle to teach the new group how to fight, which would end with his death regardless of whether he won. In the anime, he dies a few episodes before the end, as a result of Youko shooting him dead to stop him from entering Kana into the game.
    • In the manga, after the first three pilots (Kokopelli, Waku and Kodama), Daiichi and Nakama went next, followed by Kako getting killed before he got to pilot and Chizu taking his place. In the anime, Kako and Chizu are the first after Kodama, followed by Daiichi and Nakama. On a relatively small-scale example, Komo and Anko's death order is switched around; Komo dies just before Anko in the manga, and just after Anko in the anime.
  • Chrono Crusade has an additional four characters that fall under this category:
    • In the anime, Steiner (Satella's butler) is killed at the carnival when he tries to protect Azmaria. In the manga we don't see him again after Satella leaves (alone) to go to Pandaemonium, but he's implied to survive the events of the final battle (since he was keeping a photo safe that another character is later seen with). Since the epilogue is set in the 1990s and he was an old man in the 1920s he's obviously dead by then, but we never see him die on screen.
    • The anime version has Rosette die when she's about 16, only a few months after the final battle. The manga epilogue says that Rosette lived until she was 23, about 7 or 8 years after the final battle.
    • In the manga, Viede and Genai survive until the final battle. The anime has both of them killed before Aion rolls out his final plans.
  • In Death Note, Mikami is arrested when the SPK bust Light. He later goes mad and dies in prison. In the anime, he commits suicide just after Light gets busted by the SPK.
  • In the Devilman manga, protagonist Akira Fudo is possessed by the Demon Amon, giving him the ability to become Devilman. Akira eventually dies in the manga's apocalyptic finale. In the 1972 anime, Akira and his father are killed in the first episode by demons; one of whom, Devilman, steals Akira's body and becomes the show's protagonist.
  • DEVILMAN crybaby has Miki's brother, Taro, possessed by a demon, which leads to him eating his mother and to him and his father getting shot down by the military. This is shortly before the apocalyptic Downer Ending kicks in, which is the point in the manga where they're killed by a human lynch mob.
  • In the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie, Rei dies within minutes of fighting Raoh. In the series, he is struck by Raoh at a vital Pressure Point which kills him three days later.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • In the manga, Bido the chimera survives the raid on Greed's base only to come Back for the Dead much later. In the 2003 anime, he was killed by the equivalent attack.
    • Greed, after being recreated, survives until the last chapter of the manga. In the 2003 anime version, he dies a few episodes after introduction and is never recreated.
  • Gundam:
  • Angelica from Gunslinger Girl is implied to have died at the end of the first anime. She dies similarly in the manga but a while later.
  • Because the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts II has the episodes of the Disney worlds included compressed into a single visit, Xaldin is killed before the Battle of the 1000 Heartless as opposed to not long afterwards. He dies in The World That Never Was, at the hands of a Vexen Replica, rather than at Beast's Castle.
  • The anime version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms kills off Lu Bu during the Battle of Xiapi. The manga version, like the novel, has him executed after the battle by Cao Cao.
  • Gorobei in Samurai 7
    • It could be argued that Gorobei dies around the same time as in the original movie. The "sooner" part comes here because it was before Heihachi.
  • In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Roy Focker dies at the mid-point of the series, just after the Macross reaches Earth. In the film version Macross: Do You Remember Love?, he dies before the Macross reaches Earth, in a Mutual Kill with Quamzin Kravesha (who himself is an example, as he didn't die in the series until the finale) aboard Vrlitwhai's ship.
    • By the time the Macross does reach Earth in the movie, Boddole Zer's bombardment of Earth and its population had already taken place. In the TV series, it takes place in Episode 27, just before the Macross's final battle with Boddole Zer's fleet.
  • It takes a long time after his death in the Trigun anime, but Wolfwood is eventually killed in the manga as well.


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