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Examples where the character did not die in the source:

  • In Alabaster Orchestra Shunsui Kyouraku is gunned down like a dog by his opponent when he allows Yamamoto's death to distract him.
  • Courtney Gears in Bad Alert: The Extreme, though off-screen. Her death was inspired by the Birth by Sleep example below.
    • In the spiritual sequel, "The Return of Bad Alert", Riku kills Penelope after she betrays him.
  • Batman Beyond Revisited: Bruce Wayne, at the start.
  • Rick Grimes, one of the main characters in The Walking Dead, in "Better Angels".
    • Inverted by Shane Walsh who becomes the leader of the Atlanta group following Rick's death.
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    • Reconstructed when, despite Rick's death the group continues into a harsh winter and eventually winds up in The Prison just like their canon counterparts.
  • The Berserkers Bride: In the show, Oswald the Agreeable went missing, Dagur only claiming to have killed him so that he could become in-charge of the Berserker Tribe in his absence. Here, he really did kill him when he threatened to break off his marriage with Hiccup for his unruly behavior.
  • BioShock: Right Place, Right Time, Wrong Guy: As it is alternate take on the story with a new protagonist, Jack dies at the beginning having gotten impaled on part of the airplane after forcing it down in his mind controlled stupor.
  • A distressingly common occurrence in Daria fanfiction is for her father, Jake, to die of a heart attack, as one episode of the TV show had him suffer a minor one.
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  • Date A Re:Live Kills off Elliot Woodman, Karen Mathers, and Ellen Mathers during the Mukuro Arc.(Ellen does come back to life later, but dies for real after that.) In canon, all three are still alive.
  • Chapter 201 of Sonic the Hedgehog: Heroes of Mobius, fittingly titled Eggman's Last Stand, ends with Eggman suffering a Disney Villain Death.
  • Being a much darker version of Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon 02 The Story We Never Told has Wormmon being Killed Off for Real after sacrificing himself to power-up Magnamon instead of being reborn as a Digiegg (When Ken attemps to head to Primary Village, he got kicked out by the baby Digimons), the same applies to Ken himself later on in the story thanks to Oikawa.
  • "The Fragility of Time" does this with The Phantom Sisters, Ail (though this one is a Disney Death), Kaolinite, Eudial and Mimete (both of whom are murdered by Rubeus), Rubeus himself, and Death Phantom.
    • The sequel offs Fish Eye and Iron Mouse in one chapter.
  • Hammerhand: Commander Shepard dies on Horizon, causing the Illusive Man to look to the newly arrived Space Marines for help.
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  • In Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy, Brainiac gets killed off in the gathering of villains which happened in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • In the Dragon Age fanfic Middle Of Nowhere Arl Eamon dies. The consequences of this are as yet unknown.
  • "A Mighty Demon Slayer Grooms Some Ponies": Queen Majesty (from G1 My Little Pony) is killed off for sake of making the universe more consistent, as she appeared in the toyline and the comics, but not the My Little Pony 'n Friends show.
  • New Game Plus:
    • Out of necessity, Luffy kills Don Krieg.
    • Zoro kills Mihawk at the end of their duel.
    • Too much dawdling before going to take out Arlong results in the deaths of Chabo and Genzo.
  • In most Nuzlocke Comics from Pokémon Red and Blue (or the third-gen remakes), Gary's Raticate dies. This is because of a popular fan theory: Raticate's no longer on Gary's team when he asks you about dead Pokemon at Lavender Tower, so it's possible he was there in mourning. The games themselves never quite mention what happened to Raticate, though it's possible Gary just stored it in a PC box to make room for something else.
    • The very nature of Nuzlocke challenges is this trope. Instead of simply "fainting", any Pokemon who lose in battle are killed, and must either be released or placed in a PC box reserved for dead Pokemon.
  • In "Perfection is Overrated", Yukariko and Ishigami die like they did in canon, but they stay dead in this story, because Miyu is destroyed near the end of the story before she can be awakened, meaning that she cannot smash the pillars. As a result, Alyssa does not come back from the dead, either.
  • "Power Rangers Take Flight", an adaptation of Choujin Sentai Jetman, does this with Zephyros. Like his Sentai counterpart, Dryer Jigen, Zephyros is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who gets to live in peace at the end of his episode. Unlike his Sentai counterpart, Zephyros returns a few episodes later, gets provoked into growing and destroyed (re-purposing an Imagine Spot from his Sentai episode for this scene).
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: In the original manga, Kuyou, Hokuto, and Kiria survived the final battle with Alucard and managed to rebuild Fairy Tale. Here, all three of them are dead by the end of Acts III and IV.
  • Second Wind: Mr. 13 the otter and Miss Friday the vulture. Luffy knocks them out with his Haki in Whiskey Peak, and the next day they're the main course for the Straw Hats' lunch.
  • In System Restore, Sonia Nevermind, one of the five survivors of the game, is the murderer in the second case, and is executed.
  • Team 8:
    • Kurenai is killed by Itachi during his incursion into the village in search of Naruto.
    • Also Tazuna, who is randomly shot by one of Gato's henchmen during the Land of Waves mission.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • Queen Chrysalis dies at the end of the Wedding after Cadence defeats her by having her attack powered up by The Power of Love (instead of Shining Armor getting powered up) during their duel for command of the Changelings. Cadence didn't intend to kill her, but Chrysalis succumbs to her wounds. While Chrysalis is Reincarnated as a Zebra-Alicorn hybrid foal, Word of God confirms Chrysalis herself is Deader Than Dead.
    • In the Dark World Arc, many ponies like Bon Bon, Prince Blueblood, Silver Spoon and didn't survive the Day of Chaos due to Discord not being defeated and saving them. Many of them end up being brought Back from the Dead a thousand years later, but many didn't due to not wishing to return.
  • Aftermath of the Games: The decision for Sunburst, Starlight's friend, to die in a lab accident many years ago, was made before trailers for season six came out. Although it's subverted when it's discovered that Sunburst survived the accident, and actually ended up in the Human World instead.
  • Friendship is Witchcraft:
    • Pinkie's backstory is that her parents died in a fire and she was sent to an Orphanage of Fear that caused her emotional trauma. It's unknown if she had siblings.
    • The dragon from "Dragonshy" is killed by Fluttershy. He is her father.
    • Cadence was killed by Twilight Sparkle for trying to marry the stallion she loves, her brother Francis. She has a Backup Twin at least, as she's a major reoccuring character.
  • One Piece, Two Piece, Red Piece, Blue Piece:
    • Mohmoo and the Unluckies both end up eaten.
    • Enel is killed by Sabo for acting like his powers make him superior and threatening to abduct Bluejay to bear his children.
  • The Stronger Evil: when Daolon Wong tries to murder Shendu's Love Interest Valerie Payne to get even with the Demon Sorcerer, Shendu beats the dark wizard to death in blind rage.
  • Son of the Sannin
    • Hiashi Hyuuga is killed during the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Kabuto is killed by an unnamed person.
  • This novelization of Injustice 2 has Catwoman killed by Grid in her and Cyborg's part of the story, and Grid in turn has his head smashed in by Cyborg. In the game proper, Catwoman simply disappeared after Brainiac collected Metropolis and Grid just vanished after Cyborg or Catwoman defeated him. Captain Cold, Scarecrow, and Cheetah all bite the dust in Chapter 13, and a de-powered Superman commits suicide by willingly falling to his death in Chapter 19. Chapter 9 also heavily implies that Hawkgirl committed suicide prior to the events of the story.
  • In canon, Rose Quartz giving up her physical form wasn't really death, but something similar. In human A Us Rose usually suffers from straight up Death by Childbirth.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has several examples:
    • Brock's parents, Flint and Lola, died some time prior to the beginning of the story.
    • Misty's parents, while not shown in the anime proper, were stated to have abandoned her and her sisters in Pocket Monsters: The Animation. Here, they are confirmed to be dead.
    • Characters of the Day Dario, Melvin and Seymour are all killed by Sabrina.
    • Possibly Cilan and his brothers, albeit it's not confirmed yet.
    • Sabrina's mother was alive in the anime (albeit turned into a doll). Here, she died of an illness when Sabrina was two years old.
    • Koga's sister Aya died in childhood.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: The Mane Six, all three Princesses, Shining Armor and Spike were all killed in the destruction of Canterlot Castle that kicks off the plot, and Chrysalis was killed in the war that followed. Garble, the dragon who bullied Spike in the episode Dragon Quest, died about a hundred years before the present day when Blazen Sun set him on fire and caused him to explode.
  • The Batman and Miraculous Ladybug fanfic Miraculous Knight features one of the Riddler's traps killing Chloé Bourgeois and the Joker pulling a successful Starscream on Hawk Moth.
  • Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Professor Who Observes his Charges
  • In The Hobbit fic Heart of Fire, Tauriel is killed by Smaug during his attack on Lake-town.
  • In Single Parents Night, Vanilla died a few months ago, leaving her baby to be adopted by her god-mother Amy.
  • In Blazing Revolution, the sequel to the Sword Art Online fic I Will Not Bow'', Sugou Nobuyuki becomes an Ascended Extra; after the events of the Fairy Dance arc, he breaks out of prison on more than one occasion to stir up trouble for Kirito and his friends. When he does so for the final time and loses to Kirito yet again, Kirito decides that he's "fresh out of mercy" for Sugou, especially after every horrible thing he's done, and cuts him down IRL.
  • In a sense, this applies to Anubis in the What You Already Know series; rather than being trapped in eternal battle with Oma, Anubis is forcibly returned to his original body by Daniel (who explicitly notes that the mind of the host is gone and only the mind of the symbiote is left), and is then killed by Oma.
  • Fractures: With the exception of Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond and Bismuth (and a handful of others), every other Crystal Gem from the war has long since been shattered, notably Pearl and Garnet.
  • Both of Kallen's parents are lynched in Darwin due to the far more bloodthirsty Carine being made viceroy of Area 11 rather than Clovis.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged
    • Icarus, Gohan's pet dragon from the movies/filler, dies almost every time he appeared, and the one other time it is still deemed non-canon. The two times that he appeared in the flesh, he wound up getting eaten. He also appeared early on in the flashback of episode 10, part 3, where he exploded.
    • In the source material, the Garlic Jr. saga ends with him being imprisoned in the Dead Zone for eternity. In DBZA, he makes the mistake of crossing nigh-Eldritch Abomination Mr. Popo, and the Garlic Jr. saga lasts all of twenty seconds before Popo apparently absorbs his soul.
    • Piiza, Piroshki and Caroni get blown up by Cell before they can even land in their helicopter. For good measure, what is likely Caroni's charred corpse lands in front of Mr. Satan. In DBZ, Piroshki and Caroni fight Cell, get beaten around, but survive, and hang around with Piiza and Mr. Satan for the rest of the Cell Games and even put in a few appearances in Dragon Ball Super.
    • In The Plan to Eradicate Christmasnote , Vegeta mentions that he accidentally killed his kid brother Tarble while trying to shoot down Santa's sleigh. Tarble's only appearance was in the 2009 special Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return, but nothing bad happened to him and he returned home to space safe and sound (with Bulma even name-dropping him in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods).
  • Similarly, Code MENT. Jeremiah dies when his Knightmare Frame explodes. The anime it was based on, Code Geass, reveals he survived after receiving medical attention.
  • Honker and Gosalyn have died before the events of Ducktalez 6, as their costumes are seen in Darkwing's collection.
  • Rosalia, Pina and Grimlock in Sword Art Online Abridged.
  • Gladmane or "Pelvis"note  as the narrator calls him in My Little Pony: Totally Legit Recap is stated to have committed suicide off-screen after, his Engineered Public Confession in Viva Las Pegasus ruined his scam and his carrier was destroyed.
  • The PreDespair Kids has the deaths of Hiyoko, Nagito, Kazuichi, and Maro (aka the Ultimate Imposter), all of whom were revealed to have survived by the end of Danganronpa 3. However, the sequel reveals that two of them are Back from the Dead thanks to the despairs.
  • I'd Trade My Life For Yours promises that there will be three different survivors than in canon. As such, this trope ends up happening to the three canonical survivors.
    • Shuichi ends up being executed in Kaede's place during the first trial.
    • Himiko is murdered in Chapter 3.
    • So far, Maki has survived, but given the premise, her death is likely inevitable.
  • Hisashi Midoriya, unseen father of Izuku Midoriya, is dead by a villain attack for years in The Tick vs... MY HERO ACADEMIA!.
  • My Hero Playthrough: Bakugou Katsuki and Sludge both die offscreen in the first chapter. Without Izuku there to buy time and inspire All Might, Katsuki ends up suffocated and partially digested. Endeavour ends up defeating Sludge, and kills the Villain in the process.
  • Wolf Spider: During the battle with Behemoth a lot of people who survived canon worm died.
    • Glory Girl, Brandish, Laserdream, Flashbang, Lung, Labyrinth, Armsmaster, Assault, Shadow Stalker, Cache, Ursa Aurora, Dispatch, Exalt, Tecton, Cuff, and Narwhal.

Examples where the character died a lot sooner in the adaptation than in the source:

  • The Berserkers Bride: In the original animated series Alvin the Treacherous eventually makes peace with Hiccup and the rest of the Hooligan Tribe. Here though, Hiccup manages to rip his throat out with her teeth right after she gave birth!
  • In System Restore, there are several cases of this.
    • The fic's premise has Togami failing to prevent the first murder, resulting in Komaeda getting fatally stabbed.
    • To a lesser extent, Pekoyama is the victim of the second trial, rather than the killer.
    • Tsumiki is also a victim of the third chapter, rather than the killer.
  • BioShock: Right Place, Right Time, Wrong Guy: Atlas/Fontaine is killed in the middle of the story after being tricked into going into a tinkered bathysphere that breaks down as he's escaping, allowing Ryan's torpedoes to lock onto him. This is likely because since Jack was his Ace in the Hole but died before carrying out his mission. There was no use for Fontaine anymore since his gambit had ultimately failed.
  • In Fate-Ground-Zero by Aburg76 has notably Kotomine Kirei and Emiya Kiritsugu are killed off. The former is relatively early in the story while the latter is killed after the event with Caster. The Author did this on purpose. To show the difference.
  • In Son of the Sannin, like Hiashi above, Inoichi Yamanaka is killed in the Uchiha Insurrection, while in canon he survives until the final arc.
  • In What You Already Know, instead of surviving the collapse of the Goa’uld Empire after Anubis’s final defeat, Ba’al is captured in a raid on his palace and is killed when he tries to take Daniel as a host a year before the Battle of Dakara.
    • Where Kinsey was last shown in a position that left his fate ambiguous in the TV series, here he is shot while giving a speech and clearly bleeds to death in front of a hundred witnesses.
  • In the How to Train Your Dragon fanfic A Thing of Vikings a few historical characters die sooner then they did in Real Life.
    • Einar Thambarskelfir will die in 1047, three years before his historical death date.
    • Sigvatr Tordarson will die in 1044, one year before his historical death date.
    • Mac Bethad will die in 1043 in a duel with Astrid, fourteen years before his historical death date.
    • Siward, Earl of Northumbria dies in 1042, thirteen years before his historical death date.
    • Echmarcach mac Ragnaill dies in 1042, either twenty two or twenty three years before his historical death date.note 
    • Zoe Porphyrogenita dies in 1042, eight years before her historical death date.
    • Count Eudon dies in 1042, thirty seven years before his historical death date.
    • Conan II dies in 1042, twenty four years before his historical death date.
  • Yamcha in Future Trunk's timeline from Dragon Ball Z Abridged. Compared to the source who is killed during the Android attack, in the abridged version he dies far earlier, because he is Driven to Suicide after realizing that Bulma is pregnant with Vegeta's baby.
    • Captain Ginyu; in DBZ, Ginyu ends up in a Namekian frog's body and Vegeta considers stepping on him, but ultimately decides to leave him to his fate. In the abridged series, Vegeta seems to consider it, then stomps the frog anyway while declaring "Psyche! Eight for eight!"note . As a result any of Ginyu's appearances after that point are edited out. This was a Type 1 example originally, but a few years after that episode was released Dragon Ball Super brought Ginyu back during the adaptation of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, only for Vegeta to kill him.
  • Three-Point Shot mainly has examples of this, since the vast majority of the cast of New Danganronpa V 3 dies.
    • Tsumugi is executed at the end of the first trial, since unlike in canon, she's exposed as Rantaro's true killer, thus enabling Kaede to live.
    • Korekiyo is the second murder victim, rather than the third killer, while Tenko is the second killer, rather than the second victim in Chapter 3.
    • Gonta dies as a murder victim in Chapter 3, rather than a killer in Chapter 4.
  • Wolf Spider: During the battle with Behemoth some people died sooner than they did in canon.
    • Othala, Hookwolf, Clockblocker, Rime, and Revel.

Alternative Title(s): Fan Work


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