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  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, each of the Homunculi dies in a manner thematically appropriate to the associated Deadly Sin:
    • Lust is brutally incinerated by a man “well known as a serial dater” whose probable love interest she was about to kill.
      • Also her extreme bloodlust and desire to see Roy suffer prevented her from finishing Roy off when she could have, resulting in Roy coming back and burning her to death
    • Greed Mk.I is boiled down for his most valuable part. However, he came back later.
      • Greed Mk.II performs a Heroic Sacrifice after admitting that all he wanted were friends, and thus dies having everything he ever wanted.
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    • Envy commits suicide out of self-loathing because he envies his enemies.
      • Even more, someone who prides himself on being a Master Manipulator, his suicide was the result of Ed sympathizing with him.
    • Gluttony is eaten by another homunculus.
    • Sloth is worn out by a long fight.
    • Wrath dies at peace with himself and with no regrets, at the hands of someone who became a rage-driven Serial Killer because of Wrath's actions on top of it. On another, subtler level, Wrath declares several times that there is no God, but the solar eclipse, the symbol of God in alchemy, plays an instrumental role in his defeat.
    • Pride was stripped of most of his powers and lost to Ed after badly underestimating both him and what's left of Kimblee's soul. (Plenty of other irony relating to his previous actions, too.)
      • Pride tries to possess Edward's body. What does Ed do? Use a fraction of his soul to cut off the other souls in Pride's body. He essentially defeated Pride by possessing him.
      • Pride had eaten Kimblee because he was no longer useful. Father abandoned Pride to die because he was no longer useful.
      • Also, Kimblee came back to bite Pride too.
      • In the final chapter, it is shown that Pride has lost his memories of being a homunculus, and is now being raised as a human child; ironic because of his hatred and scorn for humanity and the great pride he took in being a homunculus.
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    • Barry the Chopper, a bodiless soul bound to armor by a blood-seal, tracks down and supposedly kills his original body (now a mindless creature). Shortly after that Lust destroys the armor, leaving the piece of armor with the seal on it as the only part of him still alive. His real body then crawls over, picks the piece up, and scratches the seal off (which destroys his soul).
    • The gold-toothed doctor, who had apparently participated in all kinds of hideous alchemical human experimentation and had just gone to some pretty despicable lengths to force Roy to open the Gate, gets transmuted into a hideous blob of Body Horror by Pride, in the process of forcing Roy to open the Gate.
  • Macross Frontier. You just had to poke the fourth wall, didn't you, Michel?
  • In Dragon Ball Z:
    • Gokū's first death. He's teamed up with Piccolo Jr., the final Big Bad of the original series, to rescue his son from his long-lost brother Raditz. In the final stretch of the battle, Gokū has Raditz in a full nelson and pulls a Heroic Sacrifice by allowing Piccolo to unleash his new attack, the Makkankōsappōnote  on both of them. Here, Gokū is willingly letting himself be hit by an attack that Piccolo developed specifically to kill him, and technically winning the battle by doing so. The real irony is in how the attack causes Gokū and Raditz to be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice so that Gokū's son can be rescued, while the person doing the attack is the son of someone who died being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Gokū himself, and designed the attack to invoke this irony for his revenge, but technically used it to help Gokū's own son. It's complicated.
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    • In the regular timeline, Krillin marries Android 18. In the alternate timeline where Goku dies of a heart virus, he is killed by Android 17, Android 18's brother, in assistance with Android 18.
    • Cell and Trunks killed each other twice. First, Cell killed Trunks to steal his time machine. Then Future Trunks killed the present version of Cell as a fetus. Eventually, Cell kills Future Trunks. Finally, Future Trunks goes back to his timeline and kills Cell.
  • One Piece:
    • Ace's signature move (and the source of his epithet) was a flaming punch, and he was killed by a punch made of magma. He was also rescued from being executed, only to sacrifice himself minutes later to protect the person that rescued him.
    • All Whitebeard wanted was a family, and one of his "sons" kills him. Admittedly he had already basically disowned the guy, but the point still stands.
    • Fisher Tiger hated humans for enslaving him and treating Mermen badly in general. Despite this, he fought to free all slaves, Mermen and human alike, and tried to avert the Vicious Cycle by not killing his pursuers. Then he was seriously injured in an ambush and his blood-type was unique among Mermen — none of his crew had the right type of blood to save him. The only blood that could save him was from the very humans Fisher Tiger despised. Which he refused because — to his own shame — he could not let go of his hatred.
  • Pokémon:
    • In Pokémon Adventures, the Big Bad of the Gold/Silver/Crystal arc AKA Pryce tries to control time itself. He ends up being forever trapped in the time stream, albeit with no regrets, as he accomplished his goal of reuniting his baby Lapras with its lost parents. Celebi eventually lets him out so he can help prevent an even worse disaster in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
    • Also, in the Pokémon anime, Big Bad Cyrus gets close to undoing the world and creating his own, Palkia and Dialga open a dimension to start but cease when the heroes break Cyrus' mind control. Cyrus refuses to believe his plans have failed and jumps into the pocket dimension just as it closes, and while it's possible he's creating his own universe separate from the main one, it's far more likely the dimensional gate destroyed him when it shut.
  • In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, a group of socialist assassinates millionaires with a custom shrapnel gun loaded with rolls of coins.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni's "Eye Opening Arc" ends with local Yandere Shion Sonozaki falling from her apartment building to her death. The irony? She had spent the majority of the arc masquerading as her twin sister Mion so she could frame her for her infamous murder rampage, and she had just finished her grand plan by sneaking out and stabbing Keiichi. While she scales her apartment building to sneak back in, the fall is caused by the holster she is wearing (which is part of her disguise) snagging on the wall. Note this does not happen in "Cotton Drifting", or in the original Visual Novel or Manga adaptation of "Eye Opening".
  • In the first season finale of Attack on Titan the priest of the Wall Church that has been harassing the heroes the whole season is preaching to his congregation that the Walls will protect them from the Titans, when the Female Titan crashes down through the temple roof and crushes all of them but the preacher.
    • And it gets averted a few moments latter. The wall gets damaged and it gets revealed that within the wall, there are titans. And not just the ordinary ones, we're talking about colossal ones here. Luckily, these are inactive and actually the reason why the wall could be built in the first place.
  • Hell Girl has banishment scenes that invoke this in most episodes as a prelude to the targets being boated off to Hell.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • The Sailor Moon anime loves this, but the example that doesn't have a subcategory is Rubeus. He gave Koan/Katzi a bomb to kill herself with after giving her a Breaking Speech. Four episodes later, Esmeraude gives him a Breaking Speech before leaving him to his death... by an explosion.
  • The page quote from Kill la Kill is between Nui Harime and Professor Isshin Matoi. Nui had come to get Prof. Matoi's prized research and was introduced to the Rending Shears, a giant pair of scissors able to cut life fibers. After a short brawl, Nui stabs the old professor with the very scissors he touted as the product of his life's work. However, this is a subversion, as the scissors are actually not Prof. Matoi's greatest work. He claimed they were so Nui will set her sights on them, thus successfully hiding the Kamui Senketsu, the true product of his life's work. Also, he'd managed to put out her eye before she finished the job, rather souring her boast.
  • This happens many times in Yu-Gi-Oh!. The biggest example is "The Seal of Orichacos" field spell. When it is played, the loser of the duel will lose their soul. In almost every duel, the one who played the card loses the duel.
  • Magical Girl Raising Project: Cranberry was The Social Darwinist and was obsessed with fighting the most powerful magical girls. She eventually gets killed via a sneak attack by Tama, the weakest, most cowardly magical girl.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, the death of Meruem, the king of the Chimera Ants, comes at the hands of a Suicide Attack performed by Netero, who blew himself up (killing the king via poisoning rather than the explosion itself). In real life, this is a tactic employed by certain types of ants.
  • Adiane from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was killed during her attempt to avenge Thymilph's death by cannon fire from his personal warship (which had been stolen by the heroes after his death).


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