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  • Gravity Falls: Bill Cipher is shown to turn much of the town into stone during Weirdmageddon. He is finally killed after Ford tricks him into entering Stan's mind, leaving his body as stone itself. It's also worth noting that Stan and Ford tricked him into making a deal. (Ford had the knowledge to stop the forcefield that prevented Bill and his minions from leaving Gravity Falls, so Stan and Ford disguised themselves as each other so that Bill would enter Stan's mind instead.) This is fitting for an entity which tricked people into making dangerous deals himself. Finally, even though Bill wanted to leave the town, his death resulted in his stone body being trapped in Gravity Falls forever.
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  • In the Grand Finale of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the evil entity below Crystal Cove had spent centuries manipulating groups of mystery solvers together in an effort to free himself, corrupting them in the process. He tried to do this to the gang, but they managed to catch on, and in the end, they destroyed him, ERASING HIM FROM EXISTENCE!
  • Metalocalypse: The Dethklok song "Bloodtrocuted" tells the story of an electrician who is being chased by bounty hunters because he happens to look like a dangerous criminal with a large bounty on his head. He escapes into the woods and stumbles across a power station, where he kills the bounty hunters by cutting his arm and electrifying a puddle of his own blood for them to step in. However, he cannot stop his arm from bleeding and dies as a result.
  • The Simpsons
    • Famously (or infamously) done by Frank Grimes in "Homer's Enemy" where during his rant about Homer's incompetence and him being Too Dumb to Live, ends up electrocuting himself by grabbing High Voltage wires without gloves.
    • Subverted in one episode, in which Sideshow Bob is hoisted by his own petard when getting into a debate with Lisa that would end with his plan failing, but that was the plan all along.
    • Ned Flanders decides to watch the car race from the top of the stands to avoid flying debris (and the drivers' swearing). Their spot high up helped do Maude in. Well, kinda. Homer 'kills' Maude by picking up a frickin' bobby pin on the floor. This causes the T-shirt cannon to hit Maude, knocking her off the stadium and killing her. He also parked in an ambulance zone, preventing the first responders from having any chance of reviving her.
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  • All but one of the villains in season 3 of The Legend of Korra dies this way. The Earth Queen had taken the new airbenders prisoner and she died by Zaheer bending the air out of her lungs. The rest of his crew die by their own elements. P’li, a combustion bender, gets her head blown off when Suyin bends a metal breastplate around her head when she was about to fire. Ghazan uses his lavabending to commit suicide by melting the cavern he’s in so doesn’t have to go back to prison. Ming-hua dies when Mako shoots lightning up her water arms.
  • Alright, he didn't die (given he's a spirit, he probably can't die), but Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic receives his Fate Worse than Death in this fashion. After spending two episodes using the mane cast's flaws to break and Mind Rape them, his own flaws — namely his inability to think the mane cast could reunite their friendship after he effectively broke it apart and his ego further blinding him to that fact — are his undoing. Because of this, he lets them take a second free shot at him under the belief the Elements Of Harmony are useless thanks to their broken friendship and it'll fail. He realizes he was wrong when the Elements actually fire and it's too late for him to do anything about it, resulting in him being Taken for Granite (Until his resurrection and reformation in Season 3).
  • Justice League gives us a great example of literal irony when Felix Faust summons Hades to bargain for ultimate knowledge, and is killed by the god instead, who claims that "ultimately, pain and suffering are all man will ever know"." Going by the definition of "ultimate," Hades is quite correct: at the end of any life is the experience of death.
  • Bender almost died ironically moments after his introduction in Futurama. Driven to suicide by the revelation that he had been unwittingly helping construct suicide booths, he tried to do himself in by using one of the booths. At least the company wouldn't have made a profit, as he used a coin on a string.
  • In one episode of Regular Show Mordecai gets pursued by a gang of croquet players that kill people who use cell phones on their turf, whose leader dies when his car flies into a cell phone billboard.
  • In Titan Maximum the first episode has a guy who works at the Aviation Disaster Museum about to be killed by a jet that was shot down. He even lampshades this trope just before it hits him.
    Museum Worker: (Looks up) Oh, this is ironic as hell!
  • In Daria, we have Tommy Sherman, the former quarterback for Lawndale High, who would frequently run into the goalpost because he would wave to the crowd as he attempted to run a touchdown. At one point, the goalpost left him unconscious, so the school was putting in a safe new goalpost designed to fall apart rather than split the player's skull, and named it after him. However, as he went to go check out the new goalpost, it fell on top of him and crushed him. The fact that it was still in a sharp edged wooden crate leaning precariously against the bleachers didn't help matters.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Spring Breakup", Steve successfully hooks up with a Carmen Electra stand-in but won't lose his virginity to her unless she gets her breast implants removed. When she does, the stage she's on suddenly collapses on her and, as some guy points out, she would've survived if she still had her implants because they would've cushioned the blow.


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