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  • American Dad!: Sanders, Clifford, Clown with Glasses, Hercules, Miriam, and Duper (he was replaced with a clone) have all died permanently.
  • B'wana Beast, Ted Kord, the original Black Canary, and the entire Doom Patrol are all killed off during the three season run of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The deceased heroes do appear in the show's Grand Finale, but only as part of a Fourth Wall-breaking wrap party that shows the entire cast together one last time before everything fades to black.
  • The Boondocks Season 1: "Granddad's Fight." The karmic fate of life-long, Five-Star Magnificent Bastard Colonel H. Stinkmeaner in an ironic Curb-Stomp Battle with Robert Freeman: Stinkmeaner had beaten Robert in an argument over a parking spot, and the entire episode revolves around Huey making him out to be a version of a blind assassin, and Robert training for a rematch. It turns out Stinkmeaner was just a crotchety old man who got lucky. Unfortunately, he's such a temporal Jerkass, absolutely nobody realizes this until Robert pulverizes him. The beating is so bad, Stinkmeaner ends up stone-cold dead with a solid punch to the face. Feeling remorseful at his grave, Robert prays to God for forgiveness at the end of the episode.
    • Although dead, Stinkmeaner returns in Season 2: "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back". Stinkmeaner has been sent to Hell after death, but now proves he can seriously fight back- by pummeling his way through every demon who steps up to challenge him. Satan himself is so marveled at Stinkmeaner's exposition, he sends him back to Earth to spread ignorance and chaos among the black community, also giving him the opportunity to seek revenge against the Freeman family. As a ghost, he posesses Tom Dubois and trashes most of his house. After Uncle Ruckus and Riley fail miserably at exorcising Stinkmeaner, Ghostface Killah's spirit shows up and clues Huey in to the solution: put Stinkmeaner at peace by having Ruckus spout off about how he hates black people, a hate Stinkmeaner firmly shares with him. Moments later, he's exorcised and sent right back to hell.
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    • In yet another Stinkmeaner-related episode, death strikes again, this time nailing Bushido Brown, via on-screen decapitation during his fight in Season 3: Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy". The Colonel apparently palled around with a group of disgruntled elderlyjerks who formed the Hateocracy, a gang that wreaked havoc within the walls of a nursing home. The members of the gang show up to curb-stomp the Freeman family in what looks like a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, so the Freemans hire Bushido as their equally jerkish bodyguard, who actually holds off the Hateocracy- until he catches a spinning disk of doom to the neck. The Freeman family's reaction? A group "OH, SHIIIIT!".
      • It gets more bizarre when Stinkmeaner's name comes up. Robert tries to reason with the Hateocracy to leave them alone and forget revenge, and they reveal they couldn't care less about the deceased Colonel- they're just ruining lives for the hell of it. Luckily, an army of cops shows up in the nick of time to cart off the unruly trio. Taking a jab of his own at his ungrateful cohorts, Stinkmeaner's ghost, who has been narrating on and off throughout the episode, hangs a cynical lampshade on his fate over his old pals: He thinks death and hell are better than being in jail!
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    • In the final part, "Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has" in Season 4, a clone of Stinkmeaner begins picking on Robert and puts him through a Humiliation Conga. Ed Wuncler Sr. then forces Robert to fight him again so he can make money off it, which culminates in Robert delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and telling Stinkmeaner to leave him alone. He agrees, because he's just a clone with none of Stinkmeaner's memories and barely even knows Robert.
  • Don King in Celebrity Deathmatch normally comes back from the dead after getting killed in the audience, usually on accident or by a monster. When he actually fought in a match, Donald Trump killed him, only to never be seen again.
    • Stacy Cornbred dies after spontaneously combusting in "The Prophecy". She came back as a zombie in one Halloween episode, but was killed again when Debbie Matenopoulos shoves her through the side of a door, shredding her into bits. She stays dead from that point on, even though Johnny and Nick could easily have revived her with the Time Machine both times.
  • The Grand Finale of Codename: Kids Next Door implied this happened to The Delightful Children.
  • The series Darkwing Duck has two villains who die (on screen): Splatter Phoenix, who melts while she gives a rambling speech as she's erased from existence, and Mayor Synapse who turns into a powerful almost indestructible being until the main heroes get him to blast and explode "graphically".
  • In an aversion of the very trope named after him, the Joker eventually got this treatment in the DCAU. Yes, having proven himself as much of a survivor as his counterpart in the comics, every bit the "no one" in No One Could Survive That!, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker took the big leap and put him down once and for all - killing him twice; first his body was destroyed and buried deep within Arkham Asylum in flashback, then the chip containing a copy of his DNA and memories was burned out, just to make sure he won't be coming back. (In just a bit of a cheat, the event occurs at the far end of the universe-at-large's history, allowing him to show up in stories taking place earlier; Justice League took advantage of this.)
  • Defenders of the Earth features several onscreen deaths. The first character to die in the series is Flash Gordon's wife (who may or may not be Dale Arden) whose life force is drained by Ming's Inquisitor as Ming tries to force her to reveal Flash's whereabouts. In her case, however, the trope is zigzagged; though she stays dead, her son, Rick, uses a crystal containing her life essence as the personality base for the Defenders' supercomputer, Dynak-X.
  • In Family Guy a few recurring characters such as Mr. Weed, Paddy Tanniger, Vern and Johnny, and Francis Griffin have been killed off. Despite Negative Continuity, any returns are made by their ghosts.
    • Joan Quagmire died on a technicality, having tried to grab Death's hand. As she was married to the "deceased" Glenn Quagmire and having taken his last name, he agreed to take her instead. Being a bit off didn't hurt, either....
    • It was revealed in a Season 6 episode that Joe's son Kevin had died in Iraq. This was done because the writers thought he was boring. However, he came back in the episode "Thanksgiving" (it turned out he had faked his death). Unfortunately, there was no time left for a Spot the Imposter moment, so there was No Ending.
    • Stewie killed his half-brother Bertram in 15th-century Italy, which creates a very odd temporal paradox...then came the videogame Family Guy Back to the Multiverse
    • In fact, Meg and Peter are the only characters to die and come back to life. Later, Stewie, Chris, and Mort have been killed but only as a gag. Brian also died but was revived by Stewie.
    • In the season 9 premiere, the trailers advertised that someone would die. As it turns out, Muriel Goldman, Derek, Diane Simmons, and onetime characters Stephanie and Priscilla were killed off.
      • Amusingly subverted with James Woods. He's seemingly killed off for good in that same episode only to turn up later on (complete with deliberately hilarious and absurd Voodoo Shark explanation for his return to boot).
    • Jeff in "Screams of Silence".
    • Horace dies in "Save the Clam".
    • Mental Mike in the Season 12 episode "A Fistful of Meg".
    • Death also dies in his last appearance.
    • Mayor Adam West and Angela were killed off after the deaths of their voice actors, though Mayor West’s ghost made a few cameos.
  • In the Futurama episode "The Thief of Baghead", over-the-top robot actor Calculon dies when he ingests food colouring (which is deadly to robots) in his enactment of Romeo's death in Romeo and Juliet to win an acting competition (he lost). His death receives little attention by the cast and Calculon is revived and killed again in "Calculon 2.0" to receive a send-off episode.
  • Webstor has the distinction of being the only member of the regular cast to truly die in the Masters of the Universe. In the "Web of Evil" episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002), he was assaulted off-screen by the Snake-Men as the heroes were closing in, then brutally beaten by them and collapsing dead on the ground when the good guys finally reached his lair. However, the scene depicted his death in an ambiguous manner, so fans were left to debate themselves whether or not he had survived until after the show's cancellation, when Ian Richter confirmed that he did not. (It is entirely possible that the writers had planned for the possibility to reverse this decision and include him in a later story, seeing as the series was cancelled three episodes later.)
  • In Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, while the show's other main villains tended to get the No One Could Survive That! treatment in their last episodes — and since the show didn't get a third season, it's probably safe to say that they're gone for real — Ezekiel Rage had an established tendency to cheat death. Therefore, just to be sure, he got sent back to prehistoric times and blown up by a nuclear bomb, leaving a skull behind for good measure. Deader Than Dead? Deader than dead.
  • Justice League Unlimited killed off most of the Legion of Doom via an exploding spaceship in "Alive", the second-to-last episode of the series. While a small number were explicitly shown to survive, a number of minor villains like the Shade, Silver Banshee, Rampage, Neutron, and many others were presumed dead. Lex Luthor and Darkseid are apparently killed in the finale, "Destroyer", but Batman doubts that Lex is truly gone. Dwayne McDuffie has stated that Luthor and Darkseid now form part of the Source Wall, meaning they're technically alive, but unlikely to ever trouble the League again.
  • Warhok and Warmonga from Kim Possible were confirmed by Word of God to be dead for real after Ron used his Mystical Monkey Powers to throw them into their own ship after they threatened to kill Kim, after which the ship exploded. They're about the only villains in the series to be killed for real... Except perhaps for Monkey Fist.
  • In King of the Hill, quite a few recurring or main characters have been killed off over the years including Luann's first boyfriend Buckley, Buck Strickland's mistress Debbie, Pops Poppaseto, Cotton's war buddy Topsy, and most recently Hank Hill's father Cotton Hill.
  • The Lion Guard has Ushari die in the Season 3 premiere "Battle For the Pride Lands". He had it coming for his betrayal of Kion and the Guard, even if it was a graphic death by burning.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Season 5 episode "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone", Arimaspi is shown to have fallen into the Abysmal Abyss, and his skull is later seen.
    • A more tragic instance, Applejack's parents, shown in flashbacks in the episode "The Perfect Pear", while not explicitly stated to be dead, enough things are said to confirm that they are.
    • In the movie, the Storm King is turned to stone, falls off a balcony, and shatters to pieces. Though the credits depict his eyes moving, they are either not meant to be taken seriously or else Discord is animating his eyes as a reference to something he said in his redemption episode (since they were canonically turned to stone with the rest of him), and it's generally accepted that he is dead. His supposed return in "What Lies Beneath" was a shadow cast by a rock as Silverstream's test to face her greatest fear, and his threat in "Spring Breakdown" is his leftover magic from his storm sent to the human world, in which Twilight mentions him being "destroyed". He is also not revived by Grogar like Sombra was, likely because he is too goofy or doesn't have much to offer to the team without his army or staff. (Out-of-universe, the show isn't bringing back the movie's celebrity voice actors)
    • Though King Sombra died in "The Crystal Empire", he is resurrected by Grogar in "The Beginning of the End" six seasons later. However, the Mane 6 destroy him a second time, leaving nothing left of him for viewers to speculate about, and Grogar makes clear he will not revive Sombra again, either unable to revive the same person more than once, or choosing not to in order to intimidate Chrysalis, Tirek, and Cozy Glow into working with him, as Sombra died as a result of disregarding Grogar's plan to work together and Grogar said he will serve as a warning to those who doubt continuing with his plans. Of course, that doesn't save the three from a just as horrible fate in the Series Finale.
    • G1 had Lavan, who died in similar way to Sombra (although a little less graphically), after his magic beam ricocheted from the princess ponies' magic wands back at him.
    • And before that, the G1 TV special Rescue at Midnight Castle that kicked off the original show ended with Tirek's defeat via a giant rainbow-colored tornado, much like how Luna was stripped of her Nightmare Moon persona in the second episode of Friendship is Magic. Except that Tirek wasn't redeemed by it, but killed outright.
      • Tirek and Lavan's deaths are notable not only because a series based on something as innocent as the My Little Pony series is probably the last place anyone would expect to see someone die, but also because killing off characters was something very rare to be seen in any TV cartoon in the 1980s.
  • Surprisingly, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has a couple of examples at the end of the series:
    • T.K.O. finds out that his "partner" Shadowy Figure never actually cared about him and was just using him all along, and in fury, beats him out of Professor Venomous (his host body) into his blob form and crushes him, destroying Shadowy for good.
    • Mr. Cardsley, the CEO of POW Card Industries, was Killed Offscreen (possibly by T.K.O. and Shadowy Venomous) before the penultimate episode, leaving his assistant Carla (and later, Dendy) to replace him.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, this possibility arises with Dick Hardly, a one-episode villain of "Knock It Off", who, within the episode, cemented himself as probably one of the most evil villains on the show, may actually have been the only human villain to die, considering that, after his episode, him and his various PPG knockoffs (which were the ones that did him in) were never seen again.
    • Bunny in "Twisted Sister." The girls attempt to create a fourth Powerpuff Girl using substitutes for sugar and spice, and their subjective forms of everything nice, as well as an "accidental" dose of Chemical X. The product is an apparently mentally disabled sibling with a black and white sense of right and wrong, which causes her to not quite get the hang of crime fighting. The girls, once they find out what trouble she has been up to, tell her she did bad and cause her to flee in tears. The criminals that Bunny released as a result of viewing the police as bad in her black and white view of the world, attack and overwhelm the girls, and Bunny hears their cries and comes back to save them. The ensuing battle causes her already unstable form to reach its maximum capacity, and she explodes after proudly proclaiming that she finally did good. The narrator confirms she's not coming back.
    Narrator: (tearfully) And for the first, and final time, the day is saved thanks to Powerpuff Bunny.
  • Parodied in an episode of The Simpsons. Moe gets a facelift and becomes handsome, and is awarded a role on a soap opera. After reading a new script that says he dies, he retaliates by revealing all of the major plot twists in the show for the next year on air (the show was filmed live, apparently). The director than angrily informs him that his character wasn't being killed off and that that page of the script was a dream sequence.
    • And not parodied with the very "real" (at least in animation terms) deaths of Bleeding Gums Murphy and Maude Flanders. Dr. Marvin Monroe was also apparently dead enough to have a hospital named in his memory (but he got better...).
    • Maude Flanders counts as this, and in a Tonight, Someone Dies fashion no less.
    • When the hated Poochie is killed off, Krusty signs a legal document swearing that he will never, ever come back. And then he came back in a later Itchy and Scratchy episode as a cameo guest to one of Scratchy's funerals.
    • This trope finally caught up with Mona Simpson, Homer's mother. What makes this death particularly impacting is her successive Not Quite Dead track record in previous episodes.
    • Mob boss Fat Tony dies of a heart attack, but in a Subverted Trope, he was replaced by his cousin Fit Tony, who got so fat he looked just like Fat Tony, then changed his name to Fat Tony.
    • Frank "Grimey" Grimes is dead and his son confirmed it.
    • Possibly averted with Lionel Hutz's habit of repeatedly running over Judge Snyder's son. Being repeatedly run over might be enough to kill the Judge's son, but like Mr. Burns in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2", his conditions must have been upgraded to alive at the "better" Springfield General Hospital everytime. Because Lionel Hutz, like Troy McClure, was retired when voice actor Phil Hartman was killed off for real by his wife in a murder-suicide, it is not known of Hutz's habit has continued and the Judge's son is always killed, then revived.
    • Due to her voice actress Marcia Wallace's death, Word of God is that Edna Krabappel has become this. After Marcia's death Edna was given a few silent cameos up until the end of Season 25 when Nelson and Ned Flanders are seen mourning at her grave.
  • South Park:
    • Unless Isaac Hayes is somehow reanimated in real life, Chef is likely gone for good, despite his "Darth Chef" remaking.
    • Inverted with Kenny. He was killed off for real, but returned at the end of the next season, with no explanation given. note 
    • Other recurring characters to have died over the years include Ms. Choksondik, Ms. Crabtree, the mayor's aide named Ted, and most recently Pip.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • While a few of Ludo's minions managed to escape the destruction of his castle at the end of "Storm the Castle", most of them were killed in the blast.
    • Lekmet of the Magic High Commision carks it when he uses his life to heal Moon in "Starcrushed". To solidify the fact that he's dead, his body turns to ash.
    • Toffee bites it by the end of "The Battle For Mewni", via Wave Motion Gun and being crushed. While he could regenerate from any injury and had previously been Not Quite Dead, what really nails his fate is the fact that Moon's deal with Queen Eclipsa in the past meant the latter would be freed from her crystal prison once Moon's enemy (Toffee) was dead. At the end, said crystal begins to crack by itself.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars mostly plays it straight. Of course, due to being Doomed by Canon, none of the characters who appeared in Revenge of the Sith or the other movies taking place after it can be Killed Off for Real in the show, but no one else is a hundred percent safe.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Twin Suns", Darth Maul is finally killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. The official Star Wars website even put up a Really Dead Montage just to confirm to fans that no, he's not coming back this time.
  • At the end of the Superman: The Animated Series two-parter "Apokolips Now", after Darkseid's invasion of Earth is thwarted and just before he leaves he murders Superman's friend Metropolis Police Inspector Dan Turpin with his Omega Beams in front of Superman and a crowd of onlookers. Some fans hoped Turpin was just teleported to Apokolips like Kalibak had been after he got apparently zapped, but it seems he's gone for good.
  • Implied to be King Koopa's fate in Super Mario World which was the last DiC Entertainment adaptation of the Mario Bros. games. At the end of "A Little Learning", Mario and Luigi give Koopa "a little bed-warming" which involves rerouting a pipe to have lava flow in his bedroom. Before fading to black, Koopa screams for help as the lava rises closer to his bed. The next episode, "Mama Luigi", is the series finale and a Whole Episode Flashback where only Luigi and Yoshi appear outside of the former's bedtime story.
  • Transformers as a whole has never shyed away from this.
    • Beast Wars continually killed its cast, despite the fact that Beast Wars characters are a bit hard to kill, as robots they have survived deadly attacks and being blown to bits (in which case they can easily be repaired). Some simply died, in one case to make room for new characters. A surprising number died, were brought back, and died again. Two of them died, were brought back as a fused form of the two, and then died. And two of them died with the possibility that they might return, but didn't.
      • Major characters to permanently die are (in order of death) Terrorsaur, Scorponok, Dinobot, Tarantulas, Rampage, Depthcharge, Tigatron, Airazor (both as Tigerhawk), Inferno, Quickstrike, and Dinobot II. Major characters to survive to the end of the final episode are Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor, Rhinox, Blackarachnia, Silverbolt, Megatron, and Waspinator.
      • If you count the comics, the list of permanently dead characters is reduced to both Dinobots, Rampage, Tigerhawk, Inferno and Quickstrike.
      • And the in the sequel series, Beast Machines, Optimus, Megatron, and Rhinox are killed as well. Leaving the only seven characters alive at the end to be Rattrap, Cheetor, Blackarachnia, Silverbolt, Waspinator, Nightscream, and Botanica.
    • In Transformers Animated Blurr is killed, pretty graphically, for a machine. Namely he was crushed into a cube and dumped down a trash chute.
      • The finale also killed off Prowl and Starscream. Prowl sacrificed his Spark to save the city, and Starscream's AllSpark fragment, the only thing keeping him alive after he was killed by Megatron in "Megatron Rising", was pulled out of his head. To hammer the point home, their bodies turned completely gray, the telltale sign in this series that a Transformer is really dead barring interference from the AllSpark itself.
    • Jazz was killed by Megatron in the final battle of the first live-action movie. The Fallen was killed by Optimus at the end of the sequel and every Decepticon (who isn't Megatron) that has been killed has stayed dead so far.
    • Transformers: Prime killed off Cliffjumper in the first episode, then brought him back as a zombie in the second episode only to die again. Skyquake and Makeshift were also killed in their debut episodes, the former became another zombie while the latter is staying dead, because he was too powerful to stay alive. Word of God is that "when we kill a character, we kill a character."
      • "Crossfire" has added Breakdown to the scrap heap.
      • "Hurt" added Hardshell.
      • Dreadwing in "Regeneration" - killed by Megatron after refusing to follow orders to not execute Starscream who zombified his deceased brother Skyquake. Lovely.
  • The Venture Bros. has quite a few, most heartbreakingly 24's death by exploding muscle car.
  • In Winx Club they have killed off the main villains of season 2, 3 and 4 at the end of those seasons. In addition to this, we lost Nabu in season 4 (though the Cinelume version implies that he is alive by saying he might wake up and having a small cameo at the end of the season finale, however, his death is confirmed in the Nickelodeon version). Nabu was about to be revived by the Black Gift, but Ogron steals it and wastes it on a wilting flower. And apparently, Bloom never thought of using her healing powers to at least try to nurse Nabu back to health.
  • W.I.T.C.H. killed off quite a few of the lesser villains, such as Tridart and Ember being disposed of by Nerissa when they were no longer needed. In the finale, Tracker is also subsequently impaled and killed.
  • Young Justice:
    • Kent Nelson a.k.a. Doctor Fate. His spirit did reside in the Helmet of Fate for a while, but Fate eventually got tired of his nagging every time someone used the helmet and sent him off to the afterlife.
    • In "Endgame", Kid Flash is disintegrated when he absorbs too much energy helping The Flash and Impulse get rid of an energy field that threatened to envelop the Earth. To honor his memory Impulse takes up his mantle, and to hammer the point home he gets a hologram in the garden like Jason Todd, Tula and Ted Kord.


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