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"What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty? The answer is don't think about it."

Timeline 23 Josh: Look, Julia, in my timeline, you were the best student Brakebills ever had, at least until you were...horribly murdered.
Julia: Oh.
The Magicians (2016), "Twenty-Three"

This is when a character travels to an Alternate Universe and discovers their counterpart there is dead. Usually, it can be the result of Time Travel or perhaps a malicious entity at work. Whatever the case, when the characters discovers this fate, it may lead to shock or terror.

Compare with Discovering Your Own Dead Body, or Killing Your Alternate Self for when someone cuts out the middle-man.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z: Happens quite a bit in the Cell Saga thanks to Time Travel introduced by Future Trunks.
    • Future Trunks's timeline has Goku dying from a heart virus that he contracted on Planet Yadrat following the battle with Frieza, with the other Z fighters from the timeline in question being killed by Androids 17 and 18. Goku gets the virus in the regular timeline as well, but is saved from his future counterpart's fate by the cure that was provided to him by Future Trunks, which was developed by Future Bulma after Future Goku's death.
    • The main version of Cell killed the Trunks from his native timeline in order to steal his time machine.
    • Future Trunks returns the favor by killing the Imperfectl Cell in his own native timeline. While Krillin kills the fetus Cell of his main timeline too. Essentially stopping the chance of another Cell wrecking havocs on their timeline null.
    • Thanks to all the events that have unfolded in the Cell Saga, when Future Trunks returns to his timeline to finally face his evil versions of the Android twins. It's a complete Curb-Stomp Battle in Trunk's favor that ends with the Androids dead. Unlike the main counterparts whom survived thanks to (ironically) actions taken by the Z Fighters (namely Gohan having made Cell spit 18 out by accident, while 17 was wished back to life by Shenron).
  • Inverted in Fairy Tail Edolas Arc, with Mirajane and Elfman's dead little sister Lisanna, as Earthland's (the main setting) version of Lisanna is dead, but the Edolas version is alive. Turns out to be played straight later, as Edolas Lisanna really is Earthland Lisanna who was transported into Edolas, while the real Edolas Lisanna is already dead.
  • An important plot point of Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja is that in the Alternate Universe where the thick of the movie take place, Naruto's parents are alive while Sakura's parents are dead, and Sakura struggles with the decision of yanking this particular chain and hurt Naruto.
  • In Noein the fact that Haruka's alternate counterparts die in every other universe is a major plot point, which created the Big Bad of the series by driving him insane; if the most powerful Reality Warper in existence is destined to die in every single timeline, doesn't that mean God is Dead?
  • Inverted in an episode of the 1960s Astro Boy anime, which features a parallel universe where Tobio Tenma never died. Also, in the very first storyline of the original manga, Ambassador Atom, about alien refugees from a destroyed planet almost identical to Earth, had a similar premise, though in this version both versions of Tobio had died but the alien Dr. Tenma was never able to create a robot version because he was working on the evacuation ships instead.

    Comic Books 
  • In JLA/Avengers issue 3 the Marvel and DC worlds have become combined, turning it into a Silver Age utopia. When the characters learn how their realities are supposed to be, the character who argues for the restoration the most is Hal Jordan - who is "supposed to" be dead. (Barry Allen is there too, but he's not quite so eager to restore the realities.)
  • In Astonishing X-Men there's an alternate universe in which hundreds of alternates of the X-Men the readers know have been killed for an arguably greater good. Of course, there's plenty of What If? stories where famous Marvel characters are killed.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Spider-Men sees the Peter Parker of Earth-616 trapped on Earth-1610, with his counterpart having recently died. And he doesn't have the heart to tell Gwen that her counterpart on his Earth is dead too.
    • Something similar happens in Spider-Verse when Spider-Gwen find out that her mainstream counterpart is dead.
  • The Marvel's the Ultimate universe as a whole is almost filled with these now, mostly thanks to Comic Book/Ultimatum.
  • Judge Dredd's "Helter Skelter" arc involved several villains from alternate realities where they had killed Dredd come to take on the prime universe Dredd.
  • The Dynamite comics that continue the original Battlestar Galactica present an arc where Apollo and Starbuck are sent to an alternate reality where the Cylons rule supreme. There, it's discovered that Apollo's alternate counterpart has already died, as did those of Tigh, Athena and Boxey. Inverted with Serena, who has long been dead in the prime reality but alive and well in the alternate one.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): In issue 50, Dr. Robotnik is Killed Off for Real, but eventually replaced with Robo-Robotnik/Dr. Eggman, a counterpart of his from an alternate universe with a near-identical backstory and all of the history with and hatred of Sonic that the original Robotnik had; having succeeded in defeating the Freedom Fighters in his world, Eggman had gotten bored with nothing left to conquer or destroy, and after discovering the death of his prime counterpart, made his way to Mobius Prime to "fill the void."
  • Superboy (1994): During the "Hyper-Tension!" arc Kon is investigating the murder of an alternate version of himself, who made it to his reality with a warning he wasn't fully able to spit out before dying of his injuries. Kon quickly learns that his best friend Robin is dead in the first alternate reality he visits, and that his own alternate has become Batman's partner and started wearing elements from Tim's costume in remembrance.
  • The Jem and the Holograms miniseries Infinite involves Jem and the Holograms as well as the Misfits visiting an alternate reality where people are being enthralled by Emmett Benton's hologram technology, which is distributed by that reality's version of Eric Raymond. It is revealed that this world's versions of the Misfits and Jem and the Holograms have been killed by Eric Raymond to prevent them from ending his control over the populace, though it later turns out that Kimber, Stormer and Pizzazz all survived. The trope is also inverted in that Emmett Benton's counterpart is still alive.

    Fan Works 
  • The The Legend of Zelda fic Bound Destinies Trilogy, establishes the Fierce Deity as Link's Terminian counterpart, who was corrupted by Majora and purified into the Fierce Deity's Mask, whereas Demise is Majora's late Hyrulean counterpart.
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, Fem!Kirk discovers that her dead counterpart, the Prime Fem!Kirk, is stuck inside her head.
  • Fanfiction taking place in the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls universe frequently writes off the counterparts to Twilight Sparkle and/or Sunset Shimmer as dead. This became somewhat jossed with Friendship Games, which focuses on Twilight's counterpart.
    • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls, a Fusion Fic with Bleach has a play on this idea with Sunset telling Princess Twilight that she found out her human counterpart died in a fire years ago raising the question if she got sent to Soul Society or became a Hollow. As it turns not, neither, because not only is she alive, but a Fullbringer in Hueco Mundo.
  • Aftermath of the Games:
    • In the third chapter, Sci-Twi asks Sunset if she has her own human counterpart somewhere. Sunset explains to her and the others that after figuring out how to use a computer, she looked up her own name and discovered that her human self lived in another town and died in a car accident, and her own parents died of grief soon afterwards. It's the reason why Sunset decided to keep her name.
    • Princess Twilight was horrified upon finding out that the human versions of her parents died in a drunk-driving accident. Applejack and Apple Bloom had pretty much the same reaction when discovering that the pony selves of their parents died many years ago.
  • In the Worm fanfic Dire Worm it is heavily implied that Dire is a a dimensional counterpart to a character's mother.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, the Izuku of Earth-2014.43 is devoured by Dracula before his Kryptonian Nigh-Invulnerability fully grew in.
  • During Dragon Ball Z Abridged Cell Saga, the main Cell makes a few mentions here and there (with even a few admittedly creepy flashbacks) of him killing his timeline's Trunks before taking his time machine. Just like from the source material, although it's arguably given more attention. Even Future Trunk's mentions it in the Epilogue, when creating a trap for his timeline's Imperfect Cell.
    Future Bulma: You really think he's going to take the bait?
    Future Trunks: I'm pretty sure I have a corpse in another timeline that says: yes, he will.

    Films — Animated 
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has several examples:
    • The Peter Parker of the film's primary universe dies about 30 minutes in. Though Peter B. Parker, Noir Peter, Penni Parker, and Peter Porker are pulled into the universe via the same chain of events.
    • Peter Parker is dead in Spider-Gwen's universe as well, fulfilling the Death by Origin Story role for her.
    • Peter B's Aunt May is dead of unknown causes, probably age related as he's twelve years older than Prime Peter.
    • Kingpin's whole plan is to effectively bring back his wife and son from the dead by replacing them with their equivalents from another universe.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Avengers: Endgame: An alternate version of Gamora from an earlier timeline ends up in the present, taking her deceased counterpart's place in the final battle though notably not taking her place in the Guardians of the Galaxy, leaving them to try and find her. While little screen time is devoted to how she'll fair in this new universe, especially since this version ended up in the present before her Face–Heel Turn, she does question some of her counterparts choices. Such as falling for Starlord.
  • Played with in The One. Jet Li discovers that a whole pile of his alternates are dead. The twist being that they were all killed by the one remaining counterpart who is now out to kill him as well in order to become The One. The film ends with an interesting inversion of the trope crossed with Replacement Goldfish. The protagonist gets dropped into a universe where his counterpart is dead, but his wife's is still alive.
  • Stargate Continuum: When SG-1 travels back to Earth and arrive in a timeline that has been altered by one of their enemies, this turns out to be the case with some of them. Carter's counterpart (an astronaut) was killed by performing a Heroic Sacrifice during a space mission, while Mitchell's counterpart never even existed because his grandfather was killed by the villain during his visit, thus making him a literal example of a Grandfather Paradox. Jackson's counterpart is still alive, but is living on the fringe of society as a crackpot scientist because his Ancient Astronauts hypothesis never got any recognition.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: Zig-zagged for Captain Christopher Pike, whom, in the Prime Reality, is effectively dead in all but mind by the time of The Original Series, and has likely passed away by the time of The Next Generation, but with a younger version of the character being introduced in the Prime Reality in Star Trek: Discovery, and due to be explored further in Strange New Worlds, his counterpart in the Kelvin Timeline was killed in an attack by Khan Noonien Singh.
  • Cube 2: Hypercube: On multiple occasions, characters meet versions of themselves in the hypercube from alternate universes who are then killed by one of its traps. At one point Kate enters a room, only to find thorougly decomposed corpses of everybody she's met, including herself.

  • In The Talisman, if you have an Alternate Self in "The Territories", you can flip into their mind when you travel between worlds. But if you don't, like Jacky, whose Twinner was murdered as a child, you remain yourself.
  • The Time Wars novel The Khyber Connection introduces an alternate timeline where Andre's counterpart is dead. Inverted in the later novel The Argonaut Sanction, in which the counterpart of Andre's dead mentor Hunter travels to the protagonists' timeline.
  • In Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept novels, anyone from Phaze or Proton can't travel between these two realities unless their counterpart on the other world is dead. Immigrants to Proton don't have this problem, as only people born on Proton have a duplicate on Phaze.
  • In the Star Trek Expanded Universe novel Q-Squared, Trelane causes several parallel universes to come together: the Prime 'verse, the "Klingon war" 'verse (nearly identical to the one shown in "Yesterday's Enterprise"), and a 'verse where Jack Crusher is alive and is in command of the Enterprise. While Jack is alive in the third 'verse, Wesley died as a toddler, resulting in Jack and Beverly's divorce. As a matter of fact, Trelane notes that Jack is dead in every other universe but that one. He eats his phaser at the end, after accidentally killing Beverly for sleeping with Picard, his Number Two.
  • In the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Blood Heat, the Seventh Doctor finds himself in a universe where Earth is ruled by Earth Reptiles, and learns it all started when the Third Doctor was killed during "Doctor Who and the Silurians".
  • Red Dwarf: At the end of Backwards, Kryten and Rimmer are both killed, and Lister and Cat have to flee in Ace Rimmer's dimensional ship to avoid crashing into a planet. They arrive in a universe where both their alternates died playing Better Than Life, but Kryten and Rimmer are still alive.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Inverted in the alternate universe featured in season 28 of Doctor Who, where Rose's dad and Mickey's gran are both still alive. The Doctor and Rose don't have counterparts at all (apparently the Time Lords don't exist in that universe, and Rose's parents never had kids, though they do have a dog named Rose); Mickey's counterpart... well, he starts out alive...
    • At the end of the season Rose, her mom (whose counterpart was turned into a Cyberman) and Mickey are trapped in the alternate universe. And the surviving versions of Rose's parents hook up and decide to have (another?) kid. In a later season the universes cross over again and Mickey decides to return to his home universe as his gran's counterpart has died of old age (rather than tripping on a carpet like his own gran).
  • Happens a few times on Sliders:
    • One episode dealt with a world with a mandatory retirement age of 30. When the gang slides in, one of the first things they discover is the Quinn of that world floating face down in an indoor pool.
    • In the Christmas episode, "Season's Greedings", they find out the Wade of that world died at birth, along with her mother.
    • In an episode where technology stopped progressing after World War II, they find out the Quinn of that world died of polio.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tasha Yar from the reality where the Enterprise-C fell into a wormhole learns that in the soon-to-be-restored reality she was killed, she volunteers to go back through to help the C crew.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Done every Mirror Universe episode.
    • In "Crossover" Mirror Kira has Mirror Quark executed for smuggling Terran slaves off Terok Nor, and in "Through the Looking Glass" she has Mirror Rom Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. Prime Quark and Rom discover this when they visit the Mirror Universe in "The Emperor's New Cloak" several seasons later.
    • In "Through the Looking Glass", Mirror Sisko has been killed, and so Mirror O'Brien kidnaps the "regular" Ben Sisko as a temporary replacement.
    • Inverted in the case of mirror Jennifer Sisko, who outlived her "regular" counterpart.
    • It appeared to be a Running Gag for Intendant Kira to kill a mirror Ferengi in every story. She also takes out Nog in "Shattered Mirror" and Brunt in "The Emperor's New Cloak". The Star Trek: Mirror Universe novella "Saturn's Children" continues the trend with Mirror Zek.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Deadlock" the 'real' Harry Kim and Naomi Wildman are killed, and replaced with duplicates from another Voyager (coming across a space-time rift) which self-destructs taking out some alien invaders.
  • Fringe:
    • Inverted, and arguably its most important plot point: it is in fact the "main" universe's Peter who dies as a kid. This sets the plot in motion as his father, Walter, goes on a journey to the alternate universe to steal back his sick yet not dead son from his alternate self and cure him like he should have done. This winds up being the only thing that prevents the end of all reality as Peter was supposed to die in all possible timelines.
    • And at the end of the fourth season, Agent Lincoln Lee decides to stay in the alternate universe for good, where shortly before his counterpart was killed.
  • After the start of Season 2, Charlie is dead in the prime universe, but there is a still living version in the alternate one.
  • Olivia Dunham's mother died when Olivia was a child in the main universe, but is living and has a close relationship with her daughter in the alternate one.
    • William Bell mentions that his alternate universe double died in a car crash some time ago.
  • Stargate Atlantis: in the episode "The Daedalus Variations" the team boards an alternate-reality version of the starship Daedalus, and are trapped aboard when it resumes randomly jumping to alternate universes. While investigating the ship, they come across duplicates of themselves from a previous universe who were similarly trapped and eventually starved to death.
  • Stargate SG-1 did this in some form for nearly every alternate universe they ran across.
    • "There But For the Grace of God": The alternate Daniel Jackson never joined the stargate program and died in a Goa'uld Orbital Bombardment of Egypt. Alt!Hammond subsequently died defending the SGC, Alt!O'Neill was killed trying to talk Alt!Teal'c into a Mook–Face Turn, and Alt!Carter blew herself up to keep a piece of phlebotinum out of Goa'uld hands. Alt!Teal'c died when the base self-destructed.
    • "Point of View": The alternate Jack O'Neill was killed in action defending his SGC from a Goa'uld ground offensive, and Alt!Teal'c died when Prime!Teal'c shot him. Inverted with Maj. Charles Kawalsky, who was alive in the alternate universe but dead in the prime timeline. We also see several alternate universes where the Goa'uld were patrolling the SGC; presumably none of the cast survived.
    • "Ripple Effect": Inverted. Among the alternate SG-1's that showed up we had at least two characters who were dead in the prime timeline: Martouf, a Tok'ra operative who died in "Divide and Conquer," and Maj. Dr. Janet Fraiser, who was killed by a stray staff blast in "Heroes, Part 2."
    • In the "Moebius" two-parter, SG-1 goes back in time to Ancient Egypt in order to retrieve a ZPM and ends up altering the timeline, so that Ra takes the stargate with him during the revolt. They get stuck in the past after their Puddle Jumper is found by Ra's Jaffa. This creates an alternate timeline, during which the stargate is never found. Sam is a civilian, while Daniel teaches English as a Second Language. Thanks to a video-camera left by the original SG-1, the newly-formed Stargate Command finds the other gate in the Antarctic. Jack, Sam, Daniel, and Kawalsky use the same Puddle Jumper to travel to Chulak. They end up getting captured by Apophis, who decides to send an invasion fleet to Earth. With the video-camera, they manage to convince Teal'c to join them, but he ends up shooting Daniel, who was implanted with a Goa'uld. They jump back to Ancient Egypt, and find out that the original Jack, Sam, and Teal'c were killed during an attempted uprising. It says something about the series that original Daniel barely reacts to hearing about his alternate's death.
  • In Smallville season 10 Lionel Luthor from Earth-2 transplants himself to Earth-1, where that Lionel is dead, and establishes himself as the "real" Lionel Luthor. He's foiled when Tess Mercer finds out and reveals that Earth-2 Lionel's fingerprints don't match Earth-1 Lionel's.
  • Lois & Clark:
    • Lois enters an alternate reality where her counterpart died because Clark was kept from becoming Superman by his fiancee Lana.
    • Clark's parents died in a car accident in the alternate universe (thus never bringing him up with the same values that make Prime!Clark Superman), while still alive in the Prime 'verse. It's pretty much clear that Tempus deliberately chose a universe without Superman in order to do his thing.
  • Zig-Zagged in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Mirror Universe episodes, where they established a rule that if your alternate universe counterpart dies, you also die. Which didn't stop them from breaking that rule with Iolaus. The rule can be avoided if you happen in be "in-between" universes when your double dies. Prime!Iolaus was killed by Dahak, while Mirror!Iolaus was trapped between the worlds. After Hercules brings Mirror!Iolaus back with him, and he loses his cowardice, everyone pretty much forgets that there ever was another Iolaus. Additionally, when Prime!Ares kills the Sovereign (Herc's double with a Beard of Evil) in-between worlds, Hercules is fine.
  • In Red Dwarf, Arnold Rimmer might technically be this to Ace Rimmer, having died in a nuclear accident and been brought back as a hologram in the pilot. Though in Ace's second appearance he's dying and attempting to convince Arnold to continue his dimension-hopping heroics. In Ace's second appearance he turned out to be the latest in a long series of alternate Rimmers who took up the mantle, so many that his predecessor's holo-bees comprise a Saturn-like planetary ring.
  • When Cole altered reality in another bid to get Phoebe to love him in Charmed, Paige (who was unaffected by the changes) discovers her counterpart in this new world is dead ("This universe sucks").
  • Several episodes of Earth: Final Conflict deal with the consequences of Liam and Augur accidentally traveling to an alternate universe where humanity never built cities and is in the process of being conquered by the Taelons. By the end of the episode, the leader of La Résistance in this 'verse, Jason (Ronald Sandoval's double) is killed. However, his girlfriend travels with Liam and Augur back to the prime universe and, eventually, meets her double. However, both start suffering the effects of two of them occupying the same universe. Eventually, they merge, but only the one from the alternate universe survives.
  • Inverted in The Flash (2014), where Barry learns that his mother is alive and well on Earth 2. Also, after his father is killed by Zoom, Barry learns that the real Jay Garrick (the Flash of Earth 3) is his father's double (his father previously mentioning that his mother's maiden name was Garrick). Also inverted with Harrison Wells, who has been dead for 15 years on Earth 1 but is still alive on Earth 2, Ronnie Raymond, whose Earth 2 double doesn't live past the episode he's introduced in but still outlives Earth 1's Ronnie, and Laurel Lance, who's killed by Damien Darhk on Earth 1, but her Earth 2 double is a villainous metahuman, who is captured and imprisoned. It's also mentioned on Earth 2's news that Oliver Queen died in the shipwreck, but his father Robert survived and became the Hood. The Earth 2 counterparts of Cisco, Caitlin, Stein, and Dante (Cisco's brother) are all, eventually, killed by Zoom. Then again, Earth 1's Dante and Stein eventually buy the farm too. For "Harry" Wells, there's also "H.R." Wells of Earth 19, who makes a Heroic Sacrifice in Season 3.
    • The Crisis on Earth-X crossover reveals that a number of characters from other worlds are dead on Earth-X. Sara Lance of that world was executed by her father's order for being bisexual, while Mick Rory died heroically rescuing cops from a burning building (yes, Earth-1!Mick is sickened by the thought of his double dying, while saving "pigs"). By the end of the crossover, Oliver's and Kara's doubles are dead as well, although they're bad guys, so... Inverted with Leonard Snart, whose Earth-X counterpart is alive and well (despite having a different sexual orientation). Also played straight with Earth-1's Ray Terrill, whose Earth-X double was killed by the New Reichsmen.
    • The Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover would do this would several other characters throughout the multiverse, before and after its conclusion, including:
  • The Man in the High Castle:
    • It is revealed that in this timeline Reichsmarshall Herman Goering and his family were executed on Hitler's orders because Goering tried to usurp power from his boss after he fell into a brief coma several years prior to 1962. This mirrors Goering's similar real life attempt at a coup when the Third Reich collapsed in 1945.
    • Inverted with Trade Minister Tagomi, who visits an alternate universe (from his perspective) where the Axis Powers lost World War II and his wife and son are both still alive and living in San Francisco. He spends considerable time there with them. His counterpart in our timeline is implied to have jumped off a bridge.
    • Frank Fink watches one of the Alternate Universe reels with Juliana, where he witnesses himself being executed by Joe Blake as part of a Nazi death squad. This is in a reality where the Space Cold War between the Nazis and Japanese "turned hot", and San Francisco was nuked and invaded by the Reich.
  • Star Trek: Discovery does this with the Mirror Universe. When the titular ship finds itself in that universe, her counterpart ends up in the Prime 'verse. There, her Terran crew tries to fight the much stronger Prime!Klingons and gets obliterated. By the end of the arc, a number of named Mirror Universe characters are dead, including Sylvia Tilly (AKA Captain Killy) and Paul Stamets. Mirror!Burnham is presumed dead. Inverted with Phillipa Georgiou, whose Mirror version (the Terran Emperor) is alive, although stuck in the Prime universe. Also played straight with Burnham's mother, who was killed in the Mirror Universe but is revealed to still be alive in the Prime 'verse, just stuck 1000 years in the future.
  • On The Magicians (2016), Josh and Julia travel to Timeline 23 and find that that universe's Julia, Eliot, and Margo are all dead. Likewise, Marina-23 and Penny-23 find out that their Timeline 40 (the main timeline) alternates are dead as well.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Road Less Traveled", the alternate universe version of Denise was killed in a motorcycle accident in the 1970s while her boyfriend Jeff McDowell was fighting in The Vietnam War. The alternate Jeff is delighted to see her alive and married to his counterpart in our universe in 1986.


    Video Games 
  • At the beginning of Chrono Cross, Serge finds himself transported to an alternate universe where he died ten years ago. Being the cheery game that it is, Another World is shown to be the better timeline for anyone not named Serge.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, this is foreshadowed with the way Alternate Tawna reacts to Coco's remark about her and Crash biting the dust. This ultimately comes off as Black Comedy, given the series' slapstick humor. In "Stowing Away", Tawna cites the reason why she prevents Crash and Coco from boarding Oxide's hovercraft to confront the N. Tropys by stating that she "can't lose [them] again". Later, the alternate N. Tropy from Tawna's dimension claims that she killed them herself.
  • At the end of Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse, Max dies and it is impossible to revive him. Fortunately, a Max from a parallel universe shows up to befriend Sam, explaining that his Sam had died in a similar manner. Interestingly, in Poker Night 2, when Sam tells this story, Max confirms it, even though it would be reversed for him.
  • In BioShock Infinite: The second time Booker and Elizabeth enter a new Columbia through a tear, it is one where Booker and Slate, together as members of the Vox Populi, helped to get them much more power over Columbia, but that Booker had a Heroic Sacrifice. Unfortunately, this version of Daisy Fitzroy, unlike earlier ones, is much more Ax-Crazy, and, upon learning that Booker is alive suddenly, immediately believes that Booker is either an imposter or a ghost, and tries to have him killed anyway, turning the group who had been following him against him.
    • Then there's Burial at Sea, where Booker's daughter wasn't kidnapped like in the main game, but died gruesomely because of him. He is mentally worse than his counterpart. He didn't hold onto her as tightly when he was kidnapping her, and she was decapitated by the tear, with the other Booker presumably cradling his headless child. This broke his faith in God and he went to Rapture for another fresh start, which also ends badly.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us the Green Arrow died standing up to Superman making for some awkward moments with the Green Arrow from the main universe. The alternate universe's Joker also died, at Superman's hand, after drugging Superman to make him think that Lois is Doomsday. The Lois of this world died because of that incident, while the Lois of Good Superman is alive.
  • A few instances of this is used in Super Robot Wars
  • The Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft is set in an alternate timeline some 30 years before the "present day" of the Prime timeline, with a whole bunch of AU versions of both major lore characters and minor NPCs. Granted, the titular warlords are all dead in the present day of the prime timeline, but the trope still sort of applies as the AU versions keep dying earlier than they're supposed to. For example, Orgrim Doomhammer, who dies during the Talador questline, lived to be a good twenty years older in the Prime timeline.
    • In a more straightforward example, the AU counterpart of Prophet Velen dies in a Heroic Sacrifice early in the expansion's storyline, while our own version is still alive.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII-2 the timeline is filled with paradoxes due to the effects of the Big Bad's chaos powers. The character of Alyssa discovers that her prime universe counterpart should have died, meaning that her continued existence is a result of one of these paradoxes. She lures the protagonists into a trap laid by the Big Bad because she fears that repairing the timeline will cause her to cease to exist.
  • Tales of Xillia 2 involves fractured dimensions. Fractured dimensions have fractured off of the prime dimension and revolve around the fact that something small is different in this dimension.
    • Several of the fractured dimensions include characters who died in the prequel to be alive in this dimension.
    • It's not revealed until much later, but Alternate Milla asks about Jude and learns of his father's former job in Exodus. While Jude isn't told this directly, nor did we see Alternate Milla's dimension for very long, she admits to herself that she must have killed Jude when he was a baby in her dimension.
    • Chapter 12 involves the party heading to a fractured dimension that overall seems rather happy... except majority of the party is dead. Killed several years ago. The only ones who survived are Milla and Muzét, who returned to the spirit realm, and Gaius, who remains permanently crippled. And this dimension's version of Ludger did it.
  • This trope is played with in the BlazBlue: Continuum Shift story Slight Hope. Through Cauldron timefuckery, Makoto finds herself pulled into a parallel world where she in fact exists... but her close friend Noel Vermillion never did. She only figures this out in one of two instances, from different sources each time: either from Relius Clover after a bout of prolonged and precision-guided mindrape, or from Rachel Alucard after being saved from an exceedingly irate Hazama. Interestingly, Hakumen is also from a timeline where Noel never existed, but neither he nor Makoto ever met to verify if they experienced the same one.
  • Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse: The Big Bad is an alternate version of Bertram, who was killed by Stewie in the episode "The Big Bang Theory." Part of his motive for traveling The Multiverse to amass an army is because he "can't possibly allow a universe to exist without me in it."
  • The death of Maya Amano led to the creation of an alternate timeline in Persona 2.
  • In Guacamelee! 2, we find out that the Juan we played as in the first game was the only Juan across the entire Mexiverse to actually win the final battle against the Big Bad, though fortunately other heroes were able to step up and defeat him in Juan's place.
  • In Into the Breach, Bethany and Isaac Jones are twin siblings from different timelines, where the other twin died during childbirth in each of their timelines.
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    Visual Novels 
  • Episode 7 of Umineko: When They Cry revolves around a new character named Lion discovering his/her alternate self Yasu, also known as Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice who dies tragically in every single timeline other than his/her own.
  • This happens at one point in Zero Time Dilemma when Sigma and Diana transport themselves to another timeline where they were killed. They even find the dead bodies of their alternate selves.

    Web Comics 
  • Inverted with Retrope in TV Tropes The Webcomic: she was killed in all known alternate universes but resurrected later in the Prime (and only in the Prime).
  • Inverted in El Goonish Shive; we find out that in Lord Tedd's dimension the original, non-hybrid Grace lived.
  • Homestuck:
    • The comic features a ridiculous amount of dead alternate selves for nearly every character that has been introduced so far. This is due to the rules that characterize SBURB: the only successful way to beat the game is, supposedly, following the so-called "alpha timeline", and the game (or rather, the possibly sentient entity called Paradox Space) will eventually punish whoever makes a choice that is different from what's predetermined in the alpha timeline, thus generating a "doomed" timeline in which Failure Is the Only Option. Dead alternate selves are also an important part of the plot, as players have access to where they reside in the afterlife, the "dream bubbles", through various means and they usually aid the players and at times even influence the plot in a significant way.
    • Other than doomed selves, one could also consider guardians to be actually alternate selves, since they are literally the same characters but with their roles switched (for instance, grandfather and grandson, or ancestor and descendant, or even older and younger bro). And guess what, "alternate me is dead" is true for each and every one of their kids version. In every universe so far.
    • Being a Time player, Dave has the power to go back and forth in time. When the Draconian Dignitary steals his copies of Rose's Journals from his room, he considers the idea to go back in time and stop the thief, only to discard the idea after noticing the corpse of his doomed timeline self lying on the floor of his very room, proof that he has actually already tried that.
  • Alternate Universes play a big role in the "Maze of Many" arc in Goblins, and several universes have different characters being alive/dead when compared to the prime universe. Alternate Universe #114 is probably the best example; Forgath, Complains and Big-Ears were killed during the battle at the goblin warcamp, while One-Eye (a minor character who died in the same battle in the main universe) survived and became an adventurer working alongside Minmax.

    Western Animation 
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, where Gwen goes back to time and prevents Kevin's mutation, it creates an alternate timeline where Gwen is killed by Charmcaster.
  • Justice League had "A Better World", where the League's counterparts, the Justice Lords, turned into an authoritarian group that controlled the world. What tipped them over into full Knight Templar mode? The Flash dying, implicitly at the hands of President Lex Luthor.
  • BIONICLE: Mazeka returns to the main dimension with a good version of Teridax from an alternate dimension. In the main dimension, the Teridax here is the Big Bad who recently managed to takeover Mata Nui's body and the entire Matoran Universe. Later, in a giant robot fight between Teridax and Mata Nui in the Prototype Robot, Teridax is killed after a Colony Drop by a planet hits his head.
  • In the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Worlds Without End", three Joes find their dead counterparts' corpses in an alternate universe where Cobra conquered the world.
  • Exploited in Rick and Morty. Rick takes advantage of this at the end of "Rick Potion #9"; when he accidentally releases a plague that causes a Cronenberg Apocalypse, he and Morty escape to a very particular universe where their counterparts cured the Cronenberg plague and were killed almost immediately afterwards by an unrelated incident, and take their place after burying them in the backyard. Notably, while Morty is rightfully deeply disturbed by the whole thing, Rick takes it all in stride and resumes with business as usual immediately afterwards, implying that it isn't the first time he has pulled this trick. They end up using it again some time later, when Morty accidentally compromises himself to the Squirrel Collective, with Rick complaining that they can only do this a limited number of times.


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