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A lot can get changed in adaptations, particularly when it comes to characters' deaths. Perhaps the death in the original medium was too graphic for the target audience. Perhaps the death was slow and therefore not suitable for a film's pacing. Or perhaps the adapted version of the character was so despised, they required a more graphic or elaborate death.

This is quite common in family-oriented works—where characters who died of illnesses get sudden and more immediate deaths to make them more accessible for children. Back in the days of The Hays Code, some deaths had to be changed to meet the standards of the film's censors. In works prone to Adaptation Expansion—where the original cause of death is not mentioned—this counts too in the sense of confirming what the cause was.


This trope can also be used to keep the adaptation interesting to those who are already familiar with the original version.

Note that it's only this trope if the character dies in both versions of the work. If the character dies in one but lives in the other, that's Death by Adaptation or Spared by the Adaptation. It is also only this trope if it's the same character. If Alice gets pushed off a bridge in the book, but Bob does in the movie, that's not this trope.

Compare Death by Adaptation, Spared by the Adaptation, Bloodier and Gorier, Lighter and Softer. As a death trope, expect unmarked spoilers.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball: A lot of the Red Ribbon Army's deaths are different in the movie Dragon Ball: The Path to Power.
    • In the original manga and anime, General Blue is given the chance to redeem himself by fighting and defeating Tao Pai Pai which is also meant for Tao to prove what he is capable of. Tao kills General Blue with his tongue. In Path To Power, since Tao doesn't even appear, General Blue is executed for his failure right away by low-level privates.
    • Although Commander Red is still shot by Staff Officer Black, it plays out differently. In the manga and anime, he is shot in the head. In Path To Power, Black shoots him in the side causing him to fall off a ledge.
    • When Staff Officer Black fights Goku in the manga and anime, Goku kills him by punching a hole in the machine he is piloting, causing it to explode. In Path To Power, Goku kills him using a Kamehameha in retaliation over Black killing Android 8.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Paragus is crushed inside his Saiyan space pod by his own son Broly when he tries to abandon him to death by comet impact. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Frieza blasts Paragus with a Death Beam in order to give Broly the rage trigger he needs to transform into a Super Saiyan.
  • In Trigun, Wolfwood is fatally wounded and dies alone in a church in the anime and dies from an overdose of regenerative drugs with Vash by his side during his final moments in the manga. Note that Wolfwood hadn't died yet in the manga when the anime was made.
  • Macross: Do You Remember Love? gives us a two-fer in the same scene: Roy Focker and Kamujin both die in the climactic escape from Britai's flagship, locked in combat. Roy pulls a Taking You with Me by shooting Kamujin in the back while Kamujin is grappling with him, causing them both to die in the explosion of Roy's Valkyrie. In Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the two never even meet, let alone kill each other. Roy was killed by a lucky shot from Millia. Kamujin, on the other hand, didn't die until the last episode, where he perished during a final futile kamikaze run against the Macross.
  • The original Gunslinger Girl anime ended before the manga did. As a result, Angelica's death is different between versions: in the manga she was shot while in the anime she degenerated and died at the end of the series. Gunslinger Girl Teatrino retconned this into Maria just falling asleep, but it's inconsistent if it's a sequel to the original anime or not (most obviously, Angelica has a completely different design).
  • The English dub of Sonic X tried to censor Maria's death by saying she was taken away, not shot during the ARK massacre. They, however, forgot that Maria had a terminal illness that her grandfather Gerald was trying to cure. With Shadow in a coma and Gerald executed, there's no way she survived the past 50 years. As a result the dub unintentionally changed it so that Maria died of NIDS, not a gunshot wound.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: Shion's death at the end of Meakashi-hen differs between the anime and visual novel/manga. In the former, she ripped her shirt while climbing up a building and accidentally fell the entire way down. In the original, her death was intentional; she hit a platform beneath her and, realizing all the atrocities she'd committed, decided to let herself fall to the ground.
  • In the manga adaptation of Big Hero 6, Tadashi Hamada doesn't die in a fire, he gets sucked into a portal while trying to help Robert Callaghan bring his daughter Abigail back after she disappeared in a Teleporter Accident. His brother Hiro believes that he could be alive in Another Dimension but Baymax confirmed that he wasn't in the Acid-Trip Dimension where they found Abigail.
  • Larxene's death in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories was changed in the manga adaptation from fading away like most Nobodies, to self-destructing from contact with water.
  • The anime of Fairy Tail is a largely faithful adaptation of the manga, but makes a distinct deviation with how Gray kills Tempester with his Demon Slayer ice. In the manga, Gray freezes him solid with little fanfare; in the anime, Tempester goes down fighting Laxus and disintegrates into toxic mist to take Fairy Tail with him, which Gray turns into harmless snow.
  • Adon Coborlwitz from Berserk is killed by the same person — Casca in all of the adaptations of the Golden Age Arc, but the methods on how Casca kills him are different. In the manga, she vaults over him and cuts him a Glasgow Grin with a single sweep of her rapier, cutting into his skull. In the 1997 anime, Casca does the same thing, only she cuts a little higher, bisecting Adon's entire head horizontally. In the second Golden Age movie, she takes her sword and stabs him right in his bragging mouth with it.
  • In the anime of School-Live! Taromaru the dog is bitten by the zombified Megumi and later dies after he is given the cure but his body gives out from the stress. In the manga Taromaru only shows up in a single flashback and becomes a zombie a page later with his ultimate fate left unsaid, existing largely just as part of an explanation about the behaviour of the zombies and that the virus can infect any mammal.

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • In the official canon, the Namekian Great Elder Guru dies of natural causes because of his old age. Abridged looks like it'll go in the same direction, so Guru confesses that he single-handedly caused the Great Drought that ravaged their planet, then pinned the blame on the Albino Namekians, causing the green-skinned Namekians to exterminate them. However, Guru fails to die after this, so the enraged Namekians rip him limb-from-limb and devour him and village elder Moori claims the mantle of Great Elder.
    • Goku and Yamcha both die differently in Trunks's timeline in the abridged series. In canon, Goku dies of a virus that he was infected with that attacks the heart, while Yamcha is killed by the androids along with the other Z Fighters. In the abridged series, Goku dies of a heart attack that resulted from high cholesterol due to eating too much bacon, and Yamcha is Driven to Suicide upon finding out Vegeta got Bulma pregnant.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can't outright say that Applejack's parents passed away about ten years before the start of the series, but has quite strongly implied it. In the Abridged Series Scootertrix the Abridged, Applejack's mother is still alive in the present day, but dies of unknown causes in Episode 23.
  • In The Web Of The Spider Man, Peter's parents were Oscorp scientists who were killed in a lab accident rather than government agents who died in a plane crash.
  • Warriors Redux: In canon, Spottedleaf had her throat slit. In Warriors Redux, she went for a walk one evening, never came back, and was later found drowned. As a result, no one noticed she had been murdered until several months afterwards when another seer was attacked (though they survived).
  • re:Bound: Roman is killed during his fight with Ruby in episode 1 when Ruby accidentally uses the wrong side of her weapon on him. In canon, he dies by being eaten by a Grimm at the end of volume 3.
  • In Alternate History, Yue still dies giving up her spirit in exchange for the moon spirit's. She just dies twenty years later than in canon and in different circumstances.
  • RWBY: Scars: Penny's death scene is much different than in canon. In RWBY canon, Emerald uses her semblance to make Pyrrha see hundreds of spears, instead of only a few, so Pyrrha reflects the attack. This causes the wires to squeeze Penny until she snaps in half. In RWBY; Scars, Emerald causes Pyrrha to see a Beowolf in the arena instead of Penny. Pyrrha stabs the 'Beowolf' in the stomach, cuts off its leg, and cuts off its head. It's only after it's dead that the illusion is broken and Pyrrha learns that she murdered Penny (and after the battle had already ended at that).
  • In RWBY canon, Summer Rose disappeared one day on a mission and never came back. In Let Us Be Your Poison, she was arrested in Atlas and publically executed for terrorism (more specifically, bombing the largest dust mine in the world).

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • A Dog's Purpose: Ellie the German shepherd does die, but the book has her dying from old age, while the movie has her being shot by a criminal while protecting her handler and dying in his arms.
  • In Batman, Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by Jack Napier (AKA, the Joker). In the original comics, they were the victims of a random mugger.
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017): We are never told how Belle's mother died in the original. In the remake it's said to be from the plague.
  • The film adaptation of Carousel changes Billy's death from a suicide to him falling on his knife by accident.
  • Carrie:
    • In the 1976 film Margaret gets impaled by various kitchen knives instead of Carrie stopping her heart using her powers.
    • The 2002 film has most of the teens getting killed when a scoreboard hits the wet floor, electrocuting everyone. It's said in the book that only a couple got electrocuted, while everyone else just burned to death.
  • For censorship reasons, Martha's suicide was edited in the The Children's Hour film from death by shooting to death by hanging.
  • The real Mary of Guise died of dropsy. In Elizabeth she is poisoned by Walsingham as part of a plot.
  • In the original Godzilla movie, Godzilla is killed by a special weapon called the Oxygen Destroyer. In the 1998 American version, the army just keeps firing missiles at Godzilla until he's dead.
  • From Here to Eternity was forced by censorship to downplay the abuse that Maggio suffered in the stockade and suggest that the real reason he died was from falling off a milk truck after he escaped.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Sirius in The Order of the Phoenix gets hit with a stunner from Bellatrix and falls through a veil by accident. The film adaptation has him hit with the Killing Curse. Interestingly enough the scene was filmed as it was in the book, and the "Avada Kedavra" incantation was dubbed in later.
    • Hedwig's death in The Deathly Hallows is the same method, but the circumstances change. In the book she is hit by a stray Killing Curse when Harry first escapes Privet Drive. In the film she pulls a Heroic Sacrifice - taking a curse meant for Harry.
    • Bellatrix is only said to have been hit with a spell by Molly Weasley in the book. In the film she actually explodes instead.
    • Downplayed with Voldemort, who leaves a body after his curse rebounds on him in the book. In the film he disintegrates.
  • The Hobbit:
    • In the book, Azog was killed by Dáin during a battle 140 years beforehand. In the movies, he survived that battle and he and Thorin Mutual Kill one another during the Battle of the Five Armies.
    • The Master of Lake-town survived the main events of the book, but in the epilogue is revealed to have fled into the wilderlands and starved to death. In the third movie, he's crushed by Smaug's corpse.
  • Into the Woods: Jack's mother dies in the stage version when the steward clubs her on the head. In the film he pushes her, and she accidentally hits her head off a fallen tree.
  • James Bond:
    • Dr. No: In the novel, Bond uses a crane to bury Dr. No under a mountain of guano where he is crushed/suffocated. In the film, Bond knocks him into the boiling water of his reactor pool, and his metal hands make it impossible for him to get a grip on the wet metal of the gantry and he slides beneath the water.
    • In From Russia with Love, James Bond kills Red Grant by stabbing him in the groin with a dagger. The film adaptation has Bond strangle him with his own garrotte.
  • The Jungle Book (2016): While Akela dies in the novel, he ends up dying after the battle with the Red Dogs. This version has him dying earlier, being mauled by Shere Khan and flung off a cliff while Shere Khan takes control of the wolf pack.
  • Both major film adaptations of A Little Princess have Sara's father dying in a war as opposed to Brain Fever due to Science Marches On and combined this with Spared by the Adaptation as he conveniently turns up alive later.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • At the climax of the story, Gollum dies while falling into Mount Doom with the Ring, but the book and the film depict the exact circumstances a bit differently. In the book, Gollum trips and falls over the precipice while celebrating his retaking of the Ring. This was filmed, but when translated to film this ending came off as too anticlimactic. A couple of other scenarios were tried, and what eventually made it to the screen was that Frodo, still caught in his own desire for the Ring, started struggling with Gollum for it again, eventually resulting in both falling over the precipice together. Gollum fell into the lava with the Ring, but Frodo managed to grab the ledge, and Sam managed to pull him up and out of immediate danger.
    • Théodred was killed in battle in the book, while in the movie he was only seriously wounded and brought back to Meduseld alive before succumbing to his wounds, possibly with assistance from Gríma.
  • In The Mosquito Coast, Harrison Ford's character, Allie Fox is killed by a gunshot. This overlaps with Pragmatic Adaptation as the version from the book would have been graphic and hard to film, involving him being torn to pieces by seagulls.
  • Mowgli: Similar to The Jungle Book (2016), Akela dies, but he gets accidentally shot by John Lockwood (who's trying to shoot Shere Khan) and dies from the wound in this movie.
  • Rebecca's eponymous Posthumous Character in the book goaded Maxim into shooting her. In order to keep the spoiler tagged character sympathetic to the Hays Code, the film has her accidentally tripping on a net and knocking herself out.
  • The Secret Garden (1993) changes Mary's parents dying slowly in a cholera epidemic, to dying suddenly in an earthquake.
  • Sin City:
    • In the original comic book, Becky gets gunned down alongside Manute's men by Dwight and the girls of Old Town. In the film, she escapes the ambush and it looks like she has survived. However, a coda at the end of the film shows her being cornered in an elevator at the hospital by the Professional Killer known as the Salesman. This forms a bookend with "The Customer is Always Right" vignette that opens the film.
    • In the extended edition of the film's The Big Fat Kill, Manute escapes the hail of bullets where he died in the book only to be bisected by Miho.
  • In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Admiral Ackbar dies of old age, 25 years after the Battle of Endor. In the new canon, specifically in The Last Jedi, Ackbar instead dies 32 years after Endor, when a First Order torpedo destroys the bridge of the Raddus.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Shredder is frozen by Krang, a fate that implies death(unless Harmless Freezing is involved). In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Shredder is Killed Off for Real when the support beams of the docks fall on him and crush him. Both are changes from the original comic, where Leonardo stabs Shredder with his (Leonardo's) katana.
  • V for Vendetta
    • In the original comic-book miniseries, Adam Susan is assassinated by Rose Almond, who blames his government for all the misery that she's suffered since her husband's death. In the film, Adam Sutler is killed by Creedy in a bid to take over Norsefire.
    • In the original comic, Gordon Dietrich is killed by Ally Harper over some unspecified deal. In the movie, Gordon is killed by Creedy's goons for mocking Sutler.
  • The Wolf Man 2010: In the original film, the Wolfman was beaten to death with a silver cane by his father. Here, he is shot with a Silver Bullet (as typical for Werewolf Works) by his love interest Gwen.
  • Minor examples in Land of Oz:
    • In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy intentionally throws the water on the Wicked Witch in the book. (She was still unaware of its effects when she threw it.) In the film she's trying to put out a fire and the water accidentally splashes on the witch.
    • The Muppets adaptation has Dorothy kick the Witch into a tub she had prepared to bathe in which consists entirely of bottle water (the only kind of water she can withstand in this version)... Or so she thought until one of the flying monkeys reveals that he finished filling the tub using a hose upon running out of bottle water.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Ant-Man, Darren Cross is killed when his Yellowjacket suit (tampered with by Scott Lang) crushes him to death, but in the comics, he dies of natural causes (essentially a heart attack) during a fight with Scott.
    • In Avengers: Infinity War:
      • Loki is strangled to death by Thanos, but in the comics, he's died or been killed a variety of times but never by Thanos.
      • The Vision is killed when Thanos tears the Mind Stone out of his head, but in the comics, he was torn apart by She-Hulk during Avengers Disassembled.
    • Avengers: Endgame:
    • In Black Panther, Erik Killmonger is killed by a mortal wound sustained while fighting T'Challa, but in the comics, he was killed by Monica Rambeau flying through his chest at light-speed.
    • In Captain America: Civil War:
      • King T'Chaka is killed in a terrorist explosion set off by Helmut Zemo, in contrast to the comics, where he was shot by Ulysses Klaw.
      • In the comics, Howard and Maria Stark were killed in a car accident. The film instead reveals that they were assassinated by the Winter Solider, who subsequently staged the crime scene to make it look like they'd died in a car accident.
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jasper Sitwell is torn from a moving vehicle by the Winter Soldier to his presumed death, but in the Captain America: Winter Soldier comic book storyline, he's shot to death by a brainwashed Black Widow.
    • In Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell is shot and killed by Yon-Rogg, but in the comics, he famously died of cancer.
    • In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One is killed by Kaecilius. In the comics, the actual killer was Shuma-Gorath, an extradimensional Eldritch Abomination that hasn't debuted in the MCU by the movie release.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy: Meredith Quill died of brain cancer (which the sequel later revealed was actually caused by Ego), whereas in the comics, she was shot by a pair of Badoon assassins who wanted to kill her and her son.
    • In Iron Man 3:
      • Maya Hansen is killed by Aldrich Killian's Extremis, but in the comics, she's killed by an unnamed A.I.M. goon afflicted with Extremis.
      • Killian is killed by an Extremis-afflicted Pepper Potts, but in the comics, Killian's death is a suicide.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, the Valkyrie identified as Bruunhilde is killed by Hela, but in the comics, she died (for the first time) during Ragnarok.
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: Due to the modernization of this film replacing the swords with guns, instead of stabbing herself in the heart at the end, Juliet shoots herself in the head.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In American Gods Mad Sweeney drank a full bottle of whiskey and froze to death in the snow, in Starz's adaptation he is impaled with Gungnir while fighting over it with Shadow, and then sends it to his hoard before dying.
  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dr. Orwell is killed by a buzz saw. In the 2017 TV adaptation, she falls into a furnace.
  • The Arrowverse (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl (2015), and Legends of Tomorrow) alter many from DC Comics:
    • In the comics, both of Oliver Queen's parents were Together in Death (how exactly is Depending on the Writer) before his disappearance. In the show, his father performed a Heroic Suicide when he and Oliver were Lost at Sea so the latter could have all the supplies for himself, while Oliver's mother was killed by Slade Wilson near the end of Oliver's second year as a superhero.
    • In the comics, her family's massacre was part of Helena Bertinelli's backstory in becoming the Huntress. Here, her father lives to see her don the identity and is killed in a crossfire during her second year as a costumed vigilante/criminal.
    • In the comics, Dinah Laurel Lance's mother and predecessor dies via cancer. In the show, her sister and predecessor was murdered (though she gets better).
    • In the comics, the murders of Tatsu Yamashiro's husband and children at the hands of the yakuza are an integral part of her backstory in becoming Katana. In the show, Tatsu's child dies due to a virus outbreak while she forcefully kills her husband in combat while already donning her superhero costume.
    • In the comics, Larry Lance dies Taking the Bullet for his wife Dinah Drake. In the show it's still the same, except he did it for the Alternate Self of his late daughter Dinah Laurel Lance.
    • Eobard Thawne was initially killed in the comics by Barry snapping his neck. In the show, his ancestor Eddie commits suicide to Ret Gone him.
    • In the comics, Firestorm dies when his physical half, Ronnie Raymond, gets impaled with a special sword and blows up. In the show, Ronnie dies by using the energy he and Martin Stein produce every time they do and undo their Fusion Dance in order to close a wormhole that would have devoured Central City. Stein survives both encounters.
    • In the comics, Iris West's mother (usually) dies via cancer. In the show, it's via McGregor's Syndrome.
    • In the comics, Henry Allen dies while in prison before his son Barry can prove his innocence. In the show, he was released but is ultimately murdered by Hunter Zolomon to spite Barry.
    • The comic version of Savitar was accidentally disintegrated by Barry due to Eobard Thawne tampering with the Speed Force. In the third season of The Flash, Iris shoots Savitar through the back.
    • In the comics, Future Flash dies in a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat William Selkirk. In the show, he is subject to a Ret Gone when Iris' death at Savitar's hands is prevented.
    • In the comics, Clifford DeVoe dies of cancer. His televison counterpart tries to stave off dying from ALS by stealing the bodies of several metahumans, including Ralph Dibny, but Barry deletes his consciousness with the help of his own Thinking Cap.
    • In the comics, Zor-El dies when Krypton exploded (usually). In the show, it's because of an off-screen Heroic Sacrifice to ensure that Argo City would still function.
    • In the comics, Martian Manhunter's father did die on Mars. In the show, it's revealed that he actually survived, only to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to save Earth during the Supergirl Season 3 finale.
  • Game of Thrones did this to several characters that also exist in the books.
    • Ser Roderick Cassel was killed by Theon Greyjoy in the show, as opposed to Ramsay Bolton like in the books.
    • Pyat Pree was killed by Daenerys' dragons at the end of Season 2, where Pyat Pree was left alive at first, then possibly killed by Euron Greyjoy.
    • Mance Rayder is killed by Melisandre in Season 5. In the books, he isn't killed by this, but is sent to Winterfell, where according to a letter sent by Ramsay Bolton, he has been taken captive and is being tortured to death.
    • Maester Aemon dies at the Wall in the show, rather than in Braavos while waiting for a ship to take them to Oldtown.
    • Jon Snow is killed by Alliser Thorne, Olly, and two other members of the Night's Watch due to allowing the Wildlings to move south of the Wall in the show. In the books, he is killed by Bowen Marsh and other black brothers because he decides to personally venture south to attack Ramsay Bolton in retaliation for the letter Ramsay sent him, and the contents therein.
    • Ygritte goes from being killed by a nameless archer in a skirmish before the Battle of Castle Black to being killed by Olly during the main battle.
    • The Lord o' Bones/Rattleshirt is killed by Tormund at Hardhome versus being burned alive in Mance Rayder's place.
    • Styr, the Magnar of Thenn, is killed by Jon Snow sticking an axe into his head, as opposed to the book death of him falling from the wall while attempting to climb it during the Battle of Castle Black.
    • Balon Greyjoy was personally killed by his brother Euron long after the conclusion of the War of the Five Kings, as opposed to the books where he's killed by a faceless man in the midst of the war.
    • Kevan Lannister is killed by Cersei's wildfire bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor in Season 6 of the show, where in the books, he is killed in the epilogue of A Dance with Dragons by Varys.
    • Grand Maester Pycelle is killed by Qyburn in the show, whereas he is also killed by Varys in the epilogue of Dance. However, the manner of death is the same, with him being stabbed to death by Varys' little birds on both counts.
  • In The Gifted, the Frost Sisters went from being a quintet to being a trio when their creators killed Mindee and Celeste as a punishment for Esme, Phoebe, and Sophie's rebellion against them. In New X-Men, Sophie died from an overdose of Kick, which she had taken in order to defeat Quentin Quire and stop his rampage through the Xavier Academy, while Esme was murdered by Xorn during the "Planet X" mess.
  • In the book 13 Reasons Why, it's said that Hannah overdosed on pills. In the TV series, she slits her wrists and bleeds out in the bathtub.
  • The Walking Dead did this to several characters that also exist in the comics.
    • Amy gets bitten and turns before her sister Andrea finally pits her out. It's nearly the same in the comics, except Andrea Mercy Kills her before she turns.
    • Otis gets Devoured by the Horde thanks to being sacrificed by Shane in the show, instead of being bitten by Walkers in the Prison Arc like in the comics.
    • In the show, Dale Horvath gets Mercy Killed by Canon Foreigner Daryl Dixon after getting mauled by a walker. In the comics, it was Andrea who puts him down but due to getting bitten and having his remaining leg eaten by Cannibals.
    • In the show, Shane Walsh was fatally stabbed by Rick Grimes before the latter's son Carl puts down the former's reanimated corpse. In the comics, it was Carl who kills Shane and it wasn't until much later when Rick puts down his reanimated corpse.
    • Patricia is Devoured by the Horde while getting out of the Greene farm in the show. In the comics, she dies via Boom, Headshot! during the conclusion of the Prison Arc.
    • Lori Grimes suffers Death by Childbirth in the show during the beginning of the Prison Arc , whereas she and her baby were blown-off by a shotgun during said Arc's conclusion in the comics.
    • In the show, Donna is bitten by a walker in her right arm and is Mercy Killed by Tyreese before reanimation. In the comics, she's bitten in the face first by a walker before being Devoured by the Horde.
    • In the show, Ben was killed because he walks right in front of the Governor in a botched assassination by Canon Foreigner Merle Dixon. In the comics, Carl kills him. However, he's a Decomposite Character, and his Gender Flipped counterpart Lizzie Samuels dies Truer to the Text with the exception that it was Carol who did the job.
    • While the cause of death is similar, Andrea dies differently in the mediums. In the show it happened in a much earlier timeline and it's because she's tied to a chair when an ally-turned walker bit her before committing Suicide by Cop using Rick's revolver before she herself turns. In the comics, she discovers she was bitten after fighting a Walker horde during the Whisperers arc, and she actually turns before Rick puts her out for good with a knife.
    • In the show, Allen was killed by the Governor because he did not approved of the latter being a Bad Boss. In the comics, he dies via Walker bite infection. However, he's a Decomposite Character, and his other counterpart Ryan Samuels dies Truer to the Text but only in a later time.
    • In the show, Caesar Martinez was betrayed by the Governor and gets thrown to a horde of Walkers. In the comics, Rick Grimes runs him over and is then put down by Lilly Caul.
    • In the show, the Governor brutally hacks Hershel Greene's head off before his reanimated head was put-out by Michonne for good. In the comics, the Governor just headshots him.
    • In the show, the Governor was impaled by Michonne before Lilly Chambler fatally shoots him. In the comics, Lily Caul fatally shoots him before kicking his corpse to the Walkers to be Devoured by the Horde.
    • In the show, Tyreese dies because of massive blood loss and infection, first by Walker bite then by an already late Life-or-Limb Decision. In the comics, he's the one who suffered the fate of Hershel's TV counterpart mentioned above.
    • In the show, Holly was killed by one of the Wolves and is put down by Denise before reanimation. In the comics, she was killed by Negan after a botched assassination attempt and her Walker form was put down by Rick after she bit Denise's arm.
    • In the show, Nicholas committed suicide in a middle of a Walker attack. In the comics, he was brutally hacked during the Saviors War and is put down by a Red Shirt before reanimation.
    • In the show, Ron Anderson was Devoured by the Horde while attempting to leave Alexandria. The show made him a Decomposite Character consisting of two brothers; the younger brother Sam dies Truer to the Text, while the In Name Only older brother was killed by Michonne after holding both Rick and Carl at gunpoint following his mother and younger brother's deaths.
    • In the show, Denise Cloyd dies via Moe Greene Special courtesy of Dwight. In the comics, she dies because of a Walker bite and is then Mercy Killed by Michonne before reanimation.
    • In the show, Abraham Ford dies after Negan repeatedly whacks his head with a barbwire-infused baseball bat. In the comics, he's the one who suffered the fate of Denise's TV counterpart mentioned above.
    • While Glenn Rhee still dies after getting his head repeatedly whacked by Negan using a barbwire-infused baseball bat, the circumstances behind it are different in the mediums. In the show it happened as retaliation by Negan after Daryl Dixon retaliated against him for taunting Rosita Espinosa with Abraham's death mentioned above. In the comics, Glenn is simply Negan's chosen victim like Abraham's TV counterpart was.
    • In the show, Dr. Emmett Carson was burned to death after being tossed by Negan in the Savior's furnace. In the comics, he was decapitated by Alpha along with eleven others.
    • In the show, Olivia was shot in the face by Arat. In the comics, she was decapitated by Alpha along with the aforementioned Dr. Emmett Carson and ten others.
    • Happened with Tyreese's respective female relatives in both mediums. In the show, his sister Sasha performs a Heroic Suicide that is similar to Holly's death from the comics mentioned above to officially kickstart the Saviors War. In the comics, his daughter Julie dies via botched Suicide Pact during the Prison Arc.
  • In A Christmas Carol, we don't know how Jacob Marley died, but it was most likely a drawn-out illness, since in a flashback to the year it happened, another character mentions having heard that he "lies on the point of death." In A Christmas Carol: The Musical, he dies suddenly of a heart attack in his and Scrooge's counting house.
  • While Power Rangers does use footage from Super Sentai, it sometimes changes the deaths of the monsters whether it be; promoting a new toy, the original death being too graphic for American censors, or if the monster appeared when a certain arsenal did or did not appear in either country. For example:
    • In Tokumei Sentai Go Busters, the fifth Metaloid the Go-Busters face, Tireloid, is killed when Ryuji/Blue Buster ends up triggering his Weakpoint and goes berserk, brutally killing him. In Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, Tireloid's counterpart, Cycletron, is the first Robotron they fight and ends up going down at the hands of Devon/Red Beast Morpher Ranger and his Morph-X Blaster.

    Myths & Religion 
  • While many, if not most, versions of the legend of Faust end with Faust's demise, the method in which he goes often differs. Originally, Faust is allowed until he finds a moment of satisfaction. Eventually, that moment comes and he dies on the spot. Others simply end with Faust being taken to Hell by the demons he trafficked with. The 1994 movie ends with Faust being struck by a car.

  • In chapter 3 of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Kiyotaka Ishimaru is bludgeoned to death with a hammer by Hifumi Yamada, who was acting under the orders of Celestia Ludenburg. In the stage adaptation, however, he is killed alongside chapter 2's culprit, Mondo Owada, because he refused to vote for Mondo as the killer.
  • In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo commits suicide with poison. In West Side Story, Tony is shot by Chino, the equivalent of Paris.

    Video Games 
  • Whenever the plot of a world is essentially the plot of the movie that said world represents in Kingdom Hearts, there are chances of the villains deaths being played out differently.
    • In Tarzan, Clayton falls and ends up hanging himself. In Kingdom Hearts I, the Stealth Sneak the party fights alongside him in his boss fight collapses on him, crushing him.
    • In The Little Mermaid, Eric kills Ursula by impaling her with the ship he is steering. In Kingdom Hearts II, he throws the trident right through her instead.
    • In The Lion King, Scar is eaten alive by his fellow Hyenas. In Kingdom Hearts II, he becomes a heartless and continues his fight against Simba only to immediately die upon defeat.
    • In Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Jafar's lamp is kicked into the lava by Iago, effectively destroying him. In Kingdom Hearts II, he dies the instant he's beaten in his boss fight, with his lamp simply vanishing the moment he does.
    • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the gargoyle that Frollo is standing on break off, sending him falling to his death. In Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, it plays out the same way in Sora's story, but in Riku's story, he is blown off the church by the boss of the world, Wargoyle.
    • In TRON: Legacy, Rinzler dies in a failed kamikaze to give the heroes more time to escape from Clu. This time around, Clu murders Rinzler when Sora sets the latter free in his scenario. Rinzler's fate is not revealed in Riku's scenario, but is assumed to be the same as the film.
    • Even between games, deaths may change. In the original GBA Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vexen gets stabbed in the back by Axel after Sora defeats him. He briefly pleads for his life before Axel strikes him again, thus killing him. In the remake, or PS2 port, Re: Chain of Memories, however, Axel shoots him with a fireball once to shut him up before he can reveal Organization XIII's secret to Sora, then snaps his fingers and literally burns him up. Depending on who you ask, the former may be seen as more brutal and the latter as being Lighter and Softer. Then again, in the remake Vexen is given no time to beg for mercy which to some might be seen as more ruthless, and he burns to death even if it is all over within a matter of seconds. So an argument for which death is more brutal can be made for both versions, really.
  • A Little Lily Princess halves the difference between the original's Brain Fever and other adaptations' more natural deaths by having Sara's father die due to a combination of the shock he received upon learning that his family was destitute as well as a physical illness he was also going through at the time. His lawyer says explicitly that either alone could not have killed him but both together weakened him enough that he could not fight back.
  • Historically and in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Sima Shi died of illness. Dynasty Warriors 8, however, sees him get killed in an ambush by his enemies, which was mainly done so that there would be a branching point to open the hypothetical route, where he ends up living.
  • In the original version of Ratchet & Clank, Chairman Drek rushes towards his frankenstein planet in a Villainous Breakdown, and Ratchet turns the Deplanetizer, intending to destroy Veldin, towards that location and fires. While this is still the way Drek died in the film and reimaginging, the circumstances were changed so that Dr. Nefarious turns Drek into a sheep, and sends him to the planet on an escape pod. The planet's destruction was made an accident as a side affect of stopping Nefarious from destroying Umbris and setting off a chain reaction that would destroy countless planets.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Super Buu never uses his Human Extinction Attack to kill off the entire population of Earth. They end up dying anyway when Kid Buu blows up the planet later, but in the meantime, you've got more time to do all the sidequests.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Redwall book Martin the Warrior, Felldoh goes down in a blaze of glory, fighting tens of soldiers at once, Rose dies fighting Badrang when he throws her against a wall, and Badrang the Tyrant is stabbed by Martin to avenge all the evil he's done. In the animated adaptation, however, Felldoh is taken down by only a handful of soldiers, Badrang stabs Rose while holding her hostage, and Badrang falls down a pit onto Martin's sword.
  • Spawn: While Billy Kincaid was killed by Al Simmons (AKA Spawn) himself in canon, but in the animated series, he decides to spare the him. However Billy still dies by Violator's hand via a gun when he ceased to be a valuable Unwitting Pawn for him anymore.


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