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"[player character] choked on his own vomit/was killed by an exploding frog/was killed by trying too hard to be a great writer/broke his leg while kicking at the air/died of exhaustion on a bad day/died of old age."
— Some of the weirdest ways to die in ADOM

Some games have a large variety of unique animations for deaths other than the standard "take too much damage and then collapse". These are most likely to be adventure games in which you face a variety of perils, but sometimes action games can have a lot of ways to die.

Likewise, Gamebooks and Interactive Fiction let you die in many different ways, some of them quite morbid.

It's occasionally lampshaded by some of the classic point-and-click adventure games, in the form of Have a Nice Death. When the game has only one or two unique ways to fail that may not always involve death, it's Non Standard Game Over. If some of the deaths result from pure player stupidity, this overlaps with Yet Another Stupid Death.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Rebuild World, Alpha uses her Perception Filter abilities to create holograms for Akira to train with, be it fighting monsters or training in hand-to-hand combat. Whenever he would die to the real thing, she leaves a hologram of Akira's corpse to show how gruesome his death would be. The floor is usually littered with dozens of dead and mutilated Akira holograms by the end of their training sessions.

    Fan Works 
  • Fate of the Clans: Due to the nature of the Throne of Heroes, a Servant has already died numerous times. Since the Throne is off the time axis and with the existence of alternate timelines, the Heroic Spirits have actually been fighting and dying for millennia.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure
    • Ever wanted to be broken into pieces and reassembled into the form of a robot? A book in the "younger readers" series called Your Very Own Robot has this as one of its endings. The other endings are not morbid at all. When Your Very Own Robot was re-released you magically changed into a robot in that ending, so at least the editors caught it. Still the scariest ending in the book, though.
    • Some of the more gruesome deaths from Choose Your Own Adventure are dissolving into a puddle of chemical waste in the aptly-named The Worst Day of your Life and eating honey from some space bees that only makes you think you've turned into a bee yourself in the "super adventure" Journey to the Year 3000.
    • One particularly horrific ending was a book in which two spirits to whom you owe a debt (or something) take your body as payment — and divide it between the two of them. Part of the description included one wrenching a rib from your body.
    • There's at least one book where an ending is cut off abruptly with "CENSORED DUE TO VIOLENCE."
    • One of the more horrific ones involved being transformed into a lost soul and being forced to revisit, and take part in, moments of great violence from the past — Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, etc. — forever.
    • The Lost Jewels of Nabooti: since the gamebook doesn't have the pages to cover your time and effort exploring the wrong country, if your character decides to visit Morocco they are killed before they can get there. Specifically, a midget dressed as a little girl kills you with an exploding robot dog. Quite apart from being utterly bizarre, the book makes sure to specifically mention the "thousand brilliant shards of metal" that tear you apart in the explosion.
  • The Mystery of Chimney Rock
    • Many truly horrifying ways to die or fail in this one, a couple of which could qualify as Nonstandard Game Overs. One ending has you accidentally breaking a china cat; you promise the angry resident witch that you'll pay for it, to which she responds, "Oh yes, you'll pay." You then start picking up the broken pieces, and continue, and THERE IS NO END.
    • You can also get shrunken down and eaten by the cat on page 98.
    • Another ending has you escaping from the haunted house after being told Don't Look Back by a ghostly creature. Of course, if you don't like that ending, you can choose to look back anyway, and the resulting page doesn't even explain what happened... it's just a long scream, trailing down the page, cut off at the end by a THUNK.
  • Nintendo Adventure Books
    • A similar Non-Standard Game Over appears in Pipe Down! One of the routes in the book has your path blocked by a Clawgrip (a boss crab from Super Mario Bros. 2). If you don't have the correct item in your inventory, or refuse to give it to him, they run. The Clawgrip gives chase, and Mario yells for Luigi to throw some coins. If they don't have any, or you don't want them to throw any, the result on the ending page is a huge "PINCH!" in an explosion graphic that takes up the entire page.
    • All the Nintendo Adventure Books particularly exemplify this trope, since you die in most endings (complete with "GAME OVER!") except the one correct one in each book. For example, the aforementioned Pipe Down! has an instance where the Mario Bros. must choose between one of three pipes to continue. If you have an item with you (a basketball), it can be used to find the right path. If you missed the basketball and choose blind, the Bros. will either find the right path, go around in a circle, or get eaten by the Piranha Plant waiting at the bottom.
  • There is a time-travel style CYOA involving pirates, where one of the endings involves you being put on the rack. It talks about your joints and muscles stretching beyond breaking point, and pain, and then everything goes black.
  • There's a particular CYOA book involving ocean exploration where you can be strangled, killed by a waterspout, executed, crushed by a boat, eaten alive by a squid, ripped to shreds by robots, drowned, fed to a shark, or tied up, gagged, and tossed overboard by pirates. Read up, children!
  • "Oh, no! You're stuck in a time warp! (turn to page -number-, quick!)" *flip* "Nothing warps the human brain faster than a time warp. (turn to page -number-)" *flip back* "Oh, no! You're stuck in a time warp! ..."
  • One rather disturbing one had you uncover an illegal poaching operation while hiking in the Canadian woods. If you chose to investigate more closely, you'd be captured at gunpoint, and then taken to the middle of the camp, which had a small warehouse with its own elevator. The poachers would take you to the bottom floor, kick you out, and then simply leave, and never came back. The description of the ending finished by describing how things got very cold....and then very quiet....
  • There was one that was about a bicycle race, of all the non-threatening things — and they still managed to work in a bizarre death. How, you ask? Well, if you choose to take a bath before the race, your radio falls into the bathtub and electrocutes you. Enjoy your next bathtime, kids!
  • A very similar death appears in Daredevil Park; the variation is that your character decides to play video games while in the bathtub, and it's the television that falls in. Yeah.
  • There was this one that dealt with the Revolutionary War. One of the endings had you captured, killed, and ceremonially eaten piece by piece.
  • Vampire Express had you teleported to a slave labor prison planet where a muscular man in a loincloth tells you that you will spend the rest of your life eating nothing but worms and digging for diamonds. This had nothing to do with the story: it was just how a badly-phrased wish could turn out. Rather out-of-the-blue nightmare fuel.
  • One of the possible endings for The Mona Lisa is Missing has you tied up and left in an apartment building... that the villains light on fire before leaving. *shiver*
  • Some endings in Secret of the Pyramids include being shot (in multiple ways), your helicopter crashing because you didn't want to stop during a sandstorm, being vaporized by a chamber, and being possessed by something that forces you to step into a sarcophagus and buries you alive.
  • In the self-explanatory War with the Mutant Spider Ants, you can investigate a nest of said spider ants. Suddenly, a swarm of them attacks you and your crew, wrapping you up in their webs until none of you can move more than "mummies in a tomb."
  • A time-travelling CYOA featured many disturbing deaths, though one creepy one had an archeologist discovering your skull in a dig. Brrrr.
  • Give Yourself Goosebumps
    • Tick Tock, You're Dead! has a bad ending where the villain places you in a room, and some kind of pressure made you combustibly explode. Really that ending was you being Thrown Out the Airlock and suffering Explosive Decompression.
      • Tick Tock,You're Dead! is one of the worst when it comes to these, an entire story arc centers around you ending up one day in the future and then watching your entire one day in the future family get hit by an out of control semi-truck and killed! It's depicted very realistically (there's screaming), and the entire plot revolves around either trying to stop your family before the semi-truck crosses the street, or stopping the truck itself! If you take the second route you could end up suddenly braking causing a bunch of fish trucks to slam into you and you aborting the mission from the stench, slamming into the side of the Broadway theater, or opening a ton of rat cages (which saves your family but still doesn't explain how you find your brother afterwards). Go the other route? You could end up so distracted by wanted to teach your Bratty Half-Pint brother some manners that YOU end up getting run over by the semi-truck as well as your future family.
    • In the series, one ending had the player being turned into an anthropomorphic rat-person.
    • Even the non-death endings in Zombie School were pretty unpleasant, since most of them resulted in your character being reduced to a Brainwashed, perfectly obedient... well, zombie.
    • In another (The Wicked Wax Museum), you end up as scattered body parts, still alive and aware.
    • Some more Goosebumps ones included: being trapped next to a radioactive reactor, you and your family getting run over by an out-of-control semi-truck because you're too busy bullying your Bratty Half-Pint brother, getting savaged by an attack dog who used to be your best friend, being strangled by a worm-ridden revenant, being Eaten Alive by a lake-monster, eaten by a giant Venus flytrap, transformed into the Creature from the Black Lagoon... There were a lot of them
  • Lone Wolf has some beautiful deaths, all followed up with "Your life and your quest end here."
    • The Rahkos from Book 7, a brain-eating, undead severed hand, is largely believed to cause the most Squick-inducing death...
    A searing pain explodes behind your eyes as the hand clamps itself to your head. As the decaying fingers pierce your scalp, forcing their way through your skull, your vision turns red and your body shakes uncontrollably. The hideous claw burrows deeper, feeding on the only source of nourishment that can sustain its existence: living human brain.
    Your life and your quest end here.
    • In the spinoff Grey Star, a few deaths result in "Your quest ends here, but your torment continues — forever!"
  • The same way with the Freeway Warrior series, as one might expect, given that it had the same creator.
  • The Way of the Tiger was possibly even more so: in the first book alone, you could be shot, stabbed, poisoned, drowned, beheaded, impaled on a tree, burn to death as a result of being plane-shifted to the fiery home of an efreet, or fall to your death so many times it was easy to forget you were supposed to be this bad-ass ninja.
  • There is a Jurassic Park book with several strange endings — there is one where the dinosaurs were All Just a Dream — but most of them involve being killed and eaten by dinosaurs. The one that sticks is where you stumble into a T. rex nest, and the parents aren't home. But the babies are, and they're looking at you like you're a cookie. A meaty cookie.
  • Fighting Fantasy has plenty of entertaining ways to die.
    • Tower of Destruction let you jump through an archway into direct incineration. If you'd failed to get all the flashy plot bits, you could also find yourself in a nigh-impossible fight, badly injured from the start, with a demon the size of a house.
    • House of Hell has the ever-popular "scared to death, literally" result.
    • Appointment with F.E.A.R. can end when your entire city is vaporised, if you haven't found the villains' meeting place.
    • From the beginning of the Slaves of the Abyss: if you mess around for too long in the city about to be besieged, the scene cuts to a weapon merchant and a peasant bargaining for, as it turns out, your own sword, which he dug up from under the ruins of the city.
  • The Challenge of the Magi two-player gamebook could get you barbecued simply by being the second one into a room, if your rival was fortunate enough to find the Relics of the Zealot before you did.
  • Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton is billed as a "Do-Over Novel", essentially a Choose Your Own Adventure book for adults. Every ending, good or bad, ends in your death; for example, you can die at an advanced age holding hands with the love of your life, or die of exposure, alone and confused after the cult you devoted years of your life to gets shut down. Particularly strange and/or cruel deaths include being murdered by a schizophrenic with a ball-peen hammer, pecked to death by ducks, or burned to death by an exploding pressure cooker.
  • The Be an Interplanetary Spy books might be the best example of all. Almost every two or three pages, you have to solve a puzzle, and there might be as many as two per book where guessing wrong merely gets you mocked for your stupidity and not killed, usually in some bizarre way. This image summarizes the matter perfectly.
  • The Champ of TV Wrestling has you, as noted, working your way up through the pro wrestling ranks to try and become champ. Your journey could end terribly, though, when you confronted a vampire wrestler, who beat you into immobilization, then slung you over his shoulder and carried you off to the roar of the crowd. And then once you're backstage, he throws you onto a table and sinks his fangs into your neck. Er... end of your career. And life. Other ones from the same book include you being blown to Oz, shoved into a TV camera so hard you come flying out of a TV in someone's living room, eaten alive by an animal-themed tag team, and being thrown through the ceiling of the arena and being mistaken for a flying saucer... this book is seriously messed up.
  • The GrailQuest series has plenty, including an explosion that destroys the entire universe, a room filled with beautiful light patterns that cause you to die of pleasure, and being turned into plum-flavoured jelly.
  • In yet another time-travel related book (possibly The Return to the Cave of Time), one possible ending is you stuck in the far future: you can choose to get involved in the big war going on (and die in combat), you can try to go back in time, or you can choose to stay in this seemingly idyllic spacecraft-borne society, which basically involves you snoozing most of the day away in a dream-inducing pod and getting up once in a while to exercise... Or rather, be exercised by machines, before going back into the pod. Oh, also, that war's still going on. And resources are starting to stretch thin. The book spares no detail in the facts that you spend less and less time getting exercised and fed, and more and more time in dream-stasis, until you're basically stuck there forever while your body is kept alive but slowly atrophies into uselessness...
  • The multitude of ways you can die is actually used as a selling point for Chooseomatic Books. Granted, this does make a fair bit of sense considering they're primarily comedic, and the settings in them. In Zombocalypse Now, you're a stuffed rabbit trying to survive a zombie apocalypse, while in Thrusts of Justice, you're a newly-appointed superhero who's forced into saving the world before you have the chance to get used to your powers.
  • Star Wench has this as its main purpose — it's a Choose Your Own Death adventure with a total of one hundred ways to die, one for each page in the book.
  • Some of the more interesting ways to finish a Twistaplot book include fading into nothingness when the mirage restaurant you'd been working at disappeared, starving to death while trying to stare down a cougar, mutating into a giant vegetable, sleepwalking into deep water and drowning, and being dumped into space by an alien ship's garbage disposal.
  • In the Star Challenge books, your ends include — besides others more classical: being reduced to just your brain and eyes within a powered armor, warping (teleportation) going horribly wrong and being ripped apart or becoming a sprinkling of atoms across the galaxy, being sent to the past or the future, even being sucked into the Big Crunch or into the Big Freeze, used as study subject for alien students of Medicine, having copies of you and your robotic pal made of your energy filling an entire alternate Universe, becoming a mindless android, being stranded on a ship in orbit that has all of its controls destroyed, and being locked up in a jail guarded by a robot that will only obey orders (including feeding you) of a captain that still has to be cloned, born, and trained.note  All of this, too, in a book series for children.
  • In Murder at Colefax Manor, this includes being: absorbed into an Eldritch Abomination, crushed by a collapsing cliff, drowned at sea with an anchor tied to your feet, falling down a long set of stone steps, falling over and splitting your head open, left to starve in a jail cell, pushed off a balcony, pushed off a cliff, shot, stabbed, smashed against rocks in a turbulent sea, and tortured to death.

  • Subaru Natsuki from Re:Zero has the traumatic ability to "Restart from Death" that allows him to relive the events of a certain point in time as long as he's killed as a way to Screw Destiny and find the correct path that averts his and everyone else's doom. No matter the method, he dies by blood loss, decapitation, curses, extreme hypothermia, etc.

    New Media 
  • You Chose Wrong is a Tumblr just for the myriad ways to fail in Choose Your Own Adventure books. Just about any of them could be featured in the Gamebooks folder above.
  • The Game Over Tinies is a comic, later made into a video, detailing some ways that a character died in a game, from A to Z.
  • The Mansion by NavitasErasSirus of DeviantArt is sort of an online Gamebook, staring Trixie of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as she ventures into a dangerous mansion to get her hat and cape back. The whole thing starts here and can end badly in a variety of ways, many of them involving Trixie (and her accomplice Twilight Sparkle, if present) getting magically transformed into something (like a rocking horse, a constellation in the sky, a rug, or a pair of underwear, just to name a few).

    Online Games 
  • In Die2Nite, the players can die in a wide variety of ways: eaten alive by zombies, poisoned, thirst, infected wounds, drug withdrawal, or even 'hanged by their fellow citizens'. Also, the number of times they've died in each way is recorded in their "distinctions" and allows them to unlock titles.
  • The entire point of Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself). Some favorites include offending a religious co-worker and getting a fistful of Divine Wrath for your trouble, trying to break into the boss's office and being mauled by his attack weasels, the obligatory Shark Pool, and of course the classic face-in-the-paper-shredder.
  • There's a simulation game called Alter Ego (1986) where you can die in many ways, in every stage of life. Committing suicide, a child molester murdering you, getting injured too much, being shot, old age, and various others.
  • In Vampire Quest, from the Vamp You website, this is the point. The actual ending is A Winner Is You, though it has a decently epic last boss fight, but the number of bad ends are quite enjoyable... and all are hentai.
  • Which Way? is a flash-based Choose Your Own Adventure-style game where various increasingly improbable deaths are pretty much the norm.
    • Don't try to kill Shakespeare with the flamethrower. You'll just end up getting eaten by a zombie.
    • Most of them involve a manticore. Who kills you three times in a row. There is a chance anytime you did anything that you'd get the "killed by a manticore" ending.
      • The manticore by itself piledrives the player into a Brick Joke. Every single time you get the "Killed by a manticore" ending, it kills you twice more, on the starting screen even! The game even have the gall to tell you that "you can avoid the manticore by watching for clues". Only after that the third death does the game truly restart and can be played normally.
    • This is also true of the game's Spiritual Successor, Get Lost. The manticore was in the back seat the whole time!
    • Next in the line of succession is Curse of the Red Ninja, which continues the trend, manticore and all.
  • The Henry Stickmin Series has you guide the titular stick figure's choices in his various efforts to commit acts of questionable legality. Henry has access to a varied set of gadgets, wildly inconsistent luck, and very little common sense. Hilarious fatalities are the rule. Notably, the second animation and beyond not only feature multiple "win" scenarios, but also have "timed" options where you fail if you do nothing in a given amount of time.
  • The main purpose of indie point-and-click adventure Wilhelm's Escape, where the protagonist can get killed in a unique way by pretty much everything. Complete with Wilhelm Scream, of course.
  • For a game based around sentient blobs of goo, Amorphous+ has multitudes of ways you can die. Getting jumped by the Biters and torn to pieces is probably the most common death. But you can also get decapitated, hacked in halves, melted in acid, burned to the ground, frozen and shattered, shredded to paste, exploded, atomized by a gravity beam, impaled, pierced by a multitude of needles, pierced by one big spike, crushed, eaten, absorbed... All those deaths have specific animations. A couple of the game's achievements require dying in multiple ways to unlock them.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Let's start with the grand-daddy of games, Dungeons & Dragons, and its spin-off Pathfinder. Here's an incomplete list of the major ways a "normal" player character can die:
    • First, Hit Points can be depleted: in classic D&D, you went from fighting at full strength at 1 hp to dead at 0. Later editions phased in dying at below 0 hp and disabled before that. Hit points were depleted by any type of injury, from fireballs to sword blows. That meant death from anything from falling spikes to rapier strikes to dragon bites. Even environmental extremes and energy can eventually deplete your hp, so add in freezing to death or being roasted by a fireball.
    • Magic can simply snuff you out. There are numerous spells that bypass HP entirely and simply end your existence if you can't resist such as Symbol of Death, Power Word: Kill, and Phantasmal Killer. Note that's not quite the same thing as spells that simply banish you; plane shift, for example, can be used to literally send someone to Hell, but they are technically not dead (This is likely to not be a problem for long, however).
    • Next there is level drain, a form of draining of your essence. In early editions, you lost full levels from the Class and Level System. Later editions changed it to a removable but painful debuff. If level-drained enough, you died and often became an undead horror of some kind.
    • Ability score damage to Constitution, your "healthiness" stat, lead to instant death if it dropped to zero. Poison and the like can do this, as can magic. In early editions, instant death poisons were far too common; later editions retained them very infrequently.
    • Next, you can simply be imprisoned such that you have no hope of release, ever.
    • Then there are things like the sphere of annihilation, a Happy Fun Ball of instant, permanent destruction.
    • There's always old age - every race rolls for a "maximum age" at which point the character's time is simply up. Lots of magic that restores you to life or undoes the effects of aging can't help you outrun the passage of time.
    • Offending certain god-like beings can result in them summarily erasing you from existence. Famously, the Lady of Pain doesn't care what you say about her or do - as long as you maintain the neutrality of her City of Adventure, don't mess with her portals, and don't worship her.
    • Speaking of beings not to offend, the Killer Game Master just looked at this list and found it quaint; there are so many more ways to kill you!

    Video Games 
  • The 3D Mario games include various different ways for Mario to die. Unlike most platformers with cartoonish visuals that use this trope, the 3D games tend to play most of the deaths entirely straight. For example, in Galaxy, if Mario falls into it some weird swampy goo, he'll struggle before sinking in, and the game fades away with one of his arms sticking out.
  • An old Commodore 64 game called Accolade Comics: Steve Keene looked like a comic book and played like a Choose Your Own Adventure, myriad ways to fail and all — and they tended to be quite zany at that. Among other things, the titular hero could be attacked by a snake in a basket, turned into a frog by a witch, killed by a giant pencil sharpener, turned into a robotic fire hydrant, or grow a second head by a taste of ice cream. The game having No Fourth Wall, Keene could even get the comic cancelled due to a fire safety violation, be erased due to being recast as a female, or destroy the comic by shooting a hole in a panel.
  • The Adventures of Willy Beamish has lots of these. You can be sent to military school, carried off by a vampire bat, dragged off by a gang, turned into artificial sweetener, drowned by the game's antagonists, sentenced to house arrest, and more.
  • Alien Trilogy has different Game Over FMVs depending on what had killed you.
  • Alpha Man shows what killed you on your tombstone, which is humorous enough because many of the dangerous creatures are harmless in real life (ex: killed by tortoise, killed by slug, killed by housecat, killed by rosebush), but also the game doesn't come with a loading screen, so to load a game, you have to start a new game then quickly kill yourself. The fastest way to do that is by overeating spam.
  • Amazon: Guardians of Eden: Your character can die in many ways, like being eaten by piranhas, falling off a plane, crashing a plane, getting shot, and getting cooked. The game always displays a "SHOCK WARNING!" message before showing the death, even if the picture/description is not necessarily shocking.
  • Amorphous+: For a game about killing different blob monsters, there are several different ways to die, such as getting engulfed by a bigger blob, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice (and then absorbed), dissolved via Meltie acid, eaten by a Biter or Fuzzle, exploded, disintegrated by a Void Eater, shredded to pieces by a Horror, rolled over by a Grinder, shattered into pieces after getting frozen by a Frostie, and so on. There's even achievements for finding different ways to die, including some less obvious ones like putting yourself between an enemy and your turret when it fires.
  • Ancient Domains of Mystery features a good deal of amusing ones. They include dying by kicking empty space (it can cause damage from muscle strain), death by dungeon collapse (kicking any staircase has a slight chance of causing dungeon collapse), death by grue (if the player is cursed and in a dark place, a Zork reference), death by demonic piranha, death by falling down stairs, death by divine wrath (if one pisses off a god), death by misaimed Bolt of Divine Retributionnote , death by live sacrifice, death by too much stuff in your pack, death by a ricocheting spell, death by malpracticed alchemy, death by banshee, and death by mutation into a puddle of Chaos-tainted goo. The most heroic of them has to be "choked on his own vomit".This fan wiki page has a very thorough list with exact death messages and other details.
  • Another World (a.k.a. Out of This World) has a different, detailed animation for every type of death you can fall victim to, and there are many. This creates an interesting variant of Too Awesome to Use, as you have to balance the desire to see if a new death type is possible against the desire not to replay the same perfect-timing-requiring segment yet another time.
  • Astro Marine Corps has approximately half a dozen special death animations, including Swallowed Whole and Stripped to the Bone.
  • The Banjo-Kazooie series has many, not only for Banjo and/or Kazooie (depends which game you're playing), but for each transformation you can become. Some more humorous than others. Though the regular drowning sequence isn't too pleasant...
  • In Barkley Shut Up And Jam Gaiden, defeated enemies will either explode, split in half, or vanish.
  • Battle Chess is basically a simple chess game, except it has a different animation for each combination of one piece taking another. Part of the fun is trying to play all the possible combinations, including very rare ones like pawn taking a queen or a king, even if it makes for some very bad chess playing.
  • In The Binding of Isaac, you're treated to Isaac's last will and testament upon death, detailing where you died and what killed you, with unique drawings for every single type of monster and boss.
  • BLUE GUARDIAN: Margaret has over 100 unique game over screens, each depicting the condition of Margaret's body and her state of dress (fully clothed, partly clothed, or naked) at the time of her death. Most involve drowning (due to Author Appeal), some involve battle damage, she can get crushed by the Collapsing Lair during the Escape Sequence at the end of the game, or she can even get raped to death.
  • Brain Dead 13 is an interactive movie game similar to Dragon's Lair, with nearly a hundred specific animated deaths for every single thing you can do wrong or not at all. Poor Lance can have his spine ripped out of his skin via atomic wedgie, have his skin literally polished off, get ground through by a giant bug, get decapitated by a Sinister Scythe or giant razor, get his soul sucked out of his body and age rapidly, have his blood drained by a vampire, etc. If it weren't for the fact that there is no blood and that there are a multitude of revival animations (getting his blood back, busting out of a coffin, etc.), this game would've gotten a definite T rating.
  • Brawl Royale features eleven death animations for Matt - one from each of the ten opponents in the singleplayer mode, and another from Lance in the two-player mode.
  • Broken Helix plays out different FMVs, depending on what killed you. After that there's a large explosion (fire surrounds it), and the words "Game Over" appears on-screen before being engulfed by fire.
  • Not only can one touch something to die, they can also, by enemies, get incinerated, flash-frozen, or electrocuted in the Bubble Bobble series. At least in arcades. This shows the mainly possible deaths. Getting frozen or electrocuted only happens in Bubble Symphony.
  • Brutal Doom has a rich variety of ways for you to die. Demons can bite your head off, Former Commandos can blow a hole into your torso, your body melts if you die in pit of nukage/lava/blood, Hell Knights will throw you to the ground and curbstomp your head like American History X, but much more gorier, Barons of Hell will tear your body in half vertically, and then some.
  • Bubsy has numerous death animations. Being sliced in two (cartoonishly, in a non-violent-looking fashion), flattened, drowning (complete with captain's hat and salute), and other Tom and Jerry-esque animations are all over the place. Most deaths, sadly, are just Bubsy smiling and then falling straight down; you almost have to intentionally get the more creative deaths.
  • Clive Barker's Undying has the camera go 3rd-person and play a standard animation of whatever enemy dealt the finishing blow performing some kind of gory fatality on you.
  • Clock Tower: Being a horror series, there are many ways for Jennifer (or any of the series' protagonists) to be brutally killed. Some of the endings even qualify as this. Between getting caught by the scissorman, to being attacked by the dog, strangled by an arm in the mirror, stabbed, falling off the tower, etc., you are not safe at all.
  • The Crash Bandicoot series also features lots of humorous death animations, intended to prevent players from snapping their controllers in frustration from dying over and over again. Notable examples include "death" animations where Crash never actually dies, like, for example, being mounted and kissed by a huge toad who turns into a handsome prince in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. For a whole bunch of examples, see Envisioned's Crash Bandicoot's Deathapalooza! or, alternatively, these two videos by the Game Over-themed YouTube uploader known as GameOverContinue.
    • Crash Tag Team Racing features a set of collectible Die-O-Rama FMVs, which demonstrate the various, comedic ways in which Crash can off himself. In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy meanwhile, some hidden achievements/trophies require you to kill yourself in specific ways to obtain them (i.e., feeding yourself to the carnivorous plants in Crash 1 or getting launched off Polar and into freezing water in Crash 2). Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time takes things a step further by giving different death animations when different characters die to certain enemies — for example, the recycling bin robots in the Sn@xx dimension will throw Crash and Cortex straight in, bounce Coco around before throwing her in, hold Tawna upside down for a bit before throwing her in, and get clogged and distressed after throwing Dingodile in.
  • The Crusader: No Regret/Remorse games have many and varied deaths that were, at the time, even more varied than Fallout. Eventually, it just seems like the new weapons were excuses to show guys dying in new ways: having your skin burnt off by UV light, being reduced to ash, flesh melting off, being turned into a puddle of goo, freezing solid, blown to pieces (several ways)...
  • Dead Space revels in this trope. From simple decapitation all the way up to a massive hulk of flesh and claws tearing you apart like a child would a fly... yeah, it doesn't flinch away from the nasty stuff. It's even possible to be decapitated by a severed head, which then promptly re-capitates itself on your body. If you leave the game sitting at the start screen long enough, it even goes into an Attract Mode featuring the many various ways you can die. In case you want to see all of the ways you can die, look no further. The sequel goes even further. (Warning: Contains spoilers.)
  • This is the bread-and-butter of infamous ero-guro game Demonophobia: you can get beheaded, devoured, crushed, bisected, incinerated, and so on. It's actually a plot point, to boot.
  • Compared to the other games in the Devil May Cry series, this is exclusive to the first game with the fatalities enemies could use on Dante. Getting killed while you're within the "critical" point of your lifebar could result in a variety of deaths depending on the enemy.
  • Donkey Kong '94 has several different death animations and songs for the various ways in which Mario can get killed — getting hit by an enemy, getting squished, getting burned, falling too far... Mario vs. Donkey Kong and its later sequels kept up the variety.
  • Dragon's Lair. Dirk the Daring dies so many types of deaths that the game is almost worth playing just to see them all. Or just see them on YouTube! This, along with Space Ace, Dragon's Lair II, and a number of other laserdisc games (especially with similar gameplay like Time Gal). Bluth himself mentioned that this was the fun of the project for him when he appeared on The Nostalgia Critic.
    Don Bluth: The fun of the game was showing how many funny ways a person can die and still resurrect.
  • Dwarf Fortress: While not deaths of the player character, the game has a gruesome combat system, and involves dwarves dying in ways ranging from being crushed in a cave-in to being shot by goblins to starving to death to killing each other to being eaten by carp. And that's not even touching magma, or the Hidden Fun Stuff. Add to this the game's immense love of textual Gorn and the absurd physics, and you (or rather your dwarves) will find themselves dying in ways that range from hilarious to tragic. This Nerf NOW!! comic nicely sums up why fortresses fail: your manic-depressive midget alcoholics are usually responsible for their own innumerable deaths.
  • Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou uses this as a gameplay mechanic. The game involves Reincarnation, and the player can reincarnate as 9 different people. You have to use the different abilities of each person to solve certain puzzles and then get killed (whether by getting eaten, burned, etc.) by whatever means is most immediately available in order to be reincarnated again.
  • Elona takes after roguelikes before it, such as NetHack and ADOM, in randomly generated deaths, and considering the humorous nature of the game, you could die from a variety of strange ways, such as choking to death by eating too much smelly lettuce, being crushed by the blood of a snail, being stoned to death by an audience that didn't like your musical performance, becoming anorexic and dying of starvation, becoming nonexistent through taking too much damage from existential sources, or becoming depressed and killing yourself. Coupled with this is that the normal death animation shows your sprite exploding into a bloody mess.
  • Elvira:
    • Get killed by the falcon tearing your eyes out, cue eyeless corpse. Get killed by the spectral cook? Cue scene with a boiling pot, and your head bobbing to the surface.
    • In Elvira II: Jaws of Cerberus, after you die, you can see your protagonist's dead head, but it looks different depending on how you died: scalded if you were burned to death, frozen if you were killed by a cold ghoul, green if you died by poison, and so on.
  • The titular protagonist of Eryi's Action has a number of unique death sprites and animations, such as for taking Clothing Damage on the way out, jumping into hot water, getting electrocuted, etc. In the Steam version, there are even achievements for each of these unique deaths!
  • Nearly every character dies in canon in Eternal Darkness, but this trope more clearly belongs to Paul Luther, who, depending on which Ancient Pious is serving, can die in one of three different ways, all lovingly shown in close-up in the in-game engine. And because of the multiple timelines in effect, all of them happened.
  • Fallout:
    • The series has a different death type for each type of projectile weapon, amongst other things. Lasers would slice a victim into chunks, plasma weapons would melt them into a bloody puddle, shock weapons would frazzle them into ashes via a pretty blue electrocution phase, explosives would blow you to pieces, machine guns would shoot you full of many holes (complete with a brief cha-cha-cha dance as each round tore through your body), gauss guns — or any normal pistol or rifle, with the right abilities — could blow a single enormous hole, radioactive waste would melt you to green sludge, fire would leave a charred corpse... the varieties were endless and often Bloody Hilarious. Oh, and depressing commentary upon your death. Not much in the way of pretty graphics here, but charming details such as pointing out that you are dying a virgin.
    • By Fallout 3, most deaths just have your body rag dolling (rad poison, normal death), but others include turning to goo (plasma), reduced to ashes (lasers, electricity, and microwaves), limb loss (explosives), and head explosion (concentrated fire and explosives).
    • In Fallout: New Vegas you also have the option of dying of starvation, thirst, and lack of sleep.
  • Fear Effect and its sequel, Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix, had an entire cottage industry devoted to the various ways for Hana, Rain, and their friends to die in various horrible ways: devoured by a horde of rats, crushed to death, burned to a cinder, etc. Arguably worth suffering through for the Les Yay.
  • As in any survival game, The Flame in the Flood has a number of ways to die. Hunger, thirst, hypothermia, disease, getting mauled by a wild animal, wrecking your raft and drowning...
  • Flashback:
    • The first game has a gruesome cutscene if you get killed by a Disintegrator.
    • Fade to Black, the sequel, has many gruesome pre-rendered cutscenes featuring your character dying in a variety of ways. You can be sliced up by lasers, have your bloodstream sucked dry by leechlike things on the walls, fly out into the vacuum of space after shooting the windows too much, or wither away from radiation poisoning, among numerous other ugly ends.
  • In Friday the 13th: The Game, there is a wide array of gruesome and violent ways Jason Voorhees can kill camp counselors.
  • Gears of War 3 has a unique cutscene showing the submarine exploding and its gun pods detaching with relevant protagonists clearly still in them to separately die of suffocation when you lose the submarine level, and one showing the Tempest vaporizing Adam Fenix after busting through the superweapon's casing in the final mission should you fail to stop the Tempest from breaking into it.
  • The Glider games have animations for being set on fire (usually after going too close to a candle) and getting yanked through a paper shredder.
  • All over the place in Goosebumps: Night of Scares and it's sequel, Dead of Night. You can be mauled by a Graveyard Ghoul, bitten by a vampire poodle, have Murder the Clown smash your brains out, eaten by a werewolf, fried by the Annhilator-3000's Eye Beams, chomped by a living gummi bear (yes, really)... with each and every single one of those deaths accompanied by a unique Jump Scare-inducing cutscene.
  • Gretel and Hansel manages to make Cuteness Proximity dangerous (among others).
  • In Guns, Gore & Cannoli, Vinnie will melt into a puddle if killed by acid or toxic waste, and burn to death if killed by fire. The tamest death is being Blown Across the Room by a Doughboy with a rocket launcher or eaten by zombies.
  • Haunting Ground has many a trap in store for poor Fiona, from unavoidable enemy attacks, to an iron maiden, to getting eaten alive by bugs.
  • A game created by Eric Chahi, the Nintendo Hard 1998 Heart of Darkness, features highly varied deaths at the hands of carnivorous Living Shadows (such as having your legs torn off followed by your chest being slowly devoured before screen fadeout, random hung skeletons animating and clubbing you to death, having your neck slowly wrung before your back is broken and you are eaten alive, various giant plants all suddenly turning into fanged origami-like demons that devour the player alive while he desperately struggles to escape, and on and on and ON). See the compiled deaths montage for some high-grade horror. It's even nastier considering that the main character is a 11-year old boy. All this in a game rated "G", and rendered with obvious care and attention to detail.
  • The Hearts of Iron mod The New Order Last Days Of Europe has Oskar Dirlewanger. The real-life Dirlewanger was generally considered one of the vilest Nazis of the entire war (the leader of an Army of Thieves and Whores who was himself a convicted rapist, a pedophile, a necrophiliac, and a mass murderer, and that's on top of being a Nazi), and his in-game counterpart has largely managed to keep his streak going. Consequently, he has more "death" events than any other character in the game, several of which are either violent as all get out or as insultingly ridiculous as possible. These include being shot by firing squad, walking in the trap of a Mad Scientist, catching the Black Death, getting stabbed to death by his own men while taking a leak, stumbling into the enemy lines while drunk, being crushed by a falling space station, getting struck by lightning while raising a crusader's sword, and spontaneous combustion.
  • Heavy Rain: There is one instance where you can be handcuffed to a car which is dropped into a compactor. In another part, which incidentally has you play as a woman, you are tied down to a table where a sadistic man "operates" on you with a power drill. And let's not forget, all four of the main characters can be Killed Off for Real in this game, and some way before the final chapter.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984) has a downright awe-inspiring number of ways to die. It is extremely easy to die by, for example, being thrown into space, being run over by a bulldozer, being hit in the head by a flying brick, being on a planet when it blows up, crashing into a cliff in a speedboat, suffering from protein loss after teleportation, being eaten by the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, being eaten by a small dog, falling from a great height inside a whale, having your spaceship attacked with nuclear missiles, being emo-ed to death by entering Marvin's room...
  • The Immortal, excluding the bowdlerised NES version, has many gruesome death animations. Even the bowdlerised NES version advertized the game with this feature.
  • The Commodore 64 Platform Game Infernal Runner had many different gory ways for your character to die.
  • Infernax has a brutal animation for every possible way to die. Almost every different enemy (and trap) will finish off Alcedor in a rather horrifying manner (although the Dramatic Red Samurai Background does help with covering up details) if they land the final blow on him.
  • In Inhumane, the objective of the game is to discover every possible way to die in a booby-trapped pyramid.
  • In ...Iru!, Inaba can be killed in ways such as...
    • Looking into the same mirror Hirose did, summoning the monster to suck his innards out.
    • Approach the purple formless monster in the hallway, and get bitten in half.
    • Break open the box in Rm. 3-5, which summons a deep one to come and maul him.
  • Isle of the Dead, a FPS/point-and-click hybrid with no relation to the movie of the same name, has a number of animated cutscenes featuring the protagonist's demise or failure. Notably, one such animation plays when quitting the game where the hero blows his head off with a shotgun.
  • The old DOS Platform Game Janitor Joe: Fall too far? SPLAT! Get shot by or touch a robot? Zap! Run out of oxygen (read: time)? Joe turns blue.
  • The Journeyman Project has nicely-done art for each of the many ways you can die.
  • The Jumper series. Granted, Ogmo has only one death animation, but each game, except for Three, keeps track of various ways in which you can die, including impaling yourself, falling, electrocuting yourself, being shot, and being "bossed".
  • Unless you want to become dino chow in Jurassic Park: The Game, you'd better be quick on those buttons, as there are many ways to die horrible (and in some cases, darkly amusing) deaths. The developers even stated that dying and watching the numerous death scenes are meant to be half the fun. One of the best ones is when Gerry is carrying an unconscious Nima through a battlefield between an attacking T. rex and a Triceratops. Fail at just the right time, and he becomes impaled by the Triceratops just as the T. rex bites at the horns. Gerry Dinosaur Sandwich!
  • Keineged an nor: There are almost 30 unique ways to die, with many showing up where you'd least expect them and having unique sound effects.
  • In the Cute 'em Up arcade game Kiki Kai Kai, besides the standard death animation upon hitting an enemy, there is also a variation of that when you lose your final life, drowning in water, falling into a crevice and emerging as an angel, being tackled by a baby-like enemy, and one where Sayo-chan is wrapped up by a snake.
  • Kindergarten and its sequel both have a veritable cornucopia of ways to kill your prepubescent protagonist. In the first game alone you can die from getting shot, beaten to death, blown up, poisoned, stabbed in the head, and more.
  • You can't actually die in Kingdom of Loathing, but this just allows for more comedic ways to get "Beaten Up", such as foolishly eating explosion-flavored gum, getting trampled by a herd of lobsterfrogmen, or falling into a bottomless pit while playing a Hunt the Wumpus minigame.
  • The Last of Us has infamously gruesome death sequences. Make too much noise? Get your throat bitten out. Bloaters will grab Joel's jaws, one on either jaw, and pull. The screen becomes black as his bisected head hits the floor. In addition, infected will bite his throat out. Ellie, for her sake, can end up with a machete to the head.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak II has a ton of deaths happening to the main cast, who are only saved thanks to the power of the Octo-Genesis rewinding time to a point before they die. Some of these include: getting stabbed in the stomach, getting overwhelmed by unlimited quantities of enemies, bombs, gunshot wounds, poison, the entire island the cast are standing on getting nuked, and even a battleship crashing down on the building the cast are in. Curiously enough, most of these are mandatory to the plot with a few of them (mainly from the Intermission chapter) being optional.
  • The Many part of the trope's title is lampshaded in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, where Larry can die in the very first screen... and if you do, you get to watch as Larry's carcass is lowered into an underground cloning facility, where you get to see Larry's old body being disposed of, and another prepared for a new game.
  • Lemmings: There are lots of different ways that the lemmings can get themselves killed. Let's see: falling into water, falling into lava, running afoul of predatory animals, running into grinders and buzzsaws, or perhaps their little green-haired heads pop like a grape, along with the rest of them... There is even an entire list of ways the Lemmings can die in the manual of the first game.
    "Lemmings will die if they fall from a height greater than 80 pixels, unless they have an umbrella."
    "Lemmings will die if they fall into fire, acid, or water."
    "Lemmings will die if they run into one of the multitude of traps that exists within their universe. You'll get to know these, too. Basically, anything that squishes, squashes, splats, fires, electrocutes, stomps, chomps, or otherwise folds, spindles, and mutilates Lemmings is bad for their general well being."
    "Lemmings will die if they fall off the screen into whatever electronic miasma lies underneath the playing screen."
    "Lemmings will die if you blow them up. They really hate when this happens."
  • Limbo: The main character can die in various ways, including — but not limited to — impalement, buzzsaws, electrocution, bear traps, and drowning. Sound effects enhance the impact.
  • LittleBigPlanet: There are a handful of unique ways to die, due to the different hazards. These include being vaporized by plasma, disintegrating from fire damage, or Death Throwing after being crushed or falling onto some spikes.
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park: The Game Boy adaptation has different animated Game Over screens showing your demise, including getting killed by hostile plants, getting shot by ExoGeni mercs, getting crushed in a cave-in, melting in lava, drowning, or being offed by one of the many dangerous creatures in Jurassic Park.
  • Lucky Tower: This is used as one of the main features, where it's played for comedy — a frequent Running Gag being our hero having to decide between three doors, with two hiding unique ways to die behind them.
  • Madworld: Jack is normally dishing out the pain and death, but get too close to some of the deathtraps, and he'll be on the receiving end of many painful deaths.
  • (Mario) The Music Box, a Mario fangame, has forty-seven different ways to get a game over, very much like the protagonist's home series and the genre he's in.
  • Men of Valor: After you get killed, the game displays a game over screen with a condolence letter to Shepard's parents written by your current CO. The letter's content changes with every mission and the character who wrote it.
  • Metal Gear: There are tons of ways to die that most people don't even realize, such as shooting a poster of a bikini-clad woman, causing the ship you are on to explode, or getting carried away by a giant Russian monster soldier who has fallen in love with you.
  • Metal Slug gives you a new way to die with pretty much every kind of weapon thrown at you. Enemies, too.
  • Minecraft has multiple different ways the send players to meet their makers, and displays customized death messages for each of them. These include basic damage from other entities ("<player> was slain by <player/mob>"), arrows ("<player> was shot by <player/mob>"), falling ("<player> fell from a high place") and fire ("<player> burned to death"), but also include more unusual situations and humorous messages such as dying by lava ("<player> tried to swim in lava"), firework explosions ("<player> went out with a bang"), and falling into the void ("<player> fell out of the world", or "<player> decided they didn't want to live in the same world as <player/mob>" if they were struck by another entity shortly beforehand).
  • Misao: Examining certain objects will lead to a very sudden death for poor Aki. Taken to ridiculous lengths with the phone that startles you enough to whack your head off the wall if you so much as walk past it.
  • Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight features plentiful of graphic ways you can die, like getting beheaded, squished, hanged, impaled, burned, eaten, or even dragged into the ground.
  • Nancy Drew: Half the reason for playing them is the hilarious Many Deaths of Nancy Drew. You can die by rattlesnake, cobra, poisonous spider, bee, scorpion, crocodile, or chicken. You can fall off balconies, down elevator shafts, over a bridge, off a tree, off a carousel horse, off mine cart tracks, or into an underground river... in someone's basement. You can drown in sewers, coral reefs, kayaks, or a bath while a robot ghost holds you down. You can be crushed by falling lights, bricks, vases, or ceramic puffer fish. You can freeze to death, burn to death, suffocate, or die by sauna. You can be electrocuted by a fence. You can blow yourself up with a bomb or a malfunctioning boat. You can crack your skull by pulling an emergency brake or riding your bike without a helmet. You can poison yourself with a jellyfish and moldy mayonnaise sandwich. Despite the fact that the series is For Kids, it can also get downright gory: You can be crushed by a falling elevator. You can spear yourself in the eye with a piece of wood from a lathe. You can also be speared in the face by a pole when fiddling around underneath the carousel. You can be sucked into a tornado. You can be sliced in two by a pendulum. Not to mention all the wonderful ways the villains kill you, when they don't just run away, including vague strangling motions, clubbing you in the skull with a bone, or by trapping you in a theatre as it is destroyed by a wrecking ball. It should be noted that Nancy actually does survive a few of these — less one eye or suffering a concussion — but they will still get you a "game over" or, in recent installments, a "good news, bad news" blurb teasing you about your own stupidity. It's truly a beautiful series.
  • Nethack features many ways to die, including, but not limited to falling down stairs, being turned to stone, being crushed under a drawbridge, teleporting yourself out of the dungeon thousands of feet into the air, and, to many a beginning knight's peril, falling off your horse. Each death is then recorded on your tombstone for all to see, such as "killed by crashing into iron bars", "petrified by trying to help a cockatrice out of a pit", "choked on a cursed lembas wafer", or "killed by kicking a hallucinogen-distorted mûmak corpse". Or depressingly: "killed by running into a wall" (recoil from chucking a dagger while levitating and badly injured). You can also be killed by "elementary chemistry" — that is to say, by dipping a flask of water into a flask of acid.
    • What really makes it this trope is that unless you give each of your attempts unique names (and the frequency of death in the first 10 levels will soon exhaust you of those), you will come across gravestones with your name on them and descriptions of how your previous incarnations died. Depending on how the bones file rolls, your dungeon crawl could become a tour of all your previous deaths.
    • When playing online on, each and every kill is reported to an IRC channel. Hilarity Ensues. It's reached the point where, whenever the most common death (by soldier ant) happens, it's expected for everyone in the channel to shout "GO TEAM ANT!" It also reports the player-bestowed name of the thing that killed you, leading to humorous suicides such as "killed by kicking an uncursed leather drum named the Drum of Misery". Also, at least one player has used this to Rickroll people by naming the jackal that killed them. This page catalogues deaths by frequency. Do note that two-thirds of the deaths listed have only happened once. Deaths that have occurred a single digit number of times easily take 90% of the list. The list also includes "ascended" (i.e. winning), which happens less than 1% of the time. In the annual Nethack tournament, a trophy is given for most unique deaths.
  • Neverending Nightmares: Thomas can be killed in a variety of different ways, including having his throat ripped out, being bear-hugged to death, cut down by evil versions of himself or his sister, having his guts pulled out by a Creepy Doll, and some cutscene deaths with the justification that it is All Just a Dream.
  • The Oregon Trail: [Name] died of dysentery. [Name] died of the grippe (flu). [Name] died of beriberi (for lack of meat) or scurvy (due to lack of fruit or vegetables). [Name] died of an accidental gunshot. [Name] died of internal injuries (when the wagon tipped and crushed him). [Name] was mauled to death by a bear. [Name] died of thirst. [Name] drowned in as little as two feet of water. And the list goes on...
  • Organ Trail, like its inspiration, has many ways for you and your party to die, including zombie bite, being put down, trampled by zombie deer, getting killed by bandits, wandering off never to be seen again, and yes, even dysentery.
  • OverBlood has an interesting set of deaths, all of them actually caused by yourself: being crushed by a floating statue, crushed in a door, exploding pipe, more explosions. All are shown as cutscenes.
  • Pilgrim (RPG Maker): Akemi can be trapped in a sticky substance, mauled by Giant Spiders and Creepy Cockroaches, attacked and her soul ripped out by Alice, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by giant spikes, Swallowed Whole with an Overly-Long Tongue, Squashed Flat by a giant hand, and slashed by a Grim Reaper.
  • Peasant's Quest has many deaths in the Sierra style. Some of the "deaths" are... unique, like this one:
    "WRONG! You are hereby cursed to write corny folk songs for the rest of eternity! The kind that only OLD PEOPLE LIKE!!"
    Well, you're not exactly dead. But you certainly can't face Trogdor after writing "Wheat Grows Sweet, But My Gal's Sweeter". Your quest ends here. Thanks for playing.
  • Prince of Persia: The first two games are legendary for this trope. Most traps are instant-kill, and each one has its own grisly death animation. Between this and being Nintendo Hard, these charming, wholesome-looking fairytale games gave many 90s kids their first taste of digital horror — one misstep and they got to see exactly what spikes and guillotines do to the human body.
  • Quest for Glory has some memorable ones, such as pinging yourself to death on the jester's door in IV (you vaporize and he opens the door like "huh, guess no one's there"), smoking from the hookah three times in 3 (you become a strung-out junkie), and throwing something at the tree woman in 2 (it rebounds and breaks your monitor). Also, if you play as a thief and try to "pick" your nose with the lockpick, our soon-to-be Hero of Spielburg will deftly shove the lockpick up his nose, into his brain, and die. Although if you have enough lockpicking skill, he won't die, and you'll get a message that says "Success, your nose is now open!" Hilariously, once your skill is high enough that you can pick your nose reliably, you can use it to build your lockpicking skill. And at that point, it's the safest way to do so! Interestingly, some of the things that kill you instantly in earlier games in the series (for instance, casting Calm in battle in QFG1) are things that the protagonist has learned not to do in later games. If you (the player) try one of these, your character knows he'll die and won't do it! It would be an aversion if it weren't for all the new ways to buy the farm in each game.
  • Quest for Glory V has a special one for mages. You can buy the spell Thermonuclear Blast. You are told the spell is centered on the user, and that it will kill you if ever cast. Using it at a certain point of the game does what you expect — except that the game counts it as a valid ending. Sure, all your friends are dead, as are you. But you took the Big Bad out too!
  • Ragnarok features some particularly strange ways to die if you're particularly determined, as well as many more far more conventional deaths.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Having your throat ripped out by a dog, being strangled by Plant 42, being decapitated by a Hunter, being impaled by Tyrant, getting your insides chewed out by the G-Creature's spawn, getting your head eaten by an IVY plant, being impaled through the head by Nemesis's Combat Tentacles, being swallowed by Yawn or the Gravedigger worm, the list goes on...
    • Resident Evil 4 plays this straight and averts this at the same time. Leon can die in many ways it isn't even funny, Ada Wong later would be playable and she gets her own fair share too. Ashley? She uses the same death animation for most actions and only has three unique deaths and the only one the player can see unobstructed is when she gets a nice little neck snap from a mook in the chapter she is playable.
  • Rise of the Robots has FMV cutscenes which are shown after Cyborg loses in some versions. For example, if Sentry loses to Crusher, Crusher is shown taking off Sentry's head, and then the camera zooms in on Crusher as he looks at the camera.
  • Rise of the Triad had many spectacular death sequences, including one Matrix-style camera whirling around your character as he explodes.
  • Robinson's Requiem, a very early Survival Horror game, features a vast variety of ways in which you can meet your end, including (but not limited to): poisoning, asphyxia, gangrene, hypertensive crisis (a heart attack), alcoholic overdose, exhaustion, shock, and "violent traumatism".
  • Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse: The second episode gives you several ways to die. You can get eaten by a snake, thrown off a train, and stripped to the bone by touching a Toybox. There's no penalty however; you just rewind the "film" to before you died, as the characters aren't meant to perish until the end.
  • Savethe Date Paper Dino: Most of the choices you make lead to your date, Felicia, dying in some horrible way, from being killed by a stray bullet to being torn apart by a Sea Monster.
  • SCP Containment Breach has a number of interesting ways to die. Getting struck by a Tesla gate. Putting yourself through SCP-914. Looking at SCP-096 and getting ripped to shreds. Walking up to SCP-008's canister. Going into SCP-012, 035 or 895's containment cells. Reading SCP-1025. Getting "cured" by SCP-049. Running into SCP-173. Smoking a joint that's been through SCP-914. Ordering a cup of lava from SCP-294. Getting eaten by SCP-939. Getting eaten by the creature that dwells in SCP-860.
  • Shadowgate, one of the most well-known games of the "storybook" genre, which combined point-and-click adventure gameplay with a text narrative, has tons of ways to do this. You can use any weapon on yourself and read the description of what happens next. You can jump out windows and off cliffs. You can be dissolved by slime (painlessly) or acidic water (very painfully, "you open your mouth to scream, but you no longer have a throat, let alone a larynx!"). You can set yourself on fire. You can... you get the idea.
  • Siege of Avalon features a particularly interesting visual form of this trope. When the player character is killed, the ending animation takes the form of a page of the character's personal journal, indicating exactly how the citadel was conquered because of his inability to emerge victorious from whichever conflict killed him. One of them mentions that he woke up in the hospital section of the castle, then cuts off mid-word. With a bloodstain at the bottom of the page.
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming's developers obviously enjoyed making death animations for the protagonist, as there are over fifteen different animations for Alex dying. These include such favourites as: being strangled, having your throat ripped out, having your head bitten off by a murderous, blood-drenched doll, and being dismembered by an unknown assailant, to name but a few.
  • The Sims: Sims can die in many different ways. From 2 on, in particular, the creators started getting inventive. The basics are still there — you can burn your sim, drown him, starve him, electrocute him, or (heaven forbid) let the sim simply die of old age. However, you can also kill him in an elevator crash, have him be eaten alive by a swarm of flies, have a meteor fall on him, have him die via "Rally Forth" (basically exhausting himself through cheering), die from exposure to sunlight (if he's a vampire), the list goes on. Ghosts will even be different colors and have various effects applied to them depending on the manner of their death. For example, Sims who died of old age are a boring white, while those who caught on fire are orange and those who drowned are blue and dripping.
  • Sly Cooper has different death animations (burning, run over by a train...). However, you just lie flat in front of the train and get pushed along. Sometimes, Sly will suffer one death animation only to have his body pushed or fall into another hazard, and miraculously come to life to die again. Also, each boss delivers a one-liner if you lose to them. They range from hilarious (Dimitri: "My suit is GREASY SWEET!") to annoying. (General Tsao: "The black magic of the family Tsao... IS UNSTOPPABLE!")
  • The SNES version of Space Ace, where not being in the constantly-changing safe spot of the screen every few seconds will kill you, making it one of the cheapest and toughest games ever. Also, if you fall on a platform stage, you die. Dexter also has no life bar.
  • None of Sierra's heroes has as many amusing ways to die as Space Quest's Roger Wilco. The fact that practically all of his deaths result in hilarious Have a Nice Death screens turns finding all these lethal permutations into an obsession... so much that there is an entire website dedicated to depicting these deaths in all their macabre glory.
  • The Spellcasting Series gives Ernie a truly impressive variety of ways to die. You can cause a Time Crash, get blastered to cinders by an atomic dragon, or get sexed to death by an island of amazons, among so many others.
  • The original Spelunker has many dumb ways to die, like falling 2 feet (you'll die in midair from the fall), brushing any enemy, getting caught in your own explosion from a bomb, and more. The remake Spelunker HD lampshades this in its tutorial, letting you know that you have unlimited lives in the tutorial, so you might as well experiment and find out what kinds of things can kill you! Dying in the tutorial then provides you with an explanation for what you did wrong. It also adds cartoony animations for each death, whereas the original game only had your character flash a couple times.
  • While S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has your standard "ragdoll collapse" for death animations, it's very impressive that, if what killed you was an animal, it will actually haul you back to its den and eat your corpse. Not that there's a point in watching that, but still... It's worth noting that your character can die from radiation poisoning, heavy bleeding, or even starving to death.
  • Strangeland has a pretty impressive ammount of different ways for the Stranger to die, though it doesn't stop him for long, because he is protected by a Resurrection/Death Loop. As such, some of the deaths are outright mandatory to solve some of the puzzles or advance the plot, and there is even an in-game "prize" and an achievement for discovering all the different ways to die.
  • Capcom's Super Gem Fighter has different KOs in homage of other games, like Mega Man's explosive death or King Arthur's reduction to skeleton death from Ghosts 'n Goblins.
  • Whenever you defeat a level in Super Meat Boy, you are treated to a replay in which every attempt you made at that level is shown simultaneously, so that you can see all the different ways you failed and died.
  • The Japanese interactive movie Super Voice World has many ways you can get killed, starting with the very first choice you make (choose wrong and you end up getting run over by a car). Considering that the film is about you doing stuff aspiring seiyuu do in order to become one, it certainly has creative ways of getting rid of you — you can, for example, end up getting shot by Shin-ichiro Miki when trying to sneak out of a bar without paying, or get eaten by a vampiric Tesshō Genda.
  • Cell phone game Survive! Mola mola! has 28 death screens, each with a factoid about how this is an actual way ocean sunfish can die. These include "choked to death on litter", "indigestion from overeating", "heatstroke", "hypothermia" (two versions), "belly flop", "internal bleeding from eating shellfish shells" (six versions), "amazed by a whale", "your egg never hatched to begin with", and "old age". Even better, you unlock bonuses (faster growth, more food, more chances to adventure) by finding all the various ways to die.
  • The downloadable game Swarm has you controlling a horde of blue creatures who can die in many, MANY ways. Heck, just watching the title screen for a while can give a good idea of what to expect, from poison gas to spikes to being sliced in half...
  • Team Fortress 2: Excluding promotional skins, just about every weapon in the game has a custom kill icon, so you (and everyone else on the server) can see exactly what brought your current life to its end in the feed. The game also gets a little snarky about some of the ways you can die.
  • Getting killed in different ways in Temple Run will give different messages on your death. See its entry under Death as Comedy for examples.
  • The Interactive Fiction game Time: All Things Come to an End features literally dozens of ways to die, covering every section from the prologue to endgame.
  • The Tomb Raider series is noted for the wide variety of deaths Lara can suffer, including being turned into a gold statue! One of the Fear Effect games has a Shout-Out to this death: In an area filled with piles of gold coins and other treasures, if Hana touches any of the gold pools one too many times, she's turned into a gold statue in almost the same way as Lara.
    • Even the creator of the series commented that during the development of the game, not a day went by without impaling Lara on a bed of spikes or killing her by some other means, and in the director commentary of Anniversary, the makers of the game complain of how the ESRB made them resort to limp ragdoll-style death instead of the good ol' days' gruesome violence if they wanted to keep the game a Teen rating. That said, despite the bloodless deaths and ragdoll effects, failing a quick time event still results in some of the most gruesome death scenes in the series, such as being eaten alive by a T-Rex, getting stabbed in the chest by a knife, etc.
    • It's continued in the 2013 reboot, to the point that deaths have unique animations depending on what killed you, e.g. in combat or Spikes of Doom. Some of Lara's deaths in this game jump into full-on Nightmare Fuel due to both their extreme brutality and the fact that Lara is now a much more realistically-rendered character than her more cartoonish previous incarnations.
  • TowerClimb has a death card for every single type of death possible, Each enemy, stage hazard, and other non-standard deaths like getting kicked out of the club or being dunked, shows your little man dying a painful death, some of them with extremely graphic art.
  • Uninvited from the same creators as Shadowgate. Easily the worst "Stupid Death" is trying to use the anti-ghost spray, only to get the message "you forgot to open it first!"
  • Uninvited: The Quest for the Red Diamond has at least a dozen ways to die with different animation frames.
  • The Amiga game Waxworks (1992) has a large number of very violent ways to die, with pictures showing a close-up of the result. Note that it's the Spiritual Successor of the aforementioned Elvira games.
  • The Wedding has a few ways Anima can die. Getting touched by a hostile demon leads to nothing but a boring bloodsplatter filling the screen. If she heads up to the second floor before obtaining a necessary item, her head gets twisted and her neck broken with a lovely, sickening sound. Inserting the wrong item into the statue's head will make it cause the other statue to smash into her. And inputting the wrong-colored gem into different statues will result in her head exploding. This does not count her dying in one of the endings.
  • Half of the fun in Who's Your Daddy is playing a suicidal baby whose attempts on their life include drinking cleaning supplies, eating batteries/foam balls/broken glass/raw meat/garbage, electrocuting themselves by jamming items into power outlets or dropping a toaster into the tub, drowning in the tub, and being cooked to death in the oven/on the stove top or in the microwave. The baby seems less ignorant and more suicidal when you realize that baby can slash the dad's ankles with a steak knife to slow him down. No wonder in V0.6.0 the dad can shoot the kid with a taser to stop them from going anywhere.
  • Dying in Wolf (DOS) results in a screen that says "[Your wolf's name] has died of [the thing that killed you]." Starvation, dehydration, and bullet wounds are the most common. Especially bullet wounds.
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, despite having a kid-friendly and cartoonish look, has loads of them. Which are also kid-friendly and cartoonish. Wait, why did we say "despite"?
  • Zork:
    • Much like every Infocom game, Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz has quite entertaining descriptions of how your character dies, especially for doing dumb things like "burn the block of plastic explosive". Which is artistic license, as generally it's safe to burn plastic explosives; they can only be set off with a proper detonator. Attempting to molest the sleeping princess will cause the Wizard to suddenly appear and kill you.
    • Return to Zork has stained glass windows depicting the means of your demise.
    • Zork: Grand Inquisitor has a separate message for every death.

    Visual Novels 
Finding out all the different kinds of "death" cutscenes is a staple and often the whole point of eroge games and/or Visual Novels.
  • In the eroge/RPG Lightning Warrior Raidy and its sequel, defeat by a random monster just leads to a simple "game over" message. Defeat by a boss, however? Raidy gets captured, is subjected to that boss's favorite sexual deviance, and then comes a message on how she spends the rest of her life as a sex slave. THEN you get "the end".
  • Tsukihime and Fate/stay night (both by the same developer, TYPE-MOON) have many, varied, and usually lovingly-described ways for their protagonists to die.
    • Perhaps the most infamous is the Tsukihime death where the protagonist is eaten by a shark on the ninth floor of a hotel.
    • The very first Bad End of Fate/stay night: if Shirou refuses to fight in the Grail War and abdicates his role as a Master, he will encounter Ilya a little later, who laments his lack of protection. She then has Berserker dismember him, and uses her magic to keep him alive. It's then heavily implied that she maintains him in an undying state and repeatedly kills him in increasingly horrifying ways.
      Ilya: Onii-chan will stay conscious no matter how much it hurts or how much of you gets destroyed until I crush your head.
  • The When They Cry series is based on "Groundhog Day" Loop plots, so pretty much every character dies in a way or another at some point. But what probably takes the cake is the very fertile imagination of Eva-Beatrice to kill her victims in Umineko: When They Cry. Then revive them and kill them again. And again. And again. And again. It include lovely things like drowning in a sea of jelly, being turned into a butterfly to be eaten alive by a spider, or being cooked in an oven, amongst other things.
  • In Long Live the Queen, Princess Elodie's path to her coronation can get cut short by — among others — bleeding out from an arrow wound, drowning at sea, getting poisoned, getting strangled by magical chains, getting devoured by a tentacled monster... Each death comes with its own cute, Super-Deformed portrait. In the Steam version, you can even collect trading cards of the deaths.
  • In Zero Time Dilemma, the titular Zero has prepared an extremely high amount of ways to kill off the players of the Decision Game. Taking all the timelines into account, the characters are poisoned, blown up to varying degrees note , gunned down, axed, knifed, starved to death, mutilated, suffocated, crossbowed, incinerated, showered with acid and beaten to death. And by the end of the game, they remember every one of these deaths.
  • In Amnesia: Memories, the heroine dies by being stabbed with a knife, getting crushed under a collapsing building, shoved down cliffs, or stabbed by lamp shards during an explosion. And her death in the original universe had her get severely injured during an explosion and fire at her university, and succumbing to those injuries after being in a coma for three weeks.
  • Our Lovely Escape has a surprising amount of bloody death scenes for a romantic visual novel. You can die on accident, Mayu can kill you, Alexis can kill you, Mayu and Alexis can kill you...

    Web Original 
  • In Carbot Animations video, "So I Tried Elden Ring", has the unfortunate protagonist, the Tarnished One, suffering all manner of painful, abrupt, and humiliating deaths. Among these include: being beheaded by giant axes, having him and his horse crushed out of nowhere by a wild dragon's tail, getting shot in the eye with an arrow piercing through his telescope, and being picked up by a troll, used to scratch its butt, then tossed away screaming.
  • The Girl in Kaizo Trap winds up dying over and over in a whole ton of ways, each lovingly rendered. In one of the later videos (the 'black switch' one), many of those deaths are shown on a sprite sheet as the animation grows increasingly unhinged.



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Crash Tag Team Racing

The game features various collectible cutscenes known as "Die-O-Ramas", where Crash gets killed in a number of hilarious and idiotic ways throughout his adventure in Von Clutch's Motorworld.

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