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"This ain't training, trooper, this is the real thing. Those are real bullets and real bombs. This is war. If you want to make it through the next few hours alive, you better do exactly as I say and exactly as I do."
Sergeant Rince Klebb, Baraspian 3rd Rifles, shortly before being devoured by a xenos horror

They know more about the threat than anyone. Can tell the hero/heroine everything they want to know. They're a cop who's been hunting the Serial Killer for their entire career or the Great White Hunter who knows more about dangerous animals than anyone. Perhaps they're an expert on ancient curses, or are schooled in the ways of killer robots. Whoever they are, they're the good guy's best and most reliable source of information regarding The Threat, its plans, its motivations, its patterns, its strengths, and its weaknesses.


Unfortunately for them, they're not the hero of the story and hence cannot rely on Plot Armor. Even more unfortunate, they're just useful enough to the hero that their death will make our heroes even more vulnerable, and their plight more dramatic. Worse still, since they're the expert on The Threat, their death by the Threat will augment the advantage the villain has over the heroes — after all, if this Expert couldn't win against them, what shot do our non-Expert main heroes have?

Compare/contrast The Mentor, who is also wise to the threat and often killed by it nonetheless, but The Obi Wan's death, if and when it comes, is often a Moment of Awesome, Obi-Wan Moment, or at least dramatic. Compare also The Worf Effect, which is where an enemy dispatches a more generally established badass with ease, rather than one specialized against them. Finally, consider Mentor Occupational Hazard, which is the tendency of mentors to the hero to die. This is one of The Perils of Being the Best. See also Negated Moment of Awesome if a lot of build up is put into introducing them. If the person who dies was the heroes' best hope and now they need to come up with a new idea, see Plan B Resolution.


As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the first season finale of Blood+, Saya, Haji and Eric team up with a squad of professional chiropteran (vampire) hunters. They die to a man fighting baby chiropterans, which come in waves by the dozens as opposed to the usually singular appearances of their larger brethren.
  • Attack on Titan: The Survey Corps are essentially an entire army of this trope. Notable examples include: Dita Ness, Armin's squad leader during the 57th expedition and the Female Titan's first victim; the entire Spec Ops squad; Mike Zacharius, the in-universe World's SECOND Strongest Man who's totally unprepared for the Beast Titan; and his squad, killed while protecting the unarmed 104th at Castle Utgard.
  • The Anti-BM unit in BioMeat gets eaten mere moments after reaching the infested building. Would it hurt them to put those fancy suits on BEFORE leaving the chopper?
  • Dosu in Naruto, who was able to completely deduce Orochimaru's plan to attack the village and steal Sasuke (helps that he was one of Orochimaru's subordinate and had the necessary inside info to connect the dots). Rather than going to talk about the authorities about it, he decides that the right thing to do would be to kill Sasuke instead... which leads to him trying to kill Gaara to raise his chances of fighting Sasuke in the actual tournament out of a desire to show up his master for viewing him and his teammates as disposable pawns.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Mami Tomoe is a veteran Magical Girl who introduces Madoka and Sayaka to the risks and rewards involved so they can decide if they want to make the contract with Kyubey. She gets eaten by episode three's Monster of the Week.
  • Happens a lot during the Hunter exam in Hunter × Hunter. Placed on the roof of a large tower? The world-class mountain climber knows he can scale the tower with ease... only to be eaten by a watchful bird.
  • FAITH-elite Heine Westenfluss in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: a ZAFT special forces pilot who even Athrun looks up to for his skill and test-pilot of the latest specialist mobile suit ZAFT has to offer. Killed in his very first sortie by failing to check his surroundings before rushing in to engage the Freedom.
  • Gantz: Hachiro Oka, who was considered the most powerful fighter in Osaka, is killed by Nurarihyon.
  • Ga-Rei -Zero- begins with an elite squad of anti-paranormal fighters being sent out to deal with the latest threat. At the end of the first episode, every one of them is killed. Then the real story begins in episode 2.
  • In Digimon Frontier episode 13, the Warriors release Saraphimon, who had been healing since losing to Cherubimon during his coup. Having regained his strength, he tells the Warriors to return to their world while he handles the battle ahead. Then the evil Warriors arrive, and in the ensuing battle, Mercurymon defeats Saraphimon and steals his data, reducing him to a digi-egg. As such, it falls to the Warriors to save the Digital World.
  • Azur Lane: San Diego, the most capable Anti-Air character, is prominently shown downed by the Sakura Empire's carrier attack.

    Comic Books 
  • In general, a comic book Crisis Crossover will frequently start off by killing or otherwise incapacitating some powerful mystical or cosmic entity (like Uatu the Watcher or the Spectre). Aside from showing off the villain's threat level and removing a character who might otherwise handle the crisis on their own, the character thus removed is likely to have been someone who could have contributed expert knowledge on the villain or his plans.

  • Russell Franklin from Deep Blue Sea. The movie is about a team of scientists and assorted staff members trying to survive a flooded science station infested with killer mind-enhanced sharks. Fortunately, Russell Franklin is well prepared for this situation, as he has survived a similar dire life-threatening incident before when he was stranded on top of a mountain range. Unfortunately, he is ripped apart by sharks right as he's giving a big speech telling everyone how to handle their predicament.
  • Robert Muldoon from Jurassic Park "knows more about Raptors than anyone" ... but is pretty quickly and easily dispatched by the raptors once they're loose when they use their standard attack pattern. In the book, it's Hammond instead, and Muldoon survives the experience after shooting the T-Rex with a giant tranquilizer dart, blowing at least one raptor in half with a rocket launcher and still continuing to be an untouchable badass even after he finally gets so drunk he can barely stand.
    • The sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, subverts it with Dr. Sarah Harding. She's supposedly an animal behavior expert yet makes mistakes that endanger her life and get others around her killed. Most egeregious is when she walks through the jungle wearing a jacket stained with blood from the injured baby T-rex she helped mend. Not only does this lead the parents right to her group, but she only realizes her error when she sees the jacket hanging in her tent...right before one of the rexes pokes it head in. The fact that the rex lifts its head up toward the jacket with the tent covering its eyes is the only reason she isn't instantly killed and this leads to the hunters with her being killed instead.
  • Carson Wells from No Country for Old Men is the character most familiar with serial killer Anton Chigurh. Chigurh doesn't even break a sweat in catching up with him. The un-initiated Llewelyn is, however, much more problematic for Chigurh. Justified as Llewelyn has combat experience from a tour in Vietnam.
  • Major Valentina Koslova from The Jackal is assigned to help Preston and Mulqueen track down the title assassin, bringing with her all her useful knowledge about the villain. Still, her confrontation with him doesn't last long.
  • Charles Remington in The Ghost and the Darkness is the world's authority on man-eating lions, and how to make them dead. One of the lions takes him in his sleep, it seems.
  • Jaws
    • Quint from the first Jaws movie talked a good game but didn't last very long once he actually met the shark. However, both he and Hooper imply that they had never seen a shark like this before. Also, in all fairness, they'd been waiting and drinking for hours, so it's also clear that Quint is pretty hammered by the time the shark shows up.
    • Phillip Fitzroyce, from the Jaws 3D, is described as a skilled hunter and naturalist who has every confidence he can take down the killer shark that is threatening the movie's fictionalized Sea World park. He lasts about five minutes against the beast.
  • The entomologist who knows all about the killer spiders of the movie Arachnophobia goes down like a Red Shirt. Perhaps a little more acceptable than most examples because he's a scientist, not a hunter or exterminator, but he still wasn't very careful despite knowing how dangerous the spiders were.
  • Four Jedi Knights set out to arrest Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. They're led by Jedi Master Mace Windu, who had just then been warned by Anakin that Palpatine was a Sith Lord, so there's no excuse for being taken by surprise. And yet Sidious takes them by surprise. Two Jedi don't even parry a single slash from Sidious's lightsaber before immediately dying, and one more gets in a few blocks before being felled. Only Mace Windu survives long enough to offer a decent lightsaber battle. Windu is not this trope. The other three Jedi are.
  • Predator franchise:
    • Predator 2 has an elite alien-hunting squad tracking and studying the Predator, but they get slaughtered when they try to capture it. Their study didn't cover the multiple filter Predators have when they hunt cold-blooded game.
    • Predators: the survivor Nolan has defeated several Predators off-screen and has endured ten "seasons" of hunting on the alien planet, but still goes out like a punk the second they show up on-screen. That said, the Predator that kills him dispenses with any sense of "fair play" and just shoots him with his shoulder cannon at full power in contrast to the "sporting" attitude they have with the other survivors, so maybe they were just that pissed at him.
  • Played for (dark) laughs in Feast, where "Hero", the badass-looking character who bursts onto the scene and actually seems to know what's going on, gets eaten by the creatures within seconds of his first appearance. Then his wife, Heroine, shows up and dies halfway through the film.
  • Played for laughs in Club Dread, when the battle-toughened security chief gets offed mid-speech.
  • Invoked/justified in the case of Luca Brasi, the Corleones' top hitman in The Godfather. He doesn't survive his first onscreen encounter with armed opponents and ends up sleeping with the fishes. This was because his killers knew his reputation and didn't even try to take him in a straight-up fight. Instead, they opted to get him In the Back with a garrote while pinning his hand to a bar with a knife to keep him immobilized. The book takes this a step further by emphasizing that the murder took place in what was considered a Truce Zone:
    Tom Hagen: By the way, we got the confirmation on Luca. They killed him the night before they shot your father. In Bruno's nightclub. Imagine that?
    Michael Corleone: No wonder they caught him off guard.
  • Happens in the B-Movie Alligator to its Great White Hunter. Same thing happens to an entire family of such characters in the sequel.
  • Played for Laughs in the Coneheads movie. As Dan Aykroyd is about to be executed by being forced to fight a Rancor-like creature, the prisoner before him says that he's used his years of imprisonment to study footage of the creature, determine a weak spot where he can strike, and trained until he's positive he can slay the beast. When it's his turn, he goes off confidently to victory and immediately gets his head ripped off.
  • The Rage: Carrie 2 combines this with Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome in killing off Sue Snell, a Zen Survivor turned guidance counselor who tried to prevent the slaughter this time around.
  • Happens towards the end in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over where a teen comes in who calls himself "The Guy". He enters the last level before the others do. You'd think a video game expert would last long, but one hit and all 100 hit points he had were gone.
  • This happens in Nighthawks when the heroes' trainer is ambushed by the villain's sidekick.
  • In The Goonies, the kids discover the bones of treasure hunter Chester Copperpot, who was apparently killed by the very first pirate booby trap he encountered. Rather than be horrified and turn back, the kids manage to use it as inspiration that they've made it farther than the expert.
  • Pacific Rim:
    • Hannibal Chau, a man who deals in Kaiju organs, is killed by a baby Kaiju moments after confidently declaring that it was dead. Subverted, however, in that he turns out to be alive in The Stinger.
    • The Chinese and Russian Jaegers and their crew also count. For all their Informed Ability as highly skilled, their on-screen performance is abysmal. They're tasked with defending against two Kaiju, but the Chinese are killed and the Russian's crippled by just one Kaiju, the second one only needed to squash their Hope Spot. In their defense, they put up some effort at a fight, and these are the biggest kaiju seen to date. It's also implied that the human scientist attempting to drift with the kaiju in the previous scene allowed the kaiju Hive Mind to see how the Jaegers work and how to counter them.
  • At the beginning of World War Z, a young scientist fresh out of college believes he knows what's responsible for the zombie outbreak. During the first zombie attack, the scientist panics and falls on top of his gun, killing himself. This leaves Brad Pitt's reporter character to find the solution.
  • In the first Cube, the group of people trapped in the death maze is quickly joined by Rennes aka "The Wren", a notorious escape artist who has gotten out of six different prisons around the world. He introduces the idea of checking trapped rooms by throwing their boots in, advises the others to focus only on getting out lest they turn on each other and promises to get them all out of there if they can keep up. He dies minutes after being introduced due to a molecular-chemical sensor he didn't notice.
  • In Chernobyl Diaries, Uri, the extreme tour guide and grizzled veteran, is the first person killed after going out of the car alone at night.
  • In Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, an older brother of one of Jason's victims has been tracking him since his sister's death, seeming to set him up as the big hero who will finally put an end to Jason's rampage. In a Negated Moment of Awesome combined with a bit of Narm, Jason kills him in an anti-climatic fashion while he screams "He's killing me! He's killing me!".
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, after Bane takes over Gotham City, some Special Forces operatives who are experts on terrorist and hostage situations are brought in to stop him. They are killed off a couple of scenes later with ease.
  • Despite getting top billing in Executive Decision, special forces operative Steven Seagal makes a Sacrificial Lion play at the very beginning of his team's mission to make sure it succeeds, making civilian specialist Kurt Russell carry the rest of the narrative.
  • Vlad had a group of students being tormented by Count Dracula. Their teacher and guide is revealed to be an Order of the Dragon member and is at least familiar with action. When he tries confronting Dracula, he gets killed effortlessly via Neck Snap.
  • Freaks of Nature: When vampires and zombies are rampaging across the town of Dillford, Dag and his girlfriend Lorelei are rescued by a college teacher who is revealed to be a badass fighter that quickly dispatches vampires in his introduction. He proceeds to get devoured by zombies since he didn't know how to fight them.
  • Into the Forest: The family father has all of the practical skills and knowledge, but he gets killed in the first act, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves during the Big Blackout.
  • In Escape Room, Danny, one of the nerds of the group, brags about being a puzzle room expert who cleared over 90 live puzzles, including all the popular ones. During the movie, he refuses to believe him and the other members of the group are in danger, despite growing evidence that they are, until he falls through a sheet of ice during the second puzzle room and becomes the groups first casualty.

  • Harry Potter: Book 6; Dumbledore, an expert in magic and Voldemort, gets himself cursed by making a foolish move while retrieving Voldemort's ring horcrux. Justified by the fact that, by his own admission, his desperation to see his lost family and beg their forgiveness clouded his judgment.
    • Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He is described as a master duelist and an expert in fighting Dark Wizards, but is killed personally by Voldemort while escorting Harry to a safehouse. This is also somewhat justified, however, considering that Moody was acting as one of several decoys and was fully aware that his reputation all but guaranteed he would be the first one targeted.
      • Avada Kedavra is unblockable through spellwork, so he could only have survived if he dodged it or conjured a barrier. Considering Mundungus Fletcher disapparated, distracting him and probably throwing his broom off-balance, it's not likely he was able to.
    • Gilderoy Lockhart is a parody of this trope. He's amazing. A genius. He's defeated evil monster after evil monster—and his written works on how he did it have made him famous. Oddly enough, he seems rather hesitant to do anything in real life. Turns out that he's not an expert at all, but a total fake. He's been stealing the defeats of evil monsters off other people, and erasing their memories, that being the one form of magic he has any talent for at all.
    • What about Quirrell? He knows all about the theory of defensive magic, but the one time that he goes off to try to fight the dark side, he comes home possessed by Voldemort.
  • Invoked by the monsters in The Dresden Files. Senior Council Member Simon Petrovich is the world's foremost expert on vampires. When the Red Court of vampires and the Wizard Council end up going to war, the Red Court assassinate him off-screen as the opening shot.
  • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
    • One of the first priorities of the villains in securing control of Osten Ard to enact their plan to return the Storm King to life is the elimination of anyone who knows enough about their plans to be a threat, which includes the League of the Scroll, a group of scholars who've spent their entire lives studying the lore surrounding him.
    • Amerasu, the oldest Sithi and second oldest thinking being in Osten Ard, is the only character with enough knowledge and power to fully understand the plans of the Storm King and the Norn Queen, Utuk'ku, who is aiding him. As Utuk'ku is the oldest thinking being, however, and has spent centuries building her power, she is able to silence Amerasu right before she can reveal her knowledge to the protagonists, seemingly without effort. The job is then completed by her huntsman, who kills Amerasu's body.
  • Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. He is the world's expert on fighting orcs since he's been doing it his entire life (while the elves have been not really paying much attention). He comes to the Council of Elrond to advise on how to kill orcs and get to Mordor. Then he gets killed by orcs while protecting the hobbits. Specifically uruk-hai, an elite band of magically enhanced orcs led by a particularly nasty individual named Lurtz. Slightly subverted in that Boromir is not the only expert on evil things kicking around in Middle Earth: and his little brother Faramir is totally competent. Also played with in that the uruk-hai are a new kind of orc, created by Sauruman - bigger and stronger than the ones he's been fighting all his life.

    Live Action TV 
  • Bones: The foremost expert on the serial kidnapper/killer "the Gravedigger" is killed by the Gravedigger.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer examples:
    • Kendra, the new Slayer, is introduced as a key ally of Buffy with skills comparable to hers. Then she doesn't show up again until the end of the season when she's dispatched by Drusilla with very little effort.
    • Jenny Calendar's people had handled Angelus before and she was the only person who had the curse that would restore Angel's soul, thus ending the threat. He knew this; she knew he knew this. (He'd already killed the other member of her clan in town.) Yet when Angelus came for her, she was completely unprepared.
  • Chuck: Played for Laughs: An expy of James Bond infiltrates a meeting of various arms dealers, who has been tracking Volkoff Industries and the Norseman device for some time. He stops to monologue. Oops.
  • Dexter: Detectives Doakes and Lundy both serve this role, to a degree, although they are both killed by women obsessed with their respective serial killers, not the killers themselves.
  • Doctor Who examples:
    • In "Aliens of London", during an alien crash landing in public, the world's greatest experts on aliens were called together — only for it to turn out to be a trap to kill them all. Subverted, since the Doctor was one of them, and survived thanks to his Bizarre Alien Biology.
    • The Torchwood Institute, which is supposed to be Earth's best defense against aliens, keeps getting completely wiped out by them. Children of Earth has a particularly nasty example: after much fuss from Torchwood and its allies about letting the alien experts do their job, Jack and Ianto charge in and threaten the aliens... with no plan at all. It goes exactly how you'd expect.
  • Lost: Most of Arzt's speaking lines in his last episode are about how dangerous and volatile the aged dynamite is, so naturally, he dies doing exactly what he told the others not to do with the explosives.
  • Psych: Similar to the Bones example, this show has Mary (short for Marion) get killed. This was after he theorized that Mr. Yang, a female serial killer who he was an expert on, may have had a partner. He is right, and it's Mr. Yin who kills him.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Crewman Daniels turns out to be a temporal agent of 31st-century Starfleet, sent back to counter enemy agents — specifically Silik, a bad guy Daniels suspects is also aboard. He is. He kills Daniels easily. (Daniels does show up later, having apparently only been killed "in a manner of speaking" (probably meaning that he did die, but a chronologically younger version of himself could still meet Archer), but it took him out of the action and left Archer to fend for himself.)
  • The X-Files:
    • In the episode "First Person Shooter", the owner of the VR game brings in "world-renowned hacker" Daryl Musashi that even the Lone Gunman drool over like fanboys. The game AI murders him by cutting off his hands and head before he fires his first shot.

  • In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio goes on a lengthy diatribe about Master Swordsman Tybalt's prowess with a blade—half a scene before he challenges him to a duel and gets killed, resulting in Romeo swiftly killing Tybalt in vengeance.

    Video Games 
  • In F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, Snake Fist/Terry Halford is your best chance of bringing down Alma. Which results in an Assassin ripping his head off seconds after you meet him.
  • In The Witcher, Raymond Maarloeve, a private eye motivated by the death of his family at the hands of the organization known as Salamandra, had amassed information on the group and its head, Azar Javed, with the hopes of bringing them down. Raymond decides to aid the protagonist, Geralt, in dismantling Salamandra. The endeavor doesn't end well for him, despite Geralt successfully defending him from Salamandra's initial backlash.
    • Azar Javed himself kills Maarloeve and begins impersonating him using magic, which Geralt may or may not discover early on, depending on the player's actions.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, one Borgia Captain claims, in Enemy Chatter you can eavesdrop on, to know how Assassins operate and thus how to deal with them, but other than being on horseback (and thus being able to flee faster), he's no harder to kill for all his bluster than any other Borgia Captains. As a result, players have been known to time their kills of him to maximize the dramatic irony. For example...
    Tomasso di Viterbo: The assassin will not appear in front of you. The assassin will come out of the shadows and--
    Ezio: (rushes on foot right up to Viterbo's side, pulls him leg first off of the saddle and stabs him through the throat with the Hidden Blade as he lands)
  • Inverted in Final Fantasy X, as Auron, the party's leading expert on Sin, knows so much about it because he was killed by Sin's emissary Yunalesca several years ago. So he's the leading expert because he was killed.
  • Neverwinter Nights has an entire academy slaughtered in the tutorial level, including all of the NPCs that gave you your training exercises.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, the Metal Gear RAY, which was specifically built as a counter to the Metal Gear REX models being built by the other countries, is destroyed by none other than the (half-demolished but operational) original Metal Gear REX.
  • In Exile/Avernum 3, the first expedition to the surface is composed of hand-picked and trained members of the underworld's military and equipped with items personally made by a brilliant (if profoundly weird) archmage, and end up dead in various corners of The Empire within a few months. Your band of adventurers, with standard military equipment and limited support, saves the world.
  • In the first mission of Mass Effect, Shepard is supervised by an elite Spectre named Nihlus. He's killed by Saren when he had his back turned halfway through the mission. Justified in that Saren is Nihlus's old friend and former mentor (thus, someone that Nihlus implicitly trusts) who, unbeknownst to Nihlus, has recently made an off-screen Face–Heel Turn.
  • In Tomb Raider (2013), Dr. James Whitman is the leading archeologist on the Endurance expedition to Yamatai, and boasts that he has two PhDs, one of them in East Asian mythology, while Lara herself is basically an inexperienced student. However, it's made pretty clear through the game that Lara's the one who actually knows what she's doing. Whitman eventually gets himself stupidly killed trying to strike up a conversation with two undead samurai guardians, in English - the only Japanese word he knows is the one for "queen", which triggers the fanatical guards and they chop him to pieces.
  • Until Dawn has the Stranger, also known as Flamethrower Guy. Despite having hunted the Wendigos for decades and actually having managed to largely defeat them, after one cutscene explaining Wendigos to most of the cast and a conversation with Chris explaining a bit more about them, he gets killed in his very next fight with them (likely due to keeping his eye more on Chris’s safety than on his immediate surroundings, as he’s always hunted by himself). The cast finds out anything else they need to know from a book found in his belongings at the lodge.
    • Another reason he goes down might be that the Wendigo that killed him acts in ways that contradicts his explanations for how they hunt.note 
  • Dragon Age: Origins: The entire order of Grey Wardens in Ferelden, many of them with decades of experience of fighting darkspawn, goes to Ostagar to stop the Blight. They are all killed off in the prologue, among them the mentor, leaving just the two newest recruits to succeed where they failed. Though to be fair, the Wardens were Backstabbed by an ally, who took it on himself to withdraw his forces from the battle rather than uphold his part in it, leading to the annihilation of the entire army (including the King, who was also his son-in-law) that was fighting alongside them.
  • In the Half-Life chapter "We've Got Hostiles!", a friendly NPC scientist you meet shouts, "Follow me! I'm the one person who knows what's going on!" He is then immediately gunned down by hostile soldiers.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Vigilants of Stendarr are specialized in hunting down Daedra worshipers and Daedric creatures. However, when the vampires (who were warped into their state by the Daedric Prince Molag Bal) start going on the offensive, they're slaughtered and their main base of operations, the Hall of the Vigilant, is razed. Oftentimes, you will find groups of vampires posing as Vigilants after having murdered the actual Vigilants and taken their clothes. However, the foremost expert on vampires among them, who left the Vigilants to reform the Dawnguard, does much better. He can get killed, but only if The Dragonborn joins the Volkihar vampires, and not at the very start of the quest chain.
  • Phantasy Star IV has Alys, a female bounty hunter who is famous worldwide for being a great warrior and always getting her target. Along with her young partner Chaz, who is still a rookie and inexperience, Alys is made aware of a great evil threat and sets out to stop it. This eventually leads them to their first encounter with dark sorcerer Zio, in which he fires a dark wave attack fatally wounding Alys who dies from it days later, leaving Chaz to get revenge and stop the evil threat.
  • Far Cry: New Dawn begins with a group of beleaguered survivors of the nuclear apocalypse calling in a guy named Thomas Rush, a former soldier who's made a name for himself wiping out bandits and rebuilding civilization across the US. Rush agrees to help and brings his army with him to Hope County, but his arrival is so pompous that the Highwaymen he's supposed to defeat immediately ambush his train, kill almost everyone and take him hostage. Once the Captain frees him, Rush briefly leads the defense of the survivors' home base (which also gets a lot of people killed), then leaves for some scouting and... gets himself captured. Again. Then he gets unceremoniously killed via Boom, Headshot! with a shotgun, and the Captain's attempt to rescue him again almost gets them killed, too. The only actually helpful thing he does in the whole game is pulling the Captain (his Number Two, mind) from the wreckage of his train, and that's literally the very first thing he does, in the very first cutscene, which also makes this a very weird example of Cutscene Power to the Max.

  • Lampshaded in Nip and Tuck when their Movie Within A Movie Man On The Border introduces the lead character's partner:
    Tuck: Lessee, trained, experienced, competent — I say he's dead in five minutes.

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    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror VII", when dolphins were plotting to recapture the land. The Sea Captain monologues about how he's the only one who knows how to stop them and is Killed Mid-Sentence.
  • Parodied in American Dad! where the helicopter carrying the CIA's top code-breaker crashes as he's arriving at the scene. Any remaining hope then falls on Scott who's "pretty good at the jumble". Scott promptly gets hit with debris flying from the helicopter.
  • In the Season 3 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka is kidnapped by Trandoshan sporthunters and is released on an island on a jungle moon, as prey. There she encounters three Jedi younglings, led by a girl named Kalifa. It's stated that Kalifa has been held there for the longest time, and has out-lived other Padawan-learners, despite being only a youngling herself. She even told the older and better-trained Ahsoka, to her face, that she had the experience in surviving the hunt. Naturally, Kalifa is killed soon after Ahsoka's arrival. Subverted in that, she was an expert in hiding from and avoiding the Trandoshans as much as possible. She only died after Ahsoka convinced them to go on the offensive, and they were ambushed while scouting after the Trandoshan's base.
    • To a lesser extent, the Trandoshan leader himself. He has several Wookiee pelts as trophies, but doesn't last long once the Wookiees show up in the episode.
  • In the Season 2 premiere of Gravity Falls when zombies attack the Mystery Shack, Soos says he's been preparing for this moment all his life... only to immediately get bitten. He gets turned back at the end.

Alternative Title(s): Worlds Expert On Getting Killed


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