Follow TV Tropes

Following

Playing With / Cessation of Existence

Go To

Basic Trope: Dying in a way such that you get no afterlife, no reincarnation - nothing.

  • Straight: Most characters' souls can be raised Back from the Dead, but getting hit by a Wave Motion Gun causes one's soul to be utterly destroyed and their consciousness to come to an end.
  • Exaggerated: Ret Gone
  • Downplayed: One can survive as long as they have either their brain or their soul. Having both destroyed results in this.
  • Advertisement:
  • Justified: Consciousness and overall "existence" is tied to the soul, so if one loses their soul, they revert to a state of nothingness.
  • Inverted: Death Is Cheap and/or Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
  • Subverted: If one is rejected from both reincarnation and ascension, they are drawn into their body from another timeline.
  • Double Subverted: ...but it's eventually figured out that a Negative Space Wedgie can deny you the ability to transcend to another timeline, so dying from it with no access to reincarnation or an afterlife causes you to stop existing.
  • Parodied: Being killed by a Groin Attack is so humiliating that your soul will no longer be accepted into the afterlife.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Resurrections never happen, and no-one knows where characters are while they're dead.
    • Souls are indestructible and cannot be stopped from assuming a new body or otherwise passing on to the afterlife.
  • Advertisement:
  • Enforced: "If we can't let characters stay dead, we'll be Opening a Can of Clones. Or, worse, we could succumb to The Chris Carter Effect, what with the Big Bad's reincarnations. We need some way for characters to be Killed Off for Real."
  • Lampshaded: "She's really dead this time? Not merely dead, but... dead dead?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: A character TimeTravels to save their Deader Than Dead friend.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

Back to Cessation of Existence
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report