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Basic Trope: A character is sent away to a Fate Worse than Death.

  • Straight: The actress that plays Alice has had enough of being on the set of Long Runner and quits. Meanwhile, a plotline ensues where Alice is sent to Prison.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Put on a Bus
  • Justified: Alice has done some bad things in the series she thought she got away with, but apparently did not.
  • Inverted: After having spent all of the last season in prison, Alice comes back.
    • After Alice's actress's forced retirement her character leaves due to a dream come true like going to space.
  • Subverted: Alice is just going to live with her aunt in the country.
  • Double Subverted: It's revealed a few episodes later that she died.
  • Parodied: In the animated series Adventures of the Troper Squad, Alice's voice actress- Susan- quits. In the next episode, a voice from above says "ALRIGHT SUSAN, PAYBACK TIME." Alice is than run over by a herd of elephants, gets attacked by jetpack-wearing monkeys wielding flaming chainsaws, and is forced to listen to an Ear Worm.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice's actress has no plans to leave the show, nor do the producers and writers have any plans to do away with the character.
  • Enforced:
    • "It was so unfair of the actress to just up and leave in the middle of the season! Let's exact revenge on her character!"
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    • Alice has become some variant of The Scrappy, and the audience wants her not only gone, but gone in a way that's cruel enough to satisfy them.
    • "Donna has been such a diva, her costars are complaining that they can't work with her anymore and are threatening to leave. Let's fire her, and in doing so, get rid of her character, Alice!"
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice's actress makes sure to include a clause in her contract that states that if she leaves the show, her character cannot be sent to a Fate Worse than Death.
    • The producers resist the urge to be petty and do horrible things to Alice just because the actress quit.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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