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11th Sep, 2019 03:17:25 AM

Is Killed Off for Real exclusive for settings in which death isn't permanent, but the character died a permanent death anyway?

Basically, yeah. There is a lot of misuse going on, but Killed Off for Real is reserved for settings/stories in which there is a possibility of revival in most cases.

11th Sep, 2019 08:03:56 AM

Killed Off for Real is exclusive to contexts in which a character might have been killed off not-for-real.

11th Sep, 2019 08:15:50 AM

Can Killed Off for Real apply to realistic settings, if a character appears to die several times, but somehow survives each time, until the final time where it actually sticks? For example, Bob is thrown off a cliff, but a later episode reveals that he landed in Soft Water. Then he gets shot and seemingly dies, but he comes back later and says the bullet hit a non-vital area. Then he gets blown into Ludicrous Gibs by a grenade and that's that. He never technically comes Back from the Dead, but there's still a pattern of apparent death not sticking, in a way that doesn't involve the supernatural.

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11th Sep, 2019 08:18:41 AM

The title "Killed Off For Real" implies there is a "Killed Off for Not Real". Which tends not to be possible in sitcoms.

11th Sep, 2019 09:33:34 AM

Yeah. Killed Off for Real only applies when the audience has some reason to expect a character to not die / to come back.

11th Sep, 2019 01:30:44 PM

^^That's more or less the reason I leave behind whenever I delete misuse of that trope.

Along with the above I've also used it for settings where, while All Deaths Are Final, a character has a tendency to cheat or otherwise escape death and then is finally killed. Like a villain whose Joker Immunity finally runs out.


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