Kill off

The killing of a character is a device in fiction , a character dies, but the story continues. The term, frequently applied to television , film and chronological series, often denotes an untimely or unexpected death motivated by factors beyond the storyline.

In productions featuring actors, the unwillingness or inability of an actor to the production for financial or other reasons (including illness, death, or producers’ unwillingness to retain an actor) may lead to that character being “killed off” or removed from the storyline.



Because of the episodic format of television shows, audience feedback and approval is often a factor in whether or not a character is killed off. Damon Lindelof , Executive Producer of Lost , has been quoted as saying that Nikki and Paulo , “We had a plan when we introduced them, but we did not get to fully execute.” But when the plan is executed, [they] will be iconic characters on the show. ” [1] Raymond Cruz’s character Tuco Salamanca on Breaking Bad was killed by the actor leaving the show . [2]Characters may be killed off when the actors die. John Ritter’s character in 8 Ritter himself died during taping of the show. [3]

The Palestinian children’s character Farfur (a Mickey Mouse lookalike ) is an example of a character “killed off” for political Reasons in 2007. After the program received criticism from Some government Ministers in Both Palestine and Israel for anti-Israeli feelings espousing, the Farfur character was killed off. Even his death, at the hands of an “Israeli agent”, making Farfur a “martyr”, was similarly politicised. [4] apparently killed off its lead character, the “Priceline Negotiator” (portrayed by longtime company spokesman William Shatner ), in an advertisement during Super Bowl XLVI . [5] The killing off, however, turned out to be a hoax, as Shatner returned with his protege (portrayed by Kaley Cuoco ) in later commercials.

Brian Griffin , the talking dog on Family Guy , was killed in the season 12 episode , ” Life of Brian ” and was replaced by a new dog, Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico . Fans of the show were devastated and started to petition Brian Brian. However, Brian was brought back to life two episodes later, in the Christmas episode, ” Christmas Guy, ” where Stewie Griffin travels back in time to prevent Brian from being struck by the car that killed him. Creator Seth MacFarlane said on Twitterjust after the episode aired, “And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy, holiday lesson: I do not think we’d kill you off Brian did you? Jesus we’d have to be fucking high. ” [6] It was later revealed in the season ” Inside Family Guy ” that he was killed off that he could work on a remake of Old Yeller , according to Lois .

Maude Flanders , a recurring character and the first wife of Ned Flanders on The Simpsons , was killed in the Season 11 episode , Alone Again, Natura-Diddily where she was killed by a Cannon T-shirt at the SpringfieldSpeedway when Homer ducks at the last second to pick up a bobby pin on the ground. Maure’s voice actress, Maggie Roswell , left The Simpsons in Spring 1999 after a dispute with the Fox Broadcasting Company , which airs The Simpsons. Marcia Mitzman Gavenvoiced Maude between 1999 and 2000 and many other Roswell’s characters during this period. Roswell returned to The Simpsons in 2002 after reaching a deal with producers in Denver. Since returning, she has voiced Maude in flashback and a ghost.

When voice actor and Scientologist Isaac Hayes departed South Park over the show’s creators criticism of Scientology in the episode Trapped in the Closet , His character ( Head ) Was killed off in the episode The Return of Chef. For the episode, voice clips of the leader were taken from previous episodes and linked together to form a new dialogue to support the plot.

Comic books

Death is a frequently used comic book drama fiction, and in particular superhero fiction . Unlike stories in television or film, there are rare situations in which you can not have actors portraying characters. Instead, characters are typically killed off as part of the story, or occasionally by editorial mandate to generate publicity for a title. Teasers may be hinted at characters’ deaths for an extended period. [7]A number of factors often mean that these changes are not permanent. Due to extremely long run runs, the popularity of these characters (with writers and fans) This can be a revision of their literal resurrection or by retcon , a review which changes the future and establishes the character of the first place. This phenomenon is known as the comic book death . Killing off a hand like this Superman , Batman Gold Captain Americacan often lead to an uptick in publicity for a comic book, and they are inevitably brought back to life. [8]

Some writers have been criticized for the purpose of killing a person or a person who has been sexually abused. This is known as the Women in Refrigerators trope. [9]

See also

  • Spin off


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  4. Jump up^ BBC News: “Hamas ‘Mickey Mouse’ killed offretrieved 5 December 2008
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  7. Jump up^ Allen, Nick (June 22, 2011). “Death of Spider-Man the latest comic book trend for shocking readers” . The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved July 24, 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ White, Brett (June 5, 2013). “In Your Face Jam: Getting Over Death” . Comic Book Resources . Retrieved July 24,2014 .
  9. Jump up^ Hennon, Blake (October 8, 2013). “Gail Simone talks’ Batgirl, ” The Movement, ” fierce ” women in comics’ ‘ . Los Angeles Times . Retrieved July 24, 2014 .