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Kris Strife
2009-04-09, 04:23 AM
We've all heard or read something in a book, show or game thats just made us think: This guy wont last long.

"When I get back" right before a battle is one example.

Go ahead and list your favorite examples.

Finn Solomon
2009-04-09, 04:37 AM
I've got two weeks to retirement.

kamikasei
2009-04-09, 04:43 AM
There's a sweet lady waiting for me at home (of course, this may actually doom the lady rather than the speaker).

Killer Angel
2009-04-09, 04:43 AM
To not be Ripley in an Aliens movie.
More on general, to not be the protagonist in a war/horror movie. And beginning to search for things (or for someone) all alone.

Closet_Skeleton
2009-04-09, 04:45 AM
Any suspicious increase of character developement in someone unimportant to the plot.

Trying to act heroic in a story where there's a designated protagonist who isn't you.

edit:


Having a British accent in an American film.

That only really counts if the 'British' character is a villain, which is highly likely.


Isn't there a TV Torpor (http://tvtropes.org/) page for these? :smallconfused:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SortingAlgorithmOfMortality

bosssmiley
2009-04-09, 05:05 AM
"Here's a picture of my kids..."
Having sex in a horror movie.
Having a British accent in an American film.
Doubting what the kids says about the monster.
Being the token (ethnic, gay, M/F, nerd, foreigner, etc.) character in a horror or action movie.
Having no revealed first name (pace TheGiant)

Isn't there a TV Torpor (http://tvtropes.org/) page for these? :smallconfused:

Sholos
2009-04-09, 05:49 AM
Kissing a loved one before going into a big battle.

grolim
2009-04-09, 07:57 AM
And the ever so obvious.....being the only character who is NOT in the opening credits going into a dangerous situation. (I.E. Red shirted)

Fri
2009-04-09, 08:18 AM
nah, if you're interested in the tvtorpor page, here is a better one (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HowToKillACharacter).

charl
2009-04-09, 09:12 AM
Being German or Japanese in a WW2 film is a sure way to die.

Llama231
2009-04-09, 09:22 AM
Wearing a red shirt.
"Leave me behind" or "Go on without me".
Being introduced early on in the episode for no apparent reason.
Looking tough.
Saying bad things about anything.
Being the antagonist.
Acting abnormally strange.
Sweating.
Being better at something than the main character.
Being a mentor.
Being told that they will die.
Using the bathroom.
Liking someone the main character does.
Not having a name.

13_CBS
2009-04-09, 09:35 AM
Pictures of girlfriends: the leading cause of death of young soldiers since 1943.

Dienekes
2009-04-09, 10:15 AM
Saying, "We made it" or something similar when the movie is obviously not over

Muz
2009-04-09, 10:50 AM
If they're anywhere near an electrical shed, a big open window, or a diving pool and their name is spelled "S-A-M-U-E-L L J-A-C-K-S-O-N."

Fri
2009-04-09, 10:53 AM
yeah. Actually it's kinda funny. Saying we made it when it's clear that you still got another 30 minutes in a movie, or a hundred or so pages in a novel, or still in disc two from a three disc rpg.

What a cliffhanger!

DarthArminius
2009-04-09, 10:59 AM
The character is intelligent. Or very stupid.

bladedSmoke
2009-04-09, 11:03 AM
Being inconvenient to the plot in any way, really.

Kris Strife
2009-04-10, 02:04 AM
Killing, mind controlling, etc the protaganists SO.

Cheesegear
2009-04-10, 02:07 AM
Being an old, mentor figure - to anyone - means that you're dead. You just don't know it yet.

Boo
2009-04-10, 03:18 AM
Being an old, mentor figure - to anyone - means that you're dead. You just don't know it yet.

On that note: Don't watch Dragonquest. Ever.

On topic: If you're a bad guy in a Dirty Harry film.

Athaniar
2009-04-10, 06:23 AM
Being the only (or one of few) non-main (or semi-main) character in a group on a (potentially) dangerous mission. See also: Star Trek.

Saithis Bladewing
2009-04-10, 06:35 AM
Awkward nerdy guy in a war movie.

Death sentence.

Though he usually saves someone else dramatically and heroically to redeem his cowardice and failures in boot camp.

Also, closing the mirror above the bathroom sink in a horror or thriller. Total death sentence. Or even just being in the bathroom in general, but usually it's the mirror that does it.

Jimor
2009-04-10, 07:11 AM
On topic: If you're a bad guy in a Dirty Harry film.

Or his partner...

Really applies to any partner of a "lone wolf" hero as opposed to buddy-cop type movies.

Unless you're the plucky comic relief.

Mr. Mud
2009-04-10, 09:03 AM
Red shirts, and/or a bowl of Oranges... If you're in a soap opera, or someone NOT Chuck Norris in Walker Texas Ranger.

Cookie goes to whoever figures out why Oranges, where that is used. :smallamused:.

Copacetic
2009-04-10, 09:58 AM
Any who says "Whew! That was a close one." Gets brutally killed.

In a zombie horror movie, any kind of police officer or law enforcement before the end of the movie.

Zeta Kai
2009-04-10, 10:16 AM
Working for a bad guy. Kicking a dog, guarding hostages, defending a stronghold, torturing somebody; if you are hired to do these things, you are doomed.

Also, conversely, being the promiscuous one or jerky one of your group of friends. Unless you are the sweet, pretty, straight-edge virgin of your gang, you are probably doomed, but promiscuity or jerkiness will seal your fate.

Llama231
2009-04-10, 10:54 AM
Red shirts, and/or a bowl of Oranges... If you're in a soap opera, or someone NOT Chuck Norris in Walker Texas Ranger.

Cookie goes to whoever figures out why Oranges, where that is used. :smallamused:.



Godfather.

Where's mah cookie?

Mr. Mud
2009-04-10, 11:04 AM
Godfather.

Where's mah cookie?

I mean if you really want it have it... (http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/cookie-ch.jpg) :smallsmile:...
But you'll have to deal with the after math. (http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/2000074618272338887_rs.jpg) :smalltongue:.

Mewtarthio
2009-04-10, 06:23 PM
Falling in love in a Joss Whedon work. Of course, you only die if you're lucky...

Poison_Fish
2009-04-10, 06:47 PM
You see... When this battle is over, I'm going back to my hometown to get married.

He said he was going to open a bakery in his hometown ;_; (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pI6X81rGK8)

Skip to 8:30.

warty goblin
2009-04-10, 08:21 PM
Being born is usually a fairly good indication, although it depends on the amount of time one rolls into 'about.'

doliest
2009-04-10, 08:23 PM
Horror movies;
Drugs
Nudity
Sex
Not trusting the guy saying that theirs a killer on the loose
Brains
Not being the main character
Being the main character
Not being the killer
Being the killer

Mr._Blinky
2009-04-10, 10:00 PM
You see... When this battle is over, I'm going back to my hometown to get married.

He said he was going to open a bakery in his hometown ;_; (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pI6X81rGK8)

Skip to 8:30.

I like how the other guy just stands there for like a full minute while he charges up his attack.:smalltongue:

TheEmerged
2009-04-10, 10:23 PM
You're in a fantasy series written by George R. R. Martin.

Sholos
2009-04-11, 12:15 AM
Falling in love in a Joss Whedon work. Of course, you only die if you're lucky...

I counter with:

Kaylee & Simon

thelveres
2009-04-11, 07:32 AM
Don't forget the favorite pastime: yelling loudly to the screen:

"I am invincible" !

nothingclever
2009-04-11, 10:45 AM
Being in a horror movie and looking through a small opening by putting your head right next to it.

When a character is lying up against a wall and breathing rapidly while starting to calm down thinking he's safe when a monster can break through it.

Collin152
2009-04-11, 01:59 PM
Standing perfectly still as the camera rotates around him.
Never fails.

Tengu_temp
2009-04-11, 02:15 PM
You're about to do something very, very important and dangerous, and rain starts to fall. There's 90% chance you'll succeed and then die at the end.

Hawriel
2009-04-12, 01:57 AM
I counter with:

Kaylee & Simon

Wash and Zoe.

Seeing as Firefly was canned after 14 episodes. You cant be sure that both Kaylee and Simon would have lived through a full run of the show.

Tengu_temp
2009-04-12, 04:06 AM
Man, use spoiler marks.

Kris Strife
2009-04-12, 04:48 AM
If the main character's village knows he or she is The Chosen One, theyre all doomed.

Anyone who witnesses a crime the party is accused of, and could prove their innocence. Especially if theyre the victim.

thubby
2009-04-12, 06:55 AM
if they are bleeding profusely :smalltongue:

someone is giving a long speech about anything other than the power of friendship. especially speeches about duty and/or honor.

Comet
2009-04-12, 07:02 AM
The people we see in the first scene of a horror/detective movie are going to end up dead before that very scene is over.
This I have learned by watching excessive amounts of Matlock.

Felixaar
2009-04-12, 07:56 AM
Any secondary character who is in love/attracted to the romantic interest of a primary character, or is in love/attracted to a primary character.

Example (warning, Girl Genius spoilers)
Lars, being in love with Agatha even though she'll obviously end up with Gil.

I miss Lars :smallfrown:

Llama231
2009-04-13, 07:06 PM
Standing perfectly still as the camera rotates around him.
Never fails.


Or simply just having the camera behind them.

Canadian
2009-04-13, 07:30 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mad at them.

Stormthorn
2009-04-13, 07:35 PM
If your injured and a protagonist tells you "Everything will be all right" then your gonna die. Dosnt matter what the injury is or how close the ambulance is.

SlyGuyMcFly
2009-04-13, 07:59 PM
Splitting up. In fairness, this gives you a 85% death chance if you´re in the group without the protagonist, and a roughly 50/50 odds if you´re in the group with the protagonist. Still, chances are you end up dead.

Stormthorn
2009-04-13, 08:24 PM
As a corrallary to my above statement:

If birds (doves especialy) fly up when your injured then your toast.

If its raining your not looking so hot either. Especialy if you where bad or a jerk before.

Roland St. Jude
2009-04-13, 08:29 PM
Sheriff of Moddingham: This isn't a discussion - it's a silly message board game.