A better way a protagonist is killed off to me is
Crusher: I dunno, you could always go back and undo their marriage with a deal with the devil. /shot
Quick! Everyone read this sentence again! To expand on this, the ending, along with the beginning and middle, should be written for the sake of the story, not to surprise the audience. If you're going to kill the protagonist, do it because it's how the story should end, not because it's "unexpected" or "somehow deep" or something. Basically, if you were to suddenly discover that the ending to your story was the typical "safe" Hollywood ending, and your first thought is to rewrite it to be completely different, then you probably didn't have an ending in the first place. It was probably just a cheap novelty.Mink wrote:Let me come back so that I may also state: just because you *can* kill off a character doesn't mean you *should*.
My issue is more with the factMarcelo_Orlando wrote:The thing about Wolf's is, it had the "hopeless" theme going from the beginning. Anyone remember the ending theme? So so sad. From what I saw it looked to me like they were just chasing shadows to start so...yea, no the best way to end to that.
Yeah, to me it's a rare example of how to do that sort of ending RIGHT. Is it sad? Yeah. But it wasn't a bad conclusion to the series.Now Cowboy bebop is the kind of dark/ sad ending that I like. It has a purpose and meaning behind it, and although the ending could have been very different, it's easy to understand why it wasn't.
To me it's fine, so long as they die for an actual (good/logical, mind you) reason.For a VN, I think it might work well to have one ending where the protagonist dies but as one of the good endings. But I'm sure most would play it and think that they got the bad ending, but it could be considered a good ending if they saved someone right?
Free cookie for me, Mephisto! Also, that was beyond lame, please no one retcon a character's years of marriage just because you don't like it.Mink wrote:Crusher: I dunno, you could always go back and undo their marriage with a deal with the devil. /shot
Yeah, that's true. Death Note would be an example for that. Very fitting in my opinion.GeneDNC wrote: Anyway, if you want to kill off your MC at the end, make sure their death has some meaning, which also doesn't always have to = a heroic sacrifice. Their death could spur on the rest of their companions to win the battle for example. Or whatever lead to their death could serve as a lesson for others. Heroic sacrifices can also be overdone or done well, just like everything else.
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