If Joss Whedon has taught us only one thing (which Rodrigo might snarkily agree is the case) it’s that the death of a beloved character, used judiciously, can be an essential building-block of a good story. Granted, you don’t want to overuse any storytelling trope (*coughMarvelandDCcough*) but a meaningful utilization of the “ultimate sacrifice” can make for very memorable stories. Many people still remember Crisis On Infinite Earths primarily for the deaths of Barry Allen and Kara Zor-El, while my youthful appreciation of ‘Battle Of The Planets’ was deepened, then utterly blown away when the rivalry between Condor Joe/Jason and Ken/Mark ends with Joe dying heroically and saving the day. That character’s dramatic end put a perfect cap on their partnership and conflict, and perfectly closed the Gatchaman ledgers with a satisfying, yet tragic conclusion.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced “kee-yopp”) is a leaf in the wind, asking: What in-universe character death would you NEVER want anyone to undo?