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New Poll - Death of the MC
This week's poll about death is from our member miskatsura. It's an odd poll. The assumption here is that in the series, the main character (or an important main character) is going to die sometime in the series. At what point in the series would you like this death to occur? (In terms of resurrecting the character, I'll leave that up to you). For the option "Already dead when the series starts", it could be that the main character is the narrator who has already died and is telling a story about the past. Or it could be that the character is some kind of ghost or undead being. I guess it depends on the story you want to tell, but I'll leave that up to you when voting on this poll!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)

Previous Poll Results:
Question: What if your favorite series was already complete (in original language) but the scanlations (for your preferred language) were too slow for you to keep up?
Resort to reading / looking at the raws - votes: 2763 (24.2%)
Ask for spoilers / summaries for people who have read the raws - votes: 878 (7.7%)
Patiently wait for each release and read right away - votes: 5097 (44.6%)
I'll give up and read the entire thing once the scanlation is finished - votes: 2001 (17.5%)
There's always other stuff to read, so I'll just forget about this one - votes: 700 (6.1%)
There were 11439 total votes.
The poll ended: May 18th 2013

Patience is a virtue. But a surprising amount of you would hunt down some raws! I'm quite surprised by the amount of people that chose that option!
Posted by lambchopsil on May 18th 7:27am Comments ( 35 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]

» ZL11 on May 18th, 2013, 12:28am

There's a "I don't know/don't care" choice missing... I want whatever works best.


» yuno19 on May 18th, 2013, 6:53pm

+1 to this.
But, really, this poll question is really good to make you stop and consider what's the best answer. To whoever submit this question, you're awesome!


» ZanathKariashi on May 19th, 2013, 12:49am

When they're supposed to.

You can't just arbitrarily decide that THIS when the character is going to die, you have to consider the story in question, how it flows, and when the time is right for such a thing to occur. There's way too many variables to just pick out one specific time, because each plot has different times for which such a thing will work.


» Jooles on May 19th, 2013, 7:14am

Ditto. There's strength and pride behind killing off a beloved character if it's done for the sake of the story, and as much as I've hated seeing some people die suddenly, it's also pretty damn "awesome" a lot of the times.


» strixflash on May 18th, 2013, 12:33am

I prefer the MC to die at the end. When knowing MC is gonna die at the end, it brings a lot of drama and tension in every chapter as what will happen, how tragic his death would be, etc.... Of course those dramas can be created even when MC die at start or later on, but I prefer it in the end.


» CuthienSilmeriel on May 18th, 2013, 1:04am

There should be a "Whenever is best" option (though then everyone would pick this I guess).

There was a study which showed that many people prefer to know the ending of a story before they start (so they read the last few pages or prefer stories where the ending is revealed at the start and it then goes back). Apparently this is because the suspense created by not knowing the ending can cause some people to be unable to fully enjoy the story as they are too concerned about knowing what happened. Because of this, I suspect many people would like the MC to die at the start and then the story to be a recap of how he died maybe.

The next big group are people like me, who like the suspense and mystery, so we would prefer the MC to die at the end. Though really, it does depend on the story.

I really hate when MCs just don't die, or even get badly injured. despite being close to death most of the time. (Like almost every action shounen going). Even if it isn't the MC, some of the minor characters can die a little more frequently.


» BedrosBoost on May 18th, 2013, 11:11am

Any link to the study? Although it's hard to believe that people like to jump to the end to find out what happens before starting, I've seen quite a few people admit it as well. Another reason is that they want to see whether the ending is good or not. If the ending's not what they want, then they just won't read it.


» narengoku on May 18th, 2013, 11:47am

Exactly mate...
I skipped 666Satan like that...


» ZanathKariashi on May 19th, 2013, 1:00am

That's why all my books end with a side story or two that has nothing to do with the rest of the plot in the book and is just misc world building, usually in the form of some piece of folklore or history alluded to at some point in the series, but would've been disruptive to break up the plot JUST for a detailed bit of exposition about a minor, inconsequential detail, especially since I absolutely hate "as you know" situations, unless there's a legitimate plot purpose for it.


» ichigo_daisuki on May 18th, 2013, 1:06am

The funny thing is my second choice would have been hunting down any raws.


» MatrixM on May 18th, 2013, 1:07am

Hmm. I remember one of my favourite tropes used to be that hte main character dies suddenly at the beginninf of the series, perhaps the first chapter, and then comes back in some way (resurrected/resuscitated via crazy science/doing something int he afterlife/etc).
I do like the whole 'I will die at the end' thing, like in Wheel of Time. Or it could be that we're shown a flash-forward of his death or something tragic at the start and the lead-up is then shown (like in Zetman or the anime of GunGrave [I havne't palyed the game])
It really depends on how it's done and what the story's about. I can think of excellent series' that match each of the options of the poll.

...Except maybe the first option.


» weronique on May 18th, 2013, 1:12am

I don't like it when MC has to die :'(


» Jidan on May 18th, 2013, 1:28am

If mc really has to die then I'd prefer it to be at the end. If he/she can be resurrected then I dont really care. But I also dont want him/her to die at all...


» connerity on May 18th, 2013, 2:02am

If a character was already dead before the series started, he could not be classified as main character.
An exception to that would be if the complete series was told as a flashback. ending when it reaches the present, but I haven't seen that yet in a manga.


» MatrixM on May 18th, 2013, 10:56am

The character can come back to life. Or it could be about his reincarnation or his afterlife.


» soraking on May 18th, 2013, 2:25am

end of course, because theres no reason to wonder what else could possibly happen after its over smile


» Scyfon on May 18th, 2013, 2:33am

Assuming the MC will be brought back to life, I'd rather him die early...or midway through at most.


» forgottenone666 on May 18th, 2013, 2:44am

I don't like main characters dying at all so I would prefer that not to happen.

I went ahead and chose already dead when the series starts. At least that way I know what I'm getting into. Plus undead main characters are pretty cool.


» ColorlessHuman on May 18th, 2013, 3:13am

I'd like him/her to die early, in the first few chapters. I don't want him resurrected. It should such plotted that, the character to die would be shown in a really high light, and then suddenly killed after a first few chapters. I think it opens multiple potential paths in the plot, which the author can then take and flourish the story.


» Riesa Saki on May 18th, 2013, 3:21am

I like this poll! Unpredictable for us to see the most choices. Actually, for me, I really doesn't like the main character died, but, if I have to choose then I choose "midway through the series". So, we can see the mc died not too fast or not too late and disappointed. Sorry for the bad language biggrin


» Hanae on May 18th, 2013, 3:44am

It's a weird poll. I honestly don't know what option I should choose. To me it doesn't matter when the character dies, as long as the manga is good.


» lhtbinh1909 on May 18th, 2013, 4:02am

Ok let's make him/her already dead, then MC'll be reborn at the end to fight with final boss.
Oh and the whole serie might be about what MC did beforehand.
Wow that's sound weird


» iamssjvash on May 18th, 2013, 4:03am

This is a tough one indeed.... I find that there really is no clear cut answer since it heavily relies on the plot of the story.... The best conclusion I could come up with is "the end" based solely on weighing in how many deaths I feel actually added to the quality of the series.... Simply put, most deaths near the end were in series that I tended to like more.... I don't believe that to be a clear cut benefit for story planning, but it just seems to have worked out more in what I have read....


» 0oKat~0 on May 18th, 2013, 5:13am

...Is there actually a manga where the main character dies midway through the series and isn't resurrected? roll


» Lorska on May 18th, 2013, 5:43am

Quote from 0oKat~0
...Is there actually a manga where the main character dies midway through the series and isn't resurrected? roll

yes, Solanin for example.

If he dies within the first few chapters or is dead from the start he will definately be ressurected (else he wouldn't be MC right?).
I haven't seen many good ressurection manga and if he dies midway there often is a strong break in the series, so I'd prefer the tragedy ending where he dies at the end.


» MatrixM on May 18th, 2013, 10:59am

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Billy Bat
turned out to have a false protagonist. Although, considering what happened in that mangaka's iconic work and the fact this series isn't finished, he may turned out to have survived. He'd be pretty darn old though. Like 60s or 70s, i think.


» Cherelle Ashlee on May 18th, 2013, 12:24pm

Yip, Gantz

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Though he was later brought back to life, it still sucked though that most of the m.cs died in this


» kayue on May 18th, 2013, 9:41pm

Death Note dammit.
Even if he wasn't the main character
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
was a major character. After he died, things went downhill for me. I don't think I even read the entire thing, just skimmed to the end. Didn't like that either
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
when Light died.
I liked the false ending better.


» That3rdGuy on May 18th, 2013, 7:25am

I like mine extra cheesy with a side of cheese. In other words, right at the end. A main character cannot be dead before the series starts. That wouldn't be a main character. Unless it was a ghost or the setting is another plane of existence (heaven, demon world, etc.), but they don't seem dead since they still exist. I guess it could work, but that narrows the field of categories of the manga this poll could stand for. I just can't think of a manga where the MC dies either before the series begins or soon after it starts where they'd still be considered the MC, aside from when they live on as a ghost, get resurrected or something. Again, that makes the first half of this poll a pretty narrow field whereas the second half of the choices could exist in nearly any type of manga. Damn, it's hard to articulate this w/out losing everyone and typing forever... none


» tactics on May 18th, 2013, 8:47am

If they're gonna die, probably want it right at the end.
Midway would be interesting too.


» Trimutius on May 18th, 2013, 1:20pm

If main character has to be dead, then I prefer him/her to be the ghost from the very start (dead long before first chapter of the series)


» tenshi-no-shi on May 18th, 2013, 2:19pm

I kind of wish there was an option for Don't Care, or when it best progresses the plot. It doesn't make sense to me to have a set preference, when my preference is if a plot device, i.e. character death, is well written then timing


» BlackOrion on May 18th, 2013, 8:53pm

After the first few chapters so we are taken by surprise and there're also 99% chances the character is coming back at some point, since being dead isn't as permanent on fiction as it might be in rl anyway.


» zeusosphere on May 26th, 2013, 1:55pm

... I don't like my main characters to disappear (or die, I hate tragedies), which means right at or before the beginning - because that way death still doesn't get rid of them (otherwise they can't be the main character). Is Yu Yu Hakusho too old to register in people's minds anymore?


» SOSAnimeBoy on May 27th, 2013, 9:49pm

This reminds me of the MCs of the Dark/Light manga written by the MCs of Bakuman.


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