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Is he gone?
~ Antonia Dreykov after being freed from her brainwashing, asking Natasha Romanoff if her father is dead.
Your master is dead, so is his "law". Never again will Outworld suffer from his corruption.
~ Kotal Kahn to Kollector about the end of Shao Kahn's influence after his death.

Villains who have died and have thankfully remained dead. This category should only include villains that are currently deceased rather than ones who have "died," then returned.

Examples of ways villains can die include:

  • Violent Death: A villain winds up killed in a violent or disturbing way, such as fatally incinerated by an explosion, mutilated alive, gunshot to the head, burned to death, electrocuted to death, eaten/mauled alive, impaled, crushed by a heavy object, completely dissolved, hanged, decapitated, strangled, having their bodily fluids slowly sucked out of their body, receiving the blood eagle, etc.
  • Died in Honor: The villain has accepted the fact that their demise is inevitable and had enough dignity to face it. This is almost impossible for a pure evil, but it is still possible if they accept their fate with no fear. However that doesn't make them be viewed as "heroes", since they would be disowned by the people anyways.
  • Died in Disgrace: In this case, the villain commits something dishonorable or had no dignity to face their downfall. Related circumstances include:
    • Villains who try to kill the heroes after being offered mercy or spared to live, only to end up dying in the process.
    • Villains who are killed by their own villainous allies because they’ve figured out how evil the villain truly is.
    • Villains who die in an ill-conceived and foolish attempt on the heroes life, like a failed “I’m taking you out with me!” attempt.
    • Arrogants or Egotists who spend their last moments questioning on how they could possibly be beaten.
    • Villains pleading/begging for their death when they are being suffered/tortured.
    • Cowards who try to run away from their problems and kill themselves to avoid punishment.
    • Villains who were killed by the powers/weapons/beings that they sought, worshipped, used, or even created.
    • Former immortals who lose their sources of immortality and face their downfall either immediately or later on in the story.
  • Died Offscreen: In many cases, certain villains have met their fate onscreen. But, in this case, the villain's death was not shown, but was mentioned by a character that he or she met their fate when no one else was there to see it.
  • Deactivation: This goes for AIs or Robots who were permanently deactivated/destroyed.
  • Cessation from Existence: This means that the villain's soul is destroyed permanently, therefore having no afterlife waiting for them.
  • Dragged off to the afterlife: This includes mortal beings who were literally dragged alive to a hell-like dimension, with them ending up becoming Damned Souls. Ghosts or spirits, if sent to the spirit world or to an afterlife, count only if they were former mortals beings who passed away. Immortals spirits or others supernatural beings, who are sent back, do not count and should go under imprisoned instead.
  • Different types of damnation: This includes villains who became Damned Souls in ways different to being dragged to the afterlife, two examples include dying in a symbolic way of them being damned or being forced into an infinite cycle of deaths.
  • Death of Personality: It refers to when the body is still alive, but the person's mind erased is equivalent to death.

Undeads cannot count unless they are also killed for good.

By extension, none of the deceased villains can be a Karma Houdini if they have not died of natural causes, no matter their influence on the plot.

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