Disclaimers: This thread was inspired by a thread made by @The Dave, the concept of which I thought was worth expanding upon This thread is obviously pretty theoretical, especially because we have no idea what the future holds for the Skullgirls franchise I don't anticipate to much traffic through this thread, but I thought it was a big enough talking point to warrant it's own thread separate from 'Skullgirls Lore and Speculation' So the idea behind this thread is theorizing which characters are going to be 'killed off for good' in the canon story and will not appear in any Skullgirls related content set after the events of Skullgirls Encore. Some candidates are: Dr. Avian- The most likely character to be killed off. His death is one of the events that stays the same in every story mode, and Valentine killing him is a big part of her 'arc,' so to speak. Of course his death isn't mentioned in every story mode, as many characters have little relation to him, but for the most part his death is taken as fact. You can really picture his death being a big event in the Skullgirls universe that drives Peacock, Big Band and the rest of Lab 0's future stories. Lab 0 Professors- You know, those three guys... same goes for them as Avian. But hey at least Andy and Stanley's deaths have been reconsidered. Lorenzo Medici- This one is more debatable. The fact of the matter is he's clearly not got too much time to live, and we can be pretty sure he's not going to get his hands on the Life Gem any time soon, so long as Fortune is playable (unless Alex finds some way to 'have his cake and eat it too' during the obvious Minette-based trap Lorenzo has set up...) Besides being really old and sickly, he's also universally hated. Parasoul, Eliza, Peacock and Marie are all out for him. Peacock presumably kills him in her story mode, it doesn't look like Vitale is gonna hand his Gem back to him in Cerebella's story mode, no matter who wins in Eliza's kaiju battle with Marie he's looking pretty screwed. However, he does manage to escape Marie in his airship a couple of times (rendering her rampage pretty pointless), but if he's fleeing the city he's leaving Fortune and his Gem behind- meaning they gotta put him on ice or in a big pickle jar because he's starting to rot already. Marie- She's the final boss of a fighting game and they don't have a great track record with returning in sequels. I'd have more faith in her surviving if she was playable, which at some point she was going to be so that means she's got a chance. She dies at the end of every story mode, save for Eliza's, which proves that defeating Marie isn't enough to kill her provided that the Skull Heart is still intact and nobody has made a wish on it. Basically if we knew whether or not Marie is alive in the future we'd have some clue as to whether or not their is a new Skullgirl or whether or not the Skull Heart was destroyed. Squigly/Leviathin- I'm not an idiot, I know that they wouldn't kill off any of the playable characters, not with the time and money it takes to create characters as well as their distinct playstyles. Squigly's inclusion is more about HOW Squigly'd continue to live. She dies in every story mode, including her own, after Marie dies. In the case that Marie survives, so would Squigly. I don't know whether or not she returns from the dead along Marie in Eliza's story mode, but presumably she does. Of course there is also the possibility that somebody (playable or otherwise) would make a wish on the Skull Heart after Marie was defeated and become the new Skullgirl, but I am under the impression that there is normally a seven year gap between Skullgirls and we know there won't be THAT major a time-skip between the events of the first game and any potential sequel. Those are my candidates. Do you disagree? Any theories of your own? Anyone else in danger? Do you there are any potentially playable character who didn't make the cut at risk of not making it into the sequel?