This is a list of tropes for Die Another Day. Beware of spoilers.


  • Acceptable Targets: Systrike is essentially a militarized white supremacist group.
  • Age Lift: Johnny and Patrick are over 3 times the age of the E2 characters they were created from.
  • An Arm And A Leg: Several characters have lost limbs during the series:
    • Casey only has 4 toes on his left foot, with the pinkie toe completely missing. However, his foot was like this since he was first introduced.
    • Wanda's legs are blown off with a shotgun in Living Hell.
    • Nolan loses an arm in License To Kill. He has it replaced with a crude prosthetic between seasons 4 and 5. His artificial arm resembles the one used by Rick Grimes in the Comic Series.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Izzy uses a magnet to stop bullets in the Season 3 finale.
  • Ascended Extra: Kat has more screentime in Season 5 than in Season 4.
  • Asshole Victim: Brian, who serves as the primary antagonist of the second half of Season 2, returns in the premiere episode of Season 4 as a broken shell of a man who has lost everything because of Phantom. He would later kill himself.


  • Back For The Dead: Abigail Miller and Ryan Holt returned in Season 3 only to die later that season.
  • Badass Adorable: Melanie was created to be this. She was made tougher than the author's other child characters because he got tired of writing the same personality for every child character.
  • Berserk Button: Evan doesn't like child abuse or child exploitation. Kenneth learned that the hard way.
  • Big Bad: Patrick White in the first half of Season 2, Brian in the second half of Season 2, Christoph Winthrow in Season 3 and the second half of Season 4, Aidan and Noah in the first half of Season 4, and Phillip Bragg in Season 5.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode Cry For Battle takes place in a non-canon dream sequence where Aiden and Noah kill almost everyone, only sparing Tai, Kyron, Izzy, Johnny, and Casey because they were the only ones to vote yes on their plan to attack Phantom. The next episode briefly continues the dream sequence, ending with Alfonso Celi falling off a balcony, before snapping back to reality.
  • Breakout Character: Tai, Kyron, Izzy, and Johnny are among the series' most prominent characters, to the point that they appear elsewhere.
    • Michael, Melanie, and Nicole are among the more popular later introduced characters, with them getting their own spinoff focused on them.


  • Driven To Suicide: Gerard kills himself after becoming blind.


  • Eye Scream: Melanie has her eye shot out by Roy in Season 3.
    • A season earlier, Ryan stabs Patrick in the eye with a knife.


  • Flashback Episode: Entrance is entirely focused on Evan, revealing what happened to him prior to Season 4.


  • In Memoriam: The anti-Systrike group Excelsior got their name from an iconic quote from Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee. The name was chosen as a tribute to Lee, who died on November 12, 2018
  • Infant Immortality: No children have been shown dying on screen since the series began.
  • It's A Small World After All: The series is confined to North Carolina, with no intent on ever leaving the state.


  • Karma Houdini: Until Season 4, Brian was this.


  • Moe: Tori and Kari are definitely this. Also Melanie, to some extent.


  • Name's The Same: This series has 3 characters named Jack. There's one of Patrick's friends, a member of Phantom, and a member of the Mansion group.
    • Also, Ryan's sister and a Phantom member share the name Olivia.
    • Ryan himself also shares his name with a Systrike general.
  • Not Quite Dead: Abigail and Tori Miller returned in Memories Never Forgotten after seemingly dying in Endless Path.


  • Put On A Bus: Ryan left the group at the end of Season 2. He would return later on in Season 3.
    • Tai, Johnny, Cassie, and Tori were all washed away at the end of Season 3. They would reappear later in Season 4.
    • At the end of Season 4, Evan and Violet depart from the series.
    • In Shine A Light, Melanie, Michael, and Nicole leave the series to be the stars of their own spinoff series.


  • Shout Out: Ryan and Olivia finding their dead parents is a reference to the scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when Luke finds the burned corpses of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
    • The series itself got its title from a Bond movie. The Season 3 finale, Season 4 premiere, and Season 4 finale all take their names from Bond films.
    • Seasons 3 and 4 contain many references to the James Bond movies.
    • Melanie getting her eye shot out is a reference to Carl Grimes losing an eye in a similar manner.
    • In Equal, Patrick saying that Ryan "has no guts" after he is stabbed in the eye is a reference to a line said by Negan before he kills Spencer Monroe in Issue 111 of the Comics and the episode "Hearts Still Beating" in Season 7 of the TV Series. Weirdly, Austin Nichols plays both Spencer and Patrick.
  • Sole Survivor: With Evan's departure in the Season 4 finale, Johnny is the only remaining character introduced in Season 2.
    • Also, with Melanie's departure, Casey is the only remaining member of Angela's family, while Cassie and Tori are the only living members of the apartment complex group.


  • Time Skip: Season 3 takes place a year after the Season 2 finale.
    • Also, Season 5 takes place a year after the end of Season 4.
  • Token Minority: Kat is the sole Asian on the cast.
  • Transplant: Trace Oxford was a character created by User:KeepOnKeepingOn who has appeared in many stories in the past and the present.
    • Also, Jack and Jocelyn were created by User:Shay elder and User:Polimis respectively. Jocelyn was originally created for Breathing Again and she would later cross over onto Ends All Means. Jack was a character created specifically for this series who does not appear elsewhere.
    • Tai, Kyron, and Johnny also cross over onto Breathing Again and Izzy crosses over onto The Walking Dead: Battle Royale.
    • Additionally, Evan originally appeared in Sam's Lament. His portrayal, more specifically his portrayal in Season 4, made Alex decide to completely rewrite Sam's Lament with Evan's DAD personality and traits in mind.


  • Unexpected Character: Trace's return in Season 5 was completely unanticipated.


  • What Could Have Been: Ryan was originally going to be named "Rye".
    • Also, every character was supposed to have an unusual or exotic name. This was scrapped because it would be unrealistic.
    • The E2 characters Johnathan and Patrick Watters were originally supposed to appear, but they were scrapped because Alex did not have permission to use them. They were replaced with the original characters of Johnny and Patrick White.
    • Benedict was originally supposed to survive Season 3 and join the protagonist's group. This was scrapped because Alex thought that bad guys turning good was too "cliche".
    • Tori was planned to die on three separate occasions. However, her death was scrapped every time.
    • Aidan was originally created as a child character, although he was later made into an adult.
    • Season 5 was originally planned to feature Clementine from the Walking Dead: Telltale Game and it would serve to complete her story after Telltale's shutdown. This was scrapped when Telltale made the announcement that they were completing her story themselves.