In many comic book plots, it can seem like the end results are plain to see by the set-up alone. A villain sets up an elaborate plan to destroy their foe, and it looks as though they have finally succeeded.
A character sacrifices their life to save the lives of others and indeed does so. Or, a hero appears to have won the day against a villain they’ve been pursuing all this time.
Despite all of this, however, these are nonetheless predictions, and not every prediction comes true in the end. This is certainly the case here, where there have been many instances when a character’s death has led to an unexpected turn of events or they’ve simply died unexpectedly.
Overall, these events have resulted in some of the most ironic deaths in comics that, in some form another, have taken the reader by surprise with how it all came to pass. Some of the best moments in comics, though, have to do with irony, and really, it wouldn’t be all that interesting for writers and artists to prove readers right every single time.