History Main / ContractualImmortality

15th Nov '16 12:32:14 AM rjd1922
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** AvertedTrope: The announcement of Creator/GaryDourdan leaving ''CSI'' meant it was clear to the fans that Warrick was unlikely to survive his gunshot wound by the end of the season.

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** AvertedTrope: InvertedTrope: The announcement of Creator/GaryDourdan leaving ''CSI'' meant it was clear to the fans that Warrick was unlikely to survive his gunshot wound by the end of the season.
19th Jul '16 3:00:41 AM Imagine.Wizard
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' lets himself get killed to save the world, but then comes BackFromTheDead with little explanation.
** Although the movie at least makes it clear that Harry gets the only artefact in the Wizarding World capable of bringing the dead back to life, the Resurrection Stone, before he dies.
11th Jul '16 11:09:19 AM vtarira
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Even before the sequel title was announced (which spoiled it instantly for comics readers), it was clear enough that Bucky was going to turn out to have survived his fall from the train from the fact that Creator/SebastianStan had signed a ''nine-movie'' contract with Marvel.
18th Jun '16 10:36:23 AM storyyeller
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Although the book has a well-earned reputation for killing off major characters for real, this wears off after a few books, and few readers are fooled by the fake-outs that make it look like a number of major characters have died:

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Although the book has a well-earned reputation for killing off major characters for real, this wears off after a few books, and few readers are fooled by the fake-outs that make it look like a number of major characters have died:died. It has gotten to the point where you shouldn't believe anyone important has died unless it is confirmed first-hand in someone else's POV.


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** Tyrion falls into a deadly plague-infested river and nearly drowns. He is rescued immediately afterwards and somehow avoids catching the plague.
4th May '16 12:12:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* When Michael, one of the two main characters in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'', is shoved over the edge of a cliff at the end of ''Player'sRuse'', only the [[{{Mook}} mooks]] seem certain he's dead. He also happens to be the only person alive with magic so it's pretty easy to come up with the explanation for how he's going to survive.

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* When Michael, one of the two main characters in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'', ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'', is shoved over the edge of a cliff at the end of ''Player'sRuse'', only the [[{{Mook}} mooks]] seem certain he's dead. He also happens to be the only person alive with magic so it's pretty easy to come up with the explanation for how he's going to survive.
3rd May '16 2:02:28 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Applies due to the series' practice of naming chapter titles after the name of the point of view character for that chapter. Particularly in the third book where it is said that "The axe took Arya Stark in the back of the head," her continued survival can be easily seen by flicking through following pages to find other chapters in her name later on.
** Averted in ''A Feast For Crows'', where Brienne of Tarth is apparently hanged towards the end of the book and has no more point of view chapters, or other appearances, henceforth in the book. She is subsequently revealed to be still alive in the fifth book, ''A Dance With Dragons''.
** It is generally assumed that the "Big Three" (Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Bran Stark) have this, at least until the final book comes out. Interestingly enough, Daenerys' PlotArmor in an AnyoneCanDie setting is one of the reasons she has become TheScrappy to many readers.
** Jon Snow, likewise, gets Ides-of-Marched in the fifth book. [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt No one believes he's dead for a second.]]

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Applies due to
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Although the series' practice of naming chapter titles book has a well-earned reputation for killing off major characters for real, this wears off after a few books, and few readers are fooled by the name of the point of view character for fake-outs that chapter. Particularly in the third book where make it is said that "The axe took look like a number of major characters have died:
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Arya Stark is said to have been hit in the back of the head," her continued survival can be easily seen by flicking through following pages to find other chapters in her name later on.
** Averted in ''A Feast For Crows'', where Brienne of Tarth is apparently hanged towards
head with an axe at the end of a chapter, only for it to turn out that she got a TapOnTheHead from the book blunt side.
** Davos is said to have been executed off-page
and has no more point of view chapters, or other appearances, henceforth in the book. She is subsequently his short hand displayed as proof. Readers recognized how easy that would be to fake and reasoned that killing a major POV character like Davos would at least warrant an on-page scene. He's later revealed to be still alive alive.
** Brienne is hanged as a {{cliffhanger}} just as she cries "a word." Everyone assumed that whatever she said would save her, and indeed she's back
in the fifth book, next book.
** Jon Snow is murdered at the end of
''A Dance With Dragons''.
** It is generally assumed that the "Big Three" (Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Bran Stark) have this, at least until the final book comes out. Interestingly enough, Daenerys' PlotArmor in an AnyoneCanDie setting is
Dragons'', but readers immediately began hypothesizing how he'll be resurrected. The [[Series/GameOfThrones show]] verified one of the reasons she has become TheScrappy to many readers.
** Jon Snow, likewise, gets Ides-of-Marched
theory, so everyone is expecting something similar in the fifth book. [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt No one believes he's dead for a second.]]next book.
3rd May '16 1:55:11 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The probably second best known actor in the cast was Jason Momoa, playing Khal Drogo. And he got killed, too, by the end of Season 1.

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** The probably Played straight by [[spoiler:Jon Snow, as hardly anyone expected him to stay dead, and he in fact gets resurrected in the second best known actor in episode of the cast was Jason Momoa, playing Khal Drogo. And he got killed, too, by the end of Season 1.next season]].
29th Apr '16 11:31:29 AM Piando
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* Much of the tension is kinda killed in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars '' because Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and many other of the major characters are going to live no mater how bad the situation may seem. Ahsoka, and some of the Clone Troopers on the other hand...not so lucky. [[spoiler: After the Jedi Knights refused to help her after she was framed, Ahsoka left, though she at least survives long enough to the empire form and [[WesternAnimatiion/StarWarsRebels become part of the Rebel Alliance.]] ]]

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* Much of the tension is kinda killed in ''StarWarsTheCloneWars ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars '' because Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and many other of the major characters are going to live no mater how bad the situation may seem. Ahsoka, and some of the Clone Troopers on the other hand...not so lucky. [[spoiler: After the Jedi Knights refused to help her after she was framed, Ahsoka left, though she at least survives long enough to the empire form and [[WesternAnimatiion/StarWarsRebels [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels become part of the Rebel Alliance.]] ]]
26th Apr '16 1:54:31 PM BreadBull
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Compare PlotArmor, which is where the main characters don't die in the first place because of their importance to the plot.

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Compare PlotArmor, which is where the main characters don't die in the first place because of their importance to the plot.
plot. Also consider a DisneyDeath, which is where characters are seemingly killed but you know it's not permanent cause [[ThinkOfTheChildren it's a kids' show.]]
3rd Apr '16 5:48:38 AM nighttrainfm
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** Inverted where TheNthDoctor regeneration arrangement means that the leads can have contracts shorter than the series, but you know that the current actor's contract is up at the end of the next season, the Doctor is going to regenerate into something new. David Tennant's departure was arranged a couple of years before it occurred in such away that before it happened a lot of time was spent focusing on the new actor.

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** Inverted where TheNthDoctor regeneration arrangement means that the leads can have contracts shorter than the series, but you know that if the current actor's contract is up at the end of the next season, the Doctor is going to regenerate into something new. David Tennant's departure was arranged a couple of years before it occurred in such away that before it happened a lot of time was spent focusing on the new actor.



** The MythArc in series 6 revolves around The Doctor suffering [[DeaderThanDead permanent death]]. Despite his murder and the cremation of the body being shown onscreen, the knowledge the a new series has been commissioned, with Matt Smith no less, somewhat lessens the impact. Indeed, in "The Wedding of River Song", he fakes his death by controlling a Teselecta robot.

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** The MythArc in series 6 revolves around The Doctor suffering [[DeaderThanDead permanent death]]. Despite his murder and the cremation of the body being shown onscreen, the knowledge the that a new series has been commissioned, with Matt Smith no less, somewhat lessens the impact. Indeed, in "The Wedding of River Song", he fakes his death by controlling a Teselecta Tesselecta robot.
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