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13th Nov '16 3:23:42 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} survived a similar incident in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', in a scene that more than one viewer has admitted to believing for a moment that he had really died.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} survived a similar incident in an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', in a scene that more than one viewer has admitted to believing for a moment that he had really died.
23rd Oct '16 8:35:29 AM Sammettik
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding Part 2"]], Queen Chrysalis and her changelings are blasted away from Canterlot into the distance, basically falling over the edge of a mountain from an attack so powerful that they were unable to use their wings. By rights this should be a DisneyVillainDeath, and Chrysalis hasn't returned in the show, but many fans -- including the writers of the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic series]] -- like her so much that they believe she survived. To those who take the comics as canon, this is more an instance of NoOneShouldSurviveThat, since nopony seemed to presume Chrysalis dead or show surprise at her return.
** This ''is'' a show where {{Disney Villain Death}}s are possible, seeing as how Twilight would have been killed by two separate falls ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E2ElementsOfHarmony "Elements of Harmony"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen "Feeling Pinkie Keen"]]), not to mention Rarity ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom "Sonic Rainboom"]] and [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of My Excess"]], sharing the first fall with the Wonderbolts and the second fall with Spike) and Fluttershy ([[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles "The Cutie Mark Chronicles"]]), if somepony or something hadn't saved them from each one.
17th Oct '16 9:01:57 PM NineballCirno
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* ''Literature/TheMartian'' has this as its premise. When the Mars expedition is forced to evacuate due to severe weather, astronaut Mark Watney gets hit head-on by a satellite transceiver array that's just detached from the mission habitat and has one of its struts punch straight through his spacesuit... and himself. The mission commander ''wanted'' to go back and search for him, but one of the others all but said the trope word-for word and she reluctantly ordered them to evacuate. [[ForgoneConclusion It almost goes without saying]], but Watney ''did'' survive, a fact that even he was rather surprised about.
* Magic isn't ''supposed'' to be able to save you from vacuum if you're ThrownOutOfTheAirlock, but Damien from Literature/StarshipsMage is no ordinary mage. When [[spoiler: he and Grace are cast into deep space by an explosion, he manages to create an impermeable shield to hold their breathable air, while Grace (also a mage) cycles carbon dioxide into oxygen.]]

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* ''Literature/TheMartian'' has this as its premise. When the Mars expedition is forced to evacuate due to severe weather, astronaut Mark Watney gets hit head-on by a satellite transceiver array that's just detached from the mission habitat and has one of its struts punch straight through his spacesuit... and himself. The mission commander ''wanted'' to go back and search for him, but one of the others all but said the trope word-for word and she reluctantly ordered them to evacuate. [[ForgoneConclusion [[ForegoneConclusion It almost goes without saying]], but Watney ''did'' survive, a fact that even he was rather surprised about.
* Magic isn't ''supposed'' to be able to save you from vacuum if you're ThrownOutOfTheAirlock, ThrownOutTheAirlock, but Damien from Literature/StarshipsMage is no ordinary mage. When [[spoiler: he and Grace are cast into deep space by an explosion, he manages to create an impermeable shield to hold their breathable air, while Grace (also a mage) cycles carbon dioxide into oxygen.]]



** Similarly to Axel, the Inspector Mekibos survives the obliteration of his unit towards the end of OG2 (or SRW3, if you prefer) because he was lucky. Of course, this ''is'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall Mekibos]].

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** Similarly to Axel, the Inspector Mekibos survives the obliteration of his unit towards the end of OG2 [=OG2=] (or SRW3, [=SRW3=], if you prefer) because he was lucky. Of course, this ''is'' [[BreakingTheFourthWall Mekibos]].



** Auto racing wrecks tend to look a lot worse than they actually are. The drivers wear a lot of protective gear, and the cars are designed to fall apart so as to direct the force of impact away from the driver. For example, there has been one driver fatality in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racing since AyrtonSenna died in 1994, when Jules Bianchi succumbed to head injuries suffered in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. (A few marshalls have been killed, and Maria de Vilotta's death was related to her accident, but she lived for a little over a year after it.)

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** Auto racing wrecks tend to look a lot worse than they actually are. The drivers wear a lot of protective gear, and the cars are designed to fall apart so as to direct the force of impact away from the driver. For example, there has been one driver fatality in UsefulNotes/FormulaOne racing since AyrtonSenna Ayrton Senna died in 1994, when Jules Bianchi succumbed to head injuries suffered in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. (A few marshalls have been killed, and Maria de Vilotta's death was related to her accident, but she lived for a little over a year after it.)
5th Oct '16 8:50:10 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' this happens a lot with the Shredder. In the first two seasons, he survives 1) falling approximately five floors after being caught in the water stream from a broken water tower, and then having the water tower fall on him 2) apparent decapitation, and 3) being at the epicenter of an explosion that vaporized a building. Even after all that, they're still surprised when Cyber Shredder survives electrocution.
** The earlier Ninja Turtles cartoon had a rare moment of Genre Savvy during the Eye of Sarnoth arc in Season Two. When Shredder gets his hands on both the Eye and a device called the Synothometer, Donatello points out that the latter was designed to destroy the former in a massive explosion when the two come in contact. When the big kaboom comes, the Turtles have this conversation.

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* In the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' this ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'':
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happens a lot with [[JokerImmunity the Shredder. Shredder]]. In the first two seasons, he survives 1) falling approximately five floors after being caught in the water stream from a broken water tower, and then having the water tower fall on him him, 2) apparent decapitation, and 3) being at the epicenter of an explosion that vaporized a building. Even after all that, they're still surprised when Cyber Shredder survives electrocution.
** Shredder himself tries to avoid falling into this after the Turtles appear to die in an exploding building. He refuses to write them off for good unless he finds hard evidence. Baxter Stockman ends up fabricating evidence so Shredder will give him access to more [[spoiler: Utrom]] tech.
-->'''Shredder:''' Where. Are. The ''bodies''?\\
'''Hun:''' We burned that building to the ground! I think we can safely assume that -\\
'''Shredder:''' We can assume ''nothing.'' My enemies assumed they had destroyed me, and it cost them dearly.
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987
The earlier Ninja Turtles Turtle]]s cartoon had a rare moment of Genre Savvy during the Eye of Sarnoth arc in Season Two. When Shredder gets his hands on both the Eye and a device called the Synothometer, Donatello points out that the latter was designed to destroy the former in a massive explosion when the two come in contact. When the big kaboom comes, the Turtles have this conversation.
3rd Oct '16 10:58:59 AM Imjustme
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* In ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', the Decepticon Pretender Alice is ran over by a car and both appears and is assumed to be smashed beyond repair. However, in the IDW comics, it becomes very apparent that this is not in fact the case.
17th Aug '16 8:25:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.'' The man got his powers while being machine-gunned along with his family at freakin' ''Auschwitz'', climbing out of the mass-burial trench! His own KIDS have called him on this, as Comicbook/TheAvengers snarked the trope but clearly were too [[GenreSavvy jaded by previous Magneto comebacks]] to believe he was gone for good for one moment.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.'' The man got his powers while being machine-gunned along with his family at freakin' ''Auschwitz'', climbing out of the mass-burial trench! His own KIDS have called him on this, as Comicbook/TheAvengers snarked the trope but clearly were too [[GenreSavvy jaded by previous Magneto comebacks]] comebacks to believe he was gone for good for one moment.



* Lampshaded in an old issue of ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' after Sunspot hurled the ancient mutant Selene into a lava pit and caved it in behind her to the horror of his teammates. Admittedly he was not particularly GenreSavvy, but after seeing a sword plunged into her chest without slowing her down, he was inclined to take her claim that [[NighInvulnerability she could not die by mortal means]] at face value.

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* Lampshaded in an old issue of ''Comicbook/NewMutants'' after Sunspot hurled the ancient mutant Selene into a lava pit and caved it in behind her to the horror of his teammates. Admittedly he was not particularly GenreSavvy, but after After seeing a sword plunged into her chest without slowing her down, he was inclined to take her claim that [[NighInvulnerability she could not die by mortal means]] at face value.



** One comic features Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} telling Siryn this about her father Banshee. Her response is [[GenreSavvy that this is an X-Men Comic]] without the glaring hole in the fourth wall. So she was wrong for 7 years.

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** One comic features Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} telling Siryn this about her father Banshee. Her response is [[GenreSavvy that this is an X-Men Comic]] Comic without the glaring hole in the fourth wall. So she was wrong for 7 years.



* The villains in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' are smart enough not to assume this even after using three {{gatling g|ood}}uns to turn an entire floor of their apartment complex into absolute swiss cheese. TheDragon tells his men the Judges [[GenreSavvy aren't dead until they see the bodies...]][[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill or]] [[LudicrousGibs parts of them]].

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* The villains in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' are smart enough not to assume this even after using three {{gatling g|ood}}uns to turn an entire floor of their apartment complex into absolute swiss cheese. TheDragon tells his men the Judges [[GenreSavvy aren't dead until they see the bodies...]][[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill or]] [[LudicrousGibs parts of them]].



* At the end of ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', General Ross calls up his daughter and says they both know there's no way that Bruce Banner could have survived a direct hit from a nuclear weapon, but if he did happen to contact her, would she tip him off? Betty says she wouldn't, but then says it's a moot point as she knows [[GenreSavvy her father's men have her under surveillance just in case.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', General Ross calls up his daughter and says they both know there's no way that Bruce Banner could have survived a direct hit from a nuclear weapon, but if he did happen to contact her, would she tip him off? Betty says she wouldn't, but then says it's a moot point as she knows [[GenreSavvy her father's men have her under surveillance just in case.]]



** Subverted in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''. When Voldemort [[spoiler:finally does manage to kill Harry, but Harry survives again,]] Voldemort is careful (and GenreSavvy) enough ''not'' to assume this, even in the case of Avada Kedavra. So he sends someone to check he's been KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately he chooses Narcissa Malfoy, who's only concerned about whether Draco's safe and doesn't care that Harry's still around, so she lies to Voldemort.]]

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** Subverted in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''. When Voldemort [[spoiler:finally does manage to kill Harry, but Harry survives again,]] Voldemort is careful (and GenreSavvy) enough ''not'' to assume this, even in the case of Avada Kedavra. So he sends someone to check he's been KilledOffForReal. [[spoiler:Unfortunately he chooses Narcissa Malfoy, who's only concerned about whether Draco's safe and doesn't care that Harry's still around, so she lies to Voldemort.]]



* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Opal Deception'', Opal Koboi sets up a death-trap for Holly and Artemis that involves feeding them to a pack of wild trolls, and sets up a video-feed so she can watch their demise for her amusement, only for the video to short out moments before the trolls stampede over them. Her two henchmen assume their is no chance that they survived, but Opal is GenreSavvy enough to proceed with her plan as though they are still alive and actively hunting her down. This turns out to be the correct course of action.

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* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Opal Deception'', Opal Koboi sets up a death-trap for Holly and Artemis that involves feeding them to a pack of wild trolls, and sets up a video-feed so she can watch their demise for her amusement, only for the video to short out moments before the trolls stampede over them. Her two henchmen assume their is no chance that they survived, but Opal is GenreSavvy savvy enough to proceed with her plan as though they are still alive and actively hunting her down. This turns out to be the correct course of action.



** At one point Sam reminds Jack that Daniel has been missing and was last known to be on an exploding starship... shouldn't they say some words or something? Jack [[GenreSavvy remembers all the times they thought him dead before]] and refuses to 'hold a memorial service for someone who isn't dead', saying he'll probably turn up any minute. He even yells out, "Ya hear that? I'm not buyin' it!" This being Daniel "BackFromTheDead Again" Jackson, Jack is right... he ''was'' on the exploding ship, but turns up again anyway. Hilariously.

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** At one point Sam reminds Jack that Daniel has been missing and was last known to be on an exploding starship... shouldn't they say some words or something? Jack [[GenreSavvy remembers all the times they thought him dead before]] before and refuses to 'hold a memorial service for someone who isn't dead', saying he'll probably turn up any minute. He even yells out, "Ya hear that? I'm not buyin' it!" This being Daniel "BackFromTheDead Again" Jackson, Jack is right... he ''was'' on the exploding ship, but turns up again anyway. Hilariously.



* Played with in ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' where an explosion is set up for the sole purpose of killing a character named Bob. The person who made the explosion, who was GenreSavvy and realized the heroes would just be blown away, mentions that only a Chocobo would have the reflexes to survive said explosion. Guess what Bob happens to be at the moment.

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' where an explosion is set up for the sole purpose of killing a character named Bob. The person who made the explosion, who was GenreSavvy and realized the heroes would just be blown away, mentions that only a Chocobo would have the reflexes to survive said explosion. Guess what Bob happens to be at the moment.



** In the GrandFinale, after Darkseid dies ''again'', this time it's Superman who declares that he's really most sincerely dead, since "We saw it this time." The Flash is GenreSavvy to note, "You saw it last time, too."

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** In the GrandFinale, after Darkseid dies ''again'', this time it's Superman who declares that he's really most sincerely dead, since "We saw it this time." The Flash is GenreSavvy to note, notes, "You saw it last time, too."



** In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Megatron "died" at the end of a major storyline, only to turn out to be alive at the end, ''three times'' in the first season alone. Spike Witwicky could be counted on to deliver the line, but Optimus Prime was always good about [[GenreSavvy predicting his return]].

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** In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', Megatron "died" at the end of a major storyline, only to turn out to be alive at the end, ''three times'' in the first season alone. Spike Witwicky could be counted on to deliver the line, but Optimus Prime was always good about [[GenreSavvy predicting his return]].return.



* In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', episode "Toad Warriors", Kar-Krazy Koopa blasts a fortress where the heroes are hiding. Though he immediately jeers like he assumes he's defeated his opponents, in the very next scene he refuses Mouser's insistence on the same outcome, thinking that the heroes might be lying low as a trick. It takes a couple more potshots and more urging from Mouser until Koopa finally agrees to move in, which is also when Mario & Co. initiate the plan they had just developed. Yep, Koopa was GenreSavvy for just one moment, in contrast to the other 99% of the series.

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* In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'', episode "Toad Warriors", Kar-Krazy Koopa blasts a fortress where the heroes are hiding. Though he immediately jeers like he assumes he's defeated his opponents, in the very next scene he refuses Mouser's insistence on the same outcome, thinking that the heroes might be lying low as a trick. It takes a couple more potshots and more urging from Mouser until Koopa finally agrees to move in, which is also when Mario & Co. initiate the plan they had just developed. Yep, Koopa was GenreSavvy for just one moment, in contrast to the other 99% of the series.



* Scorponok in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' gives exactly this line when he blows up a pile of energon next to the Maximals. Megatron, however, is GenreSavvy enough to demand he bring back some wreckage. Much later, in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', the Grand Mal crashes to Cybertron with Optimus Primal, Cheetor, and Rattrap inside. Obsidian thinks that they must be dead but Megatron, once again, orders them to find the bodies to be sure.

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* Scorponok in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' gives exactly this line when he blows up a pile of energon next to the Maximals. Megatron, however, is GenreSavvy savvy enough to demand he bring back some wreckage. Much later, in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', the Grand Mal crashes to Cybertron with Optimus Primal, Cheetor, and Rattrap inside. Obsidian thinks that they must be dead but Megatron, once again, orders them to find the bodies to be sure.
6th Aug '16 6:28:55 PM contrafanxxx
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* In ''Film/PacificRim'', Hannibal Chau says this [[spoiler: when Otachi Jr. reaches the limit of its possible endurance, stating several ways that he knows it has to be dead. He should be right, [[EntertaininglyWrong but he isn't]]. Then he himself becomes an instance of this, surviving being eaten.]]
4th Aug '16 7:37:29 AM Gosicrystal
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* Jack from ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' is considered dead when he falls off a cliff... but he suddenly appears at the end of the game to foil Ethan's plan to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.

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31st Jul '16 8:35:54 PM EldritchElcor
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* Metro Man in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' get hit with the power of the sun after being weakened by a [[WeaksauceWeakness copper trap]], prompting this trope: "I don't think even he could survive that". [[spoiler: As a subversion to normal expectations, his DeaderThanDead skeleton ends up in plain view of the main characters. Later double subverted when it's revealed that Metro Man used it to fake his own death.]]

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* Metro Man in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' get gets hit with the power of the sun after being weakened by a [[WeaksauceWeakness copper trap]], prompting this trope: "I don't think even he could survive that". [[spoiler: As a subversion to normal expectations, his DeaderThanDead skeleton ends up in plain view of the main characters. Later double subverted when it's revealed that Metro Man used it to fake his own death.]]
29th Jul '16 12:20:25 PM shadowmask
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* Early in season 5 of ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Cigarette-Smoking Man is shot by a sniper. Although his body [[NeverFoundTheBody is not found]], it's stated that enough blood was found at the scene that he was surely fatally wounded. [[spoiler: Guess who shows up alive and well twelve episodes later. This is taken [[UpToEleven]] in the original series finale, in which the Smoking Man is caught in a fireball from. A missile strike that reduces him to a skeleton. Fourteen years later, he's back in season 10, with the [[HandWave]] that he was "badly burned," but not killed.]]

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* Early in season 5 of ''Series/TheXFiles'', the Cigarette-Smoking Man is shot by a sniper. Although his body [[NeverFoundTheBody is not found]], it's stated that enough blood was found at the scene that he was surely fatally wounded. [[spoiler: Guess who shows up alive and well twelve episodes later. This is taken [[UpToEleven]] [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] in the original series finale, in which the Smoking Man is caught in a fireball from. A missile strike that reduces him to a skeleton. Fourteen years later, he's back in season 10, with the [[HandWave]] [[HandWave hand wave]] that he was "badly burned," but not killed.]]
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