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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.]]
29th Jul '16 12:18:02 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.]]
22nd Jul '16 12:03:47 PM Morgenthaler
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' features one of the most brilliant examples of this trope ever done in their treatment of the infamous "Immortal Colasour" in the final episodes. Showing how DangerouslyGenreSavvy they can be the writers played a half dozen tricks that had the audience saying this. To sum it up, in episode 23 of the second season, [[spoiler: [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he and his beloved Colonel switch sides in order to help Celestial Being Fight Against the Innovators.]] In the heat of battle, [[HeroicSacrifice he then throws himself in front of three kamikaze mobile suits to protect her]] [[FinalSpeech while confessing his love for her at the top of his lungs.]] As this happens, Kati [[SayMyName shouts his full name for the first time in the series.]] With all of these strikes against him, it seems that our beloved Patrick was down for the count and not coming back, especially since around this time in the series [[KillEmAll important characters had been dying by the bucketload.]] And yet, in the final episode, who should show up but Patrick, not only having survived without a scratch, but [[HappilyEverAfter revealing that he was about to be married to Kati.]]]]

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' features one of the most brilliant examples of this trope ever done in their treatment of the infamous "Immortal Colasour" in the final episodes. Showing how DangerouslyGenreSavvy smart they can be the writers played a half dozen tricks that had the audience saying this. To sum it up, in episode 23 of the second season, [[spoiler: [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he and his beloved Colonel switch sides in order to help Celestial Being Fight Against the Innovators.]] In the heat of battle, [[HeroicSacrifice he then throws himself in front of three kamikaze mobile suits to protect her]] [[FinalSpeech while confessing his love for her at the top of his lungs.]] As this happens, Kati [[SayMyName shouts his full name for the first time in the series.]] With all of these strikes against him, it seems that our beloved Patrick was down for the count and not coming back, especially since around this time in the series [[KillEmAll important characters had been dying by the bucketload.]] And yet, in the final episode, who should show up but Patrick, not only having survived without a scratch, but [[HappilyEverAfter revealing that he was about to be married to Kati.]]]]



* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' when Clare, to throw the insane Ophelia off her trail, deliberately gets herself [[GoodThingYouCanHeal severely wounded]] and knocked off a cliff into a rushing river. Unfortunately for her, Ophelia is DangerouslyGenreSavvy...

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* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' when Clare, to throw the insane Ophelia off her trail, deliberately gets herself [[GoodThingYouCanHeal severely wounded]] and knocked off a cliff into a rushing river. Unfortunately for her, Ophelia is DangerouslyGenreSavvy...wise about this...



* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', even DangerouslyGenreSavvy MageKiller Kiritsugu falls for saying this when he [[spoiler:[[DungeonBypass completely blows up the hotel that one of his enemies has turned into a fortress]]]] and confidently declares over a phone call that no magical defense could have saved him from ''that''. Sure enough, the first sign that the enemy Master survived was that his Servant's curse on Saber did not eventually disappear, as it should have.

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* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', even DangerouslyGenreSavvy MageKiller Kiritsugu falls for saying this when he [[spoiler:[[DungeonBypass completely blows up the hotel that one of his enemies has turned into a fortress]]]] and confidently declares over a phone call that no magical defense could have saved him from ''that''. Sure enough, the first sign that the enemy Master survived was that his Servant's curse on Saber did not eventually disappear, as it should have.



* Lampshaded by the DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{De|adpanSnarker}}nth in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', as demonstrated by the pagequote.

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* Lampshaded by the DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{De|adpanSnarker}}nth in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', as demonstrated by the pagequote.



** This is all the assurance [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] needs that he ''did'' survive. Good thing the DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] has a contingency plan for this...

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** This is all the assurance [[MagnificentBastard Azula]] needs that he ''did'' survive. Good thing the DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] TheChessmaster has a contingency plan for this...
20th Jul '16 4:17:43 AM contrafanxxx
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* Remember how Paulo Guerra got hit by the satellite beam in the arcade version of ''VideoGame/RazingStorm''? [[spoiler: He's alive and kicking in the PS3 sequel.]]
4th Jul '16 12:50:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Confidently invoked by a Clone Trooper in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0568.html this]] episode of ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' after the clones have blasted [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] off of a cliff. Of course, Obi-Wan just hits some {{Soft Water}} and is [[ForegoneConclusion completely fine...]]

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* Confidently invoked by a Clone Trooper in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0568.html this]] episode of ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' after the clones have blasted [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] Obi-Wan off of a cliff. Of course, Obi-Wan just hits some {{Soft Water}} and is [[ForegoneConclusion completely fine...]]
1st Jun '16 12:36:54 PM gcreative
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* 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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