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16th Oct '17 3:47:18 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai''. None of the main characters die as they manage to survive powerful attacks that kill others with ease. The only one that is justifeable is Ban because he drank from the Fountain of Youth, which gave him CompleteImmortality. Hawk takes an attack which killed many Holy Knights and dies, but he is ressurected without any explanation and is the only one to come back to life. [[spoiler: Later, Galan of the Ten Commandments give a literal CurbStompBattle to the Sins but they are saved because Gowther rewrote his memories for that he think that he had already killed them. Meliodas is truly killed by his brother Estarossa but manages to return from the dead chapters later.]]

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* ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai''. None of the main characters die as they manage to survive powerful attacks that kill others with ease. The only one that is justifeable justifiable is Ban because he drank from the Fountain of Youth, which gave him CompleteImmortality. Hawk takes an attack which killed many Holy Knights and dies, but he is ressurected without any explanation and is the only one to come back to life. [[spoiler: Later, Galan of the Ten Commandments give a literal CurbStompBattle to the Sins but they are saved because Gowther rewrote his memories for that he think that he had already killed them. Meliodas is truly killed by his brother Estarossa but manages to return from the dead chapters later.]]



** Madara Uchiha is a villainous version of this. Since his resurrection, Madara got in a few situations in which he was very close to defeat, only to [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly demonstrate a new power that had never been seen or even hinted at before]], or [[BeyondTheImpossible just doing impossible action without explanation]]. His most iconic one may be when he was somehow knowing how terminate the contract with Edo Tensei when the person who summoned him was defeated despite the fact that even the original creator of this jutsu does not know how to do it. [[spoiler:And as if in confirmation of this when his PlotArmor disappeared (after activation Infinite Tsukiyomi) he was defeated literally one hit in the back from Black Zetsu which showed that he manipulated Madara all this time and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. The plot gods giveth and the plot gods taketh away, actually...]]

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** Madara Uchiha is a villainous version of this. Since his resurrection, Madara got in a few situations in which he was very close to defeat, only to [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands suddenly demonstrate a new power that had never been seen or even hinted at before]], or [[BeyondTheImpossible just doing impossible action without explanation]]. His most iconic one may be when he was somehow knowing how terminate the contract with Edo Tensei when the person who summoned him was defeated despite the fact that even the original creator of this jutsu does not know how to do it. [[spoiler:And as if in confirmation of this when his PlotArmor Plot Armor disappeared (after activation Infinite Tsukiyomi) he was defeated literally one hit in the back from Black Zetsu which showed that he manipulated Madara all this time and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection. The plot gods giveth and the plot gods taketh away, actually...]]



* What do you get when you take away plot armor from [[KillEmAll everybody but one psychopath?]] ComicBook/ThePunisher and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} find out in their respective versions of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' and ''Comicbook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.

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* What do you get when you take away plot armor from [[KillEmAll everybody but one psychopath?]] ComicBook/ThePunisher and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} find out in their respective versions of ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' and ''Comicbook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}. While not often too egregious in his own book, the second he steps into a Justice League book he's a very different character. For someone who is often championed as "Just a normal man" who works very hard, it is very hard to swallow when he will be struck by characters who can rip through steel like paper, be hurled through multiple stone pillars/walls, dodge attacks that the Franchise/{{Flash}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} get struck by, and only end up a bit bruised or sore when he should be liquefied by now. Almost always in full force during any Superman Vs Batman encounter where there is seemingly always an excuse why Superman, who even in his weakest incarnation, is "Faster than a speeding bullet" has one iota of trouble against Batman, whose Kryptonite IS bullets. Plus, even when Batman wises up and wears PowerArmor, he often has his helmet in the same shape as his iconic mask, with his mouth completely exposed. Amazingly, no one ever sends a super strong/super fast punch right through his unprotected mouth.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}. While not often too egregious in his own book, the second he steps into a Justice League Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} book he's a very different character. For someone who is often championed as "Just a normal man" who works very hard, it is very hard to swallow when he will be struck by characters who can rip through steel like paper, be hurled through multiple stone pillars/walls, dodge attacks that the Franchise/{{Flash}} Franchise/TheFlash and Franchise/{{Superman}} get struck by, and only end up a bit bruised or sore when he should be liquefied by now. Almost always in full force during any Superman Vs vs Batman encounter where there is seemingly always an excuse why Superman, who even in his weakest incarnation, is "Faster than a speeding bullet" has one iota of trouble against Batman, whose Kryptonite IS bullets. Plus, even when Batman wises up and wears PowerArmor, PoweredArmor, he often has his helmet in the same shape as his iconic mask, with his mouth completely exposed. Amazingly, no one ever sends a super strong/super fast punch right through his unprotected mouth.



* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] liberally in ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'' where bullets never hit Sid. Other characters even tell him he has PlotArmor or a ''Character Shield'', but he dismisses the idea as silliness. Except [[spoiler:he doesn't know he actually has an alien deflector shield that redirects bullets so they always miss him]].

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d liberally in ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'' where bullets never hit Sid. Other characters even tell him he has PlotArmor Plot Armor or a ''Character Shield'', but he dismisses the idea as silliness. Except [[spoiler:he doesn't know he actually has an alien deflector shield that redirects bullets so they always miss him]].






** ''Series/{{Kamen Rider Ex-Aid}}'' in particular uses this trope for its initial villain, [[spoiler: [[Parad, who is main character Hojo Emu's split personality, M. It's revealed that Parad needs to stay alive in order to allow Emu to stay a Kamen Rider. Emu "kills" him, but only for an episode to teach him the value of life.]]]]

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** ''Series/{{Kamen Rider Ex-Aid}}'' in particular uses this trope for its initial villain, [[spoiler: [[Parad, Parad, who is main character Hojo Emu's split personality, M. It's revealed that Parad needs to stay alive in order to allow Emu to stay a Kamen Rider. Emu "kills" him, but only for an episode to teach him the value of life.]]]] life]].



* The ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' wasn't immune to this as well, with various criminals clearly having an easy target at Batman or another hero. Of course, they always miss their target. The rare example being Darkseid, who was able to casually vaporize a fairly important character with disregard. People didn't even realize he was actually dead until the funeral scene kicked in.

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* The ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'' wasn't immune to this as well, with various criminals clearly having an easy target at Batman or another hero. Of course, they always miss their target. The rare example being Darkseid, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, who was able to casually vaporize a fairly important character with disregard. People didn't even realize he was actually dead until the funeral scene kicked in.



* Roger the AlienAmongUs from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad!'' is practically made of plot armor. Although he may take an occasional beating, death can't touch him. Not only does he always survive certain doom, he's almost always saved by the most amazing and unlikely of circumstances, usually at the last possible second. His own people tried to rid themselves of him by [[spoiler: deliberately crashing his space ship into the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico]] but no dice.

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* Roger the AlienAmongUs from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad!'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is practically made of plot armor. Although he may take an occasional beating, death can't touch him. Not only does he always survive certain doom, he's almost always saved by the most amazing and unlikely of circumstances, usually at the last possible second. His own people tried to rid themselves of him by [[spoiler: deliberately crashing his space ship into the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico]] but no dice.
14th Oct '17 7:49:07 PM infernape612
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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, FinalDeath is normally a feature. However, certain characters are critical-enough to the plot that they'll merely suffer a CareerEndingInjury when reduced to 0 HP, rather than be killed. Gameplay-wise, the effect is the same, but it allows them to still appear in cutscenes where needed. The actual main characters [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou give a Game Over if they die.]]
* Deirdre and Julia from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' have a unique case of this. If either of them reaches 0 HP, they'll be captured by the enemy, and rescued at the end of the chapter. This is because [[spoiler: the BigBad ''needs'' them alive, since they carry the bloodline of the GodOfEvil he's trying to revive]].

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* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, FinalDeath is normally a feature. However, certain characters are critical-enough critical enough to the plot that they'll merely suffer a CareerEndingInjury when reduced to 0 HP, rather than be killed. Gameplay-wise, the effect is the same, but it allows them to still appear in cutscenes where needed. The actual main characters [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou give a Game Over if they die.]]
* Deirdre and Julia from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' have a unique case of this. If either of them reaches 0 HP, they'll be captured by the enemy, and rescued at the end of the chapter. This is because [[spoiler: the BigBad ''needs'' them alive, since they carry the bloodline of the GodOfEvil he's trying to revive]].
11th Oct '17 9:10:08 AM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Heather in season 1. Despite her manipulative tactics earning the ire of just about every other player, she repeatedly manages to avoid elimination either by earning literal invincibility or through a ContrivedCoincidence to make another player's elimination seem more immediately necessary. The most egregious example would be Jeff's elimination. Despite having wanted Heather gone for weeks and finally having the perfect opportunity to boot her (no invincibility, no immediate issues with other players), they decide to vote off Jeff instead for "being too nice," justifying this sudden shift in attitude with some InsaneTrollLogic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Heather in season 1. Despite her manipulative tactics earning the ire of just about every other player, she repeatedly manages to avoid elimination either by earning literal invincibility or through a ContrivedCoincidence to make another player's elimination seem more immediately necessary. The most egregious example would be Jeff's Geoff's elimination. Despite having wanted Heather gone for weeks and finally having the perfect opportunity to boot her (no invincibility, no immediate issues with other players), they decide to vote off Jeff Geoff instead for "being too nice," justifying this sudden shift in attitude with some InsaneTrollLogic.
15th Sep '17 12:37:37 AM RichardUptonPickman
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* [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] liberally in ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'' where bullets never hit Sid. Other characters even tell him he has PlotArmor or a ''Character Shield'', but he dismisses the idea as silliness. Except [[spoiler:he doesn't know he actually has an alien deflector shield that redirects bullets so they always miss him]].

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* [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] Lampshaded]] liberally in ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'' where bullets never hit Sid. Other characters even tell him he has PlotArmor or a ''Character Shield'', but he dismisses the idea as silliness. Except [[spoiler:he doesn't know he actually has an alien deflector shield that redirects bullets so they always miss him]].
15th Sep '17 12:36:33 AM RichardUptonPickman
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* [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] liberally in ''Literature/ThePostmodernAdventuresOfKillTeamOne'' where bullets never hit Sid. Other characters even tell him he has PlotArmor or a ''Character Shield'', but he dismisses the idea as silliness. Except [[spoiler:he doesn't know he actually has an alien deflector shield that redirects bullets so they always miss him]].
5th Sep '17 5:11:27 PM Peteman
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* ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' shows the main heroes going through grim situations that would (and ''did'') kill off any regular, minor characters. Yet they manage to get through it all with only a couple scratches or bullet wounds. [[spoiler:The last third of the story subverts this ''hard'', and the main characters start dying fast.]]

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* ''Literature/ThePiratesCoveredInFur'' shows the main heroes going through grim situations that would (and ''did'') kill off any regular, minor characters. Yet they manage to get through it all with only a couple scratches or bullet wounds. [[spoiler:The last third of the story subverts this ''hard'', this, and the main characters start dying fast.]]
31st Aug '17 8:58:36 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is practically the poster boy for this trope. While not often too egregious in his own book, the second he steps into a Justice League book he's practically an entirely different character. For someone who is often championed as "Just a normal man" who works very hard, it is particularly hard to swallow when he will be struck by characters who can rip through steel like paper, be hurled through multiple stone pillars/walls, dodge attacks that the Franchise/{{Flash}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} get struck by, and only end up a bit bruised or sore when he should be liquefied by now. Almost always in full force during any Superman Vs Batman encounter where there is seemingly always an excuse why Superman, who even in his weakest incarnation, is "Faster than a speeding bullet" has one iota of trouble against Batman, whose Kryptonite essentially IS bullets. Plus, even when Batman wises up and wears PowerArmor, he often has his helmet in the same shape as his iconic mask, with his mouth completely exposed. Amazingly, no one ever sends a super strong/super fast punch right through his big, stupid, completely unprotected mouth.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} is practically the poster boy for this trope. Franchise/{{Batman}}. While not often too egregious in his own book, the second he steps into a Justice League book he's practically an entirely a very different character. For someone who is often championed as "Just a normal man" who works very hard, it is particularly very hard to swallow when he will be struck by characters who can rip through steel like paper, be hurled through multiple stone pillars/walls, dodge attacks that the Franchise/{{Flash}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} get struck by, and only end up a bit bruised or sore when he should be liquefied by now. Almost always in full force during any Superman Vs Batman encounter where there is seemingly always an excuse why Superman, who even in his weakest incarnation, is "Faster than a speeding bullet" has one iota of trouble against Batman, whose Kryptonite essentially IS bullets. Plus, even when Batman wises up and wears PowerArmor, he often has his helmet in the same shape as his iconic mask, with his mouth completely exposed. Amazingly, no one ever sends a super strong/super fast punch right through his big, stupid, completely unprotected mouth.
31st Aug '17 7:34:05 AM Maxx_Crowley
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*Franchise/{{Batman}} is practically the poster boy for this trope. While not often too egregious in his own book, the second he steps into a Justice League book he's practically an entirely different character. For someone who is often championed as "Just a normal man" who works very hard, it is particularly hard to swallow when he will be struck by characters who can rip through steel like paper, be hurled through multiple stone pillars/walls, dodge attacks that the Franchise/{{Flash}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} get struck by, and only end up a bit bruised or sore when he should be liquefied by now. Almost always in full force during any Superman Vs Batman encounter where there is seemingly always an excuse why Superman, who even in his weakest incarnation, is "Faster than a speeding bullet" has one iota of trouble against Batman, whose Kryptonite essentially IS bullets. Plus, even when Batman wises up and wears PowerArmor, he often has his helmet in the same shape as his iconic mask, with his mouth completely exposed. Amazingly, no one ever sends a super strong/super fast punch right through his big, stupid, completely unprotected mouth.
27th Aug '17 8:32:28 PM SkidTroper
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** HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Hitler has unbreakable Plot Armor, to the point where no timey-wimey attempt to assassinate him will succeed, or if succeeds, it will make things even worse. (Don't ask which GodOfEvil gave that to him)

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** HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Hitler has unbreakable Plot Armor, to the point where no timey-wimey attempt to assassinate him will succeed, or if succeeds, it will make things even worse. (Don't ask which GodOfEvil gave that to him)worse (If this features in the story, ensure there is a good reason for it).
5th Aug '17 3:16:12 PM AlejandroPM
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** By the series' seventh season it became apparent that plot armor had already kicked in: in the fourth episode, Jaime Lannister charges on horse towards Daenerys who is beside her biggest dragon. Drogon, of course, attacks Jaime with deep hot flames... but he is saved ''by Bronn''. Were it any early season, none of this characters would have survived that, even less a secondary (but incredibly popular) character like Bronn. Seems the writers are avoiding major deaths until the season climaxes, not unlike other series (of which ''Game of Thrones'' used to distinguish itself).


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