Created By: Bookwyrm on September 11, 2013 Last Edited By: Bookwyrm on October 26, 2013

Cast Of Iron

Everybody in the main cast is Made of Iron

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Characters who are Made of Iron can shrug off damage that should cause crippling or fatal injuries like it was nothing. This trope is when the entire cast is Made of Iron.

Unless the work is about a lone Badass protagonist fighting veritable armies of Mooks, any work that features characters Made of Iron is likely to fit this trope. After all, if Super Toughness or Nigh-Invulnerability isn't explicitly Invoked, it would be hard to understand why one character could eat bullets for breakfast and calmly stroll out of explosions while everybody else is busy bleeding to death. Having everybody be Made of Iron allows for much cooler fight scenes than if damage were portrayed realistically, especially if supernatural powers that should kill real-life humans are involved, avoids showing gruesome injuries or death in works meant for younger demographics, and maintains balance and tension when the trope applies to the villains as well.

Hero Insurance is a must for a Cast Of Iron: when multiple characters are battling full-out against scenery that is weaker than they are, there's bound to be property damage. Often overlaps with World of Badass. Expect to find Hollywood Healing, Hard Head, and How Much More Can He Take? fights in abundance, and the occasional character with Nigh-Invulnerability to provide a challenge for this hardy cast.
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  • September 11, 2013
    I love the pun but I cannot think of any examples. :(
  • September 12, 2013
    • One Piece is ubiquitous for this. When somebody doesn't have any "upgrade" to his/her body (i.e Devil Fruit modifications when applicable, Super Toughness or Charless Atlas Superpower) then chances are he/she's Made Of Iron, even non-combatants. One such example is in Skypiea Arc where Enel shocks 2 completely normal people with lightning (Conis and her uncle) and yet they're only left with Ash Face and without any lasting injury (it does incapacitate them, however).
  • September 12, 2013
    Not sure if these are examples, but found these in MadeOfIron.Anime And Manga.

    and this one in main:
    • The entire cast of Eight Bit Theater has exhibited this despite not having any apparent magical protection.

    In MadeOfIron.Western Animation
    • Pretty much everyone in Ed Edd N Eddy.
    • Most of the celebrities on Celebrity Deathmatch keep fighting after things that should incapacitate them. Special mention to Michael Jackson who got kicked into a vat of hydrochloric acid and survived unharmed, and Dave Thomas who gets decapitated and still manages to run around like a mad hen until he falls into a frying pan.
  • September 12, 2013
    Would Dragon Ball Z count? Invulnerability is a bit of stock superpower in the setting. Not EVERYBODY has it (your average dude walking down the street is as squishy as he would be in real life) but anyone who ever gets into a fight scene does to some extent.
  • September 12, 2013
    I guess anything with Toon Physics and most Shonen manga would count, right?
  • September 12, 2013
    • Franchise/Naruto, which overlaps with World Of Badass. Though Anyone Can Die is in play, most characters are able to survive injuries that would kill or incapacitate normal humans. Not to mention the Plot Armor that many of the main characters have on.
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  • September 16, 2013