Created By: rt2012 on January 25, 2012

Death Houdini

Someone who repeatedly cheats death

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This would be a person who frequently escapes dying by the skin of their teeth, and should be dead many times over. Closely related to Disney Death and Everything Trying to Kill You. Harry Potter would probably be the king of this trope.
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  • January 25, 2012
    Dr. Loveless in the original Wild Wild West series.
  • January 25, 2012
    Rory Williams/Pond in the New Series of Doctor Who, dying five times in the course of eleven episodes, none of them permanent.
  • January 25, 2012
    • The player character, Chell, in Portal and Portal 2. She manages to get past all kinds of motion-detecting turret guns, pull off insane portal tricks to survive, and half the time it's luck - the AI she's up against misses her, or a pipe breaks at the right moment, enabling her to utilize the gel that spills out of it.
      GLaDOS: And I'll be honest. Killing you? Is hard.
  • January 25, 2012
    Probably an effect of Plot Armor and/or Joker Immunity.
  • January 26, 2012
  • January 26, 2012
    ^ Only on meta-level. This is for in-universe examples, I think.

    • As death is a more or less personable entity in Labyrinths Of Echo, it is possible to cheat her quite literally; in fact, that's what most of the longer-lived characters routinely engage in. In the last book, King Moenin gives a few tips on cheating death to Max.
      • Also, in My Ragnaroek, Odysseus is revealed to have been cheating death (with divine assistance from his patron Athena) for the past three thousand years.
  • January 26, 2012
  • January 27, 2012
    Discussed on The Simpsons:
    Grimes: I've never seen [Homer] do any work around here. What, what is his job?
    Lenny: Safety inspector.
    Grimes: That irresponsible oaf? A man who by all rights should have been killed dozens of times by now?
    Lenny: Three hundred and sixteen times by my count.
  • January 27, 2012
    • Kratos in God Of War is sent to hell four times over the course of the series, and manages to escape every time.
  • January 27, 2012
    The Perils of Pauline, a really old TV show, ended every episode with a cliffhanger - often literally. I never saw the show myself, but I think this would fit.

    • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - She died twice, though the first one was a technicality and the second one involved some dark voodoo. Debatable as a valid choice.

    Re: Cosmic Lottery Winner, this is a situation where this is encountered time and time again. They don't just escape the inescapable, but they avoid death regularly, both benign and extreme.
  • January 27, 2012
    The Perils of Pauline was a Film Serial - actually a couiple different ones - not a TV show.
  • February 3, 2012
    Err, bump?
  • February 3, 2012
    Opponents tend to scream "Why Wont You Die" when this happens.
  • February 3, 2012
    Rincewind from Dicsworld.
  • February 3, 2012
    The Joker in the DCAU. He's fallen into smoke stacks, been through a brutal Mind Rape at the hands of Ace of the Royal Flush Gang, been caught in an explosion while being held by an assassin out for revenge in Batman Mask Of The Phantasm and shot through the heart by Tim Drake in a flashback during Batman Beyond Return Of The Joker and still is alive during the Batman Beyond era; where he commits even more evil deeds. Actually a subversion; since when Tim Drake shot him, he actually did die. Unfortunately; due to genetic engineering and Cadmus Tech (the Cadmus connections was revealed in "Epilogue" of Justice League), a "backup" version of Joker possessed Tim 40 years in the future.
  • February 3, 2012
    I hope you use this name, just so I can put on I Thought It Meant:
    • Death Houdini does not mean The Grim Reaper taking up stage magic (although that would be an awesome plot for a Discworld book).
  • February 3, 2012
  • February 4, 2012
    Sun Wu Kong/ Son Goku, who, amongst various tricks, erased his name from the Book of the Living and gorged himself on the peaches of immortality, and then he drank a special elixir of longevity.