Created By: LordOfUruk on February 1, 2013

Saved by the flash forward

When a character can't die because they are shown to be alive at a future point in time.

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Bob is getting into trouble with the mob. They've decided to send hit men after him and the episode ends with him packing his bags and leaving. The next episode begins with bob on a beach with Alice, discussing the time he was chased by mobsters and the events leading up to it. Then it cuts back to the action, and Bob is still packing his bags to skip town.

In this case, the situation has lost all tension, because we know that Bob survives and goes on to discuss it with Alice at a later date. Until that date arrives, Bob is effectively un-killable.

This trope is slightly different from Plot Armor because it involves the way the story is told or framed, rather than how the story itself happens.
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  • February 1, 2013
    Is this only for when the future scene is revealed in the midst of the danger. For example, would Titanic count? Rose is telling the story as an old lady so we know that she will survive the sinking.
  • February 1, 2013
    Comic Books
    • From Marvel Comics, Reed Richards pleads with the Beyonder to spare Doctor Doom for this reason. When the Beyonder had plucked Earth's A-list villains for the Secret Wars, he plucked Doom from a future point in time. Reed argues that if the Beyonder destroys Doom now, there won't be a future Doom for him to select. "You will create a transtemporal shockwave that will shatter all of reality. Can you, Beyonder, survive the ultimate destruction of time itself?"
  • February 1, 2013
    This trope is by nature spoiler-heavy, so I suggest spoiler warning and unmarked spoilers.

    Subtrope of Foregone Conclusion.

    • The fifth Destroyermen novel, Rising Tides, opens with a quote from a book Courtney Bradford will evidently publish in 1956. His survival for the next twelve years is therefore guaranteed.
  • February 1, 2013
    Ciaphas Cain: the entire series is presented as Cain's memoirs, being edited by Amberley Veil after his death of old age, so it's a given he, Veil, and his aide Jurgen (who attends the funeral) will survive.
  • February 1, 2013
    Compare Doomed By Canon.
  • February 1, 2013
    Please rewrite the description without the Alice And Bob scenario. That's an Example As A Thesis. You don't need an example in your trope description when you have an example section right below it.

  • February 6, 2013
    Discussed a few times on Doctor Who, where the companion asks something like "why do we have to save 1900 Earth from destruction when I come from 1975 Earth and it's just fine?" The third Doctor took his companion up on that, transporting her back to her "real" time & showing her what the world will be like since they didn't save it.
  • February 6, 2013
    I think we already have this, as Saved By Canon.
  • February 7, 2013
    if possible, it should include the word "future" in it
  • February 7, 2013
    Yeah, this is an unnecessarily specific subtrope of Saved By Canon.