Created By: ChunkyDaddy on January 31, 2012 Last Edited By: ChunkyDaddy on March 4, 2014
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Immortal Red Shirt

When an immortal is killed to show the power of a attack

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Many works have a certain class of characters who have Immortality. As the story/series progresses, the creators want to add a weapon/attack/badass that is able to kill the immortals. The question is how do the creators introduce this weapon/attack/badass without disrupting the storyline. Enter the Immortal Red Shirt. This is a character who is introduced for the sole purpose of being killed off. If the weapon/attack/badass is on the heroes side, the Immortal Red Shirt will generally be a Jerkass. If the weapon/attack/badass is on the villain's side, The Immortal Red S Hirt will generally be The Woobie or the Sacrificial Lamb

  • Being Human (Remake) - Stevie, who was introduced as The Woobie ghost in Episode 1/Season 2 and Dylan who played the Jerkass ghost in Episode 2/Season 2 kill each other off while fighting over the main character. Sally.
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  • January 31, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Overlaps quite a bit with Sacrificial Lion
  • January 31, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    Actually, Sacrifical Lion is for when a well established character is killed. Sacrificial Lamb is for characters who get killed quickly.

    You could say this is a subtrope of Sacrifical Lamb. It's Sacrificial Lamb for Immortals
  • January 31, 2012
    Stratadrake
    The Same But More Specific?

    BTW, Immortal Red Shirt is misleading; it reads as "immortal" (adjective) + "redshirt" (noun) when the intent is "redshirt" (adjective) + "immortal" (noun).
  • January 31, 2012
    Rytex
    Spy Kids 3D. The Guy (who has 99 lives) gets struck by a powerful lightning attack upon entry into the Final Level. All 99 lives (including the 0.5th life) are instantly vaporized.
  • January 31, 2012
    Koveras
    Happens in Tsukihime, when Shiki uses his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception to effortlessly kill Ciel, who previously couldn't be killed by the combined (unopposed) efforts of The Church (a very powerful faction in Nasu Verse).
  • January 31, 2012
    Rognik
    A Sacrificial Lion example in Hercules The Legendary Journeys: The hind's blood dagger, reported to kill even the gods, found its first victim in Strife.
  • January 31, 2012
    greyscalefuzz
    Hey, all those immortals from Highlander come to mind...
  • January 31, 2012
    Dawnwing
    I agree with Stratadrake about the name. Perhaps Immortal Becomes Red Shirt? I don't really have any other suggesrions.
  • January 31, 2012
    TParadox
    The Worf Effect with Immortals?
  • February 1, 2012
    Rognik
    Not really. The Worf Effect makes the character incapacitated or otherwise takes them out of the story, while this seems to be where an undying character is killed to prove that the enemy/power is just that strong.
  • February 1, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    I'm having second thoughts about whether this is tropeable, now. Like Stratadrake said, this is The Same But More Specific. I was trying to think if a RedShirt having Immortality adds anything to the trope, but I'm unable to come up with anything.

    Any thoughts?
  • February 1, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Kiling the un-killable would be a trope.
  • February 1, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    ^ and would go under immortality tropes.
  • February 1, 2012
    ChunkyDaddy
    ^ Yeah and I believe there are several YTTK Ws going on about how Immortals can be killed. Immortals being killed wasn;t what I started out with. I was thinking more on the lines of Immortals being red shirted.
  • February 1, 2012
    crazysamaritan
    mostly I noticed a lot of tropes being written for the kinds of immortality that exist. This would apply to any kind of immortal.
  • February 1, 2012
    MorganWick
    It sounds like this is The Worf Effect applied to the whole concept of Immortality and taken Up To Eleven.
  • March 4, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    bump
  • March 4, 2014
    StarSword
    This is The Worf Effect. Nothing about that trope says who it's limited to or that Worf has to survive.
  • March 4, 2014
    Larkmarn
    It's The Worf Effect + Immortal, so it's an exaggerated version. I personally don't think that's distinct.

    Also this has absolutely nothing to do with Red Shirt.

    So yeah. The Same But More Specific, two years without any progress, a name that's awful in two ways... MTD.
  • March 4, 2014
    StarSword
    Seconded.
  • March 4, 2014
    DAN004
    We also have Mortality Ensues. :P
  • March 4, 2014
    StarSword
    Yeah, this is covered six ways from Sunday. Gonna go ahead and toss.
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