Tommy Monaghan once faced a gunman who was a "twitch machine": no conscious volition, just bang you're dead, so Monaghan's telepathy would not give him any warning. So Tommy just distracted him while his friend snuck up behind the gunman and shot him in the back of the head
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In Fanfic/youveGottaBeKiddingMe, it's averted; direct and indirect means are used to end the protagonist's life, but between the fact that she's Properly Paranoid and that she's got very solid arguments that sway whoever bothers to listen to her, given enough time, it doesn't matter if you try to poison her food or send an armada at her, she'll make it alive.
Dresden slowly develops into The Dreaded as others hear about his exploits. It's made clear that he has single handedly driven the worst monsters away from Chicago, and yet he is almost as squishy as any human being. One character once threatened to kill him with a sniper rifle-which he admitted would be a simple and effective solution-and more then one enemy used strategically placed explosives to provide them with a means of killing a wizard without fighting him directly. Yet, no one actually followed through on these threats Until Changes.
Averted in Discworld, and then subverted; the Assassin's guild has been trying to murder Sam Vimes for a while, but he's set an amazing number of clever booby traps that have claimed the lives of many would-be assassins. Later, there is a conspicuous absence of assassination attempts... because the Assassins have decided that his death would be too damaging for the overall political game of the city.
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In How I Killed Your Master, this is how the main character's father was killed; the Big Bad couldn't possible have beaten him in a straight fight, so he poisoned him.