is what keeps important characters alive for plot purposes. This is when the Plot Armor comes off. Whenever the Grand Finale
is here or coming, suddenly, Anyone Can Die
This is usually done to make the ending more suspenseful and exciting but it's also done to make the war seem more costly. There may be some overlap with Darker and Edgier
No Real Life Examples, Please!
. Because this does not happen in Real Life
. (and while we're at it, Plot Armor
does not exist in Real Life
This is a Death Trope
so beware unmarked spoilers!
- in Animorphs Visser One dies in the 45th book.
- Rachel dies in the final book of the series.
- Also, many of the Animorph's allies died in the penultimate installment.
- Visser Three is a notable aversion of this trope. He should have died almost as often as the Animorphs (especially in the Hork-Bajir Chronicals).
[[Live Action TV]]
- The Plot Armor in LOST falls right off in the last season of LOST. The survivors start dropping like flies and very few are alive at the end.