->'''''{{Franchise/Superman}} #429''': Superman kicks the bucket again. Sure to be a collectors' item with stupid fans who actually think that Creator/DCComics is going to kill off a character worth billions of dollars.''
-->--''Magazine/{{MAD}}''

Oh no! The poor IllGirl [[LittlestCancerPatient with cancer]] who runs the orphanage is being menaced by the SerialKiller! [[AnyoneCanDie No one has survived his attacks yet]], and it's going to break her fiancÚ's heart, and after he finally got up the courage to propose to her!

This is when we turn to the writer and say, ''"Like You Would Really Do It"''. Much like YankTheDogsChain in reverse, this is what GenreSavvy viewers retort when their WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is no longer suspended, and in fact falls flat on its back because the writing staff that was supposed to catch it in the "[[TrustBuildingBlunder trust building exercise]]" [[DistractedByTheShiny have wandered off to look at something shiny]].

What this means is we don't buy the suspense or anguish that the character is being menaced with, we ''know'' the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality has this particular character dead last (pun intended) in terms of who's gonna die, and so we just count the seconds before the door is smashed open and TheCavalry charges in, or the bad guy goes "You're NotWorthKilling". This reaction extends not just to the [[InfantImmortality stunningly innocent]], but to [[OurHeroIsDead any hero]] or character with thick PlotArmour in a setting where things CouldHaveBeenMessy. Even the HeroicSacrifice, capable of felling the mightiest of heroes, falls short of [[NotQuiteDead really killing them.]]

Mind, some authors really ''will'' call our bluff and kill this character, ''[[KilledOffForReal permanently]]'', and since the vast majority don't, it comes as [[HesJustHiding quite a shock when they do.]] Generally, actually offing a traditionally "safe" character requires a [[CerebusSyndrome shift in tone]] for lighter series, but reinforces the AnyoneCanDie tone of more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical works]]. Of course, taking it ''too'' far can create a MoralEventHorizon for the author in the eyes of his fanbase, or it can cause them to [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy stop caring about any of the characters]] because they'll probably all end up dead anyway.

When actually killed, leads to speculation that HesJustHiding. See also {{Narm}}. Often overlaps with a DisneyDeath. If it involves whether a hero will win or lose a battle, it's BoringInvincibleHero. If this applies to lesser good characters who might otherwise be killed off, it's BoringImmortalHero. TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin is the most common cause. Contrast AudienceApathy.

'''No examples, please.''' We'd be here all day. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife So spend the rest of the day on]] ''[[WikiWalk other]]'' [[WikiWalk pages.]]
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