Critical Existence Failure / Literature

  • Because of his condition, Arhys in Paladin Of Souls is able to charge the enemy encampment and kill a number of sorcerers, taking major wounds to no apparent effect, until abruptly falling over dead. He died several months earlier, and is kept upright and moving through a magical link with his half-brother and wife; any blows to his body become wounds shared between the two of them. He "dies" when the link is severed to prevent further injuries from killing his half-brother and wife.
  • Life, The Universe, And Everything has a passage about the Starship Titanic which undergoes a "gratuitous total existence failure" almost immediately after being launched. An unusual case in that it didn't take any damage; it was apparently built with 0 hp.
  • The Deacon's Masterpiece aka the wonderful one-horse shay. Possibly the ur-example. The poem is about a one-horse shay built with absolutely no weak points - so when it finally did break down, it suffered this trope.
  • In the end of the last novella of The Stranger by Max Frei, the car that brought the heroes home falls apart. Max has just learned that magical cars have no inherent speed limit and drives it far faster than the chassis or the roads were designed for. For hundreds of kilometres. The scene may have been a nod to The Blues Brothers, which gave the trope image.