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Certain characters aren't going to [[KilledOffForReal die]] or [[PutOnABus move away]]. They can't, because if they do, the story is over. However, some writers still try to squeeze drama out of this by either:
# Killing them off and then [[BackFromTheDead bringing them back]], or
# Writing a cliffhanger where it seems they might be dead or teasing the departure of a love interest.

If it's very well written, it can work. If not, it turns bad for GenreSavvy fans. It's a cheap attempt to build tension for a season finale, two-part episode or a sequel. Bonus points if the character whose death they're teasing is the '''titular character''' of the show or film franchise.

Not applicable on (most) shows or films where AnyoneCanDie, the exception being one of the show's central characters, like Jack Bauer on ''24''. Not applicable if the show is broadcasting its series finale (especially not a GrandFinale). Not applicable in a medium where DeathIsCheap (like comic books). Not applicable if the work is a biography of a person who famously died in some significant manner (''MalcomX, ThePrideOfTheYankees''). Not applicable when it's done for CharacterDevelopment or to collect a PlotCoupon.

Plot Immunity applies only when the fan watching or reading the story knows that a character's teased death or departure is done for cheap drama and isn't going to stick. Please list only examples of characters with whom a writer has tried to tease removal, don't just rattle off characters you think their respective stories wouldn't survive losing.

Compare LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt, IKnewIt and StatusQuoIsGod. Contrast PutOnABus and KilledOffForReal.

Entries are sometimes "incomplete" because this trope is about people who couldn't be killed/removed.

Please refrain form adding spoiler text, there is a very clear warning at the top of the page. Spoiler text would make the whole entry unreadable.


%% * ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Plot immunity guarantees Miss Brooks' position at Madison High School. %% Please give examples of when the series tried to make the audience think her position was at risk. The finale doesn't count, because when it's the finale she actually could lose her job.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': One season finale ended with main character Michael Westen apparently blown up by a bomb and his fate left hanging in the balance.
** Another season's penultimate episode had [[LoveInterest Fiona]] planning to return to Ireland.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': The first half of a two-part episode in the second season ended with [[LoveInterest Beckett's]] apartment blown up, leaving her fate hanging in the balance. The trailers for the next week's episode even went so far as to not show her! However, it's apparent 60 seconds into the episode that she's alive.
** The season six premiere ends with Castle poisoned and only having a day to live. In the next episode we find out that there is an antidote, which by the end of the episode Beckett has retrieved and Castle is saved.
* In an example where it was well written enough to get a pass, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' had a plot where Commissioner Gordon was allegedly killed by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. He's alive at the end, though.
* The finale for ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'''s fifth season ended up with Jack Bauer taken by the Chinese, which would have been great if the next season focused on getting him back, or his escape or something. Instead, the sixth season starts with him being escorted off a boat in cuffs and shackles.
** The season seven finale has Jack poisoned and dying from some kind of experimental biological weapon and dependent on another experimental procedure to save his life.
* Koinzell from ''Manga/UbelBlatt'' got directly hit by a magical laser beam, fell of a cliff into an ice-cold river, which swept him to a water fall which he fell down and got pierced by rocks and branches. Five chapters later, he's back up again.
* Subverted in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie when Spock beams Kirk off the Enterprise. Yes, Kirk wasn't going to stay off for long, but the purpose of this was for him to meet Spock Prime and Scotty, not to make the audience think he was somehow going to rot there.
* For two seasons running now, ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has teased that [[LoveInterest Sarah]] would be leaving with another spy on a mission somewhere, in both cases fans didn't buy it for a second.
** Also at the start of the second season, one of the key sub plots is Casey's order to kill '''Chuck''' when the new intersect comes online. It's sure handy that the damn thing blew up. It'd be awkward having to fill out the rest of the season of a show called ''Chuck'' without, ya know, Chuck.
* The fifth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ends with '''Buffy''' dying. The show ran for two more seasons.
** Subverted, at the time The WB had canceled the show and UPN hadn't picked it up.
* The third season of ''Series/CSIMiami'' had a season-long tagline; something along the lines of "Horatio Caine is a dead man" and every commercial for the show that season ended with a graphic of his iconic sunglasses with what looked like a bullet hole in the left lens. When the season finale came there was an attempt on his life, but it didn't even come close. Horatio Caine wasn't going out that way... '''''[[MemeticMutation YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH]]'''''
* Season Six of ''Series/{{House}}''s second episode starts with Dr. Gregory '''House''''s resignation from the hospital.
* Subverted with the 80's sitcom ''Series/TheHoganFamily''. The show was originally a vehicle for former ''Mary Tyler Moore'' and ''Rhoda'' star Valerie Harper titled ''Valerie''. However, after a [[RealLifeWritesThePlot dispute with the show's producers]], Harper was fired, her character was KilledOffForReal, and the show was retitled with the [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute father's sister]] moving in and becoming a surrogate mother.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Dean and Sam won't die, and they won't stop hunting.
** "Won't die" is overstating things a bit. They never stay dead, anyway.
* Flumpty Bumpty from ''VideoGame/OneNightAtFlumptys'' outright says that he's an {{Eldritch Abomination}} who's immune to the plot in his introduction. [[FromBadToWorse Unfortunately for you, he's the]] {{Big Bad}}.
* Played with by ''Series/TheFlash2014''. At the end of the third season, Barry goes into exile in the Speed Force. Under normal circumstances, there's no way the show would go on without its title character, ''but'': A) in the comics, Wally succeeded Barry as the Flash, and could possibly do so here; and B) ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'' shows have a habit of writing out characters appearing in the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'', and a version of Barry was going to be in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' later that year. Ultimately played straight, with Barry returning when the next season began; but for once there was an actual possibility that he wouldn't.
* This is very common in ''Series/DoctorWho'', with a lot of cliffhangers and story endings revolving around how the Doctor/his companions/another series main character was doomed to die and unable to get out of this one. Notable examples include:
** The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, or perhaps the entirety of series 6 given the arc was about the Doctor's 'death'. It was pretty obvious how the Doctor wouldn't be permanently killed off here (since it'd end the series), so the whole arc ended up being about which of the various 'cloning'/doppleganger creations methods introduced in the series would be used to solve the issue.
** The Magician's Apprentice/Witch's Familiar. When a story seemingly kills off the protagonist's ArchEnemy, sidekick and CoolShip in the span of five minutes before having him supposedly kill the child form of the villain with a gun on prime time TV, it's clear that something's not going to be played straight there.
** Beneath the Lake, where the Doctor supposedly dies and gets turned into a ghost.
** As well as the Zygon Invasion, where the Doctor's plane gets shot down with a rocket launcher right at the end of the episode.
** Really, the series does this, LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt, OurHeroIsDead and other related tropes so often that the fans are likely deeply critical of any shocking relevation or change to the status quo given how likely it is to be undone in the next episode.
* The first episode of ''Maggie & Bianca: Fashion Friends'' ends with Maggie kicked out of the school where the series takes place. Given that her name is in the title, it's not exactly surprising when the decision is reversed at the beginning of the second episode.