Playing With / Death Is a Slap on the Wrist

Basic Trope: A video game where death is simply treated as a very minor inconvenience.
  • Straight: Bob dies, the only real punishment is that he's sent back to the last checkpoint.
  • Exaggerated: Bob dies and respawns in the exact same spot, no loss of power-ups or anything else. It might possibly be beneficial at points.
  • Downplayed: Bob dies and is sent back to the last checkpoint with some very minor loss such as score.
  • Justified: Bob can use a highly advanced cloning machine to not only reconstruct himself but to regain all of his power-ups that would have been lost.
  • Inverted: Continuing Is Painful
  • Subverted:
    • The Game Over screen pops up and the power-ups float away from Bob's body.
    • One of the last levels takes place in the afterlife, and he can't regenerate there; if he dies, he starts at the previous level.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Clicking continue causes the power-ups to float back to him, resulting in no loss in the first place.
    • A collectible powerup in the level removes this detriment.
  • Parodied: Bob actually accepts death as a minor inconvenience and makes a game of how many times he dies in a single level.
  • Zig Zagged: You can die and respawn at the same point until you run out of lives, in which you get a Game Over but selecting continue let's you start at the same point you got the Game Over in the first place.
  • Averted: Bob dies, loses a life and has to start at the last checkpoint with a few powers lost.
  • Enforced: The developers didn't want to make a controller-throwing difficult game in the first place.
  • Lampshaded: "How do you keep bouncing back like that so easily after dying?"
  • Invoked: Bob is cursed by the villain to be immortal, but not invulnerable.
  • Exploited: The Genre Savvy Bob intentionally leaves himself in the line of fire, knowing that respawning brings him back to full health.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob spends his entire adventure trying to figure out exactly why Death Is a Slap on the Wrist.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob respawns without any harm done, but his clothes don't.
  • Played For Drama:

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