Playing With: Death Is Cheap
Basic Trope: In a fictional work's universe, various mechanics make it to where dying isn't permanent and is easily fixed.
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- Straight: Alice kills Emperor Evulz for real, but his constituents resurrect him and he's back terrorizing the populace next week.
- Alice kills Emperor Evulz every other day, to the point where she doesn't even notice the resurrections anymore.
- Coming back from the dead is common place for every single person on Earth.
- Emperor Evulz is back from the dead, but his minions had to spend years searching for that legendary artifact needed to do so. Alice, now a Retired Badass, has to come out of retirement to take down Evulz again, hopefully for good this time, so her children don't have to deal with this years later.
- Some characters are able to be resurrected one or more times, but for everyone else, death stays constant.
- The Empire has resurrection technology, and they can't wait to employ it on their leader.
- The Leader is an Immortality Seeker who knows how many people want him dead, and has invested in a huge number of secret Soul Jars.
- Their culture is based on the idea that Living Forever Is Awesome but created a 'escape clause' just in case. Few people use it.
- Death himself is really bad at his job, too nice for his own good, or inactive at the moment.
- Inverted: The work is about the undead, and whenever someone gets resurrected, they're dead next time.
- Subverted: That new "Emperor Evulz" was actually the Emperor's son, who began masquerading as his father to avoid the backlash that comes with an emperor dying.
- Double Subverted: That was just the story that the Emperor gave. It really is him, but he doesn't want his possession of secret resurrection Phlebotinum to be common knowledge.
- Parodied: No one goes to anyone's funeral because they know they'll be alive the next day. If You Die, I Call Your Stuff is thrown around like "shotgun".
- Zig Zagged: That new "Emperor Evulz" is the previous one's son; but it's just a masquerade made up by Evulz. However, there are only so many times he can die and come back.
- Averted: When people die, they stay dead. (All Deaths Final, Killed Off for Real)
- "That last issue really pissed off the Emperor's fanbase, so let's have him come back to life in the next issue!"
- "Character Deaths are so wonderfully dramatic! But wait does this mean we can't actually use these characters anymore? No! The story will be ruined if these characters are not around anymore. I mean if we make these deaths dramatic enough then nobody will mind if we just use these characters again, right?"
Bob: Does anyone actually die in this series, or what?
Carl: Only if they're mooks.
- Invoked: The Empire begins researching resurrection technology.
- Exploited: Since death is no more than a mild inconvenience, no one fears it or really needs to avoid it. Need to blow up an enemy Wave Motion Gun? Suicide bomb it. Got a broken leg that'll take weeks to heal? Kill yourself, and you'll pop out of a cloning tank good as new in a couple days.
"Oh no! Bob is DEAD!"
"Ehhh, he'll be back."
- Conversed: "This show can't seem to kill anybody off!"
- A world where everyone can come back to life after death is portrayed realistically. People who really shouldn't be around anymore are back, and there's very little that can be done about it.
- Alternatively, the unchecked population growth of such a world leads to the collapse of society from overpopulation and struggle for resources.
- Alternatively, repeated deaths result in complications, such as brain decay, leading frequently-killed characters to Take a Level in Dumbass.
- The repeated revivals are a sign that Death itself is dying, resulting in a world where nobody can die. Said world is bad. Really really BAD.
- However, the upsides are shown as well. Grandma can come back, for instance.
- Overpopulation problems can give rise to many willing explorers who go out and settle in unknown areas, leading to a new age of exploration.
- The same field of magic or technology that revives people can prevent such problems with similar means.
- Played For Laughs: They Killed Kenny Again. Or the Butt Monkey dies a painful death, only for God to send him back to suffer more, either because he's so funny for him, or because he's enough of a Jerkass to deserve it.
- Played For Drama: A very popular, very high-powered character in a superhero team is not only used for the Worf Effect, but actually killed by the villain. "How can we ever fight Emperor Evulz without BOB?! And if he can kill BOB, what chance do we have?!" Despite being one of the publishers' biggest hits, he either stays dead for the duration of the Story Arc, or comes back as a Deus ex Machina to finish off the weakened villain during the final battle.
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