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Playing With: Enemies with Death
Basic Trope: For some reason The Grim Reaper, or an Anthropomorphic Personification of some other concept intrinsic to existence (or the ending thereof), takes a serious dislike to The Hero and has it in for them.
  • Straight:
    • Bob is an enemy of Death.
    • Bob is an enemy of the Shinigami.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Bob upset The Plan Death made for something or someone.
    • Death dislikes Bob for making his/her job harder or even impossible (like saving lives, cheating death or becoming immortal).
    • Death's boss orders him/her to antagonize Bob.
    • Bob kills lots of people, making Death overworked and frustrated.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Turns out that Death antagonizes everyone, and Bob just has an inflated sense of self-importance.
    • Bob and Death are Vitriolic Best Buds
  • Double Subverted: But Death especially hates Bob.
  • Parodied: Death offer to settle the whole thing with a game of... Dissidia. And then it turns out that Death is one of those "Stop Having Fun" Guys (pun intended).
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob fight Death like there is no tomorrow (possibly literal, shall Bob ever lose), the other day they went to watch football match together.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: It's one of those feel-good stories where The Hero spits on Death's face and wins. Unlike in, you know, Real Life.
  • Lampshaded: "Hope your insurance policy is up to date!"
  • Invoked: Bob bluffs his way out of a room full of assassins by noting that they'd have to be pretty stupid to "steal" a kill from Death itself.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz set up a deal with the devil Death to destroy Bob. Or with Bob to destroy Death, whichever is more profitable for him.
  • Defied: Death's boss has a "stay away from this guy" policy regarding Bob.
  • Discussed: "Death won't kill ya, oh no, it likes to toy with you. No "sweet release", just oodles of agony before the curtain call."
  • Conversed: "Y'know, if Death is explicitly out to kill this character, why don't they just appeal to some 'Life' entity or even God to even things out? It's hardly fair."
  • Deconstructed: The Problem with Fighting Death.
  • Reconstructed: Bob goes with one (or more) of the suggested solution in the above trope page. And it/they works!

Are you sure you want to go back to being Enemies with Death? It might not be worth the trouble, you know.

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