Playing With: Only Mostly Dead
: There is a huge difference between "on the brink of death" and "dead"
- Straight: Alice suffers major injuries during a battle. Bob stabilizes her wounds and then use healing magic to bring her back.
- Exaggerated: All that was left of Alice was a head. After having healing magic used on her, Alice recovers completely in minutes.
- Downplayed: Alice was badly wounded, but might have survived even without help.
- Justified: The magic accelerates natural healing. A dead person has no natural healing to work on.
- Inverted: Alice dies, and Bob resurrects her. If she had been only mostly dead he would have had to wait for her to die before doing so.
- Subverted: Bob recovers Alice after she suffers major injuries. He then admits that he isn't powerful enough to bring her back from that close to death.
- Double Subverted: He then fetches Charlie, who specializes more heavily in healing magic. He brings her back with no problem.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Characters who are "on the brink of death" are likely to die.
- Nobody Can Die
- Enforced: The writers need to show that Alice was in serious danger but don't want her injured and out of the story for a long time.
- Lampshaded: "She's not dead yet! We can still save her."
- Invoked: Bob develops strong healing magic, but it can't be used to resurrect the dead.
- Exploited: Don deliberately injures Alice to the brink of death during his getaway, knowing that Bob will have to stop to heal her before she dies.
- Defied: Bob develops resurrection magic so that he can bring people back even if they do die.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
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