'''Basic Trope''': 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''': Bob brings Alice back, only for Alice to suffer an entirely different, more permanent death shortly afterwards.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
** Characters who are "on the brink of death" are likely to 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 [[MagicAIsMagicA 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''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob attempts to revive Alice, but fails as his abilities do not work that way.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...then someone else tries a new approach and succeeds.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???