: A main character survives a deadly situation simply because they're one of the main characters.
- Straight: Bob is placed in a Literal Cliffhanger over some jagged rocks, falls, and is rescued Just in Time by Alice.
- Downplayed: Characters important to the plot have increased defense and/or Hit Points values for no discernible reason except their plot roles, but they can still be taken out depending on how the Player Character acts.
- Red Shirt
- Things are perfectly safe. Bob somehow dies anyway, for no reason other than the plot needed him dead.
- Double Subverted: Bob comes back near the end of the series.
- Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob gets into these situations, and sometimes he doesn't.
- Bob falls on the jagged rocks and dies.
- Bob is never put in a Literal Cliffhanger situation in the first place.
- Enforced: The executives fear that if The Hero is killed, people won't watch the show, so the writers are not allowed to kill Bob.
- Lampshaded: "It's hard to believe you're still alive after so many close calls... It's like someone up there just won't let you die."
- Invoked: Bob temporarily leaves the story in order to blackmail the author into making sure that neither he nor the other main characters die.
- Exploited: Charlie is Genre Savvy and knows that main characters tend to stay alive longer, so he intentionally becomes Bob's best friend.
- Defied: Emperor Evulz' Evil Plan to kill Bob is extremely methodical, trying to account for every single variable to avoid giving Bob any chance to make it out alive.
- Discussed: "Don't worry about Bob too much. He's The Chosen One, I'm sure he'll make it out of this mess somehow."
- Conversed: "The way Bob keeps surviving those situations is getting boring. It takes all the suspense out of it if we know Alice is just going to rescue him yet again".
- Deconstructed: Bob develops Survivors Guilt due to his inexplicable luck with deadly situations. The resident Red Shirts begin to resent the fact that Bob cannot die when so many of them have perished.
- Reconstructed: Bob uses his gift for death defiance to face impossible odds and earns the respect of the Red Shirt Army.
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