Playing With / Plot Armor

Basic Trope: 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.
  • Exaggerated:
  • 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.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Bob comes back near the end of the series.
  • Parodied:
    • Upon joining the main cast Bob is issued a suit of "Standard Issue Plot Armor"
    • Bob is Driven to Suicide, but continually fails in increasingly improbable ways, simply because he doesn't have permission from the writers to die.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob gets into these situations, and sometimes he doesn't.
  • Averted:
    • 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 Survivor's 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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