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Exploited: Lady Alice knows that someone is likely to die in the upcoming battle with Izzard Vayne. She plans things ahead of times so that she's the most likely casualty.
Defied: Bob push Lady Alice aside as Izzard Vayne throws a huge fireball at her. Amazingly, both of them survive and the rest of the Falcons finish the stunned Izzard Vayne. Lady Alice falls in love with Bob.
Discussed: "Oh, Crap. This is where someone important dies, isn't it?"
Conversed: "Uh-oh, the story's getting more intense; it's usually around now the writers kill off a well-developed character just to prove that Anyone Can Die."
Deconstructed: The Sacrificial Lion is, duh, someone really important for La Résistance. His/her death severely impairs the rebellion as a whole.
Reconstructed: the death of the Sacrificial Lion fuels the drives of the other members of La Résistance, who fight valiantly to compensate for their loss.