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Playing With / They Killed Kenny Again

Basic Trope: A character is killed off repeatedly for laughs.
  • Straight: Bob dies almost all the time, and yet reappears later on with no explanation.
  • Exaggerated: Bob dies Once per Episode.
  • Downplayed: Bob always breaks his arms, legs, or even gets crippled for life, yet is as fresh as new the next episode.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a very high healing factor.
    • The show's a comedic "Groundhog Day" Loop.
    • Bob is from a world where medical technology has advanced so much, "death" is just a temporary and minor annoyance.
    • Bob has been cloned numerous times. Each time one dies, the next one takes over.
  • Inverted: Bob's always the sole survivor of whatever unfortunate event that the creators throw at him and others.
  • Subverted:
    • The character dies all the time, but then he ends up getting Killed Off for Real... which makes it all the more heartbreaking because the characters and/or audience know that he isn't coming back.
    • It's revealed that Bob is actually a bunch of clones, and each "return" was merely a replacement.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...and then comes back a few episodes later with no explanation.
    • ...However, thanks to the use of Body Backup Drive, Bob is able to transfer his consciousness and all relevant aspects of original self to the next clone in line.
  • Parodied: Bob's deaths are in such a spectacularly gory manner that no sane person would survive... and yet he does.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Either Bob never dies, or Bob is Killed Off for Real.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The team decides to make Bob their first line of defense, knowing that if anything happens to him, he'll be back by the next episode.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Repeatedly dying does a number on Bob's psyche, and it doesn't help that no one even remembers that he ever died to begin with.
    • Or, he's eventually brought back to life, and everyone laughs it off knowing he'll come back... and then immediately feels worse because no, he definitely isn't.
  • Played For Drama: The show is a "Groundhog Day" Loop where Bob's death is the cause of the loops, causing much agony until he finally survives and earns his happy ending.

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