Quotes / Plot Armor

An Imperial Stormtrooper fired at a Redshirt. He missed, and the Redshirt died anyway
— Old internet joke

Fan Works

"Explosions went everywhere and one hit l but he was a ghost and it cant hit him and he save so don't worry cos darks the hero of this story anyway."

Film — Animated

So, yeah, naturally, the guy with the name "Fix-It Felix" is the good guy. He's nice enough as good guys go. Definitely fixes stuff really well. But, uh, if you got a magic hammer from your father, how hard can it be? If he was a regular contractor-carpenter guy, I guarantee you: you will not be able to fix the damage that I do as quickly.
Ralph, Wreck-It Ralph

Film — Live-Action

He was just one of those guys with that weird light around him. He just knew he wasn't gonna get so much as a scratch here.
Willard on Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

Narrator: Poor George was really shot, but can't die because, let's face it, he's the hero.


A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.''

Live-Action TV

Fate. It protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise.
Cmdr. William Riker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Contagion"


The shoot-outs follow the timeless movie rule that the villains can’t aim and the heroes can’t miss. Dozens of extras are killed and countless stuntmen topple forward off buildings, but the stars are treated with the greatest economy, their deaths doled out parsimoniously according to the needs of the formula screenplay.
Roger Ebert on American Outlaws (2001)

Video Games

Laharl: I've been thinking about why I, Laharl, the most terrifying Overlord around, lost. And I figured out the problem.
Adell: Oh yeah? What's the answer?
Laharl: It's because I'm not the main character! You guys only won because you're the heroes of the story!


Goddamn it, are you made out of plotanium?
Black Mage to Sarda, 8-Bit Theater Episode 1137

Bob: What is it with you?! Why won't you die?
Mega Man: What do you mean?
Bob: No matter how many times I blast you to smithereens, you just keep coming back!
Mega Man: Oh, that. It's just a perk of being the main character in the comic strip.
Bob: There's just one thing you haven't noticed, Mega Man. My name is in the title of the comic, not yours.
Mega Man: Oh shit.
George: Does that mean...?
Bob: No. You still die.

Gamzee is supposedly relevant to some stuff that's going to happen in the new universe. He's still got some "plot armor" or some shit. So when Earth is resituated, I'm just going to drop the fridge in the fucking ocean or something, and let him find his own way out.
Vriska Serket, Homestuck

Web Original

The Koopa Kids are Bowser's chief lieutenants in Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World...Each one guards a stronghold in Mario's path, which is, historically, a tremendous mistake.

Due to the nature of evil, bad guys aren't always aware they're the bad guys. But let's say the very last of your friends are in a helicopter, it's hovering in front of Arnold's final missile, and your body is dangling from that missile. As you rocket towards hilariously impossible circumstances it'll probably hit you that shit like that never happens to the good guy.

After small successes like Above the Law and Hard to Kill and his mega hit Under Siege, Seagal was being called the next Arnold or Stallone. His fighting style was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. He couldn’t be touched. Somehow he could kill ten men with his wuss slaps. He took on a battleship full of crazed mercenaries, Tommy Lee Jones, and Gary Busey and he only received a cut on his eyebrow. Gary Busey did nothing!? The man is crazy! He’s Mr. Joshua for cryin’ out loud!

Chris: But for some reason, despite Two-Face shooting Batman in the head (which only knocks him out for a few minutes, because he’s Batman), they decide for absolutely no reason not to kill him. This, I want to point out, has been their stated goal for 90 minutes of this movie.
David: Now they want to teach him a lesson! For what reason? Who knows! Maybe the lesson is “you can’t die, no matter how hard we try, because it’s your movie”?
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman Forever

Picard: Cool, I'm a 60 year old man and I'm single-handedly wiping out the entire crew of this ship! This is like playing Quake with "God Mode" turned on. Gotta love fanboy writers.

Meanwhile, in the B Plot, Geordi is hurt, but will recover, while Hutchinson has a sheet over him, and that's why character shields are the most important part of Starfleet's arsenal.
SFDebris, on Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Starship Mine"

Skinner: I’ve just filmed my appearance in the feature film. I’m untouchable right now.
Darren Mooney on The X-Files, "Redux II"

The Master loses because his narrative logic, in which the Doctor is a house elf and everybody is dead, is fundamentally less fun than Doctor Who is.

Yes, even though Spider-man can catch people all the time without his webbing causing them any impact damage, even though Spider-Man will catch people who fall from similar heights or farther for the next goddamn thirty-five years without causing harm, realistic physics decided to apply the one time Gwen Stacy fell off a goddamned bridge. Why not just have the Green Goblin tell the truth with his response, eh? 'Don’t you see, Spider-Man? From the very beginning—your girlfriend was TOO BORING to survive!'

Pa Kent's heart ain't slowing him down! Look what he did with a bum ticker!

ONYX - Shot in the leg by Lex Luthor.
SPIRIT - Thwacked by an axe handle by Chloe and knocked down a flight of stairs.
COMMENCEMENT - House caves in on him.
ARRIVAL - Thrown with Kryptonian strength down a hallway into a cart of hospital supplies, slamming against the wall.
MORTAL - Shot in the chest with a huge bolt of electricity.
SPLINTER - Took a pretty good choking from Clark and decided to run for senate!
FANATIC - Beaten unconscious and hung upside down, presumably for hours.
RECKONING - Uh...ah....erm....never mind.
Neal Bailey, "The Smallville K.O. Count"

Web Video

God's on my side, not your side, Bowser!

And even though he clearly blew up with the Arbiter, Sergeant Dude is still alive. "Hey, man, you gon' need a bigger halo than 'dat to kill me."
Dunkey, Halo 2: Recap Revolved

Oh come on, even Bugs Bunny would have to sit down for a minute after a shot like that! ...So, the gun can utterly destroy a police car, but only mildly annoys MacLeod. Oh, and they have jet packs, too; did I mention that? MacLeod jumps on the other guy's hover-board, somehow mastering it in seconds!
Noah Antwiler on Highlander 2: The Quickening

Panik: Why aren't you dead?!
Yami: As I explained earlier, I'm the main character. You, however, can just go right ahead and die.

Real Life

I have a large number of important characters who I switch between to tell the entirety of the story, and that limits who I can kill.
George R.R. Martin, bemoaning the fact that he cannot actually eradicate his cast