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  • In Animorphs, the kids can morph or demorph to heal all bodily injuries, but they still demonstrate incredible endurance until they get the chance to do this.
    • In the second last book, when Jake, woozy from blood loss, gets shot in the head by a human-Controller. Miraculously he survives long enough to demorph.
    • Bear-Rachel getting an arm cut off and using it as a weapon also qualifies as memorable.
  • In the Sword of Truth, the hero Richard rips out his evil half-brother's spine, but he's still good for one last fight. It's played completely straight, and made even more ridiculous when it's revealed the character had no superhuman or magical abilities (though he did have some kind of funky acupuncture/acupressure technique that he somehow used on himself in order to keep going).
  • Harry Potter: Quidditch is a sport that involves heavy iron balls knocking people off broomsticks 50 feet in the air and it's specifically mentioned that the worst injuries players have suffered (at Hogwarts) are broken bones. When Harry asks him if anyone's ever died playing Quidditch, Wood responds, "Never at Hogwarts", which seems to imply that fatalities have occurred elsewhere.
  • The Wilds in A Harvest of War can walk off injuries that would almost certainly be fatal in normal humans, such as an arrow to the chest, falling from several yards onto said chest or getting shot in the face with an arquebus.
  • It's a more minor example than most of these, but the four Aurek Seven stormtroopers in Survivor's Quest should count. Two of them fight for and protect two unarmored officers against a large number of Vagaari armed with blasters and charrics. Their armor is good, the blasters are fifty years old and have a weak charge, and charrics aren't designed to pierce this armor, but there are a lot of Vagaari. By the time the other two show up it is mentioned that their chestplates aren't white anymore, they're having trouble standing and walking, the nonhuman stormtrooper is forgetting to translate his responses to commands into Basic, and the other isn't responding at all, and yet they're still shooting, still taking the blaster bolt. That's how Zahn writes stormtroopers. They take a lot of damage, shoot well, and never give up.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden. Seriously. In Fool Moon alone, he gets chin-decked, shot in the shoulder, pistol-whipped, beaten with a tire-iron, slammed into various walls, savaged by a werewolf, knocked out by overuse of magic, stomped to a pulp, duct-taped to a pillar from which he rips himself free, tossed over a wall, dropped out of a moving car on the Interstate, and tossed down into a 20-foot pit, yet still manages to use powerful magic, climb hand-over-hand up a 20-foot rope, and otherwise kick the living shit out of the bad guy by the end. His friend Murphy also somehow manages to climb up a rope and rapid-fire a .38 mere hours after sustaining a compound fracture to her right arm. And that's just in Book 2!
  • Woodrow Lowe from Man of the Century by James Thayer. In the course of the book, Woodrow is whipped raw by dervishes, bloodied by a sadistic lover, knocked off a boat by an incoming boom, kicked by a horse, trampled by a bull, stabbed within an inch of his life more than once, shot multiple times, some very close to the head, has the snot beaten out of him by at least five famous 19th-century prizefighters, and is imprisoned for 368 days in a Chinese torture pit. He is a Dakotan cavalryman, a Rough Rider, an opium trader, the (deposed) ruler of China, an Amazonian sex slave, and the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. And he lives to tell about it all. At the ripe old age of 108.
  • Conan the Barbarian:
    But the life in me was stronger than the life in common folk, for it partakes of the essence of the forces that seethe in the black gulfs beyond mortal ken.
    • In the same story, Conan himself not only survives being crucified, but after his cross is chopped down (with him still nailed to it) he helps pull the nails out and rides 10 miles before his injuries are treated.
  • Downplayed in Harald. The Badass Grandpa protagonist is on the run from The King's Wolves, and has been playing Guile Hero to avoid fighting them. They catch him while he's fleeing on horseback, he kills several of them, gets hit by a couple Annoying Arrows and shrugs them off - and then one of them whacks him in the head, he passes out, gets rescued by Those Two Action Girls and spends months recovering from all of his injuries.
  • Lampshaded in Gilded Latten Bones, with Morley Dotes' stab wounds. The healer who treats him is astounded by the fact that none of the attacker's strikes had damaged vital organs or major arteries. Subverted in that Morley is laid up far longer than Garrett anticipated; played straight in that by all logic, he should've been one dead half-elf.
  • Duff, the Idiot Hero from the comedic parody How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse manages to survive no less than three zombie hordes, getting trapped inside a building on fire and jumping off a three-story building on the apocalypse's first day. All of this with only a giant pencil as a weapon.
  • The Exile's Violin: Averted. Jacquie gets bruised, splinters, hurt by the loud noise of cannon fire, etc. However, After she is tortued via regular beatings for several days she is back on her feet at full capacity quickly.
  • The eponymous character of The Incredible Worlds Of Wally Mc Doogle, a self-proclaimed and nationally designated Walking Disaster Area, probably would have died more times over than Harry and Marv would have if not for this trope. Among other things, he has plowed through several walls on an out-of-control rocket-powered skateboard, trampled by animals, fallen from thousands of feet in the sky twice (once without a parachute), been close by when an oven exploded, and always survives. (Albeit injured in comical ways.) This was more apparent when the books became Denser and Wackier following book 11.
  • The Spirit Thief:
    • Alric can survive wounds that leave doctors shocked that he's still alive. While he is immortal, he doesn't have a Healing Factor, so he claims thise is just the result of centuries of experience.
    • Josef's Heroic Willpower allows him to keep going long after everyone else would collapse, though he often ends up passing out immediately after the threat is over.
    • Tesset survives a building falling on top of him with nothing more than some scrapes.