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Basic Trope: There is a huge difference between "on the brink of death" and "dead"

  • Straight: Alice suffers major injuries during a battle. Bob stabilizes her wounds and then use healing magic to bring her back.
  • Exaggerated: All that was left of Alice was a head. After having healing magic used on her, Alice recovers completely in minutes.
  • Downplayed: Alice was badly wounded, but might have survived even without help.
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  • Justified: The magic accelerates natural healing. A dead person has no natural healing to work on.
  • Inverted: Alice dies, and Bob resurrects her. If she had been only mostly dead he would have had to wait for her to die before doing so.
  • Subverted: Bob recovers Alice after she suffers major injuries. He then admits that he isn't powerful enough to bring her back from that close to death.
  • Double Subverted: He then fetches Charlie, who specializes more heavily in healing magic. He brings her back with no problem.
  • Parodied: Bob brings Alice back, only for Alice to suffer an entirely different, more permanent death shortly afterwards.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Characters who are "on the brink of death" are likely to die.
    • Nobody Can Die
  • Enforced:
    • The writers need to show that Alice was in serious danger but don't want her injured and out of the story for a long time.
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    • The setting had previously been established as All Deaths Final, and the writers can't resort to killing off Alice for suspense/drama since she isn't a Sacrificial Lamb or Lion.
  • Lampshaded: "She's not dead yet! We can still save her."
  • Invoked: Bob develops strong healing magic, but it can't be used to resurrect the dead.
  • Exploited: Don deliberately injures Alice to the brink of death during his getaway, knowing that Bob will have to stop to heal her before she dies.
  • Defied: Bob develops resurrection magic so that he can bring people back even if they do die.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob attempts to revive Alice, but fails as his abilities do not work that way.
  • Reconstructed: ...then someone else tries a new approach and succeeds.

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