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Basic Trope: A main character survives a deadly situation simply because they're one of the main characters.

  • Straight: Bob is placed in a Literal Cliffhanger over some jagged rocks, falls, and is rescued Just in Time by Alice, while the other Redshirts hit the rocks.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Characters important to the plot have increased defense and/or Hit Points values for no discernible reason except their plot roles, but they can still be taken out depending on how the Player Character acts.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's Applied Phlebotinum alerts Alice to his peril.
    • Bob is The Chosen One, and his allies are on high alert to keep him safe.
    • The story follows Bob because he literally exhibits plot armor in universe. No matter what he does, he becomes more important to the plot and he is always saved from danger, which is all part of why people think he's The Chosen One.
    • Bob is the "Loved Ones" to the Big Bad's Even Evil Has Loved Ones, knows said Big Bad will never allow him to come to any actual harm, and milks this for all it's worth.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Bob comes back near the end of the series.
  • Parodied:
    • Upon joining the main cast Bob is issued a suit of "Standard Issue Plot Armor"
    • Bob is Driven to Suicide, but continually fails in increasingly improbable ways, simply because he doesn't have permission from the writers to die.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob gets into these situations, and sometimes he doesn't.
  • Averted:
    • Bob falls on the jagged rocks and dies.
    • Bob is never put in a Literal Cliffhanger situation in the first place.
  • Enforced: The executives fear that if The Hero is killed, people won't watch the show, so the writers are not allowed to kill Bob.
    • Bob's actor is on contract for several more seasons.
  • Lampshaded: "It's hard to believe you're still alive after so many close calls... It's like someone up there just won't let you die."
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  • Invoked: Bob temporarily leaves the story in order to blackmail the author into making sure that neither he nor the other main characters die.
  • Exploited: Charlie is Genre Savvy and knows that main characters tend to stay alive longer, so he intentionally becomes Bob's best friend.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz' Evil Plan to kill Bob is extremely methodical, trying to account for every single variable to avoid giving Bob any chance to make it out alive.
  • Discussed: "Don't worry about Bob too much. He's The Chosen One, I'm sure he'll make it out of this mess somehow."
  • Conversed: "The way Bob keeps surviving those situations is getting boring. It takes all the suspense out of it if we know Alice is just going to rescue him yet again".
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob develops Survivor's Guilt due to his inexplicable luck with deadly situations.
    • The resident Red Shirts begin to resent the fact that Bob cannot die when so many of them have perished.
    • Bob has developed suicidal thoughts and tries numerous times to kill himself, which ultimately fails due to his plot armor.
  • Reconstructed: Bob uses his gift for death defiance to face impossible odds and to ensure that he never lets anyone die again, earning the respect of the Red Shirt Army.

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