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Basic Trope: A character survives multiple fatal events, usually before they actually die.

  • Straight: Bob survives being stabbed, shot at, and objects falling on him before finally dying to a disease.
  • Exaggerated: Bob survives intercepting bullets in a war, burning alive, and being nuked before tripping over a rock and dying.
  • Downplayed: Bob is stabbed with a poisoned knife, knocked to the ground and shot a couple times before dying of the poison.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Multiple resurrection attempts fail before one successfully revives Bob.
  • Subverted: Bob dies due to the injuries from being stabbed.
  • Double Subverted: ...But it took a long time for the injuries to kill him, so his killers do something drastic instead.
  • Parodied: Bob is gunned down, stabbed, shoved into a spiked pit, falls off a cliff, is beaten to near death, has his throat slit, electrocuted, disemboweled with his organs getting shoved in his mouth until he chokes, and his still barely living body is lit on fire. Then his body is nuked. Then the planet crashes into the sun. Then the universe explodes. Bob still manages to crawl out of it before he trips and breaks his neck.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob took a long time and a huge effort to be killed, while his boss Don dropped dead after the first gunshot. However, it was a high-caliber sniper rifle aimed precisely at Don's head, as one of Don's clones put up quite a bit of a fight before being put down.
  • Averted: Bob dies immediately from the first event.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show how tough Bob is, or how far his killers are willing to go to kill him.
  • Lampshaded: "Really? That's what killed him?"
  • Invoked: There Is No Kill Like Overkill
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Bob's killers make sure their first attempt kills Bob immediately (usually by Boom, Headshot! from a high-caliber rifle or a machine gun, or Stuff Blowing Up) so they don't have to pull any stunts in more attempts.
  • Discussed: "I'm afraid that big guy won't go down so easily..."
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: When Bob was captured and ordered to be killed, the executioner goes with him at dawn — to return at sunset, dead tired, severely bruised, and covered in blood.
  • Played For Laughs: The executioner resorts to ridiculous, over-the-top Black Comedy methods of killing that still don't work.
  • Played For Drama: Bob survives everything, but he still feels pain, and the whole experience is therefore a Fate Worse than Death for him.


The return link to Rasputinian Death is ridiculously immortal. Good luck trying to kill it.

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