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Amateur translations of anime/manga/visual novels have been known to make a fairly valid statement into something like this -- it’s not the characters being stupid. Professional translations as well, although less frequently. (It’s an occasional side-effect of converting some Japanese sentence structures into English.)
People die if they are killed is a meme taken from episode 23 of the Fate/Stay Night anime, where the idealistic hero Shirou Emiya, overcome by emotion, confidently shares his worldy wisdom with his Servant, Saber. While actually a play on a idiom that describes incredibly tough people who “won’t die if they’re killed” , the quip was literally intepreted and rapidly rose to acclaim on /a/ as an ironic and mocking example of how characters can be vigorously passionate yet painfully thick. Supplanted more well-known memes on /a/ like “O RLY” as a common response to someone asking or describing something obvious. Needless to say, said stock phrase often appears in other anime/manga sources as well, usually leading to Shirou showing up and “correcting” said instances.
The phrase also appears in the Fate/Stay Night visual novel.
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