Reading soggy’s post on Season 2 made me realize that RGD actually handles plot armor in a quite interesting manner. For the first three seasons, none of the major characters actually die, not counting Wang whose role is relegated to antagonist-of-the-week. For a while it almost feels like Ryukishi doesn’t have the balls to kill off his characters.
But then Gabriel appears. There’s something that sets him apart from all of RGD’s antagonists that came before him. To put it simply, he’s frightening. He gives off the aura that the plot armor the other characters have been shown to have is about to fall apart. Despite the fact that yet again not many major characters die through his plan (although some do), something breaks when he enters the scene. That little bubble of safety you’ve built up over all these seasons just pops. Rather fascinating how Ryukishi managed to pull that off.