Hero must survive

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Hero must survive is a mission objective typically found in Starcraft missions.[1]

As hero units play an important role in the storyline, they cannot be allowed to die. Death of a hero unit results in defeat for the player.

This gives a player an extra activity to do; they must keep the hero out of danger. In some cases, this may render the hero unit "too awesome to use"[2], so often the best missions involving this objective are extremely difficult without using the hero but possible with the hero's assistance.
  1. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeroMustSurvive
  2. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TooAwesomeToUse