Stop protecting your freakin' protagonist and feed him to the wolves.
Yeah, I'm talking to you.
(Do you see me talking to anyone else?)
You have a comedy? Your lead should slip on a banana peel often.
You have an action flick? Very easy to get run over by a bus, then a truck, then a semi.
Got a sci-fi? Aliens make great eating machines. They even come in different colors.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: If you like your character, then stick his head in the shark's jaw.