Woah….no. That’s a weird way of looking at it. At the end of the day, it’s all fiction and everything that happens whether given or taken away is all done by the author. Technically no one ever suffers, works hard, grieves or is happy because it’s all fake and the imagination of some person. yea. I don’t think hard work talent and good luck can be called “cheats”. taking into account that something is fiction and if the author does a good job at portraying the story, u can’t just say a characters “hard work” isn’t classified as hard work just because the author wrote it lol. Obv the author wrote it, it’s fiction. But looking at it from the perspective of the character and the fictional world, the character did work hard and reach his goal. And ofc that hard work could have been cushioned with natural talent, luck, and help from others. Just like how it is in real life. People who succeed in real life rarely tend to succeed without talent, luck, and help. We love to say “oh plot armor” and while it is a definite problem in fiction and story telling, you would be surprised to see how real life people who succeed in almost impossible things seem to have some sort of “plot armor”.