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19th Apr '17 12:16:48 PM crowe22
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* In ''Webcomic/CunningFire'''s prologue baby Akiva dies and refuses to move on, upsetting the balance. In order to restore this balance, Azrael pardons her life, granting her the ability to see spirits.
7th Apr '17 4:25:41 PM DustSnitch
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3rd Apr '17 3:37:37 AM SebastianGray
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** Eliphas the Inheritor from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.

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** * Eliphas the Inheritor from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.
3rd Apr '17 3:36:59 AM SebastianGray
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** Imperial Living Saints, the Emperor's rough equivalent of a greater daemon, are people canonized as Saints in the Imperial Church and have been resurrected when the Imperium needs them most. They even have a [[GameAndStoryIntegration gameplay mechanic]] for coming back from the dead.

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** Imperial Living Saints, the Emperor's rough equivalent of a greater daemon, are people canonized as Saints in the Imperial Church and have been resurrected when the Imperium needs them most. They even have a [[GameAndStoryIntegration gameplay mechanic]] mechanic for coming back from the dead.
3rd Apr '17 3:35:29 AM SebastianGray
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* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Grey Hunters'', the point of the Chaos ritual at the climax was to bring back all the Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marines, including their primarch.

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* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' series:
** The [[ArchEnemy sorcerer Madox]] has been known to come back from the dead each time [[TheHero Ragnar]] kills him. Unlike the other leaders of the Thousand Sons, and like their troops, Madox appears to have become a suit of AnimatedArmor holding only his soul and the dust left over from his physical body. Unlike the troops, Madox retained his personality and free will.
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''Grey Hunters'', Hunter'', the point of the Chaos ritual at the climax was to bring back all the Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marines, including their primarch.



* Broadly speaking, death ''is'' final ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', but a handful of beings have come back over the years.

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* Broadly speaking, death ''is'' final ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', but a handful of beings have come back over the years.



** Then the concept of [[ResurrectiveImmortality Perpetuals]] had been introduced, incredibly rare beings who will continue being resurrecting unless killed by an incredibly powerful force capable of destroying the soul.

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** Then the concept of The [[ResurrectiveImmortality Perpetuals]] had been introduced, are incredibly rare beings who will continue being resurrecting unless killed by an incredibly powerful force capable of destroying the soul.



*** Eldar Exodites have a creation similar to the Infinity Circuit, but they lack the technology to utilize the spirits of the dead the way Craftworlders do.



** Chaos, though it tends to consider its forces ultimately expendable, also has a way of occasionally bringing back the dead.
*** Kharn the Betrayer was once impaled and left for dead. When he was recovered, he was presumed dead but survived to make a full recovery. It's unclear whether [[MadeOfIron he was just that tough]] or was brought back by his patron god Khorne so he could continue spilling blood and taking skulls.
*** Lucius the Eternal was singled out by his god for being so twisted and depraved that he was blessed by his god Slaanesh. Every time he is killed in combat, if the enemy takes even a little pride in killing him, Lucius's soul will overtake him and he'll transform into the newly resurrected Lucius. Even if that means a normal human or an alien, they'll [[BodyHorror slowly transform into the hideously scarred, power-armoured giant]], and what's left of the original becomes another face on Lucius's armor.
*** A few select champions of Chaos who have pleased their masters in life have been promoted to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Daemon Prince]] posthumously, effectively resurrecting them, though life and death don't quite mean as much when the fabric of their being is changed over to psychic energy. M'kar was one case who originated from the Literatre/HorusHeresy, a [[Literature/CiaphasCain woman named Emeli]] who had been a mere cult leader was a more recent case.
*** In the Literature/SpaceWolf novels, [[ArchEnemy the sorcerer Madox]] has been known to come back from the dead each time [[TheHero Ragnar]] kills him. Unlike the other leaders of the Thousand Sons, and like their troops, Madox appears to have become a suit of AnimatedArmor holding only his soul and the dust left over from his physical body. Unlike the troops, Madox retained his personality and free will.
*** [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Eliphas the Inheritor]], after dying for the first time had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.

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** Chaos, though it tends Yvraine, Emissary of Ynnead, was killed by a priestess of the crone goddess Morai-Heg while fighting in the Crucibael, [[GladiatorGames the greatest of Commorragh’s arenas]]. Having died at almost the exact moment that Eldrad Ulthran’s ritual to consider its forces ultimately expendable, also has a way awaken Ynnead failed however, the God of occasionally bringing the Dead was able to bring Yvraine back the dead.
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to life and [[CameBackStrong granted her a measure of his power]].
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Kharn the Betrayer was once impaled and left for dead. When he was recovered, he was presumed dead but survived to make a full recovery. It's unclear whether [[MadeOfIron he was just that tough]] or was brought back by his patron god Khorne so he could continue spilling blood and taking skulls.
*** ** Lucius the Eternal was singled out by his god for being so twisted and depraved that he was blessed by his god Slaanesh. Every time he is killed in combat, if the enemy takes even a little pride in killing him, Lucius's soul will overtake him and he'll transform into the newly resurrected Lucius. Even if that means a normal human or an alien, they'll [[BodyHorror slowly transform into the hideously scarred, power-armoured giant]], and what's left of the original becomes another face on Lucius's armor.
*** ** A few select champions of Chaos who have pleased their masters in life have been promoted to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Daemon Prince]] posthumously, effectively resurrecting them, though life and death don't quite mean as much when the fabric of their being is changed over to psychic energy. M'kar was one case who originated from the Literatre/HorusHeresy, a [[Literature/CiaphasCain woman named Emeli]] who had been a mere cult leader was a more recent case.
*** In the Literature/SpaceWolf novels, [[ArchEnemy the sorcerer Madox]] has been known to come back from the dead each time [[TheHero Ragnar]] kills him. Unlike the other leaders of the Thousand Sons, and like their troops, Madox appears to have become a suit of AnimatedArmor holding only his soul and the dust left over from his physical body. Unlike the troops, Madox retained his personality and free will.
*** [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Eliphas the Inheritor]], after dying for the first time had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.
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** Eliphas the Inheritor from ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.
15th Mar '17 4:23:20 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''):
** After Kaladin kills her by breaking his oaths, Sylphrena is restored when he swears the Third Oath.
** Also, Jasnah appears to be killed early on, but the epilogue reveals that she escaped into Shadesmar using her Elsecaller powers.
** Also Szeth, who is killed (with a Shardblade) by Kaladin, and then revived by one of the fallen Heralds... and then given the sword Nightblood from Sanderson's ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' book.
14th Mar '17 10:19:31 PM DustSnitch
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** {{Jesus}}, the one that everyone knows even if they're only [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Scholars]].

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** {{Jesus}}, UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, the one that everyone knows even if they're only [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Scholars]].
27th Feb '17 3:13:05 PM ZimFan89
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** The trailer for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' shows[[spoiler: Sara Lance in the Lazarus Pit]].
** [[spoiler: The cliffhanger for the Season 5 Midseason finale of Arrow has Laurel showing up in the bunker, apparently alive and well.]]

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** The trailer for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' shows[[spoiler: Sara Lance is killed at the start of Season 3, and resurrected in the Lazarus Pit]].
Pit the following season.
** [[spoiler: The cliffhanger for the Season 5 Midseason midseason finale of Arrow has Laurel showing up in the bunker, apparently alive and well.well. But subverted, as it's actually her [[AlternateSelf doppelgänger]] from Earth-2.]]
24th Feb '17 5:29:23 PM Yozzy
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** One theory about the origin of the GodEmperor of Mankind is that he was born when thousands of shamans committed suicide to reincarnate in a single human. Ever since, he has led many many lives, possibly including Jesus and SaintGeorge.
** The Dark Eldar Haemonculi are so good at fleshcrafting they can bring themselves (and others, for a price) back from the dead. Unfortunately, it's not entirely risk-free, and some have gotten so addicted to the experience they are now completely batshit insane (not that anyone notices, in 40K it just makes them better).
** Kharn the Betrayer was thought dead, but was brought back by his patron god Khorne so he could continue spilling blood and taking skulls.

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* Broadly speaking, death ''is'' final ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
40000}}'', but a handful of beings have come back over the years.
** One theory Old canon, [[{{Rewrite}} now demoted to being one theory]] about the origin of the GodEmperor of Mankind is that he was born when thousands of human shamans ritually committed suicide to reincarnate in a single human. human as means to [[ThisIsntHeaven protect themselves from the afterlife]]. Ever since, since,[[BeenThereShapedHistory he has led many many lives, lives]], possibly including Jesus Jesus, though there's much stronger evidence that he was SaintGeorge. It's even up in the air if the Emperor will resurrect if he ever finally dies, as a man or as a god, or if he'll just snuff out.
** Imperial Living Saints, the Emperor's rough equivalent of a greater daemon, are people canonized as Saints in the Imperial Church
and SaintGeorge.
have been resurrected when the Imperium needs them most. They even have a [[GameAndStoryIntegration gameplay mechanic]] for coming back from the dead.
** Then the concept of [[ResurrectiveImmortality Perpetuals]] had been introduced, incredibly rare beings who will continue being resurrecting unless killed by an incredibly powerful force capable of destroying the soul.
** The Craftworld Eldar, whodon't have a pleasant afterlife to look forward to, play a variant in which they use [[SoulJar spirit stones]] to capture their spirits upon death, which will later be added to the Craftworld's Infinity Circuit to serve as an ersatz afterlife. Occasionally, in a time of great need, a soul will be drawn out and placed into a [[HauntedTechnology vehicle or a robotic body]] and serve as a warmachine or heavy shock troops. These machines carry a high level of reverence, and it's been implied that the process is irreversible and the spirit will be unrecoverable should they fail.
*** Eldar Exodites have a creation similar to the Infinity Circuit, but they lack the technology to utilize the spirits of the dead the way Craftworlders do.
** The Dark Eldar Haemonculi are so good at fleshcrafting they can bring themselves (and others, for a price) back from the dead. Unfortunately, it's not entirely risk-free, and some have guaranteed to work nor risk free. One notorious haemonculus has gotten so addicted to the experience they are that he is now completely batshit insane (not that anyone notices, in 40K it just makes them better).
** Chaos, though it tends to consider its forces ultimately expendable, also has a way of occasionally bringing back the dead.
***
Kharn the Betrayer was thought dead, once impaled and left for dead. When he was recovered, he was presumed dead but survived to make a full recovery. It's unclear whether [[MadeOfIron he was just that tough]] or was brought back by his patron god Khorne so he could continue spilling blood and taking skulls. skulls.
*** Lucius the Eternal was singled out by his god for being so twisted and depraved that he was blessed by his god Slaanesh. Every time he is killed in combat, if the enemy takes even a little pride in killing him, Lucius's soul will overtake him and he'll transform into the newly resurrected Lucius. Even if that means a normal human or an alien, they'll [[BodyHorror slowly transform into the hideously scarred, power-armoured giant]], and what's left of the original becomes another face on Lucius's armor.
*** A few select champions of Chaos who have pleased their masters in life have been promoted to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Daemon Prince]] posthumously, effectively resurrecting them, though life and death don't quite mean as much when the fabric of their being is changed over to psychic energy. M'kar was one case who originated from the Literatre/HorusHeresy, a [[Literature/CiaphasCain woman named Emeli]] who had been a mere cult leader was a more recent case.
*** In the Literature/SpaceWolf novels, [[ArchEnemy the sorcerer Madox]] has been known to come back from the dead each time [[TheHero Ragnar]] kills him. Unlike the other leaders of the Thousand Sons, and like their troops, Madox appears to have become a suit of AnimatedArmor holding only his soul and the dust left over from his physical body. Unlike the troops, Madox retained his personality and free will.
*** [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Eliphas the Inheritor]], after dying for the first time had his soul bargained for by [[BigBad Abbadon]] ([[BadBoss of all people]]) and has been returned to life at least twice. [[WatsonianVersusDoylist The real-life reason]] was his PopularityPower had the devs bring him back for the sequels.
21st Feb '17 4:56:35 PM kazokuhouou
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* It's eventually revealed at the end of the third season (and given more detail in the fourth season) of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' that Ofdensen did indeed play this trope straight and not the FakingTheDead trope. He had to die in order to become the Dead Man in the prophecy, and the Church of the Black Klok revived him.
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