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15th Nov '17 10:15:08 AM gophergiggles
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' had a unique take on this that managed to combine this, AllDeathsFinal, ''and'' GodzillaThreshold. For the binomes and sprites being deleted is treated with all the gravity and permanence of a real life death, but to [[DeityOfHumanOrigin The User]] death is as cheap as typing "[[TitleDrop Reboot System: Y]]" to restore everything and everyone from a system backup. Unfortunately to make The User do this they need to intentionally crash the system, knowing there's no guarantee The User will even bother to do it. It also has the side-effect of cloning Enzo, as his current adult form is in game sprite mode, causing the system scan to believe he was deleted and restore ''young Enzo'' from the backup, who would come to look up to Matrix like an older brother.
15th Nov '17 8:04:26 AM Sonofstranger
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' creator Satoshi Tajiri [[WordOfGod mentions]] that he used NonLethalKO in order to ''avoid'' this trope: by making the death of a {{Mon}} a reversible condition, it could lessen a player's real-life perception of death, especially in the context of a video game. Whereas a {{Mon}} that is knocked unconscious can actually be healed and brought back to fighting condition.
1st Nov '17 4:47:39 AM Piterpicher
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* Most games by NipponIchi have healers and/or hospitals that can fix your troops right as rain, sometimes even if their bodies have been destroyed (though it usually costs an item in those cases). In the ''{{Disgaea}}'' series, you even get prizes for providing them with enough work. This may explain why nobody's particularly upset by all the violence and death caused by protagonists and villains alike. (Plotline deaths are an exception, and are usually permanent.)

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* Most games by NipponIchi Creator/NipponIchi have healers and/or hospitals that can fix your troops right as rain, sometimes even if their bodies have been destroyed (though it usually costs an item in those cases). In the ''{{Disgaea}}'' series, you even get prizes for providing them with enough work. This may explain why nobody's particularly upset by all the violence and death caused by protagonists and villains alike. (Plotline deaths are an exception, and are usually permanent.)
28th Oct '17 9:51:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** Castiel has a get-out-of-death-free card personally guaranteed by {{God}}. He's died four times so far and only one has kept him out of action for longer than until the end of the episode or the beginning of the next, because that one came with a case of amnesia.

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** Castiel has a get-out-of-death-free card personally guaranteed by {{God}}. He's died four times so far and only one has kept him out of action for longer than until the end of the episode or the beginning of the next, because that one came with a case of amnesia. Even after Lucifer kills him (again...), he gets another resurrection freebie courtesy of Lucifer's son.
26th Oct '17 3:38:57 AM LooneyCartoons
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*** Not to mention, the BigBad of the series, Sigma. He's killed at the end of each game, only to return for the next game. Like Zero, he was intended to be KilledOffForReal in X5, but still came back anyway. Then he finally did die for good in X8, due to it being the final game in the series.
25th Oct '17 11:43:24 AM spiritsunami
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has a nasty tendency to not leave villains dead, for various reasons. Season 2's "Indian Hill" plotline involved experiments explicitly involved with reviving the dead, and it [[CameBackWrong more or less]] works on Theodore Galavan, as well as being implied to be the case for Victor Fries, Brigit Pike, and Fish Mooney (although the first two seemed to be NotQuiteDead at the end of their respective episodes and Fish suffered a DisneyVillainDeath. Season 3 then seemingly sees the Riddler kill the Penguin, only for the Penguin to survive somehow; the details aren't exactly clear. That same season, the cult that formed around the late Jerome Valeska manages to bring him back from the dead. Finally, season 3 ends with the deaths of Edward Nygma, Barbara Kean, and Butch Gilzean; by the second episode of Season 4, Butch is the only one ''not'' back despite the end of the Season 3 finale revealing him to actually be [[CanonCharacterAllAlong Cyrus Gold]], aka [[ResurrectiveImmortality Solomon Grundy]].
23rd Oct '17 10:20:33 AM lillolillo
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** Now you know what he does on his summer vacation.
* In the ''{{Comicbook/Batgirl|2009}}'' series, Stephanie Brown spent a lot of time thinking about what would happen if Bruce Wayne ever returned as {{Franchise/Batman}}. "I've just been worried that if you ever popped up again - and I mean, who really stays dead nowadays anyways, right? [[Comicbook/BlackestNight You missed the zombies, by the way]]." When he ''does'' reappear, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slaps]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him]]. And then freaks out and runs away.

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** Now you know what he does on his summer vacation.
* In the ''{{Comicbook/Batgirl|2009}}'' ''Comicbook/Batgirl2009'' series, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Stephanie Brown Brown]] spent a lot of time thinking about what would happen if Bruce Wayne ever returned as {{Franchise/Batman}}. "I've just been worried that if you ever popped up again - and I mean, who really stays dead nowadays anyways, right? [[Comicbook/BlackestNight You missed the zombies, by the way]]." When he ''does'' reappear, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slaps]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him]].she ''slaps'' him. And then freaks out and runs away.



** Death seems to be even cheaper in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' thanks to the Endless Witch being able to kill and revive endlessly at will. Hell, even outside the fantasy aspect and into the meta-world in [=EP5=] some characters like Battler "die" since he stopped thinking and his body stopped as well, but then makes his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome comeback when he reaches the truth]]. And then in [=EP6=] he revives a gone Beato with, uh, [[AWizardDidIt magic]] (it's a complicated process, don't ask). Ultimately subverted by the end of the series, though, since it turns out that while they can be revived as pieces for each new game, in the real world nearly everyone who was on the island is dead and will remain so.

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** Death seems to be even cheaper in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' thanks to the Endless Witch being able to kill and revive endlessly at will. Hell, even outside the fantasy aspect and into the meta-world in [=EP5=] some characters like Battler "die" since he stopped thinking and his body stopped as well, but then makes his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome comeback when he reaches the truth]].truth. And then in [=EP6=] he revives a gone Beato with, uh, [[AWizardDidIt magic]] (it's a complicated process, don't ask). Ultimately subverted by the end of the series, though, since it turns out that while they can be revived as pieces for each new game, in the real world nearly everyone who was on the island is dead and will remain so.
23rd Oct '17 10:15:33 AM lillolillo
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* ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'': Kara Zor-El, Supergirl of Earth-One, made a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and she returns. With the crisis prevented and the multiverse restored, an infinite number of people didn't really die. This includes Kal-L, Superman of Earth-Two, who was retrieved from the past timeline, and does not get to experience his death in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}'': Kara Zor-El, Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} of Earth-One, made a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and she returns. With the crisis prevented and the multiverse restored, an infinite number of people didn't really die. This includes Kal-L, Superman of Earth-Two, who was retrieved from the past timeline, and does not get to experience his death in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.



* Similarly, in ''ComicBook/MartianManhunter'', a government agent discussing the Martian's "death" with the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} is openly skeptical about superheroes really dying, much to the annoyance of Comicbook/TheFlash, whose predecessor and former partner ''did'' stay dead... for an unusually long time by superhero standards, at least. (And of course, we the readers already knew J'onn had faked his death as part of a plan.)

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* Similarly, in ''ComicBook/MartianManhunter'', a government agent discussing the Martian's "death" with the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} is openly skeptical about superheroes really dying, much to the annoyance of Comicbook/TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, whose predecessor and former partner ''did'' stay dead... for an unusually long time by superhero standards, at least. (And of course, we the readers already knew J'onn had faked his death as part of a plan.)



* As mentioned above, Barry Allen, ComicBook/TheFlash, died in 1985 and for a long time was notable for being one of the character deaths that stuck. He eventually returned 23 years later. Due to both himself and his successor Wally frequently time traveling (along with alternate universe stories and flashbacks), Barry managed to appear in many stories in the intervening time.

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* As mentioned above, Barry Allen, ComicBook/TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, died in 1985 and for a long time was notable for being one of the character deaths that stuck. He eventually returned 23 years later. Due to both himself and his successor Wally frequently time traveling (along with alternate universe stories and flashbacks), Barry managed to appear in many stories in the intervening time.



** In ''IdentityCrisis'', Oliver meets Hal as Spectre and we get this exchange
--> '''Green Arrow:''' So when you are you really coming back?
--> '''Hal Jordan:''' (smiling) I'm working on it.

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** In ''IdentityCrisis'', ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', Oliver meets Hal as Spectre and we get this exchange
--> '''Green -->'''Green Arrow:''' So when you are you really coming back?
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back?\\
'''Hal Jordan:''' (smiling) I'm working on it.



-->'''Marla''': Don't worry, Peter. I'll be back.
-->'''Peter''': Wha? How?
-->'''Marla''': I used to build Spider-Slayers. That makes me a super villain. And super villains '''always''' come back.
** [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Kaine]] dies in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #634-635, returns in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #637, dies in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' Vol 3 #13, and returns in #15.

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-->'''Marla''': Don't worry, Peter. I'll be back.
-->'''Peter''':
back.\\
'''Peter''':
Wha? How?
-->'''Marla''':
How?\\
'''Marla''':
I used to build Spider-Slayers. That makes me a super villain. And super villains '''always''' come back.
** [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Kaine]] ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'': Kaine dies in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #634-635, returns in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' #637, dies in ''Amazing Spider-Man'' Vol 3 #13, and returns in #15.



* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, survives death enough to become a DeathSeeker. After trying to save his crew from the effects of radiation that lead to a space shuttle crash, Hank's body dies and his consciousness goes to [=LexCorp=], then Superman's birthing matrix. After Hank tried to frame and kill the Eradicator, and convert Metropolis into an Engine City, Hank's body was destroyed in a fight with Superman in ''Superman'' #82. Hank transfers his consciousness to a device he had planted on Doomsday, travels to Apokolips, transfers his consciousness to an Apokolips trooper, and is destroyed by Darkseid. But Hank's consciousness was really transferred in an orb by Darkseid, and was set free. After being convicted of genocide by an intergalactic tribunal, Hank's consciousness is transported into a black hole. But the black hole really sent him to the Marvel Universe, where he had a crossover with the Silver Surfer, and then returned to the DC Universe, where he was attacked by Parallax and dispersed into the Godwave by Hal Jordan. Hank survived by constructing a world from part of the Godwave, and was defeated by Superman on New Genesis, and transferred his consciousness to Superman's containment suit and constructed a new body on Earth. His new body was destroyed by Superman, and Hank's consciousness transferred to a toy, and a machine that could destroy Superman, but Hank was defeated by Superman Red. Then, Hank had another crossover, this time with Galactus, who turned him into a metal slab. But he survived, was defeated by Superman, and sent to the Phantom Zone. He returned and was destroyed on the Manhunters homeworld, then returned and joined the Sinestro Corps, with a promise to be destroyed once and for all. Hank is mostly destroyed after Power Girl and Supergirl throw him at Superboy-Prime, then in an explosion meant to destroy the Anti-Monitor. But Hank survives, resurrected by the Manhunters, and works with the Alpha Lanterns to become mortal again and be destroyed, but is destroyed by the Green Lantern Corps. Hank transfers his consciousness to Boodikka, who destroys his essence, but his consciousness survives, motivated to destroy Doomsday. Hank destroys Doomsday, who survives.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'': In issue #23 of [[ComicBook/Supergirl2011 her Post-Flashpoint series]], Supergirl gets killed and her soul thrown into a HiveMind. Later her soul is reattached to her rebuilt body.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, survives death enough to become a DeathSeeker. After trying to save his crew from the effects of radiation that lead to a space shuttle crash, Hank's body dies and his consciousness goes to [=LexCorp=], then Superman's birthing matrix. After Hank tried to frame and kill the Eradicator, and convert Metropolis into an Engine City, Hank's body was destroyed in a fight with Superman in ''Superman'' #82. Hank transfers his consciousness to a device he had planted on Doomsday, travels to Apokolips, transfers his consciousness to an Apokolips trooper, and is destroyed by Darkseid. But Hank's consciousness was really transferred in an orb by Darkseid, and was set free. After being convicted of genocide by an intergalactic tribunal, Hank's consciousness is transported into a black hole. But the black hole really sent him to the Marvel Universe, where he had a crossover with the Silver Surfer, and then returned to the DC Universe, where he was attacked by Parallax and dispersed into the Godwave by Hal Jordan. Hank survived by constructing a world from part of the Godwave, and was defeated by Superman on New Genesis, and transferred his consciousness to Superman's containment suit and constructed a new body on Earth. His new body was destroyed by Superman, and Hank's consciousness transferred to a toy, and a machine that could destroy Superman, but Hank was defeated by Superman Red. Then, Hank had another crossover, this time with Galactus, who turned him into a metal slab. But he survived, was defeated by Superman, and sent to the Phantom Zone. He returned and was destroyed on the Manhunters homeworld, then returned and joined the Sinestro Corps, with a promise to be destroyed once and for all. Hank is mostly destroyed after Power Girl ComicBook/PowerGirl and Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} throw him at Superboy-Prime, then in an explosion meant to destroy the Anti-Monitor. But Hank survives, resurrected by the Manhunters, and works with the Alpha Lanterns to become mortal again and be destroyed, but is destroyed by the Green Lantern Corps. Hank transfers his consciousness to Boodikka, who destroys his essence, but his consciousness survives, motivated to destroy Doomsday. Hank destroys Doomsday, who survives.



--->'''Claire:''' You always get along with your mom?
--->'''Sam:''' Never get the chance to find out. My mom died when I was a baby.
--->'''Claire:''' I'm-I'm sorry, I didn't-
--->'''Sam:''' Oh no, it's okay, I got to know her later in life. And yeah, I suppose we got along okay.
--->'''Claire:''' ...what?
--->'''Sam:''' In this line of work, death isn't always goodbye.

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--->'''Claire:''' You always get along with your mom?
--->'''Sam:'''
mom?\\
'''Sam:'''
Never get the chance to find out. My mom died when I was a baby.
--->'''Claire:'''
baby.\\
'''Claire:'''
I'm-I'm sorry, I didn't-
--->'''Sam:'''
didn't-\\
'''Sam:'''
Oh no, it's okay, I got to know her later in life. And yeah, I suppose we got along okay.
--->'''Claire:''' ...what?
--->'''Sam:'''
okay.\\
'''Claire:''' ...what?\\
'''Sam:'''
In this line of work, death isn't always goodbye.



* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', characters who die tend to stay that way, [[ForegoneConclusion but not very important ones]]. Characters important to his future as Superman wind up dying and we find out that they weren’t ''that'' Jimmy or Dr. Hamilton. However, Brainiac is ''insanely'' unkillable, thought dead multiple times, each more final-seeming than the last, and yet, he has an UnexplainedRecovery again. (Mind you, this happens to him in the comics, too... but then, it happens to everyone in the comics.)

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* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', characters who die tend to stay that way, [[ForegoneConclusion but not very important ones]]. Characters important to his future as Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} wind up dying and we find out that they weren’t ''that'' Jimmy [[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen Jimmy]], [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] or Dr. Hamilton. However, Brainiac ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is ''insanely'' unkillable, thought dead multiple times, each more final-seeming than the last, and yet, he has an UnexplainedRecovery again. (Mind you, this happens to him in the comics, too... but then, it happens to everyone in the comics.)
20th Oct '17 7:45:32 AM Prometheus117
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* Slade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fell into a pit of lava via Terra and shows up two seasons later semi-alive and well thanks to Raven's dad needing a henchman to help destroy the world.

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* Slade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fell into a pit of lava via Terra and shows up two seasons later [[DemBones semi-alive and well well]] thanks to Raven's dad [[ResurrectedForAJob needing a henchman to help destroy the world.world]].
20th Oct '17 7:37:50 AM Prometheus117
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** And don't even get us started on Orochimaru.

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** And don't even get us started on Orochimaru. While the man might not have perfected CompleteImmortality yet, he's still more than capable of coming back from that which should have and in some cases ''did'' kill him.
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