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10th Jan '17 3:27:04 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The [[PhysicalGod Pantheon]] can project Avatars of themselves into mortal reality, and are thus unharmed if something happens to it. Even ones incarnated in the mortal Realm can produce additional ones, and even Cadence has learned how to do it, though out of the Princesses Luna is the best at it. In fact, in general the Concepts are this whenever they manifest in the mortal world, as destroying their physical body just sends them back to the spirit world, though they only get one 'life'.
** Draconequi have their own variant of this where they can separate off full versions of the animals composing their body to act as extensions of themselves.
** Nyarlathotrot, an [[EldritchAbomination Outer Concept]], is a unique case as he has ''many'' Avatars, and destroying them generally only succeeds in ticking him off, each one is somewhat independent rather than simply being a form he takes to manifest, but [[HiveMind still part of the collective.]]
5th Jan '17 2:29:36 PM rafi
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* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' reveals that ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has been doing this for years, in order to {{Retcon}} decades of VillainDecay and justify his many, many defeats in ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' and other stories. The ''real'' Darkseid is far more powerful and dangerous. Of note, it has been stated several times over the decades that this is what he's got going, not just in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. Creator/GrantMorrison is just the guy who ''remembered'' he could do this, while many other writers seem to have forgotten. As an aside, the avatars of Darkseid in previous stories seem to be more like clones than this trope, since they specifically say they are ''not'' Darkseid and often talk about him in the third person ([[ThirdPersonPerson and not the way Darkseid usually does]]), to the point where they say they are not as great as him. Though in all other senses they are Darkseid and naturally still consider themselves superior to everyone else, and still think and act and behave like he does. The ''real'' Darkseid, for the record, was stuck on the Source Wall for millenia, and had ''never'' shown up before ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' except in flashbacks to his younger, usually less powerful self.

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* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' reveals that ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has been doing this for years, in order to {{Retcon}} decades of VillainDecay and justify his many, many defeats in ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' and other stories. The ''real'' Darkseid is far more powerful and dangerous. Of note, it has been stated several times over the decades that this is what he's got going, not just in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. Creator/GrantMorrison is just the guy who ''remembered'' he could do this, while many other writers seem to have forgotten. As an aside, the avatars of Darkseid in previous stories seem to be more like clones than this trope, since they specifically say they are ''not'' Darkseid and often talk about him in the third person ([[ThirdPersonPerson and not the way Darkseid usually does]]), to the point where they say they are not as great as him. Though in all other senses they are Darkseid and naturally still consider themselves superior to everyone else, and still think and act and behave like he does. The ''real'' Darkseid, for the record, was stuck on the Source Wall for millenia, and had ''never'' shown up before ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' except in flashbacks to his younger, usually less powerful self.
4th Jan '17 12:01:01 AM Tron80
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' Doctor Manhattan is treated as a PhysicalGod, but towards the end of the story he's revealed outright to be one of these when [[spoiler:Ozymandias disintegrates him; he simply comes back moments later (the first thing he learned to do with his new form, as he points out) with a new body and very, very angry. "The world's smartest man means no more to me than the world's smartest termite" indeed]].
* ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'': Franchise/{{Superman}} first battles Lord Imperiex, only to find that he was battling a probe that reports to the real Lord Imperiex who is big enough to threaten the entire universe.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' Doctor Manhattan is treated as a PhysicalGod, but towards ''Comicbook/SupermanBrainiac'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} reveals that every other time Superman fought Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} in the end past of the story he's revealed outright to be one of these when [[spoiler:Ozymandias disintegrates him; he simply comes back moments later (the first thing he learned to do with his new form, as he points out) with Post-Crisis universe, it was a new body and very, very angry. "The world's smartest man means no more to me than the world's smartest termite" indeed]].
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remotely controlled robot probe or some other technological method.
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''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'': Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman first battles Lord Imperiex, only to find that he was battling a probe that reports to the real Lord Imperiex who is big enough to threaten the entire universe.
30th Dec '16 1:08:02 AM justanid
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* The Krawlni in ''Webcomic/ToSaveHer'' are of the 2nd type. When they appear, only cross-sections of them can be seen, as they exist in at least 5 dimensions or more. When one character angers a Krawlni, not only is it a CurbStompBattle, but it goes after their parallel selves as well. They gave other species Mover technology, allowing 3D species to move between parallel dimensions, a major theme of the webcomic.
27th Dec '16 11:53:39 AM audriuska12
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* ''{{Literature/Worm}}'':
** An interesting variant occurs with [[{{Twinmaker}} Oni Lee]]. Whenever Lee teleports, his new body is formed at the target destination and his old body continues on for several seconds before dissolving into carbon ash. But those seconds can be a long time in combat...
** There's also [[spoiler: [[NoSell The Siberian]], who is eventually revealed to be a projection created by William Manton]].
** This is the case with [[spoiler:Scion/Zion too. His humanlike ChromeChampion appearance is AFormYouAreComfortableWith; his true form is a transdimensional SufficientlyAdvancedAlien whose size is measured in landmasses, meaning that any damage that manages to get through his NoSell can be quickly "patched over"]].



* ''{{Literature/Worm}}'':
** An interesting variant occurs with [[{{Twinmaker}} Oni Lee]]. Whenever Lee teleports, his new body is formed at the target destination and his old body continues on for several seconds before dissolving into carbon ash. But those seconds can be a long time in combat...
** There's also [[spoiler: [[NoSell The Siberian]], who is eventually revealed to be a projection created by William Manton]].
** This is the case with [[spoiler:Scion/Zion too. His humanlike ChromeChampion appearance is AFormYouAreComfortableWith; his true form is a transdimensional SufficientlyAdvancedAlien whose size is measured in landmasses, meaning that any damage that manages to get through his NoSell can be quickly "patched over"]].

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* ''{{Literature/Worm}}'':
** An interesting variant occurs with [[{{Twinmaker}} Oni Lee]]. Whenever Lee teleports, his new body is formed at the target destination and his old body continues on for several seconds before dissolving into carbon ash. But those seconds can be a long time in combat...
** There's also [[spoiler: [[NoSell The Siberian]], who is eventually revealed to be a projection created by William Manton]].
** This is the case with [[spoiler:Scion/Zion too. His humanlike ChromeChampion appearance is AFormYouAreComfortableWith; his true form is a transdimensional SufficientlyAdvancedAlien whose size is measured in landmasses, meaning that any damage that manages to get through his NoSell can be quickly "patched over"]].
19th Dec '16 1:42:58 AM Tron80
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* Superman first battles Lord Imperiex, only to find that he was battling a probe that reports to the real Lord Imperiex who is big enough to threaten the entire universe.

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* Superman ''ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar'': Franchise/{{Superman}} first battles Lord Imperiex, only to find that he was battling a probe that reports to the real Lord Imperiex who is big enough to threaten the entire universe.



* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' reveals that ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has been doing this for years, in order to {{Retcon}} decades of VillainDecay and justify his many, many defeats at the hands of lesser foes. The ''real'' Darkseid is far more powerful and dangerous. Of note, it has been stated several times over the decades that this is what he's got going, not just in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. Creator/GrantMorrison is just the guy who ''remembered'' he could do this, while many other writers seem to have forgotten. As an aside, the avatars of Darkseid in previous stories seem to be more like clones than this trope, since they specifically say they are ''not'' Darkseid and often talk about him in the third person ([[ThirdPersonPerson and not the way Darkseid usually does]]), to the point where they say they are not as great as him. Though in all other senses they are Darkseid and naturally still consider themselves superior to everyone else, and still think and act and behave like he does. The ''real'' Darkseid, for the record, was stuck on the Source Wall for millenia, and had ''never'' shown up before ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' except in flashbacks to his younger, usually less powerful self.

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* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' reveals that ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has been doing this for years, in order to {{Retcon}} decades of VillainDecay and justify his many, many defeats at the hands of lesser foes.in ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' and other stories. The ''real'' Darkseid is far more powerful and dangerous. Of note, it has been stated several times over the decades that this is what he's got going, not just in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. Creator/GrantMorrison is just the guy who ''remembered'' he could do this, while many other writers seem to have forgotten. As an aside, the avatars of Darkseid in previous stories seem to be more like clones than this trope, since they specifically say they are ''not'' Darkseid and often talk about him in the third person ([[ThirdPersonPerson and not the way Darkseid usually does]]), to the point where they say they are not as great as him. Though in all other senses they are Darkseid and naturally still consider themselves superior to everyone else, and still think and act and behave like he does. The ''real'' Darkseid, for the record, was stuck on the Source Wall for millenia, and had ''never'' shown up before ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' except in flashbacks to his younger, usually less powerful self.
16th Dec '16 9:38:27 AM ShinyManaphy
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** Same goes for [[spoiler:Kusumi-no-okami]]: killing her gets rid of the fog but doesn't deal with the actual problem. [[spoiler:Even Izanami herself is just the shadow of Izanami-no-Okami, who can't be defeated by the party under normal circumstances - knock her down to zero health and she just starts spamming an instant-kill attack which kills the target so hard they can't be revived. Only the full potential of the Wild Card - said to be infinite - is actually able to take her out, and even ''then'' her power just passes to a new being. Good thing the new Izanami-no-mikoto actually quite likes humanity.]]
30th Nov '16 1:15:22 AM Zephyrious
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* In the lore of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends,'' [[YourWorstNightmare Nocturne]] is summoned to the material world due to a fluke involving a [[AppliedPhlebotium Nexus]] near someone being attacked in their sleep. The Summoners chained Nocturne to this world, fearing that dispatching him would simply return him to the dream realm he occupied before.

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* In the lore of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends,'' [[YourWorstNightmare Nocturne]] is summoned to the material world due to a fluke involving a [[AppliedPhlebotium [[AppliedPhlebotinum Nexus]] near someone being attacked in their sleep. The Summoners chained Nocturne to this world, fearing that dispatching him would simply return him to the dream realm he occupied before.
21st Nov '16 5:21:25 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Film/LittleNicky'' is the son of the Devil, and if killed while on Earth, which happens a lot, he goes back home to Hell.
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' Metatron states that God's mortal incarnation must have been kidnapped and kept alive because if he were killed he'd just go back to Heaven.


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* ''TabletopGame/InNomine''. If the corporeal vessel/body of a celestial (angel/demon) is killed, the celestial will re-awaken near its Heart in the appropriate celestial realm: Heaven for angels, Hell for demons.


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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] has to fight the [[TheHeavy dragon-god Alduin]] twice. After defeating him at the Throat of the World, Alduin retreats to the Nord heaven of Sovngarde, as he had the last time he was defeated, and begins consuming the souls of the dead to regain his strength. The Dragonborn has to pursue him there and fight him again to kill him permanently.


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* Two of the cards in ''Videogame/{{Hearthstone}}'' have 'Deathrattle' effects that simulate this trope. When Malorne is killed, it shuffles itself back into it's owner's deck, while Anub'arak will spawn a 4/4 Nerubian before returning to it's owner's hand.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' has vampires that just respawn with their level decreased by one in their bed if they are killed. Unless it is a priest that kills them or they are at level one.
* In the lore of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends,'' [[YourWorstNightmare Nocturne]] is summoned to the material world due to a fluke involving a [[AppliedPhlebotium Nexus]] near someone being attacked in their sleep. The Summoners chained Nocturne to this world, fearing that dispatching him would simply return him to the dream realm he occupied before.


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* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' Sins respawn in Hell when their head is removed. For the titular character this is much less of an inconvenience as his [[GrimReaper job]] pretty much gives him a free pass between Hell and the mortal world.
19th Nov '16 11:46:31 AM intastiel
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* Angels in ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' are EnergyBeings from the VoidBetweenTheWorlds who inhabit magical armour to exist in the physical world. Defeating one only forces it back to the Void, although the trip can trigger their ResurrectiveImmortality and leave them in stasis for what can be a very long time.
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