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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.
8th Nov '16 12:17:39 PM Grade0
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* The BonusBoss Faust in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' first appears to be totally immortal, with Dart commenting that nothing works against him. To actually fight Faust, one must [[GottaCatchEmAll find all the Stardust]] and give it to Martel, then use the Vanishing Stone dispel the illusion.
25th Aug '16 4:26:29 PM PixelKnight
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* The Bloodgrem from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. It can't be killed, only "un-summoned", and it can always be summoned again.
** Nanase can summon a fairy version of herself which her mind can inhabit. If it is destroyed while she does so, she gets traumatic feedback from it, but her mind is returned to her body, and can then summon another fairy.
3rd Aug '16 10:05:39 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/LostDimension'', when you first meet The End, Nagi tries to shoot him, but he's not really there, he's just sending a projection of some sort. You don't actually get to meet the real him until, well, the end.
18th Jul '16 11:27:30 AM matteste
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* Midway through ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', you fight against YHVH, aka God. Except it's not the real one, it's just a false image unconsciously created and empowered by the archangels. In the end, you fight the REAL one, even on Law. And even if you win, He says He will not truly be defeated - as long as there are people praying to him, he will return. The [[VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII other game He appears in]] has Him state that He's part of a much greater being who will constantly revive Him. [[spoiler:''Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse'' reveals that part of that is true - He is part of a larger being. However, this larger being hates YHVH with a passion and has been working to stop Him.]]

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* Midway through ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', you fight against YHVH, aka God. Except it's not the real one, it's just a false image unconsciously created and empowered by the archangels. In the end, you fight the REAL one, even on Law. And even if you win, He says He will not truly be defeated - as long as there are people praying to him, he will return. The [[VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII other game He appears in]] has Him state that He's part of a much greater being who will constantly revive Him. [[spoiler:''Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse'' [[spoiler:''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' reveals that part of that is true - He is part of a larger being. However, this larger being hates YHVH with a passion and has been working to stop Him.]]
11th Jul '16 6:18:08 PM DoctorTItanX
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* The 3-dimensional bodies of Tenchi Masaki, Washuu, Tsunami, and Tokimi in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', are just shadows of their true extremely higher-dimensional selves.

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* The 3-dimensional bodies of Tenchi Masaki, Washuu, Tsunami, and Tokimi in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', are just shadows of their true extremely higher-dimensional hyperdimensional selves.
27th May '16 12:30:31 PM merotoker
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** Later in the MagicWorld arc, Fate's minions use this to taunt Jack Rakan and Konoka after trapping them in their pocket dimension. Unfortunately for them, they were close enough for Chamo to [[TheNoseKnows spot them]].

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** Later in the MagicWorld [[MagicalLand Magic World]] arc, Fate's minions use this to taunt Jack Rakan and Konoka after trapping them in their pocket dimension. Unfortunately for them, they were close enough for Chamo to [[TheNoseKnows spot them]].



* As shown in the page image, [[Manga/OnePiece Gecko Moria]] uses his own shadow to play this trope literally, invoking Type III; the shadow acts as a BodyDouble, fighting in his place. It really can't be "killed"; Moria can control its shape at will anyway, so breaking it apart doesn't faze it. Moria can even teleport and swap places with the blasted thing!

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': As shown in the page image, [[Manga/OnePiece Gecko Moria]] Moria uses his own shadow to play this trope literally, invoking Type III; the shadow acts as a BodyDouble, fighting in his place. It really can't be "killed"; Moria can control its shape at will anyway, so breaking it apart doesn't faze it. Moria can even teleport and swap places with the blasted thing!



* 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.]]

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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.]]indeed]].



* One of the components of Corona and Princess Luna's NighInvulnerable status in FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. Not only are their physical forms spectacularly durable, if they are badly enough injured they can chose to simply discorporate and merge with the sun or moon to regenerate (though healing in this fashion would take them out of the picture for years, or even decades).

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* One of the components of Corona and Princess Luna's NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le status in FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. Not only are their physical forms spectacularly durable, if they are badly enough injured they can chose to simply discorporate and merge with the sun or moon to regenerate (though healing in this fashion would take them out of the picture for years, or even decades).



*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d (like [[{{Troperiffic}} everything else]] in ''D&D'']]) in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0399.html strip ##399]].

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*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d (like [[{{Troperiffic}} everything else]] in ''D&D'']]) ''D&D'') in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0399.html strip ##399]].



** All this combined makes it a common strategy to have one or all of the above be the final bosses of published adventures, since many writers are understandably shy about killing off the primary NPCs of the setting, and most of the time, their stats only exist as a challenge to the LordBritishPostulate. A few good examples include ''Expedition to the Demonweb Pits'', which features a BossRush against a whole mess of mid-level Demon Prince Aspects, or ''Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk,'' which concludes with a battle against weakened MirrorUniverse versions or simulacrums of the Company of Seven.

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** All this combined makes it a common strategy to have one or all of the above be the final bosses of published adventures, since many writers are understandably shy about killing off the primary NPCs {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs of the setting, and most of the time, their stats only exist as a challenge to the LordBritishPostulate. A few good examples include ''Expedition to the Demonweb Pits'', which features a BossRush against a whole mess of mid-level Demon Prince Aspects, or ''Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk,'' which concludes with a battle against weakened MirrorUniverse versions or simulacrums of the Company of Seven.



* This is the case with the antagonist Sin from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', who always comes back after a period of tranquility that has come to be known as "The Calm". [[spoiler:In this case, it's a scam to make people think Sin is immortal, it's because the very method being used to "defeat" Sin actually fuels its reincarnation and return. What infected it then infects the Final Aeon that "killed" it]].

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* This is the case with the antagonist Sin from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', who always comes back after a period of tranquility that has come to be known as "The Calm". [[spoiler:In this case, it's a scam to make people think Sin is immortal, it's because the very method being used to "defeat" Sin actually fuels its reincarnation and return. What infected it then infects the Final Aeon that "killed" it]].it.]]



** As is declassified in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Ganondorf's existence is due to the dying curse of Demise, the GodOfEvil and BiggerBad. This same curse also affects Link and Zelda, forever trapping the three wielders of the Triforce in an eternal cycle of reincarnation and making the death of any of the three meaningless in the long run.

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** As is declassified in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Ganondorf's existence is due to the dying curse of Demise, the GodOfEvil and BiggerBad.GreaterScopeVillain. This same curse also affects Link and Zelda, forever trapping the three wielders of the Triforce in an eternal cycle of reincarnation and making the death of any of the three meaningless in the long run.



** That's because [[spoiler: Harbinger is using a proxy - the Collector General - ostensibly to avoid what happened to Sovereign.]]

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** That's because [[spoiler: Harbinger is using a proxy - the Collector General - ostensibly to avoid what happened to Sovereign.]]Sovereign]].



*** Now you know how frustrated the computer feels when you're {{Save Scum}}ming.

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*** Now you know how frustrated the computer feels when you're {{Save Scum}}ming.SaveScumming.



* Explicitly stated what The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is to Gozer in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', hence it being banished in the first movie, "killed" in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]], then [[spoiler: implied to be killed again by Ivo at the end.]]

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* Explicitly stated what The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is to Gozer in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', hence it being banished in the first movie, "killed" in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]], then [[spoiler: implied to be killed again by Ivo at the end.]]end]].



* Midway through ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', you fight against YHVH, aka God. Except it's not the real one, it's just a false image unconsciously created and empowered by the archangels. In the end, you fight the REAL one, even on Law. And even if you win, He says He will not truly be defeated - as long as there are people praying to him, he will return. The [[VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII other game He appears in]] has Him state that He's part of a much greater being who will constantly revive Him. [[spoiler:''Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse'' reveals that part of that is true - He is part of a larger being. However, this larger being hates YHVH with a passion and has been working to stop Him]].

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* Midway through ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', you fight against YHVH, aka God. Except it's not the real one, it's just a false image unconsciously created and empowered by the archangels. In the end, you fight the REAL one, even on Law. And even if you win, He says He will not truly be defeated - as long as there are people praying to him, he will return. The [[VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII other game He appears in]] has Him state that He's part of a much greater being who will constantly revive Him. [[spoiler:''Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse'' reveals that part of that is true - He is part of a larger being. However, this larger being hates YHVH with a passion and has been working to stop Him]].Him.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', when Shadowchild [[spoiler: meets with and eats a shadow of Sweetgrass Voice.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', when Shadowchild [[spoiler: meets with and eats a shadow of Sweetgrass Voice.]]Voice]].



* In ''Literature/FineStructure'', [[spoiler:Zykov was just the container for the local manifestation of the BigBad. Killing himself wasn't surrender, it was just cutting out the middleman to MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning.]]

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* In ''Literature/FineStructure'', [[spoiler:Zykov was just the container for the local manifestation of the BigBad. Killing himself wasn't surrender, it was just cutting out the middleman to MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning.]]MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning]].



** 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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** There's also [[spoiler: [[NoSell The Siberian]], who is eventually revealed to be a projection created by William Manton.]]
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".]]over"]].



** This is illustrated very creepily in the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague episode "Twilight", where Hawkgirl smashes Brainiac to pieces, apparently killing him- only for the team to be immediately surrounded by ''dozens'' of identical Brainiacs, all of which are identical extensions of the central consciousness. Yikes.

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** This is illustrated very creepily in the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight", where Hawkgirl smashes Brainiac to pieces, apparently killing him- only for the team to be immediately surrounded by ''dozens'' of identical Brainiacs, all of which are identical extensions of the central consciousness. Yikes.
21st May '16 7:23:48 PM erforce
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* Explicitly stated what The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is to Gozer in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', hence it being banished in the first movie, "killed" in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame game]], then [[spoiler: implied to be killed again by Ivo at the end.]]

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* Explicitly stated what The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is to Gozer in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', hence it being banished in the first movie, "killed" in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]], then [[spoiler: implied to be killed again by Ivo at the end.]]
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