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15th Apr '17 7:35:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mister Mxyzptlk, Vyndktvx, Qwsp, Bat-Mite, and other imps really exist in 5-dimensional space, beyond what 3-dimensional beings can perceive.

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* Franchise/DCUniverse: Mister Mxyzptlk, Vyndktvx, Qwsp, Bat-Mite, and other imps really exist in 5-dimensional space, beyond what 3-dimensional beings can perceive.perceive. "Destroying" their bodies in this realm is a laughably trivial inconvenience for them.
5th Mar '17 5:04:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege Tale'', the evil wizard Gallian puts his consciousness inside an armored warrior. Every time his avatar is slain, he just laughs and uses a new body to fight.

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* In ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'', the evil wizard Gallian puts his consciousness inside an armored warrior. Every time his avatar is slain, he just laughs and uses a new body to fight.
26th Feb '17 2:59:52 PM eightyfour
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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Orthax was defeated in combat and the weapon he seems to have used as a SoulJar was destroyed. And yet he came back.
12th Feb '17 1:40:00 PM nighttrainfm
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* ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Even the smallest piece of him contains his complete consciousness- and he ''always'' has a back-up copy of himself stored somewhere. As such, he's one of the few opponents Superman ''will'' use lethal force on, because the Brainiac you can kill is always just one part of the whole.
** 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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* ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'':
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ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Even the smallest piece of him contains his complete consciousness- and he ''always'' has a back-up copy of himself stored somewhere. As such, he's one of the few opponents Superman ''will'' use lethal force on, because the Brainiac you can kill is always just one part of the whole.
** This is illustrated very creepily in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Twilight", where Hawkgirl smashes Brainiac to pieces, apparently killing him- hi m- only for the team to be immediately surrounded by ''dozens'' of identical Brainiacs, all of which are identical extensions of the central consciousness. Yikes.
12th Feb '17 1:39:11 PM nighttrainfm
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* This is how the Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' normally works: the Avatar's existence is mostly in the spiritual world; and reincarnates into one person at a time. This trope is actually inverted when in the Avatar State; by pulling all of itself into the physical world, the current Avatar wields tremendous power, but if he should die while in the Avatar State [[DeaderThanDead he'll have no way of reincarnating]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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This is how the Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' normally works: the Avatar's existence is mostly in the spiritual world; and reincarnates into one person at a time. This trope is actually inverted when in the Avatar State; by pulling all of itself into the physical world, the current Avatar wields tremendous power, but if he they should die while in the Avatar State [[DeaderThanDead he'll they'll have no way of reincarnating]].
7th Feb '17 9:15:16 PM zarpaulus
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* Spirits in the Fate World ''Frontier Spirit'' are entities far beyond human comprehension that dwell within the depths of the Otherworld. But they have several "facets" in the upper levels of the Otherworld that appear to be individual beings to the mediums who contact them, and are actually just extensions of their parent spirits. Facets can be "killed" in physical conflicts, but they come back after the next major milestone, and somewhat detached from their parent spirit.
29th Jan '17 1:42:31 PM VVK
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth manages to do this in a number of ways, though he doesn't have any inherent quality of always surviving death. The first times you see him in the game (when you can't fight him, and the characters wouldn't be up to it anyway), it's actually his real body but Jenova's stuff, so killing it almost certainly would not kill him. When you finally get to him for the FinalBoss fights, you have to kill two physical OneWingedAngel forms in a row. After that, he was still hanging out in TheLifestream or something and pulled Cloud in to a mental battle. Even after being defeated, he still refuses to be dispersed in the Lifestream like a normal dead person, but instead eventually (in ''Advent Children'') sends out three avatars (who are separate persons from him) to look for what's left of Jenova. When they find it, one of them uses it to transform into Sephiroth, whom Cloud kills again. After ''that'', he's presumably gone for good.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth manages to do this in a number of ways, though he doesn't have any inherent quality of always surviving death. The first times you see him in the game (when you can't fight him, and the characters wouldn't be up to it anyway), it's actually not his real body but Jenova's stuff, so killing it almost certainly would not kill him. When you finally get to him for the FinalBoss fights, you have to kill two physical OneWingedAngel forms in a row. After that, he was still hanging out in TheLifestream or something and pulled Cloud in to a mental battle. Even after being defeated, he still refuses to be dispersed in the Lifestream like a normal dead person, but instead eventually (in ''Advent Children'') sends out three avatars (who are separate persons from him) to look for what's left of Jenova. When they find it, one of them uses it to transform into Sephiroth, whom Cloud kills again. After ''that'', he's presumably gone for good.
29th Jan '17 1:38:09 PM VVK
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* ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}''
** You fight and defeat a man turned into the avatar of Kamulos, the God of War, who reverts back into his human form at the end. If Kamulos is actually a separate entity (the game is a bit ambiguous about the existence of gods), he probably survives.
** You can fight and destroy Ned, the powerful android that the spaceship Toronto communicates through. That won't destroy the AI, obviously. And there are secretly a ''lot'' of "Neds". The actual housing of the AI is indestructible.
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.
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