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7th Aug '16 11:17:45 AM nombretomado
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* [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]]. It actually took Jason Todd almost 20 years to return from the dead. And it ''was'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in {{The DCU}} that death had become cheap after the return of Superman. It also tied in to ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ties in to ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', so this isn't quite as egregious as some other examples.

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* [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]]. It actually took Jason Todd almost 20 years to return from the dead. And it ''was'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in {{The DCU}} Franchise/TheDCU that death had become cheap after the return of Superman. It also tied in to ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ties in to ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', so this isn't quite as egregious as some other examples.
23rd Jul '16 6:04:56 PM Pinokio
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* ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'': Kon-El dies during ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and returns in ''Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds'' and ''Adventure Comics'' Vol 2.
21st Jul '16 8:40:17 PM Hadjorim
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Also known as "Comic book death" because comic books are especially known for taking place in long-spanning continuities where DeathIsCheap, important characters almost never [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]], AppliedPhlebotinum is everywhere and [[JokerImmunity iconic villains always come back from whatever fate]] that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no carbon-based lifeform could have survived]]. In addition, the turnover of writers ensures that if some writer decides to make a bold move and kill one of the bad guys, it's almost guaranteed that [[ContractualImmortality some other writer will bring him back a few years down the road]].

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Also known as "Comic book death" because comic books are especially known for taking place in long-spanning continuities where DeathIsCheap, important characters almost never [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]], AppliedPhlebotinum is everywhere and [[JokerImmunity iconic villains always come back from whatever fate]] that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no carbon-based lifeform could have survived]]. In addition, the turnover of writers ensures means that even if some one writer decides to make a bold move says, "No really, they're dead this time," with no intention of bringing them back, odds are some future writer will disagree and kill one of the bad guys, it's almost guaranteed that [[ContractualImmortality some other writer will bring him them back a few years down the road]].
3rd Jul '16 5:45:55 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'':

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25th Jun '16 9:04:06 PM nombretomado
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* A subversion, perhaps providing a corollary: "If the character's ''owner'' wants a character to come back, it will come back ''[[ExecutiveMeddling even if the creator and writer doesn't]]''." RA Salvatore didn't want to bring [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Wulfgar]] back, but was told by [=TSR/=]WizardsOfTheCoast that if he didn't, someone else would. So he did it, figuring his version would probably be better than others. In ''BaldursGate 2'', Drizzt's entire party gets a cameo, and upon reference to Hell, Wulfgar quips "I've been there. It was nothing special."

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* A subversion, perhaps providing a corollary: "If the character's ''owner'' wants a character to come back, it will come back ''[[ExecutiveMeddling even if the creator and writer doesn't]]''." RA Salvatore didn't want to bring [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Wulfgar]] back, but was told by [=TSR/=]WizardsOfTheCoast that if he didn't, someone else would. So he did it, figuring his version would probably be better than others. In ''BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Drizzt's entire party gets a cameo, and upon reference to Hell, Wulfgar quips "I've been there. It was nothing special."
9th Jun '16 4:26:04 PM Kolic
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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft (and supplementary material) has brought back many characters once thought dead. [[spoiler: Muradin]] lost his memory and remained in Northrend, the dreadlords [[spoiler: Balnazzar]] and [[spoiler: Mal'Ganis]] returned to corrupt the [[spoiler: Scarlet Crusade]], the Alliance expedition to Outland "returned" in the Burning Crusade (although Turalyon and Alleria are still missing), Magtheridon turned out to be just imprisoned, [[spoiler: Xavius]] became the Nightmare Lord, [[spoiler:Cho'gall]] returned ''twice'', and even Deathwing was presumed dead by some before being confirmed to be alive. [[spoiler: and now both his children (albeit as undead) and his mate are returning for Cataclysm]].

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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft (and supplementary material) has brought back many characters once thought dead. [[spoiler: Muradin]] lost his memory and remained in Northrend, the dreadlords [[spoiler: Balnazzar]] and [[spoiler: Mal'Ganis]] returned to corrupt the [[spoiler: Scarlet Crusade]], the Alliance expedition to Outland "returned" in the Burning Crusade (although Turalyon and Alleria are still missing), Magtheridon turned out to be just imprisoned, [[spoiler: Xavius]] became the Nightmare Lord, [[spoiler:Cho'gall]] returned ''twice'', and even Deathwing was presumed dead by some before being confirmed to be alive. [[spoiler: and now both his children (albeit as undead) and his mate are returning for Cataclysm]]. [[spoiler: The latest is Illidan Stormrage, who reveals in the demon hunter starting questline that he's akin to the player character in that his soul waits in the Twisting Nether until he can return to his body.]]
15th Apr '16 4:15:34 PM FordPrefect
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* In general, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' franchise is the poster-child for this trope. The fact of the matter is that there are 20+ main characters, and a writer is likely to have any one of them as a favorite. And various members are constantly being killed off for the sake of either drama or to try to thin out the herd. The result being that the average length of death for any mutant in the Marvel universe is 1 to 2 years.

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* In general, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' franchise is the poster-child for this trope. The fact of the matter is that there are 20+ main characters, and a writer is likely to have any one of them as a favorite. And various members are constantly being killed off for the sake of either drama or to try to thin out the herd. The result being is that the average length of death for any mutant in the Marvel universe is 1 to 2 years.
18th Mar '16 7:40:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* William Boone, Zo'or, and Liam Kincaid in ''EarthFinalConflict'', although, in the latter case, they NeverFoundTheBody, while Boone and Zo'or were clearly shown disintegrating. Thankfully, Zo'or is finally killed off after resurrection. Unfortunately, so is Boone, albeit off-screen. Liam comes back in the series finale without an explanation.

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* William Boone, Zo'or, and Liam Kincaid in ''EarthFinalConflict'', ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', although, in the latter case, they NeverFoundTheBody, while Boone and Zo'or were clearly shown disintegrating. Thankfully, Zo'or is finally killed off after resurrection. Unfortunately, so is Boone, albeit off-screen. Liam comes back in the series finale without an explanation.
4th Mar '16 11:31:23 PM nombretomado
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* It used to be that the three comic characters who would actually stay dead were Jason Todd, [[{{Spider-Man}} Uncle Ben]] and [[CaptainAmerica Bucky]]. Guess which one's still dead? [[DeathByOriginStory The one whose death is required for the origin story.]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas and Martha Wayne]], who've consistently stayed dead, though like Uncle Ben, their deaths are necessary for the origin story. Unless you count ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', but the less said about that the better.
* Main/{{Supergirl}} was famously killed off in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' as part of a general overhaul to make Superman the only Kryptonian again. It took her nearly 20 years, but of ''course'' she came back. There were three Supergirls in the interim, but none of them was Kara Zor-El.

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* It used to be that the three comic characters who would actually stay dead were Jason Todd, [[{{Spider-Man}} Uncle Ben]] and [[CaptainAmerica Bucky]].ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}. Guess which one's still dead? [[DeathByOriginStory The one whose death is required for the origin story.]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas and Martha Wayne]], who've consistently stayed dead, though like Uncle Ben, their deaths are necessary for the origin story. Unless you count ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', but the less said about that the better.
* Main/{{Supergirl}} ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} was famously killed off in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' as part of a general overhaul to make Superman the only Kryptonian again. It took her nearly 20 years, but of ''course'' she came back. There were three Supergirls in the interim, but none of them was Kara Zor-El.
6th Jan '16 8:26:16 PM wolftickets1969
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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'', Naru dies of starvation due to the "blinding" of the eponymous forest and ensuing famine, then the eponymous protagonist himself runs out of energy and dies after setting off into the forest alone. The latter is immediately revived by the Spirit Tree's residual power, while Gumo brings the former BackFromtheDead with the Light Vessel at the start of the game's last act.
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