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18th Jul '16 4:18:31 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfBlood'' [[spoiler:Crawler]] is reduced to a fragment of bone which Dragon's scans show to be inert. He's actually alive and regenerates which is ''not'' good for him as he's [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream floating helplessly in interplanetary space for the next five years]] before crashing into Jupiter and [[RasputinianDeath spending the next few years with his body trying to adapt until the shard gives up]]]].
14th Jun '16 6:02:11 PM Carnel
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** Fairies have the same level of regeneration ability in the series. However, they are idiot {{mooks}} subject to TheFogOfAges.

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** Fairies have the same a similar level of regeneration ability in the series.series, being somewhere between this and FightingAShadow. However, they are idiot {{mooks}} subject to TheFogOfAges.
29th May '16 12:12:03 PM Voila27
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* [[BigBad Priscilla]]'s true strength in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is her insane HealingFactor, which is pretty much based on ThePowerOfHate (some characters go as far as to say that Priscilla's powers are something one would expect from a god), it was certainly powerful enough to pull this trope off more than once. During one of the last confrontations Priscilla is literally cut into hundreds of pieces by Clare's Quicksword, only for her to just heal again, [[spoiler:devour a weakened Cassandra]] and come back stronger than ever. [[spoiler:In the final battle between her and Teresa, after that her regenerating abilities go temporarily out of control leading to [[BodyHorror plenty of Body Horror]], she ''does this again''! Multiple times in fact, as many of her scattered pieces produce each a full copy of Priscilla to attack Teresa with numbers. In the end Teresa has to use a move that basically all but pulverize Priscilla to keep her endless hatred from eternally regenerating]].
** This is also PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:Priscilla still has a remnant of her Human self within herself, after her Awakening she has done everything possible to lead her Awakened form toward death, stabbing herself with her Claymore sword, messing with the likes of [[MonsterLord Isley of the North]], being eaten by an EldritchAbomination, but her hate was too strong for her to die. At the very end her Human half regains consciousness for a moment and thanks Teresa for being able to finally grant her death, and that she's sorry for all the trouble she created.]]
9th May '16 6:07:50 PM lavendermintrose
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* Adolf ''Anime/{{K}}'' Weismann, the immortal Silver King, has this power. [[spoiler: He ends up being about as far from "villain" as it gets, though.]]

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* Adolf ''Anime/{{K}}'' Weismann, the immortal Silver King, has this power. [[spoiler: He ends up being about [[BigGood as far from "villain" "villain"]] as it gets, though.]]
9th May '16 6:06:56 PM lavendermintrose
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* Adolf ''Anime/{{K}}'' Weismann, the immortal Silver King, has this power. [[spoiler: He ends up being about as far from "villain" as it gets, though.]]
31st Mar '16 4:31:39 AM luffy_mib
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* Acacia in the manga {{Manga/Green Worldz}} regenerated from a single small flesh in chapter 51 despite being cut to pieces. Her {{healing factor}} is so strong that the hero had to resort to feeding her severely damaged body to a giant size monster baby in order to get rid of her.

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* Acacia in the manga {{Manga/Green Worldz}} regenerated from a single small flesh in chapter 51 despite being cut to pieces. Her {{healing factor}} is so strong that the hero had to resort to feeding her severely damaged body to a giant size monster baby in order to get rid of her. Even after that, she is revealed to be alive in chapter 110 and managed to regenerate her body back.
31st Mar '16 4:24:29 AM luffy_mib
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* The unnamed female human hybrid in the manga {{Manga/Green Worldz}} regenerated from a single small flesh in chapter 51 despite being cut to pieces. Her {{healing factor}} is so strong that the hero had to resort to feeding her severely damaged body to a giant size monster baby in order to get rid of her.

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* The unnamed female human hybrid Acacia in the manga {{Manga/Green Worldz}} regenerated from a single small flesh in chapter 51 despite being cut to pieces. Her {{healing factor}} is so strong that the hero had to resort to feeding her severely damaged body to a giant size monster baby in order to get rid of her.
26th Mar '16 7:12:00 PM merotoker
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Why every loose cell or drop of blood shed by the character doesn't [[AsteroidsMonster generate a copy of them]] is not generally addressed. In a supernatural setting this can be [[HandWave handwaved]] with some talk about souls or lifeforce, though one still wonders how the various bits go about deciding which one of them gets to do the regeneration. Bonus points if the character/creature in question somehow retains all of his memory and personality (which are stored in the brain - no brain, nothing to restore all that data from!).

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Why every loose cell or drop of blood shed by the character doesn't [[AsteroidsMonster generate a copy of them]] is not generally addressed. In a supernatural setting this can be [[HandWave handwaved]] {{handwave}}d with some talk about souls or lifeforce, though one still wonders how the various bits go about deciding which one of them gets to do the regeneration. Bonus points if the character/creature in question somehow retains all of his memory and personality (which are stored in the brain - no brain, nothing to restore all that data from!).



A form of NighInvulnerability. A character who can regenerate this way ''and'' is TheAgeless has CompleteImmortality. See ShapeShifterBaggage and the necessary GeneticMemory. Also see GoodThingYouCanHeal and ImmortalLifeIsCheap. Related to PullingThemselvesTogether.

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A form of NighInvulnerability.{{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility. A character who can regenerate this way ''and'' is TheAgeless has CompleteImmortality. See ShapeShifterBaggage and the necessary GeneticMemory. Also see GoodThingYouCanHeal and ImmortalLifeIsCheap. Related to PullingThemselvesTogether.



* [[TropeNamer Cell]] from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was a biological android with many of the main characters' abilities coded into his DNA, including Piccolo's regeneration and Freeza's ability to survive in very harsh conditions. Therefore, he doesn't have to worry about dying if... say... the upper half of his body gets blown off. In fact, after initially losing to Son Gohan, he tries to blow himself up and destroy the planet. After Goku sacrifices himself to teleport Cell somewhere far away from Earth, Cell surprises everyone, including himself, by regenerating quite literally from a single cell.

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* [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers Cell]] from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was a biological android with many of the main characters' abilities coded into his DNA, including Piccolo's regeneration and Freeza's ability to survive in very harsh conditions. Therefore, he doesn't have to worry about dying if... say... the upper half of his body gets blown off. In fact, after initially losing to Son Gohan, he tries to blow himself up and destroy the planet. After Goku sacrifices himself to teleport Cell somewhere far away from Earth, Cell surprises everyone, including himself, by regenerating quite literally from a single cell.



* Alucard from ''{{Hellsing}}'', who can also use his spilled blood as a deadly weapon with no adverse effects. More than once is he reduced to a fine red mist before regenerating fully. To elaborate, in the ''Hellsing'' universe when a vampire drains a victim of their life's blood they absorb the victim's soul. Among other things this gives the vampire what amounts to [[OneUp an extra life]]. Alucard has feasted upon so many battlefields that his extra "lives" number in the hundreds of thousands by the series. However, Alucard can turn his "servants" loose as a literal army, which leaves him alone and vulnerable to a stake through the heart, but he remains a formidable opponent even then. If you wipe out his army and/or fail to destroy him, he'll drink more blood, rejuvenate completely and gain more lives - like he did when he summoned and absorbed blood from ''the entirety of London's population.'' [[spoiler:He was finally brought low when that meal was "poisoned", turning his gathered souls against him and deleting him from the world. At the time of this CriticalExistenceFailure, Alucard had three million, four hundred and twenty-four thousand, eight hundred and sixty-seven "lives" from the London battle. He sacrificed all but one and gained an even stranger and stronger immortality, though the process took him decades to complete.]]

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* Alucard from ''{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', who can also use his spilled blood as a deadly weapon with no adverse effects. More than once is he reduced to a fine red mist before regenerating fully. To elaborate, in the ''Hellsing'' universe when a vampire drains a victim of their life's blood they absorb the victim's soul. Among other things this gives the vampire what amounts to [[OneUp an extra life]]. Alucard has feasted upon so many battlefields that his extra "lives" number in the hundreds of thousands by the series. However, Alucard can turn his "servants" loose as a literal army, which leaves him alone and vulnerable to a stake through the heart, but he remains a formidable opponent even then. If you wipe out his army and/or fail to destroy him, he'll drink more blood, rejuvenate completely and gain more lives - like he did when he summoned and absorbed blood from ''the entirety of London's population.'' [[spoiler:He was finally brought low when that meal was "poisoned", turning his gathered souls against him and deleting him from the world. At the time of this CriticalExistenceFailure, Alucard had three million, four hundred and twenty-four thousand, eight hundred and sixty-seven "lives" from the London battle. He sacrificed all but one and gained an even stranger and stronger immortality, though the process took him decades to complete.]]



* The ''{{Guyver}}'' can do this. Aptom from Guyver can also do this, although [[ImAHumanitarian he requires Zoanoids to alter into more of his body mass]] (rather like The Thing, under {{Film}}). As a bonus, this also [[PowerCopying lets him use those Zoanoid's powers]]. The "why doesn't every part of him regenerate into him" issue is addressed - this ''will'' happen if they have access to sufficient biomass, but all copies of Aptom have a HiveMind and can merge or split at will. Eventually, a villain finds a flaw in his power: [[spoiler: after Aptom is nearly killed, his non-sentient remains are exposed to a Zoanoid which contains a fake "Aptom brain" and absorb it. His cells do not regenerate his brain due to thinking it's already present, thus allowing the villain to control Aptom's body through the fake. Sho questions why "Evil Aptom" keeps using an unwieldy WaveMotionGun while fighting him, and realizes that he has been using it to destroy any pieces of Aptom which were separated from the main body.]]

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* The ''{{Guyver}}'' ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' can do this. Aptom from Guyver can also do this, although [[ImAHumanitarian he requires Zoanoids to alter into more of his body mass]] (rather like The Thing, under {{Film}}). As a bonus, this also [[PowerCopying lets him use those Zoanoid's powers]]. The "why doesn't every part of him regenerate into him" issue is addressed - this ''will'' happen if they have access to sufficient biomass, but all copies of Aptom have a HiveMind and can merge or split at will. Eventually, a villain finds a flaw in his power: [[spoiler: after Aptom is nearly killed, his non-sentient remains are exposed to a Zoanoid which contains a fake "Aptom brain" and absorb it. His cells do not regenerate his brain due to thinking it's already present, thus allowing the villain to control Aptom's body through the fake. Sho questions why "Evil Aptom" keeps using an unwieldy WaveMotionGun while fighting him, and realizes that he has been using it to destroy any pieces of Aptom which were separated from the main body.]]body]].



* Genji Ikusabe from ''BusouRenkin'''s spear has the ability to regenerate his entire body very rapidly, even if the body itself is completely destroyed. Admittedly, it has the weakness that he has to be holding his weapon at the time.

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* Genji Ikusabe from ''BusouRenkin'''s ''Manga/BusouRenkin'''s spear has the ability to regenerate his entire body very rapidly, even if the body itself is completely destroyed. Admittedly, it has the weakness that he has to be holding his weapon at the time.



* The Homunculi from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seem to be able to do this when their Philosopher's Stone is intact. [[spoiler:Case in point: after one of his subordinates is grievously injured during a fight with the homunculus Lust, [[ColonelBadass Roy Mustang]] attempts to hit two birds with one [[IncrediblyLamePun stone]] by forcibly removing Lust's Philosopher's Stone to kill her and using it to heal his friend. When the Stone is removed, Lust's body disintegrates, and Roy thinks he has won. [[OhCrap Cue utter horror]] when Lust's body begins to reform around the Stone in his hand.]]

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* The Homunculi from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seem to be able to do this when their Philosopher's Stone is intact. [[spoiler:Case in point: after one of his subordinates is grievously injured during a fight with the homunculus Lust, [[ColonelBadass Roy Mustang]] attempts to hit two birds with one [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} stone]] by forcibly removing Lust's Philosopher's Stone to kill her and using it to heal his friend. When the Stone is removed, Lust's body disintegrates, and Roy thinks he has won. [[OhCrap Cue utter horror]] when Lust's body begins to reform around the Stone in his hand.]]



* ''{{Toriko}}'' has Elg of the Bishokukai, who fused with a legendary horse called a Heraku and as such can regenerate from a single cell, and do not cut him up into pieces because [[MesACrowd each piece will regenerate into an entire copy of him]]. [[spoiler:He dies anyway after Tengu Buranchi electrocutes all of his copies long enough that the Heraku's regenerative powers can't keep up with the damage.]]

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* ''{{Toriko}}'' ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' has Elg of the Bishokukai, who fused with a legendary horse called a Heraku and as such can regenerate from a single cell, and do not cut him up into pieces because [[MesACrowd each piece will regenerate into an entire copy of him]]. [[spoiler:He dies anyway after Tengu Buranchi electrocutes all of his copies long enough that the Heraku's regenerative powers can't keep up with the damage.]]



* One of the potentially toughest ''{{JLA}}'' foes was always the Shaggy Man, a nearly-invulnerable, ten-foot-tall bionic android that could regrow any limbs it lost almost instantly. Luckily, it was utterly mindless and therefore easy to trick. Eventually, a crazed general dying of brain cancer transferred his mind into it. He hasn't shown up very often since, probably because they're running out of ways to get rid of an unkillable, unsubduable villain with the mind of a brilliant tactician.
** Part of this may be because General Eiling found out too late that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody. The Shaggy Man's tiny brain did not have a good effect on his mental facilities, and the Shaggy Man mostly just slept a lot. And yes, this does show a bizarre combination of the mind as the brain and as something beyond physical.
* Characters who can change their shape or are made of something inanimate, such as [[{{Spider-Man}} Sandman]], Hydro Man, and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Clayface]], are often implied to be able to do this.
** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is constantly shown to be able to survive from the smallest remaining bit of his circuitry or computer program. This is taken to an extreme in the {{DCAU}}, where the tiniest bit of Brainiac always survives, is stored somewhere, and manages to take over more technology and reform himself completely. He is then defeated, and the processes repeats itself.
* Master Mold from the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' acted much like Brainiac, storing backups of itself in out- of the way places.
** And its future "descendant", Nimrod, can rebuild itself if even a single molecule survives.

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* One of the potentially toughest ''{{JLA}}'' ''Franchise/{{J|usticeLeagueOfAmerica}}LA'' foes was always the Shaggy Man, a nearly-invulnerable, ten-foot-tall bionic android that could regrow any limbs it lost almost instantly. Luckily, it was utterly mindless and therefore easy to trick. Eventually, a crazed general dying of brain cancer transferred his mind into it. He hasn't shown up very often since, probably because they're running out of ways to get rid of an unkillable, unsubduable villain with the mind of a brilliant tactician.
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tactician. Part of this may be because General Eiling found out too late that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody. The Shaggy Man's tiny brain did not have a good effect on his mental facilities, and the Shaggy Man mostly just slept a lot. And yes, this does show a bizarre combination of the mind as the brain and as something beyond physical.
* Characters who can change their shape or are made of something inanimate, such as [[{{Spider-Man}} Sandman]], [[Franchise/SpiderMan Sandman, Hydro Man, Man,]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Clayface]], are often implied to be able to do this.
** * ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is constantly shown to be able to survive from the smallest remaining bit of his circuitry or computer program. This is taken to an extreme in the {{DCAU}}, Franchise/{{DCAU}}, where the tiniest bit of Brainiac always survives, is stored somewhere, and manages to take over more technology and reform himself completely. He is then defeated, and the processes process repeats itself.
* Master Mold from the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' acted much like Brainiac, storing backups of itself in out- of the way places.
** And its
places. Its future "descendant", Nimrod, can rebuild itself if even a single molecule survives.



* {{Wolverine}} once regenerated from a single drop of his blood landing on an incredibly powerful MacGuffin that was making the villain of the month all powerful. As a result, his healing abilities were supercharged to the point that he could regenerate from a single cell. He was also still touching the item when he popped his claws, (to destroy it) making it reasonable to assume he either deliberately or subconsciously used its power to re-adamantiumize his skeleton.

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* {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} once regenerated from a single drop of his blood landing on an incredibly powerful MacGuffin that was making the villain of the month all powerful. As a result, his healing abilities were supercharged to the point that he could regenerate from a single cell. He was also still touching the item when he popped his claws, (to destroy it) making it reasonable to assume he either deliberately or subconsciously used its power to re-adamantiumize his skeleton.



* {{Deadpool}} also has regenerative properties. Unfortunately for him, it causes his cancer cells to regenerate rapidly too, causing him to be horribly disfigured and, well, not exactly sane.

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* {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} also has regenerative properties. Unfortunately for him, it causes his cancer cells to regenerate rapidly too, causing him to be horribly disfigured and, well, not exactly sane.



* Doomsday, The One Who Killed {{Superman}}, regenerated from being reduced to a skeleton. Lex Luthor helped by pouring some of Superman's blood on the bones to give him some raw material to work with.
** It was later revealed in Doomsday's back story that he was created with the ability to die and then evolve an immunity to what ever killed him upon resurrection.
* [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Black Lanterns]] are [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] with power rings that can regenerate them back to full health, even if their entire body is destroyed. The rings themselves are MadeOfIndestructium.
* Let's not forget [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Mister Sinister]]. As an aside, quite apart from this healing factor he has back-up plans in the event that someone does manage to kill him, namely that he secretly experimented on several characters in their childhoods (including Juggernaut, Professor X and Sebastian Shaw) to allow his mind to be transferred to them telepathically while their DNA is overwritten with his. So even if you stop him returning from a single cell, he'll still come back. Not helped by the fact that all three of those characters are quite hard to kill anyway, and one is nigh-invincible.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, TheFlash (Barry Allen) was a rare heroic example, as he was able to reconstitute himself from extreme fates such as being ''vaporized'', apparently due to his complete control over his molecules. The one thing he couldn't save himself from, however, was [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths being converted into energy]] in an epic HeroicSacrifice.
* [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk's]] Maestro incarnation was capable of regenerating from dust.

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* Doomsday, [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman The One Who Killed {{Superman}}, Killed]] Franchise/{{Superman}}, regenerated from being reduced to a skeleton. Lex Luthor helped by pouring some of Superman's blood on the bones to give him some raw material to work with.
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with. It was later revealed in Doomsday's back story that he was created with the ability to die and then evolve an immunity to what ever killed him upon resurrection.
* [[ComicBook/GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Black Lanterns]] are [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]] with power rings that can regenerate them back to full health, even if their entire body is destroyed. The rings themselves are MadeOfIndestructium.
* Let's not forget [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen: Mister Sinister]].Sinister. As an aside, quite apart from this healing factor he has back-up plans in the event that someone does manage to kill him, namely that he secretly experimented on several characters in their childhoods (including Juggernaut, Professor X and Sebastian Shaw) to allow his mind to be transferred to them telepathically while their DNA is overwritten with his. So even if you stop him returning from a single cell, he'll still come back. Not helped by the fact that all three of those characters are quite hard to kill anyway, and one is nigh-invincible.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash (Barry Allen) was a rare heroic example, as he was able to reconstitute himself from extreme fates such as being ''vaporized'', apparently due to his complete control over his molecules. The one thing he couldn't save himself from, however, was [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths being converted into energy]] in an epic HeroicSacrifice.
* [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk's]] Maestro incarnation was capable of regenerating from dust.



* In the ''Ultimate Doomsday Trilogy'', Ben Grimm manages [[spoiler:to kill The Maker[=/=]Reed Richards... or so he thinks. It turned out that the body Ben destroyed was merely an extra body spawned from a hair-thin tendril from his central mass which is quickly regenerated. When Reed is finally cornered by the Ultimates and his former teammates, he implies that so long as a microscopic bit of him remains his bacterial stack can grow back]].

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* In the ''Ultimate ''[[ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour Ultimate Doomsday Trilogy'', Trilogy]]'', Ben Grimm manages [[spoiler:to kill The Maker[=/=]Reed Richards... or so he thinks. It turned out that the body Ben destroyed was merely an extra body spawned from a hair-thin tendril from his central mass which is quickly regenerated. When Reed is finally cornered by the Ultimates and his former teammates, he implies that so long as a microscopic bit of him remains his bacterial stack can grow back]].



* [[spoiler: Dark King Joe Dark]] and [[spoiler: Chaos Alex]] both utilize this trope in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', but it is stated in-story that the best way to counter their regeneration is to burn their cells faster than they can restore them, which Alex Whiter does [[spoiler: with his Blazing Overlord Fist]]

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* [[spoiler: Dark King Joe Dark]] and [[spoiler: Chaos Alex]] both utilize this trope in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', but it is stated in-story that the best way to counter their regeneration is to burn their cells faster than they can restore them, which Alex Whiter does [[spoiler: with his Blazing Overlord Fist]]Fist]].



** [[PhysicalGod The Alicorns and Draconequi]] both are capable of surviving and healing from unholy amounts of damage. It would seem nothing short of being vaporized can actually kill one. And even then, their natural forms are spirits that can live on past death, though killing them ''does'' seem to prevent them from just returning to the mortal plane. The only exception was [[spoiler:Discord, who was shattered after being turned to stone. A fail-safe Havoc put in place allowed his spirit to remain in the mortal plane and possess a pony, whom he used his powers on to turn into a clone of his original body.]] Even then, it takes a massive amount of damage or special weapons to actually pull off under most circumstances.

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** [[PhysicalGod The Alicorns and Draconequi]] both are capable of surviving and healing from unholy amounts of damage. It would seem nothing short of being vaporized can actually kill one. And even then, their natural forms are spirits that can live on past death, though killing them ''does'' seem to prevent them from just returning to the mortal plane. The only exception was [[spoiler:Discord, who was shattered after being turned to stone. A fail-safe Havoc put in place allowed his spirit to remain in the mortal plane and possess a pony, whom he used his powers on to turn into a clone of his original body.]] body]]. Even then, it takes a massive amount of damage or special weapons to actually pull off under most circumstances.



* The immortals of the Kage Baker ''[[TheCompanyNovels Company]]'' series of books, well...it takes a LOT of destruction to get any of them to the point where they can't be brought back.

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* The immortals of the Kage Baker ''[[TheCompanyNovels ''[[Literature/TheCompanyNovels Company]]'' series of books, well...it takes a LOT of destruction to get any of them to the point where they can't be brought back.



* MargaretWeis and Tracy Hickman had monsters that could do this in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. You had to stab a "chaodyn" in the heart, because if not they would heal and the blood that had dripped out of the wound would spawn a second chaodyn. (Killing them without spilling blood worked too.)
* BlessedWithSuck example from OrsonScottCard: ''Planet of Treason''. One of the families exiled to an isolated world has genetically-engineered themselves to a state in which they can regenerate organs, so that they can sell them to eventually buy their way home. Occasionally a mutant like the protagonist appears whose regenerative abilities approach this level -- but he also grows extraneous body parts that eventually cripple, then kill him. At one point, his guts are ripped out, producing [[WildChild a feral copy.]]

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* MargaretWeis Creator/MargaretWeis and Tracy Hickman Creator/TracyHickman had monsters that could do this in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. You had to stab a "chaodyn" in the heart, because if not they would heal and the blood that had dripped out of the wound would spawn a second chaodyn. (Killing them without spilling blood worked too.)
* BlessedWithSuck example from OrsonScottCard: Creator/OrsonScottCard: ''Planet of Treason''. One of the families exiled to an isolated world has genetically-engineered themselves to a state in which they can regenerate organs, so that they can sell them to eventually buy their way home. Occasionally a mutant like the protagonist appears whose regenerative abilities approach this level -- but he also grows extraneous body parts that eventually cripple, then kill him. At one point, his guts are ripped out, producing [[WildChild a feral copy.]]



* The book ''JasonXTheExperiment'' has Jason Voorhees coming back after being reduced to little more than a hunk of flesh due to being incinerated during atmospheric reentry. It takes him a couple years (even with help from {{nanomachines}}) though.

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* The book ''JasonXTheExperiment'' ''[[Film/JasonX Jason X: The Experiment]]'' has Jason Voorhees coming back after being reduced to little more than a hunk of flesh due to being incinerated during atmospheric reentry. It takes him a couple years (even with help from {{nanomachines}}) though.



* Captain Jack in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is not invincible, but ''always'' comes back to life after being killed, no matter how severe the damage. Even when in ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' he is [[spoiler:torn to shreds by a bomb planted ''inside his chest'', and the only thing remaining of him is an arm, a shoulder, and part of his head, he regenerates fully within a few hours. [[AndIMustScream He is conscious for most of it]] and it is ''very'' painful.]]
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': The helmet of Creator King Ryuuwon is actually a ClingyMacGuffin that granted Ryuuwon immortality as a [[LizardFolk humanoid reptile]], as well as the power to survive falling off a high cliff, getting blown up while piloting his [[HumongousMecha dinosaur-mechs]] two, maybe three times, and suicide. However, this power fails Ryuuwon when Bouken Red destroys it during the two's final duel, causing Ryuuwon to revert back to his original human form.
** [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger He gets better]].

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* Captain Jack in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is not invincible, but ''always'' comes back to life after being killed, no matter how severe the damage. Even when in ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]'' he is [[spoiler:torn to shreds by a bomb planted ''inside his chest'', and the only thing remaining of him is an arm, a shoulder, and part of his head, he regenerates fully within a few hours. [[AndIMustScream He is conscious for most of it]] and it is ''very'' painful.]]
painful]].
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': The helmet of Creator King Ryuuwon is actually a ClingyMacGuffin that granted Ryuuwon immortality as a [[LizardFolk humanoid reptile]], as well as the power to survive falling off a high cliff, getting blown up while piloting his [[HumongousMecha dinosaur-mechs]] two, maybe three times, and suicide. However, this power fails Ryuuwon when Bouken Red destroys it during the two's final duel, causing Ryuuwon to revert back to his original human form. \n** [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger He gets better]].



* Vandal Savage in ''Series/LegendsofTomorrow'' fits this. Even after being completely obliterated by [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]] and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Green Arrow]], he still regenerates and conquers the world in the distant future, setting the events of the series in motion. Given that Merlyn collected his ashes after Savage was incinerated by the Staff of Horus and said "You owe me.", he probably knew this was going to happen. [[spoiler:The only way to kill Savage for good is for Kendra/Chay-Ara to stab him with the Amon Dagger]].

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* Vandal Savage ComicBook/VandalSavage in ''Series/LegendsofTomorrow'' ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' fits this. Even after being completely obliterated by [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]] and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Green Arrow]], he still regenerates and conquers the world in the distant future, setting the events of the series in motion. Given that Merlyn collected his ashes after Savage was incinerated by the Staff of Horus and said "You owe me.", he probably knew this was going to happen. [[spoiler:The only way to kill Savage for good is for Kendra/Chay-Ara to stab him with the Amon Dagger]].



* In Myth/HinduMythology, the demon Raktabij could birth a new form from every drop of blood. Kali solved this by having the demons strangled. Part of the origin myth of the Thuggee cult.
** An alternative version is she cut off his head, then drank all the blood that flowed out.

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* In Myth/HinduMythology, the demon Raktabij could birth a new form from every drop of blood. Kali solved this by having the demons strangled. Part of the origin myth of the Thuggee cult.
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cult. An alternative version is she cut off his head, then drank all the blood that flowed out.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Chimeras, Lunar Exalted who have gone bat-shit insane, that can learn this. The Knack is called "Perfect Regeneration", and also solves the question about "which part regenerates"; the Chimera's spirit will always occupy the largest remaining part. This lends itself to some interesting ideas about how you could permanently kill it with relatively mundane methods, but since we're talking about an [[PersonOfMassDestruction Essence 6]] {{Axecrazy}} shape-shifter-slash-titan-killing-weapon-gone-rogue, it might just be easier to pop a Total Annihilation on it...

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Chimeras, Lunar Exalted who have gone bat-shit insane, that can learn this. The Knack is called "Perfect Regeneration", and also solves the question about "which part regenerates"; the Chimera's spirit will always occupy the largest remaining part. This lends itself to some interesting ideas about how you could permanently kill it with relatively mundane methods, but since we're talking about an [[PersonOfMassDestruction Essence 6]] {{Axecrazy}} AxCrazy shape-shifter-slash-titan-killing-weapon-gone-rogue, it might just be easier to pop a Total Annihilation on it...



* Roa from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' can be like this, but only when the conditions are absolutely right (midnight during a full moon, [[spoiler:as Arcueid found to her chagrin, when he regenerated from ''his ankles up'']]).

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* Roa from ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' can be like this, but only when the conditions are absolutely right (midnight during a full moon, [[spoiler:as Arcueid found to her chagrin, when he regenerated from ''his ankles up'']]).



** It is explained at some point that in case of most powerful beings (like Shinso and Dead Apostle Ancestors) the wounds do not regenerate by normal means (i.e. cell division cranked UpToEleven) but rather by reversing the flow of time around the missing body part (or even missing body, for the most powerful of them returning from the state of complete non-existance is just as simple) effectively making the wound to never existed. Of course most of those creatures also have abnormal HealingFactor just in case someone attacks them with means [[note]]like Conceptual Weapons[[/note]] that prevent recovery by time reversal.

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** It is explained at some point that in case of most powerful beings (like Shinso and Dead Apostle Ancestors) the wounds do not regenerate by normal means (i.e. cell division cranked UpToEleven) but rather by reversing the flow of time around the missing body part (or even missing body, for the most powerful of them returning from the state of complete non-existance non-existence is just as simple) effectively making the wound to never existed. Of course most of those creatures also have abnormal HealingFactor just in case someone attacks them with means [[note]]like Conceptual Weapons[[/note]] that prevent recovery by time reversal.



* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}:

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* Schlock from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' kind of does it [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20041019.html here]]. When 80% of his body mass is incinerated in an explosion, the remaining mass is able to re-assemble into a sapient individual- but Schlock loses most of his mind in the process, (it's spread throughout his body) and regresses to a child-like state. It's implied that while his memories are gone for good, in time he'll eventually just grow up into an adult again.
** Or he would if he hadn't [[spoiler:{{Time Travel}}ed back into the past and merged with his alternate-universe counterpart]]. Thereby also answering the question of what happens if he gets split in half.

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* Schlock from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' kind of does it [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20041019.html here]]. When 80% of his body mass is incinerated in an explosion, the remaining mass is able to re-assemble into a sapient individual- but Schlock loses most of his mind in the process, (it's spread throughout his body) and regresses to a child-like state. It's implied that while his memories are gone for good, in time he'll eventually just grow up into an adult again.
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again. Or he would if he hadn't [[spoiler:{{Time Travel}}ed back into the past and merged with his alternate-universe counterpart]]. Thereby also answering the question of what happens if he gets split in half.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Nimona}}'', it's pretty heavily implied that this is the root of [[spoiler: both Nimona's Shapeshifting powers and HealingFactor. Every time Nimona transforms, all of her cells are destroyed and reformed. It's how she can resurrect and split into two bodies.]]

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Nimona}}'', it's pretty heavily implied that this is the root of [[spoiler: both Nimona's Shapeshifting powers and HealingFactor. Every time Nimona transforms, all of her cells are destroyed and reformed. It's how she can resurrect and split into two bodies.]]bodies]].



* [[spoiler: Darkwing, as a parody of the T-1000,]] in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 6''

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* [[spoiler: Darkwing, as a parody of the T-1000,]] in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 6''6''.



* Amazo in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' is made of Nanomachines, and thus he can reform from any injury that doesn't completely destroy him. However, this was subverted at first because he only gained the ability to do this after he copied the Martian Manhunter. Before that, a small explosive in his brain really would have killed him.
** This trope was double-subverted in a later episode. In an EnemyMine assault against Amazo, Lex Luthor and the League use the robot's blueprints to build a weapon capable of disabling its nanomachines. However, it's soon revealed that ''Amazo'' knows about this limitation, and had evolved itself beyond the nanomachines' tech threshold, rendering the weapon useless.

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* Amazo in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' is made of Nanomachines, and thus he can reform from any injury that doesn't completely destroy him. However, this was subverted at first because he only gained the ability to do this after he copied the Martian Manhunter. Before that, a small explosive in his brain really would have killed him.
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him. This trope was double-subverted in a later episode. In an EnemyMine assault against Amazo, Lex Luthor and the League use the robot's blueprints to build a weapon capable of disabling its nanomachines. However, it's soon revealed that ''Amazo'' knows about this limitation, and had evolved itself beyond the nanomachines' tech threshold, rendering the weapon useless.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Franken Doodle", said doodle recreates its body by redrawing itself with a magic pencil.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "Franken Doodle", said doodle recreates its body by redrawing itself with a magic pencil.



* The BigBad of ''GeneratorRex'' Van Kleiss is able to rebuild his entire body using the nanite-infused soil of his homeland. He did this near the end of the ''first episode'' after Rex smashed him to pieces.

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* The BigBad of ''GeneratorRex'' ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' Van Kleiss is able to rebuild his entire body using the nanite-infused soil of his homeland. He did this near the end of the ''first episode'' after Rex smashed him to pieces.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}},'' one of his original 10 forms, Ghostfreak, turns out to have this ability. Unfortunately, this means [[spoiler: the mind of the original alien whose DNA sample is in the Omnitrix is present within that sample and capable of restoring himself. And he's '''not''' a good guy.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}},'' one 10}}''
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of his original 10 forms, Ghostfreak, turns out to have this ability. Unfortunately, this means [[spoiler: the mind of the original alien whose DNA sample is in the Omnitrix is present within that sample and capable of restoring himself. And he's '''not''' a good guy.]]guy]].
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* Vandal Savage in ''Series/LegendsofTomorrow'' fits this. Even after being completely obliterated by [[Series/TheFlash(2014) The Flash]] and [[Series/Arrow Green Arrow]], he still regenerates and conquers the world in the distant future, setting the events of the series in motion.

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* Vandal Savage in ''Series/LegendsofTomorrow'' fits this. Even after being completely obliterated by [[Series/TheFlash(2014) The [[Series/TheFlash2014 the Flash]] and [[Series/Arrow [[Series/{{Arrow}} Green Arrow]], he still regenerates and conquers the world in the distant future, setting the events of the series in motion.motion. Given that Merlyn collected his ashes after Savage was incinerated by the Staff of Horus and said "You owe me.", he probably knew this was going to happen. [[spoiler:The only way to kill Savage for good is for Kendra/Chay-Ara to stab him with the Amon Dagger]].
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* {{Space 1999}} episode ''End of Eternity'' features Balor, who is imprisoned forever on an asteroid by his immortal race. At the start of the episode he quickly recovers from horrific explosion and rockfall injuries. At the end, he's blown out onto the Lunar surface (or into space - the episode glosses over this). The question of what happens to a From A Single Cell individual left in a vacuum is never addressed.

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* {{Space 1999}} ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' episode ''End "End of Eternity'' Eternity" features Balor, who is imprisoned forever on an asteroid by his immortal race. At the start of the episode he quickly recovers from horrific explosion and rockfall injuries. At the end, he's blown out onto the Lunar surface (or into space - the episode glosses over this). The question of what happens to a From A Single Cell individual left in a vacuum is never addressed.
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