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** The next villain after that, Majin Buu, is a murderous, supernatural djinn, who can reform himself from a single piece of himself, and can reform himself if he is blown apart into a million pieces, or even air vapour. A single cell? All he needs is a single ''molecule''. Planetary explosion? Give him 3 seconds. Blown up to shreds, the shreds then being vaporised just to make sure. Give him 3 god damn seconds. It took a CombinedEnergyAttack with power from ''every non-evil, non-dead character in the series up to that point'' to kill him.
*** It's interesting to note that his regeneration becomes more powerful (or at least faster) with every transformation. Fat Buu already fit this trope, but it was a fairly slow process. Super Buu was able to regenerate at incredible speed, though there was implied to be mental limits that Gotenks almost reached and during his battle with Vegetto in the anime it seemed to start slowing down as he got his ass utterly wrecked to the point Vegetto actually pointed out he hadn't regenerated from an injury yet and ''Buu didn't even notice''. Finally, Kid Buu could regenerate seemingly instantly from having his entire body destroyed, with no visible limits aside from complete destruction of every molecule of his being. Kid Buu's being the fastest could be justified by virtue of being the original form of Buu.

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** The next villain after that, Majin Buu, is a murderous, supernatural djinn, who can reform himself from a single piece of himself, and can reform himself if he is blown apart into a million pieces, or even air vapour. A single cell? All he needs is a single ''molecule''. Planetary explosion? Give him 3 seconds. Blown up to shreds, the shreds then being vaporised just to make sure. Give him 3 god damn seconds. It took a CombinedEnergyAttack with power from ''every non-evil, non-dead character in the series up to that point'' to kill him.
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It's interesting to note that his regeneration becomes more powerful (or at least faster) with every transformation. Fat Buu already fit this trope, but it was a fairly slow process. Super Buu was able to regenerate at incredible speed, though there was implied to be mental limits that Gotenks almost reached and during his battle with Vegetto in the anime it seemed to start slowing down as he got his ass utterly wrecked to the point Vegetto actually pointed out he hadn't regenerated from an injury yet and ''Buu didn't even notice''. Finally, Kid Buu could regenerate seemingly instantly from having his entire body destroyed, with no visible limits aside from complete destruction of every molecule of his being. Kid Buu's being the fastest could be justified by virtue of being the original form of Buu.



* Acacia in the manga Manga/GreenWorldz 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.
* It's eventually revealed that this is the power of Shaz Domino in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. It's so strong that he, a projection made by Gremmy, ''generates himself a corporeal body'' and breaks free of Gremmy's control. Kira has to defeat him by repeatedly cutting him with his Zanpakuto [[FateWorseThanDeath until he is stuck in the ground and unable to free himself.]]

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* Acacia in the manga Manga/GreenWorldz regenerated ''Manga/GreenWorldz'' regenerates from a single small flesh in chapter 51 despite being cut to pieces. Her {{healing factor}} is so strong that the hero had has to resort to feeding her severely damaged body to a giant size 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.
* It's eventually revealed that this is the power of Shaz Domino in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''.''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. It's so strong that he, a projection made by Gremmy, ''generates himself a corporeal body'' and breaks free of Gremmy's control. Kira has to defeat him by repeatedly cutting him with his Zanpakuto [[FateWorseThanDeath until he is stuck in the ground and unable to free himself.]]



* [[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]].

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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]].
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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]].



* Master Mold from the ''Comicbook/XMen'' acted much like Brainiac, storing backups of itself in out- of the way places. Its future "descendant", Nimrod, can rebuild itself if even a single molecule survives.

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* Master Mold from the ''Comicbook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' acted much like Brainiac, storing backups of itself in out- of the way places. Its future "descendant", Nimrod, can rebuild itself if even a single molecule survives.



* 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.
** During the Civil War Saga, he was immolated down to his skeleton and regenerated. Later comics apparently had him trade in some of his healing factor to return from the dead.

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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}:
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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.
** During the Civil War ''Civil War'' Saga, he was immolated down to his skeleton and regenerated. Later comics apparently had him trade in some of his healing factor to return from the dead.



-->'''Doctor Manhattan''': I'm disappointed in you, [[spoiler: Adrian]]. I'm very disappointed. Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn't kill Osterman. Did you really think it would kill me?.

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-->'''Doctor Manhattan''': Manhattan:''' I'm disappointed in you, [[spoiler: Adrian]]. I'm very disappointed. Reassembling myself was the first trick I learned. It didn't kill Osterman. Did you really think it would kill me?.me?



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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the ActionGirl protagonist Leeloo is regenerated from scratch in a rather cool sequence near the beginning of the film.
** Not to mention the nice FanService.
** The doctor who restores her practically quotes this trope when explaining the process, saying "A couple of cells are still alive. It's more than I need."

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* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the ActionGirl protagonist Leeloo is regenerated from scratch in a rather cool sequence near the beginning of the film.
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FanService. The doctor who restores her practically quotes this trope when explaining the process, saying "A couple of cells are still alive. It's more than I need."



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* Any ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' creature with regeneration works this way unless you take its HitPoints to -10 with whatever form of damage it can't regenerate (that's when a creature is officially considered Killed— -1 to -9 HP is only considered Dying). A joke ''D&D'' item exists called "Troll in a Can" that uses this trope to turn a chunk of trollflesh into self-regenerating field rations. [[spoiler: Wizards of the Coast ruled that eating a troll will eventually cause a new troll to ''grow inside you and EXPLODE OUT OF YOUR BODY''. (Unless it's well done on a bonfire, since trolls do not regenerate fire damage and can be safely killed by it.)]]
** The tarrasque has this ability. The only way to defeat it is to beat it into unconsciousness and then use the most powerful spell in the game to make sure it doesn't wake up. (Good thing it sleeps 99% of the time.)
*** And as of Fourth Edition, the Monster Manual implies that the only real way to kill a tarrasque for good is to send it into space. Reducing its HP to 0 just sends it back to slumber beneath the earth.
*** Second Edition required the tarrasque to be reduced to -50 hit points, requiring the use of +1 or better magical weapons, then a Wish spell or equivalent to be used wherein you wished for the tarrasque to never return. Depending on your DM at the time, sending it into space may be a lot easier.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign, Dr. Victor Mordenheim, the MadScientist responsible for the blasphemous experiment that created Adam, the Lord of Lamordia, has this ability, whether he wants it or not. Even though he is not the true Lord of the domain, he is cursed to share Adam's IronicHell, and cannot die while Adam lives. Thus, he can't be killed. In fact, he would even survive if not a single cell were left; if that happened, his soul would become bound to a recently-dead corpse that would regenerate and turn into a duplicate of his old body.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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Any ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' creature with regeneration works this way unless you take its HitPoints to -10 with whatever form of damage it can't regenerate (that's when a creature is officially considered Killed— Killed -- -1 to -9 HP is only considered Dying). A joke ''D&D'' item exists called "Troll in a Can" that uses this trope to turn a chunk of trollflesh into self-regenerating field rations. [[spoiler: Wizards [[spoiler:Wizards of the Coast ruled that eating a troll will eventually cause a new troll to ''grow inside you and EXPLODE OUT OF YOUR BODY''. (Unless it's well done on a bonfire, since trolls do not regenerate fire damage and can be safely killed by it.)]]
** The tarrasque has this ability. The only way to defeat it is to beat it into unconsciousness and then use the most powerful spell in the game to make sure it doesn't wake up. (Good thing it sleeps 99% of the time.)
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) And as of Fourth Edition, the Monster Manual implies that the only real way to kill a tarrasque for good is to send it into space. Reducing its HP to 0 just sends it back to slumber beneath the earth.
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earth. Second Edition required the tarrasque to be reduced to -50 hit points, requiring the use of +1 or better magical weapons, then a Wish spell or equivalent to be used wherein you wished for the tarrasque to never return. Depending on your DM at the time, sending it into space may be a lot easier.
* ** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign, Dr. Victor Mordenheim, the MadScientist responsible for the blasphemous experiment that created Adam, the Lord of Lamordia, has this ability, whether he wants it or not. Even though he is not the true Lord of the domain, he is cursed to share Adam's IronicHell, and cannot die while Adam lives. Thus, he can't be killed. In fact, he would even survive if not a single cell were left; if that happened, his soul would become bound to a recently-dead corpse that would regenerate and turn into a duplicate of his old body.



* Xykon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is able to regenerate from any injury as long as his SoulJar still exists. After his first (and so far only) defeat, he was notably ably to regenerate his whole body from essentially nothing. This is a standard ability of all Liches in ''[=DnD=]''.

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* Xykon from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is able to regenerate from any injury as long as his SoulJar still exists. After his first (and so far only) defeat, he was notably ably to regenerate his whole body from essentially nothing. This is a standard ability of all Liches in ''[=DnD=]''.''D&D''.



* In ''{{Webcomic/Archipelago}}'', [[spoiler:the mechanical soul-stealing arm [[ManInTheMachine that is currently home to Captain Snow's soul]]]] can regenerate from a single chip of its material.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/Archipelago}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'', [[spoiler:the mechanical soul-stealing arm [[ManInTheMachine that is currently home to Captain Snow's soul]]]] can regenerate from a single chip of its material.
5th Sep '17 3:21:54 PM nm3youtube
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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Groot is blown up from his HeroicSacrifice to protect the team from the BigBad's ship crashing. [[spoiler: Rocket Raccoon takes one of his twigs, which regenerates into a tiny Groot that will grow back to full size.]]

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Groot is blown up from his HeroicSacrifice to protect the team from the BigBad's ship crashing. [[spoiler: Rocket Raccoon takes one of his twigs, which regenerates into a tiny Groot that will grow back to full size.size, albeit without the original Groot's memories.]]
3rd Sep '17 7:11:16 PM TheGreatSkrond
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Also, per mass-energy conservation, this process would either require some sort of mass to absorb and convert into new cells, or a ''lot'' of energy to convert to mass.

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Also, per mass-energy conservation, this process would should either require some sort of mass to absorb and convert into new cells, or a ''lot'' of energy to convert to mass.
3rd Sep '17 7:10:59 PM TheGreatSkrond
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Also, per mass-energy conservation, this process would either require some sort of mass to absorb and convert into new cells, or a ''lot'' of energy to convert to mass.
28th Aug '17 8:43:24 PM Kooshmeister
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* The title [[BlobMonster creature]] in ''Literature/TheClone'' begins its life at a microscopic level in a sewer catch basin. It grows steadily bigger by feeding on all the bacteria and fungi lining the basin, allowing it become large enough to leave the basin and expand through the sewer, up through drains and pipes and into the [[TheWindyCity city]].

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* The title [[BlobMonster creature]] in ''Literature/TheClone'' begins its life at a microscopic level in a sewer catch basin. It grows steadily bigger by feeding on all the bacteria and fungi lining the basin, allowing it become large enough to leave the basin and expand through the sewer, up through drains and pipes and into the [[TheWindyCity [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} city]].
28th Aug '17 8:39:45 PM Kooshmeister
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* The title [[BlobMonster creature]] in ''Literature/TheClone'' begins its life at a microscopic level in a sewer catch basin. It grows steadily bigger by feeding on all the bacteria and fungi lining the basin, allowing it become large enough to leave the basin and expand through the sewer, up through drains and pipes and into the [[TheWindyCity city]].
16th Aug '17 6:21:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* ComicBook/VandalSavage 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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* ComicBook/VandalSavage 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. Alternatively, Savage's immortality is negated by his presence near one of the Thanagarian meteorites, so he can be killed by anyone.]]
3rd Aug '17 4:35:53 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Jul '17 12:59:16 PM SovereignGFC
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* Some species of flatworms and starfish have impressive regenerative abilities, and although they can't grow back from a single cell, a single individual can survive being cut in half and both halves can independently develop into complete, separate individuals.

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* Some species of flatworms and starfish have impressive regenerative abilities, and although they can't grow back from a single cell, cell in isolation, a single individual can survive being cut in half and both halves can independently develop into complete, separate individuals.individuals.
** To expand on "single cell in isolation," a flatworm was [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/05/12/an-entire-flatworm-regenerated-from-a-single-adult-cell/#.WXnxVsd97IW exposed to lethal radiation]], crippling its regenerative capabilities and giving it a few weeks to live at best. Then a single donor cell from a different adult worm was implanted in the dying specimen's tail. Two weeks later, an entire healthy adult resulted--its eyes, skin, and organs genetically identical to the donor's despite being grafted onto a dying body. So a single cell ''can'' regenerate an entire flatworm, if said cell has a scaffold on which to grow (the dying adult).
14th Jul '17 2:39:38 PM DokutaMaki
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* In Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger, as long as a single piece of [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Madako]] survives her destruction, the villainess is capable of completely regenerating again and again.
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