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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.
8th Jul '17 11:27:56 AM memememememe
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* Medical Science's current obsession: Stem Cells. They are totipotent, this means they can potentially literally regenerate into any organ cell of choosing, provided the right DNA and resources. Unfortunately, the most versatile and abundant totipotent cells are embryonic; most commonly found at the start of an organism's development before mitosis gets too far under way. For example, prior to a certain point, splitting the developing zygote apart results in identical twins. This is why embryonic stem cell research has a negative public reputation as PoweredByAForsakenChild, though efforts to produce "ethical" stem cells from adults such as those found in the bone marrow are underway yet difficult.
** Sponges contain totipotent cells throughout their bodies when mature, potentially giving them the full version of this trope.
* Nematodes. Not only can they regenerate from a single cell, they can ''eat'' themselves till being reduced to one cell if they don't find food, and then regenerate from that single cell left.
* Cancer. If there's even just a few cancerous cells left in an individual, they'll continue to rampantly grow and divide and continue the disease. This is why metastasized cancers are so dangerous, it's ''extremely'' difficult to ensure that all the abnormal cells have been destroyed or removed, and that there aren't any more floating around in circulation somewhere.
** Most notably the [[TheImmortalLifeOfHenriettaLacks Hela]] cells, the first immortal human cell line. They were taken from the cervical tumour of a woman named Henrietta Lacks in 1951 and they're still going. They will also invade and take over any other cells you happen to have growing about the lab - they've done millions of USD worth of damage that way, but it's sort of balanced out by also being responsible for every significant medical discovery in the past sixty years.



* All totipotent cells, most commonly found at the start of an organism's development before mitosis gets too far under way. Prior to a certain point, splitting the developing zygote apart results in identical twins.
** Sponges contain totipotent cells throughout their bodies when mature, potentially giving them the full version of this trope.
* Nematodes. Not only can they regenerate from a single cell, they can ''eat'' themselves till being reduced to one cell if they don't find food, and then regenerate from that single cell left.
* Cancer. If there's even just a few cancerous cells left in an individual, they'll continue to rampantly grow and divide and continue the disease. This is why metastasized cancers are so dangerous, it's ''extremely'' difficult to ensure that all the abnormal cells have been destroyed or removed, and that there aren't any more floating around in circulation somewhere.
** Most notably the [[TheImmortalLifeOfHenriettaLacks Hela]] cells, the first immortal human cell line. They were taken from the cervical tumour of a woman named Henrietta Lacks in 1951 and they're still going. They will also invade and take over any other cells you happen to have growing about the lab - they've done millions of USD worth of damage that way, but it's sort of balanced out by also being responsible for every significant medical discovery in the past sixty years.
7th Jul '17 1:05:31 PM DarkHunter
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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=]''.

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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.
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nothing. This is a standard ability of all Liches in ''[=DnD=]''.
1st Jul '17 5:05:21 PM H2SO4
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* The BigBad of ''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.

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* The BigBad of ''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. After being brought BackFromTheDead, he can no longer do this.
1st Jul '17 4:58:23 AM H2SO4
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': This applies to Aku, the main villain, who is basically malicious darkness empowered with magic and sentience. He's immortal in all respects; normal weapons are less effective than bug bites, and he can even absorb and reflect them. The eponymous protagonist's magic sword, forged from pure righteousness, is the only thing that can destroy him. And even then, while every strike burns part of Aku away, he's fully capable of regenerating from the sword's blows if given enough time, and if even a fist-sized amount of darkness remains, he can use it to shape-shift into a form that will let him escape, which [[VillainExitStageLeft he always does.]] [[spoiler:Right down to the finale, when Jack pursues the last fragment of Aku and stabs him as he runs away, finally destroying him.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': This applies to Aku, the main villain, who is basically malicious darkness empowered with magic and sentience. He's immortal in all respects; normal weapons are less effective than bug bites, and he can even absorb and reflect them. The eponymous protagonist's magic sword, forged from pure righteousness, is the only thing that can destroy him.him apart from the gods that forged said sword. And even then, while every strike burns part of Aku away, he's fully capable of regenerating from the sword's blows if given enough time, and if even a fist-sized amount of darkness remains, he can use it to shape-shift into a form that will let him escape, which [[VillainExitStageLeft he always does.]] [[spoiler:Right down to the finale, when Jack pursues the last fragment of Aku and stabs him as he runs away, finally destroying him.]]
28th Jun '17 2:37:21 PM Mitis
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'': All villains under Brushogun can regenerate from any injury in a matter of seconds, from losing a limb to a hole in the stomach. Brute force seems to be capable of killing them, however. [[spoiler:This is due to them being made entirely of ink, meaning that [[KillItWithWater water is fatal to them]].]]
11th Jun '17 2:32:10 PM Theokal3
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** The Abmortals from ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' are people who found ways (usually [[PoweredByAForsakenChild very amoral ones]] to make themselves immortals. They all have a single AchillesHeel allowing you to kill them, but this aside, they are this trope: you could cut them to pieces and burn their remains, they would ''still'' eventually regenerate and come back.

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** The Abmortals from ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' are people who found ways (usually [[PoweredByAForsakenChild very amoral ones]] ones]]) to make themselves immortals. They all have a single AchillesHeel allowing you to kill them, but this aside, they are this trope: you could cut them to pieces and burn their remains, they would ''still'' eventually regenerate and come back.
11th Jun '17 2:30:57 PM Theokal3
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* A similar ability is possessed by the Hosts of ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''. These are bizarre hybrid spirit creatures (most commonly the [[GiantSpider Azlu]] and the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Beshilu]]) who are able to either take on vaguely human forms or [[BodyHorror hide inside human skins]]. If a Host is destroyed, its body will shatter into dozens or hundreds of its animal form (which will look like mundane animals), one of which contains its soul. They all need to be destroyed to be safe or else they will eventually consume enough to regrow into their monstrous forms (and usually be pissed at whatever killed them).

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* A similar ability is possessed by the ''TabletopGame/ChroniclesOfDarkness'':
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Hosts of ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''. These are bizarre hybrid spirit creatures (most commonly the [[GiantSpider Azlu]] and the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Beshilu]]) who are able to either take on vaguely human forms or [[BodyHorror hide inside human skins]]. If a Host is destroyed, its body will shatter into dozens or hundreds of its animal form (which will look like mundane animals), one of which contains its soul. They all need to be destroyed to be safe or else they will eventually consume enough to regrow into their monstrous forms (and usually be pissed at whatever killed them).


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** The Abmortals from ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' are people who found ways (usually [[PoweredByAForsakenChild very amoral ones]] to make themselves immortals. They all have a single AchillesHeel allowing you to kill them, but this aside, they are this trope: you could cut them to pieces and burn their remains, they would ''still'' eventually regenerate and come back.
28th May '17 6:23:50 AM Mitis
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': This applies to Aku, the main villain, who is basically malicious darkness empowered with magic and sentience. He's immortal in all respects; normal weapons are less effective than bug bites, and he can even absorb and reflect them. The eponymous protagonist's magic sword, forged from pure righteousness, is the only thing that can destroy him. And even then, while every strike burns part of Aku away, he's fully capable of regenerating from the sword's blows if given enough time, and if even a fist-sized amount of darkness remains, he can use it to shape-shift into a form that will let him escape, which [[VillainExitStageLeft he always does.]] [[spoiler:Right down to the finale, when Jack pursues the last fragment of Aku and stabs him as he runs away, finally destroying him.]]
16th May '17 4:56:05 AM EmptyPockets
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* Crawler of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can instantaneously recover from any injury, even if almost all his bodymass- including his brain- is destroyed, and [[AdaptiveAbility becomes immune to whatever injured him to boot]]. [[spoiler:He's only killed by a weapon that [[TakenForGranite transforms his body into silicon]], and when [[MadScientist Bonesaw]] makes clones him, Dragon resorts to nanotech weapons that obliterate his entire body at once.]]



* Crawler of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can instantaneously recover from any injury, even if almost all his bodymass- including his brain- is destroyed, and [[AdaptiveAbility becomes immune to whatever injured him to boot]]. [[spoiler:He's only killed by a weapon that [[TakenForGranite transforms his body into silicon]], and when [[MadScientist Bonesaw]] makes clones him, Dragon resorts to nanotech weapons that obliterate his entire body at once.]]
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