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23rd Jun '16 6:33:33 AM Quanyails
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*** It's never explicitly said in Silent Hill 4 what [[spoiler: the fate of James]] is as of SH4. [[spoiler: It's revealed that James's father has lost contact with his son and his wife, but that still leaves James's fate ambiguous, considering how it can be argued that every ending has a way to account for James losing contact with his father, be it James committing suicide, still being in Silent Hill, or going into hiding to avoid being charged with his wife's murder.]]

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*** It's never explicitly said in Silent ''Silent Hill 4 4'' what [[spoiler: the fate of James]] is as of SH4.''[=SH4=]''. [[spoiler: It's revealed that James's father has lost contact with his son and his wife, but that still leaves James's fate ambiguous, considering how it can be argued that every ending has a way to account for James losing contact with his father, be it James committing suicide, still being in Silent Hill, or going into hiding to avoid being charged with his wife's murder.]]
23rd Jun '16 5:16:33 AM StFan
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* Example from TheDCU: Due to the ludicrous event regarding [[Website/WomenInRefrigerators her death,]] and since she was simply left for dead in a hospital, this is what some like to think happened to Dr. Light.
** ...and lo and behold, a couple years later, an arc of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' confirmed that she survived.
* ComicBook/JeanGrey has a tendency to die a lot in all kinds of adaptions. Of course, anyone familiar with the original ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' setting knows that she is, in fact, Phoenix, and has made a career out of coming back from the dead. Thus, when she pulled a HeroicSacrifice at the end of the second ''X-Men'' movie, everybody knew she'd be comming back for the third (and she did)... her death in the ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' timeline is also unlikely to have stuck.
** Apparently the characters in ''X-Men'' are pretty GenreSavvy, since her tombstone reads: Jean Grey-Summers: She Will Rise Again.
** It's gotten to the point where they're barely fazed at all by dying anymore. One of Cyclops's plans began with "Step 1: Die. Step 2: Come back to life," and works flawlessly. Another character remarked that Mutant Heaven doesn't have pearly gates, but a revolving door.
* Used in character by Siryn in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}.'' She refuses to believe her father is dead because X-Men come back from the dead all the time. This is partially treated as unhealthy denial but otherwise seems a logical enough assumption to make.

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* Example from TheDCU: Franchise/TheDCU: Due to the ludicrous event regarding [[Website/WomenInRefrigerators her death,]] and since she was simply left for dead in a hospital, this is what some like to think happened to Dr. Light.
** ...and
Light.... And lo and behold, a couple years later, an arc of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' confirmed that she survived.
* ComicBook/JeanGrey has a tendency to die a lot in all kinds of adaptions. Of course, anyone familiar with the original ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' setting knows that she is, in fact, Phoenix, and has made a career out of coming back from the dead. Thus, when she pulled a HeroicSacrifice at the end of the second ''X-Men'' movie, everybody knew she'd be comming back for the third (and she did)... her death in the ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' timeline is also unlikely to have stuck.
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stuck. Apparently the characters in ''X-Men'' are pretty GenreSavvy, since her tombstone reads: Jean Grey-Summers: She Will Rise Again.
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Again. It's gotten to the point where they're barely fazed at all by dying anymore. One of Cyclops's plans began with "Step 1: Die. Step 2: Come back to life," and works flawlessly. Another character remarked that Mutant Heaven doesn't have pearly gates, but a revolving door.
* Used in character by Siryn in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}.''Comicbook/XFactor.'' She refuses to believe her father is dead because X-Men come back from the dead all the time. This is partially treated as unhealthy denial but otherwise seems a logical enough assumption to make.



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* This might be a reason [[EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett]] was allowed to escape the Sarlaac after ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Being attached to a jet-pack inside a creature that passively digests its prey over a long period of time no doubt also had a lot to do with it.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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This might be a reason [[EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett]] was allowed to escape the Sarlaac after ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Being attached to a jet-pack inside a creature that passively digests its prey over a long period of time no doubt also had a lot to do with it.



* Spock's death in ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'' was made non-permanent by a tiny little mind-meld with an unconscious [=McCoy=].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Spock's death in ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'' was made non-permanent by a tiny little mind-meld with an unconscious [=McCoy=].



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19th Jun '16 9:55:36 PM BNSF1995
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* In ''TransformersTheMovie'', the Decepticons brutally murder the crew of an Autobot shuttle, including Prowl, Ratchet, Brawn, and Ironhide. While it is pretty unambiguous that Prowl, Ironhide and Ratchet died, several people insist that Brawn actually survived, since he was only shot once in the shoulder and has taken tougher injuries in the past. Plus, he showed up in a shot in a later episode (though this was almost definitely an animation error, since the Decepticon Bonecrusher was with him) and was not mentioned among the dead Autobots in another. This theory is reliant on the idea that the Decepticons would leave Brawn alive for the duration of the shuttle ride from Cybertron to Earth, of course.

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* In ''TransformersTheMovie'', the Decepticons brutally murder the crew of an Autobot shuttle, including Prowl, Ratchet, Brawn, and Ironhide. While it is pretty unambiguous that Prowl, Ironhide and Ratchet died, several people insist that Brawn actually survived, since he was only shot once in the shoulder and has taken tougher injuries in the past. Plus, he showed up in a shot in a later episode (though this was almost definitely an animation error, since the Decepticon Bonecrusher was with him) and was not mentioned among the dead Autobots in another. This theory is reliant on the idea that the Decepticons would leave Brawn alive for the duration of the shuttle ride from Cybertron to Earth, of course.course, though Brawn could easily have played dead, as many in active shooter situations have done to survive.
15th Jun '16 3:19:15 PM eroock
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--> "It seems that reports of my... survival... have been greatly exaggerated."
-->--[[spoiler:John Konrad]], ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine''

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--> "It ->''"It seems that reports of my... survival... have been greatly exaggerated."
-->--[[spoiler:John Konrad]],
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-->-- '''John Konrad''',
''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine''
4th Jun '16 9:51:24 AM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'': For a while, there was no solid proof that Zexion was dead, leading many fans to believe he was alive. When the game was remade for PS2, his death was shown in full detail. [[spoiler: However, ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' reveals that he was eventually revived as a whole being along with most of the other Organization members.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'': For a while, there was no solid proof that Zexion was dead, leading many fans to believe he was alive. When the game was remade for PS2, [=PS2=], his death was shown in full detail. [[spoiler: However, ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'' reveals that he was eventually revived as a whole being along with most of the other Organization members.]]
23rd May '16 12:54:35 PM theIndiekid
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** [[spoiler:Sandor Clegane]] is explicitly stated in ''A Feast for Crows'' to be dead and buried by the priest who found him dying. Clues within the chapter in question suggest otherwise to such an extent that his survival is widely accepted among readers.

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** [[spoiler:Sandor Clegane]] is explicitly stated in ''A Feast for Crows'' to be dead and buried by the priest who found him dying. Clues within the chapter in question suggest otherwise to such an extent that his survival is widely accepted among readers. Might be a case of ThatManIsDead.
13th Feb '16 8:26:14 PM Prfnoff
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* 4Kids loves applying this trope in their dubs, even when in the original Japanese version it is blatantly obvious that the character died.

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* 4Kids Creator/FourKidsEntertainment loves applying this trope in their dubs, even when in the original Japanese version it is blatantly obvious that the character died.



* ''Manga/WitchHunterRobin'' lampshaded this regarding [[spoiler: Robin and Amon at the end of the series.]]

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* ''Manga/WitchHunterRobin'' ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'' lampshaded this regarding [[spoiler: Robin and Amon at the end of the series.]]
13th Feb '16 7:47:13 PM Prfnoff
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* WitchHunterRobin lampshaded this regarding [[spoiler: Robin and Amon at the end of the series.]]

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* WitchHunterRobin ''Manga/WitchHunterRobin'' lampshaded this regarding [[spoiler: Robin and Amon at the end of the series.]]
29th Jan '16 8:29:14 PM Adept
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* [[spoiler: Storm Shadow]]'s death in ''GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', lampshaded by the director in the DVD commentary. And indeed, the character is back and alive in the sequel.

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* [[spoiler: Storm Shadow]]'s death in ''GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', lampshaded by the director in the DVD commentary. And indeed, the character is back and alive in the sequel.
18th Jan '16 7:16:38 AM zerohelix
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* King Sombra is the only villain in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' to be KilledOffForReal. Just as [[LiterallyShatteredLives his body shatters to pieces]] though, his horn can be seen flying off, fully intact. This wouldn't be much, if it werent for the fact that, during the episode itself, a small piece of his horn was enough to spread his [[TheCorruption Corruption]] inside a magical barrier. King Sombra is an [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]], so its possible he could [[FromASingleCell regrow his body from the horn.]] Due to his [[GenericDoomsdayVillain lack of characterization]], many assume he'll be back eventually. The comics took advantage of this.

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* King Sombra is the only villain in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' to be KilledOffForReal. Just as [[LiterallyShatteredLives his body shatters to pieces]] though, his horn can be seen flying off, fully intact. This wouldn't be much, if it werent weren't for the fact that, during the episode itself, a small piece of his horn was enough to spread his [[TheCorruption Corruption]] inside a magical barrier. King Sombra is an [[HumanoidAbomination Equinoid Abomination]], so its possible he could [[FromASingleCell regrow his body from the horn.]] Due to his [[GenericDoomsdayVillain lack of characterization]], many assume he'll be back eventually. The comics took advantage of this.
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