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7th Apr '17 1:26:45 AM Ryulong
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** The main villain, Xehanort/Ansem, is very hard to get rid of. Sora kills his Heartless in the first game, but ''Chain of Memories'' makes it clear that he's still bumping around inside Riku's mind. He returns in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' with his Nobody, Xemnas; Riku also takes his form, having somewhat lost his battle with his Darkness. Both are defeated by the game: Xemnas is dead for good, and Riku is back to normal. However, according to WordOfGod, this just means his Nobody and heart will merge to form a whole person again (like Axel/Lea), and Xehanort will eventually be back for another round. The prequel game reveals that [[spoiler:he's been doing this for a while now, having stolen Terra's body after being defeated for the first time.]]

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** The main villain, Xehanort/Ansem, is very hard to get rid of. Sora kills his Heartless in the first game, but ''Chain of Memories'' makes it clear that he's still bumping around inside Riku's mind. He returns in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' with his Nobody, Xemnas; Riku also takes his form, having somewhat lost his battle with his Darkness. Both are defeated by the game: Xemnas is dead for good, and Riku is back to normal. However, according to WordOfGod, this just means his Nobody and heart will merge to form a whole person again (like Axel/Lea), and Xehanort will eventually be back for another round. The prequel game ''Birth by Sleep'' reveals that [[spoiler:he's been doing this for a while now, having stolen Terra's body after being defeated for the first time.]]
6th Apr '17 8:20:29 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* ''Blog/AskErnstStavroBlofeld'' survived death ''at least'' three times. He survived [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService getting his neck apparently snapped when it hit a branch while he was bobsleighing]], [[Film/DiamondsAreForever being in the middle of his oil rig lair while it burst into flames]], and [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly being dropped down a factory's chimney from a helicopter while wheelchair-bound]].
5th Apr '17 6:22:01 PM PhantomRider
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* Visser One in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ended at least two books in some kind of highly ambiguous, possible-death situation only to reappear in later books.

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* Visser One Three (or, after his promotion near the end, Visser One) in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' ended at least two books in some kind of highly ambiguous, possible-death situation only to reappear in later books.
30th Mar '17 6:11:50 PM Tenma-Yuuki
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* Any ''StarWars'' video game in which you fight against Darth Vader, either in his TIE Fighter or a lightsaber duel, Vader can't be killed. In games that depict the Battle of Yavin (the 1983 and 1998 games), Vader's TIE fighter can be shot and hit but it will spin out of control; or after his hit points are depleted, he will veer off. Vader's wingmen can still be killed with one shot, however. You aren't told explicitly that you won the lightsaber duel with Vader in the 1998 game, but when he runs out of hit points he does acknowledge that "The Force is strong in you but...you are not a Jedi yet".
24th Mar '17 7:10:42 PM Tenma-Yuuki
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'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''. Standard procedure for [[{{Villains}} villain tropes]]; you can't really call a RealLife figure a villain, nor are there cosmic fanboys who can save you from death.

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'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''. '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''' Standard procedure for [[{{Villains}} villain tropes]]; you can't really call a RealLife figure a villain, nor are there cosmic fanboys who can save you from death.
23rd Mar '17 3:07:44 PM GoldenSeals
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James and Jesse of Team Rocket try something villainous OnceAnEpisode and always fails, but they're always back to try again. This in spite of them occasionally being last seen in situations where NoOneCouldSurviveThat, only to be [[SnapBack right back at it next episode]] with no explanation as to how they survived. Over time, their consistent failure to do anything meaningful has led to VillainDecay, so on the rare occasions that Ash actually bothers to tell the authorities about them, they're not considered a priority (at least compared to their more villainous teammates). They're also [[VillainExitStageLeft very adept at escaping custody]]. Their boss Giovanni shares this immortality, surviving Mewtwo's destruction of Team Rocket's headquarters without so much as a scratch in ''Mewtwo Strikes Back''.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James and Jesse of Team Rocket try something villainous OnceAnEpisode and always fails, fail, but they're always back to try again. This in spite of them occasionally being last seen in situations where NoOneCouldSurviveThat, only to be [[SnapBack right back at it next episode]] with no explanation as to how they survived. Over time, their consistent failure to do anything meaningful has led to VillainDecay, so on the rare occasions that Ash actually bothers to tell the authorities about them, they're not considered a priority (at least compared to their more villainous teammates). They're also [[VillainExitStageLeft very adept at escaping custody]]. Their boss Giovanni shares this immortality, surviving Mewtwo's destruction of Team Rocket's headquarters without so much as a scratch in ''Mewtwo Strikes Back''.



* Playing this trope for laughs with its feline nuisance is the [[RunningGag entire point]] to the song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Cat Came Back]]". Subverted in versions where the cat ''does'' die eventually; however, it expires for reasons unrelated to its owner's over-the-top efforts to dispose of it, and [[DoubleSubversion its ''ghost'' still comes back]].
* Played for laughs in "Scary Song," by the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13: "The boogeyman only wants to take your life / Can't kill him off, he'll just come right back in Part 2."

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* Playing this The song "The Cat Came Back" plays the trope for laughs with (and [[TheCatCameBack named its own trope in turn]]). The feline nuisance is the [[RunningGag entire point]] will come back no matter what anybody does to the song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Cat Came Back]]". Subverted in get rid of it. Some versions where have the cat ''does'' actually die eventually; however, it expires for eventually (for reasons almost entirely unrelated to its the owner's over-the-top efforts attempts to dispose of it, and [[DoubleSubversion its ''ghost'' still comes back]].
it), only for it to come back as a ghost.
* Played for laughs in "Scary Song," Song", by the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13: "The 13:
-->''The
boogeyman only wants to take your life / life\\
Can't kill him off, he'll just come right back in Part 2."''



* Similarly, in [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Mythology]], Set is spared the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge full wrath]] of [[YouKilledMyFather Horus]] when his mother Isis takes pity on him, and he is allowed to flee. Thus in the Eyptian mythos, evil could be defeated temporarily, but never permanently.
* The Mark of Cain in ''Literature/TheBible'' is often interpreted as having given him this. In the text itself, however, God never states that Cain ''won't'' get killed, just that if he does, whoever responsible is going to get a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* Similarly, in In [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Mythology]], Set is spared the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge full wrath]] of [[YouKilledMyFather Horus]] when his mother Isis takes pity on him, and he is allowed to flee. Thus Thus, in the Eyptian Egyptian mythos, evil could be defeated temporarily, but never permanently.
* The Mark of Cain in ''Literature/TheBible'' is often interpreted as having given him this. Joker Immunity. In the text itself, however, God never states that Cain ''won't'' get killed, be killed; just that if he does, whoever responsible is going to get a FateWorseThanDeath.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is the embodiment of this Trope in the world of Wrestling. During his career, he has been locked inside several flaming caskets, been buried alive, had his career 'ended' following high profile matches and actually 'died and ascended to Heaven'. Despite this, he always returns, once Mark Callaway's nagging injuries have recovered or his holiday time is up.
** Even explicitly stated as being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWnHzu2xFvI "The Man Who Can't be Destroyed"]] during promos for his match against Wrestling/MarkHenry at Unforgiven 2007.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}, anyone? For Christ's sake, the man got sent to ''Hell''! And yet he managed to benefit from both this trope ''and'' KarmaHoudini!
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon is the ultimate example of this trope. Justified in that he's the owner of WWE in both RealLife and Kayfabe, making him the only person who can revoke his own immunity, while everyone else can potentially be released (though it's HIGHLY unlikely in the case of certain people). Considering that he plans on running the company until the day he dies and that his character survived events such as limo explosions (with the real life intentions being merely temporary breaks from television before invoking this trope again), this one ain't being revoked.
* Subverted with Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel, when they really did kill off their big bad and {{series mascot}}, Dr. Cube. He was later brought back with time travel by the Flood of Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, only to reveal the Cube they got was an imposter wearing his helmet.

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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is the embodiment of this Trope trope in the world of Wrestling. ProfessionalWrestling. During his career, he has been locked inside several flaming caskets, been buried alive, had his career 'ended' ended following high profile matches matches, and actually 'died at least once ''died and ascended to Heaven'. Heaven''. Despite this, he always returns, once Mark Callaway's nagging injuries have recovered or his holiday time is up.
** Even
up. Promos for his match against Wrestling/MarkHenry at Unforgiven 2007 explicitly stated billed him as being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWnHzu2xFvI "The Man Who Can't be Destroyed"]] during promos Destroyed"]].
* Wrestling/{{Edge}} is a {{Heel}} who made a name
for his match against Wrestling/MarkHenry at Unforgiven 2007.
* Wrestling/{{Edge}}, anyone? For Christ's sake,
himself by always coming back (and being a KarmaHoudini in the man got sent to ''Hell''! And yet he managed to benefit from both this trope ''and'' KarmaHoudini!
process); [[EscapedFromHell not even Hell]] can stop him.
* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon is the ultimate example of this trope. Justified in that he's Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, being the owner of WWE in both RealLife in {{Kayfabe}} and Kayfabe, making him the in RealLife, naturally gave himself Joker Immunity which only person who he can revoke. This makes him extraordinarily powerful, especially given that he can revoke his any wrestler's own immunity, while everyone else can potentially be released (though it's HIGHLY unlikely immunity as well. InUniverse, he's survived such events as limo explosions which allow him to take breaks from television in the case of certain people). Considering that real life. As he plans on running to run the company until the day he dies and that dies, it's unlikely we'll ever see him revoke his character survived events such as limo explosions (with the real life intentions being merely temporary breaks from television before invoking this trope again), this one ain't being revoked.
own immunity.
* Subverted with Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel, when by Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel; they really did kill off their big bad BigBad and {{series mascot}}, SeriesMascot, Dr. Cube. He People thought he might have Joker Immunity when he came back thanks to TimeTravel, but it was later brought back with time travel by the Flood of Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, only to reveal the revealed that this Cube they got was an imposter impostor wearing his helmet.



** The tarrasque embodies this trope as the memetic "nigh-invincible monster" of the game. It takes a Wish spell on top of massive damage and disintegration to make them stay dead. With wish gone in fourth edition, the description of the tarrasque outright states it to be impossible to kill permanently without ''launching it into outer space.''
*** There's a campaign setting dedicated to the fact that it never dies, and a civilization that defeated it turns it into a never-ending food source (who cares that its blood mutates people that are exposed to it?)
** Strahd von Zarovich has his own personal Revolving Door Afterlife. He's played the starring role in two 1st Edition modules, a pick-a-path book, an entire 2nd Edition campaign setting, and a 3rd edition hardback adventure; in most he winds up destroyed at the end, yet it never seems to take. Ads for the hardback actually urged 3E gamers: "This time, make sure he's DEAD dead!", yet the Count's back ''again'' in 4E, for a boardgame and appearance in ''Open Grave''.
* The Quori in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' are designed to be this: They are spirits possessing mortal vessels and the death of the host does not kill the inhabiting Quori. Their actual bodies live in a plane of existence (Dal Quor) that cannot be reached by normal planar travel, and only the death of it's actual body will kill a Quori, making them the ideal enemy to throw at the party repeatedly. Oh, and to make things tougher, time in Dal Quor goes by a lot faster than on the material plane, meaning Quoris gets a lot more planning time then the party has access to.
* Numerous characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can and ''have'' been killed, but due to the general nature of [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] this is rarely permanent.

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** The tarrasque embodies this trope as the memetic "nigh-invincible monster" of the game. It takes a Wish spell on top of massive damage and disintegration to make them stay dead. With wish Wish gone in fourth edition, the description of the tarrasque outright states it to be impossible to kill permanently without ''launching it into outer space.''
*** There's a
'' One campaign setting is dedicated to its functional immortality; the fact that it never dies, and a one civilization that defeated ''did'' defeat it turns uses it into as a never-ending food source (who cares that its blood (which also mutates people that are exposed to it?)
them horribly, but whatever).
** Strahd von Zarovich has his own personal Revolving Door Afterlife.RevolvingDoorAfterlife. He's played the starring role in two 1st Edition modules, a pick-a-path book, an entire 2nd Edition campaign setting, and a 3rd edition hardback adventure; in most he winds up destroyed at the end, yet it never seems to take. Ads for the hardback actually urged 3E gamers: gamers, "This time, make sure he's DEAD dead!", dead!"; yet the Count's back ''again'' 'gain in 4E, for a boardgame board game and appearance in ''Open Grave''.
* The Quori in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' are designed to be this: have Joker Immunity. They are spirits possessing mortal vessels and vessels, so the host's death of the host does not kill the inhabiting Quori. Their actual bodies live in a another plane of existence (Dal Quor) that which cannot be reached by normal planar travel, and only the death of it's actual body will kill a Quori, making travel. This makes them the an ideal enemy to throw repeatedly at the party repeatedly. Oh, and to make things tougher, time in Dal Quor goes by a lot faster than on the material plane, meaning Quoris gets a lot more planning time then the party has access to.
party.
* Numerous characters in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can and ''have'' been killed, but due to the general nature of [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] Warp]], this is rarely permanent.



** The Daemon Princes and Greater Daemons (also present in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''), which can never be killed, only banished to the Warp where they can be summoned again.
** The Tyranid Swarmlord could also count, in a sense. While it can die, its consciousness will be reabsorbed into the Hive Mind and stored until the Swarmlord is needed again.
** Any Tyranid Tyrant also counts, although unlike the Swarmlord, they're tied to their particular hive fleets, and Hive Fleets can be destroyed.
** It's implied that Kharn the Betrayer is one, as he was actually killed during the Siege of Terra by imperial forces, but Khorne deemed him too worthy a champion to slip into the realm of the dead and granted him a Perpetual Body. However this was never verified, mainly because ''no one else has been able to kill him since''.
* Vlad von Carstein from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' had a magic ring that would allow him to resurrect every time he was killed, so no matter how many times the Empire thought they put him down, he and his undead hordes would return. Unfortunately for Vlad, his son [[AmbitionIsEvil Mannfred]] betrayed this secret to the Empire, who sent a master thief to steal the ring before Vlad was destroyed for real during the Siege of Altdorf.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the nation/world/culture/force of Phyrexia has Joker Immunity. It affected the storyline of most of the game's sets and was the unambiguous villain of a dozen of them, but was finally defeated, apparently for good... but [[FromASingleCell one single drop of oil]] on Mirrodin was enough to ultimately turn that world into New Phyrexia. Worse yet, [[ParanoiaFuel any plane Karn has been on is potentially infected]].
* [[{{Literature/Dracula}} the Count]] in ''[[{{TabletopGame/Rippers}} Rippers]]''. He is given a handwaved escape from the climax of the book, temporarily fooling the heroes into thinking he was slain while really misting himself as he was staked. Apparently having another vampire lord rise to villainy wouldn't have proven sufficient motivation for the Harkers to form a group of hunters in the setting. Nope, just an excuse not to have to make up another villain.
* The Servitors of the Apocalypse in ''[[{{TabletopGames/Deadlands}} Deadlands]]''. The designers, understandably, didn't want PCs making things difficult by slaying them all, so they made up the most difficult quests possible, e.g. Stone can only be re-killed by the bullets that killed him (which are in him), Reverend Grimme can only be killed by his original magic stick (which he threw into the sea and is not the one he carries), etc.

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** The Daemon Princes and Greater Daemons (also present in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''), which ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'') can never be killed, only banished to the Warp where they can be summoned again.
** The Tyranid Swarmlord could also count, in a sense. While it can die, but if it does, its consciousness will be reabsorbed into the Hive Mind HiveMind and stored until the Swarmlord is needed again.
** Any Tyranid Tyrant also counts, although unlike the Swarmlord, they're tied to their particular hive fleets, and Hive Fleets can be destroyed.
** It's implied that
Kharn the Betrayer is one, as he was actually killed during the Siege of Terra by imperial forces, but Khorne deemed him too worthy of a champion to slip into the realm of the dead and granted him a Perpetual Body. However this was never verified, mainly because ''no perpetual body. No one else has been able to kill him since''.
since
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', Vlad von Carstein from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' had a magic ring that would allow him to resurrect every time he was killed, so no matter how many times the Empire thought they put him down, he and his undead hordes would return. Unfortunately for Vlad, his son [[AmbitionIsEvil Mannfred]] betrayed this secret to the Empire, who sent a master thief to steal the ring before Vlad was destroyed for real during the Siege of Altdorf.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the nation/world/culture/force of Phyrexia has Joker Immunity. It affected the storyline of most of the game's sets and was the unambiguous villain of a dozen of them, but was them. When it looked like they were finally defeated, apparently defeated for good... but good, [[FromASingleCell one single drop of oil]] on Mirrodin was enough to ultimately turn that world into New Phyrexia. Worse yet, [[ParanoiaFuel any plane Karn has been on is potentially infected]].
* [[{{Literature/Dracula}} the Count]] in In ''[[{{TabletopGame/Rippers}} Rippers]]''. He Rippers]]'', [[{{Literature/Dracula}} the Count]] is given a handwaved {{handwave}}d escape from the climax of the book, temporarily fooling the heroes into thinking he was slain while really misting himself as he was staked. Apparently Apparently, having another vampire lord rise to villainy wouldn't have proven sufficient motivation for the Harkers to form a group of hunters in the setting. Nope, just an excuse not to have to make up another villain.
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* The Servitors of the Apocalypse in ''[[{{TabletopGames/Deadlands}} Deadlands]]''. The designers, understandably, didn't want PCs [=PCs=] making things difficult by slaying them all, so they made up the most difficult quests possible, e.possible: ''e.g. '' Stone can only be re-killed by the bullets that killed him (which are in him), and Reverend Grimme can only be killed by his original magic stick (which he threw into the sea and is not the one he carries), etc.carries).



* Axel from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. He seemed to die towards the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories,'' only to come back in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (though his [[DemotedToExtra screentime reduced significantly]]), seemingly die in the prologue, then come back ''again'' and ''actually'' die towards the end of the game when Sora travels to the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon World That Never Was]]. He was scheduled to actually die in the prologue; it was his popularity with the fans that bought him some extra time. He returns in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]'', now going by his old human name of Lea.
** The main villain, Xehanort/Ansem seems to be falling into this one as well. Sora killed his Heartless in the first game, but ''Chain of Memories'' makes it clear that he's still bumping around inside Riku's mind. He returns in two forms in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' with his Nobody, Xemnas and Riku taking his form, having somewhat lost his battle with his Darkness. Both are defeated by the game: Xemnas is dead for good, and Riku is back to normal. However, according to WordOfGod, this just means his Nobody and heart will merge to form a whole person again (like Axel / Lea), and Xehanort will eventually be back for another round. The prequel game reveals that [[spoiler:he's been doing this for a while now, having stolen Terra's body after being defeated for the first time.]]

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
**
Axel from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. He seemed seems to die towards toward the end of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories,'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', only to come back in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' (though his (albeit with [[DemotedToExtra screentime significantly reduced significantly]]), screentime]]), seemingly die in the prologue, then come back ''again'' again and ''actually'' die towards at the end of the game when Sora travels to the [[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon World That Never Was]]. He was scheduled to actually die in the prologue; it was his popularity with the fans that bought him some extra time. He returns in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance 3D]]'', now going by his old human name of Lea.
** The main villain, Xehanort/Ansem seems Xehanort/Ansem, is very hard to be falling into this one as well. get rid of. Sora killed kills his Heartless in the first game, but ''Chain of Memories'' makes it clear that he's still bumping around inside Riku's mind. He returns in two forms in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' with his Nobody, Xemnas and Xemnas; Riku taking also takes his form, having somewhat lost his battle with his Darkness. Both are defeated by the game: Xemnas is dead for good, and Riku is back to normal. However, according to WordOfGod, this just means his Nobody and heart will merge to form a whole person again (like Axel / Lea), Axel/Lea), and Xehanort will eventually be back for another round. The prequel game reveals that [[spoiler:he's been doing this for a while now, having stolen Terra's body after being defeated for the first time.]]



* ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'', hands down. She can't be caught, at least not for long. (It was possible for her to be captured in the kid's game show if the contestant won, but she'd have freed herself by the time the next one started.) It was the same in every medium she appeared in, she was just too slippery to hold.
* Bowser from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series seems to enjoy complete immunity to death. Otherwise it's very hard to explain how he comes back from being [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros melted to a skeleton in lava]], getting [[ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures crushed beneath a giant wedding cake]], or [[SuperMarioGalaxy falling into a star]] or just about every single Mario story without actually ever being killed off for real.
** Oddly, it's implied through dialogue that Bowser did die prior to ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', at Mario's hands no less.
** The "thrown into a star" example (''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'') is particularly weird. [[spoiler: Bowser apparently "dies," but then again, the entire universe is sucked into a black hole, resulting in a Big Crunch and a new Big Bang, recreating everything... So he DOES die, he's just regenerated with everything else.]]
*** They actually have good reason for wanting him around; in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', it is revealed he is one of four heroes (with Mario, Peach, and Luigi as the other three) who will stop Count Bleck and the prophecy of doom that threatens to destroy all worlds. Near the end, when [[spoiler:Bowser is seemingly crushed]], Peach says she isn't worried about him because he isn't easy to get rid of, and has survived worse. [[spoiler:Sure enough, Bowser survives due to his tendency to fall through the floor.]]
** Seriously played with in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' where [[spoiler:he's killed 3 times over the course of the game but actually has to be brought back to life.]]
** Also played with in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' where you have to save Bowser from otherwise-certain death by activating his body's special desperation HulkOut.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. During the ''Super Mario Bros.''-style side-scrolling stages where you play as him, Bowser has infinite lives.
* In the same vein as Bowser, rival team Star Wolf in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series are more resilient than any major villain. Even the ex-members manage to come back in ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'', and in the default ending, Star Wolf manage to attack the enemy base in an ''acidic ocean'' and come back in one piece.
** Similarly, Star Wolf trio lured the Aparoid underlings away from Star Fox so that the player could finally finish off the Aparoid Queen. At the end, they thought Star Wolf was done for, but [[spoiler:then they saw Peppy alive with some minor bruises, making Fox smile and saying that Wolf and the others are alive and well.]]
** In subversion to this, in Mission 7: Corneria in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', during the part where Fox rides Wolf's Wolfen. If Fox fails to protect the Wolfen, Wolf actually dies as his ship explodes, while Fox falls to his death while yelling.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Ganondorf/Ganon continues to appear in the series no matter how many times he gets killed. It's been an actual plot point since ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', where the goal is to prevent him from being resurrected by his minions. At least in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', which shows Ganondorf's origins, he isn't killed, but [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in another dimension]], [[JustifiedTrope explaining]] his presence in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which takes place long after he breaks out of the seal.
** So far, [[spoiler:the ''Wind Waker'' timeline is the only one where Ganondorf has stayed dead]].
*** [[spoiler:The ending of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' seemed to indicate that he was KilledOffForReal in the "child" timeline as well]], but [[spoiler:this Ganondorf reincarnates just in time to [[HijackedByGanon hijack]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'', only to be sealed away ''again'', to menace some as-yet-unreleased future volume]].
** Just to clarify, Ganondorf is the only character in the Zelda series with this kind of immunity. Link and Zelda get old and die after every couple of games, and the next one stars a new version of them in the distant past or future. Ganondorf is pretty much the same person in every game, meaning that he seems to have all the time in the world to achieve his final victory.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' [[spoiler:seemingly gives an explanation for Ganondorf/Ganon's inability to fully die; he's part of a curse laid on Link/Zelda and all of their descendants by BigBad Demise, though the Triforce of Power also seems to play a part in it as well]].
* Gilgamesh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. He survived getting tossed into the void, and EXPLODING himself on an enemy. And he has appeared in half the games in the series (with a few retcons). In ALL of his appearances save for 8, he gets his ass handed to him by the main party and apparently recovers enough for the next game where the cycle restarts again. Now this is all despite the fact that most of the time he is portrayed has utterly incompetent, which is the reason he got his ass hurled into the void in the first place.
* ''In Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' Sephiroth has died a total of three times so far and keeps coming back for more. The novellas [[http://thelifestream.net/ffvii-advent-children-complete/3881/on-the-way-to-a-smile-lifestream-black-and-lifestream-white/ Lifestream Black and Lifestream White]] deal with the specifics in further detail - basic idea is that as long as Jenova cells exist in some way on the Planet, Sephiroth can use their shapeshifting powers to craft a new body for himself. Besides that, as long as he can maintain his sense of self to avoid dissolution, TheLifestream can never claim him and he'll float around the planet for eternity trapped between life and death. Sephiroth's penchant for avoiding death has carried over to the spin-offs: in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' he's defeated but isn't killed, because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only Cloud is capable of killing him]].
* M. Bison in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' may be getting this despite his most chronologically recent death [[note]] ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV IV]]'' [[{{Interquel}} takes place]] a year after ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII II]]'', the game in which he "died," and a few years before ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII III]]'' [[/note]] having his soul sent to hell. Additionally, Akuma's DynamicEntry with his Shun Goku Satsu on Bison was {{retcon}}ned, according to WordOfGod. In ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]'', a canon animated feature that came with ''IV'', Bison is shown killing himself to prevent capture at the hands of the heroes, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil his soul hovering around post-mortem until]] [[CloningBlues a suitable replacement body was made]] (much like in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha 3]]''). His fate after ''IV'' is still undetermined, although Urien's cryptic remarks with Chun-Li in ''3rd Strike'' at least suggest that Shadaloo was dismantled in the interim. With Bison set to return in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', it remains to be seen if death will finally stick this time. [[spoiler:By all accounts, it does.]]

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* ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'', hands down. She ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego'' can't be caught, at least not for long. (It was possible for her to be captured in the long, no matter which medium she appeared in. The kid's game show came the closest; if the contestant won, she would be captured, but she'd she will have freed herself by the time the next one started.) It was the same in every medium she appeared in, she was just too slippery to hold.
game starts.
* Bowser from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series seems to enjoy complete immunity to death. Otherwise it's very hard to explain how he comes back from being [[VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros melted to a skeleton in lava]], getting [[ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures crushed beneath a giant wedding cake]], or [[SuperMarioGalaxy falling into a star]] star]], or just about every single Mario story without actually ever being killed off for real.
** Oddly,
any of the other crazy things that have happened to him. Sometimes, though, it's implied through dialogue that Bowser did die prior to really weird:
** In
''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', the dialogue implies that Bowser really did die at Mario's hands no less.
prior to the game; this does not stop him from fighting you as a ghost.
** The In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', which provides the "thrown into a star" example (''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'') is particularly weird. [[spoiler: example, Bowser apparently "dies," but then again, ends up [[spoiler:apparently dying for real, except the entire universe is gets sucked into a black hole, resulting in a Big Crunch and a new Big Bang, recreating everything... So he DOES die, which recreates the universe -- including Bowser]].
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' reveals that
he's just regenerated with everything else.]]
*** They actually have good reason for wanting him around; in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', it is revealed he is
one of the four heroes (with (along with Mario, Peach, Luigi, and Luigi as the other three) Peach) who will are destined to stop Count Bleck and the prophecy of doom that threatens to destroy from destroying all worlds. Near the end, when [[spoiler:Bowser is seemingly crushed]], Peach says she isn't worried about him because he isn't easy to get rid of, of and has survived worse. [[spoiler:Sure enough, Bowser survives due to his tendency to fall [[spoiler:She's right; he just crashed through the floor.]]
floor]].
** Seriously played with in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' where [[spoiler:he's In ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'', Bowser is [[spoiler:seemingly killed 3 three times over the course of the game but actually and has to be brought back to life.]]
life each time]].
** Also played with in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' where In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', you have are actually tasked to save ''save'' Bowser from otherwise-certain otherwise certain death by activating his body's special desperation HulkOut.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. During ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' {{lampshade|d}}s the ''Super Mario Bros.''-style side-scrolling phenomenon; during the stages where you play as him, Bowser Bowser, he has infinite lives.
* In the same vein as Bowser, rival team Star Wolf in the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series are series, rival team Star Wolf is more resilient than any major villain. Even the ex-members manage to come villain, always coming back from defeat for another shot at you -- sometimes in the same game. They've survived things other than defeating you; in the default ending of ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand'', and in the default ending, Star Wolf manage to attack the enemy base in flies into an ''acidic ocean'' to attack the enemy base and come back in one piece.
** Similarly, Star Wolf trio lured the Aparoid underlings away from Star Fox so that the player could finally finish off the Aparoid Queen. At the end, they thought Star Wolf was done for, but [[spoiler:then they saw Peppy alive with some minor bruises, making Fox smile and saying that Wolf and the others are alive and well.]]
** In subversion to this, in Mission 7:
piece. The only exception is ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'''s Corneria in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', during the part level where Fox rides on Wolf's Wolfen. If Fox fails wing, where he will die if you fail to protect the Wolfen, Wolf actually dies as his ship explodes, while Fox falls to his death while yelling.
ship.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': In''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', Ganondorf/Ganon continues to appear in the series series, no matter how many times he gets killed. It happens often enough to [[HijackedByGanon name a trope]] about situations where a new BigBad turns out to [[TheManBehindTheMan just be a patsy]] for a resurrected Ganon. It's been an actual even a plot point since point; although Link and Zelda are {{Legacy Character}}s and the different games have different Links, the Ganon in each game is the same entity.
** In
''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', where the goal is to prevent him his minions from being resurrected by resurrecting him; his minions. At least in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', which ability to do so has been a plot point ever since.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''
shows Ganondorf's origins, he isn't killed, but origins and explicitly ''doesn't'' kill him off at the end of the game; he's [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in another dimension]], [[JustifiedTrope explaining]] his presence in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which takes place long after he breaks out of the seal.
** So far, [[spoiler:the ''Wind Waker'' timeline is the only one where Ganondorf has stayed dead]].
*** [[spoiler:The ending of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' seemed to indicate that he was KilledOffForReal in the "child" timeline as well]], but [[spoiler:this Ganondorf reincarnates just in time to [[HijackedByGanon hijack]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'', only to be sealed away ''again'', to menace some as-yet-unreleased future volume]].
** Just to clarify, Ganondorf is the only character in the Zelda series with this kind of immunity. Link and Zelda get old and die after every couple of games, and the next one stars a new version of them in the distant past or future. Ganondorf is pretty much the same person in every game, meaning that he seems to have all the time in the world to achieve his final victory.
dimension]] for until ''TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' [[spoiler:seemingly gives an explanation for Ganondorf/Ganon's inability explains his ability to fully die; he's do this as [[spoiler:his being part of a curse laid on Link/Zelda Link and Zelda -- and all of their descendants -- by original BigBad Demise, though the Triforce of Power also seems to play a part in it as well]].
Demise]].
* Gilgamesh from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. He ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' has survived everything from getting tossed into the void, and EXPLODING void to [[TakingYouWithMe detonating himself on an enemy. And he enemy]]. He has appeared in half the games in the series (with a few retcons). In ALL {{retcon}}s) in almost all of his appearances save for 8, them, he gets his ass handed to him by the main party and apparently recovers enough for the next game where the cycle restarts again. Now this is Despite all despite this, the fact that most of the time he is portrayed has series usually depicts him as utterly incompetent, which is incompetent (explaining why he loses all the reason he got his ass hurled into the void in the first place.
time).
* ''In Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth has died a total of three times so far and far, but he keeps coming back for more. The novellas [[http://thelifestream.''[[http://thelifestream.net/ffvii-advent-children-complete/3881/on-the-way-to-a-smile-lifestream-black-and-lifestream-white/ Lifestream Black and Lifestream White]] White]]'' deal with the specifics in further detail - basic idea is that detail; as long as Jenova cells exist in some way on the Planet, Sephiroth can use their shapeshifting powers to craft a new body for himself. Besides that, as long as he can maintain his sense of self to avoid dissolution, TheLifestream can never claim him and he'll float around the planet for eternity trapped between life and death. Sephiroth's penchant for avoiding death has carried over to the spin-offs: in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', he's defeated but isn't killed, because [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou only Cloud is capable of killing him]].
* M. Bison in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' may be getting this despite his most chronologically recent death [[note]] ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV IV]]'' [[{{Interquel}} takes place]] a year after ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII II]]'', the game in which he "died," and a few years before ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII III]]'' [[/note]] having his soul sent to hell. Additionally, can't stay dead. Akuma's DynamicEntry with his Shun Goku Satsu on where he totally defeats Bison was {{retcon}}ned, according to WordOfGod. In ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind]]'', a canon animated feature that came with ''IV'', Bison is shown {{retcon}}ned away. ''Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind'' shows him [[BetterToDieThanToBeKilled killing himself to prevent capture at the hands of the heroes, avoid capture]], but his soul [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil his soul hovering hovers around post-mortem until]] post-mortem]] until [[CloningBlues a suitable replacement body was can be made]] (much like in ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha 3]]''). His fate after ''IV'' is He was KilledOffForReal in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', and no one was sure it would hold for what's chronologically the next game, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' [[spoiler:it appears he's still undetermined, although Urien's cryptic remarks with Chun-Li in ''3rd Strike'' at least suggest that Shadaloo was dismantled in the interim. With Bison set to return in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', it remains to be seen if death will finally stick this time. [[spoiler:By all accounts, it does.]]dead]].



* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Doctor Robotnik/Eggman]] hasn't even been in ''prison'' for his crimes (except for the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 one time]] he broke in deliberately...)
** Not to mention all the inescapable explosions he's been caught in where he survives with nothing but a coat of ash on him. He has apparently survived the repeated crashes or explosions of his enormous bases with little more than AmusingInjuries in nearly all interpretations of the franchise (his Death Egg burst into flames and crash landed on Angel Island in the climax of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' only for ''VideoGame/{{Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' to reveal he nearly immediately started work on his next scheme just following that).
** Seemingly subverted in three of ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'''s endings, where it's implied that Shadow broke his neck after defeating him. [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] when these endings were subject to CuttingOffTheBranches.
** Inverted slightly for the [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]] depiction. In the ''Endgame'' arc Julian Robotnik is indeed killed by his vengeful minion and nephew Snively, twenty or so issues played with the concept of other villains and problems following his defeat, only for a second Robotnik from an alternate timeline to enter and take over from his position (this Robotnik would later take the modern "Eggman" form seen in later games and continues being the BigBad to this day).
* Dr. Albert W. Wily from ''Videogame/MegaManClassic''. When Mega Man finally lands his ass in prison, he easily breaks out of it (albeit six months later).
** In ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', Mega is literally a trigger-pull away from killing Wily once and for all, but when Wily brings up the first law of robotics (A Robot must never harm a human) he hesitates just long enough for Bass to save the day (or Wily, whatever). In ''8'', after Mega's apparent sanity break, Wily never actually gets cornered, so Mega doesn't get to try killing him again (Duo takes care of things, keeping Mega from a final blow). ''9'' apparently has Mega back to his non-killing attitude for no readily apparent reason, but then, considering he lost his charge shots ''and'' his slide ability, it's no wonder he's lost a few other things.
** Sigma keeps getting killed in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series (sometimes dying twice in a single game!), but he just will not die due to his form as a sentient computer virus, and since he's in the future with robots galore, there's no shortage of things to body surf into. However, he ''finally'' gets it revoked in ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'', where after getting blown up on the ''Moon'' of all places, he finds that there's nothing left to jump into on its barren surface, and dissipates harmlessly and somewhat anticlimactically.
** Doctor Weil/Vile from the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. Notably, his Immunity is explicitly part of his ability set, [[spoiler:eternal life and NighInvulnerability (of the regeneration/regrowth variant) being punishment for his earlier crimes.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Humanity.]] Hell, [[spoiler:even when it seemed like the ColonyDrop at the end of Zero 4 had finally killed him, his remnants popped up again as the driving threat in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series.]]
* Ridley in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series cruelly and sneakily subverts this, with gamers noticing around 2012 that these scenarios were cases of NeverFoundTheBody. He has appeared in all games in the series apart from ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters''. Often serves as [[TheDragon the]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent (literal)]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] to a specific game's BigBad, but he is considered to be Samus' ArchEnemy more than any of the other {{Big Bad}}s (including Mother Brain), as he is personally responsible for the attack on Samus' homeworld that resulted in the death of her parents. Appearances listed in order of the universe's internal chronology:
** He is seemingly killed for real in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}[=/=][[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]'', and accompanied by a robot double in ''Zero Mission'', but ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'' possibly hand waves this by showing he's ''really'' good at playing dead, even if he needed a robo boost to survive.
** He is then revived as Meta Ridley in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', and guards the entrance to the Impact Crater. Torizo Statues knock him off a cliff, and Torizos aren't known to be that effective in the first place, and the player never actually sees him die.
** Meta Ridley is apparently "killed" again at the start of ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Corruption]]'', but returns as the guardian of the Pirate Homeworld Leviathan as Omega Ridley. Players noticed his shadow flying away for a sneaky split second.
** He is killed yet again (as his original form, somehow; possibly hand waved by his armor becoming pure Phazite, which like all Phazon was destroyed) in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''. This is later confirmed in a buzz killing way to be his KilledOffForReal moment as his returns had become a running gag. However...
** ... a cloned Ridley appears in ''Other M'', gets wounded by Samus, and consumed by the Metroid Queen. Dies a lot quicker than the slippery bastard the original was.
** The clone's drained, frozen husk turns up in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidFusion Fusion]]'', is consumed by an X, and is later fought as [[BodyHorror Ridley X]]. He never really comes back, it's just an X mimicking him, and like the suspiciously ''Super Metroid''!Tourian-like area he appears in, is likely for {{Fanservice}}.
* Eliphas the Inheritor of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. He's suppose to be dead in Dark Crusade, but due to his popularity he was somehow resurrected for Dawn of War II ''Chaos Rising''. He gets killed there to then he's resurrected again. Likewise for the [[LargeHam wonderfully hilarious]] Gorgutz, who canonically didn't win any of the campaigns he appeared in, but keeps getting away; he's not shown up in Dawn of War II yet, unfortunately, but there's no evidence he's dead either.
* SNK's Geese Howard is an odd example; in the continuity of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', he's alive and well, but in his home continuity of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''KOF''[='s=] own AlternateContinuity, the ''Maximum Impact'' series, he's dead. And even then, he's appeared in games where he's canonically dead in the form of "Nightmare Geese," a much more powerful "spirit" version of his normal self.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'''s Ghost Pirate [=LeChuck=]. As the Voodoo Lady notes, true evil can never be destroyed completely, as [=LeChuck=] seems to find a way to come back again in every new game. The inverse of this occurs in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', where Guybrush begs [=LeChuck=] not to kill him, because [[MediumAwareness if Guybrush dies, they can't make any more Monkey Island sequels, and LeChuck would be out of a job]], and to prove his point, he ask [=LeChuck=] if he's ever heard of [[VideoGame/{{Loom}} Bobbin Threadbare]].
** Notably, [=LeChuck=] does get genuinely killed at the end of each game (except 3, where he was just [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]]), and resurrected by different means in the next. Kind of like [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]]. Hmmm.
*** In [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland the first game]], he was already undead, and [[NoodleIncident it was never quite explained how]].
*** In [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second]], he was revived by voodoo as a zombie.
*** In [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the third]], he became a demon by mastering a hellish portal.
*** And in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Tales]]'', he has a voodoo spell secured in the Crossroads, the pirate afterlife.
* Arguably Dr Neo Cortex from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series who has survived numerous supposedly inescapable demises, then again due to the slapstick nature, the large majority of the series' RoguesGallery is the same [[spoiler: par maybe the Evil Twins being eaten by Evil Crash in ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'')]]. It helps that Cortex and a lot of other villains take the role of IronButtMonkey.
* Destroyman is ''sliced in half'' by Travis Touchdown in the first ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. This doesn't stop him from returning in the sequel (as two separate people with cybernetics replacing the missing halves). Also, Dr. Shake, Letz Shake's machine, survives being chopped in half and is revealed to be fully sentient in the second game. Suda confirmed that the machine is sentient and it's not Letz Shake, who died in the first game.
* Zig-zagged with Dracula in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. He spent most of the series being defeated and resurrected over and over again, before [[spoiler:finally being defeated off-screen in 1999... and then being reincarnated as Soma Cruz in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow''.]]
** Not only this, it is hinted that Dracula gets stronger each time he returns. Still, given how hopeless the Belmont family's job seems, only one of them has tried to refuse the legacy bestowed on them and try not to fight him - [[YouCantFightFate he learned the hard way that he couldn't.]]

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* [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Doctor Robotnik/Eggman]] Robotnik/Eggman from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' hasn't even been in ''prison'' for his crimes (except for the [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 one time]] he broke in deliberately...)
** Not
deliberately), so he's always back to mention all fight the heroes in the next installment:
** Most games have him surviving otherwise
inescapable explosions he's been caught in where he survives with nothing but a coat of ash on him. He has apparently survived the repeated crashes or explosions of his enormous bases with little more than AmusingInjuries in nearly all interpretations of the franchise (his AmusingInjuries. Most egregiously, his Death Egg burst into flames and crash landed crash-landed on Angel Island island in the climax of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' only for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', but ''VideoGame/{{Sonic 3|AndKnuckles}}'' to reveal reveals that he nearly immediately started work on his next scheme just following that).
almost immediately after that.
** Seemingly subverted ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' seemingly subverts his immunity; in three of ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'''s possible endings, where it's implied that Shadow broke his neck after defeating him. [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] It was DoubleSubverted when these endings were subject to CuttingOffTheBranches.
** Inverted Played with slightly for in the [[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]] depiction. adaptation. In the ''Endgame'' arc arc, Julian Robotnik is indeed killed by his vengeful minion and nephew Snively, Snively; twenty or so issues played with the concept of other villains and problems following his defeat, only for a second Robotnik from an alternate timeline to enter and take over from his position (this position. This Robotnik would later take the modern "Eggman" form seen in later games and continues being the BigBad to this day).
day.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
**
Dr. Albert W. Wily from ''Videogame/MegaManClassic''. ''Videogame/MegaManClassic'' always avoids total defeat. When Mega Man finally lands his ass in prison, he easily breaks out of it (albeit six months later).
**
later). In ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', Mega is literally a trigger-pull away from killing Wily once and for all, but when Wily brings up [[ThreeLawsCompliant the first law First Law of robotics (A Robot Robotics]] (a robot must never harm a human) human), he hesitates just long enough for Bass to save the day (or Wily, whatever). him. In ''8'', ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'', after Mega's apparent sanity break, Wily never actually gets cornered, so Mega doesn't get to try killing him again (Duo takes care of things, keeping Mega from a final blow). ''9'' ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' apparently has Mega back to his non-killing ThouShaltNotKill attitude for no readily apparent reason, but then, considering he lost his charge shots ''and'' his slide ability, it's no wonder he's lost a few other things.
** Sigma keeps getting killed in In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series (sometimes dying series, Sigma keeps getting killed -- sometimes he dies twice in a single game!), but he just will not die due to his form game. But as he's a sentient computer virus, and since he's in the future with robots galore, there's no shortage all sorts of things robots for him to body surf into. However, [[BodySurf take over]], he ''finally'' gets it won't ever stay dead. His immunity is finally revoked in ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'', where after getting he's blown up on the ''Moon'' of all places, he Moon, finds that there's nothing left to jump into take over on its barren surface, and dissipates harmlessly and somewhat anticlimactically.
** Doctor Weil/Vile from In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series. Notably, his series, Doctor Weil/Vile's Joker Immunity is explicitly part of his ability set, set; he has [[spoiler:eternal life and NighInvulnerability (of the regeneration/regrowth variant) being (through regeneration) as [[NiceJobBreakingItHero punishment for his earlier crimes.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Humanity.]] Hell, [[spoiler:even when it seemed like the ColonyDrop at the end of Zero 4 had finally killed him, crimes]]]]. He appears to be really dead in [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MegaManZero4'', but his remnants popped pop up again as the driving threat in of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series.]]
series]].
* Ridley in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series cruelly and sneakily subverts this, with gamers noticing around 2012 that these scenarios were cases of NeverFoundTheBody. He has appeared in all games every game in the series apart from except for ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters''. Often serves as [[TheDragon the]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent (literal)]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] to a specific game's BigBad, but he is considered to be Interestingly, he's usually TheDragon rather than the BigBad ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent literally, in his case]]), and gamers have noticed that in most of his defeats, they NeverFoundTheBody. That said, he's also Samus' ArchEnemy more than any of the other {{Big Bad}}s BigBad (including Mother Brain), as he is personally responsible for the attack on that destroyed Samus' homeworld that resulted in the death of and killed her parents. Appearances listed in order of Also, the universe's games are in AnachronicOrder, so in some instances his survival is a given no matter what you do to him. In internal chronology:
chronological order:
** He is seemingly killed for real in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}[=/=][[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]'', and accompanied by a robot double in ''Zero Mission'', but ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'' possibly hand waves this by showing he's ''really'' good at playing dead, even if he needed a robo boost to survive.
** He is then revived as Meta Ridley in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', and guards
KilledOffForReal the entrance to the Impact Crater. Torizo Statues knock first time you fight him off a cliff, and Torizos aren't known to be that effective in the first place, and ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}'' (and in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'').
** His next appearance is in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' as Meta Ridley, implying that he survived with the help of robot tech; in that game,
the player [[NeverFoundTheBody never actually sees him die.
** Meta Ridley is apparently
die]]. He appears to be "killed" again at the start of ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Corruption]]'', but returns only to return as Omega Ridley, the guardian of the Pirate Homeworld Leviathan as Omega Ridley.Leviathan. Players noticed his shadow flying away for a sneaky split second.
** He is killed yet again (as next appears in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', apparently in his original form, somehow; possibly hand waved by form; later games suggest his armor becoming pure Phazite, which like all Phazon was destroyed) in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''. This is later confirmed in a buzz killing way to be his KilledOffForReal moment as his returns had may have become a running gag. However...
** ...
pure Phazite. WordOfGod points to his defeat in this game as the point where he's KilledOffForReal, but that doesn't stop him from showing up in future games.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'',
a cloned Ridley appears in ''Other M'', appears, gets wounded by Samus, and is consumed by the Metroid Queen. Dies He dies a lot quicker faster than the slippery bastard the original was.
did. This game also speculates that the original was very good at playing dead, implying his continued survival.
** The clone's drained, frozen husk turns up in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidFusion Fusion]]'', ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', where he is consumed by an X, and is later fought X parasite; you fight him as [[BodyHorror Ridley X]]. He never really comes back, RidleyX]]. As this is an X parasite mimicking Ridley, it's just an X mimicking him, and like about as powerful as the original but explicitly isn't him; the boss's inclusion (as is the suspiciously ''Super Metroid''!Tourian-like Metroid''-like area he appears in, in) is likely for just {{Fanservice}}.
* Eliphas the Inheritor of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. He's suppose VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' is supposed to be dead in Dark Crusade, ''Dark Crusade'', but due to his popularity popularity, he was somehow inexplicably resurrected for Dawn of War II ''Chaos Rising''. He gets killed there to then he's resurrected again. Likewise for The same happened to the [[LargeHam wonderfully hilarious]] Gorgutz, who canonically didn't win any of the campaigns he appeared in, but keeps getting away; he's not he hasn't shown up yet in Dawn of War II yet, unfortunately, ''Chaos Rising'', but there's no evidence he's dead either.
* SNK's Geese Howard is an odd example; in the continuity of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', he's alive and well, but in his home continuity of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''KOF''[='s=] own AlternateContinuity, the ''Maximum Impact'' series, he's dead. And even then, he's appeared in games where he's canonically dead in the form of "Nightmare Geese," Geese", a much more powerful "spirit" version of his normal self.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'''s Ghost Pirate [=LeChuck=]. As [=LeChuck=] always finds a way to come back for every new game, despite explicitly dying at the end of almost all of them; as the Voodoo Lady notes, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil true evil can never be destroyed completely, completely]]. [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland The first game]] implies that he was undead to begin with; he gets revived by voodoo as an explicit zombie for [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second game]], and in subsequent games, he becomes a demon who can [[EscapedFromHell escape the pirate afterlife]]. For his part, {{Medium Aware|ness}} protagonist Guybrush knows that [=LeChuck=] seems to find a way to come back again in every new game. The inverse of this occurs can't die because they need him for the sequels; in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', where Guybrush he begs [=LeChuck=] not to kill him, him because [[MediumAwareness if Guybrush dies, they can't make any more Monkey Island sequels, and LeChuck would be out of a job]], and [[AnthropicPrinciple he's also necessary for the sequels]] (and to prove his point, he ask asks [=LeChuck=] if he's ever heard of [[VideoGame/{{Loom}} Bobbin Threadbare]].
** Notably, [=LeChuck=] does get genuinely killed at the end of each game (except 3, where he was just [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]]), and resurrected by different means in the next. Kind of like [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]]. Hmmm.
***
Threadbare]]).
*
In [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland the first game]], he was already undead, and [[NoodleIncident it was never quite explained how]].
*** In [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second]], he was revived by voodoo as a zombie.
*** In [[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland the third]], he became a demon by mastering a hellish portal.
*** And in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Tales]]'', he has a voodoo spell secured in the Crossroads, the pirate afterlife.
* Arguably Dr Neo Cortex from
the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series who series, Dr. Neo Cortex has survived numerous supposedly inescapable demises, then demises; then, again due to the series' slapstick nature, this is par for the large majority of course for the series' RoguesGallery is the same [[spoiler: par maybe the RoguesGallery, which includes [[spoiler:the Evil Twins being eaten by Evil Crash in ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'')]]. It helps that Cortex and a lot of other villains take are {{Iron Butt Monkey}}s.
* In
the role of IronButtMonkey.
* Destroyman is ''sliced in half'' by
first ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis Touchdown [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe slices Destroyman in the first ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. This half]]; this doesn't stop him from returning in the sequel (as as two separate people with cybernetics replacing the missing halves). Also, Dr. Shake, Letz Shake's machine, survives being chopped in half and is revealed to be fully sentient in the second game. Suda confirmed that the machine is sentient and it's not Letz Shake, who died in the first game.
halves).
* Zig-zagged with Dracula in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series. He spent most of the series being defeated and resurrected over and over again, before [[spoiler:finally being defeated off-screen in 1999... 1999 -- and then being reincarnated as Soma Cruz in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow''.]]
** Not only this, it is
''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'']]. It's hinted that Dracula [[CameBackStrong he gets stronger each time he returns. Still, given how hopeless returns]]. It's enough to discourage at least one member of the Belmont family's job seems, only one of them has tried family, who tries to [[RefusalOfTheCall refuse the legacy bestowed on them and try not to fight him - him]] (only to learn the hard way that [[YouCantFightFate he learned the hard way that he couldn't.]] can't]]).



* Every character EVER in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. For a game that's all about killing your defeated opponents, none of the heroes ever manage to permanently put down the villains, unless they're being replaced by someone bigger and badder the next game.
** And don't forget [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the reboot]]. [[TheHero Liu Kang]] punches through [[BigBad Shao Khan]] at the end of the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' story. We see the wound from the chest through the back and everything. Shao Khan collapses, his lieutenants all surrender before Liu Kang, Outworld is free! No wait, the next scene shows Shao Khan limping back to his throne, surrounded by his loyal minions as they immediately announce their next plan to take over Earthrealm. Even when [[spoiler:the Elder Gods intervene at the end of the game to help Raiden finally eradicate Shao Kahn]] does ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' imply he's ''still'' alive and kicking. In a sense--[[spoiler:one MirrorMatch exchange for Ermac suggests the emperor's soul is now part of [[ManySpiritsInsideOfOne the myriad collection of fallen warriors]] comprising his being]].
* King K. Rool in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Many, many games (three SNES platformers, the Nintendo 64 game, most spin-offs prior to ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'') and despite going through things that would kill any normal individual (blown up, punched through windows, attacked by sharks, caught in a volcano, electrocuted and attacked by the Kongs multiple times), he keeps coming back for more. Yes, even after his actions destroyed his home country.

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* Every character EVER in ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. For ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', being a game that's all about killing your defeated opponents, none of the heroes ever manage to permanently put down the villains, unless they're being replaced by someone bigger and badder the next game.
** And don't forget
populated with bad guys whom you defeat in [[BloodierAndGorier particularly gruesome ways]], naturally gives nearly everybody Joker Immunity. The most egregious is BigBad Shao Khan's survival in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the reboot]]. [[TheHero reboot]]; TheHero Liu Kang]] Kang [[TorsoWithAView punches straight through [[BigBad Shao Khan]] at the end of the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' story. We see the wound from the chest through the back him]] and everything. Shao Khan collapses, all his lieutenants all surrender before Liu Kang, Outworld is free! No wait, surrender, but the next scene shows Shao Khan limping back to his throne, surrounded by throne and announcing his loyal minions as they immediately announce their next plan to take over Earthrealm. Even when evil plan. It takes [[spoiler:the Elder Gods intervene Gods' intervention]] to get rid of him at the end of the game to help Raiden finally eradicate Shao Kahn]] does game, but ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' imply implies he's ''still'' alive and kicking. In a sense--[[spoiler:one MirrorMatch exchange for Ermac kicking, although it suggests the emperor's that [[spoiler:his soul is now part of [[ManySpiritsInsideOfOne the myriad collection of fallen warriors]] comprising his being]].
* King K. Rool in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Many, many games (three SNES platformers, the Nintendo 64 game, most spin-offs prior to ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'') and despite going through things that would kill any normal individual (blown ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' has survived getting blown up, punched through windows, attacked by sharks, caught in falling into a volcano, electrocuted electrocution, destruction of his home country (by his own actions), and attacked just getting beaten up by the Kongs multiple times), over the course of many games and spinoffs, but he keeps coming back for more. Yes, even after his actions destroyed his home country.more.



* ''VideoGame/{{Executioners}}'': The Executioners defeat the FinalBoss Cannibal Ed Bujone. Ed blows up the factory with dynamite strapped to in a TakingYouWithMe manuever, but the Es escape. Later, the Es are at a restaurant, ordering a fine meal to celebrate their victory. The waiter suddenly says the CatchPhrase, "So much meat, so little time!" The Es can only look up in horror as their waiter turns out to be Ed, alive, well(?), and letting out an EvilLaugh. WordOfGod outright stated that Ed is his favourite character, which would explain how he survived and returned so quickly.
* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Kane]]: Survived from the 1950s to the 1990s without aging, survived an Ion Cannon strike, a metal pole to the chest, and all the while manipulated the Scrin into invading Earth.
* Albert Wesker from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''. He gets impaled by a Tyrant in the end of the first game, but it's just used to activate the virus that he injected himself early on that gave him his powers. In ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]'', he manages to survive from Jill's HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler:That is until he dies for real in the end.]]
** Come to think of it, the only villains who manages to escape being killed are [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 HUNK]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Nicolai]].
* Speaking of Wesker, his ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' [[CounterpartComparison counterpart]], Caleb Goldman is one, for he has appeared in ''4''. [[spoiler:It becomes subverted when it turns out that his appearances are just flashbacks and recorded messages.]]
** [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames The Magician]] proved so popular that he returned as a second-to-finall boss in 2 and special boss in 4.
* With green hair and laughing maniacally while mocking people, Hazama IS the Joker of the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series. Made even more so by the fact that he is already dead but kept alive by people's hatred of him. ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma Chronophantasma]]'' seems to try to finally defy this, [[spoiler:by having him get hit by Hakumen's Time Killer, which eliminates every time he had until the heat death of the universe, meaning that he WILL die, and his boss Izanami is probably on the boat of "just leaving him to suffer and die." But... it's a fighting game, not including Hazama or Terumi in the roster is going to piss off those who like playing as them... so they're probably gonna be back either way.]]
** [[spoiler:The fourth installment, ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction Central Fiction]]'', is bringing back everyone's favorite ghost in both his Hazama and Terumi forms, and it gave him another form: Susanoo, by hijacking Hakumen's armor unit. In the end, however, Ragna managed to find a way to yank his soul of out that unit, and then [[DeaderThanDead evaporate said soul from existence]]. Seeing that this would be the end of the current saga about Ragna and the Master Units, looks like Terumi's warranty is ripped to pieces to the point it's impossible to put it back together again. Although Hazama (now separate from Terumi) had a better luck by dropping himself into the Cauldron, but if he ever reappears, he'd be on his own rather than antagonizing Ragna again.]]
* Wild Dog from the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series. Despite being blown up in every game you fight him, he always comes back for more. Even lampshaded by Alan and Wesley in the third game.
-->'''Wesley:''' "Wild Dog?!"\\
'''Alan:''' [[WhyWontYouDie "Don't you ever die?!"]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Executioners}}'': The Executioners defeat the FinalBoss ''VideoGame/{{Executioners}}''' FinalBoss, Cannibal Ed Bujone. Ed blows up the factory with dynamite strapped to in a Bujone, survives his defeat (a TakingYouWithMe manuever, but destruction of the Es escape. Later, factory) purely because WordOfGod said he's the Es are at developers' favorite character. He has a restaurant, ordering a fine meal to particularly UnexplainedRecovery when he surprises the heroes as they celebrate their victory. The waiter suddenly says the CatchPhrase, "So much meat, so little time!" The Es can only look up victory in horror as their waiter turns out to be Ed, alive, well(?), and letting out an EvilLaugh. WordOfGod outright stated that Ed is his favourite character, which would explain how he a fine restaurant.
* Kane from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' has
survived and returned so quickly.
* [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Kane]]: Survived
from the 1950s to the 1990s without aging, survived an Ion Cannon strike, and a metal pole to the chest, and all the while manipulated manipulating the Scrin into invading Earth.
* Albert Wesker from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''. He gets impaled by a Tyrant in the end of the first game, but it's just used to activate the virus that he injected himself early on that gave him his powers. In ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 5]]'', he manages to survive from Jill's HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler:That is is, until he dies for real in the end.]]
** Come to think of it, the only villains who manages to escape being killed are [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 HUNK]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Nicolai]].
end]].
* Speaking of Wesker, his In ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' [[CounterpartComparison counterpart]], Caleb Goldman is one, for he has appeared continually comes back, even in ''4''. [[spoiler:It the fourth game. However, [[spoiler:it becomes subverted a subversion when it turns out that his appearances are just flashbacks and recorded messages.]]
** [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames The Magician]] proved so popular that he
messages]]. Similarly, the Magician has also returned several times as a second-to-finall boss in 2 and special boss in 4.
BonusBoss, solely because of his popularity.
* With ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s BigBad Hazama not only has Joker Immunity, he even ''resembles'' the Joker with his green hair and laughing maniacally while mocking people, Hazama IS the Joker of the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series. Made even more so by the fact that he is already dead [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughter]]. He's explicitly dead, but [[ThePowerOfHate is kept alive by people's hatred of him. ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma Chronophantasma]]'' seems to try to finally defy this, [[spoiler:by having him]]. And as it's a FightingGame series, leaving him get hit off the roster will just attract the fans' ire. Specifically:
** In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'', he's [[spoiler:hit
by Hakumen's Time Killer, which eliminates every time he had should theoretically eliminate his future lifespan until the heat death of the universe, meaning that he WILL die, and his universe. His boss Izanami is probably on the boat of "just leaving also seems to just want to leave him to suffer and die." But... it's a fighting game, not including Hazama or Terumi in the roster is going to piss off those who like playing as them... so they're probably gonna be die]]. He comes back either way.]]
from this with no explanation.
** [[spoiler:The fourth installment, ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction Central Fiction]]'', is bringing back everyone's favorite ghost in both his Hazama and Terumi forms, and it gave him another form: Susanoo, In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction'', [[spoiler:he gains a third form by hijacking Hakumen's armor unit. In the end, however, Ragna managed to find finds a way to yank his the soul of out of that unit, unit and then [[DeaderThanDead evaporate said soul it from existence]]. Seeing existence]]]]. This implies that this would be the end of the current saga about Ragna and the Master Units, looks like Terumi's warranty is ripped to pieces to the point it's impossible to put it back together again. Although Hazama (now separate from [[spoiler:the other two units (or at least Terumi) have had their immunities revoked, as this is resolves a better luck by dropping himself into the Cauldron, but if major plot point for Ragna]]. That said, [[spoiler:Hazama is still probably okay as long as he ever reappears, he'd be on his own rather than antagonizing doesn't antagonize Ragna again.]]
again]].
* Wild Dog from the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series. Despite being blown up in every game you fight him, he always comes back for more. Even lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} by Alan and Wesley in the third game.
game:
-->'''Wesley:''' "Wild Dog?!"\\
Wild Dog?!\\
'''Alan:''' [[WhyWontYouDie "Don't Don't you ever die?!"]]die?!]]
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* Deconstructed in-universe in the fifth season of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Fifty years in a zero-sum game have utterly ruined both Jack and Aku; Jack has grown cynical and broken from fifty years of being unable to kill Aku (losing his magic sword along the way doesn't help), whereas Aku has gone increasingly insane and depressed from being unable to kill Jack no matter how many minions he has to throw at him. Aku has basically withdrawn and let his horde of minions do the fighting, in the hopes that one of them gets lucky or that time can do the job... except that Jack's temporal displacement and/or additional TimeTravel have rendered him [[TheAgeless immortal]], meaning one of them has to bleed out for the stalemate to actually end.
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Face it, some {{Big Bad}}s stay popular enough it might be a bad idea to [[KilledOffForReal kill them for real]]. So they may stick around or keep coming back, but too much of this can start to [[TheWorfEffect undermine a (super)hero's perceived effectiveness]]. While a work focusing on a single hero or group can HandWave this as perhaps what's necessary to end the villain for good being [[ThouShaltNotKill beyond their moral code]], it can get more egregious if the fictional universe starts to get larger and more interconnected, and the villain keeps pissing off more and more people. This leads to the question of why some of those ''other'' folks [[AntiHero with a lot]] [[KnightTemplar fewer qualms]] against killing haven't put a bullet in them yet.

This ends up being a question of whether the villain is just that good, or the writers are delaying things and stretching [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim the patience of the audience]]. (Or maybe it's just that AWizardDidIt.)

Aside from rationalizations given in the story itself, most reasons for trope are outside the story in the form of ContractualImmortality:
* The villain is very popular and lucrative, so franchises with indefinite continuity are hesitant to get rid of them. If the struggle against a single, major villain is the SeriesGoal and if that villain is defeated, the series would stop. This is especially relevant in a VillainBasedFranchise.
* The villain, especially those in a RoguesGallery, is so heavily identified with a particular hero their exploits are specific to him out of a kind of authorial respect. Particularly the {{Trope Namer|s}}: every would-be Franchise/{{Batman}} writer dreams of writing a good Joker story and to get rid of him with any sense of finality would seemingly rob future writers of such a coveted opportunity.
* The story exists in a particular continuity or on a [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]]; the ''actual'' time the villain has been around for a particular story may be smaller than we suppose. Again regarding the {{Trope Namer|s}}, it may seem like the Joker's been mass-murdering people for however-many-decades in Real Time, but in the comic book universe it's only been a handful of years at most.
* The series is being shown in AnachronicOrder, and their death has already been shown. [[SavedByCanon This can apply to any character,]] not just villains. On the flipside, if their death has not been shown, but a time after they have died is, their immunity may be [[DoomedByCanon revoked at any time.]]
* The villain is a real person RippedFromTheHeadlines and who isn't dead yet. You rarely see UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, or Hirohito killed off in a WartimeCartoon.

Note that in all cases this immunity can and will be revoked if the character is waning in popularity; victims of VillainDecay can become outright CListFodder for any author wanting to show off. Also, when the next step in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil appears, the dethroned villain is liable to lose his Joker Immunity ([[MakeWayForTheNewVillains often at the hands of the new villain, showing how badass he is]]).

The heroic equivalent is InvincibleHero. Compare with VillainExitStageLeft, MoralDissonance, CardboardPrison, TailorMadePrison, and occasionally VillainSue. Contrast with SuperheroMovieVillainsDie, for when characters known for Joker Immunity have more permanent stays in the afterlife when adapted to the silver screen. See also JustEatGilligan when it's not a direct villain that's the problem; PopularityPower, where a character will get things his way because of his popularity; and KarmaHoudini, where the villain escapes legal (as well as cosmic) punishment.

Has nothing to do with ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Joker]]''.

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Face it, Let's face it -- some {{Big Bad}}s stay are popular enough that it might be a bad idea to [[KilledOffForReal kill them for real]]. So they may stick around or keep coming back, but too much Because of this can start to [[TheWorfEffect undermine a (super)hero's perceived effectiveness]]. While a work focusing on a single hero or group can HandWave this as perhaps what's necessary to end this, even though the good guy usually beats him, the villain for good being [[ThouShaltNotKill beyond their moral code]], it can get more egregious if the fictional universe starts always finds a way to get larger and more interconnected, and the villain keeps pissing off more and more people. This leads to the question of why some of those ''other'' folks [[AntiHero with come back. It's a lot]] [[KnightTemplar fewer qualms]] against killing haven't put a bullet in them yet.

This ends up being a question of whether the villain is just that good, or the writers are delaying things and stretching [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim the patience of the audience]]. (Or maybe it's just that AWizardDidIt.)

Aside from rationalizations given in the story itself, most reasons for trope are outside the story in the
specific form of ContractualImmortality:
ContractualImmortality, which could be for any one of a number of reasons:
* The villain is very so popular and lucrative, so franchises with indefinite continuity are hesitant to get lucrative that getting rid of them. If him risks losing the struggle against a single, major villain is fans' interest in the SeriesGoal and if that villain is defeated, the series would stop. franchise. This is especially relevant true in a VillainBasedFranchise.
* The villain, especially those in a RoguesGallery, is so heavily identified with a particular hero their exploits are specific to him out of a kind of authorial respect. Particularly
VillainBasedFranchise or works where defeating the {{Trope Namer|s}}: every would-be Franchise/{{Batman}} writer dreams of writing a good Joker story and to get rid of him with any sense of finality would seemingly rob future writers of such a coveted opportunity.
villain is the SeriesGoal, so killing off the villain will effectively end the series.
* The story exists in a particular continuity or on a [[ComicBookTime sliding timescale]]; the ''actual'' time ComicBookTime, so even though it ''seems'' like the villain has been around active for a particular story may be smaller than we suppose. Again regarding the {{Trope Namer|s}}, it may seem like the Joker's been mass-murdering people for however-many-decades in Real Time, but in the comic book universe it's only been long time, we're really seeing a handful short reign of years at most.
terror stretched out over several installments.
* The series is being shown installments are in AnachronicOrder, AnachronicOrder and their the villain's death has already been shown. [[SavedByCanon This can apply to established or shown; logically, he'll survive any character,]] not just villains. On the flipside, if their death has not been shown, but a time after they have died is, their immunity may be [[DoomedByCanon revoked at any time.]]
story that occurs before then chronologically.
* The villain is a real person RippedFromTheHeadlines and who isn't dead yet. You rarely see UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, or Hirohito killed off in a WartimeCartoon.

Note that in all cases
yet; this immunity can and will be revoked if is rare nowadays, but you see it often in {{Wartime Cartoon}}s, where the character is waning characters fight UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler but can't kill him because he hasn't died yet in popularity; victims of VillainDecay can become outright CListFodder for any author wanting to show off. Also, when the next step in the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil appears, the dethroned RealLife.
* The
villain is liable very heavily identified with a particular hero, and their exploits are thus part of the hero's overall story. This is what happened with the {{Trope Namer|s}}, the Joker; he's so influential to lose Franchise/{{Batman}} that killing him off would essentially rob the series of a big part of its identity, even if it could continue in theory without him.

InUniverse, the explanations tend to be [[HandWave somewhat flimsier]]. The strongest such explanation is that heroes with [[ThouShaltNotKill a strong moral code against killing]] aren't just going to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim kill the villain]], even if that makes things easier on them in the long run. Writers who go overboard with this trope risk losing the audience's patience, [[TheWorfEffect undermining the hero's perceived effectiveness]], or forcing the villain over the MoralEventHorizon such that the audience will demand
his immunity revoked.

But
Joker Immunity ([[MakeWayForTheNewVillains ''can'' be revoked eventually, if the villain indeed crosses the MoralEventHorizon, suffers VillainDecay, or gets [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil overshadowed by something even more evil]] (who will often at [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains revoke the hands of the new villain, showing immunity himself]] to show how badass much of a threat he is]]).

is).

The heroic equivalent is an InvincibleHero. Compare with VillainExitStageLeft, MoralDissonance, CardboardPrison, TailorMadePrison, VillainExitStageLeft (where the heroes stop the villain's plan but do nothing to stop him escaping); CardboardPrison and TailorMadePrison (where the heroes ''think'' they've stopped the villain but he breaks out of confinement); and occasionally VillainSue. Contrast with SuperheroMovieVillainsDie, for when characters known for VillainSue (who has Joker Immunity for [[MarySue all the wrong reasons]]). Contrast SuperheroMovieVillainsDie (villains who otherwise have more permanent stays Joker Immunity get KilledOffForReal in the afterlife when adapted to the silver screen. film adaptation). See also JustEatGilligan when it's not a (someone other than the direct villain that's has the problem; PopularityPower, where a immunity); PopularityPower (the character will get things gets his way because of his popularity; the fans like him); and KarmaHoudini, where the KarmaHoudini (the villain escapes legal (as well as cosmic) punishment.

Has nothing to do with ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Joker]]''.
and cosmic punishment).

'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''. Standard procedure for [[{{Villains}} villain tropes]]; you can't really call a RealLife figure a villain, nor are there cosmic fanboys who can save you from death.



* A subversion comes in the form of Friend, the evil mastermind BigBad of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. He's responsible for near every bad thing that happens in the story and has hidden personal ties to the [[LukeIAmYourFather heroes]] but even he can't survive a gunshot to the chest. This happens exactly halfway through and they reveal his identity soon after.
* Team Rocket of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. You have to wonder why Ash simply won't tell the police about them. Considering they could get arrested for stalking ''alone'', you'd think he would have at least considered it.
** They do go to jail once (ironically when they are framed by Butch and Cassidy), but escape by digging a tunnel.
** In fact, this is ironically only thing they are better at than most other members of Team Rocket, it seems; avoiding incarceration. Of course, one could say that other members of the organization probably deserve it much more. (A few of them do things [[EvenEvilHasStandards that sicken even]] James and Jesse.)
** As time goes on, they've [[VillainDecay become less of a threat and more of a joke]] compared to the bigger and incredibly threatening StoryArc villains of the particular arc. Even in the many cases where a group of officers are exposed to their presence, [[VillainExitStageLeft they either escape single-handedly]], or the officials in question ignore them for the bigger threat. One episode had an Officer Jenny go after Team Rocket but was disappointed to see them escape but remarked that there were more dangerous members of Team Rocket around she had to take care of.
** They end up in at the end of episodes in often inescapable situations, [[{{snapback}} yet they always return without any explanation as to how they did]]. Also, they survive what would have killed Ash and the gang, such as falling into the river directly under a boat, falling over a waterfall, and at one point James gets knocked over a cliff into a canyon by a boulder, and should have been crushed to death or at least killed by the fall. Twice they survive a fall that THEY THINK is going to kill them: Once in Haunter vs. Kadabra, when Haunter makes them fall over a balcony toward a concrete road, and another in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' where they let go of Lugia and [[SoftWater supposedly fall to their deaths]], yet clearly survive the fall and return in the ending sequence to throw another sledgehammer at the fourth wall. Likely the most grim example is an episode where they're trapped in a freezing ice cave, exhausted, and struggling to stay awake, a panicked Meowth shouting to them that they'll likely freeze to death if they fall asleep. (The episode ends on that note, and exactly how they got out of it, we may never know.)
** Even Giovanni, the boss of Team Rocket, is immortal. In ''Mewtwo Strikes Back'', Mewtwo blows up Dr. Fuji's lab and [[GoryDiscretionShot kills him]]. He later blows up [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Team_Rocket_HQ#In_the_anime Team Rocket headquarters]] after Giovanni pisses him off. The entire building is a pile of rubble by the time Jessie, James, and Meowth get there, and Giovanni & his Persian just get up without so much as a scratch.
** They TookALevelInBadass in the Best Wishes arc, and often don't bother with Ash and his friends most of the time; just concentrating on individual missions.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' was infamous for its repeated use of Naraku, who after a hundred episodes was ''still'' causing trouble (it can even be safely said that he's the ''only'' antagonist still standing, and has been for several hundred issues). By that point, probably ''half'' of feudal Japan wanted his head, yet he still managed to stay alive. He also lasted through nearly all of the original manga too. Naraku's ability to cheat death was so infamous that Rumiko Takahashi, the author, had [[spoiler:Kagome wishing what was left of his spirit ''out of existence'' along with the Shikon no Tama]] to assure readers that he was DeaderThanDead.

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* A subversion comes in the form of Friend, the evil mastermind BigBad of ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. He's responsible for near every bad thing that happens in the story and has hidden personal ties to the [[LukeIAmYourFather heroes]] but even he can't survive a gunshot to the chest. This happens exactly halfway through and they reveal his identity soon after.
* Team Rocket of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. You have to wonder why Ash simply won't tell the police about them. Considering they could get arrested for stalking ''alone'', you'd think he would have at least considered it.
** They do go to jail once (ironically when they are framed by Butch and Cassidy), but escape by digging a tunnel.
**
In fact, this is ironically only thing they are better at than most other members of Team Rocket, it seems; avoiding incarceration. Of course, one could say that other members of the organization probably deserve it much more. (A few of them do things [[EvenEvilHasStandards that sicken even]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James and Jesse.)
** As time goes on, they've [[VillainDecay become less of a threat and more of a joke]] compared to the bigger and incredibly threatening StoryArc villains of the particular arc. Even in the many cases where a group of officers are exposed to their presence, [[VillainExitStageLeft they either escape single-handedly]], or the officials in question ignore them for the bigger threat. One episode had an Officer Jenny go after Team Rocket but was disappointed to see them escape but remarked that there were more dangerous members
Jesse of Team Rocket around she had to take care of.
** They end up in at the end of episodes in often inescapable situations, [[{{snapback}} yet they
try something villainous OnceAnEpisode and always return without any fails, but they're always back to try again. This in spite of them occasionally being last seen in situations where NoOneCouldSurviveThat, only to be [[SnapBack right back at it next episode]] with no explanation as to how they did]]. Also, they survive what would have killed Ash and the gang, such as falling into the river directly under a boat, falling over a waterfall, and at one point James gets knocked over a cliff into a canyon by a boulder, and should have been crushed to death or at least killed by the fall. Twice they survive a fall that THEY THINK is going to kill them: Once in Haunter vs. Kadabra, when Haunter makes them fall over a balcony toward a concrete road, and another in ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' where they let go of Lugia and [[SoftWater supposedly fall to survived. Over time, their deaths]], yet clearly survive consistent failure to do anything meaningful has led to VillainDecay, so on the fall and return in rare occasions that Ash actually bothers to tell the ending sequence to throw another sledgehammer at the fourth wall. Likely the most grim example is an episode where authorities about them, they're trapped in not considered a freezing ice cave, exhausted, and struggling priority (at least compared to stay awake, a panicked Meowth shouting to them that they'll likely freeze to death if they fall asleep. (The episode ends on that note, and exactly how they got out of it, we may never know.)
** Even Giovanni, the
their more villainous teammates). They're also [[VillainExitStageLeft very adept at escaping custody]]. Their boss Giovanni shares this immortality, surviving Mewtwo's destruction of Team Rocket, is immortal. In Rocket's headquarters without so much as a scratch in ''Mewtwo Strikes Back'', Mewtwo blows up Dr. Fuji's lab and [[GoryDiscretionShot kills him]]. He later blows up [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Team_Rocket_HQ#In_the_anime Team Rocket headquarters]] after Giovanni pisses him off. The entire building is a pile of rubble by the time Jessie, James, and Meowth get there, and Giovanni & his Persian just get up without so much as a scratch.
** They TookALevelInBadass in the Best Wishes arc, and often don't bother with Ash and his friends most of the time; just concentrating on individual missions.
Back''.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' was infamous for its repeated use of Naraku, who after a hundred episodes was ''still'' causing trouble (it can even be safely said that he's who's the ''only'' only antagonist still standing, and has been for causing trouble after several hundred issues). By that point, probably ''half'' issues, despite half of feudal Japan wanted wanting his head, yet he still managed to stay alive. He also lasted through nearly all of the original manga too. Naraku's ability to cheat death was so infamous that head. Author Rumiko Takahashi, Takahashi knew the author, had fans wouldn't believe he would be gone unless he was DeaderThanDead, so [[spoiler:Kagome wishing wishes what was left of his spirit ''out of existence'' along with the Shikon no Tama]] to assure readers that he was DeaderThanDead.Tama]].



* [[AGodAmI Aizen]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. He was the BigBad for about 400 chapters. He's [[spoiler: been defeated]], but he's still not dead, leaving the possibility for a comeback…albeit a somewhat vague one, since [[spoiler:he was DePowered as a result of his defeat; he obtained and keeps complete immortality, but he's otherwise powerless.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[AGodAmI Aizen]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. He was the BigBad for about 400 chapters. He's [[spoiler: been defeated]], but His eventual defeat left room for a vague comeback [[spoiler:because he's still not dead, leaving the possibility for a comeback…albeit a somewhat vague one, since [[spoiler:he was DePowered as a result of his defeat; only DePowered, partly because he obtained and keeps actually has complete immortality, but he's otherwise powerless.]]immortality]].



* [[spoiler:Johan Liebert]] as shown in ''Another Monster'', three years after ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
* [[spoiler:Michio Yuki]] in the end of ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
* Katsuhiko Jinnai and the Bugroms from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''. They always ran away so they could return in the sequels or the next episode depending if you watch the OVA or TV version.
* A minor example is Divine, Aki's EvilMentor from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. His confrontation with Dark Signer Carly ended with him plummeting about thirty stories from the top floor of the Arcadia building; [[UnexplainedRecovery somehow, he survived]], and appeared in a later episode, only to be [[JustDesserts swallowed by Earthbound God Ccarayhua.]] WordOfGod claims that, despite not appearing again, he survived that too, recovering along with the other victims of the Earthbound Gods, but that doesn't mean he was a KarmaHoudini; he was quickly caught by Sector Security and hauled to jail.
** Yami Bakura from the [[Anime/YuGiOh original series]]. By the Duelist Kingdom arc, he is thought to be sent to the card graveyard by the end of his debut, only to come back to confront Tristan of getting Mokuba's body as a new vessel but he gets knocked out and the Millennium Ring, the item where he resides, gets tossed aside. This doesn't stop him from coming back in the end of the arc. Later he appeared during the Battle City arc, only to get his soul banished to the Shadow Realm by Yami Marik, but like everyone he banished, he returns to normal when Marik is defeated. In the last arc, multiple versions of him return as the BigBad, only to be finally destroyed for good along with Zorc.
* Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He's been defeated and killed in ages past over and over, and still keeps coming back and what's more retain his knowledge from his previous lives and grows more powerful each time. Even at the end of the series, [[spoiler:after becoming the Shaman King, he's not turned good, but merely been convinced to wait a bit and see how humanity is doing, instead of just killing everyone outright.]]

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* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'''s sequel ''Another Monster'' shows that [[spoiler:Johan Liebert]] as shown in ''Another Monster'', three years after ''Anime/{{Monster}}''.
is still inexplicably active.
* The end of ''Manga/{{MW}}'' shows [[spoiler:Michio Yuki]] in the end of ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
is still around.
* Katsuhiko Jinnai and the Bugroms from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''. They ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' always ran away so they could return in future installments.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Yami Bakura consistently comes back from defeat. By
the sequels or Duelist Kingdom arc, he is believed to have been sent to the next episode depending if you watch card graveyard, but he [[BodySurf takes over Mokuba's body]], gets banished again, and comes back a second time at the OVA or TV version.
* A minor example
end of the arc. Yami Marik banishes his soul to the Shadow Realm in the Battle City arc, but he returns to normal when Marik is defeated. In the last arc, multiple versions of him return as the BigBad; only here is he finally destroyed for good.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has
Divine, Aki's EvilMentor from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.EvilMentor. His confrontation with Dark Signer Carly ended with him plummeting about thirty stories from the top floor of the Arcadia building; [[UnexplainedRecovery somehow, he survived]], and appeared in a later episode, only to be [[JustDesserts swallowed by Earthbound God Ccarayhua.]] WordOfGod claims that, despite not appearing again, he survived that too, recovering along with the other victims of the Earthbound Gods, but that doesn't mean he was a KarmaHoudini; he was quickly caught by Sector Security and hauled to jail.
** Yami Bakura from the [[Anime/YuGiOh original series]]. By the Duelist Kingdom arc, he is thought to be sent to the card graveyard by the end of his debut, only to come back to confront Tristan of getting Mokuba's body as a new vessel but he gets knocked out and the Millennium Ring, the item where he resides, gets tossed aside. This doesn't stop him from coming back in the end of the arc. Later he appeared during the Battle City arc, only to get his soul banished to the Shadow Realm by Yami Marik, but like everyone he banished, he returns to normal when Marik is defeated. In the last arc, multiple versions of him return as the BigBad, only to be finally destroyed for good along with Zorc.
* Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. He's ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has been defeated and killed in ages past over and over, and still keeps over; not only does he keep coming back and what's more retain back, but he also retains his knowledge from his previous lives and grows more powerful each time. Even at the end of the series, [[spoiler:after becoming the Shaman King, he's not turned good, but merely been convinced to wait a bit and see how humanity is doing, instead of just killing everyone outright.]]



* Referenced in ''Fanfic/TheTwoSidesOfDaringDo''. Apparently, Yearlings audience complains about Ahuizotl having this sometimes. It's also justified with the real Ahuizotl; he's actually immortal and ''can't'' die.
* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' gives Medusa Gorgon a case of this. [[spoiler: Seriously, she survives expulsion from Rachel’s body via Majin Hunter by using the same spell she used to live in her battle against Stein and Spirit. Now, she is the ArcVillain of one of the fic's darkest Story Arcs. This woman ''refuses'' to stay dead.]]

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* Referenced in ''Fanfic/TheTwoSidesOfDaringDo''. Apparently, Yearlings Yearling's audience complains about Ahuizotl having this sometimes.Joker Immunity. It's also justified with the real Ahuizotl; he's actually immortal and ''can't'' die.
* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' gives Medusa Gorgon a case of this. [[spoiler: Seriously, she survives Joker Immunity. She [[spoiler:survives expulsion from Rachel’s body via Majin Hunter by using the same spell she used to live in her battle against Stein and Spirit. Now, she is the ArcVillain of one of the fic's darkest Story Arcs. ]] This woman ''refuses'' refuses to stay dead.]]
dead.



* Pretty much sums up the main character in any SlasherMovie VillainBasedFranchise, including [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]], [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]], and [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]].
** As a matter of fact, the ending of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' was specifically altered to allow for this. Creator/WesCraven was NOT happy.
** Lampshaded by Chucky in ''Film/BrideOfChucky''. When he is about to be shot at near the ending, he gloats that he'll always come back whenever he dies.
* Jaws from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. On numerous occasions he'd just dust himself off after surviving some catastrophic disaster. HandWaved because he's obviously MadeOfIron. (the HeelFaceTurn in ''Moonraker'' also pretty much exempts him from the trope at that point).
** The last shot of ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' showed voodoo master Baron Samedi laughing on the engine of the train that Film/JamesBond was on, even though he was shown being thrown into poisonous snakes.
** Blofeld, who twice appears to die (in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', he even comes back in the same movie!). Then ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' killed [[WritingAroundTrademarks "him"]] off to "solve" a legal dispute. In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Blofeld is back after many years of absence. Of course, they were not going to kill him off after just one film, so [[spoiler:he gets arrested by M after Bond decides not to shoot him point blank when he himself encourages Bond to kill him.]]
* Applied to all the [[MonsterMash classic Universal and Hammer movie monsters]], including those that [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 would've far preferred]] to [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein just stay dead]].
* [[Film/{{Thor}} Loki]] is becoming the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse's version of this, [[spoiler:having survived all three films he has appeared in, with an apparent death in both ''Thor'' movies]].
* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' has a classic "Joker death" a little over halfway through the movie, with his helicopter shot down with him seemingly inside. To the surprise of absolutely ''no-one'', he shows up alive and well [[spoiler: in the final scene.]]
* The ''Film/DoctorMabuse'' films apply this trope to the extreme. Mabuse [[spoiler:dies in ''Film/TheLastWillOfDrMabuse''; the rest of the movie concerns an insane/possessed psychologist enacting his plans]]. In the '60s films from ''Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse'' onward, he dies in seemingly every installment but comes back for each sequel. Until [[spoiler:he finally [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] in ''The Terror of Dr. Mabuse''... then comes back [[AssPull as a ''ghost'']] in the next movie]].
* In ''Film/FlashGordonSerial'', Ming the Merciless had the annoying tendency to not stay dead. In the first movie, he supposedly fakes his death by walking inside a crematorium, the implication that he still lives is that they NeverFoundTheBody. In the second movie, he is trapped inside a chamber and bombarded with death rays, only this time, the characters know he is dead this time ([[TakeOurWordForIt though his body is now shown to the viewer]]). In the third movie, he inexplicably returns to life once again and is finished off by Flash crashing a spaceship into his tower while locked inside it.

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* Pretty much sums up the main character in any SlasherMovie As many {{Slasher Movie}}s are part of a VillainBasedFranchise, including [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet their protagonists tend to have severe Joker Immunity. These include Freddy Krueger]], [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', Michael Myers]], and [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', Jason Voorhees]].
** As a matter
Voorhees of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', and Chucky from ''Film/ChildsPlay'' (who explicitly references his immunity in ''Film/BrideOfChucky'', gloating that he can always come back from death). In fact, the ending of the original ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' was specifically altered to allow for this. Creator/WesCraven was NOT happy.
** Lampshaded by Chucky in ''Film/BrideOfChucky''. When he is about to be shot at near the ending, he gloats
ensure that he'll always come back whenever he dies.
Freddy survived (which ''really'' pissed off Creator/WesCraven).
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
**
Jaws from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' is MadeOfIron and ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. On numerous occasions he'd just dust himself off after surviving some routinely survives otherwise catastrophic disaster. HandWaved because he's obviously MadeOfIron. (the HeelFaceTurn in ''Moonraker'' also pretty much exempts disasters by just dusting himself off. This allowed him from the trope at that point).
to survive for ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', where he underwent a HeelFaceTurn.
** The last shot of ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' showed has voodoo master Baron Samedi thrown into poisonous snakes, only for the film's last shot to show him laughing on the engine of the train that Film/JamesBond was on, even though he was shown being thrown into poisonous snakes.
Bond's train.
** Blofeld, who twice Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears to die (in twice; in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', he even comes back in the same movie!). Then ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' movie. He was technically killed off in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', but only to [[WritingAroundTrademarks "him"]] off to "solve" resolve a legal dispute. In dispute]]; he came back decades later in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', Blofeld is back after many years of absence. Of course, they were not going where [[spoiler:Bond refuses to kill him off after just one film, so [[spoiler:he gets arrested by M after Bond decides not to shoot him point blank when he himself encourages Bond to kill him.]]
has the chance and has M arrest him instead]].
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* Applied to all the [[MonsterMash classic Universal and Hammer movie monsters]], including those that [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 would've far preferred]] to [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein just stay dead]].
* Although comic book villains are very prone to [[SuperheroMovieVillainsDie lose their immunity in film adaptations]], this hasn't happened to [[Film/{{Thor}} Loki]] is becoming in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse's version of this, [[spoiler:having survived Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse; he's [[spoiler:survived all three films he has he's appeared in, with an despite apparent death in both ''Thor'' movies]].
* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' has a classic "Joker death" a little over the {{Trope Namer|s}} himself, the Joker, appear to die when his helicopter is shot down about halfway through the movie, with his helicopter shot down with him seemingly inside. movie. To the surprise of absolutely ''no-one'', he no one's surprise, [[spoiler:he shows up alive and well [[spoiler: in the final scene.]]
scene]].
* The ''Film/DoctorMabuse'' films apply this trope to the extreme. Mabuse [[spoiler:dies in ''Film/TheLastWillOfDrMabuse''; the rest of the movie concerns an insane/possessed insane and possessed psychologist enacting his plans]]. In the '60s films from ''Film/Die1000AugenDesDrMabuse'' onward, he dies in seemingly every installment but comes back for each sequel. Until When [[spoiler:he finally [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] in ''The Terror of Dr. Mabuse''... then Mabuse'', he comes back [[AssPull as a ''ghost'']] ghost]] in the next movie]].
* In ''Film/FlashGordonSerial'', Ming the Merciless had the annoying tendency to not stay dead. In the first movie, he supposedly fakes his death by walking inside a crematorium, the implication that he still lives is that but they NeverFoundTheBody. In the second movie, he is trapped inside a chamber and bombarded with death rays, only this time, and the characters know he is are sure he's dead this time ([[TakeOurWordForIt though and his body is now shown to the viewer]]). In viewer]]), but in the third movie, he inexplicably returns to life once again and is finished again. Flash finally finishes him off by Flash crashing a spaceship into his tower while he's locked inside it.



* Subverted by Creator/CSLewis in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', and played up in the movie version, [[spoiler:with the villains' failed plan to resurrect The White Witch.]]
** Then played straight when she (maybe) comes back in ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. However, it could be, and likely is, a different witch -- there's not really anyone left at the end of ''Prince Caspian'' to go through on Nikabrik's plan to resurrect the White Witch. Same race of "Northern Witches," though.
*** It's not actually possible for another of her race to exist, as the White Witch is the only refugee of a dead world, [[GenocideFromTheInside which she made that way]].
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Tigerstar takes this to the logical extreme, since he keeps appearing even though he died in the first series. However, his limited interaction with the living world makes him much less of a threat then when he was alive, and his involvement in the earlier books of [=tPoT=] was somewhat lacking. Eventually - after four series - they do manage to finally make him DeaderThanDead.
* Averted in the ''MagicTheGathering'' novels for the ''Ravnica'' setting. The leader of House Dimir (Ravnica's BigBad) was actually arrested (and killed) at the end of the first book. This actually bites Our Heros in the butt in the third book, when it's revealed that the reason why [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Ravnica has experienced a rash of major disasters]]: because the complex system running the world was dependent on having a BigBad being a BigBad.
** Lampshaded too:
-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away?]] That makes no sense.
-->'''Grand Arbiter Augustin IV:''' [[LampshadeHanging It is a paradox.]]
** Yawgmoth would almost fit the trope, if anyone cared about the Onslaught cycle.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, the SeriesGoal is to defeat Lord Voldemort, so obviously he can't be killed until the end of the last book.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' and Captain Holly Short will stop being tormented by Opal Koboi when readers stop finding her mania amusing. And considering all she's survived so far, it doesn't look like that world's most insane pixie will be going anywhere any time soon.
** Finally revoked in the final book, [[spoiler: where she gets a rather nasty death in which her black magic essentially eats her from the inside out]].

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* Subverted by ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
**
Creator/CSLewis manages to {{subvert|edtrope}} this trope in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', and played up in the movie version, [[spoiler:with where the villains' failed plan to resurrect The the White Witch.]]
** Then
Witch fails after all. The movie played straight when she (maybe) comes back in ''Literature/TheSilverChair''. However, it could be, and likely is, this up even more.
** In ''Literature/TheSilverChair'',
a different witch -- there's not villain shows up who ''appears'' to be the White Witch resurrected, but it's uncertain whether it's really anyone her; nobody was left at the end of ''Prince Caspian'' to go follow through on Nikabrik's plan to resurrect plan, but she was the White Witch. Same race of "Northern Witches," though.
*** It's not actually possible for another
last member of her race to exist, ([[GenocideFromTheInside by her own doing]]), so it's not as the White Witch is the only refugee of a dead world, [[GenocideFromTheInside which if she made that way]].
could conceivably be a different witch.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Tigerstar takes this to the logical extreme, since he keeps appearing even though he died dies in the first series. However, his limited interaction with the living world makes him much less of a threat then when he was alive, and his involvement in the earlier books of [=tPoT=] was somewhat lacking. Eventually - Eventually, after four series - series, they do manage to finally make him DeaderThanDead.
* Averted in the ''MagicTheGathering'' novels for the ''Ravnica'' setting. The leader of House Dimir (Ravnica's BigBad) was actually arrested (and killed) and killed at the end of the first book. This actually But this bites Our Heros the heroes in the butt in the third book, when it's revealed that the reason why [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Ravnica has experienced a rash of major disasters]]: because the complex system running the world was dependent on having a BigBad being a BigBad.
** Lampshaded too:
-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away?]] That makes no sense.
-->'''Grand
sense.\\
'''Grand
Arbiter Augustin IV:''' [[LampshadeHanging It is a paradox.]]
** Yawgmoth would almost fit the trope, if anyone cared about the Onslaught cycle.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, the SeriesGoal is to defeat Lord Voldemort, so obviously he can't be killed until the end of the last book.
book. All of the heroes' prior encounters with him are just trying to avoid getting killed.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' and Captain Holly Short will stop being tormented by Opal Koboi when readers stop finding her mania amusing. And considering all she's survived so far, it doesn't look like that world's most insane pixie will be going anywhere any time soon.
** Finally revoked in
soon. In the final book, [[spoiler: where she finally gets a rather nasty death in which her black magic essentially eats her from the inside out]].



* The Man in Black (a.k.a. Richard Fannin, Randall Flagg, Marten Broadcloak, etc.) from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' seems to have a form of this. He always turns up again even if defeated, and none of the protagonists are able to kill him. [[spoiler: Mordred, however, gobbled him up cause he was hungry, effectively ending his immunity.]]
* [[AxCrazy Soul]][[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder catcher]] from the ''Literatur/BlackCompany'' series is the Joker of literature. There seems to be nothing that can kill [[spoiler:her]] off, and even if an opportunity presents itself the good guys always find a reason not to do it, even though [[spoiler:she]] ends up to be the major reason behind any kind of grief they run into.
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Limper]] has this, too. He manages to escape punishment by both the good guys ''and'' the bigger villains, and if he doesn't he just comes back in one form or another. [[spoiler:Until it stops being funny and he is killed off for real.]]

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* The Man in Black (a.(''a.k.a. '' Richard Fannin, Randall Flagg, Marten Broadcloak, etc.) from ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' seems to have a form of this.Joker Immunity. He always turns up again even if defeated, and none of the protagonists are able to kill him. [[spoiler: Mordred, [[spoiler:Mordred, however, gobbled him up cause because he was hungry, effectively ending his immunity.]]
* [[AxCrazy Soul]][[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder catcher]] from ''Literature/BlackCompany'' has Soulcatcher, {{chronic backstabb|ingdisorder}}er, who cannot be killed off no matter what the ''Literatur/BlackCompany'' series is villains try despite being their primary source of grief. Similarly, the Joker of literature. There seems to be nothing that Limper can kill [[spoiler:her]] off, and even if an opportunity presents itself the good guys always find a reason not to do it, even though [[spoiler:she]] ends up to be the major reason behind any kind of grief they run into.
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Limper]] has this, too. He manages to
escape or survive punishment by from both the good guys ''and'' the bigger villains, and if he doesn't he just comes back in one form or another. [[spoiler:Until [[spoiler:until it stops being funny and he is killed off for real.]]he's KilledOffForReal]].



* Off-and-on BigBad Scorpius was only supposed to be part of a two episode arc on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' but ended up sticking around and becoming very popular and kept returning, even after being shot and buried on screen. He even earned a PromotionToOpeningTitles after we learned that he's actually a WellIntentionedExtremist with an enemy in common with the heroes.
** The show makes a big point of how Scorpius is a CrazyPrepared MagnificentBastard, so much so that it'd be unrealistic if he ''didn't'' keep surviving.

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* Off-and-on On ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', off-and-on BigBad Scorpius was only supposed to be part of a two episode arc on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' two-episode arc, but he ended up sticking around and becoming very popular and kept returning, even after being shot and buried on screen. The show also started making a point of how he's a CrazyPrepared MagnificentBastard, which helps explain how he keeps surviving. He even earned a PromotionToOpeningTitles after we learned that he's actually a WellIntentionedExtremist with an enemy in common with the heroes.
** The show makes a big point of how Scorpius is a CrazyPrepared MagnificentBastard, so much so that it'd be unrealistic if he ''didn't'' keep surviving.
heroes.



** The Master. The eighties started to show him in apparently fatal situations at the end of each story, and he was seemingly seriously killed off in "Planet of Fire," in the MadeForTVMovie, in "The Last of the Time Lords", and in "Death In Heaven". No one ever expects it to stick. He died ''twice'' since the show's revival. The first time, he came back thanks to his supporters. However, his second on-screen death involves him ([[spoiler:or, rather, her]]) being vaporized by [[spoiler:the Brigadier-turned-Cyberman]]. But by then the character's immortality was so well-established that both the actor and the show producer were promising a reappearance in the next season within a matter of days.
*** In fact, "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witch's Familiar" hangs a huge lampshade on this. The Doctor did not believe that the Master died and the latter actually shows us how [[GenderBender she]] survived the events of "Death in Heaven".
** The Daleks rival the Master for the amount of times they've been "killed off completely," with a total of seven times. In order: "The Daleks," "The Evil of the Daleks," "Remembrance of the Daleks," "Dalek," "The Parting of the Ways," and "Journey's End." (They also get nearly wiped out in "Doomsday" and "Evolution of the Daleks," though in both cases [[spoiler:a survivor or four escapes using "E-MER-GEN-CY TEM-POR-AL SHIFT!"]]) Thankfully, Creator/StevenMoffat left out an escape route for the Daleks in the first story under his tenure.
*** In the case of "Day of the Doctor," some fans claim [[spoiler:you can see a Dalek vessel being blown away from the explosion when Gallifrey seemingly goes boom]]. Given the time-frame, this might be the Emperor's ship from "The Parting of the Ways," or the pod containing the titular alien from "Dalek."
*** The Doctor lampshades this trope in "Victory of the Daleks" when, after being so ''sure'' he (well, his clone) had properly genocided them all in "Journey's End," he finds them not only alive, but merrily strolling around Blitz-torn London posing as Allied weapons. He eventually flies into a hysterical fit of rage that can pretty much be summed up as "for God's sake, not ''AGAIN!!!''" and [[ShoutOut takes a leaf out of his old companion Ace's book]] by whaling on one of them furiously with a [[WrenchWhack giant wrench.]]
*** Creator/RussellTDavies openly admitted this was the case with the Daleks in a featurette for "Army of Ghosts". As '''the''' defining ''Doctor Who'' villain, they'll ''always'' be brought back at some point no matter how complete the destruction may seem, because you just plain can't have the Doctor without the Daleks.
** Davros, the Daleks' creator, was genuinely intended to suffer a permanent KarmicDeath at the end of his first story by the writer and the then showrunners. This turned out to be non-permanent, and since then he's survived apparent death at least once. Creator/RussellTDavies responded with a ShrugOfGod when asked if he had survived the ending of "The Stolen Earth"[=/=]"Journeys' End", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice which was later conclusively answered]].
** The Cybermen are frequently killed off or otherwise sealed away, though due to severe AnachronicOrder of their stories and [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Cyberman_%28disambiguation%29 multiple factions]] of Cybermen this can muddle things incredibly. It's justified on their part- even if the Cybermen themselves are wiped out, they are living contingency plans. If any form of their technology survives- from a ruined Cyberman husk that lost its organic half or a single Cybermite survives a planet being blown up, it can find and convert and/or assimilate something into a Cyberman, who will in turn do the same and multiply to replace those who were lost.
** Time Lords themselves are living examples of this trope because they can regenerate into new bodies. Even when a 12-regenerations cycle limit was set in "The Deadly Assassin," it has been broken by both the Doctor and the Master, the former because [[TheShowMustGoOn he got a new cycle]], the latter because he knows how to cheat death in malicious ways.
* Its spin-off ''[[Series/Class2016 Class]]'', however, starts out by adhering to this trope before subverting it. The team's [[ArchEnemy greatest enemies]] and major recurring villains are Corikanus and his [[OmnicidalManiac legions of Shadow Kin.]] The first time they're beaten, the Doctor himself drives them back to their planet. The second time, it's [[spoiler:April who beats their King, takes his title]] and drives them back to their planet. The ''third'' time they show up, [[spoiler:it ends with their entire planet getting imploded and the entire Shadow Kin race being rendered extinct.]] [[RealityEnsues Because human teenagers are a lot less strict about pacifism than an ancient Time Lord]], especially when you start [[spoiler:killing their parents.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' Sylar for whom the universe will bend over backwards to let continue killing people and acquiring powers. Possibly the most ridiculous case is the Volume 4 opener where [[spoiler:a squad has been given orders to shoot to kill, and instructions on how to make it stick... and when they get the shot, managing to take him by surprise and everything, ''they use tasers'']].
** Even more egregious given that he was ''[[DeathIsCheap "dead"]]'' at the end of Volume 3 and then re-appeared without so much as a {{handwave}} at the start of Volume 4. After a number of Volume 4 episodes they did handwave it, but it was pretty stupid even for a handwave.
** In the penultimate episode of Volume 4, [[spoiler:he gets knifed in the back of the head by Danko, only to get right back up in complete violation of the show's MagicAIsMagicA for regeneration]].
*** Which was handwaved in the finale as his shapeshifting allowing him to [[spoiler:move "the button" that turns the brain off. Um, as in the ''brain stem''??]]
** In the Volume 4 finale, the heroes [[spoiler:finally render him unconscious and have this one chance to end him for good. But Angela and Noah collectively grab the IdiotBall and order Matt Parkman to erase his memories and force him to assume Nathan Patrelli's life (whom he had KilledOffForReal). This genius idea only holds for 4 episodes before Sylar reverts, and meanwhile a [[Film/FightClub Sylar Durden]] hallucination has been tormenting Parkman.]]
** In Volume 5, not one but '''two''' major characters try to take him down with {{heroic sacrifice}}s. [[spoiler:Neither work. Nathan's, which involved jumping off a building, ''was undone before he even hit the ground''.]]
** Making this even more ridiculous is how he was originally intended to die at the end of the ''first'' Volume, involving him being impaled through the chest.
* Murdoc the Assassin in ''Series/MacGyver''. He keeps "dying" in over the top ways (died in a collapsing building, took a fatal dive off a mountain after cutting his own rope, plunged into a fiery pool after being electrocuted, been careless with dynamite, drowned in a flooded mine shaft, drove a Jeep off of a cliff) and even if he's pronounced dead each time, [[NeverFoundTheBody they never find his body]] though [[NooneCouldSurviveThat he couldn't possibly have survived that!]] It's never adequately explained how he just keeps surviving certain death. After a while, [=MacGyver=] simply assumes that if there isn't a body, Mudoc will turn up to try to kill him again eventually, an expectation that causes him increasing tension in time, and understandably so.
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} had lots of opportunities to kill [[EnsembleDarkhorse Spike]] and Dru, but she kept letting them get away.
** Darla is actually killed about four times over the course of ''Series/{{Buffy|the vampire slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' (if one counts siring as "death"), but only the last one [[KilledOffForReal takes]].
** Faith gets stabbed in the gut and thrown from a building, but only winds up in a coma. Of course, she's not the first Slayer to cheat death, so...

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** The Master. The eighties started to show him in Master may be a Time Lord, but he should still be dead by now. In the 80s, he would start getting into apparently fatal situations at the end of each story, and he story. He was seemingly seriously killed off in "Planet of Fire," Fire", in the MadeForTVMovie, in "The Last of the Time Lords", and in "Death In Heaven". No one ever expects it to stick. in Heaven"; none of them stuck. He died ''twice'' since the show's revival. The first time, revival; both times, the fan response to the character was so strong that he came back thanks to his supporters. However, his survived them both, despite the second on-screen death involves time showing him ([[spoiler:or, rather, her]]) [[spoiler:or rather her]] being vaporized by [[spoiler:the Brigadier-turned-Cyberman]]. But by then the character's immortality was so well-established that both the actor and the show producer were promising a reappearance in the next season within a matter of days.
*** In fact, "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witch's Familiar" hangs a huge lampshade on this.
[[NeverFoundTheBody vaporized]]. The Doctor did not believe that the Master died and the latter actually shows us how [[GenderBender she]] survived the events of "Death in Heaven".
knows he's got immunity, too; he never believes he's really dead even when he sees it with his own eyes.
** The Daleks rival the Master for the amount number of times they've been "killed off completely," with a total of completely"; it's happened seven times. In order: "The Daleks," times to date[[labelnote:In order:]]"The Daleks", "The Evil of the Daleks," Daleks", "Remembrance of the Daleks," "Dalek," Daleks", "Dalek", "The Parting of the Ways," Ways", and "Journey's End." (They also get nearly wiped out End". Twice more they're left with only a few survivors, in "Doomsday" and "Evolution of the Daleks," though in both cases [[spoiler:a survivor or four escapes using "E-MER-GEN-CY TEM-POR-AL SHIFT!"]]) Thankfully, Creator/StevenMoffat left out an escape route for the Daleks in the first story under his tenure.
*** In the case of "Day of the Doctor," some fans claim [[spoiler:you can see a Dalek vessel being blown away from the explosion when Gallifrey seemingly goes boom]]. Given the time-frame, this might be the Emperor's ship from "The Parting of the Ways," or the pod containing the titular alien from "Dalek."
*** The Doctor lampshades this trope in "Victory of the Daleks" when, after being so ''sure'' he (well, his clone) had properly genocided them all in "Journey's End," he finds them not only alive, but merrily strolling around Blitz-torn London posing as Allied weapons. He eventually flies into a hysterical fit of rage that can pretty much be summed up as "for God's sake, not ''AGAIN!!!''" and [[ShoutOut takes a leaf out of his old companion Ace's book]] by whaling on one
Daleks".[[/labelnote]], with none of them furiously with a [[WrenchWhack giant wrench.]]
*** Creator/RussellTDavies openly admitted this was
sticking. They're very analogous to the case with Joker, as they're the Daleks in a featurette for "Army of Ghosts". As '''the''' Doctor's defining villains (Creator/RussellTDavies has said you basically can't have ''Doctor Who'' villain, they'll ''always'' be brought back at some point no matter how complete the destruction may seem, because you just plain can't have the Doctor without the Daleks.
Daleks) and the Doctor has a strong moral code that would make him hesitant to wipe out an entire race. That said, he ''really'' hates the Daleks, he ''has'' pulled the genocide trigger before, and he has been known to fly into a rage when he rediscovers them (such as in "Victory of the Daleks", when he finds them apparently behaving as docile British weapons wandering around World War II-era London).
** Davros, the Daleks' creator, was genuinely intended to suffer a permanent KarmicDeath at the end of his first story by the writer and the then showrunners. then-showrunners. This turned out not to be non-permanent, permanent, and since then he's survived apparent death at least once. Creator/RussellTDavies responded with a ShrugOfGod when asked if he had survived the ending of "The Stolen Earth"[=/=]"Journeys' End", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice which was later conclusively answered]].
** The Cybermen are frequently killed off or otherwise sealed away, though due to severe AnachronicOrder of their stories and [[http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Cyberman_%28disambiguation%29 multiple factions]] of Cybermen this can muddle things incredibly. It's justified on their part- part; even if the Cybermen themselves are wiped out, they are living contingency plans. If any form of their technology survives- from a ruined Cyberman husk that lost its organic half or a single Cybermite survives a planet being blown up, it can find and [[TheAssimilator convert and/or or assimilate something else]] into a Cyberman, who will in turn do the same and which can multiply to replace those who were lost.
from there.
** Time Lords themselves are living examples of this trope because they can regenerate into new bodies. Even when a 12-regenerations cycle limit was set in "The Deadly Assassin," it has been broken by both the Doctor and the Master, the former because [[TheShowMustGoOn he got a new cycle]], the latter because he knows how to cheat death in malicious ways.
* Its
The spin-off ''[[Series/Class2016 Class]]'', however, starts out by adhering to this trope before subverting it.Class]]'' has a subversion. The team's [[ArchEnemy greatest enemies]] and major recurring villains are Corikanus and his [[OmnicidalManiac legions of Shadow Kin.]] The first time they're beaten, the Doctor himself drives them back to their planet. The second time, it's [[spoiler:April who beats their King, takes his title]] and drives them back to their planet. The ''third'' time they show up, [[spoiler:it ends with their entire planet getting imploded and the entire Shadow Kin race being rendered extinct.]] [[RealityEnsues Because human Human teenagers are a lot less strict about pacifism than an ancient Time Lord]], especially when you start [[spoiler:killing their parents.parents]].
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar seems to have the universe bending over backwards to keep him alive, largely because he's a very popular character. He was originally intended to be killed off at the end of Volume 1, but since then he's survived:
** Being [[DeathIsCheap technically killed off]] at the end of Volume 3, only to appear at the start of Volume 4 without so much as a HandWave (which came eventually but was [[VoodooShark pretty stupid]]).
** [[spoiler:A kill squad getting the drop on him]] in the Volume 4 opener, only for them to [[spoiler:inexplicably use tasers instead]]. What's particularly dumb is that [[spoiler:they had discussed beforehand how to make him DeaderThanDead]].
** [[spoiler:Getting knifed in the back of the head]] in the penultimate episode of Volume 4. He survived that [[spoiler:by getting back up right away, which completely violates the show's [[MagicAIsMagicA established rules of regeneration]]]]. They HandWave this by saying that he [[spoiler:shapeshifting in a way that moved "the button" that turns the brain off -- which implies that he shifted his brain stem to his rear end or something]].
** [[spoiler:Getting knocked unconscious]] in the Volume 4 finale, which gives the heroes a single chance to end him for good. They [[spoiler:blow it when Angela and Noah order Matt Parkman just to erase his memories and force him to assume the life of Nathan Petrelli, whom he had KilledOffForReal]]. This lasts for four episodes before [[spoiler:Sylar reverts to his old self]].
** Not one, but two {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s in Volume 5, neither of which work. [[spoiler:Nathan's involved jumping off a building; it was undone before he even hit the ground.
]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' Sylar for whom the universe will bend over backwards to let continue killing people and acquiring powers. Possibly the most ridiculous case is the Volume 4 opener where [[spoiler:a squad has been given orders to shoot to kill, and instructions on how to make it stick... and when they get the shot, managing to take him by surprise and everything, ''they use tasers'']].
** Even more egregious given that he was ''[[DeathIsCheap "dead"]]'' at the end of Volume 3 and then re-appeared without so much as a {{handwave}} at the start of Volume 4. After a number of Volume 4 episodes they did handwave it, but it was pretty stupid even for a handwave.
** In the penultimate episode of Volume 4, [[spoiler:he gets knifed in the back of the head by Danko, only to get right back up in complete violation of the show's MagicAIsMagicA for regeneration]].
*** Which was handwaved in the finale as his shapeshifting allowing him to [[spoiler:move "the button" that turns the brain off. Um, as in the ''brain stem''??]]
** In the Volume 4 finale, the heroes [[spoiler:finally render him unconscious and have this one chance to end him for good. But Angela and Noah collectively grab the IdiotBall and order Matt Parkman to erase his memories and force him to assume Nathan Patrelli's life (whom he had KilledOffForReal). This genius idea only holds for 4 episodes before Sylar reverts, and meanwhile a [[Film/FightClub Sylar Durden]] hallucination has been tormenting Parkman.]]
** In Volume 5, not one but '''two''' major characters try to take him down with {{heroic sacrifice}}s. [[spoiler:Neither work. Nathan's, which involved jumping off a building, ''was undone before he even hit the ground''.]]
** Making this even more ridiculous is how he was originally intended to die at the end of the ''first'' Volume, involving him being impaled through the chest.
*
On ''Series/MacGyver'', Murdoc the Assassin in ''Series/MacGyver''. He keeps "dying" in over the top ways (died (dying in a collapsing building, took a fatal dive diving off a mountain after [[CutTheSafetyRope cutting his own rope, plunged rope]], plunging into a fiery pool after being electrocuted, been careless carelessness with dynamite, drowned drowning in a flooded mine shaft, drove driving a Jeep off of a cliff) and cliff). But even if though he's pronounced dead each time, [[NeverFoundTheBody they never find his body]] though and just rationalize that [[NooneCouldSurviveThat he couldn't possibly have survived that!]] that.]] It's never adequately explained how he just keeps surviving certain death. After a while, [=MacGyver=] simply assumes starts to assume that if there isn't a body, Mudoc Murdoc will turn up to try to kill him again eventually, again, an expectation that causes him that's the cause of increasing tension in time, and understandably so.
as time goes on.
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} had lots of opportunities to kill Several villains from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' evade death repeatedly, including [[EnsembleDarkhorse Spike]] and Spike]], Dru, but she kept letting them get away.
**
and Darla is actually killed (who technically dies about four times over the course of ''Series/{{Buffy|the vampire slayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' (if one counts siring as "death"), ''Series/{{Angel}}'', but only the last one [[KilledOffForReal takes]].
** Faith gets stabbed in the gut and thrown from a building, but only winds up in a coma. Of course, she's not the first Slayer to cheat death, so...
takes).



* Ben Linus from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is too adored by the fan base to get rid of. He [[ILied lies]], [[TheChessMaster manipulates]] and murders to his hearts content. He's tried to kill Locke so many times we lost count, [[spoiler:and he succeeded in season 5]]. Sayid has been the only one [[spoiler: that actually tried to kill him. This is more of a WhatTheHellHero-moment seeing as Ben is just a kid at the time, and it is heavily implied this attempted murder is what makes Ben what he is today]]. The writers make up for all this though by having him beat up a lot.
** By the end of the show he killed (directly or indirectly) four of the main characters, namely [[spoiler:Charlie Pace (by giving Mikhail the order to do it), Michael Dawson (by killing Keamy and triggering the explosives), Charlotte Lewis (by initiating time-travel which fried her brain) and John Locke (straight)]] and several supporting allies, [[spoiler:including Jacob himself]], and the audience ''still'' adores him!
* ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. He's been shot, stabbed, and mindwiped. He's had the Fortress of Solitude collapse on his head reducing him to an EvilCripple, and been blown up in a truck explosion shortly afterwards. The series concludes with his resurrection from the dead, which was of course, a ForegoneConclusion.
** It's been suggested but not outright confirmed that it's Lex's GreenRocks-given ability.
* "Dead Larry" Sizemore of ''Series/BurnNotice'', partly because of his badass spy skills and his [[EvilMentor relationship]] to TheHero, partly because he's ''just too cool to kill off''. [[spoiler:In the season 5 summer finale, it looked like death had finally caught up with him... and then a newspaper article said that two people had been found dead. [[NeverFoundTheBody There were three people in that building.]] Of course, he was literally ''inches'' away from the bomb that supposedly killed him, so there might not have been enough left to recognize.]]
* Weyoun in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' got a version of this. In his very first appearance, he was killed at the end of the episode. The character proved popular, however, and eventually the show brought him back... or, rather, a clone of him ([[HandWave the Vorta, apparently, have good cloning technology]]). We eventually meet five different clones of Weyoun throughout the show's run.
* Multiple episodes of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' end with Morgana unconcious or incapcitated yet Merlin and the other good guys never take the oppurtunity to finish her off, despite the tremendous damage she has wreaked.
* Damon from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Sooo Damon. Heck, just rename it Damon Immunity.
** Katherine fits this better.
** Forget Damon and Katherine. Klaus fits it even better, considering that he even got his own spin off show, ''TheOriginals''.
* James Horton in ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' seemed to die twice, but came back. (the first time, Joe got him to a hospital, as his brother-in-law, he didn't want to stand and watch him die. But he then came back after appearing to die a second time. Macleod finally did off him the third time)
* On ''{{Series/Alias}}'', both Julian Sark (whose constant escapes eventually become a RunningGag) and Arvin Sloane (who, at one point, manages to survive [[spoiler:his own execution]]) enjoyed this immunity.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' the Governor seems to have this, to the intense displeasure of at least a non-neglibile portion of the fandom. [[spoiler:His immunity is eventually revoked in the Season 4 mid-season finale, where he is KilledOffForReal during another attack on Rick's group at the prison.]]
* Zig-zagged with Moriarty in ''{{Series/Sherlock}}''. He manages to survive the stand-off in the Season 1 finale, but is apparently killed in the Season 2 finale; most expected this death to stick, seeing as he was KilledOffForReal in the ''Sherlock Holmes'' story it was based on. However, [[spoiler: he ends up returning in the Season 3 finale, something which surprised ''everyone'' in-universe. However, this may have been subverted by "The Abominable Bride," wherein Sherlock implies that Moriarty is actually dead and someone else is using his image.]]

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* Ben Linus from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is too adored by the fan base fanbase to get rid of. He [[ILied lies]], [[TheChessMaster manipulates]] manipulates]], and murders to his hearts heart's content. He's tried to kill Locke so many times we lost count, [[spoiler:and he succeeded in season 5]]. Sayid has been the only one [[spoiler: that actually tried to kill him. This is more of a WhatTheHellHero-moment seeing as Ben is just a kid at the time, and it is heavily implied this attempted murder is what makes Ben what he is today]]. The writers make up for all this though by having him beat up a lot.
** By the end of the show he
He's killed (directly or indirectly) four main characters by the end of the main characters, namely [[spoiler:Charlie Pace (by giving Mikhail show. Despite this, Sayid is the order only one to do it), Michael Dawson (by killing Keamy and triggering actually try to kill him -- but [[spoiler:Ben is a child when he tries, so the explosives), Charlotte Lewis (by initiating time-travel which fried her brain) and John Locke (straight)]] and several supporting allies, [[spoiler:including Jacob himself]], and the audience ''still'' adores him!
attempt not only fails, but is also implied to [[WhatTheHellHero make Ben what he is today]]]].
* On ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ComicBook/LexLuthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. He's has been shot, stabbed, and mindwiped. [[EasyAmnesia mindwiped]]. He's had the Fortress of Solitude collapse on his head reducing him to an EvilCripple, and he's been blown up in a truck explosion shortly afterwards. The series concludes with his resurrection from the dead, which was of course, a ForegoneConclusion.
**
ForegoneConclusion. It's been suggested suggested, but not outright confirmed confirmed, that it's Lex's his immunity derives from his GreenRocks-given ability.
* "Dead Larry" Sizemore of ''Series/BurnNotice'', partly because of his badass spy skills and his [[EvilMentor relationship]] to TheHero, partly because he's ''just just too cool to kill off''. off. [[spoiler:In the season 5 summer finale, it looked like death had finally caught up with him... and then him. Then a newspaper article said that two people had been found dead. [[NeverFoundTheBody There were three people in that building.]] Of course, he was literally ''inches'' away from the bomb that supposedly ]]]]
* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Weyoun is
killed him, so there might not have been enough left to recognize.]]
* Weyoun in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' got a version
off at the end of this. In his very first appearance, he was killed at the end of the episode. The character proved popular, however, and eventually the show brought popular enough to bring him back... or, rather, a clone of him ([[HandWave the Vorta, apparently, have good back, but they did so by cloning technology]]). We him; we eventually meet five different clones of Weyoun throughout the show's run.
* Multiple episodes of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' end with Morgana unconcious unconscious or incapcitated incapacitated, yet Merlin and the other good guys never take the oppurtunity opportunity to finish her off, despite the tremendous damage she has wreaked.
* Damon from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Sooo Damon. Heck, just rename it Damon Immunity.
** Katherine fits this better.
** Forget Damon and Katherine. Klaus fits it even better, considering that he even got his own spin off show, ''TheOriginals''.
* James Horton in ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' seemed seems to die twice, but came back. (the comes back both times. The first time, Joe got him to a hospital, hospital; as his brother-in-law, he didn't want to stand and watch him die. But he then came back after appearing to die a second time. Macleod finally did off him for real the third time)
time.
* On ''{{Series/Alias}}'', both Julian Sark (whose constant escapes eventually become a RunningGag) and Arvin Sloane (who, at one point, manages to survive [[spoiler:his own execution]]) enjoyed enjoy this immunity.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the Governor seems to have this, this immunity, to the intense displeasure of at least a non-neglibile non-negligible portion of the fandom. [[spoiler:His immunity is eventually revoked in the Season 4 mid-season finale, where he is KilledOffForReal during another attack on Rick's group at the prison.]]
* Zig-zagged with Moriarty in ''{{Series/Sherlock}}''. He manages to survive the stand-off in the Season 1 finale, but is apparently killed in the Season 2 finale; most expected this death to stick, seeing as he was KilledOffForReal in the ''Sherlock Holmes'' story it was based on. However, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he ends up returning in the Season 3 finale, something which surprised ''everyone'' in-universe. However, this may have been subverted by "The Abominable Bride," wherein in-universe, and Sherlock implies that Moriarty is actually convinced he's still dead and someone else is using it's just a very elaborate recording.]] In the season 4 finale, [[spoiler:he suddenly shows up, and his image.]] scene goes on for several seconds before we realize it was set [[TrollingCreator five years previously]]; the show is playing on the audience's expectation of his Joker Immunity]].
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* On ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', it's never clear about Baron Greenback's fate after one of his vehicles or contraptions explodes on him, but he eventually lives to see another day. In "Statues," he is pursued by the statue of Monsieur Smaquing Lippes who wants to make a dish of frog's legs out of him. The ungodly off-screen groan indicates he succeeded.
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