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20th Sep '16 1:24:33 PM Gess
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** [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames The Magician]] proved so popular that he returned as a second-to-finall boss in 2 and special boss in 4.
18th Sep '16 9:01:42 AM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Despite Finn's claims that he'll "slay ''anything'' that's evil", not once in the entire show have Finn and Jake even tried to kill The Ice King (unless you count briefly pondering whether or not to let Ice King save himself in "Ricardio the Heart Guy"). You could make the argument that Ice King is more deranged than outright evil, but Finn doesn't know that until late Season 3.
8th Sep '16 12:55:25 PM iowaforever
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* 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.
11th Aug '16 9:16:29 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''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.]]
10th Aug '16 2:05:21 PM TheUnknownUploader
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*** Dr. Doofensmitz, at the very least, is often put in jail and in NoOneCouldSurviveThat situations. [[UnexplainedRecovery But he's always back by the next episode.]]
10th Aug '16 2:04:20 PM TheUnknownUploader
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*** Dr. Doofensmitz, at the very least, is often put in jail and in NoOneCouldSurviveThat situations. [[UnexplainedRecovery But he's always back by the next episode.]]
9th Aug '16 11:12:45 PM YgothanEru
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* 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 they're death has not been shown, but a time after they have died is, they're immunity may be [[DoomedByCanon revoked at anytime.]]

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* 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 flipside, if they're their death has not been shown, but a time after they have died is, they're immunity may be [[DoomedByCanon revoked at anytime.]]
30th Jul '16 10:17:02 PM acrobox
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* The series is being shown in AnachronicOrder, and their death has already been shown. This can apply to any character, not just villains.

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* The series is being shown in AnachronicOrder, and their death has already been shown. [[SavedByCanon This can apply to any character, character,]] not just villains.villains. On the flipside if they're death has not been shown, but a time after they have died is, they're immunity may be [[DoomedByCanon revoked at anytime.]]
23rd Jul '16 8:21:59 AM mario0987
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*** 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".
20th Jul '16 5:20:49 PM X2X
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** 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.

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** 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", Witches," though.



** 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, and '''in all three appearances''' in the new series. No one ever expects it to stick. He dies ''twice'' since the show's revival. The first time, he comes 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.
** 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. Davros has a similar reputation, apparently being killed off in every appearance apart from ''Remembrance of the Daleks''.
*** 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.]]

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** 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", Fire," in the MadeForTVMovie, and '''in all three appearances''' in the new series. No one ever expects it to stick. He dies ''twice'' since the show's revival. The first time, he comes 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.
** The Daleks rival the Master for the amount of times they've been "killed off completely", completely," with a total of seven times. In order: "The Daleks", 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 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. Davros has a similar reputation, apparently being killed off in every appearance apart from ''Remembrance of the Daleks''.
*** In the case of "Day of the Doctor", Doctor," some fans claim [[spoiler:you can see a Dalek vessel being blown away from the explosion when Gallifrey seemingly goes boom.]] boom]]. Given the time-frame, this might be the Emperor's ship from "The Parting of the Ways", Ways," or the pod containing the titular alien from "Dalek".
"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", 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.]]



** 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.

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** 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", 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.



* 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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* 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", Bride," wherein Sherlock implies that Moriarty is actually dead and someone else is using his image.]]



** 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.]]

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** The "thrown into a star" example (''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'') is particularly weird. [[spoiler: Bowser apparently "dies", "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.]]



* M. Bison in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' may be getting this despite his most chronologically recent death having his soul sent to hell. ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV IV]]'' [[{{Interquel}} takes place]] a year after ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII II]]'' and a few years before ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII III]]''. Additionally, Akuma's DynamicEntry with his Shun Goku Satsu on Bison was {{retcon}}ned, according to WordOfGod. In ''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.

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* M. Bison in ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' may be getting this despite his most chronologically recent death having his soul sent to hell. [[note]] ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV IV]]'' [[{{Interquel}} takes place]] a year after ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterII II]]'' II]]'', the game in which he "died," and a few years before ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII III]]''.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 ''Ties ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIVTheTiesThatBind The Ties That Bind'', 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.]]



* 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 ''Metroid II: Return of Samus'', ''Videogame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' and ''Videogame/MetroidPrime Hunters''. 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 ''Metroid/Zero Mission'', and accompanied by a robot double in ''Zero Mission'', but ''Other M'' possibly hand waves this by showing he's 'really' good at playing dead, even if he needed a robo boost to survive.

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* 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 ''Metroid II: Return of Samus'', ''Videogame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' and ''Videogame/MetroidPrime Hunters''.''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 ''Metroid/Zero Mission'', ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}}[=/=][[VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission Zero Mission]]'', and accompanied by a robot double in ''Zero Mission'', but ''Other M'' ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'' possibly hand waves this by showing he's 'really' ''really'' good at playing dead, even if he needed a robo boost to survive.



** Meta Ridley is apparently "killed" again at the start of ''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 ''Super Metroid'' 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 ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', 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 ''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'', 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.

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** Meta Ridley is apparently "killed" again at the start of ''Corruption'', ''[[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 somehow; possibly hand waved by his armor becoming pure Phazite, which like all Phazon was destroyed) in ''Super Metroid'' ''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 ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', ''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 ''Fusion'', ''[[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''.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'', ''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.
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