History Main / JokerImmunity

3rd Dec '17 3:27:35 AM erforce
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* Most {{kaiju}} have this ability, Film/{{Godzilla}} being the best example. Future appearances had him dropped into lava, or blown up by some super-weapon. He always returns to menace Tokyo (and other cities) again. However, the continuity for Godzilla movies is loopy at worst, tenuous at best. The original monster killed by the Oxygen Destroyer often stays dead, and it's an all new mutated monster attacking this time. Or time traveling aliens messed with history. Or they abandon all notion of the '54 Godzilla existing and that Godzilla is the first encounter (as in Shin Godzilla).

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* Most {{kaiju}} have this ability, Film/{{Godzilla}} Franchise/{{Godzilla}} being the best example. Future appearances had him dropped into lava, or blown up by some super-weapon. He always returns to menace Tokyo (and other cities) again. However, the continuity for Godzilla ''Godzilla'' movies is loopy at worst, tenuous at best. The [[Film/Godzilla1954 original monster monster]] killed by the Oxygen Destroyer often stays dead, and it's an all new mutated monster attacking this time. Or time traveling aliens messed with history. Or they abandon all notion of the '54 Godzilla existing and that Godzilla is the first encounter (as in Shin Godzilla).''Film/ShinGodzilla'').
28th Nov '17 9:52:56 AM ProfessorGrimm
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* In the Franchise/ArrowVerse, the one villain who simply will ''not'' die is Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse-Flash. True other villains in the franchise have come back via resurrection. But Thawne is unique in it doesn't matter how many times he's the victim of a {{RetGone}}, he'll always find a way back. It seemed like his luck finally ran out when the Black Flash finally caught up with him, only [[spoiler: for Thawne to turn up on Earth-X working with the Nazis just for kicks. When Barry comments on this, Thawne handwaves it via the TimeyWimeyBall.]]
27th Nov '17 8:14:33 PM scooter
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* Wo Fat in the original ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' always got away at the end of the episode, to the point that the series finale was, and could only be, [=McGarrett=] hunting him down to arrest him personally--[[spoiler: except the final shot shows he has a file in his shoe]]. Similarly in [[Series/HawaiiFive0 the reboot]].
** It's Wo Fat's notorious Joker immunity more than any other that's being parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Spin-Off Showcase" segment "Chief Wiggum, P.I.", in which Big Daddy escapes very slowly.
-->'''Principal Skinner:''' He's gradually getting away, Chief.
-->'''Chief Wiggum:''' Ah, let him go. I have the feeling we'll meet again, each and every week. Always in more sexy and exciting ways.
27th Nov '17 7:52:27 PM scooter
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** The 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. He was seemingly killed off in "Planet of Fire", in the MadeForTVMovie, in "The Last of the Time Lords", and in "Death in Heaven"; none of them stuck. He died ''twice'' since the show's revival; both times, the fan response to the character was so strong that he survived them both, despite the second time showing him [[spoiler:or rather her]] being [[NeverFoundTheBody vaporized]]. The Doctor knows he's got immunity, too; he never believes he's really dead even when he sees it with his own eyes.

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** The 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. He was seemingly killed off in "Castrovalva" (trapped in a dimensional implosion), "Planet of Fire", Fire" (burned to a crisp), in the MadeForTVMovie, MadeForTVMovie (sucked into the Eye of Harmony), in "The Last of the Time Lords", Lords" (dies in the Doctor's arms, refusing to regenerate), and in "Death in Heaven"; Heaven" (vaporized); none of them stuck. He died ''twice'' since the show's revival; both times, the fan response to the character was so strong that he survived them both, despite the second time showing him [[spoiler:or rather her]] being [[NeverFoundTheBody vaporized]]. The Doctor knows he's got immunity, too; he never believes he's really dead even when he sees it with his own eyes.
16th Nov '17 9:08:52 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Although comic book villains are very prone to [[SuperheroMovieVillainsDie lose their immunity in film adaptations]], this hasn't happened to [[Film/{{Thor}} Loki]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse; he's [[spoiler:survived all three films he's appeared in, despite apparent death in both ''Thor'' movies]].

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* Although comic book villains are very prone to [[SuperheroMovieVillainsDie lose their immunity in film adaptations]], this hasn't happened to [[Film/{{Thor}} Loki]] Loki in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse; he's [[spoiler:survived all three four films he's appeared in, despite apparent faking his death in both ''Thor'' movies]].''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'']].
14th Nov '17 10:07:51 AM xcountryguy
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-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away]]? That makes no sense.\\

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-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[spoiler:let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away]]? That makes no sense.\\



* ''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. In the final book, [[spoiler: she finally gets a rather nasty death in which her black magic essentially eats her from the inside out]].

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* ''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. In the final book, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she finally gets a rather nasty death in which her black magic essentially eats her from the inside out]].



* Downplayed by Count Olaf in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', as he is rarely in explicit danger; what he repeatedly avoids is arrest, which serves the same goal as ordinary Joker Immunity. The straight form of this trope is subverted in ''TheEnd'', where he dies in the [[ArcNumber thirteenth chapter of]] [[ThirteenIsUnlucky the thirteenth book]], [[spoiler: and there's still [[TheStinger one]] chapter left]].

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* Downplayed by Count Olaf in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', as he is rarely in explicit danger; what he repeatedly avoids is arrest, which serves the same goal as ordinary Joker Immunity. The straight form of this trope is subverted in ''TheEnd'', where he dies in the [[ArcNumber thirteenth chapter of]] [[ThirteenIsUnlucky the thirteenth book]], [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and there's still [[TheStinger one]] chapter left]].



* Jack Noir/Spades Slick of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. We have seen four different incarnations of the same Archagent, and the only time one of them was seen dead was in an averted timeline. [[spoiler: Creator/AndrewHussie even goes so far as to somehow rescue Spades Slick from the destroyed A2 universe and nurse him back to health in an as-of-yet unspecified location.]]

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* Jack Noir/Spades Slick of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. We have seen four different incarnations of the same Archagent, and the only time one of them was seen dead was in an averted timeline. [[spoiler: Creator/AndrewHussie [[spoiler:Creator/AndrewHussie even goes so far as to somehow rescue Spades Slick from the destroyed A2 universe and nurse him back to health in an as-of-yet unspecified location.]]



* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''CrushedTheDoomedKittyAdventures''. As MMORPG characters, the protagonists can't be permanently killed; they just respawn at the nearest temple. Villains and monsters, however, have but one life to live. The first BigBad's plan is [[spoiler: permanently undoing this, allowing the villains' greater numbers to win the day]].

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''CrushedTheDoomedKittyAdventures''. As MMORPG characters, the protagonists can't be permanently killed; they just respawn at the nearest temple. Villains and monsters, however, have but one life to live. The first BigBad's plan is [[spoiler: permanently [[spoiler:permanently undoing this, allowing the villains' greater numbers to win the day]].



* Jack Slash from Literature/{{Worm}}. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope It's actually a secondary power]] that even he doesn't know he has. He's able to subconsciously communicate with other Para-humans passengers which allows hims to both [[TheCorrupter manipulate their worst urges in order to turn them into monsters like him]] and alerts him to attacks by other para-humans.]] Between this, and Siberian and Bonesaw making him {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le he is able to survive for 2 decades as an AxCrazy mass murderer carving his way across North America. [[spoiler: [[FateWorseThanDeath Even at the end of the story he's not technically dead]].]]

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* Jack Slash from Literature/{{Worm}}. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope It's actually a secondary power]] that even he doesn't know he has. He's able to subconsciously communicate with other Para-humans passengers which allows hims to both [[TheCorrupter manipulate their worst urges in order to turn them into monsters like him]] and alerts him to attacks by other para-humans.]] Between this, and Siberian and Bonesaw making him {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le he is able to survive for 2 decades as an AxCrazy mass murderer carving his way across North America. [[spoiler: [[FateWorseThanDeath [[spoiler:[[FateWorseThanDeath Even at the end of the story he's not technically dead]].]]



27th Oct '17 8:32:36 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the Governor seems to have this immunity, to the intense displeasure of a 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.]]

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* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the Governor seems to have this immunity, to the intense displeasure kept coming back after a number of a non-negligible portion of the fandom.seemingly fatal defeats. [[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.]]
6th Oct '17 7:11:39 AM starofjusticev21
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* The card-based version of ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' has a section in the rules acknowledging that only lame, unmemorable villains actually die, and otherwise it goes down a list of possibilities to explain how a villain who seemingly died in the campaign is back later.
25th Sep '17 5:46:49 PM merotoker
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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James and Jesse of Team Rocket try something villainous OnceAnEpisode and always 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''.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James and Jesse of Team Rocket try something villainous OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode and always 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''.



* Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has been defeated and killed in ages past over and over; not only does he keep coming 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.]]

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* Hao from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has been defeated and killed in ages past over and over; not only does he keep coming 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.]]outright]].






* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' gives Medusa Gorgon Joker Immunity. She [[spoiler:survives expulsion from Rachelís 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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* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' gives Medusa Gorgon Joker Immunity. She [[spoiler:survives expulsion from Rachelís 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.]] Arcs]]. This woman refuses to stay dead.






* As many {{Slasher Movie}}s are part of a VillainBasedFranchise, their protagonists tend to have severe Joker Immunity. These include Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', Jason 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 altered to ensure that Freddy survived (which ''really'' pissed off Creator/WesCraven).
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' where the dad is confused by how horror movies keep having all these sequels when the last one was said to have killed the villain once and for all.

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* As many {{Slasher Movie}}s are part of a VillainBasedFranchise, their protagonists tend to have severe Joker Immunity. These include Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', Michael Myers of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', Jason 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 altered to ensure that Freddy survived (which ''really'' pissed off Creator/WesCraven).
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Creator/WesCraven). {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' where the dad is confused by how horror movies keep having all these sequels when the last one was said to have killed the villain once and for all.



* Most {{kaiju}} have this ability, Film/{{Godzilla}} being the best example. Future appearances had him dropped into lava, or blown up by some super-weapon. He always returns to menace Tokyo (and other cities) again.
** Although the continuity for Godzilla movies is loopy at worst, tenuous at best. The original monster killed by the Oxygen Destroyer often stays dead, and it's an all new mutated monster attacking this time. Or time traveling aliens messed with history. Or they abandon all notion of the '54 Godzilla existing and that Godzilla is the first encounter (as in Shin Godzilla).

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* Most {{kaiju}} have this ability, Film/{{Godzilla}} being the best example. Future appearances had him dropped into lava, or blown up by some super-weapon. He always returns to menace Tokyo (and other cities) again.
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again. However, the continuity for Godzilla movies is loopy at worst, tenuous at best. The original monster killed by the Oxygen Destroyer often stays dead, and it's an all new mutated monster attacking this time. Or time traveling aliens messed with history. Or they abandon all notion of the '54 Godzilla existing and that Godzilla is the first encounter (as in Shin Godzilla).



** Creator/CSLewis manages to {{subvert|edtrope}} this trope in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', where the villains' plan to resurrect the White Witch fails after all. The movie played this up even more.

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** Creator/CSLewis manages to {{subvert|edtrope}} this trope in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', where the villains' plan to resurrect the White Witch fails after all. [[Film/PrinceCaspian The movie movie]] played this up even more.



* 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. But this bites the heroes in the butt in the third book, when it's revealed why [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Ravnica has experienced a rash of major disasters]]: because the complex system running the world was dependent on having a BigBad.
-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away?]] That makes no sense.\\

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* Averted in the ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novels for the ''Ravnica'' ''Literature/{{Ravnica|Cycle}}'' setting. The leader of House Dimir (Ravnica's BigBad) was actually arrested and killed at the end of the first book. But this bites the heroes in the butt in the third book, when it's revealed why [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Ravnica has experienced a rash of major disasters]]: because the complex system running the world was dependent on having a BigBad.
-->'''[[TheHero Agrus Kos]]''': So I should've just [[spoiler: let [[BigBad Szadek]] drain [[CosmicKeystone Selesnya's]] life away?]] away]]? That makes no sense.\\






** The spin-off ''[[Series/Class2016 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 Human teenagers are a lot less strict about pacifism than an ancient Time Lord]], especially when you start [[spoiler:killing their parents]].

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** The spin-off ''[[Series/Class2016 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.]] extinct]]. [[RealityEnsues Human teenagers are a lot less strict about pacifism than an ancient Time Lord]], especially when you start [[spoiler:killing their parents]].



* On ''Series/MacGyver'', Murdoc the Assassin keeps "dying" in over the top ways (dying in a collapsing building, diving off a mountain after [[CutTheSafetyRope cutting his own rope]], plunging into a fiery pool after being electrocuted, carelessness with dynamite, drowning in a flooded mine shaft, driving a Jeep off of a cliff). But even though he's pronounced dead each time, [[NeverFoundTheBody they never find his body]] and just rationalize that [[NooneCouldSurviveThat he couldn't possibly have survived that.]] It's never adequately explained how he just keeps surviving certain death. After a while, [=MacGyver=] starts to assume that if there isn't a body, Murdoc will turn up to try to kill him again, an expectation that's the cause of increasing tension as time goes on.

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* On ''Series/MacGyver'', Murdoc the Assassin keeps "dying" in over the top ways (dying in a collapsing building, diving off a mountain after [[CutTheSafetyRope cutting his own rope]], plunging into a fiery pool after being electrocuted, carelessness with dynamite, drowning in a flooded mine shaft, driving a Jeep off of a cliff). But even though he's pronounced dead each time, [[NeverFoundTheBody they never find his body]] and just rationalize that [[NooneCouldSurviveThat [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat he couldn't possibly have survived that.]] It's never adequately explained how he just keeps surviving certain death. After a while, [=MacGyver=] starts to assume that if there isn't a body, Murdoc will turn up to try to kill him again, an expectation that's the cause of increasing tension as time goes on.



* Multiple episodes of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' end with Morgana unconscious or incapacitated, yet Merlin and the other good guys never take the opportunity to finish her off, despite the tremendous damage she has wreaked.

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* Multiple episodes of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' end with Morgana unconscious or incapacitated, yet Merlin and the other good guys never take the opportunity to finish her off, despite the tremendous damage she has wreaked.



* 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, which surprised ''everyone'' in-universe, and Sherlock is convinced he's still dead and it's just a very elaborate recording.]] In the season 4 finale, [[spoiler:he suddenly shows up, and his 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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* 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, which surprised ''everyone'' in-universe, and Sherlock is convinced he's still dead and it's just a very elaborate recording.]] recording]]. In the season 4 finale, [[spoiler:he suddenly shows up, and his 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]].



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is the embodiment of this trope in the world of ProfessionalWrestling. During his career, he has been locked inside several flaming caskets, been buried alive, had his career ended following high profile matches, and at least once ''died and ascended to Heaven''. Despite this, he always returns, once Mark Callaway's nagging injuries have recovered or his holiday time is up. Promos for his match against Wrestling/MarkHenry at Unforgiven 2007 explicitly billed him as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWnHzu2xFvI "The Man Who Can't be Destroyed"]].

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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is the embodiment of this trope in the world of ProfessionalWrestling. During his career, he has been locked inside several flaming caskets, been buried alive, had his career ended following high profile matches, and at least once ''died and ascended to Heaven''. Despite this, he always returns, once Mark Callaway's nagging injuries have recovered or his holiday time is up. Promos for his match against Wrestling/MarkHenry at Unforgiven 2007 explicitly billed him as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWnHzu2xFvI com/watch?v=YNLF5hPde-4 "The Man Who Can't be Destroyed"]].



* 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), 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).

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* The Servitors of the Apocalypse in ''[[{{TabletopGames/Deadlands}} Deadlands]]''.''{{TabletopGame/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), 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).



* Revolver Ocelot, the only surviving boss from from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', went on to plague Snake in every subsequent game. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty In his second appearance]], he evades doom by wearing a kinetic shield, making him literally immune to bullets. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The prequel]] focused on his early career in Spetnaz, [[ForegoneConclusion so you can assume he's safe in this outing]]; but even then, Creator/HideoKojima can't leave well enough alone, lobbing bullets, bees, rockets, explosions, planes, and who knows what else at poor Ocelot. He survives everything, even a few tight scrapes with Big Boss himself, who consciously spares Ocelot's life (as he feels a certain kinship with a fellow "[[spoiler:Son of The Boss]]"). Ocelot [[spoiler:finally dies in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}''.]]

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* Revolver Ocelot, the only surviving boss from from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', went on to plague Snake in every subsequent game. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty In his second appearance]], he evades doom by wearing a kinetic shield, making him literally immune to bullets. [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The prequel]] focused on his early career in Spetnaz, [[ForegoneConclusion so you can assume he's safe in this outing]]; but even then, Creator/HideoKojima can't leave well enough alone, lobbing bullets, bees, rockets, explosions, planes, and who knows what else at poor Ocelot. He survives everything, even a few tight scrapes with Big Boss himself, who consciously spares Ocelot's life (as he feels a certain kinship with a fellow "[[spoiler:Son of The Boss]]"). Ocelot [[spoiler:finally dies in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}''.]]4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'']].



** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' seemingly subverts his immunity; in three possible endings, it's implied that Shadow broke his neck after defeating him. It was DoubleSubverted when these endings were subject to CuttingOffTheBranches.
** Played with slightly in the [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]] adaptation. 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.

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** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' seemingly subverts his immunity; in three possible endings, it's implied that Shadow broke his neck after defeating him. It was DoubleSubverted A DoubleSubversion when these endings were subject to CuttingOffTheBranches.
** Played with slightly in the [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie comics]] adaptation. 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'' always avoids total defeat. 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 [[ThreeLawsCompliant the First Law of Robotics]] (a robot must never harm a human), he hesitates just long enough for Bass to save the him. In ''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). ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' apparently has Mega back to his ThouShaltNotKill attitude for no readily apparent reason, but then, considering [[BagOfSpilling he lost]] his charge shots ''and'' his slide ability, it's no wonder he's lost a few other things.

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** Dr. Albert W. Wily from ''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). 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 of Robotics]] (a robot must never harm a human), he hesitates just long enough for Bass to save the him. In ''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). ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' apparently has Mega back to his ThouShaltNotKill attitude for no readily apparent reason, but then, considering [[BagOfSpilling he lost]] his charge shots ''and'' his slide ability, it's no wonder he's lost a few other things.



* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' fits this trope perfectly, regularly returning from the dead. The comic even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d the trope after another of her deaths. "Yes, a dynamic character with a proven ability to return from certain death falls from a great height leaving no sign of a corpse? Yeah, We'll never see her again."

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* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' fits this trope perfectly, regularly returning from the dead. The comic even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the trope after another of her deaths. "Yes, a dynamic character with a proven ability to return from certain death falls from a great height leaving no sign of a corpse? Yeah, We'll never see her again."



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''CrushedTheDoomedKittyAdventures''. As MMORPG characters, the protagonists can't be permanently killed; they just respawn at the nearest temple. Villains and monsters, however, have but one life to live. The first BigBad's plan is [[spoiler: permanently undoing this, allowing the villains' greater numbers to win the day]].

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''CrushedTheDoomedKittyAdventures''. As MMORPG characters, the protagonists can't be permanently killed; they just respawn at the nearest temple. Villains and monsters, however, have but one life to live. The first BigBad's plan is [[spoiler: permanently undoing this, allowing the villains' greater numbers to win the day]].



* From ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the series original KnightOfCerebus Mechakara, whose introductory arc ended with him getting turned to scrap, only for him to rebuilt by [[EvilOverlord Lord Vyce]] and sent after Linkara and destroyed a second time, with the episode's commentary by Lewis Luvhaug stating he had plans to use him again in the future, and sure enough, Mechakara returned in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' with no explanation for his recovering, WordOfGod being he [[ItMakesSenseInContext regenerated with the magic coin]]. In short, it's unlikely he's finished.
** Likewise Lord Vyce; Linkara originally abandoned him in a parallel dimension, only for Vyce to turn himself into living data and infect Likara's RobotBuddy Pollo. After getting ThrownOutTheAirlock, he spends several real-world months uploading himself into Comicron-1[[note]]His old spaceship, which Linkara took over after Vyce's initial defeat[[/note]], making it look like Linkara's benevolent A.I. Nimue was going [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL-9000]] on him. Nimue gets restored and apparently deletes Vyce in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, but the end of the episode reveals that Vyce downloaded himself into the body of one of his {{Mook}}s and escaped. At this point the immunity gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by an angry Linkara, who rants that he's spent the last five years dealing with this villain and he's sick of it.
* Jack Slash from Literature/{{Worm}}. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope It's actually a secondary power]] that even he doesn't know he has. He's able to subconsciously communicate with other Para-humans passengers which allows hims to both [[TheCorrupter manipulate their worst urges in order to turn them into monsters like him]] and alerts him to attacks by other para-humans.]] Between this, and Siberian and Bonesaw making him NighInvulnerable he is able to survive for 2 decades as an AxCrazy mass murderer carving his way across North America. [[spoiler: [[FateWorseThanDeath Even at the end of the story he's not technically dead]].]]

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* From ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the series ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''
** The series'
original KnightOfCerebus Mechakara, whose introductory arc ended with him getting turned to scrap, only for him to rebuilt by [[EvilOverlord Lord Vyce]] and sent after Linkara and destroyed a second time, with time; the episode's commentary by Lewis Luvhaug stating he had plans to use him again in the future, and sure future. Sure enough, Mechakara returned in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' with no explanation for his recovering, WordOfGod being he [[ItMakesSenseInContext regenerated with the magic coin]]. In short, it's unlikely he's finished.
** Likewise Lord Vyce; Linkara originally abandoned him in a parallel dimension, only for Vyce to turn himself into living data and infect Likara's Linkara's RobotBuddy Pollo. After getting ThrownOutTheAirlock, he spends several real-world months uploading himself into Comicron-1[[note]]His old spaceship, which Linkara took over after Vyce's initial defeat[[/note]], making it look like Linkara's benevolent A.I. Nimue was going [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey HAL-9000]] on him. Nimue gets restored and apparently deletes Vyce in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, but the end of the episode reveals that Vyce downloaded himself into the body of one of his {{Mook}}s {{Mooks}} and escaped. At this point the immunity gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by an angry Linkara, who rants that he's spent the last five years dealing with this villain and he's sick of it.
* Jack Slash from Literature/{{Worm}}. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope It's actually a secondary power]] that even he doesn't know he has. He's able to subconsciously communicate with other Para-humans passengers which allows hims to both [[TheCorrupter manipulate their worst urges in order to turn them into monsters like him]] and alerts him to attacks by other para-humans.]] Between this, and Siberian and Bonesaw making him NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le he is able to survive for 2 decades as an AxCrazy mass murderer carving his way across North America. [[spoiler: [[FateWorseThanDeath Even at the end of the story he's not technically dead]].]]



** And in the case of villians like Dr. Drakken, or Dr. Doofensmirtz from ''WesterAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', they can be a bit bumbling and comical, if not pathetically incompetent, and have someone else do the dirty work for them. Killing them would be unreasonable because they are AffablyEvil.

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** And in the case of villians villains like Dr. Drakken, or Dr. Doofensmirtz from ''WesterAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', they can be a bit bumbling and comical, if not pathetically incompetent, and have someone else do the dirty work for them. Killing them would be unreasonable because they are AffablyEvil.



* Interestingly Disney seem to have granted this to Shere Khan of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (despite being killed by Mowgli in the original novel). [[Disney/TheJungleBook The Disney animated adaption]] and its sequel are among the very few films in Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon to omit a DisneyVillainDeath, while he is about the only villain not to be killed off in the live action adaption. He is also a recurring AntiVillain in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' and ''[[SpinoffBabies Jungle Cubs]]''.
* Instead of being sent to jail, most Batman villains are sent to an [[CardboardPrison easily escapable insane asylum]]. One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' featured a guard at the asylum fired for his (relatively minor, all things considered) abuses of the prisoners. He then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope quickly became]] an incarceration-themed KnightTemplar supervillain called Lock-Up.
** Then there was Judgement Day, where a new vigilante called the Judge was giving more severe punishment to criminals, and actually trying to kill them. Batman pressures a politician who was helping the Judge, saying that the Judge would kill someone eventually. The politician fires back, saying that the people of Gotham just would not care if Two-Face, or Killer Croc or any super-villain gets killed off as opposed to being sent to a CardBoardPrison they'll just escape from. He gives Batman due credit, but he reiterates that the people want something permanent.

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* Interestingly Disney seem to have granted this to Shere Khan of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (despite being killed by Mowgli in the original novel). [[Disney/TheJungleBook The Disney animated adaption]] and its sequel are among the very few films in Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon to omit a DisneyVillainDeath, while he is about the only villain not to be killed off in the live action adaption. He is also a recurring AntiVillain in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' and ''[[SpinoffBabies Jungle Cubs]]''.
''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''.
* Instead of being sent to jail, most Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} villains are sent to an [[CardboardPrison easily escapable insane asylum]]. asylum]].
** [[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE17LockUp
One episode episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' featured a guard at the asylum fired for his (relatively minor, all things considered) abuses of the prisoners. He then [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope quickly became]] an incarceration-themed KnightTemplar supervillain called Lock-Up.
** Then there was "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE24JudgementDay Judgement Day, Day]]", where a new vigilante called the Judge was giving more severe punishment to criminals, and actually trying to kill them. Batman pressures a politician who was helping the Judge, saying that the Judge would kill someone eventually. The politician fires back, saying that the people of Gotham just would not care if Two-Face, or Killer Croc or any super-villain gets killed off as opposed to being sent to a CardBoardPrison CardboardPrison they'll just escape from. He gives Batman due credit, but he reiterates that the people want something permanent.



** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', HarleyQuinn was assumed to have perished in her final battle with Batgirl; even the now elderly Barbara Gordon doubted she could have survived. Turns out, she did (maybe hanging out with the Joker taught her a few things) but the experience ''did'' cause her to retire from crime permanently.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', HarleyQuinn ComicBook/HarleyQuinn was assumed to have perished in her final battle with Batgirl; even the now elderly Barbara Gordon doubted she could have survived. Turns out, she did (maybe hanging out with the Joker taught her a few things) but the experience ''did'' cause her to retire from crime permanently.



** That said, Batman Beyond has a startling tendency to avert Joker Immunity a number of times, mostly because Terry is unable or unwilling to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard save villains from themselves]], most notably the returning members of Bruce's RoguesGallery: Mr. Freeze, Bane, Ra's al Guhl, and ironically the Joker himself in TheMovie. It's subverted with the new generation of the Royal Flush Gang, who go through more VillainDecay with each appearance until they completely fall apart.

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** That said, Batman Beyond the series has a startling tendency to avert Joker Immunity a number of times, mostly because Terry is unable or unwilling to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard save villains from themselves]], most notably the returning members of Bruce's RoguesGallery: Mr. Freeze, Bane, Ra's al Guhl, and ironically the Joker himself in TheMovie. It's subverted with the new generation of the Royal Flush Gang, who go through more VillainDecay with each appearance until they completely fall apart.



* Averted with Professor Milo in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', who is eaten by his abused lab rats after being turned into cheese by the Spectre. Played straight with most the recurring villains.

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* Averted with Professor Milo in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', who is eaten by his abused lab rats after being turned into cheese by the Spectre. Played straight with most the recurring villains.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' Sideshow Bob, but that's mainly a case of CardboardPrison.
** Well, that, and, as he explained to Edna Krabappel on a date once, he's [[HarmlessVillain never actually successfully killed anybody]] (Mrs. Krabappel looks more than a little [[EvilIsSexy disappointed]] to hear this).
** This is mutual, as when Sideshow Bob had the chance to finally kill Bart, he can't do it because he's grown accustomed to his face, owing his very existence to hating him.
** Mr. Burns is an apt representation of the trope with his constant polluting, corporate greed, and mere belligenrance. Part of the reason that he is still around is due to making a deal with the devil.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Sideshow Bob, but that's mainly a case of CardboardPrison.
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CardboardPrison. Well, that, and, as he explained to Edna Krabappel on a date once, he's [[HarmlessVillain never actually successfully killed anybody]] (Mrs. Krabappel looks more than a little [[EvilIsSexy disappointed]] to hear this).
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this). This is mutual, as when Sideshow Bob had the chance to finally kill Bart, he can't do it because he's grown accustomed to his face, owing his very existence to hating him.
** Mr. Burns is an apt representation of the trope with his constant polluting, corporate greed, and mere belligenrance.belligerence. Part of the reason that he is still around is due to making a deal with the devil.



* The Shredder/Oroku Saki/Ch'rell from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' has survived so many instances where he was thought dead, only to come back, that even when he actually ''does'' seem to be KilledOffForReal in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', Splinter ''still doesn't doubt the possibility of survival''.
** Even before his permanent death, when he once suffered a DisneyVillainDeath, in which he was left inside an exploding building after his exo-suit was disabled, the Turtles don't doubt he survived and display no surprise when he returned. His appearance in the season 3 finale ''Exodus'' had PutOnABus, in the form of leaving him on a remote ice asteroid light years away from any hope of rescue, likely intended to permanent, and he still returned.
* Most of the villains from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' fall firmly into this category, but [[MauveShirt Henchmen 21 and 24]] really stick out because of the relatively short lifespan of [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]] in the series. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by them ''and'' The Monarch on numerous occasions, with the duo taunting a rookie that he ''will'' die on the mission and they won't [[spoiler:which, sure enough, he does]]), and The Monarch pointing out that their best talent is their rare ability to ''not'' get killed on missions.

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* The Shredder/Oroku Saki/Ch'rell from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' has survived so many instances where he was thought dead, only to come back, that even when he actually ''does'' seem to be KilledOffForReal in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', Splinter ''still doesn't doubt the possibility of survival''.
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survival''. Even before his permanent death, when he once suffered a DisneyVillainDeath, in which he was left inside an exploding building after his exo-suit was disabled, the Turtles don't doubt he survived and display no surprise when he returned. His appearance in the season 3 finale ''Exodus'' "Exodus" had him PutOnABus, in the form of leaving him on a remote ice asteroid light years away from any hope of rescue, likely intended to permanent, and he still returned.
* Most of the villains from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' fall firmly into this category, but [[MauveShirt Henchmen 21 and 24]] really stick out because of the relatively short lifespan of [[{{Mooks}} henchmen]] in the series. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by them ''and'' The Monarch on numerous occasions, with the duo taunting a rookie that he ''will'' die on the mission and they won't [[spoiler:which, sure enough, he does]]), and The Monarch pointing out that their best talent is their rare ability to ''not'' get killed on missions.
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** He next appears in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', apparently in his original form; later games suggest his armor may have become 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.

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** The remake of Metroid II, ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' has him show up as the true final boss of the story. His Meta Ridley armor is mostly cast off, but he still maintains some - mostly on his along his spine, wings, left arm, and right leg. It's theorized that his Phazon exposure as Omega Ridley helped heal the organic parts of his being, hence why he's almost fully organic again here - a form known as Proteus Ridley.
** He next appears in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', apparently in his original form; later games suggest form after having finally healed enough to cast off his armor may have become pure Phazite.Cyborg Prosthetics entirely. 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.
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