History Main / NearDeathExperience

21st Jun '17 4:26:22 PM KizunaTallis
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A character almost dies, but is given a chance to or is forced to return. Often overlaps with ItIsNotYourTime. Sometimes overlaps with NearDeathClairvoyance. If the near-death is a near-suicide, may overlap with ItsAWonderfulPlot. To some extent TruthInTelevision, and heavily overlaps with DontFearTheReaper.

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A character almost dies, but is given a chance to or is forced to return. Often overlaps with ItIsNotYourTime.ItIsNotYourTime and MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes. Sometimes overlaps with NearDeathClairvoyance. If the near-death is a near-suicide, may overlap with ItsAWonderfulPlot. To some extent TruthInTelevision, and heavily overlaps with DontFearTheReaper.
17th Jun '17 11:16:59 AM StFan
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* In a rare serious arc of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga dies when the superhumanly-strong Lime crushes his windpipe. He finds himself in a field of flowers with a river in the distance, and his grandpa and grandma yelling, from the other side of the river, not to come closer. But when he hallucinates Akane happily saying goodbye to him, together with Ranma, Ryouga is [[BigNo shocked]] back to life, depressed enough to summon the [[KiAttacks Shishi Hokodan]] and crush Lime with it.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
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In a rare serious arc of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga arc, Ryōga dies when the superhumanly-strong Lime crushes his windpipe. He finds himself in a field of flowers with a river in the distance, and his grandpa and grandma yelling, from the other side of the river, not to come closer. But when he hallucinates Akane happily saying goodbye to him, together with Ranma, Ryouga Ryōga is [[BigNo shocked]] back to life, depressed enough to summon the [[KiAttacks Shishi Hokodan]] and crush Lime with it.it.
** This is parodied in a later, much more comedic story, where Ranma, Ryōga and Mousse are competing to eat horribly bad-tasting noddles. The food is so lethally bad, all three fall unconscious and find themselves on the shore of the same river, with Ryōga commenting that he'd already been there before.



* TheJoker nearly dies at the end of the ''Last Laugh'' crossover. This is possibly the first time the reader is able to experience one of his numerous brushes with death with him.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher has this in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn''. [[spoiler: At the end, during the big battle, he makes a deal with Death. He is given the option of dying there in Nam or having supernatural protection and thusly, a guarantee to see his family again. But the latter option will have a price. Hint: it's his family.]]

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* TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker nearly dies at the end of the ''Last Laugh'' crossover. This is possibly the first time the reader is able to experience one of his numerous brushes with death with him.
* Comicbook/ThePunisher ComicBook/ThePunisher has this in ''ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn''. [[spoiler: At the end, during the big battle, he makes a deal with Death. He is given the option of dying there in Nam or having supernatural protection and thusly, a guarantee to see his family again. But the latter option will have a price. Hint: it's his family.]]



* Lampooned in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', where it happened to Opus, but made very little sense. (The guy who told him ItIsNotYourTime was famed high school principal Joe Clark, who "expelled" him to send him back to the living world, and reminded him to watch ''Film/LeanOnMe'', which had just been released.)



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* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', Scrat has this at the end of the movie. Right as he is about to enter the gates of acorn heaven, Sid revives him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', Scrat has this at Lampooned in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', where it happened to Opus, but made very little sense. (The guy who told him ItIsNotYourTime was famed high school principal Joe Clark, who "expelled" him to send him back to the end of the movie. Right as he is about living world, and reminded him to enter the gates of acorn heaven, Sid revives him.watch ''Film/LeanOnMe'', which had just been released.)



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* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', Scrat has this at the end of the movie. Right as he is about to enter the gates of acorn heaven, Sid revives him.
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. PlayedForLaughs in "Revenging Angel". Crichton is in a coma and sees his world through the eyes of...WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes?

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. PlayedForLaughs in "Revenging Angel". Crichton is in a coma and sees his world through the eyes of... WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes?



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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', as a world filled with [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]], has quite a few - although some possibly count as ''actual'' death experiences.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', as a world filled with [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]], has quite a few - -- although some possibly count as ''actual'' death experiences.



--> '''Tarvek:''' ''[weakly]'' I... I don't think I'm '''''at all well'''''...\\

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--> '''Tarvek:''' --->'''Tarvek:''' ''[weakly]'' I... I don't think I'm '''''at all well'''''...\\



** Tarvek's sister Anevka was saved from her near-death experience, following her involvement in one of her father's experiments, by Tarvek connecting her barely-living body to a clank that she would be able to control. [[spoiler: This didn't exactly go as planned, as according to Tarvek her body died anyway, and the clank continued living Anevka's life without realising it wasn't her.]]
** Tarvek has had a couple of other near-death experiences separate from his illness and the Si Vales Valeo - one when he was stabbed and then shot in Sturmhalten, and then another when he was stabbed by Martellus and poisoned with something that should have made him ''dissolve'' within half an hour. [[spoiler: Luckily for him, that was when the Baron set off the timestop, and Gil was able to heal him once he pulled him back into realtime.]]

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** Tarvek's sister Anevka was saved from her near-death experience, following her involvement in one of her father's experiments, by Tarvek connecting her barely-living body to a clank that she would be able to control. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This didn't exactly go as planned, as according to Tarvek her body died anyway, and the clank continued living Anevka's life without realising realizing it wasn't her.]]
** Tarvek has had a couple of other near-death experiences separate from his illness and the Si Vales Valeo - -- one when he was stabbed and then shot in Sturmhalten, and then another when he was stabbed by Martellus and poisoned with something that should have made him ''dissolve'' within half an hour. [[spoiler: Luckily for him, that was when the Baron set off the timestop, and Gil was able to heal him once he pulled him back into realtime.]]



* The ''{{Dilbert}}'' animated series had an entire episode revolving around this. Dilbert gets hit in the head in a gas station parking lot and winds up seeing the afterlife, which, much to his chagrin, turns out to be an office cubicle in the middle of a white void. He recieves a second head injury near the climax of the episode, where he finds that ''Wally'' is now in a cubicle next to his (in accordance with the beliefs of the Wallyites, a cult who had established a religion based on Wally due to a series of events during the episode).

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* The ''{{Dilbert}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' animated series had an entire episode revolving around this. Dilbert gets hit in the head in a gas station parking lot and winds up seeing the afterlife, which, much to his chagrin, turns out to be an office cubicle in the middle of a white void. He recieves a second head injury near the climax of the episode, where he finds that ''Wally'' is now in a cubicle next to his (in accordance with the beliefs of the Wallyites, a cult who had established a religion based on Wally due to a series of events during the episode).
29th Apr '17 11:04:04 AM kquinn0830
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* [[spoiler: Harry]] in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.

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* [[spoiler: Harry]] Harry Potter himself]] in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Under normal circumstances, he should have been killed. However, because [[spoiler:Voldemort used Harry's blood to give himself a new body back in ''Goblet of Fire'', Voldemort inadvertently made it so as long as he was alive, Harry can't die.]]
23rd Apr '17 9:09:53 AM nombretomado
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* In the 4th novel of ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'', [[spoiler:Kyon experiences this]]. In his own words: "Damn it, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I'm about to die]]."

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* In the 4th novel of ''LightNovel/SuzumiyaHaruhi'', ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', [[spoiler:Kyon experiences this]]. In his own words: "Damn it, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck I'm about to die]]."
22nd Apr '17 4:24:16 AM erforce
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* Comicbook/ThePunisher has this in ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher: Born]]''. [[spoiler: At the end, during the big battle, he makes a deal with Death. He is given the option of dying there in Nam or having supernatural protection and thusly, a guarantee to see his family again. But the latter option will have a price. Hint: it's his family.]]

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* Comicbook/ThePunisher has this in ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX The Punisher: Born]]''.''ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn''. [[spoiler: At the end, during the big battle, he makes a deal with Death. He is given the option of dying there in Nam or having supernatural protection and thusly, a guarantee to see his family again. But the latter option will have a price. Hint: it's his family.]]
11th Jan '17 6:21:21 AM SilentStranger
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* The ''{{Dilbert}}'' animated series had an entire episode revolving around this. Dilbert gets hit in the head in a gas station parking lot and winds up seeing the afterlife, which, much to his chagrin, turns out to be an office cubicle in the middle of a white void. He recieves a second head injury near the climax of the episode, where he finds that ''Wally'' is now in a cubicle next to his (in accordance with the beliefs of the Wallyites, a cult who had established a religion based on Wally due to a series of events during the episode).
4th Dec '16 5:56:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** A literal example of this trope tends to happen to Commander Vimes, as his version involves seeing the GrimReaper himself, who on one occasion notes that Vimes having a near-death means that he has to undergo a "near-Vimes experience". The Grim Reaper in Discworld is GenreSavvy enough to see Vimes's PlotArmor and [[BadAss acknowledges him for it.]]

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** A literal example of this trope tends to happen to Commander Vimes, as his version involves seeing the GrimReaper himself, who on one occasion notes that Vimes having a near-death means that he has to undergo a "near-Vimes experience". The Grim Reaper in Discworld is GenreSavvy enough to see Vimes's PlotArmor and [[BadAss acknowledges him for it.]]
2nd Dec '16 7:15:51 AM Kitch
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** In the third episode of Sun & Moon, Meowth got hexed so badly trying to peek under Mimikyu's outfit, that he suffered a near-death experience. He walked down a tunnel, then [[GoIntoTheLight ran toward a light]], and found a Glaceon, Gardevoir, and a Lopunny calling for him. But those were really projections by Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar. Then everything disappeared, and he fell into an abyss. At this point, Jessie and James dumped buckets of water on him, reviving him.
29th Oct '16 7:18:22 PM Fireblood
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* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions. One thing critics point out is that the [=NDE=]s are contradictory in terms of religious imagery (e.g. people see imagery reflective of their religion or what is dominant where they live) so claming this as proof of any one religion would be problematic at best.

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* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions. One thing critics point out is that the [=NDE=]s are contradictory in terms of religious imagery (e.g. people see imagery reflective of their religion or what is dominant where they live) so claming claiming this as proof of any one religion would be problematic at best. best.
* See [[http://infidels.org/library/modern/keith_augustine/HNDEs.html here]] for an overall critique.
29th Oct '16 7:16:36 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheFall'': Spector appears to undergo one after being shot.



* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions. One thing critics point out is that the NDEs are contradictory in terms of religious imagery (e.g. people see imagery reflective of their religion or what is dominant where they live) so claming this as proof of any one religion would be problematic at best.

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* Many organized religions take near-death experiences very seriously as proof of their doctrine. Others may shun them or dismiss them as delusions. One thing critics point out is that the NDEs [=NDE=]s are contradictory in terms of religious imagery (e.g. people see imagery reflective of their religion or what is dominant where they live) so claming this as proof of any one religion would be problematic at best.
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