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18th Feb '17 7:11:11 AM Ohio9
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* During the 1864 Siege of Petersburg in the ''UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar'', Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin, famous for leading a heroic stand at Gettysburg, was severely wounded when a bullet passed through both hips and tore through his groin. Doctors predicted his wound was fatal, and he was "posthumously" promoted to Brigadier General. Newspapers in his home state of Maine ran obituaries about his supposed death. The doctor's diagnosis turned out to be accurate, but the predicted timing was not. Chamberlin did die from his wound, but not for another 50 years, in 1914. He was the last recorded civil war veteran to die from battle wounds.
15th Feb '17 4:29:14 PM IceAokiji303
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* Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: In part 2, [[spoiler:[[ThoseWackyNazis:Stroheim]]]] is believed dead by Joseph, only to show up later. [[spoiler:[[StupidJetpackHitler As a cyborg.]]]]

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* Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: In part 2, [[spoiler:[[ThoseWackyNazis:Stroheim]]]] [[spoiler:[[ThoseWackyNazis Stroheim]]]] is believed dead by Joseph, only to show up later. [[spoiler:[[StupidJetpackHitler As a cyborg.]]]]
15th Feb '17 4:27:28 PM IceAokiji303
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* Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: In part 2, [[spoiler:[[ThoseWackyNazis:Stroheim]]]] is believed dead by Joseph, only to show up later. [[spoiler:[[StupidJetpackHitler As a cyborg.]]]]
** At the end of part 2, it's [[spoiler:Joseph's]] turn to be believed dead. He shows up to his own funeral with [[his newly wed wife, Suzi Q.]] They were actually going to inform the rest of the cast that the was alive, but the latter forgot to telegram them.
** In part 3, [[spoiler:Avdol]] is presumed dead after a fight with other stand users. He is later revealed to have been simply recovering from his wounds, [[spoiler:which was known by all the main characters excluding Polnareff, whom they assumed would not be able to keep the secret and would thus endanger their recovering friend]].
7th Feb '17 8:53:59 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', when the Black Panther tells Alex that he thought she had died, she actually quotes the trope's title at him and cites Mark Twain. In response, he relates to her the truth that Twain never actually said it.
24th Jan '17 2:43:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* This was Aang's status for half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' following the second season finale, where Azula killed Aang only for Katara to bring him back. [[InnocentlyInsensitive While Sokka was excited to have such a stealthy advantage]], Aang was initially upset that the world thought their only hope to end the war was gone forever, but eventually decided it was best that the world not know the Avatar was alive for now. Unfortunately, Azula, being the GenreSavvy MagnificentBitch she is, had a feeling that Aang was alive and not only had a plan to defend against the Gaang's invasion, but also make them waste their stealthy advantage.

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* This was Aang's status for half of the third season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' following the second season finale, where Azula killed Aang only for Katara to bring him back. [[InnocentlyInsensitive While Sokka was excited to have such a stealthy advantage]], Aang was initially upset that the world thought their only hope to end the war was gone forever, but eventually decided it was best that the world not know the Avatar was alive for now. Unfortunately, Azula, being the GenreSavvy MagnificentBitch she is, had a feeling that Aang was alive and not only had a plan to defend against the Gaang's invasion, but also make them waste their stealthy advantage.
24th Jan '17 11:05:20 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* In a truly tragic and bizarre turn, when popular fan fiction writer "becuzitswrong" (whose collective stories have over half a million subscribers on fanfiction.net) started suffering serious delays in updating because of chronic health problems, a rumor made the rounds that the writer had died. Eventually, he posted an update to several fan fiction archives saying that, no, he was still alive and would be returning to regular updates soon. He even went so far as to quote the line "reports of my death were greatly exaggerated" and said that "things have finally calmed down and I am starting to write again. It is a wonderful feeling." He died for real less than a week after this announcement was posted.
16th Jan '17 10:36:56 AM TheBigBopper
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* A newspaper mistakenly published an obituary for Alfred Nobel, instead of his deceased brother. Nobel was shocked to see a newspaper crowing that "the merchant of death is dead" due to his invention of dynamite, and was inspired to start the Nobel Prize so that he would be remembered for something else. It worked.

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* A newspaper mistakenly published an obituary for Alfred Nobel, instead of his deceased brother. Nobel was shocked to see a newspaper crowing that "the merchant of death is dead" due to his invention of dynamite, dynamite and gun proplellants, and was inspired to start the Nobel Prize so that he would be remembered for something else. It worked.
15th Jan '17 11:37:23 AM Sunburst
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* Creator/RudyardKipling was also once declared dead by a magazine, to which he wrote a letter saying [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers."]]
3rd Jan '17 1:05:20 PM hszmv1
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** In the 40th anniversary special, many jokes were made at the expense of one former cast member that listed him as a beloved cast member that was no longer with us, only to cut to him, sitting in the Live Studio Audience, reacting as if this was news to him. Culminated with him being listed in the end of a montage of all the deceased cast and crew, with the slow motion of his WTH expression from earlier and somber music.
** Inverted with Generalissimo Fransisco Franco, who has been correctly reported as still dead... but Weekend Update still maintains reporters on the scene in the event that his condition changes. [[Note: The Original Gag was spoofing the media reports over-reporting his failing health in an attempt to avoid this trope.[[/Note]]
30th Oct '16 5:26:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* Occurs almost ''verbatim'' early in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', upon discovering that Shendu is very much alive and in possession of the Dark Hand's boss, Valmont:

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* Occurs almost ''verbatim'' early in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', upon discovering that Shendu is very much alive has returned (as a ghost) and in possession of the Dark Hand's boss, Valmont:



* In the 90s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon, Tony [[FakingTheDead fakes Iron Man's death]] (this was back when he still had a secret identity in the comics) after he goes off the rails in "Armor Wars". When he gets back in the saddle, he drops the line. "Iron Man lives." Unfortunately, this had the negative side effect of [[WeWereYourTeam most of his team]] [[WhatTheHellHero leaving him in disgust]] because [[LockedOutOfTheLoop he let them believe he was dead]].

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* In the 90s ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoon, Tony [[FakingTheDead fakes Iron Man's death]] (this was back when he still had a secret identity in the comics) after he goes off the rails in "Armor Wars". When he gets back in the saddle, he drops the line. line, attributing it to Mark Twain. "Iron Man lives." Unfortunately, this had the negative side effect of [[WeWereYourTeam most of his team]] [[WhatTheHellHero leaving him in disgust]] because [[LockedOutOfTheLoop he let them believe he was dead]].
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