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8th Oct '17 1:29:05 PM TrollMan
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* In ''Film/Godzilla1998'', mid-way through the movie, Godzilla is shot by submarine missiles in the Hudson River and apparently killed, with a shot of his body shown drifting lifelessly in the water to drive it home to the audience. However, the military must not have followed up on that, because after the protagonists destroy Godzilla's nest, he appears perfectly alive and well to the surprise of everyone. Apparently, nobody thought to look for Godzilla's body after he got shot.
2nd Oct '17 8:26:30 AM MagiMecha
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* {{Lampshaded}} in one of the ''ComicBook/USAvengers'' tie-ins to ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire''. ComicBook/SquirrelGirl is shocked to see Ares alive and well, kicking HYDRA ass. She even mentions that last she remembered, he was ripped in half by the Sentry during the [[ComicBook/{{Siege}} Siege of Asgard]]. This is actually a JustifiedTrope as Ares was resurrected during ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'' and after leaving Battleworld, decided to set up shop in England with the other heroes there.
24th Sep '17 5:55:03 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Picard comments upon meeting the Borg Queen that she was aboard the Borg Cube that was destroyed in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E26S4E1TheBestOfBothWorlds "The Best of Both Worlds"]]. She chides him for thinking in "three dimensional terms".
14th Sep '17 9:10:52 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', several characters who seemingly died get better by the end, including Cannonbear and Tentacles, both of whom are explicitly shown to be dead.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', several characters who seemingly died get better by the end, including Cannonbear Camembert and Tentacles, both of whom are explicitly shown to be dead.
21st Aug '17 8:46:19 PM PaulA
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* Franchise/SherlockHolmes was meant to die along with [[BigBad Professor Moriarty]] in a plunge from a bridge at Reichenbach Falls. When the fandom revolted and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mother begged him to bring the titular consulting detective back, [[AuthorsSavingThrow he got better.]]
15th Aug '17 2:29:32 PM StFan
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E18SimpsonsBibleStories Simpsons Bible Stories ]]

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E18SimpsonsBibleStories ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E18SimpsonsBibleStories Simpsons Bible Stories ]]
Stories]]"



* Near the end of the Fate route in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[spoiler: Rin Tohsaka is wounded by Kotomine and is presumably dying. However, after the final battle, she meets Shiro, unharmed.]]
** To be fair [[spoiler: she did say she had already magically closed her wounds. She may have been lying to make Shirou listen, but it's just as likely that she wasn't.]]
* To a lesser extent, Gauron in the first season finale of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' True, he had a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Lambda Driver]], but surviving three hundred kilograms of high explosive point-blank when his AS self-destructs? That's a bit much. Though he had other instances of miraculous survival such as when a young Sōsuke shot him '''IN THE HEAD''' (he explained that he had a titanium plate inside due to a previous "accident") or when Sōsuke blew him away with a cannon round; Gauron's AS is decapitated... yet a short time later, it is unscathed, only shut down due to overheating. This was repeated again in their next engagement: the Codarl blown to pieces yet minutes later being miraculously repaired for no apparent reason and its pilot being uninjured.

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* Near the end of the Fate route in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[spoiler: Rin Tohsaka is wounded by Kotomine and is presumably dying. However, after the final battle, she meets Shiro, unharmed.]]
**
]] To be fair [[spoiler: she fair, [[spoiler:she did say she had already magically closed her wounds. She may have been lying to make Shirou listen, but it's just as likely that she wasn't.]]
* To a lesser extent, Gauron in the first season finale of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' True, he had a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Lambda Driver]], but surviving three hundred kilograms of high explosive point-blank when his AS self-destructs? That's a bit much. Though he had other instances of miraculous survival such as when a young Sōsuke shot him '''IN THE HEAD''' (he explained that he had a titanium plate inside due to a previous "accident") or when Sōsuke blew him away with a cannon round; Gauron's AS is decapitated... yet a short time later, it is unscathed, only shut down due to overheating. This was repeated again in their next engagement: the Codarl blown to pieces yet minutes later being miraculously repaired for no apparent reason and its pilot being uninjured.



* At the end of ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}} Part 2'', the bike gang members who were previously shown getting knocked off their bikes, shot up, and otherwise (apparently) dispatched by the baddies in various ways show up almost entirely intact with a few bandages on them. No explanation is provided.

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* At the end of ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}} ''Anime/Megazone23 Part 2'', the bike gang members who were previously shown getting knocked off their bikes, shot up, and otherwise (apparently) dispatched by the baddies in various ways show up almost entirely intact with a few bandages on them. No explanation is provided.



** The second season also had the 'death' of Motochika, who got pummeled flat by [[BigBad Hideyoshi]] in a CurbStompBattle and then blew up his BaseOnWheels, alongside himself, his own army and Hideyoshi's army, in an extremely flashy [[DefiantToTheEnd act of dying defiance]]/TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice. The entire battlefield later sank into the sea. He's back again the next episode, for no apparent reason, and his men were apparently 'captured'. Uh huh...

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** The second season also had the 'death' "death" of Motochika, who got pummeled flat by [[BigBad Hideyoshi]] in a CurbStompBattle and then blew up his BaseOnWheels, alongside himself, his own army and Hideyoshi's army, in an extremely flashy [[DefiantToTheEnd act of dying defiance]]/TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice. The entire battlefield later sank into the sea. He's back again the next episode, for no apparent reason, and his men were apparently 'captured'. Uh huh...



* The Comicbook/XMen member Cecilia Reyes was supposedly killed by Agent Zero near the end of the short-lived ''Weapon X'' series, and her death was later confirmed in the letters page of ''New Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' #1. She resurfaced years later in the second ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' mini-series, with no explanation given as to how she'd survived or escaped the Neverland concentration camp.
* In ''Fearless Fosdick'', the "comic within the comic" in Al Capp's classic strip ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', the titular Fosdick (a satirical CaptainErsatz of comic strip detective ComicStrip/DickTracy) would often be ventilated by flying bullets in the course of his adventures, and left resembling a Swiss cheese by the end of an episode. Nevertheless, he always recovered from his "injuries":
-->'''[[DaChief The Chief]]:''' Fosdick! I thought you were dead!\\
'''Fearless Fosdick:''' Yes, but it didn't prove fatal. Just a mild case.

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* The Comicbook/XMen ComicBook/XMen member Cecilia Reyes was supposedly killed by Agent Zero near the end of the short-lived ''Weapon X'' series, and her death was later confirmed in the letters page of ''New Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' #1. She resurfaced years later in the second ''Comicbook/{{NYX}}'' ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' mini-series, with no explanation given as to how she'd survived or escaped the Neverland concentration camp.
* In ''Fearless Fosdick'', the "comic within the comic" in Al Capp's classic strip ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', the titular Fosdick (a satirical CaptainErsatz of comic strip detective ComicStrip/DickTracy) would often be ventilated by flying bullets in the course of his adventures, and left resembling a Swiss cheese by the end of an episode. Nevertheless, he always recovered from his "injuries":
-->'''[[DaChief The Chief]]:''' Fosdick! I thought you were dead!\\
'''Fearless Fosdick:''' Yes, but it didn't prove fatal. Just a mild case.
camp.



* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Whale, a killer-whale character who was killed off via packaged explosive in 2006, inexplicably returns in a 2008 strip for a baseball game. When Rat confronts [[AuthorInsert author Stephen Pastis]] about this, Pastis just [[ShrugOfGod casually answers]] that Whale had "undied". Partially subverted in the next day's strip, when Rat takes Whale off their team for being "technically dead".
** The irony is that the excuse of "[character] undied" is something ''Rat'' first used. He periodically writes a story called "''The Adventures of Angry Bob''", which invariably ends with the protagonist dead (most memorably after being assaulted while expressing happiness via a kazoo: "Many toots-for-joy later..."). To explain how he could write sequels, he started the first one with, "Angry Bob undied." (Goat reacts as one would expect.)



* ''[[Comicbook/XMenGoldAndBlue X-Men: Blue]]'' reveals that Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} is one of the characters who survived the destruction of the UltimateMarvel universe during ''Comicbook/SecretWars2015''. This ignores the fact that Ultimate Quicksilver had already been long dead by the time ''Secret Wars'' took place, as he was killed by Kang the Conquerer in one of the last issues of ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' before the post-''Comicbook/{{Cataclysm|The Ultimates Last Stand}}'' ReTool.

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* ''[[Comicbook/XMenGoldAndBlue ''[[ComicBook/XMenGoldAndBlue X-Men: Blue]]'' reveals that Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}} is one of the characters who survived the destruction of the UltimateMarvel universe during ''Comicbook/SecretWars2015''. This ignores the fact that Ultimate Quicksilver had already been long dead by the time ''Secret Wars'' took place, as he was killed by Kang the Conquerer in one of the last issues of ''Comicbook/TheUltimates'' before the post-''Comicbook/{{Cataclysm|The Ultimates Last Stand}}'' ReTool.



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* In ''Fearless Fosdick'', the "comic within the comic" in Al Capp's classic strip ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', the titular Fosdick (a satirical CaptainErsatz of comic strip detective ComicStrip/DickTracy) would often be ventilated by flying bullets in the course of his adventures, and left resembling a Swiss cheese by the end of an episode. Nevertheless, he always recovered from his "injuries":
-->'''[[DaChief The Chief]]:''' Fosdick! I thought you were dead!\\
'''Fearless Fosdick:''' Yes, but it didn't prove fatal. Just a mild case.
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', Whale, a killer-whale character who was killed off via packaged explosive in 2006, inexplicably returns in a 2008 strip for a baseball game. When Rat confronts [[AuthorInsert author Stephen Pastis]] about this, Pastis just [[ShrugOfGod casually answers]] that Whale had "undied". Partially subverted in the next day's strip, when Rat takes Whale off their team for being "technically dead". The irony is that the excuse of "[character] undied" is something ''Rat'' first used. He periodically writes a story called "''The Adventures of Angry Bob''", which invariably ends with the protagonist dead (most memorably after being assaulted while expressing happiness via a kazoo: "Many toots-for-joy later..."). To explain how he could write sequels, he started the first one with, "Angry Bob undied." (Goat reacts as one would expect.)
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* In Fanfic/AHero, absolutely no indication at all is given for ''how'' [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]] [[SociopathicHero Sec]] managed to come back to life in the world of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Or how his [[HalfHumanHybrid previous condition]] was negated. Or how he got his [[MiniMecha casing]] back. Sec is as curious about it as us, but he's too GenreSavvy to investigate any further.

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* In Fanfic/AHero, ''Fanfic/AHero'', absolutely no indication at all is given for ''how'' [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]] [[SociopathicHero Sec]] managed to come back to life in the world of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Or how his [[HalfHumanHybrid previous condition]] was negated. Or how he got his [[MiniMecha casing]] back. Sec is as curious about it as us, but he's too GenreSavvy to investigate any further.



* In Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded, the main character, Vash, tears out Soku's throat in revenge for turning him in to the police. She comes back toward the end of Part 1, apparently wanting revenge against Vash, but he kills her again. His recurring enemies tend to come back to life, but Soku never returns.

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* In Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded, ''Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded'', the main character, Vash, tears out Soku's throat in revenge for turning him in to the police. She comes back toward the end of Part 1, apparently wanting revenge against Vash, but he kills her again. His recurring enemies tend to come back to life, but Soku never returns.



* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' had this happen to an entire ''species'', the [[CaptainObvious Kanassans]], who were quite visibly murdered to extinction, but just inexplicably all just... got better one day. Much to the consternation of those around them. Presumably, this is related to their ability to [[NoIndoorVoice SEE THE FUUTUUUUUUURE]]. FridgeBrilliance: They can see the future in an age of space travel, in a universe where magical orbs that grant wishes exist, though are exceptionally rare and almost completely unheard of. The Namekian Dragonballs are never implied to have been unused before Frieza's arrival, and yet are an integral part of the events that led to his death, and he was the one who ordered the Kanassans' extinction in the first place -- which they ''knew'' was coming. All that considered, it's odd that they ''didn't'' revive in the canon version.



* Baron Munchausen in the Creator/TerryGilliam film ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'': "And that was only one of the ''many'' occasions on which I met my death, an experience which I don't ''hesitate'' strongly to recommend!" He follows it with a HappilyEverAfter.
** Well, that's because he's [[TheMunchausen Baron Munchausen]].

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* Baron Munchausen in the Creator/TerryGilliam film ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'': "And that was only one of the ''many'' occasions on which I met my death, an experience which I don't ''hesitate'' strongly to recommend!" He follows it with a HappilyEverAfter.
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HappilyEverAfter. Well, that's because he's [[TheMunchausen Baron Munchausen]].



* [[spoiler:Dr. Sam Loomis]] from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. In [[Film/HalloweenII1981 the second movie]], [[spoiler:he lights up a lighter in a room full of hydrogen to kill Michael Myers; he blows up practically the entire first floor of the hospital]]. However, in ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', [[spoiler:he shows up, unscathed but for a burn mark on the side of his face, and a crippled walk]]. It seems that the [[spoiler:good doctor]] is as indestructible as the killer he goes after! [[spoiler:In [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} the Rob Zombie remake]], Michael crushes Loomis's skull, but he returned for [[Film/HalloweenII2009 the sequel]].]] You decide which one is more badass/ludicrous.

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* [[spoiler:Dr. Sam Loomis]] from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''. In [[Film/HalloweenII1981 the second movie]], [[spoiler:he lights up a lighter in a room full of hydrogen to kill Michael Myers; he blows up practically the entire first floor of the hospital]]. However, in ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', [[spoiler:he shows up, unscathed but for a burn mark on the side of his face, and a crippled walk]]. It seems that the [[spoiler:good doctor]] is as indestructible as the killer he goes after! [[spoiler:In [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} [[Film/Halloween2007 the Rob Zombie remake]], Michael crushes Loomis's skull, but he returned for [[Film/HalloweenII2009 the sequel]].]] You decide which one is more badass/ludicrous.



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* In ''ChouSeiShinGransazer'', ProudWarriorRaceGuy Impactor Logia blows himself up as he couldn't bear the loss against his rival. In a later episode, he returns inexplicably. The only explanation the narrator gives is that Logia's desire for revenge kept him alive, despite being blown to bits.

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* In ''ChouSeiShinGransazer'', ''Series/ChouSeiShinGransazer'', ProudWarriorRaceGuy Impactor Logia blows himself up as he couldn't bear the loss against his rival. In a later episode, he returns inexplicably. The only explanation the narrator gives is that Logia's desire for revenge kept him alive, despite being blown to bits.



** In the serial ''The Mark of the Rani'', the Rani discusses the fact that the last time we saw the Master, [[spoiler: he was being burned to death in a volcano]].

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** In the serial ''The "The Mark of the Rani'', Rani", the Rani discusses the fact that the last time we saw the Master, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he was being burned to death in a volcano]].



'''The Rani''': Is that so?
** Earlier, in ''Time-Flight'', the last time we saw the Master [[spoiler: he was trapped in a mathematically-constructed city as it collapsed in on itself]]. The full "explanation" for this was as follows:

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'''The Rani''': Rani:''' Is that so?
** Earlier, in ''Time-Flight'', "Time-Flight", the last time we saw the Master [[spoiler: he was trapped in a mathematically-constructed city as it collapsed in on itself]]. The full "explanation" for this was as follows:



** The Master was [[spoiler:disintegrated utterly in ''Death in Heaven''. In the Magician's Apprentice]]...

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** The Master was [[spoiler:disintegrated utterly in ''Death "Death in Heaven''. Heaven". In the "The Magician's Apprentice]]...Apprentice"]]...



** Now it's been revealed that [[spoiler:The Master was a vital component in the Time Lords' plan to escape death]], maybe all those mysterious survivals start to make sense...



** The Doctor saves Gallifrey from the Time War by shunting the entire planet into a pocket dimension, but he still has to get them back somehow, to the point that they even give him a full new set of regenerations since they need him. Eventually, they reappear, having pulled themselves out. How? We have no idea; the Doctor refused to ask. "It would have made them feel clever."

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** The Doctor saves Gallifrey from the Time War by shunting the entire planet into a pocket dimension, but he still has to get them back somehow, to the point that they even give him a full new set of regenerations since they need him. Eventually, they reappear, having pulled themselves out. How? We have no idea; the Doctor refused refuses to ask. "It would have made them feel clever."



* ''Series/{{Friends}}''

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'';



-->'''Hawkeye:''' ''(to Trapper)'' I thought you said he was dead!\\
'''Trapper:''' ''(shrugs)'' He got better.
* Sir Leon in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Known amongst fans for being "immortal". Got fried by a dragon at the end of one series, was completely fine at the beginning of the next. Later seemed to have died during an attack on his patrol but survived certain death by drinking from a magical cup given to him by the druids and returned to Camelot more or less unharmed. [[spoiler: And now, contrary to all reasonable expectations, he has actually survived the whole series. Something ''Arthur'' didn't manage to do. He's even in one of the last shots.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''

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-->'''Hawkeye:''' ''(to Trapper)'' ''[to Trapper]'' I thought you said he was dead!\\
'''Trapper:''' ''(shrugs)'' ''[shrugs]'' He got better.
* Sir Leon in ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Known amongst fans for being "immortal". Got fried by a dragon at the end of one series, was completely fine at the beginning of the next. Later seemed to have died during an attack on his patrol but survived certain death by drinking from a magical cup given to him by the druids and returned to Camelot more or less unharmed. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And now, contrary to all reasonable expectations, he has actually survived the whole series. Something ''Arthur'' didn't manage to do. He's even in one of the last shots.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''''Series/{{NCIS}}'':



** The EXACT same exchange happened again in the eighth season opener with [[spoiler: Mike Franks]] and Gibbs.

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** The EXACT same exchange happened again in the eighth season opener with [[spoiler: Mike [[spoiler:Mike Franks]] and Gibbs.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''''Franchise/PowerRangers'':



* In season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Tony Almeida dies in Jack Bauer's arms. [[spoiler: In season 7, he's alive and well and has pulled a FaceHeelTurn, and Jack is genuinely surprised to learn this. It's implied that his death, which at the time appeared to be a genuine attempt to kill him by a captured terrorist with ties to PresidentEvil, was in fact staged in the same manner that Jack's was in season 4.]]
** And if you thought [[spoiler:Jack Bauer would kill him... and this time, he'd stay dead! Think again. He's a ReverseMole! Wait a minute... [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Now Tony's bad again]].]]

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* In season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Tony Almeida dies in Jack Bauer's arms. [[spoiler: In season 7, he's alive and well and has pulled a FaceHeelTurn, and Jack is genuinely surprised to learn this. It's implied that his death, which at the time appeared to be a genuine attempt to kill him by a captured terrorist with ties to PresidentEvil, was in fact staged in the same manner that Jack's was in season 4.]]
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]] And if you thought [[spoiler:Jack Bauer would kill him... and this time, he'd stay dead! Think again. He's a ReverseMole! Wait a minute... [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Now Tony's bad again]].]]



* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', [[spoiler:Prince Phillip]] shows up without a specific explanation as to why he's back, after [[spoiler:having his soul sucked out by a wraith]].

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* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
**
[[spoiler:Prince Phillip]] shows up without a specific explanation as to why he's back, after [[spoiler:having his soul sucked out by a wraith]].



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-->'''Harford''': I ... got better.\\
'''Seed''': I see. I wish ''I'' had.

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-->'''Harford''': -->'''Harford:''' I ... got better.\\
'''Seed''': '''Seed:''' I see. I wish ''I'' had.



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* In ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', a bonus Escape mission may trigger after the end of a heist, resulting in your escape van crashing and your driver, Twitch, dying. Despite this, Twitch will still be called in just ''minutes'' later to get you out, in an identical-looking van, while the original Twitch's corpse is still present.

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* In ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', a ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'':
** A
bonus Escape mission may trigger after the end of a heist, resulting in your escape van crashing and your driver, Twitch, dying. Despite this, Twitch will still be called in just ''minutes'' later to get you out, in an identical-looking van, while the original Twitch's corpse is still present.



* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':



---> ''([[PlayerCharacter Chell]] jumps)''\\

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---> ''([[PlayerCharacter --->''[[[PlayerCharacter Chell]] jumps)''\\jumps]''\\



''([[HeroicMime Chell]] jumps again)''\\

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''([[HeroicMime ''[[[HeroicMime Chell]] jumps again)''\\again]''\\



* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', episode 9, the Fabricator General hits a fatal error while pronouncing "buttcheeks" and explodes. He is back within 15 seconds.
* ''WebAnimation/PonyDotMov'': In one of the panel videos, Spike asks why [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is still alive. She explains that [[NoFourthWall the video]] [[NonSerialMovie isn't canon]].



* Darth Maul had "gotten better" from his death in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' by the time he shows up in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. All he says about it is Obi-Wan got in a Hollywood cheap shot.

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* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort'':
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Darth Maul had "gotten better" from his death in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' by the time he shows up in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''.the comic. All he says about it is Obi-Wan got in a Hollywood cheap shot.



* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has this exchange:
-->'''Sarah''': He's not your cousin! He was a cat because... his ex-girlfriend was mad at him!\\
'''Hedge''': What?\\
'''Sarah''': Yeah! His ex is a crazy red-headed macho witch woman! She got mad, and turned him into a cat! ...he got better...\\
'''Hedge''': Not buying it.
** Funnily enough the explanation is truer than not, as his ex ''is'' a red-headed macho mage lady, he ''did'' get transformed against his will due to someone being mad at him, and said transformation ''would'' have worn off on its own eventually without outside influence, because it was ''designed'' to do so. You'd think[[spoiler: an alien shapeshifter]] wouldn't be so quick to disregard such an explanation... though in his favor, he only knows about born-shapeshifters.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has this exchange:
-->'''Sarah''':
the following exchange. Funnily enough the explanation is truer than not, as his ex ''is'' a red-headed macho mage lady, he ''did'' get transformed against his will due to someone being mad at him, and said transformation ''would'' have worn off on its own eventually without outside influence, because it was ''designed'' to do so. You'd think [[spoiler:an alien shapeshifter]] wouldn't be so quick to disregard such an explanation... though in his favor, he only knows about born-shapeshifters.
-->'''Sarah:'''
He's not your cousin! He was a cat because... his ex-girlfriend was mad at him!\\
'''Hedge''': '''Hedge:''' What?\\
'''Sarah''': '''Sarah:''' Yeah! His ex is a crazy red-headed macho witch woman! She got mad, and turned him into a cat! ...he got better...\\
'''Hedge''': '''Hedge:''' Not buying it.
** Funnily enough the explanation is truer than not, as his ex ''is'' a red-headed macho mage lady, he ''did'' get transformed against his will due to someone being mad at him, and said transformation ''would'' have worn off on its own eventually without outside influence, because it was ''designed'' to do so. You'd think[[spoiler: an alien shapeshifter]] wouldn't be so quick to disregard such an explanation... though in his favor, he only knows about born-shapeshifters.
it.



---> '''Gill:''' Don't worry, Othar here is the master of escape! He's always falling out of airships and stuff, so if you're with him, I ''know'' you'll get away! Oh, and let me know how he does it!

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---> '''Gill:''' --->'''Gill:''' Don't worry, Othar here is the master of escape! He's always falling out of airships and stuff, so if you're with him, I ''know'' you'll get away! Oh, and let me know how he does it!



* Referenced in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html strip #793]].

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* %%* Referenced in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html strip #793]].



* The dwarf killed in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/1/ the very first strip]] of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' (and eaten by a gelatinous cube) comes back in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/40/ strip #40]], simply saying "I got better." Okay, not for long....
** The [[WordOfGod FAQ]] section's answer to "Will we be seeing ''<character name>'' again?" is "Yes.", so...
* Used in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20021002.html this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' strip. Partly justified by their level of medical technology, but still hilarious.

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* The dwarf killed in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/1/ the very first strip]] of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' (and eaten by a gelatinous cube) comes back in [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/40/ strip #40]], simply saying "I got better." Okay, not for long....
**
long.... The [[WordOfGod FAQ]] section's answer to "Will we be seeing ''<character name>'' again?" is "Yes.", so...
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
**
Used in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20021002.html this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' strip.this strip]]. Partly justified by their level of medical technology, but still hilarious.



* Once or twice in Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}, the Old Year brought {{Death}} with him, when {{Death}} finally killed him. {{Death}} always got better. {{Justified}} because if {{Death}} didn't recover, [[LogicBomb there would be no death]].

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* Once or twice in Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}, ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', the Old Year brought {{Death}} with him, when {{Death}} Death finally killed him. {{Death}} Death always got better. {{Justified}} because if {{Death}} Death didn't recover, [[LogicBomb there would be no death]].



* [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain's]] ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' review starts with him on to Doug Walker (playing the BadBoss), who tells him his phone [[ThisPageWillSelfDestruct will explode in five seconds]] and it explodes in his hand. He's fine, musing after the titles that [[HandWave his beard saved his face]]. And the rest of him?
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' had this happen to an entire ''species'', the [[CaptainObvious Kanassans]], who were quite visibly murdered to extinction, but just inexplicably all just... got better one day. Much to the consternation of those around them. Presumably, this is related to their ability to [[NoIndoorVoice SEE THE FUUTUUUUUUURE]].
** FridgeBrilliance: They can see the future in an age of space travel, in a universe where magical orbs that grant wishes exist, though are exceptionally rare and almost completely unheard of. The Namekian Dragonballs are never implied to have been unused before Frieza's arrival, and yet are an integral part of the events that led to his death, and he was the one who ordered the Kanassans' extinction in the first place - which they ''knew'' was coming. All that considered, it's odd that they ''didn't'' revive in the canon version.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', episode 9, the Fabricator General hits a fatal error while pronouncing "buttcheeks" and explodes. He is back within 15 seconds.
* In ''[[Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions Noob: Le conseil des trois factions]]'', NonPlayerCharacter [[spoiler:Pironess]] appears alive and well, despite being KilledOffScreen (and just barely so) in one of the last scenes of the webseries to which it's the sequel.
* ''WebVideo/PonyDotMov'': In one of the panel videos, Spike asks why [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is still alive. She explains that [[NoFourthWall the video]] [[NonSerialMovie isn't canon]].

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* [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown ''WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown'': Film Brain's]] Brain's ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' review starts with him on to Doug Walker (playing the BadBoss), who tells him his phone [[ThisPageWillSelfDestruct will explode in five seconds]] and it explodes in his hand. He's fine, musing after the titles that [[HandWave his beard saved his face]]. And the rest of him?
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'' had this happen to an entire ''species'', the [[CaptainObvious Kanassans]], who were quite visibly murdered to extinction, but just inexplicably all just... got better one day. Much to the consternation of those around them. Presumably, this is related to their ability to [[NoIndoorVoice SEE THE FUUTUUUUUUURE]].
** FridgeBrilliance: They can see the future in an age of space travel, in a universe where magical orbs that grant wishes exist, though are exceptionally rare and almost completely unheard of. The Namekian Dragonballs are never implied to have been unused before Frieza's arrival, and yet are an integral part of the events that led to his death, and he was the one who ordered the Kanassans' extinction in the first place - which they ''knew'' was coming. All that considered, it's odd that they ''didn't'' revive in the canon version.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', episode 9, the Fabricator General hits a fatal error while pronouncing "buttcheeks" and explodes. He is back within 15 seconds.
* In ''[[Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions Noob: Le conseil des trois factions]]'',
''Film/NoobLeConseilDesTroisFactions'', NonPlayerCharacter [[spoiler:Pironess]] appears alive and well, despite being KilledOffScreen (and just barely so) in one of the last scenes of the webseries to which it's the sequel.
* ''WebVideo/PonyDotMov'': In one of the panel videos, Spike asks why [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash]] is still alive. She explains that [[NoFourthWall the video]] [[NonSerialMovie isn't canon]].
sequel.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Stan shoots a man three times, drops him off a cliff, runs him over, feeds him to an alligator, shoots the alligator, and has it skinned and turned into clothing and a handbag. When he gets back the man is fine except for three bandages over the bullet wounds, offering the explanation "You can't kill a love like this."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
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Stan shoots a man three times, drops him off a cliff, runs him over, feeds him to an alligator, shoots the alligator, and has it skinned and turned into clothing and a handbag. When he gets back the man is fine except for three bandages over the bullet wounds, offering the explanation "You can't kill a love like this."



-->'''Stan''': Jeff! I thought you drowned!\\
'''Jeff''': Nope.\\
'''Stan''': All right.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Comicbook/TheVision becomes badly damaged at the end of "Ultron Unlimited". He then appears briefly in "Yellowjacket", in perfect condition. This recovery becomes undone just as inexplicably in "Emperor Stark", which begins with him getting repaired in ComicBook/IronMan's laboratory. This example arose from "Yellowjacket" having different writers than the episodes preceding and following it.

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-->'''Stan''': --->'''Stan:''' Jeff! I thought you drowned!\\
'''Jeff''': '''Jeff:''' Nope.\\
'''Stan''': '''Stan:''' All right.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Comicbook/TheVision ComicBook/TheVision becomes badly damaged at the end of "Ultron Unlimited". He then appears briefly in "Yellowjacket", in perfect condition. This recovery becomes undone just as inexplicably in "Emperor Stark", which begins with him getting repaired in ComicBook/IronMan's laboratory. This example arose from "Yellowjacket" having different writers than the episodes preceding and following it.



** Comicbook/{{Ultron}} is destroyed near the end of Season 2 after plunging into the sun. He returns in Season 3 after A.I.M. comes into possession of his remains. It's never explained how A.I.M. got a hold of him or how there was anything left of Ultron to begin with, since, to reiterate, '''[[HurlItIntoTheSun he was thrown into the sun]]'''.
** In the final episode of the "Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}" story arc from Season 3, Klaue is transformed into a being of living sound, and then seemingly dies after being completely disintegrated. He returns in the episode "Panther's Rage," where not only is he still alive, but back to his normal human form as well. Klaue just gives a dismissive {{Handwave}} when it's pointed out that there's no way he could have survived being disintegrated.

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** Comicbook/{{Ultron}} ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is destroyed near the end of Season 2 after plunging into the sun. He returns in Season 3 after A.I.M. comes into possession of his remains. It's never explained how A.I.M. got a hold of him or how there was anything left of Ultron to begin with, since, to reiterate, '''[[HurlItIntoTheSun he was thrown into the sun]]'''.
** In the final episode of the "Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}" "ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}" story arc from Season 3, Klaue is transformed into a being of living sound, and then seemingly dies after being completely disintegrated. He returns in the episode "Panther's Rage," where not only is he still alive, but back to his normal human form as well. Klaue just gives a dismissive {{Handwave}} when it's pointed out that there's no way he could have survived being disintegrated.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Monroe appears to have died after Bayarmaa rips his throat out, until he reappears two issues later. The editor even admitted they "went overboard with the blood". In the trade paperback some dialogue is changed to make up for it, though it still doesn't explain exactly ''how'' he got better.
3rd Aug '17 11:53:24 AM AlienPatch
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** Not that "fine and dandy", he's obviously limping when he appears over the hill to find them, so he most likely pushed with all his strength that he had to get there in time to see the baby off. And for his comment about it, he's ''[[DeadpanSnarker Diego.]]'' Naturally he would brush it off and make it seem less important.

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** [[DownplayedTrope Not that "fine and dandy", dandy"]]. he's obviously limping when he appears over the hill to find them, so he most likely pushed with all his strength that he had to get there in time to see the baby off. And for his comment about it, he's ''[[DeadpanSnarker Diego.]]'' Naturally he would brush it off and make it seem less important.
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* Creator/MichelleCreber and Creator/BlackGryph0n's "Getting Stronger" starts off with the subject of the song being *offended* that their foe is surprised by their UnexplainedRecovery.

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* Creator/MichelleCreber and Creator/BlackGryph0n's "Getting Stronger" starts off with the subject of the song being *offended* that their foe is surprised by their UnexplainedRecovery.mysterious return.
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* Creator/MichelleCreber and Creator/BlackGryph0n's "Getting Stronger" starts off with the subject of the song being *offended* that their foe is surprised by their UnexplainedRecovery.
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