Created By: tclittle on March 26, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on January 5, 2014

Mass Resurrection

A character is able to bring a large group back from the dead.

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You have a large number of characters whom have been killed and you need to bring them back to life for some reason or another.

Then this trope is for you!

Maybe you can ask a powerful healer, pray to a God, or maybe the defeat of the Big Bad spawn a World-Healing Wave which brought everyone he killed back.

Remember, this is a full Resurrection. If you are looking at bringing back a whole bunch of zombies then Nightofthe Living Mooks is for you. Or if you need help from some allies, but don't have a this trope at hand, then an Armyofthe Dead may be just what you needed.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In Naruto, it seems this is one of the abilities of a person who possesses the Rinnegan as long as they have enough Chakra to do so.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, the Earth Dragon can revive a virtually limitless number of people at one time, with some restrictions. At one point, it is used to revive everyone killed by Frieza in the past year, or on his orders, which effects a staggering number of people, including most of the population of the planet Namek.

Comic Books

Fanfic
  • In the MLP:FIM/World of Warcraft crossover World of Ponycraft Princess Celestia resurrects almost all of Ponyville at once after Neltharion razes it.

Film

Literature
  • In the Star Shards Trilogy, the main characters discover they can combine their powers to raise the dead. Once they figure this out, they go to Germany and resurrect the victims of the Holocaust.
  • In Riverworld, the entire human race is brought back in the titular world after a cataclysm.

Myth And Legend
  • According to The Bible, God will do this on the Last Day to everyone who had ever lived, just before the Judgement.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • World of Warcraft
    • This ability is a guild perk.
    • Also used by Terenas Menethil II on the raid after his son, Arthas aka the Lich King, kills the players.
    • In Warcraft 3, the Paladin's ultimate ability resurrects up to six of your own dead units at full health (if their corpses are still around, that is.)
    • High Inquisitor Whitemane, the final boss in the updated Scarlet Monastery, uses an interruptible version of this.
  • The Necron Lord in Dawn of War can bring back a large number of Necron infantry in an area around him, using an ability 'called' Mass Resurrection.
  • In the end of Planescape: Torment, the Nameless One can manage to resurrect his entire party who have all suffered a Plotline Death in the final dungeon if certain pre-conditions are met.

Community Feedback Replies: 44
  • March 27, 2012
    Koncur
    • The Necron Lord in Dawn Of War can bring back a large number of Necron infantry in an area around him, using an ability called Mass Resurrection.
  • March 27, 2012
    Arivne
    A Battle Royale With Cheese usually involves a Mass Resurrection of dead characters so they can fight again.

    Comic Books

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil. If the deity St. Cuthbert is summoned, he will Raise all slain PCs from the dead with a gesture.
  • March 27, 2012
    Generality
    • In Dragon Ball Z, the Earth Dragon can revive a virtually limitless number of people at one time, with some restrictions. At one point, it is used to revive everyone killed by Frieza in the past year, or on his orders, which effects a staggering number of people, including most of the population of the planet Namek.
  • March 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the Marvel Comics Crisis Crossover The Infinity Gauntlet approximately half of the universe is killed, but they're resurrected by the end of the series.
  • March 27, 2012
    troacctid
    • In the Star Shards Trilogy, the main characters discover they can combine their powers to raise the dead. Once they figure this out, they go to Germany and resurrect the victims of the Holocaust.
  • March 27, 2012
    tclittle
    Added in y'all's examples and added in a contrast.
  • March 27, 2012
    captainsandwich
    In Naruto Kabuto brings back (kinda) ALOT of people. i said kinda because when they come back they: Are under his control, can regenerate, and the effect can be dispelled by him. Also for every person that is 'brought back' a person living person has to be killed, so death is not cheap. also the Rinnegan can only bring back those who have died recently (how recently is not specified)
  • March 28, 2012
    Koveras
    • In the end of Planescape Torment, the Nameless One can manage to resurrect his entire party who have all suffered a Plotline Death in the final dungeon if certain pre-conditions are met. Does this count? The group is only five persons big (at best).
  • March 28, 2012
    tclittle
    @captainsandwich: The jutsu used by Kabuto (and formally Orochimaru) is more of a more intelligent and villainous Armyofthe Dead, and since all of the people brought back by a Mass Resurrection are brought back fully to life and are not zombies, it is not an example. I'll have to edit it later to clarify it.

    @Koveras:If they have been brought back fully and are not zombies then yes it is an example.
  • March 28, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Yes, it is like a normal resurrection under the Dungeons And Dragons rules, only it takes much less time, so the Nameless One manages to save everyone instead of just one of them before the Big Bad returns.
  • March 29, 2012
    tclittle
    Added Koveras' example and tried making the description a little clearer.

    Hopefully, someone can make it longer. I suck at that.
  • March 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Towards the end of the Round Robin, out-of-continuity comic DC Challenge Albert Einstein mass-revives everyone who had been killed off up to that point in the story.
  • March 30, 2012
    Chabal2
    Warcraft3: the Paladin's ultimate ability ressurects up to six of your own dead units at full health (if their corpses are still around, that is. The Undead notably can eat corpses or raise them as skeletons to prevent this from happening). The Evil Counterpart Death Knight's ultimate, by comparison, can temporarily bring six of any dead unit to fight for him (and they're invulnerable).
  • March 30, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Arguably, Wanda from Erfworld can do this. In book 1, as a 'Croakamancer', she could 'uncroak' a large number of units at the same time, but doing so resulted in 'cannon-fodder' type undead with little strength and intelligence, who would fall apart on their own given a bit of time. But once she gets her hands on the Arkenpliers, she becomes able to 'Decrypt' a seemingly arbitrary number of fallen units, restoring them to full life - rather than rotting undeath - with no apparent drop in skill or intellect. Indeed, within minutes of obtaining it, she's raised an entire army from the ashes of Gobwin's Knob.

    And unlike in most other cases, the exact implications of an ability like that are rather thoroughly explored - she is considered a unit of unsurpassed strategic value, making the forces of Gobwin's Knob - previously all but annihilated - nearly unstoppable on the battlefield. At one point, an entire kingdom basically self-destructs rather than be slaughtered and resurected as troops loyal to her.
  • March 30, 2012
    AgProv
    Literature: Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series does exactly what it says on the tin. Imagine a future where the entire human race, everyone who has ever lived anywhere at any time, is resurrected, as per religious expectation. That's billions of us from 100,000,BC to roughly 1975 (Farmer has a cataclysm occur in that year, or seemingly so.) We all are reborn, aged 25, naked and fully adult, on the banks of a fantastic Riverworld where, for instance, Nazi Germans from 1944 rub shoulders with Imperial Romans from 44 AD. If you "die" again through misadventure, you are immediately reborn in a far part of the Riverworld and may carry on doing this more or less indefinitely. It falls to Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton (no, not the actor and serial husband) to explore the planet and discover the secret of Resurrection. Not God, but aliens... as the mechanism governing Resurrection fails, he and Alice Lidell - Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland - have to put it right.
  • March 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    Myth And Legend
    • According to The Bible, God will do this on the Last Day to everyone who had ever lived, just before the Judgement.
  • March 30, 2012
    tclittle
    Added in the above examples.

    @Agprov: I made your example smaller. If their is anything more to be added, go ahead and add it, but don't make it too long.
  • March 30, 2012
    Bisected8
  • March 31, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • In early editions of the game the Wish spell was able to resurrect a group of characters.

    Also, Planescape Torment is a Video Game.
  • March 31, 2012
    Koveras
    @OP: Can you please remove the "Does this count?" question from the Planescape: Torment example and move it to the video games section? ^^ It's only based on a tabletop game, but it is an original CRPG.
  • March 31, 2012
    tclittle
    Added in more examples.

    And thanks Arivne and Koveras. I looked at Planetscape Torment and thought it looked like a Tabletop Game from the artwork on the box, and I've been copy/pasting stuff from y'all's posts.
  • March 31, 2012
    tclittle
    Bumpity, bump, bump.

    Also, added a new tag.
  • March 31, 2012
    Earnest
    Erfworld has the Arkenpliers, which allow Croakamancer Wanda to go beyond casting Animate Dead to outright resurrecting other units (characters), and they appear not to have an upper limit to how often they can be used or any zombie decay like with normal Croakamancy. In terms of Came Back Wrong, all those she's resurrected are perfectly normal except now they are loyal to her to the point of More Than Mind Control.

    The webcomic has two potential images for this trope. Book 2 and Book 1.
  • March 31, 2012
    tclittle
    @Earnest: You know Black Dragon above you also put in that same suggestion, but I'm still not so sure if the Arkenpliers are an actual resurrection or a greatly improved Animate Dead.
  • March 31, 2012
    chicagomel
    Another one according to The Bible was the group of people who came out of their graves when Christ died on the cross. I also want to say the Old Testament story that inspired that 'Dry Bones' song, but am not totally sure if it counts or not.
  • April 1, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "Mr. Garrity and the Graves". A man tricks a town into thinking he can raise the dead and collects bribe money from them so that he won't resurrect their "loved ones". The Twilight Zone Twist? As he leaves town, all of the people buried in the town cemetary do come back to life and dig themselves out of their graves - he really did have the power but didn't know it!
  • April 1, 2012
    tclittle
    @Arivne: I've never seen that episode; did the people coming out of the graves look undead?

    @chicagomel: do you know the exact book and psalm that was in? I want to read it myself and see whether or not it might be undead-type resurrection or true resurrection.
  • April 1, 2012
    tclittle
    Bumpity, bump, bump.
  • April 2, 2012
    BlackDragon
    @tclittle, concerning the Arkenpliers: Don't worry, neither is anyone in the actual story. :P
  • April 2, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^^ They looked alive to me. They weren't zombies or anything like that.
  • April 2, 2012
    OneMore
    Re: Naruto example: so far, only Pain has ever shown that ability, not "[any] person who has a Rinnegan". Also, proposed example of Kabuto doesn't fit, as that was raising as zombies, not resurrecting.
  • December 30, 2013
    tclittle
    Decided to do some of my own resurrecting, sort to speak, of this trope.

    Clarified the Naruto example.

    Looking for some more help!
  • December 30, 2013
    MetaFour
    About the example from The Bible with several people resurrected at the hour of Jesus' death: That's in Matthew 27: 52-53. Matthew doesn't go into much detail on the incident. It's not specified whether it was true resurrection, but it's implied that this was the power of God at work, and every other time God brought someone back it was true resurrection.

    Another Bible example:
    • In chapter 37 of Ezekiel, God gives the prophet Ezekiel a vision of a valley filled the dried bones of all Israel. At God's command, Ezekiel preaches to the bones, then God rebuilds all of the bodies and breathes life into them.
  • December 31, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    May be caused by a World Healing Wave.

    Also, took a hat from this. The description needs some serious help before this is ready to launch.
  • December 31, 2013
    Arivne
    Corrected two Circular Links in the Description, Namespaced and italicized work titles, corrected two improper Example Indentations and alphabetized the Examples media sections.
  • December 31, 2013
    tclittle
    @Metal Four: Was Ezekial's vision real? Will think about the ressurections by Jesus's death.

    @Paradisesnake: Didn't I specify that in the tags? I really suck at actually writiing down summaries and need help on this. Mind, I did add a little bit and your World Healing Wave to the summary.

    @Arivne: Thank you. I'll take a look at articles you posted.
  • December 31, 2013
    DAN004
  • December 31, 2013
    MetaFour
    No, the vision in Ezekiel was not presented as a literal, real event. After all, God stated that the bones were the entire nation of Israel, who notably weren't all dead at the time. However, Israel had been conquered and all its citizens exiled, so the vision symbolized God's promise to bring them back to their land and rebuild their nation.
  • December 31, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Fanfic
  • January 3, 2014
    tclittle
    Added in zarpulus's example, and expanded on the final paragraph in the trope description in order to add in a couple of DAN 004's Contrast examples. Also, added in another Worldof Warcraft example.
  • January 4, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • 2nd Edition supplement Book of Artifacts. The silver Orb of Dragonkind could resurrect 20-200 bodies once per year.
  • January 4, 2014
    Koveras
    Btw, Temple Of Elemental Evil module has its own page on this wiki...
  • January 4, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In Marvel Comics' Secret Wars Doctor Doom steals the Beyonder's power and kills all the heroes. His lackey Klaw (who secretly is posessed by the Beyonder at the time) talks Doom into thinking about the heroes revivng & attacking, and given that the Beyonder had Reality Warper powers which Doom stole this becomes true.
  • January 5, 2014
    Arivne
    ^^ Namespaced and Blue Linked Temple Of Elemental Evil in OP Examples.
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