Created By: Mooninaut on October 28, 2012 Last Edited By: Mooninaut on December 7, 2012

Lost His Entire Body In An Accident

When due to circumstances (probably) beyond their control, someone loses their entire body, and yet somehow

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There's been a horrific accident! Fred Fredrickson is dead! There isn't even enough left to bury!

Wait, is that Fred over there? What the hell is going on?


Dr. Jonathan "Jon" Osterman aka Dr Manhattan (Watchmen, book and film). He is accidentally locked in a room with a scientific apparatus that removes the "intrinsic field" from matter. It destroys his body, but somehow his consciousness survives and becomes incredibly powerful. He creates a new body for himself.

Sandman (Spider-man 3 film). In a rather suspiciously similar scientific accident, his body is destroyed, but he gains the ability to control sand and makes himself a new body out of sand.

Sauron (Tolkien). In the Silmarillion, the section titled Akallabęth, during the destruction of Númenór, Sauron loses his body and flees as a spirit, bearing the One Ring to Middle Earth. He regains a physical form, but can never again become the ethereally beautiful angelic spirit he once was.

Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist, all versions). In an incredibly foolish attempt to bring their dead mother back to life, Alphonse and Edward conduct a forbidden alchemical ritual. Alphonse loses his entire body, and Edward sacrifices his leg to bind Alphonse's soul into a suit of armor.

Johann Kraus of the Hellboy/BPRD universe had his entire physical body destroyed in a mystical accident and has to inhabit a containment suit, otherwise he would dissipate. "He's not dead. He just doesn't have a body anymore."

Excludes characters who purposefully transcend their physical form to become something else, mind-swapping, brain transplants, ghosts, etc.

Literally the entire body, from head to toes including brain is gone.

Might or might not include characters like Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf, who died and got resurrected as a hologram. The problem I have with including computerization is that in some fictional universes it can be a routine operation, which would tend to clutter up the page. I suppose simply naming the universe and giving one or two examples would suffice.

Might or might not include characters like the Tin Woodsman in The Wizard of Oz who lost his entire body in a series of accidents.
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  • October 28, 2012
    Gargravarr, Custodian of the Total Perspective Vortex in The Hitch-Hikers'Guide to the Galaxy, who appears to Zaphod Beeblebrox as a disembodied voice. Apparently the separating catastrophe here was a trial seperation between body and soul. Gargravarr's body considered his mind/soul to be too cerebral for him and got in the way of a life of partying.
  • October 28, 2012
    From A Single Cell would be a sub trope.
  • October 28, 2012
    • The Tin Woodman in The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (the original novel, not the movie). A witch repeatedly bewitched his axe, causing him to cut off his limbs, but every time it happened his friend, a tinsmith, replaced the missing limb with tin. Eventually, even his head and body were destroyed and replaced. In the Land of Oz, this of course makes perfect sense.
  • October 29, 2012
    Hector Con Carne of Evil Con Carne was reduced to a brain and stomach, which are attached to a bear named Boscov.
  • October 29, 2012
    • In Ghost In The Shell, most full body cyborgs are close to this, being a Brain In A Jar with an android body. The Major even more so, since she only has part of her organic brain. In Solid State Society, The Movie of The Series, she starts to suspect she doesn't even have that and is just her ghost in a gynoid. The tachikomas might count, since near the end of season one some had their bodies destroyed, but being machines which might have become sapient their minds were backed up elsewhere.
  • October 30, 2012
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    • Champions adventure The Coriolis Effect. As the result of a powerful spell by the Black Enchantress, Donnah Hannah loses her original body and becomes a powerful air elemental. She eventually learns how to use her powers to create a false body for herself.
  • October 30, 2012
    • Professor Hart from VR Troopers. Grimlord's first act was to try and kill him but Ryan's father was able to transfer his mind into a computer.
  • October 30, 2012
    • Al from Full Metal Alchemist had this happen to him, his body was taken as punishment for trying to ressurect his dead mother, and his brother traded his right arm to get Al's soul back, which he implanted in a suit of armor. When the Brothers Elric go to a town populated mostly by Automail doctors, everyone Squees over him because he's got "full-body Automail (so cool!)."
  • October 31, 2012
    • Not exactly accidental but Abyssal Dision in Ace Combat 3 Electrosphere has been killed by a bomb planted in his lab by a rival group. What they didn't know is that he accidentally had his consciousness copied onto the web that day, thus continuing to exist as an AI.
  • December 7, 2012
    • The Steel General in Creatures Of Light And Darkness has lost his entire body in a series of wars over the centuries, though he does still keep a ring made out of his original flesh.
  • December 7, 2012
    • A joke told by Marjane's old friend in Persepolis is about a soldier who was blown by a grenade during the war but put back together by doctors.
  • December 7, 2012
    Madara might count-he lost like 75 percent of his body as a baby. His limbs and some other parts are gadgets. (it's a manga but I must have the exact title wrong.)
  • December 7, 2012
    The description's examples should be moved down and combined with the above in an Examples list.
  • December 7, 2012
  • December 7, 2012
    Lexx's Zev was reduced to a puddle of slime at the end of the episode "Terminal" (marking the departure of actress Eva Habermann) and in the following episode was reincarnated as Xev, played by Xenia Seeberg.