Created By: Mooninaut on October 28, 2012 Last Edited By: Malady on June 10, 2017

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?

This 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.

Examples:

  • 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 Akallabêth, 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."
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  • October 28, 2012
    AgProv
    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
    socks
    From A Single Cell would be a sub trope.
  • October 28, 2012
    LancelotG
    • 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
    mythbuster
    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
    Bisected8
    • 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
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • 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
    Tallens
    • 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
    dvorak
    • 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
    Koveras
    • 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
    Xtifr
    • 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
    Tuckerscreator
    • 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
    chicagomel
    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
    SharleeD
    The description's examples should be moved down and combined with the above in an Examples list.
  • December 7, 2012
    Xtifr
  • December 7, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    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.
  • September 21, 2016
    DAN004
  • September 21, 2016
    Chabal2
    The Redeemer: Malakev ends up with only his head surviving, hooked up to a machine.
  • September 21, 2016
    Koveras
    • A character in Dark Souls II was a warrior decapitated in battle. Now he is reduced to his disembodied head pondering existential mysteries. The rest of his body, meanwhile, went Hollow, wandered off to an entirely different location, and has to be put down by the player.
  • September 26, 2016
    FarseerLolotea
    The premise of C.L. Moore's short story "No Woman Born." An actress named Deirdre is fatally injured in a catastrophic fire, but her still-living brain is transplanted into a robot body.
  • September 27, 2016
    TonyG
    On the Star Vs The Forces Of Evil episode "Flags", Star mentions how her uncle Lump lost his body on the last family reunion. It cuts to Uncle Lump with a horse's body. Later on, we see Lump's head rolling down a hill, complaining "Oh No Not Again"
  • September 27, 2016
    zarpaulus
    That write-up is incredibly poorly formatted.

    And Rimmer is a Virtual Ghost.
  • September 28, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    This may involve a Soul Jar keeping the "soul" intact until a suitable victim can be obtained as a replacement.

    Comic Books
    • One issue of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four has the Silver Surfer battle a recovered and recharged Tyros the Terrible. However, Tyros's awesome Power Cosmic is artificial and unstable, causing his body to go nova, which nearly obliterates the Silver Surfer, and completely obliterates Doctor Doom. Doom saw this coming, and transferred his consciousness into a bystander before his body was vaporized.
  • September 28, 2016
    JujuP
    Live Action Television
    • The Six Million Dollar Man has seen bis body reconstructed from stratch:
      Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man.
  • September 28, 2016
    JujuP
    Live Action Television
    • The Six Million Dollar Man has seen bis body reconstructed from stratch:
      Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man.
  • September 28, 2016
    JujuP
    Live Action Television
    • The Six Million Dollar Man has seen bis body reconstructed from stratch:
      Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man.
  • September 29, 2016
    Arivne
    ^ ^^ ^^^ In The Six Million Dollar Man show Steve Austin lost both legs, one arm and one eye. He did not lose his entire body, so he doesn't fit the trope as written.
  • June 7, 2017
    Getta
    That "grandfather's axe" dilemma often happens with this: if their entire body is replaced, is that the same guy now?
  • June 7, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Mac and Molly Mange from Swat Kats escape from prison, only to nearly perish in the sea. They are found on a beach near the private lab of robotics scientist Doctor Hackle. Though unable to save the bodies of Mac and Molly, Doc Hackle does succeed in uploading their minds into gleaming robot bodies. Thus were born the Metallikats.
  • June 10, 2017
    Lumpenprole
    In Schlock Mercenary, humanity is still adjusting to the cataclysmic events of previous story arcs, which established that human minds, memories and personalities can now be "backed up" for later re-embodiment, making people with access to the technology potentially immortal. Kif Tagon, a principle protagonist of the strip, has recently (Dec. 25 2016) been recreated this way.
  • June 10, 2017
    Prime32
  • June 10, 2017
    Malady
    No one's taken over it, but I made it a bit neater... So, the whole body has to be gone...

    • Whateley Universe: After a spell gone wrong, a mage became a disembodied spirit and had to have their body regrown through advanced biotechnology. It's Shelly Carson.
  • June 10, 2017
    Getta
    May lead to Showing Off The New Body

    The guy who does this might be a Body Surfer.
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