Created By: JillBug on July 24, 2011 Last Edited By: JillBug on August 6, 2011

Posthumous Makeover

Dead character is brought back in spirit and gets a whole new look

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A character who has been Killed Off for Real returns as a ghost or in another character's near death experience, but due to The Other Darrin or the actor changing their appearance, the character now looks completely different from when they last appeared: new hairstyle, has grown facial hair or shaved, aged considerably etc. Opposite of Jacob Marley Apparel.

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  • July 24, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    Happens in the DVD edition to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi, much to the fans' chagrin.
  • July 24, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    Not A Subversion of Jacob Marley Apparel. This trope would the opposite or contrasting trope to Jacob Marley Apparel.
  • July 25, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Is it required that they be a ghost? I'm thinking of Number 2 in the final episode of The Prisoner.
  • July 25, 2011
    GreenSkinnedGirl
    I can't help but think of Doctor Who. Just think for a minute about this, when ever the Doctor dies or whatever he usually gets a new look.
  • July 25, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    ^ That's The Nth Doctor for a reason.
  • July 26, 2011
    donald
    On Lost Hurley was haunted by Charlie's ghost, who had a significantly shorter hairstyle than in any appearance before his death (and looked in fact more like his role on Flash Forward than Charlie). Notable as in other similar situations (Flashbacks) before actors had worn wigs.
  • July 26, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Jesus, post-resurrection was apparently so changed that most of his friends couldn't recognise him.
  • July 26, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Harry in Ghost Story meets up with Murphy's old partner, 10 years dead and sees him differently than he looked in life -- this is a case of the guy's spirit-self looking like his self-image rather than taking on the appearance he had in life.
  • July 26, 2011
    jbrecken
    In "What Dreams May Come," Robin Williams has trouble finding his children in heaven because they've assumed new appearances, considerably different from their original bodies.
  • July 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In The Ghost Of Frankenstein Henry Frankenstein's ghost appears to his son. The ghost is played by another actor; the original (Colin Clive) had died by then.
  • July 26, 2011
    FaxModem1
    In the Constantine film, Chaz Kramer has a new badass/sexy Angel look going on after the credits.
  • July 26, 2011
    TobiasParker
    How about Lazarus Makeover since it needs to be apparent the character is returning and not just dead.
  • July 27, 2011
    SKJAM
    I Thought It Meant the mortician's art of prettying up a corpse for display.
  • July 27, 2011
    JillBug
    @ SKJAM: Should I change the title of this one? I don't think we have a trope for a mortician prettying up a corpse, but the current title would suit that trope much better
  • July 28, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    But some of the characters in the examples are dead, aren't they?
  • July 28, 2011
    Otaku155
    Dr. Who, nuff said
  • July 29, 2011
    madelinemary
    Well Gandalf comes back with a new look in The Two Towers.
  • August 6, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    The two ghosts who hung out with the hero of The Frighteners get a makeover to look happy and successful after their second deaths at the hands of the Big Bad.
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