Created By: Vaergoth on April 8, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on February 27, 2014

Killed Off For Real, but the actor stays on.

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You know that thing where the character is Killed Off For Real, but a new character played by the same actor is introduced right away?

What's the trope for that? It's a special form of You Look Familiar.
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  • April 8, 2011
  • April 8, 2011
    Suspiciously Similar Substitute is a lot more general than this, but Backup Twin is very similar.
  • April 9, 2011
    Well, that's only for when it's a twin sibling... though that's probably going to be most of the examples. How about Reroll Your Role as a title for this (by analogy with people rolling new D&D characters after their old ones are killed).
  • April 9, 2011
    Fred being replaced by Illyria in Angel is a non-twin example.
  • April 10, 2011
    They did this on Primeval: One main character "disappeared" after the timeline was altered, but in the very next episode a completely different person who inexplicably looked identical to the disappeared character was introduced.
  • April 10, 2011
    • Heroes killed off Nicci and then introduced Traci, played by the same actress and Nicci's previously unknown triplet sister.

    This is in desperate need of a better name and better write up.
  • April 10, 2011
    This happened on The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese was killed, and by the end of the episode an alternate timeline version of the character was introduced.
  • April 10, 2011
    Another way to do it is to have the dead character constantly showing up in dreams, flashbacks, corpse shots, etc. until some more permanent excuse is found, eg Angel in Buffy season 3.

    Lavernigan on Scrubs.
  • April 10, 2011
    If you decide to launch this, maybe call it You Look Just Like He Did.
  • June 20, 2012
    Also related to The Other Darrin.
  • February 27, 2014
    ^ more of an inversion :P
  • February 27, 2014
    They did this with Denise Crosby in Star Trek The Next Generation. A few years after Yar (her character) was killed, she comes back in an alternate universe caused by a Negative Space Wedgie. She leaves her current post to go on a suicide mission, knowing that she was dead in the "right" continuity. A season or so later, Crosby plays a Romulan officer. The explanation comes out that Yar was captured by the Romulans in that mission and bred by them, and that the Romulan officer is Yar's daughter.
  • February 27, 2014
    Holy shit how does this have two hats? There's no real description, no examples, and the name is a mess.

    How about Posthumous Actor for a name? Or does the make it sound too much like the actor is dead, and not that the actor is still on the cast.
  • February 27, 2014
    This draft looks like a question that should have been asked in Lost And Found. Yeah, I took off one hat.

    Plus a reminder: Killed Off For Real is not just any death on a show. It's a permanent death in a genre where Death Is Cheap and characters can be either resurrected or they're presumed dead.
  • February 27, 2014
    ^^Based on its age, it got one of its hats for existing when the hat system was created.