Probably Needs a Better Title
A Type IV Immortal
character has gotten himself into a sticky situation. If they were killed, they could simply resurrect elsewhere and continue what they need to be doing. Sometimes, suicide
is out of the question, either because of their own belief, or some outside force has rendered this impossible. A common, more sci-fi variation is the use of in-universe Respawn Points
such as cloning machines as impromptu teleporters
. This also tends to require that the characters' memories be retained after each death, though it could conceivably be done without that being the case.
Compare this to Twinmaker
, that's the case where the story's teleportation technology just works by creating a duplicate and disintegrating the first.
A subtrope of Back from the Dead
and My Death Is Just the Beginning
. This sort of thing also tends to make death seem more like a minor inconvenience than anything
. See also Respawn Point
Anime & Manga
- Guyver, kinda: Sho gets set up and killed in order to sneak the Guyver inside Cronos. However it turns out he may just be a clone with Sho's memories.
- Used as a major plot point in Dogma. Because God was in a human body, she was able to be knocked into a coma. Because she was in a coma, she had to be killed to return to Heaven and come back to Earth to stop Bartleby and Loki.
- This was a plot point in Dragonslayer.
- In Sergey Lukyanenko's Line of Delirium:
- Resurrection for humans is commonplace, and the moment anyone dies, that fact instantaneously spreads through the whole universe (Our Souls Are Different) and they can be cloned again immediately in the respawn chamber. Made into a plot point many times:
- The prime motif for the main character to work for the Corrupt Corporate Executive is that if he doesn't, he will eventually die and then resurrect in his own private chamber to be tortured to death infinite amount of times
- At one point the party is trapped by Silicoids (it's a Master of Orion novelization) - their only way to escape is to kill themselves and respawn, except they can't do that, because the moment they try they'll be reduced to a Brain in a Jar.
- At another point the party attempts to bypass some sector of space by coming close enough to be under jurisdiction of a respawn point on the other side and then killing themselves so that they will be transported there.
- Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld story "The Suicide Express" revolves around this.
- Childe Cycle: In "Necromancer", Paul Formain gets transported to another star system, and is trapped. In order to get back, he breaks open a window, which results in his death. This causes him to reawaken in a new body back on Earth.
- Battlestar Galactica:
- The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica has this in spades with the Cylons. Those who die "download" their memories into new (but identical) bodies... provided there is a Resurrection Ship nearby to maintain the link. Cue Cylons killing each other, killing themselves, being denied death, and attempting to suicide out when, unbeknownst to them, no Resurrection Ship is nearby... simply as a convenient means of transportation and escape. Also cue main characters dying and waking up immediately in what they realize, to their horror, is a Cylon resurrection tub.]. [[AllJustADream And then waking up for real.
- Technically, Sharon Agathon pulled this in Battlestar Galactica when she had Helo kill her so she would download into a new body on the Cylon ship, where she could rescue her daughter. And yes, it was as awesome and heart-wrenching as it sounds.
- Lexx did this with season 3's Big Bad Prince. Nobody on the planets Fire or Water died permanently - they'd just wake up again somewhere else. Prince, however, seemed to have some choice about where and when he'd be resurrected (and in what form), which he used to his advantage on a number of occasions. (Prince showed up again on Earth in season 4, but no longer appeared to have this ability).
- Chaosium's Nephilim. When a Nephilim's Simulacrum (human host body) dies, it can search out and occupy another human body a considerable distance away.
- Pretty much every Speed Run ever. The Tool Assisted Speedrun archive TAS Videos has an attribute called "Uses death to save time", used by hundreds of speedruns, which is frequently this.
- This tactic is called "Blood-porting" by MMORPG players. For example, in City of Heroes, where low-level players don't get XP debt when defeated, they'll often allow themselves to be killed as a shortcut out of a dangerous area (like the Hollows, for instance).
- Planescape: Torment one level is based entirely on abusing your immortality with this. You check the area, get killed, respawn at the entrance, check another area, repeat until you check everything.
- It's implied that this is how the fast travel works in Borderlands, although that might be a chicken and egg problem (did they use teleportation technology to make New-U stations or New-U stations to make teleporters?).
- The Coop Robots from Portal 2. When they go Off the Rails, the only way GLaDOS can get them back is to wreck their current body.
- A fairly common tactic in EVE Online -- just don't forget to update your clone first. It can be the only way out if you end up in a system in unknown space with no probes. "Jump clones" can be installed at stations with medical facilities. You can then "teleport" to that station from any other station. The location you "teleport" from is left with your old body, which becomes a new jump clone. If you try to teleport from a station that already has a jump clone, the other clone will be destroyed.
- Simon the Sorcerer 3D has Simon escaping from a locked room by goading the Barbarian Hero who is also locked in the room into killing him, causing him to respawn on the resurrection tile outside.
- Something like this happens in the webcomic Star Slip. One of the characters is a clone, who, when he is killed, gets respawned in a cloning bath on their ship (a la the re-imagined Cylons). When the entire crew gets stranded on a planet and their ship hijacked by pirates, their solution to take back the ship is for the clone to die and respawn back on the ship.
- In Mortal Kombat Legacy, after finding himself trapped in an insane asylum and therefore unable to get help to fight Shao Khan, Raiden hatches a plan to have Blue kill him so he can resurrect somewhere else.
- South Park:
- In one Easter episode, Jesus and Kyle are temporarily imprisoned by the Catholic Church- Jesus, who cannot self terminate, as suicide is a sin, has Kyle kill him so he can resurrect outside of the cell and free them.
- There was an episode where Kenny killed himself to respawn on his bed.
- A variation occurs in Megamind. When Megamind is falling to his doom, he uses his dehydration gun to dehydrate himself. He then manages to land safely in the fountain and rehydrate himself without any harm.