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->'''Amy:''' Do you think you'll just come back to life?!
->'''Rory:''' When ''don't'' I?!
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Angels Take Manhattan"
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Important characters will have a terrible tendency to die dramatically, but will not, under any circumstances, ''stay'' dead. This tends to cheapen the dramatic death of a character to the point of being little more than a flesh wound if overused. If you ever hear passing mention of any form of afterlife in a series, be warned that the value of "dead" has become a whole lot less all of a sudden. Similarly, if the entire supporting cast is being killed off left and right, expect a resurrection by the end of the current arc. This trope became so common in some series that most people are more likely to be shocked if a character does not come back from the dead than when it does.

Since villains tend to do this often, it is usually necessary to kill them DeaderThanDead to ensure they don't just come back eventually. Because normal death means little, this "advanced form" is usually permanent. [[FirstLawOfResurrection If it works as planned.]] This trope also has an interesting side effect, in the sense that [[DeaderThanDead permanent death]], because it is rarer, carries a much greater degree of dramatic weight as a result. Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man is a good example of that effect.

So common is this trope in {{superhero}} comics that many other sources refer to it as Comic Book Death. Comics have a [[HowToCheatDeath slew of means]] to undo death, often involving OpeningACanOfClones. Usually the only characters in comics to stay dead are those involved in a DeathByOriginStory.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and its sequels are notorious for playing this trope [[JustForPun to death]]. Everybody and their grandmother ([[KillEmAll Literally, at one point]]) dies and is resurrected at some point. Much of the show is in fact motivated by collecting the Dragon Balls to be able to wish somebody back to life. By the time ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ended, only Mr. Satan the FakeUltimateHero, Uranai Baba and a few gods ''hadn't'' died at least once. Counting ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', [[OvershadowedByAwesome Krillin]] died ''four times''.
** Avoided in [[FutureBadass Future Trunks]]'s [[BadFuture gloomy alternate universe]], probably to show what the series would be without its ResetButton (i.e., depressing). The reasons why are AllThereInTheManual.
** ''Dragon Ball'' death is so cheap, in fact, that when "Super" Buu goes up to the lookout in the hopes of finding the strong opponent he was promised, Piccolo ''actually suggests'' he pass the time it'll take to get Gotenks ready to give him a full challenge ''by [[KillEmAll killing all the humans]]''. A WhatTheHellHero moment to say the least... until you remember that they could all be wished back with the Dragon Balls. Unfortunately for Piccolo, Buu took his advice by using an attack which killed almost every human in a few minutes with BeamSpam, making that ploy completely meaningless.
** It is [[LampshadeHanging stated]] outright in the English version of ''Dragon Soul''
---> Nothing Ever Dies We'll Rise Again.
** A notable good guy who never came back to life is Android #16. Probably because he was 100% mechanical.
* ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' often varies between this and KilledOffForReal, falling into this during the [[RescueArc Sasuke Retrieval Arc]] (when Neji and Choji both survived [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow massively bodily harm]] for no apparent reason) and more recently The Pain Invasion Arc, which ends with Pain/Nagato entrusting his ideals to Naruto and performing his last technique that revives everyone in Konoha previously killed in action by him, including three named characters: Kakashi, Fukasaku, and Shizune, albeit [[RedemptionEqualsDeath at the cost of his life]].
** One of the most powerful forbidden techniques in the series involves reviving as zombies whoever you want, though it requires a living sacrifice and the DNA of the revived to do so. The only ways to counter this are to destroy any traces of their DNA, permanently bind the soul so it can't be summoned, or completely bind the zombie's body so it can't move. It's recently been revealed that it's possible to un-bind bound souls as well.
*** Death is ''really'' cheap with Edo Tensei. [[FromASingleCell Blow up the entire body and it reforms ten seconds later]].
*** Though Edo Tensei is actually a subversion, as it only temporarily brings the person back to life, and often at less than full power.
** Chiyo managed to revive Gaara, but it had a cost in this case; bringing someone back from the dead with her jutsu kills the one performing it. EquivalentExchange.
** And don't even get us started on Orochimaru.
* Phoenix Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' keeps coming back (and stronger), regardless of how soundly he gets beaten. Well, he IS the Phoenix after all.
* It's a regular theme in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' - the main character dies and then ''spontaneously'' resurrects late in the series (never mind his original death ''in the first episode''); the main character's mentor is killed and then subsequently resurrected about ten episodes later; also, the main villain of the first arc kept resurrecting himself by virtue of having lots of disposable (but equally powerful) clones.
** Elder Toguro survived getting blown into pieces and shot into the ocean by virtue of his regenerative powers, and survived being eaten by taking over his consumer's body from the inside. It's stated that he never died to begin with; as he is unable to ever die, [[FateWorseThanDeath ultimately leading to his eternal suffering]].
* The ability to resurrect people is explicitly one of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'''s powers. Needless to say, the main cast dies a lot. This protection does not extend to non-main characters however, as many a villain trying to pull a HeelFaceTurn learned. Poor Mamoru seems to die at least once per storyline.
** The total death count is: Moon: 1, Inner Senshi: 3, Uranus/Neptune: 1, Saturn/Pluto: 3, Mamoru: 3. And that's just the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] version.
---> [[FanFic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814 "I am going to die a virgin," Tuxedo Kamen said, then added conscientiously, "Again."]]
** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] we have Sailor Moon and the rest of the Inner Senshi and Tuxedo Kamen get killed in the backstory and are revived by Queen Serenity. During the main story we have HeroicSacrifice by the Inner Senshi against [[EldritchAbomination Queen Metalia]], and Tuxedo Kamen killed by Sailor Moon. She revives everyone later with the [[MacGuffin Silver Crystal]] as well as using it as reset button for the whole planet after Metalia's rampage. In the final story arc, we have Sailor Galaxia kill EVERYONE except Sailor Moon and Chibi-Chibi, revive them and turn them against Sailor Moon, who kills them again hoping to revive them, but Galaxia destroys their Star Seeds, making them DeaderThanDead. And Sailor Moon still revives them all.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': There are several ways to revive the dead in this manga.
** A demonic ritual can put a soul into a clay body (Kikyou). This only simulates life.
** Shards of the Shikon no Tama can bind a soul to a body (the Band of Seven and Kohaku). This only simulates life.
** Tenseiga can revive the dead by killing the pallbearers of the afterlife who take the soul from the body (Rin and Jaken). Only once, and only if they've never before been revived by any means.
** The Meidou-seki can revive the dead back to life, but is a one-shot power. Rin's second death.
** A miko's power can be used to revive the dead back to life, but is a one-shot power. Kikyou is the only miko who ever did this, for Kohaku.
* In ''{{Franchise/Digimon}},'' "death" only returns a Digimon to egg form, though that didn't stop characters from ''treating'' it as the sort of event that a human's death is. DeadSidekick angst and resulting Captain Ahab-ness [[{{Narm}} loses something when the 'dead guy' is standing right next to you]], and seems to be handling things just fine. The DarkerAndEdgier third season did away with this, but it returned for seasons four and five... but in the fifth season, the evil Professor Kurata devises a way of corrupting a Digimon's data, causing permanent death.
** The rebirthing didn't apply to any of the Digimon that died during the Dark Masters arc as the Digital World was corrupted, though (at least, the heroes believed) taking out the Dark Masters and Apocalymon restored things, allowing those Digimon to survive. It is also believed to not work on any Digimon that dies in the human world, such as Wizardmon who was killed by Myotismon in season 1 and was a ghost in season 2. [[FridgeHorror Of course, that would mean the ghosts of Myotismon's entire army could be still hanging around in Tokyo]], with some possibly being substantial enough to cause all manner of disruption. The only known exceptions to this are [[spoiler: Myotismon himself, who managed to sidestep this rule by finding a human to host his soul before his data completely dissipated and who he lay dormant in until he gained enough strength to regenerate a body for himself]], and [[spoiler: Kokomon]] from the Digimon movie Hurricane Touchdown, although this case happening in a movie leaves the canonicity somewhat dubious. The fact it was a Digimon [[spoiler: with a human partner]] could've also had something to do with it.
** In season five, it's made a little less cheap: Though death isn't permanent, there is no guarantee that the reborn Mon will remember its prior life, in most cases being very unlikely. And ''then'' Kurata figures out how to make a Digimon DeaderThanDead by creating a device that corrupts digimon data so they cannot reconfigure into eggs.
** Digimon's reliance on this trope causes a huge PlayerPunch when it's subverted in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', where it's shown that Digimon can permanently die if their data is absorbed by another Digimon before they have the chance to respawn as an egg. A Leomon dying became [[MemeticMutation memetic]] after this instance, one member of the species having died at least once in all three seasons up to this point. However, it became apparent that the Leomon of this series would not be able to come back.
** In Xros Wars this is exaggerated. While here Digimon don't return as eggs when they are killed it is remedied by the fact the owner of the Code Crown can [[RealityWarper reformat the Digital World and its inhabitants in the way he so wishes]], so if someone dies and he wants to revert he can do so in a blink. Once Shoutmon acquires it every single Digimon who died through the season comes BackForTheFinale. That includes the bad guys, who are purified.
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'': Every time Dokuro violently kills Sakura, she resurrects him right on the spot a couple seconds later, none the worse for wear. It still ''hurts'' though.
* In ''{{Manga/Kinnikuman}}'', Choujin who have died can come back by completing certain trials in the afterlife. Thus, it is entirely possible for a character to be graphically killed off then show up in the next story arc with no one batting an eye. Note that this doesn't work for those who die of old age, though.
* The last third or so of the chapters in ''Manga/ShamanKing''. And half of those instances were plot device for sake of power up.
* ''Manga/GaRei'' brings Yomi back ''twice'', by virtue of her [[ArtifactOfDoom Sesshouseki]] the first time, and her sister thinking of her during the former's brief stint as a RealityWarper hate-fox the second.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' plays this for laughs, with the Great Will of the Macrocosm acting as a (mostly) death-specific ResetButton.
** There's also Hyatt, the alien IllGirl who dies every 3 minutes, with (or without) the slightest provocation.
---> '''Excel''': Please, Ha-chan, do something about your habit of dying!
* Dead players in ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' can be revived at the cost of 100 points. Now ''getting'' those points is another story entirely.
** Gantz toys with this trope mercilessly. The eponymous entity in the black ball seems to effortlessly bring back the dead, but it turns out to be recreating them from records in its data buffer. Kishimoto was "revived" by Gantz originally despite not actually dying, leaving her as a redundant clone until she was eventually killed off permanently. Furthermore, there are now two active copies of protagonist Kurono, and the second one was understandably pissed off when he found out. Life is cheap and disposable in the Gantzverse.
* {{Creator/CLAMP}} is usually obsessive about averting this, but it crops up in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. Due to reincarnation back in time and the tendency for reincarnations to be identical (complete with memories) of past lives, [[FanNickname Cloney]] returns (as [[FanNickname Syaoran Sr.]]) approximately five minutes after his HeroicSacrifice, although [[TheSlowPath it was a lifetime to him]].
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' takes place in a world where everyone is DeadToBeginWith. So "death" is just a minor inconvenience.
* Most of the main cast in Season 3 of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' is killed off at one point or another. Nearly all of them are revealed to actually be trapped in another dimension (and not just in the dub, either).
* Jellal (Gerard) from ''Manga/FairyTail'' gets to come back after having supposedly been [[DeaderThanDead broken down at the atomic level during fusion and fired into the sky]]. The best possible explanation for how he simply ended up in a coma elsewhere about 50 chapters later is simply that he's the manga-ka's favorite villain.
* ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'' has an interesting/bizarre example. In the fifth movie, Touko got her body torn apart and then had her head crushed into bits. Then, she makes comeback by rebooting her spare copy, a doll to finish the job.
** What's funnier, is one of the bad guys KNEW this...and was keeping her head alive to prevent this.
* The ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' anime becomes this in its second season: not only does no-one apart from [[BigBad Hideyoshi]] and [[TheDragon Hanbe]] die, most of the cast killed off in the first season are alive and kicking for no real explained reason.
* People from [[VideoGame/HeartnoKuninoAlice Wonderland]] have clocks instead of hearts. When they die, they can be replaced. This knowledge leads to the place being so violent.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' - but only the manga. A lot of people who die stay dead, but the ones who don't, do so so annoyingly that it definitely fits this trope. Specifically: Kurama, Bando, Kaede/Nyu/Lucy.
* Surprisingly enough, ''Manga/OnePiece'' (mostly) averts this - with the exception of [[DemBones Brook]], every character that has actually died has stayed dead. This is a short list of characters, though, as outside of [[DeathByOriginStory backstories]] most "deaths" in this series are {{Disney Death}}s or NotQuiteDead. It took a [[LongRunner decade]] worth of stories before we saw the first non-flashback death of an important character.
* All over the place in ''Literature/HalfPrince'', which is understandable since most of the story takes place in a game world. The trope gets dropped in the final arc when a self aware NPC creates monsters with a program that can permanently delete a character (and the game does not allow people to create new characters) and becomes even less present when the players get a program that can delete the self aware [=NPC=]s.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', due to the [[TrainingFromHell rigorous training methods]] of the Ryozanpaku, has been in a position of almost dying several times, only to be revived by Ma Kensei and Akisame surgical skills. Akisame even stated outright that the Ryozanpaku can put Kenichi through any kind of hell because they have the means of reviving him, much to Kenichi's horror. In one memorable instance he really ''did'' die while sparring against [[DoesnotKnowHisOwnStrength Apachai]], only to have his heart restarted by Akisame.
* ''Manga/ShindereShoujoToKodokuNaShinigami'' takes place on an island that has a legendary association with resurrection. Wakanae Akira manages to die in the first chapter and afterwards receives a crash course in the practice. It's a good thing, too, since she dies often enough in the first two volumes to be a supporting character in ''Manga/DragonBall''.
** Notably, this is one of the few times where this actually has a price - death is cheap only as long as she stays on the island. The god who gave her the power of resurrection gave her a choice when she died the first time: continue on in the cycle of reincarnation, or receive the power of resurrection, being able to revive whenever she dies, with the catch that her soul will ''shatter'' should she leave the island - no afterlife, no reincarnation, just nothingness. She chose the latter.
* The protagonist of ''LightNovel/DateALive'' almost dies all the time in the series only to come BackFromTheDead every single time. Shot a hole through his chest with an anti-''tank'' beam? Crossing a ''five-meter'' ice barrier? ''Using himself as hostage by jumping from the top of the school building?'' Yep, death is definitely cheap for Shido Itsuka. This is because those aren't his powers but the powers from his foster little sister who he kissed back when they were kids as a way to prevent spreading fire.
* ''LightNovel/TokyoRavens'': Downplayed. Many characters get revived but not as a human.
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* When it comes to mainstream comics, nobody believes in death anymore. {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} and {{Creator/DC|Comics}} spend most of their time assuring us over and over that the characters they killed off are dead FOR REALLY REAL THIS TIME, YOU GUYS! [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt No one ever believes them]]. For example, no matter how many times the Marvel editors stated outright that Comicbook/CaptainAmerica wouldn't be coming back, most fans were just making wagers on how long it would take. [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/06/15/captain.america/index.html Turns out it's about a year.]]
** As the old saying goes, "Nobody stays dead except {{Bucky|Barnes}}, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]], and [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]]." Of course, since that saying was coined, both Bucky and Jason Todd have found themselves resurrected. (And briefly, Uncle Ben as well. Fortunately, ''that'' resurrection didn't take.)
* The skepticism has reached a point where comic writers need to keep it in mind when they really ''are'' faking a character's death, since they know that everybody will guess exactly right that they were just trying to fool the readers. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', BoosterGold is apparently killed in a grand display of heroism. This was not meant to be a permanent (or even semi-permanent) death, as it was an in-universe scheme to trick the villain, but the writers still wanted it to ''look'' like he was ''really'' dead, and they could think of no way to actually do this, since '''every''' reader would automatically know he was not dead. They went through several sketches of [[ChunkySalsaRule having his dismembered body fall to the ground in several different places]] (Since that way readers would say "Well, with that kind of damage he can't just be 'in a coma,' he might actually be dead"), but it ended up just looking ridiculous. Surprisingly, their eventual decision, to have his burned, blasted body fall to the ground, actually ''did'' fool the readers (in a way), since many of them thought he was at least out of this story completely, even if they expected him to come back sooner or later.
** It didn't help that ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' was a prequel to the "One Year Later" books, i.e., other stories taking place after it but released before it had already shown BoosterGold. It was still possible to justify those sightings since he was a time traveler.
* It's gotten to the point where, when Banshee apparently dies, his daughter, Siryn remains convinced that it's a trick, pointing out all the other Comicbook/{{X-Men}} who have also been reported dead only to return. Her less GenreSavvy teammates believe she's in denial. Eventually, she accepts his death. And as of Uncanny Avengers, Banshee is back, but evil.
** The story behind this is amusing enough to note here. When Banshee died, Siryn was in a different comic, and nobody thought to tell those writers that Banshee had been killed off, so she never responded to his death. When the writers finally found out, they decided that since DeathIsCheap, instead of trying to retcon her grieving in to have her just be in denial.
** The X-Men death frequency is spoofed [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/218160# here]].
* Lampshaded ''endlessly'' in ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' issues #397-#400. When a distraught Rick Jones goes to Comicbook/DoctorStrange so that he can resurrect his girlfriend Marlo, Strange explains how it's impossible. Rick goes on to point out how many other characters have died and come back, asking if Strange' assistant had (responding "Actually, yes"). It gets to the point where Marlo does get brought back to life by a magical priest and a crystal chamber simply called the "Deux Ex Machina." She comes back... but is left a complete shell from the experience. (She gets better before issue #418 [their wedding], though.)
** And lampshaded again in another issue during NickFury's funeral, where his friends laugh and crack jokes, saying things like "What d'ya think it is this time, aliens?" By the end of the story they realize that he's not coming back, and look genuinely mournful. Of course, as we all know, he did come back anyway.
** Someone even called Marvel out on their frequent use of comic book death in the letters pages of that very same issue, to which the response was "Okay, okay, we won't kill Nick Fur--Oops."
* Lampshaded by Hammerhead in ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan''. His first appearance ended with his '''skull being exploded''' by Gambit. When he returns a Mook remarks, "Geez, Hammer, I thought you were dead". Hammerhead responds with, "I was. It sucked. I came back".
* A brilliant quote from Fabian Nicieza after fans attacked him for apparently killing off two members of the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}: "In that case, I want to take this opportunity to formally apologize to all the readers for having killed off a '''shapeshifter''' and a '''teleporter''' in a '''superhero comic book'''."
* A scene in the '90s DC comic ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titans]]'' had a couple of junior members being shown around the Hall of Deceased Former Titans to show them the stakes being played for. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RVLJm9IHkZk/THqjF8TuTII/AAAAAAAACV8/Zl-1jQgdbn0/s1600/the+titans+010+08.jpg The lesson didn't really take, as they had been hanging around other superheroes long enough that the senior member had to explain "You realize when people die, they don't usually come back... right?]]" The former Titan in question eventually came back (as did Jason Todd, an honorary Titan who's partly shown in the same panel).
** A dead character appeared to be resurrected in the "New Titans" series. Although Marv Wolfman intended both characters to be separate, there was Terra II, a heroic doppelganger of the villainous Terra. Towards the end of the series, the editor Pat Garrahy ordered Wolfman to link the two characters closer together, and a story showed that the original Terra's grave was ''empty''. Geoff Johns and Ben Raab wanted to head in the direction of both characters being the same, with Geo-Force discovering that both girls had identical DNA. Before Terra II could be made aware of this, [[FinalDeath she died]] [[DyingToBeReplaced to be replaced with a "Terra III"]]. Though it has since been [[AssPull explained away that Terra II was indeed a separate character who was given surgery and DNA alteration to resemble the original]] (similar to Wolfman's original intent. Here's [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/04/28/the-abandoned-an%E2%80%99-forsaked-who-was-the-second-terra-anyways/ an article explaining the retcons behind Terra II.]])
** Raven underwent some death and resurrection throughout the series. In the "ComicBook/TheTerrorOfTrigon", the Titans had to temporarily kill her body in order to drive out the evil influence and have her possessed by the goddess Azar. After the battle, Raven vanished and it was assumed that she [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence had either died or ascended to another dimension]]. She was brought back, purified, although it didn't last and she became corrupted ''again'', with her body disintegrating at the end of "Titans Hunt". ''Then'' it was revealed that the evil in Raven's soul had survived and possessed an unknown woman's body to do her bidding as "Dark Raven", while the soul of the good Raven was implanted in Starfire for safekeeping. Dark Raven was then destroyed at the end of the series, while the purified Raven became a golden SpiritAdvisor. Unfortunately for her, she was then resurrected and placed back in a (younger) corporeal form, causing her to have to fear Trigon's influence yet again.
* Similarly, in ''MartianManhunter'', a government agent discussing the Martian's "death" with the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} is openly skeptical about superheroes really dying, much to the annoyance of Comicbook/TheFlash, whose predecessor and former partner ''did'' stay dead... for an unusually long time by superhero standards, at least. (And of course, we the readers already knew J'onn had faked his death as part of a plan.)
* Lampshaded wonderfully in the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' tie-in to ''[[CrisisCrossover Age Of Ultron]]'':
-->'''Johnny Storm''': Death is part of a journey and... and I know what I'm talking about here...death isn't the end. Of anything. Don't sweat this. We'll be back.
* After ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} died in the pages of ''{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'', Superman was the only attendee at his funeral. The priest giving the service explains that nobody bothers with superhero funerals anymore, as they always end up coming back; sure enough, Metamorpho is later alive and well. To emphasize the point that death is permanent, the panel also showed off a few statues of superheroes who died and stay dead. ''Every single one of them'' is now alive again.
** Metamorpho has in fact died and come back at least ''three times,'' depending on how you count.
* As mentioned above, Barry Allen, TheFlash, died in 1985 and for a long time was notable for being one of the character deaths that stuck. He eventually returned 23 years later. Due to both himself and his successor Wally frequently time traveling (along with alternate universe stories and flashbacks), Barry managed to appear in many stories in the intervening time.
* Interesting exception in comic aimed for children: ''Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' from Archie had several characters killed during its run. When the Mighty Mutanimals were killed off prior to a certain major story arc, [[KilledOffForReal they stayed dead.]] Not even their notable popularity among readers would bring them back. The scene of them in Hell was fortunately just an illusion conjured up by a villain. The same applied to all dead characters. (Hitler's brain was surprisingly resilient, though.)
* The entire ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' event of 2009 seems to be this trope played out in the [[ZombieApocalypse grandest, darkest way imaginable.]]
** Additionally, it does some LampshadeHanging on death being cheap; the whole reason it seemed to have started is because Nekron was pissed at having been cheated so often. But then in issue #5 it's revealed that this was all bullshit; Nekron was ''responsible'' (or at least allowed) for all of the resurrections in the DCU so far. Thanks to their previous deceased status ''everyone'' who ever "cheated" Death is vulnerable to Black Lantern ring possession.
** The ending is essentially one giant burst of Death Is Cheap bringing back most of the characters DC killed over the last several years, but also some characters whose resurrections will cause problems. In spite of this, the series ends with one of the characters saying "I think death is death from now on" since Nekron was defeated.
*** On that very same page, though, they observe that another character who had been presumed dead ({{Franchise/Batman}}) probably wasn't. So DC superheroes will still have to deal with Comic Book Death in the form of deliberately faked deaths, {{Disney Villain Death}}s, [[ExpendableClone deaths of clones]], deaths of AlternateUniverse copies, death followed by being cloned with memory implants in the clone, being saved at the last second by TimeTravel... just not ''true'' resurrection. Meaning they'll wait two or three months before they start bringing people back to life for real again.
** Amusingly {{inverted|Trope}} by the resurrection of {{Comicbook/Deadman}}, who has been a ghost since the character was introduced forty years ago. Since StatusQuoIsGod, he was soon killed off and back to normal.
** One of [[BrightestDay the followup storylines]] saw SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor meet [[Comicbook/TheSandman Death of the Endless]] - who is supposed to be the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Death, ''period'' - and ask her about how cheap death is. She answers that [[TimeAbyss a few years or decades isn't much to her]]; everyone will meet her ''eventually''.
---> '''Death''': You know, people do come back from the dead. It's not a big deal. I am kind of busy.\\
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'''LexLuthor''': The dead have come back to life! Several of them!\\
'''Death''': It happens! In the end, they all come back to me.
** Predictably, despite supposedly closing the door on resurrections, the second-to-last ''SecretSix'' storyline and the post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' reboot brought back several deceased characters.
* ''OldManLogan'' is a BadFuture story set 50 years after most of the world's superheroes have been killed off. At one point, {{Wolverine}} and {{Hawkeye}} eventually come to Hammer Falls, a place where tourists pray for the resurrections of various superheroes. When Wolverine points out that the heroes aren't coming back, Hawkeye states that people still remember the old days, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall when heroes would die and then simply return with cool new costumes]].
* Lampshaded in an issue of ''CaptainAmerica'' where TheFalcon claimed that [[NeverFoundTheBody unless you made sure to recover the body of a dead supervillain]], they were sure to come back to life at some point. He then pointed out that such resurrections happen with "alarming regularity" in the MarvelUniverse.
* ''SecretAvengers'' had an issue where Comicbook/BlackWidow interrogated a group of gossip columnists after they published a story claiming that BuckyBarnes survived his apparent death in ''Comicbook/FearItself''. She soon discovered that the columnists [[GenreSavvy fabricated the story because they figured Barnes would be resurrected soon enough anyway, given how frequent such returns are in the]] Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
** Though there was a bit of additional LampshadeHanging. It was pointed out that while a lot of heroes do return from the grave, Black Widow still has numerous friends and fellow [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] [[CListFodder that died and were not granted the luxury of a resurrection]].
** This was actually some sort of triple-somersault LampshadeHanging, since the ''real'' reason Widow was interrogating them, was because she ''knew'' that Barnes had faked his death, and was worried the story had leaked. The two "big deaths" of ''Comicbook/FearItself'' (Barnes and Thor) were both ''immediately'' shown to be temporary, since the creators knew no one would believe they were permanent.
* During MarkMillar's ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' run, Mary-Jane briefly mused that the mystery villain that had been ruining Peter's life might be Harry Osborn. When Peter pointed out that Harry had been dead for years, MJ retorted by saying that [[NormanOsborn his dad]] [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied used to be "dead" as well]], and we all know how that worked out...
* Oliver Queen, the ComicBook/GreenArrow, in the 'Quiver' story arc, comes back from the dead after being resurrected by Hal Jordan, as Parallax, before Hal's own death. Queen later meets Hal Jordan on a trip to the after-life, although Jordan has since taken on the role of Comicbook/TheSpectre. When later mentioning to Batman of Jordan's involvement, Batman replies, "It seems none of our former allies know how to stay dead."
* Remember how devastating it was for Tim Drake when ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and Kid Flash died? Well now they're both back thanks to [[Comicbook/FinalCrisis Legion of Three Worlds]].
** Red Robin hasn't caught up to the current state of the time-line yet, but he's still devastated now his foster father has been murdered.
** Remember when Tim Drake was desperate and unstable enough to try resurrect Stephanie Brown, Superboy, and his father using the Lazarus Pit? Well, two out of three of them are now alive; one who was never dead at all to begin with. In a FridgeLogic moment, imagine if Tim did put Steph's DNA into the pit liquid, seeing that she was actually alive...
* When MartianManhunter was killed in ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', Superman gave a eulogy that amounted to "Let us honor his memory. And pray for a resurrection." Then ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'' came along and the Manhunter became a zombie Black Lantern. Perhaps Supes should have been more specific. (Don't worry, he got better.)
* Subverted in ''Comicbook/ElfQuest''. When One-Eye is killed, [[HealingHands Leetah]] manages to revive him, more or less. When his lifemate learns that his breathing, living body is just an empty shell, she has it put in wrapstuff for magical suspended animation and swears to protect it until his soul (which ''is'' hanging around) returns to it. Eventually she comes to terms with the fact that he does not want to come back, frees the body, and lets it die.
* In ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', the stuff that gives people super powers can even resurrect them from the dead... but not in a good way.
* {{Darkseid}} can revive the people he kills with his Omega Beams using those same Omega Beams. This just means that Darkseid can kill underlings that annoy him without any worries, since he can bring them back if he needs them again. He can also kill and revive people over and over again for fun.
** Now you know what he does on his summer vacation.
* In the ''{{Comicbook/Batgirl|2009}}'' series, Stephanie Brown spent a lot of time thinking about what would happen if Bruce Wayne ever returned as {{Franchise/Batman}}. "I've just been worried that if you ever popped up again - and I mean, who really stays dead nowadays anyways, right? [[Comicbook/BlackestNight You missed the zombies, by the way]]." When he ''does'' reappear, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome she]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slaps]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him]]. And then freaks out and runs away.
* In ComicBook/{{Invincible}} the appropriately named Immortal always comes back after dying. Aside from that, though dead = [[KilledOffForReal DEAD.]] The only other characters to come back had some obvious way for GenreSavvy readers to see that they might not have actually kicked the bucket.
* Both the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} and Comicbook/TheAvengers have actually enacted plans that involved the entire team dying with the assumption that they'd come back to life. The JLA did it to deal with being trapped in the distant past and hunted by foes they couldn't defeat by letting the foes kill them after first arranging for an ally to cast a spell that would resurrect their skeletal remains in the present day. The Avengers did it to rescue teammates from the Grandmaster who'd arranged their deaths so he could use them as pawns in the afterlife (being dead himself at the time) by ''drinking poison'' and more-or-less assuming they'd figure out a way to get back to life once they'd sorted everything out on the other side.
* In ''Marvel The End,'' {{Thanos}} discovers that the universe is unraveling because of all the heroes coming back from death. He specifically blames things on WonderMan, who was arguably the first resurrection in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Thanos then unmakes and remakes the universe, and states, "This time, dead is dead." Sh-yeah, right.
* Averted by most ''[[Comicbook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'' strips. Starting with M.A.C.H.1, it has a long tradition of [[KilledOffForReal killing off characters for real]], the most notable example being [[StrontiumDog Johnny Alpha]], though ''The Death And Life Of Johnny Alpha'' is [[UnexplainedRecovery bringing him back]] through [[AWizardDidIt sorcery]].
* Though it doesn't display it as much as Marvel or DC, ComicBook/LesLegendaires makes a heavy use of this trope as well: the titular protagonists got all killed at least twice each ones of them, but they ''always'' are resurrected at the end of the arc, whether it's through an EldritchAbomination's doing, [[ResetButton Time Reset]], reincarnation... in a surprising subversion of the trope, however, the Legendaries' ArchEnemy [[EvilSorcerer Darkhell]] was actually KilledOffForReal.
* Once, when Franchise/SpiderMan was asked if the villain of the day was dead, Spidey said "Probably. Half the guys I know have been dead once or twice. Usually did 'em a world of good."
** Spider-Man himself has been killed off '''''twice''''' in the past decade. The first time in 2005's ''Spider-Man: The Other,'' when he gets killed by new villain Morlun. Peter stays dead for a single issues before his resurrection. He got killed again in 2012 in issue #700 of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' after switching bodies with a dying Doc Ock. But now that a relaunched ''Amazing Spider-Man'' series with Peter Parker is debuting in April of 2014, it looks as though Peter will return after he was dead for a little over a year. It has later been confirmed by Marvel that Peter is returning around the time of the release of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.
* In ''ComicBook/PocketGod'', the pygmies can resurrect from any death thanks to the powers of their Gem of Life. Unfortunately for them, they die ''often''.
* ''LoveAndCapes'' lampshades the frequency of the trope in comics; when a member of the book's superteam is killed, there's a procedure for inspecting that body to make sure it's really that person and they're really entirely dead. In this case, the character really is dead--though even then, the other characters allow for the possibility that he might come back in some unforeseen way.
* Happens every now and then in ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''. Optimus Prime himself manages to die three times in the original run. And that's not counting all the [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat near-misses]], [[CliffhangerCopout fake-outs]], [[DeathFakedForYou faked deaths]] and nasty injuries everyone else gets. Heck, at one point several characters get disassembled right down to their component parts, but a few hours of repair later, and they're completely fine. Of course, given that this was one of the early Transformers mediums [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness some of the rules of their 'biology' hadn't been made up yet]], so bringing a dead Transformer back usually just required getting the necessary parts.
* This trope was [[spoiler: seemingly]] subverted with Peter Parker from ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'', who was killed in battle with the Green Goblin, paving the way for Miles Morales. [[spoiler: Recently, Peter not only returned from the dead, but if Norman Osborn is to be believed, he's now immortal.]]
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* In "Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures", this is definitely the case for Shocker. Unless it's in boiling lava, and even then he comes back.
** Hago, too. He comes back from the dead ''four times''.
* Deconstructed in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4063172/6/Calm_After_the_Storm Calm After the Storm]]". Orihimie managed to bring her friends back to life multiple times (Ichigo stopped counting after 5) but there are still people who couldn't be saved. Seeing friends dying, even if they come back later, still traumatized the heroes. There is also a sense of guilt that always touches survivors.
* In "Fanfic/WithStringsAttached", As'taris has one of the shortest deaths imaginable—about half a page later, he's been resurrected. As the resurrectionist quotes, "Death is cheap, life is expensive" when Grunnel complains about the price. (Which seems rather petty of him, given how much money he has.)
** The narrative mentions that some of the {{Mooks}} in Ehndris are "awaiting resurrection."
* In "Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors", a character can be killed off one chapter and somehow come back in the next chapter.
** Grover dies so many times that we've lost count, although [[VoodooShark it is claimed that he has repeatedly been cloned]], although no one else gets that explanation.
** After Ebony gets raped, the Prayer Warriors nearby kill her for being DefiledForever, along with the rapist. She then returns ''later that chapter''.
** [[MentorOccupationalHazard Almost averted with Chiron]]. After getting converted by Percy, he goes off to convert the rest of Camp Half-blood, but he gets killed and eaten, and [[DueToTheDead receives a Christian burial]]. However, he later comes back in The Evil Gods Part 2.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic "Legend Has It", the main character Justice dies a total of four times (the last time being permanent). The first time he died he gave his life to Arceus in order to fix everything that Cyrus had undone about the world. The second time, he was briefly brought back to life by a Celebi (which turned him into a White-Haired Pretty Boy in the process) only to die right after completing Celebi's task. Then Arceus resurrected him to stop the war going on between Teams Rocket and Plasma. During that time he is killed by Archer and his Giratina immediately tries to bring him back by using a bunch of Dusknoir. The process forces him into a kind of FaceHeelTurn that makes him go absolutely crazy and has him attempt to destroy the world, only to be shot out of the sky by Arceus in a CurbStompBattle that kills him for good.
* Heavily played with in "FanFic/TheRules"—it would normally be in effect given the nations' immortality, but The Rules throw uncertainty over their ability to come back to life. The nations are stuck with quite the ethical dilemma—start killing to get home while they can be reasonably confident their victims will recover, or try to find some other way off the island and risk everyone's immortality running out in the meantime?
* The impermanence of death in the Marvel universe is one of the reasons authors for the MCU are skeptical of the death of Phil Coulson. There are many more stories where the man has lived than ones where he has remained dead.
* In "ChristianHumberReloaded", Vash's corrupted self keeps coming back again and again. Soku is apparently killed by Vash [[DisproportionateRetribution for turning him in]], then comes back years later to take revenge and gets killed again. It's also debatable whether she is the same little girl who, with her father, helped Vash near the beginning, or if the author just [[RecycledScript reused the plot device]].
* "Fanfic/WorldOfPonycraft" has death about as cheap as it is in [=WoW=] gameplay. Heck, in the prologue Deathwing razes Ponyville only for Celestia to cast a mass resurrection bringing everypony back.
* "FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops" reset universes rather regularly. As a consequence, most loopers come to view death as an annoyance.
* The default for humanity in ''Fanfic/{{Vigil}}'', where brain uploads, backup copies of everyone's brain, and cortical stacks - small storage devices that maintain a saved brain-state - are ubiquitous except among bio-conservatives. Death just means you get uploaded into a new body.
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', since all the characters are video game characters, death is only permanent if a character dies outside their game. This is shown early on when Fix-It Felix is crushed by a falling ceiling only to revive near-instantly.
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Jack (who was retrieved from Davy Jones' Locker).
** Will (who was made captain of the Flying Dutchman after being killed by and then killing Jones).
** Bootstrap (who was sent to the bottom of the ocean while undead).
** Barbossa (whom Tia Dalma resurrected).
** So common, in fact, that Tia Dalma has to justify the ''aversion'' with Governor Swann. "Him at peace."
** However, the characters with resurrection abilities leave after the third film, removing this trope for the fourth.
* The villain in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' chooses to live in a human body because they are easy for his technology to repair, giving him the ability to live indefinitely. The same technology allows the hero and his [[AccidentalMarriage wife]] to come back from the dead.
** And then [[Series/StargateSG1 the series]] comes out, and the aforementioned hero dying repeatedly all but became a RunningGag.
* Pick a {{slasher|Movie}}. Any of them. Once it becomes a CashCowFranchise, there is no rest in peace for the wicked.
* 2003's ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' continues the tradition with a comic book death of both the villain (Bullseye, though more a case of NoOneCouldSurviveThat) and the ActionGirl[=/=]the hero's {{Love Interest|s}} (ComicBook/{{Elektra}}, who [[UnexplainedRecovery gets]] [[BackFromTheDead better]] to appear in the [[Film/{{Elektra}} spin-off]]).
* Agent Smith from ''Film/TheMatrix'' shows up in the sequels as he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decided not to follow protocol]] and [[YouHaveFailedMe return to the system mainframe for deletion]]. Justified since after all, he is a program, not a man and it's not like he was the first one to do so.
* In ''Film/LittleNicky'', due to being the son of Satan, the protagonist simply winds up back in Hell upon dying and is free to go through the portal back to Earth.
* ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black III]]'' subverts this: J goes back in time to prevent K from being killed in the 1960's, but is told plainly that K was ''destined'' to die there. Where there is death, [[YouCantFightFate there must always be death]]. [[ProphecyTwist Due to J's meddling]], K survives, due to a HeroicSacrifice by J's father.
* Chucky of the ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series. He ends up being killed at the end of each film, but is always brought back at the beginning of the next film. As its been put:
--> Go ahead and kill me, I'll be back! I always come back! But ''dying'' is such a ''bitch''!
* Professor Xavier, Jean Grey, and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} were all killed off in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', only to return in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (though Xavier was previously hinted at having survived in TheStinger of ''The Last Stand'').
* This trope is quickly becoming the norm for the MarvelCinematicUniverse. Coulson was resurrected in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' after dying for real in ''Film/TheAvengers'', [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]] supposedly dies in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' before being revealed as the titular assassin in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', and Comicbook/{{Loki}} seemingly died in BOTH ''Film/{{Thor}}'' [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld films]], before turning out to be alive before those films even ended!
* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', whenever the hero dies in battle, [[GroundhogDayLoop the day is being reset]], causing him to die any given number of times. Even invoked when the female love interest wants to reset when the hero flirts with her.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* This is actually the driving plot point for ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', which takes place in an MMORPG from the [=NPC=]s point of view. Whenever someone dies, they just respawn a new body at the nearest church. No one has been able to permanently die for at least 35 years. Some people have adapted to it fairly, incorporating it into the business and economy. Others have not taken it so well...
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''
** Marco gets brought back to life twice. Although in one instance, he's not technically dead, just comatose, because he's in cockroach morph, which is practically unkillable.
** In ''Elfangor's Secret'' it's known that one of the kids will have to die to set things right, and Jake is shot in the head as they cross the Delaware. But because Visser Four's host is {retgone}d, there was no reason for them to travel through time in the first place and Jake pops back, alive. In addition, because Jake is dead and the Ellimist said only one Animorph would have to die, the rest of the Animorphs are invincible for the rest of the book, even when they should by all means be dead.
* In the fifth ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' book, ''Literature/MidnightTides'', Rhulad Sengar returns from the dead moments after being killed, thanks to the [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed sword]] in his hand and the time. Since the whole dying thing is agonizing and mind-warping for various reasons, and the process of returning is even worse, this ends up being a case of being BlessedWithSuck.
* In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'', both Jake and Father Callahan arrive in All-World by dying in our world. When Jake dies in All-World, he gets saved by TimeTravel.
* Creator/CoryDoctorow's ''Literature/DownAndOutInTheMagicKingdom'' takes this trope to its logical conclusion by having everyone take resurrection for granted. Thus, the narrator (Julius) is killed early in the novel and spends the rest of the story fighting back against those he believes responsible for his murder. He theorizes that they timed his death carefully so that he'd be out of commission at the exact point when his enemies were putting a plan into effect, since obviously if they killed him too early he would be alive again at by that point.
** And in both that book and Creator/KenMacLeod's ''Newton's Wake'', resurrection is so automated that other medical skills have atrophied or been lost; it's easier to get a new body than to fix the one you have. Like consumer electronics today.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** For the ''monsters'', which are regenerating within hours if not minutes because Gaea made a new tunnel into Tartarus.
** Eventually, even some demigods are able to come back from the dead without even realizing that they are. Freeing Thanatos puts a stop to that.
* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Death lampshades this when Rincewind and Twoflower escape from his house, saying, [[foldercontrol]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'', it's a relatively simple process to become "revivified" after death. It's fairly expensive, however, and some circumstances can make it impossible. Assassinations among the Jhereg criminal organization often do not take. In the first novel, Vlad even claims that someone might be assassinated as a warning to back off, though this level of cheapness is not carried over into subsequent novels.
* The ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' series by Creator/RichardKMorgan takes place in a largely post-death world where a person's consciousness is housed in a chip in his brain, called a "stack". When his body dies, his chip is inserted into a new one. Bodies, now called "sleeves", are bought and traded like garments. In the first book of the series, a centuries-old magnate hires the hero to find out how his previous sleeve was murdered.
* In Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's ''Literature/{{Riverworld}}'' series, the same advanced alien technology which resurrected everyone on Earth who had ever died remains active. Anyone who dies on the Riverworld is brought back to life the next day somewhere else. A few characters use this "Suicide Express" to deliberately, though randomly, explore the Riverworld. Later on, the machinery breaks down.
* Played with in ''TheLostSymbol''. Robert Langdon appears to have been most unambiguously drowned in a tiny coffin filled with liquid, and for a few chapters afterward he's caught in a trippy dream state where both he and the reader assume he's dead, but then it turns out that the liquid in the tank was breathing fluid laced with paralytic drugs, an advanced sensory deprivation chamber used by the BigBad as a torture device. His "rebirth" is unpleasant, but far from supernatural.
* The ''Literature/BitingTheSun'' books take this trope to extremes. Resurrection is a normal use of technology. Even the rare occasions when a character in those books does want to be KilledOffForReal, their base personality will get transferred into a new body -- effectively meaning mandatory artificial reincarnation.
* In ''The Worm Dieth Not'' a depressed superhero agonizes over the fact that heroes and villains kill each other constantly and never stay dead. He compares their never-ending conflict to the trial of Sisyphus and ultimately decides to commit suicide as a means of escape, realizing at the last minute that he'll just show up alive again in time.
* Occasionally in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Most of the time dead means dead, but there are notable exceptions. Most notably, Thoros of Myr's resurrection of Beric Dondarrion and later Catelyn Stark.
** Creator/GeorgeRRMartin frequently appears to kill people before revealing [[OnlyAFleshWound it was only a flesh wound]]. This is why, as of the fifth book, the vast majority of fans believe the letter claiming Stannis is dead is a lie and that Jon Snow will not actually die/stay dead after being repeatedly stabbed and falling unconscious.
** In a similar fashion, the discovery that Prince Aegon, previously thought to have been killed as an infant was alive and well makes the death of many other characters fall into question.
** The general rule for character deaths is that unless you witness a character definitively die from ''someone else's'' point of view, that character is likely not dead for good. Of the POV characters that have been killed, Ned's execution was from Arya's POV, whereas Catelyn got her throat slit in her own POV chapter. Ned's definitively dead whereas a resurrected Zombie Catelyn is wreaking havoc in the Riverlands. Arys Oakheart died from Arianne Martell's POV. Quentyn Martell may have sustained his fatal injuries in his own chapter, but his death was witnessed from the perspective of Barristan Selmy. Almost all of the OnlyAFleshWound reveals mentioned above came at the end of a POV character's own chapter. The exception to this overall rule is the Prologue and Epilogue characters--they ALWAYS die at the end of their lone chapters, except for Chett in ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', who does not die onscreen, but who does die sometime between the end of his POV and his next appearance as a wight.
* While ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' overall is '''very much''' in the AnyoneCanDie camp, this trope still applies to Scout Sergeant Mkoll, who most in the regiment believe to be invincible. Not even after having his transport plane explode in mid-air during an air raid, with the only thing below him an enemy-held city and a "sea" of toxic cloud, most of the Ghosts can't believe he's dead. Sure enough, he returns later and even manages to get the killing blow on the current BigBad.
* People of ''Literature/TheCulture'' usually have brain backups in case they are killed in a lava rafting accident or something.
* In one side story of ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' a professor caught a rich student who had been turned into a mouse by a trap on one of their dwarven weapons on display. One of his friends had also been transformed and caught by a cat, he wasn't too concerned because their insurance covered resurrection and they had both been killed before. Then she reminded him that the spell required a body, oh shit indeed.
* Feeling that Literature/SherlockHolmes was taking up time he should be spending in higher pursuits, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had Holmes and Moriarty plunge to their deaths down the Reichenback Falls. 10 years later, due to public outcry, he brought the character back explaining that he had faked his death to fool his many enemies. He was [[BackFromTheDead back from the dead]] and ready to keep doing his thing.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden has goaded someone into killing him and been revived expressly to team up with his own ghost.
** Harry gets about as close as you can after he gets shot and falls in the lake. It turns out he was actually on magical life-support while his soul was off working for Uriel, but for all intents and purposes he died and came back.
** Mantles of power such as the Summer and Winter Knights, Summer and Winter Queens (all six of them), the Archive, and so forth all transcend their hosts and warp them towards a certain personality. Even if you manage to kill an immortal (a tricky business to begin with, only possible at certain times) the next host of that power will become more and more like the mantle, seeming to reincarnate the previous host.
* In ''TheWheelOfTime'', death is cheap for the Forsaken. After all, the Dark One's domain is death. As long as they aren't killed by balefire, they can be brought back in new bodies.
* SergeyLukyanenko's trilogy ''LineOfDelirium'' has technology allowing people to be resurrected upon death. The "cheap" part is averted, though, as not everyone is able to afford even one resurrection. Basically, when a person first buys the [=aTan=] resurrection, he or she undergoes an excruciating molecular scan in order to store the body template in the database. At the same time, a neural net is implanted into the brain in order to transmit the person's memories back to [=aTan=]. Most people think that the neural net works only at the moment of death, sending a massive dump of information back, also signaling death. However, in reality, the net is working constantly, and the end of transmission is considered death by [=aTan=]. If the recently deceased paid for his or her resurrection (always in advance), the body is replicated from the template at the nearest [=aTan=] facility with the memories then downloaded into the new brain. Another fact that most people don't know is that creating two identical bodies and implanting the same set of memories into them will result in only one of them becoming fully self-aware. The other one will be without will (i.e., he/she will perform basic vital functions but be unable to make decisions). Thus [=aTan=] proved then existence of the human soul.
* Neomages in ''Literature/NewArcana'' regularly resurrect each other. Each of the main characters dies at least once in the first two books. At one point it is stated that the average neomage can expect to die and be resurrected more than fifty times in a career.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'' the Clan leaders are given nine lives by Starclan, the feral cat afterlife, the first eight times they die they heal for a few minutes then get back up.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. TV's Frank, to the point where Dr. Forrester's torch song for Frank is ''Who Will I Kill?''
-->I've crushed his head a few times,\\
Memories like nursery rhymes.\\
No one dies like my TV's Frank.\\
No sweet blood to distill, no cute tummy to drill,\\
Who, who will I kill?
* This happens a lot in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}: it has been established that people who died by magical means can potentially be resurrected, and otherwise there are other methods of bringing people back. Buffy has died twice, though the first time she was only technically dead and brought back by good old-fashioned CPR. Spike is burnt up in the GrandFinale of ''Buffy'', comes back as a ghost in ''{{Series/Angel}}'', and then comes back to life. Darla dies a total of four times: as a human turned into a vampire, staked in the first season of ''Buffy'' and resurrected as a human in ''Angel'', made vampire again by Drusilla and then died as a vampire again. Staking Dracula will result in him simply reforming again. In the comics, it turns out Warren didn't stay dead when he ''had the skin ripped off his body''. And Giles was killed when he had his neck snapped by Angel but was brought back even though the world was mostly drained of magic. Kennedy died for a month before being brought back by Willow, pre-Season 8.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Master has died or otherwise been left in deadly, inescapable situations so many times that no one, not the Doctor, [[JokerImmunity not the audience]], not even the Master himself, will ever believe it's going to stick. Including NoOneCouldSurviveThat and {{Disney Death}}s, the running count as of 2014 is ''nine times''[[note]]Falling to his doom in "The Deadly Assassin"; trapped in the collapsing city in "Castrovalva"; incinerated in "Planet of Fire"; trapped on the exploding planet in "Survival"; executed, revived, then sucked into the Eye of Harmony in the TV movie; shot then cremated in "Last of the Time Lords"; sucked into the locked Time War in "The End of Time"; killed by a Cyberman in ''Death in Heaven''[[/note]]. Most of the time no explanation is given for his return, and even if there is it's flimsy at best. At one point he even states matter-of-factly, "I'm indestructible, everyone knows that."
** Davros, in terms of death-to-appearance ratio, is even ''more'' prone to death than the Master. After "Journey's End", even the writer of the episode [[ShrugOfGod isn't sure whether or not he's actually dead]].
** In "Forest of the Dead", the people inside the Library who were killed by the Vashta Nerada had their neural relay uploaded to a computer.
** In "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", Jamie, after being struck by a bomb in the Blitz, was resurrected by Chula nanogenes, though it took until the end of the story to be properly fixed.
** At the end of "The Doctor's Daughter", Jenny is shot in the chest and appears to die without regenerating. At the end of the episode, after the Doctor's left, she does regenerate, but her appearance doesn't change. As of the end of the Eleventh Doctor's run, the character had neither appeared nor been mentioned again.
** Amy and Rory have been given so many ''on screen'' "[[DisneyDeath deaths]]" and (actual) deaths that it became a RunningGag for them (quoth Rory in "Night Terrors": "We're dead! Again!"). Poor [[ButtMonkey Rory]] is even called "the man who dies and dies again" by the Silence; it's his RunningGag at this point. Really, though, everyone gets in on the action.
** Newcomer Clara is fitting right in so far: she's appeared twice, died both times, and will be back.
*** In "The Bells of St. John", Clara technically died twice, although one was incomplete, and they're both fairly debatable as "deaths". But if you count them both, that leaves her with four "deaths" in three episodes. And now a fifth--a future version of her died in "Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS", just 4 episodes later, though there's a ResetButton. Not even Rory can match that. Plus, with Rory there's always a ResetButton or some other explanation; Clara has ''really died'', permanently, ''twice'' in two different time periods, and even the Doctor has no idea what's happening.
*** It's eventually explained that Clara entered the Doctor's timestream to prevent a malevolent entity from destroying everything he ever did, having to fix every moment of his life. As it turns out, this means that Clara's lived her life repeatedly in different places and time periods, helping him throughout his life. Considering he's an alien with a lifespan covering several centuries, she's probably died quite a few times as a result. The Doctor's earlier encounters with Clara (Victorian England and the Daleks' asylum) that led to him seeing her die ''twice'' was simply the first time he noticed.
** At the end of "The Parting of the Ways", Rose brings Jack back to life after he is shot by the Daleks; as a result, he can't die of natural causes, but a fatal wound will kill him...for a few seconds. Unfortunately, it seems to have come with a side of GoodThingYouCanHeal.
** In "The Name of the Doctor", Jenny is killed by the Whisper Men during the conference call. Minutes later, she is revived by Strax via an electro-cardio restart. Later, she vanishes from time due to the Great Intelligence rewriting the Doctor's timeline: the Doctor never saved Jenny during an incident years ago. Strax is killed by Vastra out of self-defense, because now Strax never served a penance to the Doctor and as such never became friends with the Paternoster gang. Moments later, they are both restored by Clara entering the Doctor's timestream.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** The number of times Daniel has died has become an in-joke for the series. Depending on how one classifies "dead", it ranges from a minimum of 4 explicitly stated times [[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daniel_Jackson_(Stargate)&oldid=236270772#Non-_and_semi-permanent_deaths up to possibly]] ''22''. Lampshaded by [[GenreSavvy O'Neill]], of course, who, by season 8, refuses to acknowledge Daniel's death or grieve over him, because each time he did, Daniel came back. Indeed, even despite this time Daniel being on a ''spaceship'' that ''exploded'' in the middle of space, Daniel comes back by the end of that very episode.
--->'''O'Neill:''' All we know for sure is that he's missing.\\
'''Carter:''' Sooner or later--\\
'''O'Neill:''' Forget it! I'm not fallin' for it this time.\\
'''Carter:''' "Falling for it"?\\
'''O'Neill:''' Yeah! How many times have you thought he was gone, and then he shows up, in one form or another? I'm sorry, but we're not having a memorial service for someone who is not dead. ''[to the room]'' You hear that? I'm not buyin' it! \\
'''O'Neill:''' What? He's just waitin' for us to say a bunch of nice things about him. Next thing you know, he'll come waltzin' through that door, ''[gestures at the closed door]'' like, right now. ''[O'Neill and Carter both look at the door, O'Neill hopefully and Carter skeptically]''\\
'''O'Neill:''' Waltzing...now.\\
''[Nothing happens]''
** Even supporting characters get in on the act, and joke.
--->'''Cameron Balinsky''': ''[SG-13 discovers Ancient-built ruins]'' Oh, Dr. Jackson is gonna die when he sees this.\\
'''Colonel Dave Dixon''': What, again?\\
'''Cameron Balinsky''': Funny.
** The presence of time travel, alternate realities, virtual realities, Nox healing technology and the resurrection sarcophagi means that nearly every main cast member has died at some time.
** The original BigBad Apophis managed to come back several time before the show decided to upgrade the villains. Apophis' situation was lampshaded in the fifth season premiere when, after finally being KilledOffForReal (stuck in a spaceship that crashed into a planet then exploded like a nuke), O'Neill assured General Hammond he was 100%...''99%'' sure Apophis was actually dead.
** After Ba'al cloned himself, it became something of a running gag to have him killed repeatedly (sometimes several times in a row within the same episode) only to have him be back for more a few episodes later.
* And ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' proudly continues this tradition with the lovely Elizabeth Weir:
** First she was badly injured in an explosion, and 'repaired' using replicator technology that had been engineered to be safe. Then, she was left behind on a replicator planet, and presumed to be killed by the replicators.
** Then, she was cloned by the replicators, along with other characters from the show. Even the clone then gets killed.
** However in a later episode, a version of her consciousness, having first become a replicator, and then having 'digitally ascended', ends up in a computer on the Atlantis base. She and some other replicators convince the Atlantis team to build them new bodies using the Ancients' original replicator creation technology; bodies which were promptly jettisoned out into space by the end of the episode. This ending strongly implied that her character had the potential to return, and probably die again.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', most of the main characters have died at least once over the show's course (or were dead to begin with, as it's, you know, a show about vampires). At the end of season 5, the list of resurrections got so big, it would probably need its own page.
** Jeremy and Bonnie are apparently competing to see who dies and comes back to life the most.
* Due to Misty Day's "power of resurgence" in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', she can revive any character who has died (including herself) if the body is still there, even if the body is in bad condition. The characters lampshade this at the wake of Queenie's disappearance and assumed death: if she's alive, they bring her back. If not, Misty could revive her.
* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena and Gabrielle died and came back so many times that Hades probably had a revolving door installed. Which didn't stop Xena from being KilledOffForReal in the finale.
** And the thing about Xena and Gabrielle dying is that over the course of the show, every time either Xena or Gabrielle visited a new culture or place, that particular afterlife was incorporated into the show's mythology. We saw the Greek Elysian fields and Tartarus, the Amazon land of the dead (which is apparently some place different from the traditional Greek afterlives), Judeo-Christian Heaven ''and'' Hell, Xena and Gabrielle were introduced to the idea of reincarnation after visiting India, and of course the finale.
** Xena's parent series, ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', was just as bad. Iolaus died (for the third or fourth time...), came back as a parallel universe character, got his happy ending, then the original one was resurrected.
** Lampshaded in the episode where the cast portrays actors playing the characters in the show, and they wonder how Iolaus will die next (eaten by dinosaur, spontaneous combustion...)
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Started off as AnyoneCanDie, then [[SeasonalRot reverted to this]]. Characters [[GoodThingYouCanHeal who can heal]] get [[MadeOfPlasticine routinely mangled]], [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands then it's revealed that their blood can resurrect anyone]]. This is later [[ForgottenPhlebotinum completely forgotten about]]. Still later, characters come back without even a {{handwave}} - Sylar in particular gets full-blown JokerImmunity.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', where the core cast and quite a few villains have died numerous times. In total, both Piper and Phoebe died nine times, Paige has died seven, and Prue died thrice; only Prue's last death was actually permanent. And Cole "Belthazor" Turner managed to give [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny McCormick]] a run for his money in the dying department.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': it was getting hard keeping track of which Weyoun numbered clone was which. Subverted in the finale, when the Female Founder confirmed that Kira and Garak killed the last clone...only for the ExpandedUniverse to bring in another one anyway from a back up sample in the Gamma Quadrant.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' plays it straight, averts it, and lampshades it at different times of the series:
** Played straight with the two leads, who have died so many times that their dead friends in Heaven are sick and tired of seeing them. Even [[TheGrimReaper Death]] himself has become annoyed as of late because the Winchesters keep coming BackFromTheDead.
** Averted in the case of any main character that the fan base hates enough. The writers are very, very sensitive to pressure, apparently.
** Lampshaded as early as [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E14BornUnderABadSign the middle of Season 2]] (remarkably, before either Sam or Dean had died all the way for real) as part of a round of [[BreakThemByTalking demonic]] [[SurvivorGuilt taunting]]:
--->'''Meg:''' Dean, back from the dead. Getting to be a regular thing for you, isn't it? Like a cockroach.
** Castiel has a get-out-of-death-free card personally guaranteed by {{God}}. He's died four times so far and only one has kept him out of action for longer than until the end of the episode, due to a case of amnesia.
** Death has become cheaper as the series has gone on (in the beginning it was [[DealWithTheDevil pretty]] [[AtTheCrossroads damn]] [[CameBackWrong expensive]]). ''Sanity'' is now actually far more expensive than death. Once Heaven and Hell started taking an active (as in "interactive") interest in the Winchesters, the worry became not what happens if you die but [[AndIMustScream what happens]] [[FateWorseThanDeath after you're dead]]. You just ''know'' that the next time either one of them dies, Heaven or Hell, wherever they end up, is gonna rip them to pieces for the rest of eternity. Best shown in Dean's reaction in [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E16DarkSideOfTheMoon "Dark Side of the Moon" (S05, E16)]] when about to be shot and killed:
--->'''Dean:''' Do it. But I warn you, when I come back, I'm going to be ''pissed''.
** Due to Heaven's interest in them, during season 5 they ''could not stay dead''. They had to be alive to host Michael and Lucifer and have the Apocalypse go down, so every time they died they got kicked out of Heaven. They literally spend [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E16DarkSideOfTheMoon an episode]] running around Heaven trying to ''stay dead'' long enough to talk to Joshua, the only angel who still talks to God.
** From the middle of season 6, the official (heavily lampshaded) line is that while death is cheap, by coming back, you'll cause suffering and death to the people around you. Death himself has told them so on repeated occasions and gave Dean a drawn-out object lesson about it in [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E11AppointmentInSamarra "Appointment in Samarra" (S06, E11)]] involving [[LittlestCancerPatient an adorable little girl with cancer]]. Sam and Dean brought about the Apocalypse as a fairly direct result of Dean bringing Sam back through a {{deal|WithTheDevil}} and Castiel accidentally unleashed the Leviathans onto the planet (although this had less to do with him dying and more to do with the literal meltdown that accompanied said death; it can be assumed that since {{God}} is the one who keeps bringing Cas back to life his resurrections don't throw the universe out of whack). But you should know that none of this is going to stop Sam from bringing Dean (and possibly Cas) back from Purgatory.
*** Actually, in a surprise twist for this show, Sam does ''not'' save them; he doesn't even ''try''. Dean is just a little pissed off about this when he gets himself out. Cas didn't want to [[DrivenToSuicide get out in the first place]].
** An interesting feature of this show is that even dead characters aren't necessarily gone. Many characters that were KilledOffForReal, including Mary and John Winchester, Jessica, Ash, Pamela, Uriel, Ellen, Jo, Rufus, Bobby, Kevin, and Azazel, have had brief reappearances thanks to TimeTravel, {{Alternate Universe}}s, communication with spirits, travel to the afterlife, [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind journeys into memories/mind battles while in a coma]], etc.
** For context, ''every single major character'' has died ''at least'' once and several have died more than that.
* Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'' has been brought back to life multiple times. He first dies in the accident he causes ([[RetCon maybe]]) that wipes out the crew which is the set-up for the whole premise. Then he comes back as a hologram. In series 3 after messing with the timeline, he actually gets a body in one episode, but ends up blowing himself up shortly afterwards. So he's back to being a hologram. Then after hologram Rimmer goes off to be Ace Rimmer in series 7, the original Rimmer from 3 million years ago is resurrected by the nanobots who rebuild Red Dwarf with the original crew. It looks like he's about to die in that season's finale, but manages to escape death (literally, he knees Death in the privates). And in the 2009 special ''Back to Earth'', set nine years later, he appears to be a hologram again, whether by nanobot Rimmer dying or series 1-7 Rimmer coming back from his Ace adventure is not made explicit.
** Has happened to most of the crew at some point. Rimmer, Kryten and the Cat all die in ''The Inquisitor'', but a clever BatmanGambit by Lister erases the titular Inquisitor and all resets all the work he's done, bringing them back. ''Out Of Time'' sees the crew attacked by their future selves, killing Lister, Kryten and The Cat and only stopped when Rimmer destroys the Time Drive.
* This is the beauty of ''Series/TheXFiles''; nobody important ever truly dies. Mulder himself died a few times, Skinner has died at least once, Agent Spender was thought to be dead by a gunshot to the face but comes back deformed in season nine, and even CSM died more than once.
** Mentioned in jest by Dean Haglund (Langly) in DVD commentary: "Nobody ever really dies on The X-Files."
* Invoked, subverted, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to hell and back in ''{{Lexx}}''; many of the characters who die in the second season return with seemingly no explanation in the third season, but it becomes increasingly apparent as time goes on that the planets the Lexx is orbiting at the time are, in fact, the afterlife. When the Lexx [[ItMakesSenseInContext blows up the afterlife,]] they all move to Earth. When the Lexx blows up the ''Earth,'' too, it seems as though everyone is finally KilledOffForReal, simply because there is no more afterlife to be resurrected from. Subverted again by Kai, who dies in the first scene and ''stays'' dead, but animate, through the whole series. In the finale, when a DealWithTheDevil backfires, he's brought back to life for real... just in time for an event he can't possibly survive.
** This means that there are in fact three versions of most characters: the original versions, the Fire and Water versions, and the Earth versions.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'':
** This trope is why Cylon prisoners are uncooperative under threats: killing them will result in their consciousness being downloaded into the nearest Resurrection Ship, where they immediately tell the others where their killers are. In the third season, one of the Threes does it for kicks; Baltar even lampshades it.
--->'''D'Anna:''' Do you have any idea what you're accusing me of?\\
'''Baltar:''' Yes... intentionally killing yourself over and over so you can download over and over. Death is just a revolving door, isn't it?\\
''[cue a smug smile from D'Anna]''
** This makes Cylon Raiders exceptionally dangerous, as over time a Raider will be killed in multiple engagements - and it not only learns from every death, but every time it gets killed it comes back ''angrier''.
** Later however the Resurrection Hub is destroyed making Death very real for everyone. Except Starbuck. But not really.
* In ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', characters who die tend to stay that way, [[ForegoneConclusion but not very important ones]]. Characters important to his future as Superman wind up dying and we find out that they weren’t ''that'' Jimmy or Dr. Hamilton. However, Brainiac is ''insanely'' unkillable, thought dead multiple times, each more final-seeming than the last, and yet, he has an UnexplainedRecovery again. (Mind you, this happens to him in the comics, too... but then, it happens to everyone in the comics.)
** Slightly justified with Brainiac, since he's a super-advanced robot built by a super-advanced civilization and ''destroyed'' said super-advanced civilization. If he couldn't bounce back from death, he never would have survived to the main series.
** Clark[[note]]''Hidden'', ''Void'', ''Fracture'', ''Odyssey''[[/note]], Chloe[[note]]''Covenant'', ''Labyrinth'', ''Phantom'', ''Fracture'', ''Infamous'', ''Turbulence'', ''Injustice'', ''Savior'', ''Rabid'', ''Idol'', ''Pandora'', especially notable as she is an original character. She got out of those with faked death, AllJustADream, ResurrectiveImmortality (twice), ResetButton, hallucination, imposer, vision from ''Savior'' to ''Idol'', BadFuture, in that order.[[/note]], Lana[[note]]''Lexmas'', ''Reckoning'', ''Void'', ''Noir'', ''Phantom''[[/note]], Lex[[note]]''Noir'', ''Fracture''...they overdid it a bit in that episode[[/note]], and Lois[[note]]''Phantom''...this episode too[[/note]] had a death certificate, coffin buried, or a lifeless body at least once. Although [[AllJustADream it might not be real]].
** Tess too "died", twice (excluding the BadFuture). Before her (obviously more permanent) [[KilledOffForReal death in the series finale]], though even THAT wasn't permanent: in the season eleven comics, she's taken up residence in Lex's body as a secondary consciousness.
* ''{{Passions}}'', due to its status as a SupernaturalSoapOpera, abused the hell out of this one. Who knows how many times Sheridan's been involved in situations that would have been fatal to anyone else... in fact, she died at least once, only to have a storyline in FluffyCloudHeaven.
* ''Series/BeingHuman'' uses this trope with Herrick, who dies in the series one finale and returns for series three, only to keep the mysterious method of his revival a secret.
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', thanks to Massive Dynamic technology, any corpse is OnlyMostlyDead for a certain number of hours after death.
** People sealed in amber were originally thought to be dead, but it was eventually discovered that they could be freed from the amber and brought back to life.
* ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' uses this constantly, and yet averts it a lot. Basically, there are two tiers of dead: if you appear to die all normal-like, there's a good chance you can be saved via the evil organization's superscience (with a price.) That, or you're about to stand up as an Orphenoch. Nearly ''everyone'' "dies" at least once, some more than once. Don't count anyone out until you actually see them [[DeaderThanDead crumble into dust]] with your own eyes. (And even then, there's one guy who can regenerate.) However... a ''lot'' of people indeed get dusted, [[AnyoneCanDie no matter how immune to death they'd be in any other show]].
* Over the course of the radio show, the tv show and the live shows, virtually all significant characters of TheMightyBoosh have died and come back, occasionally without even any kind of explanation. In one episode of the TV show it's shown you can travel easily to and from the afterlife using mirrors, and the Shamen are shown to have the power to reverse death in the live shows, so at this point the only way a character is going to stay dead is if the writers cant think of any more jokes for them.
* Pretty much everyone died on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' at least once, mostly reversed due to time travel, alternate universes, duplicates, and in one case a HeroicSacrifice which lead to ''another'' character actually being KilledOffForReal. In fact it would probably be easier to count the characters killed on the show who actually ''stayed'' dead. However the undisputed master of this trope is [[MagnificentBastard Scorpius]], who always manages to survive [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat situations which should without question have been fatal]], with nothing more than "foresight and planning."
--> '''Crichton''': Kryptonite, silver bullet, Buffy. What's it gonna take to keep you in the grave?\\
'''D'Argo''': Perhaps we should just take your head off. Worked for Durka.
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* Subverted in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Characters that die in the Matoran Universe are immediately brought back to life on the Red Star, but [[DestinationHostUnreachable can't go back to their people due to a design failure in the process]].
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* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'':
** Bill the Cat dies often, once from acne.
---> [[LampshadeHanging "Oh for crying out loud... he's not dead AGAIN, is he?"]]
** Opus has had a few near-death experiences, meaning that either he can return from death or he's just incredibly resilient. From what we've seen of him, the former is a ''lot'' more plausible.
* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'', Asok, and the PointyHairedBoss have all been brought back by cloning within weeks of their deaths. Dogbert on the other hand was kicked out of heaven.
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* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's whole gimmick revolves around threatening to steal his opponents' souls, kill them, and/or send them to Hell. It is unclear, however, what this has to do with winning wrestling matches. The one incident that stands out in particular was when he threatened to send {{Wrestling/Edge}} to Hell; at the end of the match, he apparently did just that, by chokeslamming him through the ring apron with flames shooting out, as both he and the announcers proclaimed that Edge had indeed gone to Hell. {{Wrestling/Edge}} returned a few months later without explanation. The Undertaker does not seem discouraged by this.
** Done for RuleOfCool mostly. Wrestling/TheUndertaker himself has "died" and come back to life before, quite a few times in fact. There was the 1994 Wrestling/RoyalRumble incident, in which Yokozuna and a bunch of other heel wrestlers bombarded him, opened his urn which caused him to lose his powers, and rolled him into a casket. As Wrestling/PaulBearer rolled the casket away he was shown on the titantron inside the casket and he gave a speech in which he promised "I will not rest in peace." He then "floated" out of the casket and up to the rafters of the arena, presumably crossing over into the afterlife, only to return again later that year. Then of course there was the 2003 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries in which {{Wrestling/Kane}} buried Undertaker alive, thus "killing" his Biker persona and leading to his return as the Deadman we all know and love at Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}.
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* The entire '''premise''' of ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' is based on this trope -- something which the fanfic writers have used rather gleefully.
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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleSpirits'', there are numerous cards that allow you to regain spirits from the trash (discard pile).
* In Tabletop [=RPGs=], such as ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', high-level Divine casters are often so common that any dead hero can be resurrected if their party members have enough gold pieces. So while death isn't ''literally'' cheap (on the contrary, it can be rather expensive), it's not difficult to get out of (since [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] tend to accumulate vast amounts of treasure).
** There are a few spells such as Barghest's Feast that can make it so that the target cannot return to life by mortal magic.
** [[http://www.thealexandrian.net/creations/advanced-rules/optional-death.html This page]] recognizes the potential implications of cheap resurrection spells for the society and proposes alternative rules, which can roughly be described as "dead is dead, but [[MadeOfIron you'll be surprised what you can live through]]".
** In 4th edition, resurrection is less common at low levels, but more common at higher levels. There are some epic level powers that can be activated "once per day, when you die."
*** One Epic Destiny in ''Martial Powers'' takes this to a logical extreme: Your character automatically revives 24 hours after each death, for free, in a different graveyard or tomb somewhere in the world. Since the same epic destiny lets you travel anywhere in the world in 24 hours, it means you'll have rejoined your party in 48 hours, assuming you know where they are/were going.
*** The Undying Warrior epic destiny takes this to an extreme, being able to come back to life five times a day. (The fifth time isn't the last time he can use it, just it takes 24 hours to return to life at this point, so that counts as a different day.)
** The 1st Edition ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' modules had the "Obscure Death" rule. If a significant character (one with a name) died, the Dungeon Master was encouraged to have the death occur in such a way that it was easy for the DM to explain how the character managed to survive anyway.
** 5th Edition has a fairly low-level "Revivify" spell that allows resurrection of a character who's been dead less than a minute, longer than most battles at that level.
* ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'' has this as a core mechanic, as the most important ability of the titular mummies is to not die permanently. There's only a handful of ways to kill an Amenti permanently, and the only "mundane" method is to hit them with a nuke. Point blank. And even that just traps them in the Underworld. On the other hand, mostly due to the game mechanics, dying is still ''really'' inconvenient...
* {{TabletopGame/Mortasheen}}'s titular city has this due to cheap and easy cloning in the titular city, something that the genocidal villain civilization of Wreathe finds abhorrent.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' embodies this trope. You are only dead for as long as it takes for your next clone to be shipped somewhere. At least, until you run out of clones...
** And in the latest versions, you can buy more! Although they start developing genetic defects (you can get these scrubbed out of your template for an extra fee).
* ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Tyranids, who give a whole new meaning to DeathIsCheap. Any Tyranid that gets killed in an invasion is just digested and used to make more 'Nids.
** The Necrons get out of death (most of the time) by just teleporting out and regenerating. Things a Necron can get patched up from include: nanometer thin shuriken, rapid fire missiles, holy napalm, and anti-tank weapons that vaporize almost anything.
** Dark Eldar have Doctor Frankenstein-esque 'surgeons' known as [[MadScientist Haemonculi]] (and their 'augmented' Igor-like Wracks) who can reconstruct entire new bodies for those Dark Eldar willing to pay an often esoteric price. The best can, given the client's will is strong enough, regrow an entire body from a charred hand. This being [[CrapsackWorld Warhammer 40,000]], the procedure naturally involves torturing dozens of slaves to death, and the prices can range from slaves to souls to dying breaths. Naturally, the Haemonculi save the best and most reliable methods for themselves; the most senior of their number have died and come back countless times... with [[CameBackWrong varying]] degrees of extra insanity.
*** The Craftworld Eldar [[DownplayedTrope to a lesser extent]], as well. Although their physical bodies can be killed, their souls are stored in little gems called Soulstones. Soulstones are either sent to the Infinity Circuit of their home craftworld, or they are placed into [[{{Golem}} Eldar walkers]] like Wraithguard and Wraithlords. Eldar generally try to live for as long as they can and have taken great steps to ensure that when they do go, they have some reprieve. They aren't motivated by cowardice, but because they're well aware of [[EldritchAbomination what's waiting to claim their souls]] on the other side.
** It is not impossible for incredibly powerful psykers to either reclaim people's souls from the warp (the Emperor is implied to have done it) or find a way to anchor themselves to the physical world. The Emperor, whilst no technically ''dead'', is believed by some fans to be being set up for this - when his physical body finally croaks, his soul will simply reincarnate for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'', running out of hit points causes you to Fall Down, but this just means you have to sit out for a few minutes before returning with your hit points back up to full.
* ''TabletopGame/CarWars''. Death is expensive - you have to buy your clone for $5000 at Gold Cross.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' had "Life is cheap. [=BattleMechs=] aren't." as its slogan -- given the shortage of giant robots, it was easier to find a replacement pilot than a replacement 'Mech.
* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' [[BodyBackupDrive resleeving]] is expensive, but fairly routine. And Firewall guarantees resurrection for all its agents if they lack insurance, no promises on the quality of the new morph though. In addition a morph whose head hasn't been destroyed can be thrown in a [[AutoDoc healing vat]] and revived if within a couple hours of death or if put immediately in stasis (which [[NanoMachines medichines]] do automatically).
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* In ''{{RuneScape}}'', played straight for players; according to a [[KnightTemplar Temple Knight]], [[{{God}} Saradomin]] catches you when you fall and return you to life to fulfill your destiny. However, subverted for [=NPC=]s - very few (non-attackable) [=NPC=]s are resurrected. One exception is Zanik, who was brought back by the tears of [[AllPowerfulBystander Guthix]], who had wept at the destruction of the [[ForeverWar God Wars]], so it was sufficiently climatic.
** Zanik was a special case. Bandos, one of the gods, had a destiny in mind for Zanik to take a position that would benefit him greatly. Since Guthix wouldn't mind so long as Bandos himself doesn't come down, he felt it acceptable to allow her to come back to life. [[spoiler:This gets averted in The Chosen Commander, when Zanik defies her destiny and is told that she can no longer be revived from death. She doesn't die, however.]]
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' is notorious for his repeated deaths. Even after his final [[KilledOffForReal no-really-he's-dead death]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'', [[VideoGame/MegaManZX his data and memories were compressed into a sentient rock that gives suitable people the ability to take up his form and saber]].
** For that matter, the series' favorite side villain, Vile, has died at least 3 times. Obliterated in X1, then in X3, then in X8.
* Justified for Net Navis in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, as being AI programs, they can simply have a back-up copy available in case the original gets deleted (Though exceptions exist, such as Mega Man himself). Strangely, numerous characters get very concerned about their Navis being in danger at times, yet have no qualms about them getting deleted in friendly net battles, with no justification for that.
** To be fair, Megaman himself has no backups yet is still fine after losing a friendly netbattle. Odds are that the fight stops once a navi reaches enough HP to almost be deleted, but not actually suffer that fate.
* Even though the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series deliberately subjects death to the RuleOfCool, the creators will sometimes, in a high profile move, permanently kill off characters between games for drama. Unfortunately, they can't even get ''those'' to stick. The question of whether or not Johnny Cage is still alive remains a running gag to this day.
** Since characters can conceivably be killed off at the end of every single match, plotline deaths are generally taken with a grain of salt by both gamers and developers alike.
*** It got worse with ''Deception'''s stage fatalities, which automatically win the round. "Round", not "match", meaning that it's possible to get killed and get back in action ''in the same fight''.
*** And that's still nothing compared to Smoke's fatality where he blows up the entire planet, killing himself and the rest of the roster. Then, you fight the next match...
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** This has been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d. In one instance, you can buy an overpriced 'charm' from a shady troll vendor that he cheerily explains will let you do exactly what you do anyway to recover from death. In a more recent example, Arthas the Lich King may casually murder your character for what seems to be the sole purpose of embarrassing you.
--->'''Arthas:''' Persistence or stupidity? It matters not. Let this be a lesson learned, mortal!
** Even more recently {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by an elemental in Deepholm, who, when you kill him, more or less exclaims "[[BigNo NOOOOOO!]]...not again!" because so many people have killed him, and when it first came out, there used to be lines of people waiting to kill him. He would just keep respawning and getting killed over and over again. Even more hilarious, when you level an alt, you really ARE personally killing him again. He also talks like a stupid five year old child before his death. His only normal line is the "not again!" line, pretty much proving that it was an intentional lampshade on Blizzard's part.
** Used and abused by Blizzard overall in the Warcraft franchise, especially World of Warcraft. Players like recognizable major antagonists, but there is only so much of those in lore and Blizzard has to constantly produce expansions to their main moneymaker. So what do you do? You shamelessly resurrect your major antagonists. If you didn't chop off their head, you're almost guaranteed to have them come back later in yet another dungeon. Even if you DID, the villain may still come back as a spirit or a zombie... or have it turn out the previous version was a decoy... or just come back with no explanations whatsoever.
** The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Spirit Healers]] are a prime example. If you can't get back to your body for whatever reason, these gals will be happy to return you to your mortal coil because, [[{{Handwave}} "It is not your time."]]
** Lampshaded again by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Azuregos]] while justifying his [[InterspeciesRomance relationship]] with the Spirit Healer Anara.
--->'''Anara:''' How many times have she and her sisters brought you back from the grip of death itself? [[UngratefulBastard You're just all kinds of inconsiderate, aren't you?]]
* Allen O'Neil from the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series. Killed in 1, 2, and 3 (and even HELPS the player AFTER being killed in the third installment). Somewhat lampshaded, in that it is explained that his will to come back to his family somehow keeps him alive.
* The whole JRPG Genre can be quite the offender of this as well. (Unless its done by a plot-induced death via a dramatic cut-scene.) The only probable exceptions are the cult classic Survival Horror RPG ''VideoGame/SweetHome'' and (for the most part) ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series. Namely on how they frequently have party members whom [[AnyoneCanDie can die and stay dead even after a regular battle]]. (Though the latter would only occasionally make exceptions such as a certain staff you can get later on in the first game.)
** Justified, as many games have these "deaths" are just the characters having been knocked out.
* Died in a ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' game? Resurrection is just a shiny booth away. It is, however, possible to turn off the Vita-Chambers in the options menu.
** Death becomes slightly more expensive in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', as each death now comes with a price: a certain amount of Silver Eagles (the in-game currency) depending on the difficultly level. There's no penalty if you run out though. Unless, of course, you're playing on 1999 mode, in which case death now costs 100 Silver Eagles, and being unable to pay results in having to reload your last save - without a manual save option.
* Arguably justifiable in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''. At the beginning of the game, the local ExpositionFairy and [[QuestGiver quest announcer]] hands you something called an [=ECHONet=] communication device and "heads up" display, after which you are directed to a "New-U Station". The latter is explained away as being able to "identify and store" your DNA profile, and you are flat out told that this is done for the purposes of [[CloningGambit "horrific death and dismemberment insurance"]]. Ever after, every time you die throughout the game you are teleported back to the last New-U Station that you passed with 7% of whatever was in your wallet at the time providing a charge for "reconstruction services". [[ExpendableClone If you were flat broke, the fee is waived]]. Because, of course, [[MysteriousWatcher "we at]] [[PeaceAndLoveIncorporated Hyperion]] [[GuardianEntity value your existence"]].
** ...It also brings to mind whether or not how many of the endless sea of mooks and bosses are actually ''dead'' as well. There are certain bosses that respawn matching your current level after you kill them, and to top it off you get to fight them all together ''again'' in [[MonsterArena Mad Moxxi's Underdome]] during a later DLC. Given the canonical explanation of game mechanics, it is entirely feasible that several of your previous foes may possess registration with New-U Stations as well.
** Claptrap's Robot Revolution shows that only the minor not as well known bosses have been registered to the New-U Station. The {{Big Bad}}s are brought back [[WeCanRebuildHim cyborg parts]], not completely rebuilt of course
** This trope ends up creating plot holes in the sequel: Hyperion's CEO, Handsome Jack, spends the entire game trying to kill you (and succeeding in the introduction)... but his company also owns the New-U machines. Does he not have the foresight to just delete you from the registry? Or perhaps he enjoys making profit from your failure rather than more permanent satisfaction?
*** There's a fan theory about this: Angel's in control of the entire Hyperion infrastructure, so she could prevent Jack from deleting you from the system. After she dies, Jack is so pissed off about you killing her daughter he keeps you in the system so he could kill you himself. And while in the final battle, he just enjoys killing you over and over.]] Or alternatively, Hyperion's so bureaucratic it would literally take years for even the CEO to delete someone from the system. In case of Roland, though, he seems to have managed to delete him.
*** Also, it fills an otherwise-plothole event. Specifically, how Jack could taunt you in sidequests after the final mission in which he's killed.
** Practically ''required'' for the Slabs initation to actually turn up anything other than extinction. "Initiation" being "Fight through and kill most of the slabs while likely dying alot yourself". This is implied to happen ''every time'' a group joins the Slabs.
* Resurrection booths also feature in ''SpaceColony'', but even before you get them dead teammates turn up perfectly fine in later missions.
* The Nameless One is immortal and simply returns to the Mausoleum every time he dies in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. (Most of the time. There are a few ways that the Nameless One can get permanently offed.)
** Ultimately averted, in a way. Sure, the Nameless One will get back up again if killed, but every time that happens another person dies in his place and becomes an undead shadow, paying the "price" for his death. This actually affects the number of enemies (who are all supposedly shades risen from those who died in the place of the Nameless One) found in the final area of the game.
* According to the official franchise timeline in ''[[UniverseCompendium Hyrule Hystoria]]'', in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', while [[LegacyCharacter the Links and Zeldas are separate characters]] all Ganons are the same, having been revived by either the Triforce or ''something'' else (excluding the one in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]'', who is the next male born into the Gerudo line after Ganondorf was executed in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'').
** The Ganondorf of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' is explicitly the same man within the games, and is not killed or seemingly killed in any version of ''Ocarina of Time'''s "split" aftermath.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' offers some explanation for this: just before mostly-dying, [[BiggerBad Demise]] curses Hyrule to be constantly haunted by evil, which implies that his lingering power is what created Ganon and keeps bringing him back to life after the current Link kills him. Some other villains, like Vaati, seem to recur in the same way, probably for the same reason.
* Ridley from the ''{{VideoGame/Metroid}}'' series is a RecurringBoss, appearing in all the ''Metroid'' games except ''Metroid 2: Return of Samus'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes''. Considering what he's survived or been resurrected from, he should really be long gone by now. Blown to bits in the first game? OK, limited graphics, he might just have fallen over, and he was absent from the second. Returns as a cyborg in ''Prime'', loses his wings and gets blown off a really large cliff before he explodes? Sure, why not. More cybernetics at the beginning of ''Prime 3: Corruption'' where he gets shot up and dropped down a really, ''really'' high elevator shaft? Returns at the end of ''Prime 3'', hyped up on radioactive drugs, to get slaughtered once again and blown to molecules. Blown into tiny chunks ''again'' in ''Super Metroid''? In ''[[VideoGame/MetroidOtherM Other M]]'', scientists unwittingly cloned him with DNA samples taken from Samus' suit. The clone is killed by the Queen Metroid? In ''Metroid Fusion'' his body is found frozen in a storage room, taken over and destroyed by shape-shifting parasites, which are then in turn blown up and ''absorbed'' by the heroine. And yet, we ''know'' he will return. Death isn't worth a penny to him!
* Played for laughs in the Creator/{{Infocom}} TextAdventure ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos''. Your faithful sidekick would occasionally get killed in the course of trying to solve some puzzle, with you mourning their loss. They'd show up again with some ridiculous DeusExMachina explanation within a few turns.
* Crypto of ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' is like this. Every time he dies they just pull out a new clone with all the previous one's memories. The sequel even lampshades this by saying that the Crypto you play as in that one is a clone of the one in the previous one (ignoring whether or not you died in the previous one).
** Near the end of the 2nd one you fight can a BonusBoss who averts this. You have to kill him as many times as you yourself died. So if you died 10 times he'll have 10 lives. Better hope you didn't exploit this trope too much or you'll have a long fight on your hands.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush came back to life in the ending after he was killed by his nemesis [=LeChuck=]. Quite literally, death means nothing to [=LeChuck=] as he always come back to torment Guybrush and obtain Elaine's love.
* Reala from ''Tales of Destiny 2'' was reborn in front of the protagonist Kyle in the ending, which is considered a miracle under that circumstance. It can be considered a DeusExMachina, since the reason behind this is "Pure Deep love" that Kyle and Reala have for each other.
* To date, ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'''s Wild Dog has been not only killed, but ''completely blown up'' five times. Except for that one arm, he always returns good as new. Nobody at Namco has offered even a token explanation as to how he does it.
* In ''VideoGame/TempleRun'', it only takes one click to get back on your feet after death. You have to start over as far as running distance is concerned, but you get to keep all the coins you collected on your previous runs. Plus, you can ''also'' buy the ability to resurrect yourself, so you can keep your running distance as well.
* Your team in ''VideoGame/ProjectEden'' often die though sheer incompetence, thankfully their health plan includes 'regen' stations that resurrect and heal them.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' death is so cheap for Kratos that it raises serious FridgeLogic regarding your suicide, how anyone intends to stop you, and why the game even ends if something kills you. In the first game Hades is your ally and allowed you to return, but after that you pretty much just walk out on your own.
* In ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'', everyone seems to come back to life in one way or another. Meat Boy just respawns, some rise from the grave, squirrels just [[UnexplainedRecovery get better]], some pop out from their former dead bodies and so on.
* What ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' usually becomes, although originally, the feature wasn't intended. Players who died will come back trapped in a closet and requires another player to free them. Players who died will also come back in the next map if they weren't found in a closet then. The sequel adds a defibrillator that can bring dead players back into the game on the spot. Realism, VS, and Survival mode take away the ability to come back in closets, becoming [[KilledOffForReal dead for real]].
* In the online game ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', should your character die from accumulated wounds, (s)he will find herself on the boat of the dead - from where it is possible to return. This is referenced in-story, e.g., you can be hired to assassinate a troublesome journalist - "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail he'll get better]], obviously, but it will serve as a warning".
* Dracula and his minions from the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series emerge from death every 100 years, sometimes even less than that. His castle may also count as it collapses again and again.
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Julius Belmont kills Dracula off for real in 1999]], but it doesn't stop some people from trying to bring him back.
* Pretty much the entire point of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. The main character is a ghost, and one of his tricks is to go back a few minutes before a person's death and prevent it. They keep their memory of the event, and if their ghost is conscious they can watch the main character work his magic. One character in particular gets quite used to it, dying five times within the game!
--> '''Lynne:''' ''[upon dying for the third time]'' Ha ha, I died again!
* Death is treated as somewhat of a minor inconvenience in ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum|OfSteamworksAndMagickObscura}}'', as any number of spells and magically restorative items can bring back someone to the land of the living. Companions will actually have unique sets of dialogue available when revived, and generally find the whole affair of being dead to be a rather pleasant experience. One companion's major sidequest even has him being inevitably killed in a {{hopeless b|ossFight}}attle, but there are some resurrection scrolls conveniently located on a nearby desk.
** This becomes a major plot point later in the game, as it turns out that death in ancient times was so cheap that the only way destructive mages such as Arronax could be permanently defeated was by sealing them in an alternate dimension known as The Void. This still doesn't stop some of its inhabitants from trying to take over Arcanum anyways.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'', death is rarely anything but a minor annoyance - you're playing as but one member of a whole species, after all. The implication is when you die you are born again as another member of the species. However, this extends even to the Space Age, where you are directly implied to be one person no matter how many times you die.
** Avoided altogether in Galactic Adventures: disregarding situations when one's spaceship explodes with their Captain in it in the overworld, should you die in an adventures everything resets back to the beginning as if ''that'' time was your actual run through of it.
* The actual gameplay of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' wouldn't be worth mentioning here, because respawns are the norm in FPS games. But it's worth mentioning that a large section of the metaplot revolves around immortality machines (with at least one unaccounted for). Also BLU heavy dies in every single Meet The Team video, which may be lampshading the absurdity of respawn mechanics.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. In the original campaign, this is averted: party members who lose all their HP simply suffer a NonLethalKO (unless the entire party is KO'd) and revive at the end of the fight. Despite being based on D&D rules (see TabletopGames, above), three friendly characters suffer PlotlineDeath and [[GameplayAndStorySegregation can't be resurrected]]. Possibly justified by the setting requirements for resurrection: you have to be willing, and there can't be anything keeping you back.
** Played straight in the second expansion ''Storm of Zehir''. KO'd party members will bleed out and die if left unattended, but resurrecting them is as easy as traveling to the nearest temple and paying for a ''resurrection'' spell (or keeping a good stock of Coins of Life handy, consumable items that cast ''resurrection'').
*** In the original ''NeverwinterNights'' campaign, if your companion died he would be instantly teleported to the nearest temple of Tyr. They will describe their experience when you next speak to them.
* Fairies in ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' exist as long as [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the aspect of nature they represent]] exists, and are [[OneHitPointWonder highly fragile]] and [[TooDumbToLive deeply stupid]]. Hence they have a tendency to fly head first into dangerous situations, explode, resurrect soon afterwards, then go on their way, usually [[TheFogOfAges forgetting what happened]] soon afterwards so they can do it again.
** Kaguya and Mokou are absolutely immortal, but instead of never dying they have ResurrectiveImmortality that activates instantaneously after they die, making death less than an inconvenience to them. It still ''hurts'' though, which is why Mokou eventually stops her battle. ("[[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Ow, it hurts!]] I won't die but it hurts~")
* This trope is pretty evident in the world of VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} whereby some of the key characters like Terumi and Trinity Glassfield can still linger around in spirit form after their deaths and possess bodies (Kazuma and Platinum respectively) given the opportunity, even Nu who died in the first game can come back to life on the 3rd game thanks to her life-link with Ragna.
* The cooperative testing initiative robots in ''VideoGame/{{Portal2}}'' are simply downloaded into new frames and dropped into the testing arena when they are destroyed. One of the trailers even ends with [=GLaDOS=] warning them not to disappoint her *crashing, mangling, rending, flying robot parts* ''"Or I'll make you wish you could die."''
* In ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' squirrels apparently get as many lives as they think they can get away with, or however many squirrel tails they can find. Much to [[TheGrimReaper Gregg's]] dismay.
* The eponymous characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' series die all the time, but they are back for the next battle as if nothing had happened. This trope is especially noticeable in story/campaign mode, where no discontinuity can be implied – sometimes a single worm survives the battle, yet the whole team is back for any following cutscene and the next battle in the story.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' is a quasi-example. While characters do indeed die and stay dead, a number of characters also either die or are banished to the Netherworld while still alive, and then get brought back later by somebody storming the Netherworld and kicking the ass of Queen Odette, the queen of the dead. This eventually comes to an end during Gwendolyn's storyline (the very last of the five character's stories to end chronologically) where Odette is finally KilledOffForReal, and as a result the Netherworld is sealed forever so no one can get out and no one can get in except through death.
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' has this over the conventional deaths of the first game. When you run out of health you're only knocked out for a little while and lose a sizable amount of experience.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', like most MMO's, has players respawn quickly after being killed. More uniquely, this is given an in story explanation, the "bees" that gave characters their powers also reassemble the bodies of the characters after they die. Several story characters even point this out, and make decisions based on the fact that the player characters are extremely hard to permanently kill. In game, death's penalty of durability loss only means it is used to travel, to move quickly between respawn points.
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has the main character uttering the line "People die when they are killed" at one point, which is a blatant tautology out of the show's context and a blatant lie inside it. ({{It makes sense in context}}, because he's figured out the source of his immortality and is giving it up, but MemeticMutation has made it into a synonym for CaptainObvious.) Berserker, on the other hand, has the power to be killed 12 times before he dies, and comes back instantly without any adverse effects. This is supposedly a huge difference from mere quick regeneration. Not to mention it then makes him permanently immune to whatever killed him after he regenerates.
** It's not without averse affects. After losing five lives taking down Archer his combat abilities are severely weakened to the point where, left to his own devices, he would not have chased after and fought Saber.
** ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' plays it differently: You learn quite early that there's a time loop that occurs whether the main characters live or die. Thus, Shirou is free to get killed off much more quickly than in FSN. In fact, you ''have'' to die multiple times.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' appears to have this, thanks to the series' GroundhogDayLoop, but later on it's shown to be subverted, since the GroundhogDayLoop doesn't show time repeating over and over, but alternate universes. Thus, if the characters die in one universe, they will remain dead.
* Death seems to be even cheaper in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' thanks to the Endless Witch being able to kill and revive endlessly at will. Hell, even outside the fantasy aspect and into the meta-world in [=EP5=] some characters like Battler "die" since he stopped thinking and his body stopped as well, but then makes his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome comeback when he reaches the truth]]. And then in [=EP6=] he revives a gone Beato with, uh, [[AWizardDidIt magic]] (it's a complicated process, don't ask). Ultimately subverted by the end of the series, though, since it turns out that while they can be revived as pieces for each new game, in the real world nearly everyone who was on the island is dead and will remain so.
* The Kurain Channeling Technique and the Fey family are the keys in this in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games.
** Maya and Pearl Fey constantly channel Mia Fey so she can help Phoenix in court, after her dying in the second case of the series.
** The DL-6 incident features this heavily as Gregory Edgeworth is channelled by the then Master of the Kurain Channelling School, Misty Fey to testify about his own death. He names the wrong guy, though whether he knew this, and if he did, why, is left up to speculation.
** Dahlia Hawthorne is asked to be channelled by her innocent, little half-sister Pearl by their mother Morgan Fey, so they can exact their revenge and become the main family, respectively. This plan all goes wrong, so instead she gets channelled by Maya and is exorcised by Mia's PreMortemOneLiner in the middle of the courtroom.
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* The trope is the subject of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0487.html this joke]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
** Also subverted; Roy dies fighting Xykon. Haley and Belkar recover his body, but have to lug it around for the next few months with no access to a resurrection spell. He isn't resurrected until more than 200 strips later. It still gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], with Belkar [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0530.html saying]] that Roy will be back before you can say "Reduced impact of character mortality".
** The prequel book ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]'' also has fun with this trope. While informing his son Roy that he's about to [[KilledOffForReal die for good]] because he's reached the end of his lifespan (Natural Death being the only form you can't come back from), Eugene mentions that Roy's little sister can't understand her daddy "won't be coming back--this time." Later, Eugene's gravestone is shown with multiple death dates. Even more amusingly, a nearby tombstone belonging to a man described as "the Unlucky" also has multiple death dates - the last four all in the same year.
** Subverted in another case, where Xykon is [[ColdBloodedTorture mindlessly torturing]] a captive soldier; Xykon thinks that he can just be resurrected if they kill him by mistake, but Redcloak points out that the soldier's soul has to allow itself to be brought back, and given [[FateWorseThanDeath his situation]], he'd probably rather stay in the afterlife. Possibly double-subverted, because the soldier was creating a list of Xykon's spells; he might have chosen to come back if he had died before sending this important information to the heroes.
** Elan manages to both lampshade and avert the trope in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0793.html this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has returning from the dead as a major plot point.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Words cannot do justice to the eponymous Doctor's death and return (it begins [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=36&issue=4 here]] and continues until the end of the issue). For that matter, another character returns from the dead not long after - though this has more consequences.
-->'''Ben Franklin''': ''[sitting in a restaurant in purgatory]'' It's alright. I've left this restaurant without paying my bill once before... And I have ensured that it will happen again.\\
'''Beeman''': That was the most ''menacing'' promise of dine and dash I've ever seen.
* Lampshaded in [[http://www.superstupor.com/sust05192008.shtml this]] ''Webcomic/SuperStupor'' comic.
--> '''Gigafyte:''' I don't have to spend all eternity around you, do I?\\
'''TheGrimReaper:''' You kidding me? You [[SuperHero costumed freaks]] come back from the dead so often I don't even get to count you towards my quota.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' tends to do this a lot. Once a main character got kicked out of hell, another time a different character died 50 times in a row over the course of only 7 strips. Of course, when you've got a White Mage following you around who can cure death with just one spell, death isn't a problem. (Fair enough, since that's the way it worked in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the video game on which the strip is based]].) However, when a certain well-loved character was KilledOffForReal the forums erupted with so much pleas to bring the character back, the author had to tell them that no, he's not coming back ''ever'', and the forum rules now say to stop talking about it.
** On one occasion, Black Mage kills several characters in a fit of rage, only to discover one by one that they are all alive. He expects that Ranger is also alive somehow, but Cleric says no, he's dead. Then Cleric just resurrects him.
** The Faceless Cult also does this - Black Mage slaughters them all in the ice caps, then they return for no explained reason in the undersea temple near Onrac, now worshiping a new god/goddess and subsequently getting slaughtered AGAIN.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** If your brain is intact, any sufficiently-skilled MadScientist can bring you BackFromTheDead - it is their purpose in doing so that may be the issue. (Note ''intact''. Brain damage sets in quickly, so unless you die in a lab you're probably out of luck.) Then there's the fact that most of them [[CameBackWrong come back mad]]... like really mad. [[MadScientist Worse than when they started]].
** [[LegallyDead If someone of royalty dies however, they lose their status and are considered 'dead' in the line of succession]].
** DeathIsCheap enough in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' that they ''have tropes for it''.
--->'''Tarvek:''' The old "bring her family back from the '''grave'''" gambit? Have you no ''shame?''
** In one arc Agatha decides to cure one of her love interests and herself of a deadly disease by killing and revivifying themselves.
** Supporting character Dr. Mittelmind has died so many times he trained his minion to revive him and has an external power source to prevent memory loss.
** When Voll brings the leader of defeated army to Dr. Sun for medical attention, he only brought his severed head. The doctor's response: "I've seen worse." The severed head is later shown as a BrainInAJar, catching up on his reading, because, well... there aren't many other things to do when you're a severed head in a jar.
* Lampshaded in ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'': [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=33188#strip6 here]]
* ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' used to be able to resurrect on a whim, then Thannatria put her foot down.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'':
** In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is a very mild individual and has some trouble actually keeping people in the afterlife. Pretty much every main character has come back to life at some point, either by [[ChessWithDeath beating him at a board game]] or, in the case of the BigBad, simply ''sneaking out the door''. Death was occupied at the time by someone who was beating him at a board game.
*** Averted when the BigBad killed again: he was unable to leave a second time because Death had placed a ''contrabass'' between the doors of Life and Death as a security measure.
** Death is also thwarted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' on many occasions; however, where the resurrections in ''Problem Sleuth'' were [[RuleOfFunny played for comic effect]], ''Homestuck'' has a host of [[MagicalLand in-universe reasons]] why death isn't as permanent as it is in the real world. That said, there are still plenty of characters who have been KilledOffForReal. That the dream bubble afterlife allows the properly dead characters to still take part in the story (mostly as vehicles for exposition) further cheapens death, for the kids and trolls at least...until it was revealed that dreambubbles can be destroyed, [[DeaderThanDead killing any dead characters]] in them at the time.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''. Justified primarily by RuleOfFunny; it's easier to laugh when Nodwick is disassembled as a result of a ZanyScheme if you know he's coming back next time, covered in duct tape and making [[DeadpanSnarker smart remarks]]. He even [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/gamespyarchive/index.php?date=2009-08-17 set a record]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' mocked the idea of bringing back Oasis in [[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=991210 this strip]] before Death Is Cheap became a real trait of her character.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2009/05/death-is-expensive-punchlines-are-cheap/ lampshades it outright]] after turning a RedShirt Galaxy Girl Scout's brains into PinkMist:
--> Death is Expensive. ''Punchlines'' are Cheap.
* ''[[http://mountaincomics.com Mountain Time]]'' regular characters Dave and [[http://mountaincomics.com/characters/ Agoraphobic Hamster]] have each died and reappeared whenever the plot demands it.
* ''[[http://syx.dino-productions.net/comic/1/ Don't Look It Sucks]]'' uses this frequently, to the point where even the characters expect this.
** A guest page filler gag is to have [[http://syx.dino-productions.net/comic/18/ Tero]], the resident CuteGhostGirl, go back to life, only to have her killed again in the end of the same page, in the most careless way possible.
** Also very common in [[http://syx.dino-productions.net/comic/43/ Chapter 3]], where the cast plays a game of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** An odd instance of this trope occurs in Chapter 4, where Moon dies after delivering a fatal, explosive [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon Punch]] to Aaron, who tried to steal Moon's life dream. A character brings him back to life in the next chapter. Or so everyone thought. Actually, Aaron, disguised as Moon, was the one brought back to life. Later on, it is revealed that [[StayingAlive Moon didn't die at all]] and his weakened, barely surviving body was in fact captured by the comic's BigBad for researches.
* In ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'', every character gets one "ghost point" - they can die and come back as a ghost exactly once. They also have the option of removing themselves from the strip by "pulling a Ribby"; that is, imagining a perfect reality to live in and going there. In fact, ''none'' of the characters stay dead. Tailsteak resurrects them all as the strip is winding up, to send them to Oregon. He even brings back characters that pulled a Ribby.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', given the really low cost, low quality soviet materials used to build Ran, it's easier to have a machine that pops out a new Ran body every time he breaks the old one ([[MadeOfPlasticine which is incredibly often]]). As his creator says when asked about how inefficient this is, "Really, really, really cheap!"
** Naturally, the rest of the characters have abused this in all kinds of ridiculous ways. On one occasion, they gathered a substantial arsenal by getting Ran to hand over his weapon and then killing him (or possibly killing Ran ''by'' getting him to hand over his weapon), followed by repeating it on the next clone.
* [[http://samandfuzzy.com/1126 Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'': Bitey the Shark, after his arch enemy Darkshark heroically sacrifices himself, laments that "we live in a gritty, x-treme world, where actions have real consequences and the dead stay dead... no matter how popular they are!" A week later, Darkshark comes back without comment.
* This is the case for dragon-marked individuals in ''The Law of Purple''. Unless the individual in question kills themself, their dragon can always revive them. Blue has already been revived from a fatal crash-landing on Earth and has admitted to reviving after being shot in the face at point-blank range.
* Death proves cheap three times in ''Webcomic/TrueBelievers'', starring Franchise/SpiderMan, since comic book characters "always come back." This trope worked in Spidey's favor after [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] writer Creator/{{Joe Quesad|a}}illa killed Mary Jane Watson, but she revitalized herself just in time to {{retcon}} Quesadilla's existence, preventing him from making any further attempts to [[Comicbook/OneMoreDay separate Spidey and her]].
* In ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', main character and AuthorAvatar Andy was killed in the very first strip! And many times thereafter, Casey and Andy being {{mad scientist}}s who leave boxes of antimatter lying around. The first time, C&A appear at the Pearly Gates... but after Andy starts dating [[EvilIsSexy Satan]], they always seems to end up going to the [[{{Hell}} other place]].
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
** People who weren't vaporized or [[ChunkySalsaRule blown up into really tiny bits]] can return in full health if minimal first aid is available in a few minutes. Where "minimal first aid" is "find the head and roll it into a [[{{Nanomachines}} nanny]]-bag".
--->'''[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-11-16 Schlock]]:''' You got killed by a jeopard, then you got captured, then you got killed by Shufgar, then the rest of us got captured.
--->'''Gav:''' Speaking as a refugee from the 21st century, the word "killed" loses some of its punch when you build sentences like that.
** Kevyn found one way of bringing back someone from very definitely final death via TimeTravel...and the author made it very clear that it was a one-shot deal when the unique wormgate used to make it happen exploded after use.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spacetrawler}}'' hasn't used this trope (yet), but the author comments on it in TheRant below [[http://spacetrawler.com/2010/12/14/spacetrawler-102/ this page]]. He points out that sci-fi has so many ways to bring mortally-wounded or dead characters back that an author who wants to permanently kill a given character needs to disintegrate them on-screen (at the very least) to convince the audience that they're dead.
* Shelly Winters in ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound'' dies multiple times, which is [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20071115 lampshaded]] by Gibbous Moon saying "Didn't you claim on your life insurance three times?"
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/critical-missives-19/ averted and explained in one of the critical missives]]. To be sure, that's for a wight. All sorts of bit characters have died and reappeared without explanation--sometimes more than once.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'', this applies specifically to Protocol Officer Quine. Any time Quine dies, he is immediately cloned in a vat back on the ship. Doesn't make the dying part any more pleasant, though.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', death for an Immortal merely puts them [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-07-26 out of commission for a few weeks]] if they die properly. If they die improperly, it just means they suffer from amnesia when they come back.
* ''WebComics/DragonBallMultiverse'': The Vargas race who run the tournament promise that any casualties will be revived by a random universes' Namekian Dragon Balls (the specification of using Namekian Dragon Balls implies that Earth doesn't have a set in every reality). Having the fighters unrestrained helps put on a good show. Doesn't stop the deaths of [[spoiler: Tidar, Pan, and Syd]] from causing misery to their teammates.
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHm2XrwpGtI this]] ''Website/CollegeHumor'' video about a superhero funeral.
* On ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', nearly every character dies whenever they appear, only to return next time with not a scratch. They don't even seem to be aware that they've died.
* [[Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars Erik]] will be revived in ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' in one to three days after she is killed; this is actually why her future self was put in the "The Ultimate Mercy" during the Incarnates Arc by Incarnate!Videogame/MegaMan. [[VideoGane/{{Quest64}} Brian]] has been revived twice, and tons of characters just get revived back every day.
* In ''TheSalvationWar'' series, many first lifers are beginning to think this way. Second lifers on the other hand...
** "Sadly, just after completing this daring rescue, Doctor Orwell suffered a heart attack and died from his exertions. We will be broadcasting an interview with him shortly."
* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]'s crudely drawn and amazingly long-running comic WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad exemplifies this trope. Most likely, The Brothers Chap didn't think it would go beyond that one e-mail, but then realized that they had something corny and really easy to animate that they could milk the bejabbers out of and decided to run with it.
* ''Averted'' in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': as it turns out, the only people who ever officially died and came back actually were AI, and therefore never alive to begin with. Played straight with Donut, though, although it's not seen in the series itself, just a sponsor video. Arguably played straight with the red and blue armies Caboose and Sarge meet.
** After Church was revealed to be the Alpha, he was destroyed by the EMP at the end of Reconstruction. The one seen in Recreation and Revelation is the Epsilon AI, a fragment of the Alpha that is reconstructed by Caboose telling him stories about the old Church. At the end of Revelation, the Epsilon AI and Tex are permanently sealed inside the unit, essentially killing them both off.
* [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Santa Christ]] came back to life three days after his death. When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick calls him on this (specifically, the part about him waiting that long to come back and fix the crisis), Santa Christ asks if she knows of a faster way, or if she has ever come back at all.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and Phelous. The Critic has repeatedly died for the purpose of comedy, and Phelous' main gimmick is dying. Really, it's a safe bet that when death is PlayedForLaughs, it won't stick. Which may be why Ma-Ti is still dead.
** [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony.]] So far he has been blown up by Dr Insano, killed by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Mechakara]], and committed suicide. Bonus points for becoming [[Comicbook/BlackestNight a Black Lantern]] whenever he's killed.
** [[Film/BattlefieldEarth Terl]].
* The rules for ''Roleplay/MarvelsRPG'' allows characters to be resurrected, if the staff approves of the way of resurrection. So far, it has become a running joke of who will kill {{Daken}} next.
* Characters are resurrected, cloned, or body surf frequently on ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil''. While no one wants their characters to die, it's still not that distressing to see a character ripped apart. They'll be back...
* Susan from ''WebAnimation/HalfFull'' is killed in the first episode only to be brought back a few minutes later, due to a cosmic technicality.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'':
** Predictably enough, the show lampshades the entire trope in Episode 30:
--->'''Yamcha:''' Well, yeah but, you make it sound like death has no consequence! \\
'''Tien:''' It really doesn't. We're literally waiting to go back. Hell, this is Chaozu's second time. \\
'''Chaozu:''' Next time, I get a free sundae!
** This gets hilariously lampshaded throughout Season 3 (The Android Saga)
*** When Goku is reminded that the cyberized Freeza could have murdered all his friends before his arrival, Goku's only reaction is to joke that the dragon wouldn't be happy about having to revive them.
*** When Yajirobe's car gets blown up by Dr. Gero and Android 19, the heroes just watch on and Goku lazily comments that Yajirobe was never revived by the Dragon Balls before.
*** In the episode where Androids 17 and 18 were released, it opens up with Bulma remarking with relief that she didn't have to be revived, [[spoiler: BEFORE realizing Baby Trunks was with her on the plane she was flying before it was blown up by Dr. Gero]].
* "BattyBattalion". Parodied and Justified as they can just respawn. ZigZagged in the case of Corporal Thompson, who has run out of lives, but still finds a way to come back.
* Max Landis's ''The Death And Return Of Superman'' postulates that the eponymous 1992 arcs are largely responsible for opening the floodgates of this phenomenon in comic books.
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' does this starting with "Morbid", in which Joel dies and the others manage to free him from Hell, which is apparently on the sun.
** When Rya is introduced to the main characters, Joel says that to keep her on the show, one of them must die forever. Elly kills a minor character, Treelor, that only appeared in one episode before then, since Joel never said the dead character had to be a main character. However, Treelor has since appeared alive in subsequent episodes.
** In one episode, Joel is about to be crushed by a giant robot. His last words?
--->Joel: "Well, see you next episode."
** Joel [[ExploitedTrope uses this to his advantage]] in one episode, where he tries repeatedly to jump into the eShip's filing service to fish out something lost inside it. After trying to see if his corpses break his fall, he gives up, and uses the duplicate money in the duplicated wallets of his corpses to buy a replacement.
* In ''WebAnimation/GEOWeasel'', Nar survives being shot dead twice. The first time, Weas exacts revenge on the perpetrator; the second time, Weas ''is'' the perpetrator. And Nar comes back soon enough to do the closing statement for the episode.
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* ''{{Franchise/Transformers}}'':
** [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_many_deaths_of_Optimus_Prime How many times]] has Optimus Prime died, again? (Granted, they [[LegacyCharacter weren't all]] [[AlternateContinuity the same person]].)
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', after Starscream gained an Allspark fragment and was made immortal, cue a full minute of Starscream dying over and over in increasingly undignified ways. ''Animated'' is also famous for establishing a new record for Optimus Prime's revival. He died in the third episode, and came back ''75 seconds'' later.
*** In the ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''/''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation One]]'' continuity, the original Starscream was a mutant, whose spark happened to be immortal. The Maximal High Council tried to abuse this feature, but the character born from it surprisingly did die for good down the line (admittedly by having his spark ripped to shreds with a shard of raw energon, a substance shown in his first appearance to be able to damage his spark).
** Megatron dies in the last spisode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', only to be revived by Unicron in the GrandFinale movie for use as a vessel to possess.
** In fact, the ''{{Transformers}}'' franchise in general has no shame in pulling this every so often. As robots, being repaired or rebuilt isn't that far fetched. The only series to really avert this trope is ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', which would often revive a character as a mindless zombie and then kill them off again just to get the point across, with Megatron's revival coming at a [[DemonicPossession cost]] that he [[FateWorseThanDeath didn't care for]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', Master Shake has been impaled with an axe, beaten to death with a baseball bat, and eaten by piranhas. Carl has had his blood drank by a psychotic monster, been crushed by a giant chicken, and had the top half of his body removed by an explosive flaming arrow. And Mcpee Pants has been blown up, killed in a slaughter house, and crushed by Err. Yet all of them inexplicably return (save for Mcpee Pants) without explanation in the next episode. Along with that, Ol' Drippy, who was killed by a car, and the Wisdom cube, with the Dumbassahedratron, who were chopped to pieces by a helicopter still appear at the villains meeting hosted by the Mooninites.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'':
** Each character has died many times over the course of the show, sometimes '''multiple times in the same episode'''. A few episodes end with all or almost all of the cast dying, and yet they're almost always brought back. One exception was the first episode of Season 2, where Wooldoor was treated as though he was KilledOffForReal after he killed himself, but he returned to the house later in the episode.
** In one moment in particular, Captain Hero demonstrated his powers of immortality by ''decapitating himself with a sword,'' falling off screen dead, and then walking back onscreen.
--->'''Captain Hero:''' [[DontTryThisAtHome Now you try.]]
* Aeon dies in each of the original ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' shorts, though there is no continuity between them.
* Slade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fell into a pit of lava via Terra and shows up two seasons later semi-alive and well thanks to Raven's dad needing a henchman to help destroy the world.
* With the exception of Peter and [[ButtMonkey Meg]] receiving {{snapback}}s after dying on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', this trope was averted with characters such as Mr. Weed, Francis Griffin, and Diane Simmons being KilledOffForReal. Then James Woods showed up in "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream". When Peter and Tom tell him that the last time they saw him he was stabbed to death, Woods explains what happened. Due to being a famous Hollywood Actor, he was entitled to top-notch medical care at a Hollywood hospital; his body was transfused with the life force from a 17-year-old girl.
* Villain Ghostfreak from ''{{WesternAnimation/Ben 10}}'' got killed ''twice'' in a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath kind of way (burnt to ashes to be precise). Each time, he was able to come back, the first time by being resurrected by his henchmen and the second by an unknown process (though an explanation exists, since he can come back [[EnemyWithout as long as there is a sample of him in Ben's Omnitrix]]). This isn't even the original Ghostfreak,who snuck his DNA into the Omnitrix according the WordOfGod. Later installments remove his fragility.
** The explanation, by the way, is that an Ectonurite can regenerate FromASingleCell, as any small piece of him contains his full consciousness. The Omnitrix having a tiny bit of him is how he survived a couple of times but even when we don't get word on how, it's easy to imagine that the tiniest scrap of him that evaded eradication. By this point they're GenreSavvy about it: As Atomix, Ben made sure the globe of solar energy he created to wipe him out this time will remain ''permanently'' active. This means that every second of every minute of every day, the ''whole area'' where the last battle took place is ''permanently saturated'' with the energy that reduced him to ash in ''seconds.'' If a few microscopic bits still existed after his apparent total destruction, they're in an environment that's basically pure concentrated Kryptonite. That potential single remaining cell has no opportunity to reach an environment in which it can survive and grow into a new 'him.' It's hard to imagine a way to make him any deader - we're talking applying ''extreme'' overkill to the ''whole'' area ''forever.'' And Ben is sure that this will keep him down ''for now.''
** Similarly, in future episode "Ben 10000", [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]] was ''torn to pieces'' by the future incarnation of Ben, but was still brought back to life by [[MadScientist Dr Animo]].
* Rigby has died at least twice on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', in both "It's Time" and "Over the Top."
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* For some people the idea of reincarnation is this on a Karmic scale, only problem is you tend to forget your old life in the process.
* Spanish General Francisco Franco's death was misreported so often that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' occasionally reminded people that he was still dead.
** A similar fate befell OsamaBinLaden following his death in 2011, where his prior case of near-JokerImmunity was heavily {{lampshaded}}.
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