--> "[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Wise fwom youw gwave!]]" - [[ClassicalMythology Zeus]], AlteredBeast

[[DeadToBeginWith A dead person]] who is brought BackFromTheDead because their skills are needed to accomplish some grand mission (perhaps because it's too difficult for any living hero, or because someone officially dead is required for it, etc.).

This trope is '''not''' about heroes being resurrected after getting killed mid-series. See DisneyDeath for that. This trope is for when [[FirstEpisodeResurrection resurrection is used]] [[BeginningTropes in a premise of the story]].

See also ComicBookDeath and WeCanRebuildHim.

This is a '''DeathTrope''', at least in the case of sequels. Spoilers ahoy!
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Impure World Ressurection from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a jutsu used to bring back dead ninja who were especially skilled or powerful.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Urasue tries to resurrect Kikyo and command her. It doesn't work out so well.
** Naraku later resurrects the Band of Seven and Saint Hakushin to keep Inuyasha's crew distracted while he upgrades himself in Mount Hakurei.
* ''DragonBallZ'' features a lot of {{Disney Death}}s, but the straightest example of this trope is probably the second time Goku is revived. They tried to revive him after he was killed by Cell, but since [[DoomMagnet he realized he, and by extension his friends and the world would eventually be targeted by new threats]] he refused to be resurrected. Seven years later, Gohan is the only warrior who hasn't been killed or [[YouWillBeAssimilated absorbed]] by Majin Buu, and he can't beat him, so Goku has to be revived to help him.
** Then it gets played with a bit: the powers that be in the afterlife get desperate and decide to offer Vegeta, who previously [[SenselessSacrifice sacrificed himself in a vain attempt to destroy Buu]], another chance to take on the demon. He accepts, and they send him back to the world of the living... but they don't actually ''resurrect'' him. He's still dead, he just has a physical body so he can fight again. And if he dies while already dead, he'll be rendered DeaderThanDead...
* {{Downplayed}} in case of Motoko Kusanagi from ''GhostInTheShell''. She was resurrected as a cyborg after a plane crash that nearly claimed her life and is now working as a law enforcer/cyber commando; but that accident happened when she was 10-years old or so. Having to live in a cyborg body (only her brain is organic) led her to mastering it, and thus her current job.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* BlackestNight's Black Hand and his lanterns.
* ''Comicbook/TheCrow''.
* In the beginning of their original series, Dr. Magnus would rebuild the MetalMen anytime a monster of the week would show up.
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol''s Robotman is a borderline case, being resucitated as a robot after a crash, in order to join the Doom Patrol.
* MarvelUniverse's original Deathlok arguably qualifies.
* {{Spawn}}.
* {{Darkseid}} has the ability to resurrect his lieutenants for a job, usually after he's killed them.
* [[GreenGoblin Norman Osborn]] brings back {{Hawkeye}}'s brother [[CainAndAbel Barney Barton]], also known as [[EvilCounterpart Trickshot]], from a morgue, [[FridgeLogic despite being dead for several years]] both in RealLife and ComicBookTime, [[DeathIsCheap just to show how Comic Book Death works]], in order to join up with a new team of DarkAvengers.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''UniversalSoldier''. After being killed, soldiers are brought back to life via cyborgization and used on missions too dangerous for regular soldiers.
** Similarly, Franchise/{{Robocop}}.
* The corpsey guy from ''HocusPocus''.
* Captain Barbossa from the ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series, brought back to life by Tia Dalma so that he can sail to hell and get Jack out.
** This also goes for Jack himself. He even pokes fun at this trope:
--> '''Jack:''' Did anybody want me back ''just'' because they missed me?
--> *two or three of the crew raise their hands*
--> '''Jack:''' Ah, I think I'll stand over there with them.
* Brittany Murphy's character in ''Film/TheProphecy II'' is resurrected because [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] needs a human familiar with modern technology to help him search for the mother of a [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]] and prevent its birth.
* Freddy Krueger brings Jason Voorhees back to life in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', as a part of his plan to renew his reign of night terror.
* Occurs several times in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'' has the Japanese attempt to nuke a Godzillasaurus in order to mutate it into Godzilla and stop King Ghidorah. The problem is that [[spoiler:Godzilla was already mutated by the nuclear subs at the bottom of the Bering Sea (where he was transported pre-mutation) so nuking him again only made him bigger and more powerful.]]
*** Later, King Ghidorah is ressurected as Mecha-King Ghidorah to stop Godzilla from destroying Tokyo.
** ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantsMonstersAllOutAttack'' features three gods (Baragon, Mothra, and Ghidorah) being ressurected/awakened from their eternal slumber in order to save Japan from Godzilla.
*** Likewise, Godzilla himself is ressurected by the vengeful souls of the forgotten soldiers who died in WWII to punish the Japanese for forgetting them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 'Pham Nguyen' is brought back from some 'deaders' in ''A Fire Upon the Deep'', and becomes a true hero.
* Happens to [[http://magiccards.info/rav/en/190.html Agrus Kos]] in the ''MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Dissension'' after his death in ''Guildpact''.
* In Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, the protagonist is a hero who is magically resurrected, as different people, on different worlds to wage war. He is VERY good at it.
* In ''TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the Doors Of Death have opened, meaning that no one stays dead for long. While this can be good (as when Gwen gets speared during a combat exercise) it also means that Gaea can resurrect deadly monsters and giants to help her defeat the Olympians.
** Hazel was apparently brought back to help in the fight against the giants.
* Kevin Landwaster is brought back in the {{Chronicles of Thomas Covenant}} to fight Lord Fowl. It turns out to be a really, really bad idea.
* Not precisely "resurrected" (since he exists only as a computer personality construct), but the first phase of the plot in ''{{Neuromancer}}'' is bringing back the Dixie Flatline for OneLastJob.
* The Zin-carla spell from Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy. Only used every few centuries, and requiring hundreds of people praying every day for months, but usually worth it. Assuming the caster manages to maintain control, of course...
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/GhostStory'' plays with this trope. The person in question would have died (having been shot through the heart). However, the person is kept from death due to a DealWithTheDevil made in an earlier novel, solely to perform the job agreed to in the deal. Also, the other party was GenreSavvy enough to know the person would try to back out of the deal.
* In Creator/RobertReed's short story, ''The Hoplite'', the characters were all long-dead, but their bones were dug up, used to clone a new body, and their memories retrieved using a device called the quantum-dilutor. All of the characters come from empires known for either their brutality or their cunning - Nazi Germany, Mongol Empire, Aztec Empire, Roman Empire, etc. The characters are then given a suit of PoweredArmor and are used to subjugate rebellious regions.
* It is mentioned in the Literature/EarthseaTrilogy that one wizard used to summon souls of ancient kings and wizards for royal council. It ended up with him being exiled, since, apparently, the advices of the dead are of little use to the living.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the new series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' the Time Lords try this with TheMaster, thinking his underhanded deviousness would make him a great soldier. However they forgot his [[DirtyCoward natural tendency towards self-preservation]] and he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere legged it]].
** Also WordOfGod for why the Lord President in "The End of Time" is called 'Rassilon' -- the same thing was done with him, and that didn't work out any better.
** And the same thing happened with the dying Eighth Doctor, who was given a potion by the Sisterhood of Karn to regenerate into The War Doctor to fight the Time War.
* Dean is brought back to life so that he can help avert the apocalypse in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' after he was sent to Hell.
* Rimmer in ''Series/{{Red Dwarf}}'' was woken up to keep Lister sane. He was deemed fitter for this one purpose than anyone else, even the captain, because Lister got such a kick out of winding him up. He succeeds in this mission spectacularly.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In the ''Literature/RavnicaCycle'', Agrus Kos's partner is murdered, then brought back from the dead to help solve his own homicide.
** In the sequel, ''Dissension'', Kos himself is resurrected by an Azorius contract, much to his chagrin--the job he's been brought back for is incredibly dull and consists mainly of standing around on guard duty.
** In ''Literature/{{Scourge}}'', Kamahl recruits Ixidor from the dead to help defeat Karona.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the very start of ''Videogame/MassEffect2'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] is killed but brought back to life by [[NGOSuperpower Cerberus]] to continue the fight against [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]]. In the process, they spent ''billions'' of credits and invented several technologies unknown to man until then.
* Locke D'Averam from ''VideoGame/{{Revenant}}'' is a general from the ancient times who has been resurrected by TheKingdom to wage war on the Children of Change and rescue the king's missing daughter from them.
* ''Videogame/AgeOfWonders: The Wizards Throne'' does this later in the story. [[spoiler: It turns out that Merlin had been killed, and resurrected by Gabriel, to combat the rebellious wizards.]]
* ''AlteredBeast''. "AWISE FWOM YO GWAVE!"
* Caleb from ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}''. Opening line? ''"I live... again!"'' The first game is him out to find and avenge his wife and best friend after their god has forsaken them.
* The protagonist Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' was brought back from near death and [[HollywoodCyborg augmented with all kind of cool gadgets]] to continue working in Sarif Industries. [[RageAgainstTheReflection He's not entirely glad about it]].
* In ''{{Rift}}'', this is [[PlayerCharacter your]] situation.
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Alduin]] from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' spends much of the game flying around resurrecting dragons to help him bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Optimus Prime at the end of the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 original series]] of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. This was not the first time he'd been brought back to life either, nor would it be the last.
-->[[BadassBoast "And this time, no force in the Universe can STOP ME!"]]
* ''MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm'' has Shao Kahn resurrect Shang Tsung because of a magical orb that increases in power depending on how evil the user is.
-->Shao Kahn: "Few have ever existed more malevolent than you, Shang Tsung"
** He also gave Shang Tsung a good punch in the face for losing Earthrealm in the first place. Actually, it was the very first thing he did.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', F.O.W.L. resurrects Taurus Bulba as a cyborg so he can work for them. Taurus doesn't actually appreciate being brought back as a cyborg forced to live off of motor oil for the rest of his "life" and refuses to work for them.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': This is basically what the Kernelsprites are for. Kernelsprites, when properly prototyped, will be capable of functioning as guides to the player, as well as a CrutchCharacter. Prototyping is done by chucking objects into the Kernel, and by an unspoken rule at least one of these items ''should'' be the remains of a dearly departed. The resulting Sprite takes on characteristics of everything that was thrown in, but failing to include something capable of speech, or at least something sentient, will result in a largely ineffectual guide, as well as a missed opportunity to reunite with a loved one.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'': Happens to Casey's fantasy world counterpart, the court wizard, who was killed while trying to take over the world. The queen decided he was a shoe-in for the job as Evil Vizier (which mandates scheming, backstabbing and attempts at usurpation).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''RollToDodgePrincessCelestia'' has Teddy Roosevelt do this.
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