->'''Doctor:''' When did you realise it?\\
'''Jack:''' Earth. 1892. Got in a fight on Ellis Island. A man shot me through the heart. Then I woke up.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Utopia"

These characters won't ''stay'' dead.

When killed, they will always return to life and look none the worse for wear. This is not due to a [[FromASingleCell regenerative capability]] - they can be injured like anyone else.

[[LivingForeverIsAwesome On the plus side]], this means that DeathIsCheap. Any enemies they have will never be able to kill them. For TheCape, this means they will never fall in the line of duty. For the thrill seeker, this means they can get a higher adrenaline fix than any of their mortal fellows. If they fall for someone whose species also lives forever, then they have a shot at EternalLove.

[[WhoWantsToLiveForever On the negative side]], this could be a FateWorseThanDeath. Someone could [[ColdBloodedTorture torture them indefinitely without worrying about accidentally killing them.]] In any case [[ImmortalityHurts they will feel the full pain of dying each and every time.]]

This can be a perk of being [[TheUndead undead]], particularly for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]]. May overlap with other {{Immortality}} tropes, such as TheAgeless, ImmortalityInducer and FightingAShadow.

If they always come back in a certain spot, it's RespawnPoint. If their mind is being transferred to a new body, it's BodyBackupDrive, instead. If they respawn or are reborn as an infant, it's BornAgainImmortality.
%% TheNthDoctor is a casting trope and does not directly refer to immortality. While characters can be made immortal by usage of that trope, all resurrection-based examples by definition fall under one of the above tropes.

See JokerImmunity for when a character isn't allowed to die because of PlotArmor. See UnexplainedRecovery if no real reason is given for the resurrection.

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!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The main characters of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' often suffer horribly ignominious (and often [[CrossesTheLineTwice hilarious]]) deaths, only to return to life a few minutes later whole, hale, and cracking wise.
* Hakamada from ''Manga/{{Aphorism}}''. Got thrown off the roof to die by his friends such that he could recover from his not quite fatal injuries.
* [[spoiler: Tenzen Yakushiji]] from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. As long as [[spoiler: his inner parasite twin]] is fine he can abuse of this power as much as he wants.
* The blood warriors from ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'', most noticeably the protagonist Hiro. When a person die, one of the royal siblings can bring them back to life with their blood. This makes the blood warriors semiimmortal. When killed they will come back to life and when just hurt, their wounds will heal quick. However, there is a price to pay: the blood warriors have to drink royal blood every few days or they will die for real. So they have to follow and fight for one of the royal siblings to survive. And of course, they have to die, before they can become semi-immortal to begin with.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Berserker has this ability. He can come back to life up to eleven times, and he [[AdaptiveAbility becomes immune to whatever killed him in the first place]].
* Kenji Murasame from ''GiantRobo'' has this type of immortality. He's also got a bit of MadeOfIron going on, since non-fatal wounds barely slow him down, but he'll always come back from anything that would definitely kill anyone else, including complete bodily disintegration. He's quick about it, too. Getting shot in the head doesn't even put him down for more than half a minute or so.
* Seine from ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON''. She's a TheAgeless that can be killed, but as long as her body isn't thrown to the sea, she can resurrect, and when hurt, her wounds heal quickly (even her fatal wounds heal). Her predecessor Simon Magus was the same as her but he met his end [[spoiler:being eaten by mermaids.]]
* Immortals in ''{{Mnemosyne}}'' can be killed if they are damaged enough (though they also have a normal healing ability, so it takes ''a lot'' to get them to this stage,) but they always revive later. Two examples of this that were extraordinary even for them were [[spoiler: Rin being disintegrated by a jet turbine and eventually being washed ashore (though it took decades for her to coalesce, and she lost her memories in the process),]] and [[spoiler: Rin having her time spore (the thing that grants immortality) removed from her body, which caused her to turn to dust, but the time spore was able to regrow the rest of her body when it was brought close to Yggdrasil.]]
* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Garterbelt]] can't stay dead until his mission on Earth is complete; his death animation just plays backwards some time after he dies. However, he doesn't seem to be much stronger that a properly trained human, given how easily [[BigBad Corset]] tore a hole in his heart.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:Kyubey]] can reappear almost instantly in a new body after being killed. This is probably by necessity, since [[spoiler:magical girls tend not to be very happy with him when they discover the exact terms of their contracts.]]
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise has the Book of Darkness and the Wolkenritter. Thanks to the Book of Darkness' Rejuvenation Program, they will always come back to life no matter how thoroughly you kill them. [[spoiler:They lose this at the end of ''NanohaAs'', due to Reinforce performing a HeroicSacrifice to delete the Rejuvenation Program and ensure that the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkness of the Book of Darkness]] stays dead.]]
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Kyoko has the ability to gain an "extra life" every time she kills somebody, so she became a SerialKiller. Every time she is killed, she uses up a life and immediately gets up fully healed. She is defeated when Ayumu manages to reduce her to her last life, at which point she begs for mercy, pleading that she doesn't want to die.
* In ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', it's implied that a [[{{Kaiju}} Tailed Beast]] can be temporarily killed, but as they are the embodiment of all [[BackgroundMagicField Chakra]], they will not ''stay'' dead. And they will resurrect ''extremely'' pissed off. The only semi-permanent way of dealing with one is to [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan seal them inside a human being]]. The only problem is, this makes the person the [[PersonOfMassDestruction walking equivalent of a nuclear bomb]], with most people trying to use, capture or kill them, and the host's darker emotions will inevitably transfer over to the Tailed Beast, making it even ''more'' ticked off than before. Rinse and repeat each time a host dies and the new one suffers abuse anew. On the other hand...if one of those people overcomes their hate and fear and passes THAT on to the Beast...
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', Godou can come back to life fully healed with the power of The Ram, but he can only do this once a day.
* The Tartarus guild in ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the ability to restore any demon of theirs that has died. They can also adjust the appearances of the demons with each rebirth. Fairy Tail being a guild of technical pacifists, this ability of the Tartarus guild has been demonstrated as a result of the demons having a much lower standard for when to use their last resort suicide attacks.
* In ''Immortal Hounds'' this is the ''normal condition'' of every human being (though people still die from old age it seems). Blowing up your own head with a gun and wait a few seconds to be revived good as new is a common method to cure a disease or heal a wound − to the point reluctance to do it is considered suspicious. The premise is that mortal (i.e. normal) humans have started to appear and transmit their "disease" to people they are close to. These so-called "vectors" are hunted down and marked for eradication, and needless to say, they are at a severe disadvantage. Especially since there are no doctors and very few medicines − it's not like they are needed.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this is the basis of [[MadScientist Szayelaporro]] [[EvilGenius Granz's]] Gabriel technique. By "impregnating" his target with a portion of his body, he can use it if he's injured beyond repair to absorb all the [[LifeDrinker fluids and chemicals]] of the victim's body to redevelop his own, killing the victim and reforming in a matter of seconds from a liquid-like casing coming from the victim's mouth. He actually [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the process by comparing it to the phoenix of legend. [[{{Squick}} The scene is NOT]] PlayedForLaughs and could even be considered a MoralEventHorizon if he hadn't already [[IAmAHumanitarian had]] [[ColdBloodedTorture several]] beforehand.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[GreatLakesAvengers Mr. Immortal's]] ''only'' superpower is the ability to resurrect in perfect health immediately after dying, regardless of the method of death. It is implied that he is ''homo s. supreme'', having ''evolved beyond death'', and will survive to see the end of the universe. He can take advantage of it by killing himself to heal any persistent injuries, so it's not entirely a bad thing.
* TheDCU's Immortal Man and ResurrectionMan both have this power, coming back to life each time they're killed.
* {{Wolverine}} was one time explained to have a version of this. Each time he suffered injuries great enough to kill him he would fight the angel of death, win and return to his body with his body fully healed. Its debatable if this still works for him.
* ''All'' Marvel Universe demons have this as a power, or at least all those who rule or co-rule a dimension, though this may apply even to lesser fiends. Dormammu, Mephisto, Set, Chthon, Shuma-Gorath and the rest can all be killed ([[CompleteImmortality with extreme difficulty]]), but they ''will'' come back as their evil energies will reform in their own dimensions- how long this takes depends on the nature of the fatality, with total destruction taking millenia to recover from naturally, but it will not keep them down. These energies retain the sentience of the demon in question and thus they can speed up the process by manipulating other magical forces, or even make themselves reappear in somewhere other than their own dimension- once or twice, this has meant Earth. It is also possible, of course, for outside forces (sorcerors, servants etc.) to help them return as well. In the case of Shuma-Gorath, he can even be reborn [[ParanoiaFuel within the soul of the person who killed him last.]]
* In ''{{Valerian}}'', this is the fate of the fallen archangels who lose at the divine game of economics on planet Hypsis, most notably Mr. L.C.F. Sat. Having lost his immortality, but not his eternity, he dies repeatedly for no reason, evaporating into the air, only to poof back none worse for wear.
* The pygmy tribe of ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' have a Gem of Life that ressurects them by it when they die. [[BlackComedy Which happens often]]. They later meet a female tribe with their own Jewel of Life.
* Isstvan in Creator/PhilFoglio's adaptation of Robert Asprin's ''[[MythAdventures Another Fine Myth]]''. Note that it's an involuntary curse, and the whole plot is launched by his latest scheme to get himself permanently killed.
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* Ho-oh from Cornova's ''PokeWars'' series has so far been able to come back in peak condition from being pulverized, thrown into a mountain, and having all of his limbs and head torn off, all thanks to the removal of his [[PowerLimiter dampener]] at the start of the series. Uxie notes at one point that Ho-oh is able to come back that way because he's a legendary pokemon - if a normal pokemon ended up with this ability, they'd fall under BornAgainImmortality.
* In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', Rampage has this as her main trait - in addition to being a muscle-bound, armored psychopath with multiple personalities and a cartload of other mental issues. She's also one of the protagonists. She can come back from severe injuries, decapitation, crushing, forced through a wood chipper, being eaten by a band of insane cannibals and ''being disintegrated into a fine pink dust'' with no problems - in fact, main protagonist Blackjack finds that a good dose of grievous killing is the best way to calm Rampage down when she has a psychotic episode [[spoiler:that is, when her serial foal killer persona takes over]]. She just heals the wounds and regenerates any missing parts, although disintegration causes her to regenerate as a small filly, and she has to eat a lot to grow back to normal size.
* As it turns out in Part 2 ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', [[spoiler: [[{{MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga}} Cackletta]]]], on top of being a high-powered magic user, is capable of coming back to life an indiscernible amount of times thanks to a spell she used that restores her to a prime state every time she is killed or dies from old age, giving her all the knowledge and power she had gained in her previous life without any consequence. [[spoiler: However, the weakness of this is that her cells stay the same as they did when she died, and Alpha is able to abuse this flaw in her spell in order to send her into a [[AndIMustScream loop of death and rebirth]] until her spell runs dry.]]
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The Tall Man of ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' who simply can't be stopped. Destroy him completely and another identical one will step out of the portal and finish where he left off.
* Thackery Binx from the Disney film ''Film/HocusPocus'' was cursed to live forever as a cat. In one scene, he is run over by a car and is clearly dead. Then as the other characters are screaming and crying in horror, he re-inflates, stands up, and says, "I hate it when that happens."
* Freddy Krueger of the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series is killed several times by the heroes, but he returns each time. The dream demons who are the source of his powers promised him that he would indefinately resurrect no matter what anyone does to him. He even boasts about it.
-->'''Freddy:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. AM. ETERNAL!]] (from ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster The Dream Master]]'')\\
'''Freddy:''' In dreams. I. Am. FOREVER! (from ''[[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare Freddy's Dead]]'')
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Eternal Emperor of the ''{{Sten}}'' series. He can die, and indeed has been assassinated more than once, but he always returns a few years later to reclaim his throne.
** It should be noted this is what it looks on the outside. In reality, the Emperor has a secret ship that holds cloning technology. When he dies, his body blows up, and a new clone is sent in with his memories up until he dies.
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', vampires can be killed in a number of different ways, but they are always reduced to ashes and will always regenerate when they eventually come into contact with blood. Careful slayers can keep them locked up for hundreds or thousands of years, but sooner or later they'll be back. The only recorded time one has been rendered (possibly) DeaderThanDead was when a cat ate him while he was in bat form. Another vampire was threatened with being thrown off of the Disc into space, which would probably have done the job as well.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', the holder of the [[ImmortalityInducer black ka'kari]] has this. They come back to life if killed [[spoiler:at the cost of having someone they care about die soon after.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Voldemort's [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] grant him this form of immortality as they contain pieces of his soul. He can reform his body if it is destroyed, but the spells and rituals involved require the assistance of another wizard. It takes him over a decade to return after his failed attempt to kill Harry as a baby. Once all of Voldemort's Horcruxes are destroyed - [[spoiler:including the one he inadvertently created in Harry]] - he becomes mortal again.
* The protagonist of the {{Web Serial Novel}} ''Literature/{{The Zombie Knight}}'' has this as his primary power, thanks entirely to the {{Grim Reaper}} who revived him. This is used to both [[BodyHorror gruesome]] and [[ComicallyInvincibleHero comical]] effect. He also boasts {{Super Strength}} and the ability to temporarily {{Feel No Pain}}. [[spoiler:And growing {{Extra Ore Dinary}} powers.]]
* This is how [[EvilSorcerer Kasreyn's]] immortality works in the ''Second Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''. He has [[SquishyWizard no noticeable fighting abilities]], and in one scene a Giant manages to rip the chain that's binding him out of the wall and hit Kasreyn with it, breaking his neck and killing him instantly. Kasreyn is dead for about thirty seconds, then gets back up none the worse for the wear, assuring the Giant that his death [[ToThePain will pass description]]. It's unclear if this power is Kasreyn's own or a side effect of [[spoiler: the DealWithTheDevil he made with a ''croyel'']] but when [[spoiler: the ''croyel'' is killed, Kasreyn dies for real]].
* The deceased believers in Christ in the Literature/LeftBehind book series gain this ability once they and their still-living counterparts are CaughtUpInTheRapture and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. This also applies to those who became believers during the Tribulation and were martyred for their faith.
* The Amar Kabal of ''The Beyonders'' possess this. When an Amar Kabal dies, their mind and memories are stored in their "seed", a small cyst-like growth on the back of the neck that detaches after death. Planting the seed in the ground will cause the Amar Kabal within to regrow their body within a few months. Destroying a seed kills the Amar Kabal inside it, and will cause every other Amar Kabal to declare war on you. One quirk of this is that the "template" for the regrowth is locked by the Amar Kabal's First Death, so most seed(wo)men deliberately kill themselves around twenty-five or so to insure the best quality of body in future rebirths.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' trilogy, the [=aTan=] Corporation has this as their primary service. It goes like this: when a new client signs up for [=aTan=], he or she undergoes a molecular scan (extremely painful), and the matrix of his or her body is stored in the [=aTan=] database. At the same time, a neural net is implanted into the client's brain, capable of [[SubspaceAnsible FTL transmissions]]. At the point of the client's death, the neural net [[BrainUploading transmits the client's memories]] to the nearest [=aTan=] facility. If the client has paid for his or her resurrection (always in advance and never more than one at a time), a new body is [[MatterReplicator replicated]] from the stored matrix, and the memories are downloaded into the new brain. At that point, the resurrected client can pay for another resurrection (usually, a small fortune). [[spoiler:The part about the neural net instantly uploading all memories is a lie. Actually, the net constantly transmits the memories to [=aTan=]. The moment of death is signified by the end of the transmission. However, should the original still be alive at that point (e.g. the transmission is shielded), the newly-resurrected body will not be fully sapient. It will breathe, eat, drink, and answer questions, but not have a will of its own. If the original then dies, the new body will [[OurSoulsAreDifferent immediately become that person]]. The [=aTan=] Corporation decided to keep that a secret from the general public. They did tell the Church, though, and the Patriarch has given his full blessing to a device that has provided the first proof of the existence of the human soul.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', a {{Familiar}} will gain this trait, as their practitioner must spend power to keep their mortal form alive in order to fulfill the familiar oaths which bind them together.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A specific variation in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. [[spoiler:When [[EmpathicHealer Chloe]] heals fatal injuries, it kills her, but she could resurrect herself. However, when she saves LoisLane, she is dead for 3 hours. [[InsaneForgiveness When she saves]] LexLuthor, she remains dead for 18 hours. Clark thinks if she tries it again, she might stay dead. Permanently.]]
* The Trill in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are a race of almost human-looking aliens that share their home planet with a species of highly intelligent slug-like worms, known as the Symbionts. The symbionts are able to live inside the body of a Trill and connect themselves to their nervous system, effectively becomming a second brain that is mostly passive but retains all the memories of the Trill it is bonded with and has been bonded to before. While the lifetime of an individual Trill is about the same as that of a human, the Symbionts can live for many centuries and go through over a dozen of host bodies. These bonded Trill make up less than a percent of their species and form the political, scientific, and cultural elite of their society, so only the most gifted and outstanding individuals are selected for bonding after a very long and hard selection process. While the selection process is primarily supposed to prevent any symbionts to be bonded to mentally unstable host bodies that would permanently damage the mind, the most important quality looked for in candidates after high intelligence and skills, seems to be an outstanding personalty that has a good chance to create a remarkable scientist, artist, or politican. And as a result, they all tend to be highly eccentric, which only gets more intense once they gain access to the memories of several remarkable lifetimes. While a bonded symbiont can live outside a host body for only a few hours and the host dies after the symbiont is removed, the symbionts are very durable and very often survive accidents and injuries that kill the host, as long as they can be transferred into a new one in time.
* Nathan from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has this type of immortality. He can be hurt or injured in the normal way, but will heal all injuries once he dies and comes back to life. Best demonstrated when in an alternate timeline, after their powers had become public knowledge, Nathan demonstrated his ability by ''shooting himself in the head'' and resurrecting on live television.
* Captain Jack Harkness of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' can technically die, but only for a short while due to a mixture of this and FromASingleCell. In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', [[spoiler:Jack became mortal again. He returns to being immortal at the end of ''Miracle Day'', with Rex also gaining this kind of immortality.]] [[note]] WordOfGod speculated in the episode commentary that [[spoiler:the Blessing may have only removed Jack's HealingFactor, and that were he to die during the Miracle, he would have simply revived as normal.]] [[/note]]
** The Doctor (and any other Time Lord) can regenerate when their body dies. They retain all their memories but gain a new appearance and personality. This has been changed slightly in the new series since The Doctor doesn't fully die before regenerating. In a 1960s episode, the Doctor once stated that Time Lords can "live forever, barring accidents." The trope is not guaranteed to be in place indefinitely, however, as the series established (in a 1976 episode, and later confirmed in 2013) that Time Lords usually may only regenerate 12 times before final death, however the High Council has the ability to grant a renewed regeneration cycle (which is done with [[spoiler: The Master, per the episode "The Sound of Drums", and The Doctor, in "The Time of the Doctor"]]).
** The regenerations of the War Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor, though, imply that there ''is'' a physical limit at which point the current body either dies (if it's the last regeneration) or regenerates. The War Doctor regenerates immediately after parting with the Tenth and the Eleventh, his body having been worn out by the Time War (which either lasted 400 years or nearly an eternity, since it was fought on multiple battlegrounds in multiple time periods). The Eleventh Doctor [[spoiler:spends about 900 years near-constantly battling half of the known universe, trying to prevent them from conquering Trenzalore and ends up looking like a very old man]]. By this point, the Doctor has probably beaten Jack in physical age (and he actually lived those years, while Jack spent the vast majority of them BuriedAlive).
* ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', both film and TV. Immortals can die just like anyone else, but their bodies then heal and they revive.(Unless the injury was a beheading, which is fatal for good.) And it can turn into a cycle if conditions are bad, which can lead to an insane immortal or at least an immortal with a huge desire for revenge.
** Actually the temporary death was series-only...in the films, they just kept going. Connor walked under water, The Kurgan was shot mutiple times...the series probably introduced temporary deaths as a PlotDevice.
*** It also happened during one of Duncan's {{Flash Back}}s, when he was trapped underground with a LoveInterest. Due to a gas leak, she ends up dying, but he continues to sit there and hold her, even though, according to this trope, he should have collapsed as well (then got up and collapsed again).
* Prince, an {{expy}} of {{Satan}} and the BigBad of the last two seasons of ''{{LEXX}}'', could return after being killed, once a certain time period had elapsed. Worse, he could choose where he would reappear, and what his appearance would be, making him a de facto shapeshifter. His weaker enemy Duke could resurrect but not change his appearance.
** Kai plays with this too. Although he's technically dead and only animated by protoblood, he would routinely get "killed" (decapitated, cut apart, etc) which sometimes incapacitated him for a while until he was put back together properly. Other times, he's move around regardless of injuries.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** {{Dracula}} does this in the one episode he appears in. Buffy stakes him and he dusts, but then he reforms - only for Buffy to stake him again.
--->[[GenreSavvy I've seen your movies. You always come back.]]
** Series/{{Angel}} once faced a demon who, no matter how many times he cut it up, would always piece itself back together and come after him again.
--->'''Angel:''' [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Come on!]] I'm ''holding your head''!
* In ''{{Series/Merlin}}'', Merlin himself, who is still alive in the present day. He's taken fireballs to the chest, swords, and huge slash wounds, and yet has gotten up again. It was confirmed in a DistantFinale that he really is immortal like his mythological roots.
** ''Very'' heavily implied as early as 4x02 with the Dorocha. Gaius outright says that no mortal can survive their touch, yet Merlin does.
* John Amsterdam in ''Series/NewAmsterdam''. In addition to being TheAgeless, Amsterdam also possesses this form of immortality. He dies in the pilot, but he is resurrected a few hours later in the morgue.
* The Cylons on ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' do this when they die. So long as they're in the operational range of a Resurrection Ship, and the resurrection network is online, then when they die they merely BodySurf into a dormant identical body and continue their existence. However, this also means they get to carry the psychological and emotional trauma of dying with them into their new body and some Cylons are so traumatized by the experience that their consciousnesses are "[[TheNothingAfterDeath boxed]]" rather than having them become a BrokenBird and be a drain on Cylon society.
* In ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', Zoe and Tamara possess this ability in New Cap City in a particularly fast variant. The environment is programmed in such a way to permanently ban anyone who is killed from ever entering again. For Z&T this is just a minor nuisance because they are programs with no real body to return to, so getting killed will cause a glitch and remodel them immediately.
* Phoenix of ''Series/KamenRiderWizard''. His special ability is that he ''can't'' be killed for good and will simply revive stronger than before. In the end, the only way Haruto can permanently stop him is by [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing him into the sun]] [[FateWorseThanDeath and trapping him there]].
* The [[Creator/IoanGruffudd protagonist]] of ''Series/{{Forever}}'' is a 200-year-old medical examiner who appears to have this type of immortality. The reason he's in this line of work is to figure out why he can't die.
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[[folder:Myth, Legend, and Oral Tradition]]
* EgyptianMythology: BornAgainImmortality seems to be the standard for Egyptian gods, who can age and die but are always reborn. However, with some of them it isn't clear if they actually have to pass through childhood when returning.
* {{Jesus}}' ultimate miracle... albeit the fact that he only pulled this trick off once (and only temporarily, before ascending to heaven) [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny looks positively wimpy]] next to some of the examples on this page. Some interpretations hold that although he's in {{heaven}}, he uniquely is still bodily intact and immortal.
** It's more than some interpretations. Christian teaching holds that Jesus is the prototype of the faithful throughout the ages, so that [[SecondComing when He returns]], not only will He still be in His immortal human body, but He will raise all of His faithful ones from the dead and grant them immortal bodies like His own. The doctrine of the Rapture goes further to include those who are living at the time of His coming. In other words, Christianity says this trope applies to every single faithful Christian and every person who died in anticipation of the Messiah.
** Also, the point of the Resurrection is less that Jesus has superpowers and can defy death, and more that Jesus is omnipotent and COMMANDS death, even when dead himself. Most examples on this page resurrect subconsciously; Jesus ''choses'' to simply stop being dead.
* The Einherjar from NorseMythology reside in the halls of Valhalla. Every day they fight with real swords and axes, and every night the dead ones get resurrected by Odin and Freyja
* [[ThoseWilyCoyotes Coyote]] has this trait in some Southwestern Native American traditions. No matter what happens to him, he'll always come back in time for the next story (occasionally he'll even die and come back to life multiple times in a single tale).
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The [[TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection mummies]] of the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' were immortals who would resurrect every time they were killed. It ''was'' possible to destroy them outright, but not particularly easy (like putting them at ground zero of a nuclear explosion).
** Continuous damage is also said to work, such as by dropping the body into a volcano. As the mummy needs to spend a point of either permanent willpower or permanent Balance to come back, either of which requires experience points to restore, just killing them over and over until they run out would work too.
* [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse The Arisen]] carry on the Mummy tradition in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''. The magical Rite of Return that made them what they are restores them to life every 1460 years and/or under special circumstances (like being summoned by a cult, or having their tombs robbed), and maintains their lives for around 8-9 months until they run out of energy and fall into death again. Killing a mummy is difficult (We suggest [[KillItWithFire fire]]), but annihilating one thoroughly enough to prevent its future resurrection is a Herculean task. Specifically, you'd need to destroy every piece of its remains (so it can't come back on its own), kill its entire cult (so they can't find it a new body), and erase every mention of its name from every record (so no necromancer or cult in the future can learn about it and then try to raise it).
* [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin Eaters]] get in on this too. Not only can they [[NoSell shrug off]] limited amounts of damage, they can come back from the dead at sunrise or sunset if killed, whichever comes first. But if they come back too many times, they suffer a fate worse than death.
* In the various editions of ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'', this is what the Reincarnation attribute does. The various levels determine how long it takes for the character with the attribute to come back after being killed, and how easy or hard this is to stop.
* The Ultimate Powers Book for the ''Marvel Super Heroes Roleplaying Game'' (the FASERIP system) has the Serial Immortality and Self-Revival powers, which allow a character to come back from death. Serial Immortality in particular has several ways this can come about, some of which embody other tropes than Resurrective Immortality, such as creation of a new body, reanimating a dead body, taking over another person's body, and others. This is primarily a way for villains to come back.
* The Inevitable Comeback creature power from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' allows a supernatural creature to resurrect after being killed.
* The Necrons in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} are an entire RACE of this. Even if reduced to liquid metal, any Necron is teleported away and rebuilt to be redeployed.
** Hive Tyrants of the Tyranids have this built into them. Being the commander of an entire RedshirtArmy of ZergRush troops means that commanders seldom survive long, so each Hive Tyrant can and will reform in a new body with their mind and memories intact (but only until the current campaign is over). The only exception to this is the Swarmlord, who transcends the various hive fleets and always reforms with his memories. His body is also unique, possessing materials not native to the galaxy, implying that the hive mind will go through the trouble of transmuting the materials for his specially crafted Bonesabres just for the Swarmlord.
** Then there is Lucius The Eternal, the personal champion of the deity of excess, Slaanesh. Lucius' quirk is that should he be bested in battle and the one who defeated him feels even the tiniest amount of pride about it, said person will slowly and painfully morph into Lucius and the only thing left of them will be a new screaming face on Lucius' PowerArmor. Considering the amount of faces already on it, this happened quite often.
** Also, Perpetuals. Even completely vaporized, they can pull their subatomic particles back together.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': When a Modron is slain, the Primus energy making up its form is returned to Mechanus and used to create a new Modron. (Or rather, a lower-ranking Modron is promoted to replace it, setting off a cascade of promotions down to the lowest rank, whereupon one monodrone Modron simply splits into two monodrones.) As Modrons (usually) lack any form of individuality, the replacement Modron is for all intents and purposes identical to the slain one.
** The Deva race (angels who incarnate as mortals on the Material plane) have this, but when/where they reincarnate is up to the GM, so just choosing that race is not necessarily a way to keep the same character.
** Many 4th Edition Epic Destinies allow the player self-resurrection-- usually prefaced with the [[ARareSentence amusingly unlikely phrase]] "Once per day, when you die, [...]". Flavorful variations on the ability include:
*** [[IAmSpartacus Having one of your followers take on your identity]].
*** Having yourself from another point in time show up to carry on.
*** Literally ''walking'' [[LikeABadassOutOfHell out of Hell]].
* This (along with being TheAgeless) is basically how the immortality of the gods of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' works. You can destroy the body of a god, but as long as they have a sanctum, they'll just reincarnate there (note that all Celestial Gods count the Heavenly City as a sanctum). Some of them even reincarnate without a sanctum, if they're heavily invested in their domain, although this is less reliable (and often takes longer). The only exception to this is if they're finished off with a [[DeaderThanDead spirit destroying Charm]], which essentially ignores their immortality. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu All Exalted possess spirit killing Charms]].
** Abyssals take this up to eleven (Which frankly, if you're familiar with Exalted, you should of seen coming), they can kill a Spirit, and then reform it as a devoted slave. They can also "Kill" a spirit with a Necromatic ritual that sends the spirit into the Underworld, where it's assigned duties by the Underworld. Sidereals get a variation of this, wherein they can punch a spirit so hard, they're forced to fill out a specific task. ItMakesSenseInContext
* In TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}, this is called Unkillable, and comes in various flavors.
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* {{VideoGame/Anamnesis}}
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The game has this in the form of Redmond and Blutarch, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEOs]] for RED and BLU, respectively. In an attempt to try to outlive the other brother, both have a machine built for them to prevent them from dying, [[HilarityEnsues with obvious results]]. It does not grant immortality in the normal sense, but it does resurrect them within seconds of dying, which does grant the user immortality in the sense that they don't stay dead for long (the third brother, Grey, also has an immortality machine, but it seems to work differently). In a related vein, {{respawn|Point}}ing in-game appears to be part of canon and not just a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation gameplay mechanic]], given that some classes, particularly Sniper, comment on it.
---> '''Sniper''': How many times have you died? I'm actually getting impressed.\\
'''Sniper''': Kill ya again soon, mate.\\
'''Sniper''': See you in five minutes.
** Touched upon again in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', where the Heavy has "dreams" where he dies but then "wakes up" and continues fighting.
** We now have an explanation as to why at least the ''Soldier'' can't die - [[http://www.teamfortress.com/doommates/#f=17 he ate an entire bottle of magical "Kill Me, Come Back Stronger" pills]] owned by his (former) [[AWizardDidIt magician]] [[MonsterRoommate roommate.]] Apparently this is enough for Merasmus to not even ''try'' killing him (in the comic, at least; he'll rip your head off in-game regardless of class). The rest of his team ''might'' have taken such pills too... And the ''other team'', too, seeing as how the Administrator ''wants'' a perpetual stalemate between RED and BLU (well, right up until [[ManVersusMachine the robots show up]], and she would be ''delighted'' to make use of such a thing...)
* Every runewarrior from the game ''{{Spellforce}}''. Your avatar (main character) dies? He automatically respawns at the nearest soulstone. Any of your heroes or minions dies? Simply summon them again.
* Likely (it's also possible that they're [[FromASingleCell regenerating]]) the case for [[PlayerCharacter Ascended]] in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'': They've already died once and been [[BackFromTheDead brought back]]; now, death is a [[DeathIsNotPermanent temporary]], [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist if traumatic]], inconvenience for them.
* The Daevas of ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'' are seemingly immortal, being able to reform with a type of ressurection stone if killed. One of the main quests involves the player investigating a malfunctioning stone, which turns anyone under its influence into zombies rather than reform them.
* ''VideoGame/MeatBoy'' is a OneHitPointWonder, but reforms within one or two seconds, much to the frustration of [[BigBad Dr. Fetus]]. And not just during gameplay, during cutscenes too!
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' and sequels, not just a game mechanic, as game lore suggest repeated death and resurrection can chase a persons mind to collapse.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, Dracula is resurrected in most of the games, the better for the player to have someone to fight. The exact methods vary.
* The Nameless One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Dying is even a way to solve some of the puzzles, and learning why he won't die is his goal in the series.
* Zasalamel masterminded the events of ''SoulCalibur III'' for the express purpose of ''curing'' himself of this. In the sequel he changed his mind after seeing a vision of the future and deciding he wanted to see that world in person.
* The fairies in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series work like this: They have very short live spans, but are reborn in the same shape (a healthy one, that is) as soon as they die even if they're blown to pieces, essentially making them immortal. As a sort of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] this also gives them a rather [[BlueAndOrangeMorality messed up view of life]]; since they have no concept of death they may consider setting someone aflame and pushing them off a cliff a lighthearted prank.
** The characters Kaguya Houraisan and Fujiwara no Mokou functionally have this, but on an even more extreme level. They ''appear'' to die and resurrect, but they actually ''exist outside of life and death''. Consuming the Hourai Elixir permanently removed the very concept of death from them, meaning that they'll come back from absolutely anything, up to and including complete annihilation of their bodies. Their main pastime is [[CycleOfRevenge killing each other]] [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap repeatedly]], so their ability gets a lot of mileage.
* This is the kind of immortality that [[spoiler:Nessiah]] from ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' of the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games (and [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison its]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion spinoffs]]) has been cursed with. Reincarnating is supposed to be hellishly painful and leaves him weak, but he will inevitably reincarnate no matter what. It overlaps with ImmortalityTalisman (and to some extent TheAgeless, as he no longer ages), and by the time of ''YggdraUnion'' he's spent over a thousand years trying to destroy what forces him to stay alive.
* The Undead in ''DarkSouls'' are cursed/blessed with this. They cannot stay dead, but each "death" robs them of humanity until they eventually become Hollowed insane monsters. Humanity (represented by small black flames) can restore an Undead's appearance, but it's still only delaying the inevitable.
* Peter the phoenix and [[spoiler:Lemon the vampire]] from ''[[ShiningForce Shining Force II]]'' can automatically resurrect after each battle for free if defeated.
* [=LeChuck=], perennial BigBad of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', starts out undead and is killed at the end of each game only to come back in the next, with varying explanations. In [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second game]], he had to be brought back by a witch-doctor, but in other incarnations he returns on his own, thanks to the power of Big Whoop, a portal into hell. ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' gives a different explanation for his eternal self-recycling: [[spoiler: a resurrection spell he keeps hidden at the Crossroads, the pirate afterlife, which he got from the Voodoo Lady]].
* ''PlanetSide''. When a soldier travels through a [[PortalNetwork warp gate]], they are matrixed into the [[BigDumbObject planet's core]]. When they die, their body is deconstructed and then rebuilt at a spawn room. In the backstory, a Terran commander executed a pilot via firing squad for flying through a warp gate without orders - and the pilot kept showing up sitting under trees on continents. This has of course fueled the state of [[ForeverWar Forever War]] the planet currently finds itself in.
* ''EYEDivineCybermancy'' - The player has a limited amount of self-resurrections. When the player dies, an implant injects a cocktail of drugs which jump-starts the body again, allowing the player to continue to fight after a few seconds of inaction. However, the implant [[ScarsAreForever doesn't get rid of extreme damage such as mutilations]], and will deplete after a couple uses.
* Lance Galahad of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' has this from the very start, up to the very end of the game, even in a KaizoTrap. And since the player has unlimited lives in this game, he always comes back, no matter how many times he gets [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], [[AnArmAndALeg mutilated]], [[StrippedToTheBone doused in acid]], [[ImAHumanitarian eaten up]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drained]] [[VampiricDraining of blood]], etc.
* Fujin of ''MortalKombat'' states this is true of his fellow PhysicalGod [[BigGood Raiden]]; however, for the latter, this means being resurrected as a blank slate devoid of any memories should he be killed. [[spoiler: This never happens due to the fact that the only time we ever see Raiden die canonically are when he goes [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze on Onaga]] in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' and Onaga's [[CameBackWrong corruption]] helps him retain his memory, and when Shao Kahn kills him in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 MK9]]'', but only after Raiden sends a message to his past self to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong prevent it all from happening anyway.]]]]
* Due to VideoGame/FallenLondon being located 'downstream of Hell', it's inhabitants all have this, although they can't come back from disease or old age, nor from being subjected to the ChunkySalsaRule.
* There are a few important late-game enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'' that possess this ability.
** The Wizard of Yendor will resurrect every time he is killed, and can even ''clone himself'' on occasion. He will also "haunt" you and cause trouble throughout the rest of the game after being killed for the first time.
** The final level contains three Riders of the Apocalypse, who will always resurrect a set number of turns after being killed. This being Nethack, almost all possibilities for killing them permanently have been thought of and plugged, but there are still a couple of obscure ways the Riders can be put down for good.
* [[ArsGoetia Nebiros]] has this skill in ''DevilSurvivor2''. Destroy his undead, he'll just spawn more. Destroy him? He {{Body Surf}}s to one of his flunkies, and ''transforms him into the next Nebiros.''
* The immortals of ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' have this type of immortality in gameplay: they take damage normally in combat, but only stay KO'ed for a couple turns before reviving. In [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscenes]], meanwhile, they're basically indestructible.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series, part of the reason the Eternal Conflict between Heaven and Hell has been eternal is that both the [[CouncilOfAngels Angiris Council]] and the [[BigBadDuumvirate Prime Evils]] have this. Even if their bodies are completely destroyed, they will eventually return.
* The Mother in ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' immediately revives if her body is killed. The plot of the game involves the player finding a means to give her soul a physical form since killing it will kill The Mother for good.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'' is granted this type of immortality. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, every time she's revived it costs the life of another person.]]
* The main character of ''VideoGame/Prey'' acquires this power after he dies by falling off a bridge in an organic alien DysonSphere. After dying for the first time, he finds himself in another dimension called "the Land of the Ancients", where his grandfather's spirit teaches him how to spirit walk (intentionally separating his body and spirit for a certain time) and death walk (return to his body when his spirit is separated by it after a death).
* Yes Man in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' has this capability. Killing his Securitron body just causes him to upload to another one. While theoretically you could kill him by tracking down and destroying every Securitron in New Vegas, they all constantly respawn so there's no practical end to them. Yes Man just comes right back, and cheerful and friendly as ever.
** The same thing applies to the Securitron Victor. It works due to both being ArtificialIntelligence.
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* {{Phelous}} dies in all kinds of comical ways, but always comes back to life. In a crossover with ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'', he gets killed and resurrected multiple times in a few minutes. In a few episodes, his death scenes parody the Time Lord the Doctor's regenerations from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** He outright exploits this during [[ToBoldlyFlee To Boldly Flee]], wearing a [[RedShirt red polo]] in order to ensure that he will never stay dead upon being killed. This is because a [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] is immediately replaced by another [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] after death, and the only actual [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] among the heroes is Phelous himself.
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-076 076-2]]. If he's killed ([[ImplacableMan which is really hard to do by the way]]) his corpse will disintergrate, 076-1 (A giant stone box with a coffin inside it) will slam shut, and he'll be respawned as it were. He's basically a video game character.
** Dr. Bright combines this trope with possession. You can kill his host body, and it'll stay dead just fine, but give the amulet to another host and he can keep walking around like nothing happened.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Gray Boy]] has this thanks to his [[TimeMaster time manipulation abilities]], which automatically rewinds his body to a point before he was injured, completely negating even lethal wounds.
* ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals'' centers on humans with this ability, and their interactions with the rest of humanity throughout human history. The series is notable for its GenreBusting slash GenreRoulette approach to storytelling.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has guaranteed immortality [[TheGamePlaysYou for any Sburb player]] who reaches [[AGodAmI God]] [[CameBackStrong Tier]] [[spoiler: which can only be achieved by a player arranging to be killed on their Quest Bed]]. They cannot be KilledOffForReal, unless their death is deemed [[KarmicDeath just]] or [[HeroicSacrifice heroic]], instead coming back to life a few minutes later, any damage done to themselves or their clothes completely healed.
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is implied to be one of these. It has yet to be made clear how she keeps showing up again after being shot, impaled, and blown up so many times. It's possible that this is just the result of her HealingFactor, but fans are definitely [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020207 lead]] to [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061122 think]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061124 otherwise]].
* Type A Phoenixes in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' respawn in a random location when they die, and then walk to whichever of their temples is the furthest away, learning stuff as they go. They can also choose to "die" whenever they want, making them impossible to capture.
* The eponymous ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' has this as her only power, only healing slightly faster than a normal human. [[spoiler:A villain manages to gain her power by use of her cerebral fluid, whereby she learns that total disintegration will kill her. [[FateWorseThanDeath Hopefully]] ]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', this is the difference between the gods and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Nastika]]. Nastika are more powerful than gods, but gods can resurrect themselves infinitely (though it does take a few decades), while Nastika only live once. Some of the Nastika's lesser servants do have a form of this trope, however; Hura, from the Asura Clan, has a [[SignatureMove unique transcendental]] that lets him resurrect twelve times a day, in addition to his already ridiculous HealingFactor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Kenny has this power. This was confirmed in the episode ''Mysterio Rises'' as he explains that he dies but wakes up in his bed the next day, and no-one else has any memories of his death, but this had been hinted at several times before, notably after the episode where he was replaced by Butters, and later Tweek. He recovered from ''that'' and when he came back the other characters asked where he had been. In another Stan is upset that Kyle is seriously ill and will soon die, making Kenny annoyed that he's so upset about that but no-one ever cared about all the times ''he'' died, but Stan doesn't hear him. Apart from that he dies on a regular basis since the very first season but [[UnexplainedRecovery comes back anyway]] because StatusQuoIsGod, without any explanation. He died in the first ''episode'' but came back anyway in the next one. [[note]] Some episodes its implied that characters ''do'' remember; they just don't care anymore. Immediately after complaining to Stan, Kenny is killed again- but Stan barely notices. In another, Timmy tries to kill Jimmy by giving him an orange anorack just like Kenny's, causing disasters to follow Jimmy wherever he went. And there have been variations of their catchphrase ("Oh my God, he / she / they / we killed Kenny! You / We're bastards!") where its obvious they don't really care and are just saying it out of habit. [[/note]]
*** In ''Mysterion Rises'' it's strongly implied that Kenny's mother becomes magically pregnant with a new Kenny every time he dies and gives birth within a few minutes, making this a combination of BornAgainImmortality and RapidAging to get him back up to eight years old before morning because [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]].
** Jesus. In one episode, he escapes from a jail cell (in the Vatican) by having Kyle kill him and resurrecting on the other side of the door. He can only do this on Easter.
* Because of an [=AllSpark=] shard embedded in his forehead, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] in WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated is repeatedly revived on death. Discovering his immortality, he proceeds to try to kill Megatron, leading to the famous Death Montage.
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