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->''"Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, [[TropeNamer we can rebuild him]]. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster."''
-->-- '''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''', OpeningNarration.

A character suffers a horrific DisneyDeath. Their body is shattered beyond repair. NoOneCouldSurviveThat

But later, he returns! Only this time, he's a [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg!]] He's got more power but he might be [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul less human]] so in villainous cases it's [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman OK to be]] [[MechaMooks more brutal]] [[NotEvenHuman on him.]] When heroes are subject to this, it tends to make them [[WhatHaveIBecome question their humanity]], and in doing so retain it.

This trope can serve as the OriginStory for both heroes and villains of the cybernetic variety.

A {{Subtrope}} of EmergencyTransformation. Compare with RobotMe, UnwillingRoboticisation, and VirtualGhost. Compare and contrast DarkLordOnLifeSupport, when a villain becomes ''weaker'' due to dependence on some external technology or host to sustain them. The fantasy counterpart is CameBackStrong. If the cybernetics are obvious and enhance the evilness of a character's appearance, it's a case of RedRightHand. When the one doing the rebuilding is sadistic enough, it may involve VaderBreath. If the injuries are too extensive or the technology not far enough advanced, may result in ManInTheMachine. A ''nasty'' variant is when a bad guy takes a NotQuiteDead hero and has him ReforgedIntoAMinion.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWi8rqL0hEs This commercial]] for ''VideoGame/BattleTanx'' featured a CaptainErsatz of the Snuggles bear being brutally injured and left for dead by one of the game's tanks. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbW9ptmJFcU The commercial for the sequel]] depicts his injured body being rebuilt a la The Six Million Dollar Man, but [[YanktheDogsChain he ends up getting struck by an other tank immediately after his recovery.]]
* This ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfvvepcEloU America Online for Broadband]]'' commercial directly references the opening from ''The Six Million Dollar Man''.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Freeza, after surviving the explosion of Namek, is rebuilt as an even-more-powerful cyborg. Lampshaded in the English dub, even paraphrasing the page quote. Unfortunately for him, he still gets curb-stomped by a FutureBadass (and if Trunks hadn't come along, Goku would've just teleported there and done the same thing).
** He wasn't the first one: Mercenary Tao Pai Pai did it in the original ''Manga/DragonBall''. It didn't work out for him in the long run, either; he beat Chiaotzu, only to be outright humiliated by Tien.
** Sort-of happens to Cooler in the movies. As part of his [[StrongerSibling "like Freeza, but more"]] approach, he gets an army of cool robot bodies while what's left of the original is hooked up to the spaceship controlling them.
** Dr Gero does this to himself, becoming "Android 20". He also programs a supercomputer to think exactly like him and continue his work in the event of his death.
** And apparently [[spoiler:Commander Red as Android 9]] in ''Videogame/DragonBallOnline'', though it could just be a side effect of the antagonists messing with the timeline.
* A rather hilarious one takes place in ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' when a bear being returned to the wild is shot. Before administering any other help or considering any other options, Senbei declares "I might still be able to make him a cyborg!" He succeeds at this.
* An interesting take on it is Stroheim from [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency the second part]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. He first appears to be a villain, proves to be a NobleDemon, performs a HeroicSacrifice in an attempt to destroy Santana, then returns later as a cyborg... just in time to pull a HeelFaceTurn.
** And then gets chopped in half by Cars, only to come back ''again'' even more cyborged up in time for the grand finale. Best Nazi character EVER!
* [[spoiler: Jeremiah Gottwald]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' pulled this one twice. Technically the second time was just the completed version. He awakened prematurely the first time, and his cybernetic upgrades were not yet finished.
* Ed before the start of ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''. Towards the end of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the first anime]], Col. Archer gets this done to [[TwoFaced a much more extreme extent.]]
* Done in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. After being nearly killed [[spoiler: Ein]] is rebuilt into a {{cyborg}}. [[spoiler: A cyborg that IS a Graze Mobile Suit, the Graze Ein. It is [[ManInTheMachine unclear if he can be removed at all from the suit]].]]
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', Ginkotsu was a cyborg all along, but when he blew up, [[TheEvilGenius Renkotsu]] got his torso and mounted it on a tank chassis, along with 50 or so rocket launchers.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyashiki}}'', by the same author of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', is about an old man and a teenager that are accidentally exploded by aliens and later rebuild as super-powered cyborgs. While the old man uses his new self to became a hero and help other people, the teenager uses it for OmnicidalManiac purposes.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Franky from has the particular mention of being a heroic example of this trope who ''[[CrazyAwesome rebuilt himself]] [[{{Determinator}} while in a]] [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow critical condition]]''.
** [[spoiler:Bartholomew Kuma]] is rebuilt as well, but it's not quite certain whether he needed to be. Also, [[spoiler:he went further than Franky did, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul and completely became a machine]].]]
* The Social Welfare Agency from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' rebuilds [[ChildSoldiers little girls]] who have suffered tragically and are listed as terminal, using cybernetic technology and [[{{Brainwashed}} psychological conditioning]] to turn them into [[SuperSoldier assassins]]. CyberneticsEatYourSoul is played up for all its tragedy.
* ProfessionalKiller Laura from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is rebuilt with a cybernetic body. It is hinted that the sadistic BigBad dissected her before doing so.
* Hero example: [[spoiler: Joe Asakura]] in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''.
* Iwata in the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga dies abruptly of colon cancer and is rebuilt as an android. He does not mind, but everyone else is a little weirded out, especially when he forgets to do human things and casually damages his body.
* The backstories of two main characters of ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is this. Guy Shishioh had his spaceship crashed with the EI-01, supposedly killing him, but he was brought back to base by Galeon, and was rebuilt as a cyborg to save his life. Meanwhile, his cousin Renais Cardiff Shishioh was captured by a terrorist organization and rebuilt into a cyborg so she obeys their orders (eventually she rebelled).
* [[spoiler: The Major]] in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' although the original manga never got around explaining how he became one. Fans speculate that the prequel series will show what happened between the time he is assumed to be still made of flesh and the not-so-human plot twist fifty years later.
* The 2000 anime ''Sin: The Movie'' uses this trope, as well. A flashback shows lead character Blade gunned down and fatally injured, only to be save by being rebuilt with cybernetic parts, which end up coming in handy eventually.
* Jinno in ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' was originally mortally wounded in a mass battle for the number two headband. He was remade as cyborg by the insane cyborg scientist Dharman. Jinno the cyborg was a superhumanly strong and skilled swordsman, but was defeated and (supposedly) killed twice by Afro. When he was rebuilt a third time, he apparently was so turbo-charged, he could slap Afro around all day long. But Jinno's last act in his tortured unlife was to remember his love for Afro as a sword brother, and defended Afro's life. Dying himself as a man, rather than an evil wartoy.
* The original ''A.D. Police'' OVA series (a ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' spinoff) had an episode revolve around "The Man Who Bites His Tongue", a police officer who was rebuilt with nothing organic left besides his brain and his tongue - which he began compulsively biting to hold on to his humanity. It doesn't end well, naturally.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'': Would-be KnightOfCerebus Tarant Shank goes through several rounds of this after humiliating defeats. It never helps.
* In the anime/manga ''Manga/DragonHalf'', villainous knight Damuramu gets defeated when he accidentally stabs himself in the head with his own sword. In his next appearance - ''even though he had no other body part injured'' - he's had everything below his neck replaced with magical bionics by a friendly blacksmith. Except his head. (He even had his flying mount replaced with a robotic version, although this was necessary because the Good Guys ate the original.)
* This is Kiddy Phenil's back story in ''Manga/SilentMobius''. After being carved up with RazorFloss by a serial killer named Wire, she is rebuilt as a cyborg much stronger than a normal human. An {{omake}} strip even has teammate Lebia trying to convince her to cosplay as Franchise/RoboCop.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'':
** Set in a future where this trope is used to remedy all manner of injuries. Apparently replacing damaged organs with real ones is preferable since they require no expensive and time-consuming maintenance (BlessedWithSuck), but cybernetics can always be used as a last ditch option.
** In every version, the Major openly states that the reason she works for the government is because it pays for the very expensive maintenance of her state of the art cybernetic body.
** [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex The Tachikomas]] are fully artificial beings who share all their experiences with each other and have a complete backup of these made every day. They get blown up and shot to pieces all the time, but can upload their minds into new bodies any time. Which actually causes them quite some concern, as their inability to experience death prevents them from [[BecomeARealBoy Becoming A Real Boy]].
* Possibly the first anime example: Detective Azuma, the eponymous ''Anime/EighthMan''.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', being the PostModern GagSeries that it is, doesn't just do this to one of the characters... it does this to Hideaki Sorachi - Gintama's author! [[spoiler: During the Character Popularity Poll Arc [[note]]Yes, Sorachi made an entire arc out of a Character Popularity Poll![[/note]], Tae freaks at ranking lower than two "monkeys" (Kondo and Sorachi's AuthorAvatar), so she [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to kill Sorachi. Next chapter/episode, he's rebuilt as a cyborg!]]
** Obi Hajime, Shinpachi's and Tae's childhood friend, is a more serious example.
* [[spoiler:[[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea Kim Jong-Il]]]] in ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' after he fell into the sea and was eaten by sharks.
* Abullah in ''Manga/{{Pluto}}''. [[spoiler: He thinks he's one of these. In reality, portions of his memory caused a superpowerful robot to think it was him and the human Abullah is dead.]]
* This trope was played straight with Raiden of ''Anime/AngelCop''. For some reason his conversion to a cyborg also involves a personality change.
* Manga/FrankenFran rebuilds lots of people, not always for the better, some of whom didn't actually ''need'' rebuilding before Fran got her hands on them.
** Yeah. Fran has issues about the whole "Organ donor", "Consent", and "Quality of Life" thing.
* ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'' has Eiko killing [[spoiler:her father to become the new Teruya head]]. She's in for a bit of a surprise when he returns as a cyborg.
* Briareos Hecatonchires in ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'', after suffering horrible injuries during WorldWarThree.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Madara]] rebuilt [[spoiler:Obito]] by replacing [[spoiler:the crushed half of his body]] with Hashirama's cells.
* In the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', [[spoiler:Hotaru/Sailor Saturn]] was made into a cyborg [[spoiler:after she was badly injured ''and'' horribly scarred in a explosion that killed her mother when she was little and her MadScientist father remade her body with cybernetics and fused it with Pharaoh 90's power.]] This is the reason why she wears long sleeves in order to hide her cybernetic body.
* We can rebuild ourselves. ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' features a factory shutdown by Lord [=HolyAngemon=] where monsters would go to upgrade themselves with metal parts. A Greymon from the human world whose owner attempted to delete it goes there to become a "[=MetalGreyamon=]".
* In ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', [[spoiler: Kouji Kabuto]] died one year ago fighting Dr. Hell and was immediately rebuilt into a full-body cyborg that maintains its original appearance using an Atmosphere Element Fixation Device like Anime/CuteyHoney.
* ''Anime/ConcreteRevolutioChoujinGensou'': Raito, the {{Cyborg}} detective. He didn't really want to be revived, but at least it helps with apprehending superhumans (the funny thing is, as a cyborg, he could count as a superhuman).

[[folder:Card Games]]
* While not actually involving cybernetics, the necromantic Golgari guild of ''[[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Magic]]''[='=]s Ravnica setting is apparently quite casual about reanimating and 'improving' their dead with plant life, as illustrated on cards like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=88986 Vigor Mortis.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Gagagigo was rebuilt as the cybernetic Giga Gagagigo in order to fight the Invader of Darkness; however, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul the transformation corrupted him,]] eventually leading him to become a mindless half-mechanical monstrosity. Fortunately, a reunion with an old friend restored Gagagigo's sanity. Another example would be Inpachi, a tree golem which was burned into charcoal and resurrected as the cybernetic Woodborg Inpachi.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Oily Duck from the ''Conservation Corps'' FunnyAnimal [[GreenAesop enviromental Aesop]] comic book series.
* Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}.
* Deathlok the Demolisher from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' foe Gearhead.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} villain Reactron went turned into an armored, Golden-Kryptonite-powered cyborg after getting beaten by Supergirl.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Bizarro Luthor gets stomped by a monster. SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} assures that it does not matter since he can simply remake Lex.
--->'''Bizarro:''' We will just make another Lex like I made him the first time.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain Metallo.
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' member Robotman. In his case, everything but the brain is robotic.
* Averted by [=USAgent=] of the Marvel Universe. He lost an arm and a leg to Nuke, a cybernetically-augmented super soldier, but refuses to get cybernetic replacements, as he doesn't want to look down at his own body and be reminded of Nuke every day. [[HandicappedBadass Not that he really needs 'em.]] Played straight later, his legs do get rebuilt by his supervillainess comrade Toxy Doxie. He accepts because these legs aren't robotic but are instead made of re-engineered alien symbiote.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain Silvermane.
* The ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/BlackPanther is a Wakandan teenager who was rebuilt into a cyborg by Weapon X after getting mauled by a panther.
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler: Pronto]] goes through this, becoming the brainwashed and crazy Modern Prometheus, who nearly kills Siphon.
* Warren Ellis' ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' features a squad assembled from members of the titular group to take down a "realistic" take on the Six Million Dollar Man. Specifically creating the single successful individual required several failures and cost somewhere in the vein of five hundred million dollars. It entailed basically turning the subject into a humanoid BrainInAJar as his skin was replaced, bones were replaced, weapons were installed, and chips were inserted into his brain to allow him to operate everything. He also runs on at least two nuclear reactors, has a plasma laser in his chest, a vulcan minigun in his arm, and can do 70 miles per hour from a standing start. Most nefariously, he has a wire to simulate sexual pleasure from murdering people...and he's loose.
* Several characters in ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'':
** In the very first non-film comic a town proves unwilling to let a man be buried in the graveyard set aside for offworlders because he was a cyborg, so you know there's a lot of FantasticRacism. A stormtrooper named [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Beilert_Valance Valance]] who was badly injured and had to be made into a cyborg became a bounty hunter who mostly expressed [[YouAreWhatYouHate hatred towards droids]].
** Then there's Shira Brie/Lumiya. Originally Luke's [[WingMan wingmate]] and love interest, he shot her down without knowing who she was while on a mission and later found that she was actually an assassin/agent [[GoSeduceMyArchNemesis sent by his father]]. At the end of that arc she was seen floating in a bacta tank, observed by Vader. Later she resurfaced with three prosthetic limbs and extensive scarring as Lumiya, Dark Lady of the Sith.
* ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'' has this for two characters [[spoiler:so far]]. The first one it happens to is [[spoiler:Colby]] who [[spoiler:takes a butcher's knife to the face in issue #1]] while [[spoiler:Poyo]] undergoes this later on.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Cade refuses to let Azlyn Rae die and has her put in a Vader-like life support armor. She is initially very unhappy with this, both because she was at peace and because the armor came with a Vader-like mask too. Fortunately, she was able to trade up for a more elegant suit of armor sans breath mask.
* [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Bunnie Rabbot]] has a variation of this. Her old roboticized limbs were finally being rejected by her body and the toxicity building up were killing her. She was given two options - attempt deroboticization, which had a very low chance of succeeding (it's stated that they can only be reverted by using the same roboticizor and while the Freedom Fighters had Bunnie's, it was repaired and modified, thus not the original) or replace her limbs and never have the chance to be normal again. She took option B.
** In the CosmicReboot universe, this trope was played straight with her: when Eggman took over Mobotropolis, a young Bunnie was caught in falling debris. To save her, Professor Charles the Hedgehog (the former Uncle Chuck) snuck Bunnie back into the city and used his roboticizor to save her life. It's also revealed that Eggman does this to those who join him, giving them cybernetics, but purposely botches them so that they'll stay with him forever.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' fights and decapitates a villain known only as The Russian. He is later rebuilt with stolen technology, but in a terrifying move, is now given huge GagBoobs, which he becomes enamored with.
* Obscure DC Comics character Comicbook/{{Steel}} (not to be confused with the more popular John Henry Irons) was a man named Henry Haywood who was injured in an accident and had his skeleton replaced with a metallic alloy when the doctors helped him recover.
* The Machine Men in ''ComicBook/WarlordOfMars'' were Martians that have been killed and had their heads placed on cybernetic bodies. Their creation was possible by researching an ancient golem sealed under Helium's catacombs. Their head being intact is required to create a Machine Man, the manner or time of their death is irrelevant. The very first Machine Man [[spoiler: Senneth Dor]] tries to raise an army with them to conquer Mars.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Medical and cybernetic technology has advanced sufficiently that critically wounded judges and soldiers can be rebuilt as cyborgs. Notably, [[SpaceMarine Nate Slaughterhouse]] is left as little more than a head and one shoulder before he is rebuilt as a mandroid.
* Dog Man from [[ComicBook/DavPilkeyDogMan Dog Man]]. [[CharacterTitle Duh]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Volume Three of ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', [[spoiler:protagonist Blackjack gets rebuilt with {{Magitek}} cybernetics after dying of her horrific injuries, including [[BodyHorror Taint]], [[AnArmAndALeg mutilated limbs]] and [[EyeScream the loss of both eyes.]] Her eyes and many of her internal organs are given cybernetic replacements, and her legs are fully mechanical. Built-in talismans give her the ability to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat and digest]] gems (for magical power) and metal (for self-repair capabilities). Blackjack is less than pleased with her mechanical body - having seen first-hand that CyberneticsEatYourSoul - and often expresses her frustration at the fact that her body no longer reacts to her emotions.]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Samantha Shepard cheats death ''[[RuleOfThree three]]'' times, two involving adding more cyborg parts--the first is [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Cerberus' work]] and the second arises from being [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe Half the Woman She Used to Be]] courtesy of being taken out of the final battle in ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}''.
* In ''Fanfic/XCOMRWBYWithin'', during the events of the [[WhamEpisode Site Recon mission]], [[spoiler: Blake]] is badly wounded, and has to be turned into a [[Main/{{Cyborg}} MEC Trooper]] in order to survive. Because of this, their semblance stops working properly, [[spoiler: with her missing limbs no longer appearing on her afterimage, requiring a special hologram projector to cover it up]]. Remember, semblances are an expression of [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul the user's soul]].
* In ''The Secret Colocation of Alex Mack''- a sequel to ''The League of Extraordinary Women'' and ''Fanfic/TheSecretReturnOfAlexMack''- primary fanfic protagonist Alex Mack, who previously made contact with Buffy Summers, Selina Kyle, Samantha Carter, Jamie Sommers, and Hermione Granger, is drawn into the parallel universe of Harry Dresden, along with her various allies from her previous cross-dimensional experience, ''and'' six versions of her from the various parallel realities (Lexi Mack the Slayer, Alexan Mack of the American wizarding world, etc.). In the world of Jamie Sommers, Jamie 'recruited' Aly Mack for the bionics program after she was caught in a serious plane accident, which resulted in her losing most of her limbs and internal organs and suffering serious burns; Aly states at one point that she has around 40% of her original body left, with the rest all being bionic.

* Film/{{Nemesis}}: The protagonist, Alex.
--> '''Narrator''': It took them six months to put him back together. Synthetic flesh, bioengineered organs. It always scared him that they might take out his soul... and replace it with some matrix chip.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget,'' at least according to TheMovie.
* [[spoiler:Wang the Perverted]] came back as [[spoiler:Evil Presence]] in ''[[ParallelPornTitles Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders]]''. Since the same actor portrayed both characters, with no attempt to hide his voice, it's obvious to everyone who watches.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop''
** ''Film/RoboCop1987'': Alex Murphy is rebuild as a cyborg after he is murdered by criminals. Apparently the original Robocop team was on to something, as they decided to preserve Murphy's original face (with some body horror thrown in, it IS his actual face skin) even though the body prosthesis is complete: no original limbs from his body remain, only his brain, nervous system, some vertebrae and a rudimentary digestive system. that's right, Robocop doesn't even have to "breathe" to function. In the second movie, Robocop mentions they "did this to honor him" referring to Alex Murphy as if he were another man.
** Ditto for the villain Cain in ''Film/RoboCop2'' who lost [[BrainInAJar his whole body]]. Especially monstrous as OCP killed Cain explicitly so they could rebuild him. Another interesting side note is that several other attempted [=RoboCop=] 2s committed suicide; the implication is that people need a level of motivation found mostly in psychotics to be able to tolerate a cyborg's existence. It's also implied that BodyHorror played a significant part in those suicides. Those failed batches were ''much less'' human in appearance than the [=RoboCop=] model Murphy was converted into.
** ''Film/RoboCop2014'' has a much more mobile version of the character. He can run and fight hand-to-hand. Also, for some reason, Alex's right hand was left original. Given how powerful his custom weapon is, wouldn't a human hand be shattered by the recoil? Additionally, the scientist in charge of the project made sure that the cyborg would stay loyal and complete missions by controlling the body and tricking Alex's brain into thinking that he's the one in control. However, later, Alex manages to override the body's priority and takes control.
* [[Film/Godzilla1954 The original]] Franchise/{{Godzilla}} went from [[http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk210/xolta_99/1810602_780cf736b9_m.jpg this]] to [[http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r212/MasterGodzilla/kiryu03.jpg this]] when he was [[Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla rebuilt as Kiryu]] (the latest version of Mechagodzilla).
** [[http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm24/ecsegar/kingghidorah8.jpg Say "Hi" to Mecha-King Ghidorah]]
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', in the TV show within the movie.
* In the SoBadItsGood sci-fi comedy ''Film/SpaceTruckers'', the CorruptCorporateExecutive betrays the MadScientist by turning his KillerRobot creations against him. Fortunately for him, he's able to rebuild himself, turning himself into a grotesque mish-mash of man and machine, and takes up a new life as a pirate.
* When Jason is killed in ''Film/JasonX'', there's not enough left of him for the futuristic medical beds to reconstruct as he was, so he is instead reconstructed as a cyborg ([[OhCrap much to the heroes' chagrin]]).
* Dr. Arliss Loveless in the film version of ''Film/WildWildWest'' lost the entire lower half of his body to his explosive experiments during the Civil War. Somehow, he survived and managed to build himself a replacement in the form of a SteamPunk wheelchair with some "custom" features. He also implies that he has found a way of restoring certain other lower-body functions using technology. "Somethin' hard-pumpin', and indefatigably steely"!
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. At the climax of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', he gets horrifically burned and loses all of his limbs save his prosthetic hand. Palpatine has him outfitted with new prosthetics and a [[VaderBreath breathing apparatus.]] He's still mostly human, but can't survive without his suit, "more machine now than man," as Obi-Wan says in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.

* An interesting example is from Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', where [[spoiler:the {{Golem}} Dorfl is destroyed in the final battle against the golem Mesugah.]] Afterwards, Captain Carrot actually says, in a [[ShoutOut direct reference]] to ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', the line: "We can rebake him. We have the pottery." And they do. Subverted, the character wasn't alive to begin with, or at least had no biological components. And he only got one improvement, though it was very significant: the power of speech.
* Creator/PeterDavid's ''Literature/PsiMan'' series has Beutel return with fewer and fewer organic parts each time, after getting trashed in the previous appearance's NoOneCouldSurviveThat moment. We ''think'' the finale got him for real...
* The hero in Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story "A Meeting With Medusa" is a man who was, delicately speaking, badly hurt in a blimp crash, and was more reconstructed (with cybernetics) than healed. The doctors were nice enough to make him 20 centimeters taller to make up for being half-machine.
* Played for laughs by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe in [[spoiler: ''The Man Who Was Used Up'']].
* The Tin Man from the Series/{{Oz}} books may be the UrExample.
* The ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] is loaded with characters good and characters evil who end up as cyborgs:
** There's some FantasticRacism directed towards those who lose more than a limb. Admiral Krennel literally has a skeletal prosthetic right hand [[RedRightHand that glows red]]. ''Darklighter'' reveals that [[AcePilot Hobbie Klivian]] has at least an arm and a leg, and ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' shows readers that he also lost his ''other'' leg. [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Ton Phanan]] lost limbs, half his face, and eventually more and more, and found that [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cybernetics ate his future]].
** ''Literature/DeathStar'' has a surgeon looking at Darth Vader from a safe distance and thinking that it's pretty obvious that the Dark Lord is largely cybernetic. But it seems that ''this'' book is a little divorced from the rest of the EU, since the surgeon seems to think that cybernetics are rare and most people opt to have the missing tissue [[CloningBodyParts cloned and grafted on.]]
** Supplementary material for ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' reveals that the prototypes for darktroopers - robotic stormtroopers - were aging veteran clone troopers, too old to fight well but very experienced, who had seventy percent or more of their bodies replaced. [[CloningBlues No one asked them about this beforehand]], so while they were effective in the battlefield, a lot of them committed suicide.
** In ''Literature/DarkEmpire'', the cloned Palpatine uses Shadow Droids, which are similar except that they're fighters piloted by the brains of incapacitated TIE pilots. And they can use the Force. Sorta.
** Ton Phanan of [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]] has an allergy to bacta, so any debilitating injuries have to be replaced with cybernetics.
* This is the superhero Fatale's origin in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''.
* In ''Freedom'' (the sequel to ''Literature/{{Daemon}}''), [[spoiler: Loki]] receives this treatment after being disfigured during torture.
* In the ''Literature/QuantumGravity'' series, [[ActionGirl Lila Black]] comes back from [[OurElvesAreBetter Alfheim]] after a torture session and goes through this in order to survive. [[spoiler:In a twist emphasizing the GreyAndGrayMorality, she didn't need those to survive until the people in her organization got their hands on her...]]
* In ''Literature/PreludeToDune'', Prince Rhombur Vernius of Ix is seriously injured during an assassination attempt on his friend Duke Leto Atreides, losing his entire lower half and much of the upper half. Dr. Wellington Yueh, who has just managed to perfect cybernetic prosthetics on Richese, agrees to "fix" Rhombur with the prosthetics. After the procedure, he is mostly cybernetic than human. Since Rhombur is Ixian, machines are a big part of his life, so being a cyborg for him is not so bad. However, he loses the ability to reproduce and, being the last surviving member of House Vernius, knows his line is ending. His wife suggests impregnating herself with the semen of Rhombur's deceased half-brother on his mother's side, thus providing him with a distaff heir. With his new cybernetic body, Rhombur is very strong and can crush a man's neck with one hand. He does, however, spend years learning how to properly use his new parts.
* In Max Barry's ''Literature/MachineMan'', Dr. Charles Neumann does this to ''himself'', going from [[spoiler: amputee, to double-amputee, to ManInTheMachine, to BrainInAJar, to full-on BrainUploading.]]
* People in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' generally prefer a regen therapy, but there's a sizable minority for whom it doesn't work, including the main character. These unfortunates have to do with prosthetics, up to and including becoming a HollywoodCyborg depending on the extent of damage. Honor, for example, has an artificial eye and an artificial arm ([[ArmCannon with a built-in gun]], no less).
* In the late 1980's, there was an adventure series called "Steele", whose lead, SWAT cop Donovan Steele, was rebuilt into a cyborg with a bit of a twist on the concept: he looked normal, but his damaged brain had been replaced with an [[WetwareBody artificially intelligent computer]] programmed to THINK of itself as Don Steele. Half his memories weren't even his -- programmers patched in some of their own to fill gaps in the upload. He angsted a good bit about his humanity when he wasn't slaughtering bad guys.
* ''Literature/{{Cyborg}}'' by Creator/MartinCaidin. The book they based the TV series ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' on. Steve Austin is an Airforce test pilot rebuilt with cybernetic parts after a horrific crash. He spends much of the book wrestling with CyberneticsEatYourSoul, mostly because the prosthetics in the book are more "realistic" than in the TV series: He can't see through his bionic eye, though it can act as a micro-camera; his bionic limbs carry limited and unfamiliar sensation; and he only has 'super strength' in his grip, and in some forms of striking. Though he can run at tremendous speed almost indefinitely, and has a broad variety of built in equipment.
* The third ''Robot City'' novel, "Cyborg", used this with a teenager named Jeff Leong, whose body was mangled in a crash-landing to the point that the city's robots had no choice but to put his brain in a modified robot shell, with his body [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] for reintegration later. It worked, but he ran off out of shock before tests could be completed. Along the way, Jeff slowly becomes DrunkWithPower from his new abilities, and starts thinking the other humans on the planet should be like him. [[spoiler: It turns out that later due to the robots' incomplete knowledge of human anatomy, Jeff wasn't given the proper brain chemicals to stay sane after the transplant. After said brain is returned to Jeff's body, he goes back to normal.]]
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', Alistair Mechanus rebuilds Julia's mangled boyfriend into a cyborg as a gift, complete with lots of neural dampeners to keep him in line. Things go sideways very quickly when Jim breaks free.
* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'', the BigBad Skade is mortally wounded in an accident involving a [[spoiler: faster-than-light drive, in a universe where that's a [[RetGone Very Bad Thing]] to experiment with]]. Her head is retrieved and hooked up to what is essentially a suit of PoweredArmor. A similar approach is mentioned with a special type of spacesuit helmet that appears in ''Literature/RevelationSpace'', which in the event of a suit breach, will [[LosingYourHead chop off the user's head]] and [[HumanPopsicle freeze it]], so that they can be retrieved and revived on a new cybernetic body.
* The central conceit of ''Who?'' by Creator/AlgisBudrys. Except, it's an American scientist, who is rebuilt by DirtyCommies, which makes the Americans very suspicious when he returns.

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* The TropeNamer is ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', where Steve Austin is rebuilt and given cybernetic implants to become the eponymous hero after a crash. In {{Homage}}, quite a few of the other references on this page use some variant of the line.
* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'', being a spin-off of ''The Six Million Dollar Man'', follows on with the same concept. As does the 2007 remake, ''Series/BionicWoman''.
* Jack Moon in ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' is brought back as Mechanimoon.
* Michael Wiseman in ''Series/NowAndAgain''.
* Inverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' with Seven of Nine who's turned from a Borg drone into a human with a few Borg components...which miraculously enable her to [[DoAnythingRobot do everything (and more) that a Borg drone can do]].
* Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' with Jean-Luc Picard, who was stabbed through the heart as a Starfleet cadet and received an artificial one as a replacement. While this event helped to make him a formidable officer, his newfound strengths came from the psychological impact of his close brush with death, not from his cardiac implant.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Repli-Weir, but her body was built from [[WhyAmITicking Fran's]] plans, so it's also a TheNthDoctor situation. You know, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman before they]] [[MoralDissonance killed her]].
* In ''Franchise/KamenRider,'' most of the 90s-and-before Riders were physically altered in some way to become Riders, though few in response to otherwise-unrecoverable injury or illness. ''Film/KamenRiderJ'' was one of those cases, infused with "J Power" after being tossed off a cliff by bad guys. (This is a rare case of the transformation being benign: the rebuilding is usually done by ''bad guys'' wanting to use the Riders as a trump card. For some reason, upgrading always comes before brainwashing, and the Rider-to-be ''always'' escapes brainwashing. (When will [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Shocker]] learn?)
* Buredoran gets rebuilt into Buredo-RUN in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''. The same goes for his counterpart Vrak (without a name alteration) in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce''.
* In ''Series/UltraSeven'', when the Ghose aliens' monster Pandon gets AnArmAndALeg chopped off by Ultraseven, they rebuild the creature's missing limbs and send it back out to battle Seven under the name Reconstructed Pandon.
* Spoofed in ''Series/That70sShow''. In one of Fez's many [[ImagineSpot Imagine Spots]], he contemplates what it will be like to have Hyde, Eric, and Kelso teach him how to get girls..
-->'''Hyde:''' Gentlemen...we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him smarter, handsomer, aloofer.
-->'''Eric:''' Aloofer? Is that even a word?
-->'''Hyde:''' We can ''make'' it a word. We have the technology.
* A non-cybernetic example happens to [[spoiler:Ser Gregor Clegane]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Though [[spoiler:victorious in his duel with Oberyn Martell, he was incapacitated by the manticore venom which tipped Oberyn's spear, and only an unknown process performed by Qyburn was able to save him]]. The process has left [[spoiler:Gregor]] with bluish pale skin and red eyes, but has not diminished his strength or deadliness, in fact it seems to have enhanced it. [[spoiler:When his face is finally shown in the finale of Season 6, we see it is stuck in a listless expression and a lot of it is ''still rotting off''.]] His VaderBreath, FrankensteinsMonster-like behavior and concealing armor make him very close to a medieval fantasy version of the trope.
* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', after [[spoiler:Jack's]] horrible fall at the end of [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E3MistressNewMistress "Mistress - New - Mistress"]], a woman named Jane finds and heals him, [[spoiler:replacing a large portion of damaged body with metal prosthetic]] in [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E4ScienceAndMagic "Science and Magic"]].

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* Sentai Jin, a rebuilt astrophysicist in Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel. Unfortunately, they couldn't rebuild him ''again'' after his lab exploded. This is also the origin of both Atomic Trooper Robo and Shadow Trooper Robo, who were rebuilt into super-cyborgs by the mysterious organization Robo Dynamics after (respectively) a failed BMX stunt and a drag racing accident left them near-death.

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000:''
*** After he was left for dead by a group of former patients out for revenge, Mad Dok Grotsnik’s Gretchin assistants attempted to save his life with emergency surgery and extensive bionic replacements. Unfortunately the Gretchin had more enthusiasm than skill and although Grotsnik’s life was saved by the surgery, his already shaky grasp on sanity was lost altogether and he is now utterly, absolutely, and completely mad.
*** Dreadnoughts are the ultimate expression of this trope in the ''Warhammer 40,000'' universe. A Space Marine who has been mortally wounded is fitted with advanced neural interfaces and hardwired into a HumongousMecha so that they can continue to fight for the Imperium.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'', the special character known only as Da Krusha suffered from an accident at some point in the past that left him on the verge of death. For unknown reasons the Mekboyz of Mektown felt obliged to rebuild him with the most advanced bionics replacements available and continue to maintain and upgrade him generations later.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'' has Veskit, the high executioner of Clan Eshin, who would have died from the terrible wounds he sustained while rescuing a Clan Skryre Warlock Engineer had the scientist-sorcerers not rebuilt him with their {{Magitek}}. Veskit is now more machine than Skaven, an emotionless and uncontrollable killing machine that Clan Eshin have sent to strengthen their forces in the City of the Damned.
* Most sci-fi games feature {{Transhuman}} cybertech of some stripe, but there's usually some limiting factor as to the degree to which one can be rebuilt, often meant to curb {{Munchkin}}ism. However, ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' goes whole hog with cyberzombies. Apparently, Aztechnology ''can'' completely rebuild a person... but he'll live a miserable shell of an existence and likely be dead within a year. To do it, you have to take someone, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul shove enough cybernetic implants into them to kill them]], then use BlackMagic to bring them back to life, ''then'' stuff them with enough drugs to make them temporarily forget that they're supposed to be dead. And they'll probably still go psychotic or catatonic within six to twelve months.
* Many fantasy games (particularly [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]) have necromancy provide the same effect, with villains and heroes coming back faster, stronger and deader, only the answer to the humanity question is a rather obvious No. A more traditional example might be the Half-Golem template, which has people repaired with magically powered mechanical parts. Eventually they go nuts because CyberneticsEatYourSoul.
* This is the backstory of the androids in ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld''. Why they chose teenagers to be the ones to rebuild however, is lost on most of the fandom.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has prosthetics in-universe, and since medical cloning technology is either prohibitively expensive (for limbs and some organs) or impossible to get right in a safe manner (for critical things like hearts, lungs, and anything involving the nervous system), a lot of characters both heroic and villainous have are described with cybernetics. In the game, this has little impact at the tactical level of ''Battletech'' but it does feature more heavily in ''Mechwarrior'', where the loss of a limb, eye, or ear is a very real possibility for a player. A critically wounded character with irrepairable damage to all their body parts can come back with four new cyborg limbs that are just as functional as their old ones, a pair of cybereyes and functional replacement ears, and artificial muscle grafts just to top it all off. Even with all that, there is no '[[CyberneticsEatYourSoul cyberpsycho]]' effect in ''Battletech'', so characters can be remade into a cyborg worth more than some Battlemechs and be unchanged personality-wise. Anything beyond basic replacement is heavily stigmatized, though, thanks to the Word of Blake cult, who built cybernetic super-soldiers and unleashed them on the Inner Sphere.
* ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfSeventySeven'': The X-Tech role gives the character cybernetic enhancements to use. Since the game is set in TheSeventies, it's in the vein of ''The Six Million Dollar Man'' and ''The Bionic Woman''.

* This also turned out to be a popular method of justifying new versions of Franchise/{{Transformers}} characters to sell more toys. Since they're already robots to begin with, it usually works out fine. In fact, it's not unusual for Transformers to go though this several times over the course of their lives.
* [[spoiler: Gaardus]] from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was rebuilt by a bunch of rogue engineers ForScience!. Although he was already a cyborg, and didn't directly suffer from CyberneticsEatYourSoul, he was upset enough to [[IHateYouVampireDad murder those responsible for his transformation]] and become an outcast.
* Presumably the case with the [[https://www.lego.com/en-us/minifigures/characters/cyborg-40bdc0bf4a5948caa91d911cbbc330ef Cyborg]] character from Lego.

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* Bryan Fury from ''Videogame/{{Tekken}}''
* Gruntilda in ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Grunty's Revenge'', although instead of being revived as a cyborg, she transfers her soul to a robotic body while she is trapped below a rock.
* The Star Wolf team in ''VideoGame/StarFox64'', if you enter Venom the hard way from Area-6, though Wolf avoids this fate.
** Oddly enough, while the hard ending is canon, Star Wolf returns pretty much unaffected in ''Assault'', although Wolf trades his eyepatch for something more high-tech. It's also perfectly possible to avoid the first encounter with Star Wolf and they still show up like this on Venom.
* This might be the case for Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''.
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'':
** Yokuba/Fassad ends up falling off the Thunder Tower as a result of his own stupidity, but returns as a cyborg not much later. He loses his ability to speak, instead communicating through music which requires an interpreter, and is now combat capable enough to pick fights with the party on his own [[spoiler: [[IAmNotLeftHanded though it turns out he would've been a threat even without his enhancements.]]]]
** [[spoiler: It also turns out that the Masked Man is a brainwashed, reconstructed Claus, who was found by the Pigmask army after his failed attempt to get revenge on the Mecha-Drago, then used by the BigBad as the commander of the army and as a tool to pull [[MacGuffin the needles]].]]
** [[spoiler:Taking a peek at the game's reveal some [[DummiedOut unused sprites]] of The Masked Man apparently being [[http://mother3.fobby.net/unused/crazyclaus.gif blown up, carried away, and rebuilt.]] At some point in the game it appears this was intended to happen to him ''twice''.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** Raiden returns as a cyborg in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. And he's ''[[TookALevelInBadass awesome.]]'' It's also one of The Patriots' atrocities: he didn't need rebuilding. But after the prologue of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' he really could use an upgrade.
** Before Raiden, there was... Cyborg Ninja, a.k.a. [[spoiler: Gray Fox.]]
*** And before even the Cyborg Ninja, there was [[spoiler: Schneider]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.
** Big Boss in ''VideoGame/SnakesRevenge''. But we don't talk about that. He's a cyborg in official ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' as well, although this fact only comes up at the end (and is explained as being the end result of having been tortured and mutilated prior to becoming your CO in the first game). The process of transforming Big Boss with prostheses is finally depicted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''.
* Driscoll at the end of ''VideoGame/FrontMission.'' If you play the GaidenGame, it turns out he was HoistByHisOwnPetard.
* Ridley in the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series. Many, many times. ''Twice'' for ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.]]''
** Samus' suit had become integrated with her conscious system, making it impossible to remove while she was unconscious without surgery. Samus manages to pull this trope off twice in less than three minutes in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidFusion Fusion]]''.
** Weavel and Mother Brain, too. The Space Pirates are good at this.
* This actually happens to the Player Character in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore 1'' and ''2''. A little known secret is that if you keep dying, the game "lowers the difficulty" by giving you cyborg upgrades that improve your HumongousMecha. It even has a funny/morbid little cutscene with the evil AI and a doctor discussing it.
* Omega Rugal in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 95''. He actually wound up destroying himself ''again'' with the use of the [[DeadlyUpgrade Orochi power.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' series, Wild Dog gets shot to pieces at the end of ''every'' game. The first time he returned as a cyborg it was a surprise twist (for a given value of "surprising"), now it's just what he does.
* Hugo Medio from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX'' has this in his backstory, where an attack by a powerful enemy (the Jetzt in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration OG Gaiden]], or the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Devil Gundam]] in MX, the latter uses the zombified version of his old friend Foglia) left him very gravely wounded, and the only way to save him was to add cybernetic parts to his body.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a magic example for Kael'Thas. After his first defeat, he was brought back to life by a demon, apparently by shoving a crystal through his chest.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
** According to the backstory, this is the source of all the Protoss Dragoons. Most notable is [[MeaningfulName Fenix]], who you get to control both before and after gets almost killed.
** Then there are the Immortals of ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', Dragoons on steroids. Due to desperation and the loss of the old Dragoon shrines on Aiur, the Protoss had to refit the ones they had with hardened energy shields to squeeze every iota of use out of them. They represent a dying breed who will give ''everything'' to buy even a ''second'' more for their people. The ''definition'' of {{Determinator}}s.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'':
** Averted but later subverted. When [[EnsembleDarkhorse Zero]] dies at the end of the first game, the Maverick Hunters try their best in rebuilding him, but Zero's designs are too complicated to duplicate. In the second game, however, he was indeed rebuilt, but by the ''villains''. [[spoiler:This situation, however, only happens in the non-canon ending; the true ending has X obtain Zero's parts (which are implied to be created by the villains nonetheless), and the Hunters use them to truly revive Zero]].
** This sort of subversion happens again later, in ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'', where Zero reappears once again BackFromTheDead, but there's absolutely no idea as to who actually rebuilt him this time.
** And rebuilt one last time into an even more powerful body by [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Ciel.]]
%% * [[BigBad Mr. X]] in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 3''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' brings up this trope with its Mark IV Mjolnir combat cyborgs. [[spoiler:There is even a strong implication that your character himself is a robocopped dead soldier.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', "Ziggy" is a Ziggurat-8 model cyborg, thus rebuilt after the suicide of policeman Jan Sauer. He [[WhoWantsToLiveForever isn't too happy about it]], until he finds a new purpose.
* In the original ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis kills Destroyman by vertically cutting him in half. As one of only many examples as to why the series is CrazyAwesome, he returns in the sequel, with ''[[DualBoss both halves rebuilt into separate cyborgs.]]''
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', to avoid the GameplayGuidedAmnesia, the game starts with the Normandy getting shot to pieces and Commander Shepard being hurled into space in a leaking space suit and falling all the way to the surface of the nearby planet. Cerberus retrieved the charred and broken remains and spend two years and billions of credits to bring Shepard's body back to life, including most of the memories. Cue Shepard's reply to bewildered onlookers, "I Got Better."
* Urgot from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', a battle-scarred warrior who "refused to die". When he finally died, he was rebuilt as a cybernetic crab creature with a grenade launcher arm.
** Also, Orianna, although instead of rebuilding the actual girl her "father" recreated her as a clockwork automaton.
* In the ''VisualNovel/VeraBlanc'' games by indie developer Winter Wolves, the eponymous teenage heroine was saved from a fatal brain tumor with an experimental procedure that not only re-wired her brain to work more efficiently, but gives her the ability to [[{{Telepathy}} read minds]].
* Amber from ''VisualNovel/ProjectEden'' was turned into a combat Cyborg after a skyway accident, apparently at her request.
* ''{{VideoGame/Skullgirls}}'':
** Peacock was a normal girl who was kidnapped by slavers that mutilated her body[[note]][[BodyHorror Eyes gouged, teeth pulled out, arms and legs chopped off.]][[/note]]. She was found after her torture by staff from the shadowy [[MadScientistLaboratory Anti-Skullgirl Lab]], who equipped her with a shiny new set of cyborg parts: mechanical arms with three eyes on each, a bear trap for teeth, and a veritable cornucopia of reality-warping instruments of destruction. Unfortunately, the torture [[BreakTheCutie drove her mad]], and being rebuilt [[AxCrazy failed to stabilize her mind]].
** Ben Birdland was a cop who ran afoul of his crooked unit, ending up in an iron lung as a result. He accepted the Anti-Skullgirl Lab's offer to rebuild him as Big Band, and they made good by integrating a breathing apparatus and an array of pneumatic musical weapons into his body.
** It's implied that most, if not all, of the cyborgs in the Anti-Skullgirl Lab 8 (such as Big Band and Peacock above) were people who suffered horrible injuries and were subsequently rebuilt by the Lab. WordOfGod states that even the cyborg children in Lab 8 are disabled orphans who would have been unable to survive without their assistance. Lab 0, however, is not so ethical--Painwheel was originally a normal, healthy girl who was kidnapped and experimented on against her will.
* The hero in ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}'' loses his hands against the bad guys, and his new fits allow him to take them on.
* All the [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]] in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' are improved robotic versions of the older bosses. Which leads one to believe that ''[[FridgeHorror something]]'' [[FridgeHorror had rebuilt them for a reason]].
* Cybernetic surgery is a common practice in ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise''.
* This is the explanation for [[spoiler:Megatron's new body]] in ''Videogame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''; [[spoiler:he starts the game in the same body as in ''War for Cybertron'', then gets pulverized by [[HumongousMecha Metroplex]] and rebuilt by Soundwave into a similar but different body.]]
* In the prologue to ''VisualNovel/TooHuman'', a CyberPunk adaptation of Myth/NorseMythology, Baldr is resurrected by Aesir cybernetics technology. It's implied to happen again and again and again every time the player dies and the cutscene where a Valkyrie teleports in to carry him off to Valhalla shows. There are also plot-relevant cutscenes where your support troops who die are carried off as well and in the last area they are joined by the setting's version of Einherjar, nine-foot-tall armored cyborgs with {{Arm Cannon}}s
* Implied of [[GiantRobot Liberty Prime]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', who gets {{Kill Sat}}ted and blown to smithereens during the first quest of ''Broken Steel''; his remains are returned to the Citadel, where you can donate spare parts for cash, although he never actually gets rebuilt in the game. A more traditional example is Star Paladin Cross, who was rebuilt into a cyborg by Scribe Rothchild following critical injuries while defending Elder Lyons.
** As of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', [[spoiler:Liberty Prime]] is back and is the trump card of the Brotherhood's military forces after the fall of [[spoiler:The Enclave]]. Elder Maxson makes sure his ace in the hole is used when the Brotherhood '''really''' needs heavy firepower.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', Dr. Zero did this to himself. After defeating Prince Tail's father, the King attacked him and left him for dead. Zero repaired his original body with cybernetics.
* Charlie Nash (whose canon ending in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'' has him being betrayed by a fellow soldier and falling into a South American waterfall) seems to be heavily rebuilt using patches of skin from another source in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV''. His body is covered in several stitches and the grafted flesh is differently colored from the rest of him (considerably darker). He also has a PowerCrystal embedded on his forehead as well.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Torvald underwent this in order to survive a monster attack. While it cost him most of his body, he got a jetpack, personal forcefield generator, and in-built mortar cannons out of it.
* Adam Jensen in ''Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is severely injured in the game's prologue. His employer Sarif Industries takes advantage of a clause in the employment contract Adam signed to heavily augment him without his explicit verbal permission. Sarif Industries spares no expense in the process and fits Adam with the latest in augmentation advances. This even includes augmentation that isn't officially on the market yet, such as Sarif Industries' prototype explosive device, the Typhoon.
--->"I never asked for this."
* Genji of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was almost killed by his brother Hanzo, but Overwatch found him and rebuilt him as a CyberNinja.
* A central theme of ''VideoGame/{{POPGOES}}''. Namely, Fritz wants to build bodies for [[spoiler:his daughter whom he accidentally murdered, as well as his serial killer brother Simon]] presumably so [[spoiler:their souls can possess it]].
* Available as an option in ''VideoGame/XcomEnemyWithin''. A soldier who gets critically wounded can be out of commission for up to a month, or even longer with the [[VideoGame/XComLongWar Long War mod]]. Converting a soldier into a [[{{Cyborg}} MEC trooper]], however, takes 3 days. Sometimes you just need to get your best troops back into the field as soon as possible.
* Blackburn of ''VideoGame/AtlasReactor'' was killed by diving on a grenade but recovered by Warbiotics and rebuilt. It's unknown exactly ''how'' much of his body is organic; an alternate skin suggests [[BrainUploading it may only be his mind]]. [[ShellShockedVeteran It's also implied Blackburn is less than happy about his current state of affairs]].
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes'': The SecretCharacter known as Shadow Lady is [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Chun-Li]] from an AlternateUniverse where she was [[ReforgedIntoAMinion forcibly turned into a]] [[UnwillingRoboticization brainwashed cybernetic minion]] for Shadaloo. Before she was forcibly roboticized, Chun-Li routinely foiled Shadaloo's plans at every turn, and in retaliation, Shadaloo kidnapped, experimented and [[{{Cyborg}} cyborgized]] her for the sake of turning her into a pawn against Interpol. When the task was completed, they turned her into a living weapon, complete with a new name and transformed her into M. Bison's [[TheDragon top operative]]. Unlike Shadow--a roboticized Charlie Nash, who escaped shortly after being transformed--Shadaloo added a RestrainingBolt to Shadow Lady's programming and internal systems so the cyborg would [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul remain fully obedient and loyal to Bison]], and complete her missions by having her body be remotely controlled, essentially making her a [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl. As Shadow Lady, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Chun-Li's formerly cheerful personality was obliterated, and her body's physiology altered so it]] [[EmotionlessGirl experienced no emotion apart from being a ruthless but highly effective killing machine]] and assassin for Shadaloo - in essence, she is essentially a completely different person inhabiting her body and mind (being more machine than human), and serves as nothing but a weapon against her former allies and Interpol. It's also been implied that deep down, [[AndIMustScream the old Chun-Li is still there on some level]], and is at least partially aware of what she has done. Even if her allies ever managed to revive her, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Chun-Li would have to deal with the]] [[HeelRealization guilt of being a tool for Shadaloo]], not to mention the fact that [[RealityEnsues being a brainwashed robotic minion wouldn't go away overnight]] should she become a good person again. Aside from retaining a few moves from her non-cyborgified variant, she has built-in high tech weaponry, and all of this was augmented to her robotic body, like the T-X from the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' series, thus making her more faster and stronger than Shadow, but at the cost of becoming a brainwashed minion for Shadaloo. She shoots [[HomingProjectile homing]]/[[MissileLockOn heat-seeking missiles]] from [[BackpackCannon her back]], thrusts forward with [[ThisIsADrill a drill]], encases herself in a [[ShockAndAwe electric barrier]] (that also [[DeflectorShield deflects attacks]] and stuns opponents), miniaturized Vernier thrusters in her feet that enable her to jump much higher (and allow her to kick more rapidly) and fires a large beam ([[ArmCannon Big Bang Laser]]) from [[HandBlast her palms]]. [[spoiler:In her ending however, she manages to [[HeroicWillpower overcome Shadaloo's brainwashing,]] [[HeelFaceTurn regain her original memories as Chun-Li]], and join forces with Shadow in taking down Shadaloo. Despite this, she retains her robotic parts even after the brainwashing broke.]]

* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Start Of Darkness Prequel, Xykon's transformation from forcibly de-powered old man to Lich Sorcerer was described in this fashion, parodying the {{opening narration}} of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'': "Xykon, sorcerer. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the magic. We have the magic to make the world's next undead sorcerer lich. Xykon will be that lich. Deader than he was before. Deader, faster, stronger." and so on.
* Done to a raccoon in ''Webcomic/TheIntrepidGirlbot''.
* [[spoiler:Frans Rayner]] from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** The bunny was quite injured by around twenty-five years of service, until it was patched-up by Rose. [[spoiler:And thirteen additional years later rebuild by Jade...]] [[color:white:as a cyborg!]]
** Later, [[AuthorAvatar Andrew Hussie]] does this for [[spoiler: Spades Slick]] after saving him from his [[spoiler: dying universe]].
* In one one-page comic from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Helix is kidnapped, and his kidnappers mail Sam and Florence Helix's body parts, [[WhatAnIdiot forgetting that Helix, being a robot, can be reassembled.]] Even ''Sam'' says that these guys aren't criminal masterminds.
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'': During Hob, happens offscreen to Kimiko, [[spoiler: then she gets ripped apart, and rebuilt ''again'']]. She's had her ArtificialLimbs ever since, despite the comic's ambiguous continuity.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4391 the Devil Tech technician rebuilds a drone.]]
* In ''Webcomics/{{Crankrats}}'', the eponymous [[BloodKnight crankrats]] were originally soldiers who had been fatally wounded before being augmented with {{steampunk}} [[AppliedPhlebotinum machinery]]. [[GoneHorriblyRight Unfortunately]], WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
* Parodied in [[http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/268/a/d/the_six_million_dollar_scout_by_brokenteapot-d2zg2rr.png this comic.]]
* ''Webcomic/ProjectFuture'' has one character rebuilt as a cyborg, unfortunately after a shot in the head his remaining biological parts are destroyed. Fortunately his soul and mind are transferred into a purely mechanical body.
* How Amazingman in ''Webcomic/EvilPlan'' survives falling off of a water tower and being paralyzed. Along with the fancy robotic spine came an impossible to pay off hospital bill and a mandate that he must continue superhero work until he [[WorkOffTheDebt pays it off]].

* Psychotic assassin Deathlist of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He's been rebuilt so many times the only human part of him is his head. Supposedly, his first rebuild was after his parents stuffed him into a trash compactor, decades ago.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' plays With this trope a bit. In this case, the person turned into a {{cyborg}} (Simmons) isn't actually the one who needed rebuilding; instead, he's rebuilt as a cyborg so his body parts can be used to save Grif after an unfortunate incident with a Warthog and the wall of a base. Why Grif wasn't the one to be made a cyborg is a testament to Sarge's determination to never let common sense get in the way of scientific progress. Though technically, he was already planning to make Simmons a cyborg (so he could fix the warthog), it just happened that it left a bunch of spare organs lying around.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', when [[GadgeteerGenius Armsmaster]], having already lost an arm against Leviathan, is nearly killed by [[WasOnceAMan Mannequin]], his friend [[ArtificialIntelligence Dragon]] designs and implements cyborg technology to save his life on the spot. He later refines this even more to the point that he doesn't need to sleep and moves like a speedster, in addition to his powered armor.
* [[spoiler: Julia]] is rebuilt in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 7'' and plans on getting the Lucky Dime again.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Betty's lower-body was crushed by a pillar, so it had to be reconstructed, making her a {{Cyborg}}.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Taurus Bulba from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', courtesy of F.O.W.L. He was ''not'' pleased.
* Hyena and Jackal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. And Coldstone, but he/they weren't human to start with.
* Baxter Stockman in ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) loses more and more body parts as the show goes on, becoming a more monstrous cyborg with each appearance, until he eventually ends up as a BrainInAJar.
* Hexadecimal from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has this treatment after being blown up when a game cube ([[Creator/{{Nintendo}} No, not THAT one]]) cut the giant laser she was using in half, but instead of a cyborg she was turned into a BDSM slave. [[{{Squick}} By]] [[IncestIsRelative her]] [[BrotherSisterIncest brother]].
* Zachary Foxx of the ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' is turned into a HollywoodCyborg with an ArmCannon after being injured in a space battle.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in a [[CutawayGag faux-flashback]] when Peter remembers the time when he was ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''. Unfortunately, they didn't want to spend a lot of money so they came up with...[[http://www.pisitoenmadrid.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/six_million_dollar_man.jpg this.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' the TV series, [[KnightOfCerebus Alpha]] first rebuilt himself with alien body parts, but later used cybernetics.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'', Bionic One was able to keep his identity as a cyborg superhero secret from his family until an accident required him to "use the technology," if you will, to prevent them from dying.
* Cyber-Godzilla in ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', who is [[FanNickname Zilla]] brought back to life by aliens.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' parodies this with Steve Austin, the original bionic man, running away from the U.S. since it turns out the government wants him to pay for the multi-million dollar surgery, on a government agent's salary.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L.", [[TeamPet the skunk Bradley]], aka Numbuh Six, was run over by a car while helping out Sector V and ended up in the hospital; Numbuh Two was able to use cybernetics rebuild him into [[BadassBoast "a part-skunk, part Kids Next Door operative, part butt-kicking machine known as... R.O.B.O.B.R.A.D.L.E.Y.!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'':
** In the second season finale, the KGB turns [[spoiler:Barry]] into a bionic man to hunt down Archer and Katya. His introduction is a straight-up homage to the oft-quoted ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' opening.
** Later, Krieger rebuilds Katya. After she [[spoiler:falls in love with]] Barry during his attempts to kill Archer during the second attempt to marry him and Katya, [[spoiler:she later becomes head of the KGB.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Total Re-Carl", Meatwad declares they can rebuild him after Frylock's Super-Toilet prototype destroyed Carl's body (leaving him a severed head). After several mishaps, Frylock just shoves Carl's head onto a remote-control toy truck and calls it a day.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Mother Talzin used her [[{{Magitek}} magicks to fashion new, cybernetic legs]] for [[spoiler: Darth Maul, who survived [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe his bisection]] at the hands of Obi-Wan.]]
* Like everything else in life ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' had taken a few shots at the concept:
** Parodied and averted in one sketch making fun of ''The Six Million Dollar Man'' and ''The Bionic Woman''. Steve Austin gets the scientists who rebuilt him to do the same to his girlfriend, which they do. The problem is that in addition to the standard cybernetics, they give her padded knees, larger breasts, and a hand that automatically does a jerking motion (for "polishing things"). She's naturally angry and delivers a beatdown to Steve and the scientists, leaving them as nothing more than heads. They ask the people attending to them if they could be rebuilt, but they just get laughed at because the question is considered absurd, and they're told that they won't live through the night.
** There's also the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co-wNI9wn6w Bionic Mexican,]] which features the "Six Million ''Peso'' Man". He promptly uses his stronger and faster body to jump the border into the U.S, and one agent laments their loss of [[CrossingTheLineTwice 283 American Dollars.]]
* This happened to "[[MeaningfulName B.P. Vess]]" (AKA: Bulletproof) in the animated series WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', members of MECH save their critically-wounded leader Silas by modifying the corpse of the Decepticon warrior Breakdown to act as life support and to let Silas control it while hooked up to it. Even ''Megatron'' is disturbed by this.

* Some intraocular lens implants used in cataract surgery are reported to give better vision than natural vision at its youth peak.
* There is a debate over whether prosthetic legs such as those used by sprinter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius Oscar Pistorius]] give users an unfair competitive advantage over "able-bodied" athletes.
** However, as the first amputee to ever compete in the Olympic Games, he came in last place in the 400m semi-final (16th out of 51 overall), and only won one fairly minor race against able-bodied athletes before [[CareerKiller negligent homicide charges arising from the death of his girlfriend]] put an indefinite crimp on his athletic career. Quite an achievement for someone with no legs, but it suggests we're not quite at the point of making cyborgs better than humans just yet.
* Dental implants, an increasingly-common alternative to dentures, never get cavities and can be less brittle than natural teeth.