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->'''Bart Simpson:''' Ralph! I thought you were dead?\\
'''Ralph Wiggum:''' Nope.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

A major character, possibly even a popularly nasty BigBad, has been [[CharacterDeath killed]], pronounced dead and buried. However, the established laws of the [[TheVerse universe]] allow for FunctionalMagic, a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, AppliedPhlebotinum, DeusExMachina or similar agency to intervene and subvert what naturally follows dying. Namely, ''staying dead''. (In some cases, an explanation [[UnexplainedRecovery isn't even bothered with]].)

Maybe the writers were running short of new ideas and decided to [[RecycledScript recycle some old characters]]. Maybe the actor has recently acquired some indecent photographs of the producers. [[FirstLawOfResurrection Maybe the new writer was devastated his predecessor killed the character]]. Who knows? He is now Back From The Dead!

The form of afterlife can vary pretty widely. They may "simply" be resurrected or {{reincarnat|ion}}ed (usually as a sentient pet animal), physical or mental alterations ([[CameBackStrong good]] or [[CameBackWrong bad]]) optional; or we may now have a ghost, or vampire... zombie, angel, godling, demon... haunted car... okay, that last one will be hard to top (except with a [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Love-matic Grandpa!]]). Bringing someone back from the dead by supernatural means is generally treated as being a negative thing because of how unnatural it is.

If a character cannot come back from the dead entirely, they may show up as a SpiritAdvisor or MentorArchetype, letting them be literally dead, but allowing them to interact with the living.

In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS4E11MortalCoil Mortal Coil]]", Neelix actually dies for real but is ([[TheScrappy some would argue unfortunately]]) brought back to life some 18 hours later. This is an example of ContractualImmortality. In order to qualify for being brought Back From The Dead, a character in a TV show would have to be still dead at the end of one episode and resurrected, by whatever means, in a later episode (2-parters don't count).

This is exceedingly common in American {{superhero}} comic books, to the point that whenever a popular character dies, it's a given that they'll be back on within no more than five years. At one time, it was said that "Nobody ever stays dead in comics, except ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}, [[Franchise/SpiderMan Uncle Ben]], and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Jason Todd]]." Naturally, since that phrase was coined, Bucky and Jason Todd have since been recalled to life.

See DeathIsCheap for when this becomes a regular feature of a 'verse, SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness for the odds a particular death will stick, and [[WMG/SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness the accompanying betting pool]] for which modern Lazarus is due back next. See also ResurrectiveImmortality for where this is an everyday part of a character's life.

A general rule of thumb is that if you NeverFoundTheBody, the character is NotQuiteDead in the first place (and therefore not a candidate for this trope). One of the most common examples of this is that if a character falls off of a cliff or other high structure, especially into [[SoftWater water]], he or she is almost guaranteed to still be alive; see DisneyDeath. An explosion gives more reasonable odds. Of course, even if DeaderThanDead, even if you see the body and you've atomized it so finely that each individual molecule is a galaxy apart... there's always TimeTravel. Removing the entire thing from existence can be done, and equally undone by a similar DeusExMachina.

FakingTheDead has its own trope. See also FirstEpisodeResurrection when this happens at the start of the series.

The character's resurrection from the dead could result in a situation of UnwantedRevival.

!!'''As a DeathTrope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''



* [[BiteTheWaxTadpole Allegedly]], Pepsi can [[MemeticMutation bring your ancestors back from the dead]].
* According to a Super Bowl commercial, so can Doritos.
* The Priceline Negotiator went down in a fiery explosion but somehow managed to come back.
* A 2001 commercial for Leon's (a Canadian furniture store chain) has an elderly woman dying in her bed as she is surrounded by her grieving family. After [[WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath her soul departs from her body and]] [[GoIntoTheLight is about to descend to Heaven,]] she looks around at her family and then at the nice furniture pieces she is leaving behind. She thinks for a moment ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny about having to leave behind the furniture]]'' and a few seconds later, she lets out a huge gasp and awakens, which shocks her family. Except for her would-be widower, who lets out a [[BigYes "Whoo-hoo!"]] in response.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' Suigintou pulls a Back from the Dead after getting killed in the last episode of Season One and several are revived in ''Traumend''. And damaged "normal" animated doll brought back by Jun (almost accidentally).
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': The dead members of Team Suzaku are brought back as {{Spirit Advisor}}s in the final episode, possessing volunteers so they can contribute to the fight. The {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VAs have their ghosts show up a few more times before finally using {{reincarnation}} to bring them back for good.
* ''Anime/{{Gekiganger 3}}'': [[TheLancer Joe Umitsubame]] comes back from the dead, piloting the original Gekiganger 3 robot, to help the rest of the team defeat the show's BigBad. A character watching this episode comments on the fact that people [[ThisIsReality in real life]] (like the dead Gai Daigouji and Tsukomo Shiratori) don't come back from the dead, another example of the show's contrast of ''Gekiganger'''s idealistic worldview and the "reality" of ''Nadesico''. Ironically, in that very same episode, the apparently-dead Admiral turned out to be NotQuiteDead.
** Parodied in Nadesico's non-canonical-by-virtue-of-[[TimeParadox ontological-paradox]] RecapEpisode (the explanation appears to be found in FramingDevice nowadays):
--->'''Ruri''': Mr. Yamada, aren't you...?
--->'''Gai''': Relax! It's a guy thing.
* ''Manga/GaRei'': Yomi. ''Twice''.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Muhammed Avdol of the third part was shot in the head by Hol Horse (giving Polnareff a lesson about not being a selfish prick, and working together), but came back in a later chapter (where it was revealed that the bullet bounced off his skull). The kicker here is that he's killed off later by Dio's Dragon, Vanilla Ice.
** Before him, in the second part, Stroheim blows himself up with a grenade in an attempt to kill Santana, who is crawling into his wounded leg. Some twenty chapters later, he returns as a cyborg.
* Everyone in ''Manga/SailorMoon'' is expected to die near or at the end of each arc, usually for the sake of being [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder Team Cannon Fodder]], but sometimes for an actual ''reason''. In TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] version this only happens in the first and final seasons. All other seasons they just didn't die.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' takes a page from ''Sailor Moon'' and kills off the whole cast in the GrandFinale, only to bring them back with a single Mew Aqua and TrueLovesKiss. (The latter was only for one person; otherwise, it would get really silly.)
* The Bronze Saints in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' seem to suffer from this, considering they "die" (or at least, they're dealt fatal blows) by the end of each saga. The series {{Hand Wave}}s this by claiming that Athena can bring them back from the ''brink'' of death; however, Hades himself can reanimate the dead and turn them into Specters for his army.
** There's also Ikki, Saint of PHOENIX. As his name implies, he keeps coming back all the time...only stronger.
** In ''Anime/SaintSeiyaSoulOfGold'', the Gold Saints are very literally resurrected and transported back to Earth from Hell.
** In ''Manga/SaintSeiyaEpisodeGA'', [[spoiler: Aiolos is alive and well in the present despite dying first in 1973, then in 1986...]]
* The Book of Darkness, the Wolkenritter, and the [[EnemyWithout corrupted self-defense program]] from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' are able to perform this repeatedly thanks to the Book's Rejuvenation Program. You can rip off their very life force and obliterate them without a trace using a weapon that distorts the fabric of time and space, but as long as the Rejuvenation Program is active, they will eventually be revived. The only known method to actually stop the Book of Darkness for good is to ''freeze'' it. No direct destruction will ever keep it from reappearing.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Ayanami Rei self-destructs EVA Unit 00 to kill the Angel Armisael, but later turns up alive. Except she has some memory loss, which she suspects is because "I'm the third one." Rei later turns out to be a series of clone bodies.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Brook, who ate the Yomi Yomi no Mi (Revive-Revive Fruit), which allowed him to come back to life after his entire crew was slaughtered...though it took him too long to find his body, so that he's now a [[DemBones living skeleton]].
** Used in a warped context in the Thriller Bark arc; Shichibukai (Warlord of the Sea) Gekko Moria uses his Kage Kage no Mi (Shadow-Shadow Fruit) powers to steal shadows and implant them into corpses to bring said cadavers into a pseudo-living state. Yep, you guessed it: zombies. [[ZombieApocalypse An army of zombies]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Kikyou was brought back from the dead early on, while still staying dead. She just had her soul transferred into a clay doll body instead.
** [[DeathIsCheap Rin, Jaken, Kohaku and the Band of Seven]]. Only Rin and Jaken are really alive though, the rest are just kept "alive" by [[AppliedPhlebotinum Shikon Jewel shards]] that if removed will make them die again instantly. And later, after his shard is removed, Kohaku is [[FirstLawOfResurrection brought back by Kikyou's light]].
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', practically the entire cast dies in Season Three, only to be randomly resurrected at the end of the arc, because [[DeathIsCheap they were just trapped in another dimension]]. Then there's Kaiser Ryo, who ''dies of heart failure'' but comes back later anyway under [[FridgeLogic unexplained]] [[UnexplainedRecovery circumstances]]..
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''
--->'''Rex Godwin''': Dark Signers are the souls of the dead who have awakened to their abilities. In other words, they are no longer of this world.
** Used twice, in fact: the Dark Signers themselves return to life once the Earthbound Immortals have been defeated (except for Rudger/Roman and Rex, who decide not to take their second chance since they became Dark Signers purely of their own will), complete with LaserGuidedAmnesia in regards to their actions as Dark Signers...except for Kiryu/Kalin, who also became one willingly, and takes a while afterwards to regain a will to live.
* Happens in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' anime movie, ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. Mewtwo and Mew are duking it out and prepare to use their ultimate attacks when Ash steps in between them to stop the fight, only be hit by the attacks at the same time. He collapses and his body turns colorless. Pikachu tries to revive Ash with his electricity several times, but then realizes that Ash is dead. Pikachu begins to cry and then all the Pokemon and the clones begin to cry as well. [[SwissArmyTears The power of the Pokemon tears]] is what brings Ash back to life.
* Averted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' multiple times. No matter what you do, no matter how much you pay, you will never bring the dead back to life.
* Much of the cast of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' usually die before their involvement in the story. If they die during a hunt, then someone could spend 100 points to bring them back. [[spoiler: [[BackForTheDead a particularly cruel twist on this]] comes in the final chapters when the alien beings behind the Gantz technology revive some of the fallen (such as Kei Kishimoto and The Old Man) and then off 'em again just to prove a point.]]
* In ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' the main character's {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} Mikage is killed by the BigBad to prove a point and is reincarnated as a baby dragon, apparently solely to alleviate the pain of his death. He has done nothing in the plot so far but sit on Teito's shoulder and look cute. And bite a couple of people. And look ''' ''[[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute!]]'' '''
* [[ChurchMilitant Rosette]] [[ActionGirl Christopher]] from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', using ''[[{{Determinator}} sheer willpower]]'' and a little help from Maria Magadalena, and probably guided by the Apostles to return to her body, just in time to give [[BigBad Aion]] a powerful shot that shatters his prized sword.
** Mary herself counts, considering Aion killed her but she's later revealed to have been a ghost and watching over Chrono and Rosette the entire time.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is rife with examples of this trope. Talking about how many times Yuusuke comes back from the dead wouldn't even be that full of spoilers ([[DeadToBeginWith It starts in the first episode]]).
* The aptly named Lifebringer in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. The exact mechanics are unknown as of yet, but its heavily implied that he's come back somehow..
** Jack Rakan manages to bring ''himself'' back from being erased from reality.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''[='s=] Aono Tsukune takes this trope to the extreme. As he is a normal human with vampire energy attached to his human cells, he constantly dies from lethal attacks, in the sense that his heart beat stops, and comes back regenerating himself, usually in his most powerful, unstoppable form. In fact, one could say that the easiest way for him to attain his strongest power is simply by dying.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' manga and anime, any human whose name is written into the Death Note is KilledOffForReal. In the manga pilot, however, there exists a "Death Eraser" that can restore them to life so long as their bodies haven't been cremated yet.
* In the anime ''Daisuke Bu Bu Cha Cha'', a toddler's pet dog comes back from the dead in the form of a toy car.
* Gaara, Kakashi, Shizune, and many others in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** The crowning achievement award for this trope should go to the ''Naruto'' series, due to Kabuto's bringing back from the dead any Shinobi whose remains he could get his hands on, including such favorites as Haku and Zabuza. Those who wanted to see Jiraiya back to hope for a Jiraiya-Naruto bout have had their hopes crushed however...
** A bit of explanation is needed here. For Gaara, someone with a special technique that was developed to bring life to a puppet as a black ops project. They found out that it cost the user his/her life, and the project was abandoned. Chiyo still knew the technique, and in the end she sacrificed her life to bring Gaara back. It was hinted at well ahead of time, avoiding an AssPull. As for Kakashi and that bunch, it was ALSO hinted at LONG before it happened, and it was due to FridgeBrilliance, LITERAL DeusExMachina (because the one doing the technique considered himself a god AND was sitting on/using a machine. That also cost him his life. As for the last one, it's a forbidden technique that brings back the dead as servants to fight for the summoner, and even then they're not really alive.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Especially the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' series, to the point where [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] is the only character who ''hasn't'' died at least once. Krillin in particular almost seems to have some sort of death fetish, having died (and been subsequently revived) ''four times'' across all three series.[[note]]Once in ''Dragon Ball'', twice in ''Dragon Ball Z'', and once again in ''Anime/DragonBallGT''[[/note]]
* In the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' anime, Presea dies early in Season 1, but is revived by the beginning of Season 2, apparently by Princess Emeraude's final prayer. Subverted in that it is revealed that Presea was [[DeadAllAlong never revived]], and the person posing as her is actually her twin sister. (In the manga, Presea never died, thus Presea was herself the whole time)
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Rossiu and some scientists bring back Lordgenome, the BigBad of the first half, because [[HisNameIs his last words were vague enough]] to warrant further explanation. However, they bring him back only as an OracularHead, hooked up to a computer, to prevent him from being a threat (even though he does do a genuine HeelFaceTurn later on). And gets his body back, too.
** Kamina pulls this '''twice''', three if you count the movie. First, he died in the battle with Thymilph, momentarily brought himself back to life on pure Spiral power to perform the very first Giga Drill Breaker of the series, then he died and stayed dead. Second, he came back from the dead to save everyone from the LotusEaterMachine, and third -- in the movie -- he was reincarnated as Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
* Marco Owen in ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', who comes back to life through ''sheer willpower'' in order to protect Kasumi, and ignoring the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Charon-like]] figure who tells him his body is in such a terrible state [[note]][[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/king_of_thorn/v06/c034/24.html "Fractures in 29 places, haemorrhages in 43 places, irreparable damage to internal organs."]][[/note]] that he's only going to die again. Thankfully though, [[HeroicSacrifice Alice gives him a helping hand in that regard]].
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'': Everyone dies. [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Repeatedly]].
** This is both played straight and averted because everyone's already dead in their afterlife at the start of the series and 'end of episode returns' don't count toward the trope. It's played straight at the end however when Otonashi and Tenshi are seen back to life ''for real''. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never find out what happens to the others!]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' the beloved little sister Lisana died two years before the story began. They ''found'' her body. They even ''buried it''. DeathByOriginStory was the only way you ''could'' die in ''Fairy Tail'', at least until she turned out to just be alive elsewhere.
* Yakushiji Tenzen from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. He shares his body with his twin brother, who comes forth only when Tenzen is wounded to heal his injuries. Tenzen survives death a total of four times, before Oboro cancels his resurrection technique with her [[AntiMagic doujutsu]] allowing the fifth one to be the final.
* Issei in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' comes back from the dead ''twice!'' One was from his FirstEpisodeResurrection, and the other was Great Red and Ophis becoming his de-facto parents by having both of them [[WeCanRebuildHim creating a new body for him.]]
* ''LightNovel/TokyoRavens'': Natsume comes back from the dead as a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] following a botched SacrificialRevivalSpell.
* This tends to happen a lot at ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'', among other strange happenings.
* In ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'', this happens to [[StepfordSmiler Usui Shuusei]]. The Duras Ashley gets him to admit that he wants to die and then stops his heart. His [[HoYay partner]] Hotsuma, who's power is the [[WordsCanBreakMyBones Voice of God]], engages Ashley in a fight which she [[CurbStompBattle easily dominates]] and completely distraught he ''orders'' Shuusei to live. He does and they kick her ass.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In the [[{{Anime}} Gotei 13]] [[{{Filler}} Invasion Arc]], it doesn't matter how many times the Reigai are killed, they can keep being resurrected by the same science that [[MadScientist created them]] in the first place.
** Due to the reincarnation cycle of souls, if living humans die, there's a chance they could crop up later on in the story as ghosts. Also, due to several characters being heavily involved in [[MadScientist highly creative]] [[ForScience scientific endeavour]] based on reiatsu and body experimentation, some characters that died have returned to the story as [[TheUndead undead]] beings. Living humans returning as ghosts include Ginjou, Tsukishima and Giriko. Undead characters resurrected by science include Dordonni, Cirucci, Luppi and Charlotte.
* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' Diaboromon comes back in a movie sequel, bluntly named ''Revenge of Diaboromon''. However [[spoiler: he also returns in Xros Wars near the end of the series as a copy. It's actions and personality as Keramon imply that it is the very same Diaboromon from the first movie.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', where Siryn gets the news that her father, Banshee, one of the X-Men, is dead. She simply doesn't believe it; the X-Men come Back from the Dead more than anyone else in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse (once the entire current team sacrificed themselves only to be resurrected at the end of the issue), so she's sure he's just [[HesJustHiding pretending to be dead]] as part of some plan. In ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' he does return [[CameBackWrong as one of the Apocalypse Twins' Horsemen of Death]].
* Lampshaded in ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]''. After Kitty finds out that Colossus isn't really dead, she warns him that if he's a clone, robot, ghost, or from an alternate universe, she's okay with that, but if he's a shapeshifter or an illusionist, she'll kill him. Obviously, this happens a lot.
* In ''The All-New Atom'', when Jason Todd, [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] and [[Comicbook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] go to a (most likely fake) Heaven, they meet [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord]], who comments, "The recidivism here is shocking. Sometimes I think me and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] parents are the only ones with a permanent parking space." He also comments "And Jason Todd, too? Didn't you just get parole, like, the day before yesterday?"
* A story arc of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' doesn't even bother with the pretense. A few pages before the end of an issue, the Thing is killed; the cliffhanger of the issue is Sue receiving a call from Reed about how he intends to bring him back to life. Naturally, a few issues later, the Thing is back as usual.
** The book's tie-in to ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'' also left a huge Lampshade-Hanging on this. The entire team except for Sue end up killed by Ultron's invasion, but Johnny's [[VideoWills video will]] tells the viewers not to worry and assures them that the team will be back from the grave in short order. And sure enough, Sue and {{Wolverine}} use a TimeyWimeyBall to punch the ResetButton ''hard'', resurrecting the team and all the other heroes who died.
* Mr. Immortal's power is a parody of this; his only major power is that he will always come back to life a few seconds after dying.
* There's the classic storyline and graphic novel ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''. After "dying" in battle with the mindless monster Doomsday, four Doppelgangers appear! Which one could be the real Franchise/{{Superman}}?
** Is it the mysterious black-and-blue colored Superman with the thick shades? Nope! He's a hyper-advanced clone/golem made from marble, controlled by the Eradicator, and powered by Superman's "corpse."
** Is the half-''Terminator'' Cyborg Superman the real deal? Nope! He's Hank Henshaw, the DCU equivalent of [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]], using stolen genetic material and Kryptonian alloy stolen from Superman's birthing matrix. Wait, that's [[RetCon rocket ship]]. Also, he's the only one who's actually evil.
** Is the Metropolis Marvel ComicBook/{{Superboy}} who claims to be a clone the real deal? Nope! He's a... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he's a clone of the real deal]]. And half his genetic material came, not from Superman, but from ''Lex Luthor''. Weirdest parents ''ever''.
** Is the mysterious armored {{Steel}} the new Superman? Nope! He's John Henry Irons, the DCU equivalent of ComicBook/IronMan, and never really claims to be the new Superman, though some reporters think he's the only one deserving of it.
** So, in the end, Superman was actually resuscitated soon after his "death," spent some time in a coma, and eventually was woken up by androids. So nobody was Superman, Back From The Dead! Don't you love happy endings?
* The writers of ''Amazing Comicbook/SpiderMan'' attempted to be [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]] when they devoted a 12-part series that ran across multiple ''Spider-Man'' titles and ended with Peter Parker getting his eye ripped out by a vampiric villain before getting killed. Of course, no matter how much the creators of the arc attempted to convince the readers that Peter was truly dead, he ended up coming back with more organic powers, as well as a new suit built for him by [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]].
* Completely subverted (not to say stomped on) by ''Comicbook/ElfQuest''. After One-Eye of the Wolfriders is killed in battle, Leetah the healer succeeds in reanimating him, but he is effectively brain-dead because his spirit has left his body. His lifemate Clearbrook has his body preserved in suspended animation in the hope of someday reviving him, but eventually decides to free his spirit completely by letting his body finally die.
* In ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' (''Thor'' after Thor had died at Onslaught's hands), the Norse gods discover they are targeted by Set, the Egyptian God of the Dead. They travel to his country and are attacked by two people Set's mooks had killed. They bring one, Red Norvell, back to the land of the living by the expedient of grabbing him and dragging him back with them.
* Parodied in Creator/PeterDavid's ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk''. Rick Jones' fiancee Marlo is dead. He goes to Comicbook/DoctorStrange and the following conversation ensues.
-->'''Rick''': Wong, have you returned from the dead?
-->'''Wong''': Well, yes.
-->'''Rick''': And Doc, have you come back from the dead?
-->'''Doctor Strange''': Yes, but I ''am'' a professional.
::Eventually he [[DealWithTheDevil asks the Leader]] to bring her back from the dead. And the Leader does.
* In ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' #434, following the death of Nick Fury at the Punisher's hands, several of Fury's old "Howling Commandos" buddies laugh, drink, and jokingly float numerous theories involving android duplicates, alien intervention, and the like until they reach the casket at the graveside. They're still sitting there speechless and shocked even after the rest of the attendees have left.
* DependingOnTheWriter, Comicbook/JeanGrey's [[MeaningfulName Phoenix powers]] fully manifest whenever she "dies". This has led to her gaining DeathIsCheap [[NeverLiveItDown as a reputation.]] However, most of her demises were merely plot devices to activate her powers, so it's debatable whether or not they count. Technically, she's only [[CharacterDeath "died"]] twice.
* Half the cast of ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' were supposedly killed in the original novels.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse's girlfriend, Tulip, is brutally murdered in front of him. {{God}} brings her back to life as a sort of a bribe, because He's scared of Genesis, which has taken up residence inside Jesse. {{God}} figures if He gives Jesse back his girlfriend, maybe he'll leave Him alone. In the finale Jesse and Cassidy are also revived (Cassidy is also no longer a vampire) by God as part of a deal Cassidy made with Him.
* The comic ''Franchise/StarTrek: Countdown'', which ties into TheFilmOfTheSeries ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) but is set many years after ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', has the ''Enterprise'' commanded by Captain Data. Apparently, the scene at the end of ''Nemesis'' where B4 whistles Irving Berlin wasn't just an indication he'd picked up some of Data's personality traits, it was the first step of a complete GrandTheftMe.
* Parodied in ''Comicbook/TooMuchCoffeeMan'', where the eponymous character appears to be killed and resurrected so many times in the span of a few minutes that his friends stop caring.
* In ''Comicbook/TheWarlord'' the villain Deimos kept coming back, but each time worse than before: first time he had the sword scar across his face; second time, his body was fused with the dog that killed him; third time he was a head on a hand; final time he was a skull in a magical golem body.
* This is usually subverted in any ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' stories where previously killed characters return in later stories. In other words, they tend to be anything from a parallel dimension, an imperfect clone, a family descendant of the deceased character who is doing exactly what his/her parent used to do, a robotic replicant, etc. ... but NEVER actually turn out to be the original character back from the dead. Characters who have indeed returned from the dead in coordinance with this trope, however, include the Dark Judges (though, technically, they're already dead to begin with), the Angel Gang (except for Link Angel), and PJ Maybe.
* ''Comicbook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' has the main character return from death numerous times, though never unscathed.
* Terra from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', with a catch. She never learned that she resurrected and believed a lie that she was an orphan who was changed into a replica of Terra. [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/04/28/the-abandoned-an’-forsaked-who-was-the-second-terra-anyways/ It turned out]] the real Terra truly was dead. The second Terra was revealed to be a member of an underground race called the Stratans, who decided to send out a liaison to the modern world in a guise people would've been familiar with, using DNA implants to make it look like Tara Markova came back. The Stratans admit this was a poorly thought out move considering what a sociopath Tara turned out to be, but that was nothing compared to when the Time Trapper got his hands on her and warped her memories.
* ComicBook/{{Psylocke}} was fatally stabbed in an ''X-Men'' comic back in 2001. Fans raged against creator Chris Claremont for killing her off. But sure enough, in 2005, she returned to the X-Men, and was warmly welcomed back into their ranks, where she remains to this day.
* ''Comicbook/{{BPRD}}'' agent Ben Daimio is introduced desperately cutting his way out of a body bag. Readers later find out that he and his entire platoon were killed by a jaguar demon in South America. Daimio was the only one who came back, due to the demon possessing part of his soul.
* There's a multiple media example, but [[EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett]] first reappeared after [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi being eaten by the Sarlaac]] in ''[[ComicBook/DarkEmpire Dark Empire II]]'' and went on to appear in many, many, ''many'' stories after that.
* After ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' villain Bullseye blew up a housing project killing hundreds, Matt finally had enough and brutally killed him. The Hand eventually revived him with a twist. Bullseye was beaten so badly that even the Hand couldn't fully restore him. He was left a crippled shadow of his former self, powerless to do anything but stew in his hatred of Matt. His attempts to get revenge on Matt for this ultimately cost Bullseye his sight as well.
* This generally happens to superheroes and villains ''[[DeathIsCheap all the damn time]]''.
* ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'':
** Lord Volt had been killed in [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the first Crisis]], but is now alive again in the current multiverse.
** In ''Pax Americana #1'', Captain Atom is supposed to revive President Harley after the assassination, but this is prevented when scientists kill Captain Atom himself by putting a black hole in his head.
* A few previously dead characters are apparently being revived in thanks to ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}''. Some, like Kole, are brought back only because they've been pulled from their timelines before their canonical deaths, while others, like Lian Harper, seem to be flat out resurrected.
** The Flashpoint versions of Batman and Captain Thunder are stranger examples, in that they seem to remember actually dying but have somehow been revived with their timeline.
** Pre-Crisis Supergirl is brought back from before her death, only to learn about her eventual fate.
* [[spoiler:Winifred Burkle]] returns from the dead in Angel and Faith, Season 10, even though she was believed to be DeaderthanDead for years.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', [[spoiler: Muller]] pulls this off twice, the first time claiming he was too evil for crocodiles to finish him off (though losing two arms to them), the second time fighting them off himself with his robot claws.

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* PlayedForLaughs in one ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' comic where George Geezil, one of Popeye's acquaintances with a notorious hatred for Wimpy, actually poisons Wimpy's dinner. When a doctor pronounces Wimpy dead, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Geezil declares that he'll buy everyone in the establishment hamburger.]] Wimpy promptly gets back up saying he'll take his with pickles, onions and lettuce.

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* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/117.htm The Death of Koshchei the Deathless]]", after Koshchei chops the hero into little pieces, throws them into a barrel, and throws the barrel into the sea, his brothers-in-law retrieve the barrel, use the Water of Death to put him back to together, and the Water of life to bring him back to life.
* In [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/6faithfuljohn.html Faithful John]]", John is turned to stone for explaining his apparently senseless behavior. The king and queen learn they can restore him by cutting the throats of their twin children and using the blood. After they do so, the revived Faithful John puts the children's head back and restores them to life.
* In [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] "Literature/BrotherAndSister", the WickedStepmother suffocates her (married) stepdaughter in a bathhouse and substitutes her own daughter. The stepdaughter comes back as a ghost and is magically restored.
* In [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/46fitchersbird.html Fitcher's Bird]]", the heroine restores her sisters after they have been hacked to pieces.
* In [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/47junipertree.html The Juniper Tree]]", after the stepson has been killed and cooked by his WickedStepmother, eaten by his father, and had his bones buried by his half-sister, he comes back as a bird. After killing his stepmother, he comes back to life as a boy.
* In "Literature/TheRoseTree", the heroine comes back as a bird.
* In "[[Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges The Three Citrons]]", after a slave murders the heroine with a hairpin, she returns as a dove; when the slave has her killed and cooked, she returns again in human form.
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/392.htm The Golden Mermaid]]", after the [[GreenEyedMonster envious]] older brothers beat [[YoungestChildWins their younger brother]] to death, the golden mermaid revives him with the advice of [[TalkingAnimal a talking fox]].
* ''Literature/TheStoryOfTheYouthWhoWentForthToLearnWhatFearWas'': A FearlessFool warms a corpse by the fire, because he thinks it might feel cold. Then the body reanimates and announces he will kill him. The youngster feels this is so ungrateful that he puts him back in the coffin.

* At the beginning of ''FanFic/AlternateDestination'', during a storm caused by Zarm, Linka is killed by a fallen tree. Later, Gaia brings her back by tampering with the timeline.
* In ''FanFic/KingdomHearts3FinalStand'', Master Xehanort is revealed to have revived several characters, such as Vanitas, the Riku Replica, and Master Eraqus, to serve as his {{Soul Jar}}s.
* In ''Fanfic/SlightlyDamnedWindOfRedemptionAndRebirth'', Sakido, as well as all the other Rebirths are souls of the deceased that have been brought back to life by [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity The Master]]
* Carmen Cole, who was killed in the novel Literature/{{Hottie}} by Jonathan Bernstein, was rebuilt into a {{Cyborg}} in FanFic/Hottie3TheBestFanFicInTheWorld.
* In ''[[http://fav.me/d4a27sp Super Milestone Wars]]'', Princess Euphelia & Emperor Charles from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nia from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' and a whole bunch of deceased villains from different parts of fiction.
* In ''FanFic/TheManWithNoName'', Mal ends up being killed by the BigBad. He's revived by the very same BigBad [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone after a breakdown]], oddly enough.
* Moriarty and Watson in ''Fanfic/SherlockSeason4''.
* This is the ''entire freakin' point'' of ''FanFic/RiseOfTheGaleforces''. [[AllThereInTheManual To make a long story short,]] a '''LOT''' of the late Supers from the Golden Era are [[OurClonesAreIdentical cloned]] by [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science and Technology]] in PeopleJars, but a good number of them are broken out by the Parr family so they can start a new life in the current timeframe of the story.
* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' AlternateUniverseFic ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories'', it turns out that Hungary came back for both Austria and their daughter despite having died [[AfterTheEnd from the chaos of Doomsday]]. While there's also a nod to the Roman Empire's after-death appearances in canon, it's lampshaded by Austria himself that it's ''not at all'' normal or logical.
* ''FanFic/TheDarkerKnight'' has this happen to damn near every character... except [[Music/MileyCyrus Hannah Montana]].
* This happens several times in the infamous fanfic ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', once memorably when Draco commits suicide by slitting his wrists and [[UnexplainedRecovery then miraculously comes back with no explanation whatsoever]], and again when the author became angry with her real-life friend Raven and killed off her avatar character, Willow [[BreadEggsMilkSquick (And had Professor Lumpkin rape her dead body...)]], only to have her reappear and seem to slip back into Goffik Hogwarts life normally.
* A few characters in ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure'' come back from the dead over the story:
** Doctor Whooves comes back ''twice'' over the course of the story, neither time with any explanation given whatsoever.
** Enemy Boss Leader comes back in the middle of the story, also with no explanation.
** ADMIRAL Awesome Yonasomun Armageddon comes back in time to be a DeusExMachina during the Final Standoff of Final Fate. This revival is notable as being the only one ever given any HandWave: It turned out that he was a [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Knight.]]
* ''[[FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return]]'': Celestia is killed by [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]] and [[TheDragon the Grand Master]] in chapter 4, but the last scene of the chapter has Philomena carry off her body. She reappears alive and well in the final chapter, implying that Philomena somehow revived her.
* Played with in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''.
** Professor Moriarty falls to his death in the Reichenbach Falls but enters a temporal rift instead and does not actually die (no one else knows this for several years). Later, he suffers CharacterDeath, only to show up early in the next season as [[CloningGambit a clone]].
** Beth Lestrade is shot to death but returns to life when the timeline in which her death occurred is retconned to never having happened.
** Literature/SherlockHolmes lives out his natural lifespan and dies of old age... but makes one last effort at being able to reunite with his wife in the future, having his body preserved in burial. Beth has a geneticist rejuvenate his body, restoring Sherlock to life and to his twenties.
* In ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', Precia succeeds in bringing her daughter Alicia back to life.
* During the FinalBattle of the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse'', Discord and Fluttercruel manage to kill BigBad Nightmare Phobia, but then her spirit [[TheAssimilator absorbs]] the Shadows of Oblivion, allowing her to [[OneWingedAngel transform]] into an EldritchAbomination that breaks back into Limbo for round two.
* At the very end of the AlternateUniverseFic ''Fanfic/NedStarkLives'', Robb Stark and Ramsay Snow fight to the death during their trial by combat. Robb wins the battle almost handily, but Ramsay still [[CombatPragmatist cheats his way through]] and mortally wounds him before dying afterwards. Fortunately however, because of Robb's warg abilities his soul escapes into his wolf, Grey Wind, and tells Arya (who is also in Nymeria's body) about his situation. So Thoros of Myr, who is also aware of Robb's soul within Grey Wind, takes his body and brings him back to life with the fires of R'hllor. It's tear-jerkingly heartwarming.
* A few examples in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** After his death in ''Friends to the End'', Hago comes back ''four times''. He is resurrected in the stories ''The Return of Hago'', ''Darkness Falls'', ''Tama's Trouble'' and ''Tojo's Tyranny''.
** Scar is resurrected in ''Rebirth''.
** Simba, Nala, Haiba, Zazu, Sarafina and the Interceptor are resurrected after the Writer is killed in ''The End''.
** Averted with beloved characters Tama, Tojo, Mufasa and Sarabi.
* Averted for the most part in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', as the one rule that Celestia's brother [[TheGrimReaper Mortis]], [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Concept]] of Death, has is that everyone only lives once, so who's dead stays dead. That said, it's played straight at [[EarnYourHappyEnding the end]] of [[BadFuture Dark World]], where he ignores this rule as a wedding present to Queen Libra (aka [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Alicorn]]!Rarity), allowing her to resurrect everyone who died during Discord's thousand year reign who died as a direct result of his actions or those of his minions (those who died of indirect chaos, old age, or who chose not to come back, were excluded).
* Commonly occurs with Stevie from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' in FanFiction, due to the general dissatisfaction with the fact (and the way) that she died.
* In chapter 21 of [[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Blood and Spirit]], Link dies after being [[ShockAndAwe fatally electrocuted]] by Veress. However, he only stays dead for a few minutes, as another spell of Majora's corruption brings him back to life in the very next chapter.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', both Robert and Bass are this.
* In ''FanFic/BecauseImNotPopularIllTryToGoOutWithAHero'', Norman comes back. Just as he does in the comics.
* In ''FanFic/TheThreeKingsHunt'', Bakura returns to being alive after more than 5000 years being dead
* The BigBad in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune'' used to be a MagicKnight megalomaniac who lived more than 500 years ago.
* ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'':
** Titan suddenly returns in the Season 1 finale, [[spoiler: and returns again in The Movie]]
** In ''My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III'', [[spoiler:Fratello's ghost combines with his replacement robot body]].
* In the ''Doctor Who'' fic, `''Time and Space'' by Eureka2000, Cass is brought back from the dead by the Rani and is placed in a holding cell with Epsilon [[OhCrap who just so happens to be a Gallifreyan]]. They are both very unhappy about this.
--> Epsilon: Oh, for crying out loud!
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', the Stardroids' plan hinges on reviving Sunstar and Luna from the dead. [[spoiler:They succeed with Sunstar in chapter 153]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat'', the 1974 sequel to the 1972 [[WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat animated adaptation]] of Creator/RobertCrumb's [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat underground comic]], depicts several scenarios in which the title character ends up dying in one way or another, although most of these seem to be hallucinations. Crumb killed off the character in the comic "Fritz the Cat, Superstar", released in response to the film in 1972.
* Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. From the time that he says in the opening, "[[OhAndXDies This is the story of how I died]]," it only leaves the viewer guessing until the climatic part, when he is fatally stabbed InTheBack by Mother Gothel's [[KnifeNut dagger]] and, rather than let Rapunzel risk her freedom for his life, cuts off her hair with a broken mirror shard in a HeroicSacrifice before [[DiedInYourArmsTonight breathing his last in her arms]]. Thankfully, Rapunzel's [[SwissArmyTears magic tear]] brings him back to life. This is justified, since in the original tale, Rapunzel healed her beloved prince's eyesight with her tear.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheKingOfKings'', Jesus does a big favor for Lazarus, and then does this himself.
* [[TheSpock Spock]] died in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', but came Back from the Dead two years later in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. Lampshaded by Spock himself in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'':
-->'''Spock:''' She doesn't know... ''(after mind-melding with Lt. Valeris)''
-->'''Scotty:''' Then we're dead.
-->'''Spock:''' I've been dead before.
* Parodied in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', in which Truman's "father" -- who was long ago written out of Truman's "life" -- has become such a pest in trying to get himself back onto the show that he's even managed to get Truman questioning the nature of his reality, thus forcing the producers to write him back into the show. When questioned as to how the heck they intend to explain away the fact that he is now back, the director -- obviously winging it -- blurts out "[[EasyAmnesia Amnesia]]."
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' offers a double whammy of this, although one is only suggested, presumably as a setup for a sequel that never got made. First, the villain of the movie turns out to be Professor Moriarty, nemesis of Franchise/SherlockHolmes, who everybody thought got killed at Reichenbach Falls a few years before the time of the film. Then, at the absolute end of the movie, a witch doctor is performing a ritual at the grave of Allan Quartermain, the League's leader, and the skies darken and the ground trembles. This was the supposed sequel set-up.
* In addition to the title undead, ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' has an instance of a character, Evie, being brought Back from the Dead thanks to her [[ChekhovsSkill son's ability to read ancient Egyptian]].
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': at the beginning of each meeting with Snake Plissken, all the characters exclaims : " I thought you were dead !".
* ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'' has the original 1954 Godzilla resurrected [[OurGhostsAreDifferent by the vengeful spirits of the forgotten soldiers who died in WWII]].
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' has it happen thrice in the same movie. First with Megatron, who died at the end of the first movie. Then with Optimus Prime, who is killed after fighting Megatron, Starscream and Grindor and Megatron stabs (and blasts) him from behind. He is resurrected later so he can go kick [[BigBad The Fallen's]] ass. Then Sam, who temporarily goes to [[FanNickname robot heaven]], so he can save Optimus.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', in which the assistant producer wants to irritate the main star so badly that she'll quit (so the second banana "actress" will sleep with him), so he decides to bring back an actor the main star didn't like who was killed 20 years earlier. The head writer, played by Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, points out that they ''can't'' bring him back, he was killed off in a spectacularly grisly fashion:
-->The guy was killed in an auto accident! I looked it up! He was driving in the Yukon, in a pink convertible, to visit his brother who's an ex-con named Francis, when a tractor trailer comes along and decapitates him! You know what that means!? It means he doesn't have a head! How am I suppose to write for a guy who doesn't have a head?! He's got no lips, no vocal cords! What do you want me to do!?
* Subverted in ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. Lord Blackwood, after being hanged and declared dead by Dr Watson, comes back from the dead and wreaking fear and panic all across England. Turns out he had actually [[FauxDeath faked his death]].
* In the J-Horror film ''Tomie Vs Tomie'', Tomie was reborn in a disturbingly gruesome way when the male protagonist consumed his girlfriend's ashes out of deep love and Tomie regenerated within his stomach and climbed out of his belly, killing him.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'s'' Michael Myers seems to die at the end of every movie, only to come back in the sequels. Whether he is [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} shot multiple times]], [[Film/HalloweenII1981 set on fire]], [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers thrown down a minehole]], etc. He just keeps coming back.
** Admittedly, this was intentional on the makers' behalf. Not counting the first film, they always made sure to "kill off" Michael just in case one of the movies bombed and didn't warrant a sequel. They didn't count on the franchise's popularity, which ended up spawning eight movies and two remakes.
* Ripley in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' (it's in the title, even), through the miracle of cloning.
-->'''Distephano:''' I thought you were dead.\\
'''Ripley:''' Yeah, I get that a lot.
* RebelLeader Karakol in ''City of Craftspeople''. And he even isn't a hunchback anymore...
* Io in the ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' remake. Because Zeus said so.
* ''Film/FlashGordon''. The title character, after being executed by poison gas. He's saved by a doctor's injection he received beforehand, though Princess Aura pretends that she revived him with a kiss.
* Commonly happens with defeated villains in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' movies, usually in the [[CrossOver Vs. teamups]].
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'', Sentai's ''Series/SuperHeroTime'' partner, does this in their films as well. Like Sentai, it is more likely to happen when crossovers are involved.
* ''[[Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperHeroTaisen Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen]]'', the first big theatrical crossover between the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchises, features the return of [[LegionOfDoom Dai-Shocker]] from ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', an alliance of revived villains who fought the various Kamen Riders, as well as the introduction of Dai-[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Zangyack]], Super Sentai's equivalent of Dai-Shocker consisting of baddies from across Sentai history (though admittedly Dai-Zangyack's range of villains is far less diverse than Dai-Shocker, while the latter indeed has many villains from both the Showa and Heisei eras, Dai-Zangyack mostly has villains from the past few years and only two Showa villains, though it helps that one of them ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Rider (nee Bio) Hunter Silva]]) becomes the top dog of Dai-Zangyack. Literally every single villain in this movie, whether they are from Dai-Shocker or Dai-Zangyack, has been brought back from the dead (with the exception of Dai-Shocker's [[Series/KamenRiderV3 Doktor G]], since he's actually [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Narutaki]] in disguise, also not counted is Kamen Rider Diend, who is just an AntiHero who decided to be a dick at the end).
** An interesting case occurs when [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Joe and Don]] with [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Daiki]] and [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Hina]] travel via the [[Series/KamenRiderDenO DenLiner]] to 1976, the days of ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', where they encounter Baseball Mask, the MonsterOfTheWeek of Gorenger #53, witnessing his destruction at the hands of Akaranger (actually Captain Marvelous in disguise). This is not a depiction of his original demise, so he must have been brought back to be killed a second time.
* Nathan in ''{{Film/Creepshow}}'' as well as Becky and Harry.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Barbossa at the end of the second film after Jack killed him at the end of the first film, then Jack himself in the third film after being eaten by the Kraken at the end of the second. Will also comes back from his death.
* The basic plot of ''Film/RoboCop1987'', about a murdered police officer who is resurrected ForScience but [[AmnesiacHero begins to remember who he was]] before he was cyberized.
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', thanks to CosmicRetcon, [[spoiler:Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Colossus and presumably everyone else we see killed in the BadFuture didn't die]].
* J.A.R.V.I.S., somewhat in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. The original program appears to be torn apart by Ultron so he could escape during the Avengers' party, but was in fact hiding, preventing Ultron from accessing nuclear launch codes. He is then used as the basis of The Vision's programming.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the very basis of the plot is the Witch Queen doing this.

* ''LightNovel/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor'': The main character Weed, as a reward for completing an epic quest arc, is rewarded a high-level, as of yet unknown power from the class the quest unlocked, {{Necromancer}}, called "The Power to Reject Death", resurrecting him as a random undead class of monster with new stats and powers until he either dies again, or until 24 hours have passed and he returns to being human. He actually does die, and suffers all the setbacks of death except for the forced logout and normal 24 hour ban.

* In Literature/TheZombieKnight, Colt dies to keep Geoffry from finding his children. He comes back as Bowahnox's servant, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.
* This trope is a central plot point in Stephen King’s ''{{Literature/Misery}}''. Popular novelist Paul Sheldon is forced by psychotic fan Annie Wilkes to write a new novel continuing the adventures of Misery Chastain, a character that he had recently killed off. Misery had died during childbirth in the previous novel, and Sheldon’s first attempt to write a new narrative involves pretending that this hadn’t happened. Wilkes rejects this as a “cheat” and insists that the new novel must be consistent with the events of the one that had preceded it. Sheldon then comes up with the idea that Misery had fallen into a death-like coma as the result of a bee-sting allergy, and had been buried alive. This solution gives Sheldon the creative impetus to complete the new novel, and in so doing take his franchise in an unexpected new direction.
* Creator/NeilGaiman examples:
** ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Laura is revived by a magical coin placed in her grave, but you wouldn't call her exactly ''alive''.
** ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'': The Marquis de Carabas died but had the foresight to arrange his resurrection in advance, letting him come back with useful information because people talk in front of the dead.
* In Michael Grant's ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, Drake and Brittany. Together.
* In Kay Hooper's ''Hiding in the Shadows'', [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Faith]] comes out of her coma with what everyone thinks is TraumaInducedAmnesia, a few weeks after her friend Dinah disappears. Both of them have PsychicPowers. Turns out that Faith was DeadAllAlong within her coma, and the reason why she doesn't remember her former life is because dead Dinah took over her empty body, and it just takes her awhile to realize who she is now. This smacks of trying to make the romance between Faith and Dinah's boyfriend Kane less creepy, but...yeah.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** Medea, Midas and his son.
** Euryale and Stheno, Medusa's sisters, in ''Son of Neptune''. Also, Hazel and after the war games, Gwen (aka: Centurion Shish-ka-bob).
** Monsters coming back from the dead is nothing new. Unfortunately, due to Death himself being chained, monsters come back mere seconds after being slain.
*** Leo Valdez gets this in "Blood of Olympus" with the physician's cure.
* Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', because it deals with a {{reincarnation}} mythos, has an interesting variation on this trope: people who die don't stay dead (if they serve [[BigBad the Dark One]]), but return to life in entirely new bodies. So not only does the reader get to engage in the guessing game of "who did this new character used to be", and in at least one case a fun GenderBender takes place, this also means that none of the other characters will recognize the resurrected Forsaken. A side example is the case of [[TemporalParadox balefire]], which instead of resurrecting a dead character, changes the timeline so that [[ResetButton they never died in the first place]]. This becomes an important plot point later.
* In Julie Kenner's "Kate Connor, Demon Hunter" books, Kate's first husband Eric (another [[DemonSlaying demon hunter]]) has died before the start of the series... but he manages to bring himself back in another guy's body. This is awkward for Kate because she adores/adored Eric, but has remarried and had another kid in the time it took him to come back.
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Grey Hunters'', the point of the Chaos ritual at the climax was to bring back all the Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marines, including their primarch.
* In ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', this happens to Vulkan astoundingly often, thanks to his ResurrectiveImmortality. It seems to stick for good by the end of ''Deathfire'', though.
* George R.R. Martin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has had a few characters engaging in post-demise activity. Interestingly, the ones whose resurrection is most straightforward return in whatever state they were in when they died, to the point that one resurrected character, Catelyn Stark, is referred to by fans as unCat since her resurrection.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] on Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are very good at this. A drop of blood will bring them back from dust, a fact a vampire photographer whose (flash) photos often kill him takes advantage of by wearing a glass vial of blood that immediately breaks and brings him back (see ''Discworld/TheTruth''). The elder Count de Magpyre is mentioned as coming "back from the dead so many times he had a revolving lid".
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf certainly fits this, along with [[YouShallNotPass certain]] [[MutualKill other]] death tropes. He even falls into an abyssal pit and everything, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome so nobody sees what happens next.]] Not only does is he sent back to the living world, [[CameBackStrong he's sent back more powerful than before.]] Normally being a lesser god means that he cannot be KilledOffForReal to begin with. In this case, tt's implied that Gandalf really was dead (as in "pass out of Eä the same way as Men" dead) and that it took the [[DivineIntervention intervention]] of [[{{God}} Eru]] to send him back.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Beren is killed by a werewolf, and Lúthien [[DeathByDespair dies of despair]]... only to ask ''[[EverybodyHatesHades Mandos himself]]'' to bring Beren and herself back to life though a [[MagicMusic song]]. Mandos agrees, however this is at the cost of Lúthien's immortality, so she and Beren are returned to Middle-Earth as humans.
* At the end of the penultimate book in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' series, this happens to every single traveler that has died over the course of the series, including a few that had died just a few chapters before.
* Both Tasslehoff Burrfoot and Raistlin Majere in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. Being literally crushed under the heel of a monster isn't enough to put the kender down for good, and as for Raistlin, being killed by the goddess Takhisis and eternally tormented, only to first come back temporarily to chat to his nephew, to, after returning to that afterlife, coming back again sans magic to save the world and then to die again, this time promising that he will move on to the afterlife and [[KilledOffForReal never come back]], and then to come back a third time to lead the gods back to Krynn, and promise, once more, that ''this time'' he's not coming back.
* Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' uses this trope out the wazoo. Almost the entire cast is killed off and brought back to life at least once.
* David Zindell's ''Silver Sword''. Alphanderry comes back as an amorphous energy being after his HeroicSacrifice and gradually returns to just like he used to be. On the other hand, Valashu dies and is brought back on the next page good as ever.
* In ''Literature/AtlantaNights'', one character dies midway through the story only to show up in one of the last chapters. Given the amount of AnachronicOrder going on it's not that jarring, but then it becomes obvious that this chapter has to take place after the one where he died. And then he dies ''again''.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon" opens with a reviving of Xaltotun.
-->''"And the priests who poisoned you mummified your body with their dark arts, keeping all your organs intact!" exclaimed Orastes. "But now you live again! The Heart of Ahriman has restored your life, drawn your spirit back from space and eternity."''
* Arren/Arenadd from ''Literature/TheFallenMoon'' does this five times by the end of the trilogy. He has one persistent God...
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', leaders have nine lives, so they can come back from the dead several times.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/GhostStory'', Dresden is brought back to life by Queen Mab and Demonreach. (Exactly ''how'' dead he was is open to debate, as it turns out that Mab and Demonreach had been keeping his body on magical life support while his soul was running around separate from it, but it's close enough for the trope regardless.) A large portion of the story prior to that also revolves around him trying to stop a villain he killed in a previous book from finding a way back to the world of the living.
* Happens again and again and again to Duncan Idaho in Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' sextet. The [[Literature/DuneMessiah first time]], it's the original body revivified and with its memories (eventually) returned by a healthy dose of Phlebotinum. Most if not all of the subsequent Idahos are clones grown from a cell line. The last thing they remember when their memories are restored to them is the death of the original, from whose body the cell line was taken. Depending on who does the memory restoration, how, and what happens afterwards, their personality development ranges from degeneration into psychosis and treason (most of them die [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune attempting to assassinate their near-immortal and almost invulnerable boss]]) to (in one case and arguably two) something integrated and more or less healthy.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presumably died in "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (1891) and reappeared in "The Adventure of the Empty House"— referred to as "the Great Hiatus" (1894).
* The ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet has Alanna kill BigBad Duke Roger at the end of the second book, immediately after she's knighted. Her arrogant brother Thom brings him back in the fourth book to prove that he's the most powerful sorcerer in the land. (It helps that Roger was NotQuiteDead.)
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'':
** There's the Resurrection Stone which allows the holder to communicate with the dead. According to the fairy tale concerning the origin of the Deathly Hallows, using the Resurrection Stone drove its original owner, Cadmus Peverell, to commit suicide after seeing his deceased fiancée but being unable to be truly with her.
** Harry himself dies briefly and returns to life after Voldemort destroys the horcrux in Harry. [[FridgeBrilliance Trelawney wasn't a fraud after all.]]
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', the children can be brought back to life by differing means: for Victor, you just have to restore whatever was broken to kill him; for Quentin, you have to stuff his spirit back inside his body. This is a function of MutuallyExclusiveMagic.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', Jeb Lindson has already come back twice at the beginning. [=LeFel=] invokes the RuleOfThree to argue that he should stay dead this time.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Erowin is killed by Mordack and yet she comes back to help out on two occasions. The first time as a SpiritAdvisor and the second time as an angel. Ultimately, she reincarnates as a normal girl in Ben's homeworld.
%% * Happens to Ari in ''[[Literature/MaximumRide Schools Out -- Forever]]''.
* In Francine Rivers’s ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'', this happens to Rizpah in the third book. She is resurrected [[DivineIntervention by an act of God]]; it is implied that both her death and subsequent resurrection were [[DeusExMachina allowed in order to]] get Atretes’s attention.
* In the ''Chaoswar Saga'', final sub-series of ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', this is subverted. One of the major POV characters is a young [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] named Child, who displays a number of decidedly un-demonlike behaviors and gradually realizes that she is actually the sorceress Miranda, a human character who died in the previous sub-series. Her companion Belog also gradually realizes that he's the reincarnation of Nakor, a character who'd been dead rather longer. Except they're ''not''. The gods did a bit of tricky work to implant Miranda and Nakor's ''memories'' into the two demons, but not their souls. Nakor/Belog thinks it's just fascinating, but it's particularly hard on Child, who has to wrestle with the fact that though she remembers being Miranda- and looks like her, thanks to VoluntaryShapeshifting being a power of higher-end demons- she's not actually her. Miranda's husband, the sorcerer Pug, also has a hard time dealing with the fact that the demon is not his wife.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Turan does a grand scene of this, facing down his widow's failure to keep ThePromise and her lack of grief for him.
* ''Literature/{{Reckless}}: The Mirrorworld Series'': Jacob is shot in the chest, actually ''dies'', and is brought back to life by Miranda two pages later.
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': Ravishan, sort of -- actually Kahlil, the character who returns, is a version of him from an alternate history who crossed to this timeline. Played straight in the end, where not only does Kahlil have Ravishan’s memories, but he merges with his bones and the two truly become one, alive.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'''s sequel, ''What We Become'', Mal and Laura come back from the dead--though at different times, and by being revived someone else is killed.
* Parodied in ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', where UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, in his return to national politics in 1968, was "looking stronger than ever despite the holes in his suit where various stakes had been driven into his heart."
* After the fire at Foxworth Hall, which provided the climax to ''Literature/PetalsOnTheWind,'' it appears that Corinne is dead. Not so--she comes back for ''Literature/IfThereBeThorns''.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': [[spoiler:Emeli]] is killed by Cain in one of the short stories, and makes a dramatic (and upgraded) appearance at the climax of ''The Traitor's Hand''.
* ''Literature/VampireAcademy'':
** One becomes shadow kissed when a spirit user revives them. Essentially what happened to Rose, who died along with Lissa's parents and brother.
** Another variation of this is spirit can bring Strigoi back from the dead. This happens with two characters. Dimitri and Mrs. Karp.
* ''Literature/BoneStreetRumba'': Carlos is the most prominent example, and may be the LastOfHisKind after ''Half Resurrection Blues'', but [[spoiler: Trevor, Sasha, and Sarco all fit the bill as well]].
* In ''Literature/TheWillBeDone'', Praen brings himself back from being not just ''dead'', but ''vaporized''; and travels back and forth from heaven a few times.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]], the Doctor alludes that Rassilon rose from the grave in order to lead the Time Lords in the Time War.
* At the end of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel ''Literature/StarTrekImmortalCoil'', Dr Vaslovik revives [[spoiler: Data's "mother" the android Juliana Trainor]]. In ''Literature/StarTrekColdEquations'' the same method is used to bring back [[spoiler: Data himself and his daughter Lal]].
* In the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' novel, ''The Needs of the Many'', Data's revival in ''Star Trek: Countdown'' is explained in that Data was indeed resurrected in B4's body, but Data didn't like the idea of booting away his "brother" in favor of him, so he tried to erase himself. B4 ends up invoking a HeroicSuicide, realizing that Data was seriously needed to deal with the threats at hand. Data's not happy at all about it.
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', a number of techniques are used by various characters to return following their initial demises. The AI Angels are capable of compressing their program into a seed virus and storing it in a safely isolated pockets of nanotech to be reconstructed later, and the {{Transhuman}} Exalts can use BrainUploading to place their memories into a {{Body Backup Drive}}. However, there is some debate as to what extent the resurectees are the "same person" as the one who died, with some viewing them as nothing more than pale shadows of the originals.
* Happens twice in ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', each with a character dying apparently for good in one book and returning at the end of the next: at the end of ''Beautiful Creatures'', Macon is killed by the ''Book of Moons'', then returned to the world of the living via Arclight in ''Beautiful Darkness''; then, in ''Beautiful Chaos'', it's '''the protagonist''' Ethan, and ''Beautiful Redemption'' revolves around his attempts to undo the events that led to this so he can come back to life.
* ''Literature/DanteValentine'': [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] kills Danny's demon lover Japhrimel at the end of ''Working for the Devil'', but in a phone call to Danny early in ''Dead Man Rising'' he's audibly surprised to learn she hasn't resurrected him yet. [[spoiler:Turns out a Power-fueled fire is what it takes to resurrect a demon from ashes, as she learns when she burns down her house after Jace dies.]]

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* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Through her hallucinations, Peter instructs Lydia on how to resurrect him with the promise of ridding Lydia of her visions. Scott, the main character of the show has died and came back three times. The first time he sacrificed himself to save his mother, the second time he also sacrificed himself so the Benefactor wouldn't kill him and he could save his friends and the third time he was killed by Theo but ressurected by his mother, Melissa.
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': Nick, though Melissa finishes him off to save Jake.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'': During the Johnny Carson era, a Carson Players skit humorously played up the concept in a spoof of the era's E.F. Hutton & Co. commercials. (The commercials for the stock brokerage firm usually had two people having a conversation and one of them would remark that their broker was E.F. Hutton; that caused everyone around them to stop all conversation to listen to him. Following would be the firm's tag line: "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen."). The skit had two people gathering at a funeral visitation when the conversation turned to finances. Once the young man said "E.F. Hutton," all conversation stopped and began to listen... even the corpse (Carson), who sat up in his casket(!) to hear what the professional had to say.
** That could have been Tommy Newsome instead. He once played a dead guy in a coffin for one of the Tea Time Movie skits.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Jack, Daniel and Sam are ''all'' personally killed for real by Apophis in ''The Nox''. They get better.
** Apophis is killed in "Serpent's Song", only to come Back from the Dead in "Jolinar's Memories". He is killed again, but manages to return in the AlternateUniverse created in "Moebius".
** In the episode where Apophis dies the first time, the Stargate team turn his dead body over to his enemy Sokar in order to keep Sokar from attacking Stargate Command. Just as they do so, one character notes that Sokar can resurrect Apophis an unlimited number of times so that he can keep torturing and killing him. In all likelihood, Apophis died dozens of times off-screen.
** Lieutenant Kowalski is killed in the second episode. Whenever an AlternateUniverse is visited, a counterpart of his shows up, who proceeds to die again (except for one time).
** Daniel Jackson has come Back from the Dead (twice through AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and later becoming mortal again, the other times through AppliedPhlebotinum) so much it's now a RunningGag. One time it happened, it was pointed out that he's been missing for weeks, and the Replicator ship he was ''definitely'' on '''exploded''' in the middle of '''''space'''''. O'Neill's response? "I'm not buying it." And Daniel shows up alive and well (but naked) by the end of the episode. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5foL_vM4FE This video]] provides some good data on how many deaths he's had.
--->"Doctor Jackson is going to die when he sees this" - "What, again?"
*** Though the one time he was given a funeral he actually [[NotQuiteDead wasn't]] really [[NeverFoundTheBody dead]], it was the first season and they hadn't caught on yet.
** Jackson even manages to turn it into a sort of BadassBoast. Someone asks if he'll ever stop fighting, and he responds, "Not till I'm dead." Then after a beat, adds, "Sometimes not even then."
** In the fourth season episode "2010", all four of the regular cast are killed for real in a future timeline but not before they manage to send a note into the past that will allow them to avoid their fates (which, of course, creates a temporal paradox, but [[FridgeLogic the show rarely dwells on such things]]).
* ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'', in which the main character's mother is reincarnated as an old car.
* Averted three times, with three of the principal characters, in ''Series/AmericanGothic'': in the very first episode, Merlyn Temple is murdered by Sheriff Lucas Buck--but we see her as a ghost immediately in the very same episode and she remains around as Caleb's SpiritAdvisor for the rest of the series; Caleb himself later dies after an electrocution accident, but is immediately resuscitated by Sheriff Buck's powers; and in the penultimate episode of the series, Buck is seemingly killed and buried (after being stabbed in [[AchillesHeel the third eye]], only to see his eyes pop open in the coffin just before the credits roll. (He isn't dug up until the series finale, however.)
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', this has never explicitly happened, but characters have been coming back from presumed death a whole lot.
** The entire premise of the show is Oliver's return. Even before that, though, he is presumed dead at least twice even on the island. Then there's the [[Recap/ArrowS3E9TheClimb present]] [[Recap/ArrowS3E10LeftBehind day]] too...
** Slade Wilson, Floyd Lawton, Sara Lance etc. and etc. Basically, if anyone even remotely interesting dies (especially in flashbacks), there's a good chance they're perfectly fine.
** Malcolm Merlyn somewhat implies that he had help of the Lazarus Pit variety in his return. Then, the explicit inclusion of Ra's al Ghul and his magic waters in season three suggests that this trope is here to stay.
** The trailer for ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' shows[[spoiler: Sara Lance in the Lazarus Pit]].
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "New Lease", a pair of scientists makes a device which can apparently resurrect the dead. Unfortunately, the first test subject died within 24 hours of being resurrected. When one of the scientists dies, and is resurrected with this machine, he believes he has the same 24 hour lifespan. So he goes vigilante on the murderer and turns himself in. [[CruelTwistEnding Of course]], it turns out the device resurrected him for real.
* John Sheridan from ''Series/BabylonFive''. (Complete with the Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail reference, "I got better.")
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}verse examples:
** Buffy was dead for nearly five months at the conclusion of Season 5 but she was brought back by Willow's magic, Angel after Season 2 was brought back from hell, Spike (HeroicSacrifice in the last episode of ''Buffy'', returned as a ghost on ''Series/{{Angel}}''). Many Buffyverse characters were KilledOffForReal, though, sometimes despite efforts to bring them back supernaturally (Joyce Summers and Tara; Whedon did once plan to resurrect the latter). ''Series/{{Angel}}'' also did a LampshadeHanging on this trope in the episode "Shells," in which Angel and Spike talk about how in "their world", dead doesn't always mean dead. The trope is subverted in the same episode, as it's made clear that even though Fred's body is being used by the demon goddess Illyria, Fred can't be brought back by supernatural means as one might expect (the writers did plan on eventually splitting them apart though, had the series not been denied a sixth season).
** Angel's mission in Season 9 of ''Buffy'' is to find a way to resurrect Giles in a world without magic; he comes close. After he and Faith obtain the Crown of Coils, they dig up his coffin to find it empty. Nadira and some other slayers come and she tells him to resurrect a dead slayer, though Angel tells her that he can't. The girls instead go to someone they have heard would be able to do it. It turns out to be Giles.
** The Master does this at least four times. In an early comic (he tries possessing Xander); in the {{Xbox}} game (possesses Angel); in the book "Portal Through Time" (really briefly due to a minion monkeying around with time); and the Season 8 comics (the Seed of Wonder brings him back so he can act as its protector).
** One comic story had The Mayor briefly return as a wayward spirit capable of DemonicPossession.
** This happens to Forrest thanks to Adam.
* Villains of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' made a habit of dying and then coming back for more. One villain, Durka, came back twice until Rygel took his head off and stuck it on a scepter.
** ESPECIALLY Scorpius, with a nice callback to Durka.
--->'''Crichton''': (to Scorpius) Kryptonite, silver bullet, Buffy. What's it gonna take to keep you in the grave?
--->'''D'Argo''': Perhaps we should just take your head off. Worked for Durka.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'', Sarah is decapitated in the second ("SONA") season, then magically is alive in the fourth season. This was because Sarah Wayne Callies, the actress, quit the show before the second season, then two years later changed her mind.
* The all-time king of Back from the Dead is Murdoc, ''Series/MacGyver'''s ArchNemesis, who died at the end of (almost) every episode in which he appeared, usually by falling off a cliff and exploding while shouting an enraged "[=MacGyver=]!"
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a small percentage of the Trill species carries an extremely long-lived symbiote, which, upon death, is passed to another eligible Trill. This happens to the Dax symbiote in the very first episode of the series, when it is passed from old man Curzon to main to Jadzia and when Jadzia Dax is killed in the sixth season finale, the Dax symbiote comes Back From the Dead as Ezri at the end of the seventh season premiere, thus making them half Back from the Dead, half SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, with just a hint of TheNthDoctor thrown in for good measure.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': John Winchester (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) pulls this off by dying in the season 2 opener "In My Time of Dying", and then charging out of the gates of hell in the season finale.
** This happens a lot in the show. Mary Winchester makes an appearance in "Home" and "What is and What Should Never Be." Jess also comes back for the latter episode.
** Dean died in the season 3 finale and got dragged into hell when his deal was up despite Sam's best efforts to save him. He was back next season dragged out of hell by an angel.
** Sam died in "All Hell Breaks Loose", instigating Dean's deal, and later causing ''his'' death at the end of the next season. Luckily, he got better. In season 4 episode "In the Beginning", it is revealed that John was killed by Azazel before he and Mary were ever married, and that Mary's deal to bring him back was the cause of both her death and Sam's part in the demon's plan. This means ''every male member of the Winchester family has died and come back at least once''. Some family! Sam and Dean have each come back from the dead about a half dozen times a piece (not counting Deans dying about 100 times in one episode), as Ash so eloquently put it: "You boys die more than anyone I've ever meet."
*** Sam also dies in 5x13, but [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] brings him back to life.
*** Sam "dies" at the end of season five in the finale when he sacrifices himself by throwing himself as Lucifer and Adam as Michael into the pits of Hell. He is resurrected, albeit without his soul.
** And as of 5x18, [[LongLostSibling Adam]] is now included in this group, meaning that even ''illegitimate'' Winchesters somehow manage to pull this off.
** As of Season 6, their grandfather Samuel Campbell pulls off the same trick. Guess even Mary's side of the family has the immortal males gene.
** Justified for Dean and Sam, since various higher (and lower) powers have a vested interest in keeping them alive.
** Castiel was also blown up and resurrected twice, and came back a third time after being seemingly torn apart from the inside by Leviathans.
** There are four episodes so far in season 9. So far both Cas and Charlie have died and come back, in back to back episodes no less.
* Frequently done on {{Soap Opera}}s. Sometimes the audience knows while other characters don't, other times, everyone is clueless. While this is typically limited to certain types of deaths--plane crashes, explosions, drownings, an especially egregious example is that of a woman who clearly died in her husband's arms after being shot, yet was resurrected a few years later. Another example would be Den Watts in ''EastEnders'' died (with a gun concealed in a bunch of daffodils) only to be brought back years later as a UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} stunt.
* The main character of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has this power. He can touch someone and bring them back from the dead for one minute -- any longer, and someone in random proximity dies in their place. Chuck, his childhood sweetheart, [[FirstEpisodeResurrection was the one he didn't want to send back]]. He could never touch her again or she'd be gone for good because the dead are meant to remain that way.
* In series 8 of ''Series/RedDwarf'' the dead crew members are rebuilt by nanobots.
* In ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' Gordan Brittas is crushed by a falling water tank and goes to heaven, but is returned to life on Earth. St Peter considers him too annoying to stay in heaven but not bad enough to go to hell.
* In an episode of ''Series/NipTuck'', Julia's mother dies in a plane crash. When looking through the bodies, Julia finally finds the unidentifiably charred, but still human-shaped, remains of her mother. Suddenly, the body takes a huge gasp. Terrified, and knowing the woman will not have much a chance at survival anyway, Julia smothers her with a pillow. Later, she enters her apartment, where her mother has been sitting safe and sound all along, as she decided not to take the plane today.
* A number of characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have been seen walking around the island, or even off of it, despite having very clearly died. The most notable is Christian Shephard, who died before the series began, and whose body also disappeared from his coffin.
** Directly subverted when the Man In Black steals Locke's body and begins masquerading as him, causing everyone, including viewers, to think that the same thing happened to Locke.
** Charlie technically dies in an early episode after being hanged by Ethan Rom, but is resuscitated by a determined Jack.
** Mikhail is [[RasputinianDeath killed multiple times]].
** In a final season arc, Sayid is resuscitated by the water of the Temple.
* Jordan Collier ([[FauxSymbolism like those initials?]]) from ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''.
* Bobby in ''Series/{{Dallas}}''. Resolved by making an entire season turn out to be [[AllJustADream a dream]] How original.
* In ''Series/DueSouth'', Benton Fraser's dead father, Bob Fraser, proved so popular that he returned to the show as a spirit guide to his son--albeit an irritatingly unhelpful one. In a later season, Fraser Sr. even sets up an extradimensional office in Fraser's office closet.
* And then, there's [[Series/TheBionicWoman Jamie Sommers]]. In her debut episode in ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', she suffers a cerebral clot during her debut mission, goes berserk, and dies at the end of the episode. PopularityPower, however, made ABC do some ExecutiveMeddling to retcon this death so that the characters in the show would work on a way to repair the clot while Jamie is kept in suspended animation. She, however, suffered [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia]] as a side effect of fixing the clot, thus she and titular Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin were unable to resume their relationship until the 1987 reunion movie, where an explosive accident cured her of her amnesia.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. This trope is homaged in the Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}-homage holodeck program "The Adventures of Captain Proton!", when Proton runs into henchman Lonzak.
-->'''Lonzak''': "Surprised? You thought I'd perished in that den of crocodiles! I SURVIVED! CLINGING to the thought that I would ONE DAY ''Arrrgh!''" (''Proton zaps him with his raygun'')
* ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'' the television show had one of these per season: Danny in season one and Kenneth Irons in season two. In both cases the character was clearly dead, but stuck around all season in a less concrete capacity.
* Done to death (no pun intended) in the 5th season of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''. First, Iolaus was dead, then he was a ghost in a cave in Ireland, then an avatar for Dahak the Evil God, then a "Guardian of the Light", then a jester from an alternative universe until he became a merman then alive for real.
* An episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' has two con men who go from town-to-town with one of them claiming he can raise the dead. Which he does by having his partner rise up from a grave in the town cemetery. The con occurs when many of the locals realize that they didn't like many of the now deceased, and would prefer that they ''stay'' dead, and pay off the supposed necromancer. As with the typical [[KarmicTwistEnding twist ending]] of this series, the two men leave town, not knowing that they really did raise the dead, who now announce they have scores to settle, e.g. a huge woman is going to go home and break her widower's arm, a gunslinger is going to kill the man who shot him in the back, etc.
* In the ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone", the main character has a gland from a cat's brain implanted. He then gains the cat's 9 lives, and his benefactor and him do carnival shows where he dies but the gland brings him back. Eventually, he kills his benefactor. Then he goes to perform his final trick. But, after being buried alive in an airtight coffin, with a candle flickering out, he remembers the cat died once to get the gland---so this is his last life and he isn't coming back. Cue screams of panic as the candle goes out.
* In the original pilot episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', Julianna Margulies' character Carol Hathaway overdoses on pills and alcohol. Although she's technically still alive at the end of the episode, the other characters' dialogue indicates that her chances of survival are slim. This was the original plan, but the actress proved popular with test audiences, who were also intrigued at the hints of a relationship with Doug Ross. Therefore, in the second non-pilot episode, she is back and recovering from her "suicide attempt."
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' loves this trope; only very few characters actually stay dead.
** Most notably is Mulder himself. After being abducted during the season 7 finale, he is returned dead in late season 8. The next episode finds him actually alive inside his coffin, thanks to an alien virus.
** This same alien virus is what allows Billy Miles to return to life, too. He goes from being a bloated, drowned human to an invincible Super Soldier as a result of the virus.
** Robert Patrick Modell ("Pusher") was shot at point blank range by Mulder, and it was stated clearly that he would not regain consciousness before dying. He comes back for revenge in season 5.
** Both Monica Reyes and Scully are pronounced brain dead at different points in the series, only to emerge from their respective comas healthy.
** The Cigarette Smoking Man, too, died, only to resurface in the series finale.
** Jeffery Spender was shot at point-blank range in the face, and for all indications, has died. He makes a reappearance in the final season horribly disfigured.
** Agent Doggett was killed by a shotgun blast at nearly point blank range only to come back after a creature ate him to life.
** An alternate universe Doggett died in order to restore the original universe Doggett and Reyes to life (who had had her throat cut).
** Walter Skinner died in Vietnam when his unit was ambushed. He later woke up in a hospital having witnessed his body on the ground as well as his friends.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' pulls this one quite a bit too, though sometimes not quite in the manner [[SubvertedTrope the audience is hoping for]].
** The team leader Jack Harkness is killed on a regular basis and often proclaimed dead-at-the-scene [[{{Immortality}} but fortunately for him it never sticks]].
** Owen Harper is killed halfway through series two and is resurrected using the Risen Mitten. Unfortunately he comes back as an unbreathing, unconsuming, un-you-know-what-ing effective ''zombie''. He is not pleased. He also temporarily plays portal for the Grim Reaper to invade the Earth and start hunting down the people of Cardiff. Also Owen will spend the rest of the series as [[BlessedWithSuck a walking corpse]].
** At the conclusion of ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', Rex gains Jack's healing ability.
* Several times in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** Ambiguously in Charlie X, after several people wiped out of existence by the titular RealityWarper are brought back.
** "What Are Little Girls Made Of" has Doctor Roger Korby, a scientist that used Alien Tech to make an android clone of himself as he was dying. The episode ending is ambiguous on this point, as android!Korby commits suicide when he realizes he is no longer human, and Kirk says later that Roger Korby had already died before they arrived.
** Bones is killed by a knight in the episode ''Shore Leave'', and brought back by the hyper-advanced aliens that created said knight.
** In "Return To Tomorrow", Spock is killed ''twice'' (once in spirit, once in body) to ensure the eradication of a malevolent alien that has possessed him, and then returned to life by {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s of the same species.
** In "By Any Other Name", the aliens can turn people into lifeless cubes of gray chalk, which can be reconstituted -- as long as they stay in one piece.
* This is commonplace in both ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', it often happens to the villains but sometimes heroes as well. Infact, pretty much 75% of MonstersOfTheWeek are brought back from the dead after being destroyed first, when they are given a dose of MakeMyMonsterGrow (though of course, this varies according to series, such as ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' and ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', which have no giant monsters, or ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' and ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', where the giant monsters are separate entities that are merely modeled on the human-sized monsters). ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' explicitly refers to the human-sized Ayakashi as being in their first life, while their giant form being their second life.
** ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'': Kendrix Morgan (the season's first Pink Ranger), who had left the show via DyingMomentOfAwesome when her actress [[RealLifeWritesThePlot had to leave to undergo leukemia treatments]], is brought back to life at the end when returning the Quasar Sabers to the stone restores the people of Mirinoi. This was done to acknowledge the success of the treatments.
** The prologue of the MassiveMultiplayerCrossover 35th anniversary series ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' features the first 34 Sentai teams facing off against the greatest invasion the Earth has faced. To get around the minority of Sentai heroes that were KilledOffForReal in their respective series, it is revealed that deceased warriors temporarily returned to fight in the Legendary War.
*** On the villainous side, King Ryuuwon from [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] comes back in #21, {{demoted|ToExtra}} to MonsterOfTheWeek. Being the monster of the week, he doesn't make it past the end of the episode.
*** [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Gai Yuki]] literally comes back from the dead in #28. Granted though, he's a ghost, and he returns to the afterlife by the end of the episode.
* On the other side of ''Series/SuperHeroTime'', ''Franchise/KamenRider'' does this just as commonly as Sentai:
** Becoming an Orphnoch is usually what this trope entails in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz''. When someone dies, there is a very slim chance that the person will be revived as an Orphnoch.
** Phillip, one half of the eponymous ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', is [[ItMakesSenseInContext reduced to data]] in episode 48, and returns [[BackForTheFinale in the next.]]
** Gamel and Mezool were the first of the Greeed in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' to be killed. However, Uva, outnumbered and outgunned against Kazari, farms a massive amount of Cell Medals and retrieves several of their Core Medals in order to bring them back to life. Comically, Gamel doesn't really seem to notice he died and came back to life, being too focused on finding candy.
** The Phantom Phoenix from ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' returns right after being destroyed by the debut of Wizard's Flame Dragon Style in #9, ironic considering the Phoenix is often associated with rebirth. The very next episode reveals that {{mana}} was behind Phoenix's revival.
** While ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' usually averted this, when the following season, ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', had its team up movie, [[spoiler:Ryoma Sengoku, a villain killed off near the end of the show, and Kaito Kumon, the secondary Rider and the final opponent of the main story, were both brought back to life by the movie's main antagonist. By the end of the movie, both were killed again.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has made a career on this, exclusive of The Doctor himself, who, conveniently enough, [[TheNthDoctor has his own trope]].
** Outside of mere regeneration, there have been numerous times where TheMaster has seemingly been killed and come back for more. At least twice (Anthony Ainley's Master and John Simm's Master) the body has been assumed to have been burned to ashes, and yet later that particular incarnation was back for more mischief. Michelle Gomez's Missy was ''vapourised'' in her first appearance, and was back in the next story. Her "explanation", in full, is "Not dead, big surprise, never mind."
** Peri was stated to have been killed by [[Creator/BrianBlessed King Yrcanos]] during the "Trial of a Time Lord" arc. Later in the same arc, it's stated that she survived and married Yrcanos.
** Creator/StevenMoffat pulled a coup by essentially having the entire known universe come back from not only exploded, but erased from all history. This included Rory, who was killed in a previous episode, erased from history and replaced with an Auton clone, then brought back as a human properly in a rebooted universe.
*** It was even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Rory in his final episode when he decides to kill himself in order to create a paradox to escape the Angels. Amy, of course, is none to pleased with the plan and asks, "Then, what, you just come back to life?" A GenreSavvy Rory responds, "When don't I?"
* In ''Series/FatherTed'', Father Jack 'died', and left a substantial estate to Fathers Ted and Dougal. Either out of respect, or tradition, or as a condition of the will, they spent the night in the crypt with Father Jack's body. In the middle of the night, Father Jack comes back to life. It was later determined that Father Jack appeared to die because he had drunk too much Toilet Duck.
* Happens multiple times to Kim on ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. First she comes back from the dead, only for Carter to realize that Henry had time traveled to save her from dying the first place. Second, she comes back from the dead only to be a sentient AI that had adopted her form.
* ''Series/TheFades'' does this with Paul. After he's hit by a truck and left effectively braindead, his family make the decision to switch off his life support -- after which his body spectacularly resurrects itself, firmly establishing him as TheChosenOne.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** Chuck's mother in season three.
** And as of season five, Chuck's father too.
* The basic plot of ''Series/LesRevenants'' is dead people coming back to life for no reason after being dead for years.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had Jack Bauer literally tortured to death on Day 2, but since he was tortured in a hospital and he still had information the terrorists wanted, he was brought back to life.
* Done a few times in ''{{Warehouse 13}}''. First, Artie is killed in an explosion but then rematerializes thanks to the Phoenix giving his death to someone else. Then three characters die in the Season 3 finale only to be brought back thanks to TimeTravel (although one of them dies almost immediately anyway). TheDragon of Season 3 also has this ability thanks to [[spoiler:Johann Maelzel's Metronome]]. He suffers NoOntollogicalInertia when Claudia [[spoiler:stops the metronome]] and later uses it to revive [[spoiler:Jinx]] who is, at first, dependent on the artifact to stay alive but later is free of it..
* A potential example from Series/{{Sherlock}}, with [[spoiler:Jim Moriarty supposedly returning after shooting himself in the head]]. Either that, or a PostMortemComeback is about to start...
* The premise of ''Series/{{Resurrection}}'' is about people mysteriously coming from the dead.
* Brona from ''Series/PennyDreadful'' is resurrected in the second season premiere, in order to create a bride for Frankenstein's Creature.
* The entire premise of ''{{Series/Glitch}}'' is about this trope. Kate, Maria, Kirstie, John, Charlie, Paddy, and Carlo were dead and buried, now they're alive and in good health, though [[ResurrectionSickness their memories are a bit lacking]].
* Also the entire premise of ''Second Chance''. Sheriff Jimmy Pritchard (plus some goldfish) have been brought back to life.

* ''Manhua/InfinityGame'': Long Wei set up the game so when somebody dies in the alternative world/game they're returned unharmed in real life. Unfortunately the virus stops this and forces their deaths to be permanent, and as Long Wei had given up his GameMaster status he's unable to change this until he wins the game, where he would gain the title again, and bring them back to life. In the end, the RPG Society are slowly erasing his game world (which causes all of those in his world, alive or dead, to become RetGone[=d=]) and to bring those who died in the game back to life (aka. everybody) he has to have control of the land where they died. He successfully manages to bring his team back to life (and those who died due to the previous DM) but he has to remain in the world until he has 100% control, otherwise the RPG Society will take over and everybody will die again, and he can only bring them back once due to him not having 100% control.

* Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie, according to his lyrics, is a reincarnated [[GangstaRap gangsta rapper]] from the 1980s, which is why much of his music sounds like late-1980s gangsta rap.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse refers to this a number of times, including the song "12" and a brief reference in "Piggie Pie" ("Axe in hand / I rose from the dead")
* The entire premise of the Schoolyard Heroes song "Cat Killer"
-->"Well I don't know what you think
-->I think I know how this ends
-->I saw this in a movie once
-->While hanging with sofa friends
-->A pet dies and comes back to life
-->He gets gross as he kills everything in sight"
* In ''Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'', Abraham Lincoln does this in order to fight Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* "He's Not Here", the song near the end of ''[[Music/{{Hero}} !HERO: The Rock Opera]]''.

* ''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters'' allows you to "raise the [[Music/TheGratefulDead Dead Heads]]".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker has been killed and brought back to life lord know how many times in the 20+ years he's been around.

* Just as Creator/DouglasAdams made the ultimate KillEmAll in ''Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'', a radio play pulled a very big Back from the Dead: the series' multiverse.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' has several:
** {{Jesus}}, the one that everyone knows even if they're only [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Scholars]].
** Lazarus, resurrected by Jesus.
*** Also the widow's son at Nain and Jairus' daughter
** According to the Book of Revelation, this will happen with everyone after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
** The prophet Elijah performed one and Elisha did two, one posthumously.
** In Ezekiel 37:1-3, Ezekiel is shown a vision of an ''entire army'' brought back to life with just their scattered bones for a starting point.
** There is also the Beast/Antichrist in the Book of Revelation, who is "slain by the sword", yet is resurrected through the power of Satan and then cons all Non-Believers into worshipping him.
* Dionysus (known to the Romans as Bacchus) from Myth/ClassicalMythology pulls this one off as a baby in the Cretan version of the myth (which has Dionysus as the son of Zeus and Persephone, not Semele). Hera in a subversion of InfantImmortality sends the Titans to kill Dionysus as a baby, which they do, eating all but his heart. Zeus plants the heart in Semele's womb, where it grows back into the infant Dionysus.
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Balder and his blind brother Hod--who were both killed prior to the events of [[ApocalypseHow Ragnarok]]--will be resurrected AfterTheEnd.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, before Sisyphus 'died', he told his wife not to do any burial rites. Then, when in the Underworld, he appealed to the queen of the underworld, Persephone, and asked if he could go back up to earth to haunt his wife for not giving him the proper rites. She agreed and he came back from the dead.
* The god Osiris in Myth/EgyptianMythology. He was killed and dismembered by [[ChaoticNeutral Seth]] and the parts of his corpse were scattered all over the world. Then Osiris's wife Isis gathered the parts of her husband and resurrected him.
* St. Nicholas of Myra (the basis for SantaClaus) is the patron saint of children due to this trope. During a famine in Turkey, a shop keeper murdered three young boys, cut their bodies up and stored them in the brine of a pickle barrel intending to sell their meat to his customers. Later, when he tried serving some of the meat to St. Nicholas, Nicholas recognized what it was. He then proceeded to draw out the three boys from the barrel, whole and alive.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* As in many Tabletop Games trends, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' popularized death as a minor setback by giving players access to the Raise Dead and Resurrection spells. Many other tabletop games follow suit. Fourth Edition takes the cake, giving higher level characters abilities whose descriptions start with "Once per day, when you die..."
* While ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' has its share of resurrections, [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Manshoon Manshoon]] of the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms invented a new one. His unique Stasis Clone spell ensured his continuous existence despite insufficient caution. That is, as long as he cared to steer clear of the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/Wizards/?doc=fr_spinyarn2003a few people who have the power to strip him of this convenience]].
* In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'', it's possible for the titular Prometheans to come back from the dead once if their Azoth is high enough. The Osirans actually have the special ability to come back multiple times (but they have to buy the ability up again with experience points once it's used -- other lineages can also buy this ability, but it's more expensive for them. Said ability can also be used to revive others... but it's costly, and gets more costly each time you bring someone back from the dead after the first).
** Also in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', there are the Sin-Eaters from ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'', whose characters start by coming back from death. Even if you destroy their bodies after you kill them, they COME BACK. They just won't stay dead. Every time they come back, they become more and more insane, and somebody else dies a horrible death in their place to keep the balance.
** A substantial portion of World of Darkness characters ''are'' undead, so...
** And then we have one of the [[ChurchMilitant Malleus Maleficarum's]] Benedictions from ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil''. Boon of Lazarus allows you to raise someone from the dead. Unlike the Promethean example above, they are restored to fully human status. Unlike the Geist example above, no one will die to balance Death's books. In a setting where most deaths are supposedly final, this is the only '''true''' resurrection power. That said, dying is a traumatic experience regardless, and the resurrectee would gain a derangement as a result.
** The Arisen of ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'' have a form of resurrective immortality which means that while they'll always die, one way or another, they'll always resurrect. Even destroying their body won't work, since their spirit can be called back into a new body.
** The Unchained in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'' have the ability to resurrect dead humans as an Exploit. Unlike the Malleus Maleficarum version, the penalty isn't going crazy; the recipient [[TouchedByVorlons becomes a stigmatic]].
* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', [[TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection mummies]] are pretty much guaranteed to come back to life no matter what, though they can be truly killed via extreme measures, such as nuking them.
** The Gurahl werebears of ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' have a Gift that allows them to resurrect a recently dead shapeshifter. They also have a rite that gives them the chance to bring any deceased back to life - but in order to do so, they have to fight [[TheGrimReaper their incarnation of Death]].
** And similarly to the [=nWoD=], a substantial number of [=oWoD=] characters are undead of one form or another.
** There are also cases where it ''looks'' like someone's come back from the dead, but in reality another spirit is now animating the body, as with the ''hsien'' of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' and the Fallen of ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen''.
* This is generally how Abyssals get ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': their Deathlord comes to them on their deathbed and offers them a second chance at life. Thing is, [[OmnicidalManiac most of them aren't told what that second chance entails]]...
** That is, the Abyssal Exalted have never actually ''died''. The Exaltation does not bring them back from the dead, but keeps them from dying. In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', there is no resurrection.
** Following on from that, when someone tries resurrecting the dead, they occasionally draw the attention of the Dark Mother, who sees fit to grant the corpse a new life as one of the Liminal Exalted. Again, this isn't true resurrection, as the Liminal is, to all intents and purposes, a new person using someone else's vacated body.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has this as a specialty of Black aligned abilities, and to a lesser extent White as well. The main difference being that White's resurrection abilities are usually associated with Angels somehow, and only affect your dead creatures, whereas black can resurrect its opponent's dead creatures as well, and is typically flavoured towards Zombification.
* In ''TabletopGame/SorcerersOfTheMagicKingdom'', [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]] offers several villains this in exchange for their help in taking over the Magic Kingdom.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** Noble Knight Gwalchavad can bring a Noble Knight back from the Graveyard to your hand. And Sacred Noble Knight of King Artorigus can revive one of his Knights when he goes from the field to the Graveyard.
** Evigishki Zealgigas is Steelswarm Hercules brought back with a Gishki ritual.
** Whenever the Madolche die, they are shuffled back into the deck instead. (The Madolche Chateau Field Spell improves this ability, returning their cards to the player's hand instead.) This indicates their Sugar Bowl nature.
** Tri-Wight, which shows three Skull Servants crawling out of the grave to fight again. It is supposed to show that death is not a permanent thing for them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** One theory about the origin of the GodEmperor of Mankind is that he was born when thousands of shamans committed suicide to reincarnate in a single human. Ever since, he has led many many lives, possibly including Jesus and SaintGeorge.
** The Dark Eldar Haemonculi are so good at fleshcrafting they can bring themselves (and others, for a price) back from the dead. Unfortunately, it's not entirely risk-free, and some have gotten so addicted to the experience they are now completely batshit insane (not that anyone notices, in 40K it just makes them better).
** Kharn the Betrayer was thought dead, but was brought back by his patron god Khorne so he could continue spilling blood and taking skulls.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' the "Lazarus Heart" spell, the most advanced and difficult form of WhiteMagic, has a chance of being able to revive the dead. Though it works better on a character who is merely "dying", and becomes more difficult with every hour that one is dead.

* A fallen knight returning to life is a common feature of {{Mummers}} plays, usually with the aid of a miraculous cure-all.
* ''Theatre/{{Alcestis}}'', in the Creator/{{Euripides}} play [[CharacterTitle named after her]].
* The Addams Family Musical makes this a regular occasion, with the Addams Family ancestors rising annually for a family reunion and gala. Normally, Gomez dismisses them back to their graves at the end of the night's festivities, but this year, Uncle Fester traps them in the material plane and enlists their help.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', the player killed Durandal at his request so he could escape being tortured by Tycho. After Durandal is killed, his data is stored in a secure quarantine that [[TemptingFate could not be escaped]], according to Tycho. However, this is all part of Durandal's ThanatosGambit. He later carves the phrase "Fatum Iustum Stultorum" (The just fate of fools) in thousand mile long letters in Lh'Owon's moon.
** The other Marathon AI, Leela, as well as the Pfhor and S'pht races come back from the dead in the games' epilogues.
* The epitome of Back From The Dead would be {{Dracula}}, who has been killed continuously in movies, novels, and shows. In the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, Dracula has been resurrected over 20 times!
* Speaking of vampires, the Count of Groundsoaking Blood in ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' and a similar counterpart, [=ShadeMan.EXE=] in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 4'' just refuse to die. Both have been victims to a Pile Driver (which is supposed to utterly wipe all trace of a vampire's existence) at least twice, once in their own game, once in the other (and the Count even gets a third one in the JP-only Boktai 3), and both were blasted into oblivion via [=MegaMan.EXE=]'s Megabuster. It's assumed that even ''that'' didn't kill [=ShadeMan.EXE=], only the utter obliteration of all Dark Chips.
* Bowser, while he rarely truly 'dies' in a game, played this trope straight in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros''. Mario/Luigi drops him into lava, and watches ''his flesh burn and melt off of him'' in an [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath uncharacteristically gruesome]] manner. He appears again later, resurrected as a skeleton by his son, who eventually also completely restores him to a bigger, badder form.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', ''everyone'' except Mario, Luigi, and Rosalina dies when the universe implodes; and is brought back by the lumas.
* In the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series, the final confrontation with Ad Avis in the second game has him plummeting off the railing. Good news is that the fall kills him. Bad news is that he rises from the grave a vampire Hellbent on revenge. And in the final chapter of the series, the hero can resurrect one out of two people from Hades.
* The Lucasarts AdventureGame ''VideoGame/TheDig'' features a ruined alien civilization so advanced that they could even bring the dead back to life using 'life crystals', which becomes a central point of the story, as it turns out there's more to the crystals than just resurrection...
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' was murdered by his best friend thirteen years prior to the beginning of the game. He was revived as a product of [[PlayingWithSyringes necrolization]]--technology that resurrects the dead as immortal and nearly unstoppable super soldiers. Returning from "Beyond the Grave" (which is also now his new name), he was brought back to exact revenge on his former friend and the organization that betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' seems to kill and resurrect its characters more often (and more improbably) than the novel ''Candide''. In particular, one character jumps out of an airship with a nuke strapped to his chest and detonating it in mid-air in order to seal up a giant hole in the ground, replacing it with a mountain range. You'd think he'd be killed by 1) the fall, 2) being crushed by thousands of tons of rock, or 3) being right at the center of a nuclear explosion, but later on your party visits the underground realm of the dwarves, and guess who they find lying in a hospital bed (the explanation being something along the lines of "the dwarves nursed me back to health!")? Tellah's the only party member to actually STAY DEAD, simple as that.
* Two of your animal companions in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' die. [[spoiler:Syldra]] dies quite early on and [[spoiler:Hiryu]] does a HeroicSacrifice just before the round-up-the-bonus-weapons sequence. Both of them can later be found as summons. Also, if you fail to revive any party member who died in the final battle, [[spoiler:Galuf]] will revive them in the epilogue.
* When sentient beings die in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', their souls must be Sent to the [[FluffyCloudHeaven Farplane]] (by a Summoner or a Yevon priest with similar spiritual abilities) lest they become Fiends. However, [[PlotArmor those with sufficient strength of will]] can resist either fate, and roam the world as Unsent: "people" that are, for all intents and purposes, ''dead'', but retain a physical shape and can interact with others as though they were alive. Such is the case with Seymour, after being killed at Macalania Temple, Auron, who was killed by Yunalesca ten years prior, the Yevon High Clergy, and Belgemine. Ostensibly, Yunalesca is also an Unsent.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''-
** {{Jerkass}} [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] Algus/Argath came Back from the Dead in the PSP remake but he did not change his personality, and thus only came back so Ramza can kick his ass again, now straight to hell. Considering how much hated Algus is, him coming Back from the Dead to get his ass kicked again can be considered PanderingToTheBase.
** At the end of Chapter 3, [[TheScrappy Marach]] takes a bullet for his sister [[TheScrappy Rapha]]. The character dies and stays dead for a while afterwards, until the [[MacGuffin Zodiac Stone/Auracite]] channels power from... ''[[{{God}} somewhere]]'' and resurrects him, proving that the auracite itself isn't evil, it's just the Lucavi using it for evil purposes.
* Happens to Raven ''twice'' in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. The first time was 10 years before the game, during the Great War. It's more or less implied he was killed with a shot through the heart and then resurrected when his heart was replaced with a Hermes Blastia. Literally ''right after'' he tells you this, he's forced to hold up a collapsing roof so the rest of the party can escape a dungeon. He's squashed by the ceiling...and then he shows up later, perfectly fine, with zero explanation. That Hermes Blastia must be really something if it can protect you from being crushed to death...
* Leon Magnus goes through this twice: once in the original ps1 ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' and again in the sequel. In his original game, he is briefly brought back by the BigBad as a puppet (albeit one with his mind intact) to fight the party. They kill him again.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', the BigBad bring him back to make him work for her, and erase the world's memory of him as a traitor. [[HeelFaceTurn He says no, and joins the heroes]]. At the end though, with the CosmicRetcon, he winds up dead again erasing his "Judas" persona out of existence (unless Kyle still remembers him).
* Happens with Liane in ''VideoGame/JeanneDArc''. Jeanne must fight an illusion of Liane within Roger's heart. She's joined in this battle by the ghost of the real Liane. After finishing the game once, Jeanne can win Liane's charred pendant at the Colosseum, and ask Liane's ghost to rejoin the party permanently. The ending doesn't change, however, implying that she remains dead afterwards.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', not unlike Mr. Immortal (see Comics, above), this is the main character's whole power. You're actually trying to find out how to ''stop'' doing it in a way that is spiritually satisfying. (If you want, you can get a NonstandardGameOver by pissing off the Lady of Pain or other being of deific might.)
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'', the hero ceases to exist as a result of preventing the BadFuture they came from, only to be brought back into being by Dialga for the sake of their partner. In Sky, it's shown that Grovyle and his friends met the same fate, but were also brought back, though according Dialga, by an even higher power then himself (Presumably Arceus).
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'': In Leon's first scenario, Ada gets shot by Annette and falls off a ledge, in which case it's a NeverFoundTheBody, so she would be NotQuiteDead. In Leon's second scenario, she is clearly killed in front of him, blood loss and all. In both scenarios, however, she apparently comes back in a DeusExMachina moment during the penultimate battle with Mr. X, to throw a rocket launcher to the player character. Either way, she returns in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'' has her escape from the sewers after said fall as one of the playable chapters. It doesn't show how, but apparently she ''just barely'' survived the fall and starts the mission in critical condition.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' with the revived James Marcus. He has James' memories, appearance, and even ''he'' thinks he's James. In reality he's a hive-mind [=B.O.W.=] that inherited his memories by absorbing his [=D.N.A.=]
** BigBad Albert Wesker came back in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'', despite being [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled right in front of the heroes in the first game]] thanks to an experimental virus that he injected moments before that revived him.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', performing this becomes a major plot point when Chrono is atomized by Lavos. However, performing that resurrection is completely optional -- you can go on to defeat the BigBad with the other characters, and gain a different ending.
* Liquid Snake in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' comes back from the dead by possessing Revolver Ocelot. However, by [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots the fourth installment]], it's all a ruse. That is, he apparently really did possess Ocelot in ''2'', but Ocelot removed the possessing limb and then brainwashed himself to appear possessed to fool his enemies from then on.
** Also from ''4'', it's revealed in the Screaming Mantis boss that Psycho Mantis returned as a ghost possessing Screaming Mantis. He's later exorcised by the ghost of The Sorrow from ''Metal Gear Soid 3''.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', if you accidentally kill a girlfriend or other character important to the plot, they will later come Back from the Dead and tell you to pick them up from the hospital. However, it is possible with some of the lesser girlfriends to [[KilledOffForReal kill them off permanently]] if done a certain way, as in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
* The ''VideoGame/ShiningForce {{Gaiden|Game}}'' games do this with the BigBad from the first returning as a vengeful ghost near the end of the second.
* Even though Link and Zelda are {{legacy character}}s, Ganondorf is the same guy in each of the games. He has died five times in various branches of the timeline, with no clear explanation as to how he comes back each time, although both ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' and the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games suggest that his resurrection involves some kind of human sacrifice; alternatively, it could be because of the Triforce of Power. The plot of the ''Oracle'' series revolving around the witches Twinrova attempting to kidnap Zelda in order to use her in the ritual. These games have Ganon come back [[BackForTheDead just so you can kill him in the final battle]], while ''Adventure of Link'' has him show up on the Game Over screen, because the manual explains that he can be resurrected by spreading Link's blood over his ashes.
* Occurs in the ending of ''[[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ninja Gaiden II]]'' for the NES. Irene gets killed by stray lighting before the final boss appears. After the fight is over, Ryu regrets not being able to save Irene. The Dragon Sword suddenly turns into a ball of light and enters Irene's body, bringing her back to life.
* The Protagonists themselves in ''VideoGame/{{Malicious}}'', the backstory had Valeria and Erica die by the hands of their own tyrant father King Eldrake, in front of their mother Queen Ashlelei no less. After much trauma the Queen got the power to kill her own husband who killed their children, in turn Ashlelei also turned corrupt and Valeria and Erica were brought back as Spirit Vessels to put an end to their estranged mother's tyranny.
* [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus's]] archnemesis Ridley has to be getting up in the ranks of continuously resurrected villains. He explodes in ''Zero Mission'' but is rebuilt for ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''. He fall of a cliff and blows up again, and comes back in ''Metroid Prime 3'' as if nothing ever happened. He ''vaporizes'' this time, but Ridley reappears anyway in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid''. Samus blows him up ''again'' and the planet his remains are on explodes too. Ridley officially dies here, but then the Galactic Federation are stupid enough to clone everything that has traces on Samus's suit, so he comes back again. He later gets beaten up by Samus, and then killed by a Metroid Queen. His ''corpse'' appears again in ''Fusion'' and is promptly infected by an X Parasite and dies. For now.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', where it's a major part of the plot, having Amaterasu as the resurrected/reincarnated form of Shiranui.
* A boss in ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia The Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light]]'' (and its remakes), Camus who was victim of HonorBeforeReason and MyCountryRightOrWrong, appears as Sirius, who can be recruited to your side in ''Mystery of the Emblem'' (curiously, the player doesn't really need to kill him in the Super Famicom version to complete the level, its possible to just distract him and [[InstantWinCondition seize the gate]]).
* In the NES version of ''[[VideoGame/DoubleDragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge]]'', Marian, who was murdered in the opening sequence of the game, is brought back to life as a result of a vague prophecy mentioned by the TrueFinalBoss during his dying breath. Averted in the original arcade version, since the final boss in the NES version was a character created for that version and the game ended with Marian still dead.
* Used in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation Gaiden''. Alfimi dies in OG 2, but comes back by merging with Axel Almer, who is mortally wounded and dying. This causes them to both come back as half human, and half Einst. Axel also had a HeelFaceTurn during this.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact'', [[Anime/{{Daitarn3}} Don Sauzer]] (who also does this) revives [[Anime/{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zolbados]] so Emperor Muge Zolbados could use the surface invasion forces, cause terror and force the Earthnoids to move into space. The Einst do this to Emperor Muge Zolbados and Shapiro Keats in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2''
* A staple scenario in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. After being thrown to the ravine and thought to be dead, Heihachi Mishima turned out to survive, climbed back up, beat the one who did this to him (his son Kazuya), and threw him to the volcano. But Kazuya [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat still manages to come back to life, because some researches retrieved his remains and gave him a new body]]. And finally, the fifth game, Heihachi was thought to be killed after he was nuked... (''Heihachi Mishima is dead'', or so ''Tekken 5'''s prologue states) but he still came back! Even the resident ninja Raven {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Fujiwara no Mokou and Kaguya Houraisan are {{immortal|ity}}s who simply can't die, age, or get ill forever because they drank the Elixir of Eternal Life. Since it's eternal, it also rendered them irreversible. They will resurrect even if their bodies were completely destroyed. It goes beyond that. Even the ''concept'' of death isn't a part of their existence. So they'll come back to life no matter what happens simply because they're ''[[WhyWontYouDie incapable of not existing]]''.
* Krista and Mr. Whittlebone in ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On'' reappear from the second games as ghosts.
* In the indie RPG series ''Vacant Sky'', the main character dies in the first half hour of the game. But then she got better. It's implied that dying is in fact the prerequisite to becoming a badass.
* Joshua of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' seemingly comes Back from the Dead (another of his many FauxSymbolism moments), but it's subverted when we discover that he didn't actually die--he simply teleported to the AlternateUniverse [[BonusMaterial Bonus Chapter]] to avoid the deadly attack of Minamimoto.
** The entire point of the Reaper's Game is to win a second chance at life; as such, all Players are DeadToBeginWith. By the end, four characters are effectively brought back to life.
* Though death and resurrection are nothing more than game mechanics for players in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', for story characters death is usually more permanent. Nevertheless, there are many exceptions. Typically it's done with major villains, such as Kael'thas, Mal'Ganis, Balnazzar, Teron Gorefiend, Anub'arak, and all of Naxxramas, who are brought back to serve as loot pinatas again. However, in a rare heroic example, Muradin Bronzebeard, who was thought killed in ''Warcraft III'', is revealed to be alive and well in Northrend, though initially amnesiac.
* Just before the final battle in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'', the BigBad brutally murders Ryu's party members one by one, taunting him all the while. Ryu resurrects them almost immediately afterwards.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the main character Commander Shepard dies during an ambush from an unknown alien starship at the start of the game. The commander's body is recovered and re-built by the enigmatic pro-human group Cerberus, leading to the game starting two years (and one very confused Commander) later.
--> '''Garrus:''' The Collectors killed you once and all it did was piss you off.
* A main plot point in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', the main character is killed by their master-turned-evil-mastermind Li, and has to fight through the afterlife to come Back from the Dead.
* Albedo from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has been left for dead, killed, and been in situations where he should have been killed numerous times in the series, but gets revived somehow every time. This has to do with the fact that he is immortal, but it's amazing how many times it's been tried anyway.
* Paul Denton may die in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and he's always back in ''[[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar Invisible War]]'', it's handwaved by having him [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen]].
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock 2}}'' ''starts'' with the main character dying and the continues ten year later with him coming back to life, only to die again at the end.
* At the beginning if ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', Zero is resurrected one century after his death in ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' (that is, if you insist so), and the saga begins!
* In ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure 2'', Dr Funfrock, who Twinsen supposedly killed at the end of the first game, pulls a HijackedByGanon. Justified, since he spent most of the first game perfecting cloning technology.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' features Kawasumi Mai, who dies but comes back to life in the ending, in the same scene she dies, no less. This also applies to her mother, although it's in the past, and possible that Misaka Shiori gets this too, though she may never have died in the first place.
* Done for the players themselves in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. You can sometimes find a MagicalDefibrillator, which has the power to bring back dead players on the spot, despite how they died (whether it would be being crushed by a Tank, having a Tank plow a car over the player, falling 10 stories down to the ground, ripped to pieces by a Witch, etc.)
* All of the Ascended (read: {{player character}}s) in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}''. In the case of the Guardians, it's because the gods needed you alive again; in the case of the Defiant, it's thanks to years of {{magitek}} research.
* A running gag in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, where villain [=LeChuck=] is dead even before the series begins (he is a ghost in the first game). Even though hero Guybrush kills him at the end of every single game, he always comes back at the beginning of each new game to be the villain again. Further parodied in that he [[CameBackWrong comes back wrong]] in a slightly different way every time, leading to names like The Demon Zombie Ghost Pirate [=LeChuck=].
** Though it is parodied by Guybrush's twice FauxDeath in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'', this is later justified in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', when [[HeroKiller LeChuck kills him with the Cutlass of Kaflu]] at the end of Chapter 4, but his [[GhostPirate spirit]] finds a way to return to his body, which parodies this trope as an InhumanHuman. However, it is justified when, after destroying [=LeChuck=] with help from Elaine and [[CuteGhostGirl Morgan LeFlay]], Guybrush uses ThePowerOfLove by holding aloft Elaine's ring, using it as all the ingredients in the Crossroads Exit spell to return to the living world in his fully revived body.
* Tezkhra in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', who first appears to be a GodOfEvil, but turns out to be a perfectly nice guy who was killed by an evil creature that stole his name. One endgame sidequest allows you to recover his soul by defeating a BonusBoss, then have a {{Necromancer}} restore his body.
* Raikoh, the hero of ''VideoGame/OtogiMythOfDemons'', is revived no less then FOUR times over the course of the game and it's {{Sequel}}. The only other people that come back from the dead only do it once. Raikoh just has more important things to do then staying dead.
* From ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath I'' give you [[{{Badass}} Asura]]. Some 12,000 years prior to the beginning of the game's main story, he is betrayed by his comrades, framed for the death of his wife and the Emperor of Shinkoku, had his daughter kidnapped, and finally killed by being thrown from outer space to fall to earth after being Electrocuted! Now, how does he come back to life? To put it simply, '''[[UnstoppableRage he was just that plain, out right, ANGRY.]]'''
** Another factor was that a young girl that looked [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute very similar to his own daughter]] prayed in front of his now stone remains. He faced is positioned right in front of her and because of her capture, he literally revives himself on his anger, albeit now much MUCH weaker than what he previously was.
* The Darksign of the Undead in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' causes this constantly, each time sapping away a bit of your humanity.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s "Knights of the Nine" {{D|ownloadableContent}}LC this happens to the PlayerCharacter after defeating the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead Ayleid sorcerer-king]] Umaril.
* Alduin in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has the power to revive any Dragons that were "slain" in the past as long as he has access to their immortal Aedric souls. Even Dragons that have been buried for centuries and reduced to skeletons can be revived to full strength in moments by Alduin. The Dragonborn is the only one who can permanently "kill" Dragons because he/she can absorb the Dragons' souls upon their "death". Granted, because Dragons are immortal Aedric spirits that exist beyond time, they can't truly die -- in fact, the whole concept of death is confusing to Dragons.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}'', Pretender gods can be called back, immortals only die permanently outside of your dominion and spells can be used to revive commanders who made it into the Hall of Fame.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', the Fae respawn to relive their lives in an endless cycle whenever they "die" thanks to their strong connection to the Weave of Fate. This makes fighting the Tuatha Deohn a zero sum game, since any Tuatha "slain" in battle respawns in their home kingdom. To even the odds, the gnomes attempted to create the Well of Souls, a device capable of bringing mortals back from the dead. The player character is the only successful resurrection. As a side effect, he/she is also ImmuneToFate. This also means that the player character is the only one who can permanently kill a Fae since he/she can sever their connection to the Weave.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', Alex is shot dead just as he releases TheVirus and then comes back to life without any memories. It later turns out that Alex is dead, and you are actually TheVirus in Alex's form.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'', Elven paladin Aribeth de Tylmarande, with the help from the player character, manages to pull off a "techical resurrection" (even though beings from Outer Planes are still considered "spirits" in the Material Planes) while also subverting a case of CameBackWrong and actually redeeming herself from the villain status in the process.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' Episode I had the Death Egg Robot as the final boss. That's right. The programmers brought the robot to life when he was meant to be destroyed for good. And now you need to rematch him if you beat ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
* Most of the EnsembleDarkHorse group Organization XIII is back in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', thanks to their respective Nobodies and Heartlesses being killed.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' casually reveals that Saya, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' came back from the dead even though she was killed via a BoomHeadshot and ''she'' pointed Reiji's revolver at her face. No one knows why she's back, ''not even her''.
* One of the main elements that ties the various ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games together is the Emigre Manuscript, a TomeOfEldritchLore that supposedly contains the secret of resurrecting the dead. In practice, it almost never works out. The book being shaped like a ''skull'' should have been a clue that the Manuscript is something to avoid like the plague. Johnny Garland, the main character of the third game ''From the New World'', is the only known successful resurrectee. His sister, the other person their father was trying to raise, sacrificed her own mind and soul to complete Johnny's resurrection. This had the unpleasant side effect of raising her as a soulless MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil whose very existence is distorting reality with Malice. Johnny himself isn't completely normal either, looking younger than his real age and possessing a Malice-infused SuperpoweredEvilSide that is eerily similar to his sister.
* The ''Dunbine'' story for ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'' begins after the KillEmAll ending of the original. However only Shou, Marvel, Burn, and Shot Weapon return to life. The rest of the cast never reappear and are presumed still dead by Shou. This actually prompts a possible HeelFaceTurn from Burn, since all of his old allies (and thus his old cause) are gone anyway.
* One of Lewton's first lines in ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is "I've never woken up dead before". He's been stabbed with the stolen sword he was searching for, but revived because his client had infected him with lycanthropy and the blade wasn't silver.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Schwartz Bruder]] reappears in the true final scenario if Domon finds him. Given how he's just a copy of [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Kyouji Kasshu]] and his memories as a {{Cyborg}}, it's not implausible that he could reappear. He warns the group of the rebirth of the Devil Gundam and joins the group.
* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' the Retributionist can do this only once to a Townie of his choice. The ones who mostly get a second chance are Sheriffs, Investigators and Bodyguards.
* In ''VideoGame/KidKool'', the "Continue" sequence has the protagonist returning to the King as a ghost and being resurrected to continue his quest.
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', the Winged Dragon of Ra's Phoenix Mode, Vampire Lord, Different Dimension Dragon, and Dark Flare Knight can revive after they were sent to the graveyard. Discarding them from the hand is a very powerful move to summon strong monsters.
* In Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'', the player character is resurrected at the beginning of the game. Who they were or how they died is up in the air, but what we do know is that they were dead for a long time.
* Ryōki, the older sister of Ryōbi and Ryōna in ''[[VideoGame/SenranKagura Senran Kagura]]'', is revived early on in ''Senran Kagura: Estival Versus'', though she hasn't completely returned to life since she has a HolyHalo over her head.
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie CameBackStrong after Morte [[SeeksAnothersResurrection found a way to revive him]] atop the Temple of Light.
* Kane from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series pretty much embodies this trope. Whether being obliterated by the ion cannon or impaled by Micheal Biehn, he somehow survives to keep leading the Brotherhood of Nod, even if he winds up with a lot of crud on his face and just a disembodied torso.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gyromancer}}'', Laska doesn't stay dead for much longer than is necessary for Rivel, the protagonist, to see her corpse and blame himself. She's brought back by the Lord of the Wood, as fitting for a ForestRanger.

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* The main story of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' begins with protagonist Shiki Tohno being seized by an inexplicable urge to stalk and murder a woman he happened to pass by on the street, via cutting her into seventeen pieces. He is understandably dismayed when Arcueid shows up the next day complaining about how much power it took to revive herself.
** Over the course of the semi-sequel ''Kagetsu Tohya'' Shiki can end up in a number of what would normally be bad ends, some of which are death such as being eaten by a jaguar that comes out of Arcueid's underwear drawer. Yes, really. However, the next day, he's always okay again because Len is constantly reviving him. Possibly a subversion though as these 'deaths' are not actually the real death of his body, though some scenarios seem as though they would genuinely end with Shiki dead, dream or no.
* Kotomine Kirei is still around in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', even though he 'died' at the end of ''Literature/FateZero'' (a prequel).
** Shirou dies in ''Heaven's Feel'' ending, but is revived by Ilya via Third Sorcery in the True End.

* Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but not before it's PlayedForLaughs as his disintegrating corpse is dragged around for months because the team has been split in half, with the people who could perform Raise Dead ''not'' in the half in possession of the corpse.
* [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=41&issue=4 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', we see Dr. McNinja arguing with Death over whether he is really dead.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'': In addition to ChessWithDeath usually working out in favor of the not-quite-deceased, Death's politics have resulted in several characters' deaths being short-lived.
* The Cyborg ninja in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' was both killed and resurrected by Mantis.
* ''Webcomic/TerrorIsland'': After being dead for over a hundred strips, Aorist is [[AssPull suddenly resurrected]] by Bartleby.
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'': Helen, being a MadScientist, has no problem resurrecting Dave after her mom kills him. It does have stages, though:
* Roast Beef, Ray, Todd and Téodor from ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' have all gone through this at least once through the comic's run, and Molly managed to come back to Earth from heaven after hundreds of years. It remains to be seen if Little Nephew can attempt the same feat.
* In ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'', Manny is killed, and results in the creation of Max, Marcus, and Andy, shortly after Teddy Weddy falls on him. Later, as Junior tries to leave, Tailsteak recreates Manny in the form of a ghost known as Ghanny, and from then on, all characters who die (with an exception of Max, who ends up DeaderThanDead) become a ghost.
* Starscream does this on a regular basis in the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' (see the Transformers entry below). Thrust has also done this twice, once after being crushed to death by Unicron in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', a resurrection that was never really explained despite the fact that he's mentioned it more than once and once after being killed by the Fallen, then dragged back to her body by Starscream's ghost.
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has come Back from the Dead no less than five times, and her "sister" Kusari at least once. How Oasis does this is unknown (even to her), and since they usually NeverFoundTheBody, her simply being NotQuiteDead remains possible. As of more recent arcs, not only has the body been found, it has been found while Oasis is up and kicking in a new one.
* Initially subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}: The Half Life and Death of Gordon Frohman,'' in which the title character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dies at the end]]. [[http://aconcernedrip-off.webs.com/index.htm An unofficial sequel]] resurrects the beloved title character via ignoring GameplayAndStorySegregation.
* In ''[[http://www.unionofheroes.com Union of Heroes]]'' there is a girl named [[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic-navigation/charaktere/lynn.html Lynn]], who is also called "The Eternal Victim". She is cursed to die instead of other people returning from Death afterwards.
* And then there is [[Webcomic/BobAndGeorge Ran Cossack]], who is pretty much a parody of this trope. He is made of ''really'' cheap Soviet parts, and could be killed by any kind of impact. However, his creator (Kalinka Cossack from ''VideoGame/MegaMan4''), realizing it would cost more to repair him than to build him again, built a machine that perpetually creates backup bodies for him; each time he is killed, a new Ran with a copy of his memories would appear. This leading to lots of "[[GrievousHarmWithABody Ran-Bombs]]".
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' features a rare example where [[ToHellAndBack phisically getting out of Hell]] is used for this purpose.
* In ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', both Casey and Andy die. Repeatedly. Sometimes at the hands of the other. And they're really dead: they ended up in Hell multiple times. They always come back. Even Andy's girlfriend (who is {{Satan}}) doesn't know quite how.
* Happened at least twice in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''
** Matt, a demon Marluxia killed in Season One, came back in Season Two to referee the murder-off between Axel and Cloud.
** [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul]] also invokes this trope, as he's made a comment about Obi-Wan getting in a "Hollywood cheap shot".
** Riku implied in the season six finale that he has done this as well, and promises to explain later.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Horndog}}'', Freddy is shot by a sniper, briefly dies, but returns to life. He is killed again, [[RiseFromYourGrave returns as a zombie]], and is killed by his roommate, Bob. If that wasn't enough, he is reincarnated as a teenage boy, but is killed by a chupacabra.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. No one stays dead on Bob And George. [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010105c Which can be annoying]]. [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010106c Quite annoying]]
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' has a few instances of this. In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', the imaginary world gives the characters extra lives to use. If those run out though, they can also earn their life back by either defeating [[ChessWithDeath Death at a number of different games]]... or just [[DeathIsCheap walk out of the afterlife's front door.]] A similar mechanic is used in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' where the character's Dream Selves act as "extra lives" if they die and another player [[KissOfLife gives them a resurrection kiss]] as is the case with Sollux, Dave, and Rose.
** Aradia in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is brought back in a different way from normal though. Equius builds a robot body for her ghost to use, giving her a physical form to interact with the other characters.
** The kernelsprites also count, since they're all prototyped with the remains of dead person that was important to the character. This gives the sprite the personality and all the memories of that dead person.
** And now Kanaya is back from the dead too, [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire although she's not exactly alive either.]]
** In ''Sburb/Sgrub'', characters can ascend to a special rank known as the God Tiers and gain even more power...but the trick is, they have to die in a certain place first. There are two slightly different variations: one that relies the dreamself as an extra life, and another that, for an as-yet-unexplained reason, doesn't.
** Further, once a character is a God Tier, they can only be killed if the death is Heroic (they die accomplishing something heroic) or Just (they are corrupt and are killed by a hero). So far two God Tiers have died: John, who came back because his death was neither, and Vriska, whose death was Just, as letting her live would cause her to get all of her friends killed. [[spoiler: Although thanks to John, the latter death has been [[CosmicRetcon retconned]] out of existence]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'', Mindi, an Old One, can bring people back from the dead. It's even played for laughs once, when a nearly dead person is killed just so she can bring them back to life free of injuries.
* In ''Webcomic/ThePlayersGuideToSISU'', Sisukas, a bandit leader, returns after being killed in the first battle. Thus far, the means of his return haven't been specified, but there's apparently a specific god whose clerics could do it.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', a boy Baby Blue had [[ChildhoodFriendRomance a crush]] on can raise a frog, [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-03-04 Baby Blue fails to raise a dove]], and {{Satan}} does CameBackWrong.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-03-24 God gets on Jesus's case to wake up.]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Mega Man|Classic}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Sonic|The Hedgehog}}'' do this in ''Webcomic/TwoEvilScientists''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheSenkari'', Freija, Val, and Rachel are all revealed to have come back from the dead at some point in their pasts during their origins flashback.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintMasterpieces'': [[MauveShirt Fodder Force]] [[NoNameGiven Redheaded Guy]], Cut Man, and [[FailureKnight Enker]]; due to Doctor Light's attempt at changing the timeline.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDementiaOfMagic'', [[spoiler: Howard]] is revived with great difficulty.
* In ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'', [[spoiler: Bhatair Hollingsworth]] is revived by [[spoiler: Melete Dolan]] after having been beheaded and then chopped to pieces. When Apen Shephard meets him in Gallitan, he is understandably rather shocked.
* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': [[spoiler: Everyone that died since the tournament started was wished back to life by a set of Dragon Balls after the second round ended.]]

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* The main character in ''Literature/DragomirsDiary'' is killed by his ''own daughter'' as his castle comes crashing down around him and horrible beasties slither out of a weird, supernatural door. This being part of a video game, however, Dragomir is revived a month later when his save game is activated.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', a few prominent villains and heroes have returned to life. The most notable ones are [[OurLichesAreDifferent Drishnek]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jemuel]], [[SpoonyBard Leon]] and the [[SiblingTeam Silverbranch brothers]].
* The ''Screamsheet's'' [[http://screamsheet.wordpress.com/fights/ Fights Section]] has the entire ''planet'' come back from the dead after its been destroyed in a previous battle. Multiple times, no less.
* ''FanFic/TheMadScientistWars'': Hoo, boy. Let's see, Andrew Tinker pulls this way back in the Redneck war, So It Begins, thanks to a series of backup personality copies and god cloning, pulled this off a LOT, and David was not just killed, but * erased* from his own body by his evil sentient mechanical Arm. He ends up making a case for his own existence, and makes it back. Also, Erik Tinker makes a deal with the devil. Sadly, the man he died killing, one of the most dangerous men ever, may well be back too....
* Subverted with ''Sayasuke'', aka 'the Saya demon', who was never technically * alive* before he died. Sill won an award for it, 'tho. Head hurt yet?
* Doctor What from ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' has supposedly come Back from the Dead many, many times, although we've only seen two or three on-screen. Most of the others involved fatal cunnilingus - which, bizarrely, was BasedOnATrueStory.
* In the ''Website/EpicTales'' 'verse David Wilson died in the first Shadow Hawk story only to become the Astral Controller.
* In ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'', The Spoony One was killed by Squall after reviewing ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] later cloned him using his protoplasmic remains and essentially brought him back from the dead.
* In ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'', the Dragonstorm BigBad was found dead in the first RP. He later reappears in the sequel, with the explanation that the first one was a body double.
* WebAnimation/{{Hom|estarRunner}}sar was INVENTED just to die in one of the early sbemails. Then for some reason...he comes back. We never know quite how.
** It's implied that the Heavy Lourde only hospitalised him, as in one Marzipan's Answering Machine message he thanks her for the flowers she sent him while he was in the hospital. Then again, Homsar is a RealityWarper, so it's possible he can't truly be killed anyway. One Halloween-themed Main Page has an animation of a zombie Strong Bad rising from his grave, saying "I have come back from the dead to whoa-whoa-whoa holy craaap..." as his head falls off and rolls away.
* Anna Demorah dies in the comic that marked the beginning of ''{{Felarya}}''. Then the author announced that she had been resurrected "[[http://karbo.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dm4j77 due to some weird distortion in space, time or whatever]]". She remains one of the main characters.
* This was actually one of the powers possessed by the heroic Mister Easter in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. As his name might imply, he would arise from the dead after three days. (His powers were all based on the miracles Jesus was explicitly shown performing in ''Literature/TheBible'', including the resurrection.)
* ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'': Stalker comes back from the dead thanks to a symbiotic fusion with a [[GiantSpider spider]]. He later brings [[BigBad N'Ktane]] back, but the process only gives her a solid body inside the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Black Rose Tower]].
* Aughadhail, Queen of the [[TheFairFolk Fae]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, died along with all her sisters, a long time ago in 'The Sundering', during a war against the Great [[EldritchAbomination Old]] [[Creator/HPLovecraft Ones]]. It may have been millions of years ago. But what was left of her spirit found what was left of her magic, and became part of the teenager whose body had that magic, so she's back.
** The tendency of [[SuperVillain Super Villains]] to [[JokerImmunity return from beyond the grave]] is lampshaded more than once. Indeed, Mephisto once set up a massive DeathTrap aimed at several of the other supervillains (and more than a few superheroes) and went to great lengths to ensure that they were DeaderThanDead, precisely to avoid this.
* In the ''FanFic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety'', Adrian comes back thanks to the use of {{Soul Jar}}s.
* It's become a running gag in ''ARG/DarkDreamChronicle'' that Vadiir can't stay dead.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', characters are frequently brought back to life since DeathIsCheap. Even Kyp and Bane, who both spent a long time dead, were resurrected through some means.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' web-serial ''The Powers That Be'', Kopaka and Pohatu, whilst being trapped on the Red Star, run into Mavrah, a character who's canonically been dead for over a millenia. It was later revealed that ''all'' characters that had died in the Matoran Universe were living up there.
* The Flash animation series ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' has three characters who can never truly die: Hank, Jeebus, and Tricky. No matter the cause of their death in the previous cartoon, they resurrect (with appropriate bandages, stitches, or scars) and resume battle in the next one. The creator of the series has declared that the three are doomed to fight each other for all eternity.
* A third of all the season finales of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' involve Agent Tex dying. It turns out that both she and Church are both AI programmes created by Project Freelancer. In a similar way Church is seemingly destroyed by an EMP at the end of Season 6, but is resurrected as Epsilon during Season 7.
* For the first twenty-four arcs of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', death is largely permanent, with major characters and heroes dying in various final and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath gruesome]] ways. Then, in Arc 24, [[FlyingBrick Alexandria]] comes back from the dead to fight Behemoth, prompting an OhCrap from [[ReformedCriminal Weaver]], who was the one that murdered her in the first place, and who had complied with framing Alexandria for horrible crimes (as opposed to the [[WellIntentionedExtremist horrible crimes she was actually guilty of]], which were too terrible to be revealed at all) for the sake of the public's peace of mind. Fortunately, it turns out to be a body-snatcher doing a DeadPersonImpersonation using Alexandria's invulnerable corpse.
* Due to WordOfGod business issues, Creator/DougWalker had to {{retcon}} ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' and bring back WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. It was not a particularly cheerful return.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' presents [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18835_5-absurd-ways-comic-books-have-resurrected-dead-superheroes.html 5 Absurd Ways Comic Books Have Resurrected Dead Superheroes]].
* In one {{YouTube Poop}}, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario]] [[Main/BlackComedy crucifies]] [[VideoGame/HotelMario Luigi]]. [[Main/DoesThisRemindYouofAnything However, he comes back to life a moment later]].
* Being a DND-based podcast, this is a regular occurrence on {{Podcasts/GaysInCapes}}. Tanum, Meekus, Lia, and Joaquin all pull this - and that's just season 1.
* In the end of Episode 2 of ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'', [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo]] gets fatally shot by [[spoiler:WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic]]. In Episode 3, he manages to get [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros a 1UP]] and comes back to life with a triumphant cry of "I AM BACK, BITCHES!"

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* Darkseid in the ''Franchise/{{DCAU}}'' was killed by Brainiac's exploding asteroid SuperVillainLair, but gets brought back when Luthor uses Tala against her will in an attempt to restore Brainiac. According to the DVD commentary, Tala did it on purpose just to spite Luthor. [[WomanScorned Hell hath no fury, indeed.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Duckman's two teddy bear secretaries Fluffy and Uranus are often killed in nearly every episode they appear in (usually by Duckman himself) only to be brought back in the next episode]].
* In the two-part GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Phil Ken Sebben claws his way up from the grill of the bus that struck him dead the previous season, and says "Hah ha! Final episode stunt casting!" He then spends the entire episode driving the bus in reverse back to the city, just in time to arrive in the final scene and run Harvey over, killing him off for real. Odd thing is that in the episode where he is hit by the bus, he apparently gets cremated.
* Sylvester the cat from the classic era of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' died 16 times in 7 different cartoons, one episode ("Satan's Waitin'" (1954)) features him slowly losing [[CatsHaveNineLives all nine of his lives]].
* The cast of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' have died many times with Ling Ling and Toot having the largest death count, only for them to come back either in the next episode or later on in the same episode.
** Justified with Xander. Being a video game character, he has multiple lives, which proved problematic in one episode when he tried to commit suicide.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''-
** From the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episodes:
-->'''Kent Brockman''': At 3 p.m. Friday, local autocrat C. Montgomery Burns was shot following a tense confrontation at town hall. Burns was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was then transferred to a better hospital where doctors [[StatusQuoIsGod upgraded his condition to "alive"]].
** And this exchange from a ShowWithinAShow seen on an early episode:
-->"Father [=McGrath=]! I thought you were dead!"
-->"I was!"
** In the "Treehouse of Horror VI" story "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace," Groundskeeper Willie is set on fire after the furnace is set too high, then, due to overly cheap PTA members he can't escape (faulty door knobs, which would cost $12 to repair) and can't extinguish himself (empty fire extinguishers, which the fire department offered to recharge for ''free''), then ignored by the PTA as he burns to death. Willie vows revenge on their children by [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet striking in their dreams]]. After being defeated by Bart, Willie shows up at the bus stop outside the Simpsons' house, alive and well.
** Dr. Marivn Monroe was earlier subjected to a BusCrash as no one on the crew, not even his [[Creator/HarryShearer voice actor]], liked the character. The Season 15 episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife" has him show up alive and well, saying he has just "been very sick."
** Despite clearly dying in the movie, Dr. Nick still continues to show up in the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** In the first five seasons, Kenny dies in nearly every episode and appears again in the next as if nothing had ever happened. In fact, in the two-parter "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut", after dying at the end of Episode 1, he reappears out of thin air next to his friends at the start of Episode 2. (He goes on to die at the end.)
** There was one season finale where Kenny spends the episode suffering from a rare disease that kills him by the end of the show, and it dealt with how everyone reacted to Kenny being sick and dying. The next season had the kids living without Kenny, exorcising Kenny's spirit from Cartman, and after accepting Kenny's death they had competitions to see who would be his replacement. All this, only to have Kenny show up again one episode like nothing ever happened.
** PlayedForLaughs in the Halloween episode where, after Kenny dies, the embalming fluid was mixed with Worcestershire sauce (which ironically had a label warning against this). Cue Kenny coming back as a zombie and turning most of the South Park inhabitants into zombies. And then dying an additional two more times at the end.
* Scooter the light [[color:purple:purple]] surfer fish from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has died three times to date: first when Spongebob asked him to move from his seat he was killed by his smelly breath, drowned after Bubble Buddy buried him in the sand, and exploded after being kicked off a cliff by Mystery the seahorse.
* Although ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' BigBad The Shredder had already become infamous for turning out to be NotQuiteDead, one of these occasions [[{{Retcon}} later turned out]] to actually be a Back from the Dead situation. Given the character, the elaboration was sort of unnecessary, except for the fact that a) said occasion involved being at ground zero of an explosion that atomized a building, and b) it allowed the writers to bring the character back yet again. Also played straight with a couple of other characters, one of which included a nifty sequence in which flesh returns to his skeleton as he is resurrected.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': The StoryArc for the fourth season involves Slade, the BigBad from the first two seasons, coming Back from the Dead to serve as TheDragon to the new BigBad, Trigon. This example is especially notable because with ComicBooks (and therefore their adaptations) the usual resurrection is a {{retcon}} saying that the character was not truly dead. Slade's death was a NeverFoundTheBody, and Robin's hallucinations of Slade in a later episode proved to be poisoning by someone heavily hinted to be Slade, so the stage was set for it to prove to have been a NotQuiteDead or one of his many robot duplicates... and then it comes out that he was very much dead when he appeared to die, and had been revived by the series' version of {{Satan}} as a messenger!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'':
** Jaga (TheObiWan of the series) dies of old age while guiding the [=ThunderCats'=] ship towards Third Earth, but he returns as a SpiritAdvisor to team leader Lion-O (and eventually the rest of the team as well).
** Mumm-ra is supposedly killed on at least three occasions, but as long as evil exists Mumm-ra lives!
** The Berzerkers were killed (by Panthro sinking their ship) in their first appearance. This was confirmed when the ghost of the Captain Hammerhand showed up a few episodes later. Then he came back with a new look and a new crew in the second season.
** And there's Grune the Destroyer, who died before the series began, but returns to harass the [=ThunderCats=] as a ghost. Twice.
* Tom of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' had died 6 times in 6 cartoons, (one of them turned out to be a dream though).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', among the many Transformers killed off include Optimus Prime and Starscream. In subsequent episodes of the TV series, both come back. Optimus Prime initially appears as a SpiritAdvisor when his successor, Rodimus Prime, journeys into the Matrix of Leadership. In "Dark Awakening", Optimus is brought back to life as a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], only to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] himself again to save his fellow Autobots. In "The Return of Optimus Prime", he is completely revived and restored, and survives the end of the series (only to be killed in a HeroicSacrifice in the Japanese series ''Headmasters'', although resurrected in the ExpandedUniverse story ''Battlestars: The Return of Convoy''). Starscream returns as a ghost in two episodes, "Starscream's Ghost" and "Ghost in the Machine"; in the latter, Starscream receives a new body from Unicron, returning to life, only to get blasted off into space. Starscream's spark makes a return appearance in the ''Beast Wars'' episode "Possession".
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Optimus Primal died saving the planet in the first-season cliffhanger, but was revived a few episodes into the second season. The writers left him dead for as long as Hasbro would let them, and his return was at least [[HesBack with guns blazing]].
*** Same series, different character: [[HeelFaceTurn BlackArachnia]]. After being murdered by Tarantulas while her new Maximal comrades were trying to remove her malfunctioning Predacon Programming, she was brought back to life thanks to the Transmetal II Driver, which also turned her into a Transmetal II.
** Also done by Optimus Prime in ''Armada'', and Megatron several times over the course of the Unicron trilogy.
** Overall, Optimus' combination of HeroicSacrifice and Back from the Dead in the SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness has become a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_many_deaths_of_Optimus_Prime running gag]] in the fandom, to the point where a WordFilter on the site 7chan [[UnusualEuphemism replaced 'Jesus Christ' with 'Optimus Prime.']]
*** Special mention goes to ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', where Optimus Prime was killed during the three-episode pilot, only to be resurrected 75 seconds later by that series' {{McGuffin}}/DeusExMachina.
** Starscream has this happen a lot too. In addition to the G1 version, he was killed and resurrected on two occasions in the Marvel comic, and in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', he becomes immortal due to a shard of the Allspark - which allows him to suffer Waspinator-class indignities, ''actually'' die, but then revive in seconds. The NobleDemon ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' Starscream also dies and returns in Energon, but he was NotHimself.
** Ironhide dies in the first issue of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' and is resurrected by Alpha Trion a short time later. However there's a catch, Alpha Trion started building this version of Ironhide before the original died so he lacks his predecessor's memories and knowledge of current events.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': In the last episode of Season 1 the boys are killed. In the first episode of Season 2 their clones are reactivated and filled with their stored memories. Dr. Venture explains that this is the thirteenth time it has happened - and shows all previous deaths.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' it is made fairly clear in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCrossroadsOfDestiny The Crossroads of Destiny]]" that Azula's lightning attack on Aang in the season two finale succeeded in killing him and he was only brought back by Katara using the spirit water to heal him. He even says as much:
-->"I went down! I didn't just get hurt, did I? It was worse than that. I was gone. But you brought me back."
** {{Averted|Trope}} in Jet's case in [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderLakeLaogai Lake Laogai]]. A ''lot'' of fans speculated that the poor guy [[HesJustHiding didn't really perish from Long Feng's attack]], but the commentary for "The Ember Island Players" [[KilledOffForReal confirms that he's dead]].
* During the Mortis arc of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' the Son killed Ahsoka with a [[TouchOfDeath tap on her forehead]]. The Daughter, who was lethally wounded also by the Son, channeled her remaining life force into Ahsoka's body (using Anakin as a medium) to revive her.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** There's Roberto, who in "The Six Million Dollar Mon" was arrested and promptly executed via [[CruelAndUnusualDeath electromagnetism]]. When Hermes wanted a robot brain transplant to complete his new robot body, Farnsworth inadvertently dug up Roberto's and after Zoidberg put Hermes' brain back in his old body, the empty robot took Roberto's brain. Roberto terrorized the crew for about a minute before he ate a piece of Hermes' skin and melted from it being so spicy due to [[ChekhovsGun Hermes' diet of extremely hot food]]. He then makes an appearance in the show's penultimate episode "Stench and Stenchibility" with no explanation whatsoever.
** Before that in the first quarter of "Into the Wild Green Yonder" Bender gets pumped full of lead by the Robot Mafia then 'inexplicably' rises out of the ditch they buried him at the beginning of the second quarter. Subverted in that it's well established in the series that bullets are just an annoyance to robots.
** In the episode "The Thief of Baghead", Calculon kills himself after ingesting food coloring (which is toxic to robots). He was reenacting the climax of Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet and tried to put on the best possible on-stage death by actually killing himself, meaning he basically hammed himself to death. The Planet Express crew bring him back to life in the late series episode "Calculon 2.0", only for him to die again at the end of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has James Woods being brought back to life by scientists using space age tech after being stabbed in the back in a previous episode. As a Hollywood actor, he was entitled to top-notch medical care not available to others. Apparently he's ''that'' famous.
** In "Life of Brian" Brian ''looks'' like he's been killed when he's run over playing street hockey with Stewie and dies in the hospital, then replaced with the Griffins' new dog Vinny. In "Christmas Guy" Stewie uses his past self's time machine return pad to prevent Brian's death, returning the show to the status quo.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'':
** In the episode "Showdown, Part 1", a flashback reveals that the reason Ben stopped using his previous most used alien Feedback was because when he was 11, he had an encounter with [[ArcVillain Malware]], who forcibly ripped Feedback's DNA out of the Omnitrix and turned it to dust. As a failsafe the Omnitrix could no longer accept DNA from Feedback's race, but in "Showdown, Part 2" Ben regained Feedback after a negotiation with his past self.
** The finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' saw the death of BigBad V.V. Argost. The Saturdays' appearance on the ''Omniverse'' episode "T.G.I.S." saw him resurrected at the hands of Dr. Animo.
* The title of ''WesternAnimation/NotWithoutMyHandbag'' refers to the dead Auntie climbing ''out'' of hell, and later the ground, in order to retrieve her handbag.