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[[caption-width-right:350:"Darkness took me. But it was not the end.\\
I've been sent back until my task is done."]]

->'''Master Kavar:''' I thought you had died in the Mandalorian Wars...\\
'''Kreia:''' "Die"? ''No'' -- became stronger, ''yes''.
-->-- ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''

TheHero is fighting TheDragon, or the BigBad, and finds out he is [[HopelessBossFight hopelessly outmatched]]. The villain decides to go ahead and [[CombatPragmatist kill him off]], and it's over. The hero is dead.

Or is he? Perhaps he was OnlyMostlyDead, or DeathIsCheap. Maybe TheMedic was able to bring him back. Either way, he starts to fight again, and reveals that thanks to his defeat, he TookALevelInBadass and may have access to [[DeathActivatedSuperpower powers that he never had before]].

Congratulations, he just Came Back Strong. It's not a DesperationAttack or HeroicResolve, but a permanent increase in one's PowerLevel. It could be that dying has opened his mind to new possibilities, he literally [[TrainingFromHell trained in hell]], he was granted access to new spirit powers, a MacGuffin is used to help him return and he gains special abilities from it, the process that was used to revive him also repaired and/or strengthened his body (or gave him a new body better than the old one), or maybe his [[Anime/DragonBallZ race just makes him stronger from death]].

Villains do this a lot too, of course. Many are the heroes who have watched their nemeses perish, only to later find their foes [[EscapedFromHell risen from the depths of Hell]] with greater power than ever before.

Contrast CameBackWrong and ResurrectionSickness. (Although, on some occasions this Trope [[BlessedWithsuck is not mutually exclusive]] with those.) Compare HeroicSecondWind, which is similar to this without the nasty implications of death. DeathActivatedSuperpower is a subtrope. WeCanRebuildHim is a counterpart specifically concerning science and cybernetics.

'''As a DeathTrope (or rather a reversion of it), many spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''



* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan used the trope name when he advertised Ray-O-Vac's "Renewal" rechargeable alkaline batteries from the early 90s[[note]]Previous rechargeable batteries used nickel-cadmium. Many electronics of the time had a warning in their manuals: "Do not use rechargeable batteries." Renewal's main selling point was that, being ''alkaline'', they could be used in things which normally wouldn't accept rechargeable batteries.[[/note]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'',
** Saiyans have this as a racial ability, called "zenkai" (full release): if a Saiyan can recover from a near fatal injury, they receive a power-up. Vegeta uses this to his advantage on Namek by having Dende heal him after intentionally letting Krillin almost kill him.
** Later, Cell self-destructs and [[FromASingleCell re-forms]] thanks to having the Namekian HealingFactor turned UpToEleven, and gets a power boost because he has Saiyan cells so that he goes from being [[CurbStompBattle made chump change by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan]] to almost killing him in their final BeamOWar that he only loses from outside intervention and is finished off completely [[TooPowerfulToLive because a repeat would have meant no one could beat him and a bad ending for the heroes]]. This is the last time this Saiyan trait is specifically mentioned. Even worse, his death happening in close contact with Goku allowed Cell to learn his [[TeleportersAndTransporters Instant Transmission]] technique (he also claims to know the [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]], but doesn't use it in the anime.)
** There's also the example of dying and then training in the afterlife, especially with King Kai. Goku learned the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Kaio Ken]], [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]] (AKA the Genki Dama), and gained his Super Saiyan 2 and 3 forms this way.
** There's also Freeza, who is maimed and near death when his shattered body is discovered by his father and rebuilt with cybernetics to be even stronger than before. [[TheWorfEffect It doesn't help.]] ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' toys with this, as the mere act of Freeza coming back to life isn't what powers him up; it's the realization that he can't just coast on his natural power, which leads him to [[HardWorkHardlyWorks train for the first time in his life]] and achieve a GoldenSuperMode that puts him nearly at the level of a PhysicalGod.
** There's also Shenron once Dende became Kami, who is now able to grant two wishes instead of one (they tried to allow him to grant three, but Piccolo tells them that letting him do that would prevent him from reviving multiple people.)
* In ''Manga/ZatchBell'', Kiyomaru dies or comes very close to it in Faudo, and when he reawakens his heart power is massively increased and he gains the ''Answer-Talker'' ability. An innate and little understood psychic power, you get this power by having the potential and strict training (like Dufort) or coming back from the dead (like Kiyo). ''Answer-Talker'' grants the user the ability to answer ''any'' question as well as being able to understand things from on the spot and become an instant expert on subjects. Dufort used this to great effect during his battle with Kiyo and Kiyo himself uses it to guide his allies to victory with perfect strategies as well as for more mundane things like predicting weather or reading a dead language no else can.
* The best way to increase one's spirit energy in ''Manga/ShamanKing'' is to die, severely injured, or be in a near death state because this brings one closer to the spirit world. All of the main warrior characters die at least once in the manga, and some die several times. In the anime, the Tome of The Shaman enabled the main characters spirit energy to raise, and after Len and Yoh had [[NotQuiteDead nearly been killed]] they came back stronger, with Len [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping 1/3 of Zeke's followers]] combined with ThePowerOfFriendship, and Yoh was able to give his brother a VillainousBreakdown.
* In ''Manhwa/AflameInferno'', the main character gets possessed by Inferno after his nearly fatal blow.
* Kazuki of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' gains his renkin as his heart because he almost dies. He also pulls this trope again in episode 14.
* Yusuke from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' did not awaken his spirit powers until after his death, and later he awakened his demon powers after his second death. It's outright stated that the latter instance happened ''because'' of the former. At the time of his first death, Yusuke was merely a slightly strong human. At his second, he was an A-Class fighter who could send someone flying with the shockwave of a relatively weak punch.
* Phoenix Ikki in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Every time he's killed, he comes back twice as strong. Given that he died quite a few times (and actually [[ExploitedTrope did it multiple times on purpose during his fight with the invincible Virgo Shaka]]), he's an undisputed powerhouse now.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the straightest example would be Ichigo's near death, or Hollow, transformation to regain his spirit powers. The normal example of dying and becoming a shinigami or a Hollow does not work because you never come back to life, [[CharacterDeath you stay dead]]. Ichigo's [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Hollow]] form is a unique example. Whenever Ichigo is OnlyMostlyDead or outclassed and exhausted, it tends to take advantage of his weakness by taking control of his body.
** After Ulquiorra blasts a hole straight through Ichigo's chest, the Hollow's powers go ''completely'' insane (seemingly ''neither'' [[CameBackWrong Ichigo nor his Inner Hollow]], which while vicious is also quite coherent, is in control, and instead their combined powers form a being of pure instinct), and tears apart Ulquiorra and nearly kills Ishida. It also [[NoSell tanks]] everything thrown at it and is only stopped by a combination of Ulquiorra attacking it while was distracted trying to fire off a Cero and the Cero in question exploding in its face as a consequence.
* In ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'', one has to die in order to become an immortal blood warrior.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Brook plays this somewhat straight. He died and came back as a skeleton, so, while he isn't explicitly stronger, he is much faster now, a lot harder to kill, and able to do things like run on water or jump distances that are ridiculous even by [[WorldOfBadass One Piece]] standards. This is all explained by skeleton!Brook apparently having the same level of strength that human!Brook did, but vastly lower mass.
** Baron Tamago's Egg-Egg fruit lets him come back from just about anything stronger than before; the base form usually seen is the Egg form; bisect/smash/generally kill him in that, and he'll crack and spill egg yolk, from which Viscount Hiyoko, a chick (as in baby chicken) version of Tamago, is reborn. Viscount Hiyoko is significantly stronger and ''much'' faster, which gives his killer a nasty surprise. And if you kill ''that'', more yolk is spilled, and from that one Count Niwatori, the rooster version that is strongest of all and "a true knight", is reborn. While parties involved in discovering this flee before they can confront Niwatori, WordOfGod says that if he dies in that form, he just goes back to Tamago, restarting the cycle. It's not entirely known how to make any damage stick, but we know he's not completely invincible since [[ScarsAreForever the scar Pedro gave him long ago is still there]], and it's suggested killing him while the yolk's still fresh is perfectly possible.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed and Al both nearly die when they try to resurrect their mother. They barely survive and gain the ability to use alchemy without circles, and Al is also a MadeOfIndestructium AnimatedArmor. Overlaps with BlessedWithSuck, since Ed lost a leg and an arm in the process, and Al loses his entire body, and cannot eat, sleep, or experience any senses aside from seeing and hearing.
** [[spoiler:Earlier, their [[DisappearedDad father]] had his body replaced by a Philosopher's Stone containing over 500,000 souls, granting him near-immortality. This is actually what leads to him disappearing - he's very happy that he's survived long enough to meet his wife and children, but can't bear the thought of out-living them as well. During his research to making him fully mortal, he discovered Father's nation-wide circle and set out to stop it.]]
* ''Manga/CodeBreaker'''s Ogami pulls this trope twice. The first time when he was a child and received the Emperor's flame, and the second when Yuuki kills him and the Emperor allows him access to the next flame for making the [[SecretTestOfCharacter correct]] [[TakeAThirdOption choice]].
* Tsukune Aono from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' combines this trope with CameBackWrong via liberal use of vampire blood. Later it's just this trope when he learns to control his SuperPoweredEvilSide. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Tsukune outright becomes a vampire, which [[OurVampiresAreDifferent in this story has very few downsides]].]]
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', Marco Owen is killed by Zeus. However, another character sacrifices her life to bring him back, and the new Medusa-enhanced body she gives him has useful new abilities such as a resistance to Zeus's electrical attacks.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', every time Myotismon is killed, he eventually simply comes back in a more powerful form. Until the GrandFinale of ''Adventure 02'', where his ''soul'' is blown up, most likely rendering him DeaderThanDead.
** Etemon in the first series was swallowed up by a black hole caused when he and Metalgreymon first fought, and was apparently given a DisneyVillainDeath. However, he shows up in the Dark Masters Arc having evolved into Metaletemon.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', it is later revealed that Negi died from HeroicRROD after his fight with Dynamis, and came back via [[BlackMagic Magia Erebea]], [[HumanoidAbomination fusing with it]] in the process.
* A few characters in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}''.
** [[LovableCoward Kabuto Kirisaki]] got his full PSI power after he [[HeroicSacrifice takes the brunt]] of an attack meant for [[TheHero Ageha]].
** [[CloudCuckoolander Caprico]] got her PSI power after she fell off a cliff and hit her head as a child.
** [[{{Yakuza}} Kagetora]] got his PSI powered up after he nearly got killed a few times, got tortured, had a house dropped on him, and had to dig some people by a mad man and his lackeys.
** [[IntimateHealing Oboro Mochizuki]] greatly enhances his PSY after he gets a big hole punched into his chest and thrown half dead into an old [[MacGuffin Tavoo core factory]] [[EmergencyTransformation where he fuses with them]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** You could technically apply this to ''anyone'' brought back through Edo Tensei / Reanimation, since the zombies it creates can regenerate from ash and have unlimited stamina. Too bad you still have to follow the summoner's orders unless you're Itachi or Madara. The stand-out example would be (the REAL) Madara. He's physically in his prime but has [[BodyHorror all]] [[TheAssimilator the modifications]] he could only make after he was [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport too decrepit to show them off]], and doesn't have to worry about little things like being bisected.
** Surprisingly, [[spoiler: Madara came back even stronger after being truly resurrected through Rinne Tensei. Apparently, having a real body gives him access to techniques enough to curb-stomp the 9 bijuus, Naruto, Sasuke and Tobirama altogether. The aforementioned curb-stomp resulted in Naruto and Sasuke having a near-death experience. They came back, with Rikudo Sennin's powers, namely Rikudo Senjutsu and Rinnegan, power-ups enough to match the now Jichuuriki Madara.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Eren Yeager suffers the loss of AnArmAndALeg and then ends up being swallowed by a Titan while rescuing his best friend. Good thing his LovecraftianSuperpower decided to manifest...
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Sayaka Miki comes back to life as a master swordswoman, able to pull off tricks like stabbing Homura's time shield before she can use it to freeze time. It's explained that she gained the memories of her past incarnations from the GroundhogDayLoop, giving her tremendous experience. She also gained the ability to summon her witch form, Oktavia von Seckendorff, to assist her in battle. The ending is sort of a dark twist on the concept: [[spoiler:Homura, moments before being carried off to heaven, suddenly unleashes her new [[LovecraftianSuperpower eldritch powers]] (apparently gained by becoming a witch without breaking her soul gem), and uses them to steal Madoka's PhysicalGod powers and become a full-fledged demon.]]
* Battler, from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', takes Dlanor's [[OneHitKill Red Key]] through the chest at the climax of Ep 5. His death gives him as much time as he needed to think back over the mysteries of the novel, realise what he'd been missing, come to understand the Truth of the Game and will himself back to life as one of the most badass and powerful characters in a series filled with already-overpowered characters.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Played straight with every main character, who all came back with super powers after dying on August 15th. The best examples are Takane Enomoto and Haruka Kokonose, [[IllGirl both rather ill in life]], who came back as an [[InsideAComputerSystem immortal digital being]] and [[SuperStrength a super-strong version of himself]], respectively.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' plays with this trope.
** Ken Kaneki emerges from each brush with death more powerful than before, essentially being reborn in a stronger form. The series begins with him barely surviving a Ghoul attack, and ending up transformed from a normal human into a HalfHumanHybrid. Some time later, he is tortured for over a week and kept in a near-death state until he begins to hallucinate and ends up symbolically killing his humanity, devouring the symbolized form of his Ghoul half and emerging with his powers fully awakened -- with a new RedRightHand including [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white hair]] to fully symbolize his transformation. His quest to become more powerful eventually leads to a third "death", as the insane Kakuja "Centipede", a state he describes as devouring himself and dying. At the finale, he is again left in a near-death state after his battle with Arima. In the sequel, he is revealed to have become AmnesiacHero Haise Sasaki and is shown to have gotten even ''stronger'' as a result.
** In the sequel, former PluckyComicRelief Seidou Takizawa combines this with CameBackWrong. Revealed to have survived being FedToTheBeast through the same EmergencyTransformation that Kaneki once endured, he returns as an incredibly powerful (and [[EvilFeelsGood deranged]]) HalfHumanHybrid. He quickly establishes himself as a major threat, slaughtering his way through every Investigator in his path.
* This is essentially how Tenchi came across his [[spoiler:God-like]] potential in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. The first time, he's nearly killed by a reflected shot by the ''Souja'' and only saved by Ayeka's guardians and Tsunami. When Tsunami heals him, she lets him know of his power, which allows him to beat Kagato. The second time, he [[TakingTheBullet took an attack meant for Ryoko by Z]], which [[spoiler: skyrocketed his powers to God-tier, literally.]] After the second one, Tsunami, Tokimi and Washu agree that he needs to come into this power a lot more naturally and hit the ResetButton. He's much stronger in the new timeline.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': According to the Gagaga Academy Tospedia card storylines, "Reaper" was on the verge of death due to the out-of-control magic he was using. "Hierophant" and "Empress", unwilling to stand aside any more, were determined to try and save his life by exorcising the Dark Magic inside him by amplifying the Light Magic that existed inside him all along. At the end of the intense conflict between Holy and Wicked magic, he ended up being revived in a miracle.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In the game itself, there are cards that trigger Came Back Strong in both players and creatures. Tuktuk the Explorer does this to himself: As a 2/2 for three mana, he's beneath the curve. When he dies, you put a 5/5 token into play called Tuktuk the Returned.
** The new "Undying" rule leads to creatures that die returning from the graveyard with slightly higher power and toughness, but die permanently if killed while stronger. If combined with persist (which leads to "came back weaker", but die permanently if killed while weaker), the conditions counter each other and you can get creatures that simply ''never die''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s Dr. Manhattan also fulfills this trope, although it's not solely his death that is the catalyst of his powers, but the way he died. That is being disintegrated at the sub-atomic level but remaining conscious and disembodied for months before figuring out how to make a new body.
* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Thanos}}'' stories in the 1970s, this was how ComicBook/AdamWarlock "finally" defeated Thanos.
** Thanos himself is later resurrected with a considerable power boost from Mistress Death.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'', Allen the Alien becomes stronger every time he regenerates from life-threatening wounds. At the beginning of the series, he was barely able to fight the [[FlyingBrick Virtumites one on one]]. Now he's more than a match for one or two of them. With the exception of [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Grand Regent]] [[BigBad Thragg]].
* This temporarily happened to Doctor Doom in Creator/MarkMillar's ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' run. He gets thrown to the past by a villain called the Marquis, and survives as he put it "by sheer hatred", Pre Retcon that is. Dark Avengers shows readers that he's saved by the time traveling Thunderbolts. It still doesn't explain his supposed power-up being lost, though his power up was regarded as CanonDiscontinuity by all the other writers since.
* This is ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' foe Doomsday's power; whenever he is killed, he is able to come back to life, with an [[AdaptiveAbility added resistance to anything that had ever killed him before.]]
* In volume six of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', Scott gets killed by Gideon, gets trapped in limbo, comes back (because of his extra life), and defeats Gideon, thanks to the power of understanding.
* Phoenix from ''ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga'', overlapping with CameBackWrong--at least until the {{Retcon}} that the "Jean Grey" from the shuttle crash to her death on the moon was an impostor.
* Later, in the Planet X arc of ''Comicbook/NewXMen'', Jean and Wolverine are headed into the sun, and Wolvie kills Jean to spare her the agony of incineration. She soon awakens in full Phoenix mode, reshapes the asteroid into a ship with the power of her mind, and easily returns to Earth. And ''this'' time, she came back right.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'' comics, BigBad Darth Krayt comes back from the dead and is no longer bothered by the crippling Yuuzhan Vong implants while also becoming more formidable and DrunkOnTheDarkSide than ever. He then attempts to invoke this trope on Cade Skywalker, hoping Cade will have the same reaction with TheDarkSide and finally be his disciple, but it just encourages Cade to embrace the Light Side and kill Krayt.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, as part of his trials to become Sorcerer Supreme, had to meet Death in combat. When he realized he couldn't defeat or escape Death, he surrendered entirely to it, died, and was restored to life--now [[TheAgeless functionally immortal]].
* Technically Franchise/{{Superman}} following ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman''. His revival and being utterly supercharged by the Eradicator's HeroicSacrifice gave him a massive jump in power.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline ''Robin Rises,'' this accidentally happens with [[{{Robin}} Damian]], who resurrects as a FlyingBrick. Naturally, we get a few issues of him absolutely reveling in his new powers, only for them to suddenly disappear.
* ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'' had the character "Katyusha" Maria, a Russia sniper exposed to the substance that makes superhumans but also often kills. To say her reaction is severe is an understatement- she literally wakes up in a mass grave, but once the process is complete becomes one of the most dangerous Ubers in the war.
* ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'': Half of the Knothole Freedom Fighters gets utterly trashed by Eggman (who himself CameBackStrong from a mental illness) and all [[WesternAnimation.SonicTheHedgehog SatAm characters]] are eventually wiped out of an existence by the [[CosmicRetcon Genesis Wave]]... [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide except Eggman's plan fails at the last minute during the history rewriting process.]] The result is that the new incarnation of the team not only regain the memories of their past life, but also become a lot stronger and properly equipped. [[ArtificialLimbs Bunnie]] is back into her rabbot state, [[MasterSwordsman Antoine]] gains new sword skills, [[GeniusBruiser Rotor]] is younger and more active, [[TheLancer Sally and Nicole]] are smarter, and [[ChaoticGood King Max]] is no longer a nutcase. Lastly, the team gets a flying base and personal hoverboards for all the ground units that tremendously increase their mobility and teamwork.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Muller comes back after surviving his aparent death at the jaws of crocodiles, losing his arms, and replacing them with mechanical ones with claws, giving him increased strength, and [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]], revealing himself to be the series' GreaterScopeVillain.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Due to the [[BecomingTheCostume spell]] in question being far more powerful, [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Jesse McNally]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9760357/1/The-Hell-er-Nator-Chaos-Machine The Hell-er-Nator: Chaos Machine]]'' comes back to life with the powers and experience of ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist.
* In ''Fanfic/CrossedPaths'', several of the heroes' old enemies get resurrected and are tougher than ever. The swordsman whom Indiana Jones infamously shot can now deflect bullets with his sword and fight evenly against someone of Samurai Jack's caliber. Demongo is no longer a SquishyWizard, etc.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' RevengeFic, Fanfic/ApplesEqualsCyanideEqualsLight, Light Yagami becomes a Shinigami after [[spoiler: his death,]] which makes him nearly immortal, along with other advantages.
* In ''Fanfic/SuperSentaiVsPowerRangersTheLiveblog'', after a heroic sacrifice by having the All-Stars defeat them before they transformed into Radiguet's monsters, the Scouts return with stronger powers granted by [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo the Phantom Ranger]], [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive Sentinel Knight]], and [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Aka]] [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Red]]. [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Mako]] gains stronger Wind-based powers, [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Tori]] would have a stronger control over water, [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Xander]] gains access to stronger Forest-themed magic, Dan can manipulate shadows and have more powerful Energy attacks, and Mao would get all the Yellow Rangers' Keys without the need to borrow any of them from the past heroes. [[spoiler:The sixth scout, Sean, becomes the Ultimate Red Legendary Ranger, gaining the powers of all the past Red Rangers.]]
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** In the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]], Twilight has her Element of Chaos ripped out by Angry Pie, causing her to begin rapidly aging to death. However, she gets Trixie's Element of Magic from her grave (it's heavily implied to have been a gift from Trixie's spirit), restoring her ''and'' teaching her all of Trixie's spells.
** At the end of Dark World, Rarity, now the Alicorn of the Mortal World Queen Libra, is given the chance to bring everyone who died as a result of Discord and his minions' actions BackFromTheDead. Due to Heaven encouraging continuing the pursuits you did in life if you genuinely enjoyed them and they weren't evil, now possibly studying under the spirits of past masters in that craft, several ponies were subject to this trope. For example, Apple Pie's sister Poison Apple has spent the time since her passing until now training in alchemy with Zecora and came back with much more advanced knowledge to the point of being able to whip up a brew to melt the bars of a prison cell.
** This is pretty much the end result of a Shadow of Existence fusing with the pony who inherited their Light of Existence. While their name and appearance remain the same as the pony they fused with (though may ''gain'' a name), they've essentially recreated the soul of the original pony they were and now have the combined abilities and traits of their two halves. [[spoiler:This has happened to Applebloom (who fused with G3 Toola Roola's Shadow of Existence), AK Yearling (who fused with G3 Puzzlemint's), and Lovestruck (who fused with Cupid's Shadow, being the {{{Reincarnation}} of Cupid's G3 self). Of the three, Yearling is the straightest example of this trope, as Pandora's influence resulted in them creating the real world version of Daring Do.]]
* Species-wide example in the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' DarkFic, ''FanFic/TheAgeOfDusk''. Most factions believed the Orks were eradicated [[FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome back in the 51st Millennium]], but this is not the case: Ork spores lay dormant on several planetary ecosystems, which over a long time finally grew back as Orks, only this time they are far more disciplined and organised than before. [[spoiler:Also happens with the Eldar god of murder, Khaine, who is resurrected by the Dark Eldar - Khaine mops the floor with Slaanesh, when the first time they fought, Slaanesh shattered Khaine into pieces]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11813522/1/Fates-of-Ice-and-Fire Fates of Ice and Fire]]'', Robert Baratheon comments on how he and the others who have been summoned as Servants for the Holy Grail War have been brought back to life in their physical prime and with super powers.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' :
** The ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' example is played with after Dende first heals Krillin and Gohan.
--->'''Vegeta:''' Unlike the runt [Gohan] and I, you don't get a power boost from it.\\
'''Krillin:''' HAX!!! I CALL HAX!!!
** Creator/TeamFourStar also speculate that this applies to Saiyan ''sperm cells'', and point out that [[ChildProdigy Goten]] was born after Goku took an apocalyptic punch to the nuts from [[Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13 Super 13]].
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': In the sequel ''The Mare From the Moon'', it's noted that every time she dies and resurrects, Spliced Genome adapts to what killed her, making it harder and harder for her to die by that particular thing again, and she revives faster and faster.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', Emmett becomes a Master Builder after [[spoiler: "dying", getting a glimpse of the human world, and returning.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', the nearly-dead Megatron is thrown into space after his and Prime's final battle. Then he encounters Unicron and is reformatted into Galvatron, gaining power great enough to kill a Transformer and blow up planets with one shot.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This happens to Sing in ''Film/KungFuHustle''. Beaten practically to death, he somehow emerges from his cocoon of bandages as a superpowered master. The beating apparently opened all the previously blocked chi paths in his body, unlocking his heavily-foreshadowed hidden potential.
* ''Film/CharlieStCloud'': After almost dying in a car accident, Charlie gains the ability [[ISeeDeadPeople to see and speak with the dead.]]
* ''Film/Resurrection1980'': After surviving a car crash that killed her husband, a woman finds that she has miraculous healing powers.
* Sara of ''Film/TheCraft'' nearly died but she managed to invoke the power of Manon.
* Happens ''twice'' to King Ghidorah in the film ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. Once when Mothra sacrifices herself and Ghidorah absorbs her essence to become stronger and once when Ghidorah absorbs an artifact from the shrine in which he was placed/worshiped. However, it's still not enough to defeat Godzilla.
* Occurs to Godzilla himself in ''Film/GodzillaVSMechagodzillaII'' when Rodan sacrifices himself to revive Godzilla after Mechagodzilla nearly kills him. Godzilla becomes more powerful because of it and gains his most powerful attack-the Spiral Beam, which he uses to utterly obliterate Mechagodzilla.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** Neo only gets to awaken his spoon-bending powers after being killed by Agent Smith in the first movie.
** Smith himself becomes this in the sequels. The first movie ends with Neo destroying him, but he refuses to be deleted and becomes a RogueDrone with the power to [[TheVirus turn others into copies of himself.]]
* Alex Murphy is killed in action in ''Film/RoboCop1987'', but he is reconstructed as the titular cyborg, an implacable crime-fighting machine.
* A premature death (usually violent) is what awakens the quickening of the immortals of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' which enables them to live forever and rapidly heal from any injury.
* Jason Voorhees from the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films. In his first appearance (which happened in the second film; his mother was the killer in the first movie) he's just a regular human. A very large, strong, and tough human, but still a human. But after he's killed he comes back as a near-unstoppable undead abomination. This only gets worse in ''Film/JasonX'' when he's accidentally upgraded with cybernetic implants.
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Scott gets killed by Gideon, gets trapped in limbo, comes back (because of his extra life). He manages to reconcile with Kim, apologize to both Ramona and Knives for cheating on both of them, and then finally kicks Gideon's ass.
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', the Avengers keep destroying Ultron's mechanical chassis, only to have him upload himself into increasingly upgraded physical forms. In the climax, the main Ultron body is made of Vibranium.
* ''Film/HardcoreHenry'': However Henry was killed before the movie started, it absolutely mangled his body. Now, however, he's an [[OneManArmy ass-kicking cyborg super soldier]].

* ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'':
** In ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', Ryougi Shiki gains a stronger version of the same ability when one of her [[SplitPersonality two personalities]] dies, leaving a hole to Akasha in its place. Effectively her new second personality is the universe itself, and possesses unlimited power.
** Before the events of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Tohno Shiki has the ability to see "things which are hidden". When he is killed and brought back to life, this mutates into the ability to ''see death'', allowing him to cut anything by tracing its "lines of death" or destroy anything by stabbing its "point of death". This manages to be [[StoryBreakerPower even more overpowered than it sounds]], but Shiki has to wear AntiMagic glasses to [[BlessedWithSuck prevent going mad]] (besides the obvious reasons, just looking at a "very immortal" character for too long can cause brain damage).
** In general for the Fate series, anyone summoned as a Servant for a Holy Grail War gains enhanced strength, speed, immunity to non-magical attacks, and special powers based on their legends that they may not have held in life.
** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
*** In life, Heracles was "merely" the strongest man in the world. As a Servant, he gains an AdaptiveAbility and ResurrectiveImmortality up to twelve times.
*** In life, Angra Mainyu was an ordinary man who became TheScapegoat for his people's sins. When he was summoned in the Third Holy Grail War, he had no abilities and was quickly killed. However, when he was absorbed by the Holy Grail, he truly became the GodOfEvil.
** ''LightNovel/FateZero'':
*** In life, Gilles de Rais was a knight turned SerialKiller who was merely rumored to practice black magic by his enemies. As a Servant, he actually has magic.
*** In life, The Hundred-Faced Hassan-i-Sabbah had the ability to alter his appearance. As a Servant, he can split his body into each of his many identities.
** ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'':
*** Many authors and scientists gain magic as Servants.
*** In life, Medusa's sisters Euryale and Stheno only had agelessness and were completely dependent on Medusa for protection. As Servants, they are straight up surprised that they now have super powers that allow them to fight.
*** King David was elderly and bedridden at the time of his death. As a Servant, he is pleased to find his body back in his physical prime, plus he has abilities like turning his classic slingshot into a WaveMotionGun.
*** In life, Professor James Moriarty was merely a criminal mastermind. As a Servant, he can summon [[ColonyDrop an asteroid that can potentially destroy the planet]].

* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', Paul Atreides almost dies when he drinks the Water of Life, and when he wakes up he is the Kwisatz Haderach.
** To a lesser degree, every Reverend Mother. Until they drink the Water of Life, the Bene Gesserit do not possess any special powers beyond the CharlesAtlasSuperpower. After managing to drink the Water, internally convert it into a SuperSerum, and survive, the Bene Gesserit emerges with access to Other Memory (the genetic memory of all her female ancestors). Not every Bene Gesserit survives the test. In fact, the prequel novels show that it took many decades for Raquella Berto-Anirul's accident (she manages to survive a poisoning attempt) to be successfully recreated.
** Norma Cenva is a borderline example. A MuggleBornOfMages, she is short and unattractive but possesses an incredible scientific mind. Many years later, she is captured by the [[HumongousMecha Cymeks]], and the danger activates her previously-latent PsychicPowers. The burst of psychic energy kills every Cymek around her and also obliterates her own body. Using her newfound abilities, her disembodied consciousness rebuilds her body molecule-by-molecule in a new, much hotter form, based on a composite of her female ancestors' looks. Not only does she become the most powerful Sorceress of Rossak, but she eventually becomes the very first Navigator (when she eventually allows her body to mutate, previously keeping it unchanging through sheer force of will). Unlike other Navigators, she is also able to [[FasterThanLightTravel fold space]] without a Holtzman engine.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf the Grey dies and comes back as Gandalf the White with augmented powers and authority. He is a lesser-angel figure on a mission from greater-angels and hasn't completed his quest so he is sent back and the restrictions previously placed on his power (to prevent overreliance or corruption) are relaxed.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheDeadZone'': A man is critically injured in a car accident and is in a coma for five years. When he wakes up, he has {{psychic powers}}, including {{precognition}} and {{psychometry}}.
* ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'' by Stephen King (book and film): Jonesy's near-death experience is necessary for him to fight off [[TheGreys Mr. Gray]] — to the point that the heroes' [[WaifProphet mentally-retarded messianic spirit guide]] appears to him in a vision [[{{Chessmaster}} to make him]] almost kill himself so as to [[INeedYouStronger prepare him]] to battle aliens.
* In Creator/EoinColfer's ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'', people who've undergone a near-death experience can see the Parasites - not always permanently, but that's how it is for all the named characters - and are therefore able to fight them. (So can [[BizarreBabyBoom Bartoli babies]], but that's beside the point.)
* In the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novels, a [[AGodAmI Planeswalker]] only has full access to their powers after experiencing extreme physical trauma (sometimes, but not always, death).
* ''Literature/AMadnessOfAngels'' by Kate Griffin begins with the protagonist being mysteriously resurrected, possessed (and empowered) by the "blue electric angels" of telephony.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In ''Grave Peril'', at the climax of the book Harry is killed by the Nightmare in his dreams, and is immediately revived via CPR. When he comes back, Harry has created a ghost of himself ([[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts being psychic copies of the individual who died and are created at the moment of death]]) and the two proceed to whup ass. While doing so, Harry ''eats'' the Nightmare in his dreams and thus absorbs his magical power, allowing him to come back with so much strength that he vaporizes a pair of vampires almost instantly with no effort.
** To some extent when he was assassinated--he ''was'' already the Winter Knight, but he was incredibly drained and had nothing material left--not his house, his car, his weapons, his pets, his equipment, only a single change of clothes... and then he spent most of a book as a powerless ghost. Now? The Winter Knight is back in town, and just ''dictated terms to Queen Mab''.
** In ''Skin Game,'' [[spoiler:Murphy's improper use of the Sword of Faith led to Nicodemus shattering the blade. However, the power wasn't truly gone, and when Waldo Butters proved himself worthy of being a Knight, the Sword reconstituted itself in into a genuine Lightsaber. This is because of his deep belief in the morals of Star Wars]].
* A variation happens in ''Literature/{{Issola}}'' when Lady Teldra gets killed with a Morganti weapon. Vlad uses it to create a new Great Weapon, which makes him permanently stronger, starting with slaying a Jenoine.
* There's a short story where colonists on an alien planet deal with escalating threats from local fauna, starting with pests that feed on their crops and working up to large predators. Eventually someone works out that it's the ''same'' life form, coming back stronger each time they wipe it out. He realizes this just in time to stop them from killing an alien that looks human:
--> "I think we can deal with this one. What I don't want to face is '''what comes next'''."
* In the world of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', resurrection in any form was impossible until the Orb Of Aldur was recovered.
** When Durnik, (aka 'The Man with Two Lives'), was killed by Zedar, the Gods conferred and agreed unanimously to allow his resurrection by Belgarion, Errand and the Orb at Polgara's pleading. He went from being an ordinary man, to being an immortal Sorcerer later proven capable of slam-dunking a DEMON LORD singlehandedly.
** Earlier in the series, Belgarion brings back a colt that died immediately after birth. The horse the colt grows into is supernaturally strong, able to translocate, apparently highly intelligent (well, for a horse, anyway), and quite probably immortal. Fitting, as he turns out to be fated to be the horse of a god. Belgareth and Polgara conclude that the only reason that Belgarion succeeded in resurrecting it was that he didn't know it was impossible. Well, that and doing it in a cave the Gods had used as a meeting place before they left the world.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Dragokin Erowin can handle mooks. After dying and becoming an angel she can effortlessly NoSell the Big Bad's best shot.
* This is a belief of the followers of the [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Drowned God]] in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. "What is dead can never die, but rises again, harder and stronger." They [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this in a baptism ceremony in which believers are "drowned" and revived through [[CleanPrettyReliable CPR]]. The most devout believers do this multiple times.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'': Agawin in ''The Fire Ascending'' after he absorbs Galen's tear. And again, when he 'dies' and becomes Alexa. Yes. [[TomatoInTheMirror Alexa]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', Oreg comes back, after [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ward killed him.]] Not only with stronger magic, he's also a dragon.
* Literature/{{Firefight}}: Megan Tarash. Most of the time, her Epic power allows her to bring shadows of other worlds into this one, which is mostly a roundabout way of making illusions. But right after she dies and her ResurrectiveImmortality kicks in, she is strong enough to make the shadows she brings through fully real, making her a straight-up RealityWarper. Unfortunately it's accompanied by partial memory loss and confusion, limiting its usefulness until she [[FaceYourFears overcomes her weakness]] and the negative side effects disappear.
* In "Literature/TheStonesAreHatching", Alexia/Aisling, subtly. After he resurrection, her white hair turns red, her shadow and reflection are back, and her features are slightly different, implying that the damage done to her by studying dark magic has been repaired.
* In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', the Returned are those whose heroic deaths earn them the Divine Breath, which resurrects them as idealized humans with peak physical abilities and an ill-understood connection to divinity. On the other hand, they're amnesiacs who know that their Return was intended for a specific purpose, which almost inevitably sees them dead within a few years.
* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', on multiple occasions, Eric regenerates from things which would kill an ordinary vampire, such as being blown to ash by blessed explosives; and each time he does so, he gains more strength and more control over his powers. It's eventually revealed that Phillipus put a spell on him to conceal him from his sire by suppressing his power; each time Eric unconsciously taps his sealed power to regenerate from near-total destruction, the spell weakens and he gains more conscious access to the power.
* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Rhulad Sengar's]] sword induces this effect; any time he's killed, the sword brings him back more powerful than he was before. Unfortunately, there's some overlap with CameBackWrong as well -- each resurrection chips away a bit more of Rhulad's already frail sanity. At the end of ''Literature/MidnightTides'', [[MasterSwordsman Brys Beddict]] figures out the loophole in this power; he has to ''beat'' Rhulad without actually ''killing'' him or he'll just make the problem worse, so he carefully severs key tendons in Rhulad's arms and legs to leave him paralyzed but alive. Too bad someone else shows up a few minutes later and, not understanding the situation, performs what he ''thought'' was a MercyKill...
* Sacred Eclipse in ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'' can [[AllYourPowersCombined use the powers of the other Ragnarok]], but it initially only has access to the CombatTentacles and HealingFactor of Poseidon. Each time it dies and resurrects, it gains access to more powers, and will eventually become unstoppable.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** "Hidden", Clark comes back from the dead with all his powers restored. [[DealWithTheDevil But at what cost?]]
** In "Bizarro", Chloe's latent meteor power activates and resurrects herself.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** When Xander resuscitates Buffy from her death at the Master's hands, she comes back stronger, knows instinctively where the Master's going, and is no longer vulnerable to his hypnosis.
** She also seems to be stronger after her second death, given the way she pwned the leader of that demon gang (who tore off a vampire's head with his bare hands!).
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' indulges it in frequently, usually to grant someone their final upgrade:
** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' introduces Gills, who died of his powers breaking down his body but was revived by a psychic with healing abilities. The result not only cures him of his degrading body but grants him the power to become [[SuperMode Exceed Gills]].
** People with the Orphnoch gene in ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' will revive after death with new superpowers, most prominently the ability to shapeshift into a monstrous form. That said, ItOnlyWorksOnce, and [[YourDaysAreNumbered they only have a few years before they'll start crumbling to ash from the strain]].
** Gentaro Kisaragi, a.k.a. ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', is killed in episode 31 by Kamen Rider Meteor (who made a DealWithTheDevil with the Aries Zodiarts to save his best friend), only for Kengo to use the Cosmic Switch (which they hadn't been able to get to work before that) to revive him, giving him his SuperMode in the process.
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' features Phoenix, one of the Greater Phantoms, who can revive himself every time he is killed, just like the mythological bird he takes his name from. Each revival not only makes him stronger, it comes ''faster'', from taking weeks between resurrections to taking seconds. Haruto, quickly running out of ways to kill Phoenix, makes a SealedEvilInACan out of him by [[HurlItIntoTheSun kicking him into the sun]]. Haruto himself later suffers the death of his Dragon Inner Phantom, destroying his ability to use magic, but his HeroicWillpower soon enough revives Dragon and grants him a new SuperMode to dispatch the villain that did it.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' sees ArcVillain Freeze kill Shinnosuke at the climax of the arc to show off his new SuperMode. The subsequent attempt to revive Shinnosuke ends up accidentally granting ''him'' a SuperMode that easily defeats Freeze's.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' dies near the start of the first episode, promptly coming back as a ghost with [[YourDaysAreNumbered 99 days to live]] but a host of new superpowers. He dies twice more during the show, once from running out of time and once from having his SoulJar broken, but comes back after each death with a new power-up.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' sees virtually all of the antagonists, most of whom are sentient computer programs, exploit this as a method of [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind level grinding]]. Even the two human antagonists get in on it, though, with one using a SurvivalHorror game to become a zombie who gets dramatically stronger after enough deaths, while the other kills himself to perform a FusionDance with the game's intended FinalBoss and take its power for himself. One of the supporting protagonists also dies early in the show, but comes back much later as a Bugster who's far stronger than he was as a human.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' when Cole arrives in the underworld, he finds that the souls of demons have their powers eaten by the creatures that live there. He decides to get in on that action, and collects enough powers to return to the land of the living, and with almost ''every'' demonic power there is. Unfortunately, it eventually drove him crazy, and he wanted to die, but couldn't.
* The ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' example is parodied in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', when TV's Frank is ushered into Second Banana Heaven by [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Torgo]] the White.
-->'''Frank:''' Hey, they fixed your knees!
-->'''Torgo the White:''' [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable ThErE aRe No BuM kNeEs In My WoRlD, cHiLd.]]
-->'''Frank:''' How about your voice?
-->'''Torgo the White:''' [=W...wHaT aBouT mY vOiCe?=]
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', is literally based on this trope "Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, WeCanRebuildHim. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better...stronger...faster."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': When Castiel is resurrected in the season five finale, he not only regains all of his angelic abilities after having been BroughtDownToNormal, but demonstrates that he's ''more'' powerful than before by [[spoiler: resurrecting Bobby.]]
* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': At the end of season 3, Barry voluntarily goes into the Speed Force in order to protect Central City. In the season 4 opener, taking place [[TimeSkip six months later]], Team Flash manages to get him back. After a brief period of mental instability, Barry comes back to save Iris. His first act is to casually break out of the Pipeline, something no one else has been able to do. When measuring his speed, the entire team is in awe, claiming that no other speedster has been able to move that fast (apparently, forgetting about Savitar). Even Wally admits that it's beyond his current capabilities.
* Initially subverted in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' with Damien Darhk, after he comes back in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', as this is an earlier version of him without magical powers. Played straight in Season 3 of ''Legends'', after he is resurrected by [[spoiler:his daughter]]. He not only levitates himself right out of the coffin, but also disarms a roomful of Time Bureau agents with a wave of his hand, before proceeding to slaughter them [[ItMakesSenseInContext to the tune of]] [[SoundtrackDissonance "Return of the Mack"]], while sipping on a cocktail. He also instantly recalls his previous encounters with the Legends, despite the mind-wipe.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Benjen's watch was ended by the White Walkers, but The Children of the Forest kept him from turning into a wight and gifted him with some sort of augmented or awakened power in the process, as he's able to ignite a weapon, he can foresee the future and is even aware of the actual contents of Bran's visions.
** When Cersei asks [[MadDoctor Qyburn]] if [[OneManArmy Gregor]] [[OneHitKill Clegane]] is going to come back weaker, he's quick to dismiss the notion, implying this trope. Gregor really didn't need the boost, to be honest. Thanks, Qyburn? Gregor confirms this to be the case when he casually ''rips a man's head off with his bare hands''. Cersei proudly rubs in Ellaria Sand's face that this new Clegane is stronger than ever.
** [[spoiler:Viserion gets a hefty boost after being reanimated as the Night King's wight mount. He gains the ability to breathe blue dragonfire powerful enough to single-handedly destroy Eastwatch and blast through the Wall, an 8000 year old ice barricade fortified by magic. ''All by himself''. He can breathe this fire for a far longer period of time than any of his siblings, even the larger Drogon, have been shown to. And on top of that, he's seemingly gotten much faster in the air.]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Myth/NorseMythology, Odin impaled himself on Yggdrasil and after he came back to life nine days later, he knew magic.
* Inuit mythology:
** Sedna is just an ordinary woman until her father chops off her fingers and throws her into the ocean. She becomes the goddess of the ocean, the most important goddess of the Inuit cosmology because it's only with her on their side that the people can avoid starvation. Her fingers turn into seals.
** Another version has her being thrown in the ocean first, followed by the chopping off of her fingers (which turn into seals), hands (which turn into walruses) and finally her arms (which turn into whales) to get her to stop clinging on to the boat.
* In Yoruban mythology and Santeria, Shango. He was an ordinary king until he hanged himself and became one of the most powerful (and popular) Orisha. His salute means "the king is not hanged".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'', players start the game by dying. They come back as basically the grim reaper on steroids.
* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World_(role-playing_game) Brave New World]]'' characters gain super powers by undergoing a near-death experience while in mortal danger.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' tabletop game, being born dead and then coming back to life is one of the possible origins of a sorcerer's powers.
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': As mortals, Sin-Eaters typically have some sort of connection to fate or the world of the dead (represented by glimpses of ghosts or strange hunches). Once they die, however, a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent geist]] offers them the chance to come back, and when they accept, they gain access to a whole suite of powers.
* As mortals, the Amenti of ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'' have a flaw in their spirit. When they die, they're offered the chance to return by a shard of an ancient Egyptian ghost, which will repair the flaw. If they accept, they reanimate their corpse and make their way to the Middle East, where they have the Rite of Rebirth performed upon them, returning them to life with magical powers and ResurrectiveImmortality.
** The Teomallki of South America come from the fusion of a mortal on the brink of death with the spirit of one of the original South American mummies, returning to life with similar powers to the Amenti.
* The Arisen of ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'' were resurrected over a thousand years after their deaths courtesy of the Rite of Return, gaining incredible magical power and ResurrectiveImmortality at the cost of being beholden to the Judges of Duat.
* In order to become an [[WalkingWasteland Abyssal]] ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', you have to be on the exact verge of death at the time.
** Third Edition's Liminal Exalted are made when someone tries to bring someone BackFromTheDead and attracts the gaze of a powerful entity in the Underworld, which imbues the corpse with new life and power. These newborn beings are ''not'' the people they were made of however, even if they have some of their memories.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', this is how the Risen Martyr PrestigeClass works. A saintly character is temporarily resurrected after their martyrdom and given extra powers to complete their unfinished task.
** In various versions, the Reincarnate spell had the potential to bring somebody back to life literally stronger, as creatures like Orcs or Bugbears (Although they still had to deal with looking in a mirror).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has at least two versions of this.
** The Sisters of Battle have their Holy Living Saints, revered fallen martyrs who return to the battlefield as miraculous glowing giant warrior of faith when called by their pious sisters to fight in the Holy God Emperor of All Mankind's name.
** The Space Marines have their Dreadnaughts. A doomed Space Marine, if deemed suitable, can be inserted/sealed in a "combat sarcophagus" with enormous weapons which makes the Space Marine even deadlier in battle.
** Chaos Space Marine Dreadnoughts invert this, however- where loyalist dreadnaughts sleep during the centuries that separate each campaign, CSM dreadnaughts only have their legs and weapons removed. Small wonder that they have a chance to shoot their own side in battle.
** Each Eldar Phoenix Lord can reincarnate if someone living dons their armor; this process overrides the wearer's consciousness, but adds their experiences and knowledge to the Phoenix Lord. Thus with each successive reincarnation, the Phoenix Lord becomes a little stronger than he/she was before.
** Hive Tyrants, on top of being able to select a whole new set of biomorphs when they are ressurected by their hive fleets, also gain new tactical awareness and hatred for their foes whenever they are revived, thus "older" hive tyrants are much greater threats than they were "younger". The Swarm Lord, in particular, is feared as the greatest tactician among the hive fleet's swarms.
** Averted with the Necrons, despite being an entire faction based on immortality and returning from the dead. Necrons that take too much damage are teleported away to the nearest tomb world for repairs, but given how ancient they are, they tend to accumulate mental damage with every repair. Flayed Ones forget they're robots and wear the skin of their victims in the hopes of being living again.
** Dark Eldar haemonculi are able to bring people back from the dead. However, repeated uses of the process are not recommended, as some parts inevitably go wrong. The greatest (and least sane) of them all, Urien Rakarth, is so far gone he looks like a HumanoidAbomination, and actually looks forward to being killed [[ForScience so he can see what new and random mutations will result from the resurrection process]].
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'': in the ''Glass-Maker's Dragon'' campaign, playing "The Other One" - i.e. an OC rather than modifying one of the pregenerated characters - involves dying quite early on and coming back on a Miraculous Arc.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/ZettaiHeroProject Zettai Hero Project: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman]]'' has this as one of the core mechanics. Every time you get killed, you lose the items you're carrying and get sent back to level 1, but your basic stats increased depending on your "total level earned", and stats boost you get from level up depends on your basic stats. As [[SpiritAdvisor Pirohiko]] says, a hero always comes back from the brink of defeat to save the day!
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' Zero died the first game, was rebuilt in the interim, and came back with upgraded armor and weapons in the second game. A lesser version occurred with X5 and X6. He didn't get new armor, and the offensive boost was a tweaked ArmCannon, but he did gain a DoubleJump as a standard ability.
* Used in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games. You level up, then you reincarnate into a new body that starts with better stats. The game more plays with this trope.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' features the controversial kiss from Princess Elise that not only revives Sonic from dead-but-not-really-death but transforms him into Super Sonic for the final boss.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Ragna nearly bled to death after [[BigBad Terumi]] cut off his arm and burned down his home. Then he was bitten by a vampire and fused with the corpse of an EldritchAbomination. This gave him the [[ArtifactOfDoom Azure Grimoire]] and Soul Eater powers which turned him into a OneManArmy. The bad news is that if he uses them too much, he will ''turn into'' the aforementioned EldritchAbomination.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' when your Spirit Monk is killed by the main villain, then finds the last piece of the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Dragon Amulet]] while fighting his/her way back from the spirit world.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series :
** Second generation Death Knights combine this trope with a bit of CameBackWrong. Most Death Knights are already powerful Warriors or Paladins to begin with, but when they are raised they are imbued with powers over necromancy and disease, making them the Scourge's most powerful soldiers. This is less evident in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' due to the obvious balance issues making Death Knights more powerful than the other classes would cause, but from a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation lore standpoint]] it remains true, even though it only translates into a higher starting level.
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' Cataclysm's Rage of the Firelands patch, you confront Alysra and defeat her single-handedly in a quest. After you do so, some Druids of the Flame arrive, and revive her as a fire hawk, resulting in her flying off to the Firelands and becoming a much more difficult raid boss that requires 10-25 players to defeat.
** Ingvar the Plunderer in Utgarde Keep combines this with TrickBoss. After he's reanimated as an undead, his abilities become more powerful. Similarly, the Black Knight goes from being defeated alone in a quest to being a 5-man dungeon boss in Trial of the Champion. The Scourge had a habit of handing out this type of upgrade during their heyday.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' starts with your character getting their brains blown out and kicked into a shallow grave- and surviving. Depending on how you build your character (or perhaps even ''regardless'' of how), you will almost certainly be miles ahead of any NPC stat-wise. When you think about it, how many other couriers in the wasteland have cheated death, developed a skillset that ends up determining the fate of an entire region and its population, faces off against the worst mutations of the Wasteland (including Deathclaws, Cazadores and drugged-up raiders), demolished or deflected 1 or even ''2'' armies and [[spoiler:getting vengeance on their would-be murderer]] in the middle of it all? Perhaps only [[spoiler:Ulysses]]...
* Happens to the BigBad of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. The Emperor comes back to life as a lich king, having taken control of Hell and its legions. In ''Soul of Rebirth'', his good side took over Heaven.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' this happens to a few bosses. When you kill the Earth Fiend Scarmiglione, he comes back as a zombie, attacking from behind or Dr. Lugae, he comes back as a cyborg.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s BigBad Sephiroth was [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice seemingly]] [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe killed]] by Cloud [[DeadAllAlong years before the game begins]], but his powerful will enabled him to resist being absorbed into TheLifestream and pull a GrandTheftMe on [[EldritchAbomination Jenova]]. Following his second death, he is resurrected in ''Advent Children'', and WordOfGod states that he had "ascended to a new level of existence" in the interim.
* This is how you beat Izanami in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', with a little help from ThePowerOfFriendship.
* The Nameless One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' sometimes regains memories after he dies and comes back, which can translate into more experience points, and hence more power.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', one mission against a HybridMonster named Maar has him repeatedly assaulting your small base. If you kill him, he keeps coming back, larger, with more hit points and a more powerful attack.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'':
** The Tyrants you defeated in the first four sectors come back in new, [[OneWingedAngel terrifying forms]] in Sector 6, Fornax, but not before declaring a [[ItsPersonal personal war]] on ''you'', Captain HelloInsertNameHere.
** Additionally, Commander Gore is killed very early into the mission. However, the forces of the Schwarzwelt bring him back as a puppet and an observer, in a type of zombie called Ubergestalt. When he shakes off control, he reveals that not only has he regained his humanity, but he now possesses supernatural abilities and superhuman traits. Not only does he go from a SacrificialLion to [[ThatOneBoss one of the most pain in the ass bosses in the game]] (in the routes you fight him on), but he also demonstrates the ability to ''see potential futures.''
* In the ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' series (and ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' games from the same universe) it's possible to resurrect your fallen units as undead. They have a weakness against enemy clerics, but are often much stronger then they were when they were alive. In ''Knight of Lodis'' it's possible to resurrect fallen knights as Angel Knights, one of the best classes in game, which isn't weak against holy.
* It could be said that [[TheHero Commander]] [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' does this, as he/she is [[OnlyMostlyDead rendered clinically brain dead]] by the Collectors, then brought back by Cerberus with cybernetic enhancements, enabling Shepard to have RegeneratingHealth, BulletTime for Soldiers using Adrenaline Rush, Infiltrators using sniper rifles, and Vanguards coming out of Charge, the ability (along with certain mercenary bosses) to wield weapons like the Claymore that normally break people's arms, and SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism based scarring.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 13'': Ten Desires, Toyosatomimi no Miko wakes up from [[HumanPopsicle a sleep of over a thousand years]] to be the FinalBoss of the game. While her judgment may have been impaired immediately after waking, her skill with [[BulletHell danmaku]] wasn't.
* Red Savarin from ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' says he feels better than ever after his brush with death. It eventually results in him being able to Trance and become extra-powerful when he feels the need to protect someone.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', after dying once, comes back and can now utilize his Six Armed form (Which at one point was only usable with his daughter Mithra's Help) as well as newer, more powerful forms after it.
* In an ending from ''[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomClashOfTheSuperheroes Marvel Vs. Capcom]]'', [[VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}} Jin]] proceeds to destroy Onslaught's soul [[HeroicSacrifice in a sacrificial attack]]. Suddenly, Ryu wonders when Jin will be coming back.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' this is the result of sacrificing yourself to [[TopGod Velorien, the All-Father]], after figuring out the riddle of the old gods.
* It seemed that Albert Wesker, the villain of first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' game, got a KarmicDeath by the Tyrant's claw to the stomach, but, thanks to [[DeathActivatedSuperpower death-activated]] [[SuperpowerRussianRoulette experimental virus]] he injected himself before, he returned as Umbrella's [[UltimateLifeForm perfect]] creation: an unstoppable LightningBruiser retaining his human appearance and [[MagnificentBastard mind]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}'' when Malistaire is brought back as a {{Lich}} by Morganthe, he is much more powerful than he was originally and he is completely invulnerable to attack and the only reason that the player is able to win the fight is the damage done to the battlefield while killing his minions causes the ground to break under him when he tries to finish the player off.
* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', there are two fights against the vampire Kudlak. If he's killed in the first one, he gains a level boost for the second. If ''you'' kill him in the second battle, a sympathetic character is KilledOffForReal. [[note]]You're supposed to let Mari kill him, as she's currently under the effect of his KryptoniteFactor and can make him ''stay'' dead this time. She's present in the first battle too, but the 'kryptonite' is not.[[/note]]
* Pretty much the premise of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', Alex Mercer starts as a normal human but after dying, he falls onto the virus he had unleashed, gaining super strength, speed and becoming basically invincible. It turns out [[spoiler:that he never did come back, TheVirus took his form]].
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', Darth Malak expresses his disbelief that despite his betrayal leaving Revan half-dead and amnesiac one year earlier, he's not only rediscovered their training, but if returned to the light side, have somehow become even ''stronger'' than he ever was as a Sith.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'': The game has an... Interesting take on this trope. The Exile is a former Jedi who has 'died' by losing all access to the Force and only regains it through a bond with Kreia, another former Jedi who has 'died' ideologically, twice. In ''Franchise/StarWars'' the Force pretty much is life/God, so to lose all access to it is a state most Force-sensitives would see as equivalent with death. [[spoiler:Indeed, in the Light Side ending, it ''becomes'' death to the Jedi Masters when Kreia takes the Force away from them and the shock kills them.]]
* A more minor version happens to Kyle Katarn in the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga''. His version only goes as far as giving up the Force, but the BigBad believes that his time away has made him stronger.
* The Undead of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' have this mixed with CameBackWrong. On one hand, they gradually lose their memories and humanity until they turn into mindless [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Hollows]]. On the other hand, they're basically immortal, will not hollow until they have lost the will and purpose to continue, apparently have [[TheNeedless no need to eat, drink and sleep]] and have the potential to aquire, through the use of souls, physical and/or mental prowess well beyond human limits.
* [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] actually manages to do this twice in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. During the first Pride Lands segment, Simba flings Scar off a cliff. Scar comes BackFromTheDead as a Heartless with ElementalPowers. He retains his appearance and intelligence as he does so, something that only ''Xehanort'' had been able to do before. The second time you go to the Pride Lands, he's psychologically tormenting Simba with shadowy avatars of himself, which combine into the {{Kaiju}}-sized Grroundshaker Heartless, which once again is only outsized by Xehanort's World of Chaos form. All that's left now is for his Nobody to show up and we'll be three for three.
* Tarnum of ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes Chronicles]]''. A ruthless Barbarian leader (though he didn't start out that way) engages in a CombatByChampion with King Rion Gryphonheart and loses. After getting to the Barbarian afterlife, he is denied passage by the Ancients, who send him back as an immortal, forced to forever walk Enroth (and later Axeoth) until he redeems himself enough to be allowed to join the Ancients. Throughout the different chapters, Tarnum becomes many things, from knight to mage, and tries to atone for his mistakes. At the end of the Barbarian campaign in ''Heroes Of Might and Magic IV'', he finally succeeds (by helping another Barbarian to unite the tribes ''without'' becoming a tyrant) and chooses to stay instead of joining the Ancients.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIF'', this is, in fact, the ''only'' way to get stronger. When you fall in battle, you'll gain a guardian demon who's strength is based on how many battles you've won without dying - when the current power curve begins to overtake you, dying again is the only way to surmount it.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' sees the return of Charlie Nash, last seen [[HeroicSacrifice blowing himself up to take down M. Bison and his Psycho Drive]] in ''Street Fighter Alpha 3''. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JT-IvFkUhA first gameplay appearance]] shows that he had to have a lot of skin grafts in order to live but doing so also seems to have given him fantastic new abilities like a FlashStep that allows him to outrun his own Sonic Booms.
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie performs a SenselessSacrifice in an attempt to stop himself from destroying the world ([[AlwaysSaveTheGirl and killing Morte]]). After he's resurrected atop the Temple of Light, he's both physically and mentally stronger - physically because he gains a fiery red-headed [[HenshinHero battle transformation]] complete with glowing lion BattleAura, and mentally because his death was Morte's LoveEpiphany and her returned feelings give him confidence in his ability to change the world for the better.
* Scarecrow was a minor threat in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', where his last scene was him nearly being mauled to death by Killer Croc. Unseen, he leaves hints at his survival throughout ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and that he plans to return for revenge on Batman who he blames for the attack. He does so with a vengeance as the BigBad of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' where he has [[BodyHorror stitched his own]] [[NightmareFace face back together]], [[SanitySlippage dropped his]] LargeHam persona for a ColdHam SoftSpokenSadist one (with a strong, new dose of MagnificentBastard to go with it), unites the villains of Gotham under his banner, unleashes destruction that not even ComicBook/TheJoker could match, and ends up being the single most dangerous enemy that Batman has ever faced. In the process, he does what no villain in literally any piece of media has ''ever'' done: [[spoiler:unmasks Batman in front of the world]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a brilliant example in Undyne if you are on a Genocide run. As you confront the Monster Kid who naively thinks you are a friend being a fellow child, now discovering you are actually the vicious murderer everyone told him about..you can take swing at him only for Undyne to take the mortal blow for him, before sending him again with a brave face. As she starts to fade away she instead thinks about everyone at stake from your evil actions, monsters and even humans she hates, everything in the world. These motivations fuel her immense willpower and determination, causing her to be reborn as Undyne the Undying, a [[ThatOneBoss FAR harder boss than anything you've faced so far]]. Even though she is an enemy and looks quite intimidating, YOU are the force of evil and she is the true heroine standing against you. She even has a unique boss theme for this occasion and is the only boss in the entire run that is capable of surviving more than one of your connected attacks...
* ''VideoGame/{{Medievil}}'': In life, Sir Daniel Fortesque was a heroic knight who-... Actually, wait, no he wasn't. [[MilesGloriosus He was a limp-wristed charlatan who only got to be the king's champion by talking up his reputation, only to be killed ignominiously when the real fighting started]]. Everyone who knows the truth about Fortesque's not-so-gallant life and death is quick to mock his inadequacies, but in undeath, he's a pretty decent fighter and with a little guidance from the player, more than capable of thwarting Zarok's plans and living up to the legend, no lies this time.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', a legend tells that OlympusMons Raikou, Entei and Suicune were once normal Pokémon that died in a fire before being resurrected by Ho-Oh. The depiction of this event in the TruerToTheText ''Anime/PokemonGenerations'' more strongly implies that the three were strengthened as a result of this, transforming from generic dog-like creatures to their distinct appearances.

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* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'', the titular character forms a pact with Wrathia in order to do this.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the very first antagonist, the Goo, came back as the Omega Goo in the second arc complete with abilities related to the way it was defeated the first time.
* In ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'', all the titular characters have regenerative immortality and sustaining normally fatal injuries expands their already formidable PsychicPowers. Though they don't realize that until Luke gets back up after taking a bullet through the brain, previously they didn't realize that Arkady was more powerful than the rest of them following her overdose (she was rather spacey until she died again by drowning) and Mark didn't realize he had died. Then Connor shot himself to trigger the "upgrade" and gave it to the rest of them.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', dying upon a Quest Bed ascends players of Sburb to the God Tiers, a tier of power beyond the standard levels which grants the player immense power over their elemental aspect, together with what essentially amounts to "immunity to pointless deaths". Thirteen characters have done this: [[TheHero John]], [[TheSmartGuy Rose]], [[TheLancer Dave]], [[TheChick Jade]], [[{{Munchkin}} Vriska]], [[EmotionlessGirl Aradia]], [[ExpositionFairy Aranea]], [[SociopathicHero Meenah]], [[MessianicArchetype Jane]], [[TheFool Jake]], [[BrokenAce Dirk]], [[LoveableRogue Roxy]] and [[EnemyToAllLivingThings Caliborn]][=/=][[BigBad Lord English]].
** [[TeamMom Kanaya]] mysteriously came back as a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Rainbow Drinker]]. It was originally implied [[TheOmniscient Doc Scratch]] groomed her for this transformation, but later DoingInTheWizard explained this as a trait of the jadeblood caste.
* The main character of ''Webcomic/SharpZero'' got superpowers after being resurrected. His mind is fine, but his body [[CameBackWrong came back wrong]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', during his stay on [[{{Heaven}} the Mountain]], Roy defeated an evil adventuring party with his dead grandpa, who later trained him in a sword move that can interrupt enemies attempts to cast spells. He can't actually use it until he purchases the related feat, but when he returns to the living he says he has "this awesome idea for a cool sword move."
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', Jane came back to help her friends as a ghost. Her ghost powers included some nifty new attacks.
* At one point in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Kevyn Andreysan unknowingly has Project Laz'r'us blood nanites in him. They bring him back from the dead (or clinical death, at least) twice--on the second time, Kevyn authorizes an "aggressive reconstruction" that augments his body into a nigh-unstoppable killing machine.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'' references ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by name when evil wizard Harold Duvase kills Jack and he returns to life moments later, much more powerful and calls it "pulling a Gandalf."

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* Along with CameBackWrong, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a lot more power (summoning the PlotHole again at one point) post-comeback.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' had an episode featuring a plot by Zim to do in Dib with time traveling stuffed pigs. It was actually working at first, but just at the point where Dib was almost finished off, the timestream apparently [[CrossesTheLineTwice had enough of that premise]] and started transforming Dib into a massive cyborg murder ninja.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in which Cartman throws himself off a roof in a poorly-planned attempt to fly and wakes up from a coma in the hospital, and the cops who have the IdiotBall believe he has precognition. [[OnlySaneMan Kyle]] later does the same thing at the end of the episode so people will [[CassandraTruth believe him]] about the serial killer's identity and Cartman's uselessness. Eerily, the lights flicker violently when Kyle gets frustrated.
* PlayedWith in the series finale to the original ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers series]]'' when Optimus Prime is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic brought back to life]] InItsHourOfNeed and promptly rebuilt as a ChromeChampion to defeat the HatePlague.
* The season two opener for ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' ends with Optimus Primal coming back from the dead, complete with a MidSeasonUpgrade. He sweeps in and singlehandedly drives off the Predacon army.
** Tarantulas ended the first season as essentially a passenger in Blackarachnia's body, leaving his own body unoccupied and lifeless. By the time he gets it back, the quantum surge has upgraded it to Transmetal.
** Blackarachnia nearly killed herself trying to upgrade with the Transmetal driver, and died during the attempts to repair her, at which point the driver resurrected her as a Transmetal 2.
* Octus was killed in episode 18 of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' and remained that way through episode 19. Octus is revived in episode 20 by the leader of G3. While he himself hasn't been shown to have become stronger, the Titan gets an upgrade as a result, gaining powerful energy beams and is generally overall stronger. Lance even comments that it's stronger than before.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Colonel H. Stinkmeaner]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' was just an annoying, foul-mouthed old blind guy, who got his ass whooped, and died as a result. Come Season 2, we find out he's been spending his time in Hell turning himself into a kung fu ass-kicker. When he gets sent back to Earth via possessing Tom Dubois, he mops the floor with the Freemans.
* Optimus Prime of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' spent the start of the third season critically injured and slowly dying until Smokescreen used the power of the [[AncientArtifact Forge of Solus Prime]] to fix him. He comes back in a new, stronger body, and has gained the ability to fly.
** [[spoiler:[[BackFromTheDead Megatron]]]] would eventually do the same in the GrandFinale movie ''Predacons Rising'' thanks to [[spoiler:Unicron [[DemonicPossession possessing his body due to the Dark Energon within]], gaining a larger, [[SpikesOfVillainy spikier body]] with a FasterThanLight capability alt form, [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation dark energy weapons]], and the ability to [[ZombieApocalypse raise an army of Terrorcons]]]]. He's so strong in fact that not even ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Predaking]]'' can beat him now, but thankfully [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream being enslaved and tortured by Unicron throughout the ordeal]] soured him to the idea of [[HeelRealization conquering anyone else and he leaves Cybertron without a fight after being freed from Unicron's taint]]]]. Also, it's not clear exactly how many of those powers he kept afterwards.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise''. When Optimus is returned from the Realm of the Primes to the world of the living, its inhabitants grant him some of their power for the coming battle with Megatronus. After that battle, however, they take it back, which weakens him severely, and he spends most of season two recovering.
* During the “Wanted” arc in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[spoiler: Lars is killed by the last Shattering Robonoid when it explodes and hurls him into a rock face. As Steven cries over his dead body, it turns out that his SwissArmyTears are able to [[BackFromTheDead resurrect recently-dead beings]]. With it, Lars’ hair and skin [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation turn pink]] and he [[TouchedByVorlons gains powers similar to Lion's]], such as slowed metabolism, [[EatingOptional no longer requiring food or drink]], and PocketDimension hair that creates a portal between him and Lion. The event also has Steven figure out that Lion used to be an ordinary lion that got his powers the same way thanks to Rose Quartz]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; The Scotsman is killed halfway through Season 5, but comes back shortly thereafter as a ghost. Besides having typical ghost powers, the Scotsman is now so infused with Celtic Magic that he can repel attacks from Aku, something only divine beings and artifacts were shown to be capable of.