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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Advertising/TrixRabbit Silly witch]]! [[KilledOffForReal True death]] is [[DisneyVillainDeath for villains]]!]]

->''"Yeah, boo hiss. I know, look, I hate it too. In movies, where the studio gets all paranoid about a downer ending so the guy shows up, he's magically alive on crutches? I hate that. ''I mean, shit, why not bring them all back?''"''
-->-- '''Harry''', ''Film/KissKissBangBang''

Beloved [[CharacterDeath major character is seemingly killed]] at the climax of the movie/episode, [[TearJerker hearts are wrenched, four-year-olds are traumatized, grown men are reduced to tears,]] and then -- oh look, the character is NotQuiteDead after all. "I thought you were dead!", [[StockPhrases they recite]] before walking off into the sunset.

A variant is the Robot Disney Death where a RobotBuddy is seemingly destroyed in a HeroicSacrifice. While at least one character mourns, the robot reappears fully repaired after an extensive period in MrFixit's maintenance shop good as new and touched by all the concern.

Animated films seem destined to have these, considering the target audience is primarily young kids, and nobody wants to give a DownerEnding to them. Writers who are considering implementing it need to be extremely careful, as it can very easily come across as a tacky and cliched way to add some cheap drama to the ending. Over the years it has been done to -- um -- [[{{Pun}} death]], and [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt audiences expect it]]. You run the risk of making your viewers remember they're watching television, even if it does shut up the {{Media Watchdog}}s.

Named after its frequent use in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, though even Disney likes to kill 'em off for real now and then.

Subtrope of ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated and FirstLawOfResurrection. Compare SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness (how likely this is to happen), OurHeroIsDead (when this is used as a CliffHanger), UnexplainedRecovery, WorldHealingWave (done on a massive scale), OnlyMostlyDead, PlotArmor (you know he's going to live because he's the main character). Contrast KilledOffForReal. May involve NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou. A PrematureEulogy is likely to occur somewhere between the death and the return.

Not to be confused with DisneyVillainDeath, which refers to a villain falling from a very high place, such as a cliff. Also not to be confused with Creator/WaltDisney's actual death.

'''Since this trope requires both [[DeathTropes a death]] and [[EndingTropes an ending]], be wary of large, unmarked spoilers.'''
* [[DisneyDeath/{{Disney}} Disney]]


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Used a few times in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', [[spoiler: Joseph gets a knife to the throat from DIO and then get's most of his blood sucked out (he even gets an WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath moment like Iggy and Avdol). He is little more than a dry husk when the Speedwagon Foundation picks him up, but thanks to a blood transfusion from DIO and Jotaro restarting his heart, he was brought back]].
** In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'', [[spoiler: Okuyasu gets his abdomen blown up in the fight with Yoshikage Kira, and doesn't wake up after being healed, just like with Josuke's grandfather. However, he gets one last chat with his brother, where he decides [[ItIsNotYourTime It Is Not His Time]], and returns just in time to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment]].
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' pulls this with Nausicäa ''herself'', who dies being launched into the air by a stampede of monstrous insects.. before said insects realize she was trying to tell them she had safely returned their lost baby, began empathizing with her and healed her, inducing a trippy hallucination/resurrection scene in which Nausicäa manages to get back to life.
** She dies in an attempt to stop a stampede of giant insects from killing off her people. The insects stop their stampede shortly afterward, and restore her to life by using their golden feelers.
** She actually had a lot going against her. She was hit so hard she flew hundreds of feet in the air, and then hit the ground after falling back the same distance! Then she was trampled (not actually shown, but it's unlikely that EVERY ONE OF THEIR FEET MISSED HER, so the trampling can be assumed) by the giant "ohm" bugs. This all happened before they finally stopped their stampede. She was ''DeaderThanDead'' but somehow the ohm's power revived her.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'':
** The anime [[spoiler:pulls off over a dozen Disney Deaths in one fell swoop]].
** [[spoiler:At least the story worked up to that one. There are also roughly half a dozen spread throughout the series where the character just walks back into the room, resulting in a few surprised looks, but no explanations asked or given.]]
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Takumi]] appears to die at one point, but it turns out that he is actually not dead, and is in fact, [[spoiler:ascending as the Obsidian Lord]]. In the final battle, the Obsidian Lord tries to kill [[spoiler:Mai, Natsuki and Yuuichi, after Mai turns on him]], but they are saved by Mashiro, and [[spoiler:Haruka, Yukino and Midori]] seemingly pull a HeroicSacrifice, but later turn up alive, at a mock funeral Shizuru is holding for Haruka.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
** In the final episode of the second season, the results of that have Lina sacrificing herself in order to save everyone [[spoiler: by giving herself up to the Lord of Nightmares and then [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence being taken away to its true home]]. Gourry flat out refuses to lose Lina and follows her there, bringing her back]].
** Much earlier in the same season, Lina has been BroughtDownToNormal for a couple episodes and is apparently killed by Kanzel by falling to her death since she can't levitate anymore. However, by this point she's secretly regained her powers and was faking it to get a sneak attack on him. Gourry doesn't take it well though.
* Basara Nekki actually DOES die near the end of ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', but comes back to life through ThePowerOfRock because the BigBad, in his words, "Needs to listen to my song!"
* Possibly the cheapest example ever was from ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''. About halfway through the series, an episode ended with a {{cliffhanger}}: all but two of the main characters were gunned down, on camera, by the bad guys. In the next episode, it is revealed that the "killers" were using nonlethal weapons, and the only consequence is that one guy is on crutches.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' does this frequently, starting with Sasuke early on in the series; also during the "Retrieve Sasuke" arc, where [[spoiler:several of Naruto's teammates each got a prolonged, heavily dramatized "death" scene from which they all eventually recovered]].
** Another example is [[spoiler:Hinata. Pain apparently stabbed her [[StuffedInTheFridge to provoke Naruto]], seemingly killing her but she was shown as alive in the next chapter and survived her wounds with medical treatment from Sakura]].
** [[spoiler:Naruto has Kurama extracted from him and Sasuke is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed through the heart]], both by [[BigBad Madara]]. They both "die" despite the assistance they get. However, they are revived by Obito and Kabuto, respectively, and receive a massive power-boost from the Sage of the Six Paths to boot.]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' (and its various sequels) is rather notable for this trope, probably even more so than Disney. This is done with General Blue, where he survived an underwater cavern collapsing on top of him, as well as survive even being launched all the way to Egypt before finally meeting his end at the hands of Mercenary Tao. Mercenary Tao had a similar fate to General Blue, as it was later revealed that he had survived Goku deflecting his grenade back at him, although he required extensive surgery to become a Cyborg as a result. The Trunks Saga also had Freeza being rebuilt as a cyborg, similar to Mercenary Tao, although unlike Tao, he ended up being killed for good after he resurfaced. The Cell Saga also had Android 18's survival (as Krillin noted when Cell regurgitated 18 that he thought she was a goner), as well as Cell's "revival" through Piccolo's Cells and Freeza's cells when he self destructs, killing off Goku, King Kai, Bubbles (and in the anime, Gregory) and implicitly Android 17. Majin Buu is blown to pieces repeatedly. Goku succumbed to this in the Piccolo Jr., Freeza, Majin Buu, Baby and Shadow Dragon sagas, where he's presumed dead prior to gaining the upper hand. It's also happened with Movie villains such as Broly and Cooler.
** If one counts video games, then General White certainly applies in ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZAttackOfTheSaiyans Attack of the Saiyans]]'' where he was revealed to have both survived and attempted to create a new Red Ribbon Army.
** Piccolo himself went through this trope twice: During the Freeza Saga, he either took Freeza's Death Beam for Goku, or was the direct target of it, depending on the Anime or the Manga's depiction, and yet he survived the attack albeit wounded. Similarly, during the Cell Saga, while attempting to get Android 17 to flee and holding off the eponymous villain, he ended up being punched by Cell with enough force to knock him back and apparently break his neck, and then Cell fired a beam clean through Piccolo's torso at point blank range, and then hurling his body into the ocean. When Goku had to save Tenshinhan from being killed by Cell's Semi-Perfect form, he also sensed Piccolo's ki (the little of it he had left, anyways) and saved him as well.
** Android 17 is seemingly killed defending Goku and Vegeta from Jiren's blast in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he vanishes after his energy shield gives out and a massive explosion occurs, several episodes later when Goku is about to get knocked off the fighting arena and Frieza saves him, Android 17 is revealed to be still alive under the rubble.
* Played for laughs in the ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' anime, where more than once, characters are killed off and restored at least by the next episode; the first instance of this had the [[TheDitz ditzy]] and gullible character in question honestly convinced that she was dead.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** A subversion when Rei appears to die fighting the sixteenth Angel, but then turns up alive. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:she ''did'' die, and was replaced by another clone]]. The fact that the members of the cast who don't know about this can't tell the difference is quite disturbing.
** At the end [[spoiler:everyong gets turned into Tang]]. How many of them later get better, or whether getting better is an option for those who got straight up killed in traditional ways before that, is left as an open question; there are only a couple of characters ([[spoiler: Shinji and Asuka]]) that we actually ''see'' afterward.
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' plays it straight, though this time with [[spoiler:Asuka, during the doomed Unit 03 test]].
* Both ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' and, more blatantly, ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ Again'' appear to kill off characters in the finale only to have them show up in the last minutes, just fine, with no real explanation for how they survived.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' (sort of): [[spoiler:in the last episode, Lucy apparently gets killed in a BolivianArmyEnding; however, if you sit through all the ending credits, you can see a silhouette standing in a doorway that looks a bit too much like Nyu]].
** The manga plays it straight with [[spoiler:Bandou]].
** [[spoiler: The nameless Agent also has one, she's surrounded by Diiclonii, and the view point shows a GoryDiscretionShot, but she shows up later, no worse for wear, because the ground had given way and she fell into an underground cavern]]
*** Nousou is a [[spoiler: subversion, he embraces his diiclonius experiment, and then is crushed under a flaming helicopter, but it turned out she protected him, and the previously mentioned Agent, dug him out. when he releases a mind controlled device on the daughter, however, she decapitates him]].
** There's also [[spoiler: Nana getting dismembered by Lucy, with the end of the episode implying that she died. A few episodes later, though, she's back, and with a set of ArtificialLimbs]].
* Watch ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and try to keep track of how many times Bakura is beaten and manages to come back somehow. Some of his revivals are justified - most are not.
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'''s second season: [[spoiler:Gascogne rams a Harvester in a HeroicSacrifice and her ship explodes. The characters angst over it for a full episode, then move on. However, several episodes later, it's revealed Gascogne not only survived but took control of the damaged Harvester. She then... doesn't do anything particularly special for the last two episodes, which even removes the excuse of "we needed her/the Harvester to win the final battle". ''It did'' give Barnette an excuse to wear her skimpier outfit again, but that's incidental]].
* Ryoko apparently dies near the end of ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Universe]]'', succumbing to wounds caused by the villain Kagato an episode prior and more that she incurred while flying Tenchi to Kagato's palace for the final battle. She appears in the final episode near the end in front of Tenchi, who has been pining about life returning to normality. All the other characters are implied to have returned to Tenchi as well.
* Many characters are apparently killed in ''Manga/OnePiece'', only to reappear alive-but-in-bandages at the end of the arc, having mysteriously survived. An ongoing joke people say is that "nobody dies in ''One Piece'' unless it's in a flashback." The only characters who ''don't'' escape death are the family members of the main characters...
** This trope is so prevalent in ''Manga/OnePiece'' that [[spoiler:when Ace ''did'' die, the chapter was titled "The Death of Portgaz D. Ace" as if to convince fans "we're serious this time, guys."]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', particularly the movies, love pulling these:
** ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' has Ash get turned to stone by Mewtwo and Mew's power, only to be [[SwissArmyTears resurrected by]] [[EverybodyCries Pokémon tears]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
** In the eighth movie, ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'' the humans (Ash, May, Max, Brock, Team Rocket, and Kidd Summers) all get eaten by the giant tree's immune system. Then Mew tells the tree they're not enemies and it regurgitates them.
** Ash drowns in ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', but [[DeusExMachina gets some unspecified kickass power]] and subsequently destroys the Bad Guy.
*** Said unspecified kickass power (flight, more or less) was apparently just a feature of the intact "Temple of the Sea," as the whole cast is shown zipping 'round the Temple afterwards.
** In ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'', Darkrai sacrifices himself to prevent the ruin of the city. At the end of the movie, he's even given a ReallyDeadMontage, yet is still shown to have come back at the last second.
** In ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'', Zoroark gets brutally electrocutes and is mortally wounded. After a PleaseWakeUp from Zorua, Celebi manages to bring her back to life with the Time Ripple's power.
** ''Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened'' seemingly kills off the Douse Drive Genesect (complete with EyeLightsOut), only for it to wake up later. Because [[SarcasmMode you were so clearly fooled the first time]], the movie does it ''again'' to the same character soon after!
** Thanks to [[SpoiledByTheMerchandise the soundtrack appearing before the movie]], ''Anime/PokemonVolcanionAndTheMechanicalMarvel'' will seemingly have Volcanion undergoing one thanks to a track titled, "Volcanion Dies?".
* [[spoiler:Mitsumi and Hareta]] have this happen to them in ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', since they're trapped inside a falling building. Luckily one of their friends comes in and saves them. The former's Disney Death was [[spoiler:a suicidal version of RedemptionEqualsDeath, since she wanted to stay inside the building]].
* In ''Anime/LastExile'', [[spoiler:during an assault to capture the Guild's Claudia Units, which keep Anatoray and Disith's airships aloft, a character is shot and fatally wounded, and his ally/love interest's reaction is deliberately portrayed to mean that he has died (including [[BigNo a gut-wrenching scream]].) Two episodes later, during the epilogue, he shows up perfectly fine, and playing with the love interest's younger sibling, with no explanation whatsoever]].
* Happens constantly in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': if it's not a flashback and the character isn't a Hollow or [[NominalImportance random nameless mook]], their [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death scene]] will inevitably be nothing of the sort.
** An example being Byakuya Kuchiki suffering a major defeat from Sternritter F, As Nodt, believed to be dead until the members of the Zero Division took him to the Royal Palace and he came back in perfect condition with an upgrade in power.
** Which has lead to the MemeticMutation of "NOBODY DIES IN BLEACH."
*** ... until it was averted in several other cases in the final arc:[[spoiler: Yamamoto, Unohana, Ukitake, Sasakibe, and several of the Sternritter.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Has this in the episode with the Peachman. Inu-Yasha (while he is a regular human) and the Peachman are sent over a cliff. Seeing no sign of his body, his companions think that the Peachman must have flattened him. Inu-Yasha wakes up, having landed in a nearby tree, and he wakes up just as Kagome starts shouting how stupid he was (for dying).
** The Band of Seven arc contains several of these moments as well. Early on, in one episode Kagome, Miroku, and Sango are all poisoned by one of the Seven and the three are in a coma for several episodes. Then it appears that they've all died and Inuyasha and Shippo spend the first half of the following episode mourning them. However, then it turns out they were all saved by Myoga the flea sucking the poison out of their blood. Later on, Inuyasha seemingly sacrifices himself fighting Renkotsu, and as Kagome grieves, he turns up still alive and well. The very end of the story culminates with Kikyo apparently being killed by Naraku, but she turned out to still be alive much later.
* [[spoiler:The Wolkenritter]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', who all had dramatic, agonizing deaths that were reversed once [[spoiler:[[UpgradeArtifact Hayate came to power]]]] and restored them.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', the Robot Disney Death is applied to Dr. [[strike:Robotnik]] Eggman's MechaMooks Decoe and Bocoe in Episode 48. Somehow, [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] manages to {{Bowdleri|se}}ze this into a plain Disney Death by removing the scene where the other characters are mourning them and saying that they "pulled themselves back together" rather than being repaired by Chuck Thorndyke.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', both the 2002 and 2006 versions [[spoiler:Yuichi remembers near the end of the series that Ayu fell off a high tree and presumably died seven years ago. However, by the very last scene of both versions, Ayu is shown to be alive after coming out of her coma, though the 2006 version ends with her in a wheelchair while she recovers]].
** [[spoiler:Makoto doesn't come back, although there's a suspiciously familiar fox in the background of the last shot.]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Kira Yamato gets stabbed through the cockpit of his Mobile Suit by Shinn Asuka. The Mobile Suit is more or less completely destroyed, but he survives.
** The reason he wasn't killed is because Shinn was off target. The Freedom's design is different from the standard (due to the inclusion of a nuclear reactor), and its cockpit is located higher in the chest than normal. Shinn stabbed the Freedom's abdomen, which is where the cockpit is usually located, but not where Freedom's cockpit was. Kira also had the good sense to hit the Suit's SCRAM button before the reactor was breached, and some quick thinking by the crew of the ''Archangel''` allowed them to extract him before it sank into the ocean. Still, it was a miracle that he walked away from that.
** Shinn himself also fall into this trope at the end when he looses his battle against [[spoiler: Athrun]] and the ''Destiny'' is sent careening into the surface of the Moon. While Shinn falls unconscious, he's otherwise okay (physically anyways) and is on his feet a short time latter. Those suits must have some safety features designed to protect the pilot in case of a crash.
* Several times in ''Anime/CodeGeass R2''. The show seems to be a series where AnyoneCanDie, which does tend to happen, but a few others get what looks like a death scene and may somehow turn up fine episodes later, at most with a couple of bandages.
* In the final episode of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', [[spoiler:the lead character, Jean, falls to his death on account of Gargoyle. After initially grieving over him, Nadia realizes she can revive him if she uses both her Blue Water and Nemo's... and that's just what she does]].
** In that same episode, [[spoiler:Nemo sacrifices himself to ensure everyone's escape. (This is actually a subversion.)]]
* In the ''Manga/ZatchBell'' manga, [[spoiler:Kiyomaro honest to goodness dies. But he is revived by the juice of Faudo, which seems to have that effect on people, and [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]], gaining Answer Talker eyes and a crapload of new spells]].
* An example from the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, but not the anime. Akane is [[ItMakesSenseInContext turned into a doll after having all the water sucked from her body]] and her ability to come back to life is [[LifeMeter measured by how open]] the doll's eyes are. At the climax of the battle the doll's eyes close fully meaning Akane is dead, but Ranma's anguished [[ThePowerOfLove declaration of love]] allows her to come back to life anyway.
** Another sort of example occurs in an earlier arc when Ryōga is throttled to death by a super-strong GiantMook and is so depressed by what he sees in the afterlife he musters up the HeroicResolve to come back to life.
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', this is both proven and subverted. Practically over and over. First, [[spoiler:Envy stabs Ed through the stomach, killing him in a delightfully bloody and dramatic manner]]. Afterward, [[spoiler:Alphonse, being the Philosopher's Stone, sacrifices himself to pull Ed's soul back from the Gate and let him live]]. To fill the role of HeroicSacrifice as he is required, [[spoiler:Ed sacrifices ''himself'' to bring back Al, complete with his human body (instead of the armor), and Ed goes to live on the other side of the Gate (a.k.a. our world)]]. They both end up living in the end--even when you swear they're both dead.
** [[EquivalentExchange Given the nature of the show]] It was completely justified. [[spoiler:Body for a body, soul for a soul, they were even brothers.]]
* In ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', [[spoiler:Setsuna is killed by Cline [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after proving herself useless to Labyrinth one too many times]], and Cure Peach and Chiffon use the Akarun to bring her back to life as Cure Passion.]]
** [[spoiler:23 episodes later, Westar and Souler push Cures Berry and Passion away from an incoming black hole before being sucked into it themselves. Then they come back two episodes later and... [[HeelFaceTurn you probably know where this is going]]]].
** A similar situation happens in ''[[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar Splash Star]]'', with [[spoiler:the Kiryuu sisters, Michiru and Kaoru]].
*** In the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise, it's so traditional to have at least one Disney Death for [[HeelFaceTurn villains turned good]] that the only ones to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath survive the process]] are [[spoiler:[[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Bunbee]]]], [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Siren]], and [[spoiler:[[Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure Regina]]]].
*** In ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' episode 33, [[spoiler:Cologne is killed by Sabaku's projectile to prevent Cure Moonlight from dying like in the first episode, when she was killed by Dark Cure's Dark Forte Wave. Her last words were "Fairies, go search for my replacement!"]]
* Araruu's death in battle in ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' was so dramatic that it awakened a dormant super power in the amnesiac hero, which served as a DeusExMachina that allowed him to triumph against overwhelming odds. A lot of blood was lost by the little girl. Too much. She even went limp. Some confusing stuff happens and she is soon back to normal again without a scratch and no emotional traumas or scars from the incident.
** Actually, [[spoiler:he is the DeusExMachina. Or rather the vessel of half of a god. In the beginning, before the game begins, Aruruu is mortally wounded by an earthquake and is saved by Witsuarunemitea after Eruruu pledges herself to him, so this was not unprecedented]].
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Mao's mind seems to "die" without being connected to whatever kept him from reverting to the mind of a real cat. In the second season however, it's revealed that his mind was kept... In storage, or something like it, and now he's in the body of a flying squirrel.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' does this in the ''very first chapter'' where protagonist Tsuna is told to "go die" by Reborn and then shot in the head. Tsuna lies motionless in the street for a page, then gets up again, full of energy and resolve. Only then do we learn that he was shot with a special "dying will bullet" which kills and instantly resurrects the victim, and in the process transforms the victim's final regrets into tremendous strength of will.
** Played more straight elsewhere; many battles throughout the series end with someone lying on the ground, presumably dead. They almost always end up spending several chapters in the hospital before making a full recovery. This is usually what happens to ''the winner'' of the battle...
* The robotic variant is rarely used in ''Manga/AstroBoy'' -- generally, dead is dead, even for robots -- but it does crop up occasionally. In one episode of the [[Anime/AstroBoy 80s anime]], three abandoned robots are instrumental in saving a space station in distress... but use all their remaining power and shut down. Since they're still intact, though, they're powered back up and fine by the end of the episode. In one storyline, Astro ''himself'' dies... but comes back -- although, in something of a subversion, it's not easy, nor is he "good as new".
* Towards the end of season 2 of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Wolfram [[spoiler:has the key in his heart ripped out by Shinou. His heart stops, as it can't function without the key, and he dies]]. BUT, OH WAIT, WHAT'S THIS? [[spoiler:The moment the key returns to his heart, he is magically alive and kicking again, as if nothing ever happened.]]
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. Remember... the anime where everyone died at the end? The manga did the same as well. That Mew Aqua is some powerful stuff...
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Holland's LFO got split into half and exploded at the hands of Anemone in episode 42, but later turned up still alive and didn't suffer any form of injury at all. In the final episode, [[spoiler: Eureka was presumed dead by everyone, including Renton. However, Anemone told everyone that Eureka was still alive, which gave Renton hope of saving her.]]
* In the final manga volume of ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', Onizuka was presumed dead in the hospital bed when his heart stopped beating. However, he later miraculously recovered and able to ride a bike to save the principal of his school from a fire.
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', [[spoiler:Yuri is assimilated by the shadows. Unlike Takamatsu, though, she barely escapes with her soul]].
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', seventh movie: [[spoiler:both Mikiya and Shiki. Mikiya's Disney Death (though Shiki and us did not know it was the case at the time) finally goads Shiki into killing Lio for vengeance, but she then lays down to die after losing Mikiya (and a large quantity of blood). We then see Mikiya still alive, limping, and then ''crawling his way to Shiki'', and find out that he arrived just in time]].
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' loved this trope, the most notable example being Himari, who [[spoiler: died at least 3 times but was brought back each time and ultimately lived in the end. Masako also died twice only to be brought back both times, and Kanba was severely injured by bullets in episode 21, but was okay with a few bandages by episode 22]].
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', this happens to [[spoiler:Kotetsu at the end of episode 24 when he holds the RN-1 in place so Barnaby can blast it with a laser rifle and fails to duck in time. The resulting scene has it all: PleaseDontLeaveMe from Barnaby, PietaPlagiarism, and final words from Kotetsu while the rest of the heroes look on sadly. In fact, he still seems dead for a significant amount of time into episode 25--until [[PapaWolf Maverick takes Kaede hostage]]. He {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he asks if anyone had ever bothered checking his pulse the whole time he was out]].
* Near the end of the "Fate" route of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', [[spoiler: Kotomine attacks the house and leaves Rin Tohsaka seemingly fatally wounded. However, after the final battle, she returns to Shiro, completely unharmed days later]].
* At the very end of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', where for the most part, AnyoneCanDie, [[spoiler:Bat has seemingly died after being put through utter hell by Bolge and managing to take him down after a final titanic battle alongside Kenshiro, and poor Lin is heartbroken. But Kenshiro, who has saved him and Lin time and again throughout the manga, isn't going to leave the two without a parting gift -- it turns out that he saved Bat's life by pressing his vital points]].
* A story arc at the end of the first ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' anime centers on Asuna undergoing this. It takes the efforts of Negi and her classmates (particularly Lingshen Chao), including a bit of time travel, to bring her back.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'':
** A few installments have had the titular thief seemingly get killed, only to later turn up alive and well. In ''Missed by a Dollar'' for example, Lupin is apparently shot and dropped off a plane, and is actually absent for a good chunk of it while Jigen, Goemon, and Fujiko attempt to work together in Lupin's memory. Then later on Lupin shows up to bail them out of trouble.
** Zenigata has also gotten this on occasion.
*** "The Day the Old Man Died" centers on it, as Lupin is blamed for killing him and decides to investigate with the help of Jigen and later steals his not-quite-dead corpus from a blazing incinerator in one of his most daring capers yet.
*** In ''Island of Assassins'', he's shot up, and declared dead upon flatlining... only to come back at the mere mention of Lupin's name.
*** In ''The Last Job'', he gets killed onscreen... or so it seems. Many scenes after his interment, he digs himself out of his own grave, Asuka Kagurazaka having done something that allowed him to simulate death for a short time.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}}: Badlands Rumble'', late into the movie Vash is shot and apparently drowns in quicksand. Vash is actually MIA for a good ten minutes, Wolfwood and Amelia team up to confront Gasback, and Wolfwood even starts wearing Vash's trademark sunglasses in tribute to him. Then Vash naturally shows up for a BigDamnHeroes moment. Of course, given how this takes placed in the middle of the TV series [[ForegoneConclusion everyone knew he would show up sooner or later]].
* The climax of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}: Legend of the Super Galaxy'' sees 004, Albert Heinrich, sacrifice himself against [[TheDragon Gallo]] and several of [[BigBad Emperor Zoa]]'s other goons so that the other cyborgs would live to fight another day. As the others mourn his loss, he comes back out of the blue, and even 009, who had been in the Vortex, was surprised. It's explained that somehow, 009 wished him back to life while in the Vortex.
* In ''Anime/PriPara'', [[spoiler: Falulu]] dies after [[spoiler: her friend ticket is snapped, since it contained her system data]]. In the end, [=SoLaMi=] Smile and the fans from around the world [[spoiler: are finally able to revive her by giving her their support and making the Paradise Coord shine]].
** Parodied in episode 105, when [[spoiler: Gaaruru]] snaps her ticket to form a team with [[spoiler: Aroma and Mikan and falls to the floor]]. It turns out [[spoiler: she was fine the whole time and was just faking it, which angers Unicorn]].
* This happens to [[spoiler: Ruru]] in Episode 10 of ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'' when she apparently [[spoiler: lets herself get blown up by fireworks near the end. She ultimately survives]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', [[spoiler: Lafter is revealed to have survived the destruction of her Mobile Suit in Episode 25 along with Azee and Norba. Her cockpit was relatively undamaged and she ended up with a small wound to the chest]].
* Happens to [[spoiler: Nadie and Ellis]] in the penultimate episode of ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja''.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' famously has this happen with [[spoiler:Eren]] early on. [[spoiler:He is initially set up as a DecoyProtagonist and gets eaten by a Titan, so Mikasa takes center stage... only for it to turn out a while later that he not only survived, but the experience has awakened the ability to transform into a Titan himself, allowing him to take on the other Titans.]]
* Episode 2 of ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' ends with [[spoiler: Asahina appearing to be fatally stabbed in the chest with a knife. In the next episode, however, the knife is revealed to be a toy, and the blood is actually tomato sauce]]. Later in the series it's shown that [[spoiler: Kirigiri appears to succumb to her poison, but she survives thanks to an antidote created by Seiko, which put her in a coma and was later revived by Mikan]].
* ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' isn't afraid to kill people by the dozens, but occasionally someone manages to survive a seemingly fatal attack.
** At the end of the first arc, Ripple seems to have died from her injuries sustained against Swim Swim, but Snow White's Lucky Rabbit's Foot activates and helps her survive.
** Ripple again in ''Limited'' is seemingly killed by Postarie via being stabbed by her own shurikens and falling down a hole, but her wounds weren't quite fatal, and Pythie Frederica managed to give her first aid.
** Prism Cherry in ''JOKERS'' is thought to have died in the control room when Shufflin attacked, but she's saved by Frederica just in time, allowing her to heal and return for the climax.
** Stuntchika in ''JOKERS'' is thought to have blown herself up to stall Joker Shufflin. In actuality Frederica managed to pull her out. [[spoiler:Seeing as she's a disguised Ripple, this makes her third time with this trope.]]
** Princess Deluge is seemingly slashed to death by Snow White in the climax of ''QUEENS'', but she's able to hang on long enough for Mana to give her medical aid.

* ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'':
** Omaha's best friend Shelly gets shot in the first issue. A couple of issues later, we find out she [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]].
** Also, Chuck was told by his (insane) dad that his mother had died when he was young. Guess who shows up in the middle of the story?
* Every ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' strip contains this trope. A black or white spy gets killed every comic, only to make a return next strip to treat the living spy to a death of their own.
* Subverted in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' series. Because of ExecutiveMeddling, creator Hergé was forced to imply the possibility of survival in the suicide note of astronaut Frank Wolff in ''Explorers on the Moon'', who stepped out of his space shuttle into space to [[HeroicSacrifice save oxygen for the remaining passengers]]. WordOfGod, after the fact, confirmed that there was no way Wolff survived.
* There is a very long list of people in Franchise/TheDCU who have been revived by the Lazarus Pit. The Lazarus Pit, discovered by ComicBook/RasAlGhul, can revive people at death's door, or full-on bring the dead back to life. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of using the Lazarus Pit is losing your mind. Those who have been resurrected or healed from fatal injuries include [[spoiler: Ra's al Ghul, Jason Todd, the second ComicBook/BlackCanary, [[ComicBook/BatGirl2000 Cassandra Cain]], ComicBook/LadyShiva, ComicBook/{{Bane}}, Isis, the wife of ComicBook/BlackAdam, and more]].
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'': Fat Freddy is found lifeless in bed--his grief-stricken friends hold a wake and bury him themselves. At a graveside picnic some time later, a bottle of potent liquor spills on the ground, seeps in, and revives him from a drug-induced immobilization. He furiously bursts out to his friends' joy and horror.
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': A not very dramatic and rather brief case happens in the album ''The Daltons' Escape'' where Lucky Luke appears to have been crushed to death by falling rocks and we see the Daltons cheering and yet not sure that he is dead. The most noteworthy part of it is seeing Jolly Jumper's NotSoStoic reaction and openly weeping for his fallen friend.
* ''ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}''
** [[spoiler:Spider-Man]] dies in the story, but it was later revealed that he was NotQuiteDead.
** [[spoiler:Valkyrie]] and [[spoiler:Captain America]] die during the flood, but [[spoiler:they were saved because Thor traded their lives with Hela for his own]]

* Happens many times in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** Zazu does this as a prank in order to terrify Simba and Nala in ''Dead as a Dodo''.
** Simba is [[spoiler: presumed to be dead in ''Friends to the End''. He isn't, though, and gets his [[TheBigDamnKiss Big Damn Kiss]] with Nala]].
** Nala [[spoiler: does actually die in ''Darkness Falls''. Simba has her resurrected after dying himself]].
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': [[spoiler:Shinji]] is briefly thought dead after the battle with [[spoiler:Zeruel]].
* In ''Mortality'', the first book of the ''Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries'', Literature/SherlockHolmes is believed to have been killed by his ArchEnemy, [[DiabolicalMastermind Professor]] [[BigBad Moriarty]]. It isn't until a few chapters later that the reader knows for certain that Holmes is still alive, but the heroes themselves don't know for sure until InspectorLestrade and [[TheHero Dr. Watson]] overhear [[TheDragon Moran]] confirming it.
* ''FanFic/InnerDemons'': [[spoiler: Rarity is seemingly killed by [[TheDragon Trixie]] during the Battle of Fillydelphia, but it turns out she was just rendered comatose]]. The author denies that this was a reaction to the InternetBackdraft that resulted from the apparent death, and claims that this was always the plan.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] is seemingly killed by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Wrong!Dash]] during the final fight with [[BloodKnight Nihilus]], but it turns out that [[spoiler: Fluttershy]] has a HealingFactor (something that only Earth ponies are supposed to have), which saves her life.
* ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'': Rainbow Dash is caught in an explosion of magic at the end of the first arc. She is badly injured, almost to the point of death, but manages to recover.
* In two separate [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse Calvinverse]] stories - specifically, ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie'' and ''Fanfic/TroubleIsland'' - Hobbes is hit with a machine that makes ''everyone'' see him as a stuffed animal, even Calvin. Both times, he comes back.
* ''FanFic/OjamajoDoremiRiseOfTheShadows'': Towards the end of the fic, Majorin and the Ojamajos are slain by their Shadows. However, the Queen's SuperMode allows her to bring them all back without anyone else dying.
* ''FanFic/NobodyDies'': After a failed attack on an Angel, Shinji is informed by Asuka that he was clinically dead for 15 minutes.
* ''Fanfic/TheGreatDisneyAdventureSaga'': What do you expect? It's a Disney world. So this happens quite a bit with characters being near death before being healed or being revealed as ok.
* In the ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10195775?view_full_work=true Guardian Blue - Season 1]]'', [[spoiler:Nick falls into the water recycling system while saving a wolf pup from the villain Darmaw who also falls in. Darmaw's body is later recovered, but Nick's is never found. After several days of searching he is pronounced dead. Judy learns of a hidden location his body could have possibly washed into and ventures in to retrieve his body and get closure. Ultimately she discovers that Nick is still alive but badly hurt and is able to pull him back out to safety.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Mad World|Invader Zim}}'': [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Zim]] gets butchered by [[ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac Nny]], and has his PAK pulled by Dib as a MercyKill. But his mind [[BodyBackUpDrive survives inside the PAK]], and he ends up [[SharingABody sharing bodies]] with Dib until they can clone him a new body.
* The surprisingly plausible fan sequel to ''Literature/EarthsChildren'', "Broud's Destiny", has Ayla's chief antagonist defending the Clan against gangs of Others who paint themselves white and kill "flatheads" for kicks. At the climax, the leader of the "chalk-faces" viciously stabs Broud in the abdomen at the same moment Broud breaks his neck. Broud drops to the ground and everything looks like a beautiful death scene. End of chapter. The next chapter opens with a Clan funeral ceremony... turns out it's for Broud's mom Ebra. Broud will take time to recover but is fine.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The eponymous robot in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is shown reassembling himself after a HeroicSacrifice against an incoming nuclear missile. (A rare example of a ''good'' Robot Disney Death, meaning both that it is very satisfying to the audience and that it was set up properly -- the Giant's self-repair ability [[ChekhovsGun was demonstrated earlier in the film]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' . [[spoiler:Gune]] saves Stith from [[spoiler: a bomb Preed placed on her wrist, only for it to detonate and leave him wounded]] and he mutters "I'll just take a little nap", before collapsing. Later, just when the Drej are about to destroy the Titan, [[spoiler: Gune]] arrives to the rescue and hangs a {{lampshade|Hanging}} on the trope.
-->'''Gune:''' I finished my nap!
* Diego, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' straddles somewhere between this trope and UnexplainedRecovery with an ambiguous "[[CatsHaveNineLives Nine lives, baby]]" after [[TakingTheBullet taking a killing blow]] meant for Manny.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are dried up to death in the Shell City gift shop and then revived a minute later when their tears short out an electrical outlet and activate the sprinkler system.
* In ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', [[spoiler:after the explosion of their helicopter, Kadaj throws to Rufus the bloodstained ID badges of Tseng and Elena. Later, they catch him in a net after he jumps off a building, thus averting his death as well]].
** To be fair, Vincent mentions that [[spoiler:he found them horribly tortured and healed them the best he could, even if he didn't know it was enough]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Cloud]], shot by Loz at the climax of the movie.
** From the dialogue between [[spoiler:Reno and Rude]] before they [[spoiler:set off a bomb in order to kill Loz and Yazoo]], it makes it sound like they aren't going to be coming out of this one alive. But yet [[spoiler:all four of them seem to survive the blast, Reno and Rude are seen at the end with the rest of the Turks, whilst Loz and Yazoo go off to get Cloud. The latter pair however, ''don't'' survive Aerith's Great Gospel/Lifestream Water/Magical Rain]].
** And then there's Rufus, who turns up alive in the movie after being last seen in the game getting blown up real good. Particularly irritating is that Cloud rather rudely shuts up his explanation of how he survived, the one piece of exposition in the film that fans of the game were actually interested in.
*** It turns out, according to the ExpandedUniverse novellas that [[{{Handwave}} there was some sort of secret "escape hatch" hidden under his desk]] that Rufus [[ChekhovsGun suggested be put in there in the first place]] while his father was still in charge of Shinra Inc.... Yeah, we're not buying it either.
* Played with in the Spanish animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Nocturna}}''. [[spoiler:The Cat Shepard]] appears to die after fending off the evil shadow, and Tim accepts his death by saying he'll always live on in his heart. Right before the end of the movie, we see [[spoiler:a herd of cats run by, with the Cat Shepard's familiar legs and gait among them.]] Tim doesn't, though.
* An alternate version of ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' has Zip survive his self-sacrifice to save Omar from the demon.
* The Disney-esque film ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' has one of these near the end, where the characters and the audience believe for a moment that Michelle has succumbed to her chlorine gas-induced sickness. A teardrop from her uncle revives her.
* [[spoiler:Fly]] gets one of these in ''WesternAnimation/HelpImAFish!''
** [[spoiler:His aunt accidentally steps on him and crushes him, the family goes "GASP!"... no, wait, that was a decoy fish, the real Fly is fine.]]
* At the end of ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'', Nemo takes a rather big fall while defeating the Nightmare King, and dies. Or, not. This was meant to be the culmination of a plot point where it was possible Nemo could die after using the royal scepter to defeat the Nightmare King because of it being too much power for his body to handle, but since scenes pertaining to that were edited from the VHS due to NeverSayDie, it made this feel much more out of place.
* This happens ''twice'' to the heroine of ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' films. The first film has her saved by a declaration of love from her prince. The third has her ''vaporized'' by a bolt of black magic. When her now-husband prince burns the copy of the spell that summoned it so that its powers can never be used again, she materializes from the resultant flames. Also, Jean-Bob is knocked out at the climax of II and brought back as a side effect of the spell that turns Odette into a swan and back.
** The first film also averted this trope rather surprisingly: after a very long opening number which establishes the relationships between all of the major players (not only the love/hate relationship of Odette and Derek, but the extremely close friendship of King William and Queen Uberta), King William is abruptly killed. This seems to have no repercussions on any of the other characters.
* In the 1999 animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'', this happens to the King after his hot air balloon goes down.
* [[spoiler:Astro]] in the 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film -- twice! The first time, Dr. Tenma removes his Blue Core, but has a change of heart in time to revive him, acknowledge him as his son, and allow him to escape at Tenma's own risk. The second time, Astro pulls a HeroicSacrifice to defeat Peacekeeper, only to be revived by Zog.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has one near the end. After the final battle, [[spoiler:the other vikings look for Hiccup, but the only one who can be found is Toothless. That combined with the dragon's forlorn look is taken as a Very Bad Sign. But then Toothless reveals he's been shielding Hiccup with his wings, but the tension remains until Stoick checks for a heartbeat. And finds one]]. However, [[spoiler:Hiccup does leave the film's climax minus the lower half of his leg]].
* Heather the possum, in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'', who gets kicked against a wall by antagonist Gladys Sharp and appears to be killed upon impact, much to the horror of her father [[spoiler:the twist being that she's a possum, and is merely faking]].
* Both [[spoiler:Stanley]] and [[spoiler:Rosie]] in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''.
* There's a ''very'' brief one in ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' After defeating the BRAIN, 9 tries to run away as the machine breaks down, and is nearly crushed. At some point it really does look like he got killed, but he wakes up about two seconds later.
* [[spoiler:Played with]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}''. [[spoiler: Minion's water-helmet shatters in the final fight, and afterwards he appears to be dying. He and Megamind share a few words, and Minion... puts on an overdramatic display of dying. At which point Megamind casually tosses him in the fountain, where he laughs and says he feels much better]]. "What a drama queen!"
* This trope is used in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' when [[spoiler:the Sandman dies but is later resurrected during the climatic battle]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' has this at the end of the movie. [[spoiler:Everyone thinks Flint died from stopping the machine, but a few moments later, he's carried down by his [[ChekhovsArmory Ratbirds]], looking no worse for wear too.]]
* Insectosaurus, the giant insect in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', looks dead when blasted by an alien spaceship and wrapped lifeless and unmoving in a cocoon. But he was simply metamorphising into a butterfly, and later comes BackFromTheDead just in time to be used as a DeusExMachina to save the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie''. The character in question: Duke, by impaling. In fact, he actually ''was'' supposed to die (and they were even planning to drop him from the available toy line to go with it). But after seeing how heartbroken all the kids were about Optimus Prime's death in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', they added in a last-minute line stating that Duke simply went into a coma.
* Happens to both title characters of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''. Because it wasn't ripping off Disney enough already.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' plays with this. Spike sends himself and a wolf into a river at the film's climax. Moments later, Stu shows up to rescue the kids, who mistake him for a wizard and ask to bring Spike back to life. Spike walks over soon after.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow'', [[spoiler: the trope was deconstructed. Both Ed and Eddy appeared to be sinking in quicksand, but it was only just mud that happened to looked like quicksand, and it was one of the many jokes they pulled after they went to the gag factory. This ticks off Edd, and almost left the other two to faced the consequences over the NoodleIncident that led to the events of the movie. This made Eddy realize how serious the situation actually was, and that he probably had gone too far]].
* In Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', Dmitri is hit in the head with a stone in the climax and appears to have died from the blow. But he's okay -- he was just knocked out.
* In another triumph for Don Bluth, Petrie does this in ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', getting seemingly devoured by Sharptooth just before drowning
* Also thanks to a good DeusExMachina, this is what becomes of Mrs. Brisby's family in Bluth's ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' when her cinderblock house falls and sinks into the mud... before the jewel glows and restores everything back to normal.
* In the final fight sequence of the ''ComicBook/{{Golddigger}}'' animated film, Brittany is roasted by the dragon Dreadwing. As Gina sobs over her presumably-fallen sister, Brittany groans and sits up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'', Ginger gets a rather brief one in the climactic escape scene.
* It happens to two of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', one with an electrocuted mouse and another one with an octopus, who didn't move out of the way from under the ship after he couldn't hold it up any longer.
* Some villagers from ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', including Minku's father and Maruti's father, were thrown into a volcano by the village gangsters. By the end of the movie, Maruti turned into {{Superhero}} Hanuman and released all of the victims after he defeated a monster formed out of the volcano.
* [[spoiler:Nigel]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', sort of. [[spoiler:Even though he's a villain, it's really upsetting when he is ''sucked in an airplane's propeller'', showing feathers flying out, too]], and is thought to be dead until the ending, where he is [[spoiler:stripped of his feathers on the forest floor, and Mauro (the Monkeys' leader) takes embarrassing pictures of him naked,]] leading into the credits.
* Kate from ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega''.
* ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'':
** This happens in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. At the end of the movie Shrek fades out of existence, as he gave up the day of his birth to Rumplestiltskin in exchange for a day to live his life the way he wanted to as an ogre. But he gets one last chance to tell Fiona how much she means to him before he dies. They exchange one last kiss and Shrek disappears... only for the entire reality that 'Stiltskin had created to fade out of existence as well. As it turns out, the contract was to be made null and void if Fiona and Shrek exchanged a lovers' kiss; if Fiona had fallen in love with Shrek in the alternate universe, then the contract ends and the universe with it. Shrek is returned to his original universe, with his friends and family surrounding him at his children's birthday party. Shrek gets his happily ever after.
** Also used in ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'' with King Harold. He takes a magical blast from the Fairy Godmother to protect Shrek and Fiona, and after her defeat he's notably vanished making it seem like it killed him. But it turns out he's actually [[spoiler: reverted back into his true form of a frog. This might seen a little pointless in hindsight, since ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' [[SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome kills him anyway]]. But his survival from the incident was integral for the reluctant heirs to the throne, Shrek and Fiona, to pass their roles as the new royalty of Far, Far Away onto Arthur in the third film, for he mentions Arthur on his death bed]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots'', [[spoiler:when Puss is trying to save his friend Humpty, the Golden Goose and the goose's mother, Puss is holding on to Humpty by only a thin rope on a broken bridge, while the Golden Goose is dangling above the distant ground with its mother, close to falling to their death. Humpty sacrifices himself to save the Golden Goose, its mother, and the town, while Humpty supposedly fell to death and cracked open. However, in the credits, it is revealed he came out alright.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' [[MadeForTVMovie TV movie]] ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestVersusTheCyberInsects'' has a particularly silly example. During a space battle caused by Jonny recklessly charging into the midst of some enemy fighters, an exploding control panel somehow injures Race in such a way that his heart stops beating. Not even two scenes later, Race inexplicably revives with no ill effects. The scene does serve a narrative purpose though - it's a rather sobering moment for Jonny, who blames himself, and after this is when he starts acting like less of a selfish, impulsive JerkAss.
* Happens to ''both'' of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: Mask of Light'': first, Jaller [[TakingTheBullet sacrifices himself to save his partner]] Takua, allowing him to don the titular MaskOfPower and become Takanuva. Then, Takanuva [[FusionDance merges]] with [[BigBad Makuta]] and sacrifices part of their life-force to bring Jaller back, but at the cost of the fusion breaking up and him disappearing. Takanuva is brought back by the other characters through a sort of ritual conducted over a weird gizmo built into the floor -- it's confusing, and never explained. The {{Novelization}} rewrites the scene by having Takanuva walk out of the split fusion alive.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' the were-rabbit [[spoiler:(Wallace)]] appears to die after a nasty fall from the top of a building. Gromit is able to bring him around [[spoiler:with a hunk of Stinking Bishop cheese]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', it seems that Snatcher was successful in crushing the boxtrolls to death, but it turns out they escaped in the middle of Eggs' speech, and they return in time to save the day.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** One bite from Xibalba's snake causes this, [[spoiler:as Manolo finds out the hard way.]]
** In the climax, [[spoiler:Manolo appears to die again after trapping himself and Chakal under a church bell to contain an explosion that would have destroyed San Angel. He's saved by Joaquin giving him the Medal of Everlasting Life beforehand.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', it momentarily looks like Oh was crushed by the Gorg's machine, but there was an indentation in it large enough for him to fit without being crushed.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Minions}}'', it seems as if [[spoiler:Kevin exploded after swallowing Scarlet's bomb]]. However, the [[spoiler: explosion]] only [[spoiler:shrunk him back down to his normal size]] (minus his [[spoiler:overalls]].)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells'', there's a double example. [[spoiler: Abbot Cellach locks his nephew Brendan and fellow monk Brother Aidan in the scriptorium to protect them during a Northmen attack. It doesn't work, and when Cellach sees the scriptorium burning, he rushes to save them only to be attacked and left bleeding and unconscious on the ground. Brendan and Aidan manage to escape the building, but when they see Cellach lying in the snow, they believe him to be dead, and flee Kells. Cellach wakes up to see Northmen pouring from the building, and assumes his nephew is dead. The film then jumps 20 years forward to when uncle and nephew are finally reunited.]] Averted in that [[spoiler: nearly every other character really does perish in the Northmen attack]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob'', it seems as if [[spoiler:Surly has died after sacrificing himself to save his friends by falling down a big waterfall. When Precious and Buddy find Surly's motionless body, the latter lays down beside his unmoving friend and says his first two words: "best...friend". When all hope seems lost, Surly suddenly wakes up and hugs his rat friend tightly.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob2NuttyByNature'', Buddy is [[spoiler:mortally knocked unconscious when he falls seemingly many stories off a balcony of the antagonist's home. Surly and Precious bring Buddy's lifeless body to Andie, who helps Surly carry Buddy into the ruined nut shop remains, and they both lay him on a big slab. Surly mourns greatly for his friend, and so do the other animals. When Precious licks Buddy as appreciation for saving her from the evil mayor's daughter, he suddenly moves. The pug licks Buddy twice more, enough to miraculously awaken him. Cue happy music, cheering, and hugs of relief]].
* Near the end of ''Wabuu the Cheeky Raccoon'', when Wabuu chops down a tree to use as a bridge, a bird's egg falls out of its nest to the ground and causes the parents to call him a "child murderer", though the hatchling emerges unharmed. Then we find out that the tree also accidentally fell on Wuschel the squirrel, and the mole declares him dead. Wabuu, however, finds out otherwise and frees him from under the fallen tree.
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AllCreaturesBigAndSmall'', Finny the Nestrian is shown to drown after failing to climb onto the ark. Turns out his species can breathe in water just fine.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* About halfway through ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'', Lavagirl [[HeroicSacrifice jumps into a lake filled with water]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachother to save Sharkboy]], knowing full well that it will kill her. Sharkboy then throws her body into a volcano, reviving her.
* ''Film/{{DARYL}}'' features a classic Robot Disney Death as part of its climax/denouement.
* ''Lethal Weapon''
** In ''Film/LethalWeapon2'', a SmugSnake diplomat shoots the Creator/MelGibson character, who falls into a pit. In response, the Danny Glover character shoots the diplomat. Then he goes down into the pit to check on Mel Gibson. And guess what? He's fine! Well, mostly fine, anyway.
** In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', Lorna is shot several times by [[BigBad Jack Travis]] with the cop-killer bullets. However, after Riggs kills Travis, it turns out that Lorna had actually worn ''two'' bulletproof vests prior to this shootout, but it still wounded her.
* Doc's survival of the Libyan terrorists in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' could certainly qualify (though it is one of the more clever examples).
* Ted appears to get run through by a sword in medieval England in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', causing Bill to mourn him ("Ted, don't be dead, dude!"). But it turns out Ted fell out of the armor just when he hit the ground; the armor got stabbed, not him. (Never mind the fact that he was completely strapped into this complex outfit.) It's also a ForegoneConclusion, due to the fact that Ted's future self had been seen alive and well earlier.
* At the end of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', [[spoiler:Otto is run over by a steam roller but manages to survive for one final gag]].
* ''Film/SupermanReturns''. When Superman was stomped to death by ComicBook/LexLuthor on his Kryptonite island, he was on the verge of death, but eventually he sprang back to life.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-101 robot is seemingly beaten then impaled by the T-1000, leaving Sarah and John Connor helpless. Then his backup power source turns on, and he [[BigDamnHeroes heads off to save the day]]. Moments later he does die for real, [[ICannotSelfTerminate but by choice]]. In the novel version, he deliberately feigned death after the impaling in order to give himself the chance of a surprise attack.
** In ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', [[spoiler: "Pops" appears to die after holding off John in the quantum field generator, but survives thanks to a little dip in the liquid metal]].
* In ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', Henry is thought to be dead in the beginning but turns out just fine after being taken home.
* One of the most mind-boggling examples is in ''Film/HudsonHawk'', when a friend of the Creator/BruceWillis character, who seems to have died in a car fire shortly before, shows up again and explains, "The sprinkler system turned on!" This in spite of the fact that the car careened off of a cliff and exploded upon impact with the ground (but it is a parody/comedy). Since the line immediately following is, "yeah! I bet that's what happened!" its mind-boggling improbability can be chalked up to the RuleOfFunny.
* In Creator/BrokenLizard's ''Film/ClubDread'', Sam appears to have drowned in mud, but [[spoiler: turns out to be not only alive, but also the actual killer]].
* In a particularly pointless version that removes the very last bit of pathos from the film, Snails in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons''. Especially JustForFun/{{egregious}} is that this ending was apparently at the behest of focus groups, who didn't like the original graveside ending where Snails is still clearly dead. The original scene was the closest thing to respectable dignity the movie could manage, but even that got stripped away.
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', Alan Grant's assistant Billy [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redeems himself]] for putting them all in danger by stealing raptors eggs by making a HeroicSacrifice to save the KidSidekick from pteradons and is last seen being pecked to death by a number of them. Except about half an hour of screen time later, when the survivors are picked up by a rescue chopper, they inexplicably find him already onboard, with noticeable but apparently not life-threatening injuries.
* Alpha Centauri, the TricksterMentor from ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', appears to die heroically halfway through the movie, only to reappear with a {{Handwave}} at the end of the movie.
* ''Film/MeanGirls'' plays with this trope with the "just kidding" death of Regina, who gets ''much'' better after [[LookBothWays being run over by a bus]].
* It seems like anyone who falls off a cliff in the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies is going to show up later (apart from {{Mooks}}, but since when have they counted?).
** [[spoiler:Frodo]] is seemingly killed when he is stabbed by the troll in ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', and again in ''The Return of the King'' when he is [[spoiler:poisoned by Shelob but turns out just to be paralyzed]]. (Both incidents are canon.)
** In ''The Two Towers'', Frodo appears to fall to his death, but we are immediately shown that he only fell a couple of feet into the fog. (Not canon.)
** Also in ''The Two Towers'', [[spoiler:Aragorn]] is seen to fall over a multi-hundred foot cliff and all the characters mourn, but it turns out he's completely uninjured, besides a little dizziness and some scrapes. (Definitely not canon but almost lethal to Creator/ViggoMortensen who came close to drowning while filming that.)
** In ''The Return of the King'', Faramir is grievously wounded in battle and would've been [[KillItWithFire killed with fire]], albeit accidentally, in his insane father's suicide attempt had Gandalf and Pippin not shown up. After he's rescued, he regains consciousness. (Basically canon.)
* The main character's son in the Creator/{{S|tevenSpielberg}}pielberg version of ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''; about halfway through the movie, he leaves his father and runs into a battlefield which is then obliterated in a fiery Martian burst of death from which nothing can survive; at the climax, however, he shows up at his mother's house in Boston without so much as a scratch. Granted, we never actually saw a body, but it's still pretty cheesy and something of a cheat.
* Subverted/justified in ''Film/GroundhogDay''. Phil Connors is finally driven to commit suicide to escape from living the same day seemingly for eternity. He kidnaps the local groundhog and drives a truck off a cliff. Phil's cameraman says he might be okay, but then the truck blows up. The next thing Phil knows, it's morning again; not even his death can stop the time loop. Cue montage of him killing himself in every way possible.
* In ''A Night on the Town''/''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', a character gets a knife thrown at his foot. He's rushed to the doctor, the doctor administers the solitary necessary stitch. He then gets told that while he was administering this tiny stitch to a tiny wound a man with a stab wound just died. He then meets the plucky bunch of kids in the hall, who want to know what happened to their friend with the stab wound. He tells them he died, they go into a fit of mourning, he walks into the corridor asking everyone what they're crying about, "Don't you ever die on me again!", etc.
* Used in ''Film/TenThousandBC'', helped along by ThePowerOfLove, or something close to it.
* ''Film/ShortCircuit'' subtly {{lampshade|Hanging}}s, then utterly subverts the Robot Disney Death version of the trope. The SAINT-model robot that NOVA Robotics destroyed (and cannibalized) at the end of the movie was a mindless, remote-control replica which the real Number Five was controlling from the safety of the supply van. This, after showing how said van was completely equipped with enough spare parts to build a whole new robot from the ground up, Number Five's expertise at reassembling himself and rewiring his own circuits, as well as him playing with the TV using his remote-control transmitter.
* In ''Film/ShortCircuit2'', Number Five (who in this move insisted on being called Johnny Five) seemed to die after running out of both his main power and backup power just after capturing the jewel thief who ordered him to be destroyed in the first place. He is brought back to life by {{Magical Defibrillator}}s which were used to "recharge" his batteries, and also gave the human actors a chance to do some of the best soap opera acting this side of ''Series/GeneralHospital''.
* Subverted amusingly in the movie ''Film/LittleBigMan''. Cheyenne chief Old Lodge Skins, Jack's blind mentor, has finally grown tired of life. He and Jack ascend a hill where Old Lodge Skins prays for his death and lies down with his eyes closed. It then begins raining. Old Lodge Skin blinks, then sighs. "Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn't." and they both go back to their village.
* The heroine of ''Film/WhaleRider'' nearly drowns in the climax (and her narration informs us she "was not afraid to die", since she's rescued the pod), but she is found and recovers in the hospital.
* In ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', the title character appears to have died from an illness. See also the climax of the infamous ripoff ''Film/MacAndMe''. Not only do Mac and his family seem to perish in an explosion when they get into a shootout with the police, but their young human friend Eric dies as well, as the kid was near the explosion. The filmmakers work ''hard'' to jerk the tears here, culminating in his mom arriving on the awful scene by helicopter (she'd been searching for him). But the aliens emerge from the flames unharmed, and use their powers to revive him.
* Toward the end of ''Film/CrocodileDundeeII'' the hero appears to have been fallen off a cliff, but we later discover that [[spoiler:he and the villain had switched clothes]]. The characters figure it out before the reveal.
* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Sawyer apparently dies helping prevent the destruction of Venice, but it turns out he didn't somehow.
* In the ''Film/GetSmart'' movie, Max appears to be killed when he is dragged behind a car that crashes into a train. It lasts long enough for a grief-stricken 99 to admit that she loves him before he appears behind her, battered but alive. But what about the train? "[[{{Catchphrase}} Missed it by]] ''[[MythologyGag that]]'' {{m|ythologyGag}}uch."
* In ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked'', [[spoiler:Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character nobly sacrifices himself and goes down with the ship, broadcasting to the end. As the other characters are saved and jubilant, they take a moment to remember him, just as he splutters to the surface decidedly undrowned]].
* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'': Oded Fehr pulls a YouShallNotPass on an army of mummies. Cut to the end and he's alive somehow [[note]]He was originally scripted to die, but the filmmakers liked him so much that they wanted to keep him alive for the sequel, which was easy to get away with since his fate was shown off-screen[[/note]].
* Danny from ''Film/HotFuzz'' gets shot and is caught in an explosion. The movie tries to make you think he's dead, but it's really his mother's grave.
* Played with in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' when Gay Perry stays alive after getting shot in the chest. [[LemonyNarrator Harry]] then [[LampshadeHanging comments how he hates it when]] [[ExecutiveMeddling movie studio executives]] change a death into a Disney Death to force [[FocusGroupEnding a happy ending]], and they might as well [[EverybodyLives bring back everyone who died]] (and then all of the dead characters, plus Elvis and Abraham Lincoln, walk into the hospital room), but [[ThisIsReality in this case]], Perry did survive.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': When one of [[TheScrappy the Twins]] is sucked up by Devestator, all the other characters are sad. However, moments later, he fights his way through Devestator's head.
*** Also happens with [[spoiler:the main character near the end, who has a dream vision of the original Primes before being miraculously brought back. Lampooned upon in Kirbopher's ''Revenge of the Lollin'' where a solider says "he's dead," cutting to a few Primes on a cliff stating "And now he isn't!"]]
** Prime gets his own Robot Disney Death too, as did Megatron in the first movie.
** In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the Autobots were believed to have killed by Starscream under Dylan Gould's orders when the Xanthium was destroyed during launch. However, it turns out they faked their deaths (hiding themselves in the booster section instead of the Xanthium itself) in order to have humanity realize that the Decepticons aren't true to their words, and then pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment in Chicago to reveal their survival.
* In ''Film/EndOfWatch'', [[spoiler: Taylor is shot in the chest and falls unconscious as his partner, Zeke, stays at his side, before the villains catch up and shoot Zeke fatally, leaving both protagonists lifeless in the alley as the cavalry arrives. The next scene shows an injured Taylor at Zeke's funeral]].
* This happens may times in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies. [[JokerImmunity Jason Voorhees just keeps coming back]]. Even when he's supposedly incinerated by the time ''[[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter Part IV]]'' is over, it's revealed at the start of ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives Part VI]]'' that his (still-living, surprisingly enough) father went out of his way to pay for him to be properly buried. Tommy, already driven crazy by Jason trying to enter his mind from beyond the grave (to the point of almost becoming the his replacement in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPARTVANewBeginning Part V]]''), exhumes him to [[KillItWithFire finish the job]], but lightning strikes before he can torch him, and Jason is back ''yet again''.
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck''. Howard does it ''twice'' in one scene.
* In 1934's ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'' Sir Percy Blakeney steps out in front of a firing squad, and we hear the "Ready! Present muskets! Fire!" and the report of the muskets. Then Sir Percy comes in for his hat.
* In 2010's ''Film/TheExpendables'' (featuring a bevy of action stars from the 80s and 90s), Gunner is apparently killed by boss-man Barney who is forced to ShootTheDog when Gunner goes homicidally berzerk in a drug-induced homicidal rampage after he went rogue due to resentment at being ejected from the team due to his continued drug habit. Cue implied CradlingYourKill as Gunner whispers his dying message to Barney in exchange for a decent burial in an apparent DeathEqualsRedemption. In the epilogue, he is miraculously still alive and back to normal in a happy reunion with the rest of the team, a fact which is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Barney commenting on it, with Gunner replying that he's thankful that he was still spared by his friend despite everything that happened.
* In ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Millennium 2: The Girl Who Played with Fire]]'', protagonist Lisbeth Salander gets shot in the head and buried. At dawn, she climbs out and goes AxCrazy
* In ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaExperiment'', the protagonist David Herzeg dives back into the time vortex after breaking the mechanism that was keeping a 1943 Navy destroyer and a 1984 Midwest town suspended in hyperspace. After the vortex collapses, Allison is wandering through the freshly restored town in 1984 when David appears out of nowhere, having not only survived but magically returned to his {{Love Interest|s}}.
* In ''Film/ProblemChild'', prunes stop bullets.
* Marv and Hartigan both get these in ''Film/SinCity'' where the characters suffer a dramatic wound and the screen goes black for a few seconds. We then cut to them surviving in one way or another.
* While picking up the defeated Commando Elite in his yard in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', Alan sees an inanimate Archer. He starts to repeat himself and Alan thinks his chip was fried, but Archer and the rest of the Gorgonites survived.
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', our two heroes set off a nuclear explosion in the alien mothership and try to OutrunTheFireball, but it catches up to them. Cut to their friends on the ground having their victory celebration interrupted by news that they had lost contact with the heroes. We get about five seconds for the mood to set in before they see something on radar, drive out to the desert and find them walking away from their crashed ship unscathed.
* Happens to [[spoiler:Bella Swan]] at the climax of ''Film/TheTwilightSaga: Breaking Dawn Part I''. [[spoiler:Having earlier been given permission by Edward himself to kill him [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer should anything happen to Bella]], [[NotWorthKilling Jacob tells him right to his face that living with his loss is punishment enough for what happened]]. And then Edward's venom finally gets around to kicking in and transforming her, bringing her back to life in the process.]]
* In ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'', the Klowns' spaceship blows up at the end of the film with [[spoiler:Dave and the Terenzi brothers]] on board. All three of them are alive and well a minute later.
* In ''Film/TwoOfAKind1983'', the fate of the universe hinges on whether a morally dubious couple (played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) can make sacrifices for each other out of their newfound love, which would prove to God that humans are redeemable. She keeps him from going to prison for his attempted bank robbery that started the Earthly plot, but what about him? In the climax, with minutes left to go before God starts over with everything, she is taken hostage by a robber (actually a disguised Satan, whose existence is at risk!) and his attempt to save her leaves him dead. This proves a sufficient sacrifice, and not only does God spare the universe, He also brings the dead lover back to life.
* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' has female lead Kira die in hero Jen's arms, but she is then revived at the very end.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' ends with the heroes defeating Gozer, but tragically Dana and (to a lesser extent) Louis have seemingly died after being transformed into Gozer's demonic dog minions and then getting burnt to a crisp. The team barely has time to mourn before learning that the two are still alive, and human, inside the now destroyed demon husks and proceed to help them break out.
* Yes, even Creator/LucioFulci did this at least once (shenanigans of the living dead notwithstanding, of course) -- ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'' has this happen early on, as Mary Woodhouse is presumed dead of shock and is taken straight to a cemetery for burial before regaining consciousness after finding herself six feet under. If not for Peter Bell, she would've suffocated to death for sure.
* [[spoiler:Kirk]] in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' dies in a scene mirroring ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', but gets better soon... too soon.
* ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters]]'' is probably the record holder. The film shows some ''five'' Disney Deaths, of which one barely lasts a minute.
* In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', [[spoiler: after Mason Wren betrays the group shoots Call, a later scene reveals that Call had survived the gunshot wound, [[RoboticReveal because she is an android]]]].
* In ''Film/IronEagle'', Chappy gets shot down during the mission, and Doug is forced to go alone. However, it's later revealed that Chappy was picked up by American forces after he got shot down.
** In the sequel, Doug is shot down by Soviet pilots in a dogfight within the first few minutes of the movie, but in the fourth movie, it is revealed that he had ejected from his plane, but was later captured and held prisoner by the Soviets.
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', the nuke that was dropped on Godzilla in the beginning should've killed him, right? Nope, he lived through it, in true Kaiju style. [[spoiler:This happens twice in the last battle, both times coming out alive but exhausted after a long and brutal fight with each of the Mutos. The first time occurs when he's buried by a skyscraper after crushing the male Muto against it. The second time occurs when he literally collapses to the ground after killing the female Muto, and stays there well into the next day before waking up.]]
* In ''Film/{{Legion}}'', the archangel Michael is killed but reappears in the end due to God's intervention.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', Raphael's assumed dead by the Foot Clan when his brothers are captured. He was just knocked out.
* At the end of ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]'' [[spoiler: Dom apparently dies finishing off Jakande during the climax, and all of Brian's attempts to resuscitate him seem to fail. The shock of this causes Letty to regain her memories and reveals that she remembers that they were married. Dom then opens his eyes moments later and it turns out he heard her say all of this]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'': Peeta has one of these on the first day of the Quarter Quell.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''. Jim West. He takes a point-blank gunshot to the chest and falls 80 feet to the desert floor [[spoiler:but survives because he was wearing one of Artemus Gordon's "Impermeable" bullet-proof vests]].

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', Gaspode the Wonder Dog makes a HeroicSacrifice to save the Disc from the Things from the Dungeon Dimensions. In the first draft he was killed, but this was rewritten following reader feedback, and Gaspode went on to become a recurring character. Given the theme of the book, and the method used to revive Gaspode... possible LampshadeHanging?
** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', it looks like Granny Weatherwax has given her life to help defeat the Queen of the Elves. When Nanny Ogg and Magrat go through Granny's personal affects, they find an envelope with a piece of card in it: Granny's old "I ATEN'T DEAD" sign. Nanny realizes this means Granny wasn't dead, but off Borrowing (in this case, a swarm of bees).
** Maurice and Dangerous Beans both die in the finale of the first ''Discworld'' children's book, ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents''. Maurice survives because CatsHaveNineLives, and Dangerous Beans survives because Maurice offers ''two'' of his lives to [[BalancingDeathsBooks Balance Death's Books]].
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry is struck by a Killing Curse, but does not really die due to unknowingly becoming an extra Horcrux. However, his friends back at Hogwarts do not know this at first and fear that their hero is gone for good.
*** In the same book, [[spoiler:Hagrid]] is apparently killed by an acromantula in the Battle of Hogwarts, but he later turns up with the Death Eaters in the Forbidden Forest as a prisoner.
** Ginny toward the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' via [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness being imprisoned in the Chamber and having the life force sucked out of her]]. Harry manages to undo that by destroying [[spoiler:a Horcrux]].
* In ''Literature/TheNightLand'', after the hero has been through hell and back to bring his beloved home, and despite the best efforts of the Redoubt's finest doctors, [[spoiler:she dies anyway and has a tremendous funeral attended by the entire human race. Then she comes back to life without explanation]].
* In Creator/{{Voltaire}}'s ''Literature/{{Candide}}'', roughly every few pages a character is "brought back to life". {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the musical version with the song "You Were Dead, You Know."
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Frodo is stabbed by an Orc and stung by Shelob, appearing dead both times, but is saved by his mithril armor and Shelob using paralytic poison instead of a fatal one, respectively. Gandalf dies from his exertions after killing the Balrog, but is sent back by [[{{God}} Ilúvatar]] to finish his task.
* Two examples from ''Literature/TheNightGardener'':
** Molly doesn't tell Kip the last thing she saw of their parents partially because the letters the tree has been giving her made her hope that their parents' seemingly real death wasn't real at all. Later in the book, she has to come to terms with the fact that they really are gone.
** Near the end, Kip grabs the Night Gardener and throws himself into the river surrounding the Windsor estate to give his sister and the rest of the Windsors time to destroy the tree. Alastair comes back to the others carrying the seemingly drowned Kip in his arms. However, as Molly is mourning over him, he coughs out the water and wakes up.
* Valashu in the ''Literature/EaCycle'' narrates his own Disney Death in first person. He falls into afterlife for half a page or so and then gets promptly resurrected. After all, he couldn't very well write about his adventures if he remained dead.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the climactic battle with Rahvin resulted in the death of some major characters. Rand proceeded to use really powerful balefire to kill Rahvin, which killed him irrevocably ''and'' had the convenient effect of undoing everything the villain did in the last hour or so. Everybody's okay!
* In Robert Aspirin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series, it was almost a Running Gag to have a character (usually Aahz) appear to be dead/gone and then reappear later as a surprise...
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' manages to * combine* this with being a series where AnyoneCanDie. Multiple chapters end with a POV character seemingly "dying"... Only for a later chapter to reveal that they survived. Combined with the fact that lots of people really DO die, this has spawned a ludicrous number of EpilepticTrees.
* Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/TheLionsOfAlRassan'' wrings every possible bit of suspense, drama and angst out of [[spoiler:Diego Belmonte]]'s death... then [[spoiler:Ishak the legendary doctor appears and "wishes to examine the boy."]]
* ''Literature/JurassicPark'' ends with [[spoiler:Ian Malcolm]] apparently dead, even referring to the difficulty the others are having in getting his body sent back to America for burial... But in ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995'' we learn that he survived.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Mossflower]]'', the big final duel ends with it looking like [[spoiler:Martin is dead since he's covered in blood as well as hundreds of cuts from Tsarmina's claws. But he]]'s just in a coma and is healed up by the last chapter.
* [[spoiler:Stormbringer]] in ''Literature/AvalonWebOfMagic'' seems to die at the end of the sixth book, but the ninth book reveals that [[spoiler:she was just trapped on an astral plane... or something]]. Regardless, she's alive.
** This also happens to [[spoiler:Ozzie]] in the twelfth book. For such a sunshine and rainbows series, it manages to pull off this trope amazingly convincingly.
* ''Literature/PeterPan'':
** Tinker Bell pulls one of these off when she makes a HeroicSacrifice to save Peter. ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve in fairies!
** Wendy lies seemingly dead after being mistaken for a bird and shot with an arrow by one of the Lost Boys. But the arrow turns out to have only pierced an acorn button she was wearing and presumably caused her to faint from fear.
* Cruelly played with in ''Deeper'' of the ''Literature/{{Tunnels}}'' series. [[spoiler: The hero's brother Cal appears to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim get a bridge dropped on him]] halfway through. However, he is later discovered to be OnlyMostlyDead and is able to recover. He rejoins the other heroes for the climax... only to die in a hail of bullets at the end.]]
* In R.A. Salvatore's ''[[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]]'' novels set in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'', this happens a lot. Out of the [[FiveManBand five heroes]], Regis is the only one of them who hasn't been presumed dead at least once.
* The Chinese novel ''Literature/HeavenSwordAndDragonSabre'' has one of TheHero's love interest, Yin Li, is killed off by another [[LoveMakesYouEvil love interest who turns evil]], and get buried under the sand after the protagonist finds out the following morning, but she survives, and reappears around the later part of the novel.
* The rat in one picture book of ''The House that Jack Built''.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', [[spoiler: Oreg is revealed to have survived the death of his body at the end of the novel. Turns out, it was not his ''real'' body, that was buried somewhere else, and apparently in a coma. His father seems to have kept it there after binding his soul to castle Hurog. ItMakesSenseInContext]].
* ''Literature/AgentPendergast'' novels
** In ''Literature/DanceOfDeath,'' the character of Margo Green, who was the main character in the authors' first two books, is stabbed and apparently killed by Pendergast's brother Diogenes. The very end of the novel reveals that she survived and Pendergast allowed the rest of the world to believe her dead so that his brother would not attempt to target her again. [[spoiler: As revealed in the next book, this fails, but she still lives anyway.]]
** In ''Literature/CemeteryDance'', Pendergast is shot by the novel's antagonist and eventually collapses from blood loss. The final chapter makes it seem like he passed away from his wounds for 2-3 pages before revealing he's sitting there alive and well in his hospital bed.
** Early on in ''Literature/ColdVengeance'', Pendergast is shot by [[spoiler: Judson Esterhazy]] and is left to die in the Moores of Scotland. Nearly a hundred pages is spent with the supporting cast mourning his "death" before it's revealed he survived, though he's still very weak from the affair.
** At the end of ''Literature/WhiteFire'' [[spoiler: Pendergast's protegee Corrie Swanson is seemingly burned to death by an arsonist prompting an enraged Pendergast to hunt the killer. After his death, it's discovered Corrie freed herself and got to safety - the burnt corpse was actually an different victim whose corrupt actions were responsible for a lot of the events of the book.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'': [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] after walking knife-first into a force field during the Quarter Quell.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'' has three examples:
** [[spoiler: Rana]] is ''crucifed'' at one point but was OnlyMostlyDead and so she survived with help.
** [[spoiler: Kalak]] is yanked underwater by a squid monster and would have drowned if not for his deal with Mordak.
** [[spoiler: One of the goblins]] is squashed by Ravage's corpse and stops breathing, but was only unconscious. He comes too soon after.
* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}} Chronicles #4: Tales of the Masks'', Pohatu is presumed dead after being buried in a collapsed cave. The even [[NotSoStoic softens]] [[AnIcePerson the ice-hearted]] Kopaka so much that he's ready to hand over the Mask of Shielding he's found the cave to Pohatu's people... and Pohatu's there to take it from him, apparently having survived the cave-in thanks to the mask extending its power over him before the rubble hit.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'': [[spoiler:The Huntsman, who returns safe and sound at the end after apparently being killed by the Loups early on]].
* In ''Literature/ThisImmortal'', Cassandra, protagonist Conrad's wife, allegedly dies in an earthquake which lays waste to the general area she and Conrad live in. It turns out she was out on a boat during the quake and miraculously survived.
* Although AnyoneCanDie in ''Literature/WarriorCats'', this does appear a few times.
** Hollyleaf appears to die at the end of ''Sunrise'', after running into a collapsing underground tunnel. We don't find out about her survival for ''five'' books. She's later KilledOffForReal, [[BackForTheDead one book after she returns.]]
** In ''Shattered Sky'', Twigpaw appears to die when she is struck by a car. It turns out she had only been knocked unconscious, and had survived the initial impact. {{Justified}} in that although the search patrol [[NeverFoundTheBody doesn't find her body,]] they ''do'' find significantly large traces of her blood and fur where it happened (identified by scent), and it was safe to assume that she had been killed. Also, Twigpaw would've died of her injuries if not for her getting rescued by a human veterinarian.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** A good Creator/MutantEnemy example is Lorne's head asking for the praising and extolling of his virtues. For whatever reason, his particular variety of demon can survive decapitation--the body needs to be mutilated. The bad guys didn't forget to, though--the Groosalugg, knowing Lorne was Cordelia's friend, switched his body with a soldier.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'':
** In one episode, crooner Mel Torme helps the Sliders with their mission, only to apparently die in a car bomb. He inexplicably resurfaces at the end, though, to wish the Sliders well on their way.
** Another episode had a rather cruel example. The characters land in a world run by the Russians and help the Resistance in one of their operations. During the pull out though female protagonist Wade Wells is shot and mortally wounded. The other main characters start to grieve for her till she suddenly appears right behind them alive and well. [[ExpendableAlternateUniverse Turns out it was her double from this particular alternate earth that got killed not her.]]
** The same method of death happens in another episode with [[spoiler: Arturo]]. This was just stretched out for years after the show ended. It took the WordOfGod to clear things up.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' basically runs on DeathIsCheap:
** "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues" uses a very cheap Disney Death, when Charlie is found strung up by the neck, not breathing and with no pulse. But after a particularly protracted CPR session, Jack is able to revive him. Some fans decided to blame the unlikely event on the possibly magic island (similar to AWizardDidIt).
** Shannon apparently dies in "Hearts and Minds", but the sequence is shown to have been a drug-fueled hallucination by her brother Boone.
** At the end of season 4, the Kahana explodes [[spoiler:with Jin on board]]. A few episodes into season 5, he's found alive and clinging to shipwreck.
** In season 6, [[spoiler:Lapidus is whacked round the head as the submarine sinks from the Man in Black's bomb, and he is presumed dead by viewers]]. However, he resurfaces clinging to debris several episodes later.
** Near the end of season 3, [[spoiler:Locke gets shot and thrown into a hole full of bodies]], but eventually gets back out of the pit. He later mentions that he didn't die because [[spoiler:[[ArtisticLicenseBiology the injury location was where his stolen kidney used to be, and if he'd still had that kidney, he would have died]]]].
** On the villain front, Mikhail Bakunin survived multiple seemingly fatal incidents in Season 3. Including impaling.
* The robot version happened to K-9 in the "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]" episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', although it is unclear if this is the same robot rebuilt (with the same personality and memories) or just another robot of the same model.
** Also in the ''Doctor Who'' original series serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhos26E4Survival Survival]]" [[spoiler:The Seventh Doctor]] has a head on collision on a motorbike with the enemy, resulting in a huge explosion which we see nobody escape from. Ace begins to mourn his death after she finds [[spoiler:his hat]] and [[spoiler:his umbrella]] laying on the ground. We soon after find out he's somehow just ended up face first in a pile of rubbish with his backside in the air.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]]", there are ''two''. [[spoiler:In 1996, Centurion Rory is presumed dead from pulling the Pandorica out of the fires of the Blitz during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. He's actually the night watchman of the museum holding the Pandorica. The Doctor also gets one. He travels back in time a few minutes faking his death from a partially powered Dalek raygun. He uses this as a diversion to travel back to the Pandorica to jump start the universe in a [[TitleDrop Big Bang]] Two. Geronimo indeed.]] %%Amy was Only Mostly Dead, but still clinically dead for a few minutes, so it's not this trope.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter]]" [[spoiler: Jenny [[TakingTheBullet takes a bullet]] for the Doctor near the end of the episode. After the Doctor has accepted that she won't regenerate, he leaves her body with her fellow soldiers and goes off in the TARDIS. Suddenly she pops back to life, apparently none the worse for wear (seemingly due to the {{Terraforming}} process that was still ongoing), and takes off in a stolen spaceship ([[LikeFatherLikeSon like father like daughter, apparently]]). The Doctor, however, is unaware that she came back to life]].
** Technically, whenever the Doctor is about to regenerate in front of a companion who doesn't know what he's about to do counts, as they have no idea he's going to be alright, if a bit different.
*** The same applies to Jack Harkness, who gained ResurrectiveImmortality after [[CameBackWrong Coming Back Wrong]]. [[spoiler: And Rex Matheson from Torchwood.]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler]]" plays this trope straight. The 11th Doctor has been poisoned by a brainwashed [[spoiler:River Song]] to the point of no regeneration. After he's died, [[spoiler:River redeems herself by sacrificing her regenerations]] to bring the Doctor back to life.
* There are also a few instances of this trope happening to ''Doctor Who'' companions:
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E3TheIceWarriors The Ice Warriors]]", Victoria witnessed Jamie's apparent death at the hands of an Ice Warrior. However, while the man with Jamie was killed, Jamie himself survived.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]", the Third Doctor believed Jo had been killed when the Daleks blew up the Thal spaceship in which she was hiding. In fact, she had been rescued at the last minute by a Spiridon named Wester.
** Following the Thals' missile strike against the Kaled City in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", the Fourth Doctor believed Harry and Sarah Jane (whom he had sent to warn the Kaled leaders) had died in the attack. In fact, they had been waylaid by Mutos and never even reached the Kaled City.
** This trope was subverted in the Fifth Doctor story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]", which ended with Adric being KilledOffForReal
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]", the Sixth Doctor was shown a scene in which Peri, her mind hijacked by an alien, was apparently killed. However, it later emerged that the scene in question had been fabricated and Peri was "alive and well and living as a queen".
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' the term venting is used to describe the disintegration of the losing Rider at the end of a battle. By saying that the Riders were trapped in a void instead of dead, it enabled lost Riders to be pulled back in for the climactic battle at the end of the series.
* In the ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' finale, [[spoiler:Venjix breaks into Dr. K's lab, hacks her computers, and downloads everything to do with the Rangers. Using this data, he can not only "delete" megazords out of existence, but also the Rangers themselves. He finishes the first of the two episodes by "deleting" Gem and Gemma (Gold and Silver), but with help from Tenaya, Dr. K is able to retrieve their data and reassemble her first two friends to help defeat Venjix once and for all... [[TheEndOrIsIt or did they]]? The final scene of the series is one light on one of the Rangers' morphers lighting, red like the Venjix Eye, with the big V's theme music playing. One good Disney Death deserves another.]]
** Its source material, ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', also features an example: [[spoiler:in [=GP35=], Yogostein turns Sousuke [[TakenForGranite into a bronze statue]], seemingly killing him off... until the next episode, where he's revived and defeats Yogostein in a one-on-one duel.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''. In the season finale, Mack, the Red Ranger, uses his full power on one of the {{Big Bad}}s using the MacGuffin of the series -- and dies. Sentinal Knight used the MacGuffin to turn Mack into a human.
* ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' has Kendrix, the Pink Ranger, sacrifice herself in a failed attempt at {{McLean|ed}}ing Valerie Vernon, who was leukemia-stricken at the time; Vernon recovered in time for Kendrix to be BackForTheFinale.
* In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', [[spoiler: Buredoran embodies this trope and is a rare villainous example. Not counting his reappearances in movies, he seemingly dies twice. First as Buredoran of the Comet and second as Buredoran of the Chupercabra when he's revived as [=BuredoRUN=] after being OnlyMostlyDead. He's finally killed for good, ...for the time being, after his reveal as Brajira of the Messiah]].
* [[CruelTwistEnding Rather mean subversion]] in ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': At the end of season one, Melinda's best friend (and the only main character other than Melinda at this point) realizes that she, not her brother, is the ghost and she was killed in the plane crash earlier in the episode. The season two premiere reveals that she was merely in a coma, thus allowing her spirit to wander (as has happened at least once before) and she has a very good chance of recovery. Then Melinda wakes up; it was a dream and her friend really ''is'' dead. She has remained dead ever since.
* Another [[CruelTwistEnding rather mean subversion]] in ''Series/UglyBetty'' in the beginning of the second season. Throughout the whole episode Hilda and Santos are shown in her bedroom going over details of their impending marriage, him having only been injured when he was shot. However at the end of the episode, it is revealed that it was all in Hilda's head, and that Santos really is dead.
* ''Series/AshesToAshes'' has one in the episode "Charity Begins At Home", [[spoiler:with Shaz]] via [[CleanPrettyReliable CPR]] though it is actually a pretty well done and relatively believable. It's also quite violent as it leads to [[spoiler:a very brutal beating of the "murderer"]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy comes to find her mother unresponsive on the couch, not breathing. She calls 911, she performs CPR, her mother gasps. Cut to the ambulance taking them to the scene in the hospital where Buffy's mom is so glad that Buffy came home when she did, or else--wait, why are we cutting back to the CPR? Oh. Well, the paramedics have arrived, and so we get to see them bring her back to the... They call the coroner. Harshest subversion of Disney Death ever.
** Creator/JossWhedon LOVES those teeth-kicking subversions.
** This one was fairly obvious in advance, though; we'd already learned that the body was cold, so the (very short) back-to-life sequence was confusing but obviously not "real".
** It's actually played straight in the Season 1 finale, when Buffy drowns... only to be brought back to life by Xander's {{CPR|CleanPrettyReliable}}.
** In the SeriesFinale, this happens to Robin Wood.
** Also played straight with Cordelia in the season 3 episode "Lover's Walk".
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has two characters (Adam and Claire) whose power is essentially to always have a Disney Death: they come back to life, assuming that something isn't preventing them from regenerating, and if the thing is removed they regenerate as normal. This also allows Peter and Sylar to gain similar powers, from their abilities to absorb powers of others. To make matters ridiculous, it's revealed that if anyone is given a transfusion of Claire's (or Peter's) blood, they regenerate as well. This allows characters that have been definitely killed off to come back if needed (it may be that you can receive this transfusion even if you're dead -- HRG must have been cold before he got his transfusion).
** On the flip side, Mr. Lindermann has the ability to heal others which includes, apparently, bringing people back to life. As long as Linderman is nearby (and willing), anybody can have a Disney Death.
*** This is not so remarkable, given that it is a superhero show. The "willing" part is harder, though, because Linderman tosses BadPowersBadPeople out the window by being a ''BigBad'' whose power is healing. ([[AffablyEvil He's a darned good cook, too.]])
** Except that [[spoiler:Arthur Petrelli killed Adam]].
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'' episode "The Boyband Superfan Interrogation" plays the Robot Disney Death relatively straight (though with tongue firmly in cheek, as with everything on the show). {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} Ida is destroyed defeating the villain's scheme, given a hero's funeral -- and then Wendy finds a box with a brand-new Ida robot inside. It is never mentioned again.
** It is implied again that they can just 'get a new model' when Ida malfunctions in a later episode, although they don't realize this (or know how) until it's far too late, leading Wendy to start making an impromptu {{Video Will|s}}. [[spoiler:Naturally, she gets out of danger at the last minute.]]
* Partially subverted in ''Series/BabylonFive''. After calling down a nuclear bomb on his own position and jumping down a huge hole, Captain Sheridan really is dead. However, he's frozen at the moment of death by Lorien, the first living being ever to come into existence, who tells him he can "breathe on the remaining embers" of Sheridan's life. This means he gets to live for the remaining two years of the series, but Lorien's action only bought him twenty more years, so that he'll die at age 66.
* The first season finale of ''Series/RobinHood'', where [[spoiler:Marian is mourned, avenged, and then discovered to be still alive]]. (Setting the scene for a major audience shock when [[spoiler:she died in the second season finale]].)
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' of all places. [[spoiler:During the battle in the first half of the episode, Helo is shot and severely wounded while rescuing his daughter Hera from the Cylons. His wife Athena tearfully leaves him behind to save Hera (and at that point she wasn't the only one shedding tears), at which point he doesn't appear for the rest of most of the episode...only to turn up alive on Earth at the end of the episode, living happily with his family. He even had the standard Disney Death walking stick to at least acknowledge that he was injured earlier. Strange to see this trope in such a dark AnyoneCanDie CrapsackWorld, but if any couple deserved a happy ending on that show it was them.]]
* ADA Alexandra Cabot from ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is shot and declared dead in Season 5. At the end of that episode, Stabler and Benson are brought out to a secluded spot, where they meet Cabot, who has only been injured and are informed that she is going into Witness Protection. They are the only ones who know, creating some trust issues with Cragen when she reappears.
* In the episode "Doppleganger" in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[spoiler:Rodney [=Mckay=] ]] dies from a entity that kills people in their sleep, while [[spoiler:John Sheppard]] is trying to save him. Turns out, the whole thing was really [[spoiler:John]]'s Nightmare, and the character wakes up in the real world, perfectly fine, minus a technical cardiac arrest.
** In the series finale, [[spoiler:Ronan]] is killed by the Wraith in order to up the stakes for the remaining characters and then gets [[AssPull Ass Pull'd]] back to life (also by the Wraith, because they're a bunch of morons).
* Used twice (well, almost) in the season finale of ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder the Third]]''. First, The Duke of Wellington fires a cannon at Edmund, but it is revealed a moment later that the cannonball was [[PocketProtector stopped by a cigarillo case]]. Several minutes later, (though this is actually a subversion) Wellington shoots the Prince Regent and, while Baldrick mourns him, the Prince gets up and reveals that he, too, had a cigarillo case, searches for it in his coat, realizes he left it on the dresser at home, and dies for real.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}''. Mike is shot by a paintgun to [[HeroicSacrifice "save"]] his friend Tim. Tim sobs hysterically as Mike passes out in his arms and [[AffectionateParody vomits yellow paint]] (Mike not Tim). Cut to the two of them walking out of the paintball centre, happily reminiscing the game.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Daniel Jackson has several of these. Considering he dies over twenty times in the series and all the movies, it's fairly understandable. The [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] once had a "They're dead, no they're not, yes they are, no they aren't!" marathon.
* Lucretia in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' was stabbed through her stomach by Crixus and she managed to walk up to her husband and she fell over, seemingly dead. Then come the next season, she was fine and dandy. The whole thing was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d where everyone thought that it was the [[DeusExMachina work of the gods]].
* ''{{Series/House}}'':
** During the series finale [[spoiler: House is trapped in a burning building and dies when the building collapses on him. Paramedics pull a body out of the rubble and confirm that the body was indeed House. At his funeral, Wilson receives a text message from House during his speech. It turned out that House actually faked his death so he could be with Wilson during his final 5 months instead of spending it in prison]].
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Season 2 has Jack captured by terrorists and brutally tortured to death. Yup, his heart actually stops and he's actually pronounced dead at the end of the episode. However, they manage to get a doctor to resuscitate him time at the very beginning of the following episode.
** Additionally, late in its fourth season Tony Almeida is take hostage by the assassin Mandy and when CTU corners the two of them she seemingly blows them both up. Everyone is in shock and Tony's wife Michelle grieves, but Jack is eventually able to figure out that Mandy faked their deaths and he and Curtis are able to truly save Tony in time.
** Two-thirds through Day 9, the cliffhanger for one episode has [[spoiler: President Heller]] apparently get blown up by a missile. The following episode opens with everyone mourning his death, only for it to turn out that it was faked by Jack and Chloe to buy everyone some time.
* The ending of the second season of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' has the season's BigBad [[spoiler: Cassidy]] detonating a remote bomb aboard a plane that presumably has Veronica's dad on it. However, it turns out that her father drove home and he wasn't on the plane.
* Every other person dies once a season in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', but they always seem to make it back fine. Dean, Sam and Castiel alone have died a collective 20 times on-screen (with Dean dying an additional 100+, non-shown times in the time-loop episode). Why does anybody even try to kill them anymore?
* In the fourth season finale of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' Sarah apparently succumbs to being poisoned with Chuck even pulling a PleaseWakeUp. It cuts to sometime later, with the scene being a church implying that it's her funeral... and then seconds later pulls down to reveal that Sarah is fine and that she and Chuck are actually at their wedding.
* In the series 3 finale of ''Series/MooneBoy'', "Gershwin's Bucket List", George Gershwin, Grandpa Joe's imaginary friend, is assumed to have kicked the bucket upon [[spoiler:Grandpa Joe's unexpected death following a line dance outing]], only to turn up at his own funeral as Sean is delivering the eulogy.
* In the ''Series/{{Voyagers}}'' pilot "[[Recap/VoyagersS1E1Voyagers Voyagers]]", Bogg crashes the Wright Brothers' glider during an attempt to prove it works and winds up lying unmoving amidst the wreckage for a few minutes, causing Jeffrey to think he died in the crash. He's fine, if a bit battered.

* The 19th century Irish comic ballad "Finnegan's Wake" (which also provided inspiration for [[Literature/FinnegansWake James Joyce's novel of the same name]]) is about an Dublin worker named Tim Finnegan who resurrects at his funeral after some whiskey ([[RuleOfSymbolism Water of Life in Irish]]) pours over him by mistake.
* The girl in ''Music/IFightDragons'' second album ''The Near Future'' dies shortly after her, the boy, and her grandfather escape the complex. As the boy morns, he manages to reverse the link between him and her, returning all her powers and bringing her back to life.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* A rather nasty example comes in Music/MichaelJackson's ''Ghosts''. His hero, Maestro, asks the mob of kids and grown-ups (the latter wanted to run him out of town) if they still want him to leave; while only the evil mayor does, Maestro agrees to go and smashes himself into the floor, crumbling into dust before the horrified crowd's eyes and reducing one of the boys to tears. The mayor is happy to be rid of him and makes to leave, but then the Maestro (in his ghoul form) appears as a giant face in the doorway, and the mayor runs away screaming, smashing through a window. Turns out Maestro just wanted to scare everybody, and the crowd is happy... except for viewers who realize the FridgeLogic that the mayor might be ''actually be dead'' or at least horribly injured, and that the hero traumatized everybody just to trick one person who (by that point) had a darn good reason for wanting him out of town -- he'd been the victim of magical torture by the Maestro.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* After [[Myth/NorseMythology Ragnarok]]. The world is devastated and everyone is dead. Wait, there are survivors?...
%%* Prince Ivan.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In a rare combination of both kayfabe AND real-life, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's limo blew up with him inside it at the conclusion of one episode of ''Wrestling/WWERaw'' in 2007. This was supposed to have been the "death" of the Mr. [=McMahon=] character, but real-life circumstances involving the very, very real death of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, forced Vince back on television to address the fans personally, where he admits that the limo explosion WAS in fact, meant to be the death of his "Mr. [=McMahon=]" character. Of course, Mr. [=McMahon=] has since been "resurrected" and up to his usual brutal boss ways.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker loves this trope. How many times has he been kayfabe killed, only to inexplicably come back very much alive to terrorize his opponents when everyone thought he was gone for good?

* In an episode of ''Radio/TheShadow'' called "The Blind Beggar Dies, The Shadow suspected that Spike and Marty were setting a trap for him, so he stood behind them and use "ventriloquism" to make his voice sound like it was near the door, tricking them into thinking that they killed him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' this is what happens to the named characters in most narratives accompanying games - they are knocked out, sent through accidental warp portals, teleported away just before death, badly wounded but recovered by medics after the battle, temporarily banished to the Realm of Chaos or any number of fates that can be recovered from. It even makes it clear in the rules that casualties don't automatically equate to dead. When a character dies, it's usually a major event or storyline progression and doesn't stop them being used in historical refights, but this is strongly tempered with StatusQuoIsGod (as well as the fact that if the characters stay alive, people will [[CrackIsCheaper keep buying the models]]),
* Characters in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' are able to use their story points to dodge death or defeat, although at the cost of a new bad trait. Because of this any villain the heroes didn't see die by their own hand can be easily be brought back by the Game Master at a dramatic moment.

* In the opera ''Paul Bunyan'', Hel Helson, suffering from an inferiority complex, is egged on by his four cronies to fight with Paul. Paul wins, of course, and Helson is knocked unconscious. A sort of funeral procession ensues. Then Helson wakes up, makes friends with Paul, and dismisses the cronies.
* Philip Lombard gets one of these in the stage version of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''.
* Elphaba and Fiyero in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', who fake their deaths and leave Oz, never able to return, although Glinda and all other denizens remain in the dark about this. Doubles as an example of SparedByTheAdaptation, since in the novel, [[DownerEnding both do indeed die]].
* Twistedly raised as a possibility in the 2013 musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' as part of the show's BlackComedy. In this version, Augustus, Violet, and Veruca and her dad all face the possibility of DeathByAdaptation. Augustus is swept away by a pipe to be turned into fudge; Violet, having swelled into a giant blueberry, explodes in a shower of purple glitter; Veruca and her dad are sent down a garbage chute to an incinerator. According to Willy Wonka, Augustus and Violet can be rescued and restored, respectively, so she could get a Disney Death. But that's only going to happen offstage. '''''If she's lucky.''''' And she may be NotQuiteBackToNormal if she is. The audience will never know...
* In ''Theatre/DerFreischuetz'', the second act finale begins in a mood of tragic horror with Agathe having been seemingly shot to death by Max. Thanks to a ProtectiveCharm, she survives.
* In both the musical and the movie versions of ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', Mimi apparently dies at the end, after living on the streets for a long time while suffering from HIV. But after Roger uses the [[ThePowerOfLove Power of Love]]/the [[ThePowerOfRock Power of Rock]], she suddenly comes back to life again, her fever broken and not delirious anymore. Only in the [[DeathByAdaptation Dutch production]] is she KilledOffForReal. Subverted with Angel's actual death. In the opera ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', which ''Rent'' was based on, Mimi actually did die from tuberculosis, although Schaunard (Angel) did not die at all.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* In ''Theatre/WaterworldALiveSeaWarSpectacular'' at the Ride/UniversalStudios parks, it at first appears that the Mariner is killed when the Deacon shoots him with a bazooka, but a few mere minutes later, he rises up out of the water and ready to return back to the battle.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has this with Paz. Even though she was ejected from an exploding Metal Gear Zeke that she hijacked into the Caribbean Sea, Paz can still be seen in the Personnel files. Big Boss even hints at the possibility that Paz survived, as he noted to Chico in a briefing file that she took scuba gear with her when she was ejected.
** Subverted for drama in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'': [[spoiler:Paz did indeed survive the events of ''Peace Walker'', and is rescued in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes Ground Zeroes]]'', but she ends up jumping out of a helicopter because of the [[WhyAmITicking bombs]] that Skull Face planted in her, which then explode, only for her to show up in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain The Phantom Pain]]'' nine years later with hard amnesia and an eternally young body... only for that to have been a hallucination. It's not absolutely confirmed if she did die, but given that Venom was five feet away from her before the explosion, and woke up to find that he had shards of bone and teeth lodged inside his body... yeah, she's almost certainly dead]].
** And Solid Snake at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}''[='s=] first act, Raiden in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'', as well as Big Boss himself, twice. [[spoiler:Actually, Big Boss only does it once; his apparent Disney Death in ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' was actually his BodyDouble being KilledOffForReal.]]
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', quite a few Disney Deaths ensue in the build-up to the final battle.
** Every death in ''Assault'' other than [[spoiler: the Aparoid Queen]] ends up being this. Even [[spoiler: Pigma and Oikonny]], who were seemingly dead, came back in ''VideoGame/StarFoxCommand''.
*** [[spoiler: Pigma didn't exactly come back as a person, but more of some kind of mechanical, borderline EldritchAbomination thing, and he seems to have died at the end of ''Command.'']]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', the robot pump FLUDD is seemingly destroyed in the final battle, and guess what? He/she/it comes back.
** [[spoiler: The Lumas]], and to a much lesser extent, [[spoiler: Mario/Luigi, Peach, and Bowser]] at the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', as a result of the universe being destroyed and recreated due to Bowser's galaxy collapsing.
* A largely ignored Robot Disney occurs in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. TalkingAnimal Cait Sith agrees to remain inside the [[LostTechnology Temple of the Ancients]], 'solving puzzles' to make it shrink so it can be picked up and taken by the characters -- naturally, this means anyone inside will be crushed. But Cait Sith is actually a robot, with a backup copy lurking nearby in case of disaster, which was why he agreed so readily (although his pre-death speech suggests he is genuinely able to feel sad about dying, even knowing a duplicate will come along). The temple shrinks, Cait is crushed, and 'Cait Sith Number Two' approaches, identical to the first - and naturally arrives at the worst possible time. It's been theorized that the game does this to increase the shock of the death of another main character later on. This copy is not only at the same level as the one that just died, but also has all of his equipment, which is near-impossible.
** Also, as mentioned above Rufus's death gets {{retcon}}ned into a Disney Death because [[EvilIsCool he proved to be a]] [[EvilIsSexy fan-favorite villain]].
** Dirge of Cerberus implies that Weiss received this fate. Despite being defeated by Chaos Vincent, as well as Omega being destroyed, the 100% ending (the Genesis Ending) has Genesis arriving to pick up Weiss and states to him not to go yet, as they still have more to do before taking off with him.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is known for this. Cid is given one when he leaps off of the airship and detonates a bomb in order to let the rest of the party escape from pursuers-you later find him, not just alive but in good enough shape to upgrade the airship. Yang also has one when the Tower of Babil explodes-he seems dead, but if you go down into one of the underworld dungeons, he's alive but comatose and being tended by Sylphs. You can wake him up from his ''coma'' by hitting him in the face with a frying pan.
** Only two characters are ever dead for good. Many of the others don't rejoin the party, but even the pair that gets [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] makes an appearance by the end.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' is [[AnyoneCanDie the exact opposite]] of ''FFIV'', but still has an instance of this. When the party is [[spoiler:swallowed up by Leviathan]], Leila vanishes...only to turn up in Fynn, having washed ashore and recovered.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also has one of these moments, depending on how you play the game. If the player decides to [[spoiler:kill Cid]] in the World of Ruin then [[spoiler:Celes will commit suicide by throwing herself off a cliff]], an idea conceived after being told others had effectively ended their lives in this manner. However, [[spoiler:we find her waking up on the beach after having been nursed back to health by a bird!]] ...who just happens to [[spoiler:have Locke's bandanna bandaging it's wing]], signifying there ARE others also alive after [[spoiler:the apocalypse of their world]].
** Also, Shadow has one of these after [[spoiler:Kefka kills Leo]]. Rather than being unconscious, though, he's gone missing [[spoiler: (to the DiscOneFinalDungeon to take on the baddies, even though he is injured, because he is a badass ninja)]] and, since his dog Interceptor is injured, your party assumes he is dead. Serves as revenge fuel against the Empire, as if there wasn't already enough of that. He will [[spoiler: die for real]] if you don't wait for him during the Apocalypse.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': At the end of the storyline for ''A Realm Reborn'', [[spoiler:Nanamo is assassinated when her wine is poisoned as part of a plot by the Monetarists to frame the heroes and consolidate their power]]. It is later revealed in ''Heavensward'', however, that [[spoiler:Lolorito, one of the Monetarists, had sabotaged the assassination attempt by stealthily having the poison swapped with a sleeping potion that put the Sultana in a death-like slumber, but kept her alive, because even he knew that the death of Ul'dah's leader would cause chaos that would hurt profits. As a show of goodwill, he provides the heroes with an antidote that awakens her]].
* A little over halfway through ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', [[spoiler:Crono is killed off by an attack courtesy of the planet-destroying monster Lavos, leaving the game without its main character for an extended period of time. In the meantime, the remainder of the party sets to work on reviving him using judicious use of time travel and a clone won in a carnival game]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', [[spoiler: the protagonist's faithful steed apparently falls to his death when a bridge gives out, only to return during the ending alive, but with a broken leg... [[DownerEnding which is usually a death sentence for a horse anyway]]]].
** [[spoiler: [[OnlyAFleshWound It's just a bad sprain!]] [[HesJustHiding Agro is fine, dammit!]]]]
* Episode 5 of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' has [[spoiler:Sasha make a HeroicSacrifice so the rest of the gang can bring down the Traveller once and for all. She is badly injured and on the brink of death, and at one point closes her eyes and goes still. Her sister and friends break down in tears - only for her to quickly say “Uh, I'm not dead yet”, and for Felix's healing device to start working and heal her wounds]].
* In the rare Multipath Adventures of Superman, the finale to the story arc, "Scream of the Banshee" contains this trope, depending on your final decision. In one outcome, the Silver Banshee and Boggane are banished, and Lois and Jimmy go to the side of an unconscious Superman as he slowly regains said consciousness. In the bad ending, Superman will get hit with a charge of the Banshee's haywire magic before the same cutscene of Banshee and Boggane being sealed within their stone, followed by Lois and Jimmy examining Superman. The trope is averted in this ending, as Superman doesn't wake up, and Lois begins sobbing, realizing he is lifeless, as Jimmy tearfully utters, [[PyrrhicVictory "At least...we saved the world."]] as the camera pans out and gradually fades to black.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', when the robot Thursday is saved by the ghost the main characters have put to rest... only to be immediately broken again by Flonne.
** Later, just before the FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Flonne is turned into a flower by Seraph Lamington for what appears to be an incredibly stupid reason]]. In some of the MultipleEndings, this death is for real; in others, it turns out to be a Disney Death.
* In the Creator/{{Infocom}} text adventure game ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}'', [[spoiler:the cleaning robot Floyd 'dies' heroically sacrificing his life to obtain an essential keycard, complete with an eulogy given by the PC. At the end of the game he reappears, repaired]]. In the next game, [[spoiler:he becomes BrainwashedAndCrazy and you have to kill him for real]].
* Parodied in the Creator/{{Infocom}} text adventure game ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'', in which your sidekick Tiffany (or Trent, depending on your character's gender) heroically sacrifices themselves about half a dozen times to help you out, complete with a silent moment of loss and mourning on your part, before they turn up again in the very next area, having survived through increasingly implausible coincidence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Geist}}'' does this twice with the same character. The first time, he is swallowed whole by a boss monster, then escapes from its stomach when you kill the boss monster, causing it to burst open. The second time, his helicopter is shot down, but he appears at the end of the game with no explanation of how he got there.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', [[spoiler:this happens to your ''entire party'' at one point. They all supposedly sacrifice themselves to allow Lloyd to get to Colette, but [[MultipleEndings either Zelos or Kratos]] shows up to save each and every one of them]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. On Keelhaul Key, Admiral Bobbery is assaulted by some of the local spirits and appears to be on his last, stubby little legs. Barely clinging to consciousness, he begs you to fetch the Chuckola Cola he brought along with him, to drink in honor of his late wife. After Bobbery chugs to Scarlett's memory, he promptly... starts snoring. Your partner, realizing he was confused and overdramatic at worst, encourages you to give him a sound whack on the head to rouse him. He goes from asleep to fighting stance in .7 seconds flat.
** This also pops up in the post-game in a more serious fashion, where it turns out that [[spoiler:TEC survives having his hard drive deleted and then blowing up, and Grodus survives having his head and body destroyed separately]]. No clue how on either one of those.
*** When talking to [[spoiler:TEC]] after beating the final boss, he mentions that he saw a bright light and heard [[spoiler:Princess Peach's voice]] before being resurrected. It is possible that [[spoiler:Peach, while breaking temporarily free from the Shadow Queen's grasp to send Mario her power, also uses a portion of her power to save TEC]]. This is actually what many fans believe. No clue about the other one, though. Another Disney Death case is [[spoiler:Lord Crump]] who is blown into space.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' does this a ''lot'', namely with [[spoiler:Peach, Bowser, Luigi, Luvbi, and Nastasia]].
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'':
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'': Britta appears to die after being saved from Torkscrew in Dozing Sands, but just as the screen begins to fade out, she wakes up and yells at her subordinates for thinking she was dying.
** ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam'': After defeating a BrainwashedAndCrazy Wiggler, he comments on being "sleepy" and lies down, and Paragoomba-angels fly down to spirit him away... except he was just metamorphosing into a butterfly.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon: Explorers of Time''/''Darkness''/''Sky'' [[spoiler:ends with the hero character being knocked out of the time line when s/he changes the future (yep, the main character is from TheFuture). However, after your partner cries his or her heart out to Bidoof before the end credits, Dialga decides to grant you partner his or her greatest desire - which is the revival of your character. It's not like you could reach the postgame content if you were dead, huh?]]
* [[spoiler: Hydreigon]] in Gates to Infinity also comes back to life in the ending, despite [[spoiler: being frozen solid and then [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]]]].
* Surprisingly averted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. A character rarely dies without much fanfare and usually gives a protracted speech before death, or at least everyone else remarks about said death. Otherwise, the character simply retreated. In some cases, doomed characters can be saved from their fate (and sometimes brought over to the player's side) by a set of specific actions, some quite byzantine.
** The bit where they tend to avert character deaths of popular or important characters, especially Gai Daigouji from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico''... though then there's poor Schwartz Bruder from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', who rarely gets to live.
%%* The ending from the first ''VideoGame/{{Grandia}}''.
* After the fight against the final boss of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:this monster was in fact created from the parents of some playable characters (the father of Isaac, and the parents of Jenna and Felix), whom they thought already dead. By defeating the boss, they also killed their parents.]] However, they are alive and well during the last minutes of gameplay, with only a cheap explanation ([[spoiler:the Psynergy of Mars Lighthouse is supposed to have revived them]]) as to why they are not dead.
** Cheap explanation? Not so much. [[spoiler:Saturos and Menardi set this up way back in the first game by using the Venus beacon to bring themselves back from the brink of death]]. It still counts, though, because nobody but [[TheChessmaster the Wise One]] realized it would work.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. [[spoiler:The group, having just defeated Sovereign, is fleeing from an incoming chunk of Reaper. Cut to the two party members with you, as a C-Sec officer and Anderson pry open one of the chunks that was a near-miss to reveal them. Anderson asks where Shepard is, they shake their heads, and all parties involved get a crushed expression - cut to the side, where you see a form moving toward the group through the wreckage. Swell of music, Shepard mounting the top of the biggest chunk, with a huge [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu "I just punched out Cthulhu"]] grin on his/her face. Cut to final sequence.]]
** Also seen in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' with the same character. (Early game spoilers) [[spoiler:Shepard's ship is attacked, despite being in the "undetectable" stealth mode. Shepard gets the majority of the crew out alive but is unable to get in an escape pod before the ship blows, and then goes through the ship exploding, the space suit failing, and the massive heat friction endured by entering a planet's atmosphere. Shepard actually does die from the experience, but a certain organization from the first game invests a lot of time, effort, and a lot of money in restoring body and brain to life.]] It takes two years, but they do it.
** And ''[[RuleOfThree again]]'' at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. [[spoiler:If you choose Shepard to destroy synthetic life, he/she dies, like in the other endings. [[SubvertedTrope And stays dead.]] [[DoubleSubversion Unless you get 100% completion. Then there's a small scene where Shepard may have lived.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar [[VideoGameRemake Ultra]]'' not only manages to retcon [[spoiler:Marx]]'s death into this trope but also uses it as the explanation for his power boost in the True Arena ([[spoiler:What's left of Nova merges with him.]]). And then he dies for good.
* Any time ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' Zero gets blown to pieces. Don't expect it to last long. [[spoiler: Then he actually does get killed off at the end of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'', [[spoiler:a villain ''vaporizes'' two significant characters, including Luna Platz, which shakes the main cast so much that Geo has to try and convince the others she isn't dead. In the next portion of the game, Aaron Boreal, a friend of Geo's, indicates that the effects are reversible... but his demonstration of this is a blatant example of Came Back Wrong. Geo decides to proceed with the recovery process anyway, hunting down Luna's digitized fragments, but the recovery attempt is stymied at several points by Dark Phantom, who effectively takes the necessary equipment hostage in a gambit for Mega Man's newest power. Despite all this, Luna effectively recovers, but has no memory of the attack.]]
** The credits indicate that [[spoiler:Ace, who performed a Heroic Sacrifice against the same villain, was also restored or repaired to life and limb following the events of the game]].
** Actually both cases are justified, [[spoiler: It is due to the brotherband between the characters and Luna that the power of the brotherband had helped save Luna. Ace became noise and he was sent to Meteor G by King. This lead to them getting his data and recreating him like Luna]].
* Played straight and averted in ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''. Played straight when [[spoiler:the apprentice gets thrown out the window of a star destroyer]] and when something similar happens to [[spoiler:Rham Kota (sic)]] and averted with [[spoiler:PROXY]] and [[spoiler:the actual death of The Apprentice]].
** PlayedForLaughs (and a bit of [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]]) in the sequel when [[spoiler: PROXY and Starkiller are reunited, each saying "I thought you were dead!" to the other at the same time.]]
* Done in ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals''. Dekar, the world's strongest man, has a temple dropped on him, with a miniboss holding him with magic so he can't get away. He eats it, and comes back in the end, clearing a path for your dirigible to reach Doom Island.
** In [[VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals the remake]], he gets thrown into a hellish otherworld. [[EscapedFromHell He fights his way out and blows up the entire dimension behind him.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'', [[spoiler: Metal Gear]] uses himself as a target for a KillSat beam. He comes back, but [[spoiler:in the form of whatever console the version of the game you're playing is on]].
* The [[spoiler: Jumi arc]] in ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''. ''In spades.'' You don't find out until the very end, though, by which point [[spoiler:they've invoked the sister trope OurHeroIsDead]]. It's PlayerPunch-eriffic!
* The ''[=MassMouth=] 2'' GameMod for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' gleefully parodies this trope, with nearly every major character returning to life at least once. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in one boss fight:
-->'''Linguica:''' You fag! I'll kill you for killing me!\\
'''[=MassMouth=]:''' Why doesn't anybody stay dead around here?
* Albert Wesker gets impaled and apparently dies on-screen in the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'', yet continues to operate from the shadows in later games. The on-screen death is sort-of retconned in the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube version, but only after ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' was released.
** Ada Wong also "dies" in both of her scenarios of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', only to return to throw the player a rocket launcher during the penultimate battle. She lives on to be one of the driving forces behind ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' [[spoiler:Link's uncle gives a speech about his and Link's time together before he dies. During the end credits it shows that he's alive and well in the house]]. Justified in that [[spoiler:Link used his wish to the Triforce to undo the damage Ganon had caused, so his casualties, Link's uncle included, were revived.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Midna]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''.
%%** [[spoiler:Zelda herself]] in that one.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', when one puzzle with a time limit will cause Guybrush to die if he runs out of time...until the player is reminded that the entire game is told in flashback to Elaine, who doubts Guybrush's claim that he died and gives the player another chance at the puzzle.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nostalgia}}'', Gilbert Brown pulls it off so often that [[spoiler:his HeroicSacrifice loses a lot of impact, if not all of it.]]
* Happens to Ryu himself at the end of Chapter 2 in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Black'', where he is cut in half by Doku, but revived by the falcon spirit.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'':
** In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', Ratchet, Clank, and Captain Qwark are on a ship set to self-destruct. Qwark goes back for something, and doesn't get off in time... until the duo investigates the wreckage on planet Zeldrin and finds an escape pod and a recording of Qwark DisguisedInDrag calling a cab to take him somewhere. Later, upon completing the final [[GameWithinAGame Vid-Comic]], Ratchet and Clank discover that [[spoiler:Qwark has a hideout in the Thran Asteroid Belt]]. Sure enough, [[spoiler:he's found FakingTheDead because he doesn't want to ''actually'' die]].
** In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', [[spoiler:Alistair Azimuth]] shoots [[spoiler:Ratchet]] in the chest. You can actually hear his heartbeat slowing to a stop before he plummets off the edge of the platform. However, it's reversed when [[spoiler:Clank uses the Great Clock to turn time back six minutes]].
* In ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', Brad was presumed dead by everyone half way through the game when he offered to sacrifice himself. Later on he was revealed to be alive and rescued his friends from danger by firing a railgun weapon at his enemy ship. He rejoins the party after that.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}} 2: The River of Time'' essentially is a "retelling" of the events of the game by Forgrimm to Kladdis (who wanted to know about her parents). On a TPK, you get treated to either of a variety of scenes like "That cannot be right -- I was just seeing whether you were listening" -- "Just kidding" and similar exchanges, before the game offers to reload at an earlier point.
* Maria Messa in ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II'', when she is "sacrificed" by Dalles. ''Ys IV: Mask of the Sun'' does this to Leeza, Lilia, and Adol himself. Also, Adol's near-drowning at the beginning of ''The Ark of Napishtim''.
* In the one UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis ''Franchise/StarTrek'' game, Data was the most useful of the command staff for this reason -- it was very hard, if not impossible for him to get severely injured and taken off active duty. He would just get repaired, as opposed to others who have a good chance of getting that injured. All of the other command had a WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou as either Picard is injured (he always seems to be severely injured) or he [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone resigns in guilt over causing them to get hurt.]] Thus the player could send only Data and his death wouldn't matter.
* In ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', [[spoiler:Anthony Higgs]] is slapped into a pit lava by [[spoiler:Ridley]]'s tail. At the first ending of the game, [[spoiler:Anthony]] comes out of nowhere to escort Samus back to her starship, accompanied by a flashback showing how he escaped certain death.
** The creators of ''Other M'' took into account how [[spoiler: Phantoon's death sequence could be taken as him fleeing... after the main game, Phantoon takes over the Bottle Ship and is fought as the True Final Boss.]]
* This happened to Sonic in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. Eggman finds out from [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Tails]] that he had been given the fake Chaos Emerald, and proceeds to jettison Sonic into space. However, thanks to Chaos Control, he manages to escape the blast just in the nick of time.
* Namco uses this trope a lot in their ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series. The Mishimas have all been thrown off cliffs in some morbid test of strength, presumed dead but not. Even Jin's mother, Jun Kazama has "died" and returned with little explanation. ''Tekken 5'' tried to sell the death of Heihachi only he didn't die. Even the ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' series has had examples of this, such as Li Long.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveTheSearchForSpiritDancer'', [[spoiler:Gray Bear]]. They just turn up alive at the end. Although it could be possibly that [[spoiler:since the Wendigo's curse was lifted]], [[WildMassGuessing maybe that allowed them to come back to life]]?
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', [[spoiler:Orin/Oojam]] performs a HeroicSacrifice to help Mara/Maya and Nara/Meena escape. The game gives all indication that he is dead, with the standard "No response, seems to be a corpse" message. But later on, [[spoiler:you find him wounded at the inn in Frenor/Vrenor]].
* In the NES version of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonII'', Marian is StuffedIntoTheFridge in the game's opening sequence, only to wake up perfectly fine after the final boss battle, unlike the arcade version, where she is KilledOffForReal.
* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'' co-op whenever one of the robots "dies" they just come back through a vent.
* Originally subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (Either you or a NPC had to die to finish the main quest), but the ''Broken Steel'' DLC changed this sacrifice into a 2 weeks coma. However, Sarah still [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] if you send her in to activate it.
* Gabriel Belmont from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' is killed by [[spoiler: Satan]] right before the final battle. His wife, Marie, resurrects him.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', [[spoiler:Alexander pulls this one off by [[FauxDeath feigning suicide via the heart-stopping powers of the "Drink Me" potion]], making him appear dead to {{Sha|peshifting}}mir [[GenieInABottle Shamazel]] and the Pawn Shop Owner. While Shamir runs off to report to BigBad Alhazred, the potion's effects wear off, and Alex revives to the owner's surprise and [[HonorBeforeReason explains the whole gambit]] for re-entry into the castle where Cassima is]].
* In the first episode of ''Franchise/SamAndMax'': Season 1, Max throws Jimmy Two-Teeth out the window to his (presumed) death. He later re-appears in their office unharmed.
** In season 3, a subversion. [[spoiler: In the final episode, Max becomes a giant monster and eventually has to be destroyed. Sam wanders around the city aimlessly mourning the loss of his best friend all the way through the end credits. Then suddenly, a Max from an alternate timeline (from the previous season) appears, and reveals that in his universe the same events happened although in his world Sam was the one that became a monster and died. This Max then takes the previous one's place. So the Max of this world actually is dead, but we technically still have him since the alternative universe is the same character with just a few slightly different experiences.]]
** In the final episode of Season 3, [[spoiler:Sal the Cockroach dies inside monster Max's body, but during the post-credits scene as the camera pans upward to the sky, you can see a giant cockroach crawling up a building if you look closely. Could this mean that Sal somehow survived?]]
* Unless you screw up and get locked into the BadEnding, Nanako seemingly flatlines from her mysterious IncurableCoughOfDeath in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', only to recover a few minutes later.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Ryuji Sakamoto seemingly gets caught in a explosion while helping the rest of your party escape the sinking Cruise Ship dungeon, only to walk up completely fine a few minutes later and reveal that said explosion ended up blasting him into the real world. Soon afterward, the protagonist and Futaba return to Le Blanc cafe, but Sojiro's missing and the news of someone's kidnapping and murder is playing on TV. However, Sojiro returns soon afterwards, and Futaba says [[LampshadeHanging he's just as bad as Ryuji.]]
* In the best ending for ''VideoGame/HeavyRain,'' [[spoiler: it seems like Ethan is too late to save Shaun from drowning and collapses in tears. Then Shaun starts coughing..]].
* During the final main campaign mission in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', "The Talon of God", [[spoiler: Mordecai and Brick are apparently killed during the attack on Heroes' Pass when their hijacked transport is shot down, but they appear in time to celebrate your victory after you defeat the final boss]].
* In ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo 2'', Tamao, Yuka, and all of the game's characters, including Chiho, who appears to be fatally wounded from [[BigBad Miranda]]'s gunshot, all combine their attacks to destroy Miranda's getaway plane and kill Miranda herself, though at the cost of Chiho's life. TheStinger then shows Tamao and Yuka visiting Chiho's grave... Until a hand suddenly touches Tamao's shoulder and as she turns her back, she smiles and the game ends, implying that Chiho survived the plane crash.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3D'', Oguma pulls a HeroicSacrifice to stop Lieu as Marco and his soldiers escape in a helicopter, despite Marco's protests. TheStinger, however, reveals that Oguma survived, and he is last seen talking to Rumi Aikawa as the game ends.
* In ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Arthur]] apparently [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] in the climax of Chapter 17. In the next chapter, as some of the group begin to mourn his "death", he promptly comes back, revealing that he can survive anything as long as he has his armor on, subverting ArmorIsUseless.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' during the prologue when The Boss and Shaundi are escaping Philippe Loren's plane, Johnny tells them over the intercom from behind the flight deck door that he'll see them back in Stilwater, when gunshots and the sound of a body dropping are heard and he suddenly goes silent. In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' it's revealed that the body getting shot was a random Morningstar goon that Johnny was using as a HumanShield against Loren; Johnny was actually abducted by [[AliensAreBastards Zinyak]], who believed that Johnny was powerful enough to destroy his whole empire, and Loren threatening The Boss that Johnny's corpse was the beginning was [[ILied just him taking the piss]] to get the Saints to back off.
* In the conclusion of ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete]]'', Alex and Luna apparently sacrifice themselves to stop Lunar's corruption, only to turn up alive and well one cutscene later.
* At the end of Season One of ''Videogame/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:Kenny]] dives into a horde of Walkers to distract them so that Lee can progress. In the decisions screen, he's stated to have been "lost to the horde" rather than outright dead. Unsurprisingly, he shows up in Season Two, with the handwave of having gotten lucky.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a PlayingWithATrope example in that while the player knows that Neo didn't permanently die, a security guard who was {{BodySurf}}ed by Smith believes Neo to be dead...until they meet again six months later.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitchAndTheHundredKnight'', Metallia spends the last portion of the game trying to revive [[spoiler:Visco]] after her brutal murder and, despite her best efforts, fails to do so. [[spoiler:However, upon defeating the final boss, Metallia finds an incredibly heavy concentration of mana and decides to use that and [[HeroicSacrifice her own soul to bring Visco back to life]]. Luckily, the Hundred Knight coughs up the seed Metallia was born from and, after having her seed planted, is brought back to life when it sprouts.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis 5]]'', [[spoiler: [[MissionControl Cathy]] apparently sacrifices herself to destroy the missile that [[BigBad Robert]] was going to use on New York. After you kill Robert, Cathy is revealed to have survived the crash]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'', [[spoiler: the player character is [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparently fatally crushed under rubble]] after RidingTheBomb into the MegaCorp's headquarters, but then [[TheStinger after the fake credits]], they walk out of the ruins to chew out [[CreatorCameo the developers]] for the depressing end, then the game rewinds for the real FinalBoss battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'', this happens to the title character [[RuleOfThree a total of three times]]; first at the beginning of the game, then after completing the first dungeon, then lastly at the end.
* Princess Aurora of ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight'' dies in her sleep before the game even starts, whence she is spirited to Lemuria, then at the climax she is killed by Umbra but [[CameBackStrong Comes Back Strong]].
* At the end of ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'''s first chapter, [[DamselInDistress Sophie]] is apparently dealt a fatal blow by Chariot, but in the GoldenEnding, [[CuttingOffTheBranches which is also the canon ending]], she emerges from the mansion none the worse for wear. In the BadEnding, she [[CameBackWrong comes back as a zombie]].
* In ''VideoGame/Gamer2'', helpful NPC Kora is murdered by LoadBearingBoss ACE in the factory level cutscene. She later shows up still alive, reminding the player that she's an NPC in the game world, and therefore unable to permanently die. [[spoiler:However, since the player has killed ACE, she immediately points out the game is being destroyed and she will die along with it.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'' opens with a battle in which a man named Richard is stabbed through the heart and disappears, enraging his allies as though he had actually been killed and alarming the newly-awoken protagonist, Willow. Richard's "killers" explain that the sword actually destroyed his soulstone, simply returning him to his home planet. This is the typical way to "die" on Earthsong, making it rather shocking when actual deaths occur. (However, it is sometimes the case that they are returning to imminent death on their world ''anyway''.)
* Set seems to be have been killed in ''Webcomc/SonicTheComicOnline'' by being beaten to death by [[spoiler:Tekno]] who has been experiencing a SanitySlippage. However it turns out [[spoiler:she]] inexplicably missed any major organs and he survived.

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* At the end of ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'', [[spoiler:Karen is fatally wounded by Simon's knife, but Roy manages to save her by transforming her into a cartoon with black ink]].
* In episode 3 of Ark Angels by ''WebAnimation/Qem95'', Nick jumps in front of a bullet that The Masked Man throws at the viewer, leaving the bullet to impale his clockwork heart and all the cogs and springs fall out causing him to rust up. However, Bang brings him back to the office and fixes him. If you click him, while he's leaping, he falls to the ground and the bullet hits you instead. When the screen goes back to normal, your surrounded by Nick, Qem, Bang, Malcolm and The Masked Man, who turns out to be Soldier.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': At least two examples:
** "Stop and Smurf the Roses": Chlohydrous, annoyed at the Smurf's beautiful woodelf (and mute) friend, Laconia, sets out to kill Laconia by destroying her very life source: flowers. Indeed, Laconia does "die" after Chlohydrous casts a spell, growing sick as the flowers die off in groups. The other Smurfs do come to rescue Laconia (along with Papa and Natural), but even after they defeat Chlohydrous, it may be too late for Laconia. The other Smurfs prepare for Laconia's funeral, laying her on a lilypad ... but then, she is revived after Papa Smurf reverses Chlohydrous' spell.
** "Smurfquest": As the Smurfs rapidly age in their quest to restore the Long Life Stone, Grandpa Smurf (introduced in this episode) dies just as the elements are being placed in the Stone's box. While the other (now elderly) Smurfs mourn Grandpa's death, the stone goes through its restoration cycle, and it isn't long before the other Smurfs' youths are restored ... and Grandpa is brought back to life.
* In the second live-action movie of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas'', Timmy falls off a cliff while saving Mr. Crocker's life. After everyone mourning his death, and Mr. Crocker [[{{Foreshadowing}} suggesting]] a [[TookALevelInKindness heart growing]] moment, Timmy is revealed being alive, climbing the cliff using some candy canes that Santa [[{{Foreshadowing}} had given him before]].
* A good example of a Robot Disney Death in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' episode "The Roboto Gambit", where the episode's title character sacrifices himself to foil an evil plan, complete with a death scene. Later, Teela mourns that she should have appreciated Roboto's courage and resourcefulness when she had the chance. However, Man-At-Arms immediately states that she will have that opportunity, as he presents the good-as-new Roboto, whom he just repaired.
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker pulls this on purpose on the classic short ''The Loan Stranger''. Specifically, he tricks the Loan Shark into thinking he smashed Woody's skull with a single punch, killing him right there, in order to get the Loan Shark to tear up the loan he had been trying to get Woody to pay back the whole time.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' uses it, and then subverts it. Dodgers' RobotBuddy performs a HeroicSacrifice by hurling itself against a comet and knocking itself to pieces. Dr. I.Q. High is confident that the robot can be rebuilt. But Dodgers really didn't like his Robot Buddy in the first place and "accidentally" breaks the remaining parts. Somehow he comes back later, gathers all the other one-shot villains from previous episodes, and plots Dodgers' demise, only to end up going through the same thing again.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}: Secret of the Omnitrix'' had two. [[spoiler:Hoverboard's pilot Gludo was blown to pieces by Vilgax, and Gwen was eaten by an evil plant.]] Both were rare examples of actually ''convincing'' Disney Deaths, thanks in no small part to the fact that they [[NeverSayDie actually used the word "dead"]] in reference to both characters.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', Grandpa Max pulls off a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Highbreed and was believed to be dead. A season later it was revealed that he survived and was just trapped in the [[PrisonDimension Null Void]].
* Alec Deleon in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'' actually ''does'' die, but his SuperPrototype HumongousMecha happens to [[VirtualGhost contain his personality and memories]] up to the moment of his death, so his friends simply clone him a new body and download his memories into it, effectively bringing him back to life. (This was actually a result of ExecutiveMeddling.)
* Parodied in the ChristmasSpecial ''Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire'': Robbie's mentor, Old Jingle, appears to die tragically [[DiedInYourArmsTonight in his arms]]. Then Jingle starts snoring.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had the main character's destabilized OppositeSexClone die by turning into goo even after he used the antidote to cure her. Cue hero mourning over the bucket of goo, then her head pops out and eventually her whole self -- now stabilized.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
** In the episode "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy", Zim throws rubber piggies into the past to ruin Dib's life. Replacing the defibrillator with pigs appears to seal Dib's fate, complete with a flat line. Cue Professor Membrane fixing him, not only keeping him alive but provoking a WeCanRebuildHim moment where Zim's plan backfires.
** Iggins was supposed to die in an elevator crash in the episode "Game Slave 2". [[ExecutiveMeddling Nickelodeon said "nope."]] What we got was '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET-veNOQ5V0 IGGINS!!!]]'''''
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with the hippie music festival, the mayor shoots herself in the head when she finally realizes the gravity of her folly. She later reappears when they're using the giant drill with a bandage on her head, ready to take command at mission control. For some reason headshots are often non-fatal in ''South Park'': see also Bill Gates (shot in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', reappears with a Band-Aid on his head in "The Entity"), Music/BritneySpears, the scientist in "Night of the Living Homeless", and Kenny. [[FridgeBrilliance Could it be because the characters have no]] [[spoiler:''brains'']]?
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' LOVES this. Done with Michelangelo in season 3, Leonardo at the end of season 3 (The TonightSomeoneDies commercial didn't hurt matters either), done with April, Casey, and Mikey's cat in season 4 (this one a case of AllJustADream), done with Leo's entire family during a two-parter in season 4 (both the audience and Leo learns of their surprisingly logical survivals in pt 2 through flashbacks), and Casey and April again in season 7 (complete with ominous commercial promising "a VerySpecialEpisode"). A number of supporting characters stay dead for multiple episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' did this in its first season, with Brainiac 5 handing Superman a little piece of himself before running off on a suicide mission. Clark can't both do his part to free the rest of the team ''and'' save Brainiac, and when they find him, he's mourning Brainy's lifeless body. The Legionnaires promptly ask who has the back-up disc.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' has the apparent death of Franchise/TheFlash after [[Awesome/JusticeLeague he single handedly takes down "Brainthor"]], but overtaxes his powers and ends up vanishing into the Speedforce. He stays dead just long enough for us to resolve the whole [[HeWhoFightsMonsters "is Superman gonna turn into his]] [[KnightTemplar Justice-Lords Counterpart]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and bring about an apocalypse]]?" plotline that's been foreshadowed all season. Only then does J'onn reveal that Wally is [[OnlyMostlyDead not dead yet]] and the League say ScrewDestiny and drag him back from the brink.
** The episode "Hereafter" is a particularly prominent example; all of part 1 deals with Franchise/{{Superman}}'s apparent death and the reactions to it, and then part 2 explains how he survived.
** Teased towards the end of "The Brave and the Bold" when the League tries to stop nuclear missiles from hitting Gorilla City. Franchise/WonderWoman stops a missile from exploding but she appears to be crushed under some rubble. Somber music plays, the League and gorillas look on sadly, and [[ShipTease Batman frantically searches for her while shouting her name.]] She emerges a minute later with the guidance system.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' uses this tropes a lot.
** Yumi gets thrown into the Digital Sea in the Season 1 episode "Cruel Dilemma". ''Fortunately'', at the beginning of the episode, falling candy ''just so happens'' to complete the materialization code Jérémie'd been working one since forever for Aelita. Loop Hole: He can use it once since he doesn't know what to press. He actually has to ''think about it'' before deciding to use the one-shot on Yumi and not Aelita. As such, Yumi becomes un-deleted and can be rematerialized.
** Same thing with Aelita in "Just in Time". She does a HeroicSacrifice, but thanks to a hair Jérémie managed to materialize at the beginning, he can bring her back (without her memories of the episode, though).
** In "The Key", XANA takes the keys of Lyoko from Aelita's memory, and in turn kills her lifeforce. She dies, until, ''oh wait'', her father (who was supposed to have been killed by XANA already) appears from the abyss of Lyoko and ''savez her''!
** Speaking of Franz Hopper, all evidence gathered (and Jérémie's rude remarks to Aelita) says that Franz killed himself saving Aelita in said incident above, [[spoiler:''until'' Season 4, when he suddenly lives again as a ball of glittery purple and pink energy. Apparently he can't stay out of the Digital Sea for too long (even though the Digital Sea is supposed to ''delete'' everything thrown into it), or else he'll get attacked by XANA real fast]]. He eventually dies in the Series Finale.
* The immortal ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'', in which we see Elmer Fudd actually ''kill'' WesternAnimation/BugsBunny (in a particularly malevolent fashion), at which point [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he laments the foolishness of his actions]], carrying Bugs away. Bugs looks to the audience and asks "What did ya expect from an Opera? A ''happy'' ending?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Ultra Magnus is dismembered by the Sweeps, but reassembled by the Junkions shortly after.
** ''Anime/TransformersArmada'': Optimus is blasted into dust by the Hydra Cannon, but is resurrected 3 episodes later. Earlier, Smokescreen sacrifices himself, but is rebuilt as Hoist.
** Happens to Optimus at least once in most films and series.
* Death seems cheap in the series ''Series/AceLightning'', at least for the "videogame" characters. Also subverted in one episode when Ace is surprised to learn from Mark that when humans die they ''can't'' come back in a similar fashion. This does not make Sparx's "death" any less traumatic...
* Twice in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' ([[NeverSayDie not in the 4Kids dub]]).
** Season two: During the witches' break-in at Red Fountain to get the Codex, Icy kills Sky. The giveaway? His heart stops. But [[DeusExMachina Bloom suddenly discovers her healing magic]] and ''brings him back from the dead''.
** Season three: To earn their Enchantix powers, fairies have to sacrifice themselves for someone from their realms. While trying to retrieve the time-turning tears of the Black Willow, Flora dives into tainted water to save her little sister. She gets caught in the vines at the bottom and presumably drowns. Then the Willow "cries" into the river; Flora is returned to the moment before she died and obtains her Enchantix.
** There was another one in season 3, when Tecna was believed to have died after closing up the Omega portal. She managed to survive thanks to her new Enchantix powers.
** The aversion: In season four, [[spoiler:Nabu sacrifices himself to close a dark abyss the Wizards have created to suck up the fairies of Earth]]. Aside from a couple animation goofs, [[spoiler:Nabu]] doesn't return at the end of the season, so it looks like [[spoiler:he is]] dead for real. This hasn't sat well with the fans. And it also created some FridgeLogic, since Bloom seems to have [[ForgotAboutHisPowers forgotten her healing powers]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' Season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Antauri dies, much to Chiro's sorrow. By the time we start Season 3, he comes back as the silver monkey]].
* Happened a couple times to ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'', such as being electrocuted, chained up, and thrown in a lake in ''A New Villain''. Then again...
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode ''Heavenly Daze'' Tom gets hit by a piano and dies, ending up in heaven, but he won't be able to pass through the gates without Jerry's forgiveness. Tom is given a set amount of time to receive Jerry's signature on a certificate of forgiveness, but gets it seconds too late, and falls down to Hell. Turns out to be AllJustADream and Tom suddenly hugs a bewildered Jerry.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'':
** In "Wushu Were Here", Joe and Anna thought Fred got killed by a monk, but it turned out that Fred wasn't dead, and in fact a monk never kills.
** In "Dude, Where's My Karma?", the kids thought Fred ate something poisonous, but turns out he was only sleeping.
** In "The Good, The Bad and The Goofy", Joe thought Sam and Fred drowned in a rapid river turns out they were alive.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E11OneFishTwoFishBlowfishBlueFish One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish]]" Homer eats fugu which is poisonous if cut incorrectly. When Dr. Hibbert is unable to determine for sure whether Homer indeed ate toxic portions of the fish – he merely accepts the word of the sushi chef – he tells Homer that he has 22 hours to live (24, minus the two hours it took to perform tests and contact the chef). Homer is left to make a list of things to do before he dies. That night, Homer falls asleep in an armchair while listening to the Bible-on-tape ... although with his head suddenly drooping and arms falling limp, plus a dark music cue to underscore the moment, the viewer is led to believe that he possibly did succumb to the poison. The next morning, Marge finds Homer and fears the worst when she sees him lying still in the armchair; she begins to cry and caress him ... only to touch his drool, which is still warm, making her realize her husband is still very much alive. Homer realizes this too when he is awakened by his wife holding him.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' did this with a caterpillar. It wasn't even dead, just metamorphosing into a butterfly.
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] with ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' Jaga. The CourtMage of Thundera, initially performs a YouShallNotPass, seemingly dying in the attempt, allowing Thundera's young king Lion-O and his allies to flee as the city is invaded by the forces of BigBad Mumm-Ra. Jaga is soon revealed to instead be Mumm-Ra's prisoner, tortured for information on a mystical GreatBigBookOfEverything's location. Mumm-Ra eventually forces the issue by performing a YourSoulIsMine, imprisoning TheDisembodied Jaga in a SoulJar that will lead them to the book. In a last-ditch effort to prevent Mumm-Ra from getting it, Jaga performs a magical HeroicSacrifice that shatters his soul jar, dissipates him, and sends Mumm-Ra fleeing, leaving Jaga's allies to grieve his loss ''again''. Soon after, when Lion-O closely examines the book, it is revealed as {{Magitek}} that draws Lion-O's soul inside, where he meets Jaga, now serving as a SpiritAdvisor[=/=]VirtualGhost. When Lion-O asks if he's alive, Jaga gives an [[CrypticConversation opaque non-answer]].
* Happens to [[spoiler: Ilana]] in "The Demon Within" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. Technically also happens to [[spoiler: Octus]] later on, only it takes two episodes for the character to be revived.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]] segment "No Laughing Matter", [[spoiler: the aliens from Clarion get killed by laughing at Roy slipping on a banana]]. In the Quickie before "Much Ado About Lanolin" (a later episode), Orson, Booker, and Shelldon watch a show [[spoiler: about the Clarion aliens, whom are revealed to (still) exist at the end of the Quickie by coming out of the TV]].
** Speaking of Much Ado About Lanolin, [[spoiler: in that episode, the fake Lanolin, Lanolina, disappears with sparkles after kissing Orson]].
** In Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarves, [[spoiler: Snow Wade dies after eating the poison apple. His last words? "Uh-oh, I'm doomed." He also holds his stomach while doing this]].
*** Unlike [[WhatTheHellHero Orson and the other characters who only took this as a story]], [[spoiler: Roy (who was taking this seriously near the end of the two-parter) was the only one, who seemed alarmed/upset that Wade could really be hurt/dead, when Wade didn't wake up right away]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'':
** Happens twice to [[spoiler:Nova. First as a ShoutOut to ''Disney/TheLionKing'' then when she appears to have flatlined in the hospital, it turns out she's being possessed]].
** In "The House of the Nightmare Witch" Shaggy appears to have fallen to his death. Scooby barely has a few seconds to start crying before Shaggy quickly opens his eyes.
** In "Gates of Gloom" [[spoiler: Fred, Velma, and Daphne all apparently perish inside the Mystery Machine when they blow it up to destroy Pericles' robots. Fortunately, Fred was actually piloting it with remote control so they're all okay. Though the fact that the gang's iconic van is gone still manages to be a pretty big gut punch in itself]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel "Over a Barrel"]], the settler ponies and a tribe of buffalo are feuding over land, eventually leading to the two groups fighting it out. The fighting then ends when both sides are horrified at the buffalo chief is taken out, but he then turns out to be just fine. Of course, it's not too surprising considering the thing that took him out was an apple pie to the face.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "A Bird in the Hoof"]], Celestia's allegedly "sick" pet bird Philomena burns to ashes in front of a shocked Fluttershy... shortly before it is revealed[[note]]after the fact[[/note]] that she is actually [[ThePhoenix a phoenix]] that was just about to rise from her own ashes. There is absolutely no clue to this whatsoever.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]], Twilight is [[DisappearsIntoLight "vaporized"]] after casting Starswirl's completed spell, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to the astral plane]], where she has a [[ContinuityCavalcade life review]] with Celestia, and [[CameBackStrong returns to the physical world]] as an [[WingedUnicorn alicorn]] princess.
** In the season 4 premiere, [[spoiler: Twilight, thinking that Luna has turned back into Nightmare Moon, sobs over the body of Princess Celestia, after she is struck by Nightmare Moon. It is only after Celestia recovers and activates the Elements of Harmony does Twilight realize that she is witnessing the night Nightmare Moon was banished.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' does this to the titular trio in both "The Rowdyruff Boys" and "Knock It Off".
* In the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' book 2, Aang is struck by Azula's lightning. Luckily, [[spoiler:Katara has some spirit water that she uses to heal him]], but it doesn't work right away and we don't learn [[spoiler:that he survived until the first episode of the next season]].
* In the first of the two animated specials based on the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/RosePetalPlace'' toyline of TheEighties, Rose-Petal is hit with a double whammy by the villainess Nastina: First she's tricked into consuming a potion that ruins her magical singing voice, and then imprisoned in a virtually lightless room -- being a flower-woman, this proves fatal. Her friends manage to recover her body and [[EverybodyCries as they weep]], their tears fall upon the tear-shaped crystal on her leaf-and-blossom headdress. She and they were originally borne of a little human girl's tears falling upon flowers, so [[SwissArmyTears this is sufficient to bring her back to life and full health]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/Phantom2040'', Rebecca Madison blows up Dijkstra Station, apparently killing Sean One and everyone else on board... except it later turns out they all managed to get to escape pods in time. Sean One then exploits this to prompt a vote among the Orbital Nation to formally declare independence and cut all ties with Earth.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode "Rupert and Billy Blizzard" had Rupert Bear's snowman sacrifice himself to defeat Billy Blizzard, but the young bear is fortunately able to rebuild him later.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "Off Colors", [[spoiler: Lars makes a HeroicSacrifice to protect the Off Color Gems from one of Homeworld's Robonoid probes. Steven cries over the dying Lars, and [[SwissArmyTears his tears]] (when Steven had only been able to use his spit to channel his mother's healing powers) miraculously bring Lars back to life... [[TouchedByVorlons though not without a few changes]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'':
** In the episode "Journey to the Center of the Lungfish" Captain Jetlag appears to sacrifice himself to let Mr. Bumpy, Squishington, and Molly Coddle escape the lungfish. After the three make it out of the lungfish, Bumpy gets the lungfish to cough up Jetlag completely unharmed by blowing raspberries at it.
** The ChristmasEpisode "Twas the Night Before Bumpy" has the earthworm Juaquin Gusanito Sin Manos appear to be crushed by Stonehenge, but the end of the special shows that he survived by ducking into the earth right when the stone structure collapsed.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "The Feelers", Mitzi Moth gets sprayed by bug spray and appears to die in Mo Skito's arms. She turns out to be alive after Crusty starts playing the Feelers' recorded song and the song is praised by Mr. Katzeneisner.
* Nightcrawler appears to die near the end of ''WesternAnimation/PrydeOfTheXMen'', but subsequently turns out to have survived his fall to Earth by teleporting into a closet at the last second.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour''
** Lady Dorma gets stabbed in the chest in "Now Comes the Sub-Mariner", but Reed Richards manages to revive her using his molecular resuscitator.
** The Thing turns out to survive his beating at the hands of the Hulk in the episode "Nightmare in Green".
** [[spoiler:Doctor Doom appears to die in the GrandFinale "Doomsday", but ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'', which takes place in the same continuity as the 1994 ''Fantastic Four'' cartoon, reveals that he's still alive in the episode "Doomed".]]


* A "CrossesTheLineTwice" computer ad showed how horrible a businessman's life was before he got his new computer, including a staff member shouting "Business is terrible!" before jumping out though the window, and being called that his wife left him and his dog died. After he gets his computer, his wife calls him that she's back and the dog was pretending, and the businessman comes back in a wheelchair and bandages, saying how business is picking up.

* Done with bears in ''Comicstrip/TheFarSide''. In the middle of a funeral, the "corpse" sits up and berates the mourners, "I was hibernating, you idiots! Don't you ever check for a pulse?"

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' movie ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'', Dot gets hit by one of King Salazar's cannonballs and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Yakko's arms...]] then she says "I'm feeling better now" right when Wakko reaches the wishing star. Yakko says her acting lessons [[MasterActor must really be paying off]]....
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': After the climactic battle with Tai Lung, Po realizes Master Shifu is still injured. He rushes back to the Jade Palace to tell him Tai Lung has been defeated, and as Shifu peacefully drifts off Po [[PleaseWakeUp begs him not to die]]. Then Shifu [[MoodWhiplash abruptly wakes up again and snaps at Po]].
-->'''Shifu:''' I'm ''NOT'' dying, you idiot!

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Many characters in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' receive what ought to be fatal blows, only to keep on coming. Most memorably seen in the Black Knight ("It's [[OnlyAFleshWound just a flesh wound]]!"), but repeated in variations throughout the movie by other characters ("I'm not dead yet!")
** Another memorable moment has the King of Swamp Castle actually managing to subvert the typical Disney Death and {{lampshade|Hanging}} it at the same time by acknowledging that a man previously stabbed ''in the head'' by Lancelot is now suddenly on a road to recovery and then adds in that suddenly he died without explanation... and the man he describes proceeds to do just that!
* In ''Film/ScaryMovie 3'', Brenda is killed in the first act. In ''Scary Movie 4'', she is inexplicably alive. Cindy even remarks that she thought she was dead. Brenda simply replies that a lot of people thought that.
* In the final episode of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' series, Ultraman is felled by Zetton, and is KilledOffForReal, until Zoffy comes to rescue him.
* In ''National Lampoon's Film/LoadedWeapon1'', the Jon Lovitz character (modeled after the Creator/JoePesci character in the ''Film/LethalWeapon'' sequels) dies early on, only to return a few scenes later. When asked how he got back, he replies, "I thought this was the sequel!"
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', when the Schwarzenegger character receives a fatal blow in the "real" world, he needs the main character's help to get back into the movie world, where the same shot qualifies only as a "flesh wound".
* Parodied in ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist'': the Chosen One's mentor Master Tang, love interest Ling, rival Wimp Lo, and his beloved dog are dying. After imparting their "final wisdom" to him, it turns out Master Tang's not dead! And Ling's not dead either! And dog is fine!
-->'''Chosen One:''' Then surely Wimp Lo!...\\
''(he runs to Wimp Lo; we hear flies buzzing)''\\
'''Chosen One:''' ... oh.
* In addition to its more serious examples, ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope]]'' also features a more humorous take when C-3PO and R2-D2 are desperately trying to save Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca from being crushed inside a trash compactor. R2 successfully shuts it off leading to everyone in the compactor to start crying out in joy, but 3PO initially believes that they're screaming from being crushed to death and that they failed to save them in time.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', [[Creator/TimCurry Long John Silver]] tells Samuel Arrow, played by safety fanatic [[TheComicallySerious Sam the Eagle]], one of the boats may not be safe, and tells him to go out to sea to make sure it is safe. He then tells Kermit (The Captain) that he was lost at sea. He comes back some time later and tells Jim, Gonzo, and Rizzo "Not to trust that Silver fellow."
-->'''Gonzo:''' Now he tells us....
* One episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has Crow developing the touch of death and accidentally killing Mike when he shakes his hand during one of the host segments, and this actually sticks for a bit when they return to the theater with Mike's corpse just propped up in his seat. After his body keeps falling on Servo, Crow shakes his hand again which brings him back to life. Upon learning they're still watching the crummy movie, Mike actually wishes Crow had left him dead.