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->'''Jeebs:''' You insensitive pricks! Do you have any idea how much that stings?\\
'''Kay:''' Show us the merchandise or you'll lose another head, Jeebs.
-->-- ''Film/MenInBlack''

The HealingFactor is an amazing [[StockSuperPowers super power]], capable of feats from quick healing to re-growing whole limbs or even [[FromASingleCell one's entire body]] in seconds. Sadly, it's more passive and less visually impressive than EyeBeams or even SuperStrength, both of which you can show off regularly with MundaneUtility to clue in new readers or viewers that the characters have powers.

There's only one way to show off {{immortality}}, after all.

So for writers who don't want to go the route of "LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe" every issue, they have to find new and inventive ways for the hero to show off their regeneration, whether by their own clumsiness, being an accident magnet, or the [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap target of lethal attacks]]. Accidents usually include: deep cuts, lost limbs, third degree burns, and otherwise flirting with [[JustForFun/HowToKillACharacter sure death.]] The problem is that while redundant exposition is avoided, the character in question gets a reputation as clumsy to the point that should they lose their regeneration they'd die or be seriously crippled, prompting onlookers to go "Good Thing You Can Heal".

Another side effect of the trope is that normally non-fatal accidents suddenly become almost certainly fatal ones just so the character has a death to avoid: If someone with regeneration [[DeathByFallingOver so much as trips]], you can expect them to end up a [[MadeOfPlasticine mangled heap of broken bones, many of them sticking out of their skin]]. And don't ask what happens when they get a [[CutHimselfShaving paper cut]].

This can even become {{canon}}, as regenerating brawlers come to depend on their regeneration to the point they just use [[DeliberateInjuryGambit painful and suicidal tactics]] because they can heal from it. Can also be justified as a healing character might be the first one to leap into harms way when needed because they'll live.

It also tends to escalate into a rather gorier version of TheWorfBarrage. Since the regenerator can take damage that would otherwise kill any other team member, it becomes their [[PlotTailoredToTheParty "job"]] to be the target of a "NoOneCouldSurviveThat" at the hands of the MonsterOfTheWeek or recurring baddy because [[SecondLawOfMetafictionalThermodynamics writers will always expend the expendable]]. It shows that the bad guy is ready and willing to kill, without actually having somebody die. At its worst, it can break WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief by having the regenerator come back from being completely incinerated (ShapeShifterBaggage is usually involved when that much mass is lost), or a character with clones [[ExpendableClone casually killing them]].

It's not even limited to characters who can heal; [[MadeOfIron any character who can come back]] from a [[OnlyAFleshWound normally crippling injury]] for any reason is subject to this trope. Most noticeable with [[HollywoodCyborg Cyborgs]], who tend to take damage primarily to their repairable or replaceable parts despite a reasonable expectation that their remaining flesh would be more vulnerable.

It's generally a safe assumption that a character who uses this trope a lot has the RequiredSecondaryPowers of FeelNoPain or at least ''reduced'' pain. As even though they can regenerate that doesn't mean they can't ''feel'' the wound(s). And as anyone who has recovered from an injury can assert, healing doesn't exactly feel great all the time either. Or, it could be {{blessed with suck}} -- yes, he can heal supernaturally fast, but he feels all the pain at once.

A subtrope of CouldHaveBeenMessy, with "messy" as in "fatal". They tend to coincide if the one getting mauled is {{bloodless|Carnage}} (robots, golems, etc.) and has a HeartDrive or other means of near-{{immortality}}.

Related tropes include: PullingThemselvesTogether, AppendageAssimilation, FakeArmDisarm and LosingYourHead. Despite occasional griping, these characters tend to agree LivingForeverIsAwesome. When a character deliberately injures themselves to prove their HealingFactor, it's SelfMutilationDemonstration.

Contrast ImmortalLifeIsCheap, where someone who can't die permanently gets killed repeatedly not out of chance, but because those around them know they won't die. Also contrast SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration, which can go from this to ''no healing'' at all. The comedic version of this is TheyKilledKennyAgain, where a character who isn't established as immortal is repeatedly killed (usually for laughs), and always brought back without any reason.



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%%* Yukiko Hirohara from ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes''.
* Yakumo in ''Manga/SazanEyes'' has been turned into a "wu", an immortal guardian of the last known Sanjiyan (Triclops) who regenerates even if he has been turned into paste. He cannot die until either the Sanjiyan, Pai, is killed, or she manages to find a way to release him from said condition. At the start of the series, he regularly gets beaten, chopped up, and blown up (it started when he was hit by a bus). At one point, he deliberately grabs a lighter and jumps into a fountain full of gasoline in order to kill a monster. Some of his deaths are simple random bad luck, like the aforementioned car accident; one wonders if he had that kind of bad luck ''before'' he was immortal.
* Since DeathIsCheap in ''Anime/AngelBeats'' (due to being set in the afterlife or purgatory), nearly every cast member has died at least once, and it's almost always played for BlackComedy.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the title creatures are regularly maimed and mangled in every fashion imaginable. Unlike the unfortunate humans they prey upon, nothing short of [[AttackItsWeakPoint cutting out their nape]] will kill them. Likewise, the Titan Shifters suffer injuries that would leave a human crippled for life, if not outright dead. The stronger ones easily shrug off [[AnArmAndALeg severed limbs]] and {{Slashed Throat}}s, and one soldier states that decapitation is probably the only certain way to kill them. [[spoiler:And one Titan Shifter survives ''even that'', though the method he used to do so is noted to be extremely dangerous and likely to result in brain damage, so it's not exactly something one would ever want to attempt except as a last resort.]]
* The [[AnthropomorphicPersonification nations]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' have a powerful HealingFactor that lets them regenerate near-instantly from wounds that would be fatal to humans: For example, [[ChivalrousPervert France]] at one point is ''shot in the head'' by the [[TheGunslinger rifle-wielding Switzerland]], only to be fine moments later. [[PsychopathicManchild Russia]] breaks all of his bones after jumping from a plane with no parachute[[note]]He thought the snow on the ground would cushion his fall[[/note]], and is fine with no recovery time that we can see. [[BigBrotherMentor China]] is stabbed in the back by the [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[TheStoic Japan]], and except for a [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars scar]] remaining there, shows no ill effects afterwards, and a young [[NiceGuy Lithuania]] continues holding a conversation as normal with an arrow sticking ''straight through his head''.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', Czeslaw Meyer seems to be the only main character to repeatedly suffer being shot, having limbs ripped off, and other rather gruesome events as the show tries hard to BreakTheCutie.
** The trope is also [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in one episode, when Szilard drinks the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]] [[spoiler: given to him and the others by a demon Maiza had just summoned]]. After drinking it, he suspects he's been cheated and demands [[spoiler: the demon]] to prove that the elixir was real. He obliges by immediately slicing off the top of his head.
* Koyomi Araragi, the main character of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' has a HealingFactor along with SuperSenses as remnants of his previous vampirism. This is fortunate, since having his arm torn off is on the low end of the sort of things that happen to him.
* In ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', Tenzen is the big bad of the Iga clan and his unique special ability is immortality including full regeneration. Because of this, he is killed by at least five different ninjas of the rival Kouga clan (and several times elsewhere), making him appear the least competent of the ten ninjas. [[spoiler: And Oboro later unlocks the key to kill him... by using her [[AntiMagic Piercing Eyes]] ''right when he's reviving himself''. Enjoy your messy and painful death, buddy.]]
* Creed from ''Manga/BlackCat'' is defeated a number of times, fatally if not for his immortality.
* In ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', the main character, Manji, can regenerate from any injury. He is an excellent swordsman and notes himself that he used to be better but, due to his immortality, has gotten sloppy. In one fight, he's glad to have an arm lopped off by an opponent, because the loss of the weight made him just a tad faster, just enough so that he can now [[strike: best]] keep up with his foe.
** Now though? His skills are back up AND he's still immortal.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', [[HalfHumanHybrid Rin's]] regenerative powers are used as an excuse by [[NobleBigot Arthur Auguste Angel]] to justify cutting his foot off with Angel's {{BFS}} during a trial. Before that, Rin had been impaled by a zombie hand from his own teacher and stabbed in the shoulder with a sword.
* This trope defines ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. Offensive-type Claymores can lose an arm or leg, and simply hold the severed limb to their stump and have it heal. They can even regrow lost limbs, though the limb becomes regular, human strength. Defensive-types are nigh immortal, capable of regrowing lost limbs in minutes and routinely surviving distractions like being nearly cut in half. Odds are if you like a character who's a Defensive-type, you're going to see her get fucked up routinely.
** More specifically, ''high-level'' Defensive-types are able to regenerate quickly. The lower-ranked ones may take over a day to regenerate a lost limb, and even longer to recover from near-[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisection]]. Only one character has been shown to regenerate her lost limb(s) in mere minutes, and that's due to special circumstances. Normally, it takes an extreme outpouring of power and effort to regenerate limbs or heal from extensive damage, along with recovery time afterwards. For Offensive-types, even reattaching limbs takes long minutes of uninterrupted concentration. Which can be problematic when [[AlwaysChaoticEvil enemies]] refuse to show MookChivalry during fights and consider a lost limb a good opportunity to finish their opponent off.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', we only find out that [[spoiler: Princess Ixquic is a RobotGirl]] when she pulls a DivingSave for [[spoiler: Joe aka 009]] and she suffers a huge injury in her arm, which heals itself almost immediately [[spoiler: and reveals the robotic limbs hidden behind her synthetic skin.]]
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Allen Walker has a healing factor that only applies to his left eye and left arm. Guess what happens? And Kanda Yu would have been dead a while ago if he didn't have regenerative capabilities.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has Zombina, who, being a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], can always be stitched back together no matter how much she's shot, crushed or sliced apart. Unsurprisingly, her tendency to get injured has reached RunningGag status.
* ''Manga/{{dear}}'' has [[spoiler: Kisara who is immortal. In one practice match, he impales one of his hand onto the opponent's blade in order to disarm and win.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Piccolo, and all Namekians, are established as having regenerative capabilities. He first demonstrates this During the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai. Unless his head is destroyed, he can use these powers to regenerate himself.
** In the sanitized Saban/Ocean dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Tenshinhan says his arm will grow back when Napa cuts it off. He's [[NeverSayDie sent to the next dimension]] "before it can happen". Tenshinhan is human, and does not have this ability in the manga or the original Japanese.
*** [[ExecutiveMeddling The dub producers]] likely took advantage of the aforementioned Namekian capabilities. When Creator/FUNimation went back and redubbed the Saiyan/Vegeta saga, they removed this tidbit.
** Majin Buu can regenerate even if he's broken up into his constituent atoms, and when Goku and Vegeta escape from Earth as he blows it up he flies from planet to planet, blowing it (and himself) up and simply regenerating each time.
*** Furthermore, unlike Cell below, all forms of Buu show less base durability than the Z-fighters do, equalizing for power. Goku and Kid Buu trading Kamehamehas leads to Buu getting torn to pieces and Goku simply adding to his collection of bruises.
** Cell, the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier of FromASingleCell, loses a tail, an arm, and his entire upper body at various points ''before'' self-destructing and coming back from almost nothing.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Pandoras regularly experience absolutely brutal maiming ''even in training exercises'', never mind real battles. They have the ability to regenerate and specialized infirmaries exist to actively restore them to full health. Even so, it comes with a price -- regenerating fatal wounds or lost limbs shortens their (potential) lifespan in the process.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed's metal limbs get chopped off pretty often, but his real limbs barely get hurt. Similarly, the only place Al has never been hurt is the blood seal at the base of his neck, which is also the only part that Ed cannot repair.
** That's mostly because Ed often uses his automail arm to ''protect'' his fleshy parts because he knows they can be repaired, and Al takes special care to avoid taking damage to his bloodseal because any damage to it would kill him.
** In his first meeting with Al, Greed invokes this deliberately, having a henchman literally smash his face off with a [[DropTheHammer big hammer]] to demonstrate the Homunculi's healing factor. In general, all the homunculi have a tendency to get sliced, diced, and shot to pieces throughout the series.
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', it's really a good thing the Count is [[spoiler: Gankutsuou's host]]. Thanks to that, he [[spoiler: can survive being shot, being stabbed several times, having Gankutsuou's eyes pierce through his skull, and even being deliberately stabbed by Fernand's ''HumongousMecha'' in an awesomely impressive scene]]. That doesn't prevent him from hurting like crazy though, as attested by his agonizing screams and his frequently passing out.
* Kenji Murasame in his appearance in ''Manga/GiantRobo'' is so known for this it earned him the nickname 'Murasame the Immortal' and is instrumental to the finale.
* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', cyborgs can recover from (or rather, be repaired from) pretty much any injury that doesn't affect the brain. The Major, in particular, has a tendency to get limbs (and in one case, her ''head'') blown off, but other characters are not exempt from this. Twice, if you're counting both the TV series and the first movie.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}/Battle Angel Alita''. Not a direct application of this trope, since neither Gally nor her gigantic cyborg foes regenerate per se. However, since the in-universe rule of thumb is that as long as the brain is intact, [[YouFailBiologyForever it can be grafted into any kind of body overnight]], it amounts to the same thing. Coincidentally, every fight she's in features lots and lots of dismemberments, slashfests and LudicrousGibs -- on both sides. Good thing she can bolt those legs back on.
* The Manga/{{Guyver}} can regrow from the tiniest piece of material left on the control metal. And that's not theoretical: [[spoiler:this actually happens to Sho in one of his very first adventures, and results in him being a clone of himself. He has to fight a monster that generated from his severed arm.]] The only thing that can destroy a Guyver is the destruction of the control metal [[spoiler:which is what happened to Guyver II]].
** This also happens in TheMovie; The Guyver is killed halfway through, but the villains keep the control metal in order to study and duplicate it. Of course, [[VillainBall they completely ignore the growing organic mass stuck to the thing]] until it's accidentally swallowed by a monster during a fight with some of The Guyver's allies, at which point he completes his regeneration [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]] and ''cuts his way out of the creature's stomach''.
** Another cast member, Aptom, can not only grow back completely, including memories, from the smallest smattering of his body, but he can even clone himself this way. However, he does require biomass to do so, which he gets from absorbing opponents - gaining their abilities and appearance in the process. Shades of The Thing here.
* Exemplified in the humor manga ''HannahOfTheZ'', where the titular character's power is absurdly powerful regeneration -- but her body is also comically weak in every other way, to the point where simply attempting to poke through the cap of a milk bottle or pick up a heavy object can cause her bones to break.
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Alucard's]] first fight in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has him purposely letting the enemy blow him into tiny little pieces so that they run out of ammo; immediately after, he heals and opens a can of whoop-ass. He has also survived having his head cut off. Integra actually mocks Anderson for thinking that decapitation can kill him. [[TheFool Seras]] has recovered between scenes from being shot in the chest with a 13mm round and being stabbed by several large bayonets at once. [[BadassPreacher Father]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Alexander]] [[BloodKnight Anderson]] is a regenerator, specifically engineered to fight vampires and has survived both Alucard and several assassination attempts. Pretty much everyone else in the series, though, averts this trope.
** In fact, Alucard does this quite often when faced with non-magic weapons. It's practically a [[NoSell combat tactic]] for him. TheAbridgedSeries, of course, takes this to {{Troll}} levels.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Inuyasha is so good at [[HealingFactor healing]] or [[MadeOfIron withstanding]] even terrible injuries that the manga tends to lampshade just how bad his wounds are when he [[AvertedTrope struggles to recover]] from injuries as a way of indicating just how dangerous the fight he's been in was (such as when he's [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice injured]] by his [[AloofBigBrother brother]]). This is particularly notable when he's in [[BroughtDownToNormal trapped]] in [[ShapeshifterModeLock human form]] or when his injuries are so bad it takes his SuperPoweredEvilSide to heal them.
** Sesshoumaru takes this even further. When he's finally [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice so badly injured]] in a fight that he [[BadassInDistress needs to be rescued]], his [[DontYouDarePityMe anger]] at Inuyasha's sympathy for his plight results in him healing the damage to his [[HandicappedBadass only arm]] with [[UpToEleven pure fighting spirit]] alone. That doesn't end the fight, however, as his enemy then [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabs]] him [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat through the heart]] causing everyone to think he's dead. He [[CameBackStrong comes back strong]] instead... and [[TranquilFury very, very angry]].
* Shows up a lot in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 4, since TheHero Josuke's Stand [[ShoutOut Crazy]] [[Music/PinkFloyd Diamond]] can heal damn near anything. The twist is that Josuke can't heal ''himself'' with this ability.
** It's explicitly stated that being or becoming a Stand user makes you tougher and lets you heal faster, thus allowing most of the cast (protagonists and antagonists alike) to suffer grievous bloody wounds, severed body parts, shattered bones and ruptured organs, and sometimes losing parts of their head, without a single "ow". In part 6 they go without a dedicated healer for a long time (Jolyne makes do by stitching up injuries with her thread) and the wounds are no less horrid.
** And in part 3 Joseph's artificial hand gets destroyed an awful lot of times.
** Dio's vampiric abilities lets him survive just about anything except sunlight and hamon. In part 1, he gets his head ''split vertically'' which only prompts him to push them together again, and later fights on effectively after his head's been severed completely.
*** Similarily, "The Men in the Pillar" are walking body horrors and can do all sorts of squicky stuff without permanent damage.
** Giorno, the hero of Part 5, has a Stand that can turn inanimate objects into living tissue, allowing him to heal wounds and even replace lost body parts. Naturally, he usually sustains some pretty horrible injuries whenever he gets in a fight.
** Hot Pants, an ally from Part 7, has a stand that can spray flesh allowing [[spoiler: her]] to reattach body parts and heal external wounds instantly.
* [[spoiler: Shiro]], the Silver King in ''Anime/{{K}}'' - he's [[FromASingleCell completely immortal]] and he ''exploits this'', constantly coming up with plans that would get himself killed. [[spoiler: He goes missing for a year, causing his Clansmen to almost wonder if he's actually dead]].
* The second half of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' gives us Ragyo Kiryuin, who possesses powerful regenerative abilities thanks to being fused with Life Fibers. As a result, her first battle with the protagonists features her getting stabbed in the back and crucified without much inconvenience on her part. We also learn [[spoiler:Ryuko]] has that same regenerative ability, and actually invokes this trope in the penultimate episode, taking an otherwise fatal injury to get past Ragyo.
* While everyone received injuries in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the really serious ones, such as impalement and losing huge chunks of flesh, went to the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Wolkenritter]] and the [[HollywoodCyborg Combat Cyborgs]], who can be repaired and/or have {{Healing Factor}}s. Good thing too. As one {{Flashback}} showed, even with HealingHands, a normal human who gets critically wounded would require almost a year to recover, and that's if they're lucky.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], when they use Cassiopeia to jump back seven days to fix everything and they appeared in the sky instead of the ground.
-->'''Chisame:''' You can't heal us if we went down with a splat, right?\\
'''Konoka:''' Th-th-th-th-this one's probably impossible~
** Negima's SpiritualSuccessor, ''Manga/UQHolder'', plays it painfully(no pun intended) straight. Touta take a lot of damage, much of it fatal had it not been for his powers. In one fight, he even lets himself get ''decapitated'' just to get inside an enemy's guard.[[note]]he had an arm already moving into position to put it back on his neck.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/MermaidSaga''. Yuta and Mana appear to find themselves in situations inexplicably designed to make them bleed as much as possible. Sure, there's some bloodshed to be had when dealing with immortal crazies, and they can't die unless they're killed [[OffWithHisHead in very specific manners]]... but did [[EnfanteTerrible Masato]] ''really'' need to bind Mana's arms and legs with ''barbed wire''?
* Rin in ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' seems very prone to being captured and tortured quite gruesomely and having things happen like her arm being shot off by a sniper rifle, being blown up with a massive charge of explosives, and even [[spoiler:getting sucked through a running jet engine]]. Being immortal, she manages to walk them off, though not without quite a lot of pain in the process of regrowing/reattaching lost parts(understandably, the TurbineBlender took a while).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s HealingFactor thanks to the demon fox has lead him to having some of the most extreme injuries in the series, including [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice having an electrified hand shoved through his chest]] ''TWICE'' and all of his skin burnt off. Tsunade also qualifies, being stabbed and slashed repeatedly by Orochimaru during their fight and shrugging it off with her Genesis Rebirth technique.
** However, Naruto and Tsunade downplay it later on, as the attacks get more powerful due to SortingAlgorithmOfEvil but unlike others on this list their healing powers haven't. Said injuries happened quite a while ago and they have yet to be matched.
** Orochimaru himself. His regenerative powers have let him survive getting set on fire while bombarded with shuriken, having his face ripped open, getting his neck broken, having one arm torn off, his whole body getting ripped into two pieces, getting pounded into the ground head first by a giant BreathWeapon, and having sword repeatedly cut the pieces of him apart; it's always been sealing techniques that had any permanent effect. [[TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort It doesn't even seem like he's even TRYING to avoid half this stuff]].
** Jugo and Suigetsu also seem prone to rather insane injuries to demonstrate their NighInvulnerability, like getting hit with a blast that destroyed a mountain or getting impaled through the chest, smashed into a wall, and crushed under rubble all in a row.
** Kisame averts this though: he is able to heal himself by fusing with Samehada but he avoids getting injured enough to use it until a ''very'' long time after he is introduced.
** [[spoiler:Karin]] has finally surpassed Tsunade as a medic with HealThyself powers. [[spoiler:Sakura]] is at least on par with Tsunade by the finale of the Fourth Ninja War.
** [[spoiler:Obito]] has lost four right arms over the course of the manga. The first was his actual arm, with the subsequent ones being cloned [[spoiler:Zetsu]] tissue. He can regenerate the entire arm to combat readiness within minutes.
** Madara, after having stolen Hashirama's power, is capable of healing himself within seconds, even after getting a thorough pounding by the ''tailed beasts'' and having half his torso blown out by the [[MeteorMove Night Guy]].
* Happens to all sorts of characters in ''Manga/OnePiece,'' especially with all the different and unique Devil Fruit powers that appear throughout the world.
** Buggy the Clown is the only person who has been literally cut to shreds by Zoro and Mihawk (despite both being capable of doing so to anybody) - naturally, he can survive that injury quite easily, as he simply pieces himself back together.
** The users of Logia Devil Fruits display a sort of pseudo-renegerative ability. If their bodies are cut or otherwise injured while in their elemental state, they can simply reform themselves using their element. However, this regenerative ability only applies when their elemental bodies are harmed. If their true bodies are harmed, through Haki or other means, they receive damage and feel pain as a normal human would, and cannot heal from it with their powers.
** Healing is the primary aspect of Marco's Devil Fruit, which allows him to transform into a phoenix of blue flames. Like how the phoenix is said to rise from its own ashes, Marco is able to regenerate from any injuries using his blue phoenix flames. Unlike Logia Devil Fruits whose pseudo-healing is simply reforming their elemental bodies or using their fluid-like states to avoid the blow in the first place, Marco's ability actually heals his injuries, placing his regenerative capabilities a step higher than Logia fruits.
* In the episode ''Abra and the Psychic Showdown'' of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Pikachu scores a major hit against Sabrina's Kadabra. Ash's OhCrap face when Kadabra uses Recover is quite entertaining.
* In the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, Koga's Arbok has the unique ability to regenerate any severed portion of its body as long as its head is intact. Unsurprisingly, attacks that would inflict only minor injuries on other Pokémon (being bitten by another Arbok, being tail-whipped) literally ''slice [[MadeOfPlasticine this Arbok]] [[CleanCut in half]]''.
** This was a {{Retcon}} added much later to try to tone down the level of the violence in the manga to be more in-line with the games and anime. Before the Retcon, we were lead to believe that one of the heroes totally sliced that Arbok in two and left it for dead.
* Moka's mother in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Akasha. [[spoiler: She survives being cut in half at one point, and it's implied by the method used to seal Alucard that her regeneration might be at FromASingleCell levels.]] Since he's nearly died from TakingTheBullet multiple times, Tsukune might count as well, albeit only by injection of Moka's blood. However, he's implied to be more compatible with the process than most humans.
* Free of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is of the clumsy/accident magnet variety. Amongst other things, he accidentally freezes himself. Part of it is his own fault, though. He knows he's completely immortal, so he doesn't really even bother with trying to protect himself.
** [[spoiler:Kim]]'s magic turns out to be based on healing, so as you might expect she gets impaled rather abruptly just before showing this.
* Quon of ''Anime/TowaNoQuon'' recieves injuries that would be fatal to just about anyone else almost OnceAnEpisode.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', both Vash and his brother Knives have a very impressive regeneration capability. However, Vash appears to have less so, as his body looks like it was sewn back together very, VERY poorly. [[spoiler: In the manga, it's shown that Plants in general have the capability to regenerate; however, it has a limit. Plants can only regenerate so much before it kills them. The way one can tell is by watching the color of their hair, as regeneration will cause their hair to slowly turn from its normal color to black. Once every strand is black, the Plant dies. Problem is, Vash is almost completely raven-haired by this point.]]
** Proven: [[spoiler: at the end of the manga, both Vash and Knives' hair have gone completely black, indicating they're both a VERY short way from death. Knives' went as such due to ''reconstructing his body from almost nothing''; he later uses his power to [[HeelFaceTurn create an apple tree]], and it's heavily implied that this [[RedemptionEqualsDeath finally killed him]].]]
** The reason for Vash's lesser regenerative ability is that Knives replenished his own power by absorbing other Plants and taking their own power into himself. Vash, the FriendToAllLivingThings, would never have done this.
* The Crusniks of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', to an almost absurd level. When main character Abel Nightroad gets into a fight, especially in his Crusnik form, he's almost guaranteed to get mangled in some way. If someone pulls a gun, he usually takes at least one bullet. In one instance, he survives[[spoiler: having the left half of his torso, including an arm, a wing, and (presumably) his heart obliterated by a tank. He regrows them in a matter of moments by having the nanomachines in his blood actually eat the charred hunks of flesh before returning to his body, much to his enemy's horror.]] Father Tres, being an android, has a similar propensity to take damage (a [[PlayingWithFire flame-wielding vampire]] once hit him point-blank in the face), though not to the same extent.
** In an even more extreme example, BigBad [[spoiler: Cain Nightroad survives being thrown out of a space station, burning to ash upon entering the atmosphere, and subsequently hitting the ground. Granted, regenerating from that took him about 900 years, but the fact that he survived it at all (not to mention the fact that he can ''live'' for 900 years) is a little over-the-top.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}'', the vampires can heal from almost anything, and the characters tend to make use of this by beating each other bloody with their super-strength.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}''
** Wolverine from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' combines his regeneration with MadeOfIron to be pretty damn careless. In one instance, his ''entire body'', save his adamantium skeleton, is incinerated by a WaveMotionGun, and he [[FromASingleCell regenerates from a handful of brain cells left in his cranial cavity.]] Said skeleton is actually an example. Should he ever lose his healing factor, the metal in his skeleton will kill him.
** On one occasion in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', he had another mutant blast him with fire in order to break him out of his restraints, which burned off much of his skin and hair (but not his MagicPants). This was -- of course -- done since he could (and would) regenerate from the damage.
** They're really going all-out in the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate universe]]. When Ultimate Wolverine was possessed by Proteus he got hit by a truck. The aftermath is never explicitly shown but implied to be so gruesome that the X-Men have to wait a few minutes for Wolverine to regenerate his mouth and vocal cords before they can talk to him again. When his mind got swapped with [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Peter Parker's]], Peter accidentally cuts off one of Wolvie's fingers so the writers can show it growing back. When Wolvie gets ambushed by some mercenaries with an unexplained grudge against him the leader spends a long time shooting him in the forehead just to torture him. He also gets shot ''a lot''. So much so that he often doesn't even notice until after the battle when he realizes he still has bullets lodged under his skin. Apparently the guards at the Weapon X program used to entertain themselves by shooting Wolverine over and over so they could watch him regenerate.
** When Wolverine went after the [[ComicBook/TheUltimates Hulk]] in the Ultimate universe. Hulk at the time was at peace (literally sitting on a throne, surrounded by riches, fine food and drink, and half-naked servant girls). He was a little upset at Wolverine for disturbing him... And ended their fight by tearing him in half at the waist and throwing his legs on top of the mountain. This is resolved in flashback: the [[ColdOpen introduction]] would be Wolverine dragging his torso up the mountain to find his lower half, not before he bleeds to death, but before his body heals in such a way that he would have to cut himself apart to again put himself back together.
** This is also how Marvel lampshades Logan's near-constant cigar smoking: the Healing Factor "makes it okay". In-depth explanation: Wolverine cannot get cancer. If one of his cells turns cancerous, the surrounding cells will immediately team up and beat the cancer out of it. He's THAT violent.
** In one comic he drives several Nazi death camp commandants crazy by just letting them execute him over and over again and turning up again later as if nothing's happened. At one point he just stands in a gas chamber and refuses to die.
** This trope is also later subverted by Ultimate Wolverine. [[spoiler: He loses his healing factor and becomes Cable. As Cable he has to rely more on planning and wits now that he can die from massive damage]].
** The ''Anime/{{Wolverine}}'' Anime shows seems to have this in spades. While he does occasionally dodge, he spends quite a bit of time losing huge chunks of skin and flesh. At one point, he's knocked to the floor and loses a chunk of forehead big enough to show his skull.
** During the period where he lost his healing factor, he picked a fight with Comicbook/BlackPanther. Panther easily overpowered him while noting that Logan's entire fighting style hinges on his body's ability to absorb damage, a style that was useless in his current state.
* The comparatively minor character Shatterstar from the spinoff ''ComicBook/XForce'' has correspondingly less extreme healing abilities... but he needs them, because his signature attack is [[DeliberateInjuryGambit stabbing himself through the gut to impale somebody standing behind him]].
* Robotman in the ''ComicBook/AllStarSquadron'' comics was a non-healer example; he'd constantly get his arms and legs sliced off, since he has a robot body and they can be fixed. The ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' LegacyCharacter version underwent similar travails.
** Similarly, Red Tornado of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} tends to be the official team sacrificial lamb since he can be rebuilt rather easily.
** And rounding it out, the ComicBook/MetalMen seemingly can't go ten issues without at least one member being reduced to scrap, even in the Silver Age. [[TheChewToy Tin, as ever,]] got the worst of it.
* Minor Marvel character in ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' Wolfsbane has a 'healing factor', which means she has been knocked unconscious (with a rifle butt!) and recovered with a short headache ('the lord didn't make me pretty, but he gave me a thick skull'); it was implied that she survived being slashed with a Katana by the Silver Samurai, and her friend Dani Moonstar's defence of her while down gained the Samurai's respect, so he left them alive.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' '[[OurVampiresAreDifferent V-word]]' Cassidy can regenerate back from anything given enough time; blood merely speeds up the process. At one point, [[spoiler: he's captured by the villains after pretending to be Jesse, and after they realize he's practically invulnerable, trap him in a pit and shoot him over and over with a rifle. By the time Jesse rescues him, he's got one leg, one arm, and no genitals, at least for a while.]] When describing past events he mentions overdosing on heroin and being buried, eventually waking up in his coffin, forced to vomit up the embalming fluid and feed off insects until his organs regenerating enough to dig out of his own grave, the whole process taking over a ''month.''
** He also recovered from being shot by [[spoiler:the Saint of Killers]], which is possibly even more remarkable considering that [[spoiler:the Saint's guns, forged from the Angel of Death's sword, are supposed to be able to kill ''anyone'', even immortals.]]
* {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}, the Merc with a Mouth. His regeneration ability is actually in part derived from Wolverine's own. A high tolerance of pain and insanity allow him to frankly not care about any damage he receives and keep fighting regardless. Only problem is, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity his brain is constantly in flux as a result, which is why he's... unstable.]]
** Deadpool is... ''thrilled'' to meet up with Alex Hayden (Agent X), who can also regenerate. Deadpool shows his affection by [[CouldntFindAPen spelling out messages with Alex's entrails]], and also stealing his pancreas just because he can.
** Deadpool has jumped face first into concrete from a 10 story building to try to "fix" looking like Tom Cruise.
*** That's ''Thom Cruz''.
** Deadpool has also jumped into a malfunctioning nuclear reactor to stop it from going nuclear.
** In ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'', Cable's ''preferred'' method of getting Deadpool to leave him alone, at least at first, is to telekinetically ''blow up his brain'', resulting in a nasty-looking headwound and Deadpool being down for about an ''hour''.
* Pretty much the entire reason for being for Mr. Immortal, who can come back from any fatal injury... and has no other powers.
* Lampshaded by ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} in ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]]'' #5, after his latest self-repair: "There. I am walking, with my new feet on the floor. Let's see if I can go the weekend without getting them blown off."
* The titular heroes of Bill Willingham's supernatural superhero comics ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}'' got mangled fairly regularly. Being that they were dead already, it was only a temporary inconvenience.
* Jack in ''Jack of ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. It is explained that this is partially the result of some karmic payback the universe owes him for making himself nearly invincible. The universe hates to see invincibility exist without a purpose, so it punishes him at every opportunity.
** All of the Fable-folk have this ability which is directly proportional to the popularity of the Fable in question. Snow White recovered from [[spoiler: a sniper bullet through the brain]] in a matter of months. Goldilocks healed up nicely [[spoiler: from an axe to the head, a fall off a cliff, getting hit by a truck then falling off ANOTHER cliff into a river where she proceeded to drown repeatedly and get eaten by the local aquatic fauna]] after she was found by Mr Revise in ''Jack of Fables''. Jack, since he's THE Jack of Tales (even though he's the antecedent to Wicked John) can heal from most things almost instantaneously. Most other fables can be killed but if they're just injured you can expect a fairly speedy recovery. Fables that die are given a burial in the Witching Well.
* Franchise/TheDCU's Lobo, who was originally created as a parody of Wolverine and character types like him. He is able to regenerate [[FromASingleCell from even one remaining drop of blood]]. In one issue of his book, he resorts to blowing himself up just to take out all the enemies surrounding him.
* Find a ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' story where Robotman doesn't lose at least one limb. Go ahead, I'll wait.
** In an early solo story, Robotman tracks an escaped killer through a booby trapped island, and rips off all his limbs to use them as various tools. He tears off his own leg and warps it into a giant key to open a door that he could have obviously just broken down, since he was strong enough to TEAR OFF HIS OWN LEG AND WARP IT INTO A GIANT KEY.
* Played hilariously straight in the ''Last Hero Standing'' story set in the Creator/MarvelComics possible-future M2 universe. [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]], under Loki's influence, goes on a killing rampage against the Avengers Next and various other future heroes. Despite his massive strength, insane rage, and lack of holding back, he does no permanent damage to anyone. What he ''does'' do is pound Wolverine into the dirt (who, of course, can regenerate), tear off Spidey's prosthetic leg and Thing's robot arm, shatter the Big Brain (a robot) into pieces, and break the arms and head off Vision (an android). So every injury is repairable. He hits a bunch of regular heroes too, but they just get knocked flying.
* ''ComicBook/TheSavageDragon'' can regrow lost limbs, continue talking after getting holes blasted through his chest, and has fought without skin on at least two occaisions all due to his healing powers.
* The Marvel character ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}} can heal by transforming into his human form and then changing back again. He discovered this after having his heart/amulet ripped out by a villain named Tombstone.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} and {{ComicBook/Daken}} are beginning to give {{Wolverine}} a run for his money.
** X-23, at least, is a ''better'' healer than Wolverine because she isn't constantly fighting massive adamantium poisoning. However this is somewhat subverted in her case, in that her lack of a full adamantium skeleton means she's much less durable than Wolverine, and more vulnerable to injuries that can disable or outright kill her. Laura will at times take advantage of her ability to heal if necessary, but she generally relies more on WaifFu to avoid getting hit in the first place, or her assassin skills to avoid a direct confrontation altogether.
** Laura finally averts this in ''ComicBook/AllNewWolverine'' #19 where she starts wearing a new costume with body armor.
* ''Everyone'' in the ''Franchise/XMen'' suddenly started getting injured more in battles shortly after they were joined by Elixir, a mutant whose power is to heal himself and others. It's almost like they were deliberately being more careless just so the new guy could feel more useful.
* In the pages of ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'', the Sentry ripped ComicBook/{{Carnage}} in half and threw him into the sun. Of course Carnage came back about five years later. How? It turns out that [[spoiler:because the Carnage symbiote is part of Cletus Kasady's bloodstream, it was able to put Cletus in a coma and keep it alive, nearly dying to do so]]. Considering the random stuff Carnage, Venom and other symbiotes have done, this is completely believable compared to some other resurrections.
* A variant shows up in one of the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' comics. During the Vietnam War, Daniel Linderman is forced to use his [[HealingHands ability]] by his fellow soldier so that the latter can continuously torture and revive a vietcong soldier for information.
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'':
** Gamora has a healing factor which allows her to survive being set on fire (even if it does take several issues, due to the severity of her burns).
** Groot can regrow missing limbs in a matter of minutes or seconds, survive gaping chest wounds (since he lacks anything resembling internal organs), and, if destroyed, can regrow from a single splinter. Since this is very badass, expect him to do that very often.
* ComicBook/IronMan has a variant of this, in that his power comes from his armor and he can build a new one basically whenever he wants. Because of this, despite the fact that his armor is supposed to be really powerful, it tends to get torn apart really easily.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The first creatures to get hurt in ''ComicStrip/{{Wormy}}'' ([[ComedicSociopathy except for some wronged dwarves]]) are a pair of [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain'', Harry encounters a Sphinx in a maze and well,
-->'''Sphinx:''' Right. Do not worry, though, as I am not permitted to kill you. That said, healers can work all sorts of miracles these days.
* George in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] from “himself hurt” to “himself not hurt.” He recovers from a broken ankle, various cuts and scrapes, and finally multiple fractures after he falls through a roof. He has to be conscious to do this, so if he were killed he wouldn't get better. (Then they'd have to tote him off to the [[DeathIsCheap resurrectionist]].)
* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick Jack]] has an auto-repair system that functions like this, thanks to living with [[BunglingInventor Dr.]] [[StupidEvil Brain]][[MadScientist storm]].
** A villainous example occurs with [[EvilCounterpart Shadow.]]
* While it's never been shown in the anime canon, this is a common piece of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' {{Fanon}}, supported by the fact that in the manga, Russia survives his heart falling out on a regular basis, and China has a scar directly over his spine from when Japan stabbed him. It's so prevalent that "consensual [[{{Gorn}} guro]]" is quite popular among certain sections of the fanbase, with characters treating killing each other like a form of S&M.
* ''Forgive Us Our Trespasses'', a ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic, invokes, exploits, deconstructs and plays this trope straight with [[{{Buttmonkey}} Vengeance]], whose power is basically [[HavingABlast turning herself into a living bomb]].
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World]], the mane six have been given CompleteImmortality by Discord to serve as his CoDragons. Once memebers begin to break free, they make good use of the fact they can regenerate FromASingleCell so long as their [[SoulJar Element of Chaos is intact]], both being willing to take more damage due to it and actually harm themselves if it'll give them an advantage. In fact, Rarity's HealingHands ability from her Element of Desire lets her ''take'' injuries from others into herself, which her HealingFactor quickly deals with. On another occasion [[spoiler:the Valeyard's trap [[CrazyPrepared in case Twilight tries the Memory Spell on him]] implants a copy of his personality that tries to pull a GrandTheftMe. Twilight has the others smash her head to kill it, then regenerates a new one free of it.]]
* Navarone doesn't deliberately set out to get himself injured, but he does end up taking far more damage after gaining his HealingFactor in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''.
* Rampage in ''FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'' can regenerate from anything thanks to [[spoiler:the Phoenix Talisman inside her]]. She's been shot, drowned, fed through a wood chipper, disintegrated, and at one point chained up as a self-replenishing buffet for psychotic cannibals. Her own allies have been known to blow her head off from time to time [[spoiler:because it's a reliable way of snapping her out of a psychotic episode]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* B.O.B. the gelatinous goo blob/jello thingy from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' gets crushed all the time as a result of his ability to reform himself.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'':
** In order to save themselves from quicksand, Felix and Calhoun need to keep the taffy laughing so that it stretches down towards them and they can get out. Felix's solution is to get Calhoun to punch him in the face repeatedly. She's hesitant to continuously abuse him for no particular reason, but he reassures her by showing that, [[MrFixIt using his magic hammer]], he can even fix ''himself''.
** Earlier in the same movie, Ralph accidentally breaks off a piece of the ceiling, which falls on Felix and kills him. Fortunately he immediately gets better, as he has extra lives in his own video game.
* Scamper from ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}'' demonstrates his HealingFactor in practically every scene he's in, mostly because he hadn't actually wanted to be re-animated via MadScience and keeps trying different ways of killing himself.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Wolverine in all the movies. The movie version went with "painful and suicidal because he can", including an instance where he punctured his own lungs to get out of restraints (and another, less fatal, of putting out his cigar on his palm, complete with wince). As usual, he takes a lot of punishment throughout ''Film/TheWolverine'', but his survival of an ''atomic bomb'' really stands out.
** Sabertooth and Deadpool in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', and again for the latter in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'', who ''cuts off his own hand'' to escape custody, and breaks both of his arms punching Colossus.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Magneto deals with humans and mutants other than Wolverine by shooting them, threatening to shoot them, or restraining them with metal. Magneto deals with Wolverine by [[spoiler: weaving steel rebar through his body and throwing him about a mile away. [[DrowningPit Into the river]].]] InUniverse, this is the reason why Wolverine is sent back in time instead of Professor Xavier, whose mind would not survive the trip.
** Used again for Wolverine and [[spoiler:X-24]] in ''Film/{{Logan}}''. They both take numerous beatings from each other, including when the latter takes a shotgun blast without wincing. What ends up [[spoiler:killing both is a tree through the heart for Logan (and the fact that his healing factor is slowing down), and an adamantium bullet in the head for X-24]]. [[InfantImmortality Not even Laura is immune]], as she is run through several times.
* Used multiple times in ''Film/TheFaculty''. However its subverted in the case of [[WTHCastingAgency Jon Stewart's]] character, who after being turned back human isn't able to regenerate and is subjected to an eyepatch and four missing fingers at the movie's [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue closing]].
* In ''Film/{{Paul}}'', Paul's healing powers can revive the dead and heal the wounded, while Paul's body absorbs and processes the injuries. Paul appears to die from his last attempt at healing, but he does come back to life.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
** The T-1000 from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' showed off the movie's control of newfangled CGI technology, getting blown around and smashed apart, yet always flowing back together (Though he eventually got enough damage to make his disguise power less than effective).
** Along the same logic as this trope, the Arnold Schwarzenegger terminators go through a lot of punishment to show off how [[ImplacableMan Implacable]] they are.
** The T-X in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' gets it just as bad, as she gets holes shot into her constantly.
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'':
** Dorian Gray brings this up after suffering a [[GroinAttack particularly nasty injury]].
--->'''Dorian:''' If that had been permanent, I'd have been very upset!
** During a sword fight between Dorian and Mina Harker (vampire) they run each other through repeatedly and Dorian whines "We're going to be at this all day!"
* Used rather often in ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', much like the TV series. Except that there was no temporary death in the films, they just got shot and kept on going.
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. [[spoiler:Centauri]] is killed during the movie. At the end it's revealed that he didn't die, he was just dormant while his body healed itself.
* Franchise/SpiderMan is said to have this in the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', this is what makes his blood so invaluable to Harry Osborn who's dying of a rare genetic disease and explains away how Peter can get pounded on so much and then wake up the next day feeling 100%. And for certain, Dr. Connors had this in his Lizard form for the first movie. In fact his research was done in the first place to regrow his missing arm.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'': During Snow White's climactic fight with Queen Ravenna, the latter demonstrates how impervious she is by stepping right into a fire while boasting about her immortality, letting her skin burn and healing it at the same time.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg is an immortal being with a traumatic past. However, due to his powerful magic, he doesn't just experience normal, run-of-the-mill flashbacks, which would be horrible enough, but things ''actually repeat themselves'', to the point that Ward can see how Oreg's shirt falls apart under the strikes of an invisible whip, and a wound gashes open on his face, with the bone visible. Oreg's body recovers quickly once he's snapped out of the flashback.
* Most of the characters in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' belong to a family of immortals who can regenerate from any injury that doesn't kill them. When the villainous brother takes his sister hostage and threatens to maim her if he doesn't get his way, for some reason he's surprised when one of the good brothers points out that "She can regenerate just as well as the rest of us" and calls his bluff. A more dramatic example: one of the brothers claims to have been [[GambitRoulette relying on the possibility]] of the main character being able to regenerate from [[spoiler:having his eyes burned out]].
* Literature/TheZombieKnight is practically built on this. Given how destructive servants tend to be when fighting, it's not uncommon for hector to end fights with several parts of himself missing, his skull showing, or cut in half. Regeneration is so prevalent in this world ''decapitating someone'' and encasing the head is considered standard procedure for taking prisoners.
* Creator/FredSaberhagen's [[Literature/BookOfSwords Swords]] series has a magic sword named Woundhealer which cannot be used to kill living creatures because it heals whatever it's stabbed into. Woundhealer's abilities are so potent that one use on an amputee's arm causes the arm to grow back over a period of time. Slicing it through a broken limb will instantly restore the limb. It's also possible to impale one's self on the blade and benefit from constant healing.
** In an extreme example, a character escaped pursuit by impaling himself and jumping off a cliff. He survived, and suffered no lasting physical injury, but it DID hurt and he had some psychological trauma after that.
* The ''Literature/WildCards'' series has Billy Ray aka Carnifex. In this case there's a little twist: his regenerative ability is somewhat inaccurate, so his face looks rather deformed from all the times it has needed to recover from massive damage.
* In homage to the frequency with which private detectives (like Literature/PhilipMarlowe) get beaten up by corrupt cops or gangsters, P.N. Elrod's [[VampireDetectiveSeries vampire detective]] Jack Flemming sustains brutal torture and beating [[OncePerEpisode in just about every novel]].
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', morphing resets the body from injuries-- so an injured animal just has to morph into something else. The books deal with this in alarmingly visceral ways. Most noticeable is Tobias, who has no morphing ability for the first few books and remains almost totally unharmed (he rarely entered combat as a hawk, preferring to do espionage for the rest of the characters), but once he gets his morphing ability back, he's suddenly prone to horrific injury in his hawk form. Just one highlight: Being ''swallowed'' by a [[GiantSwimmer Kronosaurus]]. He gets out with a broken wing that somehow stays whenever he morphs, for reasons that were never quite explained in that book.
** Either way, the the injuries the Animorphs have taken include being shot, dismembered, disemboweled, fourth degree burns, fourth degree frostbite, partially vaporized, partially digested, and even swatted while in insect morph.
* In one of the ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' novels regenerating character was subdued and ''sold as a slave to local [[PlayingWithSyringes vivisector]]''. This was supposed to 'solve' two problems at once: both his regular wanton murder of poor little mobsters and vivisector cutting up slaves again and again counted as 'a bit too much' even by [[WorldHalfEmpty local standards]]. [[spoiler:Well, one problem -- but hey, it's still better than nothing.]]
* Happens in some of the City Watch novels in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' thanks to the werewolf and golem who join the force.
--> "We can rebuild him. We have the pottery."
** Also Reg Shoe, the zombie. He can't really ''heal'' per se, but his limbs get chopped off disproportionately often.
** ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' vampires also have this ability, as demonstrated by [[Discworld/TheTruth Otto von Chriek]] -- getting decapitated is merely an inconvenience while everyone else tries to find where his head rolled under. Reattaching it only takes a few seconds, though it's slightly embarrassing ("Like zer passing of ze vater.").
*** Otto's condition goes well beyond this. As a vampire with a vulnerability to sunlight, he's chosen a profession in photography. Using ''flashbulbs''. If he's the slightest bit careless in taking a picture he goes up in smoke, but it's not a problem since he keeps a vial of blood in his pocket which breaks and revives him instantly.
* The hero of Chuck Wending's novel ''Literature/DoubleDead'' can heal anything as long as he has enough blood in his system (he is a vampire, after all). This is taken UpToEleven when he actually [[spoiler:burns to death in the sun, is carved up by cannibals, and only regenerates once his ''decapitated head'' bites off the cannibal leader's tongue.]] It's not quite FromASingleCell, but it's close.
* In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'' and its sequel ''Escape From Hell'', the damned souls in Hell can and do heal from injuries up to and including [[StuffBlowingUp being exploded into a cloud of vapor]]. Of course, they're really BlessedWithSuck (after all, they are in Hell), since healing is often a slow painful process during which one is [[AndIMustScream fully conscious but incapacitated]], and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever one can never die]].
** For example: the protagonist tries to comfort Vlad the Impaler, who has a wooden stake partially inserted somewhere humorously painful, with the knowledge that he will heal. Vlad protests that he ''has'' almost healed, just before a demon pushes the stake all the way back up..
* This is evidently the case in Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''. One soul is burned to ash and then reforms. Although healing in Hell may not be such a good thing after all.
* While this never ''really'' happens as extreme as others in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', in the final book, Dionysus is seen as splitting his consciousness to speak to Percy...while he was thrown into a ditch and was recovering. He even says that it's quite painful. Also related to mythology because of Kronos...
* Wizards and witches in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' books are frequently shown to be more resilient than normal human, surviving accidents that would kill a muggle, or only sustaining minor injuries. Wizards and witches also have much longer lifespans than their muggle counterparts. Add to that magical medicine, with potions such as a Skelegrow, which regrows bones.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels, wizards have a slight HealingFactor. Wizards' bodies heal at the normal human rate. However, they heal until the damage is fully healed. Harry commented he has taken more hits than a linebacker, and he should have severe arthritis from the cumulative damage, but he does not.
** We find in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' when [[spoiler:Harry breaks his back]], wizard bodies can heal from extensive damage, but some can take many, many years to heal.
** Also played straight by [[spoiler:Goodman Grey]] in ''Literature/SkinGame'', thanks to being an accomplished shapeshifter [[spoiler:and half-Naagloshii]]. Among other things, [[spoiler:he]] goes down from a literal shot to the heart at one point, only to get up again moments later.
** Thomas suffers the most abuse among the main charaqcters, repeatedly getting knocked out or blasted across the room. Among the things he recovered from thanks to his vampiric healing were being skinned alive and getting his neck snapped. His sister Lara once survived a point-blank explosion (though she wasn't a pretty picture afterwards) and healed by raping the bomber to death (it was even less of a pretty picture).
* Handled consistently in ''Needle'' by Creator/HalClement. An symbiotic intelligent virus can heal many minor injuries and consistently defeat disease. Cue the protagonist getting careless about handling sharp objects, and nearly dying from an infection when the symbiote leaves.
* Mages in ''Literature/TheDemonata'' series can use magic to reattach their limbs and repair severe damage in battle, often fixing their arms and legs back on as they continue to fight. Unfortunately, it still hurts just as much as it would to a normal human.
* The werewolves in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' heal very quickly, and normally this is a good thing (like when Jacob slices his hand open at Bella's house, but the cut is already healed before Bella can get a towel to stop the bleeding). However, this is subverted when Jacob has the right side of his body broken during the battle against the newborns- in wolf form, he heals too quickly and Carlisle has to re-break his bones to fix them.
* Largely averted in ''Literature/CascaTheEternalMercenary'' where Casca feels the full and complete pain both of the wound and of the rapid healing, so he takes great pains to avoid getting injured wherever he can. Generally, he only suffers a fatal injury once per book, and only receives that in situations of overwhelming odds.
* Wayne in ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' has the ability to store health in order to heal quickly later, so of course he gets hurt a lot more then his partner Wax, including once catching the brunt of an explosion and getting his entire back badly burned, being shot multiple times, being poisoned, etc. ("It's like taking someone's beer because he can always order more.") Also [[spoiler: Miles]] from ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' has a truly ridiculous HealingFactor and probably gets shot almost as many times as everybody else in the book combined, including the mooks.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Angel laughs off the notion of going to a doctor for a cut, until Freckles urges that it could [[ScarsAreForever scar]] on her.
* In ''Villains Inc.'' (sequel to ''Literature/WearingTheCape''), [[spoiler: Max Fisher]] turns out to have the ability to recover from pretty much anything, by virtue of being [[spoiler: the self-sustaining projection of a fictional character]].
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': After John finds out that no ordinary wound can kill him, he begins to charge straight into armies, shaking off innumerable bullet, pike, etc. wounds. The first time he deliberately let someone shoot him, he had to steel himself against the anticipation of pain, because he does feel it in full; but he found that pain awakened his Rifter powers, and he soon becomes able to go into a divine version of a [[TheBerserker berserk state]] where he ignores pain, feels only rage, and draws on his power to heal instantly.
* In ''Literature/GameSlaves'', no matter how brutal a death the [=NPCs=] receive, the [=ReSims=] heal the team completely.
* In ''Literature/UkiahOregon'' Ukiah and Atticus, once aware that they heal from anything and come BackFromTheDead, constantly go around TakingTheBullet and generally more risks than their human partners. Atticus and Ru's boss have noticed that Atticus is constantly getting injured and Ru isn't and assumes Ru is a coward.
* In ''Literature/TheBehemoth'' Roger suffers a number of injuries after developing his healing factor, including [[{{Fingore}} mangling his hand punching a television]], having several things [[ImpaledPalm stabbed through his hand]], [[SickeningCrunch breaking a number of bones]], several [[DramaticDislocation dramatic dislocations]], and [[NightmareFuel losing both his liver and his heart at different points.]]
* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' and friends become infected with an alien needle symbiote that keeps them alive no matter how badly they are hurt or killed. This is a very good thing, because their city is being invaded by monsters that like to chomp, impale, and/or crush anything that moves.
* This is a plot point in Damon Knight's novella ''Dio'' (or ''[[https://books.google.com/books?id=nZl0CwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT8&dq=Damon%20Knight%20The%20Dying%20Man&pg=PT9#v=snippet&q=noon&f=false The Dying Man]]''), which takes place in TheFuture where humans have genetically engineered themselves to be [[TheAgeless glamorous immortals]] who can [[WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture levitate]] and regenerate injured body parts. Practically the first thing that happens is a mid-air wrestling match in which the protagonist loses his ability to fly and he and his opponent crash to the ground. The opponent's injuries heal in a few minutes, but Dio's not... that's how he finds out what's going to happen to him. Later on his friend Claire is underwater with her friend Ross, who drowns; his lungs exude a jelly that protects him until the responders get there. It looks gross, but he is safe.
* Played with in a novel of the Literature/{{Drenai}} saga. One of Waylander's enemies has magically-endowed [[HealingFactor regenerative capabilities]] that make him effectively unkillable. All well and good against Waylander's knives and crossbow bolts, but when [[UnwittingPawn his plan to use Waylander as a human sacrifice backfires and a demon arrives to claim HIM]]..."Ah. I see you have learned the secrets of regeneration. You will wish that you had not. For now [[AndIMustScream it may take you twenty centuries to die]]."
* This trope is ruthlessly exploited by the instructors of Aveum Academy in ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth''. The recruits all have a device called a ''shieldwatch'' that can restore most injuries by [[TimeMaster rolling back time]] to when they were uninjured. As a result, the instructors can make their training regimen extremely brutal. Lycus explains that the training is designed to encourage this. Since the recruits can survive most injuries and be instantly restored, the main limitation becomes a recruit's ability to endure pain.
* A less injurious variation occurs in ''Literature/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'': Frodo is given a shirt of {{mithril}} mail that makes him nigh-invulnerable. Thereafter, on several occasions the Fellowship is ambushed by orcs who take potshots at them. Frodo is always the only person to get hit (with one exception of Gandalf's [[HatDamage hat]]), but because of his armor is perfectly fine.
* Aeduen of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' is the only POV character gifted with the HealingFactor, so it follows that he gets shot, stabbed, cut, maimed and otherwise damaged several times more than all other POV characters combined.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', people with Surgebinding abilities can regenerate almost any injury as long as they have a reserve of Stormlight, which leaves them pretty cavalier about getting creatively hurt. [[spoiler:Shallan]] even weirds out a trusted subordinate by (muzzily) giving him orders while she has a crossbow bolt sticking through her head.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** Claire Bennett can regenerate. Besides her intentional experiments on her powers, she's constantly having lethal accidents and getting mortally injured during the course of her regular adventures, something none of the non-regenerating characters seem to have trouble with. Not even the super-powered adventures involving other powered people, she would have died multiple times just living her life as a teenage girl.
** Other characters with regeneration, including [[spoiler: Sylar and Adam]] [[TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort simply stop trying to defend themselves]], so in combat they're constantly taking mortal wounds and just smiling. They aren't as accident-prone as Claire, however.
* ''Series/PainkillerJane''. Every episode of the TV series was [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman designed to show off her powers at least once]]. Sometimes she intentionally used them, sometimes she just had bad luck. The 2007 comic begins with a story where she runs across a terrorist with nerve gas on a train by ''pure coincidence'' and would have died if it wasn't for her powers.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'',
** The Doctor can [[TheNthDoctor survive stuff that should be fatal]] and can quickly recover from much worse injuries than a human can, even without recasting the part. He's regrown a hand, for one thing, and has been tortured enough times to give anyone else ''wicked'' PTSD. The spin-offs novels and audios, which don't have to worry about scaring kids or [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence upsetting parents]], take this even further. It is taken to absurd extremes in "The End of Time" when he jumps from a spaceship and falls several hundred feet, crashes through a glass dome, and impacts a marble floor at terminal velocity, and receives nothing more than a few scratches to his face.
** The Alzarians, a humanoid race featured in ''Doctor Who'' in the early Eighties, are also able to recover from injury more rapidly than humans, a relic of their highly adaptable Marshmen ancestors. However, the Doctor's Alzarian companion, Adric, indicates that the speed of recovery decreases with age. ("Old people take a bit longer, of course. Sometimes a whole day.")
** When he resurfaced in the third series of Torchwood Jack Harkness exploited his ability for the team's benefit. However, it's seriously downplayed, and he can often go entire episodes without his power coming up. In "Last of the Time Lords" Jack has obviously spent an entire year being killed in whatever gruesome ways the Master could come up with, all for his own personal amusement.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' Jack Harkness's abilities are an example in this show as well.
** "Children of Earth" takes Jack's abilities to new and interesting levels. [[spoiler: A government mole implants a bomb in Jack so that he can take out all of Torchwood when it goes off. Gwen and Ianto get away, but Jack still gets blown to bits. Then, when the government agents find his remains and realize this trope is in effect, they dump his remains in ''quick-setting concrete''.]]
** During the five days of "Children of Earth" in series 3, Jack dies ''six'' times. To put this into perspective, this was in the space of five episodes. In the first ''twenty-five'' episodes (episode 26 is a special case, due to him being trapped in a cycle of death and rebirth for 2000 years), he died seven times, nine including flashbacks.
* Rex Matheson, and for a brief period of time, the whole Earth. In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', DeathTakesAHoliday, and while this does ''not'' have good effects, it sure helps Rex when he's impaled. [[spoiler: He later has a tranfusion with Jack's blood to protect it. Because of it, he survives his HeroicSacrifice. Then he gets shot. And revives.]]
* While Teal'c of ''Series/StargateSG1'' never has to regenerate any limbs, his symbiote (and later Tretonin) let him get away with things most people would need body armor and a radiation suit to attempt, and months of physical therapy to recover from.
* [[PunnyName Bob Wire]] from ''{{King}}'' is made out of barbed wire and can therefore just spring back into place. As such, he seems to take an obscene amount of punishment every episode.
* [[TheSpock Kai]] from ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' is an [[OurZombiesAreDifferent undead assassin]] who can reattach lost body parts - so he's constantly getting decapitated, vertically bisected, ''vaporized,'' etc.
** The fact that he [[TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort never bothers blocking or avoiding danger]] isn't so much because he knows he can't be permanently hurt (short of running out of protoblood) but rather because he was brainwashed and reprogrammed with literally NO self-preservation instinct beyond "get the mission done and get back home."
* [[spoiler:Nathan]] from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has been showing this ever since his power was revealed to be immortality. Kind of justified though, since the kid makes such a habit of acting like an unbelievable ass that pretty much everyone who spends more than five seconds in his company could be forgiven for wanting to inflict harm on him (lampshaded by the fact that even his best friends aren't remotely surprised when someone tries to murder him). This, coupled with the fact that he is prone to occasionally [[TooDumbToLive jaw-dropping stupidity and recklessness]], means that the only real mystery is how the hell he managed to survive ''prior'' to getting his power.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Angel is usually the one who gets shot, stabbed, etc, because as a vampire he's pretty hard to kill. In fairness, though, it's not just him.
-->'''Angel''': Do you know how hard it is to think straight with a piece of rebar through your torso?
-->'''Cordelia''': [[ContinuityNod Actually I do]] - benefits of a Sunnydale education!
::This is also something of an ActorAllusion, as Charisma Carpenter, who plays Cordelia, had received that injury herself earlier in her life. In fact, the manner of Cordelia's injury was written so that Carpenter's real-life scar could have an accurate in-universe explanation.
** The phrase also shows up in "The Ring", after Angel gets a sufficiently serious beating to leave Wesley and Cordelia basically carrying him home.
-->'''Cordelia''': Angel, you don't look so...well it's a good thing you heal fast!
** Angel sustaining (and quickly recovering from) an injury that would kill a normal human is pretty much a OnceAnEpisode thing. Probably the most blatant example is "Apocalypse, Nowish": Angel is staked in the neck and thrown off a building, and in less than a ''minute'', we see him looking fine. Even within the show, only a few minutes could have passed.
** Buffy, Faith and Kendra (Slayers, basically) also heal faster than regular humans, which can lead to awkward questions posed by those not in the loop. For example, in the season 2 episode "Ted", the police wouldn't believe Buffy hit her stepfather in self-defense, because she had no bruise where he had hit her.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Odo is a shapeshifter and, if injured, simply shifts back to undamaged form. Thus he uses methods for stopping criminals like letting them run through him so they lose momentum, or jumping from heights on them. This bites him in the ass when he is [[ShapeshifterModeLock Modelocked]] into human - during a very short time he sustains multiple injuries and nearly dies! Laas, another changeling, manages to be stabbed in his stomach within days on station.
** On a similar note, changelings are immune to all regular infections, including [=STDs=], so they have no qualms sharing [[IncrediblyLamePun Body Fluids]] with each other. This also proves nearly fatal when [[spoiler: Section 31 develops a ... something that ''can'' infect Changelings.]]
* Most of the reapers on ''Series/DeadLikeMe''. The fact there's a spring sticking out of your mattress is no reason to get stabbed almost every time you go to bed, George. Sometimes they intentionally abuse their HealingFactor, though, or each other's; Roxy seems to think running Mason over is a perfectly appropriate punishment.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''
** Sikozu has the ability to reattach lost extremities. Thus, she's had her limbs lopped off on ''several'' occasions (and one of her [[{{Fingore}} fingers]], in the episode "Coup By Clam") - the most severe being "Twice Shy", in which she has both an arm and a leg ripped off by [[spoiler: the true form of Talika]].
** Pilot once had this trope ''forced upon him'' by the rest of the crew, because a MadScientist had demanded one of his limbs in exchange for assistance.
** They once found another Leviathan that's overrun by some very unpleasant people. They too are abusing their Pilot's regeneration, but not just out of sadism. The first words the traumatized being can say "in simple enough fashion" for the TranslatorMicrobes to be able to let the others understand are, "They... are.... ''[[IAmAHumanitarian EATING! ME!!!]]''"
* Given how often [[Series/ForeverKnight Nick Knight]] gets shot in the line of duty, his quest ToBecomeHuman could easily get him killed unless he changes his habits.
** It showed up with other characters too. Vachon lost a hand in the plane crash in 'Black Buddha', and [=LaCroix=] survived being impaled by a flaming torch in the pilot, though we only find that out in season 2.
* Any of the angels in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', particularly in Castiel's case. He's been beaten, impaled, carved up, shot, thrown through walls, ''hung on a meat hook'', and always ends up perfectly fine [[spoiler:until he's human. Then he realizes just how much it ''sucks'' not to have awesome angelic healing powers.]] Averted by demons, who don't actually heal the bodies they possess. Their unwilling hosts will die once the demon leaves them if the body sustained lethal damage at any point.
* Both played straight and occasionally lampshaded with Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
-->'''John:''' You're healing fast.
-->'''Cameron:''' Faster than you.
** This is the day after Cameron has been blown up, run over, pulled a metal spike out of her head, pressed between two trucks and staple-gunned the wounds on her face closed. John, by contrast, has "only" been in a car accident, and already she's looking much less injured than him.
** Worth pointing out that as Terminators are living tissue over a metal endoskeleton, any injuries they receive are ''literally'' [[OnlyAFleshWound just a flesh wound.]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine,'' the Vorta have backup clones in case they die. Weyoun's later appearances consist of him getting killed ''every single time'' because he can get better. He pretty much becomes [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kenny]].
* ''[[Series.TheCollector The Collector]]'': Morgan's HealingFactor is shown A LOT, which also [[IncendiaryExponent shows the hellfire filling him]].
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' used this to no end. Duncan was always getting hurt in some way during fights and having to heal, and "watch me shoot/stab/whatever myself and die, then revive" was a popular way to show immortality to a mortal.
** Averted, though, with Xavier St.Cloud's hand. Chopped off body parts do not regrow. Neck and facial wounds also tend to leave scars.
** In the 1920s, Duncan slashes Kalas across the throat. 70 years later, Kalas' vocal chords still haven't healed, leaving his voice a throaty rasp. As his fantastic opera singing was the one thing he truly loved, Kalas is quite upset with Duncan over this.
* Vampires in Series/TheVampireDiaries heal much faster than humans, including healing from injuries that would kill a human and in some cases, even regrowing missing organs. Whenever a vampire needs to temporarily incapacitate another vampire, it's most often accomplished via a broken neck.
** While nothing as extreme as regrowing a severed arm or leg has occured, Damon's eyes were gouged out once only to be regenerated in time for the next scene, though he did constantly rub his eyes and complain about how sore they were for the rest of the episode.
** Humans who drink vampire blood will also gain a temporary healing factor, though it's still not as powerful as a vampire's healing factor. Drinking vampire blood doesn't allow a human to survive instantly fatal injuries such as a broken neck or drowning, at least not while staying human. They will recover, but they will become a vampire themselves in the process.
* Leonard Betts in the ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode named after him, [[ShapedLikeItself "Leonard Betts"]]. The plot kicks off when Leonard breaks out of a hospital [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue morgue]] [[LosingYourHead with his head missing]] so that he can go home and regrow it. Later on, he escapes handcuffs by ripping his own thumb off, because he knows he can get a new one. Unfortunately, his HealingFactor is neither easy nor pleasant.
* In the ''Series/TheFlash2014''/Series/{{Arrow}} crossover episode ''Flash vs. Arrow", Oliver teaches Barry to pay more attention to his surroundings by firing multiple hidden arrows at Barry. When Barry objects, Oliver says "I heard you heal fast" and rips the arrows out.
* Kuroto Dan in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' [[BackFromTheDead comes back to life]] as a living computer virus with 99 VideoGameLives; naturally, he starts getting killed left and right, including one episode where he works himself to death several times pulling an all-nighter to give TheHero a new power-up. [[spoiler:This gets exploited near the end of the series by Kiriya Kujo, who repeatedly infects Kuroto with the [[FinalBoss Gemdeus]] virus until he finally develops an antibody for it.]]

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* There is actually some basis for everyone in Hell being healed so they can go on being tortured there in Literature/TheBible, although it's not very descriptive. (Jesus simply says that "the flame never goes out and the worm never dies" there).
* Literature/TheQuran, in contrast, gives a very explicit description that the damned regularly have their skins burnt off, and then are provided new ones so that the burning can continue forever. Either way, [[BlessedWithSuck pity for them that they can heal]].
* Prometheus was chained to a rock and an eagle tore out his liver every day until he was rescued. Boy Prometheus, it's a good thing you can heal now isn't it? Of course, the regeneration was part of his punishment for giving humans fire-so that his liver could be torn out every day for the rest of eternity and not just once.
* Ares would be injured a bit in Myth/GreekMythology...thank you Diomedes for stabbing him.
* Myth/NorseMythology has several instances of this. Odin hangs himself (for three days), stabs an eye out, and stabs himself with a spear to get knowledge. Loki gets chained down and has a snake drip poison/acid on him.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The eponymous hero of ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' gets killed off/badly injured pretty much every episode. In fact, it's almost the basis for the series.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the Toa Mata could regenerate their decayed flesh and organs after awakening from a millennia-long coma. Presumably other characters can do this too, provided that their organic parts weren't removed by force, and their metal pieces are still intact. Nocturn is a character who could even regrow an arm after Pridak had torn it off, but he wasn't able to grow a new tentacle (this is why he uses a launcher in that hand instead).
* ''ComicBook/BeastWarsUprising:'' Rampage, who has the ability to survive wounds that would kill any other Cybertronian. Although, as a DeathSeeker, he's a little bit pissed every time he tries to die, and wakes up to find himself back in good condition. [[spoiler:In the final story, he turns out to have CompleteImmortality.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In a general case, games that provide a health bar either allow RegeneratingHealth, or allow quick and rapid healing by using one of the healing items (carried potions, medikit pickup, hamburger, etc.) This is more of a practical abstraction rather than being a character's superpower.
* The character Yoshimitsu, who has appeared in every single ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' game, has healing abilities beginning in Tekken 3. He can heal through meditating, or through draining lifeforce from an enemy. Like Shatterstar, he has an attack where [[DeliberateInjuryGambit he stabs himself]], inflicting damage but is able to hit an enemy for even more damage with it. He is also able to spin while in this state to further damage someone hit with this attack, with his sword still in him. Yoshimitsu can also spin away from his opponent at an incredibly rapid speed, an attack that requires expending his own life to do, and which causes him to lose his balance and faint temporarily if done excessively.
** Yoshimitsu from the Soul Calibur series has similar techniques including flying into the air, lighting his sword on fire, then stabbing it through his own chest and dropping out of the air onto your opponent for massive damage to both you and your opponent. You can regain your health in identical ways to Tekken.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. Albedo has a powerful healing factor (he can regrow his own head!), but is driven to madness upon the knowledge that he cannot be killed while his brothers can.
* The player can do this in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. Since the main character can't die, and has a HealingFactor as part of the parcel, they can willingly allow themselves to be [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap mangled in all sorts of ways]]. You can allow a woman to pay for the privilage of fatally stabbing you, snap your own neck to prove a point not once but ''twice'', allow a hag to [[EyeScream claw out your eye to give you power]], remove a magical ring from the dead finger it's stuck on by '''biting your finger off and sticking the dead finger onto the stump''', allow a mortician to sew up your wounds, have a crazy dissectionist cut your various body parts open (including pulling out your own intestines and cracking open your skull), gouge out your eye to put a preserved one in its place, and gain spells from a PyroManiac wizard by allowing him to burn your finger, hand, eyeball and intestines to charred cinders.
** Hilariously, although ''you'' can't die, you ''can'' kill people in a number of increasingly ridiculous ways. The most well-known and memorable is when you ''convince a man that he doesn't exist'', and he simply [[PuffOfLogic poofs out of existence]] when he realizes that he believes your logic. And it doesn't count as murder, because...''he never existed!''
* [[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy Dark Samus]]. It took the destruction of one and a half planets to finally kill her.
* Robots and Reploids from the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' franchise can be rebuilt after pretty much any damage, except when [[PlotlineDeath they need to die for real]]. In one game, Proto Man is cut in half ''twice''. Zero has been blown up, reduced to a head and torso, lasered through the chest, split into three parts that get passed around like trading cards...
** Sigma exists as [[TheVirus a sentient computer virus]] allowing him to come back even if his body is completely destroyed. Which of course means it has to happen in every game in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series. Hell, ''VideoGame/MegaManX5'' begins with Sigma ''allowing'' himself to be killed just so he can spread the virus around.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shirou takes frequent and painful abuse from enemy Servants no matter what you do -- but he takes noticeably ''less'' of it in routes where his contract with Saber gets broken. This is because [[spoiler:Shirou has unknowingly been imbued with Saber's lost Noble Phantasm, Avalon, which will heal him from any damage as long as he's connected to her. Without her, it's just there]].
* Dante in the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' series: he gets stabbed and impaled so many times and then shrugs it off that it's just funny...but only in the cut scenes...that don't involve his fights with Vergil in DMC 3 where he actually DOES get hurt...but then gets better by going Devil Time.
* Many Characters in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, particularly Dissidia, know that they can come back to life, & use it to their fullest advantage. Sephiroth, Emperor Mateus of Palamecia, & Garland [[spoiler:although, he uses time travel]] are notable examples.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there are sometimes very high places that would take a long time to climb back down from. Of course the solution is obvious, and several classes have abilities to make it a perfectly survivable tactic, including the Priest's Levitate, Rogue's / Druid Cat-Form's reduced falling damage etc. Warlocks and Shamans don't have these... but they ''do'' have the ability to occasionally self-ressurect, leading to a lot of Warlocks and Shammys going 'splat'.
** Then there is Divine Intervention, a Paladin skill that kills the Paladin but makes the target invulnerable when things go badly. The saved ally can then ressurect the Paladin and the others.
*** Sadly, Divine Intervention was removed from the game in patch 4.0, back in 2010. At least for players. NPC paladins can still use it in cut scenes though!
** Demonstrated in [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=050409 this]] ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' comic.
* There's been a ton of video games that make use of Wolverine's ability to regenerate, but the most recent one, ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine,'' is the first to show grievous bodily harm actually occurring to him, up to and including parts of his face and torso being completely torn off, only for them to slowly come back. For game balancing issues, he has two health meters; his "internal vitals" meter regenerates more slowly, so you're in trouble if you get that far gone. His shirt rarely survives this punishment, though his [[MagicPants pants never suffer quite so much.]]
** Actually the [[MagicPants]] is sort of justified, since he is attacking military soldiers who are trained to target the chest area, where all the vital organs are, not the legs, though his pants should be at least torn up from all the shit he went through.
* Another Wolverine example: in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Marvel Super Heroes]]'', if Wolverine falls to one heart, he loses his body and runs around as ''just'' his Adamantium skeleton. He's also equipped with passive regeneration, so the skeleton regrows its "flesh" when he moves up to two hearts.
* The Konami title ''VideoGame/NeverDead'' turns this into a game mechanic. The protagonist, Bryce, is an immortal who can survive violent dismemberment by picking himself up piece by piece.
* Less prominent than most examples here is Chidori in ''VideoGame/Persona3''. She's a messed-up girl with a bad habit of cutting herself, but her wounds heal rapidly.
* [[BigBad Albert Wesker]] in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series has a virus that allows him to basically survive anything, such as getting hundred tons of metal to fall on him with barely any effect. Rocket Launchers only stun him while there able to take down a Tyrant in one hit.[[spoiler:It took two rockets, lava, and a hundred attacks to finally obliterate him. Even after all that, some fans suggest he somehow managed to survive.]]
** On a lesser scale, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Regenerators]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' can regenerate any body part, including their head, unless their hidden Plagas are taken out.
* Both Vorcha and Krogans in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe can heal: Vorcha heal very quickly as a natural ability, which gives them a somewhat horrifying appearance from the mass of scars they receive, and Krogans are so naturally tough and resilient that their anatomy allows them to continue functioning even when they shouldn't be capable, while their body heals the injuries. Both can have their regeneration shut down (temporarily, but permanently in the games based on how combat works) through inflicting incredible amounts of simultaneous, wide-spread damage (the Warp biotic effect) or [[KillItWithFire burning them]]. Wrex forgets that most species don't have this ability. This leads to an amusing conversation in [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the second game]], where he initially seems to be under the impression that Shepard survived being spaced because of this.
-->'''Wrex:''' Ah, the benefits of a redundant nervous system!\\
'''Shepard:''' Yeah, humans don't have that.\\
'''Wrex:''' Oh... it must've been painful, then.
* Fujiwara no Mokou from the ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' series is [[CompleteImmortality completely immortal]] and will [[FromASingleCell recover from even fatal injuries in moments]], which lets her completely disregard personal safety when fighting. It's explicitly stated that the only way to really beat her is to kill her over and over again until the pain simply prevents her from being able to counter-attack. In ''Urban Legend in Limbo'', her gimmick that she has fast and powerful attacks, but any attack that [[PlayingWithFire involves fire]] will damage herself as well. She can incinerate herself in a pillar of fire, which will undo all the self-damage she's sustained up to that point but leaves her vulnerable to counter-attacks while she regenerates, making playing as her a careful balance between pressing the offense and recovering HP.
* Player characters experience this throughout ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld.'' Because of the Bee they've been symbiotically bonded with, players are effectively immortal and able to [[ResurrectiveImmortality return from the dead]] [[DeathIsCheap a matter of seconds after being killed]]. As such, quest-givers have few qualms about sending their newfound rescuers into deadly situations - to the point that some quests actually require players to kill themselves just so they can see what's going on in the spirit world; taken to ridiculous extremes in earlier versions of the game, where players were able to exploit the game's anima well network to teleport across the map by committing suicide!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** "Fast Healing" and "Regeneration". The difference: Fast Healing heals any damage, but cannot restore limbs; Regeneration can regrow anything including the head but has something that bypasses the regeneration (usually [[KillItWithFire fire]].)
** Some players opt to treat their hit points as a kind of "alternative armor", being fine with taking near-lethal damage as long as they can take down the enemy first. This tactic depends heavily on them having either the aforementioned regeneration/fast healing, or a very dedicated healer. Said healer might not be too happy about having to expend their limited magic on patching up a suicidal fighter all the time.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' includes a "Regrowth" feature that can be bought on {{Regeneration}} and [[HealingHands Healing]] that allows one to regenerate lost limbs and other bits of the body. Handy, except that there's no way in the rules for one to lose limbs or bits of the body, so the only time this comes up is when the GM wants to make the Regrowth seem useful.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'':
** Griswold is attacked as a joke by people who know elves have a HealingFactor. He doesn't find it funny.
** Jacinda's grandmother died of old age and jumped out a plane without a parachute. [[CatsHaveNineLives She has lives to spare]].
* "The Unstoppable Higgs" from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is able to recover from a broken leg and arm plus a concussion in just a few days, at the end of which he is able to succeed remarkably in a Jäger bar fight. That can be explained away given that their world has odd yet strangely advanced medical devices that are able to heal very quickly, but this is justified when he is later thrown into walls by a clank with no apparent setbacks, not to mention his encounters with Zola, when he gets punched by a highly drugged and dangerous woman, plus shot and run through with a sword.
** The [[SuperSoldier Jäger]] themselves regularly endure enormous amounts of punishment, the one time one was shown to be in any real danger of death was from a venom that liquified flesh. Luckily his friend was around and able to chop off the arm before it was too late. A scared onlooker resolved never to tell the Jägers if he got a headache.
** Some of Higgs' dialogue suggests that he's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries old]], and in one instance he [[OohMeAccentsSlipping slipped into a Jäger accent]]
* Gregory of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle For Hire'' does this to some extent. He once proposed selling his organs to make money, since he could get them back with healing magic. Which doesn't make a lot of sense considering he could use his magic to heal other people just as well.
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' has Tie'l, an alien who can heal. Slower than usual though, an arm-tentacle takes a week to regrow. Much like the quote at the start of this page Tie'l also [[http://thewotch.com/index.php?epDate=2006-09-29 points out]].
-->'''Tie'l:''' She cut my Arm-Tentacle off!!\\
'''Glock:''' So? It'll grow back in, like, a week.\\
'''Tie'l:''' That doesn't make it ''pleasant!''
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a villainous example: [[BigBad Damien]] never needed fighting skill because he could regenerate (as well as having ''burning skin'' and supposed SuperStrength).
* [[http://www.captainexcelsior.com/?id=51 This]] installment of ''Captain Excelsior'' offers some thought about the trope.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', whenever Oasis appears to "die," she inevitably turns up alive later (exactly how she does this is unknown, even to her). So, shock of shocks, she ends up dying in just about every storyline she appears in. This is especially notable in the "Dangerous Days" arc, where Oasis is the only one of the good guys who takes lethal damage, and is the only one left behind when the building they were in explodes.
* Richard of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', regularly gets [[AnnoyingArrows impaled by arrows]] or loses limbs, then again he is undead.
** [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/248 His village]] is the [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/251 same]].
* The eponymous protagonist of ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy''. She seems to be getting used to it, too - in [[http://creamybeamy.comicgenesis.com/d/20090511.html this strip]] she's merely frowning after getting half her skull bashed in.
** Which is nothing compared to a later part of the same story arc, when she has to [[spoiler: regrow her entire body!]]
* ''WebComic/HeadTrip'' [[http://shinga.deviantart.com/art/Head-Trip-Save-the-Emo-43766499 points out]] that the case of Claire Bennett from ''Heroes'' (see above) could be worse.
* Goblin Dan of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' became a millionaire by selling roast hydra-head burgers as goblinoid fast food, so for him it's a Good Thing Hydras Can Heal.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': See the Mega Man entry above. The robot cast are regularly taken out by the villains and are just rebuilt by Doctor Light (who the villains never take out before being stopped). The title characters are also human but either their shielding makes attacks ineffective or involuntary time travel happens.
* All the MAQ numbers from [[http://maq041.com/ MAQ #041]] have regeneration capabilities, but the one that has the most capacity is #13. So far, she's been plastered against a brick wall by a car and been gunned down accidentally as part of a demonstration.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': More like Good Thing You're Immortal, but going God-Tier and being a God-Tier player means you can go through massive physical trauma and still be okay, as long as certain conditions aren't met. The best example of this would have to be [[spoiler: Dave and Rose, who had to travel through a sun that was double the mass of the universe. Not to mention that the thing that allowed them to reach God Tier was being at the source of the explosion which created said sun.]]
* Lexx in ''Webcomic/AlienDice'' takes a lot of punishment during duels, losing and regenerating limbs on a couple occasions. Though both times he was out of commission for at least a day and needed nutritional supplements to prevent his nanites from cannibalizing the rest of his body.
* Ed of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' dies [[TheyKilledKennyAgain frequently]] and often thoroughly (to the point of being completely vaporized except for a few individual cells), but his doctor is always able to bring him back...though not necessarily in a body that matches his old one. It's implied that [[LosingYourHead his head has been blown off]] a ''lot'' more times than we know about.
* In ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'' Town sheriff (and former alpha of the local Werewolf Pack) Con Nero stops a rampaging Sarah in [[CanisMajor full 11-foot-tall UberWolf]] form by Shooting her in the Heart! He wasn't using silver bullets though so she wasn't permanently harmed.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/748 here]]. Sydney suspects that if she had regeneration, which she doesn't (''as far as she knows''), she'd get hurt with alarming frequency.
* Spiders in ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'' can heal from anything, which comes in handy since he's a [[IronButtmonkey frequent victim of slapstick violence]].
* The title character of ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' has physical invulnerability to help her survive all the chaos that ensues in her nonsensical kingdom of Piscataway, including attempts by others to end her life and/or steal her throne.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Cell and Majin Buu. Piccolo and the other Namekians also seem to get dismembered a lot. [[RunningGag Sadly, the same can't be said for Dabura]].
* Bonnie Hallet from {{Webcomic/Chiasmata}} has HealingFactor that has been put put to the test several times so far during the adventure, since the "puzzles" she has to do to move on in the Location have all involved [[AnArmandALeg deliberately chopping off body parts]]. Unfortunately for her, [[PowerIncontinence the stuff she regrows tend to be mutated in some way]]. The first time she regrows something (her hand) it has an extra thumb, the second time (her entire arm) it barely resembles a human limb at all.
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Bonnie: This healing thing is awful. I want a refund.]]
** Outside of the main adventure we also have [[AwesomeAussie Augment]], a high ranking superhero from the Benefactors League with regeneration so powerful that she is the only person ever to have survived a [[WalkingWasteland 564]] attack and is the only one capable of being in the same room as [[ILoveNuclearPower Misanthrope]] for any amount of time. She is frequently sent into high risk situations due to her ability to take high amounts of damage, while also apparently being skilled enough to kill ''dinosaurs'' when the need arises. It's worth noting that this is one of the many reasons that [[WildMassGuessing Augment is speculated to be Bonnie's mother/sister/future self]]/[[EpilepticTrees time displaced clone etc.]]
* The Cyborg version shows up in ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' during Kim's battle with the master of Dark Science. Kim, already a triple amputee from a previous encounter with time travelling Luddites, takes all serious damage to her prosthetics except for a few small artfully arranged cuts to her face.
* Kid Charisma in ''Webcomics/EverydayHeroes'' is [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=209590 tough enough]] that Summer can use a HyperspaceMallet on him (she's normally not allowed because of her SuperStrength). A page or two later, Kid Charisma is back on his feet and unscathed.
* Part of the vampiric power set in ''Webcomic/SchwarzKreuz''.
* In ''WebComic/UndyingHappiness'', a girl named Naomi leaves behind her dysfunctional family to live with her Internet boyfriend Keisuke. Keisuke is a kind, friendly, but profoundly clumsy guy who happens to have uncanny powers of regeneration... which Naomi discovers in the first chapter after Keisuke ''accidentally burns his house down'' and ''emerges from the ashes as a walking skeleton''.
* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' showed the downside of this trope: when [[Franchise/XMen Wolverine]] sparred with [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Kratos]], they end up having to call Commander Badass for help because Wolverine's body healed ''around'' Kratos's [[{{Swordchucks}} blades]], trapping them in. The Commander's later seen basically constantly injuring Wolverine so he could remove the blades.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Splatterman was once dropped through a mulcher. He regenerated. Calling his power a "HealingFactor" just doesn't seem to get the message across...
** Mr. Easter's life is a series of one big catastrophe after another, all of which land him in the morgue. Of course, one of his powers is coming back from the dead after three days.
* The Shadow of ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics quasi-fame. Puts himself in obvious danger to save time, and to intimidate his enemies. Once leapt through the windshield of an oncoming car, to force the driver to crash, sending the two of them flying thirty-feet, breaking several bones, just to find out who the guy worked for.
* Tennyo in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse has such a phenomenal regeneration ability that literally nothing seems to stop her. She once had her leg blown off by cyborgs with vulcan cannons, and she regrew the leg by the time it took her to fly over and grab the cyborgs. If you think that's good, Carmilla had her head chopped off and just grew a new one, but she's an EldritchAbomination.
** Taken UpToEleven by Tennyo later on, as the above example is only her base-line healing factor. When she gets mad, she has regrown entire limbs and parts of her face in time to continue up an attack she was already doing, ''before she even realized the body parts were missing''. Other characters have theorized that she isn't being healed so much as restored from a master copy woven into the very fabric of the universe.
* Veldron of Literature/SuperStories regenerates when fatally injured. Unfortunately others seem to take this as an invitation to hurt him or put him in danger, assuming he'll just heal and not realising that he has to be just about dead for the power to kick in.
* ''Literature/StoneBurners'', Olivia have been shot, pummeled, thrown through a wall and suffered through broken bones. She got better.
* Khalid Shamoun of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Evolution has the ability to regenerate himself from things that would normally kill him. It's even invoked by the scientists, when it's revealed that [[spoiler:he was the kid from the prologue who got shot for mouthing off, to demonstrate that rebelling would result in death]]. It becomes a DeconstructedTrope, however, in that it's shown that his ability to regenerate is failing more than usual in recent history.
* ''Bartleby Tales'' directly addresses the PowerPerversionPotential in this--as early as the first chapter, a character not only survives swallowing a live grenade, but actually gets off on being blown to pieces and [[PullingThemselvesTogether reassembling himself]].
* In Literature/{{Worm}}, this is Taylor's justification for [[EyeScream how she deals with Lung]], the regenerating gangleader who transforms to a stronger form the longer he fights.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Prolecto Prolecto]] succubi can heal from just about anything. While they don't get cut in half often, they DO get beat up a LOT. They can, however, still feel pain, especially Vivian.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Horse Talisman in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' gives whoever holds it the ability to immediately recover from any injury. This includes [[spoiler:even being turned completely to stone.]] [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] after the introduction of the [[ImmortalityInducer Dog Talisman]], which gives the user CompleteImmortality. However, it by itself comes with the drawback of not instantly curing all injuries, nor the pain that comes with them.
-->'''[[QuirkyMinibossSquad Finn:]]''' ''[having both the Horse and Dog Talismans]'' Immortality and Healing? That's redundant.\\
''[swaps the Horse Talisman with [[DumbMuscle Ratso]] for Pig, which bestows EyeBeams]'' I'll swap ya'!\\
''[slams into the underside of a bridge on a truck going 60 mph]'' Ugh... {{Immortality hurts}}...
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'': while Superboy ignored a distress call [[CryingWolf thinking it was frivolous]], Brainiac 5 got blasted with a surprise shot. In slow motion, with the hand itself going flying off and the still sparking stump shown as Brainiac falls into a PietaPlagiarism in Lighting Lad's arms. Thankfully, he's a DoAnythingRobot with [[TelescopingRobot telescoping]] extensions, so he could heal right quick. Didn't make the let down any easier to take though.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has an interesting example about this trope. Shego has only ever used her claws to slice Kim's clothing when Kim was wearing clothes that were self-repairing. The second time, Shego sliced through the battle suit and cut Kim enough that it resulted in blood. After the battle suit regenerated itself, Kim's wounds were never seen ever again. Apparently the battle suit healed not only itself but also the wounds of its wearer. Weird...
* Swampfire in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. Those Lasers go right through him... then the holes immediately close. This has become part of Ben's [[ShootingSuperman basic fighting style]] with him. Also Goop, the green, goo alien. Because he has no [[MadeOfPlasticine skin or any other form of protection]] it is reasonable that he gets obliterated and then reforms.
* In the "Coon & Friends" trilogy of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', it's revealed that Kenny coming BackFromTheDead isn't just a gag, but an actual superpower. That he's had to use his power hundreds of times by the time he's turned ten is apparently a coincidence.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' [=SpongeBob=] had Patrick shave him down so he would be rounded instead of square. Of course, Patrick being an idiot, he shaves [=SpongeBob=] down to his brain scaring everyone including the Flying Dutchman, at the end [=SpongeBob=] tells a frightened Patrick "Don't worry it'll grow back". He can also regenerate his limbs if they get ripped or burned off.
** Notably, he has ripped off his arms 40 times in one episode, recovered from being completely liquified, taken a thousand punches in the face, gotten dragged through a field of giant clams, cheese graters and educational television, and has been ripped in half. Ironically, the latter event occured in an episode that revolved around [[FridgeLogic Spongebob never leaving his house for fear of hurting himself]] after smashing his hip.
*** In at least one other episode, he ripped '''himself''' in half (as part of a victory dance).
** This is all justified though; there are some species of sponges with ''incredible'' regenerative abilities. We're talking put in a blender and still capable of putting themselves back together.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' wobbles back and forth on this. You have Optimus Prime being dismembered in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' and being okay, but a few shots to the torso kill him one movie later. ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Waspinator explodes so much that Rattrap has a collection of his parts, but [[spoiler: Dinobot]] dies just with minimal injuries. In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' people live with just their heads, in another a stab to the gut nearly kills you dead.
** These can be justified by Transformers having different anatomy: [[spoiler:Dinobot]] died because he was low on energon [[{{Determinator}} but continued to fight anyway]]. In ''Animated'' most of their important parts appear to be ''inside'' their heads and body, so a stab to the gut could be fatal while being decapitated would be the equivalent of cutting/disconnecting the cord connecting a computer and the monitor (debilitating, but reversable).
** After Starscream gains immortality from an [=AllSpark=] shards he become a complete magnet for injury. Right after this happens Megatron proceeds to kill him ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome five times,]] [[DeathMontage back to back.]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', when Slade came back, one of the first things that happened was Robin unleashing a series of vicious kicks to the head that he would probably have not got hit with earlier. From his reaction and the ''cracking'' noises when he straightened his head, it seems they broke his neck.
** However, it's latter shown that while he was brought back to life ''his flesh wasn't'', so it's probably a lot easier to break his bones.
** Cyborg often loses arms and legs, thanks to his mechanical nature. In the third-season finale, he is almost completely dismembered during a battle with the also-cybernetic Brother Blood. Naturally, he gets better.
* ''WesternAnimation/HulkVs {{Wolverine}}'': Logan cuts off Deadpool's arm. In several pieces. Deadpool, as usual, is completely unfazed by this (although he is upset about losing his favorite gun), and has to get the parts aligned just right for it to re-attach properly.
* Wolverine in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series.
** And let's not forget one of the Animated X-Men's [[MultipleChoicePast memories of his past]] is a secret mission during World War II along ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. Their superior tells them they have to storm an enemy base from an helicopter and it must be done really fast. "How fast?" "You aren't going to use a parachute". Cap'n knows he can do it, but he looks worried at Logan (didn't have the adamantium bones yet), who reassures him he'll be ok. They then jump, Cap'n stands like nothing happened, and sees the poor soldier in the ground, with his legs terribly broken. He's going to go for help, but Logan tells him it's ok, then he regenerates, stands and tells Cap'n they have a mission to do.
* [[RobotBuddy XR]] stands somewhere between this, TheyKilledKenny, and IronButtmonkey in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''. Thanks to easily repairable parts, the "X" no longer stands for "[=eXperimental=]," but "[=eXpendable=]." (It helps that he [[AssholeVictim often deserves it]].)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Goliath frequently mentions that their stone sleep during the day allows them to recover from nearly any injury. They get beat half to death just before dawn very frequently, much more often than the human characters are beat half to death at any time of day.
* In ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' Tech E. Coyote inherited his famous ancestor's regenerative ability (oddly none of the others have), and it gets tested often.
* It's a common gag in classic cartoons where a character's head is blown off in someway, only to spontaneously regenerate and carry on as if noting happened.