The Necromantic is a character who became a villain (or was marked as one) because they really, really want to bring a loved one BackFromTheDead.

Unfortunately, they don't live in a world where people are OnlyMostlyDead and DeathIsCheap. Nope, in their world, resurrection is [[AllDeathsFinal breaking]] the [[ScaleOfScientificSins laws of Man and God]], making their goal more of a TragicDream than anything else. Thus, they delve into mysteries [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Man Is Not Meant to Know]] and things [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope quickly go downhill from there]]. Often they're willing to make a DealWithTheDevil or bargain to free the SealedEvilInACan for this. LoveMakesYouEvil is often involved somewhere down the line.

Rarely do they succeed. If they do, the resurrected subject almost always [[CameBackWrong Comes Back Wrong]] in some horrific manner or [[IHateYouVampireDad resents]] [[UnwantedRevival being revived]]. The rare happy exceptions invite a ResurrectedRomance.

Often the ReplacementGoldfish is either the first step in the process or a fallback. They may become a LivingDollCollector if they keep the resulting monstrosities around as if they were fine.

If there's no reanimation involved but someone is still enjoying the corpse's company, compare MummiesAtTheDinnerTable for social events, ILoveTheDead for more intimate engagements, and ALoveToDismember when a partial souvenir does the trick. Closely related to ImmortalityImmorality, though that one may focus on keeping death from occurring in the first place. Contrast with the {{Necromancer}}, who resurrect the dead as their career and already have the ability to do so, although both can overlap.

Not to be confused with, the film ''Film/{{Nekromantik}}'' or the Danish band ''The Nekromantix''.



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* Gendo Ikari of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was willing to initiate TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt ''twice'' to get his dead wife back.
* Pegasus' motivation in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' was to resurrect his dead fiancée/wife through a combination of ancient magic and the "Solid Vision" holographic technology.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Professor Cobra made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal]] with the SealedEvilInACan to resurrect his dead son.
* Featured heavily in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist.'' Attempting to bring back a dead person with alchemy is not only strictly forbidden, but is almost guaranteed to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly awry]], scar your body, kill an innocent, create a monster, etc. People (including the protagonists) try it anyway. Different than the villainous examples as all the people who try this are painted in a sympathetic light.
** While attempting human transmutation causes you to [[spoiler:''merely'' lose a body part (and find out later that bringing back the dead is flat-out ''impossible'')]], in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], things are somewhat different: [[spoiler:human transmutation causes you to lose part of your body, ''and'' the corpse becomes a nigh-immortal monster]].
*** The 2003 anime version also hints that [[spoiler:the homunculus ''is'' the person who was supposed to be brought back]]. By the end, Lust is thoroughly convinced of this while Sloth is scared to death of the possibility; [[spoiler:it's why she wants to kill the Elrics so much: no mother would do such a thing, thus differentiating herself from Trisha]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha's motivation for siding with Madara and his Moon's Eye Plan, which involves casting a worldwide genjutsu in order to create a dream world, is essentially this. In Obito's case, this would allow him to live together with his deceased love interest and teammate (whom was killed at the hands of his former best friend no less) [[HappilyEverAfter once more]], and he's willing to set monsters loose upon villages and wage war to achieve it.]]
* Featured in ''Magna/ChronoCrusade''. Azmaria's foster father adopted her in the hope that he could use her [[HealingHands Healing]] [[MagicMusic Voice]] to bring his wife's soul back to a body he reconstructed for her after she died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Precia Testarossa of the first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was attempting to resurrect [[spoiler:her daughter. She tried creating a clone named Fate, but Fate having her own personality enraged her.]]
* A story arc in ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers NEXT]]'' features a wizard making a pact with mazoku in order to resurrect his lover. He succeeds, but she awakens in a zombie-like state [[MercyKill begging to be sent back]]. Needless to say, things do not end well.
* Lucifer of the Divine Design arc of ''Manga/GetBackers''. He kidnapped and brainwashed children, played sick mind games with everyone, and seemed to enjoy doing it, but in the end it was revealed that he really just wanted to bring his daughter back from the dead.
* Sinner, an antagonist from the first ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' [[LightNovels light novel]], carried around the long-past-decayed corpse of his daughter Lynthia in hopes that he would be able to bring her back to life after she succumbed to a curse. Unfortunately, he's also AxCrazy, and refuses to believe that she's even dead (until Shannon beats seven shades of hell out of him).
* Faust VIII, a [[HeelFaceTurn former villain]] from ''Manga/ShamanKing'', was a perfectly ordinary, handsome, cheerful young doctor before the death of his wife in a botched robbery. Now his ultimate goal is to use his necromancy to achieve his goal of reviving his wife's spirit, using corpses (including his wife's and their dog's) as weapons.
** Although, for a sort of subversion, his goal is not seen as horribly evil as it usually would and it really isn't. It is just his mind and personality that got really crushed with her death i.e. he's a bit snooker-loopy and amoral at times, but that has nothing to do with his necromantic powers. The act of resurrecting someone is even called "True Necromancy". The only problem is that on his own, he's not capable of resurrecting her. He eventually [[spoiler: quits and decides to die for good to join up with her.]] At least [[PragmaticAdaptation in the Manga.]]
*** In the anime, if I recall properly, [[spoiler: he did get her back. But Anna resurrected her, not him.]]
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', the Millennium Earl gets people who are grieving for the recent death of a loved one to allow him to resurrect the dead person. Although the mourner is not the necromantic per se, the person nevertheless allows the dead loved person to be twisted into a demon-servant just so they can live again.
* This is the motivation of antagonist Fei Wong Reed in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/XxxHolic''.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', the guy who made Mewtwo was a Necromantic. In order for Giovanni to fund his efforts to clone his dead daughter, he had to make him a SuperSoldier as well.
* After Yuki's [[spoiler:parents]] die in ''Manga/FutureDiary'', he decides to win the power of God in the survival game and bring them back to life.
** It should be noted that, unlike most examples, [[spoiler: he is told this is perfectly possible, and what's more is that he also intends to bring ''everyone'' back to life, not just his parents. Well, everyone who died in the Survival Game at least.]]
*** Oh, and [[spoiler: it turns out Murmur and Yuno were lying, it isn't possible to bring someone back to life, only their body. Though if you are dead set on it, you can always go back in time and try to save them.]]
* Subverted in ''Franchise/OnePiece'' with Doctor Hogback. After going through something of a motive rant that looks like he's using this as an excuse for his start of darkness, he reveals he doesn't actually ''care'' about Cindry's personality and just liked her pretty face anyway. He prefers her in her new zombie form, completely subservient to his every command.
* Though not for the same romantic overtones, Mikado of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' was hinted at wanting the Power of the Gods to bring back the daughter he loved. [[spoiler: except that, when he'd first made the attempt, she was alive.]]
* This turns out to have been the reason why [[BigBad Zeref]] of ''Manga/FairyTail'' originally studied forbidden magic. Specifically, [[spoiler:he was trying to bring back his baby brother [[TheHero Natsu]]]]. Unlike most examples of this trope, he [[GoneHorriblyRight succeeded]]: [[spoiler:By giving Natsu an [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Etherious]] body, hence E.N.D]].

* One of the ultimate goals of comic book {{supervillain}} SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, along with the destruction of nemesis Reed Richards and the conquest of Earth, was the resurrection of his beloved mother (or at least, saving her from hell). Ultimately, he was able to do so, but only by forcing his mother to renounce her love for him. No wonder he's always so pissed.
* Cicada from ''Franchise/TheFlash'' was killing people the titular hero had saved to gather enough energy to bring his wife (whom he had murdered, only to feel remorse) back from death.
* Mr. Freeze's attempts to bring his wife back from the dead succeeded when he put her in a Lazarus Pit... until she CameBackWrong with eternal pain, insanity, and fire-manipulation powers. Now, she is Lazera, constantly hating Freeze for bringing her back.
* When ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain [[PsychicPowers Quentin Quire]] came back to life the first time, the first and only thing he did was dig up the body of his crush, Sophie Cuckoo, and seek out the Phoenix to bring her back as well. She woke up, took one look at him, and immediately dropped dead again out of spite, while her sisters telepathically mocked him.
* ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger foe Professor Nathan Seine was a scientist who studied magic in an attempt to cure his wife's fatal illness. When his wife is killed by his own magic during a battle with the Stranger, Seine becomes obsessed with getting revenge on the stranger, and find a way to return his wife to life.

* Gillian's insistence on trying to resurrect her accidentally poisoned boyfriend in the 1998 film ''Film/PracticalMagic'' is the catalyst for a ''lot'' of later trouble for both her and her sister Sally. This is less about wanting her beloved back and more about trying to avoid a murder charge; Sally accidentally killed him by giving him a dose of belladonna to keep him from trying to kill Gillian.
* The plot of ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' revolves around the BigBad trying to resurrect his lover, an ancient Egyptian queen. Interestingly, his own resurrection was a lot easier than hers. For the simple fact that he didn't die and go to the afterlife like her, he was cursed with undeath. Meaning his soul remained in that dried-up piece of jerky that passed for a body, bound to protect the Book of the Dead. Which those Americans stole. Also, he was eaten alive by scarabs. You try to rest in peace with that going on.
* The trope is touched upon in the 1994 adaptation of ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein''. Frankenstein resurrects his dead bride, to horrific effect, as she is a stumbling, barely-aware reanimated corpse. ''And'' about the only thing she ''does'' notice is that she's an abomination and so sets the place on fire.
* The eponymous Biollante from ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'' is an interesting variant on the end result, as the Necromantic character was ''intentionally'' trying to resurrect his loved one as a strange creature. By combining his daughter's DNA with that of a rose with psychic abilities and Godzilla, he was hoping to create a plant that contained her spirit and protected it with Godzilla's super-regeneration and near-indestructibility, making the new her virtually impossible to kill. It ''still'' ended up not being quite what he intended, though, as the Godzilla DNA made it a giant monster rather than merely [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker turns to the TheDarkSide so he can learn how to bring his wife back from the dead. Before she's actually dead, since he had been having dreams about it. [[SelfFulfillingProphecy And then he kills her because he's evil now]].
* The film of ''Film/PetSematary''. See Literature, below.
* In ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'', the title character is trying to avenge his wife's death. In ''Dr. Phibes Rises Again'', he's done that, and is now trying to bring her back using Ancient Egyptian magic (with the added bonus of getting eternal life for the pair of them). At the end of the film, he [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech explains to his nemesis]] why they're not only NotSoDifferent, but Phibes actually holds the moral high ground.
* The MadScientist in ''Film/TheBrainThatWouldntDie'' isn't trying to ''resurrect'' his decapitated fiancée (as her head is still living), but he does some pretty villainous things while trying to "secure" her a body, all the while ignoring her piteous demands to [[MercyKill be killed]]. (Of course, said body has to come from a freshly killed victim...)
* The plot of the Frankenstein retread ''Film/{{Frankenhooker}}''.
* One of the earlier film examples is probably ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', in which the prototypical MadScientist Dr. Rotwang tries to bring his dead wife back in the form of a machine-woman (said wife also cheated on him while she was alive and died giving birth to another man's son, doubling the tragedy). Unfortunately the end result turned out a tad more evil than he probably hoped. This motivation is explained in far more detail in the novel, and is cut out in most versions of the film, leaving the viewer to assume he just likes to build evil-lady robots because EVIL.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' was a semi-naturalistic {{Deconstruction}} of this trope, with the nominally heroic Scottie Ferguson (Creator/JamesStewart) seeking to transform his ReplacementGoldfish girlfriend Judy into a replica of TheLostLenore by making her dye her hair and wear the same clothes that Madeleine wore. [[spoiler:It turns out that they are both the same girl and he was LovingAShadow]].
* ''Film/TheVoid'': The leader of the cult is driven to pursue life after death because of the loss of his beloved daughter. He then makes a DealWithTheDevil with otherwordly forces to bring people back from the dead but [[CameBackWrong they turn into tortured mutants]] as a result.

* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': In Book the Eighth, Lemony wishes.
* In Literature/TheKingKillerChronicles, the BigBad Haliax went from hero and king to an immortal who can't sleep, forget, go mad or die, all because he wanted to bring his wife back to life.
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]], in the novels of Creator/MichaelMoorcock, makes a pact with Arioch, Lord of Chaos, and accepts "control" of the runeblade Stormbringer in order to win back his lover Cymoril, who had been kidnapped and ensorcelled by his cousin and rival Yyrkoon. Ironically enough, the fact that Stormbringer is an [[ArtifactOfDoom evil soul-devouring demon-blade with a mind of its own]] means that he ends up [[spoiler:killing her with it against his will]].
** In a sequel to the ''Hawkmoon'' series, renegades from the Dark Empire seek to restore the Good Old Days by resurrecting the main leaders of the pre-reform Empire, who were all killed in Hawkmoon's rebellion. They opt to do this by snatching versions of their revered leaders from a previous point in time, prior to their deaths, so that they can lead a reborn Empire. Unfortunately, a consequence of people living in two different points on the timeline is that there's only so much conscious mind to go round. The versions pulled out from their proper time and space are nothing more than revenant zombies, living in a nightmare dream-world.
* In "Literature/TheMonkeysPaw" (by W. W. Jacobs) a series of LiteralGenie moments culminate with the protagonist's child being wished back from the dead after an earlier wish (for a sum of cash) resulted in his death (for which the parents received the exact sum wished for as an insurance payout). The mom is in denial that their son may [[CameBackWrong come back wrong]], but the dad uses the last wish to put him back in his grave before he even makes it back to the house.
** An episode of Buffy did same thing essentially, with Dawn trying to bring Joyce back after she died. Buffy gets to Dawn moments too late, the ritual complete, and argues with her to undo the spell before it's too late and someone gets hurt. Their argument reveals how much Buffy was hurting too (she had been putting on a brave face for her sister's sake) and the two end up switching positions on the matter: Buffy is in tears and rushes to the door hopefully when the unseen "Joyce Thing" knocks, but Dawn undoes the spell at the last second and nobody is there when Buffy opens the door.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/PetSematary'', the protagonist tries to bring his cat, then his son, and finally his wife back to life by burying them in the titular cemetery. [[TooDumbToLive Some people simply do not learn]]. The point is that it really works, [[CameBackWrong but the resurrected are changed, and not for the better]]. Sometimes, dead is better.
** "''[[WhamLine Darling.]]"''
* Dr. Mordenheim, the Frankenstein {{Expy}} in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' novel of the same name. Despite the fact he lives in a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting (albeit a Gothic Horror one) where it should be easy to bring his wife back from the dead, he goes the Things Man Was Not Meant To Know route, because he doesn't trust magic.
** Given that resurrection magic in ''Ravenloft'' has a high probability of the intended resurrectee [[CameBackWrong coming back wrong]], can you really blame the guy for not trusting it? In addition, before he was brought to the Land of Mists, he lived in a world where magic was largely unknown and was replaced by technology.
* An interesting twist occurs in the Creator/EdgarAllanPoe story ''Ligeia,'' in which a morose nobleman is pining over the loss of his first wife. [[spoiler:The twist is that he does nothing, while the spirit of his first wife poisons and takes over the body of his still-living ''second'' wife.]]
* In the original ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' book, it's strongly suggested that Victor Frankenstein was doing all his research in the hopes of bringing back his dead mother. Instead, of course, he makes a monster who ends up killing off most of the rest of his family.
* King Elias from ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' just wants to be reunited with his dead wife. Problem is, he's GenreBlind enough to hire EvilSorcerer Pryrates to find a way to do it, and the spirit they end up summoning is not the wife at all, but [[BigBad the Storm]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King]]. Pryrates, taking this in stride, makes a DealWithTheDevil, and poor Elias is left a massive UnwittingPawn caught in his own trap for the remainder of the series.
* ''The Last Incantation'' by Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith plays with this: the ancient necromancer ''thinks'' the lover he resurrected was brought back wrong somehow, as she's somehow less beautiful than he remembers, but as it turns out, the spell went off without a hitch. ''He'' has just grown too old and twisted to love her the way he did when he was young.
** There's also ''The Chain of Aforgomon''. Calaspa ''could'' have had his beloved's body reanimated or her spirit called back by magic easily enough...but that wasn't good enough, was it? He just ''had'' to actually ''turn back time'' for an hour to when she was still alive...yeah. [[CaptainObvious That didn't end so well.]]
* Okay, bear with me. Can HeterosexualLifePartners count? I'll grant you, Necroplatonic hasn't got the same ring to it. And are you sitting comfortably? But, anyway, in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''Interference'', [[spoiler:the Doctor discovers that after he misplaced Fitz, he ended up falling in with a group of people who are cloned after their deaths. CloneDegeneration is an intentional part of the process -- the people basically become increasingly [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]], which is supposed to make them more their true selves, etc. -- sort of like how WesternAnimation/BugsBunny hasn't got an awful lot of depth, but everyone knows who he is. The Doctor is not terribly keen on this whole thing and thinks that Fitz has pretty much been boiled down to his worst traits plus a couple brand new flaws, so he turns the copy (named Kode) back into the Fitz he knew with the help of the [=TARDIS=]. Basically, this means he tells an eighteen-year-old boy, which is what Fitz has been turned into, that he's pretty awful and should just die so he can turn into someone more worthwhile, and, for added creepiness, Sam leaves shortly before the Doctor carries this out, and he [[FromACertainPointOfView all but lies]] to her, as he evidently knows he's doing something wrong. Of course, from a {{Doylist}} perspective, it's hard to disapprove of this plot development, as it brought back an EnsembleDarkHorse and gave him [[LossOfIdentity more reason]] to be TheWoobie, but... honestly, Doctor. You killed a guy because you liked someone else better. We all agreed with your preference, yes, but you killed a ''kid''.]]
* In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'', [[spoiler:this is the primary motivation of the title character]].
* Hurwood's attempts to bring back his dead wife with voodoo magic kicks off the plot of Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/OnStrangerTides''.
* In ''Isis'', by Douglas Clegg, the titular character, (Real name: Iris Claviger Villiers), loses her beloved brother Harvey in a fall. Eventually, she slowly goes mad, and raises Harvey from the dead, only to find that he would rather stay dead. Parallels between her and Harvey, and Isis and Osiris are drawn frequently, leading her to take the name Isis.
* In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead'', Zak Arranda is consumed with regret and SurvivorsGuilt over his parents, obsessing over the fact that he NeverGotToSayGoodbye and feeling like he abandoned them to die. When visiting Necropolis, he's told the legend of a dead {{Necromancer}} named [[ShoutOutToShakespeare Sycorax]] who some locals prayed to in the hopes that she would bring back their loved ones; even though Sycorax is also believed to be very strict about the respect DueToTheDead and doesn't want people messing around in her graveyard lest something bad happen, he goes in to try to ask for the spirit's help. He doesn't get a response from a spirit; instead he finds zombies. Necropolitans blame the hapless Zak, saying his disrespect triggered Sycorax's curse. [[spoiler: Really it's a MadScientist [[NightOfTheLivingMooks raising a zombie army]]. No biggie.]]
* Shows up in the backstory of the Resurrection Stone in the last ''Literature/{{Harry Potter|and the Deathly Hallows}}'' book.
* In ''Literature/DeathTrance'', Dr Amara desperately tries to make contact with his dead wife and lead her back to the plane of the living. What he actually ''gets'' is a leyak [[note]] An Indonesian vampire/zombie[[/note]] disguised as his wife.
* This trope shows up in the horror anthology ''Literature/ThatHoodooVoodooThatYouDo'' by Creator/RagnarokPublications. A Lovecraftian sorcerer attempts to resurrect a long-dead witch so she can be his bride. Of course, this being the Mythos, she CameBackWrong.
* In a non-romantic version, the fourth book of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' has Nico Di Angelo ([[SemiDivine demigod]] son of Hades) trying to bring his sister Bianca back to life, blaming Percy for letting her die. However, Bianca explicitly tells him from beyond the grave that she doesn't wish to be resurrected.

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* [[spoiler: Karl Kreutzfeld]] in ''Series/TheLostRoom'' wasn't out to destroy the world and didn't think it would actually happen as a result of his plan. Nevertheless, he might have unmade all of reality in his attempt [[spoiler: to bring back his dead son]] had not the protagonist intervened.
* Done repeatedly in (wait for it) ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', such as the would-be Dr. Frankenstein who rebuilds his dead older brother, only to have him demand a mate.
** And [[spoiler: Dawn's attempt to bring back Joyce]].
* Shows up in a season 2 episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' by way of an ancient Greek resurrection spell.
** Sam and Dean can also fall into this at times when it comes to each other.
* In [[TheFilmOfTheBook the short-lived TV show]] based on ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'', Bob was once a human wizard. He was cursed with existing as a spirit entity residing in his own skull because he brought back his dead wife.
* The main character of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' disconnected himself from normal social interaction partly for fear of becoming this trope - he was worried that if someone he loved were to die, he would, in his grief, bring them back at the cost of [[EquivalentExchange taking someone else's life]], so he largely avoided forming relationships for most of his life.
** Nevertheless, it's happened more than once- as a child, Ned brought back his mother, and the cost of the father of Chuck, his true love. Years later, when Chuck was murdered, Ned brought her back, knowing, and accepting, someone would die in her place. Then, [[spoiler: Chuck tricks Ned into bringing back her father permanently.]]
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. There's a dead Necromancer who wants to bring ''himself'' back to life to be with the woman he loves.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler: the White Wizard, Sou Fueki]] performed the Sabbath and manipulated the events which followed in an attempt to resurrect [[spoiler: his daughter, Koyomi]].
** In ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', one of the Riders' wish is to revive their sister who was killed by another Rider. In fact, [[spoiler:[[ThereCanBeOnlyOne the entire war]]]] had this as its primary goal, as [[spoiler:the person holding it has it rigged so that his [[TheDragon Rider]] can steal the prize and save his sister]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has an AntiVillain who doesn't care about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and only cares about reviving his wife who died prior to the show. While he has an item that makes him effectively a God, [[MagicAIsMagicA he's unable to use it on said wife]]. It actually becomes a bit of a plot point, as his resident MadScientist is able to coax him into letting him use a machine to revive his wife in trade for said item. However, the machine is destroyed not long after its creation and [[spoiler:both the AntiVillain and MadScientist die before ever knowing if it worked or not... [[MindScrew Nor do the audience]].]]
* Dr. Whale [[spoiler:(aka Dr. Victor Frankenstein) wants to revive his brother, and does so with tragic effects]], and Regina [[spoiler:wants to revive her lost love, and Dr. Frankenstein does so, with tragic effects]] in ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* In Series 9 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the entire universe is threatened with destruction in the finale "Hell Bent" -- all because [[spoiler: the Doctor, unable to accept Clara Oswald's death]] has become an AntiVillain example of this and [[spoiler: pulls her out of time at the moment of her death, violating a fixed point in time]].

* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' this wasn't the ''intended'' goal of Project Freelancer, but the end result ended up coming close. [[spoiler:The Director of the project needed AIs to work with to create {{Super Soldier}}s, and so made a copy of his own mind to serve as a starting point. In the process, his memories of and obsessions with his departed lover emerged as a separate AI entity whom the Director then recruited for his project, keeping her ignorant of both her origins and her status as an AI in a robotic body. When Project Freelancer went down in the flames the Director went into hiding, trying to replicate this success. "I just need to watch this, I think I have a way, a way to bring her back right this time..."]]

* Some of Music/TypeONegative's songs have shades of this or ILoveTheDead, but ''All Hallows Eve'' is explicitly about making ADealWithTheDevil to resurrect a loved one.
-->''Deep be the mud on the fresh dug graves - on yours, I recite''\\
''An ancient spell I know so well, success is guaranteed''\\
''I'll bring you back from where you've gone''\\
''On All Hallows Eve''

* This is a fairly common theme in [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Native American]] legends, though it is generally the hero doing it. (Still never seems to work out well, though.) Expect AnAesop about how we're supposed to accept death, mourn, then move on.
* In Myth/EgyptianMythology Isis tries unsuccessfully to bring her husband Osiris back to life, but fails to because his brother Set ripped his dead body apart and a fish eats the penis. Isis is by no means a villain though.
** Isis then conceived Horus with her dead husband (yes, after he was dead, and without his original penis), who avenges his murdered father.
* In the Armenian folktale of Ara the Handsome, Ara is the king of Armenia and the most handsome man in the land. The Queen of Assyria, Semiramis, hears about how handsome he is and asks him to marry her, but he refuses because he already has a wife. Angry, Semiramis declares war on Armenia and orders her soldiers to bring Ara back alive. However, Ara dies in battle. Semiramis attempts to resurrect him by calling upon wolf spirits to lick his wounds and heal him, but the sorcery is unsuccessful.
* In Myth/NorseMythology Loki has Baldr, the most well loved of the gods, killed. Frigg, Baldr's mother, then sends an emissary to Hel, the goddess of the Underworld, begging her to bring him back to life. Hel says that they can have him if they have everything in the world cry for him. Earth, sky and everything in between - in other words: it's not going to happen! The gods try though, and fail as the last person in the world they have not asked, an old giantess (often depicted as being Loki in disguise), refuses to cry. The tale is about the inevitability and finality of Death, whom even the gods can not fully control.
** Odin himself is a necromantic, being able to resurrect the dead, usually to consult them for their wisdom. Considering what revenants are like in Norse Mythology (read the entry on ''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent draugr]]'' on Wiki/TheOtherWiki) you can tell why he did not do that to Baldr.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Many {{Tabletop RPG}}s have these.
* [[MadScientist Dr. Darius Hellstromme]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', whose entire motivation is restoring his dead wife.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' absolutely ''loves'' this trope. One scenario, ''Dead Man Stomp'', involves a musician who finds out his trumpet, given to him by [[DealWithTheDevil Nyarlathotep]] [[DevilInDisguise masquerading as a famous Jazz musician]], can raise the dead. Said man has recently lost his girlfriend. Guess what he tries to do the second [[InsanityMakesYouEvil he goes mad...]]

* A cast of Creator/{{TSR}} employees at [=GenCon=] 1999 performed a ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''-themed dialogue skit, "One Piece At A Time", that employed this trope. A female MadScientist attempted to resurrect her dead fiancee by keeping his [[BrainInAJar disembodied head alive]], murdering people, and surgically reassembling him from their salvaged body parts. Being a ''Ravenloft'' story, [[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]].

* The storyline for ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers: Kiss Players]]'' feat--[[NoYay no, wait!]] [[{{Squick}} Come]] [[CanonDiscontinuity back!]] Ahem. ''In addition'' to its more (in)famous elements, the ''Kiss Players'' storyline features a woman who has this as her motivation--her daughter was killed in an accident involving a Transformer, so she, having apparently watched too much ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', starts doing all kinds of nasty things in hopes of bringing her back while putting on a show of protecting Earth from horrible monsters.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ironically subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}'' where the villain eventually succeeds...but in the process had become non-human. His resurrected mother runs away from him in horror and dies.
* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series uses this trope in just about every game, thanks to the recurring plot element known as the Emigre Manuscript, a book with instructions for raising the dead.
** The main plot of the first game, ''VideoGame/{{Koudelka}}'', revolved around the game's villain trying to resurrect a loved one. It does not turn out well.
** Jack in ''Shadow Hearts'' was trying to resurrect his mother... and conducted experiments on orphans to work out how. The end result: a vicious monster with her face, which killed him. In many ways his section of the game is a ShoutOut to ''Koudelka''.
** The ''hero'' tries this in ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant'', despite being well aware of the above two examples. The best thing you can say about the result is that it doesn't try to kill him at least.
** In ''Shadow Hearts: From The New World'', the entire plot turns out to have been set in motion by someone attempting this [[spoiler: and actually ''succeeding'' for once, if only partially]].
* In the path for the second ending in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', the character Inuart becomes [[WellIntentionedExtremist obsessed with bringing the dead Furiae back to life]], vowing that he'll use one of the million Seeds of Resurrection scattered across the land now that the seals holding them back have been broken. Since all throughout the game the Seeds of Resurrection have only been hinted at as being very bad ([[ApocalypseHow no one seems to know why]]), the protagonist attempts to stop him. If Inuart succeeds, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt it's the end of the world as we know it]] with [[NightmareFuel a gruesome twist]].
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', the director of the Plant, Palet, is revealed to have worked with Momo's father Retsol on a method to raise the dead; Retsol wanted to bring back his wife, while Palet wanted to resurrect his mother. Retsol eventually backed out of the project in disgust; Palet continued it, and when the party (Momo included) confronts him, he uses some of what he's found to [[OneWingedAngel become a giant mushroom beast]]. Afterwards, the party finds a tormented creation in the plant's reactor, the results of Palet's attempt to raise his mother from the dead; they shut the machine off and let her rest in peace.
* Count Bleck from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' almost has this as his motivation. However, even with all his power he can't bring his lover back, so he just decides to do the next best thing: [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum Destroy all worlds.]] Sadly, he doesn't know until it's far too late that [[spoiler: she came back already, and is helping Mario defeat him]].
* The [[spoiler:Second Chapter]] of ''VideoGame/LaPucelle: Tactics'' involves [[spoiler:a man-turned-monster who is that he can bring his dead wife if he finds a heart just like hers... by ripping out those of the living]].
* This is the protagonist's motivation for slaying the Colossi in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''. In the process, he [[spoiler:nearly unleashes a surprisingly honest ancient evil being on the world in a DealWithTheDevil (said "Devil" more or less keeps Their word, and even warned the protagonist of the consequences several times), and is turned into an infant.]]
** ''Shadow of the Colossus'' is pretty gray, really. Dormin (the aforementioned [[spoiler:ancient evil]]) is really more bitter than actually evil, whereas [[spoiler:the knights who reseal Them at the end are implied to have caused this whole mess in the first place by killing the woman the protagonist spends the game trying to resurrect]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' has two, [[spoiler:Lyon and Orson]]. [[spoiler:Lyon]] becomes possessed by SealedEvilInACan when he attempts to use said can to revive his late father, who is revived as a soulless zombie. He promises [[spoiler:Orson]] that he'll revive his wife if he does a FaceHeelTurn. By the time he gets his "wife" back, he's too crazy to [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable notice she's just a reanimated corpse.]]
* [[spoiler:Mithos Yggdrasil]] from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' spent '''four thousand years''' trying to revive [[spoiler:his dead sister Martel. He succeeded. Only to have her reject his actions for the past four millennia and be sent back to the dead five minutes later. He didn't take that well.]]
** At the end of the sequel, ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', Richter [[spoiler:tries to bring his old friend Aster back from the dead by making a deal with the demons of Niflheim.]]
** The tradition continued in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. [[spoiler:As a child, Jade accidentally killed his beloved schoolteacher, Professor Nebilim. He tried to revive her by making a perfect copy of her body, but the Replica Nebilim ended up as [[CameBackWrong an insane, bloodthirsty monster]].]] Subverted in that this particular Necromantic is a ''good'' guy, even if his loyalty to the party can be ambiguous sometimes. [[spoiler:[[MadScientist Dist]], on the other hand...]]
** Again in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest'': [[spoiler: Lukius and the Pope want to bring Queen Melissa, their mother and wife respectively, back to life.]] [[spoiler: Lukius]] gets talked out of it with a near-death experience, [[spoiler: The Pope dies before he can.]]
* Fairly early in ''VideoGame/BulletWitch'', you discover that the events leading up to the game -- disastrous plague, demonic invasion, etc. -- were caused by such a character attempting to revive their loved one. A bit farther in, you discover that it was his daughter, not a lover. Towards the end... [[spoiler: You find out that it was Alicia's father, resurrecting her after a plane crash -- she seems to be WalkingTechbane for aircraft. She came back to life as a super-powered witch with a mysterious demonic ExpositionFairy... and he's spent the entire time since alive but in agony from being impaled, as the physical embodiment of the contract opening the demonic portal. She's been spending the time since fighting the demons to make up for her resurrection bringing them about in the first place... and has to kill him to finally close the portal and allow any chance of ending the demonic invasion once and for all.]]
* Lezard Valeth of ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile'' is one of the more demented villains out there even before he discovers that valkyries are only active when the humans serving as their SoulJar are killed. So he kills a few dozen female humans and elves to make homunculi for Lenneth Valkyrie to be incarnated into (it's never made clear how many, but at least a dozen homunculi are shown, and it's suggested it takes a few of both species to make just one), all so he can woo her. [[KarmaHoudini By the end of the game, he gets away with it, too.]]
** This comes up a bit differently in the prequel, ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria''. In this one, [[spoiler:a [[TimeyWimeyBall time-travelling]] Lezard, who had abandoned his body by the end of the first game, reincarnates ''himself'' to attempt a GambitRoulette to get Lenneth to travel back in time and basically attempt the same thing again.]] This time, though, [[SmugSnake the perpetrator gets his comeuppance]].
* This happens in one of the endings to ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' to [[spoiler:James, who, throughout, the game gathers several artifacts as part of a ritual to return his wife, Mary, back to life.]]
** The antagonist to ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' isn't so much attempting to resurrect a loved one, as [[spoiler:transform an apartment into what he thinks of as his mother]].
* ''VideoGame/FableII's'' BigBad, Lord Lucien, begins researching the Spire to bring back his dead wife and daughter, but over the ten-year time skip after the introduction, he becomes much more power-hungry. The game also features a side-quest where a man is tracking down the body parts of Lady Grey (from the last Fable game) in order to resurrect her because he's fallen in love with her.
* In the ''Lego Battles'' game for Nintendo DS, one of the story modes involves playing as an Evil Wizard in control of an army of [[DemBones skeletal mooks]]... who turns out to be just after the pieces to a magic staff that can resurrect his dead girlfriend. In a partial subversion, he actually manages it at the end, although she CameBackWrong repeatedly, including coming back as a crab, a robot and an angry pirate.
* This is the main motivation of [[spoiler:the BigBad, Infel]], in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica''. Typically, it's a failure because her loved one was resuscitated as just a shadow of her former self that's focused on the realization of her own desires at the expense of all her other feelings and facets. And even if it hadn't been a failure [[spoiler: what remained of Nenesha's soul was annihilated after expending all her energies in the final battle.]]
* This is the reason why the Dark Presence takes on Barbara Jagger's form in ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', coupled with a case of CameBackWrong. Partially subverted as Thomas Zane wasn't evil.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 7''. The goal of [[CuteGhostGirl Yuyuko]] [[TheNecromancer Saigyouji]] is to resurrect the one sealed under Saigyou Ayakashi, believing that it's someone dear to her. [[spoiler:[[IdentityAmnesia It's actually her very own self, and she briefly resurrected]]]]. However, the one who enabled Yuyuko to pull her [[SpringIsLate crazy scheme]] was Yukari, to bring back Yuyuko's memory of her. Neither Yuyuko nor Yukari got away unscathed.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[spoiler:Quentin]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a SerialKiller with this fixation, who murders women so that [[spoiler:their parts can be used in a blood-magic ritual to bring back his dead wife]]. The killer's final victim is [[spoiler: Hawke's mother.]]
** Alexius, a Tevinter mage from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', is obsessed with keeping his son Felix alive despite Felix carrying the Taint after a darkspawn attack. [[spoiler: In the BadFuture, this leaves Felix a walking corpse.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
** [[TragicMonster Lu'ad Ai-Skaven]], a Redguard {{Necromancer}} trespassed a tomb of a couple hoping to resurrect her husband, who died during the Great War by the hand of the Aldmeri Dominion. Since then, she plans to avenge her husband with an army of the dead.
** Windhelm is being terrorized by [[spoiler:Calixto Corium]], a SerialKiller known only as "The Butcher", who is murdering women in order to [[spoiler:use their parts to create a new body for his dearly departed sister]].
* ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'': Nybbas "Love is eternal" Obderhode.
* Lady Vayle, the Necromantress of ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', was into necromancy to try to bring her brother BackFromTheDead. [[spoiler:It didn't end well, in no small part because of Noxus, her master at the time, and because Artix destroyed the crystal containing his Spirit Orb. She's still not happy with him on that score]].
* Rue (a heroic example) in ''VideoGame/ThreadsOfFate'' spends his path looking for a legendary artifact which may have the power to bring his dead guardian back to life. In his route, [[spoiler:he succeeds with ''no'' negative effects ([[EarnYourHappyEnding Though it wasn't easy)]]]].
* In the iOs game ''The Quest'', one early-mid quest involves a noblewoman who's determined to propagate her branch of the Donnen family. Thing is, she's also determined to make sure the heir in question is ''[[PureIsNotGood absolutely pure]]'' Donnen blood. Her solution? Conjure back ''the spirit of her dead father'' for just long enough to ''[[{{Squick}} impregnate]] [[ParentalIncest her]]''. No wonder [[DefectorFromDecadence Anton]] abjured his birthright...
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a quest named Necromantic, but it's just for the pun. However, the trip through Alistair Grout's mansion shows that his rather bizarre research was intended to save his wife, who he has preserved in a sealed glass cylinder, though it's unclear if she technically died.
* Malistaire, the former teacher of the death school, from ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' plays this to a T. After his wife dies he [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope leaps off the slope]]. Even when the ghost of his wife begs him to let her go, he believes she's just an illusion. He also takes the nice step of that his way of resurrecting her has the possible side effect of ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the goddamn world]]''. [[spoiler: After he dies he apologizes to her and the two of them go to rest in peace together.]]
* Liara T'Soni of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is (if you romanced her) a rare heroic example; she goes to great lengths to recover her dead lover's corpse and give him/her to an NGOSuperpower with the technology (and absurdly extensive funding) to bring him/her back as a cyborg.
* ''VideoGame/MoonCrystal'' subtly implies that [[spoiler: Count Crimson became obsessed with putting the Moon Crystal into a permanent "on" mode as a result of his desire to revitalize his long-dead daughter Rosina. Unfortunately, it basically became a quest to wipe death off the face of the matter what [[CameBackWrong happened to life]] [[OneWingedAngel in the process]].]]
* ''Franchise/ChaosRings'' ''III'' features a particular twisted subversion. SerialKiller Drei 6 wants to bring a woman back to life and has been abducting and harvesting people to create a Gene capable of resurrecting her. During the HopelessBossFight after TheReveal, he confesses that the only reason he's doing this is because [[spoiler:he ''really'' enjoyed killing her. He wants to be able to resurrect her so he can kill her over and over again.]] To twist the knife further, said woman was [[spoiler:party member Al's wife.]] Double-subverted at the very end, when [[spoiler:his sister the mod engineer]] claims that Drei is compelled to kill that which he loves, meaning he may have really loved the woman he wants to revive in his own warped way.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecrodancer''. Cadence sets out on her quest in order to resurrect Melody, [[spoiler: who in turn does the same for Aria.]]
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': [[spoiler:Nathan Dawkins]] slowly becomes obsessed with bringing his wife and daughter back from the dead after he lost them in a tragic car accident. He eventually found a way to partially faze them back into the mortal world, which clearly left them in a state of constant agony, but he's too delusional to admit this to himself even after Jody uses her powers to let him talk to them. [[spoiler:He then decides to shut off the containment field on the Condenser, which would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by merging the realm of the dead with that of the living.]]
* The commonly accepted theory about the backstory of the boss Pinwheel from ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' is that he siphoned some of [[TheGrimReaper Gravelord Nito's]] power to bring back his dead wife and child using necromancy. However it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]] and resulted in the three of them being fused together into a monstrous abomination, hence the three heads (wearing the Mask of the Father, Mask of the Mother, and Mask of the Child) and many arms that Pinwheel possesses, and why Gravelord Nito, who has power over death itself, can actually be killed simply by smacking him with a sword enough times (he's been weakened due to Pinwheel siphoning his power).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Josef Capek's loved one in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' died during a seance and he's trying to bring her back to life with magic.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', at first it appears that the entire plot [[MindScrew apparently]] revolves around Kinzo Ushiromiya trying to revive his dead mistress... who also happens to be a 1000 year-old SealedEvilInACan. KillEmAll ensues. [[spoiler:But then it's revealed that Kinzo has been dead for almost two years before the story begins, meaning he wasn't involved in any of the murders. And although he did have a dead mistress whom he loved dearly, she was not 1000 years old nor was she SealedEvilInACan.]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', this happened the first part of the arc ''[[ Two for You]]'', though the male protagonist isn't shown as being especially evil for reviving his wife after she died.
* In ''Webcomic/MutantNinjaTurtlesGaiden'', [[spoiler: Donatello]] fits this role as he [[spoiler: performs unpleasant experiments in hopes of bringing Splinter back to life.]]
* Trace's backstory in ''Webcomic/TwoKinds''. he goes insane from the BlackMagic required to even try the spell, and begins to slaughter people left, right, and down the middle. He gets so evil that it [[DeusExMachina takes a god to stop him]] (the beastman god, incidentally. trace going mad was all part of the human god's plan).
* In ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'', this is revealed to be [[spoiler:Mr. Henderson]]'s main motive. [[spoiler:His elder siblings were murdered by a drunk]], and he seeks to use SympatheticMagic to pull their information through time in order to recreate them. However, at least two of the resulting experimental clones have claimed that he is actually trying to build an army, and that he poses a threat to other worlds. And even if they are lying, the fact remains that many of the clones CameBackWrong and have been causing considerable amounts of trouble.
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' this turned out to be the cause of the attempted killer's motivation in the "Murder on the Sapphire Star" arc. [[spoiler: Sebak was trying to replicate his dead wife Anippe from 50-year old medical scans and then overwrite the clone's brain with a 30-year old brainscan taken just before her death. Unfortunately Anippe's digital copy freed her biological copy and she attacked him.]]
* A brief attempt at this was made in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' when [[spoiler:Anthony Carver made a DealWithTheDevil to try to resurrect his dead wife Surma. Unfortunately for Anthony, [[HalfHumanHybrid Surma is part fire elemental]], meaning that when she died her soul passed to their daughter Antimony. The attempt to resurrect Surma nearly killed Annie as a result, and Anthony has seemingly abandoned his attempts to get his wife back.]]
* ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': In "Why a Gorilla?", a young Dr. [=McNinja=] is sent to investigate vampire attacks in a jungle city inhabited by especially intelligent gorillas. It turned out that [[spoiler: the gorilla vampire had been destroyed long ago, and the bodies supposed to have risen as vampires has been stolen by a gorilla doctor whose wife had died and who was keeping her from being all dead in a way that required attaching parts of other gorillas to her body, creating a gorilla FrankensteinMonster. Dr. [=McNinja=] later reflected that even though he was supposedly keeping her alive via a variation of LightningCanDoAnything, it was probably really because of ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Anyway, she was [[TorturedAbomination quite angry]] when she woke up.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the elven necromancer [[TheChessmaster Thanatos Barca]] wishes to bring his deceased wife back to life by using an eldritch ritual and is willing to go to almost any lengths to achieve that goal.
* Lady Delilah Briarwood from ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' made a deal with the dark god Vecna to bring her husband Sylas back from the dead as a vampire. In exchange, they were to turn the barony of Whitestone into a ritual site to summon Vecna to the Material Plane.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Freeze from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' ([[CanonImmigrant and later the comics]]), who turned to crime for funds to cure his sick, cryogenically frozen wife... and of course revenge on the CorruptCorporateExecutive who pulled the plug on his first attempt.
* The archaeologist in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' who imprisoned Anubis to get his son back. He learned his lesson after that. [[spoiler: They were reunited. In the afterlife.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Charmcaster]] tries to do this [[spoiler:to resurrect her father. Unfortunately the only way she knows of to bring back the dead is to [[DealWithTheDevil buy his life from a]] GodOfEvil. And the price is ''all 600,000 souls in her home dimension''. [[UnwantedRevival It doesn't end well.]]]]
* Hawk Moth's ([[spoiler:or rather, Gabriel Agreste's]]) motivation in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is undoubtedly this, though it's currently unconfirmed whether [[spoiler:his wife]] is dead or simply missing. [[spoiler:Given that there is a secret room underneath the Agreste manor containing a coffin, and it sounds like something is banging on the inside of the coffin trying to get out, it's possible she may be ''un''dead]].