"He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered. [...] There was a prophecy. Just before his head died, his last words were 'Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back.'"
multiple things happen to a character, any of which ought to be fatal. Eventually, one of them is.
There can be several reasons for this:
- The character is just that tough. It's the Only Way to Be Sure.
- The character is backed by The Powers That Be or some other supernatural thing.
- The first fatal thing that happens is relatively slow-acting, and knowledge of it leads them to do something drastic.
- Someone really hates them.
- It's funny.
If someone is supernaturally relentless
, or Made of Iron
, then this is the most reliable way to kill them. Related to a Self-Destructive Charge
and to There Is No Kill Like Overkill
(in this case, there is no kill except
overkill). Might be done because someone wants to Make Sure He's Dead
. Sometimes the person actually does want to die, but screw it up, so it becomes a Bungled Suicide
. Related to (though not to be confused with) Why Won't You Die?
In video games, this is often a Recurring Boss
The trope takes its name from a myth spread by Prince Felix Yusupov
about the assassination of Grigori Rasputin
in 1916 (which many scholars had analyzed and found semi-plausible explanations for how Rasputin could have survived the abuse he was allegedly put through). Ironically, Rasputin's Real Life
death wasn't at all Rasputinian; the 1916 autopsy report (as discovered after the Cold War
and reviewed by American and Russian doctors in 2002) shows that Rasputin was shot twice in the back, with a final bullet to the head with a .455 Webley which killed him instantly. However, his killers wanted to portray him as a near-indestructible son of Satan
, so they made up an elaborate story about how he survived poison, beating, and bullet wounds only to drown in the Neva. Later embellishments by Yusupov (he thought up a new one every time he was short on money) even had Rasputin dying of hypothermia
, having attempted to claw through the ice that covered him, and to top it off, when they cremated him, his body was trying to get up again as it burned.note
Even with the legend having been debunked, it remains much more popular than the truth because the true story of Rasputin's death is boring, whereas the fake story is much cooler
. His death is also disputed, as without Rasputin, who would be Alan Moore
? Finally, the myth of Rasputin's death fulfills all five
of the possible reasons listed above.
This is a Death Trope, so EXPECT SPOILERS!
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- Minor villain Byakko from YuYu Hakusho is impaled, explodes, falls off a tower, falls into a pit of lava, and is finally frozen and shattered by his teammate, ironically enough. His severed, iced head then complains for several minutes.
Kuwabara: Oh give me a break. How many times do I have to kill that guy?
Yusuke: Once would suffice.
Kuwabara: Shut up.
- The berserked self-defense program of the Book of Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's was sliced in half by a BFS, petrified, frozen in ice, blasted to bits by three Wave Motion Guns, jettisoned to space, and shot by a weapon that distorts time and space over an area before it was finally killed... temporarily. Reinforce had to delete herself together with its regeneration program to keep it dead.
- Kazuo Kiriyama of Battle Royale got shot in the stomach with a shotgun (which does nothing to him due to a very sturdy bulletproof vest), stood near an exploding car, took a spearhead to the eye, was shot in the face, and finally died with a shot to the neck/chin.
- Shinji Mimura gets swiped with multiple bullets, one slashing his stomach that causes his instestines to begin to fall out that he puts back in with help of duct tape, gets the top half of his foot shot off, takes some more bullets to the body and gets one more into his chin and then dies some time later, still having the strength to carve a final message.
- Gauron in Full Metal Panic! survives being shot in the head, and having his Arm Slave blown up twice. The second time, what's left of his AS falls into the ocean (Where he is attacked by sharks), but in spite of that and a case of terminal cancer he turns back up again in The Second Raid, now quadriplegic but still alive. He apparently finally dies for real after Sousuke unloads a gun into him and the entire building he's in blows up, but considering his history, some fans still have doubts.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, this happens with the homunculi. Their Philosopher's Stone powers enable them to survive being killed repeatedly.
- In the case of Lust it takes half a dozen bullets, a bomb blast, entirely destroying her body by ripping out her Stone, two dozen more bullets, and being set on fire over and over to finally kill her. Which, of course, set up Roy Mustang's Crowning Momentof Awesome line, "I'll just keep killing you until you die."
- Bradley/Wrath got one, what with him still going strong after being on a train that exploded, getting run through, having an eye clawed out, getting shot, nearly drowning, nearly being set on fire and having his hands blasted off. He has now finally died of blood loss, but had enough time to give a dying speech first.
- It should be noted that Wrath/Bradley is the only Homunculus without any healing powers, he's just that Badass
- And Envy got his Philosopher's Stone destroyed, reducing him to a little fetus... fish... thing, ate a bunch of Cyclops soldiers to grow back to his full size, then got Colonel Mustang angry, which resulted in him getting his tongue burned out, having the water in his eyes boiled several times, and being lit on fire over and over and over. And Riza shot him about a dozen times, too. After Roy burninated him back to Fetus!Envy, he gets lectured by Ed and finally rips what's left of his Stone out, committing suicide. Sheesh.
- Sloth got filled full of bullets, shot a couple of times by a tank, frozen solid, and defrosted none the worse for wear; the next encounter with him saw him being filled with even more bullets, stabbed and pummeled by Alex and Olivier Armstrong, tossed around like a ragdoll by Izumi and Sieg, and eventually dying with a smile on his face from charging into a bunch of giant spikes Armstrong had made grow out of the floor. Which he had done several times already before it took.
- Father took a Kamehame Hadoken, a few minutes of sustained fire from an entire army (including tanks, mortars, and other explosives), several full-power fire blasts, stab wounds, a savage beating, serial impalements, and having his body transmuted into charcoal and shattered before it stuck.
- In the 2003 anime version, Scar suffers one, surviving losing both of his arms (and as a result, a great deal of blood), and takes two hails of bullets before dying.
- The 2003 anime's version of Pride is paralyzed and then incinerated repeatedly by Mustang until his body runs out of red stones (although, this was enabled by Mustang getting a hold of Pride's Achilles' Heel, something the homunculi didn't have in the manga/Brotherhood). Notably this happened in the anime's Gecko Ending long before Mustang fought Lust (and killed her in the same manner) in the manga.
- Szilard Quates of Baccano!. Number of things he survives over the course of one night (most in rapid succession) before Firo finally "consumes" him: being shot dozens of times by gangsters; getting run over by his own car; being literally stabbed in the back by his disgruntled Battle Butler; getting set on fire; and having his arm sliced in two - the long way - by Firo. Okay, so he's immortal, but props anyway for taking everything up until the fire in stride.
- In One Piece, it takes 267 slashes and stabs, getting shot more than 562 times with bullets and 46 times with cannonballs, pierced by a laser, a mid-battle freezing, and having half of his face melted off ON TOP of having previously refused medical attention prior to kill Whitebeard. And nothing of that would have happened had Whitebeard not been stabbed by one of his children the moment he decided he'd get in the fight.
- He didn't go down without a fight, either. He was truly Defiant to the End, telling the entire world that One Piece did exist (pretty much giving the finger to the World Government before he fell). And on top of that, his Bad Ass Longcoat falls off immediately after, revealing that despite having hundreds of scars and wounds from knives, swords, and bullets, his back didn't have so much as onenote ; having never been wounded there in his entire life, because he never retreated from an enemy, not even One. Single. Time. Honestly, given the man he was, he would have wanted it this way.
- Not to mention, it's heavily implied that the only reason that was enough to kill him is that he was already terminally ill;he was usually seen hooked up to medical equipment and iv-drips while being attended to by several nurses. In his younger, healthier days, all of those insane wounds combined still wouldn't have taken him down.
- In Naruto:
- Zabuza Momochi is bitten by a half-dozen dogs, his arms rendered useless, and stabbed with an armory's worth of weapons during his run on Gato before giving a tender goodbye to his loyal companion Haku. Having accomplished his goals he died apparently because he didn't have anything else to be badass at doing.
- Orochimaru has his arms devoured by the Shinigami, his transfer form torn to shreds by Sasuke, and finally gets stabbed by a sword that forces him into a permanent illusion when he reappears later. This doesn't even kill all of him, as he is still alive and trying to take over Kabuto. Now he's back to more-or-less human form again, as Sasuke revived him for not entirely clear reasons. The guy just won't stay dead.
- Kakuzu was stabbed through the heart twice and blown up with a jutsu that essentially killed him on a cellular level. And then Kakashi had to kill him again just to make sure. And now he's back thanks to the Impure World Resurrection by Kabuto.
- Jiraiya gets an arm taken off by a surprise attack, is stabbed in the shoulder of his remaining arm, then gets his throat crushed and get stabbed by a half-dozen metallic bars, and dies... before willing himself back to life so he can send a message before finally drowning in a lake.
- Kushina gave birth, got a bijuu released from her (which is supposed to kill her), chained down Kyuubi with her chakra, got her torso pierced by a giant claw, and after that she talked, and talked, and talked some more. Then she gets sealed in her son, where she lies dormant for several years.
- In Rurouni Kenshin, Shishio survived being shot in the head, doused in oil and burned. And that was just his back story. In the final battle against him, he defeats Aoshi, Sanosuke and Saito, and almost kills Kenshin, though Kenshin recovers and continues to fight. In the end, Kenshin doesn't even defeat him. Technically, Shishio defeats himself by fighting for too long, overheating due to his sweat glands being destroyed when he was burned, and then finally bursting into flames.
- In Guyver Guyot used up all of his energy, had his arm and the right side of his torso nearly severed, had his zoacrystal pulled out of his brain, got a quantum black hole blast through his heart, and fell over half a mile into an erupting volcano. And then it turns out he's still alive.
- Filler Villain Maki Ichinose from Bleach got sliced in half, had his sword broken, thus rendering him powerless, and yet he shows up to fight Ichigo alongside Kariya. He then gets stabbed with his own broken sword, and then gets struck by lightning, by Kariya no less.
- Implacable Man Roberto from Monster is shot in the shoulder and left for dead in a burning library. He drags himself out only after everyone else leaves, with his good arm paralyzed. When he next appears he's gotten into much better shape, and eventually gets into a fight with fellow Implacable Man Inspector Runge, where he's shot in the gut but still manages to get the better of the Inspector. Runge turns the tables by jamming his thumb into Roberto's bullet wound, causing him to pass out, but only briefly as he manages to stagger to where the final confrontation between Tenma and Johan is taking place before dying.
Johan Liebert: "You can't see it."
- Light Yagami of Death Note is shot several times by Matsuda and runs into a warehouse where Ryuk puts his name in the eponymous Artifact of Doom, dying of a heart attack in the middle of the stairs. This symbolizes he doesn't go to Heaven nor Hell, just nothingness after death.
- Cowboy Bebop: Subverted with Spike. He gets stabbed in the shoulder, shot in the chest and thrown out of a stained glass window, yet he survives. He does take a long time to recover, though.
- Happens to all the main villains of Dragon Ball Z.
- Happens to most of the villians of Bleach but Ulqiorra stands out thanks to his Healing Factor. He has his arm and lower half of his body torn off and most of his organs are damaged beyond repair before simply coming apart in the wind.
- Yuuto Kigai goes through this in the X/1999 movie. First, he's impaled by Fuuma through the stomach with the Shinken , but that doesn't kill him. Then, he has his right arm blown off but that still doesn't kill him and he can even speak to his soon-to-be killer. Then, he's telekinetically tossed against the Super Computer known as The Beast, which causes him to be subjected to massive Electric Torture and also causes Beast's owner, Satsuki, to be electrocuted to death. Only then, he dies.
- Rasputin gets one in Hellboy, when he's stabbed through the abdomen with Hellboy's horn then a dark god tears its way of him, grows to an enormous size then flattens him and his girlfriend with its tentacle. Poor Rasputin's having a very eventful afterlife.
- In French movie Delicatessen, one of the secondary characters is trying to commit suicide. She rigs about four or five different things to happen (pills, hanging, a stove rigged to explode, a gun triggered to a door, etc.) but they cancel each other out through a fluke accident when her husband bursts into the room. She decides after seeing her husband that she wants to live again, only for the last of her traps to actually go off.
- In Legend, the Lord of Darkness is stabbed through the heart with the horn of a unicorn, hit by concentrated rays of sunlight which is anathema to him, loses his arm and is sucked through a portal into oblivion. The end of the film implies that he has somehow survived.
- Claudia Hoffman from Snow White: A Tale of Terror. Lilliana stabs Claudia's mirror which is the source of her power, causing the Vain Sorceress to rapidly age, before the mirror explodes, its shards lacerating the screaming Claudia who then catches fire and is finally crushed by falling debris.
- The Lord of the Rings live-action movies:
- Almost immediately after killing Boromir, the Uruk-hai captain gets a knife thrown in his leg, his arm cut off, stabbed through the chest, and decapitated.
- Saruman in the director's cut was stabbed in the back by Wormtongue, causing him to plummet from the top of his tower and be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a water wheel, which then turned and drowned him. (In the book, he merely had his throat cut.)
- When movie Denethor goes off the deep end and gets really suicidal, he first sets himself on fire, then jumps off a cliff. (In the book, he skipped the cliff part.)
- The animated version of The Lord of the Rings plays Boromir's death like in the book, except we can see it happen. Four arrows land in his chest and he just pulls them out and hacks away until the exact same thing happens again; by the end he is bleeding all over and pinned to the tree by the arrows.
- Ghostbusters 2: Possibly referencing Rasputin, Vigo the Carpathian (a.k.a. Vigo the Cruel/Despised/Torturer/Unholy/Butch) was over 100 years old when he was... well, see below. And his disembodied head still could give his Dying Words.
Egon: Vigo the Carpathian. Born 1505, died 1610.
Peter Venkman: 105 years old, he hung in there, didn't he?
Ray: He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.
- Chucky from Child's Play, most obviously during the climax of Child's Play 2. Pretty funny considering he's made of plastic and still manages to return every time...
- Boris the Blade/The Bullet Dodger has the reputation of being simply impossible to kill. Here's what happens to him: first, he gets ambushed by three gangsters, beaten viciously, and thrown into the trunk of their car. Next, Boris is still in there while the vehicle is in a car accident. Then Boris crawls out and gets hit by a van at high speed. And after that Boris surprises everyone by showing up to a major shootout with an AK-47, only to have Bullet-Tooth Tony finally shoot him with the entire clip (plus one bullet from an earlier clip) from a Desert Eagle. At that point, Boris has finally had enough. (Also, note these events are not spread out, they happen one after another in a very short amount of time).
- Tony himself is a subversion. His tough-guy credentials come from the fact that he survived getting shot six times in one sitting and still being strong enough to kill his attacker with a sword. However, a single stray bullet is enough to put him down. It's so random that the character who shot him doesn't even realize it at first.
- In The Naked Gun, it appears that this happens to OJ Simpson at the beginning, but it turns out he lived. Later, Ricardo Montalban plummets to his doom after being shot with a sedative dart, then is run over by a steamroller and trampled by a marching band. Earlier, the mind-controlled doctor gets one. While attempting to flee, he swerves his car into a truck transporting gas, escapes the explosion with half his car only to roll into a truck carrying huge missiles, escapes that explosion as well, ending up on the last missile that rolls into a nearby fireworks factory. Cue third explosion.
- Mustafa from Austin Powers. He gets burned, shot, and then a second time. Its a Running Gag for the series how he loudly proclaims that he's not quite dead before being finished off. Also, Robin Swallows who is asked 'why won't you die?' by Austin himself after she is: stabbed, shot with a machine gun, shot with a bazooka, and then falls off a building (though if she really dies is uncertain). A deleted scene shows that Austin keeps her in his car trunk as a handy human shield.
- Cyrus "The Virus" in Con Air gets stabbed in the foot, goes through a pedestrian flyover and falls in electricity cables before finally coming to a rest on a conveyor belt. He only dies after meeting the rock crusher at the end of it.
- In Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of Macbeth, the title character takes at least 20 arrows to the chest and still tries to walk and fight, finally falling to an over-dramatic arrow through the neck.
- In the Mad Max movies:
- Wez, The Dragon from The Road Warrior, takes serious damage many times, including falling from a truck in high velocity, but only dies close to the end of the movie, as he lies on the hood of a car that crashes straight into another.
- Auntie's Plucky Comic Relief in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (Ironbar, played by Angry Anderson) also takes very long to die, and there's an almost totemic aspect to his survival. He's one of an apparently elite group who have a mask on a pole the rises from the back armor. He survives everything (including having the car he's in rammed by the train and explode, leaving him blackened and screaming on the cowcatcher)... until his mask is finally knocked off him, when he uses his dying strength to give Max the finger.
- Quinn in Blade only dies after being decapitated by the title hero. Before that he is impaled, burned, beaten, etc.
- Blitzen's plan for Robbie in claymation Hooves Of Fire:
Blitzen: Let's trample him into dust, then throw the remains of the dust to the wolves, then blow up the wolves.
Prancer: You don't like him very much, don't you?
Blitzen: Not particularly, no.
- In Willow, General Kael. Madmartigan smashes his skull-mask, and Kael chases Madmartigan up a flight of stairs. Madmartigan stabs him in the chest; Kael responds by punching Madmartigan in the face and trying to strangle him. Madmartigan slashes Kael's belly, then twists the blade still in his chest. Kael does not appear to notice. Madmartigan impales him on his own sword. Kael is still on his feet when Madmartigan finally shoves him off the walkway. Even then he is still moving so Madmartigan throws a dagger into him just for good measure.
- In Golden Eye, James Bond throws Trevelyan hundreds of feet off of a huge platform. Then an antenna cradle falls on top of him and explodes. (Bonus: Trevelyan was played by Boromir.)
- This is the premise of Crank. The entire movie's essentially his one-day Rasputinian Death, compressed into about an hour and a half. Even after falling from an airplane, he lives, making Crank High Voltage possible. And then, he burns alive after recharging himself on a high voltage power line, gets his normal heart back inside him, which stops, and then starts again, ending the credits with him opening his eyes... again!
- Amilyn the Vampire in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman), begins to grunt and flail in an over the top mocking "death" scene when staked. Continues to grunt and flail for a minute, realises that the Slayer and his master are watching him, with disapproving looks. At the end of the film, now that his master is apparently dead and the Slayer is long gone, he opens his eyes again and starts doing his fake "death" scene again. "Death" groans continue throughout the credits.
- Memnon in The Scorpion King also dies like this. He is pierced by an arrow, thrown from the top of a building and set on fire during the fall.
- The creators of The Godfather film decided that Sonny had acquired a "Rasputin-like mystique." His assassins decide that There Is No Kill Like Overkill, and filled his car with machine gun fire, then took him down in a hail of bullets as he staggers from it.
- After going insane, Bell from the Trey Parker/Matt Stone film Cannibal! The Musical suffers a top notch Rasputinian Death, starting with getting a butcher's ax in the face, (including through one eye) getting shot in the head, a sharpened stick through his other eye, and finally a pickax through the heart. Each time he appears to die like a Slasher Movie monster, only to come back again, including at the main character's hanging, which occurs years later.
- Valentine from Poseidon (2006) immediately comes to mind. After dropping an already lethal distance from an elevator shaft, he falls into large impaling spikes. The elevator itself follows soon afterwards, crushing him and also somehow resulting in a very large Hollywood style explosion. Plus, the ship sinks into the ocean at the end. The scene can be seen here.
- What happens to the teacher in Final Destination is a textbook example. An exploding computer monitor drives shards of glass into her throat, a trail of fire starts heading towards her down the trail of dripped vodka from her mug, and her attempt to pull down a towel drops a butcher-block full on knives into her chest. When the protagonist comes in to try to save her, to add insult to injury, a bookcase falls and drives the knife deeper into her chest. And then her house explodes.
- The actress who played the teacher was the wife of one of the writers, so he wrote this scene just for her.
- Hades, the mutant leader from the 2007 film The Hills Have Eyes 2 is shot, impaled, brutally beaten, has chunks of his brain ripped out and only dies after getting a bayonet through the mouth (after another beatdown).
- Urban Legends: Bloody Mary features a pretty disgusting version of the trope, with a character named Heather popping a pimple on her face, releasing the spiders inside it, which start swarming over her. Trying to get the things off Heather accidentally smashes her face through a mirror, leaving a big shard of glass embedded in her forehead. Somehow still alive Heather actually starts ripping her own face off, finally dying about halfway through removing it. Also, as all this is going on the spiders just keep coming, eventually covering most of the room.
- Ajax from Troy takes two spears to the gut, keeps fighting, and isn't brought down until Hector stabs him with a sword. And he still gets another brutal blow in before falling.
- Lust, Caution: The idealistic students gang up on a traitor who was threatening to blackmail them. They stab him repeatedly, but he still manages to walk out, so they have to snap his neck. The heroine is so shaken up she splits on the spot.
- Scarface (1983): Tony takes an improbable number of bullets to the torso and isn't even fazed, but this might be explained by the fact that he had his face buried in a mountain of coke just before. It takes a shotgun blast at close range and a fall off a balcony to finally kill him.
- Adolf Hitler in Inglourious Basterds. Explosives? Check. Fire? Check. Chunky Salsa Rule applied by machine gun fire?! This gent won't be in any sequels, that's for sure.
- The Party opens with Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi's character dying during a shoot out scene. He takes so long to get through his death throes that the other actors end up ignoring each other and shooting at him instead. Hilarity Ensues.
- In The Movie of Dead Like Me, Cameron gets this treatment. As a reaper with powerful regenerative abilities, the group has to restrain him, dismember him, burn the body parts, and load the ashes into a capsule that is subsequently launched into space.
- The older brother in the Korean war epic Taegukgi ends up taking on what seems like the entire North Korean army by himself. This is after he is viciously beaten to a pulp by his own brother. His opponents take no chances and literally drown him in gunfire.
- Kim Sun-Woo, the main character of A Bittersweet Life, is beaten by three men with clubs, gets hanged and punched in the stomach, has his hand broken by a wrench, gets buried alive, gets stabbed in the gut at least six consecutive times, has his ear shot off, and takes three rounds of machine gun fire to the chest. This subdues him, to be sure. But he doesn't die until a merciful gunman shoots him in the head.
- Like the movie it's based on, The Good, the Bad, the Weird ends with a three-way Mexican Standoff. Unlike the original, in which the Mexican Standoff is resolved with one shot, all three main characters shoot one another over and over, slowly fall to the ground, then shoot each other another sixteen times or so for good measure, while lying down. Whether or not this is a Kill 'em All depends on which of the six endings you're watching.
- Parodied unto absurdum in the Broken Lizard film Club Dread, to the point that the final shot features the killer's disembodied legs swimming after the survivors.
- The villain from Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain takes a good long while to go down, including spending most of the climactic fight with a butcher knife sticking out of his chest. Hitchcock's main goal with the film was to show how hard it could really be to kill someone.
- The second Kamen Rider Decade movie (well, third if you count the Den-O crossover) gives us Doras, a Kamen Rider ZO monster resurrected by the villains, apparently for the simple purpose of finally killing this guy. He's brought down by TWELVE different Kamen Riders, ten of whom were in their Super Modes, hitting him with finishers, the last being Complete Form Decade's Rider Kick.
- In What Lies Beneath, it takes nearly ten minutes for Claire to drown Norman. Every previous attempt she made to kill him failed.
- Buddy in Six String Samurai goes through about three separate sword fights in rapid succession, taking wounds that really ought to be fatal in each of them, before finally succumbing to Death.
- In Return of the Living Dead, the medical cadaver zombie. The characters are Genre Savvy so they immediately brain it with a pick axe...which doesn't kill it. Then they saw off its head with a hack saw...which doesn't kill it...Then they slice it up into small individual pieces...which doesn't kill it. They finally have to cremate it just to get rid of it.
- In a hilarious Big Lipped Alligator Moment from Me, Myself, and Irene, Charlie and Irene come across a cow that's been hit by a car. Charlie shoots it multiple times to put it out of its misery, but the cow keeps raising its head and mooing. He pistol whips, strangles, and smothers the poor animal before it stops moving. The cow is shown alive during the credits.
- Although he eventually becomes a superpowered zombie, Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees is a mortal man up until Part VI of his franchise (although he wasn't the killer in parts one and five). He drowns, gets cleaved through the chest, takes an axe to the skull, and finally gets his head entirely impaled with a machete. And even then he twitches, causing Tommy Jarvis to stab him about a dozen more times.
- In its debut film, the title character demonstrates its notorious "immortality", first by having its chest blown out with a rocket launcher, only for its skeletal system to rip out of its ruined body and continue to move on its own. It continues to scuttle after the protagonists, even through several point blank grenade blasts, only so much as losing an arm when one is strapped directly to its ribcage. It continues to press on until it takes a point blank shot from a BFG, obliterating the skeleton... and leaving the head to fly around and grow an entirely new body minutes later. Finally, its primary head is shot to bits, and it dies... at least until the sequel
- In the sequel, Zeiram gets a sword through the forehead and its arm cut off, and heals up just fine. It then has a grenade stuffed under one of its breastplates, semi-crippling it. The heroine then shoots at it repeatedly until its limbs are severed and its mechanical head is obliterated. Its central head pops out, and gets shot off as well... just in time for the remaining portion to try and reform itself.
- In The Quick and the Dead, Spotted Horse, who constantly brags that he "cannot be killed by a bullet," is proved right: he gets shot clean through the heart, gets back up, fires off several shots while his opponent reloads, takes a second shot to the forehead, then starts to get back up again before finally dying for real.
- Undercover Brother. Mr. Feather is dropped out of a helicopter over the ocean. Just before he hits the water (after falling hundreds of feet, the impact alone of which would've killed him instantly) a great white shark leaps out of the water and eats him.
- In Battle: Los Angeles, the first alien actually killed on-screen is given one of these. First it gets shot up by Lenihan, and falls into a pool. Then when Nantz and two other Marines arrive, the alien leaps back out of the pool, and gets drilled by all four Marines at point-blank range with about a hundred bullets before it drops back down into the pool. One of the Marines drops a grenade in the pool for good measure.
- Annie Wilkes in Misery takes a bit to go down. First she gets bashed on the head with a very heavy typewriter, still alive, she gets shot repeatedly, still alive, she has burning paper rammed down her throat, look who's still in town and finally dies when she's bashed over over the head with a cast iron doorstopper. So now we know, if we're ever attacked by a seemingly indestructible force of evil, just keep a doorstopper nearby.
- In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this is the best way to describe the death of Shockwave. He takes concentrated fire from NEST and all the Autobots, badly damaging him and leaving his eye hanging out. He still has the power to fight, even when Optimus then punches half of his side off. It takes Optimus ripping his head apart and tearing out his eye to finally kill him.
- Brawl takes a ridiculous amount of punishment before finally being finished off by Bumblebee's headshot.
- In the film adaptation of V for Vendetta, the eponymous character is shot repeatedly at close range by half a dozen gunmen and an old man with a revolver. After staggering briefly, he then goes on to deliver a short speech on ideals, kill every single gunman with short swords before they can reload, lift the old man off his feet and strangle him to death and then pass on his legacy to his apprentice before finally expiring without anyone ever knowing who he was.
- In True Romance, after Alabama is beaten enough by Virgil, she stabs him in the foot with a cork screw, sets him on fire with an Aerosol Flamethrower, hits his head with both a toilet lid and a bust of Elvis, and then grabs a shotgun to finish him off. And even after Virgil's dead, Alabama hits the corpse with the unloaded weapon for good measure!
- Slim from House II: The Second Story. The primary villain of the film, he is obsessed with gaining the Crystal Skull... so obsessed that no amount of gunfire will seem to down him. He withstands being blasted by a revolver AND a shotgun and even continues to shoot after his entire head is blasted off! Slim is presumably destroyed at the end of the film by the mass firepower of the local police and the mansion burning down.
- Slattern, the final Kaiju fought in Pacific Rim, gets a death that's drawn-out even among its (already insanely tough) brethren. Final count is: getting slashed repeatedly by Striker's wrist-mounted blades, including a few to the neck and so many to the shoulders the arms are barely hanging on, getting tricked into charging Striker just as it sets its nuke off, eating several megatons of nuclear power, getting stabbed many, many, many times by Gypsy, and finally killed by getting his chest cavity fried by Gypsy's nuclear turbine running at full power, to the point it starts coming out the other side.
- In the Evil Dead (2013) remake, Eric's death draws out across about 45 minutes of screen time, beginning when he is stabbed underneath the eye with the needle of a syringe full of tranquilizer, continuing through his being shot repeatedly with a nail gun and beaten over the head with a crowbar and culminating when he finally succumbs to his wounds and drowns in the basement. His corpse is then incinerated with the cabin.
- The Lone Ranger: Latham Cole. He falls several hundred feet, is crushed under several tons of silver, and presumably drowned if all that didn't kill him.
- Planet Terror: The Rapist (played by Quentin Tarantino) is smashed over the head with a table leg, impaled in the eye by the leg's broken end, has his privates melt off from the infection taking over him, has a syringe launched into his other eye, melts into an inhuman monster, pukes up his guts, then finally is shot in the crotch with a grenade launcher. Good grief.
- Pain and Gain: Minus the victim actually dying, this is what the gang tries to do to Victor. Not intentionally however; their stupid preparation results in the victim surviving each time. They try to get him drunk and crash him in his car, but leave his seat belt on and his airbag in place. They try to burn him alive, only for him to get out of the car in time. Even driving their own car over his head ends up failing.
- All the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminators (T-800\T-850) are robots that take forever to stop. The first is burned to a crisp, bisected, but only dies crushed. The second loses its arm and temporarily dies impaled, but manages to return and ask someone to destroy him. The third is almost decapitated, burned as he does a Dynamic Entry with a helicopter, and then blown in a self-caused explosion. The fourth is burned, frozen, and only ends a long fight once decapitated.
- In The Wolverine, Ichirō Yashida’s head is impaled by an adamantium blade, his throat is impaled by another one, his armor (which kept him alive) is shred to pieces, his chest is sliced by Wolverine's claws and he falls down a cliff.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Master has one, when compared to every other vampire death in the series.
- Walker, Texas Ranger: The main villain in the episode "Warriors," from 1998 (the fifth season, the leader of a new-age supremacist group, has created a prototype muscle man who is not only unbeatable but can withstand everything without so much as flinching or feeling any pain. The group kidnaps a genetic researcher and forces her at gunpoint to share her secrets of "rapid healing" DNA (which she intends to use for good) to perfect his prototype. In the meantime, the man-mountain has beaten Walker and Trivette to pulps, No Selling being shot more than 10 times and Walker's powerful roundhouse kick. In their final fight, Walker is clearly losing against the muscle man, when the researcher shows up to finally throw flammable liquid and a flask in the warrior's face, finally allowing Walker an opening to kick the stunned warrior (who is enveloped in a ball of flame) into an oil field and to his doom. The bad guy's ultimate goal was to clone the prototype and create an army capable of overthrowing the world's governments and — in ruling the world — creating a reign of terror unmatched even by such real-life villains as Ghengis Khan and Adolf Hitler.
- Mikhail "Patchy" Bakunin, from the third season, is zapped by the sonar fence, only to come back a few episodes later. In the season finale, he is shot in the chest with a harpoon gun, then comes back to life minutes later, only to die while blowing open an underwater window with a grenade.
- Martin Keamy, the main villain of season four, as well. He is shot in the back four times, stabbed in the back once, and only dies after being stabbed repeatedly in the heart.
- Juliet is trapped by heavy chains, falls hundreds of feet down a shaft, detonates (or not) a nuclear bomb right next to her... and only dies in the next episode.
- Lorenzo "Happy" Morales from the CSI episode "Ending Happy". The drugged-up ex-boxer is fed seafood to which he is allergic, causing his throat to close up. He's then shot through the throat with a crossbow, allowing him to breathe again. He goes to attack someone, who hits him with a crowbar (hard enough to leave an impression). He's later injected with snake venom, and staggers off to rest on a chair by a swimming pool. The chair collapses under his weight and drops him into the pool, wherein he finally drowns.
The entire episode basically consists of Your Princess Is in Another Castle as each suspect is cleared of actually landing the killing blow and ends with Doc Robbins sighing as he lists the various "mitigating factors" in his report.
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy", the "Six-Way Killer" kills the same man six different ways. It was nothing personal. He was trying to distract attention from another murder.
- On Soap, Peter Campbell was killed this way — stabbed, shot, strangled, suffocated and bludgeoned.
- In the Firefly episode "War Stories," the death of Niska's torturer. He gets beaten up by Mal, shot several dozen times by Jayne, Wash, and Zoe, knocked off a railing, bounces very painfully off a steel girder, hits another girder, then gets sliced in half by a giant drill-saw, and then gets dumped into a pit of something very glowy and unhealthy-looking. We're fairly certain he's dead.
- This even happens once in Monty Python's Flying Circus. Graham Chapman, dressed as a Mandarin and speaking with a bizarre Chinese accent, declares himself to be the new English consul in Smolensk; his predecessor "had a heart attack, then fell out of a window onto an exploding bomb and died in a shooting accident."
- Parodied in a sketch in British Comedy show The Two Ronnies. The sketch is a court room gameshow in which the defendant is accused of murder. When asked about the particulars of the crimes he responds that the victim was poisoned, strangled, shot 10 times in the back and stabbed fifteen times in the chest and that the conclusion of the police upon finding the body was that "he was dead".
- In the Grand Finale movie of Kamen Rider Decade, it takes a grand total of twelve simultaneous Finishing Moves (ten of which are performed by protagonist Riders in their respective Super Modes) to destroy Doras.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Dischordia's death. It takes the finishers of Ninjor, the Shogun Megafalconzord, and the Shogun Ultrazord to kill her.
- Gekiranger / Jungle Fury had some very complex, multiple-strike finishers consisting of several finishing-class attacks that seemed just overkill on the poor monster. One of them consists of each attack knocking the monster back into the air in order to be hit by the next, over and over, with warmup humiliation before the Megazord arrives for its super punch attack, and more individual Zord finishers after. Mind you, the only one to receive its maximum fury was the strongest Phantom Beast General, who'd proven Nigh Invulnerable all episode. And as there were two episodes to go in the season, he survived even all that. Still, you had to feel sorry for the Monster of the Week types who got to eat at least most of it.
- Akudos Gil, the final boss of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, takes an even worse beating than Doras. The complete rundown:
- The Body of the Week of the Castle episode "Pandora" was found shot, stabbed, strangled, and with a pencil shoved into the side of his neck, before having been thrown out of a fourth floor window to the ground below. Quoth Castle, seeing the body: "Gives new meaning to the term, 'overkill.'"
- The finale to the first season of Black Adder, Prince Edmund is strapped to a device that will have "..a spike will go up your nethers... shears will cut off your ears... axes will chop off your hands... the coddling grinder... Then these feathers will tickle you under whats left of your arms." Though he actually survives the ordeal and does not die (immediately) from these wounds.
- In the Sliders episode The Exodus, Professor Arturo has his brain fluid sucked out, is shot, and then is finally left behind on a planet which subsequently explodes. Apparently the actor portraying him didn't get along well with the producers.
- Subverted in Torchwood: Miracle Day. A magic spell means no human on Earth can die but can still suffer injuries. A particularly gruesome scene shows the still twitching remains of a suicide bomber. The walking dead all die at once when the spell is lifted.
- The Sopranos has an ambiguous example in the Russian mobster from "Pine Barrens". After seemingly getting his throat crushed, he turns out to still be alive. After seemingly getting shot in the head, he simply disappears into the Pine Barrens. Paulie even compares him to Rasputin, but it's never known what happens to him or if he even dies of his injuries.
- Smallville's Jason Teague is shot, dropped off a cliff, takes a beating in his fight with Jonathan and Martha Kent, and finally dies when a meteor hits him.
- "Been through Canada's Worst Driver" applies any car for this trope.
- The Monster of the Week in the Grimm episode "Red Menace" is a Koschei; a Wesen that can channel energy to heal or harm and is very difficult to kill. This one is poisoned, then stabbed, but only dies when he uses the last of his energy to heal his attacker. It's also noted that Rasputin himself was a Koschei.
- The Eagles' "Hotel California" includes the eerie line, "They stabbed him with their steely knives/but they just can't kill the beast," which some rock critics contend is a reference to Satan and, by extension, an implication that Satan can't be stopped or defeated, regardless of what's tried.
- Boney M's Disco song, Rasputin, mentions his end. Unfortunately it does not mention that he died of drowning, ending with Rasputin merely being shot 'till he was dead.
Ra, Ra, Rasputin
Lover of the Russian Queen!
They put some poison into his wine!
Ra, Ra, Rasputin
Russia's greatest Love Machine!
He drank it all and said, "I feel fine!"
- In the video for the Type O Negative song "The Profits of Doom", a rasputinian character played by singer Pete Steele proves remarkably hard to kill, surviving poison, only to be shot at the end of the video.
- Rose Connelly in the Murder Ballad "Down In The Willow Garden". No explanation is given for why the singer found it necessary to poison her wine and then run her through with a sabre. It's not clear whether she was thrown in the river just to hide the body, or if he was hoping she'd drown as well.
- The Celtic folksong "The Sick Note," based on a monologue by Gerard Hoffnung, is about a bricklayer who falls off a fourteen story building, surviving numerous amusing injuries on the way down.
- The traditional song "John Barleycorn" looks like it's about this at first - poor John Barleycorn is buried alive, left out in a field until midsummer's day, has his legs cut off at the knee, is stabbed in the heart by pitchforks, tied to a cart and rolled round a field, flayed by being hit with sticks, and finally ground between two millstones. However, the last verse reveals it's about the harvesting process, and John, who's now become whiskey, "proved the strongest man at last".
- Older Than Feudalism: In Greek Mythology Hercules (or Heracles in Greek) suffered such a fate, likely as there was no real other way to kill somebody like him. He donned a garment contaminated with the poisoned blood of the Lernaean Hydra; for anyone else it would have proved fatal but instead Hercules suffered excruciating agony as it tore apart his body. Even as skin peeled from bone, he managed to build himself a funeral pyre by tearing down trees and ordered his companions to set him ablaze. Apparently being burned alive hurt less than the poison.
Just as a general idea of how horrifically painful and potent the blood of the Hydra is: when one of Hercules' poisoned arrows nicked the immortal centaur Chiron, it left him writhing in agony (because the poison couldn't actually kill him) and begging Hercules to end his life. Because he was one of the few good Centaurs, Chiron was then lifted to the stars by Zeus as a constellation (either Sagittarius or Centaurus, depending on whether you're listening to Ovid or not).
- Ajax the Lesser, a "hero" (today we'd probably call him a war criminal) from The Trojan War, died this way too. Good riddance. Poor Cassandra...
- In Kalevala, Untamo tries to murder Kullervo, a young boy, without much success. First, Kullervo is put inside a barrel which is thrown into the ocean, but when Untamo returns three days later, he finds Kullervo alive, fishing. Next, Untamo orders the construction of a pyre and attempts to burn Kullervo - the pyre burns for several days without Kullervo getting hurt at all. Untamo attempts to hang Kullervo, but Kullervo survives this as well.
- English folklore states that a wizard must be killed three times before they die for good. Prescribed methods are generally stabbing, impaling, and then drowning. This is invoked with the death of Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film (stabbed, impaled, drowned), and possibly with Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ( cursed, poisoned, insta-kill spell, fallen off a tower).
- As with wizards, some European folklore has it that vampires must be killed multiple times for it to stick. To start with, you behead the corpse and stake it to the coffin so that it can't rise. If you want to go the extra mile, you can bury it under a crossroads (the idea is that the traffic keeps the ground compacted) or burn it.
- In Ars Magica Gruagachan have the power to remove their souls from their bodies and hide them in small objects. Mechanically, this results in them suffering Warping in place of Fatal or Incapacitating Wounds. Certain Infernalists (with access to Incantation and Consumption) have access to a spell that has a similar effect.
- Zapathasura, the antediluvian founder of the Ravnos clan in Vampire: The Masquerade. When White Wolf killed him off as part of ending the Old World of Darkness, his death came about from first fighting a trio of elder vampires for three days and three nights, having a magically boosted nuclear bomb dropped on him and then finally by being exposed to super-focused sunlight beamed directly at him through satellites controlled by the Ancient Conspiracy. And even then it took several hours of direct exposure (most vampires wouldn't last more than a few seconds) to do him in. It should also be noted that he was the weakest of the thirteen antediluvians.
- In the Operation: Rimfire Mekton adventure, Lord Dremmond's death scene description is, and I quote: "Tough as nails, he gets one dying speech" (followed by a twenty-seven lines such speech) before any PC can finish him off. That would be not a Rasputinian Death but a vanilla Final Speech, were not his death in the middle of a frantic close-quarters battle with the whole Rimfire flight crew gang-banging him with all sort of weapons, including lightsabers, in an alien spaceship full of monsters about to be psychically awakened by him — which really gives the PCs no reason at all to cease fire until well after he is Deader Than Dead. Which every group of players, routinely, does. After that, he detonates a hard-radiation nuke. And survives.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, and more generally in games that use a hit point mechanic, high-level characters often survive a series of horrific traumas any one of which should be fatal - anything from being dropped off a 200-foot cliff, to being squashed by a falling block of stone, to being eaten by an enormous monster.
- Just as one example, going by the rules as written: It's possible for a character to fall from orbit, with no special protective equipment (or any equipment at all, actually), land on the ground, and pick himself up and walk away, bruised and probably not feeling so great, but still completely able-bodied. Assuming minimum damage is rolled, this is technically possible at level 1. Though there -is- an inversion of sorts, especially early on, noted as the 'Massive Damage' rule. If you hit a single enemy with one attack for fifty or more hit points of damage, the victim must make a roll to save versus Instant Death.
- The tarrasque can be slain only by inflicting enough damage to kill it (despite its extreme regeneration and epic DR), then using a Wish or Miracle spell (essentially, invoking a Deus ex Machina) to make it stay dead. Even nuking its corpse doesn't work, because it will revive inside a week without the Wish.
- and in 3rd ed. it takes getting it down to -30 hit points to kill it in the first place (rather then the -10 it takes to kill most other things)
- Subjects of holy word and its sister spells dictum, blasphemy, and word of chaos suffer an escalating series of effects based on the difference between the caster level and the subject's hit dice. If the difference is ten or more, the victim is deafened, blinded, paralyzed, and killed instantly. One would have thought the last one would have been enough.
- The vampire lord requires a variation of this, specifically in disposing of the body so it can't regenerate. You have to behead the creature, cremate the head and body separately, scatter the body's ashes over running water, immerse the head's ashes in holy water, and bury the immersed ashes in holy ground... and a vampire lord can recover from even this, though not without help.
- The backstory for Dogs of War character Borgio the Besieger survived several increasingly over the top attempts on his life, eventually being killed in the bath with a toasting fork.
- An even more outrageous rasputinian death was Vlad von Carstein. He survived being chopped up with his own magical sword, being impaled on a dozen lances and being decapitated by a lucky cannon shot. His eventual demise only occurred after the Grand Theogonist of Sigmar threw himself and Vlad off the battlements in the siege of Altdorf, landing on a moat of sharpened stakes. Even then, Vlad only dies because Manfred stole his reincarnation ring. Otherwise he probably would have just shoved the Grand Theogonist off of him and continued fighting.
- Any GURPS character with Supernatural Durability can theoretically take an any amount of punishment before dying. Short of a weapon that vaporizes them in a single hit only one very specific method (e.g. a metal spike through the heart) can ever actually kill them.
- Many heroic characters in Warhammer 40,000 can take unbelievable amounts of punishment. Especially characters with the "Eternal Warrior" trait, which makes them immune to the Chunky Salsa Rule.
- Marneus Calgar and Darnath Lysander each have a whopping four wound points, which, combined with the aforementioned Eternal Warrior rule, means they can each take at least four hits from heavy artillery before going down.
- Commmissar Yarrick has a rule where if he loses his last wound, he has a 2/3 chance of getting up again the next round. As opposed to every other 40K example, he's but a humble guardsman (meaning he's an unmodified Human) pushing into his early 80's/late 70's. He's able to shrug off a hit that would permanently put down Marneus Calgar, the guy with a rule called God of War, and the Avatar of Khaine, the Embodiment of an actual God of War. And all of this is supposedly through sheer determination and nothing else.
- Old One Eye has a similar rule. It's the most powerful in third edition, where he automatically regenerates one wound per turn (as oppose on a 4+ on a D6) and could stand back up if he was killed. He is drastically toned down for the new release.
- St. Celestine is supposed to have died dozens of times before finally being nuked. In game terms she can stand back up within a couple of turns.
- Many newer characters possess a version of this rule. One of the first outside of Celestine was Chaplain Grimaldus of the Black Templars, although he had to pass a leadership test each turn or his will gave out and he would collapse. Justicar Anval Thawn takes it to the extreme, being able to come back from anything in the game and can continuously test for it even if he fails the first time around. This is very useful as, unlike the other examples, Thawn can claim objectives and so is a bane to the opponent during Objectives games.
- Possibly the very, very best version of this is the old 3rd edition version of the Fallen Dark Angel Cypher, who has a god looking out for him. When he loses his last wound and fails his armour save, Cypher gets a 4+ invulnerable save... On a 3d6. It will only fail on the roll of three 1s, a 1/216 event. The remaining 215 times he simply vanishes, still alive and kicking, and the other side gets no victory points for killing him. It doesn't matter what you throw onto him; the odds of it actually doing something to Cypher is very low indeed. By the lore, Cypher has survived at least one Exterminatus (killing every last living organism on an entire planet) and vanished tracelessly from a cell in a Black Templar battle barge.
- In Malifaux this is what many people ascribe to Leviticus, except he turns up later alive. Subverted however because Leviticus really does die every time he claims its Only a Flesh Wound; missed his heart/the body can stand to lose that much blood/intestinal removal isn't fatal. This is because he's somewhat worked out the secret to eternal life, specifically eternal respawning. In game terms he will die every other turn, and reappear at the end of the turn he died. He can be permanently killed but it requires a lot of work to setup.
- In the Pathfinder Adventure Path Reign of Winter, you actually get to fight the man himself. You have to kill him three times in a row before he finally kicks the bucket. Naturally, this will likely involve a lot of stabbing, shooting, poisoning, clawing, burning, freezing, and/or electrocution, etc... depending on your party.
- Claudius in Hamlet gets stabbed with a poisoned sword and then forcibly fed poisoned wine. In the Branagh adaptation, a Falling Chandelier of Doom also lands on him.
- Clarence from Richard III is another Shakespearean example: He's stabbed several times before being drowned in a barrel of wine.
- Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman constantly tries to kill himself by intentionally crashing his car and sucking on a gas pipe, but he always survives. He eventually succeeds with one last car crash.
- Though a Rasputinian Death did convince her daughter, it wasn't quite enough◊ to get Dr. Narbon Sr. (Although it's hinted she has a lot of clones for just that purpose. Like when she "helpfully" supplies her own head in a box to an assassin later to show her employers.)
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- 8-Bit Theater has this:
Red Mage: I have disposed of the zombie dragon's remains in the ancient ways. His bones I scattered and broke before I buried them. His head was buried upside down at a cross roads. I added the upside down part as an extra precaution.
Black Mage: Ideally, this is how we would deal with all of our enemies.
- In Fafnir The Dragon, Edward (yes, that Edward) dies first by consuming the blood of a dragon (you're supposed to bathe in it, drinking it is a major no no), setting him on fire internally (flames literally erupt from his mouth and ass). He panics and runs, trying to find water, but falls through a skylight, landing in the middle of an amateur chainsaw juggling contest, getting his arms cut off and having a chainsaw go straight into his ass. He gets up and runs, trying to find water, and does, only for it to be a pool of Thor's Holy Water, causing him to burn and dissolve at the same time, until only his head is left, which Vlad the Impaler stabs with a sword. Vlad even states that, despite having imagined a thousand ways he could have killed Edward, this was better than ANY of them. Then Vlad caps it all by pissing on Edward's now fleshless skull.
- In Drowtales:
- Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress is stabbed by her sworn enemy, captured by another clan, imprisoned with her arms in chains and legs in solid rock, given to said sworn enemy, beheaded, and set on fire. The Kyorl'solenurn clan does not fool around when making sure nether summoners stay down.
- Sene'kha's mate, Kess'sen, was horribly difficult to kill. He was set upon by nagas, but fought through them, then survived a manabomb, was stabbed twice, took a blast of fire dead-on, released his seed to be taken over by the demon, and had his head sliced open by Kiel'ndia's chain weapon. Hopefully, the chain weapon did the trick. It's also implied that this was why Sene'kha kept him around.
- Dellyn in Goblins survives being impaled on a rusty sewer pipe during a duel with Thaco. While recovering from that wound, he's tracked down by Forgath and Minmax, but manages to offend them by describing his 'hobbies' in great detail. In the bar brawl that follows, he's thrown through a window, pummeled, set on fire with lantern oil, smashed over the head with a table, and finally killed when his slave stabs him repeatedly in the neck with a broken sword.
- In Genocide Man Joey shrugs off several sarin-tipped railgun darts (of course Genocide Men are immune to most toxins and the darts are too small to do much damage), so Jacob electrocutes him with a pair of mistuned railguns at point-blank range several times. When that doesn't kill him Jacob drags him to a nearby river and holds his head underwater with his boot until the crocodiles show up. And then the neurotoxins saturating Joey's flesh killed the crocs eating him so what was left got buried under a mound of dead reptiles. The sequence starts here and concludes 15 pages later.
- Sidney Crosby in Survival of the Fittest, who managed to survive multiple gunshot wounds long enough to prove a vital distraction before biting it for good (after being shot a further few times).
- Rick Holeman was shot in the chest, stabbed, and then all but hacked to pieces, and STILL had enough strength left to deliver a few last words before he finally died.
- Anderzel in the Season 6 finale of Mindcrack Ultra Hardcore. In order, he is: shot, stabbed, set on fire, attacked by dogs, partially drowned and stabbed again.
- Though it isn't actually a death, Freeman's Mind invokes this at one point. Gordon complains about all the abuse he's suffered trying to escape, listing all the ways he's been injured up to that point, and follows it up by directly claiming "Rasputin wasn't this lucky!"
- Red vs. Blue: the Meta survives Tex's landmines, multiple knife wounds, various other explosions, Tex punching him, multiple gunshots from a variety of weapons, slashes from Tucker's Energy Sword, and four point-blank shotgun blasts from Sarge... before (apparently) dying from being pulled off a cliff by the Warthog's tow cable. He does have advanced body armor, but Wash, in the same armor, still only managed to get through the landmines, punching, and a few gunshots before being seriously out of it.
- A real humorous one on behalf of The Angry Video Game Nerd, with the Winter Games cartridge as the victim during the review of said game. After reading the back label, which says, "Do not store in extreme temperatures, do not immerse in water, do not clean with benzene, thinner alcohol or other such solvents, do not hit or drop cartridge, do not attempt to disassemble." Not only does The Nerd does all of the above in a montage, he burns the cartridge inside his fireplace.
- Averted in Don Bluth's Anastasia by Rasputin. They leave out nearly everything that was done to him. He just drowns after falling through the ice. Since he sold his soul for the power to kill Anya in the first place, he gets trapped in Limbo after the curse fails to kill her, which makes him a living corpse that is prone to falling apart, although undead and indestructible. But he dies if you break his reliquery, which is made of glass and is quite easily breakable.
- Chef's infamously over-the-top death scene in South Park.
- Also of note is the scientist's suicide in the homeless episode, where it takes NINE SHOTS to kill him.
- Dinobot's death in Beast Wars. He takes on the entire Predacon force (Megatron, Tarantulas, Inferno, Waspinator, Quickstrike, Rampage and Blackarachnea) alone, exhausting all of his energy, defeating all of them, saving mankind and bashing Megatron with a makeshift hammer before dying looking like Swiss cheese.
- This is after making a noble speech, of course. And the implication is that he didn't die of his wounds directly, but from a complete drain of energy (he used the last bit to destroy an ancient artifact that could predict the future).
- A Robot Chicken sketch features a man trying to shoot a pursuing werewolf. The werewolf tells the man that he can only be killed by a silver bullet. The man's response: Whipping out a chain gun and blasting the werewolf with it long enough to only leave behind a thick red paste which the man shovels into a bucket, pours gasoline over, sets on fire, snorts the ashes like cocaine, shits it all out, and flushes it down the toilet where we see the inner workings of a sewage treatment plant going to work on the remains.
- The Giant Chicken from Family Guy. frequently does this and survives, in one instance his neck snapped, he got impaled on a 10ft tall rusty piece of metal, blasted and essentially cooked by twin space shuttle engines and finally getting caught in the center of an oil rig explosion. And its implied that he's still alive.
- Most anything that starts about halfway through a Happy Tree Friends short.
- Pointed in a Gamesradar article, the Disney's Snow White Evil Queen's death: Struck by lightning, fell from a great height, crushed by a boulder, and then eaten by vultures.
- And if some comic serials are anything to go by, she still survived.
- Clone High did this hilarious in their Tonight Someone Dies episode, when Ponce de Leon, serial litterer, is Hoisted By His Own Petard: His wrists are bound by beer-can holders, his skin is slashed by razor-sharp candy wrappers, a plastic bag flies onto his head, he slips on some garbage, and finally drowns in a bag full of his own blood.
- On Daria, Kevin was poisoned with cyanide, beaten with a golfclub, shot with an arrow, strangled and kicked. Fortunately for him it was All Just a Dream.
- Invoked and subverted in The Great Mouse Detective. Ratigan couldn't decide which crazy supervillain execution method to use on Basil, so he uses them all! Subverted in that Basil survives, managing to get the many traps to disable each other and even set him and Dawson free.
- The Legend of Korra: Amon. He is tossed off a platform, electrocuted, smashed into walls, crushed under debris, kicked through glass, nearly drowned, and finally killed in a boat explosion.
- There's an urban legend about a man in France who attempted suicide by simultaneously hanging, poisoning, shooting, and burning himself. All on a steep cliff above the sea. The attempt failed, when he shot himself in the head while jumping off, and the shot missed his head and instead ripped through the rope, causing him to fall into the sea and survive, which not only put out the fire but also made him spit out the poison he had swallowed earlier. He was then rescued by a fisherman - but then died of hypothermia. Snopes tracked the first version of the tale to forensic literature of the very late 19th century. Interestingly, in the first versions the man actually survives.
- A joke, probably based on the above, ends with the punchline, "Then he had to swim as hard as he could to save his life."
- Just for completeness sake, there is a fairy chess piece king named "Rasputin". The rules are that it takes one double-check to immobilize it, and another to kill (checkmate) it.
- Commonly used in Criminal Law examinations so that law students can parse the various rules regarding murder vs. accidental death. Usually includes a question regarding whether it is possible to be charged with murder for killing someone who is already dead.
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