->''"So the main plot is that there's this evil cult that's kidnapping everybody on the island, including the king's daughter. Just another day in Fantasy Land. So since you're a historical badass, they've resurrected you to go and get her back, and to lay the hurt down on anyone that gets in your way."''
-->-- ''WebVideo/RosssGameDungeon'' on ''VideoGame/{{Revenant}}''

[[DeadToBeginWith A dead person]] who is brought BackFromTheDead because their skills are needed to accomplish some grand mission (perhaps because it's too difficult for any living hero, or because someone officially dead is required for it, etc.).

May involve a trip to the afterlife, in which case this can overlap with DevilsJobOffer.

This trope is '''not''' about heroes being resurrected after getting killed mid-series. See DisneyDeath for that. This trope is for when [[FirstEpisodeResurrection resurrection is used]] [[BeginningTropes in a premise of the story]].

See also ComicBookDeath and WeCanRebuildHim.

This is a '''DeathTrope''', at least in the case of sequels. Spoilers ahoy!


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Impure World Ressurection from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a jutsu used to bring back dead ninja who were especially skilled or powerful.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Urasue tries to resurrect Kikyo and command her. It doesn't work out so well.
** Naraku later resurrects the Band of Seven and Saint Hakushin to keep Inuyasha's crew distracted while he upgrades himself in Mount Hakurei.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features a lot of {{Disney Death}}s, but the straightest example of this trope is probably the second time Goku is revived. They tried to revive him after he was killed by Cell, but since [[DoomMagnet he realized he, and by extension his friends and the world would eventually be targeted by new threats]] he refused to be resurrected. Seven years later, Gohan is the only warrior who hasn't been killed or [[YouWillBeAssimilated absorbed]] by Majin Buu, and he can't beat him, so Goku has to be revived to help him.
** Then it gets played with a bit: the powers that be in the afterlife get desperate and decide to offer Vegeta, who previously [[SenselessSacrifice sacrificed himself in a vain attempt to destroy Buu]], another chance to take on the demon. He accepts, and they send him back to the world of the living... but they don't actually ''resurrect'' him. He's still dead, he just has a physical body so he can fight again. And if he dies while already dead, he'll be rendered DeaderThanDead...
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': The ability to bring a dead person back to the physical world for a single day was used again for the Tournament of Power, when the heroes were in desperate need of a strong fighter for their team, they choose [[spoiler:Frieza]], who is in Earth's hell after his death on the planet.
* {{Downplayed}} in case of Motoko Kusanagi from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. She was resurrected as a cyborg after a plane crash that nearly claimed her life and is now working as a law enforcer/cyber commando; but that accident happened when she was 10-years old or so. Having to live in a cyborg body (only her brain is organic) led her to mastering it, and thus her current job.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/BlackestNight's Black Hand and his lanterns.
* ''Comicbook/TheCrow'' resurrects those who have been murdered along with those they loved in order to "set the wrong things right" by taking down their murderers.
* In the beginning of their original series, Dr. Magnus would rebuild the ComicBook/MetalMen anytime a monster of the week would show up.
* ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'''s Robotman is a borderline case, being resuscitated as a robot after a crash, in order to join the Doom Patrol.
* MarvelUniverse's original Deathlok arguably qualifies.
* Featured in the backstory of Comicbook/{{Spawn}}: he is resurrected to increase the armies of Hell.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} has the ability to resurrect his lieutenants for a job, usually after he's killed them.
* ComicBook/NormanOsborn brings back ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}'s brother [[CainAndAbel Barney Barton]], also known as [[EvilCounterpart Trickshot]], from a morgue, [[FridgeLogic despite being dead for several years]] both in RealLife and ComicBookTime, [[DeathIsCheap just to show how Comic Book Death works]], in order to join up with a new team of ComicBook/DarkAvengers.
* Every member of the ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'' gets this treatment, as Death needs people to fight things that should not be.
* Downplayed in Dynamite's ''Radio/TheShadow''. The Shadow can't bring people fully back to life, but he can keep them from crossing over for a short while, usually long enough to get information or, in one case, land a plane.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The plot of ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' is set after ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', and it begins with [[VillainProtagonist the Horned King]] being resurrected for a period of 18 months by [[CosmicEntities the Fates]] and half-forced on a seemingly [[ImpossibleTask impossible]] {{redemption quest}}: earning a human's love. Nothing else is revealed about the reasons for this other than the Fates are [[GodsHandsAreTied obliged to it]] for unclear reasons. The Horned King is promised a full freedom from [[SoulJar the Black Cauldron]] for successful completion of the quest and [[AndIMustScream permanent imprisonment]] into it for failure.

* ''Film/UniversalSoldier''. After being killed, soldiers are brought back to life via cyborgization and used on missions too dangerous for regular soldiers.
* Similarly, Franchise/{{Robocop}} has a murdered cop [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuilt]] as a cyborg by OCP.
%%* Billy Butcherson from ''Film/HocusPocus''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Captain Barbossa, who died in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl]]'', was revealed to be brought back to life by Tia Dalma in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'', so that he can sail to Davy Jones Locker and get Jack out.
** This also goes for Jack himself in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]''. He even pokes fun at this trope:
--> '''Jack:''' Did anybody want me back ''just'' because they missed me?
--> *two or three of the crew raise their hands*
--> '''Jack:''' Ah, I think I'll stand over there with them.
* Brittany Murphy's character in ''Film/TheProphecyII'' is resurrected because [[ArchangelGabriel Gabriel]] needs a human familiar with modern technology to help him search for the mother of a [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]] and prevent its birth.
* Freddy Krueger brings Jason Voorhees back to life in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', as a part of his plan to renew his reign of night terror.
* Occurs several times in the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah'' has the Japanese attempt to nuke a Godzillasaurus in order to mutate it into Godzilla and stop King Ghidorah. The problem is that [[spoiler:Godzilla was already mutated by the nuclear subs at the bottom of the Bering Sea (where he was transported pre-mutation) so nuking him again only made him bigger and more powerful.]]
*** Later, King Ghidorah is ressurected as Mecha-King Ghidorah to stop Godzilla from destroying Tokyo.
** ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'' features three gods (Baragon, Mothra, and Ghidorah) being ressurected/awakened from their eternal slumber in order to save Japan from Godzilla.
*** Likewise, Godzilla himself is ressurected by the vengeful souls of the forgotten soldiers who died in WWII to punish the Japanese for forgetting them.

* 'Pham Nguyen' is brought back from some 'deaders' in ''A Fire Upon the Deep'', and becomes a true hero.
* Happens to [[http://magiccards.info/rav/en/190.html Agrus Kos]] in the ''MagicTheGathering'' novel ''Dissension'' after his death in ''Guildpact''.
* In Michael Moorcock's ''Eternal Champion'' series, the protagonist is a hero who is magically resurrected, as different people, on different worlds to wage war. He is VERY good at it.
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the Doors Of Death have opened, meaning that no one stays dead for long. While this can be good (as when Gwen gets speared during a combat exercise) it also means that Gaea can resurrect deadly monsters and giants to help her defeat the Olympians.
** Hazel was apparently brought back to help in the fight against the giants.
* Kevin Landwaster is brought back in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' to fight Lord Foul. It turns out to be a really, really bad idea.
* Not precisely "resurrected" (since he exists only as a computer personality construct), but the first phase of the plot in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' is bringing back the Dixie Flatline for OneLastJob.
* The Zin-carla spell from Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy. Only used every few centuries, and requiring hundreds of people praying every day for months, but usually worth it. Assuming the caster manages to maintain control, of course...
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/GhostStory'' plays with this trope. The person in question would have died (having been shot through the heart). However, the person is kept from death due to a DealWithTheDevil made in an earlier novel, solely to perform the job agreed to in the deal. Also, the other party knew the person would try to back out of the deal.
* In Creator/RobertReed's short story, ''The Hoplite'', the characters were all long-dead, but their bones were dug up, used to clone a new body, and their memories retrieved using a device called the quantum-dilutor. All of the characters come from empires known for either their brutality or their cunning - Nazi Germany, Mongol Empire, Aztec Empire, Roman Empire, etc. The characters are then given a suit of PoweredArmor and are used to subjugate rebellious regions.
* It is mentioned in the Literature/{{Earthsea}} series that one wizard used to summon souls of ancient kings and wizards for royal council. It ended up with him being exiled, since, apparently, the advices of the dead are of little use to the living.
* Angel Abaddon is resurrected by the God immediately after being executed at the beginning of Polish novel ''Siewca Wiatru'' (''Wind Sower'', from "who sows the wind, will reap the whirlwind") by Maja Lidia Kossakowska.
* Przemko Łabędź is killed with a thunder and immediately resurrected by god Swarożyc to kill king Mieszko II at the beginning of Polish novel ''Kiedy Bog Zasypia'' (''When the God Falls Asleep'') by Rafal Debski.
* A related concept appears in Creator/CharlesSheffield's short story "Out of Copyright"--past geniuses are cloned and recruited as research scientists. Under the "copyright" rules referenced in the title, only people dead for seventy-five years may be cloned and only one clone per person may be created, leading to a corporations competing for their services in a manner resembling a sports draft.
* Kay Dutch in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' is killed at the beginning of the novel by teenager as revenge for accidentally killing the boy's sister. While DeathIsCheap (as long as you can afford the price) in this 'verse, Kay has not yet paid for his resurrection (must always be done up-front). He is amazed to find himself alive and finds out that it's because of this trope. The owner of the [=aTan=] Corporation (who has the monopoly on resurrection) brings Kay back to life in order to escort his son and heir to a remote planet on a secret assignment. The guy was specifically looking for a professional bodyguard who dies without paying for a resurrection. Kay later finds out that he's far from the first person hired for the job, likely in a similar manner.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** When TheMaster first shows up in the revived series, he explains that the Time Lords tried this with him, thinking his underhanded deviousness would make him a great soldier for fighting the Time War. However, they forgot his [[DirtyCoward natural tendency towards self-preservation]] and when he was confronted with the horror of the Time War, he immediately decided to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leg it]].
** Also WordOfGod for why the Lord President in "The End of Time" is called 'Rassilon' -- the same thing was done with him, and that didn't work out any better.
** And the same thing happened with the dying Eighth Doctor, who was given a potion by the Sisterhood of Karn to regenerate into The War Doctor to fight the Time War. They did give him a choice, though, and he chose the Warrior potion.
* Dean is brought back to life so that he can help avert the apocalypse in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' after he was sent to Hell.
* Rimmer in ''Series/{{Red Dwarf}}'' was woken up to keep Lister sane. He was deemed fitter for this one purpose than anyone else, even the captain, because Lister got such a kick out of winding him up. He succeeds in this mission spectacularly.
* The lawyers of Wolfram & Hart in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are often still seen working in some capacity for the firm after their deaths, although this is less being resurrected for the job and more death never stopping the job to begin with. In a more straightforward example, Wolfram & Hart resurrected Darla for the purpose of screwing with and/or controlling Angel.
* Takeshi Kovacs of ''Series/AlteredCarbon'' is killed during arrest but his [[BodyBackupDrive cortical stack]] with his memories is recovered and stored for 250 years, then is re-sleeved in a new body by one of Earth's near-immortal oligarchs to solve a murder.

* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In the ''Literature/RavnicaCycle'', Agrus Kos's partner is murdered, then brought back from the dead [[WhodunnitToMe to help solve his own homicide]].
** In the sequel, ''Dissension'', Kos himself is resurrected by an Azorius contract, much to his chagrin--the job he's been brought back for is incredibly dull and consists mainly of standing around on guard duty.
** In ''Literature/{{Scourge}}'', Kamahl recruits Ixidor from the dead to help defeat Karona.
* This is often the case for the Arisen in ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse''. If they haven't woken because some asshole has plundered their tomb or because [[WhenThePlanetsAlign the world has entered a Sothic Turn]], then either their cult or their Judge (the divine authority they pledged their soul to) has need of them.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the very start of ''Videogame/MassEffect2'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] is killed but brought back to life by [[NGOSuperpower Cerberus]] to continue the fight against [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]]. In the process, they spent ''billions'' of credits and invented several technologies unknown to man until then.
** To drive the point home, the [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/3661/1674878-normandy2.jpg Normandy SR-2, the successor frigate]] that Cerberus built just for you, with all the experimental tech included? ''You were more expensive to revive''. The intro mission in [=ME2=] is essentially trying to deal with someone who is pissed that you're getting all that money dumped on you.
* Locke D'Averam from ''VideoGame/{{Revenant}}'' is a general from the ancient times who has been resurrected by the kingdom to wage war on the Children of Change and rescue the king's missing daughter from them.
* ''Videogame/AgeOfWonders: The Wizards Throne'' does this later in the story. [[spoiler: It turns out that Merlin had been killed, and resurrected by Gabriel, to combat the rebellious wizards.]]
* In ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'', you play as a human warrior who was resurrected (and given superpowers) by Zeus in order to rescue his daughter.
--> '''[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]:''' ''"[[ElmuhFuddSyndwome Wise fwom youw gwave!]]"''
* Caleb from ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}''. Opening line? ''"I live... again!"'' The first game is him out to find and avenge his wife and best friend after their god has forsaken them.
* All of the player characters (called "Guardians") in ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''
* The protagonist Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' was brought back from near death and [[HollywoodCyborg augmented with all kind of cool gadgets]] to continue working in Sarif Industries. [[RageAgainstTheReflection He's not entirely glad about it]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'', this is [[PlayerCharacter your]] situation.
* [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Alduin]] from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' spends much of the game flying around resurrecting dragons to help him bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''Videogame/MaximoGhostsToGlory'' begins with the titular character being killed by the EvilSorceror Achille, but is allowed back into the land of the living when the GrimReaper offers him an EnemyMine agreement; Grim doesn't like Achille's experiments interfering with the souls of the dead, and Maximo wants revenge.
* When Anastasya in ''[[Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]'' is killed after being blamed for the assassination of her father, her necromancer aunt, Sveltana, resurrects her as an undead being so she can assist with the investigation of the ''real'' culprit.
* In ''Videogame/StarCraft'', after being betrayed and killed, the body of Alexei Stukov is given a "burial at space" by jettisoning his casket from aboard a battlecruiser. During the secret campaigns of ''[=StarCraft=] 64'', however, it is revealed that his body was recovered by the Zerg and [[CameBackStrong he was resurrected as a powerful infested Terran]] by the cerebrate Kaloth for the express purpose of seeing whether he would prove to be an effective leader of the swarm.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in the case of the fourth game of ''VideoGame/{{Fatal Frame|IV Mask of the Lunar Eclipse}}'': [[spoiler: Choushiro Kirishima is DeadAllAlong but the spirit of Sayaka contacts him to aid Ruka when she returns to the island. He's still dead, but it breaks the loop his spirit was trapped in, and later he can join the others in heading to the afterlife.]]
* [[HeroicMime Nanashi]] is killed by demons ten minutes into ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', and the god Dagda offers to resurrect him in exchange for his servitude. Dagda is generally hands-off except at a few critical points, so his goal of [[spoiler:recreating the universe and killing everyone in it in the process]] remains a secret.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': This is basically what the Kernelsprites are for. Kernelsprites, when properly prototyped, will be capable of functioning as guides to the player, as well as a CrutchCharacter. Prototyping is done by chucking objects into the Kernel, and by an unspoken rule at least one of these items ''should'' be the remains of a dearly departed. The resulting Sprite takes on characteristics of everything that was thrown in, but failing to include something capable of speech, or at least something sentient, will result in a largely ineffectual guide, as well as a missed opportunity to reunite with a loved one.
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'': Happens to Casey's fantasy world counterpart, the court wizard, who was killed while trying to take over the world. The queen decided he was a shoe-in for the job as Evil Vizier (which mandates scheming, backstabbing and attempts at usurpation).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RollToDodgePrincessCelestia'' has Teddy Roosevelt do this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Optimus Prime at the end of the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 original series]] of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. This was not the first time he'd been brought back to life either, nor would it be the last.
-->[[BadassBoast "And this time, no force in the Universe can STOP ME!"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm'' has Shao Kahn resurrect Shang Tsung because of a magical orb that increases in power depending on how evil the user is.
-->Shao Kahn: "Few have ever existed more malevolent than you, Shang Tsung"
** He also gave Shang Tsung a good punch in the face for losing Earthrealm in the first place. Actually, it was the very first thing he did.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', F.O.W.L. resurrects Taurus Bulba as a cyborg so he can work for them. Taurus doesn't actually appreciate being brought back as a cyborg forced to live off of motor oil for the rest of his "life" and refuses to work for them.