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->'''The Doctor:''' When did you realize?\\
'''Jack:''' Earth. 1892. Got in a fight on Ellis Island. A man shot me through the heart. Then I woke up.
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia "Utopia"]]

Characters with Resurrective Immortality can die just like anyone else. The thing is, they will not ''stay'' dead.

When killed, they will always return to life and look none the worse for wear. This is not due to a [[FromASingleCell regenerative capability]]. They can be injured like anyone else.

[[LivingForeverIsAwesome On the plus side]], this means that DeathIsCheap. Any enemies they have will never be able to kill them. For TheCape, this means they will never fall in the line of duty. For the thrill seeker, this means they can get a higher adrenaline fix than any of their mortal fellows. If they fall for someone whose species also lives forever, then they have a shot at EternalLove.

[[WhoWantsToLiveForever On the negative side]], this could be a FateWorseThanDeath. Someone could [[ColdBloodedTorture torture them indefinitely without worrying about accidentally killing them.]] In any case [[ImmortalityHurts they will feel the full pain of dying each and every time.]] Less maliciously but equally unpleasantly, this can lead to characters who normally have a no-killing rule [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap not feeling any need to pull their punches]]. And work creators who go by RuleOfCool often can't resist showing this off as [[GoodThingYouCanHeal frequently and gruesomely as possible]].

This can be a perk of being [[TheUndead undead]], particularly for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]]. May overlap with other {{Immortality}} tropes, such as TheAgeless, ImmortalityInducer and FightingAShadow.

If they always come back in a certain spot, it's RespawnPoint. If their mind is being transferred to a new body, it's BodyBackupDrive, instead. If they respawn or are reborn as an infant, it's BornAgainImmortality. And if they're a secondary-character who dies for comedic effect, that's TheyKilledKennyAgain.
%% TheNthDoctor is a casting trope and does not directly refer to immortality. While characters can be made immortal by usage of that trope, all resurrection-based examples by definition fall under one of the above tropes.

See JokerImmunity for when a character isn't allowed to die because of PlotArmor. See UnexplainedRecovery if no real reason is given for the resurrection.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The main characters of ''Anime/AngelBeats'' often suffer horribly ignominious (and often [[CrossesTheLineTwice hilarious]]) deaths, only to return to life a few minutes later whole, hale, and cracking wise.
* Hakamada from ''Manga/{{Aphorism}}''. Got thrown off the roof to die by his friends such that he could recover from his not quite fatal injuries.
* From ''Manga/AoNoFuuin'', [[spoiler: Takao]] seems to have this, reappearing unharmed when injured or presumed dead. [[spoiler: Turns out he doesn't have this, he's merely a projection that his head can recreate as often as necessary due to a FateWorseThanDeath]].
* [[spoiler: Tenzen Yakushiji]] from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''. As long as [[spoiler: his inner parasite twin]] is fine he can abuse this power as much as he wants.
* The blood warriors from ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'', most noticeably the protagonist Hiro. When a person dies, one of the royal siblings can bring them back to life with their blood. This makes the blood warriors semi-immortal. When killed they will come back to life and when just hurt, their wounds will heal quick. However, there is a price to pay: the blood warriors have to drink royal blood every few days or they will die for real. So they have to follow and fight for one of the royal siblings in order to survive. And of course, they have to die, before they can become semi-immortal to begin with.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Berserker has this ability. He can come back to life up to eleven times, and he [[AdaptiveAbility becomes immune to whatever killed him in the first place]]. He can also regain a life once a day. However, extremely strong attacks can take away multiple lives at once.
* Kenji Murasame from ''Manga/GiantRobo'' has this type of immortality. He's also got a bit of MadeOfIron going on, since non-fatal wounds barely slow him down, but he'll always come back from anything that would definitely kill anyone else, including complete bodily disintegration. He's quick about it, too. Getting shot in the head doesn't even put him down for more than half a minute or so.
* Seine from ''Manga/HekikaiNoAiON''. She's a TheAgeless that can be killed, but as long as her body isn't thrown to the sea, she can resurrect, and when hurt, her wounds heal quickly (even her fatal wounds heal). Her predecessor Simon Magus was the same as her but he met his end [[spoiler:being eaten by mermaids.]]
* Immortals in ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' can be killed if they are damaged enough (though they also have a normal healing ability, so it takes ''a lot'' to get them to this stage,) but they always revive later. Two examples of this that were extraordinary even for them were [[spoiler: Rin being disintegrated by a jet turbine and eventually being washed ashore (though it took decades for her to coalesce, and she lost her memories in the process),]] and [[spoiler: Rin having her time spore (the thing that grants immortality) removed from her body, which caused her to turn to dust, but the time spore was able to regrow the rest of her body when it was brought close to Yggdrasil.]]
* [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Garterbelt]] can't stay dead until his mission on Earth is complete; his death animation just plays backwards some time after he dies. However, he doesn't seem to be much stronger than a properly trained human, given how easily [[BigBad Corset]] tore a hole in his heart.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:Kyubey]] can reappear almost instantly in a new body after being killed. This is probably by necessity, given how quick {{Magical Girl}}s are to kill him once they figure out his plans. PlayedWith, however, as WordOfGod implies that this may be more of a HiveMind than an actual resurrection.
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise has the Book of Darkness and the Wolkenritter. Thanks to the Book of Darkness' Rejuvenation Program, they will always come back to life no matter how thoroughly you kill them. [[spoiler:They lose this at the end of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', due to Reinforce performing a HeroicSacrifice to delete the Rejuvenation Program and ensure that the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkness of the Book of Darkness]] stays dead.]]
* In ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'', Kyoko has the ability to gain an "extra life" every time she kills somebody, so she became a SerialKiller. Every time she is killed, she uses up a life and immediately gets up fully healed. She is defeated when Ayumu manages to reduce her to her last life, at which point she begs for mercy, pleading that she doesn't want to die.
* In ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', it's implied that a [[{{Kaiju}} Tailed Beast]] can be temporarily killed, but as they are the embodiment of all [[BackgroundMagicField Chakra]], they will not ''stay'' dead. And they will resurrect ''extremely'' pissed off. The only semi-permanent way of dealing with one is to [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan seal them inside a human being]]. The only problem is, this makes the person the [[PersonOfMassDestruction walking equivalent of a nuclear bomb]], with most people trying to use, capture or kill them, and the host's darker emotions will inevitably transfer over to the Tailed Beast, making it even ''more'' ticked off than before. Rinse and repeat each time a host dies and the new one suffers abuse anew. On the other hand...if one of those people overcomes their hate and fear and passes THAT on to the Beast...
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', Godou can come back to life fully healed with the power of The Ram, but he can only do this once a day.
* The Tartarus guild in ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the ability to restore any demon of theirs that has died. They can also adjust the appearances of the demons with each rebirth. Fairy Tail being a guild of technical pacifists, this ability of the Tartarus guild has been demonstrated as a result of the demons having a much lower standard for when to use their last resort suicide attacks.
* In ''Manga/ImmortalHounds'' this is the ''normal condition'' of every human being (though people still die of 'old age' at exactly 60). Blowing up your own head with a gun and wait a few seconds to be revived as good as new is a common method to cure a disease or heal a wound, to the point reluctance to do it is considered suspicious. Vectors and those they infect are unable to do this.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this is the basis of [[MadScientist Szayelaporro]] [[EvilGenius Granz's]] Gabriel technique. By "impregnating" his target with a portion of his body, he can use it if he's injured beyond repair to absorb all the [[LifeDrinker fluids and chemicals]] of the victim's body to redevelop his own, killing the victim and reforming in a matter of seconds from a liquid-like casing coming from the victim's mouth. He actually [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the process by comparing it to the phoenix of legend. [[{{Squick}} The scene is NOT]] PlayedForLaughs and could even be considered a MoralEventHorizon if he hadn't already [[IAmAHumanitarian had]] [[ColdBloodedTorture several]] beforehand.
* Lord Death Man pretends to have this ability in ''Manga/{{Batman}}''. However, his apparent "deaths" are faked by using an extreme yoga technique to slow his metabolism down to an undetectable level.
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'': This is what's earned Zombieman a spot among the S-class heroes, who usually get there through sheer destructive power. In terms of offense, he's merely really well trained, but completely normal. But he cannot die, period. He's been ''atomized'' before, and it only made him take a bit longer to return. And he makes [[ImplacableMan full use]] of this while fighting.
* Basically the entire premise of ''Ajin''.
* [[LightNovel/ReZero Re:Zero's]] Subaru has this ability, but instead of simply coming back time resets to a certain important point in his past. Although two big drawbacks to using this ability is that he can't go further than the last checkpoint, and he still feels the pain of every death making it an ability he hates to rely on.
* ''Manga/UQHolder'': Kirie Sakurame's immortality is a variant of this: if she dies, time is rewound back to her last "save point", a small shrine that she can set up. Kirie keeps her memories, but everyone else's are reset, though she can alter the save point's properties to bring people back with her if she chooses. [[spoiler:If her save point is destroyed or otherwise rendered ineffective, her death will cause time to be rewound back to the point where she first became immortal... some fifteen years ago.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Mr. Immortal's]] ''only'' superpower is the ability to resurrect in perfect health immediately after dying, regardless of the method of death. It is implied that he is ''homo s. supreme'', having ''evolved beyond death'', and will survive to see the end of the universe (becoming something akin to {{Comicbook/Galactus}} in the ''next'' universe as a result). He can take advantage of it by killing himself to heal any persistent injuries, so it's not entirely a bad thing.
* Franchise/TheDCU's Immortal Man and ComicBook/ResurrectionMan both have this power, coming back to life each time they're killed.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} was one time explained to have a version of this. Each time he suffered injuries great enough to kill him he would fight the angel of death, win and return to his body with his body fully healed. It's debatable if this still works for him.
* [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] as it is revealed in Avengers: No Surrender the Hulk, and by extension Banner, has this power. This is even more telling as, at this point, Bruce Banner had been depowered by Amadeus Cho, shot in the head and killed by Hawkeye, resurrected by the Hand and killed by the Unity Squad, resurrected again by HYDRA and left for dead in the destruction of the Resistance's base he still finds a way to come back
* ''All'' Marvel Universe demons have this as a power, or at least all those who rule or co-rule a dimension, though this may apply even to lesser fiends. Dormammu, Mephisto, Set, Chthon, Shuma-Gorath and the rest can all be killed ([[CompleteImmortality with extreme difficulty]]), but they ''will'' come back as their evil energies will reform in their own dimensions- how long this takes depends on the nature of the fatality, with total destruction taking millenia to recover from naturally, but it will not keep them down. These energies retain the sentience of the demon in question and thus they can speed up the process by manipulating other magical forces, or even make themselves reappear in somewhere other than their own dimension- once or twice, this has meant Earth. It is also possible, of course, for outside forces (sorcerors, servants etc.) to help them return as well. In the case of Shuma-Gorath, he can even be reborn [[ParanoiaFuel within the soul of the person who killed him last.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Valerian}}'', this is the fate of the fallen archangels who lose at the divine game of economics on planet Hypsis, most notably Mr. L.C.F. Sat. Having lost his immortality, but not his eternity, he dies repeatedly for no reason, evaporating into the air, only to poof back none worse for wear.
* The pygmy tribe of ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' have a Gem of Life that resurrects them by it when they die. [[BlackComedy Which happens often]]. They later meet a female tribe with their own Jewel of Life.
* Isstvan in Creator/PhilFoglio's adaptation of Robert Asprin's ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Another Fine Myth]]''. Note that it's an involuntary curse, and the whole plot is launched by his latest scheme to get himself permanently killed.
* Whenever Solomon Grundy is killed, he'll rise again in a new body from Slaughter Swamp next Monday.
* Doomsday will come back to life [[AdaptiveAbility immune to whatever killed him before]].
* In the [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] [[UltimateUniverse Universe]], all recipients of the Oz drug turn out to have this, including Norman Osborn, Peter Parker, and presumably Miles Morales and [[CloningBlues Jessica Drew]]. CrowningMomentofHeartwarming ensues when one realizes that Peter never has to worry about [[spoiler: Mary Jane again, since she was injected during the Ultimate Clone Saga]]; FridgeLogic comes after when one remembers Harry Osborn and Peter's various clones.
* As long as {{Main/Thanos}} is alive, [[Characters/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Drax the Destroyer]] will be there to try to kill him, no matter how many times Drax dies before Thanos does. Interestingly, the one time Drax died while Thanos was also dead, he stayed that way; but as soon as Thanos was resurrected, Drax was as well. PlayedForDrama more than anything else, as Drax's resurrections are described as "being torn from his well-earned paradise"; that, Thanos has, at various points, been completely [[CompleteImmortality rejected by Death]].

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has an example in [[spoiler: Harry]], who was stabbed in the heart by {{ComicBook/Daken}} and was promptly resurrected by [[spoiler: the Phoenix]], who is also revealed to be both [[spoiler: the source of his protection, and having merged with Lily as a result of that, his mother.]] So really, it's very unlikely that she's going to let him stay dead if he dies again in the future.
* Ho-oh from Cornova's ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' series has so far been able to come back in peak condition from being pulverized, thrown into a mountain, and having all of his limbs and head torn off, all thanks to the removal of his [[PowerLimiter dampener]] at the start of the series. Uxie notes at one point that Ho-oh is able to come back that way because he's a legendary pokemon - if a normal pokemon ended up with this ability, they'd fall under BornAgainImmortality.
* In ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', Rampage has this as her main trait - in addition to being a muscle-bound, armored psychopath with multiple personalities and a cartload of other mental issues. She's also one of the protagonists. She can come back from severe injuries, decapitation, crushing, forced through a wood chipper, being eaten by a band of insane cannibals and ''being disintegrated into a fine pink dust'' with no problems - in fact, main protagonist Blackjack finds that a good dose of grievous killing is the best way to calm Rampage down when she has a psychotic episode [[spoiler:that is, when her serial foal killer persona takes over]]. She just heals the wounds and regenerates any missing parts, although disintegration causes her to regenerate as a small filly, and she has to eat a lot to grow back to normal size.
* As it turns out in Part 2 ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Cackletta]]]], on top of being a high-powered magic user, is capable of coming back to life an indiscernible amount of times thanks to a spell she used that restores her to a prime state every time she is killed or dies from old age, giving her all the knowledge and power she had gained in her previous life without any consequence. [[spoiler: However, the weakness of this is that her cells stay the same as they did when she died, and Alpha is able to abuse this flaw in her spell in order to send her into a [[AndIMustScream loop of death and rebirth]] until her spell runs dry.]]
* In a more general example, this is how ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' fanfics tend to portray the rampant dying integral to the show, since they don't have NegativeContinuity to fall back on like the show. Of course, considering [[CruelAndUnusualDeath what the show is like]], ImmortalityHurts follows close behind.
* In the third arc of [[FanFic/FuegueIllusion Fuegue Illusion: Escape To Illusion]], [[spoiler: Vaati and Cirno acquire this ability after a long and action-filled battle scene between Mokou and Cirno.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheManyDeathsOfRainbowDash'' Rainbow Dash gets cursed with immortality. Every time she dies ([[EverythingTryingToKillYou and she dies a lot]]), she always reappears in perfect health somewhere next to her corpse. Her dead bodies don't vanish though, which makes things rather awkward several times throughout the story--which, yes, is a BlackComedy.
* Connor, the protagonist of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' fanimation ''WebAnimation/{{Confinement}}'', is a [[WeHaveReserves Class-D personnel]] with regenerative immortality. Guess who the Foundation chooses to test things on the most?
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': [[spoiler: Doa was given this to ensure she would live out her thousand-year sentence in jail, reviving in her bed in the station every time she dies. In the sequel, when she's in an alternate universe, she just revives on the spot where she died.]]
* ''Fanfic/MrAndMrsGold'': Until she is resuscitated by Hades, Belle was dead for three days.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The Tall Man of ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' who simply can't be stopped. Destroy him completely and another identical one will step out of the portal and finish where he left off.
* Thackery Binx from the Disney film ''Film/HocusPocus'' was cursed to live forever as a cat. In one scene, he is run over by a car and is clearly dead. Then as the other characters are screaming and crying in horror, he re-inflates, stands up, and says, "I hate it when that happens."
* Freddy Krueger of the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series is killed several times by the heroes, but he returns each time. The dream demons who are the source of his powers promised him that he would indefinitely resurrect no matter what anyone does to him. He even boasts about it.
-->'''Freddy:''' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. AM. ETERNAL!]] (from ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster The Dream Master]]'')\\
'''Freddy:''' In dreams. I. Am. FOREVER! (from ''[[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare Freddy's Dead]]'')
* ''Film/LittleNicky'': Nicky dies a bunch of times during his time on Earth, but since he's the son of Satan, he just ends up in Hell each time and can immediately go right back. The only time he's delayed by this is because [[spoiler:he ends up in Heaven instead]].
* While never explicitly stated, it's strongly implied to be a power of ComicBook/TheHulk in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. In both ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', Bruce Banner jumps from a great height with the intent of unleashing the Hulk, hits the ground, and seemingly dies from the impact, only for the Hulk to emerge moments later. In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', he discloses that he once attempted [[AteHisGun suicide by gunshot]], but the Hulk spat the bullet out; Hulk transformations never happen fast enough to stop a bullet ''except'' during the aforementioned falling incidents, suggesting the suicide succeeded only for the Hulk to undo it.

* The Eternal Emperor of the ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' series. He can die, and indeed has been assassinated more than once, but he always returns a few years later to reclaim his throne.
** It should be noted this is what it looks on the outside. In reality, the Emperor has a secret ship that holds cloning technology. When he dies, his body blows up, and a new clone is sent in with his memories up until he dies.
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', vampires can be killed in a number of different ways, but they are always reduced to ashes and will always regenerate when they eventually come into contact with blood. Careful slayers can keep them locked up for hundreds or thousands of years, but sooner or later they'll be back. The only recorded time one has been rendered (possibly) DeaderThanDead was when a cat ate him while he was in bat form. Another vampire was threatened with being thrown off of the Disc into space, which would probably have done the job as well.
* In ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'', the holder of the [[ImmortalityInducer black ka'kari]] has this. They come back to life if killed [[spoiler:at the cost of having someone they care about die soon after.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Voldemort's [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] grant him this form of immortality as they contain pieces of his soul. He can reform his body if it is destroyed, but the spells and rituals involved require the assistance of another wizard. It takes him over a decade to return after his failed attempt to kill Harry as a baby. Once all of Voldemort's Horcruxes are destroyed - [[spoiler:including the one he inadvertently created in Harry]] - he becomes mortal again.
* The protagonist of the {{Web Serial Novel}} ''Literature/{{The Zombie Knight}}'' has this as his primary power, thanks entirely to the {{Grim Reaper}} who revived him. This is used to both [[BodyHorror gruesome]] and [[ComicallyInvincibleHero comical]] effect. He also boasts {{Super Strength}} and the ability to temporarily {{Feel No Pain}}. [[spoiler:And growing {{Extra Ore Dinary}} powers.]]
* This is how [[EvilSorcerer Kasreyn's]] immortality works in the ''Second Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant''. He has [[SquishyWizard no noticeable fighting abilities]], and in one scene a Giant manages to rip the chain that's binding him out of the wall and hit Kasreyn with it, breaking his neck and killing him instantly. Kasreyn is dead for about thirty seconds, then gets back up none the worse for the wear, assuring the Giant that his death [[ToThePain will pass description]]. It's unclear if this power is Kasreyn's own or a side effect of [[spoiler: the DealWithTheDevil he made with a ''croyel'']] but when [[spoiler: the ''croyel'' is killed, Kasreyn dies for real]].
* The Perpetuals in ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', more specifically, Oll Parsson, Vulkan and John Grammaticus. They don't age and they can rebuild FromASingleCell. Unfortunately, every death brings them closer to the brink of insanity. Oll and John deal with it by [[BadassNormal not dying]], but Vulkan goes crazy before he even realizes what's going on.
* The deceased believers in Christ in the Literature/LeftBehind book series gain this ability once they and their still-living counterparts are CaughtUpInTheRapture and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. This also applies to those who became believers during the Tribulation and were martyred for their faith.
* The Amar Kabal of ''Literature/TheBeyonders'' possess this. When an Amar Kabal dies, their mind and memories are stored in their "seed", a small cyst-like growth on the back of the neck that detaches after death. Planting the seed in the ground will cause the Amar Kabal within to regrow their body within a few months. Destroying a seed kills the Amar Kabal inside it, and will cause every other Amar Kabal to declare war on you. One quirk of this is that the "template" for the regrowth is locked by the Amar Kabal's First Death, so most seed(wo)men deliberately kill themselves around twenty-five or so to insure the best quality of body in future rebirths.
** In the second book a seed man is bitten by a zombie and his seed is excised before the infection kills him, the excision killing him instantly. Later, after the group discovers that some zombies retain their sentience and memories of their old life they run into him, which results in there being two of him once they plant his seed.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'' trilogy, the [=aTan=] Corporation has this as their primary service. It goes like this: when a new client signs up for [=aTan=], he or she undergoes a molecular scan (extremely painful), and the matrix of his or her body is stored in the [=aTan=] database. At the same time, a neural net is implanted into the client's brain, capable of [[SubspaceAnsible FTL transmissions]]. At the point of the client's death, the neural net [[BrainUploading transmits the client's memories]] to the nearest [=aTan=] facility. If the client has paid for his or her resurrection (always in advance and never more than one at a time), a new body is [[MatterReplicator replicated]] from the stored matrix, and the memories are downloaded into the new brain. At that point, the resurrected client can pay for another resurrection (usually, a small fortune). [[spoiler:The part about the neural net instantly uploading all memories is a lie. Actually, the net constantly transmits the memories to [=aTan=]. The moment of death is signified by the end of the transmission. However, should the original still be alive at that point (e.g. the transmission is shielded), the newly-resurrected body will not be fully sapient. It will breathe, eat, drink, and answer questions, but not have a will of its own. If the original then dies, the new body will [[OurSoulsAreDifferent immediately become that person]]. The [=aTan=] Corporation decided to keep that a secret from the general public. They did tell the Church, though, and the Patriarch has given his full blessing to a device that has provided the first proof of the existence of the human soul.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', a {{Familiar}} will gain this trait, as their practitioner must spend power to keep their mortal form alive in order to fulfill the familiar oaths which bind them together.
* In ''Literature/{{Acacia}}'', people from the 'Other Lands' have access to magical machines that can suck out a victim's soul and put it in them. This increases the person's life by the remainder of the victim's lifespan and if the person is killed, the soul they harvested is used bring them back to life instantly. Since a person can store many souls inside themselves and harvest more in the future, that person can potentially stay young forever and be killed an ungodly number of times until they run out of souls. One such immortal was killed permanently via beheading, with his stored souls constantly leaking out of him as he dies multiple times per second.
* In ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', this is how [[TheHeartless the Serpents']] immortality works; they ''can'' be killed (albeit with great difficulty), but because they feed on negative emotions and chaos, the violence of their deaths gives them the energy to return to life before long, twice as powerful as before. Both the Royal One (the Serpent king) and Sang-Drax (the most heavily featured Serpent) die and return at various points [[spoiler: though its unclear if Sang-Drax's final death - being crushed by the collapsing Seventh Gate, a CosmicKeystone - was sufficient to destroy him for good]].
* In the fifth ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' book, ''Literature/MidnightTides'', Rhulad Sengar returns from the dead after being killed, thanks to the [[ArtifactOfDoom cursed sword]] in his hand at the time. This begins a path of dying and being resurrected again and again. Since the whole dying thing is agonizing and mind-warping, and the process of returning is even worse, this ends up being a case of being BlessedWithSuck. This also gains him the title of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths]].
* If the [[LegendFadesToMyth legends]] in ''Literature/TheKingkillerChronicle'' can be believed, this is the curse of Haliax, leader of the bogeyman-like Chandrian. In one StartOfDarkness story, whatever power he found while trying to [[{{Necromantic}} return his wife to life]] made him incapable of staying dead, no matter how [[DeathSeeker desperately]] he wants to. Whatever he is, he's been active for [[TimeAbyss millennia]].
* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' gods don't age or get sick, and it takes a lot of effort to kill them. And if someone manages to kill them but they have enough [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly prayers/belief]]/[[HumanSacrifice sacrifices]] something like them will materialize eventually. However TheOldGods are running short on belief. [[spoiler: Mr. Wednesday's plan to start a war between the Old Gods and the New involves letting a sniper kill him, rallying the Old Gods to have this big battle with the New Gods that his partner-in-crime Loki would turn into a massive sacrifice to him. Granting him enough power to resurrect and then some.]]
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' the Heralds have a very slow and terrible version of this. Under the terms of the Oathpact when they die they are returned to effectively Hell, where they are tortured for centuries until one of them snaps, and then they all return to the world to battle the Desolation. When the Desolation is over, any of them that survived have to go back anyway. The book begins with them breaking this cycle, refusing to return after all but one of them survived the latest Desolation. [[spoiler: More than four thousand years later, the [[TheDeterminator one left behind]] finally gives in.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Corpies}}'', this is [[spoiler:Jeremiah]]'s ability. Apparently, it involves "locking down" [[spoiler:his]] body into a particular state (typically, when [[spoiler:he]] is fit and healthy). Then, for as long as the ability is active, any damage to the body (including fatal damage) is reversed mere seconds later, which tends to freak everyone out, since no known HealingFactor can bring someone back from death. This ability also means that [[spoiler:Jeremiah]] doesn't age and (possibly) doesn't require sleep.
* Zigzagged in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Clan leaders are granted [[CatsHaveNineLives nine lives]] from [=StarClan=], the spirits of their ancestors. If they die, they are brought back from the dead, fully healed. However, since they only get nine lives, they can only come back eight times, and the ninth death is permanent. As well, they can still die permanently from old age no matter how many lives they have, only their cause of death is healed (Brokenstar is repeatedly injured and killed in ''Fire and Ice'' and ''Forest of Secrets'', and comes back with injuries), and some things are able to kill a leader multiple times, such as [[spoiler:Scourge's organ shredding blow against Tigerstar]] in ''The Darkest Hour'', [[spoiler:Leopardstar's diabetes]] in ''Fading Echoes'', and [[spoiler:Rowanstar's yellowcough]] in ''Thunder and Shadow''.
* Implied in ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', when it turns out that [[spoiler:Robin]] has died and then returned among the living five times before the events of the book.
* In Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/TheDispatcher'', almost any person, who is killed vanishes in a puff of air and materializes naked in his or her home, with no injuries from several hours before death. This applies only to murder, though, and there is a 1 in 1000 chance it won't work and the person will be dead for good. A special job has been created to allow trained people to kill those they deem about to die, thus ensuring their survival (remember, only murder triggers the resurrection). These people, called Dispatchers, are typically present in operating rooms during critical surgeries. If the surgeons fail to save the patient, the Dispatcher in the room demands that the surgeon in charge declare the patient lost. Then the Dispatcher uses a special tool to inject the patient with a tiny explosive charge straight into the brain. The charge then detonates, killing (and saving) the patient. No one knows why people are coming back, but it has become a fact of life for the past 10 years. This leads to some people doing reckless things, privately hiring Dispatchers to ensure there's someone on hand to kill them if necessary.
* Prince Bifalt in ''[[Literature/TheGreatGodsWar Seventh Decimate]]'' finds himself afflicted with this for no reason he can understand. Every time he gets mortally wounded, he just wakes up a while later with no serious injuries, even if the mortal wound was in the form of having a bolt of lightning ''melting the flesh from his bones.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Trance Gemini in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is shot dead in the pilot but comes back to life on her own; Dylan later remarks when someone attempts to take her hostage that she's done that twice that he knows of. [[spoiler:Later, she gets taken over by a sapient spore that animates dead hosts, causing Dylan to question whether she's actually alive to begin with.]]
* The Cylons on ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' do this when they die. So long as they're in the operational range of a Resurrection Ship, and the resurrection network is online, then when they die they merely BodySurf into a dormant identical body and continue their existence. However, this also means they get to carry the psychological and emotional trauma of dying with them into their new body and some Cylons are so traumatized by the experience that their consciousnesses are "[[TheNothingAfterDeath boxed]]" rather than having them become a BrokenBird and be a drain on Cylon society.
** In ''Series/{{Caprica}}'', Zoe and Tamara possess this ability in New Cap City in a particularly fast variant. The environment is programmed in such a way to permanently ban anyone who is killed from ever entering again. For Z&T this is just a minor nuisance because they are programs with no real body to return to, so getting killed will cause a glitch and remodel them immediately.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[spoiler:{{Dracula}}]] does this in the one episode in which he appears. Buffy stakes him and he dusts, but then he reforms, only for Buffy to stake him again.
--->[[spoiler:[[GenreSavvy I've seen your movies. You always come back.]]]]
** Series/{{Angel}} once faced a demon who, no matter how many times he cut it up, would always piece itself back together and come after him again.
--->'''Angel:''' [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Come on!]] I'm ''holding your head''!
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the Lazarus Demon always comes back to life fully healed, even if he is reduced to ashes. The only way to neutralize him is to bury his remains, and he'll come back if he is dug up.
* Chas Chandler on ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' has this type of immortality. There is a reason he's John Constantine's ''oldest'' friend - nobody else survives the dangers around him for long.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': Sukar. It's mostly nanomachines, but he's convinced that his gods won't let him die while he and the other chosen ones have a duty to fulfill.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The Doctor (and any other Time Lord) can regenerate when their body dies. They retain all their memories but gain a new appearance and personality. This has been changed slightly in the new series since The Doctor doesn't fully die before regenerating. In a 1960s episode, the Doctor once stated that Time Lords can "live forever, barring accidents." The trope is not guaranteed to be in place indefinitely, however, as the series established (in a 1976 episode, and later confirmed in 2013) that Time Lords usually may only regenerate 12 times before final death, however the High Council has the ability to grant a renewed regeneration cycle (which is done with [[spoiler: the Master, per the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], and the Doctor, in [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]]]]).
*** The regenerations of the First, War Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor, though, imply that there ''is'' a physical limit at which point the current body either dies (if it's the last regeneration) or regenerates. The First Doctor wonders whether his body's wearing out or he's being weakened by Mondas' influence shortly before he regenerates. The War Doctor regenerates immediately after parting with the Tenth and the Eleventh, his body having been worn out by the Time War (which either lasted 400 years or nearly an eternity, since it was fought on multiple battlegrounds in multiple time periods). The Eleventh Doctor [[spoiler:spends about 900 years near-constantly battling half of the known universe, trying to prevent them from conquering Trenzalore, and ends up looking like a very old man]]. By this point, the Doctor has probably beaten Jack in physical age (and he actually lived those years, while Jack spent the vast majority of them BuriedAlive).
** Captain Jack Harkness can technically die, but only for a short while due to a mixture of this and FromASingleCell. In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', [[spoiler:Jack became mortal again. He returns to being immortal at the end of ''Miracle Day'', with Rex also gaining this kind of immortality.]] [[note]] WordOfGod speculated in the episode commentary that [[spoiler:the Blessing may have only removed Jack's HealingFactor, and that were he to die during the Miracle, he would have simply revived as normal.]] [[/note]]
** The character of Ashildr, introduced in the Series 9 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]], is rendered "functionally immortal" due to the Doctor installing alien tech in her head to keep her alive, but at the cost of her now losing the ability to die. This is modified in the later episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E6TheWomanWhoLived "The Woman Who Lived"]], where we learn she can be killed, but will usually quickly recover from otherwise fatal injury. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] we learn that she ultimately [[spoiler: lives until the last moments of the universe, and even beyond thanks to being rescued by the Doctor]].
** Clara Oswald, [[spoiler: as of the end of "Hell Bent", is said to be immortal and, in fact, lives in an almost-dead state, without breathing or having a pulse. It is strongly implied that the universe will not allow her to die until she returns to the originally designated time and place of her death.]]
* Dr. Henry Morgan of ''Series/{{Forever}}'' can be injured like anyone else, but if killed his body will disappear and he will wake up in the nearest body of water completely healed. He is also TheAgeless and has been around for at least 200 years. His EvilCounterpart "Adam" has been alive for over 2000 years and has grown to no longer care about the lives of everyone else, killing without remorse. The one exception to this is anyone who has survived the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII German camps]], since "Adam" himself was being experimented on by [[MadScientist Dr. Mengele]], who was trying to learn the secret of this trope. Due to the series' cancellation, we'll never know what caused Henry and "Adam" to become immortal, although it's implied to have been HeroicSacrifice for Henry.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'': In "Friend or Faux", Cornell Stamoran inadvertently spawns a murderous clone of himself. Each time the clone is killed, he reappears next to his corpse in a new body. At one point, he exploits this and kills himself to escape being handcuffed to a pipe. Eventually, the clone redeems himself by shooting the original Cornell when he was about to shoot Audrey. As soon as Cornell dies, the clone vanishes into thin air.
* In the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' series, immortals could die just like anyone else, but they revive shortly afterward (unless the injury was a beheading, which is [[KilledOffForReal fatal for good]]). [[note]]This is different from the rest of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' franchise, in which immortals simply can't die except by beheading.[[/note]] It can turn into a cycle if they're [[AndIMustScream trapped in lethal circumstances]], which can lead to an insane immortal when they're finally set free.
* Phoenix of ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'': Like his namesake, his special ability is that he ''can't'' be killed for good and will simply revive stronger than before. In the end, the only way Haruto can permanently stop him is by [[HurlItIntoTheSun throwing him into the sun]] [[FateWorseThanDeath and trapping him there]].
* Kamen Rider Genm from the video game-themed series ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' eventually gains the power of a ZombieApocalypse-themed video game, which grants him a zombie's resistance to damage and the ability to shrug off fatal injuries; this is represented by the LifeMeter on his chestplate being empty. [[spoiler:He actually had to die in order to gain the the power in the first place, meaning he's like this whether or not he's in his Rider form. Eventually, Ex-Aid finds a way to strip him of this power.]]
* Prince, an {{expy}} of {{Satan}} and the BigBad of the last two seasons of ''Series/{{LEXX}}'', could return after being killed, once a certain time period had elapsed. Worse, he could choose where he would reappear, and what his appearance would be, making him a de facto shapeshifter. His weaker enemy Duke could resurrect but not change his appearance.
** Kai plays with this too. Although he's technically dead and only animated by protoblood, he would routinely get "killed" (decapitated, cut apart, etc.) which sometimes incapacitated him for a while until he was put back together properly. Other times, he's move around regardless of injuries.
* In ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'', Merlin himself, who is still alive in the present day. He's taken fireballs to the chest, swords, and huge slash wounds, and yet has gotten up again. It was confirmed in a DistantFinale that he really is immortal like his mythological roots.
** ''Very'' heavily implied as early as 4x02 with the Dorocha. Gaius outright says that no mortal can survive their touch, yet Merlin does.
* Nathan from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has this type of immortality. He can be hurt or injured in the normal way, but will heal all injuries once he dies and comes back to life. Best demonstrated when in an alternate timeline, after their powers had become public knowledge, Nathan demonstrated his ability by ''shooting himself in the head'' and resurrecting on live television. And then a villain [[spoiler: leaves him a ''brain dead'' vegetable instead of killing him.]]
* John Amsterdam in ''Series/NewAmsterdam''. In addition to being TheAgeless, Amsterdam also possesses this form of immortality. He dies in the pilot, but he is resurrected a few hours later in the morgue.
* A specific variation in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. [[spoiler:When [[EmpathicHealer Chloe]] heals fatal injuries, it kills her, but she could resurrect herself. However, when she saves ComicBook/LoisLane, she is dead for 3 hours. When she saves ComicBook/LexLuthor, she remains dead for 18 hours. Clark thinks if she tries it again, she might stay dead. Permanently.]]
* The Trill in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are a race of almost human-looking aliens that share their home planet with a species of highly intelligent slug-like worms, known as the Symbionts. The symbionts are able to live inside the body of a Trill and connect themselves to their nervous system, effectively becomming a second brain that is mostly passive but retains all the memories of the Trill it is bonded with and has been bonded to before. While the lifetime of an individual Trill is about the same as that of a human, the Symbionts can live for many centuries and go through over a dozen of host bodies. These bonded Trill make up less than a percent of their species and form the political, scientific, and cultural elite of their society, so only the most gifted and outstanding individuals are selected for bonding after a very long and hard selection process. While the selection process is primarily supposed to prevent any symbionts to be bonded to mentally unstable host bodies that would permanently damage the mind, it also serves to hide the fact that almost half the Trill population is capable of bonding to symbionts and gaining a kind of immortality. Since there aren't nearly enough Symbionts to make this possible, the consequences would be devastating. The most important quality looked for in candidates after high intelligence and skills, seems to be an outstanding personalty that has a good chance to create a remarkable scientist, artist, or politician. And as a result, they all tend to be highly eccentric, which only gets more intense once they gain access to the memories of several remarkable lifetimes. While a bonded symbiont can live outside a host body for only a few hours outside of their specially maintained pools, and the host dies after the symbiont is removed, the symbionts are very durable and very often survive accidents and injuries that kill the host, as long as they can be transferred into a new one in time.
* Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has died at last count five times. He's been brought back every time, almost all of them against his will. His brother Sam and best friend Cas count as well but Dean holds the record as it's been explicitly stated that at this point, nothing short of God himself will be able kill him, especially since as of season 10 [[spoiler:he killed Death]] and [[spoiler:is linked to God's sister who promised him she'd always protect him and keep him safe.]] whether he wants that or not.
* On ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', [[spoiler: Pierce/Cain]] seems to have this ability. [[spoiler: When Lucifer figures out who Pierce is, he stabs him in the chest. Pierce falls to the ground and appears to die, only to get up a few minutes later and pull the knife out of his chest.]]

[[folder:Myths and Religion]]
* Myth/EgyptianMythology: BornAgainImmortality seems to be the standard for Egyptian gods, who can age and die but are always reborn. However, with some of them it isn't clear if they actually have to pass through childhood when returning.
* UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}' ultimate miracle... albeit the fact that he only pulled this trick off once (and only temporarily, before ascending to heaven) [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny looks positively wimpy]] next to some of the examples on this page. Christian teaching holds that Jesus is second Adam, so that [[SecondComing when He returns]], not only will He still be in His immortal human body, but His arrival will resurrect entire mankind with immortal bodies like Jesus (some for "resurrection of life", and some for "[[BlessedWithSuck resurrection of judgment]]"). The doctrine of the Rapture goes further to include those who are living at the time of His coming. In other words, Christianity says this trope applies to entire mankind. Also, the point of the Resurrection is less that Jesus has superpowers and can defy death, and more that Jesus is omnipotent and COMMANDS death, even when dead himself. Most examples on this page resurrect subconsciously; Jesus ''chose'' to simply stop being dead.
* The Einherjar from Myth/NorseMythology reside in the halls of Valhalla. Every day they fight with real swords and axes, and every night the dead ones get resurrected by Odin and Freyja
* [[ThoseWilyCoyotes Coyote]] has this trait in some Southwestern Myth/{{Native American|Mythology}} traditions. No matter what happens to him, he'll always come back in time for the next story (occasionally he'll even die and come back to life multiple times in a single tale).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' and ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** Mummies from ''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'' can only be put down permanently by point-blank annihilation, like ground zero of a nuclear explosion; or long-term sustained damage, like immersion in a volcano, so they die frequently and rapidly enough to exhaust the energy that resurrects them.
** Arisen from ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'' are created by a Rite of Return that restores them to life every 1460 years and/or under special circumstances (like being summoned by a cult, or having their tombs robbed), then maintains their lives for around 8-9 months until they run out of energy and fall into death again. To annihilate one thoroughly enough to prevent its future resurrection requires that you destroy every piece of its remains (so it can't come back on its own), kill its entire cult (so they can't find it a new body), and erase every mention of its name from every record (so no necromancer or cult in the future can learn about it and then try to raise it).
** In ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'', Sin Eaters' [[PowersViaPossession symbiosis]] with powerful ghosts lets them come back from the dead at the next dawn or dusk -- but their Geist pulls a GrandTheftMe if they die too many times, and it's the Geist who makes the call on whether to resurrect them.
** Shadow spirits are only banished from the physical world and forced into brief dormancy if "killed", unless their bodies are destroyed while they have no [[{{Mana}} essence]] reserve.
** Some humans learn to transform their souls into Shadow spirits possessing their body. These "Purified" can only reliably be killed as spirits are; putting the body somewhere it would die as soon as it regenerates can work in the short term, but they can learn to abandon unsuitable bodies and form entirely new ones.
* In the various editions of ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'', this is what the Reincarnation attribute does. The various levels determine how long it takes for the character with the attribute to come back after being killed, and how easy or hard this is to stop.
* The Ultimate Powers Book for ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes'' has the Serial Immortality and Self-Revival powers, which allow a character to come back from death. Serial Immortality in particular has several ways this can come about, some of which embody other tropes than Resurrective Immortality, such as creation of a new body, reanimating a dead body, taking over another person's body, and others. This is primarily a way for villains to come back.
* The Inevitable Comeback creature power from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' allows a supernatural creature to resurrect after being killed.
* The Necrons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are an entire RACE of this. Even if reduced to liquid metal, any Necron is teleported away and rebuilt to be redeployed. However, later fluff has nerfed this by reducing the Necrons' overall mental ability every time they die, some of them even forgetting that they're made of metal and flay their enemies alive to wear their skin.
** Hive Tyrants of the Tyranids have this built into them. Being the commander of an entire RedshirtArmy of ZergRush troops means that commanders seldom survive long, so each Hive Tyrant can and will reform in a new body with their mind and memories intact (but only until the current campaign is over). The only exception to this is the Swarmlord, who transcends the various hive fleets and always reforms with his memories. His body is also unique, possessing materials not native to the galaxy, implying that the hive mind will go through the trouble of transmuting the materials for his specially crafted Bonesabres just for the Swarmlord.
** Then there is Lucius The Eternal, the personal champion of the deity of excess, Slaanesh. Lucius' quirk is that should he be bested in battle and the one who defeated him feels even the tiniest amount of pride about it, said person will slowly and painfully morph into Lucius and the only thing left of them will be a new screaming face on Lucius' PowerArmor. Considering the amount of faces already on it, this happened quite often.
** Also, Perpetuals. Even completely vaporized, they can pull their subatomic particles back together. The most famous of whom is the GodEmperor of Mankind, which suggests that Horus must have hurt him badly if he's been on life-support for the past ten millennia. Another is his son Vulkan, who was once tortured to death thousands of times by the Night Lord but kept on resurrecting. And in a lighter example, the shamans of prehistoric Earth could reincarnate themselves after death, but when they began to lose their souls to the emerging Chaos Gods they made a suicide pact and merged to form the future Emperor.
** The Dark Eldar can bring dead bodies back, both themselves and slaves who hoped to escape their torturers by dying. However, doing it too often causes little mutations to show up on their bodies (not to mention what it does to their minds). Urien Rakarth, the undisputed master of the procedure, is so far gone he actually looks forward to dying [[ForScience so he can catalog the changes made to his body.]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Deva race (angels who incarnate as mortals on the Material plane) have this, but when/where they reincarnate is up to the GM, so just choosing that race is not necessarily a way to keep the same character.
** Many 4th Edition Epic Destinies allow the player self-resurrection-- usually prefaced with the [[ARareSentence amusingly unlikely phrase]] "Once per day, when you die, [...]". Flavorful variations on the ability include:
*** [[IAmSpartacus Having one of your followers take on your identity]].
*** Having yourself from another point in time show up to carry on.
*** Literally ''walking'' [[EscapedFromHell out of Hell]].
* This (along with being TheAgeless) is basically how the immortality of the gods of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' works. You can destroy the body of a god, but as long as they have a sanctum, they'll just reincarnate there (note that all Celestial Gods count the Heavenly City as a sanctum). Some of them even reincarnate without a sanctum, if they're heavily invested in their domain, although this is less reliable (and often takes longer). The only exception to this is if they're finished off with a [[DeaderThanDead spirit destroying Charm]], which essentially ignores their immortality. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu All Exalted possess spirit killing Charms]].
** Third Edition adds a second exception: Exalting an Exigent requires that the god empowering the Exigent sacrifice some of their power. In the case of weaker gods, this can mean permanent death, sacrificing themselves to empower an Exalted champion.
** Abyssals take this up to eleven (Which frankly, if you're familiar with Exalted, you should have seen coming), they can kill a Spirit, and then reform it as a devoted slave. They can also "Kill" a spirit with a Necromatic ritual that sends the spirit into the Underworld, where it's assigned duties by the Underworld. Sidereals get a variation of this, wherein they can punch a spirit so hard, they're forced to fill out a specific task. ItMakesSenseInContext
* In TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}, this is called Unkillable, and comes in various flavors.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', some creatures have the ability to immediately return from the graveyard to your library, like the first iteration of the three Eldrazi Titans from ''Rise of the Eldrazi'', or hand, [[spoiler:like the three corrupted gods from ''Hour of Devastation'']].
** Squee the Goblin also could not stay dead. This turned out to be not such a good thing when he was captured and delivered to Crovax, Evincar of Rath. Crovax considered Squee to be Yawgmoth's reward to him and would proceed to kill Squee '''a hundred times a day'''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* VideoGame/{{Anamnesis}}
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** The game has this in the form of Redmond and Blutarch, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEOs]] for RED and BLU, respectively. In an attempt to try to outlive the other brother, both have a machine built for them to prevent them from dying, [[HilarityEnsues with obvious results]]. It does not grant immortality in the normal sense, but it does resurrect them within seconds of dying, which does grant the user immortality in the sense that they don't stay dead for long (the third brother, Grey, also has an immortality machine, but it seems to work differently). In a related vein, {{respawn|Point}}ing in-game appears to be part of canon and not just a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation gameplay mechanic]], given that some classes, particularly Sniper, comment on it.
---> '''Sniper''': How many times have you died? I'm actually getting impressed.\\
'''Sniper''': Kill ya again soon, mate.\\
'''Sniper''': See you in five minutes.
** Touched upon again in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', where the Heavy has "dreams" where he dies but then "wakes up" and continues fighting.
-->'''Heavy:''' Do you get the nightmares? [...] I am talking about visions of endless suffering. Dead doctors everywhere. Spy cannot be found.
** A couple of the supplementary comics give two possible explanations for the game's respawn mechanic:
*** At least for how the ''Soldier'' can't die - [[http://www.teamfortress.com/doommates/#f=17 he ate an entire bottle of magical "Kill Me, Come Back Stronger" pills]] owned by his (former) [[AWizardDidIt magician]] [[MonsterRoommate roommate.]] Apparently this is enough for Merasmus to not even ''try'' killing him (in the comic, at least; he'll rip your head off in-game regardless of class). The rest of his team ''might'' have taken such pills too... And the ''other team'', too, seeing as how the Administrator ''wants'' a perpetual stalemate between RED and BLU (well, right up until [[ManVersusMachine the robots show up]], and she would be ''delighted'' to make use of such a thing...)
*** It's revealed late in ''[[Webcomic/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress Comics]]'' that [[spoiler:the Medic somehow collected the entire team's souls, including his own, and wound them together in order to cheat a DealWithTheDevil.]] This gives all of the mercenaries the ability to come back from death unscathed, though they can be KilledOffForReal by old age.
* Every runewarrior from ''VideoGame/{{Spellforce}}''. Your avatar (main character) dies? He automatically respawns at the nearest soulstone. Any of your heroes or minions dies? Simply summon them again.
* Likely (it's also possible that they're [[FromASingleCell regenerating]]) the case for [[PlayerCharacter Ascended]] in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'': They've already died once and been [[BackFromTheDead brought back]]; now, death is a [[DeathIsNotPermanent temporary]], [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist if traumatic]], inconvenience for them.
* The Daevas of ''VideoGame/{{Aion}}'' are seemingly immortal, being able to reform with a type of ressurection stone if killed. One of the main quests involves the player investigating a malfunctioning stone, which turns anyone under its influence into zombies rather than reform them.
* ''VideoGame/MeatBoy'' is a OneHitPointWonder, but reforms within one or two seconds, much to the frustration of [[BigBad Dr. Fetus]]. And not just during gameplay, during cutscenes too!
* ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' and sequels, not just a game mechanic, as game lore suggest repeated death and resurrection can chase a persons mind to collapse.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, Dracula is resurrected in most of the games, the better for the player to have someone to fight. The exact methods vary. [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest The second game]] involves you going to great lengths to resurrect Dracula ''yourself'', just for the purpose of beating his ass again.
* The Nameless One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. He had achieved immortality some time in his early thirties, and each time he dies, he'll heal up and get back up again shortly afterwards. Every once in a great while (as in [[StoryAndGameplaySegregation "not during the course of the game"]]), this wipes his memories and gives him a different personality. Dying is even a way to solve some of the puzzles, and learning why he won't die is his goal in the series. He could be killed permanently by being killed by a particularly powerful being, by having his body wholly destroyed by cremation or being eaten and digested, and by one very specific weapon.
* The fairies in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series work like this: They have very short live spans, but are reborn in the same shape (a healthy one, that is) as soon as they die, even if they're blown to pieces, as long as the thing they embody still exists, essentially making them immortal. As a sort of [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] this also gives them a rather [[BlueAndOrangeMorality messed up view of life]]; since they have no concept of death they may consider setting someone aflame and pushing them off a cliff a lighthearted prank.
** The characters Kaguya Houraisan and Fujiwara no Mokou functionally have this, but on an even more extreme level. They ''appear'' to die and resurrect, but they actually ''exist outside of life and death''. Consuming the Hourai Elixir permanently removed the very concept of death from them, meaning that they'll come back from absolutely anything, up to and including complete annihilation of their bodies. Their main pastime is [[CycleOfRevenge killing each other]] [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap repeatedly]], so their ability gets a lot of mileage.
** Side character Hieda no Akyuu has a variant: she has the bloodline of the Child of Miare, which means she carries the memories of all the Children of Miare before her. When she dies, instead of losing the memories and incarnating as something else, she'll spend a certain time in the Netherworld and then arise as the next Child.
* This is the kind of immortality that [[spoiler:Nessiah]] from ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' of the ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' games (and [[VideoGame/YggdraUnison its]] [[VideoGame/BlazeUnion spinoffs]]) has been cursed with. Reincarnating is supposed to be hellishly painful and leaves him weak, but he will inevitably reincarnate no matter what. It overlaps with ImmortalityTalisman (and to some extent TheAgeless, as he no longer ages), and by the time of ''Yggdra Union'' he's spent over a thousand years trying to destroy what forces him to stay alive.
* The Souls series made by FromSoftware, and most copies.
** The Chosen One in ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' dies at the very beginning of their quest, only to be brought back to life thanks to the gatekeeper of the Nexus. From that point on, death is a regularly scheduled occurrence.
** The Undead in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' are cursed/blessed with this. They cannot stay dead, but each "death" robs them of humanity until they eventually become Hollowed insane monsters. Humanity (represented by small black flames) can restore an Undead's appearance, but it's still only delaying the inevitable.
** The Hunters in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' instantly heal from all wounds thanks to their Eldritch-powered blood, but once that blood runs out they die from blood loss, only to 'wake up' at a lantern connecting Yharnam to The Hunter's Dream. So long as they are connected to the dream, the hunters will have blood transfused back into their corpses and rise again.
* Peter the phoenix and [[spoiler:Lemon the vampire]] from ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'' can automatically resurrect after each battle for free if defeated.
* [=LeChuck=], perennial BigBad of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', starts out undead and is killed at the end of each game only to come back in the next, with varying explanations. In [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge the second game]], he had to be brought back by a witch-doctor, but in other incarnations he returns on his own, thanks to the power of Big Whoop, a portal into hell. ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' gives a different explanation for his eternal self-recycling: [[spoiler: a resurrection spell he keeps hidden at the Crossroads, the pirate afterlife, which he got from the Voodoo Lady]].
* ''VideoGame/PlanetSide''. When a soldier travels through a [[PortalNetwork warp gate]], they are matrixed into the [[BigDumbObject planet's core]]. When they die, their body is deconstructed and then rebuilt at a spawn room. In the backstory, a Terran commander executed a pilot via firing squad for flying through a warp gate without orders - and the pilot kept showing up sitting under trees on continents. This has of course fueled the state of [[ForeverWar Forever War]] the planet currently finds itself in.
* ''VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' - The player has a limited amount of self-resurrections. When the player dies, an implant injects a cocktail of drugs which jump-starts the body again, allowing the player to continue to fight after a few seconds of inaction. However, the implant [[ScarsAreForever doesn't get rid of extreme damage such as mutilations]], and will deplete after a couple uses.
* Lance Galahad of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' has this from the very start, up to the very end of the game, even in a KaizoTrap. And since the player has unlimited lives in this game, he always comes back, no matter how many times he gets [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], [[AnArmAndALeg mutilated]], [[StrippedToTheBone doused in acid]], [[ImAHumanitarian eaten up]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking drained]] [[VampiricDraining of blood]], etc.
* Fujin of ''MortalKombat'' states this is true of his fellow PhysicalGod [[BigGood Raiden]]; however, for the latter, this means being resurrected as a blank slate devoid of any memories should he be killed. [[spoiler: This never happens due to the fact that the only time we ever see Raiden die canonically are when he goes [[TakingYouWithMe kamikaze on Onaga]] in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' and Onaga's [[CameBackWrong corruption]] helps him retain his memory, and when Shao Kahn kills him in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 MK9]]'', but only after Raiden sends a message to his past self to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong prevent it all from happening anyway.]]]]
* Due to ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' being located 'downstream of Hell', its inhabitants all have this, although they can't come back from disease, nor old age, nor are they exempt from the ChunkySalsaRule.
** [[ImmortalityInducer Hesperidean Cider]] seems to grant a true version of this.
* There are a few important late-game enemies in ''VideoGame/NetHack'' that possess this ability.
** The Wizard of Yendor will resurrect every time he is killed, and can even ''clone himself'' on occasion. He will also "haunt" you and cause trouble throughout the rest of the game after being killed for the first time.
** The final level contains three Riders of the Apocalypse, who will always resurrect a set number of turns after being killed. This being Nethack, almost all possibilities for killing them permanently have been thought of and plugged, but there are still a couple of obscure ways the Riders can be put down for good.
* [[Literature/ArsGoetia Nebiros]] has this skill in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. Destroy his undead, he'll just spawn more. Destroy him? He {{Body Surf}}s to one of his flunkies, and ''transforms him into the next Nebiros.''
* The immortals of ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' have this type of immortality in gameplay: they take damage normally in combat, but only stay KO'ed for a couple turns before reviving. In [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscenes]], meanwhile, they're basically indestructible.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series, part of the reason the Eternal Conflict between Heaven and Hell has been eternal is that both the [[CouncilOfAngels Angiris Council]] and the [[BigBadDuumvirate Prime Evils]] have this. Even if their bodies are completely destroyed, they will eventually return.
* The Mother in ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' immediately revives if her body is killed. The plot of the game involves the player finding a means to give her soul a physical form since killing it will kill The Mother for good.
* The main character of ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'' is granted this type of immortality. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, every time she's revived it costs the life of another person.]]
* The main character of ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' acquires this power after he dies by falling off a bridge in an organic alien DysonSphere. After dying for the first time, he finds himself in another dimension called "the Land of the Ancients", where his grandfather's spirit teaches him how to spirit walk (intentionally separating his body and spirit for a certain time) and death walk (return to his body when his spirit is separated by it after a death).
* Yes Man in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' has this capability. Killing his Securitron body just causes him to upload to another one. While theoretically you could kill him by tracking down and destroying every Securitron in New Vegas, they all constantly respawn so there's no practical end to them. Yes Man just comes right back, and cheerful and friendly as ever.
** The same thing applies to the Securitron Victor. It works due to both being ArtificialIntelligence.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Umaril the Unfeathered, the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] sorcerer-king who ruled the Ayleid Empire at the time of the [[SlaveRevolt Alessian Revolt]], had been granted this by the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Meridia. Alessia's divine champion, [[EternalHero Pelinal]] [[TheBerserker Whitestrake]], was able to defeat but not kill Umaril during the Revolt. Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion, Umaril has returned, serving as the expansion's BigBad.
** The series' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]] are [[DragonsAreDivine divine]], [[TheAgeless ageless]] beings with this sort of immortality. While anyone of sufficient ability can slay the physical form of a dragon, that dragon can be resurrected later by another dragon. The only way to permanently kill a dragon is for another dragon (or [[TheChosenOne Dragonborn]]) to [[YourSoulIsMine absorb its soul]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', [[BigBad Alduin]] is bringing slain dragons [[RiseFromYourGrave back to life]] to serve him once again.
** In ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', the player characters have had their souls ripped from their bodies, but the ritual meant to process their souls had a major side-effect: with their souls mostly disconnected from their bodies, they can come back to life indefinitely.
* ''Videogame/TheSecretWorld'': Player characters have merged with a special bee that has drank "anima honey" made from the world tree itself. As such, they can respawn at special sites where the world tree intersects with the real world, called "anima wells", or just use their own anima from their own bodies to respawn.
* ''Videogame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'': Talion is "banished from death" because of his psychic bond with the world's only elven wraith, allowing him to respawn at special towers after a short period of time. He's not happy about it because (1) his family is dead and (2) dying hurts / damages memories.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Thanks to [[spoiler:their ability to bind the dead]], the [[ShockAndAwe Sith Inquisitor]] will ''always'' be resurrected whenever they die [[spoiler:by the ghosts, so long as at least one is bound]], no worse for wear. This is actually a plot point, as [[ArchEnemy Darth Thanaton]] "kills" them halfway through the story, and the next chapter is spent quietly increasing their power to strike back and take him by surprise.
* The [[EldritchAbomination Gravemind]] of the Flood in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is the closest thing to an immortal this setting has. Even if the Flood is reduced to a non-sentient level, all the knowledge and memory of the Gravemind will be transferred to any new one that reforms no matter how long the time in between is. This means that the Gravemind encountered in-game by the [[SuperSoldier Master Chief]], [[ArtificialIntelligence Cortana]] and the [[TheDreaded Arbiter]] ''is'' the very same Gravemind that fought the Forerunners. That's over [[TimeAbyss 100,000 years]]. [[spoiler:And even before then, it was once the [[EldritchAbomination Primordial]], a Precursor/prototype Gravemind that telepathically transferred its entire consciousness into the main Gravemind after the [=IsoDidact=] destroyed its original body]].
* The world of Aelion in ''VideoGame/{{Skyforge}}'' is watched over by the [[PlayerCharacter immortals]]. If an immortal's body sustains too much damage they simply dematerialize into the ether and then reassemble themselves elsewhere, good as new. There is no known way to actually kill them and building a prison that could hold one eternally becomes a plot point.
* In older versions of ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', this version of immortality was taken for granted, so quests, lore, and jokes from that era include many references to characters, player or otherwise, respawning in Lumbridge. Since the game's storyline has [[CerebusSyndrome progressively become more serious]], resurrection is nowadays treated as the exception rather than the rule.
** The King Black Dragon, like the player character, is able to return from the dead because [[TheChosenOne he has a special destiny that has not yet been fulfilled]].
** The [=TokHaar=] are living constructs made of stone and magma. As long as they are able to melt back into the "sacred lava" from which they came, they will always reform as good as new. Consequently, they love combat-based sports and [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap don't know why other races are so averse to dying]], since [[ValuesDissonance to them it just means coming back better than you were]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', [[spoiler: the monsters have this. "Killing" them just severs their connection to their corporeal form and forces them back to their dimension, where they can easily reform and return.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The OlympusMons Xerneas and Yveltal have limited lifespans, and at the end of theirs, they affect all life in the surrounding area (Xerneas by releasing its entire life into the area, Yveltal by draining all life nearby into itself), then assume the form of a tree/cocoon to sleep for a thosand years, after which they can reawaken (and they inevitably are during the events of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'').
* Those cursed by the thorns in ''VideoGame/ARoseInTheTwilight'', like the main character Rose, cannot die. No matter how gruesome their death is, they will simply reappear in another area as if nothing happened. In fact, part of the game requires Rose to be placed in death traps to advance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' combines this with MentalTimeTravel to [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration justify player respawning after dying.]] Every time player character dies, their memories are sent back in time to previous savepoint, giving effect very similar to this trope. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Flowey]] used to also have this ability, and it's strongly implied that so did [[PosthumousCharacter all of the Fallen Children]]. It's unknown how Fallen lost it (though common theory is that they simply lost hope and gave up), and Flowey lost it when player stole it from him by accident.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series: the homunculi of the Dusk trilogy are immortal, coming back to life shortly after dying. All three games in the trilogy feature an event where the lead character is invited to a homunculus funeral, unaware that the funeral ends with the deceased coming back from the dead. And in a case of GameplayAndStoryIntegration, ''VideoGame/AtelierShallie'''s Homura, a homunculus party member, has a perpetual AutoRevive effect applied to him by a passive skill.
* Nanashi, TheHero of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' made a DealWithTheDevil shortly after his death at the start of the game: in exchange for returning to life, he would have to serve the demon/god who resurrected him. This isn't just a one time deal; [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration his benefactor can resurrect him as many times as he needs]]. [[spoiler:The antagonists set up the penultimate dungeon so that he cannot revive inside, however.]]
* In the ''War of the Chosen'' expansion for ''VideoGame/XCOM2'', the Chosen each have a device called a sarcophagus that dedicates a massive amount of Psionic energy to resurrecting the chosen it's tied to every time they die.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', Gill, the game's final boss, has this as one of his Super Arts. Unless he uses another Super Art beforehand, this happens automatically upon defeat. It can only be used once per match, and hitting him will cancel his [[HealingFactor healing process]], however. Still, this contributes to his SNKBoss status, since there's also a force field used while he's resurrecting, making it harder to hit him.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'', the immortality of people like [[spoiler:Finis]] and [[spoiler:the Apostles of Idea]] is of this type - they can be killed, it just won't stick. [[spoiler:The Apostles']] ability to resurrect is not infinite, however, and can run out if they're killed enough times.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[TheGamePlaysYou Any Sburb player]] who reaches [[CameBackStrong God Tier]] [[spoiler: which can only be achieved by a player arranging to be killed on their Quest Bed]] cannot be KilledOffForReal unless their death is deemed [[KarmicDeath just]] or [[HeroicSacrifice heroic]], instead coming back to life a few minutes later, any damage done to themselves or their clothes completely healed.
** [[spoiler: Caliborn, aka BigBad Lord English,]] gains ''unconditional'' immortality without the moral restrictions on God Tier players' resurrections, which is supposed to be [[BeyondTheImpossible flatly impossible]] for Sburb to offer. [[spoiler: It was revealed later, however, that Caliborn received the clock that controlled his God-Tier immortality as a reward for completing his Dead Session game. He then destroyed it with a crowbar. This presumably made it impossible for his death to stick, since the clock was in a neutral position when he broke it.]]
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is theorized to be one of these. It has yet to be made clear how she keeps showing up again after being shot, impaled, and blown up so many times. It's possible that this is just the result of her HealingFactor, but fans are definitely [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020207 lead]] to [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061122 think]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=061124 otherwise]]. [[spoiler:In actuality, she isn't immortal at all. The bodies that were killed were [[RemoteBody Remote Bodies]] created at a place called the Rebirth Facility and controlled by an AI.]]
* Type A Phoenixes in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' respawn in a random location when they die, and then walk to whichever of their temples is the furthest away, learning stuff as they go. They can also choose to "die" whenever they want, making them impossible to capture.
* The eponymous ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' has this as her only power, only healing slightly faster than a normal human. [[spoiler:A villain manages to gain her power by use of her cerebral fluid, whereby she learns that total disintegration will kill her. [[FateWorseThanDeath Hopefully]] ]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}'', this is the difference between the gods and the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Nastika]]. Nastika are more powerful than gods, but gods can resurrect themselves infinitely (though it does take a few decades), while Nastika only live once. Some of the Nastika's lesser servants do have a form of this trope, however; Hura, from the Asura Clan, has a [[SignatureMove unique transcendental]] that lets him resurrect twelve times a day, in addition to his already ridiculous HealingFactor.
* ''Webcomic/{{Irrelevator}}'' has the characters die sometimes, but not for long.
* This is part of the deal with the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] of ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons''; if slain (which can sometimes require killing their souls separate from destroying their bodies), they crystallize in the void outside of reality into the flame of their soul is stoked back to life again, meaning that they can persist through eternity (although they will lose a certain section of their memories, which is why only one angel remembers the ancient gods despite them all having existed back then). It differs from most in that the time taken for resurrection can vary, and even take a phenomenally long time; the most powerful angels were killed thousands of years before the time of the story, but only one has resurrected since.
* In ''Webcomic/TemplarsOfTheShiftingVerse'', the Templars can die and be injured, but they always return three days later in the Hall.
* In ''Webcomic/UndyingHappiness'', Keisuke and his family members have a HealingFactor so strong they can recover from otherwise-fatal injuries. The first chapter alone has Keisuke slowly regenerating from ''[[StrippedToTheBone nothing but his skeleton]]'' in the space of a couple hours.
* Ethan in the ''WebComic/CtrlAltDel'' V2 storyline, based on Analog and D-Pad, has infinite respawns. Since that's his ''only'' power, he uses gadgets in a similar vein as ''Francise/Batman''. Ethan can use this power strategically in battle, such as when he gets grappled by an opponent and decides to [[TakingYouWithMe jump out of the window]] to then respawn back in the building. He also uses it for dramatic effect, one time swinging through a window, getting killed by the glass shrapnel, and dying for shock value only to respawn a second later. [[EpicFail Unfortunately, the room was completely empty]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals'' centers on humans with this ability, and their interactions with the rest of humanity throughout human history. The series is notable for its GenreBusting slash GenreRoulette approach to storytelling.
* ''Roleplay/Bay12MonsterGirls'': All {{Youkai}} and demons have ResurrectiveImmortality. Cheru, a Domovoi, also has the same ability, but takes several years to regenerate, as opposed to days/weeks for the former two.
* In ''Roleplay/CampusLife,'' the Ferenic Crafts, when killed, reanimate after 24 hours.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Mastery of death and rebirth is one thing Melissa has an edge over Melinda, but it turns out Melinda is truly immortal, so she had no reason to master it.
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} dies in all kinds of comical ways, but always comes back to life. In a crossover with ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'', he gets killed and resurrected multiple times in a few minutes. In a few episodes, his death scenes parody the Time Lord the Doctor's regenerations from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** He outright exploits this during WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, wearing a [[RedShirt red polo]] in order to ensure that he will never stay dead upon being killed. This is because a [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] is immediately replaced by another [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] after death, and the only actual [[RedShirt Red Shirt]] among the heroes is Phelous himself.
* Players in ''Roleplay/RollToDodgeSavral'' have this ability. While players can die, the fact they can respawn, with all their memories intact, makes them effectively immortal. This is justified in-universe since the players are disembodied souls that [[GodIsEvil Cathy]] cannot completely destroy.
* Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-076 SCP-076-2.]] If he's killed ([[ImplacableMan which is really hard to do by the way]]) his corpse will disintergrate, 076-1 (A giant stone box with a coffin inside it) will slam shut, and he'll be respawned as it were. He's basically a video game character.
** Dr. Bright combines this trope with possession. You can kill his host body, and it'll stay dead just fine, but give [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-963 SCP-963]] to another host and he can keep walking around like nothing happened.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1922 SCP-1922]] is doomed to keep dying of natural causes, only to reanimated hours after doing so.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2416 SCP-2416]] is Joe Grunderson-Pike, an otherwise ordinary man who [[TooDumbToLive repeatedly gets himself killed in some ridiculous fashion]], only to inexplicably resurrect himself.
** In the fan series ''WebAnimation/{{Confinement}}'', the main character Connor is a D-Class personnel who "respawns" with a new, intact body every time he's killed. And [[TheyKilledKennyAgain he gets killed a LOT]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Gray Boy]] has this thanks to his [[TimeMaster time manipulation abilities]], which automatically rewinds his body to a point before he was injured, completely negating even lethal wounds.
* ''Roleplay/YeGods'' plays with this. A god might revive in a weakened state if they made plans prior to their death. This method won't work if the god was [[DeaderThanDead permakilled]] and gods don't automatically come with Resurrective Immortality. If a god had no plans in place and was permakilled, nothing can bring them back beyond very uncommon events.
** By default, angels will revive on their own unless their soul was stolen or destroyed.
* In ''[[Roleplay/{{Glowfic}} Effulgence]]'', anyone with the ability to torch will simply reset to a healthy state when they would otherwise die (accompanied by being momentarily engulfed in illusionary fire, hence the term "torching") Also, their physical age sticks around twentysomething.
* Members of the Serious Foundation in ''Blog/AskSeriousRainbow'' are fitted with technology that's able to resurrect them about five seconds after they die. Serious has flat out exploited it to get an advantage in battle.
* Vigilante from the ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'' series can come back to life from absolutely anything. His [[SuperTeam teammates]] keep a body bag around so they have an easy way to transport him while he's "recovering" from a fight.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Kenny has this power. This was confirmed in the episode ''Mysterion Rises'' as he explains that he dies but wakes up in his bed the next day, and no-one else has any memories of his death, but this had been hinted at several times before, notably after the episode where he was replaced by Butters, and later Tweek. He recovered from ''that'' and when he came back the other characters asked where he had been. In another Stan is upset that Kyle is seriously ill and will soon die, making Kenny annoyed that he's so upset about that but no-one ever cared about all the times ''he'' died, but Stan doesn't hear him. Apart from that he dies on a regular basis since the very first season but [[UnexplainedRecovery comes back anyway]] because StatusQuoIsGod, without any explanation. He died in the first ''episode'' but came back anyway in the next one. [[note]] Some episodes its implied that characters ''do'' remember; they just don't care anymore. Immediately after complaining to Stan, Kenny is killed again-but Stan barely notices. In another, Timmy tries to kill Jimmy by giving him an orange parka just like Kenny's, causing disasters to follow Jimmy wherever he went. And there have been variations of their catchphrase ("Oh my God, he / she / they / we killed Kenny! You / We're bastards!") where its obvious they don't really care and are just saying it out of habit. [[/note]]
*** In ''Mysterion Rises'' it's shown that Kenny's mother becomes magically pregnant with a new Kenny every time he dies and gives birth within a few minutes, making this a combination of BornAgainImmortality and RapidAging to get him back up to eight years old before morning, because [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]].
*** In one two part episode, Kenny is killed as normal during the first part, then simply appears out of thin air during the second (getting the [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight non-reaction]] "Oh, hi Kenny." from Stan), only to die again later in THAT episode.
** Jesus. In one episode, he escapes from a jail cell (in the Vatican) by having Kyle kill him and resurrecting on the other side of the door. He can only do this on Easter.
* Because of an [=AllSpark=] shard embedded in his forehead, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is repeatedly revived on death. Discovering his immortality, he proceeds to try to kill Megatron, leading to the famous DeathMontage.
* The Crystal Gems from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': as long as their gem is intact, they can retreat into their gem upon being fatally wounded, heal, and then respawn with a new body. Destroying their gems however can kill them permanently.