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Playing With: Back from the Dead
Basic Trope: A character dies, but then comes back to life
  • Straight: Bob is killed but then is resurrected by the Phlebotinum.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob was shot, hanged, stabbed six times, gutted, decapitated, thrown into the river, and then his soul was sealed to make sure he's Deader than Dead. He comes back anyway.
    • Bob was one of the first humans. He died, but 15 millenia later, he got revived.
    • Death Is Cheap
  • Downplayed: Bob woke up from a coma.
  • Justified:
    • The character in question is a Messiah or the big guy himself. Do you really expect him to stay dead?
    • Phlebotium exists that can get people's souls back/regenerate the body. Associates of the character just have to find it.
  • Inverted: Everyone is a zombie. Bob gets revived, but then dies again.
  • Subverted:
    • Everyone expects Bob to come back, nothing can kill him, right? Nope, he's really dead.
    • Bob comes back... as a ghost. He's definitely dead, and he's staying dead.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Everyone expects Bob to come back to life, and are severely disheartened when he doesn't, only to be overjoyed when he suddenly appears alive and well in the third act.
    • The next few hours of the story are devoted to getting a new body for Bob and bringing him back to life.
  • Parodied: Bob has been killed and come back so many times killing him loses all meaning. The villains don't even bother anymore.
  • Zig Zagged: Everyone expects Bob to come back, and are disheartened when he doesn't. They're overjoyed when he shows up alive and well in the third act, but he Came Back Wrong and is now being controlled by the villain. The rest of the heroes are forced to fight against him, killing him for good this time. However, killing Brainwashed Zombie-Bob causes Bob to come back to life as his normal self, returning everything to the status quo.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "How many times do I have to kill these people?"
  • Invoked: A character makes a Heroic Sacrifice and invokes the power of the Phlebotinum to bring him back.
  • Exploited: A character is chosen for his likelihood to return from the dead and is killed in order that he can take a message to the afterlife and return with an answer.
  • Defied: "We'll burn his body and bury his ashes deep underground so he stays dead!"
  • Discussed: "You can't die, Bob! This is only the first act."
  • Conversed: "Do you notice how the heroes never stay dead?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob comes back to life, but remembers the pain associated with dying and suffers PTSD.
    • Bob's resurrected, and people are understandably horrified at seeing a dead man walking the earth.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob comes back to life, but remembers the pain associated with dying and suffers PTSD. This makes him no different than his buddies who have fought but haven't died and they all help each other.
    • Bob's resurrected, patched up, and soon looks no different from a man who was injured. His friends, teammates, etc are glad that he's back.
    • Bob came back from the dead, but he has to pay some price for the resurrection in order to satisfy Balancing Death's Books.
  • Played For Drama: Bob comes back from the dead, but not in the way he was supposed to.

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