She said "I had the strangest dream,
I dreamed I killed you again
Don't make me kill you again,
'Cause I couldn't bear to kill you again."
— They Might Be Giants, "Ondine"
"Ha ha! I died again!"
— Lynne, Ghost Trick
"You boys die more than anybody I ever met."
— Ash, Supernatural
Spike: The thing only took over her body. It’s the tip of the theological. Trust us. We’re kind of experts.
Gunn: What about her...? If her organs have been liquified...
Spike: (raises hand) Flash-fried in a pillar of fire saving the world. I got better.
"Sometimes it seems that in mutant heaven there are no pearly gates, but instead revolving doors."
— Professor X, X-Factor #70
Balinsky: Oh, Dr. Jackson's gonna die when he sees this!
Dixon: What, again?
— Stargate SG-1, "Heroes"
Roy: Huh ... I always thought the "revolving door afterlife" was just a metaphor ...
Bureaucratic Deva: Now, you are an adventurer, so that means you're eligible to earn Frequent Dying Miles every time you stay with us...
IMAGINE WHAT SORT OF MESS THE UNIVERSE WOULD BE IN IF WE KEPT SENDING PEOPLE BACK FROM THE DEAD ON FLIMSY PREMISES.
Don't get the wrong idea, though; coming back from the dead isn't a snap. It's a tough narrative trick that requires time travel, a previously unmentioned clone, a cosmic resurrection, an alternate dimensional rebirth, or an inattentive editor with a drinking problem. But it can be done.
"Oh dear. I seem to have died. This is very inconvenient."
— Jacob Deegan, Dominic Deegan
Jerry the Immortal: "Dying is going to put me out of commission for a few weeks."
Susan: "Dying is usually inconvenient."
"Death has lost its meaning. The doorway between life and death has been cracked open for years. Ever since Superman came back to us. And then Oliver Queen, Hal Jordan, Jason Todd."
— Raven, Teen Titans #30
Sigma: "Aah! Teddy bears thrown at me! My only weakness! ... For now..." *Falls over dead*
* Less than two seconds later*
Sigma: "Muahahaha! I'm back to get my revenge! *Evil Laugh* So... what was the time?"
Zero: "Hmm... Sorry, not a new record."
— Sigma and Zero, Mega Man X: The Maverick Breakdown
"We're just going to kill you, and then you'll be fine!"
— Agatha, Girl Genius
Doctor Sun: I will be the judge of that. Where is he? [Vole holds the man's severed head in his hand] Yes. Well. Tricky. But I've seen worse. Let's get him prepped.
Blutarch Mann: "All I ask is that you-" *Blutarch dies mid-sentence*
* Eerie silence*
Engineer: "Uh... Sir? Is he alright?"
Blutarch's secretary: "Give him a moment, dear. He's just dead."
* Life support machine shocks Blutarch back to life*
Professor Mezzasalma: "... Mittelmind there has a pulse cannon built-in. It killed him, of course, but her gun did blow up."
Moloch von Zinzer: "That ... that was very brave."
Professor Mezzasalma: "Oh, please. Don't start. He'll be smug enough as it is."
Mittelmind's minion: "Clear!"
"Wounds are becoming troublesome. At 8, they may become fatal. Which would be inconvenient."
— Fallen London, description of the "Wounds" trait
Fry: "Take that, Grim Reaper!"
Bender: (under his breath) "Stupid, ineffective Reaper!"
— Jurassic Bark, when cloning Fry's dead dog
"Oh no you don't! We know how it goes: you take the body, then he's back in a week!"
"But I stopped reading Ultra-Powerful Guy the ninth or tenth time he died and came back."
— Nermal, Garfield #1
King Kai: Goku could not escape the explosion. Namek is gone...and so is he.
Yamcha: No... Goku, no! (sad music) Noooooooo! (falls to his knees and cries)
Tien: (music cuts off) Why do you care? Why do any of you care? Are you forgetting the whole reason that they went to Namek in the first place? Now we have two sets of Dragon Balls.
Yamcha: Well, yeah, but... you make it sound like death has no consequence.
Tien: It really doesn't. We're literally waiting to go back. Hell, this is Chaotzu's second time.
Chaotzu: Next time I get a free sundae!
King Kai: Huh.
"Where's Ra's? If he's dead again, I need you to wake him up."
— Batman, Batman: Arkham City
Murder as warning
The assignment is simple enough. A journalist has said too much, and someone wealthy would like him to be murdered. He'll get better, obviously, but it will serve as a lesson.'
— Opportunity card in Fallen London
X: Okay, I think we're safe now, Ran. Ran?
(Ran teleports in)
X: Ran, what happened?!
Ran: I didn't make it. Twelve freaking times!
The old "bring her family back from the grave" gambit? Have you no shame?
—Tarvek (to Gil), Girl Genius
"I was determined to save their lives, even though nobody ever really dies. Observe."
* Chops own head off with sword, then walks back into the room unscathed*
—Captain Hero, Drawn Together
"Nova managed to defeat the Sphinx with the help of some heroes from other time periods, and assures me that the Sphinx won't be returning. But how many times have the Avengers said that about Kang, or Ultron, or Dr. Doom?"
—Captain America, Heroic Age: Super Villains
Captain America: You have to die, Bucky.
Bucky: Er, no thanks, didn't like it the first couple of times.
Bucky: No, I'm serious, why can't Jim die this time?
— All-New The Invaders
Old Kai: I'll give you the life that's left inside of me, that way you can make your way to Earth. (Old Kai sacrifices himself and dies)
Goku: (Goku's halo fades away) Thank you, I promise I won't let this go to waste.
Old Kai: (wakes up with a halo) THEN HURRY UP!
Old Kai: WHAT are you doing!? You're standing there looking like fools when you should be saving the universe!
"Nobody ever dies in science fiction.”
"Moving for me is a multi-annual tradition, much like killing John has become."
The coward dies a thousand deaths; the brave man dies but once; the Warrior Princess dies about once a season, to keep in practice.
— Kevin Wald
It’s an interesting thing, death in Science Fiction. With technology so advanced, if the author wants to make sure the reader won’t think the character will be brought back to life, the author can’t just shoot or dismember the character, the character really needs to be disintegrated.
We won’t even TALK about cloning.
Oh gosh I forgot to honor our fallen heroes. In my line of work everyone just comes back in a couple months.
You know, if everyone The Punisher killed turns out to be no more dead than anyone else who "dies" in Marvel Comics, he's going to be in BIG trouble one of these days.
— Marvel Year In Review 1993
"In our last episode, Morph made his return to the series, having undergone treatment at Moira MacTaggert’s Muir Island facility to recover from… well, death, primarily, but also the far more nebulous 'being evil.' These, I should point out, are two things that are pretty notoriously difficult to cure, but they pulled it off."
"[I]t's kind of hard to be moved by death on this show, because, all too often, they just don't stick. So instead of feeling sad about Kevin's demise, or even annoyed that it was entirely too contrived in a shameless effort to evoke emotion, I instead wonder how long it will be before he's brought back. If he later proves to be really and truly dead, and not just pining for the fjords, only then will it be bothersome, because he will have been cheated out of a meaningful character death by all the meaningless ones that came before."
"You have to love the stiff military attitude of Starfleet Captains – Janeway dies twice in one morning and yet marches on the Bridge and says ‘I’d love to know what that was all about!’"
"You'll want to stay off your feet and drink plenty of liquids, but otherwise, rising from the dead can be handled on an outpatient basis."
"'Hey!' you exclaim, 'Wasn't Sean Connery killed in the first movie? He can't possibly appear in this one!' Oh, but he can! You just lack the powers of terrible screenwriting! "
"Is there anyone on this station who actually gets disturbed or freaked out or overcome with emotion upon seeing their dead spouse/parent suddenly come back to life? Though, I suppose I should take into account that this is the Star Trek universe, where people come back from the dead every other Wednesday."
— The Agony Booth, "Shattered Mirror"
Remember when Scully was having a baby despite having no ova? Or when Mulder died? Or that other time Mulder died? Or that other, other time Mulder died?
"Lana Lang saw her own death in bed in 'Hourglass'. Lana Lang also died in 'Crisis' when shot by Adam Knight. Through miraculous time travel, she survived. Lana later died to become a Vampire in 'Thirst', only to be brought back to life. Finally, she died in 'Reckoning', only to be resurrected. How? You guessed it. Through miraculous time travel. Furthermore, in 'Void', she died once off camera (we know) and once on camera (we know) to see her parents, though it is assumed she had done it multiple times and developed a dependence. To be kind, I'll call that three deaths. Then, to be thorough, we saw her die in 'Lexmas', in Lex's hallucination/coma. And in 'Labyrinth', in Clark's hallucination, she literally bought the farm. But wait! Lana's not done dying yet! In 6x20, Noir, she died in Jimmy's fantasy world. But she ain't done croaking for drama yet! In 6x22, she flat out exploded, stealing Chloe's riff! In 7x15, Lana is placed into an IRREVOCABLE COMA!"
Starfield: Blurr is about as unambiguously dead as a Transformer can be, IMO.
KrytenKoro: According to Wyatt, in Animated grey=dead, and only grey=dead. Blurr is still alive.
Starfield: Like I said, as unambiguously dead as a Transformer can be. There's always a chance. (Even when they are gray.)
— Two Editors on Transformers Wiki
"[With slight annoyance] (Sigh) Am I dead again?"
— Piper Halliwell, Seven Year Witch