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* In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', the titular doctor loses a bet for his daughters soul. Distraught over the loss, he makes another deal to get her back by sacrificing the life of a conman. Once his daughter returns, Doctor Parnassus decides to remove himself from his daughter's life, rather than continually subject her to his otherworldly gambling addiction.

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* In ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'', the titular doctor loses a bet for his daughters daughter's soul. Distraught over the loss, he makes another deal to get her back by sacrificing the life of a conman. Once his daughter returns, Doctor Parnassus decides to remove himself from his daughter's life, rather than continually subject her to his otherworldly gambling addiction.



* This is the theme of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's continuation of the ''Literature/{{Hawkmoon}}'' series; Hawkmoon broods over the lover and friends killed in the last battle with the Dark Empire, and seeks to get them back at any cost. He ends up plunged into alternate universes, and restores his wife - at the expense of their children, who in this phase of the Multiverse are dead...

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* This is the theme of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's continuation of the ''Literature/{{Hawkmoon}}'' series; Hawkmoon broods over the lover and friends killed in the last battle with the Dark Empire, and seeks to get them back at any cost. He ends up plunged into alternate universes, and restores his wife - -- at the expense of their children, who in this phase of the Multiverse are dead...


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* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' revolves around Wander's quest to bring a girl named Mono back from the dead by making a deal with the mysterious god Dormin. Wander fulfills his end of the bargain, but winds up falling victim to DemonicPossession and being transformed into a baby before he can see the fruit of his labors. When all is said and done, Mono is left stranded in an unfamiliar land with no way back to her home and only the baby Wander and his horse for companionship.


* In the curious [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast1946 Jean Cocteau]]'s French film ''Orphee,'' the story of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus]] is changed so that, even after he [[ToHellAndBack brings her back from the underworld]], Orpheus can still never look at his wife Eurydice or else she'll return to the underworld for good. Needless to say, this doesn't last long.

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* In the curious [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast1946 Jean Cocteau]]'s Creator/JeanCocteau French film ''Orphee,'' ''Film/{{Orpheus}}'', the story of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus]] is changed so that, even after he [[ToHellAndBack brings her back from the underworld]], Orpheus can still never look at his wife Eurydice or else she'll return to the underworld for good. Needless to say, this doesn't last long.


* At the conclusion of ''{{Persona 2}} Innocent Sin'', [[CoolBigSis Maya Amano]] is stabbed fatally with TheLanceOfLonginus, fulfilling the Oracle of Maia and destroying the world. Philemon offers a solution by creating an alternate reality, at the cost of the party's memories and their ''friendship''. However, [[SilentProtagonist Tatsuya]] refuses to forget, initiating the events of ''Eternal Punishment''. However, even at the end of this chapter, the original Tatsuya from ''Innocent Sin'' must return to the post-apocalyptic world he'd left behind in order to avoid a paradox in the new world and leave his friends, including Maya, to their lives without him.

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* At the conclusion of ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Innocent Sin'', [[CoolBigSis Maya Amano]] is stabbed fatally with TheLanceOfLonginus, fulfilling the Oracle of Maia and destroying the world. Philemon offers a solution by creating an alternate reality, at the cost of the party's memories and their ''friendship''. However, [[SilentProtagonist Tatsuya]] refuses to forget, initiating the events of ''Eternal Punishment''. However, even at the end of this chapter, the original Tatsuya from ''Innocent Sin'' must return to the post-apocalyptic world he'd left behind in order to avoid a paradox in the new world and leave his friends, including Maya, to their lives without him.


* In ''TheUltimates'', Ghost Rider returns to life after making a bargain with a demon to continue sending souls to it. His wife is happy now, with a new family and a "great sex life" (as the demon is ''oh so proud'' to taunt Ghost Rider with), but he keeps his distance from her, just [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy satisfied to know that she's happy]].
* In ''{{Spawn}}'' the title character comes back from the dead, but arrives several years late to find his love has already remarried.

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* In ''TheUltimates'', ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', Ghost Rider returns to life after making a bargain with a demon to continue sending souls to it. His wife is happy now, with a new family and a "great sex life" (as the demon is ''oh so proud'' to taunt Ghost Rider with), but he keeps his distance from her, just [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy satisfied to know that she's happy]].
* In ''{{Spawn}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' the title character comes back from the dead, but arrives several years late to find his love has already remarried.


* In Stacia Kane's novel ''Sacrificial Magic'', exorcist Ceasera Putnam has to thwart an attempt by an obsessed high school teacher to resurrect the soul of a high school pupil he had an affair with, who then killed herself.

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* In Stacia Kane's novel ''Sacrificial Magic'', ''Literature/SacrificialMagic'', exorcist Ceasera Putnam has to thwart an attempt by an obsessed high school teacher to resurrect the soul of a high school pupil he had an affair with, who then killed herself.


* This is the theme of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's continuation of the ''Hawkmoon'' series; Hawkmoon broods over the lover and friends killed in the last battle with the Dark Empire, and seeks to get them back at any cost. He ends up plunged into alternate universes, and restores his wife - at the expense of their children, who in this phase of the Multiverse are dead...
* The protagonist of YA novel Circle Home is a girl in a neolithic tribe who is killed by a saber-toothed tiger, only to wake up in the body of a similar-aged girl in the 20th Century in the United States. The other girl had been pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a window during a waterbaloon fight -- but then miraculously revived at the hospital. She then has to deal with the culture shock of attending a suburban Jr High. [[spoiler:she eventually finds the way back to her old time -- still in a new body.]]

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* This is the theme of Creator/MichaelMoorcock's continuation of the ''Hawkmoon'' ''Literature/{{Hawkmoon}}'' series; Hawkmoon broods over the lover and friends killed in the last battle with the Dark Empire, and seeks to get them back at any cost. He ends up plunged into alternate universes, and restores his wife - at the expense of their children, who in this phase of the Multiverse are dead...
* The protagonist of YA novel Circle Home ''Literature/CircleHome'' is a girl in a neolithic tribe who is killed by a saber-toothed tiger, only to wake up in the body of a similar-aged girl in the 20th Century in the United States. The other girl had been pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a window during a waterbaloon waterballoon fight -- but then miraculously revived at the hospital. She then has to deal with the culture shock of attending a suburban Jr High. [[spoiler:she eventually finds the way back to her old time -- still in a new body.]]


* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', it was explained post-cancellation that the characters who have died in the Matoran Universe (which amounts to a good 95% of all the deaths in the story), are actually ''alive'', but trapped on a space station called the Red Star. They were, by design, supposed to teleport back to the Universe after death, but due to a system glitch, remained stuck on the Star.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', it was explained post-cancellation that the characters who have died in the Matoran Universe (which amounts to a good 95% of all the deaths in the story), are actually ''alive'', but trapped on a space station called the Red Star. They were, by design, supposed to teleport back to the Universe after death, but due to a system glitch, remained stuck on the Star.


* In the curious [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast Jean Cocteau]]'s French film ''Orphee,'' the story of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus]] is changed so that, even after he [[ToHellAndBack brings her back from the underworld]], Orpheus can still never look at his wife Eurydice or else she'll return to the underworld for good. Needless to say, this doesn't last long.

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* In the curious [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast1946 Jean Cocteau]]'s French film ''Orphee,'' the story of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus]] is changed so that, even after he [[ToHellAndBack brings her back from the underworld]], Orpheus can still never look at his wife Eurydice or else she'll return to the underworld for good. Needless to say, this doesn't last long.


* The protagonist of YA novel Circle Home is a girl in a neolithic tribe who is killed by a saber-toothed tiger, only to wake up in the body of a similar-aged girl in the 20th Century in the United States. The other girl had been pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a window during a waterbaloon fight -- but then miraculously revived at the hospital. She then has to deal with the culture shock of attending a suburban Jr High. [spoiler]she eventually finds the way back to her old time -- still in a new body.[/spoiler]

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* The protagonist of YA novel Circle Home is a girl in a neolithic tribe who is killed by a saber-toothed tiger, only to wake up in the body of a similar-aged girl in the 20th Century in the United States. The other girl had been pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a window during a waterbaloon fight -- but then miraculously revived at the hospital. She then has to deal with the culture shock of attending a suburban Jr High. [spoiler]she [[spoiler:she eventually finds the way back to her old time -- still in a new body.[/spoiler]
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* The protagonist of YA novel Circle Home is a girl in a neolithic tribe who is killed by a saber-toothed tiger, only to wake up in the body of a similar-aged girl in the 20th Century in the United States. The other girl had been pronounced dead at the scene after falling from a window during a waterbaloon fight -- but then miraculously revived at the hospital. She then has to deal with the culture shock of attending a suburban Jr High. [spoiler]she eventually finds the way back to her old time -- still in a new body.[/spoiler]


* [[PlayingWithATrope We're not quite sure how this trope is played]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', but Homura's [[DeclarationOfProtection wish for Madoka]] to not die during Walpurgis Night has similar effect. Madoka is fine because the universe is rewound to the time before Walpurgis Night, but Homura finds that ''she'' turns cold and unreachable due to the inevitability of Walpurgis Night and the GroundhogDayLoop implication of her wish.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope We're not quite sure how this trope is played]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', but Homura's [[DeclarationOfProtection wish for Madoka]] to not die during Walpurgis Night has a similar effect. Madoka is fine because the universe is rewound to the time before Walpurgis Night, but Homura finds that ''she'' turns cold and unreachable due to the inevitability of Walpurgis Night and the GroundhogDayLoop implication of her wish.


* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', has the Resurrection Stone, which ''can'' bring people back from the dead, but just enough so that they're not dead or technically alive, and suffer while with the living. It also seems to depend on the intent of the person using the Stone. Cadmus Peverell, the Stone's original owner, tried to use it to bring back the girl he loved. She suffered, and he committed suicide to be with her properly. When Harry used the Stone to bring back James, Lily, Sirius and Remus, he believed that he was about to die and would be joining them soon. They greeted him warmly, and comforted him.
* A Herald from Mercedes Lackey's ''{{Valdemar}}'' books can choose to return as a [[CoolHorse Companion]]; it basically just takes saying pretty-please to the Powers That Be in the Havens. This is kept secret from living Heralds because there's just ''no way'' it will end well emotionally. Which would be worse: to know that your beloved spouse/sibling/child has returned to the world but can never be with you, or to wonder why they ''didn't''?

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has the Resurrection Stone, which ''can'' bring people back from the dead, but just enough so that they're not dead or technically alive, and suffer while with the living. It also seems to depend on the intent of the person using the Stone. Cadmus Peverell, the Stone's original owner, tried to use it to bring back the girl he loved. She suffered, and he committed suicide to be with her properly. When Harry used the Stone to bring back James, Lily, Sirius and Remus, he believed that he was about to die and would be joining them soon. They greeted him warmly, and comforted him.
* A Herald from Mercedes Lackey's ''{{Valdemar}}'' Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books can choose to return as a [[CoolHorse [[SapientSteed Companion]]; it basically just takes saying pretty-please to the Powers That Be in the Havens. This is kept secret from living Heralds because there's just ''no way'' it will end well emotionally. Which would be worse: to know that your beloved spouse/sibling/child has returned to the world but can never be with you, or to wonder why they ''didn't''?

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