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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Croc}} Croc 2]]'''s opening, Baron Dante is resurrected by his Dantini followers during the intro cutscene, and immediately gets back to his old ways with a bigger grudge on Croc than before.

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*''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'': The crux of the film pits Cloud in race against time to prevent Kadja's gang from resurrecting [[ArchEnemy his archnemesis]]: Sephiroth. Kadaj ultimately succeeds, leaving Cloud no choice but to face Sephiroth once again in single combat for the fate of the planet.


If the attempt is successful, regardless of the resurrectors' intent or their connection with the villain, the villain's typical reaction is that of someone being suddenly woken up from a deep sleep magnified 1,000 times that is, not pretty. You will almost (''almost'') never find a villain [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike who is grateful someone went to all that trouble to bring them back]]. This is probably because, more likely than not, he CameBackWrong, and his new form is not a pleasant one. Resurrectors beware if they don't try to kill you outright, you'll end up working for a BadBoss and learning to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor before gasping, "MyGodWhatHaveIDone!" Even in the best cases, expect the villain to be [[EvilerThanThou rudely]] [[PretenderDiss dismissive]] of whomever brought them back.

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If the attempt is successful, regardless of the resurrectors' intent or their connection with the villain, the villain's typical reaction is that of someone being suddenly woken up from a deep sleep magnified 1,000 times that is, not pretty. You will almost (''almost'') never find a villain [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike who is grateful someone went to all that trouble to bring them back]]. This is probably because, more likely than not, he CameBackWrong, and his new form is not a pleasant one. Resurrectors beware if they don't try to kill you outright, you'll end up working for a BadBoss and learning to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor before gasping, "MyGodWhatHaveIDone!" Even in the best cases, expect the villain to be [[EvilerThanThou rudely]] [[PretenderDiss dismissive]] of whomever whoever brought them back.


** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' both have this as the main plot. He CameBackWrong in the latter and serves as the TrueFinalBoss, but he only comes back in the former during a GameOver.

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* VideoGame/DrawnToLife: In Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (Wii) [[spoiler:Circi]] attempts to bring back Wilfre [[spoiler:but fails, and is attacked by the monster she accidentally creates.]]


New villains who don't have a history with the old villain typically either want one of two things. There are the up-and-comers who want a coach they know they don't quite cut it, and they need someone with experience at this "evil" business to show them the ropes; someone who's better at {{Evil Plan}}ning to help them get started. Then there are the {{Smug Snake}}s who are more confident. They don't want a coach they want a servant. Sure, that has-been was nothing compared to ''them'', but he still had some impressive powers and skills that could be useful. This latter type of villain will bring the old BigBad back under the assumption he can be controlled or otherwise made to follow along with ''their'' plans and ''their'' agenda, lending them the intel, powers, or skills they need but understanding he's no longer in charge or calling the shots. The majority of the time, [[EvilIsNotAToy this is the wrong assumption]].

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New villains who don't have a history with the old villain typically either want one of two things. There are the up-and-comers who want a coach they know they don't quite cut it, and they need someone with experience at this "evil" business to show them the ropes; ropes, someone who's better at {{Evil Plan}}ning to help them get started. Then there are the {{Smug Snake}}s who are more confident. They don't want a coach they want a servant. Sure, that has-been was nothing compared to ''them'', but he still had some impressive powers and skills that could be useful. This latter type of villain will bring the old BigBad back under the assumption he can be controlled or otherwise made to follow along with ''their'' plans and ''their'' agenda, lending them the intel, powers, or skills they need but understanding he's no longer in charge or calling the shots. The majority of the time, [[EvilIsNotAToy this is the wrong assumption]].



* ''VideoGames/WarcraftIII'': Kel'thuzad is encountered and quickly killed off by Arthas during the human campaign. The first half of the Undead campaign involves the now-undead Arthas bringing him back to (un)life as a lich so he can open the portal that will allow the Burning Legion to invade.

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* ''VideoGames/WarcraftIII'': ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': Kel'thuzad is encountered and quickly killed off by Arthas during the human campaign. The first half of the Undead campaign involves the now-undead Arthas bringing him back to (un)life as a lich so he can open the portal that will allow the Burning Legion to invade.


* The whole final season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is about Lex Luthor attempting to bring back Brainiac. In "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS3E12Alive Alive]]" he appears to succeed... except it's Darkseid who comes back instead.

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* The whole final season of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is about Lex Luthor attempting to bring back Brainiac. In "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS3E12Alive Alive]]" he appears to succeed... except it's Darkseid who comes back instead.instead (sacrificing a magician was needed and the magician in question was feeling vengeful), who decides to show them [[MercyKill the only mercy he knows]].


* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'': In the Season 3 finale, [[BigBad Skeleton King]] is killed when his head is severed from the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One Worm]], which he had merged with in the previous season's finale; afterwards, it's retrieved by [[TheDragon Mandarin]]. Late in Season 4, after he and [[WickedWitch Valeena]] have resolved their power struggle, they set out on a quest to use the head and other remnants of the Skeleton King's power to resurrect him, finally succeeding in the season finale. [[CutShort And then the series got cancelled without resolving the resulting cliffhanger.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'': ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'': In the Season 3 finale, [[BigBad Skeleton King]] is killed when his head is severed from the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One Worm]], which he had merged with in the previous season's finale; afterwards, it's retrieved by [[TheDragon Mandarin]]. Late in Season 4, after he and [[WickedWitch Valeena]] have resolved their power struggle, they set out on a quest to use the head and other remnants of the Skeleton King's power to resurrect him, finally succeeding in the season finale. [[CutShort And then the series got cancelled without resolving the resulting cliffhanger.]]


* A complicated example occurs in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', in which Damian Darhk is resurrected by the Cult of Mallus to carry out Mallus' will, and he doesn't seem to mind being TheDragon until his [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes daughter gets more involved with Mallus' plans]]. Damian had been part of the BigBadDuumvirate in the previous season, but due to the time travel nature of the show, he doesn't meet his demise until the fourth season of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' (which he was also the BigBad of). Also, unlike his previous appearance on the show, where he was a BadassNormal, he ends up getting back all of his [[MindOverMatter dark magic]] from Arrow, which obviously makes him a much more lethal threat than the last time the Legends faced him.

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* A complicated example occurs in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', in which Damian Darhk is resurrected by the Cult of Mallus to carry out Mallus' will, and he doesn't seem to mind being TheDragon until his [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes daughter gets more involved with Mallus' plans]]. Damian had been part of the BigBadDuumvirate in the previous season, but due to the time travel nature of the show, he doesn't meet his demise until the fourth season of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' (which he was also the BigBad of). Also, unlike his previous appearance on the show, where he was a BadassNormal, he ends up getting back all of his [[MindOverMatter dark magic]] from Arrow, ''Arrow'', which obviously makes him a much more lethal threat than the last time the Legends faced him.


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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': While hanging around as a ghost for Season 2's StoryArc after being killed in the Season 1 finale, [[OverarchingVillain Shendu]] returns and is properly resurrected in the Season 3 finale after he convinces that season's BigBad, Daolon Wong, that he'll give him the [[PlayingWithFire Dragon Talisman power]] in exchange. Instead, the reborn Shendu takes the power for himself and [[HijackedByGanon usurp Wong's place as main villain]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperForceGo'': In the Season 3 finale, [[BigBad Skeleton King]] is killed when his head is severed from the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One Worm]], which he had merged with in the previous season's finale; afterwards, it's retrieved by [[TheDragon Mandarin]]. Late in Season 4, after he and [[WickedWitch Valeena]] have resolved their power struggle, they set out on a quest to use the head and other remnants of the Skeleton King's power to resurrect him, finally succeeding in the season finale. [[CutShort And then the series got cancelled without resolving the resulting cliffhanger.]]

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* ''Literature/TortallUniverse'': In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Alanna kills Duke Roger in a duel at the end of the second book. In the third book, her twin brother, an extremely arrogant mage who thinks he's the most powerful sorcerer living, borrows her power at All Hallows for means unknown. In the fourth book, she discovers upon returning to Tortall that Thom had in fact resurrected Roger after being goaded by his former lover Lady Delia. Roger's ComeBackWrong, however, after having gone mad because, according to him, he was OnlyMostlyDead during that time, and now instead of ''ruling'' Tortall, he wants to ''[[OmnicidalManiac destroy it]]''.


When the previous BigBad has been killed -- not exiled, not imprisoned, not trapped in another dimension, not [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a supposedly inescapable can]], but physically, truly, 100% killed -- new or remaining villains who aren't satisfied with merely {{Avenging The Villain}} or [[DragonAscendant carrying on the villain's evil legacy]] may decide to just bring the villain himself BackFromTheDead.

New villains who don't have a history with the old villain typically either want one of two things. There are the up-and-comers who want a coach -- they know they don't quite cut it, and they need someone with experience at this "evil" business to show them the ropes; someone who's better at {{Evil Plan}}ning to help them get started. Then there are the {{Smug Snake}}s who are more confident. They don't want a coach -- they want a servant. Sure, that has-been was nothing compared to ''them'', but he still had some impressive powers and skills that could be useful. This latter type of villain will bring the old BigBad back under the assumption he can be controlled or otherwise made to follow along with ''their'' plans and ''their'' agenda, lending them the intel, powers, or skills they need but understanding he's no longer in charge or calling the shots. The majority of the time, [[EvilIsNotAToy this is the wrong assumption]].

If the attempt is successful, regardless of the resurrectors' intent or their connection with the villain, the villain's typical reaction is that of someone being suddenly woken up from a deep sleep magnified 1,000 times -- that is, not pretty. You will almost (''almost'') never find a villain [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike who is grateful someone went to all that trouble to bring them back]]. This is probably because, more likely than not, he CameBackWrong, and his new form is not a pleasant one. Resurrectors beware -- if they don't try to kill you outright, you'll end up working for a BadBoss and learning to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor before gasping, "MyGodWhatHaveIDone!" Even in the best cases, expect the villain to be [[EvilerThanThou rudely]] [[PretenderDiss dismissive]] of whomever brought them back.

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When the previous BigBad has been killed -- not exiled, not imprisoned, not trapped in another dimension, not [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a supposedly inescapable can]], but physically, truly, 100% killed -- new or remaining villains who aren't satisfied with merely {{Avenging The Villain}} AvengingTheVillain or [[DragonAscendant carrying on the villain's evil legacy]] may decide to just bring the villain himself BackFromTheDead.

New villains who don't have a history with the old villain typically either want one of two things. There are the up-and-comers who want a coach -- they know they don't quite cut it, and they need someone with experience at this "evil" business to show them the ropes; someone who's better at {{Evil Plan}}ning to help them get started. Then there are the {{Smug Snake}}s who are more confident. They don't want a coach -- they want a servant. Sure, that has-been was nothing compared to ''them'', but he still had some impressive powers and skills that could be useful. This latter type of villain will bring the old BigBad back under the assumption he can be controlled or otherwise made to follow along with ''their'' plans and ''their'' agenda, lending them the intel, powers, or skills they need but understanding he's no longer in charge or calling the shots. The majority of the time, [[EvilIsNotAToy this is the wrong assumption]].

If the attempt is successful, regardless of the resurrectors' intent or their connection with the villain, the villain's typical reaction is that of someone being suddenly woken up from a deep sleep magnified 1,000 times -- that is, not pretty. You will almost (''almost'') never find a villain [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike who is grateful someone went to all that trouble to bring them back]]. This is probably because, more likely than not, he CameBackWrong, and his new form is not a pleasant one. Resurrectors beware -- if they don't try to kill you outright, you'll end up working for a BadBoss and learning to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor before gasping, "MyGodWhatHaveIDone!" Even in the best cases, expect the villain to be [[EvilerThanThou rudely]] [[PretenderDiss dismissive]] of whomever brought them back.






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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End Of Time]]", the Master, who had seemingly died permanently in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last Of The Time Lords]]," is resurrected by the [[{{Cult}} Disciples of Saxon]]. However, the ritual is sabotaged by his former wife, Lucy, and as a result, he [[CameBackWrong comes back wrong]] with a rapidly-diminishing life force and a [[BigEater ferocious]] [[HorrorHunger appetite]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End Of of Time]]", the Master, who had seemingly died permanently in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last Of The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords]]," Lords"]], is resurrected by the [[{{Cult}} Disciples of Saxon]]. However, the ritual is sabotaged by his former wife, Lucy, and as a result, he [[CameBackWrong comes back wrong]] with a rapidly-diminishing life force and a [[BigEater ferocious]] [[HorrorHunger appetite]].



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-->-- '''Ushari and the hyenas''', '''''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''''', "The Rise of Scar"

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-->-- '''Ushari and the hyenas''', '''''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''''', ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', "The Rise of Scar"


** Following Ganon's death in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda1'', his followers attempt to resurrect him with Link's blood during ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', which is why Link is constantly beset by monsters. GameOver means the bad guys succeed.

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** Following Ganon's death in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda1'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'', his followers attempt to resurrect him with Link's blood during ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', which is why Link is constantly beset by monsters. GameOver means the bad guys succeed.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': As part of his plans, the BigBad Yuga resurrects the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' incarnation of Ganon [[spoiler:and then, in an ironic inversion of HijackedByGanon, somehow [[FusionDance absorbs him]] to become Yuga-Ganon]].

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* ** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': As part of his plans, the BigBad Yuga resurrects the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' incarnation of Ganon [[spoiler:and then, in an ironic inversion of HijackedByGanon, somehow [[FusionDance absorbs him]] to become Yuga-Ganon]].


->''We just need fire and a roar for our surprise''
->''Then we'll make [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] rise''
->''We will make Scar rise''
->''Let's bring back a legend''
->''A legend''
->''To help our fight''
->''Let's bring back a legend''
->''A legend''
->''Of darkness tonight!''

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->''We just need fire and a roar for our surprise''
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''Then
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''We
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''Let's
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''A legend''\\
''To
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''Let's
bring back a legend''
->''A legend''
->''Of
legend''\\
''A legend''\\
''Of
darkness tonight!''tonight!''\\



''Fanfic/PastSins'': A version of Nightmare Moon (defeated and basically destroyed in the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') is reincarnated by a cult.

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* ''Fanfic/PastSins'': A version of Nightmare Moon (defeated and basically destroyed in the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') is reincarnated by a cult.

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