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*''Series/{{Highlander}}'' has a few of these just like the films. In one, the female immortal kills the coroner before walking off. Another has a similar scene with a different immortal woman.

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* Rocky, a member of the ComicBook/ChallengersOfTheUnknown, was seemingly killed during a wrestling match where he was crushed to death by his opponent with a very strong bear hug, only to wake up when the doctors were ready to do an autopsy on his body.


* Obviously happens all the time in the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' franchise.

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* The ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of "Thunderbolt" Ross ended up going through this, with Wraith "killing" him in the second arc of ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' and waking up in the morgue during the start of ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour''.


* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': In the first season one [[MonsterOfTheWeek Kryptonite Freak Of The Week's]] powers manifested when he woke up in the morgue. He'd been thrown out a window and woke up just in time to grab the coroner's arm and stop him from cutting him open with the bonesaw.

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In the first season one [[MonsterOfTheWeek Kryptonite Freak Of The Week's]] powers manifested when he woke up in the morgue. He'd been thrown out a window and woke up just in time to grab the coroner's arm and stop him from cutting him open with the bonesaw.


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* ''Series/StElsewhere'': WakingUpAtTheMorgue: In "Where There's Hope, There's Crosby", Morrison is working in the morgue when he hears breathing coming from one of the shelves. He opens it to find that the supposedly dead Richard Jenkins is still alive, though only barely. Morrison and a crash team are able to resuscitate him. Elliot, who pronounced Jenkins DOA, swears that he was dead and is at a loss to explain it. Fiscus retorts that he was in fact AAKOA: alive and kicking on arrival. Jenkins is not grateful to Morrison for resuscitating him as he was trying to kill himself.


* This happens to a college professor who had been experimenting with a mind-enhancing drug in the ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Expanding Human".

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* This happens to a college professor who had been experimenting with a mind-enhancing drug in the ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Expanding Human"."[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S2E4ExpandingHuman Expanding Human]]".

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* ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': The doctor that was checking Terry calls: the corpse has simply woke up and left when nobody was watching.


* Juliet did the medieval equivalent (waking up in the burial vault) in ''RomeoAndJuliet''. The twist is that she deliberately feigned death and expected to find herself there when she woke up. Too bad Romeo didn't get the memo and had already killed himself out of grief.

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* Juliet did the medieval equivalent (waking up in the burial vault) in ''RomeoAndJuliet''.''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. The twist is that she deliberately feigned death and expected to find herself there when she woke up. Too bad Romeo didn't get the memo and had already killed himself out of grief.



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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' Cassidy shoves a knife through his own throat in order to leave a serial killer's house in a bodybag during daylight hours. Once the sun's gone down he pops out of his bag, bums a cigarette from the morgue attendant and goes on his way.
* Hannibal King wakes up in the morgue after being turned into a vampire in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.

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* Exploited in the first arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}} All New Wolverine]]''. [[spoiler:Before the raid on the Alchemax labs, Laura and Bellona (an attempt by Alchemax to clone Laura who lacks her HealingFactor) [[TwinSwitch disguise themselves as each other]], then "Bellona" launches a frontal attack and gets machine-gunned so badly she flatlines. After "Wolverine" and Gabby "bolt", the casualty is hauled to an unguarded lab ''well inside the security perimeter'' for autopsy[=/=]dissection... with predicable results.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' Cassidy shoves a knife through his own throat in order to leave a serial killer's house in a bodybag during daylight hours. Once one issue of ''Comicbook/AstroCity: Local Heroes'', mention is made of the sun's gone down he pops out of his bag, bums a cigarette from time Supersonic simply revived at the morgue attendant and goes on his way.
* Hannibal King wakes up in the morgue after
despite being turned into a vampire in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.to all medical appearances 100% dead. A lawyer uses this as precedent to suggest that the woman his client "killed" could have been still alive before her autopsy was performed.



* Klyde and Meriem battle in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Rain'', apparently killing each other. In reality, the beatdown (and other damages) had been bad enough that they had been knocked into a [[OnlyMostlyDead death-like coma]]... from which Klyde woke up while being prepped for dissection.
* Happens to ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} a lot given his HealingFactor. It only really fazes him anymore if he wakes up in a more interesting location
-->'''Deadpool:''' ''[wakes up on a dock]'' Huh, usually when I wake up in a bodybag I'm in a morgue. [[CaptainObvious This isn't a morgue.]]



* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis]]'' story ''Death and the Family'', ComicBook/LanaLang apparently dies due to an unknown illness. She wakes up in the morgue, her mind taken over by Insect Queen, which was making her ill as trying to repossess her body.
* In one issue of ''Comicbook/AstroCity: Local Heroes'', mention is made of the time Supersonic simply revived at the morgue despite being to all medical appearances 100% dead. A lawyer uses this as precedent to suggest that the woman his client "killed" could have been still alive before her autopsy was performed.
* After dying from injuries sustained in a battle with Neron, Franchise/WonderWoman is transformed into a goddess and wakes up after being autopsied and stuffed into a bodybag.



* Happens to ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} a lot given his HealingFactor. It only really fazes him anymore if he wakes up in a more interesting location
-->'''Deadpool''', ''wakes up on a dock'': Huh, usually when I wake up in a bodybag I'm in a morgue. [[CaptainObvious This isn't a morgue.]]
* Klyde and Meriem battle in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Rain'', apparently killing each other. In reality, the beatdown (and other damages) had been bad enough that they had been knocked into a [[OnlyMostlyDead death-like coma]]... from which Klyde woke up while being prepped for dissection.
* Exploited in the first arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}} All New Wolverine]]''. [[spoiler: Before the raid on the Alchemax labs, Laura and Bellona (an attempt by Alchemax to clone Laura that lacked her HealingFactor) [[TwinSwitch disguised themselves as each other]], then 'Bellona' launched a frontal attack and got machine-gunned so badly she flatlined. After 'Wolverine' and Gabby "bolted," the casualty was hauled to an unguarded lab ''well inside the security perimeter'' for autopsy[=/=]dissection... with predicable results.]]
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #7, the Vapor Lord - having possessed the body of one of his previous victims - awakens at the morgue as the body is being shown to the victim's sister. He proceeds to murder TheCoroner and the sister.

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* Happens to ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Cassidy shoves a lot given knife through his HealingFactor. It only really fazes him anymore if he wakes up own throat in order to leave a more interesting location
-->'''Deadpool''', ''wakes up on a dock'': Huh, usually when I wake up
serial killer's house in a bodybag I'm in a morgue. [[CaptainObvious This isn't a morgue.]]
* Klyde and Meriem battle in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Rain'', apparently killing each other. In reality,
during daylight hours. Once the beatdown (and other damages) had been bad enough that they had been knocked into a [[OnlyMostlyDead death-like coma]]... from which Klyde woke up while being prepped for dissection.
* Exploited in the first arc of ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}} All New Wolverine]]''. [[spoiler: Before the raid on the Alchemax labs, Laura and Bellona (an attempt by Alchemax to clone Laura that lacked her HealingFactor) [[TwinSwitch disguised themselves as each other]], then 'Bellona' launched a frontal attack and got machine-gunned so badly she flatlined. After 'Wolverine' and Gabby "bolted," the casualty was hauled to an unguarded lab ''well inside the security perimeter'' for autopsy[=/=]dissection... with predicable results.]]
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #7, the Vapor Lord - having possessed the body of one
sun's gone down he pops out of his previous victims - awakens at bag, bums a cigarette from the morgue as the body is being shown to the victim's sister. He proceeds to murder TheCoroner attendant and the sister.goes on his way.


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* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #7, the Vapor Lord - having possessed the body of one of his previous victims - awakens at the morgue as the body is being shown to the victim's sister. He proceeds to murder TheCoroner and the sister.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Post-Crisis]]'' story ''Death and the Family'', ComicBook/LanaLang apparently dies due to an unknown illness. She wakes up in the morgue, her mind taken over by Insect Queen, which was making her ill as trying to repossess her body.
* Hannibal King wakes up in the morgue after being turned into a vampire in ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula''.
* After dying from injuries sustained in a battle with Neron, Franchise/WonderWoman is transformed into a goddess and wakes up after being autopsied and stuffed into a bodybag.


* Creator/MichaelStackpole's ''Fiddleback Trilogy'' similarly opens with the amnesia variation.
* Literature/BetsyTheVampireQueen in the ''Undead'' series by Mary Janice-Davidson discovers she's a vampire on waking up in a funeral home after a truck hits her. But having died isn't important to her; what's important is the ''hideous pink shoes'' she's in.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones learns of his regenerating power after he accidentally has his skull broken by a cricket bat, and wakes up in the morgue perfectly intact.
* Creator/StephenKing's story "Autopsy Room Four" collected in ''Literature/EverythingsEventual'' is told from the point of view of a character to whom this happens after he's bitten by an exotic snake. The story is a homage to, and follows the plot of, the Louis Pollack story ''Breakdown'', first published in ''Colliers'' (June 7, 1947), which has a character who is completely paralyzed in an auto accident and must prove that he is alive to avoid being autopsied. [[spoiler: The female pathologist checks a scar near his lower parts which gets him kind of... excited]]
* In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Necromancer}}'', the protagonist transfers his consciousness to a specially prepared body in a morgue.

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* Creator/MichaelStackpole's ''Fiddleback Trilogy'' similarly opens with There is a short story by Creator/EdmondHamilton about a man who woke up in his family crypt, after being considered dead. He walked around the amnesia variation.
city, listened to what people really thought of him - and decided to go back into his coffin.
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* Literature/BetsyTheVampireQueen ''Literature/BetsyTheVampireQueen'' in the ''Undead'' series by Mary Janice-Davidson discovers she's a vampire on waking up in a funeral home after a truck hits her. But having died isn't important to her; what's important is the ''hideous pink shoes'' she's in.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones learns of his regenerating power after he accidentally has his skull broken by a cricket bat, and wakes up in the morgue perfectly intact.
* Creator/StephenKing's story "Autopsy Room Four" collected in ''Literature/EverythingsEventual'' is told from the point of view of a character to whom this happens after he's bitten by an exotic snake. The story is a homage to, and follows the plot of, the Louis Pollack story ''Breakdown'', first published in ''Colliers'' (June 7, 1947), which has a character who is completely paralyzed in an auto accident and must prove that he is alive to avoid being autopsied. [[spoiler: The female pathologist checks a scar near his lower parts which gets him kind of... excited]]
* In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Necromancer}}'', the protagonist transfers his consciousness to a specially prepared body in a morgue.
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* Happens to ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' after he's ambushed by his EvilIsSexy opponent Angelina. His life is saved by luck and his bulletproof underwear, so he uses this as an opportunity to [[FakingTheDead fake his death]] as well as play Musical Identity Tags with the other corpses as a joke.

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* Happens to ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'': The protagonist of ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones learns of his regenerating power after he's ambushed by he accidentally has his EvilIsSexy opponent Angelina. His life is saved skull broken by luck a cricket bat, and his bulletproof underwear, so he uses this as an opportunity to [[FakingTheDead fake his death]] as well as play Musical Identity Tags with wakes up in the other corpses as a joke.morgue perfectly intact.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is injured at the end of ''Death Masks'' and wakes up in the morgue with the coroner standing over him. He freaks out and starts yelling "I'm not dead! I'm not dead!" They knew, they just couldn't send him to the hospital with a bullet wound and so had their coroner friend treat him[[note]]Not as awful as it sounds, he is a qualified MD. Though he has gotten a bit rusty since he last plyed his trade on living people...[[/note]]



* In a variant, the protagonist of ''Strong Spirits'' is hauled off to the morgue while engaging in astral projection, and is unable to re-enter his inert body because of interference by a rival medium. He doesn't actually wake up there, but a friend who knows of his paranormal experiments intervenes before he has to watch his own body being autopsied.
* There is a short story by Creator/EdmondHamilton about a man who woke up in his family crypt, after being considered dead. He walked around the city, listened to what people really thought of him - and decided to go back into his coffin.
* Averted by Jack Fleming from ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', who woke up on the shore of Lake Michigan instead. Invoked in-character by Escott in the same series, when he tells Gaylen that Fleming had died of food poisoning rather than reveal he'd been [[ColdBloodedTorture worked over]] and murdered by mobsters.
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Blaze]] from ''Literature/SiliconWolfpack'' woke up in a morgue, cut his way out of a body bag, and was greeted by a [[DontFearTheReaper reaper]], who informed him that he was having a near-death experience.

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* In a variant, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is injured at the protagonist end of ''Strong Spirits'' is hauled off to ''Literature/DeathMasks'' and wakes up in the morgue while engaging in astral projection, with the coroner standing over him. He freaks out and is unable starts yelling "I'm not dead! I'm not dead!" They knew, they just couldn't send him to re-enter his inert body because of interference by the hospital with a rival medium. He doesn't actually wake up there, but a bullet wound and so had their coroner friend who knows of his paranormal experiments intervenes before treat him.[[note]]Not as awful as it sounds, he is a qualified MD. Though he has to watch gotten a bit rusty since he last plyed his own body being autopsied.
trade on living people...[[/note]]
* There is a short Creator/StephenKing's story by Creator/EdmondHamilton about a man who woke up "Autopsy Room Four" collected in his family crypt, ''Literature/EverythingsEventual'' is told from the point of view of a character to whom this happens after being considered dead. He walked around he's bitten by an exotic snake. The story is a homage to, and follows the city, listened to what people really thought of him - plot of, the Louis Pollack story ''Breakdown'', first published in ''Colliers'' (June 7, 1947), which has a character who is completely paralyzed in an auto accident and decided to go back into his coffin.
* Averted by Jack Fleming from ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', who woke up on the shore of Lake Michigan instead. Invoked in-character by Escott in the same series, when he tells Gaylen that Fleming had died of food poisoning rather than reveal he'd been [[ColdBloodedTorture worked over]] and murdered by mobsters.
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Blaze]] from ''Literature/SiliconWolfpack'' woke up in a morgue, cut his way out of a body bag, and was greeted by a [[DontFearTheReaper reaper]], who informed him
must prove that he was having is alive to avoid being autopsied. [[spoiler: The female pathologist checks a near-death experience.scar near his lower parts which gets him kind of... excited]]
%%* Creator/MichaelStackpole's ''Fiddleback Trilogy'' similarly opens with the amnesia variation.



* The plot of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' is kicked off when an angel wakes up in Dr. Quillion's morgue with a message for him.

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* The plot of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' is kicked off when an angel wakes up In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Necromancer}}'', the protagonist transfers his consciousness to a specially prepared body in Dr. Quillion's morgue with a message for him.morgue.


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* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Blaze]] from ''Literature/SiliconWolfpack'' woke up in a morgue, cut his way out of a body bag, and was greeted by a [[DontFearTheReaper reaper]], who informed him that he was having a near-death experience.
* Happens to ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' after he's ambushed by his EvilIsSexy opponent Angelina. His life is saved by luck and his bulletproof underwear, so he uses this as an opportunity to [[FakingTheDead fake his death]] as well as play Musical Identity Tags with the other corpses as a joke.
* In a variant, the protagonist of ''Strong Spirits'' is hauled off to the morgue while engaging in astral projection, and is unable to re-enter his inert body because of interference by a rival medium. He doesn't actually wake up there, but a friend who knows of his paranormal experiments intervenes before he has to watch his own body being autopsied.
* The plot of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' is kicked off when an angel wakes up in Dr. Quillion's morgue with a message for him.
* Averted by Jack Fleming from ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', who woke up on the shore of Lake Michigan instead. Invoked in-character by Escott in the same series, when he tells Gaylen that Fleming had died of food poisoning rather than reveal he'd been [[ColdBloodedTorture worked over]] and murdered by mobsters.


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* A funeral service is being held in a church for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, "Watch out for the wall!"
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* Piper does this in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Styx Feet Under". Since the FBI agent who's been following them for the last few episodes is in the room when it happens, it's the event that finally allows him to penetrate TheMasquerade.

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* Piper does this in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/Charmed1998'' episode "Styx Feet Under". Since the FBI agent who's been following them for the last few episodes is in the room when it happens, it's the event that finally allows him to penetrate TheMasquerade.



* The Third Doctor, in the radio serial "Radio/TheParadiseOfDeath". The Brigadier, who's present at the time, just remarks "Told you so."

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* The Third Doctor, in the radio serial "Radio/TheParadiseOfDeath".''Radio/TheParadiseOfDeath''. The Brigadier, who's present at the time, just remarks "Told you so."



* Doc from ''Webcomic/TheWhiteBoard'' wakes up in a hospital room underneath his paintball shop (courtesy of DARPA; ItMakesSenseInContext) covered in a sheet and with a toe tag. Why he woke up there was never explained.

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* Doc from ''Webcomic/TheWhiteBoard'' ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' wakes up in a hospital room underneath his paintball shop (courtesy of DARPA; ItMakesSenseInContext) covered in a sheet and with a toe tag. Why he woke up there was never explained.



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* A funeral service is being held in a church for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the woman is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, "Watch out for the wall!"
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* While not quite a morgue, this becomes Mr. Black's RunningGag in ''Film/ComedyofTerrors''. Black (played by Creator/BasilRathbone) has a form of catalepsy that makes him appear dead to the outside world. Of course crooked undertakers Waldo Trumble and his assistant, Felix Gilly (played respectively by Creator/VincentPrice and Creator/PeterLorre) have a plot to murder him and then make money off of his funeral. Every time they think he's safely dead, ThatDarnCat comes by and triggers Black's allergy, waking him up. It ends up in a RoaringRampageofRevenge with a gleefully hammy Black chasing Trumbull and Gilly with an axe while shouting out quotes from ''Macbeth''.

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* While not quite a morgue, this becomes Mr. Black's RunningGag in ''Film/ComedyofTerrors''.''Film/ComedyOfTerrors''. Black (played by Creator/BasilRathbone) has a form of catalepsy that makes him appear dead to the outside world. Of course crooked undertakers Waldo Trumble and his assistant, Felix Gilly (played respectively by Creator/VincentPrice and Creator/PeterLorre) have a plot to murder him and then make money off of his funeral. Every time they think he's safely dead, ThatDarnCat comes by and triggers Black's allergy, waking him up. It ends up in a RoaringRampageofRevenge RoaringRampageOfRevenge with a gleefully hammy Black chasing Trumbull and Gilly with an axe while shouting out quotes from ''Macbeth''.

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* While not quite a morgue, this becomes Mr. Black's RunningGag in ''Film/ComedyofTerrors''. Black (played by Creator/BasilRathbone) has a form of catalepsy that makes him appear dead to the outside world. Of course crooked undertakers Waldo Trumble and his assistant, Felix Gilly (played respectively by Creator/VincentPrice and Creator/PeterLorre) have a plot to murder him and then make money off of his funeral. Every time they think he's safely dead, ThatDarnCat comes by and triggers Black's allergy, waking him up. It ends up in a RoaringRampageofRevenge with a gleefully hammy Black chasing Trumbull and Gilly with an axe while shouting out quotes from ''Macbeth''.


* It's not technically a morgue, but in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalur'', you wake up in a rotting pile of corpses which is where the resident MadScientist has been storing his failed reincarnation experiments.

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* It's not technically a morgue, but in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalur'', ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'', you wake up in a rotting pile of corpses which is where the resident MadScientist has been storing his failed reincarnation experiments.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "The Inheritors", Jacob Hardy is struck in the head by an apparent meteor fragment and dies instantly as the fragment became embedded in his brain. When his body is brought to the morgue, the pathologist Dr. Ian Michaels and his assistant Ollie Gibb begin to perform an autopsy. Ian's first step is to remove the fragment, which turns out to a metal projectile. A tentacle then emerges from the hole in Jacob's head, much to the horror of Ian and Ollie. Before they can react, Jacob opens his eyes, takes a deep breath and sits upright, having been resurrected by the alien technology.
** In "Inner Child", Anne Marie Reynolds dies in an emergency room, having lost all of her brain functions, after being struck in the head with a lead pipe by a mugger. Approximately ten or fifteen minutes later, she wakes up in the morgue. It is later determined that she is growing a second brain on her spine, which contains the personality of her [[ConjoinedTwins Conjoined Twin]] Marie who was absorbed into her during her mother's pregnancy.

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