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** In earlier ''Super Mario'' games, there are the Dry Bones, [[NightOfTheLivingMooks skeletal versions of Koopa Troopas]] mainly found in towers and castles. These undead Koopas often collapse when attacked, but they soon revive themselves and become normal once again (however there are some methods to permanently defeat them). Dry Bones first appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', in which sprites of them are edited Koopa Troopa sprites.

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** In earlier ''Super Mario'' games, there are the Dry Bones, [[NightOfTheLivingMooks skeletal versions of Koopa Troopas]] mainly found in towers and castles. These undead Koopas often collapse when attacked, but they soon revive themselves and become normal once again (however there are some methods to permanently defeat them).them, with attacking them while invincible from using a Star-type item being the most reliable). Dry Bones first appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', in which sprites of them are edited Koopa Troopa sprites.

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* In ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', Calaveras says this when Sailor Venus attacks Petz's ghost. The attack simply goes right through her incorporeal form.


** In earlier ''Super Mario'' games, there're the Dry Bones, [[NightOfTheLivingMooks skeletal versions of Koopa Troopas]] mainly found in towers and castles. These undead Koopas often collapse when attacked, but they soon revive themselves and become normal once again (however there are some methods to permanently defeat them). Dry Bones first appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', in which sprites of them are edited Koopa Troopa sprites.

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** In earlier ''Super Mario'' games, there're there are the Dry Bones, [[NightOfTheLivingMooks skeletal versions of Koopa Troopas]] mainly found in towers and castles. These undead Koopas often collapse when attacked, but they soon revive themselves and become normal once again (however there are some methods to permanently defeat them). Dry Bones first appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', in which sprites of them are edited Koopa Troopa sprites.


* Becomes a recurring theme in a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when, after the events of [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkTheMovie the movie]], Satan has dumped Saddam Hussein and killed him ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]). Of course, since Saddam was already dead and in Hell, he pops up the very next day right as rain, much to Satan's chagrin:

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* Becomes a recurring theme in a two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when, after the events of [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkTheMovie [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut the movie]], Satan has dumped Saddam Hussein and killed him ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]). Of course, since Saddam was already dead and in Hell, he pops up the very next day right as rain, much to Satan's chagrin:


* ''Film/TheMummy2017'': ZigzaggedTrope. The mummies in the film are actually far more vulnerable than human mooks, as one might expect from a decaying body. However, they still ignore all pain and [[WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody keep coming after losing one or more limbs]].

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* ''Film/TheMummy2017'': ZigzaggedTrope. The mummies in the film raised by Ahmanet are actually far more vulnerable than human mooks, as one might expect from a decaying body. However, they still ignore all pain and [[WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody keep coming after losing one or more limbs]]. Ahmanet herself is much tougher, in no small part thanks to her magic.


* Tubal Cain from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' can be ridiculously difficult to put down as he is just a hollow corpse being controlled by the souls in the [[EvilWeapon false lance of Longinus]] that he wields. Chopping off his head of cutting him to pieces will just slow him down a little at most. Even completely disintegrating him will technically not kill him as long as his weapon is still intact, as it will just look for a new host and repeat the process.

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* Tubal Cain from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' can be ridiculously difficult to put down as he is just a hollow corpse being controlled by the souls in the [[EvilWeapon false lance of Longinus]] that he wields. Chopping off his head of or cutting him to pieces will just slow him down a little at most. Even completely disintegrating him will technically not kill him as long as his weapon is still intact, as it will just look for a new host and repeat the process.

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* Tubal Cain from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' can be ridiculously difficult to put down as he is just a hollow corpse being controlled by the souls in the [[EvilWeapon false lance of Longinus]] that he wields. Chopping off his head of cutting him to pieces will just slow him down a little at most. Even completely disintegrating him will technically not kill him as long as his weapon is still intact, as it will just look for a new host and repeat the process.
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** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2006'': Zeus' army of Gargareans cannot be killed by conventional means which makes them horrifically effective at what Zeus raised them to do: slaughter all humans who are part of an army or have taken steps to defend themselves.


* PlayedForLaughs in the manual for ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' in the description for Zombies: "Thou canst not kill that which doth not live. But you can blast it into chunky kibbles." In practical terms, this meant that only blasting a zombie into LudicrousGibs would kill it for good -- if it went down with its body intact, it'd just get back up later.

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* PlayedForLaughs in In ''VideoGame/QuakeI'', the zombies will simply get back up after a few seconds if you just shoot them like anything else. The only way to kill them permanently is to turn them into LudicrousGibs by whatever means you can find which will do so (usually grenades or rockets, but environmental hazards can work, too). The manual for ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' in almost name-drops the description for Zombies: trope using YeOldeButcheredEnglish, describing them as "Thou canst not kill that which doth not live. But you can blast it into chunky kibbles." In practical terms, this meant that only blasting a zombie into LudicrousGibs would kill it for good -- if it went down with its body intact, it'd just get back up later."



* In ''VideoGame/QuakeI'', the zombies are unkillable by simply shooting them until they drop(they will get back up). The only way to kill them permanently is to gib them with an explosive, hazard, or otherwise.


* ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfWonderWoman2016'': The Duke of Deception's NaziZombies are unaffected by small arms fire and all shown attempts to repel them outside of Wonder Woman's lasso of truth, which causes the spirits possessing the bodies to flee them.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': In the closing arc the shades of Hades attack Paradise Island and despite the Amazons being demonstrably better fighters they are killed in droves (and then turned into zombies which turn on their still living sisters) because even cutting a shade in half or beheading it with conventional weapons is a minor setback for the things. Diana eventually figures out that [[ReviveKillsZombie turning the purple healing ray on the shades disintegrates them]].
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''ComicBook/TheLegendOfWonderWoman2016'': The Duke of Deception's NaziZombies are unaffected by small arms fire and all shown attempts to repel them outside of Wonder Woman's lasso of truth, which causes the spirits possessing the bodies to flee them.


* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': There are invincible undead soldiers, but of course this is subject to GameplayAndStorySegregation, or they would just be a GameBreaker on the tabletop.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': There are invincible various nigh-invincible undead soldiers, but of course this is subject to GameplayAndStorySegregation, or they would just be a GameBreaker on the tabletop.


* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': There are invincible undead soldiers, but of course this is subject to GameplayAndStorySegregation, or they would just be a GameBreaker on the tabletop.

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* ''ComicBook/SimonDark'': [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]. Simon is at first the only undead thing in the comic and is effectively immortal, to the point that he is shocked to learn that humans cannot just have their heads stitched back on after being decapitated and recover since his earliest memories are of his own head being reattached. Later it is revealed that Tom was also brought back from the dead and has regenerative abilities but not to Simon's extent and the various unfortunates that were killed and possessed by the cult have differing levels of abuse their bodies can take before they expire.


** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', Teppic's father notes that the mummification process seems to have made him stronger, due to the extra weight provided by the straw.

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** In ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', ''Literature/{{Pyramids}}'', Teppic's father notes that the mummification process seems to have made him stronger, due to the extra weight provided by the straw.


* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The Dark Judges are incredibly hard to destroy for this reason. They tend to ignore Lawgiver gunfire completely (unless appropriately severe, like a hundred Judges at a time firing at will) and even incinerating their undead bodies inadvertently causes [[FightingAShadow their spirits to break free]]. One of their {{Catch Phrase}}s is "You cannot kill what does not live!"
* ''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront'': Constanta and his fellow vampires use their status as living dead to partake in numerous wars in search of prey, since most regular weapons are incapable of harming them or even slowing them down.

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]'':
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The Dark Judges are incredibly hard to destroy for this reason. They tend to ignore Lawgiver gunfire completely (unless appropriately severe, like a hundred Judges at a time firing at will) and even incinerating their undead bodies inadvertently causes [[FightingAShadow their spirits to break free]]. One of their {{Catch Phrase}}s is "You cannot kill what does not live!"
* *** Averted with Sabbat's zombies in the ''Judgement Day'' storyline: "Bullet seems to work."
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''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront'': Constanta and his fellow vampires use their status as living dead to partake in numerous wars in search of prey, since most regular weapons are incapable of harming them or even slowing them down.down.
** Averted completely in the [[VideoGame/ZombieArmyTrilogy Zombie Army]] tie-in strip currently running in the Megazine; the zombies can be taken out by single bullets.



* ''Franchise/EvilDead'': Deadites as ''very'' tough, and generally shake off wounds like gunshots and loss of limbs. In general, it takes something major, like RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain or outright dismembering the body, to put them down for good; on multiple occasions in ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'', Ash and co. chop up the bodies of slain Deadites to [[MakeSureHesDead make sure they stay down]].

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* ''Franchise/EvilDead'': Deadites as are ''very'' tough, and generally shake off shaking gunshot wounds like gunshots and loss of limbs. In general, it takes something major, like RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain or outright dismembering the body, to put them down for good; on multiple occasions in ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'', Ash and co. chop up the bodies of slain Deadites to [[MakeSureHesDead make sure they stay down]].

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