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The series starts off with a character (usually the protagonist) living in a perfectly normal world. Perhaps the character doesn't like how life goes for them, or they find their world to be boring. Or maybe they don't mind their world at all. But then, a fatal incident ends up killing the character. Then they find themselves in another world (usually) with a new, younger body. Perhaps there's a huge difference compared to their origin world, like magic. Or perhaps it's nearly identical to the origin world, but with some minor differences. Usually, the character still has memories from the origin world intact. There may also be a New Life in Another World Bonus, even if this extra perk is only the prior knowledge they take with them.

Because one died on Earth, there is (usually) less emphasis on There's No Place Like Home with Earth being that home. Responsibility to family members and culture died when they did.

Subtrope of Reincarnation and Death by Origin Story. See also Born-Again Immortality, though most works just focus on one alternate world instead of multiple worlds. A supertrope to Media Transmigration, where the character dies and reincarnates into a pre-existing character within a Show Within a Show. Contrast with Trapped in Another World, which doesn't involve death and retains the possibility that the character in question could return home (though most anime fans use the Japanese term isekai for both.note )


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Did You Think You Could Run After Reincarnating, Nii-san?: After both he and his younger sister had an encounter with Truck-kun, the main character found himself with a goddess, who told him he was to be reincarnated into another world. Reborn as Jack Lieber, in a world where everyone can use magic, he is determined to have a happy life with his new family. There's just one catch: his former sister was also reincarnated into the same world, and she is obsessed with him, and even that is putting it lightly.
  • The Dragon Ball franchise parodied the Isekai genre with Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! where a Dragon Ball superfan wakes up as Yamcha. Turns out Chiaotzu is also a fan from Earth whose been reincarnated several times before.
  • In Drifters, dying samurai Shimazu Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where he is sent through the nearest door to another world. There he meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as "Drifters."
  • Taken to the Logical Extreme in The Exo-Drive Reincarnation Games, where reincarnating into other worlds and saving them has been turned into a spectator sport for fans on Earth.
  • In the final few episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), Edward dies and gets sent across the Gate into 'our' Earth in 1916. He gets transported into the body of his Earth counterpart and only is able to go back when he accidentally dies.
  • Isekai Cheat Survival Meshi involves Ordinary High-School Student Yuu getting hit by a car and killed, en route to a camping trip he was eagerly anticipating. He wakes up in the middle of a forest, no idea where he is, and is ecstatic at being in a low-tech world, having to rough it and hunting his own meals. Considering he's a Supreme Chef, this isn't too hard...
  • The logistics of this are explored somewhat in Isekai Transporter, a manga about a man who's been hired by the Celestial Bureucracy to select and hunt down suitable candidates for reincarnation.
  • In Jimi na Kensei wa Sore Demo Saikyou desu, Shirokuro Sansui dies because of a mistake and is teleported to a different world, where he receives 500 years of training in order to become “the Strongest.”
  • In My Sister and Giant, the main character Hinako is subjected to this before the start of the manga. People reincarnating from Earth to this world is a well-known phenomenon in-universe, and its culture has adjusted accordingly to both adapt to and exploit the ones who wind up there.
  • In Reincarnated As The Strongest Wand, Reiji is killed saving a little girl from a truck and is reincarnated in an alternate world as a magic wand. Because he can't do anything himself, he convinces a village girl to wield him and become a Magical Girl.
  • Reincarnation Of White Bear: the protagonist loses his life while climbing a mountain, then is reincarnated into a fantasy world as a polar bear. Not only does he now possess Super-Strength, he also possesses the mysterious ability to survive in a leafy forest rather than on the ice caps as a normal polar bear would.
  • In The Vision of Escaflowne, Big Bad Emperor Dornkirk was originally a man from Earth (heavily implied to be Sir Isaac Newton) who, upon apparently dying on Earth, awoke to find himself healthy (if still quite elderly) on Gaea.
  • In Yakuza Reincarnation, An old yakuza ended up losing his life and reincarnated as a beautiful teenaged princess in a fantasy world.
  • In YuYu Hakusho this is Kurama's backstory. He was once a legendary bandit fox demon but was severely injured. His soul then went to the human world where he became human. Now he's a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead character.

    Comic Books 
  • Captain Atom was killed at the end of Public Enemies via nuclear explosion, and reformed himself in the WildStorm universe, which led to the events of Captain Atom: Armageddon.
  • Doomsday Clock reveals that Doctor Manhattan resurrected The Comedian in a new body in The DCU after his death in Watchmen.
  • Reborn: Any living being - both humans and animals - that have ever died reincarnates in this fantasy realm in a different form that they used to be in life (though they still retain their memories) and its random from person to person: Bonnie was a old woman before being transformed to a tall and buxom blonde, while her father Tom (who had an average normal build) first appeared in this world as a 3-year old before growing up into a hulking warrior, while evil individuals in general are often turned into twisted monsters and mutants. What happens to them after they die in this plane is unknown, but judging from Estelle's death in the final issue, its implied they reincarnate again in another life.
  • The setting of Requiem Vampire Knight works like this: on dying, people find themselves in a new body in Resurrection depending on their crimes in life: Mass murderers (Vlad Tepes, Attilla The Hun, Maximilien Robespierre...) become vampires, rapists become centaurs, fundamentalists become werewolves... Most people who just existed become zombies, those who died unjustly (Holocaust victims are those we see the most of) become Lemures.
  • Shakara: After Shakara defeats the Big Bad once and for all in a Heroic Sacrifice, in the last panels an alien ship crashes down on a planet in another reality where a yellow Shakara emerges from the ashes.
  • Whatever Happened to The Caped Crusader? mixes this with And Your Reward Is Infancy: every time Bruce Wayne dies in one parallel universe, he is reborn as his own infant self in another, to become Batman all over again.

    Fan Works 
  • Happens to Lucario in Ben 10: Reincario. Lucario, as a reward for his Heroic Sacrifice back in Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and to stave off his loneliness, is reincarnated by Arceus to a new world. Unlike other examples, though, Lucario does not change his species, remaining a Lucario upon his resurrection.
  • "darkly, darkly, dawn glittered in the sky" features Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones) being reborn in 1960s Britain as the twin sister of Lily Evans (Harry Potter). While she is born only knowing of her existence as Violet Evans, she regains her full memories of her past life by her fifth birthday.
  • A Clash Of Neets: The go-to solution for the Seven Goddesses when dealing with any major, world-ending threat is to reincarnate various heroes into the imperiled world, and give them divine-boons to deal with the problem. In most cases, this is a one-off situation for the soul in question, and is generally your typical Isekai plot. In more serious cases, however, they'll send a Champion; a Champion is a powerful mortal soul tied directly to a specific goddess; for instance, the Puella Magi Holy Quintet are Madoka's Champions, while the Saints, and Seiya in particular, are Athena's. While a normal hero is only reincarnated for a specific purpose once, and than goes back to the normal reincarnation cycle, Champions are exempt from the cycle and spend eternity fighting for their goddess. Since they're the most powerful servants of the Seven, and can only be in so many places at once, sending them is seen as the "nuclear option" for dealing with a problem. The fact that Aqua and Eris have reincarnated all twelve of their shared Champions into Westeros simultaneously is seen as a very, very bad sign by those who know something about these things.
  • The Voltron: Legendary Defender fanfic in mathematics, two planes will cross once, or never meet sees Shiro get reincarnated into the body of his Golion counterpart Takashi "Quiet" Shirogane after the events of the episode "Blackout", waking up shortly before the Golion pilots return home to a post-World War III Earth.
  • In the Harry Potter/A Song of Ice and Fire crossover fic The Last Lion of House Reyne, Harry was reincarnated in Westeros as Harrion Reyne following his "death" in Deathly Hallows.
  • Living The Dream: After the Rapture, God gave everyone three choices of where they would like to go. The first two choices were heaven and hell, but the third choice would put you in any world you desired. Naturally, the story follows those who picked the third choice, that being Equestria.
  • Maria Campbell of the Astral Clocktower: In addition to the canon example of Katarina, Maria is a reincarnate as well. Specifically, she's the reincarnation of one of the most infamous bosses of Bloodborne, wandering a much Lighter and Softer world and wondering why everyone considers her fighting skills impressive. The king and the Prime Minister actually deduce that she might be a reincarnate because there's no other obvious explanation for her skills; they advise the Fourth Prince not to bring it up with her, since if they're right she's clearly from a far harsher time or world, and there's no need to remind her of bad memories. And if they're wrong, well, then it just sounds stupid.
  • In A New Divide, during Harry's trip to King's Cross in the afterlife, he hears a strange wailing, then finds a small orb of blue light and upon touching it is reborn as the previously stillborn Seekerlet Skyshadow.
  • For New Beginnings,note  a long-bullied schoolgirl inexplicably dies in her sleep before being reincarnated as a Gem at the start of the manga’s story. She then meets and tags along with Phosphophyllite to explore the world of the Gems and Lunarians. For the first part of the fanfic, she merely tags along for the canon story, but she meets unexpected characters and unknowingly changes the fates of her and Phos starting with the Winter Arc.
  • In One to Find All, Salem casts a spell to summon a powerful individual who she can convert into her servant to finally defeat her former lover, Ozma. Unfortunately, the spell was too powerful even for her, and she ended up summoning more than she planned. Now six members of Class 1-A had their souls exorcised and reborn on Remnant, with no memory of their lives on earth. The gods of light and darkness inform Izuku that while the lives they lived on Remnant are different compared to the ones they lived on earth, they're still the same people Izuku knew deep down. If Izuku can get them to remember who they were on earth then their souls will return to their normal bodies when they die; but if they die without remembering their past lives, they'll be gone forever. Accepting the mission, the gods reincarnate Izuku into Remnant in a body they specifically created.
  • Oversaturated World: From Group Precipitation: "That Time I Didn't Get Reincarnated as Anything", about reincarnating into another world and other Isekai. Which Trixie wants. As Fluttershy explains Isekai and analyzes Trixie's want for it, at the core, it's because she's a Harem Seeker:
    "It's an anime subgenre where someone gets whisked away from their mundane life and enters a fantastic world, with varying amounts of adventure, romance, and wish fulfillment."
    Fluttershy narrowed her eyes. "You just want the harem fantasy, don't you?"
    As the cafeteria crowd shifted focus to the Illusions' antics, Pinkie said, "Are we sure Trixie doesn't already have a harem?"
    "Trixie likes guys!" cried Trixie.
  • Played for Horror in an old Pokémon fic from some time around Generation III or IV: A bunch of kids in a world where Pokémon is fictional decide to get Pokémon tattoos at a sleepover, and unbeknownst to them, this really pisses off the intelligent Pokémon from a world where they are the only inhabitants, who are somehow aware of the other world but not vice-versa. So their leader, Mew, decides the best course of action to take to punish these kids is to kill them in their sleep and arrange for them to be reincarnated in a third universe closer to that of the Pokémon canon, as Pokémon themselves... with them starting to be conscious while still in the egg. Thus, the next several chapters are from the point of view of a traumatized main character who wakes up to find herself trapped in a confined space (since her body hasn't developed enough yet to break the eggshell) in total darkness (since her eyes haven't developed yet) while unable to breathe yet not actually drowning (since she's getting all her nutrients and oxygen from the yolk sac) all while having no idea how long this will last or what she did to deserve this (since she didn't do anything, really) yet with the horrifying realization that she is not dreaming. When she finally hatches, it's a relief, only for her to scream when she looks in the mirror and sees a Pokémon staring back.
  • Reincarnation Can Suck has Harry Potter die and be reincarnated as Xander Harris. The plot kicks off when he's dragged back to Harry's world (courtesy of Dumbledore) to finish what Harry started.
  • The Swarm of War starts with the protagonist getting killed by a car. He ends up as the Overmind in the Warhammer 40000 universe.
  • In Yeah, Kunai are cool but have you had dessert?, the Self-Insert protagonist suffers 'death-by-car' and is reborn in Konoha.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jean Philippe is about a Johnny Hallyday fan who wakes up from a coma in a universe where Hallyday gave up on his singing career early on.
  • The protagonist of Pan's Labyrinth was a princess of The Underworld who snuck to Earth and eventually died before reincarnating as a human. The attempts to get her home end with her dying again but going back to the underworld.
  • Yesterday is about a guy who gets hit by a bus and wakes up in an alternate universe where The Beatles never existed.

  • Accomplishments of the Duke's Daughter: Iris Lana Armelia regains her Past-Life Memories as a Japanese accountant with the knowledge that she is the villainous rival of the otome game she played. And she's in the game's Good Ending climax where her fiancee Prince Edward publicly humiliates her and breaks off their engagement for the game's heroine. Iris leaves with as much dignity she can carry and enough sympathy to foster as she starts her new life as businesswoman.
  • Because I Reincarnated As A Succubus: A teenage boy named Riichi is reincarnated as a succubus, which as a species is able to survive off of "man's life essence" (in other words, sperm). Riichi is straight, so he adamantly refuses, claiming he'd rather starve. Luckily for him, he can also survive off of cow's milk, and is given a superpowered cow to ease his burden.
  • The Beginning After the End starts off with King Grey, the monarch of a world governed by Asskicking Leads to Leadership, on his deathbed. He ends up being reincarnated into a high fantasy world that contains suspiciously similar magic to his previous life as a boy named Arthur Leywin. However, he is not the only reincarnate in this world, with his former childhood friend Nico Sever having been reincarnated as Arthur's own childhood friend Elijah Knight. As it turns out, both were reincarnated by the Big Bad Agrona as part of his Evil Plan to summon the Legacy, who is their own shared Childhood Friend Love Interest (and Nico's late fiancée) Cecilia. Unlike the other two, Cecilia is summoned using the unwilling body of Arthur's own Love Interest, Tessia Eralith, whom Agrona had captured to act as Cecilia's eventual vessel.
  • Beware of Chicken features a nameless protagonist who reincarnates into the body of Jin Rou in the world of a Spirit Cultivation Genre. Unfortunately for him, the city-slicker body-jumper finds life in the sects too violent and stressful for him so he quits and becomes a farmer.
  • In The Brothers Lionheart, a boy dies of tuberculosis and finds himself reincarnated in the fairytale land his brother used to tell him stories about.
  • Chrysalis (RinoZ): After a rough childhood and being abandoned by his parents, Anthony finally starved to death as a teenager, when he gave his last food to his ant farm (figuring that with so many of them, they needed it more than him). The mysterious entity he calls "Gandalf" decided that he was sufficiently insane to have a chance of succeeding in the Dungeon, and reincarnated him in the world of Pangera as a monstrous ant.
  • Dad Is a Hero, Mom Is a Spirit, I'm a Reincarnator Ellen is a reincarnated Scientist reborn into a World of Fantasy and Magic. What's more is that her father is the Hero who saved the Kingdom 10 years ago, and her mother is the Queen of Spirits.
  • In Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?, Kurihara Misato saves someone from being hit by a truck, only to be killed herself. Upon meeting the god set to reincarnate her into a magical world, Misato asks to be an average person, as being top-tier academically and athletically ostracized her from her peers and made her a target of exploitation by adults. However, the god decided that she would be mathematically average in terms of all lifeforms rather than just among humans like she intended, meaning she is half as powerful as an Elder Dragon. Thus Misato, reborn as the noble girl Adele von Ascham (a low-ranking noble family apparently being exactly in the middle of societal hierarchy, thus "average"), tries to live as normal as possible despite being 6,800 times more powerful than a typical human.
  • Dungeon Engineer: Ike, who lived in a Space Station gets a First-Episode Resurrection as a Dungeon Core, a.k.a A Dungeon Is You, in a presumably medieval land, with dragons and magic.
  • In Evil Dragon Reincarnation, an ordinary salaryman is killed in a traffic accident and becomes reincarnated as a powerful dragon. Deemed evil even though he's actually a kind and laid-back creature, he’s approached by all sorts of challengers seeking to slay him. Then one day he eats a tiny orb and magically gains a handsome human form, enabling him to become an adventurer.
  • The Golden Haired Elementalist: Following a studying-induced death, Jinny is reborn into a fantastical realm filled with magic as Geenie Crowell, the daughter of a nobleman. Determine not to spend her entire life studying, as she did in her past existence, Geenie decides to become a summoner so she can summon a spirit to do all the work, but she soon learns that there's more to summoning spirits than just collecting mana.
  • Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara...: Lute reincarnates in a new world with memories of his life in modern Japan. There's evidence he's not alone. And later averted, as it turns out the world that Youta reincarnated into is not another world, but rather, the future of our world, and he has no idea at all.
  • In The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World, the protagonist passes away during a pizza delivery gig, and reincarnated into another world where he is given a choice - he can become a wizard, a swordsman, or simply save the world with pizza. Before he can decide, the first two options are snatched up by other people, and he's left to manage a pizza parlor, assisted by the elfen daughter of a demon lord.
  • The premise of I Don't Want to be the Hive Queen. Marcus is killed in a mugging in the first chapter, and shortly thereafter wakes up in the body of a Vex Hive Queen in a Standard Fantasy Setting. Hilarity ensues.
  • Invoked in I'm the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire! when a being calling himself The Guide shows up at the protagonist's deathbed, shows the protagonist how his ex just saw him as another wallet, never loved him, had a daughter that may not even be his, just to milk him for child-support payments and happily mocking him to the guy she was cheating with. After that little rage-invoking show is over, The Guide presents the protagonist a set of alternate worlds where he can get a second chance at life, secretly planning to see the protagonist fall into despair again. The protagonist takes him up on the offer and does indeed start to enjoy this new life when he becomes a Count and planet lord at age 5.
  • In Another World with My Smartphone: Touya Mochizuki is accidentally killed by God, who as a way to make up for it gives him the chance to live in a new world full of magic, and letting him take his smartphone fully functional with him (doing everything to make his existence as pleasing as possible).
  • I Told You to Reincarnate Me in a Tool Shop, not as a Tool Shop! has a protagonist in our world who dies because the god of another world accidentally dropped a virus on our world which kills him. The apologetic god assures the man that because his body had antibodies to fight the virus, a cure would be found and the protagonist would make the history books. Also, the god wiped his computer and phone, and assured that the the novel the man was working on would be published. As one more measure of atonement, he offers the protagonist a spot in the world he runs, with any cheat bonus he wished. The Genre Savvy protagonist, having read a number of similar stories, says stories about heroes are fun to read about, not to live. He just wants a nice profitable occupation with maybe three or four hours of work a day to occupy his time. The god suggests a tool shop, which can make its own hours, and the protagonist loves the idea. The god makes a teeny little mistake, though.
  • Isekai Onsen Ni Tensai Shita Ore No Kounou Ga Tondemosugiru has an unusual twist on this - the main character is reincarnated as an onsen (a hot spring).
  • Knight's & Magic has a Humongous Mecha Otaku who after getting killed in a traffic accident is reincarnated as a (literal) Adorably Precocious Child in a medieval fantasy world ...with Magitek-powered mecha (called Silhouette Knights). Of course he resolves to become not just a pilot, but also to revolutionize Silhouette Knight design to build his own Ace Custom; it helps that as a modern-day human, he was a workaholic, highly-efficient programmer, which translates as him becoming a Badass Bookworm Child Prodigy.
  • KonoSuba is an Affectionate Parody of this trope. The protagonist Kazuma meets an embarrassing demise from saving a girl from a farm tractor that he thought was a truck and dies of shock. Kazuma gets a choice to go to heaven or be reincarnated in a world with his current body, plus a boon. He's so annoyed at the goddess in charge of his reincarnation that he chooses her as his boon, dragging her along with him. This proves to be a mistake, since Aqua is completely useless. He's also not the only person to be reincarnated in this world.
  • A Lily Blooms in Another World is about Miyako, an overworked wage slave who is reincarnated as the protagonist of her favorite otome game, Drop Fantasia. But rather than pursue the original Love Interest of the game, her heart is drawn to her favorite character, Fuuka Hamilton— the original villainess of the game!
  • The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess is a light novel about someone from our modern world reincarnating as a princess of a fantasy land. Said princess, Anisphia, uses the memories of her old life to create various magical inventions due to her own inability to wield magic. She suspects that her reincarnation may be why she is unable to use magic conventionally, due to her soul being "foreign" in the fantasy world.
  • Me, a Genius? I Was Reborn into Another World and I Think They've Got the Wrong Idea! After dying in a motorcycling accident Kouki is reborn into the World of 2090 to Miki and Shuuichi Arakawa. Despite being considered the smartest person on the planet, he is completely unaware of his groundbreaking achievements and how others view him.
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is the Trope Codifier. The story begins with an Otaku NEET getting thrown out on the street by his siblings. Lamenting on his past failures, he witnesses three teenagers about to be run down by a truck, successfully saving them at the cost of his life. He then reincarnates in a high fantasy world as Rudeus Greyrat, keeping his Past-Life Memories and resolving to "get serious" in his second life.
  • This is the main plot of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, where an unnamed tomboyish otaku reincarnates into the role of a Spoiled Brat rival from an otome game she was playing before she died. Since the character dies or ends up exiled in every route she plays a role in, she takes precautions to try and avoid her miserable fate. Of course, she's also an idiot, so none of her plans ever go anywhere and she instead ends up stealing the heroine role, along with winning the affection of all four of the love interests, the other two rivals, and the heroine herself by a combination of sheer dumb luck and genuine kindness. The series is also rather atypical in that it actually shows the effects her death had on Earth, with a side chapter focusing on her best friend Atsuko grieving over her loss. And for an extra twist, Atsuko also reincarnates into the game as one of the aforementioned rivals. Unlike the main character, Atsuko doesn't remember her previous life but she sometimes dreams of it.
  • Nito's Lazy Foreign World Syndrome has an interesting approach due to the main character committing suicide just as his class is summoned to another word. Despite this, he still gets pulled along with them. He arrives healthy and alive but has the "Reincarnate" title on his status screen.
  • In Master-Mind of Mars, Ulysses S. Paxton ends up on Mars after dying in the trenches in World War I.
  • Prince On A White Horse by Tanith Lee is about a Knight in Shining Armor on a Quest for Identity; he can't remember his past before the opening scene of the novel. In the end, he regains his memories and learns that he is an example of this trope, having lived a full life in our world before dying and being reincarnated as the knight.
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon is about a vending machine-obsessed man who is crushed by one as he tries to protect it from crashing to the ground. Reincarnated as a vending machine in a fantasy world, he plans to see what the world has to offer, but is unable to move or talk due to his new status. Luckily, an adventurer agrees to carry him around on her back.
  • Re:Monster centers around a human mercenary from a sci-fi setting who dies violently and reincarnates into an RPG-style fantasy world as a baby goblin. Using his military training and a unique ability that lets him absorb skills from enemies he eats, he takes over his goblin tribe, turns them into a formidable fighting force, and keeps evolving into bigger, badder monsters.
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil: Rather than being a luckless twentysomething hikikomori with a good heart deep inside in order to save the world, the one who's being reincarnated is a Japanese salaryman from a Human Resources department who favors efficiency above all else, heartlessly fires people...and gets pushed into a train by one of those people for his troubles. Reincarnating as a young girl in a magical Fantasy Counterpart Culture of early 1920s Europe was supposed to be a punishment by Being X for not only being a bastard, but also mouthing off God. Even as a child, Tanya is a horrible monster on the battlefield and set up the indirect deaths of two noblemen for not following orders and mouthing off to her.
  • The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System: Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong:
    • Anti-fan Shen Yuan dies from food poisoning after intensely ranting about the terrible end of the web novel he loved and hate-read. He then wakes as a character in said web its Starter Villain Peak Lord Shen Qingqiu who dies as a human stick at the hands of Wish-Fulfillment Villain Protagonist Luo Binghe. The plot revolves around Shen Yuan's attempts to avoid this fate by endearing himself to young and innocent Luo Binghe and the resulting consequences.]
    • Later, it's revealed the author of Proud Immortal Demon Way also reincarnated as minor character Shang Qinghua after accidentally electrocuting himself.
  • So I'm a Spider, So What?: After a Hero and Demon King use a powerful magic that rips through dimensions and blows up an entire classroom, one quiet lonely girl finds herself reincarnated as a monstrous spider deep in the depths of a massive Labyrinth. Now she has to use all her wits to try and survive this world's deadliest labyrinth. As it turns out, she was never that girl: she was an otherwise normal spider that Evil God D gave some of her own memories to (as she had been masquerading as said quiet lonely girl) in order to make her think she was human. Played straight with the other students who reincarnated, thoughnote . Averted as well, as the spider was a resident of the room who's life had been saved by the teacher, and was a known entity to the rest of the class, and in fact DID die in the same explosion that killed the rest of the class. Evil God D just exploited her presense to throw off everyone else and correct the numbers. She was a spider who got reincarnated as a monster spider, with the additional implanted memories of a god playing hooky as a human
  • In A Symphony of Eternity, it's heavily implied that one of it's main protagonists Admiral Metternich travels between worlds each time he goes to sleep.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, as the name might imply, is all about this. The twist in the setting is that the mysterious Voice of the World interprets the main character's dying thoughts on Earth rather literally, concluding that he should be reincarnated as a slime. These are common enough in the world that these particular Otherworlders are known as "Reincarnators", though most tend to remain in the human species with maybe a few physical or even gender changes, not an outright species change. It's also possible to be whisked to the new world randomly or summoned, die, and then reincarnate into the world again, as was the case with Byakuya Araki, Hakurou's Otherworlder human grandfather who eventually died and reincarnated into the Jaune Demon Agera.
  • Implied in This Is Screwed Up, but I Was Reincarnated as a GIRL in Another World!. Ren, the 10 year old protagonist, suddenly has the memories of a 30 year old researcher, who died in an explosion, manifest in her mind after she narrowly survives a carriage accident. She suspects she was that 30+ scientist, but is not certain, since she was raised as a girl her whole life and her Ren persona is the active and dominant one. She may have the researcher's memories, but not his traits.
  • Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen: Seventeen-year-old Kaito Sena is choked to death by his abusive father in a drunken rage, only to have his "Sinless Soul, stricken down in manner most foul" summoned into a golem of clay and blood by Elisabeth Le Fanu, the eponymous Torture Princess. Enforced at editor suggestion as a way to justify why anybody would willingly work for somebody like Elisabeth.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: The protagonist is a salaryman who dies of exhaustion after being blackmailed into a 48-hour straight gaming session to clear an otome game for his selfish younger sister. He is then reincarnated into the game's world as a background extra or "mob character." Recovering his memory of his past life after some ten odd years, he goes about trying to eke out a peaceful life for himself in a matriarchal society where men are mostly only seen as good for either being trophy husbands or fodder to die in wars. Later on he runs into Marie, who happens to be the reincarnation of his younger sister, but doesn't discover that until after she attempts to manipulate the events of the game into her favor.
  • Played with in Trash of the Count's Family, where it's not clear if the protagonist actually died. It otherwise follows this trope: he fell asleep and woke up in the world of the novel he was reading in the body of a minor character, and there's no indication that he would be able to reverse the process and get back (not that he's interested in doing that).
  • Villainess Level 99: The protagonist, a college-age Gamer Chick, reincarnates into the world of her favorite video game, an otome game/RPG hybrid and discovers that she's the heroine's rival who randomly becomes an overpowered Superboss after the Demon King is defeated. Realizing that being the Superboss means she has the highest stat potential of anybody in the world, she does a bunch of solo Level Grinding to get strong enough that nobody will harm her. But she goes seriously overboard and hits the Level Cap of 99. And since everybody at the Royal Academy gets scanned for their level on the first day, this ruins her plan to disappear into obscurity.
  • The Villainess Will Crush Her Destruction End: The protagonist reincarnates as the villainess in an otome game, who dies in every route. The twist is that in her previous life she was a Gun Nut, so her plan is to recreate modern firearms in the stock Medieval European Fantasy world she now lives in and shoot her way out of the scripted ending.
  • Wise Man's Grandchild plays this straight, but pulls more focus on the consequences of someone bringing in Past-Life Memories of a modern world into a world where magic works primarily through imagination who is raised by a legendary mage and hero as his grandson. Needless to say, Shin is a Genius Ditz extraordinaire as he only learned magic skill and at 15 is thrust into the world to try to give him social skills to match his ridiculous magical power.
  • Woof Woof Story: The Protagonist is a salaryman who is quite literally worked to death, and his dying wish is to be reborn as the well-loved pet of a rich family. When a compassionate goddess grants his wish, he happily commits himself to the lazy, carefree, all-you-can-nap life of a pampered pup - until he learns that he was actually reincarnated as the legendary wolf king Fenrir.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Life on Mars (2006) is about a detective who wakes up in 1973 after being hit by a car in the present. The opening titles sum it up:
    "My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home."
  • A time travel episode of Lois & Clark revealed that Superman was Earth's Robin Hood in a past life before being reincarnated on the planet Krypton.
  • Played with in The OA. It first appears that this form of astral projection is the only way to travel the multiverse. Characters die in one reality, while either in proximity to or performing the "Movements" (a special dance) and wake up possessing the body of their counterpart in another reality, and therefore each jump is a one-way-trip. However, this is later subverted when a new traveler is introduced, and repeatedly jumps back and forth with no ill effects. Apparently, the characters previously just had bad luck and died when jumping originally, which locked them outside their original reality.

  • Many New Age practitioners believe in starseeds, souls from another planet reincarnated as humans. Starseeds willingly come to Earth to fulfil a mission that will help humanity's spiritual development.


    Video Games 
  • In Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, Zed's Super Reincarnation process makes him (and his allies) resurrect in a different world at a different time every time he dies, each with a purpose of making him a little bit stronger, until he's able to defeat the God of Destruction. It turns out Cerberus, who created Super Reincarnation, can activate it on command, and Zed is later able to travel between worlds without having to die to trigger it.
  • Jinxter, although older than many examples, ends up a brutal parody of this trope. The game begins with the player character being hit by a bus and apparently coming back to life in another world. Only at the end of the game do you find that's not what happened; he was simply summoned from Earth to the other world at the wrong moment. The people who summoned him had no idea about the bus, and the player never thought to tell them because they assumed they were already dead. Naturally, when the mission is done, the summoners helpfully restore him to Earth right back where he left from. Splat.

  • In Daughter Of The Emperor, the protagonist is brutally murdered, then reborn as the daughter of Emperor of the Agrigent Empire, a ruthless dictator who is feared by everyone.
  • In I Became The Emperors Daughter One Day: After an accident, Hana Lee is reborn as Laurel, a commoner girl living in the Leuven Empire who is then adopted by the emperor and becomes a princess.
  • In The Nonexistent Princess, an eleven year old girl is brutally murdered by her father, who blames her for his wife's death when she was born. When she wakes up, she realizes she's a baby, Princess Lunnete Alastaire, daughter of Emperor Gwenheal Alaire, and sister to Prince Laurent, two characters from a fantasy novel she was reading on the day she died, while her character is not mentioned. Since her new father acts coldly towards her, she concludes that he plans to kill her and she becomes obsessed with the idea to run away as soon as she can.
  • In They Say I Was Born a King's Daughter, Suhee Kim is murdered by a rejected lover and is reborn as a princess—in a world where they have basically zero power.


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The Salaryman learns of how "Being X" controls the cycle of Reincarnation and plans to reincarnate him into another world to try and make the Salaryman start praying to "Being X" as God.

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