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Basic Trope: One who resurrects dead beings.

  • Straight: Neko summons The Undead.
  • Exaggerated: Neko raises an army of the dead and runs a Zombie Apocalypse with them.
  • Downplayed:
    • Neko resurrects a dead person.
    • Neko doesn't 'resurrect' anyone: the skeletons are all animated by the tiniest amount of magic puppeteering their joints. They're still as dead as they day they died.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Clara puts the undead back to where they belong.
  • Subverted: It turns out Neko doesn't have actual power to resurrect the dead.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then the dead still arise and obeys Neko.
    • Even though Neko cannot resurrect a dead person directly, she still can clone deceased people and manipulate them.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Neko the Necromancer is accused of this but she just speaks to them. However she can still call spirits to her. Any animation of the bodies is the accord of the dead themselves - although nearly all possessed bodies stay in a deathly stupor unless given reason and made aware of it usually by a Necromancer.
  • Averted: There is no necromancer.
  • Enforced:
    • The creator wants to explore the topic of life and death, so they employed Neko.
    • The creator is in need of a Knight of Cerebus to create a serious atmosphere, and they found manipulation on death intimidating.
  • Lampshaded: "Maybe you should learn more about recycling."
  • Invoked: Neko reads dozens of books, hoping to become a necromancer.
  • Exploited: Clara asks Neko to raise the dead body, while Clara grinds them over and over again for experience.
  • Defied:
    • Clara deliberately burns every dead body on sight to prevent Neko from messing with them.
    • Neko tries to resurrect the dead, only to realize that it simply doesn't work in real life.
  • Discussed: "Oh yes, why is Neko beckoning the dead? Does she literally romance the dead?"
  • Conversed: "Clara, death will not protect you, for I will bring you here, over and over again!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Neko then decides to turn herself into an immortal Lich and continues her career.
    • Neko learns that a true friendship does not come from puppeting the dead, and she finally gets her first friend: a lich awoken by her.
  • Played For Laughs: Neko brings up a botnet controlled by her army of dead cats to give her an unfair advantage in a MMORPG, her in-game class also happens to be a necromancer.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Alice, Clara's best friend died protecting the latter from the Evul Empire. A year later, Neko, a Dragon of Emperor Evulz, reanimates Alice into a sentient undead and forces her to kill Clara, tormenting Alice's soul in the process. This pushes Clara into a severe Heroic BSoD because she can't bring herself to Mercy Kill Alice.
    • Neko, a member of the religion mentioned under Justified and perhaps the friendliest, most adorable little Lawful Good cinnamon bun ever, is still disparaged as pure evil due to her being a necromancer and treated horribly in the party she joins.

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