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  • Although everyone in Angel Beats! dies repeatedly, none of them dies as often as Noda, whose appearance WILL guarantee death.
  • In the first season of Bakugan, Julie's Tuskor gets sent to the Doom Dimension (an equivalent for hell) every time he's thrown into the battle, yet he's back the next time she has another brawl like nothing happened, only to be sent to the Doom Dimension again.
  • Sakura (a boy) in Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan is killed many times per episode depending upon how much he pisses off Dokuro only to be resurrected seconds later.
    Sakura: Why did you just murder me, Dokuro?!
    Dokuro: There was a mosquito on your shirt!
  • Carnival Phantasm, a parody series of the Nasuverse, spoofs how Lancer dies in every route of Fate/stay night by having him killed in almost every episode. Some of his deaths include getting struck by lightning on a clear day, being caught in a bus crash just before the episode even began, getting eaten by Saber in a lion suit, hit in the face by a volleyball, etc. As a direct Shout-Out to South Park, most of his deaths are accompanied with cries of "You bastards!".note  But the penultimate episode of the series presents him with the chance to avoid all his incoming deaths, and he ultimately succeeds.
    • Strangely enough, he's the only servant to be the butt of this joke, despite the fact that every other Servant except for 3note  share his fate of dying on every route - the only route he actually dies early on in is the final route, Heaven's Feelnote . In the Fate route, he's the second to last Servant to be killed,note  whereas in the Unlimited Blade Works Route, he outlasts Caster, Rider, and Berserker. This is likely due to the fact that he's generally Out of Focus in most routes (everyone else barring False Assassin gets at least one route where they're a major player), and never really gets to show his full strength despite being a powerhouse on paper (not to mention his E-rank Luck).
  • Leomon from Digimon is a special case. Every series but the second and seventh is a hard reboot, and all Mons of a type are identical, so there are several guys named Leomon or SomethingLeomon who are not the same guy, or even Alternate Continuity versions of the same guy. And what happens to them?
    • Digimon Adventure: Leomon eats a blast meant for Mimi, and after helping vanquish the villain, bites it. Since this shares continuity with Digimon Adventure 02 this is also why he isn't present to die there.
      • He comes back to life in Digimon Adventure tri., also in the same continuity with the other "Adventure" titles, thanks to the Digital World's reincarnation cycle. But he's killed off for good when Meicoomon tears him to shreds in the Real World, which basically means he can't ever come back. However, it gets complicated when the Digital World is rebooted: it's hinted, but not explicitly shown, that even Digimon who died in the real world were revived this way, meaning there's a chance that Leomon could have come back.
    • Digimon Tamers: Leomon becomes Juri's partner, and eventually gets run through and absorbed by Beelzebumon, sending Juri over the Despair Event Horizon and setting the stage for D-Reaper's use of her.
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    • Digimon Frontier: Löwemon and JagerLowemon, the human and beast spirits of darkness, are clear expies of the Leomon line. Not helping matters is that JagerLowemon's Japanese name is KaiserLeomon. Actually being human doesn't even save him from death at the hands of Lucemon, though it turns out that like Shibumi of Tamers, he's actually physically in the human world and his mind is connected to the digital world, unlike the others. He's alive and well when they get home. Bonus points for a Monster of the Week, Panjyamon, who is an ice-themed white recolor and canonical Ultimate level of Leomon. He gets taken out quite easily, but since he's in Mercuremon's illusionary world, and leaves no egg behind, he may never have been real.
    • Digimon Savers: SaberLeomon is a "good but misguided" type who believes humans are bad due to the bad actions of one guy. His death is particularly special. See, in all Digimon series but Tamers, Digimon revert to an egg state and begin life again, never truly dying. However, Kurata figures out a way to corrupt a Digimon's data so that it can never be revived. SaberLeomon is the first Digimon in this show to get hit with this method, making him the first permanent onscreen casualty. Also, BanchoLeomon turns out to be holding the spirit of the lead character's father. Naturally, he dies too. When the reformed Big Bad gives Daddy back, nothing is said about BanchoLeomon. Harsh.
    • Digimon Xros Wars: MadLeomon is a villain general. The first one. As he's a Warm-Up Boss, he's offed very quickly, but he's eventually revived and purified into a regular Leomon. And he's not the only one; later on there's Apollomon, who while not sharing the name is definitely leonine. He dies twice, but is revived at the end of the series.
    • And then there's Digimon X-Evolution, where a Leomon dies in the first three minutes. And because he considered the digimon he was attacking (the main character) more worthy of being alive!
    • Despite all of the above examples, there is at least one instance where this trope is subverted: Leo, his incarnation from V-Tamer 01. Not only does Leo manage to make it to the Ultimate level Panjyamon and even digivolve into the Mega Regulumon, but he goes up against powerful foes like VenomVamdemon and Arkadimon, the latter of which killed and absorbed a Piemon as a baby, and though he doesn't necessarily win in those encounters, he holds on long enough for Taichi and Zeromaru to pull off a Big Damn Heroes before he has the chance to bite it.
  • Where to go in the Dragon Ball franchise. Many characters in Dragon Ball Z. Android 17, Chiaotzu, Krillin (especially Krillin), and Piccolo have all died about four times, including every Dragon Ball anime ever. The entire population of Earth has died twice (first by Kid Buu and then by Freiza). Counting Dragon Ball GT the Earth was itself destroyed a third time, but in that instance they managed to get nearly everyone off the planet before it was destroyed.
  • Eto-shin in Etotama reincarnate a few days after any deaths. As a result, while Uri-tan dying in episode 3 was treated as a Wham Episode, over the course of the next two episodes we see Uri-tan die and revive again, the second time in the space of just a few minutes.
  • Excel Saga:
    • Hyatt, often many times an episode.
    • The Ropunmatsus. He seems to exist to explode and then be replaced like nothing happened in the next episode.
    • Excel herself has suffered this status on occasion. For example, dying roughly two or three times before the second half of the first episode. She gets better.
  • Getter Robo has an unusual subversion in the form of Musashi Tomoe. Musashi is unfailingly Killed Off for Real (usually by way of a Heroic Sacrifice), only to show up alive and well to repeat the process... In the next continuity.
  • Inugami from Gugure! Kokkuri-san dies almost every chapter (sometimes more than once in a single chapter), and comes back to life within less than a chapter. Apparently he likes to insert himself into the Mario game to get infinite lives.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has the Zeppeli family, in Parts 1 and 2, which has both of their members (Will A. Zeppeli and Caesar Zeppeli) die against one of the major enemies but managing to inspire the protagonist beyond the grave. Gyro Zeppeli from Part 7 does not escape the same fate.
  • There seems to be a Recurring Character in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, who's almost always the Mook leader, that dies all the time during the latter part of the series. On a side note, he may also be the one that ends up shooting Dekim in the head from the sound of his voice but that's probably due to recycling VAs rather than intentionally.
  • One-Punch Man has an in-universe example in Birdbrain from the comedy show "Animal Empire", who would die in hilariously stupid ways thanks to his own stupidity, but would always turn up fine in the next episode. Phoenix Man, who became a monster due to wearing a Birdman costume for so long and fusing with it, inherited this trait from the character, and is not only able to revive from death after a certain amount of time, but get stronger from it.
  • Chuck the ghost dog from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is killed multiple times in every episode only to reappear at random times alive only to get killed again.
  • There is a character in Sailor Moon who gets killed off several times and always looks the same, but never gets lines (or a name).
  • In Seton Academy: Join the Pack!, Miyubi the sloth dies every time she physically exerts herself, to the point it has become the series' most popular Running Gag. She has died four times in her introductory episode.
  • In one episode of Sgt. Frog, the main character is shot on-screen by one of the characters, and we see him in angelic state, floating away. He is seen alive and well in the next episode.
  • Vrumugun from Slayers appears in maybe eight episodes, and dies roughly a dozen times over the course of them. In the anime, this is because he has been repeatedly cloned. In the novels, this is because the 'Vrumuguns' who are killed are actually people being magically controlled y the real Vrumugun.
  • In Space Dandy most of the cast have died at the end of an episode then come back inexplicable at the beginning of the next, Dr. Gel in particular.
  • A weird case of the protagonist being one of these: the somewhat surreal Spelunker is a Sensei anime has the titular Spelunker-sensei being killed by the slightest of inconveniences. Steam, stairs, a baseball, biting into the tail end of a fried shrimp...the list goes on. Yes, he's not just refusing to get up, he's genuinely dead each time he's shown crumpled on the floor, usually with his accompanying death jingle. Being a video game character (and from a notoriously Nintendo Hard one at that) he inexplicably returns to life without so much as a how-do-you-do, to the point that other faculty (and some of the less easily startled students) come to expect him to die from something before too long.
  • Transgendered chickens in Usavich become this with time. In season 1 it was just Komanech, who was continuously swallowed by a frog and pooped at the end of an episode and had all its relatives killed, roasted and eaten. By season 5 transgendered chickens are mass slaughtered in nearly every episode, but their ghosts move into eggs, from which new chickens hatch.


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