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"Take it from someone who was beaten to death with a crowbar...Some crimes require a permanent solution."
― Jason Todd/Red Hood to Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
"Your name was Cyrus Gold. an evil man who performed many evil deeds.Until the day you aroused an evil as great as your own. They ended your life, cursed you with a powerful grigri and dumped your remains in a swamp… redolent with mystical properties of its own. These magics did not sit well together. And so it was that decades later… the swamp gave birth to a walking dead man. Soulless and empty. Always seeking… never knowing why."
― Dr.Fate (Justice League: The Terror Beyond. 2003)
"She's alive! Horace!? How did you do that? Only Caduceo can bring people back to life."
― Oliver to Horace (Mighty Med)

The power to bring the deceased back to life. Not to be confused with Reanimation, which brings back the dead and controls them against their will.

Also Called

  • Cheating Death
  • Resurrection Spell
  • Reversed Death
  • Revival/Reviving
  • Rising from Death/Grave
  • Resurgence

Capabilities

The user can bring oneself and others back to life.

Applications

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • May have limited time which could be defined by how long the target has been dead.
  • May only be able to resurrect others.
  • Some variations may have side-effects, on either the user or the resurrected:
    • User may suffer damage, exhaustion, or even death.
    • Resurrected may not have completely healed from the wounds that killed them, or they may be missing memories or a soul in some cases.
    • Resurrected may deteriorate physically and/or mentally.
  • For universal laws to be followed, resurrecting someone may require the death of another.
  • Unavertable Death
  • Resurrection Negation
  • May require summoning or collecting the target's soul to properly resurrect the body.
  • May require certain conditions/rituals to be fulfilled.
  • Resurrection Manipulation can manipulate the effects of anyone being revived.
  • The resurrection process may take long, depending on how traumatic was the demise in the first place; and not at all if the soul of the to be resurrected doesn't want to return to the living.

Known Users

See Also: Resurrection Tropes

Comics/Cartoons

  • Magical Scarab Beetle (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Councilor Chang (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Diagon (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • The Arcane Order (Tales of Arcadia); via amulet of Daylight
  • Chloe Sullivan (DC Comics/Smallville)
  • Solomon Grundy (DC Comics)
  • The White Lantern Crops (DC Comics); via White Rings
  • Trigon (DC Comics)
  • Various Metahumans (DC Comics)
  • Hades (Disney's Hercules)
  • Blue Fairy (Disney's Pinocchio)
  • Daolon Wong (Jackie Chan Adventures)
  • Lord Garmadon (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu); via Harumi
  • Lloyd Garmadon (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu); the First Spinjitzu Master
  • Sentry (Marvel Comics)
  • Various Mutants (Marvel Comics)
  • Layla Miller Madrox (Marvel Comics)
  • Morgan le Fay (Marvel Comics)
  • God of Stories Loki (Marvel Comics)
  • Jean Grey (Marvel Comics); as Phoenix
  • Scott Summers/Cyclops (Marvel Comics); as a Phoenix Avatar
  • Joshua Foley/Elixir (Marvel Comics)
  • Dead Girl (Marvel Comics)
  • Scarlet Witch (Marvel Comics)
  • Wiccan (Marvel Comics)
  • Classic Doctor Strange (Marvel Comics)
  • Thor (Marvel Comics)
  • Clyde Wyncham (Marvel Comics)
  • Sir James Jaspers/Mad Jim Jaspers (Marvel Comics)
  • Nathalie Sancoeur/Mayura (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir); via only Sentimonsters
  • Discord (My Little Pony series); as Grogar
  • Grogar (My Little Pony series)
  • HIM (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Man in the Moon (Rise of the Guardians)
  • Pink Diamond/Rose Quartz (Steven Universe)
  • Steven (Steven Universe)
  • Lekmet (Star vs. the Forces of Evil)
  • Kavaxas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
  • Al Simmons/Spawn (Image/Spawn)
  • Twin Masters (Hero: 108)
  • Lord Momin (Star Wars); resurrected his body by channeling the power of the Sith cave
  • Samantha Eve Wilkins/Atom Eve (Invincible)

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Dark Schneider (Bastard!!)
  • God (Bastard!!)
  • Jody Crowley (Bible Black: New Testament)
  • Orihime Inoue (Bleach)
  • Fels (Danmachi)
  • Shenron (Dragon Ball)
  • Porunga (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Super Shenron (Dragon Ball Super)
  • Old Kai (Dragon Ball Z); via Life Transferal
  • Grand Minister (Dragon Ball Super)
  • Whis (Dragon Ball Super)
  • Turles (Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might); via Fruit from the Tree of Might
  • Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
  • Ho-Oh (Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You); via Rainbow Wing
  • Demons of Tartarus (Fairy Tail)
  • Kikyou (InuYasha)
  • Sesshomaru (InuYasha); via Tenseiga
  • Sesshomaru's Mother (InuYasha); via Meido Stone
  • Rinnegan users (Naruto Shippuden); via Gedo Art of Rinne Rebirth/Outer Path: Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique
    • Nagato
    • Obito Uchiha
  • Orochimaru (Naruto)
  • Hades (Saint Seiya)
  • Yūji Sakai (Shakugan no Shana)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling)
  • Lakyus Alvein Dale Aindra (Overlord)
  • Aqua (Konosuba)
  • Ho-Oh (“Pokémon”)
  • Scheris Adjani (s-CRY-ed); one time only
  • Lucifer (Seven Mortal Sins)
  • The Unicorn/Lady Amalthea (The Last Unicorn)
  • Beatrice (Umineko: When They Cry)
  • Eva-Beatrice (Umineko: When They Cry)
  • Ange Ushiromiya/Ange-Beatrice (Umineko: When They Cry)
  • Anos Voldigoad("Maougakuin no Futekigousha")
  • Rimuru Tempest( Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken)

Video Games

  • Blackmist (Armed With Wings)
  • Elise (Azure Striker: Gunvolt)
    • Lumen
  • Lady Comstock/Siren (BioShock Infinite)
  • The Chosen Undead (Dark Souls)
  • Lothric, Younger Prince (Dark Souls III)
  • Ghosts (Destiny)
  • Kain (Legacy of Kain)
  • Mortanius (Legacy of Kain)
  • The Traveller (Destiny)
  • Fikrul (Destiny)
  • Archviles (Doom); restricted to other demons
  • Alduin (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
  • Lord (Fantasy War Tactics)
  • Fu Hua (Honkai Impact 3rd); via Ember Dust
  • Hades (Kid Icarus)
  • Maleficent (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Fairies (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Ganon (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Celebrimbor (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor); via possession
  • Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
  • Edward Kelly (Nioh)
  • Saoirse (Nioh)
  • Mercy (Overwatch)
  • Black Hoshipon (Patapon 2)
  • Archfiends (Patapon 3)
  • Miss Covethiss (Patapon 3)
  • Xerneas (Pokemon)
  • Alex Mercer (Prototype); via pieces of his biomass
  • Karin (Seven Knights)
  • Calliope (Skylanders); only after absorbing enough power from others
  • Iblis (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Gill (Street Fighter III)
  • Medic (Team Fortress 2: Mann vs. Machine)
  • Asclepius (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Sage (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Shamans (World of Warcraft)

Live Television

  • John Constantine (Arrowverse); via Light of the Soul
  • Misty Day (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Madison Montgomery (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Kierkan (Charmed)
  • Prue Halliwell (Charmed); As Nexus of the All
  • Avatars (Charmed)
  • The Tribunal (Charmed)
  • Genies (Charmed); via Wish Granting
  • Sabrina Spellman (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
  • Time Lords (Doctor Who)
  • Users of the Resurrection Gauntlet (Torchwood)
  • Red Priests/Priestesses (Game of Thrones)
    • Thoros of Myr
    • Melisandre
  • Piper Taylor (Haven)
  • Kyle Hopkins (Haven)
  • Draph (Heroes)
  • Immortals (Highlander and Highlander: The Series), as long as they're not beheaded.
    • Connor MacLeod
    • Duncan McLeod
    • Richie Ryan
    • Amanda
    • Methos
  • Horace Diaz/Caduceo (Mighty Med)
  • Curtis Donovan (MisFits)
  • Chloe King (The Nine Lives of Chloe King)
  • Necrolai (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
  • Jorge (Los Protegidos)
  • Ned (Pushing daisies)
  • Amara (Supernatural)
  • God (Supernatural)
  • Death (Supernatural)
  • Angels (Supernatural)
  • Demons (Supernatural)
  • Various kaiju & aliens (Ultraman series)
  • Arcadius (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Qetsiyah (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Emily Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Esther Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • The Travelers (The Vampire Diaries)
  • Sophie Deveraux (The Originals)
  • Genevieve (The Originals)
  • Davina Claire (The Originals)
  • Freya Mikaelson (The Originals)
  • Powerful witches (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • King Nikolaus (Witches of East End)
  • Wendy Beauchamp (Witches of East End); Self-Resurrection/Nine Lives
  • Powerful witches (Witches of East End); via Spell Casting

Live Movies

  • Xiang Xuehai (Fairy from Wonderland); via Nine Lives
  • Aling Elsa (The Healing)
  • Imhotep (The Mummy)
  • Visnu (Kubera)
  • Any user of the Pet Sematary (Pet Sematary)
  • Supreme Being (Time Bandits)
  • Ben Solo (Star Wars)

Folklore/Mythology

  • God (Abrahamic Religions)
  • Jesus Christ (Christianity)
  • Asclepius (Greek Mythology)
  • Isis/Aset (Egyptian Mythology)
  • Thoth/Djehuti (Egyptian Mythology)
  • Anubis/Anpu (Egyptian Mythology)

Literature

  • Chloe Sanders (Darkest Powers series)
  • Kylie Galen (Shadow Falls)
  • Palpatine (Star Wars Legends)
  • Haplo's dog (Death Gate Cycle); only its master
  • Marrow (Arkwell Academy); via a connection to a phoenix
  • Clary Fray (The Shadowhunters Chronicles); via Symbol Magic
  • Peider (King's Dark Tidings)

Others

Known Objects

Comics/Cartoons

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Red Star (BIONICLE); Vehicle
  • Serphiroth Graal (Highschool DxD)
  • Meido Stone (Inuyasha)
  • Tenseiga (Inuyasha)
  • Zombie Tattoo (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Revive-Revive Fruit/Yomi Yomi no Mi (One Piece)
  • Aqua (Konosuba)
  • Resurrection Wand (Overlord)
  • Demon Key (Shingeki no Bahamut)
  • CENTER (Toriko)
  • Giant Sea Urchin Tears (Urusei Yatsura)

Video Games

  • The Ankh (Assassin's Creed)
  • Shroud of Eden (Assassin's Creed)
  • Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy)
  • Reanimator (Futurama: The Video Game)
  • Resurrection Stones (God of War)
  • Ember Dust (Honkai Impact 3rd)
  • End Crystals (Minecraft); Ender Dragon only
  • Chaos Emeralds (Sonic the Hedgehog): via Princess Elise's kiss
  • Dedede Badge (Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Subspace Emissary)
  • Medi Gun and Reanimator (Team Fortress 2); only in Mann Vs Machine
  • The Fake Lachryma (Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven)
  • Scepter of Ra (Call of Duty Black Ops 4)

Live Television/Movies

  • Hades' Ember (‘’Disney Descendants 3)
  • Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Visicron (Mentors)
  • Book of the Dead (The Mummy)
  • Water from the Well of Wonders (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
  • Lazarus Serum (Smallville)
  • Mark of Cain (Supernatural)
  • Gilbert Rings (The Vampire Diaries)
  • The Lazurus (Casper 1995 live action movie)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Various Deities of Greek Mythology
  • Isis/Aset (Egyptian Mythology)
  • Thoth/Djehuti (Egyptian Mythology)
  • Anubis/Anpu (Egyptian Mythology)

Other

  • Kanohi Ignika, the Mask of Life (Bionicle); limited to very recently deceased.
  • Infinitium Torch (Dr Crafty)

Known Locations

Known Powers

  • Light of the Soul (Arrowverse)
  • Dia Orpheus (Danmachi)
  • The One Magic (Fairy Tail)
  • Mipha's Grace (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

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