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Outside comic books The return of a character previously thought dead is certainly not limited to comic books. An early and famous example is the return of Sherlock Holmes after his supposed demise in his battle with Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem. A later literary example is the apparent assassination of James Bond at the end of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love; Bond's survival was left unclear in the book, but the assassination was shown to fail in the film version.

The video game Banjo Tooie, sequel of the video game Banjo Kazooie, killed off the character Bottles early in the game, but the character was resurrected later in the game.

In many slasher films and monster movies, the killer or monster seemingly dies at the end of the film only to return for a sequel; for example Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th.

Daytime and prime-time soap operas are notorious for comic book deaths; famously, an entire season of Dallas was retconned into one character's dream<ref>Dallas: Return to Camelot (1) -</ref> so that a character who had been dead throughout that season could return.

Even before Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan opened in June 1982, the media reported that Spock, who died at the end of the film, would return in the sequel.<ref name="ap19820603">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

In the manga/anime Dragon Ball, the main character Son Goku is killed off without the possibility of being revived by the Dragon Balls, only to have a Kaioshin give his life to him seven years later. Though, in Dragon Ball most of the characters that were killed (Son Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, etc.) were revived in the same arc they died in or the next (Yamcha being killed in the Saiyan arc then revived after the final battle in the Freeza arc and The Earth's population (killed in Majin Buu Arc) and indirectly Vegeta (sacrifices himself in the Majin Buu Arc) revived in the same arc).

The death of Buffy Summers at the end of season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was followed by her resurrection by a magical ritual at the start of season 6. The character has also been clinically dead, but revived, on two occasions.

Numerous characters in Doctor Who have reappeared after their apparent death; most notably, Rory Williams was sucked into a "crack" in space and his entire history was negated, he was then replicated as an Auton with Rory's memory, spent 1908 years guarding the Pandorica, then was recreated as human again as part of the destruction and recreation of the universe.

The television show Supernatural has an incredible knack for bringing back dead characters, especially the main trio. Aside from Dean Winchester's iconic season 3 death, and season 4 resurrection, perhaps the most notable example of this is the angel Castiel's death at the beginning of season 7, and resurrection as an amnesiac in a later episode because of fanbase demand.

In the fifth season of 24, Tony Almeida apparently died, but in the seventh season he was revealed to be alive.

Optimus Prime first died in The Transformers: The Movie, which bridged the second and third seasons of the Generation One cartoon series, only to be returned to something resembling life early on in the third season as a kind of 'robotic zombie' by the Quintessons in the third season episode Dark Awakening, and was resurrected fully in the two part season 3 finale The Return of Optimus Prime. Rebroadcasts of both the film and Dark Awakening made specific mention of the fact that Prime would be resurrected. Prime has since then died and been resurrected in virtually every incarnation of Transformers.

Godzilla has officially resurrected from death (or something approximating it) twice. The first was in Godzilla 1985, in which the creature appears to die from exposure to Cadmium, though one scientist in the film claims Godzilla is not dead, but suffering from a near-death state due to the shock of cadmium being used to quell the radioactive energy that powers him, only to revive when struck by lightning. The second time appears in the 1993 film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, released in the United States as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II featuring a re-imagining of the Mechagodzilla character, in which the Japanese construct a robotic double of Godzilla and destroy a secondary brain within Godzilla's body which appears to bring about Godzilla's demise, only for the Heisei era version of Rodan to sacrifice its own life to restore Godzilla's life and further evolve the creature's powers.

The final episode of Two and a Half Men revealed that the deceased main character Charlie Harper never died.

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