Every great character deserves a great death, but some of them are great enough to return to life after said death. We’ve shared several favorites before, here are some classics we didn’t get to last time.
Buffy Summers – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
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Buffy didn’t die just once, but twice. The first time was at the end of season 1 when The Master sucks her blood and drops her in a shallow pool to drown. Fortunately, Xander and Angel get to her in time to perform rescue breathing. Well, Xander does because Angel claims to “have no breath.” How are you talking then, dude? Anyway, Buffy dies yet again at the end of season 5 by sacrificing herself in place of her “sister” Dawn to close the portal to a hell dimension. Willow and the Scooby gang perform a spell to raise her from the dead at the start of season 6.
Callisto – Xena: Warrior Princess
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Callisto beats Buffy in number times coming back to life with three occasions. The Xena villain first perishes in quicksand, but escapes the underworld by making a deal with the goddess Hera. Later, Callisto becomes immortal and Xena kills her with the Hind’s Blood Dagger. Now Callisto wanted to die, seeking permanent oblivion. Instead, she’s sent to Hell where she continues to find ways to torment Xena and Gabrielle. Xena purges Callisto’s soul of evil and reforms her into an angel. As an act of forgiveness, Callisto puts her cleaned soul into Xena’s body to create her daughter, Eve.
Commander Shepard – Mass Effect 2
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Five minutes into starting Mass Effect 2, you die, leaving you spouting expletives and wondering what the hell is going on. Reapers attack the Normandy, forcing the survivors to abandon ship. Shepard has to rescue Joker from the cockpit, but ends up ejected into space with a damaged suit and left to fall lifelessly into the atmosphere of the planet below. Cerberus rescues Shepard’s body and spends two years rebuilding the Commander’s body because somebody’s gotta save the galaxy. And that’s just the opening cut scene!
Spock – Star Trek II & III
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Spock’s departure at the end of The Wrath of Khan is one of sci-fi’s most iconic deaths. He knows that his sacrifice is necessary to save the lives of the crew. As the great science officer once said, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” After he succumbs to radiation poisoning, the crew of the Enterprise jettisons him into space where his coffin comes to land on Genesis. In The Search for Spock, it turns out that the Genesis Device resurrected Spock as a child, but his mind is absent. His katra (living spirit) ends up in Doctor McCoy. So in order to save both McCoy and Spock from certain doom, Kirk & Co. steal the Enterprise, fight some Klingons, and reunite Spock’s mind and body. Now that’s true friendship.
Fox Mulder – The X-Files
Remember that time Mulder gets abducted and tortured by aliens in season 8? I guess the truth really is out there. After an extensive search, Scully and the FBI do find him–his body anyway–in a field in Montana. They bury him, but then three months later get wind of another “dead” abductee miraculously coming back to life. Scully thinks that Mulder is actually still alive, so she digs up his corpse. Ew. By then he’s only sorta dead, and there’s some vaccine that can restore him fully. It’s got that whole Schrodinger’s Cat vibe going on.
Aeryn Sun – Farscape
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Aeryn’s death was one of the most powerful scenes ever in the delightful mind trip that was Farscape. At the end of the second season, Crichton offers to turn himself over to Scorpius in exchange for Jothee’s freedom. Aeryn wasn’t going to let that happen, so she rescues him with help from Crais and Talyn. Crichton and Aeyrn finally confess their feelings for each other, but Crichton still feels compelled to give himself over to Scorpius and flees. Aeryn gives chase in her prowler, but it gets damaged and she has to eject over a frozen lake. Aeyrn’s harness jams, and she can’t get out of her chair. It crashes into the lake and Aeryn drowns. What’s worse is that the entire crew hears it all happen. Zhaan resurrects her at the start of season 3 with her powers, but it costs Zhaan her own life in exchange.
Who are some of your favorite resurrected characters? We haven’t really touched on comics yet. Tell us who you think we should feature next in the comments!
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