Losing a beloved movie or TV series character is always difficult. It sometimes feels like the writers built someone just to snatch them out of your hands.
Seeing beloved characters return isn’t much of a daily occurrence, mostly because few writers are willing to risk lowering the stakes of death. But, sometimes, a good resurrection is worth all the grief felt by the public.
Jon Snow (‘Game of Thrones’)
It was certainly a surprise when game of thrones brought back a character. For an HBO show that became infamous for killing off its most beloved characters, it was a shock to find that the resurrection became important to the plot.
In fairness, the prospect of a revival had been floated many times before, but it still came as a surprise when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was torn from the grave. The character’s death was the culminating moment of the show’s fifth season. Jon was revived by Melisandre (Carice van Houten) in the second episode of the following season, and did the boy swing back. After his revival, Jon reclaimed the North and stopped the White Walkers in their tracks. Be sure to note: this is how a hero returns from the grave.
Buddy Summers (‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’)
Both captivating and hilarious, buffy the vampire slayer is unquestionably one of the best shows of its time. He follows Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a vampire slayer, as she battles all manner of evil forces.
Buffy canonically dies several times during the broadcast of the TV show. But she kept coming back to save the world and maturing in death as in life. At the beginning of the series, Buffy was a reluctant heroine, launched into a perilous life at the age of sixteen. By the end of the series, after more than a few close encounters with the afterlife, Buffy is a seasoned and fearless heroine ready to do whatever it takes to save the world.
Gandalf (“Lord of the Rings”)
Based on JRR Tolkienthe influential fantasy book series of the same name, the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a must watch for fantasy fans. Among its incredible cast of characters are some exceptionally powerful beings. Among them is Gandalf the Gray (Sir Ian McKellen) who, over the course of the story, even defies death.
Gandalf seems to perish in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, having been dragged into a sinkhole after a fight with the fearsome Balrog. Brought back to complete the community quest and thus reborn as Gandalf the White, the wizard revealed himself to his friends in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Peter Parker (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”)
More than a handful of heroes were blipped at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. They all got in Avengers: Endgame to defend the world from Thanos’ army.
But Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, had a harder landing than the others. In the webslinger follow-up solo film, 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Homefans found Peter (Tom Holland) grappling with the death and legacy of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The film centers on Peter’s fight with the Elementals during a school trip to Europe. In reality, it’s a movie about Peter taking his heroism to the next level.
Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (“Pushing the Daisies”)
Very few will hate the magic of comedy-drama grow daisies. This beloved forensic fairy tale tells the story of Ned (Lee Pace), an ordinary man who discovers he can revive the dead with just a touch. However, Ned finds that another touch will send what he brings back to the grave again.
After finding her murdered, Ned brings his close friend Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel) back to life. Although this reunites the childhood sweethearts, the two can never touch each other again. Though doomed to stay apart, Chuck joins Ned in solving crimes, serving as his moral compass and constantly guiding him to do good.
Laura Moon (‘American Gods’)
In the TV adaptation of american godsthe life of ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is forever changed by a chance encounter with the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). In the unpredictable story told by the author Neil GaimanMoon finds himself embroiled in the conflict between the old gods and the new.
The audience is introduced to Laura Moon (Emily Browninglisten)) as Shadow’s late wife at the start of the series. Shadow learns of her infidelity but unwittingly brings her back from the dead. Her resurrection gives Laura a way to mend the bonds she has broken in life.
Harry Potter (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was the final chapter in the series which introduced a whole new generation to the fantasy genre. Based on the seven Harry Potter novels by a British author JK Rowlingthe movies have translated many wizarding adventures to the big screen for his adoring fans.
In the eighth part of Harry Potter franchise, our titular hero bites the dust. Fortunately, before his death, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) became the master of the Deathly Hallows, three extremely powerful magical items that, when combined, dominate death. As a result, Harry returns to save the day as he always does.
Selina Kyle (“Batman Returns”)
Before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Janet Van Dyne in Antman and the Waspcomic book fans knew Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle from Return of Batman.
In one of the biggest roles of her career, Pfeiffer delivers the most iconic Catwoman performance to date. In Tim BurtonA 1992 superhero film, Selina de Pfeiffer is killed by her boss when she discovers his nefarious plans. Seemingly brought back from the dead by a vast array of alley cats, she is reborn as a cunning supervillain, crafting a cat costume to boot.
Sara Lance (“Arrow”)
Sara Lance went from belated love to deadly assassin before Arrow fans even blinked. This original DC TV character, played primarily by Caity Lotzwas once the lover of Oliver Queen (stephen amell) before being shipwrecked and believing that Sara is dead.
In reality, Sara survived and ended up in the clutches of the League of Assassins. She returned to Oliver and Starling City as a capable and genius vigilante known as Canary. She ended up dying (and then resurrected) for real later on, but “thinking dead” about the assassin is an impressive feat, even without the real death later.
Kenny McCormick (‘South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut’)
Kenny McCormick is well known for his many deaths in the South Park series. Of his many canonical resurrections, his most impressive return to the living appears in the essential musical film South Park: bigger, longer and uncut.
In the 1999 animated musical, Kenny dies, of course. After descending into hell, the boy encounters the devil and his abusive partner Saddam Hussein. Kenny appears as a ghost to warn the living of the devil’s plan to take over the world. For his part in preventing a hellish invasion, Kenny is allowed to enter Heaven. He is then resurrected, returning to the show, but fans will never forget how Kenny almost single-handedly saved the world.
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