First-Rate Tropes: Fan-Favorite Character Returns After Fake-Out Death

New year, new lease on life.

Cory Dudakby Cory Dudak
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There’s something oddly satisfying about someone coming back from the dead in movies and on television (and so many different ways to choose from at that!). Perhaps it’s the fact that something of this magnitude simply cannot happen in real life, but when a character returns after you thought for sure you’d just witnessed their metaphorical goose get cooked, it can bring you great joy (well, as long as said character isn’t named Michael Myers).

We spent the latter half of 2017 focusing on the tropes that we see all the time in mainstream TV and film that bug the ever-loving crap out of us due to their lack of imagination or (in most cases) overuse. However, in the spirit of it being a new year, and one that surely could use a nudge in the right direction, we’ve decided to instead focus on the positives. Therefore, we present to you some great examples of a trope respectably done with the best examples of fan-favorite characters revealing they are, in fact, alive and well. Sure, this is short lived in a few cases, but that sounds like negative talk to us.

WARNING: Major spoilers for series as current as 2017 from here on down.

First-Rate Tropes: Fan-Favorite Character Returns After Fake-Out Death

Don’t you feel better already?

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