A Fake Death

This page mentions heroes who seem to have been killed by an antagonist or force of nature, but in truth, are alive and well. This is the direct opposite of a Hero Getting Killed by an Enemy, but it's followed by a Heroic Revival. Sometimes, it's associated with The Power of Love, a Heroic Sacrifice, a Heroic Mourn or even a Tragic Mistake. Sometimes the hero isn't even physically hurt and is deliberately faking their own death.

Examples Edit

  • The Charmed Ones: They faked their own deaths, so they can live a normal life without magic.
  • Deckard Shaw: Dominic Toretto shoots Deckard twice in the chest and falls to the ground. God's Eye shows the aftermath of his fake death, police officers recover the body and took him to the ambulance. The drivers reveal to be the retired crew members, Rico Santos and Tego Leo. When they begin to drive away, Deckard's mother is seen inside and revives Deckard who is confused on why his mother was here. Magdelene says that Dominic needs their help, his baby is captured by Cipher and he and his brother are the only ones who can save it.
  • Metro Man: Metro Man explains to Megamind and Roxanne Ritchi that he faked his death in order to retire from his job and focus on something else in his life.
  • Pluto: In the Disney cartoon The Moose Hunt, Mickey thinks he has shot and killed Pluto. Mickey, sobbing, cries out to Pluto, "Speak to me!" Pluto sits up and says, "Kiss me!"
  • John Smith: He appears in the first scene of Pocahontas II, then doesn't get any more real screen time until very late. Justified in that he was presumed dead for most of the movie as a plot point, is revealed to be a cloaked figure in the middle of the film, and resumed an important role towards the end.
  • Bugs Bunny: After Elmer Fudd fires at him, Bugs fakes an elaborate death scene and plays dead, leaving Elmer sobbing (despite the fact that killing Bugs was presumably his intention all along). Bugs then sneaks up behind the despairing Fudd, kicks him in his rear, shoves a cigar into his mouth, and tiptoes away, ballet-style.
  • Pinocchio: TBA
  • Baloo: TBA
  • Homer Simpson: TBA


Bagheera: Mowgli, try to understand. Mowgli: Bagheera, what's the matter with him? Bagheera: You've got to be brave, like Baloo was. Mowgli: You... you don't mean... Oh, no. Baloo. Bagheera: Now, now. I know how you feel. But you must remember, Mowgli. Greater love hath no one than he who lays down his life for his friend. (At this point, Baloo starts waking up, unbeknownst to Bagheera and Mowgli.) Bagheera: Whenever great deeds are remembered in this jungle, one name will stand above all others: our friend, Baloo the bear.
~ Mowgli and Bagheera, mistaking Baloo to be dead

Narrator: Oh, no! Right before our very eyes - the magic of the Powerpuff Girls vanished forever! Now Townsville is at the mercy of that evil magician Abraca - huh! Blossom: Ta-da! Narrator: Blossom?
~ The Narrator's line in the Powerpuff Girls episode, "Abracadaver"

No…no…say it isn’t so…say it isn’t true…say anything, girls…but please don’t say goodbye…
~ The Narrator's line in the Powerpuff Girls episode "The Rowdyruff Boys"

Clarence: Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine. George: That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport. Clarence: Every man on that transport died! Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry. You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?
~ George Bailey seeing the grave of his brother Harry, in the world without him

Quasimodo: You killed her. Frollo: It was my duty. Horrible as it was, I hope you'll forgive me. There, there, Quasimodo. I know it hurts. But now the time has come to end your suffering... forever. (Frollo draws a dagger, but Quasimodo notices his shadow and gasps in horror, and grabs Frollo's arm, and after a struggle, Quasimodo manages to snatch the dagger and corner Frollo, fuming.) Frollo: (nervously) Now, now... L-Listen to me, Quasimodo--
Quasimodo: (furiously) No, you listen! All my life you've told me the world is a dark, cruel place, but now I see that the only thing dark (throws the dagger to the floor) and cruel about it is people like you! Esmeralda: (weakly) Quasimodo? Quasimodo: (relieved) Esmeralda! Frollo: She lives. (draws his sword) Quasimodo: NO!
~ Quasimodo cries for Esmeralda, believing her to be dead as Frollo confronts him, until Esmeralda wakes up alive

Rabbit: We never got to tell Piglet how we felt about him. Eeyore: We should've told him when we had the chance.
~ The 100 Acre Wood gang, thinking Pooh and Piglet had perished in the waterfall in Piglet's Big Movie.

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