In the world of sci-fi, death is a rather flexible thing.
Yes, characters often really do just lose their lives (as fans of Joss Whedon and George R. R. Martin well know), but sometimes there are special circumstances. Sometimes our heroes have an ace up their sleeve. Sometimes magic is the answer. Sometimes you can just graft on a whole bunch of robot parts and become a different kind of being altogether. Whatever the case, we fans know that even the bloodiest of deaths is not always the end.
This weekend The Lone Ranger, a character well known for the brush with death that helped transform him into a hero, rides back into theaters for a big-screen reboot starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, and it got us thinking about the Ranger's comrades in resurrection, those other special sci-fi heroes who just couldn't stay dead. So, in honor of The Lone Ranger's return, here are a few of our favorites.