23 Characters Who Came Back From the Dead

When a character returns from the dead, it can be a cause for joy or dread. We mourn when a favorite character dies. 

And when a character we can't stand steps into the realm of no return, it's a cause for celebration.

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But TV likes to mess with our emotions, and sometimes the dead never really stay dead. Some of these resurrections are far from believable, while others make complete sense.

Either way, these 23 characters defied death (or faked it) and made a miraculous return.

1. Alison DiLaurentis - Pretty Little Liars

Alison DiLaurentis - Pretty Little Liars

Alison was murdered, but not really. She faked it (of course) and returned from the dead with a vengeance and a whole lot of drama to follow.

2. Tulip O'Hare - Preacher

Tulip O'Hare - Preacher

Badass Tulip was shot and killed by Lara. It was a shocking moment, and Jesse was having none of it. He brought her to Angelville where she raised from the dead. Whether it was by voodoo or God's own hand, we'll never know, but having Tulip back in our world is a huge relief.

3. Jon Snow - Game of Thrones

Jon Snow - Game of Thrones

Who didn't die when Jon Snow was stabbed and died on the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale? But all was well after Melisandre revived Jon with a bit of blood magic.

4. Barbara Kean - Gotham

Barbara Kean - Gotham

What would Gotham be without our favorite bad girl? Barbara was electrocuted and died but lived to see another day after Ra's al Ghul put her into the Lazarus Pit and good, 'ole Barbara returned to her evil ways -- at least until she had a daughter with Jim.

5. Bobby Ewing - Dallas

Bobby Ewing - Dallas

What is it with dream sequences? Bobby was dead for an entire season and suddenly miraculously returns because it never truly happened. Television land is full of wonders!

6. Brian Griffin - Family Guy

Brian Griffin - Family Guy

In one of the dumbest moves in television history, Family Guy decided to off the Griffin's pet dog, Stewie's best friend, and fan favorite, Brian after 12 seasons. There was a huge backlash from fans especially when they replaced Brian with the ultra-annoying, Vinnie. Even Stewie had had enough and went back in time to bring Brian back. Good move!

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