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Apocalypse (Marvel) possessed and used this ability to survive many times.

Power/Ability to:

Be reborn after death into another form

The power to pass one's spirit/soul into another body after death. Not to be confused with Resurrection as the user possesses a new body.

Also Called

  • Past Life
  • Rebirth


The user is capable of surviving and escaping death by having their spirit/soul reborn in the body of another and possess a body that was just born, new-born animal or corpse.


  • Divided Mind
  • Past Life Awareness - User retain all memories, experience, wisdom, skills, knowledge and powers of their past lives.
  • Survive death and gain new life.
  • If possessed by another body the user gains the physical capabilities of the host.
  • New life lived may be infinitely stronger than the last, able to utilize old skills with new and greater technique



  • User may be reborn as an infant.
  • Sometimes memories may not return to the reborn immediately, and the process may take time or requirements.

Known Users

  • Asura's & Indra's vessels (Naruto)
  • All living beings (Religion)
  • The Eternal Champion (Moorcock Multiverse); John Daker, Erekose, Elric of Melnibone, etc
  • Avatars (Avatar:The Last Airbender)
  • Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
  • Vishnu (Hinduism/Religion)
  • Hanyuu Furude/Oyashiro-sama (Higurashi no naku koro ni)
  • Rika Furude/Frederica Bernkastel (Higurashi no naku koro ni)
  • Hohenheim of Light (Fullmetal Alchemist); 2003 anime only
  • Dante (Fullmetal Achemist 2003 anime)
  • Darken Rahl (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Nicci (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Sisters of the Dark (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Greed/Ling Yao (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Orochimaru (Naruto)
  • Hawkman (DC Comics)
  • Hawkwoman (DC Comics)
  • Firefight (Steelheart)
  • Sailor soldiers (Sailor Moon)
  • Kid Buu (Dragon Ball Z); reincarnated as Uub
  • Mamoru Chiba (Sailor Moon)
  • Ceres (Ceres: Celestial Legend/Ayashi No Ceres)
  • Kikyo (Inuyasha); reincarnated in Kagome Higurashi
  • Xianyue (Holy Pearl); reincarnated as Ding Yao
  • Clow Reed (Cardcaptor Sakura); reincarnated as Eriol
  • Poison Ivy (DC Comics)
  • The Beast (inFamous 2)
  • The Charmed Ones (Charmed)
  • Kenny McCormick (South Park)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Slayers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Merrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer film)
  • Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Soma Cruz (Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow)
  • Paddra Nsu-Yeul (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
  • Hao Asakura (Shaman King)
  • Loki (Marvel)
  • Bizarro (Smallville)
  • Alessa Gillespie (Silent Hill)
  • Szayel Apporo Granz via with Gabriel (Bleach)
  • Salupa/Kalagua/Dr. Eva Tabinas (Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao)
  • Pharaoh Atem (Yu-Gi-Oh!)-spirit/soul sealed in the Millennium
  • Ingrid & Freya Beauchamp (Witches of East End); cursed to be reborn as Joanna Beauchamp's daughters everytime they die
  • Killian Gardiner (Witches of East End)
  • The Hero (Shin Megami Tensei Series)
  • The Heroine (Shin Megami Tensei Series)
  • Katerina Petrova (The Vampire Diaries TV Series)]
  • Indra (Naruto); reincarnated various times, the most recent being is Sasuke Uchiha
  • Asura (Naruto); reincarnated various times, the most recent being is Naruto Uzumaki
  • Michael Roa Valdamjong (Tsukihime)
  • Dark Schneider (Bastard!!)


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