"I suspect that we will continue to die and be reborn until we finally get our life right. I do not know what we have to do to bring that about, though. And therein lies the frustration."
― The Nameless One (Planescape: Torment)

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

  • Born-Again Immortality
  • Past Life
  • Rebirth


The user is capable of surviving and escaping death by being reborn in the body of another or possess a body that was just born.

If they reincarnate by possessing another body they gain the physical capabilities of the host, but also the drawbacks and potentially the social connections as well.

If they reincarnate by being reborn in new body, their original powers may be radically changed in strength or they may end up with new powers.


  • Divided Mind - If the personalities are distinct from each other.
  • Past Life Awareness - User retains all memories, experience, wisdom, skills, knowledge and powers of their past lives.
  • Past Life Power Access - User can access any powers they had in their former lives.




  • Soul Trapping
  • After rebirth, the user may still lose their powers, memories, etc, and would have to start over as a new person as a result.
  • May be reborn as an infant.
  • Memories may not return to the reborn immediately, and the process may take time or requirements.
    • If they reincarnate into childhood or teenage, user may need to retrain their body to handle the powers/skills to prevent harm to their body.
  • User's existence must be transferred inside the new body, ie. if the user is thwarted by outside forces, such as Reincarnation Denial, they will be unable to be reborn.
  • May not be reincarnated in linear/causal manner, ie. being born before/during/after they died.
  • May not be reborn in same world/plane/reality/verse they died in.
  • May be limited to only reincarnating as the same exact species as they are.

Known Users

See Also: Reincarnation and Born Again Immortality.


  • Finn (Adventure Time)
  • Avatars (Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra)
  • First Spinjitzu Master (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu); reincarnated as Lloyd Garmadon
  • Kenny McCormick (South Park)


  • Hawkman (DC Comics)
  • Hawkwoman (DC Comics)
  • Poison Ivy (DC Comics)
  • Apocalypse (Marvel Comics)
  • Joshua Foley/Elixir (Marvel Comics)
  • Groot (Marvel Comics)
  • Loki (Marvel Comics)
  • Rose Tattoo (WildStorm)


  • Merrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer film)
  • Makoto Kobayashi (Colorful)


  • Phoenix (Arkwell Academy); via Self-Resurrection
  • The Eternal Champion (Moorcock Multiverse); John Daker, Erekose, Elric of Melnibone, etc
  • Firefight (The Reckoners)
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers Aligned Community); reincarnated as Orion Pax.
  • Clan Leaders (Warriors)

Live Television/Movies

  • The Charmed Ones (Charmed)
  • Xian Yue (Holy Pearl); reincarnated as Ding Yao
  • Sisters of the Dark (Legend of the Seeker)
    • Nicci
  • Darken Rahl (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Clark Kent/Superman (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
  • Salupa/Kalagua/Dr. Eva Tabinas (Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao)
  • Bizarro (Smallville)
  • Ingrid and Freya Beauchamp (Witches of East End); cursed to be reborn as Joanna Beauchamp's daughters every time they die
  • Dash and Killian Gardiner (Witches of East End)
  • Callisto (Xena: Warrior Princess); reincarnated as Eve


  • Dark Schneider (Bastard!!)
  • Femto (Berserk); reincarnated as Griffith again via the Incarnation Ceremony
  • Szayel Apporo Granz (Bleach); via Gabriel
  • Clow Reed (Cardcaptor Sakura); reincarnated as Eriol
  • Ceres (Ceres: Celestial Legend/Ayashi No Ceres)
  • Noah Family (D.Gray-Man)
  • Rodcorte (The Death Mage Who Doesn't Want a Fourth Time)
  • Vandalieu (The Death Mage Who Doesn't Want a Fourth Time)
  • Apocalymon (Digimon Adventure); reincarnated as Meicoomon
  • King Piccolo (Dragon Ball); reincarnated as Piccolo Jr.
  • Kid Buu (Dragon Ball Z); reincarnated as Uub
  • Mavis Vermillion (Fairy Tail); reincarnated as Mio
  • Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail); reincarnated as Arleos
  • Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Dante (Fullmetal Achemist; 2003 anime)
  • Hohenheim of Light (Fullmetal Alchemist; 2003 anime)
  • Solnoids (Gall Force/Rhea Gall Force)
  • Apollonius (Genesis of Aquarion)
  • Celiane (Genesis of Aquarion)
  • Hanyuu Furude/Oyashiro-sama (Higurashi When They Cry)
  • Rika Furude/Frederica Bernkastel (Higurashi When They Cry)
  • Kite (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Yuka (Immortal Rain)
  • Kikyo (InuYasha); reincarnated in Kagome Higurashi
  • Asura's and Indra's vessels (Naruto)
  • Orochimaru (Naruto)
  • Sailor soldiers (Sailor Moon)
  • Mamoru Chiba (Sailor Moon)
  • Athena (Saint Seiya)
  • Hades (Saint Seiya)
  • Poseidon (Saint Seiya)
  • Pallas (Saint Seiya Omega)
  • Maou (Sekai Maou)
  • Elizabeth Liones (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Hao Asakura (Shaman King)
  • Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
  • Michael Roa Valdamjong (Tsukihime)
  • Mutsumi (Utawarerumono)
  • Pharaoh Atem (Yu-Gi-Oh!); spirit/soul sealed in the Millennium Puzzle
  • Saviors (World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman)
  • Clear Note (Zatch Bell); reincarnated as White

Video Games

  • Aita (Assassins Creed)
  • Dracula (Castlevania); reincarnated as Soma Cruz
  • Paddra Nsu-Yeul (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
  • John Serias (Hiraheishi wa Kako wo Yumemiru)
  • The Beast (inFAMOUS 2)
  • Demise (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Althena (Lunar); reincarnated as Luna Noa
  • Metroid Prime (Metroid); reincarnated as Dark Samus
  • The Hero (Shin Megami Tensei series)
  • The Heroine (Shin Megami Tensei series)
  • Alessa Gillespie (Silent Hill Series)
  • Chao (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Zasalamel (Soulcalibur)
  • Hieda no Akyu (Touhou Project)
  • Linne (Under Night In-Birth)
  • Miang (Xenogears)


  • Nie Li (Tales of Demons and Gods)






Live Action TV


Video Games


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