#9 - Agent Mulder: In a major plot twist for the 90s, Fox Mulder mysteriously comes back from the dead---AFTER HIS FUNERAL.
#8 - Sam & Dean Winchester: As Supernatural fans know, the Winchester brothers have died in dozens and dozens of ways. The show even pokes fun of itself for the number of resurrections they’ve had. Honestly, the boys have died more times than everyone on this list combined.
#7 - Aslan: Kids everywhere cried when the beloved Lion died in The Chronicles of Narnia. It was incredibly magical seeing the mice chew away his ropes and have the great beast come back to life in front of Lucy.
#6 - Rory Williams: In arguably the most romantic way possible, Rory died for the love of his life Amy on the cult series Doctor Who. Rory was killed and brought back to life on such a regular dramatic basis, fangirls everywhere now have impossibly high standards for acts of true love.
#5 - Spock: In one of the original sci fi death scenes to shake nerds everywhere, Doctor Spock sacrifices himself for his crew and dies from radiation poisoning. Later in the series, the classic and slightly plausible cloning process brings our favorite trekkie back to life.
#4 - Buffy Summers: Buffy died twice on the cult Whedon series and her second resurrection had lasting consequences for the other characters. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing spirits rise from the grave to kick ass?
#3 - Agent Coulson: In the epic Avengers movies Agent Coulson is killed in the line of duty, uniting the team to save the world yet again. Then, in possibly the best modern spin off tv series, Agent Coulson is brought back to life in a process we are still not 100% clear on. TAHITI PLOT TWIST!
#2 - Harry Potter: This character death will go down in literary and movie history as the ultimate battle between good and evil. Harry offers himself as a sacrifice to save the lives of his friends and others against the Dark Lord Voldemort. In an amazing turn of magical events (which I may or may not have written about on numerous occasions) Harry comes back to life to defeat evil once and for all.
#1 - Gandalf the Grey: This Tolkien classic should not be a surprise at number one. The wizard Gandalf sacrifices his own life killing the Balrog to save the lives of his companions. You know you cried a little when he shouted, “You shall not pass!”. Of course Gandalf resurrects as the even more powerful White Wizard and defeats evil in a glorious battle for Middle Earth.