Soap Characters Who Returned From the Dead
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Cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives…
Dying and coming back to life is such a natural occurrence on soap operas. Soaps.com has a compilation of a few memorable characters that have come back to life from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Young and the Restless.
Days of our Lives
Stefano DiMera is notorious for dying and coming back to life repeatedly. He is truly the phoenix that rises from the ashes, returning from a stroke, car crash in the Salem harbor, getting shot by Marlena Evans, a car explosion, drowning, plane explosion, blown up and buried under a collapsing tunnel… One time, we even saw his decayed corpse, yet Stefano came back to life, wearing his trusty Phoenix ring, until Hope Brady shot him in the chest three times in 2016 and he was supposedly truly dead.
The Salem Stalker and Melaswen Island
This plot saw half of the citizens of Salem killed off by a serial killer. It started out as an edge-of-your-seat whodunit, with characters succumbing to horrid deaths, like Tony DiMera being mauled by a tiger, or Alice choking on her own homemade donuts. Eventually, it appeared that Marlena Evans was the stalker but it was soon revealed that all the “dead” characters were actually put on Melaswen Island (New Salem), an exact tropical replica of Salem that was created by Andre DiMera.
Who could forget the desperation in Eric Brady’s eyes as he tried to save the love of his life, Nicole Walker, who was trapped in a burning warehouse on Days of our Lives. Though Sami Brady was able to save EJ DiMera, who’d been held there, everyone thought Nicole died in October 2018. It wasn’t until she suddenly appeared back in Salem in April 2019, when Eric learned she’d been saved from the wreckage and had spent months in a hospital until she could get back on her feet – and back to him.
It was his daughter’s worst nightmare when Jack Deveraux saved Abigail, who’d been trapped in an elevator at a banquet hall during a memorial/autism fundraiser in Lexi Carver’s name. As the cable started to break, Jack pushed Abigail out and the elevator pummeled to the first floor as explosions from a gas leak rocked Salem in August 2012. Fast-forward to New Year’s Eve 2018 when Jack appeared at Doug’s Place for the celebration on the arm of Eve Donovan with no memory of his family and friends.
It was October of 2015 when Will Horton discovered a red necktie in Ben Weston’s trash can by accident and knowing that there was a serial killer at large who had already murdered two women with a necktie, suspected Ben as the killer. When Ben came upon Will, he brutally strangled him and set Chad DiMera up to take the fall by using one of DiMera’s ties to do the job. Two years later in November 2017, Lucas Horton saw Will in a bar in Memphis Tennessee. Will had amnesia. With Sami Brady, John Black and Marlena Evans’ help, it was later revealed that Susan Banks had Dr. Wilhelm Rolf bring Will back to life so she could pretend that he was her son EJ DiMera.
For almost a year, everyone thought Lucky Spencer was dead after his body was found following a large fire on General Hospital. It turned out that Helena Cassadine hired Cesar Faison to kidnap Lucky and program him using mind control. It was his love for Elizabeth that got him through the dark days and he eventually returned to Port Charles.
Young and the Restless
Philip Chancellor III
One of the biggest shockers in the history of The Young and the Restless was the time that Philip Chancellor left Genoa City, leaving his family, wife and child to believe he had perished in an automobile accident. When he returned to town, he revealed the reason he stayed away was that he was ashamed to let his family know that he’s gay.
After stealing Lauren Fenmore’s baby on The Young and the Restless, Sheila held Lauren and her own mother captive in a cabin. During the rescue, everyone thought Sheila died in a fire but she crossed over to wreaked havoc on the Bold and Beautiful before returning to Genoa City to terrorize and kidnap Lauren. Again. When Paul Williams and Michael Baldwin finally got Lauren back, Sheila escaped only to return a year later after having plastic surgery to look like Phyllis Summers in her attempt to steal Lauren’s baby, Fenmore. Paul caught Sheila in her own trap and she ended up dying…but does Sheila ever really die?
A man who will never die in his business life also seems like he’d never die, period. Over a decade ago, after Jack took Nikki away from Victor, he ended up in Kansas, where his family thought he died. He came back to Genoa City stronger than ever. Years ago, after he lost his young wife, Sabrina, in a car accident, he set out to Mexico to find the mobster that killed her. It was in Mexico that he was presumed dead at sea. Of course Victor returned to Genoa City healthy as a horse. The resilient Black Knight always comes back for more… “You got that?!”
August 2016 caused many to gasp on the Young and the Restless as Chloe Mitchell blew up the cabin that Adam Newman had been waiting for Chelsea to join him in. However, in September of that same year, a gloved hand was seen placing Adam’s wedding ring in a drawer when his family and friends believed him to have died in the explosion. Now in April 2019, Adam is set to return from the dead and is presumably the person his father, Victor Newman, is trying to connect with in Las Vegas.
A version of this article was originally published in July 2016.