Faked Death Characters in Movies
Emmett Brown 'Doc Brown' (Back to the Future)
The "killing" of Doc Brown by Libyan terrorists is one of the greatest fake outs ever, if only because it stretches across the entire movie (and 30 years, technically). Because there are a lot of moving parts to this, let's keep it simple. At the start of Back to the Future, Doc Brown has actually figured out time travel. Right before he's about to send Marty McFly back to 1955 using the time-traveling DeLorean, pissed off Libyans (who Doc had double-crossed to get some plutonium) show up and gun down Doc. But all is well and good, because we know Marty's about to go back in time and make Doc undead. While back in 1955, Marty finds Doc and explains that he's successfully invented time travel. He also gives him a note which details the date and time that Doc will be killed by the Libyans. But Doc tears it up, unread, so as not to risk altering the future. When Marty later arrives back in 1985, he does so just in time to see Doc getting shot by the terrorists again. He kneels down to weep at his side, heartbroken that he couldn't stop this from happening. Suddenly, Doc sits up and reveals a bulletproof vest underneath his radiation suit. Then he pulls out the note Marty gave him, which Doc had taped back together. When Marty asks why he chose to read the note and risk altering the events of the future, Doc responds simply: "Well, I figured what the hell."
Sherlock Holmes (Movie)
The Reichenbach Fall has always been a great deal of poetic license. In the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Final Problem," the design was that Sherlock Holmes realizes that the only way to defeat James Moriarty is mutually assured destruction, and Doyle never intended for Sherlock Holmes to survive the fall. However, there was such an outcry for more stories that Doyle "resurrected" the sleuth and created an explanation for how he survived the fall...which always has seemed a bit forced to me because, well, it was. In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, they loosely follow the plot of "The Final Problem" as well as include the hint to the subsequent stories that Sherlock Holmes actually managed to survive the fall. They don't explain how he would have been able to survive falling so far, but Sherlock does take Mycroft's "personal supply of oxygen" that was featured earlier in the movie in order to survive underwater. Just as it was in the books, his survival of the fall was creative license.
Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
In highly-anticipated scenes, fans waiting for the solution to Sherlock's death plunge riddle seemed to get their answer at the start of the first episode of the third series. Cumberbatch's character was seen warning John on a mobile phone while standing near the roof's edge of St Bart's: "It's a trick, it's just a magic trick." Insisting that John - played by Martin Freeman - should not move and keep his eyes on him, Sherlock then requests, as his voice cracks, that his friend do one thing for him: continue the phone call. Sherlock calls it his "note". Moriarty's body is whisked away and as Sherlock hints ever more strongly that he intends to jump, the shock of disbelief seems to leave Watson a little stunned. A mask of Sherlock's face is then unpacked from a medical bag. Contact lenses, presumably similar to Sherlock's eye colour, are also spied. Both are applied to the deceased Moriarty, leaving him looking a little like a snoozing George Osborne. Meanwhile, Sherlock takes a swan dive off the side of the building.
A distraught Watson screams out but with his eyes in the sky, he clatters into a cyclist. And at just that moment his eyes are pointed elsewhere, the harness attached to Sherlock's back - and the roof - with enough slack to see him plummet to within a couple of feet of the pavement below is seen. John continues to writhe in pain - during which time Sherlock is jerked back into the air as the cord snaps back, leaving him able to make an almost unbelievable, all-action hero, uninvited appearance through a window a couple of floors up. Continuing with the gung ho flourishes, Sherlock even gives a white-coated female member of staff a thoroughly Hollywood, thoroughly passionate embrace. Meanwhile, John still hasn't got back up - and by now what is presumed to be Moriarty's body is placed where Sherlock's might be expected to have come to rest. And that's where the real sleight-of-hand business comes in... Derren Brown appears!
Although the illusionist is not referred to by name, he immediately calms an agitated John before putting him to sleep and then winding back the minute hand on his watch by three minutes. And that is how Sherlock cheated death... ... Or is it? The big reveal turned out to be a big joke however, with numerous other over the top miracle solutions – at one point, Sherlock suggested there were at least 13 ways in which he could have cheated death – hinted at in scenes poking gentle fun at fan's exhaustive guesswork.
Harry Potter (Final Movie/Book) (Temporary Death)
During the first book, Harry Potter catches a Golden Snitch by swallowing it during his first Quidditch match. Later, Potter discovers Dumbledore hid the resurrection stone within that snitch. After Dumbledore’s death, his will leaves the resurrection stone-containing snitch to Harry.
“To Harry James Potter, I leave the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match at Hogwarts, as a reminder of the rewards of perseverance and skill,” his will reads.
For a while, Harry is unable to open the snitch. A sentence merely appears on the golden sphere, “I open at the close.”
But at the end of the final book when Potter is walking to his death match with Lord Voldemort, he’s finally able to open the snitch by whispering “I am about to die.” Inside, he finds the resurrection stone, the stone that was part of the Tale of Three Brothers. Harry is then able to see all of his deceased family members before what he believes is to be his final fight with Lord Voldemort.
Nick Fury (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Nick Fury was brought to the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland where he apparently died. Unbeknownst to all present, Fury used a heart-slowing serum created by Bruce Banner to fake his death. Because of this, Fury was declared dead by Doctor Fine. Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff discussed the incident at his apartment and she explained to Rogers who the Winter Soldier was.
With Fury believed to be dead, Alexander Pierce called Rogers to his office to find out if Rogers had been told anything by Fury. Rogers denied that he had, but Pierce was not convinced and ordered STRIKE to capture him. STRIKE failed, and Rogers escaped. Knowing that Rogers would be a threat to Project Insight, he ordered a hit on Rogers and Romanoff. STRIKE and the Winter Soldier captured them and Falcon, but Maria Hill freed them and brought them to Fury.
Fury only let a select few know that he was alive, including Maria Hill, Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon and Eric Koenig. He sent a signal to Phil Coulson via his S.H.I.E.L.D. badge with coordinates to the secret facility named Providence. When confronted by Melinda May, Maria Hill denied Fury's survival. Fury saved the lives of Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, and assisted Coulson's Team against John Garrett in the Battle at Cybertek. In the aftermath of the battle, Fury appointed Coulson as the new director.
Still believing Fury was dead, Robert Gonzales created his own faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. When he discovered another faction led by Phil Coulson operating in a style similar to Fury's, he sent Agents Bobbi Morse, Isabelle Hartley, and Alphonso Mackenzie to infiltrate the faction, report to him, and deliver the Toolbox. Ultimately, these two factions fought in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War until Coulson revealed that Nick Fury was alive and Gonzales accepted Coulson as Director.