There's a running joke among fans of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow about how many times Sara Lance dies, but is she actually the character with the most deaths?

For purposes of this question, I'm counting a death as any time that an unbiased coroner or similar medical professional would have declared the character dead (even if they were resurrected too quickly for such a medical investigation) or they were officially declared dead in the absence of a body and they did not have a prior plan to fake their own death. I'm also counting any time that a character was erased from existence. Doppelgangers would count as different characters.

I've seen a few answers on other sites, but they don't seem up-to-date.

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    "I'm counting a death any time that a character was wounded in a way that an in-universe character would reasonably think killed them" -> So you're counting "deaths" that aren't actually deaths and never were?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 15, 2020 at 16:18
  • @TheLethalCarrot, yes. I'm wondering how many times their friends think they died. Does that seem unreasonable?
    – TMuffin
    Jul 15, 2020 at 16:27
  • In real life, we technically say someone died if their heart stopped for an extended period of time, even if they were brought back by a medical intervention. It's harder to tell if this happens when there's do much magic around in some settings.
    – TMuffin
    Jul 15, 2020 at 16:29
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    Or even the Disney "surely no one could have survived that" deaths where someone falls out of a helicopter but is later shown to have landed in the National Foam Rubber Convention?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 15, 2020 at 16:44
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    Ages ago, I read a newspaper article about a convict with a life sentence who made the following appeal in court: "My heart stopped during surgery. That means I was dead. The fact that the doctors managed to restart it should not negate the fact that when I died on the operating table, my life sentence came to an end, and now I should be a free man!" (The judge disagreed with his interpretation.)
    – Lorendiac
    Jul 15, 2020 at 17:21


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