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Hello, brother. Didn't think you could get rid of me so easily, did you? See, my days were numbered, but you oh, you can continue on for me, be my ultimate revenge! So, calm yourself. Don't fight it. Breathe it in. This gas was a special mixture I had made, just for you. Something to finally set you free. It's time to have some fun. Burn it down, brother. Burn it all down!
~ Jerome Valeska announcing his legacy in a recording for Jeremiah.
Villains who died and have remained dead, yet continue to have a lasting impact and presence from beyond the grave in an earthly and terrestrial way.

They can even be dead from the very beginning of their stories and appear primarily in flashbacks (like Bertrand Zobrist). Their actions in life (including their involvement in villainous events), their legacy, and the harm they caused may continue to have a lasting impact after their deaths. This may include villains from a debut film of a franchise as if they are dead, in the sequels, they may be a reference wich suffers the protagonist.

Editing note: characters who came back as ghosts, zombies, vampires, and so on, cannot be posthumous as well (as their actions are still being carried out by their undead forms) UNLESS:

  • their undead form is also killed off (this time permanently), and they have a posthumous effect after that (i.e. Shane Walsh);
  • their undead form disappears or removes itself from the action and no longer connects with the plot, essentially being permanently removed (i.e. Darth Vader);
  • their undead form is defeated and sent to (or back to) an afterlife or Hell dimension where they can never return;
  • the conflict takes place in an afterlife and they do not reconnect with the world of the living (i.e. Ernesto de la Cruz).

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