Distraught Emmerdale fans have launched a formal petition demanding show bosses rethink their decision to kill off lovable badboy Ross Barton.
Barton, played by Michael Parr, was beaten to death by his brother Pete in a violent scene earlier this month, before being buried in the woods.
The loss sparked outcry online - and more than 6,000 people have now backed calls to bring him back.
The petition was launched by Christopher Bell, from Norwich, who said he would do his "utmost" to ensure it reached the producers of the ITV soap.
Comments from the thousands of people to sign the petition so far include speculation that Ross may yet make a miraculous comeback - and some who threaten to boycott the soap altogether until he returns.
Self-confessed lifelong fan Laura Thompson, from Yorkshire, said Ross was a "fantastic character".
"Bad lad with soft heart, he brought so much to the show. Ross is awesome I implore you to bring [him] back," she said.
"I'm devastated he has gone."