T cell hybridomas that are deathless upon TCR crosslinking were generated from lpr mice. The deathless hybridomas (1.4 and 5D5) expressed extremely low Fas even after anti-CD3 activation, whereas activation-induced cell death (AICD) was observed for Fas-expressing hybridomas. The deathless hybridomas were activated to produce FasL and IL-2, indicating that the intrinsic defect in Fas expression or up-regulation resulted in AICD blockade. The deathless hybridoma cells expressed longer and stronger FasL cytotoxicity than AICD-sensitive hybridomas. Although deathless, activated 5D5 cells were arrested at the G1/S border. Growth arrest lasted for at least 5 days, but some cells eventually recovered and proliferated. The deathless 5D5 cells were used to demonstrate that AICD includes a fratricidal mechanism that kills AICD-sensitive bystanders. The deathless T cell hybridomas are useful tools for studying T cell activation-dependent functions sensitive to AICD.