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25th Jul '16 12:12:33 AM PaulA
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* ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
** It's possible to perform a "death magic" ritual that will cause a demon to kill anyone you name. The catch is, the demon has buckets for two souls, and can't return to the netherworld until both are full--so performing the ritual is thought to be inevitably fatal. The protagonist ends up surviving performing the ritual; through a miracle, the demon as well as the soul of the man he wanted dead are trapped inside his stomach tumor; when he gets stabbed through the tumor, the demon takes the soul of the person stabbing him.

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* ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' by LoisMcMasterBujold:
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** It's possible to perform a "death magic" ritual that will cause a demon to kill anyone you name. The catch is, the demon has buckets for two souls, and can't return to the netherworld until both are full--so performing the ritual is thought to be inevitably fatal. The [[spoiler:The protagonist ends up surviving performing the ritual; through a miracle, the demon as well as the soul of the man he wanted dead are trapped inside his stomach tumor; when he gets stabbed through the tumor, the demon takes the soul of the person stabbing him.]]
7th Jul '16 3:43:38 AM rafi
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** The Death as father and rotating the bed probably came from a [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm]] FairyTale named "Gevatter Tod" ("Godfather Death"). In the fairy tale, the doctor does not sacrifice himself willingly, but tricks Death - twice - and is killed the second time.



* The Death as father and rotating the bed probably came from a [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm]] FairyTale named "Gevatter Tod" ("Godfather Death"). In the fairy tale, the doctor does not sacrifice himself willingly, but tricks Death - twice - and is killed the second time.
7th May '16 9:05:10 AM M84
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* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have made it their raison d'etre to stave off their inevitable deaths by regularly throwing the figurative Reaper (the chaos god Slaanesh) fresh souls to keep it from taking theirs instead. Pretty much any sentient being's soul will do and the older the Dark Eldar is the more often will souls have to be sacrificed in their place; this has much the expected result on the species' moral compass.

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* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have made it their raison d'etre to stave off their inevitable deaths by regularly throwing the figurative Reaper (the chaos god Slaanesh) fresh souls to keep it from taking theirs instead. Pretty much any sentient being's soul will do and the older the Dark Eldar is the more often will souls have to be sacrificed in their place; this has much the expected result on the species' moral compass. Not that they had much of a moral compass in the first place -- the entire reason they need to do this while other Eldar do not is because the Dark Eldar refuse to stop indulging in the depraved hedonism that spawned Slaanesh. The Thirst gradually fades if a Dark Eldar rejects that lifestyle.
6th May '16 9:59:42 AM Jhamin
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** In an unusual variation on this trope, Death says she isn't interested in someone else dying to balance the scale. She needs something else. She points out that every living thing will die eventually, so someone else "dying so their beloved will live" just hastens the schedule, and she isn't in a hurry.
8th Apr '16 7:54:36 AM GlassRain
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* Between Terra and Max in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero''.
29th Feb '16 11:25:00 AM ZimFan89
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* In the ''FanFic/{{Neomorphs}}'' series, on the rare occasions that Azmaveth, the lord of the afterlife, lets someone come BackFromTheDead, he always insists on another life being given in exchange -- for Rachael's resurrection, [[spoiler: Jake]] performs a HeroicSacrifice, and when he's later given a chance at coming back himself, he's given a set period of time in which to kill [[TheStarscream Mersa]] in order to secure his place among the living.

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* In the ''FanFic/{{Neomorphs}}'' series, on the rare occasions that Azmaveth, the lord of the afterlife, lets someone come BackFromTheDead, he always insists on another life being given in exchange -- for Rachael's Rachel's resurrection, [[spoiler: Jake]] performs a HeroicSacrifice, and when he's later given a chance at coming back himself, he's given a set period of time in which to kill [[TheStarscream Mersa]] in order to secure his place among the living.
29th Feb '16 11:24:25 AM ZimFan89
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* In the ''FanFic/{{Neomorphs}}'' series, on the rare occasions that Azmaveth, the lord of the afterlife, lets someone come BackFromTheDead, he always insists on another life being given in exchange -- for Rachael's resurrection, [[spoiler: Jake]] performs a HeroicSacrifice, and when he's later given a chance at coming back himself, he's given a set period of time in which to kill [[TheStarscream Mersa]] in order to secure his place among the living.
19th Feb '16 8:02:19 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Silverwing}} Firewing]]'' dead bats can come back to life by absorbing the life force of a living bat who somehow ends up in the afterlife before dying. [[spoiler: Goth kills Griffin to steal his life force and return to life. While Shade gives up his own life for Griffin, and turns out to have enough for Luna too.]]


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* [[https://youtu.be/QZPSXI43P-I Rescuing Ghosts]] appears to depict a mother giving up her own life to revive her daughter.
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31st Jan '16 6:16:20 PM shamblingdead2
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* At the end of ''Literature/ElevenTwentyTwoSixtyThree'' we find out the cost for stopping JFK's assassination. [[spoiler: Since the country never entered the Vietnam War, thousands of people are killed in a natural disaster]].
6th Dec '15 3:21:22 PM nighttrainfm
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** In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', it is revealed that Jack had previously made a deal with Davy Jones - and Davy Jones is now coming to collect his soul as payment. Jack offers [[UnwittingPawn Will]] as payment instead, but Davy Jones refuses, because "one soul is not equal to another" -- a chance Jack immediately exploits to negotiate a "price" for his soul. Specifically, he seizes on Jones' objection to the rate of exchange not the principle itself, and strikes a bargain to deliver 100 souls in three days in exchange for his own. Both know this is an impossible task -- it's implied that Jack agrees to it so he can get Jones off his back long enough to find [[SoulJar the Dead Man's Chest]].

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** In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', it is revealed that Jack had previously made a deal with Davy Jones - and Davy Jones is now coming to collect his soul as payment. Jack offers [[UnwittingPawn Will]] as payment instead, but Davy Jones refuses, because "one soul is not equal to another" -- a chance Jack immediately exploits to negotiate a "price" for his soul. Specifically, he seizes on Jones' objection to the rate of exchange and not the principle itself, and strikes a bargain to deliver 100 souls in three days in exchange for his own. Both know this is an impossible task -- it's implied that Jack agrees to it so he can get Jones off his back long enough to find [[SoulJar the Dead Man's Chest]].
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