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29th May '18 5:34:46 AM SeaRover
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* In ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'', Bongo swats a fly, and then asks Binky what happens after someone dies. Binky responds that people believe all kinds of things, but the reasonable ones believe exactly in this trope, prompting Bongo to apologize to the fly.
25th May '18 6:21:34 PM CJCroen1393
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* This is the fate of Ma, the final BigBad of the ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles''. Having been born as [[MergerOfSouls a fusion of three separate souls]], Ma lacked a soul of her own, meaning that when she died she would simply cease to exist entirely. Her ultimate goal is to avoid this fate by absorbing the [[SevenDeadlySins seven demons of sin and later their contractors]] and escaping the world before [[ApocalypseWow its destruction]], becoming a [[PureIsNotGood "pure being"]]. In the end, said souls are forced out of her and she desperately tries to continue her existence by switching bodies with her daughter Nemesis (the Wrath sinner), not realizing that Nemesis was anticipating that and convinced the Demon of Wrath to break the contract with her that keeps her from dying. Ma proceeds to fall to her death and her consciousness vanishes for good.
20th May '18 12:43:39 PM TompaDompa
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* In the ''Film/The6thDay'', religious extremists believe that clones don't have souls and therefore will simply cease to exist when they die. After being killed and cloned, one of Drucker's mooks notes that he didn't experience any kind of an afterlife in between. However, clones inherit the memories of the person they were cloned from, which are obviously stored in the brain; as those memories stop when the brain becomes inactive, it doesn't preclude the possibility of the previous clone existing in a non-corporeal form. One of them even complains about pain from injuries he sustained ''after'' his last brain backup.

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* In the ''Film/The6thDay'', religious extremists believe that clones don't have souls and therefore will simply cease to exist when they die. After being killed and cloned, one of Drucker's mooks notes that he didn't experience any kind of an afterlife in between. However, clones inherit the memories of the person they were cloned from, which are obviously stored in the brain; as those memories stop when the brain becomes inactive, it doesn't preclude the possibility of the previous clone existing in a non-corporeal form. One of them even complains about pain from injuries he sustained ''after'' his last brain backup.
20th May '18 12:43:05 PM TompaDompa
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* In ''Film/TwoThirtySeven'', Sean explicitly rejects the notions of heaven, hell and reincarnation, instead subscribing to this view of death. He also notes that he doesn't fear dying.
* In the ''Film/The6thDay'', religious extremists believe that clones don't have souls and therefore will simply cease to exist when they die. After being killed and cloned, one of Drucker's mooks notes that he didn't experience any kind of an afterlife in between. However, clones inherit the memories of the person they were cloned from, which are obviously stored in the brain; as those memories stop when the brain becomes inactive, it doesn't preclude the possibility of the previous clone existing in a non-corporeal form. One of them even complains about pain from injuries he sustained ''after'' his last brain backup.
* This is what one of the two main characters in ''Film/TheBucketList'' initially believes. It's implied that he's changed his mind by the end of the film.
* In Creator/WesCraven's ''Chiller'', a man (played by Michael Beck of ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'' fame) is thawed out and revived when his cryonic containment unit fails. When a priest asks him what there is after death, he says, "Nothing. You die and there's just darkness." (It may or may not be true; Beck's character in the movie is an UnreliableExpositor since he CameBackWrong.)



* Both the bad guys and [[MoralDissonance the good guys(!)]] in ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' use "soul-killing" bullets against their respective enemies. The two protagonists are also temporarily threatened with this after screwing up an assignment - perhaps the very ultimate in DisproportionateRetribution.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' Spock makes it clear that ''something'' happened to him after he died, but it was something that only those with a "common frame of reference" could possibly discuss with each other. Both the wording and the implications make it unmistakable that they're not talking about CessationOfExistence. Then again, a fairly plausible case could be made that the "Spock" talking here was simply a part of him that, by virtue of already co-occupying [=McCoy=]'s headspace at the time, never died in the first place.
* ''Film/TheSunsetLimited'': White positively ''longs'' for this. He wants to die and have it be the end.



* This is what one of the two main characters in ''Film/TheBucketList'' initially believes. It's implied that he's changed his mind by the end of the film.



* Both the bad guys and [[MoralDissonance the good guys(!)]] in ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' use "soul-killing" bullets against their respective enemies. The two protagonists are also temporarily threatened with this after screwing up an assignment - perhaps the very ultimate in DisproportionateRetribution.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' Spock makes it clear that ''something'' happened to him after he died, but it was something that only those with a "common frame of reference" could possibly discuss with each other. Both the wording and the implications make it unmistakable that they're not talking about CessationOfExistence. Then again, a fairly plausible case could be made that the "Spock" talking here was simply a part of him that, by virtue of already co-occupying [=McCoy=]'s headspace at the time, never died in the first place.
* In the ''Film/The6thDay'', religious extremists believe that clones don't have souls and therefore will simply cease to exist when they die. After being killed and cloned, one of Drucker's mooks notes that he didn't experience any kind of an afterlife in between. However, clones inherit the memories of the person they were cloned from, which are obviously stored in the brain; as those memories stop when the brain becomes inactive, it doesn't preclude the possibility of the previous clone existing in a non-corporeal form. One of them even complains about pain from injuries he sustained ''after'' his last brain backup.
* In Creator/WesCraven's ''Chiller'', a man (played by Michael Beck of ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'' fame) is thawed out and revived when his cryonic containment unit fails. When a priest asks him what there is after death, he says, "Nothing. You die and there's just darkness." (It may or may not be true; Beck's character in the movie is an UnreliableExpositor since he CameBackWrong.)
* ''Film/TheSunsetLimited'': White positively ''longs'' for this. He wants to die and have it be the end.
4th May '18 3:39:03 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', your soul usually get assigned to an afterlife depending on your actions in life. However, your soul isn't immortal and can be killed permanently. This is also the modus operandi of daemons, who can and will utterly obliterate your soul if they kill you rather than allow you to pass on.
30th Apr '18 10:10:59 AM godzillavkk
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', this is one of two fates that Elves will get upon their deaths via being eaten by [[GodOfEvil Slaanesh]]. The other is being [[DraggedOffToHell imprisoned in the underworld of Mirai.]] Thankfully they have a way to avoid either fate, they can have their souls put inside [[SoulJar Waystones]] that will help protect their homelands, which are almost always in danger.
29th Apr '18 11:13:56 AM AjWargo
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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' establishes that [[DestroyerDeity a God of Destruction]] is capable of destroying someone's soul along with body, as demonstrated with erasing [[Manga/DrSlump Dr Mashirito]] despite him being a ghost. Beerus later also does it to [[spoiler: original timeline Zamasu]], simply erasing any trace of his existence in the blink of an eye. [[TopGod Zen'o]] seems capable of doing this to entire universes(and by extension their afterlife), [[spoiler:as demonstrated by erasing [[EldritchAbomination what remained of]] the immortal Merged Zamasu and the future timeline he corrupted, as well as the Universes that lost in the Tournament Of Power (though the latter was eventually restored by 16.)]].

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** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' establishes that [[DestroyerDeity a God of Destruction]] is capable of destroying someone's soul along with body, as demonstrated with erasing [[Manga/DrSlump Dr Mashirito]] despite him being a ghost. Beerus later also does it to [[spoiler: original timeline Zamasu]], simply erasing any trace of his existence in the blink of an eye. [[TopGod Zen'o]] seems capable of doing this to entire universes(and by extension their afterlife), [[spoiler:as demonstrated by erasing [[EldritchAbomination what remained of]] the immortal Merged Zamasu and the future timeline he corrupted, as well as the Universes that lost in the Tournament Of Power (though the latter was eventually restored by 16.17.)]].
29th Apr '18 11:13:28 AM AjWargo
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** This is also the fate of Android 16 and Super Buu. Becuase the former is an android, he had no soul to be restored. Super Buu was the result of a FusionDance of Fat Buu and Evil Buu. Super Buu was later reverted to Kid Buu, who expelled Fat Buu from himself before being killed by Goku and reincarnated as Uub. Thus, it is impossible for Super Buu to ever be formed again
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' establishes that [[DestroyerDeity a God of Destruction]] is capable of destroying someone's soul along with body, as demonstrated with erasing [[Manga/DrSlump Dr Mashirito]] despite him being a ghost. Beerus later also does it to [[spoiler: original timeline Zamasu]], simply erasing any trace of his existence in the blink of an eye. [[TopGod Zen'o]] seems capable of doing this to entire universes(and by extension their afterlife), [[spoiler:as demonstrated by erasing [[EldritchAbomination what remained of]] the immortal Merged Zamasu and the future timeline he corrupted]].

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** This is also the fate of Android 16 and Super Buu. Becuase the former is an android, he had no soul to be restored. Super Buu was the result of a FusionDance of Fat Buu and Evil Buu. Super Buu was later reverted to Kid Buu, who expelled Fat Buu from himself before being killed by Goku and reincarnated as Uub. Thus, it is impossible for Super Buu to ever be formed again
again.
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' establishes that [[DestroyerDeity a God of Destruction]] is capable of destroying someone's soul along with body, as demonstrated with erasing [[Manga/DrSlump Dr Mashirito]] despite him being a ghost. Beerus later also does it to [[spoiler: original timeline Zamasu]], simply erasing any trace of his existence in the blink of an eye. [[TopGod Zen'o]] seems capable of doing this to entire universes(and by extension their afterlife), [[spoiler:as demonstrated by erasing [[EldritchAbomination what remained of]] the immortal Merged Zamasu and the future timeline he corrupted]].corrupted, as well as the Universes that lost in the Tournament Of Power (though the latter was eventually restored by 16.)]].
20th Apr '18 8:25:57 PM ElSquibbonator
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}'', this is what happens to people in the Land of the Dead once they are no longer remembered or spoken of in the world of the living.
20th Mar '18 8:34:03 PM Willbyr
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