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13th Apr '17 6:04:50 PM nombretomado
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* More than a few interpretations of the [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] suggest/theorize that he consumes the fear of his victims. What a [[SarcasmMode shocking development]].

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* More than a few interpretations of the [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] suggest/theorize that he consumes the fear of his victims. What a [[SarcasmMode shocking development]].
10th Apr '17 4:22:09 PM nombretomado
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* SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series puts an interesting spin on this trope. As expected, the evil Dark Others draw their power from negative emotions like fear, anger, hatred, etc, but essentially make people more "good" by removing these feelings from them. Meanwhile, the good Light Others who draw their powers from positive emotions like hope, love, faith etc. leave the world a darker place as they basically suck joy out of the universe to power their magic. As such, neither side tends to be enthusiastic about seriously draining the energy of people around them. Unless, you know, the fate of the entire world rests in the balance (which seems to happen at least once every few weeks).

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* SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'' series puts an interesting spin on this trope. As expected, the evil Dark Others draw their power from negative emotions like fear, anger, hatred, etc, but essentially make people more "good" by removing these feelings from them. Meanwhile, the good Light Others who draw their powers from positive emotions like hope, love, faith etc. leave the world a darker place as they basically suck joy out of the universe to power their magic. As such, neither side tends to be enthusiastic about seriously draining the energy of people around them. Unless, you know, the fate of the entire world rests in the balance (which seems to happen at least once every few weeks).
7th Apr '17 4:16:41 PM nombretomado
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* Near the end of the anime version of ''{{Pretear}}'' [[BigBad Takako / Fenrir]] summons a huge tree that is powered by the feeling of despair, and makes sure she has a power source for it by using [[spoiler:Mawata's feelings for Sasame, who already underwent an EvilCostumeSwitch,]] to drive the victim into the required state. This backfires in the last episode, when [[spoiler:Sasame sacrifices himself to save Takako]], which upsets her just enough to become the new victim of the tree.

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* Near the end of the anime version of ''{{Pretear}}'' ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'' [[BigBad Takako / Fenrir]] summons a huge tree that is powered by the feeling of despair, and makes sure she has a power source for it by using [[spoiler:Mawata's feelings for Sasame, who already underwent an EvilCostumeSwitch,]] to drive the victim into the required state. This backfires in the last episode, when [[spoiler:Sasame sacrifices himself to save Takako]], which upsets her just enough to become the new victim of the tree.
19th Mar '17 3:40:05 PM Doug86
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** ''[[Tabletop/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Chaos Gods]]'' and [[spoiler:their successors]] are made from human emotions.

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** ''[[Tabletop/{{Warhammer ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Chaos Gods]]'' and [[spoiler:their successors]] are made from human emotions.
19th Mar '17 8:47:48 AM Arivne
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*** The 2E Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium III had four variant forms of the Will O'Wisp that drained emotions. The Will O'Dawn feeds on excitement and happiness, the Will O'Deep hungers for fear and desperation, the Will O'Mist consumes the emotions of people crossing the Mists of Ravenloft, and the Will O'Sea lives on panic, particularly that of drowning victims.
14th Mar '17 2:33:33 AM morenohijazo
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* ''TabletopGames/LejendaryAdventures''. The Moriant inflicts a slow and painful death on its victim so it can feed on the victim's terror.
* ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''Teen Champions''. The villainess Jeepers Creepers causes other people to feel intense fear. When she does so she gains nourishment from the fear.

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* ''TabletopGames/LejendaryAdventures''.''TabletopGame/LejendaryAdventures''. The Moriant inflicts a slow and painful death on its victim so it can feed on the victim's terror.
* ''TabletopGames/{{Champions}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''Teen Champions''. The villainess Jeepers Creepers causes other people to feel intense fear. When she does so she gains nourishment from the fear.
12th Mar '17 4:17:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{TabletopGame/Mortasheen}}'', the Devilbirds all definitely fit this trope, all in many terrifying ways. ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny Except for Sloth]])

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* In ''{{TabletopGame/Mortasheen}}'', ''{{WebOriginal/Mortasheen}}'', the Devilbirds all definitely fit this trope, all in many terrifying ways. ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny Except for Sloth]])
12th Mar '17 2:16:26 PM nombretomado
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* In {{Mortasheen}}, the Devilbirds all definitely fit this trope, all in many terrifying ways. ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny Except for Sloth]])

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* In {{Mortasheen}}, ''{{TabletopGame/Mortasheen}}'', the Devilbirds all definitely fit this trope, all in many terrifying ways. ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny Except for Sloth]])
12th Mar '17 9:35:22 AM rafi
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* The Evronians from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' feed on emotions and can also use them to power their technology. That's also why they're fixated on Earth: harvesting enough emotions to both feed themselves and power their technology is beyond their natural abilities and they need to use weapons that leave the victim unable to feel emotions anymore, but Earthlings [[HumansAreSpecial are so emotionally rich]] that one shot often isn't enough to drain them and they can recover from it-- [[BlessedWithSuck meaning that Earth is an unending buffet for them]].
** The final issue of the reboot also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] the part of the trope where emotion eaters tend to be evil: when Zondag [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight went back in time to prevent the birth of the Guardians of the Galaxy]], the new timeline resulted in Evronians without emotion-powered technology that lived ''peacefully'' with other species, feeding themselves by just draining negative emotions when asked.
* The villain Bliss, from ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'', is a demon who finds the despair of "special" people ([[TheFreakshow carnival freaks]]) exquisite. However, when Jack confronts him, his meal is tainted with hope, weakening him to the point Jack and Mikaal can outright destroy him by combining energy blasts.
* Scatterbrain, AKA Fascination, of the Technet (and later/earlier, of the time-travelling Special Executive). Her reliance on emotional nutrition, good, bad or anything-except-indifferent, sometimes has her following around characters because they're annoyed-- which makes her follow them more closely-- which makes them more annoyed etc. etc.
** Which... doesn't always work that well for her, like the time she did it to [[FlyingBrick Captain Britain]], who got so irritable that he started waving his arms around as he walked. One 'KLUDD!' later, and Scatterbrain was sprawled crosseyed against the far wall.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} from Franchise/TheDCU.
* Mangog, from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', depends on the emotions of others to exist. Without those it fades from existence. However, it can't just feed off anyone and needs a specific source.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' supporting character Caliban feeds off fear as part of his mutant power. He's basically a good guy, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor except for the times when he isn't]].
* When she first appeared in the mutant books, mutant rock star Lila Cheney was pursued several times by an alien crime lord named Spyder who wanted to own her. (He ran several black market and slave trading operations, and had actually captured Lila for another group of aliens then arrange for her to escape on purpose simply to get out of the contact, because he wanted Lila for himself.) One of many uses Spyder had for humanoid beings was to distill their emotions and turn it into a tobacco-like substance that he smoked to experience the emotion himself, as he could not experience any emotion himself except greed. Spyder was addicted to this stuff, claiming that even experiencing negative emotions like sadness and anger gave him pleasure.
* ComicBook/{{Raven}} of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' fame is somewhere in between, she ''does'' feed on negative emotions, like sadness, but has a hard time not absorbing ''any'' heightened emotion, such as excitement or joy. All she does is leave people feeling neutral though, so it's okay.
* Powerhaus from ''[=Dv8=]'' absorbed emotions to fuel his growth and super-strength. He ''can'' use his own emotions, but he's so mellow that it's not very reliable.
* Mister Dark from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' draws power from fear.
* Psycho Pirate. In ''ComicBook/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths}}'', he was basically TheStarscream to the Anti-Monitor. He uses his golden Medusa Mask to control and feed off the emotions of the people who see it. Addicted to his powers, they eventually backfire when he pisses off Black Adam [[spoiler: and gets the mask rammed through his head.]]
* The Black Lanterns in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' feed on the emotions of sentient beings to power up their battery. They come back in the body of people with emotional connections to those that still live (heroes, villains, emotional spectrum welders, lovers, friends...) and incite emotions in many ways, usually but not always by giving them Hannibal Lectures while fighting. They feed on Rage, Greed, Fear, Willpower, Hope, Compassion and Love, which means its just as dangerous to feel hopeful as it is to feel afraid. Their vision is full of black and shades of grey, and the only things with color are sentient beings full of emotions, which makes it possible to run from them if one contains his own emotions. When their targets are full of emotion, they rip out their hearts and feed on them, powering up their black power battery.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** The Japanese assassins Gakidou and Sakki, The Hate Furnace not only have {{Intangibility}}, but can feed on negative emotions like lust and anger to boost their strengths to astronomical levels. Supergirl defeated them by simultaneously beating them up and [[UnstoppableRage overloading them]].
** In the same story, Powerboy revealed he can channel others' emotions to fuel his abilities, but the excess emotions caused him to [[DomesticAbuser go psycho on]] Supergirl.

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* The Evronians from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' feed on emotions and can also use them to power their technology. That's also why they're fixated on Earth: harvesting enough emotions to both feed themselves and power their technology is beyond their natural abilities and they need to use weapons that leave the victim unable to feel emotions anymore, but Earthlings [[HumansAreSpecial are so emotionally rich]] that one shot often isn't enough to drain them and they can recover from it-- [[BlessedWithSuck meaning that Earth is an unending buffet for them]].
''Franchise/TheDCU'':
** The final issue of the reboot also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] the part of the trope where emotion eaters tend to be evil: when Zondag [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight went back in time to prevent the birth of the Guardians of the Galaxy]], the new timeline resulted in Evronians without emotion-powered technology that lived ''peacefully'' with other species, feeding themselves by just draining negative emotions when asked.
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The villain Bliss, from ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'', is a demon who finds the despair of "special" people ([[TheFreakshow carnival freaks]]) exquisite. However, when Jack confronts him, his meal is tainted with hope, weakening him to the point Jack and Mikaal can outright destroy him by combining energy blasts.
* Scatterbrain, AKA Fascination, of the Technet (and later/earlier, of the time-travelling Special Executive). Her reliance on emotional nutrition, good, bad or anything-except-indifferent, sometimes has her following around characters because they're annoyed-- which makes her follow them more closely-- which makes them more annoyed etc. etc.
%%** ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}
** Which... doesn't always work that well for her, like the time she did it to [[FlyingBrick Captain Britain]], who got so irritable that he started waving his arms around as he walked. One 'KLUDD!' later, and Scatterbrain was sprawled crosseyed against the far wall.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} from Franchise/TheDCU.
* Mangog, from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', depends on the emotions of others to exist. Without those it fades from existence. However, it can't just feed off anyone and needs a specific source.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' supporting character Caliban feeds off fear as part of his mutant power. He's basically a good guy, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor except for the times when he isn't]].
* When she first appeared in the mutant books, mutant rock star Lila Cheney was pursued several times by an alien crime lord named Spyder who wanted to own her. (He ran several black market and slave trading operations, and had actually captured Lila for another group of aliens then arrange for her to escape on purpose simply to get out of the contact, because he wanted Lila for himself.) One of many uses Spyder had for humanoid beings was to distill their emotions and turn it into a tobacco-like substance that he smoked to experience the emotion himself, as he could not experience any emotion himself except greed. Spyder was addicted to this stuff, claiming that even experiencing negative emotions like sadness and anger gave him pleasure.
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ComicBook/{{Raven}} of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' fame is somewhere in between, she ''does'' feed on negative emotions, like sadness, but has a hard time not absorbing ''any'' heightened emotion, such as excitement or joy. All she does is leave people feeling neutral though, so it's okay.
* Powerhaus from ''[=Dv8=]'' absorbed emotions to fuel his growth and super-strength. He ''can'' use his own emotions, but he's so mellow that it's not very reliable.
* Mister Dark from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' draws power from fear.
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** Psycho Pirate.Pirate a villain of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. In ''ComicBook/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths}}'', he was basically TheStarscream to the Anti-Monitor. He uses his golden Medusa Mask to control and feed off the emotions of the people who see it. Addicted to his powers, they eventually backfire when he pisses off Black Adam [[spoiler: and gets the mask rammed through his head.]]
* ** The Black Lanterns in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' feed on the emotions of sentient beings to power up their battery. They come back in the body of people with emotional connections to those that still live (heroes, villains, emotional spectrum welders, lovers, friends...) and incite emotions in many ways, usually but not always by giving them Hannibal Lectures while fighting. They feed on Rage, Greed, Fear, Willpower, Hope, Compassion and Love, which means its just as dangerous to feel hopeful as it is to feel afraid. Their vision is full of black and shades of grey, and the only things with color are sentient beings full of emotions, which makes it possible to run from them if one contains his own emotions. When their targets are full of emotion, they rip out their hearts and feed on them, powering up their black power battery.
* ** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** *** The Japanese assassins Gakidou and Sakki, The Hate Furnace not only have {{Intangibility}}, but can feed on negative emotions like lust and anger to boost their strengths to astronomical levels. Supergirl defeated them by simultaneously beating them up and [[UnstoppableRage overloading them]].
** *** In the same story, Powerboy revealed he can channel others' emotions to fuel his abilities, but the excess emotions caused him to [[DomesticAbuser go psycho on]] Supergirl.



** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', [[spoiler:Supergirl's communicator]] turns out to be an emotion-collecting machine which absorbs emotions and feelings with the purpose of [[spoiler:amplifying Mr. Mxyzptlk's power]].
* A one-off alien villain in the ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'' comic books both fed off emotions and could channel the excess to others. Fear of death was a narcotic to his species, and he destroyed entire planets for the high, but he kept a little in reserve as an EmotionBomb. (Scarecrow's failures notwithstanding, it really ''is'' possible to scare Franchise/{{Batman}} into surrendering. Franchise/WonderWoman, not so much.)
* The Emotion Entities of Franchise/TheDCU. As long as there is at least one being in the universe that can feel the emotions they embody, they will always exist. Although they do not feed on the emotions they embody. They are in fact the avatars of the combined power of each emotion (rage, greed, fear, will, hope, compassion, love) felt by every being in the universe.
** The Entity of Rage, the Butcher, does play this straight. It chooses hosts full of grief and rage (it is first seen merging with a man who was being taunted by his daughter's killer while the killer was being strapped in the electric chair) and empowers them to vent their fury on their targets while feeding on their anger. The Butcher then leaves after its hosts' rage is spent to find new hosts.
* In the MarvelUniverse the demon D'Spayre feeds on the fear, anguish and despair of his victims.

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** *** In ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', [[spoiler:Supergirl's communicator]] turns out to be an emotion-collecting machine which absorbs emotions and feelings with the purpose of [[spoiler:amplifying Mr. Mxyzptlk's power]].
* ** A one-off alien villain in the ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'' comic books both fed off emotions and could channel the excess to others. Fear of death was a narcotic to his species, and he destroyed entire planets for the high, but he kept a little in reserve as an EmotionBomb. (Scarecrow's failures notwithstanding, it really ''is'' possible to scare Franchise/{{Batman}} into surrendering. Franchise/WonderWoman, not so much.)
* ** The Emotion Entities of Franchise/TheDCU.from ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''. As long as there is at least one being in the universe that can feel the emotions they embody, they will always exist. Although they do not feed on the emotions they embody. They are in fact the avatars of the combined power of each emotion (rage, greed, fear, will, hope, compassion, love) felt by every being in the universe.
** *** The Entity of Rage, the Butcher, does play this straight. It chooses hosts full of grief and rage (it is first seen merging with a man who was being taunted by his daughter's killer while the killer was being strapped in the electric chair) and empowers them to vent their fury on their targets while feeding on their anger. The Butcher then leaves after its hosts' rage is spent to find new hosts.
** The 100 are an ancient order of landowners who resorted to any means necessary to render themselves immortal. This left them with two side-effects: that they need to [[FisherKing tie themselves to a plot of land to draw strength from it]], and that they need to feed on emotions, preferably negative ones. This usually results in them becoming slumlords of one stripe or another.
* In ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse''
** Mangog, from ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', depends on
the MarvelUniverse emotions of others to exist. Without those it fades from existence. However, it can't just feed off anyone and needs a specific source.
** ''ComicBook/XMen'' supporting character Caliban feeds off fear as part of his mutant power. He's basically a good guy, [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor except for
the times when he isn't]].
** Scatterbrain, AKA Fascination, of the Technet (and later/earlier, of the time-travelling Special Executive). Her reliance on emotional nutrition, good, bad or anything-except-indifferent, sometimes has her following around characters because they're annoyed-- which makes her follow them more closely-- which makes them more annoyed etc. etc.
*** Which... doesn't always work that well for her, like the time she did it to [[FlyingBrick Captain Britain]], who got so irritable that he started waving his arms around as he walked. One 'KLUDD!' later, and Scatterbrain was sprawled crosseyed against the far wall.
** When she first appeared in the mutant books, mutant rock star Lila Cheney was pursued several times by an alien crime lord named Spyder who wanted to own her. (He ran several black market and slave trading operations, and had actually captured Lila for another group of aliens then arrange for her to escape on purpose simply to get out of the contact, because he wanted Lila for himself.) One of many uses Spyder had for humanoid beings was to distill their emotions and turn it into a tobacco-like substance that he smoked to experience the emotion himself, as he could not experience any emotion himself except greed. Spyder was addicted to this stuff, claiming that even experiencing negative emotions like sadness and anger gave him pleasure.
** The
demon D'Spayre feeds on the fear, anguish and despair of his victims.victims.
** ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
*** The symbiote apparently feeds off negative emotions. One of the side-effects of being its host is that said emotions are amplified.
*** Minor and obscure Spider-Man villain Mindworm, named for another esoteric psychic vampire mentioned below, was born a mutant with a large head that parasitically fed off the emotions of people around him. He accidentally drained his mother to death and his father was DrivenToSuicide right after. When encountering Spider-Man he was at first interested the hero's strong emotion he foiled his feeding on the neighborhood. Then he just wanted to silence that mind forever.
* The Tuffbones in ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineGoneAdrift'' are benevolent doglike aliens who feed harmlessly off artistic creativity and use it to power their civilisation.



* The 100 from the DCU are an ancient order of landowners who resorted to any means necessary to render themselves immortal. This left them with two side-effects: that they need to [[FisherKing tie themselves to a plot of land to draw strength from it]], and that they need to feed on emotions, preferably negative ones. This usually results in them becoming slumlords of one stripe or another.
* The symbiote from {{Spider-Man}} apparently feeds off negative emotions. One of the side-effects of being its host is that said emotions are amplified.
* Like the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Windigoes]], the Gremlins from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2 feed off negative feelings, and use weather to continually instill these negative emotions in a perpetuating cycle.
* Minor and obscure Spider-Man villain Mindworm, named for another esoteric psychic vampire mentioned below, was born a mutant with a large head that parasitically fed off the emotions of people around him. He accidentally drained his mother to death and his father was DrivenToSuicide right after. When encountering Spider-Man he was at first interested the hero's strong emotion he foiled his feeding on the neighborhood. Then he just wanted to silence that mind forever.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', demons in Hell distil the torments of the damned into a powder which they use like snuff.
* The Tuffbones in ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineGoneAdrift'' are benevolent doglike aliens who feed harmlessly off artistic creativity and use it to power their civilisation.


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* Powerhaus from ''[=Dv8=]'' absorbed emotions to fuel his growth and super-strength. He ''can'' use his own emotions, but he's so mellow that it's not very reliable.
* Mister Dark from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' draws power from fear.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', demons in Hell distil the torments of the damned into a powder which they use like snuff.
* Like the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Windigoes]], the Gremlins from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2 feed off negative feelings, and use weather to continually instill these negative emotions in a perpetuating cycle.
* The Evronians from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' feed on emotions and can also use them to power their technology. That's also why they're fixated on Earth: harvesting enough emotions to both feed themselves and power their technology is beyond their natural abilities and they need to use weapons that leave the victim unable to feel emotions anymore, but Earthlings [[HumansAreSpecial are so emotionally rich]] that one shot often isn't enough to drain them and they can recover from it-- [[BlessedWithSuck meaning that Earth is an unending buffet for them]].
** The final issue of the reboot also [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] the part of the trope where emotion eaters tend to be evil: when Zondag [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight went back in time to prevent the birth of the Guardians of the Galaxy]], the new timeline resulted in Evronians without emotion-powered technology that lived ''peacefully'' with other species, feeding themselves by just draining negative emotions when asked.
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* Mayfair Games' ''Chill'' supplement ''Veil of Flesh''. The creatures known as Ganabes absorb the psychic energy given off from the terror and agony of their victims as they beat them to death.

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* Mayfair Games' ''Chill'' ''TabletopGame/{{Chill}}'' supplement ''Veil of Flesh''. The creatures known as Ganabes absorb the psychic energy given off from the terror and agony of their victims as they beat them to death.



* Chaosium's supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Demon of Love and Madness feeds on the emotion of love. Anyone meeting the demon's gaze may permanently lose the ability to feel love.

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* Chaosium's Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Demon of Love and Madness feeds on the emotion of love. Anyone meeting the demon's gaze may permanently lose the ability to feel love.



* Obscure GameBoyAdvance game ''CIMA: The Enemy'' uses this trope. The eponymous villains are said to feed off of the emotion of hope. To do this they drag humans into an extra-dimensional dungeon where the thought of escape gives them hope.

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* Obscure GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game ''CIMA: The Enemy'' uses this trope. The eponymous villains are said to feed off of the emotion of hope. To do this they drag humans into an extra-dimensional dungeon where the thought of escape gives them hope.
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