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24th Jul '16 11:10:16 AM Shishkahuben
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* During one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[ButtMonkey Kenny]] is killed and sent to Heaven to command the heavenly host against an invasion from Hell. Halfway through the episode, Kenny disappears from Heaven, as his body had been resuscitated on earth, but in a persistent vegetative state. The doctors [[LampshadeHanging point out]] that Kenny has the capacity to exist in this state for years.
--> '''Doctor:''' "Brain cells cannot be repaired once dead. But his soul is still in here. Almost... trapped in here, if you will."
24th Jul '16 11:03:26 AM Shishkahuben
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* Whether created by magic or bleeding-edge technology, clones in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' are this. Using the mid-level [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Clone]] spell requires an alchemical laboratory to grow another, soulless body for a creature; in the event of their death, the creature wakes up in the inert body. Technological artifacts, on the other hand, are capable of completely rebuilding a body FromASingleCell, but if the creature being rebuilt is, for whatever reason, still alive, a soulless shell is the end result, and dies within hours of being created.
23rd Jul '16 3:02:21 PM Sharlee
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* In the Literature/HumanxCommonwealth, mindwiping is a more typical punishment for extreme crimes than execution. While public information sources all insist that convicts who receive this sentence merely have their criminal tendencies removed, one villain from ''The Deluge Drivers'' opted to die rather than be caught and mindwiped, because he doesn't believe the official sources and thinks this trope is what it ''really'' invokes.
30th Jun '16 8:21:40 PM MsAmiClassified
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler: Magical Girls themselves]] are revealed to be this. [[spoiler: Or more technically, their bodies are. A Magical Girl's soul exists inside a special gem, which powers their magical abilities and serves as their only vital component. Meanwhile, their original body becomes little more than a remotely-operated corpse they use to fight and get around. This fact never even becomes apparent until Madoka throws Sayaka's soul gem over the edge of a bridge onto a passing truck, where it's revealed that being too far from the gem causes a Magical Girl's body to revert to a corpse]]. None of the characters take any of this news well.
18th Jun '16 9:56:47 PM Chaosenvoy
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** In fact, ever since ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'', it seems that all final bosses end up becoming this, either by completely being overwhelmed by their own madness or single-minded desires and sacrificing ''everything'' about their being just to gain the power to destroy everything around them.
6th Jun '16 8:54:19 PM KamiKaze
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* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', you can turn people into this through extended psychological torture after you kidnap them and tie them up in your TortureCellar. Empty Shellhood occurs when your victim's Sanity reaches zero, at which point you can take them to school and sic them on your rival in MurderSuicide fashion.

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* In ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'', you ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'':
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can turn people into this through extended psychological torture after you kidnap them and tie them up in your TortureCellar. Empty Shellhood occurs when your victim's Sanity reaches zero, at which point you can take them to school and sic them on your rival in MurderSuicide fashion.fashion.
** Yan-chan herself was this before the start of the game. The intro reveals that for her entire life, she had ''never'' experienced emotions until she met her beloved Senpai. Before that, she was simply going through life not feeling any huge desires or ambitions. In fact, WordOfGod says the closest thing she ever had to an actual hobby was "pretending to be a normal girl." What will she do now with her newfound love and hatred? [[BlankSlate Well, that's up for the player to decide.]]
1st Jun '16 6:32:30 AM yew
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** [[spoiler:Noel Vermilion, AKA Mu-12,]] was created as an Empty Shell. Her Murakumo unit "tempering" was interrupted, allowing her to develop a personality, albeit a [[ExtremeDoormat very weak and passive one.]] And ehat followed was [[BreakThecutie LOTS of misfortune]].

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** [[spoiler:Noel Vermilion, AKA Mu-12,]] was created as an Empty Shell. Her Murakumo unit "tempering" was interrupted, allowing her to develop a personality, albeit a [[ExtremeDoormat very weak and passive one.]] And ehat what followed was [[BreakThecutie LOTS of misfortune]].
29th May '16 4:16:34 AM Doug86
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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} The Emplate body]] is an example. Created to be a vessel for another character's personality, it becomes bestial and mindless when not 'occupied'.
* One particularly nasty side story in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' involves Spider doing a story on child prostitutes in The City, who are disturbingly like this.

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* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[Comicbook/XMen The Emplate body]] is an example. Created to be a vessel for another character's personality, it becomes bestial and mindless when not 'occupied'.
* One particularly nasty side story in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' ''Comicbook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' involves Spider doing a story on child prostitutes in The City, who are disturbingly like this.
28th May '16 8:10:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''FlameOfRecca'', clone Aoi does this to [[HealingHands the local healer]] [[DamselInDistress Yanagi]] by erasing her memories and pushing back her thoughts, removing her consciousness so that the satanic monster resulting from the fusion of two villains, Tendo Jigoku, can absorb her soul without being rebelled by healing powers. It takes the timely arrival of her lover Recca to bring her back to her senses.

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* In ''FlameOfRecca'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', clone Aoi does this to [[HealingHands the local healer]] [[DamselInDistress Yanagi]] by erasing her memories and pushing back her thoughts, removing her consciousness so that the satanic monster resulting from the fusion of two villains, Tendo Jigoku, can absorb her soul without being rebelled by healing powers. It takes the timely arrival of her lover Recca to bring her back to her senses.
2nd May '16 3:45:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Happens to Uhura briefly in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Changeling", after the probe Nomad erases her "knowledge banks" (ie, memories). They're able to bring her back to normal through a combination of the ship's technology and conventional tutoring to re-educate her at high-speed; in TheStinger, [=McCoy=] says she'll be back to normal in a week.
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