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25th Mar '17 6:18:31 PM nombretomado
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* At some points, [[spoiler:Nessiah]] has been like this in ''DeptHeavenApocrypha''. It's not the straightest example, as the state was intentionally induced through a heavy cocktail of sedatives; the idea being that his massive mental trauma can only be repaired by slowly nursing him back to sanity as the drugs wear off.

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* At some points, [[spoiler:Nessiah]] has been like this in ''DeptHeavenApocrypha''.''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha''. It's not the straightest example, as the state was intentionally induced through a heavy cocktail of sedatives; the idea being that his massive mental trauma can only be repaired by slowly nursing him back to sanity as the drugs wear off.
18th Mar '17 5:10:37 AM neckpeck
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This character is...barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing'''''. They aren't pushovers or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there...they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her alive and human is gone.

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This character is...barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has they have gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing'''''. They aren't pushovers a pushover or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there...they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her them alive and human is gone.
18th Mar '17 3:10:13 AM Rorosilky5
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* As mentioned in the page quote, [[spoiler: Magolor]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'' seems to degrade into this when he's destroyed in his first form, only to be brought back to life by the Master Crown as a shadow of his former self to serve as its body.
** [[spoiler: Sectonia Soul]] in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' is similarly described as a pitiful husk that's lost all sight of what it used to be, existing only as a mindless destroyer that needs to be put out of its misery.
** [[spoiler: Marx Soul]] was a BonusBoss added to ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar [[UpdatedRerelease Deluxe]]'' whose only motive is revenge against Kirby. Sensing a pattern here?

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* As mentioned in the page quote, [[spoiler: Magolor]] in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'' ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' seems to degrade into this when he's destroyed in his first form, only to be brought back to life by the Master Crown as a shadow of his former self to serve as its body.
** [[spoiler: Sectonia Soul]] [[spoiler:Soul of Sectonia]] in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' is similarly described as a pitiful husk that's lost all sight of what it used to be, existing only as a mindless destroyer that needs to be put out of its misery.
** [[spoiler: Marx Soul]] was a BonusBoss added to ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar [[UpdatedRerelease Deluxe]]'' Ultra]]'' whose only motive is revenge against Kirby. Sensing a pattern here?
2nd Mar '17 11:25:58 PM theknack101
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* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'': After spending most of his childhood pillaging with the man who killed his father, hoping one day to get the chance to kill him himself, Thorfinn can only watch [[spoiler:as Askeladd is killed by someone else.]] Thorfinn is then sold into slavery and having lost the only purpose in his life, he becomes this. He eventually snaps out of it, but it takes a while.
23rd Feb '17 1:59:03 PM Amahn
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* The Asgard are a clone race in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Their bodies are all genetically identical and are grown as empty shells, only taking on an identity and personality when the saves consciousness of a particular Asgard is downloaded into it. We once see an empty Asgard when a human who didn't know what he had sequenced and grew an Asgard body (using Asgard DNA given by the SGC in their efforts to help with the Asgard's clone degradation problem) in order to force the government to come forward with the truth.
17th Feb '17 3:57:57 AM bt8257
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This character is...barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing.''''' They aren't pushovers or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there...they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her alive and human is gone.

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This character is...barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing.''''' '''''nothing'''''. They aren't pushovers or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there...they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her alive and human is gone.



Sometimes it's curable, others it's a permanent FateWorseThanDeath. Expect these characters to be the preferred PeoplePuppets for {{Telepath}}s and {{Demon|icPossession}}s for being not so much WeakWilled as having ''no will at all.'' Contrast TheSoulless, who are like Empty Shells filled with drive and ambition, and lacking all moral restraint. Compare to {{Soulless Shell}}s, who died and were brought back without their souls.

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Sometimes it's curable, others it's its curable or a permanent FateWorseThanDeath. Expect these characters to be the preferred PeoplePuppets for {{Telepath}}s and {{Demon|icPossession}}s for being not so much WeakWilled as having ''no will at all.'' Contrast TheSoulless, who are like Empty Shells filled with drive and ambition, and lacking all moral restraint. Compare to {{Soulless Shell}}s, who died and were brought back without their souls.
8th Feb '17 4:34:29 PM SaltyWaffles
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* Repeated and increasingly damaging bullying, be it at school, work or in abusive families, can bring this on from a very early age. The effects of this can last well into adulthood, if not stay with the person for the rest of their life.

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* Repeated and increasingly damaging bullying, be it at school, work or in abusive families, can bring this on from a very early age. The effects of this can last well into adulthood, if not stay with the person for the rest of their his or her life.
8th Feb '17 12:53:16 PM SaltyWaffles
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This character is... barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing.''''' They aren't pushovers or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there... they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her alive and human is gone.

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This character is... barely a character. For a variety of reasons, he or she has gone past the ExtremeDoormat and StepfordSmiler and become '''''nothing.''''' They aren't pushovers or empty of real personality, they are completely dead inside. They are this side of a ConvenientComa because there is still something there... they move, talk, eat, sleep, but they have no drive, ambition, or capacity for emotion. Basically, the body is an active biochemical machine, but the part that made him or her alive and human is gone.



* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Takiko Okuda was mentioned to have returned from the book to the "real" world as this after summoning Genbu and being consumed by him... causing [[spoiler:her own father]] to [[MercyKilling mercy-kill her]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that there was a bit more to the story than that, however...

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* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Takiko Okuda was mentioned to have returned from the book to the "real" world as this after summoning Genbu and being consumed by him... causing [[spoiler:her own father]] to [[MercyKilling mercy-kill her]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that there was a bit more to the story than that, however...



** Happens to [[spoiler:Agnieszka]]. [[spoiler:As the corollary to her horrifying BreakTheCutie process, the poor girl [[DrivenToSuicide stabs herself to almost death]]; a vampire named Maximilian, however, stabs her almost lifeless body with a magical blade, and renders her soul-less body as this. The only way to "revive" poor Agnieszka is to implant someone else's soul in her; decades later, a young woman Azusa willingly gives her soul in exchange for her boyfriend/student Kouya's life, and is transferred to Agnieszka's magically preserved body... creating the titular "Alice", the female protagonist of the manga.]]

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** Happens to [[spoiler:Agnieszka]]. [[spoiler:As the corollary to her horrifying BreakTheCutie process, the poor girl [[DrivenToSuicide stabs herself to almost death]]; a vampire named Maximilian, however, stabs her almost lifeless body with a magical blade, and renders her soul-less body as this. The only way to "revive" poor Agnieszka is to implant someone else's soul in her; decades later, a young woman Azusa willingly gives her soul in exchange for her boyfriend/student Kouya's life, and is transferred to Agnieszka's magically preserved body... creating the titular "Alice", the female protagonist of the manga.]]



* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'': Those who either willingly [[KissOfTheVampire exchange blood with]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Miyu]] [[KissOfTheVampire or are bitten by her]] have their minds placed in a sort-of endless [[LotusEaterMachine dream]], while they act like eternally smiling and "happy" empty shells. A good example is [[spoiler:Miyahito from the first OAV, a boy who exchanged blood with Miyu after [[TheLostLenore his beloved girlfriend Ryouko]] was the first victim of the MonsterOfTheWeek; Himiko talks to him after he's bitten by Miyu, but the boy happily ignores her worries and sits down on a swing... and later he's seen there again, not paying attention to anything...]]

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* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'': Those who either willingly [[KissOfTheVampire exchange blood with]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Miyu]] [[KissOfTheVampire or are bitten by her]] have their minds placed in a sort-of endless [[LotusEaterMachine dream]], while they act like eternally smiling and "happy" empty shells. A good example is [[spoiler:Miyahito from the first OAV, a boy who exchanged blood with Miyu after [[TheLostLenore his beloved girlfriend Ryouko]] was the first victim of the MonsterOfTheWeek; Himiko talks to him after he's bitten by Miyu, but the boy happily ignores her worries and sits down on a swing... and later he's seen there again, not paying attention to anything...]]



* In ''FanFic/FateMegamiAtelier'', Hikawa tries to restore harmony and peace to torn dimensions... by removing everyone's emotions.

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* In ''FanFic/FateMegamiAtelier'', Hikawa tries to restore harmony and peace to torn dimensions... by removing everyone's emotions.



* The only thing human about Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series is what he looks like. Everything else... just isn't there.
--> ''Dr. Sam Loomis:'' I met him, 15 years ago; [[TheSoulless I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.]] I met this... six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and [[BlackEyesOfEvil the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes.]] I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... '''''evil'''''.

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* The only thing human about Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series is what he looks like. Everything else... just isn't there.
--> ''Dr. Sam Loomis:'' I met him, 15 years ago; [[TheSoulless I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.]] I met this... six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and [[BlackEyesOfEvil the blackest eyes... eyes...the devil's eyes.]] I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... '''''evil'''''.



* At the end of ''TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', [[spoiler:this seemingly happens to the self-aware supercomputer Mike. For reasons unknown, after the final battle he loses his personality (or becomes catatonic) and reverts back to being "just" a computer. He's not physically damaged, and he continues to function perfectly as a machine... but he is no longer anything but a machine.]]

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* At the end of ''TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', [[spoiler:this seemingly happens to the self-aware supercomputer Mike. For reasons unknown, after the final battle he loses his personality (or becomes catatonic) and reverts back to being "just" a computer. He's not physically damaged, and he continues to function perfectly as a machine... but he is no longer anything but a machine.]]



** This happens fairly rapidly to Kohak Hearts in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''. The first half of the game is getting her emotions back. After that... [[WhamEpisode other things happen]]. She doesn't even fight in battle until you get back her courage.

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** This happens fairly rapidly to Kohak Hearts in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts''. The first half of the game is getting her emotions back. After that... [[WhamEpisode other things happen]]. She doesn't even fight in battle until you get back her courage.



--> '''Canas:''' ...Unfortunately, the darkness took my brothers... They live...and breathe... their eyes open and close... But...they do not move. And they do not speak.

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--> '''Canas:''' ...Unfortunately, the darkness took my brothers... They they live...and breathe... their eyes open and close... But...close...but...they do not move. And they do not speak.



** Abuse of the Rite of Tranquility as a punishment by the Templars is one of the casus belli that caused the Mage/Templar War (that and the [[ThePurge Right of Annulment]]). Cullen used to work under a particularly egregious offender, [[KnightTemplar Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard]]. One particular case pertinent to the plot was "Corrupting the moral integrity of a Templar"... or passing love notes between [[StarCrossedLovers a mage and his templar paramour]]. The mage was made Tranquil, and the messenger was ejected from the Templar order. And Cullen says that wasn't the worst DisproportionateRetribution he saw Meredith perpetrate using the Brand. [[spoiler:And that was ''before'' Meredith went crazy from an ArtifactOfDoom]].

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** Abuse of the Rite of Tranquility as a punishment by the Templars is one of the casus belli that caused the Mage/Templar War (that and the [[ThePurge Right of Annulment]]). Cullen used to work under a particularly egregious offender, [[KnightTemplar Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard]]. One particular case pertinent to the plot was "Corrupting the moral integrity of a Templar"... or passing love notes between [[StarCrossedLovers a mage and his templar paramour]]. The mage was made Tranquil, and the messenger was ejected from the Templar order. And Cullen says that wasn't the worst DisproportionateRetribution he saw Meredith perpetrate using the Brand. [[spoiler:And that was ''before'' Meredith went crazy from an ArtifactOfDoom]].



* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', children born without souls (known as Hollowborn) are this. Initially a group of soul-manipulating magicians (known as animancers) came up with the solution of implanting animal souls (using humanoid souls would result in the subject remembering their past life, so that was out) into them in the hopes of treating their condition. Results were initially promising... [[GoneHorriblyWrong until the first subjects reached puberty]].

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* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', children born without souls (known as Hollowborn) are this. Initially a group of soul-manipulating magicians (known as animancers) came up with the solution of implanting animal souls (using humanoid souls would result in the subject remembering their past life, so that was out) into them in the hopes of treating their condition. Results were initially promising... [[GoneHorriblyWrong until the first subjects reached puberty]].



--> '''Doctor:''' "Brain cells cannot be repaired once dead. But his soul is still in here. Almost... trapped in here, if you will."

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--> '''Doctor:''' "Brain cells cannot be repaired once dead. But his soul is still in here. Almost... trapped in here, if you will."



* Anencephaly. A condition that arises when a fetus' neural tube does not close properly at the head, resulting in [[BodyHorror the skull and forebrain not being fully formed.]] While most babies with this condition don't make it to full term, those that are born don't tend live for more than a few days. Since their brain stems and spinal cords are whole, their autonomic functions and reflexes still work, but there's no form of consciousness or higher thought inside to pilot the body. A few did manage to survive a couple of years... one has [[https://www.facebook.com/ourbabyANGELA/ a Facebook blog maintained by her parents as of March 2016]]. View it at your own risk.

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* Anencephaly. A condition that arises when a fetus' neural tube does not close properly at the head, resulting in [[BodyHorror the skull and forebrain not being fully formed.]] While most babies with this condition don't make it to full term, those that are born don't tend live for more than a few days. Since their brain stems and spinal cords are whole, their autonomic functions and reflexes still work, but there's no form of consciousness or higher thought inside to pilot the body. A few did manage to survive a couple of years... one has [[https://www.facebook.com/ourbabyANGELA/ a Facebook blog maintained by her parents as of March 2016]]. View it at your own risk.
21st Jan '17 4:12:15 PM wootzits
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* In ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'', this happened to [[spoiler:Kirie]] by forcefully being {{Brainwashed}} to be a Pet. AKA a SexSlave. For him it was a FateWorseThanDeath.
* [[spoiler:Yuu]][[note]][[spoiler:The real one, that is.]][[/note]] opt to become in the 2012 anime of ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'', due to the soul-crushing situation of her life.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' "Dolls" are assumed to be this by nearly everyone (not only does the {{Yakuza}} have no qualms trafficking Dolls for {{Sexbot}} use, but efforts to save one were viewed as misaimed and pointless by those who knew what she is). Like with [[TinMan Contractors having no emotions]], it was disproven, but they still are at worst comatose and at best [[ExtremeDoormat submissive]] and so passive that people working with them all the time are surprised if they use their medium abilities without being told to, or show they care for someone. One was even successfully able to pretend ''that he was a corpse.''
* [[spoiler:Suman Dark]] in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' becomes this after [[spoiler:Allen manages to save him from being a Fallen One. And then Tyki Mikk ''explodes'' him.]]
* In ''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.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the league of failed potential rulers of Amestris ([[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-26.html seen here]]) who became the puppet soldiers of the golden-toothed doctor after being regarded as useless spares once Bradley accepted the Philosopher's Stone is very much implied to be this. They [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-28.html attack the groups with single-minded efficiency]], [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-27.html demonstrate no outward emotions other than wide-eyed stern blankness]], [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-30.html and sacrificed themselves under a transmutation circle just so that Edward will be transported into the center of Father's country-wide one without a second thought]].

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* In ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'', this ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'': This happened to [[spoiler:Kirie]] by forcefully being {{Brainwashed}} to be a Pet. AKA a SexSlave. For him it was a FateWorseThanDeath.
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'': [[spoiler:Yuu]][[note]][[spoiler:The real one, that is.]][[/note]] opt to become in the 2012 anime of ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'', anime, due to the soul-crushing situation of her life.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' ''Manga/DGrayMan'': [[spoiler:Suman Dark]] becomes this after [[spoiler:Allen manages to save him from being a Fallen One. And then Tyki Mikk ''explodes'' him.]]
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'':
"Dolls" are assumed to be this by nearly everyone (not only does the {{Yakuza}} have no qualms trafficking Dolls for {{Sexbot}} use, but efforts to save one were viewed as misaimed and pointless by those who knew what she is). Like with [[TinMan Contractors having no emotions]], it was disproven, but they still are at worst comatose and at best [[ExtremeDoormat submissive]] and so passive that people working with them all the time are surprised if they use their medium abilities without being told to, or show they care for someone. One was even successfully able to pretend ''that he was a corpse.''
* [[spoiler:Suman Dark]] in ''Manga/DGrayMan'' becomes this ''Manga/DeathNote'': Sayu Yagami, after [[spoiler:Allen manages to save him she's rescued from a kidnapping by her father. It's implied that [[BreakTheCutie the sheer shock and fear that she went through while hostage]] caused her to fall into [[AngstComa an unresponsive state]], as she refuses to speak to her parents or move, to the point where her mother has to push her around in a wheelchair. Her last appearance in the manga (which wasn't included in the anime) is a brief cameo at a coming-of-age holiday ceremony in Japan - she's depicted as being a Fallen One. And then Tyki Mikk ''explodes'' him.]]
able to stand again and smiling, though [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness her eyes]] and overall expression still have an eerie vacancy.
* In ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'': The 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.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': The league of failed potential rulers of Amestris ([[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-26.html seen here]]) who became the puppet soldiers of the golden-toothed doctor after being regarded as useless spares once Bradley accepted the Philosopher's Stone is very much implied to be this. They [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-28.html attack the groups with single-minded efficiency]], [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-27.html demonstrate no outward emotions other than wide-eyed stern blankness]], [[http://manga.animea.net/full-metal-alchemist-chapter-99-page-30.html and sacrificed themselves under a transmutation circle just so that Edward will be transported into the center of Father's country-wide one without a second thought]].



* Henrietta at the start of, and well into, ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Also after she gets reconditioned.

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* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Takiko Okuda was mentioned to have returned from the book to the "real" world as this after summoning Genbu and being consumed by him... causing [[spoiler:her own father]] to [[MercyKilling mercy-kill her]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that there was a bit more to the story than that, however...
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'':
Henrietta at the start of, start, and well into, ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.into the series. Also after she gets reconditioned.



'''Henrietta:''' Hello roommate, neighbour; I am home.
* Happens to [[spoiler: Agnieszka]] in ''Manga/KurobaraAlice''. [[spoiler: As the corollary to her horrifying BreakTheCutie process, the poor girl [[DrivenToSuicide stabs herself to almost death]]; a vampire named Maximilian, however, stabs her almost lifeless body with a magical blade, and renders her soul-less body as this. The only way to "revive" poor Agnieszka is to implant someone else's soul in her; decades later, a young woman Azusa willingly gives her soul in exchange for her boyfriend/student Kouya's life, and is transferred to Agnieszka's magically preserved body... creating the titular "Alice", the female protagonist of the manga.]]
** Metaophrically speaking, [[spoiler: ''Kouya'' himself becomes this after the leader of the vampires and male protagonist of the series, Dimitri, fulfills his promise to Alice and saves his life. When Alice finds him again,. she sees that he has crossed the DespairEventHorizon as a consequence of what happened and now is pretty much a pale shadow of the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent he used to be.]]

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'''Henrietta:''' Hello roommate, neighbour; I am home.
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* ''Manga/InsideMari'': Following the recollection of memories she had forgotten or been repressing, Mari quickly developed a fever. Once she woke up, she was completely nonresponsive to anyone. She would not speak, move, or even eat unless fed. Her friend Yori refers to her as "empty" while she's in this state.
* ''Manga/KurobaraAlice''
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Happens to [[spoiler: Agnieszka]] in ''Manga/KurobaraAlice''. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:Agnieszka]]. [[spoiler:As the corollary to her horrifying BreakTheCutie process, the poor girl [[DrivenToSuicide stabs herself to almost death]]; a vampire named Maximilian, however, stabs her almost lifeless body with a magical blade, and renders her soul-less body as this. The only way to "revive" poor Agnieszka is to implant someone else's soul in her; decades later, a young woman Azusa willingly gives her soul in exchange for her boyfriend/student Kouya's life, and is transferred to Agnieszka's magically preserved body... creating the titular "Alice", the female protagonist of the manga.]]
** Metaophrically Metaphorically speaking, [[spoiler: ''Kouya'' [[spoiler:''Kouya'' himself becomes this after the leader of the vampires and male protagonist of the series, Dimitri, fulfills his promise to Alice and saves his life. When Alice finds him again,. she sees that he has crossed the DespairEventHorizon as a consequence of what happened and now is pretty much a pale shadow of the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent he used to be.]]
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': This is what happens to [[spoiler:Alcyone]] in the second season, after [[spoiler:she's captured and Debonair's MindControl weakens. From then on and almost until her death, the poor woman is seen vacant and despondent to almost anything; Lantis is the only one who can make her react, and that's just because she thinks he is Zagato, the man she loved.
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* Miharu, the main character of ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' starts like this. He is indifferent to everyone and everything around him. The only thing he makes an effort at is being apathetic. [[spoiler: He changes with time, though.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Rei Ayanami, who [[spoiler:starts out as one of many identical empty clone shells in the [[FanNickname Reiquarium]], with a new one taken out and uploaded with her personality as each successive one is killed.]] Of course, considering Rei's [[EmotionlessGirl default personality]], it is unclear whether there is a significant difference.
* Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' begins the series as one, having literally shattered his own heart in order to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the Raven]]. As a result, he can't bring himself to do ''anything'', not even think, unless [[ExtremeDoormat someone tells him to]].
* In ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'', Sarah qualifies. While not completely empty-shell, she has no real drive, desires, or ambition, and [[spoiler: a large portion of her soul had been removed]].
* Happens in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' to dolls who lose their Rosa Mystica; they lose consciousness and become an ordinary doll (albeit with their eyes closed). It is implied though that their souls live on somewhere else, particularly in the manga.
* Going by the once-[[TheCutie Cutie]] Yukari Hirai early on in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', this happens to Torches as they gradually fade away from existence.
* In ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', those who either willingly [[KissOfTheVampire exchange blood with]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Miyu]] [[KissOfTheVampire or are bitten by her]] have their minds placed in a sort-of endless [[LotusEaterMachine dream]], while they act like eternally smiling and "happy" empty shells. A good example is [[spoiler: Miyahito from the first OAV, a boy who exchanged blood with Miyu after [[TheLostLenore his beloved girlfriend Ryouko]] was the first victim of the MonsterOfTheWeek; Himiko talks to him after he's bitten by Miyu, but the boy happily ignores her worries and sits down on a swing... and later he's seen there again, not paying attention to anything...]]
** The fourth OAV shows us [[spoiler: Miyu's dad, a human who exchanged blood with his wife/Miyu's mother aka the Shinma woman who was the Guardian before Miyu. When Miyu's mother explains this to her daughter, she says she deeply regrets having transformed the man she loved into a shell - by that time, the man is so indifferent to everything that when the Shinma come to claim Miyu and both she and her mom run away, he simply stays there and allows himself to be captured.]]
* One of the story arcs in ''Manga/XxxHolic'' centers around a girl becoming this.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the Millennium Eye has the power to remove people's souls, leaving their bodies like this. Luckily for Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba, this is reversible. Strings is another example of this whenever Marik isn't controlling him.
* In ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'', this is the ultimate fate of [[spoiler: SmugSnake Shastanasi]] after [[spoiler: being in the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle, with Azalie!Childman as the giver.]]
* ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': This is revealed to be the fate of all those [[spoiler:living outside the underground city of Lux]]. Basically, the will to live has been drained out of them, leaving "ghosts" of their former selves. [[spoiler:Lux was created to preserve what little will was left.]]
* In the anime version of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', whenever someone has either their Pure Heart Crystal (''S'') or Dream Mirror (''Super S'') taken away, they almost automatically become this. They're seen in a lethargic state, with MindControlEyes and almost unable to do/say anything. It's also stated that if they don't have them returned soon, they'll simply wither and die.

to:

* ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'': The Rewind Miko experienced a GroundhogDayLoop due to [[spoiler:Orsted's curse of repeating the same two centuries]]. In each loop she died at a young age, usually in a painful and horrific manner. By the hundredth loop the mental trauma of remembering so many deaths became so severe she was virtually catatonic.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'':
Miharu, the main character of ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' starts like this. He is indifferent to everyone and everything around him. The only thing he makes an effort at is being apathetic. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He changes with time, though.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei Ayanami, who [[spoiler:starts out as one of many identical empty clone shells in the [[FanNickname Reiquarium]], with a new one taken out and uploaded with her personality as each successive one is killed.]] Of course, considering Rei's [[EmotionlessGirl default personality]], it is unclear whether there is a significant difference.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' begins the series as one, having literally shattered his own heart in order to [[SealedEvilInACan seal away the Raven]]. As a result, he can't bring himself to do ''anything'', not even think, unless [[ExtremeDoormat someone tells him to]].
* In ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'', ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'': Sarah qualifies. While not completely empty-shell, she has no real drive, desires, or ambition, and [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a large portion of her soul had been removed]].
* Happens in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'': [[spoiler:Itsuki]] becomes this after a series of betrayals, brainwashing, and a devastating defeat. At first he only echoes what is said to dolls him, answers everything with complete honesty, and has no opinion or emotions. He gradually recovers over time.
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'': Dolls
who lose their Rosa Mystica; they lose consciousness and become an ordinary doll (albeit with their eyes closed). It is implied though that their souls live on somewhere else, particularly in the manga.
* Going by the once-[[TheCutie Cutie]] Yukari Hirai early on in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'', this happens to Torches as they gradually fade away from existence.
* In ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', those who either willingly [[KissOfTheVampire exchange blood with]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Miyu]] [[KissOfTheVampire or are bitten by her]] have their minds placed in a sort-of endless [[LotusEaterMachine dream]], while they act like eternally smiling and "happy" empty shells. A good example is [[spoiler: Miyahito from the first OAV, a boy who exchanged blood with Miyu after [[TheLostLenore his beloved girlfriend Ryouko]] was the first victim of the MonsterOfTheWeek; Himiko talks to him after he's bitten by Miyu, but the boy happily ignores her worries and sits down on a swing... and later he's seen there again, not paying attention to anything...]]
''Franchise/SailorMoon''
** The fourth OAV shows us [[spoiler: Miyu's dad, a human who exchanged blood with his wife/Miyu's mother aka the Shinma woman who was the Guardian before Miyu. When Miyu's mother explains this to her daughter, she says she deeply regrets having transformed the man she loved into a shell - by that time, the man is so indifferent to everything that when the Shinma come to claim Miyu and both she and her mom run away, he simply stays there and allows himself to be captured.]]
* One of the story arcs in ''Manga/XxxHolic'' centers around a girl becoming this.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the Millennium Eye has the power to remove people's souls, leaving their bodies like this. Luckily for Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba, this is reversible. Strings is another example of this whenever Marik isn't controlling him.
* In ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'', this is the ultimate fate of [[spoiler: SmugSnake Shastanasi]] after [[spoiler: being in the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle, with Azalie!Childman as the giver.]]
* ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': This is revealed to be the fate of all those [[spoiler:living outside the underground city of Lux]]. Basically, the will to live has been drained out of them, leaving "ghosts" of their former selves. [[spoiler:Lux was created to preserve what little will was left.]]
*
In the anime version of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', anime, whenever someone has either their Pure Heart Crystal (''S'') or Dream Mirror (''Super S'') taken away, they almost automatically become this. They're seen in a lethargic state, with MindControlEyes and almost unable to do/say anything. It's also stated that if they don't have them returned soon, they'll simply wither and die.



* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has this happen to Sayu Yagami, after she's rescued from a kidnapping by her father. It's implied that [[BreakTheCutie the sheer shock and fear that she went through while hostage]] caused her to fall into [[AngstComa an unresponsive state]], as she refuses to speak to her parents or move, to the point where her mother has to push her around in a wheelchair. Her last appearance in the manga (which wasn't included in the anime) is a brief cameo at a coming-of-age holiday ceremony in Japan - she's depicted as being able to stand again and smiling, though [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness her eyes]] and overall expression still have an eerie vacancy.
* This is what happens to [[spoiler: Alcyone]] in the second season of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', after [[spoiler: she's captured and Debonair's MindControl weakens. From then on and almost until her death, the poor woman is seen vacant and despondent to almost anything; Lantis is the only one who can make her react, and that's just because she thinks he is Zagato, the man she loved.]]
* [[spoiler:Itsuki]] of ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' becomes this after a series of betrayals, brainwashing, and a devastating defeat. At first he only echoes what is said to him, answers everything with complete honesty, and has no opinion or emotions. He gradually recovers over time.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Takiko Okuda was mentioned to have returned from the book to the "real" world as this after summoning Genbu and being consumed by him...causing [[spoiler: her own father]] to [[MercyKilling mercy-kill her]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals that there was a bit more to the story than that, however...
* The Rewind Miko of ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' experienced a GroundhogDayLoop due to [[spoiler:Orsted's curse of repeating the same two centuries]]. In each loop she died at a young age, usually in a painful and horrific manner. By the hundredth loop the mental trauma of remembering so many deaths became so severe she was virtually catatonic.
* Following the recollection of memories she had forgotten or been repressing, Mari of ''Manga/InsideMari'' quickly developed a fever. Once she woke up, she was completely nonresponsive to anyone. She would not speak, move, or even eat unless fed. Her friend Yori refers to her as "empty" while she's in this state.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Going by the once-[[TheCutie Cutie]] Yukari Hirai early on, this happen to Sayu Yagami, after she's rescued from a kidnapping by her father. It's implied that [[BreakTheCutie the sheer shock and fear that she went through while hostage]] caused her to fall into [[AngstComa an unresponsive state]], as she refuses to speak to her parents or move, to the point where her mother has to push her around in a wheelchair. Her last appearance in the manga (which wasn't included in the anime) is a brief cameo at a coming-of-age holiday ceremony in Japan - she's depicted as being able to stand again and smiling, though [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness her eyes]] and overall expression still have an eerie vacancy.
* This is what
happens to [[spoiler: Alcyone]] Torches as they gradually fade away from existence.
* ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'': This is the ultimate fate of [[spoiler:SmugSnake Shastanasi]] after [[spoiler:being
in the second season receiving end of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', after [[spoiler: she's captured and Debonair's MindControl weakens. From then on and almost until her death, a CurbStompBattle, with Azalie!Childman as the poor woman is seen vacant and despondent to almost anything; Lantis is the only one who can make her react, and that's just because she thinks he is Zagato, the man she loved.giver.]]
* [[spoiler:Itsuki]] ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': This is revealed to be the fate of ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' becomes this all those [[spoiler:living outside the underground city of Lux]]. Basically, the will to live has been drained out of them, leaving "ghosts" of their former selves. [[spoiler:Lux was created to preserve what little will was left.]]
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'': Those who either willingly [[KissOfTheVampire exchange blood with]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Miyu]] [[KissOfTheVampire or are bitten by her]] have their minds placed in a sort-of endless [[LotusEaterMachine dream]], while they act like eternally smiling and "happy" empty shells. A good example is [[spoiler:Miyahito from the first OAV, a boy who exchanged blood with Miyu
after a series of betrayals, brainwashing, and a devastating defeat. At [[TheLostLenore his beloved girlfriend Ryouko]] was the first he only echoes what victim of the MonsterOfTheWeek; Himiko talks to him after he's bitten by Miyu, but the boy happily ignores her worries and sits down on a swing... and later he's seen there again, not paying attention to anything...]]
** The fourth OAV shows us [[spoiler:Miyu's dad, a human who exchanged blood with his wife/Miyu's mother aka the Shinma woman who was the Guardian before Miyu. When Miyu's mother explains this to her daughter, she says she deeply regrets having transformed the man she loved into a shell - by that time, the man
is said so indifferent to him, answers everything with complete honesty, and has no opinion or emotions. He gradually recovers over time.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Takiko Okuda was mentioned to have returned from the book to the "real" world as this after summoning Genbu and being consumed by him...causing [[spoiler: her own father]] to [[MercyKilling mercy-kill her]]. ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' reveals
that when the Shinma come to claim Miyu and both she and her mom run away, he simply stays there was a bit more and allows himself to be captured.]]
* ''Manga/XxxHolic'': One of
the story than that, however...
arcs centers around a girl becoming this.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': The Rewind Miko of ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' experienced a GroundhogDayLoop due to [[spoiler:Orsted's curse of repeating Millennium Eye has the same two centuries]]. In each loop she died at a young age, usually in a painful power to remove people's souls, leaving their bodies like this. Luckily for Grandpa, Kaiba, and horrific manner. By the hundredth loop the mental trauma of remembering so many deaths became so severe she was virtually catatonic.
* Following the recollection of memories she had forgotten or been repressing, Mari of ''Manga/InsideMari'' quickly developed a fever. Once she woke up, she was completely nonresponsive to anyone. She would not speak, move, or even eat unless fed. Her friend Yori refers to her as "empty" while she's in
Mokuba, this state.is reversible. Strings is another example of this whenever Marik isn't controlling him.



* The titular Winter Soldier from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' spends most of his screentime this way--and just to twist the knife there's a scene in which we see that it's because his captors are repeatedly, intentionally, ''agonizingly'' [[BrainwashedAndCrazy wiping his memory]] in order to use him as an [[TheDreaded unstoppable weapon]].



* The only thing human about Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series is what he looks like. Everything else... just isn't there.
--> ''Dr. Sam Loomis:'' I met him, 15 years ago; [[TheSoulless I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.]] I met this... six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and [[BlackEyesOfEvil the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes.]] I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... '''''evil'''''.
* In ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'', Kanji Wanatabe worked as a petty bureaucrat for decades without taking a day off, accomplishing nothing in the process. The narrator describes him as someone who is not really alive.
* In ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', Max is described as a "burned out shell" by the narrator.



* In ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', Max is described as a "burned out shell" by the narrator.
* In ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'', Kanji Wanatabe worked as a petty bureaucrat for decades without taking a day off, accomplishing nothing in the process. The narrator describes him as someone who is not really alive.
* He may be one of the most iconic characters in history, but believe it or not, DarthWiki/DarthVader of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame is nothing more than an emotionless EmptyShell at the end of the day. After being burned alive, confined to a limiting and outdated life support suit, and manipulated by Emperor Palpatine for years, the man who was once Anakin Skywalker is ultimately just the Emperor's most obedient slave.
* The only thing human about Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series is what he looks like. Everything else... just isn't there.
--> ''Dr. Sam Loomis:'' I met him, 15 years ago; [[TheSoulless I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.]] I met this... six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and [[BlackEyesOfEvil the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes.]] I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... '''''evil'''''.
* The titular Winter Soldier from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' spends most of his screentime this way--and just to twist the knife there's a scene in which we see that it's because his captors are repeatedly, intentionally, ''agonizingly'' [[BrainwashedAndCrazy wiping his memory]] in order to use him as an [[TheDreaded unstoppable weapon]].

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* In ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', Max is described as a "burned out shell" by the narrator.
* In ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'', Kanji Wanatabe worked as a petty bureaucrat for decades without taking a day off, accomplishing nothing in the process. The narrator describes him as someone who is not really alive.
* He may be one of the most iconic characters in history, but believe it or not, DarthWiki/DarthVader of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame is nothing more than an emotionless EmptyShell at the end of the day. After being burned alive, confined to a limiting and outdated life support suit, and manipulated by Emperor Palpatine for years, the man who was once Anakin Skywalker is ultimately just the Emperor's most obedient slave. \n* The only thing human about Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series is what he looks like. Everything else... just isn't there.\n--> ''Dr. Sam Loomis:'' I met him, 15 years ago; [[TheSoulless I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong.]] I met this... six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and [[BlackEyesOfEvil the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes.]] I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... '''''evil'''''.\n* The titular Winter Soldier from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' spends most of his screentime this way--and just to twist the knife there's a scene in which we see that it's because his captors are repeatedly, intentionally, ''agonizingly'' [[BrainwashedAndCrazy wiping his memory]] in order to use him as an [[TheDreaded unstoppable weapon]].



* This is the fate that befalls those [[BrownNote who watch even a moment of the title film]] in David Foster Wallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest''.

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* The ultimate fate of [[spoiler:the protagonists]] in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. The Ministry of Love mass-manufactures such people.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Ellimist's]] back story involves him being captured by Father, a huge sea creature that absorbs/enslaves the minds of others. Eventually the Ellimist learns to absorb those dead minds from Father into himself. At the end it seems that Father had no real mind of his own, just a HiveMind from everyone he had absorbed.
** Possibly [[spoiler:the Isk, created by the Yoorts and together making up the Iskoort species]].
* ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'': In ''The Malloreon'', when [[TheEmperor 'Zakath]] was eighteen and madly in love, his lover was uncovered as the mastermind behind a plot on his life. Given the weight of evidence against her, he had no choice but to sentence her to death. After her death, he discovered the true culprit was Taur Urgas, king of the Murgos. 'Zakath's MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction consisted of him locking himself in his room for a month. What came out was an empty shell that existed for one sole purpose: to wipe the entire Murgo race off the face of the planet. The Mirin Codex calls him "The Empty One", a phrase lampshaded by the characters as being blunt to the point of insensitive. [[spoiler:'Zakath is cured through ThePowerOfLove by no less than [[BlindSeer Cyradis]] herself.]]
* Khayon's Rubrics from ''Literature/BlackLegion'' are this trope literally, being the ashes of non-psyker Thousand Sons trapped in their armour. They have combat-awareness and follow Khayon's every order, but that about seals it. [[spoiler:By the end of the book, one of them manages to regain his consciousness just in time for a Heroic Sacrifice.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Trymon becomes one after his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", whence strange, horrible creatures try to escape into reality]].
** Also in the (quite dark) ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the [[PuttingOnTheReich Cable Street Irregulars']] torture has reduced several people to this. Probably the most controversial thing in the series is the sentence, "Vimes took his dagger, and...[[MercyKill gave what help he could]]".
* In Anne [=McCaffrey=]'s ''Literature/DragonRidersOfPern'' series, this can happen to those whose dragons die. Some snap out of it, others never do.
* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'':
This is the fate that befalls those [[BrownNote who watch even a moment of victims of the title film]] revenant (most notably Warren Burgess) - they're trapped in David Foster Wallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest''.the deepest recesses of their mind, with almost no signs of life on the outside, and no ability to speak. For some weird reason, the revenant also turns the victim into an albino. [[spoiler:Everyone gets better after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Seth, in a nearly impossible display of courage, removes the wooden nail nail (the only thing keeping the revenant alive) from its neck.]]]]



** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', a Dementor's Kiss [[CessationOfExistence devours the victim's soul]] but leaves the empty body behind. In example, this ''almost'' happened to [[spoiler: Sirius Black]] and is what ultimately took [[spoiler: Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Jr.]] out of the picture at the end of ''Goblet of Fire''.
** In later books, we also see that Neville's parents, Alice and Frank, became empty shells after [[ColdBloodedTorture prolonged torture]] at the hands of [[spoiler: the aforementioned Barty Crouch Jr., Bellatrix Lestrange, and others]] -- they're permanently catatonic and barely seem to recognize their son.
* In ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', Arthur Dent spends some time on a planet which seems a lot like Earth but where no one has any motivation or hopes at all, and apparently don't even care enough to avoid dying of thirst when their plumbing breaks.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Trymon becomes one after his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", whence strange, horrible creatures try to escape into reality]].
** Also in the (quite dark) ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the [[PuttingOnTheReich Cable Street Irregulars']] torture has reduced several people to this. Probably the most controversial thing in the series is the sentence, "Vimes took his dagger, and...[[MercyKill gave what help he could]]".
* In ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', patients who are lobotomized become this.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', a Dementor's Kiss [[CessationOfExistence devours the victim's soul]] but leaves the empty body behind. In example, this ''almost'' happened to [[spoiler: Sirius [[spoiler:Sirius Black]] and is what ultimately took [[spoiler: Bartemius [[spoiler:Bartemius "Barty" Crouch Jr.]] out of the picture at the end of ''Goblet of Fire''.
** In later books, we also see that Neville's parents, Alice and Frank, became empty shells after [[ColdBloodedTorture prolonged torture]] at the hands of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the aforementioned Barty Crouch Jr., Bellatrix Lestrange, and others]] -- - they're permanently catatonic and barely seem to recognize their son.
* In ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', Arthur Dent spends some time on a planet which seems a lot like Earth but where no one has any motivation or hopes at all, and apparently don't even care enough to avoid dying of thirst when their plumbing breaks.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Trymon becomes one after his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", whence strange, horrible creatures try to escape into reality]].
** Also in the (quite dark) ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the [[PuttingOnTheReich Cable Street Irregulars']] torture has reduced several people to this. Probably the most controversial thing in the series is the sentence, "Vimes took his dagger, and...[[MercyKill gave what help he could]]".
* In ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', patients who are lobotomized become this.
son.



* Khayon's Rubrics from ''Literature/BlackLegion'' are this trope literally, being the ashes of non-psyker Thousand Sons trapped in their armour. They have combat-awareness and follow Khayon's every order, but that about seals it. [[spoiler:By the end of the book, one of them manages to regain his consciousness just in time for a Heroic Sacrifice.]]
* The ultimate fate of [[spoiler: the protagonists]] in ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''. The Ministry of Love mass-manufactures such people.
* People caught by the Black Wind in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series become this, if they survive. Likewise being "kissed" by a Draghkar, or otherwise [[OurSoulsAreDifferent losing your soul]]. There are also the Grey Men, sometimes known in-universe as TheSoulless, who have surrendered their souls to the Shadow and are little more than automatons. Finally, [[spoiler:Mesaana]] becomes this in book 13 after she wasdefeated by [[spoiler:Egwene]] in Tel'aran'rhiod.
* Perhaps the nastiest version -- [[spoiler: the ''Borg'']] are this, according to ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny''. [[spoiler: The guiding intelligence of the Borg was once an alien cybernetic organism called a Caeliar -- a bit paranoid and xenophobic, but basically okay. But after being stranded in the past with nothing to sustain her, Sedin degraded into a mindless hunger.]]

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* Khayon's Rubrics ''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 ''Literature/BlackLegion'' are ''The Deluge Drivers'' opted to die rather than be caught and mindwiped, because he doesn't believe the official sources and thinks this trope literally, being is what it ''really'' invokes.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', this happens to Katniss's mother after Mr. Everdeen dies in
the ashes of non-psyker Thousand Sons trapped in their armour. They have combat-awareness and follow Khayon's every order, but that about seals it. [[spoiler:By mines. Then Katniss goes through it ''twice'': first after [[spoiler:Peeta is captured by the Capitol]] at the end of ''Catching Fire'', then after [[spoiler:Prim is killed]] in ''Mockingjay''. It's actual depression/catatonia rather than anything supernatural.
* This is
the book, one fate that befalls those [[BrownNote who watch even a moment of them manages to regain his consciousness just the title film]] in David Foster Wallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest''.
* In ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', Arthur Dent spends some
time for on a Heroic Sacrifice.]]
planet which seems a lot like Earth but where no one has any motivation or hopes at all, and apparently don't even care enough to avoid dying of thirst when their plumbing breaks.
* Colonel Armitage in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. The ultimate fate of [[spoiler: mercenaries he's hired suspect that he does nothing but sit and stare at the protagonists]] in ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''. The Ministry of Love mass-manufactures such people.
* People caught by
wall when he's not on the Black Wind in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series job.
* In ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', patients who are lobotomized
become this, if they survive. Likewise being "kissed" by a Draghkar, or otherwise [[OurSoulsAreDifferent losing your soul]]. There are also the Grey Men, sometimes known in-universe as TheSoulless, who have surrendered their souls to the Shadow and are little more than automatons. Finally, [[spoiler:Mesaana]] becomes this in book 13 after she wasdefeated by [[spoiler:Egwene]] in Tel'aran'rhiod.
this.
* Perhaps the nastiest version -- [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ''Borg'']] are this, according to ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny''. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The guiding intelligence of the Borg was once an alien cybernetic organism called a Caeliar -- a bit paranoid and xenophobic, but basically okay. But after being stranded in the past with nothing to sustain her, Sedin degraded into a mindless hunger.]]



* Colonel Armitage in ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''. The mercenaries he's hired suspect that he does nothing but sit and stare at the wall when he's not on the job.



* ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'': When [[TheEmperor 'Zakath]] was eighteen and madly in love, his lover was uncovered as the mastermind behind a plot on his life. Given the weight of evidence against her, he had no choice but to sentence her to death. After her death, he discovered the true culprit was Taur Urgas, king of the Murgos. 'Zakath's MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction consisted of him locking himself in his room for a month. What came out was an empty shell that existed for one sole purpose: to wipe the entire Murgo race off the face of the planet. The Mirin Codex calls him "The Empty One", a phrase lampshaded by the characters as being blunt to the point of insensitive. [[spoiler: 'Zakath is cured through ThePowerOfLove by no less than [[BlindSeer Cyradis]] herself.]]
* This is the fate of victims of the revenant (most notably Warren Burgess) in the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series--they're trapped in the deepest recesses of their mind, with almost no signs of life on the outside, and no ability to speak. For some weird reason, the revenant also turns the victim into an albino. [[spoiler:Everyone gets better after [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Seth, in a nearly impossible display of courage, removes the wooden nail nail (the only thing keeping the revenant alive) from its neck.]]]]
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Ellimist's]] back story involves him being captured by Father, a huge sea creature that absorbs/enslaves the minds of others. Eventually the Ellimist learns to absorb those dead minds from Father into himself. At the end it seems that Father had no real mind of his own, just a HiveMind from everyone he had absorbed.
** Possibly [[spoiler:the Isk, created by the Yoorts and together making up the Iskoort species]].



* In Anne [=McCaffrey=]'s ''Literature/DragonRidersOfPern'' series, this can happen to those whose dragons die. Some snap out of it, others never do.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', this happens to Katniss's mother after Mr. Everdeen dies in the mines. Then Katniss goes through it ''twice'': first after [[spoiler: Peeta is captured by the Capitol]] at the end of ''Catching Fire'', then after [[spoiler: Prim is killed]] in ''Mockingjay''. It's actual depression/catatonia rather than anything supernatural.
* The ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' books have revenant victims and people who looked into the Oculus unprepared, all of whom lost most of their brain functioning.



* 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.

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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 People caught by the Black Wind in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series become this, if they survive. Likewise being "kissed" by a Draghkar, or otherwise [[OurSoulsAreDifferent losing your soul]]. There are also the Grey Men, sometimes known in-universe as TheSoulless, who have surrendered their souls to the Shadow and mindwiped, because he doesn't believe the official sources and thinks are little more than automatons. Finally, [[spoiler:Mesaana]] becomes this trope is what it ''really'' invokes.in book 13 after she wasdefeated by [[spoiler:Egwene]] in Tel'aran'rhiod.



* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has [[spoiler: Dr. Bumby]] turning the children of the Asylum into this [[spoiler:so that he can pimp them out]].

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* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has [[spoiler: Dr.[[spoiler:Dr. Bumby]] turning the children of the Asylum into this [[spoiler:so that he can pimp them out]].



* Dr. Viktor's body was said to be this in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Viktor: The Spoils", prior to it's possession by the consciousness of King Xarion.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Spanky Ham justifies his and his housemates' killing of the staff of Entertainment Weekly by stating that working in cubicles has made them already "dead inside".



* "WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Get Busted" has this happen to [[spoiler: the boys themselves. Don't worry, they snap out of it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Spanky Ham justifies his and his housemates' killing of the staff of Entertainment Weekly by stating that working in cubicles has made them already "dead inside".
* Dr. Viktor's body was said to be this in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Viktor: The Spoils", prior to it's possession by the consciousness of King Xarion.

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* "WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Get Busted" has this happen to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the boys themselves. Don't worry, they snap out of it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Spanky Ham justifies his and his housemates' killing of the staff of Entertainment Weekly by stating that working in cubicles has made them already "dead inside".
* Dr. Viktor's body was said to be this in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Viktor: The Spoils", prior to it's possession by the consciousness of King Xarion.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Drogo becomes this following a life-saving ritual. VorpalPillow ensues.
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