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21st Jun '17 6:47:35 PM Fireblood
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* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: Maybe]].

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* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: Maybe]].At least, that's what he claims to be]].



* Myth/{{Hindu|Mythology}}: Yama, the Lord Of Death and Justice. Also exists in Buddhism, but there it's sometimes a title held by multiple entities.
* Myth/{{Egyptian|Mythology}}: Though they wouldn't actually take you to the Afterlife, Anubis, Horus, and Nephtys would be present at your final judgement. To get to the afterlife there were a few methods:

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* Myth/{{Hindu|Mythology}}: The Yamadoots, who serve Yama, the Lord Of Death and Justice. Also exists in Buddhism, but there it's sometimes a title held by multiple entities.
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* Myth/{{Egyptian|Mythology}}: Though they wouldn't actually take you to the Afterlife, afterlife, Anubis, Horus, and Nephtys would be present at your final judgement. To get to the afterlife there were a few methods:



* Islam: Azrael. Though the Qur'an simply refers to it as "The Angel of Death". What the Qur'an actually refers to are ''angels'' of death, plural. Only in ahadith (which are always a slippery subject given that the Qur'an is the only reliable scripture) is there any talk of an Azrael.

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* Islam: Azrael. Though Azrael, though the Qur'an simply refers to it as "The Angel of Death". What the Qur'an actually refers to are ''angels'' of death, plural. Only in ahadith a hadith (which are always a slippery subject given that the Qur'an is the only reliable scripture) is there any talk of an Azrael.



** Defiled by UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself in Literature/TheFourGospels, he explicitly stated that he isn't the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. Ultimately, he would [[MassResurrection resurrect the people]] who believed in him and followed his teaching.

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** Defiled by UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself in Literature/TheFourGospels, he Literature/TheFourGospels. He explicitly stated that he isn't the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. Ultimately, he would [[MassResurrection resurrect the people]] who believed in him and followed his teaching.
20th Jun '17 10:58:43 AM bjex
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* The main characters of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' are "Reapers", with the responsibility to "pop the soul" of the people who will die and lead them to the afterlife (who manifests as different things for different people, like an amusement park in the sky for a little girl). It is also common courtesy to "pop the soul" ''before'' the death happens (just seconds, though) in order to both avoiding having to go to places like morgues to do so and reduce the trauma the poor dead schmuck will have to endure, to not mention that ''not'' taking someone when he's due will eventually create a bigger, ''nastier'' event in order to BalancingDeathsBooks.


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* Anubis shows up as a psychopomp in ''Series/AmericanGods2017'' - he's introduced first by escorting an Egyptian Muslim woman into the afterlife. Then, one episode later, he tries to escort Laura into an IronicHell - only to have Laura pulled back suddenly into the land of the living as a kind of revenant. They meet again later - with Anubis in his mortal identity of Mr. Jacquel and his partner Thoth as Mr. Ibis. The two of them get Laura patched up somewhat, but Jacquel/Anubis warns Laura that once her business with her husband Shadow is concluded, she's going right back to the afterlife that's waiting for her.
4th Jun '17 5:14:52 PM VoxAquila
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* In Alfonso Azpiri's "They're Only Memories", a particularly full-figured one stops to comfort a dying solider - let's just say she goes to the afterlife happy.
20th May '17 7:08:26 PM nombretomado
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** In his afterword to the VertigoComics artists' showcase ''Death Gallery'', Creator/NeilGaiman mentions the inspiration for this portrayal. A Kabbalistic teaching has it that when a person is about to die, the Angel of Death comes to him in the form of a woman so beautiful that his [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer or her]] soul leaves their body in ecstasy.

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** In his afterword to the VertigoComics Creator/VertigoComics artists' showcase ''Death Gallery'', Creator/NeilGaiman mentions the inspiration for this portrayal. A Kabbalistic teaching has it that when a person is about to die, the Angel of Death comes to him in the form of a woman so beautiful that his [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer or her]] soul leaves their body in ecstasy.
2nd Apr '17 5:40:31 PM DustSnitch
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** Defiled by {{Jesus}} himself in ''Literature/TheFourGospels'', he explicitly stated that he isn't the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. Ultimately, he would [[MassResurrection resurrect the people]] who believed in him and followed his teaching.

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** Defiled by {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} himself in ''Literature/TheFourGospels'', Literature/TheFourGospels, he explicitly stated that he isn't the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive. Ultimately, he would [[MassResurrection resurrect the people]] who believed in him and followed his teaching.
29th Mar '17 7:26:31 PM zequeins
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** ''Book of The Dead'' introduced perhaps the biggest in the entire setting: Mictlantecuhtli, the Kerberos of Mictlan, also known as Polydegmon the Collector. He doesn't guide souls per se, but the book mentions how he sees himself as the guardian of the dead. His biggest claim though, is how he can retrieve the soul of ''anyone'' who has ever died. Not even FinalDeath, CessationOfExistence, even old age (which is big, considering old age is usually ''the'' final death in most other settings) could stop him from doing this. Combined his [[GeniusLoci Geognosis]] and perfect 15 stats across the board, he might even be one of the mythical [[AGodAmI Deathlords.]]
21st Feb '17 8:20:23 AM Kakai
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'''Garovel:'''Because that would be a great cruelty... On its own, a soul will soon decay.Within a day, it will become a confused mass of semi-consciousness. Within two, it will become a prison of raw agony...Ferrying souls is a task we take upon ourselves not because a higher power has ordained us to, but just because itís the right thing to do...And besides, what the fuck else are we gonna do with our time? Itís a good way to relieve boredom.

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'''Garovel:'''Because that would be a great cruelty... On its own, a soul will soon decay. Within a day, it will become a confused mass of semi-consciousness. Within two, it will become a prison of raw agony...Ferrying souls is a task we take upon ourselves not because a higher power has ordained us to, but just because itís the right thing to do... And besides, what the fuck else are we gonna do with our time? Itís a good way to relieve boredom.


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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', people believe in the Hagfishes, a group of spirits or minor deities whose job is to carry souls of the deceased to [[TopGod Noden]].
9th Jan '17 1:10:56 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace. (Most of the 'bad guys', especially in early chapters, are souls that were left too long; it just takes a different act for them to move on). The story's events, however, makes them pretty much ThePiratesWhoWontDoAnything.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace. (Most of the 'bad guys', especially in early chapters, are souls that were left too long; it just takes a different act for them to move on). The story's events, however, makes them pretty much ThePiratesWhoWontDoAnything.ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything (or, at least, the Reapers that are protagonists).
9th Jan '17 1:10:18 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace. (Most of the 'bad guys', especially in early chapters, are souls that were left too long; it just takes a different act for them to move on.)

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace. (Most of the 'bad guys', especially in early chapters, are souls that were left too long; it just takes a different act for them to move on.)on). The story's events, however, makes them pretty much ThePiratesWhoWontDoAnything.



%%* The main characters of ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.

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%%* * The main characters of ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.''Series/DeadLikeMe'' are "Reapers", with the responsibility to "pop the soul" of the people who will die and lead them to the afterlife (who manifests as different things for different people, like an amusement park in the sky for a little girl). It is also common courtesy to "pop the soul" ''before'' the death happens (just seconds, though) in order to both avoiding having to go to places like morgues to do so and reduce the trauma the poor dead schmuck will have to endure, to not mention that ''not'' taking someone when he's due will eventually create a bigger, ''nastier'' event in order to BalancingDeathsBooks.
3rd Jan '17 3:55:17 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': This is what the shinigami (translated as Soul Reapers in this 'verse) are portrayed as rather than {{Grim Reaper}}s or death gods. When people die, a soul reaper performs a a certain act that allows the soul to pass on in peace. (Most of the 'bad guys', especially in early chapters, are souls that were left too long; it just takes a different act for them to move on.)
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