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3rd Dec '17 2:25:34 AM Jubileus57
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* While Dusknoir's Pokedex entry in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' ("the antenna on its head captures radio waves from the world of spirits that command it to take people there") would suggest that it abducts unwilling people, entries in later games suggest Dusknoir actually acts as a ferryman that guides lost souls "home" (into the realm of the dead).

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* While Dusknoir's Pokedex entry in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' ("the antenna on its head captures radio waves from the world of spirits that command it to take people there") would suggest that it abducts unwilling people, entries in later games suggest Dusknoir actually acts as a ferryman that guides lost souls "home" (into the realm of the dead). Drifblim is also stated in ''Ultra Sun'' to carry away people into the afterlife if they grab them at dusk.
23rd Nov '17 11:39:37 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler:When Twilight breaks free of her prison a thousand years after she was trapped by the Nightmare, Death is finally able to come for her, allowing her to make her journey to Elysium so she can rest in peace.]]
19th Nov '17 6:10:30 AM DaibhidC
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* Secret in ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' is a living (or not) conduit between the realms of the living and the dead with powers she doesn't really understand, but which sometimes enable her to act as a psychopomp.
9th Nov '17 8:55:24 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': You play as one of the Bound, who has partially fused with a type of ghost, and go around doing the work of the dead, or just doing the shit your Geist wants. One of the [[{{Splat}} Archetypes]], the Advocates, is pretty much devoted to helping ghost resolve their UnfinishedBusiness and allowing them to pass on.

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* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'':
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You play as one of the Bound, who has partially fused with a type of ghost, and go around doing the work of the dead, or just doing the shit your Geist wants. One of the [[{{Splat}} Archetypes]], the Advocates, is pretty much devoted to helping ghost resolve their UnfinishedBusiness and allowing them to pass on.


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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Dungeon Fantasy 9'' introduces necromancers (among others) as a playable character type in dungeon fantasy worlds. One of the suggested possible motivations for such individuals joining adventuring parties is explicitly that they may act as psychopomps -- specialists in helping the dead go on correctly to the next world, as a moral duty. As undead are clearly not doing this right, and dungeons tend to have a lot of undead, psychopomp necromancers may want to visit those places and get "a bit forceful".
5th Oct '17 10:12:41 AM x_countryguy
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* ''Film/JacobsLadder''. [[spoiler: The "demons" are actually angels freeing you from your old life. In addition, Gabriel.]]
* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: At least, that's what he claims to be]].

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* ''Film/JacobsLadder''. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "demons" are actually angels freeing you from your old life. In addition, Gabriel.]]
* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least, that's what he claims to be]].



* The sparrows in Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'' are considered by the main character to be psychopomps. This turns out to be true in the ending, where [[spoiler: the sparrows carry George Stark off to the afterlife]]
* Two of these appear in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Ghost Story''. The first is [[spoiler: Carmichael]], who appears to guide [[spoiler: Harry Dresden]] to his superiors, who are a sort of "between worlds police" who specialize in safeguarding free will as agents of the Archangel Uriel. The second appears much later, in the form of a literal "angel of death" who is standing over [[spoiler: Father Forthill's body]] as he lays dying. When Harry questions her purpose, she tells him that her job is to safeguard the souls of the righteous who [[{{Satan}} the Enemy]] would seek to waylay on their way to the afterlife, and that she is standing by for the moment when [[spoiler: Forthill]] dies.
* Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' references this by name. In this case, it's [[spoiler: [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Thoth]]/Mr. Ibis leading the main character after his death on the WorldTree]].

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* The sparrows in Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'' are considered by the main character to be psychopomps. This turns out to be true in the ending, where [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the sparrows carry George Stark off to the afterlife]]
* Two of these appear in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Ghost Story''. The first is [[spoiler: Carmichael]], [[spoiler:Carmichael]], who appears to guide [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry Dresden]] to his superiors, who are a sort of "between worlds police" who specialize in safeguarding free will as agents of the Archangel Uriel. The second appears much later, in the form of a literal "angel of death" who is standing over [[spoiler: Father [[spoiler:Father Forthill's body]] as he lays dying. When Harry questions her purpose, she tells him that her job is to safeguard the souls of the righteous who [[{{Satan}} the Enemy]] would seek to waylay on their way to the afterlife, and that she is standing by for the moment when [[spoiler: Forthill]] [[spoiler:Forthill]] dies.
* Neil Gaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' references this by name. In this case, it's [[spoiler: [[Myth/EgyptianMythology [[spoiler:[[Myth/EgyptianMythology Thoth]]/Mr. Ibis leading the main character after his death on the WorldTree]].



'''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.



* The GrandFinale of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' - and, by extension, ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' - reveals this to be the case for [[spoiler: Gene Hunt and Jim Keats. The entire series has been a purgatory for British coppers, and Gene is supposed to help them resolve their emotional baggage and move on (too bad he doesn't remember this himself until the end). Keats is Gene's opposite number - if you lose your way, he's one who takes you, and it's pretty clear [[FireAndBrimstoneHell where]].]]

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* The GrandFinale of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' - and, by extension, ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' - reveals this to be the case for [[spoiler: Gene [[spoiler:Gene Hunt and Jim Keats. The entire series has been a purgatory for British coppers, and Gene is supposed to help them resolve their emotional baggage and move on (too bad he doesn't remember this himself until the end). Keats is Gene's opposite number - if you lose your way, he's one who takes you, and it's pretty clear [[FireAndBrimstoneHell where]].]]



** [[spoiler: Then Christian fulfilled the really psychopompic threshold keeping duty.]]

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** [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Christian fulfilled the really psychopompic threshold keeping duty.]]



* ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'' : Spirits, who used to take humans' souls to afterlife before their imprisonment. [[spoiler: It is revealed near the end that actually the Mehdiea or Hellions as they're known were responsible for sending souls to afterlife. As both Spirits and Mehdiea are imprisoned, at the end it falls to Jonas to do the job. He even mentions at the end that some people call him "[[TheGrimReaper The Reaper]]".]]

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* ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'' : Spirits, who used to take humans' souls to afterlife before their imprisonment. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is revealed near the end that actually the Mehdiea or Hellions as they're known were responsible for sending souls to afterlife. As both Spirits and Mehdiea are imprisoned, at the end it falls to Jonas to do the job. He even mentions at the end that some people call him "[[TheGrimReaper The Reaper]]".]]
10th Sep '17 8:11:25 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/HPLovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" it was whippoorwills. They would gather near someone who was dying and if they got the soul would hoot and sing for the rest of the night. If the person died and the birds quieted down, then you knew they missed it.

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* In Creator/HPLovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" "Literature/TheDunwichHorror", it was whippoorwills. They would gather near someone who was dying and if they got the soul would hoot and sing for the rest of the night. If the person died and the birds quieted down, then you knew they missed it.
20th Aug '17 4:43:47 PM DarkHunter
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** 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 Defied 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. (Note that the Bible often equates death with "eternal damnation"... whether or not the physical body is alive, the ''person'', ie, their soul, is not dead unless they are damned to Hell.)
14th Aug '17 8:06:47 AM ZeroDead
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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mptpw8fQ-lw ridiculously adorable animated short]] depicts what happens when psychopomps of several cultures take their children to school.

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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mptpw8fQ-lw ridiculously adorable animated short]] depicts what happens when psychopomps of several cultures take send their children to school.
9th Aug '17 2:17:27 PM ZeroDead
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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mptpw8fQ-lw stupidly adorable animated short]] depicts what happens when psychopomps of several cultures take their children to school

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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mptpw8fQ-lw stupidly ridiculously adorable animated short]] depicts what happens when psychopomps of several cultures take their children to schoolschool.
8th Aug '17 1:37:56 PM ZeroDead
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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mptpw8fQ-lw stupidly adorable animated short]] depicts what happens when psychopomps of several cultures take their children to school
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