History Main / Psychopomp

21st Aug '16 4:13:38 PM Gingerkitteh
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Greek for ''conveyors of the soul'' (and a title applied to Hermes), psychopomps are this journey's guides, and they are ''everywhere'' in mythology. Most cultures, ancient or modern, include at least one figure with this function; several have many. They are not necessarily personifications of death or judges of the dead, although many are; they may or may not choose the slain, but all escort their charges to the next world. If more than one appears, they may dispute over who gets the soul, which will determine the destination. Often they act as [[ThresholdGuardians threshold guardian]] figures either to dead souls or to living heroes descending into the underworld. In many cases, it's common for burial rites to include an offering to the guardian of the gates of death. [[LiminalBeing Their ability to cross between the lands of the living and the dead -- they may be the only beings who can -- may make them uncanny even among their kinds.]] [[DontFearTheReaper Still, i In any case, you don't need to fear these guys]].

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Greek for ''conveyors of the soul'' (and a title applied to Hermes), psychopomps are this journey's guides, and they are ''everywhere'' in mythology. Most cultures, ancient or modern, include at least one figure with this function; several have many. They are not necessarily personifications of death or judges of the dead, although many are; they may or may not choose the slain, but all escort their charges to the next world. If more than one appears, they may dispute over who gets the soul, which will determine the destination. Often they act as [[ThresholdGuardians threshold guardian]] figures either to dead souls or to living heroes descending into the underworld. In many cases, it's common for burial rites to include an offering to the guardian of the gates of death. [[LiminalBeing Their ability to cross between the lands of the living and the dead -- they may be the only beings who can -- may make them uncanny even among their kinds.]] [[DontFearTheReaper Still, i In in any case, you don't need to fear these guys]].
19th Aug '16 6:13:28 PM VictorDamazio
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* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' has one as the main protagonist, Manny Calavera, a Grim Reaper who lives on the land of the dead, and his job is going to the land of the living, bringing dead people to the land of the dead, and sell them tickets to the Ninth Underworld, which is essentialy heaven, Manny is only allowed to go to the Ninth Underworld if he pays his debts for what he done in life, and is working as a reaper to do such, when working as a reaper, he dresses with a robe and carries a schyte, but when he is not picking souls, his job is just like in a real world office.
9th Aug '16 3:53:51 PM nombretomado
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* The main characters of DeadLikeMe.

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* %%* The main characters of DeadLikeMe.''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
31st Jul '16 7:03:32 PM Goldfritha
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Greek for ''conveyors of the soul'' (and a title applied to Hermes), psychopomps are this journey's guides, and they are ''everywhere'' in mythology. Most cultures, ancient or modern, include at least one figure with this function; several have many. They are not necessarily personifications of death or judges of the dead, although many are; they may or may not choose the slain, but all escort their charges to the next world. If more than one appears, they may dispute over who gets the soul, which will determine the destination. Often they act as [[ThresholdGuardians threshold guardian]] figures either to dead souls or to living heroes descending into the underworld. In many cases, it's common for burial rites to include an offering to the guardian of the gates of death. [[DontFearTheReaper In any case, you don't need to fear these guys]].

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Greek for ''conveyors of the soul'' (and a title applied to Hermes), psychopomps are this journey's guides, and they are ''everywhere'' in mythology. Most cultures, ancient or modern, include at least one figure with this function; several have many. They are not necessarily personifications of death or judges of the dead, although many are; they may or may not choose the slain, but all escort their charges to the next world. If more than one appears, they may dispute over who gets the soul, which will determine the destination. Often they act as [[ThresholdGuardians threshold guardian]] figures either to dead souls or to living heroes descending into the underworld. In many cases, it's common for burial rites to include an offering to the guardian of the gates of death. [[LiminalBeing Their ability to cross between the lands of the living and the dead -- they may be the only beings who can -- may make them uncanny even among their kinds.]] [[DontFearTheReaper Still, i In any case, you don't need to fear these guys]].
24th Jul '16 12:12:50 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Considering that he isn't shown to be directly interfering with the townsfolk at any point, it's implied that the Undertaker in ''WebAnimation/TheBackwaterGospel'' is this.
9th Jul '16 3:21:31 PM StFan
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* A playable class within ''BloodlineChampions''. With long braided hair with sticks in it in addition to wearing a headband, they also have a [[VideoGame/NewAgeRetroHippie hippie-ish]] look.

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* A playable class within ''BloodlineChampions''.''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions''. With long braided hair with sticks in it in addition to wearing a headband, they also have a [[VideoGame/NewAgeRetroHippie hippie-ish]] look.
9th Jul '16 3:21:01 PM StFan
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* The ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album titled "''L'Ankou''" is set in Brittany and features the eponymous Psychopomp (see Celtic myths, below). The Ankou is however portrayed as benevolent, and is helping the protagonists from preventing the meltdown of a nuclear plant. (He's fine dealing with the usual flow of deaths, but has absolutely no interest in a major catastrophe increasing his workload.) At one point, the Ankou shows himself to a pair of local cops about to arrest Spirou and Fantasio, and tells them "It's usually a bad thing for living people to see me, right? So, let's make a deal: you forget you saw those two, and I'll forget that I have seen you."



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* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: [[ILied Ma]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation y]][[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane be]]]].

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* Creator/LiamNeeson plays one in ''Film/AfterLife''. [[spoiler: [[ILied Ma]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation y]][[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane be]]]].Maybe]].



* Charlie and Minty Fresh in Creator/ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/ADirtyJob''

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* Charlie and Minty Fresh in Creator/ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/ADirtyJob''''Literature/ADirtyJob''.



* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' characters discuss how Orpheus is certain to be the new Psychopomp. Later, in ''Titans of Chaos'', the old one uses it to justify being an OmnicidalManiac, since he can conduct the souls back after he recreates the universe ''[[KnightTemplar right]]''.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' characters discuss how Orpheus is certain to be the new Psychopomp. Later, in ''Titans of Chaos'', the old one uses it to justify being an OmnicidalManiac, since he can conduct the souls back after he recreates the universe ''[[KnightTemplar right]]''.






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* The ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' has a lot of deaths running around. ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' at least two, ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' three (both have the deaths of Discworld and Sandman, and ''Roommates'' also the Erl-king the fae of child's death).

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* The ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}'' has a lot of deaths running around. ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' at least two, ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' three (both have the deaths of Discworld and Sandman, and ''Roommates'' also the Erl-king the fae of child's death).



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* In ''{{Tasakeru}}'', the creatures called the Shroud take on a form that the deceased with trust implicitly, in order to ease the passage to [[TheUnderworld the Beneath]].

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* In ''{{Tasakeru}}'', ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'', the creatures called the Shroud take on a form that the deceased with trust implicitly, in order to ease the passage to [[TheUnderworld the Beneath]].



14th Jun '16 7:28:46 AM nighttrainfm
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* [[spoiler:Gene Hunt]] of ''Series/LifeOnMars''
** [[spoiler: Jim Keats, the BigBad of Season 3, is also a {{Psychopomp}}, being Hunt's "opposite number", as it were. If you sin in Dead Copper Purgatory, Keats is the one who takes you, and it's pretty clear [[FireAndBrimstoneHell where]].]]

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* [[spoiler:Gene Hunt]] The GrandFinale of ''Series/LifeOnMars''
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''Series/AshesToAshes'' - and, by extension, ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' - reveals this to be the case for [[spoiler: Gene Hunt and Jim Keats, 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 BigBad of Season 3, is also a {{Psychopomp}}, being Hunt's "opposite number", as it were. If you sin in Dead Copper Purgatory, end). Keats is the Gene's opposite number - if you lose your way, he's one who takes you, and it's pretty clear [[FireAndBrimstoneHell where]].]]
26th May '16 5:31:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* On ''TouchedByAnAngel'', Andrew, described as an "angel of death", performed this role.

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* On ''TouchedByAnAngel'', ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', Andrew, described as an "angel of death", performed this role.
27th Apr '16 2:37:15 PM margdean56
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** Charon ferried the souls of the dead across Styx as long as they could pay him a single obolos coin. Those buried without it were left to wonder the banks of Styx for all eternity.

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** Charon ferried the souls of the dead across Styx as long as they could pay him a single obolos coin. Those buried without it were left to wonder wander the banks of the Styx for all eternity.
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