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2nd Apr '17 4:00:15 AM gjjones
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* ''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai'' is full of these. There are actually two opposing factions driving the main conflict. [[BadassPrincess Lisara]]'s side takes pity on humans, and regularly allows them to live longer than they're supposed to. On the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Gardarblog]]'s side believes this practice has upset Earth's balance, and the resulting overpopulation is causing unnecessary suffering for humanity via famines and wars.

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* ''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai'' ''LightNovel/SoICantPlayH'' is full of these. There are actually two opposing factions driving the main conflict. [[BadassPrincess Lisara]]'s side takes pity on humans, and regularly allows them to live longer than they're supposed to. On the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Gardarblog]]'s side believes this practice has upset Earth's balance, and the resulting overpopulation is causing unnecessary suffering for humanity via famines and wars.
22nd Mar '17 1:50:56 PM Pilomotor
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* Lisara in ''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai''.
* In ''Manga/VirginRipper'', they are souls who commited the sin of suicide but met certain requirements and so were given the opportunity to redeem themselves by taking this job. Their duty is to escort the souls of the deceased to the Gate of Judgement, where it will be decided whether they are to go to Heaven or Hell.

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* Lisara in ''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai''.
''LightNovel/DakaraBokuWaHGaDekinai'' is full of these. There are actually two opposing factions driving the main conflict. [[BadassPrincess Lisara]]'s side takes pity on humans, and regularly allows them to live longer than they're supposed to. On the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Gardarblog]]'s side believes this practice has upset Earth's balance, and the resulting overpopulation is causing unnecessary suffering for humanity via famines and wars.
* In ''Manga/VirginRipper'', they are souls who commited committed the sin of suicide but met certain requirements and so were given the opportunity to redeem themselves by taking this job. Their duty is to escort the souls of the deceased to the Gate of Judgement, where it will be decided whether they are to go to Heaven or Hell.
25th Feb '17 8:33:30 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' has two cute spiffily dressed shinigami giving [[OlderAlterEgo age inducing]] IdolSinger powers to a charge who will die within a year to throat cancer. (It's actually a lot more complicated than it sounds.)

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* ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' has two cute spiffily dressed shinigami (Meroko and Takuto) giving [[OlderAlterEgo age inducing]] IdolSinger powers to a charge who will die within a year to throat cancer. (It's actually a lot more complicated than it sounds.)


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** As for the reasons that lead humans to kill themselves and become Shinigami, they're varied. Meroko? [[spoiler: She mistakenly believed that her best friend and the guy they both loved would desert her ''and'' was almost raped by another guy]]? Takuto? [[spoiler: Was in a promising BoyBand but lost his voice when a cancerous tumor was removed from ''his'' throat.]] Meroko and Takuto's companion Izumi? [[spoiler: He stood in the way of a train after his mother's mistreatment definitely broke him.]]
8th Dec '16 8:19:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Korean version, Jeoseung-Saja or "Messenger of the Other Side", shows up once in a while in manhwa. They tend to be much creepier than their Japanese counterparts, possibly because Sajas, with their traditional jerkassness, are an integral part of Shamanic funerals, which are still practiced in most rural areas. They're traditionally portrayed as corrupt government agents, sometimes threatening to abuse the departed soul in their custody unless bribed with offerings(usually food or some clothes).

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* The Korean version, Jeoseung-Saja or "Messenger of the Other Side", shows up once in a while in manhwa. They tend to be much creepier than their Japanese counterparts, possibly because Sajas, with their traditional jerkassness, are an integral part of Shamanic funerals, which are still practiced in most rural areas. They're traditionally portrayed as corrupt government agents, sometimes threatening to abuse the departed soul in their custody unless bribed with offerings(usually food or some clothes).



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* ''Webcomic/ShinigamiDeathPunch'', obviously. All of the main characters are shinigami, in the case of the {{Psychopomp}} variety. They're also decidedly young and hipster, with a structured bureaucracy dictating most of their actions.

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* ''Webcomic/ShinigamiDeathPunch'', obviously. All of the main characters are shinigami, in the case of the {{Psychopomp}} variety. They're also decidedly young and hipster, with a structured bureaucracy dictating most of their actions.
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8th Dec '16 6:29:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' features a shinigami which is goblin-like, but still hip and young; the fact that he ''works'' for the titular character speaks on how BadAss she is. At the start of the series when she sees her own body, she assumes that she's dead and tells him to show her the way to Hell.

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* ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' features a shinigami which is goblin-like, but still hip and young; the fact that he ''works'' for the titular character speaks on how BadAss badass she is. At the start of the series when she sees her own body, she assumes that she's dead and tells him to show her the way to Hell.
1st Oct '16 1:46:36 PM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is an anime and manga about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an entire society of shinigami]] who seemingly spend more time fighting TheHeartless than actually acting as psychopomps. Ferrying the dead to Soul Society is a job left to low-ranking shinigami while the more powerful shinigami focus on protecting the world from dangerous supernatural threats and administrating the low-ranking shinigami duties. The official English translation calls them Soul Reapers, a translation that met with Kubo's approval.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features Shinigami who come in a variety of monstrous forms, from Ryuk, who resembles MonsterClown, to Rem and Sidoh who both look like [[{{Mummy}} mummies]]. They all have retractable wings that can be used for flight, they're immune to any weapon from a human, and can [[IntangibleMan phase through objects]]. They're InvisibleToNormals, unless said normal touches the Death Note owned by that Shinigami. They sustain themselves by writing names down in their Death Note, which magically kills the person, and then gaining the remaining years that person would've lived. Despite their power, they're very lazy as a society, and do little more than play cards. Ryuk only dropped a spare Death Note into the human world because he was incredibly bored.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is an anime and manga about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters an entire society of shinigami]] who seemingly spend more time fighting TheHeartless than actually acting as psychopomps. Ferrying the dead to Soul Society is a job left to low-ranking shinigami while the more powerful shinigami focus on protecting the world from dangerous supernatural threats and administrating the low-ranking shinigami duties. The official English translation calls them Soul Reapers, a translation that met with Kubo's Creator/TiteKubo's approval.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features Shinigami who come in a variety of monstrous forms, from Ryuk, who resembles a MonsterClown, to Rem and Sidoh who both look like [[{{Mummy}} mummies]]. They all have retractable wings that can be used for flight, they're immune to any weapon from a human, human weapons, and can [[IntangibleMan phase through objects]]. They're InvisibleToNormals, unless said normal touches the Death Note owned by that Shinigami. They sustain themselves by writing names down in their Death Note, which magically kills the person, and then gaining the remaining years that person would've would have lived. Despite their power, they're very lazy as a society, and do little more than play cards. Ryuk only dropped a spare Death Note into the human world because he was incredibly bored.
10th Jun '16 8:07:14 PM lavendermintrose
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The Japanese version of TheGrimReaper. Contrary to popular belief, they [[NewerThanTheyThink aren't part of traditional Japanese mythology]], but got imported from Europe in the 19th century. Originally used to refer to a single entity featured in the play "Shinigami" (usually translated as "death god," but the word is "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami kami]]'' of death" with its own set of connotations), the term has since evolved to refer to an entire race of {{Psychopomp}}s in Japanese culture. [[Manga/DeathNote Or evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Or those assigned to kill evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Each tale tells it differently]].

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The Japanese version of TheGrimReaper. Contrary to popular belief, they [[NewerThanTheyThink aren't part of traditional Japanese mythology]], but got imported from Europe in the 19th century. Originally used to refer to a single entity featured in the play "Shinigami" (usually translated as "death god," but the word is "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kami kami]]'' of death" with its own set of connotations), the term has since evolved to refer to an entire race of {{Psychopomp}}s in Japanese culture. [[Manga/DeathNote Or evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Or those assigned to kill kill]] [[Manga/BlackButler evil demonic soul eaters]]. [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Each tale tells it differently]].



* ''Manga/BlackButler'' uses these pretty standardly, as supposed-to-be-neutral beings managed by a bureaucratic regimen (e.g., much grumbling about overtime), who review the lives of people destined to die, deciding whether or not they should live. They and demons seem to dislike one another...

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' uses these pretty standardly, as supposed-to-be-neutral beings managed by a bureaucratic regimen (e.g., much grumbling about overtime), who review the lives of people destined to die, deciding whether or not they should live. They hate demons, and part of their role is to protect the souls they review from demons seem (like the [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]]) who would try to dislike one another...steal and eat them.
8th Jun '16 11:49:46 PM gewunomox
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Shinigami are sometimes depicted as goblin or skeletal creatures who cause death and accidents, but some popular and more recent depictions of Shinigami are closer to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent western vampires]], with them being portrayed as {{immortal}}, attractive hip young people who wield a [[ComboPlatterPowers variety of superpowers]], chief among them SoulPower ([[TheDeadCanDance dancing skills not included]]). They will usually either cause death to sustain themselves, [[DarkIsNotEvil peacefully escort souls]] to the afterlife (see {{Psychopomp}}), slay demons and poltergeists who cause unnatural deaths, or be the result of unnatural deaths themselves (interestingly similar to the ''first'' definition of Shinigami, though this is almost never brought up). Or various combinations of the above.

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Shinigami are sometimes depicted as goblin or skeletal creatures who cause death and accidents, but some popular and more recent depictions of Shinigami are closer to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent western vampires]], with them being portrayed as {{immortal}}, [[{{Immortality}} immortal]], attractive hip young people who wield a [[ComboPlatterPowers variety of superpowers]], chief among them SoulPower ([[TheDeadCanDance dancing skills not included]]). They will usually either cause death to sustain themselves, [[DarkIsNotEvil peacefully escort souls]] to the afterlife (see {{Psychopomp}}), slay demons and poltergeists who cause unnatural deaths, or be the result of unnatural deaths themselves (interestingly similar to the ''first'' definition of Shinigami, though this is almost never brought up). Or various combinations of the above.
19th Apr '16 12:47:09 PM MsChibi
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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Myth/JapaneseMythology and FluffyCloudHeaven.

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In a few instances, their counterparts are "[[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]". Only superficially the Judeo-Christian variety, as they tend to be ex-humans too. A mix of Myth/JapaneseMythology and FluffyCloudHeaven. Compare and contrast ArchangelUriel.
17th Jan '16 3:03:43 PM Miuphon
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* In ''Shinigami Jones, the Hunter''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7630438/1/Shinigami-Jones-the-Hunter ]], the Tenth Doctor lampshades the origin (and misapplication) of the term by purposefully misunderstanding Jones' reason for choosing it as part of his name.

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* In ''Shinigami Jones, the Hunter''[[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7630438/1/Shinigami-Jones-the-Hunter ]], Shinigami Jones, the Hunter]]'', the Tenth Doctor lampshades the origin (and misapplication) of the term by purposefully misunderstanding Jones' reason for choosing it as part of his name.
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