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21st Dec '16 3:09:54 PM Bissek
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* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays.

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* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays. [[spoiler:He is thwarted when he gets tricked into killing the personification of a year - at 11:59PM on New Year's Eve, which means that unless he uses a DeusExMachina to surrender all his holiday powers, he'll die in under a minute.]]
19th Sep '16 1:11:52 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/JackChalker's ''And The Devil Will Drag You Under'', a magic gem is guarded by the ghost of the last person who tried to steal it. The ghost is substantial enough to hold and use a sword, but not substantial enough to be hurt by one. He stands guard until the next thief arrives--then he kills the thief, freeing himself and recruiting his replacement.
** Chalker also uses the same concept in The Dancing Gods series: a person who has control of the Lamp of Lakash can have the genie of the lamp grant one wish. If the person makes a ''second'' wish while still in possession of the lamp, however innocently, they become the genie and the genie (themselves a former wisher who made the same mistake) is freed and returned to their previous form.

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* In Creator/JackChalker's works:
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''And The Devil Will Drag You Under'', a magic gem is guarded by the ghost of the last person who tried to steal it. The ghost is substantial enough to hold and use a sword, but not substantial enough to be hurt by one. He stands guard until the next thief arrives--then he kills the thief, freeing himself and recruiting his replacement.
** Chalker also uses In the same concept in The Dancing Gods series: ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series, a person who has control of the Lamp of Lakash can have the genie of the lamp grant one wish. If the person makes a ''second'' wish while still in possession of the lamp, however innocently, they become the genie and the genie (themselves a former wisher who made the same mistake) is freed and returned to their previous form.
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25th Jul '16 2:13:20 AM PaulA
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* Closely related is a disturbing variation from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]''. The ancient spell [[spoiler: of a bitter, defeated king ''passes on'' his very consciousness to his male descendants. Whenever the current holder dies the king's soul takes possession of his oldest son or closest relative, ''together with the accumulated souls of the unlucky predecessors.'' And not even the king himself can do anything against it.]]

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* Closely related is a disturbing variation from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]''. Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt''. The ancient spell [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of a bitter, defeated king ''passes on'' his very consciousness to his male descendants. Whenever the current holder dies the king's soul takes possession of his oldest son or closest relative, ''together with the accumulated souls of the unlucky predecessors.'' predecessors''. And not even the king himself can do anything against it.]]
17th Jul '16 6:09:07 AM jormis29
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* In ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'', the city of Bete Noire always has to have a Magistrate, as well as several other necessary positions. Doctor Juris seeks to escape his position as magistrate by handing it over to his successor, [[spoiler:his first-born son, descendant of Cain]] so he can leave Bete Noire forever.

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* In ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'', the city of Bete Noire always has to have a Magistrate, as well as several other necessary positions. Doctor Juris seeks to escape his position as magistrate by handing it over to his successor, [[spoiler:his first-born son, [[TheDescendantsOfCain descendant of Cain]] Cain]]]] so he can leave Bete Noire forever.
28th Jun '16 12:08:37 PM sorako
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* The first story arc in the 2006 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)

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* The first story arc in the 2006 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)
28th Jun '16 12:07:59 PM sorako
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* The second season of ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' revolves around a successor being born for [[spoiler:Sara, a Mermaid Princess]], who [[SchrodingersCat either died or willingly relinquished her post]] at the end of the first. The BigBad interrupts the successor's creation by trying to absorb her soul, and the rest of the season involves Lucia chasing him down to [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] all the soul fragments from his angelic PerpetualMolt.

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* The second season of ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' revolves around a successor being born for [[spoiler:Sara, a Mermaid Princess]], who [[SchrodingersCat either died or willingly relinquished her post]] at the end of the first. The BigBad interrupts the successor's creation by trying to absorb her soul, and the rest of the season involves Lucia chasing him down to [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] all the soul fragments from his angelic PerpetualMolt.
28th Jun '16 12:07:14 PM sorako
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* In ''Manga/FutureDiary'', [[spoiler:the title of God works this way. Deus arranged the current contest to find a successor, because he is dying.]]



* The second season of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' revolves around a successor being born for [[spoiler:Sara, a Mermaid Princess]], who [[SchrodingersCat either died or willingly relinquished her post]] at the end of the first. The BigBad interrupts the successor's creation by trying to absorb her soul, and the rest of the season involves Lucia chasing him down to [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] all the soul fragments from his angelic PerpetualMolt.

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* The second season of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' revolves around a successor being born for [[spoiler:Sara, a Mermaid Princess]], who [[SchrodingersCat either died or willingly relinquished her post]] at the end of the first. The BigBad interrupts the successor's creation by trying to absorb her soul, and the rest of the season involves Lucia chasing him down to [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] all the soul fragments from his angelic PerpetualMolt.



* In ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', [[spoiler:the title of God works this way. Deus arranged the current contest to find a successor, because he is dying.]]
* Being the Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''.



* The first story arc in the 2006 ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)
* The Endless of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' seem to work this way. If one of them is killed, a replacement of some sort will come into being.
* It has been revealed that the Marvel Universe needs three beings to exist, and one of them is ComicBook/{{Galactus}} the world-eater. Very bad things have happened when he is destroyed.



* In the MarvelUniverse {{ComicBook/Captain Mar|Vell}}vel, the hero goes cuckoo bananas and eventually, with the help of the personification of Entropy, ends the universe. Rick Jones, also somehow existing, persuades Entropy to become the personification of Eternity, a long-established entity within the Marvel Universe. The universe, such as it is, reboots.



* In the MarvelUniverse {{ComicBook/Captain Mar|Vell}}vel, the hero goes cuckoo bananas and eventually, with the help of the personification of Entropy, ends the universe. Rick Jones, also somehow existing, persuades Entropy to become the personification of Eternity, a long-established entity within the Marvel Universe. The universe, such as it is, reboots.

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* In the MarvelUniverse {{ComicBook/Captain Mar|Vell}}vel, the hero goes cuckoo bananas and eventually, with the help of the personification of Entropy, ends the universe. Rick Jones, also somehow existing, persuades Entropy to become the personification of Eternity, a long-established entity within It has been revealed that the Marvel Universe. The universe, such as it is, reboots.Universe needs three beings to exist, and one of them is ComicBook/{{Galactus}} the world-eater. Very bad things have happened when he is destroyed.




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* The first story arc in the 2006 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)
* The Endless of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' seem to work this way. If one of them is killed, a replacement of some sort will come into being.




* The Series/DoctorWho serial, ''The Keeper of Traken'', involved a planet where someone had to sit in a control chair to keep the planet running smoothly.



* The Series/DoctorWho serial, ''The Keeper of Traken'', involved a planet where someone had to sit in a control chair to keep the planet running smoothly.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In "Across the Sea", Mother implies that someone has to act as protector of the Island. Later, when Jacob is killed before a new protector is chosen, Jacob sticks around as a ghost until [[spoiler:Jack]] takes the job.



* Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' on a couple of occasions when the crew runs into waste disposal ships. While the aliens claim this is their situation, Janeway openly critiques them, suggesting that they simply aren't trying hard enough to come up with better options. She's proven right in one instance, where Voyager actually gives the alien technology that would render their current waste disposal methods unnecessary. But the alien decides he won't use this technology since it would ruin his profit margins in the waste disposal business (We'll ignore for the moment the lucrative business opportunity he could exploit by [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics patenting this technology]]).



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In "Across the Sea", Mother implies that someone has to act as protector of the Island. Later, when Jacob is killed before a new protector is chosen, Jacob sticks around as a ghost until [[spoiler:Jack]] takes the job.
* Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' on a couple of occasions when the crew runs into waste disposal ships. While the aliens claim this is their situation, Janeway openly critiques them, suggesting that they simply aren't trying hard enough to come up with better options. She's proven right in one instance, where Voyager actually gives the alien technology that would render their current waste disposal methods unnecessary. But the alien decides he won't use this technology since it would ruin his profit margins in the waste disposal business (We'll ignore for the moment the lucrative business opportunity he could exploit by [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics patenting this technology]]).

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In "Across the Sea", Mother implies that someone has to act as protector of the Island. Later, when Jacob is killed before a new protector is chosen, Jacob sticks around as a ghost until [[spoiler:Jack]] takes the job.
* Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' on a couple of occasions when the crew runs into waste disposal ships. While the aliens claim this is their situation, Janeway openly critiques them, suggesting that they simply aren't trying hard enough to come up with better options. She's proven right in one instance, where Voyager actually gives the alien technology that would render their current waste disposal methods unnecessary. But the alien decides he won't use this technology since it would ruin his profit margins in the waste disposal business (We'll ignore for the moment the lucrative business opportunity he could exploit by [[ArtisticLicenseEconomics patenting this technology]]).



* In one of the endings of ''PrincessMaker 2'', you discover that the post of {{Satan}} passes on to the most fitting mortal should the Lord of Darkness himself ever die. Unfortunately, you only find it out when your daughter kills him and assumes the title.



* The Nameless One in PlanescapeTorment can find the Silent King of the Dead Nations completely dead. He can be replaced, but a new King would have to be someone still alive, and that person will be bound to the Throne. If the Nameless One chooses to do it, it's a NonStandardGameOver.
* The VideoGame/FallFromHeaven backstory has this typically happening with gods and particular elements of creation (represented in game by the different magic types.)

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* The Nameless One in PlanescapeTorment can find the Silent King of the Dead Nations completely dead. He can be replaced, but a new King would have to be someone still alive, and that person will be bound to the Throne. If the Nameless One chooses to do it, it's a NonStandardGameOver.
* The VideoGame/FallFromHeaven
''VideoGame/FallFromHeaven'' backstory has this typically happening with gods and particular elements of creation (represented in game by the different magic types.)



* The Nameless One in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' can find the Silent King of the Dead Nations completely dead. He can be replaced, but a new King would have to be someone still alive, and that person will be bound to the Throne. If the Nameless One chooses to do it, it's a NonStandardGameOver.
* In one of the endings of ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'', you discover that the post of {{Satan}} passes on to the most fitting mortal should the Lord of Darkness himself ever die. Unfortunately, you only find it out when your daughter kills him and assumes the title.



* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays.
* In ''Webcomic/TheEnd'', the Fiah Gardians are this. The Fiah are a peaceful race, and regard killing for any reason as abhorrent, but they know that the same isn't true of ''all'' races -- far from it, of course. Because of this, the Guardians are respected above nearly all other classes. They are essentially sacrificing themselves so others don't have to. Of course, given their tech base, a single Fiah in [[PoweredArmor Guardian armor]] is enough to take on a space ship...



* In ''Webcomic/TheEnd'', the Fiah Gardians are this. The Fiah are a peaceful race, and regard killing for any reason as abhorrent, but they know that the same isn't true of ''all'' races -- far from it, of course. Because of this, the Guardians are respected above nearly all other classes. They are essentially sacrificing themselves so others don't have to. Of course, given their tech base, a single Fiah in [[PoweredArmor Guardian armor]] is enough to take on a space ship...
* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays.




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* Being the Avatar in ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''.
26th Jun '16 6:20:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Piers Anthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, various {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s are jobs of this nature, each with its own rules. Some examples:

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* In Piers Anthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, various {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s are jobs of this nature, each with its own rules. Some examples:
18th Mar '16 1:17:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In Across the Sea, Mother implies that someone has to act as protector of the Island. Later, when Jacob is killed before a new protector is chosen, Jacob sticks around as a ghost until [[spoiler:Jack]] takes the job.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': In Across "Across the Sea, Sea", Mother implies that someone has to act as protector of the Island. Later, when Jacob is killed before a new protector is chosen, Jacob sticks around as a ghost until [[spoiler:Jack]] takes the job.
18th Mar '16 12:44:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''
** TOS episode "A Game of Pool". After his death, Fats Brown has to show up and play a game of pool - to the death - against anyone who wants to prove he's the best pool player ever. When someone finally beats him, Fats is released, and the guy who beat him takes over.
** The New Twilight Zone (1980's) episode "The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon". A man must maintain a patchwork contraption to keep the world stable. He's eventually replaced by another man who becomes fascinated by the machine.
** In the classic TZ episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour", an old man carried a watch that was stopped at 11 o'clock with him at all times. He needed to find someone who would accept the watch before he died; otherwise the watch would start working again and [[spoiler:Doomsday would happen at 12 o'clock]].

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''
''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** TOS The episode "A Game of Pool". After his death, Fats Brown has to show up and play a game of pool - to the death - against anyone who wants to prove he's the best pool player ever. When someone finally beats him, Fats is released, and the guy who beat him takes over.
** The New Twilight Zone (1980's) In the episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour", an old man carried a watch that was stopped at 11 o'clock with him at all times. He needed to find someone who would accept the watch before he died; otherwise the watch would start working again and [[spoiler:Doomsday would happen at 12 o'clock]].
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''
episode "The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon". A man must maintain a patchwork contraption to keep the world stable. He's eventually replaced by another man who becomes fascinated by the machine.
** In the classic TZ episode "Paladin of the Lost Hour", an old man carried a watch that was stopped at 11 o'clock with him at all times. He needed to find someone who would accept the watch before he died; otherwise the watch would start working again and [[spoiler:Doomsday would happen at 12 o'clock]].
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