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22nd May '17 7:30:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* The FairyTale example above is deconstructed in ''Literature/TsarGorokhsDetectiveAgency''. When Nikita needs a way to defeat Koschei, he decides to give the old fairy tale a go. He travels to where the oak is supposed to be located... only to find a whole forest of similar-looking oaks. Each oak has an identical chest hanging on it. Koschei isn't a moron. He also originally used to constantly monitor the correct tree with his MagicMirror, but has since given up out of boredom, as no hero has managed to do it successfully. Plus, all broken fakes are periodically replaced, so a process of elimination won't work. It's also damn difficult to catch all those animals. And, as Koschei indicates, even if one has managed to get one's hands on the needle with his death... the requirement to kill him is to break off the ''tip''. Breaking the needle in half won't do. Good luck trying to break off just the tip without any tools.
21st May '17 2:42:17 PM nombretomado
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* Some of the artifacts in ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' contain more of their original owner's personality than others, most notably Lucrezcia Borgia's hair comb, which channels Lucrezcia's personality, desires, and her gifts of influence into its wearer.

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* Some of the artifacts in ''{{Warehouse ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' contain more of their original owner's personality than others, most notably Lucrezcia Borgia's hair comb, which channels Lucrezcia's personality, desires, and her gifts of influence into its wearer.
9th May '17 5:20:10 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/SevenMortalSins'', Lucifer extracts Maria Totsuka's heart and stores it in a jar. As long as nothing happens to the heart, Maria can't die and won't age. This doesn't please Maria at all, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever since she didn't want to be immortal]] and she has no choice but to obey Lucifer. To demonstrate what happens if she defies her, Lucifer squeezes the heart, crippling Maria with pain.
9th Apr '17 5:40:00 PM nombretomado
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* One character [[spoiler: Julian]] is a god's Soul Jar ([[spoiler: Poseidon]]) in ''SaintSeiya''.

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* One character [[spoiler: Julian]] is a god's Soul Jar ([[spoiler: Poseidon]]) in ''SaintSeiya''.''Manga/SaintSeiya''.
22nd Mar '17 6:51:34 AM BeerBaron
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* Played to some degree in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', where you can capture monster souls inside "Soul Gems" by casting Soul Trap and then killing the monster; you can then use them to enchant items, recharge them, or you can sell them for an insanely high price.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', The Heart of Lorkhan acts as a Soul Jar for the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur. Unbinding it renders them all mortal, as the heart is what gave them their divinity in the first place, and it also means they will eventually die naturally, but they are already mortal and can be killed. In fact, the expansion ''Tribunal'' reveals that [[spoiler:one of them is already dead and culminates with you killing another]]. You can also kill one of them in the vanilla game, although this will break the main quest.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to the Mantella, a soulgem used to control the giant golem Numidium. As long as it exists, so will the Underking. Subverted in that The Underking is looking for the Mantella to destroy it--he wants to die, and does not care about the giant golem everyone else seeks to awaken for their own purpose.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also lets you do this to people, but it requires a special type of "black" soul gem and is considered a form of evil magic ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation though there's no consequences for doing it]]). A human soul has the same strength as a high-end monster's but you can get them long before you run into said monsters; essentially, hard to find, easy to fill. One of the Dark Brotherhood targets in ''Oblivion'' is a mage attempting to become an immortal lich. Part of the process involves putting his lifeforce into an hourglass which he has to keep on his person at all times until the transformation is complete, otherwise he dies. This gives the player an obvious method of killing him.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the insane necromancer Malyn Varen successfully managed to pervert Azura's Star into housing his soul, in his quest to live forever. Cleansing the star of his soul is a part of Azura's Daedric quest.
** In the ''Dawnguard DLC'' for ''Skyrim'', it's revealed just what happens to the creature or individual trapped inside of a soul gem after it's been used up. [[spoiler: They are sent to the Soul Cairn, a graveyard realm of Oblivion where they [[AndIMustScream suffer in torment]] for the rest of eternity.]] Still [[YouMonster comfortable]] using Black Soul Gems to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild power your weapons and armour]] ''now?''

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* Played to some degree in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', where you can capture monster souls inside "Soul Gems" by casting ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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Soul Trap and then killing Gems from the monster; you can then use series do not qualify for the trope as they lack the "immortal" or "invulnerable" parts. They should go under YourSoulIsMine. Please do not add examples of them here.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound
to enchant items, recharge them, or you can sell them the Mantella, a soulgem used to control the [[HumongousMecha giant golem Numidium]]. As long as it exists, so will the Underking. Subverted in that The Underking is looking for an insanely high price.
the Mantella to destroy it--he wants to die, and does not care about the giant golem everyone else seeks to awaken for their own purpose. [[spoiler: (He was the one who tried to destroy it in the first place.)]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', The [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan Lorkhan]] acts as a Soul Jar for the Tribunal [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] and [[BigBad Dagoth Ur.Ur]]. Unbinding it renders them all mortal, as the heart is what gave them their divinity in the first place, and it also means they will eventually die naturally, but they are already mortal and can be killed. In fact, the expansion ''Tribunal'' reveals that [[spoiler:one of them is already dead and culminates with you killing another]]. You can also kill one of them in the vanilla game, although this will break the main quest.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to the Mantella, a soulgem used to control the giant golem Numidium. As long as it exists, so will the Underking. Subverted in that The Underking is looking for the Mantella to destroy it--he wants to die, and does not care about the giant golem everyone else seeks to awaken for their own purpose.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' also lets
game if you do this to people, but it requires a special type of "black" soul gem and is considered a form of evil magic ([[GameplayAndStorySegregation though there's no consequences for doing it]]). A human soul has the same strength as a high-end monster's but you can get them long before you run into said monsters; essentially, hard to find, easy to fill. One of the Dark Brotherhood targets in ''Oblivion'' is a mage attempting to become an immortal lich. Part of the process involves putting his lifeforce into an hourglass which he has to keep on his person at all times until the transformation is complete, otherwise he dies. This gives the player an obvious method of killing him.
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Skyrim]]'': The insane necromancer Malyn Varen successfully managed to pervert Azura's Star into housing his soul, in his quest to live forever. Cleansing the star of his soul is a part of Azura's Daedric quest.
** In the ''Dawnguard DLC'' for ''Skyrim'', it's revealed just what happens to the creature or individual trapped inside of a soul gem after it's been used up. [[spoiler: They are sent to the Soul Cairn, a graveyard realm of Oblivion where they [[AndIMustScream suffer in torment]] for the rest of eternity.]] Still [[YouMonster comfortable]] using Black Soul Gems to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild power your weapons and armour]] ''now?''
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16th Feb '17 2:48:30 AM Theriocephalus
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* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's Voldemort's six Horcruxes, although these only hold [[ArcNumber one-seventh each]] of his soul (six Horcruxes plus one Voldemort). Things started to go wrong when [[spoiler:Voldemort accidentally made Harry into the sixth Horcrux. Voldemort had made five by then, and he would make a seventh about thirteen years later.]] As a result of all this soul-splitting, toward the end of the series he becomes [[VillainousBreakdown noticeably unhinged]]. Another complication is that the Horcruxes only protect Voldemort's spiritual existence. He ''can'' still be killed physically, which would require him to be revived by someone else. Lastly, to an extent the Horcruxes are able to act independently, though all of them look for the same as their original vessel. This incidentally is one of the reasons [[spoiler:Harry is able to return from the border between life and death after Voldemort hits him with the Killing Curse again. Voldemort's own soul fragment happens to be in the way, sparing Harry the full brunt of the curse.]]
* ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' gives us "The Warlock's Hairy Heart". A young warlock cuts out his own heart and stores it in a case so he might not ever feel such pesky things as emotion, rather than immortality.

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* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there's ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The most notable example in the franchise are
Voldemort's six Horcruxes, although these only hold [[ArcNumber one-seventh each]] of his soul (six Horcruxes plus one Voldemort).Voldemort) -- essentially, murder is considered an act so foul it literally tears your soul, at which point black magic can be used to put that torn-off piece in an object to keep yourself tied to the mortal world should you die. Things started to go wrong when [[spoiler:Voldemort accidentally made Harry into the sixth Horcrux. Voldemort had made five by then, and he would make a seventh about thirteen years later.]] As a result of all this soul-splitting, toward the end of the series he becomes [[VillainousBreakdown noticeably unhinged]]. Another complication is that the Horcruxes only protect Voldemort's spiritual existence. He ''can'' still be killed physically, which would require him to be revived by someone else. Lastly, to an extent the Horcruxes are able to act independently, though all of them look for the same as their original vessel. This incidentally is one of the reasons [[spoiler:Harry is able to return from the border between life and death after Voldemort hits him with the Killing Curse again. Voldemort's own soul fragment happens to be in the way, sparing Harry the full brunt of the curse.]]
* ** ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' gives us "The Warlock's Hairy Heart". A young warlock cuts out his own heart and stores it in a case so he might not ever feel such pesky things as emotion, rather than immortality.



** There is a literal example of the Soul Jar in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Apparently wizards can take a sabbatical year and be temporarily Dead. A pantry just off the kitchen has been adapted into a repository for ''literal'' Soul Jars. These are apparently old jam-jars scrounged from the nearby kitchen, each labelled with the name of the temporarily dead Wizard and storing his essence. Mrs Whitlow, the housekeeper, has insisted each jar now carries a small fetish doll of a wizard to prevent misunderstandings, as apparently a cook in a hurry scrounged what he thought was an empty jar to decant peanut butter into. The fate of that Wizard is un-known but may have included toast.

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** There is a literal example of the Soul Jar in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Apparently wizards can take a sabbatical year and be temporarily Dead. A pantry just off the kitchen has been adapted into a repository for ''literal'' Soul Jars. These are apparently old jam-jars scrounged from the nearby kitchen, each labelled with the name of the temporarily dead Wizard and storing his essence. Mrs Mrs. Whitlow, the housekeeper, has insisted each jar now carries a small fetish doll of a wizard to prevent misunderstandings, as apparently a cook in a hurry scrounged what he thought was an empty jar to decant peanut butter into. The fate of that Wizard is un-known but may have included toast.



* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' pulls this out near the end of the third book, where it's revealed that dragons can live forever if they cough up an internal gemstone for someone else to hold. Their soul is transferred to the gemstone as they spit it up, but it remains linked to their body, allowing them to control it remotely while staying in contact with whoever they'd entrusted the gem to. Unfortunately, those gemstones are a source of great magical power and a favorite collectible for bad guys to hoard (the older the dragon was when the gem was spat up, the bigger and more powerful it is). They also don't actually increase the lifespan of the dragon, since they're already immortal; the gem simply acts as a backup. Not a very desirable one either; upon death the dragon seems to be put in a state of [[AndIMustScream virtually absolute isolation and impotence]], retaining only the ability to communicate via telepathy.

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* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' pulls this out near the end of the third book, where it's revealed that dragons can live forever if they cough up an internal gemstone for someone else to hold. Their soul is transferred to the gemstone as they spit it up, but it remains linked to their body, allowing them to control it remotely while staying in contact with whoever they'd entrusted the gem to. Unfortunately, those gemstones are a source of great magical power and a favorite collectible for bad guys to hoard (the older the dragon was when the gem was spat up, the bigger and more powerful it is). They also don't actually increase the lifespan of the dragon, since they're already immortal; the gem simply acts as a backup. Not a very desirable one either; upon death the dragon seems to be put in a state of [[AndIMustScream virtually absolute isolation and impotence]], retaining only the ability to communicate via telepathy.



* Literature/TalesOfKolmar has the Demonlord [[spoiler: survive via the spell of the Distant Heart. His heart was removed, turned to stone, and hidden under a mountain by demons. His soul went to the demons. As long as heart, body, and soul were not all in one he couldn't really be killed, and even then only by something that had dragon and human blood both.]]

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* Literature/TalesOfKolmar ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' has the Demonlord [[spoiler: survive via the spell of the Distant Heart. His heart was removed, turned to stone, and hidden under a mountain by demons. His soul went to the demons. As long as heart, body, and soul were not all in one he couldn't really be killed, and even then only by something that had dragon and human blood both.]]



** [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Platinum+Angel&v=card&s=cname Platinum Angel]] is a Type 1b Soul Jar, albeit a very vulnerable one (she is both an artifact and a creature, and every single color in the game have a method of destroying one or the other fairly easily). [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/47.html Abyssal Persecutor]] is the inverse of Platinum Angel, in that it's effectively a Soul Jar ''for your opponent'' as a way to counter the card's otherwise excessive strengths. Since Persecutor is so powerful, it will likely become a Type 1a Soul Jar very quickly, forcing your opponent to protect ''your card'' just to ensure his survival. Playing both cards means the game is effectively halted until one of them dies.

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** [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Platinum+Angel&v=card&s=cname Platinum Angel]] is a Type 1b Soul Jar, albeit a very vulnerable one (she is both an artifact and a creature, and every single color in the game have has a method of destroying one or the other fairly easily). [[http://magiccards.info/wwk/en/47.html Abyssal Persecutor]] is the inverse of Platinum Angel, in that it's effectively a Soul Jar ''for your opponent'' as a way to counter the card's otherwise excessive strengths. Since Persecutor is so powerful, it will likely become a Type 1a Soul Jar very quickly, forcing your opponent to protect ''your card'' just to ensure his survival. Playing both cards means the game is effectively halted until one of them dies.



* The Monstrance of Celestial Portion in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is a variant on the concept. If a deathknight is killed, his Exaltation--the part that makes him an Exalt--returns to the Monstrance, from which it can be transferred to a new mortal host chosen by the deathknight's master. Without the Monstrance, the shard would wander freely and choose its new host itself. Destroying the Monstrance won't kill the deathknight, but instead free him from his master's control; the trick is that not all of them ''know'' this, and may believe it would kill them.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
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The Monstrance of Celestial Portion in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is a variant on the concept. If a deathknight is killed, his Exaltation--the Exaltation -- the part that makes him an Exalt--returns Exalt -- returns to the Monstrance, from which it can be transferred to a new mortal host chosen by the deathknight's master. Without the Monstrance, the shard would wander freely and choose its new host itself. Destroying the Monstrance won't kill the deathknight, but instead free him from his master's control; the trick is that not all of them ''know'' this, and may believe it would kill them.



* In ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the baboons use "backwoods magic" to steal King Julien's "groove" and seal it in a jar until he gives them an apology for throwing a skunk into their pen. Julien, of course, refuses, and a fight for the jar ensues. It falls and breaks at Skipper's feet, who has remained skeptical about the whole "groove in a jar" thing until he starts dancing uncontrolably.

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* In ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', the baboons use "backwoods magic" to steal King Julien's "groove" and seal it in a jar until he gives them an apology for throwing a skunk into their pen. Julien, of course, refuses, and a fight for the jar ensues. It falls and breaks at Skipper's feet, who has remained skeptical about the whole "groove in a jar" thing until he starts dancing uncontrolably.uncontrollably.
11th Feb '17 5:03:27 PM Xtifr
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* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'', Avalon Hill's ''Heroes'' magazine article "New Spells for TabletopGame/RuneQuest 3". The Invulnerability spell allows the caster to remove his own heart without dying and hide it away somewhere. As long as the heart is undamaged the rest of the caster's body is immune to physical damage. If the heart is destroyed the caster will turn to dust.

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* ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'', Avalon Hill's Creator/AvalonHill's ''Heroes'' magazine article "New Spells for TabletopGame/RuneQuest 3". The Invulnerability spell allows the caster to remove his own heart without dying and hide it away somewhere. As long as the heart is undamaged the rest of the caster's body is immune to physical damage. If the heart is destroyed the caster will turn to dust.
17th Jan '17 5:11:14 PM ultimomant
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* In ''[[http://fanfics.me/read2.php?id=127043 A RWBY Zanpakuto]]'', Aizen claims he was created by the Hogyoku and remains immortal as long as it exists. When Ichigo and Blake figure out how to destroy it, he disintegrates.
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* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', every Emperor Vampire has a ''memento mori'', an artifact which contains some of their magical essence. Until it is destroyed, they can resurrect from any form of death, even if nothing remains of their body.
6th Jan '17 10:40:25 PM TudorRose
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* In Robin Jarvis' ''Literature/{{Hagwood}}'' trilogy, the evil High Lady of Hollow Hill, Rhiannon, has removed her heart from her body and placed it in an enchanted casket. The only way to kill her is to unlock the casket with the key specially made for it and then stab the heart.
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