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3rd Nov '17 12:24:09 AM OnoderaTearer
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* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' has {{Transformation Trinkets}} called Eyecons, which contains the souls of legendary heroes. One of these Eyecons belongs to the main character himself, who had the unfortunate case of [[FirstEpisodeResurrection dying in the first episode]]. Ganma Eyecons also work as Soul Jars with a twist: the Eyecon can manifest the person a new body and as long as their original body is fine, destroying the Eyecon will just send the soul back to the person, and thus can put the soul into another Eyecon. However, if the person's real body is destroyed, they will either die or be stuck in the Eyecon.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' has {{Transformation Trinkets}} Trinket}}s called Eyecons, which contains contain the souls of legendary heroes. heroes that the Riders can channel. One of these Eyecons belongs to and hosts the soul of the main character himself, who had the unfortunate case of [[FirstEpisodeResurrection dying in the first episode]]. episode]]; if it's destroyed, he becomes DeaderThanDead. Ganma Eyecons also work as Soul Jars with a twist: the Eyecon can manifest the person a new body and as long as their original body is fine, destroying the Eyecon will just send the soul back to the person, and thus they can put the soul into another Eyecon. However, if the person's real body is destroyed, they will either die or be stuck in the Eyecon.
27th Oct '17 6:24:24 PM Arivne
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''
** Supplement ''The Grimoire''. Free Spirits can have the power called Hidden Life. It allows the spirit to hide its LifeEnergy in a place or thing. As long as this is the case, the spirit cannot be permanently banished or destroyed (even if an opponent knows its TrueName) and its physical form gains the power of Regeneration.
** Supplement ''Mob War!". The sorcerer Su Cheng is a vampire who has used his Hidden Life power to hide his soul in an ancient Chinese vase. The {{PC}}'s task is to steal the vase from the Triads and return it to Su Cheng so he can be free of their control.
20th Oct '17 3:36:48 PM CheeseDogX
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* The ''{{TabletopGames/Rifts}}'' book ''Mystic Russia'' has a demon race called Koschei, based on the legend mentioned in Mythology above. A Koschei can be physcially destroyed, but it will always come back unless you destroy its soul, which is contained inside a chicken egg (an abbreviated version of the actual legend).
14th Oct '17 7:37:28 PM Malady
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* In TheCommanderOfShepherds, Celestia and Luna will regenerate from the Sun or the Moon respectively, as these are the sources of their power. The same is true for Twilight and the Element of Magic--WordOfGod goes as far as calling her a lich.

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* In TheCommanderOfShepherds, ''Fanfic/TheCommanderOfShepherds'', Celestia and Luna will regenerate from the Sun or the Moon respectively, as these are the sources of their power. The same is true for Twilight and the Element of Magic--WordOfGod goes as far as calling her a lich.
25th Sep '17 11:48:17 AM Eddy1215
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* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0117.html Xykon]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', is a lich, and naturally has a phylactery; his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Redcloak's holy symbol. The phylactery is protected by so many spells he [[CrazyPrepared doesn't "even remember what half of them do"]]. Another notable thing: Xykon's soul isn't in the phylactery except when his undead body is destroyed as noted in the prequel book ''StartOfDarkness''; Redcloak tries to ransom the lich by threatening to break it, and Xykon scoffs it off by saying he can make a new one to house his soul in any case. (By the letter of the rules in D&D this is true. For a lich to be killed you must destroy both the phylactery ''and'' the body.)

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* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0117.html Xykon]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', is [[OurLichesAreDifferent a lich, lich]], and naturally has a phylactery; his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Redcloak's holy symbol. The phylactery is protected by so many spells he [[CrazyPrepared doesn't "even remember what half of them do"]]. Another notable thing: Xykon's soul isn't in the phylactery except when his undead body is destroyed as noted in the prequel book ''StartOfDarkness''; Redcloak tries to ransom the lich by threatening to break it, and Xykon scoffs it off by saying he can make a new one to house his soul in any case. (By the letter of the rules in D&D this is true. For a lich to be killed you must destroy both the phylactery ''and'' the body.)
17th Sep '17 7:48:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'': The Cauldron of Blood serves as one for the demon residing inside it. He can regenerate from any other attack, but the cauldron is his weak point. Sure enough, once Owen figures this out, he destroys the Cauldron with Math's Sun Axe to ensure that the demon will be vanquished for good.
20th Aug '17 5:23:59 PM WillKeaton
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* In the very first ''VideoGame/UltimaI'' game, Mondain the Evil Wizard has done this with his Black Gem. When you finally fight him, you see him in the process of making it. You can continually "kill" him, but it won't count and he keeps getting back until you've done so after destroying the Gem. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/UltimaV'', the Shadowlords who were born from the shards of that Gem cannot be permanently killed unless their individual shard is destroyed at the same time they're immersed in the Flame of the opposite Principle of Virtue.

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* In the very first ''VideoGame/UltimaI'' ''[[VideoGame/UltimaI Ultima]]'' game, Mondain the Evil Wizard has done this with his Black Gem. When you finally fight him, you see him in the process of making it. You can continually "kill" him, but it won't count and he keeps getting back until you've done so after destroying the Gem. Similarly, in ''VideoGame/UltimaV'', the Shadowlords who were born from the shards of that Gem cannot be permanently killed unless their individual shard is destroyed at the same time they're immersed in the Flame of the opposite Principle of Virtue.
20th Aug '17 5:22:33 PM WillKeaton
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* A [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Deoxys's]] chest-located crystalline core is a perfect example, possibly. This is especially prominent when a Deoxys rebuilds itself from the core being the only part left over after being vaporized into white sparks [[spoiler:by a Rayquaza's point blank Hyper Beam in one of the movies.]] The core was not vaporized along the body, and how durable it is is a mystery.

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* A [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Deoxys's]] chest-located crystalline core is a perfect example, possibly.possible example. This is especially prominent when a Deoxys rebuilds itself from the core being the only part left over after being vaporized into white sparks [[spoiler:by a Rayquaza's point blank Hyper Beam in one of the movies.]] The core was not vaporized along the body, and how durable it is is a mystery.



* 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 ''[[http://fanfics.me/read2.php?id=127043 A RWBY Zanpakuto]]'', 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.
31st Jul '17 3:02:16 PM xcountryguy
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* The requisite [[WhamEpisode Wham]] for ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' episode 20 reveals that one character ([[spoiler: Empress Marianne]]) had cheated death by turning another one ([[spoiler: Anya Alstreim]]) into a living, breathing Soul Jar.

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* The requisite [[WhamEpisode Wham]] for ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'' episode 20 reveals that one character ([[spoiler: Empress ([[spoiler:Empress Marianne]]) had cheated death by turning another one ([[spoiler: Anya ([[spoiler:Anya Alstreim]]) into a living, breathing Soul Jar.



* One character [[spoiler: Julian]] is a god's Soul Jar ([[spoiler: Poseidon]]) in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.

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* One character [[spoiler: Julian]] [[spoiler:Julian]] is a god's Soul Jar ([[spoiler: Poseidon]]) ([[spoiler:Poseidon]]) in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.



** Similarly, and to everyone's dismay, a main character ([[spoiler: Shun]]) was used as a Soul Jar for a different god ([[spoiler: Hades]]) by Pandora since infancy.

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** Similarly, and to everyone's dismay, a main character ([[spoiler: Shun]]) ([[spoiler:Shun]]) was used as a Soul Jar for a different god ([[spoiler: Hades]]) ([[spoiler:Hades]]) by Pandora since infancy.



* In ''[[Anime/HellGirl Hell Girl: The Cauldron of Three]]'', [[spoiler: Yuzuki Mikage becomes Enma Ai's Soul Jar through DemonicPossession]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard's'' coffin is implied to act as this for him. He appears to require a certain proximity to it in order to access his higher powers (as evidenced by his needing to take it with him on missions where he is expected to use his greater powers), and it appears to be an extension of himself in some manner (such as when it sprouted limbs and eyes during [[{{Prequel}} Hellsing: The Dawn]] and carried him away from battle when he came under threat). He is also highly protective of it. [[spoiler: Plus, it contains his army of familiars, which are the basis of his NighInvulnerability; as long as they are in the coffin, he possesses their collective life force making him extremely difficult to kill, and even when they are out of it he can defer his own injuries to them (at the cost of gradually destroying them)]]. Whether this is the case for all higher level vampires or was a part of the measures Hellsing initiated [[RestrainingBolt in order to keep him under control]] is unclear.

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* In ''[[Anime/HellGirl Hell Girl: The Cauldron of Three]]'', [[spoiler: Yuzuki [[spoiler:Yuzuki Mikage becomes Enma Ai's Soul Jar through DemonicPossession]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard's'' coffin is implied to act as this for him. He appears to require a certain proximity to it in order to access his higher powers (as evidenced by his needing to take it with him on missions where he is expected to use his greater powers), and it appears to be an extension of himself in some manner (such as when it sprouted limbs and eyes during [[{{Prequel}} Hellsing: The Dawn]] and carried him away from battle when he came under threat). He is also highly protective of it. [[spoiler: Plus, [[spoiler:Plus, it contains his army of familiars, which are the basis of his NighInvulnerability; as long as they are in the coffin, he possesses their collective life force making him extremely difficult to kill, and even when they are out of it he can defer his own injuries to them (at the cost of gradually destroying them)]]. Whether this is the case for all higher level vampires or was a part of the measures Hellsing initiated [[RestrainingBolt in order to keep him under control]] is unclear.



** Witches hatch from their Grief Seed, and they leave it behind when they are killed. Magical girls use the Grief Seeds from defeated witches to recharge their powers, although it's stated that too much use of a Grief Seed can revive the witch. [[spoiler: Which is why Kyubey eats "used-up" Grief Seeds.]]

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** Witches hatch from their Grief Seed, and they leave it behind when they are killed. Magical girls use the Grief Seeds from defeated witches to recharge their powers, although it's stated that too much use of a Grief Seed can revive the witch. [[spoiler: Which [[spoiler:Which is why Kyubey eats "used-up" Grief Seeds.]]



* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'': Lizlet's [[spoiler: teacup]] is her true body. The "human" one is effectively indestructible, as well as incredibly strong.

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* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'': Lizlet's [[spoiler: teacup]] [[spoiler:teacup]] is her true body. The "human" one is effectively indestructible, as well as incredibly strong.



** The mane 6 statuettes, [[spoiler: although all 42 of those figurines are actually all made from Rarity's soul alone.]]
** [[spoiler: The black book turns out to be a soul jar for the zebra who wrote it.]]
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'' eventually reveals that [[spoiler: Pinkie Pie]] managed to do this prior to her death... with a bag of potato chips.

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** The mane 6 statuettes, [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although all 42 of those figurines are actually all made from Rarity's soul alone.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The black book turns out to be a soul jar for the zebra who wrote it.]]
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'' eventually reveals that [[spoiler: Pinkie [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie]] managed to do this prior to her death... with a bag of potato chips.



* In ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', [[spoiler: Leso Varen]] has one. In a moment of LampshadeHanging, Pug remarks that it could be any object, not just a jar; it turns out to be a jar. In subsequent books, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Varen]] has multiple Soul Jars in a number of locations across Midkemia and Kelewan.

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* In ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'', [[spoiler: Leso [[spoiler:Leso Varen]] has one. In a moment of LampshadeHanging, Pug remarks that it could be any object, not just a jar; it turns out to be a jar. In subsequent books, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Varen]] [[spoiler:Varen]] has multiple Soul Jars in a number of locations across Midkemia and Kelewan.



* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', [[spoiler: the Lord Ruler's bracers hold his youth and vitality, making him into an immortal ImplacableMan]]. These are an interesting example, though, as they must be in physical contact with him at all times for him to benefit from the stored energy. [[spoiler: When Vin yanks them off during the final battle, the Lord Ruler instantly collapses and begins to age into a withered old man. He's dead in minutes]].

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* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Lord Ruler's bracers hold his youth and vitality, making him into an immortal ImplacableMan]]. These are an interesting example, though, as they must be in physical contact with him at all times for him to benefit from the stored energy. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Vin yanks them off during the final battle, the Lord Ruler instantly collapses and begins to age into a withered old man. He's dead in minutes]].



* ''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.]]
** There's also the soulgems of dragons. They each have a gem in their forehead; after death it's collected and a Kin-Summoner can make them glow steadily and call the deceased back to speak through them for a time, but otherwise the dragons are truly dead and believed to have some kind of afterlife. Soulgems of the Lost, those struck down by the Demonlord, can't be used to summon and flicker with a faint and constant light. When they're restored in ''Redeeming the Lost'' we see that [[spoiler: some of them were asleep, some came in and out of consciousness, some were [[AndIMustScream awake the whole time]].]]

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* ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' has the Demonlord [[spoiler: survive [[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.]]
** There's also the soulgems of dragons. They each have a gem in their forehead; after death it's collected and a Kin-Summoner can make them glow steadily and call the deceased back to speak through them for a time, but otherwise the dragons are truly dead and believed to have some kind of afterlife. Soulgems of the Lost, those struck down by the Demonlord, can't be used to summon and flicker with a faint and constant light. When they're restored in ''Redeeming the Lost'' we see that [[spoiler: some [[spoiler:some of them were asleep, some came in and out of consciousness, some were [[AndIMustScream awake the whole time]].]]



* There's a somewhat unusual example in ''Sabriel'', first book of the Literature/OldKingdom series. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Kerrigor]] uses [[spoiler: his original mortal body]] as his anchor in the world of the living (he usually exists either as pure spirit or uses a magically created vessel), and so long as it exists he can never fully be banished from the world. [[spoiler: Subverting expectations, it's also never destroyed; Kerrigor retakes his body at the climax in order to keep Sabriel from destroying it, and is shortly after bound to eternal slumber while still inside it]].

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* There's a somewhat unusual example in ''Sabriel'', first book of the Literature/OldKingdom series. [[OurLichesAreDifferent Kerrigor]] uses [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his original mortal body]] as his anchor in the world of the living (he usually exists either as pure spirit or uses a magically created vessel), and so long as it exists he can never fully be banished from the world. [[spoiler: Subverting [[spoiler:Subverting expectations, it's also never destroyed; Kerrigor retakes his body at the climax in order to keep Sabriel from destroying it, and is shortly after bound to eternal slumber while still inside it]].



* In ''Series/TinMan'', Azkedellia attempts to pass off an artifact to DG as one of these, complete with [[spoiler: their mother]]'s voice calling out for DG. Subverted in that DG doesn't buy it for a second and smashes it to bits, using the resulting distraction to try and escape.

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* In ''Series/TinMan'', Azkedellia attempts to pass off an artifact to DG as one of these, complete with [[spoiler: their [[spoiler:their mother]]'s voice calling out for DG. Subverted in that DG doesn't buy it for a second and smashes it to bits, using the resulting distraction to try and escape.



** It's also debatable, and changes from edition to edition, as to whether Nagash resurrects "naturally" or whether he actually needs his jars to do so. During the End Times series it was revealed that Nagash's earlier resurrections had been mere shadows of the original in thought and power. [[spoiler: Nagash's servants manage to complete a full resurrection, using every item in the lore ever associated with Nagash, and raise the Great Necromancer as an undead god.]]

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** It's also debatable, and changes from edition to edition, as to whether Nagash resurrects "naturally" or whether he actually needs his jars to do so. During the End Times series it was revealed that Nagash's earlier resurrections had been mere shadows of the original in thought and power. [[spoiler: Nagash's [[spoiler:Nagash's servants manage to complete a full resurrection, using every item in the lore ever associated with Nagash, and raise the Great Necromancer as an undead god.]]



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to the Mantella, a soul gem used to control the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] HumongousMecha, the Numidium. As long as the Mantella 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 Numidium, which the other powers in the game seek to awaken for their own purposes. [[spoiler: (He was the one who tried to destroy it in the first place.)]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to the Mantella, a soul gem used to control the [[RealityWarper reality warping]] HumongousMecha, the Numidium. As long as the Mantella 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 Numidium, which the other powers in the game seek to awaken for their own purposes. [[spoiler: (He [[spoiler:(He was the one who tried to destroy it in the first place.)]]



* The souls of Homunculi in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' are contained in flasks. [[spoiler: Amoretta has an elf [[HeroicSacrifice break hers]] to save Lillet from one of the {{Big Bad}}s. Twice.]]

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* The souls of Homunculi in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' are contained in flasks. [[spoiler: Amoretta [[spoiler:Amoretta has an elf [[HeroicSacrifice break hers]] to save Lillet from one of the {{Big Bad}}s. Twice.]]



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' uses this in the case of the Susano'o Unit. The unit is a mechanical suit of armor that requires whoever enters into it have their soul installed into it, not their body. [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Terumi]]]] was the original vessel within the unit, but after the Dark War he ejected from it, becoming a literal ghost. Later on, the time-looped storyline shows that a dying [[spoiler: [[JerkAss Jin]]]] was transferred into the unit by Rachel. Now that he understands everything, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes [[spoiler: [[HeroAntagonist Hakumen]]]]. Technically this means that [[spoiler: Terumi is the original Hakumen, and then afterward in all other loops, Jin is Hakumen, but then this implies that [[EpilepticTrees there were only 5 Heroes at the time]]. Another reason Terumi chose not to stay within the Susano'o unit was that he was trying to destroy Amaterasu, and remaining within it would bind him to the very Master Unit he was antagonizing.]] The soul of one of the other Six Heroes, Trinity, is contained in her Nox Nyctores.

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' uses this in the case of the Susano'o Unit. The unit is a mechanical suit of armor that requires whoever enters into it have their soul installed into it, not their body. [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Terumi]]]] was the original vessel within the unit, but after the Dark War he ejected from it, becoming a literal ghost. Later on, the time-looped storyline shows that a dying [[spoiler: [[JerkAss [[spoiler:[[JerkAss Jin]]]] was transferred into the unit by Rachel. Now that he understands everything, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes [[spoiler: [[HeroAntagonist [[spoiler:[[HeroAntagonist Hakumen]]]]. Technically this means that [[spoiler: Terumi [[spoiler:Terumi is the original Hakumen, and then afterward in all other loops, Jin is Hakumen, but then this implies that [[EpilepticTrees there were only 5 Heroes at the time]]. Another reason Terumi chose not to stay within the Susano'o unit was that he was trying to destroy Amaterasu, and remaining within it would bind him to the very Master Unit he was antagonizing.]] The soul of one of the other Six Heroes, Trinity, is contained in her Nox Nyctores.



* In a variation, Charles Dalimar in the ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Return to Ravenhearst]]'' casual game uses a Soul Jar consisting of ''other people's'' souls, plus [[spoiler: his own disembodied heart]]. This has evidently allowed him to remain in the world for generations, long after he should have died of old age. Charles apparently learned this trick from his father Alister; in ''Fate's Carnival'' we learn that Alister can only be killed by destroying a specific book.

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* In a variation, Charles Dalimar in the ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Return to Ravenhearst]]'' casual game uses a Soul Jar consisting of ''other people's'' souls, plus [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his own disembodied heart]]. This has evidently allowed him to remain in the world for generations, long after he should have died of old age. Charles apparently learned this trick from his father Alister; in ''Fate's Carnival'' we learn that Alister can only be killed by destroying a specific book.



* Kamimura does this to his former pupil Goku in the first chapter of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', with the fragment of Goku resting in Kami's own mind. This is how he receives the message that starts him on his quest. Goku is in a coma until [[spoiler: Kamimura's mind is cleansed in the GrandFinale.]]

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* Kamimura does this to his former pupil Goku in the first chapter of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', with the fragment of Goku resting in Kami's own mind. This is how he receives the message that starts him on his quest. Goku is in a coma until [[spoiler: Kamimura's [[spoiler:Kamimura's mind is cleansed in the GrandFinale.]]



* In the ''Fanfic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety'', [[spoiler: Tash, Valerie, Michael, Aster, and Zero for Adrian]].

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* In the ''Fanfic/AntiClicheAndMarySueEliminationSociety'', [[spoiler: Tash, [[spoiler:Tash, Valerie, Michael, Aster, and Zero for Adrian]].
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to 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 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]] acts as a Soul Jar for the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] and [[BigBad 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 if you choose.
** 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.

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** While the series' has [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]] throughout, they differ from most fantasy depictions by not requiring soul jars. The most popular way of becoming a lich is to consume a magical potion made of extremely rare ingredients. The background lore (and one instance in ''Oblivion'', see below) does mention liches having "phylacteries" which act as soul jars, but they do not seem to serve the typical "bound to them" purpose.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the Underking's soul is bound to the Mantella, a soulgem soul gem used to control the [[HumongousMecha giant golem Numidium]]. [[RealityWarper reality warping]] HumongousMecha, the Numidium. As long as it the Mantella exists, so will the Underking. Subverted in that The Underking is looking for the Mantella to destroy it--he ''destroy it'' -- he wants to die, and does not care about the giant golem everyone else seeks Numidium, which the other powers in the game seek to awaken for their own purpose.purposes. [[spoiler: (He was the one who tried to destroy it in the first place.)]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', The [[CosmicKeystone Heart of Lorkhan]] acts as a Soul Jar for the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] and [[BigBad 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 (You can also kill the third one of them in the vanilla game if you choose.
choose, though this he was left alive canonically in series' lore, disappearing several years after the events of the game.)
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' offers an exception to the "liches not needing soul jars" that is present in the rest of the series and in background lore. One quest has you attempting to kill a {{necromancer}} who is (slowly) transforming into a lich. You can do so by destroying his soul jar, though it is made clear that the soul jar is only necessary for his particular form of transformation, and after the transformation, it will no longer be needed.
** 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.
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