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23rd Nov '16 10:50:43 AM ashlay
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** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' builds upon ''Persona 4'', with your party targeting dozens of Shadows that represent corrupt individuals repressed emotions, who can in turn be forced into seeing the error of their ways in order to reform their human selves. Further, you can talk to pretty much any Shadow now, as they all are pieces of human consciousness. [[spoiler:And as usual, the BigBad turns out to be an EldritchAbomination level Shadow. This time, he was born from the collective desire to maintain social order, but has gone so out of control he plans to absorb reality and "save" humanity from TheEvilsOfFreeWill.]]
2nd Nov '16 4:51:20 PM nombretomado
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* The Spectres of ''HisDarkMaterials''.

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* The Spectres of ''HisDarkMaterials''.''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.
5th Oct '16 11:50:18 PM KOman
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. When ghosts [[UnfinishedBusiness linger in the world]] too long, they become consumed by their emotions and transform into Hollows. Their hearts are transformed into masks that hide their faces and they become creatures of base emotion and insatiable soul-hunger, driven to hunt and kill any humans with spiritual power. Powerful Hollows that lose their masks regain a part of their lost hearts and become capable of higher reasoning. They usually hunt other Hollows rather than humans, mostly because they're now too powerful to be sustained by human spiritual power. Shinigami and Quincies have warred for a thousand years over what to do about Hollows, with Shinigami purifying them back into the cycle of reincarnation and Quincies forever destroying them.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. When ghosts [[UnfinishedBusiness linger in the world]] too long, they become consumed by their emotions and transform into Hollows. Their hearts are transformed into masks that hide their faces faces, leaving holes in their chests, and they become creatures of base emotion and insatiable soul-hunger, driven to hunt and kill any humans with spiritual power. Powerful Hollows that lose their masks regain a part of their lost hearts and become capable of higher reasoning. They usually hunt other Hollows rather than humans, mostly because they're now too powerful to be sustained by human spiritual power. Shinigami and Quincies have warred for a thousand years over what to do about Hollows, with Shinigami purifying them back into the cycle of reincarnation and Quincies forever destroying them.
27th Jul '16 5:00:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dark Force from ''PhantasyStar'' is a variation of this. While the ultimate villain of the series, the Profound Darkness, is [[SealedEvilInACan locked in another dimension]], its hatred is strong enough to break through the seal and take physical form, manifesting as the series's reoccuring nemesis.

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* Dark Force from ''PhantasyStar'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' is a variation of this. While the ultimate villain of the series, the Profound Darkness, is [[SealedEvilInACan locked in another dimension]], its hatred is strong enough to break through the seal and take physical form, manifesting as the series's reoccuring nemesis.



* The spawn of Dark Gaia in ''SonicUnleashed'' are, according the the in-game bestiary, negative emotions which have manifested physically using Dark Gaia's energy. In addition, they'll also possess people at night, completely turning their personalities arounds, usually for the worse.
* ''MonsterRancherEvo'' has these, but it's only apparent on the overworld stand-ins, as during actual battle the enemy monsters looks the same as if you were controlling them.

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* The spawn of Dark Gaia in ''SonicUnleashed'' ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' are, according the the in-game bestiary, negative emotions which have manifested physically using Dark Gaia's energy. In addition, they'll also possess people at night, completely turning their personalities arounds, usually for the worse.
* ''MonsterRancherEvo'' ''VideoGame/MonsterRancherEvo'' has these, but it's only apparent on the overworld stand-ins, as during actual battle the enemy monsters looks the same as if you were controlling them.



** In ''{{Persona 2}}'', [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: the grand AnthropomorphicPersonification of the negative emotions of ''humanity as a whole'' -- fear, hatred, anger, and every other flaw of the species. He's the EvilCounterpart to Philemon, who is similarly an AnthropomorphicPersonification of human strength and positive emotions... and it's further revealed that the entire series up to that point was little more than a pissing contest between the two to see which was truly the more powerful aspect of humanity. And you ''do'' actually get to punch Philemon for this.]]

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** In ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: the grand AnthropomorphicPersonification of the negative emotions of ''humanity as a whole'' -- fear, hatred, anger, and every other flaw of the species. He's the EvilCounterpart to Philemon, who is similarly an AnthropomorphicPersonification of human strength and positive emotions... and it's further revealed that the entire series up to that point was little more than a pissing contest between the two to see which was truly the more powerful aspect of humanity. And you ''do'' actually get to punch Philemon for this.]]



** The Shadows of Tartarus in ''{{Persona 3}}'' are essentially this, being born from the collective desires of any human who ever wished for death. [[spoiler:This eventually brings about the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt when a mentally unstable man opens the door for them to call forth an EldritchAbomination-level Shadow like Nyarlathotep: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Nyx]], the manifestation of death. In the end, the hero gives up his soul, not to heal the heart of humanity, but to reseal Nyx away from the collected weight of their negative emotions.]]

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** The Shadows of Tartarus in ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' are essentially this, being born from the collective desires of any human who ever wished for death. [[spoiler:This eventually brings about the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt when a mentally unstable man opens the door for them to call forth an EldritchAbomination-level Shadow like Nyarlathotep: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Nyx]], the manifestation of death. In the end, the hero gives up his soul, not to heal the heart of humanity, but to reseal Nyx away from the collected weight of their negative emotions.]]



* In ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', the Hiruko are what happens when TheHeartless gets combined with BodyHorror, resulting in a race of parasitic monsters bred from the despair, hate and fear of the residents of the Capital who at the slightest provocation will erupt in a NightmareFuel-laden scene, converting the hapless victim into a Red Cape, or outright bursting out of the body. Neither variant is particularly pleasant.

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* In ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'', the Hiruko are what happens when TheHeartless gets combined with BodyHorror, resulting in a race of parasitic monsters bred from the despair, hate and fear of the residents of the Capital who at the slightest provocation will erupt in a NightmareFuel-laden scene, converting the hapless victim into a Red Cape, or outright bursting out of the body. Neither variant is particularly pleasant.



* Darth Nihilus from ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KotOR 2]]'' became a living entity of pure hunger when TheDarkSide consumed him. His most infamous power is a life drain that can instantly cause the extinction of a planet.

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* Darth Nihilus from ''[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic KotOR 2]]'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' became a living entity of pure hunger when TheDarkSide consumed him. His most infamous power is a life drain that can instantly cause the extinction of a planet.
22nd Jul '16 3:54:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Inkies in ''{{de Blob}}'' are a cross between TheHeartless and MechaMooks. The ink they're made out of is [[spoiler:harvested from Greydians who've been made utterly miserable, and the Inkies are then assembled out of said ink on a factory production line.]]

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* The Inkies in ''{{de ''VideoGame/{{de Blob}}'' are a cross between TheHeartless and MechaMooks. The ink they're made out of is [[spoiler:harvested from Greydians who've been made utterly miserable, and the Inkies are then assembled out of said ink on a factory production line.]]
19th Jul '16 2:19:45 PM Shadowgazer
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The Heartless are monsters born out of people's negative emotions, like a poltergeist. They can be a special case of BodyHorror, but can also be a part of the victim's [[AnatomyOfTheSoul Soul Anatomy]] that has been [[EnemyWithout separated from them]], and like a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] they [[LivingMemory may not]] [[IntangibleMan have a physical body at all]]. They can be a convenient MonsterOfTheWeek for the right villain, since they are an unlimited resource; there always seem to be plenty of [[VictimOfTheWeek victims]] loaded with problems and angst for The Heartless to feed on. They also can have a [[ViralTransformation self-propagating]] "[[TheVirus zombie]]" effect.

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The Heartless are monsters born out of people's negative emotions, like a poltergeist. They can be a special case of BodyHorror, but can also be a part of the victim's [[AnatomyOfTheSoul Soul Anatomy]] that has been [[EnemyWithout separated from them]], and like a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] they [[LivingMemory may not]] [[IntangibleMan have a physical body at all]]. This part of the soul may be all the animalistic desires without any of the compunctions ala Jekyll and Hyde or all the feelings of suffering, sadness and anger concentrated in one. They can be a convenient MonsterOfTheWeek for the right villain, since they are an unlimited resource; there always seem to be plenty of [[VictimOfTheWeek victims]] loaded with problems and angst for The Heartless to feed on. They also can have a [[ViralTransformation self-propagating]] "[[TheVirus zombie]]" effect.
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* The [[MonsterOfTheWeek witches]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are embodiments of despair. [[spoiler:Specifically, the despair of the MagicalGirl they used to be.]] In the ending [[spoiler:Madoka {{Ret Gone}}d witches from existence and the despair of mankind instead manifested in different creatures referred to as ''majuu''/[[{{Woolseyism}} wraiths]].]]

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* The [[MonsterOfTheWeek witches]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are embodiments of despair. [[spoiler:Specifically, the despair of the MagicalGirl they used to be.be and became unwillingly by being consumed by it. So they are only a part of their character, NOT the whole person.]] In the ending [[spoiler:Madoka {{Ret Gone}}d witches from existence and the despair of mankind instead manifested in different different, separate creatures referred to as ''majuu''/[[{{Woolseyism}} wraiths]].]]
17th Jul '16 8:31:36 AM nombretomado
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* The Gohma from ''AsurasWrath'' are a combination of this and GaiasVengeance, being the embodiment of the planet's suffering sent to KillAllHumans.

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* The Gohma from ''AsurasWrath'' ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' are a combination of this and GaiasVengeance, being the embodiment of the planet's suffering sent to KillAllHumans.
17th Jun '16 1:00:22 AM PaulA
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* In "TheFishermanAndHisSoul" by Creator/OscarWilde, a Fisherman cuts his shadow (which holds his soul) free from his body so that he can live in the sea with his love, a mermaid. The soul, lacking a heart, becomes evil.

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* In "TheFishermanAndHisSoul" "Literature/TheFishermanAndHisSoul" by Creator/OscarWilde, a Fisherman cuts his shadow (which holds his soul) free from his body so that he can live in the sea with his love, a mermaid. The soul, lacking a heart, becomes evil.
16th Jun '16 6:53:55 AM Adept
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%%* The Invaders of ''GateKeepers''.

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%%* The Invaders of ''GateKeepers''.''VideoGame/GateKeepers''.
30th May '16 8:44:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Unicron's portrayal in ''TransformersArmada'' claims that he feeds on hatred, violence, et cetera. He's a PlanetEater, but the energy from hatred and violence is what gives him the strength to metaphorically get out of bed in the morning. The planet eating is mostly because ''[[OmnicidalManiac all life offends him]]'' and he wants it gone. This is part of his upgrade from GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere in G1 (eventually revealed to have been whipped up by some MadScientist on a whim) to GodOfEvil in the modern TF franchises. He'll exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil (well, so long as there's hate), and his goal is the complete eradication of all universes in TheMultiverse, resulting in a Void so empty that even ''space itself as we think of it'' no longer exists. He's done this to entire universes before.

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* Unicron's portrayal in ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' claims that he feeds on hatred, violence, et cetera. He's a PlanetEater, but the energy from hatred and violence is what gives him the strength to metaphorically get out of bed in the morning. The planet eating is mostly because ''[[OmnicidalManiac all life offends him]]'' and he wants it gone. This is part of his upgrade from GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere in G1 (eventually revealed to have been whipped up by some MadScientist on a whim) to GodOfEvil in the modern TF franchises. He'll exist AsLongAsThereIsEvil (well, so long as there's hate), and his goal is the complete eradication of all universes in TheMultiverse, resulting in a Void so empty that even ''space itself as we think of it'' no longer exists. He's done this to entire universes before.
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