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4th Aug '17 5:47:04 PM azbyc15243
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', most intelligent beings do not have souls. This includes both the [[OurVampireAreDifferent Red and Black Court vampires]], as well as [[TheFairFolk the Fae]]. This doesn't automatically make them evil...but it does make then inhuman and apparently coincides with a lack of true free will. In this setting, faeries can be [[MindControl compelled]] more easily than humans and it's not illegal to do so, and they are more bound by their nature than humans (creatures of habit, in other words) and unable to change it the way humans can reinvent themselves. The White Court 'vampires', on the other hand, appear to be basically a kind of human being, and they most certainly ''do'' have souls, and apparently free will (though this is somewhat limited by the fact that they share said soul with an unintelligent but very hungry demon). Angels ([[FallenAngel Fallen]] or otherwise), invert this trope- they're ''all'' soul, with bodies being temporary and incidental to their being (though Fallen sometimes possess humans).

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', most intelligent beings do not have souls. This includes both the [[OurVampireAreDifferent [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red and Black Court vampires]], as well as [[TheFairFolk the Fae]]. This doesn't automatically make them evil...but it does make then inhuman and apparently coincides with a lack of true free will. In this setting, faeries can be [[MindControl compelled]] more easily than humans and it's not illegal to do so, and they are more bound by their nature than humans (creatures of habit, in other words) and unable to change it the way humans can reinvent themselves. The White Court 'vampires', on the other hand, appear to be basically a kind of human being, and they most certainly ''do'' have souls, and apparently free will (though this is somewhat limited by the fact that they share said soul with an unintelligent but very hungry demon). Angels ([[FallenAngel Fallen]] or otherwise), invert this trope- they're ''all'' soul, with bodies being temporary and incidental to their being (though Fallen sometimes possess humans).


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* In ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', Aoi is an ArtificialHuman who explicitly lacks a soul. This doesn't seem to affect her sense of morality in any way. It has the benefit of allowing her to remain conscious after losing a summoning battle (whereas normal humans would be incapacitated for 24 hours in the same situation).
19th Jul '17 2:51:22 PM Malady
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* In ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', the Big G comes back as an undead white eyed monster possessed by evil spirits of dead WW2 soldiers. Kananko explicitly said in interviews that the pure white eyes means either Godzilla had his soul exorcized by the evil spirits or he never had one to begin with.

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* In ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'', the Big G comes back as an undead white eyed monster possessed by evil spirits of dead WW2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII soldiers. Kananko explicitly said in interviews that the pure white eyes means either Godzilla had his soul exorcized by the evil spirits or he never had one to begin with.
17th Jul '17 6:50:41 PM SilentStranger
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* ''Fanfic/WithThisRing'': has this premise with main character Paul/Orange Lantern. Because he originated from our universe I.E a universe without an arcane foundation for life, he didnt originally have a soul. This was a big problem, as aside from granting people access to an afterlife, the soul is what provides resistance against magic spells. This meant that not only was Paul extremely vulnerable to even basic spells, he had no way of healing damage afterwards. Constructing a soul for himself became a long-term project midway through the series. [[spoiler: He eventually gains a soul after fusing with the Ophidian]]



** Lord Voldemort is a lesser example. Because of all the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] he made, very little of his actual soul[[note]]0.78125%, to be exact.[[/note]] remains inside his body, which seems to have been largely responsible for the sociopathic but self-controlled Tom Riddle's degeneration into the AxCrazy Voldemort.

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** Lord Voldemort is a lesser example. Because of all the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] he made, very little of his actual soul[[note]]0.78125%, to be exact.[[/note]] remains inside his body, which seems to have been largely responsible for the sociopathic but self-controlled Tom Riddle's degeneration into the AxCrazy Voldemort. The actual remnant of Voldemort's soul is portrayed as a stunted, dwarfish being trapped in Limbo.



* In the original version of ''TheLittleMermaid'', it's explained that Mermaids live about three times as long as humans, but do not have souls, and simply dissolve into seafoam as they die. While they cant gain a soul while alive through normal means, it's revealed in the ending that when a mermaid grows to desire an eternal soul like a human, upon death they become ethereal spirits and given the chance to earn a soul through 300 years of good deeds.



** Vampires have no souls. Instead a demon takes up residence in the body, having all the original person's memories and seemingly believing themselves to be that person. Essentially a human soul is replaced with a demonic one, but retains the same mind.

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** Vampires have no souls. Instead a demon takes up residence in the body, having all the original person's memories and seemingly believing themselves to be that person. Essentially a human soul is replaced with a demonic one, but retains the same mind. The comic series eventually delved into this further and revealed that vampires are actually a kind of fusion between the original soul and a demon. After Buffy destroyed the Seed of Magic in Season 8, all new vampires are mindless animals because without magic, the transformation cannot complete.



* In ''TheOrderOfTheStick'', this trope is played with with the Elemental races, who are made up of the element they represent, Air, Fire, Earth and Water. As such, they do not technically have souls, and simply merge back into their Elemental Plane upon death, but as Lampshaded in the comic itself, since it's an RPG Mechanics Universe, the rules keep changing.



* Bart [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpson]] sold his soul to Milhouse for $5. His breath didn't fog glass, automatic doors didn't open for him, dogs growled when he passed. It didn't really make him evil, but he ''did'' get desperate enough to try and take Ralph Wiggum's soul. When Chief Wiggum interrupted him, Bart hisses at him and his eyes briefly turn into slits.
* Solomon Grundy from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' started off as a villainous, gray [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] {{expy}}. Then in the episode "The Terror Beyond", Grundy learned his own backstory--that he was a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] and had no soul. Once he realized this, regaining his soul suddenly became Grundy's first priority.

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* Bart [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpson]] sold his soul to Milhouse for $5. His breath didn't fog glass, automatic doors didn't open for him, dogs growled when he passed. It didn't really make him evil, but he ''did'' get desperate enough to try and take Ralph Wiggum's soul. When Chief Wiggum interrupted him, Bart hisses at him and his eyes briefly turn into slits.
slits. He returns to normal after Lisa buys back the "soul" (a piece of church stationary with the words "Barts Soul" on it") for him and Bart eats it.
* Solomon Grundy from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' started off as a villainous, gray [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] {{expy}}. Then in the episode "The Terror Beyond", Grundy learned his own backstory--that he was a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] and had no soul.soul (He was originally a criminal named Cyrus Gold who pissed off the wrong Haitian mobsters who turned out to be voodoo magicians). Once he realized this, regaining his soul suddenly became Grundy's first priority. It's ambiguous if he ever succeeded, but he dies happy after sacrificing himself while fighting an EldritchAbomination. He eventually returns in a later episode, resurrected by a bunch of teenagers playing around with Chaos Magic, but he's completely mindless, and it's implied that the real Grundy/Gold has gone to wherever his soul was, and this was just his body.
3rd Jun '17 11:27:26 AM nombretomado
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*** And as part of WhiteWolf being {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, you can't just kill a baby you know is a Fetch's and avoid the whole thing-it's just as likely, if not ''more'' so, that they actually were born with a soul, leading to a [[CreepyChild spooky]] but otherwise normal Fetch Child...who are spooky because they [[DetectEvil see through Glamour]], and open gates to [[EldritchLocation the Hedge]] by just existing. Oh yeah, and [[HolyHandGrenade they're inherent weapons against the True Fae]], so if you meet a Fetch's son that seems to have a conscience/inkling that other people exist, by God's sake ''keep him alive''!

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*** And as part of WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf being {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, you can't just kill a baby you know is a Fetch's and avoid the whole thing-it's just as likely, if not ''more'' so, that they actually were born with a soul, leading to a [[CreepyChild spooky]] but otherwise normal Fetch Child...who are spooky because they [[DetectEvil see through Glamour]], and open gates to [[EldritchLocation the Hedge]] by just existing. Oh yeah, and [[HolyHandGrenade they're inherent weapons against the True Fae]], so if you meet a Fetch's son that seems to have a conscience/inkling that other people exist, by God's sake ''keep him alive''!
25th May '17 5:42:43 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Shadows of Existence are technically half a pony's soul, the part that represents their lives and physical existence. When a pony is erased, this is what remains behind, and can continue to think and acts, but lacks the ability to ''feel'' anything, as they no longer have the original soul or Light of Existence (which returns to Fauna Luster to reincarnate). They basically act like crueler, heartless versions of their original selves, able to imitate emotions but not feel them. They're ''very'' desperate to get a new Light, which they can only obtain by performing a FusionDance with a pony who already exists...or ripping one out.
** [[spoiler:The Shadow of Chernobull/Makarov]] lacks a Light to begin with, as his creator was the Draconequus of Imagination Pandora. While able to create more than her siblings, the power to create is ''not'' something they can do. As a result, when accidentally released into the mortal world, he tries to remedy this by consuming the Lights of others.
** [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis]] is kinda this. She ''has'' a Light of Existence, but like [[spoiler:Makarov]] she's a creation of Pandora, specifically Pandora put an artificial Light of Existence she made [[spoiler:into the original Cadenza's discarded Shadow of Existence]], which she blames for a lot of her problems. How much of them actually ''are'' the fault of this condition and how much she's using it as an excuse isn't clear, but she ''very'' much wants to become complete. [[spoiler:She succeeds, but the Elements (or having a true Light now) decide to [[VillainousBSOD throw in a heart]]...]]
15th Apr '17 9:48:12 PM Discar
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* ''Series/TheMagicians'': The loss of a person's shade appears to leave them like this, with the usual {{lack of empathy}}.

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* ''Series/TheMagicians'': The loss shade is the part of a person's shade appears to leave soul that allows them like this, to feel pain and fear--but also guilt, remorse, and love. People with the usual {{lack of empathy}}.their shades removed are friendly, happy, and [[LackOfEmpathy shockingly selfish]]. They are perfectly willing to commit murder and genocide for even short-term gains, and will do so with a smile and a song.
27th Mar '17 9:48:01 PM Nightmask
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* In one science-fiction story an entire alien race is revealed to be soulless after making first contact with humanity, but it's not natural but the result of the ubiquitous teleportation technology that they use as a single pass through will permanently separate one from their soul. This doesn't make them evil but as the soul provides among other things the spark of creativity it means their entire race is creatively sterile, incapable of making new discoveries and innovations (something the reporter protagonist of the story laments as he was one of the humans who got to be part of the group of humans to try the technology out, as he can no longer be creative). Basically it leaves a living being as simply an organic robot running through the patterns it had already learned but unable to develop new ones. The sympathetic alien who accepts the truth arranges the destruction of his ship and elimination of all records of humanity before it can be updated to the alien race's datanet to give humanity more time to develop in hopes that they might save his own race someday.
16th Mar '17 9:37:25 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', the Gray Men are also known as this. They give up their souls to the Dark One, serving as his assassins. It leaves them near invisible for some reason, as their eyes will slide past the Gray Man like they aren't even there.
16th Mar '17 9:29:46 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheMagicians'': The loss of a person's shade appears to leave them like this, with the usual {{lack of empathy}}.
16th Mar '17 8:53:48 PM Fireblood
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When people use the phrase "soulless monster," they usually mean the person they're referring to [[KickTheDog isn't acting]] like a (decent) human being, not that they actually lack a soul and are a monster[[note]](well, a literal as opposed to a figurative one, anyway)[[/note]]. In fiction, some characters really ''are'' soulless, and often act like monsters because of it.

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When people use the phrase "soulless monster," they usually mean the person they're referring to [[KickTheDog isn't acting]] like a (decent) human being, not that they actually lack a soul and are a monster[[note]](well, monster.[[note]]Well, a literal as opposed to a figurative one, anyway)[[/note]]. anyway.[[/note]] In fiction, some characters really ''are'' soulless, and often act like monsters because of it.
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