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19th Nov '17 6:04:31 AM DanteVin
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* In ''Film/IFrankenstein'', Adam, Frankenstein's monster, is literally soulless but is a decent person in spite of it. While detached from humanity, this is to be expected of an outcast, and he does get better as he interacts with humans.

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* In ''Film/IFrankenstein'', Adam, Frankenstein's monster, is literally soulless but is a decent person in spite of it. While detached from humanity, this is to be expected of an outcast, and he does get better as he interacts with humans. Near the end of the movie, [[spoiler:the Demonic Possession ritual cast on him quickly failed, as he was revealed to have ''gained'' a soul.]]
11th Nov '17 10:02:47 AM Saber15
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* In Creator/AlastairReynolds ''Poseidon's Children'' trilogy, this is discussed in the context of artificial life. The Gatekeepers, massive and enigmatic spaceborne robots, at one point possessed "souls"; that is, the ability to introspect. However, the software for this kind of thought is mathematically inefficient, so they slowly essentially programmed themselves out of having a soul by switching to a more basic but ''much'' faster feed-forward neural network; one day they had souls, the next they had become philosophical zombies. Their absence of a soul means they are blown to pieces when approaching a precursor BigDumbObject, forcing them to rely on human intermediaries for exploration.
26th Sep '17 7:36:05 PM LeonardoRegulus
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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.

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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]] soul 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.
23rd Sep '17 11:37:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the {{Xanth}} novels, typically only human or human-descended creatures have souls (though that [[HalfHumanHybrid covers a lot of ground]]). Souls can also be traded, both in their entirety and in fractions. They also regenerate over time - sell half your soul to a Night-Mare for a ride, and it will eventually grow back for you, though the Night-Mare's half will not. There's also nothing preventing a Soulless character from being an overall decent person, though acquiring a soul will likely cause them to develop more empathy.

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* In the {{Xanth}} Literature/{{Xanth}} novels, typically only human or human-descended creatures have souls (though that [[HalfHumanHybrid covers a lot of ground]]). Souls can also be traded, both in their entirety and in fractions. They also regenerate over time - sell half your soul to a Night-Mare for a ride, and it will eventually grow back for you, though the Night-Mare's half will not. There's also nothing preventing a Soulless character from being an overall decent person, though acquiring a soul will likely cause them to develop more empathy.
3rd Sep '17 5:59:29 AM XenMon2
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* This can happen to you in ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'', although [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't actually affect anything]].
-->"If you'd never had it, you'd never miss it."
1st Sep '17 6:51:11 AM Bootlebat
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[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anencephaly Anencephaly]] Is rare birth defect that causes a baby to be born with no brain other than the brain stem. Fortunately for them such babies rarely live long and presumably have no consciousness and are thus [[FeelNoPain unaware of their condition]]

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anencephaly Anencephaly]] Is rare birth defect that causes a baby to be born with no brain other than the brain stem. Fortunately for them such babies rarely live long and presumably have no consciousness and are thus [[FeelNoPain unaware of their condition]]
1st Sep '17 6:50:52 AM Bootlebat
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[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anencephaly Anencephaly]] Is rare birth defect that causes a baby to be born with no brain other than the brain stem. Fortunately for them such babies rarely live long and presumably have no consciousness and are thus [[FeelNoPain unaware of their condition]]
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.
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