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22nd Jul '16 2:13:47 PM ScotieRw
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When a character loses their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]], they normally become a listless EmptyShell or transform into TheHeartless; the Soulless, however, are active, rational, and still recognizably human in [[GlamourFailure almost]] [[TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf every sense]]. They just lack a soul. The Soulless is motivated by one thing only: getting a soul. Any old soul will do, but frequently they want their own soul back for sentimental reasons. Much like the "DamagedSoul" case of CameBackWrong, problems arise because the character is no longer bound by ethical (and sometimes ''natural'') laws and demonstrates a disturbing LackOfEmpathy (and sometimes a lack of survival instincts). A NiceGuy will [[BewareTheNiceOnes break fingers]], TheCutie will just ''[[BreakTheCutie break]],'' and even the FriendToAllLivingThings will rampage through a petting zoo if it brings them closer to their goal. While a soulless character doesn't necessarily become a [[SerialKiller soulless killing machine]], [[SanityMeter sanity]] and [[KarmaMeter humanity]] don't fare very well without one. Even if both of these traits are independent of the soul and don't suffer in its absence, most Soulless characters have a [[TheUnfettered change in worldview that does erode their good nature.]]

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When a character loses their [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]], they normally become a listless EmptyShell or transform into TheHeartless; the Soulless, however, are active, rational, and still recognizably human in [[GlamourFailure almost]] [[TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf every sense]]. They just lack a soul. The Soulless is are often motivated by one thing only: getting a soul. Any old soul will do, but frequently they want their own soul back for sentimental reasons. Much like the "DamagedSoul" case of CameBackWrong, problems arise because the character is no longer bound by ethical (and sometimes ''natural'') laws and demonstrates a disturbing LackOfEmpathy (and sometimes a lack of survival instincts). A NiceGuy will [[BewareTheNiceOnes break fingers]], TheCutie will just ''[[BreakTheCutie break]],'' and even the FriendToAllLivingThings will rampage through a petting zoo if it brings them closer to their goal. While a soulless character doesn't necessarily become a [[SerialKiller soulless killing machine]], [[SanityMeter sanity]] and [[KarmaMeter humanity]] don't fare very well without one. Even if both of these traits are independent of the soul and don't suffer in its absence, most Soulless characters have a [[TheUnfettered change in worldview that does erode their good nature.]]
13th Jul '16 2:26:14 AM Psychadelico
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** One of the endings allows [[spoiler:the player ('''[[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration not]]''' the PlayerCharacter)]] to sell their soul in exchange for [[spoiler:reseting the game, and thus bringing back the destroyed world]]. This has no apparent effect until [[spoiler:you go for the GoldenEnding afterward, where the one you sold the soul to usurps your control of the PlayerCharacter and turns it into a SuddenDownerEnding.]]

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** One of the endings allows [[spoiler:the player ('''[[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration not]]''' the PlayerCharacter)]] to sell their [[spoiler: the PlayerCharacter's]] soul in exchange for [[spoiler:reseting the game, and thus bringing back the destroyed world]]. This has no apparent effect until [[spoiler:you go for the GoldenEnding afterward, where the one you sold the soul to usurps your control of the PlayerCharacter and turns it into a SuddenDownerEnding.]]
10th Jul '16 5:18:00 PM nombretomado
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* A rare ''heroic'' example: Gireon Arkiof from ''ChaosFighters: Chemical Warriors-RAKSA''. He doesn't even want his soul back. This is lampshaded when Mifrent lamented why people with souls mostly fight against themselves and with a chapter titled ''Soulless Hero VS Soulful villain''.

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* A rare ''heroic'' example: Gireon Arkiof from ''ChaosFighters: ''Literature/ChaosFighters: Chemical Warriors-RAKSA''. He doesn't even want his soul back. This is lampshaded when Mifrent lamented why people with souls mostly fight against themselves and with a chapter titled ''Soulless Hero VS Soulful villain''.
26th Jun '16 10:49:17 AM nombretomado
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* Four certain someones in ''BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn'' lack souls at one point, and feel "empty."

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* Four certain someones in ''BaldursGate II: ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII: Shadows of Amn'' lack souls at one point, and feel "empty."
17th Jun '16 1:58:34 AM PaulA
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* Subverted in "The Fisherman and his Soul" by OscarWilde, in which a young fisherman is magically separated from his soul, which takes on human guise and travels around without him -- and the fisherman is largely unaffected, while the ''soul'' becomes a typical "soulless" monster-in-human-form. It's explained that this is because the fisherman still has a loving heart, while the soul is both literally and metaphorically {{heartless}}.

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* Subverted in "The Fisherman and his Soul" by OscarWilde, Creator/OscarWilde, in which a young fisherman is magically separated from his soul, which takes on human guise and travels around without him -- and the fisherman is largely unaffected, while the ''soul'' becomes a typical "soulless" monster-in-human-form. It's explained that this is because the fisherman still has a loving heart, while the soul is both literally and metaphorically {{heartless}}.
10th Jun '16 12:21:46 PM nighttrainfm
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* Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', to an extent. Because of all the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] he made, very little of his actual 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.
** It's worth noting that people who are ''actually'' soulless, as opposed to mostly soulless, are basically empty husks in the Franchise/HarryPotter verse - braindead bodies whose souls have undergone a CessationOfExistence. One of the ways of becoming soulless is being fed upon by a Dementor, since these beings not only suck out emotions, but can also suck out a human's soul through a "kiss." It's considered a FateWorseThanDeath.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** This is the fate of anyone who suffers the "Dementor's kiss" - their soul is physically sucked out through their mouth. We never see the results firsthand, but it's considered a FateWorseThanDeath as the victim is left with [[EmptyShell no memory or sense of identity]].
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Lord Voldemort from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', to an extent. is a lesser example. Because of all the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] he made, very little of his actual 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.
** It's worth noting that people who are ''actually'' soulless, as opposed to mostly soulless, are basically empty husks in the Franchise/HarryPotter verse - braindead bodies whose souls have undergone a CessationOfExistence. One of the ways of becoming soulless is being fed upon by a Dementor, since these beings not only suck out emotions, but can also suck out a human's soul through a "kiss." It's considered a FateWorseThanDeath.
Voldemort.
1st Jun '16 4:01:42 AM Adept
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'': The Bizarre Dolls from the Ship Voyage Arc. For a human not under [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian Contract]] to [[DeaderThanDead truly die]], a Shinigami must collect their soul and cut their [[RealityWritingBook Cinematic Record]]. The Undertaker, however, discovered this trope after attaching an endless continuation to the Cinematic Record. [[ZombieApocalypse Among others]].

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'': The Bizarre Dolls from the Ship Voyage Arc. For a human not under [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian Contract]] to [[DeaderThanDead truly die]], a Shinigami must collect their soul and cut their [[RealityWritingBook Cinematic Record]]. The Undertaker, however, discovered this trope after that by attaching an endless continuation to the Cinematic Record. [[ZombieApocalypse Among others]].Record, the body is tricked into thinking itself to be still alive, thus becoming animated again.
1st Jun '16 4:00:41 AM Adept
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* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has an instance of something that is not technically alive ([[spoiler:a clone of the protagonist... magical clones do not count as "alive" in this series]]) gaining a soul anyway. Without said soul (or a fragment of someone else's soul), that being was devoid of any personality or morals, and single-mindedly pursued its main objective in a manner not unlike the Terminator.
* ''BlackButler'': [[spoiler: The Bizarre Dolls from the now-concluded Ship Voyage Arc. For a human not under [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian Contract]] to [[DeaderThanDead truly die]], a Shinigami must collect their soul and cut their [[RealityWritingBook Cinematic Record]]. The Undertaker, however, discovered this trope after attaching an endless continuation to the Cinematic Record. [[ZombieApocalypse Among others]].]]

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* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has an instance of something that is not technically alive ([[spoiler:a clone of the protagonist... magical clones do not count as "alive" in this series]]) gaining a soul anyway. Without said soul (or a fragment of someone else's soul), that being was devoid of any personality or morals, and single-mindedly pursued its main objective in a manner not unlike the Terminator.
* ''BlackButler'': [[spoiler: ''Manga/BlackButler'': The Bizarre Dolls from the now-concluded Ship Voyage Arc. For a human not under [[DealWithTheDevil Faustian Contract]] to [[DeaderThanDead truly die]], a Shinigami must collect their soul and cut their [[RealityWritingBook Cinematic Record]]. The Undertaker, however, discovered this trope after attaching an endless continuation to the Cinematic Record. [[ZombieApocalypse Among others]].]]
28th May '16 6:12:21 AM M84
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* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', the Fae are one of the most powerful races in the setting. Their one major limitation is that their race has a set number of souls -- for a new Fae to be born, another has to die. They have no way to actually increase their population. They've tried to get around this in the past by having children with other races. Sadly, the resulting hybrids are no exception to the rule and are thus born soulless. They linger in a catatonic state and always die young.
12th May '16 8:24:44 PM RhymeAndTreason
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* Idenn of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' has no soul, although she didn't give it up willingly: Her soul was destroyed by her fellow dragons to extinguish her free will and emotions so that she could be used as a living weapon.
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