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21st Aug '16 2:10:42 PM ArthurEld
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* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' spends his eponymous book trying to regain his soul.

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* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' spends his eponymous book trying to regain his soul. He was already cold and calculating before he lost his soul, and getting it back only gave him the tiniest bit of a conscience.
21st Aug '16 11:14:14 AM nombretomado
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* Combined with BeastMan this is what the humanoid fae in ''{{Drowtales}}'' sees the goblin races as due to not having an aura. In practice they are more like {{muggles}} without any technical advantages.

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* Combined with BeastMan this is what the humanoid fae in ''{{Drowtales}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' sees the goblin races as due to not having an aura. In practice they are more like {{muggles}} without any technical advantages.
19th Aug '16 2:17:21 PM fq
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* After ComicBook/{{Morbius}} is killed by ComicBook/{{Blade}}, he is accidentally resurrected as [[CameBackWrong an undead, soulless being]]. He is later brought back to proper life, but is never shown to actually get back his soul. Subverted in that it doesn't really seem to change him at all; he mentions his emotions are numbed somewhat but he is portrayed the way he always was: as a deeply flawed but fundamentally good person and caring doctor. The fact that he's soulless hasn't been mentioned in years and most writers even seem to have forgotten entirely.
6th Aug '16 9:48:27 PM TheCuza
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** Angels and demons also don't have souls, though demons in this universe are similar to ghosts.

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** Angels and demons also don't have souls, though technically demons ''are'' souls, after they've been [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured enough in this universe are similar to ghosts.Hell]].
27th Jul '16 8:35:04 AM YourDoom
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** Lord Voldemort 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.

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** Lord Voldemort is a lesser example. Because of all the [[SoulJar Horcruxes]] he made, very little of his actual soul 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.
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}}.
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