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11th Nov '17 12:20:02 AM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', this concept is introduced to the series in ''Darkest Night''. [[spoiler:Tree can see cats that haven't made it to the afterlife yet, who have some sort of tie to the living and something they have to do yet before they can move on.]]
9th Nov '17 8:01:30 AM WaxingName
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** This is a running theme with several ghosts in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', as many of them are tied down to the world of the living due to some unfinished business they left before their death. For example, the Goron warrior Darmani tried to save his hometown from a blizzard but was killed before he could do so, and the dancer Kamaro died before he passed on his skills to a student. Link can heal their souls with the Song of Healing in exchange for [[MaskOfPower masks]] which hold their abilities.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' has the Hero's Shade, the ghost of a past hero who was unable to pass on because of his regret of not teaching his skills to a worthy successor. As with the previous example, Link can heal his soul, this time by learning his teachings. [[spoiler:For extra {{Irony}}, the Hero's Shade is revealed in ''Literature/HyruleHistoria'' to be the Hero of Time, the same Link who healed all those souls in ''Majora's Mask''.]]
28th Sep '17 11:25:41 AM erforce
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' novel ''Ground Zero'' features a horde of ghosts made up from an islander tribe who were all accidentally killed in nuclear test by the US government. Their deaths didn't stop them from seeking vengeance, and they are also able to cause miniature nuclear explosions wherever grains of the soil from their former home is sent. Once they destroy another test being done on their now-deserted island, they are able to move on.
17th Sep '17 4:21:07 AM gophergiggles
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* Him not having unfinished business is possibly the reason Tia Dalma is unable to resurrect Governor Swann like she did Captain Barbossa. [[spoiler:The other possible reason, of course, is she simply refused because she didn't ''need'' Swann like she did Barbossa.]]
--> '''Will Turner:''' Is there a way?
--> '''Tia Dalma:''' (Shakes her head) Him at peace.
30th Aug '17 9:54:35 PM Schismatism
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* Maeve Livingstone, the wife to a famous departed actor, stick around for a while after Grahame Coates murders her, on the grounds that she needs to see the whole thing through. [[spoiler: She eventually winds up helping out Charlie and Spider to reach the final confrontation.]]

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* In ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', Maeve Livingstone, the wife to a famous departed actor, stick around for a while after Grahame Coates murders her, on the grounds that she needs to see the whole thing through. [[spoiler: She eventually winds up helping out Charlie and Spider to reach the final confrontation.]]
30th Aug '17 9:54:11 PM Schismatism
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* Maeve Livingstone, the wife to a famous departed actor, stick around for a while after Grahame Coates murders her, on the grounds that she needs to see the whole thing through. [[spoiler: She eventually winds up helping out Charlie and Spider to reach the final confrontation.]]
7th Aug '17 2:25:07 PM Gemser
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* ''VideoGame/HauntingStarringPolterguy'': Polterguy wants to take revenge on Vito Sardini and his family by scaring them. When he's done, [[spoiler:he briefly transforms into his human form but is turned into a ghost again. Whether he reaches afterlife or not is not revealed.]]
6th Aug '17 3:19:22 PM vifetoile
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[[GhostlyGoals The primary reason]] for ghosts to be BarredFromTheAfterlife. They want revenge, their story to be told, or simply to be informed once and for all that they are, in fact, ''dead''. To get rid of the ghosts, the hero or heroine will have to either do extensive research in old newspaper articles or communicate somehow with the ghosts. Ghosts with Unfinished Business almost always have PurposeDrivenImmortality; once their business is finished, they vanish in a flash of light.

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[[GhostlyGoals The primary reason]] for ghosts to be BarredFromTheAfterlife. They want revenge, their story to be told, or simply to be informed once and for all that they are, in fact, ''dead''. To get rid of the ghosts, the hero or heroine will have to either do extensive research in old newspaper articles or somehow communicate somehow with them and figure out their goal. If the ghosts. ghost seeks revenge, well, bad news - they may not even know who their murderer was - time for some detective work on the part of the living! Other pieces of business might involve [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye passing on a final message]], or accomplishing a very important task.

Ghosts with Unfinished Business almost always have PurposeDrivenImmortality; once their business is finished, they vanish in a flash of light.
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23rd Jul '17 7:00:16 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Spira in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is crawling with "Unsent," people who get caught up in Unfinished Business and refuse to pass on. Which is a bit odd considering we are told near the beginning of the first game that Spira's dead, if left unexorcised, [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands are supposed to turn into monsters.]] Specific examples:

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Spira in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is crawling with "Unsent," people who get caught up in Unfinished Business and refuse to pass on. Which This is a bit odd considering we are told near problem for the beginning of the first game that Spira's dead, living because, if left unexorcised, [[NewRulesAsThePlotDemands are supposed to they turn into monsters.]] Specific examples:monsters. Some people avoid this through HeroicWillpower but most turn into monsters.



** [[spoiler: Seymour]] is a dark(er) example, using his undeath as a way to continue pursuing his OmnicidalManiac goals.

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** [[spoiler: Seymour]] is a dark(er) example, using his undeath as a way to continue pursuing his OmnicidalManiac goals. He definitely turns into a monster, it just so happens that he kinda already was one.
26th May '17 11:31:46 AM Octoya
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* Talia in ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost'', who claims to have been locked out of heaven and requires a good deed to get in, turns out to [[spoiler:have actually opted not to go to heaven so she can have revenge on her killer, the Penny Murderer.]] Another ghost character, Kagemura, refused to move on while there was still suffering and decay in the world.
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