Created By: MarqFJA on November 3, 2012 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on yesterday

Soul Cannibal

Consumption/digestion of souls.

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Alternative names: Soul Devourer, Eater Of Souls (not to be confused with Soul Eater)

A character who consumes the souls of individuals from his own species -- or, following the broader sense of "cannibal", any sapient species -- and more or less digests them, either for nourishment or augmenting/replenishing their power.

Sub-Trope of I'm a Humanitarian and Your Soul Is Mine. Often overlaps with Vampiric Draining, Cannibalism Superpower, and/or Horror Hunger.

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Anime and Manga
  • Bleach:
    • Hollows feed on human souls, and a Gillian-class Menos Hollow is created when hundreds of Hollows descend into an inter-cannibalistic frenzy and eat each other.
    • The intelligent minority of Gillian -- as opposed to the mindless, bestial majority -- are also forced to devour other Hollows (Menos or otherwise), either partially or entirely, in order to avoid regressing back to a bestial state, as well as to gradually ascend the Menos evolution ladder (Gillian to Adjuchas, and then to Vasto Lorde).
    • Then we have Aaroniero Arruruerie, the Noveno Espada (#9), who goes even further by combining the trope with Cannibalism Superpower, and by the time he debuted he had eaten 30,665 Hollows (including one that had assimilated a dead Soul Reaper's body via a somewhat different method).
  • In Soul Eater: Humans with the weapon bloodline (essentially a gene which allows them to become an Equippable Ally) can eat the souls of other humans to grow stronger (the good guys only consume the souls of corrupted humans, villains tend to be less picky), so long as they also consume at least one witch's soul. Those that indiscriminately eat other humans slowly become Kisin.

  • In C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, demons eat the souls of other demons as well as of humans.

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  • Fate/stay night: Servants can do this to replenish their Mana, though the more wholesome ones are understandably quite averse to it. In one case, the Servant -- a Chaotic Evil Anti-Villain -- expressed a preference for evil souls, because their foulness makes them that much tastier, and souls of similar alignment are easier to digest.
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  • November 4, 2012
    Diablerie, the vampire cannibalism in Vampire The Masquerade
  • November 4, 2012
  • November 4, 2012
    • Diablerie also shows up in the New World of Darkness sequel to Vampire The Masquerade, Vampire The Requiem. It is slightly less potent than the classic version, but its drawbacks are mostly temporary to make up for it.
  • November 13, 2012
    Hollows from Bleach feed on human souls and the stronger ones got that way by eating other Hollows.
  • November 13, 2012
    • In Soul Eater: Humans with the weapon bloodline (essentially a gene which allows them to become an Equippable Ally) can eat the souls of other humans to grow stronger (the good guys only consume the souls of corrupted humans, villains tend to be less picky). This is also averted in that they also need to consume at least one witches soul to become more powerful, and those that indiscriminately eat other humans slowly become Kisin.
  • November 13, 2012
    In C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, demons eat the souls of other demons as well as of humans.
  • November 19, 2012
    I think the movie Ghost Ship had this as a big reveal near the end when the antagonist describes himself as some sort of Soul Harvester... Who then proceeds to collect the souls of the dead people on the ship. Maybe someone who has seen the movie recently can chime in? ;)
  • November 19, 2012
    • Mortal Kombat has Shang Tsung, who is cursed to devour the souls of his enemies in order to maintain his youth (and much more importantly, his life). His sorcery is also fueled by the souls of those he devours, making it doubly important that he devours more in order to maintain his power.
    • Warhammer 40000 has the Dark Eldar, who drink the souls of their victims, whom they torture for death for amusement. The main reason they devour souls is in order to maintain their youth, thus preventing them from dying and feeding Slaanesh with their souls.
  • November 19, 2012
    On Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, the guys watch a horror movie about a "cannibal ghost", who "scares you to death and eats your ghost".
  • November 19, 2012
    One of Tichondrius the dreadlord's lines in Warcraft III is "I must feast on souls!"

  • November 21, 2012
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach
      • In the anime Bount arc, the Bount drank human souls. If they devoured more than they needed, they gained great power and became evil.
  • November 22, 2012
    See also Soul Cutting Blade, which is a weapon that damages, and may eat, souls.
  • November 23, 2012
    The thing the Player Character does to Dragons in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
  • November 23, 2012
    Denizens in Shakugan No Shana.
  • November 23, 2012
    I like Eater Of Souls. It sounds like something HP Lovecraft might have used, and possibly did.

    I'm not sure this is sufficiently different from Your Soul Is Mine, though?
  • November 24, 2012
    Related to You Are Who You Eat?
  • November 24, 2012
    Slender kills children and eats their souls.
  • November 24, 2012
    @robinjohnson: Your Soul Is Mine is more about souls being lost or taken in general, this is definatly splittable as a subtrope.

    I also like Eater Of Souls.
  • November 24, 2012
    • In Naruto, this happens to Gaara. Naruto hears about it and along with several other teams and the helping hands of elders from the Sand Village beats up some baddies, bonds with his team, and cries/shouts at the other teams about the whole "Jinchuuriki" situation. All to rescue Gaara. So Once Again The Day Is Saved, Naruto-style.
  • yesterday
    • Na Ruto: one Dangerous Forbidden Technique summons the Shinigami with the user's body as its conduit, which then rips the enemy's soul and them devours them. As the payment for this technique, the user's soul will also be consumed by it and get locked in a fight with the souls its user ripped.
    • Blaz Blue: Ragna's Drive ability "Soul Eater" eats the soul of people. In-game, this is translated into Life Drain attacks. There's also the Eldritch Abomination of the verse, the Black Beast, who devoured mass amounts of souls in its rampage. Ragna's source of his ability is the Azure Grimoire, an artifact made out of Black Beast's corpse.

    Many Necromancers and those with Soul Power may also have this ability. I heard that there are folklore monsters who eat souls, too.