Created By: MarqFJA on September 12, 2011 Last Edited By: StarSword on July 8, 2013
Troped

Merger of Souls

Multiple souls merge together into a singular one.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope

Needs a Better Description. Up for Grabs.

When two or more souls literally fuse into one singular soul, typically in a permanent manner. It may result from a Fusion Dance. It's also possible for transcendence to involve several personalities merging together into a single collective.

An Assimilation Plot can be this on a large scale. Sister Trope to Split-Personality Merge, which is when this is done with a character who has dissociative identity disorder. Compare Mental Fusion, which is a temporary fusion of minds (though the mind-soul distinction is up to debate in some circles).

Also Compare Mind Hive and Many Spirits Inside of One, both of which involve multiple separate spirits in the same body.

Also also compare Your Soul Is Mine and Soul Power. It's different from Your Soul Is Mine because the soul is not consumed, but rather absorbed, still retaining some of its own uniqueness in the bigger whole.

Not to be confused with Soul music.


Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • In Bleach, Hollows become more powerful by eating each other (and human souls) at lower stages of strength, this normally leads to them becoming beastial creatures known as Gillians, composed of many thousands of souls and forming the first stage of a Hollow's existence as a Menos. Occasionally one of these hollows contain a soul strong willed enough to remain sapient and somewhat intelligent, which takes control and continues to feed on other hollows to become more powerful. If such a Gillian consumes enough souls, it turns into a more powerful and now-truly intelligent Adjuchas.
  • Naraku from InuYasha was created when the deranged and perverse thief (and Kikyou's Stalker with a Crush) Onigumo merged with thousands of demons. And at one point in order to obtain a stronger body, he perfoms a Kodoku spell: thousands of fierce demons fight inside a cave in a mountain, and the winner absorb and merge with the losers. Eventually Naraku ends up absorbing the surviving demon in himself.
  • Dragon Ball Z: By putting his hand on Nail and later Kami, Piccolo absorbed them, gaining not only extra power but also their memories. This process was permanent; Piccolo's personality also seemed to underway slight changes after each absortion. A similar case was when Goku and Vegeta used the Potala earrings, becoming one; however, in this case they split when they entered Buu's body, although it's the only way to split, and that fusion is otherwise permanent. The personality of the fused being seemed to be a mix of both Goku and Vegeta's personalities.
  • In Shinzo, all Enterrans, the new inhabitants of Earth, are reduced to an Encard when defeated. The victor can then decide to keep the card, destroy it (effectively destroying that Enterran's soul) or eat or absord it. The soul and power of the eaten Enterran are then merged with the eater's, who usually remains in control but does take over some of the physical characteristics of the other Enterran.
  • Gaia and the alien Gaia in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within are two giant aggregates of ghosts. In the end, they merge.
  • In Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, the Oneroi, four dream gods, have a One-Winged Angel form that fuses four of their souls into a single body. While each souls is still separate, they work in tandem to keep the body from being destroyed by harm and grant it Nigh-Invulnerability. The catch? Attacking all four souls simultaneously with precision strikes can kill them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • An arc of DC's Hitman comic featured the Mauser, a demonic minion created by merging the souls of several Nazi S.S. officers.
  • Redlance and Nightfall in ElfQuest have their souls merged as an accidental side-effect of Nightfall's love bringing Redlance out of a Heroic BSOD. They get to keep their individual personalities, though.
  • In "What If The Avengers Had Lost the Evolutionary War?" from the second volume of What If?, many of the superhumans cut their ties to humanity and leave Earth find their own destiny. Eventually, they merge with the Anthropomorphic Personifications of Death and Eternity, and the resulting entity leaves to create a big bang for a new universe, afterwhich it splits into just Death and Eternity. Meanwhile, humanity evolves to the point that the humans merge their minds and become one with the planet itself, transforming themselves into a Genius Loci.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Fiction]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
  • Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal had the wise Mystics and the wicked Skeksis, who were created when the titular crystal shattered. They were two halves of the souls of the creatures which shattered the crystal, and a death of a Mystic also kills their Skeksis counterpart, and vice versa. In the climax of the film, the crystal is mended by the hero Jen, and the two races are made one once more.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
  • Happens towards the end of Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question", when the remaining humans (by now bodiless entities) merge one by one with humanity's hypercomputer, the Cosmic AC.
  • The Greek philosopher Plotinus (c. 204-270 AD) postulated "Emanation ex deo (Out of God)". Basically, in the hirarchy of being, there is The One (who is all good, transcended, and unchanging). The nature of the One is simply that it filters down itself, but the One never loses anything or changes. Next comes the Novus, or Divine Mind, and then bellow that is the Oversoul. From the Oversoul comes individual Human Souls. So what does this have to do with this trope? It's possible for a human soul to reunite with the One again, forever (at least in Neoplatonic tradition).
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld: Thief of Time introduces Lobsang Ludd and his not-quite-twin brother Jeremy Clockson. The awful truth, when it comes out, is that they are not twins at all but the same soul born twice due to a temporal anomaly (their mother is the anthropomorphic personification of Time, and her labour got a bit strange, despite the best midwife in the Discworld being present). The two half-souls are allowed to fuse together towards the end of the book, with Lobsang dominating, so as to take over the job of running Time from their mother.
  • In George Zebrowski's Macrolife, The Agregate of Minds is a distributed artificial intelligence (spread amungst a fleet of a million or so artificial worlds.) whose countless processors and memory storage systems apparently include a library of simulated personalities. It is apparently capable of reversing the process, allowing a component intelligence to function independently in order to hold conversations and then reabsorbing it when done.
  • Happens in Magic: The Gathering's Kamigawa Cycle between Michiko and The Taken One so that they can become Barrier Maidens.
  • In The Legend of Drizzt Crenshinibon, an Artifact of Doom taking the form of a crystal shard (from whence the first book of The Icewind Dale Trilogy gets its name), was formed from a ritual that merged the souls of seven liches. Upon its destruction in Servant of the Shard the souls are apparently separated and pass on.
  • In The Gods Themselves, this is how the Soft Ones in the parallel universe have sex. It's also how the Hard Ones are formed, when the last mating becomes permanent.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • Echo and Alpha from Dollhouse both have 40+ personalities inhabiting a single body. It is clearly shown in Echo's case that her "main" personality is an amalgamation of all the personalities she has been imprinted with, though she can seamlessly slip into one specific personality when needed. With Alpha, it's not as clearly defined and there are even a couple scenes where two or more of his personalities are openly arguing with each other. He does seem to have one "main" personality that is in overall control, though it is never clearly shown if this "main" personality is an amalgamation of all his personalities like Echo's is.
  • Castiel, an angel from Supernatural, became something far more powerful by absorbing the souls of Purgatory. Unfortunately one set of them was too powerful for him and took over.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
  • The Faithless song "We Come 1" deals with the merging of the speaker and the one addressed.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The God Emperor of Mankind was said to be the reincarnation of thousands of prehistoric shamans' souls, merged into a singular being.
    • Slaanesh, an Eldritch Abomination and one of the setting's four Gods Of Evil, was born when countless Eldar souls that died in extremely decadent orgies and sadistic slaughters coalesced together into a single entity.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Towards the end of Dust: An Elysian Tail it's revealed that Dust himself has the souls of Ginger's brother and the Big Bad's henchman/best friend who slew each other. It's explicitly stated that the resulting being has its own mind and body, with either soul just providing moral guidance and power respectively.
  • Exdeath, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy V, came about after several beings and creatures were sealed within a tree in the Forest of Moore.
  • Darkstalkers
  • StarCraft: The various "archons" created by the protoss.
    • The first game's high templars can perform a one-way fusion into an archon, a ghostly psionic entity that is very damaging and quite hard to kill[[labelnote:*]]barring use of the science bessel's EMP, which strips their shields to leave them with just a small amount of HP[[/labelnote]]. The Brood War expansion allows two dark templar to fuse into a dark archon, a caster unit.
    • The Expanded Universe and Enslavers II add-on campaign have Ulrezaj, a rebel Dark Templar who eventually fuses with five others to form an Ax-Crazy super-archon of sorts. He's eventually defeated in the Dark Templar Trilogy by having the last of the templar Preservers sacrifice herself to seal him with her into a khaydarin crystal.
    • StarCraft II dispenses with the dark archon, allowing archons (initially called twilight archons, but this was dropped in early patches) to be created from any combination of two high templar or dark templar.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Jalhalla, the end boss of the Earth Temple, is essentially a collective of poes who merge into one massive poe. They (he) can only be harmed when they separate.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Shang Tsung's power is said to be derived from his having absorbed the souls of his vanquished opponents. He is dangerous because he is not one opponent, he is thousands.
    • Ermac, who is made up of the thousands of souls whose shells died resisting Shao kahn's rule
  • EverQuest II introduces the Duality. The combined essences of the great wizard Al'Kabor and a powerful necromancer named Dartain sharing one body. His physical body morphs between the two personalities at frequent intervals.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer the Thayan Academy of Shapers and Binders has a wizard who can fuse souls, and bound his own soul into a clay golem to do it more safely. A sidequest on the same level requires you to trade a particular soul to two pit fiends. Unfortunately, they can't agree on what the soul should have; in fact each gives mutually exclusive requirements. The solution ends up being to have the aforementioned wizard fuse two completely opposite souls together.
  • At the end of the undead campaign in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Arthas merges his soul with the Lich King.
  • The Generation IV Pokémon Spiritomb is a collection of 108 souls that have amalgamated together out of negative emotions.
  • In The Very Definitely Final Dungeon of Digital Devil Saga 2, Serph and Sera fuse into the androgynous Seraph, gaining a new Atma form and pooling their learned skills in the process.
  • There's conflicting evidence for this and Mind Hive in the case of Mass Effect's Reapers. They're created from the amalgamation of millions of sapient minds but it's unclear whether the souls are fused or exist separately: Legion states the latter, but Reapers act like single entities and refer to themselves with singular pronouns (contrast Legion, who always uses "we").
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
  • Dominic Deegan:
    • Acibek was a golem created by an ancient Elven tyrant who powered him with several souls combined together, many of them collected unwillingly, and not happy about it. The Sylvan Oracle and her own creation "Dirk the Mighty" were similar golems.
    • And there's also the Storm of Souls, a raging maelstrom of souls formed from deceased members of the chaos-worshipping cult The Chosen and intended to be their weapon to destroy the world with. Acibek sacrificed himself to trap it in a cage forged from his own souls and centuries later the Sylvan Oracle sacrificed herself to destroy it.
  • Homestuck: Vriska's and Tavros' dead bodies are thrown into Jane's game sprite, yanking their souls out of the afterlife and fusing them together as "Tavrisprite". Their personalities are so irreconcilable that the sprite explodes (sending the two souls back to the afterlife) mere moments later.
  • This happens in Spinnerette, unfortunately the souls are evil souls from Hell merging together into a Kaiju-sized demon.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
  • In Orion's Arm, "The Amalgamation" is an artificially intelligent disease, spread by Nanomachines. Occasionally, crews of ships sent to aid efforts to halt Amalgamation become infected and turn against their allies.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • There was an episode of The Real Ghostbusters featuring an advanced anti-ghost robot designed to destroy (actually disperse) ghosts instead of capturing them. As soon as the dispersed essence concentration went above a certain threshold, well...
  • Tigerhawk in Beast Wars was originally a Vok Emissary made from Tigatron and Airazor's bodies. However, their Sparks followed their bodies, and after Tigerhawk was defeated, Airazor and Tigatron's sparks merged and took control of the shell.
[[/folder]]

Indexes: Older Than Feudalism, One with the Index, Tropes of the Soul

Community Feedback Replies: 82
  • September 12, 2011
    Aquamantor
    Does this include mass mergings, such as Instrumentality from Evangelion?
  • September 12, 2011
    MarqFJA
    I believe it does, since I wrote "two or more souls". Evangelion's Instrumentality only qualifies in terms of intended outcome, however; the process gets aborted before the occurrence of total fusion and thus irreversible Loss Of Identity.
  • September 12, 2011
    X2X
    Video Games
  • September 12, 2011
    Koveras
    Also from W H40k, the Emperor of Mankind is a reincarnation of thousands of prehistoric shamans' souls, merged in a single being.
  • September 12, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Mhm, does this count when something "eat" several souls at once, hence "merging them" into itself?
  • September 12, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Wind Waker's Jalhalla, the end boss of the Earth Temple, is essentially a collective of poes who merge into one massive poe. They (he) can only be harmed when they separate.
  • September 13, 2011
    Koveras
    @Ryuuma: If it does, then Nero Chaos from Tsukihime would also count, being an amalgamation of 666 souls.
  • September 14, 2011
    MarqFJA
    @Ryuuma & Koveras: So long as it's made clear that the end result is a single soul, regardless of whether or not there are Split Personalities. The exact method is irrelevant.
  • September 14, 2011
    stupac85
    Echo and Alpha from Dollhouse both have 40+ personalities inhabiting a single body. It is clearly shown in Echo's case that her "main" personality is an amalgamation of all the personalities she has been imprinted with, though she can seemlessly slip into one specific personality when needed. With Alpha, it's not as clearly defined and there are even a couple scenes where two or more of his personalities are openly arguing with each other. He does seem to have one "main" personality that is in overall control, though it is never clearly shown if this "main" personality is an amalgamation of all his personalities like Echo's is.
  • September 14, 2011
    AP
    Film
    • The movie version of Ghost Rider included a subplot where the Big Bad was in pursuit of several damned souls. He gets his wish but doing so makes him vulnerable to Ghost Rider's soul-effecting Penance Stare.
  • September 15, 2011
    hevendor717
    This is how Menos Grande hollows come into existence in Bleach. An assortment of regular hollows with strong appetites start eating each other at once, and they just might merge into the gigantic, dull-minded new creature during the feast. If that Menos Grande consumes enough souls and turns into an Adjuchas, one of the personalities from the original bunch of hollows takes over and forms their new identity and greater intelligence. Apparently, the other hollows form most of the physical makeup of their new soul.
  • September 16, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Does it count if the result in a Mind Hive or do they need to be completely fused?
  • September 16, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In Bleach hollows become more powerful by eating each other (and human souls) at lower stages of strength, this normally leads to them becoming beastial creatures composed of many thousands of souls. Occasionally one of these hollows contain a soul strong willed enough to remain sapient, which takes control and continues to feed on other hollows to become more powerful.
  • September 18, 2011
    MarqFJA
    ^^ Split Personalities are allowed, as long as it's clear that the souls got permanently merged.
  • September 18, 2011
    Ryuuma
    • Technically this is what happened to Piccolo, Nail and Kami in Dragon Ball Z.
  • September 19, 2011
    Gatomon41
    Litearture:

    • Plotinus posulated "Emanation ex deo (Out of God)". Basically, in the hirarchy of being, there is The One (who is all good, transcended, and unchanging). The nature of the One is simply that it fliters down itself, but the One never loses anything or changes. Next comes the Novus, or Divine Mind, and then bellow that is the Oversoul. From the Oversoul comes invidual Human Souls. So what does this have to do with this trope? It's possible for a human soul to reunite with the One again, forever (at least in Neoplatonic tradition).
  • September 19, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^ Bleach goes under Manga and Anime
  • September 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    Also, Dollhouse goes under Live Action Television.
  • September 19, 2011
    ladyofprocrastination
    Naraku from Inuyasha was created when thousands of demons merged.
  • September 19, 2011
    IuraCivium
    Bob and Glitch from ReBoot…at least until the final season.
  • September 20, 2011
    JimmyKaine
    Would that scene from ghost rider count, or is that considered multiple souls in one body. (sorry for being so indiscriminate, but I can't spoiler text where I am.)
  • September 20, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    Instrumentality is a subtrope.
  • October 19, 2011
    troacctid
  • October 28, 2011
    MarqFJA
    I am not statisfied with the description's current state. Can I get a second opinion on this?
  • October 28, 2011
    DRCEQ
    Ever Quest II introduces the Duality. The combined essences of the great wizard Al'Kabor and a powerful necromancer named Dartain sharing one body. His physical body morphs between the two personalities at frequent intervals.
  • October 31, 2011
    Frank75
    Happens towards the end of Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question".
  • January 23, 2012
    Millstone
    See also Mind Hive and Many Spirits Inside Of One. Going by the examples, I am kind of confused on the difference between all those tropes.
  • January 23, 2012
    Earnest
    In Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas, the Oneroi, four dream gods, have a One Winged Angel form that fuses four of their souls into a single body. While each souls is still separate, they work in tandem to keep the body from being destroyed by harm and grant it Nigh Invulnerability. The catch? Attacking all four souls simultaneously with precision strikes can kill them.
  • January 24, 2012
    AgProv
    Literature: In Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, the novel Thief of Time introduces Lobsang Ludd and his not-quite -twin brother Jeremy Clockson. The awful truth, when it comes out, is that they are not twins at all but the same soul born twice due to a temporal anomoly (their mother is the anthropomorphic personification of Time, and her labour got a bit strange, despite the best midwife in the Discworld being present). The two half-souls are allowed to fuse together towards the end of the book, with Lobsang dominating, so as to take over the job of running Time from their mother.
  • January 24, 2012
    Millstone
    I had been thinking about making a trope called Tess-Hell-ation about the afterlife being depicted in this way. But then I feared it would just recycle examples from Pieces Of God, Dragged Off To Hell, Your Soul Is Mine, I Am Legion and so on...
  • January 24, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^^^^ Maybe you should raise the issue on Trope Talk or TRS, then. This trope is strictly when two souls are explicitly stated to have merged into a single, undifferentiated whole, whether or not Multiple Personalities result.
  • January 25, 2012
    Millstone
    ^ I will think about it.

  • February 11, 2012
    Delphi
    • This happens in Spinnerette, unfortunately the souls are evil souls from Hell merging together into a Kaiju-sized demon.
  • February 11, 2012
    AP
    Just Launch Already
  • February 12, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^ The description needs refining from the bare stub that it is.
  • February 12, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Again in Inu Yasha: at one point in order to obtain a stronger body, Naraku perfoms a Kodoku spell: thousands of fierce demons fight inside a cave in a mountain, and the winner absorb and merge with the losers. Eventually Naraku ends up absorbing the surviving demon in himself.
  • February 14, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    Video Games: In Pokemon, Spiritomb is a collection of 108 souls that have amalgamated together out of negative emotions.
  • February 14, 2012
    Ryusui
  • February 15, 2012
    reub2000
    In War Craft III: The Frozen Throne Arthas and the Lich King's souls merge.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    You asked for feedback, but I'm afraid I'm not terribly familiar with this trope.

    The biggest thing I can recommend is avoiding sentence fragments.

  • February 18, 2012
    LeeM
    Redlance and Nightfall in Elf Quest have their souls merged as an accidental side-effect of Nightfall's love bringing Redlance out of a Heroic BSOD. They get to keep their individual personalities, though.
  • February 22, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Would these count?

    Literature:
    • In George Zebrowski's Macrolife, The Agregate of Minds is a distributed artificial intelligence (spread amungst a fleet of a million or so artificial worlds.) whose countless processors and memory storage systems apparently include a library of simulated personalities. It is apparently capable of reversing the process, allowing a component intelligence to function independently in order to hold conversations and then reabsorbing it when done.
    • In Orions Arm, "The Amalgamation" is an artificially intelligent disease, spread by Nanomachines. Occasionally, crews of ships sent to aid efforts to halt Amalgamation become infected and turn against their allies.
  • March 8, 2012
    CrypticMirror
    This will need a spoiler warning I think, and of course a "Spoilers Off" tag to combat whitespace-syndrome.

    This is the conclusion of P H Wise's fanfic A New World In My View (page pending) with Xander and Divine's souls merging.
  • March 13, 2012
    DragonGeyser
    Also from Mortal Kombat is the telekinetic Ermac, who is made up of the thousands of souls whose shells died resisting Shao kahn's rule.
  • May 8, 2012
    Omeganian
    There was an episode of The Real Ghostbusters featuring an advanced anti-ghost robot designed to destroy (actually disperse) ghosts instead of capturing them. As soon as the dispersed essence concentration went above a certain threshold, well...
  • May 8, 2012
    MiinU
    Mortal Kombat is misspelled in the OP (i.e. in red text)
  • November 19, 2012
    StarSword
    Video games:
    • A sidequest in the Academy of Shapers and Binders in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer requires you to trade a particular soul to two pit fiends. Unfortunately, they can't agree on what the soul should have; in fact each gives mutually exclusive requirements. The solution ends up being to have an NPC fuse two completely opposite souls together.
  • November 19, 2012
    zarpaulus
    @Frodo Goofball Co TV:

    I'm pretty sure Orions Arm doesn't have any categorization more specific than "Web Original". And anyways:
    • It's rather common for transcendence to involve several personalities merging together into a single collective, the Amalgamation is unique in that it assimilates by force.
  • November 27, 2012
    MetaFour
    • Homestuck. Vriska's and Tavros' dead bodies are thrown into Jane's game sprite, yanking their souls out of the afterlife and fusing them together as "Tavrisprite". Their personalities are so irreconcilable that the sprite explodes (sending the two souls back to the afterlife) mere moments later.
  • June 5, 2013
    Bisected8
    • Towards the end of Dust An Elysian Tail it's revealed that Dust himself has the souls of Ginger's brother and the Big Bad's henchman/best friend who slew each other. It's explicitly stated that the resulting being has its own mind and body, with either soul just providing moral guidance and power respectively.
  • June 5, 2013
    StarSword
    Anybody running this?
  • June 7, 2013
    MarqFJA
    Technically, it should be me.
  • June 8, 2013
    tardigrade
    Not sure if it's what you're after (I guess it depends on the meaning of "soul"), but the transporter accident that leads to the fusion of Tuvok and Neelix into a new being called Teelix, on Star Trek: Voyager, might be an example.
  • June 8, 2013
    KZN02
    Is there anything about soul-splitting?
  • June 13, 2013
    MarqFJA
    There's Split At Birth and Soul Fragment. Otherwise, I think you just uncovered a new Missing Supertrope.
  • June 13, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Webcomics
    • In Dominic Deegan Acibek was a golem created by an ancient Elven tyrant who powered him with several souls combined together, many of them collected unwillingly, and not happy about it. The Sylvan Oracle and her own creation "Dirk the Mighty" were similar golems.
      • And there's also the Storm of Souls, a raging maelstrom of souls formed from deceased members of the chaos-worshipping cult The Chosen and intended to be their weapon to destroy the world with. Acibek sacrificed himself to trap it in a cage forged from his own souls and centuries later the Sylvan Oracle sacrificed herself to destroy it
  • June 24, 2013
    olafmerchant
    Film example:

    • Jim Henson's Dark Crystal had the wise Mystics and the wicked Skeksis, who were created when the titular crystal shattered. They were two halves of the souls of the creatures which shattered the crystal, and a death of a Mystic also kills their Skeksis counterpart, and vice versa. In the climax of the film, the crystal is mended by the hero Jen, and the two races are made one once more.
  • June 24, 2013
    Buraindo
    Perhaps you can list some of the possible reasons and outcomes for merging in the discussion. This would also make the trope more clear when reading. Am I right in assuming that it's different from Your Soul Is Mine because the soul is not consumed, but rather absorbed, still retaining some of its own uniqueness in the bigger whole? Might be good to make that explicit too.

    Also compare Your Soul Is Mine and Soul Power.

    Not to be confused with [[Soul Soul music]].

    As a title, I have two suggestions. - Soul Merging? This has the ring of soul searching to it, making it easy to remember and still accurate. - Alternatively, you could go for the Faithless song We Come 1 or rather We Come One. Catchy and clear.

    Anime example:
    • In Shinzo, all Enterrans, the new inhabitants of Earth, are reduced to an Encard when defeated. The victor can then decide to keep the card, destroy it (effectively destroying that Enterran's soul) or eat or absord it. The soul and power of the eaten Enterran are then merged with the eater's, who usually remains in control but does take over some of the physical characteristics of the other Enterran.

    Music example:
    • The Faithless song We Come 1 deals with the merging of the speaker and the one addressed.
  • June 24, 2013
    eowynjedi
    Video Games:

    • The Big Bad of Final Fantasy V is an amalgamation of evil spirits that were sealed into a tree. The tree and souls therein eventually developed motility and an insatiable desire to destroy the world.
  • June 24, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Comics: an arc of DC's Hitman comic featured the Mauser, a demonic minion created by merging the souls of several Nazi S.S. officers.

  • June 28, 2013
    StarSword
    @Marq JFA: You planning on updating this at all?

    Literature:
  • June 30, 2013
    MarqFJA
    @Buraindo: Yeah, you're right on that account, though I think any instance that explicitly uses some variation of the phrase "those souls merged together" would count, irrespective of whether or not the resulting new soul exhibits from both "parent" souls rather than just one (you can blame it on writers not thinking the idea through).

    @Star Sword: I'm putting it Up For Grabs.
  • June 30, 2013
    StarSword
    All right, I'll start Rolling Updates.
  • June 30, 2013
    StarSword
    Finished the updates. Can anyone help with the description or with fleshing out the ZCEs I flagged?

    Other things that would be nice but not required:
    • page quote
    • page image
  • July 1, 2013
    StarSword
    Also, I have an idea for an example from the New Jedi Order series, the Tahiri Veila/Riina Kwaad fusion, but that's a case of multiple personality amalgamation rather than multiple soul amalgamation. Doesn't fit Mental Fusion because that's about multiple people mindlinking temporarily.
  • July 2, 2013
    NESBoy
    In "What If The Avengers Had Lost the Evolutionary War?" from the second volume of What If, many of the superhumans cut their ties to humanity and leave Earth find their own destiny. Eventually, they merge with the Anthropomorphic Personifications of Death and Eternity, and the resulting entity leaves to create a big bang for a new universe, afterwhich it splits into just Death and Eternity. Meanwhile, humanity evolves to the point that the humans merge their minds and become one with the planet itself, transforming themselves into a Genius Loci.
  • July 2, 2013
    Saendra
  • July 2, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Tigerhawk in Beast Wars was originally a Vok Emissary made from Tigatron and Airazor's bodies. However, their Sparks followed their bodies, and after Tigerhawk was defeated, Airazor and Tigatron's sparks merged and took control of the shell.
  • July 2, 2013
    MarqFJA
    I don't get what this line in the description is supposed to say: "the Amalgamation is unique in that it assimilates by force."
  • July 2, 2013
    StarSword
    Neither do I. Pulling. And can we get someone to do something about the Zero Context Examples, please?

    @Saendra: The Reapers are an example of a Mind Hive: both Sovereign and Legion state outright that they are multiple separate minds in the same body. For them to count as this trope they would have to be multiple minds fused together.
  • July 2, 2013
    morenohijazo
    Dragon Ball Z: By putting his hand on Nail and later Kami, Piccolo absorbed them, gaining not only extra power but also their memories. This process was permanent; Piccolo's personality also seemed to underway slight changes after each absortion. A similar case was when Goku and Vegeta used the Potala earrings, becoming one; however, in this case they split when they entered Buu's body, although it's the only way to split, and that fusion is otherwise permanent. The personality of the fused being seemed to be a mix of both Goku and Vegeta's personalities.
  • July 2, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Much appreciated.
  • July 3, 2013
    StarSword
    The Tahiri example I was considering led me to a Sister Trope to add to the description, Split Personality Merge.
  • July 4, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump.
  • July 5, 2013
    CrypticMirror
    bmp
  • July 7, 2013
    Saendra
    @Star Sword Well, yes, reapers are millions of entities, fused together. On the other hand, each reaper has a single personality, e.g. Harbinger refers to himself as "I" rather than "We". Also, about ME - Shepard in Control ending is merger of him/herself and Catalyst.
  • July 7, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 7, 2013
    Trueman001
    (Literature)
    • In The Gods Themselves, this is how the Soft Ones in the parallel universe have sex. It's also how the Hard Ones are formed, when the last mating becomes permanent.
  • July 7, 2013
    Trueman001
    Just added context to the The Last Question example, and added the new example I provided.
  • July 8, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    I'd suggest just giving the zero context examples the chop, giving the description a once-over, and launching.
  • July 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Tossed the ZCEs.

    As far as Mass Effect, I'm still more inclined to think Mind Hive for the Reapers but there's a case to be made that there's conflicting evidence. That could work. However, I understood the Control ending to be Shepard taking over from the Catalyst, not merging with it.
  • July 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Giving this fifteen minutes, then I'm launching.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=z58qjpdbydhs1ma9ntn70ly7&trope=MergerOfSouls