A character who saves souls from some kind of literal or symbolic hell/limbo. The character might be a preacher, psychologist, psychic or whatever, depending on the setting. In some cases and settings, the saving requires some time and afterthought. In others, a EpiphanyTherapy is available.

May or may not be a HeavenSeeker: The saving means peace, closure, and often some kind of good life - but it can be either in this life or in some afterlife or release.

A religious version of The Soulsaver is different from a SoulsavingCrusader in that a Soulsaver does not use the harsh methods that a Soulsaving Crusader employs to "save" people.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The exorcists in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', especially Allen. The [[TheHeartless akuma]] they're fighting are powered by the souls of the dead, and unless they're destroyed using [[HolyHandGrenade Innocence]], they disappear instead of being redeemed. Some of the organization is a lot more focused on destroying Akuma than saving their souls, though.
* The Guardian Spirit's from ''Manga/HitoHitoriFutari''.
* When the Soul Reapers from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' destroy a Hollow, they allow its soul to pass on to the Soul Society, so that their souls can later be reborn. Quincys, however, are the antitheses of this trope - when they destroy a Hollow they destroy the soul, too.
** For a given value of destroy. Since the Soul Society's job is to keep the balance of spiritual power in both worlds, and they do this by deciding who gets reincarnated when, the Quincies have an annoying habit of just leaving the Hollow's spirit energy in the world of the living.
** Also, the Soul Reapers can only cleanse the soul of crimes committed as a Hollow, as Ichigo learns when he battles one that was a SerialKiller in life. That one went straight to Hell.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: This is essentially what the title character becomes at the end of the series. She prevents magical girls being consumed by despair and becoming Witches by taking them and the witches they would have become with her.]]


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'', any Christian can save lost souls from certain damnation, casting out evil spirits along the way. Of course, given that it's [[AuthorTract Chick Tracts]], some can go the extra mile to SoulSavingCrusader.
* The fourth and fifth book of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' revolves around this trope. The fourth being ''Season of Mist'', with Morpheus trying to save his lover from Hell. Not out of love, however, but due to guilt and the realization that he messed up. He had condemned her to hell quite some time ago because she refused his marriage proposal. In terms of moral improvement, he saved (or at least improved) ''himself''.
** In the fifth book, ''A Game Of You'', most of the main characters try to save the protagonist's mind from remaining artificially stuck in a dream. It doesn't work out very well.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is a part of how the afterlife works. Souls who have made it to [[{{Heaven}} Elysium]] are allowed to [[ToHellAndBack venture into]] [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]] to save loved ones who are inmates there. If they can convince their loved one to accept their crimes were evil and repent for them, they're allowed to take them with them back to Elysium.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. The psychic Tangina helps a group of ghosts (lost souls) trapped in the astral plane go into the Light.
* In ''Film/TheSixthSense'', a human and a ghost do this to each other. It is implied that the human goes on to save more lost souls from their limbo.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', Benito Mussolini tries to save the souls of people in Hell by helping them escape. At the end of the novel Allan Carpentier takes over his role.
* According to Literature/TheBible Jesus dying on the cross saved the souls of all who believe in Him, both those who had died before Him like Abraham and people who came after Him (some interpretations have him literally going ToHellAndBack to retrieve the righteous dead).
* In the original ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', the vampire-hunting protagonists are said to be saving the souls of the undead from a presumably rather uncomfortable state of limbo.
* Lyra and her daemon, Pan, in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''. She sets free the severed daemons of Bolvangar, and even better, saves the rest of the children from that same fate. It turns out [[spoiler: her eventual destiny is to open the world of the dead, and its numberless billions of souls, to the rest of the multiverse.]]
* Part of the Abhorsen's job description in the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series: sending the souls of the recently departed swiftly down the river of Death, and putting the walking Dead to rest again.
* This is the purpose of the Knights of the Cross in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. They will fight people who succumb to DemonicPossession and kill them if necessary, but if they surrender, throw their demonic powers away, and show a desire to atone and repent the Knights are oath-bound to help them with it ([[ISurrenderSuckers even if they're not genuine about it]]). [[spoiler:Sanya, one of the knights, is one of their success stories.]]
** Inverted in the story "The Warrior", in which one of the daughters of Michael Carpenter, a retired Knight, is abducted and held hostage. When he and Harry apprehend the culprit, Michael is so furious that ''Harry'' has to play The Soulsaver, talking his friend down and even offering to kill the kidnapper himself if it ''has'' to be done, so long as '''Michael''' doesn't befoul his righteous status for the sake of revenge.
* In the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series, one of Sarah's duties as a medium is to help ghosts move out of their gray, dreary limbo and open a passage to {{Heaven}} or the pagan Summer Country, depending on their religion and the circumstances of their death.
* In ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'', Beneditx (and Severo) try to be this for Palinor. [[spoiler: They fail.]]
* Literature/ANetOfDawnAndBones has the hell-raiders, an ancient Gnostic faction of Christians deemed heretics by the major Churches who literally raid Hell itself to steal the souls of innocents that have been ReroutedFromHeaven. By the time of the novels [[ThePaladin Myrrh]] is the only known hell-raider active, and she was stuck in Hell for 25 years while the anchor for her ResurrectiveImmortality was sealed in a lead box.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' goes around helping ghosts resolve their conflicts and send them into the light.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'', the player can absolve damned historical figures, normal souls and demons, thus releasing them from Hell, and earning holy experience points in the process.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[OurAngelsAreDifferent A'dal]] appears to save a dying crusader from being transformed into one of the Scourge by sending his soul directly to the Light.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* One part of a Medium's job in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is helping those who "stuck" after death and before afterlife, and are inaccessible to {{Psychopomp}}s, so only mortals can deal with them. Unlike "normal" ghosts (aware of both visible and [[SpiritWorld invisible]] world and having their own niche), "stuck" people indefinitely exist half in reality, half in their own nightmares and as such aren't easy to approach even in the best circumstances.


[[folder: Web Games ]]

* In ''Videogame/FallenLondon'', an optional subplot leads to your character becoming one of these, literally rescuing people's {{Soul Jar}}s from devils and returning them to their owners.