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People just can't seem to get enough of them [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]]! "[[DealWithTheDevil Purchasing one legally]]" is only one method of obtaining them. Outright theft works just as well, with much less hassle.

'''There's a few ways it can go:'''
* '''Just the Soul''' -- The soul is "merely" [[SoulEating eaten]] or taken, but the person's body is still alive. Often, the monster will gain power from this, while the victim turns into an EmptyShell. Recovery is sometimes possible, sometimes not.
* '''Killed Too''' -- The soul is stolen or [[SoulEating eaten]], ''and'' the person is killed in the process. If [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]] is possible, they nearly always [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]] thanks to this, since the soul is most definitely not where it belongs. Often, this is exactly what the villain wants -- "Steal people's souls and kill them, then resurrect them as an immortal army." If [[BackFromTheDead resurrection]] is [[AllDeathsFinal impossible]], then the person is probably DeaderThanDead. In a NobodyCanDie setting, this may be reduced to "loses consciousness, and is slowly dying unless the soul can be recovered." Recovery here is possible, but with a definite sense of urgency.
* '''Drained After Death''' -- The soul is stolen or [[SoulEating eaten]] after the victim is killed by other means. Though it tends to play out similarly to '''Killed Too''' from here, this is commonly used by Amalgams Of Souls to increase their power.

The TropeNamer is Film/MortalKombat, which had Shang Tsung saying this just before he proceeds to steal the souls of defeated fighters. His soul-stealing frequently involves the second and third kinds described above.

SuperTrope to SoulEating, where souls are taken because they make tasty snacks. Compare SoulPower, which is about mastery of souls in a more general sense, and doesn't have to involve soul theft. See also OurSoulsAreDifferent. See AnatomyOfTheSoul for a parts list.



!!'''Just The Soul''':

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MapleStory'' has a severely weaked-down version of this. Soulless people are still able to talk and react to things, but behave [[EmptyShell as they would without any personality]] (Al, for instance, calls Nina cute, and Nina acts much less Tsundere when her soul is gone).
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Yuji is technically a victim of soul theft -- the only thing keeping him alive is the Reiji Maigo.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': During the Three Treasures arc, Yusuke battles a demon who steals and eats children's souls. The souls are unharmed in his stomach until he digests them, which takes a while; Yusuke is able to kill the demon before that happens, and the souls escape and return to their comatose owners, who wake up, apparently unharmed.
* ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'':
** The villain Gecko Moria pulls off something which closely resembles this when he steals his enemies' shadows, then uses them to give life to dead bodies and create his own zombie immortal army. The person who had his shadow stolen, though, doesn't become an empty shell; it is just condemned not to be able to stand sunlight again, or he'll be rendered into ashes. By gaining back his shadow he can remove the curse.
** Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin is a proper soul-ripper thanks to her Soul Soul Fruit. She can take chunks off it, measured in lifespan lost, or just rip the entire thing out at once with a touch (though anyone not afraid of her in the least is immune to this), and then manipulate it in various ways, usually imbuing objects with soulstuff to make them animate (she calls these creations Homies). Thanks to this power and a vicious tax imposed on all dwellers of her territory (one month's worth of soul every six months), she's managed to make a land where EverythingTalks because everything is a homie that nominally obeys her. She's even torn off bits of her ''own'' soul to make her three special Homies that she keeps closest of all.
* This is used in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' a few times, usually by those with Millennium Items who invoke Penalty Games. It is this that allows the heroes (and the audience) to learn that Dark Yugi has a different soul from normal Yugi.
** Kaito in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' is an strange case. In season one, he does do this to the Numbers holders he defeats, but only because he cannot take a Number from someone without doing so. He doesn't truly like doing this, considering it NecessaryEvil in order to meet his goal of healing his brother Haruto. (And he is even willing to return Shark's soul to him after taking it, seeing as Shark didn't have a Number and keeping it would have been pointless.) [[spoiler: As it turned out, Kaito's efforts were not helping Haruto at all; he was being told BlatantLies by [[BigBad Dr. Faker]], who was himself being lied to by the [[GreaterScopeVillain Barian Vector]] as part of his plot to destroy Astral World.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker'''s main villain's plans to take over the Waking World involve taking people's souls and hijacking their bodies. Strong souls allow him to stay in the real world longer.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' features a dyslexic demon that steals peoples' ''soles''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The BigBad Haitian dictator in ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow'' keeps a collection of human souls.
* In ''Film/RebirthOfMothra3'', King Ghidorah absorbs the souls of children. When he is defeated, they return.
* B-movie and ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' target ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'' is a strange subversion of all three: The teens being chased by the Man are ''already dead'', they just don't realize it; he's actually a {{Psychopomp}} come to take their disembodied souls to the afterlife. In the case of Type 1, the bodies themselves are technically still alive until their souls are claimed. TheHero and his LoveInterest are restored to life when their souls return to their bodies. For the rest it's a blend of Type 2/3, as they're dead for real once their soul is taken.

* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathon Hoag'', the Sons of the Bird drain out the soul of one of the protagonists and place it in a bottle, leaving her in a coma.
* In Charles de Lint's ''Literature/TheBlueGirl'', done by annatheims. The person becoming an EmptyShell is irreversible.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Dementors, the act of which is called the "Dementor's kiss." While the person subjected to this does not die, this is specifically stated to be a FateWorseThanDeath, as their soul is permanently destroyed with no hope of recovery, and the poor victim becomes an EmptyShell.
* In the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' series, [[spoiler:Spectres feed on souls (which in this series are often seen as living animals, or Daemons).]]
** A more mild example from the same series: [[spoiler: severing. The soul is still there, but it's no longer connected to the person, and anyone who sees a severed individual will know immediately that something is wrong, even if it isn't obvious what.]]
* Grey Men in the ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series have had their souls taken by the Dark One, which makes them effectively invisible. Oddly, they do seem to still have their intelligence and free will, though we've never seen the point of view of such a being. Draghkar and the Black Wind, however, play it straight, leaving an EmptyShell. (They would usually kill the EmptyShell anyway.)
** WordOfGod indicates that Grey Men are still able to function because they give their souls up ''willingly'', which destroys most of their individual identity but not brain function; if the soul is removed against the person's will, that will cause an EmptyShell at best and death at worst.
* [[FunctionalMagic Awakening]] in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' runs on a comparatively benign version of this. Breath is a supernatural force that everyone has, and it's not quite a soul but is considered an aspect of the soul. It can be voluntarily given away (which does not kill or cripple the donor, but does dampen their senses and make them more prone to illness), and is necessary to provide power to Awaken inanimate objects--powerful Awakeners need hundreds of Breaths stockpiled, and having so many at a time provides a number of more subtle magical abilities. In the kingdom of Hallandren, the "Breath trade" is common practice; in the neighboring kingdom of Idris, losing one's Breath is considered AFateWorseThanDeath and Awakening is strictly illegal.
** In a slightly more normal version of this, Hallendren's gods, the Returned, must consume one Breath a week or die. Since Hallendren is a large city-state with many devoted worshippers (and since the priests pay the donors very well), there is never a shortage of volunteers willing to give up their Breath.
* In ''Literature/TheRogueKing'', the titular character has his soul stolen with relatively little effect. [[spoiler:Although it does make being possessed impossible]].
* In the ''Literature/CoilingDragon'' universe, souls are intertwined with the abilities and power that a person has, and destroying someone's soul is the only certain way to kill them. Some [[TheAgeless Saints]] and [[PhysicalGod Deities]] know how to capture someone's soul (typically in death) and "refine" it. This process changes it into a form that the person can absorb and use to either heal their own soul or increase their own power. Due to the difficulty, the refining and absorption process can take years to perform. Unless, of course, you have [[spoiler: [[TheNamesake a powerful artifact]] that automagically does it for you]].
* In the ''Literature/TowersTrilogy'', Ieren eats ghosts. If none are handy, he can pull the soul out of a still-living person's body, resulting in the EmptyShell becoming a zombie-like creature called a night walker. This is irreversible if he eats the soul; however, if he is interrupted before the soul is completely detached from the body, then the victim can be saved.
* In "Literature/TheStonesAreHatching", the merrows do this to Uncle Murdo and Aunt Audrey. [[spoiler:This is also what the devil attempted to do, first to Alexia's teacher and then to her, in the backstory.]]
* In ''Literature/TheTaking'', the apparently alien invaders have supernatural abilities that include this trope [[spoiler:due to actually being TheLegionsOfHell]]. It's physically manifested as [[FaceStealer face stealing]], leaving behind a faceless body that the invaders can control at will. The drained after death variant is also heavily implied to happen to several people, though it's not described directly.
* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', wraiths can feed on spiritual energy of a person, but the effects are mostly restricted to exhaustion and sleepiness, or, in case of ghosts, reverting back into shades.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': One application of Soulcraft is to force the soul of another from their body using one's own soul. Then it can be eaten for power or imprisoned in another vessel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Phoebe and Paige in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''borrowed'' Darryl's soul against his will to pass as Valkyries and left his body in an alley. Darryl was revived when his soul walked back into his body.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' the Smile Time show had demonic puppets who'd wait until parents were out the room and steal the souls of the children watching, leaving them comatose with big grins.
* In ''Franchise/PowerRangers,'' soul theft typically leaves the victim an EmptyShell, and is [[NoOntologicalInertia undone with the death of]] the MonsterOfTheWeek (or the breaking of whatever item was used for soul theft or storage.)
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. Charlie's ''Nightman Cometh'' musical, the Nightman wants to "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything enter]]" the Boy's soul. It's supposed to be taken seriously, but ends up getting PlayedForLaughs because, among other things, Frank keeps pronouncing it "Boy's hole" instead of "Boy's soul."
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler:The Darkness]] consumes souls to [[spoiler:rapidly age its human incarnation (after eating one soul it goes from infant to young child)]]. The victims are left alive as TheSoulless. Crowley feeds her souls in an attempt to get on her good side, but it doesn't take long for him to be afraid of her [[BigEater sheer appetite for them]].
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', most magic-users can do this with [[HeartTrauma hearts]], especially the Evil Queen and [[spoiler:her mother]]. Once someone steals a heart, they can control their victim's actions with it, and if they ever destroy it, they die where they stand.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is the effect of the SoulJar spell in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''. Destroying the jar will utterly destroy the soul inside, but the soul is still conscious within the jar and a mage with the proper spells can use magic to defend itself or steal a new body.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', powerful magic can rip your soul from your body. Tremere liches use them to maintain their bodies, but other mages may have other reasons. You'll be an EmptyShell in the meantime. Funnily enough, ''any'' soul can replace a missing soul... Indeed, this is actually how a mage becomes a Tremere Lich. An existing Lich severs the mage's soul and replaces it with another. If the mage can get it back in time, WITHOUT using Lich magic OR consuming another soul, he goes back to normal. [[YouAreTheDemons Otherwise, he's stuck as a Lich.]]
* A victim of this is the default (and titular) player character type of ''TabletopGame/DeadInside''. True, they lose the WeirdnessCensor that prevents humans from using FunctionalMagic, but the thing is that Censor is an evolved defense against supernatural beasties and harmful phenomenon, and up until they grow (or steal) a new one, a Dead Inside suffers from depression, relatively weak powers, and the inability to live happily outside the SpiritWorld.

* in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'', Headmistress Nefris of the Academy of Shapers and Binders has been performing various experiments on souls, sometimes by using this trope. Victims fall comatose, as in the case of [[spoiler:Ammon Jerro.]]
* in ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateII Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn]]'' the plot revolves around Irenicus stealing the soul of the main character and his sister Imoen. The souls in question are of godly heritage and are a means to overthrow a curse placed on Irenicus.
* Starting with ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', Shang Tsung's soul stealing has become a normal ability, which falls under this category. He still has the fatal variety as his Fatalities in that game and ''9'', but when used during the fight, these recover a fraction of his energy at the expense of his opponent's. Oh, and in ''9'', stealing your opponent's soul is the only way Tsung can morph into them.
* When Indy finally faces off against a demon near the end of ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheEmperorsTomb'' in order to rescue the demon's hostage, she'll taunt him: "Her soul is mine now!" But one really weird battle later and the demon is defeated, and her captive seems no worse for wear.
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''
** Most of the "[[TheHeartless human]]" enemies are people who have had their souls devoured by demons.
** [[spoiler: King Allant has a soul-draining attack that makes a character hit with it lose a level.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', beings with the Lifedrain ability or weapon Dark Hand can steal Humanity without killing the subject. While it does deal damage and the attack ''can'' kill them, it doesn't necessarily.
* In the ''{{VideoGame/Fable}}'' universe, hobbes are children whose souls were devoured by dark nymphs.
* Shown by name in [[VideoGame/GuitarHero Guitar Hero III]] during a cutscene. After the band tells off their manager, Lou, he holds up their contract to the camera, the words "(your soul is mine)" appear in the fine print, and things start glowing a rather unholy shade of red...
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** At the end of the True Pacifist route, [[spoiler: Flowey absorbs almost every monster's soul to add to the power of the six human souls (which were gotten with the “Drained After Death” method), but if you go around during the PlayableEpilogue, everyone's fine.]]
** After you complete a Genocide run, [[spoiler:the player makes a {{Deal with the|Devil}} Fallen Child to [[DeletionAsPunishment restore the game.]] Since they only said "you will give me your SOUL", it's ambiguous whether they took Frisk's soul, or the player's -- and it doesn't seem to have any effect whatsoever, until you reach the very end of the True Pacifist route, at which point they take control of Frisk's body and let out an EvilLaugh.]]
* As noted below, the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series traditionally has the "Killed Too" variety of soul-stealing. However, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has a "Just the Soul" version in the Underking. While there are several conflicting stories regarding the origins of the Underking, it is believed that he was once ([[MergerOfSouls at least in part]]) the ancient [[HornyVikings Nordic]] hero Wulfharth Ash-King, a known [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]] (incarnations of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan, known to the Imperials as "Shezarr"). In an attempt to find a replacement power source for the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-constructed [[HumongousMecha Numidium]] for [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]], the Underking put his own soul into the Mantella, an unimaginably powerful soul gem. Septim used the Mantella-powered Numidium to complete his conquest of Tamriel. However, come the events of ''Daggerfall'', the Underking [[ICannotSelfTerminate wants to die but cannot without retrieving the Mantella]].
* In ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'', while devils are at least willing to ''trade'' for your soul (or at least someone's; they're the best market for the crates of souls you pick up, although it's rare that you'll make much money off the soul trade), the Pentecost Apes of the Empire of Hands have been known to just rip it out of you and bolt it on, as a random outcome from going exploring at Port Stanton. You can then track down the monkey that nicked it and claim it back.

* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' there's a demon called "K'Z'K the Soul Collector." Guess what it does?
** There's also some spirit demons who steal away people's souls to sell to the highest bidder.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Psychocrypt in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. It's possible to join the SoulJar crystal to the half worn on the victim's body and revive them. It's just damn near impossible to wrest said SoulJar away from Her Majesty.
* Marceline's dad from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' wears a suit, is completely evil, and is going to swallow all of your souls.
* Erebus from the ''MyLittlePony'' episode Bright Lights steals souls (in the form of victims' shadows) to bolster his power. It's only a '''Just The Soul''' by dint of being reversible, and it's ''[[NightmareFuel/MyLittlePonyAndFriends freaking creepy]]''.
* Quantum lichens on ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', although Prof. Farnsworth insists on calling it lifeforce [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions instead of the outmoded term "soul"]]. Sou... I mean, lifeforces can be returned by killing the lichen's fungus half, where they are stored.
* The Soultaker Sword in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' does this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', separating a human's soul from their body leaves their body unconscious, but unharmed. In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' it turns out eventually (over the course of about a week) the soul will no longer be able to return to the body even if other people are taking care of it (presumably giving food and water) in the meantime.
* [[SinisterGeometry THE BLACK CUBE OF DARKNESS]] in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' apparently has the ability to suck out the souls of anyone who stares at it for too long. In "The Black Cube", it nearly sucks out Wander's soul while having a FreakOut.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', there's an unusual variant on this theme: Megatron cuts out ''half'' of Rampage's spark and uses it to [[ImHavingSoulPains torture him into compliance]].
* The evil Fartholomew Fishflinger of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' eats souls to increase his power. Those affected by this are TakenForGranite until their souls are returned.

!!'''Killed Too''':

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Hollows both kill living humans and consume dead souls (called "Wholes") or other Hollows. Since all but the newest Hollows contain multiple souls (any soul eaten is merged into the Hollow), they soon find that the best form of sustenance is to eat their own kind. Eventually, a strong Hollow will come to contain thousands or even ''hundreds of thousands'' of souls, which is how they [[EvolutionaryLevels evolve]] to more advanced forms.
** The Quincy King Yhwach specializes in taking souls for himself; first by giving a piece of his own soul to someone else, then having that piece take possession of whatever strength that host has to offer. [[spoiler:The piece of Yhwach in Ichigo fulfilled this role by taking possession of its host's power Zangetsu and stealing that power's name.]] When the host dies, the piece returns to Yhwach with everything it can carry back, but Yhwach that force that process anytime he likes, draining his victims so much that only the truly mighty can survive it. As every Quincy carries his soul in their blood, Yhwach presently has the strength of countless generations of souls.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', true vampires are able to do this by sucking someone dry -- it allows them to summon their souls later in battle. [[spoiler:When Alucard has his final PowerLimiter released, it is revealed that this is the source of the immense power that he has wielded throughout the series -- he has done this to MILLIONS of people, monsters and other beings alike through the five hundred years that he has been a vampire]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', there exists a DangerousForbiddenTechnique which steals the souls of both the caster and the victim, killing both and subjecting their souls to eternal torment. It's used by [[spoiler: The Third Hokage]] in an attempt to kill Orochimaru.
** One of Pain's body can read people's minds and pull their souls out (though apparently not sealing it or anything), which kills them. [[spoiler:Nagato could still bring them BackFromTheDead, but he could do that even to people killed in normal ways]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': With alchemy, you can steal people souls, killing them[[note]]Though not immediately. Souls released shortly after removal will return to their original body, which will make a full recovery.[[/note]], and make out of them a gem of pure condensed energy, which is the Philosopher's Stone. That is, an ultimate weapon for who wields it.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'', Daniel J. D'Arby's stand Osiris has the power to extract another person's soul from their bodies and turn them into a poker chip, with the soul-stealing occurring when a person he makes a bet against either loses or mentally concedes. When Polnareff falls victim to the stand, Avdol finds that he died as a result: he had no pulse. His brother Telence T. has a similar ability in his stand Atum. Like Daniel, Telence has to start a game with with his target and if they lose Telence gets their soul. Unlike Daniel, Telence has a creepier idea of keeping souls, putting them in [[CreepyDoll dolls]] and giving them limited movement and ability to talk.
* The contracts in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. Chrono even flatly states in the first chapter "Her [Rosette's] soul belongs to '''me'''." However, unlike most examples, Chrono doesn't take the entire soul in one gulp, he just drains what he needs as he needs it. Also, both of the girls whose soul ended up being slowly devoured to fuel his powers/life offered their soul to him of their own free will. He also fell in love with the contractors, causing much angst as he was slowly killing the ones he loved just by ''existing''.
** Aion's contractors (which were crystallized by Fiore until he needed them) might be this, or '''Drained After Death'''.
* The nature of all of the demon's contracts in ''Manga/BlackButler''. The demons exchange fulfilling their Master's wish for their soul.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Before obtaining the Orb of Baast, which lets him take '''Just the Soul'' as noted above, Gouki ate people's bodies alive to devour their souls. The three kings of Demon World eat in this manner also.
* Big Mom, one of the four Pirate Emperors in ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'' is able to drain people's souls, removing years from their lifespans. She can drain their entire lifespan with just a sweep of her arm, killing them instantly. However, this only works if the person in question is afraid of her. Which, considering that she's a giant, cannibalistic madwoman with one of the largest armies in the world, most people are.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Kevin was a SerialKiller who [[ImAHumanitarian ate his victims]], all female prostitutes. Cardinal Roark, who supported him and joined in, claimed that he ate not only their bodies, but their souls as well, which would "fill him with light" and feel close to God. The story makes it clear that they're just delusional though.
* In ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', there are [[Characters/SpiderManTheInheritors The Inheritors]], a group of vampiric beings who hunt down totemistic beings (those who are connected to a certain animal spirit) to keep themselves alive. When they absorb their spirits, they leave the victim entirely drained and shriveled. Though they can hunt any being they want, it's Spiders that they mostly enjoy.
* In Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'', sorceress Nightflame steals Supergirl's soul, killing her in the process. However, Supergirl's soul manages to beat Nightflame and return to her body in time.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Creator/{{Lopoddity}} The Pandoraverse]]: Eventually, the horn of King Sombra gives Moondancer the ability to literally suck the souls out of other ponies. He gains all of their magic power and adds it to his own, while his victims are left as inanimate crystal statues and their consciousness trapped and powerless inside his own mind.

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', this is what the Fabrication Machine does. It runs on oil, but it ''wants'' human souls.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', the Lord Marshal, after visiting the Underverse, gained the ability to partially separate his soul from his body. In addition to inhuman speed, this also gave him the ability to literally rip the soul straight out of a person's body. The victim lives so long as the Lord Marshal is holding their soul, but drop dead as soon as he throws it to the floor.
* Freddy grows more powerful by absorbing the souls of his victims in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' sequels; he's been HoistByHisOwnPetard a few times when said souls managed to either break loose or turn against him long enough for him to be defeated.
* Whenever Pinhead or another Cenobite kills someone in ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films, their soul ends up in the Labyrinth, in {{Hell}}. As is the case with [[spoiler: [[Film/HellraiserInferno Joseph]]]] and [[spoiler: [[Film/HellraiserHellseeker Trevor]]]], Pinhead often torments them there. Though [[spoiler: they are released after Leviathan's defeat in [[Film/HellboundHellraiserII the second movie]]]], and presumably the same thing happens when [[spoiler: Pinhead dies in [[Film/HellraiserBloodline the fourth movie]]]].
* In ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'', the [[LifeEnergy lifeforce]] that the vampires consume is strongly implied to be the human victims' actual souls.
* Like modern depictions of demons, the Djinn in ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' collects souls so he can drag them to what is effectively Hell to torture them forever. He also needs them to power the jewel that he was trapped in, which acts as a doorway to the Djinn world.
* In ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'', the Ghost of Stonewall Jackson has the ability to kill people by sucking their souls from their bodies.
* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', Gul'dan's main shtick involves taking a soul out of a creature and using it as fuel for his magic, killing it in the process. At one point, he takes it out bit by bit, toying with human he "feeds" on. This is also how he [[spoiler: kills Durotan]].
* B-movie and ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' target ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'' is a strange subversion of all three: The teens being chased by the Man are ''already dead'', they just don't realize it; he's actually a {{Psychopomp}} come to take their disembodied souls to the afterlife. In the case of Type 1, the bodies themselves are technically still alive until their souls are claimed. TheHero and his LoveInterest are restored to life when their souls return to their bodies. For the rest it's a blend of Type 2/3, as they're dead for real once their soul is taken.
* Imhotep in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' prefers to kill his targets by sucking out their souls, leaving their bodies withered and mummified husks. Every soul he consumes further restores his decayed body until he eventually looks fully human.
* ''Film/TheFrighteners'' has [[spoiler: a rare '''heroic''' example, in which [[FlatlinePlotline temporarily-dead]] Frank drags the evil Patricia's soul out of her body, causing her to drop dead before she can murder Lucy. He then uses Patricia's grappled spirit to bait her evil ghost boyfriend into a gateway to the afterlife, from which both villains are sucked into Hell.]]

* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Oreg, whose fate is something in between -- he was given a bowl of soup, ate it, and when he awoke he ''was the castle'', Hurog, after which the series is named. He can materialize a body, but not leave the castle and/or his current owner. He has often expressed a desire to die, but is effectively immortal unless his owner decides to kill him. This, however, would also ruin the castle, which is why no one ever did it. In some sense of the word he is alive, although whether ''that'' is a life is debatable.
* The fate of anyone killed with [[ArtifactOfDoom Stormbringer or Mournblade]] in ''Literature/TheElricSaga''. Elric sometimes dedicates the blood and souls of his kills to Lord Arioch of Chaos, but that may be more force of habit; in fact, [[spoiler:his own final fate]] appears to indicate that the stolen souls remain trapped and in torment inside the rune blades forever.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'', this is the effect of being killed with a Morganti weapon. A Great Weapon can ''choose'' whether or not to consume the soul of the victim, and even manipulate the souls in other ways (one once even being used as a SoulJar for the wielder to fake death.)
* A possible interpretation of what Tom Riddle tried to do to Ginny Weasley in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''.
* In ''Literature/{{Paranormalcy}}'', Implied to be what Evie has been told the goal of the Faeries is. [[spoiler: Also what Vivian is born to do.]]
* In ''Literature/TheAlchemyOfStone'', the [[TheWoobie extremely sympathetic]] Soultaker's (a profession, though the impression is given that only one exists in a region at a given time) job is to execute and [[IAmLegion subsequently]] [[DeadPersonConversation interrogate]] prisoners. A Soultaker who has lasted long enough to take more than a few souls gains an increasingly strong and uncontrollable pull on living souls even when he isn't using the power. Unlike [[DeaderThanDead many uses of this trope]], once a Soultaker dies the captured souls all pass on with him to the "normal" death.
* Hemalurgy, one of the three systems of FunctionalMagic in ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', involves stealing part of someone's soul and trapping it in a metal spike; the soul's energy can be then transferred to someone else by piercing their body with the spike, with the precise effects determined by what metal the spike is made out of and where exactly it's placed in the body. In the series all known cases of this have been fatal to the "donor" though WordOfGod is it's theoretically possible for the donor to survive, though it would do unspecified very bad things to them regardless.
* Certain [[HumanSacrifice sacrificial]] rituals to the Dark Gods is Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/TheWarGods'' series involve the victim dying and the soul being consumed by the demon and/or god the ritual was done for.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'' Illyria consumes Fred's soul in the process of converting her body into a vessel for herself. This conversion also involves physical changes that are not survivable for anything human. Fragments of Fred's soul and memories remain in Illyria as a result, meaning that she can basically turn into Fred if she wants to.
** An earlier episode has a [[DealWithTheDevil demon who gives people what they want in exchange for consuming their souls later on]].
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', members of monster races steal LifeEnergy, but the way the Wolfen race does it looks a lot more like this. When the victim is struck down by the Wolfen's claws, the body falls and a translucent image of the victim is still standing, rightfully scared and confused... until it's devoured. [[spoiler: Jiro]], you're officially scarier than the [[BigBad Big Bads]]. ''They'' only kill you.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The Soul Hunters usually wait for death and then collect the souls right at the moment of transition, but at least one had gone as far to actually kill to retrieve souls, which was against the rules of his order, so they set out to stop him.

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* In a [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=6yxs214hdhcC&pg=PA37=PA37&dq=%22snuffing+out+the+precious+ruwai%22&source=bl&ots=9GwS2NrdrA&sig=1IKC7XwsOExOCAqglavE-OpCmtY&hl=en&ei=NnrKS5uaO8Sblge_oq37BQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22snuffing%20out%20the%20precious%20ruwai%22&f=false terrifying passage]], David Suzuki recounts the fate of two young villagers in a Chewong legend:
-->Taloden asal, the all-knowing Original Snake, was fully aware of their flagrant breach of ''talaiden'' the very instant it occured. She awakened with a start from her eternal subterranean slumber [...] Twisting her long, multihued body into a silent, simmering coil of rage, she unleashed a terrible storm, like a spear, into the Chewong village above her. Relentless winds, torrential downpours, and a rising tide of groundwater converged on the young couple's hut, sweeping it from the face of the earth as if it was nothing more than a speck of dust. In a final act of horror, the fearsome head of the great serpent reared up from the cavernous underworld, gripped the two offending Chewong viciously in her gaping jaws, and gobbled them up in a single predatory gulp.\\
But Taloden asal did not simply devour their flesh and bones, as she might some ordinary prey. She obliterated their existence for all time. As she swallowed them, she deliberately extiguished the fragile flame of vitality that flickers in and animates every human being and, equally, all life-forms on Earth Seven, as it has done since the primordial times of creation, when all creation possessed the power of speech. By so righteously snuffing out the precious ''ruwai'', or souls, of the young Chewong, she ensured that they would not glow on in realms beyond Earth Seven after death--as they would have in the absence of so grave an offense against nature.
** A dreadful punishment? Perhaps. But such is the fate of all who would dare [[spoiler:[[{{ValuesDissonance}} keep a squirrel as a pet]]]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** A demilich can perform one of these -- if it's not killed before it finishes digesting your soul, you are DeaderThanDead. Perhaps the most dreaded of them all is Acererak from the TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors.
** Original D&D Supplement IV ''Gods, Demi-Gods and Heroes''. In the Hyborian mythos from Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories, the Kraken feeds on human souls and LifeEnergy.
** A lesser known case is a Devourer, a powerful undead who uses trapped souls to fuel its supernatural abilities.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'''s Golarion setting, the country of Galt is trapped in a [[ReignOfTerror brutal, arbitrary revolution]], where almost every real and imagined crime is punished by guillotines that trap their victims' souls. The revolutionary council claims that it is a kinder fate than risking the souls being poached by their devil-worshiping neighbour Cheliax, though that justification is [[BlatantLies pretty shaky]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' campaign setting ''Shadow World''. The Soulslayers of Murlis can drain and eat their victims' souls by holding onto them.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the Vampire Counts have a magic weapopn called the Tomb Blade, which simultaniously steals the soul of whomever it kills, and animates their skeleton. There is also a Necromancy spell that tears their soul free and binds it to the vampire's will, granting him a new unit of Spirit Hosts. The Tomb Kings army has the Casket of Screaming Souls, which is basically a shotgun [[AbnormalAmmo that shoots ghosts.]]
** In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' the 7th Edition Chaos Artefact known as the [[NamedWeapon Soulsnare Lash]] is an unsettling artefact of the [[SuperSoldier Emperor’s Children]], a [[WhipItGood fleshy whip]] that burns the soul from its victim’s body before sending it to the realm of Slaanesh, the Chaos God of Excesses, where it will suffer an eternity of torment and pleasure.
* The act of Diablerie in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' involves devouring the blood and soul of another vampire. Eating the soul requires Willpower checks; if you drink the blood but don't manage to eat the soul, the victim is merely dead; if you succeed in completing the process, the victim is DeaderThanDead and you gain power from them (unless they were weaker to begin with). It is rightly feared among vampires, which is why one of the Traditions in ''Requiem'' expressly forbids it, though unlike ''Masquerade'', there's nothing that says you can't just ''kill'' another vampire without diablerizing him.
* Several types of Oni as well as powerful Lost Samurai from ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' have the ability to consume the souls of those that they've killed.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Imhotep in ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy'' pursues the riders for their souls, even flat-out shouting, "Your souls are MIIIINNNE!!!"

* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Warlocks have the spell "Drain Soul," which, if an enemy dies while under its effect, grants the warlock a [[SoulJar soul shard]], to be used for various purposes.
** Also: "[[HungryWeapon Frostmourne hungers]]." And not for delicious cake.
** And speaking of Frostmourne, when fighting the Lich King in Icecrown Citadel, at one point he one-shots the entire party. You get the usual "You have died. Release to the nearest graveyard?" message box, but if you actually try to press the "Release Spirit" button, you get a red popup message: "Your soul belongs to the Lich King". ([[spoiler:It's a scripted event, so you get better.]])
* Anyone killed using the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'''s Soul Edge has their soul eaten by the sword. Astaroth has the ability to absorb the soul of anyone he kills, as well.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, there exists the "Soul Trap" spell. If it is cast upon an eligible target, then that target is killed while the spell is still in effect, the target's soul will be captured in a Soul Gem, a key element of enchanting. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' introduces the Black Soul Gems, which allow you to steal NPC souls (which have the same value as "Grand" Souls). A dark ritual that takes place at a certain place at a certain time of night when the stars are just right can transform normal Grand Soul Gems into Black ones. Naturally, the people who use ''these'' are an evil order of Necromancers led by an OmnicidalManiac.
** In series' lore, the Sload, a race of "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel, are well known for capturing and bartering in souls. The souls they've collected are treated as no different than "coins in a pouch."
** The most famous artifact associated with the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Azura is Azura's Star, a reusable Grand Soul Gem. She is not otherwise associated with the taking of souls, however, making it somewhat unusual.
** Clavicus Vile, the Daedric Prince of [[DealWithTheDevil Bargains]] and [[LiteralGenie Wishes]] is known to collect souls, though he doesn't seem to do anything with them. He simply likes having them [[ForTheEvulz for the sake of having them]]. He also commissioned the creation of Umbra, an EmpathicWeapon blade which steals souls (including the soul of its wielder).
** Mehrunes' Razor is an [[LegendaryWeapon artifact weapon]] associated with Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]]. Once of its abilities is to sever the link between the body and the soul of its target, instantly killing them. Those killed in this fashion are said to have their souls sent to Dagon's realm of Oblivion.
** Molag Bal, the Daedric Prince of [[TheCorrupter Domination and Corruption]] and the closest thing the series has to a true GodOfEvil, loves corrupting people and claiming their souls. The Mace of Molag Bal in ''Skyrim'' has this as an ability. Molag Bal taking people's souls also serves to kick off the plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]''. According to one obscure text, one of Molag Bal's positive (for a very, very loose definition of "positive") achievements was lending his power to the creation of the first soul gems. Knowing Bal, this act very likely had an extremely sinister motive behind it as well.
** Dremora, an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who are most commonly found in the service of Mehrunes Dagon as his LegionsOfHell, are known to capture mortal souls in this fashion. Most infamously, a Dremora captured the soul of St. Jiub the Eradicator during the Oblivion Crisis.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the quest for Hermaeus Mora, Daedric Prince of [[KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge Knowledge]], requires capturing the soul of a member of each of the 10 Tamriellic races. Mora plans to have his followers use them in rituals [[RealityWarper to bend reality, time, and space]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] attacking the land are [[TheAgeless ageless]] with [[DragonsAreDivine divine]] Aedric souls, making them akin to [[DragonsAreDemonic highly destructive]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]]. They are said to be [[MonsterProgenitor the children of]] Akatosh, the draconic God of Time and [[TopGod chief deity]] of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines Pantheon]]. While anyone of sufficient ability can slay the physical form of a dragon, they possess a form of ResurrectiveImmortality, and [[DeaderThanDead permanently killing one]] requires [[TakesOneToKillOne another being with a dragon soul]] to absorb its soul. As long as their soul still exists, their physical form can be resurrected by another dragon (which is exactly what [[BigBad Alduin]] is doing). The PlayerCharacter is a rare being known as a "Dovahkiin" or "Dragonborn", a mortal blessed with the Aedric soul of a dragon by Akatosh himself designed to be a ''[[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predator]]'' to dragon-kind. When a Dragonborn absorbs a dragon's soul, it increases his knowledge and power of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], which uses the draconic LanguageOfMagic for small scale [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]].
*** The ThievesGuild questline reveals that this is the case for the Nightingales, servants of Nocturnal, the Daedric Prince of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Night]], who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. She grants them immense power and freedom to do with it as they wish, on the condition that they ''always'' protect the Ebonmere, the conduit between her realm of Oblivion and Mundus, the mortal plane. Even after they die, the Nightingales continue to serve her as "[[SpiritAdvisor spectral guardians]]" of the Ebonmere and Twilight Sepulcher for a "term", then join the shadows.
*** The ''Dawnguard'' DLC reveals that souls inside Black Soul Gems are still aware. Congratulations, master Enchanter, you just damned several villages-worth of people to afterlife as a trinket. When they get used during the enchanting process, the souls in Black Soul Gems get sent to a plane of [[{{Hell}} Oblivion]] called the [[SpiritWorld Soul Cairn]], home of the malevolent Ideal Masters, where they wander for eternity.
*** One of the new Shouts in ''Dawnguard'', Soul Tear, [[spoiler:taught by a dragon that was trapped in the Soul Cairn and became imbued with some of the power of the place as a result]] instantly deals 300 damage, casts Soul Trap, and revives the target as a zombie if it was killed by the Shout. It's obviously ''amazingly'' useful to a PlayerCharacter who likes to enchant.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', Yunfei's Fatality Move involves ''punching his opponent's soul out of their body, then cutting it in half'', just to ensure that they ''stay'' dead.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' has this with the aptly named Soul Eater. It drains you of your vitality/health/soul, and you die. Very simple. In the same game, a malfunctioning power sphere drains your soul slowly, but at the same time it provides immense power; in game terms, Dante loses health while he carries it, but is in permanent [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]] (and every enemy coughs up health orbs).
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' has Hades saying this to Kratos in the pre-battle cutscene, and tries to do this to him in an early part of the battle with the Claws of Hades. [[spoiler:During the battle, Kratos takes the Claws of Hades away from him. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard And then uses them to take]] ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard his]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard soul in the fight's finale]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'', whenever a hero is finished off by the hero named Soul Reaper, the Soul Reaper will utter "Your soul is mine!" in what could also be classified as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.
* This is the basis of the "Devour Spirit" and "Devour Soul" attacks in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has quite a few [[SoulPower Ghost-type]] {{Mons}} who are implied to do this. For example, Shedinja steals the soul of anyone who looks into the hole on its back ([[OhCrap and guess what the player looks at when they send it out]]?).
* The heroes can actually invoke this trope in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. You can use a blank catch card on an enemy (but not a boss or miniboss) and it will capture the enemy's soul inside a card.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' has two versions of the Soul Reaver thanks to TimeTravel: the past version (wielded by Kain) consumes blood, while the future version (both wielded and empowered by Raziel) consumes souls. Raziel himself also consumes souls to nourish himself, being a wraith. The series further establishes limits and rules on this -- humans are mortal and their souls can be sucked out easily, while stronger beings including vampires must be physically weakened to be drained. Particularly powerful souls can confer the owner's power to the person absorbing it, which is how Raziel copies the abilities of his brothers.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the BigBad [[spoiler: Demise/The Imprisoned]] is trying to absorb Zelda's divine soul to revive his true form. In the NonStandardGameOver, he succeeds and she perishes. Also in the climax, [[spoiler: Ghirahim begins the ritual to do so before his BossBattle, resulting in Zelda's soul being taken to help revive Demise in time for the FinalBoss fight. She gets better.]]
* ''VideoGame/MagicalDiary'', near the end of [[spoiler:Damien's]] path. The player character is given the option to give him her soul, believing it will keep him from dying [[spoiler:(it won't - he isn't dying)]]. At least one set of choices (possibly more) causes this to end in a near-miss because [[spoiler: Damien]] is unable to go through with it. '''Killed Too''', because it would have killed you if he had finished the ritual in question - and did badly, ''badly'' injure you in ways that will take the rest of the semester to undo, if you manage to undo them at all.
* Malthael does this to the Horadrim at the start of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII: Reaper of Souls'', and to countless helpless soldiers and civilians in Westmarch and the Pandemonium Fortress throughout Act V, turning them into undead Reapers to serve him.
* ''Videogame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' introduced the Crimson Stone, an alchemical creation that allows its bearer to consume vampire souls for power and immortality.
* After some early upgrades, [[BlackMage Lester]] from ''VideoGame/CharlieMurder'' has an alternate finishing move on fallen enemies where he steals the souls of fallen enemies for an HP boost and reduce cooldown on his magic. [[HandWave Hand Waved]] as him studying dark arts.

* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the Dimension of Pain demons actually set up grocery stores stocked with souls, so demons can always get [[IncrediblyLamePun plenty of soul food]].
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' a number of Creatures can do this, [[HornyDevils Cubi]] are particularly notorious for this. Soul eating greatly increases a Creature's power and extends it's already lengthy lifespan, but is not necessary and many Cubi are content living just 3000 years and passively [[EmotionEater feeding off emotions.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Tamuran}}'' [[http://www.tamurancomic.com/?p=470 Apparently. It's legend, so hard to tell.]]
* The traditional summoning in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' works like this: the summoner traps the aura (the soul of magic-using beings like drow, elves and dragons) of the victim in a physical object, usually a gemstone. This aura can be summoned later and does what the summoner wants.
* According to the character pages and story material in ''[[http://www.daemonslayers.net/characters.htm The Daemonslayers]]'', Soul (AKA Mecha) an immortal [[MixAndMatchCritters lycan-fae]], joined the other Daemonslayers when demon prince Lord Saragon (whom Blackjack had dissed earlier by killing his lover and torturer, Aster) tore out part of her soul to return to his lost demon lover. Still alive, she was saved by Blackjack and Shade before the prince could kill her, and now looks forward to the day she can kill Aster and reclaim what was hers.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* All liches in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' must do this to sustain themselves. It is made clear early on that when they devour a soul, it is not destroyed, rather, it is conscious throughout the entire process of being devoured, digested and pooped out and [[FateWorseThanDeath will then be forced to linger with the lich who devoured it as long as it lives, unable to disobey any of their commands]] even if that means betraying friends and family to meet the same fate.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': The Possessor Ghost ''used'' to have this power. Its gradually becoming weaker the longer Melinda stays sealed away.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', Megatron removes the sparks -- Transformer souls -- of every inhabitant on Cybertron and stores them in containers. He eventually consumes them all in order to make a bid at godhood.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Jake boils a lobster and uses its soul as a garnish for his SatiatingSandwich.

!!'''Drained After Death''':

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', when someone dies it becomes possible to eat their soul. The rules of how this work are different in the manga and the anime:
** Manga: Only weapons (and Asura, who ''[[CannibalismSuperpower ate]]'' his weapon) can eat souls to become stronger, although consumed souls can be removed later without killing the one who ate them. Specifically eating 99 human souls (or one very strong soul) plus 1 witch soul makes a weapon a Death Scythe. While the only difference between good and bad souls themselves is that good souls have more power, weapons serving TheGrimReaper are only ''allowed'' to eat the souls of people he deemed evil enough to be executed.
** Anime: Anyone can eat souls, and doing so will make them become more powerful but start going insane and turning into Kishin (which turns their soul red, making it a "kishin egg") unless those souls were themselves starting to become Kishin. Weapons still eat human and witch souls to become Death Scythes, but it's not clear what would happen if a human ate a kishin eggs. All the good souls a potential Kishin eats are released upon their death.
** In the English dub, Maka frequently says the name of this trope word-for-word as a {{Catch Phrase}}, usually preceded by the name of whomever she's about to fight.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', this is implied to be the most effective way for Digimon to increase their power. Most of the heroes don't like doing it because it's, well, not very heroic. In addition to increasing their power, it also seems to give the Digimon [[PowerCopying access to their fallen opponent's attacks]], though that might be because Beelzemon was powerful, Leomon was powerful, or just [[AWizardDidIt a side effect of shiny new superpowers]].
** Although really only the word "data" is mentioned, which is what they were created from, and it's likely that the data they absorb from their defeated opponents is just what remains of their body and power, and may not even involve the soul.
* Dead Master in ''[[Manga/BlackRockShooter Black Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul]]'' apparently loves to eat the trapped souls inhabiting Hazama. And other things, [[ExtremeOmnivore as she ate her teddy bear and chewed Rock's hair in her sleep]], but mostly souls.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Younger Toguro ate the souls of the dead to maintain 100% strength.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' Soul Eaters are monsters that will consume the souls of people they kill. Domesticated ones are used to prevent the souls of executed criminals from reincarnating.
* A non-sinister version in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl''. Lala the Dullahan is part of Kimihito's UnwantedHarem, but doesn't try to fight for his affections like the other girls because as a {{Psychopomp}} she's content to wait until after he dies so she claim his soul and spend eternity with him.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''FanFic/TwistedFates'', [[spoiler: the SerialKiller 'The Twister' is able to devour the souls of his recently-slaughtered victims.]]

* The villain's entire mission in ''Film/GhostShip'' revolves around collecting enough souls so that he can send the entire boatload "[[{{Hell}} home]]", acquiring several hundred souls by the end [[spoiler:before they're all freed.]]
* Shang Tsung does this to Art Lean in a nasty KickTheDog moment from ''Film/MortalKombat'' after he is killed by Goro.
* B-movie and ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' target ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'' is a strange subversion of all three: The teens being chased by the Man are ''already dead'', they just don't realize it; he's actually a {{Psychopomp}} come to take their disembodied souls to the afterlife. In the case of Type 1, the bodies themselves are technically still alive until their souls are claimed. TheHero and his LoveInterest are restored to life when their souls return to their bodies. For the rest it's a blend of Type 2/3, as they're dead for real once their soul is taken.


* In ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' and apparently ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', demons in hell consume the souls of humans who go there, as well as each other when times are hard. This seems to manifest as a disintegration of the personality, but victims seem to retain a minimal consciousness.
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'', the necromancer [[EvilSorcerer Ubad]] is surrounded by a constantly shifting "halo" of souls, implied to be the souls of people he's killed. They [[DisabilitySuperpower allow him to see, despite his physical blindness]] and their presence assists him in his magic.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the necromancer Kemmler learned to devour ghosts, which massively increased his power to the point that he held off the White Council for years. They killed him seven times before it stuck. In ''Dead Beat'' several of his disciples come to town in search of a book containing this secret. Technically speaking ghosts aren't actual souls but the impressions the person left behind, but the effect is similar.
** In ''Ghost Story'' [[spoiler: the ghost of one of these disciples, Capiocorpus, devours a number of other ghosts to give her the power to manifest in the real world and steal a living body.]]
** Earlier, in ''Grave Peril,'' Dresden himself [[spoiler: teams up with his own ghost (it's complicated) to devour the ghost of a sorcerer who'd previously eaten part of Harry's soul, regaining his stolen power and taking the sorcerer-ghost's.]]
** Kemmler's Darkhallow rite kills every living thing in the area (said area can be pretty big) and allows its caster to absorb their souls. Absorbing enough souls can turn a mortal wizard into a living god. [[spoiler:Harry knows the rite.]]
* In {{Contractor}}, the main character is given this (magical) power by an inter-dimensional alien. Basically the life force of anything or anyone he kills is added to his own. On earth however, the magicians consider this to be necromancy and one of the most evil forms of magic, even if he's using it to defend the planet from an inter-dimensional invasion, so this naturally causes a lot of the inter-character strife.
* In ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'', Vestriss, a powerful illithid exile, traps the souls of her victims in a magic tapestry. This makes it impossible for clerics to contact her victims' ghosts, thus ensuring they truly do take their secrets to their graves, and also allows her to torture the trapped spirits for amusement.
* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', bullets fired from the magic gun ''El Alma Perdida'' steal the souls of any werewolves they kill. The souls can later be extracted and used by mages for powering spells.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', after a Crocotta kills its victim, or causes the victim's death (ie: By convincing him or her to commit suicide), it sucks out the victim's soul through their mouth. [[spoiler: Clark Adams]] is the only Crocotta we've seen so far.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Barghests can feed on humanoid corpses to gain strength, which damages or destroys the victim's soul in the process.
** The top-level ''Soul Bind'' spell does exactly that to a recently dead creature, blocking all resurrection magic and keeping the spirit from entering the afterlife until the gem containing the soul is broken.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': Hungry Ghost Monks regain hit points whenever they land a killing blow. Higher levels also allow them to regain health whenever they score a critical hit and eventually whenever they hit at all.
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' Slaanesh automatically claims all Eldar souls not kept safe within spirit stones or the Infinity Circuits upon death. If the Eldar indulge in the behaviors that spawned Slaanesh in the first place (i.e. most pleasurable activities since Slaaensh is the god of hedonistic excess), Slaanesh doesn't have to wait for death. The Dark Eldar found a way to safeguard their own souls without giving up their hedonism by offering up the souls of others in place of their own. The downside to their approach is that it takes more and more souls to keep Slaanesh at bay, so it's only a matter of time.
* This is the standard price for a DealWithTheDevil in ''TabletopGame/MonteCooksWorldOfDarkness''. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that the setting's [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] are actually extradimensional entities who gain {{Mana}} from bonding with mortals -- but they find that mortals get much more cooperative when they ''believe'' they've sold their souls.

* In ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal 2'' and ''Head On'', Mr. Grimm is addicted to souls. By the time of ''Head On'', he's eating more souls than he ferries to the afterlife.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenI'', the aptly named 'Soul Eater' rune eats the souls of those close to the bearer to gain power.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', [[TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse War]] pays Vulgrim in souls that he eats (shown in the first scene you meet him in).
** According to Vulgrim, they taste good.
--> ''Vulgrim'' : "Ooooh! There were a few young ones there."
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'''s Dharma Temple chapter, there was a sword which stole the souls of anyone it killed. The monsters who owned used it as payment in several [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the devil]] where a human would harvest souls for them in exchange for a promise, usually of freedom from imprisonment. They never really kept any of the promises, of course.
* During ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', Soma Cruz gains skills by domination of creature souls. [[spoiler:The only reason he can do this is because he's the reincarnation of Dracula]]. It's also revealed that when he no longer needs their powers the souls get released.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In the spin-off ActionAdventure game ''Redguard'', the Sload {{Necromancer}} N'Gasta has set up a "soul snare" over the island of Stros M'Kai, which captures the souls of anyone who dies there. He uses the souls in his experiments and/or trades them to the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Clavicus Vile. As is the case for all Sload, he has an innate LackOfEmpathy, which means he has no regard or pity for those he has captured, even comparing them to "coins in a pouch".
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** [[BigBad Alduin]] eats the souls of the dead [[spoiler:while they are trying to reach the Halls of Valor in [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]]. Alduin blankets the paths to the Halls of Valor with thick mist that keeps his prey good and lost so he can eat them at his leisure.]]
*** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, this ends up being the fate of [[spoiler:the undead Dragon-priest Miraak. Due to being a Dragonborn himself, when he is killed by Hermaeus Mora for [[TheStarscream his betrayal]], his Aedric soul gets immediately devoured by the PlayerCharacter.]]
* The boss of Part 1 in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' was said to have consumed millions of such souls to power up his body and increase his size to CosmicHorrorStory levels... and all this just to crush the protagonist.
** The whole objective of the Seven Deities is to harvest enough souls to power up a giant space laser to blow up Gohma Vlitra. Really.
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'': This is a huge part of the game's basic ''premise''. A crystal around the belt of the player absorbs the souls of the recently fallen and are then taken to the Maiden in Black, who then strengthens the player's own soul with them.
** The demons that are the driving conflict are doing this on a mass scale. They are collecting souls for [[BigBad Old One]] who if not stopped will annihilate everything.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Like its predecessor, ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', the entire level-up, currency, and magic systmes are based around absorbing the souls of enemies that the player has killed.
** When an Invader defeats another player as a Black Phantom or Darkwraith, they gain one Humanity, presumably from the fallen host player.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', Phantoma is the essence of a living thing's soul and can be gathered from dead organic enemies (including [[HumanResources from soldiers]], causing said corpses to explode (and deal damage to nearby enemies too). Phantoma comes in different colors, which is important as different colors upgrade spells in certain parameters such as casting speed or MP cost. It also uses the "Killed Too" depiction of the trope as [[spoiler: the L'Cie Caetuna forcibly extracts the Phantoma of some cadets and Class-0's captain to [[SummonMagic summon the Great Eidolon Alexander, killing them in the process]] ]]
* Shadow Fiend from ''{{VideoGame/Dota 2}}'' who collects souls as a child might collect candy for Halloween. He uses the stolen souls to increase his damage dealt (up to 72 additional damage) and can release them all in a huge burst of destruction. He also loses half of them (rounded down if odd) them upon death. In fact one his lines is even the trope's name.
* This is a major plot point in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. [[spoiler: King Asgore Dreemurr planned to kill 7 humans in order to obtain their souls after death and use it to break the barrier that was keeping his people trapped underground. After collecting 6 souls, Asgore lost the will to keep going with his plan because he simply could not go through with killing all of humanity, even though humans had killed his son. The player character is the 7th soul Asgore needs and when you meet him, he absolutely does not look forward to fighting you, but he does so anyway in order to preserve the hope he had instilled in his people. In the neutral ending path, [[BigBad Flowey]] absorbs the 6 human souls to become the monstrous Omega/Photoshop Flowey.]]
* ''[[Videogame/{{Nehrim}} Nehrim: At Fate's Edge]]'', a total conversion mod for VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion, features a sword called the Soul Flayer; anyone cut by it will, upon their death, have their soul drawn and stored permanently inside the sword. [[spoiler:This turns out to be true also for anyone who ''wields'' the sword.]] The PlayableEpilogue quest chain suggests that the sword was created for some nefarious (though never fully explained) purpose; the player also has an option at the end of the chain to destroy the sword and free the souls within.
* [[AxCrazy Reaper]] from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' can absorb the souls of enemies who've died recently, regardless of the means or by who. Doing so heals him by a small amount and keeps him in the fight.
* The Entity of ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' will impale a dying survivor to death with its appendages personally, then drag their soul into its realm through a portal.

* The Composite Soul, an amalgamation of three evil spirits that escaped from Hell, devours souls to increase its power in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' damned souls in hell can be eaten by demons, and demons can cannibalize one another. Also there have been a few cases of the damned becoming demons (or approximations of) by eating others.
* According to one bound elder god in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheBlackDog'' the gods worshipped by the mainstream religion eat their followers souls instead of providing any sort of afterlife.
* In ''Webcomic/TheSettlers'', [[BarredFromTheAfterlife the gates of Hell are closed]], so the worse of Humanity is stuck in Purgatory. The poor people just want to go back to earth. For the reasonable price of your eternal soul, the main characters can make that happen!

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', [[spoiler:After completely wrecking [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Starscream's]] body, what does [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] do when his Spark comes out of the remnants of his torso? She '''eats''' it.]]
** After [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping him in half]] in their Death Battle, [[spoiler:[[MortalKombat Shao Kahn]] does this to [[Franchise/StreetFighter M. Bison]].]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Glaistig Uaine can create a psychic imprint of a dead person's consciousness, which allows her to manifest a ghostly version of them that can use any of their [[PowerCopying parahuman powers]].
* In [[https://sites.google.com/site/terrenwiki/home Terren]] (primary art blog [[http://yumi-akiyama.tumblr.com/ here]]) the supreme grand goddesses Pura Velpormia and Hellmasin Miastrius take this a step further by eating entire afterlifes. They derive sustenance from the good or bad karma the souls accumulated and excrete them back into Terren with no memories for reincarnation.
* Your Soul is Death's in ''Literature/VoidDomain''. Once you die, your soul goes to His domain. Trying to anchor your soul to the world using some kind of SoulJar is one of the few things that will anger Him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* While Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is ''able'' to devour the souls of the living the same way as he father is, she's far too ethical for that. Vampires she just killed, however, are an entirely different story.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[TheEmperor Yhwach]] is a combination of "Killed Too" and "Drained After Death" with a rather unique twist. The soul he reclaims [[OurSoulsAreDifferent '''is a piece of his own''']] that he imparted onto someone else, which has been augmented by taking the knowledge, experience, talents, power and life-force of the individual into itself. When they die, the soul returns to Yhwach and makes him stronger and allows him to live longer.

* Per WordOfGod, this was one of [[HumanoidAbomination Mordeth's]] abilities in the backstory of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' and was one of the ways he became so powerful. Since he hasn't used this power explicitly in his new incarnation as Padan Fain, it's unclear exactly how the mechanics of it worked (though there are other ways to lose your soul/things that eat souls in the setting, as mentioned earlier on this page, they draw their power from [[GodOfEvil the Dark One]] while Mordeth/Fain's comes from... somewhere... else, so it's unclear just how much overlap there really is).

* In Music/AdamWarrock's first album, "The War For Infinity" Demonos makes a DealWithTheDevil for the Infinity Gauntlet with the condition that he "brings back as many souls as he can" before returning or dying. It's not made clear exactly how he is to collect said souls.
* "Souldevourer" by Music/{{Dismember}}. Maybe.

[[folder: Podcast]]
* ''Podcast/CriticalHit'' , a live play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign, features a rare heroic example. The powers of one of the player characters, the [[DarkIsNotEvil warlock]] Ket, come from the souls he [[ProfessionalGambler won]] in the magical tournament. He is able to utilise the abilties the previous owner of the soul had, to some extent. If he ever loses a game he stands to lose his own soul. It is not yet made explicitely clear what exactly happens to someone who lost a soul in this manner.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' you can collect an item called Soul Sand, which is made up of screaming faces.
** Also popular {{Fanon}} holds that Enderpearls are the souls/life force of the Endermen. You can use them to teleport, expending the pearl in the process.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' some hardmode bosses and enemies drop souls when defeated. Their souls are used as FunctionalMagic, for example, souls of Flight are used to power flying objects.
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'': You can drain soul power from your enemies to create soul arrows, which have a low carrying capacity due to how POWERFUL they are. It's unknown what exactly happens when an elven wraith (something impossible in the main series) drains an uruk's soul, but drain enough [[YourHeadAsplode and the physical effects are VERY obvious]].
** The Wraith occasionally says the trope name when draining an uruk.
* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' has the Collector, who collects the heads of victims and uses their souls to empower himself and attack with during combat.
* In ''VideoGame/AlQadimTheGeniesCurse'', evil sorcerers are controlling various people and monsters throughout the country thanks to having stolen parts of their souls — their honour, for example, or their joy. These are hidden in bottles, which you can smash to free the soul contained therein.

* Demons in ''{{Webcomic/Goblins}}'' can steal souls from other beings if they grow powerful enough, or [[DealWithTheDevil barter them for goods and services]]. Since demons feed by inflicting suffering on other creatures, if they can claim ownership of a soul they can remove it from the cycle of existence, [[FateWorseThanDeath allowing them to constantly torture, kill and resurrect the soul's former owner and feed on their suffering for the rest of eternity.]]
* Lord King did this to [[TokenGoodTeammate James]] in the ''Such Stuff... arc'' of ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}''. To be precise he tricked him with YourMindMakesItReal death and abused his own standing as [[{{Psychopomp}} death avatar]] (So James' dead status is questionable... even more that he was already dead in canon. Did we mention that this comic is kind of {{Mind Screw}}y?) all this to pull an [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Best Friend]] stunt on [[MonsterRoommate Jareth]]. It could be reversed when Jareth claimed the lost soul back, but James was awfully close to dying in a work where {{nobody can|Die}}.
* Dirk in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' displays the ability to rip a person's soul from their body, due to being the Prince of Heart (heart = soul). He's interrupted before he can finish, so we don't know what the end result of losing one's soul is, but it was apparently ''excruciatingly'' painful for the victim.
** Later on, when he stuffs a bunch of souls into Lil Cal, their bodies seem to go with them -- but since this is depicted through Caliborn's shitty claymation it's impossible to say how accurate it is.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Wiki/SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1879 1879-2]] is a TravelingSalesman that once offered a nuclear weapon to a customer in exchange for her soul. [[SubvertedTrope As it turns out,]] [[IncrediblyLamePun he just wanted her soul music records!]] [[spoiler: Well, his boss wanted the customer's soul. SCP-1879-2 wanted to make a joke.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Demongo the Soul Collector", it's really not clear how his powers work, although it seems to be a variation. He appears to consume the soul ''and'' body of the victim and transform them into "essence", as he calls it, but the victim seems to be OnlyMostlyDead, because Demongo can reform them and command them as slaves. Eventually, Jack finds a way to sever the bond he has with them, and they seem to be restored to full life when released.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', [[spoiler: Meteroa]] gains this ability as [[spoiler: Her monstrous qualities start to show]]. Victims of this go into a lifeless state with completely black eyes, similar to the High Commission after being attacked by [[spoiler: Toffee]], who were revived by a golden magic liquid, implying that "Souls" in the show is simply life energy and does not affect the victim's minds upon having that energy restored.