->''"When a spark comes online, there is great joy. When one is extinguished... the universe weeps."''
-->-- '''Rhinox''', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''

A character with a Heart Drive has an organ, [[MineralMacGuffin crystal]], [[GemHeart crystal]] [[BodyToJewel organ]] ([[BreadEggsBreadedEggs so to speak]]) or actual hardware inside their body that contains the very self of the character. The Heart Drive is in this sense similar to a SoulJar: it contains (or, in some cases, ''is'') the character's soul (or near enough that [[BrainUploading it makes no difference]]), and as long as it remains undamaged grants a measure of {{Immortality}}. Unlike a SoulJar, as long as the Heart Drive is outside the body the character is essentially dead, though they might remain awake and unable to take action inside the Heart Drive. Some Heart Drives can even be casually removed, stored, and reinserted to the body... or simply ''a'' body... and return the character back to life as if nothing happened.

If this is sounding a lot like a computer's Hard Drive, that's because it usually ''is'' one to many robot characters. Sort of like a cybernetic equivalent to a BrainInAJar. Thanks to their Heart Drive, most robots can pull off GoodThingYouCanHeal, their allies can [[WeCanRebuildHim rebuild them]] or just transfer them to a BodyBackupDrive. This is true for non-technology-based Heart Drives as well: characters whose intelligence is housed in a Heart Drive are also usually MadeOfIron, able to shrug off injuries that would make mortal characters pass out, perhaps because their Heart Drive is [[FeelNoPain isolated from physical sensations]]. Some Heart Drives also have a built-in HealingFactor to help repair or even ''[[FromASingleCell rebuild]]'' [[SelfConstructedBeing their body]]. At the extreme, they may consider [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap all non-fatal damage trivial]]. That is, unless the character has the foresight to hide it beneath body armor.

One scary aspect of the Heart Drive is it can be a combination of BodySnatcher, TheSymbiote and ArtifactOfDoom. If it grafts itself onto another animal/character/clone body, the Heart Drive will [[DemonicPossession take over the mind]] and sometimes even "mutate" it into its [[TransformationOfThePossessed original form.]]

Subtrope of ImmortalityInducer. Compare CranialProcessingUnit.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Desty Nova has one in ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]''. [[spoiler:It's his brain chip, and also he has a spare.]]
* Cell's core in ''[[Manga/DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]]''. Also Android 16's head -- even after the rest of his entire body was destroyed, he functioned well enough, and he likely could've been rebuilt. [[spoiler:Then Cell crushed 16's head.]]
* Blood seals in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. The armor can be chopped to ribbons, but as long as the seal is undamaged, you're fine. But smudge it with a finger, and you're fucked. How does it work in the rain? The philosopher's stones themselves also count -- when a homunculus had its stone ripped out, the homunculus disintegrated and then reformed around the stone.
* Juiz, [[spoiler:all of them]], from ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast''. In this case, she resides entirely within a single semi-portable computer, by which we mean it has to be loaded onto a tractor-trailer unit.
* In the ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' universe, thanks to the advances of cybernetics, the human brain has come to approach a Heart Drive: people with full body replacement can simply have their brains moved to a new cyborg body. This happens to Major Kusanagi in the original 1995 film and the first ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' series. The very first episode of ''Stand Alone Complex'' also shows how a person's brain can be stolen and replaced with somebody else's, if the victim isn't careful about basic security measures -- in this case, a Minister swapping his brains with a Geisha-robot for a bit of drunken fun when there's a foreign spy about.
* Another example is the ''Manga/{{Guyver}}''. If the suit's core is intact, its user can be ground to powder and the unit will simply regenerate him, conservation of matter be damned. But [[AttackItsWeakPoint crack it]], and the Guyver will actually ''eat you alive''.
* One of the Akatsuki members ([[spoiler:it's Sasori]]) in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; this is why the person's "true form" never seems to physically age.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' uses the crystalline jewel organ version with its Angels -- and the Evas themselves, as shown in episode 19. In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0'', Unit 02's core is physically removed at one point while the Eva is in cryofreeze. The original series implies that cores can be freely swapped between the production models. [[SuperPrototype Unit 01]], however, appears to have a partially overgrown non-removable core.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has the Pure Heart Crystals and the Star Seeds (plus Sailor Crystals which are a subtype of Star Seed specific to the Sailor Senshi).
* ''Anime/DaiGuard'' used Heart Drives called "fractal knots" in their giant monsters of the week.
* The giant robots in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' remain operational as long as a white, bulbous construct located inside them remains intact. [[spoiler:Later it's revealed that it's not the destruction of the core that ends the game, but the death of the human pilot inside it.]]
* In ''Anime/TheBigO'', when Dorothy's memory circuits are removed, it's essentially an irreversible coma. Worse yet, even if the disc was retrieved, there's no one alive who can repair the drive. Fortunately, this turns out to be somewhat of a subversion. [[spoiler:Dorothy is somehow able to start moving without it, prompting Beck to ask, "How can you function with no memory? Do you actually know who you are?]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:the Magical Girls' "Soul Gems" are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they sound like]]. The gem is a SoulJar, and if it gets too far from their body, the latter will "die" until the gem is brought back in range; but this setup allows them to [[HealingFactor survive and heal from massive injuries]]. Somewhat unusual in that they used to be normal humans, and became Heart Drive beings unwittingly through a DealWithTheDevil; unsurprisingly, putting your life-force in a magic gem has some other major downsides that the SatanicArchetype fails to mention...]]
* Mod Souls in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' are actually small pills that contain souls. If you put them in a dead or soulless body (constructed body or one whose owner is [[OutOfBodyExperience missing]]), or even a humanoid stuffed toy, they come alive. No matter how much damage the body suffers, they can simply be put in another body and they'll be fine.
* The Soul Drive of ''Anime/SDGundamForce''. This is the MacGuffin that enables Captain to have his EleventhHourSuperpower, thanks to his bond of friendship with Shute. When it gets stolen he goes into a comatose state. [[spoiler:Commander Sazabi also has one, and tries to convince the Captain to spare him upon his defeat by claiming that they are NotSoDifferent because of this. It doesn't work.]]
-->'''Kao Lyn:''' Without his Soul Drive, Captain is out of control of his functions! Though he may move or speak, he's like a sleepwalker! He can't wake up!
* Union Cores from ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'' are the essential component of the Fleet of Fog. Even if their neigh-invulnerable ship bodies are destroyed, as long as the core survives they can come back. They're entirely helpless without a supply of {{Nanomachines}} to form a body out of however, as Kirishima and Haguro have both learned the hard way.
* The Maiden Circuits in ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ''. This special piece of hardware gives the Marionettes (and Saber Dolls) emotions and contains their personality. If removed or damaged, they become robotic and essentially lifeless. [[spoiler: The Maiden Circuits are actually a device in three parts, meant to be matured and then combined together to create an artificial personality based on the creator. They were created to serve as a control device, to pacify the rogue AI that nearly wiped out humanity centuries ago and holds the only surviving human female prisoner....]]
* In ''Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend'', the main chips that contain the personalities of the RidiculouslyHumanRobots in the setting are their most crucial components. As long as the chips are intact, they can be repaired. The chips burning out is death for them. [[spoiler:Night's chip wears itself out faster than it should have because he was going beyond his programming to be Riiko's perfect boyfriend.]]
* ''Anime/{{Medabots}}'' come to life by inserting Medals into the back of their bodies.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the mages' Linker Cores are normally used to process (link) their magical energy into usable forms (spells), but for beings of pure magic, specifically, the creations of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs Book of Darkness]], they also apparently function as Heart Drives: [[spoiler:after the Wolkenritter are killed and have their Linker Cores fed to the Book, Hayate is able to reconstruct all four of them--no worse for wear--from their Cores after she gains full control of it. Later, Reinforce Eins, another construct of the Book, self-destructs, but, having essentially shared her own Linker Core with Hayate earlier, leaves behind enough "genetic" material for Hayate to reconstruct a smaller version of her, Zwei, who bears [[OurPhlebotinumChild resemblance to both of them]].]]

* In most depictions of the ComicBook/MetalMen, their bodies are literally just solid blocks of Gold, Iron, Tin, etc. animated by a softball-sized spherical device called a responsometer, which is sentient and can manipulate the surrounding metal. If the device is yoinked out of their bodies, their bodies become inanimate. Interestingly, the responsometers themselves don't provide the personalities -- the Metal Mens' personalities depend on the surrounding metal. Very bad things happen when Doc Magnus puts a responsometer into something like plutonium...

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Rampage in ''[[Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons Project Horizons]]'' has an indestructible crystal inside that contains the personalities and/or souls of an unknown number of ponies, as well as Rampage's own personality. It enables her to [[FromASingleCell survive anything, including disintegration]].
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' uses devices called memory cores, which function like the IC chips from the games and comic book. They hold a robot's memory and personality, so destroying one is the equivalent of killing off the robot for good.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* WesternAnimation/WallE's main processor chip could be defined as this, since he [[spoiler:temporarily loses his personality when EVE gives him the life-saving overhaul near the end of the movie]].
* In ''Disney/BigHero6'' Baymax's "Tadashi chip" contains his medical programming and pretty much all of his personality. When it's removed and all that's in him is the karate chip Hiro added to him he is pretty much a mindless automaton. [[spoiler: And the Tadashi chip allows him to be rebuilt after his HeroicSacrifice]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* BrainInAJar Cain in ''Film/RoboCop2'' while he's in the "Robocop 2" body.
* ''{{Film/Cherry 2000}}''. Robots have their personality stored in a memory chip that can be removed and reinserted in another robot of the same type. The protagonist spends the entire movie trying to find a new body for his robot.
* In ''Film/FrankensteinConquersTheWorld'', its said that Frankenstein's heart is immortal and can regrow his body due partly to his creation and partly due to surviving and being mutated by one of the H-Bomb attacks on Japan. While his cells can grow into a new monster, his heart is the only part that seems able to regenerate into something human-like.
* Terminator units in ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series have these. With exception of the T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', and possibly the very early model T-1s in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' that seemed to lack any personality at all.
* In the live-action ''Film/InspectorGadget'' movie, Gadget is captured by the villain who proceeds to remove the computer chip that amplifies his emotions to allow his body to function, causing him to shut down. However, Gadget later summons enough HeroicResolve to overcome this and reactivate himself.
* ''Film/IRobot'' has the reveal that [[spoiler:Sonny]] not only possesses a positronic brain, but a secondary brain in his chest which allows him to ignore The [[ThreeLawsCompliant Three Laws]]. The redundant one would appear to be a mechanical "soul" of sorts.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the witch's life is in her heart, meaning that to kill the witch, one has to destroy the heart, otherwise it can be used to bring her back to life.

* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', Dragons have Eldunari which is essentially their souls. A dragon can expel their Eldunari but remain in control of their bodies. When their bodies die their consciousness is transferred to the Eldunari, where it remains until someone destroys it.
* In [[Creator/GregEgan Greg Egan's]] short story ''Learning To Be Me'', everyone has a tiny neural network computer implanted into their brain. As the people grow, the computer constantly corrects itself to mimic their brain's responses. At a certain age, many people choose to remove their brains, making the tiny computer this trope.
** Egan revisits this trope often. His short story ''Chaff'' and novels ''Diaspora'', and ''Schild's Ladder'' all have variations on this theme.
* In the ''Dragoncrown War'' series, BigBad [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Chytrine]] has a [[SoulJar soulstone]] [[spoiler: because she's half-dragon, and dragons can naturally create them]]. However, in order to protect it, she ''swallowed it'', making it part of her being and rendering her nearly impossible to kill unless her [[spoiler: dragon]] form is torn open and someone pulls it out.
* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'', most robots have a personality chip to backup their memories/personalities. This can be used to keep them alive by transferring their mind to another body or to learn from dead "siblings." "Wearing" the chip of another robot for too long however can lead to their personality usurping the original owner's and as a back up can take months or years to be fully complete destroying another robot's personality chip is a good way of ensuring they behave themselves.
* In the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' series people are normally implanted with a "cortical stack" at birth that acts as a backup hard drive for the brain. When one dies it can be removed and [[BrainUploading downloaded]] [[BodyBackupDrive into a new body]].
* In ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'', while Merlin's body can be destroyed, his mind, memories and consciousness are locked in a spherical computer about the size of a fist, hidden in his torso behind protection strong enough to withstand pretty much everything short of being ground zero for a nuclear strike. If the body is destroyed, this can still survive and be plugged into either a new PICA or a VR unit.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A variant occurs in ''Franchise/StarTrek: [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' when a criminal has his brain copied to a microchip, which he embeds into Dr. Bashir's skin. This allows him to take over Bashir's body.
* Cameron, like all other terminators, has one in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
* On ''Series/KnightRider'', KITT's personality is contained in his CPU, which can be removed from the car. In one episode, when his CPU is removed from his car body by the villains, he's installed into a portable TV for safekeeping.
* The Greeed in ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' are revealed to store their consciousness in just one of the nine Core Medals that make up their bodies. If that medal is broken or destroyed, they're just a pile of medals, devoid of consciousness or life. The trick is that there's no known means of destroying Core Medals...[[spoiler:at least until we're introduced the Purple Core Medals, which have the PowerOfTheVoid.]] [[spoiler:All of the Greeed are destroyed by the end of the series, but Eiji dedicates himself to finding a way to fix Ankh's Core Medal and bring him back; ''Movie Wars Megamax'' has an Ankh come back from 30 years in the future to help out, implying that he succeeded somewhere down the line]].
** The Roidmudes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' have Cores, [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS which are the numbers on their chests]]. If the Core survives the Roidmude's destruction, it can fly away to safety and [[FromASingleCell regenerate into a]] {{Mook}}[[EvolutionPowerup -level Roidmude]]. Near the end of the series, [[spoiler: Banno]] destroys a Roidmude's core while leaving the body intact, leaving it an EmptyShell until he [[DemonicPossession moves in]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. Used for a CliffHanger [[TheReveal reveal]] in "Four to Doomsday". A supposedly human character opens himself up to reveal circuitry where flesh and bone should be.
-->"This is not me. (takes out chip) ''This'' is me."

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' supplement ''Acute Paranoia'', section "Playing Robots". In Alpha Complex a robot's brain (CPU) can be removed and inserted in another robot. One function of a Troubleshooter team's Robot Officer is to recover the [=CPU=]s of damaged robots.
** This doesn't however mean that the CPU is able to function properly if it is put into a body that it's not programmed to use. The only way a to make a Warbot actually act like a Docbot requires Bot Therapy. [[BlatantLies Bot Therapy of course always works and never leaves behind traces of of the old programming that come up at the worst possible times.]]
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' borrows the cortical stack concept from Altered Carbon.
* 1E ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' villain, The Atomic Brain, functions as this with the eponymous radioactive brain being the bit which gets transferred from one robot body to another.
* The [[EldritchAbomination Raksha]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have an odd version of this that is somewhere between a Heart Drive and a SoulJar. All [[FairFolk Shaped Raksha]] form a [[SoulJar heart grace]] when they take a solid form, and if another person possesses it they can control the others actions and destroying the heart grace is one of the few ways to permanently kill a Raksha. The other virtues (compassion, conviction, temperance, and valor, the Exalted game system's main character traits) can also be made into physical objects, though they are much less important, relatively speaking. If they're destroyed or possessed by another it only prevents the Raksha in question from using the emotion attached to that grace, or using that [[EmotionEater emotion]] to [[MindRape feed]] until it grows back. The confusing part is that in most cases a Raksha's apparent physical body is closer to a projection of their graces rather than a true physical form.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', an [[SpaceElves Eldar]]'s Waystone is primarily a SoulJar that keeps his or her spirit from being [[FateWorseThanDeath consumed by Slaanesh]] so that it can be safely stored in a [[GenerationShips craftworld]]'s [[BrainUploading Infinity Circuit]], but they can also function as Heart Drives. If placed in a Wraithguard or Wraithlord, the Waystone will animate the construct so that the fallen warrior can fight on in a new body, and in the ''Farseer'' novel an Eldar takes over the body of a human wearing his Waystone.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', Karn the Silver Golem was granted sentience when Urza inserted Xantcha's heartstone into the golem. This would eventually have dire consequences, since said stone was of Phyrexian origin and thus carried a trace of [[TheVirus Phyrexian oil.]] Even a single drop of the oil would be enough to begin the gradual phyresis of an entire plane -- which is exactly what happened to Mirrodin, the artificial plane Karn created, leading to its rebirth as New Phyrexia.

* The mini-comic packaged with ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' character Roboto indicates that Man-at-Arms installed a heart[[note]]what it actually was and how Man-at-Arms made it were never explained, but it was heart-shaped[[/note]] that gave him a personality and kept evildoers from harnessing his abilities for evil (until Skeletor literally pulled Roboto's heart out). The translucent torso on the action figure even showed a flat plastic heart oscillating up and down as his gears turned.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Cruxis Crystals of the angels in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* Joey's circuit board in ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky''
* The Soulstones of the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series have a nasty tendency to get used as these by the demons corrupting them, complete with taking over new hosts.
* It's provided the page image for RobotGirl at some points, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the ''Persona'' series utilizes Heart Drive-like devices. The more straightforward example is Labrys' "Plume of Dusk," which is said to contain something vaguely approximating her essence in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''. In the [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} third game in the main series]], Aigis can be a [[LevelUpAtIntimacyFive Social Link]] ([[UpdatedRerelease depending on the game version]]); at the conclusion of her CharacterArc, she invites the [[HelloInsertNameHere Main Character]] to [[spoiler:[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything leave his DNA on one of her central processors]].]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The blue crystal in Deoxys's chest is stated in its Pokédex entries to be its brain.
** Magearna's body is largely a casing for its Soul-Heart, which is its true body. It was created by a scientist gathering the life energy of Pokémon.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' uses an oft-forgotten piece of lore about the undead Liches, the phylactery, to explain Kel'Thuzad returning to life in Wrath of the Lich King. The phylactery is a trinket, urn, or other item where the lich's soul is stored until it's power returns and it can build itself a new body. However, he appears to be staying dead after Wrath despite his phylactery not showing up since vanilla, pre-Burning Crusade storylines.
* In the [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]] ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]]'' series, a Robot Master's integrated circuit (I.C.) chip is the source of their personality. As long as the I.C. isn't destroyed, Robot Masters can be rebuilt any number of times, but if it is damaged beyond repair then that robot is basically dead, as the chips' complexity makes them near impossible to recreate. While this is AllThereInTheManual as far as the games go (outside of [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the very first one]]), the [[ComicBook/MegaMan Archie comics]] use the concept more heavily.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}}:
** Nova in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar''. As you shoot the pillars shooting at you, his heart/core floating in the background gets hurt as well.
** Star Dream Soul OS from ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot''. The first phase of the battle is basically a ground version of the Nova fight. In the second phase, you directly attack the heart until it uses a OneHitKill attack and then dies.
* Bolt from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a sentient MiniMecha who is powered by the mind-stone of a war golem who now uses the mechsuit as his new body. When he speaks, the mind-stone lights up.
* A variation in the [[AllInTheManual lore]] of ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. [[InsectoidAliens Hivers]] store their memories chemically in a very secure part of their body and often survive for quite a while after death. If a deceased Hiver is deemed worthy, the HiveQueen can eat the remains and implant the memories in one of her offspring, usually of a higher caste, effectively allowing worthy Hivers to be reborn.

* The demons of ''Webcomic/{{Heartcore}}'' possess crystaline objects dubbed [[TitleDrop Heartcores]]. Second-generation demons inherit their Heartcores from one of their "parent" demons (such as the protagonist Ame possessing the Heartcore of her mother Lilith, or Carval and his "father" Volaster). A Heartcore is essentially a corrupted human heart, and demons must feed on them to survive (lest they be rendered unambulatory husks). They are also one of a demon's two AchillesHeel s, the other being their brain,
* Robots in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' function this way. In particular, Robot S13's original body was melted down and made into paperclips; his CPU was preserved and placed in a new body, so he was fine.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In one ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' episode, Sweetie Belle claims she is uninstalling Rarity from hers and reinstalling Applejack. [[DisproportionateRetribution All for not attending a sisterly obstacle course-like event with her.]]
* The Wiki/{{SCP Foundation}}'s Dr. Bright has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-963 SCP-963-1]], an amulet that has bonded to him, which serves as his HeartDrive. Unlike most examples, he remains fine even when SCP-963-1 is removed. When SCP-963-1 is placed around somebody else's neck, he [[GrandTheftMe permanently overrides their personality and memory.]] If there's still an old Dr. Bright alive when a new Dr. Bright is made, the old Dr. Bright immediately dies.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of the more prominent examples would be the concepts of sparks in the Franchise/{{Transformers}}' universe. Sparks are basically a combination of the bot's heart and soul, as they are dead without one, and when it is "extinguished", the spark goes to become one with the Allspark. Originally introduced in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', this is possibly the most enduring part of the show's mythology, since it has appeared in every subsequent incarnation of Transformers, including the [[Film/{{Transformers}} live-action movies]].
** Before this was introduced, one mini-arc in the the comics had Optimus Prime's brain and soul backed up on a [[MagicFloppy 5-inch floppy disk]].
** The concept first originated in an early draft script of ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Transformers: The Movie]]'', where it is referred to as a "Life Spark". Later comic book writers mistaken the term as the name of a [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Decepticon who became Cyclonus]].
** As far back as season two of [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]], Starscream was able to build new Transformers out of old vehicles, using the "personalities" of former Decepticon criminals that were "imprisoned" in drives to form the Combaticons, who make up [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bruticus_%28G1%29 Bruticus]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back," Bender has his personality downloaded onto a floppy disk, which renders him "quiet, and helpful". However, in the season six episode "Lethal Inspection," Bender discovers that he can't simply download to a different body in case his is destroyed, because he was built without a back-up unit. So if his body is destroyed, [[KilledOffForReal so is he]]. Though, being a robot, he's practically invincible, so he doesn't have ''too'' much to worry about.
* ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'''s magic hat. "Happy birthday!"
* Several scripted but unproduced episodes of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' were to have expanded on the functions of the PAK, the backpack device all Irkens wear. One of them, "Ten Minutes to Doom", contained this line:
-->'''Dib:''' This device... it ''is'' Zim. It's his brain and his life support. That means his body is just... something to carry his PAK around.
* The Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin are exactly what their name indicates]]: the only fundamental part of them is the [[GemHeart jewel]]. If their body is heavily damaged, their souls retreat into their Gems for a while until they can form a new one; if the Gem is damaged [[spoiler:or corrupted]], however, the results are far more severe. A shattered Gem equals death. Incidentally, this is also why Rose Quartz suffered DeathByChildbirth. She desired Steven to be both human and Gem, and the only way he could be born as such was by giving her jewel to him. Her existence ended when his began. Aside from her powers and her love, it does not seem like anything else of Rose remains in Steven. However, most other gems don't understand this due to being a non-organic race with no knowledge of sexual reproduction or genetics, and [[MistakenIdentity assume Steven and Rose to be the same person]]. Even her closest friends took a while to figure out Steven wasn't just some new form she took. All that in mind, no one knows what will happen when Steven dies or if his Gem is removed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'', a program's Identity Disc holds and records all the memories and experiences of their owner. However, if a program loses their Identity Disc, then they slowly start to lose their memory, and eventually become a 'stray'.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Your brain is pretty much exactly this. Unfortunately, we don't yet have the technology necessary for it to outlive the rest of the body.