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- Most of Hope For The Heartless has this dynamic between the Horned King and his Morality Pet Avalina. The Horned King is The Dreaded centuries old lich and a Walking Wasteland who lives in a Mordor, while Avalina is a young peasant girl and a Friend to All Living Things who has an unusually strong aura of life which helps her to gradually turn said Mordor into a small paradise and turn the Horned King more humane (and even resurrect his dormant heart. The Horned King's slow humanization eventually leaves his spot in this dynamic open to his Sealed Evil in a Can Evil Mentor Arawn, the Death Lord of Annuvin.
Film - Animated
- Ralph Bakshi's Wizards has twin sons born to the queen of the fairies. The narrator describes them as being diametric opposites. One baby is Avatar, a attractive baby and Friend to All Living Things who grows up looking kind of like one of Tolkien's dwarves. The other is Blackwolf, a repulsive living corpse of a baby who grows up to be a dour zombie-like wizard with an affinity for Nazi propaganda. Avatar lives in the verdant lands among the fairies and elves, while Blackwolf lives in a nuclear wasteland called Scortch among the wretched and shambling mutants.
Folklore and Mythology
- Norse Mythology: The goddesses Hel and Idunna. Hel is a goddess of Death and is strongly associated with disease. Idunna is a goddess of rejuvenation and is best known as the orchardist of the apples that rejuvenate the god/desses in Asgard. Hel is said to have her own apple orchard, which means that both of these goddesses have their own apple orchards.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has the myths of R'hllor—a deity of fire, light, and life—and his nemesis the Great Other—a deity of darkness, cold, and death.
Live Action TV
- Game of Thrones
- R'hllor and the Great Other have a fire-and-ice and life-and-death dichotomy.
- Right as Sansa's direwolf, Lady, is killed, the scene immediately cuts to her brother Bran waking up from his coma. Their family has a wolf theme, meaning that one wolf dies as another wakes from a death-like slumber.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons cosmology and those derived from it (e.g. Pathfinder), the positive energy plane is the origin of all life and provides energy for magical healing and resurrection while the negative energy plane is the origin of The Undead and its energy weakens or outright destroys all living matter.
- Pokémon has two legendaries representing life and death respectively, the Fairy-type Xerneas, the mascot of Pokémon X, and the Dark/Flying-type Yveltal, the mascot of Y. Xerneas is capable of granting everlasting life, while Yveltal absorbs the life force of every living creature in its immediate vicinity upon dying before reverting to its cocoon form.